Nnena returns with her new single “PMTWGR” featuring Ncognita & KT via Loud Robot/RCA Records. Heavy on soul grooves courtesy of producer Ben Oyortey Jr, the song is confident and fun, using witty rhymes to address that PMTWGR. In addition to releasing her latest single, it’s also been announced that she’s joining Rini’s “Past The Naked Eye” tour as an opener. The tour kicks off tomorrow, 11/30, and will hit cities such as Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, and more – buy tickets HERE.
Listen to “PMTWGR” HERE and watch the visualizer, directed by Deondrae Jones HERE.
Last year, Nnena showcased her range and versatility on her EP …Just Cause. The four-track EP features Childish Major, DaVionne and WESTSIDE BOOGIE – the latter on the standout track “Come Again.” This new project follows the release of her debut EP Bipolar AF, the first release from the partnership between Loud Robot, the record label from JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot and RCA Records.
Additionally, Nnena was featured on Insecure: Music From The HBO Original Series, Season 5soundtrack with her memorable single “Fun,” which is currently the second highest streamed track on the album on Spotify. This week Nnena had her late night television debut performing the track on The Late Late Show with James Corden – watch it here.
An incredible writer, lyricist, rapper and vocalist, bursting with effusive energy and a massive personality, the Cleveland native, born Nnena Adigwe to Nigerian parents, credits some of her robust, descriptive storytelling impulses to her past screenwriting experience. Nnena began writing comedic sketches during college and that soon led to working on more full-fledged projects—the kinds of works that needed sound tracking. Rather than pay licensing fees, she tried her hand at making her own music. Her music reflects her eclectic influences ranging from Otis Redding to Millie Jackson, from Queen Latifah to Miriam Makeba to Kendrick Lamar and especially “Lauryn Hill, she molded me the most,” along with other neo-soul genre artists Musiq Soulchild and Jill Scott, as well from Drake, J. Cole, to Tiwa Savage.
Nnena is currently working on her debut album; stay tuned for more music coming soon.
Barbie will take center stage through global collaboration with Lebanese designer Jean Louis Sabaji
For the first time, Arab Fashion Week will host over 35 designers from the MENA region, as well as Europe, Asia, and the Americas, within the d3 space and on its B2B platform
Eco-conscious brand The Giving Movement will debut its new clothing line FiftyMade
Sustainability and fashion tech will be paramount on the runway
In a strategic partnership, the Arab Fashion Counciland Dubai Design District (d3) are delighted to announce the return of Women’s Arab Fashion Week with Couture FW 22/23 and Spring Summer 2023 Ready-To-Wear shows taking place at d3 from October10-15, 2022.
Staged within the city’s design and fashion pulse, the creative world – and more than 35 designers – will unite in Dubai at d3. Supported by TECOM Group PJSC’s creative platform, the six-day calendar will be packed with runway shows, an international collaboration, roundtable talks, and activations.
As the global fashion industry continues to emerge from the pandemic, Arab Fashion Week will welcome regional and international editors, buyers, industry leaders, and global celebrities, to view a curated selection of fashion-forward designers from the MENA region, Europe, the Americas and Asia. A roster of new designers and returning ones are expected to be on the season’s dynamic calendarand La Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, the French body responsible for coordinating Paris Fashion Week, will once again present Paris-based label Weinsanto. It will be the fifth occasion in which Weinsanto participates at Arab Fashion Week, highlighting the ever-growing relevance of Dubai to global brands.
An occasion of firsts, UAE-based brand, The Giving Movement will debut its new range of clothing named FiftyMade on the catwalk, while Atelier Forger will take centre stage as the first Syrian label to showcase at Arab Fashion Week.
Emerging and established designers from as far afield as Mexico, Nicaragua, Thailand, Malaysia and Ukraine will also be participating in Arab Fashion Week for the first time – and these are in addition to names from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Turkey, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, France, the UK, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Paraguay, and Belarus. Some 23 countries will be represented in total.
Furthermore, Arab Fashion Week will kick off with a special event commemorating Barbie, the 2021 recipient of the Fashion Icon Award. The Arab Fashion Council forged a one-of-a-kind collaboration with the world’s most diverse doll, tapping Lebanese couturier Jean-Louis Sabaji as the first Arab designer ever to work with the global icon, following similar partnerships with Balmain and Moschino. The historic capsule will be unveiled on October 10 at d3.
To usher in the season of physical presentations, the runway shows will be broadcasted on live screens positioned around the d3 space. The public will also be invited to view the live shows via the Arab Fashion Week and Arab fashion Council social media platforms.
