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Casper Mágico: one of the brand new nominees

The Puerto Rican performer is fortunate to have multiple nominations at the most important awards ceremony of Latin music: Billboard Awards 2019.

As for the art of “magic”, fame, international recognition and respect for a growing and competitive music industry, knocked on the door of Casper Mágico after his collaboration in the remix of the song “Te Bote”, where he shares verses with the “creme de la creme” of the urban genre: Ozuna, Bad Bunny, Nicky Jam, Darell and Nio García “The song Te Bote is and always will be a super special chapter in my artistic career, as well as collaborating with great exponents of the genre, it gave me the opportunity to get closer to the audience through my music,” said Casper.

The song “Te bote remix” became an anthem of Latin music throughout the year 2018. To date, it has the astonishing amount of more than 1.6 billion visits, and the number continues to increase daily. Thanks to the international “smash” of this “catchy” song, Casper will say “present” for the first time on Billboard Awards night to Latin music, and his name will stand out not only in one, but in six different categories: “Hot Latin Song”,

Song of the Year / Hot Latin Song of the Year “Te Boté””Hot Latin Song”, Vocal

Collaboration of the Year / Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event “Te Boté”Song of the

Year, Airplay / Airplay Song of the Year “Te Boté”Song of the Year, Digital / Digital Song of

the Year “Te Boté”Song of the Year, Streaming / Streaming Song of the Year “Te Boté”Song

“Latin Rhythm” of the Year / Latin Rhythm Song of the Year “Te Boté The Billboard Latin

Music Awards gala will be televised from Las Vegas, Nevada on Telemundo, on Thursday, April 25.

 

OZUNA MAKES HISTORY WITH 23 NOMINATIONS

The OZUNA music phenomenon stands with the astonishing 23 nominations at the annual Billboard Latin Music Awards ceremony in 2019. In this way, the Puerto Rican singer breaks records, becoming the most nominated artist during a single gala in all history of this prestigious award.

After taking the prized award as “Artist of the Year” at the 2018 awards gala, Ozuna returns to the same stage, with an extremely solid artistic career, which has led him to become an icon of urban music of this new generation. Notably, the artist recently surpassed the record of Justin Bieber as an artist with more videos that exceed one billion views on YouTube, with a total of 7 videos, in addition to being crowned as the most viewed artist globally in 2018.

On this occasion, the “bold-eyed black man” of Reggaetón takes over the most important categories of the twenty-ninth installment of these awards, thanks to the resounding success of the songs that come from his albums “ODISEA” and “AURA”, both productions released to the market under the independent label DIMELO VI and distributed by Sony Music Latin. Also, with his collaboration in the anthem “Te Boté”, and of course, the single that revolutionized Spotify, all digital platforms and brought together three different cultures in the same melody: “Taki Taki”, a song that knew how to show the world the level and artistic quality of this young Dominican-Puerto Rican root interpreter.

Ozuna will say “present” in the following categories of the night, in which he appears as a singer and composer:

Artist “Latin Rhythm” of the Year, Soloist / Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Solo

The Billboard Latin Music Awards gala will be televised from Las Vegas, Nevada on Telemundo, on Thursday, April 25.

 

Nicky Jam x 2019 Billboard Awards

Puerto Rican star Nicky Jam continues to win successes, awards and nominations. On this occasion, he has won more than 10 nominations for the most important awards night of Latin music: Billboard Awards 2019.

After an impeccable 2018, full of projects and unforgettable musical collaborations that will mark a milestone in Hispanic music, the world-renowned exponent of the urban genre Nicky Jam, reaches the incredible figure of 13 nominations to Billboard Awards 2019. Fruit of “explosive combinations” as the theme “X” with J Balvin, “Marry me” with the king of Vallenato Silvestre Dangond and of course, “Te bote remix”, simple that to this day does not stop sounding on the radios of a whole continent.

Only, the theme “X” accumulates more than a billion views on YouTube, and became the “anthem” of Latin culture during the year 2018.

