Four Columbia House insiders explain the shady math behind “8 CDs for a...
In Expert Witness , The A. V. Club talks to industry insiders about the actual business of entertainment in hopes of shedding some light on how the pop-culture sausage gets made. Any music fan eager to bulk up their collection in the ’90s knew where to go to grab a ton of music on the cheap: Columbia House. Started in 1955 as a way for the record label Columbia to sell vinyl records via mail order, the club had continually adapted to and changed with the times, as new formats such as 8-tracks, cassettes, and CDs emerged and influenced how consumers... Special offers along the way, like snagging discounted bonus albums after buying one at full price, made the premise even sweeter. Whether buyers were allowance-challenged, wanting to replace fusty vinyl with shiny plastic CDs, or simply not within driving distance of a store that sold music, Columbia House was clearly addressing consumer demand. Perhaps unsurprisingly, record clubs such as Columbia House (and its rival, the BMG Music Club).
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Wrestling Wrap Up: Kevin Owens Defends NXT Title on RAW - IGN
Last week was so jam-packed with wrasslin' news and items that, honestly, this week never stood a chance. Unless something huge breaks later today (which would be par for the course as far as the Wrap Up goes), we've got Ambrose touring New Orleans, Rollins losing to J&J Security, and Lana tweaking her ankle. The best part of RAW happened right at the outset, and featured Kevin Owens defending his NXT Title against Neville. Sure, Owens defended his title on Smackdown too, but that was against Zack Ryder, not a former NXT Champion. Last night's match was a much more notable landmark for NXT, and a good indicator that Owens is pretty much being fast-tracked up to the main roster. I mean, yeah he could just keep the belt and do both shows for a while, but it stands to reason that he'd lose it. Which made last night's bout with Neville a little more exciting than usual. Even though I was fairly sure they wouldn't show us Owens taking a pinfall loss before his PPV rematch with Cena, at the hands of someone who wasn't Cena. Still, does this mean Balor's taking the title on July 4th at the awesome Japan WWE supershow that's airing on the WWE Network - LIVE AT FREAKIN' 6:30AM ET. That's right, you cold-hearted John Cena jeerers, the time has come.
“Storylines” at the Guggenheim Has No Plot - Artinfo UK
The Guggenheim Museum has built its name on Western abstract painting, collecting artists like Piet Mondrian, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko from the start. This effort at internationalization is evident the museum’s new show, “Storylines,” which runs through September 9 in New York. The exhibition brings together 100 works by 48 international artists from the Guggenheim’s collection — many on view for the first time — both representational and abstract, in different mediums and spanning the years from the 1990s through today,... The result, however, is an exhibition that, like the expansion of the Guggenheim itself, is more a diffuse, politically correct statement than a pointed, artistic one. The show opens with works by American artists from the 1990s. These are infused with the decade’s identity politics, often presented from a communal rather than personal point of view. Although the works displayed are good on their own terms, viewed through this curatorial prism, they are.