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Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

FEARLESS (TAYLOR’S VERSION) BOWS AT #1 IN THE U.S., UK, CANADA, AUSTRALIA & MORE AND BECOMES TAYLOR SWIFT’S 3RD #1 ALBUM IN LESS THAN A YEAR & THE BIGGEST COUNTRY ALBUM DEBUT SINCE 2015
 
BIGGEST FIRST-WEEK DEBUT OF 2021 & BIGGEST FEMALE COUNTRY STREAMING WEEK EVER!

LISTEN TO FEARLESS (TAYLOR’S VERSION) HERE

Returning to #1 around the world and breaking numerous records, Taylor Swift has made history yet again with Fearless (Taylor’s Version). Notably, she’s the first woman with three new No. 1 albums in less than a year. Moving over 1 million units worldwide, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) logged the “biggest first week debut of any album this year,” “the biggest first week debut for a country album since 2015” and “the biggest female country streaming week ever. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is the only No. 1 album of its kind: a re-recording of an artist’s (own or another’s) previously released album.
 
Generating 50 million-plus streams on release day, it also achieved “the biggest first day streaming debut for any album on Spotify this year” and marked her fourth consecutive album to exceed 50 million Spotify streams in 24 hoursFearless (Taylor’s Version) also becomes the first country album by a female artist to reach #1 on Apple Music’s US Albums chart.
 
In addition to capturing #1 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart and #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, it went #1 in the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. It debuted Top 5 in Belgium, Norway and the Netherlands and in Germany it was the biggest debut by a country album in the history of Germany’s album chart. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) charted at #1 on the iTunes Top Overall Albums Chart in 61 countries.
 
Fearless (Taylor’s Version) stands out as Taylor’s 4th #1 album in less than two years with the “3 biggest debuts since July 2020” with folkloreevermore, and Fearless (Taylor’s Version). It also emerges as “the biggest female country album debut since the inception of the Billboard Top 200 album-based conception charts in 2014.” Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is the eleven-time GRAMMY Award-winning, record-breaking superstar’s 9th #1 Album.
 
Taylor entered rarified air across the pond as Fearless (Taylor’s Version) became her 3rd album to chart #1 during its debut week in less than a year in the UK. The Beatles had previously accomplished this incredible feat the fastest in 364 days, but Taylor eclipsed the speed of The Fab Four as she reached this benchmark and accumulated three #1’s in just 259 days—a difference of 105 days.
 
Not only did it become her 7th #1 in the country, but Taylor became “the first and only solo artist ever to claim three UK #1 albums in less than 12 months during the 21st century” and “the first ever international artist and first ever female artist to land three #1 albums in the UK within one year in history.”
 
Physical sales of Fearless (Taylor’s Version) outsold the remaining combined total physical sales of the UK Top 15. The permanent downloads also bested the remaining combined total permanent downloads of the Top 70. She shattered her own record for the second time in the last year as “the first and only female artist to garner 7 #1 studio albums in the UK this century. Additionally, she has gathered “the 3rd Most #1 albums in the UK by a female artist.
 
Down Under, Taylor is now “the first artist to release three #1 albums in a 12-month period in Australia.” Taylor is the first artist to have three different albums top the ARIA Charts in a twelve-month period. She bests her own record of “the shortest span of #1 albums in Australia” with only 17 weeks between evermore and Fearless (Taylor’s Version). Her previous record was 20 weeks between folklore and evermore. With eight total #1 albums in Australia, she is second for “female artist with most #1 albums” only behind Madonna and just behind Eminem for “most consecutive #1 albums.” At radio, “Mr. Perfectly Fine (Taylor’s Version)” bows in the Top 10 on the Airplay Chart.

REVIEWS OF FEARLESS (TAYLOR’S VERSION)

