Crazy Rich Asians rakes in $34 million in the US Box Office

Rich Crazy Asians is doing great in the US box office. Image Source: Instagram @crazyrichasians

Crazy Rich Asians has topped the US box office, raking in an impressive $34 million (esitmated R496 702 600) over the last five days.

The romantic comedy – which stars Constance Wu and Henry Golding in the lead roles – raked in an impressive $34 million over the last five days after opening in 3,384 locations.

The movie, which is directed by Jon M. Chu, is the first studio film in over quarter of a century to feature a nearly all Asian-American cast.

Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ head of domestic distribution, said: “Word of mouth is everything. This movie is so culturally significant and so unique in that there hasn’t been a cast that’s predominately Asian [in years]. This is one of those few projects that a whole studio comes together with lots of passion.”

Jon M. Chu also took to Twitter to thank the fans for their support throughout the film’s opening weekend.

He wrote in a series of tweets: “They thought we were gonna do 18m maybe 20m over the five days…. but YOU SHOWED UP. On dates, with your families, with your friends, with your enemies… we laughed, we cried, we shared our stories we saw each other… The fact that we had never shared a communal experience of joy, laughter and emotions at the movies like this has been an injustice. But now we have. And there’s no going back. #CrazyRichAsians is the number 1 movie in America. Yes we are. Read that again…

“America fell in love w/our kickass all-Asian cast of many different background, styles, shapes, sizes ages…& blew the lid off the expectation at 34 million dollars since we were released. Truly a #GoldOpen . Thank u! I feel very lucky to be a small part of this giant movement … my favorite moments were watching the crowd AFTER having just seen the movie linger in the lobbies of the theaters I visited. People dressed up, chatting away, discussing, celebrating. It’s like no one wanted to leave and have this experience end. (sic)”

The movie opens at NuMetro Cinema’s around South Africa this Friday (24 August 2018). 

Celebrities did not miss out on the action sharing their comments on the movie on twitter.

OPINION: 5 tips that will make you the best Entrepreneur

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A substantial number of young entrepreneurs has been detected in South Africa. 

A survey by Seed Academy says business owners between the ages of 18 and 34 decreased by nearly 6 percent in 2017.

While it may be true that young entrepreneurs face many challenges – from financial limitations, to simply not being taken seriously by potential vendors, clients, and funders who may not appreciate the value of young entrepreneurs – it is important to emphasize that entrepreneurs are self-reliant by definition. It means that even if conditions are not optimal, a determined entrepreneur should be able to seek and find alternative ways to facilitate the start or growth of their business. 

Ben Bierman is a managing director at Business Partners Limited. Image: Supplied.

There is no reason why young entrepreneurs should feel discouraged from starting their own business. By following the five basic rules of entrepreneurship, they can make their journey to business success significantly less challenging. 

1. Mentorship

Many successful entrepreneurs consult the same mentor throughout their entrepreneurial journey while others look for a new one every time they take on a new project or venture. The mentor should be someone that the entrepreneur can trust and feel comfortable with. He or she should be able to identify the successful as well as the struggling parts of the business in order to provide valuable assistance. 

Finding a suitable expert for their unique situation can sometimes be challenging. But a professional consultants or an experienced entrepreneur can also be a worthy source of advice.

2. Branding

For the young entrepreneur to be taken in the absence of life experience is important. It is vital for new businesses to proactively manage the perception that outside parties may hold. The same goes for a careful creation, management and defence of the brand. Beyond being merely a symbol, a brand is the sum of the experiences that a customer may have with a business. This means that communication, customer service, product quality and everyday operations all need to be perfectly aligned to successfully broadcast one clear message about the company. 

Fortunately, a massive budget is not necessary to build a brand anymore. Social media and affordable web hosting makes it possible to communicate a business’s message to customers affordably. Entrepreneurs need to ensure that the positive message being broadcast to audiences is backed up with superior service.

