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Alicia Keys Partners Up to Release “Activating The Divine Feminine: The Path to Wholeness”

Chopra Global has just announced the launch of a new, free 21-Day Meditation Experience titled, Activating the Divine Feminine: The Path to Wholeness, from GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, author, activist & entrepreneur Alicia Keys and Dr. Chopra. The special audio experience serves as a reawakening of feminine power, bringing focus to the energies of the Divine Feminine to restore wholeness and create more joyful and fulfilling lives.

Activating the Divine Feminine: The Path to Wholeness helps listeners find harmony with the feminine and masculine energies within each of us, and return to peace in mind, body, and spirit. By exploring the relationship we all have, regardless of gender, to the cooling, lunar, and receptive feminine qualities of life, balanced by the solar, warming, and active energies of the masculine, we restore wholeness to our systems both personally and collectively.

The 21-Day program takes participants on a journey to discover the power of living in communion with the Divine Feminine while exploring love, compassion, empathy, and inner peace. Each 20-minute daily meditation opens with guided wisdom and storytelling from Keys, followed by a lesson and a meditation session from Dr. Chopra.

“I believe the Divine Feminine is an extremely powerful force within all of us,” says Keys. “It helps you grow, it helps you create, it cultivates who you are. There’s a major imbalance in our world, and we can all feel it. To counteract it, we have to open the door to the Divine Feminine in us and its ability to repair and create. It’s been an adventure to travel on this journey of self-exploration with my brother Deepak Chopra. He believes in wellbeing for everyone, as do I, and knows we could all use some extra healing vibes in this moment. That’s one of the reasons we and the team at Chopra Global put together a 21-day exploration of the Divine Feminine. As we climb out of the pandemic, we can use self-care and self-love to balance out the loss and brokenness around us. I hope this experience will help us be our best, brightest selves, live healthier and more joyful lives, and find a piece of peace in a broken world.”

Chopra Global has partnered with YourMomCares, a non-profit dedicated to children’s mental wellness, founded by celebrity and influencer moms including CEO Sharon Feldstein (mom of Jonah Hill and Beanie Feldstein), Terria Joseph (Alicia Keys’ mom) and Patsy Noah (Adam Levine’s mom) to distribute the free program to moms and mental health partners in their network. YourMomCares creates and funds the most innovative and groundbreaking programs and solutions in kids’ mental health and is changing the dialogue from mental illness to wellness.


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Katy Perry Announces First Performance Dates for Las Vegas Residency

Resorts World Las Vegas has just announced that global superstar Katy Perry will become one of the founding headliners at the Strip’s highly anticipated new 3,500-room luxury destination opening June 24, and will call The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas their performing home. The 5,000-capacity, world-class theatre will open its doors in November 2021 and is exclusively programmed and operated by Concerts West / AEG Presents.

Katy Perry will take the stage on Wednesday, Dec. 29th, to launch a spectacular eight-show run including exclusive New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day performances.

Performance dates are as follows:

Katy Perry (8 shows): Dec. 29, 31, 2021 and Jan. 1, 7-8, 12, 14-15, 2022

Citi® is the official presale credit card of the headliner opening engagements at The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas. Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets from Tuesday, May 18 at 10 a.m. PST to Sunday, May 23 at 10 p.m. PST through the Citi Entertainment® program. For complete presale details, visit citientertainment.com.


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Learn the Lyrics to Don’t Start Now by Dua Lipa

“Don’t Start Now” is a song by English singer Dua Lipa from her second studio album, Future Nostalgia (2020). It was released by Warner Records as the album’s lead single on 31 October 2019. Lipa wrote the track with Caroline Ailin, Emily Warren, and its producer Ian Kirkpatrick. “Don’t Start Now” is a nu-disco song with a percolating funk bassline, inspired by music by the Bee Gees, Daft Punk and Two Door Cinema Club. It has numerous 1980s and disco elements in its production, including handclaps, a crowd noise, cowbell, synth bursts and accented strings. A post-break up song, its lyrics find Lipa celebrating her independence and instructing a former lover to forget about their past relationship.

The track was critically acclaimed upon its release, with many reviewers noting a significant growth in Lipa’s sound and vocals. Critics also favoured its 1980s and disco elements for standing out among pop releases at the time. The song peaked at number two on both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100, surpassing 2017’s “New Rules” to become her highest-charting single in the US. In the UK, it registered the fourth-longest top 10 stay on the chart, and broke a record for the most weeks spent in the top 10 without reaching number one. Internationally, the song charted in the top 10 in more than 40 countries, including Brazil, Ireland and Singapore where it peaked at number one.

