“Silver Bells,” featuring the dynamic trio made up of multi-platinum GRAMMY® winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, along with Marc Martel, takes the No. 1 spot at national Christian radio this week. The reimagined version of the 1951 Christmas classic climbed to the top of Billboard’s Monitored AC and Mediabase AC Christian charts. In addition, the track was the number one most added AC song three weeks straight, with nearly 90 stations playing the single, and has the biggest audience for a new Christmas song. Check out the exclusive premieres for “Silver Bells” on People.com (video) and Parade (audio) magazine.
“We had so much fun recording ‘Silver Bells’ and being able to perform it live together during the Christmas tour has been extra special,” says Smith. “For the song to go No. 1 as well, that’s just something we never expected but sure are grateful for, and are so happy the fans are enjoying it too.”
“I haven’t had this experience in ten years,” adds Grant. “What a fun way to end the decade with a No. 1 song recorded with two friends.”
“What a mind-blowing honor, not only to have the chance to record with Amy and Michael, but to also have that song reach No. 1,” says Martel. “This is my first, and what a perfect end to an amazing year!”
In addition, Grant and Smith recently reunited to co-bill their popular Christmas circuit this holiday season. Joined by special guest Martel, the multi-city tour was presented by Balsam Hill® and showcased selections spanning the artists’ expansive repertoires and combined the vast collection of critically acclaimed holiday albums between them.
ABOUT AMY GRANT
Amy Grant’s career spans more than 40 years and stretches from her roots in gospel into becoming an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist. With three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums and four gold albums, her total career album sales have exceeded 30 million. Grant’s chart success has been consistent throughout her career with six No. 1 hits, 10 Top 40 pop singles, 17 Top 40 Adult Contemporary tracks and multiple Contemporary Christian chart-toppers. In addition to her six GRAMMY® Awards, Grant has earned 26 Dove Awards (including four Artist of the Year Awards) and has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as the Music City Walk of Fame. Conventional wisdom has it that Grant put Contemporary Christian Music on the map becoming the first Contemporary Christian artist to have a platinum record, the first to hit No. 1 on the Pop charts and the first to perform at the GRAMMY® Awards. With that, her legacy as one of the most influential artists of the past four decades is assured. In April of 2016, Grant celebrated the 25th anniversary of her iconic hit “Baby Baby” with a worldwide release of the song featuring pop sensation Tori Kelly. “Tennessee Christmas” released in late 2016, marking Grant’s first all-new holiday album in nearly 20 years.
Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor create special film to send Christmas message to fans.
Queen icons Brian May and Roger Taylor today posted their personal Christmas messages to fans worldwide with the gift of a new specially created animation film for the band’s “Thank God It’s Christmas” track originally released in November 1984.
Brian and Roger’s Christmas messages can be seen HERE × HERE.
“Thank God It’s Christmas” was a rare song writing collaboration between Roger and Brian. The song spent six weeks in the UK charts over the Christmas/New Year period 1984/1985. It enjoyed a second lease of life Christmas 1995 coupled with the hit single “A Winter’s Tale” from the Made In Heaven album. Here the track receives a fully animated treatment.
The concept for this new animated film came directly from Brian and Roger who explain their thoughts behind it with Roger saying, “Ironically, Christmas tends to be such a stressful time for so many of us. So many emotions, joyful memories of past Christmas’ as delighted children and responsible adults / parents. It’s just a great relief when it finally happens.”
Brian adds, “The video goes a little further by including a subtle reminder that we as humans now need to feel a responsibility for the welfare of ALL creatures on Earth – not just for our own benefit, and that of our grandchildren, but out of respect for the rights of the animals themselves.”
Working with Brian and Roger, the film was directed & animated on their behalf by Justin Moon and executive produced by Drew Gleason for production company °1824. The new “Thank God It’s Christmas” film is available to enjoy in two versions:
Surprising fans everywhere with the ultimate stocking stuffer, rising superstar and multi-platinum singer Jacquees unveils his first-ever holiday album Christmas In Decaturtoday on Cash Money Records.
The first single “Christmas Without You”highlights his range, on the heartfelt, lovelorn, seasonal song over delicate acoustic guitar, faint jingle bells, and production from ForteBowie. Jacquees also welcomes FYB and Bluff City to a hype holiday party on “FYB Christmas”and the video for “It’s Christmas,” featuring Lil Reign wasĺ added to MTV Mistle YO! Playlist.
