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

Alabama Sets Dozens Of Dates In 2019 For Their 50th Anniversary Tour

first_img Email News On June 6, 2019 the band returns to Myrtle Beach, S.C. to play the Carolina Country Music Festival.”We never thought playing for tips at the Bowery in Myrtle Beach, S.C., that 50 years later we would still [be] playing arenas, stadiums and festivals,” said Owen, quoted in Rolling Stone. “We are finding out that we are playing to three generations of fans who have followed us and our music.”Their indie debut album, Wild Country, was released in 1976 and their major-label, self-titled debut came out in 1980 on RCA. After placing 30 albums on the Billboard 200 charts, the trio’s most recent release, Southern Drawl, reached No. 14 in Oct., 2015. Their pop crossover success through the 1980s proved that a country group could sing, write their own songs and perform their own music live — like the rock bands were doing.In the category Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, Alabama’s two GRAMMY wins were for “Mountain Music” at the 25th GRAMMY Awards and for “The Closer You Get…” at the 26th GRAMMY Awards.Tickets are on sale at the band’s website. So far Sept. 14, 2019 in Peoria, Ill. is their final show, but additional dates are expected to be announced.The Oak Ridge Boys “Still Love To Sing”Read more Always fresh, the iconic country band has more to show their three generations of fansPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 17, 2018 – 1:35 pm Country cousins Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen grew up on separate cotton farms in Lookout Mountain, Alabama, singing in church together as well as studying guitar. On July 4, 1969 they visited another cousin, Jeff Cook, and began their phenomenal ascent as the singing/songwriting country band Alabama. Nearly five decades later, beginning Jan. 10, 2019 in Detroit, Mich., the trio embark on their 50th Anniversary Tour.”It seems only a few days ago, but on the fourth of the July, it will be 50 years since me and Teddy went walking into Jeff’s little house,” Owen told the Tennessean. “We picked a little bit and we sang a song I’d written and we thought, ‘Wow, that’s pretty good.'”Unfortunately, Cook’s battle with Parkinson’s is expected to interfere unpredictably with some of their 27 dates announced so far. But three separate musicians — a guitarist, a violinist and a singer — are on call to fill in for Cook on days he’s unable to perform. Alabama Sets Dozens Of Dates In 2019 For Their 50th Anniversary Tour Facebook Alabama 50th Anniversary Tour Sets Dates For 2019 alabama-sets-dozens-dates-2019-their-50th-anniversary-tour https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpz7cJpHc11 Twitter last_img read more

See NASAs InSight Mars lander try to squish the soil

first_img Share your voice I’ve pressed down next to the “mole” several times, and it’s hard to make this unusual soil collapse into the pit. Soon, I’ll be out of contact for a couple of weeks during solar conjunction, but my team on Earth will keep working it. Keep sending good vibes! ✨ pic.twitter.com/dbUcnXzYzm— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) August 16, 2019 NASA and DLR, the German Aerospace Center that created the instrument, are trying to collapse the soil around the pit the mole has already created, hoping to give it something to bite into. The mole is meant to burrow as far as 16 feet (5 meters), but it hit the snag at a depth of just 12 inches (30 centimeters).Collapsing the hole and giving the digging instrument more friction might help the cause, but it’s also possible the mole has hit a rock it just can’t get past. The InSight team is still optimistic about finding a solution.  InSight’s insights Sci-Tech Enlarge ImageNASA’s Insight lander took this selfie in late 2018. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s InSight lander has a perplexing problem. The lander’s “mole,” a device that’s designed to burrow deep under the planet’s surface, got stuck pretty quickly after it deployed early in 2019. The heat probe just isn’t digging like it’s supposed to. So InSight is patting the ground in an attempt to unstick it.The InSight team posted a fascinating GIF to Twitter on Friday showing the process. “I’ve pressed down next to the ‘mole’ several times, and it’s hard to make this unusual soil collapse into the pit,” the team wrote.  NASA InSight lander rocks its journey to Mars: A view in pictures The Heat Flow and Physical Properties Probe is designed to detect the planet’s interior temperature. InSight’s mission is focused on taking the planet’s vital signs so we can learn more about how rocky planets like Earth and Mars form. Even if the mole moves no more, InSight will have plenty of other science activities to keep it busy, including the monitoring of marsquakes. The lander will be out of touch for a couple of weeks, but the InSight team will get back to troubleshooting soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the view of a machine pushing soil around on another planet.center_img Tags 0 22 Photos Post a comment NASA InSight hears ‘haunting low rumble’ on Mars NASA InSight lander catches a shadowy eclipse on Mars Mars rovers NASA Spacelast_img read more

