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Zjál to Release First Single

Pop and R&B artist Zjál is set to release her brand new single, “Home,” later this month and we can’t wait. The singer’s pop-filled-soul sound is intoxicating and is sure to be hit. More info on Zjál and her new music below!

Zjál grew up on a secluded farm in Adelaide, Australia. Her heritage is Lebanese, yet her family held a progressive outlook. Zjál naturally gravitated to the arts growing up. “Creating is my drug, words are my remedy.” Needing a way to express herself and escape, music became the form of connection which breaks all barriers for Zjál.

The EP, also named “Home,” is set to come out later this year and has a beautifully interwoven mix of sensual, strong, and fun elements. The first single off the EP, “Home” definitely shows Zjál’s sensitive and vulnerable side. “Home is a love song, about longing to be back in my lover’s arms after having to travel and be apart to follow my dreams, when the world gets too loud all I long for is being with the man I love. Nothing means anything without love.” The song also represents Zjál’s inner sanctuary and meditative state, the place she can retreat and feel safe.

“This EP has been a rebirth for me,” Zjál shares. “Through the process of creating it, I’ve awoken to trust and faith—it feels like a rebirth. This music has helped me take walls down in order to make truthful music. Only when you’re vulnerable can you connect with people, and that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.” Zjál hopes for “Home” to be the first step of her music creating a career of longevity and connection with others.

Above all, Zjál’s main goal as an artist is to reach a position in her career where her presence “can elevate vibrations and contribute to a higher state of consciousness.” She aims to live her truth and be a positive influence in the world. Staying true to her own beliefs, Zjál’s message to her fans is to always stay unique to her you were were born to be. “Rebel against programmed consciousness. Remain authentically yourself.”

Check her on Instagram: @zjalofficial

Germs In Your Home Bathroom

Public restrooms are unsanitary, but a new study from SafeHome.orgGerms In Your Home Bathroom – show that bacteria in our own homescan lead to serious health issues.

More than 500 people were surveyed (274 women and 230 men) and a surface culture analysis was performed on a range of bathroom surfaces.

Here are some of the key findings:

·81% of men and 73% of women urinate in the shower

·Fecal matter is found in tooth brush bristles

·57% of respondents have found mold on their shower curtains. Mold can cause death.

·4-times per month versus 2.8 times for men

To learn the most dangerous surfaces and tips to mitigate health risks, please view the entire report by clicking: Germs In Your Home Bathroom.

Reebok’s Swizz Beatz 2018 DMX Series 2000

Just today Reebok Classic launched their SwizzBeatz 2018 DMC Series 2000 and it is getting some serious attention.

The inspiration for this head-turning pair of kicks is done by the rapper himself Swizz Beatz . Using colors of purple, orange, and blue it is no wonder why this pair of killer kicks is being talked about.

Not only does this design reveal something unique to the public, but it reflects Swizz’s artistic abilities as he applies the same artistic skills in the music industry. So, wait…Not only is he talented in music, but in designing as well? I sense some double threat–watch out folks!

As a way to promote this pair of sneakers, Reebok shot striking content of the rapper in the comfort of his own home–a place where he relaxes and gets creative.

The promotion of this can be found here if you have not yet seen it–speechless.

The message of his promotional video is that he surrounds himself with art that is considered “disruptive.” Something that he personally admires as inspirational, bold, and absolute daring.

“I wanted to do something with Reebok that was different than what we’ve done together in the past. I wanted to celebrate the ‘disrupters’ aka the Disruptive Kind on all levels,” says Beatz.

Dying to grab a hold of these kicks?  Your wish is my command. Click here to purchase them today for $140 (P.S. an orange colorway drops Friday, August 3rd)

Kirby Chambliss × Hot Air Balloons

Pilot takes to stunning skies to mark National Hot Air Balloon Day in style.

Kirby Chambliss switched chicanes for hot air balloons in a novel and eye-catching display to mark National Hot Air Balloon Day.

