Instagram DJs run afoul of music publishing regulations

The party may soon be over for celebrities and virtual partygoers who tune in to DJ sets on Instagram Live.

Since the COVID-19 lockdown began, DJs have been performing on the platform, with some performers attracting hundreds of thousands of remote, club-starved partiers and VIPs.

But the platform, which permits users to play only short clips of songs, is in a tailspin because the jocks are playing tracks in full — violating Instagram’s deals with music publishing companies and labels. “The product is being used in a way that it hasn’t been used [before],” an Instagram insider told us. “We’re looking at the relationship with partnerships [with the music industry and Instagram users] on all sides, and all things are factored in.”

In the meantime, Instagram has been flagging shows. Marjorie “DJ Mad Marj” Gubelmann told revelers during her popular Wednesday night party — which has hosted the likes of Kim Kardashian, Martha Stewart and Miss Lawrence — that Instagram kept kicking her out of her feed this week. “I’ll keep going until we finish,” she said during one set, before finally conceding, “I’m going to turn it off before they turn me off.”

Meanwhile, DJ M.O.S.’s virtual hot spot, Club Insomnia, was also shut down numerous times. His wife, DJ Kiss, whose virtual ladies’ night was also flagged, said, “We’re not making money from this. We’re not sinister people plotting to play Luther Vandross. We’re just trying to uplift people’s spirits with music and build a community.”

On Wednesday, Instagram posted guidelines for including music on its livestreams. The list recommended shorter clips of music be played — and reminded users that “people also have access to a library of custom music and sound effects at no cost using [parent company] Facebook’s Sound Collection.”

Ironically, Mark Zuckerberg was a guest at one of the biggest A-lister-packed DJ sets by D-Nice in March, when the trend took off.

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Spain cancels July’s Running of the Bulls due to coronavirus

Don’t have a cow.

Spain on Tuesday called off the world-famous Running of the Bulls due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 400-year-old San Fermín festival in Pamplona, where half-ton beasts tear through narrow streets amid hundreds of runners seeking a thrill, won’t take place in July as planned.

“As expected as it was, it still leaves us deeply sad,” said Ana Elizalde, the acting mayor of Pamplona, according to The Guardian.

Spain is battling one of the deadliest outbreaks of the virus in the world, with at least 21,282 fatalities as of Tuesday. It has the largest number of confirmed cases after the US, at 204,178.

“It seems our beloved fiesta is at odds with the coronavirus,” said Elizalde.

“We’re supposed to wear masks, keep a social distance — measures that are incompatible with what San Fermín is.”

The historic festival, made famous by Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises,” was also scrapped during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s.

Other major events to be called off due to the outbreak include Oktoberfest, the centuries-old beer festival in Munich, Germany, and the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the US.

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Ruby’s Husband On ‘Run’ Might Derail Her Escapist Fantasy

When Ruby responded to Billy’s out-of-the-blue text with a corresponding "RUN" and fled across the country to meet him, it was clear she was leaving someone behind. But Ruby’s husband Laurence on Run hasn’t remained in the rear view mirror; he’s still very much a presence both on the show and in Ruby’s mind, although he remains unseen. The series premiere revealed that the voice on the other end of Ruby’s phone wasn’t just some douchey and easily left-behind ex-boyfriend. He’s her spouse and the father of her two children… and now he may be coming to derail her escapist fantasy.

Although Ruby put a moratorium on discussions of their past selves, Billy picked up on little clues that told him how much Ruby had sacrificed to be on that train: a lock screen showing a seemingly happy family, a scar on her abdomen telling of a C-section, a phone that wouldn’t stop ringing incessantly. When Ruby finally answered that phone in private, a harried Laurence was trying to juggle his kids’ schedules while coping with his wife’s mystifying absence — which she weakly explained away with the excuse of a sudden week-long yoga retreat. It was unclear (for a time) whether Laurence bought that excuse or, if not, how he felt about his wife’s departure. Was he in denial? Giving her space? Quietly freaking out?

