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SFERA EBBASTA × J BALVIN - “BABY”

SFERA EBBASTA ×  J BALVIN – “BABY”

After the release of his album FAMOSO, today international superstar Sfera Ebbasta unloads the video for the standout single, “Baby” with J Balvin.

WATCH OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE

The new album, FAMOSO, released on November 20th, has been welcomed internationally with a standing ovation. All 13 tracks debuted at the top 200 Global Spotify chart while disintegrating all past records and achieving new heights for Italian albums. It received 16M streams in 24 hours while climbing the first 13 positions in the Italian top 50 chart on Spotify. FAMOSO is the most-streamed album ever on release date on Spotify and the 2nd most-streamed album Globally.

Today, Sfera Ebbasta flexes as a major player in the game with the release of the video for the international focus track, “Baby” with J Balvin.

J Balvin expressed the wish to see the birth of a truly international Latin gang, an artistic partnership between Italy, Colombia and the whole Latin world. “Baby” marks the beginning of a journey destined to bring Italian music where it has rarely landed. Sfera and J Balvin met when the king of the trap made a remix of the track “Machika”. In the film Famoso, directed by Pepsy Romanoff and distributed worldwide by Amazon Prime video, the Colombian artist talks about his relationship with Sfera:

“At the time of the “Machika” remix I didn’t know him personally, but now we’re friends. There is nothing planned, no strategy, just a true friendship. One day I went to Italy, I looked at what was happening in the music world and there were 5 Sfera tracks at the top of the chart. I said to myself: and where is my music? (Editor’s note laughs) – and then adds – It’s a real movement! And for this, I respect my little brother because yes … he is like a brother to me! He is a big star in Italy and I think he will soon be one everywhere. He has all my support and my respect. I really think we are at the beginning of a real worldwide Latin gang and I want to see my people win! ” – J BALVIN

In the video directed by Mattia Benetti and produced by Ocean Code Studio, we see Sfera and J Balvin together for the first time, immersed in a parallel universe, in those fantasy worlds where everything seems possible; golden statues emerging from the sea, sharks swimming over the city skyline and purple skies where gigantic planets stand out in a magnetic, almost hypnotic way. Between mermaids swimming above Sferas car and landscapes like el dorado, the song, produced by Sky Rompiendo, with its up tempo makes us understand why it has been chosen as the first international focus single and how it is possible that in only four days after its release, “Baby” is already a hit. The track is already at #1 on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Youtube Italy.

Under the artistic direction of Charlie Charles, FAMOSO is the most important album in Sferas career, a boy who comes from nowhere and has never had help of any kind and who together with extraordinary teamwork, managed to become the most important Italian recording phenomenon in recent history. Results such as the one achieved by “Baby,” certify his entry into the very small circle of European artists who are truly recognized, respected, and above all listened to in the world. However, knowing the hunger of Sfera Ebbasta, his desire to continually improve himself, we are only at the beginning.

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ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS

A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Zendaya and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it also comprises innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, Monkeywrench, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains long-standing strategic alliances with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G) and Hollywood Records.  In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.

Timmy Trumpet & Gabry Ponte – Mad World

Today, multi-platinum DJ, producer and live instrumentalist, Timmy Trumpet unleashes his new single, “Mad World,” in collaboration with Grammy nominated Italian DJ/producer Gabry Ponte.

Almost two decades since Michael Andrews and Gary Jules crafted “Mad World” into a UK #1 smash-hit, Timmy & Gabry deliver a reimagining of a masterpiece, custom made for a time in history where the title has never been more fitting.

“I was in the middle of a 30-date U.S tour with Steve Aoki when global pandemic alarm bells rang out” says Timmy. “One night we were playing to 10,000, the next day I’m on a flight home to Australia. Since then I’ve focused on making music that speaks to our experiences of now. Mad World is timeless and timely. Its’ magic deserves to be shared with another generation and it was an honor to work with Gabry on bringing a new sound to an iconic composition.”

The music video was filmed in the heart and at the height of 2020’s narrative – the streets of Philadelphia. It was shot the day after the US election amidst protests, unrest and with the power of the free world hanging in the balance. This stunning story of an emotional rollercoaster captures the journey of a young woman with hopes of a new year that could have been.

The music video directed by Shaun David Barker & Matt Henry was the second time the film makers have worked with Timmy Trumpet this year. The trio teamed up on “Diamonds” Timmy’s first track released after lockdown, which was the first music video to be entirely shot and directed in isolation.

