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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers have found a surprising way to help boost the skills of children with language impairment: Pay their parents to read to them.  A new study tested four techniques to get parents or other caregivers to complete a 15-week literacy intervention for their children with language impairment.  Only one of those techniques – paying parents 50 cents for each reading session – led to children showing significant gains in reading test scores, findings showed.  “We were somewhat stunned to find that paying parents had this strong effect. We didn’t anticipate this,” said Laura Justice, lead author of the study and professor of educational psychology at The Ohio State University.  The other three techniques tried in the study were offering positive feedback to the parents, offering encouragement, and modeling to parents how to read in a way that improved children’s literacy skills.  None of these three was helpful, and offering feedback actually had a slight…

Prince New Album, HITNRUN

RELEASE DATE SET FOR SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2015 


NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2015 /Multi-platinum music icon Prince, and global music and entertainment platform TIDAL, today confirmed that the next release from the entertainer will be exclusively on TIDAL on September 7, 2015.
The upcoming release, the experimental, HITNRUN, was first announced by his band, 3RDEYEGIRL, on BBC radio late last month, following the release of the critically praised first single, "HARDROCKLOVER".  Minutes after the song was released on July 1st, critics raved with The Guardian saying, "Prince is back to his old sensual self 'ripping jeans' and 'making women scream' on this minimal slow jam."  Billboard called the single "A dreamy rock song", and Rolling Stone described it as simply "Wild".
"Super hardcore Prince fans that know every song he's ever recorded - we refer to them as 'The Purple Collective' or 'The Purple Army' - this album is absolutely for them, because it's super funky," reported 3RDEYEGIRL.  "There are a lot of experimental sounds.  It's just hit after hit and definitely caters to those fans who just love to hear what Prince has to say, rather than wanting to always hear that classic Purple Rain Prince sound."  Prince worked with co-producer Joshua Welton on HITNRUN – Welton was also a co-producer on Prince's ARTOFFICIALAGE album, released late last year.
The Prince/TIDAL partnership has been in the works for some months, but was quickly cemented out of mutual admiration and respect and a profound belief in artists' rights.  The relationship began in May with TIDAL live streaming the first hour of Prince's RALLY 4 PEACE concert in Baltimore.  TIDAL hosted live audio of the event and matched funds for donations made on TIDAL.com.
The music icon stated, "After one meeting, it was obvious that Jay Z and the team he has assembled at TIDAL recognize and applaud the effort that real musicians put in2 their craft 2 achieve the very best they can at this pivotal time in the music industry.  Secondly, TIDAL have honored Us with a non-restrictive arrangement that once again allows Us to continue making art in the fashion We've grown accustomed 2 and We're Extremely grateful 4 their generous support.  And lastly, in the tech-savvy, real-time world We all live in 2day, everything is faster.  From its conception and that one & only meeting, HITNRUN took about 90 days 2 prepare its release.  If that's what freedom feels like, HITNRUN is what it sounds like."
JAY Z added, "Prince has always been a visionary, a free-thinker.  We're honored to offer his breadth of work, "1999," "Purple Rain," etc., music that has inspired so many, on TIDAL.  We're also excited to be the home for his new upcoming album, HITNRUN.  Both Prince and TIDAL share the belief that all creatives should have the opportunity to speak directly to those that love and support them.  This partnership with Prince represents TIDAL's philosophy in its truest form, a 1 to 1 connection and direct delivery of artistry to the world."
About TIDAL
TIDAL is an innovative platform to experience and discover music from artists around the world, enjoy access to exclusive and curated content, and connect and share with artists. TIDAL is available in more than 44 countries with a 30 million song catalog, and more than 75,000 high quality videos. The service offers high-fidelity CD sound quality, high quality video, expertly curated content and unique experiences.

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