Showing posts with label MUSIC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MUSIC. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

BRITNEY SPEARS STOPS LAS VEGAS TRAFFIC

Britney Spears




It was a day of many milestones for Britney Spears. The day after celebrating her 32nd birthday and on the same day as her new album release, the megastar literally stopped traffic along the famed Las Vegas Strip as an elaborate event was thrown in her honor to officially welcome her to her new home at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.



In anticipation of her two-year residency, “Britney: Piece of Me,” which kicks off on Friday, Dec. 27, an homage performance to some of Britney’s biggest hits was staged in front of the property. After dancers performed to “Baby, One More Time,” “Oops I Did It Again,” “Toxic,” “Slave 4 U” and “Circus” at the top of the property’s front steps, the crowd’s attention was drawn to Las Vegas Boulevard as the singer’s newest hit, “Work B**ch,” began playing. The city’s newest headliner arrived in an impeccably restored 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible escorted by an eight-car motorcade. Fans went wild for Britney as she emerged from the car and walked through a custom-made LED-lit arch before ascending the stairs to be greeted by Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino President David Hoenemeyer.



With the excitement for the launch of her Las Vegas residency show reaching a fervor pitch coupled with the release of her highly-anticipated eighth studio album “Britney Jean,” ticket demand for “Britney: Piece of Me” has been overwhelming. Given record-setting sales, the next set of show dates for “Britney: Piece of Me” will go on sale earlier than expected, with a public on sale on Saturday, Dec. 7. Guests are encouraged to purchase their tickets now, as some performances are sold out and a very limited number of tickets are available for the previously-announced show dates.



“I already feel like home here at Planet Hollywood. It was so nice to celebrate my birthday and album launch with this incredible welcome event," said Britney. "I am so excited for everyone to hear my new album today, and to experience ‘Britney: Piece of Me’ in just a few weeks!”



Special pre-sales for “Britney: Piece of Me” will be held for American Express cardholders starting Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. PT, and Total Rewards members, the loyalty program of Planet Hollywood’s parent company Caesars Entertainment, starting Thursday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. PT. The following new show dates will go on sale to the public on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. PT:


Monday, December 02, 2013

ADAM LAMBERT THANKS FANS AT FONTAINEBLEAU

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SIZZLING IN MIAMI BEACH
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Adam Lambert





Adam Lambert rocked Fontainebleau Miami Beach when he took the stage inside world-renowned LIV nightclub on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 as part of the revered resort’s BleauLive vacation experience. Hundreds of Fontainebleau guests and Lambert fans scored access to the hot ticket performance and a meet and greet with the young artist as part of the Thanksgiving BleauLive weekend in the Magic City.



In addition to the private concert, the exclusive weekend included a BleauLive poolside lounge featuring specialty cocktails and mocktails.



Lambert’s first BleauLIVE performance comes on the heels of his acting debut on season five of the television show GLEE on Nov. 7. After Lambert’s rise to fame on American Idol, his debut album landed at number three on Billboard 200, followed closely by several awards and nominations, including a GRAMMY Award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2011, as well as an Honorary GLAAD Media Award earlier this year. His follow up album, Trespassing, debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. He recently collaborated with DJ-producer Avicii and the legendary Nile Rodgers on "Lay Me Down,” which was number one on the Rolling Stone “Favorite Songs, Albums and Videos” chart. This past November, Adam made his acting debut.

Adam also gave thanks from the stage to his fans.



About Fontainebleau Miami Beach



A spectacular blend of Golden Era glamour and modern luxury, Fontainebleau Miami Beach merges striking design, contemporary art, music, fashion and technology into a vibrant guest experience. A revered landmark and symbol of style and sophistication since its opening in 1954, Fontainebleau Miami Beach boasts 1,504 guestrooms and suites appointed with lavish amenities and iMacs; 12 restaurants and lounges including three AAA Four Diamond signature restaurants Gotham Steak, Scarpetta and Hakkasan; two dynamic nightlife venues including the world-famous LIV Nightclub; the 40,000-square-foot Lapis spa with mineral-rich water therapies and invigorating treatments; a dramatic oceanfront pool-scape offering lush cabanas and sun loungers; and is home to BleauLive, the innovative concert series that combines intimate performances with memorable weekend escapes. For general information or accommodations at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, visit www.fontainebleau.com or call 1.877.512.8002.


