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March Music Madness is an annual bracket-based competition to find out what gym-goers are listening to while breaking a sweat. Celebrities (including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Ferrell, Trey Songz, Mickey Rourke and Brooke Shields), Gold's Gym members, fans and personal trainers all nominated their favorite workout songs.
The top 64 songs were seeded in a tournament-style bracket on MarchMusicMadness.com, created by digital music advertising firm F#. The 2014 competition featured a "Battle of the Sexes" theme, with half the songs nominated by girls and half nominated by guys. Thousands of consumers voted in six rounds to advance the top workout songs and reveal once and for all, whose playlist is hotter Team Guys or Team Girls?
The result? A snapshot of not only what music is helping Americans rock their reps, but also the differences (and similarities) in each gender's taste in workout music. Once the top songs from Team Guys and Team Girls were voted to the Championship round from the Final Four, the two songs went head to head. "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha represented Team Girls, but was ultimately defeated by Team Guys' Eminem track.
One trend that emerged among male voters and nominating celebrities was the undeniable popularity of rock music. The three runner-up songs on the male side of the bracket "Enter Sandman" by Metallica, "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses and "Shoot to Thrill" by AC/DC - were all rooted in classic rock, while the rap-rock beat of winning song "Till I Collapse" features a nod to Queen's "We Will Rock You."
Conversely, Team Girls continued to advance hip-hop tracks. "Timber," which was Women's Health Fitness Director Jen Ator's top pick, beat out similar upbeat tracks for the No. 1 spot on Team Girls, including: "SexyBack" by Justin Timberlake featuring Timbaland, "Wake Me Up" by Avicii and "Talk Dirty to Me" by Jason DeRulo featuring 2 Chainz.
As a continued tradition of the March Music Madness competition, and as a reward for nominating the winning song, Gold's Gym will donate $5,000 to the nominator's charity of choice. Gold's Gym member Jamieson Patrick nominated "Till I Collapse" and selected the Special Olympics to receive this donation.
love March Music Madness because it brings to life how important music
is to the workout experience," said Dave Reiseman, Vice President
of Communications for Gold's Gym. "It also allows our members, trainers
and celebrity friends to come together for a good cause. And, we hope
it helps our members find some new tunes to add to their fitness playlists
that power their workouts."
The school announced Tuesday that Combs will be among five people who will receive honorary degrees as trailblazers in their fields.
Combs was a Howard student in the late 1980s. He will receive an honorary doctorate in the humanities. He went on to create his Puff Daddy persona and built his own business and brand. Last year he launched an all-music TV channel, Revolt, aiming to create the ESPN of music. It airs in about 20 million U.S. homes.
University President Wayne Frederick says Combs' entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at Howard.
university also will honor CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, transplant surgeon
Clive Callender, jazz legend Benny Golson and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi.
"The Block Party is a boisterous and spirited event that takes place right in the heart of Seattle's artistic community," said Jason Lajeunesse, the festival's owner and producer. "This year's headliners like Chromeo and Matt and Kim will transform the intersection of Pike and Broadway into a giant dance floor. I can't wait."
With just 101 days until the gates open, a limited number of discounted three-day passes will go on sale today at 9 a.m. for $99. For the first time ever, CHBP will offer a very limited number of VIP tickets for $250. VIP Packages will include express entry, limited edition apparel, complimentary beverages, a CHBP poster, and gifts from our sponsors. The full musical lineup will be announced in early May. Details regarding the visual arts program, creative installations, digital activities and more will be announced at a later date.
FLAV TAKES PLEA DEAL.
The 55-year-old rapper and reality TV personality, whose legal name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., acknowledged in court that he wielded a kitchen knife during an Oct. 17, 2012, argument at home in Las Vegas.
The teen testified during a preliminary hearing a year ago that Drayton threatened to kill him, chased him to a bedroom and stabbed the knife through the door during the argument.
The family has since reconciled and has been undergoing counseling, defense attorney Kristina Wildeveld told Senior Clark County District Court Judge Kathy Hardcastle on Monday.
In court, Drayton called the victim his stepson. "I love my son and my son loves me, too," he told the judge.
The teen, now 18, and his mother were not in court when Drayton entered his plea to misdemeanor charges of attempted battery that could have caused substantial injury and battery constituting domestic violence.
Drayton had been facing felony assault and child endangerment with a weapon charges that could have gotten him up to 12 years in prison.
Outside court, the entertainer pulled his trademark clock neckwear from beneath a red T-shirt, as he and his defense attorneys said they don't expect the Las Vegas conviction to affect a pending felony speeding and driving without a license case in Mineola, N.Y.
"I'm standing here in front of the camera," Drayton said, "not behind bars."
The New York charges stem from Drayton's Jan. 9 arrest while driving to his mother's funeral on Long Island.
Wildeveld said Drayton was paying fines to resolve that case. If Drayton violates terms of the agreement in the domestic violence case, he could face up to a year in county jail, the judge said.
Flavor Flav has been performing on tour since his induction last year with the rap group Public Enemy into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Hardcastle set an Aug. 18 court appearance to close the case if Drayton completes counseling.
BIBBY TOURS WITH TRAE THE TRUTH
LIL BIBBY was thrust into the limelight in 2013, after multi-platinum recording artist Drake proclaimed himself a fan and shared one of Bibby's very first recordings, "Kill S**t," with millions of rap fans via Instagram.
Lil Bibby is currently working on a new EP, THE BOOK, which promises to be filled with the same brutal honesty fans have already come to expect. "That's the only way I know how to make music," he admits. "I can't just talk about money, drugs or killing. I like to talk about what's really going on, or what I'm going through that day. I want to paint the real picture of Chicago," he adds. "A lot of people go off what they see on TV or hear in rap, and I don't think some rappers really tell that story fluently. I want to be the one to tell it like it is."
AM KING TOUR DATES
LIVE RENEWS FOR SECOND SEASON ON MARK CUBAN'S NETWORK.
Season one highlights featured such memorable moments as Kendrick Lamar's powerful performance of "M.A.A.D. City;" Grammy nominee Wiz Khalifa talking about his experience working with Adele; Chris Brown's thoughtful insight on handling his public image; Ice Cube confirming "Friday 4;" and Paris Hilton's playful banter with hip-hop artists Nipsey Hussle and Dom Kennedy.
"SKEE LIVE enables us to introduce the audience to the latest pop culture trends," said DJ Skee. "This season we're bringing the streets to the mainstream, unleashing all-new episodes loaded with marquee performances, insightful interviews and backstage exclusives that viewers have come to expect from SKEE LIVE."
"SKEE LIVE's unique blend of high-energy music performances brings an entirely new viewing experience to our network," said Michele M. Dix, AXS TV Senior Vice President of Programming and Development. "We are looking forward to building out our Friday night line-up with the addition of this series."
The new season of SKEE LIVE will air weekly on Friday nights, joining AXS TV's popular mixed martial arts programming block. Long-time AXS TV sports news show INSIDE MMA will follow at 9pE/6pP, with AXS TV FIGHTS' MMA and Muay Thai events airing at 10pE/7pP.
TO HOST ESPYS.
The Toronto-based rapper, singer and actor and the sports entertainment network announced the gig Wednesday. The annual light-hearted awards show will be held July 16 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live.
Drake's used to the live TV thing. He turned in a strong performance as host and musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" in January. And he hosted the 2011 Juno Awards in Canada.
27-year-old also has ties to the sports world. He's affiliated with the
NBA's Toronto Raptors and memorably played a teen basketball player on
"Degrassi: The Next Generation" before picking up the mic.
Twenty-seven-year-old Rivera and 26-year-old Sean, whose real name is Sean Anderson, announced their engagement in October. Though the couple met on Twitter, neither tweeted about the breakup Wednesday. Rivera is best known as Santana on Fox's "Glee." Sean released "Hall of Fame," his second album, last summer.
WILLIAMS STILL HEATING UP THE CHARTS.
"Happy" leads the Digital Songs chart for an eighth week, although down by 12 percent to 284,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Thus, the song's streak of having sold at least 300,000 in each of seven straight weeks ends. Thicke's "Blurred Lines" holds the mark with 10 consecutive weeks of 300,000 or more in download sales last year, while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, ranks second with an eight week-streak, also last year. "Happy" remains tied for the third-best run with fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae (seven weeks, 2012).
On Streaming Songs, "Happy" ranks at No. 4 (with 7.4 million U.S. streams, according to BDS), having peaked at No. 2 four weeks ago. It stays at No. 2 on On-Demand Songs (2.4 million U.S. streams, down 4 percent, according to BDS), which it led for two weeks. "Happy" spends a ninth week at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Source: Billboard
REVEALED FOR TUPAC INSPIRED SHOW.
Producers said this week the rest of the cast of "Holler If Ya Hear Me" will include Tonya Pinkins, Christopher Jackson, Saycon Sengbloh, Ben Thompson and John Earl Jelks.
The musical is not a biography of Shakur but uses his songs to explore the story of two friends who live in a low-income neighborhood in the Midwest. It will feature "California Love," ''Keep Ya Head Up," and "Me Against the World."
musical has a story by Todd Kreidler, who was a dramaturge for "Radio
Golf," and is directed by Kenny Leon. It begins performances May
29 and will open June 19 at the Palace Theatre.
& RIHANNA ON DECK FOR MTV MOVIE AWARDS.
It was announced on Tuesday morning (April 8) that Em and Rih Rih will be gracing the stage this Sunday during the annual event. This will be their first performance of "The Monster," the hit single from November's The Marshall Mathers LP 2. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
2014 MTV Movie Awards will be hosted by Conan O'Brien. Make sure to tune
in at 9 p.m. ET/PT this Sunday, April 13, when they air from Los Angeles'
Nokia Theater. Source:Mtv
The acquisition enhances UMG's presence in one of the most dynamic and growing segments of music today: top-quality, original audio-visual content, such as live concert footage, documentaries and films. The addition of Eagle Rock's library, which includes nearly 2000 hours of programming and more than 800 titles, enhances the value of UMG's catalog by broadening the product offerings associated with UMG's artists. Further, the addition of Eagle Rock's experienced team will assist UMG in producing video content and creating unique artist-based bundles in a variety of physical and digital formats, including on new and emerging mobile platforms.
Eagle Rock Chairman and CEO Terry Shand will continue to lead the company from its headquarters in London. In making the announcement, Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of UMG, said: "As we continue UMG's transformation to a music-based content company, expanding our audio-visual catalog and production expertise is critical. We're thrilled to welcome Terry and the Eagle Rock team to the UMG family. Terry has built Eagle Rock into a world-class content company and a leading force in distributing top music-based audio-visual programming."
Shand said: "I am delighted to bring Eagle Rock into the UMG family
and look forward to growing Eagle Rock in the coming years by producing
more great content and benefiting from the digital revolution that is
taking the audio-visual space by storm. I'd like to personally thank Lucian
Grainge, Boyd Muir and Max Hole for their vision and confidence, Beringea
for their support over the last few years and Geoff Kempin, Simon Hosken
and all the team at Eagle Rock for the tremendous work they have done
to date and their dedication to the future." Eagle Rock was advised
by Lepe Partners.
Centrics slate of programming has a particular appeal to the African American woman. This new partnership strengthens Centrics position as the network for the African American woman.
Flavor Unit Entertainments #1 new talk show, The Queen Latifah Show will also begin airing in primetime on Centric. The Queen Latifah Show is a daytime, talk-variety series that showcases Queen Latifahs extraordinary range of talents as a global entertainment icon featuring chart-topping musical guests, celebrity interviews and everyday heroes who are changing lives in their local communities. The Queen Latifah Show is produced by Flavor Unit, Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television.
We are thrilled to be working once again with Flavor Unit Entertainment and Queen Latifah. She does it all and we are happy to have her join us as a creative force as we continue to grow Centric into a premiere destination for African American women. We couldnt be more excited about whats ahead, said Debra L. Lee, BET Networks Chairman and CEO.
As part of the deal, BET Networks will develop and premiere an all-new Season 4 of the highly rated Single Ladies on Centric. This modern, romantic comedy series is set in the world of Atlanta fashion, music, and celebrity as best friends share their differing views on love, sex and relationships. Single Ladies asks the question: what do women really want?
At more than 10 million strong, and in control of 20 billion dollars in buying power, the African American woman is an increasingly powerful, yet often overlooked consumer. No other network has embraced her with content designed specifically for her until now, said Louis Carr, BET Networks President of Broadcast and Media Sales. Centric is the first network to deliver the programming that celebrates, inspires and addresses her unique perspective.
popularity with African American audiences, most notably with African
American women ages 25 to 54, continues to grow, with the network marking
its most watched quarter in its history. For FY14 Q2 (Jan-Mar), Centric
experienced its best quarter ever for Total Day and Primetime viewership,
posting gains of +20 percent.
The new court papers show 50 Cent needs to pay $11.6 million in damages for misappropriation of trade secrets, unjust enrichment and breach of confidentiality; and another $4.4 million in legal fees and expenses.
In a nutshell, heres what happened: An arbitrator in West Palm Beach found that the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, stole design secrets from Bradenton manufacturer Sleek Audio to make his own headphones, Street by 50 and Synch by 50.
50 was walloped in arbitration last summer and a federal court in Miami just affirmed the award to Sleek. 50 desperately tried to keep the award documents sealed, but the federal court unsealed them recently.
So far, 50s not talking, and neither are his lawyers. Through his company G-Unit LLC, Jackson and Sleek teamed up in early 2011 to market Sleek by 50, a line of wireless, over-the-ear headphones.
The new documents show 50 Cent became interested in the product after seeing the success of fellow rapper Dr. Dres Beats headphones.
May 2011, however, Sleek Audio and 50 Cent announced they had split without
ever marketing any headphones. Since then, 50 called has Sleek founders
incompetent while Sleek branded 50 a thief. Source:
For the first time since the advent of digital sales, the format's declines resemble the now-routine annual percentage declines for the CD in the new millennium, when drops in CD sales ranged from 18.2% to 19.7% each year from 2007-11.
However, digital interactive streaming -- not including passive streams from services like Pandora, iTunes Radio and Sirius -- appears to be making up the slack, on a revenue basis at least. According to SoundScan, interactive music and video streaming totaled 34.28 billion streams in the first quarter of the year, versus 25.44 billion streams in 2013's corresponding period. Not only have streams grown by nearly 9 billion, but per-stream payout has improved this year versus last year, according to label sales executives.
Last year, interactive streams paid an average of $0.00375 per stream, meaning 2,000 streams equaled the average $7.50 wholesale -- the average price when you consider the $9.99 list price for most albums and $11.99 for some superstar albums -- for a digital album download. This year the industry average is more like $0.005, which means that 1,500 streams equal the wholesale cost of an album.
Figuring 2,000 streams per stream equivalent album last year, and 1,500 streams per stream equivalent album this year, that means that SEA totaled 22.85 million in the first quarter of this year, while last year totaled 12.72 million, a difference of 10.1 million album units. So, while digital albums and track equivalent albums were down 9.06 million units, streaming revenue growth is outpacing digital sales decline.
But the industry is still not out of the woods. Again, the CD's decline has accelerated. After dropping 14.5% over the last year, the CD album format is down 20.5% so far this year, to 31.9 million units from the 40.1 million units scanned in the first quarter of 2013.
Analyzing the 16.6% decline in album sales -- to 61.7 million units from the 74 million scanned in 2013's first quarter -- current albums (sales of albums released in the last 18 months, plus sales of albums out longer that remain in the top half of the Billboard 200) are down 18.5%, to 30 million, and are doing slightly worse than catalog albums which are down nearly 15%, to 31 million units. Looking at the year's top selling albums thus far, last year, 31 albums had scanned more than 200,000 units by the end of the first quarter; while this year so far only 17 have done so. The "Frozen" soundtrack leads the way with scans of 1.5 million units.
Moving over to track sales, Pharrell Williams' "Happy" is the top-selling digital song, with 3.6 million scans. So far this year 16 tracks have scanned more than 1 million units. Last year, 15 tracks hit that milestone, led by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thift Shop," featuring Wanz, with 4.2 million units by the end of the first quarter of 2013.
"Overall, there is still strong demand for people buying and streaming hits," says Nielsen Entertainment senior VP Dave Bakula. "It's the catalog and the bottom levels of the charts, where weakness is occuring."
Looking at genre sales, electronica was the only large genre -- which for this story Billboard defines as a genre with more than one million unit album scans -- to post a gain, with a 2.7% increase, to 1.45 million units from 1.32 million units. Jazz didn't decline as much as the overall U.S. album market, as the genre posted an 8.5% decrease. Classical -- with a 33.3% decline to 1.4 million units -- and pop -- with a 28.6% decline to 4.6 million units -- both had the weakest showing so far this year. The other large genres -- rock, R&B, country, and gospel/Christian -- were all down, ranging from 16%-19%. Latin was down nearly 21%.
On the flip side, when looking at tracks, Latin had the best showing of the genres tracked by Billboard for this story, suffering only a 2.5% decline to 1.8 million song downloads, followed by R&B, which declined 8.6% to nearly 63 million downloads. Rock, pop and country were each down, respectively 15.8%, 8.5% and 16.9%.
Moving over to music merchandisers, the Universal Music Group posted 38.8% in albums plus TEA, versus the 37% it had in the first quarter of 2013. That gives UMG a commanding lead over the 28.4% chalked up by Sony Music Entertainment, from the 29.9% it had at the end of 2013's first quarter. But within Sony Music, Columbia remains the No. 1 U.S. label with 8.05% in album plus TEA marketing share, including ChristianScan album counts.
Finally, for the first time in recent memory, all different store types posted declines, with chains and mass merchants suffering the biggest hits with 24.4% and 24.5% declines respectively, to 7.5 million units and 14.1 million units for the first quarter. But download stores also had a big decline, 14.2% to 27.8 million units, suffering a reversal in fortune after a decade of gains. Also, non-traditional CD merchants also posted a slight decline of 2.9% to 8 million units while indie stores were down 16.6% to 4.1 million units. Source: Billboard
& JANELLE MONAE PERFORM HOLOGRAM DUET.
M.I.A. performed in New York with a 3-D projection of Monae Thursday night while Monae sang on the West Coast with M.I.A.'s likeness.
Both artists have ideas for how they might use performance holograms beyond their bi-coastal duet, which was sponsored by Audi to launch its A3 model.
The high-tech duet required more advanced 3-D projection and video mapping technology than Tupac Shakur's hologram debut at the annual Coachella music festival in 2012. M.I.A. and Monae performed together in person to help create the holograms, but each saw the results for the first time onstage.
"I wish I were in the audience because I'm sure it looked cooler from the audience, but it felt great," Monae said after closing her 40-minute set at Quixote Studios by singing with a hologram. "I felt M.I.A.'s spirit up there."
A life-size hologram of the British rapper joined Monae onstage with an original addition to her song "Q.U.E.E.N." Wearing a spangled top and pants reminiscent of C-3PO, M.I.A. appeared to dance and sing, her image at times bathed in colored lights. Monae's hologram sang a verse of M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls" with her at New York's SIR Stage 37.
Neither artist got to see what their own hologram looked like ("I'm going to go online and see if I could see it," Monae confessed), but both said they'd try the technology again.
"I think if you can have artists be a hologram and you can access it, and you have them life-size, in your house, it could be kind of cool," M.I.A. said by phone. "It's definitely cool for us and it's cool for me. I could be in 10 places at once."
The technology has been prohibitively expensive and cumbersome to use on tour, she said: "I hope they get it together to the point that it's accessible."
"I'd be honored to experiment more with holograms and maybe make a whole band but I love my band, I wouldn't want them to be holograms," she said. "I would do some experimenting with different versions of myself, playing different instruments."
Both artists are touring in support of albums released last fall: M.I.A.'s "Matangi" and Monae's "Electric Lady." Monae also contributes the theme song to the upcoming animated film "Rio 2," and covered David Bowie's "Heroes" for a Pepsi global ad campaign. M.I.A. is busy with her fashion collection for Versace and her ongoing snarl with the National Football League, which is seeking $16 million from the singer on claims that she ruined the league's reputation when she stuck out her middle finger during a halftime performance with Madonna two years ago.
KARTEL SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON
While police in riot gear watched over barricaded streets outside the court in downtown Kingston, Judge Lennox Campbell ruled the entertainer must serve 35 years behind bars before he can be eligible for parole. At that point, the tattooed Jamaican deejay who has dominated the brash reggae-rap hybrid of dancehall for a decade would be 73.
Last month, a jury convicted the 38-year-old Kartel and three co-defendants of killing Clive "Lizard" Williams, who was beaten to death in August 2011 after being lured to Kartel's house to answer for two missing guns. His body has never been found.
One of the key pieces of evidence in the 65-day trial, one of the longest in Jamaican history, was a text message that police said they retrieved from Kartel's phone saying Williams had been chopped up in a "mincemeat" so fine his remains would never be located.
On Thursday, dozens of onlookers stood at the street barricades awaiting the sentencing. Some zealous fans yelled in anguish when they heard news of Kartel's life sentence.
"Wickedness! They take away the 'world boss,'" one woman exclaimed, referring to one of Kartel's nicknames.
Defense lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson said he expected to file an appeal.
When Kartel was convicted last month, the only dissenting juror was arrested on charges of attempting to bribe the panel in an effort to free the music star, whose real name is Adidja Palmer. The juror denies wrongdoing.
Authorities said the case had posed numerous security challenges. Prosecution witnesses and relatives of the victim needed state protection due to numerous threats. Officers were also threatened, including Detective Sgt. Patrick Linton, whose home was attacked with a fire bomb after he testified against Kartel.
Police officials also said intelligence indicated people were paid to gather outside the court to show support for Kartel and "create disorder during the closing stages of the trial."
Kartel is a major star in the dancehall genre and is known for his prolific output and innovative, but often violent, X-rated lyrics. Over the years, he collaborated with international artists including Jay-Z, Rihanna and Busta Rhymes. Rhymes traveled to Jamaica to attend the last day of Kartel's trial as a show of support.
Although he has been jailed since 2011, Kartel recorded numerous new songs from his cell using a smartphone and co-wrote a book about himself titled "The Voice of the Jamaica Ghetto." He's long been popular among young Jamaicans, especially those in blighted slums.
As his popularity grew, he increasingly got in trouble with the law. Last year, another murder case against Kartel collapsed after prosecutors failed to produce enough evidence to support allegations that he and two others killed businessman Barrington "Bossy" Burton in 2011.
CENT TEAMS UP WITH JASON STATHAM & JUDE LAW FOR NEW SPY THRILLER.
The cast also includes Jude Law as a suave superspy and Jason Statham as an overconfident yet clumsy spy. Also in the cast are Rose Byrne, British comedienne Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale and Nia Long. It is unclear how 50 Cent figures into the plot, but he will play himself.
Feig will direct the film from a script he wrote. Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing via their Chernin Entertainment banner along with Feig and Jessie Henderson via their Feigco Entertainment banner. The movie will shoot in April in Budapest.
50 Cent appeared in last years Escape Plan with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger and just wrapped The Prince, a crime picture starring Bruce Willis and John Cusack. He is repped by CAA. Source: Hollywood Reporter
DOCUMENTARY "TIME IS ILLMATIC" TO RECEIVE INAUGURAL CANDESCENT
Lilly Hartley's Candescent Films announced the multi-year award program on Wednesday in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Institute. The grant will be given through the Institute, home of the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 16-27.
Time Is Illmatic was directed by multimedia artist One9, who produced the documentary with Erik Parker. Illmatic is one of the most celebrated hip-hop albums in history, and the film explores the social conditions and environmental influences that contributed to Nas' process.
"Time Is Illmatic is a lyrical film that inspires us to overcome social and economic challenges and celebrates cultural history. I am honored to support the heartbeat of this film through the Candescent Award. Candescent's partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute is exciting to me as they provide vital resources to emerging artists and the documentary community," said Lilly Hartley, a producer and actress who formed Candescent in 2011.
In January, Candescent announced a similar award grant program in partnership with the Sundance Institute.
As with all of our grantees, Tribeca Film Institute is honored to have had the great opportunity to work with Time is Illlmatic throughout the films creative process from giving it a Tribeca All Access grant for production in 2013, through choosing it for a Tribeca All Access Alumni grant for editing in 2014, to now with this Candescent Award to help get it to the finish line, said Tribeca Institute vice president of artist programs Ryan Harrington, Vice President, Artist Programs, Tribeca Film Institute. We are proud to be partnering with Candescent to support more important documentaries in the future.
aim is to produce and finance films exploring social issues. Upcoming
movies the company has supported include Gael Garcia Bernal's Who is Dayani
Crsital?, Fed Up, Remote Area Medical and HBO's Private Violence. Past
projects include Queen of Versailles, Javier Bardem's Sons of the Clouds,
Gideon's Army, After Tiller and Likeness, starring Elle Fanning. Source:
Brown is being held without bail and is due to go on trial on April 17 in Washington on the assault charge. Last week, a judge in Washington authorized U.S. marshals to transport Brown from Los Angeles for the trial. The Grammy-winning singer's lawyer Mark Geragos filed a motion Tuesday asking a judge to block that order and instead release Brown to his custody just before the trial date.
His motion states that Brown would lose the ability to confer with Geragos and prepare for the trial if he is transferred by marshals. A hearing has been scheduled for Thursday on the motion.
RESTORES DEF JAM, MOTOWN AND ISLAND AS STANDALONES; IDJ DISSOLVED.
In 1999, Def Jam, Island and Motown were consolidated into the Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJ), which has operated out of Universals East Coast office. The brand will now cease to exist, with all three labels boasting their own A&R and marketing operations.
In making the announcement, UMG Chairman/CEO LUCIAN GRAINGE said, UMG is a collection of some of the greatest record labels the industry has ever seen. At the heart of these great companies is the vision and creative instincts of a team of passionate professionals. At UMG, our labels are empowered to be entrepreneurial and take creative risks. By re-establishing DEF JAM, ISLAND and MOTOWN as stand-alone labels within the UMG family, were positioning them to recapture the uniqueness of their brands and serve artists with the singularity of vision, focus and creativity that was at the core of their original success.
the new structure:
Ethiopia Habtemariam, SVP of Motown Records, has been promoted to President of the label. Furthermore, Motown will return to Los Angeles, where it was based for nearly 25 years beginning in 1972. Motown will be a freestanding label within Capitol Music Group, alongside labels such as Blue Note, Harvest and Virgin Records. Capitol was recently acquired in connection with UMGs purchase of EMI. Habtemariam will also continue in her current role as EVP/Head of Urban Music at Universal Music Publishing Group.
Island Records, under the leadership of David Massey, will expand its own marketing, publicity and A&R departments. It will also have the ability to draw upon the promotional resources of UMGs Republic Records, the No. 1 U.S. label in 2013 based on current album marketshare.
Kwak, EVP/Head of A&R for IDJ has been promoted to the newly-created
position of Executive Vice President A&R, U.S. Recorded Music. In
this new position, Kwak will serve all of UMGs labels in the U.S.
Grainge said, Barry is a terrific music executive who led our East Coast labels during a critical time of transition. I cant say enough about his contributions to our labels or to thank him enough. He has positioned Def Jam, Island, Motown and Republic for new levels of growth.
ESTATE FILES PRE-EMPTIVE LAWSUIT OVER SONG SAMPLE.
In this case, the plaintiff admits sampling the song. Nevertheless, against alleged threats by Hutson's publishing company, the B.I.G. estate says that the sample is de minimis and fair use as only "two nonsequential tones" were used, adapted, modified and supplemented. Further, any claims to the contrary are argued to be barred as untimely. Finally, Hutson is being charged with copyright misuse for threatening legal action with alleged knowledge of no real infringement.
According to the complaint filed Monday in California federal court, the "Can't Say Enough" sound recording was originally published in 1974 by a record company owned by musician Curtis Mayfield. In 1989, the song was returned by Mayfield to Hutson.
As for "The What," it was written in 1994 by Biggie, Osten Harvey Jr. (known as Easy Mo Bee) and Clifford Smith (known as Method Man).
Harvey was the producer, and the lawsuit says he sampled the final 1.9 seconds of "fade-out" from the defendant's song -- a faint "wah-wah" sound which oscillated between high and low frequencies. On "The What," the sample is said to have been transposed to match a E-Flat minor pitch. The low-end frequencies were removed, and the high-end frequencies were chopped into short and bass tones.
Skip ahead 18 years when Bad Boy Records was sent notice of an alleged infringement.
Over the following 18 months, the parties began negotiating with each other. At a couple of points during this time, Hutson's reps are said to have claimed 50 percent ownership in the Biggie song as well as 50 percent of income attributable to it. The plaintiff hired an expert who found limited use of "Can't Say Enough" and was confident that case law would support the position that the use was non-infringing. The impetus behind the lawsuit appears to be a February letter from the defendant's lawyer to Universal, EMI, BMI and ASCAP demanding a "hold" be placed on royalties. Last week, that was followed by another legal threat, precipitating the preemptive lawsuit.
Since there is no question that an unauthorized sample actually happened, the lawsuit tees up the question for the judge of how much use of a preexisting song is permissible. In addition, the lawsuit will address other affirmative defenses to improper sampling including statute of limitations and laches.
Then, there is the claim of copyright misuse. Given the admittance of a sample, such an allegation appears to be a stretch, but should Biggie's heirs prevail, it would go a long way to chilling sampling lawsuits.
The Notorious B.I.G. estate is managed by his widow, Faith Evans, and his mother, Voletta Wallace. The lawyer representing them is Staci Riordan at Fox Rothschild. In 2006, Time named Ready to Die as one of the most influential music compilations of the past 50 years. Source: Billboard.
WEST TOUR ON HOLD TO FOCUS ON NEW ALBUM.
companys site posted the following message:
- Tickets from May 6, honoured for September 9; Tickets from May 7, honoured
for September 10
NAMED AS COACH FOR NEXT SEASONS' THE VOICE.
Williams scored an Oscar nomination this year for his song "Happy" from the film "Despicable Me 2." He also had a Grammy-winning collaboration with Daft Punk on the dance hit "Get Lucky." He was an adviser to team Usher on season four of "The Voice," and performed the song "Blurred Lines" with Robin Thicke on the show last May. NBC said it would announce the remainder of the coaching line-up at a later date.
CLAIMS SELF-DEFENSE IN BENZINO SHOOTING.
Gai Scott, 36, of Randolph, pleaded not guilty in Plymouth District Court to armed assault with intent to murder. He was ordered held without bail pending a hearing Wednesday to determine whether he's a danger to society.
Scott shot Benzino, whose real name is Raymond Scott, on Route 3 in Duxbury on Saturday as Benzino came upon his own mother's funeral procession, authorities said.
"When the dust settles with respect to this case, it's going to be abundantly clear that Mr. Scott, a licensed gun owner, was acting in self-defense and in defense of his family," said Jon Ciraulo, Gai Scott's lawyer.
The Plymouth district attorney's office said in a statement that "growing family tension" between the men was behind the shooting.
Benzino, who was released Monday from South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, said he had paid his respects to his mother in private at a Quincy funeral home but decided to skip the procession and funeral because of tensions in the family over money.
Benzino, 48, a Boston native who now lives in Atlanta, said he was on his way to Plymouth to pick up a friend when he came upon the procession and someone opened fire.
He did not identify the person who shot him by name.
Benzino is a cast member of the VH1 reality show "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" and CEO of Hip-Hop Weekly magazine.
JUNE BUG (SNOOP'S UNCLE) PASSES AWAY.
June Bug's nephew Daz Dillinger said his uncle died around 9:30 am and it happened right after Snoop arrived for a visit.
We're told J.B. happily acknowledged Snoop's presence then passed on. As we previously reported, June Bug was given one day to live last week after succumbing to colon cancer but he was clearly a fighter. Source: TMZ
MICHAEL JACKSON ALBUM ON DECK.
will also be available in a Deluxe Edition, which includes all of the
sourced Michael Jackson recordings in their original form. The XSCAPE
standard and Deluxe Edition's are available for pre-order beginning April
1 on iTunes and elsewhere, and available at all retailers worldwide on
Reid curated the final list of recordings to deliver to the producers, who retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson's essence and integrity. It's a process Reid calls "contemporizing." The album's lead producer, Timbaland was one of a handful of producers Reid believed had the gravitas, depth and range to creatively engage with Jackson's work. Additional producers include global hitmakers Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome "Jroc" Harmon and John McClain.
"Modern music and artistry would look and sound completely different if not for the groundbreaking contributions Michael Jackson gifted to the world," remarked L.A. Reid. "Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with. We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world."
title of this album honors Michael's album naming process. He always chose
a song from the album to name his projects and, beginning with THRILLER,
used only one word titles, each with an edgy quality to them. This is
true of the new project. Written by Michael Jackson and Jerkins, and produced
by Jackson and Jerkins, "Xscape" has further significance in
that it is the one track on the album that was 'contemporized' by the
producer who recorded it originally in the studio with Michael.
"Michael has long been a treasured member of the larger Sony family," said Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation. "Starting with the release of 'Off The Wall' in 1979, Sony Music Entertainment has since released all of Michael's recordings. We are thrilled and privileged to be collaborating as One Sony to celebrate Michael's latest legacy, and bringing his fans an exclusive experience through our upcoming initiatives with our products and services."
DOLLA $IGN TOUR ON DECK.
The 15-date tour -- which marks the multi-talented LA-based artist's first headlining tour -- celebrates the recent release of Ty's major label debut, "BEACH HOUSE EP" and its breakout hit single, "Paranoid (Feat. B.o.B)." In addition to currently being featured on iHeartRadio's "New Music Channel," the DJ Mustard-produced track is currently #4 at urban radio, while also proving a top 10 hit on both Billboard's "Hot R&B Songs" and "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs" charts. In addition, the "Paranoid" companion video -- directed by Ethan Lader (Bruno Mars, Travie McCoy, B.o.B, OneRepublic) -- is fast approaching 11 million views at Ty's official YouTube channel,
Known as a charismatic and smooth live performer, Ty was among the stand-out artists showcasing at the South By Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) in Austin, TX, Performing an incredible 16 shows within a 3 day stint, Ty also took part in memorable on-stage collaborations with such like-minded artists as Snoop Dogg, YG, DJ Steve Aoki and his Taylor Gang family (including Chevy Woods, Tuki Carter and Berner), which was led by his Atlantic Records labelmate, Wiz Khalifa.
Born Tyrone Griffin, Ty Dolla $ign has been an in-demand writer, producer, and featured artist since helming YG's 2010 smash, "Toot It and Boot It (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign)." Since then, his credits include work alongside the likes of Trey Songz ("Fumble") B.o.B ("HeadBand (Feat. 2Chainz)") and Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg, whose "Young, Wild & Free (Feat. Bruno Mars)" proved a GRAMMY® Award-nominated blockbuster. The music from Ty's production team, D.R.U.G.S. (Dirty Rotten Underground Sound), dominated the airwaves in 2013. This new era of L.A.-bred producers and musicians -- which also includes DJ Mustard, Nate3D, Chordz and James Koo -- has redefined the sound of West Coast hip-hop with heavy 808s and a greedy snap.
A series of increasingly hot mixtapes earned him further attention, and has led Rolling Stone to call Ty one of the "10 New Artists You Need To Know in 2014." As if all that weren't enough, the gifted singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist has recently collaborated with the likes of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, YG, Lupe Fiasco, Zendaya and more, while hard at work on his own full length debut album, due out later this year.
This is also the first time adidas has partnered with a designer who owns their own textile company. adidas will collaborate with Williams' Bionic Yarn coming from The Vortex Project; an initiative with Parley for the Oceans to turn plastic debris from the oceans into yarn and fabric. Bionic Yarn will be used in some of Pharrell's upcoming adidas Originals products.
"Working with an iconic brand like adidas is such an incredible opportunity. From the classic track suit, to growing up in Virginia wearing Stan Smiths, adidas has been a staple in my life. Their pieces are timeless. This is an exciting partnership for both me and for Bionic Yarn." - Pharrell Williams
adidas welcomes Pharrell into its family and is looking forward to a long lasting relationship with this extraordinary artist.
"I am truly thrilled to work with Pharrell. He is a pop-culture icon that never fails to inspire, not just through his musical talent and craft, but through his many other interests. He is the perfect fit for the multi-faceted company that is adidas." - Dirk Schoenberger, Global Creative Director, adidas Sport Style Division
MUSIC AWARDS ON DECK.
Announced last month, the three-hour iHeartRadio Music Awards will recognize the most popular artists and music over the past 12 months as determined by iHeartRadio listeners. Each voting category initially featured 10 nominees based on results from the iHeartRadio Chart which includes listener feedback and performance data according to airplay; digital streaming data from the iHeartRadio platform, including thumbs up and custom station creations; and music sales, social interactions, online video data and tags from BigChampagne and Shazam.
During the last four weeks, listeners cast their votes to narrow down these nominees to their top five favorites in each category, garnering more than 2.2 billion social impressions. Category finalists (by alphabetical order) are:
Artist of the Year:
On Were Going Home Drake ft. Majid Jordan
(Most voted on category with more than 3.9 million votes cast)
Grail Jay Z ft. Justin Timberlake
Round Here Blake Shelton
Lines Robin Thicke ft. T.I. & Pharrell
Lucky Daft Punk ft. Pharrell
Me Up Avicii (Vocals by Aloe Blacc)
Round Two voting began today at iHeartRadio.com/awards and will continue through April 25 where millions of fans will rally behind their favorite artists and songs to vote for which nominee they want to win each category. Listeners can tune into their local Clear Channel radio stations for a chance to win their way into the iHeartRadio Music Awards featuring never-before-done duets and collaborations, celebrity guest appearances and live award presentations.
HEADING TO EUROPE WITH PUSHA T, METHOD MAN AND REDMAN.
In addition to the already announced performances of Method Man & Redman, Pusha T, twenty of the best Europe's DJ crews and international Adria Dance Camp, the NEW YORKER Fresh Island team is now adding DMX to their already impressive festival roster.
is a performer with the highest number of platinum releases in hip-hop.
He has sold over 30 million records, managing to add his name to the list
of the best selling rap artist of all time. The majority of music media
professionals, critics and other opinion makers are putting DMX in the
same context with a such rap legend as 2 Pac himself. Next to his huge
success as a musician, Earl Simmons a.k.a. DMX, has in parallel been building
his career in Hollywood, where he has played lead and supporting roles
in films such as Belly, Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, etc.
The three-day tickets sold out within an hour of going on sale. Single-day tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. ET today, and VIP and platinum packages are still available. Good luck.
AQUIRES STAKE IN DOWNTOWN RECORDS.
This investment represents the latest in a series of strategic partnerships Relativity has struck with media and entertainment-related companies, and continues Relativity's evolution as a fully diversified global media company. The partnership also increases Relativity's content production capabilities across multiple platforms and builds off the success of Relativity Music, which provides music supervision, music publishing catalogues and soundtrack services for films from Relativity and other major Hollywood studios. Happy Walters, chief operating officer of Relativity, will oversee the investment for the company.
Ryan Kavanaugh, founder and CEO of Relativity, said: "Relativity is a content engine that has the unique ability to help other entertainment companies reach the next level. In just eight years, Josh Deutsch and Terence Lam have built a cutting edge music business, and we are excited to provide new opportunities for their incredible talent as Relativity continues to grow."
In addition to music, Relativity's growing divisions include Relativity Studios, a full-scale film studio that has produced, distributed or structured financing for nearly 200 motion pictures, generating more than $17 billion in worldwide box office revenue; Relativity Television, which has over 20 series on-air; Relativity Sports, which represents more than 300 professional athletes; M3/Relativity, which represents clients across fashion, beauty, style and creative design; and Relativity Digital Studios, which creates original digital content. Downtown and Relativity's divisions will work closely together to leverage each other's properties.
