WORLD’S LARGEST SPANISH FREESTYLE RAP BATTLE, RED BULL BATALLA OPENS APPLICATION PERIOD FOR 2021 U.S. NATIONAL FINALS
Top MCs who have what it takes will advance to next round and compete in the global rap competition’s 15-anniversary season
The new season of Red Bull Batalla kicks off as the largest Spanish freestyle rap battle in the world announces the application phase is now live for the U.S. National Finals. Seeking to uncover the country’s best Spanish freestyle talent around, any MC interested in applying can upload their freestyle submission video via the official Bull Batalla app. This will give them the chance to compete in a virtual qualifier as part of the 15-anniversary of the biggest international freestyle competition in the world.
Following the application phase, from now until April 30th, the top MCs will be chosen to advance to the next round. Those selected will have the opportunity to showcase their lyrical talents and compete in one of the many virtual, regional qualifier battles broadcasts on Twitch this summer. Top contenders from the virtual qualifier will then travel to U.S. National Finals in September. Later this year, all eyes will be on the top MCs as they battle it out in the International Final where one winner will be crowned.
Red Bull Batalla is a global freestyle rap competition that, since 2005, has provided a platform for the best hip-hop improvisors in the Spanish world to connect, develop and compete. The Red Bull founded project has risen to become the world’s biggest international freestyle battle competition, uniting Spanish speakers across the globe. The roots of this improvised rap scene are as deeply connected to hip-hop as they are to the improvisation styles of traditional folk troubadours. With the competition, Red Bull Batalla gives an opportunity for young MCs to train, perform and improve their improvisation and lyrical skills.
FROM HUMAN CHESS TO PADDLEBOARDING:
UNIQUE WAYS CHERRY BLOSSOMS ARE CELEBRATED THROUGHOUT JAPAN
With the much-anticipated arrival of their delicate pink flowers, the cherry trees blossoming in Japan is a yearly spectacle. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, cherry blossoms in Tokyo are expected to bloom on March 15th this year. Associated with renewal and the coming spring, the cherry blossoms (or sakura) spur a variety of unique celebrations and experiences throughout the country, with many cities and towns forming their own yearly traditions and unique ways to see the cherry blossoms.
Cruise the Matsukawa River, Toyama Prefecture
Travelers can enjoy hanami (the custom of flower viewing in Japan) as well as the beautiful landscapes of Toyama Prefecture on a special cruise along the Matsukawa River. During cherry blossom season, cruises on the river drift along with the relaxing current and make their way through tunnels of cherry blossom trees. Cruises begin and end outside of the Matsukawa Tea House, so travelers can enjoy a nice cup of tea after a peaceful afternoon of hanami.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride Through Kitakami Tenshochi Park, Iwate Prefecture
A massive park spanning over 700 acres, the Kitakami Tenshochi Park has been a favorite for hanami among both locals and travelers for decades. 2021 is the 100th anniversary of the park’s opening and there is a myriad of ways for travelers to see the cherry blossoms, such as taking a riverboat cruise, or taking a ride on a horse-drawn carriage underneath the “tunnel of pink.” Cherry blossom branches stretch out from the trees on both sides of the walkway and form a floral tunnel that travelers can traverse
Human Chess Match at Tendo Sakura Matsuri, Yamagata Prefecture
Ninety percent of Japanese chess pieces, or shogi, are produced in the city of Tendo. Every April, as over 2,000 cherry blossoms bloom, locals and travelers gather to watch a human chess match, or shogi battle, in Maizuru Park, where two professional chess players compete with humans dressed as samurai and servants in place of chess pieces. The festival also features taiko (Japanese drum) performances and delicious festival food like yakisoba noodles and takoyaki balls.
Stand-up Paddleboarding in Shiga Prefecture
In Kyoto, travelers who want to partake in hanami can go stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Biwa to see cherry blossoms bloom along the coast. Shirahage SUP at the Shirahige Beach Campsite offers travelers the opportunity to see the cherry blossoms directly from the crystal blue waters of Lake Biwa.
