Pentatonix Trace The Evolution Of Rihanna In New Cover Video

first_imgThe GRAMMY-winning a cappella quintet tackle the “We Found Love” singer’s evolution in new cover trackRenée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 27, 2018 – 3:56 pm Pentatonix have made a name for themselves cranking out mind-blowing a cappella covers of everything from Christmas favorites to Daft Punk, Camila Cabello, Demi Lovato, and so many more. On July 26 the group released their latest, an ambitious romp through Rihanna’s discography in the “Evolution Of Rihanna.”The quintet, comprising Kirstin Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kevin Olusola, and Matt Sallee, run through some of Rihanna’s biggest career hits, seamlessly transitioning between “S.O.S,” “Work,” “We Found Love,” “Take A Bow,” “Rude Boy,” “Disturbia,” “Wild Thoughts,” and more in the nearly seven-minute video. This is the fourth such installment Pentatonix has released, following Michael Jackson, Beyoncé and a tour of music history.If this cover isn’t enough Pentatonix for you, then good news. The group kicked off their North American tour July 26 in Dallas and you can catch them live in additional cities such as Atlanta, Tampa, Fla., Syracuse, N.Y., and Toronto before they wrap up in Tinley Park, Ill., on Sept. 16.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Watch: Pentatonix Cover Rihanna’s Discography pentatonix-trace-evolution-rihanna-new-cover-video Email Twitter News Facebook Pentatonix Trace The Evolution Of Rihanna In New Cover Video last_img read more

Jazz Alive Inside Robert Glaspers October Residency At The Blue Note

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 28, 2015 – 10:23 am Every Genre, Please: Glasper’s GRAMMY Greed Just last year Glasper won his first Emmy Award, along with Common and Karriem Riggins, in Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for “Letter To The Free” from the Netflix documentary 13th. His most recent GRAMMY win was for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media for the movie Miles Ahead at the 59th GRAMMY Awards. He has said he wants to win a GRAMMY in every genre. With soundtrack composing in his wide range as well, he seeks to join Common in Emmy-GRAMMY-Oscar territory someday.Regardless of awards, jazz’s rewards are legendary, spontaneous and rooted in U.S. cultural history, so these fresh fruits in October should be a welcome addition to anyone’s musical diet.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Jazz Alive! Inside Robert Glasper’s October Residency At The Blue Note Email News “I came to New York tracking other people’s footsteps, and now it’s me and the musicians that I came up with who are making footprints for the next generation to follow,” said Glasper. “New York is the reason everything popped off for me. It’s the only place in the world with this heavy traffic of quintessential, true jazz and quintessential, true hip-hop, the only place I could have met these people and made this music … I’m taking over the Blue Note to tell that story, my music milestones, in the place it all began.” Seven lineups of today’s jazz talent to be on display in an NYC residency like no otherPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 14, 2018 – 3:22 pm On Aug. 14 the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City announced contemporary jazz exemplar Robert Glasper will host an exceptional residency in October, bringing together seven combinations of today’s outstanding jazz talents for 48 shows on 24 nights.GRAMMY winners sitting in on the multiple configurations include Chris Dave and Derrick Hodge, who’ve played and won with Glasper’s group the Robert Glasper Experiment, as well as Bilal, Christian McBride and Nicholas Payton. Exclusive details are at Billboard, and previous nominees in the lineups include Terrace Martin and Christian Scott. This ambitious residency not only shows Glasper’s devotion to the genre, but reminds us jazz is very much alive! Facebook Robert Glasper Taking Over The Blue Note In Oct. jazz-alive-inside-robert-glaspers-october-residency-blue-note Twitter read more

