Far East Movement’s ‘Freal Luv’ Video ft. Tinashe, Marshmello & EXO’s Chanyeol From ‘Identity’ Album: Exclusive | Billboard


Far East Movement

Far East Movement are out to conquer every territory and genre with their upcoming album Identity, which brings together stars of the east and the west for an ambitious project, Billboard can exclusively reveal.

While the internationally minded LP combines stars from all over the world, there is an emphasis on American and Korean stars, a nod to the “Like a G6” trio’s beginnings in K-Town, Los Angeles. It’s appropriate that the record is introduced by its most ambitious cut, “Freal Luv,” which features California R&B-pop star Tinashe, mysterious DJ Marshmello, and Chanyeol, a rapper in K-pop boy band phenom EXO.

Check out the sensual banger via its official music video, premiering below.

“Identity has always been an issue with us, from how we perceive ourselves as Americans to how people actually see us, and how Asia sees us as foreigners while people in the U.S. might think Asia is home to us,” the band tells Billboard of creating the album. “When we were first starting in the music industry people would telling us to wear glasses and change our name from Far East movement because it’s ‘too Asian.’ It was a different time, but that type of stuff stays with you and affects your perspective…we decided to disconnect, work on building our production and writing skills, spend time traveling around Asia learning the music scene, the business culture and proper customs. The trips gave us some real clarity on our own identity and what we want to do next in our own lives, which gave us the inspiration to make a new album. Identity is a Far East Movement, in a sense, bridging artists from the east with artists from the west while fusing different genres we love.”

Identity drops in full worldwide on Oct. 21. Other standout collaborators include Tiffany of K-pop superstars Girls’ Generation, the U.K.’s “Never Forget You” singer-producer MNEK, Korean-American MC Jay Park, Mississippi rapper-producer Big K.R.I.T., Hyolyn of K-pop hitmakers Sistar, veteran soul siren Macy Gray, groundbreaking Korean rapper-singer Yoonmirae, viral MC Soulja Boy, K-R&B act Urban Zapaka, and many more.

See the full track list below:

1. Far East Movement, “Fighter” ft. Yoonmirae & Autolaser
2. Far East Movement x Marshmello, “Freal Luv” ft. Chanyeol & Tinashe
3. Far East Movement, “F-VR” ft. Candice Pillay & No Riddim
4. Far East Movement, “Church” ft. Elijah Blake
5. Far East Movement, “Don’t Speak” ft. Tiffany & King Chain
6. Far East Movement, “SXWME” ft. Jay Park (Prod. MNEK)
7. Far East Movement, “Umbrella” ft. Hyolyn & Gill Chang
8. Far East Movement, “Double Dip” ft. Soulja Boy & Loco
9. Far East Movement, “FBG$” ft. Big K.R.I.T. & MIKNNA
10. Far East Movement, “Forever Survivor” ft. Macy Gray
11. Far East Movement, “Fortress” ft. Urban Zakapa

You can pre-order Identity now via Apple Music.

East Movement are out to conquer every territory and genre with their upcoming album ‘Identity,’ which brings together stars of both the east and west sides of the world for an ambitious project, Billboard can exclusively reveal.


Source: Far East Movement’s ‘Freal Luv’ Video ft. Tinashe, Marshmello & EXO’s Chanyeol From ‘Identity’ Album: Exclusive | Billboard

The Surprising Connection Between the Philippines and the Fourth of July

Seventy years ago, the Philippines won independence on the famous American holiday.

Filipino Marines raise their country’s flag for Independence Day on June 12, 2012. For the first decade and a half after World War II, the country actually celebrated its independence on July 4.


By Becky Little


The United States isn’t the only country to ever celebrate independence on July 4. In the mid-20th century, people in the Philippines also marked July 4 as the day that they broke away from a colonizing nation. But in this case, that colonizing nation was the United States.

It’s no coincidence that the Philippines shared an independence day with its former colonizer. But this overlap was short-lived. When the Philippines changed the date of its Independence Day holiday in 1962, it marked yet another step away from a long history of western interference.

Independence, Kind of

Between the 16th and 19th centuries, the Philippines was a colony in the Spanish Empire. In 1896, the islands attempted to break free in what’s called the Philippine Revolution, or Tagalog War. When the Spanish-American War began in 1898, some Filipinos saw an opportunity to ally with the Americans against their imperial rulers.

The Americans encouraged this alliance, and led the Filipinos to believe that they had no desire to colonize the country once it was free from Spain, says Vicente L. Rafael, professor of history and Southeast Asian studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. This culminated with a Filipino declaration of independence on June 12 of that year. An American officer was even among the signees.

The United States’ disregard for that declaration was made plain a few months later. After Spain surrendered, the 1898 Treaty of Paris gave the Philippines to the U.S. But Filipinos fought this handover, and rose up in the Philippine-American War in 1899.

