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March 19, 2014

It's a fairly well known fact that Spotify pays musicians mere pennies for making their music available on the streaming service, and big names like David Byrne and Radiohead's Thom Yorke have spoken out against the company (Yorke rather memorably called Spotify "the last desperate fart of a dying corpse"). But one Midwestern funk band has found an ingenious way to expose Spotify's disservice to musicians while making money in the process.

Ann Arbor, Michigan quartet Vulfpeck just released their new album, Sleepify, on Spotify, and they're encouraging people to stream it as many times as possible. This is actually a fairly easy task, considering Sleepify is made up of 10 short tracks of complete silence. To stick it to Spotify, "listeners" are encouraged to stream the silent album on loop overnight. By Vulfpeck's estimation, steaming Sleepify repeatedly over an eight-hour sleep period will earn the band $4 in royalties. All the money will help to fund a special tour of free shows, in which Vulfpeck will visit the cities that provide the most streams.

While the Sleepify album is likely as much of a publicity stunt for the band as it is a knock on Spotify, you've got to hand it to these guys for keeping a straight face throughout the album's release. "Please don't 'shuffle' sleepify," the band tweeted. "I know this might come of [sic] snobbish, but we spent a lot of time on track order."

Spotify, for its part, has acknowledged the stunt and seems to be playing it off well. "This is a clever stunt, but we prefer Vulfpeck's earlier albums," a Spotify spokesperson told Digiday.

Watch Vulfpeck explain Sleepify's premise below. You can stream Sleepify here. --Samantha Rollins

10:22 p.m. ET

The stars were out Monday night in New York City for the 2016 Met Gala. This year's fête revolved around the latest exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology." The color of the night appeared to be silver (worn by Lady Gaga, Ciara, Kanye West, various Kardashians and Jenners), and trends included dark lips (Taylor Swift, Katy Perry), liquid-like metallics (Lupita Nyong'o), lots of cut outs (Nicole Kidman, Hailee Steinfeld), buckles and straps (Emma Stone, Nicki Minaj), and subdued pops of color (Zoe Saldana). Catherine Garcia

8:52 p.m. ET

Donald Trump has insulted her appearance, said that listening to her for more than 10 minutes will give you a headache, and called her tenure at Hewlett-Packard "terrible, terrible, terrible," but admitted that even he would have helped Carly Fiorina up when she fell off a stage this weekend in Indiana.

Video has surfaced of Fiorina introducing Ted and Heidi Cruz during a rally in Lafayette, then suddenly disappearing from the stage. It turns out she took a tumble, and Heidi Cruz made an effort to help her back up. Ted Cruz didn't seem to notice (or, judging by the footage, just didn't care) that she was on the ground and continued to shake hands with the supporters surrounding him. "Cruz didn't do anything! Even I would have helped her, okay?" the suddenly chivalrous Trump told a crowd Monday in Carmel, Indiana. "She fell off! She just went down! She went down a long way."

Trump added that it was "really cruel" of Cruz to ignore Fiorina's fall, and accurately called it a "weird deal." Catherine Garcia

7:58 p.m. ET
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When you are a princess and you're turning one, you're going to get some impressive gifts, and Princess Charlotte has received presents from world leaders, organizations, and fans in 64 different countries.

Kensington Palace released a list of all of the gifts Princess Charlotte has received on the occasion of her first birthday, as well as some she was given earlier, and said her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are "incredibly grateful." Her uncle, Prince Harry, brought back a New Zealand Rugby sleepsuit and Wellington Rugby snowsuit from his trip to the country, while her maternal aunt, Pippa Middleton, gave her a $6 pack of biodegradable diapers. British Prime Minister David Cameron presented her with a copy of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales, and the government of Australia sent a cot blanket made from Tasmanian merino wool, embroidered with a floral emblem by the ACT Embroiderers' Guild. In turn, the Guild donated $10,000 to Healesville Sanctuary, a bushland haven for wildlife.

