Wolf Alice, Britain’s best band, today release their uncompromising new single “Smile” via. The track was inspired by lead singer Ellie Rowsell’s desire to fight back against those who try to define her, and is the second single from their highly-anticipated third album, Blue Weekend, the follow up to the Mercury Prize winning Visions of a Life.
“Smile” is carried along on a tide of visceral energy, a song destined to be a live favorite. The band envisaged this during their time recording Blue Weekend in Brussels during lockdown. Rowsell states, “this is one of the songs we wrote thinking that we would play it live. I miss that feeling of singing on stage. It’s like screaming into a pillow or something — you can get away with being more nasty. There’s a whole other part of me missing.”
“Smile” is accompanied by a video directed by Jordan Hemmingway (Gucci, Raf Simons, Comme Des Garçons), the band’s second collaboration with Hemmingway, following previous single “The Last Man On Earth” (watch). The saturated visuals of the band in full-flow, combined with the casting of riotous punk extras and pub locals, provide the ideal hedonistic backdrop to the track.
“The Last Man On Earth” spent 7 weeks on the BBC Radio 1 A-List. It was premiered by Annie Mac as her Hottest Record In The World, further cementing a longstanding relationship between the band and Annie. Last week, the band released a special live version of “The Last Man On Earth” which can be viewed below.
The release of “Smile” follows the news of the band announcing a 2022 UK & Ireland tour, their first headline shows since 2018. For the full list of dates see below, to purchase tickets please visit Wolf Alice’s website. Before then, on May 22, Wolf Alice will play the Glastonbury Presents Live at Worthy Farm Livestream alongside Coldplay, Michael Kiwanuka, Haim and more.
Wolf Alice UK & Ireland January 2022 Tour Dates
05 January – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, UK (EXTRA DATE)
07 Jan – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, UK (SOLD OUT)
08 January – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, UK (SOLD OUT)
09 Jan – O2 City Hall, Newcastle, UK
10 Jan – UEA, Norwich, UK (SOLD OUT)
12 Jan – O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK (SOLD OUT)
13 Jan – O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK (EXTRA DATE)
14 Jan – O2 Academy, Sheffield, UK (SOLD OUT)
15 Jan – Uni Mountford Hall, Liverpool, UK (SOLD OUT)
18 Jan – Eventim Apollo, London, UK (SOLD OUT)
19 Jan – Eventim Apollo, London, UK (EXTRA DATE)
22 Jan – O2 Guildhall, Southampton, UK (SOLD OUT)
23 Jan – De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill On Sea, UK
24 Jan – Olympia Theatre, Dublin, IRE (EXTRA DATE)
25 Jan – Olympia Theatre, Dublin, IRE (SOLD OUT)
27 Jan – O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK
28 Jan – Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth, UK
30 Jan – O2 Academy, Bristol, UK (SOLD OUT)
31 Jan – O2 Academy, Bristol, UK (EXTRA DATE)
Wolf Alice are Ellie Rowsell (vocals, guitar), Joff Oddie (guitar, vocals), Theo Ellis (bass) and Joel Amey (drums, vocals). It has been a decade since the band began as a duo of Ellie Rowsell and Joff Oddie, then later expanding to a four-piece, with Joel Amey and Theo Ellis joining the group. Since then, the band saw their 2015 debut album My Love Is Cool soar to #2 on the UK charts, their sophomore album Visions Of A Life win the 2018 Hyundai Mercury prize, and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rock Performance.The band played a massive 187 shows on the Visions Of A Life world tour – including a sold out Alexandra Palace, 2 sold out dates at Brixton Academy, and a set on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.
It was no surprise that creating a follow-up to Visions Of A Life was a daunting task. The record was a huge success, which subsequently led to many months spent on tour – with intercontinental flights, hotels and long-bus journeys taking a toll on the band.
