Rap Industry News
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.
ALI & IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE ANNOUNCE WAR AND PEACE TOUR.
we embark on the War And Peace Tour with my brother, Immortal Technique,
I'm excited to release a new musical project. Left In The Deck is a collection
of 10 raw, grimy recordings made in basements and hotel rooms around the
world. This demo-tape style release was produced entirely by Jake One.
It hasn't been polished up for the market or cleaned for the radio. These
songs were left in their original demo form and are intended only for
my family of direct supporters. The beats are grimy and I feel like this
is some of the best rhyming I've ever captured on tape. I want to release
this directly to you. - Brother Ali
CUBE CLOSED DEAL TO RETURN IN 21 JUMP STREET SEQUEL.
21 Jump Street became a surprise hit for Sony last year, earning more than $138 million domestically and $202 million worldwide.
Cube will next appear starring opposite Kevin Hart in the comedy Ride
Along for Universal, which debuts Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in 2014.
Ice Cube also produced the film alongside Will Packer and Cubevision partner
Matt Alvarez. He also is executive producing the comedy series Outlaws
for Amazon Studios. Source: Hollywood Reporter
Magna Carter North America Dates
WEAT ANNOUNCES YEEZUS TOUR DATES.
West Yeezus Tour Dates
1: Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena * #
1: Atlanta, GA Philips Arena #
Tickets on sale Friday, September 13
ROCKY CHARGED WITH SLAPPING PHILLY FAN @ MADE IN AMERICA FESTIVAL.
The private criminal complaint alleges the 24-year-old Harlem-bred rapper landed an open-palm slap square on the woman's face, giving her whiplash. The name of the woman who filed the complaint wasn't released.
Z / KANYE / J COLE GRAB GOLD AND PLATINUM PLAQUES.
Additional Platinum awards were handed out to Kendrick Lamar this summer for his respective 2012 debut Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City.
PROFILE BODYGUARD ( TO JAY Z, KANYE WEST, DRAKE)
KILLED IN HOME INVASION.
He has worked with many celebrities, including Rihanna, Drake, Kanye West, Beyonce and Jay Z, but got his start as Nelson Mandela's bodyguard.
The security company Oosterbroek started, RAD, now lists him as running the firm's activities in Europe. Oosterbroek and his wife April have been renting a home in Gables by the Sea right down the block from the Jungs, according to the couple who own the property. Marcus Jung, who fought with Oosterbroek before police arrived, said he didn't know him. On Wednesday afternoon, his wife asked for privacy.
"We are working through this and we need to have no media attention. I truly appreciate it if you respect that," Christiane Jung said through the closed, front door.
According to Miami-Dade police: The Pinecrest homeowners, Markus and Christiane Jung, called police at 10:45 p.m. Monday to report the naked intruder.
When officers arrived, they found Markus and Oosterbroek violently fighting. During the melee, cops saw Oosterbroek "ingesting an unknown substance." When officers tried to intervene, Oosterbroek violently resisted, so cops used a Taser, which led to his death.
still awaiting toxicology reports this morning," Det. Javier Baez,
a MDPD spokesman, tells Riptide.
This album is about growth, Drizzy told Rolling Stone. When I play it for people, they ask, Whos that rapping? Im like, Thats me.
Was the Same Tracklisting
SELLING MINORITY SHARES.
According to a NetsDaily report, the value of the share being bought by Kidd is $500,000 and represents one-sixth of 1 percent ownership of the team. The transaction must be approved by the NBA.
According to reports, Jay helped design the team logos and choose the Nets stark black-and-white color scheme, and personally appealed to National Basketball Association officials to drop their objections to it.
The Times reported Jays influence stretched so far, he courted top players to join the team and even counseled execs on music to play during games.
He is it, Bruce Ratner, the Barclays Center developer, said in an interview. He is us. He is how people are going to see that place.
Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov bought 80 percent ownership of the team in 2009 and appeared on billboards with Jay.
Meanwhile, Kidd, who signed on as Nets coach in June, added to an impressive lineup including Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez. Were told that, unlike Jay, the coach owning minority shares in the team would not be seen as a conflict of interest.
WEST GETS BACKLASH FROM HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP.
The rapper performed at the wedding of Nursultan Nazarbayev's grandson last Saturday. The human rights group compared the appearance to a similar visit earlier this summer by Jennifer Lopez to Turkmenistan, which has its own history of human rights violations.
HRF President Thor Halvorssen says in a statement that Kazakhstan is a "human rights wasteland" where entertainers like West would be imprisoned for expressing their views.
The foundation says Nazarbayev curbs the political rights of his people, suppresses the media and kidnaps the family members of dissidents to maintain his rule.
ICE GOIN' AMISH.
Vanilla Ice will put away his smartphone, home improvement gadgets and tools, and instead immerse himself in traditional Amish family life. He will bond with a group of young Amish men and women who will teach him the traditions, practices and trades that have made the Amish one of the most mysterious and misunderstood -- groups in the world.
Sometimes you gotta get in where you dont necessarily look like you fit in, laughs Vanilla Ice. Home renovation is a huge passion of mine and I love learning and developing my craft. Getting the opportunity to live with and learn from the best, top-notch craftsmen in the world the Amish I mean, it doesnt get any better than that! This family took me under their wing and let me into their lives and for that I will be forever grateful.
After his 90s chart topping hit Ice Ice Baby, Vanilla Ice began focusing his energy on another passion buying land and flipping houses. By renovating distressed homes/mansions and foreclosures over the years, he taught himself the basics through hands-on experience and research. Vanilla Ice has brought his nearly two decades worth of knowledge and talent to fans all over the country in the past three seasons of his critically acclaimed hit series on DIY Network, The Vanilla Ice Project (premiered October 2010).
FIASCO ACCUSED OF HIDING KINGPIN DRUG MONEY.
According to the suit, Patton's estranged wife believes Fiasco conspired with the drug kingpin to move more than NINE MILLION DOLLARS into various bank accounts in an effort to block her from making a play on the cash in their ongoing divorce.
Patton's wife believes she's uncovered the money trail and says it went through Lupe. Now, she's suing to get what she claims is rightfully hers.
Lupe's lawyer told TMZ.. "Inita's allegations are baseless and will be proven false at trial. Adding, "There are no secret accounts and no illicit instructions."
MONEY RECORDS LEVERAGES ITSELF INTO POP MUSIC WITH MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR
Under this collaborative initiative between Cash Money and Chase, 17-year-old rising superstar Austin Mahone will release his anticipated full-length debut album later this year.
This is only the beginning for the partnership between Cash Money, Chase, and Republic Records. Chase will augment Cash Money's foothold in the pop world, expanding the label's sphere of influence in the genre and strengthening its overall impact. With more projects on the horizon, they've formed a genuine dream team for all forthcoming releases. Austin's success established Chase as a launch pad for new talent, and Cash Money proves the perfect partner.
Cash Money Records co-founder and co-C.E.O. Ronald "Slim" Williams feels that excitement as well. "We've been colleagues with the Chase team for a while," he says. "As we continue our expansion, Chase Records is the perfect partner for Cash Money as we're both striving for excellence and now we're going to make history together. We've been watching Austin ascend to the ranks of pop music's elite. He's one of pop's most promising and powerful young contenders, and he's on his way to becoming a leader for the genre. As a brand, we cherish the chance to work with stars of this caliber."
Cash Money Records co-founder and co-C.E.O. Bryan Baby Williams aka Birdman adds, We were extremely impressed by everything Chase Records has done with Austin. We bonded over a similar mindset, and it made sense on every level to team up. I cant wait to see what we collectively accomplish.
Meanwhile, the Chase Records team Michael Blumstein, Rocco Valdes, and David Abram agree, "Cash Money's support will be integral to the next phase of Chase Records and their artist development. Its amazing to join forces with one of musics most respected and revered entities. Its clear to us that our label and our artists are a priority at Universal with both Cash Money and Republic Records behind us.
Chase Records and Cash Money Records are ready to take over pop music.
Their first project together will be the upcoming debut album release
from Austin Mahone.
Jay-Z's "Budweiser Made in America" festival debuted on Labor Day weekend last year. About 50,000 fans attended the two-day event. Performers included Pearl Jam, Drake, Run DMC, Skrillex, D'Angelo and Calvin Harris.
This year's festival kicks off in Philadelphia Saturday, August 31 to September 1.. Performers include Beyonce, (and most likely Jay-Z will make a guest appearance), Nine Inch Nails, Imagine Dragons, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
documentary is described as a backstage pass to the event. It includes
some of the performers' stories on how they are "making it in America."
It will debut Sept. 7 at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Cartagena pleaded guilty in December 2012 to failing to pay taxes on more than $1 million of income in 2007 and in 2008. The 42-year-old Miami Beach resident was charged in New Jersey because some of the companies he earns money from are incorporated in the state.
"I did everything
I possibly can to correct the situation," the rapper told Fuse this
month. "I paid them back. It wasn't entirely my fault. I had a new
accountant for like the last four years. And then you could see that my
accountant that worked for me for the 15 years prior to that always paid
my stuff on time, always had it on time."
RICO LOVE ON DECK FOR SOLO EP.
Now, Love makes his own debut as a performer with the release of his solo Division1/Interscope Records EP, Discrete Luxury, which arrives August 27, along with the video for the first track, "They Don't Know."
He explains: "It's metaphorical because you can't see me fully, so you don't know if it's me, just like people don't know that it's me behind some of the songs they're listening to."
Love achieved success as a producer and songwriter, collaborating on Usher's Grammy-winning Confessions (including the song "Throwback"), while contributing four songs to Beyonce's five-times Grammy-winning I Am .Sasha Fierce album, featuring the platinum single, "Sweet Dreams." Other artists Rico Love has worked with include Fergie, Mary J. Blige, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Trey Songz, Wiz Khalifa, Michelle Williams, Lloyd, Pleasure P, Mario, Ludacris, T.I., French Montana and Brandy, among many others.
Love recently made rising recording artist/songwriter Tiara Thomas ("Tell Me Something") the first artist signing to his Division1 label.
"Some days are hard and stressful, but it's so exciting, so I just think about where I came from and that outweighs any stress," says the multi-hyphenate multi-tasker.
With the release of his Discrete Luxury EP, Rico Love is ready to come out from behind the curtain. "They Don't Know" now, but everyone soon will.
NATION SPEAKS OUT AGAINST KOOL HERC'S FALSE REPRESENTATION OF HIPHOP CULTURE.
Herc is our brother, but when our family strays from us, we must first forgive them for mistakes, but let them know of their wrongdoings, and of course, welcome them back with open arms. We could go on forever about how many artists who are heavily a part of, or were a part of the Universal Zulu Nation, know and understand how serious this is. By no means should ANY of us attempt to change the course of history and flip it for a dollar or for accolades from an industry of Culture Vultures called the media, when we have known and still do know that many in the media want the false, doctored-up UN-truths, not the REAL truth. Especially when it comes to Hip-Hop. What is further disturbing is the falsehood that Kool Herc failed to respect the TRUE first ladies of Hip-Hop: ShaRock, Lisa Lee, Debbie Dee, Queen Amber. The women who were there ON THE MIC representing this Culture. Kool Herc went as far as saying his SISTER is the first lady of Hip-Hop. Kool Hercs sister is also his marketing rep, and is part of promoting the falsehood that she (Cindy) is the First Lady of Hip-Hop. Thats NOT TRUE.
I may come across long-winded in this message, but to get to the bottom line, Kool Herc, aka Clive Campbell DID NOT BIRTH HIP-HOP CULTURE 40 YEARS AGO ON AUGUST 11, 1973. In fact, Kool Herc only did a Back To School JAM in the recreation room at 1520 Sedgewick Avenue in the Bronx. No emcees were present, no Hip-Hop was present (a term heavily used by LoveBug Starski and Keith Cowboy), and the Zulu Nation was already in effect. THIS is the reason for this message. Please get a pen and write this down, or go stand near the chalkboard and write this one hundred times to make SURE you remember: HIP-HOP CULTURE IS 39 YEARS OLD ZULU NATION IS 40 YEARS OLD.
