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SEC Network – TrueSouth

TrueSouth Presented by YellaWood floats into Lake Village, Ark. The series, now in its fourth season on SEC Network, revolves around two food stories told from one place, which TrueSouth sets in conversation to make larger points about Southern beliefs and identities. New in season four is a special fifth episode that runs the length of the Mississippi River.

Episode Summary
TrueSouth focuses on the great state of Arkansas, and on the river that defines its eastern flank. Sometimes when the Mississippi River changes course, it leaves behind an old bend in the main channel called an oxbow. Lake Chicot, home to Lake Village, Ark., is the largest oxbow in North America.

Here, we explore how that river has shaped place and people. At Cowboy’s Steakhouse, Santa Lee, the first-born son of Chinese immigrants, cooks prime ribeyes in the rear of a chain pizza restaurant. At Rhoda’s Famous Hot Tamales and Pies, Rhoda Adams and her daughter Dorothy Adams Mitchell bake half-pecan and half-sweet potato pies worth a three-hour drive.

In Lake Village, we celebrate family legacies with a daughter who looks after her mother. And a son who, like his father, works to make his children proud. Local music is always foundational to our shows. This time out we crowd-sourced a number of songs from viewers. Listen out for Arkansans Greg Spradlin from Pangburn and Adam Faucett from Benton.

Season Summary
Season four of TrueSouth began in Scott, La., the buckle on the Boudin Belt that stretches across Cajun Country. After Lake Village, Ark. comes Mobile Bay, Ala., for flounder breakfasts and beach bar burgers. Episode four lands TrueSouth in St. Louis, Mo., a city that straddles the South and the Midwest, built on immigrants and sandwiches. New this season is a fifth episode, focused this time on a run along the big river to Doe’s Eat Place in Greenville, Miss.

About TrueSouth
TrueSouth is a limited series on Southern food and culture, airing monthly on SEC Network. Four-time James Beard Award winner John T. Edge writes and hosts the show, which is executive produced by two-time New York Times best-selling author, ESPN senior writer Wright Thompson, and produced by Bluefoot Entertainment.

The series, now in its fourth season, revolves around two food stories told from one place, which TrueSouth sets in conversation to make larger points about Southern beliefs and identities. This season’s featured places are Scott, La., Lake Village, Ark., Mobile Bay, Ala., St. Louis, Mo., and Greenville, Miss. Seasons 1-3 of TrueSouth are available in their entirety on ESPN+.

Music plays an integral role in TrueSouth’s storytelling via on-screen performances and on-screen credits. TrueSouth playlist on Spotify shares the full soundtrack and score of every season of TrueSouth.

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Aiways New U5 SUV

The all-electric Aiways U5 SUV has driven its way to multiple victories and prestigious awards this month, taking on three long-range endurance challenges across Europe and winning the Riviera Electric Challenge (14-16 September). 37 vehicles from 11 established brands took on the Riviera Electric Challenge driving 200km from Cagnes-sure-Mer, France, through Italy’s mountain scenery and ending in iconic Monaco. Aiways was the only Chinese manufacturer to enter the all-electric challenge, now in its seventh year. Live energy consumption data was tracked for each vehicle along the demanding route, and the Aiways U5 SUV outperformed the competition to take the top spot with French former rally driver Bernard Darniche behind the wheel alongside teammate Philippe Dupuy.

The former European Rally champion commented: “I have won many races and taking part in the Riviera Electric Challenge was a chance to experience the future of racing. It was great to test my competitive skills in a new way where winning was not about being fastest. The Aiways U5 SUV was a responsive and easy drive, and it was an absolute pleasure to be behind the wheel of this electric car for the 200km journey. We were not leading at the end of day one, but through consistent driving on day two, we secured first place in the Aiways U5 SUV.”

The weekend just gone; three Aiways U5 SUVs also participated in the famous E-Cannonball endurance drive. This prestigious event among the electric vehicle community attracted celebrity drivers and over 70 teams who had to cover the distance between Berlin and Munich, accumulating points for kilometers covered, number of charging stops and average energy consumption. One Aiways U5 SUV was ably driven by model and influencer Nicola Cavanis, who took her 860,000 followers along for the ride keeping them updated with live conversations during the entire trip. She stated: “It was great fun, and I enjoyed the drive in an all-electric car very much. Our team did well, we went smoothly between the challenges, and I got a lot of great feedback from my followers.” The second Aiways U5 SUV was entered by Aiways’ German retail partner and the main event sponsor, Euronics. The third Aiways U5 SUV was entered by an enthusiastic and loyal customer team. Both corporate teams and the private one arrived ahead of the time limit without any problems reaching the finish line in Munich.

Earlier in September, three electric U5 SUVs successfully completed the ED1000 endurance event, journeying 1,000km across Germany from Berlin via Bielefeld and Fulda to Munich in less than 14 hours – proving that electric mobility is a viable option for day-to-day and long-distance driving. Aiways entered two vehicles which finished only an hour apart. The third Aiways U5 SUV was entered by Aiways’ German service and mobility partner A.T.U who provided technical support for all brands participating in the endurance drive.

