Amazon’s Being Secretive as Hell About Their New HQ City Selection

Amazon is trying really hard to not let the cat out of the bag.

Splinter News reports the online megastore, worth over $650 billion, is asking competing cities to sign nondisclosure agreements as they negotiate and narrow down bids for their future headquarters. Local news organizations such as the ABC affiliate WRAL and the Atlanta Star-Constitution, have tried and failed to obtain records regarding the ongoing deals in their metropolitan areas.

According to NPR, the 20 potential locations in North America selected in the second round include:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Austin, Texas
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Miami, Florida
  • Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • New York City, New York
  • Northern Virginia
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Washington D.C.

In fact, some of the first rounds of reports have also been leaving out important information, such as details regarding their offers. For instance, only Boston and Toronto have released information to the public about their deals.

Amazon recently lost value in the stock market after Donald Trump tweeted that the company was burning the United States Postal Service.

How much will one of the world's richest men get in tax breaks? Stay tuned to find out.

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LeBron James Joins Justin Timberlake on Stage to Drink Shots

Justin Timberlake fans in Cleveland received a wonderful surprise on Saturday night during the pop star's sold-out concert at Quicken Loans Arena. Concertgoers understandably went nuts when Timberlake brought Lebron James on stage. James did not come empty-handed: He brought a tray full of shots for Timberlake and his dancers.

This may not have been a huge surprise to the superfans: Timberlake was seen at Friday's Cleveland Cavaliers game against the New Orleans Pelicans (the same game where James surpassed Michael Jordan’s consecutive double-digit scoring record). The two exchange some friendly words while covering their lips with their collars to fend off intrigued lip-readers. 

In February, Timberlake earned his fourth No. 1 album with Man of the Woods. The accompanying tour was just as successful, reaching the $100-million mark during its early stages. Arthur Fogel, president of global touring for Live Nation, said, “We've got 50 shows on sale in North America and 16 in Europe, and we're over 700,000 tickets [sold] and $100 million gross… It’s huge.”

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A Look at All the Dope Props From ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’

The second installment of the Kingsman series, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, debuted at the top of the North America box office earlier this year with a star-studded cast and a ton of action to keep viewers satisfied. 

We traveled to London to get an up-close look at the props that were used in the film, including rare kicks from adidasMr Porter, the actual rifle Channing Tatum used on set, and a mine-detecting baseball bat. Check out the full scoop in the video above.

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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Is Struggling Mightily at Box Offices in North America

‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ brought in $8.1 million Thursday, making its two-day total $23.8 million.

Swae Lee Allegedly Posts and Deletes Sex Tape on Instagram

Swae Lee allegedly posted a brief sex tape on Instagram late Monday night, then deleted it. According to a PHH report spotted by XXL on Tuesday, the Rae Sremmurd member wiped the alleged clip from his Instagram account roughly 30 minutes after uploading it. 

The video, which we won't link to here for reasons that should be obvious, allegedly shows Swae Lee having sex with an unknown woman in a white tank top. Though neither party's face appears in ripped versions of the alleged clip, the cameraperson can—according to HotNewHipHop—be “identified as Swae by the tattoos on his right forearm and hand.” At the time of this article's publication, Swae has not publicly commented on the alleged clip.

At any rate, 2017 is shaping up to be a very Sremmurd year. Days after releasing the golf turn-up video for their SremmLife 2 deluxe edition single “Swang,” the duo was announced as special guests on The Weekend's forthcoming Legend of the Fall tour. The tour, in promotion of The Weeknd's Billboard-topping Starboy album, is set to kick off next month:

 

NORTH AMERICA : @raesremmurd @belly @6lack

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Rae Sremmurd talked with the Guardian's Kate Hutchinson in January about their recent successes, outlining their party-first ethos. “Young people wanna rage, that's what we wanna do,” Slim Jxmmi said. “We wanna bang our heads against the TV. We wanna bang our heads against the wall. We want to stomp through the floor.”

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Grandtheft Talks About The Making of “Easy Go” And Announces World Tour

After releasing the emotional single Easy Go, we caught up with Grandtheft and Delaney Jane to talk about the creation of the track. We wanted to get a better picture of what it was like for the duo to work together and what their individual creative processes looked like. We also had the chance to talk about how to break through a saturated market, what it takes to make it in the industry, and what their thoughts were on the current political climate. This interview was definitely an interesting one.

