Paper Planes is the culmination of 17 years pursuing the highest echelons of the global music industry
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (PRWEB)
June 30, 2020
Apocalypse (ἀποκάλυψις) is a Greek word meaning “revelation”, “an unveiling or unfolding of things not previously known and which could not be known apart from the unveiling”. This “lifting of the veil” is literally what we are witnessing in our day-to-day lives whether one chooses to focus on political, economic, or cultural trends. In the past few months, global events have forced us as a planet to revisit old discussions with new perspective and nuance while simultaneously planting the seeds for fresh conversations. It in this climate of unrest that Thousand Times is embracing the unknown and cultivating relationships with the most unlikely collaborators to achieve out-of-this-world results.
The last time the producer made headlines was just weeks before what would become known as the “new normal”. At the time Thousand Times was excited to be giving his first music workshop and had plans of beginning a national speaking tour. Those plans, like many other people’s, were promptly dashed. However, what at first appeared to be a swift, underwhelming end to 2020 became a catalyst that propelled the music producer to fully realize his destiny.
In late March motivated by economic pressures Thousand Times began studying how to run a business loan brokerage firm and after an intensive multi-week program founded Lift Off Ventures LLC with the goal of helping business owners secure working capital at competitive rates. From the start, the venture seemed destined to be successful. Fostering relationships with industry leaders such as Answernet, Loan Me and most recently the #1 customer rated credit repair company The Credit People built a strong foundation for the new company.
The trio of artists, Wiggi Music, Shane Hush & Thousand Times, had made a very special record at Soule Jukebox Recording Studios back in January which due to the expected global upheaval was collecting dust. At first, the guys wondered if now would be the right time to release music. Many factors such as limited touring prospects, an over-saturated news cycle, and the ever-looming threat of the unknown made investing in a record seem questionable at best and frivolous at worst. In the end, it was the belief that this record and the message it espouses in needed in today’s world, and to deny the culture the addition of such a well-crafted track would be the truly untenable cost. With so much going in the world Wiggi Music, Shane Hush, Thousand Times & a team of top tier music marketing experts focused on building a campaign of branded content that was easily recognizable, communicated effectively, and was memorable long after viewing thus the #PaperPlaneChallenge was born; the brainchild of music manager Jermaine Spencer.
Assembling titans of industry with an eye towards the evolving digital landscape and its impact on music marketing was key in building a cohesive team to support the record. Professionals with years of experience pushing songs such as Ayo Adepoju of We Plug Good Music a digital marketing powerhouse based in the U.K. along with Christian Honore-Phyfier founder of Resist Group a lauded independent artist platform out of Phoenix ensured the record reached the hearts and minds of millions of potential fans worldwide. Additionally, public relations firm One Percent PR ensured the song would reach tastemakers and blogs thus extending its time in the news cycle.
Having built a fortified foundation for marketing the record, Thousand Times began to populate roles within the organization that would support the artists themselves. Consultants such as KiDeMo CEO of True Dreams Radio, Kwanzaa Spears owner of Spade TV, Daylon Jones of Most Wanted Mafia, Sammy Kluttz of Flight Brothers, top-rated hip hop artist ReeCee Raps and Kayo Orsino owner of Roast N Review.
The song Paper Planes was produced by Thousand Times & Shane Hush and written and performed by Wiggi Music, The track has a positive outlook and is accompanied by a catchy upbeat hip hop track. The synth-laden, bass-heavy instrumental is downright gorgeous and has lots of playback value. Equally pleasing is the articulate delivery and quality songwriting provided by Wiggi Music. Early in the track’s release as it was being shopped to various media outlets it received a co-sign from American rap star Rittz formerly signed to Strange Music. Love from an established artist set the pace and motivated the team to go harder than ever before.