At the wheel of one Aiways U5 during the ED1000 was Dr Alex Klose, Executive Vice-President of Overseas Operations at Aiways. He commented, “We are very pleased with the consistent and impressive performance from the U5 during these long-distance tests, particularly because we competed against and outperformed many vehicles from mainstream car brands.

“Our ‘September success’ has been a fantastic illustration of the U5’s capabilities and its suitability as the main family car. Aiways’ future in Europe looks strong and we’re excited about participating in, and winning, more endurance races in the coming years.”

The positive and consistent performance from the Aiways U5 SUV across multiple long-range events this summer demonstrates the vehicle’s highly competitive real-world range of 330km – 82.5% of the official WLTP figure. With Level 2 autonomy and a suite of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), including active cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot warning and the emergency braking assistant, every journey in U5 comes with safety and peace of mind.

With a starting price of $41,746*The Aiways U5 SUV offers a compelling price-to-range ratio and can charge from 30% to 80% in just 27 minutes, making zero-emissions driving a welcome choice for any adventure.

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Suni Lee Wins Full Set at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

By: Ally Brewster

Women’s artistic gymnastics was at the forefront at the Summer Olympics once again this year in Tokyo. Artistic gymnastics is a highly competitive, technical sport that takes a lifetime to perfect. The sport garners millions of viewers worldwide each Olympics, and marketing teams use the sport as one of the faces of the games. Artistic gymnastics has become one of, if not the, most popular sport each Olympics.

At the Olympics, artist gymnastics is set into two categories: team and individual. Each member of every country competes in qualifying rounds for team finals, all-around finals, and individual events finals. Each competitor gets a chance to let their abilities shine as they compete on each apparatus. This year, each competitor of the USA Gymnastics team shined with Simone Biles, Sunisa (Suni) Lee, Jordan Chiles, and Grace McCallum. Jade Carey and MyKayla Skinner participated as individual athletes for individual events. Though each gymnast shined, one gymnast really caught viewer’s attention. This notoriety was expected as she is a fan-favorite in the Olympics: Sunisa Lee. 

But, who is Suni Lee?

Suni Lee, born Sunisa Phabsomphou, competed in her first ever Olympics this year at only 18-years-old. Though she graduated high school just a few months ago, the Minnesota-native has been doing gymnastics since she was six-years-old. She first began her training at Midwest Gymnastics Center. No Olympic journey is easy, and Suni’s was no exception. Olympians need to train most hours of the day to perfect their craft, which can be difficult to afford. Suni’s father took that problem into his own hands. Her father had always been one of her biggest supporters. He decided to build her a wooden beam in their backyard for her to practice on when they couldn’t afford a real one.

Notably, Suni Lee is the first Hmong-American gymnast to ever compete at the Olympics. Her parents are immigrants from Laos. The Hmong community was excited to have this representation, especially after the year of anti-Asian rhetoric and violence. It meant a lot to the Asian-American community for Suni to be in the Olympics as a positive voice for the community. For some people, Suni was the first time they heard of the Hmong people – an ethnic group living mainly in southern China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar. By qualifying for the Olympics, she was able to represent her community. This moment can be used to educate the world on the Hmong people, their community, and the hardships they have fought to overcome.

Going into the Olympics, Suni was a newcomer to watch for Team USA. She was known for her stellar bar routines. Suni went above and beyond even her own expectations. She qualified not only for Team USA and bar individuals, but also for all-around and beam.

During finals, all of Team USA did amazing. The US team gave the competition their all and ending up winning a Silver medal. They were all ecstatic because, with the exception of Simone Biles, it was each member’s first time winning an Olympic medal.

As they went onto individual competition, the team members of Team USA continued to support each other, even while competing. Suni continued to dominate the competition in the individual rounds. She caught the attention of people as she performed beautifully on each apparatus in all-around. Her performance earned her gold in the all-around competition. With the win, Suni became the first Asian-American to win an all-around gold medal.

After the all-around, the individual competition continued with Suni competing on the beam and uneven bars. On beam she performed beautifully, just missing a medal by placing 4th place. Though she did not win a medaling placement, Suni was as impressive as ever as she competed amongst the best gymnasts in the world. 

Coming into the competition, the uneven bars were known as Suni’s specialty. This proved to be the case as she performed a stunning routine. She was awarded third place and earned a bronze medal.

With each of her wins, Suni entered a distinguished group of Olympians that won a full set – earning a gold, silver and bronze medal. Suni made her community proud as she became the first Asian-American to win all-around. Suni is also the first Hmong American to compete in artistic gymnastics. Suni dedicated her Olympic wins to her father, who supported her through everything and watched her live her dream.

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Top Hotels in Shanghai

By: Emily Bunn

As global travels begins to reopens, the world looks finally leave the confines of their homes. For those who are especially adventurous and looking to take a once-in-a-lifetime voyage, consider Shanghai. Shanghai has a wealth of tourist attractions – like the – as well as delicious cuisine, a lively culture, and beautiful views. For those looking to visit, after your long flight across the world, relax into the clean, cushioned beds and enjoy amazing amenities as these top boutique hotels in Shanghai. All of these hotels are centrally located, so travelers can enjoy all that the city has to offer right outside the lobby.