“We wanted to tell a story that embodies the constant frustration, the push and pull, the ups and downs of everyday life as we’ve come to know it. The logistics of shooting a music video during a pandemic were unbelievably challenging. Add full street closures and health, safety and security concerns with political turmoil, it was just the right mix of madness and resilience” says director, Shaun David Barker.

Timmy has shot to global stardom in the electronic music scene over the past few years headlining festivals like EDC, Creamfields and Tomorrowland, and was just voted the #10 DJ in the world in the DJ Mag Top 100. He first began touring in the US in 2014 when his breakout hit ‘Freaks’ went Gold, and globally reigned in more than half a billion streams. It was only fitting that Timmy chose to continue the Mad World story in the epicenter of turbulent times, a place he holds dear to his heart.

Gabry Ponte is one of the influential producers in electronic music with a career spanning three decades. His debut production as part of the group Eiffel 65 was “Blue (Da ba dee)” – the global smash that would sell over 8 million copies. Last summer Gabry teamed up with LUM!X to release “Monster” which has surpassed more than 150 Million streams and has been certified platinum in Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria.

“Mad World” is also the lead single from Timmy’s upcoming debut artist album of the same name due to hit streaming platforms December 4.

“Mad World” is available now via Smash The House on digital streaming platforms HERE.

Watch the official music video for “Mad World” HERE.

Ten European teams selected for the Helsinki Energy challenge

Ten European teams selected for Helsinki Energy Challenge

Ten teams have been selected for the final phase of the Helsinki Energy Challenge. The finalist teams highlight the international and interdisciplinary nature of the participants. They have a wide variety of proposals for how Helsinki can phase out the use of coal for heat production in the most sustainable way possible by 2029. Next, the competition is advancing into the co-creation phase.

In the 252 teams taking part in the Helsinki Energy Challenge, there were 1,528 experts and innovators from across the globe designing potential solutions to the challenge of decarbonising the heating of Helsinki.

The ten proposals selected to advance consist of a diverse set of solutions that have significant potential for further development in the coming phase. Many of the suggested solutions are also scalable to the needs of other cities. Included in the race are several wide-ranging comprehensive solutions, some of which find new ways to combine technologies that are already in use. There are also competition entries that include entirely new technologies. Among the solutions are new approaches to heat storage and transfer, waste heat utilization, energy consumption control and consumer activation. Included are also some non-technological innovations that enable the realisation of future sustainable solutions and the combination of centralised and decentralised solutions.

“I launched the Helsinki Energy Challenge to bring the world’s best talent together to consider solutions to Helsinki’s heating challenge. The competition has sparked conversation around the topic on a global scale. It has succeeded in combining wide-ranging international expertise and ambitious problem solving, and we are certain that this collision of different competences will generate new ways of thinking in the future as well. Our challenge competition has strong international support from different organizations and from several of my fellow Mayors, and we will be working together to make sure the solutions that are created are put to use as broadly as possible. Every city must do their part in the fight against global climate change,” says Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori.

The teams are interdisciplinary and international

The teams that have advanced to the final phase are each made up of 3–20 members and together include 85 experts from a diverse set of fields. The finalists include, and are primarily made up of combinations of, start-ups, large companies, research institutes and universities, as well as international consortia made up of various companies.

The finalist teams represent excellence and a credible combination of various expertise, making them capable of elevating their competing proposals to the next level in the final phase of the competition.

The finalist teams are all European. The selected teams represent organizations from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, Austria and France. Most of the teams include experts and organizations from more than one country.

“When you consider that we received such a large number of proposals and that the competing teams included 1,528 experts from different backgrounds and countries around the world, it becomes clear that the competition includes a very wide range of different solutions. Evaluating these solutions has been more difficult than expected. However, the hard part is now behind us, and the competition is advancing to the next, even more interesting phase.Currently, the teams’ solutions are only provisional proposals, and each team will receive support and additional information to further develop their proposal in the co-creation phase. We are looking forward to seeing what the finalist teams’ final proposals will look like. They have some impressive and diverse expertise on display, so we are going in with high expectations,” says Project Director Laura Uuttu-Deschryvere.

The co-creation phase begins

The teams selected for the finals are invited to the co-creation phase, during which they will receive support for further development of their solution and additional information to enable them to tailor their idea to the context of Helsinki. At the centre of the co-creation phase is the boot camp in December.

An international panel of judges will evaluate the final competition proposals at the beginning of 2021, and the winner of the competition will be announced in March 2021. The proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their climate impact, impact on natural resources, cost impact, implementation schedule and feasibility, security of supply and capacity. The City of Helsinki has committed to openly sharing the lessons and results of the competition to allow other cities to use them in their own climate work.

