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& 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.
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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 create and stimulate income for the parents of these youth? Where is the real concern to analyze the real conditions that have created an environment where over 40 people can be shot in one weekend and the senseless killing of babies and kids is a daily occurrence?
Senator Kirk, perhaps you missed the 2010 report from Illinois Department of Corrections saying the state's prison system is at 150% of capacity; or the fact that the state spent $140 million to build the Thomson Correctional Center you speak of, but couldn't open because they forgot to allow for the 50 million in annual operating costs. Maybe if some of those millions were spent on education and summer jobs, less young people would be lost to the gangs.
Instead of dumping 18,000 'faceless' individuals into an overcrowded and dangerous prison system, Senator Kirk, my challenge is for you to sit down with grassroots community leaders to talk about a solution from the bottom up. As a true street soldier, I carry not only love and understanding for my former affiliates, but love and understanding for an entire community that is dangerously under siege right now. I invite you Senator Kirk, to come sit down and strategize to come up with some genuine solutions to these very real dilemmas.
Yes, I am a former member of the very gang you plan to target, the Gangster Disciples. But, thanks to education and mentoring, I've walked and worked with President Barack Obama as an activist in Altgeld Gardens where I grew up, organized Chicago's first National Gang Summit for Peace, and even ran for political office.
Headlines like arresting 18,000 gang members may make for great media, but how about putting forth a real effort to create great communities to live, grow and prosper in? Instead of arresting people, how about arresting frustration, lacking educational resources, joblessness, hunger, financial instability and fear?
how about that Senator Kirk? I'm down if you are.
CUDI INVADES BECK'S BEER.
Beer today unveiled the six original pieces of artwork that will comprise
the 2013 Beck's Art Labels project. Each year, Beck's selects six artists,
from different disciplines, to design original creative work to live on
Beck's beer labels.
2013 Beck's Art Labels lineup includes:
"Beck's is known for its distinctive flavor and exacting brewing standards, and we have equally high standards for the artists we work with," said Adam Oakley, vice president of import, craft and specialty brands, Anheuser-Busch. "For 25 years, we've supported artists who make their own way in the world and who stand apart from the crowd. This year, we've partnered with six artists that truly 'live beyond labels.'"
Beck's has selected the 2013 roster of artists because each reflects the independent streak that defines the brand. Despite having sold more than 4.6 million digital singles, Cudi has elected to distribute his own music through his own label. Ecko has refused to limit himself to a single creative category; he has grown a fashion company into a billion-dollar brand, launched a magazine and dedicated himself to philanthropy. Beal, Hundley, The Date Farmers and TM Sisters all followed their art to a position of prominence. Each continues to disregard boundaries and let their creative impulses lead them.
"It's especially engaging when art is unexpected when it finds you when you're not looking for it," said Kid Cudi, Grammy-Award winning musician. "I want beer drinkers to pick up my bottle of Beck's and be surprised. I want them to think, explore and express themselves with their own art."
Over the 25 year history of the Beck's Art Labels program, more than 70 independent art labels have been created on more than 500 million bottles. Notable participants have included Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst and Yoko Ono.
In addition to Warhol, Koons, Hirst and Ono, Bruce McLean, Tracey Emin and Richard Long designs have adorned the green Beck's bottle.
In 2012, rapper M.I.A. headlined the first Beck's Art Labels program in the U.S., alongside Geoff McFetridge.
"One reason so many artists are drawn to the program is its sheer scale," said Oakley. "We've opened up the largest stage for artists in the world."
2013, Beck's Art Labels designs are replicated on 13.2 million bottles
in total. The label on a 12-oz bottle of Beck's, multiplied by 13.2 million,
creates an immense artistic canvas, some 5.16 million square feet in total.
It equates to nearly 95 acres of canvas, spanning more than 70 football
EXTENDS TOUR DATES FOR THE MRS CARTER SHOW.
Latin American itinerary kicks off in Fortaleza, Brazil on 8 September
with stops in Venezuela, Mexico and Puerto Rico, while her added North
American jaunt will take her across Canada and several U.S. states - with
a homecoming show in her native Houston, Texas on 10 December. The tour
will wrap in Boston, Massachusetts on 20 December.
BENTON ANNOUCES 16-CITY HEADLINE TOUR.
Benton's My Grandmas Basement Tour will kick off on August 1st in Jacksonville, Florida, at the Roc Bar, making stops in 16 cities along the way, including Jarren's hometown of Atlanta, Georgia; Brooklyn, New York; and more. The tour will end on August 19th in Columbus, Ohio (all tour dates below).
Jarren is no stranger to the stage. Studied in the anything-goes showmanship of Prince, Marilyn Manson and Method Man, Jarren pays attention to the power of the spontaneous connection between performer and live audience. "The essence of giving of a good show is not givin' a fuck," he says. "I'm excited to consistently get back on the road and get to the point where the pressure melts away. Once we start moving, performing seems like the most natural thing in the world, and I'm excited to become closely connected with each and every audience. I'll be down in the crowd, dancing and getting turnt up with the people."
For an artist with serious mainstream aspirations, Decatur, Georgia's Jarren Benton has spent his career going against the grain. One of Funk Volume's premiere acts, Jarren admits, "I love the music I do now. I do it in the safe-mode." That's rather shocking for an artist whose last album, Freebasing With Kevin Bacon lived up to its name, at least in attitude and style, evident on single "Skitzo." He continues, "I want to take it a lil' further. I just haven't had the balls to go all the way there yet, 'cause I presently want to keep a foot in the mainstream too." After two successful digital releases and a video with over one million YouTube plays, Jarren is preparing his August tour in support of the June 11th release of his Funk Volume debut, My Grandmas Basement.
Jarren heads out this August, he'll be joining label mates Dizzy Wright
and DJ Hoppa on a 10-city tour through Australia. He's looking forward
to the adventure. "Australia is absolutely nuts for a performer,"
says Benton. "I love the energy that the people there bring, across
the board. They know how to party."
The latest group of entertainers whose names will grace Hollywood Boulevard includes Giancarlo Esposito for his achievements in television, as well as a posthumous honor for Tupac Shakur in recording.
Rounding out the honorees to receive stars in 2014 are Orlando Bloom, Ray Dolby, Sally Field, Jack Harris, Jessica Lange, Matthew McConaughey, Liam Neeson, Paul Mazursky and Tom Sherak for film; Dabney Coleman, Kaley Cuoco, Claire Danes, Deidre Hall, Cheryl Hines, Don Mischer, and Phil Hartman (posthumous) for TV, and Katy Perry and Rick Springfield in music. Source: Variety
WON'T COUNT JAY-Z/SAMSUNG 1 MILLION DOWNLOADS.
In a letter posted by Billboard's editorial director Bill Werde, "it won't count the downloads because Samsung ultimately isn't selling the album on its phones. He adds that it wasn't easy turning down Jay-Z's request to include the downloads on the Billboard chart."
"The passionate and articulate argument by Jay's team that something was for sale and Samsung bought it ... doesn't mesh with precedent," Werde writes.
RIDA PARTNERS WITH MUSCLEPHARM®
Flo Rida has built a fervent fan base, selling over 75 million singles worldwide. The innovative Florida-born rapper became a chart-topping artist fixture with blockbuster singles such as "Right Round" and "Wild Ones (feat. Sia)." Flo Rida is committed to imparting the importance of education to children and empowering student athletes to become leaders both on and off the field through his non-profit organizations, Big Dreams for Kids and the Florida Youth Football League (FYFL).
"Ever since I was growing up, health, nutrition and fitness have been very important aspects of my life," said Flo Rida. "I started using MusclePharm supplements because of the company's commitment to developing safe, scientifically backed products. Right away I noticed a positive improvement with my energy and fitness levels. I'm very excited to join the MusclePharm family and look forward to promoting the brand to my fans."
"As one of today's most popular musicians, Flo Rida is a global force who is at the top of his field because he is dedicated not only to his music but also to his physical well-being," said Brad Pyatt, founder and CEO, MusclePharm. "Flo Rida's international influence coupled with his amazing physique make him an ideal ambassador. We're thrilled to have him represent the MusclePharm brand."
As part of their agreement, MusclePharm will make a donation to Flo Rida's charity, the FYFL, and gift new sports equipment to the league. MusclePharm and Flo Rida will celebrate the partnership at the customer appreciation day next month which will be taking place at Flo Rida's new South Florida gym, Flo Fit (12425 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028). The musician and philanthropist joins fellow MusclePharm brand ambassador, quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the NFL® San Francisco 49ers, who partnered with the company earlier this year. Additionally, MusclePharm is the official Nutritional Supplement provider of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®.
Founded in 2008 by former NFL player Brad Pyatt, MusclePharm is a healthy lifestyle company that develops and manufactures nutritional supplements to address active lifestyles like muscle building, weight loss and maintaining general fitness through a daily nutritional supplement regimen.
TV (led by Diddy) FINALIZES NATIONAL CARRIAGE DEAL WITH TIME WARNER CABLE
Revolt TV will be available to Time Warner Cable customers when it launches in the fall. This broad reach is especially significant for Revolt TV in gaining early traction in major urban markets across the United States. Envisioned as a maverick television channel with an emphasis on music programming, live content and a robust social media component, Revolt TV is scheduled to launch in Fall 2013.
This is a landmark distribution deal that demonstrates Time Warner Cables commitment to bringing a platform for music artists and fans to their subscribers, stated Revolt TV Founder and Chairman Sean Combs. It positions Revolt to come out of the gate strong, and we look forward to igniting the passion of initial audiences across the U.S. With Time Warner Cables help nothing is stopping Revolt from becoming the new number one name in music.
Revolt TV- Designed as a multimedia platform for a new generation of artists
and innovators, Revolt TV is a real-time, socially connected television
network launching in Fall 2013. Its programming focuses on live performances,
music videos, news and interviews, as well as offering talk shows and
original series, with a mission to equally reflect and impact popular
and music culture. In February 2012, Comcast announced that Revolt would
be one of four new minority-owned independent networks broadly distributed
by the cable provider. Revolt TV is led by entrepreneur and media innovator
Sean Combs, recognized as one of the most influential businessmen in the
world by Time magazine and CNN, and MTV, Warner Bros. Records and Live
Nation veteran Andy Schuon.
Tt's still unclear exactly what he can do. He would have to sell his minor share of the Brooklyn Nets before he can represent players, according to NBA rules, and a Roc Nation spokesman wouldn't comment on whether that has been done. The Sports Business Journal was the first to report Jay-Z's certification.
Jay-Z attended only a handful of Nets games this season, but had a major role in the rebranding of the team in its first season in Brooklyn, even debuting the team's black-and-white uniforms during one of his concerts.
FESTIVAL 2013 ANNOUNCE 1ST BATCH OF PERFORMERS INCLUDING: TOO $HORT 9TH
WONDER & MORE..
known as All Three Coasts, the festival had its biggest year
ever in 2012, with over 20,000 hip-hop fans attending hundreds of performances,
panels, films and tutorials and this year will be even larger.
Details of the homicide were still sketchy at press time, but the Louisiana native's manager, Leem7st, confirmed the reports with a cryptic tweet early Thursday morning (June 20), expressing shock following a call he'd received that his client had died. "The call I got this morning is un real RIP 2 my Lil n---a lilsnupe," Leem7st tweeted.
Meek Mill has yet to confirm the reports of his flagship artist's demise, but before the shooting, he sent out a frantic tweet urging anyone to have Snupe contact him. "tell lil snupe hit me up right now!!!" he tweeted.
The 18-year-old rapper was added to the DreamChasers roster less than an hour after Meek Mill heard his demo tape earlier this year
was in a van, they was finna pull off. And I went and knocked on the van,
on the window. They let the window down, grabbed the mixtape and it was
like 10 minutes later, 20 minutes later they called me," Snupe told
MTV earlier this year. Source: MTV
Stats: RIHANNA IS THE MOST VIEWED ARTIST ON YOUTUBE.
Other artist-specific channels that populate the YouTube viewcount leaderboard are Psy at No. 3, with 3.1 billion views to his name, followed by Eminem (2.4 billion views), Lady Gaga (2.25 billion views), and Shakira (2 billion). Source: Billboard.
CONCERT/SPORTS ARENA ON DECK.
Construction on the $350 million arena should start next summer on land that MGM Resorts owns between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts, the two companies said in a joint announcement. Completion is expected by spring 2016.
The international design firm Populous will draw up plans for premium seating and hospitality areas for entertainment and sports events, the statement said. Populous designed London's O2 arena, Berlin's O2 World arena and Kansas City's Sprint Center, among other projects.
"Finalizing our agreement with AEG and selecting Populous ... are both important milestones in this process," said Jim Murren, MGM Resorts International chairman and chief financial officer.
Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts and Los Angeles-based AEG expect their equity contributions will be augmented by private third-party financing from as-yet unnamed sources. Naming rights are on the table. No professional sports teams have committed to the deal.
The arena is expected to be a centerpiece of an outdoor pedestrian mall featuring restaurants and retail shops stretching from Las Vegas Boulevard to Frank Sinatra Drive, visible from Interstate 15.
Dan Beckerman, AEG president and chief executive, noted that his company spent years talking with potential arena developers in Las Vegas before signing with MGM Resorts.
"Bringing together the knowledge, experience and assets of our respective organizations, we will create an arena that offers fans the best live entertainment experience," he said.
Tuesday's announcement signaled an end to an arena proposal by casino company Caesars Entertainment Corp. for a similarly-sized arena on land it owns on the other side of Las Vegas Boulevard.
"Once you've got spectators going through the turnstiles the race will be over," said David Schwartz, director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. "But this definitely looks promising. Not only is MGM buying into it, but an outside company that knows arena management."
AEG had been in talks with Caesars about building a $500 million arena funded by a 1 percent sales tax on purchases within a 3-mile radius. A ballot measure failed to make it to a statewide vote last November.
AEG also produces shows at the 4,300-seat Colosseum at Caesars Palace, home venue for singer Celine Dion.
Ted Fikre, AEG vice chairman, said Tuesday that the arena on MGM Resorts property proved the most attractive of several his company explored over the years in Las Vegas without the "risks and challenges that have doomed prior projects relying on public funding."
Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman tried for years to entice a developer to build an arena downtown that would be newer and larger than the Thomas & Mack center at UNLV. Goodman often said he wanted to attract a pro hockey or basketball franchise.
