On PR Newswire: SI’s 2017 Swimsuit Issue, Lady Gaga Adds Shows to Sold-Out Tour, California Wine Breaks Record

With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy releases you might have missed.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017

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Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2017 Launches with Reveal of Kate Upton on Three Different Covers – A Swimsuit First

Kate Upton graces not one, not two, but three covers of the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, it was revealed this week in a segment on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and on SI.com. Upton’s appearance on three national covers is a first for SI Swimsuit. It also marks her third cover appearance (2012, 2013), tying her with Christie Brinkley (who returns to SI Swimsuit this year at 63!); Kathy Ireland; Daniela Pestova; and Cheryl Tiegs. Elle Macpherson holds the record, with five SI Swimsuit covers. The reveal coincides with an unprecedented multi-platform, multimedia launch across print, digital, social and experiential channels. See the full release to learn more about the swimsuit issue.

Motor Vehicle Deaths in 2016 Estimated to be Highest in Nine Years; Sharpest 2-Year Climb in 53 Years

For the first time in nearly a decade, preliminary 2016 data from the National Safety Council estimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year. That marks a 6% increase over 2015, and a 14% increase over 2014 – the most dramatic two-year escalation since 1964 – 53 years. The preliminary estimate means 2016 may have been the deadliest year on the nation’s roads since 2007. An estimated 4.6 million additional roadway users were seriously injured in 2016, and estimated cost to society was $432 billion. See the full release to learn more about vehicle crashes in 2016.

Rumor, Kent Boyles, Daniel Oster, Maria Oster, Liz Oster

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Cunard Presents 2017 Westminster Kennel Club ‘Best in Show’ Winner with Transatlantic Crossing on Queen Mary 2

Cunard, the only line to carry pets across the Atlantic, presented Rumor, the Westminster Kennel Club’s Best in Show winner, with an invitation to sail on a Transatlantic Crossing on Queen Mary 2 in New York’s Times Square. Rumor will have an opportunity to take his place in history among celebrity dogs who have sailed with Cunard including Elizabeth Taylor’s pampered pooches and Hollywood film star Rin-Tin-Tin. Cunard sponsored the 2017 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, Feb. 11-14, and was the only travel company represented at the show. See the full release to learn more about Rumor’s big trip.

Live Nation Sees Monster Demand for Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour with Sold Out Shows and Newly Added Dates

Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour just got hotter as Live Nation announced instant sellouts at multiple venues and additional dates added in response to extremely high demand throughout North America and Europe. Tickets for the Joanne World Tour’s North American leg went on sale Feb. 13 and all dates promptly sold out. Due to this fan response, additional concerts have been confirmed in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Toronto as well as at New York’s Citi Field and Boston’s Fenway Park. Additional sold-out shows confirmed in Vancouver, Edmonton, Tacoma, San Francisco, Sacramento, Omaha, St. Paul, Cleveland, Chicago, and Montreal. See the full release to learn about Gaga’s tour.

Source: PRNewsFoto/Wine grapes

Source: PRNewsFoto/Wine grapes

California Wine Exports Reach Record $1.62 Billion in 2016

U.S. wine exports, 90% from California, reached $1.62 billion in winery revenues in 2016, a new record. Despite challenges from a strong dollar, winery revenues were up 1% from 2015.  Volume was 412.7 million liters, or 45.9 million cases. “California wine exports continue to reflect the trend toward premiumization with the dollar value of our wine sales outpacing volume shipments.  California wines are well positioned for this trend—our vintners are offering quality, value, diverse styles and environmental stewardship in their winemaking.  Combined with the state’s iconic lifestyle, innovative cuisine and beautiful destinations, California wines continue to gain attention from consumers worldwide,” said Robert P. (Bobby) Koch, Wine Institute President and CEO. See the full release to learn more details about the wine business.

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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists.  He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.

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