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Homecoming

Today, Netflix released Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, which presents an intimate look at her historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her vision, Homecoming gives a peek into the process and emotional physical sacrifices it took to conceptualize and execute a performance of that magnitude that became a cultural movement. This stand-alone Netflix original is now available globally on Netflix.

As the first black woman to headline Coachella, Homecoming recognizes the African American visionaries who inspired Beyoncé, including HBCU alums Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, activist Marian Wright Edelman, and scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, in addition to cultural luminaries such as Nina Simone, Maya Angelou, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Audre Lorde. Beyoncé’s personal knowledge of the relevance and celebration of HBCUs started with her father, Mathew Knowles, an alumnus of Fisk University.

Shot over eight months, the film follows the global entertainer as she returns to the stage after the birth of her twins, highlighting the comprehensive preparation involved in creating her groundbreaking performance, which included four months of band rehearsals followed by four months of dance rehearsals with over 150 musicians, dancers, and other creatives, — all of whom were hand-picked by the artist herself.

In juggling dual roles as both the director of her live performance and the film that captured the process of making it, Beyoncé says, “It was one of the hardest jobs I have taken on but I knew that I had to push myself and my team to go beyond great to legendary. We knew nothing like this was ever done on a festival level before and it needed to be iconic beyond compare. The performance was an homage to an important part of African American culture. It had to be true to those who know and entertaining and enlightening to those who needed to learn. In making the film and re-telling the story, the purpose remained the same.”

Many in the cast; band, singers, dancers and steppers are former HBCU students, immersed in the HBCU marching band tradition. They joined Beyoncé’s own group of performers, some who have toured with her for years. Viewers not only get to see the intense dance rehearsals and talent of these amazing artists, but hear their personal journey from HBCU student to artist and the lifelong impact that comes with performing alongside Beyoncé in this historic concert.

“So many people who are culturally aware and intellectually sound are graduates from historically black colleges and universities, including my father,” she says in the film. “There is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated and protected.”

As a treat to her fans, the film also includes, in the end credits, her remake of “Before I Let Go” by Frankie Beverly and Maze, a 1981 R&B classic that’s commonly performed at HBCU games. The single will be available on the film’s soundtrack, Homecoming: The Live Album, available today from Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Records. smarturl.it/BH9102

Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé was directed and produced by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Longtime collaborator Ed Burke served as co-director. Steve Pamon and Erinn Williams are executive producers.

Set List

“Crazy In Love”

“Freedom”

“Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing”

“Formation”

“Sorry”/”Me, Myself and I”

“Kitty Kat”

“Bow Down”

“I Been On”

“Drunk In Love”

“Diva”

“Flawless” (Remix)

“Feeling Myself”

“Top Off”

“7/11”

“Don’t Hurt Yourself”

“I Care”

“Partition”

“Yoncé”

“Mi Gente (Remix)”

“Mine”

“Baby Boy”

“You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)”

“Hold Up”

“Countdown”

“Check On It”

“Déjà Vu”(featuring JAY-Z)

“Run the World (Girls)”

“Lose My Breath” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Say My Name” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Soldier” (featuring Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams)

“Get Me Bodied” (With Solange Knowles dancing)

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”

“Love On Top”

About Netflix

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About Parkwood Entertainment

Parkwood Entertainment is an entertainment and management company founded by entertainer and entrepreneur, Beyoncé in 2010. With headquarters in New York City the company houses departments in music and video production, management, marketing, digital, creative, philanthropy, fashion, publicity and a record label. Under its original name, Parkwood Pictures, in 2008, the company released the film Cadillac Records (2008), in which Beyoncé starred and co-produced. The company also released the film, Obsessed (2009), with Beyoncé as star and executive producer. Parkwood Entertainment produced The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013-2014) and The Formation World Tour (2016), and co-produced the ON THE RUN TOUR (2014) and ON THE RUN II (2018).

