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Following the release of singles "Maybe I Should Call," "Love 'Em All," and "Something About The Night," the album garnered countless reviews across the country.
On top of releasing her second solo album in just a year's time, K. Michelle's show "K. Michelle: My Life" just wrapped an impressive first season on VH1. Airing on Mondays at 9PM EST, during the highly competitive Monday night primetime television timeframe, the show has pulled in as many as 2.2 million viewers, with a stronghold of the key 18-49 demographic.
Known to millions as a cast member on the hit VH1 series, "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta," K. Michelle earned acclaim for this summer's full-length "hip-hopera," "K. Michelle: Rebellious Soul - The Musical." The VH1 film -- directed by Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (The Wire, Luther) -- includes explosive, theatrical, and deeply moving renditions of such hit singles as "V.S.O.P.," "Damn," and "Can't Raise A Man" alongside other "REBELLIOUS SOUL" favorites.
"REBELLIOUS SOUL" made a stunning #1 debut atop Billboard's "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" chart upon its release earlier last summer. Furthermore, the album entered the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #2 -- the highest debut on the main chart for a female R&B singer's first album since March 2001. In addition to its massive popular success, "REBELLIOUS SOUL" has also received widespread critical applause, with the New York Times hailing it as a "milestone... it has the confidence of survival." Vibe praised Michelle's "triumphant vocals," singling out "V.S.O.P." as "energetic and infectious... (the album's) shining star." "REBELLIOUS SOUL" further proved an international sensation, with the UK's The Guardian awarding it four-out-of-five stars, calling it "dramatic and raw... the emergence of a vital voice."
K. Michelle was also among 2013's most honored artists, including such prestigious prizes as Soul Train Awards' "Best New Artist" and the NAACP Image Awards' "Outstanding New Artist." An electrifying and charismatic live performer, K. spent much of the past year on the road, highlighted by "BET Music Matters Presents The Rebellious Soul Tour with K. Michelle," presented by BET's "Music Matters," the network's influential campaign highlighting the next generation of superstars. In addition, the gifted R&B star accompanied Robin Thicke as special guest on 2014's blockbuster "Blurred Lines Tour."
SHMURDA FACES GUN & DRUG CHARGES.
Ackquille Pollard was taken into custody shortly after he left a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday. His indictment will be made public on Thursday.
The arrest stems from an investigation into a series of gang-related shootings and drug trafficking in the city.
Pollard, 20, is named with other defendants in the indictment, said Kati Cornell, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor. She declined to detail the charges.
Chad Marshal, another aspiring hip-hop artist known as Rowdy Rebel, was arrested inside the recording studio where police also recovered handguns, authorities said.
The Brooklyn-born Pollard is best known for the hit song "Hot Boy" and for a music video that popularized a dance move called the "Shmoney dance."
A "Hot Boy" video posted on YouTube in August has been viewed tens of millions of times, and Pollard performed the song for a national television audience this month on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
"My music is straight facts," Pollard recently told New York Magazine. "There are a lot of gangsters in my 'hood.'"
Pollard's criminal history included two arrests for gun and drug possession, authorities said.
The names of attorneys for Pollard and Marshal weren't immediately available.
NETWORKS APPOINTS STEPHEN HILL AS PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMMING.
As the head of Programming, Hill will be responsible for all aspects of Programming and direct programming and production across BET. BET is a top 20 cable network and the #1 network for the African American audience.
Hill was most recently President of Music Programming & Specials at BET. In this role he was responsible for BETs music shows and specials including the BET Awards, BET Honors, Black Girls Rock, The Hip Hop Awards, and Celebration of Gospel. He also served as a member of the team that successfully launched Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart, Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin, Nick Cannon, Nelly and Cynthia Kaye McWilliams. Hill served as Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Music Programming before being promoted to President of Music Programming & Specials.
I have worked with Stephen for over 15 years, and his passion for the BET Brand has been apparent from the very beginning. He has grown our music shows and specials into iconic and highly-rated programs beloved by our audience, said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks. Over the past several years, he has expanded his role into scripted programming, launching our hit series Real Husbands of Hollywood. He is well-qualified and ready for this new challenge and I am excited to have him in this new role.
Prior to joining BET Networks, Hill was the Director of Music Programming at MTV. While there, he was responsible for selecting and programming all genres of videos, working with talent, and supervising the networks standards processes. Prior to that, he served as the executive producer for the Tom Joyner Morning Show.
BET has always been a trailblazer and its a privilege to be at the helm of programming for a brand that has delivered shows that have, literally, changed the face of television. We will develop and produce fresh, audience-thrilling programming to complement our strong slate of new original content, returning hits and mega-specials, said Stephen Hill. I look forward to continuing to link arms with our massively talented team as we work together, marching towards BET's next successes.
Hill is a graduate of Brown University and a proud native of Washington, D.C.
CENT INKS $78 MILLION UNDERWEAR DEAL.
In the post, he wrote, "I just did a deal for $78 million for underwear. What did you muthaf****s do today? Lllllllllooooolllllllllll (laugh out loud) Boom FRIGO (sic)".
50 Cent was recently reported to have become a stakeholder in the undergarment firm, which was founded in 2012, alongside superproducer Timbaland, retired baseball icon Derek Jeter and basketball player Carmelo Anthony.
Hours after his announcement, the rapper tried to convince U.S. talk show host Seth Meyers why customers should pay the $100 price tag for a pair of the Frigo boxer briefs. He joked, "This $100 underwear were actually hand-created and actually hand-stitched."
Getting serious, he added, "They have a technology in 'em where you can put your man apples... For you to place your sack in another sack that has been ergonomically-designed for comfort. But you know, women spend so much money on lingerie, it's the right project for men."
Cent is no stranger to multi-million dollar deals - he famously banked
$100 million (£62.5 million) after taxes in 2007 when Coca-Cola
purchased his Vitamin Water brand, created in partnership with Glaceau
beverage bosses, for $4 billion.
ALSINA SELLS OUT.
Also, Last night in Tampa Florida, R&B Superstar Usher and openers, August Alsina & DJ Cassidy, wrapped The UR Experience tour. The trio hit 27 cities in just over 6 weeks spanning North America. For Alsina, it was his 3rd tour this year following his opening for 2 Chianz on the 2 Good to Be T.R.U. tour in the spring and his own Testimony Live tour this past summer. Now, Alsina prepares for the 3-city X tour with Hold You Down collaborator and friend Chris Brown which kicks off this Friday in Jacksonville, FL and continues on to hit Columbia, SC and Birmingham, AL.
ON DECK WITH NON-FICTION.
Non-Fiction finds NE-YO collaborating with some of the most talented names in music today. Juicy J is featured on the new single, She Knows, which was produced by powerhouse pop guru Dr. Luke (Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus). Billboard hailed the track as spare and hard-hitting while Complex praised its traditional R&B style.
This track is dedicated to the kind of strong, confident woman who demands attention when she walks in the room. All you can think of is, yeah she knows. She knows she is beautiful. She knows all eyes are on her. She knows how to command the room, explains NE-YO. Dr. Lukes production is incredible and J brings his club swag to the track. No matter what the song is about, he can always take the subject matter home.
Other featured artists include Candice, David Guetta, Jeezy, Charisse Mills, Schoolboy Q and T.I. Time of Our Lives, NE-YOs new collaboration with Pitbull, appears on both Non-Fiction and Pitbulls new album.
The pre-order for Non-Fiction launches today. Fans who pre-order Non-Fiction on iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon will instantly receive She Knows feat. Juicy J, Money Cant Buy feat. Jeezy and Religious. Non-Fiction will be available in standard and deluxe configurations. The iTunes and Target editions of the deluxe album will each contain two additional tracks exclusive to those retailers.
As its title suggests, every song on Non-Fiction is derived from a true story. Some are NE-YOs own personal tales while others were submitted by fans on social-media platforms like Twitter and Instagram.
I didnt just want to tell my story. I like letting people try to guess which is which! explains NE-YO. Im a storyteller: with this album, I wanted to put a magnifying glass on that. I wanted Non-Fiction to feel cinematic: each track gives listeners something entertaining, yet if they take their time with it, theyll discover different dimensions and subplots.
NE-YO was joined in the studio by production mainstays from throughout his career such as Shae Taylor and Stargate plus new associates Key Wayne and Glass John and members of his own Compound Music production team, including Corporal. DJ Camper (JAY Z, Kanye West, John Legend) also worked on many tracks.
new songs are the kind of ultra-relevant narratives blended with powerful
hooks that NE-YO became renowned for both on his own hits like
So Sick, Closer and Miss Independent
and tracks hes helped craft for Rihanna, Beyoncé, Celine
Dion, Carrie Underwood, Whitney Houston, Pitbull, Ciara and many others.
Non-Fiction follows his late 2012 release, R.E.D. (Realizing Every Dream),
which received stellar reviews. USA Today noted, "There isn't a more
natural singer/songwriter in contemporary R&B than NE-YO" and
The Washington Post hailed him as an extremely gifted and versatile
songwriter." NE-YO's first three studio albums debuted at No. 1 on
the SoundScan chart and were all certified RIAA Platinum. He is a three-time
GRAMMY® winner and a two-time winner at the BET, MOBO and Soul Train
Usher will receive the Musical Arts Award for his two-decade career, while Phylicia Rashad will receive the Theatrical Arts Award. Johnneta Betsch Cole, director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art and former president of Spelman College, will receive the Education Award. Former Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson will receive the Technology and Business Award.
BET Honors will be taped Jan. 24 in Washington and will air Feb. 23. Ticket
sales will benefit the National CARES Mentoring Program. Past honorees
include Maya Angelou and Whitney Houston.
COOL Js CLASSIC TO GET 25TH ANNIVERSARY TWO-CD DELUXE EDITION.
The two-CD version will include the original album, an extra 14-track disc of remixes of the releases five singles; including the title cut, Around the Way Girl, The Boomin System, 6 Minutes of Pleasure and the classic diss record To Da Break Of Dawn, as well as bonus entries Eat Em Up L Chill and the main title track from the 1991 film Strictly Business. The original vinyl will also be reissued with an updated treatment showcasing LLs new, eye-popping 3D cover featuring a color version of the originals black and white gold jewelry.
on August 27, 1990, the Marley Marl-produced album (with a front cover
inspired by a Vogue Italy magazine shoot) went on to sell more than two
million copies. The title track from Mama Said Knock You Out reached No.
17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold by the RIAA, while
LL COOL J won Best Rap Solo Performance at the 1992 Grammy® Awards.
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In making the announcement, Anthony said, "As the industry continues to evolve, we're seeing an increasing number of opportunities to create value for our artists and labels by scaling and leveraging UMG's incredible roster and forming dynamic partnerships with brands. With an executive of Mike's caliber leading our efforts in the U.S. combined with Universal Music's unparalleled talent and iconic labels, we are taking another important step in redefining the role of the music company in our rapidly transforming business."
Tunnicliffe said, "As content continues to drive the growth of platforms and the development of new consumption models, I can't think of a better time to join the progressive team at Universal Music which is leading the transformation of the music industry. I look forward to bringing my years of experience working with brands and content companies and creators in developing new revenue streams for UMG and its artists."
Tunnicliffe joined GroupM, the world's largest media investment management company, in 2010. At GroupM, he led major business development and revenue growth activities across the company's agencies, including Mediacom, Mindshare, MEC and Maxus, along with U.S.-based specialist businesses in digital, content, analytics and trading spaces. He was instrumental in winning clients such as NBC Universal, NBCU Digital and Nestle USA and was responsible for leading the agencies client facing teams to generate three-fold growth in revenues from GroupM's specialist businesses.
Prior to GroupM, Tunnicliffe was a partner at Tuna Music and SAS Digital Inc., where he focused on creating new revenue streams in both the brands and entertainment worlds through partnerships, strategic alliances and the creation of intellectual property along with a variety of alternative marketing ideas. Prior positions included Global Chief Client Officer, Initiative Media Worldwide for the Interpublic Group, overseeing clients in their UK and New York offices and Group Managing Director of the four main UK business units of CIA Group plc/TEMPUS Group plc (now part of WPP plc).
Music Group's labels include A&M Records, Angel, Astralwerks, Blue
Note Records, Capitol Christian Music Group, Capitol Records, Capitol
Records Nashville, Caroline, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon,
Disa, Emarcy, EMI Records Nashville, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Harvest,
Interscope Records, Island Records, Machete Music, Manhattan, MCA Nashville,
Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Republic
Records, Universal Music Latino, Verve Music Group, Virgin Records, Virgin
EMI Records, as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed
by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music
Group owns the most extensive catalogue of music in the industry, which
includes the last 100 years of the world's most popular artists and their
recordings. UMG's catalogue is marketed through two distinct divisions,
Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing
(outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes Global Digital
Business, its new media and technologies division and Bravado, its merchandising
The multi-platinum recording artist will serve as the face of the brand as well as Creative Director for new projects.
"I recognize Shine as innovators and tastemakers in their industry. These are the same qualities I try to embody as an artist so it was a natural fit." Says Tyga. "When people want to celebrate and go big, they order bottles when they are drinking. Shine is the ONLY company bringing that premium experience to the smoking industry. Why burn regular paper when you can burn 24kt Gold?"
Tyga has sold over 10 million records worldwide, garnering awards and recognition from The Grammys, Video Music Awards, American Music Awards, Soul Train awards, Billboard and so on. His brand Last Kings is one of the hottest names in apparel outselling major brands in retail stores all over the world.
Shine Papers has experienced significant growth and notoriety since it came into the marketplace last year, with the invention of tattooed blunts and 24K gold rolling papers, which were used as tour merchandise by Miley Cyrus.
"We're bringing innovation and luxury to the world of smoking in a way that's never been done before. Tyga's brand fits perfectly with the lifestyle our products are about, and gold is a major part of what we both do. This partnership gives us an unparalleled platform in our industry to develop new products and launch them on a global scale. He's releasing the Gold Album and we invented 24K gold rolling papers. It's a perfect fit," says Shine Papers spokesperson Dave B.
LINKS UP WITH ARRIBA HORCHATA.
"We are fired up about having Snoop Dogg as a creative partner in our business said Arriba Co-Founder Dino Sarti. We think Snoop is an incredible advocate for our brand. He is an Icon. He has his finger on the pulse of popular culture, exactly where the Arriba brand lives.
Arriba has shown impressive growth and tremendous mass appeal since its launch in early 2014 with an exclusive 7-Eleven national distribution deal. The brand is now rolling out across the nation with significant retailers such as Walmart, Kroger, Costco and Safeway. The beverage is a gluten free, All Natural option that will be available to consumers across the country with Snoop Doggs investment.
Horchata is a feel good, comfort drink. Arriba took this household recipe and flipped it with Energy and Coffee. This is a game changer in the beverage industry. Im always looking for businesses that take it to the next level, which is why I'm looking forward to consulting with the brand said Snoop Dogg.
Snoops role will be to consult with Arriba in creative marketing, which includes product packaging and expansion of additional flavors. Arriba will have a presence at BevNET in Santa Monica on December 7-8, 2014.
SREMMURD ON DECK VIA MIKE WILL MADE-IT'S EAR DRUMMER/INTERSCOPE.
"It's dope to see these guys work hard and stay humble, to come from nothing and become a part of the Ear Drummer movement - our family - working sun up to sun down, recording, coming up with new ideas. The impact is so strong now. It's amazing to see "No Flex Zone" and "No Type," two songs that we did last year, become two of the biggest singles this year, to have the cultural impact that they're having.
"The album came together so easily and organically - it was really a fun album to make. I'm just as excited about this album as I was about Miley Cyrus's album, as I was about Future's album. This album is as special to me as any project I've ever been involved with. People are learning now that these guys are superstars, they're here to stay. SremmLife is just round one."
Celebrating the announcements, Rae Sremmurd will perform their new hit, "No Type," on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Tuesday, December 2. "No Type" has hit the Top 5 at Urban radio and #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart as well as #6 R&B and #4 Rap. The next single from SremmLife will be "Throw Sum Mo" featuring Nicki Minaj and Young Thug.
Rae Sremmurd, the duo of real-life brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy were born and raised in Tupelo, Mississippi. They were signed to Ear Drummer Records, and in May released their debut single "No Flex Zone," a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 (#11 R&B and #8 Rap).
Mike WiLL Made-It has scored a dozen gold, platinum or double platinum hits since just 2012, including for Future, Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, and Drake, plus Miley Cyrus' massive pop hit "We Can't Stop" and his own 2013 debut single "23," featuring Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, and Juicy J
A BETTER TOMORROW IS OUT NOW.
in 1993, the Staten Island, NY-based Wu-Tang Clan proved to be the most
revolutionary rap group of the mid-'90s releasing five group and 19 compliation
albums totaling over 6 platinum records and over 40 million sold. Turning
the standard concept of a hip-hop crew inside out, the Wu-Tang Clan were
assembled as a loose congregation of nine MCs who harnessed a group dynamic
as a set-up for a number of solo albums now considered classics.
The incarceration has also delayed his sophomore album, Dreams Worth More Than Money.
say the rapper must do community service and treatment. He will also not
be allowed to travel outside of Philadelphia. Source: Fox
Soul Train Awards 2014 kicked off with Chris Brown performing a medley of his hits, including Yo (Excuse Me Miss), New Flame, and Loyal, bringing the crowd to their feet. Moments later, Wendy Williams lit up the stage with a glitzy toast to Las Vegas as she waltzed alongside Boris Kodjoe in the opening number. Breakout performers Nico & Vinz took the stage next and belted out their smash hit "Am I Wrong" before wowing the crowd with their new single, In Your Arms." After this performance, audience members joined We Are Toonz and their troop of dancers in a lively rendition of this years dance craze, the Nae Nae. Later in the show, Jodeci reunited onstage to perform classic fan favorites Freek'n You, Come and Talk to Me, Stay and Forever My Lady, in addition to debuting their new single, "Nobody Wins." To close out the show, a group of artists honored Kool & The Gang by performing some of the groups greatest hits; artists included Tamar Braxton, MC Lyte, Ma$e, Doug E. Fresh, and hip hop emcees Lil Kim, Missy Elliott and Da Brat, who reunited and closed out the night with a crowd-pleasing performance of their 1996 platinum single Not Tonight (a remix of Kool & The Gangs hit Ladies Night).
Soul Train Awards 2014 2014 honored artists in 12 different categories. Winners included Nico & Vinz (Best New Artist), Beyoncé (Best R&B/Soul Female Artist), Trey Songz (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist), Beyoncé by Beyoncé (Album of the Year), and Happy by Pharrell Williams (Song of the Year). The full list of winners is below.
TRAIN AWARDS 2014 WINNERS
decision by the grand jury in Ferguson, MO not to indict officer Darren
Wilson in the shooting and killing of unarmed Michael Brown is a travesty
of justice. We believe the St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch's
gross mishandling of this case is inexcusable.
Following the announcement, the Brown family has released a statement via their lawyer:
We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen. Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera. We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction. Lets not just make noise, lets make a difference.
COOL J AND FRIENDS HONOR QUINCY JONES.
"You just really taught me to be a man," LL Cool J said Wednesday in a heartfelt introduction of his mentor and friend at Ebony magazine's annual Power 100 gala, where Jones was the guest of honor.
He received a lifetime achievement award at the event, which recognizes black Americans who are wielding considerable power, such as TV producer Shonda Rhimes, New York Times editor Dean Baquet, physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and Little League star Mo'Ne Davis.
LL Cool J said Jones is like a father to him and called him "the greatest producer in the history of music." Fittingly, the 81-year-old producer, composer and philanthropist was celebrated in song.
Chaka Khan also said Jones feels like family. He's "like an uncle, even a father," she said as she dedicated her performance of "Sweet Thing" to him.
James Ingram sang two hits that Jones produced: "Just Once" and "One Hundred Ways." Ingram also shared a duet with Patti Austin.
Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick got attendees dancing and singing with their original 1980s hits "The Show" and "La Di Da Di." Savion Glover performed a dance of his own.
Jones was recognized for his philanthropic efforts and six-decade career. He's worked with the greats, from Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson. He's scored feature films 38 of them and earned seven Academy Award nominations. He brought Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith to broader audiences.
"We're not, any of us, above being a groupie when it comes to Quincy Jones," Colin Powell said in a video about the honoree.
Jones said he was especially humbled by the Ebony award because he considered the magazine's founder a mentor.
and Jet were part of the glue that bonded us together as a people,"
he said. "Black men and women in this country saw for the very first
time that they were not alone in a vast wilderness; that their loves,
dreams and sorrows were shared by people who looked just like them all
over this country."
The chart currently tracks each week's top 200 albums by sales. The updated ranking will include streaming and digital track sales beginning Dec. 3.
It marks the biggest update since 1991, when Nielsen's point-of-sale data was added to measure album sales.
Billboard says the new methodology aims to provide a more comprehensive sense of an album's popularity, and acts like Ariana Grande and Maroon 5 are likely to benefit because their streaming and digital song sales have been outperforming their album sales.
move comes after music acts like Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean pulled
their tunes from the streaming service Spotify.
We are joining with Privateer Holdings because they understand and respect our fathers legacy, said Rohan Marley, Bobs son.
Starting in late 2015 in certain jurisdictions where regulations permit, Marley Natural will begin offering heirloom Jamaican cannabis strains inspired by those Bob Marley enjoyed. In addition to cannabis, Marley Natural will offer cannabis- and hemp-infused topicals, including sun repair creams and lotions containing Jamaican botanicals such as aloe and coconut, as well as accessories, including limited edition products based on those that Bob preferred. As a brand with a strong social conscience, Marley Naturals business model and philanthropic initiatives will be built to ensure that families and communities who have been harmed by prohibition have the opportunity to benefit from the new, legal cannabis economy.
Bob Marley, a Jamaican-born musician, became a global superstar and advocated for peace, unity, social justice and personal freedom through his music. His greatest hits compilation, Legend, is the worlds best-selling reggae album, with more than 27 million copies sold worldwide. Marley was also a well-known advocate for the herb, as he called cannabis, which he said brought him inner peace and furthered his creativity. When you smoke the herb it reveals you to yourself, Marley said.
Privateer Holdings and the Marley family began discussing the possibility of working together in early 2013 and quickly realized their common values social change, environmental sustainability and building a professional, responsible and legal cannabis industry. Privateer Holdings is committed to ending the social harms caused by prohibition, just as the Marley family carries on Bobs vision of social justice through their charitable and business ventures. The Marley familys strong commitment to sustainability will be carried forward by Marley Naturals use of organic growing mediums and fertilizers.
My dad would be so happy to see people understanding the healing power of the herb, said Cedella Marley, Bobs daughter. He viewed the herb as something spiritual that could awaken our well-being, deepen our reflection, connect us to nature and liberate our creativity. Marley Natural is an authentic way to honor his legacy by adding his voice to the conversation about cannabis and helping end the social harms caused by prohibition.
Marley Natural is a partnership between two cannabis pioneers, said Brendan Kennedy, CEO of Privateer Holdings. The Marley family has been an admired voice in the cannabis movement for more than 50 years and Privateer Holdings is the leader in building professional, mainstream cannabis brands. Weve learned a lot over the past year about Bobs views towards cannabis and how he viewed the herb differently. We are honored to work with the Marley family to bring his voice to a professional, authentic and modern brand that will be a defining first in the cannabis industry.
My husband believed the herb was a natural and positive part of life, said Rita Marley, Bobs wife, and he felt it was important to the world. He looked forward to this day.
BADAZZ ON DECK.
Boosie BadAzz -- until recently known worldwide as Lil' Boosie -- is among the most celebrated rappers of his generation. The Baton Rouge native first lit up the hip hop underground at just 17 and soon teamed with the renowned label Trill Entertainment to unleash a series of undisputed classics, including 2003's "GHETTO STORIES" and 2004's "GANGSTA MUSIK" (both with longtime collaborator Webbie), and 2009's top 10 breakthrough, "SUPERBAD: THE RETURN OF BOOSIE BADAZZ." His fifth and most recent solo album, 2010's "INCARCERATED," was recorded and released while serving a 96-month prison sentence at Angola Louisiana State Penitentiary. The album earned widespread acclaim, with SPIN hailing it as "an enormously heartfelt album that makes his legal plight even more of a feel-bad story."
Released in March 2014 after serving a reduced sentence of 52 months, Boosie made his first public statements at the #BOOSIESPEAKS press conference, streamed live from New Orleans to his global fan following. The event proved one of the largest urban streams in Atlantic Records history with 40K people logged on and 177K overall viewers.
then, Boosie has been among this year's most active and in demand rappers,
with appearances on such tracks as 2 Chainz "Wuda Cuda Shuda (Feat.
Lil Boosie)," Dorrough Music's "Beat Up The Block (Feat. Lil
Boosie)," DJ Mustard's "Face Down (Feat. Lil Wayne, Big Sean,
YG & Lil Boosie)," Jeezy's "Beez Like (Feat. Lil Boosie),"
and T.I.'s "Jet Fuel (Feat. Boosie Badazz)."
Second Coming Tour Dates:
20th - London, UK @ Apollo
2nd - Amsterdam, Holland @ Paradiso
D'Angelo's first major success came in 1994 as a writer/producer, helming the single "U Will Know" on the Jason Lyric soundtrack; That helped lead to the success of his debut solo album, 1995's Brown Sugar, which went on to sell over 2 million copies. With the title track "Lady" the album continued to soar on the charts. Defining D'Angelo as one of the founding fathers and leading lights of the neo-soul movement of the mid-to-late '90s; along with artists like Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Maxwell.
In early 2000, D'Angelo released his sophomore album, Voodoo which debuted at number one, an indication of just how large and devoted his fan base was. The lead single "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" was a smash on the R&B charts and won a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal; likewise, Voodoo won for Best R&B album.
After nearly a decade, D'Angelo is back and is proud to announce The Second Coming Tour which encompasses 17 dates across Europe.
BIRDMAN'S ASSISTANT SUES KEYSHIA COLE FOR BATTERY.
In her Tuesday lawsuit in Superior Court, Sabrina Mercadel says she has been "platonic friends" since childhood with Birdman, whose real name is Bryan Williams, and has been his personal assistant for several years.
Mercadel claims she was the victim of Cole's unprovoked attack when she visited the rapper at his Westwood home on Sept. 19 to listen to his new album "Rich Gang," and offer feedback. Mercadel says Cole confronted her as she walked out of the bathroom and was getting ready to leave, screaming: "'Who the fuck are you! What are you doin' with my man!?'"
Though rumors were swirling about a romantic relationship between Birdman and Cole, Mercadel maintains that she could care less who her old friend was dating. "Given the fact that Mercadel's relationship with Williams was strictly platonic, it was of no consequence to her who Williams was dating," the 9-page lawsuit states.
After suggesting that Mercadel was a prostitute by telling her in a "belligerent and condescending manner, 'You can get your money later,'" Cole attacked Mercadel, following her all the way out of the house to the elevators, according to the lawsuit.
Mercadel claims that by the time she made it to the lobby, Cole had hit her on the butt and in the face, pulled her hair, clawed her "nails against Mercadel's face and inside her mouth," and threw several "hard objects" at her.
According to the complaint, Cole was arrested for the assault while Mercadel went to hospital to treat her injuries. Mercadel also sued Active Property Management, and Carlyle Residences Home Owners Association for letting Cole into Birdman's home.
seeks $1 million in damages for battery, intentional infliction of emotional
distress, negligence and premises liability. She is represented by James
A. Bryan with the Cochran Firm California. Source: Courthouse
Maybach Music Group/Atlantic recording artist Omarion has announced the digital release of his anticipated new album. "SEX PLAYLIST" arrives at all DSPs on December 2nd.
MMG/Atlantic debut and first full-length release in more than four years,
"SEX PLAYLIST" is highlighted by the new single, "Post
To Be (Feat. Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko)" http://youtu.be/FK_wiPiVZV8.
The track is produced by DJ Mustard (Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, Ty Dolla
Currently starring on VH1's hit series, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, Omarion has made a range of promotional appearances in recent weeks, including a visit to FOX's The Real. Omarion credits his Los Angeles based management/production firm, Art Club Intl, for helping him navigate and maintain success in this tumultuous climate of the entertainment industry.
IN AMERICA FESTIVAL COUL DCOST PUBLIC $170K.
Garcetti aides expect the city's tab for the commercial event, held over Labor Day weekend, will reach nearly $670,000. The company that staged the event, Live Nation, was required to provide $500,000 to pay for police patrols, street closures, trash removal and other city services.
"We will absolutely net more as a city than we would" if it hadn't happened, he said. "I'm confident of that."
One neighborhood activist said Garcetti and other city officials should have driven a harder bargain with Live Nation.
"I just don't think the city should pay a penny," said James O'Sullivan, president of the Miracle Mile Residential Assn. "How many sidewalks can that pay for? How many pipes can it fix? That crucial infrastructure is crumbling, or deteriorating, under our feet."
Initially, single-day tickets for the festival sold for just under $100, with weekend passes costing $185. Prices were discounted in the final days before the event.
A comprehensive analysis of the festival's costs and economic benefits will be provided later this year, said City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, the city's top budget official.
Garcetti has argued that the festival, which featured such acts as Kanye West, Iggy Azalea and Imagine Dragons, showed L.A. is capable of hosting a huge outdoor music event. Carol Schatz, who heads the downtown-based Central City Assn., said businesses there viewed the festival and the customers it generated for nearby hotels and restaurants as "a big plus for downtown."
"It's not just a dollar-for-dollar comparison. It's about the perception that it generates that L.A. is really the place to do this and the place to do this in L.A. is downtown," Schatz said. That kind of publicity, she added, "is worth millions."
Garcetti said Philadelphia, which has hosted three Made in America festivals, offers an example of the gains cities can realize from such events. A 2012 report released by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter estimated the two-day festival generated at least $10 million for the city's economy.
In Los Angeles, the city's Board of Police Commissioners received a report last week showing Made in America required more than $475,000 in police overtime pay. Services provided by the Department of Transportation, which handled street closures and other services, totaled more than $122,000, Garcetti spokesman Yusef Robb said. And the city Fire Department provided more than $35,000 in services, Robb said.
Scores of free tickets to the event were distributed by Garcetti aides to city officials, commissioners and staffers, including 12 of the 15 City Council members.
Angeles County negotiated a separate agreement that required Live Nation
to provide $600,000 for use of Grand Park plus reimbursement for any damage
to the park and its surroundings. County officials are seeking $83,000
in repairs from Live Nation. Source: LA Times
"We always had a bond regardless as friends and as brothers. We trust each other," Brown said during an interview with Trey Songz and rapper Tyga, who will also perform on the tour.
Brown and Trey Songz made the announcement at the House of Blues in Los Angeles after performing their remix "Tuesday" and Brown's hit single "Loyal." Tyga did not perform.
"It took awhile for something like this to happen because you do grow a friendship over years and I'm excited about it, more excited about it than any (other) tour," said Trey Songz.
The 25-city trek, which kicks off Jan. 28 in Hampton, Virginia, isn't Brown's only collaboration making headlines.
He's featured along with Drake and Lil Wayne on Nicki Minaj's new single "Only." The militaristic music video has stirred some controversy with critics accusing Minaj of using Nazi imagery. Brown, however, said he has not seen it.
"I haven't had a chance to see the whole video. I know I shot my part maybe a couple weeks ago, so I'm waiting to see the final edit of the actual video. So it's going to be dope," he said.
Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Chris Brown recently made his sixth #1 album entry on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart with his latest release X (RCAS Records). The album also debuted at #2 on Billboard's Top Albums chart, marking his sixth album debut within the Top Ten. X sold over 140,000 units in its first week while Spotify streams of the album continue to rise. With his incredible national television debut performance of the album's title track on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and recent much-buzzed about performance of "New Flame" with Usher at the iHeart Music Festival, combined with the ongoing chart-topping success of "Loyal," there's no question why the talented Chris remains a mainstay at top of the charts.
latest album, Trigga, debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart
and is the sixth studio album by the Grammy-nominated entertainer/artist
known as Trey Songz. The album was released on July 1, 2014, by Songbook
and Atlantic Records. Following the release of his fifth studio album
Chapter V (2012), which also debuted #1, Songz made his acting debut in
Texas Chainsaw 3D and Baggage Claim in (2013). The same year Songz began
work on his sixth studio album collaborating with artists including Nicki
Minaj, Mila J, Ty Dolla $ign, Justin Bieber and Juicy J.
Hank, born Henry Jackson had been suffering from cancer. We're told he passed away in the greater NYC area around 2 AM. Hank was one third of the famous Sugarhill Gang which had the first mainstream rap hit "Rappers Delight" in 1979.
group members Wonder Mike and Master Gee told TMZ ... "So sad to
hear of our brother's passing. Rest in peace Big Bank." Hank was
57 years old. Source: TMZ
The Global Spin Awards is all about giving back to the fans that love and support these artists and more importantly, to the artists themselves that have provided so much joy and entertainment to millions around the world for over the decades, says GSA founder, Shawn Prez. LaLa Anthony always has finger on the pulse of entertainment and music community and McDonalds is always in the forefront of consumer engagement. Im personally honored to have such an influential figure serve as the official host and one of the most influential global brands onboard for this years event and festivities.
Kicking off November 15th, the weekend festivities will include various events such as an industry panel for future music influencers, a never before seen DJ battle and a technology demonstration that allows the audience to learn and interact with celebrity DJs, music tastemakers and industry executives. These events will give music enthusiasts and future industry leaders a platform to discuss issues that affect their society, a closer glimpse inside the industry and a DJ experience of a lifetime.
GSAs sponsor list consists of an eclectic group of notable brands and industry leaders. REVOLT TV, a multi-genre music network for young adults, will serve as this years official media sponsor and broadcast the award show on November 25, 2014 at 8pm ET. CIROC Ultra Premium will feature specialty vodka cocktails and Sean John, an innovative full lifestyle brand, will also sponsor the award show. Hennessy, the world leader of cognac, has partnered with GSA to sponsor its private honoree dinner.
McDonalds Flavor Battle, the nations premier DJ competition, is teaming up with the Global Spin Awards to create access and opportunity for those who have the potential to influence future trends in the music industry. Flavor Battle launched in 2009 as an extension of McDonald's 365Black initiative. McDonald's 365Black platform was created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year round.
Connecting with the music and entertainment community, as well as its extremely loyal fan base is always an opportunity we want to be involved with and the Global Spin Awards is the perfect mix of that for us, says Rob Jackson, U.S. Marketing Director, at McDonald's. Knowing that music is a strong and compelling force in our consumers lives, were excited to see the Global Spin Awards grow and collaborate with them as a sponsor.
Global Spin Awards recognizes and pays tribute to the worlds most
dynamic and talented DJs and honors their contribution to the culture
of music and entertainment. The GSAs are considered to be the Quality
Standard of DJ Recognition by music industry heavyweights. The official
award show will be held on Tuesday November 18th, at the New World Stages
in New York City, where the nominees will join each other in celebrating
their work and the growth of the industry. This years nominees include
Kid Capri, Funk Master Flex, DJ Premier, along with DJ Mustard, DJ Envy,
DJ Khaled and Clinton Sparks.
The Barbadian-born singer founded the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012, named after her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. Says Rihanna: "There is truly nothing I'm more proud of and we've just gotten started."
The Diamond Ball will host around 600 guests, including celebrities. Attendees will be announced at a later date. Rihanna says the first annual event will be "elegant and inspirational."
MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP NAMES SPECIAL ADVISOR.
Reporting to Michael J. Sammis, UMPG EVP Operations and CFO, and David Kokakis, SVP/Head of Business & Legal Affairs and Business Development, Mr. Conlon will be counseling the company on matters related to advocating, protecting and maximizing the value of performing rights on behalf of UMPG and its songwriters.
"It is, indeed, an interesting time in the evolution of the performing rights business and Richard's expertise in developing systems and strategy will be extremely valuable towards maximizing the value of performing rights for UMPG and its songwriters," said Sammis.
A well-respected and accomplished music industry executive, Conlon spearheaded BMI's digital new media licensing divisions and directed global communications efforts. During his more than 20 years with the performing rights organization, he launched both the corporate strategy and digital business units, licensing the rights to more than 8.5 million musical works and generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. Conlon also managed negotiations with industry leading digital properties ranging from YouTube to Spotify, Yahoo, MSN, AOL and MP3.com, to Apple's iRadio and Pandora. Under his management, licensed properties grew to more than 10,000 sites and digital income consistently drove corporate revenue growth.