Josh Deutsch, Downtown Records' Chairman and CEO, said: "Since 2006, Downtown Records has been dedicated to discovering and breaking today's most exciting artists. Relativity is the ideal partner to fuel Downtown Records' continued growth. Leveraging Relativity's broad platform, Downtown will generate innovative new opportunities for artists, composers and music fans alike. We are excited to work with Ryan, Happy, Tucker and the entire Relativity team to grow Downtown Records' recorded music, music publishing and live events divisions and to contribute our premium content and music services to Relativity's global media business."
Deutsch has been responsible for over 25 million albums sold throughout his career at companies including Virgin Records, Elektra Entertainment and Capital Records, discovering and overseeing the recording careers of artists including Gnarls Barkley, Cold War Kids, Jason Mraz, Justice, Santigold, Jet, Lenny Kravitz, Third Eye Blind and Miike Snow, among many others.
Terence Lam is Downtown Records' Co-Chairman and oversees the company's operations. A veteran of the music business, Lam got his start at Arista Records and has worked for Sony Music Entertainment, Geffen Music, and MTV Networks.
TO BE HONORED WITH CFDA FASHION ICON AWARD.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc., announced Monday that the 26-year-old pop star will receive the CFDA Fashion Icon Award on June 2 in New York City.
The award is given to one whose style has made a tremendous impact on pop culture around the world. Past recipients include Lady Gaga, Iman, Kate Moss and Nicole Kidman.
The 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards will be held at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.
Rihanna will launch a three-date co-headlining tour with Eminem on Aug. 8 in Los Angeles. The artists have collaborated on the No. 1 hits "The Monster" and "Love the Way You Lie."
PARTNERS UP WITH PLAYBOY.
(aka Armando Christian Perez) has sold more than five million albums and
50 million singles worldwide, achieving Number One status in more than
15 countries around the world. Across his various social media platforms,
Pitbull drives more than one billion global media impressions every month.
"In order to become an iconic brand you have to partner up with one. What's more iconic than Playboy?" says Mr. Perez. "It's an honor to partner with Playboy Enterprises 'Ladies and Gentlemen you are looking at the new Playboy, Armando Christian Perez.' Thank you Hef, Scott and the entire Playboy team. Dale!"
The choice of the historic Playboy Mansion as the setting for the "Wild Wild Love" video provides an early glimpse of the synergies expected to emerge from the partnership. The landscape of opportunities in development span Pitbull's touring and appearance schedule, performances and appearances at Playboy events, new content across a variety of media including Playboy Magazine and digital properties, and more to be unveiled in the coming months.
CENT TALKS NEW ALBUM, RELATIONSHIP WITH EMINEM & MORE..
"In the middle of the interview I was telling them how I can do things whenever I feel like it, and so I said, 'You know what I'm going to do, I'm going to launch a song the day the article comes out,'" 50 said. "And to make sure people didn't interpret it as a record I was trying to get up the chart, I gave them one that was 50 bars of me rapping. It didn't have a chorus, it was just storytelling. It got a great response. Me just being able to release music that I feel is right for right now, 'this is dope, put this out,' is really cool. It changes the experience for me, man."
independence has to be incredible. Not only because you can decide to
drop a song in the middle of an interview just for the sake of being able
to do so, but you have so much more creative room. What kind of impact
do you think this will have?
had said that your split with Shady/Aftermath was very amicable. It's
nice to hear about a departure that isn't "Screw this guy."
awesome. It really is about respecting the person that helps you and respecting
the decisions of those you helped.
your recent interview with Complex, you had said that "Animal Ambition"
was centered around the idea of prosperity, and was from this distorted
perspective. As I interpreted it, it's about how your success is perceived
by the other. How everyone is working for the come up, and you got yours,
and because you did, people have these altered and, at times, unwarranted
perceptions of you.
There's all sorts of things. Think like about the guy that is uncertain to approach a woman, but after he sees you approach her he feels like he could have gotten her if he had just said something first. People don't know what they like until they see someone with it. I put all of those elements in it because I felt they were a portion of prosperity, and I want you to see it. No matter what ethnicity you are, what type of religious beliefs you have, if you just look at the outline of the scenarios and situations I've seen, you'll see your own version of it.
I had to find a concept to write about to make it exciting for me. To have the project be about one topic, there aren't many records you can find that have one theme. The people whose opinions I value are those who like to live life on the highest level. The other people, they don't matter to me at all. The person who is positive, and is having some success will find some interest in this record immediately.
after "Animal Ambition" drops, you are planning to release "Street
King Immortal." What can we expect with that?
Let me tell you a story: One time I was in the car and I was listening to a LL Cool J record, and the girl I was with, I saw that she was going off to the music. All of sudden, I wasn't there, she wasn't paying me any attention. She was just singing the song. She was with LL. I wanted to do that. So I wrote a record and when it came time to release it, Dre was like, "Why do you want to put that in there?" I just told him that I wanted that one, and that song was "21 Questions." A question demands an answer, and it keeps the listener engaged. I would see the audience nod their head "yes" or "no" while I was performing the lines. I knew they weren't paying attention to the person standing next to them; they were looking directly at me.
I knew I had my audience at that point. I was trying to figure out how to do it my way. Something that another artist has achieved that I admire, but how do I do that without compromising myself as an artist? That's how I know when new music is good, because I wish I had it -- "I want some shit like that!" I've had an opportunity to enjoy our culture in a different way. I've had a huge amount of success, being in the height of the storm, and then I've had the opportunity to take a step back and be a fan of it. And now to get back into the mix and show them what I have to offer, it's going to be exciting to see how they respond to it. Source: Huffington Post
CENT, EMINEM & TIMBALAND INVEST IN CHINESE MOVIE.
They were talked into backing the film by New York-based Daniel Victor of Boneyard Entertainment. Through its Boneyard Entertainment China offshoot, it was a financier and co-producer of Black Coal. The lead producer is Chinas Jiangsu Omnijoi Movie Co.
The film, which is unusually dark by Chinese standards, and depicts a former policeman and a mystery woman on the trail of a serial killer, releases this week in China.
Victor says the high-profile investors share a long-term vision of building a film company focused on the worlds most exciting and quickly-evolving market.
We were all passionate about the idea of building a film business in China, says Victor. China is a fascinating country, the culture and history, and it is now the second-largest market for films in the world after the U.S. Their film industry and box office are growing astronomically.
As the Chinese film market has grown a wide variety of foreign companies have made various attempts to establish a foothold. They range from Hollywood studios, which have tried studio and indie-level incursions; a handful of other major companies which have launched productions aimed at a local Chinese audiences; and a scattering of foreign indies. The independents for the most part work in China on a project-by-project basis.
Omnijoi and Boneyard China, however, now have the beginnings of a slate together. They will start production in May on another Chinese picture, with a third film going into pre-production later this year.
Separately Boneyard China was last year certified by the State Administration for Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) as an approved co-production partner for Chinese companies.
Starting from 1996, Boneyard Entertainment previously produced and financed nine features in the U.S. and U.K., including the Academy Award-winning Sling Blade, Henry Fool, and the Helen Mirren and Clive Owen-starring Greenfingers. Source: Variety
RHONE NAMED PRESIDENT OF EPIC RECORDS.
Reid says, "Having worked closely with Sylvia Rhone, Ive witnessed firsthand how she shares a passion for an artists-first culture. I look forward with genuine enthusiasm to the next chapter of Epic Records."
Rhone adds, "Im honored to have the opportunity to expand my relationship with the talented team and amazing artists at Epic. What makes this opportunity different from any other is my partnership with renowned music executive L.A. Reid. Im looking forward to what I think will be the finest chapter in my career."
Rhone was previously President of Universal Motown Records, and also served as Chairman/CEO of the Elektra Entertainment Group.
AND RIHANNA ANNOUNCE THE MONSTER TOUR.
Pharoahe Monch has been at the forefront of lyrical innovation for two-decades now. Not only is he one of Hip-Hops preeminent lyricists, crafting intricate rhyme schemes and intelligent raps, but he is also an incisive political and social commentator, using Hip-Hop as a platform for political engagement.
Pharoahe Monch's "P.T.S.D." (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) will feature guest appearances from Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Denaun Porter, The Stepkids, Vernon Reid and production from Lee Stone, Marco Polo, Jesse West & Quelle Chris.
Tracklisting and Credits for Pharoahe Monchs P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder):
The Recollection Facility (produced by Pharoahe Monch)
COMPANY SETTLES AGAINST BEASTIE BOYS.
The Oakland Tribune says (http://bit.ly/1mfjPQr ) an agreement to dismiss the claim was filed Monday in U.S. District Court. No details of the settlement were released.
Oakland-based Goldieblox filed suit in November, seeking to pre-empt any possible claims of copyright infringement over the repurposed song.
The video, which shows young girls singing about science and engineering, was viewed millions of times before it was removed from YouTube.
The Beastie Boys countersued Goldieblox in December. The newspaper says it was not immediately clear if Monday's settlement would have any effect on that claim.
The hip-hop group has a blanket ban on using their songs in advertisements.
LYTE, JEAN GRAE, LAUREN HILL & MORE ON DECK.
Through celebrating the critical role of women in hip-hop, Beverly Bonds ROCK! LIKE A GIRL adds an essential element to this festival. We are happy to provide a platform for American and international female artists who exhibit the best of hip-hop culture in content and craftsmanship of their music and performance, said Garth Ross, Kennedy Center Vice President of Community Engagement.
D.C.s own all-girl Go-Go group Bela Dona will serve as the official house band with DJ Beverly Bond on the 1s and 2s. ROCK! LIKE A GIRL will also spotlight the next generation with a featured youth performance by BLACK GIRLS ROCK! program mentees.
Im extremely excited to launch ROCK! LIKE A GIRL at the Kennedy Center and curate this dynamic show featuring these superb, inspirational and innovative artists! This festival illustrates the diversity, creativity and the global cultural capital of hip-hop music, says Beverly Bond, and, the ROCK! LIKE A GIRL platform presents a unique vehicle for the voices of female artists whove led with shear integrity and respect for their craft; despite the difficulties of navigating an especially male dominated arena. ROCK! LIKE A GIRL showcases women who have used their art as a tool to drive feminist thought, personal empowerment, socio-cultural analysis, or political engagement, and who have inspired generations of women and girls in the process. Together these incredible women will make HERstory and show what it really means to ROCK like a girl!
The event will culminate with a post-show discussion on hip-hop feminism, pop-culture, art, and integrity.
ALSINA ENLISTS RICK ROSS.
"Talk Dirty" is the #5 song in his career-to-date to crack the Top 5 at Top 40 radio with over 115 million in radio audience, spinning 20 thousand times a week across all formats. Already double-platinum in the States and 5.5 million tracks sold worldwide, the title track from his April 15th album is currently #3 on iTunes and Billboard's Digital Downloads and #4 on Billboard's Hot 100.
OF THE PHARAOHS ON DECK.
In its nearly two decades, AOTP has released three studio albums alongside countless solo albums and side projects from its lineup of emcees that have been some of the most critically-acclaimed and best-selling indie hip hop records of the past 20-years. With the release of their newest effort, In Death Reborn, the Army returns after a four-year hiatus to release its fourth group album featuring the lead single/video for God Particle featuring Vinnie Paz, Planetary, Esoteric, Apathy & Celph Titled and produced by Stu Bangas. The album also features appearances by Blacastan, Zilla, Block McCloud, Demoz, Doap Nixon & King Magnetic. Army of the Pharaohs In Death Reborn drops April 22, 2014 on Enemy Soil.
Tracklisting and Credits for Army Of The Pharaohs In Death Reborn
Curse of the Pharaohs f/ Vinnie Paz, Apathy, Celph Titled,
Esoteric & Reef the Lost Cauze (produced by Blastah Beatz)
Samsung announced the Austin Music Hall show early this week and scheduled the pair at the same time as the iTunes Festival's hip-hop night that featured Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q at the very nearby ACL Moody Theater. The performance came a few weeks after West called out Apple CEO Tim Cook at a New Jersey concert, telling him to "stop trying to get performers to play your festival for free, you are rich as (expletive)."
Chances are West and Jay Z didn't play the show for free, but the return on investment wasn't marginal. The show was one of the most anticipated surrounding the annual buzz-building gathering and fans with Samsung devices with the company's new streaming music service, Milk Music, were granted free entry.
Fans lined up several hundred yards around the block before the show with most having little hope of getting in. Those who did including Odd Future's Tyler, The Creator, who forced his way to the front row to the delight of selfie-snapping fans and spent some of the show crowd surfing were treated to an energetic performance from two of hip-hop's biggest stars.
They emerged individually atop two large boxes stationed on the stage and in the crowd West wearing his trademark leather kilt and Jay Z in a black American flag t-shirt and began the show near the rafters. They played selections from their "Watch the Throne" collaboration throughout, including "No Church in the Wild," ''... in Paris," ''Who Gon Stop Me" and "Otis" as images of Doberman pinschers, lions and tigers, great white sharks and gazelle-killing cheetahs flashed across a screen that wrapped around the stagebound box.
The pair, who recently announced a partnership between West's Donda Music and Jay Z's Roc Nation, each also played hits from their own lengthy catalogs. West, engaged and smiling and even occasionally trading high fives with the crowd, performed "Black Skinhead" and "New Slaves" from his latest album "Yeezus" along with older hits like "Jesus Walks" and "Runaway."
Jay Z offered favorites recent hit "Tom Ford" from "Magna Carta ... Holy Grail," and standards "99 Problems," ''Empire State of Mind," ''Dirt Off Your Shoulder" and "Big Pimpin'."
What they didn't offer was any clues about a sequel to their collaborative album "Watch the Throne," which is anticipated later this year.
PABLO RELEASED FROM PRISON.
Petey was arrested at Raleigh Durham Airport on Sept. 11, 2010 after cops say he tried to take a stolen gun through airport security.
Pablo was sentenced to 35 months behind bars at a federal prison but was released today, 4 months ahead of schedule. Pablo now says he wants to return to hip-hop and has already hooked up with Timbaland.
"I'm now headed to the work shop," Pablo says "To begin what will be noted as my best work ever with one of the greatest producers of all time."
"See ya in a few, shirt still spinning!"
HOP MUSEUM IN NYC ON DECK?
Organizers say it would be called the Universal Hip Hop Museum.
Afrika Bambaataa says the museum would look at the historical and cultural roots of hip-hop and the contributions made by break dancers and disc jockeys.
Bambaataa is frequently called the father of hip-hop. He would serve as the museum's chairman.
The museum hopes to open in 2017 inside the Kingsbridge Armory, which is being redeveloped into a national ice sports center. The plan was announced at a news conference on Wednesday.
says many people think of rappers when they hear the word hip-hop. But
he says there's a whole culture and movement behind it.
am so honored to be working with Comme des Garçons and cherish
the education that Ive experienced in this collaboration,
Pharrell told WWD. The
fragrance will be out in September 2014.
Staples Center will be the home of three nights of concerts featuring the hottest and most popular artists performing today beginning Friday, June 27 when GRAMMY® Award winning artists Maxwell and Jill Scott join Marsha Ambrosius to start the highly anticipated weekend with soul stirring performances. A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, K. Michele, Ty Dolla $ign and August Alsina are the first group of artists announced for Staples Centers stage for Saturday, June 28 plus a very special hip hop reunion you wont want to miss! Closing the weekend festivities on Sunday, June 29, will be the Queen of Hip Hop Soul, GRAMMY® Award winning artist Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, GRAMMY® Award winning artist Jennifer Hudson and Tamar Braxton. Ticket sales begin this Friday, March 14, 2014 at 1 p.m./EST.
We are proud to once again be working in partnership with BET to co-host the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE, said Dan Beckerman, President and CEO, AEG. Combining the assets, the creativity and the experience of each of our brands to produce such an all-encompassing event as the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE will once again create an incredibly memorable weekend. We look forward to welcoming the thousands of fans from all over the U.S. that will come to Los Angeles and L.A. LIVE to attend this one-of-a-kind tribute and celebration.
The BET Experience was a major success with over 100,000 attendees and we are thrilled to return to the City of Los Angeles during BET AWARDS weekend, said Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks. This year we will again provide a weekend filled with music, entertainment, and culture and are excited to once again to partner with AEG to pull off another BET Experience.
Single day tickets and 3-day packages for the Staples Center concerts go on sale Friday, March 14, 2014. Single day Staples Center concert tickets are priced as low as $59.50, $99.50 and $149.50 while 3-day Staples Center Concert ticket packages are $199.00, $299.00 and $399.00.
In addition to concerts, comedy shows and the BET Awards, the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE will feature:
BET Experience Fan Fest: An interactive expo that invites guests to engage with their favorite BET shows, talent and brands through exhibits, demonstrations and giveaways. The fan fest is free to the public and features a BET and Centric Pavilions, a music stage, celebrity basketball game, beauty makeovers plus a signature food experience.
106 & PARK Stage: 106 & PARK brings the livest audience to their exclusive stage in Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE throughout the weekend with free musical performances, new talent showcases and celebrity appearances.
Music Matters Stage: Showcases emerging artists associated with the BET Music Matters initiative.
GRAMMY® Museum Exhibit: A special curated exhibit of past BET Awards Lifetime Achievement Honorees will be presented at L.A. LIVEs GRAMMY® Museum during the weekend.
Genius Talks: BET presents celebrity-filled seminars featuring real talk on money, culture, entertainment, family, celebrity and relationships at the adjacent Los Angeles Convention Center.
After Parties: The hottest late-night VIP parties featuring great DJs, celebrity appearances and much more at a variety of the most exclusive venues.
The official host hotels for the BET Experience are the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE and The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. The BET Experience at L.A. LIVE will offer special rates to visitors at more than 20 other hotels in the downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills areas.
Experience at L.A. LIVE partners include the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention
Board, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles,
The City of Los Angeles, and The GRAMMY® Museum.
"I feel like I've got more stories to tell," Lil Boosie said during a press event Monday in New Orleans. "I've got a lot to say about my life, about what I went through in prison and about what my family went through.
"I'm a much better person. I'm much stronger. I know who my real friends are and I know who ain't."
Angela Yee, a radio personality on Power 105.1 in New York, moderated the rapper's first public interview since being released last week from Louisiana's maximum security prison at Angola. Rappers Bun B, Young Jeezy and Webbie were there to show support as well as members of his family and legal team.
"This is a big day for Trill Entertainment and a big day for the hip-hop community," said Houston native Bun B, the independent label's chief executive who came off tour to support Boosie's homecoming.
Bun B said Boosie and Webbie were the first artists Trill Entertainment signed.
"He took off with flying colors and went above and beyond what we expected," he said of Boosie. "We couldn't be more proud of him."
Boosie, whose real name is Torence Hatch, said the first thing he did following his release was reconnect with his seven children. "I'm still enjoying the moment, enjoying my family you know? I'm just soaking in time with the kids and the studio."
He said he's been spending as much time as possible in the studio good news for Trill Entertainment and distributor Atlantic records. While imprisoned following a 2009 drug conviction, Hatch said he wrote 1,018 songs.
"I was focused on my music," he said when asked about life behind bars. "I didn't spend too much time seeing what other (rappers) were doing. But of what I've heard over the last few days, I feel the rap game is wide open for me to take over.
"Man, I've been in the studio almost every night. When I have any free time, that's where you can find me."
The rapper told The Associated Press that he sees possible collaborations in his future with Justin Beiber, Drake, Lil Wayne and Mary J. Blige.
"I'm fixing to go hard," he said.
He said his new music will reflect some of the experiences he went through in prison, including spending 20 months on lockdown for 23 hours and 45 minutes each day. "You'll hear more about that and other things in the music," he said. "The music will speak for me."
He also said he wrote a screenplay that he hopes to bring to theater audiences soon and a book about his life. He said he's considering self-financing both ventures but will shop them around, too.
In addition, he hopes to tour soon, possibly as early as the end of March. He said his fans never heard him perform music from "Super Bad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz," which he released a couple of weeks before he went to prison.
The 31-year-old rapper, who is from Baton Rouge, could be on probation for up to four years. He has a Thursday hearing scheduled before a state judge, said Roy Maughan, an attorney representing Trill Entertainment.
"It's a routine appearance. There was no offense committed and there are no charges hanging over his head," he stressed. "It's just an opportunity for the judge to put eyes on him and for both sides to tailor some type of probation conditions."
& JAY Z ON DECK TO PERFORM @ SXSW.
U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon made the ruling Friday in Manhattan federal court after the jury said it was deadlocked.
Federal prosecutors had charged James "Henchman" Rosemond and Rodney Johnson in the 2009 shooting death of Lowell Fletcher, an associate of rapper G-Unit.
They say the killing was payback for an assault on Rosemond's son. Rosemond's lawyer had argued the witnesses against him were unreliable.
James "Jimmy the Henchman" Rosemond was convicted last October of shipping cocaine in music equipment cases between studios in New York and Los Angeles. He's represented artists such as The Game and Sean Kingston. Prosecutors said they're considering options for a retrial.
TEAMS UP WITH UN FOUNDATION FOR "HAPPY" DAY.
As part of this global digital engagement, people will be reminded that everyone deserves a chance at a happy, healthy life, and encouraged to make donations to support UN humanitarian efforts designed to increase those opportunities for the people who need it most.
Ways To Participate:
Post Facebook, G+, Tumblr or Instagram photos/videos using the hashtag #HAPPYDAY
Tweet/Vine messages using the hashtag #HAPPYDAY
Post "Happy" covers on your YouTube Channel tagging them with #HAPPYDAY
Play "Happy" on the air and give a shout out to CERF
Share "Happy" Spotify and Google Play playlists on G+, Facebook, Twitter and/or Tumblr using the hashtag #HAPPYDAY
Fresh off his show-stopping performance at Sunday's Academy Awards, where he performed his Oscar-nominated hit "Happy" and danced with some of Hollywood's leading ladies, Pharrell released his new album G I R L on Monday, March 3 to worldwide acclaim. The album quickly reached #1 in more than 75 countries. "Happy," which was first featured on Despicable Me 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), remains an international phenomenon; in the U.S., the song tops Billboard's Hot 100 chart for a second consecutive week, tops Billboard's Digital Songs chart for a third consecutive week, and becomes #1 this week on Billboard's Radio Songs chart. In addition, "Happy" continues its reign at #1 on iTunes in the U.S.; the song has topped the iTunes chart in more than 90 countries. And at Spotify, G I R L is the #1 album in the world.
GREENLIGHTS NEW SHOWS AS PRIMETIME RATINGS RISE.
Leading off the greenlights is Hindsight, VH1s next entry in its already successful foray into the scripted series arena. The series will be written by Emily Fox and executive produced by Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman.
Additional story-driven series joining the VH1 slate include:
I love Nick Carter focuses on Backstreet Boy Nick Carters relationship with his fiancée; Untitled K.Michelle Project follows the Love and Hip Hop stars bright music career; Swab Stories chronicles how lost family members re-connect thanks to DNA testing; Walk Of Shame Shuttle follows a young entrepreneur and her popular service for college students who overindulged the previous night; This Is HOT 97 gives viewers a comedic look inside this iconic radio brand and White Girls Of Rap features female rappers striving for success in a male-dominated business in a series produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions.
This announcement comes on the heels of previously announced new projects including the already buzzed-about reality dating series Naked Dating, upcoming Summer 2014 series LeAnn & Eddie, Make Or Break: The Linda Perry Project and Suave Says, and the addition of Nick Lachey as host of VH1s live morning pop culture show Big Morning Buzz Live from Times Square.
With these greenlights, we are delivering a diverse mix of bold, big-hearted programs that will reflect and expand on our signature mash-up of music, pop culture and nostalgia, said Susan Levison, EVP of Original Programming and Production. "From scripted, to docuseries to humor to reality, we are superserving our audience with a wide array of cut-through programming.
Hindsight is just the latest project fueling VH1s successful momentum in the scripted genre. Last month, the network announced that its partnering with Nick Cannon on new film Drumline: A New Beat with Fox Television Studios. VH1 delivered the highest-rated original cable movie of 2013 among adults 18-49 with CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, which attracted 4.5 million total viewers for its October 21 premiere, averaged a 2.9 rating in the adult 18-49 demo and generated over 2 million tweets. Hit The Floor was the highest-rated new scripted cable series in Summer 2013 in the adult 18-49 demo.
Hindsight ± Premiering Early 2015
The series begins with Becca (Laura Ramsey) on the eve of her second wedding. It all seems perfect this time around, but she is still plagued by doubt. What if she could fix everything, and make the right choices this time? Becca finds herself thinking about her former best friend Lolly (Sarah Goldberg), with whom she had a falling out many years ago. If only she could talk to her once again Suddenly, after a freakish elevator ride, Becca gets the opportunity to do just that as she wakes up in New York City on the morning of her first wedding day in 1995. Shes about to marry Sean (Craig Horner), a bad-boy artist who is all wrong for her and she knows her first move must be to reconnect with Lolly to re-live that day. Can she make it right by living her life all over while readapting to life in New York City in the 90s a time of smoking in bars, carrying pagers, having an AOL email address? Becca will soon discover theres no sure-fire way to make the right choices in life - even knowing everything she thinks she knows now.
Hindsight is written by Emily Fox (Jane By Design), and the pilot was directed by Michael Trim (Orange Is the New Black). Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman serve as executive producers for Timberman/Beverly (Masters Of Sex, Justified, Elementary). Maggie Malina (Hit The Floor, Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story) will also serve as executive producer as will Alex Motlagh for Pop Films (Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story) and Emily Fox. Susan Levison and Jill Holmes are executive producers for VH1.
I Love Nick Carter + Premiering Summer 2014
Growing up in front of the camera as the most popular member of the Backstreet Boys, Nick Carter has lived a charmed life. Known for being the only single member of the band, Nick was deemed America's Most Eligible Bachelor and reveled in the title. But now, all thats about to change after years of playing the field (and the occasional bad romance) Nick Carter has finally found love, and is getting prepared to take the long walk down the aisle. Nicks fiancée Lauren Kitt is a smart, self-possessed woman who has become the center of his universe. But no one said love would be easy. Lauren may be the apple of Nicks eye, but his devoted fans arent too pleased to see their idol snatched away by another woman. Add to the mix Nicks demanding career, as well as both Nick and Laurens outrageous families, and suddenly happily ever after seems a whole lot more difficult to achieve. I Love Nick Carter will follow Nick and Lauren as they chart the sometimes rocky path to I Do. Will their love prove strong enough to overcome all the obstacles that stand in their way? I Love Nick Carter premieres Summer 2014 on VH1.
I Love Nick Carter is executive produced by Eric Bischoff, Jason Hervey and Riaz Patel for Bischoff Hervey Entertainment. Nick Carter also executive produces. Susan Levison, Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly, Fernando Mills and Laurel Stier serve as executive producers for VH1.
Untitled K.Michelle Project + Premiering Summer 2014
It looks as if Love & Hip Hop star K.Michelle finally has everything shes ever wanted. Success, fame, a hit album but is it all its cracked up to be? VH1 will follow K. as she learns to balance life, relationships, and bona fide superstardom with the help of a dynamic group of friends. It may appear like she has it all together, but nothing is as it seems in Ks crazy world. Notorious for her red hair, razor sharp wit and fiery tongue, K.Michelle navigates New York City and her life with a renewed dedication to her son, her friends, and her career. K.Michelle has the life shes always dreamed of, but will it ever be enough? Find out when the Untitled K.Michelle Project premieres on VH1 Fall 2014.
Untitled K.Michelle Project is executive produced by Mona Scott-Young and Stephanie Gayle for Monami Entertainment. Toby Barraud, Stefan Springman, and Mala Chapple are executive producers for Eastern TV. Co-executive producers for Eastern TV are Jeff Grogan and Robyn Schnieders. K.Michelle is also executive producer, with Jeff Robinson co-executive producing. Susan Levison, Brad Abramson and Danielle Gelfand are executive producers for VH1. Vivian Gomez is coordinating producer for VH1.
Swab Stories + Premiering Summer 2014
VH1s new series Swab Stories follows entrepreneur Jared Rosenthal, the owner of Whos Your Daddy, a mobile DNA testing service based in New York City. Part lab, part therapist, part arbiters of conflict, Jared and his team travel neighborhood to neighborhood to give people the chance to answer potentially life-altering questions about who they are, where they came from, and how they fit into their loved ones lives. The Whos Your Daddy RV serves as an icebreaker, and allows people to take DNA tests right on the spot with one simple swab of the mouth. Swab Stories is a captivating new series about a process that reveals the truth behind people's most fundamental questions-- easing their minds or potentially breaking their hearts. Swab Stories premieres September 2014 on VH1.
Swab Stories is executive produced by Seanbaker Carter, Joel Olicker, Stephanie Carter, Jared Rosenthal, and Royd Chung for Powderhouse Productions. Susan Levison and Kari McFarland serve as executive producers for VH1. Sean Gottlieb is supervising producer for VH1.
Walk Of Shame Shuttle + Premiering Summer 2014
The morning-after walk of shame is an inevitable part of todays college experience. But where others simply saw hungover students trudging home following a night of drunken festivities, undergrad-turned-entrepreneur Kellyann Wargo found a business model the opportunity to make some money while providing an essential service. And so, the Walk Of Shame Shuttle was born. For five dollars, Wargo will provide students and other hard-partying clients with a ride back to their dorm or apartment, along with a bottle of water and a complimentary high-five to cheer them up. On VH1's "Walk of Shame Shuttle," we rig Wargo's car with cameras and document every hilarious ride. Along the way, Wargo dispenses her own unique advice and tough love to her captive audience. On this series, Kellyann Wargo provides the cheapest therapy sessions for these sometimes guilt-ridden students and finds out why sometimes the morning-after stories are better than the ones from the night before. Walk Of Shame Shuttle premieres Summer 2014 on VH1.
Walk of Shame Shuttle is executive produced by Brian Graden, Lois Curren and Gaurav Misra for BG Media. Susan Levison, Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly, and Fernando Mills serve as executive producers for VH1.
THIS IS HOT 97 PREMIERES MARCH 31 AT 10:30PM
Known as the place Where Hip Hop Lives, New Yorks globally recognized #1 radio station HOT 97 is teaming up with VH1 to take viewers on a behind-the-scenes look into the Big Apples go-to destination for Hip Hop and R&B with the debut of This Is HOT 97. Premiering on VH1 March 31 at 10:30 PM ET/ PT, This Is HOT 97 is a 30-minute unscripted comedy series that gives viewers a look inside this iconic radio brand. HOT 97 is the global mecca of Hip Hop and R&B music, and this crew functions more as a family than a group of coworkers they go hard for each other, but above all they live, eat and breathe HOT 97. The series will also feature cameos from the well-known celebrities who regularly visit HOT 97 as on-air guests including Kanye West, Macklemore, Rick Ross, Mack Wilds, Wale and many more. Each episode of This Is HOT 97 will draw upon the ambitions, rivalries and quirky personalities of the cast to capture all of the comedic and sometimes downright awkward moments that happen at the station on a daily basis. Tune in to the series premiere of This Is HOT 97 Monday, March 31 at 10:30 PM ET/ PT on VH1.
This Is HOT 97 is executive produced by Mona Scott-Young for Monami Entertainment and Toby Barraud, Stefan Springman, Mala Chapple and Ian Gelfand for Eastern. Susan Levison, Brad Abramson and Stephen Mintz are executive producers for VH1. Co-executive producer for Eastern is David Digangi and Vivian Gomez is coordinating producer for VH1.
White Girls Of Rap (working title) + Premiering Fall 2014
VH1 in partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions will follow five up-and-coming white female rappers (Yep, we said it, white female rappers) as they hustle to establish credibility in an industry that isnt known for being the most welcoming. These girls are facing near-impossible odds and will do anything to break into the rap game and establish a name for themselves. White Girls of Rap will premiere in late 2014 with 6 half hour episodes.
Girls of Rap is executive produced by Ryan Seacrest and Izzie Pick
Ashcroft for Ryan Seacrest Productions. VH1 executive producers are Susan
Levison, Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly and Fernando Mills.
Buddz splashed onto the scene a few years ago with a song firmly atop the Billboard Reggae Chart with his self-titled debut album released by Columbia Records. Over the past six years, Collie Buddz has toured the world performing with the likes of Cypress Hill, Rebelution and Matisyahu. He's been a staple at music festivals such as Lollapalooza, Boomtown and the California Roots Festival.
Collie Buddz is excited to have an opportunity to record a new album with the support of a team he feels really understands him and his music.
Louder Than Life is a division of Sony Music and label imprint of famed music producer Salaam Remi, whose extensive list of credits include Amy Winehouse, Usher, Alicia Keys and Miguel. Remi describes Louder Than Life as an artist development-focused imprint targeting youth and urban culture through multiple genres ranging from pop, hip-hop and R&B to jazz, blues and reggae.
Check out the new video from Collie Buddz - "Light It Up" WATCH HERE
Collie Buddz is in the studio now working on the album and "Light It Up" will impact radio later this year.
Q GRABS #1 SLOT.
on the Digital Songs chart, Pharrell's "Happy" spends another
week at No. 1, selling 413,000 downloads (up 3%). A week ago, it sold
402,000. "Happy" is the first song to earn two straight weeks
of more than 400,000 in sales since another Pharrell-related song: "Blurred
Lines." The Robin Thicke-led track (which featured T.I. and Pharrell)
sold in excess of 400,000 in the three consecutive weeksending June 23,
HOP DJ LEGENDS TO BE INDUCTED INTO ROCKWALK.
Guitar Center's RockWalk is dedicated to honoring those artists who have made a significant impact and lasting contribution to the growth and evolution of Rock 'n' Roll, Blues and R&B. As the newest RockWalk inductees, Grandmaster Flash, Grandwizzard Theodore and Grandmixer DXT's handprints will reside alongside the handprints, signatures, and faces of other equally accomplished musicians and innovators such as Eric Clapton, George Martin, Jimmy Page, Iron Maiden, Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, Van Halen, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Run-D.M.C. and Queen, among numerous others.
Further, Guitar Center and Serato have come together to announce a world-class new Serato digital music addition to their iconic Sunset Boulevard location, offering a permanent home for DJ's and aspiring music producers to demo and buy the latest products in the world-class line. The new Serato area will open its more than 400 square foot space with a special red carpet event open to the public on Thursday, March 6th hosted by Hip-Hop legend Jazzy Jeff.
grand opening event not only coincides with the Guitar Center RockWalk
inductions of the three hip-hop legends mentioned above, but also with
the 25th anniversary of the first ever Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance,
awarded to Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith for their hit "Parents Just
Don't Understand". To celebrate the anniversary, the event will feature
live in-store appearances by a surprise list of legendary Hip-Hop &
Rap DJs including:
"The artistry, innovation and contributions to music displayed by Grand Master Flash, Grand Wizard Theodore and Grand Mixer DXT over the course of three such lengthy and lauded careers can't be understated. They are truly pioneers in their craft and have provided inspiration for countless musicians. This induction is a celebration of three true hip-hop legends." Dave Weiderman, Chairman of Guitar Center's RockWalk
"We're extremely excited to announce our second U.S. Serato in-store experience at none other than Guitar Center Hollywood. With all the advances we are making in Serato DJ it made sense for us to partner with Guitar Center to create the best possible hands-on experience for DJs and producers in Los Angeles." AJ Bertenshaw, CEO, Serato.
AZALEA TOUR ON DECK.
being named a "XXL Freshman" in 2012 and releasing two successful
mixtapes with the help of rapper T.I. and producer/DJ Diplo, Iggy Azalea
went on to open for Beyoncé on the Australian and Asian legs of
her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour." Iggy is preparing her debut
album, The New Classic, and recently released her single "Fancy"
featuring Charli XCX. Fans attending the tour can expect the high-energy
and an in-your-face live performance that the Aussie rap queen has become
After a successful 2013 Outbreak Tour featuring the XXL 2013 Freshman Class, Monster Energy and Idol Roc Entertainment team up once again, this time with Live Nation, to provide the stage for one of hip-hop's emerging superstars. "We're very excited and grateful for the chance to team up with Iggy Azalea on the 'New Classic Tour', shining the spotlight on an emerging talent as she preps her debut album release -- which is the core of what the Outbreak Tour is all about. We've long admired Iggy and now it's time for the whole world to see and hear what they've been missing out on" exclaimed tour producer, Steve Glazer (Idol Roc Entertainment).
Monster Energy Hip Hop Outbreak 2014 Tour Itinerary:
| BOSTON, MA | HOUSE OF BLUES
Launched in February 2011 as a branded tour pairing emerging music artists with fan friendly ticket prices, the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour is produced by music/entrepreneurial firm Idol Roc Entertainment. The culturally relevant, forward thinking tour brand, which resonates with fans of multiple music genres, has brought forth tours and one-offs headlined by notable acts such as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Bullet for My Valentine, Asking Alexandria, 3LAU, Cash Cash, Carnage, and Wale to name a few, in 500 - 5K capacity venues throughout North America.
WILLIAMS' HAPPY TOPS BILLBOARD HOT 100
The New York Times, which calls Pharrell "one of the most transformative music figures of the last year," describes G I R L as "an overwhelmingly positive album, cheery in mood and instrumentation, as if Mr. Williams knows something the rest of us do not." USA Today echoes, saying Pharrell "cranks out tunes that are as giddily accessible as they are texturally sophisticated...Williams' ebullient musical savvy is everywhere." And in its track-by-track review, Billboard says G I R L is "a relentlessly positive and unselfconsciously joyful tour de force."
"Happy" is Pharrell's first Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit as a lead artist, though he is no stranger to the chart. Previous chart-topping tracks Pharrell has been featured on include Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot," Ludacris' "Money Maker," and most recently, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (also featuring T.I.). With 402,000 downloads of "Happy" sold this past week, the sum marks the largest sales week for a song outside the Christmas season since Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" last September. "Happy" is also the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer for the fifth week in a row, as well as top Digital Gainer for the third consecutive week.
Currently #1 on iTunes' Songs chart in the U.S., the song has topped the chart in more than 75 countries, selling nearly 4 million downloads worldwide. With more than 152 million in audience, the song is currently charting at seven U.S. radio formatsTop 40, Rhythm, AC, Hot AC, Urban, Urban AC, and AAA. Around the world, "Happy" tops radio charts in 14 countries including Australia, France, Germany, U.K., Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, and Poland.
ON DECK @ SXSW.
Due to the success of Converse Rubber Tracks in Austin, SXSW is presenting a panel discussion on Friday, March 14 entitled "Converse Rubber Tracks: No Strings Attached" that will explore Converse's commitment to providing platforms to support emerging artists. This year also marks the debut of "Converse Rubber Tracks Live" in Austin, which will present a free concert on March 15. In addition, Converse will bring skate, hip-hop and metal cultures together once again at the "Converse X Thrasher Magazine Death Match" March 12-15. Converse is also returning as the presenting sponsor of "The FADER FORT Presented by Converse", the annual 4-day event in Austin from March 12-15.
Since its Brooklyn opening in July 2011, Converse Rubber Tracks has provided the incredible opportunity for artists to record in a state-of-the-art studio at no cost. Converse Rubber Tracks supports artistic expression by allowing musicians across all genres an opportunity to record for free and retain all the rights to their music. In the last two years, Converse has brought the Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studio from Brooklyn to great music cities such as Toronto, Austin, Montreal, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Beijing and Mexico City.
"We're so proud to be back in Austin," said Geoff Cottrill, VP/GM of Brand & Segments at Converse. "Each year we discover new artists who are incredibly talented and drivenbut simply need a little support. We're really excited to be able to give musicians the opportunity to record for free and a platform to unleash their creative spirit."
RECORDS MAKES RADIO HISTORY.
"I'm so proud of the incredible job our entire promotion team, led by Lee Leispner, has done with these two songs," comments Columbia's EVP and General Manager Joel Klaiman. "With great music, strategic planning and hard work, we've accomplished something extraordinary for these special artists."
Philippe Generali, CEO/President of Mediabase, comments, "Clearly we've entered into an era of fewer walls between formats and more doors are opening for artists. When Pharrell charts at 7 formats and John Legend at 6, we are at a tipping point. This is indicative of a phenomenon. The entire Mediabase team extends congratulations to Columbia for this historical accomplishment."