The Thomas & Mack opened in 1983 and hosts events such as the NCAA Mountain West Conference men's basketball tournament and National Finals Rodeo. It has a capacity of about 19,500 spectators for boxing events, and under 19,000 for basketball.
Three casinos have other large arenas around town, including MGM Resorts' Mandalay Bay Events Center. It can seat 12,000.
The parent company's MGM Grand Garden Arena opened in 1993 with a capacity of just under 17,000 spectators. It hosted the Pac 12 men's basketball tournament last March.
Orleans Arena opened in 2003 adjacent to Boyd Gaming Corp.'s Orleans casino-hotel.
It can seat about 9,500 for boxing, and just under 8,000 for hockey and
basketball. It plays home to the professional minor-league Las Vegas Wranglers
hockey team, and hosted Western Athletic Conference and West Coast Conference
Ice-T's narration, paired with expert analysis, drives Koenig's points home. Koenig said Ice-T is a talented narrator who adds profound value to the film's goals.
Ice has got an incredible voice and when you hear it against the words that we wrote it just really, really works, he said, noting the importance of including African Americans, especially in light of past civil rights offenses. Hes also a bridge to the black American community the Second Amendment was denied to blacks in this country all the way up to the 20s.
Koenig dissects how the focus on banning guns after recent mass shootings like the Newtown school shooting and the Aurora theater shooting should really be on historical constructs and personal freedoms.
Id like the public to walk away and look at gun control not as a mechanical device issue, but look at it as a civil rights issue, he told The Blaze. It is part of the Bill of Rights its part of our natural rights as human beings to have the ability to have self-defense, and yet our lawmakers have looked over that civil right and are willing to embrace restrictions in the name of votes.
While he knows the pointed statements in the film likely won't resonate with far left individuals, he hopes it opens up a more critical discussion.
Koenig said that politicians should be looking beyond the rare mass shootings and instead focusing on the factors causing people to commit the crimes.
I think its really disingenuous that we turn our back on the mental health issue, Koenig said.
"Basic American civil rights are being threatened by efforts to constrain the Second Amendment. Gun control debates that focus on gun technology and not the roots of gun violence are not helping to resolve the issue," commented Kris Koenig, "Assaulted" executive producer, director and writer. "'Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire' examines the original intent of current gun laws through the examples of important moments in U.S. history because balanced information is critical to ensure that we balance public safety concerns with our civil liberties."
Distributed by High Top Releasing, "Assaulted" will be playing in limited release beginning Thursday, June 20th in more than a dozen U.S. markets, including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, among others. Moreover, through a partnership with Tugg, the film is available for special screenings nationwide. The web-platform enables individuals, organizations and non-profits to host their own theatrical events and share the film with their local community.
PRESENTS ICEBERG SLIM DOCUMENTARY
'Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp', examines the tumultuous life of legendary Chicago pimp Iceberg Slim (1918-1992) and how he reinvented himself from pimp to author of 7 groundbreaking books. These books were the birth of Street Lit and explored the world of the ghetto in gritty and poetic detail and have made him a cultural icon.
appearances from Snoop Dogg, Henry Rollins, Chris Rock, & Quincy Jones.
The film is set for a release Date of July 12th Video on Demand, July
19th In Theaters.
Cappadonna will also host a second launch event in New York, NY on June 27th at BlackBox 13 NY NY.
CANNON & RED DISTRIBUTION ANNOUNCE NEWLY-SIGNED PARTNERSHIP.
Founded by Cannon in 2009, NCredible Entertainment has become a powerhouse in the entertainment industry as a highly successful multi-media company with a music division, and TV and film production for projects including TeenNick's Annual "Halo Awards," MTV docu-series "Son of A Gun," two "School Gyrls" movies and "Ragz" starring KeKe Palmer for Nickelodeon, the new season and return of Wild N' Out for MTV2 premiering July 9th and most recently directing his first studio film, "Cliques" for Lions Gate.
Cannon also inked a multi-year, multi-million first look production deal with NBC Networks to develop scripted and unscripted fare for the network earlier this year and introduced a new sketch comedy show, "Incredible Crew" which premiered on Cartoon Network and has out performed American Idol in all key kids demos.
With the new deal, 'stache media, the full-service marketing agency within RED will play an integral part of maximizing the NCredible brand and its releases in all areas of marketing including new media, traditional retail, lifestyle marketing, radio and video promotion, strategic brand partnerships, and more.
Bob Morelli, President of RED stated, "We are thrilled to partner with Nick Cannon and NCredible Entertainment. Cannon is a multi-faceted entrepreneur and entertainer, and we look forward to working with him in every aspect on this exciting new deal."
Nick Cannon, Chairman of NCredible Entertainment adds, "Sony RED's entrepreneurial spirit and progressive approach makes it the perfect home for NCredible Entertainment. We are thrilled about this new partnership and look forward to working together."
Founded by Nick Cannon in 2009, NCredible Entertainment has quickly become a powerhouse in the entertainment industry. When he is not in front of the camera or a live audience, Cannon is busy running his highly successful multi-media company producing TV and film projects, including TeenNick's Annual "Halo Awards," MTV docu-series "Son of A Gun," two "School Gyrls" movies and "Ragz" starring KeKe Palmer for Nickelodeon, the new season and return of his highly successful sketch comedy & improv show Wild N' Out for MTV2 which premieres July 2013 and most recently directing his first studio film, "Cliques" for Lions Gate which is slated for release later this year.
Cannon also inked a multi-year, multi-million first look production deal with NBC Networks to develop scripted and unscripted fare for the network earlier this year and introduced a new sketch comedy show, "Incredible Crew" which premiered on Cartoon Network and has out performed American Idol in all key kids demos.
Entertainment's music division represents Cannon's own comedy and musical
releases, and has worked with artists such as rap duos Wonder Broz, Queenz
and singer Kristinia DeBarge to name a few. In addition, NCredible's product
division, which introduced a top selling line of NCredible branded headphones
at retail nationwide last year in conjunction with Monster
Inc. has become a top seller at retail and boasts sales projections by
end of 2013 to exceed $30 million.
The tour announcement comes as buzz for Drake's new album continues to escalate since the release of the album's first track "Started From The Bottom." The hit single burned up the charts landing in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Drake has since released two more songs, "5AM in Toronto" and "Girls Love Beyonce".
NOTHING WAS THE SAME follows the critically acclaimed and multi-platinum selling TAKE CARE (Young Money / Cash Money / Universal Republic), which earned Drake his first Grammy® Award for "Best Rap Album" and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in 2011. Drake's full-length album debut, 2010's THANK ME LATER, also bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart week of release and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. The album earned Drake multiple Grammy® nominations, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Solo performance.
hit the mainstream in 2010 with the infectious first single ALL I WANT
IS YOU from his major label debut album of the same name. The album also
features "Sure Thing," which hit #1 on Billboard's Hip-Hop/R&B
chart and second US #1 "Quickie." Miguel followed up on the
success of his debut album with his critically-acclaimed, Grammy Award
nominated, sophomore release, KALEIDOSCOPE DREAM, which features his third
US #1 hit single "Adorn." In 2013 Miguel was nominated for a
total of 5 Grammy Awards. He was recently the musical guest on SNL garnering
rave reviews across the board and was also included as one of Time's 100
Most Influential People.
TO GIVE AWAY UPCOMING JAY-Z ALBUM FOR FREE TO IT'S MOBILE CUSTOMERS.
Jay-Z hinted at the endorsement deal on Sunday when he appeared in a TV commercial during Game 5 of the NBA finals, along with Pharrell Williams and producer Rick Rubin. The tagline was The Next Big Thinga teaser for the early release of Magna Carta Holy Grail on Galaxy devices. WATCH HERE
bought 1 million copies of the album, which is scheduled for release on
July 4, to give to Samsung Galaxy owners. The Wall Street Journal reports
that Samsung paid $5 each for the albumsreaping Jay-Z $5 million
for Magna Carta Holy Grail before it even goes on sale.
He's still a consistent hit maker and a superstar who transcends music which is why Samsung likely partnered with him on his new album. Samsung has chipped away at Apple's share of the mobile market with its Galaxy phones, and companies are relying more on music to lure new customers (Apple last week announced it will debut iTunes Radio, its streaming music service, in the fall).
One of the many questions about the Samsung deal still unanswered: Will the 1 million downloads count toward first-week sales of the album, giving it elite status of debuting with platinum sales, an accomplishment few artists have achieved? Billboard, which tracks album sales and chart information for the industry, did not return emails seeking comment. Samsung reportedly purchased the albums though it's unclear what the price-point was.
"If 1 Million records gets SOLD and billboard doesn't report it, did it happen? Ha," Jay-Z tweeted, adding: "Platinum!!!"
VENTURES INTO NASCAR WITH AKON MOTORSPORTS.
I got into motorsports because I've always had a love for cars. Cars were always something that gave me that excitement and that rush for life, said Akon. That was what really motivated me to get into motorsports."
In addition to his love for the sport, Akon hopes to lead the charge of commandeering the interest of minorities in NASCAR, both behind the wheel as drivers and in the stands as fans starting with the introduction of Joe Henderson III. With the star power of Akon and the talents of Joe Henderson this could be a double bonanza for sponsors.
"Akon Motorsports is bringing forth the best driver you have ever seen in your life, that's right I'm representing Joe Henderson III with a bang. Make sure you check him out, said Akon.
Joe Henderson III is a trailblazer and according to industry insiders, has the ability to be a monumental figure, in a sport where African-American men are scarce.
RUBIN TALKS YEEZUS PROJECT WITH WALLSTREET JOURNAL.
When and why did you join the Yeezus project?
Kanye came over to play me what I assumed was going to be the finished album at three weeks before the last possible delivery date. We ended up listening to three hours of partially finished pieces. The raw material was very strong but hadnt yet come into focus. Many of the vocals hadnt been recorded yet, and many of those still didnt have lyrics. From what he played me, it sounded like several months more work had to be done. I joined the project because after discussing what he had played for me, he asked if I would be open to taking all of the raw material on and help him finish it.
How would you describe the new sound he was driving for, and how you did you help him arrive there?
He wanted the music to take a stripped-down minimal direction. He was always examining what we could take out instead of put in. A good example would be the song that became Bound. When he first played it for me, it was a more middle of the road R&B song, done in an adult contemporary style. Kanye had the idea of combining that track with a cool sample he had found and liked I removed all of the R&B elements leaving only a single note baseline in the hook which we processed to have a punk edge in the Suicide tradition.
Can you recall a scene from the sessions that might help people understand his method in the studio?
We were working on a Sunday [the same day West attended a baby shower for girlfriend Kim Kardashian] and the album was to be turned in two days later. Kanye was planning to go to Milan that night. Five songs still needed vocals and two or three of them still needed lyrics. He said, Dont worry, I will score 40 points for you in the fourth quarter. In the two hours before had to run out to catch the plane, he did exactly that: finished all lyrics and performed them with gusto. A remarkable feat. He had total confidence in his ability to get the job done when push came to shove.
Where does Yeezus put him in relation to hip-hop and the broader music culture?
He is a true artist who happens to make music under the wide umbrella of hip hop. He is in no way beholden to hip hops typical messaging musical cliches. Hip hop is a grander, more personal form because of his contributions, and hopefully his work will inspire others to push the boundaries of whats possible in hip hop.
To what extent have you been involved in the rollout of the album? Id like to hear your thoughts on his no strategy method of promotion, for example declining to release an official video or a single.
He is pure in his art and in a form where so many choices artists make are often the result of business consideration. Kanye chooses to let his art lead. He didnt want a premeditated commercial (single) for his album as he looks at it as a body of work. I like it anytime an artist follows his own vision of a project and doesnt use the cookie cutter template expected of most artists. Kanye proceeds on the road less traveled and I applaud him for it. Source: WSJ
Yeezus drops June 18.
"F.I.L.A. TOUR" ON DECK IN CANADA.
14 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
NATION RECORDS INKS PRESIDENT POSITION.
The label's next big release is J. Cole's sophomore album Born Sinner, which bows on Tuesday (June 18).
In April, Roc Nation entered into a multi-year, worldwide partnership with Universal Music Group. The pact allows the label to operate as a standalone within UMG. Financial terms of the deal, which became effective immediately, were not disclosed. Source: Billboard
ROOTS ENT DROPS KANYE WEST - REVISITED WATCH
Ten years ago, Kanye West was in the studio with the Grammy-nominated Nappy Roots for the follow up to their Atlantic Records debut Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz - one of the biggest selling rap albums of the year. West was producing a song for their next album and was in the studio to help them choose a track to write to and record. While listening to several of West's productions, the group ran across an instrumental that immediately jumped out to them, but to their dismay, West told them that he already had plans for that song and he intended to keep that track for his own Roc-A-Fella Records debut album The College Dropout. The guys continued to press on about how much they wanted that particular song and tried to convince West to let them to use it on their album instead of "These Walls", but West stuck to his guns. That track later became one of his career-defining singles "Jesus Walks".
multi-platinum group finally settled on the instrumental for "These
Walls" and eventually released it on Wooden Leather, but over the
years, everyone within the group felt the completed song lacked the vocal
approach the track deserved and the song has never garnered much attention.
Buffalo Stille, who wrote the hook for the original Kanye West recording, said, "Jonathan Hay approached me with this concept years ago to redo this song and I was all for it, as I've always known it could've been better. This is one of my favorite hooks I've ever written and I like it even more since it's been revisited. It was great to work with Kanye and I'd love to work with him again. This is a great ten-year anniversary record."
comments, "I love everything Kanye does, so I was excited about getting
to work on this. We spent a lot of time on this production and I think
it came out better than everyone imagined. Doing that guitar solo with
Buffalo Stille's rap verse was such a blast. Getting to work on this with
Buffalo while on a video set in New York for another song we have coming
out was a great experience." Buffalo said, "I feel the guitar
solo and rap combo couldn't have come out any better and, in my opinion,
is the cornerstone of the song.
AND USTREAM ANNOUNCE 2013 WEBCAST LINEUP
A complete lineup of all the webcasts is below. Bonnaroo will take place this weekend, June 13 - 16, in Manchester, TN.