  • A Rating” – The A.V. Club, Saloni Gajjar
  • “5/5 Stars” – The Daily Telegraph, Neil McCormick
  • “Fearless was always an exceptionally fine album of country-pop songs, detailing the romantic fixations of a wholesome teenage American girl on the verge of adulthood, and guess what? It still is.” – The Daily Telegraph, Neil McCormick
  • “4/5 Stars” – Rolling Stone, Jonathan Bernstein
  • “Her thirtysomething voice is richer, deeper, and more sure of itself.” – Rolling Stone, Jonathan Bernstein
  • “There are the songs that feel more moving now than they did 13 years ago.” – Rolling Stone, Jonathan Bernstein
  • “4/5 Stars” – The Guardian, Alexis Petridis
  • “Fearless is the kind of album in which fans have a genuine emotional investment.” – The Guardian, Alexis Petridis
  • “She’s changed from a talented kid with a guitar to one of today’s biggest superstars.” – USA Today, Hannah Yasharoff
  • “The new album is really well done.” – Entertainment Weekly, Lauren Huff
  • “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” Is Even More Beautiful Than The Original Album” – Buzzfeed, Ryan Schocket
  • “Taylor’s vocals are undeniably stronger, smoother, and more connected than ever.” – Buzzfeed, Ryan Schocket
  • “The vault songs are making everyone question why the album wasn’t 27 tracks long to begin with.” – Buzzfeed, Ellie Bate
  • “Taylor Swift’s Fearless Re-Recording Is a Thrilling Timewarp.” – SPIN, Bobby Olivier
  • “4/5 Stars” – i Newspaper, Sarah Carson
  • “There are lyrics throughout Taylor Swift’s breakthrough record Fearless that nearly 13 years later, feel prophetic.” – i Newspaper, Sarah Carson
  • “There’s something really special about listening to Taylor sing these songs knowing the huge distance between where she is now and who she was when she wrote them.” – TIME, Annabel Gutterman
  • “I love that this re-recorded album is essentially a love letter to being a teenage girl. The world still dismisses teenage girls as not serious enough, too dramatic, and overall too much. Adolescence is often looked back on with embarrassment and shame. But these songs make me want to give my former 14-year-old self a hug and tell her she was doing just fine.” – TIME, Samantha
  • “It’s really a triumph of self-knowledge and self-awareness, in the way that Swift is so hyper-conscious of the ways she’s matured that she has the ability to un-mature before our very ears.” – Variety, Chris Willman
  • “Has there been a greater pop single in the 20th century than “You Belong With Me”? Probably not.” – Variety, Chris Willman
  • “It would not be surprising if, as we speak, Big Machine was putting a combined team of scientists and lawyers on the case of the new album’s waveform readouts, to make sure it’s not just the original album, remixed. Honestly, it’s that close.” – Variety, Chris Willman
  • “4/5 Stars” – NME, Hannah Mylrea
  • “‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ both celebrates and stays true to Swift’s ‘Fearless’-era.” – NME, Hannah Mylrea
  • “Swift never cringes away from her younger self. Instead, she revisits the songs with kindness and affection, celebrating the success of her teenage releases.” – NME, Hannah Mylrea
  • “Taylor Swift’s Fearless album proves her songs were written to last.” – The Independent, Roisin O’Connor
  • “We can’t help but be impressed…” – Evening Standard, David Smyth
  • “Taylor Swift has taken control.” – Forbes, Abigail Freeman
  • “ALBUM OF WEEK: The real treats are the extra tracks, previously unreleased outtakes from the Fearless sessions. Maren Morris duets on the gorgeous You All Over Me, Keith Urban crops up and Mr Perfectly Fine is the banger that should have shown 13 years ago why country alone could never contain Swift’s talent.” – The Sunday Times, Lisa Verrico
  • “I immediately went to the chorus of “Fifteen,” one of my 2000s pop high-water marks, to see if I’d get chills. Good news: I did. Felt that gut punch during “White Horse.” “You Belong With Me” had that crucial air of resignation.” – The New York Times, Jon Caramanica
  • “As she dives back into her past work, it’s another reminder of what she brought to the genre — and what it lost when she moved on.” – The Washington Post, Emily Yahr
  • “The redone tracks from the original release, which make up the album’s first portion, are almost uniformly better than their forebears: warmer, crisper, more clearly enunciated. They sound newer and, at the same time, more lived-in.” – The Washington Post, Allison Stewart
  • “Taylor Swift releases a ‘perfect replica’ of Fearless.” – BBC, Mark Savage
  • “Damn, this album holds up – not only to the hype of its initial release, but despite that, beyond that.” – Consequence of Sound, Katie Moulton
  • “8/10” – The Line of Best Fit, Ross Horton
  • “4/5 Stars” – The Times, Will Hodgkinson
  • “Swifties grab your tissues, the release of Taylor Swift’s Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is finally here in all its nostalgic and emotional glory.” – Wonderland, Staff Writer
  • “8/10” – Clash, Lucy Harbron
  • “Like a restored photograph brightening from black and white into colour, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is the same, but better.” – Clash, Lucy Harbron
  • “It’s the latest evidence that Swift is not just fearless but also relentless.” – Stereogum, Chris DeVille
  • “8/10” – Gigwise, Kelsey Barnes
  • “Swift is creating a bridge between two worlds; one where she’s merging older, timeless songs with a mature voice and outlook.” – Gigwise, Kelsey Barnes
  • “4/5 Stars” – The Evening Standard, David Smyth
  • “A masterclass in classic Nashville songwriting, from the searing melodrama of Love Story to the breakdown of a relationship in Breathe.” – The Times, Will Hodgkinson
  • “5/5 Stars” – The Sun, Simon Boyle
  • “This is brilliant pop” – The Sun, Simon Boyle

LISTEN TO FEARLESS (TAYLOR’S VERSION) HERE

Kygo Releases New Track

KYGO RELEASES NEW TRACK “GONE ARE THE DAYS” FT. JAMES GILLESPIE

Global superstar, producer and DJ, Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll – a.k.a Kygo releases his new song “Gone Are The Days” ft. James Gillespie. “Gone Are The Days,” out now via RCA Records, is Kygo’s first new track release in 2021 and comes alongside a beautiful piano version.

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Earlier this year Kygo performed a breathtaking set which was livestreamed on Moment House. Filmed on a snow-capped mountain top in the Sunnmore Alps in his home country of Norway, the one-of-a-kind virtual experience allowed audiences around the world to watch the global superstar deliver a career-spanning set amidst a breathtaking environment unlike anywhere they’ve seen him perform before.

2020 was a massive year for Kygo. He released a remix of Donna Summer’s Grammy Award winning, platinum, #1 song Hot Stuff as well as a remix of Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It” to rave reviews. He also released his critically acclaimed third full-length album Golden Hour which features his hit single “Lose Somebody” with OneRepublic as well as “Higher Love” with Whitney Houston, the latter of which has garnered over 1.1 billion streams worldwide and charted at Top 40 radio.

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With over 100 MILLION streams worldwide, James Gillespie emerges as one of the most quietly explosive artists in the UK. After performing with P!NK he went on to sell out his European tour and is set to tour the U.S this fall.