France on edge ahead of presidential vote

first_imgFrench municipal policemen observe a minute of silence in the courtyard of the town hall in Bordeaux, southwestern France, to pay tribute to the police officer who was shot dead by an attacker on the Champs-Elysees the day before in Paris. Photo: AFPFrance was on edge Saturday on the eve of its most unpredictable presidential election in decades, which will take place under heightened security after the jihadist killing of a policeman.The shooting on Paris’s world-renowned Champs Elysees avenue on Thursday, claimed by the Islamic State group, thrust questions of security to the fore of campaigning after nine months of relative calm.On Saturday, police arrested a man carrying a knife at Paris’s Gare du Nord station, briefly causing panic as some passengers rushed out of the way.The French consulate in New York, where expatriates were casting ballots, was also briefly evacuated late Saturday after a suspicious vehicle raised fears of a bomb threat. The situation returned to normal after less than an hour and voting activities resumed.France goes to the polls on Sunday in an election seen as crucial for the future of a deeply divided country and the beleaguered European Union.Surveys suggest that nearly a quarter of voters are still undecided and that until now the French have been more concerned about jobs and the economy than terrorism.But analysts said the policeman’s shooting could shift opinions, perhaps handing an advantage to candidates seen as taking a hard line on security, such as far-right leader Marine Le Pen.‘Don’t give in to fear’Le Pen and 39-year-old centrist former banker Emmanuel Macron are leading the polls but the race has tightened in the final days and any one of four candidates could reach the runoff on May 7.Conservative Francois Fillon and hard-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon are both just a few points behind the frontrunners.Around 50,000 police and 7,000 soldiers will be deployed to protect voters on Sunday, with the contingent boosted in Paris after the Champs Elysees shooting.The killing of policeman Xavier Jugele by 39-year-old gunman Karim Cheurfi was the latest in a string of terror attacks in France since 2015 that have claimed more than 230 lives.US President Donald Trump tweeted that he thought the shooting “will have a big effect” on the election.“If it were to benefit someone that would clearly be Marine Le Pen who has dominated this issue throughout the campaign, or Francois Fillon,” said Adelaide Zulfikarpasic of BVA pollsters.Le Pen moved quickly after the shooting to present herself as the strongest defender against Islamist extremists, calling for France to “immediately” take back control of its borders from the EU and deport all foreigners on a terror watchlist.Socialist Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve accused Le Pen of attempting to exploit the killing, “as she does after every tragedy”.Macron described the shooting as an attack on democracy, urging voters: “Do not give in to fear.”As well as in the US, voting began Saturday in several overseas French territories such as Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean.Adrien Gontier, an expat voting at the French embassy in Washington, said he was fulfilling his duty as a citizen.“In the United States, you can see what happens when people don’t vote, or vote badly,” he said. “We don’t want there to be a Trump in France.”A BVA poll conducted on Thursday and Friday showed Le Pen and Macron tied on 23 percent, ahead of Melenchon with 19.5 percent and Fillon on 19 percent.A total of 11 candidates are in the running, most of them in single digits.14 years in prisonA clearer picture was meanwhile emerging of the Champs Elysees gunman’s violent past.Cheurfi was arrested in February on suspicion of plotting to kill police officers but released because of a lack of evidence.A serial offender, he spent nearly 14 years in prison for a range of crimes including attacks on police. He had shown “no signs of radicalisation” while in custody, said France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor Francois Molins.Three of his close associates were released after questioning late Saturday.“Their interviews notably allowed us to gather certain elements on the attacker’s profile and personality,” a source close to the inquiry said.Cheurfi’s former lawyer Jean-Laurent Panier described him as “very solitary and introverted”.The shooting came days after two men were arrested in Marseille on suspicion of planning an imminent attack and follows a series of deadly strikes around Europe in the past month, targeting Stockholm, London and Saint Petersburg.By sad coincidence, slain policeman Jugele had gone to the Bataclan concert hall—one of the targets in November 2015’s Paris attacks—on the night of its reopening, as an ordinary concert-goer.“I am here with my friend to celebrate life and to say no to terrorism,” he had said in a BBC radio interview that emerged Saturday.Some 200 angry wives of police officers held a protest near the Eiffel Tower on Saturday, demanding better protection for their spouses while on duty.last_img read more

Oikya Front cancels press briefing

first_imgJatiya Oikya FrontJatiya Oikyo Front has cancelled its press briefing scheduled to be held at the Jatiya Press Club at 12:00pm on Monday, reports UNB.The schedule of the press briefing will be announced later, said Amin Ansari, a leader of the Oikya Front ally Gano Forum.Besides, a meeting of BNP standing committee members will be held at 4:00pm while the party will hold another meeting with 20-party at 6pm, said Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson’s media wing member Sairul Kabir Khan .last_img