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3. Pitching

The ability to network is a skill that every entrepreneur needs to acquire as potential clients may be present at social events, conferences, or even in an actual elevator. Being able to describe the business and its purpose as simply and as clearly as possible to potential clients and investors is central to getting the most out of networking opportunities. An elevator pitch is a summary of the business in less than 30-seconds to tell any stranger about the company with enthusiasm, clarity, and in a way that leaves a lasting impression. The best way to develop it is to closely analyse the business model and to write down the most concise description for the range of goods or services offered. Rewrite and summarise this description until it is no longer than 50 – 100 words.  Lastly, be ready to explain the business to anyone at any time.  

4. Investing

Waiting for financial investment is often one of the first reasons that entrepreneurial ventures fail, so it’s usually better for business owners to invest their own capital first. This is easier said than done considering the many challenges young people face. Saving money towards your future business usually requires a frugal mentality and the ability to stay within a budget. Your family can also be a source of affordable capital as can a deposit from your first client. The biggest benefit is that business owners can prove that they are able to turn a profit with their own cash to investors and funders, which is exceedingly attractive and makes the next stage of the venture’s growth that much easier.  


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5. Learning 
 
The most accomplished entrepreneurs are those who never stop reading and learning. Entrepreneurs who make a determined effort to continually develop their skills are better resources or assets to their businesses. As such, it is ideal for entrepreneurs to read widely and take advantage of online courses or free SETA-hosted training programmes which can contribute to their development.

Despite the various challenges faced by young entrepreneurs, it’s clear that they have a lot to offer the business world. Following these simple guidelines and never giving in to the barriers will put the young entrepreneur ahead of the curve in no time.

Ben Bierman is a managing director at Business Partners Limited.

The views expressed here are not necessarily those of The Young Independents.

Find out why Nicki Minaj is mad at Travis Scott

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Nicki Minaj has slated Travis Scott and Spotify after her new album missed out on the top spot in the US charts.

The 35-year-old singer’s latest record ‘Queen’ landed at number two with 185,000 sales, with the 26-year-old rapper’s LP ‘Astroworld’ beating it with 205,000 copies, and she has hit out over his ‘Season Passes’ which gave fans pre-sale access to tickets if they bought the collection.

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Taking to Twitter, she ranted in a series of posts: “Travis sold over 50K of these. With no requirement of redeeming the album! With no dates for a tour, etc. I spoke to him.

“He knows he doesn’t have the #1 album this week. I love my fans for the #1 album in AMERICA… I put my blood sweat & tears in writing a dope album only for Travis Scott to have Kylie Jenner post a tour pass telling ppl to come see her & Stormi. lol.

“Im actually laughing. #Queen broke the record of being number 1 in 86 countries. Thank Jesus & thank you to my fans. (sic)”

Travis Scott.
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Nicki vowed to address it further on her ‘Queen Radio’ show, and then turned her attention to Spotify, suggesting debuting her album on her Beats 1 show meant the competing streaming service was punishing her.

She argued: “Spotify put drake’s face on every playlist but told me they’d have to teach me a lessons for playing my music 10 mins early on #QueenRadio.

“Even tho they’ve been giving away my music for free for years & I am one of the top Spotify artists of all time.”

She pointed to Drake’s own show on Apple’s Beats 1 network and argued he was rewarded where she has felt punished.

She added: “Spotify had to teach me a lesson but rewarded the man who has had an Apple radio show the longest; inadvertently helping the Apple platform the most.

“Oh I can’t wait for #QueenRadio on Tuesday. They took away my promotion they had promised for the 1st cpl days b/c of this.”

4 Ways to Help your Furry Friend beat the Itch

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If you’ve got the sniffles, chances are your dog’s also starting to itch. Dr Guy Fyvie from Hill’s Pet Nutrition says that environmental allergens pose an invisible but constant nuisance to many dogs.

“More than 50 percent of allergies in dogs are caused by the world around them – pollens, mould’s and house dust mites can be found anywhere and in any season.”

The good news is that there are a couple of small, simple changes that can help…

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Wash his bed, often

Sounds obvious, but you’ll be surprised at how much time can pass before you remember it’s time to do it again. The ideal would be to wash their bedding every second week in a washing machine on the hottest programme.

If you’re in the Western Cape where water is scarce, skip the wash and rather give the beds a really good vacuum twice a week.