Z AQUIRES ACE OF SPADES CHAMPAGNE.
Two years ago the rapper commissioned a 350-bottle tower of Armand de Brignac to serve as the centrepiece at a fundraiser for President Obama at his 40/40 nightclub in New York.
In a statement released today by New York-based Sovereign Brands said: We are proud to announce that Sovereign Brands, a New York-based wine & spirits company owned by the Berish family, has sold its interest in Armand de Brignac (Ace of Spades) Champagne brand to a new company led by the globally-renowned Shawn JAY Z Carter.
The details of the deal were not disclosed with the name of Jay Zs upcoming company yet to be announced.
Yvonne Lardner, global PR and marketing spokesperson for Sovereign Brands added: We are extremely proud of what we built with Armand de Brignac. In less than eight years since it was first released, the brand became a must-have item at every top nightclub in the world and scored better among wine critics than some of the worlds most famous luxury Champagne marques. To establish an iconic, credible high-end Champagne in such a short period of time is something truly remarkable.
We have had a wonderful relationship with Jay Z throughout the years since he first discovered Armand de Brignac. He became interested in owning the brand and made us an offer we simply couldnt refuse. With the incredible things happening with the rest of our portfolio, especially the Luc Belaire line, we felt the timing was right as well.
Were sure that Armand de Brignac will continue to grow and thrive, and were looking forward to developing our current and future brands. We are truly passionate about what we do, and we love nothing more than the challenge of spreading our vision of unique, high-quality brands that stand apart from the crowd in the ultra-competitive wine & spirits industry.
Earlier this year the brand launched its Dynastie Collection comprising nine varying bottle sizes including a 4.5L Rehoboam, 9L Salmanazar, 12L Balthazar, 1.5L magnum, 3L Jeroboam, 6L Methuselah and 15L Nebuchadnezzar carrying a combined price tag of $500,000.
About Armand de Brignac Champagne: Armand de Brignac Champagne, instantly identifiable by the distinctive pewter Ace of Spades insignias on its unique, paperless bottle, exemplifies unmatched winemaking expertise and a true passion for the art of Champagne. A staff of just eight people crafts each bottle of Armand de Brignac by hand at the Cattier family house, established in 1763 in Chigny-les-Roses, France.
DONATO INK SWITH TAYLOR GANG.
Khalifa states, "We have worked with J.R. for a while now and are happy to finally have him join Taylor Gang. I kind of scooped him up and put the Taylor Gang stamp on his as soon as I met him. J.R. is young energetic and self-sufficient. He is very in touch with his fans and what's going on in the world around him. He looks good with us and we need his energy on the label."
To celebrate the release, J.R. Donato is releasing the video for "COULDN'T WAIT," WATCH HERE
Hailing from Chicago's North Side, 20-year-old J.R. Donato is the newest phenom to make noise out of the city. He first came to the attention of Wiz Khalifa in 2013. Soon after meeting, Wiz quickly added him to his song, "I'm Feelin'," that also featured Problem and Juicy J off of Khalifa's highly acclaimed, Cabin Fever 2 mixtape.
Before J.R. Donato reached his teenage years, he was already penning lyrics for himself and others. By the time he was 13, his regional hit, "500 Degrees," lead to his sizable buzz in Chicago. Later J.R. found himself immersed in the Atlanta Hip Hop scene and began opening shows for the likes of Lil Boosie, T.I., Lil Wayne and more. He recently toured with Wiz and Taylor Gang on the last two "Under The Influence" tours in 2013 and 2014.
INKS DEAL WITH WARNER MUSIC.
The agreement doesnt follow the pattern of previous licensing pacts between a label and a streaming service. Warner will get to place ads on some of its songs and then share the revenue with SoundCloud. About 40 bands and smaller labels are already doing this through a program SoundCloud launched in August, with brands like Sonos, Jaguar, and Red Bull advertising on the site.
Warner is likely to leave many songs up on SoundCloud without expecting anything in return. SoundCloud already has lots of music from major and independent labels, and entertainment lawyers havent been showing up at its headquarters with pitchforks even though no one is making money from the site. Digital music is valuable for the music industry even if it doesnt directly lead to revenue. Getting compensated in hype and exposure instead of cash has been controversial inside the industry, but record executives have tended to accept this logic when it comes to SoundCloud. Many users of the service are looking for obscure or unreleased music rather than hit songs or a single place to find a comprehensive catalog.
SoundCloud Chief Executive Alex Ljung insists any future deals will maintain the flexibility to make money from some songs while leaving many others without ads. They can start to monetize the things that are there, and they can start letting their artist put more things up, he says. Its not a deal where we say you have to put up your whole catalog.
SoundCloud still claims it isnt aiming to create a comprehensive collection of the worlds music and may never strike deals with all the major labels. Ljung declined to discuss the state of negotiations with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, which had stalled last month, according to the Financial Times.
is under more pressure than those labels to find innovative ways to make
money from digital music because it is smaller. It has been talking to
SoundCloud for some time, but a key reason for the breakthrough was SoundClouds
commitment to develop a paid subscription service early next year. This
service could provide ad-free music, songs that arent available
to free customers, and the ability to store some music on mobile devices
for offline listening. Record labels like paid subscription services because
they make more from royalties when customers actually pay for the music
theyre listening to.
UNDERGROUND TO CELEBRATE 25 YEARS / NEW FILM & MORE.
Along with a series of orchestrated music releases planned to commemorate as well as revive the group's positioning in hip hop, Chopmaster J will be releasing "Sex Packets II" featuring new versions of D.U. classics written and produced by S.O.T.U. (Sun Of The Underground) and featuring an all new D.U. lineup; and unveiling the "D.U. Days'" soundtrack which features, from Chopmaster J's archive collection, exclusive never before heard tracks of the late Tupac Shakur.
Recognized as one of the first hip hop bands, Digital Underground included Chopmaster J, Shock G, Money B, DJ Fuze and the then 18-year-old Tupac Amaru Shakur. The group's meteoric rise to fame in the early '90's was accentuated with chart topping hits like "Doowutchyalike," "Freaks of the Industry," "Same Song" and "Kiss You Back." The band made waves with their colorful and costumed attire, animated stage antics and innovative dance styling and moves.
Digital Underground is best remembered for turning hip hop on its proverbial head and invading the realm of pop with their 1990 pivotal Grammy nominated release "The Humpty Dance." "The Humpty Dance" climbed all the way to #11 on the pop charts, #7 on the R&B charts, and #1 on the Billboard Rap Singles chart. In 2008, "The Humpty Dance" was ranked #30 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop and #65 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's in 2007. The song was selected in the musical reference book, 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die: And 10,001 You Must Download and nominated for Best Rap Video at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards. "The Humpty Dance" is one of the most sampled songs recorded by a hip hop/rap artist. Shock G and Money B performed as "Digital Underground" at the BET Hip Hop Awards in 2010.
The group's contribution to history has tentacles that reach even further though. From their 12 inch drop, "Doowutchyalike" to their debut album "Sex Packets," D.U.'s music unfastened a door in hip hop that was previously non-existent, mixing mad merriment, mayhem and sex with rhyme, rhythm and rap. Factor in the detail that rap music's biggest legend, Tupuc Shakur, started his music career with the group as their roadie, dancer and emcee and the D.U. legacy is all but cemented in the annals of pop music history.
The crux of the anniversary celebration, the feature length documentary film, "D.U. Days: Adventures in Digital Underground the Apprenticeship of Tupac Shakur," will chronicle the turbulent times of the hip hop super group. Chopmaster J and Abbott plan to take the viewer on a historic tour recounting D.U.'s rise and fall. The film will recount a time when the mega rap tour was in its heyday. From sold out US tours, to Tokyo sex clubs, to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the young irreverent hip hop band from the San Francisco Bay Area traveled to every corner of the world entertaining millions of eager pop and hip hop music fans.
Abbott, who directed, co-wrote and edited the platinum-selling, short film / music video "Streets is Watching," and directed the underground hip hop cult classic, "State Property," both starring hip hop icon Jay Z, believes the documentary will play a crucial role in music history. "The movie is about the rise and fall of a would-be hip hop dynasty during the 'Golden Age of Hip Hop,'" he explains. "But more importantly, the film features the birth of the career of music giant, Tupac Shakur. Fans who contribute to the Indiegogo crowdfunding effort will play an important part in helping to document this significant time in pop culture."
"This project will be a must have for any true hip hop head," adds Chopmaster J. "The inclusion of some of Tupac's never before released first recordings are alone worth the price of admission!"
participants can donate $5.00 and become a part of hip hop history while
collecting unique D.U. memorabilia! Monies raised will support the completion
of the documentary for a 2015 release.
The Grammy-winning hip-hop band created the CAPA Foundation after learning that $1.1 million had been cut from the budget of the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts.
Budget cuts resulted in the loss of 19 teachers and staff members since 2012. Funding for clubs and extracurricular activities has been eliminated, and the school's annual theater production was canceled.
"I'm taking this as a state of emergency," said Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson. He and band member Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter formed the band in 1987 after meeting at CAPA, regarded as Philadelphia's premiere performing arts high school.
The Roots are the house band for NBC's "Tonight" show. Other musical artists including Boyz II Men and Jazmine Sullivan attended the high school.
"It cultivated us. It educated us," Thompson said of CAPA. "This is more than just pay it forward or celeb guilt. This is necessary. ... It keeps you out of trouble. It helps develop your personality. If you take that away, you're just a machine."
Thompson considered donating $1 million, but his manager persuaded him to use his relationship with corporate sponsors. The drummer said there are a few companies willing to help, and a "substantial" amount has been donated, with "seed money" from Thompson and Trotter.
The nonprofit organization aims to raise $500,000 annually for the first five years and then $1 million annually after that, Thompson said.
CAPA plans to provide funding for purchasing books and classroom supplies, restoring clubs and after-school activities and renovating CAPA's theater.
lending our celebrity to a school where we began," Trotter said.
"In essence, it's literally a back-to-the-roots situation for us."
Schonfeld said he didn't know exactly when Knight was hospitalized. The development came to light during an extradition hearing at which Knight's lawyer had planned to seek bail pending Knight's return to California to face a felony robbery charge.
The 49-year-old founder of Death Row Records was arrested Wednesday in Las Vegas and comedian Katt Williams was arrested in the Los Angeles area on a celebrity photographer's complaint that they stole her camera Sept. 5 in Beverly Hills.
Z'S ROC NATION INKS DEZ BRYANT.
While French Montana is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on his sophomore project, Mac & Cheese, which will be released on December 16. The Moroccan born, Bronx bred rapper blesses his fans with a taste of what's to come on his new single "Don't Panic." The DJ Mustard produced track is accompanied by an intense, hard hitting video directed by Eif Rivera. With a slew of chart topping singles and a top 10 debut record, Montana proves to be one of hip-hops most talented artists.
TO HIT STAGE AT 2014 AMA'S.
On last weekend's Saturday Night Live, Azalea performed her new single, "Beg For It," featuring Denmark's MØ, and a medley of "Fancy" and "Black Widow." The appearance gave Azalea a notable boost on Billboard's Social 50.
For the second straight year, Pitbull is the American Music Awards host, with additional performances coming from Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith, Charli XCX and 5 Seconds of Summer. The AMAs will broadcast at 8 p.m. on Nov. 23 on ABC, courtesy of Dick Clark Productions.
ENEMY'S 1988 CLASSICS TO BE RELEASED AS MULTI-DISC DELUXE EDITIONS.
The Deluxe Edition of It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back includes the original album, executive produced by Rick Rubin and Bill Stephney, and produced by Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee, Eric Vietnam Sadler and Carl Ryder (aka Chuck D), better known as the Bomb Squad. It features the classic tracks Bring the Noise, Dont Believe the Hype, Louder Than a Bomb and Rebel Without a Pause. The second disc includes 13 rare bonus mixes, among them the original No Noise version of Bring the Noise, instrumental versions of Rebel Without a Pause, Night of the Living Baseheads and Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos, as well as the soundtrack version of Fight the Power from Spike Lees groundbreaking Do the Right Thing movie. The third disc is a DVD of the 1989 VHS release Fight the Power Live, directed by Hart Perry and long unavailable for sale. It includes the original videos for Fight the Power, Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos and Night of the Living Baseheads along with several live performances. The platinum-selling album was named one of the top 100 of all time by Time magazine, and was ranked #48 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The Deluxe Edition of Fear of a Black Planet includes the original album, also produced by the Bomb Squad and featuring the hit singles Fight the Power, Welcome to the Terrordome and Flavor Flavs 911 Is a Joke. The second disc includes 18 rare bonus mixes, among them, the almost 10 minute-long Enemy Assault Vehicle Mixx (Medley), three separate remixes of Cant Do Nuttin For Ya Man!; an uncensored and extended version of Anti-Ni***r Machine; instrumental takes on 911 Is a Joke, Power to the People, Revolutionary Generation and War at 33 1/3, plus three separate mixes of Fight the Power, including the Flavor Flav Meets Spike Lee take, featuring Branford Marsalis on sax.
The original LP version of Fear of a Black Planet will also be released in a collectors vinyl edition for the first time in 15 years, with a special fade to black 3D cover that, when turned to the left or right, turns black, with just the bands iconic cross-hairs visible.
Fear of a Black Planet, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015, finished #300 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and was added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry in 2005. The album is certified platinum by the RIAA for more than one million shipped, peaking at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. Writes Wax Poetics editor-in-chief Torres in the liner notes, Though it sits in the shadow of It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back, Fear of a Black Planet is a formidable contender for one of the finest hip-hop albums ever recorded.
Deluxe Editions are part of a yearlong, ongoing celebration marking the
30th Anniversary of the iconic record label founded in 1984 by Rick Rubin
and Russell Simmons. Its influence and impact on modern music, culture,
and lifestyle is unparalleled.
The new album sees Stalley paying homage to his beloved Buckeye State. The Massillon-based MC reached out to a number of his fellow Ohioans, including producer Rashad (of the Columbus-based Elev8tor Music), with whom he previously collaborated on 2011's breakthrough mixtape, "LINCOLN WAY NIGHTS." Stalley also enlisted legendary Cleveland-born photographer Jonathan Mannion -- known for his iconic work with such superstars as Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Cleveland's own LeBron James -- to shoot the "OHIO" cover art.
The new album also includes featured appearances from Atlantic recording artist Ty Dolla $ign, Nipsey Hussle, Rashad, and the one and only De La Soul alongside the new single, "One More Shot (Feat. Rick Ross & August Alsina)."
Stalley burst onto the Midwest hip-hop scene with a number of distinctive mixtapes before breaking out with 2011's "LINCOLN WAY NIGHTS." He signed with Maybach Music Group after a major bidding war, leading to high profile appearances on such label releases as MMG founder Rick Ross' 2012 blockbuster mixtape, "RICH FOREVER," and the RIAA gold certified, GRAMMY®-nominated "GOD FORGIVE, I DON'T," as well as all three volumes of the massively popular "MMG PRESENTS: SELF MADE" series.
ELLIOT, LIL KIM & DA BRAT TO REUNITE.
Chris Brown, who is the lead nominee with seven, will also hit the stage. Beyoncé has six nominations and Pharrell Williams follows with five.
Other performers include Mase, Tamar Braxton, Tank, Aloe Blacc, Nico & Vinz and Sevyn Streeter.
Kool & the Gang will be honored with the legend award. Wendy Williams will host the Soul Train Awards, to air on BET and Centric on Nov. 30.
Lil Kim, Missy Elliott and Da Brat will perform their 1996 platinum single, Not Tonight, the remix from Kool & the Gangs first platinum album and same-titled single, Ladies Night. The tribute also includes a performance by soulful singer Joe.
We are keeping the momentum going with hit-making musical acts from different decades and are thrilled Missy Elliott, Lil Kim and DaBrat chose SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 for their reunion, said Paxton Baker, General Manager and Executive Vice President, CENTRIC. We are humbled to honor Kool & the Gang with the Legend Award this year. Theyve set music trends that are sampled still today, and I know they, along with the other performers, will bring the Celebration to Vegas throughout the weekend!
This years theme will celebrate the history of dance, from the classic Soul Train line and the electric slide, to the Dougie and this years breakout, the Nae Nae. To keep the party going throughout the show, international DJ and King of Crunk, Lil Jon, has been tapped as the house DJ. His voice has been heard over radio waves for decades, so it only makes sense to have Big Tigger as this years official celebrity announcer.
THE JEWELS / RTJ2 & MORE..
In conjunction with the album release Run the Jewels have shared Tag The Jewels, a worldwide street art initiative in which over 30 artists across 6 continents were invited to remix the group's iconic album artwork on walls in Los Angeles, Jakarta, Chicago, Paris, Sao Paolo, Lagos, Aukland, Warsaw, New Delhi, and many more. The project was curated & managed by the FatCap Agency.
SHOWS SLOWER LEARNING PEOPLE LISTEN TO LIL WAYNE, T.I., & MORE.
The result shows that students who achieved above-average scores prefer music by Beethoven or Radiohead. Sufjan Stevens, Bob Dylan, The Shins, Counting Crows and U2 are other acts favorited by smart people.
Meanwhile, folks with lower scores will prefer Beyonce Knowles, Lil Wayne, T.I., The Used and gospel music.
There are plenty of other interesting revelations from Griffith's findings, including smarter people will choose John Mayer over Pink Floyd and the music of huge rock bands like Tool, System of a Down or Pearl Jam is for people with average intelligence.
BROWN, JODECI, JEREMIH & MORE TO PERFORM @ SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014.
"This slate of performances is another example that Soul Train Awards 2014 is the only place where soul music lovers can find the diverse combination of current chart-topping performers and reunions from their favorite hit-making groups," said Paxton Baker, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Centric. "We are pulling out all the stops this year and are thrilled to have Chris Brown and Jodeci lead the big surprises we have in store."
This year's theme will celebrate the history of dance, from the classic Soul Train line and the electric slide, to the Dougie and this year's breakout, the Nae Nae. To bring the dance theme to life, Soul Train has brought in award-winning choreographer Fatima Robinson and her 12 seasoned dancers to lead the show.
Grammy Award-winning producers 1500 or Nothin' are back again as music
directors for the show and will keep the party rolling throughout the
Speaking on the reasoning behind aligning Remember and himself with Warner Bros, Mac said, "they have Prince." All future Mac Miller and Remember artist releases will come via Remember/Warner Bros.
MUSIC CONFERENCE 2014 RECAP.
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine welcomed REVOLT to Miami on Thursday and later presented CEO Keith Clinkscales with a key to the city. Friday morning Clinkscales officially kicked off the conference followed by rousing keynote addresses from Guy Oseary (Manager and Founder of Maverick) and Bob Pittman (Chairman and CEO of IHeartMedia). REVOLT Chairman Sean Combs sat in the audience for a few of the afternoon's panels, including the "Disruptors: The Future of Business" discussion where he engaged panelists Rio Caraeff (President & CEO of Vevo), Kevin McGurn (Chief Revenue Officer of Shazam), Britt Morgan-Saks (Artist Services at Spotify), Alex Ljung (CEO of SoundCloud), Lars Murray (VP of Music Industry Relations at Pandora) and moderator Kenna about the future of the record business. Music industry titans such as LA Reid, DJ Khaled and Craig Kallman determined that A&R is not dead after all.
Russell Simmons received a standing ovation at the start of an inspirational keynote address to kick off Day Two before leading a packed house in a group meditation. The day's panels featured some of the biggest titans of their perspective industries including Frank Cooper (CMO of Pepsico) and Marc Ecko (Founder & Chief Brand Officer of Complex Media) discussing "The New Deal: Brands and Artists" and legendary music producers Dallas Austin and Rodney Jerkins debating "The Business of Music Publishing" with singer-songwriter James Fauntleroy and Jessica Rivera (SVP, Head of East Coast Operations of Universal Music Publishing). REVOLT founder Sean "Diddy" Combs led a rousing keynote address entitled "#AskDiddy" in front of a packed house, offering invaluable career insight and advice to the standing-room-only crowd. Following a classic performance by Ne-Yo, Combs presented his good friend, industry icon Jimmy Iovine, with an award and spoke at length about his illustrious forty year career. The award was created by artist Glenn Kaino using Olympian Tommie Smith's famous forearm and fist. Iovine then gave a rousing speech about the current state of music and industry's ever-changing landscape.
"In your own way, reflecting your own musical passions, I do call upon all of you to find your way to innovate and be a part of music's future," said Jimmy Iovine to the audience of over 700 as he accepted his award. "We are no longer in the music business, but in the business of music."
Additional speakers at the REVOLT Music Conference included executives from Apple (Larry Jackson, BOH Specialist), Facebook & Instagram (Jonathan Hull, Music Partnerships); Def Jam (Sickamore, A&R) and Epic (Sylvia Rhone, President); Atlantic (Julie Greenwald, Chairman and COO); and Glassnotes Records (Daniel Glass, CEO) among many more.
AND NAS SET FOR ALICIA KEYS' BLACK BALL.
The piano-playing singer announced Tuesday that her husband, producer-rapper Swizz Beatz, will co-host the 11th annual Black Ball on Oct. 30 at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom.
Keys, Nas, David Byrne and Angel Haze will perform.
Keep a Child Alive, Keys' charity launched in 2003, assists people affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa and India.
Keep a Child Alives Black Ball is a star-studded event where celebrity and philanthropy join hand in hand. The evening celebrates the work of Keep a Child Alive (KCA) and raises millions for children and families affected by HIV in Africa and India. The Black Ball hosts never-before-seen musical collaborations with KCA co-founder Alicia Keys, and other leading artists. This event is sure to take you on a unique and inspiring journey.
year's Black Ball raised $4 million and featured Carole King and Pharrell.
The industry-first PULS wearable is untethered and has the ability to make/receive calls and operates independently of any smartphone, whereas most wearables use Bluetooth and require close proximity to a smartphone.
In an interactive showcase that featured music, video, imagery, poetry, and a fashion runway show, will.i.am demonstrated the i.amPULS smartband is truly the industry's first standalone communications device.
A host of CEOs and industry icons in the worlds of fashion, entertainment, technology and enterprise joined will.i.am on stage to lend their support including:
Bradley - AT&T
off this is not a watch, by any means," Will.i.am said, showing off
the bulky, curved black band, and pointing out its various attributes.
"The battery is all around here, right next to the battery very tightly
packed is the speaker, and then the radio is here and here, SIM card is
there, the chip set is there, and it's all tightly packed under this curve
PULS features an intelligent personal assistant "AneedA" powered by Nuance Communications. Developed with a "voice first, touch second" functionality, AneedA is an intuitive personal assistant that takes dictation for texts and emails, plays music, posts to social media, queues maps and a fitness app, schedules appointments, make calls, and more.
by musician and entrepreneur will.i.am, i.am+ is a entrepreneurial entity
nurturing powerful and developing technology into products and ideas driven
by innovation. i.am+ is positioned at the intersection of pop-tech and
fashionology. i.am+ is a way of life, a culture that empowers and inspires.
Few producers have the talent to sustain a career as long, diverse and prolific as Mikes," Warner/Chappell North America president Jon Platt said in a statement. "From 2Pac to Kanye and everyone in between, Mike has helped great artists define new sounds. Hes always innovating, not only within hip hop, but across pop music in general. Were thrilled to be on his team.
Besides 2Pac and West, Dean has also produced tracks or written for Beyoncé, Jay-Z, E-40, and Kid Cudi, Scarface, Tha Dogg Pound, Nate Dogg, Tech N9ne, and Devin the Dude, among others.
added in a statement, I am excited to work with Warner/Chappell
and Big Jon on expanding my musical palate, and be able to continue to
innovate and push music forward." Source: Billboard
Chads widow Chinara does not speak on behalf of Chads sons Chad Jr., Corey, the rest of the family, the late Mama Wes, or the UGK Records family. She is only speaking for her and her daughter, Angela Crooks, the mother of Chads son Corey, said in a recent interview, adding, Julia Beverly has our full support with the Pimp C biography.
Beverly says the book began with nearly 40 hours of interviews conducted with Pimp Cs mother and manager, Weslyn Mama Wes Monroe, prior to her sudden passing in 2013. I initially intended to do this project with his estate through his wife, Beverly explains. However, after I learned that his wife does not have custody of any of his children, and his sons do not benefit financially from his estate, I made alternate arrangements with his mother.
Mama Wes entrusted me with telling her sons story accurately and honestly; its a responsibility I take very seriously, Beverly adds. Sometimes the truth hurts, so I can understand why some people dont want the story to be told.
The book will be released in early 2015.
DEVAUGHN RECEIVES SPIRIT OF DEMOCRACY AWARD.
Hosted by actor/comedian, Jonathan Slocumb, and sponsored by Verizon and Comcast NBC Universal, the event also honored: Charles Ogletree Jr., Harvard University Law School professor; Elsie Scott, PhD, founding director, Ron Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center, Howard University; Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director, CEO, MomsRising.org; Mayor William Bell, Birmingham, Alabama; Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science; Councilwoman Sheila Tyson, convener, Alabama Coalition on Black Civic Participation; and Helen Butler, executive director, Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda.
of the late Campbell Pulliam were on hand to present the award. Pictured
above (L-R): Richard G. Womack, Sr, chair, NCBCP; Melanie Campbell, president
and CEO, NCBCP; Isaac Campbell Jr., relative; DeVaughn; Karma Cottman,
executive director, DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Savannah Campbell,
relative; and Rev. Judith C. Moore.
ON DECK WITH MEN'S SCENT.
ROGUE MAN by Rihanna has top notes comprised of fresh citrus, herbs, and spicy black pepper which offer a clean opening impression, the velvet floral blends, strong undertones of cedar wood, and the primal sensation of labdanum ignite the senses and linger warmly on skin.
Shot by legendary fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti, the ROGUE MAN by Rihanna ad campaign explores the rebellious and complex juxtaposition of attraction, sexuality and power. Rihanna was immediately attracted to feature model Daniel Ness for his raw sensuality and knew at first sight that he is the embodiment of the ROGUE MAN
"Building upon the marked success of her women's fragrance line, we are thrilled to join Rihanna on her venture into the men's fragrance category," said Donald Loftus, President of Parlux, Ltd. "ROGUE MAN by Rihanna offers a new constituency of male consumers entrance into the bold world of Rihanna's growing lifestyle brand."
ROGUE MAN by Rihanna is available at select Macy's nationwide.
Rihanna 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 7 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 Viva Glam.
AZALEA LEADS THE PACK / 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS
Iggy Azalea leads this year with six nominations. John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams follow with five nominations each, while Lorde earns four nominations. Additionally, Beyoncé, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic and One Direction were nominated for three awards. Bastille, Drake, Luke Bryan and Sam Smith each receive two nominations.
The Artist of the Year category increases from 5 to 10 nominees in 2014. This years nominees are Iggy Azalea, Beyoncé, Luke Bryan, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Lorde, One Direction, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams. The ten nominees will be narrowed to five based on the votes received through 11/13 and the winner will be determined by the total votes received throughout the entire voting period.
The Single of The Year category, increasing from 3 to 5 nominees in 2014, includes nominees Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX, Fancy, John Legend, All of Me, MAGIC!, Rude, Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, Dark Horse and Pharrell Williams, Happy.
As always at the American Music Awards, 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 Kohls, Artist of the Year and Single of the Year.
The 2014 American Music Awards® are produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are Executive Producers. Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are Producers.
OF THE YEAR
ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHLS
OF THE YEAR
MALE ARTIST POP/ROCK
FEMALE ARTIST POP/ROCK
BAND, DUO OR GROUP POP/ROCK
MALE ARTIST COUNTRY
FEMALE ARTIST COUNTRY
BAND, DUO OR GROUP - COUNTRY
ALBUM - COUNTRY
MALE ARTIST SOUL/R&B
FEMALE ARTIST SOUL/R&B
ARTIST - ALTERNATIVE ROCK
ARTIST - ADULT CONTEMPORARY
ARTIST - LATIN
ARTIST - CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
ARTIST - ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
Williams and Beyonce will be competing against each other for album of the year, along with John Legend, Drake, Janelle Monae and Michael Jackson.
Hosted by Wendy Williams, the Soul Train Awards will be presented on Nov. 7 in Las Vegas. The awards will air on Nov. 30 on Centric and BET.
BEYONCE RADIO STATION IN HOUSTON ON DECK.
The station's website posted a statement announcing its closure: "News92, Houstons first FM all-news radio station aired its last broadcast Wednesday, October 8, 2014... This difficult decision is a result of sustained poor ratings performance and significant financial losses over the past three years despite the substantial financial and human resources we invested."
Radio One owns the station-formerly-known-as-News92. Yashima Azilove, who works for Radio One, discussed the station's reincarnation as Beyonce radio with local news. "In looking to make a transition, we go back to what we know," Azilove told ABC13. "We know urban radio. We're in Houston, the combination seemed like a winning one." Well, it's a win for Radio One and Beyonce at least -- 47 employees of the station were laid off.
If the new station only plays Beyonce's solo catalog, it will have five albums to choose from. Not including various bonus tracks, remixes, live versions or tracks from other artists featuring Beyonce, those records contain 63 songs, adding up to roughly 4 hours and 15 minutes of music. Of course, if the station is willing to dig into Beyonce's work with Destiny's Child, that will expand their pool of possible tunes to draw from -- Destiny's Child recorded 5 albums (if you count their Christmas album), containing 67 songs and around 4.5 hours of music. Source: Billboard
WU-TANG CLAN INKS WITH WARNER BROS. RECORDS.
Wu-Tang Clan said, "Wu-Tang Clan is excited to join the Warner family of esteemed artists. After 20 years in the business with different label outlets, we are delighted to be amongst a team of industry professionals who understand our unique artistry and will help spread it to the masses unadulterated. RZA and his brother Divine CEO of Wu-Tang felt synergy with executive/producer Rob Cavallo and Cameron Strang, and decided Warner Bros. would be a suitable home for their brand and band, and a great place to carry on the Wu-Tang saga. In the words of Ghostface, when it comes to being signed to Warner Bros., 'we're getting Bugs Bunny money.'"
Cameron Strang, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. Records, told Billboard, "Wu-Tang Clan is responsible for creating a deep discography of iconic rap music, spawning incredibly successful careers for each of the group's individual members, and launching Wu-Tang into a full-fledged brand beyond their music. Two decades on, they remain a major force in hip hop. I speak for everyone on our team when I say how thrilled we are to be the new home for one of hip hop's most influential groups. This is an exciting day in the history of Warner Bros. Records, and we can't wait to contribute to the next phase of their careers."
Over the course of their career, the group has released five studio albums and 19 compilation albums. Each of their first three albums-- Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Wu-Tang Forever and The W-have been certified platinum by the RIAA, with Wu-Tang Forever having debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200.
in 1993, the Staten Island, NY-based Wu-Tang Clan proved to be the most
revolutionary rap group of the mid-'90s. Turning the standard concept
of a hip-hop crew inside out, the Wu-Tang Clan were assembled as a loose
congregation of nine MCs. Instead of releasing one album after another,
the idea was to establish the Wu-Tang as a force with their debut album
and then spin off into as many side projects as possible. In the process,
the members all became individual stars.
CELEBRATES 5-YR ANNIVERSARY.
"With ten consecutive months of record breaking +1 million daily tune in, it shows that KDAY is a passion brand with unique engagement a most excellent way to ring-in our 5th birthday on FM," stated Otto Padron, President of Meruelo Media. "KDAY is a true institution fueled by an ever-growing popularity for our music; the perfect equity combination to grow listening in a landscape full of media choices."
KDAY's high energy Rhythmic Adults Hits format hit L.A. airwaves on August 20, 2009. Its historic roots in Southern California radio history began on the AM dial as KDAY AM 1580 and today, under the management of Meruelo Media, has successfully retained its renowned Hip-hop and R&B format as solid and sustainable entertainment.
The resurrection of KDAY 93.5FM as the pioneer of the R&B/dance/pop/Hip-Hop station has honored its historically renowned AM heritage while evolving its programming to connect with the diverse cultures in today's competitive Los Angeles radio landscape.
BANS PLAYERS FROM WEARING BEATS BY DRE HEADPHONES.
This applies to all TV interviews during training camps or practice sessions and on game day, from before the opening kickoff through the final whistle to postgame interviews conducted in the locker room or on the podium, up to 90 minutes after games have ended.
So players such as the Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson (wearing Beats By Dre above) could be subject to fine by the league. Players such as the Seahawks' Richard Sherman and the San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick, who have deals with Beats, are included in this.
The NFL sees no problem with this.
NFL has longstanding policies that prohibit branded exposure on-field
or during interviews unless authorized by the league. These policies date
back to the early 1990s and continue today, an NFL spokesperson
said in a statement. They are the NFLs policies not
one of the leagues sponsors, Bose in this case. Bose is not involved
in the enforcement of our policies. This is true for others on-field.
the last few years athletes have written Beats into their DNA as part
of the pre-game ritual, a Beats spokesperson said. Music can
have a significant positive effect on an athletes focus and mental
preparedness and has become as important to performance as any other piece
World Cup this summer also banned Dre products in a similar fashion to
the new NFL rules. Source: Yahoo Sports
Burbank police Sgt. John Pfrommer says the rapper, born Todd Anthony Shaw, was passing through the checkpoint Wednesday when a Transportation Security Administration employee noticed the handgun going through a baggage scanner. The rapper fled the building, leaving his belongings behind.
Pfrommer says Too Short returned to the airport Thursday with his attorney and was cited on misdemeanor possession of a loaded handgun in a public place. He was released and is due in court Nov. 3. Police didn't know who the rapper's attorney is.
/ RIHANNA / JAMIE FOXX ON DECK TO PERFORM.
We are honored to play a small role to help raise awareness and support for our service men and women, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler says, per Variety. Their immeasurable sacrifice deserves our nations gratitude. This event will not only celebrate their service, but help remind Americans of the many challenges they face on and off the battlefield.
ISSUES STATEMENT ON VERIZON FIOS DEAL.
"On Monday, September 29th we announced a deal with Verizon FiOS establishing REVOLT as the dominant player in music television today. Verizon's vote of confidence marks another win for REVOLT and solidifies our place as the new #1 name in music. But our growth won't stop here we will continue to deliver a Millennial audience to cable providers across the country, building a platform that amplifies the art form and celebrates the culture of music.
With our late October debut on Verizon FiOS, REVOLT will now be available in 46 of the top 50 U.S. markets on Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Centurylink and SuddenLink. ?This timing is significant because it coincides with our one-year anniversary on-air. We have worked hard to get to this point and I am excited to celebrate this milestone at the inaugural REVOLT Music Conference Oct. 16-19 in Miami Beach.
On this journey to make REVOLT a household name, we are most excited to join a cable provider that understands and programs for young adults. As we have set the goal to be accessible 24/7, anytime, anywhere, on one billion devices, our new relationship with Verizon FiOS represents an opportunity larger than cable alone, taking us to their digital and mobile platforms that are heavily used by our audience of young music fans and artists. We look forward to welcoming additional viewers as part of our REVOLT Nation."
RZA PARTNERS UP WITH BOOMBOTIX.
Boombot REXs feature advanced audio engineering and are tuned to meet the highest standard of audio quality. The 2014 Boombot REX, which will feature pre-released songs from the album, has a 50 percent increase in battery life compared to previous models. With full Bluetooth integration, Boombot REXs give users control of their smartphone device without ever removing it from their pocket.
An experiment in music exclusivity, the Boombot REX 20th Anniversary Wu-Tang Edition is designed to spark conversation regarding the economics of music in a climate of Internet piracy and streaming services. Instead lining up outside stores for new releases, music fans access music from the cloud or download it illegally. According to RZA, this process degrades the artistic value of music and the immense amount of time devoted to creating it.
"To me, there's something transcendent about being able to physically hold music," said RZA. "Back in the day, holding a vinyl helped you appreciate just how much time and sweat an artist put into creating a single track, let alone an entire album. Over the last decade, we've lost that sensation. With this project, I hope to strengthen the bond between fan and artist. Boombotix puts the artist back in your hands so you can stay connected to your music."
Boombotix is excited to offer consumers the chance to experience their music in such a creative way, said CEO Sean Sullivan. Being part of the conversation to change how albums are presented is a great opportunity.
