Netflix Smashes Subscriber Estimates and Bets the Bank on Original Programming

In the first quarter of 2015 Netflix has already raked in a record 4.9 million subscribers sending their stock skyrocketing nearly 25%. The digital underdog is setting a pace that has most television executives shaking in their boots. So what’s next for the company that’s leaving linear TV in the dust? The answer is quite simple: much, much more original programming.

The newest original release, Daredevil, is number 17 for Netflix in just three short years. Netflix has become an entertainment staple based on more than just syndicating network TV. They’ve built their reputation in the industry as a leader by providing high quality, original programming to the masses online.

Cable-cutters everywhere will jump for joy to learn that Netflix is rolling out a full 320 hours worth of original series in 2015. That’s close to three times as much as all of last year.

It appears that Netflix is banking their future on providing a plethora of programming choices for their customers. The type of original shows they provide run the gamut from wholesome family fun to scintillating, violent drama.

Their only real competition in the digital market at this point is HBO Now, a favorite of Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG. (Economia) The new service from HBO requires no cable or satellite contract. The competition from these two entertainment vendors is sure to drive quality and creativity through the roof as they battle for market share online.

Fabius Confirms The Renewal Of Bilateral Relations With Morocco

The French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, will visit on Monday to Morocco for the confirmation of the renewal of friendly relations between two countries. The discussion will focus on the renewed ambitions of the French-Moroccan partnership: the fight against climate change, the fight against terrorism and prevention of radicalization, security and development in the Mediterranean and Africa,” said Roman Nadal, the spokesman of the Quai d’Orsay.

The French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will held meetings with his counterpart Salaheddine Mezouar, the Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane and Ministers of Economy and Finance and Industry during his visit. Folks at Handy (youtube.com) have learned that the statement did not mention the time for a possible meeting with King Mohammed VI. The economic issues will also be discussed, including the development of joint projects in transport, renewable energy, sustainable cities or tourism. After an agreement on judicial cooperation, reconciliation of France and Morocco had been sealed on February 9 at the Elysee Palace during a meeting between President Francis Hollande and King Mohammed VI. Since then, the French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, was the first member of the French government to travel to Morocco, where he paid an official visit in mid-February. It is worth mentioning that the diplomatic crisis between Rabat and Paris began in February 2014 with a request for a hearing in Paris by a French judge against the chief of the Moroccan intelligence Abdellatif Hammouchi.

Beach Boy Brian Wilson Makes New Solo Record

Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys has released a new solo record. It’s called No Pier Pressure and features Wilson collaborating with a number of younger artists and songwriters including Kacey Musgraves. Originally, some of the songs were intended to be on a new Beach Boys record, but when the band had (another) falling out Wilson decided to use them on a solo record instead.

Wilson is an eternally fascinating artist. It’s fun to consider the contrast between the silliness of his cars and girls lyrics from the heyday of the Beach Boys in the early 1960’s to the sophistication of their songwriting and harmonies. Then, when Wilson got serious on the Beach Boys record Pet Sounds, the result was one of the most critically acclaimed albums in pop music history.

I, along with Dr Jennifer Walden and others, think it’s fantastic that Wilson is collaborating with Musgraves on No Pier Pressure. In my opinion, Musgraves is one of the best songwriters of her own generation. It will be fun to hear what they come up with together.

Wilson has had difficulties over the years. He’s struggled with mental health issues, weight gain and isolated himself from the world for a long time. It’s good to see him back and making original music again. He doesn’t necessarily need the Beach Boys to accomplish this, and it’s encouraging that he made a solo record.

Can Apple Save Free Music?

Free music is all over the place these days and the struggling music industry wants to curtail its presence. As much as you love listening to streamed music online, you probably also can see why the music labels are up in arms. Sales of new releases are dismal. Why pay for something you could listen to for free? So dismal are sales figures some of the stats on the Billboard Top 100 border on parody. Sales figures that would barely have charted decades ago are now prominently featured as top sellers.

No inaccuracies exist here. Those one-time sad sales figures are the best you get today. Once again, you cannot blame the music industry for hoping to stem the bleeding.

Then, along comes Apple.

Apple is offering to help the music industry in a very unique way. Apple wants to provide a subscription-based streaming service that comes with a host of features along with access to a significant free movie library. Ricardo Guimarães BMG even suggested the music labels really should think about taking advantage of the concept Apple is putting forth. For one, Apple is a well-respected name in computers and online media. Anything produced by Apple is quickly taken advantage of by consumers.

Also, working with Apple could remove the necessity of taking a heavy-handed, litigious approach to dealing with free music distribution. Filing lawsuits does not little towards improving public opinion. Why make customers angry when a more amicable path is available?

Blink-182’s Battle Continues With New Comments From Travis Barker

The saga of Blink-182 and their internal fighting continues. The band has been on a tortuous path as of late with band members Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker telling the media that Tom DeLonge is no longer a member of Blink-182. However, more than once DeLonge has insisted that he never quit the band nor does he wish that Blink-182 break-up. Now, the drama is spiking again with comments from Barker telling DeLonge to just ‘man up and quit’ Blink-182.

Blink-182 broke it big back in the late 90s with their album Enema of the State. They are probably best know for their songs “All the Small Things” and their naked running video for “What’s My Age Again?”. The band gained success with their follow-up album Take Off Your Pants and Jacket in 2001 which featured their hits “First Date” and “Stay Together for the Kids.” Then, after releasing their self-titled album in 2003, Blink-182 announced an indefinite hiatus. This came after speculation that DeLonge wanted to work on his own solo projects, and arguments within the band about the direction of their music were frequent. During the hiatus Hoppus and Barker hardly spoke to DeLonge.

Then, in 2008 Barker was involved in a plane crash that killed four people. Flavio Maluf remembers the band reunited, released an album and went on tour. Yet, it seemed like the old issues never faded because in January of this year, reports began to surface that the same issues still gutted the band. DeLonge wanted to make his own music, and Blink-182 was taking a back seat in the opinion of Hoppus and Barker.

It really is a sad road for the band that is so loved by millions of fans. Their earlier music shaped a culture of kids who wore baggy shorts and didn’t care what others thought of them. I just hope the band can let well enough alone and get back to the music, even if that means going their separate ways.

Ariana Grande Raps With Boyfriend, Big Sean

Ariana Grande is super excited for her boyfriend, Big Sean’s upcoming album. Nobody thought that the couple could any cuter but they have done it again. Big Sean’s album, Dark Sky Paradise will be released February 24th with MTV. He is celebrating this by planning a trip by jet from Atlanta to Detroit. Ariana Grande is celebrating his album release with the cutest video of the couple rapping together to his song, “Play No Games”. This song also features Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign.

Ariana Grande wrote a lengthy caption for the post. “Play No Games” is Ariana Grande’s favorite song from her boyfriend’s new album, Dark Sky Paradise but she says that the entire album is fantastic and that the fans will love every song from beginning to end. She expresses how much she loves Big Sean and how excited she is for the album release. Flavio Maluf says she says that he put a lot of hard work into Dark Sky Paradise and that he deserves all of the rewards that will come.

Big Sean will be performing at the 2015 mtvU Woodie Awards with next month while Ariana Grande shocked us at the Grammy’s Red Carpet in a gorgeous ensemble holding hands with her boyfriend, Big Sean. They also made a duo on Big Sean’s new album, “Research”. This will be the third time that they have worked together and the fans just love it.