This just in—the newest way for hipsters to listen to their music is actually quite old. As reported by NBC nightly news, the cassette is making its comeback. While it hasn’t quite hit has hard as the vinyl craze, the numbers are impressive. A Springfield, Missouri-based tape manufacture called National Audio Company reports having sold more than 20 million cassette tapes. (20 million!) Kinda insane to think about it. (Seriously, who knew that there were that many tape players still in existence?) But it’s also nice to hear from someone like National Audio Company president who owes his success to “stubbornness and stupidity.” Check out the full video segment below.


One way to know if a top-40 hit holds up as a song is if it can be performed in other styles and become something different but no-less great. As this soulful rendition of the classic hip-hop jam “Hey Ya” from Sara Niemietz shows, Outkast knew how to write a really amazing song. It’s the second best “Hey Ya” cover you’ll find. Discuss

Ben Carson may soon have a political ally in Washington. Reality TV star and wife of hip-hop artist Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, was recently a guest on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show, and said that her husband was serious about running for president in 2020. She also said she was not informed about his political ambitions or that he would be making the announcement at the VMAs. The potential First Lady admitted that even though she didn’t know if he came up with the plans on the spot, "I believe he is serious. If he puts his mind to something, he'll do his best." Even GOP hopeful Ben Carson, who West called “the most brilliant guy,” seemed opened to the possibility after speaking with him. He told ABC News, “I was extremely impressed with his business acumen. He knows a lot about business.” When asked about a Kanye presidency, Carson said, “Well, I am certainly willing to give him a chance. He’ll be able to explain things and see if he resonates with the people.” Discuss

It is seemingly mandated these days that every pop outfit cover Justin Bieber. CHVRCHES recently did their duty. Now it’s Florence + the Machine’s turn. The flame-haired singer stopped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge earlier today, where she covered Diplo and Skrillex aka Jack Ü’s “Where Are Ü Now (ft. Justin Bieber).” Skip to the 23-minute mark to hear her take on the tune. Or you can listen to the whole set featuring How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful tracks, “Ship to Wreck,” “Sweet Nothing,” “Delilah,” “What Kind of Man,” and “Queen of Peace.”

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Pop superstar Justin Bieber has opened up about his faith, his past troubles and his new desire to “live like Jesus.” The 21-year-old gave a long interview to Complex magazine, and was frank about his lifestyle and the controversy that has surrounded him for the last few years because of his, at times, rowdy behavior. He explained, “I could say it over and over again, I’m changing and doing this with my life” but said he knows that people need to “start seeing something tangible.” And Bieber said that a major part of this change has to do with his renewed Christian faith,

At this point, my faith has gotten me to where I am. My faith has brought me to a whole other level. I love talking about my faith. I think that with Christians, they’ve left such a bad taste in people’s mouths. Just like, overly pushy with the subject, overly churchy and religious … You ever flicked on a channel and a late-night church show is on? Sometimes it’s like, “You better do this or you gon’ die and you gon’ burn in hell!” And you’re like, I don’t want anything to do with this. I’m the same way. I’m not religious. I, personally, love Jesus and that was my salvation. I want to share what I’m going through and what I’m feeling and I think it shouldn’t be ostracized.

I just wanna honestly live like Jesus. Not be Jesus—I could never—I don’t want that to come across weird. He created a pretty awesome template of how to love people and how to be gracious and kind. If you believe it, he died for our sins. Sometimes when I don’t feel like doing something, but I know it’s right, I remember, I’m pretty sure Jesus didn’t feel like going to the cross and dying so that we don’t have to feel what we should have to feel … We have the greatest healer of all and his name is Jesus Christ. And he really heals. This is it. It’s time that we all share our voice. Whatever you believe. Share it. I’m at a point where I’m not going to hold this in.

He explained his, at times, conflicted relationship with the Church, saying it’s “fellowship, it’s relationship” but adding, “You don’t need to go to church to be a Christian. If you go to Taco Bell, that doesn’t make you a taco.” The whole interview is incredibly transparent, and his thoughts about faith, church and even creationism are surprisingly candid. Even if you’re not a Bieber fan, it’s interesting to read such unfiltered thoughts on faith from such a prominent—and polarizing—cultural figure. Discuss