Spotify Is Making International Music A Bigger Priority

first_img Spotify Making International Music A Bigger Deal spotify-making-international-music-bigger-priority The music streaming company wants to advance and promote more culturally diverse music, including music from the Arab, African, Indian and Latino diasporasJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Oct 3, 2018 – 6:09 pm We live in a digitally connected world and our music should be as eclectic and available as what we’re craving for lunch—whether it be Mexican, Italian or Chinese—Spotify argues. The streaming company’s latest initiative is to not only spotlight more international artists on the platform, but to advance and promote more culturally diverse music, including music from the Arab, African, Indian and Latino diasporas. Email Facebook Twitter center_img News The initiative emphasizes the people who live outside their homelands and continue to consume music from their culture. The Global Cultures initiative will feature expert-curated playlists with popular songs, new and old, from diasporic communities around the globe, beginning with some of the biggest diasporas around the world: Latino, Arab, African and Indian. Listeners can currently find the “LatinX” and “Desi” music “hubs” on Spotify. The Arab and African sections are coming soon.”We have launched numerous high-profile playlists and programs in the recent past, but Global Cultures is poised to become one of the most important things we are doing as a leader in the field of streaming audio,” said Spotify’s Head of Global Cultures Rocio Guerrero in a blog post on the company’s site.While you can already browse artists from foreign countries on the streaming platform—as long as they have a profile—Guerrero, who is from Spain, wants to bring more attention to international music to the highly English-language, “American made” saturated top-ranked hits in the U.S.Spotify is on to something. According to YouGov, an internet-based marking research and data analytics company, about half of Americans listen to music outside of the English language, with 52 percent of people saying that the music they listen to has lyrics in Spanish in it. At a global scale, Spotify states that 1 in 4 Spotify users around the world actively listen to an artist from outside their culture or country.”Diaspora people have different political views, different hobbies, different mindsets that come out in their music,” Guerrero said. “But they’re still connected to their communities. People are becoming more and more proud of their origins, and I think music might be one of the best ways to help them express that.”FAKE LOVE- BTSOne of the best current examples of music breaking barriers regardless of language in and out of diasporas is K-pop’s BTS. The South Korean band outlined how they feel when American audiences know the lyrics to every word of their songs during their visit to the GRAMMY Museum.”We have a lot of foreign artists, American pop stars, coming to Korea, and Korean audiences will sing along, but it’s very hard for them to sing along with all the lyrics and all the songs,” BTS’ Jungkook said. “So, when I see American audiences singing along to all of our songs, all of our lyrics, we can feel that they try really hard to learn our music, learn our lyrics, and we feel really thankful.”BTS is featured in Spotify’s Global X playlist, which they have launched with the initiative. The playlist features international, multicultural crossovers and can be found under the pop category. Guerrero defined a crossover as “a mix of different genres, a mix of languages, or it could be a song like ‘Despacito Remix’ that crosses over to the rest of the world.” Along with the playlist, is a vertical video for “Taki Taki,” featuring Selena Gomez, Cardi B, Ozuna and DJ Snake. Other than BTS, the playlist currently also features Luis Fonsi, Becky G and Iranian-Danish rapper Sivas. Artists like these contribute to a “multicultural array set to inspire listeners around the world,” the company wrote. The playlist will be regularly updated to expose listeners to new music overtime.READ: Dua Lipa To Zedd: International Artists Takeover LollapaloozaStream the Global X playlist here:Read more Spotify Is Making International Music A Bigger Priority last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Ashley Mason Graduates From Becker College

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — Ashley Mason, of Wilmington, graduated with a AS in Veterinary Science, Veterinary Technology Concentration from Becker College. Mason was one of one hundred Becker students to graduate at the end of the fall semester.About Becker CollegeFounded in 1784, Becker College is an undergraduate and graduate, career-focused private college, providing a supportive and inclusive learning community that prepares graduates for their first to last careers. Nearly 1,800 students from the United States and around the world live and learn on the College’s Worcester and Leicester campuses. With nationally recognized programs in nursing, game design and animal studies, Becker has been consistently ranked as a “Best College” for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Becker College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Mason & Ravagni Graduate From Becker CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Mason & Ravagni Named To Dean’s List At Becker CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Cornish & Mason Named To Dean’s List At Becker CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Thai princess Sirindhorn arrives in Dhaka