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Beyoncé’s Homecoming

Writers: Vaughn Lowery, Tara McDonough, Stella Iman Dugall

Every once in a while pop culture encounters a rip in its continuum. The latest breach comes from one of the most effervescent entertainers of all time, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Carter, as the first Black female to headline one of the most prolific festivals since the iconic Woodstock. Introspective yet intimate, Homecoming is positioned to be one of the most immersive concert series in the history of music and streaming services. Beyoncé, the Director and Executive Producer of the film, creates a visually captivating story from the beginning to end. The documentary answers a plethora of questions, at which the infamous Beyhive has had about the historical moment.

With intermittent quick cuts of her family before, during and after the epic performance, Beyoncé gives herself permission to exhibit her vulnerability. After all, she planned to take the stage at Coachella in 2017 before she was pregnant with her twins. The tour was postponed and we fast forward to ‘Mrs. Carter’ having to deal with the aftermath of a complicated pregnancy, which ultimately ends in a c-section. Similar to friend, and professional tennis superstar, Serena Williams, Beyoncé bounced back harder than ever after her tough pregnancy. Throughout the piece she digs deep and pummels through some of the most difficult days she has ever encountered. She even speaks to her weighing 218 lbs and how she was only able to zip her costume up after months of hard work alongside of a dedicated clean/raw food diet – no meats, carbs, sugars. The director of photography expertly captured an extremely intimate and vulnerable side to the strong and flawless Queen Bey.

Inspiration

Having family members as graduates of some of the prominent HBCU (historically black colleges and universities), Beyoncé was able to tap into the most celebrated moments of their collegiate life. Her full show not only highlighted the history of these schools but also their social networks and fraternal organizations; transforming the stage into one of the most dynamic Black Southern spaces of cultural legacy and pride. Much of it was enunciated with their boot dancing, a traditional dance style for HBCU called J-Setting, in between transitions. These dance formations visually anchored the performance. Contortionists contributed an urban Cirque du Soleil vibe to the display which can be more accurately described as an infused gumbo of Chicago (the musical), Moulin Rouge! and the Off-Broadway play Stomp. To date, the pyramid stage has been persevered onsite at this year’s Coachella as an art installation.

A group of 200 people shared the stage with Queen Bey including Jay Z, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Solange Knowles. The expansive crew that Beyonce worked and practiced with for 8 months is featured in the documentary, as each individual had their own part in making the event a success. The dancing in her set is not technical, but emotional. The crowd, as well as audiences watching the documentary at home, are meant to feel something from just the way Beyoncé and her dancers, who she handpicked herself, move with each other. The concert experience not only exhibits the immense talent of HBCU musicians but works towards using this heightened exposure to aid these institutions that have been struggling with little resources and grants since their establishment.

After the the release of Homecoming, Netflix will more than likely notice a spike in downloads/subscriptions; Beyonce will notice an increase in her fan base and HBCU enrollment rates will most likely skyrocket. Overall, most audience members will be thrashed into a world of black honor, history and preservation. While the Pew Report notes that there is a varying “black/white digital divide” concerning internet usage, (87% whites, 80% blacks), there is little divide when it comes to mobile platforms. The growth of black presence in media, such as on social media, in streaming services and more, will only continue due to the imminent success of Beyoncé’s partnership with Netflix. Her myriad of success as a dominant Black woman breaks down barriers in the same way Jordan Peele has done for young Black filmmakers across the diaspora. This will become one of the most treasured pieces of mass media and should offer encouragement to both women and minorities to bust through the glass ceiling on all fronts especially digitization and technology.

Beyoncé, Netflix, Homecoming

Illustrator: Alejandra Villagra

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YG Announces 3rd Album

YG ANNOUNCES MAY 3RD ALBUM RELEASE DATE DURING “ONE OF COACHELLA’S FINEST RAP SETS”

WATCH YG PAY TRIBUTE TO NIPSEY HUSSLE AND BRING OUT BIG SEAN, 2 CHAINZ & TYGA DURING HIS ELECTRIFYING BOACHELLA PERFORMANCE!