Some 99 years after Indianapolis Motor Speedway held its first event, a hot air balloon race, the Red Bull Air Race pilot commemorated the anniversary in some style. Here is all you need to know:

  • The display was put on from his Phoenix, Arizona, home – he has a runway in his back garden – with a series of hot air balloons set up on the ground akin to pylons for him to weave through.
  • The American pilot then took to the skies as the balloons were released and showed some of the aerobatic skills, which have made him one of the world’s leading pilots by swerving in, out and above the balloons.
  • Of the venture, he said: “The reason we did it is because the up-and-coming race in the United States will be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the very first event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a hot air balloon race. Weaving back and forth between the balloons is a bit different than doing that around our pylons because the balloons are quite a bit wider, and you can’t hit the balloons!”
  • Chambliss currently lies eighth in the Red Bull Air Race Championship with a podium finish in the opening round in Abu Dhabi.
  • He will compete on American soil, where he is a two-time race winner, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on October 6-7 for its round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
  • The 58-year-old is a two-time world champion in the series having been crowned in both 2004 and 2006. He also boasts 10 race victories.
  • Growing up, he was a motocross rider but always dreamt of being a pilot and, aged 24, became the youngest ever commercial pilot for Southwest Airlines. Four years later, he was a captain. He fuelled aircraft growing up to earn enough money to fly himself.
  • He is married to a fellow pilot, Kellie, and lives on a ranch aptly named Flying Crown Ranch.

Discover more Red Bull Air Race content HERE.

Dark Sky Movement

Once monthly from May through October Holiday River Expeditions (http://www.bikeraft.com/) shares the mystery and romance of the Dark Sky with star-struck guests who are participating in one of this veteran travel company’s 2018 Stargazing adventures.

“It’s easy to get excited about this special trip series. Seeing how it has deepened our guests’ understanding and our guides’ awareness of the night sky is reason enough to offer these trips,” said Lauren Wood, Holiday Trip Director. “The inexplicable boundlessness you feel staring up at the stars is just a bonus.”

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Outdoorsy Expands 

Outdoorsy Expands to Canada – Bringing the RV Sharing Economy to Millions of Canadians

Outdoorsy and Aviva Canada team up to bring an RV peer-to-peer marketplace to Canadians coast to coast.

Outdoorsy, the largest and most-trusted RV rental marketplace, announces its launch to all Canadians today. Both RV owners and renters alike can now travel across Canada or the USA in motor-homes, camper-vans, travel trailers and adventure vehicles facilitated through the Outdoorsy platform.

Outdoorsy is widely recognized as the market leader in the sharing economy and known for its customer service, highest 5-star ratings & reviews, comprehensive insurance coverage, bank-level secure online payments and optional roadside assistance and GPS tracking.

The company is bringing that same commitment to Canada by opening offices and employing Canadians in customer service, marketing and bilingual sales positions.

“I’m a proud Canadian, born and bred. The company was started in my home in Vancouver Canada but scaled in the United States. We’re pumped to finally launch it with Aviva, the best insurance partner bringing insurance solutions to Canadians from coast to coast,” says Jen Young, Outdoorsy chief marketing officer. “This is an incredibly special homecoming for me.”

Aviva Canada has underwritten a $2 million third party liability insurance program in partnership with Outdoorsy and backed the company’s launch in Canada.

The partnership between Aviva and Outdoorsy introduces an insurance solution representing the height of innovation in the sharing economy. RV owners can now turn their parked RV into profit centers by earning extra income renting to other campers through Outdoorsy with insurance coverage included at no extra charge.

“We’re excited to team up with Outdoorsy because they are the most reputable and sustainable partner in this business, winning the hearts and minds of RV enthusiasts,” says Daniel Ignoto, Aviva Canada vice president of lifestyle personal insurance. “We’re both committed to building products that have long-term value for our customers and support the way they’d like to travel.”

“Outdoorsy’s Canadian RV insurance solution and dedicated Canadian support team provides the same quality experience that we are known for in the United States,” says Jeff Cavins, Outdoorsy CEO.

