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YouTube Content ID Abuse By FUGA Aggregation?

Is FUGA Aggregation committing YouTube Content ID abuse by claiming copyright for music that was provided FREE years ago?

Let’s take a look at what’s going on recently!

 

YouTube Content ID Abuse : What Is It?

Content ID abuse is a constant problem with YouTube, with copyright holders given almost complete control over what is “rightfully theirs”.

Copyright holders use the YouTube Content ID system to identify videos that contain material that belongs to them. They then have the right to :

  • file a copyright claim, to monetise your video
  • take down your video, which slaps your channel with a copyright strike

There are many problems with the Content ID system which opens it to abuse :

  • copyright holders can “take over” and monetise your video even if their content is used in a small segment, or recorded incidentally (background music, for example).
  • copyright holders do not need to prove that they own the copyright to the content they are disputing, which leads to false claims.
  • the 3 strikes rule makes it easy for unscrupulous copyright holders to extort money from YouTube channels to withdraw a copyright strike

Even the BBC highlighted the problem in 2019, sharing how a copyright holder used the YouTube copyright strike feature to extort money, while others are using the copyright claim option to unfairly take over the monetisation of videos created by other people.

 

YouTube Content ID Abuse By FUGA Aggregation?

Now, we come to the recent aggressive Content ID action by FUGA Aggregation over a piece of music called Funky Dream by Fine Haters.

Since October 2018, we have been using a free piece of background music called Clean Sheets by Trout Recording, that was provided as royalty-free music by the Facebook Sound Collection.

Obviously, we never had a single copyright claim for this music.

But starting from 10 March 2021, we started receiving copyright claims by FUGA Aggregation for our videos that used Clean Sheets.

In just 8 days, they issued 14 copyright claims for videos using Clean Sheets, claiming that it was music called Funky Dream by Fine Haters.

Naturally, we disputed their claim, stating that the music was actually Clean Sheets by Trout Recording, and even shared the link to the Facebook Sound Collection where FUGA can check our claims.

So we were really surprised when FUGA “reviewed” our dispute, and rejected it, stating that their claim was “still valid”.

So we did a quick search of Funky Dream, Fine Haters and Kobb Records, and found this video posted on YouTube on 6 March 2021 – just before FUGA started shooting out those copyright claims.

The Funky Dream music was attributed to Fine Haters, and released on 20 February 2021, and was published by Kobb Records.

Amazingly, it was a longer copy of Trout Recording’s Clean Sheets, which was undated but definitely posted in 2018 or earlier. You can download Clean Sheets, and listen for yourself here.

We cannot find any information on the musician or band known as Fine Haters, or the publisher, Kobb Records.

On the other hand, Trout Recording has both a Facebook page and a website.

 

Why We Believe This Is Content ID Abuse By FUGA

Now, both Funky Dream and Clean Sheets sound identical, so Content ID was accurate in this instance.

However, who actually owns the copyright to Funky Dream / Clean Sheets? Trout Recording or Fine Haters?

I definitely believe that Trout Recording would have a better claim, since they released Clean Sheets in 2018, if not much earlier.

But why did FUGA reject our explanation, even though we shared the evidence with them?

The YouTube copyright claim system does not require FUGA to offer us an explanation, so there’s no way to know.

At this point in time, YouTube gave us the option of appealing or replacing the song, neither of which actually works :

  • appealing gives FUGA the right to issue a takedown (with a copyright strike) if they disagree
  • replacing the music destroys the video, because it would overwrite the voice-over

So, like probably 99% of other content creators who get stuck like this – between the Devil and the deep blue sea – the best option is probably to :

  • replace the music even though it destroys the video and voice-over, just to deny FUGA the right to unfairly monetise the video.
  • edit and repost a modified video with different background music.

This is extra work that we will have to do for each and every video that uses Clean Sheets, even though it was provided as royalty-free music years ago, and there is evidence that Funky Dream is just a copy of Clean Sheets.

Ultimately, this is yet another example of how the YouTube Content ID system is being abused…

 

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Fact Check : Amazing Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland!

Did China create these amazing robot dancers at the Shanghai Disneyland, beating even the Japanese?

Watch the viral clip for yourself, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : China Created Classic Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland!

Here is the video that countless people have been sharing on social media and even on YouTube. It is often paired with a short explanation in (broken) English.

This classic dance is only created in China and broadcast in Shanghai Disneyland. They are not female dance artists, but all robots made in China.

The performance time is only about 5 minutes, but the ticket queue time takes 4 hours , The ticket price is 499 yuan.

It has surpassed Japan in complexity, and saw its perfect facial expressions. Send this video to everyone to watch, let us enjoy together…

 

Classic Robot Dancers At Shanghai Disneyland : The Truth

The agility and grace of these classic robot dancers at Shanghai Disneyland is amazing.

