Spotify believes that audio has the power to change the world, and it’s with that in mind that the fast-growing streaming platform has developed its latest campaign—  the EQUAL Global  Music Program. A new initiative dedicated to women in music and audio and the most recent commitment to fostering equity for women in music globally. According to the USC Annenberg study funded by Spotify on representation of women in the music industry, only one in five artists on the charts are women. Yet we know how integral women artists’ influence has been on Spotify and the music industry at large. To begin to upend this disparity, they amplified the work of women creators by extending their resources and generating more opportunities for these artists, which they’re doing by creating a global, cohesive, branded experience with the EQUAL Global Music Program. “We want to do our part: We know that when we give more power to creators, more people listen—and that music shapes the future. So, we’re turning up the volume.” Look out for 35 EQUAL local playlists spanning artists from 50+ countries—from Japan to Argentina, from Malaysia to the UK—as well as the “best-of” flagship EQUAL Global Playlist containing music from EQUAL artists from all around the world. Each month, one artist will be featured on the cover of their respective local playlist, in addition to receiving essential organic and on-platform promotion in their home country and beyond. Nadine Lustre will be the first Philippines representative for this campaign. Her musical style has evolved in 2018 when she debuted her hit single ”St4y Up” at the helm of CARELESS — an independent record label created by MTV EMA Best Southeast Asian Act, James Reid.Listen to women in the Philippines at full volume below. EQUAL will bring a number of new programs and steps to the company, including EQUAL Hub, , a first-of-its-kind offering featuring 40 songs written, produced, and performed 100% exclusively by women songwriters, producers, and artists from around the world. a dedicated space to celebrate women creators and help increase awareness of their work among fans. “With billions of songs and millions of podcasts on Spotify, it’s easy for fans to default to what they know and love best,” explains Marian Dicus, Spotify’s Vice President and Global Co-head of Music. “But the EQUAL Hub makes it easy for fans to engage directly with women creators and their content helps to increase awareness amongst fans so that more people listen, ensuring their music shapes the future.” This partnership with SoundGirls allows women of all experiences and gender-nonconforming creators to create a profile and claim their space in the community of women changing the game in audio. \\


 Justine Bieber features collaborations with Khalid, Chance the Rapper, the Kid LAROI, Dominic Fike, BEAM, Burna Boy, and Benny Blanco on his new 16-track EP, “Justice”— the follow-up to last year’s “Changes.”He explores the edges of his happiness on the album. “In a time when there’s so much wrong with this broken planet, we all crave healing—and justice—for humanity,” Justin Bieber said. “In creating this album, my goal is to make music that will provide comfort; to make songs that people can relate to, and connect to, so they feel less alone.”On the new album's second track, "Deserve You," Bieber sings about his experience of feeling grateful for having a person in his life that could stick by his side, even through his darkest moments.He continues to show admiration for Baldwin on the fourth track "Off My Face."In addition to his new album, Bieber released the music video for the album’s most recent single, "Peaches," with Daniel Caesar and Giveon. It is one of the most highly-anticipated songs on his new project and a fan-favourite.Fans are pretty certain that the song's lyrics also pay tribute to his wife, as he alludes to a long-lasting romance, saying: “There's nothing like your touch / It’s the way you lift me up / And I'll be right here with you 'til the end."”Check out his Tiny Desk concert and new album below.


Jhene Aiko is revisiting her debut mixtape “sailing soul(s)” on its 10th anniversary! The release of the mixtape on streaming services is the artist’s “thank you” to loyal fans who have been with her since the very beginning. Describing the story behind the mixtape, Aiko thanked her fans for “sailing” with her for 20 years, saying: “I met with one record exec who told me I needed to do a better job at ‘selling’ myself when I came into meetings. Dressing like myself, singing like myself, talking like myself wasn’t enough. I thought ‘Why do I have to sell myself?…from that point on I decided I would never try to ‘sell’ myself. I would simple BE myself and whoever felt a connection would SEE ME and my worth. “I wanted the cover to express me breaking free from that narrative of having to ‘sell’ myself,” she went on. “I wanted the broken chains to symbolize that freedom of feeling unanchored…free to be me…‘sailing’ my soul instead of ‘selling’ my soul.” The mixtape was originally self-released via 2Fish, ArtClub, and Def Jam Recordings on March 12, 2011. It featured collaborations with Drake (“July”), Kendrick Lamar(“Growing Apart Too”), and Miguel (“Hoe”).  The 13-track project marked Jhene’s arrival in LA’s burgeoning music scene, giving her national recognition and leading her to a major label signing.The 10th anniversary re-release of the mixtape arrives just a few days before the 2021 GRAMMY Awards where the artist’s third studio album Chilombo is nominated for Album of the Year and Best Progressive R&B Album and her John Legend-assisted cut “Lightning & Thunder” is nominated for Best R&B Performance.The album was an almost instant success making chart history as the biggest Billboard R&B debut from a female artist since Beyonce’s Lemonade in 2016. Released in March last year, the release enjoyed two billion streams worldwide and topped the Billboard R&B chart twice last year. Chilombo features five gold and platinum tracks: “Triggered (freestyle),” “None Of Your Concern” featuring Big Sean, “P’$$Y Fairy (OTW),” “Happi­ness Over Everything (H.O.E.)” featuring Miguel & Future, “B.S.” featuring H.E.R., as well as the most recent release from it, “Born Tired.”Jhene will host the premiere ceremony of the 63rd Annual Awards, which take place at 12pm PT and will be livestreamed internationally this coming Sunday (14).  