Nicky Jam is one of the new nominees at the Billboard Awards 2019 night, in the most important and coveted categories of the night:

“Hot Latin Song”, Song of the Year / Hot Latin Song of the Year “Te Boté”

“Hot Latin Song”, Song of the Year / Hot Latin Song of the Year “X”

“Hot Latin Song”, Vocal Collaboration of the Year / Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event “Te Boté”

“Hot Latin Song”, Vocal Collaboration of the Year / Hot Latin Song of the Year, Vocal Event “X”

Song of the Year, Airplay / Airplay Song of the Year “Te Boté

Song of the Year, Airplay / Airplay Song of the Year “X”

Song of the Year, Digital / Digital Song of the Year “Te Boté”

Song of the Year, Digital / Digital Song of the Year “X”

Song of the Year, Streaming / Streaming Song of the Year “Te Boté”

Song of the Year, Streaming / Streaming Song of the Year “X”

Tropical Song of the Year / Tropical Song of the Year “Marry Me”

Song “Latin Rhythm” of the Year / Latin Rhythm Song of the Year “Te Boté”

Song “Latin Rhythm” of the Year / Latin Rhythm Song of the Year “X”

The Billboard Latin Music Awards gala will be televised from Las Vegas, Nevada on Telemundo, on Thursday, April 25.

Young Thug Wins “Song of the Year”

Young Thug won his first GRAMMY for “Song of the Year” – one of the awards top honors- at the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards, for his songwriting work on Childish Gambino’s “This is America”.

Released in May last year, the song and it’s accompanying visual quickly went viral, with subject matter that touches on gun violence, racism and discrimination within America. The song has racked up nearly 500 million views on YouTube, and makes history as the first rap song to ever win the award.

“This is America” was nominated alongside other hits like Drake’s “God’s Plan”, Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up”, Black Panther single, “All The Stars”, Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood”, “The Joke” by Brandi Carlile, A Star Was Born’s “Shallow,” and Zedd’s “The Middle.”

Young Thug also performed alongside Camila Cabello at the ceremony, performing their record breaking song, “Havana” for the broadcast’s cold open. The song, which hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, was also nominated for a GRAMMY for “Best Pop Solo Performance.” The live performance also included appearances from Jay Balvin, Ricky Martin and Arturo Sandoval.

“Performing on the GRAMMY stage was such an honor.” – Young Thug

Young Thug also walked the carpet at the event, spending time with Bebe Rexha and interviewing with GRAMMY winning rapper, Eve for CBS.

Vagabond Tours Accepts Two Top Awards

Vagabond Small Group Tours of Ireland is no stranger to accepting awards. In early February the company received not one but two 2019 Irish Tourism Industry Awards presented Feb. 2 at the Clayton Hotel in Dublin.

These awards recognize those people and companies that create enhanced experiences to draw people to Ireland. Awards are granted across 15 categories for general initiatives such as accommodation and marketing, and regional specific awards for the Atlantic Way, Hidden Heartlands and Ancient East. Fifteen winners were chosen from among 75 shortlisted nominees. For more on the awards see https://www.irishtourismindustryawards.ie/

Vagabond Small Group Tours of Ireland’s 6 Day Ancient Ireland Tour won in the category Best Ireland’s Ancient East Tourism Experience, under 25,000 visitors. “We introduced this tour in 2018 to help answer the question, “Who are the Irish?” explained Rob Rankin, co-owner with his wife, Amy Rankin. In their imaginations guests burrow into bogs, scale crenellated towers and shimmy up mountains for glimpses of Ireland beginning with Iron Age Celts sifted into Stone Age sands. See: https://vagabondtoursofireland.com/tour/6-day-eastern-ireland-tour/.

Best Environmental Tourism Innovative went to Vagabond Tours of Ireland for environmental initiatives that in some instances have led to significant cost savings for the company while other initiatives are viewed as company investments that “we hope will have a long-term benefit to the environment,” said Rankin. These include:

  • Offsetting the company’s total annual carbon emissions and restoring Ireland’s lost woodlands with a program of replanting indigenous Irish hardwood trees.
  • Offering free compostable cups to guests to use in local coffee shops instead of non-recyclable cups.
  • Giving each guest an aluminum water bottle to use instead of single use plastic bottles, helping to eliminate an estimated 30,000 fewer plastic bottles per year in Ireland.