Some may say theres no difference, and its only a year. But truth is, Kool Herc appears to be working with outside forces to overstep and outshine what is taking place THIS November 12th: The 40th Anniversary of the Universal Zulu Nation. Do you know how big that really is? How dangerous that really is? That so many brothers and sisters of the same accord have been together THIS strong for THIS long? Herc isnt alone in how he totally misrepresented Hip-Hop Culture. But a fixture in the Culture, TV host Ralph McDaniels should be ashamed of himself for allowing Herc to speak a clear and evident falsehood on Channel 7 New York that August 18th. Ralph documented so many of our events and knows so much about the movement and the Culture. The very man who we trusted to hold the media portion of our Culture dear, sold out for a few minutes of talk time to appease the hearts and minds of a select few who could care less about Hip-Hop Culture.
be forthcoming about the FACTS concerning this message, we MUST inform
those who are a part of this Culture that Universal Zulu Nation does NOT
condone falsehoods with respects to this Culture of ours. Kool Herc may
have done PARTIES, but a PARTY does NOT represent a MOVEMENT. Nor does
a PARTY CREATE a movement. But the CULTURE of Hip-Hop CREATED a MOVEMENT
and REPRESENTS a movement. Zulu represents and always WILL represent the
four spiritual PRINCIPLES of The Culture: Peace, Unity, Love and Having
Fun. We also promoted and rocked parties UTILIZING the five physical ELEMENTS
of the Culture: Deejaying, Graffitti, Breakdancing, Emceeing and KNOWLEDGE.
I would hope that Herc would adhere to the KNOWLEDGE of our Culture and
refrain form the misrepresentation and falsehoods. This message is to
inform you that there is NO TRUTH to what you have been hearing about
Kool Herc and Hip-Hop having a 40th anniversary. Maybe Kool HERC was deejaying
for 40 years. Maybe so. But Kool Herc has nothing to do with the TERM
Hip-Hop. It was a Culture he was INVITED to once our founder
Afrika Bambaataa FOUNDED the Culture USING the term. That said, I would
venture to say that perhaps Kool Hercs SOUND system , The
Herculords is 40 years old, but not Hip-Hop. Give it another year,
Herc. And give it a rest. We love you, but we MUST correct you, brother.
Happy 39th birthday, Hip-Hop. Happy 40th Birthday, Zulu Nation.
"They let some independent hip-hop artists up here at the VMAs," Macklemore told the crowd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. "The fact that we're up here with a Moonman is insane."
Mack & Ryan Also Took Home The Moonman For Best Video With A Social Message.
Kanye West performed "Blood On The Leaves" from his latest album Yeezus. Justin Timberlake won Video Of The Year for his Mirrors music video and was also honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
RECORDS INKS WITH RED DISTRIBUTTION.
James Prince states, "It's an honor to be in business with RED Distribution. I'm looking forward to working with Bob Morelli and Alan Becker and merging the experienced staffs to create a lot more success in the industry."
With current break-out artists such as Joey Bada$$ and Kendrick Lamar nodding to 90's hip-hop, Rap-A-Lot's catalog further molds RED's base of legacy product from this era, which includes the iconic Ruthless Records, Loud, Relativity, Hypnotized Minds and Violator.
Alan Becker, SVP of Product Development at RED, notes, " Over 25 years, James Prince has kept Rap-A-Lot true to its roots, while always pushing the boundaries of rap music. Like RED, Rap-A-Lot has endured the test of time and is still on top of its game. We are invigorated to be partnered with Rap-A-Lot as the label enters into the next round of its impressive history."
Adds RED President Bob Morelli, "James Prince and Rap-A-Lot have made a mark as one of the most significant imprints in the history of rap music. With the incredible catalog and new Bun B album coming in October, we are well positioned for a great new chapter in the Rap-A-Lot story."
HIP HOP AWARDS 2013 ON DECK / SNOOP TO HOST
The multi-platinum artist, actor and entertainment icon appeared LIVE in studio and promised that this year's show will be a true tribute to real hip hop culture. In its eighth year, the "BET Hip Hop Awards 2013" (#hiphopawards) returns to The Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta, GA. The show tapes on Saturday, September 28, 2013 and premieres Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 8:00 P.M. ET/PT
"Snoop is a pop culture icon who has millions of fans around the world. We are thrilled to have Uncle Snoop preside over the 'BET Hip Hop Awards 2013' and bring his unique blend of humor, wit, credibility and fun to the show. Get ready for something you've never seen!" - Stephen G. Hill President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks.
Lamar received the most nominations with 14 for the eighth annual BET
Hip-Hop Awards. Drake scored 13 nominations and J. Cole earned 10 nods.
Stephen G. Hill, BET's President of Music Programming and Specials, Lynne Harris Taylor, BET's Vice President of Specials, will serve as Executive Producers for the BET Hip Hop Awards, along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.
"BET Hip Hop Awards 2013" will also air on Friday, October 18th on BET's international network in the UK and Africa, reaching more than 17 million households in 50+ countries.
FULL LIST OF "BET HIP HOP AWARDS 2013" NOMINEES
CHAINZ ARRESTED IN OKLAHOMA CITY.
2 Chainz, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, and the others were arrested on a charge of obstructing a police officer and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on Thursday morning, Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said.
But by Thursday afternoon, all 11 had paid the $2,000 bail and were released from custody, Oklahoma County Sheriff's spokesman Mark Myers said.
The 35-year-old rapper performed with Lil Wayne and T.I. in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. Police stopped 2 Chainz's tour bus around midnight near Interstate 40 because of an illegal taillight and noticed drug use, though Wardlow wouldn't go into specifics.
The driver was arrested, "but as he got off the bus, the interior door shut and locked and obviously our officers could not get in there," she said. The remaining people on the bus refused to leave the vehicle, so officers towed it to a nearby police training facility about four miles away, Wardlow said. Investigators obtained a warrant and all 11 people came off the bus around 9 a.m., Wardlow said. They were then arrested on the charge and booked into jail. Wardlow also said investigators found narcotics on the bus, but don't know to whom those belonged. She said more charges could be filed later.
The Atlanta-based rapper, initially known as Tity Boi, was a member of the rap duo Playaz Circle before going solo. His 2012 debut album, "Based on a T.R.U. Story," topped the Billboard charts. His new album, "B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time," is set to be released next month.
OF EXTRAORDINARY GZ CONFRONT ISSUE OF RECENT KILLING IN TEXAS.
"According to the Austin Chronicle, Austin Police officer Charles Kleinert was investigating a robbery at Benchmark Bank on July 26, 2013, when Larry Jackson Jr. approached the closed bank. Though Jackson was not a robbery suspect, he misidentified himself to the bank manager outside before talking with Kleinert for a few minutes. Then Jackson fled. Kleinert commandeered a civilian's vehicle and instructed him to follow the non-suspect until he found him walking along the sidewalk.
Finally, Kleinert jumped out of the car and scuffled with Jackson under a bridge before fatally shooting him through the back of the neck that afternoon.
According to APD's foot pursuit policy, mere "flight by a subject who is not suspected of criminal activity shall not serve as the sole justification for engaging in a foot pursuit without the development of reasonable suspicion regarding the individual's involvement in criminal activity."
Officers should "consider alternatives to engaging in or continuing a foot pursuit" under a number of specific circumstances, including when "the officer is acting alone" or when the fleeing person enters a "wooded or otherwise isolated area and there are insufficient officers to provide backup and containment."
By Monday, August 5, City Manager Marc Ott requested that the Department of Justice investigate Austin Police, to determine if their "tactics and practices" are consistent with department policies and with national best practices, the Chronicle reported. "The Texas Civil Rights Project and Austin NAACP... first requested the DOJ investigate APD's use of force back in 2004."
By August 6, APD's killing of Larry Jackson, Jr. was listed as justifiable homicide - without a list of justifications - in the custodial death report filed with the Texas Attorney General's Office. The stated cause of death was "accidental injury, intoxication, suicide or homicide."
The Larry Jackson, Jr. incident is eerily reminiscent of when APD killed Jessie Lee Owens Jr. (2003), Daniel Rocha (2005), Kevin Brown (2007), Nathaniel Sanders II (2009), Byron Carter (2011) and several more.
We want to know what happened. We want to know it wasn't an abuse of power with no accountability to follow. We want APD officer Kleinert held accountable for what he did. We want Austin and APD to know that we are not happy with the way that they handle these things. We are committed to seeing the systematic and legal justifications for this trend change. We want transparency and justice for these Austinites.
Do you agree?"
RECORDS INKS BROOKLYN PRODUCER KASIM KETO.
Kasim Keto is planning his commercial debut, "Long Car Rides," for a November 19th release via Babygrande Records.
SUES KANYE OVER LAX SCUFFLE.
Daniel Ramos claimed his right hip was injured when the rapper punched him in an unprovoked attack and wrestled his camera to the ground. Ramos was a member of the paparazzi who staked out at the airport July 19 to snap celebrity photos.
"I told him twice, 'I don't want to fight you,'" Ramos said. "However, he attacked me anyway."
Last week, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office declined to file felony assault and attempted robbery charges against West, saying Ramos didn't have a significant injury.
city attorney's office was considering whether to file misdemeanor charges.
MONEY BACKS OUT OF POST VMA PARTY - ISSUES STATEMENT.
thank everyone for their continued interest and support and hope to return
at a future date so that we can party with a purpose with our fans.
Cash Money Records attorney Vernon Brown comments, First and foremost, Cash Money Records values the well-being of everyone who supports the label. As the event became overcapacity, our emphasis once again turned to that well-being and it was deemed necessary to cancel.
Co-Founder and C.E.O. Ronald Slim Williams says, We were personally looking forward to this event more than anybody. It was a chance to not only get together and celebrate, but it was an important opportunity to give back to the American Diabetes Association. We want to extend our sincerest apologies and thank everyone for their continued support and understanding. Were here because of you, and your safety is the most important thing in the world to us.
and C.E.O. Bryan Birdman Williams states, "We thank everyone
for their continued interest and support and hope to return at a future
date so that we can party with a purpose with our fans."
Black Milk previously released the first single, "Perfected On Puritan Ave," LISTEN HERE introducing listeners to some of the themes from the upcoming album, which is structured conceptually as a series of dreams in the mind of a fictional character named Sonny Jr. The album art and tour flyer depict some of the imagery from Black Milk's lyrical content, and were created by Dallas, Texas artist Joonbug.
50 CENT's impressive body of work has been recognized across the music industry, having received awards from the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Grammy Awards, MTV Music Video Awards, World Music Awards and many others - for an impressive tally of 83 awards.
From music, Jackson expanded his growing empire to include several entrepreneurial endeavors. He worked with Glacéau to create a vitamin water drink called Formula 50; became a licensed boxing promoter for his new company SMS Promotions; has stepped successfully into film and television, as both a producer and as an actor; and is also the founder of SMS Audio, a brand of headphones and other consumer audio products, and SK Energy Shots, a brand of energy shots. Both brands follow a conscious capitalism model, contributing a portion of sales proceeds to combat hunger in the U.S. and Africa, respectively.
"Hang With has the power to connect people to content and brands in ways never before possible," said Jackson. "I am excited to use Hang With to connect with my fans and to watch the platform grow because of its unique and exciting way of connecting people."
"50 Cent is at the top of who's who in entertainment and social media," said Andrew Maltin, MEDL Mobile CEO. "He's a Grammy-winning music artist who has more than seven million followers on Twitter and more than 31 million likes on Facebook. We can't wait to see what happens when his fans can get the most authentic social media experience hanging with him live."
To date, the Hang w/ platform has attracted more than 70 celebrities and athletes including Timbaland, Kaskade, Paula Abdul, Jimmy Kimmell, Terrell Owens, Cheech and Chong, Jessica Sanchez and Jamie Kennedy. Hang w/ recently announced a $2,000,000 Series A Round Investment that is being used to fund the company's aggressive plans to scale the platform.
