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The Fall and Rise of Vinyl: Is This Music Format Here to Stay?

Natalie Landecker

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Just a few years ago, vinyl was all but dead. Of course, it wasn’t the only format to go the way of the dinosaurs – CDs were following suit as well. Then, there was a shift. All of a sudden, vinyl was cool again and this wasn’t just the hipsters talking. The industry actually began to see a surge in sales as well.

For instance, it is estimated that revenues from vinyl are tens of millions of dollars a year, although they are probably a lot more. The problem with trying to get an actual handle on these numbers is due to the way in which vinyl is sold. It isn’t unusual to come across a number of small or independent sellers who don’t report exact numbers. Nevertheless, there is no denying that the sales are quite impressive.

So, for the most part, vinyl appears to have been doing well the last few years. However, when you take a look at the next decade or so – does this format have a future? While it can be difficult to predict exactly how such things will go, the picture does look good for vinyl. Let’s take a closer look at this to determine just how vinyl is going to keep its footing in the digital age.

The thing to remember is that there has always been a demand for vinyl. For instance, if you were to check out sites like theguitarpal.com, you will find a small population of musicians and music enthusiasts that have held onto this old-school format. This is what kept the vinyl industry still clinging on until that second surge came along.

For this, you would have to thank hipster culture and Millennials as well. Their reignited fascination in all things ‘antique’ and ‘old-fashioned’ meant that music lovers were flocking to thrift stores and old record stores at a rate. This is what initially jumpstarted vinyl sales again. This begs the question – does this mean that the industry will start dying out again once these individuals have lost interest?

Well, this doesn’t appear to be the case. This interest has apparently been inherited by the next generation – Gen Z. These are kids that grew up with parents and grandparents who were raised on vinyl and described the experience and joy associated with this format. Only this time, thanks to an increase in vinyl stores and buying opportunities, they could actually invest in such a hobby.

Last but certainly not least, there is also the fact that the vinyl industry is learning how to evolve and get with the times. Case in point is with how records may be produced in the future. Companies are developing more eco-friendly and cost-effective methods of producing vinyl. Furthermore, these innovations will ensure that manufacturers require less space to create the records as well. These inventions are sure to prompt a further boost in interest and sales.

It would appear that, for now, vinyl is here to stay. It has made a seemingly improbable comeback and isn’t about to let anything usurp its future. So, the only thing to do is to sit back and watch as this industry transforms yet again.

Natalie grew up in a household surrounded by music, which is what led her to pursue a career in this field. All grown-up, she spends her time discovering new music, artists, and instruments. She then shares this information with anyone willing to listen. You can reach Natalie on the following e-mail address: natalie@theguitarpal.com

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CBD Industry – Green Growth Brands Expands

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I am involved in health, nutrition, and natural therapies. Not just as hobbies, but also I’ve studied throughout my previous life and used from more than 10 years natural health prevention products, and I agree this is the solution for long term health stability and prevention without harming.

I have a special affinity for natural products and I really have big respect for those companies who are involved in this or invested in this. There is a need and nowadays scientists and doctors through their studies are cropping up with statements on alternative therapies and natural remedies side.

Coping with other industries with strong chemical medicines it wasn’t an easy start, nor for people’s mindset.

Such companies like Green Growth Brands, with huge involvement in botanical and cannabis manufacturing, having a distinguished expert team behind and has made another step.

They have entered my favorite state in the USA, Arizona, dealing and making a definitive agreement with ZLJT LLC & Arizona Natural Pain Solutions Inc., which hold license, and they opened their cannabis dispensary, called “Desert Rose”, which is entirely involved in natural pain and medical marijuana license and products for those in need.

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With this agreement, Green Growth Brands’ team was impressed by the quality of the operations, and also a dedicated team behind Desert Rose. Their products are safe and have pure quality. They also have an education center for first-time patients. They also own some type of concentrates like Butane hash oil (BHO), CO2 oil, Tinctures – The result of using alcohol to extract the active cannabinoids, creating a liquid that after that can be taken simply orally, Kief – the oldest basic type of concentrate, Hash – made from compressed Kief.

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Their Cannabis Topicals are medical marijuana oils, creams, which are applied to relieve pain and discomfort. Great help to many, not to mention the elderly people.

Green Growth Brands serves a district market, they also help growing communities with a happy and active lifestyle in nature, so their interests are not far from those, who applied these in their companies.

As having an intent becoming an American Leading Company, they announce previously also the acquisition of Just Healthy LLC, which was completed at the end of January by holding a certificate for registered marijuana dispensary, cultivation, and processing site in Massachusetts.

Regarding this acquisition, the Company has elected to exercise an option to purchase land in the Northampton, in  Massachusetts area for a total purchase price of USD$700,000 (CAD$923,440).

