Posts tagged with "2021"

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CardRatings Analyst Predicts Credit Card Landscape

The credit card analyst for CardRatings.com, a leading credit card review and comparison site, is releasing predictions for the next six months of the calendar year. Brooklyn Lowery researched how the pandemic affected the credit card industry in general and explains what consumers should expect in the coming months. She finds both positive and negative trends in her new analysis of “Mid-year update: Credit card trends to watch for in 2021.”

Travel rewards bonuses are booming: “Have vaccine, will travel.” We knew travel would return and, with it, mega travel rewards credit card bonuses. CardRatings is seeing highest-ever offers for perennial travel rewards favorites. Credit card companies seem to be competing for cardholders, so if consumers are considering travel rewards cards, now is the ideal time to apply. Bonuses are significant but may be for a limited time, even if they aren’t advertised as such.

“With most of the country returning to normal, Americans hit the roads and skies in record numbers over the July 4th weekend, and banks want to capitalize on that travel fever. We don’t predict a slowdown any time soon in travel nor in big travel rewards bonuses. As soon as one card announces its offer, a competing card announces its own. Expect this domino effect to remain at least through the end of the year.”

COVID perks remain: As Lowery predicted at the end of 2020, several credit card features and benefits designed to provide value during the pandemic are continuing as COVID restrictions lift. Her analysis finds a number of popular travel rewards cards are keeping everyday-geared benefits and features that were introduced during the economic shutdown.

“The credit card industry understandably held its breath during the height of the pandemic, waiting to see how the economy would fare and what existing customers would demand for cards in their wallets,” says Lowery. “Banks rolled out new features and benefits and customers responded positively, so banks are assessing what to keep long-term.”

Consumer credit card approvals slow and credit limits low: Anecdotal evidence suggests banks are continuing to exercise caution with card approvals and credit limits. As the economy has largely reopened, risk aversion has ebbed slightly, but it’s still common for consumers to wait for approvals or receive low credit limits. At this point, lending may continue loosening at a steady rate; that could depend on what happens with COVID variants and possible new restrictions going forward.

Small business credit cards bounce back: After 18 months of hardship, small business owners are receiving positive news – small business credit card approvals are bouncing back and businesses are having an easier time getting approved. Banks are marketing this card type again after largely stopping at the height of the pandemic.

Interest rates low – for now: Most credit card interest rates are shaped by the U.S. prime rate, and the Federal Reserve isn’t predicting a rate hike until 2023, so major changes in credit card interest rates seem unlikely for now. That said, issuers can increase interest rates apart from that federal rate and traditionally have done so as they introduce new features or benefits. Lowery believes the historically low interest rates will stick around for the next six months but predicts they’ll creep a bit higher in 2022 as banks continue rolling out new features and benefits to attract new cardholders. That means now is the time to pay down credit card balances.

“Peeking ahead to early 2022, I think we’ll see balance transfer offers make a comeback following the holiday season. Of course, everything here is dependent on COVID remaining under control and the economy remaining fully open. If any of that changes, all bets are off.”

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Tate McRae Announces Headlining Tour

TATE MCRAE ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN 2022 HEADLINING TOUR

Tickets On Sale July 16th

working With Khalid Out Now – Listen/Watch HERE!

Confirmed For Lollapolooza, Bonnaroo, Governor’s Ball, Austin City Limits & More

Rising global singer/songwriter/dancer Tate McRae announces her 2022 North American Headlining Tour today.  The 23 date tour starts in Vancouver, Canada on March 8th and end in Salt Lake City, UT on April 16th. 

Tickets for the tour are on sale on July 16th at 10:00 AM Local time.  Prior to North American tour, Tate will headline dates in the UK/EU.  For more information please visit her website.

This summer/fall, Tate will also hit the festival circuit making stops at Wonderstruck Music Festival, Lollapolooza, Leeds Festival, Reading Music Festival, Bonnaroo, Music Midtown, Firefly, Governor’s Ball, Austin City Limits and more to be announced. 

