Apr 19th

Did Metallica Cheat? ‘Hardwired…To Self-Destruct’ Goes Platinum

By Dave Simmons

Did Metallica just manipulate their latest release, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, to platinum status?…in this day and age?…was it magic?…most likely it was the direct result of a master marketing plan…maybe even a blueprint for certification.

Blueprint #1

Release a video for every song

Earlier today, countless articles acknowledging / praising Metallica’s accomplishment began to surface online, but I couldn’t help thinking that it all seemed a bit misleading.  On April 12, 2017, the album was not only certified gold (sales of 500,000 copies) but was also certified platinum (sales of 1,000,000 copies). RIAA certifications are no longer solely based on traditional album sales, but now include individual digital song sales and audio / video streams (Metallica released a video for every song on Hardwired).  Read the entire article at fullinbloom.com

Apr 19th

Former New England Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez Found Dead

By Dave Simmons

Only days after being acquitted for double murder, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell, after hanging himself using a bed sheet attached to a window cell.  Hernandez was found by guards at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachussetts just after 3 AM on 4/19/17. An hour later, he was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster.

According to prison officials, Hernandez used items in his cell to attempt to block the doorway to prevent prison guards from entering. He was located in a single cell in a general population unit in the maximum security prison. At the time of this posting, no suicide note had been found. Read the entire article at fullinbloom.com.

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