Apple goes country in ad filled with flags, motorcycles, and Brantley Gilbert

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The company that famously brags about designing things in California is looking toward Sweet Home Alabama.

Apple set its sights set on the American heartland in the latest country-heavy commercial for its music streaming service.

The Apple Music ad stars singer Brantley Gilbert waxing poetic about open roads and small-town life as motorcycles tear up farm fields and diner patrons smile at one another. It looks more like a spot for Harley-Davidson than a tech company known for its pretentious marketing.

But all of this rural glorification is set to a soundtrack of snippets from Gilbert’s iPhone. Classics like Lynard Skynard’s “Sweet Home Alabama” and Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild” are thrown in with Gilbert’s own single, “The Ones That Like Me” and a Kendrick Lamar beat because why not.  Read more…

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LeBron James unhappy with portrayal in reporting of Kyrie Irving trade request

The saga that has engulfed the Cleveland Cavaliers over the past several days continued to expand Tuesday, with LeBron James issuing a tweet expressing his unhappiness with how he has been portrayed in the reporting of teammate Kyrie Irving’s request to be traded. Friday, ESPN reported that Irving had requested a trade and that James was blindsided by the news. Saturday, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said a source in Irving’s camp felt that James helped orchestrate the release of news that Irving wanted to be dealt. (ESPN stands by its reporting, which was based on multiple sources.) On Monday, Smith said on his radio show that sources in James’ camp told him James would be tempted to “beat [Kyrie’s] ass,” regarding Irving’s trade request and the report that Irving’s camp feels James was behind the release of the information. That prompted James to take to Twitter on Tuesday, writing:? Smith emphatically stood…

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