ABOUT KYGO

Whether behind the piano in his studio or headlining a sold-out festival, Kygo quietly reaffirms his status as a prodigious talent, forward-thinking producer, dynamic DJ, and influential global superstar. The Norwegian musician born Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll first introduced himself in 2013 and quietly became one of the most ubiquitous hitmakers in the world. Amassing 15 billion cumulative global audio and video streams by 2021, he has broken numerous streaming records. Kygo earned one of his biggest hits with the multiplatinum “It Ain’t Me” [feat. Selena Gomez], going Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and clocking over 2.5 billion streams worldwide. In 2019, Kygo unleashed “Higher Love” with Whitney Houston and generated another 1.1 billion combined streams/views worldwide and peaked at #1 on Dance Radio in addition to leaving his imprint on a classic. He heralded his 2020 critically acclaimed third full-length album Golden Hour [Sony Music International/Ultra Records/RCA Records] with the anthems “Like It Is” [with Zara Larsson & Tyga], “Lose Somebody” [with OneRepublic] and “I’ll Wait” [with Sasha Sloan]. The album has garnered over 1.7 billion streams worldwide. Following Golden Hour, Kygo most recently released his remix of Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It” and Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff” to rave reviews.

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ELISE ERIKSEN × AFROJACK – Less ft. Shoffy (Afrojack Remix)

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Emerging pop artist Elise Eriksen has teamed up with legendary DJ Afrojack to reimagine her debut single “Less ft. Shoffy” as a shimmering summer anthem. PRESS HERE to listen to the remix for the pop favorite, which was originally co-written with multi-platinum songwriter Julia Michaels, and features both Shoffy and Blu DeTiger.

“This project is really special to me considering a DJ I have listened to all my life wanted to remix my song,” says Elise on the collaboration. “It feels completely surreal and I am beyond thankful!”

“Less ft. Shoffy (Afrojack Remix)” arrives on the heels of the original version, which recently broke over a million streams on Spotify alone after being featured on key pop playlists worldwide and receiving international radio play–including multiple spins on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2, the biggest radio stations in Europe. PRESS HERE to watch the effortlessly cool video for “Less ft. Shoffy,” which reflects on growing apart in a relationship and shows Elise defying expectations to stand out alongside a cast of her best friends. “Less ft. Shoffy” took shape after Elise threw herself into reimagining an early version of the track being toyed with by her father (GRAMMY-winning producer Mikkel Eriksen) and using her encyclopedic knowledge of music history and first-hand experience of watching the world’s biggest stars while growing up in the studio. The Afrojack collaboration also follows Elise’s second single “Smile,” which was co-written by Sasha Sloan, (Charli XCX, Camila Cabello, Anne-Marie, Katy Perry) The track showcases Elise’s distinctive vocals over her own piano instrumental while speaking to putting on a façade and smiling even though you’re not okay. PRESS HERE to watch the breathtakingly stark video, which was shot entirely by iPhone 12 on a frozen lake in Norway at -15°F.

Originally from Norway, Elise moved to New York City soon after discovering her love for music and is now based in Los Angeles. Learning over the years what it takes to make a perfect pop song, Elise is the daughter of one half of uber-producers Stargate (Rihanna, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Coldplay) and grew up in the studio surrounded by the world’s top artists and songwriters. Embracing the uncompromising work ethic she grew up surrounded by, Elise devoted years to playing the piano and honing her craft before experimenting with writing songs of her own. Inspired by artists as eclectic as Stevie Nicks, Alicia Keys, Don Toliver, Pink Floyd, and Etta James, the seventeen-year-old’s dynamic musical imagination and sharp musical instincts reflect her endless creative curiosity and a deep commitment to her artistic growth.

“’Smile’ is a stripped-down, confessional ballad, with a chorus that aims for the rafters and nicely showcases the newcomer’s developing range.” – Billboard

 “If you don’t already know the name Elise Eriksen, you’re about to in a big way.” – Sweety High

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girl in red

Spotify’s global emerging artist program, RADAR, announced its latest artist partnership for the US, the Oslo-based pop sensation, girl in red, aka Marie Ulven.

On the heels of the recent announcement of her debut album, if i could make it go quiet,out April 30th and its accompanying FINNEAS-produced first single, “Serotonin,” Marie has proven exactly why she’s a Spotify RADAR artist: She has over 886 Million Spotify streams to date, almost 9 Million monthly listeners, and placements on over 396 Spotify playlists including New Music Friday, LOREM, Oyster, Ultimate Indie, and Out Now.

To celebrate these milestones, Spotify and girl in red have teamed up for a mini-documentary, which is out today and viewable on YouTube HERE or on our RADAR playlist HERE

In the 11-min clip, Marie’s bubbly personality shines, as she cracks jokes and spins a basketball while playing show-and-tell in her childhood bedroom: The serotonin molecule she bought in honor of her new single, her grandmother’s metronome, her bass, her cello, a spiderweb (!!), her fingerboard ramps, and even her diary.  

After a jaunt through the snowy forest in Marie’s hometown of Horten, Norway, we learn about her early inspiration for making music.  Her close bond with her family is clear, and we’re let into their circle as her mom shares old photos and memories of her upbringing — from her tomboy style to her fear of flying to her sexuality.  As Marie revs up for a return to live music, a busy album promo cycle, and arena-headlining ambitions, she shares who keeps her the most grounded: Luna, her Bernese Mountain dog!

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Top Five Tech Billionaires Worth More Than 80 Poorest Countries Combined

The COVID-19 has played a significant role in wealth redistribution, with tech companies and their founders emerging as the biggest winners. While aviation, real estate, and hospitality industries have been pushed to the bottom of the global rich list, the tech industry billionaires have witnessed the largest wealth gains in the last year.

According to data, the combined net worth of the five wealthiest people in the US tech industry hit $567 billion in February, more than the gross domestic product (GDP) of the 80 poorest countries combined.

Jeff Bezos’ Wealth Surged by 65% Year-Over-Year (YoY) and Hit $187 billion in 2021

As the COVID-19 spread, the world has relied on many technological tools across different sectors­–from business and education to commerce and health care. Tech companies that have provided the best solutions amid the pandemic witnessed the most significant revenue surge, while their founders got richer, to the tune of billions.