ON DECK FOR RETAIL/FASHION.
"As a business owner, I have expanded my portfolio into many different arenas, including spirits and tech. As a longtime fashion enthusiast and the architect of the YMCMB lifestyle, it makes perfect sense to partner with the esteemed Bravado and move into fashion and launch my apparel brands," said Birdman. "I am excited to bring elements of my lifestyle to the masses with the Rich Gang, and with Lil Wayne to be able to share the feel of our labels with the YMCMB Apparel brand."
Tom Bennett, CEO of Bravado said, "Bravado has built its licensed brands division by partnering with the most creative and unique entrepreneurs and artists in the space. Birdman is an incredible executive and entertainer with a fresh and distinct point of view. We look forward to working on the amazing products that will be developed for Rich Gang and YMCMB."
Rich Gang is a full lifestyle apparel brand encompassing every apparel category including fashion mix, active-wear, denim, basics and outerwear. An aspirational brand, Rich Gang Apparel is composed of quality fabrics and luxury materials, including high thread counts and unique touches such as python accents.
The Rich Gang apparel brand builds upon the elite lifestyle Birdman created around the release of his lauded album Rich Gang, the first ever full-length compilation album from Cash Money Records. Rich Gang, released to all retailers on July 23rd, features Grammy Award winner Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Mack Maine, Tyga, Mystikal, Bow Wow, Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda, Limp Bizkit and Busta Rhymes, as well as the YMCMB family's close, chart-topping friends Future, French Montana, TI and Meek Mill.
Rich Gang will be showing at once product available for fall and holiday 2013 as well as the full collection available for Spring 2014. The price point for Rich Gang ranges from $48.00 - $98.00 USD for fashion mix; $78.00 - $128.00 USD for active-wear; and $88.00 - $120.00 for denim, t-shirts begin at $44.00 USD and outerwear begins at $150.00 USD.
In addition to the Rich Gang Apparel brand, Birdman will also be launching the YMCMB Apparel brand with Lil Wayne. An acronym for Young Money Cash Money Billionaires, YMCMB Apparel is a comfort and relaxed-wear brand. YMCMB Apparel offers active-wear driven apparel, such as t-shirts as well as outerwear, such as hooded sweatshirts. The YMCMB Apparel is a continuation of the one of a kind YMCMB merchandise made famous by Birdman & Lil Wayne that was only available to YMCMB artists and their close friends. Due to popular demand and increasing interest from fans around the globe, Birdman has expanded YMCMB into a full apparel brand now available to the public.
YMCMB apparel will also be showing at once product available for fall and holiday 2013 as well as the full collection available for Spring 2014. The price point for YMCMB ranges from $26.00 - $48.00 USD for active-wear and beginning at $58.00 USD for outerwear.
Birdman will make
a special appearance at Agenda in honor of the exciting launch of both
Rich Gang & YMCMB apparel brands
dates are listed below.
in 1997 in Oakland, California, Hiero Imperium Records was founded by
artists Del The Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, and the group
Souls of Mischief, consisting of members A-Plus, Opio, Phesto and Tajai.
After releasing albums on several major labels, the collective established
their own independent Hieroglyphics Imperium label, website, and merch
company in 1997, and are credited as creating the blueprint for independent
rap labels. Few other rap collectives have withstood the test of time
and are still considered as vibrant, respected, and talented as when they
first stepped on the scene 20+ years ago. They are also credited as being
one of the first hip hop groups to work with skate, snow, and surf companies
. Created by Del the Funky Homosapien, their "third eye logo"
is considered the third most recognized music logo according to Rolling
Stone Magazine, and has been seen tattooed on dozens of fans all over
the world. 2013 marks the 20 year anniversary of Souls of Mischief's seminal
'93 'Til Infinity album, which will be celebrated at the 2nd annual Hiero
Day block party festival on September 2nd, 2013 in Oakland, California.
G PARTNERS WITH MOSCATO WINE COMPANY.
The Allure wine portfolio features several different flavors, including Allure Moscato and Allure Pink Moscato, that are currently available in stores and online at popular retailers such as BevMo!, Whole Foods, Vons and Safeway.
Who wouldve known that my favorite Moscato, Allure, would ask me to be their brand partner, says Warren G. Its exciting to be in the wine business and I know we can bring a lot of pleasure to our consuming audience. I'm looking forward to sharing my favorite pink Moscato with everyone.
Were very pleased to be working with Warren G, who has the bright, lively style of our Allure wines, and the same belief in top quality and value, said Fred Franzia, Bronco Wine Company Chief Executive Officer. Im impressed by Warren Gs interest in wines and I know were going to have a big success. Bronco is the fifth largest winery in the country, and the Franzia family celebrating its 120th year of making wine, is the largest vineyard owner in the United States.
is another wonderful tie-in for our celebrity-winery packages, said
RC Mills, Brand Elite President. Were excited to partner with
one of the largest wine companies in the world and expand our markets.
The company previously introduced Keyshawn Johnsons XIX Cabernet
Sauvignon and has several other projects in work.
ADDS TEAMS FROM NBA VET STEPHEN JACKSON & JUELZ SANTANA.
Thirteen year NBA veteran Stephen Jacksons OG Trill Squad, featuring NBA players Wilson Chandler and Marcus Thorton, won the Tournament of the Stars in Louisiana this past weekend and will be competing at the event. In addition, Skull Gang, a team assembled by hip-hop icon Juelz Santana has been added. Santana, who will perform before his team takes the floor, joins a trio of music legends with a passion for basketball in Michael Bivins, Jermaine Dupri and Rico Love, who will all captain or coach teams which will be comprised of several pro players, as well as some of the most accomplished individual basketball and streetball talents in the world.
Born and raised LaRon James, young Juelz Santana began his journey like many Harlem teens: the new kid on the block. At 15, Juelz put together the group Draft Pick with a neighborhood friend. The duo was picked up by Priority Records, but it wasn't long until Santana was introduced through his cousin to fellow Harlem rapper Cam'ron. Over the past few years, the hip-hop game has watched Juelz Santana become one of its brightest stars, its biggest personalities, and its finest MCs.
The latest additions will join the previously announced streetball teams led by NBA Legend Shawn Kemp, and Indiana Pacers star and AND1 athlete Lance Stephenson, who will captain and coach a team of players selected from Indianapolis-area Pro AM League.
The Source Magazine will present the best of their Unsigned Hype Artists at this year's AND1 Summer Remix. The Source is responsible for many iconic music and lifestyle brands, including its Unsigned Hype column. With each and every issue, the infamous Unsigned Hype section of The Source Magazine is highly coveted and highly competitive. The Source has helped to discover Hip-Hop legends such as Notorious B.I.G., Common, Eminem, among others and has been successful in predicting the success of buzzing acts like Macklemore, Joey Bads$$, & more.
addition elite dunkers Justin Darlington, known as Jus
Fly, who won the 2012 Nike World Basketball Festival Dunk Contest
in Washington, D.C.; Guy Dupuy, a 6-foot-3, 26-year old star from France
is known as The Best Dunker In The World,; Brandon Werm
Lacue the former winner of the Sprite Slam-Dunk Showdown; Haneef Munir,
known by the nickname of Young Hollywood; and former Globetrotter
star Chris Staples, better known as Hoopstar; will also compete
with others for an additional $10,000 winner take all prize.
DEBUTS NEW JOINT / FEATURED IN CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS
During a press conference on Wednesday (August 14), Activision exec announced that the song is the first release off Em's upcoming album, due this fall.
Eminem also appeared via a videotaped message, in which he explains the concept: "The song's about fighting back and it seems like it fits Ghosts perfectly. I'm gonna be a big part of the game. My new song's in it, got a video dropping for it soon too."
THICKE CONTINUES TO BREAK RECORDS.
Hosted by Cash Money Records co-founder, multi-platinum, Grammy nominated Bryan Birdman Williams and Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum-selling recording artist Lil Wayne, the Cash Money Records event promises to be the most dazzling event of the week and the talk of the town.
The event will take place on August 25th in Brooklyn, New York immediately following the MTV VMA telecast. Held at the famous architectural landmark, Skylight One Hanson, which is located directly across the street from the Barclays Center. In addition to Cash Money Records co-CEOs Bryan Birdman Williams and Ronald Slim Williams, attendees will include YMCMBs artists including Lil Wayne, Drake, Busta Rhymes, DJ Khaled, Paris Hilton and Tyga, amongst others.
The Cash Money Records VMA after-party is invite only, although a limited number of tickets will be available for sale to the general public, with proceeds going towards the American Diabetes Association of Greater New York.
"We've had the honor of supporting with the American Diabetes Association through United Health Care last year at our Annual Turkey Drive and were looking forward to collaborating with ADA directly this time around, and together we're giving Young Money/Cash Money Records VMA after-party a really wonderful purpose. We're raising awareness and hoping to soldier on towards a cure, say Ronald Slim Williams.
Adds Bryan Birdman Williams, Slim and I have always believed in giving back, and we are thrilled to give back to the community through the American Diabetes Association and party with a purpose.
ART TO MAKE HISTORY.
Banksy is one of the worlds most provocative artists. TIME Magazine selected the British graffiti master, painter and activist as one of the worlds most influential people in 2010, among people such as Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, Lady Gaga and others. Although his art commands hundreds of thousands of dollars, his identity remains concealed. His world-famous street art can be found on facades from Great Britain to Israels West Bank to the streets of Los Angeles. The majority of works by this controversial artist reflect his criticism of the government, presenting strong themes concerning surveillance and the governments role in modern society.
For Flower Girl, Banksy utilized black aerosol stenciling to reveal a young girl in silhouette, with a basket of picked flowers, gazing up into a security camera which has blossomed from a tall plant. In his signature style, the camera is adorned with a long rattail, one of Banksys signature motifs. In Flower Girl, the artist poignantly juxtaposes the innocence of a young girl picking flowers with the curious and questioning gaze of someone not yet willing to back down. Banksys upward trajectory can be traced from his early days when he was labeled an outlaw to his current status as a world renowned artist. He has graffitied on gritty urban walls as well as on stretched canvas, produced works of conceptual sculpture, and been the subject of an Academy Award nominated film, Exit Through The Gift Shop.
Flower Girl transformed the 9x8 foot gas station wall into one of the artists signature murals. It drew crowds to the unassuming gas station in Hollywood in 2008 when it was created and has since fueled the fire of the street art movement.
Banksy was quoted as saying Hollywood is a town where they honor their heroes by writing their names on the pavement to be walked on by fat people and peed on by dogs. It seemed like a great place to come and be ambitious.
Banksy executes his painted graffiti murals on public buildings and other structures and surfaces. Originally using free-hand processes, he eventually evolved into using stencils as a way of securing the ethereal yet pervasive imagery. His images are drawn or printed onto sheets of cardboard or acetate and then painstakingly cut, as they are often quite complex in their linear details. This was the procedure Banksy used to execute Flower Girl.
Art collectors wishing to expand their portfolios to include Blue Chip urban art will find other highlights on display at Juliens Auctions, including pieces from the CONART collection, as well known artists such as Shepard Fairy, Risk, MearsOne, Cope2, Indie 184, Miner I, and Chaze.
I loved when Banksy said, Imagine a city where graffiti wasnt illegal, a city where everybody could draw whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colors and little phrases. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall its wet, said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Juliens Auctions. Banksy is not only provocative but quite entertaining. It makes it quite fun to offer his art along with so many other great artists of our time, proving once again that Juliens Auctions is the worlds best Pop Art auction house in the world.
PROMOTES NEW VP OF PROMOTIONS.
Boy spoke with TMZ about the incident offering an apology to all involved.
It was a bad night and me and the flight staff didnt see eye
to eye, said the Crank That performer. In hindsight,
Im extremely sorry for all inconvenience caused to the passengers
and employees of the airline.
IOVINE NEGOTIATING NEW CONTRACT.
Sources told the Post that Iovine is asking for a raise, as well as a shorter-term contract. One source said that Iovine has been in "an ongoing negotiation" with the label.