The music video for “Don’t Start Now” was directed by Nabil Elderkin, and features point-of-view and high-angle shots of Lipa dancing at a crowded nightclub and masquerade ball. To promote the single, Lipa performed it on many television programmes and awards shows, including the 2019 MTV Europe Music Awards, the 2019 American Music Awards and the 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards.

Check out the lyrics and the music video here:

If you don’t wanna see me
Did a full 180, crazy
Thinking ’bout the way I was
Did the heartbreak change me? Maybe
But look at where I ended up
I’m all good already
So moved on, it’s scary
I’m not where you left me at all, so
If you don’t wanna see me dancing with somebody
If you wanna believe that anything could stop me
Don’t show up, don’t come out
Don’t start caring about me now
Walk away, you know how
Don’t start caring about me now
Aren’t you the guy who tried to
Hurt me with the word “goodbye”?
Though it took some time to survive you
I’m better on the other side
I’m all good already
So moved on, it’s scary
I’m not where you left me at all, so
If you don’t wanna see me dancing with somebody
If you wanna believe that anything could stop me
Don’t show up, don’t come out
Don’t start caring about me now
Walk away, you know how
Don’t start caring about me now (’bout me now, ’bout me)
Oh, oh
Don’t come out, out, out
Don’t show up, up, up
Don’t start now (oh)
Oh, oh
Don’t come out, out
I’m not where you left me at all, so
If you don’t wanna see me dancing with somebody
If you wanna believe that anything could stop me
Don’t show up (don’t show up), don’t come out (don’t come out)
Don’t start caring about me now (’bout me now)
Walk away (walk away), you know how (you know how)
Don’t start caring about me now (so)
Oh, oh
Don’t come out, out, out
Don’t show up, up, up
Walk away, walk away (so)
Oh, oh
Don’t come out, out, out
Don’t show up, up, up
Walk away, walk away, oh


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AJR, Doja Cat, Maren Morris and More receive Top Honors at BMI Pop Awards

In New York, NY on May 10, 2021, BMI celebrated the 69th Annual BMI Pop Awards. The company recognized the songwriters, publishers and administrators of the previous year’s most-performed pop songs in the United States across radio and digital streaming platforms. All winners were announced in a special online celebration and on BMI’s social channels, including the recipients of Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Publisher of the Year.

“It is an honor and a privilege to represent some of the best pop music creators in the world,” said Barbara Cane, Vice President Worldwide, Creative. “Their songs are groundbreaking, dynamic and inspiring, and we celebrate their dedication to craft, discipline and success. Music is today’s greatest communicator uniting us, uplifting us, and shaping our most intimate and defining memories. Today as always, BMI applauds the creativity and artistry of these remarkable songwriters.”

Song of the Year was awarded to “The Bones,” co-written by BMI songwriters Laura Veltz and Maren Morris, who also performed the genre-crossing sensation. A metaphor for the importance of a strong foundation in a relationship, the chart-topping single appeared on her sophomore album, Girl, and steadily climbed to the number 12 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100. The melody could be heard on pop, country and alternative radio, fueling its massive success and becoming the biggest hit of Morris’ career to-date. In 2020, the song received a GRAMMY nomination, Morris’ twelfth and Veltz’s second, for Best Country Song and won both Single of the Year and Song of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards. This is the first BMI Pop Award for the pair, who already have a combined total of 14 BMI Country Awards between them.

International popstar Halsey was named Songwriter of the Year for having written four of the previous year’s most performed songs including “Nightmare,” “Graveyard,” “Be Kind,” and “You Should Be Sad.” The two-time GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter released the declarative and empowering single, “Nightmare,” in the leadup to her third LP, Manic. Released in January 2020, the album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with two of the record’s lead singles, the haunting fan-favorite “Graveyard” and the biting country-tinged breakup anthem “You Should Be Sad,” landing on the Billboard Hot 100. Later that year she dropped the EDM-inspired “Be Kind,” a collaboration with fellow BMI songwriter and hitmaker, Marshmello, and the fourth single from the Manic expanded edition. With this award, Halsey earns her tenth BMI Pop Award after receiving accolades for Song of The Year at the 2020 BMI Pop Awards.