Proposals submitted in the first phase of the competition included also a large variety of other ideas and concepts that did not reach the finals but which the City of Helsinki intends to highlight during the competition process too. The 252 submissions included ideas in which solving the challenge is “gamified”, new solutions for the utilization of different heat sources, new market and business models, heat storage solutions, decentralized heat production models, new technologies such as small modular reactors (SMR), and hydrogen based solutions.

Cities have a key role – the COVID-19 pandemic will not stop Helsinki’s climate work

Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time, and cities have a decisive role in mitigating it. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Helsinki keeps investing heavily in its climate work. The climate crisis has not been cancelled and the City of Helsinki is working its way towards a carbon neutral Helsinki by 2035. At the moment, more than half of Helsinki’s direct carbon dioxide emissions originate from heating the city. This is why finding a sustainable heating solution will have a critical impact on achieving the City’s carbon neutrality goal. Currently, more than half of Helsinki’s heating energy is produced with coal, the use of which will have to stop by 2029. Helsinki wants to find long-term sustainable solutions, which is why it does not want to replace the use of coal with biomass-fired production.

Helsinki wants to find long-term sustainable solutions to heat the city in the future and to act as a platform for new and innovative solutions that also other cities around the world can benefit from. For this purpose, it opened the international Helsinki Energy Challenge competition on 27 February 2020. The competition seeks solutions through which the city can be heated sustainably in the coming decades – without coal and with as little biomass as possible. The competition’s first prize is one million euros.

THE OUTLIERMAN LAUNCHES NEW LIMITED-EDITION T-SHIRTS

The Outlierman, makers of handcrafted luxury automotive inspired accessories, today introduces all-new limited-edition t-shirts to its Portrait Collection.

  • Bologna-based, The Outlierman, has launched all-new limited-edition t-shirts for its Portrait Collection
  • Incorporating iconic designs from the Portrait Collection, including the Jaguar E-Type and Porsche 356, these t-shirts were created following popular customer demand
  • Made of 100% Lisle Cotton Yarn for comfort, each t-shirt features a characteristic art portrait printed on a 100% silk satin patch
  • Each design will only be produced in 50 copies, making these t-shirts an authentic collector’s item
  • The Outlierman is an Italian company that creates luxury automotive inspired accessories for gentlemen drivers

Following popular customer demand, the Italian driving accessories company have launched two all-new t-shirts which incorporate two of its most iconic designs – the ‘356’s Portrait’, based on the Porsche 356, and the ‘E-Type’s Portrait’, centred around the Jaguar E-Type.

Limited to just 50 examples of each design, every piece features an authentic automotive art portrait created by The Outlierman’s talented design team, characterised by vivid brushstrokes and enriched by title and signature, for an even more exclusive result. Printed on a 100% silk satin patch that becomes the protagonist of a garment, with an elegant fit and versatile design, the t-shirt is suitable for free time as well as being worn under a jacket for an original and distinctive smart casual outfit.

A garment with comfort and exquisite aesthetic performance, each item is crafted using Lisle Cotton Yarn, the noblest variety of cotton yarns, produced by working the best long linden fibres with two or more twisted edges to obtain a soft and naturally shiny weave. Lisle Cotton Yarn owes its extraordinary breathable, anti-allergic and antibacterial properties to the use of a very fine cotton coming from the delta of the Nile river and processed according to a particular technique that has been handed down since 1850.

Meanwhile, silk satin is a fabric with a thousand-year history, capable of enhancing the chromatic choices of our designers thanks to an exquisitely shiny and uniform surface. The extraordinary brightness properties of this natural yarn are a precise choice of our designers, aimed at enhancing the chiaroscuro features and the expressiveness of the colours to create vivid designs like those of the Italian masters.

Andrea Mazzuca, CEO and founder of The Outlierman, said: “I’m thrilled to be able to share our all-new limited-edition t-shirts with our customers, featuring two of the most iconic designs from The Outlierman, which are works of art to wear and collect. Replicated in only 50 copies, these t-shirts are an authentic collector’s rarity and are the result of a 100% Made in Italy know-how: sketched, designed, produced and tailored in Italy by Italian talents.

“As one of the most recognisable cars in the world, the Jaguar E-Type is the pinnacle of automotive design and a car that will forever be associated with the swinging sixties. The Porsche 356 helped form the foundations for the marque as its first production vehicle, contributed to Porsche’s motorsports success and increased the brand’s popularity prior to the release of the 911.”