A spokesperson for UMG told the Post, "Jimmy is part of the fabric of Universal Music Group and we look forward to continuing our work together for some time."
was in the press last week for his involvement with Beats, the company
he co-founded with Dr. Dre. Jimmy is gearing up for the launch of an anticipated
new streaming subscription service called Beats Music. He
hired 20-year radio veteran, Julie Pilat last week to head up the music
2ND ANNUAL GLOBAL SPIN AWARDS ON DECK.
Levison comes to VH1 having generated multiple successes as a producer and an executive in a variety of reality and scripted formats for national broadcast and cable television networks including FOX, Bravo, TruTV, VH1 and Yahoo. Levison's appointment comes as VH1 posts a strong summer in primetime ratings fueled by "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta," the #1 cable reality series of the summer among adults 18-49, and "Hit The Floor," currently this summer's #1 new scripted series on basic cable among adults 18-49 and women 18-49.
"Susan's proven expertise in crafting engaging stories with strong characters in reality formats and scripted dramas and comedies makes her a perfect match for VH1 and our successful mix of music, pop culture, humor and nostalgia programming," said Calderone. "Susan is a highly respected and successful executive having earned a stellar reputation in the creative community with both talent and producers, and we're happy to welcome her to the VH1 family."
Levison joins VH1 from FishBowl Worldwide Media where she was Executive Vice President, Head of Creative Affairs. In the three years since the company's creation, Levison and her team sold unscripted reality series to Bravo ("Toned Up"), TruTV ("Upload With Shaquille O'Neal"), Fuse ("Off Beat"), as well as VH1 for its hit series "I'm Married To A " In addition, Levison executive produced "Ultimate Surprises," a digital series which ran for three seasons on Yahoo. She also sold scripted projects to NBC, MTV, the CW and Comedy Central among others.
Previously, Levison served as Senior Vice President, Comedy Development for the FOX Broadcasting Company, supervising the network's comedy development efforts and working as the company's key creative liaison with studios, writers and production executives. She oversaw development of the hit animated series "The Cleveland Show" from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane as well as "Bob's Burgers" from creator Loren Bouchard.
Prior to that, Levison was Vice President, Drama Development at FOX, where she was involved in the creation of the three hit series "House," "Prison Break" and "Bones." Before that, she was Director of Alternative Programming under Mike Darnell, where she assisted in the development of such FOX series as "American Idol," "Temptation Island" and "The Simple Life." She was also responsible for several made-for-television movies, including "Bradys In The White House." Levison joined FOX in 1999 as an assistant in the Alternative Programming department.
In 2004, Levison was named to The Hollywood Reporter's list of "Next Generation" leaders, and in 2006 was named as one of "Twelve Women to Watch" by Broadcasting & Cable Magazine. She began her career in the TV Literary department at CAA.
earned a Bachelor's degree from Pomona College and a Master's degree in
English from Boston University.
Pilat, who held multiple titles at Clear Channel -- among them: Alternative Brand Coordinator, program director for Los Angeles rock station KYSR (98.7 FM), assistant PD/music director for KIIS-FM and booker of the annual iHeartRadio concert -- is heading up music curation and artist development for the service, which still has no launch date (although Beats Music is certainly hiring). As she tells The Hollywood Reporter, To change the path for the future of music is the opportunity of a lifetime I couldn't say no.
The forthcoming roll-out of Beats Music (formerly called Daisy) has been a well-kept secret among its executive ranks, which includes rapper Dre, Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor (who acts as chief creative officer) and former Yahoo Music GM and Topspin CEO Ian Rogers, but Pilat let loose a few nuggets: that a team of music experts is already in place -- its presumed that these elite tastemakers will help program Beats Music's equivalent of channels. Says Pilat: I know there will be a lot of geeking out over music.
for finding an audience: Its about an art for connecting and
giving them what they want, she says. With the infinite amount of
music online, Pilat points to curation as way to bridge
the gap between that 'tastemaker' audience and the mainstream. And give
a lot of music context.
As for the scores of internet music services offering access to massive libraries with a click, Pilat sees not a surplus, but a lack of options. There aren't a lot of choices, she says. If you know what you want to listen to, you pull it up, but if you don't, you get stuck. Curation will find that community with a true passion for music. Thats what's going to set us apart. Pilat's official title is head of curation and artist development. Her first day at the Santa Monica-based company was Aug. 6. Source: Hollywood Reporter
WEEKLY STATS & #'S.
At #3 this week is Jay Z's "Magna Carta ... Holy Grail," which slips one notch with 62,000 (down 20%).
Tech N9ne's "Something Else" grabs #4 with 58,000 copies sold. "Something Else" is the indie rapper's 19th charting set and equals his chart peak, claimed when 2011's "All 6's & 7's" also bowed at #4. "Something Else," however, does give Tech N9ne his best sales week, eclipsing the 56,000 debut of "All 6's.
J. Cole - Born Sinner grabs #14 with 17,000 units sold (544,000 Total). Kanye West - Yeezus scoops up #38 selling 9,200 copies (497,000 Total). Ace Hood - Trials & Tribulations takes #64 selling 6,400 units (51,000 Total).
album sales in this past chart week (ending Aug. 4) totaled 5.1 million
units, up 9% compared with the sum last week (4.7 million) and down 3%
compared with the comparable sales week of 2012 (5.2 million). Year-to-date
album sales stand at 166.3 million, down 6% compared with the same total
at this point last year (177.3 million).
Before anyone had songs produced by Just Blaze on their phones or MP3 players, he infiltrated the industry via Motorolas famed P900 two-way pager. I got my first bit of industry-wide notoriety programming ringtones for those things, says Just. Back then, there wasnt such a thing as ringtones for your phone, at all. But Motorola included an app that allowed you to make customizable tones. The way you had to enter the music into the pager wasnt really a musical approach. It was more a mathematical thing. It was all numbers, letters, and punctuation. Kind of like a language of its own.
It was funny, people I had never met would hear my name and go, Dude, I have all your ringtones on my phone! he says. There was a rumor floating around that I learned to make music by using the two-way, which was insane.
He says he built a Pro Tools rig on his laptop back in 1997, something the programs creators said was not possible at the time. It took a lot of time, a lot of trial and error, and quite a bit of money, but I was able to fashion my own Pro Tools rig that ran off an old Powerbook, explained Just. I used to roll it into sessions and engineers would look at me like I was from another planet because nobody had anything like this in New York, or in the business, at all.
These days, the man born Justin Smith, 35, is best known for one thing: producing hit records. Since 1999, Just Blaze has become a go-to producer for an army of artists, including Jay-Z, Drake, Mariah Carey, and Eminem. Able to switch effortlessly between live-sounding orchestral creations to electronic synth bounces, hes also one of the most versatile producers working today. Very few people in the music industry could go from producing gritty soul tracks for the likes of Rick Ross and Kendrick Lamar to a creating chart-topping club hit with Baauer. But thats all in a days work for Just Blaze. Let him tell it, however, and hell say all of this nearly didnt happen. He was almost a programmer. Source: Wired
CENT PLEADS NOT GUILTY.
The performer, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was given a long list of instructions by Superior Court Judge Bernard J. Kamins, who told him to stay away from Daphne Narvarez and forbid him from contacting her by phone or email. He also was told not to possess any weapons or try to dissuade witnesses from coming to court.
The 37-year-old rapper was ordered to return to court on Sept. 4 for a pretrial hearing. Jackson was charged after Narvarez reported that he had trashed her Toluca Lake condo and kicked her during an argument. Police said property worth $7,100 was destroyed.
Outside court, defense attorney Scott Leemon said his client denies the allegations. Narvarez told police that during a June 23 argument, Jackson began destroying property at her Toluca Lake condo before she locked herself in a bedroom. She also said Jackson kicked open the bedroom door and kicked her, causing injury. Police said Jackson was gone when they arrived, and they saw broken items including chandeliers, furniture and a television. Narvarez said she had a three-year relationship with Jackson.
was charged with domestic violence and four counts of vandalism.. If convicted,
he could face up to five years behind bars and $46,000 in fines Jackson,
somber in a dark suit and tie, was rushed out of court to a waiting SUV.
A process server tried to deliver unspecified legal documents to him by
placing them on the windshield of the car, but the papers flew away.
The collaboration between Just Blaze and Brooklyn DJ/Producer Baauer was sparked earlier this year when the two were on a co-headline tour. Just Blaze (Justin Smith) is best known for his production work for hip-hop legends Jay Z, Eminem and Kanye West. 24-year-old Baauer (Harry Rodrigues) made his debut in May 2012 on Diplos Mad Decent imprint Jeffrees with the dance-floor anthem Harlem Shake which gained Pitchfork Best New Track accolades when it was released. In February 2013, the song went on to create an even bigger cultural impact, becoming the catalyst for a YouTube and internet phenomenon that catapulted Harlem Shake into the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks after the chart was re-vamped to include online streaming numbers. Harlem Shake is now one of the best-selling singles of 2013 and was awarded two Billboard Music Awards in the newly created EDM categories for Best Dance Song and Best EDM Song. Baauer has also released the 3-track Dum Dum EP on LuckyMe Records and outside of his own recordings and touring has found time to remix for the likes of No Doubt, The Prodigy, Disclosure and AlunaGeorge.
Just Blaze and Baauer are both currently on tour DJing clubs and festivals around the world. Both Baauer and Just Blaze played at Hard Summer in Los Angeles this past weekend and both will play at New York Citys Electric Zoo at the end of the month. Baauer will hit the stage at Outside Lands in San Francisco this weekend before heading to Europe to tour the rest of the month. Baauers tour schedule listed below.
Baauer On Tour:
Just Blaze On Tour:
CUBE AND COORS LIGHT CROWN THE COLDEST MC.
"We saw a lot of talented MCs on this year's Search for the Coldest tour," said Ice Cube. "As an MC myself, I love seeing the next generation of hip-hop emerge, and it's great that Coors Light continues to support hip-hop."
After over 3,000 entries, more than 270,000 online votes and an eight-city tour featuring performances by Juicy J, Pusha T, French Montana and Big Sean, Mr. Hyde was one of four national finalists selected to compete based on their showmanship and swagger, originality and creativity, lyrics and entertainment value. In addition to the $20,000 grand prize, Mr. Hyde was awarded the opportunity to develop a single track produced by DJ Drama, featuring an exclusive verse from Bun B, and will have his song featured on the Coors Light Search for the Coldest Mixtape.
Coors Light Search for the Coldest is a fresh and innovative program that showcases up-and-coming hip-hop artists across the country," says Mwanza Lumumba, Coors Light African American marketing manager. "This is our third year providing aspiring MCs a platform to take their careers to the next level, and Coors Light is happy to recognize and reward refreshing voices in hip-hop."
contest was highlighted by an eight-city tour, featuring celebrity performances
in Dallas, Charlotte, New Orleans, Baltimore and Philadelphia, with semifinal
concert events in Chicago and Atlanta, before concluding in New York City.
The tour also included MyStudio Mobile, an interactive, mobile recording
studio featured at ESSENCE® Festival, and the online contest gave
fans a chance to win daily prizes by voting, including a trip to the finale.
MARTIN HOODIE HEADED TO SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM?
The shirt became a powerful symbol of the case after Zimmerman described Martin as wearing a "hoodie" the night he killed the teen, claiming self-defense. Protestors across the country wore hoodies in support of Martin as they called for Zimmerman's arrest, prosecution and conviction. Prosecutors had introduced the famed hoodie into evidence during the trial. A hush fell over the Seminole County courtroom as they displayed it for the court.
The hoodie is now stored with other evidence from the case at the U.S. Department of Justice, which has opened an investigation into whether Zimmerman violated Martin's civil rights. But the power and symbolism of the hoodie could be available for legions of visitors to an iconic Washington, D.C., museum.
The director of a new branch of the Smithsonian, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, told the Washington Post he would like the museum to acquire the piece of history for its permanent collection.