"Happy" is featured on Williams' just-announced Columbia Records debut, G I R L, available worldwide Monday, March 3. Currently #1 on the iTunes Songs chart in the U.S., the song has topped the chart in more than 75 countries, selling more than 3 million downloads. In addition to ranking #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, "Happy" has also become the highest-charting Oscar-nominated song in more than a decade. It is now certified Platinum in the U.S. Having just performed "Happy" at the BRIT Awards and the NBA All-Star Game, Williams is slated to perform the song this weekend on the 86th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2.
CUDI DROPS NEW PROJECT.
Cudi has been secretly preparing his latest work since wrapping up his last tour supporting 2013's critically regarded chart-topper, Indicud, which was the #1 hip-hop album in the country upon release.
Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon once again sees the artist steering hip-hop to another galaxy altogether. Already, he gave listeners a taste of the set with the transfixing "Going To The Ceremony". The album also includes a detour into "space" soul with Raphael Saadiq entitled "Balmain Jeans", marking their first collaboration. Tempering otherworldly production with his inimitable vocal hooks and divine flow, it's another entrancing and enigmatic vision from the rap auteur.
MUSIC ENTERPRISES' ICON SERIES DROPS PUBLIC ENEMY.
With its history and vast catalog of artists, UMes continuing ICON series showcases the best music from the most popular, iconic and influential artists of all time. ICON is a proven physical line and a true cross-genre success with more than eight million copies sold in three years.
Led by fiery frontman Chuck D, Public Enemy offered a revolutionary sound from the streets of New York from their start in the early 1980s on Long Island with Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, innovative scratcher Terminator X on the wheels of steel. Known for their incendiary lyrics and provocative social critiques, Public Enemys first four late 80s-early 90s albums were all certified gold or platinum, including such classics as Yo! Bum Rush the Show, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet, and Apocalypse 91 The Enemy Strikes Back. Fledgling producer Rick Rubin signed the group to Def Jam on the basis of the single Public Enemy No. 1, the first track on this two-disc collection. The hip-hop collectives politically charged hits include Bring the Noise, Dont Believe the Hype, 911 Is a Joke, Welcome to the Terrordome, and Fight the Power, the latter serving as the theme song to Spike Lees groundbreaking Do the Right Thing, all represented on this comprehensive ICON collection. In 2013, Public Enemy became the fourth rap group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, following Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys.
The lawsuit filed by Terrence Davidson accuses Onika Maraj, who uses the stage name "Nicki Minaj," and Pink Personality LLC of breaking implied contracts, reneging on discussions to launch a reality TV show and a wig line, and misappropriating his wig designs. An attorney for Davidson, Christopher Chestnut, said the designer has suffered at least $30 million in losses.
"She lied, cheated, she stole from him," Chestnut said. "That's a misappropriation of his intellectual property."
A representative for Minaj did not immediately return a message seeking comment. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.
Davidson, who lives in Georgia, said in the lawsuit that he started working as Minaj's hair stylist in early 2010. He created multiple wigs for the rapper, known for her flamboyant hairpieces, that she wore to a preshow for MTV's Video Music Awards, during media appearances in London and for the music video "SuperBass."
Davidson said he turned down a contract for a reality TV show at the urging of a Minaj representative. At the time, Davidson said he was discussing doing a joint reality TV show with Minaj and launching a line of wigs with the music star. But months passed, and Davidson said Minaj and her team shut him out. He stopped working as her stylist in early 2013.
He says Minaj took his wig designs without his consent and used them to start her own wig line.
WANT TO OWN PHARRELL'S HAT?
Back on Grammy night the fast food chain Arby's tweeted, "Can we have our hat back?" on Thursday (2/20), Pharrell took to his twitter to tweet his own responnse, "Hey @Arbys, you want my hat? Nows your chance http://bit.ly/1fe5NvD"
The highest bidder is listed was at $10,500. There's still nearly 10 days left and bidding ends on March 2 at 5pm PST.
CENT LEAVES SHADY/AFTERMATH AND INKS WITH CAROLINE/CAPITOL/UMG.
The artist's first album under the new agreement will be Animal Ambition, scheduled for release on June 3rd. Album pre-orders will begin on March 18th and fans will immediately receive two instant gratification tracks and the corresponding videos will premiere online. An additional song and video will launch each week leading up to the album's release.
According to Caroline President Dominic Pandiscia, "We are thrilled to welcome 50 Cent and G-Unit to our family. 50 is simply one of the most accomplished and creative artists, and his plans for the future are as exciting and innovative as you can imagine. I deeply thank him for his belief in our team and what we can do to help support his creative vision in the years to come. I'd also like to thank everyone at Shady/Aftermath and Interscope, particularly Eminem and Dr. Dre, for offering their endorsement and support of our involvement with 50 Cent and G-Unit. They've done an incredible job these past 12 years, and we've got a great legacy of label partnership to build on."
50 Cent commented, "I have had great success to date with Shady/Aftermath/Interscope and I'd like to thank Eminem and Dr. Dre for giving me an incredible opportunity. I've learned so much from them through the years. I am excited to enter this new era where I can carry out my creative vision."
Eminem stated, "Both myself and Shady Records are grateful to have had the chance to play a part in 50's career. Shady simply would not be what it is without 50 Cent. I've developed a great friendship with 50 over the years, and that's not going to change. We know 50 will have success in his new situation, and we remain supporters of both him and G-Unit."
According to Steve Berman, Vice Chairman of Interscope/Geffen/A&M, "50 Cent is, and always will be, a marquee artist for us at Interscope/Geffen/A&M. We respect his decision to pursue this new venture and the next chapter in his career, and wish him nothing but the best. He will always be a part of our family."
MONCH ON DECK.
and Credits for Pharoahe Monchs P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic
ICE CUBE, WIZ KHALIFA & MORE ON DECK FOR BONNAROO.
Kanye West, along with Elton John and Jack White will headline this summer's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.
Other performers scheduled to appear in Manchester, Tenn., include Ice Cube, Pusha T, A$AP Ferg, Frank Ocean, Danny Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Lionel Richie, Bobby Womack, Lauryn Hill, and more....
Tickets go on sale at noon Feb. 22 on the festival's website.
DOCUMENTARY TO OPEN TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL.
The New York festival announced Wednesday that it will open April 16 with "Time Is Illmatic," a documentary on Nas' 1994 debut album "Illmatic." Following the film premiere, Nas will perform the album in full.
Tribeca has in recent years increasingly turned to music documentaries to begin its film festival.
Last year's festival started with the Brooklyn indie band the National and the documentary "Mistaken for Strangers." In 2011, Cameron Crowe's Elton John and Leon Russell documentary, "The Union," was followed by a set by John.
The festival runs April 16-27.
Time Is Illmatic a feature length documentary film that examines the album will be released in 2014. The movie, from first-time filmmakers One9 (director/producer) and Erik Parker (writer/producer), delves into the making of Illmatic; the social conditions that created it; and the music legacy passed down from Nas' Mississippi-born father and celebrated jazz musician, Olu Dara. Time Is Illmatic is supported by The Ford Foundations' Just Films and Tribeca All Access.
Along the way, Time Is Illmatic shows how Naswith the support of his Queensbridge neighborhood crew, the loyalty of his younger brother Jabari Jungle Fret, and sacrifices of his mother, Ann Jonesovercame insurmountable odds to create the greatest work of music from hip-hops second golden era.
VILLAGE TO DONATE ALL PROCEEDS FROM NEW SINGLE TO JAY DEE'S KIDS.
James J Dilla Yancey succumbed to Lupus in 2006 at the age of 32. His short, but prolific and highly-influential career still resounds today. From his work on chart topping singles for Common, The Roots, Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest, Janet Jackson, etc., to his own genre redefining solo releases, J Dillas work as a true innovator continues to inspire nearly eight-years after his death.
Today, Slum Village and Yancey Media Group in conjunction with J Dillas family has announced that Yes Yes is now available on iTunes and all of the proceeds from the track will go directly to Dillas children. In a personal statement, Joylette (the mother of Dillas youngest daughter Ja' May Yancey) states I would like to thank everyone for the love and support and Slum Village and Yancey Media Group for donating the proceeds from this single to Dillas daughters.
ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM.
"When Columbia Records presented me with the opportunity to make an album, three things came to mind," says Pharrell. "One was the sense of overwhelming honor that I felt when I realized that they were interested in partnering with me on the album that I had always dreamt of making. Two, it would have to feel festive and urgent. And three, I instantly knew it would be called G I R L. I hope you like it."
Pharrell is currently in London, where he will perform "Happy" at the BRIT Awards this evening, and on Sunday, March 2, Pharrell is slated to perform the song on the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Pharrell will also perform on Germany's Wetten Das and France's Le Grand Journal later this month. This past Sunday, Pharrell kicked off the NBA All-Star Game with an incredible retrospective performance of some of his greatest hits.
"Happy," which was first featured on Despicable Me 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), has become an international phenomenon and radio smash. Currently #1 on the iTunes' Songs chart in the U.S., the song has topped the chart in more than 75 countries, selling more than 2.3 million downloads worldwide. In addition to jumping to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, "Happy" has also become the highest-charting Oscar-nominated song in more than a decade. With more than 120 million in audience, the song is currently charting at seven U.S. radio formatsTop 40, Rhythm, AC, Hot AC, Urban, Urban AC, and AAA. Around the world, "Happy" tops radio charts in 14 countries including Australia, France, Germany, U.K., Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, and Poland.
Just last month, Pharrell took home four GRAMMY® awards, including Producer of the Year, Album of the Year for Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, and Record of the Year as well as Best Pop Duo/Performance for Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." Pharrell has won a career-spanning total of seven GRAMMYs.
Redefining cool for a new generation, Pharrell Williams is a creative force, using music, fashion, and design to express his distinctive style. From his beginnings as a teenage prodigy and multi-instrumentalist in Virginia Beach back in the early '90s, through enough hits to earn him Billboard's Producer of the Decade in 2010, to his current status as multi-media superstar, Williams has never stopped creating. Starting his producing career as one half of The Neptunes with Chad Hugo, Williams has helped create such classics as Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," Nelly's "Hot in Herre," Jay-Z's "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)," Britney Spears' "I'm A Slave 4 U," and Justin Timberlake's "Like I Love You."
over 100 million copies of his productions sold, his music sounds like
something no one else has thought of just yet. He's also created a new
way of looking at established stars like Snoop Dogg, Madonna, and even
the Rolling Stones. Over four albums, Williams and Hugo along with Shae
Haley created an unpredictable hybrid as part of the alt-rock/hip-hop
group N.E.R.D. His prolific body of work also ranges from designing a
sculpture with Tokyo-born artist Takashi Murakami to accessories and jewelry
for luxury goods brands Louis Vuitton and Moncler. Now, with his latest
venture i am OTHER a multi-media creative collective that serves
as an umbrella for all his endeavors, including Billionaire Boys Club
& ICECREAM apparel, textile company Bionic Yarn and dedicated YouTube
channel Williams' vision continues to push pop culture forward
WOW & MICHAEL VICK ANNOUNCE WAVE MASTERZ.
Michael Vick announcedthe partnership on Twitter.... Mike Vick: Follow the next BIG thing, my business venture: @WaveMasterz #TeamVick
DROPS THINK TANK. LISTEN
It's already been a remarkably busy year for A-Plus. Just a week ago, a deluxe 20th anniversary edition of Souls of Mischief's classic '93 Til Infinity was released by Get On Down, and last month Okayplayer premiered another one of his solo projects, Molly's Dirty Water, an experimental trip into dub-step and electronic. A-Plus explains, "I made Think Tank with the purpose of letting people know that although I have stepped into a different realm with my production, my roots are in hip-hop, and I'm still a hip-hop producer. And always will be."
For nearly two decades, A-Plus has been honing his skills as producer, artist, and businessman as a founding member of Hieroglyphics and Souls Of Mischief. He and AAGEE joined forces as production team Compound 7 to earn production credits on albums such as A-Plus' My Last Good Deed and Casual's Smash Rockwell LP. Their concept album, Pepper Spray, which features fellow Hiero member Del The Funky Homosapien, reimagined some of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' most epic tracks.
Starting with their landmark debut '93 'til Infinity, Oakland's four-person rap group Souls of Mischief blazed the trail for hip hop's evolution. Members Tajai, A-Plus, Phesto, and Opio have left their mark sonically, lyrically, and stylistically on Kanye West, Just Blaze, Big Sean, Big K.R.I.T., P. Diddy, Vampire Weekend, John Mayer, and many more who have cited them as cultural icons and influencers.
Souls is also credited as having pioneered the independent label movement when they started Hieroglyphic Imperium Records in 1997 following their departure from JIVE Records, creating the infrastructure blueprint for other successful independent hip hop labels.
Co-founders of the Hiero label also include emcees Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, and producer Domino. Souls also forged hip-hop's relationship with the skate, surf, and snowboard communities after iconic skate brands included their music in their VHS videotapes in the mid-90s. The group's creative output and legacy as a whole continues to thrive, and they show no sign of stopping.
GROUP SLAMS REEBOK AGAIN OVER REEBOK & RICK ROSS RUMORS.
From UltraViolet Co-Founder Nita Chaudhary:
the spring of 2013, tens of thousands of women joined survivors to take
a stand against rape when Reebok's spokesman Rick Ross raped about raping
a woman and then claimed the lyric could not possibly refer to rape because
he had not used the word. The event sparked a firestorm of opposition
with countless people vowing to never purchase Reebok merchandise ever
again. Nearly a year after the company bowed to pressure and vowed to
join the campaign against rape culture, reports have surfaced that they
are quietly renewing their relationship with Ross-- a betrayal to consumers
and survivors of sexual violence across America.
ON DECK WITH "ONLY THE REAL" TOUR.
past two years have been nothing short than amazing for Iamsu! in 2012,
the 24-year-old popped up with a triple-threat performance on LoveRance's
"UP!," which Su! produced, penned the hook for, and guested
on with a scene-stealing verse. The song peaked at number two on Billboard's
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and in the midst of that success, Su! again
delivered a fan-favorite verse on a big-time radio single, this time with
Su! followed that success with a solo mixtape, KILT, and the critical acclaim came in droves, as the project was hailed by SPIN as their Rap Release Of The Week, with the outlet also naming Su! as one of their 5 Best New Artists for June '12. Su!'s been plenty busy since - a west coast tour; a collaborative mixtape with Jay Ant; a standout collaboration with Wiz Khalifa, "Bout Me," that appeared on Khalifa's Cabin Fever 2 and will also show up on his sophomore album, O.N.I.F.C.
Iamsu! released mixtape $uzy 6 $peed on November 10th. The tape was presented by Bay Area streetwear company Pink Dolphin, which released an exclusive t-shirt and hoody for the tape. In 2013, Iamsu! releaed Million Dollar Afro, a collaborative mixtape with Compton rapper Problem with whom he co-headlined a tour to support the release and a solo mixtape, KILT 2, as well as the remastered deluxe iTunes, which charted on Billboard despite being available for free two weeks prior. More recently, Iamsu! along with the rest of his HBK Gang members, which include Sage the Gemini, P-Lo, Kool John, Jay Ant, Skip, Rossi and CJ, released a posse mixtape entitled Gang Forever and headlined a tour to support it as well. 2014 will see Iamsu! releasing his official debut album in April dubbed Sincerely Yours. He's just released the first single, featuring 2 Chainz and Sage the Gemini, titled "Only That Real."
FUTURE BANNED FROM NEW ZEALAND.
The group was due to play an open-air concert with headline act Eminem on Saturday in Auckland.
Border Operations Manager Karen Urwin said authorities decided to decline visas to six group members after becoming aware of a 2011 incident in Boston in which some witnesses claimed group members incited fans to attack police officers.
"It's not a decision we take lightly and not one that happens often," Urwin said.
Group member Tyler, The Creator vented his frustration on Twitter on Thursday.
"They said we were 'terrorist threats and bad for the society' or whatever. Sick," he wrote. He later tweeted, "I love NZ tho."
The hip-hop group, which is also known as Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, is known for its anarchic style and lyrics that canvas drugs, killing and rape. Urwin said the six rappers had intended to stay in New Zealand just a few days before leaving for Australia.
She said it was rare to ban musicians under rules that cover character concerns. She said those provisions in the past have been used to stop people like white supremacist group leaders and high-profile Holocaust deniers.
She said some people wrongly assumed authorities considered the group's lyrics in imposing the ban.
"If we banned people who used swear words, we wouldn't have many people left in New Zealand," she said.
In an official statement, Immigration New Zealand said: "Odd Future has been deemed to be a potential threat to public order and the public interest for several reasons, including incidents at past performances in which they have incited violence."
In the 2011 incident, Tyler, The Creator was signing autographs at a comic store when police were called because of the large number of fans. News reports at the time said some people climbed on the roof and shouted insults at the police, and some viewed that as inciting fans to attack.
Urwin said an Odd Future group member in Australia also tweeted details of a woman campaigning to have the group banned, which resulted in her receiving threats.
In 2012, New Zealand banned former heavyweight boxing champion and convicted rapist Mike Tyson from coming to a speaking engagement due to his criminal history. Last year it banned musician David Rovics, citing his blog posts on drug-taking and a Canadian ban for giving false information to immigration officials there.
SINGLETON JUMPS ON BOARD TO REWRITE TUPAC BIOPIC.
"In the public eye and on the surface, Rosemond was known as an executive in the music industry," Assistant U.S. Attorney Samson Enzer said during opening statements in Manhattan Federal Court. "But beneath the surface, Rosemond was known as a ruthless criminal who ran his rap business like a street gang."
Rosemond who is serving a life sentence for heading a massive drug enterprise is accused of hiring thugs to gun down G-Unit associate Lowell Fletcher in 2009. Enzer said the killing was payback for when another G-Unit rapper slapped Rosemond's 14-year-old son.
Rosemond, 49, has managed artists such as Brandy, Salt-n-Pepa, Sean Kingston, The Game and Akon.
Rosemond's lawyer, J. Bruce Maffeo, asked jurors to dismiss testimony they will hear from members of Rosemond's gang, noting, "These cooperating witnesses are facing sentences that will literally keep them in prison for the rest of their natural lives."
Rosemond, who has long been rumored to have orchestrated the shooting of rap legend Tupac Shakur in 1994, was convicted last year of using his record label as a front for an $11 million per-year drug enterprise that supplied Brooklyn and Queens with large amounts of cocaine.
The trouble between Rosemond and G-Unit began in the mid-2000s over rapper The Game, who split with 50 Cent, aka Curtis Jackson, and was managed by Rosemond.
Determined to strike out at G-Unit, Rosemond and his associates carried out at least three acts of violence before the 2009 murder, Enzer said. But shootings outside a Manhattan office building, rap radio station Hot 97 and an awards show failed to slake Rosemond's thirst for blood, the prosecutor said.
rapper Tony Yayo and other G-Unit members were said to have roughed up
Rosemond's teenage son on W. 25th St. in Manhattan. It was the last straw,
Enzer said Rosemond chose Fletcher because he saw the 33-year-old as the weak link in the G-Unit chain.
He had Brian (Slim) McLeod, who had just done time with Fletcher in jail, lure the victim to a deserted Bronx street corner with promises of money and drinks, the prosecutor said.
Derrick Grant and Rodney Johnson were waiting in the shadows and Grant pulled the trigger, Enzer said.
"In the darkness of that Sunday night, Lowell Fletcher looked around for Slim," the prosecutor said. "But a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt came out of the shadows, pointed a gun with a silencer and shot round after round."
Fletcher was shot in the back several times and died later that night, and Rosemond paid McLeod and Grant with a slab of cocaine worth $30,000.
Enzer said security video, cellphone call records and cellphone GPS data will show how Rosemond and Johnson, who is also on trial, were involved in the slaying.
In addition, jurors will hear from McLeod and other members of Rosemond's gang who are testifying against him because they've copped pleas and want shorter sentences. Johnson, 40, is facing drug trafficking charges in addition to murder-for-hire charges.
He was arrested after cops found him hiding under a piece of sheet rock in a cocaine stash spot, Enzer said.
Rosemond's lawyer said of the cooperating witnesses: "These are individuals who have committed ... every crime conceivable to any of us," from dealing drugs at age 13 to shooting at innocent civilians.
Jurors heard Monday afternoon from two witnesses: Elizabeth Marte, a Bronx woman who performed CPR on Fletcher after he was shot on Jerome Ave., and Leta Bethel, Fletcher's half-sister, who had gone shopping with her brother the day he died. "I got a phone call from a detective," Bethel testified Monday. "The detectives told me that my brother was murdered and I just started crying."
In 2008, Tony Yayo, who real name is Marvin Bernard, beat a felony assault charge in connection with the run-in with Rosemond's son. He pleaded guilty to harassment. Rosemond has denied involvement in the Tupac shooting. Source: NY Daily News
DEMANDING OVER $3 MILLION FROM DEATHROW RECORDS?
Reports show that Dr. Dre is claiming the company has shorted him more than $3.05 million in royalties from sales of his work. The "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" singer said the number comes from unpaid amounts of $676,444.44 for unpaid mechanical royalties; $1,200,386.57 in unpaid artist-producer royalties; and $1,179,913 in digital sales he has yet to collect on. (The third total stems from a judge's suggestion to the artist after he lost a 2010 trademark infringement suit.)
In the legal docs, Dre also alludes to a discrepancy in the payments he received from the company, as he said they have yet to honor a bonus that would jump his revenues from Death Row Album sales from 18 percent to 20. Suge Knight has not been in charge of the company since 2006, after he declared bankruptcy. Subsequently, the next owner, WIDEawake, sold some of the "Been There, Done That" rapper's songs online, paving the way for his current claims via a vis the digital sales.
Afeni Shakur also filed a lawsuit against Death Row/E1 last year. She sued for $1.1 million in royalties. She said is owed to Pacs estate.
VH1 TEAMS UP WITH "COCAINE COWBOYS" FILMAKER FOR IN-DEPTH LOOK
AT HIP HOP.
VH1s The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop provides a visual history of the hip-hopification of America what Stoute calls tanning -- from The Jeffersons to the Fresh Prince; from Do the Right Thing to 8 Mile; from the streets of Compton to Madison Ave; and rappers turned into entrepreneurs and icons. The series unfolds in 4 one-hour episodes that together explore historys pivotal tanning moments from the 1970s to present day, and how deep hip-hop is woven into the American cultural fabric. Its the history of hip-hop remixed: an epic journey that begins in the Bronx and travels all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
VH1s The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop features never-seen-before footage and interviews from numerous pop culture icons and entertainment personalities in America: Sean Diddy Combs, Dr. Dre, Mariah Carey, Will.i.am, Russell Simmons, Pharrell, Nas, Reverend Run, Rick Rubin, Fab 5 Freddy, Jimmy Iovine, Al Sharpton, Cory Booker, Brett Ratner, Brian Grazer, Tommy Hilfiger, Ron Howard, Steve Stoute and many more.
1: Word is Bond
2: Fight the Power
3: Gimme the Loot
4: All Around the World
The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop is produced by Rakontur, with Billy Corben directing and Alfred Spellman producing. Steve Stoute is executive producer on the project. Executive producing for VH1 are Susan Levison, Ben Zurier, Shelly Tatro, Brad Abramson and Stephen Mintz.
VH1s Emmy Award winning Rock Docs are feature-length documentaries that tell unique stories of artists and music from a wide range of genres, styles and musical perspectives.
TO SERVE AS CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ON RICK ROSS' MASTERMIND.
Recognized as a chart topping producer, solo artist and performer, Sean "Diddy" Combs has been at the forefront of the music industry for over two decades. With the inception of Bad Boy Records in 1993, he created the first successful hip hop music label which unleashed a constellation of superstar acts, among them The Notorious B.I.G, and chartered the course for many to follow.
the years, Sean has produced hits for some of the biggest names in music
including Jay-Z, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Aretha Franklin
and Jennifer Lopez. He was instrumental in launching the careers of successful
music artists including The Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige, Usher and
has been the architect behind many #1 hit songs which have garnered numerous
accolades including three Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance by a
Duo or Group and Best Rap Album.
"Mastermind" is the follow-up to Ross' 2012 album "God Forgives, I Don't", which sold 220,000 copies in its first week, becoming his 4th #1 Soundscan debut and his biggest first week sales to date. The project included top hits such as "Touch'N You" featuring Usher, "So Sophisticated" featuring Meek Mill, and the fan favorite "Diced Pineapples" featuring Drake & Wale. At the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Rick Ross was named MVP of the Year. In 2013 he continued to supply the streets with heat, featured on some of the year's hottest hip-hop albums including Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail, Wale's The Gifted, and dozens of other projects.
a team effort. Ross, Khaled, Gucci Pucci and I are like a family. The
goal for "Mastermind" was to create a classic album. Once we
put all our superpowers together we knew there was nothing stopping us
from accomplishing our goal," says Sean "Diddy" Combs.
FORMER WARNER EXEC ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLING OVER $1 MILLIION.
Smith, who worked in the Los Angeles in the urban unit of Warner Musics Atlantic Records division, allegedly used a corporate credit card to rack up $1.3 million in personal charges, prosecutors said.
Smiths duties at Warner Music, headquartered in Manhattan, included scouting and signing artists, as well as arranging their travel and lodging, sources said. But Smith also used her Warner Music credit card to fund a luxury lifestyle, sources said.
She booked rooms in posh hotels and airfare for personal vacations and trips herself, and shelled out for luxury goods resulting in whopping charges being billed to the company credit card between 2007 and 2011, according to law-enforcement sources.
Smith resigned from Atlantic in late 2011, while she was under internal investigation for the credit card charges, sources said. In 2012, Smith was one of several Hollywood power women touted by the Hollywood Reporter for their clout in fund-raising for Obamas re-election bid.
She was listed as a top bundler, pulling in between $200,000 and $500,000 for the president.
Tuesdays indictment did not itemize Smiths big-bucks buys, and prosecutors declined to elaborate.
The business credit card was issued in Smiths name, and the exec used it to make charges in excess of $1 million that werent business charges, said Assistant District Attorney Eve Teipel in court.
brass alerted the Manhattan DAs Office to the alleged theft.
She pleaded not guilty before Justice Gregory Carro, who set bail at $1 million.
lawyer, Scott Leemon, has represented rappers 50 Cent and Jim Jones.
She denies the allegations and we look forward to exonerating her, said Leemon.
Smith is due back in court Wednesday morning. A Warner Music spokesman declined comment, citing the ongoing criminal investigation. Source: NY POST.
HONORS ANNOUNCES PERFORMERS LINEUP.
Rev. Al Sharpton, Joe Morton, Ludacris and Mack Wilds are also scheduled to present at this year's show. "BET Honors" has become a staple in BET history by celebrating extraordinary African-Americans including Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx, Iman, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Sean "Diddy" Combs along with memorable past performances by Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Patti LaBelle.
Proceeds from "BET Honors" limited ticket sales will benefit the Women Veterans Interactive (WVI), an organization that helps restore hope as well as provides housing options and support for veterans and their families in need. WVI was created to address the unique, and often unrecognized, challenges facing our nation's 1.8 million woman veterans as they return to civilian life.
Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks, and Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET Networks are executive producers, along with Jesse Collins of Jesse Collins Entertainment.
ON DECK WITH ILLMATIC DOCUMENTARY, TOUR & MORE..
Nas has also announced that he will be touring the U.S. and performing the groundbreaking Illmatic from front to back to celebrate the release. The tour will kick off with special performances this spring at both the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Further details surrounding the tour will be released in the coming weeks.
"With Illmatic, I didn't think about it. I just did it. I believe everybody has good instincts. Now I'm a man from that past and I'm supremely grateful. There's a Nigerian proverb 'What is past is prologue'. I'm here today because of Illmatic." - Nas
In conjunction with the release, Time Is Illmatic a feature length documentary film that examines the album will be released in 2014. The movie, from first-time filmmakers One9 (director/producer) and Erik Parker (writer/producer), delves into the making of Illmatic; the social conditions that created it; and the music legacy passed down from Nas' Mississippi-born father and celebrated jazz musician, Olu Dara. Time Is Illmatic is supported by The Ford Foundations' Just Films and Tribeca All Access.
Along the way, Time Is Illmatic shows how Naswith the support of his Queensbridge neighborhood crew, the loyalty of his younger brother Jabari Jungle Fret, and sacrifices of his mother, Ann Jonesovercame insurmountable odds to create the greatest work of music from hip-hops second golden era.
More information will be released on the film in the coming months.
the release of Illmatic, Nas quickly established himself as a hip hop
icon and has become one of the hottest artists on the music scene today.
The landmark album has been lauded by critics as one of the most exemplary
hip hop recordings of all time. Illmatic contributed to the revival of
the New York City rap scene and has been consistently ranked near the
top of many "best album" lists. Today, the collection remains
one of the most widely celebrated and influential albums in history with
Rolling Stone proclaiming, "a portrait of an artist as a hood, loner,
tortured soul, juvenile delinquent, and fledgling social critic
[the album] still stands as one of rap's crowning achievements."
NPR Music called the collection "[a] masterwork of story-telling,
lyricism and beat-making," while upon the album's release, The Village
Voice gave Nas the title of, "one of the most important writers of
the 20th century."
CENT & SMS AUDIO JOIN SWAN RACING.
Swan Racing is very proud to partner with a growing worldwide brand like SMS Audio and to include an entrepreneur like 50 Cent as part of our team, said team owner Brandon Davis. The SMS Audio brand will be featured on both our cars and I know our fans are going to love the product.
50 Cent, who is a successful musical artist, entrepreneur, investor and actor serves as CEO of SMS Audio, which he founded in 2011. Created with the direct input from 50 Cent, SMS Audio has brought world-class audio products to consumers, delivering studio-mastered sound and unmatched durability and style.
Swan Racing and its up-and-coming drivers are the perfect match for SMS Audio, said Jackson. They are as passionate for the sport of racing as we are for our audio products, and were confident that the music-loving NASCAR fan base is going to enjoy our headphones whether at track or at home.
The partnership will include SMS Audio branding on both the No. 26 and No. 30 car, branding on the drivers uniforms and Swan-branded SMS Audio headphones featuring drivers Cole Whitt and Parker Kligerman. In addition, 50 will be making appearances at races throughout the season, supporting the drivers and the partnership.
Delivering a professional, studio-quality music experience, the SMS Audio line includes the STREET by 50 and SYNC by 50 product families. The brand offers a full range of premium headphones, earbuds and accessories, and a portion of each U.S. sale of SMS Audio products helps to provide meals to food-insecure families through Feeding America.
I am pumped up for this partnership to say the least, as I am a huge hip-hop fan, I am a huge 50 fan and I rely on headphones to get me in the right pre-race mindset, said Parker Kligerman driver of the No. 30 Toyota Camry. I have my headphones on anytime I am about to get on track. Its a way for me to focus and get pumped up. This partnership is an honor.
Our partnership with SMS Audio shows how Swan Racing is gaining more and more attention from top brands, said Cole Whitt driver of the No. 26 Toyota Camry. From a personal point of view I use headphones every day when Im doing my workouts and video gaming, so I am definitely excited about my SMS Audio headphones and promoting them to our fans.
B & KIRKO BANGZ JOIN FORCES FOR TOUR.
Bun B's latest album The Epilogue was released on November 14, 2013. The project is a collection of unreleased tracks that came together during the recording of Trill O.G., the previous critically acclaimed album. The Epilogue features guest appearances by 2Chainz, Rick Ross, Big K.R.I.T., Raekwon, Z-Ro, Devin The Dude, as well as the single Triller featuring Kirko Bangz.
As one half of the legendary Texas rap outfit UGK and after more than two decades in the music industry, Bun B is still considered one of the most influential contemporary rappers. During the past few years he has also developed other important aspects of his career that now include a teaching gig at Houston's prestigious Rice University, where he has joined Dr. Anthony Pinn for an extremely successful Theology course about Religion and Hip Hop culture.
Bun B has also released the Rap Coloring and Activity Book in collaboration with writer/illustrator Shea Serrano. The Rap Coloring Book has been featured in many national media outlets. It has been published by Abrams Books and it's now available at many national book retailers, including Barnes and Noble.
Kirko Bangz' major breakthrough single "Drank In My Cup" is what quickly escalated him to platinum-selling stardom in Spring 2012. The ode to H-town, "Drank In My Cup" went Top Ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Billboard's Urban chart landing Kirko a spot on the highly coveted 2013 XXL Freshman Cover.
Kirko's smooth delivery, charm and lyrical quickness have already drawn comparisons to Drake and Lil Wayne; but make no mistake, Kirko Bangz is his own man. However, one quality he does share with those established artists is the dedication that elevated Kirko Bangz from underground mixtapes to a major label.
Kirko released his first mixtape, Procrastination Kills, in 2009 which put him on the map as an up-and-coming force to be reckoned with. In quick secession Kirko came through with a bevy of buzzworthy mixtapes including Progression 2: A Young Texas Playa which introduced "Drank In My Cup" and most recently, Progression 3 which featured the likes of Wale, French Montana, Nipsey Hussle and Paul Wall.
TRILLEST TOUR" DATES
CHARLIE TO RECEIVE 2014 SPIRIT OF LOS ANGELES AWARD.
Wilson, a seven-time Grammy nominee, and a three-time NAACP Image Award nominee, has been honored throughout his four decade career including the 2013 BET Lifetime Achievement Award, a 2013 Trumpet Foundation Award, a 2009 Soul Train Icon Award and a 2005 BMI Icon Award.
"Charlie Wilson is a role model because he is an example of the success you can have through faith and determination. He is one of the hardest working vocalists in America, working 75 to 100 shows a year, and he is certainly one of the most talented," revealed Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Wilson is currently on tour with a SOLD OUT date at the Madison Square Garden Theatre in New York City during Super Bowl weekend on Saturday, February 1, 2014. He will also be in concert on Valentine's Day weekend at the Nokia Theatre at LA Live in Los Angeles and the Paramount Theatre In Oakland, California on Sunday, February 16, 2014.
The Spirit of Los Angeles Award not only acknowledges Wilson's phenomenal music career, it honors his spirit and his ability to overcome his addictions and being homeless for a few years on the streets of Los Angeles.
"I fell to my lowest point during my addiction to drugs and alcohol that left me homeless," stated Wilson. "By the grace of God, and an incredible family, I was able to pick myself up and begin a second career as a solo artist. People told me I couldn't do it, but my faith has led me to heights I could not have imagined."
That faith was shared in Wilson's 2014 Grammy-nominated song, "If I Believe.""My wife had a dream about this song. She woke up grabbed a pen and paper and began to write the lyrics," Wilson continues. "She is the biggest blessing in my life and continues to support me as I celebrate 20 years of sobriety."
Wilson has also been nominated for two 2014 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Male Artist and Outstanding Album.
A survivor of prostate cancer, Wilson remains committed to promoting awareness and educating men and their families about this disease. "When I learned that one in six American men -- and one in three African American men -- would be diagnosed with this disease, I knew I had to share my story."
commitment led to him becoming a spokesman for the Prostate Cancer Foundation
in 2008 and then joining Janssen Biotech in 2012 to launch their Making
Awareness A Priority (M.A.P.) campaign.
COHEN TALKS NEW TWITTER PARTNERSHIP & MORE..
Twitter is partnering with 300, Lyor Cohen's new company to provide information to the music business based on Twitter data. The partnership was announced by Cohen on February 2 at the annual Midem conference in Cannes, France.
Speaking to the New York Times, Cohen said, "There was a time not so long ago when we sold music to retailers and they sold to fans, but nobody knew who those fans were Ive spent most of my life not knowing who the customer is. Isnt that a shame?"
According to the Times, the partnership gives 300 full access to Twitter's music data, including location tags for where tweets originated. In exchange, 300 will help Twitter organize data and develop software that artists, labels and other brands can use. No money is being exchanged as part of the deal. Cohen told the paper the goal is to mine the popular social media service for seeking out new acts.
Bob Moczydlowsky, Twitters head of music, told the Times, "If you think of data as a product, having a customer who needs to make a decision will help us organize that data much better than if we tried to do it ourselves."
Billboard caught up with Lyor Cohen, the former Warner Music head and founder of new music venture 300, at Midem hours after he had made the major announcement.
Please explain what the new partnership with Twitter is about.
why did Twitter come to you?
your role with at Twitter, will you be directly work with Twitter or will
this be through your new music venture 300?
there any upcoming artists currently signed to 300 who will be a part
of this venture?
has tried to put out a music platform (Twitter Music) that did not work
and they withdrew. Is there a plan for a new music platform you know of
or are hatching something?
are the parameters of the partnership?
they given you a title?
many people use Twitter as a measurement tool -- artists and TV and other
industries. People look to Twitter as a metric.
if you're monitoring the data and you see that Joe Blow is trending, what
POOH (LITTLE BROTHER) INKS WITH MMG.
Freddie Gibbs is the product of violent, drug-laden streets, but unlike most rappers with similar resumes, he brings the block to the booth without inhibition or an exaggerated rap persona. Piñata, a 17-track collaboration with producer Madlib, is the best distillation yet of his transparent approach to making music, combining stark honesty with electrifying talent as a lyricist and performer.
Piñata is "a gangster Blaxploitation film on wax," Gibbs says, and the full-length result of a process that began in 2009. It's an album with a sound that couldn't be any further from the radio, where, according to the Gibbs, every rapper is Superman, or the dope dealer of the century, who has grinded to the top, never made a mistake and has no chinks in his armor.
will show you my flaws, I'll show you what I've done wrong and what I've
fucked up at," says the native of Gary, Indiana, the former steel
town best known for producing Michael Jackson. "I don't regret shit,
but I'll show you the things I'm not proud of."
There's also Madlib's own self-awareness of his style as a producer. "My stuff, it ain't fully quantized...it has more of a human feel, so it might slow down or speed up," he says. "So you have to be the type of rapper, like Doom or Freddie, who can catch that, or else you'll be sounding crazy."
Gibbs admits it was a challenge rapping over beats with chops and changes as unpredictable as the man who created them, but says-with conviction and supreme confidence-"I think I did it to perfection."
As a producer, Madlib, quite simply, is music, and ten years into his career-a time when other artists become comfortable-Gibbs remains restless, focused, with an eye on the competition and their position relative to his ascent. This is because mentally, he's still on the corner hustling, which would be the downfall of the average rapper. Gibbs, however, isn't average.
"When it comes to the nuts and bolts, the nitty gritty of this shit, flat-out spitting verse for verse," he says. "Niggas ain't on my level."
= Madlib solo
ScHoolboy Q is set to hit the road for an extensive U.S. tour, starting March 1 in Providence, R.I., including appearances at SXSW in Austin, before heading over to Europe in May for shows in Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Ireland. ScHoolboy Q will be joined by Isaiah Rashad and Vince Staples. A full itinerary is listed below.
ScHoolboy Q independently released a pair of mixtapes before putting out his first album, Setbacks, in 2011, on Top Dawg Entertainment, followed by Habits & Contradictions in 2012. After signing with Interscope, he began recording his major label debut.
Born on a military base in Germany, where his father was stationed in the Army, Hanley moved with his mom to Texas for several years before settling in California. He was a gangbanger for the 52 Hoover Crips, dealing Oxycontin before beginning to rap as a teenager. He began working with Top Dawg Entertainment in 2006, working with cohorts Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul, forming the group Black Hippy.
ScHoolboy was named
part of XXL Magazine's 2013 Freshman Class, and performed last June at
the BET Experience Music Festival with Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dog and Miguel.
He also performed "White Walls," with Macklemore & Ryan
Lewis on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the sixth single from their hit
album, The Heist. He debuted "Collard Greens" at the BET Hip-Hop
Awards last October.
COLE BRINGS DREAMVILLE LABEL TO INTERSCOPE.
"Dreamville celebrates the sort of grass roots, out-of-the-box approach to connecting artists to their fans that can help move the music industry into the future. We are very pleased to welcome Dreamville into the Interscope family," says Joie Manda, President, Urban Music, Interscope Records.
and business partner Ibrahim Hamad launched Dreamville in 2007, before
Cole became the first signing for Jay-Z's Roc Nation two years later (Cole
remains an artist with Roc Nation). Since then, the Dreamville team has
been responsible for successes on record, on stage, on the Internet, and
beyond. As a result, Cole, a magna cum laude graduate of St. John's University
with a major in communications and minor in business, has been named one
of Forbes magazine's prestigious 30 Under 30 in the music industry.