 

Cautionary Statements:

Certain information in this news release constitutes forward-looking statements under applicable securities law. Any statements that are contained in this news release that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often identified by terms such as “may”, “should”, “anticipate”, “expect”, “intend”, “forecast” and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks, including, without limitation, risks associated with general economic conditions; adverse industry events; marketing costs; loss of markets; future legislative and regulatory developments involving medical and recreational marijuana; inability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources, and/or inability to access sufficient capital on favorable terms; the marijuana industry in the United States, income tax and regulatory matters; the ability of the Company to implement its business strategies; competition; currency and interest rate fluctuations and other risks, including those factors described under the heading “Risks Factors” in the Company’s Annual Information Form dated November 26, 2018 which is available on the Company’s issuer profile on SEDAR.

Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list is not exhaustive. Readers are further cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which they are placed will occur. Such information, although considered reasonable by management at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect and actual results may differ materially from those anticipated. The forward-looking statements contained in this release, including, but not limited to, the Company’s ability to execute on its growth strategy, the Company’s vision to become a multi-state operator with retail stores exceeding certain financal thresholds, the completion of the acquisition of ZLJT, the receipt of regulatory approvals, the satisfaction of closing conditions, the completion of satisfactory due diligence of ZLJT by the Company and the state of Arizona legalizing recreational cannabis use, is made as of the date hereof and the Company is not obligated to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

This announcement does not constitute an offer, invitation or recommendation to subscribe for or purchase any securities and neither this announcement nor anything contained in it shall form the basis of any contract or commitment. In particular, this announcement does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, securities in the United States, or in any other jurisdiction in which such an offer would be illegal.

The securities referred to herein have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or under the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States and may not be offered or sold, directly or indirectly, within the United States, unless the securities have been registered under the Securities Act or an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act is available.

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SOURCE: Green Growth Brands

 

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Columbus college students plan unplugged day

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Students at Columbus College of Art & Design in Ohio are putting down their phones for a 24-hour student-led initiative called Unplugged Day.

The idea for Unplugged Day came about after a survey which shows 89 per cent of students spend at least 3 hours on their electronic devices a day and 29 per cent of students said they never, rarely, or only sometimes interact with people in person versus online on a typical day.

“This isn’t about saying you’re a bad person because you’re on social media. It’s about making time to take a step back and realise maybe too much screen time makes you feel exhausted or maybe it’s taking a toll on your mental health,” says Mickenzie Willars, a senior studying Advertising & Graphic Design and President of CCAD’s Student Government Association.

“At Columbus College of Art & Design, we’re working to build a culture of healthy creativity—and Unplugged Day seemed like a perfect fit in our overall efforts to support CCAD student wellness,” Mundell said. “The day is intended to help the campus community refocus, gain clarity without the distraction of devices, and explore how connectivity affects mental health and wellness,” he added.

So, on Unplugged Day, the CCAD Student Government Association is planning several interactive events on campus, including a sort of analog version of Facebook, where students, staff, and faculty will be encouraged to “post on the wall” with pens and sticky notes.

“We timed Unplugged Day to a point in the semester when students tend to get stressed out and overwhelmed,” Willars says. “So, we want to provide space for students to take a break, put down their phones, and talk to each other.”

The college plans to survey faculty, staff, and students about results of the day without screen time, and CCAD’s senior administration will attend a roundtable discussion hosted by the Student Government Association after the event.

“We’re eager to learn how the day will impact our community at Columbus College of Art & Design,” says Mundell. “And we’re open to ideas of how Unplugged Day can change our culture in the long term. Because that’s what artists and designers do. They change culture.”

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Prohealth announces new parenting lounge educational series

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Largest independent healthcare organisation implements free programme to promote healthy family dynamic

ProHEALTH Care announces the new Parenting Lounge educational series designed to help parents improve their parenting skills. The programme is free to all parents and will begin with pilot events. ProHEALTH Care is introducing this to promote a healthy family dynamic and better support the parents in the community it serves. The ProHEALTH Care Parenting Lounge will host educational courses geared to teach parents general parenting skills.

“The ProHEALTH Care Parenting Lounge will address common parenting concerns that are especially challenging for all parents such as prenatal care, newborn care, and breastfeeding, and offer solutions to assist and support parents as their children develop and grow. We also believe it is extremely important to offer these classes free to our communities to give parents and families the tools and knowledge to start their children’s lives off as healthy as possible. By providing these classes as a free service to our communities, we hope we can impact this critical development time.” said Elizabeth Bigos, MHA, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at ProHEALTH Care.

Initially, the series will focus on prenatal and postnatal needs, with three programmes: The Prenatal Experience, The Breastfeeding Experience, and The Newborn Experience. The classes will take place at the ProHEALTH Care Parenting Lounge, Quad Cafe Conference Room, located in the ProHEALTH Care campus headquarters in Lake Success, NY.

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