"It became the symbolic way to talk about the Trayvon Martin case," Lonnie Bunch told the Post. "It's rare that you get one artifact that really becomes the symbol. "Because it's such a symbol, it would allow you to talk about race in the age of Obama."
National Museum of African American History and Culture is set to open
in 2015 in Washington. Source: ABC News
PAGE TALKS WORKING WITH BEYONCE.
Jeffrey Pages talents as a dancer and choreographer have taken him everywhere from Hollywood awards shows to West African villages, producing collaborations with the biggest names in modern dance as well as superstars of pop music. Page received an Emmy nod for his 2005 NAACP Image Award choreography, he took home the 2011 MTV Video Music Award in the category "Best Choreography" for constructing the finale of Beyonce's internationally inspired epic music video "Run the World (Girls)" and is often credited with giving the multi-platinum diva her African dance flair. Page was recruited as a resident choreographer on FOX's reality TV sensation So You Think You Can Dance' and currently serves as Creative Director for RCA recording artist Jazmine Sullivan. In the Fall of 2009, Jeffrey expanded his reach even further when he made his Broadway debut in the cast of the Tony Award winning musical FELA!
says, "I'm very proud to be a part of the creative team for The Mrs.
Carter Show World Tour. I've been a part of Beyonce's creative team for
nearly 8 years now, and have watched her blossom into an attentive yet
unapologetic artist. I believe that as an artist it is our responsibility
to reflect the wide spectrum of human beauty that ranges from piercing
to soothing for the senses, and Beyonce has masterfully tapped into developing
these varied depths of how spectacular grandeur collide with art. The
many artists that she has continued to bring together is a gumbo of the
biggest and brightest flavors in the pantry and a testament of her creative
prowess and business acumen. My conversations with her are easy and creatively
motivating, she is not afraid of exploring big ideas yet is confident
enough to allow me to experiment and play. Our chat about the choreography
for "Grown Woman" was a pretty quick and painless sell - I showed
her some intricate footwork that I have become known for and she loved
it immediately. I staged the opening for that and added a few "groove"
moments. My work is also featured on the tour in the remix version of
"Single Ladies," as well as the signature motif for "Run
The World (Girls)" that I developed for her music video. She is most
definitely a "Grown Woman" and when that music video drops it's
going to be amazing!"
Keith, Andy and Val are the perfect combination to run Revolt they are my executive dream team, said Combs, Revolt TV's chairman and founder, in a statement. This launch could not be done without their talents, experience and drive to create the best new network the industry will have seen in a long time.
Revolt TV, which has national carriage deals with both Comcast and Time Warner Cable, is set to launch this fall.
Before coming to Revolt, Clinkscales founded The Shadow League, a digital sports platform, in partnership with ESPN, where he previously worked for seven years as senior vice president. Prior to that Clinkscales served as founder, chairman and CEO of Vanguarde Media, publishing HONEY, Heart & Soul and Savoy magazines; and was president/CEO of VIBE which he helped launch with Quincy Jones.
Schuons vast experience includes working as president of artist services and head of digital for Ticketmaster, running Elevated Music Group and co-founding C Student Entertainment. He also worked as president/CEO of International Music Feed, president of programming for Infinity Broadcasting, CEO of the Sony/Universal venture Pressplay and president of Vivendi-Universal multiplatform media company Farmclub.com. He served as EVP and general manager of Warner Bros. Records and worked MTV as executive vice president, programming & production.
Boreland previously served as senior vice president, program, promotion & multiplatform strategy for Comedy Central, working at the networks offices in New York. Before joining Comedy Central, Boreland served as vice president, scheduling, planning and acquisitions at Lifetime Television
Revolt TV plans to be a real-time, socially connected television network operating on different platforms with programming focusing on live performances, music videos, news and interviews, as well as talk shows and original series, with a mission to equally reflect and impact popular and music culture. Source: Billboard
DAHLIA ARRESTED ON DUI CHARGES.
The arrest affidavit reports that an officer spotted Huguet speeding with the headlights off and pulled her over. The officer noticed a strong smell of alcohol in the car and noted that Huguet had blood shot eyes and her speech was slurred. She refused to perform any sobriety tests and cursed at the officer.
FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY.
Filed Monday in the Manhattan bankruptcy court, the Chapter 11 petition of Earl Simmons, aka DMX, lists less than $50,000 in assets and $1 million to $10 million in debt. The rapper said in court papers that he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which is available to both businesses and consumers, to enable me to reorganize my financial affairs.
The New York native and current South Carolina resident owes $1.24 million in child support and more than $21,000 on an auto lease, among other obligations. His principal asset is a 50% stake in property in Mount Kisco, N.Y.
DMX was arrested last Friday in South Carolina for suspicion of driving under the influence and for failing to have a valid drivers license, according to Reuters. However, a representative for DMX said the rapper was never charged with a DUI because he passed a breath test in jail and was quickly released after posting $1,235 in bail.
Domenick Nati, a representative for DMX, contacted Bankruptcy Beat Tuesday morning to provide this statement:
DMXs financial strains have been inhibiting his career for several years. Poor financial management by prior representation have caused him to be ineligible to retain a passport. The purpose of this bankruptcy filing is for reorganization so he can perform for his fans oversees [sic]. We are currently planning a tour in Europe and Africa for the fall of 2013.
Mr. Nati elaborated that the rappers prior managers didnt make his child support payments, and the large amount of unpaid child support makes him ineligible for a passport. According to the U.S. Department of State, you cant get a passport if you owe $2,500 or more in child support. Source: Wallstreet Journal
MASTER ROC RAIDA MEMORIAL GONG DJ BATTLE ON DECK.
Roc Raida's Gong DJ Battle is so maniacal, so exacting, that only the most bravehearted of DJs will enter. It's raw head to head battle action combined with pure hilarity.
Not only did Raida invite the most battle scarred DJ alumni to man the gong as judges, competitors were subjected to the ranting and inside jokes of Lord Sear; instigation from Lord Finesse; rumpus making by hype man DJ FatFingaz plus DJ Boogie Blind chiming in with timely samples to further add to the ruckus.
Each DJ has only one minute to showcase the talent that is going to keep him/her in the battle. Only 8 DJs selected by the judges can advance. The rest will probably get gonged... Each of the 8 DJs will go head to head for only one round of 90 seconds each until 4 are left standing. The top four DJs then get two rounds of 90 seconds each to stay in the competition. The two remaining DJs will go head-to-head for 90 seconds each for a total of three rounds. The last DJ standing will win prizes and be named the winner of that heat and will go on to the finals. Any DJ from anywhere in the world can enter.
All proceeds go to benefit Raidas wife Tyeasha and their children.
2013 GRAND MASTER ROC RAIDA MEMORIAL GONG DJ BATTLE & FUNDRAISER
SUNDAY AUGUST 4, 2013
REGROUPS WITH L.A. REID FOR NEW ALBUM & MORE.
As part of their next stage, TLC have reunited with their mentor L.A. Reid, who originally signed the group to his LaFace Records in 1991. Reid has re-signed them to the LaFace name under Epic Records, which will release an album on October 15th. The yet-to-be-titled collection will feature the group's most beloved and biggest singles, plus four brand-new songs, including "Meant To Be," which was written by Ne-Yo and will be used during the closing credits of the upcoming VH1 Original Movie, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story. Another song, "Posh Life," was produced and co-written by Grammy Award-winner Dallas Austin (who co-produced TLC's CrazySexyCool and FanMail) and Lady Gaga.
"It gives me great pleasure to welcome TLC back into the LaFace/Epic Records family," comments L.A. Reid. "TLC is still the most important girl band of all time."
On Monday, October 21st, VH1 will premiere its scripted original movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, which was written by screenwriter Kate Lanier (What's Love Got To Do With It, Set it Off) and directed by Charles Stone III (Drumline, Paid in Full), with Thomas and Watkins serving as executive producers. The film, which chronicles TLC's humble beginnings in Atlanta and unprecedented rise to fame in the '90s, stars KeKe Palmer (Akeela & The Bee) as Chilli, Drew Sidora (Step Up) as T-Boz, and Lil Mama (America's Best Dance Crew) as Left Eye, who died in a car crash in 2002.
Lil Mama, who will be featured on the new material on the album, will also join Thomas and Watkins to perform during the group's July 27th reunion performance at this year's Mixtape Festival, presented by VH1, which takes place at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey Park, PA.
"For ten years we have been mourning the death of our sister Lisa, and although we have discussed the option of bringing in someone to perform with us, it never felt right at the time," says Chilli. "Watching Lil Mama on the set of our movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story reminded us of Lisa's spirit, and, for the first time since her passing, we felt everything come together in an organic way." Adds T-Boz: "Lil Mama's authentic style, although very different from Lisa's, got our creative juices flowing. By bringing her in, we will continue to keep TLC's music alive for a new generation of fans. We are thrilled to be writing this new chapter in the TLC story."
"Lisa Lopes was a one-of-kind performer who cannot be replaced," says Lil Mama. "I am grateful to Chilli and T-Boz for the confidence they had in me to portray her in the film and to invite me to perform and record with them and pay tribute to her incredible talent."
DRE REVAMPS BEATS BY DRE.
"Music is my first love," said Dr. Dre. "It's how artists and producers communicate with their fans, but if the sound isn't right then the emotion isn't right and the meaning gets lost in translation."
"With the original Studio headphone we set out to prove that people all around the world care enough about sound to invest in it and we did," said Jimmy Iovine. "Now we are taking it a step further. The new Studio is tuned with balance, accuracy and emotion, has a breathtaking design and truly innovative technology. This is the sound of the future."
Design: Every detail in the new Beats Studio was specially crafted to create a streamlined look, feel, and fit. The new design features lighter materials, increased strength, improved flexibility and an acute attention to detail. There are no visible screws. There are no straight lines. The new design also features an ergonomic adjustment mechanism around the ear cups that enables them to adjust to the head without restriction via a single floating pivot.
Noise Canceling: The new Beats Studio features adaptive noise cancellation (ANC), which switches between two modes. In music mode, sound quality and noise cancellation are perfectly balanced to deliver a premium listening experience. When unplugged, the headphone provides a more aggressive noise reduction experience. All of the materials from the ear cups to the headband work in concert to isolate sound and improve the acoustics of the new Beats Studio.
Power Management: No more changing batteries. The new Beats Studio is a noise-cancelling headphone with a rechargeable, 20-hour, Lithium-Ion battery. Charge it in any USB port or outlet. A 5-light LED battery fuel gauge indicates how much charge is left while an auto on/off feature automatically shuts down the headphone once it is unplugged.
The new Beats Studio retails for $299.95 and will be widely available beginning August 2013.
Z TAKES #1 FOR 2 WEEKS IN A ROW.
As the album retains the #1 crown, it's the first rap album in nearly two years to spend two weeks at #1. The last rap album to rack up two weeks in the penthouse was Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV, which led the Billboard 200 on the charts dated Sept. 17 and Sept. 24, 2011.
Ace Hood secures his best sales week and highest-charting album, as Trials & Tribulations bows at #4 with 34,000. His previous best week was logged with his last entry, 2011's Blood Sweat + Tears, which debuted and peaked at #8 with 26,000.
J. Cole goes Gold - crossing the 500,000 mark with Born Sinner, making it the second Roc Nation album to grab a RIAA plaque this month. Source: Billboard
SIMMONS, STEVE RIFKIND & BRIAN ROBBINS PARTNER UP WITH UMG FOR NEXT
Grainge, Chairman and CEO of UMG said, "The exponential growth of
Internet-based video has created a powerful new outlet for music and music-based
content, and the launch of All Def Music is a part of our broader strategy
to partner with some of the most experienced entrepreneurs in media and
technology to identify future stars and develop powerful content on the
world's fastest growing media platform."
Simmons said, "I look forward to working with the extraordinary talent
from the vastly creative YouTube ecosystem in the same way I've worked
with musicians, poets, comedians and designers all my life. This is the
most exciting new terrain for me, to move talent across all media platforms
and I couldn't have better partners in Brian and Steve, and the most innovative
of music executives, Lucian Grainge."
