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Donald Trump has never posted fake news online … or maybe he has

General election is a very important topic when affecting a country. Journalists have their say, users share their opinions online, but also celebrities decide to stand alongside their favorite candidate.


If you think a politician should be always trustworthy, reliable and most of all … loyal, well, you’re definitely not talking about Donald Trump.

Trump has always been very famous and active on social networks for his untruthful facts, exaggerations and incredible falsehoods.

Follow us on this round up of the most fake news the most hated men on the planet had happened to create for him to become the current President of the United States.


  1. The New York Times’ publisher and executive editor sent a letter to the paper’s subscribers promising to “rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times ” But the letter did not apologize to its readers, nor did it suggest its coverage of Trump was bad.

2. “The last [campaign rally] ended at 1 o’clock in the morning in Michigan. And we had 31,000 people, 17,000 or 18,000 inside and the rest outside.”
Police told Breitbart News that they estimated 6,000 people attended Trump’s final campaign rally at the DeVos center in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

3. “We ended up close to 15 points [of the African American vote, as you know.” (November 20 during an interview with the New York Times)
Donald Trump received approximately 8 percent of the black vote, according to polling data. Clinton won approximately 88 percent of the black vote.

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Trump’s tweet is part of his argument that Russia’s role in election hacking remains unknown, but it’s inaccurate on two counts.
First, CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity firm that initially connected the Democratic National Committee hack to the Russian government, did catch the hackers in the act.

Dear Donald Trump, let’s fight spreading fake news together. What do you think?

“We need protocols to regulate fake news effectively on an international level”, said Jean Seaton from Full Fact

“We need protocols to be effective internationally” Jean Seaton, from Full Fact-trustee said to WNOL, “It’s not something about Britain only. How can we regulate one nation only when stories can break out online virally within seconds?”

She further added that fake news are not only present online but they are also affecting different platforms such as newspapers and TV-productions.

An excerpt of the exclusive interview we had with trustee Jean Seaton is found below:

Besides different online campaigns, tutorials and listicles on how to spot fake news online, Facebook recently announced that they will be working alongside Full Fact, a fact checking organisation, to further monitor the spread of fake news.

Full Fact is a registered UK-based charity organisation which does not receive any government funding. Their aim is to work with governmental departments and research institutions to improve the quality and communication of information at source.

The organisation’s impartiality makes them a very reliable. They receive and secure corrections from the Prime Minister and the House of Commons before releasing news for major newspapers and different platforms.

Full Fact has so far raised £28,000 in a crowdfunding exercise to fact check the UK election campaign which happens to be the busiest time of the year for the organization.

In an interview with The Guardian, Will Molly, director of Full Frontal said their help during the election is very much needed, although he denied to give further details on the arrangement with Google and Facebook.

The rise of vinyl records

It’s true that holding a physical album or a vinyl makes music lovers happier than spending 99 cents on a digital track.


This is the reason why the music industry has seen a notable rise in the sale of vinyl’s in the past 5 years. Data released by Nielsen Soundscan show that 9.2 million vinyl’s have been sold in the US in the last year whereas more than a million have been sold in the UK, which is a milestone achieved in Britain since 1996 when the Spice Girls released their smash-hit single “Wannabe”.


But what are the main reasons this is happening? Is it just because collectors love to own a piece of memorabilia of their favourite artists?
There’s actually more behind it. Experts say that vinyl records deliver a richer and high quality sound which can be “stressed” and “ruined” on a digital track.  Tracks mastered on a vinyl record are pressed onto it on a quality of cymbals 640k instead of a normal mp3 track which is usually 320k.


Another fact that studies revealed is that the sound of an LP introduces engagement and accuracy throughout the recording of every instrument of a song onto it. For example, reproducing bass on vinyl is a serious engineering challenge, there’s a lot of adding additional vibrations and distortions to make the sound “warmer” than a normal album according to – this not only increases the quality of the sound but connects emotionally the artist with the listener.

HMV, the British retailer has seen a rise on vinyl records sale for 69% in 2016 which is +78% on 2015.
“People are buying vinyl records because you can easily frame it and hang it on the wall of your bedroom” employee Mark commented.
The chain has started organising events where fans can meet their favourite artists and get their new album signed for free. That boosts up their sale on physical music.

Bands have already started to release HMV signing session tours nationwide.


Banquet Records, an independent record shop in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey started to organise live shows followed by singing sessions in 2008.

“I’ve seen my favourite bands here at Banquet Records, that’s where I get my exclusive LPs. I have many and they’re all signed, I have All Time Low, Blink 182, Moose Blood, Tonight Alive to name a few. This is how I started my vinyl records collection and I have over 120 now. I am so proud of it”

The store his home to alternative and upcoming new bands in the music industry. It’s one of the most known music stores in the UK and sells limited and rare editions of EPs as well as LPs.