Amazon products have become one of the most demanded in the world during the pandemic, as it keeps providing tech items, groceries, and entertainment to people amid lockdown. Because of the high demand for its services, the company had to hire an additional 175,000 workers to keep up with surging demand.

According to the Forbes billionaire list, the COVID-19 has helped Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos to grow his wealth by $74 billion in the last year, with his net worth reaching $187 billion this month. The International Monetary Fund data shows this figure is closest to New Zealand and Iraq’s GDP, which ranked 52nd and 53rd globally with $193.5 billion and $178.1 billion, respectively.

Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder, is the second wealthiest person in the US tech industry, and globally. The net worth of the billionaire working with the WHO and drug makers to defeat the coronavirus is currently standing at $120billion. Statistics show Gates’ wealth grew by $22billion in the last year and is now closest to Morocco’s GDP, which ranked 59th globally.

As the fifth-largest tech company globally, Facebook has also witnessed impressive growth in 2020. The Facebook shares rose by 26% in the last year, pushing its CEO’s fortune up by $39 billion to $93.7 billion. This figure means that Mark Zuckerberg’s wealth is $700 million above Puerto Rico’s GDP, which stands at $93.9 billion.

The chairman, chief technology officer, and co-founder of software giant Oracle, Larry Ellison, and co-founder of Google, Larry Page, ranked as the fourth and fifth tech billionaires globally, with $84.9 billion and $80.4 billion in net worth as of this month. Their wealth is the closest to Sri Lanka and Dominican Republic’s GDP, which ranked 66th and 67th globally, with $81.1 billion and $77.8 billion, respectively.

Top Five Tech Billionaires Worth more than GDP of Sweden, Thailand or Belgium

According to Forbes and International Monetary Fund data, the cumulative wealth of the top five tech billionaires also surpasses the GDP of several countries considered to be economic powerhouses. For example, their combined net worth is bigger than the GDP of Austria, Norway, or United Arab Emirates, which ranked 28th, 33rd, and 35th globally with $432.8 billion, $366.3 billion, and $353.9 billion, respectively.

Statistics show that the five tech billionaires’ wealth is the closest to Poland and Sweden’s GDP, which ranked as the 23rd and 24th economies globally. The two countries’ gross domestic product stood at $580.9 billion and $529 billion in 2020.

Smithsonian Channel – ULTIMATE VIKING

By Cassandra Yany

Smithsonian Channel has authorized an innovative new series that combines adventure with rich history to unveil the never before seen secrets of Viking society. The series, whose working title is ULTIMATE VIKING, will be hosted by Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund Giantsbane in HBO’s Game of Thrones, and award-winning journalist Gry Molvær Hivju.

“We are very excited to host this living history adventure series set in our beautiful country Norway,” said Gry Molvær Hivju and Kristofer Hivju, the co-founders of Tindefilm. “We are proud to show the fjords, ocean and wild mountains that our ancestors saw. For us, this series is all about a genuine extreme experience based on Viking society, set deep in the heart of the land of the Vikings. It’s going to be exciting, ambitious and based on historical evidence.”

The series is also set to include a one-hour documentary slated to premiere in 2021 on Smithsonian Channel. Filming for the show has begun and production will take place in Norway and the UK, with a custom Viking settlement being constructed on the Norwegian coast. The adventure series will feature a diverse cast of contemporary, highly skilled men and women who will be challenged to see if they have what it takes to live as true Vikings. 

Each episode is rooted in authentic Viking knowledge, exploring every aspect of the lifestyle to discover what it was truly like to live as a Viking over 1000 years ago. The show will follow ordinary people participating in remarkable expeditions under harsh Nordic conditions. The clans will compete against each other in a series of often extreme Viking survival expeditions, challenges and tasks based on historical facts, literature and archaeological evidence. 

“We are always looking for innovative ways to re-invent the entertainment experience for our curious global audience,” said David Royle, EVP and Chief Programming Officer of Smithsonian Channel. “Vikings have long captured the public imagination and this brand-new format pushes boundaries to create a new way for our audience to be enthralled, sometimes appalled and often surprised by the challenges of Viking life.”

The series’ cast lives side by side in a Viking settlement, with every detail true to the era, including the buildings, clothes, tools and food. Participants will need to master tools like axes and swords, learn to forage and fish in Norway’s snow-capped mountains, and master the art of sailing a Viking ship while mentored by the world’s leading Viking historians. 

ULTIMATE VIKING (w/t) is produced by Wildflame Productions Ltd., Zig Zag Productions Ltd. and Tindefilm for Smithsonian Channel. The Series is directed by Showrunner Stephen Shearman, with original music composed by Silvia Strand.

ULTIMATE KING (w/t) aims to re-imagine living history for television audiences across the world,” said Llinos Griffin-Williams, the Executive Producer of Wildflame Productions. “Our new adventure history format pushes living history to another level. It is an extremely ambitious series and one we are thrilled to be making for the Smithsonian Channel.”

View a sneak peak of the series here

About Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Channel™, a ViacomCBS Inc. network, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing factual entertainment, available in HD and 4K Ultra HD across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel, winner of Emmy® and Peabody awards for its programming, is the home of popular genres such as air and space, travel, history, science, nature and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are hit series including Aerial America, America in Color, America’s Hidden Stories, Apollo’s Moon Shot, The Pacific War in Color and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that include The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier, Walk Against Fear: James Meredith and Princess Diana’s Wicked Stepmother. Smithsonian Channel is available internationally in Canada, Singapore, Latin America, the UK and Ireland. 

