Matthias Verbergt, writing for The Wall Street Journal:
Swedish music-streaming company Spotify AB on Wednesday launched programmatic ad buying for all its markets, allowing advertisers to target its 70 million nonpaying users by age, gender, genres and playlists in real time […] such as listeners who are commuting, working out, dining, dating, partying or relaxing.
Nothing says “great date night” like an advertiser breaking into your playlist to sell you something.
Drake again tops the Billboard 200 this week while NeedToBreathe’s HardLove comes in at number two:
Speaking of album sales, the top-selling album of the week is NeedToBreathe’s HardLove, which debuts at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The set earned 50,000 units, of which 46,000 were in traditional album sales.
Notable artists on your television screen this week include: Prophets of Rage (7/25; Kimmel), The Strokes (7/26; Kimmel), Sturgill Simpson (7/27; Fallon), Usher (7/28; Fallon), Ryan Adams (7/26; Colbert), and Local Natives (7/27; Conan).
Third Eye Blind have released their new song “Cop vs. Phone Girl” from their upcoming EP, We Are Drugs. You can stream the song below.
Vindu Goel, reporting for The New York Times:
Verizon, seeking to build an array of digital businesses that can compete for users and advertising with Google and Facebook, announced on Monday that it was buying Yahoo’s core internet business for $4.83 billion in cash.
The deal, which was reached over the weekend, unites two titans of the early internet, AOL and Yahoo, under the umbrella of one of the nation’s largest telecommunications companies. Verizon bought AOL for $4.4 billion last year. Now it will add Yahoo’s consumer services — search, news, finance, sports, video, email and the Tumblr social network — to a portfolio that includes AOL as well as popular sites like The Huffington Post.
Yahoo and AOL, once giants of the industry, now just another part of Verizon. I wonder what Tumblr’s fate will be?
The 1975 have announced some new North American tour dates. You’ll find those below.
The second trailer for Doctor Strange has been released.
A Day to Remember have released their new song “Bullfight.” The album’s release date has also been pushed back to September 2nd.
Pierce the Veil have released their new video for “Circles.”
Brie Larson has been officially announced to play Captain Marvel.
Balance & Composure will release their new album, Light We Made, on October 7th via Vagrant Records. They have also released their new song, “Postcard,” and pre-orders are now up.
The LEGO Batman Movie trailer has also been released. I’d say it’s been a pretty good day for trailers.
The badass new trailer for Wonder Woman was just released.
A trailer for Justice League was just posted on Twitter.
SD3’s new single “All That I Want” is now up on Apple Music. The 80’s themed music features Cary Brothers.
Ananya Bhattacharya, writing for QZ:
Surprising fact: there’s a company still making video-cassette recorders, or VCRs. But that will change at the end of this month.
Japan’s Funai Electronics, which makes its own electronics, in addition to supplying companies like Sanyo, will produce the last batch of VCR units by July 30, Nikkei reported (link in Japanese). The company cites difficulty in obtaining the necessary parts as one of the reasons for halting production.