Photo Courtesy Of: Fontainebleau

Thursday, October 31, 2013

"LIVE AT SWEDEN ROCK" ANNIVERSARY SHOW

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Europe's "Live At Sweden Rock"




Europe's "Live At Sweden Rock - 30th Anniversary Show" will be released on 2CD, DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Formats on November 5, 2013 in North America.



Europe took the stage in their home country Sweden for a very special occasion: celebrating 30 years of rock music. The Swedish rock band celebrated this event together with 30,000 people at the famous Sweden Rock Festival.



The band performed a total 28 songs, selecting their personal favorite moments spanning from their earlier years up to their most recent songs taken from albums like Last Look At Eden and Bag Of Bones; plus songs they performed for the very first time.



Described as a Greatest Hits show at its bombastic best, Europe's headline festival performance also displayed it's more soulful moments, especially when the band sat down to perform an emotional acoustic set. This particular segment of the concert gave the massive festival atmosphere an intimate club feeling before Europe returned to perform the hard rock anthems their fans have grown to love and cherish.




To pay tribute to some of their biggest rock heroes, Europe invited two very special guests to perform with them - Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) for an electrifying version of Jailbreak and Michael Schenker (MSG, ex UFO and Scorpions) for their tribute to UFO's classic Lights Out.



The set list is full of treasures and surprises. Europe were determined to celebrate and enjoy their long record of hit singles including Carrie, Rock The Night, Superstitious, Open Your Heart, Last Look At Eden, Prisoners in Paradise, New Love In Town and, of course, the ever-present and always electrifying iconic rock anthem The Final Countdown.



The DVD and Blu-ray were produced, directed, filmed and edited by Patric Ullaeus.



Clocking in over 2 hours, 40 minutes of footage, and filmed with state-of-the-art hi def cameras, the concert features behind-the-scenes material, plus an exclusive interview with the band, making "Live At Sweden Rock - 30th Anniversary Show" the definitive Europe live experience. Bonus Features include Behind The Scenes Material and more.



Europe has made nothing short of a remarkable return since they started up again in 2004. Their latest album Bag Of Bones was awarded the 16th best rock album in the world by the prestigious Classic Rock magazine in 2012.



Together with the four latest CD releases to come out this side of the millennium and the five albums they produced in the eighties and nineties. They sit on an enormous song treasure.





Thursday, October 03, 2013

REBECCA HOLDEN & ABRAHAM MCDONALD DUET

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MUSIC SENSATIONS
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Rebecca Holden And Abraham McDonald



Who would have ever thought that with Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" stealing all the music headlines, a magnificent Love Duet based on Pachelbel’s Canon, up-dated with new lyrics and performed by actress/singer Rebecca Holden (co-star of TV’s ‘Knight Rider) joined by 6’8 foot Abraham McDonald (winner on the Oprah Winfrey American Singing Competition) would be the new sensation resonating with people around the world? 


Well it is! “Dreams Come True” joins an impressive list of other “adds” this week, including releases by such artists as Rod Stewart, Katy Perry, Elton John, Maroon 5, and John Legend.


Meticulously crafted and produced by Grammy-award winners Joel Diamond and Rudy Perez, the song already has had well over 7 million YouTube views, even before it was released this week on Silver Blue/Summit Records.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

KELLIE PICKLER'S NEW SINGLE 'LITTLE BIT GYPSY'

Kellie Pickler




Black River Entertainment is releasing country music star and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Kellie Pickler’s brand new single, “Little Bit Gypsy,”  everywhere digital music is sold. The single, impacting radio this week, comes from her upcoming album on Black River Entertainment due later this year.



Produced by Frank Liddell and Luke Wooten, “Little Bit Gypsy” is digitally available on iTunes and Amazon.



