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New Lawsuits Are Helping To Redefine What It Means To Be An Employee

Twenty years ago, it was pretty clear whether or not you were an employee of a company. If you were paid a regular wage, were expected to work a certain number of hours and had to obey a set of Handy company rules, than most people considered you an employee.

But with the rise of “demand economy” jobs like Uber, it’s no longer clear what rights workers have when they’re on the job. With any uncertainty comes lawsuits and a number of pending court actions may redefine what it means to be a worker in today’s economy.

For instance, Uber claims that it is merely a broker that connects potential riders and the drivers. But it is facing multiple international lawsuits that claim the company is essentially serving as the driver’s employer by setting rates, providing training and decommissioning drivers who receive too many bad ratings.

These lawsuits are expected to play out for many years. But when it’s all over, there may be a clearer answer to the question “Who do you work for?”

U2 Finally Performs “Crystal Ballroom” Live

According to Eric Pulier, U2 has been on their World Tour promoting their latest album Songs of Innocence. One of the bonus tracks on the deluxe edition of the album is a song called “Crystal Ballroom.” Fans have been clamoring for them to play it live, but they just hadn’t yet done so. Finally, at their fourth consecutive show at Chicago’s United Center on June 29th, they gave into the fans’ requests and did it.

The song is a nod to their early days in Dublin. They used to perform at a punk club called McGonagle’s, but historically known as The Crystal Ballroom. Bono told the crowd that his parents even used to hang out there. It was weird to be playing in a club where they used to go make out. Nevertheless, it was a great place to play.

By this point, the band has now played every song (including bonus tracks) from the new album, save two. Perhaps these will be premiered at the fifth and final Chicago show on Thursday?

Taylor Swift Changes Course for Apple Music

14 years ago, Apple launched iTunes. Their online music store revolutionized the way music was purchased by allowing users to purchase individual tracks rather than full albums. Some have credited iTunes with the destruction of most brick and mortar music stores. On June 30th, Apple will launch a new entry to the music world; Apple Music. The online streaming service will have a $10 subscription fee. Subscribers will be able to stream music, have access to an internet radio, and even use the service to discover up and coming talent. The service is expected to be a hit among apple users, but many musicians had issues with the business model.

According to Epoch Times, Apple is giving users a free trial period before they pay their first subscription fee, but the company had not planned to pay artists royalties during the trial period. Most artists were upset by his news. Taylor Swift took to tumblr to write an open letter to Apple about why she was upset, and why she would be withholding her latest album from the streaming service. Her letter found support from many others in the music world.

According to the New York Times the young star’s efforts were a resounding success. The lack of an album from one of the biggest pop stars in the country would have seriously hurt Apple’s newest product launch. The company has decided to change it’s policy regarding paying artists during the trial period as a result. Swift went to twitter to thank her fans for their support in the issue.

Prince and Stevie Wonder Rock the White House

Prince gave a top-secret performance at the White House’s East Room, reports Rolling Stone Magazine. The guests were a very exclusive crowd of 500 which included, Bon Jovi and the Reverend Al Sharpton. President Obama and his First Lady Michelle hosted the party that also had a brief appearance by Stevie Wonder in a duo with Prince of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” After the performance, DJ Cassidy kept the music playing with songs from Michael Jackson, and Earth Wind and Fire.

The party was paid for by the Obamas, and none of the guests would comment on the event. White House spokesman Josh Earnest stated he had nothing to say other than to call it a ‘non public event’. Marketwired.com noted to Brian Reifler that the party came to the public’s attention after the Reverend Sharpton tweeted, “”Leaving the White House party w/POTUS and FLOTUS. Awesome to see Prince and Stevie Wonder on keyboards together. Unbelievable experience.”

Check Out The Lost And Found At The Bonnaroo Festival

The Bonnaroo festival was staged recently, and similar to any other festival that is out there, many people left some things behind. Lost And Found At Bonnaroo. It’s hard to imagine that anyone could go home from a festival, and they could forget that they had their phone with them. There were at least 200 cell phones in lost and found once the festival was over. Since many people these days have smart phones, it’s hard to imagine that all those smart phones were sitting there in lost and found, and they may never find their owners again.

There were some other items that were left behind at the festival as well, like an inhaler. You’d have to wonder what the person was thinking to leave behind something that is as life-saving as an inhaler. I guess when you’re having fun at a music festival, you’re not thinking about important things like how you’re going to breathe! Another funny thing is the fact that 100 people lost their wallets says Steve Murray. Although this was a big festival, it’s insane to know that 100 people went home without their wallet, and you have to wonder how they were going to buy food or pay for anything.

Other things that were lost in the festival are IDs and credit cards, which is a given, especially if you take them out of your wallet. Let’s not mention the 59 backpacks as well as several pairs of shoes.

New Madonna Video Will Have Some Amazing Collaborations

Think of some of the most epic music videos you’ve ever seen, and an even more epic one may be on its way. Everyone knows that Madonna still has it even after all these years of being away from the spotlight. Madonna had retired for a time, but she has now gotten back into entertaining, and she still has it. Madonna’s New Video. Madonna is as bad as ever, and she still looks great, even though she’s in her 50s. Madonna has the star power to recruit some of the hottest women in the entertainment industry to be in her new video.