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“..One of the fest’s finest rap sets to date.” – Los Angeles Times

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Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa

by Tara McDonough

Looking to stay, play and vacay in Palm Springs?

Agua Caliente, Coachella Valley’s one and only lavish hotel and casino, is a sumptuous spaced resort consisting of luxury hotel rooms and various realms of entertainment and personal indulgence. Located in Rancho Mirage, California, the luxury resort has held outstanding recognition with the AAA Four Diamond for 11 consecutive years. My colleagues and I got the privilege to spend a weekend and experience the remarkable property for ourselves.

There are four room types that the resort consists of. The first is the deluxe room, which is the standard stay for the resort and stretches out to 550 sq ft. The three other room types include the 1,100 sq ft executive suite, the 1,640 sq ft presidential suite with a separate dining and living room space, and the PURE allergy friendly rooms.

Agua Caliente Resort includes 340 vastly upscale rooms accented with finely crafted spa-styled ROAM body-care amenities. The 16-story resort provides a player’s paradise with the casino offering 71,000 square feet of the Coachella Valley and greater Palm Springs area’s best gaming with table games, video poker and gaming slots. They also boast the area’s only private live poker room and high-limit gaming in an upscale, private atmosphere.

If you’re not much of a gambler, the entertainment venue, The Show, host performances and events like standup comedy, concerts and charity boxing shows. By signing up for the entertainment newsletter, you are granted access to being one of the first to be informed about upcoming events.

For those who enjoy cigars, the resort includes the Pívat Cigar Lounge, a domain of exceptional taste and comfort. The bar and lounge beckon the cigar aficionado—and those who aspire to become one—with friendly, knowledgeable cigar servers ready to recommend the perfect pairing of premium cigars with single malt Scotch and other top shelf drinks.

For serenity and relaxation, Agua Caliente houses the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Award winning Sunstone Spa. Reminiscent of the sun, the Sunstone is believed to bring life, positive energy, and abundance to those fortunate enough to carry it. Sunstone is your place to unwind, reconnect, and renew.The Sunstone Spa features a nail salon, fitness room, whirlpool, luxury spa cabanas and a lot more.

The resort offers several amazing restaurants such as Java Caliente, Waters Cafe and The Steakhouse. A favorite at the Agua Caliente is 360 Sports where guests can view sporting events on state-of-the-art wraparound digital displays for larger-than-life action. The restaurant includes over 1,200 square feet of live sports action, real time scores on giant LED sports ticker, a full service bar with 16 bar top games, draft beers on tap, plus local craft brews, and a twist on bar food favorites. They also offer the Grand Palm buffet, which serves distinctive genres of worldly cuisines. Last but not least, Agua Caliente also houses an exclusive Swarovski shop.

To reserve a space at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa, you have the option to visit the website and book online or call to reserve a room.

BLACKPINK RELEASE NEW SINGLE “KILL THIS LOVE” AND OFFICIAL VIDEO, OUT NOW!

THIS IS THE FIRST SINGLE OFF OF THEIR UPCOMING EP TITLED “KILL THIS LOVE” OUT TOMORROW ON YG ENTERTAINMENT/INTERSCOPE RECORDS

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

(Directed by Hyun Seung Seo)

STREAM HERE

BLACKPINK release their highly anticipatedKILL THIS LOVE EP today on YG Entertainment/Interscope Records.  Track listing for the five-song set is: “KILL THIS LOVE,” “Don’t Know What To Do,” “Kick It,” “Hope Not,” and “DDU-DU DDU-DU (Remix).”  KILL THIS LOVE EP is available now at all digital retailers. In addition, the official video for “KILL THIS LOVE”, directed by Hyun Seung Seo is out now, watch it HERE. Since its’ release yesterday, the single has shot up to #1 on iTunes in 35 countries with the video garnering over 26 million views on YouTube in less than 11 hours.