Tate’s current single working with Khalid currently has over 20 million streams worldwide and just reached the Top 20 at Top 40 radio.  Tate is also featured on DJ Regard’s #1 Dance hit You with Troye Sivan and featured on blackbear’s recent track u love u.  Her TOO YOUNG TO BE SAD EP is also available here.  

About Tate McRae

Singer/songwriter/dancer Tate McRae has become the artist on the rise.  She currently has over 2.1 billion career streams with over 3.3 million subscribers and over 500 million video views on YouTube.  She was listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 List for 2021 as the youngest musician on the list as well as Apple’s Up Next Artist for 2021, Amazon’s Artist to Watch in 2021, Pandora’s Artists To Watch 2021 list and included on Billboard’s 21 Under 21 One’s To Watch list. She was also named one of YouTube’s Artist on the Rise, and MTV’s Push Artist for July 2020. 

 Tate’s breakout single, you broke me first reached #1 at Top 40 radio and has over 1.2 billion streams worldwide.  The track is currently top 5 at Hot AC, helped Tate to secure her spot in the #1 spot for 5 weeks on Billboard’s Emerging Artist Chart and was #1 at dance radio last year.  The track is not only double platinum in the US, but 4x PLATINUM in Ireland, 3x PLATINUM in Australia and Singapore, 2x PLATINUM in Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway and Sweden, PLATINUM in the Austria, Netherlands, South Africa, Taiwan and the UK, and GOLD in Denmark, Germany and Indonesia. 

Tate McRae hails from Calgary, Canada after living in Oman until she was 6 years old.  She made a name for herself as a competitive dancer placing second runner up on Season 13 of the FOX series So You Think You Can Dance, achieved the The Best Dancer honor three times at the prestigious Dance Awards, and hit the stage for performances on Ellen, The Teen Choice Awards, and beyond. Not to mention, she lent her voice to NETFLIX’s animated Lalaloopsy in the role of Spot Splatter Splash. Tate launched her YouTube channel and her Create with Tate music series where she has been consistently releasing original music (check out some here). 

For More Information on Tate McRae visit her website, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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SEVENTEEN – YOUR CHOICE

Self-producing idols SEVENTEEN’s 8th EP Your Choice debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 yesterday.

Your Choice additionally catapulted to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart, ranking as America’s best-selling album of the week.

Released on June 18, the EP recorded 1.36 million sales during the first week of release, bringing in the act’s fourth million seller achievement and setting a new sales record with the most first-week sales of any album released in Korea in 2021.

SEVENTEEN will be holding their on- and off-line fan meet 2021 SVT 5TH FAN MEETING ‘SEVENTEEN in CARAT LAND’ from 6th to 8th of August.

About SEVENTEEN:

Racking up 2 billion streams and selling 7.5 million albums, SEVENTEEN has rocketed to the forefront of the global music industry fueled by a fiercely independent spirit, in-house creative ecosystem, and one irresistible work after another. The group’s innovative structure hinges on the interplay of three units: the hip-hop team led by S.COUPS, vocal team led by WOOZI, and performance team led by HOSHI. Living up to the title of “self-producing idols” the self-contained and self-empowered act has unassumingly made history and become one of the biggest K-pop groups ever due to their world-class synchronization, jaw-dropping choreography, and tight teamwork.

SEVENTEEN’s 2015 debut EP, 17 CARAT, emerged as “the longest running album on the Billboard World Albums Chart,” remaining in the chart for eleven weeks. Billboard crowned An Ode the “Best K-pop Album of 2019” as the act packed arenas and sold over half a million tickets. The EP Heng:garæ elevated them to rarified air in 2020. Over 1 million copies were sold during the week of release. Not to mention, it earned “the third best first-week sales in South Korea.” On its heels, they eclipsed 1 billion total streams on Spotify. With their following EP ; [Semicolon], the act made their U.S. TV debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

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Toyota Produces Lowest Number of Vehicles in Nearly Ten Years

Toyota Produced Lowest Number Of Vehicles In Almost A Decade – 7.55M Vehicles In FY 2021

Global mobility was essentially halted by COVID-19 in 2020 resulting in a huge financial downturn for even the giants of the car manufacturing industry. According to data presented by Trading Platform, Toyota produced its lowest number of vehicles in almost a decade – 7.55M units in FY ending March 2021.

