Gran Turismo 6 just dropped last week and has already been earning its fair share of rave reviews. This is the 2nd GT title to hit the PlayStation 3 t’s also available for PlayStation 4 and commemorates the series’ 15th anniversary, for which the award-winning racing simulator has included among its features “Vision Gran Turismo,” a festival showcasing a lineup of concept cars developed by various companies just for the game including Air Jordan, Nike and Red Bull and why not, the chance to cruise the moon with a Lunar Rover.
Mariah Carey Takes Over NBCUniversal to Spread Festive Love and Cheer with “Mariah Carey’s 12 Days of Christmas”
Carey joins NBCUniversal to give an exclusive, never before seen look into her favorite time of year on various NBC shows and platforms
“Mariah Carey’s 12 days of Christmas” will feature a wide variety of stellar performances, exclusive one-on-one interviews, an unprecedented glimpse of the icon’s holiday moments, and much more.
NEW YORK, NY– Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold to date and eighteen Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles (seventeen self-penned), more than any solo artist in history. The superstar is synonymous with Christmas thanks to her self-penned and produced #1 timeless classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” The evergreen holiday smash hit, which she wrote and produced early in her career, is the annual bestselling holiday single, hitting #1 on Billboard’s Holiday Digital Songs, Holiday Hot 100 and Holiday Streaming Songs charts.
Mariah’s holiday opus, “Merry Christmas” is the perennial bestselling global holiday album, having sold over 14 million copies worldwide to date. And now, for the first time ever, NBCUniversal has unprecedented access into the icon’s yuletide festivities.
Last week, Carey opened and closed NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center Treelighting special which garnered the highest ratings in seven years. Following the highly rated performances, Carey will officially kick off her “12 Days of Christmas” live from her chic Tribeca triplex in New York City on the Today Show on Wednesday, December 11 at 8am.
Mariah will make appearances on all three hours of the Today Show across numerous days and will also spread holiday love and cheer with appearances on Access Hollywood, Extra, Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, and Al Sharpton’s PoliticsNation on MSNBC. The superstar will share Yuletide cocktail recipes, spend time with the Fresh Air Fund children and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and for the first time, allow cameras exclusive access into her home decorated for the holiday.
Carey is confirmed to headline NBC’s 2013 New Year’s Eve broadcast with special performances you won’t want to miss! The ordained “Queen of Christmas” will also grace the stage with Michael Buble for his special airing December 18th. For a complete list of dates and up-to-the-minute information please go to mariahcarey.com and @mariahcarey on twitter.
Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold to date and eighteen Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles (seventeen self-penned), more than any solo artist in history. With her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent, Carey has defined the modern pop performance. As a singer/songwriter/producer, she has been recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” Award, the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium,” and BMI’s “Icon Award” for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, to name a few. Mariah Carey’s ongoing impact transcends the music industry to leave an indelible imprint upon the world at large. Recently, she’s made a substantial mark in film with her critically acclaimed roles in Lee Daniel’s Precious (2009) and The Butler (2013). A Congressional Award recipient, Carey has generously donated her time and energy to a range of philanthropic causes near to her heart including Save the Music, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, World Hunger Relief, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, among many others. A tremendous supporter of children’s charities, both domestic and international, Mariah Carey, in partnership with the Fresh Air Fund founded Camp Mariah, a retreat for inner city children to explore career development.
Mariah is currently in the studio, writing, recording and executive producing her next album for Island Def Jam Music Group.
During his talk, Dupri mentioned that technology and music are driving down a very similar path, but when he comes to tech events, he’s the only musician there. But that’s why it’s so important for him to go; mixing and interacting with a new culture is one of the most interesting parts of life.
In fact, culture and the way people come together to create things is the most inspiring thing to Dupri, period. The tech startup scene is a perfect example of mixing different cultures, which is one of the elements that Celebrate focused on. It’s those type of situations where you learn more about yourself, your culture, and how you fit into the world.
Stephen Jackson arrived in Boston just 12 hours before his first shootaround with his new team.
But he was already prepared to make his mark as a Clipper.
Jackson, who officially signed late Tuesday night, pulled out a pair of custom Jordan Brand sneakers in Clippers’ colors and his initials stitched on the outer side. He talked about defense, and what it meant to be back in the league after the 35-year-old former champion watched the first six weeks of the NBA season from his San Antonio home.
“It’s a blessing just to be back and get another opportunity to play again,” Jackson said. “The way the season ended last year I just wanted to get back and approach the game different this year and get back and do what I love to do and that’s play basketball. I’m just thankful that the Clippers gave me an opportunity with some great young guys, a great team and to just be a part of it.”
Bringing in Jackson, a 6-foot-8, versatile guard/forward, became a necessity due to injuries on the wing to Matt Barnes (torn retina), Reggie Bullock (sprained ankle) and J.J. Redick (fractured hand and torn ligament in his wrist). He will be available Wednesday night against the Celtics.
“That’s a guy you can bring in and hopefully he can give you something right away,” Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said on the eve of his return to Boston. “He fits that bill for us, a guy who can hit shots and defend and give us some toughness, so I thought it was a good fit. After doing all our research and talking to a lot of people we thought we’d take the jump.”
In 13 seasons, Jackson has appeared in 72 postseason games, including starting all 24 games for the world champion Spurs in 2002-03 and 11 more starts as one of the leaders of the “We Believe” Warriors in 2006-07 where he played alongside Barnes and former Clipper Baron Davis.
“We welcome it,” Blake Griffin said of the addition of Jackson. “We need the help. He’s obviously done it for a long time and been with a lot of teams so I think he has experience coming into new situations and contributing. I thought he was good for the Spurs for the last two years. We welcome it.”
During Jackson’s time with the Spurs Tim Duncan called him the “ultimate teammate,” and Jamal Crawford, who briefly played with Jackson in Golden State, thought he would be a good fit for a Clippers team that has aspirations to go deep into the postseason.
Jackson is the only player on the Clippers’ roster who has won a title and one of two players (Redick) to play in the NBA Finals.
“Stephen has played well [in the past],” Rivers said. “He’s been good enough to be on a championship team.”
Jackson thinks he fits well, too, and said for him it starts on the defensive end of the floor.
“I think from the start, the thing I know right now is to defend,” Jackson said. “That’s something I love to do. I’m going to take on that role with a lot of pride right now.”
“I was in a small place in my life and I was going to retire. It’s not even a question. I said, ‘I’m tired of fighting.’ I was feeling sorry for myself. I was depressed over where my career was going. I was also down with my health.” Toni Braxton on her depression and whether suicide was ever a thought: “[I was] not suicidal, but it was a close relative. I’ve got my kids to live for, but I was in a hopeless stage in my life.” Babyface on Toni Braxton quitting the music business: “Toni was kind of just talking about giving up, just not really wanting to record anymore-she was not just having fun at it anymore. I didn’t think that was a very good idea. I talked her into changing her mind … You know, you can get frustrated with the music industry, but I never get frustrated with the music. The music is what drives us to begin with. So I don’t think I ever lost sight of that.” Babyface on how Love Marriage & Divorce got off to a rough start: “Working with Toni was a little bit different than working with her years ago, because now, we’re dealing with a grown-up Toni who certainly has her own opinion in how she thinks things should be. So we went through a lot of compromises putting this record together.”