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Jay-Z is teaming up with Samsung to release his new album, unveiling a three-minute commercial during the NBA Finals on Sunday and announcing a deal that will give the music to 1 million users of Galaxy mobile phones.
No, they’re not the Beatles. But One Direction, the British tween/teen heartthrobs who’ve re-ignited the boy-band phenomenon, do have a few similarities to the Fab Four. They’re goofy, charming and effortlessly confident. And as they showed in the opening show of their U.S. tour Thursday night before a screaming, sold-out crowd at Fort Lauderdale’s BB&T Center, the Fab Five wreak havoc on American girls with their British accents, cheeky innocence and bouncy, sweetly harmonizing pop songs.
Which goes further or has more impact – documents leaked online or a song? Famed Calle 13 frontman Residente will give Wikileaks founder Julian Assange a taste of a new kind of subversive communication tonight – music. The outspoken rapper and songwriter will meet with Assange at 10 p.m. London time Thursday to write a song with him. The two men will compose in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where Assange has taken refuge for the past year after being charged by the U.S. government over Wikileaks’ massive release of government documents.