Toyota Produced 7.55M Vehicles in FY 2021 Its Lowest Since 2012

Toyota Motor Corporation or more popularly known as simply Toyota is a car manufacturer from Japan founded in 1937. As of July 2014, Toyota was the largest listed company from Japan based on market capitalization, a ranking it still holds as of writing. Toyota was also listed by Forbes as the 42nd largest company in the world based on market cap.

However, even the giants of Japanese car manufacturing were not immune to the crippling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In its financial year (FY) ending in March 2021, Toyota only produced 7.55M units of vehicles compared to 8.82M in FY 2020. FY 2021’s figure is also the lowest number of vehicles produced by Toyota since FY 2012 when Toyota only produced 7.44M vehicles.

Toyota Sold Most Cars In North America But Generated Largest Revenue From Japan in FY 2021

North America is Toyota’s most lucrative market, accounting for 2.7M vehicle sales in FY 2020. In FY 2021, vehicle sales in North America dropped by 14.74% to just 2.31M. Toyota’s Asia (excluding Japan) market experienced the largest contraction out of it its largest markets with a 23.63% drop in FY 2021 to just 1.22M vehicles sold compared to 1.6M in FY 2020.

Toyota’s revenue across its sales regions differed greatly due to the varying conditions of the pandemic around the globe. Its home market of Japan was Toyota’s largest source of revenue in FY 2021 with almost ¥15T or almost $137B. Its North American market generated the second-highest revenue from its sales regions with ¥9.49T or around $87 in FY 2021.

Rex Pascual, editor at Trading Platforms, commented:

Toyota’s production downturn in FY 2021 is in line with industry trends, as the pandemic stifled demand significantly across the board. But Toyota’s status as one of Japan’s most iconic brands ensures a bright post-pandemic future for the car manufacturer. Its emergence as market leaders in hybrid electric vehicles as well as hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles shows the historic brand’s willingness to adapt to more modern trends.

You can read more about the story with more statistics and information at Trading Platforms’ website

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J.I. Announces Fall 2021 Tour

J.I. ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN THE YOUNG AND RESTLESS FALL 2021 TOUR Kicks Off In Pittsburgh On September 14 – Public On Sale Friday, May 21, THE RISING BROOKLYN ARTIST UNVEILS VIDEO FOR “EVERYTHING” – WATCH HERE

Burgeoning artist, J.I. announces his first North American The Young and Restless Tour kicking off in Pittsburgh at Mr. Small’s Theater this Fall. The Brooklyn artist is set to make stops in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago as well as make a first-time stop in Canada before wrapping up in New Jersey in October. He’s also set to perform at Rolling Loud Miami this summer on Saturday July 24. Tickets are will be available for purchase Friday, May 21st here. Full list of dates below.

While on the road fans can expect J.I. to perform fan favorites such as his hit song Need Me which has been certified Gold by the RIAA and now has over 330m streams globally, as well as songs off the latest mixtape Hood Life Krisis Vol., including his track Everything which he unveils the video for today.

On the emotional track J.I. shares his feeling for the person who fills his heart, his everything. He shares his raw, earnest lyrics on the depths of a relationship: You tried to hide the truth for so long but I found out where it was, and I never thought I’d do what I’ve done but I did for the price of love. In the striking visual directed by Boy Vano he bares it all, including his heart to win what keeps him alive back. Watch here.

