Holiday 2016: Country Icons Glen Campbell And Merle Haggard’s Classic Holiday Albums Available Once Again On Vinyl

Campbell’s That Christmas Feeling and Haggard’s Christmas Present Released for the First Time in Decades

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Universal Music Enterprises is releasing two classic country Christmas albums on September 23 when it reissues Glen Campbell’s ‘That Christmas Feeling’ and Merle Haggard’s ‘Christmas Present’ on vinyl. Each was recorded at the height of the legendary artists’ popularity and displays all the unique qualities that made each Country Music Hall of Fame members. (PRNewsFoto/Universal Music Enterprises)

No genre captures the holiday season in all its many facets as well as country music. The genre’s storytelling songwriting style is perfect for relaying all the many emotions Christmas and the holiday season can bring, from joy and seasonal cheer to loneliness and sorrow. Especially when that song is in the hands of a master.

Universal Music Enterprises has made two country holiday classics available on vinyl for the first time in decades: Glen Campbell‘s That Christmas Feeling and Merle Haggard‘s Christmas Present. Each was recorded at the height of the legendary artists’ popularity and displays all the unique qualities that made each Country Music Hall of Fame members held in high esteem. Released together, these albums provide a timeless holiday listening experience that will appeal to fans of all ages.

Released in 1968 in the midst of a run of seven straight No. 1 country albums – and around the same time as double platinum Wichita LinemanThat Christmas Feeling captures the earnest Campbell at the height of his powers and popularity (True Grit would be released the next year). Known as a guitarist without peer and a singer with perfect pitch, timing and flair, Campbell helped expand the definition of music and broaden the appeal of the country genre from rural areas to the suburbs. His first Christmas album, available on vinyl for the first time in 40 years, exemplifies all these traits and includes the hit “Christmas Is For Children” and his take on “Blue Christmas” and Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper.” (Pre-order That Christmas Feeling: https://UMe.lnk.to/lEsmY) Continue reading

2016 Holiday: Justin Bieber’s Classic Christmas Album, Under The Mistletoe, Now Available On Vinyl For First Time

Justin Bieber‘s Christmas classic, Under The Mistletoe, is now available on vinyl for the first time ever, just in time for the holidays. Originally released in 2011 as Bieber’s second studio album, the 11-track LP is pressed on standard black vinyl and comes inside a jacket with a matte finish and 12-page booklet. The album showcases Bieber’s unique spin on holiday standards alongside original songs and features Usher, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, The Band Perry and Busta Rhymes. (Order your copy here: http://smarturl.it/UnderMistletoeLP)

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Justin Bieber’s Christmas classic, ‘Under The Mistletoe,’ is now available on vinyl for the first time ever, just in time for the holidays. Originally released in 2011 as Bieber’s second studio album, the 11-track LP is pressed on standard black vinyl and comes inside a jacket with a matte finish and 12-page booklet. The album showcases Bieber’s unique spin on holiday standards alongside original songs and features Usher, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, The Band Perry and Busta Rhymes. (PRNewsFoto/Universal Music Enterprises)

Upon its release in 2011, Under The Mistletoe debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 Chart and earned Bieber the distinction of having the first Christmas album by a male artist to debut at #1. Coming on the heels of the smash success of his debut album and follow-up EP, the album sold nearly a quarter of a million units its opening week and resulted in his third #1 album and third platinum- selling album. It also made him the first solo artist to have three #1 albums before his 18th birthday. The album was the eleventh best-selling release of the year and sold 1,245,000 copies in a few short months. The record also debuted within the top 10 in Australia, the Netherlands, Norway and Spain. It has currently sold more than 1.5 million copies.

Produced by Kuk Harrell, the album pairs original songs alongside inspired interpretations of holiday favorites – “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)” with Usher, “Drummer Boy” with Busta Rhymes, “Silent Night” and Bieber’s duet with Mariah Carey on her modern classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!).” Eight of the 11 songs were co-written by Bieber just for the album, including the hit single “Mistletoe,” co-written and produced by hit making Canadian duo The Messengers (Nasri and Adam Messinger). “Home This Christmas” features The Band Perry while “Fa La La” is a collaboration with Boyz II Men.

