Posts made in February 2019

DJ Megan Ryte Releases New Single

DJ MEGAN RYTE RELEASES NEW SINGLE “UNSURE”

FT. Joey Bada$$, Yung Bleu & Arin Ray

Stepping into the New Year with a bang, DJ Megan Ryte drops her latest single “Unsure” ft. Joey Bada$$, Yung Bleu, and Arin Ray. Available now through all digital retailers, “Unsure” is the Hot 97 DJ’s second release for Rule#1/Interscope Records.

Listen to “Unsure” by DJ Megan Ryte ft. Joey Bada$$, Yung Bleu, and Arin Ray HERE


“Unsure” arrives as the follow-up to Megan’s debut single “On & On” ft. Tory Lanez and HoodCelebrityy. With its warm R&B vibes, dreamy texture, and heavy-hearted lyrics, “Unsure” again reveals Megan’s rare gift for assembling supreme talent — in this case, the bold intensity of Joey Bada$$, raw emotion of Yung Bleu, and soulful sensitivity of Arin Ray.

About DJ Megan Ryte

As a young woman in the music industry, Megan’s hustle, determination, and skill have been key to her steady rise from DJ to breakout star. Although she’s dealt with her fair share of adversity, those challenges have not only added to her story, but taught her the necessary lessons to achieve success. Prior to making her radio debut, Megan began building her name as a club DJ in Virginia while she was still a teenager.  Knowing she had to leave her hometown to chase her big dreams, she traveled the world as a tour DJ, then moved around the country doing radio and gaining fans in a number of major cities, including Houston, Miami, DC, Philly, and — currently – NYC’s Hot 97. Through the years, Megan has continued to expand her media brand by emerging as a TV host, writer, and now artist. You can catch the Heavy Hitter DJ on Hot 97 weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

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Timex Introduces Vincent Bérard

TIMEX GROUP LUXURY DIVISION INTRODUCES VINCENT BÉRARD, A COLLECTION OF SWISS MADE MECHANICAL WATCHES WITH A GREEN SOUL

Part of Timex Group since 2006 and originally based in La Chaux-de- Fonds, Vincent Bérard was a manufacturer of luxury mechanical watches who used Nature as a source of inspiration. By exploring his inspiring legacy and reinterpreting that connection with Nature with present day consciousness, Timex Group Luxury Division today announced the launch of a new collection of Swiss Made watches with a green soul.


The range consists of stylistic timepieces that deploy only mechanical Swiss Made movements, to avoid batteries, and use sustainable materials -recycled or eco-friendly- at a sustainable price. The green concept is visually emphasized by the customized forest green rotor, visible from the see- through case back, and by a green second hand present on all styles.

Interchangeable straps made from post-consumer recycled PET bottles, vintage vegetable tanned leather or Nuo© wood, a patented material made from thin wood micro laser etched sheets, underscore the brand’s commitment to innovative and eco-conscious creations.


Thanks to the co-operation with Treedom, a Benefit Corporation that supports agroforestry projects around the world, a tree will be planted for each watch sold.
“Sustainability has become a key marker of luxury status in the eyes of today’s consumers and adds emotional capital to the value of the watch. Our proposal addresses the «positive green», the modern businessman sensitive to environmental impact and in search of new brands to express his personality” said Paolo Marai, President and CEO of Timex Group Luxury Division.

Vincent Bérard watches, all featuring 10 ATM water resistance, screw-down crown and sapphire crystal, will be available in exclusive selected stores and online starting from September 2019.

Timex Group Luxury Division, based in Switzerland, currently markets Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, Versus Versace, CT Scuderia and Teslar watches, in department stores, independent specialty retailers and mono-brand boutiques, as well as on key e-commerce outlets.

BOOGIE × EMINEM

Boogie drops video for “Rainy Days” featuring Eminem off debut album Everything’s For Sale. 

 

 

 

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Icewear Vezzo and Big Sean “Balance”

Detroit underground icon Icewear Vezzo links up with multi- platinum superstar and fellow Motor City son Big Sean for a new single entitled “Balance.”

Get it HERE via Motown today.

Though their paths have crossed many times over the years, “Balance” marks the first proper collaboration between these two, and it represents a massive moment for their hometown. Be on the lookout for the music video’s debut very soon.