Christmas In Decatur follows hot on the heels of his second full-length R&B album, King of R&B—out now. It includes singles “Your Peace” featuring Lil Baby [22.8 million Spotify streams], “Verify” featuring Young Thug and Gunna [9.5 million Spotify streams], and “Risk It All” featuring Tory Lanez [3.3 million Spotify streams]. Pitchfork called it “slick and ambitious,” and The Atlantic dubbed it “a refreshing work of classically inspired R&B.”
Next up, Jacquees will embark on “The King of R&B” Tour, which kicks off on Friday, January 17th, 2020 in San Antonio, TX. The tour will roll through major markets coast-to-coast including San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. and concludes with a hometown show in Atlanta, GA on Thursday, March 5th.
Oh Wonder drops a surprise Christmas song “This Christmas”—listen HERE! The duo recently confirmed details of their third album, No One Else Can Wear Your Crown, which will be released on February 7th, 2020 and includes recent tracks “Hallelujah,” “Better Now” and “I Wish I Never Met You.” The duo has also confirmed international dates for the “Wear Your Crown Tour,” which is on sale now at www.ohwondermusic.com. See a full list of dates below.
“This Christmas” is an affecting Christmas gift (with a twist) from Oh Wonder, setting cinematic strings and seasonal sleigh-bells to those moments when the “festive” period feels anything but. Oh Wonder says, “We understand that the holidays can be a tough time for some people because they don’t necessarily have the ones they love around them. We wrote ‘This Christmas’ to acknowledge that it can be difficult and lonely, and hope it provides some comfort to anyone who is missing someone.”
Tackling dark topics with a lightness of touch – whether at Christmas, or all-year-round – is intrinsic to the appeal of Oh Wonder. The duo has amassed a huge global following along the way, with a top 10 album, a billion streams and global sold-out tours with over 300,000 tickets sold. It’s a personal and creative journey that scales new heights on Oh Wonder’s third album, No One Else Can Wear Your Crown, which was written and self-produced in the band’s home studio before being co-mixed with Cenzo Townshend (Bat For Lashes, Christine & The Queens, Jungle).
Oh Wonder has proved themselves a band able to capture those extreme highs and lows of everyday life. No One Else Can Wear Your Crown tackles everything from cheating exes (“I Wish I Never Met You”), self-doubt (“Hallelujah”) and the hospital waiting room (“Better Now”) to the realities of modern-day relationships (the band’s own included). It’s difficult not to leave feeling uplifted and entirely convinced of the quiet power of Oh Wonder. No One Else Can Wear Your Crown is a candid, restorative set that offers a welcome antidote to our turbulent times, from a band firmly writing their own bright future. For now though – Merry Christmas from Oh Wonder.
‘Take a mystical sleigh ride into a capricious world of architecture and history. An annual holiday event worth traveling across the country and world for.’ – 360 MAGAZINE
NYBG’s 28th Annual Holiday Train Show® Showcases Central Park, with New Replicas of Its Iconic Architectural Treasures, Including Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Terrace, and the Dairy November 23, 2019–January 26, 2020 NYBG’s 28th
Annual Holiday Train Show showcases Central Park and its architectural features, including the Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Terrace, and the Bow Bridge.
The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show® showcases Central Park—the most popular urban park in America—in the 28th year of this much-loved holiday event. Visitors are transported to a miniature metropolis as model trains zip through an enchanting display of more than 175 New York landmarks, each re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, lotus pods, acorns, and cinnamon sticks. The Holiday Train Show runs Saturday, November 23, 2019, through Sunday, January 26, 2020.
New replicas of Central Park’s iconic architectural treasures include Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Terrace, the Dairy, the Naumburg Bandshell, and two graceful pedestrian bridges. They are arrayed in a tableau with existing Central Park replicas in NYBG’s collection, including the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater and the Old Bandstand. In addition, famous New York buildings that are either next to the park or just inside it are on display, including the Plaza Hotel, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Rose Center for Earth and Space, part of the American Museum of Natural History.
This year, the Holiday Train Show is presented in an immersive indoor winter wonderland adjacent to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory as the Conservatory’s palm dome undergoes restoration, part of the routine maintenance and operations of the Botanical Garden’s facilities. The spacious, climatecontrolled exhibition space is located on the Conservatory Lawn.