It’s true, part of the demand comes from the old fashion consumerism to possess things that defines us. Something you can satisfy when buying digital music.


Nik Pollinger, a digital anthropologist who advises companies on the factors that motivate consumer behavior, told TIME in an email, “What we display in public is used to send social signals about our identities. Making our taste in music visible has historically played an important role in such signalling for many people.” Owning a vinyl collection, of course, “restores this ability.”

That doesn’t mean that digital sales are decreasing. That is still the feature and record labels are already dealing with it, experimenting new strategies of sales and marketing.
In 2015 global digital music grossed 6.7b dollars which is an enormous figure and a plus 10.2% compared to 2014. Streaming remains a significant factor within digital music with platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. Premium subscriptions have seen a massive rise in the past couple of years with more than 78 million people now paying for music, a big fight against piracy.


A vinyl is usually more expensive than a digital download. Most releases range between $11 and $30 although special edition can reach up to more than $70 (which you can buy here).


The most sold biggest selling vinyl albums are Blackstar by David Bowie, Back to Black by Amy Winehouse and Nevermind by Nirvana in the UK. They’ve been in the top 20 since 2012.


Although sales within vinyl albums are increasing, they’re only making 6% of overall music sales worldwide in the last year. It’s nice to see a wide increase and we hope to understand the many reasons why people are inspired to own a vinyl instead of an album.

I like long conversations, interesting people

When I got into Birmingham for my chat with Ryan I didn’t know what to expect. Spending time with a member of your favorite bands is as exciting as it is when you’re a kid and you taste an ice cream for the first time. Birmingham was very cold that day but I was hesitant to just get backstage, sit down and talk.


“I didn’t prepare any question, I just want to have a conversation with you” I tell him ahead of our talk. He laughs.

Ryan Scott Graham is the bassist and backing vocalist for State Champs and right now they’re in Birmingham on their UK tour supported by Northbound and As It Is. They’ve got one show left in London then Ryan is off to Florida to work on his second album for his solo project “Speak Low If You Speak Love”, an acoustic project he’s very passionate about.

Why did he start making music? What made him grab that bass at such young age?

“Growing up I was a baseball player, and that’s what I thought I would do and then as I went to school – this is funny because I remember very vividly- one of my friends had a t-shirt with a local band on it, they were called The Great Basement Escape, the t-shirt had a ship on it. I wanted to buy the t-shirt so my friend said they were playing a show that week and I should’ve gone. At that time, I wasn’t playing or listening to any rock music. I didn’t know what to expect. I was probably 14? I ended up going to this show with him. I was amazed, it was cool although I didn’t really understand anything about it. It was totally strange to me. I was wearing this big jersey and sweatpants. I looked ridiculous … after that, I asked my mom to buy me a guitar. I started learning by myself and here I am.

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If you’ve never thought about Ryan playing the World Series, this is definitely your chance. It’s true State Champs came after his acoustic writing but that’s how he started and well-known in the music scene.

But speaking of which, what are the struggles of a musician nowadays to be successful? What does inspire him and why is Ryan so passionate about Japan, books and art?

Watch the full interview here:

Find out more about Speak Low If You Speak Love here.
State Champs are playing Download 2017, get tickets here.


Finding the flaws with Northbound

We sat down with Jonathon from Northbound ahead of their show in Birmingham. The band were supporting State Champs on their UK run alongside As It Is. Together we discussed their new EP “The Flaws in Everything”, the struggles of being a musician and how friendly Europe is.

How did you start doing music?
I got a guitar when I was 8 years old and I just messed with it. I tried to write music and I’ve just been writing music ever since. Northbound started off as an acoustic project. I guess we just started with listening to music and everything came along. Cody is from Michigan and he was playing in a band with Ryan (State Champs), we played the same show together by coincidence, we stayed good friends and yeah, that’s how we started everything off.

Northbound is such an interesting name. What’s behind it?
It’s kind of cheesy but we live in the south of Florida so every time we travel to play shows or to do anything cool, it always involves getting on a highway and go northbound so that’s how we ended up choosing that name.


The Flaws in Everything, your new EP is coming out soon. Can you tell me more about it?
We released a new song “Fade to Black” and it premiered on BBC Radio 1 which is really cool. The reason why we did an EP and not an album is, when we signed with our label, we signed for an album and an EP. So that’s a short explanation to that. I write a lot, so we definitely had more songs. So we picked which ones should go on that EP. This was actually the first Northbound recording where there was everyone involved in the studio, we all contributed. Speaking about the name of the EP, well, we have a track called “Suitor Type” which goes “I wanna find the flaws in everything”, so I took it from that lyric. I was kind of frustrated with my tendency to always look at the negative. It’s kind of always being aware of where you’re at, being stuck in a position you don’t know how to change but you just know you’re unhappy with what your outlook is. I’m not saying I want to find flaws in everything as a bad thing about myself. But that’s just a position where I am.