See below for a complete list of tour dates for The Young and Restless Tour

July 24  Miami, FL  Rolling Loud Miami

Sep 14  Pittsburgh, PA  Mr. Small’s Theater

Sep 15  Philadelphia, PA TLA

Sep 16  New York, NY  Irving Plaza

Sep 18  Washington, DC  Union Stage

Sep 19  Charlotte, NC  The Underground

Sep 22  Fort Lauderdale, FL Revolution

Sept 23  TBD   TBD

Sep 24  Atlanta, GA  The Loft

Sep 26  Houston, TX  Warehouse Live

Sep 27  Dallas, TX  Trees

Sep 29  Phoenix , AZ  Rebel Lounge

Sep 30  Los Angeles, CA  Echoplex

Oct 02  Santa Ana, CA  Constellation Room

Oct 03  Berkeley, CA  Cornerstone

Oct 04  Sacramento, CA  Harlow’s

Oct 06  Seattle, WA  Neumos

Oct 10  Denver, CO  Cervante’s Other Side

Oct 11  Lincoln, NB  Bourbon Theater

Oct 13  Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music Café

Oct 14  Milwaukee, WI   The Rave II

Oct 15  Chicago, IL  Avondale Music Hall

Oct 17  Detroit, MI  Shelter

Oct 18  Toronto, ON  Opera House

Oct 19  Cleveland, OH  Grog Shop

Oct 21  Buffalo, NY  VENUE

Oct 22  Providence, RI  The Strand

Oct 23  Boston, MA  Paradise Rock Club

Oct 24  New Haven, CT  Toad’s Place

Oct 30  Sayreville, NJ  Starland Ballroom

The last installment of his Hood Life Krisis series garnered praise from XXL, Billboard who said After blazing through the tri-state with his radio heater ‘Need Me’ in the summer, J.I. looks to bear hug the NY rap scene once more with his third installment..Complex who said has quickly grown to become one of the brightest acts out right now and more, as well as received support across all streaming platforms including Spotify who partnered with J.I. for RADAR program, which served as the launchpad for Spotify’s Global Emerging Artist Program, encompassing over 20 global sister programs, and represents Spotify’s commitment to supporting artists across all stages of their development across all genres, and using the strength of its platform to deepen the connection to their audiences. J.I. was also named one of Rolling Stone’s Biggest Breakthrough Artists of 2020 and landed a spot on The New York Times Best Songs of 2020 Playlist. At 19-years-old, J.I. continues to show the world he’s up next.  

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Chloe Moriondo × Blood Bunny

CHLOE MORIONDO DEBUTS NEW ALBUM BLOOD BUNNY RECORD CROWNED AS NEW YORK TIMES CRITIC’S PICK

BODYBAG OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO STREAMING NOW

NORTH AMERICAN FALL HEADLINE TOUR ON-SALE TODAY DATES KICK OFF SEPTEMBER 30TH IN CLEVELAND, OH

CHLOE MORIONDO BODYBAG OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

18-year-old artist Chloe Moriondo has shared her major-label debut album Blood Bunny. The release is accompanied by an official video for track Bodybag, which is streaming now on Moriondo’s official YouTube channelBlood Bunny is available now on all streaming platforms via Public Consumption Recording Co./Fueled By Ramen.

In celebration of the record, Chloe Moriondo will embark on a fall headline tour, kicking off September 30th in Columbus, Ohio. The trek will make stops at The Roxy in Los Angeles, CA and New York City’s Bowery Ballroom before wrapping up with a home-state performance at El Club in Detroit, MI (tour itinerary attached). General on-sale begins today at 12pm local time. For up-to-date ticketing information, please visit the Chloe Moriondo website.

The New York Timescrowned the 13-track Blood Bunny a Critic’s Pick, and exclaimed On the robust and vividly plain-spoken ‘Blood Bunny,’ Moriondo is a pop-punk whiz, deftly hopping between musical approaches from spare to lushly produced, and emphasizing intimate, cut-to-the-bone lyrics. The Line of Best Fit hailed the record as Moriondo’s boldest, brightest and most ambitious project to date, while Dork Magazine raved, it’s obvious that [Blood Bunny] is a big deal in a five-star review. FLOOD Magazine praised the record’s intricate production blending cozy pop and rock riffs and UPROXX declared, Blood Bunny is a departure from the sound on Moriondo’s previous work, employing a full band to create alternative rock songs that sound absolutely massive with excellent songwriting.