The less gullible would point out that it is something you would only expect from professional human dancers, and they would be right.

Fact #1 : That Is A Video Of A CBDF Competition

That is actually a video clip from one of the many competitions organised and broadcast by the CBDF (Chinese Ballroom Dance Federation).

Although we cannot ascertain who the dancers are, you can see the CBDF logo in the background, at 4:06 and 4:41.

No robot made today can match their agility and grace.

Fact #2 : 499 Yuan Was The Entry Price To Shanghai Disneyland

The fake story claimed that the ticket to watch this performance costs 499 Yuan – about US$73 / £55 / RM303. That would be ridiculously exorbitant for a single show.

In truth, that was the cost of an entry ticket to the Shanghai Disneyland when it first opened in February 2016.

Since 6 June 2018, it has been priced at 399 Yuan (off-peak), 575 Yuan (peak) and 665 Yuan (peak holiday).

Fact #3 : Disneyland Does Not Charge Extra To Watch Certain Shows

Anyone who has been to Disneyland knows that the entry fee is pricey. That’s because it covers all rides and shows inside Disneyland.

You only need to pay for food and drinks, and arcade games. Or if you opt to purchase Disney Fastpasses (Fastpass, FastPass+, MaxPass) to bypass long queues at popular rides or shows.

Otherwise, all rides and shows are free to enjoy once you enter Disneyland.

 

Why Would Someone Create This Fake Story?

With China’s aggressive foreign stance in recent years, it is not uncommon to see such fake stories being created and shared.

Some believe it’s part of a concerted attempt to burnish China’s image overseas.

Others believe the many fake stories are being created to drown out the negative coverage of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative, and their aggressive moves in the South China Sea.

Whatever the reasons may be, it is our duty as global citizens to stop the proliferation of such fake stories.

Please share this debunking with your friends, so they know the truth!

 

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Scott Morrison : Did He Mistake Maradona For Madonna?

Like Donald Trump, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is being laughed at for mistaking Maradona for Madonna!

Find out what’s going on, and what the facts really are!

 

Scott Morrison : Did He Mistake Maradona For Madonna?

A screenshot of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s tweet about Madonna’s death is tickling people all over the Internet.

Sad to wake up to the news of Madonna passing away overnight.

Material Girl is one of my all time favourite albums. RIP

 

Scott Morrison Madonna Death Tweet : Just A Parody Account

The truth is Scott Morrison never posted that tweet. It was posted by a parody account, and people just assumed it was genuine.

Fact #1 : It Was Posted By The Scott Morrison Parody Account

We traced the origin of the viral screenshot to this tweet by the Scott Morrison PM of Australia (parody) account.

Fact #2 : Donald Trump Tweet On Madonna Was Also False

US President Donald Trump was also said to have mistaken Diego Maradona for Madonna. However, it looks like the tweet was edited, and not an actual tweet.

Fact #3 : Many People Are Mistaking Maradona For Madonna

That said, many people have been posting messages of condolences about Madonna’s premature death… so let us be very clear.

The Argentinian footballer, Diego Maradona (left) was the one who died. Not the American singer-songwriter, Madonna (right).

 

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Maradona : Donald Trump Mistook Him For Madonna?

The Internet is laughing at US President Donald Trump who apparently mistook Maradona for Madonna!

Find out what’s going on, and what the facts really are!

 

Maradona : Did Donald Trump Mistake Him For Madonna?

A screenshot of US President Donald Trump’s tweet about Diego Maradona’s death has set the Internet ablaze.

It showed him mistaking the Argentinian footballer for Madonna, the American singer-songwriter.

Very sad to hear about the death of Maradona. A great person. Her music was wonderful. I remember listening to her albums in the early 1980’s. Rest In Peace!

 

Did Donald Trump Mistaken Maradona For Madonna? Possible, But Not Likely

While the tweet sounds very much like something Donald Trump would write, there is no evidence it was actually posted by the outgoing US President.

Here is what we know so far…

Fact #1 : He Has Been Focused On The Elections And Michael Flynn

From the time Diego Maradona’s death was announced, it appears that Donald Trump was focused on posting fake news about the US Presidential elections, and pardoning Michael Flynn.

Fact #2 : The Tweet Appears To Be Edited

The Donald Trump tweet about Maradona appears to be edited. If you compare that viral tweet with the other two samples above, you will note that :

  • his Twitter handle appears to be truncated, instead of under his name
  • the tweet lacks a time and date stamp
  • it lacks the Twitter for iPhone label
  • it seems to have A LOT more retweets, comments and likes than older and more controversial tweets

All of which point to an edited tweet…

With about half a million retweets and comments, you would have expected more screenshots. Yet, that is the only screenshot being shared on the Internet…

Fact #3 : No Media Confirmed The Tweet

Donald Trump has many followers, many of them members of the media who follow him to cover his many ridiculous statements.