first_imgThai princess Sirindhorn. Photo: CollectedThailand’s princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn arrived Dhaka on Monday on a four-day visit at the invitation of foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali.The princess is leading an 11-member high-profile Thai government delegation to visit philanthropic projects she set up in Bangladesh in 2011 under her father, late King Bhumibols’s Royal Chai Pattana Foundation, reports UNB.State minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam received the Thai princess at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on her arrival in the afternoon. Bangladesh Ambassador in Bangkok Saida Muna Tasneem was present.Shahriar who attended funeral of Sirindhorn’s father had a brief discussion with the Thai princess at the airport, an official told UNB.On the first day, she visited Liberation War Museum in the city and took a tour of different galleries of the Museum.Officials at the museum described the brutalities carried out by Pakistan army during 1971 Liberation War.The Thai princes also attended dinner hosted by Thai Ambassador in Dhaka.During her four-day visit to Bangladesh, the princess is scheduled to meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina, foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and exchange views with agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury and culture minister Asaduzzaman Noor and other dignitaries, officials said.The princess is also scheduled to visit various on-going royal projects in Bangladesh, under the Royal Chaipattana Foundation including public health and sanitation projects for school children, sustainable agriculture projects for farmers in Bangladesh and the Sufficiency Economy Learning Centre at the Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation — all under the ‘Sufficiency Economic Philosophy’ pioneered by her late father King Bhumibol.She will also inaugurate a new environmental conservation project taken in collaboration with the environment and forest ministry of Bangladesh, titled “Bangladesh-Thailand Vetiver Grass Development Project to prevent hill erosion in Chattogram” on 30 May at Tiger Pass in Chattogram City.The Thai princess is also scheduled to visit the Ethnological Origins Museum in Chattogram and meet autistic and special children at the Proyash Institute of Special Education in Dhaka Cantonment, meet children and farmers at the Azampur Government Primary School, Uttara, Mariali Government Primary School, Gazipur and Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation in Dhaka.She will also attend dinner to be hosted by foreign minister Ali in her honour.last_img read more

Britain suspends training of Myanmar army

first_imgMyanmar soldiers arrive to Buthidaung jetty after Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army`s (ARSA) attacks, at Buthidaung, Myanmar 29 August, 2017. Photo: ReutersBritain has suspended its training programme for military in Myanmar due to the violence in Rakhine state, a British government spokesman said on Tuesday.Human rights monitors and fleeing Rohingya say the army and Rakhine Buddhist vigilantes have mounted a campaign of arson aimed at driving out the Muslim population.“In light of the ongoing violence in Burma’s Rakhine state, the growing humanitarian crisis it has caused, and our deep concern about the human rights abuses that are taking place, we have decided to suspend the educational courses provided to the Burmese military until there is an acceptable resolution to the current situation,” the spokesman said in a statement.“We call on the Burmese Armed Forces to take immediate steps to stop the violence in Rakhine and ensure the protection of all civilians, to allow full access for humanitarian aid.”last_img

Texas Economy Expected to Cool Down as Job Growth from Harvey Fades

first_img Listen 00:00 /00:46 Dallas FedTexas exports are at record highs but trade frictions weigh on sentiment and outlooks Texas ranks first in the country for job growth so far this year. But that’s not how the state may end 2018.Laila Assanie, senior business economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, said wage pressure caused by a historically tight labor market and slower export growth will likely cool down the state’s economy.“Additionally, Houston’s growth – which makes up 25 percent of the state’s employment – will likely cool in the second half as Hurricane Harvey-induced activity dissipates,” Assanie said.After Harvey, construction as well as retail and restaurants experienced strong job growth. That gave Houston’s economy a big boost.Despite the expected slower growth in the second half of this year, Assanie said jobs in Texas will still grow by more than average.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Sharelast_img read more

Baltimores MLK Day Parade Returns

first_imgOn Jan. 15, Baltimore will celebrate the life of an iconic civil rights leader with the 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade.MLK Parade Image-Dunbar High School Marching Band (Courtesy Photo)More than 70 groups will participate in the annual celebration including high school and community bands, color and honor guards, equestrian groups, fraternities and sororities, dance troupes and civic organizations, such as the Baltimore Ethical Society, Baltimore Green Party, and Healthcare is a Human Right. The grand marshal of this year’s parade is “The Voice” finalist and Baltimore native Davon Fleming. The parade will be emceed by a personality from Radio One. The parade was initially cancelled after Mayor Catherine Pugh initiated her inaugural Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. After receiving backlash from the community, she reversed her decision on Dec. 13, 2017, tweeting, “I’ve heard from residents who would like to continue the tradition of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade & those who’d like to participate in a Day of Service. Why choose – we can do both!” According to the press release sent by Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service welcomes city residents to emulate Dr. King’s leadership and compassion for others by volunteering in their communities. “We thought about what Martin Luther King, Jr. would want us to do on this particular day and that he was a man of service, he was a man of God, he wanted to share with other people,” Mayor Pugh said. The parade will begin at noon at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Eutaw St. and ends around 2 p.m. at MLK Blvd. and Baltimore St. Spectators are invited to view the parade from along the route or near the reviewing stand at the intersection of MLK Blvd. and Franklin St.last_img read more