Khadija Al Bastaki, Vice President of Dubai Design District (d3), said: “We are proud, with our strategic partner the Arab Fashion Council, to announce the line-up for this autumn’s Arab Fashion Week, which will be by far, the largest edition to date with more than 35 designers set to hit the runway over the six-day event – from all corners of the world. We look forward to welcoming the creative community to d3 to engage, connect and be inspired, and to see many emerging and established talents hit our runway for the first time, as well as to partake in workshops, panels and wider activations. It is very much our mission at Dubai Design District to elevate the creative ecosystem here in Dubai and the wider region with opportunities to showcase, tap into new stakeholders and audiences, and – most importantly – rethink the regular. Arab Fashion Week continues to be at the very heart of our regional fashion industry while also taking the global narrative on all that is happening here in our region to new heights, further growing Dubai’s reputation as a global fashion hub. We look forward to welcoming all fashion lovers and enthusiasts.”
Mohammed Aqra, Chief Strategy Officer of the Arab Fashion Council, says: “The Arab Fashion Council is focused on its ardent mission to build strategies and bridge the divide between international companies and regional ones – structured in a way that supports the Council’s mission dedicated to fostering and supporting the global trajectories of our local talent and businesses that represent our creative heartlands. We are very excited about having pioneered a global collaboration between Barbie and Lebanese couturier Jean-Louis Sabaji, the first Arab in history to work with the global icon.We also celebrate Arab Fashion Week’s success as the region’s #1 creative platform, propelling its designers onto a global stage and before international brands, buyers, and worldwide media. Together with d3, we continue to champion Dubai’s role as the region’s fashion capital.”
Serge Carreira, Head of Emerging Brands Initiative, La Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, said: “We are pleased to continue to strengthen on the long-run the collaboration with the Arab Fashion Council. Some of our most promising talents could build strong and consistent relationships and explore the market in the region season after season. This contributes undoubtedly to pave the way for a global success.”
The Arab Fashion Council is also pleased to announce the participation of its international corporate sponsors: Meta, Microsoft, Windows, Electra, Schwarzkopf professional, KIKO Milano, Waldorf Astoria DIFC, Launchmetrics, Ferronato Switzerland, and Quintessentially.
Paige is looking forward to hanging out with her best friends, escape the city, and rock her winter wardrobe. She is loving her life in a long-distance relationship with Craig, but with this trip being the longest they have ever spent together as a couple, they’re put to the ultimate test.
After finally committing to one person, Craig is excited to be an example of what a healthy relationship looks like. When his boorish behavior makes Paige question how to move forward, however, he’s forced to decide what type of man he wants to be, and if he’s really ready to settle down.
After finally tying the knot, Amanda and Kyle have never been more in love. Amanda is excited to show off their new and improved relationship, though the potential for Kyle becoming stressed out and overworked may jeopardize her plans. The newlyweds will have to find a way to balance their social life and business with married life this winter.
Ciara has been settling into life in NYC, focusing on herself and enjoying the single life. She’s ready to let loose and is open to the possibility of finding romance in Stowe, but having to face an old fling first may stand in the way of her meeting someone new.
Luke is always his best when surrounded by nature, and couldn’t be happier to be in the mountains. He has been working on himself and his mental health journey, but quickly finds himself in a crossfire and contemplates leaving the vacation much sooner than expected.
Entering the house, Austen is apprehensive since his behavior over the summer was controversial. He’s in a much better place now and has been dating someone new, but with Ciara in such close proximity, will he be able to stay on his best behavior?
Since his whirlwind relationship last winter, Jason has taken a break from the dating scene. He’s looking forward to being back with his friends, utilizing his cooking skills and even brings a new friend, Jess, with him to the house. However, he will first have to work through his past before pursuing a romance with someone new.
Jess is a beautiful Metaverse real estate agent, investor and entrepreneur from Los Angeles. After Jason slid into her DM’s, she was excited to join the house and show off her wild side to a completely new group of friends. While her party girl behavior gets her into hot water with some of her housemates, she’ll also explore a romance that has the potential to last beyond the winter vacation.
An adrenaline junkie at heart and gym owner by trade, Kory comes to Vermont to meet women and hang out with his best friend and college roommate, Craig. It isn’t long before Kory becomes the house heartthrob and catches the eye of more than one of the housemates, but will he be able to commit his attention to one person?
Rachel was introduced to a few of the housemates after saving the day with her floral arrangements at Kyle and Amanda’s wedding. Single and ready to mingle, Rachel isn’t a fan of the cold, but is always up for new adventures. When a new romance sparks in the house, Rachel will have to figure out if she’s ready to deal with her hesitations about commitment and learn to open up.
“Winter House” is produced by Truly Original with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Lauren Eskelin, Jamie Jakimo, Trish Gold and Anne Swan serving as executive producers.