About Wildflame Productions

Wildflame Productions creates extraordinary content for audiences throughout the world from its base in Cardiff.  This UK nations and regions factual powerhouse works closely with the best creative talent and a wide range of production partners to produce content for the UK and the international markets. CEO Paul Islwyn Thomas has built a strong reputation for producing factual and specialist factual programming for a wide range of broadcasters, including the full range of national BBC channels, Channel 5, S4C, Discovery and many more. Wildflame prides itself on its excellence in storytelling, bringing great ideas and ambitious concepts and formats to audiences globally. In June 2020, the company returned to being wholly independent, after exiting the Flame Media Group. 

About Tindefilm

Located on Norway’s wild and beautiful west coast, led by CEO Hilde Nerlund and DOP Tor Siverstøl. Tindefilm creates high quality, filmic content for the global market.  Their first production, Lysleite, a creative documentary about the dwindling light in the polar regions won a Gullruten (Norwegian TV awards) and their second documentary, Bit – Ballerina Bulldog was nominated for best documentary at BIFF as well asGullruten for best original score.

About Zig Zag Productions

Zig Zag Productions is one of the UK’s foremost independent television production companies. With offices in London, New York and Northern Ireland, Zig Zag has produced over 700 hours of non scripted programming and has grown to become an internationally recognised, respected and award-winning television producer both in the UK, USA and internationally. Zig Zag has produced programming for broadcasters including BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Five, TLC, MTV, Fox, National Geographic, Discovery, OWN, Logo and Syfy. The company has also won numerous awards including the Rose D’or for Best Format.

New Snow Collections From Oakley

With temperatures dropping, travel restrictions being lifted, and cooler destinations preparing for an influx of visitors while being COVID-19 safe, many snowboarders and ski junkies are looking for new pieces to invest in. With frightful temperatures and the need for gear to support intense athletic performances, investing in the right collection is paramount. For the most dedicated winter athletes, Oakley is an excellent choice for cold-weather attire.

Today, Oakley launches two all-new snow collections to get snowboards and skiers ready for the upcoming season. The Thermonuclear Protection Collection draws inspiration from the brand’s heritage in motorsports, while the Team Collection garners influence from professional Norwegian Olympic snowboarder Stale Sandbech and his life of travel and adventure. Both collections strive to combine style and performance.

About the Thermonuclear Protection Collection: 

The TNP Collection fuses provocative colors, bold designs, and daring styles for those looking to make a statement on the mountain. All of the looks are sure to grab attention, especially in context of the stark winter surroundings. The collection includes a variety of outerwear and accessories designed with reflective properties, hi-tech fabrics and modern silhouettes, available for both men and women. Full TNP

About the Team Collection:

Inspired by Stale’s adventures all over the world, the Team Collection features men’s pieces that can easily transition from mountain gear to streetwear. The range can be adapted for the “on-the-go” lifestyle through modular layering and includes outerwear with premium stretch fabrics, goggles, a helmet and two pieces made from 100% recycled material. Overall, the collection strives to be dedicated to a more eco-friendly approach.

Stale Sandbech is a famed Norwegian snowboarder. He participated in the 2010, 2014, and 2018 Winter Olympics and won a silver medal in Men’s slopestyle in 2014 at the Sochi Olympics. With his Olympics debut in 2010, Sandbech became the youngest Norwegian Olympian in 82 years. His partnership with Oakley reflects his on the go lifestyle as he adventures and trains.

Oakley, Inc. based in California is a subsidiary of the Italian corporate giant Luxottica based in Milan. Found in 1975, it began in the garage of James Jannard with an initial investment of just $300. The company designs, develops, and manufactures sports performance equipment as well as lifestyle pieces, with the new snow collections falling into the former category. Yet, typical to Oakley the pieces retain a stylish flare.

Most famous for their sunglasses, Oakley also counts sports visors, ski/snowboard goggles, watches, apparel, backpacks, shoes, optical frames, and other accessories. A vast majority of the designs are completed in house, with Oakley currently holding an impressive number of patents, over 850.

Julie Bergan – Hard Feelings: Ventricle II

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Julie Bergan’s ‘Hard Feelings’ project sees the Norwegian pop sensation make a global impression. Its tracks have already accumulated over 35 million streams as Julie is now approaching 5 million monthly listeners at Spotify. Meanwhile, her profile has been boosted by fresh support at tastemaker media. Today Julie continues her upward trajectory with the release of her EP, Hard Feelings: Ventricle II’ featuring the standout single ‘One Touch’.

Powered by Julie’s explosive vocal range and boundless charisma, ‘One Touch’ demonstrates exactly why she’s destined for global star status. It’s a fiery cocktail of arena-ready alt-pop dynamics and EDM energy, topped with some throwback ‘80s flavor. It’s also as relatable as we’ve come to expect from Julie, as it expresses the rush and excitement of a new relationship. The single is co-written by Julie Bergan together with fellow Norwegian singer/songwriter Dagny and produced by Rat City.

Julie commented: “The two volumes of ‘Hard Feelings’ are a collection of all the feels I’ve had over the last year. It goes from being blessed with a broken heart to just wanting to be out there on the dance floor and kiss somebody. I have worked a lot on allowing myself to actually get to know my own feelings and through that process I created these two EPs. In different ways they both describe what has been going on lately. The good and the bad. In one moment you feel low, alone and heartbroken, and in the next one you feel free, strong and it’s like you’re coming up for air. That is totally okay and absolutely normal, and I guess it’s just what life is about. Also, as a female in 2020 I really hope I can inspire other girls out there to speak their mind, be confident and believe in themselves. We’ve been oppressed and underestimated for way too long. Let’s be girls who support girls!”

