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ED Sheeran tops the Spotify Year in Music List 2017

Wednesday, December 6 2017

ED Sheeran tops the Spotify Year in Music List 2017

Spotify , world’s largest digital music service, released its Year in Music lists 2017 where Ed Sheeran leads the way for most globally streamed artist on the platform. Sheeran’s Divide is also the most streamed album on Spotify for the year with 3.1 billion streams, while his single “Shape of You” is the most streamed song in Spotify history with 1.4 billion plays. Sheeran accumulated a massive 6.3 billion streams overall this year. A similar pattern can be seen in India where in Ed Sheeran has been dominating the charts. Currently the song is at a whopping 500 million streams – audio and video, the only international song to cross the ½ Billion mark. Further the album ‘Divide’ has been certified 7x Platinum in India. No doubt buoyed by his performance in India, both the song and the album have shown an increase in streams. Says Arjun Sankalia, Head International Music, Sony Music India, says “Ed Sheeran has created global history with his music and I’m glad to say that the same story is true in India as well. The internet has enabled simultaneous awareness, simultaneous availability and simultaneous consumption. These are exciting times for international music in India”

Craig David Announces New Single

Wednesday, December 6 2017

Craig David Announces New Single

On the heels of receiving over 15 million Spotify streams on his single “Heartline,” as well as winning the sixth MOBO Award in his career for Best R&B/Soul Act this week – Craig David announces the release of his new single “I Know You” ft. Bastille from his forthcoming seventh studio album, The Time Is Now . Due out January 26, 2018 , the album, which is available to pre-order now, includes collaborations with JP Cooper, AJ Tracey, Ella Mai, Kaytranada and GoldLink. The brilliant new single, “I Know You” sees Craig David team up with alt-pop giants, and great friends Bastille . On the track, Craig David says , “I’ve been a Bastille fan for a long time and we’ve been waiting for the right moment to collaborate. I’m so excited to release this track and hope you love it as much as I do. Hearing Dan’s voice on this kind of record is a special moment, when we perform this live its going to absolutely go off, and I can’t wait to play it in my TS5 set this summer.” Dan from Bastille says, “We’ve always been huge fans of Craig’s music and have become mates over the past few years after playing some shows together, so writing a song together in the studio felt completely natural. We had so much fun making ‘I Know You’ together, and I’m excited for everyone to hear it.”