As Publisher of the Year, Sony Music Publishing received the distinction for the ninth time having represented 24 of the top 50 award-winning BMI Pop songs including “3 Nights,” “Boyfriend,” “My Oh My,” “Roses,” and “The Man.”

BMI also honored the songwriters, publishers and administrators of the 50 most-performed pop songs of the previous year. This year’s class of recipients included a record 59 first-time Pop award winners such as BENEE, Edgar Barrera, Doja Cat, Trevor Daniel, Metro Boomin, Noah Cyrus, Roddy Ricch, SAINt JHN, JP Saxe and more. Well-known hits like “10,000 Hours” co-written by Jessie Jo Dillon and Shay Mooney, “Bang!” written and performed by AJR, Dua Lipa’s infectious dance anthem “Don’t Start Now” co-written by Caroline Ailin and Ian Kirkpatrick, and Taylor Swift’s “Lover” were also among the songs being recognized.


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Vanessa Williams, Sara Bareilles and Many More Slated for 2021 Night of Covenant House

Hollywood and Broadway stars are teaming up on Monday, May 17th to celebrate the resilience of the young people experiencing homelessness at Covenant House, the international charity providing housing, food and healthcare to children and youth facing homelessness.

In a special virtual concert sponsored by Kia, titled Night of Covenant House Stars, powerhouse performers from Hollywood to Broadway are uniting to sing and share a message of inspiration.

The concert will be co-hosted by six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald and CBS “60 Minutes” Correspondent John Dickerson, both members of the Covenant House Board of Directors. The theme of the gala is, ‘Stand Up, Stand Strong,’ and will recognize and celebrate the resilience of young people experiencing homelessness and the heroism of frontline staff working 24/7 to keep them safe during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Night of Covenant House Stars will be streamed on CovenantHouse.org, Amazon Prime Video, Broadway On Demand, Facebook, YouTube, WNBC and via TodayTix.

Produced by acclaimed Broadway director and choreographer and Covenant House Board member Jeff Calhoun, with musical supervision by Jason Howland, Night of Covenant House Stars will combine moving performances by some of the entertainment world’s biggest stars as well as moving performances by Covenant House youth from across the country. Confirmed participants for the 2021 virtual gala include: Jon Bon Jovi, Meryl Streep, Jon Hamm, Dolly Parton, Ryan Reynolds, Robin Roberts, Stephen Colbert, Rachel Brosnahan, Ariana Debose, Morgan Freeman, Vanessa Williams, Sara Bareilles, Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, Ben Platt, Zach Braff, Marlon Wayans, Capathia Jenkins, Jo Ellen Pellman, Darius De Haas, Daniel Yearwood, Kelli O’Hara, Ames McNamara, Laurie Metcalf, Jewel, Charlie Day, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Dionne Warwick, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ana Villafañe, Alex Newell, Stephanie J. Block, Keala Settle, Jeremy Jordan, Laura Osnes, Jason Ralph, Terron Brooks and more!

“All of our Covenant House shelters and programs in 31 cities across six countries have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Covenant House President Kevin Ryan. “But with all the challenges we have remained open 24/7, creating new protocols to keep our resilient young people and our heroic frontline staff safe and healthy, maintaining critical services to support youth’s mental health and emotional health during the pandemic and serving over 1.8 million meals to young people experiencing homelessness.”

“These stars have stepped up because they recognize that our young people don’t have the option to shelter at home without a home,” said Ryan. “For thousands of young people in this past year and for 1,900 young people tonight, Covenant House is their home. Night of Covenant House Stars will help us keep our doors open, 24/7, when youth experiencing homelessness need us more than ever. We are so grateful to Kia, not only for sponsoring this virtual gala but for their consistent, ongoing support throughout the pandemic.”

“Now more than ever, it is critical that the homeless youth population gets not only the shelter and medical care they need, but also the social and emotional support they deserve, and Covenant House provides it all to them,” said Russell Wager, Vice President, marketing, Kia Motors America. “We at Kia are grateful to assist organizations like Covenant House and the support they provide to the estimated 4.2 million homeless youth in the U.S.”

Funds raised from Night of Covenant House Stars go directly to food, clothing, healthcare, education, job training, and short and long-term housing for youth overcoming homelessness at Covenant House across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. Thanks to the heroic efforts of frontline Covenant House staff, our sites have remained open 24/7 during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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