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Spotify and Tencent Buying Equity Stakes In Each Other

Tencent and Spotify, two global leaders in digital music, have formally agreed to buy minority equity stakes in each other, it was announced on Friday. In a joint statement, Tencent’s music subsidiary, Tencent Music Entertainment, and Spotify said they would acquire new shares in each other for cash, with the Chinese giant investing in Spotify via secondary purchases. When those transactions are complete, all parties will hold minority stakes in each other, though they did not disclose exact figures. Over the past week, it has been widely reported that TME and Spotify will end up with 10 percent stakes in each other, though that can’t be confirmed. Spotify’s current valuation is up for debate, though it has continued to rise throughout the year as the company prepares to ...

The top-rated TripAdvisor attraction in 50 states

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Toronto, Seattle are two evolved teams

9:06 AM ET Jeff CarlisleSoccer Close Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. TORONTO — The quest to repeat as champions, or even return to a championship final, is littered with obstacles, most of them mental. Some mainstays fail to replicate the form of the previous year. Other players move on in search of bigger challenges at another club, or chafe at being stuck in the same role. New arrivals fail to make an impact. Most of all, mustering the Herculean effort required to reach a final gets eaten away by complacency. It’s doubly impressive then that both the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC have reached this year’s MLS Cup final , just like they did last year. It’s just the third time in the league’s history that the same two MLS Cup ...

G-Eazy & Charlie Puth Prepare For Drunken Mistakes in New Song ‘Sober’

G-Eazy is gearing up to release his double album and short film, The Beautiful & Damned, next Friday (Dec. 15). But this morning (Dec. 8), G revealed “Sober” featuring Charlie Puth. Puth is one of 13 features throughout The Beautiful & Damned‘s 20 tracks.  If G-Eazy’s thrashing rapping in “Sober” is the devil on one shoulder, Puth’s voice is the angel on the other. The contrast in styles plays well off of each other throughout the song, beginning with Puth singing “Oh, I know that I’ll regret this when I’m sober” over only a piano.  Once the beat hits, the Bay Area rapper jumps in with verses detailing the inner-monologue of a mind under the influence: “But, the drunk nights are more fun than sober ones / With ...

Most intriguing individual matchups of the bowl season

9:15 AM ET On Tuesday, we unveiled the most entertaining bowl games of the year, but that was more team-oriented. Today, we look at the games within the games. Here are some of the most intriguing individual matchups you’ll see in college football over the next few weeks: Clemson defensive line vs. Alabama offensive line: There certainly won’t be a shortage of talent in Alabama-Clemson, Part III, in the College Football Playoff at the Allstate Sugar Bowl, but there might not be a matchup on the field that more closely resembles an NFL game than the line play — on both sides — when Alabama has the ball. Clemson’s Austin Bryant, Clelin Ferrell and Christian Wilkins could all be on NFL roster next year, while the Crimson Tide’s offensive line is, collective...

Greek coastguards in record cannabis seizure

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Tensions high in wake of Donald Trump’s Jerusalem announcement

Violence has flared between Israeli forces and Palestinians protesting at US President Donald Trump’s contentious recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Tensions are high in the wake of Mr Trump’s announcement. His policy shift was hailed by Israel but condemned across the Arab and Islamic world.

Kenyan police in shoe purchase scam

Image copyright AFP Image caption Some police officers bought shoes from outside vendors contrary to regulations Kenya’s ministry in charge of policing may have lost at least $1.7m (£1.3m) following irregularities in the purchase of officers’ shoes, an audit has found. The report described a “pathetic and unpleasant situation” with some officers wearing worn-out shoes and others buying non-regulation footwear. It found that the cost of items had been inflated and receipts falsified. The audit also found that the bill for 4,420 motorcycles had been inflated. Africa Live: Updates on this and other stories Silencing the police The ministry’s records show there was a plan to buy 26,500 pairs of shoes but the payment vouchers show money was paid for 78,000 pairs. T...

From YouTube Covers to Originals, Greyson Chance’s 6 Best Songs

All eyes are on 20-year-old Greyson Chance, a longtime Ellen DeGeneres Show favorite, after he premiered his latest track, “Low,” exclusively on Billboard early Thursday (Dec. 8). The release is his first since his 2016 EP, Somewhere Over My Head, after finding a key balance between music and school (Chance is a history major at the University of Tulsa). In honor of the YouTube sensation’s new release, here’s a look back at six of his best songs, combining throwback covers with original tracks that jump-started his career. 1. “Hold On ‘Til the Night”The upbeat piano pop tune serves as the title track from the singer’s first full-length album, released in 2011. The album peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 and spent six weeks on the chart. [embedded content] 2. “Paparazz...

Watch the fire-breathing 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 spit flames

Watch the Fire-Breathing 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Spit Flames [Video] So, we don’t quite know where this came from. This Corvette video was apparently uploaded to Chevrolet’s YouTube channel on November 15, 2017, but left unlisted—meaning it doesn’t appear in searches on YouTube, nor is it promoted as “related content.”  But Reddit found it. Research The video seems to show a 2019 Corvette ZR1—you know, the 755-horse, 715-lb-ft monster Vette with a 212-mph top speed—accelerating at full throttle at what’s already a very high speed. And it’s shooting flames. Not just the little burp of fire you get from some modern supercars on overrun. We’re talking rocket flames. A foot-long stream of blue-white fire blasting out of th...

Stocks open higher after jobs report beats expectations

© Provided by CNBC A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York U.S. equities opened higher on Friday following the release of a stronger-than-expected jobs report. The U.S. economy added 228,000 jobs last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economists polled by Reuters expected a gain of 200,000. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent. “It was another solid report, but wages were a disappointing factor,” said Craig Bishop, vice president of U.S. fixed income at RBC Wealth Management. Average hourly earnings — a closely watched component of the report — rose 0.2 percent for November and 2.5 percent for the year. Economists expected a monthly increase of 0.3 percent or 2.7 percent for the year. “...