Customers can combine their limited edition t-shirts with other items from both the 356’s Portrait and the E-Type’s Portrait collections, such as a handmade cashmere and silk square scarf, a 100% twill silk bow tie, a 100% habotai silk pocket square and a 100% habotai silk scarf – all made in Italy.

The latest Outlierman products can be found here.

About The Outlierman

The Outlierman was created by Andrea Mazzuca and Eleonora Dazzani in Bologna in 2015. Mr. Mazzuca chose to name the company ‘The Outlierman’ after reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book ‘Outliers: The Story of Success.’ One of the lines from the book that inspired Mazzuca is: ‘Who we are cannot be separated from where we are from.’ Hence, The Outlierman draws deeply on Italy’s inherent talent for beautiful design and consummate craftsmanship. A small, passionate team of 10 people designs each item in-house. All items are handcrafted by artisans in Italy, chosen for their world-class expertise in their relevant field. The Outlierman produces collections for discerning drivers, including: driving gloves, scarves, ties, bow ties, braces, pocket squares, bags and document cases. The Outlierman has been selected as a partner to the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance since 2016 – considered by many as the world’s most prestigious automotive gathering and has collaborated with motor manufacturers such as Bentley, MINI and Pagani Auotomobili S.p.A. to create bespoke accessories. The Outlierman Magazine, which contains features on classic and contemporary cars, fashion, romantic road trips, events and more, is produced both online and in print.

5-Star Hotel Hassler Roma Reopens

Rome’s legendary Hotel Hassler Roma reopens on September 1, the last continental European hotel represented by WEILL to reopen in the wake of Covid-19 closings.

Founded in 1893 at the top of the city’s landmark Spanish Steps, the Hassler has been owned and run by the Wirth family for five generations. Roberto Wirth has run the hotel since 1982, and his twin children Robertino and Veruschka are now being groomed to be part of the management team. The Hassler opened Europe’s first-hotel-rooftop restaurant in 1955, and its Michelin-starred Imàgo restaurant reopened to Romans and visitors in June 2020. Il Palazzetto, the Hassler’s adjacent boutique hotel whose terrace fronts the Spanish Steps, reopened on the first of June.

WEILL CLIENTS’ (EUROPE, AFRICA, ISRAEL) OPENING STATUS AS OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2020

COVID-19 PROCEDURES

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Silvio Angori illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

Pininfarina × Blimp 

Pininfarina has recently made a series of announcements about its commitment to search for integrated, ready-to-use solutions for the post-COVID-19 era. This includes a partnership with startup Blimp to integrate physical and digital design, technology and services into a solution that can verify and monitor containment measures in any setting: from public transport to airports and stations and from offices to production plants, shops and large-scale retailers.

Angori believes that designers can and must play a crucial role in shaping the post-COVID-19 world. This is in line with Pininfarina’s “bespokely human” approach to design that explores new possibilities to build the future, transform organizations, help businesses, and enhance everyday experiences.

Silvio Angori started as a researcher at Augusta Westland Helicopters and worked as a senior researcher at Fiat Chrysler Automotive. He then joined ArvinMeritor in Detroit where he held various management roles. In 2007, he joined Pininfarina as COO and in 2009 was elected to his current position as CEO. His management skills and knowledge in the industry has earned the company top innovation awards every year since 2010. Angori is a member of several top American associations and his career has led him to deal with the Indice dei Libri del Mese-the Italian equivalent of the New York Review of Books-where he serves as chairman of the board. He has a master’s degree in theoretical physics from La Sapienza University in Rome and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

The Pininfarina Group, a premier Italian auto and industrial design company, recently announced a strategic partnership with artificial intelligence startup Blimp to launch the first of many ready-to-use solutions for the post-COVID-19 era. First up is Beat-19, a fully integrated physical and digital design platform that will allow governments and businesses to analyze the flow of people in a particular space and monitor how well they are adhering to COVID-19 containment measures. It will work in any public setting – indoors or outdoors.

Beat-19 will make it possible in real time to detect large groups of people in public spaces and, if necessary, prompt them to scatter through acoustic signals. It can monitor lines of people, count the number of nearby entrances and exits, measure body temperatures, and record how well safety measures like face masks and social distancing protocols are being observed. Importantly, the privacy of the individuals in these spaces will be completely protected. The images captured by the technology’s sensor – which is not a camera – are processed directly inside the sensor and immediately deleted.

