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New Era x Spike Lee New York Yankees Championship Collection

Today, international sports and lifestyle brand, New Era Cap Co., Inc., and renowned film director Spike Lee unveil the New Era x Spike Lee New York Yankees Championship Collection. The line features seven unique designs that pay tribute to the unmatched 27 World Series Championships of the New York Yankees. The New Era x Spike Lee New York Yankees Championship Collection will be available on www.neweracap.com and at select headwear retailers for a price range of $42.99-$51.99 USD. 

“We are honored to work with Spike Lee on the New Era x Spike Lee New York Yankees Championship Collection, our largest combined collection to date, which celebrates the New York Yankees 27 World Series titles,” said Tim Shanahan, Director of Baseball at New Era Cap. ”The Yankees logo has become a symbol that extends beyond sports, into entertainment and culture, and this collection celebrates the team’s iconic status.”

Available in seven different designs, these 59FIFTY® fitted caps feature either baseball bats or gloves that represent each year the Yankees won the World Series, as well as a sweatband that reads, “A Spike Lee Joint designed for New Era.”

ABOUT NEW ERA CAP: 

New Era Cap Co., Inc. is an international lifestyle brand with an authentic sports heritage that dates back over 99 years. Best known for being the official on-field cap for Major League Baseball and the National Football League, New Era Cap is the brand of choice not only for its headwear collections, but also for its accessories and apparel lines for men, women and youth. The brand is worn as a symbol of self-expression by athletes, artists and some of the most interesting people around the globe. New Era Cap encourages people to truly express their personal style and individuality through its products. The Company is headquartered in Buffalo, NY and is marketed and distributed in over 125 countries through its affiliate offices in London, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Cologne, Shanghai, Barcelona, Seoul, Melbourne, Toronto, and Bologna.  For more information, visit www.neweracap.com.

Laura Harrier In Ethical Louis Vuitton Gown

BLACKKKLANSMAN’S LAURA HARRIER WOWS IN BESPOKE ETHICAL LOUIS VUITTON GOWN AT THE 91ST ACADEMY AWARDS® REPRESENTING
SUZY AMIS CAMERON’S RED CARPET GREEN DRESS INITIATIVE


As a partner with Suzy Amis Cameron’s celebrated Red Carpet Green Dress (RCGD) campaign,  BlacKkKlansman lead actress Laura Harrier, wowed the crowd as she arrived to the 91st Academy Awards ® wearing bespoke ethical gown made by Louis Vuitton.

Harrier’s gown was created in the Louis Vuitton’s Paris atelier with an ethical and eco-responsible approach established with long-time verified suppliers. The gown is made of TARONI SPA blue crepe silk certified by the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), which is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria.

The handmade embroidery by Vermont Paris required more than 450 hours of work, and is made of glass beads, Swarovski crystal shards and sequins respecting the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, an international quality label for harmless textiles.

To qualify as a RCGD eco-conscious garment, each piece must either be made from sustainable materials, including organic, recycled or repurposed fibers. Other features include using hand-made detailing or incorporating natural dye processing, with a dedicated focus on minimal negative impact on the environment, and environmentally and socially responsible design.

This year makes the 10th anniversary of RCGD, and in honor of this, the sustainable criteria will be overseen by Good On You, a new partner of RCGD. Good On You is the world’s leading rating system on ethical and sustainable fashion to assist people in making positive shopping choices–all delivered through an accessible app.

Amis Cameron launched RCGD back in 2009, with the intention to create awareness for the importance of sustainable practices in fashion.  Each year, RCGD works with international designers to create sustainable eveningwear to showcase during the Academy Awards®.

