Iconic Stylist John Barrett Opens New Salon In New York City At 54 Bond Street

New Downtown Location Is The First Of John Barrett’s Manhattan Expansion

New Salon Opening Coincides with Announcement of Notable Collaborations with Esteemed Beauty Professionals

The opening of our Bond Street salon defines the moment our uptown heritage fuses with the cultural vibrancy of downtown. It perfectly captures our vision for the future of John Barrett.”John Barrett, Founder and Creative Director, John Barrett Holdings, LLC.

John Barrett has officially opened the doors to his new downtown Manhattan destination at 54 Bond Street in the historic NoHo (North of Houston Street) district. The debut of John Barrett Bond Street marks the beginning of a new era for the brand that will ultimately define the future of the modern luxury salon experience.

John Barrett (Photo: www.palmbeachdailynews.com)

John Barrett (Photo: http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com)

John Barrett is widely well-regarded within the industry for providing the ultimate luxury salon experience, with the highest standards for excellence in artistry and service. The debut of the new salon expands upon this foundation, with the infusion of fresh, inspired artistic talent, innovation in hair, spa, and nail services, as well as a tightly edited selection of the most coveted and inventive beauty products. The salon will also feature exclusive collaborations and a curated selection of luxury merchandise suited to the Bond Street clientele.

The Bond Street salon is an architectural masterpiece, with a rich, storied history set in Manhattan’s cultural epicenter of art, fashion and design,” says Jim Hedges, CEO of John Barrett Holdings LLC. “It so appropriately captures the emerging vision for our brand, leading us into the next chapter of growth that will elevate the standard in the luxury salon category.”

Bond Street Salon Design

The former site of the Bouwerie Lane Theater, the landmark building was once home to world-renowned painters, composers, screen sirens, musicians, and artists such as Lauren Hutton, Jane Russell, Pearl Bailey, Brice Marden and Helen Hays.

Designed by notable architect Daniel Romualdez, the new 2,200 square feet salon is modern, plush, and luxuriously appointed. The stylish space retains its original architectural splendor with a nod to its historical significance, modernized with a blend of opulent materials found throughout the two-story space. Here you’ll find brushed pewter, custom-chrome finishes flanked with sleek mirrors, glossy black wood trim, and a punch of color from the brand’s signature terrazzo lavender floors. Hand-oiled, smoke stained oak floors with a smooth, satiny finish are mixed into the flooring design as well, in both the color and treatment rooms.

Exterior shot of John Barrett Bond Street

Exterior shot of John Barrett Bond Street (Photo: http://www.johnbarrett.com

The sunbathed salon features a main floor with ten stations for cut and style and a ground level punctuated with eleven color stations and three manicure and pedicure stations. Dual wash areas are accented with silver-stroked ceilings and a glowing light cove for balanced illumination. Changing and rest areas feel posh and intimate.

The atelier-like environment is part salon, part boutique and part exhibition space, offering clients a spectacular array of exclusive merchandise and art, housed within custom glass and polished chrome vitrines scattered throughout the space. Tom Ford Beauty is the featured color cosmetic brand and is used exclusively by the resident makeup artists for makeup applications and lessons. A full styling station is tucked away on the main floor for brow and lash services.Tom-Ford-Beauty

We are creating a 360-degree experience to deliver new and innovative services, spa treatment protocols, and technologies that haven’t been available before,” says Hedges. “The salon will be a place of discovery and engagement, enabling us to expand into different luxury categories, and reinvent the salon experience beyond anything that currently exists.”

The new salon is one of many John Barrett locations planned to open across the country in the coming year. “Demand for our services continues to increase each successive year, so this comes at the perfect time,” says Barrett. “Nothing excites me more than spreading the magic we have created at the flagship over the years and embracing the downtown style and vitality of Bond Street. It is this energy that will fuel the next phase of our expansion in New York and across the country.