Following in the footsteps of one of his musical idols, Jay-Z, who emphasized the importance of building your own record label and owning your master records, Thousand Times established Lift Off Music Group, a subsidiary of Lift Off Ventures LLC. Partnering with United Masters on an international distribution partnership with publishing opportunities was the final step in ensuring Paper Planes reached the world. Similarly inspired by, Southside, the legendary producer & founder of 808 Mafia,Thousand Times set out to build a collective of creatives and founded Lift Off Music Network an independent artist resource.
When the producer is not working on his music business, Thousand Times can be found souping up his vintage Benz. The hobby offers a welcomed distraction from the stresses on the music industry. Some other activities the producer loves are volunteering, raising money for charity, and spending time outdoors. Additionally, he provides mentor-ship consultations and independent artist services to artists and labels alike; as well as picks up the occasional modeling gig. To say music producer Thousand Times stays busy would be an understatement. As he looks to cement his place in the zeitgeist of global pop culture he realizes the sky is the limit.
Be sure to stream & share Paper Planes starting 7.1.20 and follow on Instagram to participate in the #PAPERPLANECHALLENGE! You can also purchase Paper Planes merchandise from Thousand Times two e-stores under the Strength In Numbers brand, also a subsidiary of Lift Off Ventures LLC.
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PGX Holdings, Inc. — Moody’s announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of PGX Holdings, Inc.
Announcement of Periodic Review: Moody’s announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of PGX Holdings, Inc.Global Credit Research – 26 Feb 2021New York, February 26, 2021 — Moody’s Investors Service (“Moody’s”) has completed a periodic review of the ratings of PGX Holdings, Inc. and other ratings that are associated with the same analytical unit. The review was conducted through a portfolio review discussion held on 23 February 2021 in which Moody’s reassessed the appropriateness of the ratings in the context of the relevant principal methodology(ies), recent developments, and a comparison of the financial and operating profile to similarly rated peers. The review did not involve a rating committee. Since 1 January 2019, Moody’s practice has been to issue a press release following each periodic review to announce its completion.This publication does not announce a credit rating action and is not an indication of whether or not a credit rating action is likely in the near future. Credit ratings and outlook/review status cannot be changed in a portfolio review and hence are not impacted by this announcement. For any credit ratings referenced in this publication, please see the ratings tab on the issuer/entity page on www.moodys.com for the most updated credit rating action information and rating history.Key rating considerations are summarized below.PGX Holdings, Inc.’s (“Progrexion”) Caa2 Corporate Family Rating reflects the company’s unsustainable capital structure due to Moody’s expectations for continuing operating challenges from declines in revenue and earnings. The rating also reflects the overhang from the ongoing CFPB investigation that could lead to the need for the company to change its business model. Positively, the rating considers Progrexion’s leading market position within the credit repair services industry and strong profit margins despite margin compression.This document summarizes Moody’s view as of the publication date and will not be updated until the next periodic review announcement, which will incorporate material changes in credit circumstances (if any) during the intervening period.The principal methodology used for this review was Business and Consumer Service Industry published in October 2016. Please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.This announcement applies only to EU rated, UK rated, EU endorsed and UK endorsed ratings. 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How to protect from scams
Dear DO Line Readers: National Consumer Protection Week begins Sunday, Feb. 28. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and more than 100 federal, state, and local agencies, consumer groups and national advocacy organizations will participate in the 23rd annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW). It will run through March 6.
NCPW is a coordinated campaign designed to focus on the importance of keeping consumers informed.
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We decided to participate in this Consumer Protection Week by checking out some of the worst money and phone scams so that our Daily News DO Line readers will be informed. We know that our weekly readers may recognize these scams from previous articles.
• Phone scams: The FTC says that people might a lot of money to phone scams – sometimes their life savings. Scammers have figured out countless ways to cheat people out of their money over the phone. In some scams, they act friendly and helpful. In others, they might threaten or try to scare people. One thing we can count on is that a phone scammer will try hard to get money or personal information to commit identity theft.
• Imposter scams: A scammer pretends to be someone you trust such as a government agency like the Social Security Administration, the IRS, or someone claiming there is a problem with your computer. The scammer can even have a fake name or number that shows up on your caller ID to convince you.