Yet no one has actually seen and confirmed that Donald Trump actually posted the tweet. We certainly did not see it.

Fact #4 : Scott Morrison Was Also Victim Of Similar Hoax

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was also a victim of a similar hoax, with a fake tweet on Madonna’s death going viral.

Fact #5 : Many People Are Mistaking Maradona For Madonna

That said, it is definitely not inconceivable for Donald Turmp to mistaken Maradona for Madonna.

After all, many people are posting messages of condolences about Madonna’s premature death…

Yes, many people are mistaking Diego Maradona for Madonna.

So let us be very clear. The Argentinian footballer, Diego Maradona (left) is the one who died. Not the American singer-songwriter, Madonna (right).

 

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Google Play Music Is Dead : How To Download Your Music?

Google Play Music is officially dead across the world, and you have until December 2020 to migrate your music library and playlists to YouTube Music.

Find out how to download your music library and playlists from Google Play Music before they are deleted forever!

 

Google Play Music Is Dead : Whaaaaat???

On 4 April 2020, Google dropped the bombshell – they announced that they were replacing Google Play Music play with YouTube Music by December 2020.

They would kill off Google Play Music starting September 2020 in New Zealand and South Africa, and October 2020 for the rest of the world.

Users will no longer be allowed to stream from, or use the Google Play Music app from that point onwards. They will only be allowed to transfer their music libraries to YouTube Music.

Even that migration offer is limited to December 2020, after which the Google Play Music libraries will be deleted and will no longer be available to download or transfer to YouTube Music.

 

Google Play Music Is Dead : Download Your Music Now!

Google offers the option to migrate your Google Play Music libraries and playlists to YouTube Music, but you may not want to do that for these reasons :

  • 128 kbps quality limit for free subscriptions
  • you can’t upload your own music through the app, only using an Internet browser
  • offline playback of your own music requires you to upload and then download the same music

Before deciding what to do next, the first thing you should do is download your music library.

You have until the end of December 2020 to download your music, so do it now!

  1. Open Google Play Music.
  2. Tap on Manage Your Data.
  3. Tap on Download your music library.

  1. Leave Google Play Music checked.
  2. Select to export once.
  3. Select the more common .zip file format, or the .tgz alternative
  4. Select the maximum file size you prefer – 1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB, 10 GB or 50 GB.
    Google will split your files into multiple compressed files based on the maximum size you selected.
    Newer operating systems (Windows 10, macOS) can support files larger than 4 GB.

  1. Tap Create export and let Google archive and compress your music library.
  2. You will receive an email with a download link when it’s done.

 

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Over The Horizon 2020 : An Acoustic Remix!

Over The Horizon is an iconic theme sound for Samsung Galaxy devices, and Samsung just unveiled their 2020 acoustic remix with a video to boot!

Take a moment to relax with their new soothing, back-to-nature Over The Horizon 2020 music video…

 

Over The Horizon 2020 : An Acoustic Remix!

As Samsung gets ready to unpack the Galaxy S20 smartphones, they took a moment to chill out with the new Over The Horizon 2020 – a soothing acoustic remix of their signature theme sound!

To complement the back-to-nature vibe of this acoustic remix, Samsung produce this special video showcasing the natural world in all its glory, to remind us to take a moment every now and then to stop and smell the roses.

With each new generation of Galaxy devices comes a fresh new take on the “Over the Horizon” theme, and at the core of this year’s version is the power of nature itself. In order to capture the harmonious working of the natural world in all its glory, Samsung placed monochords in various natural locations in order to harness the power of nature for music.

Powered by the natural force of running water, the monochords operate thanks to a rotor- and pulley-based mechanism. As the mechanism rotates, it triggers the monochords to pluck their respective strings in the correct order. The resulting musical refrain has the unique characteristic of having been played solely by the force of nature.

On top of the monochord melody, Samsung also emphasized sounds like running water and chirping birds and kept the use of electronic elements to a minimum in order to help maximize the listener’s connection with the relaxing sounds of nature.

 

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Here Are The 2019 Spotify Premium Offer Details!

Spotify just announced the 2019 Spotify Premium offer, and it’s a fantastic deal! Here are the full details!

 

The 2019 Spotify Premium Offer

From 16 May until 30 June 2019, eligible Spotify free users and first-time Spotify users can sign-up for a three-month trial of Spotify Premium for just RM 2 / ~US$0.50!

If you already tried Spotify Premium in the past, and cancelled before 15 April 2019, you can sign up for another three-month trial for RM 14.90 / ~US$ 3.75!

The 2019 Spotify Premium offer happens only twice a year, so don’t miss this opportunity!

 

Why Upgrade To Spotify Premium?

