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“All I Want for Christmas Is You” Continues Reign As #1 ASCAP Holiday Song

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As the Modern Classic Continues to Shine, Offbeat Favorite “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” Shows Resurgence on ASCAP’S Top Holiday Songs List

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers, announces the top ASCAP holiday songs of 2018. According to an ASCAP analysis of streaming and terrestrial radio data, the hit classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” written by ASCAP songwriter Walter Afanasieff and pop star Mariah Carey, holds the #1 song position for the second year in a row.

“At this time of year, it is always a joy to hear fresh interpretations of the classic holiday songs that have played such important roles in our lives,” said Paul Williams, award-winning songwriter and ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President. “It really is the most wonderful time of the year and I can think of no better way to celebrate it than by acknowledging the incredibly talented songwriters whose enduring works make the holiday that much more special and meaningful.”

Through its continued popularity, year after year, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has become a yuletide staple on par with the older classics that make up ASCAP’s Top Holiday Songs list, like “Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”

In the years since its 1994 release, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” has topped international charts and been recorded by dozens of artists, and continues to be performed across the globe. “From the very beginning, Mariah and I wanted to create music that would make listeners feel the same sense of nostalgia we all feel around the holiday season. And what started as a simple rock and roll melody on the piano, I’m so pleased to say has topped this list once again and become a holiday classic,” remarks Afanasieff, while discussing the history and process he and Carey used to create the hit holiday single.

“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” an offbeat holiday favorite written by ASCAP members Theo Geisel(Dr. Seuss) and Albert Hague, lands on the ASCAP Top Holiday Songs list for the first time in many years at #15. A recent take on the classic, recorded by famed rapper Tyler, The Creator for the November release of the highly anticipated animated film The Grinch, is a reminder of how these classic songs continue to appeal to new generations.

“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” was originally composed for the 1966 cartoon special, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, based on the children’s book of the same title by Dr. Seuss. In that broadcast, the song, performed by Thurl Ravenscroft, is the memorable soundtrack for the Grinch’s preparations to disguise himself as Santa, and with his dog, Max, sneak into Whoville to remove the Christmas presents and “stop Christmas from coming.”

This year’s list also shows the continued chart dominance of legendary Songwriters Hall Fame inductee, Johnny Marks. Of the top ten ASCAP holiday songs this year, three of them were written by Marks, whose first single “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was the first holiday song ever to hit the #1 spot on a pop chart in 1947. Marks’s undeniably classic songs are beloved by generations and remain steadfast on the holiday charts year after year.

Below are the top 25 most played holiday songs* for the 2018 season, all written or co-written by ASCAP songwriters and composers. Each song lists ASCAP songwriter credits and copyright date.

  1. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Walter Afanasieff (1994)
  2. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Meredith Willson (1951)
  3. “A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Johnny Marks (1964)
  4. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Johnny Marks (1958)
  5. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of The Year” by Edward Pola and George Wyle (1958)
  6. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Johnny Marks (1949)
  7. “Last Christmas” by George Michael (1984)
  8. “Jingle Bell Rock” by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe (1958)
  9. “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow” by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne (1945)
  10. “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish (1948)
  11. “The Christmas Song” by Mel Torme and Robert Wells (1946)
  12. “Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)” by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman (1947)
  13. “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin (1941)
  14. “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” by Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie (1934)
  15. “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Dr. Seuss and Albert Hague (1966)
  16. “Home for the Holidays” by Robert Allen and Al Stillman (1954)
  17. “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano (1970)
  18. “Frosty the Snowman” by Steve Nelson and Walter E. Rollins (1950)
  19. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin (1944)
  20. “Santa Baby” by Joan Javits (1953)
  21. “Blue Christmas” by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson (1949)
  22. “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24” by Robert Kine, Paul O’Neill and John Oliva (1995)
  23. “Underneath the Tree” by Greg Kurstin and Kelly Clarkson (2013)
  24. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Bob Geldof and Midge Ure (1984)
  25. “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney (1979)

* Based on an analysis of Nielsen streaming and terrestrial radio data from Aug. 6, 2018 to Nov. 18, 2018.

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The Biggest Contest in the World of Photography: An AGORA images Contest

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The world’s greatest photo of the year will win $25,000 in the AGORA Awards 2019

On January 4th the biggest international photography contest will open for submissions. The winner of this year-long contest stands to take away $25,000 for a single image. What’s more, anyone from anywhere in the world can participate with their best shots, for free.

Photographers of all levels can participate simply by downloading the free app on the Apple Store or Google Play and can upload as many of their best photos as they like to the contest once it is launched. In the fall of 2019 50 finalists will be announced, after which the AGORA community will vote for their favorite shot to determine who wins. The AGORA Awards 2019 winner will be announced in November during an offline ceremony and streamed live to the rest of the world.

With the Awards, AGORA images is disrupting the world of photography; proposing, unlike others, a photo contest with no categories. For this reason the contest will reveal the year’s top visual trend, and thus forth every year in the contests to come. Aiming for global photographic democracy, the app values everyone’s unique point of view, allowing the international community of millions to participate and later vote for their favorite image. As Octavi Royo, CEO and co-founder, puts it: “What we are doing in AGORA and in the Awards is starting a creative revolution. We believe everyone has the chance to win with their best photo.”