How Collaboration And A Little Magic Made Blood Oranges Negro Swan

first_img Email Dev Hynes reveals how he was able to creatively weave his personal stories with so many distinct voices on his new projectAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Sep 6, 2018 – 11:11 am The musician and producer Dev Hynes, best-known for his indie electro R&B project, Blood Orange, released Negro Swan on Aug. 24, his fourth LP under that moniker. Not unlike his music career, the album brings together an unexpected group of collaborators which together showcase Hynes’ creative vision and unique voice in an organic way.The third single from the album, “Saint” highlights Hynes’ masterful collaboration skills. The song features the voices of four other artists, including the indie-rock band Porches, all of which were recorded in different studios at different times. The music video, like many of his, including for “Jewelry,” was directed by the multi-talented (yet impossible to label) artist himself.Thanks to circumstances even Hynes himself may never know, with perhaps an almost magic text message, Hynes was able to get a dream collaboration on “Hope.” The track fits its title, with the one and only Puff Daddy offering hopeful spoken-word messages throughout the song.”What is it going to take for me not to be afraid to be loved the way, like, I really wanna be loved?…You give me that hope that maybe one day I’ll get over my fears and I’ll receive,” Puff says on the track.In an interview with Pitchfork, Hynes shares how the collab came together rather serendipitously. “While working on that song, I started doing fake Puff vocals, because I thought it sounded like that to me. And then I was like, ‘It’d be kind of cool if it actually was Puff.’ So I sent him a text, like, ‘I did this track, do you want to do this vocal part?’ And he replied, ‘Send it.’ He sent back his vocals, like, 20 hours later,” he shared, almost in awe himself of how it came together.The second single from the album, “Jewelry,” feels like an organic stream of consciousness with distinct parts, a distillation of the album’s themes and perhaps the artist’s life experiences as a whole. Hynes’ said that his label had been on him to get album art, but he had a gut feeling that the right image to represent the album would come from the shoot, and indeed it did. He wanted to work with Kai the Black Angel in the video, and a stunning image of him from the video shoot, wearing angel wings through the streets of New York, became the Negro Swan cover art.Clearly the artist knows when to trust his intuition and let the art flow naturally. If more evidence of this was needed, one could point to him featuring writer/director/activist Janet Mock as the narrator on the album, offering her insights on the albums themes across many of the tracks. Her voice and perspective offers a deeper cohesion to album, yet Hynes shares that her words were taken from a conversation they had one day in his studio when their paths crossed in New York; he shared his Negro Swan inspiration notebook with her and recorded her thoughts on it.While Negro Swan has recently created a lot of buzz around Hynes, and for good reason, he is no stranger to the music industry, having spent a lot of time behind-the-scenes writing and producing for a wide range of artists across genres, including GRAMMY winners Kylie Minogue, Solange, Basement Jaxx, and Chemical Brothers on “All Rights Reserved” from their GRAMMY-winning We Are The Night. There must be more than a little magic and a whole lot of creative vision behind what he makes feel almost effortlessly natural.Read more How Collaboration Made Blood Orange’s ‘Negro Swan’ how-collaboration-and-little-magic-made-blood-oranges-negro-swan Facebook Twitter How Collaboration And A Little Magic Made Blood Orange’s ‘Negro Swan’ News last_img read more

