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Ariana Grande Releases New Single

ARIANA GRANDE RELEASES NEW SINGLE “GOD IS A WOMAN”

OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERES TODAY AT NOON ET. PRE-ORDER SWEETENER NOW

LISTEN TO “GOD IS A WOMAN”: http://arianagrande.lnk.to/GodIsAWomanPR

SWEETENER ALBUM PRE-ORDER:
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Today, Grammy Award®-nominated, multiplatinum, record-breaking superstar ARIANA GRANDE releases, “God Is A Woman”, the second single from her highly anticipated fourth studio album Sweetener via Republic Records. The brand-new single was produced by ILYA for MXM, written by Ariana, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Rickard Göransson, and ILYA. Listen to “God Is A Woman” HERE. The official lyric video for “God Is A Woman” has also been revealed, watch it HERE.

In addition, the female empowered music video for “God Is A Woman”, directed by Grammy Award®-winning director Dave Meyers, will premiere today at Noon ET. Meyers also directed the music videos for “The Light Is Coming” and “No Tears Left to Cry” which combined have now been streamed on VEVO over 410 million times.

Sweetener is available now for pre-order, unlocking instant downloads of the album’s first single “No Tears Left To Cry” now officially certified RIAA PLATINUM, “The Light Is Coming”, and newly released “God Is A Woman”. Pre-order Sweetener HERE.

ABOUT ARIANA GRANDE
With her powerful vocals and astonishing range, Ariana Grande has emerged as one of the most magnetic and massively successful performers in pop music today. At age 24 she’s delivered three platinum-selling albums and surpassed 18 billion streams, in addition to nabbing four Grammy Award nominations and landing eight hits in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. With 2016’s critically acclaimed Dangerous Woman, Grande both boldly defies expectation and reveals the full force of her voice (recently hailed as an “extraordinary, versatile, limitless instrument” upon Grande’s appearance on Time’s “100 Most Influential People” list).

Since making her full-length debut with 2013’s Yours Truly (featuring the game-changing, triple-platinum smash “The Way”), Grande has brought her striking vocal presence to a genre-blurring breed of pop, taking on R&B, soul, and electronic music with equal nuance and assurance. Arriving in 2014, her sophomore effort, My Everything, garnered a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album and spawned the 6x-platinum hits “Problem” and “Bang Bang” (a Grammy nominee for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance). Grande embraced a more uncompromising vision than ever before in the making of Dangerous Woman. With People noting that the album “celebrates feminine might,” Entertainment Weekly praised Grande for “having something meaningful to say with that jaw-dropping voice — one of the most exquisite in pop today.” Grande wrapped up her widely lauded Dangerous Woman Tour in support of the album last year, performing 85 arena shows worldwide.

Through the years, the longtime actress and former Broadway star has proven the scope of her talent by appearing on Scream Queens and Hairspray Live! and showcased her comedic chops by hosting Saturday Night Live. With her social media following now surging past 200 million, Grande has also earned numerous accolades from the MTV Video Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and American Music Awards (including the highly coveted Artist of the Year prize).

Ariana’s recent single “No Tears Left To Cry” debuted at #1 on iTunes in 88 countries worldwide and began the next era for her upcoming fourth full length studio album Sweetener. With the release of “Not Tears Left To Cry” she became the first artist in music history to see the lead single from her first four albums debut on the Top 10 on Billboard Hot 100. This year she has graced the prestigious magazine covers of TIME’s Next Generation Leaders, FADER, and British Vogue. The highly anticipated album, Sweetener, will be released Summer 2018.
ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (Belly, The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye, The Dream), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

