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“BITCH I’M MADONNA” !!! – View Today’s Video Release Here

MADONNA is premiering the music video for “Bitch I’m Madonna” today on Tidal. The video, the third from her critically acclaimed 13th studio album REBEL HEART, is available to view exclusively by Tidal subscribers for 24 hours.  Go HERE.  Following its premiere on Tidal, the video will be available on Madonna’s VEVO page.

Featuring guest stars:  Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Diplo, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Rita Ora, Chris Rock and Kanye West along with fashion designer Alexander Wang and Madonna’s sons Rocco and David, the “Bitch I’m Madonna” video was shot on the 17th floor at Andre Balasz’s Standard Highline hotel and in its clubs the Boom Boom Room and Le Bain. Jonas Åkerlund, who has directed several of Madonna’s videos including the already classic and current “Ghosttown”, “Music” and “Ray of Light”, directed the video.  It was styled by Arianne Phillips who is one of Madonna’s longtime stylists and was the costume designer on Madonna’s film W.E. as well as last five Madonna Tours.  A complete list of Madonna’s wardrobe can be found below.  Other credits include: Megan Lawson and Kevin Maher for choreography, Andy LeCompte for hair and makeup by Aaron Henrikson.

The Material Girl will kick off her highly anticipated Rebel Heart Tour on September 9th in Montreal, Quebec at the Bell Centre. A full list of dates can be found HERE.
Rave reviews for Rebel Heart include: ROLLING STONE:  “Rebel Heart is a long, passionate, self-referential meditation on losing love and finding purpose in chilling times.”   LA TIMES:  “Rebel Heart like its creator pushes through the pain and more often than not lands solidy and with great grace on its feet.”   NOISEY: “Madonna continues to keep us on our toes, like no other performer in the history of modern music..  NY DAILY NEWS ‘Rebel Heart’s best moments boast some of the most finely structured pop melodies of Madonna’s 32-year career.” It is available HERE.

MADONNA’S FASHION IN BITCH I’M MADONNA

MAIN LOOK

Leopard Dress: MOSCHINO
Custom Leather Jacket: DISCOUNT UNIVERSE
Threat Hat: SSUR
Whistle: CHANEL
Gloves: MAJESTY BLACK
Jewelry: LYN BAN
Shoes: GUISEPPE ZANOTTI

SECOND LOOK

Blue Silkscreen Shirt Custom Madonna / Marilyn T-shirt: TOMTOM FASHIONS
Hat: ADEEN!
Shoes: PRADA
Pink Gloves: GASPAR
Large Silver Ring: CHRIS HABANA
Rings: LYN BAN
Cuff: EDDIE BORGO

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Millennials Are a Highly Engaged Audience Willing to Spend on Arts Events

Art is definitely not dead and today Eventbrite released new insights that showcase Millennials’ unique perspective on Performing and Visual Arts events.

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Eventbrite, the global ticketing and events marketplace, today released new research that examines how millennials define, discover, spend on and engage with performing and visual arts events. Eventbrite, which experienced a 54% year-over-year increase in performing and visual arts events, surveyed more than a thousand Americans who attended an event in this category in the past 12 months. The study, “The Art of Attraction: How to Grow Your Millennial Arts Audience,” uncovers key insights including:

Millennials Attend and Spend
The millennial generation currently commands an estimated $1.3 trillion in direct annual spending and they are allocating a healthy amount of their disposable income to performing and visual arts events; one in five millennials spend $500 or more in the past year on or at performing arts or visual arts events. They also splurge on souvenirs at these events; one in three millennials said they were likely to buy merchandise, such as posters or apparel, while attending an arts event.

Numerous millennials are apt to prioritize spending on arts events over other discretionary spending. When presented with the question, if you won $1,000 and had to spend it all in the next 12 months, more millennials said they would allocate the money to arts events (50%) than coffee (35%) or alcohol (29%).

Defining and Fueling a New Performing and Visual Arts Experience

Millennials are expanding the definition of ‘arts’ and ‘arts’ events: nearly one in three (31%) feel that iPhone photography is considered a visual art, more than half (54%) consider graffiti or street art a visual art, and 43% consider comic books or graphic novels a visual art. While some speculate that millennials are less engaged with the arts, Eventbrite’s survey found millennials are often more engaged than boomers and crave a closer, more interactive look at the performing and visual arts world. Forty-three percent of millennials said they would prefer to attend events that incorporate audience participation, while only 29% of boomers feel the same way.

Some millennials take this engagement even further and set out to acquire new skills following arts events. Millennials are more than five times as likely as their boomer counterparts (21% vs. 4%) to take a class related to the arts after attending an event, such as enrolling in dance lessons after visiting the ballet.

Focus on Digital Discovery and Crowdsourced Recommendation
Millennials are more likely than boomers to hear about arts events through online resources like social media (48% vs. 24%), online ads (28% vs. 19%), and blogs (25% vs. 4%). In contrast, boomers are more likely than millennials to learn about arts events through traditional channels, including TV (66% vs. 42%), print (63% vs. 33%) and radio (49% vs. 33%) ads.

When it comes to taking action from reviews, everyone’s a critic in millennials’ eyes: they are almost equally as likely to attend an arts event because it was recommended on a site such as Yelp (47%) as they would if it was recommended by a critic or reviewer (53%). Boomers are more influenced by critics, with 73% likely to attend arts events if they recommend it and only 27% likely to attend based on a recommendation from a review site.