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is a four-day, multi-stage camping festival held on a beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee every June. Bonnaroo brings together some of the best performers in rock and roll, along with dozens of artists in complementary styles such as jazz, Americana, hip-hop, electronica, and just about any contemporary music you can think of. In addition to dozens of epic performances, the festival's 100-acre entertainment village buzzes around the clock with attractions and activities including a classic arcade, on-site cinema, silent disco, comedy club, theatre performers, a beer festival, and a music technology village. For its peaceful vibe, near-flawless logistics, and unrivalled entertainment options, Rolling Stone magazine named this revolutionary entertainment experience one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock and roll.
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Webcast Lineup Via Ustream:
Marciano expressed his excitement over the newest member of the MBD team, "I wanted to sign Coroner because he's one of my new favorite artists. Coroner is just ill, I like his voice, his demeanor and him as a person. A real serious talent." Label founder R.M.L. agrees, "Coroner is nasty. I got a chance to witness first hand at SXSW last year when he went up during Meyhem Lauren's set...I know everybody will be looking forward to this album."
AG Da Coroner, who has made a name for himself as part of The Outdoorsmen, a crew that includes Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren, J Love, and Jay Steel, has also previously appeared as a guest on the track "Michael Landon" from Eddie B & Harry Fraud's Horsepower EP, and has no doubt that he's a perfect fit for the label. "This project is 30 plus years in the making, and is my first, so it will forever be my most emotionally intimate LP and I'm extremely pleased to put it out through Man Bites Dog Records," he says, "Roc made it his business to come and get me and that was all I needed to hear."
DROPS NEW EP.
A-Alikes consist of rappers Ness and K. The group formed in Tallahassee, FL. during the late Nineties. It was there that they connected with their Peoples Army/R.B.G. comrades Stic.man and M-1 of dead prez. This fertile environment allowed the crews to cultivate a delicate balance between the reality of the streets and the revolutionary philosophy that remains the backbone of A-Alikes powerful and poignant lyrical exposition.
A-Alikes have long since relocated to Brooklyn where they are mainstays as musical icons and proponents of progressive community activism. Whether its conducting interviews for their upcoming documentary film Ballot or the Bullet, performing and setting up fundraising events for the burgeoning Occupy Movement, working on their Eat Right online campaign, or simply tearing down stages at local events, the A-Alikes have been all about putting their words into action.
Ness from A-Alikes - "We went through a phase where we were looking for the right "home" for the project but the labels we met up with either didn't understand A-Alikes music or wanted to control it to an extent. With Hard Boiled/eOne we basically get the freedom to do us but still have a team riding with us, helping us get our music to the people."
Book (President of Hard Boiled Records) adds, We are thrilled to
be working with A-Alikes and Guerilla Nation. These guys walk the walk
and give sincere voice to an audience that has been too often ignored
in todays disposable and highly commercialized musical environment.
This is music for the heart, soul and mind and I cant wait to help
share the great things this group has in store with the rest of the world.
Speaker features 15 gritty and raw tracks that channel the essence of
Wu-Tang's staple sound. The album will feature Method Man, Inspectah Deck,
GZA, Kool Keith, Styles P, and Elzhi from Slum Village. U-God plans to
give the fans a rapid fire taste of the album by releasing 3 singles bi-weekly.
the fans an opportunity to celebrate 20 years as a group, U-God and his
Wu-Tang brethren set out on a tour that spans North America and Europe.
They will be playing the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, TN on June 16th.
Wu-Tang will also be headlining Rock The Bells in Los Angeles, San Francisco,
Washington DC, and New Jersey, as a rare hologram of the late Ol' Dirty
Bastard joins them.
MUSIC GROUP CO-PRESIDENT/COO HAS EXITED THE BUILDING.
Tortella and Strang confirmed her exit to staffers via internal emails, obtained by Billboard. In his note, Strang said that WB staffers who had reported to Tortella will now be under his oversight. Tortella joined Warner Music in September of 2010.
MAKING LAST MINUTE CHANGES TO ALBUM?
Sources say that last week (just two weeks before the album drops) West brought in legendary producer Rick Rubin to help lay down additional tracks for the record, and Def Jam execs spent the week haggling over rights for a vocal he used on his song Onsite.
Even by Kanye West standards, this is pushing it, said a music industry source.
Page Six reported last week that after months spent in Paris recording, West was still working in the studio after early releases got mixed reviews.
CHAINZ ROBBED @ GUNPOINT.
The rapper, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, was with members of his entourage in the 800 block of Mission Street when three suspects approached the group at about 4:35 p.m., according to police.
Police said 2 Chainz had his wallet and cellphone taken during the robbery. One of the suspects also fired a weapon, but no one was hit by the gunfire. The shooter was described as a Hispanic man between 20 and 30 years old with short, cropped hair who was wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans, according to police.
suspects fled in a car described as a gray-colored sedan.
Surveillance video appears to show that the rapper, who had his wallet stolen, was the intended target, according to TMZ. His entourage reportedly "ran away from the incident like 'cockroaches running from a flashlight.'" Police are currently looking for a suspect.
Area news network KTVU reported 2 Chainz was robbed while outside of a
local marijuana dispensary.
The Companys platform lets fans set ticket prices for events they love through online sealed-bid auction-style bidding. Revd is also leveling the playing field and making it simple for potential sponsors or venues to become part of these great events. Any brand, any venue, anywhere can bid to sponsor and host these events, helping bring fan inspired experiences to their local area. This enables talent to connect directly and efficiently with fans, brands and venues, who value their events the most, without costly layers in between.
Bidding begins today for the companys launch event with Timbaland on June 29, 2013, which will take place at the iconic Palace Hotel in San Francisco. Revd provided our hotel a rare opportunity to team-up with fans and sponsors in bringing a world-class talent to the Bay area for a unique high-caliber event experience, said Gena Chen, Director of Catering & Conference Services. Using our exceptional venue capabilities to support such an innovative concept felt like a perfect match for the Palace.
Ive always believed in staying ahead of the curve with originality and experimentation, said Timbaland. So why not partner with a startup thats reinventing how great smaller-scale events happen with creative talent. I think fans and the entertainment industry are looking for better ways to connect and I believe Revd is on to something game-changing. You dont want to miss this.
As Revd events are unique and intimate, the Companys bidding platform lets fans set ticket prices collectively with an intriguing twist. All winning bidders pay the same price for a particular ticket package (VIP or General Admission) and always pay less than their original bid. Each bidder will decide what the selected ticket package is worth to them, and place their one bid accordingly. The final price per ticket package will be the bid amount just below the lowest winning bid.
Our mission is to power intimate events imagined and inspired by fans, while leveraging technology to reinvent the way these events are created, said Revd Founder and CEO Mith Niles. We don't see the world how it is, we see how it should be. Talent invests and takes risks in building their brand and career. It only seems fair that our platform drives a significant majority percentage of all event revenue to talent and their teams.
This is first of many great events Revd is planning that will allow fans to feel up close and personal with the talent they love.
GET FRESH TOUR ON DECK WITH SIR MICHAEL ROCKS, MISTAH FAB, AND HIT BOY.
"Miller Genuine Draft and hip hop are a natural partnership. MGD is an iconic brand that's all about fresh draft taste and we're excited to bring our consumers the freshest, up-and-coming hip-hop stars in their cities," said Abigail Brock, MGD marketing manager. "This summer consumers will have an opportunity to hear their favorite local up-starts in an intimate music setting in three iconic American cities. MGD will also offer a ton of great video content and even limited-edition, music-inspired cans and aluminum pints for the summer."
As part of the program, MGD is inviting legal-drinking-age consumers to attend private concerts in each city throughout the summer.
EXPERIENCE @ L.A. LIVE ON DECK.
Additionally, Grammy-award winning songstress Melanie Fiona has been added as the opening act for Beyonce's concert on Friday, June 28th at STAPLES Center.
The following are a list of FREE events taking place at the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE:
The BET Experience Fan Fest (Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 28-30):
A free festival, street fair and expo that invites guests to engage with their favorite BET shows & talent, music and their favorite brands through interactive exhibits, stages, demonstrations and giveaways. Included in the Fan Fest are:
A 'Taste' of a Taste of Soul food festival - over 50 food vendors will sell a delectable array of foods.
Music Matters Stage - this musical concert will feature up and coming artists associated with the BET Music Matters initiative, along with performances by chart-topping Music Matters' alums.
The BET and Centric Pavilions - check out the live performances by some of soul music's hottest artists, relax and recharge while learning how to stay fit at the health & wellness booth, snag some fun giveaways & swag and even meet some of your favorite BET and Centric talent.
& PARK" Live Broadcast from Nokia Plaza (Friday and Saturday,
Strive to Thrive (Friday, June 28):
Presents: BET Revealed - Celebrity Panels and Keynote Addresses (Saturday,
June 29, 11am-6pm):
Talks (4:15-5:00pm & 5:15-6:00pm)
Forever: How to Make It, How to Keep It (12-12:45pm)
Moves Outside the Game (1-1:45pm)
Girls Rock! Rebuilding the Village (1-1:45pm)
Billion Dollar Brands (2-2:45pm)
with Robi Reed: The Celebrity Journey (2-2:45pm)
GUNS ALLOWED: Disarming Violence in Our Community (3-3:45pm)
Experience Film Festival presented by My Black Is Beautiful (Saturday,
June 29, Noon-8pm):
In partnership with Urbanworld, the BET Experience will program and showcase a diverse slate of films targeting BET audiences. Film enthusiasts will have the opportunity to screen a curated selection of feature length narrative films, including award winning indies, a new film project from BET Premiere Cinema, an animated family film and the first-ever documentary short film from My Black Is Beautiful, presenting sponsor of the BET Experience Film Festival. The film slate includes, IMAGINE A FUTURE: THE DOCUMENTARY presented by My Black Is Beautiful (Directed by Lisa Cortés & Shola Lynch); Despicable Me 2 (Directed by Chris Renaud & Pierre Coffin); Fruitvale Station (Directed by Ryan Coogler); Gun Hill (Directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood); Mother of George (Directed by Andrew Dosunmu); The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (Directed by George Tillman, Jr.); and Things Never Said (Directed by Charles Murray). Screenings take place at the Regal Cinemas, 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, 90015.
Experience Celebrity Basketball Game presented by Sprite (Saturday, June
This year for the first time, the general public can purchase tickets to the BET Awards with a BET Experience VIP Package, which also includes 3-day tickets to nightly concerts at Staples Center.
The BET Experience is an exciting weekend consisting of concerts from A-list talent at STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE and Club Nokia, the BET Film Festival, Fan Festival, live tapings of "106 & PARK," The BET GRAMMY® Museum exhibit, Music Matters Stage, BET Revealed Seminars and the BET Awards. For the first time ever, tickets to the BET Awards show are available to the public through VIP ticket packages. The BET Experience is sponsored by Coca-Cola, COVERGIRL, My Black is Beautiful, Sprite and Target.
MINAJ PARTNERS UP WITH NEW MOSCATO WINE - MYX FUSIONS.
She is not only a part owner of the brand but will also be the face of the new distinctively bottled, ready to drink moscato as it expands in the U.S. market and abroad. Myx Fusions will launch a fully integrated marketing campaign that will include print, radio and television as well as exclusive events and social media messaging.
"I am so excited to team with the Myx brand," says Minaj. "I have no doubt that it will be number one. It's a great-tasting, amazing product that people will love. It's not even a hard sell. Myx Fusions gives us an opportunity to revolutionize the wine industry."
"The collaboration between Nicki Minaj and Myx Fusions is a game changer," said Mona Scott-Young, part owner and Chief Marketing Officer for the brand. "Nicki is an innovative trendsetter and has the ability to energize the masses. She embodies everything that Myx Fusions represents - style, spontaneity and the desire to push the envelope and inspire change. Both brands are perfectly aligned."
"Myx is a great new innovation in a category that is exploding," says Peter Reaske, Myx Fusions CEO. "Moscato has done wonders for wine consumption and Myx Fusions will do the same for moscato. Myx appeals to a broad base of wine-drinking and non-wine drinking consumers. We believe that Nicki Minaj's partnership combined with the appeal of the Myx product will have a ground-breaking impact on the wine industry."
Myx Fusions, a product of Myx Beverage LLC, is currently available in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas and is coming soon to a retailer near you.
COLE, THE ROOTS & KEVIN HART ON DECK FOR PHILLY 4TH OF JULY JAM.
"We are excited to bring Kevin back home to Philly to host the Largest Free Concert event in America," said show Executive Producer Shawn Gee. "With Kevin, The Roots and Jill Scott, the show will definitely have a Philly flair to it, however with the other great talent on the show, this is guaranteed to be the best Philly Fourth of July show ever. And now with our new partners VH1, the entire country will be able to experience the annual party we have been throwing for 500,000 of our closest friends on the Ben Franklin Parkway each year."
In addition to hosting the third annual Philly 4th of July Jam, the actor and comedian has a new movie, KEVIN HART : LET ME EXPLAIN, hitting theaters on July 3rd. The movie captures the laughter, energy and mayhem from Hart's 2012 "Let Me Explain" concert tour, which spanned 10 countries and 80 cities, and generated over $32 million in ticket sales.
Billed as the "Largest Free Concert in America," the Philly 4th of July Jam is a celebration of freedom and music. The Philly 4th of July Jam is an unforgettable, entertainment-filled night that has featured some of the top artists in the music industry. This is a one-of-a-kind concert, free of cost and fun for all ages, located right in the heart of the City of Brotherly Love. With 500,000 people jamming out on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway---there is no other place to spend the Fourth of July.
The Jam is coordinated by Welcome America, Inc. and its Executive Director Desiree Peterkin-Bell, along with Executive Producers Scott Mirkin and Shawn Gee and produced with Live Nation. Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter of The Roots serve as musical directors for the Jam. Executive producers for VH1 are Lee Rolontz , Rick Krim and Keshia Williams.
The Philly 4th of July Jam takes place during Wawa Welcome America!, a multi-day festival that celebrates America's birthday in America's birthplace, Philadelphia.
CLOSE TO INKING $20 MILLION DOLLAR DEAL WITH SAMSUNG.
"Season 3 of Master of the Mix served up an incredible season of energetic competition, amazing Smirnoff cocktails and great deejaying," said Erin Chin, Senior Brand Manager for Smirnoff Vodka. "We're proud to announce JayCeeOh as the winner and the newest 'Master of the Mix', as we continue to promote responsible nightlife."
