Noah Staum

Noah Staum is the West Coast Managing Editor at Grit Daily. He grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, and has lived in four different countries. Across that span he’s learned Mandarin, adopted an adorable Shiba Inu, and worked for several major dating apps. Noah is based in Los Angeles, California, focusing his coverage on entertainment and entrepreneurship.

One Week After Jail Release, ASAP Rocky Delivers Unbounded Performance

Some moments in hip-hop are bigger than others. Whether or not the news of rapper ASAP Rocky’s imprisonment in Sweden deserves to be as big as it is, it all came to focus on one big center-stage moment this past weekend at Real Street Festival in Anaheim, CA, where he performed his first show since being released. ASAP Rocky’s return to The States had been much anticipated and highly publicized, with many high-profile individuals, artists, and celebrities pushing for his release during his...

Mongolian Rock Band, The Hu, Throat Sings Its Way To YouTube Fame

An ancient warrior on horseback appears at the skyline, shadowed, and raises his staff as a call to battle. A gang of leather-clad motorcyclists convenes behind him, following his charge through the grassy hillsides. So goes the cinematically beautiful opening sequence of the viral music video “Wolf Totem,” by the Mongolian rock band The Hu, which serves as a strong poetic introduction to the core identity of the band, their music, and the reasons for their rise to YouTube fame.  While the...

DoorDash Delivers Big, Acquiring Rival Caviar For $410 Million

To say that it has been an eventful summer for DoorDash is an understatement. Continuing that trend, the company just announced that it will acquire competitor Caviar for $410 million. The acquisition is a high note for DoorDash in a news cycle that it has otherwise been tumbling downward in recently. “Today’s announcement is another important step forward on our mission to empower local economies,” DoorDash CEO Tony Xu said in a statement. “We have long-admired Caviar, which has a...

How Much Did The World’s Top DJs Make In 2019?

Think that being a DJ is just a matter of pressing down on the spacebar? According to Forbes’ list of the highest-paid DJs of 2019, their jobs are worth a whole lot more than that. $358 million, to be exact. That’s the aggregate pretax earnings number of the top 15 highest-paid DJs in the world. To be sure, earnings like that don’t just come from pressing play. Take Steve Aoki, for example, who played a whopping 200 shows over the yearlong period surveyed for the list. Aoki’s not even the...

In WGA Victory, Three Top Agents Leave Abrams And Sign Guild Agreement

In a victory for the Writers Guild of America (WGA), three top-level agents of Abrams Artists Agency have left to form their own agency, which has signed the WGA’s new code of conduct. Brad Rosenfeld, Paul Weitzman, and Karen Kirkland have formed Culture Creative Entertainment (CCE), becoming the third agency to agree to terms with the WGA along with Verve and Kaplan Stahler.  “The current situation between agents and the WGA has brought the needs of writers into sharp focus,” Weitzman said to...

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