Dreamville team is a collective of individuals who bring creativity and
fresh, new ideas to the table, especially in creating special 'moments'
for fans. During a transitional period in the music industry, Dreamville
has successfully leveraged new technology to bring hip-hop fans together
instead of separating them. Dreamville, for example, developed the Dollar
and A Dream Tour, for which fans purchased tickets for only $1.
Bas was born in Paris to Sudanese parents and moved to Queens, New York at the age of eight. Under the watch of mentor and close friend Cole, Bas has been making music since 2010. "Quarter Water Raised Me Vol. II" was released in 2013 and was named one of the Top 20 mixtapes of the year by Source magazine. Bas was then featured on "New York Times" with 50 Cent on Born Sinner and appeared with Cole on "Hell's Kitchen" for DJ Khaled's Suffering from Success. He has performed on the Dollar and A Dream Tour, opened for Cole and Wale on the American leg of the What Dreams May Come Tour and traveled as Cole's international supporting act. Bas is currently supporting Cole on the second leg of the What Dreams May Come Tour.
FLAV FACES SPEEDING CHARGE.
State police said the rapper and reality TV star, whose real name is William Drayton, was speeding and driving without a license, a felony, on Jan. 9 as he drove on the Meadowbrook Parkway not far from where the Freeport, N.Y., native grew up. He was ticketed and told to appear for his arraignment Tuesday.
His attorney, Indji Bessim, told Nassau County District Court Judge Norman St. George that over the past several days she and her client have worked to clear up the 16 outstanding traffic matters that sparked the unlicensed driving charge.
The judge released Drayton without bail, although the rapper has not been in custody, and scheduled a return court date for Friday, as is routine following an arraignment.
Wearing his trademark clock around his neck removing it to pass through metal detectors walking into the courthouse Drayton smiled and hugged relatives and fans, stopping once or twice to sign an autograph or have a photo taken with a fan.
As he exited the courtroom following the brief proceeding, Drayton told reporters: "God is good. G-I-G."
He told reporters later that he hoped the charges would eventually be dismissed.
"I'm hoping they would have a heart and dismiss it all because of the circumstances," he said. "Because if it wasn't for me driving to my mother's funeral and being late getting to my mother's funeral, I wouldn't have been behind the wheel in the first place to get the charge."
He criticized the unidentified state trooper who made the arrest for being unconcerned about his plight, but then praised other troopers, whom he said helped him eventually get to his mother's funeral. Anna Drayton died Dec. 31.
The entertainer's New York case is being watched closely by a prosecutor in Las Vegas, where Drayton now lives. He has pleaded not guilty and is free on bond pending trial April 28 in Nevada state court on charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon and child endangerment with a weapon. Those charges could get him up to 12 years in prison.
He is accused of threatening his longtime girlfriend's then-17-year-old son with a butcher knife during a family argument. Terms of his release from jail included a requirement to stay out of trouble.
lawyer in Las Vegas, Kristina Wildeveld, said she didn't think the New
York case should affect his Nevada case.
Hip-hop and its most definitive voice, Def Jam has been an astonishingly tireless engine of change in American and global culture. For 30 years, the greatest names in the history of hip-hop from LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys to Rihanna and Kanye West, from Public Enemy to Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Ludacris, The Roots, Nas and dozens more have made Def Jam Recordings the ultimate destination for urban artists around the world. Today's stellar Def Jam roster includes an even wider range of artists from Frank Ocean to August Alsina to Big Sean, Jhene Aiko and 2 Chainz.
"It's hard to believe it was 30 years ago when we first put the Def Jam logo on a hip-hop recording at an NYU dormitory. Since that time we have seen this homegrown American music grow from a local underground scene to a worldwide phenomenon. Today Def Jam remains the gold standard for taste, culture, and revolutionary thought. To quote the Chuck D line: 'Def Jam tells you who I am '" --Rick Rubin & Russell Simmons
Universal Music Group and Def Jam have assembled a #DefJam30 team to work with many of its artists and innovators, from thirty years ago to today, on a number of projects celebrating and re-imagining three decades of credibility and distinction.
That celebration begins this week with the unveiling of the #DefJam30 logo. Corresponding albums, events, films and more will be revealed in the weeks ahead.
LATIFAH ON DECK TO SING "AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL" @ SUPERBOWL
Queen Latifah, host of the The Queen Latifah Show, is a musician, actress, a label president, an author and entrepreneur. Queen Latifah is a Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning artist as well as an Emmy and Academy Award nominee.
New Jersey native Queen Latifah will return to the Super Bowl after first singing "America The Beautiful" at Super Bowl XLIV. Last year, JENNIFER HUDSON along with 26 children from the Newton, CT community sang in advance of Super Bowl XLVII. Other artists to have performed the song at Super Bowl include VICKI CARR (Super Bowl XI), RAY CHARLES (Super Bowl XXXV), MARY J. BLIGE & MARC ANTHONY (Super Bowl XXXVI), ALICIA KEYS (Super Bowl XXXIX), FAITH HILL (Super Bowl XLIII), LEA MICHELE (Super Bowl XLV), BLAKE SHELTON and MIRANDA LAMBERT (Super Bowl XLVI).
The NFL previously announced that RENEE FLEMING will perform the National Anthem, AMBER ZION will perform in American Sign Language the National Anthem and "America The Beautiful," and BRUNO MARS will perform in the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show.
WINNERS - RECAP.
Justin Timberlake got Best R&B Song for "Pusher Love Girl". Timberlake and Jay Z's "Suit & Tie" got Best Music Video. Jay Z and Timberlake also won best rap/sung collaboration for "Holy Grail."
"I want to thank God I mean a little bit for this award but mostly for all the universe for conspiring and putting that beautiful light of a young lady in my life," Jay Z said, looking at Beyonce. "I want to tell Blue that, look, 'Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you.'"
wins Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. Others who have won the Best
Producer, Non-Classical award in the past include Rick Rubin, Dr. Dre,
Babyface, Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones, as well as the Black Keys'
Dan Auerbach and Mark Ronson.
The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views, song plays and reactions as measured by music analytics company Next Big Sound.
flurry of activity around the Oscar announcement resulted in more than
237,000 new fans for Pharrell across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram,
a 65% increase over the previous week. It also spurred a jump in conversation
about him, evidenced by a 43% jump in Twitter mentions. More than 10 million
conversations were started on Facebook throughout the week about Pharrell.
J BLIGE'S FATHER STABBED.
Battle Creek police say the attack happened about 7 a.m. Thursday at the apartment of 63-year-old Thomas Blige.
Police say he had a neck wound and was taken to Kalamazoo's Bronson Methodist Hospital, which says it has no information on his condition. Detective Sgt. Jim Martens tells the Battle Creek Enquirer that officers recovered the knife and found Blige's ex-girlfriend with blood on her clothing. She's in the Calhoun County jail and is expected to be arraigned Friday.
& JAY Z SHARE TOP SPOT ON BILLBOARD'S POWER 100 LIST.
"We've got to continue to find ways to put music in the hands of the fans, and I think this is a great way to do it," Big Machine Label Group CEO Scott Borchetta (No. 41) told Billboard at the time of the Jay Z announcement. "You've got to have cutting-edge ideas with cutting-edge companies who are ready, willing and able to reach a mass audience. It's great Jay Z is forcing all of us to think this way."
Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge and Red Light Management founder Coran Capshaw took 2nd and 3rd behind Jay Z & Bey on the annual list of most influential people in the music industry. Grainge and Capshaw placed first and second last year, respectively.
Billboard editors compiled the list after analyzing market share, revenue and other data. Jay Z and Beyonce each founded their own companies, Roc Nation and Parkwood Entertainment.
Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun; music producer Dr. Luke; Spotify CEO Daniel Ek; recording executive Jimmy Iovine; and Ryan Seacrest also made the list.
Z'S ROC NATION SPORTS ON DECK FOR "THE BIG GAME" WITH 3 EVENTS.
Activated over the course of all 3 nights Airbnb will host the Airbnb Super Suite, which will be decked out with a vintage sports theme. The Super Suite will feature some of Airbnb's most interesting properties from around the globe. The focal point of the Super Suite will be a sports-inspired game with Airbnb prizes. In addition, the Super Suite will host an InstaPrint photo booth, tracking and printing all photos with the hashtag #Airbnb4040 and #RocNationSports.
The "Welcome to New York" Media Night, on Wednesday, January 29th, is the first of a 3-night series of events hosted by Victor Cruz and CC Sabathia with music by DJ D Nice. The evening will welcome and celebrate all media giants, sports broadcast personalities, major sports publishers and the media elite with unique New York themed event activations including classic New York City food carts, a street caricature artist and a photo booth with New York City backdrops.
The "Roc Nation Sports Digital Mixer", on Thursday, January 30th, will be hosted by Kevin Durant with music by DJ Ross One. The mixer will unite sports and tech elite and give participants an opportunity for networking and open discussion of how the athlete-fan relationship has changed in the digital age and the future of the individual athlete in sports marketing. The event will encourage key players in the digital space and sports world to meet, greet and spark fodder for future tech and sports collaborations.
All of The 40/40 Club's TV screens will broadcast live Twitter and Instagram feeds following the night's progression.
Concluding the 3-night series of events, is the invite-only Official Roc Nation Sports Celebration brought to you by JAY Z, with music by DJ Cassidy, on Saturday, February 1st.
DAY DETROIT ON DECK.
Rhone will be the first female executive to receive the Award, which has previously been presented to industry luminaries such as Clive Davis, Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, Akio Morita, Walter Yetnikoff, Paul Smith, Henry Droz, Russ Solomon, Jack Eugster, Eric Paulson, Bob Higgins, Jim Urie, John Marmaduke, Dick Clark, Casey Kasem, Ted Cohen, and Don Cornelius, as well as organizational honorees such as the Country Music Association (CMA), the Recording Academy, and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
We couldnt be more pleased to welcome Sylvia into the ranks of our esteemed Presidential Award recipients, said James Donio, President of Music Biz. Her career has spanned four decades, during which she has helped transform the music industry. Rising to the most senior positions at all three major labels, her commitment, vision, and leadership have set a very high bar for others to emulate. At a point where many could choose to simply rest on their laurels, shes continuing to be a pioneer with her new venture Vested in Culture. She has truly earned this distinction, and were excited to have her as our first female honoree.
I have had the fortune of working with many of the past honorees who have received this distinguished recognition from the Music Business Association, and it is a true privilege to be counted among them, said Rhone.
Rhone got her start as a secretary at Buddha Records in 1974, before working her way up to Atlantic Records, where she was promoted to SVP/GM in 1986. At Atlantic, she is credited with reinvigorating the labels black music mission and launching the careers of En Vogue, Levert, Brandy, and MC Lyte. It was under her watch that Billboard magazine named Atlantic the No. 1 Black Music Division in 1988. Two years later, Rhone made history when she was named CEO/President of Atlantics EastWest Records America division. She was the first African-American woman to head a major record company. In 1994, Rhone was tapped to become Chairman/CEO of the Elektra Entertainment Group. There, she guided the merger of Elektra, EastWest, and Sire Records, while nurturing the careers of a diverse group of major acts such as Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Jason Mraz, Third Eye Blind, Metallica, AC/DC, Natalie Merchant, Tracy Chapman, Gerald Levert, Yolanda Adams, and Ol Dirty Bastard.
She moved to Universal in 2004, when she became President of Motown Records, EVP of Universal Records, and Chairman of the Universal Motown Record Group. She remained with Universal Motown after it split off from Universal Republic Records in 2006, expanding the reach of hip-hop imprint Cash Money and utilizing social media and digital platforms to connect artists such as Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Kid Cudi, Akon, and Blue October with their fans. In 2012, she founded Vested in Culture under the umbrella of Sony Music Entertainment.
Rhone has been featured on Entertainment Weeklys Most Influential People list six times and The Hollywood Reporters Women in Entertainment Power list seven times, in addition to recognition from NBC, MTV, BET, Rolling Stone, VH1, Billboard, Vibe, Ebony, and Black Enterprise. She has also won numerous awards, including the 2012 Essence Black Women in Music Trailblazer Award, the 2011 Keepers of the Dream Award, the 2010 Lexus Pursuit of Perfection Award, the Turner Broadcasting Trumpet Award, Ms. magazines 2001 Woman of the Year award, and many more. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Music Biz 2014, which will be held May 6-8, is the music industrys premier event, giving the commerce and content sectors a place to meet with trading partners, network with new companies, and learn about new trends and products impacting the music business.
CENT TO PREMIERE "POWER" @ MIPTV EVENT.
The eight-episode Starz series Power, from Courtney Kemp Agboh (The Good Wife), stars Omari Hardwick (Kick Ass) as a New York City nightclub owner who also has his hand in the drug world. The rapper, who has a recurring role in the show as a friend of the aspiring mogul and kingpin, exec produces alongside Agboh, Mark Canton (300), Randall Emmett (Lone Survivor) and Big Loves David Knoller.
50 Cent, along with Agboh and Hardwick, will participate in a Q&A following the premiere.
"We are honored that Starz has chosen to showcase its latest major new series as a world premiere TV screening at MIPTV. This underlines the impact of the event, which is ideally suited to a show like Power, which is bound to have wide appeal to the numerous international buyers and media present in Cannes," said Reed Midem TV division director Laurine Garaude.
"Starz is thrilled to premiere Power at MIPTV," added CEO Chris Albrecht, citing the universal story of climbing to the top. "We believe worldwide audiences will be swept up in the storytelling, the city and the music."
MIPTV will take place in Cannes from Apr. 7 to 10. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
enforcement sources said the 23-year-old rapper was a passenger in a vehicle
that was pulled over in the San Fernando Valley for running a stop sign
early Wednesday morning. During the stop, cops say they noticed that Soulja
was in possession of a loaded gun -- and arrested him on the stop. Soulja
was hauled to a nearby jail and booked on a felony charge. Bail was set
MUSIC IS LIVE.
"Were digital music consumers, too, and have used every service on the scene. But a feeling kept nagging at us these arent actually services, theyre servers. Lots of ways to access music, but we noticed they provided little more than access to a catalog we still found music from trusted human sources, from friends to magazines to DJs."
"We pulled together our personal heroes across the genres. Veteran radio programmer Julie Pilat leads our Music team with Global Head of Programming and Editorial Scott Plagenhoef (formerly Pitchfork) overseeing our programmers including Carl Chery (formerly XXL), Suzy Cole (formerly WRIF), Arjan Writes, Mason Williams (formerly Rhino Records), Fuzzy Fantabulous (formerly Power 106), Ken Tucker (formerly Country Weekly), Jerry Pullés (formerly Latino 96.3). They work with tons of music experts to cover a huge spectrum of music, making sure the catalog is great for music fans (goodbye catalog spam) and youre always stocked with great listening choices. We also invited in our favorite trusted sources Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Grand Ole Opry, Downbeat, DJ Mag, Hot 97/Power 106, Naxos, and many others and built them right into the app, on mobile, no plugin required."
"Everyone can try the entire service for free. If you like it, its $9.99/month for unlimited streaming, downloading from the catalog of more than 20 million songs but more importantly all the incredible curation delivered to your phone every day. AT&T customers, we have something very special for you: try Beats Music free for 90 days with your AT&T Family Plan then get Beats Music for your entire family up to five people and ten devices for $14.99/month. $50 in value for $14.99. More music in your family equals more joy."
RECORDS REGROUPS / INKS DEAL WITH SONY RED.
Penalty joins Sony REDs growing roster of rap and hip-hop label groups, including Cinematic, Ncredible, Louder Than Life, Infamous and Soul Temple. Launched by Levine in 1994 as a joint venture with Tommy Boy/Warner Music, New York-based Penalty Recordings signed such acts as Noreaga (N.O.R.E.), Lord Finesse, the Beatnuts and Crooked Lettaz (David Banner). The imprint was also responsible for initiating the AND 1 Mixtape DVD series.
Penalty 2.0 joins with a new roster that showcases the quality and consistency of the original, Sony RED president Bob Morelli said in a statement announcing the new partnership. There is no doubt about Penaltys plans to recapture the original excitement and Neils ability to deliver it.
Added Levine, Were focused on artist development, talented new producers and musicians who will be here many years down the road. We want the superstars of tomorrow today. Penalty Entertainment is set to roll out its first releases this spring. These include rapper Hi-Rez and hip-hop crew eMC (Masta Ace, Punchline, Wordsworth and Strick). Additional deals are currently being negotiated and will be announced at a future date. Source: Billboard
SMOKE DZA ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM WITH DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: "Growing up I wrote JAY-Z & Big lyrics down as I memorized their words and mimic'd their flow. Their first albums influenced me as a kid and still do till this day as an artist...as a rapper. As I began to record this album, I looked into myself to find that place that they found in themselves as they crafted Reasonable Doubt and Ready to Die. I've lived in that place for much of last year till as of late, when I finished recording. I look to create that experience for another young kid, writing my lyrics down as they listen to this album. An experience that would live with them as they got older. As their views and perspectives become their own and not the ones that were told to them or told to believe.
In order to create that experience I had to give you what I've become on this album. To do so, changes were made in my personal & professional life. Some of them were hard, some of them were easy, but all of them were necessary. Those that are my brothers and sisters, KNOW they're my brothers and sisters. Those relationships are as good as gold. They keep me grounded as I chase my dreams, and at times our dreams. They influence and help me become the man and artist that I am. But they don't determine who I am. I do that. I put the work in throughout the years. And no one will take ownership of who I am but me.
It's my last years in my twenties. I have a lady at home that reminds me everyday what needs to get done. I have 3 beautiful kids that when I look into their eyes, they remind me everyday what needs to get done. I have a phone full of emails, text messages, calls, tweets, DMs, photos and documents from friends, family, managers, lawyers, business partners, DJs, fans, haters, you name it, that all remind me everyday what needs to get done. So when I don't hear my name mentioned in a conversation, or a on a list, that I've rightfully put in the work for, I'm going to feel a way. When I read or hear opinions of why or where I'm currently at in my life & career, I'm going to feel a way. When I get endless feature requests to hop on another marijuana record as if I'm only a "weed rapper", I'm going to a feel a way. It's only right, that I do. And it's only right I give it all back to you in my music, so that YOU can feel some type of way too.
This year is my year to be completely independent, through and through. To take ownership of my creations and destiny. To do it the way I want to do it. To do it with the niggas I want to do it with. So that I'm 100% sure that you, that kid somewhere, that kid anywhere, is getting it how I want you to get it. That good ol American Dream. Complete Independence. Total Freedom from whatever you may be experiencing in life. That's the purpose of music and the results of great music. So just keep one lit and listen closely as you dream, zone, achieve.
Don't be a fool. Be sure to support Dream.ZONE.Achieve, releasing Tuesday, April 1st. "
LYNCH INKS WITH MONSTER.
Head Monster Noel Lee said: Marshawn is a Monster at heart. Being a Monster takes unbridled passion, and his passion on the field translates to everything he does off the fieldespecially his work in the community. We are excited to add him to our roster of brand ambassadors.
On becoming a Monster brand ambassador, Lynch noted: Im a big fan of Monster. They make the best sounding headphones, and their Pure Monster Sound is hella tight. Music is what drives me on and off the field. Well also be working together to support my charity in my hometown of Oakland and in other communities as well.
Monster has committed to supporting Lynchs Oakland-based Fam 1st Family Foundation as a part of their partnership. Noel Lee will join forces with Lynch to engage young people, in hopes of conveying how passion and hard work can make anything possible.
NATION INKS NEW YORK YANKEES PITCHER.
"CC exemplifies everything Roc Nation looks for in an athlete and a partner," Roc Nation Sports president Juan Perez said in a statement.
The agency's official Twitter account tweeted a picture of Sabathia signing with the firm:
Welcome @CC_Sabathia to the @RocNation family! #RocNationSports
Sabathia, 33, has at least three years left on his contract, which comes with a guaranteed $76 million. But when contract conversations do come up, which won't take place until before the 2017 season at the earliest, Roc Nation spokesman Ron Berkowitz said Jay Z and Perez plan on negotiating the pitcher's deal.
Half of Roc Nation's clients -- New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and now Sabathia-- play in New York.
Last month, one of the firm's other clients, Robinson Cano, left the Yankees to sign a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. Jay Z's other clients include Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and WNBA player Skylar Diggins.
some cases, Roc Nation Sports splits its business with other firms. Cano's
contract was done in partnership with CAA. CAA and Roc Nation Sports have
rights to Cruz's on-field contract, but IMG represents him exclusively
for endorsements. Source: ESPN
Upcoming VH1 Rock Docs include "Finding The Funk," which gives an insightful look into the history and evolution of funk music; "Downloaded," centered on Napster and the industry-changing advent of music file-sharing; and "The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop," a four-part documentary series that examines how hip hop has transformed American culture. Other Rock Docs on tap will explore the electronic dance music (EDM) craze and soul singer Sharon Jones' inspirational journey following a life-changing cancer diagnosis.
"Finding the Funk," premieres on Tuesday, February 4th at 10PM* a unique geographical history of the booty-shaking genre. Narrated by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of The Roots, the film showcases how funk music's infectious groove paved the way for groundbreaking genres such as hip-hop and house music. The funk explosion is traced from Dayton, Ohio to Detroit via interviews with pioneers like Sly Stone, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Nona Hendryx, Nile Rodgers, Maceo Parker, Bernie Worrell, and Steve Arrington and their descendants Mike D, D'Angelo, Sheila E and Shock G. The documentary, directed by filmmaker and journalist Nelson George and produced by record producer Arthur Baker, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2013. It also screened at Hot Docs, Urban World, the Afro-Punk Festival and the Pan African Film Festival.
"The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop," premieres Monday, February 24 through Thursday, February 27, airing at 11PM each night. The four-part, four-hour documentary series, based on a best-selling book by author, entrepreneur, advertising executive and record executive Steve Stoute, is a thorough examination of hip-hop as a cultural movement, whose profound influence in music, film, television, fashion, business, race relations and politics eventually paved the way for the election of Barack Obama. The series provides a visual history of the hip-hopification of America what Stoute calls "tanning" -- from "The Jeffersons" to the Fresh Prince; from "Do the Right Thing" to "8 Mile"; from the streets of Compton to Madison Ave; from block parties to the Hamptons; and from rappers to entrepreneurs to icons. It unfolds in 4 one-hour episodes that together explore history's pivotal tanning moments from the 1970s to present day, and show how hip-hop is deeply woven into the American cultural fabric. The series is produced by filmmakers Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman of Rakontur.
"Downloaded," is slated to air fall 2014 and focuses on the advent of digital media sharing, including the rise of game-changing company Napster and its controversial online pioneers Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. The digital revolution ultimately created a technology paradigm shift and upended both the music industry and music artists, and changed the world. The film features insights from such well-known artists and figures within the music industry as: The Beastie Boys' Mike D, Noel Gallagher, Henry Rollins, former Sony Music Chairman Don Ienner, former record producer and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein, Grateful Dead lyricist, poet, essayist and "cyber libertarian" activist JP Barlow, Hilary Rosen, former CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, Harvard law professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig and other industry executives, government officials and leaders in the world of civil and digital rights. The film, directed by Alex Winter, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2013 and screened at numerous film festivals to rave reviews in the past year. Variety called it "entertaining and . informative,' the New York Times said "fascinating" and the LA Times said " a vigorous retelling of Fanning's and Parker's wildfire achievement and its ethical pitfalls."
The documentary on Electronic Dance Music will premiere in late 2014. It will examine the culture of the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene, as told by some of the most prominent personalities involved with the movement.
The documentary on Sharon Jones, to premiere in late 2014, follows the retro-soul singer as she faces the toughest challenge of her life: putting her career on hold to battle cancer. Directed by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple, the film follows Sharon through six months of chemotherapy and a triumphant comeback concert that caps an inspirational emotional journey. The documentary soundtrack will feature Sharon's original music.
VH1's Emmy Award winning Rock Docs are feature-length music documentaries focusing on a variety of today's popular genres, trends and views. Overseeing for VH1 are Brad Abramson, Stephen Mintz, Warren Cohen, Ben Zurier and Susan Levison. Rick Krim and Bill Flanagan are also executive producers on "Downloaded."
ALSINA ON DECK.
The release date of Testimony carries major personal significance for August; April 15th was the birthday of his older brother, Melvin LaBranch III, who inspired August to pursue music. Tragically, Melvin was gunned down on the New Orleans streets in 2010, just days before August's 18th birthday. The murder remains unsolved. The album is dedicated to Melvin's memory and includes features from Jeezy and Yo Gotti. Producers on the album include the Featherstones, Knucklehead, Eric Hudson, Drumma Boy, Jasper Cameron, The Exclusives, and Cassius Jay.
The new album's motivational undercurrent deals graphically with August's past hardshipsserious family issues including death, homelessness and addiction. "As an artist," August reflects, "I struggle with how much of myself to give to the people. How much I want my personal business to be judged. I think the EP struck a good balance of who I am and what I've been through, but that was just the beginning. Nothing is held back on this project.. When people hear my story, and see that I came from nothing, they'll see that it's possible for them too."
will join 2 Chainz and Pusha T on the forthcoming "2 Good To Be T.R.U."
national tour. The tour kicks off February 4th in Boston and concludes
March 24th in Washington, DC.
Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
"Happy" earned a nomination for Best Original Song (Despicable
Me 2's original soundtrack). Despicable Me 2 was also nominated for Best
To compare, the SoundScan-era high for album sales in a single week came in late December of 2010, during the height of CD sales, when 45.4 million albums were sold in the week ending Dec. 24. (To put that figure in perspective, in all of 2013, there were 289.41 million albums sold. But in 2000, there were 785.14 million albums sold.)
It's normal to see soft sales figures in January every year -- as the market adjusts back to normal after the Christmas shopping season, and because there are few new major albums to drive sales. This week's top selling album, for example, is the "Frozen" soundtrack, with 86,000 sold.
While it's now common for album sales to fall below 5 million units in a week, this wasn't always the case.
Weekly volume didn't fall below 5 million in the SoundScan era until 2010, when, in the week ending May 30, album sales dropped to 4.98 million.
In 2010, there were a total of four weeks with under 5 million in sales. In 2011, that number shrunk to just two weeks, but then stepped back up to three weeks in 2012. In 2013, things got really crazy, when there were 18 weeks where album sales dropped below 5 million. With this week's sum about 250,000 units away from scraping 4 million, it would seem another low threshold is about to be reached. Source: Billboard
J. COLE, EARL SWEATSHIRT & MORE ON DECK FOR GOVERNORS BALL.
The coming 2014 festival will build upon the size and scope of last year's programming, and Founders Entertainment are also expanding the festival site: allowing attendees to spread out and enjoy new and improved performance spaces, unique art installations, revamped high-end food and drink areas, and an improved location to savor offerings from some of New York City's best food trucks. And of course as in years past, the festival will include a wide array of Governors Ball's popular summer-time activities and lawn games among other attractions.
year's lineup also pays special homage to the great city Governors Ball
calls home. "New York City is the greatest city in the world, and
we're blessed to call it our home," says Founders Entertainment partner
Jordan Wolowitz. "We're thrilled to showcase some of NYC's greatest
homegrown talent at Gov Ball this year. From The Strokes, and Vampire
Weekend, to Sleigh Bells, Ratking, and Lucius, we have some of our generation's
greatest NYC bands on board to slay the masses. It's gonna be a great
SUES IN NY OVER 'COINYA WEST' BITCOINS.
The lawsuit says the creators of the digital coins "brazenly admit" that they used West's name and likeness to associate their new currency with West because he is a trendsetter.
The lawsuit says entrepreneurs boasted that the currency can't be stopped whether it "looks like a dollar, a dog or a cartoon picture of a rapper." The virtual currency's creators are using a cartoon image of a coin featuring the rapper in large sunglasses.
ON DECK WITH 2014 SPECIALS.
"We love producing shows that recognize the accomplishments and actions of our people," stated Stephen G. Hill, BET's President of Music Programming and Specials. "Our specials are designed to be sources of pride and excitement for the BET Audience. We are humbled that they continue to be well received. You keep watching them, we'll keep making them."
MEGA-SPECIALS ON BET:
TAPE DATE: 2/8/2014 PREMIERE: 2/24/2014 LOCATION: Warner Theater, Washington, D.C.
"CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL" -- The biggest night that celebrates gospel music, America's truly original and internationally loved art form only happens on BET. The 14th annual "CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL" is a star-studded gathering of some of the best voices in Gospel and R&B. Impossible to duplicate, this is the only performance show that literally moves your spirit.
TAPE DATE: 3/15/14 PREMIERE: 4/6/2014 LOCATION: Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles, CA
"BET AWARDS" & BET EXPERIENCE -- "BET AWARDS" franchise is the #1 Program in Cable Television History among the Black audience, and is still a top 10 awards show on television (Broadcast & Cable) among total viewers. It continues to hold the leadership position because it gathers the biggest stars in music, sports, Hollywood, and philanthropy all on one stage for one incredible night. The "BET AWARDS" delivers electrifying performances, moving tributes and the most unforgettable moments on TV.
PREMIERE: 6/29/2014 LOCATION: Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
HIP HOP AWARDS" -- The "BET HIP HOP AWARDS" returns for
its ninth year to highlight hip hop music, with bold performances and
breakthrough freestyle cyphers that set social media on fire. This is
the one show where the hottest rap stars of today share the stage with
the hip-hop icons of tomorrow.
"BLACK GIRLS ROCK!" -- "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!" is the tribute show that has become a movement. This NAACP Image Award-nominated special is both timely and timeless, saluting dynamic leaders in entertainment, business, philanthropy and beyond. Past award honorees include Ruby Dee, Susan L. Taylor, Missy Elliott, Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson, Queen Latifah, and Venus Williams. Featuring emerging and legendary talent, touching tributes to present-day role models and soulful, surprising musical performances, "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!" celebrates the brilliance and beauty of women of color who shape our world and uplift our girls.
DATE: 10/18/2014 PREMIERE: 4Q/14 LOCATION: NJPAC, Newark, NJ
MILLER LEAVES ROSTRUM LABEL / ENDS DEAL.
"Rostrum is my family. That is forever," Miller said in an exclusive joint statement issued to MTV. "No matter what, we will always work together. We moved mountains and I can only see them continuing that tradition. I am grateful for everything I learned and am always here for whatever."
"Mac is an incredible artist and has a bright career ahead of him," Rostrum Records Founder and President Benjy Grinberg said. "We are proud of the historic run that we had together and we will continue to support him in any way that is needed. We wish him nothing but the best in the future."
Miller first signed to the label and management company in 2010 when he released his breakout mixtape K.I.D.S. (Kickin' Incredibly Dope Sh--). Together, Mac and Rostrum went on to establish the rapper as a digital force and a spirited performer. Mac added even more star power to a label that also counts Wiz Khalifa, Leon Thomas and Vali on its roster.
Mac released his debut album Blue Slide Park a year later, they made major
headlines by becoming the first independent debut to top the Billboard
200 since Tha Dogg Pound accomplished the feat in 1995 and even
then Tha Dogg Pound had the major backing of Suge Knight and Death Row
sophomore LP Watching Movies With the Sound Offwas released this past
June, peaking at #3. (Kanye West's Yeezus and J. Cole's Born Sinner debuted
on the same day as Watching Movies.) In total, Mac has sold 5.4 million
singles and more than 750,000 albums with Rostrum and found even more
success with his MTV show, "Mac Miller & The Most Dope Family.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have seven nominations: Album Of The Year and Best Rap Album for The Heist; Song Of The Year for "Same Love" (along with Mary Lambert); Best Rap Performance (along with Wanz) and Best Rap Song for "Thrift Shop"; Best Music Video for "Can't Hold Us" (along with Ray Dalton, Jon Jon Augustavo, Tricia Davis, Honna Kimmerer, Jenny Koenig, and Jason Koenig); and Best New Artist.
Previously announced performers include current nominees Daft Punk with nominee Nile Rodgers (of Chic), nominee Pharrell Williams, and 25-time Grammy winner Stevie Wonder; nominee Kendrick Lamar joined by nominees Imagine Dragons; nominee Lorde; eight-time Grammy-winning group Metallica and Grammy Cultural Ambassador to China Lang Lang performing together; nominee Katy Perry; nominees P!nk and Nate Ruess (of FUN.); nominee Robin Thicke and Grammy-winning group Chicago, whose debut album was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame® this year; and a special performance featuring Merle Haggard, 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and nominee Blake Shelton. Also performing with Daft Punk are the RAM (Random Access Memories) session players: Chris Caswell, Nathan East, Omar Hakim, and Paul Jackson Jr.
BROS. RECORDS APPOINTS EVP, CREATIVE OPERATIONS.
"Peter comes to us with more than three decades of wide-ranging experience," commented Strang. "From his early days as a recording engineer to his accomplishments as an attorney and most recently as an A&R executive, he boasts an expansive blend of talents from making records to making deals as well as great relationships throughout both the artistic and business communities. With Peter on board, along with new WBR President Dan McCarroll, we have expanded our already fantastic, highly dedicated team. The coming year at WBR promises to be very exciting, both for breaking new artists and taking established names to new heights."
"I am thrilled to be joining Cameron, Dan, and the entire WBR team," stated Thea. "It's very exciting to be at a label I have admired for so many years for its passionate devotion to artists and their music. It's a dynamic time in the company's great history, and I look forward to being a part of the next chapter and working with everyone to develop long-term musical careers for WBR's present and future roster of exceptional talent."
ANNOUNCES MORE THAN 40 FESTIVAL DATES.
Benjamin and Patton never formally broke up but stopped working together after the release of the 2006 soundtrack "Idlewild" at the height of their popularity. Patton has released a couple of solo albums in the interim, and Benjamin has been acting and making occasional musical guest appearances.
"It's truly an honor to celebrate 20 years and still be free to do music the way we choose," Big Boi said, via statement. "Don't just think outside the box, know that there is no box. I'm looking forward to rocking the stage with my Bro Ski and to all the fans - stank you smelly much, this is for y'all!"
"And imagine, all we wanted to do was rap! I am thankful to have been a part of a group that allowed me to explore anything that came to mind and have fun doing it. Returning to the stage together is the most exciting way for us to thank everyone for their 20 years of supporting Outkast," André 3000 added.
MUSIC ON DECK.
"Popular music is created in bite size pieces, one song at a time but most people need more than four minutes to be truly satisfied," said Jimmy Iovine. "It takes a highly curated, uninterrupted sequence of songs to achieve a fulfilling music experience, where the only song as important as the song you are listening to is the song that comes next.
At launch, all music fans are invited to a free trial of Beats Music, after which a $9.99/month subscription fee will apply. The service will be available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone as well as via the web beginning January 21st. Fans can stream their music or download to listen offline.
"Beats was created so people could hear the music the way the artists intended, but speakers were just the first step," said Luke Wood, President of Beats Electronics. "Beats Music is the final piece in making that vision a reality."
Beats Music features a vast catalog of more than 20 million fully licensed songs from all the major labels, including Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group, as well as all independent labels managed and maintained by a team of music experts with hundreds of years of curatorial expertise. Led by radio programming vet Julie Pilat, the Beats Music genre lead curation team includes:
Former Pitchfork Media editor-in-chief Scott Plagenhoef
Former digital content director at XXL Carl Chery
Veteran Detroit radio music director Suzy Cole
Recording Academy music blogger Arjan Writes
Former Rhino Records A&R Director Mason Williams
Los Angeles hip-hop radio personality Fuzzy Fantabulous
Country music writer Ken Tucker
Former Programmer of L.A.s hugely successful Latino 96.3, Jerry Pullés
Beats Music combines the emotion only a human created playlist can give you with the best personalization technology can deliver, said Ian Rogers, Beats Music CEO. With this you get not just the music experience only a talented DJ or music expert can deliver, but also the right one for you right now."
Beats Music is committed to the principle that music has real value and will be acting accordingly by paying the same royalty rate to all content owners major and indie alike, while simultaneously providing a platform for fan interaction.
Music is based on the belief that all music has value and this concept
was instilled in every step of its development. We want it to be just
as meaningful for artists as it is for fans, said Trent Reznor,
who serves as Beats Music Chief Creative Officer. Were committed
to providing revenue to artists, while helping to strengthen the connection
with their fans.
The dramatic series will be loosely based on the community and the collective that was A Tribe Called Quest, whom Q-Tip was a founding member, and their experience and friendship during the Native Tongue era in the late 80s and early 1990s with other hip-hop artists. The show will reflect on the stories of how their music played a part in culture then and influenced the music of today.
COLE, JANELLE MONAE, TLC & MORE ON DECK FOR SUPERBOWL BLITZ.
Hosted by Nick Cannon and Stacy Keibler, all six concerts will be LIVE and take place throughout the New York City/New Jersey metropolitan area as part of the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz working with the NFL. The live concerts premiere Monday, January 27th and air live each night through Saturday, February 1st at 11 PM ET/PT.
"We've enjoyed a longtime, successful collaboration with the NFL, putting on the biggest pregame live concert leading up to the Super Bowl," said Tom Calderone, President, VH1. "In 2014, we're proud to amplify those efforts with the league across six nights when we team up with these incredibly talented artists for the "Super Bowl Blitz," which will be the ultimate six-concert tailgate party for music and sports lovers.
The VH1 Super Bowl Blitz is the ultimate music fan's pregame party featuring today's hottest artists making stops at six different venues, six nights in a row. Rain or shine, snow or hail, the show will go on. VH1 Super Bowl Blitz (#VH1Blitz) headliners and locations include:
Cole: Queens: Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College
Monday, January 27
30 UNDER 30 LIST INCLUDES KENDRICK, J. COLE, & DRAKE.
J. Cole, (age 28), named as being a Hip Hop force. - "Jay Z's first signing at Roc Nation is now a Hip Hop force in his own right," Forbes says. "Sophomore album Born Sinner debuted at #2 on the charts with sales of 297,000, nearly matching Kanye West's Yeezus. Now grossing six figures per night on his world tour, Cole is here to stay."
Drake, (age 27) also mentioned. "The former Degrassi star has pulled in over $30 million in the past two years, boosted by live shows and endorsements with the likes of Sprite and Kodak," Forbes says. "Look for him to build on that with his latest arena tour in support of new album Nothing Was The Same."
Kendrick Lamar, (age 26), also on the list. "Dr. Dres latest protégé earned $9 million last year after releasing smash hit good kid, m.A.A.d city and playing over 100 live shows," Forbes says. "Better yet: he earned seven Grammy nominations, more than any other artist besides Jay Z."
TO REUNITE AND HEADLINE COACHELLA.
The Rap duo will headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April, ending a half-decade hiatus for one of hip-hop's most popular and important acts.
OutKast joins Arcade Fire and Muse as headliners for the festival that plays over two weekends in Indio, Calif. Other acts scheduled include Pharrell Williams, Beck, Queens of the Stone Age and Lorde. The reunited The Replacements also will appear.
"Andre 3000" Benjamin and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton
came out of Atlanta with a unique sound two decades ago and became one
of rap's top-selling and most-lauded acts, winning the Grammy Award for
album of the year for double album "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below."
They have not released an album as OutKast since 2006's "Idlewild,"
He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, where he later died. Porter although younger, was the uncle of rapper Wiz Khalifa and had attended Taylor Allderdice High School. Khalifa expressed his shock over Porters death on Twitter, saying:
My uncle was younger and more level headed than all of us. I would have never seen this happening in a million years
He also later tweeted:
According to detectives, two African American men took off on foot and were then picked up down the road along Waterfront Drive by an older, white Pontiac Bonneville. Detectives say they found heroin in the car the victim was shot in, as well as in the parking lot.