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Upgrading to Spotify Premium allows you to :

  • Download your music and listen to it anywhere you want!
  • Enjoy non-stop music without ads
  • Play any song you want, even on your smartphone!
  • Get unlimited skips – just hit next!

Remember – if you don’t like it, you can always cancel at anytime!

 

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iflix To Broadcast Global Citizen Festival – Mandela 100!

Global Citizen has partnered iflix for a live broadcast of Global Citizen Festival – Mandela 100, which will feature Beyoncé, JAY Z, Tiwa Savage, Cassper Nyovest! Get the full details here!

 

iflix To Broadcast Global Citizen Festival – Mandela 100!

Global Citizen announced that iflix will be a broadcast partner for the Global Citizen Festival – Mandela 100 which is scheduled for Sunday, 2 December 2018 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Since the first Global Citizen Festival in New York in 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest platforms for people around the world to call on world leaders to honour their responsibilities in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and ending extreme poverty by 2030.

The December event is the culmination of Global Citizen’s “Mandela 100” campaign in partnership with the House of Mandela; a series of global events honouring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in his centenary year.

The broadcast partners will deliver the largest reach of any television broadcast of a Global Citizen event to date.

iflix will bring the festival to fans in 13 countries and territories including:

  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • The Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Bangladesh
  • Pakistan
  • Cambodia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Nepal
  • Brunei
  • Myanmar
  • Maldives

 

Artists @ Global Citizen Festival – Mandela 100

Beyoncé , JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti,Kasey Musgraves, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid will headline the first Global Citizen Festival to be held in Africa.

Trevor Noah will host the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 with co-hosts Naomi Campbell, Dave Chappelle, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Bonang Matheba, Nomzamo Mbatha, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker.

Oprah Winfrey will deliver a special keynote address to remember Nelson Mandela and his legacy.

Leaders @ Global Citizen Festival – Mandela 100

Leaders that are set to address the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 are among others:

  • Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa
  • Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway
  • Nana Akufo-Addo ,President of Ghana
  • Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of Botswana,
  • Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda

 

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Introducing The New Sony WI-C600N Wireless Headphones!

Sony has just launched the new WI-C600N wireless headphones with noise-cancelling technology! Catch a glimpse of this latest Sony music gadget right here!

 

The Sony WI-C600N Wireless Headphones

Sony unveiled the new WI-C600N wireless headphones, its latest Bluetooth noise-cancelling headphones!

 

Noise Cancelling Technology And Ambient Sound Mode With Superior Sound Quality!

The new WI-C600N wireless headphones is equipped with DSEE enhancement and 6mm Dynamic Drivers aimed at music lovers.

It also comes with wireless sound quality and noise cancelling features.

The Noise Cancelling Technology eliminates loud distractions while the Ambient Sound Mode lets in just the right amount of outside noise to keep users aware of their surroundings. All with just a push of a button!

 

Hands-free Music and Calls With Lightweight Neckband Design

Users can go completely hands-free while making calls or listening to music with the WI-C600N wireless headphones.

It comes with a built-in microphone and is compatible with Google Assistant and Siri.

The headset is engineered to be comfortable for prolonged use.

The light-weight neck band fits securely and is made with an elastic material to improve wearing comfort.

 

One-Touch Listening And 3 Stylish Colours!

The WI-C600N wireless headphones support one-touch listening so users can instantly stream their favourite music via Bluetooth with just a tap of their smartphone.

It comes in three stylish colours: black, grey and blue.

 

Sony WI-C600N Price + Availability

The Sony WI-C600N wireless headphones will be available in Sony Stores and authorised retailers in Malaysia beginning January 2019.

 

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New Spotify for Apple Watch App Announced!

Spotify is introducing a new app for the Apple Watch, giving you the ability to access and control your music and podcasts right on your Apple Watch. Here are the full details!

 

New Spotify for Apple Watch App Announced!

Spotify just announced a new Spotify for Apple Watch app. With this new app, users can enjoy an improved experience with better control and the ability to seamlessly connect to speakers or devices. This is a work in progress, with Spotify planning to add the ability to listen to your music and podcasts offline.

More activities – more control

Smartwatches let us access the world with a flick of our wrists. Ready to start your run? Hit play from your Apple Watch without having to wrangle your phone out of its running case.

Running into a friend as you head into the grocery store? Tap pause to grab a cart and a chat.

Not feeling a slow song during your birthday party? Skipping to the track that matches your mood and activity is now as easy as checking your notifications.

Or, while listening to your favorite podcast, easily rewind 15 seconds to catch that detail you missed. It’s all right there on the watch face.

Speaking of parties, easily connect your speakers or devices via Spotify Connect to effortlessly DJ from your watch.

