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20 years since the Swedish DJ, Remixer, Producer and Songwriter Denniz Pop past away

Sweden is one of the biggest music exporter, and Denniz Pop is the main reason for that. Denniz Pop made hit after hit after hit, but suddenly it all stopped in 1998. Tragically he left us all very early in August 30, 1998 after less than a year of struggle against his stomach cancer.

Denniz Pop`s real name is Dag Krister Volle and his nickname was Dagge. He was born on 26 April 1963 to the Norwegian immigrants Jarl Gregar Volle and Anna Volle (neè Innsto).

 

(This is how one of the first SweMix record labels looked like in the 80`s. I have many of them in my own record collection. Good memories)

 

Much people around the world doesnt know who Denniz Pop is. They have never heard of him, but thats how he liked it. He didn`t want to stand in the spotlight, and very few in Main Stream Media wrote about him.

He started his career as a DJ in the early 80s in Stockholm and he quickly became one of the most well-known DJs in the Stockholm dance scene, and he was a great inspiration to many new DJ`s and to some he was probably THE reason they wanted to become a DJ.

People wanted to do all these great things that Denniz Pop was doing, Another famous Swedish DJ was Robert Watz, who is one half of the successful RobnRaz. He said Denniz Pop was the inspiration and the best disc jockey in Sweden!

In 1985, Denniz Pop and Robert Watz came up with the idea of creating a remix service like DMC (Disco Mix Club), and a year later they started SweMix which was founded by Denniz Pop, Renè Hedemyr (Remixer of Roxette), Stonebridge (the man behind Robin S and Show me love), Emil Hellman (Army of Lovers), Rob Below and JJ.

Denniz Pop fast became one of Swedens most wanted remixers. He always had this ear for how things should sound to be perfect and in his remixes he could put in a small sample of another record. As a former DJ I can remember his remix of Michael Jacksons Billy Jean, which he used time stretching.

In 1989 SweMix started to sign own artists and the company was divided into SweMix Records & Publishing and SweMix Productions. Dr Alban was one of the first artist to be signed and his debut single «Hello Africa» became a worldwide hit.

Dr Alban and Denniz Pop became famous all over the world and there is no doubt that it is because of Denniz Pop. He knew how it should sound like. Now, they started to earn a lot of money. About 50% of the income went to SweMix and the rest of the crew who were just sitting there drinking coffee. That wasn`t fair.

Denniz Pop didnt like that, so in 1992, SweMix splits up when Denniz Pop and Tom Talomaa startes their own record label called Cheiron. This is were things really starts to be big. Really big. Denniz Pop produced Dr Albans second album called «It`s my life».

The song «It`s my life» became a MegaHit. So was it for “No Coke”, “One love” and “Sing Hallelujah”, and Denniz Pop became a big name in the business and got lots of offers to produce and write music for other artists. A year later he produced Ace of Base and made the song «All that she wants».

It doesnt stop here. A year later he produced hits after hits for E-Type and Leila K. Later on, he made MegaHits for Backstreet Boys. He made a hit for Robyn, Papa Dee, Army of Lovers, Rednex, Real McCoy and Michael Jackosons nephews 3T album, while he also worked with Michael Jackson in the studio.

In 1998 he receives his first Grammy award (Swedish Music Industry Award). He got the jury`s special Honor Award, for all his great work and successes which placed Swedish Dance Music on the world map and have made Sweden the Third largest music exporting country in the world, after U.S and U.K.

Denniz Pop was too ill to receive the award in person because of his cancer, but everyone agrees to the fact that he was worth it, and people said;

«Denniz Pop was THE reason that the Swedish Dance Music became such a big export.»

Denniz Pop got the information in December 1997 that he had cancer and he was operated just weeks later. He was quite well until July 1998 when he very fast got worse and sadly past away on Sunday August 30, 1998. Thats excatly one year after Princess Dianas death.

It’s nice to hear how Max Martin keeps Denniz Pops memory and their special sound alive in worldwide hits. He made Britney Spears «Baby one more time» and during the 1999 MTV European Music Awards, Britney dedicated that award to the loving memories of Denniz Pop.

Britney Spears also had the following dedication to Denniz Pop in her album called «Baby one more time»;

To Denniz Pop; Your memory lives on in the beautiful music you wrote for me. Thank you.»