• Debt relief and credit repair scams: Scammers will offer to lower your credit card interest rates, fix your credit, or get your student loans forgiven if you pay their company a fee first. But you could end up losing your money and ruining your credit.
• Charity scams: Scammers like to pose as charities. Scams requesting donations for disaster relief efforts are especially common on the phone. We should always check out a charity before giving money. Also, do not feel pressured to give immediately while on the phone.
• Trials that are “Free”: A caller might promise a free trial but then sign you up for products — sometimes lots of products — that you are billed for every month until you cancel.
Here’s how we can stop calls from scammers:
• Hang up. When you receive a robocall, don’t press any numbers. Instead of letting you speak to a live operator or remove you from their call list, it might lead to more robocalls.
• Consider call blocking or call labeling. Scammers can use the internet to make calls from all over the world. They do not care if you are on the National Do Not Call Registry. That is why your best defense against unwanted calls is call blocking. Which type of call-blocking (or call-labeling) technology you use will depend on the phone — whether it is a mobile phone, a traditional landline, or a home phone that makes calls over the internet (VoIP). It is recommended that you see what services your phone carrier offers and look online for expert reviews. For mobile phones, you can check out the reviews for different call-blocking apps in your online app store.
• Don’t trust your caller ID. Scammers can make any name or number show up on your caller ID. That’s called spoofing. So even if it looks like it is a government agency or the call is from a local number, it could be a scammer calling from anywhere in the world. You can learn more about unwanted calls and what to do about them at ftc.gov/calls.
The FTC points out what to do if you already paid a scammer:
• If you paid a scammer with a credit or debit card, you may be able to stop the transaction. Contact your credit card company or bank right away. Tell them what happened and ask for a “chargeback” to reverse the charges.
• If you paid a scammer with a gift card, prepaid card, or cash reload card, contact the company that issued the card right away. Tell them you paid a scammer with the card, and ask if they can refund your money. The sooner you contact them, the better chance they will be able to get your money back.
• If you gave your username and password to a scammer, change your password right away. You should then create a new strong password.
• If you have given your Social Security Number to a scammer, visit identitytheft.gov to learn how to monitor your credit report to see if your number is being misused.
Credit repair specialist Alex Miller explains the process of repairing your credit report
Credit repair specialist Alex Miller explains the process of repairing your credit report
A good credit score can be a very powerful tool. From securing loans to buying a house, your credit score can be the key to pursuing significant purchases in your life, helping you build a better and brighter future. The truth is, many people don’t have a perfect credit score, and that is ok. Credit repair specialist Alex Miller has worked with many individuals looking to improve their credit scores and get more out of life. From his personal experience, he explains there are three actionable ways to improve your credit score.
1. Pay all your bills on time.
A credit card payment that is 30 days late can knock 100 points off your credit score. This is why paying your bills on time is crucial. “Of course, paying your bills on time is ideal. It prevents your score from taking a hit and cultivates good credit habits,” says Alex. “If you find yourself in a position, whether it be due to job loss or even the pandemic, try to work with your creditor first before missing a payment.”
2. Pay down your balances.
“Paying down your balances is helpful because it lowers your credit utilization ratio,” explains Alex. “Reducing your credit card debt can increase your credit score by roughly 84 points.” It is essential to keep your income-to-debt ratio as low as you can, and keeping a minimal or zero balance is a great way to do that.
3. Pay in full going forward.
Once you’ve caught up on your bills and paid off your balances, Alex recommends trying to pay your bill in full every month. “By paying your statement in full, you prevent yourself from slipping into overspending habits that could negatively affect your credit score,” states Alex. “You’ve taken the time to build better habits. You want to stay that way.”
In managing his firm, Alex has seen all kinds of credit troubles, but he remains confident that there is no problem too big to fix. Alex elaborates, “Combining improved spending habits with adequate money management is the number one step we can all take to increase our credit scores.”
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