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Playmonster Swings Into Action With The Orangutan Project Partnership

By now most of you know that we hit a lot of the major Toy Events in NYC with the Toy Fair, Toy Insider’s “Sweet Suite” and “Holiday Of Play” and “TTPM (which stands for Toys, Tots, Pets and More) and while we lend focus to the output of the companies being showcased at these awesome happenings, we don’t always get to laud some of the other cool things that they are getting involved in. Recently, I was speaking to one of my most trusted toy reps and was alerted to this cool initiative by Playmonster and The Orangutan Project. Check out the full scoop down below and I’ll return with some closing editorial.

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The Press Release:
PlayMonster has joined forces with The Orangutan Project to raise awareness for the protection and conservation of orangutans and their habitat. Coinciding with National Orangutan Day on Aug.19, 2019, PlayMonster has committed to a year-long Green Partnership and plans to support The Orangutan Project with initiatives across North America.

As the creators of the fun-filled kids’ game Orangutwang™, PlayMonster wanted to show that not only is it Big on Fun, but it is also big on helping one of the world’s most intelligent, yet highly endangered, mammals alongside The Orangutan Project.
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Lana Del Rey Announces The “Norman Fucking Rockwell!” Tour

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The Press Release:
Lana Del Rey has announced her highly anticipated return to the road with a run of shows across the U.S. this fall. Produced by Live Nation, the eight-city outing will kick off September 21st in New York and make stops in Seattle, Portland and more before wrapping October 11th in San Diego, CA. The highly anticipated trek will also include an October 10th date at the famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, August 9th at 10am local time at LiveNation.com.

Lana recently revealed the official release date for her forthcoming album ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell!,’ out everywhere Friday, August 30th, 2019. The album is now available for pre-order on download, CD, vinyl and cassette in bespoke formats. The highly anticipated album was mainly produced and co-written with Jack Antonoff and will include ‘Venice Bitch,’ ‘Mariners Apartment Complex,’ ‘hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but I have it,’ and the cover of Sublime’s ‘Doin’ Time’.
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The Lumineers Announce 2020 North American Tour

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The Press Release:
The Lumineers have announced a 2020 headlining North American tour of arenas and amphitheatres. The tour dates are in support of their upcoming album III out September 13 on Dualtone (an Entertainment One Company) in the U.S. and Canada, and on Decca Records for the rest of the world. Mt. Joy, who recently emerged as “a fast and furious 21st century success story” (Magnet), has been added as support for multiple dates. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, August 16 at 10am local time at TheLumineers.com.

The Lumineers are playing the grand opening of the new state-of-the-art Mission Ballroom in their hometown, Denver. The show will be streamed live exclusively to The Lumineers’ Fan Club members via The Big Parade App. Join the Fan Club HERE. The special show starts at 8pm MT on August 7th.

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The Lumineers by Danny Clinch

The Lumineers will once again partner with CID Entertainment to offer fans the opportunity to pair a premium concert ticket with merchandise or pre-show access to the III Lounge, with hospitality and entertainment. Packages will be available beginning August 12th at 10am local time. For details, visit cidentertainment.com/events/the-lumineers-tour/
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The Orchard Announces Lineup for 6th Annual “Ten Band One Cause” Pink Vinyl Campaign

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The Press Release:
The Orchard today is pleased to announce the 6th Annual “Ten Bands One Cause” pink vinyl campaign in support of Gilda’s Club NYC, a charity that provides free emotional and social support for cancer patients and their families.

This fall The Orchard and its label partners will release a run of limited edition pink vinyl albums from 10 participating artists –John Prine, Third Eye Blind, Spiritualized, Sunn O))), Amanda Palmer, Courtney Marie Andrews, Mark Lanegan, Saves The Day, Colter Wall and Lacuna Coil. The titles will be available for purchase from September 27-October 25 at vinyl-selling music retailers nationwide with proceeds benefitting Gilda’s Club NYC.
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Here’s The 2019 MTV VMA Nominations

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Hey there my friends, it seems as though we’ve arrived at the time of the nominations for the coveted MTV VMA (which is the Video Music Awards for those not in the aware). The show will air in late August and take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. I don’t follow the network and most of these artists based on my own musical interests but I am always happy to share these kinds of awards to our readership since their own interests do not always reflect my own. Take a look.

Video of the Year:
21 Savage: “a lot” [ft. J. Cole]
Billie Eilish: “bad guy”
Ariana Grande: thank u, next”
Jonas Brothers: “Sucker”
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road (Remix)” [ft. Billy Ray Cyrus]
Taylor Swift: “You Need to Calm Down”

Artist of the Year:
Cardi B
Billie Eilish
Ariana Grande
Halsey
Jonas Brothers
Shawn Mendes
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