This Independence Day, celebrate with Newcastle Brown Ale as they explore the country that could have been: Great Britain II. In “If We Won”, a 16 part series exploring hilarious and ridiculous alternate history, Elizabeth Hurley, Zachary Quinto and more give their insight into how America would be vastly different and greater. Check out Stephen Merchant as he explains the benefits we’d have as GBII. Visit http://www.ifwewon.com and http://facebook.com/newcastle for more content and hilarity.
When time’s running out and everything is on the line, what do you do? Sometimes everyday situations feel like the premise for an action movie. CollegeHumor and BIC Razors have come together to add a little action to your daily grind. Check out what happens when a choice has to be made before time runs out.
When a custom sneaker designer is inspired by Bacardi’s new Mango Fusion, magic happens. Watch the creation of a one of a kind shoe that draws inspiration from a brand new and unique drink. Use #RepYourFlavor to join the conversation. Visit http://bit.ly/1eBbox0 to learn more.
Do you have what it takes to become the next YouTube musical star? The digital era has exposed millions of viewers to musical talent that we probably wouldn’t have heard about before the Internet.
Now we get to venture into the living rooms and garages of some of the web’s most talented denizens as they showcase hidden and amazing abilities. Get ready to be entertained; here are some of the most talented musicians performing on YouTube today!
Viktoriya Yermolyeva has combined a passion for hard rock and piano to create a sound that is utterly unique. She studied classical piano in Ukraine and Germany, and then took her career in a completely different direction.
She’s now famous for her covers of rock classics by Tool, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, and Queen. And she tours around the world, getting audiences to slam dance and mosh to her epic piano renditions.
2. Andy McKee
This fingerstyle acoustic guitar virtuoso went viral on YouTube back in 2006. Watch in awe as he spans dozens of genres with both original works and covers.
The success of his YouTube videos helped launch him into the international spotlight, and made his a musical success story that can inspire us all. McKee has since released a number of widely viewed music videos exclusively on YouTube, including “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” “Africa,” and “Hunter’s Moon.”
3. Laura Shigihara
Remember the immensely popular mobile game, Plants Vs. Zombies? Well, Laura Shigihara, aka supershigi, is the mastermind behind the score to this game.
She is a highly acclaimed game soundtrack composer, and her list of accomplishments is impressively long. She has written music for such well-known titles as World of Warcraft, Minecraft, and Celestial Mechanica.
You can watch her play and sing many of these scores on her YouTube channel.
4. The Mad Drummer
Steve Moore is known as the Mad Drummer. You’ll see why once you watch his spirited performance on YouTube.
Basically, a fan attending a pavilion performance in Texas noticed this guy rocking out behind the set, and started recording. The fan uploaded the video with the title, “this drummer is at wrong gig.”
As the video spread, celebrities started paying attention to this unknown musician’s flair for the dramatic. Now Steve has created an image for himself, and is probably booked solid. All this attention from a fan upload!
You could be the next YouTube musical sensation. Just get out your instruments, some digital sheet music, and start recording.
There has never been a better time for self-starting musicians to distribute their works and get discovered!
In our daily lives, humans crave comfort: We work diligently to furnish our lives with modern amenities, from cutting-edge gadgets to new cars.
But when it comes to the deeper recesses of our imagination, many of us have an unquenchable bloodthirst. Give us assassination plots, jump scares, and death-by-hatchet any day … at least that seems to be the case in the U.K., according to a new study conducted by Public Lending Right, a program that collects borrowing data from libraries.
Published by The Guardian, the study reveals that in 2010, more than two-thirds of the hundred most checked-out novels fell into the crime and thriller genre. Such was the case with single title in the top 10.
What’s the explanation for the mounting trend of people reading these morbid tales? Are we all gore-loving serial killers in disguise?
The psychology of fear
According to “Social Learning of Fear,” an article published in Nature Neuroscience, fear is an essential tool in the emotional toolkit of mankind. Each time fear is invoked, it conditions us a little bit more to navigate the world safely.
By seeking out situations that trigger a fearful response in an environment that’s known to be safe — for example, curled up on the sofa with a cup of cocoa and a bloodcurdling book about a stalker — people enjoy a kind of productive fear.
In other words, we can feel as if we are honing our emergency response instincts without actually having to get caught up by an international drug cartel or falling into the clutches of a slasher. Exploration of fear-inducing hypothetical threats allows people to project themselves into new situations and plan for dangerous circumstances … however unlikely they may be.
For the same reason that we tend to be drawn to sensational, alarming news headlines, we also like to read titillating works of hair-curling suspense and terror.
The landscape of the genre
Crime and suspense books run the gamut. James Patterson, popular murder mystery author known best for his police-detective-cum-forensic-psychologist Alex Cross, tops Public Lending Right’s list. The genre also spans a range of subjects and tones, from gory thrillers penned by Patricia Cornwell to the fast-paced, plot-driven suspense of John J. Davis.
