Award winning American progressive band "Dream Theater" have just released a Christmas single "The Holiday Spirit Carries On". All proceeds will go towards the road crew who remain unemployed since the World Health Organization halted large gatherings around the globe.
While artists continue to earn a living from merchandise sales, royalties and copyrights, the crew who make live shows possible have lost their chief source of income, so Kudos to Dream Theater for this noble effort to help people in time of need.
Here is the video the band released requesting fans and music lovers alike to purchase the single.
There is that one special day when the whole world comes together to celebrate Giving, Family and Fun and that is on the 25th of December - Christmas Day. So whether you are fortunate enough to celebrate a 'White Christmas' or not, we can all agree the movies are a very important (non)tradition during the season. Hollywood continues to churn out Christmas movies every year, and it has come a long way since the first one released in 1898.
Christmas themed movies circle around almost every genre - Comedy, Action, Drama, Family and Silent (yes silent). So with 25 days to go till Christmas, BREAKTHROUGH Xclusive has taken it upon themselves to compile a list of the 25 best Christmas themed movies ever made.
Click to see the Top 25 Christmas Movies of all time
Benee has announced what her fans have been anticipating: the release of her debut album - 'Hey u x', out on November 13. It includes a list of noteworthy collaborations: Lily Allen and Grimes, to name just two, as well as previously released songs Supalonely, Snail, and Night Garden.
It's been a massive two years for the artist from Grey Lynn, whose pop music has attracted a group of loyal listeners everywhere from TikTok to US talk shows. She has 2.1 billion streams under her belt, and now Stella Bennett says "it's time" to put out her album after previously releasing two EPs.
"I'm just very excited to be honest, I'm super keen to get it out. It's been brewing. I've had to keep it a secret for a while," the Supalonely singer says.
Does she feel the pressure of her first full-length body of work? "I think the pressure will hit me when I've released it," she says. "I try not to overthink whether or not it will do well because that'll just stress me out!"
"I like the idea of shocking people, and people not being able to predict what I'm going to put out."
When it came to making and naming the album, Benee went with the creative vision that feels right for her.
"'Hey u x' was something that was something that I thought was cute. I feel like there's never a word that sums up the whole thing … I try to just find something that's completely relevant. "
The album isn't the only exciting project for Benee - who has just launched her own record label called Olive and has signed Raglan artist Muroki who is currently on tour with her.
You've probably heard about Among Us by now, given the amount of people discussing it (and sharing memes) on social media. It's not a new game, having released in June 2018, but it's seen a huge surge in popularity recently. According to Google Trends, it saw 50 times more Google searches at the beginning of October as it did the beginning of August. The game is available on computers as well as smartphones and tablets, the main difference between the two versions being that you have to pay for the PC version while the mobile port shows you ads between games.
Games of Among Us can be tense, confusing, and even funny if you're an Impostor watching a team tear itself apart without ever placing suspicion on you. If you can't get out and about because your country is teetering on the edge of lockdown, it might be a perfect way for you to keep up communication. Well, to an extent. You can only converse with other players during a vote, and the time limit on these means you need to be succinct in your communication – there's no time for logical reasoning here. Instead you need to work out how best to make your case to a group of people who all already have their own ideas. Plus, this limited communication means you get to ignore annoying family members and friends for long periods of the game if you want!You've probably heard about Among Us by now, given the amount of people discussing it (and sharing memes) on social media. It's not a new game, having released in June 2018, but it's seen a huge surge in popularity recently. According to Google Trends, it saw 50 times more Google searches at the beginning of October as it did the beginning of August. The game is available on computers as well as smartphones and tablets, the main difference between the two versions being that you have to pay for the PC version while the mobile port shows you ads between games.
Games of Among Us can be tense, confusing, and even funny if you're an Impostor watching a team tear itself apart without ever placing suspicion on you. If you can't get out and about because your country is teetering on the edge of lockdown, it might be a perfect way for you to keep up communication. Well, to an extent.You can only converse with other players during a vote, and the time limit on these means you need to be succinct in your communication – there's no time for logical reasoning here. Instead you need to work out how best to make your case to a group of people who all already have their own ideas. Plus, this limited communication means you get to ignore annoying family members and friends for long periods of the game if you want!
