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Beauty Channel

Beauty Channel is a commercial American over-the-top and mobile streaming beauty focused broadcast channel, a flagship property of Beauty TV, a subsidiary of Beauty Network. It, as well as its parent company is headquartered in Los Angeles; the channel's content can be accessed online through common music/podcast streaming services and content streaming digital media players like Roku, Fire Stick, Chromecast. The Beauty Channel was founded by Rob Angelino of United Global Media Group on February 1, 2012. Beauty Channel was founded under the name Salon TV as a salon-direct marketing and advertising venture. Original plans for the company were to offer fee-based direct broadcast programming to beauty salons in the United States with information and instructional content geared towards consumers and technicians. Initial programming was offered in English and Spanish language options with specific focus on different racial demographics. Salon TV was forced to reorganize and refocus their media outreach plans after the Dot-com burst of the early 2000s, rebranded as The Beauty Channel.

Beauty TV, a subsidiary of and precursor to the Beauty Channel, was soft-launched in Asia beginning in January 2007. It was carried online by the TVU Network and MediaZone, while RokTV hosted the platform for early mobile phone access. In 2008, the channel was picked up for distribution on Tivo and was being offered on other outlets, including Veho, BabbleGum, Blinkx, it was hosted on the peer-to-peer television technology outlet Joost, but was dropped when the company folded in 2012. John Paul Dejoria, co-founder of the Paul Mitchell beauty product line, became an active advisory board member in 2008. Beauty Channel is a specialized "lifestyle" channel, much like the Food Network, QVC, or HGTV, its focus is based on the beauty and fashion industry, with an arm in direct-to-consumer sales and in-flight programming. The Beauty Channel provides content and interviews of beauty-related celebrities and stylists in the fields of hair, salon services, anti-aging treatments, cosmetic plastic surgery.

The channel is hosted on 24-hour streaming services including iTunes, Samsung TV, other related OTT programming outlets. Programming content for Beauty Channel is available on a dedicated YouTube channel; the Beauty Channel is not affiliated with any terrestrial broadcasting organizations and as of 2019, is only available on streaming services. Beauty TV serves as a flagship property of The Beauty Channel which is, in turn, a property of Beauty Network; each of these entities hosts its dedicated streaming content. The Beauty Channel website The Beauty Channel on YouTube The Beauty Channel on iTunes Beauty Network on iTunes Beauty TV on iTunes

Gotye

Wouter "Wally" De Backer, known professionally as Gotye, is a Belgian-born Australian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. The name "Gotye" is a pronunciation respelling of "Gauthier", the French cognate of Gotye's given Dutch name "Wouter". Gotye has released three studio albums independently and one album featuring remixes of tracks from his first two albums, he is a founding member of the Melbourne indie-pop trio The Basics, who have independently released four studio albums and numerous other titles since 2002. His voice has been compared to those of Peter Sting. Gotye's 2011 single "Somebody That I Used to Know" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making him the fifth Australian-based artist to do so and the second born in Belgium, he received a nomination for an MTV EMA for Best Asia and Pacific Act. On 10 February 2013, he won three Grammy Awards at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards Show: Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Somebody That I Used to Know" and Best Alternative Music Album for Making Mirrors.

Gotye has said he sometimes feels "less of a musician, more of a tinkerer." Born in 1980, in Bruges, Belgium, De Backer emigrated to Australia with his family two years later. They first resided in Sydney before settling in a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, his parents chose to use the English equivalent of his name, when enrolling him in school. As a youth, De Backer displayed a passion for music, learning various instruments, most notably piano and drums. In his teens, De Backer formed the band Downstares with three of his high school friends, including Lucas Taranto. After high school, the members of Downstares went their separate ways, leaving De Backer with no musical outlet. In 2001, his parents moved into a new home, leaving their old family house in Montmorency, so he could continue his studies at the University of Melbourne where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. Two friends moved in with him and the house became affectionately known as The Frat House, where friends would drop by and hang out.

The first seeds of Gotye were planted. An elderly neighbour, having heard Downstares rehearsing over the years, gave his then-recently deceased wife's LP record collection to De Backer. In 2001, De Backer recorded his first tracks using samples, he put together a four-track CD which included the song "Out Here in the Cold". He made 50 copies of this first collection, handwriting the track list and colouring in the cover sleeve in pencil, he drew on his cultural history for inspiration. He named the project Gotye, he sent the CDs out to every radio station and recording industry contact he could find in the phonebook followed each up with phone calls to ensure they were delivered. Feedback on the first release was positive with Melbourne street press and Australian alternative, youth orientated radio station Triple J taking notice, giving him confidence to continue with further sample-based recordings. Around this time, Gotye met fellow singer-songwriter Kris Schroeder at a party in Mt Eliza, the two began performing together under the name The Basics.

They formed an enduring songwriting and performing partnership and became regulars on the live music scene, giving De Backer an outlet for his passion for live performance. The Basics have continued to tour and record alongside Gotye, releasing four albums between 2004 and 2010. De Backer went on to produce two more four-track Gotye collections which were met with positive reviews, with several tracks getting onto the rotation at youth radio station Triple J; the CDs were made in the same style as the first, with De Backer hand crafting each one and tenaciously chasing up every opportunity to get an audience for his work. Interest in the Gotye project was growing, De Backer was offered a distribution deal by the label company Creative Vibes for an album, which would be a collection of the tracks from his three earlier releases; the album art is a painting of De Backer's father, salvaged from his home garden where it was discarded. His album was released as Boardface in late 2003. In 2004, De Backer's parents opted to sell The Frat House and De Backer moved into a shared house in the South East of Melbourne.

He took up work at a local library, while continuing to perform with The Basics and record his own Gotye tracks. Over the next few years, De Backer moved several times, each time shifting his home recording studio to a new location with new acoustic qualities; the culmination of this was the second Gotye album, Like Drawing Blood—named in reference to the difficulties De Backer experienced in recording his music in ever-changing environments. The album marked the beginning of his working relationship with long term manager Danny Rogers – manager of Australian indie band The Temper Trap – whom he had first approached via email. Like Drawing Blood was featured by Triple J in May 2006 and was voted No. 1 in the listener poll of the Best Album of 2006. The album was nominated for a J Award that year. Two tracks from that album, "Learnalilgivinanlovin" and "Hearts a Mess", were ranked No. 94 and No. 8 in Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2006. Like Drawing Blood has been certified Platinum in Australia for sales of over 70,000 copies.

His first single, "Learnalilgivinanlovin", was released in August 2006. In September 200