ACLU pushes Amazon shareholders to vote for facialrecognition ban

first_img Security Comments 6 Share your voice James Martin/CNET The American Civil Liberties Union is keeping up its pressure against Amazon’s practice of selling facial-recognition tech to law enforcement.Two days ahead of Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting, the civil rights group sent a letter imploring the company’s shareholders to vote in favor of two proposals that could curb the use of the tech company’s Rekognition software.”Without shareholder action, Amazon may soon become known more for its role in facilitating pervasive government surveillance than for its consumer retail operations,” the letter states.The proposals call for the company to ban its sale of Rekognition to law enforcement and for Amazon to study its use by police.Amazon’s board recommends that shareholders vote against both proposals, which makes the passage of either proposal unlikely. CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, a board member, controls about 16% of Amazon’s shares and isn’t expected to vote for these proposals.The letter, one of several ACLU actions that calls attention to facial recognition tech, comes as efforts to curb law enforcement’s use of facial recognition gains momentum around the country. Last week, San Francisco became the first city to bar police from using the technology. Oakland, California, and Somerville, Massachusetts, are both considering similar bans, and the Massachusetts legislature is considering a statewide moratorium.Amazon inserted itself into the debate in Washington state, where the legislature this year considered a moratorium on police use of facial-recognition tech. Amazon, along with Microsoft, threw its support behind a competing data privacy measure that didn’t ban law enforcement from using facial recognition. The state Senate passed the less restrictive bill in March, and it’s currently making its way through the state House of Representatives.The California legislature is considering a ban on facial recognition in police body cameras. The state Assembly passed the bill in early May, and it’s currently being considered by the state Senate. Assemblyman Phil Ting, a Democrat from San Francisco, introduced the bill. Last year, Ting worked on legislation to increase the use of body cameras. The idea was to increase police accountability and build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Banning surveillance tools on the body cameras seemed like the next logical step, he told CNET.”The last thing we wanted to do was erode that trust by installing facial recognition software on body cameras,” Ting said. Tags Amazonlast_img read more

As great as Virat Kohli is I dont want to be compared

first_imgBabar has been a prolific scorer for PakistanAAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty ImagesPakistan never ceases to produce exciting young cricketers. Presently, the man who is garnering all the rave reviews, from the batting department, is Babar Azam. Boasting of an incredible record and scoring runs with stupendous consistency, Babar has even managed to stay ahead of the man he is compared with in terms of matches taken for reaching some of the key batting milestones.As the young Pakistani batsman enjoys a fruitful time with the English county Somerset in the ongoing T20 Blast, England’s premier T20 tournament, these comparisons are once again coming to the surface. But Azam has now spoken out and made it clear that he does not look upon them that favourably.The 24-year old gave an interview to cricket website where he outrightly stated that being compared to someone is merely a matter of concern for the fans, not for him.”I don’t think there is or should be any comparison as we are different types of players. I just focus on my batting and working on my strengths and weaknesses and have no desire to be compared with any other cricketer.I’m sure I speak for most cricketers when I say comparisons are only for fans and the media and we cricketers don’t really crave any comparisons or want to be compared to any current or former players as that just creates endless pressure,” Babar asserted. Azam says he isn’t interested in comparisons with Virat KohliBCCI TwitterHe also made a categorical statement about not wanting to be compared to anyone. “As great as he is, I don’t want to be compared to Virat or any other cricketer, I just want to win matches for my country as that is my only aim.”When asked about the batsman he felt most impressed with during the World Cup, the Pakistani right-hander didn’t mention Kohli but the Player-of-the-Tournament Kane Williamson.”I really enjoy watching Kane Williamson bat, apart from when he is scoring runs against Pakistan. What impressed me most about Williamson is the way he paces his innings, the way he plays his shots so late, his calmness at the crease, his timing, the way he handles pressure and the way he leads from the front and absorbs responsibility. He’s just a fantastic role-model for any batsman and he is a batsman who I try to emulate.”One area where Azam has faced criticism is his lack of aggression, at times, in limited-overs game. He, however, seems content with his playing style and doesn’t put much value on his critics’ comments.”I don’t need to answer my critics regarding this. My statistics and performances speak for themselves. I am happy and satisfied with my performances for Pakistan to date and if people want to criticise, then they are free to do that…. Sometimes whatever you do is never good enough and you will receive criticism despite doing your best for your team,” Babar added.last_img read more