Vagabond’s staff curate locally owned accommodations, pubs and restaurants that help serve their goal of authenticity. In the end the mission is to have guests “love Ireland as much as we do.” Transport is in custom mini buses, Mercedes ‘Vagatrons’ or 4×4 Sprinters Newtrons that allows access beyond where regular tour buses go.

For details on all of Vagabond Small Group Tours of Ireland itineraries, availability and for 2019 reservations, please visit https://vagabondtoursofireland.com/. Call toll free (from the US) 1.833-230-0288; in Ireland 00353 (0) 1 5634358; or email: info@vagabond.ie.

11 Facts on CES 2019

11 Facts On The Backstage of CES 2019 Innovation Awards
 
The final list of the CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honorees has been revealed. And “Competition has been especially tough this year”, says one jury member. Here are ten surprising facts that can be deduced from the public data released by CES this year – via Pixminds: 
 
[1] Over 6,000 companies applied – less than 300 made it to the honoree bracket. 
 
[2] As opposed to last year, the CES jury decided to give each product no more than one innovation Award. 
 
[3] 270 honorees out of 300 were awarded one Innovation Award only. Some point out that they are one-shot startup stories that will not make it to the next CES edition, but their award can also highlight their star product promoting a wider range.
 
[4] Companies had to apply for one of the 29 product categories, some tougher than others: the “Computer Peripherals” category awarded 18 products, while only nine made it to the “Computer Accessories” honorees. 
 
[5] Industry leaders got stronger than ever this year, each of them releasing up to 17 award-winning products (see the industry leaderboard at the end of this note). 
 
[6] The industry leaderboard surprisingly misses big, ageless manufacturers (HP) as well as all of the software giants attempting to jump into the hardware field such as Google and Amazon. 
 
[7] Instead, the industry leaderboard is ruled by the usual South Korean and American giants such as Samsung (1st) and Motorola (5th), but Germany stays strong with their champion Bosch (4th).
 
[8] France jumped in the leaderboard above Germany and US with Pixminds (3rd). 
 
[9] Even though their electronics industries are amongst the strongest in the world, China, Japan and Israel did not make it to the leaderboard. 
 
[10] While every other company in the leaderboard has 10,000+ employees, surprisingly Pixminds only got 50. This is one more signal to the industry that innovation tends to come from small companies more than ever.

 
*** [11] With 17 awards, Samsung is the CES 2019 World Champion. The silver medal goes to MSI (12 awards). Finally, the third place goes to Pixminds (France) with 6 innovation awards.
 
ABOUT PIXMINDS
Pixminds is French group working in multimedia, specialized in human – machine interactions, and all their business applications. At Pixminds, we stand for innovation as we believe it is the seed of progress. The projects we develop are tightly linked to augmented reality and gaming. Because we come from gaming, we are convinced that comfort of use is essential for those who use daily digital tools such as computer peripherals, or gaming accessories. We work hard on improving the interface between the man and the machine. Through this point of view, innovation takes place both in the product (hardware and / or software) and in users’ behavior. Once one gets there, they need to step back from the hardware and understand what people truly need to make their day-to-day life a little more comfortable. 

New Single by Sam Smith

Today, Sam Smith released “Fire On Fire,”a song he co-wrote with GRAMMY& and BRIT award winning producer/songwriter Steve Mac for the forthcoming adaptation of the classic Richard Adams novel, Watership Down. “Fire On Fire” will serve as the theme to the animated mini-series. Smith recorded the track with the BBC Concert Orchestra at London Abbey Road Studios in September 2018.
Sam Smith says, “I am so excited and honored to be a part of this new adaptation of Watership Down. This story is so powerful and timeless, and it has been thrilling to work with director Noam Murro and his team and the incredible Steve Mac on this song for it. I hope everyone loves it as much as I do.”
Set in the idyllic rural landscape of southern England, this tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. View the trailer HERE. James McAvoy, Olivia Colman, &, Ben Kingsley, John Boyega, Nicholas Hoult, Gemma Arterton and Daniel Kaluuya lend their voices to the production. Watership Down will premiere on BBC One in the UK. Outside of the UK, it will premiere on Netflix on December 23. Commissioned by the BBC, the series was produced and developed by 42 and Biscuit Entertainment, and is a co-production between BBC One and Netflix.
Since the release of his 2014 debut album, In The Lonely Hour, Smith has sold over 17 million album equivalent units worldwide. His sophomore album, The Thrill Of It All, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2017 and also topped the charts in the U.K, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium. Rolling Stone awarded The Thrill Of It All four stars and hailed Smith as one of the mightiest, most expressive singers of his generation. He has won four GRAMMY awards, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, three Billboard Music Awards and three BRIT Awards, among others.