Amanyangyun Shanghai
Looking for some zen, peaceful relaxation, and rejuvenation? Consider staying at Amanyangyun. This boutique hotel is quaintly nestled on the city skirts of Shanghai. Guests can stay in authentic Antique Ming and Qing Dynasty villas in contemporary, luxury suites. Outside of the hotel, the a rescued forest of camphor trees and shimmering lake are the perfect locations for photographs, relaxing outdoors, and appreciating ecological conservation. Enjoy the view on the hotel’s open air, pool side relaxation terrace.

The hotel feature amenities including a spa, fine dining, a sauna, cold plunge pool, jacuzzi, 20-meter heated indoor swimming pool, a 28.5-meter heated outdoor swimming pool, a hair and beauty salon, treatment rooms, relaxation lounges, tea rooms, a pilates and yoga studio, and more!

For more information on this property, please visit their website HERE.

Mandarin Oriental Pudong Shanghai
If you’re looking for a five-star stay in a colorful, lively, and high-quality hotel, look no further than the Mandarin Oriental Pudong. This fine property is located on the serene banks of the Huangpu River, the heart of Pudong’s financial district. Guests get the best of both worlds, as they can easily explore the city, or chose to relax by the waterfront. If you venture outside your lavish suite, be sure to visit the hotel’s sunken bamboo garden.

Providing the utmost quality of service to their guests, the Mandarin Oriental Pudong offers delicious eats, calming spa treatments, a tea lounge, a salon, 25 meter indoor swimming pool, and a high-tech wellness center and exercise studio, among other amenities. If you’re looking to feel refreshed, check out the hotel’s many holistic beauty treatments and services.

For more information on this property, please visit their website HERE.

The Peninsula Shanghai

The Peninsula Shanghai stands out from other stays in Shanghai as the only luxury hotel in the city with a customized car fleet. The extent of the Peninsula’s luxuriousness doesn’t end there though – the hotel also boasts Michelin star-rated restaurants, the deluxe garden suite featuring views over the grounds of the former British Consulate, the Peninsula spa, a steam room, sauna, and a huge indoor, heated pool with an art-deco fireplace.

An exciting collaboration between the Peninsula and Sanrio’s Hello Kitty is again happening this year, now until August 31. With this exclusive stay option, guests can enjoy a limited-edition Hello Kitty and Pen Bear plush toy set and specialty themed amenities, including a bathrobe and slippers and more. Hello Kitty is partnering with the Peninsula’s mascot, The Peninsula Bear, to add an adorable touch to guests’ stays.

For more information on this property, please visit their website HERE.

Bellagio Shanghai
The Bellagio By MGM Shanghai balances celebrating traditional heritage with modern luxe. In the suites, guests can enjoy beautiful interior design, large windows to let in plenty of natural light, and breathtaking views of the Suzhou River. The hotel is also available to be booked for events, such as weddings, meetings, and entertaining.

Ameneties provides by the Bellagio Shanghai include a pool, spa, lounge, grand ballroom, and an atrium, which is equipped with state-of-the-art LEDs and an integrated audio system. The hotel also has three restaurants – LAGO (ran by award-wining Chef Julian Serrano, serving authentic Italian cuisine), Mansion on One (serving classic Cantonese delicacies and an authentic Peking Duck), and Café Bellagio (providing the classic American diner experience with modern sensibilities.)

For more information on this property, please visit their website HERE.

Bvlgari Hotel, Shanghai

Bvlgari Hotel, Shanghai is conveniently located between the bustling Shanghai city center and scenic riverbank views. This property is a part of the SUHE CREEK project, and features breathtaking views of the Bund and of Pudong’s dramatic skyline. However, the inside of the hotel – designed the renowned Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel – is just as breathtaking with its panoramic views, triple-height Ballroom ceilings, and stunning architectural details.

After exploring all of the sights and excites surrounding the hotel, guests are invited to enjoy the fine cuisine inside. Eateries on the property include Ristorante Niko Romito and Bar and the Bao Li Xuan restaurant. For further indulgence, unwind at the BVLGARI spa, fitness center, or workshop gymnasium.

For more information on this property, please visit their website HERE.

The Middle House
Stylish and sophisticated, The Middle House embraces all of the vibrancy of the surrounding city’s fine dining, art, and fashion scenes. Positioned both culturally and geographically in the heart of Shanghai, The Middle House is the ideal stay for those looking to truly experience where they are staying. Designed by Italian architect Piero Lissoni, the striking property exudes fashionable taste with its art collection, minimalist design, and atmospheric interior that ties in traditional Chinese decor elements.