One of the things
we look for is motive, and the drugs being present lends itself to some
type of illegal activity prior to the shooting, said Lt. Andrew
Schurman, of Allegheny County Police. Theres
no word on how many customers were in restaurant. Some of Porters
friends and family were at the police station early Thursday morning talking
to police. Source: Pittsburgh News
He made the announcement on Instagram, posting a photo of the Def Jam logo along with the following message: I will miss this logo. It all started here! Love Everything that I achieved there, EXODUS THE-DREAM #exodusthedream.
He didnt explain the reason behind the departure, but wrote:
Let the New Tides bring The Things not yet seen! said Dream. Theres more where those came from!
SWEATSHIRT ANNOUNCES WEARLD TOUR.
DRAMA SIGNS ON AS A&R @ ATLANTIC RECORDS.
"I'm extremely excited to embark on this new chapter in my relationship with Atlantic Records," said Drama. "My first two albums as an artist were on Atlantic, and I'm now looking forward to working with Craig and Julie in a new capacity, helping them break the label's next crop of amazing talent."
"I'm thrilled to welcome Drama to his new role at Atlantic," said Atlantic Chairman & CEO Craig Kallman. "One of the most accomplished DJs and mixtape masters, he brings brilliant instincts and consummate skills to our A&R team. A hugely influential force in the hip-hop community, I know he'll be a tremendous asset in signing and developing artists and making amazing records. It's great to be renewing our relationship, and I'm looking forward to making music together again."
addition to his new partnership with Atlantic, Drama's newly founded Means
Street Studios in Atlanta will become the studio base for Atlantic artists
while in the market.
Drama began his solo recording career in 2007 with the Grand Hustle/Atlantic release of Gangsta Grillz: The Album, followed Gangsta Grillz: The Album Vol. 2 (2009), Third Power (2011), and Quality Street Music (2012). He is currently working on his fifth album, Quality Street Music 2. Drama also made a cameo appearance in the acclaimed film ATL.
AND DIAGEO FORM NEW JOINT VENTURE.
The 50/50 partnership between Diageo and Combs Wine & Spirits allows the brand to take advantage of Diageo's distribution network, together with Combs' star power in marketing luxury brands. DeLeon has variants of tequila, which have suggested retail prices ranging from $120 to over $1,000.
In a statement Wednesday, Combs says DeLeon appeals to "those who love exceptional tequila in a distinctive bottle."
also has a separate "strategic alliance" with Combs Enterprises
to develop and grow the ultra-premium vodka brand, Ciroc. The alliance
began in 2007, and has grown from 50,000 cases a year to nearly 2 million
CENT DEBUTS NEW SMS AUDIO HEADPHONES @ CES 2014.
Im a health and fitness fanatic, so a quality pair of headphones is an absolute must-have when Im working out. I used my own wish list of features as a benchmark when creating the Sport collection, and Im extremely pleased with the final result in addition to having our partner, NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony, as the signature name on the product, said 50 Cent, CEO of SMS Audio. SMS Audio is continually innovating the product line and were excited to show off the much-anticipated in-ear, wireless headphone as part of this collection at CES.
The SYNC by 50 and STREET by 50 Sport headphones will be available for purchase at SMSAudio.com in Q2 2014. Through its partnership with Feeding America, the nations leading domestic hunger-relief charity, each U.S. sale of SMS Audio products, in-store or online.
Cent will be signing autographs on Tuesday (January 7) and Wednesday (January
8) from 2:00 3:00 p.m. at the SMS Audio booth.
The docs go on claiming Jeezy subsequently choked his son and said, "I will kill you." According to police docs, Jeezy's son claims his dad said, "I will put a bullet in your head right now," adding, "If I could get away with it, I would kill you." The incident allegedly occurred in Sept., 2012.
Jeezy turned himself in to authorities Friday after a grand jury warrant for each charge was issued. He bonded out soon after for $45,000.
Jeezy's attorney tells TMZ, "We have no doubt this matter will resolve itself appropriately. At this moment, Mr. Jenkins is thankful for the support of his fans and the respect for his family's privacy."
HAS CHECKED INTO REHAB.
"I'm a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I've found it hard to practice," she said.
The 26-year-old vegetarian pop star said she wants to "learn to love myself again, exactly as I am." No other details were provided.
Ke$ha, whose real name is Kesha Rose Sebert, is the performer of such tunes as "Crazy Love," ''Die Young" and "Timber" with Pitbull. She starred in the MTV reality series "My Crazy Beautiful Life."
HUDSON TO RECEIVE 2ND ANNUAL PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD FOR FAVORITE HUMANITARIAN.
Ms. Hudson was chosen as this years recipient in recognition of her work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, an organization she formed in 2009 with her sister, Julia Hudson in honor of their nephew, Julian King. The foundation works to provide stability and positive experiences for children of all backgrounds so that they may grow to become productive, confident and happy adults, able to be positive influences on their communities.
Thank you for honoring me with the Favorite Humanitarian Award. My sister Julia and I were raised with the belief that helping others was always very important. I am so grateful that the Peoples Choice Awards and Walgreens have come together in the same spirit. This spotlight will provide us with the opportunity to share all the amazing work being done by the Julian D. King Gift Foundation for children in the city of Chicago and around the United States, stated Hudson.
WEST ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL YEEZUS TOUR DATES
CUBE ANNOUNCES ALBUM RELEASE DATE.
EVERYTHANGS CORRUPT street date: May 13, 2014, tweeted Cube.
not a heavily political record, but it does have statement songs and rhymes,
Cube told The Huffington Post about the album. I got a song called
Dominate the Weak, which is just showing you how a police
state would look and feel. But hip-hop is in a different space right now
when it comes to that. You dont want to overdo it when it comes
to the political stuff.
The lawsuit concerns a videotape Leviston made with a boyfriend in 2008. The judge's decision says the boyfriend later provided the tape to 50 Cent without Leviston's permission.
The rapper used the footage to make a video featuring himself as a character named Pimpin' Curly.
He says he wasn't responsible for the video's 2009 release. But he says it was legally fair to use the images. The woman's lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
GETS ENGAGED TO BRITISH FASHION DESIGNER.
Eve wore a large sparkler on her wedding finger in a photo posted on her Instagram page on Monday. The 35-year-old entertainer told fans via Twitter on Tuesday (New Year's Eve) that she wanted to celebrate with her family and friends before announcing her engagement. "Thanku 2 everybody 4 your congratulations on our engagement! We wanted to celebrate with our family and friends 1st b4 announcing"
The couple, who met at Gumball 3000 and have been dating for over three years, live together in London where Eve recorded her fourth album, "Lip Lock," released in May.
This will be Eve's first marriage and the second for Cooper, who has four children from his previous relationship.
STILL ON TOP - 3RD WEEK IN A ROW.
sold another 310,000 copies during the week ending Dec. 29, according
to Nielsen SoundScan, down 17% compared with the previous week. The album
has now sold 1.3 million in its first 17 days of release in the United
Hey everybody I just lost my mother Anna Drayton thismorning newyears eve she passed away and I'm gonna miss her. She lived good a good life .... Thank you to everyone that's sending me blessings about my Momz ,,, I appreaceate you all of you so much from me and my family- FLAVOR FLAV
RICKY ROSS VS. RICK ROSS - FINAL DECISION.
That drug kingpin was "Freeway" Ricky Ross, who once sold as much as $3 million worth of cocaine a day, had ties with the Nicaraguan Contras and became the object of scorn for many prominent politicians during the "Iran-Contra" political scandal. He served 13 years in prison, and before he was released in 2009, came across a magazine article about "up and coming" rappers including William Roberts II, whose stage name was Rick Ross.
Now released, and by many accounts a model citizen these days, "Freeway" Ross has been pursuing Ross in court for appropriating his name and likeness. Other defendants in a $10 million lawsuit included Warner Bros. Records, Universal Music and Jay Z as those who allegedly helped the hip hop star hit it big with a stolen identity.
At the trial court, though, "Freeway" Ross struggled with a technical issue.
The plaintiff had known about the rapper since at least 2006, but didn't file his lawsuit until 2010. As such, his claims were deemed by a judge to be untimely.
On appeal, "Freeway" Ross challenged whether the rapper's work with a new label should be considered as part of the same "single publication" as his earlier work or whether it should be considered a "republication" that entitled him to more time to bring claims. As Ross himself put it to The Hollywood Reporter, "This is classic republication as to all defendants, there was consistently new music, management decisions and product made. The statute of limitations was never meant to be used to hide defendants actively infringing with new decisions and campaigns."
Last week, a California appeals court issued its ruling and decided to open things up beyond "Freeway" Ross' challenge. Judge Roger Boren says he is "not convinced" that the trial court was correct in its rulings, but nevertheless affirms the dismissal on First Amendment grounds.
In the dispute, there was some evidence to suggest that Rick Ross had Ricky Ross in mind when creating his persona. For example, the defendant said that the plaintiff's life story "grabbed him." (On the other hand, the rapper said his performing name was based on his high school football nickname of "big boss.")
The judge decides to view Rick Ross v. William Leonard Roberts through the frame of other cases that have balanced a celebrity's right to control commercial exploitation of his or her likeness against another individual's right to free expression. In one famous case involving an artist who sold lithographs and T-shirts bearing the faces of the Three Stooges, the test became whether the use of celebrity likeness is one of the raw materials from which an original work is synthesized, or whether the depiction or imitation of the celebrity is the very sum and substance of the work in question. Here, the judge applies the test beyond visual expression.
"We recognize that Roberts' work -- his music and persona as a rap musician -- relies to some extent on plaintiff's name and persona," writes Judge Boren. "Roberts chose to use the name 'Rick Ross.' He raps about trafficking in cocaine and brags about his wealth. These were 'raw materials' from which Roberts' music career was synthesized. But these are not the 'very sum and substance' of Roberts' work."
Ultimately, Judge Boren finds that the hip hop star's persona is entitled to protection as expressive speech because it's transformative.
"Roberts created a celebrity identity, using the name Rick Ross, of a cocaine kingpin turned rapper," says the ruling. "He was not simply an imposter seeking to profit solely off the name and reputation of Rick Ross. Rather, he made music out of fictional tales of dealing drugs and other exploits -- some of which related to plaintiff. Using the name and certain details of an infamous criminal's life s basic elements, he created original artistic works." Source: Hollywood Reporter
DOE B. AMONG 2 KILLED IN ALABAMA SHOOTING.
Police identified those killed as 21-year-old Kimberle Johnson and 22-year-old Glenn Thomas, both of Montgomery. They said Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. Thomas an up-and-coming rapper known as Doe B. was taken to Baptist Medical Center South, where he was later pronounced dead.
DJ Frank White of Montgomery, who managed Doe B.'s career, said the shooting took place at Centennial Hill Bar & Grill in Montgomery and that Doe B. wasn't performing at the time.
White said the rapper had two young children and a third on the way.
Police said in a statement that officers found six other victims with gunshot wounds. They said all of them were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Lt. Regina Duckett told The Montgomery Advertiser that those people were listed in stable condition on Saturday morning.
No arrests had made by mid-day Saturday. Local media carried a statement by Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, who said the city had decided to shut down the club because it poses "an imminent threat to the public's safety."
SELLs GRACENOTE, INC.
Sony expects to record a gain within operating income of approximately $60 million at the completion of the sale, based on the above sale price, subject to standard adjustments. Sony included an anticipated gain from this sale in the forecast for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, which was announced on October 31, 2013.
Sony expects this sale to close prior to March 31, 2014 subject to receipt of certain regulatory approvals.
Gracenote: Gracenote, Inc. provides music and video content and technologies
to the world's hottest entertainment products and brands. Gracenote is
the industry standard for music and video recognition and is supported
by the largest source of music and video metadata, featuring descriptions
of more than 130 million tracks and TV listings for 28 countries. A wholly
owned, independent subsidiary of the Sony Corporation of America (SCA),
Gracenote has offices in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin, Seoul, Taipei and San
Francisco with worldwide headquarters in Emeryville, California.
"Starting our day with 'The Breakfast Club' brings three more hours of live daily programming to Revolt's already expansive real time coverage of music, music news and culture each day," said Andy Schuon, president and cofounder of Revolt.
John Sykes, president of entertainment enterprises for Clear Channel, echoed Schuon's statement.
"Taking this award-winning Power 105 morning show and extending its reach to television reinforces Clear Channel's position as a preeminent multiplatform entertainment company," he said. "We are a company that creates incredible, original content every day and we are excited to partner on this with a true visionary like Sean Combs."
Revolt TV, the brainchild of Sean "Diddy" Combs, launched on Oct. 21 in roughly 25 million households.
"We are proud of this new partnership with Clear Channel; adding radio as a medium to the Revolt arsenal will help push the traditional boundaries of music on television and expand our reach even further with millions of new listeners and viewers, which is incredible for a fledgling network," said Revolt CEO Keith Clinkscales.
BABYGRANDE RECORDS INKS BRITISH ELECTRO PRODUCER SKYLAB 3.
Speaking on his recent signing to Babygrande, Skylab 3 states, Im very excited to be given the opportunity to work with Babygrande, especially being a big fan of many of the artists and producers they've worked with." He adds, "Weve established a great relationship already, we share the same vision and I look forward to releasing my debut album with them.
3 is currently working on his debut album, which is set to drop in 2014.
BRADY ON DECK TO HOST BET HONORS 2014.
"We are excited to have Wayne Brady host BET Honors this year. He made the most of his moment on the show last year and we knew pretty much immediately after that he was the multi-hyphenate talent we wanted leading this year's festivities," said Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials for BET Networks. "Wayne will dazzle and amaze and we can't wait."
For over a decade, Brady has been entertaining audiences with his acting, improv, singing and dancing on television, film and the stage. He can be seen weekdays on CBS as the host of the daytime classic "Let's Make A Deal", for which he's been nominated three years in a row for a Daytime Emmy for Best Game Show Host. He stars on fan favorite "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" on the CW and is also the voice of Clover the rabbit on Disney Jr's number one animated series, "Sofia The First."
"Being able to host the BET Honors in our nation's capital is definitely 'Bucket List' material for me. Not too often do you get to pay homage to the industry icons you look up to, in front of your peers. I'm honored to be part of the legacy BET has built with this award show," said Wayne Brady.
"BET Honors" has become a staple in BET history by celebrating extraordinary African-Americans including Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx, Iman, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Sean "Diddy" Combs along with memorable past performances by Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Patti LaBelle.
Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks, and Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET Networks are executive producers, along with Jesse Collins of Jesse Collins Productions.
MAKES BILLBOARD 200 HISTORY WITH FIFTH NO. 1 ALBUM
The two other acts that have taken their first five studio sets to #1: rapper DMX and folk group the Kingston Trio. (DMX also happens to be the only other act, aside from Beyonce, to debut at #1 with his first five studio efforts.)
"Beyonce" also notches the largest sales week for a woman in 2013, and the year's fourth-biggest sales week overall. It follows the #1 debuts of Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" (968,000), Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" (792,000) and Drake's "Nothing Was the Same" (658,000). (The last larger week for a woman was when Taylor Swift's "Red" debuted with 1.2 million at #1 upon its release in October 2012.)
As previously reported, iTunes announced that "Beyonce" tallied the largest sales week for an album in its U.S. iTunes Store and was its fastest-selling title ever globally (828,773 sold worldwide through Dec. 15). Source: Billboard
LAUNCHED TO NAME MANHATTAN CORNER "BEASTIE BOYS SQUARE".
LeRoy McCarthy, the same man who unsuccessfully petitioned a community board earlier this year to name a Brooklyn corner for the late rapper Biggie Smalls, is now asking Manhattan's Community Board 3 and New York's City Council to name the intersection of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street, where the cover of 1989's Paul's Boutique was shot,"Beastie Boys Square."
McCarthy's petition reads:
The Beastie Boys are: Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, and Adam "MCA" Yauch (RIP). Aside for spanning genres of music over their 30+ year career, Beastie Boys, along with RUN DMC, were pioneers in expanding exchanges culturally in NYC, and worldwide.
The second album from Beastie Boys, "Paul's Boutique" was photographed at the intersection of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street. In the panoramic photograph it captured the vibrancy of the ever-changing life on the streets of NYC. The album, released July 25th 1989, was groundbreaking, and it encompassed these Boys from NYC, rapping about life and times from their point of view. Because of the album cover photo, and the Beastie Boys were ever-changing NYC artist, the location of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street would be a great place to honor Beastie Boys with a corner co-naming.
The petition was launched in September and so far has 234 supporters. Via the Beastie Boy Square Facebook page, McCarthy said he would be presenting it to the Community Board 3 Manhattan in January.
As DNAinfo New York reports, the 46-year-old McCarthy is a film location scout who previously worked for a record label in Atlanta. He said his signatures include eight of the nine businesses on Rivington Street between Ludlow and Essex streets and many of the apartments on the block.
"When Adam Yauch passed away, people came here for three or four days putting candles and flowers out, taking photos, really mourning his death," Vicky Dalva, who manages and co-owns the wrap joint that now sits at the Paul's Boutique corner, told the local news outlet. "At least one person comes in each week asking if it's Paul's Boutique."
This past summer, a park in Brooklyn Heights was renamed after Adam "MCA" Yauch, following his death last year. Band members Yauch, Horovitz and Diamond all grew up in New York City. Source: Source Billboard
WILLIAMS INKS WITH COLUMBIA RECORDS.
Just last month, Williams released the world's first 24 hour music video for "Happy," which is presented as an interactive clock, featuring a diverse cast of characters dancing along to the song. WATCH HERE
News of the signing adds to an already incredible year for Williams. Having co-written and been featured on two of 2013's best-selling tracksRobin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" Williams has also received seven GRAMMY® nominations: Producer of the Year (Non-Classical), two nominations for Record of the Year ("Get Lucky" by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams and "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell Williams), two nominations for Best Pop Duo/Performance ("Get Lucky" by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams and "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell Williams), and two Album of the Year nominations ("Random Access Memories" by Daft Punk and "good kid, m.A.A.d city" by Kendrick Lamar).
"When we excitedly partnered with Pharrell in January of this year, we felt it was his time again," says Columbia Records Chairman/CEO Rob Stringer. "Since then, 'Blurred Lines' and 'Get Lucky' have defined pop music in 2013, and now we are preparing to launch Pharrell as a global solo superstar in 2014. 'Happy' is just the beginning."
cool for a new generation, Pharrell Williams is a creative force, using
music, fashion, and design to express his distinctive style. From his
beginnings as a teenage prodigy and multi-instrumentalist in Virginia
Beach back in the early '90s, through enough hits to earn him Billboard's
Producer of the Decade in 2010, to his current status as multi-media superstar,
Williams has never stopped creating. Starting his producing career as
one half of The Neptunes with Chad Hugo, Williams has helped create such
classics as Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," Robin Thicke's "Blurred
Lines," Nelly's "Hot in Herre," Jay-Z's "I Just Wanna
Love U (Give it 2 Me),"
With over 100 million copies of his productions sold, his music sounds like something no one else has thought of just yet. He's also created a new way of looking at established stars like Snoop Dogg, Madonna, and even the Rolling Stones. Over four albums, Williams and Hugo along with Shae Haley created an unpredictable hybrid as part of the alt-rock/hip-hop group N.E.R.D. His prolific body of work also ranges from designing a sculpture with Tokyo-born artist Takashi Murakami to accessories and jewelry for luxury goods brands Louis Vuitton and Moncler. Now, with his latest venture i am OTHER a multi-media creative collective that serves as an umbrella for all his endeavors, including Billionaire Boys Club & ICECREAM apparel, textile company Bionic Yarn and dedicated YouTube channel Williams' vision continues to push pop culture forward
RELEASES YEAR END LIST FOR MOST SEARCHED TERMS.
self-titled, BEYONCÉ, is the fifth solo studio album from Beyoncé,
which was made available exclusively worldwide on the iTunes Store on
December 13 by Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records. The self-titled
set is the artists first visual album. BEYONCÉ is infused
with 14 new songs and 17 visually stunning, provocative videos shot around
the world from Houston to New York City to Paris, and Sydney to Rio de
Janeiro, all before the albums release. The album represents Beyoncés
biggest sales week ever.
DROPS NEW ALBUM.
"I see music," says Beyoncé about her decision to create a visual album. "It's more than just what I hear. When I'm connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they're all connected to the music."
Billboard is already reporting that the self-titled fifth solo studio set is likely headed towards a #1 debut on the Billboard 200 when that charts top 10 is revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 18. In just a three-hour sales window (closing at midnight Friday PT), Beyonce reportedly sold over 80,000 copies, according to industry sources. Beyonces last studio set 4 sold 310,000 in its debut week in July of 2011, but that was with a full sales week and a marketing/media push leading up to the release.
That the album is available on the day the world is learning about its release is an unprecedented strategic move by the artist to deliver music and visual content directly to her fans when she wants to and how she wants to, with no filter. This unique approach allows music fans to be the first to listen, view, engage and form their own opinions void of any middleman. In the age of social media and an insatiable appetite for direct communication, this is the answer to the question asked over and over again, when is Beyoncé's next album coming?
"I didn't want to release my music the way I've done it," she states. "I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There's so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn't want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it's ready and from me to my fans."
of gimmicks, teasers and marketing campaigns, this project is truly about
art before hype.
While not a concept album, the record is designed to be consumed as a comprehensive audio/visual piece from top to bottom. The antithesis of making singles, the visual album is a non-linear journey through the thoughts and visions of Beyoncé. Manufacturing of physical albums begins today and the double disc CD/DVD will be available at retail in time for the holidays.
By embracing an ever-evolving digital landscape, she creates an innovative, fully immersive, multiplatform experience for the first visual album of her career, completely changing the way her fans will consume music. Not one to stand on past achievements, this is an artist who thrives on evolving, challenging herself and raising the bar. This creative process gave Beyoncé power over her music and provided an opportunity to control how the music is heard. She is not playing by the rules and breaking what is expected, preferring to put music out as an entire body of work.
Beyoncé, wearing multiple hats as writer, producer and director, put together a genius team of artists, songwriters, producers and video directors for her visual album that include JAY Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Drake, The Dream, Sia, Ryan Tedder, Miguel, Frank Ocean, Hit Boy, Ammo, Boots, Detail, Jake Nava, Hype Williams, Terry Richardson, Melina Matsoukas, Jonas Akerlund, Ricky Saiz, Pierre Debusschere, @lilinternet, Noah "40" Shebib, Francesco Carrozzini, Caroline Polachek, Ed Burke, Bill Kirstein and Todd Tourso.
She recorded all over the world for a year and a half but the initial recording started after the writers and producers gathered under one roof in The Hamptons, New York's beach enclave, in the summer of 2012 to live together, work together and to immerse themselves into her world and into her head. The fans that have grown up with the performer, mature and seasoned enough to relate to the content and the shared experiences, inspire the music, with themes that explore love, loss, fear, anger, honesty, happiness, sexuality and confidence.
For the videos, some of which she co-directed, she preferred to work with a more care-free formula. Shot primarily during her successful "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour," the videos were veiled in secrecy, even though they were filmed in open places, including a beach in Brazil, the streets of NYC, on the famed Cyclone Rollercoaster in Coney Island, New York, downtown Los Angeles, a chateau in Paris, a roller skating rink in Houston, Texas where she skated as a child, and a beautiful church in South America. She mixed up the creative, going for big and small and set out on shoots eager to capture the spontaneity and honesty in every moment. The videos are visually stimulating, charged with visionary cinematography and clever storytelling. They capture every side of who she is, complete with vulnerability and imperfections.
RUN ON DECK FOR MAJOR TRANSFORMATION.
Youll see me and Justine talking about how she wants this house to be transformedits all about her vision, said Run. Most of our arguments, like any other couple going through this, revolve around the budget.
Justine has grand plans to tap the budget to transform her outdated kitchen into a sleek, modern European-style space, while Run wants a mini indoor pool and spa. Its a game of give and take where big ideas are passionately pursued.
Rev Run is a legend in the music business, but he and his family are like any other first-time home remodelers, explains Steven Lerner, senior vice president, programming and development, HGTV and DIY Network. Theyre dealing with noise, dust, the local zoning boardevery homeowner who has undertaken a major remodel can relate.
Rev Runs Renovation also chronicles the design and construction of new bedrooms and custom bathrooms for the kids: Russy wanted a zen-like room, Diggy preferred his new space be contemporary, while Miley asked for her new room to be like fairytale castle. The series features Mr. and Mrs. Simmons as they tackle each stage of the renovation with a lot of grace and elbow grease to turn the dated property into the ultimate family dream home.
Letting people observe our home renovation has allowed me to share our family values with our fans and other renovation lovers, said Rev Run. There is nothing more important to me than family and the home!"
Rev Run and Michael Lehman are executive producers of the series.
MUSIC GROUP REVENUE IS UP.. OR IS IT?
In WMG's fiscal fourth quarter, revenue reached $764 million, up 4.5 percent from $731 million a year earlier. Digital revenue saw a 17 percent jump to $283 million. For the company's entire fiscal year, revenue grew 3.3 percent to $2.87 billion from $2.78 billion the year before. Digital revenue was up 16 percent to $1.076 billion.
The Recorded Music division saw a six percent jump in revenue in Q4 to $644 million, with digital revenue up 18 percent to $262 million.
For the full fiscal year, Recorded Music revenue grew five percent to $2.389 billion, while digital revenue jumped by 15 percent to $997 million.
Warner Music's Publishing division took a hit though, as fiscal Q4 revenue fell five percent to $126 million, with a three percent decline for the full year to $503 million.
was a year of significant accomplishment at Warner Music Group,"
said WMG CEO Stephen Cooper. "We intensified our focus on signing
and developing extraordinary artists, we executed well on our digital
strategy and we acquired and have been successfully integrating Parlophone
THUGS-N-HARMONY ON DECK WITH 10TH STUDIO ALBUM.
"My excitement is through the roof. I can't wait for it to be released. We started working on this project in 2011 so it's been a work in progress," says Flesh Bone. "We're bringing real gangsta rap back for our fans who have been asking for it. We're coming real rough with it! We also have some real radio friendly songs like the one we dedicated to Eazy-E, so we're bringing a variety of sounds on the album."
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony tapped the likes of Don Jagwarr, Big B, Tabueya Weathington, Por'cha, Bruce-E-Bee and Phaedra for features on Art of War: World War III with most of the production by their longtime producer DJ U-Neeq and Kenny McCloud, their debut EP producer who assembled their first ever breakout hit single "Thuggish Ruggish Bone" back in 1993.
"My intention was to capture that classic Bone sound but with a modern twist. The Bone fans have been asking for a project like this for years so I wanted to give them what they fell in love with in the beginning," explains DJ U-Neek. "So I got with my man Kenny McCloud who co-produced with me on Bone's first EP 'Creepin On Ah Come Up' and I also brought in some of my in-house co-producers such as V-Mix, RKitek, and LA's Real Richie Rich to bring that throwback 'Thuggish Ruggish' sound. I think we captured it I think the fans are going to love it; it's a classic with a new twist for 2014."
"When our fans listen to Art of War: World War III, we want them to walk away knowing that this is one of the greatest albums we've ever put together," explains Flesh Bone. The Grammy Award-winning group cites "It's A Bone Thang," "Bring It Back," "Born in the Ghetto," "Murda On U," and their single "Everything 100," as some of their favorite songs on the new album.
"This is a phenomenal album which might be the final chapter in the two-decade career of BTH, one of the finest Hip-Hop artists of the past twenty years. With all of the members now actively pursuing their own solo projects this very well could be the last BTH record that includes performances by all the members. The Art of War III is an incredible accomplishment achieved through the hard work of BTH, executive producer David Michery, and producers DJ U-Neek and Kenny McCloud, who wanted to reward loyal BTH fans," stated Tony Barlo, President of Seven Arts Music.
The legendary rap group recently inked a new label deal with EONE and released their current hit single "Everything 100" featuring Ty Dolla $ign. LISTEN HERE
off their "Everything 100" Tour," Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
show no signs of slowing down as they continue to perform shows across
the country ahead of their new album release.
& RIHANNA RULE HOT 100 WITH 'THE MONSTER'/ SET RECORDS.
Eminem and featured artist Rihanna roar 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their collaboration "The Monster," which gives each artist a new slice of history in the chart's 55-year archives. The song also shoots 4-1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart, where Rihanna adds more accolades.
Impressively, Rihanna ties Michael Jackson for the third-most leaders in the Hot 100's history. Now with 13, she passes Madonna and the Supremes, each with 12.
her first week at #1 on the Hot 100 with "SOS" (May 13, 2006)
through this week's chart (dated Dec. 21, 2013), Rihanna's registered
13 leaders in a span of seven years, seven months and eight days, marking
the fastest run to the sum by a woman; Mariah Carey took a slightly longer
seven-year, eight-month and 19-day route (from 1990's "Vision of
Love" through 1998's "My All"). Only the Beatles reached
13 No. 1s more quickly: just three years and 17 days between 1964's "I
Want to Hold Your Hand" and 1967's "Penny Lane." (The other
of the four acts with at least 13 leaders, Michael Jackson, spanned nearly
23 years between 1972's "Ben," his first solo #1 apart from
the Jackson Five, and 1995's "You Are Not Alone.")
Monster" is Eminem and Rihanna's second shared Hot 100 #1. The two
teamed for "Love the Way You Lie" (with Rihanna also in a featured
role; she's boasted lead billing on 10 of her 13 #1s). The song topped
the chart for seven weeks in 2010. Bonus fun fact: the last two solo artists
to pair for multiple Hot 100 #1s prior to Eminem and Rihanna? Nelly Furtado
and Timbaland. With Furtado as the lead act, "Promiscuous" led
for six weeks in 2006. In 2007, they reversed roles (and added fellow
featured artist Justin Timberlake) on "Give It to Me," which
ruled for two frames.
& EVIDENCE ARE STEP BROTHERS
& Evidence will be headed out on a world tour to support Lord Steppington
which starts in Europe on 1-15-14 and after touring internationally the
duo will return to the states to kick off US tour dates.
GROUNDS MUSIC/RCA RECORDS SIGNS LA-BASED HIP-HOP GROUP OVERDOZ.
Bryan Leach, President of Polo Grounds Music, Inc. comments: "OverDoz. and their team are fearless, creative and represent everything that's bright about where rap music is headed."
Joon's unorthodox fashion sense and rapping style, P's laid back approach, Kent's unique singing voice, and Creamie's hilarious skits makes OverDoz. an unmatched entity in the world of music. With several attention grabbing mixtapes under their collective belt (2008's Bowties and Rosaries, 2010's Nova and 2011's Live For, Die For), OverDoz.'s creative melodies and concepts have won over crowds across the world with comparisons to Outkast, Funkadelic and The Digital Underground.
CELEBRATES 39 YEARS OF G-SHOCK.
As an avid watch collector, Eminem is seen wearing G-SHOCK throughout many of his music videos and performances, making this collaboration a natural expression of mutual respect and appreciation. Being one of the most recognized and accomplished hip-hop artists of our time, this limited edition collaborative watch with Eminem crowns a long history of hip-hop partnerships for G-SHOCK.
The GDX6900MNM-1 pays homage to Eminem's rise from one of the Worlds most rugged urban terrains the streets of downtown Detroit. As tribute, the skyline of Detroit is printed in bold red on the upper watchband. The watch face and band loop sport the reverse "E" from his stylized moniker, while the watchcase back and lower watch band are personalized with an autograph of his alter ego, "Shady".
"With hip-hop it's as much about where it's from as who it's for," said Shigenori Itoh, Chairman and CEO of Casio America, Inc. "Eminem has an immense and loyal fan base around the world, as does G-SHOCK, making this collaboration one that will connect closely with many thousands of collective fans."
On August 7th 2013 Eminem announced the collection with an unforgettable exclusive performance at G-Shock's Shock The World event in New York City. The annual Shock the World a highly anticipated event in celebration of the brand's biggest news and latest releases.
Z, MACKLEMORE & RYAN, & KENDRICK LAMAR ON DECK FOR GRAMMYS.
Macklemore and Lewis' gay marriage anthem "Same Love" was among song of the year nominees and the Seattle rap crew joined Los Angeles rapper Lamar with seven nominations apiece, including best album and best new artist of the year. Pharrell Williams had four major nominations among his seven and Justin Timberlake also had seven.
Macklemore and Lewis dominated a nominations TV special from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles that also included performances by nominees Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Lorde and Robin Thicke.
Macklemore and Lewis opened the show with a colorful, high-energy version of their hit "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, and immediately picked up a song of the year nomination for "Same Love," featuring Mary Lambert.
Two nominations later, Macklemore, whose real name is Ben Haggerty, was noting it was a "very surreal moment" during an on-air interview with host LL Cool J. "It's like we're not supposed to be here, but we're here with LL Cool J." Added Lewis after the show: "There is no greater award than the Grammy. To be here tonight and to be nominated is truly mind-blowing."
Recording Academy favorites Timberlake and Jay Z teamed up for two nominations apiece, but they only had one major nomination between them this year and that came for Jay Z's participation on Lamar's album of the year nominee "good kid, m.A.A.d city" instead of his own "Magna Carta ... Holy Grail."
Williams, who seemed to be everywhere in 2013, is up for producer of the year and faces himself in three categories, including record of the year for "Get Lucky" with Daft Punk and "Blurred Lines" with Robin Thicke, and album of the year entries "Random Access Memories" by Daft Punk and Lamar's "good kid."
Drake and sound engineer Bob Ludwig are up for five awards apiece at the Jan. 26 Grammy ceremony in Los Angeles.
Joining Lamar, Macklemore and Lewis, and Daft Punk in the album of the year category were Sara Bareilles' "The Blessed Unrest", perhaps the biggest surprise among major category nominees and Taylor Swift's "Red."
Swift is among five acts with four nominations apiece along with Daft Punk, Bruno Mars, Lorde and Kacey Musgraves. British musicians James Blake and Ed Sheeran round out the best new artist category with Musgraves, Lamar and Macklemore and Lewis.
Timberlake picked up a handful of nominations in pop categories, including pop vocal album of the year for "The 20/20 Experience." Other nominees in that category include Lana Del Rey's "Paradise," Lorde's "Pure Heroine," Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox" and Thicke's "Blurred Lines."
"The Heist," ''good kid" and "Magna Carta" are also on the best rap album list with Drake's "Nothing Was the Same" and Kanye West's "Yeezus," which was mostly shut out of the nominations. West also got a nomination for best rap song for "New Slaves."
West may have suffered the most from the large hauls of Lamar and Macklemore and Lewis. His "Yeezus" is already making many year-end lists, but had no hits and spawned controversy among some listeners.
Lamar managing to keep his profile high with a number of hits, guest appearances
and moments of bravado that helped voters forget his album came out 14
months ago. Lamar called himself the greatest rapper in the game earlier
this year, calling out Drake and several others in verse, and voters mostly
backed him up.
KNOCK MADNESS USA TOUR ON DECK
The album also hit the #2 spot on the iTunes Hip Hop charts and #4 on the overall charts within a day of its release.
The Knock Madness USA Tour signifies Funk Volume's plan to maintain the rapid pace of their encroaching dominance in 2014.
PULLS OUT OF GRAMMY NOMINATIONS TV SPECIAL.
A Drake representative announced the following,Unfortunately, due to scheduling complications, Drake will no longer be performing, stated the rep. [He's] currently in the middle of his nationwide Would You Like A Tour? and sincerely apologizes to his fans that he cant be there.
Other artists still on deck to perform are Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke, T.I., Miguel, Lorde, and Earth, Wind & Fire. The event is being called Countdown To Musics Biggest Night. More nominees for the 56th annual Grammy Awards will be announced as well. The Grammys Nomination Concert will air live tonight (12/6) at 10 PM ET on CBS. The show is hosted by LL Cool J.
SIMMONS & JOHN SINGLETON TEAM UP.
"Club Life: Miami" is set against the South Beach club scene and follows a reformed criminal who moves to Miami and gains a new lease on life as he embraces the vibrant, youthful and transgressive world. Singleton will write and executive produce the project. Simmons, the Def Jam co-founder, music mogul and social activist is on board to executive produce "Club Life" via his overall deal with the premium cable network.
The sale marks the second for Simmons at HBO; he most recently set up an untitled drama from "12 Years a Slave's" Steve McQueen and "World War Z" scribe Matthew Michael Carnahan about a young African-American man with a mysterious past as he experiences life in New York high society.
Life" comes as premium cabler Starz is readying Power, a New York-set
nightclub drama series from executive producer 50 Cent that will premiere
in 2014. Source: Hollywood Reporter
During the concert he also went on to tell the audience Today also happens to be one of the best days of my life....so today, I came to Portland and officially became inducted into the Team Jordan family.
For time being, the "OVO Jordans" seen on Drake's Instagram are samples (AIr Jordan 10's and OVO Stingray 12's) It's unclear if they'll be released to the public.
TO HOST CHARITY ART EVENT IN HONOR OF WU TANG'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY.
Performing the auction is Wu Tang member Raekwon, who has generously offered to assist the children of his hometown of Staten Island, by helping to provide free dental care. He will be our special guest in attendance on the 5th to show continued support for his community and Smile Design Gallery.
Smile Design Gallery is a social enterprise that provides free dental care to people in need by employing the sales of art to provide free dentistry for children and communities in need. With a wealth of celebrity support from the likes of Swizz Beatz, Rick Ross, Kris Humphries, Angela Simmons and more, Smile Design Gallery has grown exponentially over the last year. The hope is to turn the $250K of charitable dentistry done to date into millions to benefit uninsured families through Smile Design Gallery.
Also in attendance serving as hosts for the event will be Angela Simmons, Mr. Brainwash, Eli Klein, Alexander Hurst and Michael Huerta. Curated by Martin Galindo of Smile Design Galleryand Alexander Clark and Laura O'Reilly of The City Firm. Guest DJ sets by Fab 5 Freddy and Scram Jones.
MANE INDICTED ON GUN CHARGES.
Davis was found to have a gun on Sept. 12 and had a different gun in his possession two days later, prosecutors said. Prosecutors say he acted erratically and threatened people on both occasions.
"This is how people get hurt, and we are committed to ensuring that convicted felons not have guns," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a news release.
Davis' lawyer Drew Findling said Tuesday he is reviewing information in the case and then will decide what action to take.
Last month's indictment lists two felony convictions for Davis. He pleaded no contest to charges of aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in October 2005 after he was accused of hitting a promoter in the head with a pool cue. He also was convicted of possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana in Florida in June 2005, according to the indictment.
An Atlanta police officer responded on Sept. 12 "in reference to a subject inside of an office building acting upset," according to a police report. Findling's office is in that building, and Davis and the responding officer went in to speak to Findling, who told the officer he wanted Davis to leave "due to the way he was currently acting," the report says.
A .45-caliber handgun containing eight rounds of ammunition was found with Davis' stuff in the office. Davis said the gun belonged to his girlfriend who had dropped him off, and no one in the office had seen him with a gun, the report says. Atlanta police didn't file any charges against Davis.
Findling declined to comment on what happened at his office. Early Sept. 14, a man who said he was a friend of the rapper's called police to say Davis was walking down the street behaving violently, according to a police report. When police arrived, Davis smelled strongly of marijuana, cursed at them, called them names and threatened to shoot them, the report says.
Police arrested him on a disorderly conduct charge and found a clear baggie with what they believe was marijuana and a loaded .40-caliber Glock handgun, the report says. An ambulance was called, and Davis was sedated and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment.
DMC AND SUGAR HILL GANG ANNOUNCED AS 2014 GRAMMY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES.
"Spanning the 1930s to the 1980s, this year's Grammy Hall Of Fame entries represent a diverse collection of influential and historically significant recordings," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "Memorable and inspiring, these recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog knowing that they have become a part of our musical, social, and cultural history."
Representing a great variety of tracks and albums, the 2014 Grammy Hall Of Fame inductees range from the Mary Poppins Original Cast Sound Track album to Sugarhill Gang's early rap hit "Rapper's Delight." Also added to the highly regarded list are the Drifters' "Under The Boardwalk," B.B. King's "3 O'Clock Blues," Kris Kristofferson's self-titled debut album, Dolly Parton's "Jolene," the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women," and U2's album The Joshua Tree. Other inductees include the original soundtrack from Woodstock and recordings by James Brown, Chicago, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, Run-D.M.C., B.J. Thomas, and Neil Young, among others.
