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Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal

PARIS The change of season and the end of the yellow vest protests made Paris a perfect weekend prospect - especially when our stay was at the exclusive Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal.  Sat Bal

The hotel is more intimate than its name suggests: 57 rooms and 11 suites set in imposing 18th-century architecture. Apt too that the hotel is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group which itself features over 500 small, but perfectly formed, boutique venues around the world.

PURPOSE

A weekend of partying. Where better to disport ourselves than the Panoramic Suite? The most luxurious suite in this maison took up the strain with panache. Its versatility also makes it ideal for business stays and families.

LOCATION

Very Paris, but located away from the noisy bustle thanks to the hotel’s position by the neighbouring gardens of Palais Royal. Yet the Louvre, Place Vendôme and Palais Garner are an easy stroll away.

DESIGN

This elegant five-star hotel was designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon whose design portfolio includes the likes of the Four Seasons Hotel George V and the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris. The artwork is imposing on arrival into the lobby where Hellenistic sculptures add to the guest greeting. Hangings and fabrics come from the expertise of Pierre Frey with furnishings by Philippe Hurel and lighting by Delisle.

PANORAMIC SUITE

This is the best suite in the house, edging past the Royal Suite, and was the perfect venue for our party stay. Its exclusivity was made immediately obvious by our own private elevator which whisked us to the seventh floor.

The first real impression was made on the terrace outside the suite. With the Eiffel Tower clearly visible to the left of us and the Louvre and Palais Royal gardens in our sights, the Panoramic Suite certainly lived up to its name! The Palace of Versailles might have been out of our panorama but the "Sun King" feel prevailed nonetheless.

The usual guest view from the seventh floor - avec Eiffel Tower

We made instant use of the expansive terrace which was flooded by sun and, soon enough, with bottles of France’s best. Nearly 300 sq ft of space and an assortment of loungers, tables and chairs easily held 15 people here. Let the party commence!

Our view from our seventh floor terrace - Vive la France!

The feeling of seclusion and privacy here meant that there we no qualms about plugging in sound systems unintrusively.

The Panoramic Suite also features a private dining room in the lounge area and king beds beyond for when sleep becomes a necessity.

It has to be said that the circa £3,500-plus that secured this suite over the weekend will get you ‘Paris space’ ie. more compact than apex suites in other cities and the Panoramic will thus only sleep two adults and two kids. The rest of the rooms in the hotel follow suit with Paris space and start at around £350. Yet the upside is that all rooms, suites and leisure spaces come with a finesse that is unequivocally…Paris.

As if to emphasise the sunny day, shafts of daylight set the marble bathroom aglow, amply furnished with double sink, bath and shower in the Panoramic.

STAFF AND SERVICE

The lounge bar

Staff joyfully aided and abetted our seventh-floor shenanigans, encouraging us Brits to make merry. The warmth and courtesy percolated down to the lobby. Special mention must also be made of Leon, the French-sounding Englishman, who presided over the intimate hotel lounge bar and swapped tales of Birmingham and tricks with gin.

Le Lulli restaurant is headed by Jean-Baptiste Orieux whose exquisite dishes are made from local and seasonal ingredients.   

Elsewhere, Wi-Fi comes free and accomplished ‘Clefs d’or’ concierge caters for all whims. There’s also a Carita spa, Turkish bath and fitness centre. There are also special services for families and children.

GRAND HÔTEL DU PALAIS ROYAL

4 rue de Valois, Paris, FR, 75001

33-142-961535

www.grandhoteldupalaisroyal.com

www.slh.com

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Amara Opens at Four Seasons Fairways

PORTUGAL If stunning views are part of your dining experience then head to the new Amara restaurant when you’re in the Algarve. Lucy Kale  lucy@redcarpetmagazine

It promises one of the finest views in Quinta do Lago with the restaurant forming part of the new redevelopments at Four Seasons Fairways, Algarve.

The Portuguese influence abounds, with the lighting taking its cue from the striking scenery of the Algarve’s famous almond trees in full bloom. Lighting in the intimate bar comes courtesy of the suspended Morwad marble pendant of celebrated British designer Tom Dixon.

Here, the backdrop comprises a mix of warm woods, crimson chairs, scallopped banquette seating and a large back-lit custom panel while the views outside bring in the vista of Quinta do Lago.

Head chef Nelson Candeias is among the talented cooks whose culinary passion  permeates the dishes,ranging from starters including foie gras mi-cuit with radish and quince to oysters three ways.

