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Remember this 80s hit song? It's now a TikTok sensation
Matthew Wilder's 1983 hit "Break My Stride" is climbing charts again almost four decades later. Here's how TikTok is having a big impact on the music industry.
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2020-02-21 15:04:56




Music video for 'Take On Me' hits one billion views on YouTube
Iconic hit "Take On Me" has become only the second '80s music video to notch more than one billion views on YouTube.

Lauren M. Johnson, CNN
2020-02-20 00:36:54




We can't stop watching these weird '80s Apple commercials
Television commercials have always been weird. Sometimes they masquerade as entertainment, as in the case of Amazon's celeb-filled, Alexa-themed 2019 Super Bowl ad or, in other instances, serious art, like those eerie David Lynch-helmed PlayStation 2 ads. But…
Television commercials have always been weird. Sometimes they masquerade as entertainment, as in the case of Amazon's celeb-filled, Alexa-themed 2019 Super Bowl ad or, in other instances, serious art, like those eerie David Lynch-helmed PlayStation 2 ads. But… [+6617 chars]
Alex Perry
2020-01-26 11:00:00




Nintendo PlayStation is real, and you can bid on it for $250K - CNET
Nintendo and Sony worked on the console in the late '80s.
The Nintendo PlayStation.  Heritage Auctions The Nintendo PlayStation. It sounds wrong, like an Apple Galaxy S10 or something. But it's a real thing, and not even the result of some kind of apocalyptic black magic. And not only does the Nintendo PlayStation… [+1482 chars]
Daniel Van Boom
2020-02-14 01:24:00




Nintendo PlayStation is real, and you can bid on it for $420K - CNET
Nintendo and Sony worked on the console in the late '80s.
The Nintendo PlayStation.  Heritage Auctions The Nintendo PlayStation. It sounds wrong, like an Apple Galaxy S10 or something. But it's a real thing, and not even the result of some kind of apocalyptic black magic. And not only does the Nintendo PlayStation… [+1581 chars]
Daniel Van Boom
2020-02-14 22:49:00




Pac Man your bags: Atari is launching a video game-themed hotel
The themed hospitality destination is about to get an ’80s-inspired extra life. Who: Atari Read Full Story
What: Atari-themed hotels Why We Care: Atari-themed hotels are coming soon to eight cities near you. Yes, the gaming giant best known for its ’70s and ’80s video games, money woes, and those ET games they buried in the desert over 30 years ago is on the come… [+2591 chars]
Starr Rhett Rocque
2020-01-29 08:00:29




Wuhan, coronavirus ground zero, is also China’s punk music capital
“Punk,” says a Wuhan hardcore band member, “is a way to help me keep my mind fresh.” The wonderful Aaron Stewart-Ahn tweeted today, “Something you haven’t been told about Wuhan during this outbreak is that it is China’s punk music capital.” And he's right. Ex…
Punk, says a Wuhan hardcore band member, is a way to help me keep my mind fresh. The wonderful Aaron Stewart-Ahn tweeted today, Something you havent been told about Wuhan during this outbreak is that it is Chinas punk music capital. And he's right.Excerpt fro… [+1634 chars]
Xeni Jardin
2020-02-02 17:14:39




I'm loving this Reggae, Dub, Ska and Rocksteady internet radio station
LISTEN: ' Heavyweight Reggae.' Yep, the name is right, and the channel delivers. My old pal Rusty Hodge from SomaFM, a longtime independent internet hero and early blogger and NASA space shuttle fanatic -- such a cool guy! -- ah, focus, Xeni! Okay, so Rusty a…
My old pal Rusty Hodge from SomaFM, a longtime independent internet hero and early blogger and NASA space shuttle fanatic -- such a cool guy! -- ah, focus, Xeni! Okay, so Rusty and SomaFM just launched an awesome new SomaFM internet radio channel dedicated to… [+2098 chars]
Xeni Jardin
2020-01-24 18:30:33




ONR feat. Carina Jade: Sober
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and self-taught producer ONR (pronounced “honor”) channels sonic energy from the ’80s in his latest track, “Sober,” which features guest vocals from Carina Jade. It’s ONR’s debut release on Warner Records and a first …
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and self-taught producer ONR (pronounced “honor”) channels sonic energy from the ’80s in his latest track, “Sober,” which features guest vocals from Carina Jade. It’s ONR’s debut release on Warner Records and a first … [+168 chars]
David Graver
2020-02-21 16:06:02




The Strokes: At The Door
In addition to confirming the release date of their Rick Rubin-produced sixth LP, The New Abnormal (10 April), The Strokes dropped the album’s epic lead single, “At The Door.” Arguably one of their most dynamic tracks, the near-six-minute number transitions f…
In addition to confirming the release date of their Rick Rubin-produced sixth LP, The New Abnormal (10 April), The Strokes dropped the album’s epic lead single, “At The Door.” Arguably one of their most dynamic tracks, the near-six-minute number transitions f… [+395 chars]
David Graver
2020-02-11 15:19:36




Here's the Story of the Bizarre 80s Rowboat Song That's Blowing Up TikTok
"Break My Stride" first climbed the charts thanks to a payola scheme. Nearly four decades later, it suddenly went viral—organically.
The short-form video app TikTok has a strange relationship with time. Clips that might have once been subject to the cyclical lifespans of Vine and YouTube now drift through feeds without record of when they were posted, each with the same viral potential as … [+7665 chars]
Rob Arcand, Leslie Horn, Emilie Friedlander
2020-02-10 15:28:12