Antonique Smith Stars in Marvel/Netflix Series

Actress, Activist and Grammy Nominated Singer, Songwriter Antonique Smith is one of the new stars in season 2 of Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix. Smith has an eight episode arc in the hit series playing Detective Nandi Tyler. Is Nandi, a rival of Misty Knight, a friend or foe of Luke Cage? The highly anticipated return of the show premiered worldwide to rave reviews on June 22nd.
The action drama stars Mike Colter as Luke Cage, a Harlem-based superhero with super strength and bulletproof skin. The cast also includes Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick,Theo Rossi, Mahershala Ali, Gabrielle Dennis, Mustafa Shakir and Rosario Dawson.
Luke Cage is created and executive produced by Cheo Hodari Coker and co-executive produced by Aida Croal, Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.
On Sunday night, Netflix launched the Strong Black Lead campaign. The campaign features Antonique amongst other black actors, writers, show runners, and producers on Netflix and in Hollywood. The plan for the spot, which debuted during the BET Awards, and the “A Great Day In Hollywood” campaign image stemmed from Netflix’s Strong Black Lead initiative designed to foster an “ongoing, intentional focus to talk authentically with the black audience.”
Variety released an article detailing the inspiring campaign and listing all those involved. Watch the video and read the article here
ABOUT ANTONIQUE SMITH:
Antonique Smith is a singer, songwriter, actress, and social justice activist, primarily known for her starring role
in the blockbuster film, “Notorious“, and her leading role in the Broadway musical, “RENT“. In 2015, she was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Traditional R&B Performance category and later that year released her buzzworthy EP “Love Is Everything”.
Antonique has been seen in numerous film and television roles including the Queen Latifah executive produced, 2017 Netflix film, “Deuces” and she had a recurring role in the hit FOX drama-series, “Shots Fired“, Executive Produced by Gina Prince-Bythewood and Empire’s executive producer, Brian Grazer.
Antonique brought in the year 2018 with her stirring rendition of “Here Comes The Sun” live in Times Square on Steve Harvey’s New Year’s Eve on FOX program.
Having been on a 20 city “Act On Climate” tour with the Hip Hop Caucus and also singing for the Pope’s climate rally for over 100,000 people on the National Mall in D.C., Antonique is a serious advocate for climate justice and human rights.
For more information, please visit www.antonique.com
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ANDREW LLOYD: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION

In celebration of his 70th birthday, ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION was recently released through UMe / Polydor.

 

As one of the most successful composers of the modern era, Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s repertoire includes some of the world’s most celebrated musicals; Sunset Boulevard, Cats, Aspects Of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Starlight Express, The Phantom of The OperaSchool of Rock and Love Never Dies – to name but a few.

Last year, Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers & Hammerstein with four shows running concurrently on Broadway (Sunset Boulevard, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and School of Rock). Two of his shows are currently running in both Broadway and the West End: School Of Rock and The Phantom of the Opera, and his musicals have grossed more than $13.6  billion and have been watched by 302 million people across 44 countries. He has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

The collection is personally curated and overseen by Lloyd Webber to include classics from his earliest work starting with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat through his most recent School of Rock.

Of the new album, Lloyd Webber says: “I owe everyone involved in putting this compilation together a huge thank you.  A vast amount of thought has evidently gone into selecting tracks from my almost fifty year old career. This compilation brings back a heap of memories – it has made this ancient composer very happy.  I particularly love the new tracks and of course I love the orchestral suites. There’s nothing a composer likes more than hearing their melodies played by a cracking orchestra.”

Newly recorded songs from superstar artists Lana Del Rey (“You Must Love Me”, Evita), Nicole Scherzinger (“Memory”, Cats) and Gregory Porter (“Light at the End of the Tunnel”, Starlight Express) and add to the collection of his cherished works from the past five decades.

Of Lloyd Webber, Lana Del Rey says, “Andrew Lloyd Webber has been one of my primary inspirations in music, so to do a cover of one of his songs is a dream.”

Gregory Porter also expresses his admiration, “Andrew is an icon of not only musical theatre, but he’s an icon of music, our culture, and of our human experience.”

The Cats classic “Memory” by Nicole Scherzinger is available now as an instant grat track. Of being on the album, Scherzinger says, “Andrew’s music absolutely influenced me as an artist… It’s hard for me to fathom that I’m a part of one of Andrew’s career defining albums. That is in itself career defining for me. It’s a dream, and a lifelong accomplishment.”

The set also contains recordings by world-class performers such as Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, Michael Ball, and released for the first time, Beyonce singing “Learn To Be Lonely” from the 2005 Academy Awards with Lloyd Webber accompanying on piano.

UNMASKED: THE PLATINUM COLLECTION is available as 2 CD and 4 CD editions. The 4-disc version contains an exclusive 40-page book with a personally penned introduction from Lloyd Webber and in-depth notes on each track, written by respected theatre critic and Lloyd Webber biographer Michael Coveney, together with tributes from Barbra Streisand and Glenn Close among others.