Also supporting the sustainable lifestyle are RCGD 2019 partners TESLA, Absolut Elyx and AKA luxury serviced residencies, a vibrant destination featuring exquisite residences designed for stays of 31 days or longer. It is because of their help along with annual contests that financial security can be provided to MUSE School CA. MUSE School CA is an environmental non-profit educational organization Amis Cameron founded in Calabasas, Calif. with her sister Rebecca Amis. This assistance enables students to access a transformative educational experience. MUSE School CA ensures smaller class sizes, personalized instruction and learning practices; all set within an inspiring and beautiful campus. Through these key elements, MUSE School CA paves the way in creating leaders of the future. For more information, go to www.museschool.org.

For more information please visit: http://www.redcarpetgreendress.com.

ABOUT RED CARPET GREEN DRESS

Red Carpet Green Dress is an internationally recognized organization that combines the worlds of fashion and sustainability. Currently in its tenth year, the campaign was conceived  by Suzy Amis Cameron during the press tour for her husband, James Cameron’s film “Avatar”. Her hope is to draw attention to the importance of more sustainable practices in fashion by challenging designers from around the world to think about fashion in an eco-friendly context. The campaign also raises funds for MUSE School CA, a non-profit educational organization that Amis Cameron co-founded with her sister Rebecca Amis, in Calabasas, California.

ABOUT SUZY AMIS CAMERON

Suzy Amis Cameron is an actress, environmental advocate, and author of OMD: The Simple, Plant-Based Program to Save Your Health, Save Your Waistline and Save the Planet. She was inspired to create RCGD back in 2009 on her husband, James Cameron’s press tour for “AVATAR”. She wanted to challenge designers to think about fashion in an eco-conscious context.  Since RCGD’s inception, a variety of celebrities have represented the initiative at the Oscars, including Emma Roberts (Scream Queens), Sophie Turner (X-Men, Game of Thrones), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Gina Rodriguez (Annihilation, Jane the Virgin), Priyanka Bose (Lion), Kellan Lutz (Twilight), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Zoey Deutch (The Set Up), Camila Alves, Jake McDorman (American Sniper), Missi Pyle (Gone Girl), and many others. To date, the brands who have partnered and supported RCGD range from TESLA, Vivienne Westwood and Armani, to ESMOD, Reformation, Swarovski, among others. www.omdfortheplanet.com

ABOUT LAURA HARRIER

A native of Chicago, Laura Harrier began her career at 17 as an international fashion model where she traveled the world and graced the pages of Elle, Glamour, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, and others. Upon moving to New York to study acting at William Esper Studios, she shortly thereafter landed principal roles in the AMC pilot “Galyntine” and the HBO pilot “Codes of Conduct” directed by Steve McQueen. She made her screen debut in Richard LaGravenese’s film The Last Five Years and last year she starred as “Liz Allan” opposite Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming. This year, Harrier stars in Spike Lee’s new movie, “BlacKkKlansman,” opposite John David Washington and Corey Hawkins that is currently nominated for six Academy Awards.  Currently, Harrier can be seen as the face of Louis Vuitton in their latest campaign and has also joined the Bulgari family as one of the Brand’s Ambassadors for the second consecutive year.

ABOUT LOUIS VUITTON
Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has brought unique designs to the world, combining innovation with style, always aiming for the finest quality. Today, the House remains faithful to the spirit of its founder, Louis Vuitton, who invented a genuine “Art of Travel” through luggage, bags and accessories which were as creative as they were elegant and practical. Since then, audacity has shaped the story of Louis Vuitton. Faithful to its heritage, Louis Vuitton has opened its doors to architects, artists and designers across the years, all the while developing disciplines such as ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, watches, jewelry, and fragrance. These carefully created products are testament to Louis Vuitton’s commitment to fine craftsmanship. For further information: www.louisvuitton.com

CHEMICAL BROTHERS SHARE NEW VIDEO FOR “GOT TO KEEP ON”

The Chemical Brothers have released a stunning video for their euphoric new single, Got To Keep On, directed by genius auteurs Michel and Olivier Gondry. For the video, Michel and Olivier Gondry put a group of loose-limbed dancers into a darkened studio, turned up the music and created an ultra-trippy, surrealist version of Soul Train. Michel Gondry previously directed envelope pushing videos for The Chemical Brothers’ singles Let Forever Be Star Guitar and Go. View the video HERE.

