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'Guitar Hero Live' Wants To Make Your Rock Star Dreams Come True

Prepare to unleash your inner Slash with Activision's upcoming release.

Guitar Hero is grooming your inner rock star with its forthcoming release. Known for its player caricatures and toy-like guitar controller, Activision's smash hit franchise (alongside DJ Hero) is making a comeback since 2010's Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock with new gameplay and a first-person perspective to help strum your way to stardom.

During a trip to the FreeStyleGames HQ in London earlier this month, art director Jamie Jackson, lead concept artist Gareth Morrison and other staffers demo'd the new Guitar Hero Live for select members of the press and broke down the creative process from start to finish. After jetting across the globe to attend and research some of the most prestigious music festivals, the GH squad took cues from the ambiance, scenery, artists and their fanbases, to help create the Rock The Block and SoundDial Festivals for the game, each loaded with intricate stages to conquer.

"I want you to get to the front and turn around, and I want you to watch the people around you," Jackson recalled instructing his team while festival-hopping during an interview with VIBE. "I want you to find the mom and dad getting away from their dads to relive their youth. I want you to find all of these people and build this image in your head of what it is to look out [into a festival]."

The sounds you hear on the festival grounds were meticulously crafted, as well, and layered with whoops, whistles and even Silent Disco singing to mirror the noise of, say, a live Foo Fighters show at the Wembley Stadium with 90,000 people in attendance, which actually served as a muse for the sound engineer team. Thanks to the 360-degree soundscape (crowd chants get louder as you approach the edge of the stage), the most terrifying aspect of Guitar Hero Live is messing up. With new live-action technology fused with CG (computer graphic) art, the tougher crowds—comprised of a hundred or couple thousand folks depending on the location—will not hesitate to loudly boo at you during a poor performance. Even your band mate could chuck a cup at you on-stage. However, with harsh criticism comes warm adoration from both your faux bandmates and fans, especially when you're on a 12 or 50-note streak.

"We basically wanted to make you feel like you are the rock star," said markup expert, real-life guitarist and Guitar Hero prodigy, Aaron Grimes, who turned his audition as an extra into a full-time gig at FreeStyleGames, even finding his girlfriend in the snake pit during the Guitar Hero Live shoot. "And now, with all the positives and negatives, it can really get to you."

Luckily, playing with one of the 11 bands to choose from in GH Live won't alway be a case of sweaty palms. After spending months poring over various mood boards for inspiration, the GH squad created fictitious bands with names like Broken Tide, The Yearbook Ghosts and Fight Hound, each equipped with their own star appeal, merch and sound, ranging from emo to pop to alt-rock. Having a sexier guitar controller also helps unleash your inner Slash. Ditching the white colorway and five buttons along the neck, the new piece shimmers in black and gold with six buttons that helps players flourish like a trained guitarist.

At the game's core, though, is not just mastering a live show but a deep-rooted love for music. Jackson is quick to say it's a pre-requisite he asks of potential employees. "They have to be musicians to be able to understand the music. If there's no connection to the track rhythmically, it's exposed really badly," he said. "I'm a big believer in that whole concept of to achieve great things, you surround yourself with great people. We're all making music games then we all need to like music. Otherwise, you've got other games to make."

As the grand finale, Guitar Hero Live instruments will work across all Apple devices including Apple TV, will also be rolling out GHTV, the world's first ever 24-hour playable music network. Here, GH addicts can not only whammy to their hearts' desire but put their talents to the test against other budding rock stars as well as jam along to their favorite rock music videos from the likes of Nirvana, Good Charlotte, and Limp Bizkit.

When asked about potentially expanding the Guitar Hero catalog to hip-hop and R&B songs, Jackson didn't rule it out. "It's not as easy as say, rock music, but there are opportunities," he said, even citing a Cypress Hill track that is included in GHTV.

Players also have the opportunity to rack up "coins" to cop exclusive highways, a customizable player card and badges, and basically stunt on their leaderboards. "Hero Powers" are also available as extra incentives to rock out, allowing gamers to win items like bombs for blowing up extremely difficult note sequences during play. Whether you're a music junkie or gamer by nature, Guitar Hero Live offers enough reasons to make you say, "Let's do this."