Steve Rifkind said, "Over the course of my entire career, I've never been more excited than I am today about the potential for innovation in music. Tapping into YouTube's fertile creative platform, we intend to identify, develop and nurture music's next generation of superstar talent. Alongside Russell, Brian and the incredible team at UMG, I look forward to building All Def Music into a global music label for the new age."
"We're excited to see what this innovative collaboration will yield," said Robert Kyncl, Head of Content and Business Operations at YouTube. "The launch of All Def Music will amplify YouTube's role as a launchpad for both established artists and the next generation of musical talent."
The first signings to ADD Management include John A. Baker, Jr., professionally known as "Spoken Reasons," a poet, comedian and musician, who has more than 1.3 million YouTube subscribers. In addition, as part of its YouTube original content slate, ADD announced the development of an unscripted music-themed show with rapper Asher Roth titled "Lemonade." Already Roth has garnered more than 20 million views on YouTube.
RECORDS ON DECK FOR MAJOR RELAUNCH.
The new Priority Records will provide a platform from which artists and labels can benefit from the street-level approach and flexibility of releasing music domestically through Caroline, as well as via the worldwide Universal Music Group system. This artist-centric label will focus on innovative methods for signing and developing talent, releasing their work, and offering a creative hub for artists and labels. Focusing on a wide, innovative array of electronic and progressive music, Priority Records will also provide an outlet in the U.S. for foreign electronic music repertoire, utilizing a unique marketing approach as well as leveraging the label's collective experience in releasing music independently.
"Priority has played an important role in the history of Capitol Records, and I wanted an executive on the cutting edge of music to helm and reinvigorate the label," said Steve Barnett, Chairman and CEO of Capitol Music Group. "Michael Cohen is an expert in electronic and progressive music, and is passionate about its artists and culture. I have no doubt that he and his team will make Priority a successful and important label within the Capitol Music Group, and all of us at the company welcome them to the Tower."
"With Priority Records, we are looking to re-establish a label that has meant so much to so many people over the years," commented Michael Cohen, Insurgency Music co-founder and Priority Records President. "We are looking to establish the new Priority as a home for producers. The emergence of the producer as an artist and brand within the global electronic music scene and beyond has heralded a paradigm shift in the way music is created, discovered and spread. We are firm believers in nurturing artists and scenes that develop in the underground, and we intend to infuse the label with the most progressive artists we can find, wherever they may be."
The label will launch with the release of the hugely successful underground club track "Higher" from Just Blaze & Baauer featuring JAY Z, with a spectacular video in the works created by Nabil Elderkin.
"We couldn't have a more perfect track with which to re-launch Priority," Cohen continued. "Uniting a true legend from the hip-hop worldJust Blazeand a future legend from the newly emerging electronic undergroundBaauer'Higher' perfectly encapsulates everything that is exciting about where electronic music stands today, and where it may go next."
Priority Records is also proud to announce a distribution deal with producer Harry Fraud's Surf School Recordings. Fraud and Surf School have put together a catalog featuring collaborations with many of the most influential Hip-Hop artists of today. As a producer, Fraud has garnered recognition and support from some of the most well-respected names in rap including French Montana, Rick Ross, Juicy J, Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, Wiz Khalifa, and Action Bronson. Surf School Recordings is poised and excited to introduce the world to the next generation of talented artists.
The senior executive team of Priority will consist of Chief Marketing Officer, Josh Neuman; Executive Vice Presidents Adrian Martinez, Simon White and Chris Gentry; Senior Vice Presidents of A&R, Ben Persky and Mason Klein; VP of A&R, Justin Scott; General Manager, Cyrus Bader; Senior Vice Presidents of Marketing, Jamal Dauda and Matt Sadie; and Senior Vice President Integrated Disruption, Toby Benson. In addition to his role as President of Priority Records, Cohen will continue as co-CEO with Neuman of Complete Control Management, and the Control Music Group's associated management companies.
Insurgency Music is an entity comprised of Complete Control Management and its associated Control Music Group management companies: United Management, Undocumented Management and Mixed Management. These companies manage the careers of artists such as Bloc Party, Bag Raiders, Baauer, Bingo Players, Cassius, Clockwork, Dada Life, Digitalism, Hudson Mohawke, Phoenix, RL Grime, Tommy Trash, Tritonal, Wolfgang Gartner and more.
REMEMBER MC JIN?
The first single from the upcoming 'King Kulture: Stop The Traffic' compilation album releasing August 27, 2013 is brought to you by MC Jin featuring Dawen and entitled "Over The Edge". LISTEN HERE
The Edge" is a song that comes from a place of personal experience
that hopefully can resonate with listeners who may be dealing with the
same issues when feeling overwhelmed by life's circumstances. MC Jin adds
"a big part of my testimony is that through all the setbacks and
discouraging turn of events that may have occurred in my life so far,
there's always been someone in the form of an anchor to keep me from drifting
into total despair. Be it through family or close friends, God has always
shown His presence."
As part of the deal, Timbaland will co-sign third party sources to his Blue Stone Music Publishing, which will be led by Eric Spence, an executive in his Mosely Music Group record label.
The deal builds upon an earlier publishing deal signed in 2012.
The conversation about this co-venture has been going on for a while, ole CEO Robert Ott told Billboard. oles existing relationship with Timbaland was founded on our belief in his ongoing commitment to great songwriting and ability to contribute to artist careers. Extending that thinking to a music publishing co-venture seemed to be the logical next step. We look forward to working with Timbaland and also Eric Spence who brings rock solid business skills to the venture.
Ott noted that the publishing company is looking to strengthen its emerging pop/urban platform.
Timbaland said in a statement that, There are so many gifted writers looking to and ole-Blue Stone will be home to the very best of them.
Last week, ole announced the acquisition of the music publishing catalog of Sony Pictures Entertainment, in a deal priced at about $125 million, according to sources. Source: Billboard
MTV VMAS ON DECK.
of the Year
Hip Hop Video
Video With A Social Message
= w/ Mac Miller
Z'S NEW ALBUM SELLS MORE THAN 500,00 COPIES / 1ST WEEK SALES.
The album was officially released on July 7. Samsung bought and gave 1.2 million copies of the album to Galaxy mobile phone users on July 4. Billboard is not counting those sales on its charts.
"Magna Carta" has the second-best first-week debut of the year after Justin Timberlake's "20/20 Experience." The album features Timberlake, Beyonce, Frank Ocean and Timbaland.
12th album had more than 14 million streams in its first week on Spotify,
beating a record that Daft Punk set in May with "Random Access Memories."
WRIGHT ANNOUNCES GOLDEN AGE TOUR.
As the tour approaches, Dizzy is certainly keeping busy. Fresh off a performance at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, he is heading out on a 10-city co-headline tour across Australia with Funk Volume compadres Jarren Benton and DJ Hoppa. He is also preparing to release a new mixtape, entitled The Golden Age, on August 19th. He emphasizes that, above all, the mixtape is "full of substance," and stresses the importance of storytelling in its creation. "It was inspired, mainly, by the storytelling of the 90s," he explained.
Not many 21-year old rappers can say that they've been rapping for over a decade. Las Vegas, Nevada rapper Dizzy Wright began rapping at just 8 years old, in the group "DaFuture" with his brother and very close friend; his mother wrote his raps at the time. Dizzy broke through when he was discovered at the Sheikh Music "Rip the Mic" competition in 2010 and signed onto Funk Volume a few months later. In April 2012, Dizzy released his first Funk Volume album, SmokeOut Conversations, peaking at #2 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts. He followed it up with a free mixtape, Free SmokeOut Conversations, which has been downloaded over 200,000 times, and helped propel Dizzy to his own national 30-city tour. In December 2012, Dizzy went on to release the first of four EPs, The First Agreement, which reached as high as #2 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart. In March of 2013, Dizzy gathered enough votes to be selected as the "People's Choice" member of the XXL Freshman Class of 2013. Dizzy is showing no signs of slowing down, preparing a new mixtape The Golden Age, which will be released on August 19th, and hitting the road on The Golden Age Tour.
tour will kick off on September 7th in San Diego, CA with Hopsin and will
criss-cross the continental U.S. including several dates as part of Rock
The Bells 2013 before concluding on November 1st in Las Vegas, NV.
TRAY DEEE ON DECK FOR PRISON RELEASE, DROPS NEW BOOK.
"Los Angeles Tymes: Urban Tales" is the second effort from Tray Deee and Barrow. Their first book, "Streetz Gon' Cry," from LeNoir Publications, was a fictional account of the King Crips and the Vernon Boys, who have an on-and-off rivalry. Writing from behind the walls of a state penitentiary, the street soldiers, alongside J-Dee, spin three tall tales of urban grit in "Los Angeles Tymez: Urban Tales" mixing sex, drugs and game like a Molotov cocktail, primed to set the reader's imagination on fire.
With the additional release of author Gregory Garrett's fourth book, "Not on my Block," the team is working to position their publishing effort as a real force in the urban lit genre. "Not on my Block," brings the pain as Garrett takes the reader inside the criminal minds of The Bottom Boyz, a group of hustla's whose grind puts the 'gr' in grimy. Garrett gained his lit stripes with his prior books "Don't Mix the Bitter with the Sweet," "Playin' for Keeps," and "Pain Freak."
Explains Tray Deee, "We are all the products of and respected factors in the inner city community, not just spectators aiming to exploit and profit from someone else's hardships. We are not only in a position to deliver accurate depictions of street life, but we can also deter others from taking the destructive paths we have taken, as well as offer a home and access with our publishing company to potential writers who share our vision."
In addition to forming
and co-owning Ave Money Publishing, Tray Deee is not letting the music
go. Soon to drop this year is "Long Beach State of Mind." He
is also due to be released from prison early next year.
In their new roles, DeCeglie and Ferree will be charged with identifying and maximizing artist and label opportunities in partnership with third-party brands. In concert with their respective label's marketing teams, they will work on developing promotions, social media initiatives, artist event-based sponsorships and product placements. Among the brands Ferree and DeCeglie work with are Samsung, Anheuser-Busch, JetBlue, Citibank, United Airlines, Patron and Diesel.
"I'm thrilled that the East Coast Label Group's Brand Partnership team will be led by these two exceptional executives," stated Sexton. "Both Mauro and Jules bring a wealth of experience to their respective positions and are skilled relationship builders and keen negotiators. I'm confident that, with their help, this exciting area will continue to expand, providing even more opportunities for our artists and labels, while growing revenue streams for the company.
Mr. DeCeglie comes to UMG from EMI, where he was Senior Director, Brand Partnerships for Capitol Music Group (formerly EMI Music). While there, he worked on product integrations with key artists such as Katy Perry and helped sell the Lady Antebellum & Lipton campaign. DeCeglie also oversaw marketing campaigns for Virgin artists Janet Jackson, Iggy Pop, Daft Punk, Massive Attack and the Rolling Stones. In the past, he has held marketing positions at The Village Voice, Island Def Jam, DIRECTV and Universal Music Group Distribution. Mr. DeCeglie holds a BA in Marketing from St. Peter's College in New Jersey.
Ferree most recently served as Senior Director, Digital Strategy and New
Business for UMG's East Coast Label Group. She joined the Island Def Jam
Music Group in 2009 as Director, Digital Marketing serving as the social
architect behind award-winning digital campaigns for Justin Bieber, Jennifer
Lopez and Rihanna. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree
in Finance and Entrepreneurship at Miami University in 2004, Ms. Ferree
immediately began an internship at J Records in Strategic Marketing which
led to roles within the Sales, Business Operations, and Mobile Marketing
teams, respectively, at the RCA Music Group.
In 2003, the group followed the success of "Whistle While You Twurk" with yet another twerking anthem with Lil Jon on his smash hit "Get Low," which climbed to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. They then released "Salt Shaker" - featuring Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - which hit #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was later certified Platinum by the RIAA. More success followed in 2005 with "Wait (The Whisper Song)," "Badd" (featuring Mike Jones and Mr. Collipark), and "Shake" (featuring Pitbull), three twerking anthems that all reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Chart.
