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The Beautiful Intents of Intent.com

In April we were excited to launch the brand new Intent.com app!
After building a family online, we were excited to take that family out into the world and allow you to share your intents as they happen. It has been wonderful to see the marriage of words and images, your feelings paired with that what you are seeing.

Some of those intent are… Continue reading

Beyoncé Releases Surprise New Album and What It Means for Art in the Age of the Internet

Screen shot 2013-12-13 at 1.51.46 PM“Beysus has risen.”

That’s what my Facebook feed reads to me last night as I’m about to go to bed. The next 15 posts are all various screams of excitement or disbelief that one of the biggest currently performing artists on the planet right now put out an album at the stroke of midnight eastern time. The singer’s fifth studio album is aptly named “Beyoncé” and features her husband Jay-Z, Drake, Frank Ocean and a verse by her toddler daughter Blue Ivy.

That’s the news clip and that is the thing you’ve been hearing all day. Who cares? It’s just another gimmick for headlines, another pop star trying to push themselves to the front (but at least she’s not twerking, right?) The fourth quarter has seen a lot of powerhouse female releases from the likes of Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. Yet, somehow Beyoncé was able to create more publicity for her new album by not telling anyone that it existed than she would have been able to generate had she committed to a routine press release schedule.

The thing that makes this so extraordinary is not about the number of albums that Beyoncé will inevitably sell, it’s that she has tapped into the true power of the internet and used it to her own advantage. For the past 15 years artists have struggled against the internet to release their albums in piece-meal singles with their fingers crossed that the entire thing won’t be made available for free download before they can unveil it the way they want, the way they’ve been planning to do for months beforehand.

Last night, Beyoncé said screw that and released her entire album at once, accompanied by 17 videos for each of the songs in a complete artistic package. Just like Netflix figured out that the new generation of television watchers want their episodes in one lump sum to devour at their own pace,  Beyoncé released her album the same way – because that’s what the internet can do! Rather than try to fight the current and hand out the new creation in tiny pieces with several drawn out release dates – she gave it to everyone at once.

The beauty of the internet is that it allows for people to portray their art in full context. In the statements she’s made about the album release Bey has compared it to a movie, that she wanted to bypass the circus of press and deliver the album straight to her fans. Yes. Digital marketing and delivery is the level playing field. It’s why Radiohead created the same level of stir when they released In Rainbows on a donation basis. Internet downloading has become a cultural norm not because the current generation enjoys ripping off their favorite artists, but because the internet allows us to consume media directly without mainstream filters or interruptions. And it allows our favorite artists to speak directly to us, for us to see their vision as they intended – it provides a streamline connection between us and them the way that art is supposed to work.

We’ve talked a lot on this blog about whether Beyoncé should be heralded as a personal role model (with some seriously intense debate on either side) but professionally she created a new norm last night. This is the formation of a new wave business model. As a professional black female in the entertainment business that’s a big freakin’ deal. Oh, and did we mention she was in the middle of a headlining world tour while she put all of this together? Talk about balance.

So no matter what your opinion is of Beyoncé, this there is a lesson for every creative person reading this. Don’t fight the current. As we’re trying to figure out the next wave of things to come for Intent Blog and Intent.com we’re definitely going to try and take a page out of Beyoncé’s book – use the creative force of the internet to create meaningful projects in full context and create direct connections between us as content creators and you, who we create everything for. If anything Beyoncé proved last night that meaningful impact happens when you create that connection rather than filtering yourself through the highest bidding brands.

Way to be a boss, Bey.

Thursday Morning Melody: Just a Little Heartbreak

1236481_10200608501559657_666006289_nWe first heard of Micah when he was a student at Northeastern University, performing acoustic ballads and winning hearts in the campus Starbucks venue, AfterHours. Micah started touring around the country post graduation – playing in small venues and at college campuses all around. On Tuesday, Micah released a new EP “Just a Little Heartbreak,” seven songs recorded in Nasvhille about the pain of breaking up (which we can all relate to).

He was awesome enough to share the title track with Intent, which you can listen to below. He sent it with the following note:

An unexpected and rough break-up was the real catalyst for this album. I had been on the road for the good part of 3 years, promoting my last album and had fallen into a bit of a rut, musically speaking. Truth be told, the break-up pushed me to write with a purpose and energized me to pursue making another record. Just a Little Heartbreak was a labor of love that started in late spring. The concept of the album was to “keep it simple”. It’s very much a stripped down record, done intentionally, as I felt that was representative of where my music is at now. The title track sums up the overall feel and tone of the album. It was an absolutely incredible experience to make this album and I’m excited to see where my next step is from here.