 

Easier access – easier discovery

This new integration with Apple Watch makes it easy to access recently played songs, no matter where your phone is. And if you discover a new favorite track, all you need to do is tap the ♡ icon on your watch screen to save it. You can then stream it over and over again.

This new experience will be released to Apple Watch users in the upcoming week. Be sure to install the latest version (v.8.4.79) of Spotify. Alternatively you can download it on the App Store. Look out for more updates soon.

 

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Spotify Expands To Vietnam, South Africa, Romania and Israel!

Heads up, music lovers! Spotify expands to four new countries! Yes, they just announced that Spotify is now available in four new countries – Vietnam, South Africa, Romania, and Israel. This brings the number of countries supported by Spotify to 37. Take a look at their official press release below.

 

Spotify Expands To Four New Markets

13th March 2018: We’re delighted to announce that Spotify launches today in Vietnam, South Africa, Romania, and Israel.

Offering an unrivalled mix of domestic and international music, discovery features and revolutionary personalised curation perfectly tuned to your taste, music fans across all countries can now enjoy instant access to Spotify’s free ad-supported and subscription services.

Cecilia Qvist, Global Head of Markets at Spotify, says: “We’re really excited to bring Spotify to these four markets, connecting their rich music cultures with millions of artists and users across the world.”

Spotify is the world’s largest music streaming subscription service with a community of over 159 million users, including over 71 million Spotify Premium subscribers, now across 65 markets worldwide.

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The Hatsune Miku Expo 2017 Details Revealed!

Fans of Hatsune Miku rejoice! The Hatsune Miku Expo 2017 will be hosted here in Malaysia on 16 December 2017! Astro just announced their partnership with Crypton Future Media to bring this one-night-only concert to Malaysia, and here are the details!

 

Hatsune Miku, Virtual Idol!

Hatsune Miku is a Japanese virtual idol with over 2.5 million fans. She has even collaborated with Pharrell Williams and Lady Gaga! Kimitaka Nishio (CEO Office Manager of Crypton Future Media) explains her rise to Internet stardom :

 

The Hatsune Miku Expo 2017 Details

The Hatsune Miku Expo 2017 was first announced at the Hatsune Miku event “Magical Mirai 2017” on 31 August 2017, coinciding with her 10th anniversary celebration in Japan.

On the concert day, fans can expect official merchandise booths, cosplayers, and other fun activities at the venue before Hatsune Miku takes the centre stage. In addition, YouTube sensation, Chaleeda Gilbert and Malaysian superstar, Zizan Razak will open the concert for Hatsune Miku.

The Hatsune Miku Expo 2017 will be held at the Axiata Arena Bukit Jalil on 16 December 2017 at 8 PM. The ticket prices (excluding ticket fee and 6% GST) are as follows :

  • VIP Rockzone (free standing) : RM 439 / ~US$ 105
  • Rockzone (free standing) : RM 339 / ~US$ 80
  • CAT 1 (free seating) : RM 269 / ~US$ 64
  • CAT 2 (free seating) : RM 169 / ~US$ 40

Ticket sales will commence on Sunday, 8 October at 10 AM online through www.myticket.asia.

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10 Fun Facts About Hatsune Miku

  1. Hatsune Miku was released on 31 August 2007 and her voice was sampled from Japanese voice actress, Saki Fujita.
  2. Miku’s name comes from putting together the words: First(Hatsu), Sound(Ne), and Future (Miku).
  3. Hatsune Miku isn’t a digital persona for a real singer. She’s actually a synthesised character, called a Vocaloid. Not only is her image on stage generated by computer, but her singing voice is totally synthesised, too.
  4. As her voice can be synthesised, Hatsune Miku sings in multiple languages and has hundreds of thousands of songs available to date!
  5. None of the songs that Hatsune Miku sings and performs actually come straight from Crypton Future Media. Instead, creating her songs is a widespread fan effort, with devotees around the world using her program to write and orchestrate songs for her.
  6. Miku’s outfit design is partly based on a very popular synthesiser keyboard. The colours, and some of the motifs on her clothes are inspired by that instrument.
  7. For a “vocaloid-opera” performance called “The End”, famous Louis Vuitton designer, Marc Jacobs has created a dress specifically for Hatsune Miku.
  8. Hatsune Miku has worked with the biggest acts in the world, from opening for Lady Gaga, to appearing in Pharrell’s music video and singing alongside Japanese artists like Bump of Chicken and Namie Amuro.
  9. Hatsune Miku made television history when she was the very first virtual singer to appear on a major U.S. late night talk show, The Late Show with David Letterman on Oct. 7, 2014, as the musical guest.
  10. There are other characters similar to Hatsune Miku from Crypton Future Media such as Megurine Luka, Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, KAITO and MEIKO. However, Hatsune Miku remains the most popular in the market and became the world’s first virtual idol.

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The U Mobile Partnership With Ed Sheeran & Other Music Festivals!