Dr Reddys leads Indian charge of 130 billion Chinese pharma market stocks

first_imgRaghavendra NDr Reddy’s Laboratories is leading an Indian charge of the $130 billion Chinese pharma market, which is the world’s second largest. The likely liberalisation of the market by the Chinese regulator CFDA will benefit Indian pharma companies that have a solid presence in China, which is the world’s second largest pharma market, a report by Edelweiss Group says.Dr Reddy’s, which maintains a robust presence in China through a joint venture, is evolving a strategic plan to increase its revenue from the current $100 million. The company plans to achieve this by introducing new products and including more segments.The market has responded positively to the report with pharma stocks continuing their strong rally in the National Stock Exchange (NSE). Nifty Pharma sectoral benchmark hit a high of 9,278.70 after opening at 9,193.30. The index that benefited from the strong showing of Glenmark, Lupin and Aurobindo Pharma closed at about 9,263, up about 83 points or 0.91 per cent. Dr Reddy’s surged to an intraday high of 2792.55 from the previous close of 2765.20 to close 4.80 or 0.17 per cent up at 2,770.The company will strengthen its presence by scaling up the joint venture business and increasing the number of “dossier submissions and entries into new therapeutic areas,” MV Ramana, CEO, branded markets (India and emerging markets) of Dr Reddy’s, told Financial Express. According to Edelweiss, Dr Reddy’s, the largest foreign player in China, is poised to benefit from regulatory changes in the country. Dr Reddy’s plans to launch about 60 products and improve revenue significantly over the next seven to eight years, according to the report. PixabayThe company’s strong local partnerships have helped it commercialise some of the imported brands, the report says. The company’s revenue in FY18 was $100 million, with the help of its Canada-based joint venture Kunshan Rotam Reddy.”The size and growth of the market, our long presence and also the recent changes in China’s regulatory framework make this an attractive space for Dr Reddy’s. In terms of market size and expanded generic opportunity, China is the second largest pharma market with $130 billion in size, and generics form 65 per cent of the hospital market. About 22 per cent of the market is with off-patent innovators. While shortening the market access and reimbursement timelines for innovative drugs, China intends to replace the off-patent innovators with high-quality generics that opens up this share of the market to generic firms,” Ramana said.Dr Reddy’s US/EU portfolio mostly comply with Chinese regulations, while additional China-specific studies might be required in the case of some. “While in the past five years, we have had some good pipeline of filings, the plan is to scale this up and file a good number of dossiers in next few years,” he said.The Edelweiss report states that a growing Chinese pharma market and a relaxed Chinese drug regulator, CFDA, are likely to attract many Indian generic players. The relaxed norms may allow Indian companies to file their USFDA-approved products in China and get CFDA approval within months in the normal course. Among the drugs in demand, the most prominent are those for obesity, diabetes, respiratory illness and cancer.”While the regulations have been aligned with International Council of Harmonisation (ICH), there are China-specific requirements, which could pose challenges. Dr Reddy’s will continue to work to build strong regulatory capability and build on our experience to increase the probability of success for any new filing,” the report quoted Ramana as saying.last_img read more

