Parody video shows exactly how Spotify records its annoying ads


Thanks to the rise of streaming music services like Spotify, you can listen to almost any song, free of charge. 

The downside is that just as you’re really feeling it, your playlist or album will be interrupted with the worst, loudest, most annoying ad you’ve ever heard in your life. 

Check out this very real behind-the-scenes video from YouTuber Gus Johnson, which shows exactly how Spotify records those god-awful ads. 

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Ads that portray the stereotype of men being bad at housework will be banned


Adverts that perpetuate gender stereotypes — including men failing to undertake simple household tasks — are to be banned under new regulations proposed by industry watchdog the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA).

The new regulations put forth by the ASA will crack down on ads that portray activities as specific to one particular gender and ads that mock people for not conforming to gender stereotypes. The new measures intend to address the “potential for harm or offence” arising from gender stereotyping in ads. 

The report says “new standards are not intended to ban all forms of gender stereotypes” and that it would be “inappropriate and unrealistic” to prevent ads from depicting a woman cleaning or a man doing DIY. But, the standard would apply to ads featuring “problematic” stereotyping that “can potentially cause harm.”  Read more…

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