No 2 Louisville hosts No 20 Miami on Sunday

first_img Listen She has 12 career 30-point games and 51 career 20-point games. She is averaging 21.1 points per game, which ranks second in the ACC and 12th in the country. She is connecting on 2.8 3-point field goals per game, which ranks fourth in the ACC. She is averaging 23.8 points vs. AP Top 25 teams. She is 89-105 (.848) from the free throw line, which ranks fifth in the ACC. Story Links She recorded her fourth double-double of the season and eighth of her career with 21 points and 13 rebounds at Va Tech. She had 10 points and 12 rebounds vs. UConn, 13 points and 14 rebounds vs. Georgia Tech and 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. Nebraska. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 2 Louisville women’s basketball (23-1, 10-1) looks to extend its nine-game winning streak when it hosts No. 20 Miami (21-5, 9-2) on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET in the annual Play4Kay Pink Game. ABOUT THE HURRICANESMiami enters Sunday’s matchup with a 21-5 record and they are 9-2 in the ACC, just one game back of Louisville. Miami ranks third in the ACC with a .451 field goal percentage and ranks second with a .360 field goal percentage defense. Their +8.3 rebounding margin ranks second in the league. In ACC games, UofL ranks first in the league in scoring defense (53.1), field goal percentage defense (.329), and second in 3-pt field goal percentage defense (.236). In the 72-63 win over Virginia Tech last Sunday, Asia Durr (34) and Sam Fuehring (21) combined for 55 of UofL’s 72 points. It marked Durr’s season high in points and Fuehring’s career high. The duo combined to shoot 19-32 (.594), while the rest of the team shot 8-29 (.276) Fuehring is averaging 10.5 points, which ranks second on the team, while shooting 91-168 (.542) from the floor, which ranks 11th in the ACC. Her 6.9 rebounds also lead the team.center_img Junior forward Beatrice Mompremier was named ACC Player of the Week last week after averaging 20.5 points and 12.5 rebounds, while shooting 60 percent from the floor in a 2-0 week for the Hurricanes that included an upset of No. 4 Notre Dame. She had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the 72-65 win over the Fighting Irish, in addition to aiding a Miami defense that limited Notre Dame to its lowest point total and field goal percentage of the season. In addition to amassing her 18th and 19th double-doubles of the season, Mompremier closed out the week by tallying her fifth 20-point game. She ranks seventh in the league with 16.6 points, second with 11.8 rebounds, and ninth with a .550 field goal percentage. She ranks first with 3.8 offensive rebounds per game and second with 8.0 defensive rebounds. She has scored in double figures in 13 of 24 games. In ACC play, she is averaging 9.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. Senior center Emese Hof almost averages a double-double with 13.9 points and 8.7 rebounds, while sophomore guard Mykea Gray is the team’s third double-digit scorer with 12.4 points per game, while shooting 46-137 (.336) from deep. Junior guard Laura Cornelius averages 9.9 points, while shooting 39-105 (.371) from deep and dishing out a team-high 4.2 assists. Sophomore guard Kelsey Marshall averages 8.6 points and leads the team in 3-pointers made with 54 (54-140, .386).Series History – UofL is 4-1 all-time against Miami and has won the last four contests. The Cardinals are 2-1 at home and 2-0 at the KFC Yum! Center. Last season, Louisville won 84-74 at Miami. In the two matchups at the KFC Yum! Center, UofL won 63-59 on Jan. 15, 2017 and 68-55 on Jan. 25, 2015.Date: Sunday, Feb. 17Time: 3 p.m. ETSite: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (22,000)Radio: WKRD-790, Nick Curran, play-by-play; Adrienne Johnson, analystVideo: ESPN2, Pam Ward, play-by-play; Carolyn Peck, analystLast Meeting: W, 84-74 (Feb. 25, 2018 at Miami)Series History: 4-1 (2-1 Home, 2-0 Away, 0-0 Neutral)UofL National Ranking: 2nd Associated Press, 2nd USA TodayPromotion(s): Play4Kay Pink GameFor the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB. Print Friendly Version Watch Durr continues to rack up accolades and recently was named to the Wooden Late Season Top 20, Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Top 10 and a Senior CLASS Award Finalist. She ranks second in program history with 2,228 points and 342 made 3-pointers. Tickets Live Stats After holding opponents to less than 50 points in six of nine games, UofL’s scoring defense has improved from 64.3 to 59.1 points per game and moved from 182 to 64 nationally. During that nine-game stretch, opponents are averaging 50.4 points per game, while shooting .325 from the floor and .263 from 3-point range.last_img read more