Central Park, designed in 1858 by landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, occupies not only the middle of Manhattan but also a special place in the hearts of New Yorkers and in the American imagination. Visited by more people than any other urban park in the United States, it has been featured in hundreds of movies. Perhaps even more important, Olmsted and Vaux’s “Greensward Plan” inspired cities across the country to set aside large open spaces as public parks.
A striking feature of their design was the wide variety of buildings and architectural elements they included to complement the natural setting. The Belvedere Castle was built as a Victorian “folly” on the highest natural elevation in the park, offering visitors a “beautiful view”—the English translation of its Italian name. Completed in 1872, the turreted castle includes Gothic, Romanesque, Chinese, Moorish, and Egyptian motifs. In June 2019, the Belvedere reopened after a 15-month restoration.
Bethesda Terrace opens on the Lake at the heart of Central Park. The 1873 Angel of the Waters sculpture crowns the Terrace’s majestic Bethesda Fountain. In one hand, the angel holds a lily, a symbol of purity. Designer Emma Stebbins, the first woman to receive a public art commission in New York City, likened the healing powers of the angel to that of the Croton water system, which brought clean, fresh water to the city beginning in 1842.
The Dairy, built in 1870, was intended as a place where children could enjoy a glass of fresh milk, which was not always easy to get in mid-19th-century New York. The hybrid design is a playful combination of a Swiss chalet and a Gothic country church. The Naumburg Bandshell, a neoclassical structure of cast concrete built in 1923, has hosted performers from Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington to the Grateful Dead.
The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater was Sweden’s exhibit at Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition in 1876. The enchanting Swedish architecture and craftsmanship, suggestive of a model schoolhouse, caught Olmsted’s eye, and he brought it to the park in 1877.
A theater designed for marionette performances was built inside in 1973. The Old Bandstand was a 1862 Victorian-style cast-iron bandstand designed by Jacob Wrey Mould. It was demolished in 1922 to make way for the Naumburg Bandshell. Also dating from 1862 is the graceful Bow Bridge, the first cast-iron bridge in Central Park. Spanning the Lake between Cherry Hill and the Ramble, its subtle shape is reminiscent of the bow of an archer or violinist. Designed by Calvert Vaux and originally built of white oak, Oak Bridge crosses Bank Rock Bay and is a popular destination for bird watchers. Both bridges are new to the Holiday Train Show collection.
In the Holiday Train Show, more than 25 G-scale model trains and trolleys hum along nearly a half-mile of track past re-creations of iconic sites from all five boroughs of New York City, the Hudson River Valley, and other locations in New York State. Artistically crafted by founding visionary Paul Busse’s team at Applied Imagination, all of the New York landmarks are made from natural materials such as bark, twigs, stems, fruit, seeds, fungus, and pine cones. American steam engines, streetcars from the late 1800s, and modern freight and passenger trains travel beneath overhead trestles, through tunnels, across rustic bridges, and past waterfalls that cascade into flowing creeks. Thomas the Tank Engine™ and other beloved trains disguised as large colorful insects delight children as they whiz by.
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The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants located at Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road. It is easy to reach by Metro-North Railroad, bus, or subway.
HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW HOURS:
During the Holiday Train Show, November 23, 2019–January 26, 2020, The New York Botanical Garden is open Tuesday–Sunday, and Monday, December 16, 23, 30, and January 20, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Extended hours, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., December 26 and 29. The Garden is closed all day on November 28 (Thanksgiving) and December 25 (Christmas); it closes at 3 p.m. on December 13 and 24 (Christmas Eve).
All-Garden Pass tickets start at $23 for adults and $10 for children (ages 2–12) and differ during weekends and holiday weeks. Members and children under 2 are free. Advance timed tickets are strongly recommended and are available at nybg.org. Discounts available for groups of 15 or more; contact Group Sales at 718.817.8687. For more information, please visit our Web site at nybg.org
For travelers and locals seeking a West Coast getaway this holiday season, Hyatt Regency San Francisco offers a variety of events and happenings to get everyone into the holiday spirit. Whether it’s festive fine dining, outdoor skating, gorgeous wintry décor, or exclusive deals on guest rooms, Hyatt Regency San Francisco has something for all. Please find more info below.
· Snow will fall in the atrium of Hyatt Regency San Francisco from Nov. 29 to December 31, making the world’s largest hotel lobby a true Winter Wonderland.