Expect the best local sea bass served with scallops, seared grouper combined with langoustine, and meagre twinned with clam veloute. Elsewhere, meat dishes include high quality cuts of steak, lamb, pork and duck while vegetarians also get many choices.

See more at:
 www.fourseasonsfairways.com

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Bumbu Rum Airs With Lil Wayne

NEW YORK Bumbu Rum Co. is set to air a new interview series, "The Bumbu Room," in which celebs and their fans engage in a candidly Q&A. Rapper Lil Wayne takes the mic first in the series which premiered today on Billboard.  Lucy Reid   lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

Bumbu Rum is owned by Sovereign Brands, a family-run, global wine & spirits company headquartered in New York and led by CEO Brett Berish. Bumbu is a craft rum brand from Barbados,  ranking high in the world order of critically acclaimed rums.

Following Lil Wayne’s debut, future pisodes of "The Bumbu Room" will star DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Dave East, and others. Prior to filming, each artist will announce their “Bumbu Room” participation on social media so that fans have the opportunity to submit their best questions.

In Episode 1, Lil Wayne weighs in on keeping multiple girlfriends, plastic surgery, Rihanna vs. Nicki Minaj, and Jordan vs. Kobe.

Click HERE to watch...

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Private Jet Sunseeking

LONDON  High net worth flying is ascending new heights with Air Partner reporting increased demand for its private jets on a number of sunbound routes. Chris Page  chris@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

The Maldives, with its aquamarine waters and over-water villas, is within reach for £99,000 a global cabin with Air Partner flights from the UK.

South Africa, Morocco and the Maldives are the hot destinations for sunseekers escaping the British winter with global aviation specialist Air Partner. Air Partner expects these routes to remain the sunny destinations of choice for the winter season.

At the top of the tree is the super-wealthy choice of Canouan Island. The unspoilt Grenadines archipelago is framed by the greenest hills and the dreamiest beaches as well as the most luxurious accommodation. Air Partner flies you there from the UK starting at 95,000 GBP for a global cabin. 

Mexico? From £125,000 a global cabin, UK to Puerto Vallarta. South Africa? A global cabin will set you back £130,000 to Cape Town.

Julia Timms, Air Partner chief marketing officer, said: “Whether it’s to escape the colder climates or to enjoy some much-needed rest and recreation, Air Partner offers unrivalled access to some of the most remote sunny destinations across the world.

“With private jet travel and sunny retreats going hand in hand, discerning travellers want quicker, flexible and more convenient flights when booking their holidays, making Air Partner’s expertise and tailored in-flight experiences more in demand than ever.

“Instead of having to fit in with the immovable schedules of legacy airlines, sunseekers can enjoy specially-tailored flights and bespoke helicopter transfers which provide easy access to the most spectacular resorts around the world.”

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MTV EMAs - Bilbao

 

SPAIN Hardly seems a year has flown by since the 2017 EMAs when we were cheering U2 on in the cold of London's Trafalgar Square. Yesterday, it was Spain's turn as Bilbao hosted the show with Nicki Minaj and Little Mix to the fore.

They opened with their collaboration “Woman Like Me” and before being joined onstage, Minaj shook the house with her new song “Good Form.”

Global Icon Award honoree Janet Jackson unleashed a blazing performance of hits over her legendary 40-year career.  Four decades spanned four stages four stages which included African drummers, flame torches, fire breathers, more than 20 dancers and an elevated stage surrounded by flames.  A fitting delivery for both artist and the MTV production teams who laboured behind the scenes to make it happen. 

Throughout the star-studded global music celebration, Camila Cabello (headline pic) took home four EMA awards including “Best Artist.”

 

 

Other highlights include Hailee Steinfeld officially kicking off the show with an EMA award art heist, followed by Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie scaling Bilbao Exhibition Centre’s exterior before crashing through the ceiling to perform “High Hopes.”

Modern Flamenco-inspired sensation and Spain native Rosalía, one of the most buzzed-about acts of the night, rolled on stage in a gigantic truck before rocking the entire house with “Malamente” alongside 24 dancers.

Throughout the night, Steinfeld commanded the stage with her captivating hosting skills, and for her performance, she gave a nod to her upcoming film Bumblebee by performing soundtrack number “Back to Life” from inside a yellow human vehicle, artistically created with more than 20 bodies.

 

 

Five-time “MTV EMA” award-winning  Muse performed “Pressure” from Bilbao’s famed San Mamés Stadium.