A wide range of gastronomic experiences are available without even having to step out of the hotel. Enjoy continental cuisine at Cafe Gray Deluxe, Italian al fresco dining at Frasca, Cantonese, Sichuanese and Shanghainese cuisine at Sui Tang Li, or sneak away to the underground cocktail lounge at Sui Tang Shang. Afterwards, relax at the hotel’s pool, Mi Xun spa, gym, or yoga studio.

For more information on this property, please visit their website HERE.

Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li
Fashionably positioned at the intersection of Shanghainese courtyard living and Parisian design flair, Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li welcomes in guests to its luxurious urban sanctuary. The hotel boasts fine dining, with their three-Michelin star chef Pierre Gagnaire at Le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire. Other restaurants include la Terrace (offers many alcoholic beverages, with a focus on fine champagne), la Boulangerie (a french bakery), and le Bar (offers cocktails, with an emphasis on using seasonal ingredients.)

Those who stay at Capella are granted VIP treatment with from the property’s Capella Culturists, who provide specially-tailer, bespoke experiences for each individual stay. Culturists are historians, guardians, and native explorers of Shanghai, so they can provide the best recommendations for local restaurants, places, and people. Culturists will provide each guests with a full itinerary of activities and events hosted in the Living Room during their stay. They can even sign you up for an exploratory bike tour in the historical, surrounding area.

For more information on this property, please visit their website HERE.

The PuLi Hotel and Spa
An urban escape in downtown Shanghai, the PuLi Hotel knows how to create incredible guests experiences through their principals of “modern science” and “ancient healing.” Enjoy fine dining at the hotel’s Michelin starred restaurant, PHÉNIX eatery & bar, garden terrace restaurant, or bar.

Amenties at The PuLi include a 24-hour dedicated guest service specialist, in-room dining, concierge, laundry and valet services, and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Furthermore, the hotel’s Health Club is equipped with a state of the art gymnasium, micro bubble bath, sauna, steam room, pool, experiential showers, whirlpool, 25-metre heated infinity pool, and the UR SPA.

For more information on this property, please visit their website HERE.

The Sukhothai Shanghai
At The Sukhothai Shanghai, it is understood that hospitality is an art form. As such, the hotel prides itself on delivering a personality approach as according to each guests’ personal preference. Take a leisurely load off at the spa with a range of Southeast Asian-oriented body and facial treatments. If thats not your thing, visit the Cha House to observe colonial, baroque-style architecture.

Centrally located downtown, adjacent to two Grade-A office towers and a retail mall, guests are sure to stay entertained their whole trip. For travelers who prioritize business, the hotel’s Grand Shanghai Ballroom is available to be rented out for meetings, weddings and celebrations. The Sukhothai Shanghai knows how to expertly accommodate all of their guests, and as such, was awarded the 2021 Trip Advisor’s Traveler’s Choice Award.

For more information on this property, please visit their website HERE.

Park Hyatt Shanghai
One of the highest hotels in the world, located on floors 79 to 93 of the Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC), the Park Hyatt Shanghai grants guests unbeatable, breathtaking city views. Positioned above the center of Shanghai’s Lujiazui business district, those who stay at the property are granted a scenic outlook over the city skyline and Huangpu River.

The property is comprised of 173 luxurious rooms, each of which are equipped with a work area, rain shower, and deep soaking tub. Also located within the property are several restaurants and the renowned Water’s Edge Spa. Upon arrival, guests will have access to amenities including free wifi, concierge service, a spa, room service, indoor infinity pool, laundry, meeting facilities, free parking, a fitness center, and more.

For more information on this property, please visit their website HERE.

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Notable High End EV Car Companies in China

NIO

NIO is a Chinese multinational automobile manufacturer headquartered in Shanghai, specializing in designing and developing electric vehicles. The company is also involved in the FIA Formula E Championship, although NIO has ended funding the team after selling to Lisheng Racing.

Xpeng

Xpeng or Xiaopeng Motors, also known as XMotors.ai, is a Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer. The company is headquartered in Guangzhou, with offices in Mountain View, California in the US and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

Li Auto

Also known as Li Xiang, the company builds electric vehicles that use range extenders for a power supply, Li Auto has vehicle manufacturing, engineering, and design services located in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province with corporate headquarters and research and development located in Beijing.

Faraday Future

Faraday Future (FF) is a California-based global shared intelligent mobility ecosystem. Established in May 2014, the company is headquartered in Los Angeles along with its R&D Center and Futurist Testing Lab, and has offices in Silicon Valley, Beijing, Shanghai, and Chengdu. FF is poised to break the boundaries between the Internet, IT, creative, and auto industries with product and service offerings that integrate new energy, AI, Internet, and sharing models. FF’s vision is to create a shared intelligent mobility ecosystem that empowers everyone to move, connect, breathe, and live freely.

Polestar 

Polestar is a Swedish automotive brand established in 1996 by Volvo Cars‘ partner Flash/Polestar Racing and acquired in 2015 by the former. It is owned by Volvo Cars and by extension its parent company Geely. Geely describes the brand as “independent” from 2017 onwards and “co-owned” by it and Volvo Cars. It is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden with vehicle production taking place in China. The company develops electric performance cars and offers performance hardware upgrades and engine software optimizations for Volvo models through their Polestar Engineered division.