The band decamped to an Airbnb in Somerset, and it was there that they reconfigured who they were together, far away from festival stages, tour buses, awards shows, and fans. They cemented their friendship and set to work on some fledgling demos in a converted church. These demos evolved into Blue Weekend, a record produced by Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Björk, Brian Eno, Florence + The Machine) who has aided the band in refining their sound to an even sharper point. Rowsell’s personal storytelling is at the core of Blue Weekend, an album that sees Wolf Alice embrace a newfound boldness and vulnerability in equal measure.
Blue Weekend will be released on June 11th 2021 via Dirty Hit/RCA Records, and will be available on all DSPs & vinyl.
Customer Service Tips Every Boutique Retailer Should Try
By: Joseph Heller, small businesses expert and CEO of Supplied!
Supplied makes it easier for small boutique owners around the world to access high-quality, affordable wholesale boutique items, whether to stock their physical store or IG shop.
Do you remember the last time you had a truly fantastic customer service experience?
Maybe a cashier complimented your earrings, or maybe the person at the drive-thru unexpectedly threw an extra taco in for free. Or maybe you were just really vibin’ with the enthusiasm you could hear at the other end of the customer support line. Whatever it was, chances are it made you more excited to return and support that company with your business in the future.
Now… think back to the last time you had an awful customer service experience.
Was someone being unnecessarily difficult while you were trying to return a sweater, you’d bought a week ago? Or did someone leave you on hold for hours and hours? Or maybe someone just would NOT honor your coupon, even though you received it in an email yesterday?
Whatever that bad experience was… I’d be willing to bet it made you a whole lot less likely to go back anytime soon.
As Vince Lombardi famously said, “It takes months to find a customer and seconds to lose one.” One poor customer service experience could cause you to lose all of a valuable customer’s future business.
If you haven’t been making great customer service a major priority in your boutique lately, now is the time to change that.
Read on to learn 25 powerful (but easy!) customer service tips every retailer should try implementing in their business.
(If you’ve hired someone else as the main customer service rep for your boutique business, send this article along to them as a reminder!)
Top 25 Customer Service Tips
Focus on the customer in front of you
As a boutique owner, you’ve constantly got about a zillion and one thing that need your time and attention. But when it’s a customer you’re dealing with, zero in on them and their needs. Nobody likes feeling unimportant – make sure you give them your undivided attention while they’re talking to you, whether it’s over the phone, in person, or in your site’s live chat.
Chances are, you’ve been in the exact same situation your customer’s in right now – whether they’re trying to figure out what size shoe to purchase or they’re trying to initiate a return for something that didn’t turn out the way they’d hoped. Do your best to see the situation from their perspective. You’ll be able to provide a better customer experience if you’re in touch with their needs and emotions.
Make an extra effort
Work tirelessly to solve your customer’s problems. If a customer wants a certain size that’s out of stock, double-check your inventory, let them know when they can expect that item to come back, offer them alternatives, or give them a discount code for their trouble. Your customers will appreciate you going the extra mile for them.
Customer service isn’t just about making your customer feel valued while you’re speaking to them – it’s also about providing a great all-around customer experience. Do a quick audit of your website and make sure it’s user-friendly. Is it easy to check out? Browse new arrivals? Search for specific items? Purchase using the payment method they prefer? If not, set aside some time to make some adjustments.
Identify their needs
There might be all sorts of things you could be doing to provide a better customer experience that you don’t even realize yet. Put together a short survey to send out to your customers about the checkout process and their past customer service experiences. It’ll show you what’s going well and what you could improve.
Use their name
Simple, but effective. Whenever a customer reaches out to you, take note of their name and use it. It’ll give your communications a more personal touch. (Don’t forget to introduce yourself by name, too!) Bonus points if you remember other personal details about them for next time.
Yes, even if you’re not talking to the customer in person! Make an effort to be friendly and positive, even if you’re just sitting at your desk at home – you can totally hear a smile through the phone, and it makes a difference.
If you could spend $5 to secure a customer who’s loyal to you for life… would you do it? Sometimes, that’s all it takes. When a customer reaches out to you, your priority is to make them happy – offering free shipping or accepting a late return can do just the trick. And that’s not just common sense – research shows that accepting someone’s generosity makes you feel indebted to them, which can translate to return business.