Initially inspired by icons such as Rihanna, Destiny’s Child and Robyn, Julie Bergan has already played shows as guest to both Dua Lipa and Justin Bieber. Still just 26-years-old, she’s already packed a lot into her career. Her early single ‘Arigato’ went to #1 in Norway, as it earned her Breakthrough Artist of the Year from the Norwegian songwriters’ association NOPA and a Spellemann (the Norwegian Grammy / BRIT equivalent) nomination for Song of the Year.

A feature on K-391 feat. Alan Walker’s global smash ‘Ignite’ continued her rise. Returning to #1 in Norway, its success saw her perform all over the world, ranging from a huge Coachella set to EDC Japan. She built on that with her double-Platinum debut album ‘Turn On The Lights’ in 2018 and the double-Platinum single ‘STFU’ which won Song of the Year at the NRJ Awards.

In addition to the two-part ‘Hard Feelings’ project, Julie has also impacted with some major features this year: ‘Get To Know Me First’ with Molly Hammar and AWA; ‘Don’t You Wanna Play?’ with ‘Kiss Somebody’ collaborators SEEB; ‘Outline’ with Crazy Cousinz; and ‘Outta My Head’ with Love Harder.

‘Hard Feelings: Ventricle II’ Tracklist

  1. ‘One Touch’
  2. ‘Kiss Somebody’
  3. ‘Commando’
  4. ‘All Of Them’
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Monster Energy & X Games Norway 2020

Monster Energy’s Ski and Snowboard Athletes Claim Three Gold Medals in Slopestyle Events on Day Two of X Games Norway 2020

Way to close out an epic edition of Winter X Games! Monster Energy congratulates its ski and snowboard athletes on a dominant performance on the final day of X Games Norway 2020 this Sunday.

In front of a stoked crowd at Hafjell Resort, team riders Max Parrot (Snowboard), Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (Snowboard) and Maggie Voisin (Freeski) claimed gold medals in Slopestyle events, joined by a silver-medal finish from Kokomo Murase (Snowboard) and bronze medals for Ståle Sandbech (Snowboard) and Giulia Tanno (Freeski).

Now in its fifth consecutive year in Norway, the biggest spectacle in action sports returned to Hafjell Resort about 120 miles north of the city of Oslo for snow sports competitions in a festival atmosphere. Aside from showcasing the highest level of freestyle skiing and snowboarding, the event featured concerts by hot musical acts Arif, Musti, Chris Abolade, and Alan Walker.

Supported by Monster Energy as the official energy drink partner of X Games, the competition attracted the world’s best athletes in competitive freeski and snowboarding. Over the course of two action-packed days, X Games Norway 2020 awarded 26 medals overall, with Monster Energy riders claiming nine medals total (3 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze).

Here’s how the action unfolded for team Monster Energy on the final day of the invite-only competition in Scandinavia:

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle: Monster Energy’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott Claims Second Career Gold Medal, Kokomo Murase Earns Silver Medal

The Monster Energy team’s gold medal run began in Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle, the first medal event contested on Sunday. Amidst low visibility and drizzling rain, eight of the world’s best freestyle snowboarders took on a downhill obstacle course stacked with creative rail elements, quarterpipes, and a massive ‘Money Booter’ jump at the bottom. In a format change introduced at X Games Aspen 2020, winners were no longer determined by their highest-scoring runs, but in a 32-minute jam session scored on overall impression.

When all was said and done, Monster Energy’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott brought the right blend of technical tricks and solid consistency to the demanding course.

Known for her mastery of switch tricks and new-school style, the 19-year-old from Wanaka, New Zealand, worked the rail section with backside bluntslide to back 180 Same Way out, switch backside 180 over the rail, noseslide pretzel, switch boardslide to gap, and frontside boardslide down the big rail. In the jump section, she sent a big backside 720, switch backside 540, frontside 720, switch backside double cork 900 stalefish, and a double backflip over the Money Booter that sealed the win.

“It’s pretty tricky right now because it’s raining, which has been a change from all the other days we’ve been riding. I came in today knowing it’s about who rides the best under these conditions. So that’s what I was trying to do,” said Zoi Sadowski-Synnott upon claiming gold in Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle at X Games Norway today.

Her latest Slopestyle gold is already the second win in the discipline for Sadowski-Synnott, bringing her X Games count to three medals (2 gold, 1 silver). The young Kiwi ripper barged onto the scene by claiming Slopestyle gold and Big Air silver at X Games Aspen 2019 and won every big-ticket event of that season, including the Burton U.S. Open. Recognized as Rookie of the Year in the inaugural Snowboarder Magazine Awards in 2020, Sadowski-Synnott also made history as the first athlete from New Zealand in 26 years to win a Winter Olympics medal when she earned Slopestyle bronze at PyeongChang 2018.

Joining Sadowski-Synnott on the Slopestyle podium today, Kokomo Murase came into X Games Norway not only as the youngest rider at age 15 but also the lightest at a mere 105 pounds. But that didn’t stop the Japanese snowboarding wunderkind from dropping some of the heaviest tricks of the weekend.

Working the course with speed and difficult aerial moves, Murase sent a backside 360 over the rail and hit the rail section with frontside nosebluntslide, pole jam Indy grab, and frontside lipslide 270 out the big rail. In the jump section, the 15-year-old from Gifu, Japan, stoked the crowd with backside 720 mute, frontside double cork 900, frontside 720 stalefish, and a backside 1260 with a slightly imperfect landing for a strong silver-medal finish.

On the strength of today’s silver medal, Murase now owns five X Games medals (1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze) across Slopestyle and Big Air disciplines. Murase has been turning heads since her upset victory at X Games Norway 2018, where she made history as the first girl to land a 1260 double cork in a competition and became the youngest competitor ever to earn a medal at Winter X Games at age 13. She has reached the podium in all five of her X Games starts and was recently named Snowboarder of the Year at the 2019 Japan Action Sports Awards.