Geely Zeekr

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd (ZGH), commonly known as Geely, is a Chinese multinational automotive company headquartered in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. The company is privately held by Chinese billionaire business magnate Li Shufu. It was established in 1986 and entered the automotive industry in 1997 with its Geely Auto brand. It sells passenger vehicles under the Geely Auto, LotusLynk & CoProton, and Volvo brands as well as commercial only vehicles under the London EV Company and Yuan Cheng Auto (Farizon Auto) brands.

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Didi + Ping – Rings of Saturn

One of Didi + Ping’s greatest passions is the exploration of outer space. Not only is “Rings of Saturn” a showcase of one of our solar system’s most unique and beautiful planets, but also a reminder of the many beautiful celestial bodies that dot the universe. Let the buzzy synths and electronic drums launch you into orbit around this golden gas giant. Who will be the first human among us to fly through the billions of tiny moons that encircle the ringed planet?

“Rings of Saturn” is an instrumental bop, an irresistible song to play and just vibe to. It’s a song that perfectly reflects the essence of outer space and the awe-inspiring planet of Saturn with it’s futuristic beats and high-pitch melody that fades into the background. The combination creates a symphony with the tempo’d beats guiding you through the journey and the ethereal background sending the tone for the beautiful planet you’re seeing; a perfect ode to the “Rings of Saturn.”

The single “Rings of Saturn” from the Asian-Canadian electronic artist, multi-instrumentalist and experimental producer Didi + Ping (who was just named to DJ Mag’s 10 Emerging Artists You Need To Hear) is out now.

Press here to listen. Press here to listen to the extended version.

Kristian Wang, who performs under the moniker of Didi + Ping, fuses the two powerful forces that have always driven him: music and his natural surroundings. Didi + Ping’s intricate soundscapes are as boundless as the vistas Wang recalls from his youth. Each production is infused with lilting melodies, emotional chords and mesmerizing instruments, thoughtfully composed to celebrate Wang’s robust musical proclivities, his rustic upbringing, and the colorful personalities who shaped him. The moniker itself, “Didi + Ping” pays homage to Kristian’s rich Asian ancestry. “Didi” means “younger brother” in his family’s native Mandarin tongue, and doubles as a shout-out to his sibling, with whom he’s created homespun grooves throughout the years. “Ping” is Wang’s Chinese namesake, and a powerful reminder of his ancestors’ storied past. As a descendent of grandparents who fled China during the civil war in search of a better life in Canada, he is no stranger to the notion of embracing the unknown. And that concept is exactly what Didi + Ping strives to illuminate in his buoyant tracks, which unveil a unique take on deep and up tempo melodic house, and showcase his talents as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and experimental producer.

Didi + Ping recently released single “Pharaoh” transporting listeners to one of the cradles of civilization. Luring in the listener with a moody bass choir, “Pharaoh” explores the tombs of Ancient Egypt’s divine monarchs. Indeed, Canada’s talented producer evokes the godly presence of these powerful rulers through his commanding piano chords, thunderous percussion, and angelic singers. His knack for building epic soundscapes and groovy beats will surely entice you to the dance floor. Press here to listen. Press here to listen to the extended version. “Take Flight” about flying being an ancient dream of humankind. On the track, Didi + Ping demonstrates his compositional prowess and atmospheric production sense with silky-toned violins and an uplifting drum beat. An inspiring piano melody drives the piece – “look heavenward!” it sings. These charming ingredients create a wishful song that will carry you high into the sky and take you for a drive on the “infinite highway of the air.” Press here to listen. Press here to listen to extended mix. “Take Flight” followed debut single “Buffalo Jump” which was recently featured on TIDAL’s Rising Electronic playlist. Press here to listen. Press here to listen to the extended version. The smooth house cut captures the spirit of the wild featuring melodious flute trills, vigorous hand drums and fascinating samples of a Native American pow wow recorded by a group who still inhabit Alberta, Canada, not too far from where Wang grew up in Calgary. The exuberant four-on-the-floor beat was first laid down as a Valentine’s Day gift for Wang’s girlfriend, before evolving into a broader love letter to the wide-open spaces and historic fragments of Americana that have long instilled wonder and pride in the curious artist.

Through captivating tones and weaving rhythms, Didi + Ping honors the mysteries of the planet, the serenity of nature and the collective spirituality that these aspects have evoked in civilizations throughout the ages.

Drawing inspiration from anywhere he can, from his home to outer space, he transports listeners elsewhere through his artistry. With immeasurable talent, and Didi + Ping is definitely an artist to watch!

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ALEC BENJAMIN TOUR × VIDEO – THE WAY YOU FELT

Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin has unveiled an official music video for his latest single “The Way You Felt.” In the Miles & AJ-directed visual, Alec confronts a past relationship by revisiting stops along their shared history and reliving pivotal moments – even though he’s alone this time. Watch it on his official YouTube channel here.

