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NEW YEAR’S TRADITIONS AND CELEBRATIONS WITH MARRIOTT HOTELS

Three, two, one… Happy New Year! From parties lasting late into the night to day-time celebrations for the entire family and more, the country’s Midwest cities are hotspots for some of the greatest New Year’s traditions and events. Forget watching the ball drop in Times Square from your hotel room – the Midwest Marriott properties allow travelers and locals alike to ring in the New Year at their choice of festivities with convenient proximity. Whether looking to have an intimate New Year’s Eve with close friends or attending the largest gala, guests need not look far for the best lodging accommodations, some even with popular celebrations all their own.

Chicago,Illinois

• Travelers looking for an upscale celebration in the Second City have options aplenty. The JW Marriott Chicago offers its own NYE Soiree, boasting two concurrent events throughout the hotel. Featuring Chicago’s hottest live music cover bands and DJs, multiple rooms of entertainment and a four-hour all-inclusive premium package available, JW Marriott Chicago invites guests to leave the worries of the past year behind and embrace 2020 with full enthusiasm. Gala fans may enjoy “NYE 2020” at the W Chicago – City Center, an extravaganza with over-the-top entertainment, all-inclusive packages, pre- and post-parties and more in the heart of Chicago, near the Magnificent Mile. For guests looking to enjoy Chicago’s Navy Pier, the Chicago Resolution Gala, which is held annually in the Aon Grand Ballroom, is a lively option, while those traveling with children may prefer the spectacular display of Navy Pier’s Fireworks or enjoy time together at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Zoo Year’s Eve and the Chicago Children’s Museum Noon Year’s Eve. Several top Marriott properties are located just steps from these events, including The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, AC Hotel Chicago Downtown and The Westin Chicago River North.

Minneapolis,Minnesota

• Those visiting the Twin Cities have prime pickings for luxurious and comfortable Marriott properties to stay at, no matter what their plans. All within walking distance or short driving distance from some of downtown Minneapolis’ most popular celebrations, Hotel Ivy, Elliot Park Hotel, Aloft Minneapolis, Le Meridien Chambers, W Minneapolis – The Foshay, Minneapolis Marriott City Center, Emery and Moxy Minneapolis Uptown are in the center of the action. One of the most notable events for New Year’s in Minneapolis is the Crystal Ball, which offers guests 21 years of age and older the opportunity to dance, sing, laugh and play the night away, with live DJs, Piano Karaoke Lounge, an arcade game room with interactive LED games and more. In a similar fashion, Countdown Minneapolis is held annually at The Minneapolis Club, the extravagant festivities occur on multiple levels of the club with top DJs and a midnight countdown. For music lovers, the Snowta NYE Festival is a must at the famous music venue, The Armory.

Detroit,Michigan

• New Year’s in Detroit often comes with its own Motown Twist. The luxe Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney is the perfect on-site hotel for those looking to attend the annual New Year’s Eve celebration at the historic David Whitney Building, which known for beautiful art deco architecture stylings and an enclosed five-story atrium covered in marble with a skylighted roof. The party features Epicurean catering, a champagne toast, balloon drop, hors d’oeuvres and live music for the evening. For travelers and locals looking to explore the city elsewhere, top celebrations include the classic Detroit Princess Riverboat New Year’s Eve Motown Dinner Cruise, which allows guests to “rock the boat” on the Detroit River, the Resolution Ball at The Fillmore Detroit, which is billed as the most exclusive NYE party in the Midwest, and NYE Bleuout at Bleu Detroit, all convenient celebrations under three miles from Courtyard Detroit Downtown, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit and The Henry.

Kansas City and St. Louis,Missouri

• Whether in downtown Kansas City, the Crossroads Arts District or beyond the locals and visitors know how to celebrate. At the iconic Union Station, thousands of people gather each New Year’s Eve to countdown at the New Year’s Swingin’ Eve, big band style. Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center and The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center each offer a relaxing haven after an evening out, just a mere seven minute drive from Union Station and within walking distance of the Power & Light District, which hosts NYE! Live at the KC Live! block of the popular neighborhood. A fan favorite for individuals looking to get their party on into the early hours of the New Year, The View hosts a premium event with gourmet food options, DJs and a see-and-be-seen environment. Children and adults of all ages are invited to enjoy Zoo Year’s Eve at the Kansas City Zoo and Noon Year’s Eve at Science City, which is also conveniently located at Union Station.