“‘Little Bit Gypsy’ represents the Kellie Pickler the world has come to know and love,” shared Black River’s VP of Promotion, Bill Macky. “It’s fun, full of energy and has a free-spirit attitude. We’re excited to take this to Country Radio.”


Monday, July 01, 2013

REVERB NATION IS NEW MUSIC INDUSTRY HIT

Dominick DiPietrantonio




ReverbNation.com (based in Durham, NC), launched in 2006, is a site that focuses on the independent music industry. It aims to provide a central site for musicians, venues, labels, and industry professionals to collaborate and communicate. The company offers web promotion, fan-relationship management, digital distribution, sentiment tracking, web-site hosting, and concert booking and promotion.


As of March 2013, 2.7 million musicians have created ReverbNation accounts, and the website continually receives over 30 million unique visitors per month.


Many established artists, have used ReverbNation for one thing or another. Sean Kingston and Phish both use the ReverbNation Band Profile app - the most popular Facebook application for musicians - on their Facebook pages. Karmin grew their fan base off of YouTube videos that linked to the exclusive downloads widget at ReverbNation. This grew their mailing list and eventually gained them a major deal. The Alabama Shakes (who were on Saturday Night Live recently) got their big break when a famous music blog featured a song from their ReverbNation profile. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

ROB STRINGER HONORED BY THE UJA FEDERATION

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MUSIC LEGENDS
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Clive Davis



John Legend



Joy Williams



Kevin Lyles



Darren Criss



Stephen Hill



Neil Diamond



Jay-Z And Rob Stringer



Adele



Rob Stringer With John Mayer





Rob Stringer along with John Mayer, Adele and others, attendended the UJA - Federation of New York's Music Visionary of the Year Award Luncheon honoring Rob Stringer of Columbia Records at The Pierre Hotel,today in New York City.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

CYNDI LAUPER TO PLAY ATLANTIC CITY TAJ MAHAL

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THE JERSEY SHORE
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Cyndi Lauper



Cyndi Lauper will bring her She's So Unusual Tour to the Arena at Trump Taj Mahal on Saturday, July 6, 2013. Show time is at 8pm. Ticket prices are $49, $29 & $19. Tickets can be obtained by either calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420, on line at www.ticketmaster.com



Recorded and released in 1983, She’s So Unusual, Lauper’s debut solo album, is a colorful portrait of a unique and multifaceted talent. The album features some of Lauper’s most well-known songs and perennial radio favorites including “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “She Bop,” “Money Changes Everything,” and “All Through the Night.” She’s So Unusual made Lauper a household name and also cemented her place in musical history as the first female artist to have four top 10 singles on a debut album. The release went on to sell over 16 million copies worldwide and won Lauper a Grammy® Award for Best New Artist.



Lauper is one of the most inventive and compelling performers in pop history, equally famed for her soaring vocal range, fiery personality and tireless advocacy work. The iconic performer has been celebrating a creative renaissance as of late. “Kinky Boots,” the Broadway musical Lauper composed the music and lyrics for, opened to critical acclaim and received a leading six awards at last weekend’s Tony Awards, including the coveted “Best Musical” and “Best Score” for Lauper. The musical is the Broadway adaptation of the British film “Kinky Boots” and is itself inspired by a true story about the power of acceptance. The show brings together an impressive team: Cyndi, legendary producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (who wrote the book) and venerable director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell.



“SHE’S SO UNUSUAL”
 Track Listing



1. "Money Changes Everything" 

2. "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" 

3. "When You Were Mine" 

4. "Time After Time" 

5. "She Bop" 

6. "All Through the Night" 

7. "Witness" 

8. "I'll Kiss You" 

9. "He's So Unusual" 

10. "Yeah Yeah"


Visit the official Cyndi Lauper website at cyndilauper.com 



Thursday, May 30, 2013

THE WANTED STOP BY FOR CHAT WITH KATIE

The Wanted On Katie




The Wanted Discuss Boy Band Rivalry guest on "Katie" Airing May 31st ( tomorrow).


On this hot edition of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show,  Katie sits down with the popular UK group The Wanted, to discuss a little boy band rivalry.