The world’s greatest images in AGORA photo contests

AGORA images has already awarded a total of over $50,000 through its photo contests. The app launches contests weekly, giving the 52 weeks of the year a theme such as #Love, #Eyes, #Travel and #Landscape. With over 2 million users in 193 countries and over 6 million photos uploaded, the photography app is rapidly becoming the place to participate in the curation of the world’s best visual content.

For more information download the app, visit the website and check out the Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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GIIS Chinchwad Amongst 0.1% Schools in India to Receive Cambridge Affiliation

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GIIS now becomes a part of select 400 Cambridge schools with this affiliation nationwide and a part of 10,000 Cambridge schools in 160 countries across the globe

Global Indian International School (GIIS), Chinchwad recently recognised as ‘Future 50 Schools Shaping Success in the country’ is a leading chain of schools known for its quality education and academic excellence. GIIS Chinchwad’s announces their affiliation to the Cambridge Assessment International Education Board. The School proudly joins the Cambridge community of 0.1% out of 3,39,000 private schools in India. GIIS Chinchwad offers a distinctive range of world-class educational facilities for the holistic development of students in curricular and co-curricular studies. Under the leadership of Dr. Amrita Vohra, Principal, GIIS Chinchwad, the school is set to discover new skylines and cater to the students from Grade 1 to Grade 12.

The Cambridge curriculum at GIIS is based on the fundamental ethos of creating learners who accept challenges with the confidence of a critical thinker. The Cambridge International opens itself to a global mind-set which transcends boundaries drawn by political lines where students take up collaborative projects across borders as part of their core syllabus.

It also prepares students whose first language is not English to competently and confidently function as an English language user which is the principal language of international exchange and business. As a consequence, Cambridge programs are recognized all over the world for preparing students for their higher education, careers and forthcoming lives.

Expressing her thoughts Dr. Amrita Vohra, Principal, GIIS Chinchwad, said, “We are very glad toannounce our association with Cambridge Boardwhich will take the school to newer horizons. This association will address the increasing demand for educational institutionstoimpart quality education with a wider outreach. There are about 10,000 Cambridge schools across 160 countries and it gives us immense pride to be a part of this league. A unique focus that the board emphasizes is the development of knowledge base of students rather than their marks. Our assessments are designed in a way that evaluates students’ oral and problem-solving skills, in addition to the written examinations. GIIS-Cambridge curriculum will provide programs, resources and events that will help students prepare best for their future livesas global citizens.”

Some extracurricular activities added to the curriculum are martial arts, chess, contemporary dance, music/singing, sports, yoga, art, speech and drama. Professionals and industry experts across these diverse activities will be imparting their valuable insights and expertise in these areas.

Global Indian International School (GIIS) Chinchwad, a CBSE-based ISO certified institute is a part of Global Schools Foundation. In their early achievements, the school has also been ranked as the second best school in Pune City by the Education World India Ranking 2017 in the Day Coed category. The school is a proud recipient of the prestigious International School Award bestowed upon by the British Council, UK. The school has also been awarded by the India Today Group for excellence in CBSE education, Pune and also by the Worldwide Archivers Group for Best school in Western India for Extracurricular activities.

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MICAWOR – 2018 PULIMA Art Festival

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Pulima Art Festival, which takes place every two years, is Taiwan’s first national art event dedicated to showcase the new facet of indigenous contemporary art. 2018 Pulima Art Festival, organized and sponsored by Indigenous Peoples Cultural Foundation, is taking place in Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei this year. The 2018 Pulima Festival, themed “MICAWOR — Turning Over” and curated by artistic director, Nakaw Putun, invites a total of 26 groups of Taiwanese and international artists, and organizes 8 performances, Performing Arts Competition for New Talents, as well as a series of international forums, artist lectures, workshops and up to 250 exciting events. The Festival presents and shares the creative energy of indigenous artists to all participants and is ready to flip visitors’ imagination of indigenous contemporary art.

Attractive events include the Pulima Art Award Exhibition presenting 21 Pulima Art Award winners’ works and Invitational exhibition. It includes an expansive multi-channel project image up to 17 feet width — In Pursuit of Venus [infected]” by the internationally renowned artist Lisa Reihana (New Zealand); Lighting the Tobacco”, a combination of sculptural installation and video projection by Sakuliu that reflects the loss of traditional culture; and the installation work of Labay Eyong (grand prize winner of 2nd and 3rd Pulima Art Award), entitled Mother Land”, combining “mother” and “land” as a metaphor for the infinite loop that integrates and merges land and life.

Moreover, International indigenous cooperation and connection is a major goal of this year’s Festival. A series of contemporary performances is presented by Bulareyaung Dance Company (B.D.C) and TAI Body Theatre with New Zealand choreographer and Australia cross-discipline artist in the opening ceremony. Also, this year’s Pulima Art Festival has collaborated “A Festival in Festival” program that collaborate with YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival, the premier international indigenous contemporary art festival in Melbourne. During the YIRRAMBOI Festival Week, Australian artists bring a series of workshops, performances, talks, concerts, exhibitions, etc. to demonstrate the art scene of First Nations and present the fabulous Australian art. “We hope the program open more possibilities of sharing cultures and bring fabulous diversity of indigenous creativity to all participant/people/audience/visitors!” the curator says.

MORE INFORMATION
Exhibition Date: Nov. 3rd Sat. 2018 — Jan. 13th Sun. 2019
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei
Exhibition Website: www.pulima.com.tw

SOURCE Indigenous Peoples Cultural Foundation

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