Lady Gaga’s New Single ‘Million Reasons’ Is A Soulful Country Ballad

Mother Monster and future Super Bowl halftime performer Lady Gaga is back with another single from her upcoming album, “Joanne,” and it’s nothing close to her usual sound.

As Alan Jackson would say, Gaga’s “gone country” and there’s no turning back now. The new track, “Million Reasons,” is slower than her usual pop tempo. Her soulful voice (with a slight twang!) starts out backed by a simple guitar and builds ever-so-slightly as the song continues. Listen and listen again, but try not to do so over a glass of whiskey, as tears will surely follow.

Last month, Gaga released “Perfect Illusion,” another single that appears on the upcoming album set to debut Oct. 21. Watch the music video here and prepare to rock.

Samsung suspends production of recalled Note 7: Report

SEOUL: Samsung Electronics has suspended production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, a report said Monday, a month after a recall prompted by battery explosions and a day after two major overseas distributors halted replacements.

Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker, declined to comment on the report by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency which was sourced to an unidentified official with an unnamed Samsung supplier.

The official told Yonhap the decision to temporarily halt production was taken in cooperation with consumer safety regulators from South Korea, the United States and China.

Samsung decided on September 2 to halt the sale of the Galaxy Note 7 and recall those sold after complaints that its lithium-ion battery exploded while charging.

With images of charred phones flooding social media, the unprecedented recall was a humiliation for a firm that prides itself as an icon of innovation and quality.

The recall process initially stumbled with some mixed messages, but seemed to be on track until last week when reports emerged of similar problems with some of the replacement phones.

On Sunday, US telecommunications firm AT&T and German rival T-Mobile said they would halt exchanges of recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7s pending further investigations.

AT&T said it would still offer customers the option to exchange that device for another Samsung smartphone or other device of their choice.

T-Mobile said it was halting sales of the Galaxy Note 7, as well as the exchanges.

Samsung on Friday issued a stronger-than-expected operating profit forecast for the third quarter despite the impact of the recall which, according to some analysts, could cost up to $2 billion.

Prisoners In 24 States Plan To Strike Friday

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Thousands of prisoners in 24 states plan to go on strike Friday in protest of their living conditions, including unsanitary food and water, solitary confinement, and forced labor.

The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), Free Alabama Movement,Free Ohio Movement, and Free Mississippi Movement have helped to coordinate the protests, which have also been endorsed by the the National Lawyers Guild.

In advance of the day, organizers have carried out flyer and street art campaigns, banner drops, and demonstrations outside of jails and detention facilities.

Malik Washington, an inmate in a Texas prison and spokesperson for the End Prison Slavery in Texas movement, told The Nation in a letter: “Prisoners in Amerikan prisons are sick and tired of being degraded, dehumanized, and exploited.”

Among the prisoners’ grievances: water in many state facilities has been found to contain arsenic; food can be moldy or spoiled; guards abuse solitary confinement as a form of retaliation against inmates; and prisoners must work for little to no pay in often degrading conditions.

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In addition to keeping their own facilities running day-to-day with cooking, cleaning, laundry and grounds maintenance, prisoners often work for businesses for cents on the dollar — or, in states such as Texas, Alabama, Georgia, and Arkansas, no pay at all.

Work and hunger strikes have been rising among inmates in American prisons in recent years. In 2010, prisoners in six state institutions in Georgia staged a coordinated work stoppage, and in 2013, tens of thousands of prisoners participated in a hunger strike in California state institutions.

Kenneth Glasgow, of the Free Alabama Movement, told Democracy Now that FAP has helped organize workers in 40 to 50 prisons to strike on Friday. “We found out, by law, that those that are incarcerated, in prison, still have the rights to assemble, the rights to a prison strike, if it’s peaceful, and the rights not to be retaliated against,” he said.

IWOC’s call to strike from April reads in part: “This is a call to end slavery in America. This call goes directly to the slaves themselves. We are not making demands or requests of our captors, we are calling ourselves to action. To every prisoner in every state and federal institution across this land, we call on you to stop being a slave, to let the crops rot in the plantation fields, to go on strike and cease reproducing the institutions of your confinement… They cannot run these facilities without us.”