The third track taken from The Chemical Brothers’ forthcoming album No Geography, which will be released on April 12 by Astralwerks, is an irresistible liquid disco number that’s sat at the heart of The Chemical Brothers’ globe-spanning, mind-bending live shows for the past year. Rolling Stone praised the song, calling it an ecstatic throwback.

The album pre-order is underway now at https://TheChemicalBrothers.lnk.to/NoGeography. Fans who pre-order No Geography in digital format will instantly receive Got To Keep On plus the previously released tracks MAH and Free Yourself. No Geography will also be available on vinyl. A limited edition 12 vinyl of Free Yourself MAH vinyl is now available for pre-order at the Astralwerks store.

The British duo will take their deeply psychedelic live show across the globe in a series of arena shows and festival headlines following the album’s release. In North America, they will headline the Corona Capital Guadalajara Festival on May 11 and play a sold-out May 12 concert at Pepsi Center WTC in Mexico City. Limited tickets remain for the two Los Angeles dates May 15 at Shrine Expo Hall and May 16 at the Greek Theatre and their May 17 show at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The Black Madonna will join as special guest for the U.S. shows. See below for full itinerary and tickets, including international dates.

No Geography is The Chemical Brothers’ ninth studio album. It follows their GRAMMY nominated 2015 album, Born In the Echoes, which Pitchfork praised as some of the best pure pop songs Rowlands and Simons have ever made. The Chemical Brothers have sold more than 12 million albums and six million singles worldwide. They have had six No. 1 albums in the U.K. and were the first electronic act ever to receive a GRAMMY winning in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category for Block Rockin Beats the first of their four GRAMMY wins.

Hermosa Beach “La La Land” Day

Hermosa Beach will celebrate its starring role in the Academy Award®-‐winning film “La La Land” and the City’s historical connection to jazz by celebrating “La La Land” Day at the Beach on Oct. 27. Magical moments in the popular musical featured a sunset stroll on the Hermosa Beach Pier and jazz performances at the City’s Lighthouse Café.

Hosted by the City of Hermosa Beach and Kinecta Federal Credit Union, “La La Land” Day at the Beach will feature performances by the Lou Giovanetti Jazz Orchestra and professional dancers from 5-7 p.m. Friends of the Parks will then provide a free screening of the award-winning movie on a beachfront screen.

The 12 vintage-style street lamps that lit the Hermosa Beach Pier in the movie will be returned to the pier to re-create the lighting for scene in the movie when actor Ryan Gosling’s walked on the pier and performed a few verses of the Academy Award®-winning tune, “City of Stars.”

In advance of “La La Land” Day at the Beach, the street lamps will be illuminated Oct. 24-26 at 6 p.m., and the Lighthouse Café will provide jazz performances on the pier from 6-7 p.m. Oct. 24-26. The Lighthouse Café is considered the epicenter of the West Coast jazz movement, hosting performances by many of the legendary jazz greats, including Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Chet Baker.

All events will be free, open to the public and accessible (ADA compliant).

5-7 p.m. Saturday, October 27, for the musical and dance performances; 7:30 p.m. for the movie.

ISCHIA FILM FESTIVAL 2018

The XVI edition of the Campania island festival opens with Gabriele Salvatores and his diptych of the invisible boy. But it will only be the beginning.

Oscar winner Gabriele Salvatores will open the XVI Ischia Film Festival. A great start for the event that sees a very rich program unravel from June 30th to July 7th. The Mediterranean director is the Italian author who has most explored the genres of cinematography, and will tell the audience of Ischia his constant desire to change. He will do this by presenting The Invisible Boy and The Invisible Boy – Second Generation, his diptych dedicated to the adventures of a young superhero.