Dirk Nowitzki Presented With Key To City of Dallas

Mayor Mike Rawlings honored Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki with a Key to the City during halftime of tonight’s game against the Brooklyn Nets in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the community and his professional achievements over his 20-year career with the Mavericks. Nowitzki is only the third person to receive a Key to the City from Mayor Rawlings since he took office in 2011.

“Dirk embodies everything Dallas residents should aspire to be,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “For any sports fan out there, he’s a joy to watch, always striving for excellence and giving 110 percent. But what many don’t fully understand is how diligent, passionate, humble and generous Dirk is, on and off the court. Dallas is so fortunate and proud to have a leader like him in our city. He is a class act, a man who consistently puts his teammates, his city and his family before himself.”

Nowitzki accepted the key at halftime, joined by the mayor, Dallas City council members and three high school students who assisted in creating a larger ceremonial key specially made for Nowitzki.

“I’m very honored, very humbled. It’s been a long great ride here. 20 years representing this city proudly…the franchise, the city, and the fanbase,” Nowitzki said.  “Dallas has supported me and took me in from day one.  We grew together and I have done everything in my power to give back to this city.  Thank you.”

Among Nowitzki’s notable humanitarian contributions:

  • Grants made annually to organizations focusing on children’s wellbeing, health and education through The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation – Last year, the Foundation raised $960,000 and held its annual Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic raising $1.92 million for Hurricane Harvey victims.  His foundation also holds monthly meetings with Hurricane Harvey victims to help families start over and re-enter the workforce.
  • Hurricane relief efforts – Nowitzki donated to the JJ Barea Foundation to assist Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico. He also helped 10 families who were relocated to Dallas from Houston after Hurricane Harvey.
  • Annual Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game to benefit various local nonprofits such as Girls Embracing Mothers, Alley’s House, Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
  • Annual visits to patients at Children’s Medical Center.
  • “Dirk’s Dunkers” – Nowitzki hosts special guests from youth-based nonprofit organizations, underserved schools and veteran groups in this section of the American Airlines Center.
  • Seats for Soldiers–Nowitzki, along with his teammates, signs hundreds of autographs while spending time with wounded soldiers from the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and reserve troops from the Dallas-Fort Worth area following the Seats for Soldiers game each fall.

In recognition of Nowitzki’s global humanitarian efforts, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth honored him with the prestigious H. Neil Mallon Award in September 2017.

On the court, Nowitzki is the Mavericks’ all-time leader in points (31,187), games played (1,471), starts (1,440), minutes (50,573), rebounds (11,331), defensive rebounds (9,868), field goals made (11,034), 3-pointers made (1,918), free throws made (7,201) and blocks (1,263). He has led the Mavericks to 15 NBA playoff appearances, including the franchise’s first Finals appearance in 2006 and its only NBA championship in 2011, where he was named Most Valuable Player. He is a 13-time All-Star, a 12-time All-NBA Team member, the first European player to start in an All-Star Game, and the first European player to receive the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2007.

Nowitzki is one of only seven players to play at least 20 seasons in the NBA and is the only player in NBA history to play 21 seasons with the same franchise. He is the top foreign-born scorer in league history, the only foreign-born player in the NBA’s 30,000-point club, one of seven players in NBA history to reach 31,000 career points and is seventh on NBA’s all-time points leaders. On December 10, 2012, he became the first non-American player to receive the Naismith Legacy Award. He has also received the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award (2016-17) and the Magic Johnson Award (2013-14).

