George Michael Returns With SYMPHONICA, First Album In Seven Years

Album Featuring Live Classics And Covers, Arriving March 18th On Island Records

“LET HER DOWN EASY” CHOSEN AS LEAD SINGLE, WITH PROVOCATIVE NEW VIDEO BY UK DIRECTOR VAUGHAN ARNELL

RECORDED DURING 2011-12 ‘SYMPHONICA’ TOUR OF UK AND EUROPE, PRODUCED BY LEGENDARY PHIL RAMONE, HIS FINAL WORK, AND GEORGE MICHAEL

TV SPECIAL DOCUMENTING HISTORIC CONCERT PERFORMANCE AT PRESTIGIOUS PALAIS GARNIER OPERA HOUSE IN PARIS, TO AIR APRIL 13th ON AXS TV

George Michael will release his first album in seven years when SYMPHONICA, arrives in stores March 18th on Island Records in the U.S.  SYMPHONICA is available for pre-order now in a Standard version: http://smarturl.it/isymphonicaSTD and Deluxe version: http://smarturl.it/isymphonicaDLX. The album, produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, and George Michael, was recorded during the wildly successful 2011-12 ‘Symphonica’ tour of the UK and Europe.  The first single released to support the album will be the dramatic ballad “Let Her Down Easy.”

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A studio version of “Let Her Down Easy” is the subject of a provocative new video directed by Vaughan Arnell, one of the UK’s most innovative music video directors. To view the “Let Her Down Easy” video, go to: www.vevo.com/watch/george-michael/let-her-down-easy/GBUV71400065.

The universally acclaimed ‘Symphonica’ tour found George performing a selection of songs from a remarkable career which has spanned over 30 years, as well as covering some of his favorite songs.  Such beloved signatures as “A Different Corner,” “Praying For Time” and “One More Try” blossom in their concert setting, alongside such intriguing gems as “John And Elvis Are Dead” and the gorgeous “Through.”  George breathes new life into the swing era standard “My Baby Just Cares For Me” and the Oscar-nominated “Wild Is The Wind,” popularized by a host of artists from Johnny Mathis to David Bowie.

The ‘Symphonica’ tour made history in September 2012 when George became the first contemporary pop artist to play the prestigious Palais Garnier Opera House in Paris.  A television special documenting that historic concert performance will air worldwide.  It will be seen in the U.S. on Sunday, April 13th on AXS TV at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).

George Michael has been a pop music superstar for over 30 years.  He has sold over 115 million records from the earliest days of the much-loved Wham! in the 1980s, through a solo career which has transformed him from teen idol to icon, via a succession of superlative albums and groundbreaking tours.  After his 1987 debut solo album Faith sold over 25 million copies, George went on to craft a substantial body of work.  Along the way, he has worked with such greats as Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, and Beyonce.

During a career which began in 1959, 14-time Grammy Award®-winner Phil Ramone produced legendary artists including Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Stevie Wonder, among many others.  Prior to SYMPHONICA they worked on George’s 1999 album, Songs From The Last Century.  SYMPHONICA was the final work of Ramone, who died in March 2013, at age 79.

TRACKLISTING FOR SYMPHONICA:
1. Through (Live)
2. My Baby Just Cares For Me (Live)
3. A Different Corner (Live)
4. Praying For Time (Live)
5. Let Her Down Easy (Live)
6. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Live)
7. Feeling Good (Live)
8. John and Elvis Are Dead (Live)
9.  One More Try (Live)
10. Cowboys and Angels (Live)
11. Idol (Live)
12. Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Live)
13. Wild is the Wind (Live)
14. You’ve Changed (Live)
15. I Remember You (Live) – digital pre-order bonus track

Hanky Panky Introduces New Intimates Collection With Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B Brand

An exclusive design collaboration between Hanky Panky, makers of the World’s Most Comfortable Thong®, and musician and fashion entrepreneur Gwen Stefani’s much loved L.A.M.B. fashion label, launches internationally July 2014.

Available at leading retailers and at www.hankypanky.com, the new L.A.M.B. x HANKY PANKY collection includes four new, exciting groups based on Hanky Panky’s bestselling styles. The collection has been designed and created by the L.A.M.B. team in conjunction with Hanky Panky’s New York-based studio.

The result is L.A.M.B. x HANKY PANKY, a fun, sexy and sophisticated collection that incorporates Gwen and L.A.M.B.’s signature mix of pop, punk and tribal influences with Hanky Panky’s unique fit and exclusive lingerie, loved by women of all shapes and sizes.

Says Gwen, “I’ve had so much fun working on the L.A.M.B. x HANKY PANKY collaboration. Hanky Panky makes amazing product and combined with some classic L.A.M.B. prints and designs we’ve come up with my dream collection!”

The L.A.M.B. x HANKY PANKY Collection includes four groups:

GEO: An edgy, vintage-inspired print from L.A.M.B. in pink, rose, beige and black, the GEO group includes many of Hanky Panky’s most popular styles (soft bra, boyshort, camisole and thongs) with L.A.M.B embellishments of lace and black accents. This group includes a sexy, fitted teddy.

OLD SCHOOL OLD ENGLISH JERSEY: This group incorporates L.A.M.B.’s signature typographic print with the words “LOVE, ANGEL, MUSIC, BABY” printed on soft Modal jersey, accented with black trim and hot pink rosettes. Styles include bralette, cheeky hipster, thongs and scoop-neck tank.

LAMBIE CAMO: This L.A.M.B. designed camouflage print on lace is sexy, fun and fluorescent, in a color palette of pink, gray, white and neon yellow. Styles include a hip cropped camisole and retro thong, along with Hanky Panky’s bestselling thongs, boyshorts, G-string and bralette.