TO HEADLINE 2014 ESSENCE FESTIVAL MILESTONE.
Essence and Prince will also support #YesWeCode, a special community initiative led by the Rebuild the Dream Innovation Fund's founder Van Jones, to encourage our young people to use technology and creativity to code.
The definitive destination for entertainment, empowerment, inspiration and culture, the Essence Festival last hosted Prince in 2004. This year, the Essence Festival grew by 30%, with a record-breaking 540,000 attendees.
"Welcoming an artist as iconic as Prince back to the Essence Festival for a 20th anniversary performance is incredibly exciting," said Essence Communications President, Michelle Ebanks. "The Essence Festival is where we come together to connect to both our culture and our community, so we are pleased to support Prince and the Rebuild the Dream Innovation Fund in advocating for our youth." Additional performers and speakers for the 20th Anniversary ESSENCE Festival will be announced soon.
"AN ODE TO REASONABLE DOUBT" ON DECK - PAYS HOMAGE TO JAY Z.
The idea behind AOTRD was actually born from Skyzoo's fans. In 2011, around the release of Detroit-rapper elZhi's Elmatic, an independent album inspired by Nas's debut Illmatic, Skyzoo was asked by one of his Twitter followers if he had ever considered doing the same with Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt. As he always does, Sky retweeted the question with his answer, which was simply that it would be an interesting concept.
He had fully intended on leaving it at that, until he saw the level of interest it piqued with the fans, who immediately shared his tweet over a hundred times and replied asking that he make his Reasonable Doubt project a reality. Around the same time, Skyzoo was introduced to Antman Wonder, a classically trained musician and composer who had, coincidentally, crafted a collection of original instrumentals inspired by and in some cases sampling the production on the Roc-A-Fella opus. But for Sky who, at the time was managing a full plate of pending projects, the idea paused there: an interesting concept to potentially revisit for his fans, who have continued to ask about it daily since Sky's very first tweet.
In the past few weeks, following the one year anniversary of his critically-acclaimed sophomore album A Dream Deferred, Skyzoo and Antman returned to the concept, crafting was is sure to become a fan favorite, most notably because it was created by two artists who have been inspired by Reasonable Doubt since its original release. "For me, Reasonable Doubt was and is one of the most cohesive bodies of work in hip hop, period," says Skyzoo. "The way Hov painted exactly what that side of the fence was, from the highs and celebrations, to the lows and worried phone calls, to the emotions of someone truly with the weight of the world on their shoulders. It was as honest and clear cut as you can get. As a fan it made me wanna learn every word, and as an artist it further shaped my storytelling and approach to writing." Antman Wonder recalls the album having a similar impact in his life. "Reasonable Doubt further defined Hip-Hop for me," he explains. "It came out at a time where street rap was grimy and visceral; and then came RD, which was cinematic and ironically eloquent in its own way. The production staff on it was legendary and it helped shape the way I approach music."
truly reflects both artists' appreciation of its influence, even down
to the name of each song, titled as a reflection on Jay-Z's original -
"Dead Presidents" becomes "Meeting The Presidents";
"Can't Knock The Hustle" is reimagined as "The Hustle Never
Sleeps" and so forth. The result is a rare collection of songs that
are as rich lyrically as they are sonically. "Reasonable Doubt literally
raised a generation and stands as a pinnacle of the elusive marriage of
pure Hip-Hop, intricate storytelling and reflection," adds Skyzoo.
"To be campaigned by the people to recreate it for our era is both
an honor and a testament to what I've been able to achieve through my
own music. An Ode To Reasonable Doubt will serve as another piece to the
house that I've been building, while honoring and simply saying thank
you to my and everyone else's favorite emcee."
STARS TAKE CENTER STAGE @ SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2013.
David Foster and Debbie Allen presented music icon Dionne Warwick with the Legend Award followed by a show stopping tribute led by Gladys Knight, Ronald Isley, Eric Benet, Ruben Studdard, Kenny Lattimore, Bobby V., Chrisette Michele, Eddie Levert and Candice Glover. R&B crooner Keith Sweat received the Lifetime Achievement Award and performed a medley of his greatest hits with a special appearance by soul diva Faith Evans.
Also hitting the stage with classic performances are Bobby Caldwell featuring Dave Koz, Jon B. and Vanilla Ice for a special 'Blue Eyed Soul' moment, R&B songstresses Tamar Braxton and K. Michelle and Wale featuring Stokely from Mind Condition.
The star-studded ceremony also includes appearances from Wolf Blitzer, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Idris Elba, Toni Braxton, Ashanti, Bill Bellamy, Vivica A. Fox, Janelle Monae, Kandi Burruss, Boris Kodjoe, Tyrese Gibson and more.
Anthony Anderson kept the party going with hilarious skits while hip-hop stars Warren G., Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick and Big Daddy Kane closed things out with a finale performance you won't want to miss!
Soul Train Awards 2013 airs Sunday, December 1st at 8PM ET/PT simultaneously on Centric and BET.
REGAINS #1 ON CHARTS.
AND RIHANNA LAUNCH "THERE FOR THE PHILIPPINES" CAMPAIGN.
Unicef Supporter Rihanna helped kick-off the campaign and raise awareness of Unicef's work in the Philippines via social media. She also made a $100,000 donation to the U.S. Fund for Unicef. WNBA's Skylar Diggins, MLB star Robinson Cano and actress Vanessa Hudgens are also participating.
"We are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support shown during this crisis," said Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for Unicef. "The effects of the strongest storm to make landfall have been devastating and the rebuilding process will not happen overnight. Unicef will be there for as long as it takes to help children and families to recover."
"Emergencies make headlines, but the recovery continues long after the news cameras leave," said Rihanna. "Having been a fan and supporter of Unicef's work over the years, I am honored to join them in helping children who have been impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. More than five million kids in the Philippines need our help. Unicef is there for them today, and for the long road ahead, and so am I."
The digital "There for the Philippines" campaign asks people to assist Unicef's relief efforts by donating funds and sharing the message of the needs of vulnerable children in the hard-hit areas. Participants can change their Facebook profile picture or tweet messages of support.
With nearly 13 million people - including 5.5 million children - affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan, Unicef is rushing lifesaving emergency supplies to the region, including essential medicines, nutrition, safe water and hygiene supplies. UNICEF is also working to reunite children with their families and is setting up safe, protected spaces where children can play, continue their education and resume a sense of normalcy.
HUSTLE ANNOUNCES CRENSHAW TOUR.
Crenshaw is a 21-track offering made with unparalleled composition and effortless production. On the project, Hussle is joined by a number of guests, including: Dom Kennedy & Cobby Supreme, who appear on "Checc Me Out", Rick Ross & Cuzzy Capone, who appear on "The Weather", and Sade & James Fauntleroy, who appear on "If U Were Mine". Production team includes The Futuristics, 1500 Or Nothin, Wizzo, and Ralo.
The Crenhaw Tour kicks off on January 9th in Sacramento, California and ends on February 13th in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Check out at all the tour dates and corresponding locations, below.
HUSSLE CRENSHAW TOUR DATES:
Mary J. Blige, who performed the National Anthem at Fenway Park prior to Game One of the 2013 World Series, recently released her first-ever holiday album, A Mary Christmas, with sixteen-time Grammy winning record producer David Foster.
"After hearing Mary perform the National Anthem during the World Series, we could not think of a better singer to invite to our Thanksgiving Day game to deliver anthem," said Charlotte Anderson, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of the Dallas Cowboys. "Her stirring rendition of the anthem on that national stage was moving. With the nation's football fans focused on AT&T Stadium for our traditional holiday game, we wanted an entertainer that could deliver just that type of performance to kick off what will be a great game."
has sold over 50 million records, which includes eight multi-platinum
albums, nine Grammy Awards (plus 29 nominations) and four American Music
Awards. A Mary Christmas is Blige's 11th studio album.
Problem will embark on a headlining West Coast tour, beginning November 29th in Sacramento, CA. The Live Nation tour comes at an exciting time for Problem, riding high off the success of his single "Like Whaaat". The hit rose to the Urban Radio Top 20.
SEPARATION TOUR DATES:
HAY Z, AND DR. DRE TOP FORBES' 2013 WORLD'S HIGHEST-PAID MUSICIANS LIST.
Sean Diddy Combs, who ranks #12 with $50 million (making him hip-hops highest-paid act), earns the bulk of his bucks from his wildly successful Ciroc vodka deal. His Revolt TV network, launched in October, should provide a big boost to future earnings.
Jay Z grabbed #19 bringing in $42 million and Dr. Dre took #21, earning $40 million.
AND GRAND HUSTLE ENTER PARTNERSHIP WITH COLUMBIA RECORDS.
The signing adds to an already incredible year for T.I. This past summer, T.I. was featured on Robin Thicke's #1 record breaking global smash "Blurred Lines" with Pharell Williams, who was also instrumental in bringing T.I. to Columbia and will executive produce his upcoming LP. T.I. is currently in the studio recording his 9th album with mega producer Timbaland and longtime collaborator DJ Toomp. The album will be released early 2014 via GrandHustle/Columbia Records, ensuring that 2014 will be another phenomenal year for T.I.
"We're very excited to welcome T.I. to the Columbia family. With his massive US success and career history, we are going to make him an even bigger superstar on a global level." Rob Stringer, Chairman/CEO Columbia Records
"I'm honored to be partners with such a successful, passionate and creative conglomerate like Columbia Records, who respects and supports the vision of their artist and partners. Nothing but love, respect & appreciation for Doug Morris, Rob Stringer and the entire staff. Also, a special thank you to my big bruh, Sk8board P, for always believing in me and also executive producing my upcoming project."- T.I.
"We're excited to be in business with Columbia Records and its team of leadership. I'm now looking forward to spreading our brand on a global level."- Jason Geter, Grand Hustle
In his career, the multi-platinum Atlanta-native has achieved four Billboard Hot 100 #1's and has sold over 14 million albums and 30 million singles to date. T.I. is also the recipient of 11 Billboard Awards, 9 BET Hip Hop Awards, 3 GRAMMY® Awards, 3 BET Awards, 2 American Music Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. His standout collaborations with some of music's biggest artists include Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Lil Wayne, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Destiny's Child, Britney Spears, B.O.B., Drake, Christina Aguilera, Kanye West and Swizz Beats.
has also experienced remarkable success this year as an actor, appearing
in the hit film Identity Thief and playing a guest starring role in the
SHOWTIME series HOUSE OF LIES. His VH1 unscripted series, T.I. & Tiny:
The Family Hustle recently entered into its third season, capturing T.I.
as he balances a thriving career, wife Tameka "Tiny" Cottle
and their loving, blended family of six children. The series continues
to be one of the highest rated shows on VH1.
"Mary J. Blige has had a long and prosperous relationship with our chairman, Sean Combs, and our vice chairman, Andre Harrell," said REVOLT CEO Keith Clinkscales. "We are all proud and excited to have the incomparable Mary J. Blige present a family-friendly television event that appeals to music fans of all ages. Mary is blessed with a gift in her emotional delivery of song and we are happy to present it to the REVOLT nation for this holiday season."
singer Tyrese will join Mary for a special performance with legendary
musical director David Foster. Mary will sing classics from "Have
Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," to an incredible rendition of
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Joined by a live orchestra
and choir arranged by music director Kim Burse, 'A Mary Christmas' will
debut on Thanksgiving night with additional encore performances as well.
"When you're a young man, you're hustling and you've got 12 hours a day to dedicate to music. It might be more than that," said the rapper, whose real name is Robert Diggs, in a phone interview. "The energy that's important is constantly pouring out. But when you've got to go seek for the energy, it becomes a little more difficult. Wu-Tang is forever, I'll never take back that statement. But we haven't recorded a lot of studio albums. This is the first album we've recorded in seven years, actually. And we can't wait seven years for another album."
RZA foresees a future where the spirit of the Wu-Tang Clan lives on in the children of the original nine members of the New York-based collective and in the untold scores of rappers, producers and entrepreneurs influenced by the group folks like Drake, whose "Wu-Tang Forever" drew a lot of attention earlier this year. He's had trouble wrapping up the collective's plans in the now, though.
The 20th anniversary of the release of "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)," the Clan's still-powerful debut album, came and went last week, and the album meant to celebrate the moment remains a work in progress.
RZA says he traveled around the country gathering material for the album, even stopping over in Memphis, Tenn., where he conducted original recording sessions with players from the revered Stax and Hi record labels. Most of his production is complete, and most of the other members of the group including GZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Inspectah Deck completed their versework in two sessions over the summer. He hopes to have it completed in 45 days or so after sending it to a few outside producers for final touches.
One obstacle remains.
"Everybody did their verses except Raekwon," RZA said. "He hasn't turned in his verses yet. I don't know if he's still trying to find the vibe of the music. We have to talk about it before it becomes too late. But he hasn't come to the table yet."
Attempts to reach Raekwon for comment were unsuccessful. RZA says he's not sure if the project can be completed without his crewmate: "Well, you know what, that's something that I would take a vote on with the rest of the crew. I'm not a dictator about that. Raekwon is a valuable energy to the Wu-Tang, his voice, his lyrics, his approach. Rae is a master lyricist."
RZA's got plenty to do in the meantime. He's recently finished the screenplay for what he hopes will be his second feature film and he's acting in the new Fox series "Gang Related," playing a Los Angeles police officer on a Los Angeles gang unit.
"There are moles inside the police department from the gang culture, that's the whole trick about the series," he said. "Who's going to turn out to be the double agents? Who's gang-related? Each week it's getting closer. I don't know if it's going to be me or not."
More and more, he sees acting - not producing - as his 9 to 5.
live in a capitalist country so I respect, 'Cash rules,'" he said.
"That might get me on the mic at 50. But I prefer not to be on the
mic at 50."
As part of the evening's celebration, the 2014 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons® will honor Universal Music Group's (UMG) Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge, CBE. The Recording Academy will present Grainge with the President's Merit Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the music industry and the impact his efforts have had on music and the business of music. Past recipients include Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Sir Richard Branson, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Doug Morris, Antonio "L.A." Reid, and Mo Ostin.
"As we enter our sixth year of collaborating with Clive Davis, this legendary gala continues to be one of GRAMMY Week's most prestigious events complete with unique one-of-a-kind performances," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "We are delighted and proud to pay tribute to Lucian Grainge, whose ability to spot talent and his impeccable business sense has made him one of today's most successful leaders and a visionary Industry Icon."
With a career that spans more than three decades, Grainge has signed or worked with some of the most talented musicians in the industry including ABBA, JAY Z, Justin Bieber, Elton John, Eminem, Metallica, Katy Perry, Rihanna, U2, and Amy Winehouse. Additionally, through the course of his impressive career, he has pioneered new approaches to the signing and development of artists, as well as successfully built new and innovative business models and partnerships with a range of technology and media partners around the world, such as Apple, Google, Spotify, and YouTube.
In 1986 Grainge joined Universal Music, and subsequently launched PolyGram Music Publishing in the UK. In 2005 he was named chairman and chief executive of Universal Music Group International and by 2011, he was named chairman and chief executive officer of Universal Music Group. During his tenure at Universal, he has led the acquisition of EMI's recorded music operations, revitalized the iconic Capitol Records and in the process, further strengthened UMG's position as a global leader. His inspiring leadership in music publishing and recorded music as well as in the convergence of music and technology has been recognized as having laid the foundation for a return growth in recent years of an industry that had been suffering more than a decade of decline. Since becoming CEO in 2011, Grainge dramatically improved the financial performance of UMG by significantly increasing the company's revenues and profitability. At the same time the company set numerous creative records including being the first music company with nine of the top 10 songs on Billboard's Digital Songs chart and the first music company to score all 10 of the top 10 spots on the Billboard Hot 100.
Throughout the years, Grainge has been recognized with many accolades, including topping Billboard magazine's Power 100 list as the most powerful executive in the industry. In 2010 he was recognized in Britain's New Year Honors and awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and in 2011. He has been awarded the prestigious Music Industry Trusts' Award as one of the most influential and successful executives in global entertainment. Grainge was appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron as a UK Business Ambassador with special remit on global media and entertainment. Recently, he was named a trustee of the American Friends of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of Dreamworks Animation and the board of trustees of Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
Clive Davis began his career at Columbia Records where he was appointed president in 1967 and signed such legendary rock artists as Janis Joplin, Santana, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and Earth, Wind & Fire. In 1974 Davis co-founded Arista Records where he signed Barry Manilow, Patti Smith and Whitney Houston and further developed the careers of the Kinks, the Grateful Dead, Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin. His business ventures include forming LaFace Records in 1989 with Babyface and L.A. Reid, and creating Bad Boy Records in 1994 with Sean "Diddy" Combs. In 2000 J Records was born (in partnership with BMG) and emerged as a dominant force, producing the works of Alicia Keys and Maroon 5. Davis was then appointed chairman/CEO of BMG U.S. Label Group where he oversaw an expanded RCA Music Group, including J Records, RCA Records and Arista Records. After BMG and Sony Music merged, in 2008 Davis was appointed chief creative officer, Sony Music Worldwide, where he continues to nurture and develop talent. In 2000 Davis received the Trustees Award from The Recording Academy and was recognized with the President's Merit Awards at the 2009 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons. As a humanitarian, Davis has made tireless efforts in the battle against AIDS, spearheading donations of millions of dollars for AIDS research. In 2002 the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music was created at his undergraduate alma mater, New York University. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
REUNION FINALLY GOING DOWN?
According to Billboard, OutKast is reportedly discussing the possibility of a reunion at 2014's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.
The Atlanta hip-hop duo is indeed in talks to reunite next year for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, multiple sources have confirmed to Billboard. Under the current plan, Coachella, which kicks off on Apr. 11, 2014 in Indio, Calif., would be the start of the reunion run and would be followed by additional festival dates in 2014.
One source tells Billboard that there have definitely been "some conversations" about Outkast reuniting, while another says it is "all systems go" for Big Boi and Andre 3000 to end their hiatus next year.
"There's been a lot of talk on the Internet about an Outkast album and I have to say that as of now, there are no plans for another Outkast album," Andre 3000 told GQ in February 2012.
been kind of discussing some things," Big Boi said in an interview
with Los Angeles radio station Power 106. "Once we map it out, we'll
make an announcement. But we'll see."
It only took 14 days, Eminems The Marshall Mathers LP 2 has crossed the one million mark.
OF KOCH ENT TO RETIRE END OF 2013.
In an email to employees, Koch thanked them for helping to build the company, which began life in the U.S. as Koch International and later became known as Koch Entertainment. In 2005, he sold the company for $80 million to Row Entertainment Income Fund (Billboard, May 2005). The latter firm was subsequently named Entertainment One Income Fund before evolving to eOne.
"It has been quite a ride from when I started the company in January 1987 and since the sale to Entertainment One in June 2005," Koch wrote. Building the business and making it flourish has been very gratifying, but what I will miss the most is working with all of you. I could not have done it without all the great and dedicated individuals that have worked and continue to work here."
Koch, who is CEO of the U.S. operation, said in the email that eOne has "a strong leadership team in place that is ready to assume additional responsibilities. The company will announce the new leadership structure in the near future."
The company began as a distributor of classical music before diversifying into other genres and adding record label capabilities, which is now known as eOne Music. The distribution company currently has 1.15% in U.S. album plus track equivalent album market share, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while its label comprises 0.46% of that.
Koch International was at the forefront of the trend toward national distribution for independent labels, which up until the 1990s thrived on a network of regional distribution. In 1990 it pacted with the Shanachie label to handle the label's distribution on a national basis.
a comment on Koch's retirement, Shanachie Entertainment co-founder Richard
Nevins said: "I fondly remembered the great adventure we pursued
together, not unlike the transcontinental railroad that was completed
in 1869 linking the eastern part of the U.S. with the western part --
you, with our help, did the same for independent distribution, linking
the whole country into one entity." Source: Billboard
Gibson established Voltron Recordz in 2009 as antithesis to the traditional recording label: "I have full respect and admiration for the record music process," says the Grammy nominated artist and CEO of Voltron Recordz. "However, in my house, I wanted to use some of the disciplines of traditional label practices and the lessons that I have learned from the buying public so that I may present the best sonic efforts possible." He continues, "In Kristal's album, both fans, radio programmers and music directors will find an in-depth record which not only sounds amazing but will touch you in a way that music hasn't in a very long time."
Humility, a passion for music, and a chance meeting led Kristal to Tyrese Gibson. When musical minds connect, history is made. We've learned about it in the past: Berry Gordy and Diana Ross; Clive Davis and Whitney Houston; Babyface and Toni Braxton, and Clive and Alicia Keys. So to see the partnership of Tyrese Gibson and Kristal written in the annals of history is not a leap of faith.
"An artist like Kristal may come along once in a decade," says Gibson. "I am just overjoyed that I have the opportunity to present her talents to the world." With a new single "Silhouette" which made its terrestrial debut at Atlanta's V103, Kristal is off to a great start and is prepared for the exciting journey which lies ahead. Click here for a free download of "Silhouette".
of Tyrese will be surprised to see the actor/musician/author take on the
role of music executive, but for Tyrese Gibson, this is just the next
chapter in his secret diary.
The consoles went on sale Friday in the U.S. and Canada. Andrew House, president and group CEO for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., said in a release Sunday that sales remain strong in North America. The company will launch the gaming system in Europe and Latin America on Nov. 29.
Sony has said it expects to sell 5 million units by the end of its fiscal year in March.
The PlayStation 4 is Sony's first new video game console in seven years. It faces competition from Microsoft Corp.'s new Xbox One, which goes on sale this week.
But unlike seven years ago, video game systems are also now competing against tablets, smartphones and other gadgets for the attention of gamers. Source: Billboard
GIVES TALK @ HARVARD.
"The reason I turn up so much for interviews is because I've tasted what it means to create, and be able to impact and affect in a positive way, and I know there is more creativity to happen," West told the crowd.
"I believe that Utopia is actually possible, but we're lead by the least noblest, the least dignified, the least tasteful, the dumbest, and the most political. In no way am I a politician. I am usually, at my best, politically incorrect and very direct."
West and Virgil Abloh, creative director of his DONDA brand, gave a joint lecture as part of their DONDA Design Lecture Series.
The initiative has been responsible for the artwork on releases such as Yeezus, Pusha T's My Name Is My Name, 2 Chainz' B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, Lil Wayne's I Am Not a Human Being 2, and more.
His fiancé, Kim Kardahsian, who was also present at the event, posted a picture of the star surrounded by attentive students with the gushing caption: "My baby speaking at the Harvard Graduate School of Design."
West is said to have guaranteed his visit ended on a high by handing out free tickets to his Yeezus concert to everyone in the department.
tour recently resumed in Philadelphia following a string of postponed
and cancelled dates after stage equipment was damaged in a truck collision.
The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policymaking to others hoping that someone addresses the problem, said Jay Z. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on.
He said 100 percent of sales from the collection of clothes, accessories and jewelry will go toward his charitable foundation, which supports educational opportunities for disadvantaged students, and an additional 10 percent of all Barneys sales during Wednesdays launch day will also be donated.
Barneys New York said in a statement that it guaranteed raising a minimum of $1 million Wednesday to be donated to the foundation.
Barneys New York has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination, the statement said. As we have stated all along, if we learn any procedures or practices are not consistent with our zero-tolerance policy, we will immediately take corrective action including terminating those employees responsible.
The state attorney general's office is looking into the profiling claims.
MUSIC REVENUE UP 21.9%.
Universal Music Group (UMG) revenues for the first nine month of 2013 were EUR3,398 million, up 21.9% at constant currency (+17.1% at actual currency) compared to the first nine months of 2012. At constant currency and constant perimeter (i.e., excluding revenues from EMI Recorded Music, acquired at the end of September 2012), revenues increased 0.9% year-on-year for the first nine months of 2013 and 6.7% in the third quarter alone compared to the same quarter of the previous year. Digital sales represented 53.9% of recorded music sales for the first nine months of 2013, compared to 47.6% a year earlier.
Recorded music best sellers for the first nine months of 2013 included artists and bands such as Imagine Dragons, Rihanna, Robin Thicke, Drake, Taylor Swift and France's Stromae and Vanessa Paradis.
UMG's EBITA of EUR255 million was up 12.5% at constant currency (+7.1% at actual currency) compared to the first nine months of 2012. Excluding restructuring and integration costs, EBITA was up 19.9%. In the third quarter alone at constant currency, EBITA increased by 46.8% due to higher sales and strict cost management.
The synergies related to the EMI Recorded Music acquisition are on track and should reach the target of more than GBP100 million by the end of 2014.
GAME DONATES $10,000 TO HELP VICTIMS OF PHILIPPINES TYPHOON.
After seeing the devastation caused by the storm, The Game felt compelled to act and has donated the cash sum to help aid efforts through his Robin Hood Project charity. The hip-hop star made a plea for further donations to Unicef and the Red Cross in an emotional post on his Instagram page, writing, "This hurts my heart knowing that many of those amongst the dead are little children. My heart goes out to the families & friends of those who perished for only God knows I could not deal with the loss of any of mine. If there's anyone out there who would like to donate anything.... I am sure they would appreciate any sum of money donated."
BROWN OUT OF REHAB.
Perna says Brown is working on the community service requirement of the plea deal he agreed to after pleading guilty to attacking then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. Brown faces four years in prison if a judge decides to revoke his probation a second time. A judge briefly revoked it in August after a hit-and-run, and ordered him to perform an additional 1,000 hours of community service.
SET TO RECEIVE AMA ICON AWARD.
Klein stated, "The first-ever Icon Award was created to honor an artist whose body of work has made a profound influence over pop music on a global level. Rihanna's iconic and innovative sound has enabled her to become one of the most influential and best-selling artists of all time."
has taken the music, entertainment and fashion industry by storm. As an
accomplished performer, she has sold 50 million albums and 180 million
digital tracks worldwide making her the top-selling digital artist of
all time. She's put out 7 albums in 7 years, achieved 12 number-one singles
and won 6 Grammy Awards. With over 4 billion views and 16 Vevo certified
videos she is the most viewed artist on Vevo/YouTube and the biggest artist
on Facebook with over 80 million friends. In addition, she's successfully
launched four fragrances, two capsule collections with Armani, as well
as four River Island collections and is currently the spokesperson for
All join previously announced performers Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, One Direction, Justin Timberlake and this year's host, Pitbull.
TLC is the best-selling girl group of all time having sold 65 million records worldwide. They are the only female hip hop group to earn a diamond certified album for their seminal Crazy Sexy Cool LP. They captured the world's attention with their sassy attitude, sophisticated R&B feel and socially conscious lyrical style. From their inception, this multi award winning group unleashed a cool blend of hook-laden pop, hip-hop and R&B music topped off by flamboyant wardrobes and vibrant, attention-grabbing energy. The trio is largely considered to be one of the most musically innovative and important female groups in music history.
The "2013 American Music Awards" is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Michael Mahan are Executive Producers and Larry Klein is Producer.
The "American Music Awards" are voted on by the fans. For the seventh year in a row, winners will be determined by online voting. Fans can vote at the Coca-Cola AMA voting site AMAvote.com. In addition, for the first time in AMAs History, fans will also be able to vote for their favorite artists via Twitter.
TAKES #1 ON THE CHARTS.
Billboard notes that MMLP2 also logs the sixth-biggest sales week of the past five years. Since November of 2008, the only larger weeks were earned by Taylor Swift's Red (1.2 million), Lady Gaga's Born This Way (1.1 million), Swift's Speak Now (1 million), Timberlake, and Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV (964,000). Moreover, MMLP2 sold more than the combined sales of the Nos. 2-32 albums on the Billboard 200 chart this week, accounting for 14 percent of all album sales.
Z SUED BY TUFAMERICA OVER INFRINGEMENT.
New York-based record label TufAmerica claims Jay Z sampled Hook & Sling Part 1" in his 2009 Grammy-winning hit Run This Town, featuring Rihanna and Kanye West. Jay Z released Run This Town as the second single from his eleventh studio album, The Blueprint 3. The song reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100.
TufAmerica is seeking damages as well as proceeds from Jay Z's song, which featured Rihanna and Kanye West. TufAmerica was also behind the copyright case filed against the Beastie Boys a day before Adam Yauch's death and which ended up with a minimal victory for TufAmerica. The company has also sued EMI over supposed infringement within a John Legend song, Christina Aguilera over her song "Ain't No Other Man" and Kanye West for two alleged offenses on his album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy."
& BODY COUNT ON DECK FOR NEW ALBUM?
He also topped the UK album chart on Sunday with his latest studio record, The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
lot of thought goes into who could possibly be appropriate." Bruce
Gilmer from MTV said. "This man, has sold over 80 million records.
"I think everyone agrees, Eminem is one of the most creative and
unique artists of our time." Source: BBC
only does Rihanna log her milestone 25th Hot 100 top 10, but she also
earns the honor of being the fastest among women, besting Madonna by four
months. "The Monster" ranks in the top tier just eight years
and four months after her first such hit, "Pon De Replay," in
2005. That just tops the eight-year, seven-month span for Madonna from
her first week in the top 10 with "Borderline" (June 16, 1984)
and her 25th, the No. 7-peaking "Deeper and Deeper," which reached
the region the week of Jan. 16, 1993.
A Wednesday news release from his publicist says West has rescheduled dates in his hometown of Chicago, as well as Toronto and Detroit. He will have to cancel shows in Vancouver, Denver, Columbus, Ohio, Minneapolis and St. Louis due to logistics.
The rapper's tour
kicked off in Seattle last month but was derailed after a large LED screen
used in the production was damaged in a traffic accident on the way to
Vancouver. Twenty-three dates remain to be played, most with Kendrick
Lamar as opener.
The Godfathers (Kool G Rap & Necro) will release their collaborative project, Once Upon A Crime on 11-19-2013 and it will be released on RBC/Pyscho+Logical-Records.
Godfathers (Kool G Rap & Necro) Once Upon A Crime LP Tracklisting:
RECORDS NAMES NEW SVP OF URBAN A&R.
"Im extremely appreciative of Rob Stringer and Ashley Newton for this opportunity," remarked Holiday. "I hope to broaden Columbias presence in the Urban and Pop world to maintain their artistic legacy. I also look forward to working with the entire Columbia staff."
Holiday previously held the role of SVP/Head of Urban A&R at Interscope Records from 2005 to 2011 and played an instrumental role in the success of Keyshia Coles first album in addition to creating hit projects by 50 Cent, The Game and Diddy, among others. Holiday also went on to engineer Interscope Records' label partnership with Akons Konlive Records, which includes multi-platinum superstar Lady Gaga. In 2011, he was appointed SVP of A&R at RCA Records and Sony/ATV and worked closely with Clive Davis on such renowned artists as Jennifer Hudson and Santana. Holiday continues to work in his consultancy role with Sony/ATV.
AND SHAQ TEAM UP.
"Head Monster" Noel Lee said: "I am excited that we are collaborating with Shaq to market Monster's products. His bigger than life personality, coupled with his keen marketing experience and sense is a great fit for the Monster brand."
O'Neal noted: "Nobody does studio quality sound better than Monster. They absolutely revolutionized the headphone market. I'm excited to partner with them as they enter the tablet and rechargeable battery space. We have a few more products coming soon too."
The first of two Monster® products O'Neal will endorse for the company is the Monster® M7 premium tablet, affordably priced and available exclusively online at Walmart for $149.00.
and O'Neal will also market Monster's new Monster® POWERCARD,
one of the world's thinnest rechargeable smartphone backup batteries.
The sleek, ultra-thin, credit card-sized Monster® POWERCARD
features advanced Monster® supercharging technology, and is capable
of charging smartphones with a five hour boost in a third of the time
compared to competitive USB 2.0 charging solutions. The Monster® POWERCARD
is available at Verizon stores in Silver, Red and Black for $49.95 SRP.
ANNOUNCED TO HOST 2013 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS.
"I am truly honored to be hosting the 2013 American Music Awards," says Pitbull (Armando Christian Perez). "The night is only about one thing fun! So buckle and get ready. Dále!"
"Pitbull is a multi-talented global superstar and the right man to take the reins of the night, which is going to be one great party," said American Music Awards long-time producer Larry Klein. "That's why he is called Mr. Worldwide. He's the perfect choice to celebrate the universal language of music."
year marks the 15th year anniversary of the creation of the Favorite Artist
Latin category, and the 25th anniversary of Gloria Estefan's appearance
on the AMAs, the first Latin star to do so. What better way to celebrate
the occasion than having Mr. Worldwide, Pitbull, host the show.
Armando Christian Perez aka Pitbull also known as Mr. Worldwide and Mr.
305 is a globally successful musician, performer, business entrepreneur,
fashion icon and actor whose career sales exceed 5 million albums and
40 million singles worldwide. Pitbull has #1 hits in more than 15 countries
and his videos have been viewed more than 3 billion times; his music video
for the single "Give Me Everything" has alone received over
300 million views on YouTube. His world tour sold out concerts in United
States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, China and Japan. Pitbull's latest
album release Global Warming features massive hit singles "Feel This
Moment" featuring Christina Aguilera, and "Don't Stop The Party"
which followed his 2 million plus selling single "Back In Time."
On November 25, 2013, Pitbull will release a deluxe edition titled Global
Warming: Meltdown which includes hit single "Timber" featuring
Ke$ha along with 4 other brand new collaborations with Kelly Rowland,
Mayer Hawthorne, Mohombi and Inna. Global Warming is the highly anticipated
follow-up to Planet Pit, which earned critical acclaim and enjoyed massive
commercial success with sales of more than 1.7 million albums and 19 million
"The perception of the record, what it's saying, I thought it would be a good idea to have her on it because I think people look at us like we're both a little nuts. That's one of the things that I was telling her in making the record: I think that people look at us a little crazy," Eminem told MTV News on Monday. "As soon as I got the beat I just heard her on it. I wanted to make sure that I had it finished first to be able to present to her, but once I had the rhymes done, I sent it to her."
The rapper's manager and Shady Records head Paul Rosenberg did confirm to MTV that a music video for "Monster" is forthcoming. Meanwhile, Slim Shady will grace the cover of Rolling Stone for its November 22 issue. In the interview, the magazine addresses the fact that some people have taken umbrage to the rapper using gay slurs in his new single, "Rap God." However, he reiterated that in his mind, those words are not gay slurs.
When asked why he uses the words "faggot" and "gay-looking" as an insult, Em explains: "I don't know how to say this without saying it how I've said it a million times. But that word, those kind of words, when I came up battle-rappin' or whatever, I never really equated those words [to mean homosexual]. It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or asshole. So that word was just thrown around so freely back then. It goes back to that battle, back and forth in my head, of wanting to feel free to say what I want to say, and then [worrying about] what may or may not affect people. And, not saying it's wrong or it's right, but at this point in my career I say so much shit that's tongue-in-cheek. I poke fun at other people, myself. But the real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all. I'm glad we live in a time where it's really starting to feel like people can live their lives and express themselves. And I don't know how else to say this, I still look at myself the same way that I did when I was battling and broke."
ARRESTED YET AGAIN.
Rosylin Weston says officers familiar with Simmons' previous arrests for driving with a suspended license arrested him after seeing him behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Jail records show Simmons was booked on charges of driving under suspension, having an uninsured vehicle and not having a licensed vehicle. Court records list no attorney for him, and Simmons' spokesman didn't immediately return a message.
This is Simmons' fourth arrest in South Carolina this year. His other charges this year include several charges of driving under the influence and simple possession of marijuana.
to the rappers rep Domenick Nati, X has already been released from
jail and this latest incident will not prevent DMX from fulfilling his
upcoming professional obligations.
The new Digital Songs chart -- along with the sales of Eminem will be revealed Wednesday, Nov. 6.
"The Monster" is the fourth track released from Eminem's upcoming "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" album, which is due out next Tuesday, Nov. 5. "The Monster" follows the set's earlier releases: "Berzerk," "Survival" and "Rap God," all of which bowed in the top 10 on the Digital Songs chart in their respective release weeks. Of the three earlier songs, "Berzerk" posted the largest debut week, as it bowed with 362,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It has sold 1.3 million to date.
"The Monster" also reunites Eminem with Rihanna, who assisted him with his No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 smash, "Love the Way You Lie." That 2010 track, which was the second single from his "Recovery" album, spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100. It is his largest-selling download ever in the U.S., with 6 million sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
As for the airplay/sales/streaming hybrid Hot 100 chart, "Monster" appears headed for a top 10 debut, thanks to its sales numbers and early airplay; it's currently approaching the Radio Songs chart's top 40 with 10 million in first-week audience, according to Nielsen BDS. Source: Billboard
NAMED ARTIST OF THE YEAR @ YOUTUBE MUSIC AWARDS.
Eminem was named artist of the year before performing a word-perfect version of his new lung-busting tour de force Rap God, filmed in black and white. WATCH HERE Swifts I Knew You Were Trouble won YouTube phenomenon and Macklemore and Lewis won YouTube breakthrough.
Earl Sweatshirt and fellow rapper Tyler, the Creator, performed their song Sasquatch in the midst of a mosh pit, using hand-held cameras to relay the frenetic experience.
Z ON DECK WITH GOLD JAY Z.
Designed by Jay Z, the fragrance is in a pure white matte flask with the GOLD Jay Z logo raised and etched in gold. As expressed in the gilded cap, "Power," "Pride," "Confidence," "Strength," "Success," and "Courage," captures the essence of GOLD Jay Z.
"I was impressed with Jay Z's style and confidence and was drawn to the ease with which he carries himself and all of his success," says Ilias Ermenidis. "He has a natural cool that people want a piece of. In developing GOLD Jay Z, I wanted to capture both the vibrant ambitious part of Jay Z's charismatic persona and his effortless style that he naturally embodies through a fusion of notes chosen by Jay Z."
"Jay Z is one of the world's leading artists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and visionaries of our time," says Donald J. Loftus, President of Parlux LTD., Inc. "He continues to re-write rules and sets new standards, turning everything he touches into gold. His first fragrance, GOLD Jay Z, captures his original style and distinct brand of success."
GOLD JAY Z COLLECTION Eau de Toilette Spray 3.0 oz / 90 ml $70 Eau de Toilette Spray 1.7 oz / 50 ml $55 Eau de Toilette Spray 1.0 oz / 30 ml $39 GOLD Jay Z will be available in international markets in 2014.
JAY Z GOLD JUICE, WHITE FOUGERE Perfumers: Jay Z & Ilias Ermenidis Perfumer, Firmenich TOP: The brightness of Sicilian Bergamot and ginger warmed with Cardamom MID: Masculine vetiver and teak wood mingle with the spice of pink pepper BASE: Rich amber and sensual myrrh are smoothed with bourbon vanilla
Since 1996, 17-time Grammy award winner, Shawn "Jay Z" Carter has dominated an evolution in popular culture. Between multiple businesses and accolades spanning the recording industry to global investment leaders such as Warren Buffet, JAY Z personifies the "American Dream." He is Founder and Chairman of Rocawear and is majority owner of the 40/40 sports clubs.
Jay Z served as President and CEO of Def Jam Recordings, where he fostered the careers of international stars Rihanna, Kanye West and many others before entering into a partnership with Live Nation, forming the entertainment company, Roc Nation. In 2009, his release Blueprint 3 became his 11th # 1 album debut securing the record for most #1 albums by any solo artist. 2012 saw Jay Z launching his annual MADE IN AMERICA festival, a 2-day event held in Philadelphia and headline the opening of the Brooklyn NETS new Barclay's Arena with 8 sold out shows. In April 2013 he announced Roc Nation Sports, home to three-time NBA scoring champion, Oklahoma City Thunder's, Kevin Durant, All-Star New York Yankee second baseman, Robinson Cano and first round draft pick, Notre Dame all-time high scorer, Skylar Diggins, of the Tulsa Shock. 2013 also saw the release of JAY Z's 13th # 1 album debut with "Magna Carta... Holy Grail," a sold-out stadium tour with Justin Timberlake and the announcement of the "MAGNA CARTER WORLD TOUR." Shawn "Jay Z" Carter continues his philanthropic work through Shawn Carter Foundation.