The new mixtape (GET IT HERE) marks the reunion with musical mentor and ATL legend Mr. Collipark, the music executive behind the duo's early success and sound. To celebrate the reunion, Livemixtapes produced a documentary series called "Certified Twerk" for their video website TrillHD, that gathers Ying Yang Twins, Mr. Collipark and original engineer Billy Hume together for the first time since 2006. In the premiere episode, they explain the origins and recent popularity of twerking in pop culture.
Ying Yang Twins have stayed busy the past few years touring across the country, and are currently on the Mood Swing 360 and Karma Loop sponsored Keep Calm and Twerk Tour that coincides with the release of Ass in Session. The tour dates are as follows:
CALM AND TWERK TOUR:
PARTNERS UP WITH JAY Z AND RIHANNA FOR "MADE FOR MUSIC".
In addition, Made for Music will also bring fans closer to Rihanna through a series of collaborations to be announced later this year. Budweiser is already on the road with Rihanna, supporting her Diamonds World Tour, named after her single that topped the charts in over 43 countries.
"Music truly is a universal language and Budweiser is proud to work with and support the great artists who inspire millions of people across the globe with their talent, dedication, and drive to achieve their dreams," said Camilo Durana, Global Director, Budweiser Sports and Entertainment.
Made for Music will be supported by a global campaign featuring Jay Z and Rihanna, running across more than 85 countries around the world where fans can enjoy a Budweiser. It will include two new television spots entitled "Dreams are Made" directed by award winning film director Mark Romanek. SEE THE PROMO HERE
"Budweiser Made for Music is a tribute to those who continue to put their energy and passion everyday in the pursuit of their dreams," said Ricardo Marques, Global Advertising Director Budweiser. "Jay Z and Rihanna represent these values and are therefore an incredible source of inspiration to us all."
will also bring live music experiences to fans around the world through
over 160 events in 25 countries, including Rihanna's Diamonds World Tour,
Jay Z concerts and the Budweiser Made in America festival on August 31
and September 1, 2013 in Philadelphia.
He is known for the
polemical subject matter which inspires his lyrics whether it is
his political point of view, honoring his legendary father
John, or redefining the art of rap. For the last decade hes been
keeping fans feigning for this highly anticipated album by penning some
of the most revered verses in the history of hip-hop.
The album spent its first two weeks at #2.. first stuck behind an also-debuting Yeezus from Kanye West, and then fell behind Wale's The Gifted a week ago. To date, Born Sinner has sold 439,000 copies, this week surpassing the cumulative sum of his original competition, Yeezus (431,000).
Albums rarely climb to #1, as opposed to debuting in that slot. Since the chart started using more exact Nielsen SoundScan sales data on May 25, 1991, the vast majority of #1 albums were chart-toppers because they debuted there. It's unusual for an album to rise to the top, as most titles have their best sales weeks during their debut frame. And many albums cannot sustain momentum after their debutat least not enough to compete with newer albums.
Since SoundScan started powering the chart, there have been 583 albums that reached #1. Of those, only 13% (76 titles) did not debut at #1, including J. Cole's Born Sinner.
With just 58,000 sold at #1, this is the sixth-smallest sales week for the top-selling album in the SoundScan eraand the smallest sum at #1 in nearly a year.
Last week's #1, Wale's The Gifted, falls to #2 with 50,000 (down 68%), while West's Yeezus slips from 2-3 with 39,000 (down 40%).
The lone debut in the top 10 this week is at #6, where R&B singer Joe bows with Doubleback: Evolution of R&B. It sold 31,000 copies and marks Joe's sixth top 10 set. His last set, 2011's The Good, the Bad, the Sexy, debuted and peaked at #8 with a 33,000 start. Meanwhile, on the R&B Albums chart, Doubleback enters at #1.
album sales in this past chart week (ending July 7) totaled 4.9 million
units, down 2% compared with the sum last week (5 million) and down 16%
compared with the comparable sales week of 2012 (5.8 million). Year-to-date
album sales stand at 146.9 million, down 6% compared with the same total
at this point last year (156.2 million).
This years line-up, rivaling those of the past, features New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia, NYCs downtown darling Mykki Blanco and festival veteran Saul Williams. Other notables, blues-infused up-and-comers Vintage Trouble from Los Angeles and The Heavy from the UK, and hardcore punk band Trash Talk from Sacramento. Also to take the stage, Brooklyns own metal prodigies Unlocking the Truth and Battle of the Bands winners Meatloaf Muzik. This isnt to mention hip-hop heavyweights Danny Brown, Jean Grae and Chuck Djust a few more artists sure to hold it down.
AFROPUNK is an influential community of young, gifted people of all backgrounds who speak through music, art, film, comedy, fashion and more. Originating with the 2003 documentary that highlighted a Black presence in the American punk scene, it is a platform for the alternative and experimental. Remaining at the core of its mission are the punk principles of DIY aesthetics, radical thought and social non-conformity. AFROPUNK is a voice for the unwritten, unwelcome and unheard-of.
LEGENDARY WAILERS ON DECK FOR SUMMER WORLD TOUR.
From their involvement with the World Food Programme, an organization dedicated to combating world hunger, to their participation in initiatives like the Sounding For A Cure brain cancer awareness benefit in New York City, The Wailershave always used their voices to do good. The World Food Programme, the worlds largest humanitarian agency, is directly combating hunger by giving hundreds of thousands of people access to the nourishment they need to survive. The Wailershave participated in the initiative by donating hospitality riders provided by their venues, raising money at concerts for the cause, and doing site visits.In 2010, The Wailers even released an exclusive track called A Step For Mankind, in order to raise awareness on the issue of world hunger and raise for the the charity. These are just a few of the projects The Wailershave aligned themselves with, in an attempt to help change the world through music. The Wailers are the world's most prominent reggae band, having sold over 250 million albums worldwide.
SUSPECT ARRESTED IN LIL' SNUPE SLAYING.
Just after 4 a.m. June 20, police responding to a call at Maplewood Apartments in the 1900 block of South Jones Street in Winnfield found Ross had been shot at least twice in his torso. Winn Parish coroners investigators pronounced the 18-year-old Jonesboro resident dead at the scene.
Authorities said an argument preceded the shooting. We are told they were betting on a video game, Curry told The Times. Supposedly, he (Holden) robbed him (Ross) of money, Curry said as explanation of the robbery charge.
Tony D. Holden, 36, of Winnfield, turned himself in June 25 at the Winnfield Police Department. Police Chief Johnny Ray Carpenter and Assistant Police Chief Russell Jones took Holden into custody without incident, Curry said. Holden has been booked into Winnfield City Jail on one count each of first-degree murder, armed robbery and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His bond has been set at $2 million
was laid to rest in his hometown June 29. People came out in droves to
support Ross, including Meek Mill, who considered the young star his protégé.
Im never one to talk (at funerals), Mill said when presented
with a resolution from Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson. I saw something
in him. His demo tape spoke to me. I saw myself in him.
2013 MID-YEAR SALES REPORT.
Billboard reports that Nielsen SoundScan recorded a 1.34 percent drop in digital single sales in the first quarter of 2013, with a 3.3 percent decline in Q2. At the halfway mark this year, 51 songs have sold over 1 million units, compared to 47 last year.
Album sales fell by 5.6 percent in the first half of the year, to 142 million from 150.5 million in the first six months of 2012. SoundScan reported a 4.9 percent decline in Q1 and an increased 6.4 percent drop in Q2.
One bight note, at the mid-year point 15 albums had scanned more than 500,000 units, compared with last year when only 11 albums had accomplished that feat at the mid-year point in 2012. Total units counted by SoundScan fell 2.9% to 825.9 million units from the 850.2 million units monitored last year.
Universal Music Group once again held the largest market share, with 37.6 percent of "albums plus track equivalents albums" (10 digital tracks = 1 album), followed by Sony Music Group with 29.6 percent, Warner Music Group with 20.2 percent and all independent labels combined for 12.1 percent.
CANNON NAMED DEF JAM VP OF A&R.
"Don Cannon is exactly the kind of multi-faceted producer and modern-day A&R executive who understands the Def Jam mission and culture and where we are headed for the future, said Ms. Kwak. He has already worked with some of our most successful artists, and we look forward to the fresh talent he will bring to the label.
A music person can only dream about being at Def Jam, the most important hip-hop destination in the world, said Mr. Cannon. I feel I have a cutting edge vision for where the culture and hip-hop are heading and I'm excited to be joining the team. I'm already working 24/7 to drive the innovation of music forward and I'm confident we'll land some big successes in the very near future.
As one of the worlds most well-known and highly respected celebrity DJs and producers, the Grammy®-nominated DJ Don Cannon has worked alongside a whos who of hip-hops most innovative artists, from Def Jam artists Pusha T, Jeezy, Nas, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Ludacris and Big Sean to JAY-Z, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, OutKast, T.I, the Game, 50 Cent and more.
A native of Philadelphia, Mr. Cannon arrived in Atlanta as a student at HBCU Clark Atlanta University. While attending college, he sharpened his DJ talents and solidified his position as one of Atlantas top tier DJs. Mr. Cannon co-hosted a show on Atlantas WHTA Hot 107.9, that helped to popularize the Gangsta Grillz mixtape series, and received Atlanta's Best DJ award from FOX-TVs Good Day Atlanta. He later founded Cannon Music, LLC, a full-service production and promotion company. In 2009, he produced the theme for Tyler Perry's Meet The Paynes sitcom. Mr. Cannon also produced season theme songs for the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Thrashers, and placed Young Jeezy's Circulate in the national Belvedere Vodka campaign. Mr. Cannon has also served as Music Director of Sirius Satellite Radios Shade 45 channel.
WEEKND ANNOUNCES THE FALL HEADLINE TOUR.
FALL" tour will come on the heels of the soon to be announced release
of his sophomore album, Kiss Land [XO/REPUBLIC RECORDS], which is due
out at the end of the summer.
TAKES #1 SLOT.
It's Wale's second top 10 album, following his last release, 2011's "Ambition." It debuted and peaked at #2 with 164,000 sold, but was blocked by another debuting album that week: Justin Bieber's "Under the Mistletoe" (with a 210,000 bow).
Last week's #1, Kanye West's Yeezus, falls by 80% to #3 the largest second-week percentage drop for a #1-debuting album in more than a year. It sold 65,000 in its sophomore frame. A week ago it bowed with 327,000.
Last week's other big debut, J. Cole's Born Sinner, holds its position at #2, selling 84,000 with a more moderate 72% decline.
album sales in this past chart week (ending June 30) totaled 5 million
units, down 10% compared with the sum last week (5.5 million) and down
13% compared with the comparable sales week of 2012 (5.7 million). Year-to-date
album sales stand at 142 million, down 6% compared with the same total
at this point last year (150.5 million).
HIP HOP FEST. RENEWS PARTNERSHIP WITH IHOPHOP DISTRIBUTION.
The move prompted a re-examination of The RIAA'S historic Gold & Platinum (G&P) Program award rules. They dug through the records of audits, re-reviewed rules and consulted with their auditing firm of more than thirty years, Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman, they discovered one rule disparity that no longer makes sense.
of the RIAA'S program requirements is that an album can become eligible
for certification 30 days after release date. (There are other rules,
of course such as requiring that the price of the album meet certain
requirements.) The 30-day rule exists to take into account potential returns
of physical product CDs, cassettes, vinyl, etc. that could be shipped
to brick and mortar retailers and returned, in which case our auditors
do not count the sales.
Also at the time in 2004, sales of digital albums were virtually non-existent and accounted for a small fraction of overall digital sales. Fast forward a decade and thats obviously no longer the case.
The RIAA and Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman say it's time to align their digital song and album certification requirements. Today they are officially updating this rule in their G&P Program requirements. Going forward, sales of albums in digital format will become eligible on the release date, while sales of albums in physical format will still become eligible for certification 30 days after the release date.