Anti-Harassment Movement Is Time Magazine's Person of the Year 2017

Wednesday, December 6 2017

Anti-Harassment Movement Is Time Magazine's Person of the Year 2017

Anti-Harassment Movement Is Time Magazine's Person of the Year 2017 4:36 AM PST 12/6/2017 by Scott Roxborough COMMENTS The movement, launched in the wake of allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein and other Hollywood luminaries, beat out Donald Trump for the title. Time Magazine has named the anti-harassment movement, what the magazine dubbed "The Silence Breakers," as its Person of the Year, 2017 . The movement, launched in the wake of sexual harassment and assault charges against producer Harvey Weinstein and other prominent men in Hollywood, is credited with fueling a moment of reckoning about the treatment of women in the workplace. Time made the announcement Wednesday. The magazine's Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal revealed the selection on the Today show along with the cover, a composite group photo that includes actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift and former Uber engineer Susan Fowler. "The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover…along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s," Felsenthal said in a statement. "The idea that influential, inspirational individuals shape the world could not be more apt this year. For giving voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable, The Silence Breakers are the 2017 Person of the Year." For the cover story, Time interviewed dozens of women and men who have experienced sexual harassment at their jobs, including actress Rose McGowan, journalist Megyn Kelly and actor Terry Crews. Time also included non-celebrity voices, among them Dana Lewis, one of the Plaza Hotel plaintiffs who filed suit against the hotel for “normalizing and trivializing sexual assault” among employees, and a strawberry picker, given the pseudonym Isabel Pascual, who spoke of being stalked after speaking out against the harassment she was experiencing on the job. The movement, which has also been dubbed #MeToo, due to the popular hashtag linked to the cause, beat out President Donald Trump for Time 's most newsworthy title. Trump, who was Time 's Person of the Year in 2016, had been named to the magazine's shortlist of 2017 candidates. President Trump claimed that Time informed him that he was “probably” going to be given the annual title for the second year in a row but, via Twitter, he said he “took a pass” on the honor, claiming that Time told him he'd have to do an interview and photo shoot. Time denied this, saying, with its own tweet : “The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. Time does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6." Social activist and community organizer Tarana Burke created the #MeToo hashtag back in 2006. The movement got widespread attention after actress Alyssa Milano tweeted the phrase Oct. 15. The hashtag was shared millions of times on Twitter and Facebook and became an international phenomenon , trending in at least 85 countries. It has spawned local-lingo versions, including #BalanceTonPorc (#DenounceYourPig) in France, #quellavoltache (#TheTimeThat) in Italy and #YoTambien (#MeToo in Spanish) for Spain and Latin America. Felsenthal called the hashtag "a powerful accelerant." In an editorial in Time explaining the decision to award its Person of the Year title to The Silence Breakers, Felsenthal wrote that the moment began "with individual acts of courage" linking actresses who spoke out against Harvey Weinstein to "the strawberry picker who heard that story and decided to tell her own. The young engineer whose blog post about the frat-boy culture at Silicon Valley’s highest-flying startup prompted the firing of its founder and 20 other employees. The California lobbyist whose letter campaign spurred more than 140 women in politics to demand that state government “no longer tolerate the perpetrators or enablers” of sexual misconduct." Felsenthal added that the change unleashed by the Silence Breakers is still ongoing. A Time /SurveyMonkey poll, conducted Nov. 28-30 and published together with the Person of the Year cover story, found that 82 percent of Americans say women are more likely to speak out about sexual assault or harassment since news of Harvey Weinstein’s multiple allegations broke news. The survey found that, when forced to choose, most people (85 percent) believe the women making accusations of sexual assault or harassment over the men who have been accused. Over half (56 percent) surveyed think the movement will lead to meaningful change in society. You can read a full report of the poll results here . "We are in the middle of the beginning of this upheaval," writes Felsenthal. "There is so much that we still don’t know about its ultimate impact. How far-reaching will it be? How deep into the country? How far down the organizational chart? Will there be a backlash? Hollywood and the media — the industries that have thus far been home to most of the prominent cases — live in a coastal, co-dependent bubble...the biggest test of this movement will be the extent to which it changes the realities of people for whom telling the truth simply threatens too much." Since 1927, Time has bestowed its Person of the Year title upon an individual or group of people who the magazine's editors believe have most influenced news and events of the past year, “for good or ill.”

Book Review: Pawan - The Flying Accountant by Sorabh Pant

Wednesday, December 6 2017

Book Review: Pawan - The Flying Accountant by Sorabh Pant

Price: Rs. 295/- ( I got the book for review from the publishe r ) Behind the Book Arjun Singh is an accountant by day and a demigod by night. But he’d rather care about GST than his superpowers—even less so about life himself. Arjun is about to be murdered by goons and he couldn’t be happier. He’s spent his life waiting for death. Unfortunately, things do not go as per plan. Much to Arjun’s chagrin, he manages to live. But things get a lot worse than a failed death. Arjun is an accountant but behind this façade he’s protecting his identity as an almost indestructible species of humanoids, a power that Arjun would gladly exchange for a bushel of bananas and a vat of rum. And now some people know exactly what Arjun is capable of. He’s forced to work for an alcohol baron’s unofficial army, assassinate terrorists and fall into life-or-death battles with a Chinese dragon. What is even worse is that they’ve not cleared his taxes yet. Combining dark humour with a whirlwind plot—Pawan is a story of a reluctant superhero, the futility of war and a whole lot of rum. About the Author Sorabh Pant is a popular stand-up comedian from India. He has hosted about 1500 stand-up comedy shows across eighteen countries (but he claims to have done them only for Frequent Flyer Miles). He’s the ex-founder of East India Comedy, some of his most popular comedy videos are ‘Rant of the Pant’, ‘EIC: Outrage’, etc. Pawan is Sorabh’s third novel. He is based in Mumbai, India. Reading this book was an altogether different experience as I was trying a new genre , something that I have always wanted to do. Having loved and laughed at Sorabh Pant's stand up comedy I thought of taking this up. To start with the cover, I absolutely loved it. What a unique, satirical cover that seems to mock a reader and entices one to grab the book. The smirk on the monkey's face is such a perfect match to the whole story inside. It does perfect justice to the theme. Written on the lines of dark humour, this book has satires on everyone and anyone. Ranging from politicians to a common man, Sorabh Pant tries to show you the funny side of them all and he succeeds to quite an extent. The whole premise of India having its own desi superhero is very interesting and something that grabs attention immediately. But till now the issue has always been the execution by an author of it to a level which makes us go WOW. Though Arjun is one character that is interesting but the "wow" element was missing. Arjun's character as the protagonist is interesting but fails to stay with you for long. Being a stand up comedian, the author does excel in the jokes section immensely. He manages to make you laugh and snicker at his well timed observations. There are a lot of places I could relate to well and loved the dash of real life mixed with fantasy in those pages.The plot interesting in the hindsight has many loose ends which tends to act as a distraction for a reader. Or should I say there is so much happening that it is difficult to keep a track at some places of what, where, when, who and how. Perhaps visually it might have looked better but on paper it left me confused at a few places. I admire the author's imagination of a parallel unofficial army and the various nicknames he has used to denote commonly known things/people/places. It was fun trying to decipher them after which the joy of reading was different. The language is lucid making is an easy and light read. Having said all of the above I would still recommend this to readers who enjoy humour and fantasy as genres for this is an interesting read nevertheless!

