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Sara Sandman, 360 MAGAZINE, illustration, community service, philanthropy, humanitarian

COVID-19 TOWN HALL

Today, BET announced a partnership with civil rights organization and stewards of human rights, the NAACP, on a four-part tele-town hall series “Unmasked: A COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Series Powered by NAACP & BET” focused on how the pandemic is affecting African Americans and what steps the community can take to build an action plan for positive change. The first town hall kicks-off on Wednesday, April 8, at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT, and will focus on the health, emotional, economic toll, congressional response and how activists can apply pressure to ensure legislation is equitable. Viewers can participate LIVE via an interactive toll-free conference call that will also be streamed at https://naacp.org/call-to-action-program/. To participate via phone dial 866-757-0756 and to join the conversation on social media follow @NAACP and @BET.
 
“As the world faces unprecedented times and new realities during this global pandemic, the health and safety of people around the planet, particularly African Americans, are at an unparalleled risk,” said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, NAACP. “The occasion to uplift and educate our community during this pivotal moment charts a pathway forward through uncertain times. The NAACP, in partnership with BET, is committed to rising to meet this moment head-on through this informative four-part series focused on the health, economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the African American Community.”
 
“As the devastation from the COVID-19 pandemic mounts, BET is developing partnerships and programs to support our community through this global health and financial crisis,” said Scott Mills, President of BET.  “We’re proud to work with our long-time partner the NAACP on this important town hall series that will provide comprehensive information for African Americans that will empower and help the community move forward during these difficult times.”
 
In the United States alone, close to 200,000 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed. Because of the racial and economic inequities embedded in our country’s infrastructure, the effects of the coronavirus could be compounded for Black and Brown communities. The town hall series will help separate facts from myths and directly address how to ensure that the policies and practices that are born out of this pandemic justly address the health, economic and social needs of all people. The weekly series will focus on issues such as the state impact, response, and what comes next to advocating for your local community to the impact to schools, school systems, colleges, and exposed divisions.

daryl hall

AXS TV × Daryl Hall

AXS TV LAUNCHES 14 EPISODES OF ROCK LEGEND DARYL HALL’S HIT MUSIC SERIES LIVE FROM DARYL’S HOUSE

SERIES MAKES ITS NETWORK DEBUT ON SUNDAY, APRIL 19 AT 9 P.M. ET/6 P.M. PT

Highlighted Episodes Include Intimate Jam Sessions with Jason Mraz, Wyclef Jean, Fitz & The Tantrums, Train, Rob Thomas, & More

AXS TV announced today that the network is airing 14 episodes of the multi-award-winning music series Live From Daryl’s House—premiering on Sunday, April 19 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. AXS TV has curated a roster of the popular series’ episodes, highlighting an eclectic blend of artists that will appeal to the Network’s diverse audience.

Live From Daryl’s House was created in 2007 by Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer Daryl Hall, who wanted a show where he and his talented friends could hang out and rock out in a relaxed atmosphere. The Webby Award-winning program quickly took the music world and the Internet by storm with its unique format, as Hall welcomed a new artist into his domain each week to enjoy some local cuisine and conversation, as well as an unforgettable jam session. Since that time, Live From Daryl’s House has transformed into a nationally syndicated television series, attracting some of the biggest names in the industry and amassing a loyal following of fans eagerly anticipating the next new episode.

AXS TV has selected 14 eclectic episodes for this special event, packed with all-star appearances and powerhouse performances. Live From Daryl’s House kicks off its Network debut on April 19 with singer/songwriter/performer CeeLo Green, followed by episodes featuring folk hero Jason Mraz (Apr. 26); versatile vocalist Chris Daughtry (May 3); a Mother’s Day broadcast with singer/songwriter Grace Potter (May 10); hip hop pioneer Wyclef Jean (May 17); country superstar Darius Rucker (May 31); chart-topping pop-rockers Train (June 7); multi-talented musician Aloe Blacc (June 14); indie-pop stars Fitz & The Tantrums (June 21); singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw (June 28); emo favorite Patrick Stump (July 12); bluesy breakout artist Elle King (July 19); GRAMMY®-winning songwriter Rob Thomas (July 26); and Utah alt-rockers Neon Trees (Aug. 2).