The Outdoorsy platform offers RV renters the opportunity to:

  • Easily search and book a broad variety of RVs personally cared for by their owners that suit a variety of tastes and needs
  • Communicate directly with owners who want to share their knowledge and often assist with advice and road trip itineraries
  • Save money and enjoy more frequent, unique vacations as RVing is a cost-effective way to travel
  • Travel fully insured and with peace of mind under an automatic insurance coverage

RV owners, on the other hand, can:

  • Earn up to $46,000 per year renting their RV(s)
  • List their RV for free through a simple step-by-step process
  • Handpick pre-qualified renters through profiles, ratings and reviews and remain in complete control of who rents
  • Set rates and availability and accept bookings they are comfortable with
  • Receive secure payments made directly into their bank account
  • Be part of a community of other knowledgeable RV owners

To list your RV, rent an RV or to find out more, please visit: ca.outdoorsy.com.

For more information about RV insurance coverage, please contact an Aviva broker or visit aviva.ca/RVsharing.​

 About Outdoorsy:
Outdoorsy is the largest and most trusted marketplace on the planet with hundreds of thousands of rental days, 1+ million message exchanges between RV owners and renters and a rapidly expanding global fleet of unique outdoor vehicles.  We’re mobilizing the 16 million idle RVs around the world, ensuring everyone has the access, choice and opportunity to safely enjoy outdoor recreational vehicle travel. We’re empowering RV owners to realize life-changing financial benefits. For more information, please visit www.outdoorsy.comca.outdoorsy.com.

 About Aviva Canada:
Aviva Canada is one of the leading property and casualty insurance groups in the country providing home, automobile, leisure/lifestyle and business insurance to 2.9 million customers. As a subsidiary of UK-based Aviva plc, the company has more than 4,000 employees focused on creating a bright and sustainable future for their customers and communities.

Aviva Canada invests in positive change through the Aviva Community Fund, Canada’s longest running online community funding competition. Since its inception in 2009, the Aviva Community Fund has awarded $8.5 million to over 280 charities and community groups nationwide. Aviva Canada, bringing over 300 years of good thinking and insurance solutions to Canadians from coast-to-coast.  

For more information, visit aviva.ca.

Dreamville’s Lute

DREAMVILLE’S LUTE RELEASES VISUAL FOR HIS NEW SINGLE “JUGGIN”


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Lute “Juggin’” eSingle

Retail: http://smarturl.it/JugginLute

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About Lute

Born in West Charlotte, North Carolina, Luther “Lute” Nicholson’s hip-hop awakening happened at 7 years old. His older brother was heading off to basic training in the Army and entrusted him to look after his prized CD collection. A budding visual artist who spent all his free time drawing and doodling, young Lute had no interest in his big bro’s stash, but one day, curiosity got the best of him.

​“There was a treasure trove of stuff that I had never heard,” he recalls excitedly. “Outkast, Goodie Mob, Tupac, Biggie, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Pastor Troy, 3-6 Mafia… It wasn’t until I scavenged through all of it that I realized I had been missing out on a lot.”

​The year was 1996, and things were rapidly changing in the historically Black Beatties Ford neighborhood where Lute grew up. From the drugs being sold on the corners to the escalating police violence, the reality of his surroundings was becoming too much to bear. Hip-hop somehow helped the youngster make sense of it all.  

​Lute was 13 when he decided to try his hand at writing some raps. Coaxed into it by his friends Jimmy Kelso and Allan whose older brother was already a popular rapper in high school, the entering freshmen created a crew of their own. “Early on, I was terrible,” he admits, “But the more I did it, the more I really liked this second outlet I had to express myself in ways that I couldn’t through art.”

​The trio practiced religiously; rhyming over instrumentals they downloaded from the J. Armz How To Be An MC series. They eventually recorded their first mixtape, burned a bunch of CDs and distributed them to their friends. “Everybody was feeling it,” says Lute. “We liked the recognition we were getting at school but at the time we weren’t thinking anything bigger than that.”