Textmode Space Harrier
What you see before you here is frenetic, graphics-heavy 1985 arcade game Space Harrier as a textmode app. Though represented as chunky extended-ASCII characters, the underlying game is startlingly authentic, with bosses, pylons, tunnel staages and music all …
What you see before you here is frenetic, graphics-heavy 1985 arcade game Space Harrier as a textmode app. Though represented as chunky extended-ASCII characters, the underlying game is startlingly authentic, with bosses, pylons, tunnel staages and music all … [+2629 chars]
Rob Beschizza
2020-02-14 16:38:21




Listen Up
Country-inflected pop, chopped-up Beyonce samples, carnivalesque chaos and more music from this week King Princess: Ohio After performing “Ohio” live with consistency since her first tour, King Princess (aka Mikaela Straus) finally releases an official record…
Country-inflected pop, chopped-up Beyonce samples, carnivalesque chaos and more music from this week King Princess: Ohio After performing “Ohio” live with consistency since her first tour, King Princess (aka Mikaela Straus) finally releases an official record… [+4019 chars]
Evan Malachosky
2020-02-15 17:42:47




Here's Herbie Hancock Demonstrating a Primitive Music Computer to Quincy Jones in 1984
No child of the '80s can forget the music video to Herbie Hancock's "Rockit:" It's hard to describe how freaky, mind-blowing and revolutionary that video seemed at the time. I probably haven't seen it in 20 years until looking it up just now, and I have to sa…
No child of the '80s can forget the music video to Herbie Hancock's "Rockit:" Enter a caption (optional) It's hard to describe how freaky, mind-blowing and revolutionary that video seemed at the time. I probably haven't seen it in 20 years until looking it … [+677 chars]
Rain Noe
2020-02-18 14:38:00




MIDI 2.0, first major overhaul to music interface standard from 1983
The new standard is almost here. Will it change how producers and performers make music?
In many ways, MIDI 1.0 has changed a lot since the specification made its public debut in 1983. You can measure the progress by how MIDI-compatible instruments connect, the types of devices and software programs that employ it, and how much easier the technol… [+11096 chars]

2020-01-29 14:22:23




Rocker Dee Snider bashes Super Bowl halftime show, Shakira’s ‘pole humping’ - Global News
Rocker Dee Snider bashes Super Bowl halftime show, Shakira’s ‘pole humping’ Global News Piers Morgan Hates and Loves On Shakira and Jennifer Lopez's Super Bowl Performances Showbiz Cheat Sheet Jennifer Lopez deserves praise, not scorn, for her empowering Supe…
Fans of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira rejoiced on Sunday evening after watching the pair headline Super Bowl LIV‘s highly anticipated halftime show together. The fiery hot pop duo successfully stole the show with a joint, career-spanning, female-empowering set … [+4109 chars]
awallis95
2020-02-05 20:39:06




Is Corona Beer experiencing the AIDS/Ayds effect?
David's post about the rise in Google searches for "coronavirus beer," "corona virus beer," and "virus corona beer" in the last few days, brings to mind the sad fate of Ayds. Ayds (pronounced aids) was a popular appetite-suppressant candy from the 1930s-1980s…
David's post about the rise in Google searches for "coronavirus beer," "corona virus beer," and "virus corona beer" in the last few days, brings to mind the sad fate of Ayds. Ayds (pronounced aids) was a popular appetite-suppressant candy from the 1930s-1980… [+2474 chars]
Mark Frauenfelder
2020-01-27 18:18:53




We asked stars on the To All The Boys red carpet: What's your favorite love song?
In her When Romance Meets Comedy feature, Caroline Siede remarked that To All The Boys I Loved Before expertly combined “the stylized cinematography of a Wes Anderson movie with the heart of a John Hughes film and the spirit of the best of the 1990s high scho…
In her When Romance Meets Comedy feature, Caroline Siede remarked that To All The Boys I Loved Before expertly combined the stylized cinematography of a Wes Anderson movie with the heart of a John Hughes film and the spirit of the best of the 1990s high schoo… [+1332 chars]
Cameron Scheetz on Film, shared by Cameron Scheetz to The A.V. Club
2020-02-12 19:30:00




Yamaha’s tiny wireless guitar amp gets everything right but the price
With the original THR line of guitar amps, Yamaha basically invented a new product category: the connected desktop amplifier. It filled a need that honestly many guitar players didn't even realize they had. These amplifiers are small enough to sit on a table …
The THR remains the undisputed king of looks. Part of its allure is the retro styling that's more reminiscent of a piece of stereo equipment than a guitar amp. The outside is a matte, cream-colored metal with a Y pattern punched out. (I'll admit I much prefer… [+5877 chars]
Terrence O'Brien
2020-02-13 16:00:00




Harlem's Fashion Row Honors Dapper Dan, Misa Hylton and April Walker as Black Pioneers in Fashion
On Wednesday evening (Feb. 6), Harlem’s Fashion Row hosted a prelude to New York Fashion Week by honoring Black pioneers in fashion. Stylist Misa Hylton and designers Dapper Dan and April Walker were among those celebrated at Sony Music Hall, where rappers, s…
Dapper Dan with Brandice Daniel.  Photo: Getty Images/Johnny Nunez/WireImage On Wednesday evening (Feb. 6), Harlem’s Fashion Row hosted a prelude to New York Fashion Week by honoring Black pioneers in fashion. Stylist Misa Hylton and designers Dapper Dan an… [+5145 chars]
Jessica Wilkins
2020-02-06 17:00:00
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