John Barrett Bond Street Notable Collaborations

John Barrett Launches First Tammy Fender Spa in New York City

John Barrett has formed a partnership with renowned Palm Beach-based holistic skincare authority Tammy Fender, bringing her legendary spa treatments to the Bond Street salon in New York City – the only location outside Palm Beach where her coveted spa treatments can be found. The treatments will be administered by aestheticians selected and trained by Fender in the custom-designed spa treatment rooms located on the mezzanine level.

I am absolutely delighted to be working with the legendary John Barrett for the official national launch of our custom treatment services,” says Tammy. “This partnership will bring our years of expertise to an even greater audience with a brand that so perfectly mirrors our own passion for quality and unparalleled client experience.”

The Gallery at John Barrett, 54 Bond

John Barrett has collaborated with art collector’s initiative, Circa 1881, to curate a custom gallery for the Bond Street location, featuring fashion photography from Bruce Weber, Helmut Newton, Steven Meisel, Steven Klein, Richard Avedon, Chuck Close and Andy Warhol. The sweeping floor-to-ceiling gallery wall features rare images of Madonna, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss and Johnny Depp, among others. All works are available for sale.

John Barrett Partners with Assouline to Curate Bond Street Library

For the first time in its history, luxury book publisher Assouline joined forces with a salon to curate a library of selected titles in fashion, art, photography, travel, design and culture, to be featured on the salon’s main floor.

John Barrett Introduces “The Nail Room” at Bond Street in Collaboration with Nail Industry Visionary, Tracylee Percival

John Barrett sought out Tracylee Percival, the new Director of Manicure Services and Education, to design and develop an unprecedented nail program. “The Nail Room” is a new and transformative concept in the nail realm, one that is in line with John Barrett’s reputation for innovation and creativity. Continue reading

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The First Electric Daisy Carnival, Brazil Reveals Massive Artist Lineup

EDC Brazil Debuts Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 at the Autodromo de Interlagos in Sao Paulo

Organizers Insomniac and Time for Fun (T4F) has announced the incredible lineup of more than 60 artists who will travel to South America to perform at the first ever Electric Daisy Carnival, Brazil. This groundbreaking event will mark the first time North America’s largest dance music festival will debut in South America. EDC will transform the Autodromo de Interlagos in Sao Paulo into an exciting new destination for fans to experience the most popular acts in dance music on Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5, 2015.edc_brasil_2015_lu_full_lineup_1080x1080_r04_0

The Autodromo de Interlagos‘ grounds will provide attendees with the captivating experience that has made EDC a global phenomenon, while also delivering a perspective that is uniquely Brazilian. Immersed in the stunning city skylines of Sao Paulo, the festival will feature three massive stages, kineticCATHEDRAL, neonGARDEN and bassPOD, outfitted with larger-than-life visuals, state-of-the-art lasers, mind-blowing pyrotechnic displays and much more.

EDC Brazil will also present three of Insomniac’s signature Art Cars, including El Pulpo Mechanico, the classic Pushing Daisies, and EDC Brazil’s reimagined rendition of the boomBox, which will roam the festival for all fans to enjoy.

Embracing EDC’s carnival-like atmosphere, full-scale rides such as Ferris Wheels and high-flying swings will accompany unique interactive art instillations, costumed theatrical performers, and a nightly firework display. EDC Brazil promises to be an event unlike any other the country has ever seen.

Insomniac (founded by Pasquale Rotella, and has been based in Los Angeles since it was formed in 1993) produces some of the most innovative, immersive music festivals and events in the world. Enhanced by state-of-the-art lighting, pyrotechnics and sound design, large-scale art installations, theatrical performers and next generation special effects, these events captivate the senses and inspire a unique level of fan interaction. Throughout its 20-year history, Insomniac has produced more than 250 festivals, concerts and club nights for nearly 4 million attendees in California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New York, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom. The company’s premier annual event, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, is the largest multi-day music festival in North America, and attracted 400,000 fans over three days in June 2015.