Photo Courtesy Of: ABC/Disney

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

KELLIE PICKLER 'SOMEONE SOMEWHERE TONIGHT'

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Kellie Pickler




Black River Entertainment, label home to country music star and critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Kellie Pickler, is pleased to announce the release of her eagerly awaited debut single, "Someone Somewhere Tonight." The song will be delivered to country radio via Play MPE at 11:00 a.m. CDT on Friday May 10. "Someone Somewhere Tonight" will be available everywhere digital music is sold, beginning May 14.



"It is such an honor to bring this new Kellie Pickler music to country radio," shared Black River Entertainment’s Vice President of Promotion, Bill Macky. "This is the vocal performance of her career and she gives this song such an emotional punch! I can't wait for listeners to hear this hit."



Written by Walt Wilkins and Davis Raines, "Someone Somewhere Tonight" is a song about the human spirit as well as the power of love and redemption. 


Tuesday, May 07, 2013

THE VISIONARY BIRTH OF IBZ ENTERTAINMENT

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MUSIC NEWS
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IBZ ENTERTAINMENT





Electronic Music visionary, Danny Whittle, backed by partner, Y Entertainment Group LLC, today announced the birth of IBZ ENTERTAINMENT LLC, to be headed by Whittle as Chairman.



IBZ ENTERTAINMENT, based on the island of Ibiza, the center of the worldwide electronic music movement, will manage and book EDM stars and developing talent and operate a global talent “programming” and talent “buying” service for leading clubs, festivals and events throughout the world.



Until last fall, Danny Whittle served for over twelve years as the “brand director” of Pacha, promoting, booking and “programming” shows and events for famed Pacha Ibiza and working with Pacha nightclubs around the world. Whittle was instrumental in creating the Pacha Recordings record label and magazine. He is a founding partner of IMS, the annual International Music Summit business conference and will continue to be actively involved in IMS going forward.



Under Whittle, Pacha experienced exponential growth and became one of the leading lights of the worldwide electronic music movement and incubator for the careers of some of the biggest stars of the international EDM galaxy.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

DEF LEPPARD'S VIVA HYSTERIA IN LAS VEGAS

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Def Leppard




Phil Collen , Vivian Campbell, Rick Allen, Rick Savage and Joe Elliott of Def Leppard,were snapped backstage at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. They hosted a memorabilia display dedication with Def Leppard, in honor of their upcoming residency VIVA Hysteria! at The Joint.




Saturday, March 16, 2013

NICKI MANAJ OPENS UP ABOUT BEING BULLIED

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ON THE NEWSSTAND
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Nicki Minaj



Nicki Minaj covers the April issue of ELLE magazine, on newsstands nationwide 3/26. She opens up to the magazine about facing childhood bullies, her advice for women in business, and her plans for world domination.



On her dramatic make-under for her ELLE photo shoot:


“When I saw myself with barely any makeup at, it was such a… like, I’m so, so attached to my pink lipstick, it’s hard. I feel that it’s become a part of me. To go in front of the camera, without pink lips or big ol’ crazy lashes- you know, nothing – I felt naked. It was scary! So this photo shoot was a real accomplishment in my eyes.”



On experiencing bullying in school as a child:


“I went through a lot of bullying early on. Girls made my life a living hell. We had come to America from a different country. My brother and I had accents. It was very tough. So I’ve always put up this wall – it was a self-defense mechanism growing up – because I was almost expecting people to attack me. And I still have it. It’s sad.”



Her advice for women on how to command respect:


“My advice to women in general: Even if you’re doing a nine-to-five job, treat yourself like a boss. Not arrogant, but be sure of what you want- and don’t allow people to run anything for you without your knowledge. You want everyone to know, Okay, I can’t play games with her. I have to do right by this woman. That’s what it’s all about.”



On her plans for world domination:


“My goal in the beginning was to buy my mother a house. Now I realize, Okay, if I really focus and become a key player in business, then I can build an empire. I’m thinking of a legacy that I can be proud of and wealth that my grandchildren can use to go to college. So world domination- in terms of providing for my family – is absolutely my goal.”