Keep his coat healthy

If your dog is suffering from an allergic environmental reaction, give him a bath, but keep the water cool. For really bad cases you can do it as much as three times a week.

This will help to calm itchy irritated skin and can reduce allergens in the coat. “There are a few pet-friendly hypoallergenic and gentle medicated shampoos available from your vet. Also, invest in some dog grooming wipes which can remove loose hair, dirt and odour causing bacteria from your dog’s fur,” says Dr Fyvie.

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Consider his diet

Nutrition can make a massive difference to your dog’s ailment. This all helps to fortify the skin barrier to block environmental allergens, disrupt the internal allergy response, break the vicious itch-scratch cycle and create a healthy skin and coat.

Conduct tests with your vet

The cause of the allergy may not always be obvious but there are several tests that your vet can perform which identify what your dog is allergic to. Pop down to your local vet and get more information.

There are a variety of things you can do to prevent your dog from suffering from allergies. “Your dog doesn’t have to endure the pain and irritation that comes with itching and inflammation,” says Fyvie.


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Why You need to try Yoga

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The yoga community is growing, with many people exploring and practising this form of exercise.

Some do it to relieve stress while others do it for meditation, and to stay fit. Fulvio Grandin, a director and yoga teacher at Yogazone in Cape Town, says the benefits of yoga are endless.

The physical benefits are that it helps with fitness and cardiovascular health, helping the body with cleansing of organs, muscle tissue, and joints.

Yoga also creates a healthy weight and balanced metabolic system while it helps the body with muscle stretching and toning.

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It has benefits…

Apart from relieving stress and improving fitness, other benefits of yoga include rejuvenating mindfulness, improving sleep, better sex, improved digestion and a happy demeanour.

Qutoe Anoushka Emson, a yoga instructor who is also based in Cape Town, said yoga helps with body detoxification, preventing ailments and improving mental strength.

Emson said this year yogis can expect the rise of Budokon yoga. The practice infuses traditional yoga postures and meditation with martial arts transitions.

This form of yoga is more athletic than others as it focuses on strength and agility while building awareness and connection between mind and body.

Acro yoga is another form of yoga that is on the up-and-up. It employs acrobatics and gymnastic techniques to build strength, flexibility and trust between partners. In couples, each person plays a key role. 

The bases spend most of their time on the ground, usually with their back square to the ground in a static pose with their feet and hands being the main points of contact with a strong focus on core strength. The flyer is lifted off the ground by the base conducting either static or moving postures.

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According to Grandin meditation, yoga Nidra and other mindfulness practices are definitely gaining a lot of interest and reflect the growing trend. The corporate and business sectors are also showing increased interest in meditation and mindfulness, which help alleviate stress, focus the mind and assist in leadership, decision-making and effective planning.

Emson said yoga retreats started gaining popularity in South Africa early last year, and it is easy to see why. Yogis headed to beautiful wine estates, beaches, and mountains to revel in a weekend of relaxation and meditation combined with healthy food and spa treatments, marrying the traditional getaway with a passion for fitness and wellness.

Last year also saw an increase in men joining the practice. The addition of forms, like Waterman Yoga, were developed to focus on strengthening and stretching both the body and mind aimed at overall improvement of stability, strength, balance, flexibility, stamina, breath control and mental focus. All of which play crucial roles in making well-rounded watermen.

Grandin explained yoga therapy as a specific yoga modality focusing on relieving and repairing injuries and strains to the body, including muscular, connective tissue, skeletal. It is done through the careful preparation and instructions of a skilled yoga therapy teacher that uses certain asanas (yoga postures) and breathing or meditation techniques for specialised benefits. Basically specialised yoga for specific therapeutic benefits.

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Challenging yourself…

Emson said that in any practice, it is important to challenge yourself. Choose a pose that you find challenging and master it. Whether it’s the one-legged inverted staff pose, the crow or birds of paradise, there is often that one pose you would like to improve in and master.

Start now and have no worries about being a beginner, advised Grandin. Yoga is about practice and consistency so practice yoga regularly.