Moka Railway Ride in Tochigi Prefecture
The city of Moka in Tochigi Prefecture is perhaps most known for the Moka Railway, which has been operating for over 100 years. During the spring when cherry blossoms begin to bloom, the railway line becomes a popular attraction since its track is almost completely surrounded by cherry blossoms and rape flowers. Travelers can book a trip on the scenic railway between Mogi station and Shimodate station for an unforgettable hanami ride.
Boating Under Hirosaki Castle, Aomori Prefecture
Hirosaki Castle is well-known as a top destination for hanami. Since local apple farmers prune the cherry trees the same way they do apples, the trees end up with two to three times more flowers than normal. To see the lush, pink flowers, guests often rent a rowboat and sail it out on the river surrounded by cherry blossoms. The sparkling river coupled with the towering castle and the bright petals makes for a fairy tale to come to life.
Noh Plays at Night, Tokyo
Under the lovely cherry blossoms of Yasukuni Shrine, a stage is set and traditional plays called noh are performed. These plays often date back to the 14th century and include kyogen (comedic spoken dramas) and maibayashi (a shorter version of noh with music). Performed, under the yozakura (cherry blossoms at night), the plays are enhanced by the atmosphere of the lit-up blossoms and the bonfire, two integral elements of this experience. Japan’s top actors and actresses are known to take the stage.
Events and experiences above are subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For updates on travel restrictions to Japan, please visit the website.
San Clemente Palace Kempinski, the Venetian luxury resort uniquely located on its own private island eight minutes away from St. Mark’s Square, will open for its fourth season on March 20, 2019.
Just minutes from the bustle of Venice and set among a centuries-old park, antique courtyards and monastery buildings, the 190-room resort has its own pitch & putt golf course, a tennis court, spa, heated outdoor pool and outdoor jogging trails, as well as a kids’ club for younger guests. Last year, the resort unveiled Al Bacaro, an outdoor lounge serving cichetti (Venetian tapas) and cocktails, overlooking the Venetian lagoon and skyline.
Throughout the 2019 season, San Clemente Palace will offer a number of unique offerings for Easter, Spring Break, the Venice Biennale and beyond. During Easter weekend, the resort will offer a special “Kids Stay for Free” package, along with celebratory chocolate egg-decorating workshops and Easter Brunch for the whole family. To commemorate the 58th Venice Biennale, from May 11 through November 4, 2019, San Clemente Palace will also offer a special dedicated package, including exclusive tickets to the Biennale.
San Clemente Palace is also poised to become a true foodie destination this year, as the resort will welcome four top Michelin-starred guest chefs to cook alongside Executive Chef Giorgio Schifferegger for a special event called “Cena a Quattro Mani” (“Four-Hands Dinner”). San Clemente Palace will also be home to a number of other special F&B events, including a Wine & Beer pairing menu with local craft beer and wine, and a pizza-tasting event welcoming Pizza World Champion Gianni Calaon.
In honor of the resort’s opening, San Clemente Palace is offering a discount of up to 40% on all suites for stays between March 20 and April 30, 2019.
For more information about the San Clemente Palace Kempinski, please visit
The soundtrack to the third season of Josh Wakely’s animated Netflix original series Beat Bugs released on November 16th as announced by Republic Records. The soundtrack release comes after the Beat Bugs Season 3 debut on Netflix which premiered back in November 9th.
Beat Bugs: Season 3 soundtrack is available now at this link
Check out the trailer for Beat Bugs Season 2 HERE.
Following the success of the first 2 seasons and a 48-minute special on Netflix, Season 3 attracted a myriad of talent to reimagine classics by The Beatles for a new generation. Yusuf/Cat Stevens recorded “Here Comes The Sun,” while rising Vermont indie pop troubadour Noah Kahan delivered a show-stopping rendition of “You Won’t See Me.” Samantha Gongol of Marian Hill takes on the classic “Let It Be,” Chloe Kohanski adds millennial sunshine to “A Day In The Life,” and Welshly Arms amplify the rock ‘n’ roll gusto of “Revolution.”