JayCeeOh's skills and versatility earned him high-marks each week from the esteemed panel of judges DJ Kid Capri, DJ Mia Moretti and Ben Maddahi and recognition from his fellow contestants. After an intense final round, the remaining three DJ contestants, Chris Karns, Incrediboi and JayCeeOh, battled it out to the bitter end coming down to a very tough decision by the judges.
In the end, DJ JayCeeOh was victorious over truly amazing performances from Chris Karns and Incrediboi and officially crowned the "Master of the Mix."
While DJ JayCeeOh spins many genres of music, his expertise is rooted in hip-hop, as he has worked with big-name artists such as Talib Kweli, Wiz Khalifa, J.Dilla, Sean Price, and currently serves as rapper Sammy Adam's official tour DJ.
"I'm honored to have won Season 3 of 'Master of the Mix,'" said JayCeeOh. "Smirnoff and VH1 have done an incredible job of giving DJs the opportunity to showcase our craft to the world by creating a reality competition exclusively for DJs that shows how we play an integral role in the music industry. I feel humbled to be a part of this experience and I am excited for the next step in my career as I join Smirnoff as the official DJ for the next year."
Master of the Mix Winner DJ JayCeeOh will kick off his career as the official DJ for Smirnoff by taking the stage in June for the Florida Fresh Mix Tour, developed by Smirnoff, making stops in Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and Miami. Concert details for the Florida Fresh Mix Tour will be available in upcoming weeks as well as future events featuring Smirnoff's official DJ JayCeeOh.
MIGUEL'S LEG DROP @ BILLBOARD AWARDS GOING TO COST HIM?
Vip Bhola, Shah's lawyer, says, "Some of the difficulties she's experiencing are cognitive in nature and lead to suspicion of a neurological head injury."
Bhola says BMA responded to the accident with a pathetic gesture -- an ice pack designed to soothe a bruised elbow. The attorney insists his client should have been rushed to the hospital.
tells us his client is waiting for test results from a neurologist. When
the results are in -- sometime next week -- Khyati will decide if a lawsuit
is in the cards.
Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Lil Kim were among the guest stars of Sunday's show at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky and French Montana performed sets that electrified the excited crowd. Wu-Tang Clan hit the stage and were solid, though the energy of the audience filled with a good number of twentysomethings dwindled throughout the set.
Here's a breakdown of the highlights from Summer XX, which also featured Chris Brown, Miguel, Wale, Fabolous and Joe Budden.
Hot 97 was celebrating 20 years of Summer Jam, but rappers in their twenties dominated the annual concert. Hip-hop's new class, including Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, French Montana and 2 Chainz (he's 35, but appeals to a younger audience), kept the crowd of thousands on their feet, performing back-to-back jams that have controlled urban radio in the last year.
Lamar, who is the critical darling of the bunch, was the best of the youngsters: He was cool onstage as he rapped songs from his near-platinum major label debut, "good kid, m.A.A.d city," including "Poetic Justice" and "(Expletive), Don't Kill My Vibe." He left out "Swimming Pools (Drank)," though that song would have been appropriate since the audience was drenched after it rained several times at the MetLife Stadium.
2 Chainz entered the stage rapping his verse from Kanye West's "Mercy," and he followed that with a number of radio hits, including "I'm Different," ''Birthday Song" and "No Lie." A$AP Rocky was wild onstage, and rap's new class showed the brotherly love when he was joined by Lamar and 2 Chainz for "(Expletive) Problems."
Last year Minaj backed out of headlining Summer Jam after Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg dissed the rapper and her dance-pop hit, "Starships." Minaj debuted in 2009 deeply rooted in rap, but later she began to sing on her songs and found success with electronic-based tunes and collaborations with David Guetta. But the 30-year-old returned to the Summer Jam stage for mere minutes with 2 Chainz in a curly blonde wig and blue jeans. She exchanged words they seemed cordial with Rosenberg onstage after performing.
Minaj also performed on a stage where her enemies were also present: Her fellow and former "American Idol" judge, Mariah Carey, was in the building, as was Lil Kim, who feuded with Minaj when the rapper came on the music scene.
Wu-Tang Clan, who also celebrated 20 years in music Sunday, showed no signs of slowing down with a set that felt both fresh and nostalgic. Too bad the crowd didn't think so.
The young audience grew excited during small parts of the rap group's set, and Ghostface Killah, Method Man, RZA, Raekwon and the other members seemed to notice.
"All we ask is that the energy we give to you, give it back to us," Method Man told the crowd.
"I think New York forgot about us a little, man," RZA said later.
Despite the some of the crowd's disinterest in the veteran group, they blazed the stage, performing jams like "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta (Expletive) Wit," ''Da Mystery of Chessboxin'" and "C.R.E.A.M."
Miguel was silky, performing hits like "Sure Thing," ''How Many Drinks" and "Adorn" all as the crowd sang along. He earned more points when he brought out diva Mariah Carey to sing her new single, "Beautiful," where he is featured.
Brown, who has rapped on some of his songs, was bold when he hit the stage: He started with the European-flavored "Beautiful People," where he was backed with futuristic dancers and Auto-Tune. The crowd didn't fist pump, but they were pumped.
was quick on his feet when performing "Fine China" and slowed
things down for "Don't Judge Me." And while he first wore a
Yankees jersey, he took it off to sing wait for it his R&B
The 23 year old Indianapolis native is also the co-writer and co-producer of Wale's current hit single, "Bad," which hit number one on the Urban Mainstream chart April 27. Tiara, who co-wrote and co-produced the record while attending Ball State University, is the first signing on Rico's Division1 label.
"Tiara is a gifted and versatile artist," commented John Janick, President of Interscope Geffen A&M. "We're excited to work with Rico and Divison1 to develop and expose her extraordinary talent."
Added Rico Love: "I'm extremely excited about Tiara Thomas being a member of the Division1 family. She's an amazing talent, phenomenal vocalist, and one of the most creative songwriters I've heard in a while. We're anxious to see how the world receives her. We have no doubt that they'll love her as much as we do. #TTLO"
DEF JAM/REPUBLIC RECORDS APPOINTS NEW VP FILM & TV.
"Sara possesses a talent for identifying the right music for the right situation as well as the tenacity to take it across the finish line to get it placed," said Sexton. "With her broad experience, our operations will be streamlined and well connected, enabling us to generate even more significant opportunities for our artists."
"I'm excited to be working with such a talented group of artists and with such a wide variety of music," commented Connally. "Identifying clients synch needs and the collaborative effort with artist and label executives to get just the right fit is an energizing and rewarding process. I'm thrilled to be working with someone of Cynthia's caliber in growing the department."
Connally has worked in the Film & TV Music business for over seven years on both the record label and publishing side. Prior to her newly appointed role at Island Def Jam and Republic Records Label Groups, she worked at EMI Music Group, Universal Music Enterprises, Bug Music, and, most recently, BMG/Chrysalis with the responsibility of procuring synch placements for various artists and songwriters.
SCORES PLATINUM ON LATEST ALBUM "UNAPOLOGETIC"
"Unapologetic," released late last year, sold another 9,000 (down 17%) in the week ending May 26, bringing its to-date total to slightly more than 1 million. The set (her seventh studio album) also became her first #1 on the Billboard 200, following six earlier top 10 entries.
In reaching the threshold in its 27th chart week on the Billboard 200 (falling 33-39 this week), "Unapologetic" is selling at a faster pace than her previous album, 2011's "Talk That Talk." The latter took 43 frames to reach 1 million.
Of Rihanna's seven studio releases, all but one have sold a million. Only her debut, 2005's "Music of the Sun," has missed the mark, moving 607,000 to date. Her biggest selling set is 2007's "Good Girl Gone Bad," with 2.8 million. Her total album sales stand at 9.8 million.
"Unapologetic" has tallied four hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart so far: "Diamonds" (#1 for three weeks), "Pour It Up" (19), "Loveeeeeee Song," featuring Future (55) and "Stay," featuring Mikky Ekko (3). Her next top 40-focused single is Right Now (featuring David Guetta), which is percolating under the threshold of the Pop Songs airplay chart. Source: Billboard
MONCH ON DECK FOR WEST COAST TOUR.
In P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Pharoahe Monch continues the story he began telling in his previous LP, W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) his third studio album and first independent release. The Queens emcee narrates, in both literal and metaphoric ways, about the trials and tribulations of an independent artist who is at war with the music industry and the struggle of the black male experience in America.
OCEAN ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL TOUR DATES
DIGGA ON DECK TO SCHOOL INDIVIDUALS ON FINANCIAL SECURITY & MORE.
One of my biggest tragedies was my house burning down to the ground, she recalls. The blessing in that was Ive always reported my home upgrades to the insurance company. The insurance payout was more than what I paid for the home. So I was able to pay for reconstruction and everything.
the intimate Q&A, Digga will also discuss how she has attained financial
security by running her family business of restoring antique vehicles
and will touch on her plans to run for political office. The series runs
June 4-July 19 at various NYPL branches with additional guest speakers
including R&B superstar, Freddie Jackson, pioneering hip-hop harmonizers
The Force MDs, actor/artist, Federico Castelluccio and dance-pop
powerhouse, Martha Wash. [Editorial Disclosure: The series is co-produced
and moderated by writer).
BADA$$ MIXTAPE & TOUR ON DECK.
Joey will head to Europe this summer before linking up with Wiz Khalifa, hitting both coasts & making stops at Rock the Bells, Summer Jam, Roots Picnic & Bumbershoot.
Joey Bada$$ will follow-up Summer Knights with his debut album B4DA$$.
Joey Bada$$ is an 18-year old artist from Brooklyn, NY with a unique vision and perspective that seems to be going extinct in the modern musical landscape. A member of the burgeoning hip hop collective Pro Era, Joey and his fellow crew of teenage visionaries are leading one of the most compelling cultural movements to come out of NYC today. Blessed with the Gift of Gab for as long as hes been able to speak, Joey was discovered by music mogul Jonny Shipes on the web at the age of 15 freestyling in a video that left him in awe at his mature talent and natural shine. The young MC inked an innovative deal with Cinematic Music Group/Creative Control in 2012 and hit the world by storm with the video for his song Survival Tactics off his first project 1999. Within weeks, the initial hype surrounding the video amongst his circle of high school friends and neighborhood spread throughout NYC and beyond to the four corners of the planet.
= w/ Pro Era
3000'S MOTHER PASSES AWAY.
Benjamin-Hodo, who once sold real estate while raising her only child, Andre, as a single parent in Atlanta, was also a humanitarian. She founded Camp Starlight, which had been rated the best affordable summer camp in Clayton County. The summer camp program, which offers academics, creativity, and fun as well as weekly trips for ages 5 to 16, operated through the New Morning Light Baptist Church in Conley, Ga., where her husband Pastor Robert Hodo preaches. Andres biological father, Lawrence Walker, is a collections agent.
EXPERT & AUTHOR UNCOVERS CRIMINAL DRUG LEGEND IN NEW BOOK
Many believe Shakur was erroneously convicted for the murder of a state trooper. But there is no mistaking the fact that the narcotics Matthews helped funnel into Black communities across America continues to leave a trail of devastation, betrayal, death and despair. In each case it has been forty years. And so goes the continued urban legend of Frank Matthews, perhaps the most authentic American Gangster of them all.
Award-winning crime author Ron Chepesiuk goes into depth to investigate the unsolved disappearance of Matthews with his new book, "Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin" from Strategic Media Books. With an undercover reporting style that leaves no stone unturned, Chepesiuk's determined crack at unraveling one of the crime world's biggest unsolved mysteries makes for a fascinating and intriguing read.
Matthews' literally dominated the heroin market in the '70's. A country boy from North Carolina, Matthew operated out of New York with a drug empire that spanned 21 states with overseas contacts for heroin and cocaine. A boss of bosses, the DEA ranks him as one of the Top Ten drug traffickers in United States history. A young man in his twenties at the time, Matthews was one of the first major independents who challenged the La Cosa Nostra for supremacy in the criminal underworld. The streets deemed him, "Black Caesar" as he was the first black man bold, astute and confident enough to control an interstate organization of its size, independent of the Mob that ruled all.
Chepesiuk follows the trail left cold, retracing Matthew's criminal path with the nose of a bloodhound. His interviews with DEA agents, Federal Marshals, aging ex-drug kingpins, friends, families and associates are perhaps the most in-depth gathering of details about this nefariously historic figure ever compiled. The book explores a host of nagging questions. How was Matthews able to operate for several years without being detected? What was his relationship with La Cosa Nostra? Why did the CIA get involved in the Matthews investigation? What happened to Cheryl Brown? Why has the mystery of his disappearance been so difficult to solve? And while the questions are explored and answered, "Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin" colorfully captures the vivid imagery, drama and intrigue of the era, entangling the reader in a real life thriller.
"Ron Chepesiuk is to true crime books what Nas is to the hip-hop world," offers Seth
Ferranti author of "Gorilla Convict: The Prison Writings of Seth Ferranti," who provides the gripping foreword for the book. "He writes like a lyrical poet examining issues in popular culture in both a historical and scholastic context."
A two-time Fulbright Scholar, film producer and author of several true crime books, including "Drug Lords," "Sergeant Smack" and "Queenpins," Ron Chepesiuk (www.ronchepesiuk.com) is also a consultant to the History Channel's "Gangland" documentary series and the executive producer and co-host of popular radio show "Crime Beat" (http://www.artistfirst.com/crimebeat.htm). An authoritative crime historian, Chepesiuk is a native of Thunder Bay, Canada currently based in South Carolina. He brings a wealth of insight and observation to the account of the missing Frank Matthews. He has also written a screenplay based on the Frank Matthews story.
or alive, we may never know the ultimate truth about Matthews, but thanks
to Chepesiuk, every speculation in between is resolved in "Black
Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank
Matthews, Kingpin." The FBI may be targeting Assata Shakur, but Frank
Matthews is the true gangster Most Wanted!
Flynn comes to Capitol after nine years as a senior A&R Executive and Staff Producer for Epic Records, a position he achieved after originally being signed to the label as a recording artist. In a career spanning 15 years, Mike has worked with a diverse array of artists, including The Fray, Cher Lloyd, Sara Bareilles, Sean Kingston, The Script, John Mellencamp, Howie Day, and Matisyahu. His production work on The Fray's albums How to Save a Life and The Fray helped the band sell more than five million albums and 15 million singles worldwide.