As Pininfarina CEO Silvio Angori explains, “Design, which has the ability to innovate continuously while enhancing the lives of people in normal times, can provide the response to imagining a new future.” By designing new spaces and equipping them with digital measuring systems to make people safer, Beat-19 perfectly meets the needs of the “new normal.”  It is the first major step in finding the right balance between social distancing and interaction.

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Mina Tocalini, 360 Magazine, Don't Abandon the Mask

Texas and California Slow Reopening 

By Emmet McGewon

On March 27, a shadow, growing for weeks, reached monstrous proportions as Italy reached a grim milestone: 917 people passed away due to the novel coronavirus. The gloom pervaded for many more weeks as Italian streets emptied and hospitals overflowed. On the same day there were 5,906 new cases in the country. Yet, 2 months later dawn has broken the blackness and on Saturday, June 27, Italy reported only 8 new deaths and 175 new cases; the first time since the start of the outbreak that deaths were in single digits.Contrast this rapid recuperation with America’s two largest states: California and Texas. 

On the same day that Italy reported 175 new cases, California reported 27 times that number while Texas reported a case increase 33 times higher (4,810 and 5,747 respectively). Both states are betraying their namesake as California has not been golden in its response to the pandemic nor has Texas been a star. So why is it that Italy, the former epicenter of the outbreak, where shortages resulted in ventilators only being given to those under the age of 60, is in a recovery stage while the US suffocates under the weight of its caseload? 

“We are tired of not being able to buy the things that we need, go to the hairdressers, get our hair done. It’s time to open up.” These were the words of a middle-aged woman, sitting in her car, holding a makeshift American flag and pointing to the gray roots atop her head at a Michigan protest in mid-April. For many, this lady has become the embodiment of the entitled American who values her hairstyle over the potential loss of life that could occur from a rapid reopening. However, the uncomfortable reality is that she is not alone and that most, if not all Americans, are fatigued by the lockdown and eager to return to normality.

Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, home to a vibrant Russian, Ukrainian, and LGBTQ+ scene was abuzz on Friday evening. Long lines traversed the hectic sidewalks as eager patrons queued to enter bustling bars. The thin trees, boasting splashes of purple among the leafy foliage, watched over the strip like solemn sentries as droves of people enjoyed Los Angeles’s convalescent club scene. The looseness of restrictions was matched only by the looseness of partygoers’ flimsy floral shirts which billowed softly in the California evening breeze. Nonchalance came to mind. It appeared, despite the scattered mask-wearing, that the pandemic was over. 

We feel guilty for wishing to return to regular life given that such a return could result in a spike of hospitalizations and deaths. Thus, we stifle our impatience and seek scapegoats. Indeed, many are under the illusion that the persistent nature of the virus in the US is due to conservatives like those who armed themselves and entered the Michigan State Capitol. Yet, the reality is that a wide and diverse cross-section of US society has ceased caring about the virus. Whether you’re a patriotic Michigander or a bored frequenter of the Hollywood Hills, the suspension of day-to-day life is disconcerting and infuriating. 

The combination of over 400 protests in all 50 states after the horrific murder of George Floyd has no doubt led to an increase in coronavirus cases, yet this is not the only reason. Bar reopening’s have acted as a catalyst for the spread of Covid-19. Indeed, California Governor, Gavin Newsom, issued an order on Sunday to close the bars in 7 California counties including LA county which has seen approximately 90,000 cases. His office also recommended, but did not order, they close in 8 others. Establishments that serve alcoholic beverages without serving food at the same time will no longer be allowed to open. Largely due to the nature of bars, it is close to impossible to maintain social distancing as well as contact tracing. People remove masks frequently to take drinks, talk louder (spreading more airborne particles), and mix with a large number of people meaning that were a case to be identified it would be very difficult to track and contain. “It is critical we take this step to limit the spread of the virus,” said Newsom.

In addition, in response to the surge of cases in Los Angeles, the LA County Board of Supervisors has decided to close all LA county beaches from July 3rd to July 6th. Those caught trespassing by local patrols could receive a $1000 fine. Furthermore, LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti, has placed a “hard pause” on movie theater reopening’s and has banned Fourth of July firework displays in an attempt to prevent the formation of crowds. 