RASTA JERSEY & RIB: Channeling Gwen’s ska and reggae roots, the Rasta group features red, gold and green stitching details on black Modal knits. Trimmed in black lace, bright gold hardware and a L.A.M.B. signature nailhead “L”, this group of casual selections can be worn as undergarments or as statement pieces.

Prices range from $23.00 (printed G-string) to $86.00 (chemise).

Says Gale Epstein, co-founder and creative director of Hanky Panky, “Gwen Stefani is an icon of great style and glamour. A Hanky Panky alliance with her fashion label, L.A.M.B., is a natural fit as both companies share strong similarities: both were founded on vintage references and embody empowerment and femininity; both are known for trendsetting design. We are excited to offer a collection of lingerie that connects women with their inner rock star!”

Dial® Launches New Body Washes

Give your skin a rejuvenating experience your taste buds will envy. Introducing new body washes–Dial® Vitamin Boost and Dial® Yogurt. Influenced by the skyrocketing popularity of vitamins and yogurt in food, these new products will shower your skin with moisturizing nourishment.

Dial® Vitamin Boost Body Wash comes in two new products. Lotion-infusedAmazing B keeps skin hydrated and soft. The oil-infused Super C formula with antioxidants helps protect the skin and create a radiant glow.

Dial® Yogurt Body Wash has two variants, Dial® Greek Yogurt is moisturizing and enriched with naturally protein-packed yogurt. Dial® Frozen Yogurt has cooling moisture to leave skin refreshed and soft.

For over 65 years consumers have trusted Dial® to deliver high quality products for the whole family,” said Chris Sommer, Vice President of Marketing, Personal Care. “Our new body washes not only use exciting, new ingredients, but they also feature our innovative Moisture Balance formula for lasting, lightweight hydration to leave your skin visibly less dry without leaving a filmy residue.

Dial® Vitamin Boost and Yogurt Body Washes join an award-winning portfolio that includes the 2014 Product of the Year winners Dial® Coconut Water Body Wash and Dial® Kids Peachy Clean Body & Hair Wash. The growing popularity of these products underlines that Dial® is America’s trusted brand.

New Dial® Body Washes are available at grocery, drug and mass retailers nationwide in February 2014. Suggested retail price for a 16-ounce bottle is $4.99. Also look for Dial® liquid hand soaps and glycerin bars.

Beauty Tips to Beat the Cold: Get Hair and Skin Ready for Spring with EcoTools®

Winter can notoriously wreak havoc on skin and hair, but a few easy adjustments to your beauty routine can help you look and feel great on even the dreariest of days.  EcoTools®, a leader in beauty and bath, shows you how to beat the cold and get glowing for spring and ready for the warmer weather.

Helping women look beautiful, live beautifully™ is what EcoTools, a brand from Paris Presents Incorporated, is all about. The EcoTools collection of cosmetic accessories, hair brushes and bath and body products features renewable, animal cruelty-free and recyclable materials.

When the air is dry and cold, it is important to take care of skin and hair to replace the moisture that it steals,” said Eva Oreskovich, Executive Director of Global Marketing at Paris Presents Incorporated.  “This winter has been especially harsh, and EcoTools is here to help with our full line of bath accessories.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
Moisturizing is one of the most important rules of thumb to beat dryness. Choose a quality lotion and use it daily to put much-needed moisture back into skin. Get extra mileage out of your moisturizer by exfoliating with theEcoTools Dual Sided Body Buff ($1.99) before applying lotion. The gentle exfoliation will help skin hold moisture longer.

Break Away From Breakouts
Dirt and oil can clog pores and lead to blackheads, as can dry, flaky skin. To prevent blackheads and whiteheads from surfacing, use the EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge ($5.99) to easily exfoliate.  It is handmade with 100 percent natural Konjac fiber, a highly renewable root that is used in Asia as a natural exfoliant.  The Pure Complexion Facial Sponge is available in either sensitive skin or deep cleansing to perfectly suite your skin type.

Upgrade Your Body Wash
Overly fragrant soaps can further dry out skin. During colder months, opt for a super-rich, moisturizing body wash and lather up using the EcoPouf® Delicate Bath Sponge ($2.49). The sponge is silky-soft and extra-large to deliver amazing lather and gentle cleansing, even for the most sensitive skin.

Help Out Hair
While summer often gets the rap as being hard on hair with the sun and chlorinated pools, winter doesn’t go easy on the follicles either. Chilly temperatures can leave strands dry and fragile. Indulge in a nourishing hair treatment once a week to combat dryness. Regularly use deep conditioner, or apply hair oil to damp hair. Try washing hair every other day as to not strip away hair’s natural oils using the EcoTools Shower Cap & Storage Case ($6.99) to protect hair in between lathers.

Step Up Your Foot Care Regimen
The cold can promote chapping and cracking, so it’s important to care for feet daily to make sure they are ready for their spring debut. Treat yourself to an at-home pedicure with a few easy steps. Soak feet in warm water to soften calluses, then use the EcoTools Foot Brush & Pumice ($3.99) to gently exfoliate. Trim nails and then pick a pretty polish to finish.

All these winter-busting EcoTools products are available online at EcoTools.com.  Use code BATH14 at check out to receive 25 percent off through March 11, 2014.

All EcoTools products are made with renewable, cruelty-free and recycled materials. For more information on EcoTools’ full line of bath accessories, super-soft makeup brushes or new hair brush line, visit ecotools.com orfacebook.com/ecotools.