One of the most expensive gifts was a $45,000 18k white gold rattle studded with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires from the Natural Sapphire Company. The Canadian Prime Minister gifted Princess Charlotte with a book and snowsuit, and donated $100,000 in her honor to Immunize Canada, which promotes vaccinations. She also received from New Zealand Prime Minister John Key teddy bears, blankets, and booties made from Stansborough wool and a set of silk figurines depicting the Chinese story Dream of the Red Chamber from Chinese President Xi Jinping. During their trip to England last month, President and Michelle Obama presented her with a jigsaw puzzle and stuffed Bo dog, matching one already owned by her brother, Prince George. Kensington Palace said some of the items are being used by Princess Charlotte, while others are in storage or were "donated to organizations which could make good use of them." Catherine Garcia

6:58 p.m. ET

On the day before the all-important Indiana Republican primary, Ted Cruz spent nearly eight minutes trying to change the mind of a Donald Trump supporter, who responded by asking Cruz where his "Goldman Sachs jacket" was and demanding that he drop out of the race because "Indiana don't want you."

Cruz was in Marion, Indiana, campaigning alongside Gov. Mike Pence (R), when several protesters began chanting "Lyin' Ted" and "Do the math! Do the math!" Cruz approached one man to tell him he appreciated him "standing up" for what he believes, and said he is "running to be everybody's president." The man reminded Cruz he asked John Kasich to drop out of the race, adding, "It's your turn!" and asked him "Where's your Goldman Sachs jacket? We know your wife works there."

The two continued to go back and forth, with Cruz trying to tell the man that many of Trump's products aren't made in the United States, and he told the New York Times editorial board that he would not really build a giant wall along the U.S. and Mexico border. "Sir, with all respect, Donald Trump is deceiving you," Cruz finally said. "He is playing you for a chump."

Cruz also took the time to pat himself on the back, saying, "If I were Donald Trump, I wouldn't have come over here and talked to you," he said. "I wouldn't have shown you that respect. In fact, I would have told those folks over there, 'Go over and punch those guys in the face.' That's what Donald does to protesters." The protester, unmoved, told Cruz he would find out on Tuesday that "Indiana don't want you." Catherine Garcia

5:13 p.m. ET
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No matter what you think about soccer, you have to respect a good underdog story. And the Leicester City Foxes just pulled off the ultimate feel-good sports story, winning soccer's Premier League title thanks to Chelsea F.C. fighting the Tottenham Hotspurs to a draw Monday.

How do two unrelated teams factor into Leicester City's victory? Our own Jeva Lange broke it all down here, but the short version is: The standings dictated that the Foxes needed the Spurs to lose just one of their remaining three games in order to clinch the title. And after jumping out to a 2-0 lead against Chelsea, the Spurs let Chelsea rally back to a 2-2 draw. With the draw, Tottenham forfeited its long-shot comeback bid for the title, and Leicester City — which began the season with 5,000-to-1 odds to win — claimed the crown.

The Premier League is the most-watched soccer league in the world and features the heavy hitters of the sport, such as Manchester United and Liverpool (in addition to Chelsea). The title is the Foxes' first in their 132-year history. To read more about how Leicester City made it to the top, check out David Winner's feature at Newsweek. Kimberly Alters

5:08 p.m. ET
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Full-time employees of Tennessee's public colleges and universities are now allowed to carry guns on campus with proper handgun permits, WKRN-TV reports. The law, which Gov. Bill Haslam (R) allowed to pass without his signature, is set to go into effect July 1.

"I have long stated a preference for systems and institutions to be able to make their own decisions regarding security issues on campus, and I again expressed this concern throughout the legislative process this year," Haslam wrote to the House and Senate on Monday. "Although SB 2376 does not go as far as I would like in retaining campus control, the final version of the bill included input from higher education and was shaped to accommodate some of their concerns."

A state senator proposed the bill following a fatal October shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Julie Kliegman

3:58 p.m. ET

Donald Trump has notoriously mocked Hillary Clinton for using the so-called "woman's card," claiming she couldn't get even 5 percent of the vote if she were a man. He might not be laughing anymore, though:

Revenge is indeed a dish best served cold. Jeva Lange

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