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If there’s one shining light guiding e-retailers in an industry both fueled and marred by the details, it’s to focus on the customer experience. Though everything technically affects the customer experience to some degree, nothing plays a central role in satisfying customers more than the fulfillment process.
So it makes sense that these four fulfillment details to look for in 2019 all directly enhance customer satisfaction and shopping convenience.
Let’s learn more about what’s in store for this year and beyond.
Heavy Investments in AI and Automation
It’s clear that fast and affordable shipping is the new standard in fulfillment. But for retailers to meet these standards they’ll have to achieve automation at scale — things like robot-operated warehouses, self-driving trucks, and drones. JD.com is one company after Amazon that’s investing heavily in these areas. The Chinese retailer’s already operating humanless warehouses of the future, and completed their first government-approved drone delivery in Indonesia in early January.
Meanwhile, DHL is investing $300 million to quadruple robots in their warehouses this year, and Uniqlo announced in late 2018 that they were investing over $770 million in automating its warehouse and distribution system. Top titans like Amazon, Walmart, Zappos, UPS, and FedEx already operate automated warehouses, but as long as the automation race is ongoing, so too will these companies’ developments.
Lenient Return Processes
Brands like Ikea, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Costco, Zappos and Nordstrom all have success in common, but they also have customer-friendly — some would say exceedingly lenient — return policies. These two things aren’t mutually exclusive.
Reverse logistics is an absolute mess for the typical online business — eating into profits and making operating margins hard to assess. Look for companies to develop better systems to facilitate returns, process returned products and improve their quality of shipping to reduce the number of defective goods. This will coincide with brands adopting more lenient returns policies, as well as leading with them in their promotional tactic. After all, this is a great way to acquire new customers, curb cart abandonment rates and increase average order value. Of course, brands will need to take measures to address fraud and/or abuse as they change their terms and conditions.
Subscription-Based Ordering for Everyday Products
Regardless of how material we are, we all use and need certain products on a daily basis. The thought of not having any toothpaste left before going to sleep, running out of toilet paper at the wrong time, or not have any groceries in the house when you want to prepare a meal is certainly offputting. This is why the subscription e-commerce market has grown by more than 100 percent per year over the past five years.
While subscription e-commerce is nothing new (we all remember Dollar Shave Club’s viral takeoff), we’ve seen other gems like Blue Apron and Birchbox come about in recent years. We’ll continue to see more of these subscription-based models, as well recurring order options and monthly boxes for everyday items offered by stores ranging from those that sell beauty products from home to big-name brands. Consumers, always looking for more convenience and less ‘one-off’ errands will respond positively.
While automation at scale will need to occur to power what’s growing steadily into a $5 trillion global market, it’s unlikely some customers will ever be satisfied with delivery timeframes. Further, complications like package theft and damage in transit aren’t going away overnight. This sets the table for a lot more check-out free retail stores. Amazon Go’s experiment appears to be successful, with allegedly thousands more to come.
As Forbes notes, plenty of other retailers are getting involved as well — this includes GoodHousekeeping Lab via their Mall of America pop-up shop, Alibaba’s supermarket chain Hema, as well as Bingobox and AVA Retail. Meanwhile companies like Zippin, Standard Cognition and Trigo are providing the solutions to accomplish this.
Checkout-free stores will be the ultimate commercial win-win. Retailers deal with less payroll, less inventory, and less theft, while consumers get unobstructed convenience in their shopping experiences.
And, while the first examples we’re seeing are on a small, convenience-type level, in-person transactions of all sorts will shift accordingly—creating the need for micro-warehouses (think Ikea) that can serve both front and back-end operations.
Don’t expect all these details to bleed into every consumer experience shortly, but this year will mark a pivotal wave of progress for each of these areas.
Adding to the excitement for his upcoming mix-tape, Icewear Vezzo celebrates this moment with a music video for European–check it out here!
Icewear Vezzo proudly leads a new era of Motor City hip-hop. His explosive discography encompasses the fan favorite Clarity mixtape series and breakout Moonwalken, which boasted beats from heavyweights such as Zaytoven and TM 88. Following a stint in Federal Prison, he ignited 2018 as his biggest year yet. In addition to a triumphant return to the stage at Detroit’s Hot 107.5 Summer Jamz, he dropped the acclaimed 337 EP with Earlly Mac and set the internet abalze with the brash and blunt banger Drank God Back Freestyle. Mass Appeal predicted, Detroit’s best hope at a singular star is Icewear Vezzo, and Hypebeast dubbed him, “The King of Contemporary Detroit Rap.” A pillar of his community, he also owned the local haunt Chicken Talk restaurant.
