‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Soundtrack Debuts at Number One

The Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack has the number one album in the country this week.

The Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, earning 123,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 16, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 72,000 were in traditional album sales. The set was released through Universal Studios/Republic Records on Feb. 10.

Strung Out’s New EP Titled ‘Black Out the Sky’

Strung Out frontman Jason Cruz revealed to Dying Scene that the band are working on a new EP called Black Out the Sky:

Strung out is currently working on a 5-7 song EP entitled “Black Out The Sky” set to release early summer 2017 on Fat Wreck Chords. BOTS will be a collection of acoustic songs written with a loose theme to match the title. To simply call it an ‘acoustic album’ would not be doing it justice and it very well may be our darkest release yet.

Never writing same record twice – yet at the same time staying true to our fans has always been our priority as a band. We do not plan on abandoning our signature sound but with the way things are now, this record may be the perfect remedy in a world where everything is turned up to eleven. We are confident fans of Strung Out will not be disappointed.

I’ve been on a massive Strung Out kick over the past few weeks and can’t wait for this one. I’d forgotten just how damn good this band is and how deep their catalog runs.

Social Distortion Opening New House of Blues

Social Distortion will be opening the new House of Blues in Orange County:

“I have a love-hate relationship with Orange County,” Ness said during a recent interview at the new House of Blues Anaheim. “I love the weather, I love the beach and I love being close to the mountains and foothills, but every now and again I’m reminded that it’s a pretty conservative county. I’d like to think it’s changed over the last 35 years, but every now and again I’m reminded that it hasn’t.”

Mike Ness also mentions in the article that he’s working on a new music.

Mark Zuckerberg Lays Out Facebook’s New Mission Statement

Mark Zuckerberg has outlined a new mission statement for Facebook:

This is a time when many of us around the world are reflecting on how we can have the most positive impact. I am reminded of my favorite saying about technology: “We always overestimate what we can do in two years, and we underestimate what we can do in ten years.” We may not have the power to create the world we want immediately, but we can all start working on the long term today. In times like these, the most important thing we at Facebook can do is develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us.

For the past decade, Facebook has focused on connecting friends and families. With that foundation, our next focus will be developing the social infrastructure for community — for supporting us, for keeping us safe, for informing us, for civic engagement, and for inclusion of all.

Kara Swisher spoke with Mark over at Recode about the manifesto:

He is particularly concerned about the use of headlines as the only signal to online users. “In most news consumed on paper, the headline is not separate from the content,” he said. “Online the headline is often the only indicator and that is a problem.”

Zuckerberg seems to get how complex it is and how damaging fake news is to the Facebook platform. “Our community wants good information and no one ever said, ‘I want misinformation,’” he said.