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LiveXLive Launches New Redesigned App For iOS & Android Devices

LiveXLive Post Grammy Party

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Today (May 17) global digital media company LiveXLive announced a newly redesigned version of its mobile app will be launching on iOS and Android devices.

The announcement of the new app comes right on time to coincide with LiveXLive’s coverage of EDC Las Vegas and the Hangout Music Festival. The redesigned app will not only bring live streams of 35 global music festivals but will also feature hundreds of curated radio stations and millions of recorded songs.

The app will also utilize Slacker’s personalization tools combined with LiveXLive’s “industry-leading” ability to bring the hottest festivals to consumers wherever they are. Other significant features users of the new app can look forward too include: ” one-touch access to live events, audio streams, original episodic content, podcasts, video on demand, real-time live streams, and social sharing of content.”

Per LiveXLive:

“The redesigned app allows music fans to access the best in live music events and recorded music anywhere, from their cars to their homes, furthering our mission to unify bands, brands, and fans all over the world,” said Robert Ellin, Chairman, and CEO of LiveXLive.
“Our goal is to create the ultimate personalized video, audio and social destination for music fans, with unparalleled access to the artists,” said Tad Ro, Head of Product for LiveXLive. “The new app enhances the audio and video experience through features such as multiple live channels for live video broadcasts with multi-view perspectives of stages, vertical edge-to-edge video, a dynamic video player to support both live streams and video-on-demand playback, and the Slacker-powered music service that’s uniquely based on data-informed, human curation for streaming music stations.”
The app can be download free of charge, but if you don’t like ads all over your streams, you can sign up for a premium subscription. Once you decide to pay, you can look forward to 100 VOD (video-on-demand) performances, more than forty live performances presented without advertising, original music, episodic content, special live events, and more.
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LiveXLive Launches New Redesigned App For iOS & Android Devices

LiveXLive Post Grammy Party

Source: Cassidy Sparrow / Getty

Today (May 17) global digital media company LiveXLive announced a newly redesigned version of its mobile app will be launching on iOS and Android devices.

The announcement of the new app comes right on time to coincide with LiveXLive’s coverage of EDC Las Vegas and the Hangout Music Festival. The redesigned app will not only bring live streams of 35 global music festivals but will also feature hundreds of curated radio stations and millions of recorded songs.

The app will also utilize Slacker’s personalization tools combined with LiveXLive’s “industry-leading” ability to bring the hottest festivals to consumers wherever they are. Other significant features users of the new app can look forward too include: ” one-touch access to live events, audio streams, original episodic content, podcasts, video on demand, real-time live streams, and social sharing of content.”

Per LiveXLive:

“The redesigned app allows music fans to access the best in live music events and recorded music anywhere, from their cars to their homes, furthering our mission to unify bands, brands, and fans all over the world,” said Robert Ellin, Chairman, and CEO of LiveXLive.
“Our goal is to create the ultimate personalized video, audio and social destination for music fans, with unparalleled access to the artists,” said Tad Ro, Head of Product for LiveXLive. “The new app enhances the audio and video experience through features such as multiple live channels for live video broadcasts with multi-view perspectives of stages, vertical edge-to-edge video, a dynamic video player to support both live streams and video-on-demand playback, and the Slacker-powered music service that’s uniquely based on data-informed, human curation for streaming music stations.”
The app can be download free of charge, but if you don’t like ads all over your streams, you can sign up for a premium subscription. Once you decide to pay, you can look forward to 100 VOD (video-on-demand) performances, more than forty live performances presented without advertising, original music, episodic content, special live events, and more.
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Samurai Shodown: OG Character Charlotte & Her Trusty Rapier La Roche Are Back

Samurai Shodown

Source: SNK / Athlon Games

Back in late March, it was revealed that SNK’s classic bloody fighter Samurai Shodown was getting rebooted, and launching on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Now it’s time to get up close and personal with the game’s characters, and up first in what will be a weekly series of reveals is Nakoruru.

*Update*

As part of Samurai Shodown’s weekly character reveals, Charlotte who is an OG to the fighting game franchise is up next. The French swordswoman and loyal knight is back, armed with her rapier La Roche and her elegant but deadly fencing skills combined with her martial arts skills look better than ever. You can see her in action in the trailer below.

*Update*

This weeks character reveal introduces Shiki, who originally made her debut in Samurai Shodown 64 returns to action in the next generation console reboot. For those who don’t know her story, she is a mysterious woman who wakes up on Mt. Osore with no memory of her origins. Sporting two different color eyes, two swords she found at the base of the mountain and the ability to teleport she is on a mission to recover her memory while issuing graceful fades. Peep her trailer below.