 

You can check out a few of Micah’s other tracks (that are just as heart-achingly beautiful) his Soundcloud page and you can get your hands (and ears!) on the entire “Just a Little Heartbreak” EP on iTunes. If you want to catch Micah live (which we highly recommend! And tell him the ladies of Intent request his rendition of MGMT’s “Electric Feel” because it is magical) he’ll be performing on the following tour dates:

October 11th at Rutgers University
October 15th at University of San Diego
October 16th at Spokane University
October 22nd at Valdosta State University
October 23rd at Georgia State University
October 24th at University of Miami
November 6th at Westminster College (Missouri)
November 13th at University of Redlands
November 14th at CSU – Fullerton
November 20th at Washington and Lee University
November 21st at Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse (Washington DC)
December 12th at Smith College
February 27th at Middle Georgia State College – Macon

Photo credit: Lisa Frare
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This post is part of  our Thursday Morning Melody series. Every Thursday we feature a song that touches us deeply. If there’s a melody you wish to share with the Intent community, please share it with us in the comments below! Click here to listen to past Thursday Morning Melodies.

 

Forget The Long Lines And Crazy Parking: Give Your Loved Ones A Gift Online


 
In the age of the internet, gone are your excuses for not remembering someone special with a gift during the holidays. You need not fight crowds at malls or elbow your way into a post office. You can find the perfect item from the comfort of your own home. However, with the myriad choices to comb through, you might get discouraged. Fear not! Here are six great gift ideas, all available while you shop your pajamas and enjoy your morning coffee.

Netflix Gift SubscriptionWho doesn’t love movies? You can give a Netflix subscription for a month, a year, or anywhere in between. One month costs only $9.99 and a full year is $118.88

iTunes Gift CardGot a teenager or college student on your list? You can’t go wrong with an iTunes gift card. Buy them online in increments of $15 – $100 dollars. They come in a variety of styles, the newest features The Beatles!

Amazon.com Gift CardsLet the lucky recipient choose from a wide variety of options: books, audiobooks, music, toys, housewares, clothing, electronics and more! Gift cards start at $10 but go all the way up to $5,000! Plus, Amazon offers instant email notifications, so even if you wait until the very last minute, you can get it all done.
 

Pandora Internet Radio SubscriptionFor just $36 a year, give the gift of high quality audio, commercial-free, internet radio. Pandora is easily customizable for the most enjoyable radio experience they will ever have!

Harry and David Fruit of the Month Club.  Every moth, Harry and David promises to deliver “top quality fruit, brimming with flavor” to your friends or family members. Monthly selections depend on what is in season, but include delicacies such as tropical pineapple, sweet grapefruit, juicy pears, and more. Prices range from $99 to $299 dollars. Standard shipping delivery charges are included in your gift subscription costs.

 
Audible.com Gift SubscriptionAudio books are wonderful for the busy person who loves to read but spends time stuck commuting or doing other things where reading, either in print or on an e-reader, is impractical. Consider giving them an audible.com certificate. Audible.com’s audio books can be downloaded to a variety of audio players and costs only $7.49 a month.

 

Top 10 Workout Tunes for March

Keep some spring in your step as we move away from those cold, winter months. These jams are sure to save your workout on a tired morning, or push you to sprint when you didn’t think you had it in you. That’s why once again I’ve gotten together with some of my hottest, Hollywood exercise friends Keith Irace SoCal group Exercise Manager and Liz Marmesh, Top Personal Trainer in Century City, CA at www.EquinoxFitness.com to create the perfect Top 10 Hottest Workout iTunes Playlist for you.

 We’re also giving you a couple old skool tunes with songs by R.E.M., The B-52’s, and Lynyrd Skynyrd as a tribute to my Southern Skool roots then, ending with Jai Ho from my favorite movie this year, Slumdog Millionaire. Use all 10 songs in this order to get you through a 35-minute uphill walk, interval workout on the elliptical, or a circuit training session. Get out there and move!

  1. Shiny Happy People by R.E.M.  time: 3:46
  2. Bottle Pop (feat. Snoop Dogg) by Pussycat Dolls  time: 3:30
  3. Untouched by The Veronicas  time: 4:14
  4. Change (feat. Wale) by Daniel Merriweather  time: 3:20
  5. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd  time: 4:45
  6. Love to Love You Baby by Tom Novy and The Tom Toms  time:?4:00
  7. My Life Would Suck Without You by Kelly Clarkson  time: 3:31
  8. Love Shack by B-52’s  time: 5:21
  9. American Boy (feat. Kanye West) by Estelle  time: 4:44
  10. Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack by AR Rahman  time: 5:19

 A great workout tune tempo should be between 120 and 140 bpm, which roughly corresponds to the average person’s heart rate during a workout routine.  A beginning walker’s bpm should be between 110 to 114 bpm, intermediate below 120, and advanced walker/jogger up to 150 bpm.

 If you want to be guaranteed a consistent beat, I love downloading pre-mixed Digital Fitness Music album compiled by the fitness pros at Dynamix http://www.Dynamix.com or iSweat http://www.iSweat Music.com.  Both offer hundreds of Digital Fitness Music Albums available in 30, 45 or 60 minute workouts. 

Each Dynamix music album offers a variety of music styles including dance, disco, country, rock, with well-known popular songs, in various speeds for different fitness levels.  The music plays non-stop on your iPod or MP3.  Each album is pre-programmed to keep you on pace to achieve your cardio or strength workout goals. (Yes, this means no cheating since the music speed keeps you going!)

For more training tips by Linda, click here. 

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