Keith Urban Talks Graffiti U Julia Michaels MusiCares SXSW 2018

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The duo covered a wide range of topics, including the singer/songwriter’s early music memories, how Ricky Skaggs influenced his career, the art of collaboration, memorable career advice, and why he’s a huge fan of MusiCares and Post Malone.The New Zealand native was quick to credit his drummer father for turning him onto his love of country. As a 5-year-old, Urban had the chance to see the legendary Johnny Cash in concert, which captured the young artist’s imagination.”What I remember from that concert is just how loud the crowd was,” Urban recalled. “I remember just the roar of everybody when this guy walked out on the stage and it’s never left me, and the power of when he played guitar and sang was an extraordinary thing.”By age 6, Urban was taking guitar lessons and learning from the country records spinning in his parents’ house as well as the local bands in his area. When he discovered the “chicken pickin'” style of guitar players such as Skaggs, the deal was sealed.Urban also discussed how his unique musicality stems from his affinity for collaborations. Not only has he recorded with other country artists but he’s also worked across many genres, including artists as diverse as the Rolling Stones, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, and many more.Indeed, his upcoming studio album, Graffiti U, will feature a collaboration with “Issues” singer/songwriter Julia Michaels, as well as borrowing a sample from country great Merle Haggard on another track.Julia Michaels Deconstructs “Issues,” Writing Songs | “Required Listening” PodcastFor his part, Urban feels collaborations keep his music fresh while also playing to his appreciation for all music genres and their creators, whether they are an EDM electronic-only musician or the classic instrumentalist.”I’m a big believer that it’s all still musicianship,” said Urban. “If you’re doing it on your MacBook Pro or you don’t play an instrument … they still have to compose these things like a painter putting paint together in a such a way that it creates a compelling image. That’s as valid to me as a guy sitting there playing guitar.”Urban further solidified his stance when asked by an audience member about his current favorite contemporary artist outside of country music.”Post Malone because he’s got his own thing, it’s insane,” Urban answered. “I don’t even know what it is. I don’t think he knows what it is, which is beautiful. It’s just an incredible fusion of things — singer/songwriter, hip-hop, R&B, soul. It’s just all out there and I love it.”His penchant for fusing genres and forging his own path as a singer/songwriter, while it looks effortless now, wasn’t always an asset to Urban. He recalled his early days playing shows around Nashville, Tenn., when a record label employee followed his band religiously, yet there was no indication the label wanted to sign him. When the guitarist finally asked why, the employee had some sage words of wisdom for the emerging artist.”You’re just really unique and it’ll be your biggest curse until it becomes greatest blessing,'” Urban recounted. “And as cheesy as that might sound … what I took from that was stay the course and it’s just going to take time.”With Goldman guiding the conversation, Urban went deeper on more personal topics, including his path to sobriety.”It’s such a personal thing, sobriety, for each person,” Urban said about his journey. “I wished I gotten sober many, many years before I did but it is what it is. I’m glad that I finally got here almost 12 years later. I think for me it’s made it possible to do the things I do.”Urban revealed that the Recording Academy-affiliated charity MusiCares was a driving force behind him getting help in the 1990s. The organization’s MAP Fund helped pay for his first rehabilitation treatment, which is part of the reason he has lent his support to not only MusiCares but other charitable causes throughout his career.To conclude the panel, audience members expressed their appreciation for Urban’s music, including fans from as far away as Canada, Brazil and France. For Urban, who will play a special showcase at SXSW at Stubb’s BBQ on March 16, it’s clear that his reach will continue to make waves in the music industry for years to come. Eddy CuePhoto: Jason Bollenbacher/Getty Images SXSW 2018: How Big Is The K-Pop Explosion? 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2020 BMW M5 celebrates 35 years with limitededition model

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 M5 Edition 35 Years is a dark gray homage to BMW’s performance sedan BMW 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice More about 2019 BMW M5 Competition Sedan Preview • 2019 BMW M5 Competition: Higher track IQ with tradeoffs 11 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouscenter_img Tags BMW The BMW M5 sport sedan is now in its sixth generation. And though the current F90 model has arguably lost some of that lovin’ feeling we remember from prior generations (the E39 still makes us drool), it continues to be a hoot and a half behind the wheel, with tremendous power and supercar-stomping acceleration.To celebrate 35 years since BMW brought its M5 into the world, the company announced a new, limited-edition model on Thursday, appropriately called the Edition 35 Years. Only 350 of these special M5s will be offered globally, with just 35 earmarked for US consumption.The Edition 35 Years builds on the current, range-topping M5 Competition model, and wears BMW Individual gray paint, with “a special pigmentation to create the appearance of a silk matte surface finish.” New 20-inch wheels are also finished in gray, while the M5’s big brakes have gloss-black calipers. Inside, the Edition 35 Years gets gold-anodized aluminum trim on the center console, doors and instrument panel — which might sound gauche, but actually looks quite cool.Enlarge ImageThis gold-anodized aluminum trim is unique to the Edition 35 Years M5. BMW Under the hood, the M5 Competition’s 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine produces a healthy 617 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, able to scoot the all-wheel drive sedan to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. Every Edition 35 Years M5 comes fitted with the M Driver’s Package, which raises the electronic speed limiter from 155 mph to 189, and includes a voucher for the M Driver’s School in either Spartanburg, South Carolina, or Thermal, California.Otherwise, the Edition 35 Years is pretty much a fully loaded M5 Competition, complete with the Executive Package (soft-close doors, power sunshades, massaging front seats, wireless charging, driver-assistance tech and more) and a 10.2-inch display running BMW’s iDrive 7 multimedia system.The US-spec M5 Edition 35 Years cars will be produced in September and October of this year, priced from $128,995, including destination and the gas guzzler tax. That’s about $8,000 more than a similarly equipped, non-special-edition M5 Competition, but on the other hand, a small price to pay to own something this rare. 0 Performance Cars Luxury cars Sedans More From Roadshow nulllast_img read more