CNN's chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta did not receive the warmest welcome while reporting from the Trump rally in Sanford, Fla.
Hours before President Trump made his debut on the campaign trail following his recovery from the coronavirus, Acosta told "The Situation Room" anchor Wolf Blitzer about the planned rallies the president has on his schedule including Iowa and North Carolina, states Acosta asserted should have been "in the bag" for the GOP incumbent.
However, a couple of rallygoers are heard chanting "CNN sucks," which grew louder quickly with more people piling on the anti-Trump network.
"And as this crowd is chanting that there are members of the press here who suck, I should also point out, Wolf, what also sucks- getting the coronavirus," Acosta said.
An energized President Trump boasted to the Florida crowd that he felt "immune" following his coronavirus diagnosis, hours after his physician Dr. Sean Conley revealed that the president tested negative.
AC/DC have returned with their first new song in nearly six year years, “Shot in the Dark,” the lead single from their highly anticipated album Power Up. “As soon as it starts up, straight away, it’s AC/DC,” guitarist Angus Young explains during the band's exclusive conversation with UCR. “And that’s what we’ve always been about.”
Indeed, the track boils over with the band's signature brand of energy, including fiery riffs and arena-ready vocals. “Shot in the Dark” also features an emphatic guitar solo roughly two minutes in, reminiscent of blues legend Robert Johnson. “Well, I think Robert Johnson might do it better than me!,” Young laughingly admits, happy to accept the comparison.
Though “Shot in the Dark" is new to fans, the song has actually been brewing for many years.“It was pretty much written a while back,” Young explains. “All of the tracks that we’ve got on the album were written by me and Malcolm. A lot of them were ideas we had that we knew were good AC/DC ideas at the time. But we just never got around to getting them on record.”
Rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young died in 2017, with his brother, Angus, revisiting their old song ideas shortly thereafter. Though Malcom’s playing will not be heard on Power Up - nephew Stevie handles those duties - the late guitarist’s fingerprints are all over the album, including “Shot in the Dark.”
“Stevie is playing Mal’s parts,” Angus explains. “But the songs, all of the songs on there are songs that Malcolm and myself had."
Choosing “Shot in the Dark” as the LP's lead single was no easy matter.“When I first heard the album, I shot an email off to Ang and I said, ‘I tell you what, man. I’m pleased that I’m not the guy who has got to pick a single from this,’” confesses singer Brian Johnson. “Because I couldn’t pick one.”
The band enlisted the help of its record label in selecting the single, preferring to get opinions from outside the group. “I suppose you’ve got to get a clear head and not be emotionally involved with all of this stuff and these [record label] guys are good at it,” Johnson notes. “We all get too close to it,” adds bassist Cliff Williams. “We love them all.”
Co-founders of Xclusive (a BREAKTHROUGH company) — International Celebrity Booking Agency, Fabian Martin and Elena Solina shine a light on working with celebrities and how A-listers are coping with Covid-19.
When did you start BREAKTHROUGH Xclusive?
We started BREAKTHROUGH as a company back in 2014, the Xclusive brand came out in 2018. We are always on the lookout for further business advancement and Xclusive has been our fastest growing venture so far.
Why did you choose Celebrity Booking?
Celebrity Booking chose us in fact, we started to notice a lot of requests coming in to book celebrities for private events from various parts of the world. This made us realize the sizeable market opportunity in this area, so we decided to package it into a separate brand — Xclusive, that has become our core business now.
What sets you apart from similar companies in this business?
Our clients are UHNW individuals, who indulge in premium services and exclusive experiences. Xclusive stands by its pledge of excellence while delivering the highest quality standard to the most influential and reputed families and brands globally.