A company leader in live entertainment in South America with operations in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru, owns major concert venues in the region. T4F has done in its history tours such as U2, Madonna, Roger Waters, Pearl Jam, Black Sabbath, AC/DC; as also promoted important national concerts such as Marisa Monte, Maria Bethânia, Zeze di Camargo & Luciano, among others, besides the shows of Cirque du Soleil, Disney on Ice and Fuerza Bruta. It also promotes the music festival Lollapalooza Brasil and Circuito Nova Schin Stock Car, the most important national category of car racing, besides the Copa Petrobras de Marcas. T4F is a pioneer in Brazil in the production of original Broadway Musicals and has also done the most important titles on this market such as “The Lion King”. It is producing “Sister Act“.

Two-day general admission and VIP tickets are available for purchase beginning at $190 USD (R$660) and $390 USD (R$1360) respectively. Layaway plans are available for all ticketing options and can be paid in 3 interest-free installments. Fans can visit http://brasil.electricdaisycarnival.com/en/ to purchase tickets online.

amfAR’s CINEMA AGAINST AIDS GALA RAISES A RECORD BREAKING $35 MILLION FOR RESEARCH TO FIGHT HIV/AIDS AND TO HELP FIND A CURE

EVENT SPONSORED BY WORLDVIEW ENTERTAINMENT, BOLD FILMS, BVLGARI, MERCEDES-BENZ and THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY

The 21st annual Cinema Against AIDS raised a record $35 million last night, helping amfAR in its continued fight against HIV/AIDS. The star-studded black-tie event was held at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc and was presented by Worldview Entertainment, Bold Films, and BVLGARI.
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22:  Harvey Weinstein and Heidi Klum speak onstage during amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for amfAR)

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 22: Harvey Weinstein and Heidi Klum speak onstage during amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for amfAR)

CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22:  Dean Caten, Sharon Stone and Dan Caten attend amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/amfAR14/WireImage)

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 22: Dean Caten, Sharon Stone and Dan Caten attend amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/amfAR14/WireImage)

Since amfAR’s late Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor hosted the first Cinema Against AIDS in 1993, the event has become the most coveted ticket in Cannes. Past events have been chaired by amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Sharon Stone, President Bill Clinton, Demi Moore, Sir Elton John, and Madonna, among many others.
Like the epidemic itself, AIDS research knows no borders. amfAR’s programs have had a global reach since 1986, when the Foundation began awarding international grants. Today, amfAR continues to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide and works to translate their research into effective policy, prevention, and treatment programs around the globe.
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22:  (L-R) Eva Herzigova and Sharon Stone speak onstage during amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 22: (L-R) Eva Herzigova and Sharon Stone speak onstage during amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 22:  Kellan Lutz attends amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/amfAR14/WireImage)

CAP D’ANTIBES, FRANCE – MAY 22: Kellan Lutz attends amfAR’s 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala Presented By WORLDVIEW, BOLD FILMS, And BVLGARI at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d’Antibes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/amfAR14/WireImage)

Sharon Stone was once again a Chair of the event, along with Harvey Weinstein, amfAR ambassador Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, BVLGARI Ambassador Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan, Carine Roitfeld, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Bulgari Group Chief Executive Officer Jean-Christophe Babin, amfAR Global Fundraising Ambassador Milutin Gatsby, Michel Litvak, Vincent Roberti, Remo Ruffini, Worldview Entertainment chairman and CEO Christopher Woodrow, and Worldview Entertainment COO Molly Conners.

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CHIME FOR CHANGE SET TO REACH MILLIONS MORE WORLDWIDE AS IT HARNESSES THE POWER OF TECHNOLOGY AND PARTNERSHIPS IN SUPPORT OF GIRLS’ AND WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT

CHIME FOR CHANGE launches app featuring the voice of co-founder Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, available free at the App Store

New collaboration with Kellogg’s Special K Europe set to reach 25 million households and inspire 250,000 voices to join the movement

CHIME FOR CHANGE calls on the global community to lend their voices and #CHIMEIN in support of the girls and women who inspire them

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CHIME FOR CHANGE, the global campaign for girls’ and women’s empowerment founded by Gucci, has launched important new strategic initiatives to further raise funds and awareness for issues affecting girls and women worldwide.

