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Jann Arden Is Candid and Unfiltered for One Night Only

Canadian multi-platinum and award-winning singer, songwriter, broadcaster, and author Jann Arden is set to headline a new one-hour original special, premiering Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on CTV and everywhere CTV content can be found. In JANN ARDEN ONE NIGHT ONLY, Arden takes the stage for an evening of conversation and music, candidly discussing career, family, love, and loss as only she can. Following its broadcast premiere, the special will stream on Crave beginning Friday, Dec. 6.

Produced by Bell Media Studios, the special is set to film in front of a live audience on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at The Great Hall in Toronto. Fans in the GTA looking to be a part of the live audience can visit CTV.ca/JannTickets to register for the opportunity to receive tickets.

“I don’t know why they’re giving me more time on TV, but hopefully you’re not sick of me yet,” said Jann Arden. “We’re going to have some fun and most likely also keep things interesting for the editing team.”

“Jann has developed an unparalleled connection with her fans, and has built a relationship with them of openness and laughter,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “This special provides viewers with a front row seat to Jann’s infectious personality, as she shares some of her most personal stories and experiences.”

“Set in an intimate environment and anchored by her candid storytelling, the special provides a glimpse into the life of one of Canada’s beloved artists,” said Nanci MacLean, Vice-President, Bell Media Studios and President, Pinewood Toronto Studios. “Fans will have the opportunity to engage with Jann and also enjoy select performances all from Toronto’s historic The Great Hall.”


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Lea Michele Debuts Music Video For “Christmas In New York”

Acclaimed actress, singer and author Lea Michele today debuts a new music video for “Christmas in New York,” an original track from her first-ever holiday album Christmas in The City. The visual finds Lea in the middle of a New York City winter wonderland, with Lea herself delivering the magic of the holidays in true New York style. With iconic shots of the Empire State Building, Central Park and the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center, the visual captures the unique magic of the city’s holiday spirit and is the perfect companion to Lea’s original track.

Available everywhere now, Lea Michele’s Christmas in The City is an 11-track holiday collection inspired by the singer’s fond memories of growing up in New York City. Reuniting with Glee songwriters/producers Adam Anders and Peer Astrom, the album features timeless hits like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” as well as star-studded collaborators handpicked by Lea, including fellow Glee alum Darren Criss, Spring Awakening costar Jonathan Groff and Broadway favorite Cynthia Erivo.

Lea will continue to usher in the holiday season through December, performing at the both the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as the 2019 Christmas in Rockefeller Center event. It’s the start of what is sure to be a massive Christmas for the actress and singer, who also stars in ABC’s upcoming holiday movie Same Time, Next Christmas, set to air Thursday, December 5 at 9:00 – 11:00 PM EST on ABC.

Lea has set a series of live performance dates in New York City, Lea Michele – Christmas in NYC – Live in Concert, bringing her first-ever Christmas album to fans for three back-to-back shows at The Concert Hall at New York Society for Ethical Culture beginning Thursday, December 19. Tickets are available to the public now via Eventbrite.com. VIP Packages are available through VIPNation.com, including pre-show photo ops, premium seats and more.


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Barry Manilow Announces Extended Las Vegas Residency Dates

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino announced today that due to continued overwhelmingly high demand, ,GRAMMY®, TONY®, and EMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter, arranger, producer and musician, Barry Manilow and his MANILOW: LAS VEGAS – The Hits Come Home! has extended his residency at the historic Westgate International Theater through the end of 2020.

Barry Manilow is fresh off his successful Broadway run and headlining at BBC Proms in the Park in London’s Hyde Park. That performance drew an unprecedented audience of 40,000; no other headliner has drawn that large a crowd to this treasured outdoor event. He followed that up with twelve sold-out MANILOW: LAS VEGAS – The Hits Come Home! performances at the Westgate Las Vegas in September and October.

MANILOW: LAS VEGAS – The Hits Come Home! made its debut in May 2018 to rave reviews and sold-out audiences and earned the Best of Las Vegas awards for Best Resident Performer/Headliner in 2018 and again in 2019. This spectacular show is unlike anything Manilow has ever done in his concert tours around the world before with massive video walls, sets, and special effects – a non-stop evening of Manilow’s massive catalogue of Top 40 Hits.

“It’s an honor to further extend our relationship with Barry as he commits to another year of delighting audiences at Westgate Las Vegas,” said Westgate Resorts Founder & CEO David Siegel. “Barry is a timeless entertainer, and tremendous talent and I couldn’t be happier to continue to have him call Westgate Las Vegas his home.”

