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Metallica Donates Polar Prize Proceeds To Charities

His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden personally gave Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo the award.

Metallica Donates Polar Prize Proceeds To Charities

By Aaron Brophy

Metallica has donated the one million Swedish krona (C$149,851) Polar Music Prize award to three different charities, including one fellow Polar winner.

Founded in 1989 by Abba's manager Stig ”Stikkan” Anderson, the Polar Prize "celebrates the power and importance of music and is awarded to individuals, groups or institutions for international recognition of excellence in the world of music." Past winners have included musical elite such as Paul Simon, Sting, Björk, Led Zeppelin, Ravi Shankar and Joni Mitchell.

Through Metallica's own All Within My Hands charity the band will be donating 50 percent of their award proceeds towards homeless support organization Stockholm City Mission, while another 25 percent will go to World Childhood Foundation, which was founded in 1999 by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Continue reading Aaron Brophy's story on the SamaritanMag website.


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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

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Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

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