Blood Bunny was heralded by the release of April single I Eat Boys, a deceptively breezy track inspired by the queer cult classic film Jennifer’s Body, twisting an instance of street harassment into a cannibalistic daydream. In addition to Éc;I Eat Boys,Éd; the albumfeatures previously released singles Manta Rays, GIRL ON TV, and I Want To Be With You, the latter of which was lauded by The New York Times as acutely observed bedroom pop served with a side of arena-emo triumph. Recently labeled one of 2021’s Artists To Watch by PEOPLE and NME, Chloe has racked up praise from BillboardUPROXXRefinery29them., E!, and more. The artist has also become a sought-after collaborator, recently appearing as a featured artist on tracks with Frances Forever, mxmtoon and Ricky Montgomery.

At age eighteen, Chloe Moriondo professes to be an internet kid, yet she tackles overwhelming infatuation, listless daydreams, and first love with keen empathy that’s unsearchable online. With her relatable, confessional lyrics and idiosyncratic humor, the singer-songwriter has built a devoted fanbase of millions, sharing her authentic self to create a genuine connection with her listeners.

CHLOE MORIONDO 2021 HEADLINE TOUR DATES

Thu, SEP 30 Mahalls Cleveland, OH

Fri, OCT 1 Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL

Sat, OCT 2 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN

Tue, OCT 5 Lost Lake Lounge Denver, CO

Thu, OCT 7 Kilby Court Salt Lake City, UT

Sat, OCT 9 Holocene Portland, OR

Sun, OCT 10 The Vera Project Seattle, WA

Tue, OCT 12 Rickshaw Stop San Francisco, CA

Thu, OCT 14 The Roxy Theatre Los Angeles, CA

Sat, OCT 16 House of Blues San Diego San Diego, CA

Sun, OCT 17 The Rebel Lounge Phoenix, AZ

Fri, NOV 12 Antone’s Austin, TX

Sat, NOV 13 The Secret Group Houston, TX

Sun, NOV 14 Dada Dallas Dallas, TX

Tue, NOV 16 The Basement East Nashville, TN

BLOOD BUNNY Tracklisting:

Rly Don’t Care

I Eat Boys

Manta Rays

GIRL ON TV

I Want To Be With You

Slacker

Take Your Time

Bodybag

Favorite Band

Samantha

Strawberry Blonde

Vapor

What If It Doesn’t End Well

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Brands You Will Love In 2021

There is no shortage of new and established products out there for consumers to try in 2021. One thing that has become obvious over the past year is consumer preference for quality. Because online shopping has skyrocketed consumers in the U.S. and around the world are seeming to tend to require more information about the products they buy. The reason being that, while browsing is something you do even when shopping in person, the level at which you can browse when ONLINE shopping is far superior. 

Say you are at a big box store looking at laptops. Maybe there will be ten options there for you to choose from or, if the place is especially large, maybe you’ll get twenty. But on the internet, there are literally hundreds of options – all of which you can research and choose from at your leisure until you choose the right one. While increased variety is certainly not a bad thing, it can also lead to something called “decision paralysis” where your mind gets overwhelmed at the number of options and defaults to something familiar. This is where curated lists like the one below come in handy: We did the research to pick out some of the best brands so that you don’t have to!

Organic Protein

Whether you are a fitness fanatic or not, protein powder is on just about everyone’s shopping list these days. Supplementation should not be thought of as a “substitute” for a good diet but, when taken in combination with a good diet, high-quality (preferably organic) protein products like those from Orgain can make a world of difference in terms of your overall health. 

Adding a high-quality protein powder or drink to your diet can lead to better muscle growth, improved appearance of your skin, more energy, less hunger, and more. 

A Secure, Portable Cubby

Tech Tub2 is a way to keep multiple electronic devices safe when you travel with kids, or students, or whatever the case may be. The device is epecially designed for educators but also has important uses for coaches, parents, and others.

Athletic Apparel

Like every other facet of life, exercise (and physical activities in general) have a uniform. That’s not to say you should be wearing a suit on the basketball court, but you should be wearing the athletic version of the RIGHT STUFF. And that’s where tasc performance comes in. Offering some of the best in bamboo-based technology, clothing from tasc will help you look the part and feel the part whenever you are doing something athletic. It’s high-performance athletic apparel for adults with an authentic approach to their fitness.