Australia Probes Bitcoin Crime Links as Currency Craves Legitimacy

first_img 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. A top Australian law enforcement agency is investigating bitcoin’s role in organized crime, a senior official said, just as politicians and financial regulators embrace the digital currency as a legitimate part of modern business.The investigation into bitcoin’s crime links by one authority as others embrace it highlights the crossroads governments have reached as they struggle to regulate the five-year-old “cryptocurrency”, a method of making anonymous payments which has surged in popularity around the world.Australian Crime Commission Executive Director Judy Lind revealed for the first time that investigators will monitor “misuse of virtual currencies to facilitate criminal activity” at a national and international level, under an operation named Project Longstrike.”We know that virtual currencies including bitcoin are used as payment methods to facilitate illicit trade on the darknet,” Lind told Reuters in a statement, referring to a hidden part of the Internet where information can be shared anonymously and without revealing the location of its source.”Organized crime groups continue to make use of darknets to harbor trading in illicit commodities, including child exploitation material, illicit drugs and firearms, stolen credit card and identity data, and hacking techniques.”Project Longstrike is just the latest example of Australia’s determination to crack down on bitcoin-enabled crime. Last month, Australia said it extradited to the United States the alleged primary moderator of Silk Road, a website where people bought illegal drugs like heroin using bitcoins.In October, police seized Queensland state’s first bitcoin automated teller machine five months after it opened, with media reporting police believed it was being used by a former motorcycle gang member to deal crystal methamphetamine.Regulators around the world are wary after the Mt Gox bitcoin exchange filed for bankruptcy in Tokyo earlier this year, saying it lost some 850,000 bitcoins – worth about $300 million at current prices – in a hacking attack.Like many countries, Japan has allowed bitcoin trading to continue without establishing a full set of rules on its legal status. U.S. authorities are yet to agree to cohesive laws, while the United Kingdom is seen as a world leader because it has classified bitcoins as a currency.Australian authorities are also trying to facilitate legal bitcoin trades in a country where use of the currency is exploding. Between its 23.6 million people, Australia has an estimated 7 percent of the $5 billion worth of bitcoins now circulating, with reports of online retailers, real estate agents and even pubs accepting bitcoin payments.The Australian Taxation Office has published a guide for bitcoin traders on how to declare their investments, and a parliamentary inquiry is trying to lay the groundwork for a broader regulatory approach to the digital currency.But David Glance, director of the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Software Practice, said Australia appeared to be sending mixed messages.”Politicians singularly fail to understand what (the digital economy) is all about. They latch onto trends and buzzwords,” he said, referring to the tax office guidelines and parliamentary inquiry.”There still isn’t a problem that bitcoin solves, other than buying drugs,” he added.Darknet sites including Silk Road and its successor Silk Road 2.0 did about $3 billion of turnover annually in the year to November, Glance said, equivalent to more than half the total bitcoins now in circulation.Wild WestSenator Sam Dastyari, who is running the parliamentary inquiry, said bitcoins offered a way to “shake up” Australia’s “stale” banking industry. A regulatory system is needed that policed crime without restricting the currency, he said.”There is going to be a place for some kind of digital-style currency. There is inevitability that it will play some kind of role,” Dastyari said.”Do you go and start regulating it first, or wait for the IMF to do it first and come on board?”Australia could soon see the world’s first direct share market listing of a virtual currency exchange, in a sign of how rapidly bitcoin businesses are entering the mainstream.Melbourne-based start-up Bitcoin Group hopes to raise A$20 million ($17 million) and plans to file a prospectus by Christmas which will not include financial forecasts.Bitcoin Group Chief Executive Officer Sam Lee compared the currency to the early “wild, wild west” days of the Internet, and shrugged off concerns that it mainly served as a vehicle for illegal transactions.”We’ve moved far beyond that now,” he said.”We expect (bitcoin currency) to clean itself up as more capital and more smart people flow into the ecosystem.”(Editing by Stephen Coates) This story originally appeared on Reuters December 3, 2014 Register Now »last_img read more