Manilow returned to the International Theater at the Westgate Las Vegas in June 2018. He has been named a “Best of Las Vegas” Best Resident Performer/Headliner by the Las Vegas Review Journal in both 2018 and 2019, and the show has received rave reviews from media outlets all across the country.

Manilow has performed more than 500 Las Vegas shows since his first presentation at the International Theater was held on January 12, 1988.

2020 RESIDENCY SHOW DATES:

February 13-15, 2020
February 20-22, 2020
March 5-7, 2020
March 26-28, 2020
April 2-4, 2020
April 9-11, 2020
May 7-9, 2020
May 21-23, 2020
June 18-20, 2020
June 25-27, 2020
September 17-19
September 24-26
October 8-10, 2020
October 15-17, 2020
November 12-14, 2020
November 19-21, 2020

Tickets for MANILOW: LAS VEGAS – The Hits Come Home! range in price from $49.75 to $329.75 plus tax and applicable fees. Performances through March 28, 2020 are currently on sale, and tickets for the newly added dates will go on sale on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 10am P.D.T. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino Box Office at (800) 222-5361 or online at www.barrymanilow.com or www.westgatelasvegas.com


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Ethan Sak Releases New Single to Increase Suicide Awareness

The lyrics are powerful, the message is clear, the visuals tell a story even with your volume silenced. Ethan Sak captivates a global audience with his ability to interpret an unfortunate relatable experience by turning it into a colorful visual with a universal language. Many artists steer away from the controversial topic of suicide, but Sak felt the need to address the issue which has affected his life and those close to him on a personal level.

“Live Another Day” was released late October under “The Color of Music,” and has amassed over 50,000 streams in the first few weeks of release. Today marks the official world premiere of the accompanying music video. The adult contemporary/pop piano ballad is rounded out by a string quintet and other midi orchestral elements. It can be best described as the story of a girl who could have been saved but wasn’t, due to the lack of acknowledgement to her cries for help. The song itself is about someone who is too far gone; the hope for any listener that can relate is to serve as a reminder that people do care and they are not alone in their thoughts. This song will also help bystanders identify a cry for help and potentially be a lifeline for someone in need.

The music was written by Ethan Sak, produced by Anthony Little for MegaBite Music Group and includes additional production contributions from Jennifer Day Morrison, Jonah Hollander and Ethan Sak. The music video was shot in Los Angeles, CA with a cast and crew of 16, Directed by Owen Roberts, Produced and Edited by Melia Leidenthal, and Associate Produced by Linda Rosenthal Lopez. The lead part was played by actress Lacy Hartselle, and other video production contributors include: Adriel Gonzalez (Director of Photography), Quinton Rodriguez (Assistant Camera), Hunter Hulett (Production Assistant), Louis Weissman (Gaffer), and Ash Ortiz (Hair and Makeup).

After learning of a friends suicide attempt which occurred December 6, 2016 and another friends intervention which saved her life by the simple act of answering a phone call, “a cry for help,” and notifying the authorities and her family; Sak documented his emotions through lyrics to help him understand and process the situation while also searching for answers that could help others. “Live Another Day” became a starting point to self-healing and has developed into a powerful prevention and postvention message to those struggling with depression, experiencing a tragic sudden loss of a loved one, and to help bystanders step out of their comfort zone and take action when hearing a cry for help. Though by the grace of god and human intervention his friend made it through to see another day, almost 50,000 Americans every year do not; this being only a small portion of the global stats which are forecasted to be between 800K-1M in 2019.

“I tried to convey a message of hope through the recognition of sadness. I feel that if I can express my emotions though a song, in a way, I’ve conquered the emotion.” – Ethan Sak

A professional review of this music video was conducted by Author Pete Key, and a variety of small group counselor’s, social workers, suicide prevention facilitators, non-profit prevention organization leaders and advocates. The professional response to the video has confirmed a successful intent to provoke conversation, process emotions and to encourage action as a prevention and postvention message.


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Ariana Grande Is Relaunching All Five Studio Albums Plus ‘Christmas & Chill’ EP

GRAMMY® Award-winning superstar Ariana Grande is the first artist in music history to have the lead single from her first five albums debut on the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. On December 6, Ariana Grande’s five studio albums will be available in color vinyl via her online store, along with her Christmas & Chill EP, which will feature an exclusive etching on side B. In addition, her first three albums Yours Truly, My Everything and Dangerous Woman (Republic Records/UMe) are set for release on black vinyl and will be available at retail stores worldwide.