Diversity, courage, even sound unconsciousness. These are some of the key words that characterize this Ischia Film Festival 2018, built magnificently by the artistic directors Michelangelo Messina and Boris Sollazzo and that will develop through the one hundred and thirteen selected films, including thirty-three previews, including eight world titles. Important numbers, as are the thirty countries that these works represent, from Burkina Faso to the Dominican Republic, passing through Iran, Turkey and Italy. Many of these works will compete for the prizes of the five official competitions: feature films, short films, documentaries, Location Negata and Scenari Campani, the latter promoted to a competitive section thanks to the support of BPER Banca. Others will be the Best Of this year and this edition, and will be accompanied by directors and actors who have made this year of Italian cinema very special. The list of guests who will parade on the red carpet of the Aragonese Castle is very long. Beyond Salvatores, Alessandro Aronadio and Edoardo Leo, director and interpreter of Io c’è, are expected for the opening night of 30 June. Leonardo Di Costanzo, who with his L’intrusa is a fresh winner of the Golden Globe. Anna Valle, who will accompany the imperfect age. And then Manetti Bros, Fabio De Luigi, Roberta Torre, Guglielmo Poggi, Renato Carpentieri, Fabrizio Gifuni, Claudia Gerini, Giulia Michelini, Vinicio Marchioni, Nicola Giuliano, Alessandro Rak, Federico Buffa, Sandra Milo, Carlo Delle Piane, Caterina Murino, Caterina Shulha, Lillo Petrollo, The Jackal, Laura Bispuri, Massimiliano Gallo, Nicola Nocella, Bruno Oliviero, Berardo Carboni, Matilda De Angelis, Concita De Gregorio, Antonello Piroso, Fabio De Caro, Gigione, Milena Mancini, Daniele Vicari, Nicola Guaglianone, Pippo Mezzapesa, Yvonne Sciò, Michela Andreozzi, Massimiliano Vado, Giancarlo Fontana, Giuseppe G. Stasi.
And then great authors who will receive the right tribute. Gabriele Muccino, Carlo Verdone, Peter Greenaway and, for his seventy years of career, Carlo Delle Piane, extraordinary actor in our history of cinema.

They will all meet at the Terrace which will host the aperitifs with the stars, before the evening’s program on the five screens of the festival. Programming enriched with two great Italian premieres. On July 1st I, God and Bin Laden, crazy comedy with Nicolas Cage directed by Larry Charles, the man behind Borat (in Italian cinemas from July 27th distributed by Koch Media). July 4th will be the turn of Gringo, who will arrive in Italy with the title Cannabis: budding scammers (Vision Distribution), black comedy with Charlize Theron. Speaking of charm and talent, there is plenty of it in Ocean’s 8, scheduled for July 3 for the second Italian screening. And this year there will be the international convention on Cineturismo, Friday 6 July, in the presence of the Director-General Cinema Nicola Borrelli. An appointment now traditional, strongly desired by the founder of the festival Michelangelo Messina, to take stock of a sector that is now a central reality in our cinema system.

As already stated, Oscar winner Gabriele Salvatores will open the XVI Ischia Film Festival. The director of the Mediterranean will present The Invisible Boy and The Invisible Boy – Second Generation, his diptych dedicated to the adventures of a young superhero. In perfect contemporaneity, at 8:45 pm, Alessandro Aronadio will tell the public the genesis of Io c’è, a mystical and earthly comedy, a return to Ischia for the winner of the best director award last year. The program of the Cathedral of the Assumption is completed with the doc in competition Eu Sunt Hercules, a curious trip to the most popular spa resort in Romania. Also at 8:45 pm, Leonardo Di Costanzo will present at La casa del sole The intruder, fresh winner of the Golden Globe for best film. Following the Israeli doc in competition The Island, set in the French hospital in East Jerusalem St. Louis. At the Bourbon Prison we will find Anna Valle who will introduce the film that opens the feature film competition, L’imperfetta age, followed by Revenir, a story of migrants that inaugurates the Location Negata section.