SIDE ONE

  • Only Thing I Ever Get For Christmas
  • Mistletoe
  • The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) ft. Usher
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  • Fa La La ft. Boyz II Men

SIDE TWO

  • All I Want For Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!) Duet With Mariah Carey
  • Drummer Boy ft. Busta Rhymes
  • Christmas Eve
  • All I Want Is You
  • Home This Christmas ft. The Band Perry
  • Silent Night

ALEX AND ANI Unveils Exclusive Jewelry Collection Featuring Original Copper Preserved from the 1980’s Restoration of The Statue of Liberty

After nearly 100 years of standing guard over New York City Harbor, The Statue of Liberty underwent a much-needed restoration from 1984-1986. Stainless steel armature bars replaced her original iron frame and copper supports. The original copper was then preserved and stored for over 30 years, awaiting a new purpose. In a history-making unveiling, the copper preserved from the Statue of Liberty‘s centennial restoration is now available to the public through a jewelry and accessory line. ALEX AND ANI announces the groundbreaking launch of its LIBERTY COPPER Collection, supporting the work of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.

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This limited edition collection was created in partnership with The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., and includes 26 pieces available now. It features an exact replica of Lady Liberty’s torch, made from her preserved copper.

The signature meaning card that accompanies each LIBERTY COPPER Collection purchase reads, “Bearing her torch…we become Lady Liberty’s movement of light and hope. When we CARRY LIGHT, we ignite the light in others, and create one light indivisible.

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The biggest honor of my life is to take her message and make it literally, physically attached to each and every one of us,” says ALEX AND ANI Founder, CEO, and Chief Creative Officer Carolyn Rafaelian. “LIBERTY ENLIGHTENING THE WORLD. That’s who she is. She holds the torch to light our path.”

With this, ALEX AND ANI encourages consumers to draw inspiration from Lady Liberty, and recognize the light they bring to the world. The company is asking people to answer the question, “What do you CARRY LIGHT for?” — for example, their causes, passions, art, the Earth, loved ones — then share their response via social media, inspiring others to do the same with the hashtag #CARRYLIGHT.

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to restoring the monuments, the Foundation created a museum in the Statue’s base and the world-class Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor®, the American Family Immigration History Center® and The Peopling of America® Center completed in 2015. Its endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands.

We always knew there was a greater purpose for these preserved materials,” said Stephen A. Briganti, President and CEO of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. “This collaboration with ALEX AND ANI will bring the Statue’s message and spirit directly into the lives of people around the world. We couldn’t be more pleased.”

(ALEX and ANI also released a short film celebrating the history of the Statue of Liberty and the collection. You can watch the video here.)

The collection is now available at ALEX AND ANI stores nationwide, as well as alexandani.com, and authorized retailers. For more information about the signature collection, visit alexandani.com. For more information about The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, visit www.LibertyEllisFoundation.org.

The Paris Visitors and Convention Bureau Releases Promotional Film to Boost Visitor Numbers in Paris

The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, working in conjunction with with the Paris City Council and the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP), today unveiled a film promoting Paris, which they hope will contribute to boosting tourist numbers. Since the attacks of November 2015, the number of foreign visitors to The City of Lights has fallen to record lows. The City of Paris, the Government and economic players (both private and otherwise) in Paris decided to join forces to put together a recovery plan of more than €2M, which was launched at the beginning of the summer. (Paris is the world’s leading tourism destination and tourism, a vitally important economic sector, accounts for more than 13% of the city’s GDP and 500,000 jobs across the region.)

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Among the measures implemented is a promotional film, directed by Jalil Lespert, which enables the public to see the many attractions of the capital. It highlights the vibrancy of the city of Paris in 2016 through portraits of Parisians and visitors. It will be shown from next week onwards in France and abroad. It was unveiled this past Thursday by Anne Hidalgo and will be shown from next week onwards in France and abroad, thanks to cooperation of numerous partners across the board. (Watch The Film Here.)

When I was told about this project, I was delighted to pay tribute to my city. I was born here, I grew up here and I still live here today’, states Lespert. ‘I wanted to film the city’s streets, shops, cooking but more than anything I wanted to pay tribute to the stories that can be created here. I wanted to show Paris in a different way, a multifaceted Paris that conveys as many emotions and atmospheres as there are districts’, he explains.

The film offers a quick tour of the capital. To the music Just Need Your Love by Nice-based French band Hyphen Hyphen, it reveals Paris through its monuments, shops, gastronomy and also its hidden treasures and Parisians, on cafe terraces and along the Canal Saint-Martin.

Paris is a unique and magical city for so many reasons, whether because of its culture, fashion, gastronomy … We are resolutely determined to reaffirm Paris’s vocation to welcome visitors from all over the world. Paris, a resilient city, has known how to bounce back and today invites you to come and discover an innovative and vibrant city. Paris will always be Paris’, emphasized Hidalgo.