For both of you, “Easy Go” sounds like you guys hit it off with some pretty great chemistry in the studio – Could this be the start of something special?

“It was a fun and organic experience creating this record with Delaney and Shaun. I have a lot of respect for them both as writers and good people… so you never know! We are currently working on an acoustic performance of ‘Easy Go’ which is really fun.” – Grandtheft

“I was a fan of Grandtheft’s work long before we met, so it was pretty special for me when he first reached out asking if I wanted to collab. He’s an extremely talented producer and a straight up genuine human being, which made working together such a breeze.” – Delaney

Delaney, what sets Grandtheft apart from all the other producers you’ve worked with?

“Definitely the amount of open and honest communication between us. It wasn’t just one of those scenarios where I record the vocal, send it to a producer and wait to hear the final product. We went back and forth so many times, giving each other feedback and really working together to fine-tune everything so we both were happy with the end result. It was great being so involved creatively throughout the entire process. In a perfect world, every collab would work like this.” – Delaney

Grandtheft, what do you think is the best part about working with Delaney?

“Delaney has a really natural, honest quality to her songwriting and delivery. It is effortless and relatable. I think this is a big part of why this song is connecting with people everywhere.” – Grandtheft

Delaney, what do you consider to be the biggest challenge for vocalists in such a competitive scene? 

“I was hesitant to say this, but in all honesty it’s being taken seriously as an artist in the industry. During the explosion of EDM, when big room house blew up, it seemed like vocalists became very expendable while DJ’s often received the most recognition for the songs themselves. I’ve had to work really hard to get to where I am and to be recognized as a singer, songwriter and performer, not just a featured vocalist.” – Delaney

Grandtheft, you have quite a heavy tour schedule. Do you like the thrill of touring or do you find it be more taxing?

“My tour schedule has been insane for the last few years. Almost 200 shows per year. It is so fun and inspiring to be on the road connecting with new places, cultures and music as well as meeting the people who support my music. It is crazy taxing on the body and mind, though. I hit my limit a few times over the past few years and right now, my team and I are trying to carve out more time to write. I am in a much better headspace to make music after a couple months of slightly less crazy touring. The spring and summer is looking very busy with shows again though!” – Grandtheft

For both, could you both elaborate on what it’s like to try to make your voice/art heard in such a saturated scene?

“Honesty and making music that you really feel is always the way. I am not interested in trying to fit in too much. You can’t control what people like and don’t like. I can only do right by me and make music I’m excited about. I put my heart into my Quit This City EP and it was mellow and vibey and didn’t get the same attention some of my more hype stuff gets. But, it’s important music I needed to make. I still love it and know that it will stand the test of time for me. Then we made this song ‘Easy Go’ which has that emotion and honesty, too. And its Top 40 on US radio charts right now. That’s way beyond the pop attention I ever expected! These are both success to me, though. The point being, you gotta just do you, make the best music you can without paying too much attention to the clutter out there. Being honest and creative is what will more likely make you heard and satisfy you in the long run.” – Grandtheft

“First of all, you can’t worry about what other people are doing. You just have to be honest with yourself and honest in your work and let the music speak for itself. Don’t be afraid to BE a perfectionist, quality over quantity, always. What’s also really important to me is personally connecting with my fans beyond the music. For me that means sharing poetry I’ve written on IG, being a complete goof on Snapchat, responding to my fans as much as I can, staying an hour after my show is done to give hugs and meet everyone. I’m just as much a human as everyone else and at the end of the day we all go through the same sh*t. I think being real with the world is the best way to be heard.” – Delaney

Grandtheft, if you wouldn’t mind, give us your thoughts on President Donald Trump…

“As a Canadian and global citizen, here are some things I do NOT stand for and will fight against: xenophobia, racism, violence against women, gender inequality, men limiting women’s rights, ludicrous climate change denial, war on the poor middle class, unaffordable health care, deregulation of corporate greed, religious persecution, silencing the free press, and greedy old white men. Many of these are core things that Donald Trump and his government has campaigned on and others he supports vocally and/or with policy. Plenty of his executive orders and high-powered appointments to positions of power are already having really negative impacts on America and the world. Positive change and progression takes time. It took the Obama administration two terms to get done some of the positive changes that Trump is carelessly scrapping in a matter of weeks. 