Since its launch at the TED 2013 conference in February 2013, CHIME FOR CHANGE has focused on the power of technology to create change, including through its strategic partnership with crowd-funding platform, Catapult, which serves as the campaign’s donation platform. Other strategic partnerships and an emphasis on social media activation have helped spread the message of girls’ and women’s empowerment to a global audience. To date, the campaign has raised more than $4.75 million, helping to fund more than 280 projects in 81 countries across 87 non-profit campaigns.

Building on this technology focus, today, CHIME FOR CHANGE celebrates the launch of its new app, which will help the campaign continue to unite, convene and strengthen the voices calling for change for girls and women. The app will enable supporters to lend their voices by issuing #CHIMEIN messages, and to further create change by funding projects supporting girls and women through Education, Health, and Justice. Available in four languages (English, Italian, French and Spanish) and free from the App Store, the app was inspired by #CHIMEHACK, a 3-day hackathon hosted at Twitter’s San Francisco HQ in December 2013, which convened the brightest minds and visionary leaders in technology to create innovative mobile app solutions to support girls and women. The CHIME app is available free from the App Store at: http://www.ichime.in/chimeapp.

In addition to launching the app, CHIME FOR CHANGE appealed to supporters around the world to mark International Women’s Day by tweeting their support for the women and girls who inspire them, using #CHIMEIN.

Gucci Creative Director and CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founder Frida Giannini, said: “Since launching CHIME FOR CHANGE last year, we have raised significant funds and awareness for girls and women around the world, but our work has only just begun. We believe in the power of technology and partnerships to drive change, as we are all stronger together. With the launch of this app, we are calling on our community to lend their voices – together, we can call for change in the loudest voice possible.”

CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founder Beyoncé Knowles-Carter created a signature bell sound for the new app, lending her vocals from “Pretty Hurts.” By sharing her voice, she is calling on others around the world to #CHIMEIN: “I am honored to be a part of the continuing work of CHIME FOR CHANGE on behalf of women and girls around the world, and especially at this time to mark International Women’s Day.

CHIME FOR CHANGE also announced a strategic collaboration with Kellogg’s Special K Europe. Special K has committed to reaching more than 25 million households across Europe with the message of CHIME FOR CHANGE. The brand aims to digitally activate and engage 250,000 of their community members, and through generous financial support, will fund projects helping
more than 25,000 women.

Salma Hayek Pinault, co-founder of CHIME FOR CHANGE, said “Today marks a significant moment for CHIME FOR CHANGE as we continue to drive awareness of girls’ and women’s empowerment among millions of households across the world through a collaborative partnership with Kellogg’s Special K. CHIME is giving girls and women everywhere a platform to unite, and through strategic collaborations, their voices are getting louder and our fight against inequality and injustice even stronger.

Commenting on the partnership, Peter Soer, VP Marketing at Kellogg Europe and a new member of the CHIME FOR CHANGE Advisory Board, said: “We are thrilled to join so many other voices helping girls and women to shine and be the best they can be, which is what Kellogg’s Special K is all about. Large brands like ours can use our scale and reach to help make a positive impact on the world by driving awareness, inspiring action and ultimately helping to make change happen.”

Kellogg’s Special K becomes the latest strategic partner for CHIME FOR CHANGE, joining Twitter, another recent strategic partner, the Kering Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationFacebook, Hearst Magazines, Catapult, P&G Prestige and Twitter to support the empowerment of girls and women around the world. Through a worldwide Mother’s Day promotion at 13,000 points of sale, Gucci Fragrances is committing a minimum $1 million USD to support projects for girls and women around the world. The support of these partners, and today’s announcement from Special K, demonstrate an ongoing commitment by CHIME FOR CHANGE to growing a coalition of likeminded brands, organizations and individuals who are concerned about Education, Health and Justice for girls and women everywhere.