The fourth disc encompasses a mix of overtures and showstoppers from Lloyd Webber‘s key works, as well as newly created orchestral suites. The five new orchestral suites have been specially prepared from existing recordings, emphasising the grand orchestral aspects of his work. All CDs were mastered at Abbey Road Studios.

Lloyd Webber‘s productions have sold more than 330 million tickets worldwide. The Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running show on Broadway and second longest-running show in West End history. Cats and The Phantom of the Opera are two of Broadway’s four highest grossing shows. The Phantom of the Opera original cast album is the No. 1 Broadway album of all time in the U.S. and the #175 biggest seller among ALL albums of the SoundScan era in the U.S.  In addition to his worldwide sales and audiences, Lloyd Webber has been recognised by critics and peers with numerous accolades and awards including seven Oliviers, seven Tonys, three Grammys, one Golden Globe and an Oscar.

 
“Andrew Lloyd Webber Tribute to a Superstar” airs TODAY –  Wednesday, March 28 on NBC


JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE IN CONCERT – airs Sunday, April 1 on NBC


Lloyd Webber’s new autobiography UNMASKED, was released by HarperCollins on March 6th.

 

BAD VALENTINE

Aussie rock icon, Sarah McLeod, announces the launch of her fashion label, BAD VALENTINE. The range will debut with a small selection of T-Shirts that project bold statements for the brave at heart. McLeod’s single of the same name will also launch with a video clip featuring models Lola Van Vorst, Tuyamaa Tumenjargal (Miss Mongolia), Natalie Sweete in the reimagined Enchantment Under The Sea scene from Back To The Future! Watch here.

With a penchant for embellishing T-Shirts for stage for many years, and more recently making her own T-Shirts for her solo shows and performances with her band The Superjesus, the calling became an obvious one. An overwhelming number of requests from fans wanting to know where they could get the same T’s was the catalyst to bring BAD VALENTINE to life.

Well known for her palpable energy and strong sense of self, Sarah has never been shy of being bold and brave. Adored for her straight up ballsy rock & roll character, she has moved through her 20 plus years in the media spotlight with a pinch of endearing larrikin, and a fistful of authenticity. ”

BAD VALENTINE is a clothing label dedicated to the celebration of self-confidence, empowerment, and freedom of speech. As Queen Latifah once said: “Be bold, be brave enough to be your true self”.

“I want people to feel empowered wearing these shirts. They are tongue in cheek but also a very powerful tool of self-awareness and confidence. I want people to know its ok to be bold and its ok to be confident and its quite alright to let ‘em all know you feel that way by pasting it across your chest in broad daylight! Yes you may get some funny looks but if you back it up with a smile and spades of conviction, you’ll BE the business.” Says McLeod…

Initial collection consists of the following 7 shirts (in Women’s and Men’s sizes)

BAD ASS
BAD MUTHA FUCKA
WHO’S BAD?
FUCKIN’ UNREAL
BOSS
BAD VALENTINE 69
BAD VALENTINE SKULL LOGO T

BE BRAVE. BE BOLD. BE BAD. BAD VALENTINE

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Sarah is also gearing up to take Australia by storm in her role as St Jimmy (shared with Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson, and Magic Dirt’s Adalita) in Green Day’s award winning Broadway phenomenon American Idiot. Check out her knockout performance at the Australian Open recently.

SoHo Valentine’s Day 

It’s just about that time of year again – Valentine’s Day is around the corner! Whether you will be celebrating the romantic holiday with your partner this year or opting for the galantine’s route, SoHo is definitely the place to spend Valentine’s Day 2018. Here’s your complete guide:

Coziest Restaurants:

        Mamo323 W Broadway

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        Il Mulino Prime331 W Broadway

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Opting for the Staycation:

        SoHo Grand Hotel310 W Broadway

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        SIXTY SoHo60 Thompson Street

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        Arlo SoHo231 Hudson Street

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Flowers Galore:

        Flora Theory186 Prince Street

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        Shu’s Flower Design & Arrangement,179 Mulberry Street

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Sweet Treats:

        Dominique Ansel Bakery189 Spring Street

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        Ladureé SoHo398 West Broadway

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Gift-Guide:

        Bliss SoHo568 Broadway

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        SoHo Gem367 W Broadway

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        Everlane28 Prince Street

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OSSIE DAVIS

Today marks the 100th birthday of author, actor, and activist, Ossie Davis. He was a champion for human rights and participated in meaningful acts throughout his lifetime with a specific focus on the transformation of lives.  Whether it was on a Broadway stage, the big screen or at a rally for civil rights, he remained engaged and committed to effect change. 