Who will top The Times 50 Most Desirable Women 2017?

Thursday, December 7 2017

Who will top The Times 50 Most Desirable Women 2017?

Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez and Manushi Chhillar (Miss World 2017) She's gorgeous, talented, on top of her style game and a diva, whose sass and substance is the ultimate combination for desirability. For The Times 50 Most Desirable Women 2017 , we've drawn up a list of women from different fields — movies, television, beauty pageants, modelling and sports. These women are the perfect mix of beauty and brains, possess the X-factor and will set your heart aflutter! Some of them are India's pick of fresh faces, young talent with great potential, who made news for the right reasons this year. Last year's winner was Srinidhi Ramesh Shetty (Miss Supranational 2016). We're holding our breath to find out which girl will sweep the polls this year and emerge the winner. To vote for The Times 50 Most Desirable Women 2017, log on to www.toi.in/mostdesirablewomen. RELATED

Fukras paint four cities red with their camaraderie

Thursday, December 7 2017

Fukras paint four cities red with their camaraderie

The cast of 'Fukrey Returns' has been living out of a suitcase for the last one month. The team, comprising Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal, Pulkit Samrat, Manjot Singh and Varun Sharma , has been travelling to various cities to promote the film. In the process, they have been interacting with the aam junta, which seems to have catalysed the film's promotions. The first song of the film, directed by Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani, 'Mehbooba', the recreated version of 'O Meri Mehbooba ' from 'Dharam Veer', was launched with a lot of fun and games in Mumbai. The cast also visited popular youth hangouts in the city, travelled aboard a Metro train and visited the bay's most popular selfie point for a quick click. They also visited Delhi and made rounds of lukkha spots in the national capital, which took onlookers by a surprise. Apart from indulging in some mouth-watering Dilli ka lazeez khaana, the cast also obliged fans with pictures and autographs. Given how important Varun's character Choocha is in the scheme of things in the first film and the upcoming sequel, it was almost imperative for the cast to visit his home city Jalandhar in the last leg of the promotions. Mrighdeep, who also helmed the first 'Fukrey' too, joined the gang, too. Apart from taking his work buddies to his school, he also treated them to some ghar ka swadisht khaana. With the trailer and songs of the sequel being lapped up, and most of all, the camaraderie of the characters being talked about, one can only wait to find out where this fukrapanti heads this time around on December 8 .

Kareena Kapoor Khan talks about her airport looks

Thursday, December 7 2017

Kareena Kapoor Khan talks about her airport looks

Since she knows that being a celebrity comes with its own disadvantages, she never shies away from posing with Taimur. Rather she has already gotten hm used to all the lights and camera. | Dec 7, 2017, 01.59 PM IST Kareena Kapoor Khan is not just a Bollywood star but is a fashion icon. She is known for being a trendsetter and for her fashion quotient always being on fleek. Paparazzi's favourite, Bebo is always ready to pose for the shutterbugs even if she is accompanied by her l'l munchkin Taimur Ali Khan. Since she knows that being a celebrity comes with its own disadvantages, she never shies away from posing with Taimur. Rather she has already gotten hm used to all the lights and camera. Kareena spoke about dressing up Taimur and said, "Well, I dress him up because I like to dress him up which is also pretty much casual. But I don't dress him up because of the paparazzi or the fact that he is getting clicked. I am happy if he gets clicked in kurta pajama. Fashion also lies in the fact that you're comfortable in what you wear, have the right attitude and can carry off anything." She also spoke about travelling with son Taimur and her airport looks. She said, "My style has been very confident, and it has always been in the casual chic kind of zone than a couture one. I think people relate to me more in my jeans and sneakers and I think that's also quite a big statement because you're working and constantly on the go. I mean my airport looks can't be much like that of a ramp style, with high heels because we also have to think about the practicality of the situation as well. I think I'm a practical dresser." Read Bollywood gossip on the go. Download Bombay Times App now Promoted Stories