 

Guitar Hero Live hits stores this fall for $99.99 for Playstation 4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U.

 

 

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Kush & Splendor: 5 CBD Beauty Products That’ll Take Your Self-Care Routine From 0 To 100

Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

And what better way to up the ante on one’s wellness routine than with all-natural CBD? Just ask Dr. Lana Butner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at NYC’s Modrn Sanctuary, who incorporates CBD in her treatments.

“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

The magic lies in CBD’s ability to impact endocannabinoid receptor activity in our bodies. Without getting too wordy, our bodies come equipped with a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the HBIC over our sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD teams up with this system to help reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters. According to Healthline, CBD has also been scientifically shown to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating our mood and social behavior.

All that said, it’s important to note that not all CBD products are created equal. Many brands cashing in on the green beauty wave use hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, in place of CBD... which doesn’t make them any less great! Hemp seed oil is actually high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids—all of which are thebomb.com for your skin.

“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, are you ready to see what all the hype is about? For this 4/20, we rounded up a few CBD (and hemp!)-infused products to help give your self-care routine a bit of a boost. Looks like your holiday just got that much kushier. You’re welcome!

Note: Data and regulations surrounding CBD and its use are still in development. That said, please don’t take anything written in this post as medical or legal advice, and definitely double check the laws in your state. Also, please do your body a favor and hit up your doctor before trying any new supplements. We’re just tryna look out for you. Okay? Okay. Read on.

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Jamie Foxx and Grey Goose take over The Times Square Edition bar to Live Victoriously launch event.
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Jamie Foxx Takes Over Grey Goose Happy Hour, Announces Comedy Tour

Leave it to Jamie Foxx to take over a New York City happy hour. To celebrate the launch of Grey Goose's latest campaign, Live Victoriously, the actor and comedian made a surprise appearance at The Time Square EDITION Hotel on Tuesday (April 16).

As attendees were treated to after-work cocktails like "Angel of Music" (Grey Goose vodka, sparkling rosé, and lemon cardamom) and "The Grey Goose Martini" (Grey Goose vodka, dry vermouth, orange bitters with a twist of lemon), Foxx walked behind the bar, took over and mingled with attendees. Bar-goers joined him behind the bar, danced, showcased some dancing and rapping talents on the impromptu "Grey Goose Idol" and jammed out to songs like "Blame It" (feat. T-Pain). Later in the evening, Pepa of Salt-N-Pepa made an appearance, Foxx cracked jokes and announced his upcoming, Kill the Comedian Tour, his first stand-up tour since his last comedy special in 2003.

As Jamie busted throwback moves behind the bar with bar-goers, comedians Aidy Bryant of Shrill and SNL’s Colin Jost made surprise appearances at Brooklyn's Extra Fancy and the Financial District's Underdog. Bryant and Jost performed spontaneous stand-up comedy routines and played a small game of sending selfies to each other.

Scroll through more photos from Jamie Foxx's appearance at Grey Goose's Live Victoriously event down below. Like Foxx wrote in his Instagram post, "Sometimes you gotta turn up on a Tuesday" and celebrating life's small, everyday moments.

Turning a random Tuesday into a night to remember. This is how to #LiveVictoriously ✌🏽. @iamjamiefoxx pic.twitter.com/IOdb58NWNw

— Grey Goose (@GreyGoose) April 17, 2019

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Rihanna Trademarks "Fenty Skin"

Rihanna's "Fenty" brand is expanding once again. After filing a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Mar. 25, Riri has officially secured a trademark for "Fenty Skin," Page Six confirms.

Fenty Skin will reportedly consist of a line of "medicated and non-medicated skincare, soap, body care and personal care products, and related accessories such as kits, tools and applicators." It will not include color cosmetic, perfume, or other fragrance products, however.

Although the trademark was approved only one month after the application was filed, Page Six notes that an examining attorney still has to process the trademark, which could take up to three months.

Once Fenty Skin is finalized though, it will join Rihanna's other thriving lines including the culturally-inclusive makeup collection, Fenty Beauty. The singer also has a lingerie line called Savage x Fenty.

Be on the lookout for Fenty Skin.

 

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