High-Quality CBD

CBD has a wide range of benefits, many of which are only now be discovered by the American public. But not all CBD is created equal. If you are looking for a product to help you sleep better or to help reduce your muscle or joint aches and pains, considering going with broad spectrum CBD from Healist Naturals.

Shaving Done Right

LTHR Shaving makes shaving a genuinely enjoyable experience. Sure we all know that a warm, old-fashioned shave feels better and makes you look better than a rush job. But who has the time? With the hot lather shaving device by LTHR, now you do!

The Best In Men’s Jewelry

JAXXON is bringing back men’s jewelry in a big way. Whether you’re thinking about a gold chain, silver bracelet or anything in-between checkout JAXXON for high-quality jewelry at reasonable prices.

The Best Way to Get Comfy

This faux fur blanket from Everlasting Comfort is the only comfort you’ll need while traveling or when snuggling up on the couch. The right blanket makes all the difference when it comes to sleep or relaxing at the end of a long day. That is why, even when it comes to your blanket, it pays to get something that is genuinely high quality and which will feel comfortable enough to help sleep better and relax easier.

Conclusion

Organic protein, athletic apparel, and more. Many products have come out over the past year with those listed here being among the best. Enjoy!

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Red Bull Batalla

WORLD’S LARGEST SPANISH FREESTYLE RAP BATTLE, RED BULL BATALLA OPENS APPLICATION PERIOD FOR 2021 U.S. NATIONAL FINALS

Top MCs who have what it takes will advance to next round and compete in the global rap competition’s 15-anniversary season

The new season of Red Bull Batalla kicks off as the largest Spanish freestyle rap battle in the world announces the application phase is now live for the U.S. National Finals. Seeking to uncover the country’s best Spanish freestyle talent around, any MC interested in applying can upload their freestyle submission video via the official Bull Batalla app. This will give them the chance to compete in a virtual qualifier as part of the 15-anniversary of the biggest international freestyle competition in the world.

Following the application phase, from now until April 30th, the top MCs will be chosen to advance to the next round. Those selected will have the opportunity to showcase their lyrical talents and compete in one of the many virtual, regional qualifier battles broadcasts on Twitch this summer. Top contenders from the virtual qualifier will then travel to U.S. National Finals in September. Later this year, all eyes will be on the top MCs as they battle it out in the International Final where one winner will be crowned.

Red Bull Batalla is a global freestyle rap competition that, since 2005, has provided a platform for the best hip-hop improvisors in the Spanish world to connect, develop and compete. The Red Bull founded project has risen to become the world’s biggest international freestyle battle competition, uniting Spanish speakers across the globe. The roots of this improvised rap scene are as deeply connected to hip-hop as they are to the improvisation styles of traditional folk troubadours. With the competition, Red Bull Batalla gives an opportunity for young MCs to train, perform and improve their improvisation and lyrical skills.

The 2020 Red Bull Batalla competition was won by Mexico’s Rapder who delivered the ultimate mic drop to win the most-watched live music event of the year. For the U.S., the region’s National Final winner Yartzifrom Puerto Rico, advanced to the Quarterfinals but was eliminated by Rapder. To relive 2020 highlights head to the Red Bull Batalla website Red Bull TV Batalla.

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National Aerobatics Day

National Aerobatics Day on June 26 highlights precision flight

The International Aerobatics Club is hosting its inaugural National Aerobatics Day on June 26 to showcase the skill, beauty, and excitement of competition aerobatic flight. The IAC is a division of the Experimental Aircraft Association and manages the sport of aerobatics in the United States.

The skill, beauty, and excitement of aerobatic flight will be celebrated on Saturday, June 26, during the inaugural National Aerobatics Day, as announced by the International Aerobatics Club (IAC).