Yours Truly: As the ultimate introduction to the ultimate 21st century diva, Yours Truly debuted at #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart in over 35 countries worldwide—USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Ireland and Hong Kong, to name a few. Ariana Grande’s flawless voice takes flight over the course of the album’s 12 tracks, encompassing theatrical spirit, pop panache and R&B soul. The first single, “The Way” [featuring Mac Miller], debuted Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and seized the #1 spot on iTunes Overall Songs Chart as soon as it was released. Meanwhile, the track also resonated immensely with the Latin audience. The single’s Spanish version climbed to #5 at Latin Radio, showing that she could not only bridge the generational gap but cultural barriers as well. Big Sean slides through “Right There” with a breezy verse, heightening the track’s energy. Meanwhile, the ballad “Almost Is Never Enough” sees Grande and Nathan Sykes of The Wanted trade soaring vocal lines over swooping production. It’s an epic befitting of both the album and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack, where it first debuted. Then, she and multi-platinum international star Mika add their own twist to the Broadway classic “Popular Song.” Moreover, the album showcases a bevy of top-notch writers and producers including the legendary Babyface as well as Harmony Samuels (Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Fantasia).

My Everything: Associated Press claimed, “This is how you follow up an impressive debut: simply step into the recording booth and be amazing yet again.” With additional accolades from Rolling Stone and USA Today, among many others, Grande broke streaming records and won numerous awards. Internationally the album quickly reached #1 in Australia, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Top 5 in the UK, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, Netherlands, Austria, and Switzerland. The first single from her sophomore album, “Problem” [featuring Iggy Azalea], saw her become the “youngest woman to debut with over 400K sold first-week.” Other tracks include “Break Free” [featuring Zedd] and “Bang Bang” with Nicki Minaj and Jessie J.

Dangerous Woman: The double-LP comes complete with the original gatefold packaging and features the hit songs “Dangerous Woman,” “Be Alright” and “Into You” with guest appearances by Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Macy Gray and Future. Initially released on May 20, 2016, the GRAMMY®-nominated Dangerous Woman solidified Ariana Grande’s superstardom as, Rolling Stone described, one who is “capable of practically anything.” The first vinyl edition appeared in 2016 as a branded retail exclusive. With the critically acclaimed Dangerous Woman, Grande boldly defied expectation and revealed the full force of her voice (hailed as an “extraordinary, versatile, limitless instrument” upon Grande’s appearance on Time’s “100 Most Influential People” list).

Sweetener: The fourth studio album from Ariana Grande debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and broke the record for largest streaming week for a pop album by a female artist. Sweetener was met with rave reviews from Rolling Stone, giving the album four out of five stars and claiming it as “the best album of her career.” The Fader went on to say, “It’s Ari at the top of her game” and Cosmopolitan proclaimed she is the “only hope for pop this year.” While V Magazine added to the extensive list of praise that “her light is shining brighter than ever.”

thank u, next: Continuing her streak at #1, the fifth full-length album also debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, her second #1 bow on the chart in under six months. The album broke numerous records right out of the gate. With 360k equivalent album units in under seven days, it now holds the record for Largest Streaming Week for a Pop Album & Female Artist. She also ascends as The Only Female Artist to Grace the List of Top Ten Biggest Streaming Weeks. thank u, next smashed the global Spotify record for biggest opening day by a female artist as songs from the album occupied the Top 12 spots on the Spotify U.S. Chart. Not to mention, it achieved the biggest first 24 hours for a pop album in Apple music history and set the record for most streams by a female artist in Apple Music history.

Christmas & Chill: Ariana Grande’s second holiday EP, now being released on vinyl for the first time, was recorded and produced by Ariana and her team in less than a week from her home studio. She announced the project to fans via Twitter upon its release a week before Christmas: “‘Twas a “long, productive slumber party.” MTV News described the six-song EP as “filled with festive flirtation” and “immediately repeat-worthy thanks to sultry vibes that’ll make you want to snuggle…”

Preorders begin today for all releases, including the standard black vinyl of Ariana Grande’s Yours Truly, My Everything and Dangerous Woman, here: Arianagrande.lnk.to/vinyl. The exclusive color vinyl of Yours Truly (white and clear cloud swirl vinyl), My Everything (opaque lavender and clear split vinyl), Dangerous Woman (smoky black and lavender swirl vinyl), Sweetener (peach vinyl) thank u, next (opaque pink and clear split vinyl) plus the Christmas & Chill EP (with an exclusive etching on side B) will ship on December 6.


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