According to Steve Barnett, "I had the pleasure of working with Mike for many years previously, and I'm thrilled to have him back on my team. He is that rare music executive that not only has an ear for artistry and commercial appeal, but impeccable skills as a producer to bring out the best in the artists he works with. We welcome Mike to the Capitol Music Group and look forward to his contributions in building our artist community, here."
McCarroll added, "I've known Mike for years and have always wanted to work together. He is a fantastic producer and great with artists. I'm thrilled to have him as a part of our team."
"It is an amazing opportunity to be part of rebuilding such a legendary music company as the Capitol Music Group," Flynn commented. "What an honor to be back working with Steve Barnett; he gave me my first opportunities to succeed in the music business, and is simply one of the very best record executives. He is assembling a group of talented people with a shared vision for the future of the music industry. I look forward to breaking new artists with Steve, Dan, Gregg Thompson , Michelle Jubelirer and the entire CMG team."
SIMMONS INKS DEAL WITH HBO.
The deal reunites him with the platform that was home to Simmons' Def Comedy Jam. That series, which ran from 1992-97 and 2006-08, is credited with launching the careers of several notable African-American stand-up comedians.
For his part, the co-founder of Def Jam also executive produced two stand-up comedy series on Comedy Central in the past few years. He was an EP on MTV's docuseries Daddy's Girls and its spinoff, Run's House.
Simmons created Def Jam Recordings in 1984, and in 2007, published the New York Times best-seller Do You! 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success. Simmons also founded GlobalGrind.com, an online website for entertainment news. His latest best-seller is Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All.
the film side, Simmons also exec produced features Waist Deep, Lemon and
The House I Live In. Source: Hollywood Reporter
ON DECK FOR INTERNATIONAL 3 DAY MINI-TOUR.
20, Bellahouston Park, Glasgow Summer Session
22, Stade de France, France
QB GENO SMITH INKS WITH JAY-Z'S ROC NATION SPORTS AGENCY.
Although Smith said that Jay-Z played not that big of a role in his decision, the marketing appeal of working for the high-profile entertainers company is impossible to dismiss.
I think its just his agency, Smith said. When you talk about being in New York from a standpoint of what they can do in the city, the connections that they have, I think its a good move. My mother and my family were comfortable with it. Im comfortable with it.
Im just going to move on from there, Smith added. Its not going to be a big deal and just remain humble and keep focusing on football.
Smiths contract agent will be Kim Miale, who doesnt represent any players who have ever played in the NFL. (She represents two players who are not affiliated with any teams at this point).
Smith maintained that creating a marketable image is not that important to me honestly.
The only thing that's important to be is the image that is perceived around this locker room, the guy that I am to my teammates, to my coaches and the work that I put in on the football field, Smith said. Im all about football... I know that this isnt because of an image thing or trying to market myself. Its just being comfortable with the guys whos going to represent me. Source: NY Daily
COLE'S UPCOMING ALBUM VS KANYE'S?
"I worked too hard to come a week later after Kanye West drops an amazing album," Cole told Billboard. "It'd be like, 'Oh and J.Cole dropped too, a week later.' Nah. I'm going to go see him on that date. He's the greatest. So it's like, I'm a competitor by nature so it was instant, it wasn't even a thought."
"Let's not forget this is Kanye West. He bats 100, 1,000, whatever the perfect is. His track record is flawless," J praised. "I'm only expecting an incredible album from him."
"It's a definite statement about how I feel about my album, which is confident," he said. Source: MTV
MUSIC GROUP INKS AFTERMATH'S GENERAL MANAGER.
Thompson commented, "Kirdis is an extremely talented and well-rounded executive who brings an enormous wealth of experience to her new position. I have no doubt that our artists will benefit greatly from Kirdis's expertise and enthusiasm, and that she will be making a valuable contribution to the Capitol Music Group for years to come. All of us at the company welcome Kirdis to the Tower and congratulate her on this well-deserved appointment."
According to Postelle, "To work with Steve Barnett, Greg Thompson, Michelle Jubelirer and the great team that's building the new Capitol Music Group is my second once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of something extraordinary in the music business. I am excited to lead this full service marketing team while also helping the company expand its Urban music infrastructure. I'm grateful that they've put their faith in me, and I thank them for this monumental opportunity and their ongoing support."
Postelle comes to Capitol after 17 years with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment where she was the company's General Manger, overseeing myriad divisions of the company, including Marketing, Promotion, Publicity, A&R Administration and Digital (working in concert with Interscope Records). She also negotiated the company's agreements with artists, producers and songwriters. While at Aftermath, Postelle worked with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and The Game. Prior to joining Aftermath, Postelle was a Product Manager and head of A&R Administration for Yab Yum Records, the Epic-distributed label owned by Babyface and Tracey Edmonds. She began her career in 1992 at LaFace Records, working in that company's Artist Development department.
PUBLISHER SUES FACEBOOK.
The 30-second ad, dubbed Airplane, was featured in a webcast by Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to announce Facebook Home, an interface for Android phones. Some viewers at the time noted a similarity between the ads music and Eminems song.
Eight Mile Style oversees rights and licensing for Eminems song catalog. The complaint claims the ad agency, Wieden+Kennedy of Portland, Ore., copied Eminems music in an effort to curry favor with Facebook by catering to Zuckerbergs personal likes and interests, and/or to invoke the same irreverent theme of the rappers song. A version of the commercial featuring new music was posted to YouTube several days later. That version has also since aired on television. The lawsuit contends the alteration was an admission that Facebook knew it had infringed on the Eminem song.
This isnt the first time Eight Mile Style has taken on a tech giant: Apple Inc. reached an out-of-court settlement with the publisher in 2005 after using Eminems Lose Yourself in an iPod commercial without permission. Audi agreed to a settlement in 2011 after using a Lose Yourself sound-alike song in a European promotional clip.
The Facebook Home media event took place in early April the same week that web sleuths made headlines by purportedly turning up the old Angelfire homepage of a teenage Zuckerberg. That site includes an About Me page that cites Eminems best-known persona: Hi, my name is ... Slim Shady. No, really, my name is Slim Shady. Just kidding, my name is Mark.
Further twisting the plot: Wieden+Kennedy was the firm behind Eminems famed Super Bowl spot with Chrysler in 2011 which featured an authorized version of Lose Yourself.
Eight Mile Style had directly complained to the ad agency in April about the Facebook ad music. In an April 29 response obtained by the Free Press, a Wieden+Kennedy attorney argued that Eight Mile Style had no grounds to assert copyright, saying the Eminem song passage had itself been copied from Michael Jacksons 1991 song Give In to Me.
In the letter, attorney Guy Cohen attributed the writing and production of Under the Influence to periodic Eminem collaborator Dr. Dre, who Cohen contended has a long, well-documented history of copyright infringement.
Under the Influence was in fact cowritten by D12 and produced by the Bass Brothers, the Detroit duo who handled much of the rappers work at the time.
I find it so arrogant, after they did so well with the Chrysler-Eminem campaign, that they would say Dr. Dre stole this from Michael Jackson, said Eight Mile Style head Joel Martin.
Even setting aside any Michael Jackson issue, Cohen wrote, the music in the original Facebook spot simply is not substantially similar to the Eminem song.
Moreover, he wrote, Wieden+Kennedy has taken steps to ensure that the earlier version of (the Facebook ad) is no longer publicly available. Source: Detroit Free Press
WELLS NAMED TO UMG'S EXECUTIVE BOARD.
Wells is responsible for strategic development and execution of UMG's digital business worldwide across its various divisions and around all of UMG's digital assets, including in the wireless, online and transactional sectors. This includes identifying next-generation distribution channels and strategic partnerships, and working with UMG's business partners to further extend the company's digital strategy and reach across current and emerging platforms.
" Rob Wells has been instrumental to our success in finding innovative and effective platforms and digital partners to help our artists succeed," said Mr. Grainge. "His promotion to the UMG Executive Board reflects not only the strength of his performance and his contributions to the company, but also the critical priority we place on and significant opportunities we see for our digital business. We congratulate Rob on his many achievements to date and know that he and his team will continue to deliver results in the months and years to come."
Wells said, "The combination of UMG's incredible artist roster and inventive digital leadership is a powerful one that offers exciting possibilities for the future. This Board appointment deepens the strategic intersection of these potent assets and demonstrates the recognition and support that my team and I receive from Lucian and everyone at UMG. We are very excited to continue to drive UMG's industry-leading digital position in more and more creative ways than ever before."
has served as UMG's President of Global Digital Business since October
2010. Prior to that, he was Senior VP of Universal Music Group's international
division, where he was responsible for directing and executing all aspects
of the company's international digital business. He began his tenure with
UMG in 2000, when he joined Universal Music UK as Division Director of
LION JOINS TONY BENNETT AND BRADY CAMPAIGN.
Lion created a video message urging citizens to call Congress and voice
their support of Congressional action on increasing gun safety, which
will debut on facebook today. Snoop Lion also contributed an audio message
that will launch the same day as part of the VOICES AGAINST VIOLENCE 'text-to-call'
Congress initiative when you text MYVOICE to 877877. Snoop Lion's music
video, NO GUNS ALLOWED, already has over 750,000 on-line views.
"We will only see real change to our gun laws by coming together and raising our voices demanding it. Snoop Lion's activism is inspiring and we hope sends a message to young people across the nation that every American can have an impact," said Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign.
To date the VOICES AGAINST VIOLENCE 'text-to-call' Congress campaign has generated over 30,000 calls to date. The goal of the text-to-call campaign is to encourage the public to share their voices by making it easy for people who care about gun violence to call their members of Congress. The campaign was founded to allow the voices of all Americans to be heard in the political process and to encourage everyone to take real responsibility for the safety of our homes, schools and communities.
ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP.
Through the ground-breaking venture, the seven-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum artist, will release a slate of music by new artists, as well as Prince recordings and other Prince-produced material by utilizing Kobalt's label services for marketing and distribution and other services. Prince will provide artist development and recording services for newly signed artists that Kobalt will market and distribute globally through their wholly-owned global digital platform and network of physical distribution partners.
With a history of innovation in releasing his music, whether through newspaper distribution, at concerts, via his exclusive clubs or through direct deals with retail, Prince is embracing a new label services model to bring new music to the world without the confines of the old-school label system.
"This new venture gives Prince the flexibility and freedom he's always sought in a label partner. We're providing a high level of diverse services that will be particularly customized to his vision for each release, allowing the world to experience more music from Prince and his creative community," said Richard Sanders, President of Kobalt.
Fresh off a sold out nine-city west coast club tour with his highly acclaimed backup band 3RDEYEGIRL, Prince yesterday received the prestigious BILLBOARD ICON AWARD during the live broadcast of the BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS. This summer he will headline the Montreux Jazz Festival as well as do select dates in Europe and in the U.S.
VILLAGE UNVEIL NEW ALBUM EVOLUTION.
ALSINA JOINS THE DREAM & KELLY ROWLAND ON LIGHTS OUT TOUR
24 Kansas City, Missouri The Midland by AMC
CARSON JOINS BIG K.R.I.T. ON THE KING REMEMBERED IN TIME TOUR
"I enjoy touring and interacting with fans," states Carson. "Any opportunity I have to make that happen, I'm all for it. I appreciate Big K.R.I.T. extending the invite for the West Coast dates and look forward to performing familiar hits and introducing new ones."
Clyde Carson's smash single "Slow Down" made history in 2012 when it became the most played record of any year on Bay Area's KMEL radio. The song hit #1 on Los Angeles' rhythmic station Power 106 and became a top song in California, Arizona, Utah and Missouri. The music video, filmed in Carson's hometown of Oakland, CA has garnered close to 3 million views on VEVO. Fans can hear "Slow Down" on the 2012 mixtape S.T.S.A. (Something To Speak About).
Remembered In Time Tour Dates
OF MICHIEF ANNOUNCE 50 CITY TOUR W/ LIVE BAND.
Speaking on the evolution of hip-hop that has occurred since Souls of Mischief began their storied career, Hieroglyphics member Pep Love commented, Hip-hop culture and music were destined to become pop culture from [the] beginning. Misrepresentation and exploitation are the only real problems. Hip-hop is socially conscious at its very core and its very essence. I believe that Hieroglyphics truly represents hip hop and going forward we will help to spark a resurgence and bring the true representation to the masses.
their constant touring, album releases, brand merchandising, infamous
block parties, song placement in movie soundtracks and snowboard documentaries,
and more, Souls of Mischief continue to remain a relevant, creative and
inspirational force in music.
OFFICIALLY SIGNS DOUGHBOYZ CASHOUT FROM DETROIT.
Miguel, Metric, Ludacris, NEEDTOBREATHE, Chevy Metal, The Faint, North Mississippi Allstars, Flogging Molly, Blackberry Smoke, Dr. Dog, JJ Grey & Mofro, Colt Ford, Pepper and Kenny Wayne Shepherd are the newest artists to become part of the Bud Light Music First 50/50/1 event, joining an eclectic lineup that already features Kendrick Lamar, Sublime with Rome, Alex Clare and The Flaming Lips. As part of 50/50/1, each artist will perform in a different city on Thursday, Aug. 1, flipping the traditional music festival on its head by bringing the show to the entire country with a dedicated performance in each state.
Additional artists performing in 50/50/1 include Emeli Sande, Drive-By Truckers, The Gaslight Anthem, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Dirty Heads, Capital Cities, Citizen Cope, Coheed & Cambria, Gogol Bordello, Mastodon and Machine Head, Halestorm, Under the Sun Tour, Guster, The Mowgli's, Minus the Bear, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Best Coast, Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls, Wavves, The Hold Steady, Corey Smith and Portugal. The Man. The 50/50/1 lineup is being curated by Live Nation.
Music is such a unique platform because it brings people together, yet everyone interacts with it on a personal level, said Rob McCarthy, vice president, Bud Light. With Bud Light Music First, we have an amazing collection of artists and partners that will make sure every adult fan can experience music in a fun, interesting way this summer.
Music is a uniting force in our culture, said Russell Wallach, president of Live Nation Network. Through the Bud Light Music First program, we are able to bring together an entire nation, for the first time, in celebration of live music. Theres no doubt it will be a summer to remember for fans across the country.
AWARDS '13 ON DECK.
