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The Prince Estate Is Launching a Limited-Edition Capsule Collection with Urban Decay

The Prince Estate and Urban Decay has announced an exclusive limited-edition cosmetics capsule inspired by the creative genius and personal style of Prince. The Purple One’s signature color is highlighted alongside gold and black in the collection created to honor his vibrant self-expression. With meticulous attention to detail and a constant desire for refinement and reinvention, Prince owned his looks unapologetically, never shy to live by his own rules. The elements in this collection will inspire fans and those getting to know Prince to live boldly and without limits. The Prince x Urban Decay capsule will be available in May.

The collection and the overall campaign was designed in close collaboration with key members of Prince’s artistic camp, including creative director Trevor Guy; his beloved muse and close friend, Damaris Lewis, who began touring with him in 2012; and renowned photographer/director Randee St. Nicholas who captured art for the campaign and was a close collaborator with Prince for three decades.

“I’m very excited for this collection. I hope it inspires you to make your own rules, just as Prince did for so many decades,” says Damaris Lewis. The multi-talented actress, model, and dancer first joined Prince’s band the New Power Generation in 2012 on his Welcome 2 Australia Tour and continued performing alongside him during the final chapters of his prolific career.

“It’s incredibly important to carry on Prince’s legacy in a way that truly gets it right,” says Randee St. Nicholas. “He challenged you to rise to his level of work ethic and intensity – not in a way that was threatening or fearful, you just didn’t want to disappoint him. He made you want to be your best, perform at the highest caliber and step outside of your comfort zone. When shooting, it was important to embody this boldness and freedom.”

Wende Zomnir, Urban Decay brand co-founder and a Prince fangirl dating back to the ’80s, added that paying homage to Prince made sense for many different reasons. “We couldn’t possibly imitate someone as legendary as Prince, and to compare him to a palette would diminish what he represents. It’s easy to say why this collection makes sense on the surface – his makeup looks and our shared love of purple – but we did our best to reflect his energy on a deeper level. We found his ethos of not asking permission to be who he was and owning it so boldly aligned with our values of breaking the mold and championing all forms of beauty.”

The Prince Estate passionately presents Prince’s life and work and cultivates opportunities to further his legacy. As the singular, authoritative source on all things Prince, The Prince Estate inspires and educates fans, celebrates Prince in his totality, and stewards Prince’s legacy into the future.


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Joe Jonas Offers a Helping Hand

As restrictions ease and we start to imagine brighter days ahead, Expedia has launched its Travel Companions Report in collaboration with singer, songwriter and actor, Joe Jonas. The report uncovers half (49%) of British adults feel stressed at the thought of booking international trips, and a fifth (19%) state they need a helping hand when booking travel compared to pre-COVID. And so, Expedia and Joe Jonas are teaming up to offer travellers an actual Helping Hand to help reduce stress as they make their way back out there.

Available in limited quantities are 100 exact replicas of Joe Jonas’ right hand, created to symbolise the support and reassurance Expedia aims to bring to travellers. Recognising that for many, the idea of booking their first trip since the start of the pandemic may come with feelings of hesitation and uncertainty, Expedia’s Helping Hand is a symbol of the travel company’s new commitment to being the ultimate travel companion.

A limited-edition piece of art, the Helping Hands were created using a 3D printer and stereolithography technology. Every hand has been individually painted with custom artwork, then numbered (by hand), and signed by Jonas. Helping Hands can be redeemed now while supplies last, at helpinghand.expedia.co.uk.

As a way of offering a helping hand to communities impacted during the pandemic, Expedia is donating USD $100,000 to Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian organisation working on the front lines of crisis, disaster, poverty, and climate change to create a world where everyone can prosper. The donation will provide emergency supplies, food, clean water and support to communities facing the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joe Jonas comments: “I’ve spent so much of my life on the road – touring the world and playing in virtually every major city. Travelling has always been a personal passion for me, but after more than a year spent at home, I am eager to get back out there. I know that travel is better when I have a great companion to explore with – Expedia gets that too. I’m excited to team up with them to help people feel confident about traveling the world again, whenever they’re ready, by lending a helping hand: one that supports travellers at every step of the way. Because let’s face it – it matters who you travel with.”


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Alicia Keys Announces Powerful Collaboration To Promote Mental Wellbeing

The Class, a mindful movement practice, and Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, author, activist and entrepreneur, Alicia Keys, have just announced The Soulful Sessions, a 3-part musical journey to move the body and lift the soul.

The Class and Alicia Keys joined forces to curate three classes set to Alicia’s profoundly heartfelt music; designed to ground students, process a range of emotions, and ultimately restore balance.

These sessions will be released in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month. The first session is available on-demand in The Class Digital Studio beginning the week of May 3 with the second two sessions to be released on May 5th and 7th. The Soulful Sessions include: Connect to the Soul led by Taryn Toomey, Free the Mind guided by Natalie Kuhn, and Arrive in the Body guided by Soeuraya Wilson.