BLACKPINK are set to deliver a much-buzzed-about appearance as one of the top-billed acts at this year’s Coachella, making them the first K-pop girl group ever to grace the stage at the country’s premier music festival.  Following Coachella, BLACKPINK will embark on the North American leg of their world tour featuring sold-out shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, Hamilton, Newark, Atlanta and Fort Worth. Since first bursting onto the scene in 2016, BLACKPINK redefined the possibilities of K-pop, transcending all categorization and ascending to global stardom. With their unstoppably catchy single “DDU-DU DDU-DU,” the South Korean quartet shattered the record for the highest-charting Billboard Hot 100 debut by an all-female K-pop act, while its head-turning video surpassed 10 million views in just six hours and amassed 36.2 million views in one day. Discovered by YG Entertainment BLACKPINK is comprised of JISOO, JENNIE, LISA, and ROSÉ—four immensely charismatic vocalists, dancers, and burgeoning fashion icons.  Released in 2016 their debut “SQUARE ONE” quickly proved their crossover power. “SQUARE UP” was released in June 2018 release and shot to #40 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Billboard World Albums chart. Several months after “SQUARE UP” hit the charts, YG Entertainment and Interscope Records announced a global partnership for BLACKPINK, paving the way for the group’s international breakthrough.  Their fast-growing following now includes 20 million YouTube subscribers, 16.5 million Instagram followers, and 9.71 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

BLACKPINK is the first K-pop girl group to perform a world tour with a live band. Through this, BLINKs (the fan club of BLACKPINK) around the world will be able to enjoy their rich music and all the spectacle that can only be experienced at YG concerts.

 

Shop Amazon’s Curated Coachella 2019 Storefront

Amazon’s new festival-inspired storefront includes everything attendees need to make the most out of their time at Coachella – portable phone chargers, sunglasses, sunscreen, and more – available to ship to an Amazon Locker inside festival gates, at no additional cost.

Today, Amazon opened its curated storefront for the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival featuring festival essentials from categories like fashion & accessories, beauty, health & wellness, tech, and camping. Items available include sunglasses, sunscreen, pain relievers, bug spray, portable fans, disposable cameras, nail art, and more. This new festival-inspired storefront gives customers the ability to order all of their festival essentials — either in advance for delivery to their home or to an Amazon pickup point, or by shipping directly to an Amazon Locker located inside the gates of Coachella.

The curated Coachella storefront on amazon.com offers festival essentials approved by Coachella for delivery to an Amazon Locker inside the festival gates. The store features an array of items to help customers make the most out of their experience, from categories like fashion & accessories, beauty, health & wellness, tech, and camping. Items available include sunglasses, sunscreen, pain relievers, bug spray, portable fans, disposable cameras, nail art, and more. Customers can shop and ship these festival essentials at amazon.com/Coachella.

“Our Amazon festival storefront is a one-stop shop for Coachella attendees. From functional items like sunscreen and hand sanitizer, to trendy accessories like instant-print cameras and aviator sunglasses, we’ve got festival-goers covered,” said Patrick Supanc, Amazon Worldwide Director of Lockers and Pickup. “Combined with the first-ever Amazon Lockers located inside the festival grounds, we are helping attendees spend less time worrying about packing and more time enjoying the experience of a lifetime that is Coachella.”

Coachella 2019 takes place across two weekends in April: Weekend 1 is April 12-14 and Weekend 2 is April 19-21. Amazon shipping timelines for these dates are as follows:

  • From now until Thursday, April 11, customers can plan ahead and order their festival essentials to their home, nearest Amazon Locker, or just about anywhere else.
  • Beginning Thursday, April 11 at 6 a.m. PT, customers can shop and ship directly to an Amazon Locker located within festival grounds. The deadline to place orders for delivery during Weekend 1 is Sunday, April 14 at Noon PT.
  • Customers attending the second weekend of Coachella can ship directly to the festival starting on Thursday, April 18 at 6 a.m. PT. The deadline to place orders for delivery during Weekend 2 is Sunday, April 21 at Noon PT.
  • Orders placed by Noon PT on festival days (April 12-14 and April 19-21) will receive same-day delivery at no additional cost. All packages must be picked up before each festival weekend ends. Only Coachella pass holders will have access to the Amazon Lockers located within festival grounds.