Leading the pack of nominees include, Drake, with an impressive 12 nominations including Best Male Hip Hop Artist and Video of the Year; close behind is breakthrough hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz tied with 8 nominations; A$AP Rocky with 5 nominations; while Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Miguel face off with 4 nominations each in the categories of Best Collaboration, Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice Award and Video of the Year.
This year's Video of the Year Award has a phenomenal line-up of 10 nominees including Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Miguel and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
During the press conference, Chris Brown was exclusively announced as the first confirmed performer. As an added bonus, R. Kelly is closing the BET Awards '13 and will head over to the Staples Center immediately after to open the BET Experience concert. In addition, a living legend, Charlie Wilson was announced as the recipient of the prestigious Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award, to honor his four decades in the entertainment industry.
year's line-up of nominees and performers is reflective of the variety
of fantastic talent that's rocking the world right now," says Stephen
G. Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials. "We are especially
excited as we move on up to the Nokia Theatre at LA Live. You know how
we do. Big thangs shall indeed be poppin. The BET Awards. Anything Can
and most likely will."
MUSIC REVENUE UP.
Warner Music is the world's third-largest record company by market share, behind Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group and Sony Corp.'s Sony Music Entertainment.
The company, owned by Access Industries Inc., like its peers in the industry, has strived to capitalize on the popularity of digital music as the age of physical recordings dissolves. For the latest period, Warner Music reported its overall digital revenue jumped 20% to $281 million, reflecting growth in subscription, streaming and download revenue. Digital revenue comprised 42% of total revenue, compared with 38% a year earlier.
Chief Executive Stephen Cooper attributed the company's performance to "a very strong release schedule, solid performance from carryover releases and continued financial discipline."
"We achieved robust growth in OIBDA and OIBDA margin," added Brian Roberts, Warner Music Group EVP/CFO. "And we realized strong free cash flow of $121 million, closing the quarter with $294 million in cash on our balance sheet which gave us the ability to pay down $102.5 million of our existing term loan on May 9, 2013. In addition, on May 13, 2013, we issued an irrevocable notice of redemption relating to $50 million of our currently outstanding 6.000% Senior Secured Notes due 2021 and €17.5 million of our currently outstanding 6.250% Senior Secured Notes due 2021."
For the period ended March 31, Warner Music posted a profit of $2 million, compared with a year-earlier loss of $36 million. Revenue increased 8.3% to $675 million, up 9.6% excluding currency fluctuations. Recorded music revenue grew 11% to $554 million, while music publishing revenue was flat. Operating margin rose to 8.4% from 3.5%. Interest expenses were down 13%.
STOKES GIVING OPPS NATIONWIDE ON MUSIC PROJECTS & MORE.
With the success of his 2004 mega-hit movie, "You Got Served," and his highly-anticipated 2013 terror flick, "The Helpers," Chris Stokes is excited about what he and his team have in store for 2013 and 2014. Not just for what's coming to the box office, DVD, and television, but how Footage Films and Silent Partner have the ability to offer jobs to up-and-coming talent seeking careers in film and music production.
"I've been doing some workshops and speaking engagements at a few colleges," says Chris Stokes, music mogul, director, and TV and film producer. "I recently spoke at UCLA alongside entertainment attorney Gary Greenberg , teaching students about publishing, publishing splits, and management."
Thanks to the profit formula for lower to medium-budget movies, such as with "You Got Served," which was made for $8 million and grossed over $80 million in box office, TV, DVD, and VOD. "That's why doing these movies for under $10 million with a moderate but solid P&A spend is a great formula and business model, the studio along with our company can make a good profit," says Chris Stokes.
"I'm also excited for Ted Sarandos (Chief Content Officer) at Netflix, and what he's doing with his original programming at Netflix," says Chris Stokes. "I think he's a complete genius. Our company Footage Films would love to get into the original programming concept with Netflix. This is another way for entrepreneurs, such as myself, to get our product out to the public."
Stokes, who discovered Brandy Norwood, Omarion, and Marques Houston, has
produced and worked beside Destiny's Child, and more recently signed Mila
J A.K.A. Japollonia, looks forward to continuing to build connections
in the music, television, and film industries.
"With his distinctive voice, winning personality and remarkable ability to tap into a wide range of musical styles, Cee Lo Green has risen to the top of the music industry," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies. "This new TBS series will give viewers the chance to get to know Cee Lo Green, who is without a doubt one of the hardest-working men in show business. 'The Cee Lo Life' is certain to be a smart, fun and funny journey packed with a lot of great music."
"The Cee Lo Life" is produced by Emerald TV Productions and Rogue Atlas. Green executive produces with Larry Mestel, Andrew Jameson and Eli Frankel.
MONEY XL NAMED EXECUTIVE VP OF URBAN A&R FOR EPIC RECORDS.
As I embark on this new Epic journey," remarked Sha Money, "I have a great vision for what the new record industry should be like, the music, the experience and lifestyle."
addition to his previous work at Island Def Jam (where he was responsible
for 2 Chainz and Big K.R.I.T.), Sha Money has previously served as president
of G Unit Records, following a long-established involvement with 50 Cent,
acting as his manager and producer. Source: Billboard
LOOKING FOR $200 MILLION DEAL?
Your 10-year deal with Atlantic expired, and recent reports said you were looking for a massive new deal. What's your label situation now?
"Let it be known: I am a free agent. I'm operating as an independent label. I do not have corporate sponsors. I don't have no corporate backing. I don't have no major distribution. We Master-P-ing this shit right now. Everything we putting out we paying for it. It's the grind. It's put me back to where I was when my first record [2001's I'm Serious] didn't sell, when I got dropped [from Arista] and I had to prove that I was worthy of a record deal. That's what I'm doing right now. Back then I was proving I was worth $2 million. Right now, I'm proving I'm worth $200 million.
I done sat with all the people; everybody says they're interested, but they don't want to cut that check. Alright -- we're going to motivate them to cut that check. We're gong to incentivize each and every institution, each and every place of distribution, we going to motivate them. They going to cut that check, man, and it's going to be eight figures. I ain't doing no deal if it ain't eight figures. I don't even wanna sit down with you. I don't wanna waste your time nor mine. I can do this shit on my own. $5 million, $2 million, $4 million, $3 million -- I can do that shit on my own. I got that in the pipeline already. Don't even talk to me if it ain't eight figures. If y'all don't feel like I'm worth it, I'ma show you."
ADDS DIGITAL STREAMING TO GOLD AND PLATINUM CRITERIA.
"Including music streaming in Gold & Platinum awards marks the continued evolution of the industrys premier program for recognizing artistic achievement, and it reflects the wide spectrum of ways consumers enjoy music from their favorite bands," said Cary Sherman, RIAA Chairman/CEO. "The music business, along with its incredible array of digital service partners, is offering fans more access to music than ever before. Were thrilled that our awards will now more fully recognize artists commercial success today."
This new expansion of the G&P Program the approach, methodology and formula was the culmination of a year-long project by the RIAA, led by Sherman, and a variety of label marketing, business and data analysis executives, in which the RIAA examined comprehensive information comparing data on digital downloads to similar data on on-demand audio and video streams. The RIAA also closely consulted with NARM/digitalmusic.org, many digital music services, artist managers and industry leaders. It is important to note the new certification approach, including the formula of 100 streams being equivalent to one download, is an approximate barometer of comparative consumer activity; the financial value of streams and downloads were not factored into the equation.
On-demand streams on digital music services that are authorized by and reported to the record labels, whether paid for by the consumer through a subscription or free to the consumer through ad-supported services, will be accepted for RIAA certifications. Only official label/company videos count towards certification; user generated videos do not.
The RIAA developed its Gold & Platinum Awards Program in 1958 to honor artists and create a standard by which to measure the commercial success of a sound recording. The program trademarked the Gold record and formalized the industry practice of presenting awards to artists for music sales achievements.
First awarded to LP recordings but expanded to a number of formats overtime to include cassette tapes, CDs, digital tracks, digital albums, ringtones, and now streams, more than 14,000 titles have been certified by the RIAA during the last 55 years. Source: RIAA
INVESTS IN SOCIAL MEDIA.
"I've seen the power of social media and how a simple tweet or Instagram pic can bring awareness to an album," said Timbaland. "I think Hang With takes things to the next level. I believe the entertainment industry will line up behind this application and I intend to be at the head of the line."
KROSS FUNERAL TO BE HELD IN ATLANTA.
FLAV PLEADS NOT GUILTY / TRIAL SET FOR SEPTEMBER.
A court spokeswoman says the case is set for Sept. 30 in Clark County District Court for the 54-year-old former rap and reality TV star. His legal name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr. He could get up to 12 years in prison if he's convicted.
Drayton pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Nevada state court to felony assault with a weapon and child endangerment charges stemming from a family argument last October. A local judge who heard the teen testify last month decided there was enough evidence for Drayton to stand trial in state court.
MARS TOUR ON DECK.
"I'm grateful to be able to get back on the road and connect with fans again," declares Skizzy Mars. "Must Be Nice was my first experience on a full fledged tour and I had a great time, but I'm excited to get back out and do it again."
The Kitchen LP is an album that blends the ingredients of archival audio, new music and collaboration between turntablism, beat chopping and lyricism together to form an original authentic entree for your ears to devour and digest. For this special project Hiero has enlisted the skills and support of Sacramento based DJ and beat chopping crew The Sleeprockers. They bring the skills of master chefs dealing with quality ingredients to create a concoction of seamless yet eclectic flavors for the rare hip hop palate In the process, The Kitchen has come to embody a space for experimental collaboration that knows no limits or boundaries while maintaining a sense of respect for the tradition that these recipes come from.
and The Sleeprockers are cooking in The Kitchen. This should be encouraging
to the hungry hip hop and Hieroglyphics fan because the time to eat is
coming soon. The album drops July 16.
Treach @triggertreach - Vinnie from NAUGHTY BY NATURE is Officially FIRED!! Anything he does besides shows til Sept is Frugazy!! Fuck him & the Ground he Walks!!
Treach @triggertreach - Anybody that fucks with that Bitch ass Nigga Don't Fuck with Me!!
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PARTNERS UP WITH WWE AGAINST BULLYING.
Im thrilled to extend my partnership with WWE and align myself with their Be a STAR, anti-bullying initiative, said Combs. Bullying is a very serious issue and needs to stop now.
WWE is proud to continue its partnership with Sean Diddy Combs and join together to put an end to bullying, said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO.
Combs will serve as an ambassador for Be a STAR, the anti-bullying initiative co-founded by WWE and The Creative Coalition to encourage young people to treat each other with tolerance and respect. In addition, through Combs association with the Invisible Bully clothing line, he will continue to encourage individuals to put an end to bullying and contribute to Invisible Bullys mission to stand for something or fall for anything.
ongoing partnership with WWE has included live performances by the three-time
Grammy Award winner at WrestleMania® 29 and WWE Tribute to the Troops®,
as well as an appearance at WrestleMania 28, when Combs introduced hip-hop
star Machine Gun Kelly. CHECK
OUT THE CAMPAIGN CLIP HERE
& AMERCIAN AIRLINES CELEBRATE ASIAN-PACIFIC AMERCIAN HERITAGE MONTH
W/ FAR EAST MOVEMENT.
"Asian-Pacific Americans have had an extraordinary impact on our nation, music and culture. We are proud to partner with Far East Movement to celebrate these achievements with our Asian-Pacific American Heritage month events nationwide," said Dineen Garcia, Macy's Vice President of Diversity Strategies.
Each city will host a live Q&A session with FM followed by a live performance in the store. As part of Macy's collaboration with FM, International Secret Agents (ISA) musical artists unique to each local market will also be performing with FM. ISA aims to empower and unite the Asian-American community, especially relating to the arts. Following the performances, guests are welcomed to shop the latest trends. The first 250 customers to make a purchase of $50 or more from the Junior's or Young Men's departments will receive the opportunity to get their picture taken with Far East Movement as well as a special gift with purchase.* while supplies last and as time permits.
American Heritage Month Event Locations
HILL MAKES GOOD ON TAX BILL BUT RECEIVES 3 MONTHS IN PRISON?
Nathan Hochman said in an email Monday that Hill recently paid more than
$970,000 to satisfy state and federal tax liabilities. She faces up to
a year in prison on each of three counts. Hill
says she recently signed a recording contract with Sony. Citing her legal
deadline, she made a song available on iTunes over the weekend.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark, N.J. federal court also sentenced the famed rapper and actress to three months of home confinement with electronic monitoring after the prison term. Hill must also serve a year of supervised release and pay a $60,000 fine in addition to paying her tax debt to the IRS.
Hill is tentatively scheduled to begin her prison term July 8. It was not immediately clear where she would serve the sentence.
2013 ON DECK WITH SOME POWEHOUSE ARTISTS.
is the hip-hop event of the summer! Powerhouse presale is Thursday, May
9 at 10am. All tickets remaining will go on sale Friday, May 10 at 10am
to the general public.
INKS WITH UNITED TALENT AGENCY.
summer Harris will join Lil Wayne on the Americas Most Wanted
Music Festival tour. He continues to be managed in film and television
by Brian Sher of Category 5 Entertainment. Source: Billboard
The Hot 97 Festival
Village, which takes place before the main event, from 2-6 p.m. EST, will
include performances by Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg, Vinny Cha$e, Smoke DZA,
Bodega Bamz, Troy Ave, Kid Ink and Radamiz.
The statement said he was in his neighborhood when he was shot, but didn't specify a city. Orellana's hometown is Providence, R.I.
The producer's manager, George Moore, a record label executive and producer known as DukeDaGod posted on Twitter a picture of Orellana in a hospital bed Thursday with the words: "Everyone wish my brother (at)araabmuzik a healthy & pleasant recovery!!!!"
The statement says Orellana appreciates fan support and "Araab is looking forward to a speedy recovery and returning to the stage as soon as he can."
WAYNE & NICKI MINAJ ADDED TO BILLBOARD LINEUP.
Minaj and Wayne are confirmed to perform together onstage, most likely doing their "High School" track. Also set to take the stage together are Ne-Yo, Akon and David Guetta.