The year in which that war ended depends on who you talk to, says Rafael. Although fighting continued until the 1910s, President Teddy Roosevelt declared a “victory” over the Philippines in 1902.

July 4, 1902, to be exact.

“That’s the irony,” Rafael says. “The Fourth of July is supposed to be a declaration of independence. But for Roosevelt in 1902, the Fourth of July was a declaration of conquest.”

Independence Day(s)

The Philippines continued to push for its independence; and in the mid-1930s, the United States began a transition toward sovereignty. The day the country was planned to become independent? July 4, 1945. That’s right—the Philippines would be freed on the same day that it was conquered.

World War II threw a wrench into the plan. The Japanese invaded the Philippines in 1942, and independence was delayed until July 4, 1946.

But the Philippines only celebrated July 4 as its Independence Day until 1962. That year, President Diosdado Macapagal changed the country’s official Independence Day to June 12, to mark the day that the Philippines had declared independence from Spain in 1898.

Why did Macapagal dump the fourth? Well, there are a few probable reasons.

It was pretty callous of the United States to “give” its former colony the same Independence Day as itself, especially since that was also the day that the U.S. conquered it. Rising Filipino nationalism in the 1960s could have also influenced Macapagal’s decision to reject the date.

Rafael thinks there was also something else in play.

“It was his way of registering his unhappiness with the U.S. Congress, which had turned down a $73 million aid package to the Philippines,” writes Rafael in an essay he shared with National Geographic. “Though he had also claimed to be bringing Philippine independence out of the shadow of its former colonial master, Macapagal’s decision to change the date was also a piece of political brinkmanship.”

When Macapagal threw out the paternalistically bestowed July 4, he replaced it with a day that represented the Philippines’ rejection of the Spanish Empire. But by the 1960s, it’s not clear that that date still held any real significance for everyday citizens.

Friends With Political Benefits

At the time that Macapagal did away with July 4, the June 12 declaration of independence from Spain wasn’t something that many Filipinos were familiar with. Indeed, Rafael thinks that there is still some ambivalence toward the day because the country remained a colony for decades after. Born and raised in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, Rafael recalls that Independence Day is celebrated on a small scale.

“It’s not like this huge orgy of self-congratulation, which is what you get in the United States,” he says.

Augusto Espiritu, associate professor of history and Asian-American studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, also doesn’t recall Independence Day being a huge deal as a child in Manila.

“What’s interesting though is that when I came to this country, in Los Angeles especially, June 12 was celebrated quite a bit” by Filipino immigrants, he says. (It’s not unusual to see this in immigrant communities: St. Patrick’s Day didn’t become the large celebration that it is today until Irish immigrants began to hold parades in America.)

But what became of July 4 in the Philippines? Since 1962, it’s been known as Philippine-American Friendship Day—a non-holiday that, according to Rafael, is basically only celebrated at the U.S. Embassy.

Internationally, July 4 is mainly only celebrated by Americans. And even some Americans argue that Juneteenth, which commemorates the June 19, 1865, abolition of slavery in Texas, should be celebrated in addition to or instead of the Fourth of July.

To date, the most successful globalization of America’s Independence Day is, and will likely remain, the one in the movies.

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Source: The Surprising Connection Between the Philippines and the Fourth of July

Birthday Freebies – Free Birthday Stuff

Free stuff, because technically it’s the middle of the year!

Get free stuff—just for being born! These restaurants, retailers and more offer special discounts and freebies on your birthday.





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Burger King Mac ‘n Cheetos

By EatDrinkDeals Staff  June 26, 2016.

Burger King has a new menu item starting Monday, June 27: 2016:  Mac ‘n Cheetos.The new item, Cheetos stuffed with macaroni and cheese, has a list price of $2.49 and will be available for a limited time starting Monday, the company said.  BK announced the new item on Facebook and the BK Home Page.

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Thug Life Cat – #Laff

Dare me… come on… dare me.

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Ticketmaster Vouchers: How to Redeem Them – ABC News

By LESLEY MESSER  JB Lacroix/WireImage/Getty ImagesGwen Stefani on stage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards held at the T-Mobile Arena, May 22, 2016, in Las Vegas.

Ticketmaster customers who received vouchers and coupon codes stemming from a class-action lawsuit now know how they can use them.

On Tuesday, the service released a preliminary list of 406 eligible events from Live Nation through next year.A complete list can be found here, and it includes concerts from Gwen Stefani, Darius Rucker and Brad Paisley.

Millions Eligible for Free Tickets Through TicketmasterNew acts will be added to the list in the future.