5th May 2017 – U Mobile, driven by their customers’ passion for music, has created Unlimited Ideas for customers to groove right through the year. The Unlimited Ideas Groove Calendar kicks off with Urbanscapes 2017, the quintessential music, arts and culture festival that starts tonight and will run every weekend throughout the month until 21st May 2017. Other highlights include the intimate Upfront concert series, Good Vibes Festival and the highly anticipated Ed Sheeran’s Malaysia Tour.

 

U Mobile Urbanscapes

Presented by U Mobile, this year’s Urbanscapes’ theme is #RediscoverKL. In its 15th year, Urbanscapes will be packed with music and performance art, as well as art installations. In addition, this much anticipated festival will also feature talks, thematic markets, workshops, experiential and interdisciplinary events headlined by home-grown, regional and international artists including Clean Bandit, Mew, Yellow Fang and Kyoto Protocol.

At the festival, U Mobile customers will get an exclusive experience through these exciting benefits:

  1. Early bird ticket prices

U Mobile customers can enjoy early bird ticket pricing for select shows at Urbanscapes. This exclusive promo can be redeemed by customers on the MyUMobile app.

  1. Exclusive U Mobile x Urbanscapes 2017 merchandise
    U Mobile customers will receive the merchandise whilst stock lasts.
  2. Grab Discounts

U Mobile customers will receive RM15 off Grab rides to and from key Urbanscapes locations like Urbanscapes House @ 2 Hang Kasturi, KL Live and The Bee, Publika. Each customer can redeem up to two (2) rides daily from 5th May – 21st May 2017 to and from the three aforementioned venues. Customers can claim this super promo by downloading a unique code from the MyUMobile app.

  1. U Mobile Charging Station & Photo Wall

Urbanscapes attendees have a dedicated charging station to recharge their phones and also a photo wall for them to snap wefies, selfies and #OOTDs against.

  1. U Munchies

U Mobile customers will get to enjoy F&B promos whenever they see the “U Munchies” sign displayed at various venues and from various merchants taking part in Urbanscapes 2017. To redeem the U Munchies deal, customers need to download the voucher code from the MyUMobile app.

 

U Mobile Upfront

Presented by U Mobile, Upfront features established and up-and-coming acts from around the globe in the intimate space of The Bee, Publika – bringing fans closer to their favourite musicians for an unforgettable live experience. The next show on 19th July 2017, will feature London-based duo, Oh Wonder. Previously, Upfront has featured The Temper Trap, Grimes and The Vaccines.

For Upfront shows, U Mobile customers will get to enjoy:

  1. Early bird ticket prices throughout the ticket sales period
    This exclusive promo can be claimed by U Mobile customers on the MyUMobile app.
  2. Grab Discounts

U Mobile customers will receive RM15 off Grab rides to and from The Bee, Publika on the event day. Customers can claim this super promo by downloading a unique code from the MyUMobile app.

  1. U Mobile Charging Station & Photo Wall

Upfront attendees have a dedicated charging station to recharge their phones and also a photo wall for them to snap wefies, selfies and #OOTDs against.

  1. U Munchies

U Mobile customers will get to enjoy F&B promos whenever they see the “U Munchies” sign displayed at The Bee, Publika. To redeem the U Munchies deal, U Mobile customers need to download the voucher code from the MyUMobile app.

 

Good Vibes Festival 2017

Launched in 2013, Good Vibes Festival has drawn a loyal following of music enthusiasts with their showcase of international, regional and local music acts. With a past line-up that included alternative rock idols The Smashing Pumpkins, electronic music stars Disclosure and indie rockers The 1975, Good Vibes has cemented its reputation as one of the best events the country has to offer.

This year, Good Vibes is scheduled to take place on 12th and 13th August 2017. U Mobile customers can look forward to:

  • Exclusive ticket giveaways
  • Special U Mobile price for festival tickets
  • Backstage passes where one can meet and greet the artists and catch their performances from the side of stage.

 

Ed Sheeran’s Malaysia Tour

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The ÷ (Divide) Tour is the third world concert tour by English singer-songwriter and musician, Ed Sheeran, in support of his third studio album, ÷ (Divide).

The tour will celebrate the tremendous success the Grammy-winning singer has had with his third LP, including the number 1 Billboard Hot 100 debut of “Shape of You,” which has topped the chart for six weeks so far, while second single “Castle on the Hill” entered at number 6, making Ed the first artist to ever have two singles make simultaneous top 10 debuts in the chart’s 58-year history. , ÷ (Divide) also broke the 1 billion YouTube views mark just two days after its release.

Full benefits for the upcoming major music events such as Good Vibes Festival and Ed Sheeran’s Tour in Malaysia will be unveiled on the U Mobile website in June 2017.