Meanwhile, Texas has ordered the state’s four largest cities to stop offering elective surgeries in order to free up hospital space. Just a few days before Governor Abbott’s ban on elective surgeries, restrictions were eased on amusement parks and restaurants. The Lone Star state has, arguably, had the most aggressive reopening strategy with phase one commencing as early as May 1st – a month later allowing almost all businesses to operate at a 50% capacity. Abbott also issued an order to close bars on Friday, June 26th, also scaling back dine-in restaurants to 50% capacity. Previously, bars were allowed to operate at a 50% capacity and restaurants at a 75% capacity. More so, outdoor gatherings of over 100 people are now prohibited unless given explicit approval by local officials. 

Peter Hotez, a professor of virology at the Baylor School of Medicine in Houston, said that the pause in the reopening will be enough to maintain the status quo but that “the status quo is unacceptable,” and the Governor will soon have no choice but to “dial things back.” In San Antonio, ventilator availability dipped below 70% for the first time and in Houston, one hospital’s ICU reportedly was at 120% capacity, while another one was at 88%. On top of this, the Texas Medical Center in Houston said Tuesday that 97% of its ICU beds were occupied. These numbers are undoubtedly worrisome and only time will tell if more restrictions will be enacted.

Obviously, the crisis is not over, but from an outside perspective one is left wondering: does America even care? Our European counterparts appear to be coming out the other end of the pandemic while for the United States, there is no end in sight. 

Instrument illustration by Ivory Rowen for 360 Magazine

ANNA × Rich The Kid

After drumming up buzz around the globe, 16-year-old Italian rap phenomenon ANNA drops the official remix of her breakout banger “Bando” feat. Rich The Kid.

As ANNA flexes her impressive wordplay and deft rhymes over a house-style beat, Rich The Kid pops off with the perfect counterpoint on his cameo. Together, they lock into an unbreakable flow as they level up this unpredictable and undeniable anthem. Be on the lookout for the music video soon.

Between the original and remixes, “Bando” has already posted up nearly 45 million total streams and counting and 16 million cumulative YouTube views. ANNA is the youngest Italian artist to have reached #1 in the Italian singles chart and has collaborated with the hottest names in the Italian rap scene including Dark Polo Gang , Ghali, Mambolosco, and Boro Boro.

Stay tuned for a lot more from ANNA very soon, but for now, stream “Bando” here and follow ANNA on Instagram here.

CHINA LOCKDOWN AGAIN

In the Northeastern provinces of China, lockdown measures have been enforced in anticipation of this second wave. Shulan, within this region, has begun to shut down residences that withhold the coronavirus due to a large second outbreak. Additionally, only one person in a residence may leave the house and can only be gone for a total of two hours in a period of 48 hours. 

According to Business Insider, Just as China was declaring their mid to low risk for spreading and contracting COVID-19, Shulan experienced a second outbreak and displays how the coronavirus continues to take presence in so-called mid to low risk zones. Also, the city of Wuhan just experienced a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, reaching as high as they were in mid-March. As new cases arose in Wuhan and Shulan, it was very shocking for many residents and government workers to return to lockdown after 35 days of zero new confirmed cases.

Wine Enthusiast September 2020

The Italy/Cabernet Sauvignon Issue

Ad Space Close: 6/10/2020

Materials Due: 6/17/2020

On Sale: 8/4/2020

ITALY HIGHLIGHTS

Sustainable Italy

The country has long been a leader in organic, biodynamic and otherwise eco‑conscious wine production. We take a nationwide look at the names to know now and what they’re doing to practice good stewardship while crafting delicious pours.

Get Ready for Cicchetti

Venice’s signature small bar bites are perfect for creating a casual party atmosphere or simply grazing at home in style. We tell you what to buy, what to make and, of course, what to drink, to bring the Floating City home.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON HIGHLIGHTS 

Cabernet Sauvignon Around the World

Everyone loves a good Cab, but with so many options out there, it’s hard to know where to begin. This global view of the world’s favorite red‑wine grape is here to help, with an exploration of the top regions to check out, what to expect in typical representations and which bottles to stock up on.

Chile’s Cabernet Country

Chilean winemakers have long had an affinity for Cabernet Sauvignon, but how did the grape become so popular in this New World wine region, and why? Learn about the country’s Cab‑centric history, top appellations, iconic producers and what the future

ADDITIONAL ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

New Zealand’s White Wines

Take a deep dive into the country’s diverse range of white wine offerings. From classic Sauvy and nervy Riesling to bold Pinot Gris and serious Chardonnay, there’s a white wine for every palate preference, with recommendations on the top bottlings to check out now.

Vodka Beyond the Base‑ics

These vodka producers look beyond the typical grains or potatoes in crafting their spirits. Here are some refined and tasty bottles with unusual bases, as well as cocktail recipes to complement their characters.

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