• Across the state in St. Louis, similar festivities are held including NYE Live! At Ballpark Village in the dining and entertainment district downtown that attracts thousands of tourists each year. The Marriott St. Louis Grand and Magnolia Hotel St. Louis are each conveniently located less than a mile from the heart of Ballpark Village and the Courtyard St. Louis Downtown West is about 10 minutes from the action.

Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati,Ohio

• The three “C Cities” in Ohio are each hotspots for New Year’s Eve, boasting their own can’t-miss bashes. The Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Party is held every year until 2 a.m. With several rooms each with their own vibe and entertainment, attendees have their choice of live band entertainment, DJs and the opportunity to enjoy a premium open bar, while being on-site at the beautiful hotel, keeping the evening safe and fun.

• In Cincinnati, visitors may enjoy a “Happy Zoo Year” at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, which is ideal for “party animals” of all ages, and the Fountain Square New Year’s Eve Blast, which welcomes thousands of attendees each year for a family-friendly, free day featuring goofy games, dancing, delicious food, musical performances, an ice skating rink and celebration finale of fireworks. Adults may prefer New Year’s Eve at Winterfest or a pre-fixe dining experience at Nicholson’s Palomino, The Palace and more, with the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel close by to rest before and after the festivities. The city’s Courtyard Cincinnati Blue Ash and Courtyard Cincinnati Covington hotels offer comfortable accommodations a short drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown celebrations.

• Upscale travelers looking for an elevated New Year’s Eve should make their way to Cleveland’s top events including the New Year’s Eve Gala on the Nautica Queen, which never fails to sell out each year due to extreme popularity and the Decades and Diamonds at The Vault, an upscale cocktail bar in the heart of downtown. After the night of lavish fun concludes, The Westin Cleveland Downtown and The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland offer accommodations sure to match the satisfaction of celebrating the start of a new year.

HAILEE STEINFELD RELEASES NEW SINGLE

Today, Academy Award®-nominated actress and multiplatinum recording artist HAILEE STEINFELD releases “Back To Life,” from the upcoming motion picture Bumblebee. Get it HERE via Republic Records. “Back To Life” features prominently in Paramount Pictures’ upcoming Transformers spin-off, Bumblebee, in which STEINFELD stars alongside John Cena.  The soundtrack will be available in stores and at all DSPs when the film opens in theaters nationwide December 21. An original song written for the film, “Back To Life” arrives as another upbeat and undeniable anthem From STEINFELD. Its warm synths and big screen-worthy production prove as irresistible as the singer’s infectious and incendiary hook. Over a sweeping crescendo and handclaps, she charismatically croons, “I’m bringing you back to life. “Hailee’s song beautifully captures the central theme of the movie that inspired it,” says Travis Knight, director of Bumblebee. “‘Back To Life’ is a stirring, high-spirited tribute to the redemptive and healing power of love.” STEINFELD will perform “Back To Life” for the first time live at the MTV EMAs on Sunday November 4. Additionally, she takes the stage as the host of the awards show and will be up for “Best Pop Artist.” Just last year, she took home “Best Push Artist.” The EMAs airs live globally from Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Spain at 9pm CET. STEINFELD remains an undeniable presence throughout music, film, and pop culture at large. Her influence will only grow in 2019 with more music and surprises in the new year!

Wengie

Wengie is a breakout beauty and lifestyle star, influencer and now singer, whose influence is growing at staggering numbers.

Watch Wengie’s new music video “Deja Vu at this link: https://youtu.be/mIinf4KygIk

Definitely a “One To Watch” Wengie’s last video Cake, already has over 6M views in a month of being out! She also just wrapped her successful summer US Tour Create Your Summer.

Recently having gained over 5M subscribers in less than a year—unprecedented growth for a YouTuber….—she’s proven to be in a league of her own. Currently garnering 11M+ subscribers on her YouTube Channel and over 15M+ across all social media platforms!

