How Safe Is that Uber Ride? Passengers Cite Concerns

The controversy surrounding Uber continues and the company could be in trouble as far as security issues are concerned for their clients.

Alexandra Craigle, a cancer patient in NY was verbally abused by her Uber dirver, with phone calls, text messages, and called “an animal” for cancelling her service, according to a report by the NY Daily News.

There is growing scrutiny surrounding Uber drivers and the security of passengers.

Patrick Karajah, an Uber driver in San Francisco, picked up three passengers, and after a heated discussion about the path that Karajah had taken, the driver assaulted his passenger with a hammer. The passenger, is now hospitalized and at risk of losing an eye, as reported by the police reports and information published by CBS San Francisco.

This aggression, which has been evident since its launch, has been the target of criticism from numerous organizations and unions of taxi drivers from various countries.

Uber spokesmen have claimed that this driver has been suspended as of any serious complaints that have been received, and that the company is willing to cooperate with the police in the investigation to determine what happened.

To date, Uber operates just over 200 cities worldwide. Both in San Francisco, New York, Berlin, London, Bogota and Mexico City, authorities have intervened to seek ways to govern Uber, but so far have failed.

U2 Forced To Post Pone Tonight Residency

U2 was set to be the residency band on “The Tonight Show” this week but was forced to cancel after lead singer Bono injured himself. The group stated that Bono injured his arm when he took a spill on his bicycle while out in Central Park. It would seem the universe has it out for Bono given the fact that just a few days earlier the hatch flew open on Bono’s private plane while he was in it.

The band was scheduled to be the house band for Jimmy Fallon to promote their new album “Songs of Innocence” and to likely clear the air after angering many Apple fans. My friend Mark Ahn checked out their statement from their website, which explained that Bono needs surgery to repair the damage to his arm but they will be back healthy and performing soon.

Elvis Presley’s First Recording Up For Auction

Elvis Presley’s first recording is going up for sale at an auction being held by a small group of memorabilia collectors. The event will be held on January 8th in Graceland at the iconic legends former estate in Memphis. This date would have been his 80th birthday, which excites many fans like Keith Mann as it approaches.
Sun Records studio cut the original recording on July 18th, 1953. The acetate disk contains two tracks. One is “My Happiness” and the other is “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.”
The origins of the recording are not agreed on by Elvis experts. Some say he recorded it for his mother while others claim it was given to his friend Ed Leek who paid four dollars to have it recorded.
The value of the article is estimated to be at least $500,000 according to Record Collector magazine.
Rolling Stone magazine reports that other items being auctioned off include, his first drivers license issued in 1952, a signed contract, and another single from a private collection.

Will Taylor Swift Removing Music from Chinese Streaming Services Backfire?

After pulling all her albums from Spotify last week, the popular American singer has also just pulled her music from several Chinese music streaming services.

That means Chinese Taylor Swift fans now have few options when it comes to listening to her music for free.

In the shutoff internet world that is what most of China has to deal with, however, is this move likely to backfire for Swift? Will more Chinese fans now opt for illegally downloading her music, if they cannot find places to listen to her songs legitimately?

My friend Rod Rohrich travels to Asia fairly often and says that once Swift’s music is not available for the Chinese online legally, a huge percentage will figure out a way of downloading it for free, or buying it cheaply and doctored from one of hundreds of thousands of stores across China selling bootleg music.

In Thailand, the vast majority of western music is still either downloaded from bootleg sites, or bought at stalls selling bootleg music all across the country.

After all, even for the Thais, who have a much more open internet than the Chinese and a slightly higher income, when you can buy Taylor Swift’s new album ‘1989’ on a high-quality CD for less than $3, or download it for free from any number of sites offering bootleg music, that is exactly what most will do.

While, of course, I understand Taylor Swift’s reticence when it comes to giving her music for free, I do wonder if this multi-millionaire understands what many fans in Asia have to go through even just to access legal music streaming sites? Or how little disposable income fans do actually have?

Bed Of Lies

Nicki Minaj hosted and performed at the 2014 EMA’s last Sunday and sang a brand new song with Skylar Grey called, “Bed Of Lies”. This will probably be her next single that will be released for her upcoming album, The Pinkprint. After hearing this new song, seeing the way she performed it with Susan McGalla, and checking out the way it blew up on social media profiles, it is pretty much safe to say that this song was about a particular person.

“Bed Of Lies” is very different than the other two songs that she performed at the EMA’s, “Super Bass” and “Anaconda”.  It is a slow song with very deep lyrics and a chorus from Skylar Grey. Listening to the lyrics closely, you can conclude that it is based on a close relationship that Nicki Minaj had recently but no longer has anymore.

One of the lyrics could represent that she has a lover that was with her from the start but eventually took advantage of her, being a rising star. She even steps out of the box, singing, singing something that could mean that she asked Birdman who is the CEO of Cash Money to help her lover too.

Nicki Minaj is very secretive about her personal life but we all know that she was in a relationship with Safaree (Scaff Beezy) Samuels for more than 10 years.