“I love The Class. The method is incredibly inspiring and powerful, especially with its ability to help heal and restore,” said Alicia Keys. “Not only does it get your body strong, it strengthens your emotional body, mind and spirit too. I’m a real believer in the importance of Soulcare. Taking care of ourselves and our souls and these Beautiful Sessions are meant to give us all even more tools to soothe and uplift. I love this collaboration!”

In honor of this collaboration, The Class has made a donation to Sad Girls Club. Based in the hometown of both AliciaKeys and The Class, Sad Girls Club is an NYC non-profit organization founded to create community and diminish stigma around mental health. They strive to support womxn of color within the millennial and Gen Z population.


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Learn the Lyrics to Be Like That by Kane Brown, Swae Lee and Khalid

“Be Like That” is a song by American singer Kane Brown, American rapper Swae Lee and American singer and songwriter Khalid. It was released on July 10, 2020, through RCA Records Nashville as the third single from Brown’s third EP Mixtape, Vol. 1.

Brown discussed the song’s meaning in a statement to Billboard, saying: “It’s about all the different feelings you can have in a relationship. And trying not to overthink it.” “Be Like That” mixes country with “infectious” pop and hip-hop elements.

“We both wanna love
We both wanna slide
We both wanna argue until we’re both right
And you want a hug
I kiss you goodnight
Maybe we’re both just out of our mind
You throw tantrums while I’m twisting up
No medicine is fixing us
Can’t tell you why but tell you what
You got me thinking”

The lyric video was uploaded on July 10, 2020. The official music video was released on August 19, 2020, and was directed by Alex Alvga. Being set in the 1940s, it features the three singers taking over the Pink Motel in Sun Valley, California and showcasing a classic diner, as well as an empty pool with vintage TVs.

Listen to the crossover track here.


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Usher Teams Up To Celebrate Two Cultures Of Excellence

It has been recently announced that Rémy Martin is dropping a collaborative new campaign with multi–Grammy award winning musical artist, Usher to celebrate the harmonious blending of two cultures of timeless excellence: Music and Cognac. “Team Up For Excellence – The Film” highlights the cultural connection between Cognac and American music since 1917 in France, and how the two have been synonymous ever since.

In the Film imagined in collaboration with FRED & FARID New York, Usher narrates a story spanning the decades from the 1920’s to present day, which pays tribute to the multi–cultural connections, celebrated styles and rhythms of the past. From Blues to Hip–Hop, Swing Dancing to Break–Dancing; Usher and Rémy Martin®1738 Accord Royal travel through decades in France and the US, to honor these cultural figures; both rooted in a shared philosophy of aiming for the stars.

“Music doesn’t need Cognac to exist, and Cognac doesn’t need Music to exist,” states Usher, “but what is beautiful is that they were meant to meet and when they did, they created cultural harmony.”

Teaming up with Usher and Rémy Martin, are globally recognized creatives including Raphael Saadiq, world–renowned musical composer; Marci Rodgers, Academy–Award winning costume stylist; Aakomon Jones, award winning dance choreographer; and director of the production; Jake Nava.

“I was really inspired by creating the historical music scenes in a way that felt true to the spirit of that moment, but also relevant and eye–catching to a young contemporary audience,” states Jake Nava, “This dual priority informed my direction of all the music, dance and Usher’s performance.”

The heart and soul of cultural movements throughout history paved the way for future artists to innovate, while paying homage to their roots and the musical styles that came before them. The same respect for heritage is honored by Rémy Martin and Cellar Master, Baptiste Loiseau, who has inherited the savoir–faire of the House from previous generations of cellar masters. Through this transmission of knowledge, Rémy Martin®1738 Accord Royal continues to encompass the spirit of celebrating depth of character and the excitement of indulging in moments of collective success.

“Rémy Martin has been at the center of celebration for centuries, and the celebratory nature of Music is synonymous with our history of honoring communities and culture,” said Amaury Vinclet, Global Executive Director of Rémy Martin “Acknowledging this collective success has been at the heart of Rémy Martin since 1724.”

Historically, Rémy Martin and Usher teamed up during his 2010 “OMG” world tour, where the Cognac brand was the official sponsor of after parties across the United States, Canada and Europe. Additionally, Usher co–hosted the launch dinner for Producer Series with Jermaine Dupri in 2018.

“Team Up For Excellence – The Film is a monumental artistic achievement stemming from our collaboration and long–standing relationship with our trusted creative global agency, FRED & FARID,” said Philippe Farnier, Chief Executive Officer for The House of Rémy Martin. “We celebrate this performance between our brand, creative agency and artist Usher. At Rémy Martin, we team up with those sharing our same quest for excellence, rooted in our values of people, terroir and time.”


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