Wengie’s unique ability to deliver vibrant, informative, and highly-relatable content (including her wildly popular life “hacks” series) to a global audience—with signature quirk and humor—keeps her zealous ‘Wengiecorns’ wanting more. This unparalleled closeness and trust with her fans has cemented Wengie’s power as a leading content collaborator for both high-profile and emerging brands. Wengie has leveraged her prominence on YouTube to tackle other creative realms—she recorded her first music album in China. She is also the voice of the fourth “PowerPuff Girl” on the Cartoon Network.

Wengie aims to bring positivity and fun to music, and she does just that with this single.

Wengie has always loved pop music and R & B. For the majority of her life, Wengie has had multicultural musical taste, listening to mainly Jpop, Cpop and Kpop. She would learn lyrics to the songs having no idea what she was singing but still would be able to sing it by just memorizing it. Wengie’s main goal in music is to create fun music that is “east meets west” /Kpop-fused-with-American-pop, which is essentially all the things she loves.

Her musical influences include BLACKPINK, Hyuna, Arianna Grande and Taylor Swift.

Check her out on her socials:

YouTube: 12,397,934 -subscribershttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD9PZYV5heAevh9vrsYmt1g

Instagram 1.6M followers – @wengie

Twitter 176K – @wengie

FaceBook: 255,105K likes – https://www.facebook.com/wwwengie/

“Quail Motorsports”

By Claire Pelote x Vaughn Lowery

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering brought together automobile and motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world. The event began in 2003 in Carmel, California and is located at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club. The gathering had a limit of 5,000 people and a ticket lottery system, which is probably why it is now one of the most popular events in Monterey Car Week. Los Angeles natives drove over five hours for this event. However it was closer to San Francisco at just a little over two hours.

The exhibit area stretched the length of 1-2 football fields and at the entrance, you were handed a glass of champagne. Tickets included parking, a collectible event poster and magazine, a gourmet lunch, fine wine and speciality cocktails. Alongside the handcrafted cocktails were culinary stations throughout the exhibition.

One of the most intriguing exhibits included Infiniti and Lexus as well as the Ferrari presentation of parked cars. The Robert Graham lifestyle and apparel brand made an appearance as well. There was also a show titled The Spirit of the Mille Miglia. This highly influential event celebrated its sixteenth year on August 24, 2018 and has many more to come.

Sponsors provided luxury cars that guests were allowed to test drive on select courses. The 2018 sponsors included Rolex, Acura, BMW, Bentley, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Audi, Pirelli, Bonhams, Lamborghini, Infiniti, Pagani, Lexus, Bugatti, McLaren, Leonardo Helicopters, Louis Roederer Champagne, Maserati, Singer, Byton, Karma, Gunther, Generation, Delta, Koenigsegg, Genesis, Volkswagen, Hennessey, Jaguar, FlexJet, 1000 Miglia, Chubb, Weather Tech Raceway, The Club, Dell Helicopter, Sentient Jet, Burgess, Union Bank, SCG, Weather Tech, ACJ, Walter Leather Company, Meuse, Qian Kiln, Polestar, Rimac, W Motors, Thermal, SickToiz, Jet Aviation, and Tamara Mellon.

Special shows this year included 70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 365 (which was shown at the beginning of the exhibit with a Bugatti on display right before the entrance) and the Alois Ruf Reunion. Featured alongside were Pre-War Sports and Racing, Custom Coachwork, Supercars, the Great Ferraris, Porsche and Ruff classes.

Younk

A little over a month ago the world witnessed an unprecedented event – the Open Beta launch of the first community-based music label – Younk.com. The new platform connects artists, community, and music experts and aims to make the music industry more accessible and equitable for both artists and music enthusiasts. Younk, a decentralized community music platform using blockchain technology, is open to everyone, everywhere.

Younk’s mission is to establish the first community music label where artists gain recognition and support directly from the community in exchange for bonuses.

According to its founder, Andrey Dahkovskyy, Younk’s foremost goal is to modernize the music industry by facilitating direct artist access to the public. This ensures better compensation and community involvement in the funding of up-and-coming artists. Music fans also benefit through a unique opportunity to support their favorite artists and become co-producers of the artist’s tracks and earn YNK Bucks – internal currency of Younk ecosystem. YNK is an instrument that may be used to fund a Hit, get bonuses and purchase merchandise, services and goods on the Younk platform.