YouTube Introduces Music Streaming

If you thought the music streaming business ended with Spotify, think again. Youtube became one of the top leading companies in the world in streaming music by allowing their users to stream any song they like ad-free without having to buy the song directly on their website.

The system will offer videos and full albums of artists to give the user the ultimate collection of music to choose from, and not only can you listen to the music ad-free, the user is able to download the music straight to their Music Key, where they could play the music on the go anywhere they went.

Unlike many critics believe, while playing music using the Music Key app, but Jared Haftel says you won’t need to keep the app open as it works fine in the background as well.

Although the app is to be released this Monday, not all Youtube users will be able to try it out. Only heavy Youtube users got the invite to try out the Beta version of the app.

The Beta version of Music Key will be free for the first 6 months, but the service will cost $7.99 per month after that for the real live version of the app.

Usher and Buzz the Bee Team Up Again

Usher’s new single is the hot new breakfast cereal prize of 2014. Billboard has reported that specially marked Honey Nut Cheerios, only available at Wal-Mart, will contain a code for a free copy of Usher’s newest single, “Clueless,” which will not be on his upcoming album, UR. I’m pretty glad that my buddy Keith Mann posted on Twitter that he got the code because I want that song.

It seems to be that Usher is good friends with Buzz the Bee, official mascot of Honey Nut Cheerios. During a clip released last August, Usher and Buzz did a dance number before sharing nutrition tips.

So, to top that, they have collaborated to bring us this brand new cereal box promotion. However, if Usher or Cheerios think that this promotion is going to incite as much excitement as the traditional toy prize at the bottom of the cereal box, they are sadly mistaken. A music download is a good promo, and everybody appreciates free stuff, but nothing will ever be as exciting as digging through, or eating, the whole box of cereal to find the coveted toy that always broke before the end of the day. Besides, let’s be realistic, the code will probably just be printed on the inner cardboard, and the bag will just need to be pulled out.


Garth Brooks Serenades a fan Battling Cancer

A Garth Brooks concert turned into one big deep heartfelt moment that left thousands of fans stunned and in tears. It is well-known that Garth Brooks tragically lost both his mother and sister to cancer. Now, a special woman in the audience has touched his heart with a sign.

During Garth Brooks “The Dance” performance, the camera caught a sign a woman was holding that read “Chemo this morning. Garth tonight. Enjoying The Dance”. The woman, Teresa Shaw from Iowa, made her way to the front and when Garth caught a glimpse of her sign, it is evident that it took him away. During his performance, Garth walks over to this woman, leans down and begins singing to her. Then, he gets chocked up and decides he wants to keep her sign so he trades her his guitar. Shaw is wiping tears from her eyes when he hits knuckles with her, tells her to keep fighting and kisses her on the head.

When Garth stood up and returned to the stage, holding her sign in place of his guitar, the music continued to play and he took off his hat and raised up the sign high in the air. Plenty of people were blown away with this gesture. Susan McGalla thought it was an extremely kind thing for him to do. Then, Garth says with great emotion “Sometimes man, sometimes, I’m one of those guys that says “Man, if God would just give a big ol’ hand that comes out from the sky and write I exist, then there would never be any doubt, right?” Well, I want to tell you right now; God just stuck his hand out and he wrote.” Before looking up toward the sky and telling God “Thank you for everything!”, fans were wiping tears from their eyes and Garth, still waving the sign, looks toward Shaw and says “You have all my strength. You have everyone’s strength in here”.

Shaw made the sign prior to leaving and says “The Dance” is one of her favorite songs of his. “I know that if ever I’m down, I can go to it and think about that night” Shaw said in an interview, while holding the top selling solo artist’s guitar.

When Planning a Trip to China, Remember to Pack Your Own Air

Recently China held the Beijing International Marathon in the city of Zhengzhou. It was attended by thousands of participants who ran the course. Many of these runners crossed the finish line, however many of them did not. The reason that they failed to finish may astonish and shock you. So keep reading Fersen Lambranho, you will feel for all those runners out there.

Some of these runners attempted to run a marathon in conditions of pollution that are 20 times higher than it is deemed safe to breathe. Many could not finish due to the pain that it caused when breathing.

In an attempt to aid the situation, the government had fresh air flown in to the area before the event. There was recently a summit with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in attendance after Beijing initiated strict environmental controls including the shutting down the manufacturing companies and limiting traffic.

Although these actions may have had a slight impact on the air quality, there is no doubt that it is not a solution to the long time problem. Many of the participants of this race were taking it on by wearing surgical masks. The sights of these air breathing aids has become so common that no one even takes a second look. Except if you are on the runway.


Meghan Trainor’s Instant Success

When it comes to body types, the record industry usually favors those with low body fat and toned muscles. Meghan Trainor however is breaking through this stereotype, and sharing the message with all of her fans. Her hit single, “All About That Bass”, encourages individuals who feel like they may not fit that typical body type that is shown in Hollywood all of the time. She hit number one with her hit single, and her record label Epic is hoping to make this happen again.

Rolling Stone reports that she has started to film for her next single, “Title”. This song is all about when a girl is dating a guy, she should be given the title of girlfriend, and Broda was raving about that song out there.


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