When Ruby called home at the end of the second episode, she learned the terrible truth: Laurence had seen through her deception, and wasn’t having it. His new voicemail message bluntly stated that Ruby couldn’t come to the phone because she had abandoned her family. Whoops.

Keen-eyed viewers may have recognized Mad Men actor Rich Sommer, who portrayed Harry Crane throughout all seven seasons of that acclaimed series, as the man posing with Ruby in all her family pictures on Facebook. You certainly don’t cast such a well-known actor just to photoshop him into a bunch of cheesy stock photos, so chances are high that this chapter of Ruby’s life isn’t shut forever. In fact, it seems highly likely that Laurence will show up sometime in the near future — but will he be begging Ruby to return, or closing the door on their marriage?

Either way, his off-screen presence grounds the escapist fantasy of Run by serving as a constant (though unseen) reminder of the life Ruby left behind. The show isn’t casting judgment on Ruby’s decision to leave her life behind — it hasn’t shown enough of her past or the reasoning behind her decision for the viewer to render a verdict on her motives just yet — but it is making sure the audience (and Ruby) remembers that her choices have consequences. Embarking on such an impromptu adventure may have seemed like the beginning of a happy-ever-after in the moment, but this isn’t a rom-com or a fairy tale.

Haven’t you ever wanted to leave everything behind and start over with a clean slate? While it may be fun to think about, the reality would be very different. Laurence is the Sword of Damocles hanging over this story, waiting to fall and pop the bubble of Ruby’s fantasy. What decision will she make when it does?

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Mother-of-three transforms rundown 1950s home into ultra-modern abode

Mother reveals how she completely transformed her rundown 1950s home into a tranquil ultra-modern space for £50,000 – and kept costs down with second-hand decor from charity shops and eBay

  • Clare Pater, 35, from Hendon, north London, bought the house with her husband 
  • They’d been looking for a place for two years when they found their dream home
  • But the 1950s detached four-bedroom house was in dire need of restoration 
  • Mother-of-three spent £50,000 renovating the home with modern designs 

A mother-of-three has transformed her dated, run-down home into an ultra plush modern living space, which has picked up awards for its design.

Clare Pater, 35, from Hendon, north London, bought the house with her husband Jake, also 35, to live in with their children, Amelie 11, Asher, nine, Ava, six, and their Labradoodle puppy Oscar, eight months. 

The couple were already living in the area, but decided to move to a bigger place for their growing brood. They wanted to stay nearby as their children were at school and had many friends locally. 

In their hunt for a new home, they stumbled across a detached four-bedroom property from the 1950s – but it needed a complete renovation. 

Clare Pater, 35, from Hendon, north London, bought the house with her husband Jake, also 35, to live in with their children, Amelie 11, Asher, nine, Ava, six, and their Labradoodle puppy, Oscar, eight months. She is pictured in their kitchen with her children


Clare and her husband were already living in the area, but decided to move to a bigger place for their growing brood, but wanted to stay nearby as their children were at school and had many friends locally. Their dining room is picture before (left) and after (right)


In their hunt for a new home, they stumbled across a detached, four-bedroom property from the 1950s but it needed a complete renovation. Pictured is the bathroom before (left) and after (right)


Clare said as soon as the family saw the property they knew it was their perfect home and snapped it up as they spotted the potential to turn it from miserable to artful. Their kitchen is pictured before (left) and after (right)

They said they knew as soon as they saw the property that it was their perfect home and snapped it up as they spotted the potential to turn it from miserable to artful.

After buying the property, the couple had £50,000 left over which they invested in transforming the home, which was more than 60 years old and in a dilapidated state.

The couple’s budget didn’t reach to extension, but the place needed more than a small paint job, including redecoration, a new kitchen and bathrooms.