Superstar Bebe Rexha delivered a huge show highlight with a mesmerizing performance of “I’m a Mess” while in a bathtub surrounded by nurses and 100 dancers.

Halsey brought the rain to the arena with an intimate solo performance of “Without Me” surrounded by rainfall.

Jason Derulo sang an operatic rendition of Andrea Bocelli’s “Time to Say Goodbye” before flowing into his collaboration track “Goodbye” with David Guetta and Nicki Minaj, both of whom joined him on stage.

Alessia Cara gave a colorful performance for “Trust Me Lonely” against a backdrop of different settings.

Jack & Jack soared overhead with a thrilling aerial routine for “Rise” before crash landing onto a living room couch, joined on center stage by more than 100 fans.

 

 

To close out the show, Marshmello kept the energy booming alongside Anne-Marie for their platinum-certified track “FRIENDS,” followed by Bastille for “Happier.” Five giant inflatable Marshmello heads and hundreds of smaller Marshmello balls took over the venue as the grand finale.

This year’s show also awarded the first-ever “MTV EMA Generation Change Award” to elevate and empower the fearless, original young people who are changing the world.  MTV awarded five changemakers from around the globe, all under the age of 26, during the red carpet pre-show.  The winners are among a generation of young people who are tackling the world’s toughest problems – including fighting for environmental protection, refugee rights, ending child marriage, mental health support and LGBTQ+ equality -- through music, storytelling and digital media.

Additionally, MTV recognized artists from around the globe with Worldwide Act awards and Best Local Act awards for multiple regions including Germany, Spain, Japan and Africa. Worldwide Act recognizes those artists who have evolved their footprint and established their names beyond their local borders in 2018.  They are selected from all the regional EMA award nominees by an international panel of MTV music executives.

 

FULL LIST OF “2018 MTV EMA” WINNERS

 

BEST ARTIST

Camila Cabello

 

BEST VIDEO       

Camila Cabello - “Havana” ft. Young Thug

 

BEST SONG                       

Camila Cabello - “Havana” ft. Young Thug

 

BEST POP

Dua Lipa

 

BEST NEW

Cardi B

 

BEST LOOK

Nicki Minaj

 

BEST HIP HOP   

Nicki Minaj         

 

BEST LIVE                                         

Shawn Mendes

 

BEST ROCK        

5 Seconds of Summer

 

BEST ALTERNATIVE        

Panic! At The Disco

 

BEST ELECTRONIC          

Marshmello

              

BIGGEST FANS

BTS

 

BEST WORLD STAGE                                    

Alessia Cara, MTV Spotlight @ Hyperplay, Singapore 2018

 

BEST PUSH        

Grace VanderWaal (December 2017)      

 

BEST US ACT (WORLDWIDE ACT*)                                                                                 

Camila Cabello

 

EMA GENERATION CHANGE

Sonita Alizadeh -- 21 years old, Afghanistan

Mohamad Aljounde -- 17 years old, Lebanon

Ellen Jones -- 20 years old, UK

Xiuhtezcatl “X” Martinez -- 18 years old, USA -

Hauwa Ojeifo -- 26 years old, Nigeria

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Muse To Headline MTV World Stage In Bilbao

 

BILBAO: MTV has announced that Muse will headline “MTV World Stage Bilbao,” following  “MTV Music Week” ahead of the 2018 MTV EMAs,

The band plays on Saturday 3rd November at San Mamés Stadium opening the way for the EMAs which will be broadcast live on Sunday 4th November from Bilbao Exhibition Centre, Spain. This year the event is in partnership with the film "Overlord".

English/Spanish electronic folk band, Crystal Fighters, will also perform at the three-hour live event, with other performers to be announced at a later time.

Seated and standing tickets will be available Monday 8th October at 1200 CEST for only five euros each at mtvema.com.

The five-time MTV EMA Award-winning English rock band, Muse, includes Matt Bellamy, lead vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist; Chris Wolstenholme bass guitarist and vocalist; and Dominic Howard, drummer.

With over 20 million album sales worldwide, Muse has several Billboard top 100 hits including “Uprising,” “Madness” “Time is Running Out,” “Psycho,” Super Massive Black Hole” and “Starlight.” The band’s new Album ‘Simulation Theory’ will be released on Friday 9th November, and this will be the first time Muse performs tracks from their new album in Spain.