CHIME FOR CHANGE, founded by Gucci, campaigns to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world, with a focus on using innovative approaches to raise funds and awareness for Education, Health and Justice projects. Through its crowdfunding partner Catapult, CHIME FOR CHANGE has fully funded more than 280 projects in 81 countries through 87 non-profit partners.

CHIME FOR CHANGE reports on the impact of these projects, and shines a spotlight on powerful stories of girls and women globally through journalism and film. To learn more about the campaign and the girls and women it reaches, visit http://www.chimeforchange.org and www.facebook.com/chimeforchange, and view the CHIME FOR CHANGE short films at
http://www.youtube.com/chimeforchange.

The CHIME FOR CHANGE Founding Committee includes Frida Giannini, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Salma Hayek Pinault. The CHIME FOR CHANGE Advisory Board includes Hafsat Abiola, Muna AbuSulayman, Valerie Amos, Humaira Bachal, Jimmie Briggs, Gordon and Sarah Brown, Lydia Cacho, David Carey, Joanne Crewes, Minh Dang, Juliet de Baubigny, Waris Dirie, Carolyn Everson, Helene Gayle, Leymah Gbowee, Yasmeen Hassan, Arianna Huffington, Musimbi Kanyoro, Alicia Keys, Yang Lan, John Legend, Madonna, Pat Mitchell, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Alyse Nelson, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Francois-Henri Pinault, Julia Roberts, Jill Sheffield, Alison Smale, Jada Pinkett Smith, Peter Soer, Caryl Stern, Meryl Streep, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mpho Tutu, and Monique Villa.
Founded in Florence in 1921, Gucci is one of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands. Alongside the values of quality, creativity and Italian artisanal craftsmanship, for which the brand is renowned, Gucci also believes in the importance of a responsible attitude towards people, the environment and the communities in which it operates. Corporate citizenship is a fundamental part
of the mission and operating philosophy of the company. For more information about Gucci, please visit http://www.gucci.com

Launched in 2009, the Kering Foundation combats Violence Against Women. It supports NGOs and social entrepreneurs, helps raise awareness on Violence Against Women and encourages employee involvement in Americas, Western Europe and Asia.
More than 140,000 women benefited from the Foundation’s support since its inception. www.keringfoundation.org @KeringForWomen

P&G Prestige is the producer of Gucci Parfums. Its President Joanne Crewes, also a CHIME FOR CHANGE Advisory Board Member, teamed up with Giannini to create the Gucci Parfums donation program launched in 2013. Gucci Parfums announced a minimum pledge of $1 million to support CHIME FOR CHANGE projects through the sales of five designated iconic Gucci fragrances: Flora by Gucci, Gucci Guilty pour Femme and Gucci Guilty pour Homme, Gucci Première and Gucci Made To Measure. With a unique donation code in each product, consumers will be able to help improve the lives of girls and women by choosing to support projects promoting Education, Health or Justice. Gucci Parfums is encouraging consumers to redeem their donation codes online at http://www.chimeforchange.org/gucciparfums, and to share their involvement, spreading the message of the campaign.

Madonna Announces secretprojectrevolution, An Art For Freedom Project, In Partnership With VICE Media And BitTorrent

Short film secretprojectrevolution, co-directed by Madonna and Steven Klein, to launch September 24

Film launches Art For Freedom (www.artforfreedom.com) – a global initiative led by Madonna to further freedom of expression and protest persecution

Madonna’s secretprojectrevolution, the 17-minute film she co-directed with Steven Klein, will be unveiled on September 24th, 2013. The film launches Art For Freedom, an online global initiative to further freedom of expression, created by Madonna, curated by VICE, and distributed by BitTorrent.