Following the success of his new project Clarity 6, Icewear Vezzo will be preparing more music for release in 2019. Stay tuned!

Icewear Vezzo’s takeover is well underway now.

BLACKPINK World Tour in North America

Goldenvoice and Powerhouse proudly bring one of the hottest K-pop groups in the world, BLACKPINK, to North America for the first time as a part of the BLACKPINK 2019 WORLD TOUR with KIA presented by YG Entertainment.  

 

Tickets will go on-sale today, February 20, 2019 at 4pm locally for all shows. Limited VIP tickets with additional benefits will also be available. Fans who purchase tickets will also receive a download of BLACKPINK’s upcoming EP available this spring via Interscope Records.

 

More info at YG Entertainment’s Official BLACKPINK Tour Page here

 

BLACKPINK will perform six North American concerts in select cities– Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Atlanta, Newark, and Hamilton, Ontario Canada, in addition to their two appearances at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this April.   

 

Last week during their first visit to the states, BLACKPINK made their US television debut on CBS’s ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ and ‘Good Morning America’ on ABC. 

 

Dan Hotels Growth

ISRAEL’S DAN HOTELS EMBARKS ON MAJOR STRATEGIC GROWTH WITH ACQUISITION OF THREE “RIMONIM” PROPERTIES


Israel’s most prestigious hotel group Dan Hotels has acquired three hotels from Israel’s Rimonim Hotel Group, it was announced in Tel Aviv yesterday by Ronen Nissenbaum, Dan Hotels’ president and CEO. The purchase involves the Rimonim Eilat Hotel (formerly the Neptune), the Rimonim Spring Hotel in Nazareth and the boutique-style Ruth Rimonim Hotel in the heart of the ancient town of Safed.

“Part of our decision to acquire these hotels,” Nissenbaum explained, “is that they fill a gap in the Dan Hotel Corporation’s coverage of Israel, particularly with the addition of the properties in Safed and Nazareth, both located in the northern Galilee region.”

Four additional Rimonim properties may be added to the Dan Hotel chain in the coming months: one in the Negev Desert, two in Tiberias on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and one in the Golan Heights.

“Our goal is to strengthen and diversify the Dan brand,” Nissenbaum continued, “so that we are able to offer something for every traveler’s geographic need, profile and budget. For the time being, we will operate the three new hotels as they are – and in the coming months make decisions about renovations, upgrades and possible name changes.”

Dan Hotels has shown double-digit growth in revenue and profits since late 2017, “and the Rimonim acquisition will ensure that growth will accelerate even further in 2019 and 2020,” observed Nissenbaum.

For more information about Dan Hotels, please visit: www.danhotels.com.


ABOUT DAN HOTELS

Dan Hotels Israel is the largest luxury hotel group in the country. The history of the chain dates back to June 1947, when two brothers Yekutiel and Shmuel Federmann, purchased a 21-room guest house called the “Kaete Dan” on the Tel Aviv sea shore. Today, the chain owns thirteen deluxe and superior first-class hotels in prime locations around the country, an international convention center and a hotel training school. The collection includes Jerusalem’s legendary King David Hotel, a member of “Leading Hotels of the World” and considered the most prestigious hotel in Israel. Additional luxury hotels include: Dan Accadia Hotel Herzliya, Dan Caesarea Hotel, Dan Carmel Haifa Hotel and Dan Eilat Hotel. Dan Hotels places an emphasis on hospitality and warm accommodation with the its, “Experience the Best.” Dan Hotels recently expanded overseas with the development and opening of the Den Hotel in Bangalore, India’s capital of high-tech.

2 Chainz Joins HBO’s The Shop

2 CHAINZ JOINS LEBRON JAMES & THE CAST OF HBO’s THE SHOP ON MARCH 1ST!

RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE A&R’D BY LEBRON JAMES OUT FRIDAY, MARCH 1ST

WATCH THE FIRST AND SECOND TRAILER FOR THE 2 CHAINZ X LEBRON JAMES APPLE MUSIC INTERVIEW HERE & HERE

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Women Dominating the World of Travel

Badass Women Who Are Dominating the World of Adventure Travel

In honor of International Women’s Day, Friday March 8, 2019, these inspiring travel professionals are working to make outdoor travel a more balanced place for women around the world.