Thursday, March 14, 2013

COCO JONES VISITS THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

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EMPIRE STATE OF MIND
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Coco Jones



Teen Sensation Coco Jones celebrated the release of her new Hollywood Records EP, 'Made Of' at the Empire State Building in New York City. 



LEGENDARY SONG MAN BOZ SCAGGS 'MEMPHIS'

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER
 Story By: G.H. Harding
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 Boz Scaggs



OF MONSTERS AND MEN --- Back in 2001, the music industry’s Steve Leeds (then at Universal, now at Sirius/XM) turned me onto a band called The Soundtrack of Our Lives … from Sweden, whose first stateside release, Behind The Music, was just great; especially the tracks “Sister Surround” and “Nevermore.” I still play it now. Besides being just great, great music (very 60’s/70’s-ish and very much influence by punk and rock, The Stones and Iggy Pop); it was just such a welcomed sound to hear back on the radio and in the clubs. The last few weeks I've become thoroughly entranced by a song called “Little Talks” by a band called Of Monsters and Men … from Iceland. Soundtrack broke up several years back, but OMAM draws heavily on their sound and influences, as well as Florence Welch (Florence And The Machine.) It’s equally funny as the OMAM is on Universal; the label that had released Soundtrack. I just received the CD yesterday and there are two more dynamite tracks on there; “King And Lionheart” and “From Finner.” I'm still deciphering the lyrics, but the music, is just superbly produced. “Talks” has in fact a terrific video, that although sheds no new light on what the song is about, will knock your socks off. It continues to amaze me what people out of the U.S. glean from our music; hey, let’s face it: music is one of our biggest exports …. always was, always will be. I know the year is just barely-a-third over, but “Little Talks” in unquestionably the record of the year so far.



BOZ SCAGGS’ MEMPHIS --- The other big music news this week was the release of Memphis by legendary-song man Boz Scaggs. The album was produced by Steve Jordan (John Mayer) and was recorded at the famous Willie Mitchell studio in Memphis, called Royal; where the late Mitchell recorded his classic work with Al Green; as well as with other artists for his Hi Records imprint. Scaggs began his storied career in 1965 with the release of his first album, Boz. He cut his teeth playing with another legendary music man, Steve Miller, and hit it big commercially in 1976 with the release of the album Silk Degrees. As I put the CD on, I hoped it was going to be genuine representation of where the artist was now; rather than a re-hash of his past performances and suggest. I am happy to report is it an absolutely stunningly work; totally honest, compelling and full of terrific song choices; none more so than the Steely Dan classic “Pearl Of The Quarter,” and, certainly the song “Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl.” His interpretations of “Rainy Night In Georgia” and “Love On A Two Way Street” are total successes. Yes, it was like re-visiting Silk Degrees all over again … but, better … much better. If you were a fan, or a fan of great, great music and of a consummate professional … this CD is for you.


Photo Courtesy Of: DEBORAH FEINGOLD

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

LIEL KOLET'S FOUR SOLD OUT SHOWS IN BOCA

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IN CONCERT
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Liel Kolet




Following the success of her PBS special, “Songs for Peace,” Liel Kolet, singer, songwriter and peace advocate, performed four sold out concerts in Boca Raton, Florida, on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, Thursday, March 7, 2013 and Friday, March 8, 2013. In total, the four concerts brought in an audience of 7,400, who rose to their feet in applause several times during each show.



Liel Kolet’s performances in Boca Raton marked the first leg of her Ray of Hope Concert Tour across the United States in support of her forthcoming album, “Ray of Hope,” produced by 16-time Grammy Award Winner Humberto Gatica, which is scheduled to be released in June 2013. Liel Kolet is now back in the studio, putting the finishing touches on her album “Ray of Hope,” and will resume her Ray of Hope Concert Tour with performances in Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City to coincide with the release of her album in June 2013.