“Hey everybody, I am happy to say that the original at-home show is back on TV,” said Hall.

“I’m thrilled to be partnering with AXS TV, which in my opinion, is the best house on cable for Daryl,” commented Executive Producer Jonathan Wolfson.

“The launch of Live From Daryl’s House marks an evolution for AXS TV, as we actively seek to broaden our reach by putting a focus on the top artists of today,” said Sarah Weidman, Head of Original Programming, Development and Multi-Platform Content for AXS TV. “This is an incredible opportunity for music lovers of all ages to see an eclectic lineup of music legends and modern favorites put their skills on full display in a unique and intimate setting. The series joins a growing roster of both original and acquired content that gives viewers in-depth insight and unprecedented access to the entertainers they enjoy, and we look forward to sharing these exciting new additions with our audience next month.”   Live From Daryl’s House was created by Daryl Hall and is executive produced by his manager Jonathan Wolfson. The show is produced by Sound Off Productions. The series is distributed by Northstar Media.   For more information about Live From Daryl’s House, visit the show’s official website. AXS TV is available nationally in the United States and parts of Canada and the Caribbean. The Network is distributed via Spectrum, the AT&T TV platforms DirecTV and U-verse, DISH, Verizon, Suddenlink, select Comcast markets, SlingTV and Philo, among others.

About AXS TV

AXS TV is a leading music, entertainment, sports and lifestyle U.S. cable network controlled by Anthem Sports & Entertainment Inc., and originally founded by entrepreneur Mark Cuban. The network is currently available in 50 million homes and on digital platforms, including Philo, Sling TV and AT&T TV NOW. AXS TV’s programming appeals to an impassioned fanbase, delivering eclectic content in a wide variety of areas including music performances, celebrity interviews, documentaries, pop culture, combat sports, and professional wrestling. The channel is the home of IMPACT Wrestling, one of the world’s largest entertainment properties, and the English-language broadcasts of the top Hispanic MMA promotion Combate Americas; as well as original programming featuring legendary newsman Dan Rather and music icon Sammy Hagar, among many others.  For a list of providers and territories, visit axs.tv/subscribe.

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Roybi Robot, 360 MAGAZINE, ai, tech, kids, children, youth, school

ROYBI ROBOT – AI-powered EdTech

A growing number of states say their schools will stay closed for the rest of the 2019-20 academic year to stem the Coronavirus outbreak. At Roybi Robot, a leader in AI-powered EdTech and personalized education, they know first hand the importance of AI in connection with remote education and learning.

At ROYBI, they’re already noticing a big shift towards remote learning due to the recent circumstances and headlines. And throughout this all, one thing seems inevitable: school settings, as they stand today, will change. Online and remote learning will be systems that educational institutions will adopt for future emergencies. They envision a future where the new culture of learning begins at home through devices with sophisticated AI technology such as Roybi Robot. Artificial Intelligence allows educators to follow the child’s progress in a smarter way and provides a personalized approach to each child individually. Additionally, it provides a closer collaboration between parents and educators, because it can connect in a joint force to education.

With many uncertainties around the school closures, many educators have already started approaching distance and remote learning in the long term, but lack of personalized attention and progress tracking has been a major challenge for them. The role of artificial intelligence becomes even more significant for a modern world as it can monitor each child individually and provide feedback to educators more accurately than traditional approaches.

At Roybi, they are NOT saying to eliminate school and the classroom. They are saying that to save time and cost, we can be educating children more at home (by the educators) and use AI to personalize the educational experience for each child. They envision a future where they can connect learners, parents, educators, and even their Roybi Robots together while creating an engaging and interactive learning experience.

