2 Days Ago Rolling Stone published a many-thousand-word profile of Elon Musk this morning, written by journalist, author, and motivational tweeter Neil Strauss, and it is, in a word, incredible.
2 Days Ago Maria Bamford’s Lady Dynamite, created in collaboration with Arrested Development’s Pam Brady and Mitch Hurwitz, was the most interesting addition to Netflix’s original content catalog in 2016.
3 Days Ago Reputation, Taylor Swift’s sixth studio album, is a jarring combination of disparate sounds, petty disses, and her trademark candor. It’s also a sublime document — a weird, cacophonous album that feels like a product of the internet.
3 Days Ago This week on Why’d You Push That Button, we’re getting into one of the real soap operas of modern life: Venmo’s public activity feed. Some people never look at it; some people scroll through it during their daily commute, inexplicably curious about why their friends are exchanging money.
4 Days Ago In an otherwise boring conversation about some press release or another, a Spotify PR person mentioned to me that an artist who had a big hit on the platform’s Fresh Finds playlist was discovered when one of the curators just happened to see them play a show in Bushwick.
7 Days Ago Every week, a slew of new music videos hits the web. Watching them at your desk is not time theft because you deserve it; think of it as a nice reward for surviving another work week.
9 Days Ago First of all, Keith Urban seems like a nice guy. I like and respect him insofar as I appreciate that he is making Nicole Kidman much happier than she was when she was married to a Scientologist.
9 Days Ago In a Hollywood Reporter cover story published this morning, Drake outlined his plan to move into TV and film production, and he already has an impressive list of partners and potential projects.
10 Days Ago Bloomberg is reporting that Taylor Swift’s fifth album, Reputation, won’t be available on any streaming services for at least a week after going on sale. According to the report, major services are “still negotiating” with Swift and her team to figure out when the album will be available.
10 Days Ago Popular culture has always been interested in women who become obsessed with other women. The trope has been re-imagined and re-skinned over and over, from Single White Female to Notes on a Scandal, from “Jolene” to “Girl Crush,” from late Sylvia Plath to approximately 500 of the plot threads on Pretty Little Liars.
10 Days Ago Christopher Nolan tells Variety that he sent Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos a personal email, apologizing for comments he made about Netflix in July. Nolan caused a small stir over the summer with his hardline stance against Netflix, telling IndieWire that he considered the company’s strategy of releasing films on their platform and in theaters on the same day “mindless,” and “an untenable model.” He acknowledged the fact that Netflix has puts tons of money behind innovative filmma
10 Days Ago In September 2015, a now-infamous Vanity Fair article went viral after it drew a defensive flurry of sarcastic tweets from Tinder. In the piece, titled “Tinder and the Dawn of the ‘Dating Apocalypse,’” Nancy Jo Sales quotes dozens of millennial daters and considers their testimonials, musing, “In a perfect world, we’d all have sex with whomever we want, and nobody would mind, or be judged, or get dumped; but what about jealousy, and sexism, not to mention the still-flickering chance that somebod
10 Days Ago This week on Why’d You Push That Button, we’re talking about a series of buttons. Specifically, the buttons on your keyboard that you have to use to type out the password to your Netflix, Hulu, or HBOGo account and send them to another person.
11 Days Ago The ACLU of Northern California issued a press release today saying it intends to defend a blogger who has drawn the ire of Taylor Swift. On October 25th, writer Meghan Herning received a letter from Swift’s legal team demanding the removal and retraction of a blog post she wrote in September titled “Swiftly to the alt-right: Taylor subtly gets the lower case kkk in formation.” The post appeared on PopFront, a tiny pop culture blog with 78 Twitter followers.
14 Days Ago Every week, a slew of new music videos hits the web. Watching them at your desk is not time theft because you deserve it; think of it as a nice reward for surviving another work week.
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18 Days Ago Pandora is launching 250 “featured playlists” on its premium tier today. They’re “hand-picked” by curators and sorted by themes that include genres, moods, and “cultural moments,” as well as general new music compilations and workout playlists.
20 Days Ago It’s Halloween weekend and you’re tired of being outside in whatever thing you made out of tulle and duct tape. The CVS candy sales haven’t even hit yet.
22 Days Ago This fall, The Verge is making a choice. The choice is fear! We’ve decided to embrace the season by taking in as many new horror movies as possible and reporting back on which ones are worth your time.
22 Days Ago Eminem is back in the news in October 2017! It’s been a minute, as evidenced by the fact that the most recent Getty Image search results for our dude are from the 2015 premiere of the Jake Gyllenhaal film Southpaw.
23 Days Ago This fall, The Verge is making a choice. The choice is fear! We’ve decided to embrace the season by taking in as many new horror movies as possible and reporting back on which ones are worth your time.
24 Days Ago This fall, The Verge is making a choice. The choice is fear! We’ve decided to embrace the season by taking in as many new horror movies as possible and reporting back on which ones are worth your time.
24 Days Ago Here it is! The second episode of a new Verge podcast called Why’d You Push That Button. On this show, my colleague, Circuit Breaker’s Ashley Carman, and me, the Culture section’s most self-indulgent blogger, talk about all the tiny decisions your gadgets and apps force you to make every day.
28 Days Ago Every week, a slew of new music videos hits the web. Watching them at your desk is not time theft because you deserve it; think of it as a nice reward for surviving another work week.
28 Days Ago Spotify just announced a new program called RISE, intended to “identify and break the next wave of music superstars.” The promises of the program are a little vague, but Spotify says its hand-picked artists will be aided with “multi-tiered marketing” and “editorial programming,” including social promotion, a special “mixed-media” RISE playlist, “bespoke” videos about their life stories, and some kind of platform-sponsored “experiential” events.