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2015 in Music: Adele Staves Off the Inevitable Streaming Takeover For Another Year

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In the first three weeks since its debut, Adele has sold 5.19 million copies of her third album, 25. Released in the penultimate month of 2015, it’s the best-selling album since 2011, and well, you know, 21. Plenty of people will tell you how big a deal this is, and with the ungodly amounts of money that she will make for XL and Columbia, her labels have probably already canonized her.
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Thom Yorke Compares YouTube and Google to Nazis

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In a recent interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke did not mince words when he accused YouTube and its parent company Google of “seizing control” of art, comparing their tactics to Nazi Germany’s infamous art theft during World War II.
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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Dope,’ ‘Aladdin’

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Yes, that’s right, our top two recommended new releases this week are a hard R-rated drugs and hip-hop comedy and a quintessential Disney movie, whaddaya want, our tastes are eclectic. But there is a thread connecting them: one was a ‘90s favorite, and the other is singularly obsessed with that era. Also on the shelf this week: a Sundance sensation, an early effort from one of our favorite filmmakers, and a whole mess of free flicks on YouTube.
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Does Tidal’s Exclusive Content Actually Matter In The YouTube Age?

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When Tidal relaunched last week, the celebrity-owned streaming service’s promise of all-star exclusives was a little underwhelming: Daft Punk’s nine-year-old Electroma film (streaming on YouTube), Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” (for sale on iTunes), a few curated playlists from Tidal’s co-owners (including Beyoncé and Jason Aldean), and exclusive footage from an Alicia Keys concert. This weekend, however, the service delivered those big exclusives referenced in last week’s press conference.
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