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, coronavirus, COVID-19

In COVID Fashion

With the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, the shortfall of supplies and equipment for healthcare workers was inevitable. In this time of uncertainty, New Yorkers as well members of a global society are dependent upon community outreach and government. Leaders like Michael Costillo, Christian Soriano and GAP have taken action by lending their resources to impact the scarcity in surgical mask industry.

As of late, stylist/designer Armon Hayes created a protective mask for 360 Magazine’s Vaughn Lowery. Not your typical medical face mask, it was derived from Gucci fabric from a vintage belt bag with velcro stone wash denim straps. Designed out of necessity, fashionable protection is sweeping the market. The idea of a protective mask is becoming a part of our normalcy, inducing creativity during these turbulent times.

J BALVIN, 360 MAGAZINE

J BALVIN × VEVO


WATCH “AZUL” OFFICIAL LIVE PERFORMANCE | VEVO

WATCH “NEGRO” OFFICIAL LIVE PERFORMANCE | VEVO

WATCH “ROJO” OFFICIAL LIVE PERFORMANCE | VEVO

Vevo and J Balvin release the official live performances of “Azul,” “Negro” and “Rojo.” J Balvin’s live performance series was announced last week with the release of “Amarillo.”

Vevo live performances are part of a very special series that connects artists to their audiences at scale. Through close collaboration with the artist, Vevo creates visuals to give fans a unique take on the original songs. Khalid, Future, Karol G and Miley Cyrus have all worked collaboratively with Vevo to produce new and original, visually stunning video content offering fans a different retrospect on their music.

“Azul,” “Negro” and “Rojo” come off J Balvin’s new album Colores. The follow-up to his 2018 full-length Vibras, the new album finds the Reggaeton powerhouse going back to his roots, opting for only two features (Mr. Eazi and frequent producer Sky Rompiendo) to showcase the infectious sounds and flows that have made him a household name. The album also arrives just days after J Balvin made history becoming the Latin Urban artist with the most #1 singles on the Latin airplay charts after “Blanco” took the top spot this week. This title, along with Colores, not only cements his status as a leader of Reggaeton but as a torchbearer of the new state of Urbano, Balvin continually expanding the limits of the genre and paving the way for “la nueva escuela.”

The album continues J Balvin’s reign as one of the biggest stars in the world. 2019 saw him perform in the opening segment of The GRAMMY Awards, named the Premio Lo Nuestro “Artist of the Year” for an unprecedented third consecutive time, collect his fourth LATIN GRAMMY and the “Favorite Latin Artist” American Music Award, and saw him become the first Reggaeton artist on Saturday Night Live. Throughout the year, J Balvin also connected with millions of fans live by taking his stunning “ARCOIRIS” (Rainbow) Tour across the United States and throughout the world, while further etching his name in Urbano music history as the first Reggaeton artist to perform on the mainstage at Coachella, leading EDM festival Tomorrowland, and as the first-ever Latin artist to Headline at Lollapalooza. Most recently, J Balvin performed in the Super Bowl LIV halftime show alongside Jennifer Lopez to perform his hit song “Mi Gente,” notches another #1 single, and appeared on the cover of Billboard.

“Azul,” “Negro” and “Rojo” are now streaming. Keep up with exclusive content from artists all over the world on YouTube.com/Vevo.

Free Online Game And Slot Websites To Pass The Time

As of recent, people have had to hunker down in their homes due to the COVID-19 epidemic that has brought the world to an abrupt halt. Many states and cities have ordered residents to stay in their homes at this time in an effort to deter the spreading of the virus. 

Now that people are in their homes for longer periods of time than they are used to, one thing is certain: they’re getting BORED! If this happens to apply to you, and you find yourself bored often on a day-to-day basis, then perhaps you could use some free games to help out that problem.

On various websites and platforms, you can gain access to a ton of free games, such as online slots, puzzle games, RPGs, shooters, and so much more. There’s an abundance of free online games and slots out there, and this list was made to show you some of the best websites to refer to. Staying at home doesn’t have to be so boring, after all. 