“National Aerobatics Day is the perfect day to host an aerobatic camp, a BBQ, a practice session, or to share videos of aerobatic activity online,” said Jim Bourke, IAC President. “With over 40 chapters nationwide and two international chapters, IAC members will be organizing these types of activities and others to engage the public and general aviation pilots in aerobatics.” IAC has established National Aerobatics Day as the fourth Saturday in June each year. It will highlight the dedicated pilots who fly these precision maneuvers as well as the ground support teams that make it possible.

Greg Principato, President and CEO of the National Aeronautic Association enthusiastically stated: “Aerobatics thrill. They also inspire. And there is no telling to what heights that inspiration will take someone!”

Originally developed as evasive maneuvers during World War I, aerobatics is a proven discipline that builds confidence and improves pilot proficiency. The loops, rolls, hammerheads, and lomcevaks are examples of precision flying at its finest, and most fun!

“There are few things in life and nothing else in aviation that are as joyful and liberating as flying aerobatics,” said John Cudahy, President of the International Council of Air Shows. “And the idea of devoting one day each year to celebrating aerobatics is brilliant.”

The IAC exists to promote the safety and enjoyment of this great sport – what better way to celebrate than to set aside a special day to recognize the aerobatic community, and engage in sharing a passion that too few get to experience?

More information is available – including IAC chapters throughout the country and IAC contest and events calendars for aerobatic activity on June 26 and year-round!

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Pokemon Most Valuable Media Franchise

Pokemon Has Reached 100M in All-Time Sales – Most Valuable Media Franchise Globally

The Pokemon Franchise is celebrating its 25-year anniversary for the entire year of 2021, and what better way to mark the occasion than crossing an important milestone in the franchise’s history. The franchise started as a game but has since expanded into many facets of media and entertainment, making it one of the most recognizable media franchises in the world. According to data presented by Safe Betting Sites, The Pokemon Franchise’s all-time sales have reached $100B making it the most valuable media franchise of all time as of January 2021.

Pokemon – From Game to Media Franchise with All-Time Sales Of $100B

Pokemon, short for its Japanese title of Pocket Monsters, was first released as a game on Nintendo’s handheld console GameBoy in 1996. Soon after, a Manga and Anime centered around the game was released and soon gained a significant amount of popularity. This is a break from the traditional life cycle of popular media brands commonly found in Japan of Animes being turned into games rather than the other way around.

Since then, the franchise has successfully expanded into many other facets of entertainment such as movies and trading cards, creating an entire Pokemon Universe and generating enormous amounts of sales along the way. Pokemon’s $100B all-time sales make it the most valuable media franchise in the world ahead of other icons such as Hello Kitty, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, and even the entire Star Wars Franchise.

The franchise’s movie adaptation, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (2019), earned the second-highest at the box office out of any video game movie as of March 2021 with gross earnings of $432M.

Nintendo’s Pokemon Games Always Popular – Combined Over 350M Copies Sold

Since the original game launched on the GameBoy in 1996, there have been over 70 titles created by Nintendo for the Pokemon Franchise all amounting to over 350M copies sold. The top eight Nintendo Pokemon games alone combine for over 150M copies sold. Even more impressively a total of 14 different Pokemon titles accomplished the feat of selling 10M copies or more.

Pokemon’s original game from 1996, Pokemon Red/Green/Blue, is the best-selling Pokemon game of all time with over 31M copies sold.

Pokemon Go and Pokemon Home – 2 New Adaptations That Are Hugely Popular

Pokemon Go is a mobile augmented reality (AR) game published and developed in 2016 by Niantic in partnership with Nintendo and the Pokemon Company. The game turned mobile users into real-life Pokemon trainers who can catch Pokemon they encounter in the real world, visualized through AR on a mobile device. In its first month after release, the game had a record-setting 500M downloads. Pokemon Go was also the third-highest grossing mobile game worldwide with $1.2B in estimated player spend.

Pokemon Home was launched in February 2020 and allowed cloud-based storage for users and their items from the Pokemon universe. The app was downloaded almost 12.3M times in 2020 making it the most downloaded Pokemon game that was published in 2020. In Q4 of 2020 alone, there were over 6.4M downloads of Pokemon Home.

You can read more about the story with more statistics and information on the website.