This Mar. 8, 2019 is International Women’s Day (IWD), and the theme is #BalanceforBetter, focusing on how a more gender-balanced world will create a better working environment for everyone. It couldn’t come at a better time; in the outdoor travel industry, women have been historically under-represented – particularly in leadership positions. According to The Adventure Travel Trade Association’s report “Out in Front: Tracking Women’s Leadership in Adventure Travel,” while women make up 60-70% of the travel industry, only 38% of board positions are held by females in the adventure sector, and there are significantly fewer female guides on average, especially in developing destinations.

However, women are beginning to break down the barriers of this male-dominated sector, and along with “The Rise of the Female Adventurer” and women’s-only travel providers comes a marked increase in women taking on more leadership roles, and challenging the status quo.  

Here are just a handful of driven, fearless women from around the world who are working every day to make their mark in adventure travel:

Payal Mehta

Expedition Leader – India, Nepal & Bhutan

Natural Habitat Adventures

Payal Mehta may have spent her childhood in urban Mumbai, but her lifelong love for the outdoors has led her to become a Nat Hab Expedition Leader, guiding travelers throughout the remote and wild areas of India, Nepal and Bhutan. Once a member of an elite training program for India safari guides, Payal started leading tours in India’s Kanha National Park, and is now a multi-disciplined wilderness specialist and trained mountaineer. As a Nat Hab guide, Payal interprets the nature and local culture she and her groups explore together, as well as being a translator, teacher and storyteller – all while ensuring the trip runs smoothly.

Badass Claim to Fame: “I was part of an all-women mountaineering expedition up the 6420-metre-high Mt. White Sail in the Himalayas. We ended up in a serious rescue situation on our way back when our guide suffered high altitude pulmonary edema. But we all made it back alive!”

Future Goals: “I’d love to have my own wildlife tourism project near a forest. One that is much more than a commercial outfit, that truly involves everyone in the local community, is a center for learning and is run with high standards of environmental consciousness.”

What IWD Means to Payal: “It’s saluting and celebrating all the women of the past who fought for women’s place in society, and because of whom I get to enjoy my life as it is today. It also brings a hope that the message will continue to spread and there will be further change in attitudes in the future.”

Maritza Chacacanta

Deputy Operations Manager – Treks, Inca Trail

Exodus Travels

Maritza Chacanta is a proud single mother and a former Inca Trail Guide who has worked her way up to become the Deputy Operations Manager for Exodus Travels. When Maritza was first told how challenging it was to become an Exodus guide (applicants have to take special training courses and be among the best guides in order to be hired), she became determined to secure the coveted role. After years of hard work and dedication, Maritza made good on her promise to herself – and is now not only leading Exodus Travels’ signature Inca treks, but managing the operations from start to finish while collaborating with porters, horse wranglers, and guides.

Badass Claim to Fame: “Being a single mom is one of the things I’m proudest of. Nowadays, women do not need a man to push ahead. To the single mothers out there: it’s important to know that you are not alone. You can have a successful career while being a successful mom.”

Future Goals: “To develop some projects related to the environment (reforestation, clean campaigns, etc.), and train our staff on how important it is to take care the environment – not only to benefit our treks, but to share the results with our communities.”

What IWD Means to Maritza: “It means rights and gender equality. [It’s the ability to] make your decisions – and be free from violence and discrimination.” 

Alice Goodridge

Adventure Coordinator – Scotland

Wilderness Scotland

Alice Goodridge keeps a sledgehammer in her car during the winter, so she can go swimming anytime, anywhere – no matter how frozen the lochs may be. That’s because as an extreme cold water swimmer, she isn’t afraid of a little physical discomfort – which is part of what made her want to become an Adventure Coordinator for Wilderness Scotland.

The company runs the type of trips Alice always wanted to experience herself, which means she now combines her love of the great outdoors with her expertise in organizing sustainability and adventure holidays.

Badass Claim to Fame: “My long distance and cold-water swims. I swam the 21-mile English Channel in 2012 and the length of the 22-mile Loch Lomond in 2018, which took place overnight from 6 p.m. – 8 a.m. the next morning. I also completed an Ice Mile last year, which was a mile in water less than 5 C° without a wetsuit.”

