Is 2014 the Year the Platinum Album Dies? - The Guardian

Aside from Disney’s Frozen soundtrack, no artist has sold more than 1 million albums in the U.S. so far this year. Those who have come close are Lorde’s Pure Heroine and Beyonce’s self-titled album, both released last year. 

We still have hope with upcoming releases from the Foo Fighters who haven’t had a platinum since 2005’s In Your Honor and from Taylor Swift who sold 1.2 million albums in her first week with her last album, Red

What album do you think deserves to go platinum this year? 

Best Halloween Film/TV Tracks: This Is Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Undoubtedly one of the best celebratory songs for the Halloween season, “This Is Halloween” is a childhood favorite coming from Disney’s spooky flick The Nightmare Before Christmas. Will we be seeing any of you dressing up as Jack or Sally this year?

Check out our creepy playlist on Spotify as we keep adding more throughout the month!

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New Music: Flor - “Heart”

Not much is known about the mysterious indie-pop band Flor, but after dropping their very first single, “Heart” earlier this week, we have a feeling we’ll be hearing their name more often. The pounding synth and infectious chorus lines are refreshing and filled with a unique energy that’ll have you pressing that replay button. 

Check out their cool Instagram videos and the full visual music video for the single. 

The Nile Project - Nile’s Sustainability Through Dialogue and Collaboration

Founded in August 2011 by ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero, The Nile Project brings musicians from many different countries all along The Nile to collaborate, create, and understand each other through music. The organization features artists from Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rwanda, and also reaches out to universities teaching workshops and performing. Girgis’ experience in ethnomusicology opened his mind to different cultures’ opinions and points of view, inspiring the birth of the project:

"They believe that if you go somewhere and start learning about other people’s music, you start understanding — empathizing…"

Find out more about the project by visiting http://www.nileproject.org/.

Will.i.am Introduces Puls

Amping up the game for wearable tech, DJ,producer, and frontman of the Black Eyed Peas Will.i.am unveiled Puls. Puls is the first ever device that can make calls without using an actual phone. Users can store up to 16GB of memory including music and pictures. Puls also comes with a GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an accelerometer, a pedometer, and a 3G connection from AT&T to make calls without using a phone. 

Along with the Puls watch is a fashion line which includes pieces like a “Power Wear Jacket” that can charge the watch and extend its battery life through the sleeves. 

Could this be the future of fashion, technology, and music

Best Halloween Film/TV Tracks: The Addams Family
This month we’re rounding up the best and spookiest tracks from your favorite movies and TV shows to get you ready for Halloween. First on the list is from the crazy and kookiest family around, The Addams Family.
Check out our playlist on Spotify as we keep adding more throughout the month!

Best Halloween Film/TV Tracks: The Addams Family

This month we’re rounding up the best and spookiest tracks from your favorite movies and TV shows to get you ready for Halloween. First on the list is from the crazy and kookiest family around, The Addams Family.

Check out our playlist on Spotify as we keep adding more throughout the month!

Flying Lotus Wants to Make Music About Death Sound Inspiring
Electronic mastermind and future Fun Fun Fun Fest performer Flying Lotus sat down with Wall Street Journal to talk about his brand new album You’re Dead! and his perspective on death itself: 


It’s something we all have in common. It shouldn’t be horrible. Some people think it’s really morbid. I don’t think of it that way. That was the point. I wanted to spark that imagination and present it as something else, something different.

Leaning on a more jazzy side with guest spots from Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg, the new release is already gaining raving reviews. Be sure to catch him at Fun Fun Fun Fest November 9th and get to listening on his new album. 

Flying Lotus Wants to Make Music About Death Sound Inspiring

Electronic mastermind and future Fun Fun Fun Fest performer Flying Lotus sat down with Wall Street Journal to talk about his brand new album You’re Dead! and his perspective on death itself: 

It’s something we all have in common. It shouldn’t be horrible. Some people think it’s really morbid. I don’t think of it that way. That was the point. I wanted to spark that imagination and present it as something else, something different.

Leaning on a more jazzy side with guest spots from Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg, the new release is already gaining raving reviews. Be sure to catch him at Fun Fun Fun Fest November 9th and get to listening on his new album. 

House of Vans Asia: Shanghai and Seoul Recap

Showcasing music from around the world for three straight days in Shanghai from September 13-15th and continuing the fun in Seoul September 19th and 20th with a two full days of music, art, and skateboarding, we’re stoked by the turnout and can’t wait for the House of Vans Asia Tour to continue!

Check out more of the highlights and upcoming ticket giveaways at houseofvansasia.com and be sure to mark your calendars for the Hong Kong and Guangzhou tour stops in the next couple of weeks! 

Lessons From Grimes on How To Be a Boss - Elle Magazine
Grimes has shown time and time again that she isn’t afraid to do or say what she wants, and it shows in her unique electronic sound she continues to create. Elle has given a sneak peek into a handful of lessons Grimes wrote for the upcoming Rookie Yearbook Three (on sale October 21) revealing how she became such a boss: 

 Just because someone has more qualifications than you doesn’t mean they’re better than you. We live in the age of technology, so you can Google anything you don’t know how to do. The only thing you can’t Google is how to be creative and unique. Your thoughts have more value than a degree or a parent in the same field or whatever. I always think about my grandfather, who became an engineer with only a seventh grade education. It’s a very cliché thing to say, but nearly anything is possible if you set your mind to it.

Read more of her nuggets of wisdom at Elle.com.

Lessons From Grimes on How To Be a Boss - Elle Magazine

Grimes has shown time and time again that she isn’t afraid to do or say what she wants, and it shows in her unique electronic sound she continues to create. Elle has given a sneak peek into a handful of lessons Grimes wrote for the upcoming Rookie Yearbook Three (on sale October 21) revealing how she became such a boss: 

 Just because someone has more qualifications than you doesn’t mean they’re better than you. We live in the age of technology, so you can Google anything you don’t know how to do. The only thing you can’t Google is how to be creative and unique. Your thoughts have more value than a degree or a parent in the same field or whatever. I always think about my grandfather, who became an engineer with only a seventh grade education. It’s a very cliché thing to say, but nearly anything is possible if you set your mind to it.

Read more of her nuggets of wisdom at Elle.com.