Don’t say “I don’t know”
Sure, you’re not gonna immediately have the answers to every single one of your customers’ questions… but it’s kinda your job to know. So, when you tell a customer “I don’t know,” what they hear is “I don’t care.” Not exactly the message you’d like to get across when you’re on the phone with a customer! Practice saying “Let me check on that for you” instead.
Acknowledging your customer’s birthdays is a surefire way to make them feel valued and appreciated. Ask your customers for your birthday as they sign up for your mailing list, then send them an email with a promo code for a free gift or a discount right before their special day.
Be clear about your policies
Your customers aren’t mind-readers – if you don’t let them know, they have no idea about how long shipping should take, where you ship to, or under what circumstances you accept returns. Be sure your shipping and returns policies are clearly stated on your website to avoid confusion. It’ll answer some questions before they’re ever even asked!
Honor your promises
Your customers need to know that they can trust your boutique to deliver the value it promises. Stick to the shipping and return policies you have listed on your website (unless you choose to go above and beyond them, of course!) Honor coupons and discount codes for as long as you said you would. Post any giveaway winners publicly in your stories. Trust is key!
Acknowledge frequent customers…
Let your return customers know how much you appreciate them! Whether you throw a quick handwritten thank-you note into their next order or you offer a discount code that’s good for their next purchase, it’ll definitely make them want to keep coming back.
But make sure new customers feel the love, too!
It’s a big leap to order from a company you’ve never purchased anything from before – make sure new customers feel super welcome. Acknowledge new customers by offering free shipping on their first order, sending a promo code when they sign up for your mailing list, or even sending a quick thank-you email for taking a chance on your shop.
Running a business is tough, and sometimes extenuating circumstances make it even tougher. Be open with your customers about the hurdles you’re currently going through, especially if it will affect shipping times or restock dates.
We all make mistakes – especially when we’re doing huge, crazy difficult things like running a business. If you’ve made a mistake on a customer’s order, own your error, sincerely apologize, and do whatever it takes to make things right. It’s much more professional than shrugging off responsibility or blaming someone else. (Bonus points if you reach out and own up to it before the customer even notices!)
Make it easy to get in touch
Have you ever sent an email to a company’s customer service team… and then never heard anything back? Yeah, that’s the worst. Don’t be that company. Let your customers know the best way to reach you, whether it’s through Instagram DMs, email, or over the phone. If you want to go the extra mile, include a live chat feature on your website that’s available 24/7. (Also, word of advice: if you have a contact form on your website, make sure to check it every so often!)
Offer self-help customer service
If your customers can find their own answers to their questions, it makes their lives easier AND your life easier. Include a comprehensive FAQ page on your website that answers common questions about shipping, sales, returns, and more. For more complicated questions, you might want to write up an entire blog post to give your customers more information. Just be sure your customers still know that they can reach out to you with any questions they can’t find the answers to.
Plan for the holidays
Here’s a hot tip: over the holidays, things get BUSY. Even if you usually don’t have very many people blowing up your inbox about shipping questions, there’s a very good chance you will during the holidays. Make sure you’re prepared with multiple customer service reps helping respond to questions (if need be) and detailed holiday shipping info displayed on your website and social media pages.
Make it a goal to respond to all customer emails within 48 hours whenever possible. No matter how busy you are, customers want to feel like their concerns and questions are a top priority. As for Instagram DMs, Facebook messages, and comments, try and get in a habit of responding to those right when you see them. (Your customers will like that and so will the algorithm!)
Hire the right people
If you’ve only recently opened your boutique business, you might be the only person your customers ever interact with. But as you grow and add more people to your team, make sure they’re people who are kind, friendly, and pleasant to interact with. Nobody’s perfect, but a positive attitude can make all the difference.
Pretend you’re at the dinner table with your strict aunt – say lots of pleases and thank yous. Not only is it common courtesy, but it’s also good business. It’ll also help you still sound friendly and polite even when you’re communicating via messenger or text.