The Boombot REX 20th Anniversary Wu-Tang Edition is the first installment in the Chambers Collection. The Chambers Collection will be a new line from Boombotix that features embedded music within their ultra-portable speakers. Boombotix and RZA plan to add to the Chambers Collection in 2015.
BADA$$ ANNOUNCES THAT VINCE STAPLES WILL JOIN HIM ON NEW TOUR.
Z @ GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL.
He told the crowd many of whom earned free tickets by volunteering to support the Global Citizen Festival's movement to end poverty by 2030.
No Doubt, Sting, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, Tiesto, fun. and The Roots also performed. The Global Citizen Festival coincided with a U.N. General Assembly meeting.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon were among the world leaders who attended in support of the anti-poverty campaign.
MUSIC REVENUES DOWN NEARLY 5%.
Within that, digital music revenue declined slightly, by half a percentage point, to $2.2 billion, down to $2.203 from $2.214 billion in the first half of 2013. Subscription revenue jumped 23.2%, to $371.4 million from $301.4 million; ad-supported streaming jumped 56.5% to $164.7 million from $105.2 million. The RIAA estimated that paid subscription services averaged 7.8 million subscribers in the first six months of the year, up from an average of 5.5 million subscribers in the first half of 2013. Download sales of albums and tracks fell 11.8% to nearly $1.3 million from $1.47 billion.
In other digital revenue streams, SoundExchange distribution grew to $323.4 million, a jump of $21.4 from the $266.5 million, while synchronization royalties fell 10.5% to $88 million, down from $98.5 million.
Moving over to physical formats, CD sales fell 19.1% to $715.6 million from $994.1 million. But on the plus side, vinyl grew by 41% to $6.5 million, up from $4.8 million.
Overall, revenue breaks out to digital accounting for 68% of U.S. revenue with 41 percentages points of that coming from downloads and 27 percentages points coming from streaming; physical 28%, synchronization 3% and ringtones 1%.
the first time, the RIAA has also provided an overall market volume for
wholesale. Typically, the RIAA numbers add up the value of units for each
album by that album's list price, not the wholesale price that the labels
receive when they ship the albums to retailers. But converting their data
to wholesale values for downloads and the physical formats, RIAA estimates
the U.S. music marketplace at $2.2 billion, down from $2.3 million at
mid-year 2013. Source: Billboard
Court filings state the couple separated on Monday, but provide no other details on the split or how the pair's finances will be divided. They were married in July 2013 less than five months after their son was born.
whose hit "Black and Yellow" helped make his 2011 album, "Rolling
Papers," a success, released his latest album, "Blacc Hollywood,"
in August. The
divorce filing was first reported Wednesday by TMZ.
In the meantime, Dre has been racking up plenty of other financial accomplishments. His latest: capturing this years hip-hop cash crown with pretax earnings of $620 million. Not only is that the highest annual total of any entertainer ever evaluated by FORBES, its more than the combined earnings of all 24 of his companions on the 2014 Hip-Hop Cash Kings list.
Its safe to say headphones is a good business, says DJ Khaled, who makes his debut at No. 20 with estimated earnings of $7 million.
Its a long way down to the No. 2 spot, where Diddy and Jay Z sit tied at $60 million. Hovs total is his highest since 2010, bolstered by a diverse list of ventures including his growing Roc Nation empire ; 68 concerts in our scoring period, DUssé cognac and his latest album, which was certified platinum before it was released due to an agreement with Samsung to buy 1 million copies.
Like Jay Z, Diddy is still working as hard as ever to earn his $60 million payday. His agreement with Diageo's Ciroc vodka accounts for the bulk of those bucks, but he gets a boost from other ventures like DeLeon tequila, Blue Flame marketing, Sean Jean clothing, and Revolt TV.
I love going where the hustle is, he told FORBES earlier this year. I love going where like-minded people are.
One person who could be counted in that category is Drake, who ranks fourth with $33 million in earnings. His fourth studio album, Nothing Was the Same, has sold about 4 million copies worldwide; additional checks from an arena tour and endorsement deal with Nikes Jordan line have tripled Drakes 2013 earnings of $10.5 million.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis round out the top five with a combined $32 million. The Seattle duo kicked off 2014 with a bang, winning four of the seven Grammy awards for which they were nominatedincluding Best New Artist and Best Rap Album for The Heist. That type of acclaim has translated to big bucks on the road, pushing the pair to more than triple last years $9 million take.
To form this years Cash Kings list, we considered income from touring, record sales, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other ventures. Management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted. Earnings are calculated from June 2013 to June 2014 and based on data from Pollstar, the RIAA and Nielsen SoundScan, and from interviews with managers, lawyers, executives and some of the artists themselves.
Another highlight of the list: the inclusion of two newcomers, DJ Khaled and J. Cole, who are tied for No. 20 with earnings of $7 million. New albums in 2013Coles Born Sinner and Khaleds Suffering From Successand the live gigs that followed boosted both artists to the greatest financial heights of their respective careers.
It worked out even better than I imagined, said Cole. And Ill leave it at that.
Hip-Hop Cash Kings 2014
SELLS TO TOWNSQUARE.
Further, as part of this transaction, Townsquare is acquiring and re-launching the King brand as a digital-only property. Also included in the transaction is Antenna, a recently launched digital-only destination delivering the latest fashion, news, sports, music and pop culture content for men.
The acquisition of XXL, King and Antenna from Harris Publications represents the continued growth of Townsquare Medias national digital asset portfolio and our commitment to the cultivation of influential brands and original multimedia content in music and entertainment, commented Bill Wilson, Townsquare Medias Chief Content Officer. We are tremendously excited to add these premium brands to Townsquare Medias portfolio which attracts over 75 million US monthly unique visitors, allowing advertisers and agencies to better reach the incredibly important urban audience.
Following the October edition of XXL magazine, due to hit newsstands in early October, the magazine will cease regular publication in order to focus exclusively on digital operations as well as special editions of the publication in the future. As part of the transactions, all members of the XXL team will be joining Townsquare Media.
GIBBS ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES.
Fresh eventually told the crowd that his mother, who had Alzheimer's disease, died five months ago.
"I have to acknowledge her," Fresh said at the taped award show at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. "I want to thank this woman and hip-hop. If it wasn't for hip-hop, I don't know where I would be."
He also thanked those who helped him throughout his career, from Slick Rick to his group the Get Fresh Crew.
The show airs Oct. 14.
Fresh became known for imitating drums and creating special effects using his mouth and a microphone. After his speech, Fresh performed one of his hits, "La Di Da Di" with the show's host, Snoop Dogg.
"He's the definition of moving the crowd," Ludcaris said during a video that paid homage to Fresh.
DJ Mustard won Producer of the Year, and Future's song "Move That Dope" took home Best Club Banger award. The most applause came after a recorded freestyle featuring Kanye West, Common, Big Sean and Pusha T.
Many of the other awards will be announced at a later date. Rapper Drake received the most nominations with eight. Jay Z, Pharrell and Future each scored six nominations.
The parents of Mike Brown, an unarmed young black man who was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, stood on stage with Common after he finished his songs with Jay Electronica. There was moment of silence and the crowd raised both their hands in remembrance of Brown.
Snoop Dogg showed charisma throughout the night and performed skits featuring Nia Long. He also brought back his YouTube network called GGN (Double G News), interviewing rapper French Montana and Mimi Faust of Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta.
Brandy performed "I Wanna Be Down" with guest appearances from
Queen Latifah, MC Lyte and Yo-Yo. Rapper T.I. took the stage with Young
Thug, performing "About the Money."
In a lawsuit in February, Terrence Davidson accused Onika Maraj, who uses the stage name "Nicki Minaj," and Pink Personality LLC of breaking implied contracts, reneging on discussions to launch a reality TV show and a wig line, and misappropriating his designs.
Lawyers for Minaj filed a motion in May to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Davidson failed to state a valid claim.
U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy on Tuesday did just that. He agreed that Davidson did not state viable claims against Minaj and Pink Personality.
A lawyer for Davidson did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Thursday.
Davidson, who lives in Georgia, said in the lawsuit that he began working as Minaj's hair stylist in early 2010. He created multiple wigs for the rapper, known for her flamboyant hairpieces, that she wore to a preshow for MTV's Video Music Awards, during media appearances in London and for the music video "SuperBass."
Davidson said he turned down a contract for a reality TV show at the urging of a Minaj representative. At the time, Davidson said he was discussing doing a joint reality show with Minaj and launching a line of wigs with the music star. But months passed, and Davidson said Minaj and her team shut him out. He stopped working as her stylist in early 2013.
He said Minaj took his designs without his consent and used them to start her own wig line.
Minaj's lawyers countered that Davidson "is upset because he lost his most famous client" and was seeking to force himself into a business relationship that Minaj and Pink Personality developed without him to get money from them that he didn't earn.
The judge wrote in his order that the verbal promises of future business Davidson said he got from Minaj and her team were too vague and that it was unreasonable for Davidson to rely on them as a done deal.
The judge also wrote that Davidson claims his wigs are distinctive because of their design and color and that there's no evidence that he made any attempt to connect them to himself in the public mind or that anyone was confusing the wigs sold by him with wigs sold by Minaj.
REPORTS RECORD-BREAKING REVENUE.
BMI President and Chief Executive Officer Michael ONeill said, We are extremely pleased with these results and are already hard at work trying to better them this year. BMI has a well-earned reputation as a trusted broker between the creative community and businesses that perform music to enhance their customer experience. In an ever-evolving marketplace for music rights, our leadership, operational expertise and ability to deliver value at so many different levels to our songwriters, composers, publishers and licensees, enables us to maximize royalties for the creative community.
The creativity and worldwide appeal of BMIs repertoire are unmatched in todays marketplace. BMI singer/songwriters including Taylor Swift, Adam Levine, Shakira, Miranda Lambert, P!nk and Nicki Minaj contributed some of the most-performed songs of the year. Audiences were thrilled by GRAMMY-winning hits from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers, Kacey Musgraves and Imagine Dragons, among others. BMI film and television composers including James Newton Howard, Steve Jablonsky, Mark Mothersbaugh, Brian Tyler and the legendary John Williams contributed scores to the years worldwide blockbusters and hit network and cable television series. The Oscar-winning original song Let It Go, from the highest-grossing animated film of all time, Disneys Frozen, by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, topped the charts in more than 30 countries.
has agreements with more than 650,000 licensees across all business sectors,
and the Companys licensing efforts during the year included almost
3 million outgoing sales calls followed up by more than 1 million pieces
of business correspondence. In administering the distributions of royalties,
the Company processed more than 500 billion copyright transactions during
the year, establishing values for each musical performance based on comprehensive
and proprietary metrics. BMI musical creators and copyright owners receive
the industrys most detailed statements of how, when and where their
music was performed, and how royalties are computed for those performances,
whether at home or abroad. Thousands of BMI affiliates now access this
information via BMIs suite of online apps for mobile devices. BMIs
songwriters, composers and publishers have always had the security of
knowing that it is the only major performing rights organization in the
United States that operates under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Ty Dolla Sign, Tuki, Berner, Chevy Woods, Lil Mama, G. Eazy, Kevin Gates, Genesis, Loaded Lux, Troy Ave, Dee-1, Logic, Detroit Che, DJ Scratch, David Banner, Vic Mensa, Treach, Snow Tha Product, Remy Ma, Papoose, King Los, Corey Charron, T-Rex, Rain 910, Tsu Surf, Goodz, Dreezy, Dillon Cooper, Two-9, Andy Mineo, Jarren Benton, Emilio Rojas and Conceited.
FOR 2014 GLOBAL SPIN AWARDS ANNOUNCED.
The 2014 nominees in nearly 30 categories were announced by a panel of industry insiders including Kid Capri, Funkmaster Flex, DJ Premier, REVOLT CEO Keith Clinkscales, and more.
2014 Global Spin Awards Nominee List
Club DJ Of The Year (Midwest)
Club DJ Of The Year (Southeast)
Club DJ Of The Year (Northeast)
Club " OPEN FORMAT" DJ Of The Year (Northeast)
Club DJ Of The Year (West)
"OPEN FORMAT" Club DJ Of The Year (West)
Producer Of The Year
Album Of The Year
DJ Of The Year
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Remixer Of The Year
Radio DJ Of The Year
Mixtape DJ Of The Year
National Mixshow DJ Of The Year
Regional Mixshow DJ Of The Year (Southeast)
Mixshow DJ OTY (Midwest)
Mixshow DJ OTY (West)
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Detroit-based Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated both claim the National Party breached copyright laws by using Eminem's song "Lose Yourself." Joel Martin, a spokesman for the two companies, said they filed a case in the New Zealand High Court and are seeking damages.
"It is both disappointing and sadly ironic that the political party responsible for championing the rights of music publishers in New Zealand ... should itself have so little regard for copyright," Martin said. "We do not hesitate to take immediate action to protect the integrity of Eminem's works."
The National Party said in a statement that it would vigorously defend the action. It said the music it used was originally published by Spider Cues Music in Los Angeles and sold to it by an Australian-based supplier.
"The National Party completely rejects the allegation that the library music used in its early campaign advertisements is a copyright infringement of any artist's work," the party said.
It said that, nevertheless, it had undertaken two weeks ago not to use the music anymore.
"However, this has not satisfied the complainant," the party added.
Martin said the publishers have previously sued Apple for using an Eminem song in an ad without permission and have been in a dispute with Audi over alleged infringing use of "Lose Yourself."
disputed ad in New Zealand depicts a boat filled with people rowing together,
aimed at symbolizing the party's unity. New Zealand's general election
is set for Sept. 20.
Fulton County District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones says the 34-year-old rapper, whose real name is Radric Davis, pleaded guilty Monday to hitting a man in the head with a vodka bottle on March 16, 2013, in a nightclub's VIP section.
Authorities have said the man approached Davis and was looking to have his picture taken with him. Prosecutors say the fan was an Army staff sergeant in town on a brief military leave. Authorities have said the man suffered a deep cut that required 10 stitches.
says Davis' three-year sentence will be served concurrently with a 39-month
federal firearms sentence that he was given in late August.
Lynn was a star high school basketball player in Chicago and played in the 1969-1970 season in the American Basketball Association.
He struggled with drug addiction and with being a father to six children. He addressed such topics in poignant and sometimes regretful poems that concluded many of Common's albums.
who is also an actor, said he was inspired by his father, who he called
"a natural poet and master of words." Our condolences and prayers
go out to Common and his family.
"Our Home Away From Home Tour this fall is about touching cities that I've learned to love as 2nd homes for a decade+ of touring," Brother Ali says via Twitter. "I wanted to do small venues in every city to get that intimate feeling with just the core listeners who are part of the music we make.
who's experienced my headlining tours knows that I like to have one DJ
and one host for the entire evening and I choose my support artists very
carefully. If you're not up on any of our tour family's music, please
check them out so you'll know how to appreciate them when we're in your
town. I also like to make a tour theme song with everyone in the crew
to celebrate rolling out together. Please enjoy this track and we welcome
your well wishes for safe travels and security for our loved one's while
we're away." WATCH
THE VIDEO HERE
"Open Bar Radio" is an exclusive and compellingly original program delivered with the same appealing Xzibit on-air brand that has made him a national and international household name. Every week, Open Bar Radio will feature top name music artists in a candid, authentic and distinctive setting. More importantly, Xzibit will bring rare insight of the music with the very stars that have made the music a popular cultural tsunami. Open Bar Radio will offer fans as well as clients, a unique opportunity to engage with an entertainment package that brings great equity and popularity.
Best known for hosting MTV's "Pimp My Ride", Xzibit or as he's known to his fans, "X to the Z", achieved fame in the West Coast hip-hop scene as a talented rapper garnering chart topping success with the release of his critically acclaimed albums At the Speed of Life, Restless, Man vs. Machine and Weapons of Mass Destruction, while working with high-profile artists such as Eminem, Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Knoc-turn'al, Timbaland, Limp Bizkit, Alice Cooper, Game and 50 cent.
"Open Bar Radio," will premiere this Friday, September 12 at 7pm to 9pm and can be heard at the same time weekly exclusively on Southern California's original Hip-Hop radio station 93.5FM KDAY.
KDAY is the iconic Los Angeles radio station with roots as far back as the early 80's when it was the first station in the world to ever play commercial hip-hop. KDAY helped transform N.W.A. from an unknown group to one of the most prolific hip-hop groups ever, and it helped launch the careers of many mainstream artists such as Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Ice T, LL Cool J, and Queen Latifah. KDAY reflects and appeals to the diversity of the Southern California market with its unique and unmistakable West Coast sound.
MUSIC GROUP CREATES UNIFIED GLOBAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEAM.
was also announced that Jonathan Dworkin, most recently WMGs Senior
Vice President, Digital & Business Development, has been promoted
to Executive Vice President, Digital Strategy & Business Development.
In his new position, Dworkin will report to Wiesenthal. Wiesenthal, Dworkin
and the team will continue to create relationships with emerging and established
partners that expand WMGs worldwide avenues of artist development.
NATON INKS ANOTHER PLAYER TO ROSTER.
Roc Nation also posted to the companys official website, Roc Nation Sports welcomes NFL defensive tackle and 3x All-Pro Ndamukong Suh to the roster
2010 AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year joins CC Sabathia, Geno Smith,
Kevin Durant, Victor Cruz, Robinson Cano, Skylar Diggins, and Hakeem Nicks.
One of hip hop's most revered genres, Battle Rap, has seen a resurgence in recent years with the creation of Battle Rap TV on FilmOn Networks being the most vital sign of its having achieved a new level. Cassidy is famous as a pioneer of the genre who walked away more than ten years ago. Dizaster is one of the rising stars to come out of the Fresh Coast Media Group run by Lush One.
Cassidy's appearance demonstrated the possibilities of another arm of Alki David's businesses -- he was in the Bahamas during the conference but was able to participate as a hologram.
"I'm very pleased with the enthusiasm of the fans that turned out today," said David. "This is going to be a battle for the ages -- and will introduce our new ETV platform for one of a kind event television."
The trash talk got brutal, with the crowd enjoying every insult and take down.
"We learned tonight there is far more genuine animosity between Diz & Cas then we could have ever fathomed," Lush said. "This is going to be heated. Alki David is also opening a huge world of possibilities based on the hologram technology." PEEP IT HERE CONFERENCE HERE
SPOTTED AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK.
He sported his signature hat and denim was a staple for the line, a collaboration with G-Star and Bionic Yarn, which produces fabrics made by fibers collected from recycled plastic bottles.
"It's very easy to forget we live on this planet," Pharrell told the crowd. "We don't want to just talk about it, but we actually wanted to put it in practice."
The large room at 23 Wall Street was smoky and gloomy as lights beamed and ceiling featured a projection of artsy white spots. Frank Ocean and Jay Z's "Water" played in the background.
Pharrell, who has had huge success as a singer, rapper and producer, says he's always been interested in fashion.
"I have been given opportunities by really great companies, and I've been given opportunities by really great people," he said in an interview. "I wanted to learn more about what's out there creatively and how I could further find new ways to express myself."
CO-FOUNDER STARTS NEW AUDIO COMPANY.
Now Lamar has started another headphone venture aimed at eating Beats' lunch, called Roam, and its first product is Ropes, $299 earbuds designed to hang on your neck when you're not using them, like a fashion statement. Lamar boldly says they also happen to be the best-sounding earbuds on the market, with the most customizable sound.
While much was made over the bass-heavy sound of Beats, Lamar is trying to define Ropes with an adjustable five-band equalizer and presets for different types of music, similar to what you'd find bundled in your phone or MP3 player's settings. The difference is that you can adjust the sound straight to the headphones using a mobile app, then carry those presets to any other device with an audio source.
Making those changes to the sound involves plugging the earbuds into a small pendant that dangles from the headphones, almost like a necklace. Inside is a rechargeable battery, amp, and Bluetooth to let the headphones work wirelessly. The pendant powers the sound into the headphones (which work on their own when plugged in, though passively), as well as the EQ settings, which can be adjusted through a companion app.
That customization is key, Lamar says. "Everybody is different. Everybody hears things differently in the left ear than the right ear," he says. "I'm going to give you an app to personalize it the way you want to hear it."
Lamar admits that there's nothing particularly unique about the EQ presets that will be offered in his company's app, but believes he's done it in a way that people will not only use, but also want to share with others. "It means I am going to have a different setting on the phone for Beethoven and the [Red Hot] Chili Peppers," he says. "You can have different settings for your listening habits, and you can share those settings with your friends."
There are some downsides for using a pendant, though. Despite the benefits you get with turning wired earbuds wireless, it still takes juice. The battery is rated for six hours of use, which is similar to what you get with other wireless earbuds including an exercise pair made by Beats. After that, you can still use the headphones plugged directly into an audio source, but you'll miss out on the EQ settings. It also adds one more dangling element if you plan to use Ropes and the pendant while exercising, though Lamar says there is a clip that helps mitigates that.
Lamar sees Ropes as a rebuke to the laziness he says has developed in the headphone market. Picking up two different pairs of Beats headphones the larger "can" style headphones and the earbuds in the conference room where we're speaking, Lamar says this very important accessory for listening isn't keeping up with the times.
"Where's the evolution? Smartphones evolve every six months to one year. Where is that in this?" he asks while holding up the Beats earbuds. "We've tolerated the shit they give us. But I like good sound, and we don't have to have that crappy sound anymore."
Funnily enough, Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine said something similar back in May when talking about Apple's pack-in white headphones onstage at the Code Conference. "You listen to Apocalypse Now, and the helicopter sounds like a mosquito," he said. The main difference, of course is price, with Beats' entry-level headphones coming in at $99, or more than three times the price Apple charges for its EarPods.
As for how good Ropes will sound by comparison, you're going to have to take Lamar's word for it at least for now. When we met last week, the company was not ready with hardware it could demonstrate, and Lamar said he'd be ready to show it off for real sometime later this month. In the meantime, the company plans to have Ropes ready for the holiday season, and is taking preorders from its online store, which will be the only place to buy them. The company plans to branch out to other retail avenues, and add additional models, including one Lamar described as "very fashion-forward."
Lamar eventually envisions Ropes reaching a level of popularity where people will be able to spot them from across the room instantly, in a similar fashion to Apple's white earbuds, and what ultimately happened with the seemingly endless array of colors from Beats. That involves plans to offer ropes in a large palette of colors beyond the silver-and-black, orange-and-gray options available at launch. In the meantime though, Lamar thinks he's already nailed the look.
"You're not going to be able to miss it," he says. Source: Verge.
ABOUT STEVEN LAMAR: From 2006-2013 he served in various positions at Allied Container Systems, Inc., including CFO and COO and was an integral part of the management team that grew the business from a start-up to a multi-million dollar ISO 9001 certified systems integrator for the US, Canadian and British militaries.
Steven Lamar is the founder of Jibe Audio, LLC, which was responsible for the concept, design, manufacturing and distribution of the Beats by Dr. Dre headphone product line. Prior to starting Jibe Audio, Steven was the President of SLS International, Ltd., a small, publicly traded audio technology company. During his brief time at SLS, Mr. Lamar brought SLS from the pink sheets to the American Stock Exchange, launched SLSs first consumer product in partnership with Quincy Jones and secured product placement agreements for SLS products with Mark Burnett Productions.
Before joining SLS, Steven Lamar was the co-founder and Managing Partner in a San Francisco based hedge fund focused on investment in late stage private equity and early stage public technology companies. During his tenure from 1998-2005, the fund invested more than $750 million in 117 public and 28 private companies generating a 177% return for his investors.
In the mid 1990's Steven Lamar was an executive at Shoreline Pacific Institutional Finance where he assisted emerging, public and private companies with their capital needs. During his three years at Shoreline, Mr. Lamar financed 22 companies for $320 million.
Steven Lamar has been an angel investor and board member in numerous private companies. He began his career in banking at Wells Fargo and Citibank.
RULE ON DECK WITH MTV FAMILY DOCU-SERIES.
From MTV and 51 Minds, the series is described as a comedic half-hour take that centers on the Grammy-nominated Rule and his hectic household. The series will feature the rapper with his wife, Aisha, sons Jeffery Jr. and Jordan, and Rule's mother and mother-in-law, all living under one roof, as well as the couple's oldest daughter as she begins her sophomore year of college.
51 Minds' Christian Sarabia, Jeffrey Atkins, Queen Latifah and her Flavor Unit co-CEO Shakim Compere and Irv Gotti will exec produce. MTV's Jessica Zalkind, Lauren Dolgen and Sara Cohen developed the series, with Julie Schwachenwald overseeing the production for the youth-skewing cable network.
Rule is the modern-day reality rap star version of Bill Cosby's role from
The Cosby Show. He embraces a unique parenting style with his teenage
kids that feels fresh and funny," MTV programming president Susanne
Daniels said. "Were excited to be in business with him and
his delightful family." Source: Mtv
He scores nods in categories including Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Live Performer, Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year, Album of the Year, Hustler of the Year, and the Peoples Champ Award.
Jay Z, Future, and Pharrell follow with six nominations, while Nicki Minaj, Rich Homie Quan, and YG pick up five nominations.
BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014 Nominations
Collabo, Duo or Group
of the Year
Director of the Year
of the Year
of the Year
of the Year
of the Year
of the Year
Blew Up Award
of the Year
Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)
16: Best Featured Verse
MIXTAPE ON DECK - BATTLE AXE FROM S.O.G. CREW
Anaheim Mixtape will also be working with Fresh Track marketing on this project. Fresh Tracks Marketing is a cutting edge online marketing company focused on creating innovative new ways to engage with your target consumers. With a focus on the entertainment industry and major brands, Fresh Tracks can design and implement an online marketing campaign that builds community, increases positive brand awareness and will set your product apart from the competition. With consulting services for site production, online advertising, and just about any other online marketing request, Fresh Tracks is a one stop destination for any brand looking for results.
"We have to allow positive urban and urban gospel to be a choice for our young people. The plan is to give this next generation music and entertainment that has moral standards. Everything is one sided and we will not allow others to defy our moral principles in this country any longer."
The Anaheim Mixtape is one of many that will help with these issues. I believe that healing will take place in our urban communities when we give morality a chance.
On Saturday, Aug. 30, at approximately 12:44 a.m., deputies from the Highland Police Department responded to a shooting call in the 25000 block of Paloma Road. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies located the victim, Michael Martinez, 19, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Martinez was pronounced deceased at the scene.
We dedicate our Anaheim Mixtape Vol.1 to Little Michael Martinez and to all the families that have lost loved ones to gang violence.
Anaheim Mixtape features artists from all around the country including
The U.S. Virgin Islands. These are all people that we have met from all
of our tours throughout the years. LISTEN
The series, which premiered in June, averaged 650,000 viewers, considerably fewer than the 1 million to 2 million viewers the network averages in prime time.
Confirmation of the cancellation comes just days after Green's tweets about rape that caused a public outrage.
Green pleaded no contest last week to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles. Following that, the former "Voice" coach posted a series of tweets, including one that read: "Women who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" He tweeted an apology Monday.
TV PROMOTES SVP OF BIZ AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.
"Inga has been an invaluable addition to the Revolt family," said Revolt CEO Keith Clinkscales, "Her industry knowledge and expertise on all legal and business matters has helped us build an empowering platform for artists and has helped us establish Revolt as the new #1 name in music."
Prior to joining Revolt, Dyer served as senior counsel for BET Networks where she was the primary liaison between BET and CBS for the re-launching of the record breaking cable television hit "The Game." On a day to day basis she was responsible for the business and legal affairs for BET's Original Programming scripted department and worked closely with executives from Programming, Development, Creative, Media Sales, Finance, Marketing and Corporate Communications.
With more than fifteen years of success in business and legal affairs, Dyer has also worked with Warner Chappell Music, Magic Johnson Enterprises, and Spike TV negotiating competitive and precedent setting deals. She has worked as a solo practitioner generating more than 10 million dollars in endorsement deals for professional entertainers and athletes.
Before settling back to her hometown in Los Angeles, California, Dyer received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Howard University and her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. Inga is a member of the California Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association, Screen Actors Guild, and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
THE JEWELS ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
The Jewels Tour Dates:
BROWN PLEADS GUILTY.
Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to time served. He spent two days in a District of Columbia jail in this case.
The Grammy-winning singer was arrested in October. The victim told police Brown hit him after he tried to get in a picture the singer was taking with two women.
Brown had previously pleaded not guilty in the case. His trial had been set for April, but it was delayed.
At the time of his Washington arrest, Brown was on probation in a felony assault case in California for attacking his then-girlfriend, pop star Rihanna, hours before the 2009 Grammy Awards. Because Brown was still on probation, the outcome of his Washington case had potential repercussions in California. During a court hearing in May, a Los Angeles judge sentenced Brown to serve an additional 131 days in jail. He was released in June.
Brown's attorney, Danny Onorato, argued that Brown had already been punished extensively for the assault, noting the time he spent in jail in California and four months he spent receiving inpatient counseling after his probation was revoked.
"To say that he's been punished severely in this matter is an understatement," Onorato said. He said Brown's career has been on hold for nearly a year and he wanted to take responsibility for his actions so he could go back to work, including a tour in support of a new album.
Brown spoke only briefly, saying: "I would like to say to the court that I'm sorry." He did not comment as he left court, swarmed by photographers and a handful of fans.
Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was also charged in the same Washington scuffle. He was accused of being the second person after Brown to strike Parker Adams outside the W hotel. Hollosy was convicted of misdemeanor assault in April. He has not yet been sentenced.
Brown, 24, had a squeaky clean image before his attack on Rihanna, but since then he has had several flare-ups that have been reported to authorities and noted by Los Angeles prosecutors. Brown broke a window after a 2011 "Good Morning America" interview in New York and was accused of snatching a woman's cellphone in Miami after she tried to snap pictures of the singer. He was also slightly injured in a New York nightclub brawl and, earlier this year, was accused of being involved in a fistfight with Frank Ocean's entourage over a parking spot at a West Hollywood recording studio.
-He was not charged in any of the incidents, but they have tarnished his public image, even as legions of fans continue to support him.
MADE IN AMERICA FEST A SUCCESS.
"This whole place is full of good, loving people," Mayer told the crowd from the Budweiser Made in America festival's main stage.
The two-day concert, held simultaneously with a sister show in Philadelphia, featured more than 30 acts. Iggy Azalea, Metric, Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons took the stage Saturday in Los Angeles. The Philadelphia festival included performers such as Kings of Leon, Tiesto and Pharrell Williams. West and DJ Steve Aoki performed in both cities.
More than 37,000 people attended the Los Angeles festival's second day in downtown's Grand Park the first time the two-year-old park has been used for a large, ticketed event. Authorities made 59 arrests Sunday including four for narcotics-related felonies and cited 67 others for alcohol-related offenses, Los Angeles Police spokesman Lt. Andy Neiman said. Nearly 50 people were treated for alcohol-related problems and released, and three others were taken to a hospital for treatment, he added.
But the music, food and festive atmosphere were the stars at LA's inaugural Made in America festival. Here's a look:
MUSIC: Kanye brought the house down with a dramatic hour-long set to close out the concert. He commanded the stage alone, donning two different spangled face masks and injecting a bit of his trademark ranting into his abbreviated performance. "I know there's more people that love me than hate me," he insisted. Mayer brought the day's folksy blues, playing several of his hits, along with a cover of "All Along the Watchtower." Juanes did almost his entire set in Spanish, inspiring Latin dance moves throughout the audience. Weezer delivered feel-good rock, along with news of a new album in October and a preview of its first single. Rise Against brought slam-dancing punk. Los Angeles natives Cypress Hill played 20-year-old tunes to an enthusiastically receptive crowd. Singer B-Real smoked an enormous joint onstage before urging California voters to "legalize it."
Mayor Eric Garcetti, who championed the Made in America event and fast-tracked it through city approvals, appeared onstage during Aoki's misplaced set Sunday night. The mayor said nothing, while Aoki repeatedly implored the crowd to "make some noise."
In a statement Monday the mayor praised organizers and city departments for making sure the event "went off in an orderly and safe manner."
"We showed LA can do big things for our economy and people's enjoyment," Garcetti said.
Saturday's highlights included a sexy performance by Azalea that featured rump-shaking dancers and a surprise appearance by Rita Ora; a hit-packed set by Sublime with Rome, whose singer sounds eerily similar to Sublime's late former frontman Bradley Nowell; and a rousing performance by LA's own Lamar.
FOOD: Gourmet food trucks were stationed on the streets that span and surround Grand Park. Hungry concertgoers could choose from Thai, Argentinian, Greek, Japanese, Korean and American grub. There were also ice cream cookie sandwiches, churros and shave ice. Unfortunately, lines stretched more than 20 diners long at most trucks. Budweiser brews were available at various beer gardens onsite for $14 a cup. No liquor was sold, but plenty of empty airplane-sized booze bottles dotted the festival grounds. Also, there weren't enough trash cans.
Los Angeles City Hall provided a stately backdrop for the concert's main
stage, the building's columns perfectly framing the performance space.
A second stage stood just adjacent, and acts alternated between the two.
There was a smaller, third stage on a different tier of the multi-level
park, plus a skate-park area that featured stunt skateboarders and a dance
DJ. Though crowds pooled around the food trucks and stages, Grand Park
offered enough space for attendees but not enough shade. Concertgoers
crammed under scant trees and tarps during the sunniest afternoon hours.
The audience was notably more diverse than those seen at the Coachella
or Stagecoach festivals, but the vibe was just as unified and festive.
The event's "Made in America" name even inspired sartorial patriotism
in some concertgoers, who wore red, white and blue.
also bounds in at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and the
Rap Albums chart.
album sales in this past chart week (ending Aug. 24) totaled 3.97 million
units, down 3 percent compared with the sum last week (4.11 million) and
down 19 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (4.9 million).
Year-to-date album sales stand at 154.5 million, down 15 percent compared
with the same total at this point last year (181 million).
SET TO HIT THE ROAD.
The tour will serve as a set-up for Yelawolf's eagerly awaited second album, Love Story, on Slumerican/Shady Records/Interscope, which he's described as "more passionate" than his debut, 2011's Radioactive. Two tracks have already been released from the album, "Box Chevy V," which he premiered earlier this year on Sirius XM's Shade 45 station, and "Honey Brown." Love Story was recorded mostly in Nashville with producers Eminem, Malay, WLPWR and DJ Paul.
"I'm telling the truth about a lot of things," Yelawolf said in describing the new album, which follows the release of his mixtape Trunk Muzik Returns in March, 2013. "I try to be as honest as I can with everything I do."
Here is the complete list of tour dates:
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DOLLA $IGN ANNOUNCES IN TOO DEEP TOUR.
Ty has spent the summer alongside Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy, and a cavalcade of other hip-hop superstars for this year's "Under the Influence of Music Tour," which kicked off last month and wrapped this past Sunday in Irvine, CA. The Los Angeles-based artist has spent much of the past year on the road, with highlights including a Stadium Stage set at the 2014 Hot 97 Summer Jam and his own wildly successful US run of "The Beach House Tour," with the international run kicking off on August 29th in Hanover and includes stops in London, Paris, Milan, Amsterdam and more.
has fast become one of hip-hop's most highly demanded collaborators. Recent
highlights include Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa & Ty Dolla $ign (Feat. Kill
The Noise & Madsonik)'s "Shell Shocked," the Atlantic Records
hit single from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies' blockbuster
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; "Dead Wrong (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign),"
featured on Trey Songz's recent #1 album, "TRIGGA;" Lupe Fiasco's
"Next To It (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)" and a trio of tracks on Wiz
Khalifa's new album, "BLACC HOLLYWOOD." Ty is also featured
on frequent collaborator DJ Mustard's acclaimed new "10 SUMMERS."
Furthermore, "Paranoid (Feat. B.o.B)," the EP's first breakout hit single, has been certified gold by the RIAA. The DJ Mustard-produced track proved a top 5 Urban radio smash earlier this year while also crashing the top 10 on both Billboard's "Hot R&B Songs" and "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs" charts. The "Paranoid" companion video -- directed by Ethan Lader (Bruno Mars, Travie McCoy, B.o.B) -- also remains a YouTube favorite, with over 25 million views.
As if that weren't enough, Ty has made a number of high profile TV appearances, including a performance of "Paranoid" backed by the legendary Roots on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, as well as visits to BET's 106 & Park and the nationally syndicated Arsenio Hall Show.
