Speaking of music (lolz!), the final of the Eurovision Song Contest is on Sunday morning, 7am Aotearoa time. I wrote a brief summary at The Spinoff, but the most important thing to know is that Australia is competing this year as a special guest. Their singer is Guy Sebastian, best known around these parts for winning Australian Idol, and for his R&B tunes that keep popping up in the charts.
You can watch it live on BBC UKTV, or free online at Eurovision.tv
One of my faves is Loïc Nottet from Belgium. His song starts out sounding like the intro of "Royals", but soon drops all similarities and delivers cool, beguiling minimalist pop. (Ok, Lorde does that too, but in a different way.) And the boy can dance.
A couple of years ago I threw out all my CDs, earlier this year I deleted all my mp3s. Now I'm 100% streaming, either Spotify or YouTube. It works.
Basically live viewing is all anyone cares about because that’s the number that matters to advertisers.
And it doesn't work saying "I don't watch Campbell Live on live TV, but I don't think this should matter at all to the people that it fundamentally matters to."
Serious question: who here regularly watches Campbell Live? And by that, I mean the full episode, live to air. Not occasionally watching a video someone has shared on Facebook.
I don't. I really like John Campbell, but I haven't watched the show since the 2000s, and if Campbell Live had been cancelled five years ago I wouldn't have noticed.
Campbell Live seems like one of those shows that people like the idea of in theory, but not enough people actually watch it for that theory to work in practice.
Between an alleyway! What were they thinking
What's wrong with having art in an alleyway - and a busy pedestrian thoroughfare at that? It seems a lot more pleasant than having nothing.
The inclusion of twerking on the list shows someone is still partying like it's 2013. And their soundtrack is Miley Cyrus' "Bangerz" album.
As a reminder, here's the winners list from 2013. Some of the terms have bleed through to 2014, but others, like Wewege and twerking, are solid icons of 2013.
6. Big Gay Rainbow
Has anyone mentioned the very positive ‘twitteraunties’?
FYI, #8 on last year's list.
To be fair, "Lorde" was buzzier in 2013. Another word should get a shot this year.
The word on everybody’s dark-lipsticked lips.
FYI, it was the #7 word in last year's poll.