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Ticker’s three tips to create a great Spotify playlist



Creating the perfect Spotify playlist is all about curating a seamless and enjoyable listening experience for yourself and others.

Here are three tips to help you craft a playlist that resonates:

1. Define a Theme or Mood

Start by identifying a theme, mood, or purpose for your playlist. It could be based on a specific genre, artist, era, or emotion. Having a clear focus will help you select tracks that fit cohesively together.

Whether it’s a “Chill Sunday Morning” playlist or a “Summer Road Trip” mix, sticking to a theme will make your playlist more engaging and relatable to your listeners.

2. Diverse Song Selection

Variety is key to keeping your playlist engaging and preventing it from becoming monotonous. Include a mix of different tempos, genres, and styles. This can keep listeners intrigued and showcase your musical taste.

Balance energetic tracks with mellower ones, and try to incorporate songs that might be new discoveries for your audience.

3. Seamless Flow and Transitions

Pay attention to the order of songs to ensure a smooth and enjoyable listening experience.

Think about how each song flows into the next. Aim for transitions that feel natural, such as matching key, tempo, or mood. Avoid abrupt shifts that can disrupt the rhythm. Listen to your playlist from start to finish to ensure it flows well.

Bonus Tip: Regular Updates

A playlist doesn’t have to remain static. Keep it fresh by regularly adding new tracks and removing ones that might not fit anymore. This keeps your playlist relevant and exciting for both you and your listeners.

Remember, your playlist should reflect your personal taste while also appealing to your intended audience. Have fun curating and sharing your musical journey.

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China conducts ‘punishment’ war games near Taiwan



China initiated military ‘punishment’ exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan in response to the newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te.

These drills come amid escalating tensions in the region, with Beijing asserting its sovereignty over Taiwan, denouncing the inauguration of President Lai Ching-te and labelling this one of several “separatist acts”, as reported by Reuters.

These military manoeuvres are seen as a show of force and a warning to Taiwan and its supporters against any moves perceived as challenging China’s territorial claims.

President Lai has repeatedly offered talks with China but has been rebuffed.

He says only Taiwan’s people can decide their future, and rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims.

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Apple Music’s controversial top 10 albums of all time



Apple Music has released its highly anticipated “100 Best Albums of All Time” list, with the top 10 rankings causing a bittersweet symphony of destruction for some music lovers.

The list was curated by a panel of experts and based on various factors including cultural impact, critical acclaim, and commercial success, with the aim to celebrate the most influential and timeless albums across genres.

As reported by the official Apple Music Newsroom blog post, the top ten best albums of all time are the following:

10. Lemonade (2016), Beyoncé

9. Nevermind (1991), Nirvana 

8. Back to Black (2006), Amy Winehouse

7. good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), Kendrick Lamar

6. Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Stevie Wonder

5. Blonde (2016), Frank Ocean

4. Purple Rain (1984), Prince & The Revolution

3. Abbey Road (1969), The Beatles

2. Thriller (1982), Michael Jackson

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), Lauryn Hill

In other news, Apple recently became the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before falling just below that milestone, as reported by Reuters.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health



Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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