In 2013, Ticketmaster settled a lawsuit with customers who purchased tickets through the service between October 21, 1999, and February, 27, 2013. The court granted final approval of the settlement in February 2015. The class-action lawsuit claimed that “Ticketmaster failed to fully disclose to consumers all aspects of its UPS and order processing fees,” according to Live Nation. Ticketmaster denied those claims.As part of the settlement, Ticketmaster agreed to provide each member of the class with a $2.25 credit for each purchase made over the class period and a $5 UPS voucher for those who used UPS delivery during the class period. Every member of the class has a maximum of 17 claims.Ticketmaster also agreed to give out millions of dollars’ worth of vouchers for select shows through May 2017. Again, there is a maximum of 17 claims for each member of the class.

Source: Ticketmaster Vouchers: How to Redeem Them – ABC News

June solstice full moon in 2016 | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky

By Bruce McClure in ASTRONOMY ESSENTIALS | June 20, 2016

Celebrate a June solstice full moon on June 20, 2016. It’s the Northern Hemisphere’s first summer solstice full moon since 1967, aka the Summer of Love.

Image via yoganonymous.com.

Watch for a full-looking moon on the eve of the June solstice (June 19, 2016) and a full moon on the solstice itself (June 20). From what we’ve been able to gather (sources below), this is the first full moon to fall on the June solstice since the year 1967, which some recall as the year of the Summer of Love, a social phenomenon centered on San Francisco, London and other places around the globe. There’ve been a number of near misses of full moons on June solstices, however. And we are indeed talking about the June solstice, not solstices in general. In fact, there was a full moon eclipse on the December solstice in 2010.

Reliably, the phases of the moon recur on or near the same calendar dates every 19 years. It’s the “or near” that causes the full moon to miss the solstice on that 19th year, sometimes. Nineteen years from this year’s solstice – on June 20, 2035 – the full moon will not fall on the same date as the June solstice. It’ll be another near miss, with the full moon falling on June 20, 2035, and the solstice arriving one day later.

It appears as if the full moon and June solstice won’t fall on the same calendar date again until June 21, 2062.

Be aware that, as we’re figuring all this, we’re using Universal Time (UT or its variant UTC), what used to be called Greenwich Mean Time. Universal Time is the favorite of astronomers because it applies to Earth as a whole. What if we used other time zones? Well, for instance, if we use U.S. time zones, the last full moon and the June solstice actually coincided on June 21, 1986.

On June 20, 2016, the moon turns full at 11:02 UTC. The solstice arrives some 11.5 hours later, at 22:34 UTC.

Rising nearly full moon – near San Francisco, California – on June 19, 2016 via EarthSky Facebook friend Amy Van Artsdalen. Thanks, Amy.

There’s something else special about this full moon, in addition to its falling on the solstice. It marks the fourth of four full moonsin between the March 2016 equinox and the June 2016 solstice. Usually, there are only three full moons in one season (between an equinox and solstice, or vice versa), but sometimes there are four.

The third of four full moons to take place in a single season has its claim to fame: it’s sometimes called a seasonal Blue Moon (in contrast to a Blue Moon by the definition of second full moon in a calendar month). The most recent Blue Moon by the seasonal definition occurred on May 21, 2016, or one lunar month before this solstice full moon.

Okay so … seven times in 19 calendar years, a season has four full moons. And in cycles of 19 years, the moon phases fall on or near the same calendar dates.

It should be no surprise that – sure enough, 19 years from now – we’ll have four full moons in between the March 2035 equinox and June 2035 solstice, and the full moon on May 22, 2035, will count as the third of four full moons in one season – a seasonal Blue Moon.

Want to know more about the seven seasonal Blue Moons in the next 19-year cycle? Click here.

Have a happy solstice full moon, y’all! Photo is the 2015 June full moon at Hartman Rocks, Gunnison, Colorado byMatt Burt. Thanks, Matt!

The last time a full moon fell on a solstice generally was in 2010 – the December solstice of December 21, 2010, when the full moon staged an exceedingly rare December solstice total lunar eclipse. There is amazingly accurate Gregoriana eclipse cycle of 372 years, featuring the recurrences of eclipses with the seasons, as defined by solstices and equinoxes.

We find a total lunar eclipse last happening on the December solstice 372 years ago, on December 21, 1638. Looking 372 years ahead of 2010, to the year 2382, we find a December solstice partial lunar eclipse on December 21, 2382. And 19 years after that, in 2401, there’s a December solstice total lunar eclipse on December 21, 2401.

Sources for the story above:

Stellaphane equinox and solstice calculator

Six millennium catolog of phases of the moon

Solstices and equinoxes: 2001 to 2100

Read more: How often does a solar eclipse happen on the March equinox?

Bottom line: Solstice and full moon both fall on June 20, 2016, for the first time since 1967, aka the Summer of Love.

Source: June solstice full moon in 2016 | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky