DJ Shadow – “Nobody Speak” (Feat. Run The Jewels) Video

DJ Shadow - Nobody Speak videoEarlier this year, DJ Shadow recruited Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike and El-P to spit furious verses on “Nobody Speak,” the best song on his new comeback album The Mountain Will Fall. Today, we get the video for the song, and it’s so fucking great. The clip, from director Sam Pilling, takes place … More »

Oscars: Saudi Arabia Enters ‘Barakah Meets Barakah’ In Foreign Language Race; Kingdom’s Second Submission Ever

Barakah Meets Barakah, the debut feature of writer/director Mahmoud Sabbagh, has been selected to represent Saudi Arabia in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The movie, which debuted in Berlin, thus becomes the second-ever entry from the kingdom. It follows Haifaa Al Mansour’s 2013 charmer Wadjda, which was Saudi Arabia’s first official entry. Though roundly-lauded, that film failed to make the Oscars shortlist.
The crowd-pleasing Barakah Meets Barakah debuted to…


How Copywriter David Burd Became Rap Star (and Hilarious Trojan Man) Lil Dicky

Lil Dicky, the chart-topping MC, is back with more comedy gold for Trojan condoms.

David Burd, whose 2015 debut studio album Professional Rapper hit No. 1 on both Billboard’s rap and comedy charts, anchored a clever, nervous, long-form PSA earlier this year, sponsored by the condom brand, about the dangers of unprotected bathroom sex.

Now, he’s starring in two much slicker but plenty ridiculous new TV commercials, created with agency Colangelo, slated to first air this Sunday during the MTV Video Music Awards. (Trojan has a broader partnership with the youth-focused network, funding its how-to guide on sex and relationships.)

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Viacom Lessons

CREATIVE TRUMPS FINANCIAL Tom Freston is one of the best managers of all time. Not only did he oversee the spectacular growth at MTV Networks, he left his charges alone, they made the decisions, he was the cheerleader, the advisor, but they were empowered. MTV ruled the music business, its programmer was the most powerful […]

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Watch Blood Orange’s Expressive, Powerful Conan Performance

Blood Orange on ConanIt’s amazing that Blood Orange doesn’t appear on late-night TV more often. There are very few musicians out there, in the indie sphere or outside of it, who have a better understanding of how to create a moment. That’s what Dev Hynes did last night, when he was the musical guest on Conan. Sitting shirtless … More »

See-Saw Films Hires Simon Gillis To Run Commercial Affairs; Steve McQueen To Receive BFI Fellowship – Global Briefs

Iain Canning and Emile Sherman’s See-Saw Films has appointed Simon Gillis to the newly created position of Head of Commercial Affairs. Gillis will take up the post ahead of the Toronto International Film Festival. He will be based in London and spearhead the film division’s commercial activities; managing business operations and strategy, leading deal making and overseeing all commercial and financial matters. Gillis joins from Universal Pictures where he served most…