 Photo Courtesy Of: Lawlor Media Group


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

FOOD-TANG CLAN IS COOKING MORE THAN GRUB

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Food-Tang Clan



Caterer and celebrity chef, Roblé Ali, star of Bravo TV’s hit show Chef Roblé & Co., is renowned for his culinary skill and creativity, and he is set to make his mark in the entertainment field as well. As part of the parody rap trio Food-Tang Clan, Roblé, along with Chef Roblé & Co. co-star and culinary co-conspirator Ché “Gravy” and food enthusiast Jason “J. Brew” Brewster, released their first single, “Grubbin’ Problems,” on SoundCloud.com today.



“Grubbin’ Problems,” a creative and humorous take on A$AP Rocky’s “F-----g Problems,” offers listeners a look at one of the dilemmas faced by foodies the world over: too many temptations in the kitchen, pantry, and elsewhere. Whether it is trying to resist the allure of their own creations or those of store-bought snacks, Food-Tang Clan hilariously details the many culinary delights they love in this send-up of the rap hit. The group uses clever rhymes, lyrical ability and knowledge of all things culinary to bring entertaining, light-hearted rap songs to music fans.



Opening for 2 Chainz—who did the hook for the original “F-----g Problems”—Food-Tang Clan performed for the first time on Saturday, February 23 in their hometown of Poughkeepsie, New York at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center. The group entertained the crowd with "Grease," a wicked spin on Trinidad James's "All Gold Everything."


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

TYLER BRYANT AND THE SHAKEDOWN IN VEGAS

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HARD ROCKING
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Tyler Bryant



Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown performed at Vinyl Nightclub at  the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino  in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

HUMANE SOCIETY TO GIVE KE$HA WYLER AWARD

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STARS WITH A HEART
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KE$HA




Global pop icon and committed animal advocate Ke$ha will receive the prestigious Wyler Award at The Humane Society of the United States’ 2013 Genesis Awards Benefit Gala on Saturday, March 23, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. The HSUS’ Wyler Award is one of the animal protection organization’s highest honors and is bestowed on a celebrity or public figure for increasing awareness of animal issues via the media.



Humane Society International’s first Global Ambassador for animals, Ke$ha balances her hectic career as a platinum recording singer/songwriter and one of the world’s most dynamic performers with her outspoken stance on critical animal protection issues. Ke$ha has spread the word about street dogs, the trophy hunting of endangered lions, shark-finning, Canada’s commercial seal slaughter, dogfighting and cruelty-free cosmetics, among many other important animal welfare concerns, highlighting a different animal issue each month on her website and urging her massive fan base and social media following to take action for animals. By talking about her role with The HSUS’ international arm, Humane Society International, and her commitment to helping animals in numerous media interviews, she has brought worldwide attention to the cause.



“It means so much to me to be recognized by The Humane Society of the United States because advocating for animals is second nature to me,” said Ke$ha.“My affinity with animals and the natural world inspires me and my music. I don’t understand how anyone can justify abusing or exploiting animals, and as long as it continues, I intend to keep talking about it.”


Friday, January 25, 2013

DOLLY PARTON HELPS AMERICAN CHESTNUT TREE

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Dolly Parton




World-renowned singer and entertainer Dolly Parton has just released a new song celebrating progress in the restoration of the once mighty American chestnut tree, as well as the work of the organization at the forefront of these restoration efforts: The American Chestnut Foundation.



What do Dolly Parton and a nearly vanished tree once known as "The Redwood of the East" have in common? The answer is mountains. "Dolly's music is rooted in the Appalachians," says her uncle, singer-songwriter Bill Owens. "The American chestnut was once the most important tree in these mountains, feeding wildlife and people alike."



Virtually wiped out by a blight in the early twentieth century, this magnificent tree is today poised for a comeback, thanks in large part to decades of work by TACF’s scientists and thousands of volunteers. To help in this effort, Dolly and Owens collaborated on and recorded the song, Oh, Chestnut Tree, which is available as a free download on TACF's website: www.acf.org.



The song's release comes as TACF celebrates its 30th anniversary and has recently established plantings of first-generation, potentially blight-resistant trees, called Restoration Chestnuts 1.0. This success delights Owens. A Nashville legend, Owens has written and recorded over 800 songs and is credited with launching Dolly's career; he bought Dolly her first guitar at age 7 and arranged for her to sing on local radio show when she was 10.