Free Online Slot Websites

There’s plenty of websites to choose from to find online slots, which has been one of the most popular forms of entertainment during this quarantine for many people. This list will make it easier to find the best websites available.

Casino.org

This website is one that is packed with a ton of information, and offers an abundance of free slots and games to be enjoyed by site viewers! They don’t require you to sign up, so you won’t have to worry about wasting time on that. When on their website, head to the ‘Free Games’ module, filter it to ‘Slots’, and check out their selection! In their library, they have some of the classics like Golden Legend, and Mystery Joker. They have over 7,000 free games and slots to be enjoyed, so get over there ASAP!

Slotsup.com

Whereas the website that was mentioned just before has over 7,000 games and slots in their library, slotsup.com has over 7,000 slot games alone! That is certainly an impressive abundance of free slot games to choose from. On their website, they make it clear to you that they have a big passion for free slot games, and want to extend that joy to you. It’s important to get some practice in before you get to using real money, and this is exactly what you can do when you visit their site. Whether you are on Mac, PC, or mobile, you can view and play these slot games in Full HD. 

Twin.com

Even though they are widely used for the live casino and real-money betting features, twin.com also has a ton of free slot games to enjoy on their website. They have more of a modern take on slot games, featuring some of the newest and more comprehensive ones available. Some slot games they have include Book Of Dead, Immortal Romance, Reactoonz, and much more. 

Freeslots99.com

Just like the name suggests, you can find plenty of free slots to play on this website. This website is dedicated to bringing you an abundance of free slot games, which is why they have over 20,000 of them! They pull many of their free slot games from software providers such as IGT, WMS and Aristocrat. They have all of the popular ones, like Big Buffalo, Bikini Beach and Leprechaun Riches. 

Free Online Game Websites

Addictinggames.com

One of the most classic websites for online games still lives on to this day, and is better than ever. On this website, there are tons of categories of games to choose from, all for free to play at your own leisure. Many games on this website can be accessed with just one click, and do not require any external downloading. This makes the website much more user friendly, and overall more convenient to use. The only downside is that the ads that are run on this website are unskippable, so you’ll have to sit through them each time they come up. 

Agame.com

This is another website that has been around for quite some time, and has always catered to audiences of different ages. Often, free game sites can have games that may be unnecessary for children to view, but Agame.com features a kids section, which makes it easier for both the kid and the parents. Regardless, the website has many categories of games to choose from, such as adventure, action, racing, and much more. Sometimes, ads can pop up while in gameplay, but they aren’t typically too long. 

Boredgames.com

Just like we’ve mentioned earlier, people are BORED! And this is why they need somewhere to turn to for some entertainment, such as boredgames.com! The site, though it is called ‘bored’ games, features anything but boring games. There are no downloads required for any games on this site, so you can get to playing right away. You can find games in categories such as puzzle, action, strategy, fighting, etc. The website does make you download a Google Chrome extension, although, which may be annoying to some. But, if fun games are what you are looking for, boredgames.com has them!

Playretrogames.com

Who doesn’t love a whirlwind of nostalgia delivered in the form of a videogame? On this website, you can play a ton of retro / classic games that were once widely played. The library of games on this website consists of popular games from the NES era, such as Jurassic Park, Castlevania, Mario’s Time Machine, NHL Hitz, etc. The best part is, most of the games support an NES controller, so if you have one, fire it up! Sometimes, the games can take a while to load, especially if your internet is being slow. 

Conclusion

In order to stay more occupied during this crazy time, where we’re all being forced to stay inside for longer amounts of time, it would be smart to check out some free online slot and game websites. These can be played for hours at a time, with no cost to you. These websites include addictinggames.com, freeslots99.com, casino.org, boredgames.com, and many more! They’re all free to use, so why not give them a shot?

COVID-19 Financial Losses in the Finance Sector

Financial losses from treating COVID-19 patients could devastate the health care sector, experts say. 

The federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) includes hundreds of billions of dollars of funding for the health care sector, but with health care facilities facing unprecedented expenditures, that might not be enough, according to an economics expert at Rice University and a physician at Texas Children’s Hospital.

The cost of caring for COVID-19 patients is predicted to exceed that of typical insurance reimbursement in part because of steps required to prevent the spread of the disease, according to a new blog post by Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice, and Dr. Heidi Russell, a physician at Texas Children’s Hospital and associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine.

Legislation adds $100 billion in funds to the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to pay health care providers for expenses or lost revenues attributable to the coronavirus. The funds are only to be used to reimburse for expenses and lost revenues that have not been repaid from other sources. Eligible health care providers comprise for-profit, not-for-profit and public entities as well as Medicare- or Medicaid-enrolled suppliers and providers that deliver diagnoses, testing or care to individuals with possible or actual cases of COVID-19.

Before the outbreak, administrative costs totaled about 8% of all health care spending, the researchers said. “Currently, administrative needs like planning how patients will be tested and where coronavirus patients will be treated as well as allocating limited space and PPE (personal protective equipment) resources are taking up a larger percentage,” they wrote.

Smaller community hospitals, particularly those in rural areas, will be equipped to manage only the mildest cases of COVID-19, the researchers said. Transferring sicker patients to larger centers prepared for the most intensely ill will cause additional strain on already overloaded facilities.

“Patients with underlying illnesses, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart disease, are always more complicated and costlier to care for,” the researchers wrote. “These are the majority of patients being hospitalized with COVID-19.”

Given that hospital and physician expenditures represented $1.9 trillion in spending in 2018, $100 billion may be “woefully inadequate” to compensate health care providers for unreimbursed expenses and lost revenue from the pandemic, the researchers said.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the U.S. health care system,” the researchers concluded. “Our communities, medical providers and health care facilities are responding in an unprecedented manner to prevent the system from collapsing.

“The extraordinarily high health care costs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic will force a new debate regarding how much health care providers should be reimbursed for their services, why U.S health care costs are so high, and what amount taxpayers are willing to accept in order to maintain national health security.”

Ho is also a professor in the Department of Economics at Rice and a professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Her research examines the effects of economic incentives and regulations on the quality and costs of health care.

MIT Sloan Study of COVID-19

MIT Sloan study shows public health interventions in COVID-19 Pandemic could lead to faster economic recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised critical questions about the impact of public health responses on the economy. An important issue for policymakers is whether current interventions like social distancing have economic costs. In a recent study by MIT Sloan School of Management Prof. Emil Verner, he analyzed the economic effects of the 1918 Flu Pandemic and found that public health interventions have no adverse effect on local economic outcomes. His study shows that cities that intervene earlier and more aggressively experience a relative increase in economic activity after the pandemic.

In normal times, nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) like social distancing and quarantines are bad for the economy. They make it more difficult for economic activity to take place, like going to work. This leads to the notion of a tradeoff between public health interventions and the economy. Policymakers are in uncharted territory, with little guidance on what the expected economic fallout will be and how the crisis should be managed,” says Verner.

To address these issues, Verner and his colleagues studied the economic effects of the largest influenza pandemic in U.S. history, the 1918 Flu Pandemic. They looked at the severity of the pandemic as well as the speed and duration of NPIs, which resemble many of today’s NPIs, including school, theater, and church closures, public gathering bans, and restricted business hours. The team analyzed how the pandemic impacted manufacturing employment, manufacturing output, bank assets, consumer durables, and mortality.

Their study highlighted that areas that were more severely affected by the 1918 Flu Pandemic saw a sharp and persistent decline in real economic activity. The data showed an 18% reduction in state manufacturing output for a state at the mean level of exposure. Exposed areas also saw a rise in bank charge-offs, reflecting an increase in business and household defaults.