Not only do they believe its sensible and logical to align digital album rules with those they have maintained for digital singles since the programs inception, they also consider todays move in line with their larger efforts to modernize the G&P Program to reflect the new music marketplace. In May they announced the integration of on-demand streams to the program to more broadly recognize online demand for songs.
"The reality is that how fans consume music is changing, the music business is changing as labels and artists partner with a breathtaking array of new technology services, and the industrys premier award recognizing artists commercial achievement should similarly keep pace. In short, were continuing to move the 55-year-old program forward and its a good day when music sales diversification and innovative strategies meet the RIAAs time-tested, gold standard requisites for certification. ", says Liz Kennedy Director, Communications and Gold & Platinum Program, RIAA Source: RIAA
LA ON DECK.
As her acting career thrives with roles in the upcoming Hollywood films Think Like A Man Too and Baggage Claim, and TV series including BET's "Real Husbands of Hollywood" and VH1's "Single Ladies," La La continues to prove that she's unstoppable. Season four finds her working on a new relationship advice book, continuing to volunteer for important causes and launching a clothing line with her stylist, Jason Bolden. But La La never goes it alone, with best friends Po and Dice there for the ride. Season four will also feature appearances by La's friends Gabrielle Union and Kevin Hart, among others.
But season four will also prove that it's not always smooth sailing for La La and family. The pressures of a life in the spotlight, including commercial opportunities for son Kiyan, promoting her numerous projects and the ever-invasive media all take an emotional toll. Her anchors Po and Dice will face their own challenges as well, as one reconnects with her estranged father and the other has her first big falling out with La La.
With La La's NBA superstar husband, doting son, crazy friends and an insane travel and work schedule, her routine is more than a juggling actit's a Full Court Life.
"La La's Full Court Life" is executive produced by Cris Abrego and Angela Aguilera for 51 Minds Entertainment, La La Anthony and Carmelo Anthony for Krossover Entertainment. VH1 executive producers are Jill Holmes and Kristen Kelly.
WILLIAMS SUES WILL.I.AM.
Pharrell filed legal papers Monday in federal court in Manhattan. He's seeking a declaratory judgment of non-infringement. The two artists have been in dispute for the past several months over the issue. A lawyer for Will.i.am declined to comment.
Will.i.am has owned the "I AM" trademark since 2001. He filed objections in March and May against Pharrell Williams' company, i am OTHER, that launched in 2010.
uses "I AM" for his businesses, including his charity foundation
I AM ANGEL. Pharrell's
I AM OTHER produces the hit web series "Awkward Black Girl"
and other web series.
Hip Hop Artist
Hip Hop Artist
of the Year
Director of the Year
Sportswoman of the Year
Sportsman of the Year
Viewers Choice Award
The orders came at a probation violation hearing for Williams, who is on probation for a 2008 gun and drug conviction for which he was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison. He served eight months in jail and began five years of probation in the fall of 2009.
Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis said Williams' statements on Twitter and other social media had been followed by threats to his probation officer from some of his fans. Williams told the judge at the contentious hearing that detailing his travel plans was difficult because many of his business activities are arranged on short notice.
"I have my own record label with seven artists... I do radio. I do interviews," he said.
The judge said Williams needed etiquette classes to refine his use of social media and to help him explain the nature of his business to the court, adding that the etiquette classes were "more important than any concerts he might have."
in December barred the rapper from touring for a month after finding that
he violated probation restrictions. Williams' attorney argued at the time
that the restrictions were preventing his client from earning a living,
and said Williams didn't need to check in with his probation officer because
his fans frequently take pictures of him when he's touring.
INGLISH INKS IMPRINT TO FEDERAL PRISM LABEL.
Chuck's decision to make Sounds Like Fun an official venture came at a crucial point in this life. After parting with his old label, moving to California two years ago, and seeing his solo career take off, Chuck feels that he's at a turning point in his life both as a man and as an artist. "Creating Sounds Like Fun gives me a fresh start to finish what I set out to do in the beginning of my career," says Chuck. He continues, "Mikey and I had to deal with a lot of bullshit towards the end of our relationship with our old label and we both needed to clear our heads. A lot of people think we broke up or have bad blood but Mikey's my dude. I've always wanted something to call my own, to have my own factory, and Sounds Like Fun is the platform for all my ideas." The idea and naming of Chuck's brand came to him while he was tripping with a good friend but after his friend's unexpected death, the name took on a deeper meaning. "When she passed a few months ago," Chuck recalls, "I said to myself, 'Now it's time.' Then I met my current manager, Jack Minihan, and everything just came together."
Chuck recently released Droptops, a free EP through Sounds Like Fun via Federal Prism but his first official retail project from the imprint will be the full-length album Convertibles. Keeping in theme with breaking new boundaries, this marks the first project in which Chuck plays a majority of the instruments featured on the album. Says Chuck, "I'm working with Mike Eizinger from Incubus, Big Boi, Chromeo. It's my first time using an executive producer. It's my orchestration of the past 3 years of my life. I don't know which way it's going to go-but I know it'll be awesome."
Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, Chuck Inglish has transformed the landscape of modern hip-hop. As a true tastemaker, Chuck Inglish has transcended music and fashion to become a cultural icon of a generation. Beginning in 2005 with the birth of The Cool Kids, the group he shares with collaborator Sir Michael Rocks, Chuck Inglish launched a movement of style and culture reminiscent of hip-hop's roots framed with a social media driven energy that would captivate a musically diverse youth. Between 2007 and 2011 The Cool Kids released eight projects and toured worldwide, with appearances on the Rock The Bells tour, NBA 2k8, HBO's Entourage, and Rolling Stone's "10 Artists To Watch" list. Presently, after producing for artist's such as Mac Miller, Rick Ross, Asher Roth, Casey Veggies, and Curren$y, Chuck Inglish is set to release his first solo project in the summer of 2013. Appropriately titled Convertibles, the project is a reflection of Inglish's time living in Los Angeles and his evolution as an artist. Released through his newly minted imprint Sounds Like Fun Records (distributed by ADA, a division of Warner Music Group),Convertibles is the next step in an already legendary career.
ON DECK TO RECEIVE FIRST #1 ALBUM ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART.
This will mark Wale's second top 10, following his last release, 2011's "Ambition," which debuted and peaked at #2. That effort launched with 164,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan but was blocked by another debuting album that week: Justin Bieber's "Under the Mistletoe" (with 210,000 copies sold).
Wale will follow Kanye West's current #1, "Yeezus," next week
will mark the first time we've had back-to-back rap albums on top of the
chart since late 2011. On the Dec. 3-dated chart, Drake's "Take Care"
replaced Mac Miller's "Blue Slide Park" at #1.
DEBUTS @ #1.
"Yeezus" marks West's sixth #1 album and sixth straight chart-topper. Only his debut album, "The College Dropout," missed the top slot. It bowed and peaked at #2. His tally of six leaders includes his 2011 collaborative album with Jay-Z, "Watch the Throne."
West's sixth #1 album ties him for the second-most #1s among rap acts in history. His sum is equal to Eminem and Nas. Only West's "Watch the Throne" partner, Jay-Z, has more #1s: 12.
With 327,000 sold, "Yeezus" also earns the third-largest sales week this year. Ahead of it are the debuts of Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" (968,000) and Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" (339,000).
However, "Yeezus" also tallies West's lowest sales debut yet. All of his previous efforts have bowed with a debut north of 400,000. Until now, his smallest solo start was logged by "The College Dropout," with 441,000.
On the Friday before its release (June 14), industry sources had forecast "Yeezus" to sell perhaps 500,000 in its first week. Those projections were scaled back the day after it went on sale (June 18) to 360,000 to 380,000. By last Friday (June 21), the "Yeezus" forecast fell to 330,000 to 340,000.
J. Cole's "Born Sinner" enters at #2 this week with 297,000 copies sold -- his best sales week yet. It's the largest debut at #2 since the Dec. 11, 2010 chart, when Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday" bowed with 375,000.
Behind Cole this week is the the third rap debut in the top three: Mac Miller's "Watching Movies With the Sound Off," grabbed #3 with 102,000 copies sold. Source: Billboard
MTV EXEC JUDY MCGRATH JOINS SONY MUSIC.
In keeping with her reputation as a media maverick, McGrath has dubbed her venture Astronauts Wanted: No Experience Necessary. The unit will focus on creating content for young viewers, so-called millenials, across all platforms, including TV and the Web. Despite her MTV roots, she said the content will go beyond music.
Theres so much of the great content out there, McGrath told The Post. We will need to find some new ways to reflect the creativity of a new generation.
Starting in 2004, McGrath oversaw a dominant cable lineup of MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon and rose to become one of the most powerful women in media. She is credited with steering MTV away from music videos toward reality fare such as the genre-busting Jersey Shore and Real World.
Her departure in May 2011 marked the end of an era at MTV and allowed Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman to solidify control. Since that departure McGrath has been pursued by several former employers, and was courted for a top role at Oprah Winfreys OWN and by several private-equity firms.
It could have been funded by an investment company, but here I have a lot of autonomy, she said.
The hire is a coup for Sony Music boss CEO Doug Morris who helped create Web music video platform Vevo while at Universal Music. McGrath had been working at the Sony Music headquarters for several months but didnt sign a formal contract until last weekend. Source: NY Post
BROADWAY MUSICAL ON DECK?
A workshop of "Holler If Ya Hear Me" is currently under way in New York under the direction of Kenny Leon, who helmed the Broadway hits "Fences" and "The Mountaintop." The new musical sets Shakur's music to an original story and hopes to be ready for the 2013-2014 Broadway season.
Producers said Monday the musical is set in a Midwestern industrial city during present time and tells the story of two childhood friends "as they struggle to reconcile the challenges and realities of their daily lives with their hopes, dreams and ambitions."
The new musical has a book by Todd Kreidler, who was a dramaturg for "Radio Golf" and "Gem of the Ocean," and choreography by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento of "Wicked" and "Sweet Charity." Afeni Shakur, the late artists' mother, is a producer.
"NOONIE G" ADDRESSES US SENATOR FOR ILLINOIS ABOUT GANGSTER
DISCIPLES, RICK ROSS & MORE.
Rather than sit down with community leaders to develop a strategy to educate, mentor and employ at-risk youth, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) recently came up with the idea to spend $30 million to arrest and jail 18,000 Gangster Disciples (GD) in an effort to alleviate the rampart violence in Chicago.
According a Chicago magazine article, Senator Kirk said, "My top priority is to arrest the Gangster Disciple gang, which is 18,000 people. I would like a mass pickup of them and put them all in the Thomson Correctional Facility."
The full insanity of this assertion has already been addressed in the media, but as a former high ranking member of the GD's, who is haunted every second by the escalating tragedy and violence in Chicago, I am compelled to speak. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that targeting and arresting one gang will not squash the many random acts of violence that are emanating from numerous sources.
Furthermore, Chicagoland is riddled with numerous gangs, and by far, the GD's are not the most notorious. Interestingly though, a few months ago, they were rumored to have caused the cancellation of rapper Rick Ross' multi-city tour. Not only does Rick Ross reinforce and instigate the madness in these streets with his lyrics and drug dealing bravado, he also makes millions for the corporate powers behind him. A tour cancellation can hit deep, far beyond the pockets of the mere rap act involved.
Senator Kirk, an inquiring mind might wonder if the targeting of one isolated gang, as opposed to the several that run rampant in these city streets, might be a political move that finds you pandering for financial favor from select entertainment industry elite versus any genuine concern for the welfare of your inner-city constituents.
Let's keep this real, violence doesn't just stem from just gangs. Violence is a product of frustration, lack of educational resources, unemployment, financial instability, and most of all fear.
Aren't there more productive ways to spend $30 million? With a reported 2.7 million Chicago children parentless due to incarceration, how could a blind street sweep targeting one gang benefit the community? Mass incarceration contributes to the destruction of Black and Brown communities instead of building them up.
Where is the call for legislation to implement jobs for youth, build youth centers, facilitate after school programs and c