Future Goals: “I want to challenge myself in a discipline I am not so familiar with. I am currently working through my sea kayaking qualifications, with the hope of becoming a sea kayak guide in the future. Paddling or swimming… any excuse to spend more time on/in the water! “

What IWD Means to Alice: “There is still a lot of inequality in the outdoor activity sector and International Women’s Day mean taking a closer look and seeing what can be done about it. UK society is 51% female. Yet we know that there are less women and girls participating in the types of outdoor activities likely to lead to the interest, skill and motivation to pursue a career in this area. I would like to see greater equality in the outdoor activity sector and a higher percentage of female guides leading walking, biking and paddling trips in the UK.”

Laura Adams

Explorer, Consultant & Artist – BC, Canada

Adventure Canada

Laura Adams, an Adventure Canada expedition guide, is also a professional member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and the Canadian Avalanche Association and was the fifth woman in Canada to become a fully certified winter Ski Guide. She also has a Masters degree in Leadership, with her research focused on decision making and risk management in mountain environments. In her spare time, Laura mentors people who aspire to a career in the professional mountain guiding industry, and coaches women in building leadership and backcountry skills.

Badass Claim to Fame: “In January 2019 I lead a small group expedition to Northern China; close to the borders of Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia to experience the ancient Tuvan mountain culture, and to ski-tour amongst the ‘Golden’ mountains of the region. We went during a time when China/Canada relations were tense, which added a great deal to the risk of traveling to this little-known part of the world. We all embraced the challenges with faith and endurance, and were rewarded with a remarkable experience of awe, cooperation, trust, and unity.”   

Future Goals: I am now focusing my career to increasing awareness, stewardship and leadership of these special places and cultures; through expeditions, my art and speaking/presentations.

What IWD Means to Laura: “International Women’s Day calls on us to give thanks and appreciation for the women in our lives and communities who live life with courage, integrity, and grace, who don’t just accept the way things are, and who make a genuine difference in the lives of themselves and others. It’s a day to inspire and cultivate qualities in emerging women around us who have big dreams and can make their ideas real.”

About Bannikin Travel & Tourism

Bannikin is a Toronto and Hong Kong-based travel and tourism consultancy dedicated to enhancing the businesses of niche-focused tour operators, destinations and lodging providers worldwide. Bannikin was built on a great respect for travel-minded visionaries who provide the utmost experiences in the wildest parts of the planet. With a combined 50+ years of experience, Bannikin knows what needs to come together to turn a travel company into the travel company, and a place into a destination.

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2 Chainz X Lebron James Collab

2 CHAINZ X LEBRON JAMES SHARE SECOND TRAILER FOR ‘RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE’ INTERVIEW

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE

2 CHAINZ’ 5th  STUDIO ALBUM ‘RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE’ – A&R’d BY LEBRON JAMES – SET FOR MARCH 1ST RELEASE VIA DEF JAM RECORDINGS

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: WATCH THE FIRST TRAILER FOR THE 2 CHAINZ X LEBRON

2 Chainz, the multi-platinum, Grammy Award®-winning MC and “One of the Very Best Rappers Alive” (Noisey), confirms his highly anticipated fifth studio album, RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE, A&R’d by LeBron James, is set for a March 1st release via Def Jam Recordings.

The countdown to March 1st is officially on, as Apple Music rolls out the first two trailers for 2 Chainz x LeBron James RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE, an exclusive in-depth conversation between two of the biggest titans in their respective fields.  As long time friends and fans of one another, 2 Chainz and LeBron represent the true intersection of music and sports.

WATCH THE SECOND TRAILER HERE: @2Chainz

The title RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE challenges the notion that the only way out of the inner city is either to become a rapper or a ball player. (In fact, 2 Chainz has done both, earning a full ride to college for basketball and graduating at the top of his class, and becoming a superstar rapper.) Chainz’ new album – easily his most personal, most lyrical, most soulful to date – flips that trope on its head, celebrating black excellence and focusing on the power of education and entrepreneurship.