“The patterns are consistent with the notion that pandemics depress economic activity through reductions in both supply and demand. Importantly, we also found that the more affected areas of the country remain depressed relative to less exposed areas from 1919 through 1923,” he said.

Comparing the speed and duration of NPIs across cities, the researchers found that cities that intervened more aggressively performed better economically the year following the pandemic. Reacting 10 days earlier to the arrival of the pandemic in a city led to an increase in manufacturing employment by around 5% after the pandemic. Similarly, implementing NPIs for an additional 50 days increased manufacturing employment by 6.5%.

“It’s clear from this data that NPIs work and there is no evidence that they lead to a worse economy. They are the most beneficial way to protect our health and the health of our economy. We can’t go back and act more quickly in the COVID-19 pandemic, but we can apply this information now. Lifting restrictions too early could make the economy worse by leading to a resurgence of the virus in an even more destructive pandemic,” he said.

Verner added, “This isn’t a choice about saving lives or saving the economy. We won’t have a normal economy if we lift restrictions too early.”

Verner is a co-author of “Pandemics depress the economy, public health interventions do not: Evidence from the 1918 Flu” with Sergio Correia of the Federal Reserve Board, and Stephan Luck of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

The MIT Sloan School of Management is where smart, independent leaders come together to solve problems, create new organizations, and improve the world. Learn more at mitsloan.mit.edu

2020 Global Change Award Winners

Five innovations that will transform the fashion industry awarded €1 million by H&M Foundation 

From lab-grown cotton and creating fabrics from protein DNA, to tracking sustainable fibers by using blockchain technology, wastewater separation and converting carbon dioxide into sustainable polyester. These are the five winning innovations of the 2020 Global Change Award, named the Nobel Prize of sustainable fashion, is the non-profit H&M Foundation‘s fifth annual innovation challenge. Now, more than ever, H&M Foundation wants to continue to support long-term development, innovation and entrepreneurship for a sustainable future. The goal is to identify early-stage, disruptive ideas that can make fashion more sustainable, and to scale them to transform the entire fashion industry.

“In these uncertain times, when large parts of the world have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, H&M Foundation thinks it’s even more important to find and encourage ideas that can contribute to a more sustainable future for us and generations to come. We are fully committed in supporting our Global Change Award winners of 2020 through our financial grant and Innovation Accelerator Program so that they can keep working and accelerate the development of their innovations and move the needle forward in sustainable fashion.”

“H&M Foundation continues to support entrepreneurs and innovators for long-term sustainability. Every year I am amazed by the ideas submitted to the Global Change Award. The innovations are in themselves challenging the way we think about fashion. We are moving away from the old, linear ways of thinking, and move faster towards a planet positive and sustainable model. The winning innovations will help our industry reinvent itself and hopefully also inspire even more great minds out there,” says Karl-Johan Persson, board member of H&M Foundation.

This year, the Global Change Award Expert Panel selected five winning innovations out of 5,893 entries from 175 countries, during the period August-October 2019.

The Global Change Award winners 2020:  

€300,000 – Incredible Cotton by GALY (US/Brazil).

Using biotechnology to create lab-grown cotton. See short film HERE.

€250,000 – Feature Fibres by Werewool (US).

Creating fabrics from protein DNA with natural colors, stretch, and other features. See short film HERE.

€150,000 – Zero Sludge by SeaChange Technologies (US).

Separating and cleaning wastewater to eliminate toxic sludge in landfills. See short film HERE.

€150,000 – Airwear by Fairbrics (France).

Converting greenhouse gas into sustainable polyester. See short film HERE.

In addition to the €1 million grant, H&M Foundation enrolls the winners in a one-year Innovation Accelerator Program. The program, run in cooperation with Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, is designed to connect the winners with the fashion industry and speed up the process of bringing their innovations to the market.

“Winning the Global Change Award validates the recognition and belief in our vision as a company and open new doors for partnerships, technology and call to action for the entire industry. We are going to work hard to make our vision come true and we believe this award is one of the most important steps for this accomplishment”, says Luciano Bueno, Founder and CEO of GALY.