You guys are almost done with this European tour, how’s it been the outcome so far?
It was our first time ever playing shows outside of America. I don’t think it could’ve gone any better and I am really grateful that I could say that. The response was really good. I didn’t actually know what to expect. There’s such a different vibe here just because we were on the tour flyer, all State Champs fans went out of their way to check us out before the shows so it looked like we already had a fanbase over here. It’s small but it felt like we already had people here who cared about us just because they saw our name on the flyer. In America, support acts are not that appreciated. People are just bored there until the headliner plays or sometimes they don’t even show up until the headliner is on stage.

We saw people singing along to your songs …
Yeah! Every single show on this entire tour -it’s now been a month we’ve been out- kids have been singing along. Whether it’s two kids or 15. There hasn’t been a show with nobody singing and that’s mind blowing because I’d go out play 2 hours away from home and no one would know any word and here it’s different.

So, does it mean you guys are coming back anytime soon?
We don’t have anything planned but we would love to be back. A lot of people that we meet are always asking “oh when are you coming back?” and we don’t know what to say.

What is the thing you like the most about Europe and the one you like the least?
The thing I like the most is … people are friendly here, like they really are. I was at McDonalds last night at 2 in the morning and people would just come up to me asking if I was okay. I was just there by myself waiting for my food (laughs). People come to the shows and they’re extremely passionate. I like how welcome everybody makes you feel. My least favorite thing … I don’t know, there’s small things here that are different. I don’t mind the weather although I wish I could sometimes see the sun, I don’t see the sun and it makes me sad. Oh wait, I like soda a lot and there’s no free refills on soda anywhere!


What can we expect next?
So our EP is coming out on April 21st and just more touring all throughout the year. We have something else lined up for once we get back home. We’re going out in the States for three weeks with Daisyhead.

You guys are a new upcoming band. What are the struggles you’re facing as a musician nowadays?
The struggles we face, the ones we notice. People, with the age of internet and how instantaneous everything is I feel like everybody wants this instant gratification … like immediately and it’s tough because people are so quick on jump on board and so quick to jump off. If you put out one record that flops or something like that, there’s a lot of pressure to perform well and to put out your best music, which at the same time, it’s good. Pressure keeps you on your toes. Internet is a blessing and a curse. If someone is talking badly about you and they don’t like you, that’s going to spread like wild fire but then again, if you do something great like a banging record it also spreads like wild fire. There’s so many good bands out there, there’s so much competition. And sometimes these bands for some reasons they never cut through and there’s this intense fear of being one of those bands. And then there’s a fear even if you hit a point of relevancy to then fall off, you could fall off as quickly as you go up.

Pre-order The Flaws in Everything here.
Follow Northbound on Twitter.

Tomorrowland, where the magic happens … but not for everyone

Tomorrowland, the Electronic Dance Music festival, sold its 360,000 tickets within six minutes. Thousands of fans across the world were disappointed after waiting to grab a pass to the ‘magic land’ for more than two hours.


“I’ve been refreshing the website for hours now. What’s going on?” Anna from Poland posted on her Twitter.

The expensive price didn’t stop EDM fans to enjoy their weekend. The festival which is split between 2 weekends with different lineups at the end of July offers different types of tickets: prices go from €145,00 (123,81 GBP) for a single day ticket to €2367,00 (2021.05 GBP) for an all-comfort experience. Tickets for a full-madness weekend start at €436,00 (372.28 GBP).

‘When you’re from America and you know you’ll never be able to attend Tomorrowland, because you know, no tickets.’ James from Boston complained on his account.

Because if you’re not resident in Europe, getting tickets is basically impossible. Due to a phenomenal demand, Tomorrowland allows only 20 couples of tickets per country located outside Europe. Who’s the fastest finger to grab online tickets before the servers crashed down.

In 2016, over 2m people trying to buy tickets made Tomorrowland’s servers burn down causing the website to crash down several times. Fans went crazy but organizers apologised straight after the accident.

Needless to say, tickets sold out 2 minutes after the website reopened.

The event located in Boom between Antwerp and Bruxelles in Belgium will be hosted by acts like Martin Garrix, deadmau5 and Tiësto gathers around travelers from all over the world every single year.


The production behind the festival decided to organize spin-offs in other countries. As of 2017 TomorroWorld in the United States, India and Brasil host the same event in the summer.