The genre’s range is expanding further as barriers to publication disappear. The newly born Wild West of self-publishing has lifted the velvet ropes to a new breed of writer — one that’s held back neither by the brand identities of publishing companies, nor the personal preferences of an editor.
As a result, new and intriguing styles are emerging as their own genres, ones that perhaps wouldn’t have had room to breathe in the arena of traditional book publishing: consider thriller-meets-chick-lit, crime crossed with comedy, fiction that courts controversy and steps on the toes of taboos, and even mockumentary-style horror.
With these fresh approaches expanding the options for reading, the future landscape and trends of thrillers is uncertain. Until the next Public Lending Right list is released, fans may have to remain in a familiar state: suspense.
What happens when ordinary people are thrust into extraordinary situations? Heineken wants to find out. In their newest social experiment, Guest of Honor, regular people are thrust into the spotlight for a night of crazy and wild adventures. Could you be that brave? Join the conversation at #guestofhonor and #openyourworld.
From DJs to new music artists, some of the best artists today are known to only a devoted following. In the upcoming year, these following seven artists are the people to watch in the music industry. Prepare for some of the best albums of the upcoming year and innovative new takes on a global industry.
Unlike many musicians, Lulu James was born into a noteworthy life. She began her life at the base of Kilimanjaro and grew up to create her own unique sound. Unlike ice-coll R&B, her sound is funky and has a mixture of both flamboyant and soulful sounds. Her eclectic music is almost as unusual as her clothing style. Known for her leotards and unusual get-ups, Lulu James first signed with Black Butter in 2012 and has transitioned to working with RCA Records.
Maya Jane Coles
Talented and enigmatic, Maya Jane Coles does all of the writing and production for her albums. This DJ mixes her songs and careful engineers each piece. From the artwork to the arrangement, she is in charge of the entire sound of her album. Her debut album, “Comfort”, offered a glimpse into a new style that is set to change the entire sound of club DJs.
Outside of acting and dancing, FKA Twigs is known for her trip-hop sound and R&B music. Nicknamed twig because of the cracking of her bones, FKA Twigs grew up in the United Kingdom. Her birth name was Tahliah Barnett, but she operates under the stage name of FKA Twigs. She has worked with producers like Arca and released albums that have compelling videos. Each track explores the empty space between notes and creates a haunting listening experience.
Known for tracks like, “Somebody Loves You”, Betty Who was born in Australia. As she grew up in New York, she became increasingly interested in music. After the success of one of her songs in a proposal video, Betty Who caught the eye of major record labels. She is expected to release her second album in 2014 with RCA Records.
After exploding on the United Kingdom’s dance music scene, Sophie has gone on to experiment with the post-dubstep movement. Sophie uses songs like “Bipp” to mix synthetic sounds, high vocals and poppy tracks.
Native to New York City, Gina Turner is one of the hottest DJs in New York City. She has worked with radio channels like Underground FG and Sirius XM. Through her career, she has collaborated with artists like Steve Aoki, Diplo and Soulwax. Due to her signature sound, she has managed to become a fixture within dance music in the United States.
Only 25 years old, Banks manages to push the limits of R&B. Her first showing in the United Kingdom sold out within hours of ticket sales opening and her electronica sound has placed her on the radar of artists to watch. Blending pain and passion effortlessly, her boundary-pushing sound is quickly starting to make waves within the industry.
These artists are breaking ground and setting the stage for future generations of musicians and producers who are currently learning to create precise and technical tracks using a slew of modern tools. The new tools provided by technology, used to create music of the music listed above, have revolutionized the product and distribution in an irreversible way, something these artists have taken advantage of, much to the delite of their growing audiences.
Stride Gum knows the benefit of going from sour to sweet. To promote their newest Sour Patch Gum, they’ve taken over a convenience store and played jokes on unsuspecting customers. In this prank, they’ve gotten the best of customers with a card declined message. Embarrassing, yes, but what happens next is pretty sweet.
In what has to be one of the greatest and silliest mashups of all time, Toyota brings together Terry Crews and The Muppets in their 2014 Highlander. The result? Anything but mundane. Terry Crews normal life gets shaken up by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem and clearly he’ll never be the same. Witness the craziness below:
Muppets Most Wanted releases in theaters March 14, 2014.
Instead of coming off like an amateur in the game of poker, sound like you know what you’re doing. It’s easy with the new series “How To Poker: Talk Like You Have A Pair”. Get advice from WSOP’s experts. Learn terminology that will give you a leg up on the competition and understand the lingo. Visit http://www.wsop.com/gotapair/ if you’re over 21 to get in the game.