Throughout this year, we will celebrate and remember the work, words, and legacy of Ossie Davis.

Here are a few key moments from the life and legacy of

Ossie Davis

·      American film, television & Broadway actor, director, playwright, author, and civil rights activist.

·      Married legendary actress Ruby Dee in 1948. 

·      Master of Ceremony (along with his wife, Ruby Dee) for the 1963 March on Washington.

·      Noted and credited with furthering opportunities on stage and screen for subsequent generations of Black artists.

·      Eulogized Malcolm X, supported Martin Luther King, Jr. and  A. Philip Randolph, and was mentored by Paul Roberson and W.E.B. DuBois. 

·      Attended Howard University (DC) for 3 years after which he pursued a writing career and studied drama. Mr. Davis received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Howard University in 1973.

·      The United Negro College Fund manages the Ossie Davis Scholars Program.

·      Mr. Davis received many honors and citations, including the N.Y. Urban League Frederick Douglass Award, the NAACP Image Award, the National Medal of Arts, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award and a Grammy. In December 2004, Mr. Davis and Ms. Dee were recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors.

 

WE SALUTE OUR NATIONAL TREASURE!

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Jahi Winston

The multi-talented Jahi Winston is set to take 2018 by storm with several projects set to release in the first quarter!

The first of his projects is his lead role in the Sony Pictures & Screen Gems film PROUD MARY.  Playing the role of “Danny,” a young teen doing his best to navigate life in Boston.  Jahi stars opposite Taraji P. Henson who plays “Mary,” a hit woman working for an organized crime family.  Jahi and Taraji’s worlds are flipped upside when one a professional hits goes awry.  Directed by Babak Najafi and written by John Stuart Newman, Christian Swegal and Steven Antin the film also stars Billy Brown and Danny Glover and is set to release January 12, 2018.

Following up his appearance in theaters, Jahi’s next project is Netflix’s thirty-minute dramedy “Everthing Sucks!”  The 10 episode series follows two groups of high school misfits – the AV club and the drama club who collide in this quirky, funny coming-of-age story set in Oregon in 1996.  Jahi plays the lead role of freshman “Luke O’Neil,” the only child of a single mom who joins his school’s AV Club.  Created by Ben York Jones and Michael Mohan, the series is set to release in 2018.

Jahi will also be appearing in the Weinstein Company film The Upside, a remake of the 2011 French blockbuster “The Intouchables.”  Shadowing the comedic relationship between a wealthy paraplegic (Bryan Cranston) and an unemployed man with a criminal record (Kevin Hart) who is hired to help him, the film’s release date is to be determined.

This Atlanta native has had a passion to pursue acting for as long as he can remember and received his first paid acting gig as “Young Simba” in the Broadway production of Disney’s The Lion King.  Starting his career on Broadway, Jahi attributes his discipline and professionalism to his time on the stage and considers it one of the best times of his life.

Currently residing in Marietta, Georgia, Jahi enjoys playing baseball, singing and working on building, his non-profit organization called “You Can Too,” which encourages kids to pursue their dreams in the arts and education.

Social Media:

Instagram: @jahiwinston

Twitter: @jahidiallo

Facebook: @jahidiallo

LEXI LAWSON

Listen to the star of Hamilton, LEXI LAWSON’s new single ‘The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)’ on EvoMusic / The Orchard now!

 

LISTEN / DOWNLOAD HERE:http://www.dropbox.com/s/ndotewpkccgs5xf/LEXI%20ChristmasSong%20SD%20Master.wav?dl=0
 

AVAILABLE NOW ON ALL DIGITAL SITES INCLUDING:

iTunes, Spotify, Google Play &

Pandora (where Lexi was given her own Holiday Channel)