Since the start in 2015, the innovation challenge has seen over 20,000 entries from more than 200 countries and territories. During these five years, the Foundation has granted €5 million in 25 sustainable innovations, many of which have become global commercial products and services, working with some of the largest brands in fashion.

Donation to COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund 

In addition to the work related to Global Change Award, the H&M Foundation have donated USD 500,000 to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for World Health Organization (WHO) launched by United Nations Foundation. Learn more HERE.

About the Global Change Award

Global Change Award was initiated in 2015 by the non-profit H&M Foundation. By catalyzing early-stage innovations that can accelerate the shift from a linear to circular fashion industry, the aim is to protect the planet and our living conditions. Each year five winning teams share a grant of €1 million and get access to a one-year Innovation Accelerator Program provided by the H&M Foundation, in collaboration with Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Neither H&M Foundation nor H&M Group takes any equity or intellectual property rights in the innovations. The H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M Group. Its overall aim is to accelerate the progress needed to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Learn more at globalchangeaward.com.

ALMA – STAY ALL VIDEO

Hot off the triple-song pack Have U Seen Her? (Part II) release, Finnish pop punk supremo ALMA shares her “Stay All Night – Day 16: Quarantine Video”. Watch it HERE.
To celebrate the video launch, ALMA hopped on Instagram Live for a very special watch party with fans where she answered questions and ignited a vibrant back-and-forth dialogue. Meanwhile, the video continues a tradition of bold visuals from her.
 
In addition, she invited listeners to shoot their own “Stay At Home” videos for “Stay All Night” on TikTok and Instagram. Fans can relay submissions to her, and she will personally select the winning clips to comprise an official version of the video to be released.
 
Beyond clocking 1 million-plus streams, “Stay All Night” continues to garner critical acclaim from the likes of PAPERMAG, Nylon, Billboard, Clash, Wonderland and many more. The track sets the stage for the arrival of her anxiously awaited new album, Have U Seen Her?, which will be released on May 15 via Sony Music Germany/RCA Records. Pre-save the album HERE. The album boasts other fan favorites such as “Worst Behaviour” [feat. Tove Lo] and “Bad News Baby,” which has already amassed over 5.6 million global streams. Check out the full tracklisting below.
 
Punchy, punk-tinged pop flows effortlessly from the 23-year old’s fingertips. In just 3 years the highlighter-haired polymath has topped global charts with her incredible scream along hooks (who could forget earworm “I’m chasing high high high highs”) and irresistible melodies. “Chasing Highs” and “Karma” in particular reached Platinum status with “Dye My Hair” going Gold. She has written for the likes of Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Ray, Charli XCX, Tove Lo to name a few. It just goes to show that she’s no stranger to a hit – and certainly triumphs again with this one.
 
Everything but the stereotypical pop princess during that time ALMA has garnered fans the world over from Annie Mac and Miley Cyrus to Elton John and Dua Lipa who she worked with last summer in LA. Live she has toured extensively bringing punk and pop together in a not to be missed show that assaults all the senses. ALMA has just finished her month long tour with Tove Lo across the US.
 
A unique and talented writer ALMA is leading the charge on a new wave of female powerhouses that have something to say through their music. Engaged, forward thinking and opinionated she addresses issues from women’s rights to body positivity to sexuality to depression, drug use and anxiety head on. Notably, she recently co-wrote two songs on Miley Cyrus’ EP She Is Coming, including the female empowerment anthem ”Mother’s Daughter” and “Cattitude” ft. RuPaul as well as Charles Angel’s hit theme tune “Don’t Call Me Angel” which debuted at number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100 chart becoming Grande’s 20th top 20 song, Cyrus’ 14th and Del Rey’s 3rd.
 
Now on the cusp of releasing her highly anticipated debut album, 2020 is set to be an exciting year for the Finnish powerhouse.

(Photo credit: Lusha Alic)