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Slain Rapper XXXTentacion Track “Sad” Breaks Spotify Streaming Record

June 21st, 2018
June 20, 2018   A track by rapper XXXTentacion smashed the Spotify record for streams in a single day after he was shot and killed at age 20, dethroning reigning pop queen Taylor Swift.   “SAD!,” originally released by XXXTentacion in March, racked up 10.4 million streams Tuesday, according to Billboard. The feat pushed the late rapper past Taylor Swift, whose song “Look What You Made Me Do” scored 10.1 million streams upon its Aug. 25, 2017 release.   The record-breaking number of plays came...
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Trent Reznor On Nine Inch Nails New Album + Perils Of Tech

June 20th, 2018
Punishing synths, dissonant drumbeats, and the occasional sax riff punctuate the latest album from Nine Inch Nails, the industrial rock outfit fronted by Trent Reznor. The project, Bad Witch (out June 22), is the final chapter in a trilogy, and continues the thread Reznor first explored on the series’ preceding releases, Not the Actual Events and Add Violence. Specifically, what is our place in the world today and how do we navigate it? Reznor is still not sure he has an answer, but by splitting the story into three parts, he is...
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Teen's Online Church Draws Young People From Around The World

June 12th, 2018
Like many teenagers, Daniel Herron, 16, of Tacoma, Washington, has a busy life. He’s a member of the Sea Scouts, the nautical branch of the Boy Scouts of America. He serves on the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board, helping to award thousands of dollars to local organizations. He’s active in his high school’s Bible study group.   And he’s also the founder and pastor of an online church that has attracted more than 4,500 members. Not a “pretend” or...
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Become a More Productive Learner

June 7th, 2018
Today we consume five times more information every day than we did in 1986, an incredible amount that’s equivalent to a 174 newspapers…a day. That probably includes a lot of Instagram posts, but it’s not only social media. The corporate e-learning space has grown by nine times over the last 16 years, such that almost 80% of U.S. companies offer online training for their employees, making more information accessible to them than ever before.   One would think that this would translate into increased...
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