AL to go tough with BNP after Khaleda verdicts

first_imgRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) is likely to once again go tough with its arch enemy Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) after the verdicts in graft cases against its chairperson Khaleda Zia are pronounced.The ruling party insiders said the party would also start preparing for the 11th parliamentary elections after the verdict as the trial of the cases are at a final stage.AL senior leaders said they think Khaleda and her son Tarique Rahman, also the BNP senior vice chairman, would not be able to avoid conviction in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case and that’s why the party will remain softer towards BNP until the verdict.The ruling party has planned to resist any move of the BNP to take to the streets after the verdict.Party insiders said the AL wants by any means to ensure victory in the next general elections scheduled to be held late 2018.The party thinks that the trial of the two top leaders of its arch rival BNP -Khaleda and Tarique – will be completed before the elections and then it will concentrate on the elections.The ruling party thinks that although Khaleda would be able to file an appeal against the verdict if she is convicted, her son Tarique wouldn’t as he is a “fugitive” and it would do everything needed to make the verdict credible to all.AL leaders said the party has now taken up a strategy of giving its rival some space for political programmes, albeit on a small scale, to make people think that the politics is taking its own course and the law its own.“Khaleda’s case is totally different from politics. There is no scope to mix these two things together. The law takes it own course and none can interfere in the course of law,” AL presidium member Kazi Zafar Ullah told Prothom Alo.He said the BNP is preparing for joining the next polls. “This is positive. There is no alternative to it in politics.”Several leaders of the ruling party said the crisis over the 16th amendment annulment verdict and the resignation of the chief justice had put the ruling party in some sort of difficulty.In order to make people feel that the situation was normal, the party had avoided putting pressure on BNP and that’s why BNP could organise public gatherings during Khaleda’s visit to Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar and could organise a public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan of the capital.Party insiders said the ruling party may not allow BNP to organise political programmes like a long march, road march or roadside rallies if it announces such programmes in future.A senior AL leader on condition of anonymity said Khaleda might be sent to jail for a brief period if she is convicted and then BNP would try to take to the streets.He said the government would get grounds to rein in BNP’s street agitation with a firm hand if BNP’s programmes turn violent.AL insiders said party chief Sheikh Hasina has engaged several agencies to survey her party’s popularity, with the next general elections in view. The outcome of some of the surveys is not positive.The surveys found the position of many ministers and MPs weak in their constituencies.In order to assess how the party would face the BNP against this backdrop, the party is weighing its strength at the grassroots.When contacted, Citizens’ for Good Governance (Shujan) secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar said he saw a positive change in political atmosphere.“But if you want to make this change sustainable, the mistrust and the lack of confidence between the two rival political parties over the next general elections must be removed fast,” he noted.He said if all the political parties reach a consensus on the next national polls, other issues will not matter.Former prime minister Khaleda Zia has been accused in five graft cases and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed all of the five cases during the military-backed emergency government from 2007 to 2008. All the cases are under trial now.Besides, Khaleda has been accused in several cases on charges of sabotage during the current and immediate-past AL governments.Of the cases, the trial of Khaleda in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases is at final stage and Tarique Rahman is also accused in one of these two cases.Tarique is also accused in the 21 August grenade attack case which is also at a final stage.Besides, the High Court in 2016 cancelled the verdict of a trial court which acquitted Tarique of a money-laundering case and sentenced him to seven years in jail and fined him with Tk 200 million.The BNP senior vice chairman did not file any appeal against this verdict and he is absconding.An AL policymaker told Prothom Alo that it is almost certain that Tarique Rahman would not be able to take part in the next polls as he is convicted in graft cases.He said the Zia dynasty would fall in a trouble if Khaleda is convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases and if this can be projected among the people widely.He said there is little possibility of Khaleda being disqualified in the election as the election would be held before the completion of the final trial process in the higher court.The AL government is, however, planning to enact a law stipulating a provision that one will be disqualified only if he or she is convicted in the trial court.When contacted, Dhaka University’s former vice chancellor and political scientist Emajuddin Ahamed said in a parliamentary democracy, the parliament is dissolved before the general elections to pave the way for a level playing field for all and the trials of candidates are kept suspended.He said the cases against Khaleda were filed during the last military-propelled caretaker government. Such cases were filed against prime minister Sheikh Hasina at that time too, but those were withdrawn.“We can see a kind of message in Khaleda’s recent speeches that she wants to bring an end to the rivalry. If prime minister Sheikh Hasina too takes a liberal position, it will bring good to democratic atmosphere in the country,” noted the political scientist.  *The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Abu Taib Ahmedlast_img read more