Set clear expectations
Sorry, but you’re not superwoman. When your customers approach you asking when they can buy an item you aren’t planning on restocking, or when they ask if you can make sure the package, they just ordered gets to them by tomorrow, sometimes you just can’t give them the answer they were hoping for. Be realistic in your responses and don’t make promises you can’t keep. Setting clear expectations is also helpful in responding to emails – sending an automated email letting a customer know when they can expect a response is also helpful, even if they were initially hoping for a reply right away.
There isn’t a robot at the other end of all of those incoming customer emails – it’s bright, bubbly, sparkly you! Don’t be afraid to infuse your communications with your genuine personality. Strike up a conversation with a customer on the phone, ask about their day, say “top of the morning to ya” instead of “hello” when you feel like it. It’ll help forge a relationship with your customers!
Have you ever asked a waiter what you should order, only for them to respond, “I love everything on the menu equally!” Yeah, that’s not helpful – don’t be like that guy. When your customers ask for your opinion, politely give it. You’re the real expert on the products you carry – use your insider knowledge to guide your customers to the right decision for them.
When you first meet someone, what’s the first thing you notice? For most people, it’s someone’s smile. Because of that, a nice smile can make a good first impression in both professional and social settings.
According to the American Association of Orthodontics, one-third of Americans are unhappy with their smiles. This can lead to people smiling with their mouths closed, or not smiling at all. So what can you do to change how you feel about your smile?
Keep reading for a guide on how to love your smile and make sure it looks as good as it can.
Brush Your Teeth the Right Way
Brushing your teeth is the key to improving the appearance of your smile. Most people brush their teeth, but most people don’t do so in the correct way.
Make sure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, when you wake up and before you go to bed. In the morning, do it before you eat breakfast, otherwise, you’ll be helping the bacteria in your mouth grow.
You also need to make sure that you brush your teeth for two minutes each time. Make a point to pay attention to the different quadrants in your mouth so as not to miss any areas.
Use the Right Toothbrush
If you do brush your teeth often but still have teeth that appear dull or discovered, the toothbrush that you’re using may be the problem.
If you’re using a manual toothbrush, ensure that the bristles are firm and that the brush isn’t too old. When the bristles start to fan out, it’s a sign that you need to get a new one.
Most dentists recommend using an electric toothbrush. This will provide your teeth with a dentist-level cleaning and ensure that all particles and bacteria are out of your mouth.
Remember to Floss
Flossing is something that most people know is important but don’t get around to doing. Yet finding time to do it once a day can help your teeth shine bright, as well as reduce the risk of you developing gum disease.
Most dentists recommend flossing at night, before you brush your teeth. This helps to loosen up any particles that you can then get out of your mouth with a toothbrush, letting you go to bed with squeaky clean teeth.
Flossing may seem tedious at first, but once you figure out how to do it efficiently, it’ll become much less of a chore to do. Then, make it a part of your nightly routine, and you’ll see results in no time.
Avoid Harmful Foods and Drinks
You can do everything right when it comes to taking care of your teeth in the morning and at night, but you can get rid of that progress during the day if you aren’t careful. The foods and drinks you consume play an enormous role in you the health and appearance of your teeth
It’s no secret that sweets such as cakes, candy, and chocolate can cause your teeth to decay. Try to avoid eating them as much as possible to keep everything looking its best.
Coffee may be delicious and give you your caffeine fix, but it also stains your teeth. The same goes for red wine. Quit them if possible, but if you can’t (we understand), try to limit your intake as much as possible.
Go to the Dentist
When’s the last time you’ve made a trip to see your dentist? If you can’t remember, it’s time to schedule an appointment as soon as you finish reading this article.
Most experts recommend going to see the dentist every six months. Dentists give your teeth a deep cleaning, and also check for signs of any issues in your mouth. Often, these can go unnoticed by you and can develop into lasting conditions.
It might seem like a hassle, but scheduling an appointment with a dentist will get your teeth back on the right track. You’ll leave the office feeling happier with a brighter smile.
Straighten Your Teeth With Braces
For some people, the problem isn’t the color of their teeth, it’s the shape of them. In that case, regardless of your age, consider visiting an orthodontist and getting braces.