Don Grierson, the legendary music industry executive and Younk co-founder shared the platform’s vision as an accessible global marketplace where artists and HitHunting music enthusiasts can connect and support each other while mutually benefiting from the synergy and compounded contribution of the community – whether from a creative point or business wise. “We are entering a new era of making a Hit,” said Mr. Grierson, “the Younk platform is here to make it happen. In almost no time you will be able to listen to a tune that has been supported and directly funded by a community – by active listeners and those who want to make a change in the music industry. Our platform is open to Artists from all over the world, even if they’re not professional musicians. Everyone has a chance now to upload his or her original tune onto the platform and compete with other artists for community support and, further down the road, for their own place on some of the top music charts in the world.”

Unlike regular crowdfunding, which is called Hit Funding in Younk terminology, the new platform gives artists an opportunity to receive first-hand guidance from the professional music experts. It also provides the music fan community the option to be actively involved in creating music charts, to vote, and become co-producers of the the tracks they fund which may become Hits later. All of this helps us all make better music together.

The platform is designed to be user friendly. The process looks like this: an artist uploads a track; the community listens and votes, three tracks go to Hit Funding (two most voted on by the community and one selected by the experts) where YNK Bucks are used to support the community’s favorite tracks. The ones that reach a certain amount of YNK Bucks – soft cap – are then professionally produced by music industry experts. Once the final creative product is

released it gets promoted on approximately 150 digital music platforms. When a track generates revenue, artists receive royalty share in real money equivalent and the track supporters in YNK Bucks equivalent.

By employing innovative technology, Younk provides advanced features and allows for the transparent and decentralized distribution of royalty shares to artists through blockchain’s smart contracts.

“So far, Younk has 5 tracks in the production stage,” said Andrey Dakhovskyy, “ Every day we receive positive feedback from people in the music industry and beyond. This means we’re on the right track. Our platform opens up endless opportunities for both artists and fans – they can create better music together and this is awesome! Welcome to the universe of Younk!”

Reebok x JJ Watt Unveil JJ II

With pre-season underway and kickoff quickly approaching on September 9th, football season is right around the corner. As we gear up for the season, I’m sharing an exciting announcement with Reebok x J.J. Watt.

Today, Reebok x J.J. Watt announced the newest iteration of the iconic JJ II training shoe, the Reebok JJ II Clean Slate Pack. After being off the field for almost two full seasons, 2018 represents a fresh start for Watt on the field, and the Reebok JJ II Clean Slate pack directly taps into this mentality, embodying the physical and mental toughness it takes to mount this type of comeback.

This new video from JJ and Reebok, linked here, dives into Watt’s resiliency and the Clean Slate Pack’s representation of his comeback.

The shoe ties directly into Watt’s comeback through key features:

  • Triple-White represents the fresh, clean start this year represents to Watt after coming back from two years in a row of difficult injuries
  • Silver metallic details signify the self-reflection that comes with Watt’s comeback
  • Mental and physical rebuilding is represented in the construction tape aesthetic in the sock liner
  • Written on the sock liner is the quote “NEVER LET A STUMBLE IN THE ROAD BE THE END OF THE JOURNEY” – a phrase that represents the work, the sacrifice and all the difficult days of rehabbing that Watt overcame to get back on the field where he is today

The JJ II Clean Slate Pack is available on Thursday, August 16th, for $99 on Reebok.com.

The Reebok JJ II is the ultimate training shoe for functional movements, featuring a Lenoweave upper to be more breathable and durable, a redesigned outsole to promote increased traction across multiple surfaces, and LiquidFoam technology, allowing for security and comfort.

QUOTES FROM JJ WATT:

We all face adversity at some point or another in our lives. This shoe was designed as a reminder to never give up and always fight to put your best foot forward. Great days lie ahead.

I received the first prototype of this design approximately four months ago and have worn it every day since, throughout the rehab and training process. It is a daily reminder to be stronger than whatever is trying to bring you down and to overcome any adversity that may lie in your path.“

MORE ABOUT THE REEBOK JJ II

The JJ II is the latest training shoe forged between global fitness leader Reebok and the superstar athlete.