Most irregularities in Khulna polls on police initiative

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday alleged that most of the irregularities in Khulna civic polls took place on the police initiative.“This [AL] government has pitted the police against the opposition political parties. In most of the cases, the police took the initiative. These [irregularities] happened on their initiative which is ominous for the nation,” Mirza Fakhrul told a media briefing after the Khulna polls.Ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) mayoral candidate Talukder Abdul Khalek was unofficially declared elected in the Khulna mayoral elections marred by rigging, ballot-stuffing, capture of polling station and intimidation of voters on Tuesday.Briefing the media at the Gulshan office of the BNP chairperson, the BNP secretary general said, “It seems that the CEC is working against the BNP. The country’s election has emerged to be a complete farce.”He pointed out that the Khulna polls would not be held in farcical manner, had the military troops been deployed in the local government polls.“Rivals will not be able to do electioneering and their agents will be driven out of the polling centres – this can’t be called elections.”Alleging that the authorities have strictly controlled the media, Fakhrul said, “The authorities have all along said everything is okay.“They controlled all of the elections but a very few held in the past five years. They forced the election commission. They destroyed the election system. None is keeping trust in the election system,” he added.He alleged that voters were intimidated and barred from visiting the polling stations by the ruling Awami League activists.“The BNP activists as well as polling agents were driven out. They (AL men) stamped seal on election symbol boat. A fair election can’t be held under these circumstances. This election commission is inept. It must be reconstituted,” said Fakhrul.last_img read more

New atomic magnetometer doesnt need to be shielded from Earths magnetic field

first_img( —Researchers from Princeton University in the U.S. together with colleagues from Zhejiang University of Science and Technology in China have developed a new kind of atomic magnetometer that is just as sensitive as others of its kind but doesn’t need to be shielded from the Earth’s magnetic field. The team reports on their new device in the journal Physical Review Letters. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Journal information: Physical Review Letters Devices that can measure magnetic fields—magnetometers—are very useful in a wide variety of scientific applications. In recent years, such devices have been made more sensitive by using superconducting materials but they have the drawback of needing to be cryogenically cooled. Another approach has been to use atomic magnetometers—they don’t have to be super-cooled, but they do need to have shielding put in place to prevent Earth’s magnetic field from interfering with their readings. They work by using a pump laser to polarize the spin states of atoms inside the device. A probe laser is then used to read the spin precession once the device is ready to read a specific magnetic field—it’s all based on the Zeeman Effect that is induced by an external magnetic field.The new atomic magnetometer the group developed works essentially the same way as others of its kind, with two notable exceptions. The first is that the team uses a multi-pass cell—the probe laser makes many passes while reading the spin of the atoms in the device—typically rubidium vapor—this enhances the signal. The second difference is the team uses a technique to allow the polarizing to take place very quickly (within 1ms of laser pumping)—before relaxation of the spin states occurs. Doing so has the added benefit of helping to eliminate noise in the system allowing for more precise readings. The end result is an atomic magnetometer that is able to measure magnetism that is one hundred billion times smaller than the Earth’s field, without the need for shielding.Such a magnetometer is expected to be useful for such applications as measuring biological fields, geological instrumentation, experimental physics and even in land mine detection. The team that developed the new device isn’t resting on its laurels, however, they are currently looking at ways to make the device smaller and more portable. Record measurement of extremely small magnetic fieldscenter_img More information: Subfemtotesla Scalar Atomic Magnetometry Using Multipass Cells, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 160802 (2013) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.160802AbstractScalar atomic magnetometers have many attractive features but their sensitivity has been relatively poor. We describe a Rb scalar gradiometer using two multipass optical cells. We use a pump-probe measurement scheme to suppress spin-exchange relaxation and two probe pulses to find the spin precession zero crossing times with a resolution of 1 psec. We realize a magnetic field sensitivity of 0.54  fT/Hz1/2, which improves by an order of magnitude the best scalar magnetometer sensitivity and exceeds, for example, the quantum limit set by the spin-exchange collisions for a scalar magnetometer with the same measurement volume operating in a continuous regime. Citation: New atomic magnetometer doesn’t need to be shielded from Earth’s magnetic field (2013, April 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2013 Credit: J. Shi/Princeton University/PRLlast_img read more