We work only with A-list celebrities across all sectors (music, movies, sports, social media and more). It’s an extremely secretive circle, but we have always wanted to work in this niche only — to be the best you need to work with the best!
Being a proudly independent agency, one of our other strong points is building relationships across the Hollywood spectrum, which allows for our uncapped ability to book any artist our client chooses.
How does the booking process work?
First of all let me say that having a Celebrity at your event is an exceptional idea, this elevates the status of your gathering exceedingly. It does require a lot of planning and patience, however the benefits are unparalleled.
There is a huge difference between booking a Celebrity and a professional Entertainer. Working with a professional entertainer assumes certain levels of flexibility from the performer’s side, however a Celebrity is bound by contractual agreements only.
Some key details we require on all celebrity booking journeys are budget, event date, location, number of attendees and type of celebrity engagement — this is the bare minimum for a discussion starter.
What is the biggest challenge of being a Celebrity Booking Agency?
Budget expectations are very different in this industry. We are quite transparent from the beginning that this is an expensive pleasure, at the same time what is just expensive for one person can be an unimaginable amount for another.
Secondly we often get calls requesting for a price list, while this is a legitimate question for many other industries, it does not exist in the celebrity booking business. Fees are derived from many aspects, primarily current popularity and their demand at the moment of inquiry.
What are some of the most interesting requests you have received ?
Wow, where do we start? Ok, the requests that stand out mostly are: getting a personal whatsapp video message from the #1 Tiktok star for a recovering family member in hospital, a secret New Year’s eve performance by a grammy nominated singer for a group of close friends only. The prize though goes to the bride who wanted to replicate the video of “Sugar” by Maroon 5 — unfortunately the band was not available on the date :)
How did the pandemic effect the industry?
The negative impact that Covid-19 had on live entertainment has been a blessing to the virtual engagements. We have noticed the rise of popularity for actors and social media stars as everyone has their eyes glued to their devices nowadays.
Another interesting aspect is that a lot of the A-listers like Will Smith, Jason Derulo and The Rock have turned to vlogging in order to stay in touch with their audience — hence an even higher popularity growth. From our side we have also focused on expanding Xclusive by extending our offering to the corporate world — brands which are looking to benefit from A-listers online popularity and grow their recognition globally.
Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), rated the most far-left senator last year, made numerous false or misleading statements during the debate last night against Vice President Mike Pence.
The 90-minute debate in Salt Lake City came after President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden squared off in their first debate last week. The debate between Pence and Harris was significantly more civil with fewer interruptions from both candidates and less interference from the moderator.
Many of the “fact-checks” that were published after the debate focused almost exclusively on comments that Pence made and most ignored comments that Harris made. For example, ABC News published a fact-check report that evaluated 12 statements made by Pence, but only one statement made by Harris. CBS News evaluated six statements made by Pence and only three made by Harris. Other fact checks that were available online were done in a similar way.
However, Harris made dozens of false or misleading statements during the debate—the Trump campaign, for example, counted at least 24.
The following are five false or misleading statements that were made by Harris during the debate:
1. HARRIS: “The president said [coronavirus] was a hoax.”
This is is not true and it has repeatedly been debunked by The Washington Post, The Associated Press, CNN, PolitiFact, FactCheck.org, and Check Your Fact.
2. HARRIS: “The American people know that Joe Biden will not ban fracking. That is a fact. That is a fact.”
Biden, and Harris, have both repeatedly expressed support for getting rid of fracking. Biden has said that there would be “no” place in his administration for fossil fuels in his administration and he would make sure they are “eliminated.” Biden also is on video saying, “I guarantee you we’re going to end fossil fuels.”
Harris, on the other hand, said during a CNN town hall that “there’s no question I’m in favor of banning fracking.”
3. HARRIS: “Joe Biden is the one who, during the Great Recession, was responsible for the Recovery Act that brought America back. And now, the Trump-Pence Administration wants to take credit when they rode the coattails of Joe Biden’s success for the economy that they had at the beginning of their term. Of course, now the economy is a complete disaster, but Joe Biden on the one hand did that. On the other hand, you have Donald Trump who has reigned over a recession that is being compared to the Great Depression.”