Crystal Fighters comprises  frontman Sebastian Pringle; Gilbert Vierich, guitarist and percussionist; and Graham Dickson, guitarist. They describe their style as "fast, mesmeric and passionate."  MTV describes it as a "joyous explosion of beats, electronics and bass dazzlingly delivered onstage."  Audiences can look forward to a powerful live show incorporating dance music with acoustic guitars and traditional Basque instruments. 

For more information about ”MTV World Stage Bilbao,” visit mtvema.com.

 

 

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New SVP At Nickelodeon

 

NEW YORK Nickelodeon has announced Ron Hines as senior vice president, for creative development, global experience design. Lucy Reid       lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Hines’s promotion will see him report to Anne Mullen, executive vice president, preschool brand creative and marketing. He will lead a team of designers and art directors who work with partners to develop, produce and implement Nickelodeon licensed theme parks, waterparks, resorts, cruises, live entertainment productions, exhibits and corporate events. 

With decades of design experience, Hines has helped bring to life Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America, as well as theme parks and waterparks in Europe, Asia and Australia.

Based in Orlando, FL, Hines will continue leading on two new Nickelodeon Universe projects currently under development at the American Dream Mall in New Jersey scheduled to open in 2019 and Mall of China in Chongqing scheduled to open in 2020. 

Hines comes from a global brand backgroud that includes Universal, Hard Rock and AT&T.

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Jakuchū Exhibition - The Colourful Kingdom of Living Beings

PARIS September sees a unique opportunity to explore the paintings of Itō Jakuchū which make their debut at the Petit Palais in a European first. Lucy Reid lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

The exhibition features a series of 30 hanging scrolls entitled Dōshoku sai-e: ‘The Colourful Kingdom of Living Beings’ painted by Jakuchū somewhere between 1757 and 1766.

This was the 18th century Edo era made famous by poets like Matsuo Bashō, the grand master of the haiku form. Jakuchū’s subtle brushwork and vivid colours also flourished during the rise of culture and art that flourished in the Edo period.

Exhibited for the first time in Europe, the exhibition was facilitated by loans from Japan’s imperial collection. The extreme fragility of the works means that they will be on show for only a month, as part of the season Japonismes 2018.

The Colourful Kingdom of Living Beings features pictures of animals and plants and the 30 scrolls portray an array from peacocks to trees in flower. Jakuchū’s silk painting technique uses paint on both sides of the fabric, the absence of outlining and the use of both mineral and natural pigments.

Itō Jakuchū’s work is a rich indicator of hours of attentive observation and a deep affection for his subject matter. Now, the Petit Palais is offering the public the opportunity to see the ensemble as he creator originally intended it.

This exhibition marks the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Japan in 2018, on the theme of Japonismes 2018.

 

At The Petit Palais 

15 September – 14 October 2018

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm

Open late: Friday until 9 pm Saturday and Sunday 8pm

 

See more at www.petitpalais.paris.fr/en

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The Windfall

Humankind is so clever and accomplished - until it’s time to distinguish between wealth and contentment. This momentous distinction is comedically tackled in “The Windfall” a debut novel set in the status-obsessed wealth colonies of India. Sat Bal

 

There’s even an official name for the kind of psychological turmoil that overnight wealth of this sort brings: Sudden Wealth Syndrome. “The Windfall” mirrors this turn in fortunes for middling entrepreneur Anil Jha whose SWS moment comes when he manages to sell his website for $20 million.  

While this sum doesn’t quite put Jha in the 1% of India’s Bollygarchs, it’s enough to catapult his family from a respectable housing complex to the luxurious Delhi suburb of Gurgaon where status is all.

Author Diksha Basu tells a jaunty, witty story that bristles with the psychopathologies of handling both new and established wealth. In doing so she artfully weaves a cast that vacillates between the former and future lives of the Jha family.

Their future features Mr Chopra, a beefy burgher of Gurgaon and the scion of inherited money. In other words, he knows his way around wealth and is accustomed to the lifestyle it affords. The Jhas are not. Yet Chopra’s dynastic wealth does little to calm his psyche. We’re told that he’s not afraid of much “but the thing that frightened him most was poverty.”

His status fears are heightened when his neighbours sell their house to the Jhas in order to upgrade to London’s Kensington, prompting Mrs Chopra’s insecurities. “What if everyone else in Delhi becomes rich and the people who are poor now move in next door and suddenly we are one of the poor. What then?”