All film cards, complete with textures, can be found here.

Piazza D’Armi

• 8.45 pm “Let’s talk about cinema” with Gabriele Salvatores

• 9:15 pm The invisible boy by Gabriele Salvatores

• 10:55 pm The Invisible Boy – Second Generation by Gabriele Salvatores

Cathedral of the Assumption

• 8.45 pm “Let’s talk about cinema” with Alessandro Aronadio,

• 9:15 pm I have Alessandro Aronadio

• 10:55 pm Eu Sunt Hercules by Marius Iacob

Casa del Sole

• 8.45 pm “Let’s talk about cinema” with Leonardo Di Costanzo

• 9.00 pm The intruder of Leonardo Di Costanzo

• 10:30 pm The island of Adam Weingord *

Bourbon prison

• 8.45 pm “Let’s talk about cinema” with Ulysses Lendaro and Anna Valle

• 9.00 pm The imperfect age of Ulysses Lendaro

• 22:30 Revenir (to return) by David Fedele and Kumut Imesh

Terrace of Olives

• 9.00 pm Asciola by Edoardo Sandulli *

• 9.10 pm Alfredo Mazzara’s death *

• 9:20 pm “Let’s talk about Cinema” with Alessandro Varisco

• 9:30 pm So close, so far – Beyond the Bullying of Alessandro Varisco

• 10:40 pm Man proposes, God disposes by Daniel Lee

‘Champagne’

Champagne, the brand-new track from singer, actress, and YouTube creator Lia Marie Johnson, is out today and available via all digital service providers. The yearning, trip-hop-laced break-up ballad was co-written by Johnson and producer Nick Ruth, Brittany Amaradio, and Koko LaRoo. LISTEN HERE.

Named one of V Magazine’s Artists To Watch, Johnson has released two previous tracks, DNAa deeply personal song about her father’s battle with addiction that is fast-approaching 50 million streams worldwide, and Cold Heart Killerwhich has over 7 million streams. She is also featured on DJ-producer R3HAB’s latest single The Wave, of which Billboard says, “Lia Marie Johnson has a voice that drips with depth and beauty. She breathes like smoke over the deep blue sound, and before you know it, you’re drawn in head-to-toe, jerkin’ your shoulders to the suddenly plunky synths.

Of Cold Heart Killer, V Magazine declares, Musically, Johnson has taken a huge step forward. The electronic ballad showcases a mature sound that will no doubt transport its listeners to Johnson’s steamy and conflicted subconscious Nylon says, Johnson has managed to add a flair of pop to the sparsely agro-electronic R&B sound for Cold Heart Killer. Where DNA showcased her willingness to go there emotionally, ‘Cold Heart Killer’ explores the numbing side of love.” Teen Vogue raves, (DNA is) without a doubt the kind of song that you won’t be able to get out of your head. It’s guaranteed to haunt you, thanks to its compelling music and powerful lyrics.

Johnson first became known via her YouTube channel, followed by roles in the Emmy-winning web series REACT, which is the most successful web series in history with close to one billion views. In 2017, she was named one of the Top 100 YouTubers in the world with over 1.7 million subscribers. The 21-year-old San Diego native also has an actively engaged 1.5 million Instagram followers. Johnson starred in the AwesomenessTV/Dreamworks Animation film Expelled opposite Cameron Dallas, American Wrestler: The Wizard with Jon Voight, the TV series T@gged, and the YouTube Red thriller The Thinning. She will appear this fall in the Cuba Gooding Jr.-directed film Louisiana Caviar, alongside Gooding Jr., Richard Dreyfuss, and Famke Janssen, and executive-produced by Oscar winner Paul Haggis.

