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Monday, January 25, 2021

The Covid-19 Pandemic Has Led China To Be The Biggest Foreign Investors

 


China overtook the U.S. as the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in 2020, a year in which overall global flows cratered by 42% as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a United Nations trade agency said.


Flows fell to an estimated $859 billion from $1.5 trillion in 2019, according to the UNCTAD Investment Trends Monitor. It was the lowest level since the 1990s and 30% below the investment trough that followed the 2008-09 global financial crisis.


While the world as a whole struggled, China held on, said UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. It became the world’s largest FDI recipient with flows rising by 4% to $163 billion.


A return to positive GDP growth and a targeted investment facilitation program helped stabilize investment in China after the first coronavirus lockdowns there, the agency said.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Beyoncé Donates $6M to Coronavirus Relief


The donation is in partnership with several organizations to provide mental health help and other services to communities in need.

Beyoncé is getting into formation to help those in need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Grammy winner, 38, announced that she has committed $6 million to help those disproportionately affected by the public health crisis, particularly those on the frontlines who will need assistance even after the pandemic.

"Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD recognizes the immense mental and personal health burdens being placed on essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic," a rep for Beyoncé said in a statement. Beyoncé spoke about the heroes of the pandemic, while also shining a light on the communities devastated the most by the deadly virus.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Madeline Rose - The Long Road


Wanderlust and hope take center stage on new Americana album from Madeline Rose 

SANTA CRUZ, CA – The last year has been a desperate one for many people around the world. Desperate for a relief from the pandemic. Desperate for a return to social normality. Desperate for something hopeful to look forward to. And now that things are starting to look brighter, musicians like Madeline Rose have the perfect soundtrack for that celebration. 

Friday, May 7, 2021

#MusicVideo by Kosha Dillz 'Solo' Ft Gangsta Boo

 


The pandemic has been hard for everyone and Kosha Dillz is no stranger to it. During the last week before the complete lockdown, the unlikely pair of Three 6 Mafia's Gangsta Boo and Kosha Dillz recorded "Solo" with 2021 Grammy Nominated producer Sam Barsh (Anderson Paak, Earthgang, Logic) for Kosha's album Nobody Cares Except You, which was the precedent going into the loneliness of the pandemic.

Now that most of society is on an upswing out of it, the temperature has changed the possibility of happiness, and a whacky creative music video could be what we need!

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Mick Jagger Joins Dave Grohl In New Song 'Eazy Sleazy'

 


Mick Jagger and Dave Grohl are itching for an end to the pandemic shutdowns on a new single, "Eazy Sleazy."


The optimistic and at-times satirical new track features the Rolling Stones frontman on lead vocals and rhythm guitar and the Foo Fighters frontman on everything else.


“It’s a song that I wrote about coming out of lockdown, with some much needed optimism," Jagger said in a statement. "Thanks to Dave Grohl for jumping on drums, bass and guitar, it was a lot of fun working with him. [H]ope you all enjoy 'Eazy Sleazy.'”

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Can Music Keep Up in the Attention Economy?


Music streaming services have continued to add U.S. subscribers this year, according to MIDiA Research, growing by 11 million paying users from January to September, to 117.9 million. But in a potentially troubling sign for the recorded music business, the number of total streams has remained the same.


For the past four months and counting, audio music streams have averaged 17.5 billion a week. That’s up slightly from the early March pre-pandemic peak, before the lockdown cut music listening down by 13% to a year low of less than 15 billion streams, as consumers stopped commuting and obsessed over the news. Streaming gradually rebounded, increasing 15% by the end of June — but has plateaued since.


This could actually be good news for streaming services, which for the past two years have been pouring money into podcasts, which cost them less. Streaming companies don’t have to share as much revenue on podcasts — a growing number of which they own — as they do on streams of music, most of which they don’t. But for record labels, publishers, songwriters and artists, this may be the calm before the storm. In the short term, at least, the lack of growth in the number of streams won’t  impact the music industry’s aggregate streaming revenue — if subscribers are added and consumption stays flat, rights holders just make more per stream. But a move toward podcasts could cost rights holders leverage in licensing negotiations.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

RZA and GZA of Wu-Tang Talk 'The Game Of Life'


For as long as the two leaders of the Wu-Tang Clan have known each other, it still shocks GZA that he never played chess with RZA as a kid.