UPCOMING | LOCAL DATES
UNVEILS A 2ND WIZ KHALIFA COLLECTION.
"I am very excited
about continuing my relationship with Converse and releasing this new
sneaker collection," says Wiz Khalifa. "We spent a lot of time
designing each part of the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ILL and the
end result is exactly what I wanted."
RECORDS PROMOTES SENIOR VP.
As Head of Marketing, Scott will play an integral role in the creation, development and execution of marketing strategies for Epic's artists, as well as overseeing the activities of the marketing team. Scott will report directly to Sylvia Rhone, President, Epic Records.
"Scott has been a key contributor to some of Epic's most successful marketing campaigns over the past 15 years. He not only knows how to market legacy acts but he has proven that he can break new artists as well," comments Sylvia Rhone. "He has made invaluable contributions to Epic Records with his leadership and enthusiasm and is steadfast in his commitment to its future success."
Commenting on his appointment, Carter says, "I am honored for the opportunity to elevate my role at a label as iconic as Epic Records, home to some of the greatest artists of all time. Working alongside such extraordinary leaders as LA Reid and Sylvia Rhone, I look forward to stepping up into this new position and helping create the kind of innovative marketing campaigns deserving of the remarkable talent we have at Epic."
the past 15 years, Scott has worked in the marketing department at Epic
Records. Most recently has was Vice President where he developed marketing
campaigns for, and built strong relationships with, a roster of multi-platinum
artists including Shakira, Michael Jackson, Sara Bareilles, The Fray,
Modest Mouse and Ozzy Osbourne, along with current breaking artists such
as KONGOS and A Great Big World. Prior to his tenure with Epic Records,
Scott spent nearly 10 years at A&M Records in the radio promotion
and marketing departments.
The Atlanta-based rapper, whose real name is Jay Wayne Jenkins, was taken into custody Sunday by detectives along with five other people while executing a search warrant at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Irvine, Mountain View police spokesman Sgt. Saul Jaeger said Monday. They were taken to the Orange County jail.
The arrests come after Eric Johnson, 38, of Orinda was shot and killed while backstage at the "Under the Influence of Music" concert Jeezy co-headlined with fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on Friday.
None of the arrested has been identified as suspects in the fatal shooting, Jaeger said.
is being held on $1 million bail and could make his first appearance in
court as soon as Tuesday, Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said.
The new single is currently featured in the trailer for Sony Pictures' upcoming film, the Anton Fuqua-directed "The Equalizer," out September 26th. Viewers got a sneak peak of the track when a trailer for the film was released on August 15. "Guts Over Fear" will run during the closing credits of the film.
Shady Records was founded in 1999 by Eminem, the biggest-selling artist in hip-hop history, and his manager Paul Rosenberg. The first artist signed, D12, hit double platinum and #1 with their debut album, Devil's Night. 2002 saw the soundtrack album to 8 Mile open with a #1 berth on the charts and sell quadruple platinum, with "Lose Yourself" becoming the first hip-hop song to win an Academy Award (Best Original Song). Shady artist 50 Cent then debuted with the #1 Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003), an eight times platinum smash and the fastest-selling debut in history.
Shady Reccords continued its streak with 50 Cent's next release, the #1 and five times platinum The Massacre (2005) plus the platinum Curtis (2007) and gold Before I Self Destruct (2009). D12 peaked at #1 again with the double platinum D12 World (2004). Next came the various artists disc Eminem Presents: The Re-Up (2006) earned #2 and platinum. The label also found success with Obie Trice's gold Cheers (2003). Most recently, Shady Records has brought to the forefront Bad Meets Evil (2011's Hell: The Sequel went #1 and gold), Yelawolf (2011's Radioactive), and supergroup Slaughterhouse (2012's #2-charting Welcome to: Our House). New albums from Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse are coming soon.
ON DECK WITH NEW ALBUM.
Prince will also release the album "PlectrumElectrum" with his all-female band 3RDEYEGIRL on Sept. 30. Both albums are available for pre-order.
"Art Official Age" was described in a news release as a mix "of soul, R&B and funk." It's his first album since 2010's "20Ten."
Prince released key projects like "Purple Rain" and "1999" on Warner.
Beyonce sang and danced in a metallic leotard while Blue Ivy and Jay Z watched from their seats as the diva declared: "MTV, welcome to my world."
As Beyonce accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, the VMA's version of a lifetime achievement award, at The Forum in Inglewood, California, she kissed her daughter and husband Jay Z, who called her the "greatest living entertainer." The duo won best collaboration for the hit "Drunk In Love."
"I have nothing to say but I am filled with so much gratitude," she told the cheering crowd as they chanted her name repeatedly.
Her performance easily outdid her competition throughout the night, though Beyonce lost video of the year, which instead went to Miley Cyrus who let a homeless man accept her award. It was in sharp contrast to the 2013 VMAs, when Cyrus twerked and danced shockingly onstage.
"Thank y'all, my name is Jesse and I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now. I know this because I am one of these people," he said, as a teary Cyrus looked on. "Though I may have been invisible to you in the streets, I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight."
Cyrus' decision to let someone else accept her award to promote a cause was reminiscent of Marlon Brando's 1973 Academy Awards best actor win, when he gave a Native American activist the stage rather than accept his Oscar trophy.
The two-hour show was tamer than past VMAs: the most shocking moment was Nicki Minaj's rump-shaking during her performance of "Anaconda" in the show's first minutes and her wardrobe malfunction when she joined Ariana Grande and Jessie J for "Bang, Bang."
"It felt amazing to open the show, and we ran out of time getting the dress zipped up," Minaj said backstage.
Taylor Swift was a crowd favorite when she performed her new single "Shake It Off" in shimmery, fringed shorts and a crop top. She got to the top of the stage, and as her tuxedoed male background dancers stood with their arms wide open waiting for Swift to jump she said, "One second. I don't care if it's the VMAs. I'm not jumping off there."
She continued: "It's all kinds of people getting bitten by snakes. Dangerous."
Grande, who held hands with rapper Big Sean backstage, kicked off the show with a performance of her EDM hit, "Break Free" in a Beyonce-inspired leotard. The 21-year-old won best pop video for her smash single "Problem," but lost best female video to Katy Perry, who won for "Dark Horse."
Perry sported a figure-hugging denim dress and was joined by Riff Raff in a coordinating outfit, mirroring Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears at the 2001 American Music Awards.
The night also featured a serious social message: Rapper-actor Common held a moment of silence for Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a police officer on Aug. 9, before he presented the award for best hip-hop video.
"Hip-hop has always been about truth and has been a powerful instrument of social change, from Melle Mel to Public Enemy to Kendrick Lamar," Common said. "Hip-hop has always been presented a voice for the revolution."
Later, a 15-second spot aired alluding to the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, urging viewers to take action to eliminate bias.
"Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced," a quote by author James Baldwin read on the screen.
Lorde won best rock video for "Royals" and Ed Sheeran won best male video, beating out Pharrell, Eminem, John Legend and Sam Smith, who was a show highlight with his smoldering performance of his hit "Stay With Me."
Azalea and Ora appeared onstage as spider women when they performed their
hit "Black Widow," as Swift, Lorde and Charli XCX danced and
BMI R&B/HIP HOP AWARDS RECAP.
During the evening, multifaceted rapper, entrepreneur, actor and philanthropist Christopher Ludacris Bridges was honored with the BMI Presidents Award for demonstrating outstanding achievement in songwriting, with profound global influence on culture and the entertainment industry.
The night included many other highlights. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis earned the Song of the Year award for the smash hit Cant Hold Us, and Lil Wayne took the Songwriter of the Year crown for penning popular tunes Ball, Bandz A Make Her Dance, Beware, Love Me, No Worries and Pop That. The coveted Producer of the Year award went to DJ Mustard. BMI also recognized top producers Mike Dean, Noel Detail Fisher, Jerome J-Roc Harmon, Ryan Lewis and Kanye West. With 14 of the most-performed songs from the previous year, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. accepted the prestigious Publisher of the Year crystal.
Teen sensation Zendaya, known for her soulful pop with an urban edge, won the BMI Social Star award. Selected by fans voting via Twitter, the award salutes the BMI R&B/hip-hop songwriter who has best demonstrated the power of social media to showcase their songwriting talents.
The nights top honoree got the crowd moving with a medley of his greatest hits including Fantasy, How Low Can You Go, Southern Hospitality, Area Codes, and Yeah, joined by special guest Mystikal.
The evening also featured a slew of performances: rapper TeeFlii and DJ Goofy delivered 24 Hours; Tamar Braxton offered Love and War; and a special set by DJ Mustard and YG.
During the ceremony, BMI also recognized the songwriters of Billboard No. 1 singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts from the past year.
BMI President and CEO Mike ONeill and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton, shared the evenings hosting duties with Revolt.TV Vice President of Marketing, Kenny Burns.
SUGE SHOT IN NIGHTCLUB.
Knight was one of three club patrons struck by gunfire around 1:30 a.m. at 1OAK on West Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard, said Sgt. C. Tatar, watch commander at the Los Angeles County sheriff's West Hollywood station.
Two other victims, a man and a woman, were also being treated at local hospitals and were expected to survive.
Authorities are still seeking a suspect and declined to release additional information, citing the ongoing investigation.
The shooting came just hours before MTV's Video Music Awards, which are slated for Sunday evening in Inglewood. R&B singer Chris Brown, who was co-hosting a party at the nightclub with Pia Mia, was also inside the club but not hit by the gunfire, Tatar said. MTV said it had no affiliation or connection to the event.
Laura Coverson, a spokeswoman for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said she could not confirm reports that Knight was being treated there due to strict medical privacy laws.
Knight has been shot before. In 2005, he was struck in the leg during an MTV awards pre-party in Miami Beach.
DIES AFTER BRING SHOT AT WIZ KHALIFA & JEEZY CONCERT.
The shooting occurred at Shoreline Amphitheatre, where Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa, Atlanta hip hop artist Jeezy and others had finished performing Friday night. The victim, whose name was not immediately released, died at a hospital.
Police rushed to the outdoor venue after receiving multiple calls that shots had been fired. However, no arrests have been made, and officers were still looking for a male suspect believed to be in his 20s and armed with a handgun.
Investigators turned to social media to ask concertgoers for photos or videos that might provide clues.
Authorities don't yet know how a gun made it into the amphitheater, where patrons undergo security screening, Mountain View police spokeswoman Shino Tanaka told KTVU-TV.
Wiz Khalifa was scheduled to continue his Under the Influence of Music Tour at Sleep Train Amphitheater in Chula Vista, California, on Saturday night, but the show was canceled "due to an active investigation" of the shooting at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, concert organizer Live Nation said in a statement.
post on Wiz Khalifa's Twitter account blamed the cancellation on "a
situation out of our control." The
rapper also called shooting "a senseless tragedy." "Violence
is never the answer. My prayers go out to the victim's family," he
In addition to keynotes by Clear Channel Chairman/CEO and MTV co-founder Bob Pittman, CEO of All Def Digital and Co-founder of Def Jam Russell Simmons and Chairman of Combs Enterprises and REVOLT TV Sean Combs, additional speakers announced today include:
Marketing, and Publicity
an entertainment powerhouse with credits spanning television, film, music
and branding, has been on the forefront of culture for nearly four decades.
Setting the tone for the conference by hand-picking speakers and now broadening
the focus of the conference, Harrell promises attendees will not only
leave with a better idea of where the music industry is heading, but will
also have the context of media overall, and how to successfully position
their brands, artists and companies in the process.
Jazzy Jeff truly exemplifies
his craft and we are honored to recognize him at the #GlobalSpinAwards
November 18, 2014
While some thought the MCs to be an unlikely pairing on paper, the duo subverted and pulverized all expectations with their critically lauded Run The Jewels collaborative LP last year. Tapping into the creative synergy they'd discovered in 2012 on Mike's R.A.P. Music album (produced by El-P) and El's Cancer 4 Cure album (featuring Mike), Run The Jewels cemented their musical alliance with a set of uncompromisingly raw, often hilarious, system booming hip-hop, garnering a bounty of critical accolades. Now well known for their massively energetic live sets, they will be touring North America in support of the album all of November.
The Jewels Tour Dates:
HIEROGLYPHICS CREW COMING TOGETHER.
This year has been a notably productive year for Hiero, with project releases such as from A-Plus' Molly's Dirty Water, Phesto's Infared Rum and Casual's group project entitled The School System. The crew also recently released an animated video for their track "Golden," which morphs the members into pop-culture icons like an acid trip. With future releases from Pep Love and Souls of Mischief nearing, the group will be performing new songs, never heard before in front of a live audience. In addition to what has turned out to be an amazing year, the Hieroglyphics are gearing up for a new album. As a perfect closer to the bi-coastal performances, the group will greet hometown fans in Oakland with their third annual free block party, Hiero Day, on September 1st.
Hiero's Souls of Mischief, who are releasing their epic sixth studio album, There Is Only Now next Tuesday, will perform select cuts from the album at these shows. There Is Only Now is an epic work of art that demonstrates the group's dedication, discipline, and level of skill rarely seen today in rap. Recorded and produced by Adrian Younge without the use of a single computer, the concept album was created like a blaxploitation film, complete with a storyline, narration, and live instrumentation only. Souls of Mischief will be performing two select dates as part of their album release promotion. The first show will take place in New York on Thursday, August 28th at Le Poisson Rouge featuring Adrian Younge's Venice Dawn and a DJ set from Ali Shaheed Muhammad. The second show will take place in LA on Thursday, September 4th featuring The Pharcyde, Blu and Exile, a DJ set from Ali Shaheed Muhammad and hosted by Phife Dawg.
The Hieroglyphics crew, known as pioneers of independent hip-hop, is made up of members Del The Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, and Souls of Mischief, who include A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, Tajaj. Not only are they considered to be one of the first hip-hop artist collectives to start their own record label, but they introduced a different side of hip hop that was virtually unknown on a mainstream level. When Elektra Records signed Del the Funky Homosapien and JIVE signed Souls of Mischief in the early '90s, the Hiero crew soon became internationally known as the leaders of a new movement in rap that represented peace and unity, despite having come from a city rife with violent crime. Considered to be some of the most highly skilled lyricists in rap from their inception to today, the Hiero crew continued to break hip-hop norms with personal, emotional rhymes rather than solely gangster-rap. Souls Of Mischief's "93 'Til Infinity" remains one of the most respected and well-known hip-hop classics, referred to in pop culture time and time again. The third eye logo, designed by Del, was ranked as the 3rd most recognizable music logo by Rolling Stone Magazine, and it is not uncommon for fans to show Hiero members their third eye logo tattoos.
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Davis, who has been in custody for 11 months awaiting resolution of the case, will have to serve 28 months before being released on three years probation. Davis asked the judge to recommend he serve his sentence in a west coast prison with a drug rehab program to allow him to get away from local influences in Atlanta.
The charge, related to two incidents in September, carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000, but prosecutors recommended that Davis be sentenced to serve three years and three months in prison. Sentencing is set for July, his attorney said.
Davis, who was indicted in November, has remained incarcerated since the September incidents.
According to the indictment, on Sept. 12, Davis had a Taurus 45-caliber handgun and eight rounds of ammunition. Two days later, a friend concerned about the rappers behavior called Atlanta police.
About 1 a.m. Sept. 14, authorities found Davis walking near Moreland and East Confederate avenues, and Davis became increasingly agitated with officers and began cursing and threatening them.
officers arrested Davis and discovered he was carrying a handgun and small
amount of marijuana, police said at the time. The federal indictment claims
he was in possession of a Glock 40-caliber handgun and 11 rounds of ammunition.
Wiz has spent his summer heralding "Blacc Hollywood" on this year's "Under the Influence of Music Tour." The third annual trek -- which features such hip-hop superstars such as Jeezy, Atlantic recording artist Ty Dolla $ign, and many others -- hits the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado tonight and then continues through the month. For complete information and additional live dates, please see www.wizkhalifa.com/tour.
Wiz Khalifa lit up the hip-hop universe with his 2011 Rostrum/Atlantic debut album, "ROLLING PAPERS," highlighted by the 4x platinum-certified #1 single, "Black and Yellow," 2x platinum-certified hit "Roll Up," and platinum-certified "No Sleep." "O.N.I.F.C." made an incredible chart debut upon its release in 2012, arriving at #1 on Billboard's "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" and "Top Rap Albums" charts, not to mention coming in at #2 on the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200.
In addition to his massive popular success, Wiz has earned a career total of five GRAMMY® nominations, including nods for such blockbuster tracks as the chart-topping "Black and Yellow" and 2012's RIAA gold-certified "Remember You (Feat. The Weeknd)." Other nominated tracks include 2011's "Young, Wild & Free (Feat. Bruno Mars)," Wiz's 3x platinum-certified, top 10 smash partnership with Snoop Dogg (featured on their 2011 collaborative soundtrack, "MAC & DEVIN GO TO HIGH SCHOOL"), and Maroon 5's 2012 worldwide hit, "Payphone (Feat. Wiz Khalifa)."
More than just a music powerhouse, Wiz is also a fashion-forward icon and entrepreneur. Wiz recently announced a new partnership with leading active lifestyle brand Neff for the "Blacc Hollywood" collection, available exclusively at Zumiez. The line -- which features snapbacks, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies capturing the album's timeless black-and-white design -- follows Taylor Gang and Neff's previous collaboration, the 26-piece "Taylor Gang Ent." apparel collection. Wiz will celebrate both the "Blacc Hollywood" line and the new album's official release with today's exclusive autograph signing at Zumiez in Broomfield, Colorado's Flatiron Crossing.
SKEE ON DECK WITH DASH RADIO.
was created by some of the most influential people in music, entertainment,
technology and media. Led by renowned radio and TV personality DJ Skee,
and including industry titans like L.A. Reid (CEO Epic Records), Matt
Michelsen (CEO & Founder of Backplane), Michael Lazerow (Salesforce),
Adrian Peterson (RB Minnesota Vikings), Peter Ferraro (East Village Radio),
Thuy-An Julien (15 year Apple/iTunes veteran) and more, this unparalleled
team has combined its expertise to present a game-changing moment in how
radio is broadcast and consumed across the world.
Launching today, DASH features 50 originally programmed live channels curated by some of the most well-known DJ's, radio personalities, and programmers in the world. In addition to traditional popular radio formats, DASH will focus on under-served segments largely ignored by FM radio, including EDM, Latin, Teen Pop, Indie Rock, Underground Hip Hop, Reggae and more, with new stations being added weekly.
Top DJ's joining DASH include industry legend Peter Ferraro, General Manager and Head of Programming for East Village Radio, Caroline D'Amore, a world renowned EDM DJ, Julio G, one of the top influential Hip Hop DJ's credited with the rise of rap as part of KDAY radio, and many more. DASH has also brought on station partners including XXL Magazine, Tech N9ne, VP Records, Record Store Day, and Paradise City (the online Guns N' Roses community), among numerous others to help program DASH channels.
"Radio has always been the biggest avenue for music discovery," says L.A. Reid. "DASH provides an innovative platform for artists while offering listeners the variety they want, without limitations."
on all iOS and Android devices with a user-friendly design, DASH is also
accessible on the web, with plans to expand the platform in future years.
With a state-of-the-art backend system efficiently powered through DASH's
fully automated studio facilities in Hollywood, a simple-to-use ecosystem,
some of the world's most experienced and passionate DJ's, and zero commercials,
DASH will become the leading radio broadcaster for the digital era.
Launched in 2010 by
Cinematic Music Group Founder Jonny Shipes, Steven "Steve-O"
Brown, Shiest Bubz, and recording artist Smoke DZA, The Smoker's Club
Tour has flourished into one of the most successful independent concert
tours in the world. The tour has featured performers such as Big K.R.I.T,
Curren$y, Method Man, Juicy J, Joey Bada$$, Ab Soul and others. After
the success of the first show at the South by Southwest Music Festival
in 2010, all four founders saw the potential and never looked back. Fast
forward to 2014 and the tour has reached its five year anniversary.
The Smoker's Club
Tour will also feature: B-Real, Berner, and Mick Jenkins. B-REAL has led
Cypress Hill as one of the biggest global hip hop groups ever with over
18 million albums sold, three Grammy nominations and an MTV Award. With
a co-sign from Wiz Khalifa, BERNER has established himself as a legitimate
musical entity in Taylor Gang while developing and promoting his passion
for marijuana. With his love for all things weed, Berner couldn't have
found himself on a more appropriate tour. Upstart MICK JENKINS has been
making waves in the Chicago rap scene since the release of his Trees &
Truths mixtape last year. Propelled by the success of "Martyrs"
(where Mick outspokenly speaks on the state of Chicago), Mick is full
steam ahead with his second project The Water[s] which just released on
August 12th, along with the recent announcement of his signing to Cinematic
She ordered the 27-year-old to take anger management classes for what prosecutors called a parole office "tantrum" over travel restrictions, and a Twitter rant aimed at a parole officer and prosecutor.
"I wanted him to be able to grow and get to the next level (of his career)," Common Pleas Judge Genese Brinkley said. "But I can't do that with him thumbing his nose at me."
Mill, born Robert Williams, has been on probation for about five years following a 2009 drug and gun case conviction, for which he served about a year of house arrest. He has since emerged as a gifted rapper who has been tapped to perform with Jay-Z.
But his career has been interrupted the past two years by what he considers an increasingly fraught relationship with a new parole officer.
"We never clicked 100 percent," Mill said Monday, his voice sounding ready to crack.
He has not committed any new crimes while on probation, but was flagged this year after failing a drug test and appearing to use a gun in a music video. Defense lawyer Dennis Cogan said Mill had a prescription for the OxyContin after spraining his ankle, and said the video prop was a water pistol.
He also said his client's tweets, however unwise, were protected by the First Amendment.
"You never said, 'As a condition of probation, you can't speak outside the courtroom about the district attorney or the probation officer,'" Cogan argued to the judge.
He has asked the state Supreme Court to intervene and grant bail.
A prison official, a music promoter and a professor of race relations spoke on Mill's behalf Monday, and spoke of the difficulty of growing up fatherless Mill's father was killed when he was young and staying out of the crosshairs of the parole system.
"It's not set up for a man to win in society a black man," said local music promoter and mentor Charles Alstin, known as Charlie Mack.
Mill, lean, lanky and baby-faced, has been kept in protective custody at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, but complained Tuesday that his neighbors on the high-security block are rapists and murderers. He also questioned whether he would be able to take the required anger management class there.
Brinkley said she had called the warden last week about the plan. She agreed to rescind her protective custody order, but warned Cogan "if something happens ... it's going to be on you."
Mill released his debut album, "Dreams & Nightmares," in late 2012.
The album's launch party was delayed when Mill and three others including an Atlantic Records executive and a police officer friend were stopped in a Range Rover and detained by Philadelphia police for several hours. No drugs were found and no charges filed.
sued the city over the arrest, but a mostly-white federal jury in Philadelphia
this spring rejected the civil rights lawsuit.
"I'm really excited about this new partnership and can't wait to start pushing projects out!" exclaimed Wiz Khalifa.
"We are longtime fans of Wiz, and he has unsurprisingly assembled an impressive artist roster and executive team at Taylor Gang," says Amy Dietz, General Manager of INgrooves, "We look forward to partnering with them and bringing Taylor Gang's artistic vision to listeners everywhere."
Music Group has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, London
Under the guidance of Pimp Cs beloved mother and manager Weslyn Mama Wes Monroe, former OZONE Magazine Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Julia Beverly brings the charismatic entertainer back to life in an upcoming biography, recreating both the highs and lows of his life and career in vivid detail. The book includes a foreword by rapper Too $hort and is based on in-depth interviews with 250 of Pimp Cs family members, friends, and collaborators including UGK partner Bun B, Snoop Dogg, Three 6 Mafia, 8Ball & MJG, the Geto Boys, Master P, David Banner, Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Ice-T, Goodie Mob, Lil Keke, Z-Ro, Trae, Webbie, Mannie Fresh, and many more.
Prior to his untimely passing, Pimp C was a regular correspondent for OZONE Magazine, first with the Prison Diaries series and later with his controversial monthly column The Chronicles of Pimp C. The book also utilizes numerous interviews he did with Beverly, whom he once christened the only media person I talk to.
People often remember Pimp C for his flamboyant style and controversial interviews, but few understand just how complex and talented he was and how connected he was to the success of many other artists, Beverly says. Initially, I felt this was an important project because he hadnt received a proper tribute. The more I researched, I realized his story is one that needs to be told, and Im in the perfect position to tell it.
In addition to being a compelling biography, the project also serves as a historical record of the era documented in UGKs music. In telling Pimp Cs story, the book explores Houstons dynamic music culture, the pitfalls of the entertainment industry, the economics and racial disparity of the massive Texas Criminal Justice system, the realities of the pimp/prostitute subculture and human trafficking, the hazards of drug abuse and much more.
As if that weren't enough, B.o.B is set to headline the University of Utah's upcoming Redfest 2014, slated for September 19th. In addition, October 20th will see the multiple GRAMMY® Award-nominated rapper/musician/producer topping the bill at University of Central Florida's Homecoming Week "Concert Knight" at Orlando's CFE Arena, accompanied by special guests Icona Pop.
Bread Winners' Association/Atlantic recording artist and 2014 XXL Freshman Kevin Gates released his latest mixtape, "BY ANY MEANS," earlier this year and it has quickly proven among the most acclaimed hip-hop releases of 2014. BY ANY MEANS has not only garnered major critical acclaim, but it also marked Gates' strongest chart debut to date. Gates is currently on a national headline tour dubbed the "BY ANY MEANS Tour."
POLICE IDENTIFY DARREN WILSON AS OFFICEER WHO SHOT MICHAEL BROWN.
The Ferguson police chief, Thomas Jackson, said the officer was Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the force who had no disciplinary actions taken against him. Chief Jackson did not disclose any other information about the officer.
Chief Jackson said that Officer Wilson had been alerted to the robbery shortly before the encounter with the teenager, Michael Brown, 18, who was walking home from a store on Saturday when he was shot.
The Ferguson police released security camera video after the news conference that showed a confrontation inside the store about 15 minutes before Saturdays shooting. The images show a man, identified by the police as Mr. Brown, who appears to be pushing a store clerk.
The police said that Mr. Brown, who was in the store with a friend, had stolen a box of Swisher Sweets cigars. When confronted by the clerk, Mr. Brown forcefully pushed him back into a display rack before leaving, a police report said.
The release of the police report was met with renewed anger by residents of Ferguson, who said they believed the disclosure was an attempt to justify the shooting.
Captain Ron Johnson, the Highway Patrol official who is heading security in Ferguson, pleaded for calm. This inner anger, we have to make sure we dont burn down our own house, he said.
Benjamin L. Crump, a lawyer for the Brown family, said that Nothing, based on the facts before us, justifies the execution-style murder by this police officer in broad daylight."
The police are playing games here and the parents are beyond incensed with the way that the police are handling the distribution of information, Mr. Crump said. The police are not being transparent and they are strategically trying to justify this execution-style murder."
Mr. Browns death had ignited several days of protests that have been quashed by police officers shooting rubber bullets and tear gas at groups of demonstrators.
Earlier, Chief Jackson said the authorities thought that it was an appropriate time to identify the officer.
A lot of the stakeholders had a big meeting conversation yesterday, and then yesterday evening, Chief Jackson told a St. Louis television station, and we made the determination that today is the day.
Nothing specific went into that decision, but we feel that theres a certain calm, he said. Theres a huge outcry from the community. Source: NY Times
COLE ON DECK.
two top-rated series under her belt at BET Networks, Cole returns this
fall with her new show "THE UNTITLED KEYSHIA COLE PROJECT" This
6-episode docu-series reveals her continued struggles with the real-life
issues that face all of us including career complications, marital strife,
and motherhood challenges. Laced with humor, drama and a hefty dose of
love, the series will document Keyshia's painful setbacks and personal
victories as she continues to defy her critics.
WILL MADE IT SIGNS TWO-9 TO EAR DRUMA RECORDS
Two-9 includes members Curtis Williams, DJ Osh Kosh, FatKidsBrotha, & Retro Su$h!. The guys just finished up the Cross Faded Tour and are currently working on their official debut album, with Mike WILL serving as the executive producer. He had this to say about the group:
hasnt been a collective of creative coming out of Atlanta like Two-9
since Outkast. They have great energy, make dope music, and theyre
always trying to push things forward, not box themselves in. I respect
their art, their grind, and their whole movement, and Im excited
to help them take their brand to the next level. WATCH
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After being nominated for the MTV Artist to Watch Award in 2013, Azalea is set to make her debut VMA performance on Sunday night where she will perform her new single Black Widow, which is currently flying up the charts, along with MTV Artist to Watch alumni Rita Ora. Azalea has received seven nominations this year including the highly coveted Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Best Collaboration categories and more. In addition, her new single Fancy remained atop the Billboard charts at #1 for a record-setting seven weeks.
As part of its ongoing mission to deliver messages of HIV awareness and prevention to Americas youth, the annual VMA/Lifebeat Benefit Concert has become a major staple in the lead-up to the VMA's, with concerts featuring on-the-verge artists and major acts, such as Macklemore, Robin Thicke, The Beastie Boys, Maroon 5, and more.
This is the third year in a row that Time Warner Cable has partnered with Lifebeat to present this concert.
BADA$$ ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL TOUR
The report, Internet Radio Programmers 2014 2017: Music Plays and Monetization Mainstays, analyzes ad supported and subscription listening hours (desktop and mobile, with complete 2013 and 2014 YTD monthly hours by programmer), subscriber totals (domestically and internationally), inventory by avail format, sellout rates, CPMs, media spend, strategic adtech partnerships, rep firm relationships and the extent to which programmatic systems have integrated with sector entrants.
Annual revenue growth by U.S. based programmers (and international services conducting operations in North America) is forecast to exceed listening hour expansion in 2014, as the sector manages operational expenses (i.e. royalty fees and marketing costs) while building out sophisticated sales organizations tasked with achieving greater inventory sellout.
Moreover, music programmers are stepping up channel outreach efforts aimed at brands and agencies to showcase the medium's ability to deliver targeted national and local broadcast buying scale, particularly against the in-stream audio format.
Listening hours are forecast to increase at double-digit rates through 2017, framing a 13-year CAGR (2004 2017) of 28.8%. Ad supported listening currently makes up 71.6% of total hours, a share percentage expected to increase through 2017.
Ad-supported hours are on course to capture 54.2% of total sector revenue, and subscription 45.8% in 2014.
Ad spend is projected to book 61.1% of revenue by 2017 (64.4% audio, 25.8% video and 9.8% display), reflecting programmer commitment to in-stream audio and interstitial video.
Interactive direct response audio executions packaged with audience profiling data are also expected to support higher in-stream CPMs.
For 2015 - 2016, we expect revenue gains to outpace listening growth, as programmers and rep firms train their sales sights on terrestrial broadcast budgets, led by Pandora Media.
WONDER RELEASES STATEMENT ON A3C.
Culture, in its 41st year of existence, has come a very long way. From
parties in the park in the Bronx, NY, all the way to the smallest town
in the far reaches of the globe, Hip-Hop Culture is the driving force
that has shaped a generation. We must take time out to step back, observe,
and see what we all have contributed to this vast and genius culture through
the avenues of innovation, industry, commerce, education, and technology.
It is very safe to say that there is nothing Hip-Hop Culture can't touch,
shape, form, or influence. In my 32 years of being a fan, a participant,
and a protector of our culture, I am very proud to see the road we all
have traveled. We've come from so many vessels and all walks of life,
placing our own imprint on the culture, while also continuing to push
the culture forward. We are indeed, building an institution. Record sales,
money, and all material things may come and go, but it is the institution
that is being built by all of us that will make this culture stand the
test of time.
J AND DJ PAUL SUED OVER THREE 6 MAFIA SAMPLES.
The complaint claims that two songs that Boyland controls, "Pimps In The House" and "Listen to the Lyrics," both performed and written by the rap duo 8Ball & MJG on their debut record Listen To The Lyrics, were involved in several infringing copyrights by Three 6 Mafia, beginning in 1996. Boyland filed copyright applications for the songs in May of this year. The suit does not mention any remuneration for 8Ball or MJG that would result from the lawsuit, nor do they seem to be involved in the case in any way.
The pair collaborated with Three 6 Mafia previously on the song "Stay Fly," released in 2005.
First, Boyland claims that Three 6 Mafia sampled "Listen to the Lyrics" on its second album Chapter 1: The End, in the song "Where Da Bud," which was re-released in Nov., 2013 under the title "Where Da Bud At?" Second, that Three 6 Mafia's sampling of 8Ball & MJG's "Pimps in the House" on its third album, Chapter 2: World Domination, was licensed at the time of its release, but that a five-year agreement expired in 2002. Third, that the compilation record Three 6 Mafia Presents: Hypnotize Camp Posse samples "Listen to the Lyrics" on the song "Fie It On Up." Fourth, that a version of "Where the Bud At?" titled "Where's Da Bud Part 2," included on Three 6 Mafia's Greatest Hits, also improperly sampled "Listening to the Lyrics."
Fifth, that Three 6 Mafia's songs containing samples of Boyland's copyrights were licensed and sampled themselves by other artists, adding a layer of meta-complexity to the relatively straightforward case.
complaint seeks an unspecified amount in damages, as well as an injunction
against the defendants' sale of the infringing works, as well as attorney's
fees, from Juicy J, DJ Paul, Select-O-Hits, S.A.T. Entertainment Music
and Scale-A-Thon Entertainment. Source: Billboard
2K Sports announced Tuesday that the Grammy-winning performer chose 27 tracks for the soundtrack of the upcoming "NBA 2K15." He's the second music performer to select songs for the popular video game, following Jay Z who served as executive producer in 2012.
LeBron James picked out songs for last year's installment that sold 7 million copies.
Pharrell said in a statement to The Associated Press that he wanted to create an "eclectic mix" of songs. Three of his songs are featured on the soundtrack including "Hunter," ''Can I Have It Like That" and "How Does It Feel?"
Another song Pharrell will be featured on is Major Lazer's "Aerosol Can." The soundtrack will also include songs from Lauryn Hill, One Republic, Snoop Dogg, Lorde, A Tribe Called Quest, Missy Elliott, Junior, Basement Jaxx, Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force, Clipse, Death from Above 1979, No Doubt, Public Enemy, Ratatat, Santigold, The Black Keys, The Rapture, The Strokes, Strafe, Depeche Mode and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
"It was fun to include songs that I have always loved, like Strafe's "Set it Off" or Tribe Called Quest's "Scenario," he said. " The eclectic mix makes for a really cool vibe."
It's not the first time Pharrell has shown his talents within the NBA realm. He performed at this year's NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, bringing out Nelly, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Snoop Dogg.
That performance was one of the reasons 2K selected Pharrell as curator.
creative energy and background with the NBA his performance at
the All-Star game for example was part of our decision in partnering
with him to shape a new entertainment experience in this year's title,"
said Alfie Brody, vice president of marketing for the video game. The
game is expected to go on sale Oct. 7.
This new project is the first product to be created under the global license agreement in the health and fitness category between DSS and FLO previously announced on May 5, 2014.
"FLOFIT is my personalized fitness program that put me in the best shape of my life. When I decided to share this fitness program with the world my team contacted Digital Shelf Space, the leaders in branded fitness media," said FLO RIDA. "This partnership will allow me to share my workout philosophy and secrets. We believe FLOFIT is the perfect program for busy people that want to be in the top physical shape of their life."
As an International music star, FLO is always 'on.' He's constantly in the spotlight and being photographed at home in Miami, on the red carpet or while performing on tour. Keenly aware of the pressure to look good, FLO worked out regularly in the gym. However, he noticed that his gym workouts were not delivering the results he wanted, so he teamed up with his trainer Mike Saffaie (2013 Mr. California Physique) to develop an eight-week workout program that would transform his body and work within his busy schedule.
"Our goal is to complete the new FLOFIT series and to sell the product for the pre-holiday season, the beginning of the peak selling season for fitness products," said Jeffrey Sharpe, CEO for Digital Shelf Space. "We believe our partnership with FLO RIDA will advance Digital Shelf Space to become a leader in the at home fitness market place and provide the Company the opportunity to create multiple ancillary products, mobile applications, and apparel, all under our exclusive global license agreement."