· In addition to the breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay, guests can enjoy easy access to an outdoor skating rink at the Embarcadero Center.
· The hotel is offering a Holiday Guest Room Package perfect for those looking to spend the holidays with friends and family. The ‘Friends and Neighbors’ package includes a special offer code ‘SEASON,’ including 15% off best available rates, subject to availability, 20% off upgrades to Bayview Balcony and luxury suites, and valet parking. The offer is valid from Nov. 22 through January 4.
· On weekends from Nov. 30 through Dec. 22, families can dine with Santa himself for a special breakfast featuring an extensive Kids’ Buffet at the Eclipse Kitchen & Bar.
o On Thanksgiving Day, the restaurant Is also offering a traditional five-course Turkey Dinner Plate will be served, featuring a Citrus Herb Brined Turkey, Sourdough Sage Stuffing with Butternut Squash, and a sweet Pumpkin Cheesecake to finish.
o A Prime Rib Dinner will be offered on Christmas Eve, as well as a festive Turkey Dinner on Christmas Day, followed by a course of sweet treats for families to indulge in.
o Eclipse Kitchen & Bar will be ringing in the new year with a unique menu on New Year’s Eve, featuring a decadent Grilled Filet Mignon, Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale Ravioli, and a Chocolate Laboratory for dessert.
Forever 21, today, is launching their sweetest holiday collaboration yet; pairing the latest fashion with the sweet treats from The Hershey Company. The new Forever 21 holiday capsule collection is available online and in stores across the US.
Kicking off the holiday season, this collaboration pairs the hottest fashions with the sweet goodness of Hershey’s iconic brands, including Reese’s, Jolly Rancher, York and the company’s namesake, Hershey’s. The collaboration includes a variety of styles across women’s and men’s clothing as well as kitschy accessories perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Forever 21 X Hershey’s will feature top styles that are sure to conquer your shopping sweet tooth from nostalgic graphic hoodies to cozy crop tops and holiday onesies, oversized pillow sets and more.
These candy-inspired styles are the perfect gift this holiday season, guaranteed to put a smile on any friend, loved one, or foodie in your life!
“The Forever 21 x Hershey’s holiday collection is the perfect pairing of sweet and stylish for this holiday season,” said Ernie Savo, Senior Director Global Licensing, The Hershey Company. “Bringing our iconic brands to life beyond the candy aisle and into the world of fashion through our collaboration with Forever 21 drives holiday spirit and connection with our fashion-forward, savvy consumers.”
This new collaboration will be retailing from $12.99 to $39.99 and can be celebrated across social with the hashtag #F21xHERSHEYS.
Founded in 1984, Forever 21, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is a fast-fashion retailer of women’s, men’s and kid’s clothing and accessories and is known for offering the hottest, most current fashion trends at a great value to consumers. Forever 21 delivers a curated assortment of new merchandise brought in daily. To find a store, or for more information please visit: www.forever21.com
About The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company, celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2019, is headquartered in Hershey, Pa., and is an industry-leading snacks company known for making more moments of goodness through its iconic brands, remarkable people and community impact. Hershey has approximately 16,500 employees around the world who work every day to deliver delicious, quality products. The company has more than 80 brands around the world that drive more than $7.8 billion in annual revenues, including such iconic brand names as Hershey’s, Reese’s, Kit Kat, Jolly Rancher, Ice Breakers, SkinnyPop and Pirate’s Booty. For 125 years, Hershey has been committed to operating fairly, ethically and sustainably. Hershey founder, Milton Hershey, created the Milton Hershey School in 1909 and since then the company has focused on helping children succeed.
The 2019 GameStop Holiday Gift Guide is 60-pages long and absolutely filled with all things gaming. This year’s guide includes all of the major consoles including PS4 Pro, Xbox One X, the latest model Nintendo Switch and the handheld Switch Lite, along with all the accessories that go with them. Plus there are plenty of GameStop exclusives that will help anyone build the ultimate gaming collection with gear includes the Ocean Shadow Xbox One Wireless Controller, a Special Edition NBA 2K20 Xbox One X bundle, certain Fortnite Nerf toys, and even some Switch controllers. And they have toys from Pokemon to Funko Pop! characters and more.
To browse through the 2019 GameStop Holiday Gift Guide just go to HERE.