Clare told Femail: ‘When we sold our house, we had nowhere to go, so we asked my parents to take us in for a few months or possibly years, until we’d finished purchasing a new property and doing all the work. 

‘Luckily the process took us about seven months and we managed to monitor the progress closely as I was going back for the school runs and my work was nearby, so I had the possibility of checking the site on a daily basis. It wasn’t the first time we worked with the builders so everything went smoothly.

Both Clare’s background as an interior designer for her own company, Nova Nilla Design, and Jake’s position as a partner for a commercial property company, provided them with a strong platform for the family to embark on their new house journey.


After buying the property, the couple had £50,000 left over which they invested in transforming the home, which was more than 60 years old and in a dilapidated state. The bathroom and hallway is pictured before


Clare told Femail the process took seven months to renovate from drab and dated to modern and trendy. The bedroom is pictured before (left) and after (right)

Both Clare’s background as an interior designer for her own company, Nova Nilla Design, and Jake’s position as a partner for a commercial property company, provided them with a strong platform for the family to embark on their new house journey. Clare is pictured in her lounge now

Clare added that she could design the home completely to her own needs, and picked up a lot of the home decor from charity shops and eBay.

She added: ‘I was enamoured with the idea of having a blue kitchen ever since I saw a picture years ago which stuck with me. So when I finally brought this image to life in our house, everyone was surprised and thought we were crazy.

‘It just so happens that now this is a very popular feature so it turns out that we were actually ahead of the curve! 

‘It attracts people instantly as they come in the door and then go straight to the kitchen. We have pieces of art on the shelves so it looks very welcoming and homely; it doesn’t resemble a normal kitchen.

‘I prefer not to use wall units, just tall cupboards on one side to open the space up. By using open shelving, a look I actually like, we also saved money. 

‘Another bargain was the French antique chandelier, which offered me an opportunity to put some interest in the room. I am delighted with the way that the space was transformed and subsequently awarded Real Homes Kitchen of the year.


Clare, pictured left in her kitchen, added: ‘I was enamoured with the idea of having a blue kitchen ever since I saw a picture years ago which stuck with me. So when I finally brought this image to life in our house, everyone was surprised and thought we were crazy.’ Pictured right is her staircase


Clare went on a bargain hunt for the new items, she said: ‘With the project costs needing to stay low, I shopped around mainly for second hand items. Finding good quality items at a low cost was no easy task; I hunted across a wide number of stores to find suitable items, to the point where I would spend my entire night shopping online.’ Bargain items are pictured

Clare, pictured in her kitchen, said: ‘I also used cheaper materials to mimic the effect of the more expensive version such as using porcelain tiling as the kitchen splashback to imitate a marble version’

Clare went on a bargain hunt for the new items, but decided to splash out on expensive wallpaper.

‘With the project costs needing to stay low, I shopped around mainly for second hand items. Finding good quality items at a low cost was no easy task; I hunted across a wide number of stores to find suitable items, to the point where I would spend my entire night shopping online,’ she explained.

‘Most of the artwork was purchased from either eBay or charity shops. A marble dining table this size would have been way out of budget, so I had this made from a slab I selected from a local marble supplier. 

‘Although we were keen to bring the budget down by hunting for bargains, I also selected a handful of essential pieces worth spending money on. If only one roll of wallpaper was needed, for example, I would opt for a top-end product.

‘I also used cheaper materials to mimic the effect of the more expensive version, such as using porcelain tiling as the kitchen splashback to imitate a marble version, or using laminate flooring instead of real wood, as this can get damaged easily, especially with younger kids. Nobody can tell the difference and we managed to save a lot of money.’


Due to her background in interior design, Clare knew the small touches which added a touch of class to the home, and managed to make inexpensive soft furnishings look classy


Giving advice on how to keep the house renovated. She said: ‘Try to avoid sticking to just one look or style, as you’ll probably go off it after a while.’ Her fireplace (left) and kitchen (right) are pictured

Due to her background in interior design, Clare knew the small touches which added a touch of class to the home.