It is true that the economy was generally trending the right way under the Obama administration after the administration had the slowest economic recovery since World War II. However, when Biden claimed in the first debate that the Obama administration left the Trump administration a “booming economy” and Trump “caused the recession,” The New York Times rated the statement as “false.”
The New York Times reported:
The economy was not “booming” in the final year of Mr. Biden’s time as vice president, and Mr. Trump did not “cause” the pandemic recession. When President Barack Obama and Mr. Biden left office, the economy was healthy, though growth had dipped below 2 percent in 2016 in part because of a contraction in business investment stemming in part from a plunge in oil prices rippling through America’s energy industry. Unemployment had fallen steadily.
Under Mr. Trump, economic growth accelerated from 2016, spurred by the fiscal stimulus of tax cuts and increased government spending and continued monetary stimulus from the Federal Reserve. The first three years of Mr. Trump’s presidency were similar, in terms of economic and job growth, to the first three years of Mr. Obama’s second term.
The coronavirus pandemic plunged the United States into recession this spring. Mr. Biden and others have criticized Mr. Trump’s response to it, blaming him for deaths from the virus and a contraction in economic activity. But there is no evidence Mr. Trump’s actions caused the recession: every major wealthy country in the world has experienced a sharp economic contraction along with its outbreak of the virus.
4. HARRIS: “[The Obama-Biden Administration] created within the White House an office that basically was responsible for monitoring pandemics. [The Trump-Pence Administration] got rid of it.”
This is misleading. USA Today noted that the notion that Trump got rid of the whole thing is not accurate. “The Directorate of Global Health Security and Biodefense was disbanded under Trump’s then-national security adviser John Bolton,” the newspaper reported. “But Trump didn’t fire its members. Some resigned, and others moved to different units on the National Security Council.”
5. HARRIS: “And on the other side, there were neo-Nazis carrying Tiki torches, shouting racial epithets, anti-Semitic slurs. And Donald Trump when asked about it said, ‘There were fine people on both sides.'”
This is a lie that has repeatedly been debunked. Trump specifically condemned “neo-Nazis and white nationalists,” saying, “they should be condemned totally.”
Eddie Van Halen, the legendary guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen has died after a long battle with throat cancer.
He died at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday. His wife, Janie , was by his side, along with his son, Wolfgang, and Alex, Eddie's brother and drummer.
Eddie has been battling cancer for well over a decade. Our sources say he's been in and out of the hospital over the past year including last November for intestinal issues and recently underwent a round of chemo.
Last year Eddie was flying between the US and Germany for 5 years to get radiation treatment. Though he was a heavy smoker for years, he believes he developed throat cancer from a metal guitar pick he used to frequently hold in his mouth more than 20 years ago.
Of course, Eddie himself was considered one of the best and most influential guitarists of all time who first made a name for himself with his solo on Van Halen's "Eruption."
Eddie formed the classic rock group in Pasadena in 1972 with his brother, Alex, on drums, Michael Anthony on bass and David Lee Roth singing. Eddie served as the main songwriter on their self-titled debut album in 1978 which launched the group into rock superstardom in the '80s.
They went on to pump out hit after hit, including "Runnin' with the Devil," "Unchained," "Hot for Teacher," "Panama" and "Jump" and continued their success with Sammy Hagar on lead vocals after the departure of Roth in 1985.
While the band had already achieved hard rock superstardom, Eddie became a pop culture icon with the 1983 release of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" which featured Eddie's iconic guitar solo.
Though some members of Van Halen have changed, Eddie and Alex were the constants in the band with Eddie's acclaimed guitar work being the focal point of their legacy.
Van Halen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, and Eddie is widely considered one the greatest guitar players of all time.
He is survived by his wife Janie and his son.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he and his wife Melania had tested positive for COVID-19 and were going into quarantine, upending the race for the White House.
“We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” the president said in a late night tweet.