Her deputy for tourism, Jean-François Martins, outlined the distribution plan: the fleet of Air France planes, Paris airports, and those managed by the brand, Decaux screens in Milan, Shanghai, Tokyo, New York, Galeries Lafayette (in the Haussmann stores), Berlin and Beijing will all notably be showing the film in the next few weeks.

The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau (Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris) was created in 1971 by the Paris City Council and the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry as a non-profit making association ruled by the French law of 1 July 1901. Its missions, as stated above, are to welcome and provide visitors with information; to promote the capital’s attractions, in France and abroad; and to provide assistance to Paris tourism professionals.

To welcome and provide our visitors with information, the Bureau runs five tourist information centers in the most popular parts of the capital. Some 25 reception staff reply in 12 languages to tourism-related questions about Paris and the Paris region.

The website PARISINFO extends and complements the role of the centers’ reception teams. An international portal for tourism in Paris, this virtual ‘Bureau’ is presented in four languages (French, English, German, and Spanish) and partially translated in seven others. It offers every type of useful information for an enjoyable stay in Paris.

In order to provide a comprehensive service, the Bureau’s information centres and website combine information and advice with commercial products relating to accommodation, transport, culture and leisure.

Working together with Parisian tourism professionals, the Bureau promotes Paris leisure and business tourism to tour operators and the media, advocates of the Paris destination. It develops a range of dedicated tools for them, notably the websites ‘press’ and ‘professionals’.

It elaborates and implements action plans targeted at its established markets and at markets with a high potential. To this effect, the Bureau organizes targeted operations (events, workshops) and takes part in trade shows, in France and abroad. In Paris, it offers familiarization tours for the press and tour operators. It replies to requests for help in the organization of company events. Finally, in synergy with the Paris City Council and the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP), the Bureau supports the capital’s candidacies for the hosting of association congresses.

A platform for networking, dialogue and for creating partnerships for tourism sector professionals, the Bureau federates some 1,800 professional members. It promotes their services on the website PARISINFO, and involves them in themed initiatives, which it pilots with its institutional and private-sector partners. It monitors developments in the tourism sector and relays strategic information back to the industry as a whole, notably via its web space ‘Parisian Professionals’.

Travel & Culture: All Eyes Are On The New Parisian Cultural Season

Get Out Your Diaries and Calendars, The List is Long!

New and Major Events are Always Synonymous With the New Parisian Cultural Season and Autumn 2016 has an Expected Stellar Line-up.

While it is true that Paris is gearing up for the Spring/Summer 2017 Paris Fashion Week Shows, The City is more than just about high fashion. It’s a foodie paradise, one of the top cultural centers of the world and one of the top tourist destinations in Europe and the world at large. From Rembrandt at the Musée Jacquemart-André to Hergé at the Grand Palais, the opening of new museums and celebrated shows, Paris pulls out all the stops to charm Parisians and visitors this fall and early winter. The following list was compiled and provided by The Paris Visitors and Convention Bureau (Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris) whose mission it is to welcome and provide visitors with information; to promote the capital’s attractions, in France and abroad; and to provide assistance to Paris tourism professionals.

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OUTSTANDING EXHIBITIONS

From 14 September to 12 February, Henri Fantin-Latour has top billing at the Musée du Luxembourg – a retrospective that has been eagerly-awaited since the previous one in 1982. At the Musée du Louvre, the public can admire the sculptures, drawings and prints of Edme Bouchardon in a monograph exhibition. More contemporary, the Centre Pompidou will celebrate René Magritte around questions of likeness and realism (September 21, 2016 January 23, 2017). Belgium will also be under the spotlight with the exhibition Hergé at the Grand Palais (September 28, 2016 January 15, 2017).

Modern art fans should pencil in a visit to the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville to see the Bernard Buffet exhibition (October 14, 2016 to February 26, 2017), to the Fondation Louis Vuitton for its key exhibition, Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection, from the Musée de l’Ermitage – Musée Pouchkine (October 22, 2016 – March 6, 2017), and Cy Twombly at the Centre Pompidou (November 30, 2016 – April 24, 2017). And the Espace Dalí presents a dialogue between the great artist Salvador Dali and Joann Sfar now through 31 March 31, 2017.