She said: ‘We added the cornicing, which wasn’t cheap but it was a must-have, as it adds so much character to the house. We also invested in good quality light switches and door handles as these are touched and used so much, and gives the illusion of luxury throughout.

‘A good quality kitchen was important to me, I insisted on solid wood cupboard doors so that they will last for many years, and they can be repainted in the future as well. Other indulgences in the kitchen were the quartz worktops, the brass boiling water tap and brass hardware.

‘In the bathroom we followed our builder’s advice and only tiled the areas which needed to be watertight. We used beautiful green marble tiles on one wall in the en suite and the remaining areas were tiled with a cheaper porcelain or ceramic. 

‘In our downstairs WC instead of replacing the old tiles we painted over them with white tile paint and then doodled on the walls using permanent markers – the kids couldn’t believe they were allowed to write on the walls.

‘The loft room only had a single light bulb, so instead of rewiring to add multiple recessed lights, I had an industrial style track lighting fixture made from metal pipes and exposed bulbs by a lighting company found on Etsy.


Clare explained: ‘A marble dining table this size would have been way out of budget, so I had this made from a slab I selected from a local marble supplier’. Dining table pictured left. She added: ‘I also used cheaper materials to mimic the effect of the more expensive version such as using porcelain tiling as the kitchen splashback to imitate a marble version.’ Kitchen top pictured right

Clare also explained that her children got involved in the makeover, and even designed their own bedrooms. Clare is pictured in the living room

Clare also explained that her children got involved in the makeover, and even designed their own bedrooms.   

‘Our eldest daughter, Amelie, was the most enthusiastic towards the renovations and therefore wanted to be involved in designing her new bedroom. She had a clear vision of having a lively and bright colour scheme, where the space would transform into a tropical theme,’ she said. 

‘In the end, we opted for a pastel palette of lilac and a minty turquoise to tone down the vibrancy of the room. The other kids got involved in choosing their bedroom colours and had lots of fun trying out different paint samples. Ava chose a bright salmon pink and was so excited to tell everyone she met about her pink bedroom. 

‘Asher, after sampling different multiple hues of blue and not noticing the difference between them, was happy to have my help to make the final decision and we selected a traditional grey blue shade.’

Clare’s kitchen is blue with modern patterns and a hardwood floor. She said people should create a more personal space by adding items you love, when you find them


Clare said: ‘Remember that your home doesn’t have to be finished and “show home ready” on the day the builders finish, a home is always a work in progress and some of the most fantastic spaces change and evolve over time’.’Her countertops are pictured

Clare said: ‘In the bathroom we followed our builder’s advice and only tiled the areas which needed to be watertight. We used beautiful green marble tiles on one wall in the en suite and the remaining areas were tiled with a cheaper porcelain or ceramic’

Clare also shared her tips for others hoping to redesign their homes.  

‘Stick to classic styles for the main elements: floors, walls, doors etc., then introduce colour and interest through furniture, accessories and art. 

‘Try to avoid sticking to just one look or style, as you’ll probably go off it after a while. 

‘Instead create a more personal space by adding items you love, when you find them. Remember that it doesn’t have to be finished and “show home ready” on the day the builders finish, a home is always a work in progress and some of the most fantastic spaces change and evolve over time.

‘Have at least one vintage or custom item in each room even if it’s just a small accessory. Not every item has to be a wow piece; you need some simpler elements to allow the show stopping pieces to stand out. And lastly don’t worry about anyone else’s opinion, if your home makes you feel happy then it’s a success.’

  • Clare’s home will be featured at the Home Building Show later this year.

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Lionsgate Movie Delays Include Antebellum, Run, Spiral – /Film

Lionsgate is the latest studio to delay its major releases in the wake of the escalating coronavirus pandemic. Lionsgate has postponed the releases of its upcoming movies Antebellum, Run, and Spiral, all of which were set to hit theaters in late April and May. Their release dates have been postponed indefinitely.