Women’s Ski Slopestyle: Monster Energy’s Maggie Voisin Claims Second Gold Medal, Giulia Tanno Takes Bronze

Next, the action moved into Women’s Ski Slopestyle as the day’s first freeski event. A total of seven different countries were represented in the eight-rider final with athletes hailing from Canada, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, as well as the UK and United States. Much like in the Snowboard Slopestyle final, the judges were looking for best overall impression in a 32-minute jam format.

Stepping into the final fresh off yesterday’s Big Air silver medal, Monster Energy’s Maggie Voisin unleashed a diverse trick selection onto the stacked course. In the rail section, the 21-year-old from White Fish, Montana, posted a gap to disaster, switch left 270 on 270 out, backside 270 left disaster on the down-flat-down, and left 270 on 270 off. Upping her trick difficulty from run to run, she also hit the massive jump elements with a rightside 720 tailgrab, letfside Rodeo 900, switch leftside 900 safety grab, and almost landed a leftside double cork 1260 for the best overall impression and the win.

“Today the weather was really tough and you just kind of had to roll with it. I just tried to stay consistent. Getting a podium yesterday and the win today, I’m just so grateful,” said Voisin upon claiming Women’s Ski Slopestyle gold at X Games Norway 2020 today, adding: “Today is also International Women’s Day, so a big shout out to all the women snowboarders before us. I’m just so stoked to be a female athlete in action sports.”

This weekend’s Slopestyle gold and Big Air silver medals bring Voisin’s X Games medal count to seven total medals (2 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze). The Montana native now owns two Ski Slopestyle gold after winning the event at X Games Aspen 2018. Voisin made history at XG Norway 2017 as the first American woman to medal in Big Air. After undergoing knee surgery in April 2019, the U.S. freeski prodigy returned to competition in full strength by claiming Slopestyle bronze at XG Aspen 2020 in January.

Monster Energy’s Giulia Tanno came into the final looking for a medal after closely missing the podium in Saturday’s Big Air competition. When all was said and done, the 21-year-old from Lenzerheide, Switzerland, earned the bronze medal with a solid mixture of technical rail tricks and stylish airs. In the rail section, Tanno finessed gap to disaster on the double kink, frontside 450 out, and switch-up 270 on the down rail. And in the jump section, she sent a switch leftside 900 tailgrab, and rightside 900, switch rightside 540, as well as a leftside double cork 1080 for a strong third-place finish.

This weekend’s Slopestyle bronze brings Tanno’s X Games total to four medals (2 silver, 2 bronze). The member of the Swiss national freeski team also had a successful contest run with back-to-back podiums at International Ski Federation (FIS) events. At the recent FIS Freeski Big Air World Cup in Destne, Czech Republic, Tanno took home the 2019/20 Big Air crystal globe trophy as the top rider of the season.

Monster Energy Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle: Max Perrot Takes Gold, Ståle Sandbech Earns Bronze

When the action moved into the Monster Energy Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle event, eight finalists stepped to the challenging course in a 32-minute jam session. Straight out the gate, Monster Energy’s Max Parrot revisited his rivalry with Canada’s Mark McMorris, who took the gold medal in Saturday’s Big Air final with Parrot settling for silver. Now it was time for a rematch!

Undeterred by rainy weather and the fact that his last Slopestyle win happened back in 2014, Parrot left nothing to chance in the competitive final. Hitting the rail section with difficult tech tricks, he posted a frontside bluntslide 450 off, gap backside 360 to 50-50 the kink rail, frontside nosebluntslide over the hip, pole jam Wildcat backflip, and backside lipslide fakie the big rail. Flexing his aerial skills in the jump section, Parrot sent a backside 1260, backside triple cork 1440 melon, Cab double cork 1260, Cab triple 1620 Indy grab, and a perfect frontside triple cork 1440 mute to clinch the win.

“I was definitely focused on a good result today. And I’m actually happy since the last time I won gold in Slopestyle was in 2014, so it’s been a while. It feels good to taste gold again in Slopestyle at X Games!” said Parrot upon earning Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle gold at X Games Norway 2020 today.

After claiming Big Air silver and Slopestyle gold at X Games Norway 2020 this weekend, Parrot now owns 13 medals (8 gold, 5 silver). The 25-year-old from Bromont, Canada, made an emotional return to competition by winning Big Air gold at X Games Norway 2019 after a battle with Hodgkin Lymphoma cancer. The eight-time X Games champion currently holds the record for the most medals in the history of X Games Snowboard Big Air (6 gold, 4 silver) and also earned Slopestyle silver for Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

Also stepping onto the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle podium today, hometown hero Ståle Sandbech from Rykkinn, Norway earned bronze with a versatile trick selection.

Opening the final as the first rider in, Sandbech sent a frontside lipslide over the hip, backside 180 to 50-50, Half Cab 50-50 the kink rail, boardslide up and down the Spider Rail, and front board 270 the big rail. Maintaining his flow into the jump section, the Norwegian local posted backside 1260 mute grab, backside double cork 720, backside Cab 1260 stalefish, frontside 1440 tailgrab, and backside 1440 mute to jump onto the podium with a solid third-place finish.

Today’s Slopestyle bronze is Sandbech’s first X Games medal since XG Norway 2017 and his sixth medal overall (2 silver, 4 bronze). A long-standing member of the Norwegian national snowboarding team, Sandbech earned Slopestyle silver at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The 26-year-old also recently claimed third place in the Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle final at Winter Dew Tour Copper Mountain 2020 and is known for his viral StaleLIFE video series on YouTube.

Didn’t catch today’s live stream? X Games fans who missed the action at X Games Norway 2020 this weekend can re-watch all live broadcasts on the official X Games YouTube channel.