Braces aren’t only something for kids and teenagers, either. If you’re concerned about braces impacting your professional life, consider getting Invisalign. Check out this guide to learn more about braces vs Invisalign.
Having braces seem like a hassle, but consider them to be an investment. A few months of discomfort are worth it for the shining smile that gives you confidence later on.
Consider Getting Veneers
Are your dental issues more complicated? Do you have a lot of worn down, chipped, or discolored teeth? If you do, you might want to consider getting veneers.
Made of porcelain, veneers are small caps that cover the front of your teeth. They’re custom-fit, and won’t become loose or move around. Think of them as a permanent new smile.
Many celebrities have veneers, and it’s the reason why they have such nice smiles. With veneers, you too can have a Hollywood-level smile that brings you confidence and joy.
Learn to Love Your Smile With These Tips
Whether you’re self-conscious about the color of your teeth or their shape, it can be hard to love your smile. However, by following these tips, you’ll be able to transform your smile and the way you feel about it. Remember that it’s only a part of you, and doesn’t define who you are.
Are you ready to start appreciating your beautiful smile? If you found this article to be helpful, remember to take a look at some of our other blog posts for more guides and
Today, Nigerian singer/songwriter Wizkid drops his widely anticipated project Made in Lagos, via Starboy/ Sony Music International/RCA Records. Click here to listen.
Made in Lagos will not only engulf listeners in the unique sounds, live instrumentation and vibes of Lagos, but will celebrate Wizkid’s love and appreciation for where he comes from and his inspirational journey with standout tracks such as “Blessed” and “Reckless.” The 14-track project includes features from an incredible group of chart-topping artists – Burna Boy, Skepta, Damian Marley, H.E.R. Ella Mai and Starboy Entertainment’s youngest signee Terri.
Originally scheduled for release on October 15, Wizkid dedicates the project to the citizens of Nigeria in light of the police brutality occurring in his beloved country. “It has been beautiful to see Nigerians around the world coming together to protest against police brutality,” says Wizkid. “Unity is key. The youth of Nigeria need our collective voices to continue to shine a spotlight to what is happening inside the country. I want to play my part in this and in the movement for a better Nigeria, a better place to live for ourselves, our families – our communities. We will get through this together. Together we move. #endSARS.”
What are some of the craziest things you’ve done with your teeth at home? Have you tied one end of a string to your loose tooth and the other end of a string to your front door, then slammed it to pull the tooth out? Have you used pliers to pull a tooth? How about bleaching your teeth?
With viral TikTok and YouTube videos popularizing these practices, healthcare professionals are reasonably and rightfully concerned.
“Even before the pandemic, some people were resorting to DIY measures while trying to be cost-effective, but many of these actions bring significant risk to the teeth and gums,” Patel said. “People aren’t realizing that while it may be interesting and cheaper to try these dental actions on their own, it’s going to cost you more money, time, and pain before the mistakes are corrected by a professional.”
She specifically cites three at-home procedures people have taken up after losing insurance or while staying home. You should NOT be trying these three things at home:
1. Pulling a tooth: Dr. Patel says to never do this yourself. It can cause cavitation and infections in the bone that used to hold the tooth. Dental tools are designed to clean the area and remove the tooth, and trying to pull your tooth at home can lead to a snapped root, infection and surgical procedure. Just don’t do it because it might lead you to the dentist’s office anyways.
2. Bleaching: Dr. Patel says bleaching can lead to gum damage, burning in the gums, gum recession, tooth loss, enamel damage and tooth sensitivity.
“Some of the people you see doing this on social media are using hydrogen peroxide purchased online that has many times the amount allowed in regulated online teeth-whitening products,” Patel said.
3. Filing: First of all, ouch. Second of all, Dr. Patel says you can remove too much of your tooth if you try to smooth rough edges or adjust shape. It can change the way you bite and even cause jaw problems, specifically TMJ disorders.