Wakely’s Beat Bugs stands out as the perfect gateway for kids to experience the canon of The Beatles.
Beat Bugs Season 3 Tracklisting:
Yusuf/Cat Stevens– “Here Comes The Sun”
Noah Kahan– “You Won’t See Me”
Samantha Gongol– “Let It Be”
Welshly Arms– “Revolution”
The Beat Bugs– “Hey Jude”
The Beat Bugs– “Baby You’re A Rich Man”
The Beat Bugs– “Paperback Writer”
The Beat Bugs– “I’m Only Sleeping”
Chloe Kohanski– “A Day In The Life”
The Beat Bugs– “Yesterday”
The Beat Bugs– “Mother Nature’s Son”
The Beat Bugs– “Good Morning, Good Morning”
The Beat Bugs– “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”
The Beat Bugs– “Oh! Darling”
The Beat Bugs– “The Long And Winding Road”
The Emmy®-winning series and its music have garnered widespread critical praise. The New York Timeswrote, “Like most enduring animation series, the writing in Beat Bugs is crafted to appeal to children as well as thier parents, with plenty of allusions to lyrics.” In its piece on the show, Rolling Stone said that by engaging with Beat Bugs kids are “experiencing the music of the Beatles in a way their parents and grandparents never imagined.” The Wall Street Journal also ran an in-depth piece, while Variety covered the project in this article, calling the covers in the series “richly orchestrated.”
Beat Bugs was created by Wakely, following a groundbreaking deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and is produced by his Grace: a storytelling company. Wakely personally selected each of these songs for his integration into the series’ episodes and was closely involved in the music’s production, arranging and mixing. Melodia was formed by the principals of Beat Bugs’ production entities to release music from this series, as well as future film, television, and theatrical endeavors, in conjunction with the company’s partners.
About Grace: a storytelling company:
Grace is a global independent film and television development and production banner led by filmmaker Josh Wakely. Grace’s output is distinguished by innovation, and imaginative creative and business partnerships, combined to cultivate transformative storytelling. Based out of Australia and the US, Grace is committed to producing intelligent, elevatedm talent-driven film and television projects to the worldwide audience.
American Apparel announces the debut of its Fall 2018 Collection. With a curated selection of brand new arrivals and returning iconic favorites, the collection includes an array of denim, tees, leggings, skirts, hoodies, and outerwear in a wide range of colors and prints, available exclusively atAmericanApparel.com.
Khairan Majid, American Apparel’s head of merchandising, says the collection“offers an inclusive and refreshing take on fashion basics with longevity. We wanted to break down barriers with gender-neutral silhouettes and a wider size range. The warm, neutral color palette and beautiful luxe fabrics elevate this range, while still keeping the price point accessible.”
The season’s offerings include the anticipated return of theRiding Pant. This highly-coveted style is a high-waist silhouette with the perfect amount of stretch, now with an updated waistband and improved fit. Available in Black, Navy, Silver Birch, and Lieutenant, the Riding Pant retails at $68.00 with sizing from XS to XXL.
Another returning favorite for fall is the bestsellingTennis Skirt, an American Apparel icon and back-to-school essential. This pleated skirt is rendered in lightweight Gabardine polyester, with a wide range of colorways including classic plaid, retailing at $48.00.
The season welcomes the arrival ofAmerican Apparel’s first-ever outerwear collection, beginning with a lightweight, year-round Trench Coat – the brand’s interpretation of the classic English silhouette. The Trench Coat is available in Black, Vintage Khaki, navy, Lieutenant, Black/Navy, and Lieutenant/Mauve, with sizes ranging from XS to XXL, retailing at $98.00. Also on the outerwear docket: a Bomber Jacket, with reversible construction for a modern update, retailing at $118.00 in Black/Navy and Lieutenant/Mauve. Rounding out the outerwear highlights are the slick Duckie Puffer and Duckie Raincoat, available in Black, Freesia, Mauve, and Palace Blue from XXS to XXL (priced from $88.00 to $98.00). Polar Fleece also makes an appearance, offering superior comfort and next-level softness, with a Pant and a Quarter Zip pullover, available in Black and Palace Blue with contrasting trim, from XS to XXL, retailing at $46.00 and $48.00.