 

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The 2017 Sony BRAVIA TVs & AV Products Revealed!

The new 2017 Sony BRAVIA TVs and AV products was recently revealed in a private media event. Sony showcased their latest 4K HDR BRAVIA X Series and A Series TVs, as well as their latest sound bars and speakers. We will share with you their full details, as well as an exclusive Sony product tour and demonstration. Enjoy!

 

The 2017 Sony BRAVIA TVs Revealed!

Sony launched two new BRAVIA 4K HDR TV series during this launch event. Find out what’s new about these new 2017 Sony BRAVIA TV models in this presentation by Benjamin Ng, the Head of TV Marketing, Sony South East Asia.

Here are the key takeaway points :

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  • The new 4K HDR OLED TVs will be branded as Sony BRAVIA OLED.
  • The new Sony BRAVIA X94E Series (75″), BRAVIA X93E Series (55″), BRAVIA X85E Series (75″ and 65″) and BRAVIA A1 Series (65″ and 55″) TVs feature the new 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme processor, which allows for Object-based HDR Remastering, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR, and Dual Database Processing.
  • The Sony BRAVIA A1 Series (65″ and 55″) will boast the new Acoustic Surface technology, which allows the entire screen to resonate with greater sound output.
  • The Sony BRAVIA X93E Series (55″) features Slim Backlight Drive+. This is an improved LED backlight technology that allows for more precise and accurate local dimming control.
  • Both BRAVIA X93E and BRAVIA A1 Series will support Dolby Vision.

 

The 2017 Sony BRAVIA TV Tour & Demonstration

Catch this exclusive product tour and demonstration of the new 2017 Sony BRAVIA TV models.

 

The 2017 Sony Sound Bar Tour & Demonstration

Sony also took the opportunity to show off their new sound bars that are designed to complement the 2017 Sony BRAVIA TV models.

 

The 2017 Sony Speakers Tour & Demonstration

Finally, Sony showed off their new wireless speakers, and one box speaker solutions. Check them out!

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The 2017 Sony BRAVIA TV Price & Availability

The Sony BRAVIA A1 Series will be available in Malaysia from June 2017 onwards, at the following launch prices :

  • 65″ BRAVIA A1 : RM 29,999 / ~US$ 6,666
  • 55″ BRAVIA A1 : RM 16,999 / ~US$ 3,777

The Sony BRAVIA X94E and X93E are available in Malaysia from May 2017 onwards, at the following launch prices :

  • 75″ BRAVIA X94E : RM 25,999 / ~US$ 5,777
  • 55″ BRAVIA X93E : RM 11,999 / ~US$ 2,666

The Sony BRAVIA X85E Series will be available in Malaysia from May 2017 onwards, at the following launch prices :

  • 75″ BRAVIA X85E : RM 16,999 / ~US$ 3,777
  • 65″ BRAVIA X85E : RM 9,999 / ~US$ 2,222

The Sony BRAVIA X80E Series will be available in Malaysia from May 2017 onwards, at the following launch prices :

  • 55″ BRAVIA X80E : RM 6,999 / ~US$ 1555
  • 49″ BRAVIA X80E : RM 4,499 / ~US$ 999
  • 43″ BRAVIA X80E : RM 3,899 / ~US$ 866

Here are the availability and launch prices for the Sony BRAVIA X70E Series :

  • 65″ BRAVIA X70E : RM 7,199 / ~US$ 1599 (June 2017)
  • 55″ BRAVIA X70E : RM 4,999 / ~US$ 1109 (June 2017)
  • 49″ BRAVIA X70E : RM 3,699 / ~US$ 819 (May 2017)
  • 43″ BRAVIA X70E : RM 3,099 / ~US$ 688 (May 2017)
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The Sony BRAVIA W75E Series will be available in Malaysia from May 2017 onwards, at the following launch prices :

  • 49″ BRAVIA W75E : RM 3,199 / ~US$ 709
  • 43″ BRAVIA W75E : RM 2,499 / ~US$ 555

The Sony BRAVIA W66E Series will be available in Malaysia from May 2017 onwards, at the following launch prices :

  • 49″ BRAVIA W66E : RM 2,799 / ~US$ 619
  • 40″ BRAVIA W66E : RM 2,199 / ~US$ 488

 

The Complete 2017 Sony AV Product Tour

For those who want the complete tour and demonstration of the 2017 Sony BRAVIA TV models and AV products, here it is!

 

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Behind The Lyrics With Spotify & Genius Now On Android

Music is a universal phenomenon, and we think musical knowledge should be, too. Every song has a story to be told.

When we first joined forces with Genius to introduce Behind the Lyrics on iOS last year, our goal was to put these stories—from the inspiration behind each lyric to what that artist was feeling at the time—right at your fingertips precisely at the moment you were listening to your favorite track.