There is dental care you can provide for yourself at home. In fact, Dr. Patel encourages three things. You SHOULD be doing these things at home:
1. Make your own toothpaste: Dentists provide suggested lists of ingredients as well as lists of toxic ingredients.
“By making toothpaste yourself you can create a better product, one without dangerous chemicals, and it’s cost-effective, too,” Dr. Patel said, adding that her toothpaste contains coconut oil and other natural oils and spices like cinnamon and peppermint.
2. Make your own mouthwash: Over-the-counter mouthwash typically contains alcohol, which is bad for the gums and can dry the mouth. Dr. Patel’s mouthwash is composed of peppermint oil, On Guard, distilled water and salt.
3. Power up your daily oral care: Dr. Patel suggests a water flosser, as it reaches cracks and crevices that typical floss does not.
“It’s easier to use than floss and provides a deeper clean with a pressurized stream of water, which pulsates to blast away food particles and built-up plaque,” Patel said.
She also suggested using a sonic toothbrush over an electric toothbrush to eliminate more bacteria.
It’s important to be careful and knowledgeable when it comes to arm-chair dentistry. If you try to avoid a seat in the dentist’s chair, you might not have a choice if you cause damage irreparable without surgery.
To learn more about Dr. Nammy Patel, you can click right here.
Smile is the title track from Katy Perry’s new album, which you can now listen to here. Smile was released on August 28 by Capitol Records. Katy speaks about the album in the cover story of the current issue of People. She recently performed at the Tomorrowland Around the World digital festival and did a SiriusXM Hits 1 Celebrity Session.
Praising her new single, Rolling Stone observed, Over an upbeat, dance-driven groove to match the positive vibes of the lyrics, Perry extols the virtue of perseverance. Billboard hailed Smile as empowering uplifting and ET noted, Smile is a buoyant, brassy ode to finding your happiness again.
Fans who pre-order the album here will instantly receive Smile plus Daisies, the Gold-certified Never Really Over and Harleys In Hawaii. Exclusive Smile-themed merchandise bundles are available now. Tune in to Katy’s #SmileSunday livestream at noon on August 16 to see Katy share additional details about Smile.
Since Katy Perry’s Capitol Record debut in 2008 with One of the Boys, she has racked up a cumulative 45 billion streams alongside worldwide sales of over 45 million adjusted albums and 135 million tracks with her albums One of the Boys, Teenage Dream, PRISM, and Witness, and her latest singles, gold-certified Never Really Over, Small Talk, and Harleys In Hawaii. Katy was the first female artist to have four videos surpass a billion views each.
Her videos for Firework and Last Friday Night have over one billion views, while Roar and Dark Horse have surpassed the two billion mark. Katy’s 2015 Super Bowl performance is the highest-rated in the event’s history. She is one of only five artists in history to have topped 100 million certified units with their digital singles and the first-ever Capitol Records recording artist to join the elite RIAA 100 Million Certified Songs club.
On August 20th, Katy Perry shareda new song, What Makes A Woman, which celebrates the indefinable quality that women bring to the world. Produced by Johan Carlsson and directed by frequent collaborator Tim Sekiguchi, Katy performs a moving, stripped-down version of the song.
In other news, Katy spoke with the Los Angeles Times‘ Amy Kaufman for an in-depth feature that appeared on the cover of last Sunday’s Calendar section. The story traces the rebirth of Katy, noting that she has emerged from depression and heartbreak to craft an album that is still quintessentially Perry: buoyant, playful, neon pop.
Grade A Productions/Interscope Records artist Juice WRLD’s powerful legacy continues to reverberate around the world as latest track “Smile” with The Weeknd becomes the 6th song from Legends Never Die to debut within the Top 10 of Hot 100 chart landing at No. 8. With “Smile”, Juice WRLD has more top 10’s on the Billboard Hot 100 than any artist this year. “Smile” marks Juice’s 7th song to debut in the Billboard Hot 100 this year. This is his 9th overall across his career. Previously, five songs from Legends Never Die debuted in the Top 10 of the Hot 100 chart, including “Come & Go” (No. 2); “Wishing Well” (No. 5); “Conversations” (No. 7), “Life’s a Mess” (No. 9); and “Hate The Other Side” (No. 10); making Juice WRLD the third artist to claim five of the Top 10 slots in a single week, following Drake and The Beatles.