AntebellumRun, and Spiral are the latest major releases to be postponed indefinitely as Lionsgate joins the Hollywood studios attempting to curb the spread of coronavirus, aka COVID-19. Antebellum was set to open on April 24, while Run and Spiral were slated for May 8 and May 15, respectively. None of the films have received a new release date.

“With theaters across the country closed, Lionsgate will be postponing the releases of ANTEBELLUM, RUN and SPIRAL,” the studio posted on Instagram. “We can’t wait to share these films with the world when this challenging moment is behind us.”

Antebellum and Spiral were especially anticipated, with the former a thriller starring Janelle Monae as an author who finds herself stumbling through time, and the latter promising an exciting new revival of the Saw franchise with Chris Rock playing against type in the lead role. While it’s uncertain when we’ll see either of these films, since they both hail from the horror — or horror-adjacent — genre, they may do well in the fall (if the virus has dissipated by then).

Lionsgate’s announcement comes on the heels of the Centers for Disease Control issuing a recommendation against gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, which would severely impact movie theaters. Multiple states have already closed multiplexes, while the country’s largest movie theater chain, AMC Theatres, has closed all its locations.

Antebellum, Run, and Spiral are just the latest of many major releases to be delayed as the coronavirus, or COVID-19, outbreak has grown into a global pandemic. MGM’s No Time to Die got ahead of the curve by postponing its release to November, with F9, A Quiet Place Part II, Disney’s Mulan, Marvel’s Black Widow, and more following in its footsteps.

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Altior will NOT run in Champion Chase trainer Nicky Henderson reveals – he's not recovered from lameness

ALTIOR is OUT of Wednesday's Champion Chase trainer Nicky Henderson has confirmed.

His participation was in doubt after he was found to be lame on Sunday and the defending champ has been pulled out to leave six in the field.

The race had been billed as a clash between the big three of Altior, Defi Du Seuil and Chacun Pour Soi.

But the news was confirmed by the Lambourn trainer on Tuesday morning after his horse had drifted out to 10-3.

It leaves six in the race, with Defi Du Seuil favourite at 6-4 and Chacun Pour Soi at second favourite.

The Paul Nicholls pair of Dynamite Dollars and Politologue are next in, with Sceau Royal and Bun Doran the alleged outsiders.

Henderson said: "What is really disappointing is the improvement from the night before last to yesterday morning was so good that we were genuinely optimistic that, as long as that recovery rate was maintained, we figured he'd be sound this morning, and that is not the case.

"It's flattened off – he hasn't improved at all from last night, whereas the night before he improved dramatically. Consequently, I think it's only right now that he will be taken out of the race."

He added: "It's brutal – it's not an issue that has ever bothered him before, he's never taken a lame step in his life.

"The timing is just ridiculous, but that's what we say every year – you know something will come and bite you, but there are certain ones that are a bit bigger than the rest.

"It's very cruel, and cruel on everybody to be fair. To get him back from that race at Ascot to where he is now – he's been in such brilliant form, but he won't be there to show it."

Beaten for the first time over jumps at Ascot in November, the Patricia Pugh-owned gelding returned to his best in the Game Spirit Chase at Newbury last month.

He would have been bidding for his fifth win at the Festival, having taken the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and Arkle Trophy before his two Champion Chase victories.

Assessing potential options, he said: "There's still Aintrees and Punchestowns and Sandowns, things like that. We hope to have him back for an assault there.

"I'd personally love to try Aintree (Melling Chase) over two and a half, that's a different two and a half to anywhere else. That wouldn't worry me at all, we did it with Sprinter (Sacre).

"We could go to Ireland, we could wait for the Celebration Chase (at Sandown) that he's won for the last two years.

"The good thing is his X-rays and everything are 100 per cent. There's nothing to see on this at all, there's no damage done, it's just like somebody has clocked it with a hammer and made it sore."

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