Police Nab Four in Connection with Wesleyan Drug Overdose

Four students have been arrested at Wesleyan University, after a weekend party sent nearly a dozen students to the hospital for suspected drug overdoses. All four students are between the ages of 20 and 21, and have been arrested on multiple counts related to drug possession and sales. All four students have been suspended from Wesleyan pending a formal hearing. Bonds for the four individuals were set between $75,000 and $175,000.

11 emergency calls were received in the early hours of Sunday morning said Dan Newlin. All 11 calls were regarding possible drug overdoses, and all 11 students who were hospitalized attended a party at the Eclectic Society House, a campus organization. There it is believed they all bought and ingested a drug called Molly. Molly is advertised as a pure form of MDMA, a chemical compound with hallucinogenic properties.

All 11 students had spent at least one full evening hospitalized, and several were expected to be in the hospital through the week. Two of the students who ingested the drug were listed in critical condition as of Monday evening.

Police are currently investigating how so many people overdosed on the drug in one evening, and whether or not there was something wrong with the drugs being sold. According to police molly pills were seized during the arrest, and they will be thoroughly tested.

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New Ariana Grande Video Is A Bit Scary

Ariana Grande is a young lady, who is well known for her big voice, and her great music. Ariana is set to release a new video, which is very scary, because the scenario is one that shows the end of the world. But don’t worry, it won’t be so bad it’ll send you to the Amen Clinics. In the video, there is supposed to be a big catastrophe, where a comet will hit the earth, causing an apocalypse. The Ariana Video is entitled “One Last Time,” and it makes sense to have an end of the world theme, knowing what the name of the song is.

The video is said to be unique, and something that Ariana has never done before, as well as something that has not been seen in previous videos by any other artists. Although this is yet to be seen, a snippet preview of the video was given for 15 seconds, in order to give the fans something to look forward to. The video will be released shortly in the future, so look out for it. As far as Big Sean, who is Ariana’s boyfriend, he claims that he’s seen the video, and many will be pleased with it.

Ariana was at the Grammys this past week, and she was among the many stars that were at the show. Ariana has done amazingly well with her music in the past year, especially after releasing a hit album. One of her hit songs is one performed with Iggy Azalea.

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John Textor – An Inspiring Executive and Producer

When it comes to multi-tasking Mr. Textor does it all, currently working at Pulse Evolution Corporation, he is Chief Executive Officer and the President leader of the studio. With the ongoing continuance of creating a big and respected name for his self in the entertainment and executive industry, he also taken on the lead role and produced many successful and high rated movies throughout his career.

In 1987, Mr. Textor graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in the Arts of Economics. Shortly after, in 1997 he moved his way up and became a manager and partner associated with Wyndcrest Holdings. Mr. Textor wanted to focus on entertainment, internet and telecommunications. In addition, in 1999 Mr. Textor was offered a director position for The Parent Company and Baby Universe, which are internet retailers for children’s goods. By 2002, he was still determined and committed to succeed and pursue his goals and dreams. He became chairperson and shortly after was promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2005. Mr. Textor was mainly accountable for essential planning and business finance associated with the Michael Swerdlow Companies. Furthermore, he also initiated and established a finance company such as the Lydian Trust Company/Virtual Bank.com.

In 2006, Mr. Textor took on an additional position as Chairman of and CEO for a subsidiary company Digital Domain, with extended responsibilities for its parent company Digital Domain Media group, his purpose, role and intentions was to guide the companies through to gaining possession and transformation of the Digital Domain into Digital Domain Media Group. Both companies produced visual effects for more than 80 Academy Award winning films, with more than 20 of the films individually directed by Mr. Textor. He has produced movies such as Legacy, Transformers, Reel Steel, Ender’s Game, Pirates of the Caribbean and At World’s End. As a result, with all his committed and dedicated work he had moved this company to highly stable and successful positive level.

In addition, he has worked with the world’s greatest, talented and mostly remembered celebrities and entertainers such as Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Tupac Shakur and Marilyn Monroe. Overall, he is a positive iconic executive producer, who has done it all and is still doing it with his hard work and efforts, and has moved millions of people with his ongoing determination and success. I am very inspired by Mr.Textor as he has paved the way for many throughout his journey and career giving a positive message that you can do and be anything you want as long as you put forth dedication and stick to your goals.