*Update*

Last week met newcomer Darli Dagger, this week we get to see Samurai Shodown OG Ukyo. The dangerous swordsman who is the master of the lai quick draw sword technique is quite popular with the ladies but only has eyes for his one true love Kei Odagiri. Despite suffering from an incurable disease, he continues to fight for his beloved and issues some vicious fades.

You can watch his reveal trailer showing off his deadly technique below.

*Update*

We got reacquainted with Samurai Shodown vet Nakoruru, and now it’s time to meet a new challenger. Today the classic fighting game franchise introduced newcomer Darli Dagger. Her backstory goes as follows:

“After washing ashore on a tropical island at a young age, she learned how to defend herself from motley gangs of pirates and shipwrights that populated the area. As a study shipwright herself, Darli crushes opponents with her custom-made saw, an array of self-made tools, and her super-powerful fists.”

You can see her in action in her reveal trailer in the gallery below.

Don’t let her youth, innocence and beautiful looks fool you, Nakoruru is as dangerous as any of the other fighters featured in the game. The Kamui warrior alongside her loyal pet hawk Mamahaha have been around since the original Samurai Shodown game, and now her nature-based moves look even more beautiful but still just as dangerous as ever thanks to the games new gorgeous cutting edge 3D graphics.

Nakoruru’s primary mission is to protect her beloved Mother Nature at all cost, and those who dare dishonor her face death. You can check out her reveal trailer in the gallery below and keep it locked on HipHopWired as we bring each character to you and any more news related to Samurai Shodown leading up to the games June release.

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2 Chainz & Awkwafina Say Goodbye To Unhelpful Phones In New Google Pixel 3a Ad

2 Chainz & Awkwafina Star In New Google Pixel 3a National Ad Campaign

Source: Google / Google Pixel 3A

Yesterday (May 7) Google unveiled its new Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL phones during its I/O event. To help get the word out about the devices, the tech company enlisted the help of Rap or Go To The League crafter 2 Chainz and actress Awkwafina.

In the hilarious ad, 2 Chainz and Awkwafina vent their frustrations while getting manicures about their unhelpful smartphones after Titty Boi realizes he is out of space when he tries to take a selfie with the actress. From there the two yearn for a phone that “gets them” and will allow to them do things like know their schedule, know their taste, order sea bass or even purchase Mount Fuji without having to pay for “the dumb things they don’t want.”

Well, apparently you get that and more with the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL which are the more affordable version of the tech giants Pixel 3 smartphone. Based on reviews for the phone, Google has another hit on their hands with their new devices with reviewers calling it the best Android device out despite its lower cost.

The Google Pixel 3A starts at $400, and the 3A XL costs $480 and is available unlocked and ready to work on T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon. The Pixel which was once a Verizon exclusive is also now available on other carriers as well. You can check out the hilarious ad for the Pixel 3A featuring 2 Chainz and Awkwafina below.

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Twitter Update Allows Users To Retweet With Gifs, Photos & Videos

Twitter Update Allows Tweets To Be Retweed With Gifs, Photos & Videos

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If you were one of the everyday Tweeters, who wanted the ability to retweet or quote retweet using a gif, photo or video your prayers have been answered. Twitter announced a new update allowing users to do such adding more flavor to your conversations on the social media platform.

The update which is now has been rolled out across Apple iOS and Android devices will now all users to add up to four pieces of multimedia whether it be four photos, videos or a gif. When doing so, the original tweet will now be placed conveniently below so it doesn’t get lost in the conversation. When speaking about the new feature, Twitter broke down the process of coming up with the function and stated in a series of Tweets:

“People come to Twitter to share their thoughts on interests, events, and news, and we wanted to give them more ways to express themselves.”

“During the first usability test, we found it was challenging for people to quickly understand all the content in a Retweet with media. This was due to the layout; two large Tweets stacked on top of each other.”

“To improve comprehension, we focused on creating hierarchy, prioritizing the author’s voice, and providing more context around the Tweet being Retweeted.”

Next, we ran a second usability test, introducing a condensed inner Tweet that was styled similar to a pull quote. This was to help differentiate the two components of the Retweet. Participants reacted well to it.

Twitter also is promising another update that will make  “Retweets with media more interactive and easier to read” while “exploring more ways to help people express themselves. Stay tuned!” That’s all fine and dandy, and it’s great that Twitter is listening to users but where in the world is the ability to edit Tweets after we hit send?

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Spotify Is Now King With 100 Million Paid Subcribers, Passes Apple

Spotify Passes Apple Music With 100 Million Paid Subscribers

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When it comes to paid subscribers, Spotify is now the king. The Swedish music streaming platform announced during a 2019 1Q financial performance review that it now has 100 million premium subscriptions surpassing Apples 50 million.