“I love music videos that have the ability to tell the story beyond the lyrics of a song,” Alec shared. “When I wrote ‘The Way You Felt,’ I found myself thinking about an ex-girlfriend, so when it came time to shoot the video, I felt inspired to go back to all of the places where our relationship unfolded. I thought it was the perfect way to process some good and bad memories, and maybe get a little closure, which I obviously needed because I’m still writing about it.”

“The Way You Felt” is available to stream and download now here via Elektra Records. Upon release, Billboard praised, “The pain feels genuine, and Benjamin’s soothing delivery creates the impression that the shock hasn’t fully registered.” Alec recently delivered the song’s network television performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Watch the clip here. To celebrate Mother’s Day, Corden and his mother Margaret also welcomed Alec and his mother Janet onto the show for a special interview. Watch it here.

Adding further dimensions to the track, Alec also recently shared an acoustic version and a Mandarin version entitled “你的目光(The Way You Felt).” The song marked Alec’s first official Mandarin release, and debuted at #1 on NetEase Music’s Western New Music Chart in China, surpassing new releases from artists including Lorde and Maroon 5. Competing with both domestic and international releases, the track also climbed to #2 on the platform’s Viral Chart and #8 on the New Music Chart. After resuming his study of the language during the COVID-19 pandemic, he collaborated with Chinese actress and singer Zhao Lusi on a Mandarin version of his hit single “Water Fountain” earlier this year. Watch their duet on his YouTube channel here.

This Fall, Alec will return to the road for a North American tour with support from Harry Hudson. The 23-city trek kicks off on September 14 in Santa Cruz, CA, and wraps on October 21 in Pomona, CA. Due to overwhelming demand, he has already added second nights in multiple markets and upgraded his Dallas, TX show from Canton Hall to The Bomb Factory.

Remaining tickets for the tour are available now here.

The Way You Felt” follows Alec’s critically acclaimed 2020 debut studio album,These Two Windows. Generating nearly half-a-billion streams in under a year, it boasts the hit singles “Jesus In LA,” “Oh My God,” and “Mind Is A Prison.” Attracting widespread praise, People raved, “The album is a major milestone,” and Stereogum christened him “A fascinating voice in modern pop.” In addition to plugs from The New York Times, American Songwriter and more, Billboard noted, “The rising pop singer-songwriter succeeds in making the matter distinctive by how much his lyrics read like a heart-to-heart conversation.”

Alec Benjamin North American Tour Dates

September 14, 2021 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst

September 15, 2021 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield

September 17, 2021 – Portland, OR – McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom – SOLD OUT

September 18, 2021 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo – SOLD OUT

September 19, 2021 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre

September 21, 2021 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

September 22, 2021 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom

September 24, 2021 – Minneapolis, MN – Fillmore Minneapolis

September 25, 2021 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre

September 26, 2021 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre – SOLD OUT

September 28, 2021 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall – SOLD OUT

September 29, 2021 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall

September 30, 2021 – Montreal, QC – MTELUS

October 02, 2021 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues – Boston – SOLD OUT

October 03, 2021 – Boston, MA – House of Blues Boston

October 04, 2021 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club – SOLD OUT

October 05, 2021 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

October 08, 2021 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall

October 10, 2021 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works

October 11, 2021 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle

October 12, 2021 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham – SOLD OUT

October 15, 2021 – Houston, TX – House Of Blues – Houston*

October 16, 2021 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory^*

October 17, 2021 – Austin, TX – Emo’s Austin

October 19, 2021 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren – SOLD OUT

October 21, 2021 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House – SOLD OUT

^Upgraded from Canton Hall

*No Harry Hudson

About Alec Benjamin

As popular music gets more and more “genre-less,” Alec Benjamin has only gotten more and more era-less. You can’t pin his candid storytelling, warm melodies, sticky hooks, and natural production to any age. That’s why he’s quietly become his generation’s own troubadour. Thus far, he has amassed nearly four billion streams, 820 million YouTube views, and multiple gold and platinum singles. He has sold out shows on three continents and counts Billie Eilish and John Mayer among his most vocal and ardent fans. Not to mention, he’s collaborated with everyone from Alessia Cara to Chinese superstar Zhao Lusi. His 2018 mixtape, Narrated For You, picked up a gold certification, while the 2020 debut album, These Two Windows, arrived to widespread critical acclaim from Billboard, People, Stereogum, and more. After a Global Pandemic, a year of soul-searching, and countless hours writing, he returns with his new single “The Way You Felt.”

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Rolls-Royce Tail Bovet Gentlemans Timepiece provided by Gerry Spahn and Rolls-Royce for use by 360 MAGAZINE.

Rolls- Royce x BOVET 1822

The clock in a Rolls-Royce motor car frequently assumes a jewel-like status, often becoming a canvas for the client to tell the story of their commission in miniature. For Rolls-Royce Boat Tail, the recently unveiled first of three coachbuilt creations, in which every element has been created to the owners’ exact specifications, this iconic centrepiece has been elevated to new technical and aesthetic heights.