American Apparel’s Fall 2018 collection also launches a newcorduroycollection: 100% Cotton styles that are soft to the touch, incredibly comfortable, and vintage-inspired. Corduroy styles include a Zip Skirt, a Skirt Overall, a Letterman Jacket, and a versatile Shacket, available in Lieutenant, Hot Sauce, Dark Honey, and Navy. Corduroy pieces retail from $58.00 to $88.00, with sizes ranging from XS to XL.
Texture plays a key role this season, as American Apparel expands itsThick Ribcollection. Thick Rib is a medium- weight cotton-poly blend designed to atter and shape the body, as evidenced by the new Soccer Jersey, Bodysuit, Crewneck Dress, Midi Tube Dress, Crop Turtleneck, Bralette, and Flare Pant. Thick Rib colorways are Black, Star White, Lavender, Freesia, and Maroon; sizing runs from XS to XL and styles are retailed from $28.00 to $44.00.
Denimplays a key role this fall, with a Denim Pocket Skirt ($58.00) in XS to XL; a Button Flare Jean in Vintage Blue ($68.00) in sizes 24 to 32; a Crop Pencil Jean ($68.00) in sizes 24 to 32; and a new men’s fit: the Straight Jean, made with 14-ounce denim for an authentic vintage feel. The Straight Jean is available in a Dark Wash and Medium Wash, retailing at $68.00 from size 30 to 34.
And in classic American Apparel tradition, fall includes a wide variety ofpremium basics, from iconic tees, tanks, and pullovers to hoodies, bodysuits, shorts, and much more. Mix-and-match foundational pieces for everyday wear and easy layering – for workouts, weekends, and everything in between. Adds Majid:“We believe in individuality and self- expression, and I think this collection embodies both.”
ABOUT AMERICAN APPAREL
Established in 1989, American Apparel is an iconic Los Angeles fashion basics brand known for premium styles that are timeless, sexy, fun, and colorful. American Apparel’s mission to empower all people is reflected in its ethical, sweatshop-free manufacturing, as well as its bold branding – a celebration of diversity, inclusivity, equality, and body positivity.
Gildan Activewear acquired the American Apparel brand in February 2017. As part of Gildan’s family of brands, American Apparel is now a member of one of the world’s largest and most responsible manufacturing networks. American Apparel is sold online globally. For more information, please visit www.americanapparel.com.
On day two of Style Fashion Week New York, designers,Matte Brand, Sweet Talk Swim, Adriana Sahar, Raul Penarada, Hirun Bangkok, Elie Madi and Rocky Gathercole showcased SS’19 designs at theManhattan Center. Guests of the shows additionally enjoyed performances byChloe MaggsandLeah Kate presented by Vezt Music App. Essentia Water kept attendees, models and designers hydrated throughout the night. Guests, VIP’s and socialites enjoyed Tipsy Girl Wines as they viewed the season’s latest collections. Decor was provided by Jimmy DeLaurentis. Sitting front row wasMing Lee Simmons, Diggy Simmons, Julz Goddard (YesJulz), WolfTyla, Sihoban Bell, Deborah Coxand others.
The Timberland team recently completed a Q&A answered bySenior Director – Product Management, Donald Desalvio. They highlighted the new American Craft Collection for this feature! Check it out below!
What inspired the new fall[AMERICAN CRAFT] premium men’s collection?
The American Craft Collection embodies generations of authentic American bootmaking. Weset outto build a collection with timeless silhouettes that are made by a socially responsible factory in Americausing global materials. The boots and shoes are created by dedicated people who understand that time, skill, and the best materials are the difference between the usual and the truly exceptional.