The new video will be all about Madonna, but she’ll have some hot women to accompany her said Adam Sender. Madonna has recruited Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus to be in her new video. With those kind of collaborations, who can really wait to see this video? It’s exciting to know that such big names in the music industry would collaborate on a video with Madonna, although Madonna is who many women aspire to be.

Nicki Minaj has said that Madonna is one of her idols, and it makes a lot of sense, because Madonna is super sexy, and Nicki just oozes with sexiness too. Even Beyoncé is hot, and the fact that she will be in this video, it makes the video that much better. There is no release date yet for the video, but it will be highly anticipated.

Dave Grohl’s Kanye West Joke In Apology To Fans

As all Foo Fighter fans know, Dave Grohl suffered a horrible accident on stage recent. He describes how on the song Monkey Wrench he ran to the corner of the stage to play for fan, he took a misstep and ended up falling off the stage. In classic rock star style Dave didn’t let this fall stop him. He got up and continued to play. According to MTV News http://www.mtv.com/news/2188737/dave-grohl-apology-letter/ Dave didn’t know the extent of his injuries until after the show. Doctors later notified him that he cannot continue with the Foo Fighters European tour. In the apology letter to fans Dave talks about his injury and how the band was suppose to head line a date with Kanye West. Borrowing from Kanye’s well know award show interruptions, Dave leaves this quote for Kanye, “PS… Kanye… Imma let you have this one…” Top lawyer, Gianfrancesco Genoso knows this is a definite play on Kanye’s belief that he knows who should win what award and what undeserving winners should do with their awards! Well played Dave, well played.

Let’s all wish Dave a speedy recovery so that he and the Foo Fighters can get back on the road rocking it out for their fans all over the world.

Get Ready for Camp Mars with Thirty Seconds to Mars

According to Facebook, Thirty Seconds to Mars fans are being treated with the prospect of a three-day wilderness weekend experience with their favorite band. From August 22 through the 24th, fans are invited to participate in Camp Mars in Malibu, California. They can hike, climb, do yoga, meditate, learn spiritual teachings, cook, sing campfire songs, and of course make lots of S’mores! The band will also treat campers to two of their own performances, as well as numerous DJ sets.

Singer Jared Leto said that he is always on the lookout for new and unique ways to interact with fans. This camping experience seemed like the perfect way to blend summer fun with great music.

Fans who want to participate in this event are invited to check out the Adventures in Wonderland website to learn about the various packages being offered. Options include overnight packages and day passes. The sale starts at 9 AM PST on Friday, June 19th.

Chris Brown Karrueche Mixup

Karruche Tran and Chris Brown have been know to breakup pretty quickly and for awhile it felt like they would never end things for good. Even after Chris left Karruche and tried working things out with Rihanna, Karruche took the public slap in the face and welcomed Chris back with open arms. Karrueche has been taking Chris’s mess from the moment they started dating. Over the holidays Chris blasted Karrueche via Instagram and aired out the the dirty laundry of their business, and even then Karrueche looked like she was done for good but before we knew it they were together again.

Just when Karrueche was taking Chris back again, the news that Chris was the father of a 9 month old baby girl hit, and Karrueche finally once and for all put Chris on ice. Everyone was sure that they were done, but apparently some of their friends still had hope because they secretly arranged for Chris and Karrueche to meet at a night club. Apparently the friends were filling Chris’s head up with false info about Karrueche wanting him back and missing him to bits. Unfortunately everything Chris was told was a lie, because when he arrived at Playhouse to whisk Karrueche away, she ran for the border. The entire meeting was a mess and they both left the club awkwardly confused by the mix up.

Once Karrueche and Chris realized that they were setup they put their match making buddies on out to pasture. So for now the Karrueche and Chris revolving door has stopped spinning but with these two you know it’s never long before they patch things up.

Bonnaroo Rocks and Has it All

When I say the word Bonnaroo, only one thing should come to mind. That is the best music festival ever! Bonnaroo is in its 14th year showcasing the greatest dj’s, films, bands and comedies of all time. Plus so much more that it would take all day to name the lineup. Bonnaroo offers a diverse array of music just as it has been doing year after year. If you’re not familiar with Bonnaroo, you can hear a wide range of music. Such as past artist like Johnny Cash and Cypress Hill all in the same day. This is not your parents Woodstock. This is Bonnaroo! This is for the serious music lover who wants to take it all in and have the time in their life! Doing what else other than enjoying the music they love and finding some new music they didn’t even know they liked. Make sure you get out to see Bonnaroo this year. Some of the acts are, Billy Joel, Robert Plant, Earth Wind and Fire, Mumford and Sons, Slayer and so much more! The list just keeps going on. On Twitter Keith Mann mentioned how there is something for everyone at Bonnaroo. If you cant find something that you love about Bonnaroo then you are in the wrong place and must not like entertainment. There is no other concert or experience that is even close to breaking ground like Bonnaroo. The following is huge, The line up is amazing! Make sure you are part of the epic series of events and attend this Bonnaroo. Don,t let it pass you by this year. Your friends will be jealous when they see the great time you had. Unless they are there with you of coarse. Make plans and go with a group for a memorable experience you are sure to never forget!