In a spirit of warm collaboration, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Swiss master watchmakers, BOVET 1822, have created a pair of unique timepieces for Boat Tail and its owners. This ambitious undertaking brought together designers, engineers and craftspeople from both luxury houses, in a magnificent demonstration of their shared values of excellence, precision, heritage, artistry, innovation and attention to detail.

The timepieces are unique to both the horological and automotive worlds. Made as a pair – in lady’s and gentleman’s versions – they are reversible, and housed in BOVET 1822’s patented Amadeo case, which allows them to be worn on the wrist, or used as a table clock, pendant or pocket-watch, as well as being placed front and centre in Boat Tail’s fascia as the motor car’s own timepiece. Both are fitted with tourbillon mechanisms to ensure perfect accuracy.

BOVET 1822 initially earned its reputation making luxury pocket-watches for wealthy patrons in China; today, it is renowned worldwide for its exquisite timepieces featuring hand-painted dials, detailed engraving and finely finished visible mechanisms.

The timepieces created for this first iteration of Boat Tail have specially designed 18K white gold cases and feature matching front dials with the same Caleidolegno veneer found on the aft deck of Boat Tail itself, and are finished with the owner-couples’ names. The gentleman’s timepiece is highly polished; the lady’s is ornately engraved then filled with blue lacquer.

On the reverse side, the dials are more individual. The gentleman’s features an aventurine dial with the celestial arrangement of the night sky over the place of his birth on his birth date; the lady’s is decorated with an ornate miniature painting of a flower bouquet on a mother-of-pearl dial. This design is a traditional BOVET 1822 motif, chosen by and personalised for the owner.

Both reverse dials have hand-engraved Bespoke sculptures of Boat Tail, complete with wheels, door handle, mirrors and other fine details. By working closely together, the teams at Rolls-Royce and BOVET 1822 were able to achieve a precise colour match between the lacquer on this tiny work of art and the full-size motor car.

Further close cooperation was required to ensure the timepieces conformed to the demands of their unique role as motor car clocks. In watchmaking, weight is rarely an issue for a complex timepiece, but in this instance, there was a limit on the combined permissible weight of the timepieces and their holders. BOVET 1822 met this requirement by creating an entirely new 44mm white gold case. In addition, the timepieces and holders also had to be tested to automotive-industry standards for vibration and crash safety – something never previously undertaken on mechanisms of this kind.

At a conservative estimate, the timepieces’ design, engineering, sculptures, miniature painting, marquetry, bespoke movements and cases took a total of 3,000 hours to complete.

When a pocket-watch is left static in one position for any length of time, the effect of gravity on key moving parts can impair its accuracy. At the end of the 18th Century, watchmakers solved this problem by developing the tourbillon, where the escapement and balance wheel are mounted in a cage that slowly revolves, cancelling out the gravitational effect. In a wristwatch, the wearer’s natural physical movements diminish the need for the tourbillon. However, when that same timepiece is mounted vertically in a car dashboard for many hours at a time, the tourbillon truly comes into its own.

BOVET 1822 is a specialist in tourbillion timepieces, for which it holds a number of patents and has received many awards including the Aiguille d’Or, watchmaking’s highest honour. It is also one of the only companies in the watch industry to manufacture its own spirals and regulating organs. To reduce potential impact from the vibration from the car, the tourbillon has pivots rather than the traditional ball bearings; a heavier balance wheel and an increased oscillation rate to aid precision. Finally, the tourbillon bridge is finished with a miniaturised Spirit of Ecstasy handcrafted in gold.

The timepieces have an astonishing five-day power reserve, rather than the 42-48 hours of a ‘standard’ watch, to allow for their role as motor car clocks.

The holder mechanism is unique to Rolls-Royce Boat Tail and was designed by BOVET 1822 engineers and the Rolls-Royce Coachbuild design team from a blank sheet of paper. Although in a Rolls-Royce vibration is naturally reduced to an absolute minimum – undetectable vibrations are inevitably still present. This highly complex mounting assembly serves to isolate the timepieces from these micro-vibrations. It also ensures they operate silently, are easy to mount and remove from the dashboard and, above all, remain safe and secure.

These challenges were unlike any normally encountered in watchmaking and car manufacture. From the start, BOVET 1822 was determined to follow a purely mechanical approach in keeping with its tradition of Swiss handcrafted production. The engineers’ innovative solution was to keep all the system’s moving parts external, with the dashboard providing a solid setting for the holder. Finally, Rolls-Royce ensured that when the holder is not housing one of the time pieces, it can be covered with a beautiful engraved and lacquered display plaque.  Below the clock, the dashboard is fitted with a special drawer, lined with the same leather as Boat Tail’s seats, which serves as a safekeeping receptacle to house the timepieces, straps, chain and pendant when not in use.