FLOFIT is the new standard for personal at-home fitness entertainment. Designed for FLO RIDA and his extra busy, on-the-go fans, FLOFIT is an easy-to-follow, two-step system that maximizes your physical and physiological results. It's the right workout program for today's demanding, social media driven lifestyle where every moment of your life is photographed.
FLO's trainer Mike Saffaie, a natural body-building and martial arts competitor, understands it's not enough to have quick workouts, they have to be effective. Mike created ultra intensity workouts so Flo always looked amazing and paired them with powerful express workouts to amp up his physical appearance.
FLO FIT is a two-step system to help you get into the best shape of your life in just 8 short weeks. The first part of the series is the eight 30 minute, High Intensity Resistance Training (HIRT) workouts, designed to build muscle, burn fat and increase your metabolism in the least amount of time. The second part is the addition of 10-minute High-Def Express workouts. These Hi-Def Express sessions target specific muscle groups and allow men and women to sculpt their ideal body.
is a workout designed for busy people that want to look their best at
all times. When consumers see how hard international super-star FLO RIDA
pushes himself to get results, they'll get the motivation and inspiration
to push themselves harder and achieve the best results of their life.
E-40 has turned into the Robert Mondavi of hip-hop via his Earl Stevens Selections. His three wines include a red blend called Function, a moscato and high-alcohol fortified wine called Mangoscato. Since their October release, sales of E-40s wines are already on par with such supermarket stalwarts as Rodney Strong and Ferrari-Carano. Earl Stevens Selections have sold more than 180,000 bottles in Northern California this year, an astonishing amount for a new wine brand.
Ive always loved wine, said Stevens, in a phone call from his Bay Area home. Sometimes youve got to roll the dice, but I had a good vibe about it. Were making progress.
The voice behind such West Coast classics as Yay Area and Sprinkle Me has become an unlikely ambassador of fermented grapes, a guy whos usually more aligned with the rapper Too $hort than winemakers like Bob Trinchero. Many upstart vintners could only dream of creating the sales buzz E-40 is enjoying. A bottle-signing event at Costco on Arden Way in March drew nearly 1,000 fans, and the distributor for Earl Stevens Selections initially struggled to keep up with demand.
Earl Stevens Selections is finding traction not only in a competitive wine industry, but in a market thats already crowded with celebrity brands, whether theyre bottle lines launched by KISS, Carlos Santana, Fergie or the rapper Lil Jon. Few of them have matched the success of Earl Stevens Selections. E-40 raps about street life, but hes also a taste-maker and entrepreneur whose wine is designed as more than a mere vanity project. He hopes to establish Earl Stevens Selections as a bona fide supermarket brand.
Im a wine drinker, Stevens said. Its one of those drinks that was always around. Any rapper can have a wine and say, Hey, buy it. But you have to be a person whos real out there. Im street dude but Im a person you can walk up to and approach.
The 46-year-old rapper has been synonymous with West Coast hip-hop since the early 1990s. E-40 might not have the same kind of familiarity with Middle America as Jay-Z or Kanye West, but his reputation as a lyrical stylist and musical innovator is well cemented, having earned notoriety as figurehead of the the early 2000s hyphy movement, a boisterous Bay-Area rap style.
E-40 is credited for his numerous contributions to hip-hops vernacular, a kind of early influencer whose contributions later filter into more mainstream pop culture. If youve ever said You feel me? or fo shizzle, youve parroted E-40.
Known for a prodigious musical output,including releasing three albums in 2012, and four albums expected to drop this month, hes also registered high on the charts. In 2006, his record My Ghetto Report Card debuted at No. 1 on Billboards R&B/hip-hop albums.
Hes the king of the Bay, said Billy Jam, a historian of Bay Area rap and founder of Hip-Hop Slam Records. Its not like hes some guy coming back from 1995. Hes stayed relevant to all ages, and E-40 clearly influenced a generation because of the slang. Not only has he influenced peoples taste, but other rappers. Its a Bay thing.
E-40 has long paired his music with entrepreneurship. He launched a line of 40 Water energy drinks in 2007, and opened a string of Wingstop franchises in Vallejo and other cities around the 707 area code. Hes also shown a particular affinity for alcohol. The 40 in his moniker refers to a fondness for 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor, and hes sprinkled wine references into his tracks since 1993s Carlos Rossi an ode to the jug wine Carlo Rossi. E-40 also became a face of Landy Cognac in 2008.
His move into wine makes geographical sense; his Vallejo stomping grounds are only about 20 minutes from Napa. His mom worked for 14 years at Napa State Hospital.
Both Vallejo and Napa are (in the) 707 (area code), Stevens said. When I was 23 going on 24, me and my wife used to go on the Napa Wine Train all the time. In 1993, I had a song called Practice Lookin Hard that said instead of work at the oil refinery, Id rather work in Napa at the winery.
While his longevity in the music biz and his loyal fan base have certainly contributed to its popularity, Earl Stevens Wines are marketed with everyday consumers in mind. Theres no likeness of E-40 with his signature bifocals on the label, and no wording that states E-40. The bottle design includes Earl Stevens written in a stately font and a regal crest that incorporates the 707 area code.
The way something looks has a lot to do with your future sales, Stevens said. (People) think that just because Im a rapper, the bottle will have musical notes. But this (bottle) looks like its been around for 100 years. Rodney Strong and Kendall-Jackson, those are successful brands. If they can do that, why not Earl Stevens?
The bottle style of Earl Stevens Selections ideally speaks to both his longtime fans as well as to anyone simply looking for an affordable wine. The wines are $9.99 to $15.99.
A lot of his (fans) were listening to E-40 in 1992, and fast forward 20 years later, those are the same people who are looking for a bottle of wine to take home, Jam said. Lets face it. With so many wine choices, sometimes people just go by the bottle. Theres name recognition here.
Earl Stevens Selections were created by Steve Burch, a UC Davis alum who works as a winemaker-for-hire for various projects. Burch developed Mangria, a fortified red wine brand conceived by comedian Adam Carolla, and crafted an upcoming wine for pop singer Michelle Branch.
Burch knows how difficult it is to create a hit wine, even with a celebrity connection, and to compete on supermarket shelves with established brands. But Earl Stevens Selections, he said, has surpassed expectations, with upward of 8,000 cases selling in a month.
Winemakers dream about that kind of success, said Burch, who owned the now-defunct Burch Hall Winery in Grass Valley. Id be happy to do the kind of sales in five years that (Earl Stevens Selections) has done in six months. Its absolutely insane, but thats what makes it fun.
The next challenge is sustaining those kind of sales. Theres always a risk of something like this to have a novelty appeal, Burch said. My feeling was you might buy the first bottle because its Earl, but youll buy the second because you like it.
Burch initially created the wines at Napa-based California Shiners. Production has shifted to DFV Wines, the parent company of Delicato, Gnarly Head and others. With 7 million in annual case sales in 2013, the Manteca-based operation ranked as the countrys eighth-largest wine company by Wine Business Monthly.
The grapes in Earl Stevens Selections come primarily from Californias Central Valley, including the moscato. Wines made of this sweet white grape found its sales spike starting in 2009, after being name checked in hip-hop songs by Drake, Lil Kim and others.
Function Red Blend is a mix of Lodi zinfandel and cabernet. Retailing for $9.99, its crafted with segments of French oak in large tanks, versus spending extensive time in small barrels. Burchs goal was to create a consumer-friendly wine using methods to keep down costs and speed up production.
It all comes down to whos buying your wine, said Burch. I love Earl and he has a great fan base, but not a single one of them gives a you-know-what if its 55 percent cabernet sauvignon or 58 percent. I know winemakers who will agonize over that decision, and in the process waste a lot of time.
Southern Wine & Spirits, a leading distributor, added Earl Stevens Selections to its portfolio in January. According to Paul Thompson, vice president and regional sales director for Southern Wine & Spirits, the supply of wines couldnt keep up with demand in those early months.
Earl Stevens Selections quickly became one of the fastest-growing brands, he said, adding $2 million in gross sales to its distributor. Those sales dwarfed other celebrity wines carried by Southern Wine & Spirits, including Bethenny Frankels Skinny Girl wines and Save Me, San Francisco, a wine by the rock group Train. Earl Stevens Selections are now a staple in Northern California supermarkets and bottle shops, including BevMo!, Total Wine & More, Coscto and SaveMart.
Its been phenomenal, Thompson said. It just took off and we couldnt keep up and really, its just getting started.
The Mangoscato has emerged as the runaway favorite. Of the 15,000 cases of Stevens wine distributed since the beginning of the year by Southern Wine & Spirits, about 10,000 of those sales have been for the Mangoscato, the fruity fortified wine. The remaining 3,000 of case sales have gone toward the Function Red Blend, and 2,000 cases of the moscato.
Mangoscato isnt geared for fine dining or to win over wine judges. At 18 percent alcohol, Mangoscato packs a punch, said Thompson. We recommend you pour it over ice as you would a cocktail. Its more than a wine or a dessert wine. Its a cocktail and made to be consumed that way.
Burch said Stevens took a hands-on approach to the wine-making process, doing more than simply slapping his name on the label. The rapper participated in blending and tasting sessions, noting if one approach to the red blend was too puckery, while keeping a keen eye on the packaging.
Hes a very detail-oriented guy and certainly had input on the wines as we created them, Burch said. At one point, the company that printed labels for us had trouble with the foil. The impression wasnt as deep on some labels as others. The only person who caught that was Earl.
Given the out-the-box success of Earl Stevens Selections, three wine styles doesnt look to be enough. Theres already talk of expanding this line of wines in the near future, and maybe branch into other adult beverages.
E-40 credits Carlo Rossi for being his gateway wine, in both his appreciation of the beverage and its business.
Rossi helped me get my own wine, said Stevens. I said, Hey,
lets connect. Im bringing a lot of business your way.
I brought a new generation to it. Then, I had the opportunity to get my
own wine. Red wine is my specialty. Source: Sacramento
U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder issued the ruling on July 21, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's May 2014 rulingin Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, a copyright battle over authorship of the screenplay to the 1980s Martin Scorsese classic "Raging Bull."
In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a 9th Circuit ruling that the plaintiffs could not make a damages claim against MGM under the doctrine of laches, which allows courts to dismiss claims where there is an unwarranted delay in filing.
Snyder had ruledin December 2011 that the statute of limitations barred plaintiff Osama Ahmed Fahmy from seeking damages for infringement before Aug. 31, 2004, or three years before Fahmy sued Jay-Z and several other defendants including EMI. But the judge gave the green light for a trial to settle the case.
Fahmy is the nephew of the late Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdy, who composed "Khosara, Khosara," which was sampled on "Big Pimpin.'"
The copyright for "Khosara, Khosara" is split between Hamdy, his uncle and his three siblings. In the mid-2000s, Fahmy authorized a third party, Ahab Nafal Joseph, to file claims on behalf of the Hamdy relatives. But the claims were thrown out of court because Nafal was a nonexclusive licensee. Fahmy's suit followed.
Fahmy also sought to recover the rapper's profits from concert performances of the chart-topper, released in April 2000. Last year Snyder issued another order, agreeing that Jay-Z's defense of laches barred Fahmy's claims for damages from March 30, 2011 to the present.
After the Supreme Court ruling in Petrella, Fahmy filed a motion for reconsideration.
Snyder granted that motion in the July 21 order and vacated the claims barred by laches.
"Petrella holds that laches is not a bar to the adjudication of claims for damages brought within the Copyright Act's three-year statute of limitations," Snyder wrote in the 10-page order. "This holding represents a substantial change in the law governing laches in the Ninth Circuit, which, prior to the Supreme Court's ruling, was 'the most hostile to copyright owners of all the circuits' in its application of laches.'"
noted that while the Supreme Court did "not banish laches from copyright
law altogether," Jay-Z did not present "extraordinary circumstances"
that would defeat Fahmy's motion for reconsideration.
principal of Egyptian music recording company, Amorousi had allegedly
transferred rights to "Khosara Khosara" to EMI).
"Accordingly, the court concludes that it is not appropriate to curtail plaintiff's entitlement to equitable relief at this stage," Snyder wrote.
judge rejected Jay-Z's argument to divide the trial into one part for
liability and damages, and another for equitable remedies.
Warner Music Group revenue increased 18.9 percent to $788 million in the quarter ended June 30 with the help of its acquisition of Parlophone Label Group and gains from music streaming services. The increase was 16.9 percent excluding the effects of foreign exchange.
Online court records show the 26-year-old performer, whose real name is Cameron Thomaz, failed to appear for a scheduled Wednesday arraignment in an El Paso County misdemeanor court. So County Court-at-Law Judge Ricardo Herrera issued a bench warrant for Khalifa's arrest.
The case started May 25 when Khalifa was arrested at El Paso International Airport after airport security officers reported finding a small canister of marijuana on him.
had been departing after appearing at a local music festival. Instead,
he was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and was released
after posting $300 bail. Court records do not list an attorney.
The singer will perform at the Aug. 24 show at The Forum in Inglewood, California. She leads in nominations with eight, including video of the year for "Drunk in Love."
The 32-year-old will also receive the video vanguard award, a lifetime achievement honor also bestowed to Michael Jackson, Madonna and Britney Spears.
Beyonce caused a stir last weekend when she released a Nicki Minaj-assisted remix to her song "Flawless," where the singer raps and references the leaked elevator video of her sister Solange attacking Jay Z. Beyonce's collaborative tour with her husband wrapped its U.S. dates on Wednesday. They will play two shows in Paris next month.
performers at the VMAs include Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Usher and 5 Seconds
Aspiring rapper Liv, the alleged mistress disses Beyonce & Jay Z in her video "Sorry 'Ms Carter'" WATCH HERE
She raps over OutKast's "Sorry Ms. Jackson" instrumental and uses lyrics from Jay Z and Beyonce's catalog to diss them.
"Fuck fucking to the top, me and Jay never screwed, LIV raps on the track. "We connected on some Hip Hop shit .. He could be hiself wit me and he dig that shit ... Us two attracted like some magnets ... And us crossing paths was no accident ... When I stepped out his life, I took a piece of his heart ... I know he still close his eyes and see me in the dark ... I bet he wish I just stayed and played my part ... Imagining what could have been with no regard.
ain't just another shorty you put the naughty on .. You got 99 problems,
I ain't trying to be one .. You got a good girl, why she messing with
a bad guy? .. Ha. Fuck you doing with a rap-guy .. Down to ride 'til the
very end .. He never kiss you, never hold your hand .. He's a pimp by
blood, not relation .. I'm ringing the alarm, cause I over stand.. Girls
can't run the world fighting over men .. All my single ladies better keep
in mind .. When them tables turn, you're going to be the wifey.
In an interview with IGN Entertainment, the former heavyweight champion said the face of Foxx, who is 46, will be manipulated using CGI animation technology for scenes in which Tyson, 48, was a younger man.
Me and Jamie Foxx are in discussion, and we gonna do it, Tyson told The Daily Mirror. Within a year to 18 months, were going to do the Mike Tyson story and hes going to portray me, and now they have this new animation; because you know Jamies pretty much my age so he cant portray me but they have this new system.
According to Variety magazine, the movie is in development under Foxx manager Rick Yorn, who will produce the film.
Terence Winter, whose screenplay credits include "The Wolf of Wall Street" and episodes of "The Sopranos" and "Boardwalk Empire," will write the script, Variety reported, citing anonymous sources.
Foxx, who won an Oscar for his 2004 portrayal of Ray Charles, is no stranger to sports movies.
In 2001's "Ali", he played Muhammad Ali's corner man Dwight "Bundini" Brown; he played quarterback Willie Beamen in Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday" in 1999.
For Tyson, the movie would follow other recent efforts that have told his life story.
autobiography titled "Undisputed Truth" was released late last
year, and he appeared in August 2012 for a limited run on Broadway in
a one-man show directed by Spike Lee.
RushCard's Keep the Peace initiative is giving grants to neighborhood organizations. One of those is LIFE Camp, a Queens organization that works with young people, including those at Rikers, to reduce violence.
Cool J told the audience that his rough upbringing could have had him where they are if things had worked out differently, and he encouraged them to believe in themselves. "You can absolutely without a doubt do anything you put your mind to," he said.
Simmons told them to focus on what's inside them. "It's your spirit you've got to work on," he said.
Deputy Warden Clement Glenn said partnering with programs like LIFE Camp is among the ways the Department of Correction tries to get young people to change their behavior.
"trying to encourage them not to come back into the system, hoping
they will integrate into society and become contributing members of their
community," he said.
"Congratulations to the #Queen happy 2c you walk out that cage!!!!!!!!!!" Papoose wrote on his own Instagram account. "Time 2 begin a new chapter It's your time."
fellow New York City rapper, Papoose married Ma when she was behind bars
and got a tattoo tribute to his incarcerated wife earlier this year.
Legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, director Kenny Leon and producer Jermaine Dupri were among more than 450 attendees at foundation's President's Circle Awards luncheon Thursday in downtown Atlanta.
An auction was held during the ceremony, raising more than $98,000 for the youth development organization founded by the Grammy-winning singer.
Rapper Ludacris hosted the event. He joked about being a better dancer than Usher and spoke about his admiration of the singer's charitable endeavors.
Josh Kaufman, Season
6 winner of NBC's "The Voice," also performed his single "Am
I Wrong" during the two-hour ceremony.
The Social 50 incorporates the following metrics: weekly additions of fans across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram; reactions and conversations across Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook; and views to an artist's Wikipedia page, according to music analytics provider Next Big Sound.
The cover -- a rear-view photo of Minaj in a barely-there bikini -- drew criticism for the amount of flesh shown. Minaj responded by sharing images through her Instagram account of models Kate Upton, Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen in teensy swimsuits with the caption "Adequate."
posts, which each earned around 100,000 likes apiece, contributed to Minaj's
640 percent spike in weekly Instagram likes (week ending July 27, according
to Next Big Sound). She adds more than 248,000 new fans on the platform
and also received a 50 percent increase in mentions and retweets on Twitter.
"Anaconda" is the second single from her upcoming album, The
Pink Print. Source: Billboard
About the honor that will be presented to Ludacris, Mike ONeill, BMI President & CEO, said, The Presidents Award is bestowed to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in songwriting with profound global influence on culture and the entertainment industry. Christopher Ludacris Bridges songs traverse boundaries and reach listeners of all genres, making him a global presence. Additionally, his philanthropic efforts go beyond measure with the work he does by way of his charitable organization, the Ludacris Foundation, making him a natural for the BMI Presidents Award.
Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, added, We are proud to be honoring Ludacris with our Presidents Award. He is a hometown hero to the city of Atlanta who has had a remarkable career in music, film and television. His consistency in the industry, as well as his outreach in the community proves he is more than deserving of the BMI Presidents Award.
Ludacris lyrical acumen and innate ability to create hits such as Break Your Heart, Glamorous, Tonight (Im Lovin You), Yeah, Chopped N Screwed, How Low, Money Maker, My Chick Bad, Runaway Love and Southern Hospitality have earned him three BMI million-performance citations, one BMI two million-performance citation, nine BMI Pop Awards and thirteen BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. The honors continue with three GRAMMY awards and five Billboard awards; and multiple Top 10 positions on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Billboard 200 and the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Ludacris discography, to include his upcoming 8th studio album, Ludaversal, due in the fall, has sold more than 19 million records in the United States and 7 million internationally.
In addition to his heavily awarded music career, Ludacris is an esteemed actor, having appeared in the acclaimed indie drama Hustle & Flow; blockbusters 2 Fast 2 Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6; and the 2006 Academy Award Best Picture winner, Crash, which earned him the prestigious Screen Actors Guild and Critics Choice awards. His television credits include a role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and hosting the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. Currently he serves as a judge on the groundbreaking summer singing competition series Rising Star, which airs Sundays at 8pm (EST) on ABC. Hell be returning to film next year in Fast & Furious 7.
A consummate businessman, Ludacris is also enjoying success with his ventures in spirits with Conjure Cognac and electronics with his SOUL by Ludacris headphones. His philanthropic efforts rival his entertainment accomplishments. He partnered with Crash writer/director Paul Haggis and the Artists for Peace and Justice to help raise more than $4 million for Haitian relief efforts. He has also raised more than $100,000 for Atlanta flood victims through the Ludacris Foundation. Having partnered with Jane Fonda, Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Nelson Mandela to name a few, the Ludacris Foundation continues to inspire youth through education.
2014 R&B Hip-Hop Awards will be hosted by BMI President and CEO, Mike
ONeill, and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta,
Catherine Brewton. As the 2014 BMI Presidents Award honoree, Ludacris
will join elite ranks that include will.i.am, Adam Levine, Carlos Vives,
Taylor Swift and Pitbull.
The U.S.-based tech giant announced the deal in May in a move that experts said was aimed at bolstering the company's iTunes music service in the face of strong competition from a stream of upstarts.
The European Commission, the EU's central antitrust authority, said the merger didn't raise concerns because the companies' combined share in the headphones market would remain low, and the merged entity would face strong competition in both headphone and music-streaming.
The deal, for $2.6 billion in cash and $400 million in equity, was the largest in Apple's history, far surpassing the company's $400 million acquisition of NeXT Software Inc. in 1997. That deal brought Apple co-founder Steve Jobs back to the company, laying the foundation for its resurgence.
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said in May that the acquisition would help the company bridge divides between Silicon Valley and Hollywood.
think these guys have a very rare talent," Mr. Cook said of Mr. Iovine
and Dr. Drewhose real name is Andre Young. "We love the subscription
service that they builtwe think it's the first subscription service
that really got it right." Source: Wall Street Journal
COURT PRESS is the creative vision of A&R Executive Shannon Slam
Ridley. As a single father to twin boys, Ridley was looking for ways to
inspire and encourage them. With over a decade of successes at Bad
Boy Records, I understand the power of hip-hop on American culture. I
thought it would be really cool if I could enjoy listening to Hip-Hop
with my children the way we enjoy an NBA game! With that, Full Court
Press was born.
COURT PRESS Vol. 1 features 10 brand new tracks including Welcome
to NY with Iman Shumpert & Ma$e,Winning Streak with
Twista, Willie Taylor & Carlos Boozer, Go Hard featuring
Bun B & Stephen Jackson, We Hoopin (Yeah Boy) with
Charlie Villanueva & Royce Da 59", and Airtime
featuring Future, Sean Garrett, Rocko & Lou Williams.
BURIES COINYE LAWSUIT.
The parody electronic currency was announced in January but quickly shut down after West filed a cease-and-desist order and sued the large group of defendants for unspecified damages. The lawsuit complained that the defendants "usurped West's name and likeness for the sole purpose of propping up the perceived 'value' of the defendants' 'digital coin mine' and its 'crypto currency.'"
The coin's first logo was of West's face wearing his trademark windowshade sunglasses. Following the lawsuit, the logo was altered to make West a cartoon fish (ala "South Park"). The Coinye site, coinyecoin.org, still invites people to "Start using CoinyeCoin today."
In March, two months after Coinye was abandoned, a frustrated West amended his lawsuit to include names, background and even emails of some of the defendants, who "cowardly sought to remain anonymous by using Registry privacy services and other means" to stay hidden," he alleged. The suit claimed defendants came from a wide range of places, including the United States, China, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Slovakia.
In the end, only three of the defendants, Richard McCord, David McEnery and Harry Willis, settled with West. In court papers, McCord, of California, denied being involved in the coin's creation. According to a report by coindesk.com, McCord's lawyer called it "unfortunate that a parody turned into such an expensive endeavor." Source: Billboard
INVITED TO TRACE HIS FAMILY ROOTS.
"First I was enraged when I looked at the bill of sale," Nas said. "I was like, that guy that owned property owes me some cash. My people made him really wealthy, so maybe I should find his family and talk."
The unearthed information made him think about his ancestors' contribution to America, he said, "and now I'm on a mission to find out more."
family's story is among those told on season two of "Finding Your
Roots," hosted by Harvard University scholar, author and filmmaker
Henry Louis Gates Jr. and debuting Sept. 23.
The 10-part series that traces celebrities' ancestry will focus on, among others, Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Tina Fey, Sting, Stephen King, Billie Jean King, Derek Jeter and chef Ming Tsai.
Others taking part include Courtney Vance, Khandi Alexander and writer and actress Anna Deavere Smith. They joined Nas and Gates on the Television Critics Association panel.
Research on each person begins with DNA testing of a saliva sample and eventually results in a detailed family history that Gates presents on-camera to the subject. "I feel like Santa Claus giving people a gift," Gates said.
The results can be surprising. Alba's background was traced to the ancient Mayans, while Affleck's great-great-great-grandfather was among 19th-century spiritualists who claimed to connect Civil War dead with their grieving survivors, he said.
Gates, who has done a variety of PBS specials about African Americans and their history and experiences, recalled getting a letter from a white woman who accused him of racism for his singular focus.
"I thought white people had more access to knowledge about their family tree than we did," said Gates, an African American.
But he realized that's untrue and that people of every ethnicity share the same "cultural amnesia," he said.
Nas was asked if his newfound knowledge could influence his music. Nothing is planned, he replied, "but I think in some way it will happen on its own."
RHYMES DONE WITH CASH MONEY
Nothing happened in a negative way, he said. I was there for two years and the opportunity was a great opportunity at the time because of the type of deal that was done. For me, with this particular project and all of the sacrifice that went into itrecording the album for five years, I [lost] Chris Lighty making this album, I [lost] my father making this albumthe shit that I was putting into this album, Im not compromising my vision for it.
Busta announced his signing to Cash Money in November 2011, but never released an album on the label.
If I feel like if, in the slightest way, we aint facilitating everything necessary for the vision to be seen and executed in the way Im envisioning this shit for the last five years, let me live and die in my own own inequity, homie, he said.
Busta and Birdman talked it out, and didnt rule out future collaborations. After I see this through, if theres other opportunities for us to explore as businessmen together, lets continue to do it.
MUSIC GROUP ANNOUNCES COMPANY FORMATION.
Barnett commented, "Rodney is a highly-respected and multi-faceted talent; he's a great producer and songwriter, of course, but he also possesses a keen eye for talent and a great vision for what he wants to accomplish with Evolve. Everyone within CMG is excited about Rodney and his team joining our family, and we're all going to accomplish great things together."
According to Jerkins, "I'm excited for this partnership, and am confident that Evolve Music Group will play a major role in the future of our industry. Steve Barnett is a great visionary and has incredible instincts for our business and culture. I'm looking forward to evolving musically and creatively here at Capitol."
Evolve artists include soul chanteuse Keta, R&B/Pop artist Evan Ross
and YouTube sensation Sara Forsberg. The company will also sign and develop
artists in the spiritual music genres through its Evolve Inspirational
imprint that will be distributed through CMG's Nashville-based Capitol
Christian Music Group. The first artists signed to Evolve Inspirational
include Joy Enriquez and Tim Bowman, Jr.
Currently celebrating a 20-year career in the music industry, Evans is a multiplatinum Grammy Award winner, New York Times best-selling author and TV producer. She has released three platinum-certified albums ("Faith," "Keep the Faith" and "Faithfully"), the gold-certified "The First Lady" and the holiday staple "A Faithful Christmas".
She was awarded a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1998 for 'I'll Be Missing You," the homage to her late husband and hip-hop legend Notorious B.I.G. Among some of her most recent accomplishments, Evans serves as a co-creator/executive producer on the hit-reality docuseries franchise R&B Divas and in 2014 received a Grammy nomination in the Best R&B Album category for Faith Evans R&B Divas.
Faith Evans commented: "I am truly proud to join the forces of my imprint, Prolific Music Group, with BMG to present my next project, Incomparable. I look forward to a great partnership, as we are all very excited about this amazing collection of timeless R&B music."
Manager Cheryl Flowers-Briggs added: "I'm proud to have been a part of Faith's management team for nearly two decades, and I'm looking forward to making music history once again with BMG, a company that was such a big part of Faith's early success."
Zach Katz, chief creative officer at BMG Chrysalis North America, said: "Faith is part of an elite group of artists whose music and spirit speaks profoundly to generations of listeners. We warmly welcome her to our BMG family and look forward to sharing her powerful body of work with the world."
& IGGY ADDED TO L.A. MADE IN AMERICA MUSIC FESTIVAL.
The "Budweiser Made In America" Music Festival also revealed today the daily line-up for the Philadelphia and Los Angeles versions for one of the country's premier summer festivals. The "Budweiser Made In America" events will benefit United Way of Greater Los Angeles, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and United Way of Lancaster County. The two-day music festivals created by Budweiser and Live Nation will deliver must-see performances on both coasts with headliners Kanye West, Kings Of Leon, Tiësto and Pharrell in Philadelphia and Kanye West, Imagine Dragons and John Mayer in Los Angeles. Daily line-ups for both festival locations are listed below.
ANGELES DAILY LINE-UP
MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS / NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED.
Here's A full list of the nominees:
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SIMMONS & L.A. REID ON BOARD @ RMC.
"As a platform for artists and music fans, it is our responsibility to stay ahead of the trends and bring together power players to shape the industry into one that makes music a cultural bridge and plans for disruption," stated REVOLT Chairman Sean Combs. "There is no better person more knowledgeable, connected and in-tune with culture than Andre Harrell who is bringing together these leading players in the music industry for the REVOLT Music Conference."
In addition to keynote speaker Russell Simmons, CEO of All Def Digital and co-founder of Def Jam, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2014, Andre Harrell revealed additional industry players joining as panelists:
Reid, Chairman and CEO, Epic Records
In 2007, the then 16-year old Amethyst Amelia Kelly relocated from Down Under and came to Miami, Florida, determined to pursue a music career in the United States. She adopted her stage name, a combination of her childhood dog, Iggy, and the street she lived on as a child, Azalea Street, and sallied out to make connections in the music world. Iggy moved from Miami to Houston to Atlanta, before she ended up in Los Angeles, where she met T.I. and released two mixtapes that were widely recognized in the hip-hop scene. When her initial success sizzled out in 2012, T.I. introduced Iggy to his booking agent, Cara Lewis, who saw great potential in the blonde Aussie girl and agreed to help her. Now, almost two years later, Iggy Azalea is on top of the charts with debut studio album, "The New Classic", which was released in April.
Cara Lewis knows talent when she sees, or more accurately, hears it. Named one of the most powerful women in music by Billboard for four consecutive years, she has helped many musical talents to fame over the course of her career. After 23 years of experience as the hip-hop agent representing stars such as Eminem, 50 Cent, Kanye West, Common, B.o.B. and the Roots, she joined Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in 2012, much to the delight of Rob Light, CAA's head of music and managing partner: "Cara has built a remarkable career cultivating the careers of some of the most acclaimed artists in music today. Her expertise of the urban market, ability to innovate, and keen eye for talent will be great assets to our continued growth."
Anchored by humble beginnings as a receptionist, agent Cara Lewis has made herself an industry legend. Thanks to the help of a longtime friend, Russell Simmons, combined with her unparalleled instincts and work ethic, Cara was one of the first agents to recognize the crossover potential of urban music, and played an integral role in turning an underground movement into a mainstream business. She has opened doors for many up-and-coming hip-hop artists and R&B singers by exposing them to a mainstream audience, allowing them to venture into other business opportunities such as clothing lines, sports drinks as well as film and television roles. Lewis has represented a long list of legendary acts throughout her career, including The Beastie Boys, New Edition, Run DMC, Pharrell Williams, Outkast, the Black Eyed Peas, and Rihanna, to just name a few. Lewis has been named one of the "20 Most Influential People in Black Music" by Essence Magazine, and is listed in the "20 Music Industry Innovators" by The Hollywood Reporter, as well as on Variety's "Women's Impact List."
APOLOGIZES FOR PROFANITY AT JULY 4TH CONCERT.
Mayor Michael Nutter said Monday that cursing hasn't been problem at the show in recent years. He says performers are supposed to adhere to network TV standards.
The free outdoor concert, which featured multiple acts, was aired live on WPVI-TV. The station censored the broadcast when foul language was used.
Nutter says The Roots and singer Ed Sheeran edited their songs to avoid profanity but were still bleeped, creating the appearance they cursed.
He says performers Jennifer Hudson and Aloe Blacc kept it clean, although Vicci Martinez used one inappropriate word.
A TV station spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment Tuesday.
MUSICAL ON BROADWAY TO CLOSE.
Producers said late Monday that the show will close Sunday at the Palace Theatre after playing just 17 previews and 38 regular performances. Producer Eric L. Gold in a statement cited "the financial burdens of Broadway" as the reason.
The show was in financial trouble from the moment it debuted in early June. Last week, it managed to pull in only $155,000 from a potential of $917,000 or less than 17 percent. Discounting had left the average ticket price at $38.44, easily Broadway's cheapest seat.
It stars slam poet and singer Saul Williams as a recently sprung inmate hoping to stay out of trouble, and Christopher Jackson as his buddy, whose need for familial revenge threatens more violence in their unnamed Midwestern city.
features over 20 Shakur songs, including "Holler If Ya Hear Me,"
''California Love," ''I Get Around," ''Thugz Mansion,"
''Keep Ya Head Up," ''Dear Mama," ''Me Against the World,"
''Unconditional Love" and "Hail Mary." The rapper's mother,
Afeni Shakur, was a producer of the show.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Mill and his lawyer spent almost four hours Friday trying unsuccessfully to persuade the judge not to lock him up.
Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley was upset with the rapper, "After all these years of me trying to help him move his career forward... I believe this defendant is basically thumbing his nose at me," Brinkley told the 27-year-old hip-hop star and his lawyer, Gary Silver.
Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, has been a regular in court for nearly two years. He has been disputing the terms of his probation.
Meek pleaded with Brinkley to let him continue working. Mill said his career supports him, his mother, sister, son, and other friends and placed his monthly expenses at $80,000 to $90,000.
"It took me 15 years to get here, and this will be extremely damaging to my life," Mill said.
You just don't get it," the judge said.
The newspaper says Mill had booked concerts between July 11 and August 11, when the judge had ordered him to stop while she tried resolving his probation problems.
Mill was supposed to headline a concert Friday night in Washington. The judge told the 27-year-old rapper's attorney that wasn't going to happen.
Assistant District Attorney Noel DeSantis asked Brinkley to sentence Mill to five to 10 years in prison. She and probation officer Treas Underwood recited a litany of alleged violations.
Rick Ross commented on the issue with Mtv. In a written statement Ross said: "I created MMG years ago, my desire was to create a space where the most talented artists in the world could be nurtured and supported. With that came a commitment. I vowed to support these artist, through the good and the bad. Every individual signed to MMG is not just an artist, they are my family. And with family you ride, or you die. Yesterday, my brother, Meek Mill ran into some unfortunate legal issues. It happens. However, his team, our team, will continue to execute Meeks plan as close to schedule as possible."
RECORDS NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE VP / GENERAL MANAGER.
"Eric's well-grounded successes in marketing and artist management made him the perfect choice for this position at the new Island Records," said Mr. Massey. "Having worked closely with him for the past 4 years, Eric's imagination, creativity and passion, as well as his warmth inspires our artists and staff. I look forward to the strength and resolve that we know Eric will bring to his important new post."
"This is one of the most exciting times in the great history of Island Records," said Mr. Wong. "I could not be more proud of the confidence that David Massey has in me. With an artist roster that is second to none in the record industry, we are standing on the threshold of a new era, as Island enters this next amazing chapter of its existence."
Mr. Wong served as Executive Vice President, Marketing, at the former Island Def Jam Music Group since 2011. In that position, he played an integral role in the creation, development, and execution of marketing strategies for artists including Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Bon Jovi, Avicii, Iggy Azalea, and more. IDJ's marketing, digital, creative, artist development, video promotion, and video production departments all reported to Mr. Wong.
Mr. Wong, an IDJ veteran, first joined the company in 1999. During his early years at IDJ, Mr. Wong developed marketing campaigns for, and built strong relationships with a roster of multi-platinum artists that included The Killers, Fall Out Boy, and many others.
Starting in 2006, simultaneously serving as Chief Marketing Officer of Bad Boy Entertainment, and Senior Vice President, Marketing, Atlantic Records, Mr. Wong oversaw the careers of Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jay Z, Janelle Monae, Toni Braxton, Danity Kane, and more. Before returning to IDJ in 2011, Mr. Wong successfully founded Wong Management in 2009, serving as part of Mariah Carey's management team along with a management roster that included Ryan Star.