Shipping to an Amazon Locker at Coachella is easy. During checkout, starting April 11 at 6 a.m. PT, customers will select one of the Amazon Lockers named “Coachella,” all located in zip code 92201, as their shipping address. Once their package is ready for pickup, customers will receive an e-mail with a barcode that they’ll use to pick up their package from one of the Amazon Lockers located within the venue. Amazon team members will be onsite to answer any questions from customers picking up their packages.

To celebrate the first-ever appearance of Amazon Lockers at Coachella, Amazon is giving away two VIP passes to Weekend 2 of the festival, as well as $3,000 for travel and accommodation. The winner and a guest will get to see their favorite artists and experience an Amazon Locker at Coachella firsthand. Customers interested in entering can visit amazon.com/Coachellagiveaway for more details and the official rules. The winner will be awarded by a random drawing to be held on or about April 6, 2019.

Amazon Lockers are available in more than 900 cities and towns across the U.S. as an alternative, secure, and convenient delivery option available at no additional cost. Amazon Lockers are one of the many pickup points that Amazon offers to bring the ultimate convenience to customers. Other pickup points include AmazonPickup Locations in neighborhoods, cities and campuses across the U.S., and Hub by Amazon for apartment buildings.

For more information about Amazon Lockers at Coachella, visit amazon.com/Coachella.

In addition, Amazon has worked with actress and musician Vanessa Hudgens to shop the store and select her favorite items that she plans to wear to this year’s festival (see below).  

Amazon is also giving away two VIP passes to Weekend 2 of the sold-out festival, as well as $3,000 for travel and accommodation. Those interested in entering can visit amazon.com/Coachellagiveaway for more details.

“It’s no secret that Coachella is one of my favorite events of the year. I am pretty good at making sure I have all the essentials but it never fails that I forget something. That’s why I’m so excited to be partnering with Amazon this year – they’ll have lockers in the festival grounds to make it easier to order something if I forget to pack it.” says Vanessa Hudgens.

Vanessa Hudgens’ Festival Essentials

About Amazon

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SG LEWIS X CLAIRO

SG LEWIS X CLAIRO NEW SINGLE ‘THROWAWAY’ OUT NOW TAKEN FROM FINAL CHAPTER OF CONCEPT ALBUM
DUSK, DARK, DAWN

TO PERFORM AT COACHELLA FESTIVAL APRIL 12 & 19
OPENING FOR JADEN SMITH AT SHRINE EXPO HALL IN LOS ANGELES ON APRIL 16

LISTEN
“THROWAWAY”

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
04/12 – Coachella Festival – Indio, CA
04/16 – Shrine Expo Hall – Los Angeles, CA – TICKETS*
04/19 – Coachella Festival – Indio, CA
*supporting Jaden Smith

Today, British producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist SG Lewis released his brand new collaborative single with Clairo ‘Throwaway’ via Casablanca/Republic Records in North America. The track follows ‘Blue’ as the second to come from ‘Dawn’, the third and final installment of his hugely ambitious three-part concept album Dusk, Dark, Dawn, out later this year.

‘Throwaway’ is the second collaborative track between SG and rising viral US star Clairo, after last summer’s breakthrough track ‘Better’. Clairo’s honeyed vocals on ‘Throwaway’ are perfectly framed by SG’s intimate, downtempo production; “Clairo is one of my favorite artists to work with, and a good friend of mine” says SG: “Throwaway was written in LA one evening – we were both super tired and had some shit going on in our respective personal lives. We sat and talked for ages, and after that Throwaway flowed out in no time at all. Clairo is such a special artist and an incredible songwriter, and I’m super proud of this song.”