It worked. Every day, millions of Spotify iPhone users around the world go Behind the Lyrics to brush up on everything from Lorde to Little Big Town to Lil Yachty, gaining deeper insight into today’s biggest artists and their creative process.

And the experience just got more global.

 

Behind The Lyrics Now On Android

Today Spotify and Genius are thrilled to announce that Behind the Lyrics has landed on Android. Spotify Android users everywhere can now enjoy the Behind the Lyrics treatment on our curated playlists Behind the Lyrics: Hip Hop and Today’s Top Hits.

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Tracks on these playlists will include lyrical excerpts, fun facts, and stories straight from the artists themselves about how they created their standout songs. Simply hit ‘Play’ on these Genius-powered playlists to learn more about your favorite artists and songs.

There’s more: one of today’s brightest stars, R&B breakout Khalid, is taking you Behind the Lyrics of every track on his new album American Teen, providing an intimate glimpse into his soundscape.

Spotify x Genius Behind the Lyrics on Android starts rolling out today.

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Discover & Share Music With The Spotify Bot For Facebook Messenger

Music sounds better with friends. And now it’s easier than ever to share and discover music within Facebook Messenger with the new Spotify bot for Messenger with the all-new Chat Extensions feature, announced today at Facebook’s annual developer conference, F8.

 

The Spotify Bot For Facebook Messenger

The Spotify bot for Messenger will serve up playlist recommendations based on mood, activity, or genres. With the associated Messenger Chat Extensions feature, people can search and share Spotify songs, albums, and playlists directly with friends without ever leaving the Messenger app. For the first time ever, friends on the other end will be able to preview 30-second clips directly within the Messenger app or visit the Spotify app to listen in full.

The new Chat Extensions feature can be activated simply by tapping on the blue “+” icon to the left of the text box while in conversation with friends to search and share music, and select the Spotify bot. Find the song, hit share, and you’re all set!

Whether you’re building playlists with friends, or you’re a tastemaker that wants to show off the latest fire, it’s now even better to experience music on Messenger.

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The Spotify Q&A Session With Sunita Kaur

Earlier this week, we were invited to an exclusive media session with Sunita Kaur, the Managing Director for Spotify Asia and Benjamin Chelliah, Head of PR for Spotify Asia. Join us for this exclusive Q&A session!

 

The Spotify Q&A Session With Sunita Kaur

Spotify hosted this media session to provide updates on the listening habits and statistics of Spotify users both in Malaysia and around Asia. During the session, Sunita shared that :

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  • 1 in 4 people with internet access are streaming on Spotify.
  • Over the past 12 months, Malaysians have streamed at least 7.5 billion minutes worth of music.
  • Malaysians spend on average 148 minutes per day streaming on Spotify
  • The most streamed artists are The Chainsmokers, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd.
  • The most listened to albums are Starboy, Shape of You and 24k Magic.
  • The top streamed songs are Shape of You, Say You Won’t Let Go and Paris.
  • The peak stream period is between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm.
  • The most streamed genres are Pop, Hip Hop and EDM/Dance.

Sunita also shared that Mr. James Yeow, Deputy President of the Malaysian Society for Music in Medicine (MSMM) and Senior Lecturer at HELP University Psychology Department, helped Spotify in creating specific playlists for different times of the day, like :

  • The Early Birds (5 am to 9 am) – In Malaysia, “Fun Workout” is the one of the more popular playlist in the morning. Spotify users love high intensity pop to kick start their morning routine. Other early bird favourites include, strong beats from “Good Morning Malaysia!” while “Morning Stroll” shows that not all who wake up early are in a rush to get about.
  • The Busy Bees (9 am to 12 pm) – It is interesting to note that, the “Deep Focus” playlist is frequently streamed at this time. Malaysian users also love “Acoustic Favourites” and “It’s a Hit”, a wonderful mix of the hottest songs packed together to keep them company through the morning rush.
  • The Midday Zombies (12 pm to 5 pm) – It comes as no surprise that “Pop Waktu Kerja” and “Top Hits Malaysia” are popular playlists during these times, especially since they are perfect break time music for those in need of a little boost. Many also enjoy their “Light & Easy” playlist to breeze through their afternoons with light pop.
  • The Night Riders (6 pm to 10 pm) – Malaysian users love to unwind with upbeat house tunes from our “Night Rider” playlist. On that upbeat note, Malaysians definitely know how to make the most out of their nights with “Rock Jiwang” and “Party Life”.
  • The Dream Chasers (10 pm to 1 am) – Playlists such as “Sleep” and “Nature Noise” encourage deep sleep by turning our busy beta brain waves into anxiety-free alpha or dreamlike delta waves. Whilst, popular and sedative music around 60 beats per minutes found within the “Before Tidur” playlist is also a great way to elicit deep sleep.

 

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