Brooklyn native, Mr. Wong has served as an inspiration to minority youth
working their way into the music industry. At age 16, he applied for an
internship listed in Billboard Magazine, and was chosen for a job at WEA
Distribution through Youth Entertainment Summer (Y.E.S.), a program designed
for minority high school students. The summer led to an internship at
Atlantic, and then to a position as a college rep at EMI Records. At the
same time, Mr. Wong attended New York University where he graduated in
"Never in the history of music have artists had so many ways to reach fans as they do today," said John Amato, Co-President, Billboard. "Now, for the first time, Billboard will chart an artist's collective reach, utilizing data that informs such influential charts as the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200 and Social 50, among others. The Artist 100 chart is revolutionizing how artists are ranked in a way that is very relevant to music fans and pop culture enthusiasts."
"Billboard is incredible at tracking and reporting the influence of artists across different avenues and I could not be happier to be #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and the very first No. 1 on The Billboard Artist 100 at the same time. They've found innovative ways to measure artist activity and I applaud their forward thinking. Thank you to Billboard, to my fans, my angels, and everyone that made this happen," said Trey Songz.
Exclusively presented by Wendy's® #PretzelLoveSongs campaign a series of music videos celebrating the return of its pretzel bun -- the new Billboard Artist 100 chart reflects a more cumulative impression of an artist's popularity across all the main means of music consumption and popular culture. The new chart, powered by data from Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound, is updated weekly and available on Billboard.com and in print in Billboard.
The Artist 100 is the second new Billboard chart to launch this year, following the debut of the Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts in May, which rank the most popular songs being shared and talked about on Twitter in the U.S.
2014 KDAY Rating Highlights,
Z TO HEADLINE GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL THIS SEPTEMBER.
Tickets are free for the event, but must be earned through acts meant to help end extreme poverty around the world. VIP tickets are being sold through Ticketmaster. Each task earns a certain number of points, and once a fan earns eight points, he or she can enter to win tickets to the event. There will be five draws this summer, and would-be concertgoers can enter up to six times. A total of 48,000 free tickets will be given out this year.
The festival is designed to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly meeting and put pressure on world leaders to address the needs of the world's poor. This year's concert will air live on NBC and MSNBC.
After last years success, Jay Z put up his hand and said, I want to headline Year 3, Hugh Evans, chief executive of the Global Poverty Project, said to the New York Times. We sat down with people from his Shawn Carter Foundation and found that there are so many alliances between what theyre trying to do and what were trying to do."
Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and John Mayer headlined the festival last year. Neil Young, Foo Fighters and the Black Keys performed in 2012, when the festival debuted.
GROUNDS MUSIC INKS LONG-TERM EXTENSION WITH RCA.
Polo Grounds Music is also expanding its executive team with the recent appointment of Motisola Zulu as General Manager, additionally Derrick "Big Teach" Turton and Amy Johnson will hold Vice President positions respectively. More staff announcements will be made in the near future as PGM adds to its creative team.
Leach comments on his historic partnership: These past 8 years have been exciting for Polo Grounds Music in launching the careers of A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Yo Gotti & Pitbull, and were loving the future challenges of breaking more new artists as well as exploring more ways to better serve our roster. Peter & Tom have been great supporters and partners and the executive team and roster of talent at RCA is unmatched.
RCA CEO Peter Edge comments, "We are excited about the extension of the partnership between Polo Grounds Music and RCA. The breadth of amazing artists signed to PGM is a shining example of Bryan's keen intuition to discover and develop talent that will resonate with fans for years to come."
President & COO Tom Corson continues, "Over the past 8 years
PGM/RCA has developed a proven track record of chart-topping, multi-platinum
selling hits and we look forward to enjoying continued success with Bryan
and the PGM team.
"Meek continues to record and build his Dreamchasers brand as the cultures next biggest thing," says Maybach Music Group boss Rick Ross of Meek's influence on the hip-hop world.
The electrifying companion video for "I Don't Know" -- directed by Eif Rivera (Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne) -- premiered last month as "Jam Of The Week" on MTV Jams, with integration across all other MTV platforms, including their digital and social properties.
"This album is inspired by my real life. Despite all the fame and money, my dreams keep me motivated to be the best rapper in the game," says the Philadelphia-based MC. Meek continues, "growing up in Philly, you only see this life on TV and in the movies. And now I'm living it? This album is for all the young kids who have dreams; to show them that if I can make it, anybody can make it."
As if that weren't enough, "Dreams Worth Money" also features the street smash, "Off The Corner (Feat. Rick Ross.)" Directed by MMG's own DRE Films (Rick Ross' "Box Chevy," Meek Mill's "Amen (Feat. Drake)"), the track's companion video clip has already drawn nearly 2 million views.
Recent months have also seen Meek Mill lighting up the airwaves with a cavalcade of featured appearances, including DJ Khaled's "They Don't Love You No More (Feat. Jay Z, Meek Mill, Rick Ross & French Montana)," Puff Daddy's "I Want The Love (Feat. Meek Mill)," and Jazmine Sullivan's "Dumb (Feat. Meek Mill)."
In addition to solidifying himself as one of the top rappers in the music industry, Meek has also become an in-demand brand ambassador for the likes of PUMA, Monster Headphones, whose Meek Mill Edition 24K Gold Over-Ear Headphones are ranked among the industry's best and Monster Energy, who have partnered with the rapper as a result of his love of dirt bikes, stemming from the Philly bike scene, which he is an integral part of. Meek continues to prove himself as a lucrative businessman, all while expanding his Dreamchasers label imprint.
The North Philadelphia-based rapper made his bones chronicling his hard knock life on a series of stunning mixtapes, ultimately catching the attention of the attention of Rick Ross, who promptly signed him to his Maybach Music Group imprint.
Fueled by the breakthrough singles, "Amen (Feat. Drake)," "Burn (Feat. Big Sean)," and "Believe It (Feat. Rick Ross)," "DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES" -- executive produced by Rick Ross -- made a remarkable chart debut upon its October 2012 release, entering both Billboard's Top Rap Albums & Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts at #1 and the Top 200 Albums Chart at #2. But it's the instant classic title track, which has since proven a milestone, with none other than Drake hailing the album's introduction as "one of the best rap moments of our generation." "Dreams and Nightmares" was recently featured in an important new study by the American Psychological Association, which noted "the clear and insightful picture that Mills painted of experiences growing up in a crime and violence-filled environment in Philadelphia," while also praising the gifted MC's "ability to articulate the trauma he experienced and how he coped with it."
WORD ONE INKS TO DMX'S RUFF RYDER/BLOODLINE RECORDS.
Word One tells the story of how he met DMX through friends and legendary hip-hop collective, Bone Thugs N Harmony. It started with my friends Bone Thugs N Harmony plugging me in. I was kicking it on the tour bus with them after a show they invited me to in El Paso, TX and Flesh & Krayzie plugged me in with the tour manager and told me about the next tour being DMX. They recommended me to the tour manager, and 6 days later, I was on tour, opening for DMX. It was soon after that Word One met Montana, DMXs manager and director of Ruff Ryders, in Houston, TX.
"When we got to the next city (which was San Antonio), DMX had me come into his green room and spit 16 bars. After I spit the verse, he expressed how he liked my style and how real my words were. Thats when I caught his attention. We then had Dennys that night with his wife, manager and security and got to know each other on a more personal level.
Word One spent much of the early part of the tour spitting verses for DMX, showing the legendary rapper that he too had what it takes to share a stage. Word One, who was already in a label situation with a Sony Records subsidiary expressed to DMXs manager Montana that he wanted to be signed to a label that acted as a family & had his best interests at heart. Montana, who was very impressed by Word Ones ability to control the crowd and work the stage, proposed that he manage Word One as well.
Following the tour, Word One met up with DMX once again for Houstons Summer Fest concert series where he told an excited DMX the news of them sharing management. DMX was excited to hear that news, saying YESSSSSSS when I told him. We talked about how things were going much better for me since the tour and thats when X said to me that he wants to be a part of it and proposed to me the type of deal I would have with him. I thought it was awesome.
It was then, on June 1, 2014 that Word One became DMXs newest artist and signee to Bloodline Records.
FESTIVAL HITS RECORD ATTENDANCE.
That's about 10,000 more than attended the 2013 festival, which included a sold-out performance by Beyoncé.
"I woke up this morning and felt a great sense of pride and gratitude," Essence Communications Inc. president Michelle Ebanks said during a news conference about 12 hours after the last strains of Lionel Richie performing "All Night Long" rang throughout the Superdome.
More than 80 musical performances highlighted by Prince, Richie, Charlie Wilson, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Trey Songz and The Roots highlighted the event which also saw more than 150 speakers addressing everything from solutions to crime and violence to growing entrepreneurs and maintaining healthy relationships.
"For us the highlight is the deep community collaborations we created that hopefully have left a lasting impact on the city," said Joy Profet, general manager of Essence.
She noted that 200 young girls and boys created and pitched new apps and web-based solutions as part of the #YesWeCode initiative, and an entrepreneur won $25,000 in seed capital as part of the PowerMoves Nola program for budding business owners.
Ebanks and Profet thanked Mayor Mitch Landrieu for the city's ongoing partnership, which officially ended as the final year of its current contract expired at the conclusion of this year's event. Both Landrieu and Ebanks said they're committed to locking the festival into a new deal, but several pieces to the puzzle remained in flux.
"This is our home and Essence is better because it's held in New Orleans and in this state," Ebanks said. "We're working through the (contract renewal) process and once we work through all the details, we'll let you know the outcome."
Landrieu recalled that before the festival launched 20 years ago, the city was dead in terms of visitors over the July 4th holiday. He said hotel bookings were at about 3 percent compared to today when occupancy over that same weekend is now consistently at about 97 percent each year.
"Twenty years ago, we weren't a destination city. Today, we're either No. 1 or 2 in the country," he said.
"I'm overwhelmed and overjoyed when Essence comes," he said, adding that "it's the kind of content this event delivers that's most impactful and when you leave, you always leave the community better than when you found it."
said they've already begun work on next year's event, which coincides
with the 45th anniversary of the magazine.
Flavor Flav (real name, William Drayton Jr.), has been setting off thousands of dollars worth of illegal fireworks since 2009 and this wasnt his first clash with police over the party in his gated community outside his home. The home is in the 7800 block of Via Ventura Court on the south side of the Las Vegas Valley.
His festivities were foiled last year when TMZ reported he planned to set off $8,000 worth of fireworks. After the story broke, the Metropolitan Police Department threatened to throw the rapper in jail if he set off any of the illegal fireworks and Drayton moved the party elsewhere, said Finisterre Homeowners Association board member Harold Ewing.
This year, neighbors, who asked not to be named, said the rapper had three or four pallets of fireworks stacked 4 feet high. Drayton said he set off most of them all at once in hopes that police wouldnt become involved. In previous years, neighbors said he set off the fireworks in batches, using a police scanner to avoid run-ins with the law.
Police put a stop to this years show after neighbors called. Officers responded just before 8 p.m. Police confiscated more than 100 pounds of Draytons remaining fireworks and gave him two fireworks-related citations, said Lt. Ken Romaine. He was unable to name the exact citations the rapper received.
The number of explosives required that Metro send a special unit to dispose of the fireworks, he said.
Ewing said police followed up with neighbors on Saturday, suggesting that they petition the district attorneys office to see if it will do something about the rappers behavior.
Police have written four fireworks citations in the valley over the past two years, according to officer Larry Hadfield.
Ewing said the police have more or less said, Eh its going to happen. Neighbors said officers told them to consider how many other fireworks calls Metro must deal with throughout the valley.
Several of Draytons neighbors are terrified to leave their homes on the holiday, fearing their property will catch fire, Ewing said.
Ewing said he plans to contact the DAs office to see what can be done.
But Drayton said his neighbors wont have to worry about his fireworks show next year. The rapper is moving his party out of the neighborhood.
I dont want to go to jail for fireworks, he said, lamenting the loss of his tradition and noting that several people told him this year was the best Fourth of July of their life.
Drayton estimated he had about 110 people over, a smaller crowd than previous years.
We all had a ball until the police came, Drayton said.
The party was so good that evidence of it still remained, he said, pointing to the empty beer cans outside his home and fireworks gunpowder residue on the street.
Some neighbors didnt see leftover beer cans and fireworks chemicals as something to boast about.
Drayton chalks the entire incident up to having neighbors who are like the Scrooge or The Grinch of Independence Day.
It isnt like I do this every day, he said.
Drayton pleaded guilty in April to misdemeanor domestic violence charges stemming from an incident with his stepson in 2012, when he threatened the then 17-year-old with a knife after an argument with the teens mother.
He originally faced felony charges, but struck a deal and was ordered to complete counseling classes by August or face jail time.
The citations shouldnt affect his deal, according to his attorney Kristina Wildeveld. The rapper wasnt ordered to stay out of trouble, he only has to complete the classes, which he is doing, she said.
really loves America, Wildeveld said There was no intention
ever to hurt anyone.
should easily outpace the rest of the top 10, as the next closest new
album debut will probably be Seether's "TK," with maybe 35,000.
The Billboard 200's new top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, July 9.
Songz debuted at No. 1 with his last album, 2012's "Chapter V,"
which entered with 135,000 copies sold in its first week, according to
Nielsen SoundScan. In total, he's notched three top 10 efforts.
CREW ANNOUNCE EAST COAST TOUR.
2014 has been quite the year for the Hieroglyphics members, who have released several new projects including Souls of Mischief member A-Plus' Molly's Dirty Water, Phesto's Infared Rum, and Casual's new group project, The School System. Upcoming releases from Pep Love along with Adrian Younge and Souls of Mischief have kept the collective busy and working hard. In addition to this upcoming tour, the Hieroglyphics will begin work on the new crew album. After the tour ends, fans in Heiro's hometown of Oakland will be met with the group's return home, just in time for their free annual block party, Hiero Day, which was recognized an an official day by the mayor of Oakland at last year's event.
The Hieroglyphics crew, known as pioneers of independent hip-hop, is made up of members Del The Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, and Souls of Mischief, who include A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, Tajaj. Not only are they considered to be one of the first hip-hop artist collectives to start their own record label, but they introduced a different side of hip hop that was virtually unknown on a mainstream level. When Elektra Records signed Del the Funky Homosapien and JIVE signed Souls of Mischief in the early '90s, the Hiero crew soon became internationally known as the leaders of a new movement in rap that represented peace and unity, despite having come from a city rife with violent crime. Considered to be some of the most highly skilled lyricists in rap from their inception to today, the Hiero crew continued to break hip-hop norms with personal, emotional rhymes rather than solely gangster-rap. Souls Of Mischief's "93 'Till Infinity" remains one of the most respected and well-known hip-hop classics, referred to in pop culture time and time again. The third eye logo, designed by Del, was ranked as the 3rd most recognizeable music logo by Rolling Stone Magazine, and it is not uncommon for fans to show Hiero members their third eye logo tattoos.
East Coast Dates:
CARMELO ANTHONY & 50 CENT INTRODUCE SMS AUDIO SPORT HEADPHONES.
Were both very pleased with the final result and cant wait to get them in consumers hands.
We created durable, quality headphones that hold up against any active lifestyle equipped with sweat-proof features that our partner, NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony, and I felt other headphones didnt offer, said 50 Cent, CEO of SMS Audio. Were both very pleased with the final result and cant wait to get them in consumers hands.
Finding a pair of headphones that keep up with athletes without sacrificing high-end style and sound quality isnt easy to do, but weve accomplished that with the SMS Audio Sport headphones, added Carmelo Anthony.
The headphones within the new Sport Collection are designed to stay put during physical activity, and feature professionally-tuned drivers and sweat-repelling nano technology to safeguard against moisture and withstand against extreme weather. The wired and wireless headphone models include:
STREET by 50 On-Ear Wired Headphones, Sport Collection: Armed with perforated leather memory foam, the on-ear wired model provides users with extra protection in the form of a scratch-resistant coating, a sweat-proof chamber within the ear cup, and extra ear covers. The headphones cord design eliminates tangling, and its one-click microphone allows for easy answer-call functionality. Each pair comes with a carrying case and a SMS Audio sports towel. Available in Sport Blue, Sport Pink, and Sport Yellow for MSRP $179.95.
STREET by 50 In-Ear Wired Headphones, Sport Collection: Offering the highest in audio quality without deterring from its active lifestyle functionality and durability, each pair of earbuds features a stay-put, ear-hook design. Tangle-free cord with a full-functioning MFI three-click microphone, neoprene carrying case, and three sizes of ear hooks and sound-isolation ear tips are all included. Available in Sport Blue, Sport Pink, and Sport Yellow for MSRP $79.95.
SYNC by 50 On-Ear Wireless Headphones, Sport Collection: Utilizing Bluetooth, the on-ear wireless headphones feature on-ear track control and volume adjustment. They also have a sweat-proof chamber within the ear cup and OVALFIT perforated leather memory foam ear pads for extreme comfort and breathability. For users who prefer on-ear styles during physical activity, the headphones are foldable and ultra durable with a 40U-rubberized coating to resist chipping and scratching. The SYNC by 50 On-Ear Wireless Sport headphones come with a carrying case, sports towel, and extra ear covers. Available in Sport Blue, Sport Pink, and Sport Yellow for MSRP $229.95.
SYNC by 50 In-Ear Wireless Headphones, Sport Collection: Sporting Bluetooth wireless technology, each pair boasts a patented ear-hook design to ensure the best fit and provides users with high-fidelity audio, full bass response, and vocal clarity. The headphones are equipped with a full-functioning MFI three-click microphone and a tangle-resistant cord, in addition to an HD battery for extended life. A neoprene carrying case, three sizes of ear hooks and three sizes of sound-isolation ear tips to block exterior sound are also included. The SYNC by 50 In-Ear will ship in late summer, and will be available in Sport Blue, Sport Pink, and Sport Yellow for MSRP $149.95.
The STREET by 50 On-Ear Wired, STREET by 50 In-Ear Wired and SYNC by 50 On-Ear Wireless Sport headphones are now available for purchase. The SYNC by 50 In-Ear Wireless Sport headphones will ship in August 2014.
KHALIFA ON DECK.
The tour jumps off on July 24th at Scranton, Pennsylvanias The Pavilion. Wiz will be joined by Jeezy, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, Sage the Gemini, Rich Homie Quan, Mack Wilds, Iamsu!, and DJ Drama.
The Influence Of Music Tour
MINAJ TEAMS UP WITH ARIANA GRANDE AND JESSIE J.
song will serve as the first single from Jessie J's forthcoming LAVA/Republic
Records album due out this fall. It will also be included on the deluxe
edition of Grande's sophomore album, My Everything [Republic Records],
available August 25th.
Jessie J's debut album, Who You Are [LAVA], marked the debut of a global icon when it reached #1 and was certified multi-platinum in over 15 countries. She has sold over 3 million albums and 20 million singles worldwide to date. The GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist was also the 2012 London Olympic Games Ambassador. Her smash "Price Tag" reached #1 in 18 major territories. Who You Are also yielded an astonishing six Top 10 singles including the hit "Domino". Among other accolades, Jessie J was the recipient of the 2011 Critics Choice BRIT Award and the BBC's Sound of 2011 honor.
Ariana Grande first landed at the top with her album, Yours Truly. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. The album featured the pop smash "The Way", which went double-platinum and reached #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart. 2014 has already been a historic year for Grande. The first single from her sophomore album, "Problem", saw her become the "youngest woman to debut with over 400K sold first-week". It ranked as the 4th "highest digital song debut for a female artist", and 8th highest which also went #1 on iTunes in over 65 countries.
AWARDS 2014 RECAP.
"The other day, literally I didn't tell anybody this, I really thought I was about to die. Like, I was saying my prayers to die. And I didn't even want to call the ambulance because I thought, 'Well if I call the ambulance, it's going to be on TMZ,'" she said, as some of the audience laughed.
"And I would rather sit there and die," she added, looking to the crowd. "And it made me realize I don't care what anybody got to say. I'm going to do me."
Minaj performed her latest single, "Pills N Potions," and also won best group with her Young Money bandmates, which includes Lil Wayne and Drake.
A video of Beyonce and Jay Z performing "Partition" closed the BET Awards, which aired live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday.
Pharrell's ubiquitous "Happy" kept a smile on the musician's face: The song won video of the year. His win for the top prize came in the second hour of the four-hour ceremony. Last year, the network didn't announce the top award in the jam-packed show.
Pharrell thanked his family, fans who elevated the song to No. 1 and BET for its support.
"(BET) allows us as black people to be different and do what we do," he told the crowd. "You guys keep the lights on for us."
The multitalented Pharrell, who also won best male R&B/pop artist, kicked off the show with a playful performance of "Come Get It Bae" featuring the reclusive Missy Elliott. Host Chris Rock also succeeded with back-to-back jokes about Donald Sterling, the hit series "Scandal" and rapper Rick Ross, who he mentioned multiple times. He passed out food from Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles, playing off of Ellen DeGeneres pizza party at the Academy Awards.
It helped take attention away from a fatal shooting and a separate stabbing at unsanctioned parties celebrating the ceremony. One person was killed and five injured in separate incidents ahead of the show, Los Angeles police said. The events were "unauthorized and unaffiliated with the BET Awards," BET said in a statement.
The death and four of the injuries followed gunfire early Sunday at a restaurant, Officer Drake Madison said. Separately, a man was stabbed in the stomach Saturday night at a nightclub.
The show featured a medley of hits from Usher and Iggy Azalea performed her anthemic "Fancy," which is spending its fifth week on top of the Billboard charts. Chris Brown sang and danced his signature moves to his latest Top 10 hit, "Loyal." He sported a long plaid coat, and Lil Wayne and August Alsina also wore plaid-infused ensembles. The trend for women: skin tight white dresses.
Robin Thicke, who sang and played piano, dedicated his performance of "Forever Love" to his wife Paula Patton, whom he is separated from. He said "I miss you and I'm sorry" and the performance ended up with a photo of former couple.
John Legend sang his groove "You and I" and was joined by rising newcomer Jhene Aiko, who won over the crowd by singing "The Worst" as Legend played piano.
Alsina, also a rising star, was also a powerhouse with his vocals during his performance, which featured Brown and Trey Songz. Alsina was tearful when he won the night's first award for best new artist.
"I represent the struggle," the New Orleans newcomer said onstage. "This award is not for me, it's for the people."
When winning the viewer's choice award, where he beat Beyonce and Drake, Alsina said: "I ain't gon' cry this time!"
Lionel Richie, the lifetime achievement award recipient, was serenaded by Legend, Ledisi and Yolanda Adams, who sang a rousing rendition of "Jesus Is Love." She earned a standing ovation.
"I'm glad I sang the song first. Otherwise, I would not be here onstage," Richie said, holding his award. He excitedly performed "Easy Like Sunday Morning" and "All Night Long (All Night)."
A tribute to 90s R&B was met with praise, too: Groups like Silk, Color Me Badd and Troop performed well-known jams that enticed the crowd.
The late icons Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee were remembered in words by Phylicia Rashad, who earned a stirring applause when she walked onstage.
Drake, Beyonce and Jay Z were top nominees with five each. Drake, who was originally set to perform, did not attend. He won best male hip-hop artist.
Nyong'o, who won an Oscar for "12 Years a Slave," was named
Best Male R&B/Pop
Best Male Hip Hop
Best Female Hip Hop
Video of the Year
Video Director of
Best New Artist
Best Gospel Artist
of the Year
Subway Sportsman of
ROSS ARRESTED AFTER CONCERT.
The rapper, whose real name is William L. Roberts, was taken into custody after his performance. Danielsen says he was released on $1,000 bond.
WEEKND ON DECK WITH SCHOOLBOY Q & JHENE AIKO
The Weeknd also just released a new track titled "Often" which immediately shot to the #1 spot on the Billboard Twitter Real-Time Chart. Already being lauded by the likes of MTV, Stereogum, Revolt, Buzzfeed, Hypetrak and more, "Often" is just a taste of what's to come. The Weeknd's last major jaunt, "The Fall Tour", attracted unanimous critical acclaim and hit sold-out venues around the globe. Along the way, the artist and producer has become one of the world's most electrifying, enigmatic, and engaging performers with his dynamic voice and cinematic presentation captivating audiences everywhere.
Upon release last year, The Weeknd's sophomore opus Kiss Land [XO/Republic Records] captured the #1 spot on iTunes Top Albums chart and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200. Meanwhile, his epic 2012 debut, Trilogy, reached platinum status and garnered rave reviews from the likes of Pitchfork, Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian and more.
In addition to these shows, The Weeknd is preparing to seduce listeners yet again with brand new music planned for later this year.
MO BEE TO CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY.
From his production beginnings with Big Daddy Kane to providing a strong musical foundation for Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records, which created groundbreaking multi-platinum success for iconic hip-hop artist The Notorious B.I.G., Easy Mo Bee's handiwork has been felt far and wide within music circles for over two decades. Widely acclaimed for his bass-heavy style and jazzy influence, he has worked with countless notable talents, including Tupac Shakur, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Mos Def, Wu-Tang Clan and Public Enemy.
In celebration of his 25th Anniversary in music, Easy Mo Bee has partnered with Chuck D of Public Enemy's label imprint, SLAMjamz Records (www.slamjamz.com), for the early Fall 2014 release of a new project titled "...And You Don't Stop!" This new offering, Executive Produced by Chuck D, Janol "Mecca" Holmes and Easy Mo Bee, contains selections possessing the Easy Mo Bee flow of innovative instrumentals, which epitomizes his distinct sound. The title track, "...And You Don't Stop," represents the growth and evolution of Easy Mo Bee within music as an artist/music producer.
sponsored events are slated for Fall 2014 in multiple cities, to commemorate
Easy Mo Bee's 25 years in music; they will be announced shortly.
Among those stars in the song "HIT Rappers" LISTEN HERE features such artists as Kokane, Rakaa from Dilated Peoples, PMD, Medusa, Prodigal Sunn and famous Polish opera singer Alicja Wegorzewska.
song is something very unique because it`s an original mix of mainstream
rap artists as well as legendary underground hip-hop artists. The purpose
of the recording is to help children with autism from the Polish foundation
"New Hope" ("Nowa Nadzieja"). The title HIT means
Helping Is Trendy - which is the name of the charity action promoted in
Poland and all over the world.
It`s very important that we all help the kids. Our help can really change their life. If someone buys the CD all of the profits will go to the New Hope Foundation to help children with autism. If you can`t afford the CD you can also share this recording on your facebook or twitter profile. You can watch commercials on youtube to gain money for the children. I would also like to ask the media to show big heart for children with autism by promoting the song, especially the radio stations and tv channels. Remember that by helping the kids you help the world become a better place Snoop Dogg explains.
have to mention once more that all the artists recorded their parts exclusively
just for this project and without any money!
Among the guest artists featured on the album will be Wale, Future, 2 Chainz, Juicy J, and August Alsina. Prominent producers on Point Of No Return are Mike WiLL (Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Rihanna, 2 Chainz, Juicy J, Lil Wayne), Stargate (Beyonce, Rihanna), DJ Mustard (YG, 2 Chainz), Mario Winans (Diddy, Ginuwine), and Red 1 (Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Nicki Minaj).
Cole launches the Point Of No Return Tour on Sunday, July 20th in Minneapolis, MN. El Seven/Republic recording artist Adrian Marcel, whose new single "2 A.M." features Sage The Gemini, will open on the 21 city tour.
Point Of No Return will be Keyshia's first album since 2012's Woman to Woman, which debuted at #10 and quickly rose to #3. The lead single, "Enough of No Love" (ft. Lil Wayne) debuted in the Hot 100 and peaked at #7 R&B/Hip-hop. The single "Trust and Believe" hit #2 R&B/Hip-hop.
Since her 2005 double platinum debut The Way It Is hit #6 Top Albums and #2 R&B/Hip-hop (with the Top 5s "I Should Have Cheated" and platinum "Love"), Keyshia has scored two #1 R&B/Hip-hop albums. 2007's platinum Just Like You debuted #1 R&B/Hip-hop (#2 Top Albums), propelled by the #1s "Let It Go" (ft. Missy Elliott and Lil' Kim), "I Remember" and "Heaven Sent." "Let It Go" was also platinum. The album garnered Cole four Grammy nominations, including for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best Contemporary R&B Album. In 2008, the platinum A Different Me also debuted #1 R&B/Hip-hop and #2 overall, with the Top 5 "Trust" (ft. Monica). 2010's Calling All Hearts debuted #9 Top Albums and #5 R&B/Hip-hop.
Point of No Return
Tour (additional dates to be announced):
LILES TALKS D'ANGELO.
what's going on with D'Angelo?
D SHARES LETTER FROM TUPAC.
"I'm sure u know how highly respected & loved u R by me so your letter definitely warmed my heart. I was also touched by your offer and show of support. It will not go unnoticed. Thanx! It was good 2 hear how well u aRe doing but hey it's only Right. Back in the dayz on tour with u I learned so much from what u did and how u did it. It may be hard 2 c but u have alwayz played a majoR Role in what it is I do 2day. I have a program I want 2 put together and I would like 4 u 2 be a part of it. I'll explain it 2 u in detail on another occasion. I also have a part 4 u in this movie if u R willing and 2 push my luck even more I would be honoRed if i u would appear on this track 4 my next album 'Euthanasia.' The tRack is called 'Da Struggle Continuez.' It will also feature Sista Souljah if God wills. So let me know. I just Received woRd that my bail pending appeal has been granted so I should be free by the time u receive this...I just signed 2 Deathrow so I should be working on this album soon. Thanx Again Chuck! I do believe we can make a difference and I have every intention of doing just that. STAY STRONG!"
INVOLVING SCHOOLBOY Q LIKELY NOT RANDOM.
"This is not just a coincidence. We think there is probably more to it than that," said Jacki Kelley, a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. "It does seem to be more targeted than random."
The rapper was not hurt in Thursday night's shooting, but three other people in the vehicle he was in sustained non-life threatening injuries. One of the victims was released from the hospital Friday morning.
No arrests have been made, but Kelley said investigators have received numerous tips and are trying to determine a motive for the attack in a parking lot at the outdoor venue, where the Beatles and Grateful Dead have performed and U2 filmed "Under a Blood Red Sky."
ScHoolboy Q, whose birth name is Quincy Matthew Hanley, is from Los Angeles. His most recent album, "Oxymoron," debuted at No. 1 earlier this year and reflects his life as a father and former gang member.
He and Kendrick Lamar, who was nominated for seven Grammys this year, are members of Black Hippy.
ScHoolboy Q said on Twitter Friday that he was OK.
"im str8...... dont trip," he wrote. His next tweet said. "and IM STILL GOING TO ICELAND 2MORROW, & NEW YORK WEDNESDAY."
In March, when ScHoolboy Q played at a sold-out show in Denver, someone in the crowd threw an object at the performer, who jumped off the stage to confront the person, The Denver Post reported. Security staff separated them.
Ray Alba, a representative for ScHoolboy Q, didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
The rapper and at least four other people were in the white SUV that was fired on at the venue in the foothills west of Denver, authorities said.
They drove themselves to a Denver intersection about 15 miles away, apparently in search of a hospital, before being stopped by Denver police and taken for medical attention, Kelley said.
ScHoolboy Q and another uninjured person were briefly handcuffed while police assessed the situation, but no one in the vehicle was arrested. Kelley said ScHoolboy Q was not a suspect in the shooting.
Nas and Flying Lotus also performed at the concert that benefited three groups, including the Gang Rescue and Support Project of Denver. Kelley said she did not know if Thursday night's shooting was gang-related.
Promoters said the gang rescue group received 5 percent of the profits. Two other groups also got 5 percent each: Preserve the Rocks, which helps preserve the Red Rocks venue, and Helping Our People Excel, a Denver-area charity with a food pantry and other services.
4,500 people attended the concert at the amphitheater, which seats as
many as 9,525 people
"The success of Beats is great for us. It makes the category understand how valuable our association is to that company," he said. "When they see the company, and see that it sold for $3.1 billion, they go: 'That one is definitely next, that's the one that has the cool factor connected to it while producing quality products.'
"If there's another company that does it, it'll be SMS," he said. "So it's like when you're playing basketball in the park: We got next."
Beats Electronics, the leader in the headphone market and a music streaming company, was acquired by Apple last month. SMS Audio has been around since 2011.
On Wednesday night, 50 Cent was joined by the company's new pitchman, New York Knicks basketball star Carmelo Anthony, at a penthouse hotel party as SMS introduced its new line of sports headphones in both wired and wireless editions.
Anthony said he was interested in being more than a spokesman, saying he already "did the endorsement thing."
"You're seeing everyone make so much money off of me. I want to start making money off of myself," he said. "That was one reason I sought out the opportunity."
he talked freely about his work with SMS, he laughingly brushed off questions
about his basketball future. Anthony is considered one of the top prizes
in the offseason free agency market if he opts to test it.
Senior Vice President of A&R since 2011, Goldstein has focused on
cultivating and bolstering the labels presence within the urban
realm. In 2013, she collaborated with Ariana Grande on the conception
and release of her full-length debut, Yours Truly, which debuted #1 on
the Billboard Top 200 upon release and yielded the #1 double-platinum
smash, The Way[featuring Mac Miller]. Capitalizing on this
success, Goldstein helped Grande catapult to the next level once again
with 2014s Problem [featuring Iggy Azalea]. Upon release,
it was the biggest single debut of the year so far and the fourth highest
for a female in history with over 435,000-plus digital downloads sold.
Moreover, it became the eight highest digital song debut of all-time.
Lipman continues, Wendys been a part of this family since
the beginning. We have a tremendous professional history together. Her
knack for helping artists realize their true potential is genuinely one
of a kind. Its an honor to build upon our legacy as a team.
comments, "I want to continue building the urban presence of Republic
Records. Monte, Avery, and Rob are the greatest. They encourage everyone
around them to thrive. We all share the same mindset. We have a common
goal to finish number one. Its one of the best environments Ive
worked in. We all love music, and we want to build a legacy for the Republic
According to NME, West began by describing Apple as the "number one company" and went on to say "Samsung is not quite Apple." Then, he explained why Samsung is also no Kim Kardashian.
"The reason I said I didnt like Samsung is because throughout my entire life, because of how my parents raised me, I have to work with the number one, I cant work with anyone but Jay Z because he's number one, I cant be with any girl but Kim because thats the girl that I look at her pictures the most and get turned on by. I am not going to represent any company except Louis Vuitton because thats the best," West explained.
spite of his comments about Louis Vuitton, West currently has an endorsement
deal with Adidas. Source: Business Insider
is the Queen of New York City radio she is an incredible talent
who continues to blaze trails and we are excited to have her join the
team at Power 105.1 and The Beat in Miami," said Thea Mitchem, SVP
of Programming Major Markets, CCM+E. "Angie has a long, successful
history and we look forward to expanding her distinctive style and compelling
content to more of our listeners."
Power 105.1's DJ Prostyle, current weekday afternoon host, will move to middays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
On Wednesday, Martinez posted a statement online to her Twitter and Instagram accounts, as well as announcing on-air, saying that she was leaving Hot 97. She wrote, "Today I resigned from HOT97. I am grateful to the Emmis family for my time with the company and the immeasurable way that it has shaped my life. We made history together in so many ways and I will cherish those memories and my friendships forever. This was one of the toughest decisions I've ever had to make but ultimately it is time to move on, to grow and to be challenged in new ways. Saying goodbye is always emotional and bitter sweet but I am extremely excited about the future. Thank you HOT97 and most importantly....the listeners... for an unimaginable journey. Today will be my last show -- stay tuned.... Love, angie"
OF MISCHIEF ANNOUNCE 6TH ALBUM.