With his surefire spitting and slick storytelling, he ushers in the next generation of Detroit legends.
Oxygen Media, the network for high-quality crime programming, kicks off a brand new season of true crime investigative series “Cold Justice” onSaturday, August 4 at 6 pm ET/PT. From executive producer Dick Wolf and award-winning producers Magical Elves, the series follows veteran prosecutor Kelly Siegler and her rotating team of seasoned detectives – Johnny Bonds, Steve Spingola, Aaron Sam, Tonya Rider and Abbey Abbondandolo, as they dig into small town murder cases that have lingered for years without answers or justice for the victims. The “Cold Justice” team has worked with local law enforcement from across the country on over 65 cases, and has successfully helped bring about 37 arrests and 18 convictions.
“We have been on the road for the past few months and have been hard at work delving into unsolved homicides that have broken our hearts,” said Siegler. “Since our first case this season in Wisconsin, we have continued to make progress and we can’t wait to share this season with all of you.”
In the season premiere, “Small Town Secrets,” Kelly and Steve head to Oneida County, Wisconsin to investigate an unsolved homicide of a wife and mother, Barbara Mendez. The case becomes personal after they receive a letter from the victim’s daughters. Their search uncovers a town’s dark side, crimes against children and lies within a church.
“Cold Justice” launched on Oxygen in July 2017 and was the network’s most watched (P2+) true crime series during the month, improving Oxygen’s Saturday 6pm hour by triple digits (+181% in total viewers).
The series is produced by Wolf Reality & Magical Elves with Dick Wolf and Tom Thayer serving as Executive Producers for Wolf Reality and Jane Lipsitz, Dan Cutforth, Kelly Siegler, Liz Cook, Kathryn Vaughan and Scott Patch serving as Executive Producers for Magical Elves.
The “Cold Justice” team is invited by the local law enforcement agencies for all cases. To submit a case for consideration for “Cold Justice,” please click here.
About Oxygen Media:
Oxygen Media is a multiplatform crime destination brand for women. Having announced the full-time shift to true crime programming in 2017, Oxygen remains one of the fastest growing cable entertainment networks with popular unscripted original programming that includes the flagship “Snapped” franchise, “Cold Justice,” “Killer Couples,” “Criminal Confessions,” and breakout hit event series such as “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” “Dahmer on Dahmer: A Killer Speaks” and “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered.” Available in more than 77 million homes, Oxygen is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Oxygen anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs.
Today multi-platinum, GRAMMY® Award-winning band IMAGINE DRAGONS release a brand new single entitled “Next To Me” via KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records, and also reveal summer dates for their Evolve Tour. “Next To Me” is available via all participating digital retailers HERE. Listen to “Next To Me” HERE. The Evolve Tour returns June 5th in Hartford, CT and will hit major cities including Boston, Toronto, New York and more (see full listing below).
“Next To Me,” produced by Alex Da Kid, was today’s World Record with Zane Lowe on Beats 1. “Next To Me” is the first new music released from Imagine Dragons since Evolve, the band’s 2017 platinum selling third album. Evolve, the biggest rock album of 2017, has sold over 1.3 million albums in the US and over 4 billion streams globally.
Produced by Live Nation, Imagine Dragons’ Evolve Tour will feature special guest Grace VanderWaal throughout the North American leg. The 14-year-old singer/songwriter rose to fame on “America’s Got Talent” with her signature ukulele sound and released her first full length album Just the Beginning in late 2017. Imagine Dragons sold out their initial run of the Evolve Tour in 2017, with support from Grouplove and K.Flay.
Tickets are on sale to the general public starting Saturday, March 3rd at 10am local time at LiveNation.com and via the Live Nation app. Fans can register starting now, Wednesday, February 21st at 12pm ET through Sunday, February 25th at 3pm ET for free access to the Ticketmaster Verified Fan pre-sale HERE, which will allow vetted fans to purchase tickets before the general public starting Tuesday, February 27th at 10am local time through Friday, March 2nd at 10pm local time.
Imagine Dragons has once again partnered with CID Entertainment to offer VIP Packages on tour. All 3 VIP Packages include the option of a premium reserved or General Admission pit ticket with early venue entry for prime concert viewing. ‘Whatever It Takes’ and ‘Believer’ VIP Packages include access to the ‘Evolve’ Pre-Party where fans can interact with Imagine Dragons show sets and memorabilia, including the band’s taiko drum used during their live performances of Radioactive. To view Imagine Dragons VIP Package details, visit CID Entertainment.
Also this summer, HBO Documentary Films will release the Live Nation Productions documentary Believer, which follows Imagine Dragons’ frontman Dan Reynolds as he takes on a new mission to explore how the Mormon church treats its LGBTQ members.