The JJ II was built from the ground up to provide the versatility to attack any training session with the same maximal intensity as Watt himself. The shoe features a Lenoweave upper to be more breathable and durable, a redesigned outsole to promote increased traction across multiple surfaces, and LiquidFoam technology, allowing for security and comfort.

The JJ II also pushes the boundaries of technical innovation to withstand Watt’s intense workout regimen, with cutting-edge training features that include:

  • Stay grounded – full-length, high-performance rubber outsole for ultimate traction
  • No holding back – Low-cut design for freedom of movement
  • Brace for impact – Liquidfoam technology cushions and stabilizes for explosive moves

YG’s “Stay Dangerous”

YG IS THE BOOLEST MAN ALIVE!!

“STAY DANGEROUS” ARRIVES TOMORROW, AUGUST 3RD!

WATCH EPISODE 1 HERE: https://youtu.be/flZAuONgEpM

PRE-ORDER YG’S “STAY DANGEROUS” HERE: https://yg.lnk.to/StayDangerous

The Comfy

Are you ready for the coziest gift of the holiday season? The Comfy will be the hottest gift this holiday season for folks of all ages. Priced at under $40 and available at retailers nationwide, the Comfy will bring a smile of cozy warmth to everyone’s face from little kids to your great granny.

The Comfy is the Blanket/Sweatshirt social media sensation that first launched in late 2017 on Shark Tank. Their Buzzfeed video alone went viral with over 54.2 Million Views and 230K shares! Portable, reversible, perfect for travel, getting cozy on the couch, staying warm while watching outdoor sports games and more!

Since striking a deal with Shark investor Barbara Corcoran in December, the ultra-soft plush blanket turned oversized sweatshirt has been on a viral video whirlwind tour across social media platforms and made $1M in sales in their first month alone!

“We dreamed up this product only a year ago, and we’ve already experienced sold-out runs and backorders,” said co-founder Michael Speciale. “The popularity of theComfy is more than we ever imagined.”

The Comfy Highlights:

· Portable – Perfect for outdoor events, travel and more, the Comfy is theultimate wearable blanket for staying comfortable while on thego.

· Super Soft & Reversible – The reversible sweatshirt features a velour feel on one side while the other side has a soft sherpa fleece texture.

· One-Size-Fits-Most – From a 280lb, 6’5” man to a petite 55lb 4’2” kid, it’s designed to fit almost anyone.

· Endless Uses – The Comfy can be used anywhere from nighttime concerts and outdoor plays to football games, beach bonfires, and the couch back home.

· Easy to Clean – Completely machine washable for use again and again.

· Smile-Inducing – No one can resist cracking a grin once they’re wrapped up in the cozy warmth of the Comfy.

· $39.99 and available in beautiful assorted colors.

It’s set to make its QVC and Amazon debut in July, and will be available through Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Fred Meyer, Kroger, Shopko, Meijer, and more in Fall 2018. Same day shipping is available on www.thecomfy.com.

The Comfy About

Cozy Comfort Company LLC is family-owned and operated by brothers Brian and Michael Speciale–the creators of the Comfy. Just a month after forming their company, the Comfy was invited to make their pitch on ABC’s Shark Tank. With only a prototype in hand they closed a deal and the rest is history. The Comfy has been featured on BuzzFeed, Business Insider, Scary Mommy, and more.

Demi Lovato’s Overdose

25-year-old American singer, songwriter, and actress, Demi Lovato was found lying unconscious in her home on Tuesday after a suspected overdose. She is currently recovering and receiving treatment at a hospital in LA. Lovato has stated how she has previously had issues dealing with eating disorders, self-harm, addiction, and mental health problems. She had also made a documentary regarding her struggles that affected her daily life along with trying to stay sober, but in June 2018 Lovato released a new song titled Sober in which she sings “I’m not sober anymore.” Her documentary went on explaining how these problems began at a very young age, such as having suicidal thoughts and bulimia when she was only 10 years old, and trying cocaine for the first time when she was 17. Even before starting the hit series on Disney Channel’s “Sonny with a Chance” and “Camp Rock,” she had been a huge target for bullying. There were many struggles and pressures on her as she drove quickly to fame at such a young age. Lovato is currently receiving lots of support from fans and celebrities throughout social media while wishing her a quick recovery.