Still from secretprojectrevolution, a short film co-directed by Madonna and Steven Klein.  (PRNewsFoto/VICE Media)

Still from secretprojectrevolution, a short film co-directed by Madonna and Steven Klein. (PRNewsFoto/VICE Media)

My goal is to show by the example of secretprojectrevolution my creative commitment to inspire change in the world through artistic expression.  I hope my film and other submissions to Art For Freedom will be a call-to-action and give people a place to voice their own creative expression to help fight oppression, intolerance and complacency,” commented Madonna.

Art For Freedom is a global digital initiative, led by Madonna, designed to fuel free speech — to respond, address and protest persecution around the world. It is an online public art project encouraging the world to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution, in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography. Public submissions will become part of the Art For Freedom platform: contributors can join the project by uploading original artwork or tagging original posts #artforfreedom.

Art For Freedom launches with the secretprojectrevolution film distributed as a BitTorrent Bundle. The film, plus bonus content, is available to the public for free download for beginning September 24 at 2pm EDT. Anyone can download and unlock the secretprojectrevolution Bundle (www.bundles.bittorrent.com/madonna-revolution/) to receive the film, plus bonus content, for free.

The BitTorrent Bundle  (www.bundles.bittorrent.com)  is an Alpha project, made with and for the web’s creative community. Our mission is to help artists connect directly with fans, inside the content they share. Each BitTorrent Bundle, like this one, created in partnership with Madonna and VICE, allows artists to distribute content to 170 million BitTorrent users. And each Bundle comes with a key. Fans can unlock artist content with an email address, or a donation. The idea is to make each song a storefront; and each file more valuable, each time it’s shared. Content creators interested in publishing their own BitTorrent Bundle can register for the alpha here: http://bundles.bittorrent.com/publish

The BitTorrent Bundle is a powerful new media format that’s built to move freely across the Internet. It is designed to hold any file type, and any file size. And it’s designed to encourage and empower free expression, beyond the Internet’s walled gardens.

Fans who download the secretprojectrevolution Bundle will instantly receive stills from the film and three HD film trailers. Those who submit their email will unlock access to the Revolution film in both HD and 2K Digital Cinema resolution, an exclusive HD and 2K Digital Cinema interview with Madonna conducted by Eddy Moretti, VICE’s Chief Creative Officer, as well as a special handwritten message from Madonna.

This film operates on many levels. It examines our private prisons. It questions what we do, how we do it, and how we treat others. It questions our governments, and our collective thought patterns. Think about it – the power of art can lead to peace,” commented Steven Klein.

Madonna is making a bold move, putting herself out there to support those suffering under repressive regimes around the world. Art For Freedom comes from a place of real empathy and emotion. It’s a reflection of a world in crisis by an artist who has decided that apathy is not an option. In one discussion, Madonna told me that she wanted to start a ‘revolution of love.’ How can you argue with that?” commented Eddy Moretti, Chief Creative Officer, VICE Media.

“BitTorrent and VICE are both innovative and forward thinking which is why we chose to partner with them on the launch of ‘Art for Freedom’ platform and the film “secretprojectrevolution,” commented Guy Oseary, Madonna’s longtime manager.

The Internet drives creativity, democratizes information, and allows people to connect with one another“, shared Shahi Ghanem, Chief Strategy Officer for BitTorrent, Inc. “The new BitTorrent Bundle format captures this ideal by giving artists and publishers an entirely new, people-driven distribution tool that is limitless in quality and versatility – enabling them to connect with fans however and wherever they want. Using the Bundle format to help an iconic artist like Madonna share expression freely with the world is a perfect showcase for the technology and we’re thrilled to support her efforts.”