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Herge exhibition :The Grand Palais pays tribute to Georges Remi, better known as Herge. Considered to be the father of the European comic-strip, the creator of Tintin sold some 250 million comic-strip books during his career and has been translated into one hundred or so languages.This retrospective exhibition with original plates is an opportunity to admire the work of the Belgian artist, but also to find out more about Herge the person, through the many archive images and testimonies. (PRNewsFoto/Office du Tourisme et des Congrè)

NEW CULTURAL VENUES

After 8 months of closure, the Musée Maillol is reopening, under the aegis of Culturespaces, with an exhibition by the famous artist Ben (now through January 15). This should renew the genre and attract a new public. Early October will see the opening of Art 42, the first museum of street art, which will be free and permanent, and which will bring together more than 150 works, in the 17th arrondissement. The opening is an important step towards the promotion of urban art, a subject dear to Parisians, which could gain recognition as a discipline apart.

MAJOR FESTIVE EVENTS 

Staple events of the autumn season unveil their new program and are set to win over numerous visitors again. Towards the end of September, there is the 6th Fête de la Gastronomie which takes place from 23 to 25 September, and which offers a rich program of special events (cooking classes, walks, new meals, etc.). And on 25 September, the Car Free Day, launched in 2015, takes on a greater dimension this year with an area five times larger! The Grape Harvest in Montmartre livens up the streets of the Butte, from 5 to 9 October, for its … 83rd edition. Not forgetting Nuit Blanche which will celebrate its 10th anniversary on the theme of love on October 1st. There will be a trail along the Seine with performance art and surprising artistic installations for the public.

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Nuit Blanche in ParisAs the days shorten and autumn turns to winter, the Nuit Blanche event in Paris offers an opportunity to see the city in a new light. For once special night, the city’s streets are teeming with people of all ages, lit by moonlight and by strange lights, works of art become the focal point. (PRNewsFoto/Office du Tourisme et des Congrè)

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Gilt.com Celebrates Stylish Living with New Fall Brand Campaign, #GiltLife

Gilt.com, the innovative online shopping destination, announces the debut of #GiltLife, a 360-degree brand campaign that captures the thrill of enjoying life in style. As part of the campaign, Alessandra Ambrosio, Kate Bosworth, and Marcus Samuelsson will be featured in custom video spots that capture each living their own #GiltLife. The multi-channel campaign includes four video spots, 17 campaign images, sponsored content, and a dynamic pop-up townhouse in New York City.

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Gilt (www.gilt.com) is an innovative online shopping retailer offering its members special access to the most inspiring lifestyle merchandise and experiences – all at exceptional prices. Gilt is a daily destination for discovery of the most coveted brands and products, including fashion and accessories for women, men, and children; home décor; and unique activities in select cities and destinations.

Gilt is a destination for the total life—we offer our members the best of fashion, beauty, home, local activities, and travel. We’ve evolved the flash sale model to more seamlessly showcase unique lifestyle content, merchandise and experiences, so that our members can shop for a stylish life in just a few clicks,” said Jonathan Greller, President of Gilt. “We are thrilled to launch the #GiltLife campaign as a vehicle to present Gilt as an expert curator of an inspiring and colorful lifestyle.

The first video spot focuses on three young women embarking on a road trip to a country house, where they meet up with friends of all ages to play bocce ball, savor an outdoor dinner, take group photos and enjoy the outdoors. Each person dons a different eye-catching ensemble, showcasing the range of styles and merchandise offered on Gilt.

Additional video spots will be released on a rolling basis starting Thursday, Sept. 29 featuring Actress Kate Bosworth, Monday, Oct. 3 featuring Chef Marcus Samuelsson, and finally on Wednesday, Oct 5 featuring Model Alessandra Ambrosio. Each spot grants an intimate glimpse into their lives. All three tastemakers have also curated collections featuring their favorite fashions, home décor, and local experiences, which will launch in tandem with their video spots, on Gilt and Gilt City.

In New York City, the campaign will come to life through an interactive pop-up space, the #GiltLife House. This luxury, four-story townhouse will showcase the brand’s varied lifestyle offerings through a series of captivating events tied to fashion, food, fitness, family fun, weddings, beauty and wellness, and travel. These intimate experiences, including classes, exhibitions, and performances, will take place from Friday, Sept. 30 through Saturday, Oct. 8. Members can buy event tickets on a first-come, first-served basis on GiltCity.com beginning Tuesday, Sept. 27. Products and experiences highlighted in the space will be available for purchase on Gilt.com beginning Thursday, Sept. 29.