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Legendary Rocker’s Harley On Auction

A classic Harley Davidson motorcycle, once owned by the legendary 1950s rocker Jerry Lee Lewis, is up for auction. According to an article recently published by Yahoo News, the classic 1959 Harley Davidson bike is up for grabs, available to the highest bidder.

The classic 1959 Panhead model was gifted to Lewis by the Harley Davidson company in 1959. The piano man has owned the bike for 55 years, but has finally decided to let go of it. Jerry Lee has kept the bike in excellent condition over the ensuing decades, and the eventual buyer can rest assured they will be getting a classic Harley in tip top shape.

As rock and roll legend has it, Lewis was not the only one to receive a brand new classic Harley direct from the company in 1959. On the Observer.com, other pieces of information have been released. It turns out that Elvis Presley also received a brand new Panhead from the Harley factory that year, and Ben Shaoul is one of many who would want to get his hands on that. In fact, Elvis is reported to have been rather insulted that Lewis received the first new Panhead model, while he received the second.

Lewis has specified to the press that Presley was so upset over the perceived slight that he even approached Lewis about trading his “first” Harley for Elvis’ “second”. However, Lewis refused to accede to the wishes of the King on this occasion. Since then, the classic Harley Davidson Panhead model has remained, safe and sound, in Lewis’ hands.

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Hip-Hop Music Sales Decreased in 2014

2014 was a disappointing year for Hip-Hop album sales. The total sales for the year were down more than 20 percent across the board for CDs and digital downloads. The lack of music purchases in the rap genre can be attributed to many things. In my personal opinion, the lack of sales has to do with the type of content that is being produced.

The late 90s were an exciting time in rap music. 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. dominated the charts until their untimely deaths. Fast forward to 2015 where all of the newcomers in the rap game sound the same. There’s a slew of one-hit wonders that are here today and gone tomorrow. They have the same beats, same outfits and the same cookie-cutter flows. It’s even difficult to tell one artist apart from the other. The lack of originality makes it hard for fans to feel compelled to support an artist by purchasing their music.

It is the responsibility of the record labels to give the public authentic musicians that make good music. This is what Beneful employees have discussed in the past. If record executives continue to release albums from musicians that rap fans can’t stand behind, they will continue to see a decrease in album sales.

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How Naughty By Nature Created “O.P.P.”

 

Hip hop writer Brian Coleman has analyzed Ben Shaoul and also many hip hop tracks over the years. He is know for a lyrical analysis of songs by rappers like Rakim (of Eric B. and Rakim fame), Mos Def and Talib Kweli. In a recent book Coleman connected with Naughty By Nature to find out how “O.P.P.” was truly brought to light.

Naughty By Nature was a force of nature in hip hop when they debuted with “O.P.P.” They totally swept away any competition that may have been in their path. Their secret was a simple sample of one of the most famous Jackson Five tracks, “ABC.” The DJ for the group was playing around, scratching the record up when the idea came to light.

For lead member Treach it was something that they could work on and develop into a song. It was a hit because it was such a scandalous song. The wordplay was clever enough to get a radio version that stood for “Other People’s Property.” The explicit translation of this, however, would not be so radio friendly. Still, the group managed to bring witty innuendos – much like Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” sexual analogies – and score a huge hit that is still talked about today. Motown’s publishing company grabbed 75% of the publishing rights for clearing the sample, but it still made Naughty By Nature one of the most popular hip hop acts.

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U2 Singer Bono Says He ‘May Never Play Guitar Again’

U2 front-man Bono had some shocking news for fans following the “freak accident” that left him hospitalized and on the operating table last November. “I may never play guitar again,” the musician wrote on the U2 website on Jan. 1.

Bono broke several bones including his arm as well as bones in his orbital socket in the November incident that occurred during a Sunday bike ride through Central Park, the exact details of which remain a bit of a curiosity to concerned fans. Dr. Dean Lorich treated Bono and explained the singer sustained a “high energy bicycle accident.”