VICE is a global youth media company, and the industry leader in producing and distributing the best online video content in the world. Launched in 1994 as a punk magazine, VICE has expanded into a multimedia brand, including an international network of digital channels; a television & feature film production studio; a monthly magazine; a record label; and a book-publishing division. In 2013, VICE launched a news-magazine series on HBO titled ‘VICE.’ The Emmy nominated series is commissioned for a second season, scheduled for 2014. VICE’s digital channels include www.VICE.com, the brand’s digital flagship; Noisey, dedicated to music discovery; The Creators Project, focusing on arts and creativity; Motherboard, covering cultural happenings in technology; THUMP, concentrating on global dance and electronic music; and Fightland, dedicated to the culture of MMA.

Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Prince, Bruno Mars & Miguel To Perform At The 2013 Billboard Music Awards

Ceremony to Be Live At The MGM Grand In Las Vegas, Airing On ABC Sunday, May 19

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Some of today’s biggest names in music including Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Prince, Bruno Mars and Miguel are set to perform at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, airing live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on SUNDAY, MAY 19 (8:00-11:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network, sponsored by Chevrolet and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).

2013 Billboard Music Awards Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Billboard)

2013 Billboard Music Awards Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Billboard)

In addition to delivering multiple unforgettable performances, the awards show will also honor Billboard chart-topper and world-renowned music legend Prince with the Billboard Icon Award highlighting his unique journey and history of groundbreaking accomplishments in the music industry during the broadcast, which will be executive produced by Don Mischer (Don Mischer Productions). More musical acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. For awards show updates and ticketing information, visit www.billboard.com.

Billboard is the world’s most influential music brand reaching key executives and tastemakers in and around the music business through Billboard magazine, Billboard.biz, Billboard Conferences, Billboard Bulletin, and other targeted newsletters, and millions of music fans through Billboard.com and Billboard Events. The Billboard brand is built on its exclusive charts and unrivaled reporting on the latest news, issues and trends across all genres of music. Billboard charts and content are consumed and referenced by millions of people in more than 100 countries through a content syndication deal with global news network, and strategic relationships with other major companies around the world. In addition to North America, Billboard operates businesses in Brazil, Japan, Korea and Russia.

Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound. The awards are based on the reporting period of March 12, 2012 through March 10, 2013. Continue reading

SPECIAL OLYMPICS JOINS CLEAR CHANNEL MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT & IHEARTRADIO TO LAUNCH ITS 2012 HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN

IHEARTRADIO INTRODUCES NEW DIGITAL CHRISTMAS STATION, “A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS RADIO,” CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF THE ICONIC ALBUM SERIES

The SPECIAL OLYMPICS, an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport for people with intellectual disabilities, and CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNITIES™, the community engagement brand of CLEAR CHANNEL MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT and iHeartRadio, announced the launch of a multi-platform campaign commemorating 25 years of the “A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS” ALBUM SERIES, the single most successful benefit recording series in musical history, which has generated more than $109 million in royalties to support Special Olympics.

Clear Channel's iHeartRadio digital radio platform has launched an exclusive digital radio station that features the entire collection of "A Very Special Christmas" supporting Special Olympics.  (PRNewsFoto/Special Olympics)

Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio digital radio platform has launched an exclusive digital radio station that features the entire collection of “A Very Special Christmas” supporting Special Olympics. (PRNewsFoto/Special Olympics)

It was also announced today that Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio digital radio platform is launching an exclusive digital radio station that features the entire collection of “A Very Special Christmas,” with songs by U2, MADONNA, STING, BON JOVI, REBA MCENTIRE, ALAN JACKSON, WYCLEF JEAN, SHERYL CROW, MARY J. BLIGE, NO DOUBT, ERIC CLAPTON, TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS, VANESSA WILLIAMS, BRYAN ADAMS and more, all of whom have contributed to previous albums. The station will also include all-new songs from this year’s two-album releases, A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS “25TH ANNIVERSARY “JOY TO THE WORLD” on Big Machine Records & A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS “BRINGING PEACE ON EARTH” on Word Records. Continue reading