Released on July 10, the record-shattering posthumous album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Also, it scored the biggest streaming week of 2020 eclipsing The Weeknd’sAfter Hours. Legends Never Die makes history as the most successful posthumous debut since Notorious B.I.G.’sLifeAfter Death (690K) and Tupac’sR U Still Down (549K) in 1997.
From Press and Family:
Legends Never Die has also garnered critical acclaim from Rolling Stone (who noted that the album “solidifies his legacy”); Pitchfork (who hailed it as “bleak and beautiful”); and Variety (who praised Legends Never Die as “positively lush” with moments of “pure magnificence”).
“The overwhelming love that millions of music fans clearly have for Jarad reminds us how much his poetic words, creativity, and bright light continues to shine throughout the world,” says Jarad “Juice WRLD” Higgins’ mother Carmela Wallace and his Grade A family. “This first collection of songs is a poignant reminder of his great artistic talent and emotional honesty. Music was his passion and recording gave him the outlet to share everything he was going through. In addition to his music, Jarad’s legacy will continue to help young people through his Live Free 999 Foundation. We are incredibly grateful to the fans who continue to uplift him every single day and our hope is that his words touch your life in a way that helps you through any challenges you may be facing.”
In April, Juice’s mother Carmela Wallace announced the establishment of the Live Free 999 Foundation, which will receive additional support via Grade A and Interscope Records. The Live Free 999 Fund will honor the legacy of her son by supporting young people in their battles and to do so with love, joy, and emotional honesty.
For more information or to donate to the Live Free 999 Foundation click HERE.
Global afropop superstar Wizkid celebrated his birthday yesterday (7/16) with the release of “Smile” featuring multi-Grammy award winner H.E.R., the first official single from Wizkid’s upcoming fourth full-length project Made In Lagos. In addition to his previously released tracks “Joro” and “Ghetto Love,” plus an award winning collaboration with Beyoncé and Blue Ivy on “Brown Skin Girl” from The Lion King: The Gift, Wizkid continues to be omnipresent across multiple endeavors.
Last October, Wizkid relaunched his indoor Starboy Fest, which sold out the o2 Arena for the second year in a row and included new territories in Europe (Manchester & Paris), and this May he refocused his energy on his Starboy Entertainment imprint in Africa by executive producing the “Afro Series,” the debut EP from Terri, the youngest artist on the roster. With significant partnerships with brands such as Tecno Mobile, CIROC, Nike, and United Bank of Africa, Wizkid has solidified himself as a millennial pioneer for African entertainment and business of lasting global impact. Stay tuned for more information on Wizkid’s eagerly anticipated Made in Lagos, set for release later this year.
Katy Perry unveiled “Smile,” the title track of her new album, which will be released by Capitol Records on August 14. The infectious, life-affirming song is brimming with gratitude and suggests that setbacks often turn out to be blessings in disguise.“I wrote this song when I was coming through one of the darkest periods of my life,” says Katy. “When I listen to it now, it’s a great reminder that I made it through. It’s three minutes of energizing hopefulness.”
Earlier today, Katy revealed the album cover along with exclusive Smile-themed merchandise bundles. Fans who pre-order HERE the album will instantly receive “Smile” plus “Daisies,” the Gold-certified “Never Really Over” and “Harleys In Hawaii.” Since its release in May, “Daisies” has amassed more than 125 million combined global streams. It is now top 10 at Hot AC radio. Last week, Katy shared an acoustic version of the song.
While in quarantine, she’s won acclaim for the wide variety of performances she has given of “Daisies” – including the “American Idol” season finale, the launch of the 2020 “Good Morning America” Concert Series and the “Can’t Cancel Pride: Helping LGBTQ+ People in Need” livestream. Katy also co-headlined the recent Democracy Summer 2020 livestream. The event kicked off a campaign to register 200,000 new voters this summer, led by a coalition that includes Rock the Vote, Voto Latino Foundation, When We All Vote, March For Our Lives and others.
