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  • MTV EMAs 2017: the winners, the reactions, the tweets

    Last night, media monster MTV hosted the latest edition of its annual European Music Awards (or EMAs) in London. Although likely forgotten by most, #MTVEMAs did trend through much of Europe late Sunday. In South Africa, we were a bit too concerned about the weekend's sporting failures. Taylor Swift was nominated for six awards, but as we all found, nominations don't always mean guaranteed wins (especially when it comes to a social media-based voting system). On that note, we've rounded up some of the winners on the night, and their reactions as told through their Twitter and Instagram posts. Best Song and Best...

  • Twitter deciphers Taylor Swift’s ‘…Ready For It?’ video

    Taylor Swift's latest era has been criticised as tone deaf and narcissistic as she takes on the "media" with her upcoming album Reputation -- but her fans are with her, and her latest video "...Ready For It?" has left many frantic to decipher hidden clues. Trying to solve all the pieces on Taylor Swift's music videos like.. pic.twitter.com/ES7fWQazTG — Dale 🐍 (@DaleSwifty) October 27, 2017 The Ghost in the Shell-esque video, which has amassed 2.4-million views in just over five hours, shows a witchy Swift confront a robotic clone of herself trapped in a glass cage. The video's budget must have largely been spent on CGI, as the...

  • Watch: Major Lazer’s ‘Particula’ video flaunts South Africa and Nigeria’s creative genius

    American recording trio Major Lazer may have been slammed in the past for making coin from cultural appropriation, but its latest track brings out the best in South Africa's and Nigeria's music and cinematography scene. Co-produced by South Africa's DJ Maphorisa, and starring SA rapper Nasty C, and Nigerian artists Ice Prince, and Pantoranking, "Particula" is a reggae banger that this week received the music video treatment. Said video was also directed by Cape Town-based Adriaan Louw. "Particula" does not feature Table Mountain however, but rather the Hillbrow Tower. Major Lazer's 'Particula' is filmed in Johannesburg, but features both Nigerian and South...

  • Eminem disses Trump in freestyle verse, South Africa is split

    Rapper Eminem unleashed a four-minute-long freestyle criticising US President Donald Trump at Tuesday's BET Hip Hop Awards, and the South African responses have been split. In the freestyle, the rapper says that, among other issues, "racism's the only thing fantastic for". He also bashes his "distraction" tactics of focussing on the recent NFL protests rather than disaster-relief for Hurricane-hit Puerto Rico. Eminem goes so far as to tell any of his Trump-supporting fans that he's "drawing a line in the sand; you're either for or against". The FULL verse that EVERYBODY is talking about! @eminem BODIED THIS! #HipHopAwardspic.twitter.com/zoS0wEwjQF — BET (@BET) October 11, 2017 Former-NFL...

  • Siri thought ‘Despacito’ was Bulgaria’s national anthem

    For a brief moment on Wednesday, Apple's voice assistant Siri thought that the national anthem of Bulgaria was "Despacito". When asked "What is the national anthem of Bulgaria?" Siri responded with an info page for the Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee song, and the definitive answer: "The national anthem of Bulgaria is Despacito". The Verge's Tom Warren was among the first to notice the issue. Siri’s switch to Google went well then... pic.twitter.com/bbG5hI9hQA — Tom Warren (@tomwarren) October 4, 2017 While Siri wouldn't be far off judging by the song's viral popularity -- the video does boast over 3.9-billion views at the time of...

  • Rocking The Daisies and OppiKoppi 2017: your essential festival app kit

    It's once again festival season in South Africa, and kicking off the year's musical escapades is a weekend double header. Both Rocking The Daisies in the Western Cape and OppiKoppi in Limpopo will take place this weekend in two opposite corners of the country -- but just because you're spending the weekend in dusty tents with limited power supply doesn't mean you can't use technology to make your partying just that bit easier. While there are a few apps you should have on your smartphone for both events (and the festivals to come), we'll take a look at specific apps you should...

  • Is Spotify finally coming to South Africa? This job listing suggests yes

    Swedish export Spotify is one music streaming service that's infamously not available in South Africa, but that might be about to change. A job advertisement on Spotify's listings portal suggests that the company is seeking an employee vested in the South African music scene. Said employee will become the titular senior editor and music programmer who will "join Spotify Shows and Editorial team, responsible for South Africa". "You will identify and curate first rate music playlist listening- and programming experiences for a multitude of our moods, moments, and genres, demonstrate a passion for performance-oriented analytics, and will have your ear to...