Emson said it is important to listen to the cues that your body is giving you. Some days your body will be open to pushing itself and other days you may want to take it easier. There are so many options, with each pose open to multiple variations.

There are many different forms of yoga with differing levels, different methods. When starting, give all forms a chance and see which works best for your body and wellness goals.

Practice regularly and with good teachers. 

Grandin also suggested that you mix up classes between different modalities and yoga styles.

Attend meditation sessions and do yoga Nidra when available.

Attend yoga workshops and retreats to deepen your practice and your connection with yoga and with your favourite teachers.

Keep advancing yourself said Emson. Similarly to aspiring yogis, the advanced yogi can expand their practice by advancing your practise.

If you’ve mastered Vinyasa yoga practise, try Power Sculpt.

Alternatively, try incorporating foam-rolling – a class that focuses on self-massage to release muscle tightness and trigger points.

10 things you need to know about Aretha Franklin

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ARETHA Franklin, whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning Queen of Soul with such hit songs as Respect and Chain of Fools, died yesterday at the age of 76, the Associated Press (AP) reported.


Here are 10 things you need to know about Aretha Franklin: 

1. Franklin, who won 18 Grammys and had some 25 gold records, died at her home in Detroit.

2. She sang at the funeral of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, as well as at the presidential inaugurations of Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. 

3. In 1987 she became the first woman voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

4. In 2010 Rolling Stone magazine named her the No 1 singer of the rock era.

5. Franklin was known to be shy, moody, imperious and difficult. 

6. She often did not get along with other women singers, including her sisters, could be quick to fire underlings, and was erratic when it came to showing up for concerts and appointments.

7. Franklin, who was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, was the subject of a singing tribute at the February 2011 Grammy Awards ceremony and a Carnegie Hall tribute concert in early 2017. She did not attend either.

8. Franklin did not perform regularly for many years, partly because of an aversion to flying after a rough trip in 1982. Instead, she travelled in a customised bus. 

9. She often had to cancel shows for health reasons. 

10. She acted in only one movie in her career – The Queen of Soul meets the Soul Men!

– Reuters

Men should talk about Reproductive Health too

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Men need to take part in conversations about contraceptives. It has been over 50 years since female contraceptives were made available to women. The availability has been celebrated around the world since.  

The feminist movement celebrated female contraceptives for giving women the power to control if and when they become pregnant. But somewhere along the way, a woman’s right to use birth control translated into a woman’s responsibility to use birth control.

Research published in Culture, Health & Sexuality, found that young men had a difficult time reconciling the idea that women should have control over their own bodies with the idea that men should play an equal role in making decisions about contraception – especially since most forms of contraception alter women’s bodies to prevent pregnancy, rather than men’s.

A conflict of ideas

For our study, we held in-depth interviews with 44 young men at a large public university in the western United States to understand how they make decisions about contraception during their sexual relationships with women. 

The men we interviewed clearly articulated two sets of expectations: they thought that men should participate equally in decisions about contraceptive use, but that women should have the final say since women bear much of the physical and social responsibility if they get pregnant.

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Some men were worried that they might disrespect women’s bodily autonomy by bringing up the issue of contraceptives. Women were expected to request that men use a condom or otherwise communicate to men that they were not using a hormonal contraceptive. 

By deferring to women, men were attempting to be mindful of the power dynamics that still privilege them.

We found that being confused about these competing ideas can prevent men from communicating clearly about contraceptives with their partners. As a result, men ultimately tasked women with initiating all communication about contraception, leaving their sexual partners with greater responsibility, work and financial costs related to getting contraception, and preventing pregnancy.

Bringing up birth control


In a culture where almost all forms of contraception are designed for women, most men couldn’t come to a satisfactory resolution between sharing equal responsibility for contraception and respecting a woman’s right to control her own body. 

What’s more, they said that this conflict contributed to their general reluctance to engage with the issue of contraception at all.

Our findings suggest that sexual health education aimed at young men must go beyond simply telling them to use condoms. Recent efforts to normalize “affirmative consent” and encourage men and women to communicate clearly about sex might also help raise the issue of contraception.

