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Mercury Prize 2018: Nominees reveal the last thing they changed on their albums

Mercury Prize 2018: Nominees reveal the last thing they changed on their albums

Entertainment
Making a great album is like making a great sandwich: The trick is knowing when to stop.If inspiration is the bread and butter, it's the choice of fillings that decide whether the record becomes a sumptuous feast or a disappointment.Just look at Kanye West's The Life Of Pablo. The star obsessed over the record for months after its release in 2016, making prominent changes to at least 12 of its 20 tracks, often to their detriment.On the flipside, U2 famously felt rushed to complete 1997's Pop album, delivering a "compromise project" on the eve of their world tour. They later re-recorded several of the tracks for a greatest hits album, labelling those the definitive versions.This year's nominees for the Mercury Prize, it's safe to say, have delivered some o...
One thing we learned about every Premier League club’s tactics from their first game

One thing we learned about every Premier League club’s tactics from their first game

Sports
ANALYSIS What has the opening weekend told us about every team's game plan? The first weekend of the 2018/19 Premier League season is done and in the record books. It wasn’t the most thrilling, with no real shocks but we’re already seeing how sides are developing their tactics for the new campaign. Premier League managers have shown us a glimpse of their tactics this season You can stand still in modern football with your opponents scouting almost continuously so they can find holes in your side’s game plans. But what are the most noticeable tactics for each Premier League team? With just one game gone it’s foolish to draw a full conclusion as the sample size is too small, but they may be giving us a clue about their p...
Most people still don't understand a thing about their credit score, and it's costing them big time

Most people still don't understand a thing about their credit score, and it's costing them big time

Finance
Credit scores greatly impact a consumer's financial moves — and how much they'll pay along the way — yet many don't even know how the rating works. Around 40 percent believe, incorrectly, that age and marital status play a role in their three-digit score, according to the Consumer Federation of America's credit card survey, which included interviews with some 1,000 people from May 31 to June 3 of this year. Only around 20 percent of people fully realize how a low credit score can bring on heftier interest-rate charges. Specifically, that borrowers with a low score can pay about $ 5,000 more on a $ 20,000, 60-mont...
Think petrol is the only thing hurting? 3 reasons why June will be rough for you

Think petrol is the only thing hurting? 3 reasons why June will be rough for you

Finance
Come June, and consumers are going to be hit by a volley of price hikes. Steep hike in fuel prices does not burn a hole in the pockets of only those who buy fuel. Every consumer is impacted by a hike in fuel price because fuel is what the economy runs on. Steep fuel prices and many other factors such as the closure of Sterlite Copper plant in Tuticorin will disappoint consumers from next month as prices of many consumer goods are going to rise. White goods Price of air-conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines and microwave ovens are set to get dearer by 2-5% from next month due to increase in crude oil prices, depreciation of the rupee and rates of key raw material steel and copper hardening up, according to industry executives. The net increase will be in the range of Rs 400 to over...
Credit card signatures are almost a thing of the past

Credit card signatures are almost a thing of the past

Finance
5 stunning stats about credit cardsThe random scribble you hastily scrawl after swiping your credit card is no longer required. Major credit card companies are getting rid of the signature requirement for credit card transactions. American Express, Discover and Mastercard will no longer require merchants to collect a signature on April 13. Visa will do away with the signature requirement starting April 14. "Signatures are no longer considered to be any real deterrent to fraud," explained Matt Schulz, senior industry analyst at CreditCards.com. "Most people don't sign their name in full or take it all that seriously." The signature requirement had already been fading, especially for smaller purchases. For instance, American Express has not required a signature for transactions under $ 50...