Starting with their landmark debut '93 'til Infinity, Oakland's four-person rap group Souls of Mischief has blazed the trail for hip hop's evolution. Members Tajai, A-Plus, Phesto, and Opio have left their mark sonically, lyrically, and stylistically on Kanye West, Just Blaze, Big Sean, Big K.R.I.T., P. Diddy, Vampire Weekend, John Mayer, and many more who have cited them as cultural icons and influencers. Souls is also credited as having pioneered the independent label movement when they started Hieroglyphic Imperium Records in 1997 following their departure with JIVE Records, creating the infrastructure blueprint for other succesful independent hip hop labels. Co-founders of the Hiero label also include emcees Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, and producer Domino. Souls' also forged hip-hop's relationship with the skate, surf, and snowboard communities after iconic skate brands included their music in their VHS videotapes in the mid-90's. The group's creative output and legacy as a whole continues to thrive, and they show no sign of stopping. In 2013, Souls celebrated the 20 year anniversary of '93 til Infinity, prepped a documentary film, embarked on a 50-city "Still Infinity Tour," and released a joint 20th anniversary limited edition tee shirt capsule collection with Ecko Unlimited. They are now prepping for the August 26th release of their sixth studio album, There Is Only Now, a cinematic collaborative effort with renowned producer Adrian Younge on Adrian's newly launched Linear Labs record label.
RAP REALITY SERIES SECURES DISTRO DEAL WITH FUSE.
Road to Total Slaughter will feature eight of the top battle MCs in the country living together as they vie in a single-elimination tournament, for the chance to perform later this summer on the biggest stage in the history of battle rap. The new generation of stars will be mentored along the way by battle rap legends Loaded Lux and Murda Mook, with each of the four episodes culminating in a high-stakes, drama-filled battle judged by the Shady Records super-group Slaughterhouse. The eight battle rappers competing in Road to Total Slaughter are Arsonal (Newark, NJ), Aye Verb (St. Louis, MO), Big T (Chicago, IL), Cortez (Brooklyn, NY), Daylyt (Watts, CA), Dizaster (Los Angeles, CA), Marv Won (Detroit, MI) and Math Hoffa (Brooklyn, NY).
Fuse will air the first episode of Road to Total Slaughter on Wednesday, June 18 at midnight, with subsequent episodes to roll out weekly on June 25, July 2 and July 9. The network will also air the special Bright Lights on July 10, which will provide a documentary-style look inside the lives of the four Total Slaughter headlinersJoe Budden, Loaded Lux, Murda Mook, and Hollow Da Donas they prepare for the main event.
Executive producers on Road to Total Slaughter and Bright Lights are Ben Silverman, Drew Buckley, Evan Bregman and Montrel McKay of Electus, and Paul Rosenberg and Marshall Mathers of Shady Films.
"This partnership with Fuse provides an invaluable platform to bring the culture and sport of battle rap to a wider audience," says Montrel McKay, Executive Director of Development at Electus. "The team at Fuse believes in our and Shady Films' vision for the potential of battle rap, and it's exciting to have a partner who's willing to take an unfiltered and authentic look into this world."
Total Slaughter will be the debut live main event for the newly formed battle league of the same name, which was launched earlier this year by Eminem's Shady Films and Slaughterhouse. The event will take place at Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center in New York City on Saturday, July 12.
BIOPIC FINALLY GETS GREEN LIGHT.
Sources say the studio has assembled its leading threesome to tackle the roles of Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the late Eazy-E. The three parties with approval - Cube, Dre and Eazy-E's widow Tomica Wright - have signed off on the actors who will play the core members of the seminal rap group.
It's no secret that Cube has been lobbying for his son, O'Shea Jackson Jr., 24, to be cast as the teen version of his father, and it appears he got his wish.
Less known is the classically trained actor who is said to have won the role of Dre, Marcus Callender. Although the alum of New York's Shakespeare Lab at the Public Theater might be more familiar with Chekhov than Compton's gang-plagued streets, he beat out a phalanx of would-be rappers (the Beats co-founder originally wanted Michael B. Jordan to play him, but the actor is about to take on a Fantastic Four reboot at Fox). Still, Callender has some screen credits, including the pilot for Steve Zaillian's Criminal Justice on HBO, as well as bit parts in the CBS series Blue Bloods and Elementary.
Even more obscure is Jason Mitchell, who insiders say landed the role of Eazy-E after an out-of-the-park screen test. If his casting sticks, it will make for a great backstory, given that he is said to have no acting background and works in a kitchen. (Ironically, IMDB.com already lists two actors that are not correct: Donat Sean Abiff as Dre and Brian Gilbert as Cube.)
The casting of the
film has been followed breathlessly for some time, ever since the studio
first announced plans to bring the gangsta rap pioneers to the big screen.
Despite scripts by Alan Wenkus, S. Leigh Savidge and Andrea Berloff, the
project languished for years. But in 2012, F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job)
became attached to the project, reviving its prospects. And in late 2013,
Jonathan Herman did a major script overhaul, which got the studio excited.
Then, in the spring, Universal shot a sequence in Los Angeles in order
to qualify for California's film tax credit, which is set to expire. With
the film technically underway, Universal had to find its cast. Sources
say Wright was the final holdout, but she has finally given her stamp
of approval, paving the way for principal photography to begin in less
than two months. Source: Billboard
West seemed to be in a good mood Friday night at the annual festival just three weeks after his marriage to Kardashian in Florence, Italy. The 37-year-old rapper made no mention of his new wife, but Kardashian was on hand for the show. She watched from the soundboard, about 50 yards from her husband on the main stage, in stylish but muddy Bonnaroo-unfriendly high heels and white pants. She sang along and occasionally waved her hands in the air with the crowd.
The show comes six years after West famously began his first Bonnaroo appearance at 4:30 a.m. following technical delays with his set. West mentioned that appearance, again skewering Pearl Jam for delaying his start and the media he says inaccurately portrayed the reasons for his late start.
At one point, West stopped his set and repeatedly shouted: "Where the press at? Where the press at?"
There were many reporters on hand to catch the performance, marking what time he'd show up. West appeared 10 minutes after his listed start time and played a mix of hits and cuts from his 2013 album "Yeezus," which offered the most visually arresting moments of the night. He wrapped his set with the powerful "Blood on the Leaves" after about 90 minutes, 20 minutes before his scheduled finish.
The show, played under a full moon, included elements from West's recent arena tour, including one of the masks he wore. But he ditched the snow-capped mountain and white Jesus in favor of a 30-foot-tall LED screen. West performed mostly in silhouette, relying on the big screen to relay his distorted image to much of the crowd. Though most sang along with West, many fans could not see the artist perform.
Many of the elements in the show will be familiar to fans who've seen him recently. He gave a pep talk at one point, encouraging creative people to pursue their dreams. And he compared himself to John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison, calling himself the biggest rock star in the world.
And he returned to a favorite speech about how he no longer needs hit songs or radio airplay because he's not competing with other living artists. He's looking to install himself as a timeless cultural icon.
"I ain't going
after nobody on the radio," West said. "I'm going after Shakespeare.
I'm going after Walt Disney. I'm going after Howard Hughes. I'm going
after Genghis Khan. I'm going after Henry Ford ..."
Lebron James share in the Beats by Dre company is undisclosed, but he has reportedly made 10% of the $3 billion sale of the headphone and music streaming company. Iovine and Dre gave James prototypes of the Beats headphones back in 2008, prior to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Lebron James was given a share in Beats by Dre in exchange for promoting the headset. The deal is being tagged the biggest equity cash payout for a professional athlete in history.
ANNOUNCES FATHERS DAY BASKETBALL TOURNY.
"ATTENTION: All #AAU 10u & 11u travel teams........ The @froggallstars are having our 1st annual #FathersDay tournament Saturday the 14th & Sunday the 15th for 10u & 11u teams !!!!!! There will be shuttles & you will be given the meet location upon your teams entry into the tournament. We also have surprise guests & gifts for winning teams as well as food & beverage service..... We only have a few spots left in both divisions so if interested....... Direct message @froggallstarsdirector or email Burrell Lee at email@example.com for more info... We look forward to seeing all of you this weekend - TheGame #froggallstars #weready #nikebasketball #hoops #summer #fun #basketball #kids #food #family," - Game
AND LIL WAYNE ANNOUNCE TOUR.
Citi is the official credit card of the Drake Vs Lil Wayne Tour. Citi card members will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, June 17 at 10:00 a.m. through Thursday, June 19 at 10:00 p.m. through Citi's Private Pass Program.
VS LIL WAYNE TOUR
Over the past two decades, Birdman has forged a longstanding professional and personal relationship with the Maloof family. Given that bond, Maloof Ventures presented Never Hungover to the visionary entrepreneur and Cash Money Records co-leader, and he immediately saw potential in the brand, initiating this collaboration. Together, these two entities strive to lift the brand up as a household name and the leader in hangover prevention.
About the partnership, Birdman comments, It was only a matter of time before I would get to do something with the Maloof family. As soon as they showed me Never Hungover, I realized its immense promise, and I wanted to be a part of the brand. We all share the same enthusiasm and excitement. Through this partnership, were going to make a big impact on the marketplace.
I've known Birdman for several years and found him to be an engaging personality and brilliant business mind. His building of Cash Money Records to prominence is an amazing American success story. The combination of Maloof Ventures with Birdman and his team is going to take Never Hungover to even greater heights, shares Gavin Maloof.
Steven Ferraro of Maloof Ventures says, By coming together, we provide a lot of power. Its an effective direct-to-market approach resulting from this formidable alliance. Together, were aspiring to make Never Hungover part of peoples lifestyle, maximize visibility, and accelerate rapid growth for the brand.
That growth is due to the brands validity. Already, it has been featured on the television show Doctors. Expect more news about this partnership soon.
Never Hungover founder & C.E.O. Parrish Whitaker discovered this drink, before you drink serendipitously. When his sister was undergoing treatment for Lupus, he realized that the supplement that aided in her recovery could also be used to help prevent hangovers. After experimenting with different uses of this proprietary formula, Whitaker discovered that the mix of ingredients also helped minimize the effects caused by hangover symptoms when consumed before or while drinking. He immediately trademarked the name and began working on launching the product. Phil Maloof sampled Never Hungover at a spirit trade convention, and he realized that it actually worked. At that point, Maloof Ventures acquired Never Hungover and put it into official production, refining a satisfying lime-aid flavor, creating a clean, engaging bottle design and packaging, and officially bringing it to market in January 2014 at GNC stores nationwide.
Hungover is a great tasting dietary supplement that is comprised of a
natural vitamin blend, antioxidants, amino acids, nutrients, and minerals.
It is packaged as a 2oz serving in a bottle that can be consumed as a
shot or mixer, as well as a 750ML bottle for on premise locations. It
is designed to take up to an hour before or while consuming alcohol and
experiences optimal results when taking one bottle per four drinks. It
is caffeine and gluten-free. It contains zero carbs, calories, and no
CHAPPELLE & NAS COME TOGETHER FOR FINAL SHOW.
Five consecutive comedy shows and four music and comedy shows make up the Radio City Music Hall run for Dave Chappelle starting June 18 through June 26.
Chappelle approaches the 10th anniversary of his concert movie Block Party,
filmed in 2004, in Brooklyn, this run of shows at Radio City are Chappelle's
first announced NYC engagement in over 10 years.
In an effort to combat chronic absenteeism across the district, DPS partnered with Get Schooled and its founding partner, Viacom, through the company's Viacommunity social responsibility umbrella, to offer the Detroit Attendance Challenge in support of the district's "On Time. All Day. Every Day." Campaign. The Attendance Campaign falls under the district's five-year Strategic Plan to initiate new methods to better serve the needs of students and families. The district implemented a new Attendance Policy in the fall of 2013 to provide a standardized and consistent district-wide policy for better enforcement and increase accountability among students, parents, staff and support agencies.
"The correlation between success in life and daily attendance in school is inarguable," said Big Sean. "As a former DPS student, I could not be more proud of the district for taking the issue of attendance seriously, and of Bates Academy for its awesome achievement. I'm excited to have the chance to celebrate the students' commitment to showing up for school, all day, every day."
In recognition of the role youth leadership played in affecting change on school campuses during the Challenge, Get Schooled and Viacom have founded the Get Schooled Student Leadership Corps in partnership with Detroit-based nonprofit, the Coleman A. Young Foundation (CAYF). At the recommendation of The Skillman Foundation, Get Schooled tapped the longstanding CAYF to serve as the implementation partner for the new initiative. As principal for the day, Big Sean will help launch the Corps' inaugural class of 30 students from across DPS. He will join Sway, Mike Grams, metro Detroit native and Chief Operating Officer of Taco Bell, and Get Schooled Executive Director, Marie Groark, along with senior leadership from DPS in a conversation about leadership with the inaugural class of the Get Schooled Leadership Corps.
students have been working hard all year to boost their attendance,"
said Marie Groark, Executive Director of Get Schooled. "We are excited
Big Sean is able to recognize their hard work and determination, and even
more thrilled that he will be able to join us for the announcement of
our first-ever student leadership corps, right here in Detroit."
The Challenge, which is made possible by a partnership between Get Schooled, Viacom and DPS, took place over three rounds of competition this spring. More than half of all DPS middle and high schools were active and engaged in the campaign by checking into school every day on the Get Schooled website, and participating in online discussions about school involvement, career aspirations and study tips. The final round of the competition included the prize of a visit from Big Sean.
"I am beyond pleased by the hard work and dedication our students have demonstrated throughout the course of this campaign," said Dr. Cleo M. Moody, principal at Bates Academy. "Get Schooled has done a remarkable job of making the very important issue of attendance relevant to students by connecting it to popular culture. Seeing our kids come together in pursuit of a common goal that resulted in improved attendance and an increased level of engagement, was truly rewarding."
MAKES HISTORY / DIGITAL DIAMOND AWARDS.
Slim Shady just earned a new Diamond certification in recognition of the single "Not Afraid" surpassing the 10 million threshold counting song sales and streams. He also holds an 11x multi-Platinum Digital Single Diamond Award for "Love The Way You Lie" (featuring Rihanna). In addition to two Diamond song honors, Eminem also has two 10x multi-Platinum Diamond certified albums: The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show. His career RIAA album awards represent more than 37 million sold in the United States, while his digital single certifications surpass the 31 million threshold, counting downloads and streams and spanning 10 separate songs.
"We are delighted to recognize Eminem as the first artist to earn two RIAA Digital Diamond Awards," commented Cary Sherman, Chairman & CEO of the RIAA. "This singular achievement earning a Diamond Award on two separate digital songs is unparalleled, and we congratulate him on forever etching a mark in Gold & Platinum Program history."
Meanwhile, Eminem will kick off The Monster Tour with Rihanna this summer in Los Angeles on August 7 and 8. The brief tour also hits Detroit on August 16 and 17, and New York on August 22 and 23.
KIM GIVES BIRTH TO ROYAL REIGN.
Beginning this summer, EverFi will provide digital learning opportunities to students attending the Summer of Innovation Camp coordinated by From One Hand to AnOTHER in Virginia Beach, VA. Designed to spark student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the camps will reach over 500 students in third through eighth grades and provide them with Ignition - Digital Literacy & Responsibility and Vault - Understanding Money, two of EverFi's web-based courses designed for elementary and middle school students.
"Children are filled with so much possibility and potential, but it's critical that we surround them with opportunities to learn, to be creative, and to have access to passionate teachers and mentors," said Pharrell Williams. "If we're going to develop a prepared workforce and the future leaders of America, we need to make these kinds of critical learning opportunities possible even during the summer months."
To announce the initiative, Pharrell Williams headlined a kickoff event at his alma mater, Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach on Saturday, June 7. More than 800 students, administrators, and community members attended the event including Virginia delegate Ron Villanueva and Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms, who presented Pharrell Williams with a key to the city. Representatives from the office of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe also announced an official proclamation naming June 7 as Pharrell Williams Day across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
We're incredibly fortunate to be working together with one of the world's great creative forces and education advocates," said Tom Davidson, EverFi chief executive officer. "This partnership is exactly the kind we need to elevate the importance of STEM education and mentorship."
With EverFi's Ignition, students learn how to live and succeed in the modern digital world filled with smartphones, computers, Internet, online identity risks, and cyberbullying. The curriculum focuses on building digital skills, such as creating a blog and maintaining a responsible social networking profile, while also helping students understand the technology skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow. EverFi's Vault increases students' knowledge and builds the foundation for making good financial decisions at a young age. For example, students are challenged to learn financial responsibility, build money management skills, and understand the importance of insurance and long-term savings.
NAMES WOLDS MOST DESIRABLE WOMAN @ 2014 GUYS CHOICE AWARDS.
She challenged comedian Kevin Hart, who asked, How many men are mad that she didn't come naked?, as he presented the singer with the award in Los Angeles on Saturday 7 June.
I knew pervs like you would be here at the Guys Choice Awards, said to Hart. Well, I mean, thank you for voting me for this at 26 because we all know it goes downhill from here. But this is a fun award, I appreciate it. Shout out to all the real men out there. The show will premiere on Spike TV on Wednesday, June 11, at 9 p.m.
BOYS AWARDED $1.7 MILLION IN MONSTER CASE.
Thursday's ruling ends a case in which the two surviving members of the band testified about their staunch opposition to the use of their music in commercial endorsements.
"We're happy," rapper Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz said outside the courtroom after the federal court jury in Manhattan returned its verdict after a day of deliberations.
The Corona, California-based Monster Energy Co. had admitted wrongly using Beastie Boys songs in a video that was online for five weeks. But the beverage maker insisted it should owe no more than $125,000. The Beastie Boys had sought $2 million.
Horovitz clasped his wife's hand tightly in the first row of spectator seating as the judge read aloud a verdict in which jurors found Monster had committed willful copyright infringement involving five songs: "Sabotage," ''So Watcha Want," ''Make Some Noise," ''Pass the Mic" and "Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun."
Jurors chose to award $120,000 for each of 10 violations of copyright. The jury also awarded an additional $500,000 after finding that Monster used the bands' persona without permission, suggesting a false endorsement of Monster's products.
The sometimes lighthearted New York rappers were humorless at trial, with Horovitz sitting intently through testimony and deliberations for a case he clearly took seriously. As it became clear the band was getting almost everything it asked for, Horovitz nodded in agreement with several of the findings. He hugged his wife after the verdict.
Outside court, he said the band wanted to thank the jury. Jurors had already left the building, with each of them declining comment. Lawyers for Monster said the company would appeal.
The eight-day trial featured testimony from Horovitz and bandmate Michael "Mike D" Diamond, who also attended the trial most days. Another member of the band, the gravelly-voiced rapper Adam "MCA" Yauch, died in May 2012 at age 47 after a nearly three-year battle with cancer.
Horovitz had testified the legendary hip-hop group would never license songs to endorse commercial products.
Diamond testified that the band is protective of and dependent for revenue on its existing catalog of music since Yauch died.
"We cannot tour. We cannot make recordings," he said.
Beastie Boys, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, have
turned out four No. 1 albums and sold more than 40 million records as
they helped bring hip-hop to the mainstream over the last three decades.
In 1986, they topped the charts with their debut, "Licensed to Ill,"
which include the anthem "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)"
One Music is proud to announce a new marketing/ distribution deal with
superstar The Game (Jayceon Taylor) through Blood Money La Familia/Fifth
Amendment Ent./eOne Music. The new album, BLOOD MONEY LA FAMILIA, is scheduled
to be released on September 16, 2014 with the first 2 singles BIGGER
THAN ME and OR NAH dropping this month. The album is
executive produced by long time Game associate Cash Wack Jones,
and Stat Quo.
BY Will.i.am ?
my contracts not like that, he explains. Thats
why, at the same time, I was also a consultant at Intel and also working
at a lot of companies. Before Alicia Keys was at BlackBerry, I was at
Blackberry, when BlackBerry was BlackBerry. I used to work with Mike [Lazaridis]
and Jim [Balsillie] at BlackBerry from around 2007-2009."
will.i.am sporting a prototype of the Beats by Dre headphones before they were on the market while on CNN with the late Maya Angelou.
He also mentions writing lyrics to Boom Boom Pow which reference rocking them Beats (not a reference to the blockrocking kind) and, perhaps most audacious, the BEPs 2011 Super Bowl appearance. There, in the middle of the 50 yeard line in Arlington, TX, the Peas' stage formed a Beats logo with an arrow pointing to it just as Slash emerged from below to play Sweet Child O Mine with Fergie channeling her best Axl (video below).
"I think he's a creative genius," says Omar Johnson, Beats CMO. "He's been a great advocate for the brand and he's been a great advocate for the mission. I remember standing at the Super Bowl and turning my head and being like 'Holy shit!' Will will always surpise you."
says the Super Bowl stunt was a "gift for Jimmy," whom he has
called a father figure, mentor and teacher. Iovine has played an integral
role in his life since 1997 when Warner, V2, Sony and Interscope were
all in the hunt to sign the Black Eyed Peas. According to him there were
offers of over a million dollars on the table while Iovines offer
was only $450,000.
BEPs signed with Interscope, but not before Will explained to his band
mates that they werent actually leaving money on the table. I
was like, Yeah, its a million, but theyre paying us
with our money. Theyre just paying us in advance of money that were
gonna make already. If we believe in ourselves, we should go with Jimmy
because we can record with him regardless of how many records we sell.
So lets go here. And Jimmy kept his promise.
out this text [Jimmy] sent me. I said, 'Congratulations Jimmy, you took
the seed of an idea of doing hardware and you planted it, you nurtured
it, you watered it and every once in a while Id come around to soil
the ground. But you built an oak tree! And he said, You know
Will, this is just the beginning of what we are going to do. I feel good
that I kept my promise to will.i.am that he could always record with me
while I was at Interscope. And that shit made me cry. That shit
made me cry like, yo, this guy told me the truth in 1997! Sign with me
in 1997 and we can always make records.
the prospect of exclusives on streaming services raises fascinating possibilities
for the future of the music business and tech behemoths, will.i.am paints
another interesting scenario. Think if Apple didnt buy Beats,
he says. and Beats said to T-Mobile, Were just gonna
take the music service and embed it into the headphone, that would
be software and hardware. Imagine if Apple didn't buy Beats and then they
combined it. Look at how powerful iTunes was when it launched. So Beats
and Beats Music was an uh-oh to everyone and Apple saw it. Apple were
the first uh-oh to everybody in consumer electronics in 2004."
INKS WITH NO I.D.'S ARTIUM/DEF JAM.
"Common and I have a long history of making great music together," said No I.D. "His rich legacy and robust talent are perfect additions to the Def Jam family. It's particularly significant that he's coming under our roof for his 10th album as a matured artist and cultural ambassador. It's a tremendous boost for the spirit of Def Jam as well as the world of hip-hop."
Since his motion picture debut in 2006 (Smokin' Aces), Common has carved out an impressive career in more than a dozen films, including such major box office successes as American Gangster (2007), Street Kings (2008), Terminator Salvation (2009), Date Night (2010), and more. Common is also the lead co-star on AMC's post-Civil War western action series Hell On Wheels, returning for a fourth season this summer 2014.
The album title Nobody's Smiling was inspired by Common's troubled hometown of Chicago, "I'm honored to team up with No I.D. and be a part of the Artium and Def Jam family. ? Creating this album and signing to Def Jam feels like a new beginning for me. I feel like a new artist because I created this album with the purpose to give back to my city and to the culture of hip hop. Def Jam is part of the foundation of hip hop and being able to work with No I.D. was returning to my foundation now with new energy and new hunger."
AIKO INKS WITH BMI.
Produced by Fisticuffs, the song hit No. 1 on Billboards Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop chart this year, making Aiko the first female artist to top the chart as a lead with a debut single since 2008.
The singer/songwriter is due to release "Souled Out," her full-length album debut, in late summer through Artium/Def Jam. The sets producers include No I.D. and Fisticuffs. Aiko has also garnered three nominations for the 2014 BET Awards (June 29): best female R&B/pop artist, the Centric Award and the Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award.
a statement announcing the signing, BMI VP, writer/publisher relations
Catherine Brewton said, Jhené Aiko has brought a new and
fresh sound to music. Her smooth voice and compelling lyrics are the perfect
combination to fill a void in popular music. Source:
John has an incredible ear and eye for talent, and Im pleased to see him step up into a bigger role at the company, said new IGA chairman and CEO John Janick in a statement. "Hes an instrumental part of our team here, and his commitment to his artists cant be overstated."
The 31-year-old Ehmann began his career in the music business in 2004 as an intern at J records prior to the label's merger with RCA.
DUPRI & NE-YO TO RECEIVE SPECIAL HONORS.
During the ceremony, Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist, songwriter and producer Jermaine Dupri will be presented with prestigious ASCAP Founders Award. The award is among the most prestigious honors that ASCAP gives to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Each recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of creative genius that will enrich generations to come. Past recipients include Ashford & Simpson, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Dr. Dre, Berry Gordy Jr. & Motown Industries, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Smokey Robinson, Patti Smith, Rod Stewart and Stevie Wonder.
"For over two decades, Jermaine has consistently provided the world with hit after hit after hit, many of which we already know as classics," commented ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams. "Over the years, ASCAP has honored only the cream of the songwriting crop with our Founders Award. And in our 100th year as the leading PRO, we're thrilled to add Jermaine to this impressive list of music creators."
Jermaine Dupri has established a successful career as a hip-hop artist, producer, songwriter, author and CEO of So So Def Recordings, which he founded in 1989. He has collaborated with artists such as Usher, Mariah Carey and Nelly. His career milestones include the release of several platinum recordings as CEO of So So Def and winning a Grammy for Best R&B Song. He is one of only a few producers in music history to garner four positions in the Top 10 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart at one time. He is also the first recipient of the Billboard Otis Redding Excellence Award for his achievements both in and outside the studio. Jermaine Dupri previously won the ASCAP Golden Note Award in 2005.
Prolific songwriter-producer Ne-Yo will receive the ASCAP Golden Note Award, which is presented to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Previous honorees include Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jermaine Dupri, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Jay-Z, Quincy Jones, Alicia Keys, LL Cool J, Lionel Richie, Usher, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder.
"We are thrilled to present Ne-Yo with the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award this year. We can't think of anyone else more deserving of this award based on the extraordinary career milestones we've seen him achieve through the years. We are excited to honor an artist who continues to push the limits of R&B and popular music with his incredible creativity," commented ASCAP VP of Rhythm & Soul Membership Nicole George-Middleton.
In the nearly ten years since Ne-Yo first broke onto the scene, the Grammy Award winner has racked up an entire career's worth of accomplishments as both a recording artist and songwriter for artists such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Jay Z, Usher, Pitbull, Jennifer Hudson, Chrisette Michele and many, many more. His 2004 breakout song, Mario's "Let Me Love You," was a #1 Hot 100 hit that Billboard later determined to be the eighth most successful single of the decade. His first three albums -- 2006's In My Own Words, 2007's Because of You and 2008's Year of the Gentleman -- all went platinum in the US, bolstered by hits like "So Sick," "Because of You" and the Grammy Award-winning "Miss Independent." Five solo albums and countless hits later, Ne-Yo is still a major force on the music scene, currently serving as Senior Vice President of A&R at Motown Records.
During the ceremony, other top awards will also be given to the Songwriter of the Year, Publisher of the Year, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song, Top Rap Song and Top Gospel Song. The evening will feature performances by several award-winning songwriters/performers, and will be attended by some of the top names in the music and entertainment industry.
HONORED FOR STYLE @ CFDA FASHION AWARDS.
The singer and pop culture star, dressed in a see-through fishnet dress, gloves and headscarf embellished with thousands of crystals, was awarded the group's 2014 Fashion Icon Award. Previous honorees have been Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, Nicole Kidman and Johnny Depp.
Also being honored at the glamorous ceremony at New York's Lincoln Center was designer Tom Ford, who won the CFDA's lifetime achievement award. The prestigious Founder's Award went to Bethann Hardison, a former model and modeling agent who has been a vocal champion for diversity on runways.
Joseph Altuzarra won CFDA's womenswear award while the menswear award went to designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, the duo behind the label Public School. Sisters Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen won the accessories award. CFDA's international award went to Raf Simons, of Dior.
The annual show, hosted this year by director and screenwriter John Waters, draws a mix of fashion insiders and Hollywood. This year, Rihanna was clearly the big name, along with an even newer fashion star: Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o, who presented the womenswear award. Others in attendance included Marion Cotillard, Blake Lively, Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha, Jennifer Hudson, Anna Wintour and Emmy Rossum.
Speaking of Rihanna before the show, designer Zac Posen called the pop star a fashion risk-taker, who skillfully melds red-carpet glamour with a rebellious streak. Rihanna's choice for Monday's event of a sparkling, revealing, body-hugging gown, designed by Adam Selman, epitomized Posen's description.
"She takes risks and she marches to her own drum and she knows what she likes," Posen told The Associated Press in an interview. He recalled meeting the singer at his studio before she launched her first album.
"She was a fashion world novice then," he said, "but obviously she had looks and confidence and little-girl charm. All the ingredients were there for her to be a huge superstar: ambition, strength, and also vulnerability." Rihanna's occasional use of shock value, he said, "has kept her current, and balanced how classically beautiful she is."
Rihanna also has a great appreciation for designers, Posen added: "That's why people love to dress her."
HALL SHOW CANCELLED AFTER 1 SEASON.
Hall's bid to recreate the success he enjoyed 20 years ago failed to find a big enough audience in the ever-crowded TV market.
CBS Television Production had previously announced Hall's syndicated show would be back for a second season, but faced the prospect of stations moving it to lesser time slots as ratings fell.
In a statement, Hall said he knew launching the show would be a challenge.
"I'm gratified for the year we've had and proud of the show we created," the actor and comedian added.
The show is in reruns and won't resume production, a show spokesman said. The last original episode aired May 21.
When Hall began his original series in 1989, he was seen as the cool alternative to Johnny Carson and "The Tonight Show" on NBC. Guests including sax playing-presidential candidate Bill Clinton helped push Hall into the spotlight.
By 1994, with increased competition from new "Tonight" host Jay Leno and CBS' David Letterman, Hall's ratings had slipped and the show ended.
When Hall returned last year, he was fighting for attention with even more programs, including ABC's Jimmy Kimmel and the Comedy Central lineup.
The cancellation of Hall's show returns the late-night talk show scene to almost uniformly white male hosts, with a few exceptions such as Tavis Smiley on PBS.
BEVERAGE RELEASES STATEMENT ON BEASTIE BOYS TRIAL.
Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of UMG, said, "I'm thrilled to announce John Janick's promotion to Chairman and CEO of IGA. Since coming to UMG nearly two years ago, he has consistently shown why he is widely regarded as one of the most talented, innovative and entrepreneurial executives in the music business today and will be a key player in the future generation of industry leaders. John is the ideal executive to be writing the next chapter in IGA's illustrious history."
Grainge continued, "What Jimmy has done for IGA and UMG is immeasurable. I cannot express how enormously grateful I am for both his partnership and his friendship. While we will miss him as a member of the UMG family, with his appointment at Apple, Jimmy will now be in a position to expand and extend his singular vision and talent, the result of which will, undoubtedly, accelerate the growth of the entire music industry. We look forward to the next exciting phase of Jimmy's extraordinary career as that special creative spark Jimmy brings to whatever he touches leads to innovations and advances in entertainment and technology that will delight music fans around the world."
Iovine said, "John Janick has exactly what it takes to lead Interscope Geffen A&M: he started his own label, he understands the art of making records and the unique dynamic between a record label and artist, as well as the enormous responsibility that comes with representing one of the greatest artist rosters ever assembled. It's always been so important to me to be able to identify and train the right successor, so I'm thrilled to have found John Janick. And during the last few years, as I was preparing John to take the reins, Lucian Grainge was transforming UMG, a transformation that made it possible for me to make this transition knowing that Interscope is in good hands."
Janick said, "To have been able to work alongside Jimmy Iovine and contribute to the current success of Interscope Geffen A&M--three of the most storied brands in musichas been an extraordinary privilege. Now to be appointed Jimmy's successor and be in a position to carry on his tradition of creative excellence and innovation is a truly humbling honor. I want to thank Lucian and Jimmy for their belief in me and for fostering an environment that values artistry and entrepreneurship above all else."
Janick, who joined IGA in October 2012 and took over the day-to-day management responsibilities of the company, has enjoyed a highly successful partnership with Iovine. Recently, IGA realized industry-leading commercial and creative success. From 2012 to 2013, IGA achieved a 1.04% increase in current US album (plus TEA) market share according to Nielsen SoundScan, the greatest increase in current share for any UMG label during the period. The strong results have been driven by a series of new and established artist successes across a wide variety of genres. Among the many achievements were platinum and multi-platinum-selling releases by Eminem, Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Rey, Maroon 5, Phillip Phillips and Robin Thicke.
CHAIRMAN & CEO RELEASES STATEMENT REGARDING JIMMY IOVINE'S APPOINTMENT
@ APPLE & BEATS SALE. "History
teaches us that great entrepreneurs are few and far between. Jimmy Iovine
is one of that small number of entrepreneurs who, by doing so much so
well in so many different arenas, have left their indelible mark. He founded,
and for more than 20 years has led Interscope, a label that has consistently
been in the forefront of the music business, both artistically and commercially.
He has put in place, developed and mentored there a world-class management
team. At the same time, Jimmy co-founded Beats, a wildly-successful, cutting-edge
company that revolutionized how consumers listen to music, and from there
went on to build a platform that is advancing the evolution of the access
model for the entire music industry. Based on mutual trust and respect,
UMG's singular relationship with Jimmy permitted his innovation to flourish
in all these ways. Together we created a once-in-a-generation opportunity
that allowed Jimmy to maximize the use of his many talents. In recent
years, as Jimmy partnered with John Janick, one of the industry's most
talented and promising young executives, Interscope's results have skyrocketed.
We thank Jimmy for both the incomparable leadership he's provided to Interscope
and UMG and for the highly beneficial partnership UMG has enjoyed with
Beats. We wish Jimmy the very best and look forward to enhancing our partnerships
with Apple and Beats for many years to come."
"We like sports," Horovitz told the lawyer for beverage-maker Monster Energy Co. He said snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing are all hits with the band he started with two others in the 1980s when he was a teenager.
The testimony came at a trial stemming from a lawsuit the band brought against the Corona, California-based Monster.
The company admits it violated the Beastie Boys' copyrights by including its songs in a video that was online for five weeks. But it insists it should owe no more than $125,000, partly because it was viewed fewer than 14,000 times. The band wants over $2 million.
On Tuesday, Horovitz testified immediately after opening statements, saying flatly: "We don't license our songs for products."
Cross-examined by attorney Dana Michelle Susman on Wednesday, Horovitz agreed that the band had licensed songs for use in a video made by a watch maker. But he said it was because his fellow band mate was friends with the company's owner and because the proceeds were destined for charity.
He said it was also natural that the band would support outdoor sports. The music included at least three Beastie Boys songs and accompanied video of snowboarders doing stunts and speaking on camera.
"We come from a community of snowboarders, skateboarders, extreme sports world, so we're enthusiasts of that," he testified.
At one point, he tried to steer the conversation back to Monster.
"We're here because Monster Energy used our music without a license," Horovitz said.
After testifying, Horovitz returned to the first row of the courtroom's spectator section, where he sat with his wife and watched John Silva, his Los Angeles music manager, testify about contracts.
OFFICIAL - APPLE AQUIRES BEATS FOR $3 BILLION.
Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple, said Tim Cook, Apples CEO. Thats why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world.
Ive always known in my heart that Beats belonged with Apple, said Jimmy Iovine. The idea when we started the company was inspired by Apples unmatched ability to marry culture and technology. Apples deep commitment to music fans, artists, songwriters and the music industry is something special.
Wednesday's announcement comes nearly three weeks after deal negotiations were leaked to the media. It's by far the most expensive acquisition in Apple's 38-year history, a price that the company is paying to counter a threat posed to its iTunes store.
The price consists of $2.6 billion in cash and $400 million in Apple stock that will vest over an unspecified time period. The deal is expected to close before October.
With $1.1 billion in revenue last year, Beats is already making money and will boost Apple's earnings once the new fiscal year begins in October, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in an interview.
"We have known these guys forever," Cook said of Iovine and Dre. "We've dated, we've gone steady and now we are getting married. This relationship started a decade ago, so we know there is an incredible cultural fit. These two guys have a very rare set of skills. It's like finding a particular grain of sand on the beach. It's that rare."
Iovine, 61, and Dre, 49, will both become key executives in Apple's music divisions, though Cook said their roles haven't been determined yet. Cook indicated Beats' music streaming service was the main selling point in the deal, though the headphone line also is expected to continue growing, too.
Although he believes most technology companies are "culturally inept," Iovine said he believes Apple will empower Beats to realize its goals of improving the sound of digital music and creating playlists tailored for each subscriber.