​It wasn’t until near the end of 12th grade that he began to take things more seriously. Kicked out of school for insubordination and struggling to complete his GED at a local community college, the misunderstood 17-year-old had no choice but to grow up quick. He opted to put his faith in his expanding skills and instead of hitting the books, focused on elevating his lyrical content and flow.

​In 2010, he met up with fellow microphone fiend, SchylerChaise, and discussed forming a Voltron-like collective of likeminded MCs who would support one another on the come up. Lute brought in his old pal Jimmy Kelso and SchylerChaise invited his buddy High I’m Ry. Together they became Forever FC.

​“It was a brotherhood,” Lute explains. “We were all independent artists working on our own projects but we had each other’s backs.” The four-man squad made enough noise during their five-year tenure to grace the cover of Creative Loafing Charlotte and garner national coverage from The Fader, Complex and The Source magazines.

In the midst, Lute dropped his first solo mixtape, West 1996, in early 2012. Recorded in a basement over beats he found on YouTube, the critically acclaimed project swiftly caught the attention of legendary hip-hop producer, Pete Rock, who retweeted it to his followers, and North Carolina rap star J. Cole, who tracked him down after discovering the tape on 2DopeBoyz.com.

“I named the project West 1996 because I’m from the west and I fell in love with hip-hop in 1996,” Lute reveals. “I recreated the Nas cover because I felt like this was gonna be my ’hood’s Illmatic. My perspective was just talking about growing up and the music I loved. I didn’t expect anything from it, but all of a sudden, out of nowhere, it blew up.”

Retweets and likes weren’t paying the bills, though. And with a baby on the way, Lute went underground, taking a menial job at the airport fueling planes to make ends meet. Almost three years went by before fans heard from the promising young rapper again. But when he finally resurfaced, he had the long-awaited follow-up to his debut in hand and ready to go.

“Everybody was asking where the music was so I decided to give people an idea of what I’d been going through the last few years,” he says. “I had a lot of things to write about and started creating songs on the job. I had also decided that this was gonna be my last project ever, so I went all out and poured my heart into it.”

Lute sent raw copies of West 1996 Pt. II to a few of his closest peeps and associates, including Dreamville filmmaker Scott Lazer, who passed it along to the boss. The night before the release date, Lute got a text from J. Cole saying he’d heard and loved the album and wanted to help take it to another level. The two spoke, and much to the dismay of his fans, Lute ended up holding the project.

That summer, J. Cole invited the talented wordsmith to join the Forest Hills Drive Tour for a couple of weeks “to see how things work” behind the scenes. His Dilla-produced head nodder, “Still Slummin’,” was included on the Revenge Of The Dreamers II Dreamville compilation, and by the end of 2015, it was announced that Lute was officially on Dreamville Records.

Although West 1996 Pt. II was already finished when Lute got signed, it was riddled with delays due to sample clearance issues. So the artist went back to the drawing board, tweaking song structures, swapping out instrumentals and redoing hooks to make it feel fresh. “It’s come a long way,” he remarks.

The contemporary throwback album features soulful production contributions from GRAMMY-winner Cam O’bi (“Ford’s Prayer” and “Premonition” feat. Earthgang), alongside Shiggy (“Home” feat. Elevator Jay and “Git Up’ feat. GQ), Elite (“Ambitions”) and Save Allen (“Morning Shift“, “Crabs In A Barrel“ and “Livin’ Life” feat. High I’m Ry). The single “Juggin’,” also produced by Save Allen, serves as a metaphor for how the artist has approached his 28 years on the planet.

“It’s about finessing your way through life,” explains Lute. “My mom was always the one always telling me to watch my circle, don’t get involved with the wrong crowd, and do things the right way,” he recounts. “Meanwhile my dad was like, ‘forget that, you gotta get out there to figure out how life works.’ I’ve always just tried to find that balance.”