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Tuesday, August 2 2022


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I “Composed” ,”Written” ,”sung”& “Performed” Enjoy Enjaami. Nobody gave me a Tune, Melody or a Single word to write this one.

That’s what rapper Arivu wrote on his Insta account—after the song was credited to composer Santosh Narayanan when ‘Enjoy Enjaami’ was performed at the Chess Olympiad’s opening ceremony. While the original hit was a collab between Arivu and Dhee—his contribution has been repeatedly erased by Narayanan and the AR Rahman-backed music platform Maajja. Narayanan claims the song was Dhee’s idea—and he “then composed, arranged, programmed, recorded and co-sang” it. Interesting point to note: past coverage of the song noted that the lyrics are a tribute to Arivu’s grandmother who was a slave labourer in a Ceylonese plantation. Also: read our Big Story for lots more detail on Arivu and the controversy.

 

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Big Story

Why is Uncle Sam suing Penguin Random House?

The TLDR: Back in 2013, Penguin merged with Random House to become the biggest publishing house in the world. Then last year, it inked a deal to acquire Simon & Schuster—and was promptly hit by an antitrust lawsuit by the US government. Is there anything wrong if one company publishes most of the books on the market?


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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Jio wins big in 5G auction
  • US kills Al Qaeda top leader 
  • Zomato makes big changes
  • TikTok eyes Spotify and Apple 
  • Everything is getting sweeter…
  • Beyoncé did a Lizzo
  • Taylor Swift is the ‘biggest celebrity CO2 polluter’
  • A wearable fan for pets in Japan

 

Sanity Break

  • The teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's ‘Oppenheimer’

 

A list of intriguing things

  • A toilet that works with no water or sewage
  • The outrageously coloured shrimp that can see colour, as well as ultraviolet and infrared
  • The "world's fastest airliner"
  • A Lego replica of 'The Office' office 

 

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