As much damages his actions will do, his voice of xenophobia is also emboldening hate and racism worldwide. We all see it happening. Hate that once lurked in the shadows is coming out in racist actions across America and Europe. It scares me for our future. I have seen people far away from America caring enough speak up, protest and rally against Trump and his actions. Lots of folks and artists I know are doing the same, but the American people need to unify to let the Trump government know that this stuff is not OK. Even for those who supported Trump hoping for a change… If you truly stay up on the daily actions taken by the president and his chosen circle of old, rich, corporate executives, it’s high time to admit that this isn’t going to end well. It is truly going to f*ck up the future and it’s all going to affect the youth more than anyone. Pay attention to what is happening and stand up for what you believe is right.” – Grandtheft


On a much lighter note, on the heels of the success “Easy Go” has seen, Grandtheft is launching a new world tour! Featuring many dates in North America, I’m sure Grandtheft will be hitting a city near you.

Check out the dates below:

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Source: Grandtheft Talks About The Making of “Easy Go” And Announces World Tour

The Weeknd’s New Stage Design Puts Most EDM Stars To Shame

The Weeknd embarked on his world tour this past weekend, playing shows in Oslo and Stockholm. In support of his Starboy album and the most fame and clout he’s ever had in his career, something had to be done about his stage that would be out of this world… well, we didn’t expect him to actually build a fucking space ship. But he did it anyway.

This towering monstrosity of a stage piece is likely a couple hundred feet tall and at least a hundred feet wide (we don’t have the exact specifications), but it’s lined with spotlights and LEDs along the entire border. To say that this would be anything other than a mindfuck to witness live would be an understatement of gargantuan proportions.

Check out The Weeknd’s tour dates below; RaeSremmurd, BELLY, and 6LACK will join him in North America.

 

Featured image via The Weeknd

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WRLD & SMLE Announce North American ‘Stranded’ Tour

Dutch electronic music producer WRLD and live electronic duo SMLE have just announced their debut co-headlining North American “Stranded – Tour.”

The tour will consist of 12 dates across North America with headlining shows in huge cities like Los Angeles, Denver, Boston, Chicago, New York,  Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco with more dates to be announced.

The tour coincides with the release of a brand new collaborative single between WRLD & SMLE titled, “Stranded.” The track will be coming out via Heroic Recordings. 

Check out what the WRLD & SMLE had to say about the tour.

“We’re beyond excited to show everyone our brand new live set as well as all the new music we’ve been working on. We’re big fans of each other’s music and also can’t wait to show you “Stranded!”

Purchase tickets here!

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Source: WRLD & SMLE Announce North American ‘Stranded’ Tour

Pegboard Nerds Release New Single and Unveil “Revenge of the Nerds” Tour

The Pegboard Nerds have been hard at work over the last year. On the heels of the successful “Nerds by Nature” tour and a Billboard-charting EP, the duo is back at it again with yet another tour and a fresh new single.

Announced Saturday, the “Revenge of the Nerds” tour will take the duo to 25 different cities across North America, starting in Edmonton, AB and finishing in Virginia Beach. If the trailer is giving anything away, “Revenge of the Nerds” is looking to be an epic tour filled with massive energy and tons of brand new music. Tickets are available now at PegboardNerds.com. Check out the trailer below:

Additionally, the Pegboard Nerds recently released their Spinnin’ Records debut “Voodoo” in collaboration with the up-and-coming electro house producer & Tiësto protegeé Tony Junior. “Voodoo” is a very different sound for both the Nerds and Tony Junior, so make sure to listen with that expectation. The track combines Junior’s brand of house with the Pegboard Nerds’ sugary-sweet undertones for a truly one-of-a-kind result. Listen to “Voodoo” and buy the track below:

Get it here: spinninrecords.lnk.to/Voodoo!SSR

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Source: Pegboard Nerds Release New Single and Unveil “Revenge of the Nerds” Tour