Beyonce’s New Album Breaks iTunes Sales Record
Beyonce has smashed the sales record of iTunes with her surprise self-titled album after just three days on the market.
The new album has sold over 828,700 copies in its first 72 hours, with over 617,200 of the sales coming from the US.
Apart from iTunes’s record, the surprise release also outsold Beyonce’s personal record, her 2006 album B-day. The album peaked at top five in the UK after two days.
The stealthy, iTunes exclusive release of the album propelled it to massive success as it avoided leaks and the user’s discretion to buy just one song or the single.
“Beyonce” features 14 new songs as well 17 videos.
The 31 year old superstar said that Michael Jackson’s video premiere of “Thriller” in 1983 inspired her for what she calls a “visual” album.
She said that she misses that “immersive experience” as people today “only listen to a few seconds of a song on their iPods and they don’t really invest in the whole experience.”
Beyonce said that the album was a “complete surprise even to the people involved.”
Many publications and websites have commended the self-titled album.
- December 18, 2013
South Africans Bid Farewell To Mandela
South Africans bid farewell to Nelson Mandela, as a flag-draped casket containing his body arrived in the state for viewing for three days.
The funeral service moved through the streets of the capital past hundreds of people toward a military honor guard as helicopters circling overhead. The people lined the streets to watch the procession drive slowly.
The government expects as many as 2,000 people every hour to see Mandela’s casket.
The body will then be transported to Qunu, the village where Mandela spent part of his childhood, before his funeral.
White minority rule
Mandela emerged from 27 years in prison under the white racist government, appealed for forgiveness and reconciliation and became president in 1994. For fighting to end white minority rule, Mandela won universal acclaim and a Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
He died on December 5 at his home in Johannesburg after a year of illness.
Memorial service at the country’s largest stadium in Soweto was one of the highlights of the 10-day mourning period.
- December 12, 2013
‘Frozen’ Chills ‘Catching Fire,’ Tops Box Office
The first week of December has been always a weak one for the movie industry, especially after the Thanksgiving frame where ticket sales skyrocket. This year, however, Disney’s animated musical “Frozen” managed to counter this trend, reducing the decline to a reasonable 53% after Thanksgiving.
The Rise of ‘Frozen’
This translates to $31.6 million over the weekend, knocking out its box office rival “Catching Fire” from the top spot.
This year’s Disney film release has earned more than 2010’s “Tangled.” As of posting time, “Frozen” has bagged $134.4 million in its 12th day, 39% more than what “Tangled” earned during the same period. By next week, it is projected that “Frozen” will match its $150 million budget, and will possibly finish its cinema run with $280 million.
“Frozen” owes its massive success to its global hit soundtrack, which has reached as high as 4th place on the iTunes chart.
‘Catching Fire’ is still earning
The Hunger Games sequel is not that far behind. Despite the 64% drop of sales to $27 million, the box office hit has already earned $336.7 in the United States alone, and $673 million worldwide. Should the movie keep its pace, it will outdo its predecessor “The Hunger Games,” which enjoyed a $691 global profit.
- December 11, 2013
Installing a Generator
Almost everything today needs electricity. With that said, there’s a greater need to survive power outages. This is why many look for generators for sale online. Acquiring a machine is easy, as there are many options available today. So long as you know how much power you need, you’re good to go. Its installation, however, is another thing.
Here’s a quick guide to installing generators:
When you get your machine, unpack it and inspect everything. Check the generator for dents or damages that occurred during shipping. Your machine should be spotless. Confirm the amperage of the equipment as well. Make sure that it can withstand the load when the power goes out. Know the constant wattage of your appliances. Remember that motor-driven things such as refrigerators and air conditioners need as much as 300% of their constant wattage when starting up.
Look for a location in your home where the generator can stay. The area should be outdoors. Generators produce carbon monoxide, which, at high levels, can cause serious health problems and even death. To counter this, place your machine outside where the gas can mix with the open air. Install a carbon monoxide detector at home as well to monitor the levels.
When fixing your generator in place, make sure that there is enough open ventilation and a level surface a little above ground.
Link the generator to the transfer switch and fuel supply. Make sure that these are all nearby so that you won’t have to spend too much on cabling and piping. Research online about safety standards and other requirements before you start doing this. Some areas require permits when using large fuel tanks. Your unit should only connect to the electrical system through the automatic transfer switch. In its absence, don’t plug the generator to the outlet, as this can cause backfeeding. Instead, plug your appliances directly to the generator.
Observe all safety precautions when it comes to generators. Dealing with electricity has its risks, so it’s best that you know how to proceed with it safely. Contact a trusted electrician in your area to install the unit for you.
Without electricity, most functions of any business will be put on hold. Fortunately, there are generators that you can use in case of power outages. Just make sure that you install it correctly and safely to avoid any trouble or accident with the unit.
- December 10, 2013
From Cars to Something Else: Junk Car Recycling for the Environment
Cars contribute a lot to increasing greenhouse gases harmful to the environment. This makes it important to be more conscious about the way you use your car. But what should you do when your old car breaks down and won’t run again? Do you store it away or send it to the landfill?
Both options aren’t practical, as you can get more use out of your old car if you go for auto recycling. This lets you give back to the environment while earning extra money. There are many auto centers in New Jersey that exchange junk cars for cash. Visit different shops to learn more about the process, so you can choose which center you’ll entrust your vehicle.
Uses for Auto Recycling
An old car still has many uses. Technicians will break it apart to take the reusable parts, such as brakes, clutches, mirrors, and fenders. They will also recover motor vehicle fluids to fuel special furnaces and other vehicles. Antifreeze is also up for reuse, making it more cost-efficient for other car owners.
The metal remains of your car is also recyclable. Compressing the chassis and shredding it, for instance, will allow for the recovery of ferrous and non-ferrous materials. This process makes scrap metal a renewable resource many industries. Find out more about reusing junk cars to see how environment friendly this practice is.
Here are some instances where steel from your old cars can be useful again:
Scrap metal is cheaper than metal produced from factories. Contractors often source out for scrap iron and steel for building foundations for houses and buildings. They will weld them for strength or to create decorative patterns during the construction. One of the best examples of beautiful buildings made with scrap metal is the Bank of America. Thirty-six tons of recycled steel were used in this project.
Some metals from cars undergo melting for production of other goods. Other parts such as rubber from old tires become asphalt and mud flaps. Used oil filters also take new forms as cans and refrigerators. Think there’s no use for your ratty floor mats and truck bed liners? Industries reuse them to produce new versions, giving them new life.
Help out other car owners looking for secondhand parts they can use for repairs. Get your car to the junk yard, so others can the use working parts. Junk car companies often set reasonable rates for your old compressors, radiators, and other essential spare parts. This makes it profitable to swap your old car for cash. Get to know your options before selling your car to the first junk yard you see.
- December 6, 2013