The Weeknd was infamously snubbed this year even though his album After Hours have broken chart records and drawn wide critical acclaim. He also played the Super Bowl halftime show, perhaps pop music’s biggest big-tent moment. Yet when it came time for Grammy nominations, he got nothing. In a statement provided to the New York Times, The Weeknd stated, “Because of the secret committees, I will no longer allow my label to submit my music to the Grammys.” What are the "secret committees" he's referring to? According to The Times, anonymous expert committees "review initial nomination choices by the thousands of music professionals who make up the voting membership of the Recording Academy, the nonprofit group behind the awards, and — for 61 of the Grammys’ 84 categories — have the final say about who makes the cut."This isn't the first time The Weeknd has spoken out against the Grammys. Back in November of 2020, he tweeted that they "remain corrupt" and "owe [him], [his] fans and the industry transparency."He joins a growing list of Black stars, like Drake, Kanye West and Frank Ocean, whose public rebukes of the Grammys are a threat to an institution that views itself as a supportive home for the entire music community. Drake said that The Grammys "may no longer matter" and compared the awards to "a relative you keep expecting to fix up."


The wave beckons and the mountain calls as La Union sets its gates to once again be unlocked for tourism. As we steadfastly wait for the reopening of our beloved La Union, let us get ourselves prepared as the Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) through the La Union Provincial Tourism Office (LUPTO) stage the Love La Union Digital Travel and Tourism Expo on March 15 to April 15, 2021. The Love La Union Digital Travel and Tourism Expo is an online and mobile app platform featuring tourism and travel destinations in the province. It also features limited offers of travel and tour packages which are available for sale and are made especially affordable for the Digital Event. Various accommodation sales are also up for grabs. It also contains information of various tourism destinations that would make one fall in love with La Union. To be able to join the Digital Expo, one must download the EXPO PH Mobile App on their mobile phones. The App is available through Google Playstore for Android phones and App store for IOS. After downloading the App, one can search for the Love La Union Digital Travel and Tourism Expo and browse through the wide array of offers. The Digital Event is PGLU’s way of assisting its local tourism stakeholders to help them economically bounce back being one of the most affected sectors of the community due to the CoViD 19 Pandemic. It is expected that the event shall help the revival of the tourism industry in the province where tourists from all over the world can once again create fond memories. For more information, visit Love La Union official Facebook page or call (242) 5550 to 53 local 286 or telefax number (072) 607 9692.Digital Event Venue and Media Platform: Expo Ph Mobile App, ACES multimedia PH and ATFCVirtual streaming partner: KUMU App Official media partnersPhilippine Daily inquirerMindanao DailyBusinessweek MindanaoPanay NewsVillage ConnectLionheart tvMagic 89.9Wave 89.1The LOVE LA UNION DIGITAL TRAVEL AND TOURISM EXPO! The best of LA UNION in the palm of your hands! #LaUnionLaUnay#LoveLaUnion#LoveLaUnionExpo#ExpophMobile App


Grammy Award winners Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak have linked up for a brand-new music project ‘Silk Sonic’ (namd after the legendary Bootsy Collins) and they’ve released their video for their first single ‘Leave the Door Open,’ which is set to appear on their forthcoming collaborative album ‘An Evening With Silk Sonic’.  In the retro-vibed video, the group performs the silk smooth slow jam in a studio. The pair trade verses and harmonize alongside their backing band on the Mars-led chorus: “I’ma leave the door open/I’ma leave the door open, girl,” they sing. “I’ma leave the door open, hoping/That you feel the way I feel/And you want me like I want you tonight, baby/Tell me that you’re coming through.” Watch the Mars and Florent Dechard-directed music video for the track below. The joint record will be Bruno’s first album release since 24K Magic in 2016, with the star releasing the singles Please Me with Cardi B and Blow with Ed Sheeran and Chris Stapleton in 2019.  Anderson also released his latest album Ventura in 2019 as well as joining Busta Rhymes on YUUUU, from Busta’s album Extinction Level 2: The Wrath Of God. 
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