Just earlier this month it was reported Apple held the title.

Spotify also reported a year-on-year increase of 32 percent alongside the impressive feat. The company also managed to pull in an additional two million users pushing its active monthly users to 217 million despite its launch in India hitting a roadblock in the form of being slapped by with a copyright lawsuit by Warner Music.

Spotify is expecting by the end of  2019 2Q to see its active monthly users worldwide increase to between 222 to 228 million, and its paid subscribers hit 107 to 110 million. The company also announced it’s looking to expand its and significantly upgrade recently acquired Grimlet Media, Anchor, and Parcast podcast lineup as well as its free ad-supported music streaming service.

Despite all the good news the company boasted about, Spotify still suffered a USD 159 million loss during the first quarter. Also while leading globally, Spotify is taking an L in the US market with 26 million paid subscribers compared to Apple’s 28 million paid subscribers.

Just more news to keep the music streaming wars interesting, this news comes on the heels of Amazon making a push for Spotify’s spot with the recent quiet release of its own ad-supported free music service to Alexa-enabled smart speaker owners.

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Watch Snoop Dogg & Sir 21 Savage Face Off In ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ [Video]

Snoop Dogg takes on 21 Savage In Mortal Kombat 11

Source: WB Games / NetherRealm Studios

We have been keeping you up to date on Mortal Kombat 11 with our Kombat Kountdown, and now the game is here and to celebrate its release Snoop Dogg held a tournament featuring his celebrity friends.

Snoop Dogg in conjunction with his Gangster Gaming League (GGL) held a ganja-friendly King of the Kompound tournament where the legendary rapper and celebrity guests including 21 Savage, Rachel Ako (a Survivor contestant and Playboy model), pro gamer Steve Scott, dancing Instagram personality and Danrue and more. The event which was live-streamed on both Twitch and Mixer even had giveaways for fans who were tuned in.

As for the tournament itself, which took place in Inglewood California, Snoop and Sir 21 Savage faced in the game which featured an exclusive track from the “Bank Account” rapper, The Doggfather eventually ended up in the finals taking on TikTok star, Brooke Bridges, with her beating Snoop and taking home the title in the Mortal Kombat 11 tournament. Snoop even revealed his favorite character is none other than the Outworld gunslinger Erron Black.

Mortal Kombat 11 is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, you can check out all of the highlights from Snoop Dogg’s King of the Kompound tournament in the video below.

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Patrick Mahomes Lands Cover of ‘Madden 20’, Joey BadA$$ Featured In Reveal Trailer

Patrick Mahomes Lands Cover of Madden 20

Source: EA Sports / Madden 20

Ahead of last night’s 2019 NFL Draft, EA Sports revealed the next cover athlete for Madden 20 its none other than the Kansas City Chief’s rookie phenom QB Patrick Mahomes.

Mahomes who is coming off a record-setting first season will grace the cover of all editions of Madden 20 including Madden NFL Mobile. In addition to earning the distinct honor of being the face of this years edition of the famed video game franchise, Mahomes also contributed to the new personalized career campaign mode Face of the Franchise: QB1.

In the brand new mode players will now be able to create their own college quarterback in Madden 20 to play through the NCAA College Football National Championship playoff which will have 10 college teams as well as the NFL Combine, NFL Draft and ultimately being a starting QB on an NFL franchise. Both Face of the Franchise: QB1 and Franchise mode will use a new Scenario Engine that “generates unique playable scenarios, events and dynamic challenges that build the story of each fan’s distinct NFL career.”

Another new feature coming to Madden 20 is Superstar X-Factor which will bring NFL superstars to life on the virtual football field by giving gamers access to the players “unique abilities” that clearly separates them from other NFL players. Fans can expect the game to carry on the tradition of bringing the action they have come to expect every Sunday on the field to be in the Madden 20 with new player celebrations, run/pass option plays and of course unique playbooks. Speaking on the new mode, Executive Producer of Madden NFL 20 Seann Graddy added:

The team this year wanted to ensure that the superstars of the NFL responded and played differently in all aspects in Madden, just as they do on the field every Sunday – we wanted to make sure the stars felt like stars.” 

Mahomes who is a life-long Madden fan called landing the cover a full circle moment for him and an honor.

“The last year has been life-changing for me and landing the cover of Madden NFL 20 is both a huge honor and a dream come true as a lifelong Madden fan. To also get the opportunity to impact the experience in the new Face of the Franchise: QB1 by providing input on the gameplay is something I never expected. I played Madden with my dad when I was a kid, and this is definitely a full circle moment for me.”