Lopez and Co. become the third installment to the star-studded BMA line-up, following the announcement that the rap duo of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, pop princess Selena Gomez, Miami rapper Pitbull and his "Feel This Moment" collaborator Christina Aguilera have been confirmed to perform. Country music acts The Band Perry and Kacey Musgraves are also included together with the four artists.
listed to perform for the awards ceremony are Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber
and Bruno Mars along with Miguel. Prince is set to receive the Billboard
Icon Award during the telecast.
KROSS MEMBER CHRIS KELLY DIES.
Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office said the 34-year-old
Kelly was pronounced dead around 5 p.m. Wednesday at the south campus
of the Atlanta Medical Center. Honey said authorities are unsure of Kelly's
cause of death and that an autopsy has yet to be performed.
known as "Mac Daddy," and Chris Smith, known as "Daddy
Mac," were introduced to the music world in 1992 by producer and
rapper Jermaine Dupri after he discovered the pair in an Atlanta mall.
The duo wore their clothes backwards as a gimmick, but they won over fans
with their raps.
"When I think about it, I spent more time with Chris and Chris than damn near anybody in my whole life, so you can imagine how bad this hurts," Dupri added. "I will always love you Chris, and I will never let the world forget you, may God bless your soul."
Their first, and by far most successful song, was "Jump." The hit, off their multiplatinum 1992 debut album "Totally Krossed Out," featured the two trading versus and rapping the refrain, the song's title. The duo had surprising maturity in their rap delivery, though the song was written by Dupri. It would become a No. 1 smash in the United States and globally, and one of the most popular of that year. Their success led to instant fame: They toured with Michael Jackson, appeared on TV shows, and even had their own video game. Earlier this year, the group performed together to celebrate the anniversary of Durpri's label, So So Def.
DROPS NEW VIDEO / LIP LOCK ON DECK.
album sales totaling nearly 10 million, Eve is a genuine star in the worlds
of music, fashion and film. Recognized as one of hip hop's most celebrated
female MCs, she has received accolades as diverse as her career, ranging
from a GRAMMY Award, to an NAACP Image Award, MTV Video Music Award and
a BET Award, as well as multiple nominations from across the industry
for her work. As the only female in the Ruff Ryders crew that consisted
of rappers DMX, The Lox and Drag-on, Eve stood out as the sexy, no-nonsense
street savvy, ride-or-die chick that could hold her own amongst the boys.
Anchored by chart-topping singles like the vivacious "Gotta Man"
and the anti-domestic abuse classic "Love Is Blind" Eve's 1999
debut album Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryder's First Lady was a double platinum
success. Her 2001 sophomore release Scorpion went platinum, while garnering
her crossover appeal with the Grammy Award winning mega-hit "Let
Me Blow Ya Mind," featuring Gwen Stefani.
ANNOUNCES THE NEXT GENERATION OF CALL OF DUTY® WITH CALL OF DUTY®:
are consistently thrilled with the overwhelming response received from
critics and consumers alike to the Call of Duty series, which has firmly
established its home on the Xbox 360 with the game's largest and most
engaged community," said Don Mattrick, president of the interactive
entertainment business at Microsoft. "With Call of Duty: Ghosts,
we have no doubt that our longtime partners, Activision and Infinity Ward,
will raise the bar higher than ever before for this incredible franchise."
The significance of rallying in front of the Lincoln Memorial is that Lincoln was a man who did think outside the box, he acted on it and made history. Have we witnessed history today? Yes! A small group of people from all walks of life came together to say enough is enough! - Dr. Robert Battle Ax Ornelas
Around 1:00pm Dr. Ornelas and The S.O.G Crew hit the stage whaling over a west coast hip-hop beat Whos ready for a revolution? Are you ready for a revolution? The sea of people captivated by the performance and message chimed in agreement, Yes, we are ready for a revolution!
Ornelas, a man of influence as well as a man of many talents: a rapper, youth activist, evangelist, just to name a few, announces his run for Lt. Governor of California. Its time for change he says, a time to reinstate the morals of our constitution. Ornelas is also promoting S.O.G. Crews latest single Lets Change the World, scheduled to be released May 10th. Ornelas states changing the world is very possible and it can only be accomplished if we work together. Ornelas will be campaigning all throughout California in a very different but effective way. He has teamed up with Dr. Robert Newman, candidate for California Governor, and they will combine forces and campaign as a team! Their slogan Join the Revolution. When they win they will work together for Californians, to make the changes we have all been waiting for. www.newmanornelas.org
BOYS' MULTIDIMENSIONAL BOOK ON DECK.
The Beastie Boys are interested in challenging the form and making the book a multidimensional experience, Ms. Grau (the publisher of Spiegel & Grau) said in an interview. There is a kaleidoscopic frame of reference, and it asks a reader to keep up.
The book, to be edited by the hip-hop journalist Sacha Jenkins, will be loosely structured as an oral history. It will also have contributions by other writers, as well as a strong visual component. Ms. Grau and Luke Janklow, the groups agent, both compared it to Grand Royal, the Beastie Boys acclaimed but short-lived magazine in the 1990s, which explored some of its wide-ranging pop-culture interests with curiosity and snark.
The first words out of Mikes mouth were, I dont want to do a straight memoir, said Mr. Janklow, of Janklow & Nesbit.
Mr. Janklow said he had been in talks with the group several years ago about the possibility of a book, but they were set aside as the third Beastie Boy, Adam Yauch, known as MCA, began to suffer from cancer of the salivary gland; he died last year at 47.
After Yauch died, I didnt push them, Mr. Janklow said, but I think that Adam and Mike ended up realizing that it was the right time for them. A spokesman for the Beastie Boys did not respond to a request for comment.
With the Beastie Boys book, Spiegel & Grau has continued to carve out something of a niche for high-concept books by hip-hop icons. In 2010 it published Jay-Zs Decoded. Source: NY Times
FESTIVAL ON DECK.
Presented by Live Nation and VH1, Mixtape Festival 2013 will feature platinum-selling marquee acts, icons and pop phenomenons over the course of the two-day festival. Hip hop acts such as Rev Run & DJ Ruckus, along with Boyz II Men and more are scheduled. Plus fans can see TLC live their only North American appearance! Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozanda "Chili" Thomas will be reuniting this year, marking TLC's only North American reunion date.
"We are so thrilled to bring back the Mixtape Festival to Hershey," said Geoff Gordon, Live Nation Philadelphia Regional President. "There's an incredible lineup and tons of interactive and fun activities, all while being set at a world-class amusement park it's really a pop music lover's dream."
Live Nation and VH1 are teaming up this year to present Mixtape Festival 2013. This collaboration will further solidify Mixtape Festival as a major pop show and serve as a means to enhance the experience with fan events, interactive exhibits, VIP Packages and so much more.
"VH1 is excited to partner with Live Nation for Mixtape Festival, the premiere pop music event of the summer," said Rick Krim, EVP Music &Talent Relations, VH1. "It's a stellar line-up of artists that make up a large part of VH1's musical backbone. There is something for everyone and will make for a one-of-kind musical experience."
exclusive fan events, interactive exhibits, food trucks, and celebrity
& special guest appearances, this one-of-a-kind music festival is
accessible, inclusive, and designed as a shared celebration of all things
HILL ADDRESSES FANS ABOUT TAX PROBLEMS AND SONY DEAL.
has been reported that I signed a new record deal, and that I did this
to pay taxes. Yes, I have recently entered into an agreement with Sony
Worldwide Entertainment, to launch a new label, on which my new music
will be released. And yes, I am working on new music.
took years for me to get out of the parasitic dynamic of my
youth, and into a deal that better reflects my true contribution as an
artist, and (purportedly) gives me the control necessary to create a paradigm
suitable for my needs. I have been working towards this for a long time,
not just because of my current legal situation, but because I am an artist,
I love to create, and I need the proper platform to do so.
MIKE AND BIG BOI DROP NEW MIXTAPE ALONG SIDE TOUR.
Mike and Big Boi Tour Dates
DANGER CONVICTED OF MURDER IN SPOKANE MURDER.
John Castro was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder in the November 2011 shooting of 21-year-old Jose A. "Junior" Solis, a rapper from Moses Lake.
The 28-year-old Castro has two previous convictions for violent crimes and faces a mandatory life sentence as a three strikes offender.
The Spokesman-Review reports about a dozen sheriff's deputies lined the courtroom, separating friends and families of Castro and Solis, when the jury returned with the verdict.
RECORDS PROMOTES NEW SVP OF A&R.
His focus will remain on developing and signing new artists to the label's powerhouse roster. He formally joined the company in 2008 and has signed critical phenomenon and gold-selling alternative R&B trailblazer THE WEEKND, orchestrated the release of the chart-topping Academy Award-nominated soundtrack for Universal Pictures' Les Miserables, and has discovered up-and-coming talent.
"Nate's ear for talent is undeniable," stated Mr. Stevenson. "I first met him while he was playing guitar for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and we have a long history together. He approaches his post from an artist perspective, and he stays in tune with the myriad needs of a band or performer. As a result, when it comes to A&R, his passion and understanding are unparalleled."
Republic Records Chairman & CEO Monte Lipman added, "Nate remains a cornerstone of our A&R department. His passion and diligence with all of our artists make him a franchise player."
"I want to stay on the same path, but continue forging further ahead," commented Mr. Albert. "For me, it's about bridging the gap between the business side and the artist side. I want to mentor the acts that I sign and help elevate them to the level they aim to reach. I get excited hearing fresh talent, and it's incredible to be at a company that emphasizes fostering careers. Monte and Avery started Republic at their kitchen table, and they still run it now. They've provided the best launch pad for young acts to become stars. It's incredible being a part of that."
platinum-selling musician, songwriter, and producer himself, Mr. Albert
helped form The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at 13-years-old, playing with
the group through the release of 2000's Pay Attention. After his stint
on the stage, he received a degree at Brown University in Providence,
RI. He became an A&R consultant for REPUBLIC in 2006 before coming
on board as Vice President of A&R.
MAGAZINE SOLD.. MAGAZINE TO BE SHUT DOWN?
SpinMedia announced the sale on Thursday, saying that it had bought the rights to Vibes print magazine as well as to its related sites, Vibe(dot)com and Vibevixen(dot)com, from Vibe Media. The price was not disclosed.
The sale reunites the two publications, which more than a decade ago were part of the same company, Vibe/Spin Ventures, before each title went through a series of sales.
Calling Vibe an industry leader in the urban and hip-hop category for decades, Steve Hansen, SpinMedias chief executive, added in an interview: Its really exciting to add this to SpinMedias collection of music properties and bring more digital DNA to the team and see what they can do.
SpinMedia, until recently known as Buzz Media, owns or represents more than 40 sites like Celebuzz, Idolator and JustJared, that cater to young pop-culture obsessives and compete with a range of sites like Gawker, TMZ, Pitchfork and BuzzFeed.
After it bought Spin last summer, Buzz Media promptly shut down print publication of the magazine and laid off a third of its staff, saying that it would concentrate on the Web site, and consider eventually reviving the print version of Spin in some form. Since then, Spins online traffic has doubled, but Mr. Hansen said the company was no closer to reviving the magazine, and that it would probably shut down Vibes print magazine later this year.
We are still trying to find a print model that makes economic sense in the digital age, he said.
Vibe was founded in 1992 by Quincy Jones and Time Warner, with a focus on hip-hop and R&B music and the culture surrounding it, and became one of the most influential publications of its kind. It was shut down abruptly in 2009 amid a plunge in advertising revenue, but within months it was bought and revived by private equity investors.
Vibe had an average print circulation of 301,000 for the first six months of 2012, according to the Alliance for Audited Media, and SpinMedia said that each month Vibes sites have 1.4 million visitors and serve 1.6 million video streams. Source: NY TIMES
DIGGENS INKS WITH ROC NATION SPORTS.
VESTIGE combines the renowned storytelling abilities of Supastition matched with the cinematic feel of Stoupes production. The MC/producer duo have been crafting the concept album for the past year while agreeing not to publicly discuss it until its completion. Vestige: a trace of something that is disappearing or no longer exists.
Supastition is also in the studio working on an upcoming EP with German-based producer, Rik Marvel. 'The Guilt Trip EP' continues Supastitions return to vintage sounding hip-hop with Rik Marvel handling all of the production duties. The EP will be released via Supastition's Bandcamp tentatively scheduled for July 2013.
SCRAPPY RELEASED FROM JAIL.
Scrappy was released from jail after a judge granted his lawyer's motion to recall the warrant. A hearing is set for May 16 to hash out all the issues.
HOURS WITH 50 CENT ON DECK.
Viewers will experience over two full days with the rapper, entrepreneur and businessman as he enters global promotional mode leading up to the release of his newest album.
BROTHER SHOT AND KILLED/SUSPECT ARRESTED.
Ron Dobson faces a second-degree murder charge, police said in an arrest affidavit. It wasn't immediately known whether he has an attorney. Jail records showed he was being held without bond Wednesday morning.
Residents said that the rapper's brother Wilbrent Bain, who goes by the nickname "Gonk," was shot and killed on Northwest 91st Street. Bain and the man who shot him were friends and lived around the corner from each other at Northwest 91st Street and 24th Avenue, neighbors told NBC 6.
The incident happened at about 9:35 a.m., according to police. The two men had a dispute, and the victim began to get off his bicycle when Dobson took a firearm from his waistband and shot him multiple times, the affidavit said.
After he was read his Miranda rights, Dobson confessed to his involvement in the victim's death, the affidavit said. Bain lived his entire life in northwest Miami, where he is well known.
"Now, I'm hurt because this man is gone for no reason at all," neighbor Demetrius Hammond said. "He was a close friend to me."
"He's a very good kid," family friend the Rev. Gary Johnson said of Bain. "It's unfortunate. It's a terrible tragedy."
Bain survived a shooting in 2008 and had a record of gun possession, burglary, drugs, and domestic violence involving strangulation, records showed. Source: NBC Miami
AZALEA INKS WITH ISLAND DEFJAM.
We are beyond proud and excited to welcome Iggy to the Island Def Jam family, Island Records president David Massey said in a statement. Iggy has created a massive buzz and rightfully so: shes incredibly talented, shes focused, driven, and has great creative tastes and instincts. She is nothing short of an international star, and the team here -- including Steve Bartels, Chris Anokute, Karen Kwak, our chairman Barry Weiss and myself -- are thrilled shes chosen Island Records as her U.S. home.
SCRAPPY TURNS HIMSELF INTO POLICE.