CHAMPAGNE

“Champagne,” the brand-new track from singer, actress, and YouTube creator Lia Marie Johnson, is out today and available via all digital service providers. The yearning, trip-hop-laced break-up ballad was co-written by Johnson and producer Nick Ruth, Brittany Amaradio, and Koko LaRoo. LISTEN HERE.

Named one of V Magazine’s Artists To Watch, Johnson has released two previous tracks, DNA,” a deeply personal song about her father’s battle with addiction that is fast-approaching 50 million streams worldwide, and Cold Heart Killer,” which has over 7 million streams.  She is also featured on DJ-producer R3HAB’s latest single The Wave,” of which Billboard says, “Lia Marie Johnson has a voice that drips with depth and beauty. She breathes like smoke over the deep blue sound, and before you know it, you’re drawn in head-to-toe, jerkin’ your shoulders to the suddenly plunky synths.“

Of “Cold Heart Killer,” V Magazine declares, “Musically, Johnson has taken a huge step forward. The electronic ballad showcases a mature sound that will no doubt transport its listeners to Johnson’s steamy and conflicted subconscious…” Nylon says, “Johnson has managed to add a flair of pop to the sparsely agro-electronic R&B sound for ‘Cold Heart Killer.  Where ‘DNA’ showcased her willingness to go there emotionally, ‘Cold Heart Killer’ explores the numbing side of love.” Teen Vogue raves, “(‘DNA’ is) without a doubt the kind of song that you won’t be able to get out of your head. It’s guaranteed to haunt you, thanks to its compelling music and powerful lyrics.”

Johnson first became known via her YouTube channel, followed by roles in the Emmy-winning web series REACT, which is the most successful web series in history with close to one billion views. In 2017, she was named one of the Top 100 YouTubers in the world with over 1.7 million subscribers. The 21-year-old San Diego native also has an actively engaged 1.5 million Instagram followers. Johnson starred in the AwesomenessTV/Dreamworks Animation film Expelled opposite Cameron Dallas, American Wrestler: The Wizard with Jon Voight, the TV series T@gged, and the YouTube Red thriller The Thinning. She will appear this fall in the Cuba Gooding Jr.-directed film Louisiana Caviar, alongside Gooding Jr., Richard Dreyfuss, and Famke Janssen, and executive-produced by Oscar winner Paul Haggis.

Pray Feat. Logic

Sam Smith Launches North American Tour On June 18 In Support Of His Chart-Topping Album, The Thrill Of It All

Sam Smith’s new single, PRAY FEAT. LOGIC is now available for download and streaming. Smith and his longtime friend and collaborator Jimmy Napes partnered with legendary producer Timbaland to record Pray for his sophomore album, The Thrill Of It All out now on Capitol Records. The new version features additional vocals from GRAMMY-nominated, multi-Platinum Def Jam Recordings artist Logic, who transforms the track by adding his own heartfelt verses to the original.

Smith who performed Pray on Saturday Night Live in 2017 and at the GRAMMY Awards earlier this year wrote the song after spending five days in Mosul with the charity War Child. He explains, We are all looking around at what’s happening in the world and it is just messed up. You’ve got no choice but to look up to the sky and put your hands together and pray for something to happen.

On June 18, Smith will kick off the North American leg of The Thrill Of It All arena tour at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. He will perform New York City shows on June 27 at Barclays Center and June 29 at Madison Square Garden and has now added a third show at Madison Square Garden on June 30. In Southern California, Smith will perform a two-night stand at Los Angeles STAPLES Center and has added an August 25 show at Honda Center in Anaheim. Tickets for the tour are on sale now at http://samsmithworld.com.

The Thrill Of It All debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and also topped the charts in the U.K, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium. It has sold 3.5 million album equivalent units worldwide. Too Good At Goodbyes, the album’s first single, has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart and topped the U.S. and U.K. iTunes chart. Too Good At Goodbyes has amassed over 1.6 billion streams worldwide. Views of the official video exceed 650 million.

