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Rising number of celebrities selling video messages during pandemic – with some bizarre requests

Rising number of celebrities selling video messages during pandemic – with some bizarre requests

Technology
Ever wanted some words of support from your football hero? How about help with a marriage proposal from a famous musician?The coronavirus pandemic has hit the entertainment industry hard - and it's seen a growing number of celebrities selling personalised video messages online. Websites such as Cameo and Memmo give members of the public the chance to ask stars to record a shout-out for their friends or relatives, with prices ranging from around £15 to several hundred pounds.Nigel Farage is one of the latest names to sign up to Cameo - a site which has attracted big stars in the US - with a video from the former Brexit Party leader setting you back £75.Simon Webbe, who found fame with the boyband Blue, says he charges around £50 for a personalised video on Memmo and he received about 100 re...
Why are so many huge stars suddenly selling their music rights?

Why are so many huge stars suddenly selling their music rights?

Entertainment
Bob Dylan has done it, Shakira has done it, and Dolly Parton is reportedly considering it, presumably if the price is right.Artists selling the rights to their back catalogues isn't a new phenomenon, but if you've been paying attention recently you'll know there has been a noticeable rush in recent months. Dylan's "landmark" agreement with Universal Music Group, announced in December, covers the copyrights to 600 tracks, from 1962's anthemic Blowin' In The Wind and 1964's The Times They Are A-Changin, to last year's Murder Most Foul. Reports on the amount vary from $ 300 to $ 600m, with a source with knowledge of the deal confirming to Sky News it was indeed a nine-figure sum.After keeping hold of his rights for decades, is this a case of the 79-year-old protest singer finally selling out?...

Short selling: What it is, why it’s risky and how the ‘squeeze’ happens

Finance
Aimee Dilger | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty ImagesMaybe you've heard by now that an army of retail investors has managed to use one of hedge funds' common investment strategies against them.That is, short-selling. It generally involves selling borrowed shares of a stock with the belief that the price will drop, at which point you'd buy shares at a lower price to repay what you borrowed (more farther below). And it's not the province of just hedge funds or other large investment entities. Individual investors — for better or worse — can employ it, too, if their brokerage approves it."For my clients who want to short stocks, I tell them it's generally not a good idea," said certified financial planner Ivory Johnson, founder of Delancey Wealth Management in Washington. More from Per...
Coronavirus: Rock bands start selling face mask merchandise

Coronavirus: Rock bands start selling face mask merchandise

Entertainment
As the global pandemic continues, bands have started offering a new piece of must-have merchandise alongside their T-shirts and hoodies - face masks.Metal acts like Megadeth, Korn and Thursday have led the way, listing masks on their online stores. My Chemical Romance are selling a stockpile of masks they designed before the pandemic for a show in the desert.The proceeds will go to a fund for those in live music industry who have lost their jobs because of Covid-19."We had these masks made to keep you dust-free in the desert, a show that never happened, never will," the band said in a statement. Perhaps, they suggested, "we were unknowingly waiting for the right time" to send them to fans. ...
Dark web drug dealers turn to selling face masks to meet demand

Dark web drug dealers turn to selling face masks to meet demand

Technology
Cyber criminals are now selling potentially counterfeit surgical face masks on dark web marketplaces in a rush to exploit the supply shortage resulting from the outbreak in China.The face mask listings were detected by risk management company Digital Shadows on English-language marketplace Empire, which is known for selling illegal drugs and hacking equipment. Pictures featured in the listings show plain masks without the advanced respirators capable of filtering small virus particles, although it isn't clear whether these images are legitimate. Image: Coronavirus masks listed for sale on the dark web. Pic: Digital Shadows The disease caused by the coronavirus, COVID-19, has now infected more than 156,000 people worldwide, driving dem...