The eagerly awaited RAP OR GO TO THE LEAGUE is Chainz’ first official new long-player since his platinum #1 release of 2017, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music. That LP has netted over 2 billion streams after spinning off four consecutive multi-platinum hits: “4 AM” featuring Travis Scott; “It’s A Vibe” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz and Jhene Aiko; “Big Amount” featuring Drake, and “Good Drank” featuring Quavo and Gucci Mane.

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G-SHOCK Collabs with Blue Note Records

Casio G-SHOCK Unveils Collaboration Model With World-Renowned Jazz Label, Blue Note Records

New Model Features Sleek All-Black Look with Blue Accents to Celebrate Label’s 80th Anniversary

Casio G-SHOCK unveils a limited-edition men’s watch made in collaboration with the legendary Jazz label, Blue Note Records. Created to honor Blue Note’s 80th anniversary, the latest model is an updated take on G-SHOCK’s popular G-STEEL line of men’s high-end timepieces and arrives in a sleek black colorway with blue accents on the dial, and buckle, as well as an IP case back, button and band keeper. The watch comes with custom limited-edition packaging.

Boasting the classic G-STEEL look, the GSTB100BNR-1A combines refined style with durability and practicality. The unique timepiece nods to both iconic brands by featuring bright blue accents and engravings of the G-SHOCK and Blue Note logos.

“Blue Note and G-SHOCK have a history of refinement and shifting culture,” said Don Was, President of Blue Note Records. “We felt G-SHOCK was the right partner to help us celebrate our 80th anniversary while we usher in a new era at the label. It’s about bringing our audiences together and giving them something they can love, whether they’re a Jazz aficionado or a hip-hop lover.”

A video was created to celebrate the launch of the new G-SHOCK x Blue Note Records timepiece, starring Blue Note artists Charles Lloyd, Kendrick Scott, and lophiile. Watch here.

Additionally, you can stream the playlist Daddy Kev’s Blue Note X G-SHOCK Mix that was inspired by the collaboration.

The GSTB100BNR-1A not only provides an upscale look, but it also comes equipped with several of G-SHOCK’s most sought-after features including solar-powered charging capabilities, a super LED light and Neo-Brite luminous hands for maximum visibility. Additionally, the GSTB100BNR-1A boasts Bluetooth low energy technology to pair with smart phones via the G-SHOCK Connected App.

The new model also comes equipped with G-SHOCK technology such as:

  • 200M water resistance
  • Shock resistance
  • World Time/dual time display
  • 1/100th Sec. Stopwatch
  • Countdown Timer
  • Daily alarm

The limited-edition GSTB100BNR-1A will retail for $420 and will be available for purchase starting this March at select jewelers, fashion boutiques, the G-SHOCK Soho Store and gshock.com.

About G-SHOCK

CASIO’s shock-resistant G-SHOCK watch is synonymous with toughness, born from the developer Mr. Ibe’s dream of ‘creating a watch that never breaks’. Over 200 handmade samples were created and tested to destruction until finally in 1983 the first, now iconic G-SHOCK hit the streets of Japan and began to establish itself as ‘the toughest watch of all time’. Each watch encompasses the 7 elements; electric shock resistance, gravity resistance, low temperature resistance, vibration resistance, water resistance, shock resistance and toughness. The watch is packed with Casio innovations and technologies to prevent it from suffering direct shock; this includes internal components protected with urethane and suspended timekeeping modules inside the watch structure. Since its launch, G-SHOCK has continued to evolve, continuing to support on Mr. Ibe’s mantra “never, never give up.” www.gshock.com

About Casio America, Inc.

Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casio.com

Blue Note Records

​Blue Note Records was founded when a German immigrant named Alfred Lion produced his first recording session with two boogie woogie pianists on January 6, 1939 in New York City. Blue Note has gone on to represent The Finest In Jazz, tracing the entire history of the music from Boogie Woogie, Hot Jazz and Swing, through Bebop, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Soul Jazz, Avant-Garde, and Fusion, and into Jazz’s numerous modern day incarnations. Blue Note’s legendary catalog includes a true Who’s Who of Jazz history: Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Jimmy Smith, Dexter Gordon, Grant Green, Lou Donaldson, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Ornette Coleman, and many more.