Dusk, Dark,Dawn chronicles the trajectory of a night out through its different moods and genres and serves as a tribute to club and youth culture. While Dusk (released earlier in 2018) blended disco, smooth electro and funk and Dark explored distinctly heavier yet still diverse sounds, Dawn is a sonic embodiment of those euphoric sunrise moments and the feeling of togetherness at the end of a night well spent.

It’s been an incredible six months for SG Lewis that has seen the artist sell-out venues across the US, Asia and Europe. Dark lead single ‘Hurting’ has continued to grow, hitting No.1 on the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay Chart two weeks ago, and with SG set to play a prime slot at this year’s Coachella, he continues to cement his status as not just one of London’s hottest new talents but also a formidable artist capable of making a splash on both sides of the Atlantic.

SG has previously collaborated with Col3trane, Raye, Ray BLK, The Neptunes/N.E.R.D’s Chad Hugo, Gerd Janson, Conducta and more as well as producing Dave’s ‘100M’s’ proving his worth as one of the most respected and prolific musicians from the UK and a producer capable of working outside of genre and style.

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ABOUT CASABLANCA RECORDS
Casablanca Records, the legendary label of the 70’s, defined the sound of its era. During the infamous days of Studio 54, Casablanca launched the careers of artists such as Kiss, Parliament, Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder. Re-launched by Republic Records executive vice president Rob Stevenson, the label now focuses on Dance and Electronic music. Working with a global roster of both established superstars and emerging new talent, Casablanca Records is home to Stromae, ALMA, Kungs, Martin Solveig, Tiësto, Felix Jaehn, SG Lewis, Netsky and Phantoms.

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Florence + the Machine, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Jacquees, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd, Belly, NAV), Young Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye, The Dream), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records, and Universal Music Latin Entertainment.  In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR, The Four), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

MOST INSTAWORTHY LOCATIONS

The Most Hashtagged Places In America
  • PlayPicks reveal that Disneyland in Anaheim is the USA’s favourite place to pap an Instaworthy photograph
  • Miami Beach has been shared 8,673,724 times on Instagram, making it the most hashtagged beach and second most hashtagged place overall in America
  • New study shows men have a more active social (media) life, admitting to sharing online multiple times a day whilst on holiday

 In 2019, if you don’t take a photo it’s like it never happened. Social platforms like Instagram act as outlets which let us explore places we’ve never seen before – one search of a hashtag and you’ll have everything at your fingertips. But where are the most tagged places in America?

New research from entertainment experts PlayPicks uncovers the most shared locations in the USA, delving into categories from beaches to arenas and festivals, to uncover the most Instagrammable hotspots in the US. Alongside this, PlayPicks ran a survey of the US public to reveal just how reliant the nation is on social media, in particular when it comes to travelling.

Top 5 Most Hashtagged Places in the U.S

Playpicks have scoured Instagram to find the top 20 hashtagged places spanning over nine different categories. These are the top five most hashtagged locations overall in the U.S for Instagrammers: 

  • Disneyland Anaheim – Not just where dreams come true, but also where hashtags are made. Disneyland was built in 1955 and has since received 19,783,733 Insta shares. Considering the fact that they had an estimated attendance last year of 18.3 million, it’s of no surprise that it’s the most hashtagged location in America. It’s sister park in Florida, Disneyland Magic Kingdom, takes the second spot on the most hashtagged list at 9,400,298 posts.
  • Miami Beach – This man-made beach has 8,673,724 shares on Instagram, making it the most Instagrammed beach in the US – and with 15.22 square miles of beautiful, golden sand and relaxation, it’s easy to see why you can’t help but take one for your grid.
  • Central Park – One of two of New York’s offerings in the top 10 list (the other being Times Square) is its first major landscape park. The park’s construction started in 1857 and upon its completion, it became one of the most popular tourist destinations – having approximately 40 million visitors a year and 6,104,544 shares on Instagram.