How researchers and sexual health practitioners can help to reconcile these opposing ideas is up for debate. New efforts to develop a birth control pill for men are promising and would help to reduce the gender disparities in available methods. But the male pill is still in development and won’t be widely available for some time.

In the meantime, when in doubt, men should simply wear a condom. Men shouldn’t just assume that if women don’t say anything about contraception, it means they’re protected. 

It’s necessary to have the conversation – even if it’s uncomfortable. Men can also learn more about female forms of contraception so that they can understand the impact they have on women’s bodies and be more sensitive to women’s needs during these conversations.

Men should never assume that any woman is using a contraceptive method. If you don’t want to discuss contraception, then simply use a condom – and relieve women of the responsibility for requesting one.

In this, and other ways, we must cultivate an understanding of sexual relationships that go beyond a battle of the sexes approach, in which men’s and women’s needs and desires are seemingly at odds. In this study, men lacked the tools they needed to engage in sex responsibly, which ended up placing greater responsibility on women.

This article was originally published on The Conversation.

These are the hottest body piercing trends for 2018

Back in the day having more than one piercing in your earlobes was considered “rebellious”. Nowadays, having two or even three piercings through your earlobe and anywhere else on the face doesn’t raise eyebrows anymore and is “cool”.

Body piercings have become so popular that no one blinks an eye when they see a piercing in an odd place such as through your cheeks and eyebrows.

In the same way, that tattoo designs and placements go through trends, so do body piercings. Thankfully, piercings are far less permanent.

Here’s a list of some of the piercings that are popular right now:

1. Industrial piercings

This piercing is often referred to as a “bar” or “scaffold” piercing and it’s become extremely popular over the past few years. It’s different to other piercings and has an edgier look. Not one for the faint-hearted since this piercing involves getting two holes at the same time.

The piercing goes across the cartilage of the upper ear using a bar.

2. Septum Piercings

Celebrities like Rihanna and Zoe Kravitz have made this piercing quite popular. The septum sits at the tip of your nose and the piercing goes through the cartilage that separates your nostrils. One of the downsides of this piercing is that every time you sneeze or need to wipe your nose you’ll be reminded that it’s there.

3. Daith and the rook piercing

These two piercings are quite similar since they are located in the same area. Both are in the innermost curves of the ear.

The daith being the curvy part that closes the earhole and the rook above the daith. They are both cartilage folds. The daith piercing is more popular and apparently this piercing is meant to ease migraines.

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4. The tragus

Situated next to the daith and rook, the tragus isn’t curvy. It’s the skin that covers the opening of the ear canal. When you want to close your ears, that’s the part of your ear you use to cover the hole with. It’s softer than the daith and rook making it less painful to pierce.

5. Labret

Labret piercings can be referred to as a lip piercing,more specifically the bottom lip. It can be either a stud or a ring.

Top Four Non-Alcoholic Drinks You Will Enjoy

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Cocktails don’t always have to be alcoholic, here are some recipes of cocktails by the Great British Chefs that anyone can enjoy.  

1. Snowball Mocktail by Viveck Singh

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Ingredients: 

300ml of vanilla ice cream

100ml of lemon juice

500ml of diet lemonade

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

60g of redcurrants

Syrup:

10g of mincemeat

25g of sugar

25ml of water

Method:

For the syrup, heat together the sugar and water in a pan until the sugar dissolve. Leave to cool a little then pour into a jar. Add the mincemeat and leave to infuse overnight. Then, strain the mixture and reserve the syrup.

Measure out 10ml of the syrup and mix with all of the other ingredients until white and frothy.

Pour into glasses and dust with the cinnamon. Top with some redcurrants and serve.

2. Rosemary, lemon, apple and cranberry mocktail by Simon Rogan


Rosemary, lemon, apple and cranberry mocktail – UK Independent

Ingredients:

Lemon verbena and rosemary syrup ingredients:

50 g of rosemary

10 g of lemon verbena

500 ml of water

500 g of caster sugar

To finish the cocktail:

20 ml of lemon juice

100 ml of apple juice

100 ml of cranberry juice, fresh

Apple marigold, leaves

Orange peel

Raspberries

Ice cubes

Method:

Preheat a water bath to 50°C. To prepare the lemon verbena and rosemary syrup, add the rosemary, lemon verbena, water and sugar to a vac pac bag.