A Millennial Rendition of Arts Events
In 2014, Eventbrite saw a more than 60% growth in performing and visual arts events where alcohol is served, a trend in line with survey findings that more than half (58%) of millennials prefer arts events with drinks on the menu. Additionally, two in three millennials (66%) prefer arts events with food, and 31% said they would attend more arts events if they could eat or drink during a performing or visual arts event.

Millennials embrace the tradition and formality around arts events; survey results found that they enjoy dressing up and attending fancier gatherings. Thirty-five percent of millennials would rather attend an arts event that is formal instead of casual (vs. 14% of boomers). Nearly half of millennials (49%) even think performing and visual arts events are not dressy enough. Even though formality can be a draw for millennials at arts events, they don’t want to be forced into a tux. Sixty-three percent would prefer events without the rules of a dress code, proving a little freedom can go a long way with this generation.

“Amid recent studies indicating a decline in arts event attendance rates for U.S. adults, it was encouraging to see that our study found 70% of millennials who recently attended an arts event expressed interest in attending more,” said Martina Wang, marketing lead at Eventbrite. “The challenge for performing and visual arts organizations is to effectively reach this highly-connected, influential generation, while staying true to deep-rooted traditions. Our findings offer them valuable insights into the future of this industry.”

For more details and to view the full study, please visit the Event Academy, Eventbrite’s resource for event organizers with webinars, whitepapers, and industry insights for events of any kind. To learn more about Eventbrite ticketing and registration for performing and visual arts events, check out eventbrite.com/arts.

About Eventbrite
Eventbrite is the global marketplace for live experiences that allows people to find and create events. Since 2006, the self-service platform has helped event organizers of all kinds to sell more tickets through robust technology and promotional tools, totaling $3.5 billion in gross ticket sales. In addition to providing technology for organizers, Eventbrite has become the destination for consumers looking to discover a variety of live experiences from small photography and yoga classes to large concerts and festivals with tens of thousands of attendees. More than 200 million tickets have been processed on the platform, and in 2014 alone, Eventbrite processed $1.5 billion in gross ticket sales for attendees in more than 180 countries. Eventbrite investors include Sequoia Capital, Tiger Global and T. Rowe Price. Learn more at www.eventbrite.com.

 


What’s In A Name?

I was told by another writer who analyzed one of my websites that I should completely throw out my name.  Get rid of it altogether so that it would be more appealing to sell my work for profit as a writer myself.

But what if that name is already a brand?  And what if that brand is already a public identity that not just readers recognize, but other influencers who are tying to make a connection: publicity and marketing specialists, merchants and artists in the arts & culture sphere, hoping I’ll hear what they have to say and write about them?

I never actually thought of my blog as a tool for sales.  That was never the point.  It was designed as a platform through which I could parlay my former celebrity and notoriety with other reinventions of my entertainment career and create a place where others could launch themselves.  That may sound very altruistic, but opening up the door for other artists in the ways I had needed, wanted and sometimes got, over the years, was, I thought. necessary.  I needed a champion.  I could now be one.

This was the first time I’d ever heard this advice from anyone including other professionals. But instead of it being a shock, I focused.  I asked myself, “what’s important to me and what’s important to others about what I do?”

Through the advice of  a friend, colleague and brilliant business strategist, I realized I needed a new direction, a larger goal, some minor tweeks for a dynamic change.  And yes, I could make money, keeping my integrity and my name intact.

I guess you could say that it wasn’t the name, it was the meaning.  I now have a better plan.

 


So…Salvador Dali once had a crack at designing swimsuits


Fashion Sense

Oh boys!  I have been working relentlessly on one of my guy friends this evening to get him to wear what’s in his closet. He totally has this outrageous sense of style and color and yet can’t find the courage to own it.  However – BREAK THROUGH!  I am having an Alicia Silverstone “Clueless” moment right now.  I got him to wear the least challenging outfit he’d feel comfortable in just to go shopping at Trader Joe’s using the tag line, easy not queasy.  “and yeah you’ll probably come back with 5 phone numbers so shut up!”  lol  He totally looks hot!  Well at least I”M having fun.


H&M OPENS FIRST FLAGSHIP STORE IN MEXICO IN AUTUMN 2012

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB takes the first step into Latin America by opening a store at the best business location in the shopping mall Centro Santa Fé in Mexico City, Mexico.  The flagship store will be a full concept store in the shopping mall Centro Santa Fé, Mexico City. The store is planned to open in the autumn of 2012.

 


Wilson Phillips at Loehamann’s, Beverly Hills, April 15, 2012

On April 15 from 1-3PM, Wilson Philips takes the stage at Loehmann’s, Beverly Hills, 333 S. LaCienega, for the retail giant’s first-ever in-store series of performances to promote Loehmann’s spring/summer fashions, the group’s new album Dedicated (featuring covers of Beach Boys and Mamas and Papas songs) and their new TV Guide reality show, “Wilson Philips: Still Holding On.”

The new album – their first non-holiday album since 2004 – will be available at all Loehmann’s locations starting April 3. Additionally, Loehmann’s shoppers, event guests, and Facebook fans will have the opportunity to win a “Shop in Perfect Harmony” Loehmann’s $250 shopping sprees and tickets to an upcoming Wilson Phillips concert. Promotional period: March 26 – April 22 11:59pm ET.

This cross-promotional campaign for Loehmann’s, TV Guide Channel and Wilson Philips is the love child of  leading brand matchmaker HIP GENIUS