Viewers in the United States can also look forward to watching the ‘Best of X Games Norway 2020’ anthology as part of World of X Games on ABC Television. Part 1 of ‘Best of X Games Norway 2020’ will air on March 14, 1:00 p.m. ET and Part 2 on March 21, 1:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

Visit monsterenergy.com for exclusive content from X Games Norway 2020 including photos, videos, and contest results as they happen. Follow Monster Energy on Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for exclusive behind-the-scenes looks in Oslo.

About Monster Energy
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Saddle Skeedadle’s Cycling Myths Unlocked:

Busting the Roadblocks Keeping Travelers out of the Saddle

Leading cycling operator Saddle Skedaddle sets the record straight on cycling’s biggest misconceptions.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Feb. 3, 2020: Cycling tours have become increasingly more popular in recent years thanks to North America’s focus on wellness travel, sustainable transport methods, and getting away from centers of overtourism. As such, cycling operators are adapting to the modern traveler.

Saddle Skedaddle, the world’s leading bike tour operator with itineraries in nearly 40 countries, recognized a 140% increase in bookings from North Americans between 2014-2018, according to Paul Snedker, director and co-founder. But even as cycling tours are on the rise, Snedker says there are still a lot of misconceptions about this kind of travel that limits new riders from hitting the road.

“There’s are these ideas that you have to be a really fit athlete to do a cycling trip, or that it would feel more like going to the gym than a true vacation,” says Snedker. “But actually, they’re quite accessible for all fitness levels and a great way to explore a destination in an even deeper way.”

Here are some common cycling misconceptions, unlocked:

Myth 1: You have to be an Olympian to do a cycling tour

According to Snedker, the biggest customer concerns are that they won’t be fit enough to do it, or they’ll be the slowest one of the group. While some bike trips are designed for hard core cyclists, there is quite a range in terms of level of difficulty, and many of the tours designed for family or leisure purposes are quite gentle. 

“Many travelers think the whole group will be decked out in lycra and be world-class cyclists on a bit of a holiday,” says Snedker. “The reality is most of our guests are over 50 and are simply looking for a way to stay active on vacation. So long as you’re reasonably fit in your daily life, you’ll be able to keep pace on a lot of our trips.”

Snedker says one of the biggest game changers and gateways to cycling holidays for people who are nervous about their endurance level has been the introduction of electric bikes to Skedaddle’s roster.

“E-bikes are so fantastic at leveling the bike lane, so to speak,” Snedker says. “Not only do they provide that extra push when you need it the most, but they take away the fear factor in the build up to a trip, so travelers can really get excited without being nervous about the physical side of things.”

Responding to strong client demand, Saddle Skedaddle has been steadily introducing self-guided and guided electric bike trips over the last few years, including several to far-flung destinations including Vietnam, China, and Chile.

Myth 2: You won’t have time to explore off your bike

North Americans typically get very little vacation time, so when they do get away, they want to see more, do more, and experience more. According to Snedker, there’s a common misconception that cycling trips don’t give you time to explore the destination. In reality, Snedker says the opposite is true.

“At Skedaddle, we’ve always said we prefer pedaling through, not passing by,” he says. “What that means is your bike can take you so many places your car or a coach bus can’t, so you’re able to really bike deep into the culture and check out the little nooks and crannies of a village or a rural stretch of a dirt path you may never otherwise encounter.”

Some of Saddle Skedaddle’s most popular trips include activities like remote camping under the stars in the Simien mountains, hiking in the jungle of Jordan’s Ajloun Forest Reserve, spotting orangutans on a family-focused journey through Borneo, and hunting for the best tapas bar in a small Spanish village.

“Our customers have evolved; they want cycling to enhance their travel experience, not the other way around,” Snedker says.

Myth 3: International cycling travel is complicated

According to Snedker, many potential bike travelers get antsy about the logistics behind a bike trip, from how to transport their bike to how to read road signs in a different language. The reality is, though, it’s never been easier to cycle in other countries than this decade thanks to technology and updated airline policies.

Just last year, American Airlines dropped their overweight charges for traveling with bicycles, and thanks to apps like the one Saddle Skedaddle has developed, road signs and directions for self-guided trips are simple as keeping your phone mounted on your handlebars.

Of course, rentals and guided trips make all these logistics even easier. “While we have a full-service team on the ground that’s ready to greet guests – and their bikes – the moment they arrive, we also offer bike rentals throughout each trip to make things as seamless as possible,” says Snedker.

Myth 4: You can’t bring kids on a cycling trip

It’s no longer just empty-nesters – family cycling travel continues to grow in popularity as parents look for active ways to keep the whole gang engaged on vacations. However, a common misconception is that group cycling trips don’t really work for families, something Snedkern says couldn’t be more wrong.

“Cycling provides a memorable way to bond as a family on holiday – and I daresay is more exciting than driving around in the rented minivan!”

Saddle Skedaddle makes sure all its family trips include a variety of activities out of the saddle that interest teenagers as well as younger children. They welcome kids as young as two on its family adventures, ranging from exploring Viking history on the Lofoten Islands of Norway to zip-lining and camping through the Moroccan Desert , and rent bike trailers, tag a longs and kids’ bikes so the whole family can keep up at their own pace.

For more information and to pedal through your next adventure, please visit: www.skedaddle.com

About Saddle Skedaddle

Saddle Skedaddle is the UK’s leading independent cycling vacation specialist that is all about doing something wonderful on two wheels. Our team of experts have searched far and wide for nearly 25 years to bring you some of the world’s most incredible locations and enchanting cultures to enjoy at the speed of the bike. It’s time to really meet a place, and its people, you’ll never want to forget.