Remove the air with your hands, seal without vacuum and place in the water bath for 1 hour. Allow the mix to cool, then pass through a strainer.

Add 20ml of the syrup to a cocktail shaker with the lemon juice, apple juice, and cranberry juice.

Shake and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice cubes, garnish with the apple marigold leaves, orange peel, and raspberries.

Serve immediately.

3. Non-alcoholic Aperol Spritz by Lee Westcott


Non-alcoholic Aperol Spritz by Lee Westcott – UK Independent

Ingredients:

700 ml of Aperol

4 g of malic acid

100 ml of water

Rhubarb soda

Ice cubes

Method:

Add the Aperol to a pan and reduce over a low heat until it has a syrupy consistency – this will remove the alcohol from the liquid.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool before returning to a clean bottle.

Dissolve the malic acid in the water and stir thoroughly.

Add to a dripper bottle.

To assemble the mocktail, add 15ml of the reduced Aperol to a glass with ice.

Add 3 drops of the malic acid solution and top with the rhubarb soda.

Stir and serve.

4. Rose water, apple, and rhubarb mocktail by Georgina Fuggle

Water, apple, and rhubarb mocktail by Georgina Fuggle – UK Independent

Ingredients:

1 egg white

caster sugar, 3-4 tbsp

600 ml of apple and rhubarb juice

400 ml of soda water

2 tsp rose water

2 limes, 1 juiced, 1 sliced

ice cubes, crushed

mint leaves, to serve

Method:

First, prepare your rose petals.

Paint both sides of each rose petal with egg white and sprinkle with caster sugar on both sides.

Set on a piece of parchment paper and leave to dry overnight.

When ready to serve, combine the apple and rhubarb juice, soda water, rose water and lime juice in a large jug.

Stir together to combine. Divide the ice between four tumblers, pour over the mocktail and top with the rose petals, mint and slices of lime. Serve.

Recipes courtesy of Great British Chefs. Visit their site for more mocktail recipes

Calvin Harris and Sam Smith announce new song

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Calvin Harris is releasing a “surprise” collaboration with Sam Smith on Friday (17.08.18).

The Scottish EDM star has announced the pair have teamed up on the new track ‘Promises’, and he’s “very excited” about it.

Alongside a picture of the faded pink artwork, which features a lone tree in the middle of a sprawling field, the ‘One Kiss’ hitmaker tweeted: “CALVIN HARRIS // SAM SMITH // very excited about this one !!! @samsmithworld coming Friday (sic)”

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And the ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’ hitmaker retweeted the post, adding: “Surprise!!!! I’m so excited for you all to hear this song. CALVIN HARRIS // SAM SMITH // PROMISES – Coming on Friday. Pre-save at http://presave.it/promises @CalvinHarris (sic)”

Sam previously teamed up with EDM duo Disciples on the hit song ‘Latch’, but confessed he’d never listened to dance music until he worked with the ‘On My Mind’ hitmakers – comprised of brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence.

The 2012 single was one of the first songs the ‘Stay With Me’ singer worked with other people on with his long-time renowned producer Jimmy Napes.

Speaking to Amazon Music Unlimited as part of their Side by Side playlist series, Sam previously confessed: “I’d never heard of Disclosure. I’d actually never really listened to dance music before I met them.

“Me and producer Jimmy [Napes] went to their studio in the countryside. It was this tiny, tiny studio and we all sat in there and they started playing a beat. I just didn’t know what to think.

“I was used to listening to jazz music, musical theatre and Britney Spears.

“So when they started playing this beat I really didn’t know what to think.

“In my head I just thought I need to sing as hard as I possibly can.”

Without working with Disclosure, Sam might not have gone on to team up with producer Naughty Boy a year later on ‘La La La’, which reached number one in 26 countries, as ‘Latch’ opened the doors to new musical possibilities.

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