Book Review: Coffee and Ordinary Life by Mitali Meelan

Thursday, December 7 2017

Book Review: Coffee and Ordinary Life by Mitali Meelan

Price: Rs. 49 /- ( I got the book for review from the autho r ) Behind the Book are like an old sweater; often too worn out but too precious to be replaced. This book is a collection of simple, heartfelt and inspiring poetry, conversations and musings that celebrate ordinary life with all its imperfections, sorrows and little joys. It explores the themes of love, life, grief, depression, self-actualization and personal growth through the lens of an introvert who uses writing as a preferred way of communicating with mankind. The vignettes are divided into sections of loving, losing, hurting, surviving, conquering, on living today and on writing. Coffee, the ultimate companion, represents the breaks we take from experiencing life to write about it. About the Author A Mumbai-based Young Adult and Contemporary writer who has a weakness for peaceful getaways, beaches, books and scarves. Her debut novel "The Guest" was published on 25th May, 2016 by the renowned writer Ravinder Singh's publishing venture Black Ink. This was a perfectly timed read for me! Poetry has a strange way of soothing my soul and this book just left me craving for more. This coffee is brewed to perfection and ensures nirvana in every word (read: sip)! The poetess Mitali Meelan has a way with words undoubtedly as it was clearly visible in her debut novel. But the way she brings forth the deepest of human emotions in these snippets is completely mind boggling. With a deep sense of poignancy lingering across the poems, they talk about love, loss, longing, existential crisis and a lot of things that come together to define love. Neatly divided into seven topics namely On writing, on loving, on losing, on hurting, on surviving, on conquering and on living today, the poetess weaves a string of words that sound like music in those pages. Her poems written across these topics have a certain honesty that reflects in each one of them. They compel the reader to ponder and introspect. The book is a light, short and crisp read making it a perfect reading companion for people on the move. The poems for me were like chicken soup, something that I am sure I will keep going back to whenever I am in need of some "soul food". Strongly recommended for all poetry lovers, this one is a truly heartwarming read that should not be missed! Foodie Verdict This book is like Coffee Rasogulla- uniquely different and yet reminiscent of all the goodness of the world!

Deepika Padukone Spotted At The Airport! Is She Flying To Attend Anushka & Virat's Wedding? - FilmiBeat

Friday, December 8 2017

Deepika Padukone Spotted At The Airport! Is She Flying To Attend Anushka & Virat's Wedding? - FilmiBeat

Right after Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli along with their panditji and the entire Sharma family flew to Italy, Deepika Padukone was spotted at the Mumbai airport last night and reports state that she's flying to London, UK for a holiday or work commitment. We'll have to wait and watch if she'll indeed fly to Italy from there to attend Anushka and Virat's wedding! Check out Deepika's airport pics below... Deepika Padukone Deepika Padukone was spotted at the Mumbai airport last night right after Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli left to Italy. Italy Or London? Reports state that Deepika Padukone is flying to London, UK for a holiday or work commitments. Not Surprising We won't be surprised if Deepika Padukone flies to Italy from London to attend Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli's wedding. Stay Tuned Stay tuned for more to know what's happening between Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli in Italy, folks!

Raptors Practice: Norman Powell - December 7, 2017 - YouTube

Friday, December 8 2017

Raptors Practice: Norman Powell - December 7, 2017 - YouTube

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Raptors Practice: Dwane Casey - December 7, 2017 - YouTube

Friday, December 8 2017

Raptors Practice: Dwane Casey - December 7, 2017 - YouTube

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Raptors Practice: Pascal Siakam - December 7, 2017 - YouTube

Friday, December 8 2017

Raptors Practice: Pascal Siakam - December 7, 2017 - YouTube

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