ROLLS-ROYCE BOAT TAIL TIMEPIECES FACTS & FIGURES

Case Size: Bespoke; diameter – 44mm; thickness – 14mm

Case Type: 18K white gold Fleurier case; BOVET 1822 bow at 12 o’clock; 49 components

Case Function: Amadeo Convertible System; reversible; pocket watch on chain; pendant watch on necklace; table clock; dashboard clock

Case Finishing: Men’s timepiece is high polish finish; Women’s timepiece is hand-engraved then filled with blue lacquer

Movement: Bespoke 60-second tourbillon; manual-wind; 284 components (without dial and hands); 21,600 v/h

Functions: Hours and minutes on both sides (reverse hand-fitting); power reserve indicator on front

Power Reserve: 5 days

Men’s Front Dial: Hand-made wood marquetry dial; hand-engraved Spirit of Ecstasy sculpture fixed to the tourbillon bridge; “A Special Timepiece Commission” on the dial

Women’s Front Dial: Hand-made wood marquetry dial; hand-engraved 18K white gold Spirit of Ecstasy sculpture; “A Special Timepiece Commission” on the dial

Men’s Reverse Dial: Blue aventurine glass with sky chart of owner’s birth day and birth place; hand-engraved bespoke Boat Tail sculpture, lacquered to match the colour of the car then miniature painted by hand to add the details; lady’s name engraved on the mirror-polished (by hand by the watchmaker) tourbillon bridge

Women’s Reverse Dial: Miniature hand-painting of flower bouquet on mother-of-pearl dial (based on historical BOVET 1822 timepiece, customised); hand-engraved bespoke Boat Tail sculpture, lacquered to match the colour of the car then miniature painted by hand to add the details; gentleman’s name (engraved on the mirror-polished (by hand by the watchmaker) tourbillon bridge

Dashboard Holder: Aluminium and Titanium; 51 components; Engraving of two Rolls-Royce Boat Tails in a white gold case, to match that of the timepieces, to place inside when the timepiece is not present (100% engineered, designed, and produced in-house by BOVET)

In-car Drawer: to hold timepieces, straps, chain, necklace

Independent laboratory certification: shock, temperature, humidity, vibration

Visit YouTube to watch a video about the new Coachbuild Boat Tail.

Cash and wallet illustration for 360 Magazine

Digital Health Revenues to Jump 34% by 2023

Although the COVID-19 pandemic put enormous pressure on the global healthcare sector, one of the promising side effects has been the rapid growth of digital health services. During the crisis, hospitals were facing the most challenging public health threat they have ever experienced. However, digital health has stepped in providing innovative and effective solutions for chronic patients or those in need of immediate healthcare. As a result, the revenues of the entire sector jumped by 30% YoY, reaching $109bn in 2020.

According to data presented by Trading Platforms, digital health revenues are expected to hit $132.2bn in 2021. The entire industry is forecast to continue growing and reach a $177.5bn value by 2023, a 34% increase in two years.

Digital Fitness Revenues to Jump by 40% in Two Years, eHealth Segment Follows with a 27% Increase

The digital health market covers many technologies, including mobile health apps, connected wearable devices, and telemedicine. By tracking physical activities or identifying early signs of developing diseases, these technologies enable millions of people worldwide to monitor and record their health conditions more efficiently and in a user-friendly manner.

The surge in the use of the internet and smartphones and the shift towards a healthier lifestyle have been driving the impressive growth of the entire sector even before the pandemic. However, the COVID-19 has undoubtedly fueled the widespread use of digital health apps and solutions.

In 2019, the entire market generated $83.3bn in revenue, revealed the Statista data. After the pandemic struck, revenues jumped by $25.6bn in a year. The widespread use of digital health solutions is expected to continue this year, with the entire sector growing by 20% YoY. By 2023, global digital health revenues are forecast to increase by another $45.3bn.

As the largest segment of the market, digital fitness is expected to generate $76.3bn in revenue in 2021. By 2023, this figure is forecast to grow by nearly 40% to $106.2bn.

E-health services are set to witness a 27% growth in this period, with revenues rising from $55.8bn to $71.3bn.

China and the United States to Generate 50% of Total Revenues

The Statista survey also revealed the following years are set to witness substantial growth in the number of people using digital fitness apps and eHealth services.

In 2021, the unified market is expected to count close to 3 billion users, almost 40% more than before the pandemic struck. By 2023, this figure will jump over 3.5 billion and continue growing to 4 billion by 2025.

The number of people using digital fitness apps is expected to jump by 27% in the next two years, rising from 980 million to over 1.2 billion. The eHealth segment is forecast to witness a 17% growth in this period, with the number of users reaching 2.2 billion by 2023.

As the world`s largest digital health market, China is forecast to generate $38.5bn in revenue in 2021, up from $30.8bn last year. In the next two years, the Chinese market is expected to hit $52.7bn value.

With 261.6 million users and $26.3bn in revenue in 2021, the United States ranked as the second-largest market globally. By 2023, this figure is set to jump to $31.4bn.

India, Japan, and Germany follow with $6.2bn, $4.2bn, and $3.5bn in revenue in 2021, respectively. Statistics show that China and the US, as the two largest markets, are expected to generate nearly 50% of global digital health revenues this year. By 2023, their combined revenue share is expected to slip to 47%.

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