The Influence of Influencers 

In the age of the influencer, Instagram has a more direct effect on our everyday choices. PlayPicks surveyed the US public to uncover how much of an influence social media really has on our travel decisions and experiences:

  • The majority of male respondents (45%) admitted to taking holiday inspiration solely from influencer posts on social media rather than their friends. Only 22% of women said they would listen to just an influencer, instead 50% would balance their decision based on both friends and influencers.
  • Men care the most about getting the perfect snap for the ‘gram – on average, men spend 20.28 minutes getting a picture just right before uploading it, while women spend only 14.67 minutes.
  • Although 49% of respondents said they solely take photos for themselves, 26% said they do it for social media – this was preferred over taking snaps for family and friends, which only 24% claimed was their primary reason for documenting their trips.

To explore the rest of America’s favourite social media destinations, search the interactive tool and find the most hashtagged places in America here.

Your Music Calendar For 2019

If you have a ‘just take my money’ approach to music festivals and events each year, then putting money aside well in advance is probably advised when there are so many events to choose from. Creating a calendar with the events you’re most looking forward to, or have just penciled in out of curiosity, is the best way of allotting your hard-earned money. 

With plenty of festivals and events on American soil, it’s worth taking a broader look, particularly if you happen to be a music fanatic with wanderlust. With that in mind, here’s a look at some interesting and big events across the globe this year. 

The USA music scene

It almost seems controversial to call Coachella an ‘indie festival’ when artists like Ariana Grande are headlining it nowadays. However, with some nostalgia-fueling throwbacks such as Weezer, Aphex Twin and Wiz Khalifa taking the stage it’s one that’s worth putting yourself down on the waiting list if you enjoy your indie served with plenty of sunshine and glitter. Dress up your most glittering and outlandish outfits when heading to Coachella.

The UK music scene

The UK has a long history of producing exciting and innovative artists (just a few small names like David Bowie, The Beatles, and Adele). BBC Radio 1 even helped propel artists like Lana Del Rey into the mainstream, and British radio stations have exported many of our artists onto American soil over the generations. British music has also influenced American music, too, with the likes of The British Invasion. 

Octavian is the name currently on everyone’s lips, and if you make a trip over he has plenty of dates across all of the UK’s major cities. If you go to see him in his native London, or any other great UK artists for that matter, make sure to check out ticket prices before they sell out.

London, however, is not all about concerts but also musicals and theater nights. Popular London musicals such as the Book of Mormon have been taking audiences and the press by storm and are well worth dropping in to see. 

Music festivals such as V Festival, Reading and Glastonbury are also consistently star-studded events, if sometimes a little muddy. 

The German music scene

If techno music is a secret passion of yours, then you won’t be surprised to hear that the Germans have that covered. Time Warp is a high-energy festival that’s dedicated to all things techno and dance. Getting your blood pumping over in Europe is also a great opportunity to get out and see some culture too, depending on how techno-crazy you are. 

The Spanish music scene

Sun? Check. Beach? Check. A wide range of music royalty and up-and-comers? Check. Lana Del Rey joins a stellar line-up at the FIB Benicassim festival in sunny Spain. Jumping crowds and streamers make this the ideal summer getaway festival for those who want to hear some familiar sounds and maybe pick up a few new names. Music and sangria on the sand is a combination that’s well worth making a note of in your calendar. 

Traveling for your festival or gig fix is the perfect combination of partying, music and vacations. You might also get to see some of your favorite performers who haven’t yet announced a US tour, or who might not for a long while.

COACHELLA 2019

Coachella returns to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA for two weekends set for April 12th  14th and April 19th 21st. Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande will headline both weekends. (Full lineup as of January 2nd below).
Passes for Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival go on sale Friday, January 4 at 11 AM PT at coachella.com, while supplies last. All taxes, shipping and fees are included in listed pass prices.