According to court officials, Scrappy tried to turn in a urine sample that was cold to the touch and may have been tampered with and when asked to submit another cup, he refused.
The mandatory drug tests stem from a 2008 marijuana possession conviction. Last October, he was arrested and imprisoned for violating his probation.
will finally be making good on a 3-year debt he's been neglecting. Back
in 2010, Scrappy was ordered by the Georgia court to pay $72,218.68 to
a concert booking company called Heavy Rotation. Three years later, the
number is now up to $108,510.38 with interest and attorney's fees. Now
the court has signed off on a payment plan that entitles Heavy Rotation
to a chunk of Scrappy's Love & Hip Hop paychecks as soon as they are
issued to him, until the debt is satisfied. Lil Scrappy and Love &
Hip Hop: Atlanta co-star Erica Dixon have a child together.
SUES DIDDY'S EX OVER WAGES/BATTERY.
Combs was not named as an individual defendant in the lawsuit, which also alleged infliction of emotional distress, failure to overtime wages and failure to provide meal and rest periods. Drago says Porter first hired her as a personal chef. But, after Porter fired the previous nanny, Drago became "the chef, house manager and full-time nanny for Porter's twin daughters with Sean Combs," Drago stated.
Drago says Porter subjected her to relentless verbal abuse. "This abuse culminated in Porter physically and violently shoving Ms. Drago into a door frame at the Porter residence while she was working, causing Ms. Drago severe bruising and fear," according to the complaint. Drago also says she "witnessed evidence of drug abuse in the Porter home that caused Ms. Drago to fear for the health and safety of the children."
addition, Drago claims Porter expected her to sleep over two nights per
week but refused to pay her for work between the hours of 10 p.m. and
5:30 a.m. Porter fired her for taking a previously approved vacation to
care for her sick father, Drago claims. Attorney Patrick Reider of Arminak
Reider in Mission Viejo, Calif. is representing Drago. Source:
The record for most # 1s is the latest for Rihanna on Mainstream Top 40. She previously established the marks for most entries (35) and top 10s (23) dating to the ranking's Oct. 3, 1992, launch. "Stay" also charges 11-7 on Adult Top 40, becoming her third top 10 on the list, and debuts at No. 30 on Adult Contemporary.
Rihanna has also received 10 nominations at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. She will compete in 10 categories this year, including Top Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist.
I owe this to my fans and to Billboard! Thank you for the love! Its pretty major! she tweeted.
ROBERT BATTLE AX ORNELAS FROM THE S.O.G CREW SET TO SPEAK
AT LINCOLN MEMORIAL
home Dr. Robert Newman and Dr. Ornelas wife Dr. Melissa Ornelas had attended
the Pacific Justice Institutes Celebration of Justice last Saturday
evening, April 13, at Disneys Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim,
California. The special guest speaker was John Bolton, former United States
Ambassador to the United Nations. The Pacific Justice Institute is a non-profit,
legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom,
parental rights, and other civil liberties. Pacific Justice Institute
works diligently, without charge, to provide their clients with all the
legal support they need. Its president, Brad Dacus, founded it,
Esq. All proceeds were used to promote justice, protect family, and preserve
ENEMY ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION RECAP.
After Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte inducted Public Enemy by praising their fearlessness and radicalism, Flavor Flav gave a long, rambling speech. I only get to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame one time in my life, Flavor Flav said. Im enjoying this... He concluded with a salute to the rap group's leader, Chuck D, by stating: "I want to thank you for making great records. You've been the motor." Chuck D summed it up more succinctly after Flav's missive, telling the crowd, "We all come from the damn blues. Let's not get it twisted. We studied the forms of music in DJ culture... we've always known and paid respect to where music comes from." In keeping with that message, PE used samples of songs by Donna Summer, Rush and Quincy Jones in their set, which included the legendary tracks "Fight The Power " and "Bring the Noise."
"We represent the hip-hop community that also deserves recognition today, said Chuck D. The group is only the fourth hip-hop act to make it into the hall, but Chuck D. predicted that there would be more soon, citing other influential rappers like L L Cool J and Salt-n-Pepa. Many of them you will see here in the next 10 years, he said.
The following statement can be attributed to Michael Petricone, senior vice president, government and regulatory affairs, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, congratulating legendary producer, audio innovator and Public Enemy co-founder Hank Shocklee on last nights induction of Public Enemy into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
CEA applauds Hank Shocklee for Public Enemys induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. From his pioneering work with the legendary hip hop production team, The Bomb Squad to his latest breakthrough audio product SubPac, Hank exemplifies the best of American innovation. A home audio entrepreneur, he demonstrated the SubPac at our recent CES on the Hill exhibition. Moreover, Hank is a great friend to CEA and the innovation industry. He brings the noise as a passionate advocate for Internet freedom and reasonable copyright policies. Hank's voice was critical in helping defeat SOPA and PIPA as he explained how these proposals would have been disastrous for independent artists. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $209 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry.
CONDOMS AND UNCLE LUKE TEAM UP.
As part of the effort, Mr. Campbell will donate 5,000 Platinum XL b condoms to Miami, FL area non-profit organizations this summer. Mr. Campbell will donate 1,000 Platinum XL b condoms through "Let the Runway Meet the Cause" to Empower U during the Florida Fashion Designers Expo Florida fashion week in Miami, FL.
"b condoms is excited to partner with Mr. Campbell on this effort to promote safe sex in underserved communities," said Reginald Thornton, Director of Marketing for b condoms. "Mr. Campbell is an iconic figure for his contributions to music, sports and at-risk youth and we believe this partnership provides a unique opportunity to extend his impact to community health."
"I am very excited to partner with b condoms to advocate safe sex," said Luther Campbell. "Teen pregnancy and STDs are mostly impacting African-Americans and Latinos and I want to help make a difference. It's time for everyone to go Platinum."
Founded in 2010, b condoms is a socially-responsible condom company. The company seeks to change the trajectory of sexually transmitted infections among underserved communities by providing access to education, testing and prevention campaigns. The company is a member of YouthTrade which is a special initiative formed in partnership between YES (Youth Entrepreneurship and Sustainability) and the Conscious Capitalism Institute (CCI) to support businesses owned by people under the age of 35.
(Independent Services division of Capitol Music Group) APPOINT VP OF AQUISITIONS.
Dominic Pandiscia, President of Caroline stated, "Brandon is a crucial hire for us, and one that completes the senior leadership team of the new Caroline. He enjoys an outstanding reputation within the independent artist and label community and he will be of tremendous value to Caroline as we build on and enhance our company's abilities and strengths going forward."
Harris added, "We are very excited about Brandon joining the Caroline family. He brings a wealth of knowledge from his experience as a manager, and will be of tremendous value to the company and our artist and label partners. I congratulate Brandon on his new position and welcome him to Caroline."
Schmidt said,"I'm thrilled to join the Caroline team and to have the opportunity to work with Dominic and Mike. Their commitment to independent artists and labels really resonates with me and fits nicely with the approach I've taken as a manager developing artists. I look forward to working with an amazing existing roster and identifying and attracting new partners for Caroline."
Brandon Schmidt is the founder of B23 Management, an independent management company that focuses on artist development and one that has enjoyed numerous successes since its formation in 2001. Notable clients of the company have included Interpol, Elefant, Nightmare of You, Young Galaxy and Lavender Diamond.
Schmidt began his career at MTV Networks, joining that company to work on marketing for the 1996 Choose Or Lose presidential campaign coverage and coordinating content for MTV Local. He served in a variety of roles at MTV, beginning as Coordinator of Music Programming and rising to Director of Music Programming, all under the tutelage of Amy Doyle (now Executive Vice President, Music & Talent) and Tom Calderone (now president of VH1). Schmidt has also served as an A&R scout for RCA and Epic.
HALL OF FAME IS SET/ JUDGE ALLOWS FLAVOR FLAV TO ATTEND.
Defense attorney Tony Abbatangelo says Drayton's in Los Angeles for Thursday night's Hall of Fame induction with the rap group Public Enemy.
Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson are among the singers set to pay tribute to this year's eclectic group of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Aguilera and Hudson are scheduled to perform in honor of late disco queen Donna Summer at Thursday night's 28th annual induction ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
Summer is among this year's eight inductees, which also include rockers Heart and Rush, singer-songwriter Randy Newman, rap group Public Enemy and bluesman Albert King, as well as Lou Adler and Quincy Jones, this year's Ahmet Ertegun lifetime achievement honorees.
Public Enemy are expected to perform at Thursday's star-studded event, while Usher will sing for Quincy Jones, Carole King will perform for Adler and John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. will pay tribute to the late King.
Other artists scheduled to attend include the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, who will present Rush; Jackson Browne and John Fogerty, who will perform with Randy Newman; Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell, who will join Heart; Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte, who will present Public Enemy; and Don Henley, who will induct Newman.
event marks the first time since 1993 that the Cleveland, Ohio, institution
has held its induction ceremony on the West Coast. It will be broadcast
May 18 on HBO.
VILLAGE ANNOUNCE DIRTY SLUMS TOUR.
APPOINTS YOUNG SAV AS VP.
"Feels great calling one of the hardest workers and few people I consider a close friend the new VP of MMG," said Rick Ross in a statement.
Freeman's immediate superior will be Ross himself, with Freeman's charge being to grow the careers of the label's existing roster and, naturally, developing and finding new artists for the label.
"Kendell a.k.a Young Sav's talent and knowledge helped redefine the lifestyle approach to marketing and promoting some of the biggest names in hip-hop," said Shawn Pecas Costner, SVP of Def Jam Records. "He's one of a kind."
At Def Jam, Freeman worked projects featuring the likes of Jay-Z, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Trinidad Jame$ and Rick Ross. Earlier in his career Freeman worked at TVT Records, breaking new music for the independent label's urban acts like Lil Jon & Eastside Boyz, Pitbull and the Ying Yang Twins.
Said Freeman: "I am extremely excited to embark on this new path in my career. I appreciate Ross for noticing my grind, work ethic and giving me a major opportunity to not only be apart of this label, but also help execute his vision. It's going to be a privilege to work with the brand and assist in taking it to the next tier. All of the artists on the roster are amazing. I'm ready to get to work." Source: Billboard
YORK MAYOR PRAISES JAY Z FOR GETTING TIME MAG COVER STORY.
The 2013 incarnation of Time's annual list is marked by seven different covers. Paul Rand, Aamir Khan, Jennifer Lawrence, Malala Yousafzai, Elon Musk, Li Na all share the honor alongside Hov.
This isn't the first time Jay made the list. Back in 2005 he was profiled in the mag's "Builders and Titans" section alongside Rupert Murdoch and Steve Jobs. Hov even went on to rap about it in his Hot 97 "Grammy Family Freestyle." "Time's most influential was impressive/ 'Specially since I wasn't in the artist section/ Had me with the builders and the titans, had me right with Rupert Murdoch/ Billionaire boys and some dudes you never heard of," he rapped. Source: MTV
MORGAN TO HOST BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS.
"I'm honored to be a part of one of music's biggest nights," Morgan said. "When you look at the artists who have come up through Billboard over the years, it's incredible. And how can you say no when Prince is going to be there!"
As host of the awards, Morgan joins a lineup of performers that includes Justin Bieber, Miguel, Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars. The show will also include a highly anticipated performance by Prince, who is receiving the Billboard Icon Award at the telecast, produced by Don Mischer and sponsored by Chevrolet and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The Billboard Music Awards will air live on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern.
HILL FACING JAIL TIME?
In court documents cited by TMZ, Hill, 37, asked for leniency at her upcoming sentencing, saying she "withdrew from society at large due to what she perceived as manipulation and very real threats to herself and her family." The documents did not specify the threatening behavior.
Hill, who will be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Newark on Monday has asked for probation, arguing this would make it easier for her to pay her tax bill. She faces a year in prison for each of the three years, 2005 to 2007, that she did not file returns.
She pleaded guilty in June 2012, admitting she did not pay taxes on money earned by her four corporations: $818,000 in 2005, $222,000 in 2006 and $761,000 in 2007. Additionally, TMZ said, a New Jersey court entered a civil judgment against her the same month, saying she owed $446,386 in state taxes. Hill first became known as part of the Fugees hip hop trio, then released her influential solo album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" in 1998.
Before her court date last year, Hill posted a message on her website saying: I did not deliberately abandon my fans, nor did I deliberately abandon and responsibilities, but I did however put my safety, health and freedom and the freedom, safety and health of my family first over all other material concerns!
LENDS HER VOICE TO GOODWILL.
"Goodwill helps people get back to work by providing education, job training and placement. I wanted to team up with an organization that puts people first and works every day to help them improve and re-establish their lives," said Beyonce.
Beyonce will encourage fans to support Goodwill by promoting donation drives at her North American concerts beginning on Friday, June 28, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Goodwill will host a mobile donation center onsite at 28 tour venues in 24 North American cities, collecting clothing, electronics and small household goods. The revenue from the sale of these donations will directly benefit local Goodwill agencies in their work to help people with disabilities and disadvantages, and anyone facing challenges to finding employment.
Beyonce will also help build awareness of Goodwill's mission through in-concert education, social media and online ticket auctions.
Every 38 seconds of every business day, a person served by Goodwill is placed in employment. Goodwill promotes independence and dignity for people who need support to provide for themselves and their families. When people donate to their local Goodwill, they play a vital role in fulfilling this mission. Financial donations and the revenue generated from the sale of used goods helps to sustain skills training, career placement services and job opportunities, and support services such as career counseling, access to free tax preparation and financial coaching. Members of the public can do their part to support Beyonce's efforts by giving goods, giving financially, or giving their voice to increase awareness of Goodwill's mission of transforming lives through the power of work.
Beyonce will also support and advocate on behalf of other local charitable agencies involved in job creation and employment services during the overseas portion of her tour, to bring to light the importance of economic independence and an increased quality of life for those in need around the globe.
"We face a jobs crisis in the U.S. and around the world that threatens the future and the potential of our families and communities. Through Beyonce's platform, we will be able to increase knowledge of the positive impact Goodwill has on communities, the environment and the lives of the millions of people we serve each year through education and skills training, many of whom have been unemployed or underemployed for long periods of time," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "We cannot begin to express our sincere gratitude to Beyonce for her generous support of Goodwill and for showcasing Goodwill's far-reaching programs and services that change lives each day."
CENT ON DECK FOR QVC.