ABOUT PARLUX LTD Parlux Ltd., a leading global beauty company designs, manufactures, markets and distributes prestige fragrances and related products, and has been in business since 1987. It is ranked among top cosmetic and fragrances companies in the world and holds the licenses for notable fragrance brands including Rihanna, Vince Camuto, Kenneth Cole, Jessica Simpson, Tommy Bahama among others.
LAMAR AND MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS TO PERFORM @ "2013 AMERICAN
Dawg Entertainment recording artist Kendrick Lamar burst into the mainstream
on October 22, 2012 with the release of his major label debut, good kid,
m.A.A.d city. After having established himself as a force in the music
industry with his Top Dawg Entertainment camp for nearly a decade, Lamar
and company continue to leave their mark on hip-hop culture. The platinum
selling good kid, m.A.A.d city, has spawned three number one singles with
"Swimming Pools (Drank)," "Poetic Justice," and "Bitch,
Don't Kill My Vibe," with "Swimming Pools (Drank)" achieving
platinum status and having sold 4.5 million singles overall. Currently,
Lamar is on tour with Kanye West on his nationwide Yeezus Tour.
The "2013 American Music Awards" is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro is Executive Producer and Larry Klein is Producer.
ON DECK WITH "THE SEPERATION" TOUR.
The Live Nation tour comes at an exciting time for Problem, riding high off the success of his recent smash single "Like Whaaat". The hit rose to the Urban Radio Top 20.
"Fans are still discovering The Separation. The tour and upcoming music videos will help spread the word, explains Problem. "Stay tuned for a music video to my new single 'Understand Me'."
The Compton native emerges as the breakout talent from the Diamond Lane Music Group, a promising lifestyle label on the urban music scene. Launched in 2010, the record label is based in Los Angeles, and also boasts Problem's "Like Whaaat" collaborator Bad Lucc. Founder and CEO Bryant "Bird" Lawson aims to highlight the LA lifestyle in Diamond Lane projects, building a label still in touch with the streets but also respectable and upscale.
SEPARATION TOUR DATES:
VH1's "The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop" provides a visual history of the hip-hopification of America what Stoute calls "tanning" -- from "The Jeffersons" to the Fresh Prince; from "Do the Right Thing" to "8 Mile"; from the streets of Compton to Madison Ave; from block parties to the Hamptons; and from rappers to entrepreneurs to icons. The series unfolds in 4 one-hour episodes that together explore history's pivotal tanning moments from the 1970's to present day, and show how hip-hop is deeply woven into the American cultural fabric. It's the history of hip-hop remixed: an epic journey that begins in the Bronx and travels all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Through engaging and intimate first person stories, "Tanning" takes viewers where they've never been before: inside a steamy Madison Square Garden, when Russell Simmons cut a deal with Adidas sneakers during a Run DMC concert... inside the Harvard dorm room where two white Jewish kids decide to start The Source magazine... inside the car of fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger, as he drives through the streets of Harlem finding inspiration in baggy jeans... to the streets of Paris as Diddy takes over Europe for a Vogue fashion shoot... to a New York music studio where Mariah Carey collaborates with O.D.B, forever fusing pop and hip hop; and with Dr Dre as he first hears a rapper who calls himself Eminem.
Over the last three decades, hip-hop culture has been transformed from an underground urban movement to mass culture, permeating virtually every aspect of American life: the music we listen to, the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the cars we drive. Hip-hop has done more to erase perceptions about racial distinctions for the generations that grew up exposed to it than any other force since the Civil Rights Movement. There's now a whole generation of Americans who grew up immersed in this culture that are, for all intents and purposes, colorblind. This is the true story of that evolution.
VH1's "The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop" features never-seen-before footage and interviews from numerous pop culture icons and entertainment personalities in America: Diddy, Dr Dre, Mariah Carey, Will.i.am, Russell Simmons, Pharrell, Nas, Reverend Run, Rick Rubin, Fab 5 Freddy, Jimmy Iovine, Al Sharpton, Cory Booker, Brett Ratner, Brian Grazer, Tommy Hilfiger, Ron Howard, Steve Stoute and many more.
Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop" is produced by Rakontur,
with Billy Corben directing and Alfred Spellman producing. Steve Stoute
is an executive producer on the project. Executive producing for VH1 are
Susan Levison, Ben Zurier, Shelly Tatro, Brad Abramson and Stephen Mintz.
TO STAR IN KING OF NEW YORK REMAKE.
The original 1990 film starring Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne and Wesley Snipes, was an urban variation of the Robin Hood story, in which a drug dealer, played by Walken, recently released from prison, conceives of a plan to wipe out all of his former competition, and to distribute the profits among the poor and needy.
Combs, who may play the lead, optioned the remake rights to the film two years ago, and Gazer was quoted as saying that the planned remake wont be exactly the same, but will have the same hard-core gangster feel.
DROPS BARS ON EMINEM'S RAP GOD.
"We are truly excited about Dee-1 joining the RCA Inspiration family," says General Manager, Geo Bivins. "In the current marketplace, where people are listening much closer to artists and seeking music that is authentic with a 'real' message, we believe Dee-1's music will resonate with today's diverse Hip Hop and Inspirational music consumers and beyond."
"Signing with RCA is a life-changing partnership that I'm excited to be a part of. I know we're about to make history together so I'm motivated to work harder than ever. Coming from New Orleans, I realize that my success is bigger than me. It's a symbol of hope for others who want to chase their dreams and make a difference in life. So I'm going to make sure that together we all win. #MissionVision," said Dee-1.
A graduate of Louisiana State University, after college Dee-1 could not settle into a life of normalcy and ultimately left his position as a middle school teacher to pursue a full time career in music. The decision proved to be a smart one and before long the educator turned rapper - and aspiring role model - caught the attention of Grammy award winning producer Mannie Fresh, who hosted Dee-1's "The Focus" mix tape released in 2012. That successful release was followed by the "Psalms of David" mix tape (2013) featuring the hit single"Work" with LaCrae.
Dee-1 is currently in the studio working on his new album, due in 2014 under the RCA Inspiration imprint.
RECORDS NAMES NEW VP OF A&R.
In this new position, he will continue to sign, cultivate, and develop budding talent on the label's diverse roster. He actually began his career as an intern at Republic Records in June 2007. Working his way through the label's ranks, he previously held the positions of assistant to President and COO Avery Lipman and Director of A&R.
About the promotion, Mr. Stevenson comments, "Ben's got an amazing ear for talent and songs. Moreover, his diligence and tenacity prove to be a driving force in the department. It's incredible to see him become an influential A&R presence in his own right."
Mr. Lipman adds, "I've had the pleasure of watching Ben literally grow up at this company. It's been an honor to watch him evolve, and I personally look forward to collaborating even more closely as the roster grows."
"Monte and Avery Lipman are the most forward-thinking leaders in the music business," says Mr. Adelson. "They've built an A&R system of identifying and breaking acts that's prepared for the industry's next generation. The way they operate is inspiring. Working alongside Rob, I've learned how to make a record properly. I've furthered my education by learning from the best people, and I'm extremely excited for my next chapter at Republic."
After formally kicking off his career with his 2007 internship at the label, Mr. Adelson assisted Avery Lipman until August 2009. He worked in A&R at Epic Records from February 2010 until August 2011, when he made his return to Republic Records. He graduated from USC in 2009.
Republic Records would like to congratulate Ben Adelson on this promotion and wish him continued success.
Republic Records is
a division of Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company,
Republic is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning
legends and superstar artists such as Amy Winehouse, Ariana Grande, Black
Sabbath, Colbie Caillat, Enrique Iglesias, Florence + the Machine, Godsmack,
Gotye, Kelly Rowland, Of Monsters & Men, Owl City, among many others.
QUIK TO SELL ALL OF HIS MUSIC EQUIPMENT.
"t's official. I'm selling all my equipment. Furthermore, I will not remix or engineer for anyone from this day forward. Thanks true Fans.
There is only one
truth. This about me selling my drum machine and keyboards , not about
my character. Thank u."
COHEN GETS BACKING FROM GOOGLE FOR NEW MUSIC COMPANY.
Cohen, who made a surprise exit from Warner Music just over a year ago, has been working through his non-compete clause to build an innovative artist development and label business designed from the ground up for the 21st Century. The new business will have access to the marketing and distribution infrastructure of a major, but will have the cost structure of a more nimble and flexible indie.
Cohen is partnering with two former Warner Music executives in the new business: Todd Moscowitz, former president of Warner Bros and Kevin Liles, the former Warner Music exec VP.
Google for its part has been seeking to have more direct influence on the entertainment business beyond already being one of the industrys most important distribution platforms and tastemakers via YouTube and to a lesser extent Google Play on Android devices.
YouTube is also close to announcing plans to launch a Spotify rival music subscription service that will be linked to its existing video service. YouTube has also been funding multi-channel networks and talent that appears on its video service.
News of the Google funding was first revealed by the New York Post. Google was not immediately available for comment.
Cohen, Moscowitz and Liles are weeks away from fully revealing the nature of their new business which has just about completed a search for office space in New York.
most recently known for overseeing the music careers of major artists
like Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and .fun among many others dating back to
the early days of his career with Def Jam. The music veteran established
Def Jam Records and has close ties to rap and hip hop artists including
Jay-Z and Russell Simmons. Cohen currently manages rapper Rick Ross.
AND FUTURE ENGAGED.
Future and Ciara have been dating for a year. No wedding date has been set. Future has collaborated with Rihanna and his future wife. He's currently on tour with Drake.
BEATS DOWN JAIL SENTENCE / ENTERS PLEA BARGAIN.
The 37-year-old rapper is said to have broken chandeliers, furniture, a TV and a lamp. A court ordered 50 Cent, who originally pleaded not guilty, to stay away from Joy and forced him to turn in all his small arms.
According to TMZ, the rapper will not be spending time behind bars after agreeing to plead no contest to misdemeanour vandalism in a bid to have the domestic violence charge dropped.
As part of the court conditions he was put on three yearS probation and given 30 days community service. He also agreed to attend counseling sessions and pay $7,100 in restitution to Joy.
50 Cent (Curtis Jackson), dated Joy for three years. The model gave birth to his second child in 2012.
BLACK GETS NINE YEARS FOR CREDIT CARD FRAUD.
He pleaded guilty to all counts in July (13) and in a Seattle court in Washington on Friday (Oct. 25, 13) he was handed nine-years behind bars. Handing him the sentence, District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez told the rapper that "impact of the crime is tremendous". Williamson's jail time will be followed by five years of supervised release.
The Compton, California native purchased more than 27,000 stolen credit card numbers from computer hackers who had targeted restaurants and supply stores in the Seattle, Washington area. The illegal operations are alleged to have netted him $150,000.
Z ADDRESSES THE BARNEYS ISSUE.
The rap mogul made his first statement about the controversy. He has come under fire for remaining silent as news surfaced that two young black people said they were profiled by Barneys after they purchased expensive items from their Manhattan store.
An online petition and Twitter messages from fans have been circulating, calling on the star to bow out of his upcoming partnership with Barneys for the holiday season, which will have the store selling items by top designers, inspired by Jay-Z, with some of the proceeds going to his charity. He is also working with the store to create its artistic holiday window display.
But Jay-Z defended himself, saying that he hasn't spoken about it because he's still trying to figure out exactly what happened.
His statement is as follows:
"This collaboration lives in a place of giving and is about the Foundation. I am not making a dime from this collection; I do not stand to make millions, as falsely reported. I need to make that fact crystal clear. The Shawn Carter Foundation is the beneficiary and the foundation is receiving 25% of all sales from the collaboration, 10% of all sales generated in the store on November 20th and an additional donation from Barneys. This money is going to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships to help further their education at institutions of higher learning. My idea was born out of creativity and charity not profit.
I move and speak based on facts and not emotion. I havent made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys. Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately? The negligent, erroneous reports and attacks on my character, intentions, and the spirit of this collaboration have forced me into a statement I didnt want to make without the full facts. Making a decision prematurely to pull out of this project, wouldnt hurt Barneys or Shawn Carter, but all the people that stand a chance at higher education. I have been working with my team ever since the situation was brought to my attention to get to the bottom of these incidents and at the same time find a solution that doesnt harm all those that stand to benefit from this collaboration.
I am against discrimination of any kind, but if I make snap judgements, no matter who its towards, arent I committing the same sin as someone who profiles? I am no stranger to being profiled and I truly empathize with anyone that has been put in that position. Hopefully this brings forth a dialogue to effect real change. Shawn JAY Z Carter
HENCHMAN GETS LIFE IN PRISON.
James "Jimmy the Henchman" Rosemond was facing a mandatory life term following his guilty verdict on narcotics conspiracy and other charges at a trial last year in federal court in Brooklyn.
Prosecutor Todd Kaminsky told U.S. District Judge John Gleeson that Rosemond, 48, brazenly demonstrated his disregard for the law by continuing his trafficking operation even after he learned he was under investigation. The defendant used the proceeds to buy multiple homes, luxury cars and a six-figure sound system for his Brooklyn loft.
"About every stereotype you can think of about a drug kingpin was reflected in how he lived," Kaminsky said.
Gleeson said he would have put Rosemond behind bars for life even if it wasn't required by law.
"You're the kingpin," Federal Judge John Gleeson said. "Not all kingpins necessarily deserve a life sentence but you certainly do."
"You chose that life and this is the punishment you get," the judge said.
Both Rosemond and his lawyer declined to address the court before the sentence was announced.
Prosecutors had accused Rosemond, founder of Czar Entertainment, of using a variety of methods to smuggle cocaine from Los Angeles to New York. Some of it was shipped in overnight packages slathered in mustard to throw off drug-sniffing dogs.
Rosemond later devised a system that allayed his worries about using the overnight services by hiding the drugs in the music equipment cases and sending them to New York music studios, prosecutors said. The cases were then shipped back to Los Angeles packed with cash.
In 2011, agents seized a road case containing $790,000 packaged in vacuum-sealed plastic in $100,000 bundles, prosecutors said. The seizure prompted Rosemond to switch tactics, stashing drugs in hidden compartments in cars that were transported from coast to coast.
Lawyers for Rosemond claimed he was framed by members of his crew who pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against him. They included a Los Angeles dealer who admitted supplying more than 200 pounds to the ring over a two-year period.
Before the sentencing, the judge denied a motion to give Rosemond a new trial. His attorney had argued that the jury was tainted by unsubstantiated reports linking the defendant to an unsolved shooting that wounded legendary rapper Tupac Shakur.
Shakur survived the 1994 shooting, but was killed two years later in Las Vegas. The slaying remains unsolved.
Rosemond was behind such hits as Salt-N-Pepa's "Shoop" and represented The Game and Sean Kingston, according his company's website. Another former client was Michael K. Williams, who played the ruthless outlaw Omar on "The Wire" TV series and now stars in "Boardwalk Empire."
still faces separate charges in Manhattan accusing him of arranging a
murder as payback for an assault on his son.
The real Ricky Ross, (who's been in and out of court with Ross over the use of his stage name), says he believes that the Miami name theive is funded by the police union. According to the former drug trafficker, police are financing Ross career to keep prisons filled with young men.
"I believe that hes being financed by the police union and keeps spreading bullshit to the youngsters, so they can keep filling up the penitentiaries cause he ain't selling no music, said Ricky Ross. They keep playing him on the radio and keep putting out all these big, expensive videos, but he ain't selling no music. So, somebody is shootin' off money. And I believe that the police union behind it."
The real Ricky Ross also touched on the his thoughts on Jay Z's recent interview in Vanity Fair, where Jay Z talks slangin drugs in the past. Ross' says it's very "corny"..
"I'm just out here pounding the concrete, man, said Ricky Ross. I just left Orlando. I was in Detroit just hitting these high schools up really letting them know about these dudes who out here faking. Talking about they sold dope and read that shit and its so corny. I was just reading on the airplane the other day, the Vanity Fair with Jay Z in it, talking about that he sold crack. I was just reading it and it was so corny. These dudes just don't keep it one hundred. They was good boys and they went to school and they got college degrees and somebody gave them a good job, you know? And they doing alright right now. Everybody wanna be d-boys, but they don't carry it like d-boys. They dont have d-boy stories.
The real Ricky Ross also addressed artists like Ross and Jay Z being accepted and received by many including President Barack Obama.
"That's crazy that you said that, but they accepted by everybody, he said. These people let them go and talk to their kids and pay em to come and talk to their kids. The president of the United States will invite them to the White House. But then with me, I did 20 years in prison and Im talking about not sell drugs and you gotta try to make it a better way When I sold dope I believed that it was cool at that time to sell dope, you know? And thats why I was selling dope. Now, I don't feel like that anymore. I dont feel that its cool to sell dope anymore and that's why I do what I do right now.
The real Ricky Ross also commented on challenging the miami rapper to a charity boxing match.
And you know what, I would take him too if we do it for charity, said Ricky Ross. If he wanted to go down, we go in and we donate all the money to some kids. Id be willing to do that Yeah, even though he bout 400 pounds bigger than me. That dont mean nothing. Cause he look like he bout to have a heart attack anyway.
ON DECK FOR SUBSCRIPTION MUSIC SERVICE.
The service, designed with mobile listening in mind, will have a free component and a premium tier that offers unlimited access to a full catalog of tracks similar to what's already available via YouTube's parent company, Google Inc., via its All Access subscription music service. Premium features would include the ability to cache music for offline listening and removing ads.
The free tier is likely to be unlimited, on-demand access to full tracks on all platforms, including mobile, said several people who have been briefed on the proposed service. In that sense, the paid tier is more of a "soft sell" as YouTube's primary goal is to continue to amass ears and eyes to its mobile platform to sell ads.
But having a paid tier, with all the required licenses for a premium on-demand product, gives YouTube more flexibility in packaging and selling music with fewer restrictions on what it can do with the music, multiple sources pointed out. In addition, there are strategic reasons for developing a premium music video service that could be paired up with other Google products in the future, including Google Glass. YouTube declined to comment on its plans.
always working on new and better ways for people to enjoy YouTube content
across all screens, and on giving partners more opportunities to reach
their fans," YouTube said in a statement. "However, we have
nothing to announce at this time." Source: Billboard
The premiere scored a 2.9 in the key P18-49 demo and brought in 4.5 million total viewers. The film also averaged a 5.5 rating in the Women 18-34 demo. "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" is the #1 cable original movie of the year among Adults and Women 18-49. The biopic is also VH1's highest rated original movie ever.
The film dominated Twitter last night. According to SocialGuide "CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" was the most tweeted show on all of TV last night with over 1.92 million tweets generated: four times greater than that of the next closest program, "Monday Night Football." In fact, 55 percent of all tweets about TV were about #CrazySexyCool.
TLC's new soundtrack for the film, "20" from Epic Records, jumped from #43 to #5 on the iTunes overall chart, and jumped to #1 on the iTunes R&B chart.
The biopic will get its first TV encore Sunday, October 27th at 8 PM* and will be immediately followed by encores of "Behind the Music: TLC Remastered" at 10:30 PM*and "Rock Docs: Last Days of Left Eye" at 11:30 PM*
VH1's TLC project is part of the network's successful push into scripted programming, which includes "Hit the Floor," the highest rated new scripted cable series for Adults 18-49 this summer, and the hit show "Single Ladies" returning January 2014.
"CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story" is executive produced by Bill Diggins and Maggie Malina. Rick Krim and Jill Holmes serve as executive producers for VH1. Alexander A. Motlagh also serves as executive producer for Pop Films. The two surviving members of the group, Chilli and T-Boz, are consultants and executive producers for the film.
LAUNCHES REVOLT TV FROM STEPS OF B.I.G.'S CHILDHOOD HOME.
"There was never a question about what video would be on the air when REVOLT went live," said Combs. "Biggie and I had this dream. We set off on a journey together. He was my partner. He was fearless. He inspires me. And today, Biggie will help to launch REVOLT. Today, that dream becomes a reality."
"We have spent the past two years building towards this exciting launch, and today marks the beginning of an amazing journey for us and for the music industry," said REVOLT TV president Andy Schuon.
The programming set to launch in the network's first week includes:
The Gate of REVOLT : The Gate of Revolt is visual poetry in the form of hip hop videos.
In Harms Way : Each day Andy Harms, your host, pulls together the national playlist of emerging music primarily from the rock and alternative genres...giving you everything In Harms Way.
REVOLT Authorized (Live): committed to curating the hottest music videos. Music video blocks on TV have never been created live, in real time until now.
REVOLT TV also confirmed today two live programs that will appear in early January, "REVOLT Live" and "Power to the People." "We are embarking on an historical and important day, as we launch a live 24/7 music organization featuring the voices of the artist and the news of the music industry," said CEO Keith Clinkscales.
MUSIC AWARDS ANNOUNCE NOMINATIONS.
Fans can vote for the winners in the six categories: including Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Response of the Year, YouTube Phenomenon, YouTube Breakthrough and Innovation of the Year.
The nominees were selected based on views over the past 12 months. Actor Jason Schwartzman will host the awards show, which will include guest performances by Eminem, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Avicii and M.I.A., among others.
Video of the Year: Nominees represent the videos with the most fan engagement on YouTube over the last year.
Rap Battles Of History -- "Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney"
of the Year: Focused on acts YouTube fans have made stars, nominees
represent the most watched, shared, liked, and subscribed to artists.
Response of the Year: Best fan remix, parody or response video, these nominees represent the top unofficial fan videos on YouTube based on views, shares and other social activity.
Avenue (feat. Fifth Harmony) -- "Mirrors
YouTube Breakthrough: Focusing on breakout new acts, nominees represent the artists who experienced the biggest growth in views and subscribers.
Innovation of the Year: Most creative and innovative music videos on YouTube.
-- "ENDLESS FANTASY"
AIKO JOINING DRAKE FOR CURRENT NORTH AMERICAN TOUR.
Additionally, Jhene Aiko will release her debut EP SAIL OUT, November 12th on Artium/Def Jam Recordings. Artium/Def Jam is the exclusive label partnership between Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJ) and legendary producer/executive producer No I.D.
OUT's official tracklisting is as follows:
top of her epic music credits, Jhene has participated in the Beats By
Dre "Pill Box" and "Show Your Color" campaigns, and
was nominated in Billboard's 2013"Next Big Diva" competition.
Her social media stats confirm Jhene's popularity: 3.19 million YouTube
views; 276,000 Twitter followers; 277,000 Instagram followers; 46,000
Facebook likes; and 673,000 Soundcloud plays on single "Bed Peace."
BLACK MILK ADDS EUROPEAN DATES TO TOUR.
With his recently released No Poison No Paradise album being welcomed with critical acclaim, Black Milk has announced that he will extend his current tour to Europe. The legendary producer/emcee, along with with his four-piece band called Nat Turner, have almost completed their 28-date national tour, having made notable stops in Los Angeles, New York, and Detroit, Black Milk's hometown. The 13-city European leg of the tour will kick off in Rotterdam, Netherlands on November 15 with Black making his final stop in Berlin, Germany on November 30. Black Milk's No Poison No Paradise Tour began in Dallas and was welcomed with rave reviews.
The North American leg of Black Milk's No Poison No Paradise Tour with Quelle Chris and DJ Sober is currently underway. Check below for remaining US tour dates and the upcoming Europe dates.
European Tour Dates:
KICKED OUT OF MOSQUE OVER PHOTO SHOOT.
Rihanna hasn't publicly responded to the actions by staff at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Her show took place on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
Photos posted on various websites show the singer posing on white marble, dressed fully in black, with her hair covered according to the mosque's guidelines.
The mosque statement, published Monday in local newspapers, said Rihanna was in an area normally off limits for visitors. It says the fashion-style photo session violated rules on the "status and sanctity of the mosque."
The mosque is a major tourist site in the United Arab Emirates' capital.
GREEN CLEARED OF SEX ASSAULT.
Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, was accused last year by a woman he dined with at a downtown Los Angeles sushi restaurant of placing Ecstasy, also known as MDMA or Molly, in her drink.
The woman later told Los Angeles Police detectives she woke up naked in bed in a room with Green. The department opened an investigation into the woman's allegations and consulted with prosecutors, who asked detectives to continue to seek evidence in the case.
The 39-year-old singer, a judge on the NBC show The Voice, allegedly admitted to law enforcement that he took Ecstasy, but denied drugging the woman's drink or committing sexual assault. Law enforcement sources said police did not believe there was evidence of wrongful intent.
faces a single count of ecstasy possession. He is scheduled to make a
court appearance Monday afternoon in Department 30 at the downtown Los
Angeles criminal courts building. Source: NBC News
Isgro, whose powerful independent promotion team controlled the radio airwaves for much of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, is integrally responsible for launching and promoting the careers of some of the biggest names in music history including Michael Jackson, Elton John, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, The Who and countless others. Isgro, infamously tied to organized crime, was indicted for alleged payola in the biggest scandal in music history.
Isgro Produced the Academy Award Nominated film Hoffa starring Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito and Armand Assante.
Writer-Director Martin Guigui, who wrote and directed THE BRONX BULL and BENEATH THE DARKNESS, has been tapped to write the HIT MAN screenplay. Over the years Isgro has walked away from major studio offers to tell his story, however, Guigui convinced Isgro that it was time to set the record straight.
Back in 2000, Mtv Reported Former record promoter and alleged Gambino crime family member Joseph Isgro pleaded guilty to conspiracy and extortion charges for running a loan-sharking operation in Beverly Hills, Calif. U.S. He was sentenced to 50 months in federal prison. District Judge Audrey B. Collins ordered the Then 52-year-old Isgro to pay $356,657 in restitution, representing interest he earned from the usurious loans.
According to Reuters, Isgro had been under investigation for 10 years on charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine and offering radio stations incentives to play records from his label, Private I. Isgro has denied all previous charges against him, and past prosecutions failed or were dismissed, according to the news service.
The label's roster at one time included soul legend James Brown and funk group the Gap Band.
According to the LA Times, At one point a movie about Lucky Luciano was in the works. How Isgro secured the rights still remains a mystery -- one he will not discuss except to say that he got them legitimately. Isgro says he was dogged by the same type of skepticism decades ago when he beat out Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and the studios to lock down the Jimmy Hoffa life-story rights.
Isgro and his associate at the time Dan Michaels, chief of Full Force Films, interviewed a number of writers and directors, including Charles Matthau, son of the late actor Walter Matthau for the Luciano film. Isgro already signed hit music producer Scott Storch to score the soundtrack and was also in talks with New Line Cinema to distribute the movie, according to New Line's Joseph Khouri.
"Listen, I was 15 years old when Luciano died," the 60-year-old Isgro said in a recent interview. "If someone wants to try to associate me with Luciano, then so be it. The government has wasted millions of dollars of taxpayer money chasing me. You know what those guys say about me, right?"
Here's what they say: In a 2000 affidavit, the FBI singled out Isgro as one of 192 identifiable members of the Gambino crime family -- a mob soldier who has been under federal investigation for many years.
Isgro scoffs at those charges.
a soldier all right," Isgro said. "A decorated veteran of the
Vietnam War, and a proud member of the Isgro family."
The couple has 4 minor children and she wants full custody. They also have famous adult son, rapper/actor Lil Romeo.
Sonya wants spousal support. Back in 2011, Sonya went to court to get child support. At the time we thought they were already divorced, but now it's evident that no one ever filed divorce documents. So she did it now, but we're told they've been separated for a long time. Source: TMZ
HOLIDAY ON DECK WITH NEW ALBUM.
Since his break out Platinum debut Back of My Lac which featured the smash single "Bed," #1 for 7 consecutive weeks and "Suffocate," #1 for 3 weeks on Billboard's Hot R&B and Hip Hop Chart, J.Holiday has developed a distinct and dedicated fan base who has followed him throughout his career. His Gold sophomore disc, Round 2 which featured the hit single "It's Yours" was proof that J. Holiday is a contender.
Guilty Conscience is the disc which radio has been waiting for. "J. Holiday is truly a talent to be reckoned with. He has a mass appeal for all music lovers. His songs capture just enough edginess that women and men of all age groups are intrigued to hear about," says Jasmine Sanders, co-host of the DL Hughley Show. "One of my new school favorites and I'm happy to see him back!"
"Radio isn't always privileged to the behind the scenes of the record business but I am just excited that they are welcoming me back with open arms," says J. Holiday. "I am humbled and grateful for their acceptance and support." "After We" produced by Lil Ronnie (R. Kelly, Britney Spears, Mary J Blige) has received initial spins from multi-format stations such as KIBT-FM; KKSS-FM; KOHT-FM; KOPW-FM; and KOPW-FM to name but a few. The video for this single is being lensed by Zach Wolfe and will make its digital and broadcast debut November 5, 2013. In the meantime J. Holiday will perform selections from Guilty Conscience along with his greatest hits on Wednesday October 16 at SOB's Sol Village concert.
DROPS "THA INFLUENCE" LISTEN
TO THE MIXTAPE HERE
The mixtape features fiery lyricism, conceptual brilliance and stunning, original production from hip-hop's choice producers Just Blaze, Mike Will Made It, Jahlil Beats, Bink, Nottz, among others.
Scoe, a songwriting protégé, was a published writer at age 14. He first appeared on big brother Kurupt's gold-selling album Kuruption! At age 15, he was featured on West Coast radio-hit "Girls All Pause" from Kurupt's gold-selling album Tha Streetz Iz A Mutha. In 2003, the California Dogg Pound Gangsta (DPG) artist debuted his solo album Young Roscoe Philaphornia that landed on the Billboard Top 200.
"I've learned so much from my big brothers and collaborating for so long that it feels good to put that knowledge to use on my own project," explains Scoe. "You grow and develop into who you're going to be for the rest of your life. That's who you get on Tha Influence."
CONNOR CYPHERS DEAL WITH DR. DRE.
For Connor, there was no platform more fitting for him to make his grand announcement. "I was thinking, 'How can I end this? How can I make this a moment? ' This was my first time doing the cypher and I wanted to make it a moment," Connor told MTV News. "I ran it by Dre and he was like, 'Yo, that's dope.'"
Connor first linked with the production icon this past summer after building a reputation as a highly skilled lyricist thanks to underground mixtape releases like 2012's The Blue Album and The People's Rapper, where he hijacked a number of Eminem instrumentals to rhyme over.
"The music was there, he liked the music and he liked what I was doing, he respected what I was doing. It was just at that point going in the studio, seeing if we had chemistry and vibing out as people," Connor said of he and Dre's feeling-out period. "You can be the greatest artist in the world, but if you a d--k ain't nobody gonna wanna work with you. It don't matter how good you are."
It took some time, but after months of collaboration and creative building, the ink is dry and Connor is officially on Aftermath. "That's what sealed the deal, us being in the studio, vibing out. It was the chemistry musically and the chemistry as two good people," he said.
Connor says he and Dre both thrive to push the music and hip-hop culture
forward. "The thing that drives me and Dre are one and the same.
I'm not a dude that's driven by the money. I'm driven by the craft, I'm
driven by the message, I'm driven by what I can do to help people and
how I can influence people and that's Dre," he said. "Dre is
all about the culture, the influence. He's not a dude that's like, 'Yo,
let me sign this artist because of what he can do for me financially.'
Because Dre ain't tripping financially, we all know that." Source:
Joey Bada$$ has been drumming up serious excitement and discussions about his place in New York rap lore, drawing regular comparisons to greats like Nas, Biggie, and Big L. With his Pro Era crew, comprised of buzzing CJ Fly, Kirk Knight, Dessy Hinds, NYCK Caution and producer Chuck Strangers, Joey is leading one of the most compelling cultural movements to come out of NYC today. Joey Bada$$ will headline the 2013 Smokers Club Tour alongside TDE's Ab-Soul, kicking off October 17 at Lupo's in Providence with support from Pro Era, The Underachievers, Chevy Woods, Black Dave and more.
Knights EP Tracklisting
CLUB TOUR DATES
His works typically sell for thousands of dollars. A number of people are seen buying the works and getting hugs from an elderly man working the stall. It's not clear who the man is. Banksy refuses to give his real name.
His work has been turning up on the city's streets and all over social media in recent weeks.
ROCK AND CL SMOOTH ANNOUNCE REUNION TOUR.
People will finally get to hear good music and see a good show, they get to come out, have a good time and enjoy the music they loved for years, says Pete Rock in a statement.
It means a lot because music is the foundation of the world. It gives you an opportunity to know what we contributed and how inspired we were as very young men to get the opportunity to make good music, adds CL Smooth.
UNVEILS TRACKLIST FOR NEW PROJECT.
& RYAN LEAD THE PACK IN AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS SHOWDOWN.
Swift, Rihanna and Pink are nominated for favorite female artist-pop/rock. Timberlake, Thicke and Miguel are up for favorite male artist-soul/R&B.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's "Thrift Shop" is up for a new award, single of the year. Robin Thicke's ubiquitous "Blurred Lines" and Florida Georgia Line and Nelly's "Cruise" is also up for the award.
The 2013 American Music Awards are produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro is Executive Producer and Larry Klein is Producer.
Artists will be honored in the genres of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative Rock, Adult Contemporary, Latin, Contemporary Inspirational, Electronic Dance Music, as well as categories for Top Soundtrack, New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl's, Artist of the Year, and for the first year-ever, "Single of the Year."
Kelly Clarkson and will.i.am announced some of the nominees Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America."
The AMAs will take place Nov. 24 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Miley Cyrus and Imagine Dragons will perform.
MALE ARTIST SOUL/R&B
FEMALE ARTIST SOUL/R&B
NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE ON DECK WITH DRAKE & MORE.
Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J returns to host the one-hour special, which takes place at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Friday, Dec. 6. The show which will announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 10 11 p.m. ET/PT. Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly.
This concert special marks the sixth time nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards® will be announced live on primetime television. Last year's airing of the nominations special helped lead to stellar ratings for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, which garnered 28.37 million viewers the second-largest audience for the awards broadcast since 1993. The telecast also nearly doubled its social media conversation from the previous year, generating 24.8 million comments (based on research compiled by Bluefin, PeopleBrowsr and Mass Relevance).
LL COOL J has hosted "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" since its inception in December 2008, and also hosted the annual GRAMMY Awards telecast for the second time earlier this year.
The road to Music's Biggest Night begins with "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" and culminates with the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
"The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer. LL COOL J is producer.
HOP + REAL HUSBANDS = SCANDAL.
Uncle Snoop flexes his funny bone taking center stage as host of Hip Hop Awards 2013. Premiering Tuesday, October 15th at 8 P.M. ET/PT, Hip Hop Awards 2013 celebrates the year in hip hop music with performances from rap's elite including Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Future, Meek Mill, Diddy, Rick Ross and more. A surprise reunion from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony brought the crowd to its feet while rap icon MC Lyte was the recipient of the prestigious "I Am Hip Hop" award. It wouldn't be the Hip Hop Awards without the ever popular cyphers including a special treat from the Real Husbands of Hollywood, but the hilarity from Kevin Hart and the gang doesn't stop there.
Directly following the show is season two of the uproariously funny Real Husbands of Hollywood with back-to-back episodes beginning at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT. The stakes are higher now with new players in the game causing they guys' egos to swell from boys to mitches. Featuring an all-star supporting cast including Boris Kodjoe, Nick Cannon, J.B. Smoove, Duane Martin, Nelly and Cynthia Kay McWilliams - the upcoming season promises cameos from Hollywood's biggest names including Katie Couric, Khloe Kardashian-Odom, Kris Jenner, Conan O' Brien, Wanda Sykes, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Kelly Rowland, Anthony Anderson and more.
drama doesn't end there. Missed last week's season three premiere episode
of SCANDAL? Don't worry. "We Got You." Gladiators unite as BET
re-airs the episode Wednesday, October 16th beginning at 10 P.M. ET/PT.
Catch up on all the drama from Olivia Pope & Associates in the explosive
episode from the hit ABC drama.
With its history and vast catalog of artists, UMes continuing ICON series showcases the best music from the most popular, iconic and influential artists of all time. ICON is a proven physical line, a true cross-genre success with more than seven million copies sold in three years.
artists on deck for the series are Paula Abdul, Commodores, Crystal Gayle,
Tom Jones, Dean Martin, Olivia Newton-John, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The
Rat Pack, Kenny Rogers, Frank Sinatra, and Wilson Phillips.
Ice Cubes next release, The Predator, galvanized him as the premiere multi-platinum West Coast hip-hop G. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboards R&B and Billboard 200 album charts. The Predator was an epilogue to the LA riots and while "It Was A Good Day" provides a hassle-free moment in a Compton day, there is still dissonance in Ice Cube's America. 1993's Lethal Injection sees Ice Cube morphing into his "Don Mega" persona that permeates his War & Peace albums and projects with Westside Connection.
Ice Cube ICON features his top singles, including AmeriKKKas Most Wanted, You Can Do It, Check Yo Self, Pushin Weight, and Bop Gun.
AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted
CENT EXCITED TO BE PART OF "DREAM SCHOOL".
The show, which debuted Monday (10 p.m. EDT), follows a group of high school dropouts who are trying to graduate. 50 Cent appears in the series with filmmaker Oliver Stone and actor David Arquette.
"The actual reality programs that exist right now ... kind of focus on the train wreck, and this show is more about providing opportunity," the 38-year-old rapper said in an interview last week.
The 15 teenagers from the Los Angeles area who appear in the designed "dream school" dropped out of high school because of issues including fighting, financial problems and pregnancy. One transgender student said bullying forced him out of school and another didn't enter the ninth grade because he wanted to care for his cancer-stricken mother.
"I see a lot of myself in some of the kids," said 50 Cent, who grew up in Queens, N.Y. "My son is 17 and he could very well be in that situation if things didn't have a change for the better with me. I remember ... the obstacles of temptation in front of me."
"Dream School," a six-part series, also features Jesse Jackson, journalist Soledad O'Brien, astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison and producer-rapper Swizz Beatz. 50 Cent, who has sold millions of albums and has appeared in films, is one of the show's executive producers.
He said Arquette made an impact on the transgender student.
"The kid immediately had a connection that felt safe," he said of the 42-year-old actor, whose sibling, Alexis Arquette, is transgender. "Because of (David's) own journey, he was able to utilize his experience to make that person's experience better, and the guy went on to graduate."
DUPRI INKS WITH MARIAH CAREY'S MANAGEMENT TEAM.
Carey said in a statement that she and Dupri "have a bond that surpasses music." The singer is recording a new album called "The Art of Letting Go." The first single, the Miguel-featured "#Beautiful," was released in May and peaked at No. 15.
Dupri has written and produced for Usher, Monica and Destiny's Child. He has had success with acts like Kris Kross, Xscape, Bow Wow and Jagged Edge on his So So Def label.
MUSIC GROUP TO RELOCATE.
The new space, located between 50th and 51st Streets, has nearly 300,000 square feet of office space and will cost approximately $16 million in annual rent, in addition to its pro rata share of certain real property taxes, operating expenses and common area maintenance expenses, according to the filing. The lease runs for approximately 16 years from on or about Jan, 1, 2014 to July 31 2029 and WMG will be spread out amongst six floors.
WMG, however, isnt planning to move until mid-2014, a Warner Music spokesperson told Billboard, when it will consolidate its New York offices under one roof including its worldwide headquarters at 75 Rockefeller Plaza and its offices at 1290 Avenue of the Americas. This includes WMG staff, Atlantic Records, Warner/Chappell and Warner Bros Records employees.
Paramount Plaza will serve as an excellent global headquarters, providing us the opportunity to unite all of our New York teams in one central location right in the heart of Manhattan," a Warner Music spokesperson said. "We see it as a great fit to help bring our people closer together, while fostering the unique cultures of our different labels and business units."
Paramount Plaza is a 48-story skyscraper and in 2007 it was listed as number 46 on the list of tallest buildings in New York City.