Since Katy Perry’s Capitol Records debut in 2008 with One of the Boys, she has racked up a cumulative 40 billion streams alongside worldwide sales of over 45 million adjusted albums and 135 million tracks with her albums One of the Boys, Teenage Dream, PRISM and Witness, and her latest singles – Gold-certified “Never Really Over,” “Never Worn White,” “Small Talk” and “Harleys In Hawaii.”
Views of her 2013 video “Roar” recently surpassed three billion – making Katy the first female artist to reach this milestone. Katy was also the first female artist to have four videos surpass a billion views each. Her videos for “Firework” and “Last Friday Night” have over one billion views, while “Dark Horse” has surpassed the 2.7 billion mark. Katy’s 2015 Super Bowl performance is the highest-rated in the event’s history.
She is one of only five artists in history to have topped 100 million certified units with their digital singles – and the first-ever Capitol Records recording artist to join the elite RIAA 100 Million Certified Songs club. Aside from being one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, Katy is an active advocate of many philanthropic causes.
In 2013, Katy was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador as a result of her commitment to improving the lives of children worldwide. From traveling to Vietnam and Madagascar to highlight the needs of some of the world’s most vulnerable children, to empowering girls and supporting adolescents living with HIV/AIDS, as well as raising awareness for UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts, Katy has used her powerful voice to advocate for children and support UNICEF’s mission to ensure every child’s right to health, education, equality, and protection. She was awarded with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award in 2016.
Whiten with chemicals? There are any number of at-home teeth whitening systems. These often involve very strong chemicals and adverse side effects like increased sensitivity in the teeth and inflammation in the gums. Unfortunately, the same side effects can be caused by professional whitening treatments your dentist might use.
The five best ways to get your teeth as white and bright as they can be, without the use of harsh chemicals, starts with simple, consistent dental hygiene.
1) This is the boring stuff
Brush your teeth gently and thoroughly for at least five minutes twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning. The dentist’s cleaning will remove the tartar and buildup that can become discoloration and staining over time. Your dentist can also advise you about any other whitening methods you might want to try.
2) Start your mornings off right!
Drink hot tea made from ginger and lemon. Ginger helps kill bacteria in the mouth, and the acidity of the lemon will begin to break down stains, especially if used daily over time.
3) Whiten with COCO Lab!
Fortunately, for those who want the best at-home teeth whitening, with none of the sensitivity, Coco Lab has developed a unique line of products. The active ingredients include activated charcoal made from coconuts, with fair and responsible coconut cultivation practices in the supply chain.
Coco Lab teeth whitening products also use soothing aloe vera for happy gums, and grapefruit oil to strengthen the tooth enamel. Peppermint kills bacteria and keeps breath fresh as you whiten. These are not just teeth whitening products, they are a step up for all of your dental health and hygiene needs. The whitening kits come with a six-day supply of whitening gel, and a gel-activated, battery powered LED light mouth tray that ensures it only takes 10 minutes a day to achieve your brightest smile.
4) Snack healthy!
Crunchy, raw fruits and veggies like celery, radishes, carrots, strawberries, and apples are best eaten whole. They are more nutritious in their whole form, and the action of biting and chewing these foods takes advantage of their texture and enzymes to polish and strengthen teeth. Keeping a healthy lifestyle this season is also very important to prevent coronavirus.
Most people are not going to be giving up coffee or red wine. If you love these, or other dark colored, staining foods and drinks, rinse with water or mouthwash after you finish. You’ll get extra whitening power if your mouthwash contains hydrogen peroxide. You can even use plain hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash.
Finally, if you’re looking for deeper stain removal and more dramatic whitening, first check with your dentist about the overall health of your teeth. Most teeth whitening products are best for healthy teeth with healthy gums and no fillings. If you have had dental restoration work with tooth-colored fillings or crowns, you also might not get the safest or best results from commercial teeth whitening.
Coco Lab offers powerful, natural teeth whitening in only 10 minutes a day, without causing sensitivity. It’s a step up for your daily dental health routine!
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