Rolling Stone awarded The Thrill Of It All four stars and hailed Smith as one of the mightiest, most expressive singers of his generation. The Los Angeles Times noted, The Thrill of It All demonstrates Smith’s impressive growth as a vocalist and songwriter. His singing has gotten deeper and richer. Pitchfork said, Sam Smith (is) one of this decade’s biggest pop stars. His spectacular voice doles out feelings in terms everyone can understand. Idolator observed, he is becoming even more adept at finding beauty in the darkest moments his honesty makes for some of the best, most relatable listening.

It’s been over three years since Smith’s debut album, In The Lonely Hour, was released. Since then, he has sold over 17 million album equivalent units worldwide. In February 2015, Smith, set a GRAMMY record, winning a total of four awards the most ever received by a U.K. artist following the release of a debut album. He was named Best New Artist In The Lonely Hour took Best Pop Vocal Album honors and his single Stay With Me won awards for both Record and Song of the Year. Smith has also earned an Oscar, a Golden Globe, three Billboard Music Awards and three BRIT Awards, among others.

Pray Feat. Logic

Sam Smith Launches North American Tour On June 18In Support Of His Chart-Topping Album, The Thrill Of It All

Sam Smith’s new single, PRAY FEAT. LOGICis now available for download and streaming. Smith and his longtime friend and collaborator Jimmy Napes partnered with legendary producer Timbaland to record Pray for his sophomore album, The Thrill Of It All out now on Capitol Records. The new version features additional vocals from GRAMMY-nominated, multi-Platinum Def Jam Recordings artist Logic, who transforms the track by adding his own heartfelt verses to the original.

Smith who performed Pray on Saturday Night Live in 2017 and at the GRAMMY Awards earlier this year wrote the song after spending five days in Mosul with the charity War Child. He explains, We are all looking around at what’s happening in the world and it is just messed up. You’ve got no choice but to look up to the sky and put your hands together and pray for something to happen.

On June 18, Smith will kick off the North American leg of The Thrill Of It All arenatour at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. He will perform New York City shows on June 27 at Barclays Center and June 29 at Madison Square Garden and has now added a third show at Madison Square Garden on June 30. In Southern California, Smith will perform a two-night stand at Los Angeles STAPLES Center and has added an August 25 show at Honda Center in Anaheim. Tickets for the tour are on sale now at http://samsmithworld.com.

The Thrill Of It All debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and also topped the charts in the U.K, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium. It has sold 3.5 million album equivalent units worldwide. Too Good At Goodbyes, the album’s first single, has beencertified Platinum by the RIAA. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart and topped the U.S. and U.K. iTunes chart. Too Good At Goodbyes has amassed over 1.6 billion streams worldwide. Views of the official video exceed 650 million.

Rolling Stone awarded The Thrill Of It All four stars and hailed Smith as one of the mightiest, most expressive singers of his generation. The Los Angeles Times noted, The Thrill of It All demonstrates Smith’s impressive growth as a vocalist and songwriter. His singing has gotten deeper and richer. Pitchfork said, Sam Smith (is) one of this decade’s biggest pop stars. His spectacular voice doles out feelings in terms everyone can understand. Idolator observed, he is becoming even more adept at finding beauty in the darkest moments his honesty makes for some of the best, most relatable listening.

It’s been over three years since Smith’s debut album, In The Lonely Hour, was released. Since then, he has sold over 17 million album equivalent units worldwide. In February 2015, Smith, set a GRAMMY record, winning a total of four awards the most ever received by a U.K. artist following the release of a debut album. He was named Best New Artist In The Lonely Hour took Best Pop Vocal Album honors and his single Stay With Me won awards for both Record and Song of the Year. Smith hasalso earned an Oscar, a Golden Globe, three Billboard Music Awards and three BRIT Awards, among others.