Warner Music is not the first major record company in New York this year to move headquarters. In January, Sony Corp, sold its US headquarters at 550 Madison for $1.1 billion to a consortium of investors led by the Chetrit Group. Sony companies, including Sony Music Entertainment and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, will remain in the building for up to three years, under a sale/leaseback arrangement. Source: Billboard
DONATES $250,000 TO NFTE To Benefit Young Entrepreneurs
In addition to teaching business skills, NFTE is good at convincing inner-city kids that their street smarts can be applied in the classroom, Combs told me in an interview before last nights ceremony. Im the poster child for that, he said. Businessweek had the following conversation with Combs.
are we doing at teaching entrepreneurship in the U.S.?
way to come at the question is to ask: Can entrepreneurship even be taught?
a lesson someone taught you when you were a young entrepreneur?
the weather like now? The government shutdown has been hard for some business
question. Are high school entrepreneurs better off going to college or
learning through the experience of running a business?
HILL RELEASED FROM PRISON / DROPS NEW JOINT.
In May, Hill was convicted of failing to pay taxes on $2.3 million over the last five years. In an effort to avoid jail time, she paid $900,000 in back taxes.. Although she sidestepped the 30-36 month sentence that usually gets handed out with the kind of crime she committed, that reprieve wasn't enough to curb her bitterness, or so it seems. She touches on "corporate greed" and "commercialism" in the song.
"Consumerism is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in. We did our best to eek out a mix via verbal and emailed direction, thanks to the crew of surrogate ears on the other side," Hill says in a press release. "Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place. I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it. I haven't been able to watch the news too much recently, so I'm not hip on everything going on. But inspiration of this sort is a kind of news in and of itself, and often times contains an urgency that precedes what happens. I couldn't imagine it not being relevant. Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking it's level".
Z INKS STEVEN SPIELBERG'S KIDS.
The DJ siblings released their EP Brother/Sister earlier in 2013 under the name Wardell and have signed with Roc Nation, the company founded by Jay Z, for management. Meanwhile, Sasha recently sold the pilot Girls Without Boys -- co-written with Emily Goldwyn (daughter of John), with Rashida Jones producing -- to ABC. "But music is still my passion," Sasha says. "I am going to find a way to balance both."
The Spielberg duo are now under the Roc Nation umbrella that manage artists Rihanna, Meek Mill, Wale, and Timbaland.
Z AND HUBLOT PARTNER UP FOR LIMITED EDITION WATCH.
Jay Z and Hublot will launch the Shawn Carter watch collection in tandem with the Barneys A New York Holiday shopping experience at the New York store that has been curated by Shawn Carter himself which is set to begin on November 20th. The Jay Z brand is a powerful image and the type that watch brand Hublot enjoys being associated with. The brand has made large inroads with American pop culture sponsoring a range of athletes and musicians. It is especially keen on attracting younger demographic wealthy individuals which makes sense given the brands more modern designs.
Shawn Carter by Hublot Classic Fusion watches will be part of a limited
edition. Hublot will produce 250 pieces in black ceramic and just 100
pieces in 18k gold. Prices are $17,900 and $33,900 respectively. Source:
FINDS AEG NOT LIABLE FOR MJ'S DEATH.
During the lengthy trial, numerous witnesses testified about Michael Jackson's decades-long history of secret drug abuse and his pattern of seeking out doctors who would give him the drugs he wanted. Some of the most explosive testimony came from Jackson's own medical providers, who testified that Jackson sought out and used propofol on several occasions over the years prior to his death.
jury's decision came after the Honorable Yvette M. Palazuelos previously
threw out all of the Jackson family's other claims, finding a lack of
evidence providing any legal basis to support them, and dismissed parent
company AEG, Inc. from the lawsuit. The judge had previously thrown out
a copycat suit filed by Michael Jackson's father Joseph Jackson.
"There was simply no evidence that anyone at AEG did anything wrong," Putnam said. "The win was a great victory for Mr. Phillips in particular, who was personally sued by the Jacksons."
"I counted Michael Jackson a creative partner and a friend," Phillips said. "We lost one of the world's greatest musical geniuses, but I am relieved and deeply grateful that the jury recognized that neither I, nor anyone else at AEG Live, played any part in Michael's tragic death."
"I am pleased that the jury recognized that this lawsuit was without merit, and the entire AEG family looks forward to putting this unfortunate chapter behind us," said Dan Beckerman, President and CEO of AEG, Inc.
Plaintiffs repeatedly proposed that AEG Live throw in with them to settle the case with insurance money and no money out of AEG Live's pocket. AEG Live refused, citing their long and deeply held policy against paying out baseless claims. Said Putnam, "Some people make the mistake of looking at AEG Live as an easy target due to their size and presence in Los Angeles. That's a mistake."
POLO RETURNS WITH NEW LP PA2: THE DIRECTORS CUT
"We're setting out to create a night that's all about making things and creativity in the spirit of everyone that uses YouTube," said Jonze. "As well as giving out awards, we'll be making live music videos. The whole night should feel like a YouTube video itself. We're getting together a group of amazing artists and filmmakers to do this live -- tune in to see what happens live."
"From catalyzing careers and pop culture phenomena to propelling a song's rise to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, our global community's influence is felt across the music industry," added Danielle Tiedt, YouTube's vp marketing.
into the awards show, YouTube will feature performances from Seoul, Moscow,
London and a location in Brazil. Artists who will be performing internationally
have yet to be announced.
Judging will take place as YouTube users determine the songs and artists who will be honored by sharing the content through social media. Vice Media and Sunset Lane are executive producing.
Eminem's eighth full-length, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, hits stores two days after his scheduled YouTube Music Awards performance Nov. 5. Lady Gaga's Artpop drops Nov. 11, while Arcade Fire's third studio album, Reflektor, hits Oct. 29.
has been aggressive in its initiatives in the past year. In August, the
company kicked off Geek Week, dedicating several days to geek-centric
programming, and in May, launched its first star-studded Comedy Week.
REVOLT LANDS MTV'S WHITNEY-GAYLE BENTA.
Benta comes to REVOLT from MTV News where she negotiated talent booking across multiple platforms and was responsible for creating some of pop culture's most dynamic moments of the past ten years.
"Talent relations are crucial, especially for a network like REVOLT that offers fans unprecedented access to their favorite artists," said Schuon. "Whitney's combination of music industry know-how, TV production credits and contacts will push REVOLT to become the #1 music destination for millennials."
REVOLT TV, which is set to launch on October 21st, has national carriage deals with both Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC) making it one of the largest independent network launches in cable television history. Through curated music videos, performances, interviews, and news, REVOLT will deliver the best of the best in music to the first multi-platform network for artists and fans all live, on-air, and at the speed of social media.
Prior to joining REVOLT, Benta was a VP at MTV News, where she negotiated talent booking across a multiple platforms, including television (the Video Music Awards), digital (MTV's "RapFix Live") and mobile; co-conceptualized the award-winning MTV Diary documentary, "Jay-Z: Water For Life"; and managed the series booking for "When I Was 17," This Is How I Made It", MTV's "This is How I Made It" and MTV's "Rapfix Live."
the past, Benta has also held marketing positions at Island Def Jam Records
and Noontime Records. As a member of those teams she worked on album campaigns
for superstar artists such as Jay-Z, Ja Rule, DMX, Ashanti, Ludacris,
LL Cool J, Musiq Soulchild and Atlanta collective Jim Crow, which included
the now noted producer Polow Da Don.
Harlem, New York native attended Spelman College and graduated with a
B.A. in Entertainment Industries studies, an independent major in which
she developed her own curriculum.
PROJECTED TO SELL OVER 650,000 1ST WEEK SALES?
This is a great day for Nielsen and a natural step in our evolution, said Nielsen Chief Executive Officer David Calhoun. Arbitron will allow us to analyze and understand an additional two hours of the U.S. consumers day while bringing us another opportunity to provide advertisers with metrics on the effectiveness of the mediums that they advertise on.
Arbitron is being rebranded Nielsen Audio and will be integrated into Nielsens U.S. Watch business segment, which provides information and insights primarily to the media and advertising industries across television, online, mobile and radio. With Arbitron, Nielsen now measures eight hours a day per person of dynamic media consumption.
Our combined capabilities offer opportunities to measure unmeasured areas that are important to the industries and clients we serve, like streaming audio, out-of-home measurements for television consumption and deeper measurement of multicultural audiences in the U.S., said Calhoun. Globally, this is an opportunity to expand our measurement of consumer behavior and introduce audio measurement capabilities in new markets.
As previously disclosed, Nielsen entered into an agreement on Dec. 17, 2012 to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Arbitron for $48 per share or a total of $1.3 billion purchase price, funded by cash on hand and recent debt financing. Nielsen expects $0.26 of accretion to adjusted net income per share during the first full year of operations, and $0.32 of accretion to adjusted net income per share during the second year, reflecting an incremental $0.06 in year two.
Nielsen will update its full year guidance to include the impact of the Arbitron acquisition during its Q3 2013 earnings conference call, which will be held October 23.
LYTE AND KENDRICK LAMAR HIGHLIGHT BET HIP HOP AWARDS.
Once MC Lyte gathered herself, she thanked a host of people who helped further her career. She urged the female rappers who have come after her to continue to shine and push the genre forward.
"Please keep the dream alive, I am with you," said MC Lyte, who was given the "I Am Hip-Hop Award" at the taped award show at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. The show airs on Oct. 15.
Rapper Eve handed the award to MC Lyte, who became known in the rap game in the late '80s and '90s. She relied on wit rather than sexuality and rapped with a man's bluster and braggadocio. She delivered hits such as "Cha Cha Cha," ''Lyte as a Rock," ''Poor Georgie" and "I Cram to Understand U."
Actor Will Smith, his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and rapper-actress Queen Latifah took part in the video that paid homage to Lyte.
"She set the precedent for female freestylers," Eve said of MC Lyte. "I'm truly, truly honored. She has meant so much to me in my career."
Drake won the People's Champ award, but Kendrick Lamar captivated attendees with his recorded four-minute freestyle. It earned applause from the audience and others from Rick Ross to MC Lyte.
But shortly afterward, French Montana and Diddy slightly jabbed the Los Angeles-based rapper who recently called himself the "King of New York" on Big Sean's "Control."
While Montana performed "Ain't Worried About Nothing," he put a crown on Diddy's head as a symbol that the rap mogul is the king of his native New York. When the camera caught Lamar's reaction, he smiled and applauded Montana and Diddy.
Snoop Dogg was his ultra-smooth self in the rapper's first hosting gig, driving onto the stage in a blue 1964 Chevy Impala with hydraulics to start the show. He also used the platform to show off his YouTube network called GGN (Double G News), featuring interviews with rapper 2 Chainz and comedian Luenell.
Kevin Hart provided some comedy, teasing Floyd Mayweather Jr. for wearing cowboy boots. The comedian and his "Real Husbands of Hollywood" cast members also did a spoof of the show's popular freestyle cypher session.
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony performed "Thuggish Ruggish Bone," ''First of the Month" and "Crossroads." Juvenile made a surprise appearance with 2 Chainz. Rick Ross took the stage with Future, performing "No Games."
Looks like there are eight cyphers slated to appear on the Awards program, which is scheduled to air on BET October 15.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. However, a person familiar with the matter, who was not authorized to publicly discuss financial details of the deal, said Carlyle would invest $500 million in Beats Electronics, valuing it at over $1 billion.
Equity for the investment will come from affiliates of Carlyle Partners V, Carlyle's $13.7 billion U.S. buyout fund. Beats Electronics also said it agreed to buy back the minority stake held by Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp in the company. HTC bought a 50.1 percent stake in the company in 2011, but sold half of it a year later.
These transactions represent the evolution of the financial strength and significant growth prospects of Beats, Jimmy Iovine, Beats CEO, said in a statement. Carlyle is a fantastic investment partner and we look forward to building the next chapter of Beats.
The Carlyle Group, which Private Equity International ranked as the second largest private equity firm in the world and is known for its association with powerful political figures, has $180 billion of assets under management as of June 2013. The deal with Beats, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter, is thought to help the company expand its reach internationally.
has a strong history of helping great brands expand globally, Carlyle
managing director and head of consumer and retail Sandra Horbach said
in a statement, and we are thrilled to partner with Jimmy Iovine,
Dr. Dre and their talented management and product teams.
The cause? Guerilla Union says low ticket sales. Rock the Bells founder Chang Weisberg said in a statement announcing the cancellation: First and foremost, it is with great sadness and disappointment that we must cancel the Washington, DC and New York City Rock the Bells dates due to lack of ticket sales. I, along with our staff, the artists, and all of the sponsors, media partners, local promoters, and radio stations involved are thankful for our supporters and the fans that planned on attending. Its extremely unfortunate that we cant complete the last half of the 10th Anniversary Rock the Bells tour. We did everything in our power to save the show. Unfortunately, the financial loss would have been devastating. This festival has been ten years in the making. I am truly sorry we could not produce the show for all the fans who did buy their ticket in support of.
Though the festival's 10th anniversary bill seemed compelling -- headlining sets from Kendrick Lamar's Black Hippy crew, New York kings A$AP Mob and radio smash J. Cole alongside the "hologram"-deploying Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Wu-Tang Clan -- East Coast fans apparently disagreed.
told Radio.com's Scott T. Sterling that upcoming tours from Jay-Z, Kanye
West and Lamar might have softened demand.
really bummed," Weisberg said. "We were really excited, with
it being the 10 year anniversary of the tour. Something like this leaves
everyone scratching their heads. You look at the line-up and it just doesnt
make sense. Im at a loss for words, really. I feel like Ive
let down so many people. The artists have been awesome and so supportive,
but Im crushed." Source: LA Times
ONE, the leading specialty brand of premium condoms in North America, today announced customized condoms featuring tour logos and artwork from The Weeknd's latest album, "Kiss Land." The condoms will be distributed as giveaways at various venues on the tour.
"With performances known for sexy mood and vibe, The Weeknd embodies the hip, edgy, artistic character of our customers," said Davin Wedel, founder and CEO of ONE. "His music evokes a passion and intimacy that perfectly complement the sensuality of ONE products."
ONE has made support for visual and performing artists a centerpiece of its brand. The company has a long history of partnering with musicians through its Listen to ONE campaign, working with artists to promote safer sex and distribute free condoms at performances. ONE is also active in Lifebeat, a leading music industry HIV/AIDS awareness organization.
The Weeknd is the biggest musical artist to be featured with customized artwork on ONE products, and his tour is the largest to offer ONE condoms to attendees. The concept is familiar territory to ONE, and Wedel is eager to partner with more artists to promote new music and build awareness about safer sex through the music industry.
"Kiss Land" tour kicked off earlier this month and will cross
the United States and Canada before wrapping up in England in November.
The Weeknd promoted the new album and tour with a performance on ABC's
"Jimmy Kimmel Live." The Canadian R&B artist, whose real
name is Abel Tesfaye, had his Kiss Land album debut at #2 on the Billboard
200, and was recently nominated as "MTV's Artist to Watch" at
the 2013 Video Music Awards.
MUSIC GROUP TAPS EXECUTIVE VP, U.S. RECORDED MUSIC.
In making the announcement, Grainge said, "There are scarce executives in music with the depth of Michele's experience on both the label and artist sides of the industry. Michele's versatility and creative approach to business will make her a valuable addition to our management team."
Anthony said, "Over the past several years, Lucian Grainge has transformed Universal Music into the industry's most progressive music company. I'm excited to be a part of the forward-thinking executive team Lucian has put into place, and I look forward to helping UMG lead the music industry's reinvention, working along side the extraordinary artists, employees and entrepreneurs that make up today's UMG."
currently chairs the Global Poverty Project (GPP) Global Citizen
Tickets Initiative, a campaign whereby major artists donate concert tickets
that are earned when users take specified actions to end global poverty.
She also is an advisor for GPP's Annual Central Park Global Citizen Festival.
She has served on the boards of the Recording Industry Association of
America; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation (Executive Board Member);
Rock The Vote (Executive Board Member); and the National Center For Missing
and Exploited Children.
NICKATINA - DROPS NEW PROJECT.
Andre Nickatina leaked two new joints from the project. One is the lead single "Candy Paint," featuring fellow West Coast legend Mac Mall and the up-and-coming prince of pimp rap, 100s, which celebrates rap's age-old obsession with shiny, brightly painted donks, boxes, and bubbles. LISTEN HERE
The other is part one of a cinematic music video for the song, "Ho' Lat" which features Krayzie Bone on the song version. Nickatina, who has more than seven credits to his name as a director, co-director, executive producer, producer, and actor, executive produced and conceptually developed this video, which mixes the rampage ass-kicking elements of GTA 5 with Michael Douglas' film "Falling Down." Says Nickatina, "The video shows a person losing it, someone who's just been pushed over the edge and snaps and goes on a rampage across town. I really like the chemistry that me and Krayzie Bone have on this song, [and] I felt like [the video] fit the vibe." WATCH HERE
Z TEAMS UP WITH BARNEYS NEW YORK.
a statement, Jay-Z said the project takes inspiration from "the slickness,
energy, and innovation of New York City." Artist Joanie Lemercier
was brought in to help design the gallery space and the store's famous
Madison Avenue windows. The store previously collaborated with Lady Gaga.
The Jay-Z collection will be available beginning Nov. 20.
"It makes me think I got to do more; we got to do more," he said in an interview with The Associated Press after giving a speech as the keynote speaker at the Chicago Music Summit, a conference to help local musicians and music professionals with their careers.
Police say last Thursday night's shooting appears to be gang related. For the 41-year-old Common, that underscores concerns that the edgy rap music of the generation of rappers that came behind him is not only providing the soundtrack for gangs, but might just be helping to fuel the fire of gang violence.
"To decide to take someone's life, I don't think they let a rap song determine that," he said, adding that rap artists simply reflect the violence of the streets, and don't cause it. At the same time, he said, fans of young rappers, whose music provides a window into a violent lifestyle, are "influenced by that energy and take it the wrong way."
Common has thought about it enough to once suggest a "peace summit" with Chief Keef, a younger Chicago rapper whose music includes references to weapons and who was arrested after pointing a gun at police officers and after a video showed him firing a semi-automatic rifle at a gun range. In fact, rap music made its way into last Thursday's shooting. A relative of a 3-year-old boy who was shot in the face said the child's uncle was an aspiring rapper who was fatally shot in Chicago this month.
Such a link is not surprising to Grammy-winning rap artist Che "Rhymefest" Smith. He said he believes that at the very least aspiring rappers who are living in poor neighborhoods see the display of a violent gang lifestyle as their route to riches and fame.
"What you get with a lot of young artists is if they gang bang on YouTube, pull guns and threaten someone else, this will give them a million YouTube views or 80,000 Twitter followers overnight," said Rhymefest, a Chicago resident who once ran for a seat on the City Council. "They see it as a check, a way to get paid and this way out of poverty."
Common said the key to ending the cycle of violence that rap music has been linked to for years is more educational programs and other initiatives, and that rap artists should help those programs in any way they can. At the same time, Common, who has his own foundation that exposes disadvantaged young people to the creative arts, said that while he still believes a "peace summit" would be effective, it is only a first step.
"There has to be a consistent follow through," he said. "Young people ... some of them may not be in a place where they can say, 'OK, I'm going to stop (violent behavior)'" he said. "It may be a process. You have to deal with that."
IS #1 ON FORBES 2013 CASH KINGS LIST.
CONFIRMED TO PRODUCE UNCLE CHARLIE.
"Kanye and myself, we started already Kanye is starting on a new record for me," Wilson told MTV. "Kanye is one of the greatest rapper/producers that we have. He's a little controversial, yeah, but he's still a genius at that in the studio. He wants to produce me, so we'll see how that goes. He's been asking for a while and I've just been busy. Real busy. I know Pharrell Williams wants to get in. And Justin Timberlake."
Timberlake and Skateboard P performed with Wilson during the 2013 BET Awards, where Wilson was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Wilson said that the record will likely be done in the spring of 2014, but wouldn't reveal any more details. He's currently touring in support of 2013's Love, Charlie and his new single "I Still Have You," which will be featured in "The Best Man Holiday" film and soundtrack, out this November.
Wilson has also been making the late-night rounds with Kanye, performing their Yeezus single "Bound 2" on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and "Later... With Jools Holland." "I'm enjoying it," Wilson said of the experience. "Kanye featuring Uncle Charlie right now. It's kind of cool."
continued: "I love going in the studio. I like Kanye in the studio.
He's very, very understandable about the music. When he wants to write
something, put his finger on the pulse, he really do know how to do that.
Now, when he don't want to do that don't want to have radio records
he don't do that either. Me, I'll always love to have radio records."
Having participated in the creation of the CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story and serving as executive producers, Chilli and T-Boz are ushering in the next phase of the group's illustrious career, which saw them, along with Lopes, sell 65 million albums worldwide and become cultural icons in the process. Being on the set inspired Chilli and T-Boz to go back into the studio and record brand-new TLC music. The sessions resulted in so many great songs that Epic Records chief L.A. Reid (the group's mentor who originally signed them to his LaFace Records in 1991) has decided to release a full album with all new music in 2014.
Chilli and T-Boz will celebrate the release of 20 and CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story with a series of television appearances, including Good Morning America on October 15th, The View on October 16th, and The Wendy Williams Show on October 17th.
TLC shot to superstardom in the '90s thanks to a series of best-selling albums, including 1992's quadruple platinum Ooooooohhh On the TLC Tip, 1994's Diamond-certified CrazySexyCool (which has sold over 23 million copies worldwide and is the best-selling album by a girl group in the U.S.), and 1999's FanMail, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart and has been certified 7x-platinum in the US and 14 million worldwide. The group has racked up four No. 1 singles, ten Top 10 singles, and four Grammy Awards, and was ranked the seventh most successful act of the '90s by Billboard. Through their very public and high-profile success, turmoil and tragedy, TLC left an indelible stamp of female empowerment that changed the face of the music industry forever.
track-listing for 20 is as follows:
Both are musicians at the top of their games, with multiple hits under their belts. Jay Zs recent Watch the Throne album went platinum and launched a world tour that brought in $1.4 million per night in America. Knowles, who took a short break when her daughter Blue Ivy was born in January last year, was back with a vengeance this year with her Mrs. Carter world tour, which grossed an average $2 million per night.
Then there are their other interests. Jay Z is a part owner of the new Barclays BCS -2.29% Center in Brooklyn, where the Brooklyn Nets play. He sold his stake in the team and now has to dump his share in the arena, too, because hes started his own sports agency: Roc Nation Sports, which represents star athletes like Kevin Durant and Victor Cruz. Knowles has a fragrance collection and a clothing line called House of Deron. Blue Ivy could soon join the family business. Shes already been on one of her Dads songs and her parents have petitioned to trademark her name for the right to use it on anything from baby clothes to toys.
and Jay earned $15 million more than the No. 2 couple on the list: Tom
Brady and Gisele Bundchen. Like Jay Z and Knowles, Brady and Bundchen
have used their fame to build bigger businesses around themselves. We
estimate the couple earned a combined $80 million between June 2012 and
June 2013. Source: Forbes
Tupac still remains a towering figure in rap music, the subject of Elvis-like conspiracy theories and one of two slain symbols with Biggie Smalls of the East Coast-West Coast beef that ruled rap in the 1990s. The film will be executive produced by Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur.
The news release says
the film will center on Shakur's life, but makes no mention of who will
star as the rapper or who will direct.
Since 1998, he has been embedded in Miami's cultural fabric as a radio personality on 99 JAMZ. Developing a deep connection to the community over his past two decades living in the city, he recognized that this prominent high school was in need of support and wanted to give back in order to encourage and enrich the lives of the next generation of Miamians. This is home to Khaled, and he never forgets that.
Right now, Khaled is also gearing up for the release of his seventh full-length album and third for Cash Money Records and We The Best Music Group, Suffering From Success, in stores October 22nd. Recently, its first single "No New Friends" featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross reached gold status, while its follow-up single "Wanna Be With You" featuring Nicki Minaj, Future, and Rick Ross recently debuted.
Now, he's using that success to aid the community where he got his start.
Khaled is the visionary behind We The Best Music Group, which includes a record label, a management company [We The Best Management], a publishing company [We The Best Publishing], a production company [We The Best Producers], and its own full-fledged studio. To date, he has sold over 14 million singles and garnered 2008 BET Award for Best Collaboration as well as 2008 MVP of the Year and 2010 DJ of the Year at the BET Hip-Hop Awards. His first Grammy Award nomination arrived for the platinum-selling "I'm On One" featuring Drake, Rick, Ross, and Lil Wayne, which also topped the Billboard Hot 100. All the while, he's maintained his profile on-air and even served as the President of Def Jam South.
VOLUME INKS 3 PRODUCERS TO LABEL.
MellowHigh has also announced tour dates this fall which can be seen below and include a performance at Odd Future's Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival.
Additional dates will be announced soon. Upcoming tour-related content will be provided courtesy of MySpace.
RELEASES DOCUMENTARY ON RIHANNA. WATCH
Half of Me is a documentary that takes the viewer behind the scenes with Rihanna as she travels the globe on her Diamonds World Tour. Unlike most documentaries which only focus on the star, Half of Me reveals the full picture as the story unfolds from two perspectives: those of both the fan and the performer. Viewers experience each show from the artists perspective and from the fans perspective. Rihannas real life experiences interlaced with her fans testimonials and interpretations of her as a person shed new light on her truly unique connection with her fans, the incredible inspiration she gives them and the universal characteristics she shares with each and every member of the dedicated and unified navy that supports her.
The Budweiser Half of Me documentary is a true picture of behind the scenes of my Diamonds World Tour. It not only tells the story from my eyes but also in the eyes of my fans, says Rihanna. One of my favorite parts of traveling is being able to communicate with my amazing fans directly. I am totally connected with my navy; it doesn't matter where in the world they are.
Made for Music program is all about connecting fans to the
artists that inspire them and to promote music as a universal language,
and we feel that Rihannas Half of Me documentary does
just that, says Camilo Durana, Global Director, Budweiser Sports
and Entertainment. Half of Me tells a special narrative
by juxtaposing Rihannas more intimate moments with the personal
stories from some of her biggest fans around the world.
AND DRAKE DONATE TO OHIO MOM WHO LOST 5 KIDS.
A funeral is scheduled for Thursday in Tiffin, where the five children died along with their mother's boyfriend early Sunday morning. The mother, Anna Angel, was at work at her fast-food job when the fire broke out. A family spokesman says The Game talked with Angel's boss on Tuesday and asked what he could do to help.
The Game -- who recently pledged to donate $1 million dollars to people in need as part of his Robin Hood project -- says he was on the phone with Drake when he read about the woman's loss ... and they each agreed to donate $10,000 to help Anna cover the burial costs.
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS ON DECK.
"We are thrilled to bring the Soul Train Awards back to Las Vegas with a star-studded lineup that honors and celebrates icons and break-through artists alike," said Paxton Baker, General Manager and Executive Vice President, CENTRIC. "We rolled the dice and hit the jackpot with Anthony as host and are excited to see what magical moments he will bring to the Orleans Arena during this year's Soul Train Awards."
Soul Train Awards host Anthony Anderson will entertain throughout the night. Anderson was recently tapped to host NBC's upcoming family trivia series "Wall of Fame."
The 2013 Soul Train Awards will honor artists in 12 different categories. Hip-hop sensation Kendrick Lamar leads with six nominations across multiple categories, including: Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Tied with five nominations each are Miguel, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown and Tamar Braxton.
The latest albums from Lamar, Timberlake and Miguel will battle efforts from Jay-Z, Rihanna and Fantasia for album of the year. Lamar's other nominations include best new artist, hip-hop song of the year and collaboration.
The Soul Train Awards is directed by Tony McCuin and produced by BET Event Productions and Sunseeker Media. Executive producers of the network telecast are as follows: Paxton Baker, Tami Willis-Arasli, Derek Lewis from Centric; Bart Phillips from Sunseeker and Kenard Gibbs from Soul Train Holdings.
2013 Soul Train Awards Nominees & Categories
ROSS ANNOUNCES "MASTERMIND" TOUR.
CEE - "I'M FREE"
With the grace of family and good friends around me, they made me feel comfortable to exercise my human right for sexual freedom instead of finding myself being self-detained by the discrimination, judgment, criticism, and even violence from my own community, Mr. Cee, born Calvin LeBrun, said in the video. SEE HERE
In the PSA, which dropped today, Cee calls last weeks declaration the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life, but that it was time in both his personal and professional life to be honest about his sexual identity. He said everyone should be proud and honest about who they truly are citing shocking statistics of HIV and STD rates among youth, black, and Latino populations that arise from deception and declared the new sexual revolution to be one of both freedom of self and sexual health as a birthright, mirroring AHFs new Sexual Revolution 2.0 campaign. He also directed viewers to seek STD testing and treatment through the Foundations website.
The path to Cees declaration about receiving fellatio from trans women involved a bust by a male undercover police officer dressed as a transsexual prostitute, followed by a former sexual partners releasing an audio recording of the DJ soliciting a transgender woman for oral sex. Cee initially quit his job at HOT 97, but was encouraged to return by station program director Ebro Darden, to whom Cee emotionally opened up on air about his sexual identity last week.
The declaration lit up the Twittersphere over the weekend, and where some showed homophobic anger or blasé indifference, there was also a multitude of supportive Tweets indicating a preliminary shift in the previously unquestioned homophobic mentality permeating hip hop fans.
I grew up listening to Mr. Cee. He is a legend. Doesnt surprise me that the community is shaming him but I hope this reveals their prejudice, and, Big ups to Mr. Cee. Were with you man. Stay Strong, two posters declared on Friday.
I opened up to yall today, I gave you all of me, Cee said in the PSA. Now I want you to give all of yourself: Are you good? Are you healthy? Are you free? I can tell you today, that today Im free.
"Nothing Was the Same" includes collaborations with Jay Z, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Jhene Aiko, Sampha, Majid Jordan and Detail.
The album leaked a few days after Drake gave his fans the first listen to a Sampha-assisted track called "Too Much". He performed the song for the first time on Jimmy Fallon's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon".
He has also dropped a track called "Wu-Tang Forever", a tribute to New York-based hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. It has been reported that the surviving members of the group are working on a remix to the song.
"They wanted us to remix it and get on there so you gon' probably hear another one with us on it," Wu-Tang Clan's U-God told Vibe. "Meth did his verse - we all did our verses. I wrote my rhyme in probably 15, 20 minutes. We were moving so fast we only had about four hours of studio time. If I had some time to really sit down and get juicy with it, I probably could've got juicier with it. But I still do a nice one, I still do a real banger."
KNOW THE DRILL - DIDDY LOSES A MILLI. (FACT OR FICTION?)
the video, Diddy gives the camera a look at a note that reads, "To
R.R. I owe u $1,000,000, Diddy." He then rolls the dice and says,
"Double or nothing right now live." Ross can be heard saying,
"I'm gonna sell that note as a piece of art."
NAMED MULTICULTURAL ADVISOR TO FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN OF AVION TEQUILA.
Tequila Avion has become the fastest growing ultra-premium tequila. As a result of this success, the brand has attracted numerous celebrity fans, but it was Jeezy who caught the founder's eye through his genuine love for the tequila, which he displayed by incorporating the Avion name into his lyrics and posting throughout his social media sites. Ken Austin reached out to thank the hip-hop superstar and music executive for "the love," and at their first meeting they both felt a true chemistry between them.
"I have been a tequila fan for many years and because of this, people are always telling me to try their tequila and claiming theirs is the best. I have tried them all, but when I tried Avion for the first time, the quality, luxury packaging and smooth taste blew me away, so I wasn't surprised to learn it was voted the 'world's best tasting tequila.' When Ken asked me why I included Avion in my music and social channels, I told him it was purely for the love of the product," stated Jeezy, "While I will be advising Ken, Ken in turn will advise me with my business ventures and personal brand. It has been a great relationship so far, and I'm looking forward to sipping more Avion with Ken."
"We have been incredibly lucky with the success of Avion and the movement we have created. Bartenders, celebrities and consumers have embraced our brand," said Ken Austin. "After spending a great deal of time with Jeezy, I have been inspired by the level of business savvy he has, as well as his consumer insights and raw talent. I know he will be a valuable asset to our company, and I am already learning a great deal from him. I look forward to continuing to elevate the Avion brand and am excited for Jeezy's perspective on the Multicultural market and beyond."
CEE RESIGNS FROM HOT 97 RADIO.
The announcement comes on the heels of an internet allegation by a drag queen who says that she was solicited by Cee for sex. In the audio obtained by prostitute Bimbo Winehouse, someone who is being reported as Cee pays $100 in exchange for sex. Cee faced similar accusations a few months ago.
Cameron, SVP/General Manager of Hot 97, issued a formal statement.
DISTRO PROMOTES VP OF FINANCE.
As Finance Department head, Bordeaux will continue to steer all financial functions for Caroline, including financial statement budgeting, analysis and projections as well as managing third-party label statements and cash disbursements. Bordeaux plays an integral role in Caroline's new deal negotiations and manages relationships with label partners to support label development and facilitate growth, among many other responsibilities.
According to von Mende, "It is a testament to Jillian's financial and business acumen that she has risen in the ranks from intern to Vice President in only seven years. All of us within the Capitol Music Group congratulate her on this well-deserved promotion."
Caroline Executive Vice President/General Manager Mike Harris commented, "Jillian is an extremely talented executive with an amazing grasp of the big picture, and her value to all of us at Caroline is matched only by the respect and admiration she receives from our label partners."
Caroline President Dominic Pandiscia said, "Having worked with Jillian for years, I have witnessed her abilities and progress first-hand, and can't imagine anyone else in her role. All of us at Caroline look forward to working with Jillian for many years to come."
Bordeaux stated, "I am very excited for the opportunity to help Dom, Mike and Todd continue to grow Caroline into the premiere music services company in the industry. Working with our amazing Caroline team to help our label partners achieve their maximum potential is very rewarding, and I look forward to future successes and new partnerships within the independent community."
Prior to her promotion, Bordeaux was the Senior Director of Finance for Caroline, and has previously held roles in the Finance Department for Capitol and Virgin labels. She joined EMI in 2006 as a Corporate Finance intern while still an MBA student at New York University's Stern School of Business. Upon graduating from Stern in the spring of 2007, she was hired by Harris as a Finance Manager for Capitol and Virgin, promoted to Director for Capitol Music Group (EMI) in 2009, and became head of finance for EMI Label Services (Caroline) as Senior Director in 2010.
GAME TO FUND 6-YEAR OLD'S FUNERAL.
TMZ reports that the 6-year-old Tiana Ricks was shot and killed when two men approached her family's home in Moreno Valley and opened fire, striking Tiana and her father.
As she lay dying, Tiana reportedly turned to her father and asked, "Are you okay, Daddy?"
The Game read about the tragedy and tweeted, "This very sad story hit me in a place nothing ever has. Tiana did not know she was shot & kept asking was her father okay."
So Game decided he wanted to help, tracking down Tiana's family and pledging $10k to cover funeral costs.
Game also recently announced he's on a mission to give away $1,000,000 of his own money to those in need. He calls it TheRobinHoodProject and this is just one of his charitable contributions.
TMZ spoke with Tiana's mother Marquia Macklin who tells us, "Game told me that he heard about my story and was really sorry. He said that he wanted to help out and put me in touch with his financial team." Tiana's funeral will be Saturday.
While Marquia says she's extremely grateful for Game's generosity, she says, "It costs so much to bury her..sadly $10,000 only covers half of the casket and the plot.
for the shooting, cops are still on the hunt for the culprits and encourage
anyone with information to contact the Moreno Valley Police Department.
CENT'S SMS PROMOTIONS ON DECK FOR BOXING EVENT.
remainder of the card features a slew of undefeated up-and-coming prospects
from both the DBE and SMS stable, including former #1-rated US amateurs
Shemuel "The Chosen One" Pagan (2-0, 1KO) and Christopher "Golden"
Galeano (pro debut) both making their promotional debuts since signing
exclusive co-promotional contracts with the two promoters last month.
The five-time Golden Gloves champion Pagan takes on Calvin Smith (2-4)
in a four-round junior welterweight matchup, while fellow NY Golden Gloves
and National champion Galeano challenges David Rohn (1-0) in a four-round
Undefeated middleweight prospect Lamar Russ is looking to improve his record to a perfect 14-0, when he takes on the always-tough Latif Mundy (10-7, 4KO's), from Philadelphia. Russ, who recently served as one of the lead sparring partners for middleweight champion Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, is looking to crack into the middleweight world ratings in 2014, but he must first get by Mundy in their scheduled eight-round middleweight matchup.
Also on the card are DBE's undefeated prospects and NY Golden Gloves champions, Travis Peterkin (8-0, 4KO's) and Heather "The Heat" Hardy (6-0, 1KO). Both Brooklynites are scheduled to see action in separate six-round bouts. Light heavyweight Peterkin faces Michael Wilmer (4-6, 3KO's) and junior featherweight Hardy takes on Jennifer Scott (3-4, 2KO's). In just a little over a year, Hardy, who recently signed an exclusive promotional contract with DBE, has quickly become one of the most popular fighters throughout the entire NYC boxing scene.
out the card will be pro-debuting 2011 US Olympic Team Trials silver medalist,
and the 2012 NY Golden Gloves heavyweight champion Joseph Williams squaring
off against Joe Powers (1-1) in a four-round light heavyweight matchup.
The Far Rockaway-native Williams got a late start to boxing, but has quickly
progressed, and just missed out on the opportunity to represent the US
in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. The card is promoted by SMS Promotions
and DiBella Entertainment and sponsored by SMS Audio.
Chris is a uniquely talented entertainer and we are privileged to be working with him and his team, Phil Casey said in a statement.
Brown was previously represented by Creative Artists Agency. Brown has also wrapped recording on his sixth studio album, X, which will feature collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Ludacris. The release is slated for November 2013 with a world tour set for early 2014.
X is the follow-up to the artists 2012 album Fortune. Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the set has sold 462,000 to date per Nielsen SoundScan. Brown has won a Grammy in 2011 for Best R&B Album with F.A.M.E. He is also the recipient of three American Music Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, and nine BET Awards.
Brown, a co-star in such movies as Stomp the Yard, This Christmas, Takers and Think Like a Man, will next appear in the Screen Gems film Battle of the Year directed by Benson K. Lee. Source: Billboard
AND CALL OF DUTY ®
GHOSTS ON DECK.
"The energy and intensity of 'Survival' really matches Call of Duty: Ghosts, commented Eminem. "I'm excited to continue to be a part of the franchise."
This program continues the close coordination announced in August, when Eminem first revealed Survival, a track from the upcoming album release as part of Activisions worldwide live reveal event for the multiplayer mode of developer Infinity Wards new title. The ongoing collaboration between Activision and Eminem will continue later this month with a music video trailer featuring Survival and Call of Duty: Ghosts, and will extend throughout the launch of the blockbuster title.
Call of Duty is the ultimate adrenaline rush. Its the intensity and heart-pounding excitement you feel as the action unfolds. And Eminem embodies this same spirit and captures this in his music, said Tim Ellis, CMO of Activision Publishing, Inc. The breadth of this program takes our partnership to a new level and will continue to unfold in the months to come. Its going to be a massive day in entertainment with the launch of Call of Duty: Ghosts and Marshall Mathers LP 2 both hitting on November 5th.
The offer is redeemable through Monday, November 19th, 11:59PM EST and applies to purchases of Call of Duty: Ghosts exclusively at GameStop locations as well as select additional retailers worldwide. Participating fans will receive a code on receipt with their purchase of Call of Duty: Ghosts. The code will make available for purchase at the special price of $8.99 an edition of The Marshall Mathers LP 2 featuring not only the track Survival, but also a bonus, exclusive studio track.
Call of Duty is an entertainment juggernaut and cultural phenomenon. We are excited for the upcoming release of the new installment of this blockbuster franchise, Call of Duty: Ghosts, said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop. We look forward to celebrating the worldwide November launch of this great game that is on track to be the most pre-ordered title of the year.
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