In 2016, Denniz Pop was honored and elected into the Swedish Music Hall of Fame. The Jury motivated the election;

«Denniz Pop; Sweden has during the past 25 years positioned itself as the world`s leadin country for pop music along with the US and Britain. A large part of this development can be traced to one single person; Dag «Denniz Pop» Volle (1963-1998) from Botkyrka Municipality. Denniz Pop was a record store clerk and disc jockey who transferred his youths intensive music listening (what makes certain songs catch?) and dance floor studies in the field (what makes people dance?) to, without playing any instrument, start creating his own music with the help of initially record players and then computers.

Denniz Pop created a new way to make music. A non-hierarchical teamwork with different specialists called in. An operation method that changed and shaped today`s international pop music. One of Dennis Pop proteges, Martin «Max Martin» Sandberg, became the most successful pop-maker in the world since Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Everywhere on the radio today, echoes are heard of Denniz Pop.»

It is also nice to see that in 2013, Denniz Pop Awards was founded and it`s run by former Cheiron members, co-workers, friends and family with the goal of helping new songwriters, producers and artists continue the legacy Denniz Pop once started.

Every year the Award is given to aspiring talents in the music industry. Notable winners include Swedish House Mafia and Avicii.

Avicii is another young Swedish DJ and producer who passed away on Friday last week. Denniz Pop was 35 and Avicii was only 28 years old. Two great DJ`s. Two great producers. Both from Stockholm. Both had big success, and both of them got stomach problems that stopped their work.

I will write more about Avicii (Tim Bergling) later on.

On August 30, 2018, it is 20 year since Denniz Pop past away. I really hope former SweMix and Cheiron members along with others in the Swedish Music Industry can find a moment this year to honor Denniz Pop.

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Netflix`s 43 percent jump in streaming revenue was its best in history

What investor on this planet didnt like Netflixs Q1 2018 revenue growth of 43 percent? Netflix has been one of my favorite stocks in many years and is still a favorite. But what investors are concerned about is their amortization of streaming content that is not keeping pace.

Netflix`s amortization of streaming content is up «only» 33 percent which is still very good, and their earnings growth is up 60 percent YoY. This is absolutely impressive. Despite the fact that their revenue growth is astonishing, CEO Reed Hastings has sold 8 percent of his stock.

 

Netflix is still expanding and according to Financial Times, the company will raise its investment in content across Europe and plans to spend about $1 billion on original productions this year. The revised budget will be more than double that of last year.

Netflix also unveils ten new European projects, and second season of «Glow» which will be released on June 29. Those who criticize their spending should be quiet, because the growth is unbelievable for a tech company that has been on the market for more than two decades.

Netflix added 7,4 million more streaming subscribers with 5 million of them outside the U.S, and higher subscription prices on top of their growing customer base gave them a huge boost for their revenue.

Netflix`s 43 percent jump in streaming revenue was its best in history.

Netflix reported $290,1 million in net income for the first quarter and that alone is more profit in three months than the streaming company had for the entire year of 2016.

Whats really funny is to see how Netflix in their own earnings report every quarter in a shareholder letter are describing their competitors. Netflix has been in the market for a couple of decades, but the competition has changed in the past year.

Last year, they were talking about «skinny bundles» and Amazon.coms sports ambitions, but new they mentioned Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Alphabets Google, YouTube and Walt Disney. Netflix are talking much about the iPhone maker and predicted how Apple will incorporate original content it has begun to purchase.

«Apple is growing its programming, which we presume will either be bundled with Apple Music or with iOS,» Netflix said. More companies are entering the market. Apple has reported that they will invest about $1 billion on original video content.

Netflix pointed out that it doesn`t seem to think Facebook and YouTube are truly competitors, as they are supported by ads instead of subscriptions.

Their biggest competitor may be former partner Disney. They split with Netflix last year, and started its own streaming services. Disney acquired 21st Century Fox and Hulu will also be owned by Disney after the deal with Fox.

Netflix`s market cap is $132 Billion.

 

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J.P Morgan will see more competition from corporations like Google, Apple and Samsung

I pointed out how cheap bank stock was a couple of years ago, and J.P Morgan is one of them. The stock is up over 100% since I wrote about the bank stocks and J.P Morgan is still a good stock. J.P Morgan is one of the best in the class with a Market Cap of $386,64 Billion.

Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon is one of those who hate Bitcoin and said he will fire his own employees trying to trade Bitcoin. But Mr Dimon should take “data capitalism” seriously because it is about to change how business is done throughout the economy.

Information technology and artificial intelligence (AI) will change the way banks do business as we know it today. Just take a look at Alibaba and its new bank. Furthermore, J.P Morgan will also see more competition from corporations like Google, Apple and Samsung.

They will all change the way we pay, but they will also change the financial business. Just take a look at Goldman Sachs Group and how they changed to their information technology platform in addition to their commercial banking.

JPM took a $2,4 billion hit to earnings due to the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and when one adds this back into the bank`s earnings, the return on tangible common equity, the bank produced a 13,6 percent result.

Economic growth is up 3% for the last quarters in a row and business investments has increased og only that should lead to increase in demand for working capital. That should lead to banks like JPM will lend more and receive more deposits.

On top of that you have the Feds policy and rising yields. Its like the stock market; it won`t go straight up of course, but in the long run, all this cases are profitable for the banking sector, and JPM is one of them.

Next target for the stock is $120, and slow growth is expected while much of the major run last two years is based on future growth based on increased global economic activity and rising rates.

JP Morgan Chase & Co is expected to report earnings on Friday 13, 2018 before market open, and the report will be for the fiscal Quarter ending March 2018. EPS forecast for the quarter is $2,28 and that is above last years EPS of $1,65.

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Is this the beginning of the apocalypse and will Jesus descend to Syria and Damascus?

This is not the first time we have seen a chemical attack in Syria. Five years ago, former president Barrack Obama had to deal about it, and now it is Trump`s turn to something. Mr Trump said the United States will make «major decisions» about its response over the next 24 to 48 hours.

“It was an atrocious attack”, Mr Trump said. It was horrible five years ago, and it is still horrible. Mr Trump are studying the situation extremely closely and he will meet the military leaders to make any decisions.

 

 

“Were talking about humanity," Trump said. "And it cant be allowed to happen. Well be looking at that barbaric act and studying whats going on.” The Pentagon chief said he would not rule out a U.S military strike against Syria in response to a suspected poison gas.

Trump`s new national security adviser, John Bolton, had his first day on job on Monday, and he has previously advocated military action against Syria.

The poison attack on Saturday took place in a rebel-held town near Damascus amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce. A day later, Israel conducted an airstrike on a Bashar al-Assad air base in Syria.

What in the world is going on in Syria?

King David, during his war against the Arameans, captured the city Damascus (Samuel 8:5-6). Later, it was conquered by Rezon, who cast off Israelite sovereignty during Solomon`s reign, and made it the capitol of the Aram-Damascus kingdom (1 Kings 11:23).

It remained the capitol until it was destroyed by the Assyrians in 732 BC. After the Assyrians, Damascus was taken over by the Chaldeans, then the Persians, then the Greeks.

Damascus was conquered by Alexander the Great, and after the death of Alexander in 323 BC, Damascus became the site of a struggle between the Seleucid and Ptolemaic empires. In 64 BC, the Roman general Pompay annexed the western part of Syria. In the New testament era there was a large Jewish community living in Damascus, as well as a Christian community.

In 1516, the Ottoman Turks came and remained for the next 400 years. Damascus had 10,423 households at that time. Under Ottoman rule, Christians and Jews were considered dhimmis (Non-Muslims) and were allowed to practice their religious precepts.

Islam is the dominant religion in Syria, and the majority of Muslims are Sunni while Alawites and Twelver Shi`a comprise sizeable minorities. Damascus is the capitol of Syria, north of Israel, and today, Damascus is the largest city of Syria with an estimated population of about 1,5 million people.

A closer look at the bible tells us that the great evangelist, Paul, converted to Christianity when traveling on a road to Damascus. Saul (later known as Paul) was on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians when he was blinded by a light from the presence of Jesus. He spent three days in Damascus, blind, until Jesus sent a disciple named Ananias to Saul.

Through Ananias, Jesus restored Saul`s sight, and baptized him. Damascus was the city in which Paul began his work as a great evangelist, teaching people in Asia, Africa and Europe about Jesus. This is where the conversion of Paul the Apostle comes in.

The conversion of Paul the Apostle, was, according to the New Testament, an event in the life of Paul the Apostle that led him to cease persecuting early Christians and to become a follower of Jesus. It is normally dated to AD 33-36. The phrases Pauline conversion, Damascene conversion and Damascus Christophany, and road to Damascus allude to this event.