One imagines the same anxieties being played out in Shanghai, Brasilia and other new money hot spots around the globe. The realisation that happiness is not automatically on the fixtures and fittings list of a luxurious house is a sobering thought for anyone who expects contentment to flow as an emotional corollary of wealth. As Charles Spurgeon put it: “It’s not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”

The constant catch-up attempts of the Jhas set the tragicomic scenes ahead as new wealth conflates with old times. Witness the embarrassment felt by Mr Jha when his new Mercedes, which arrived early, was delivered to his old home where it was “nearly impossible to navigate past the cows in the narrow lanes.” Jha’s shame is palpable: the delivery driver seeing his old abode and the neighbours seeing his new luxury car.  

Mrs Jha has parallel issues when her husband decides that they can’t employ a kitchen maid lest guests fail to notice that they have a new automatic dishwasher in the kitchen. The husband even sees trophy value in the aspiration that their son, Rupak, will have a blonde American girlfriend in the US, where he’s studying for an MBA.

Yet the fact that Rupak’s girlfriend, Elizabeth, is indeed a US blonde causes the boy untold grief. The non-disclosure of Elizabeth to his parents, whose objection he anticipates, sets the scene for endless conflict. Rupak is decidedly the weakest character in the book and Elizabeth makes this point with the warning: “Figure out who you are and just be that person,” as the relationship teeters.

The author brings an engaging set of characters to the fray. There’s the widowed romantic, Mrs Ray, who assures herself that lust is a curiosity rather than a reality. Mr Chopra’s son Johnny likes Lexus cars and girls but seems unable to earn a living - a fact welcomed by his dad whose money shields the boy from the unsavoury pursuit of working. And then there’s Serena - Elizabeth’s Indian counterpart. Predictably, Rupak’s affections for Serena just induce more hand-wringing and their druggy encounters stay right there.

Yet despite the promising cast, credible scene-setting and Diksha Basu’s nimble storytelling the novel ends at a plateau rather than the expected crescendo. That said, this debut novel puts Basu on the literary watch list - and the summer reading list.

 

The Windfall

£7.99 Paperback/Ebook

Publisher: Bloomsbury

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Rolling Stones and Universal Shake On It

LOS ANGELES: The decade-old union between The Rolling Stones and Universal Music Group (UMG), has moved closer with the announcement of a global deal that encompasses the band’s recorded music and audio-visual catalogues. Abigail Parkin  abigail@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

UMG will also be providing archival support, global merchandising and brand management.

The status of both parties as global players has been well-established over the years: The Rolling Stones’ huge  impact on pop culture finely tunes with UMG’s expertise and resources.

Sir Lucian Grainge, chairman & CEO of UMG said, “After a decade of working in partnership together, we are thrilled to expand and extend our relationship with The Rolling Stones.  We look forward to bringing our expertise and passion to bear as we put our global organization to work on behalf of this iconic band who continue to create music and influence culture around the world.”

David Joseph, chairman & CEO, Universal Music UK, added: “The Rolling Stones continue to define rock and roll, they are loved the world over and they are the band who never let up. It’s a privilege to work with them and Joyce Smyth, their exceptional manager.”

Joyce Smyth, The Rolling Stones manager said, “For many years now we’ve had a wonderful partnership with Universal Music and look forward to an even more successful future together.’’

UMG will continue to distribute the band’s celebrated recorded music catalogue globally with future projects and reissues to be released through UMG’s labels and networks around the world.

Bravado, UMG’s brand-management and merchandise arm leads the global provider of consumer, lifestyle and branding services to recording artists and will handle global merchandising rights, retail licensing, brand management and e-commerce on behalf of the band, including their iconic tongue logo, one of the most universally recognized symbols in entertainment.

Bravado’s radar will also identify innovative opportunities for creative collaboration within the worlds of art, fashion, retail, sport, lifestyle and touring merchandise to excite and inspire their millions of fans around the world. 

Recent programs and collections include partnerships with Paris Saint Germain FC, Selfridges, Colette and Zara and newly designed merchandise for their No Filter European Tour.

Eagle Rock, the UMG-owned leading producer and distributor of music programming for broadcast, DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media, has expanded its global distribution rights to the band’s extensive long-form audio visual catalogue.

The agreement will see Eagle Rock re-issuing several classic concert films from their archives including: Atlanta (1989); Steel Wheels (1989-90); Voodoo Lounge (1994); Bridges to Babylon (1997-1998); Four Flicks (2002) and Bigger Bang (2005-2006).

Picture credit: Dave Hogan

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