  • Apple Watch Series 3 brings Apple Music streaming to the wrist

    At its first product launch event at the new Steve Jobs Theatre, Apple debuted a slew of new devices. One of them was the Apple Watch Series 3. But while you can catch all the technical specs of the Watch over on Gearburn, on Memeburn we're more concerned by one particular detail: Apple Music will be available on the device. Apple punted its music service's 40-million tracks, which will all be streamable from the wrist, thanks to the Watch's new electronic SIM system, that can connect to cellular networks. While the electronic SIM was only demoed using an AT&T network, this is...

  • #VMAs 2017 according to South African Twitter

    The VMAs may have started at a local time of 2am Monday morning, but that didn't stop it from trending nationwide by the time most of the country was waking up. MTV offered what Vox called "an extremely boring show" at the same time as the much-anticipated Game of Thrones finale, yet still managed to crack a trend ahead of the HBO show. So just who were South Africans talking about? Kendrick Lamar Rapper Kendrick Lamar put on a political performance that started with news footage from an incident of police brutality interspersed with Fox News coverage. Lamar has always been vocal about race issues in the US -- last...

  • Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ breaks YouTube lyric video record

    You just can't keep Taylor Swift out of the news, even if she's been relatively quiet for much of 2017. With the debut of the new track "Look What You Made Me Do", Swift has broke yet another record even if said record is a slightly odd one. According to Variety, the lyric video for "Look What You Made Me Do" racked up over 12-million views in its first 24 hours, becoming the first lyric video on the platform to crack the 10-million mark in its first day. At present, the clip has totalled over 41-million views, with over a million likes,...

  • #LookWhatYouMadeMeDo: Taylor Swift divides the web with ‘edgy’ new single

    Taylor Swift has dropped her first single from her upcoming album Reputation, and it has split the web down the middle. Superfans have called "Look What You Made Me Do" "savage" and "grownup", while others have deemed it faux edgy and yet another play of the victim card. I'm so excited 🤗🤗🤗I love your new song @taylorswift13 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️#LookWhatYouMadeMeDo — Aleksandraaa (@olly811) August 25, 2017 taylor might as well have named her album Yet Another Victim Card #Reputation#TS6IsComing#LookWhatYouMadeMeDo — ya girl (@aeslinn) August 25, 2017 Both the hate and the love work in Swift's favour, though, as she and the song trended in the top two spots...

  • Migos is coming to South Africa, and the web can’t wait

    US hip-hop trio Migos is making its way to Durban and Joburg this October, and South Africans are excited to say the least. Rain drop, drop top! @Migos Culture Tour hits SA this October! You coming?? #MigosCultureTour pic.twitter.com/qaQz9jYkT4 — BET Africa ch. 129 (@BET_Africa) August 8, 2017 The band, known best for track-turned-meme "Bad and Boujee", was trending in second on Twitter behind the #ZumaVote by noon Tuesday -- which didn't escape South Africans' notice. Engathi the Migos tour dates where released today to distract the youth from the vote of no confidence? — Menzi Xonx 🥂 (@Menzi_Xonx) August 8, 2017 There's no doubt that the youth...

  • Despacito vs See You Again: which YouTube video will hit 3bn views first?

    "Despacito" and "See You Again" are currently locked in an epic, brutal popularity battle atop the YouTube charts. As the first and second most watched videos on Google's video platform, both have a chance to become the first ever video to break the three-billion view milestone. At present, "Despacito" is the plucky underdog, standing at 2.889-billion views, but it has caught and passed previous most viewed video on YouTube -- Psy's "Gangnam Style" -- within two weeks. "See You Again" however is now less than 10-million views away from hitting the three-billion view milestone. It became the most viewed video on YouTube...

  • James van der Beek runs a better Diplo Twitter account than Diplo

    As the brains behind tracks like "Lean On", "Cold Water" and, uh, "Bubble Butt", Diplo is no stranger to the limelight. His official Twitter account also boasts around 2.33-million followers, which isn't minuscule at all. But while his timeline is laced with fans' adorable letters expressing their love for his music, his Diplo account isn't quite the best Diplo account. That honour belongs to James van der Beek. Yes, Dawson Leery of Dawson's Creek fame. Van der Beek's parody account -- @_diplo_ and not the more official @diplo -- also boats a verified badge, which makes it notably difficult to tell the actual...

  • #DestinyVideo: Cassper Nyovest evokes Black Mirror in latest video

    South African recording artist Cassper Nyovest has created a stir on Twitter after dropping the video for his latest single "Destiny" yesterday. The heavily stylised video takes place in the future as featuring artist Goapele walks through an expensive, minimalist house while scrolling through holographic screens. The scene evokes imagery from the likes of Ex Machina and Black Mirror -- made even more clear when it is revealed (spoilers, I guess) that Goapele is a robot Nyovest created. Destiny was directed by Capetonian Kyle Lewis, who has helmed other videos by the likes of Nasty C and Khuli Chana. In less than 24 hours, the video was trending in...