The phrase «road to Damascus» is an English idiom that means an important point in a person`s life where a great change of ideas or beliefs takes place. The idiom comes from the Christians Bible (Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 9). It refers to the conversation of Saul of Tarsus (a.k.a St Paul) to Christianity while travelling to Damascus.

Many people around the world claim that jesus will descend in Damascus and not in Jerusalem.

The Second Coming is a Christian and Islamic belief regarding the future return of Jesus Christ after his incarnation and ascension to heaven about two thousand years ago.

The idea is based on Messianic prophecies found in the canonical gospels and is part of most Christian eschatological. Views about the nature of Jesus` Second Coming vary among Christian denomination and among individual Christians.

Most English versions of the Nicene Creed include the following statements: «…..he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in his glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end….. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.»

According to historian Charles Freeman, early Christians expected Jesus to return within a generation of his death and the non-occurrence of the second coming surprised the early Christian communities.

“Children, it is the last hour, and just as you heard that Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrist have appeared, from this w know that it is the last hour.”

The Second Coming of Jesus Christ is the hope of believers that God is in control of all things, and is faithful to the promises and prphecies in His Word. In His first coming, Jesus Christ came to earth as a baby in a manger in Bethlehem, just as prophesied.

Jesus fulfilled many of the prophecies of the Messiah during His birth, life, ministry death, and resurrection. However, there are some prophecies regarding the Messiah that Jesus has not yet fulfilled.

The Second Coming of Christ will be the return of Christ to fulfill these remaining prophecies. In His first coming, Jesus was suffering Servant..

In His second coming, Jesus will be the conquering King.

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A church has been forced to remove the word “Jesus” from its Easter signs because it was too offensive to non-Christians

This is unbelievable. A church has been forced to remove the word “Jesus” from its Easter signs, because it has been causing offence. Elim Church on the Central Coast in New South Wales paid for digital signs to be displayed at Erina Fair shopping centre reading “the greatness of His Power!”

Pastor Martin Duffy told 2FB radio that shopping centre manager Lendlease objected to the signs and forced them to be changed to read «Risen Christ» instead of «Jesus». The shopping centre manager requested to withdraw the word “Jesus” from the sign as it may have offended shoppers and non-Christians.

 

The sign was an advertisement for a free community event being held on the waterfront at Gosford. “The greatness of His Power!” and “Jesus is Alive!” the sign read.

This isnt something new. This Anti-Christ campaign has been going on for decades. In Norway, in the late 80s and early 90`s we saw many churches being burned. One by one. Coincidence? Not at all. This Anti-Christ campaign has been going on for a long time. About 20 years ago there were a war on Christmas and a war on Easter in the U.S.

The Evil elite want Easter banned, claiming that Easter and Jesus is too offensive. This is ridiculous.

Last year, the Church of England accused the National Trust of “airbrushing faith” after it dropped the word “Easter” from the name of the long-standing egg hunt, according to telegraph.co.uk.

The annual event, which sees hundreds of thousands of children search for chocolate eggs at National Trust properties, had previously been called an “Easter Egg Trail,” with the name being changed to the “Great British Egg Hunt” in 2017.

Now, the National Trust has reintroduced Easter to its annual Cadbury`s egg hunt after a public outcry over it removing religious references from the event. Shopping Centre manager Lendlease have also change the mindset.

Last year, furious shoppers have blasted Cadbury’s and Nestle for missing the word Easter off their chocolate eggs, threatening to boycott the brands, but both companies insist there has been no «deliberate decision» to drop the word from their packaging, with Cadbury saying the word Easter is embossed on the actual egg.

When did someone try to stop a little girl wearing a T-shirt with this sign: WTF? There are thousands of similar T-shirts. Do non-christians really care, and how many are they? Do they celebrate Easter? Do they celebrate Christmas?

The new testament states that the resurrection of Jesus, which Easter celebrates, is a foundation of the Christian faith. The resurrection established Jesus as the powerful Son of God, and is cited as proof that God will judge the world in righteousness.

Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services, exclaiming the Paschal greeting, clipping the church, and decorating Easter eggs (symbols of the empty tomb).

Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter parades. There are also various traditional Easter foods that vary regionally. So is it with Christmas and holiday season.

Will you celebrate?

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