The pair are busy practicing this week for their Twitch debut on Saturday, where they will play and compete in a chess tournament hosted by Chess.com and Hennessy. It’s to benefit Black, Latinx and Asian small businesses struggling with the pandemic. GZA says he still remembers vividly to this day when his cousin taught his 9-year-old self how to play chess.


“I guess I remember it well because he had a black and red checkerboard, but the pieces were like clear plastic neon,” GZA tells The Washington Post in a video interview, who said he never forgot the lesson. “And they were weird colored, and they were caked in green. And he showed me the names of the pieces and how they moved.”

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Mariah Carey Joins Jennifer Lopez And More For Rise Up New York Performance


The one-hour benefit was presented by the New York-based poverty fighting organization Robin Hood and iHeartMedia.

Mariah Carey opened the streaming event with a beautiful medley of her 2002 track Through The Rain and the 1991 single Make It Happen, helping to raise money for New Yorkers affected by COVID-19.

Mariah Carey who is a native of New York prefaced the performance with some uplifting words: 'I know we're strong enough to get through this. We will rise again. We can do this together.' She belted her iconic high notes from home, accompanied by three backup singers, also performing from their respective homes.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Adam Nuckels - King Is Home

 


Adam Nuckels finds life post-pandemic with genre-bending new single ‘King Is Home’

Pittsburgh, PA– In the words of veteran Adam Nuckels, “Post military life has had it’s challenges.” Having served two tours of duty in the Middle East during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom – and 12 years of service in total – Nuckels left the military in November 2017 facing an uncertain future.  A close friend, Dustin Ionadi, had passed from a rare form of brain cancer after serving his time in Iraq and Afghanistan, and between that tragedy and the mental challenges from which Nuckels suffered, life was extremely difficult. Like many other veterans struggling with similar issues, Nuckels at first turned to alcohol to numb the pain. His depression deepened and he even attempted suicide multiple times. The journey got dark at times, but along the way he found some great support and has pro-actively been working toward full mental and physical recovery. One of the biggest things to help him through has been creating music.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Coachella Music Festival Announces 2022 Return


After two years of rescheduling due to COVID, Coachella music festival announced it would return for Spring 2022.


One of the world's largest musical festivals, the event has been held every spring in the Coachella Valley in the Colorado desert since 1999. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

This Will be The Concert to Reunite the World

 


SoFi Stadium in Inglewood will play host to an all-star concert that will be broadcast and streamed worldwide as part of a global effort to inspire confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and encourage people to be inoculated, organizers announced today.


Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World will be pre-taped at SoFi Stadium and air May 8 as part of a worldwide event broadcasting on ABC, CBS, Fox, YouTube and on iHeartMedia radio stations. Selena Gomez will host the event, which will include performances by Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin and H.E.R.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Selena Gomez and J.Lo headlining concerts for COVID-19

 


Backed by an international concert hosted by Selena Gomez and headlined by Jennifer Lopez, Global Citizen is unveiling an ambitious campaign to help medical workers in the world’s poorest countries quickly receive COVID-19 vaccines.


The anti-poverty organization is announcing the musical event — “VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World” — with the goal of enlisting corporations and philanthropists to raise $22 billion for global vaccinations. The concert, which airs May 8 on ABC, CBS and FOX as well as on iHeartMedia radio stations and YouTube, will also showcase the Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, J Balvin and H.E.R.

See How Beyoncé and Jay-Z Celebrated 13 Years of Marriage

 


The most powerful couple in music, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, just celebrated 13 years of marriage with a quick trip to Las Vegas, as you do.