PEC Ebtedayee exams to begin 18 Nov

first_imgProthom Alo file PhotoThe primary education completion examinations will begin on 18 November, according to an official of the primary and mass education ministry. The official said the examinations will start at 10:30am instead of 11:00am, with duration of two and half hours.This decision was taken at a meeting of the steering committee on exams at the secretariat on Wednesday with primary and mass education minister Mostafizur Rahman in the chair.The official said the exam papers will be evaluated in the respective upazilas. Earlier these were evaluated in different upazilas.In special cases, a candidate will be given an additional 30 minutes instead of 20 minutes. The exams will end on 26 November.last_img read more

Indian jobless rate highest in 45 years

first_imgTradespeople sit on the side of a road as they wait to get hired for work in Mumbai, India, on 6 November 2017. — Photo: ReutersAn official survey that has been withheld by the government shows India’s unemployment rate rose to its highest level in at least 45 years in 2017/18, the Business Standard newspaper reported on Thursday, delivering a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi months before a general election.A political controversy over the survey erupted after the acting chairman and another member of the body that reviewed the jobs data resigned, saying there had been a delay in its scheduled December release and alleging interference by other state agencies.The assessment by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), conducted July 2017-June 2018, showed an unemployment rate of 6.1 per cent. That was the highest since 1972/73, the period for which the data are comparable, the newspaper reported, citing documents it had reviewed. It did not give a figure for 1972/73.But the government think-tank NITI Aayog said the report was only a draft and that a final version would be published in March. It denied unemployment was widespread in India, whose economy is one of the fastest growing in the world.“You can’t be growing annually at 7.2 per cent and saying that there are no jobs being created in the economy,” NITI Aayog Chief Executive Amitabh Kant said at a press conference.“To my mind, the problem is that there’s a lack of good-quality jobs, and that’s what we need to focus on. There’s a wages problem, and there’s a very big informal sector in India’s economy.”He said the country was creating more than 7 million jobs a year, enough for “new entrants” joining the workforce.Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the Congress party, the main opposition, said the report showed “a national disaster”.Though India’s economy has been expanding by 7 per cent plus annually, uneven growth has meant that new jobs are not keeping pace. And critics say the government’s claims of economic success have sounded increasingly hollow.Modi’s ambitious Make-in-India project has failed to take off. It was intended to increase the share of domestic manufacturing from 17 per cent of gross domestic product to about 25 per cent and create jobs for an estimated 1.2 million youth entering the market.Instead, the report showed 18.7 per cent of urban males aged 15-29 were without work, and the jobless rate for urban females the same age was 27.2 per cent.Worse, the labour force participation rate – the proportion of population working or seeking jobs – declined to 36.9 per cent in 2017/18 from 39.5 per cent in 2011/12, the report said. The comparable rate for the United States was 63.1 per cent in December.The NITI Aayog said the government needed more quarterly data to publish a “comparable” jobs report.But PC Mohanan, who on Monday resigned as the head of the government-funded National Statistical Commission, said the standalone report for the last fiscal year should have been published.“There’s no link between this and the quarterly data,” Mohanan told Reuters. “This report was released for approval because this is a standalone report and it does not require any additional verification with any sources.”CRISIS EVERYWHEREHimanshu, an associate professor at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University who specialises in development economics, said that the jobs crisis was everywhere to see.“News and data like thousands of PhDs applying for waiter jobs in Mumbai or millions applying for just a thousand jobs in Gujarat or 10 million applying for a small number of jobs in railways,” he said.“I mean, these kind of examples are everywhere,” he said, pointing to street protests by caste and other interest groups seeking quotas for government jobs.The data provides the first comprehensive assessment of India’s employment since Modi’s decision in November 2016 to withdraw most of the country’s banknotes from circulation overnight.After the chaotic launch of a national sales tax in July 2017, hundreds of thousands have lost jobs in small businesses.The gloomy jobs data could be awkward for Modi’s Hindu nationalist government to explain with a general election looming and opinion polls already showing the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party unlikely to keep its parliamentary majority.“It’s a very, very serious issue, and that is the why the government didn’t want this data to come out in the public domain,” said former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha.A report released by the All India Manufacturers’ Organisation said last month 3.5 million jobs had been lost since 2016, mainly due to demonetisation and rising working costs after the launch of the national tax.last_img read more