Brands and partners featured within the #GiltLife House include: Bermuda Tourism Authority, BULLDOG London Dry Gin, Crayola, exhale, Fiddler on the Roof, Chef Chris Fischer, The Prisoner Wine Company, Safavieh, SCOPE Art Show, Sony Entertainment & RED Distribution (musical performances), and Chef Michael White and Altamarea Group.

The #GiltLife campaign video spots are running on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube and in native advertising. The campaign imagery is featured in out-of-home NYC street furniture and on Facebook and Instagram. Sponsored content will run on national and New York-specific fashion and lifestyle digital outlets.

Gilt is part of the Hudson’s Bay Company portfolio of brands.

Annenberg Space For Photography Announces Lectures And Events To Accompany New Exhibition, IDENTITY: TIMOTHY GREENFIELD-SANDERS THE LIST SERIES

The Annenberg Space for Photography announced its complementary programming for IDENTITY: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders The List Portraits, the new exhibit on view at the Photography Space through February 26, 2017. The upcoming Iris Nights lecture series and other special events also explore matters of identity and/or the art of photography. IDENTITY is comprised of 151 photos from the celebrated photographer’s List Series (The Black List, The Latino List, The Women’s List and The Out List) as well as new addition The Trans List. Many of the Iris Nights lecturers were featured in one of Greenfield-Sanders’ lists.

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Filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is director and producer of “American Masters: The Women’s List.” Photo Credit: ©Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Recent events in our nation have amplified conversations about inequality, oppression and prejudice. These issues often relate to the first-hand experiences of the cultural pioneers photographed for Greenfield-Sanders List Series, including those who will speak at Iris Nights events. The series highlights breakthroughs for groups of people that have historically been marginalized and underrepresented. It also celebrates its subjects’ remarkable accomplishments; each is a shining example in their community who serves as an ally and leader for minorities, often in the face of adversity.

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Iris Nights offers audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand about the experiences and life journeys of the portrait subjects as well as top photographers, all in the intimate environment of Skylight Studios. Other Skylight programming surrounding the IDENTITY exhibition features similarly themed lectures and hands-on workshops over the next three months, including a photographers’ field trip to capture images of professional dancers. For more information and to make reservations, click here.asp_fb_share_logo_630x1200

PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS

September 23 – Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

The acclaimed portrait photographer discusses the overarching themes of his work and other aspects of his life and career.

September 29 – Alok Vaid-Menon

The dynamic writer/activist explores the implications of visual representation for trans and gender-non-conforming people who use their work as mixed-media performance artists to contemplate what it means to live outside gender.

October 6 – Nick Adams

The longtime-GLAAD representative discusses his experiences as a transgender man working with Hollywood to create more authentic portrayals of transgender people, and explain why improving media images is so critical for the transgender community.

October 8 – #BlaxicansOfLA: Telling Our Story

Photographer and documentary filmmaker Walter Thompson-Hernandez talks about his work on the #BlaxicansOfLA project, which showcases “Blaxicans” – representative of the two largest ethnic minority groups in Los Angeles – and challenges viewers to explore racial identities in more inclusive ways.

October 13 – Art Streiber

This presentation is a look behind the scenes at some of the more complex editorial shoots that the portrait photographer has undertaken for magazines such as ESPN, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times Magazine.

October 20 – Ruddy Roye

Hailed as one of the greatest street photographers working today, Ruddy Roye discusses his career in photojournalism and his editorial and environmental portraits, which often focus on the raw and gritty lives of people in his native Jamaica.

October 27 – Faye Wattleton

The esteemed activist and executive delves into her personal journey and the steps necessary to advance women’s rights and status in society in the 21st Century.

October 29 – iO Tillet Wright Lecture and Book Signing

The artist, activist and TV personality hosts a lecture on his gender-and-identity-oriented photography and book signing to promote Darling Days, his inspiring new memoir about growing up at the intersection of punk, poverty, heroin and art.

October 30 – 15 Things You Can Do to Get Represented by a Gallery

Daniel Miller, director of the Duncan Miller Gallery and founder of YourDailyPhotograph.com, leads a no-nonsense seminar for upcoming artists on developing their careers, understanding the business of selling their artwork and gaining gallery representation.

November 3 – Beverly Johnson

The “Jackie Robinson of modeling” discusses her pioneering career in fashion and expand on powerful stories told in her book, The Face That Changed It All.

November 5-6 – Two-Day Documentary Photography Workshop with Jon Lowenstein

The Postcards from Ferguson and NOOR Images photographer teaches a hands-on workshop on alternative approaches to photography, audience-building and effective social media usage, culminating in a one-on-one evaluation of students’ work. Continue reading