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How to get access to Clubhouse, the new invite-only audio app

Published: 12/Jan/2021 18:28 Updated: 13/Jan/2021 20:31

by Alice Hearing

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The latest app to get everyone’s attention is Clubhouse, but if you’re wondering how to actually gain access, you’re not alone: it’s invite-only.

Although it’s only been out less than a year, Clubhouse is a highly-exclusive app that everyone is talking about, and what separates it from the rest is that it’s audio-only. It’s grown from having just 1,500 users in May 2020 to garnering more than 600,000 at the end of 2020; members include Oprah, Ashton Kutcher, Drake, and Jared Leto.

It’s been described as a platform full of ‘virtual panels’ where members can listen to live audio of celebrities, creatives or professionals, and “raise your hand” to indicate that you’d like to participate.  Discussions can be about almost anything: debates, movements, pep-talks, lectures, book clubs, comedy shows… you name it. The one rule is that you cannot record anything.

But while it’s blowing up in popularity, it’s not as easy to get into as simply downloading the app and creating an account. There are two major things you need: an iPhone and an invite.

Jared Leto is on Clubhouse
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Celebrities including Jared Leto are already on the app

How to get access

At the moment, the only way to be invited to Clubhouse is by a current user. But once you’re in, you will be given one invitation for yourself to give out. If you’re too impatient to wait for an invite to come your way, you can put a call out on Instagram or Twitter using the #Clubhouse hashtag in case someone is feeling generous.

Each new user is given one invite they can dole out to one lucky soul, and after some time on the app, you get another three invites. So, with this in mind, some people could have invites to spare.

However, if you don’t get an invite using this method either, don’t worry; the app is still in beta testing mode, and the website says “we are working hard to open things up soon!”

Clubhouse has said that “it’s not intended to be exclusive,” and that it is working hard to give everyone full access. Right now, the intentions behind the invite-only model are to “build community slowly” and “prepare features that will help it handle larger numbers of people.”

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James Charles sparks heated beef with rapper Asian Doll over makeup artist fees

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:17

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube star and makeup mogul James Charles has started some unexpected beef with rapper Asian Doll after she made a divisive tweet over the price some makeup artists charge for their work.

James Charles is known for getting into the occasional Twitter spat with high-profile celebrities; in August 2020, the YouTuber called out music artist Alicia Keys for her then-unreleased skincare line, which he mistakenly interpreted as another celebrity cash-grab in the makeup biz. (This was not the case.)

Now, it seems that Charles has struck up a feud with none other than Dallas-based rapper Asian Doll — the first female rapper to be signed to Gucci Mane’s very own record label, 1017 Eskimo Records.

It all started over a post Asian Doll made on January 15, where she took issue with makeup artists charging hefty fees for their services.

 

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“If you charge over $150 to do a face of makeup, you can go to hell, respectfully,” she wrote.

Charles was quick to clap back: “What a stupid tweet. One foundation can cost $50, artists have to buy EVERY SHADE for their kit, & thats just the first step…Either pay an artist’s rate for their time & skill, do it yourself, OR get it done at a counter and risk looking busted.”

It seems that Charles’ reply has sparked an avalanche of backlash against him from Asian Doll’s fans, with many accusing him of overstepping his bounds.

Charles has apparently messed with the wrong rapper, as Asian Doll was also quick to fire shots at the beauty guru in a series of additional tweets.

“What a dumb a** to be in my business replying to something that has absolutely nothing to do with you. I’m having a debate about HOOD PRICES baby, stay over there in HOLLYWOOD where they having you looking GHOST,” she wrote — most likely referring to the infamous photo of James Charles wearing foundation several shades lighter than his natural skin tone.

“Literally stop robbing the poor,” the rapper added in a now-deleted reply. “All I’m saying is people shouldn’t have to pay over $150 for a face, DATS IT!”

It seems that Asian Doll’s post has stirred up quite the debate regarding the value and pricing of makeup artists’ time and work in her comments section — but James’ involvement in the conversation has sparked another kind of conversation, altogether.