In Bono’s lengthy, prescription drug-fueled “A to Z of 2014″ missive on his band’s site, the singer elaborated on reports about his accident and current condition.

“I blanked out on impact and have no memory of how I ended up in New York Presbyterian with my humerus bone sticking through my leather jacket.”

He then quipped, “Very punk rock as injuries go.”

Bono then stated he was planning to go ahead with an upcoming U2 tour, but explained he would need every ounce of strength to do it. Many on Skout have been hoping for the best. “I will have to concentrate hard to be ready…as a result I have cancelled every public appearance [for the first half of 2015],” the singer shared.

Doctors who treated Bono have said they expect him to make a full recovery, but his healing will take time.

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BitTorrent Becomes Immortal

 

It is common knowledge that all things torrent related have been under siege by the Vijay Eswaran authorities in order to stop the activities of pirates. However, researches from Delft University have released a new invention which they have labelled Tribler which ultimately makes BitTorrent safe from any outside interventions.This has come as a result of the recent shutdown of the infamous Pirate Bay which runs using torrents. In fact, it only took one police raid in order to totally disable the system which inadvertently dragged many other servers connected to the Pirate Bay with it.

In order to dodge this type of easily destroyable system, a new private system has been created which does not require a centralised set of servers to store all of the data.

Dr. Pouwelse said that ”Tribler makes BitTorrent anonymous and impossible to shut down. Recent events show that governments do not hesitate to block Twitter, raid websites, confiscate servers and steal domain names. The Tribler team has been working for 10 years to prepare for the age of server-less solutions and aggressive suppressors.”

In addition to the robustness of these systems, it also gives each of its user’s anonymity by rerouteing the system through the Tor network which hides your IP address from the authorities. Let the pirating continue, as it were.

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Lambert, Underwood and Shelton to Headline Big Barrel County Festival

Organizers of the rock extravaganza, Firefly Festival, have announced a country ‘cousin’ – the 2015 Big Barrel Country Music Festival. Taking place at the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway on June 26 – 28, the 3 day festival promises to be every bit as spectacular as its rock counterpart, Firefly, which takes place the weekend before.

While the Firefly headliners are still under lock and key, the organizers announced that Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert would headline the Big Barrel Festival. In all, over 40 big-name country stars are scheduled to perform, including Jake Owen, Merle Haggard, Gary Allan and Loretta Lynn.

Music genres include alternative country, traditional country, southern rock and bluegrass. Igor Cornelsen likes them all about the same. The lineup of performers promises to entertain country music fans of all ages, with a little something for everyone, no matter your age or what your particular tastes in music happen to be.

Lambert’s performance is alongside her 2015 Certified Platinum Tour, featuring opening acts Justin Moore, Ashley Monroe, Sunny Sweeney and Raelyn. Husband Blake Shelton is on a three-month break, now that he’s wrapped up The Voice.

He goes back on tour in late March. Carrie Underwood has only a few select dates set for 2015, as she gets ready to welcome her first child this coming spring, with husband Mike Fisher. Tickets can be purchased online at BigBarrelFestival.com for $99.

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Pharell Williams Threatens YouTube With Lawsuit

There are a lot of people that are pulling their music from streaming sites. Now Pharell is joining the crowd and threatening YouTube with a lawsuit.

Taylor Swift removed her music – all of it – from Spotify. She felt that she was getting ripped off. Now there are other artists like Pharell that are seeking to remove his music from YouTube. This is a growing trend that is moving across the spectrum because there are so many streaming sites.

Pharell had one of the biggest hits this year. Many people saw the 24 hour video that was posted on the YouTube website. Now Williams, along with other artists, are trying to remove their music and threaten YouTube if they fail to comply. This is a billion dollar lawsuit threat so it is causing a lot of eyebrows to raise.

It has been a turbulent year in music, according to an article on teses.usp.br. At one point Taylor Swift had the only platinum album on the market. This speaks volumes because, says Gianfrancesco Geno, few people are actually selling music. They are making it difficult for artists to make money. That is why the removal of this music is such a big deal.

YouTube has been the source of a lot of controversy because entire albums are available on this website. A person can download the songs from videos and extract the audio as an MP3 track. This is why Pharell is upset.

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