Day: June 8, 2020

At Work With Justin Lubliner, the Twenty-Something Who Signed Billie Eilish

At Work is a Rolling Stone series exploring how decision-makers in the fast-changing music business spend their hectic days — as well as what burgeoning ideas they’re keen to explore, what advice they’d give to industry newcomers, and more. Read earlier interviews here.

When Justin Lubliner gets on the phone, he’s somewhere in the midst of a 45-minute circular lap. This is normal for him. Lubliner, who’s not even 30 years old, is constantly moving — and constantly thinking of his next move. He founded his artist-development-focused company Darkroom as as 20-year-old student at the University of Southern California, and later pivoted it from a marketing and PR firm to a record label. After some time consulting for Republic Records, Lubliner met Interscope CEO John Janick, who offered Darkroom a subsidiary deal. He first heard Billie Eilish sing in 2015 when she uploaded “Ocean Eyes” to SoundCloud — and … Read More

Ready to travel as soon as it’s safe? So is everyone else

Everyone has a touch of cabin fever after the worldwide coronavirus lockdowns. So it’s no surprise that people want to travel soon. But how soon may come as a surprise.

Jill Kaiserman, a retired teacher from Wayne, Pennsylvania, is eager to trade one cabin for another. She’s already made plans to drive to her second home in Maine this summer. 

“It’s the perfect kind of place for social distancing,” she says.

Whether it’s a cabin in the woods or a cruise ship cabin, Americans are dreaming of their next trip. And not just dreaming, but booking. 

“Travel advisers anticipate an influx of calls in the next six to eight weeks for those looking to plan future trips,” says Misty Belles, a spokeswoman for Virtuoso, a travel agency group.

Why? Maybe it’s because there’s a pent-up demand for travel. People missed their spring break cruises and theme park vacations. Then

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HBO Max Has a Lot of Classic Content. Here Are the Shows and Movies to Watch First

On May 27, WarnerMedia enters the streaming wars with HBO Max. The streaming platform boasts 10,000 hours of content, including a slate of original programming and a back catalog of HBO originals, franchise films, TV shows and more.

HBO Max, which costs $14.99 per month, arrives about half a year after the wildly successful Disney+ and the less successful Apple TV+, on the heels of on-the-go mobile streamer Quibi and just ahead of NBC’s debut of Peacock in July. It also lands while many people continue to stay at home as social distancing measures remain in place or are tentatively lifted—a time that’s brought both a big spike in streaming and a fallow period for real-time TV and movie theaters.

Exactly how HBO Max will fit into the streaming landscape remains to be seen, but so far WarnerMedia’s strategy seems to rely on a limited number of originals

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The Ghost Inside Return 5 Years After a Fatal Bus Accident Almost Killed Them

No matter how great The Ghost Inside’s new self-titled album may be, the unfortunate truth is they’ll likely always be known for something they had no control over: A 2015 bus crash outside of El Paso, Texas that killed two people and severely injured the entire band.

For more than two years after the accident, the future of the band was unclear. The Los Angeles-based rockers were never going to be the same after the traumatic accident. In 2018, however, they decided to continue as making music as a unit.

Following a hometown return show last year that sold out so quickly they moved it into the parking lot to meet demand, singer Jonathan Vigil and the rest of the group announced they were working on new music and would play more shows in 2020. Unfortunately, the global pandemic postponed all but the first of The Ghost Inside’s second set

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