BRAG Announces 48th Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala

BRAG, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, has announced the 2018 honorees for the 48th Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala will include Bloomingdale’s Vice President of Integrated Marketing Kevin Harter, LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse, and Balmain Managing Director Shawn Pean This year’s award ceremony will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018at The Edison Ballroom located at 240 West 47th Street, New York, NY at 6pm.

“We are so excited to celebrate these fashion industry leaders whose work history and efforts demonstrate visions that are aligned with our brand mission; to prepare and educate professionals, entrepreneurs and students of color for executive leadership roles in retail, fashion and related industries,” said BRAG co-presidents Nicole Cokley Dunlap and Shawn Outler.

Committed to attracting and cultivating a diverse bench of talent needed to drive innovation in the fashion industry, the 2018 48th Annual BRAG Scholarship & Awards Gala recognizes the achievements of exceptional individuals who are redefining the future of retail and fashion. Scholarships will also be awarded to college students who demonstrate an interest in fashion and have the aptitude to become future leaders.

Past BRAG Gala honorees have included fashion mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, supermodel Naomi Campbell, NFL superstar Victor Cruz, entrepreneur Magic Johnson, designer Zac Posen and Macy’s CEO Terry J. Lundgren.

Since 1970, BRAG has provided professional development, mentorship, and job opportunities for thousands of alumni through internships, workshops, panel discussions, and networking events.  The annual gala is the organization’s marquee event that includes a three-course dinner, cocktails, music and entertainment, attracting the who’s who in fashion, art, entertainment, business and philanthropy, which, to date, has helped BRAG award over $1 million in scholarships to students who have achieved academic success and demonstrated a need for financial aid.

For more information on BRAG and/or the 2018 BRAG honorees please visit www.bragusa.org.  On social media, please follow on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Tori Kelly Sets Record With New Project Hiding Place

Hiding Place & Grammy-nominated artist Tori Kelly’s new passion project has set the record for the most first-week streams ever for a gospel album.

The collection, which was produced by 12-time GRAMMY Award winner Kirk Franklin, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and had the highest-selling week of any 2018 gospel album.

Hiding Place also topped Billboard’s Gospel Streaming Songs and Gospel Digital Song Sales charts plus the Apple Music Christian genre chart.

Tori was joined by Kirk Franklin and a choir last night when she performed the lead single Never Alone on The Late Show with James Corden. View their performance here! She and Franklin will also perform at the Annual GMA Dove Awards, which will be held October 16th in Nashville and air on TBN on Sunday, Oct. 21.

Tickets are on sale now at www.torikellymusic.com for Tori’s Hiding Place tour, which will kick off on Oct. 18 with a sold out concert at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. The headline run includes shows at Warner Theatre in Washington DC (Oct. 28), Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium (Nov. 8), New York City’s Riverside Church (Oct. 30) plus two sold-out nights at the Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles (Nov. 16 & 17). See below for itinerary.

Idolator observed, there was always the sneaking suspicion that the 25-year old’s voice could soar even higher, that she could open near heart even wider. That promise finally comes to fruition on Hiding Place. Kelly’s talent transcends genres.

Tori Kelly wants her new album Hiding Place to be a light in the dark for fans,” says PEOPLE magazine

Half of the songs on Hiding Place were penned by Franklin alone while the remaining tracks came from a collaboration between the two artists the first time that Franklin had ever co-written in his decades long career. The collection also features guest artists Lecrae, Johnathon McReynolds, and The Hamiltones.

Tori’s 2015 debut album Unbreakable Smile landed her on Artist to Watch–lists from the likes of Rolling Stone. It entered the Billboard 200 at No. 2 and contained the Gold-certified singles Nobody Love, Should’ve Been Us, and Hollow.

Unbreakable Smile has racked up more than one billion cumulative streams worldwide and sold 1.3 million adjusted albums. Following its release, Tori was nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best New Artist category and received the Billboard Women in Music Breakthrough Artist award.