The announcement was also accompanied with a reveal trailer featuring narration by  Joey BadA$$ whom we can probably expect on the games original soundtrack called Urban Symphony, that highlights pop culture, hip-hop music, and urban lifestyle trends aimed to “deliver on the emotion, history, and meaning of football.”

Now of course Chiefs’ fans are probably worried about the dreaded Madden curse, but hey maybe Mahomes has the skills to put it to bed. Madden 20 arrives worldwide on August 2, 2019, for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Origin for PC. If you pre-order Madden NFL 20: Superstar Edition fans will receive Superstar Edition benefits, including 12 Gold Team Fantasy Packs, a choice of 1 out of 32 core elite players from a favorite NFL team, and much more.

So get yourself hyped for Madden season by watching the trailer for Madden 20 below.

Photo: EA Sports/Madden 20

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Samurai Shodown: Pretty Boy Ukyo Serves Vicious Fades In Reveal Trailer

Samurai Shodown

Source: SNK / Athlon Games

Back in late March, it was revealed that SNK’s classic bloody fighter Samurai Shodown was getting rebooted, and launching on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Now it’s time to get up close and personal with the game’s characters, and up first in what will be a weekly series of reveals is Nakoruru.

*Update*

Last week met newcomer Darli Dagger, this week we get to see Samurai Shodown OG Ukyo. The dangerous swordsman who is the master of the lai quick draw sword technique is quite popular with the ladies but only has eyes for his one true love Kei Odagiri. Despite suffering from an incurable disease, he continues to fight for his beloved and issues some vicious fades.

You can watch his reveal trailer showing off his deadly technique below.

*Update*

We got reacquainted with Samurai Shodown vet Nakoruru, and now it’s time to meet a new challenger. Today the classic fighting game franchise introduced newcomer Darli Dagger. Her backstory goes as follows:

“After washing ashore on a tropical island at a young age, she learned how to defend herself from motley gangs of pirates and shipwrights that populated the area. As a study shipwright herself, Darli crushes opponents with her custom-made saw, an array of self-made tools, and her super-powerful fists.”

You can see her in action in her reveal trailer in the gallery below.

Don’t let her youth, innocence and beautiful looks fool you, Nakoruru is as dangerous as any of the other fighters featured in the game. The Kamui warrior alongside her loyal pet hawk Mamahaha have been around since the original Samurai Shodown game, and now her nature-based moves look even more beautiful but still just as dangerous as ever thanks to the games new gorgeous cutting edge 3D graphics.

Nakoruru’s primary mission is to protect her beloved Mother Nature at all cost, and those who dare dishonor her face death. You can check out her reveal trailer in the gallery below and keep it locked on HipHopWired as we bring each character to you and any more news related to Samurai Shodown leading up to the games June release.

Photo: SNK/Althon Games

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Khalid Announced As New Global Brand Ambassador For Audio Brand JBL

Khalid Announced As Global Ambassador For Popular Audio Brand JBL

Source: JBL / Harman

World-renowned audio brand JBL announced today (Apr.25) award-winning multi-platinum artist Khalid as it’s newest Global Ambassador adding him to the growing list of musicians, celebrities and athletes on Team JBL.

As part of the new partnership, Khalid will represent the brand worldwide and will headline the third-annual JBL Fest in Las Vegas this October. The announcement comes on the heels of the release of his critically acclaimed album Free Spirit which debut number 1 on Billboard Top 200 and is the follow-up to his debut effort Teen Spirit. Speaking on his new role, Khalid had this to say:

“I’m constantly looking for ways to connect with my fans and elevate how they experience my music,” offered Khalid. “Partnering with JBL and headlining JBL Fest gives me a perfect way to do that – and with my new album out, it’s the right time. I’ve always loved JBL sound – whether pumping through an arena or in my headphones – so teaming up with JBL was an organic move for me.”

Ralph Santana, Chief Marketing Officer at HARMAN added:

“Khalid captures the energy of JBL, He’s an absolute original and knows how to connect to his fans through outstanding lyricism and his unmistakable delivery. He’ll electrify the crowd at JBL Fest, and we are excited to get started on a partnership that will be full of elevated experiences for Khalid fans.”

Khalid joins an impressive team that consists of Demi Lovato, actress, and humanitarian Priyanka Chopra, living legend  Quincy Jones, Indian music mogul A.R. Rahman, three-time NBA Champion, and two-time MVP, Stephen Curry, NBA stars Giannis Antetokounmpo, Andre Drummond, Yankee Slugger Aaron Judge, DJ, and producer Armin van Buuren and pianist and philanthropist Lang Lang. JBL is also the official sound partner for the Grammys.

Photo: JBL / Harman

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