The “Drunk in Love” spouses got married on April 4, 2008. You can catch a glimpse of their wedding—plus other sweet, candid moments from their relationship—in the “Die With You” video, released on their ninth anniversary:


This year Bey didn’t drop a video, but she did share photos from their two-person party. In a series of snaps called “Sin City” and posted to her website, Bey and Jay-Z are shown taking a private jet and dining at Cipriani Vegas.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Pure Luxury (@4nwhipswerver) - "Original P" (Album)

Recently charismatic Los Angeles bred rapper Pure Luxury delivered his new single, "WTH" for fans online in the form of a colorful new music video. With a desire to make music that goes well beyond just the L.A. sound, Pure Luxury dropped the upbeat and commercial friendly visual from his recently released project Original P. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Beyoncé to give $5,000 grants to families facing eviction

 


The “Drunk In Love” singer and her philanthropic organization, BeyGOOD, are awarding $5,000 grants to families or individuals who are facing eviction and/or foreclosure as the housing moratorium is set to end this month.


“When the pandemic hit, we helped organizations across the country that were aiding and assisting people with basic needs like food, water, household supplies and COVID testing. We also provided mental health support,” read a press release. “We then launched our BeyGOOD small business impact fund and to date, over 250 small businesses have received $10K grants.”


“This holiday season while many are stressed with what they will do next regarding their housing, we are proud to share some GOOD news,” the press release continues. “Beyoncé is giving $5K grants to individuals and families facing foreclosures or evictions.”


Anyone who wants to apply to receive the grant is asked to send their application to the NAACP. The online application process is set to open on Jan. 7 and 100 recipients will be chosen. The grants will be sent out later that month. Round two of the applications will open in February.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

P.U.G. (@PugSouljah) - "Time To Celebrate"

Born and raised in Georgetown Guyana, Olson Van Rossum also known under his musical alias of ‘PUG’ has been fixated by the concept of music since he was young. Now living in New York, Olson is focused on pursuing his dream and creating music that instils happiness, and inspiration. “I live in New York because it's a place for many opportunities and people can reach their highest potential.” – ‘PUG’ ‘PUG’ claims that living in Guyana and New York has enabled him to get a firmer understanding of life, and the varying differences that both locations offer. Using these experiences, ‘PUG” has been able to use the two location as inspiration for his music, and incorporate the popular and local sounds explored and utilised in both areas. Growing up ‘PUG’ also found his passion for music at a young age, navigating his passion through both piano and writing – two areas which would remain constant throughout his life. As COVID-19 hit the music industry, causing hundreds of thousands of creatives to lose their jobs and gigs, many people were forced to resign from their music journey. However, Olson Van Rossum did something completely different – he started his music journey, in the midst of a global pandemic. Not many people can say that – ever. As the start of a musician's career, the first song can either break or start the journey, before it’s even really begun.

Friday, November 13, 2020

#NewMusic AC/DC - Realize

 


AC/DC has unveiled a second single from its forthcoming 17th studio album, PWR/UP.


With a ceaseless backbeat and wordless refrain, "Realize" is one of AC/DC's hardest-driving tracks in years. You can listen to it via the player above.


The release of "Realize" comes about a month after the Aussie rock legends unveiled their first new single in six years, "Shot in the Dark," which has all the hallmarks of an instant AC/DC classic.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Beyoncé Now Helping Black-Owned Businesses


The star has teamed up with the NAACP to found the Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund.

Beyoncé has launched a new fund to give Black-owned businesses grants through her BeyGOOD foundation.

The fund has been started in collaboration with the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People (NAACP).

The Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund will provide grants of $10,000 (£7,923) for business owners “in select cities to help sustain business during this time”.

Friday, May 1, 2020

R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty


R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to a set of federal sex-trafficking charges leveraged against him in New York in mid-March, including those that he knowingly spread herpes to two people. He entered the plea via teleconference from a Chicago federal jail on Thursday.

As the coronavirus pandemic has escalated, Kelly has requested early release from prison twice, and was most recently denied on April 22. Kelly was indicted on multiple state and federal sex-abuse charges in New York, Illinois, and Minnesota last year. He has so far pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Always Wednesday - Without You



 Always Wednesday deftly weaves R&B and Emo into Pop vibes with debut EP ‘Amalfi’ 

TORONTO, CANADA – Two friends from Canada are expanding the boundaries of Pop music with their unique blend of throw-back sound and modern-day vibes. Taking a cue from the monotony that permeated 2020 thanks to social distancing and COVID restrictions, the two friends created the group Always Wednesday, and on Sept. 17 their first project is set to drop worldwide. 

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