Who’s responsible for the overall look and feel of the newest offerings?
Timberland Men’s DesignDirector, Chris Mondelli and Senior Product Manager, Troy McErlain, workedcloselywith thefamily-ownedMunro Companyin Wynne, Arkansas,toleveragetheir legacy of craftmanship – every style in the collection is cut, stitched and assembled in their factory. The importance of the human element in the creation process was a large part of designing each style.
Where were the newest offerings manufactured?
The American Craft Collection was manufactured by the Munro Company in Wynne, Arkansas— afamily owned and operated business since 1972. They are dedicated to the craftsmanship of the product and the hands that create it.
Timberland has been a household marquee for so many since the late 1990’s, how are you repositioning to the next generation of consumers?
The next generation of consumersis always changing and evolving. That’s why atTimberland weare continually working to understand theproductsour consumers want,what is most important to them in terms of style and technology, andhow that fits in with our core values and beliefs.
Is there anything we should be on the lookout from Timberland when it comes to innovation and technology?
Timberland is constantly testing and developing new innovationstoinspire our current and future lines. One of our current innovations – Aerocore Energy System – comes to life in new styles this season like the 1978 FlyRoam Hiker and CityForce Reveal Leather Boot.
New Era Cap Co., Inc., the official on field cap of the NFL, announced the launch of the New Era Official NFL Cold Weather Collection. The collection will be worn on NFL sidelines during the 2018-2019 NFL season.
The knitted hats come in three different styles and is available for all 32 NFL teams, helping fans find the perfect knit to complete their game day outfit this season!
“During the season, players and fans encounter a range of weather conditions from snow to sleet and rain, that’s why they need gear that will help them endure the elements. The New Era Official NFL Cold Weather Collection was designed to not only keep fans warm during a tailgate but also provide them with a stylish option for any occasion,” says Ryan DiNunzio, Director Football for New Era Cap.
The New Era Official NFL Cold Weather Collection is available in the following silhouettes:
New Era Official NFL Sport Knit: This year’s edition of this iconic that has been featured on NFL sidelines is constructed with a fleece lining and thermal properties and includes the team name on the crown with an embroidered team logo in the front, to help fans show their team pride, and a pompom topper,
New Era Official NFL TD Knit: This poly yarn knit is designed with a fleece lining and thermal properties with a team logo on the front helping anyone celebrate a touchdown from their favorite team.
New Era Official NFL Women’s Knit: This marled team color yarn knit was created with a team logo on the front and a fleece lining to keep any female football fan warm at the game or walking around town.
The collection is available to purchase by clicking here as well as most sporting goods and headwear retailers with a retail price of $28 USD.
About New Era Cap
It is an international lifestyle brand with an authentic sports heritage that dates back over 90 years. Best known for being the official on-field cap for Major League Baseball and the National Football League, New Era Cap is the brand of choice not only for its headwear collection, but also for its accessories and apparel lines for men, women, and youth. The brand is worn as a symbol of self-expression by athletes, artists, and some of the most interesting people around the globe. The company encourages people to truly express their personal style and individuality through its products. The Company’s HQ is located in Buffalo, NY and operates facilities in Canada, Europe, Brazil, Japan, and Hong Kong.
Join your favorite American Gods cast members and Executive Producer Neil Gaiman for an exclusive first sneak peek as the battle continues between New Gods and Old in season two of the hit STARZ Original Series at their first ever official New York Comic Con panel.
Mark your calendars as this will take place Friday the 5th of October from 1:30-2:30 PM at the Hammerstein Ballroom in the Manhattan Center.
American Gods is a one-hour drama adapted from Gaiman’s novel of the same name.
Following the epic showdown at Easter’s party, season two ups the ante with Mr. Wednesday continuing his quest to pitch the case for war to the Old Gods with Shadow, Laura and Mad Sweeney in tow. When things don’t go as planned at the House on the Rock, they all find themselves on a haunting journey through middle America.