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October 22, 2010 / spiritsofthadevil

R&B sensation Craig David was barely out of his teens when he took a hold of the U.K. pop circuit, twisted it around, and threw it back on its arse during fall 2000. This fresh-faced native of Southampton, England, was merely playing into his love of funkadelic hip-hop and crooning urban stylings when he started writing songs as a teenager. His love for Terence Trent D’Arby, Sisqo, and Donnell Jones allowed him to put his creative love for art, culture, and history into a musical beat all his own. And the new millennium belonged to him and garage had been redefined.

Born Craig Ashley David on May 5, 1981, David was slicing and dicing ragga and R&B on the local station PCRS 106.5FM and found himself playing club gigs prior to rubbing elbows with some of music’s finest. It was during this time he hooked with Artful Dodger’s Mark Hill. After winning a national writing competition, Craig was more than ready to start producing with Hill. His big break came when he put his own additives on Damage’s “I’m Ready,” a B-side to “Wonderful Tonight.” Soon thereafter he remixed his own version of Human League’s “Human” and started himself a regular spot in area clubs during the weekends. “Rewind” was another underground smash, specifically a definitive move for David. His respect for Stevie Wonder, Faith Evans, and R. Kelly was most apparent, however his own vocal talent was beginning to shine. He and Hill’s specialty show on Capital Radio provided another outlet for David to shape his musical work of genius. “Fill Me In” proved yet another hit, shooting straight to number one in summer 2000. David was now the youngest British male solo artist to have a number one single. He was 19-years-old.

A deal with Wildstar Records in the U.K. sparked toward the end of the summer as “Re-Rewind” and “7 Days” gained praise in late November. A stateside agreement with Atlantic also led to more global hype. He had sold 3.5 million records worldwide and garage was finally becoming massive overseas and it was David’s debut Born to Do It that was at the head.

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But not all were pulling for this R&B prodigy. Aside from winning three awards at the MOBO’s in October, Craig David walked away empty handed at the 2000 Brit Awards in February 2001. He was up for six nominations, including Best British Male Solo Artist, Best British Newcomer, and Best British Single for “7 Days,” but industry politics fell into operation. Many mainstream stars came to David’s defense, artists such as Elton John, U2, and Robbie Williams, professing their disgust for the ill recognition for David and his musical efforts in the past year. Death threats soon followed for the superstar in spring 2001 as he took the stage in a show in London. An anonymous caller claimed a soldier would injure David with tear gas and hand grenades. Still, his record sales continued to soar in the U.K. with sales of Born to Do It increasing over 100 percent after his dismal beginning months of 2001. He bombared American Shores with a deal with Atlantic and released Born to Do It stateside in summer 2001. Mainstream radio flocked to him immediately. Missy Elliott, Beyoncé Knowles, and Usher called themselves fans.

The next year, things didn’t simmer down for the now international pop star. Craig David returned with a sophomore effort Slicker Than Your Average in November 2002. This particular album saw a much grittier side from David. Debut single “What’s Your Flava?” also became one of the year’s hottest singles.

In 2005 he released his 3rd album “The Story Goes…”, the first single of the album, “All The Way”, returned him to the top three, and the second single, “Don’t Love You No More (I’m Sorry)”, tied with “7 Days” as his longest running single in the charts since “Rewind”, spending 15 weeks inside the UK top 75. However, the album’s third single, “Unbelievable”, debuted and peaked at #18 in March 2006.

In 2007, he collaborated with UK rapper Kano on his upcoming album London Town, for the single “This is the Girl”. The track was released on August 27, 2007 and debuted at #18 on the UK charts.

The first single “Hot Stuff” from the album Trust Me, was released on November 5, 2007 . The single was a top ten hit, whilst the album charted at #18 on the UK Albums Chart.

“6 of 1 Thing”, the second single to be taken from Trust Me charted at thirty-nine on the UK Singles Chart, becoming his second lowest charting single to date.

His UK tour will start in June 2008, details of which can be found on the official website.

article/ story/bio & pictures courtesy of lastfm.com

BMW Group is world’s most sustainable car company for sixth consecutive year.

Munich. The BMW Group has been named as the automotive industry’s Supersector leader for the sixth consecutive year, and is therefore the world’s most sustainable automobile manufacturer. This was the conclusion of the SAM Group, published in its latest evaluation for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI). The BMW Group is the only company in the automotive industry to have been listed in this important group of sustainability indexes every year since it was established in 1999 and named Supersector leader for each of the past six years. This year, the BMW Group is also the only German company to be ranked among the 19 Supersector leaders worldwide.

“We are delighted to be recognised by the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. This independent ranking confirms once again that the BMW Group plays a leading role in the automotive industry of the future,” said Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “For us, being the world’s most sustainable automobile company means accepting responsibility as a good corporate citizen. It motivates us to continue along this path towards our vision of sustainable individual mobility.”

The fact that sustainability is an integral part of the BMW Group’s corporate strategy was rated particularly highly by SAM Group analysts. The Board of Management of the BMW Group declared sustainability one of the company’s core strategic principles back in 2000. At the BMW Group, corporate sustainability is firmly entrenched throughout the entire value chain: from the development of fuel-saving and alternative vehicle concepts through clean production processes to green recycling practices. The BMW Group also accepts responsibility for its roughly 96,000 employees and is involved in social projects outside of its plants.

Further information on BMW Group’s sustainability activities is available at: www.bmwgroup.com/responsibility

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The SAM Group analyses the economic, environmental and social performance of approximately 2,500 companies and selects the best in each industry for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. General sustainability criteria are considered as well as industry-specific challenges such as climate change. The Dow Jones Sustainability Index was the first global sustainability index to be created, in 1999, and has since been published each year by the SAM Group, based in Zurich, in cooperation with Dow Jones Indexes and STOXX Limited. More information is available at http://www.sustainability-indexes.comKatarina Witt to be Olympic ambassador for the BMW Group. Two-time Olympic winner and BMW Group campaign for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic

Winter Games in Munich.

  • 01.02.2010
  • Press Release

Munich. As a National Sponsor of Munich’s Olympic bid, the BMW Group is turning to high-profile support from the sporting arena: two-time Olympic figure skating champion Katarina Witt (44) has been appointed the BMW Group’s ambassador in the bid to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

As part of this collaboration, Witt will be making public appearances on behalf of the BMW Group. She also chairs the Munich 2018 Bid Committee.
Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing, commented: “The BMW Group espouses the Olympic ideal of fair play in sporting contests. As the world’s most sustainable car manufacturer, we support the idea of a sustainable Olympic Games – both as Automotive Partner of the 2012 Games in London and as a National Sponsor of the 2018 Munich bid. We are delighted to have Katarina Witt’s backing as an ambassador in our bid to bring the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to Munich.”

“Taking part in the Olympic Games is the dream ambition and absolute career high point of any athlete,” said Katarina Witt, who won Olympic gold in figure skating in Sarajevo in 1984 and Calgary in 1988. “I would like to do my bit to turn this dream into reality in Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen for 2018. I totally embrace and identify with the concept of sustainable Olympic Games that conserve natural resources and make use of existing sports facilities. This could be a signal from Munich for future Games. BMW and the Olympics – it’s an alliance that stands for sportiness, tradition, dynamism and a forward-looking approach. BMW and the Munich 2018 bid – it’s a perfect match.”

In her function as ambassador for the Munich 2018 bid, Katarina Witt will attend the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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