"To complete our dream, we needed a company like (Apple)," Iovine said in an interview. "We couldn't finish this on our own."
The growing popularity of music streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify has been reducing sales of songs and albums, a business that iTunes has dominated for the past decade. U.S. sales of downloaded songs slipped 1 percent last year to $2.8 billion while streaming music revenue surged 39 percent to $1.4 billion, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
Although Apple broke into streaming with the launch of iTunes Radio last September, the service has not been as popular or as lucrative as the company expected, according to two people familiar with the matter. The people were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.
ITunes Radio has 40 million listeners will continue as a free service with ads while Beats Music will try to tap into the more than 800 million accounts to sell more subscriptions to its customized service. Beats Music currently has more than 250,000 subscribers, Cook said. That's well below the more than 10 million paying customers that Spotify's streaming service boasts.
Apple is counting on the Beats acquisition to boost its cachet with teenagers and younger adults as it tries to remain a leader in digital music an industry that looks much different than when Apple reshaped the scene with the 2001 debut of the iPod.
"Apple suddenly has regained its cool," said Sony Music CEO Doug Morris, who was one of the first recording executives to embrace iTunes at Iovine's urging more than a decade ago.
Beats was founded in 2008 by Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, and Iovine, a longtime recording industry executive who is stepping down as chairman of Universal Music Group's Interscope Geffen A&M Records to join Apple. It now dominates the luxury headphone market. Its equipment is also a big seller in Apple's stores.
Operating from its Culver City, California, headquarters, Beats commands 62 percent of the $1 billion U.S. market for headphones priced above $100, according to NPD Group.
The purchase marks Apple CEO Tim Cook's biggest strategic break from the way the Cupertino, California, company was led under co-founder Steve Jobs, who died in October 2011. Jobs favored smaller acquisitions and didn't believe subscription music plans would be popular. Before Beats, Apple's biggest acquisition had been its $400 million purchase of NeXt Computer, a company that Jobs founded after being ousted from Apple in the 1980s.
Cook said he never considered what Jobs would have thought about the Beats' acquisition during the negotiations. Jobs "told me to do what was right," Cook said. "And I am 100 percent certain this is what is right. This is one of those things that we will look back upon and say it was meant to be."
Morris, who considers Iovine to be his best friend, believes Cook is making a smart move that will give Apple even more credibility in the music industry.
"It's a game changer because Jimmy is that kind of guy who can change a game," Morris said. "I am not saying he is Steve Jobs, but he is a guy with new ideas and he really knows how to build the bridge between music and technology."
But some analysts question whether Beats will be a good fit for Apple, which makes most of its money selling hardware such as iPhones and iPads.
Forrester Research analyst Frank Gillett says Apple would have been better off developing its own headphones in-house and expanding into music subscriptions through iTunes.
"It's hard to understand why Apple would have to spend $3 billion on a nascent streaming service and a line of bass-heavy headphones," Gillett says.
Yukari Iwatani Kane, the author of "Haunted Empire," an inside look at Apple since co-founder Jobs' death, also sees a disconnect.
"Culturally, Beats is the complete opposite of Apple," Kane says. "It's known for being loud and bold and in your face. It doesn't fit with Apple's understated, discerning brand."
Having visited Apple on a regular basis since he first met Jobs more than a decade ago, Iovine said he has no qualms about joining Apple.
"This is not a big company to us," Iovine said. "We can roller skate in the halls here. Dre and I have been working together for 22 years. We are not about to go somewhere where we are going to fall."
Dre was more sedate Wednesday than he was in a celebratory video posted online declaring him as hip-hop's first billionaire after news of the Apple talks leaked earlier this month. "To be able to do something that could potentially change the world, I'm thrilled."
PARTNERS WITH EDUCATION INNOVATOR.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 50 percent of recent college graduates are unemployed or underemployed. At the same time, nearly half of U.S. employers report difficulty finding qualified recent graduates. Koru is eager to obliterate that statistic and has started a company that is transforming the often-difficult college-to-career transition with an immersive, experiential learning program. Nas has committed to a role as an engaged and involved partner with Koru to help teach, guide and mentor select college graduates as they enter the workforce.
"I'm inspired to support Koru participants because I know how hard it can be to carve out your path and purpose in life. It takes conviction, hard work and the right network. The young people going through Koru are gritty, book smart and street smart. The Koru program gives them an opportunity to put those smarts to work. I can't wait to work directly with them and share what I've learned through my own life experiences, " said Nas.
Koru runs employer-embedded programs with world-class companies that are actively hiring. College students can apply for the Koru program and an opportunity to receive a Nas Scholarship at www.joinkoru.com. The program is designed to make recent college graduates workplace-ready and place them inside some of the most exciting, high-growth companies in the US. The deadline for the July program is June 9th and the deadline for the September programs in Seattle and San Francisco is June 30th.
Two of the first recipients of the Nas Scholarship Fund are Steeve Simbert, a Georgetown University class of 2015 graduate with a major in Government, and Marixa Rodriguez, an Occidental University class of 2014 graduate with a double major in History and Spanish. Nas, and the team at Koru, carefully selected these remarkable young graduations for their high level of grit, academic excellence and personal accomplishments.
thrilled to work with Nas and are impressed with his commitment to Koru's
mission of providing a bridge between recent graduates and world-class
companies," said Kristen Hamilton, cofounder and CEO of Koru. "The
level of expertise and knowledge that Nas brings to our team is exceptional
and a unique opportunity for the participants in our program."
With a successful career spanning more than two decades, Boyz II Men has won nine American Music Awards, nine Soul Train Awards, four Grammy Awards, three Billboard Awards, and a 2011 MOBO Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. With 60 million albums already sold, group members, Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris, continue to create new albums and grace stages across the world. In 2014, the group began residency in Las Vegas at The Mirage, performing for fans at sold out shows. Signed to BMG, Boyz II Men will be releasing a new album, Collide, on 9/30/2014.
Boyz II Mens reputation in the music industry is one of critical acclaim, and they believe in what were doing at SMS Audio providing consumers with quality audio products that allow them to experience music as we hear it in the studio, said 50 Cent, CEO of SMS Audio.
A global audio headphone and accessories brand, SMS Audio is dedicated to improving the way people around the world experience music by combining technology, function and style to bring a superior level of sound, comfort and fashion to every product. Comprised of the STREET by 50 and SYNC by 50 product lines, SMS Audio offers a full range of premium headphones, earbuds, and accessories designed to meet the needs of various consumer segments. The new Sport Collection of wired and wireless headphones will be available for purchase this spring and summer, featuring sweat-proof capabilities for an active lifestyle.
DJ SCRATCH & J. PERIOD ON DECK.
"James Brown's music is literally the Soundtrack of my life. My Grandmother exposed me to James Brown 45 years ago (1 Years Old)", says award winning Turntablist DJ Scratch. "Who would have ever thought that James Browns' music would later be the pillar of a new genre of music called hip hop; who would have ever thought I would be a part of history of this new genre of music. It's all because of my love and passion for James Brown's music."
The titles which Soul Brother #1 has bestowed on the world have been the catalyst and foundation of such ground breaking titles as Eric B. & Rakim "Eric B. Is President", Big Daddy Kane "Raw", Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock "It Takes Two", and "U Don't Know" Jay Z to name but a few but hip hop records aren't the only titles which have been blessed by The Godfather of Soul. Beyoncé, EnVogue, Brandy, and R. Kelly. "The Big Payback has been my most ambitious project to date, and the ultimate reminder of James Brown's truly pervasive impact on modern music. Remixing the JB catalog sparks a powerful realization: all the music that has most inspired my career -- hip hop, soul, funk, Prince, Michael Jackson, Fela Kuti and more -- is the direct spawn of James Brown's genius. I hope my tribute can inspire a new generation of artists to explore the story and catalog of this musical giant.
ANGELOU DEAD @ 86.
Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Jones confirmed Angelou's death to Fox News. Angelou, who rose from poverty as a child raised in St. Louis and Stamps, Ark., to become a cultural icon, gained widespread acclaim for her first book, her autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," making her one of the first African-American women to write a best-seller.
In 1998, she directed the film "Down in the Delta" about a drug-addicted woman who returns to the home of her ancestors in the Mississippi Delta. She was the poet chosen to read at President Clinton's first inauguration in 1993 and later received the Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2010.
"Like so many others, Michelle and I will always cherish the time we were privileged to spend with Maya," Obama said in a statement. "With a kind word and a strong embrace, she had the ability to remind us that we are all Gods children; that we all have something to offer. And while Mayas day may be done, we take comfort in knowing that her song will continue, 'flung up to heaven' and we celebrate the dawn that Maya Angelou helped bring."
Major League Baseball announced last week that Angelou would not attend its 2014 Beacon Awards Luncheon, where she was to be honored, due to health concerns. Angelou also canceled an event in April in Fayetteville, Ark., because of an "unexpected ailment" that sent her to the hospital.
"Dr. Angelou was a national treasure whose life and teachings inspired millions around the world, including countless students, faculty and staff at Wake Forest, where she served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies since 1982," Wake Forest University said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Angelou's family and friends during this difficult time."
Born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis on April 4, 1928, Angelou was raised in Stamps, Ark., and San Francisco, moving back and forth between her parents and grandmother. She was reportedly sent to California after sassing a white store clerk in Arkansas and, at other times, did not speak at all. She was raped by her mother's boyfriend at age 7 and did not speak for years afterward, instead learning by reading and listening.
"I loved the poetry that was sung in the black church: 'Go down Moses, way down in Egypt's land,'" Angelou told The Associated Press. "It just seemed to me the most wonderful way of talking. And 'Deep River.' Ooh! Even now it can catch me. And then I started reading, really reading, at about 7 ½, because a woman in my town took me to the library, a black school library. ... And I read every book, even if I didn't understand it."
By age 9, Angelou was writing poetry, and by 17 she was a single mother. In her early 20s, she danced at a strip club, ran a brothel and married Enistasious Tosh Angelos (the first of her three husbands) before divorcing. By her mid-20s, she performed alongside another future star Phyllis Diller at the Purple Onion in San Francisco. She also spent a few days with Billie Holiday, who was astute enough to tell her: "You're going to be famous. But it won't be for singing."
Angelou later renamed herself for the stage, choosing her childhood nickname before touring in "Porgy and Bess" and Jean Genet's "The Blacks" and dancing alongside Alvin Ailey. She also worked for years in Egypt and Ghana, where she met Malcolm X and remained close to him until his assassination in 1965. Three years later, Angelou helped the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., organize a march in Memphis, Tenn., where the civil rights leader was killed on Angelou's 40th birthday.
Angelou was little known outside of the theatrical community until "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," which was published in 1969. The memoir was occasionally attacked as "manipulative" melodrama and her passages on rape and teen pregnancy have made it a mainstay on the American Library Association's list of works that draw complaints from parents and educators.
"'I thought that it was a mild book. There's no profanity," Angelou told the AP. "It speaks about surviving, and it really doesn't make ogres of many people. I was shocked to find there were people who really wanted it banned, and I still believe people who are against the book have never read the book."
Angelou would later appear on several television programs, including the groundbreaking 1977 miniseries "Roots." She was also nominated for a Tony Award in 1973, won three Grammys her spoken-word albums and received an honorary National Book Award in 2013 for her contributions.
will always remain an Arkansas and American treasure," Gov. Mike
Beebe said in a statement. "She drew from a troubled and painful
childhood to write books and poems that have inspired countless others.
From Stamps, Arkansas, to the steps of the U.S. Capitol for President
Clinton's inauguration, Maya Angelou showed how strength, determination
and honesty can take us all to the heights of greatness."
For these shows, Chappelle will combine his greatest love, stand-up comedy with his second love, music. The connection between improvisation and timing will be on full display as Chappelle co-headlines with a special musical guest each night, including The Roots, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae, DJ Premier and more to be announced. A full orchestra will enhance the concert experience.
Tuesday, June 24:
Dave Chappelle and The Roots.
Thursday, June 26:
Dave Chappelle and Erykah Badu
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Thursday, May 29 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, June 1 at 10 p.m.
WIND & FIRE FOUNDER RELAUNCHES LABEL.
The label's first release is a re-mastered collector's edition of the Earth, Wind & Fire hit album The Promise, a critically acclaimed full length set which in its original run -- after a six year studio recording hiatus by the band -- hit #19 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #5 on the Top Independent Albums chart. It also scored a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "Hold Me."
Kalimba is also making a multi-project foray into the contemporary urban jazz world, first with the release of the album's new single, "Never," to smooth jazz radio May 19.
White is also excited about the recent signing of the label's first official artist, keyboardist/composer Greg Manning, whose debut instrumental single "Dance With You" was a popular genre airplay hit in 2013 -- reaching #1 on the taste-making chart, The Smooth Jazz Top 20 with Allen Kepler. Manning recently finished mastering his label debut for an upcoming release.
A native of Zurich, Switzerland, the multi-talented keyboardist studied piano and film scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston before returning to his home country to establish himself as a composer and producer. He made his debut in the U.S. as the keyboardist for Brian McKnight's "Back At One" tour, then toured extensively for a decade as keyboardist and music director for Grammy nominated jazz/gospel artist Jonathan Butler. Over the years, Manning has also performed with many top names in the genre, including Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Richard Elliot, Eric Marienthal, Chante Moore and Kirk Whalum, among others.
who originally established Kalimba Music in 2003 as a vehicle to promote
Earth, Wind & Fire as well as up and coming performers, decided to
relaunch based on his passion and love for music and worthy artists.
He was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and was released after posting $300 bail.
Court records do not list an attorney. A message left at Khalifa's agency was not immediately returned.
Khalifa posted a photo on Twitter inside of what appeared to be a holding cell.
was born Cameron Thomaz in Minot, North Dakota. He was a headliner at
an El Paso music festival Saturday.
T.I. denies having black eyes and says he injured his hand in an Instagram clip.
"They said I've got two black eyes," T.I. says in the clip. "Where they at, though? These ones I'm looking at? Are they black for real? Damn, been like that all my life. Fucked my hand up. That's about it."
T.I.'s Instagram post features the following caption: "Two black what?????? C'mon now. Never in da history of Nigga-dom. But nice try tho. Lol"
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. also cleared the air:
"I'm eating at Fatburger and next thing you know, he walk in talking about we need to talk again. And then I told him, "You need to get the f-ck outta my face. That's what you better do." And then he said, "I ain't talking to all these people so you ain't gotta talk loud." I said, "Listen, don't come to my face with no disrespectful sh-t. Like I told you before, you must've forgot what I did for a living." He said, "You do in the ring, I do it in the streets." I said, "My man, I do it everywhere. You can find out if you want to." Just like that. ... Then a couple of words exchange and people got to pushing and a riot kinda broke out. And then a bunch of chaos and that was basically it. Because, like I said before, he probably does some foolish things, but he ain't no damn fool to swing on me."
I wanna apologize towards is Tiny. I said something like "control
your b-tch" and I don't want to say that about Tiny. So I do apologize
to Tiny because she cool people, man. She cool. She never been disrespectful
to me. Shekinah never been disrespectful to me. I'm going to continue
to support Tiny and Shekinah cause they're cool people and I don't got
nothing against them. So I apologize for that."
40/40 is open to ticketed passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to spokeswoman Victoria Hong of Delaware North Companies, which partners with the rap mogul. The sports bar is in the airport's Concourse D concessions area, Hong said.
"We want to have the same type of feel as the regular 40/40 Club," Hong said. "It's the airport version of the 40/40 Club."
Airport concessions director Paul Brown said there are plans to create a VIP lounge area of the club, separate from the sports bar at 1,500 square feet on a different floor. The lounge is expected to open in the late fall, Brown said.
Brown called the lounge a "scaled down" replica of original club.
40/40 restaurant and lounges also are located in Manhattan and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Jay Z also had clubs in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, New Jersey, but both closed.
40/40 is known at the New York locations for its live music and sports memorabilia and for attracting sports celebrities and music stars such as Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne.
The original Manhattan location opened in 2003, with Jay Z and business partner Juan Perez.
40/40 was named after the rare feat among ballplayers of hitting 40 homers and stealing 40 bases in one season.
GANG CHEVY WOODS ANNOUNCES BY ANY MEANS TOUR DATES W/ KEVIN GATES
Performing on 35 dates, "By Any Means" will serve as the launching pad for CHEVY's current hit single, "30 Deep," which has seen more than 70k views on YouTube since its release less than a month ago. The ID Labs-produced track is an introduction of what is to come from Chevy's upcoming EP release. LISTEN TO "30 DEEP.". The video for "30 Deep" was just shot in both Los Angeles and his hometown of Pittsburgh by riff, Taylor Gang's go-to director. Fans who attend the concert will get a first listen to songs from the yet-untitled EP.
Over, the past three years, CHEVY WOODS has established himself as a key player on the independent hip-hop scene, having seen hundreds of thousands of downloads from his four highly acclaimed mixtapes. In addition, he is a veteran at touring and putting on a must-see show, having had the opportunity to get his stripes performing in front of thousands with Taylor Gang head Wiz Khailfa, during the 2011 "Rolling Papers Tour" to eventually headline his own tour, "Smokers Club," which ended late 2013.
TOUR DATES -
RIHANNA SELFIE GONE WRONG?
In the days since, Rihanna tweeted her apology out to her 35 million Twitter followers and pledged $25,000 to the Los Angeles Police Foundation. Her gift was then generously matched by Patti and Steve Soboroff. In addition, Soboroff placed the autographed phone on eBay where bidding started at $250. Hopes of raising at least $10,000 were wildly surpassed when the last of 116 bids came in at $66,500. That bidder, as it turns out, was not qualified, and the bid price was quickly matched by a private donor who required anonymity. Half of the proceeds will go to the Los Angeles Police Foundation for the LAPD Cadets and the other half will go to the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation to support the families of fallen officers.
Soboroff stated, "On behalf of the Cadets and the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation, I am delighted that Rihanna's wonderful gesture of donating $25,000 plus her authorizing the sale of the "selfie phone" resulted in the anonymous buyer turning around and donating the world's most famous selfie phone to The GRAMMY Museum for display to the public!"
"It's not often that we are able to obtain an artifact so quickly after it makes headlines," said Rita George, deputy executive director of The GRAMMY Museum. "We're excited to welcome this interesting piece of pop culture into our permanent collection here at The GRAMMY Museum and we are even more excited to show our support for the Los Angeles Police Department and the great work that they do."
am thrilled to acknowledge and thank the donors for their generous contributions
totaling $116,500 for the LAPD Cadet Program and the families of fallen/wounded
officers," said Cecilia Glassman, executive director of the Los Angeles
"Over the past 15 years, New Look has worked to instill in our youth leaders the importance of receiving an education. To see students who once had little motivation to go to class now thriving as a result of our program is one of the most fulfilling gifts," said Usher Raymond IV. "Our goal in developing Music Industry Leadership 101, is to give students access to one of the most relevant and engaging online courses today, and motivate them to stay in school."
Music Industry Leadership 101 is a full credit-earning course, blended or supplemental solution for high school students developed in partnership with Beanstalk Innovation. The Pilot Program, which launched earlier this month, will reach more than 2,000 students around the country. MIL 101 combines e-learning with face-to-face instruction, thus creating an opportunity to fundamentally change the way students are prepared for and trained for college and their careers. The curriculum aligns with new Common Core academic standards and state standards for Career and Technical Education (CTE). MIL 101 will launch in the following school districts this fall: Gwinnett County Public Schools, GA; Wake County Public Schools, NC; Polk County Public Schools, FL; and Henry County Public Schools, GA.
"Usher's New Look, through its Music Industry Leadership 101 course, will provide the students of Polk County Public Schools a unique opportunity to acquire a competitive skill set that will lead them into a career within the entertainment, music and marketing industries," said Kathy LeRoy, Superintendent of Polk County Public Schools. "Polk County students will learn the persistence and leadership skills required to be successful entrepreneurs in the ever growing entertainment industry."
structure of Music Industry Leadership 101 encourages students to learn,
practice and apply their key findings through interesting and relevant
content, learning exercises and real-life experiences told first hand
by leading industry experts. The topics of the course focus on understanding
the industry, learning to identify your brand, the importance of marketing,
career exploration and leadership, and teamwork in the industry. Highly
regarded industry executives participating in the course include: Kenny
Meiselas, renowned entertainment industry lawyer; Jarrod Moses, CEO of
United Entertainment Group; DJ Steve Porter, graphic designer DL Warfield
Cohen announced in February at Midem that his 300 label had entered into a partnership with Twitter to help with discovering talent, a deal which he today explained is still very active. "Were on the phone all the time, Cohen said of Twitters Bob "Moz" Moczydlowsky, head of music at Twitter. He is an absolute music junkie who is ridiculously savvy on engagement and how Twitter can help artists get signed and once theyre signed develop their careers.
Though 300 has yet to sign any artists from its Twitter partnership, when asked if he expects to sign anyone through the Twitter deal Cohen said emphatically: One-hundred percent.
SoundCloud was founded in 2007 by Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss, and has raised $123.3 million in four funding rounds since its launch. The service had 40 million users as of last year. Twitter claims 255 million monthly users.
music executive said he knew nothing of a Twitter-SoundCloud deal, but
thinks the music streaming service is an amazing and fantastic product.
In fact, he said, he had met with the companys cofounder Alex Ljung
when he was in Berlin. Alex is a compelling young person who is
unencumbered by the past," he said. "He has huge ambition and
is also passionate about supporting artists. Something Cohen himself
is also known for. Source:Billboard
ON DECK WITH COMPILATION..
It's been a steady rise for the 26-year-old, who first started dabbling in music when he was 13. Honing those skills would begin to pay off when he was first discovered on MySpace. 2011 proved to be Hit-Boy's breakout year, when he crafted "Ni**as In Paris," for Kanye West and Jay Z's album, Watch The Throne. What followed was inescapable as the song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and led to the producer's first Grammy award. He continues to amass hits and build his empire, having worked with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Big Sean, Rihanna, Eminem, Chris Brown, and Justin Bieber. Hit-Boy's stock continues to rise both as a super producer and as a recording artist. We The Plug will be released on Hit-Boy's label Hits Since '87 (HS87) and Interscope Records.
"We've been talking about it for the last five months and while we were talking about it they were still inventing the process," says BBMA director and producer Larry Klein. "It was really strange talking about something that did not exist."
Jackson, in hologram form, performed "Slave to the Rhythm" midway through Sunday night's show with a five-piece band and 16 dancers live onstage. Jackson appeared in gold jacket, white T-shirt and brick red trousers on a set modeled on the art work for the album "Dangerous," an appropriate choice as the track was recorded in 1991 with L.A. Reid and Babyface during the sessions for that album. Released this week on "XSCAPE," which is neck-and-neck with the new Black Keys album for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week, the track was produced by Timbaland.
BBMA producers Dick Clark Productions built a special stage at the rear of the MGM Grand Arena that was used only for the Jackson performance. Dancers moved through aisles as Jackson was seen rising from a throne, walking down steps before going into several trademark routines, a moonwalk being one of the them. Lasers, streams of flames and dancers in ancient costumes were part of the film.
Klein shot it to give the presentation the feel of a live performance. "You were watching the magic of Michael Jackson just like you would have when he was performing," says Klein.
The selection of "Slave to the Rhythm" for the hologram performance was made late last year; Jackson associates the Talauega brothers and Jamie King were brought in to choreograph and direct the video, which was produced by Pulse Evolution and Tricycle Logic.
"At the time we made the decision," says Jackson's lawyer and adviser John Branca, "'Slave to the Rhythm' felt like a song was something people could dance to, a potential club song. We talked to Jamie King, who directed the Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil shows and we all felt the song was very likeable."
The Talauega brothers, Rich and Tone, were brought on right after the new year and they started to draw up dance moves for Jackson and the other dancers in the film. Their involvement with Jackson dates back to the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards; they also choreographed the HIStory tour in 1997 and if one had to guess, the image of Michael used in the performance appears to be from that era based on his hair and clothing.
"We knew we didn't need to go so far left field with his dance moves -- we just kept it within his world," Rich Talauega says. "Its just the way you reconfigure his steps so it looks different. You're still speaking the same language, it's just a different dialect."
Tone Talauega, who was still in high school when he started working with Jackson, says they studied the singer's moves and had small things adjusted - the angle of a hand, the tilt of his head. The performance is "classic Michael, but we put our spice on it," he says.
Demand for the Jackson hologram was considerable, but in the end Branca and the estate felt it needed to be shown with a live audience.
so important to experience Michael Jackson in a live setting," Branca
says. "This is something where we wanted a live performance in front
of a live audience and nothing speaks to that more than an awards show."
RIDA & IMG STRONG ARM PRODUCTIONS INK PARTNERSHP W/PREMIUM WATER CORP.
Flo Rida is quickly approaching a remarkable 60 million singles sold worldwide. "Wild Ones (feat. Sia)" marks the superstar's sixth consecutive RIAA platinum certified single not to mention his fifth top 5 hit on the all-encompassing Billboard "Hot 100" chart. Over the last several years, Flo Rida has pulled off a pretty neat trick. Not only has the Florida-born rapper become a chart fixture thanks to the blockbuster singles "Low (feat. T-Pain)," "Right Round," "Club Can't Handle Me," and his most recent chart-topping hits, "Good Feeling" and "Wild Ones (feat. Sia),"
He's also broken down barriers by uniting millions of fans of pop, hip-hop, and club music around the world and establishing himself as an international, genre-busting superstar in the process. Flo Rida brings his experiences traveling the globe to his fourth album, Wild Ones. "Over the last few years, I've been everywhere -- Africa, Japan, Greece, South America, Russia, the Middle East, Australia, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, and all over the United States and Europe," Flo says. "You name it, I went there. I go to the best clubs and the most extreme parties and that really influenced this album. With this album, I definitely feel like I have to show people that I'm the life of the party." Songs like the "Good Feeling" and "Let It Roll" are addictive, upbeat party jams. His newest single, "Whistle," opens with an acoustic guitar and infectious whistle chime, already proving to be the song of the summer. Jennifer Lopez adds her sultry vocals to the club-ready "Sweet Spot," and Redfoo of LMFAO helps keep the party going on the bonus track "Run." "On each album I try to show a lot of versatility, but every time it's going to get bigger and bigger, because there's no way I can give my fans the same old thing."
As for his stunning success, Flo Rida says, "If you have a dream and stay positive, there's no way you can lose. The fact that I've come from where I've come from and been able to travel the world is just crazy." Flo Rida has an international fan base as evidenced by his nearly 6 million followers on twitter, @official_flo. As further testimony to Flo Rida's international appeal he will be performing at the World Music Awards in Monaco, May 27, 2014. In closing, "Flo is currently in the studio working on his next album which is currently expected to be released late summer 2014. In April Flo Rida appeared on the hit HBO show Silicon Valley."
with Flo Rida and his production company IMG Strong Arm is an incredible
opportunity for APWC and its water brand L'Alpina. Flo is at the top of
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APWC Board of Directors Member -Alfred Culbreth, CEO of American Premium
David Hyman, the founder and former CEO of the MOG music subscription service, sued Daisy LLC, Beats Music and headphone manufacturer Beats Electronics in Superior Court, alleging breach of contract.
Hyman was formerly president of music management company Gracenote, and a high-ranking executive at SonicNet and MTV Interactive. Dr. Dre (Andre Young) is not a party to the lawsuit.
Hyman reportedly sold MOG to Beats in 2012 for $15 million to $20 million. Billboard reported this year that Hyman had moved on to San Francisco start-up, Chosen.fm.
Hyman claims that after Beats acquired MOG it fired him within a year to avoid paying him 2.5 percent of Daisy's outstanding equity interests. He claims the first installment was due on the first anniversary of his employment.
Hyman's agreement included a provision that would have granted him 2.5 percent of the company's outstanding equity interests if the company reached a market value of $500 million, he says in the lawsuit.
Hyman claims that Daisy fired him after he tried to exercise his rights, under a hiring and retention provision of his employment agreement, to fire a difficult marketing executive. The company later fired the unnamed marketing executive, he says in the complaint.
"Defendants never intended to allow plaintiff to remain employed at the company long enough for his equity grant to vest, but rather they always planned and intended in bad faith to prevent plaintiff from receiving the fruits and benefits of the agreement, and the equity granted to him, by terminating him before the first anniversary of his employment," the 8-page lawsuit states.
Hyman says he brought his right-hand man, executive T.J. Fowler, when Daisy purchased MOG. He claims that Fowler also was fired and deprived of his equity interest.
Fowler is not a party to the lawsuit. MOG offers subscribers access to more than 16 million songs. Last year Trent Reznor was named as chief creative officer of the Daisy streaming service. The lawsuit notes that the "problematic employee" was neither the chief creative officer nor an industry creative person.
week, reports suggested that Apple is poised to buy Beats Electronics
for $3.2 billion. Hyman is represented by Henry Gradstein of Gradstein
Marzano. Source: Courthouse News
WEST & KIM K ANNOUCE WEDDING DATE & LOCATION.
The couple rented the fort, located next to Florence's famed Boboli Gardens, for 300,000 euros ($410,000) and a Protestant minister will preside over the ceremony, spokeswoman Elisa Di Lupo told The Associated Press in a phone interview.
Belvedere Fort was built in 1590, believed using plans by Don Giovanni de' Medici. Located near the Arno River, it offers a panoramic view of Florence and the surrounding Tuscan hills.
The 36-year-old rapper proposed to the reality star on her 33rd birthday in October 2013, renting out San Francisco's AT&T Park for the occasion.
This is the first marriage for West, who was previously engaged to designer Alexis Phifer. It's the third trip down the aisle for Kardashian. She was wed to music producer Damon Thomas from 2000 to 2003, and spent 72 days married to professional basketball player Kris Humphries in 2011 after tying the knot in in a lavish ceremony broadcast as a two-part TV special.
The couple was featured on the cover of Vogue magazine's April issue, with Kardashian wearing a wedding-style dress.
There has been no explicit confirmation from either Kardashian or West about the wedding. In an email Thursday to AP, Kardashian representative Ina Treciokas said she wasn't able to comment on reports about the nuptials.
But in an interview with Florence's La Nazione newspaper published Friday, West extolled the beauty of Florence and spoke of the event. Asked if he was excited about May 24, he said, "Very excited. But very happy."
West said he and Kardashian had come to Florence incognito and believed that their daughter, North, born in June 2013, was conceived "among the Renaissance masterpieces."
"It was our first honeymoon," he said of that visit. "It's one of the most beautiful cities of the world, for me the most beautiful in Europe."
He spoke to the newspaper while in Florence to visit friend and designer Ermanno Scervino.
The fort is owned by the Italian government but operated by Florence authorities. It has been closed to the public for the past five years for security upgrades after two young Italians fell to their deaths from its ramparts and was to reopen this summer with an art exhibit.
Di Lupo said she believed the contract to rent the fort had been signed very recently. She said the proceeds from the rental would go to fund restorations for Florence's artistic treasures.
Until the Italian report, the couple had reportedly been planning a wedding ceremony May 24 in France. Kardashian's sister, Kendall Jenner, is currently in Cannes attending the film festival.
Z, SOLANGE & BEYONCE SPEAK OUT.
In an exclusive statement to The Associated Press on Thursday, the trio said they have worked through their differences and moved on since the video emerged this week showing Solange kicking Jay Z as Beyonce looked on.
"As a result of the public release of the elevator security footage from Monday, May 5th, there has been a great deal of speculation about what triggered the unfortunate incident. But the most important thing is that our family has worked through it," the statement said. "Jay and Solange each assume their share of responsibility for what has occurred. They both acknowledge their role in this private matter that has played out in the public. They both have apologized to each other and we have moved forward as a united family."
It was the first comment the performers had made since the website TMZ posted the 3-minute video on Monday, saying it was shot last week inside the Standard Hotel. The video, which does not have audio, shows Solange attacking Jay Z in Beyonce's presence; a security guard intervenes. The footage shows the performers in the outfits they wore to the Met Gala.
"The reports of Solange being intoxicated or displaying erratic behavior throughout that evening are simply false," the statement continued. "At the end of the day families have problems and we're no different. We love each other and above all we are family. We've put this behind us and hope everyone else will do the same."
The hotel said Wednesday it had fired the person who recorded the video.
Z DROPS EXTORTION CASE.
As previously reported, Jay-Z was the target of an alleged extortion plot. Chauncey Mahan, a producer who worked with him from 1998 to 2002, was detained by the LAPD for allegedly stealing a number of master recordings that Hova assumed were lost in 2002.
Mahan allegedly told Jay-Z that he would put the tapes up for auction or give them back for a $100,000 "storage fee." Mahan was detained for questioning when he showed up at the storage facility where he kept the tapes, which are worth $20 million.
Mahan has maintained his innocence, claiming that he was hired to "protect" Jay Z's music over a decade ago. He turned over the masters and the LAPD will remain in possession of the recordings until a judge decides who has rightful ownership.
ON DECK WITH NEW ALBUM.
Despite having worked with a bunch of superstars, he said that fans couldn't expect famous names to be featured in the record. "Me and my new artist, her name is V. Just me and her. And Cee-Lo. That's it," he said of who would contribute to the album.
He continued that his next LP would still be big, adding, "When ['Opera Noir'] comes out and you see the whole package, you'll understand why. You'll see it, and you'll be like, 'Wow, I've never seen nothing like this.' "
"Opera Noir", which will serve as Tim's fourth studio effort, was formerly known as "Textbook Timbo". Fans have heard nothing from the follow-up to 2009's "Shock Value II", but Timbaland has compared it to Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" which is one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.
way different. It's more of a sound. It's Timbaland's 'Chronic'. How Dr.
Dre has his 'Chronic', I've finally made my 'Chronic'," he explained.
ON DECK TO HOST BILLBOARD AWARDS THIS SUNDAY.
Luda is the owner of 18 Hot 100 top 10 singles, the third-most of any hip-hop musician. He's also produced five No. 1 albums on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and 29 top 10 singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Additionally, the Atlanta-based rapper boasts a considerable acting resumé, making him an ideal choice to hold down hosting duties. He has appeared in acclaimed films like "Hustle & Flow" and "Crash," in addition to a recurring role on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."
Currently, Ludacris is in the midst of filming for "Fast & Furious 7" (his latest of several films for the series) and working on his upcoming studio album "Ludaversal," due out this fall.
Stars who will present awards alongside Ludacris include Shania Twain, Phillip Phillips, Josh Groban, Lucy Hale and fun.'s Jack Antonoff. There will be performances from Shakira, 5 Seconds of Summer, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Lorde, Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, OneRepublic, Pitbull and Ricky Martin.
Fan voting for the 2014 Milestone Award presented by Chevrolet will continue through the first two hours of the awards show, ending at 10pm ET. Source: Billboard
AWARDS 2014 NOMINEES ANNOUNCED.
This years nominees represent the best of the culture, said Stephen Hill, BETs President of Music Programming and Specials. Its great to see our talented new artists right alongside our more beloved ones with long careers. We appreciate our BET Awards nomination committee, over 300 strong, for their efforts and congratulate all the nominees.
The complete list of nominees for the BET Awards 2014 are:
The BET Awards 2014 will premiere around the world on BETs international network on July 1st, 2014 at 8:00pm GMT (check local listings).
Stephen G. Hill, BETs
President of Music Programming and Specials, Lynne Harris Taylor, BETs
Vice President of Specials, will serve as Executive Producers for the
BET AWARDS, along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins
Hip Hop is a seed planted and nourished amongst the broken glass everywhere of mid-seventies New York. It has grown to be a worldwide phenomenon and the dominant culture of at least one generation. This exciting series examines the origin and the path of the music and message taking care to objectively analyze its factions and movements, said Stephen Hill, President of Music Programing and Specials, BET Networks.
THE MESSAGE features intimate first person testimonies from Hip Hops most influential contributors including Russell Simmons, Ice Cube, Birdman, Pharrell, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, MC Lyte, Master P, LL Cool J, Big Boi, Bun B, 2 Chainz, Eve, Angie Martinez, Funkmaster Flex, Luther Campbell, Clive Davis, Mona Scott-Young, Questlove, A$AP Rocky, E-40, David Banner, Fab Five Freddy, Nelson George, Big Tigger, Sway and many more including Chris Lightys final on-air interview.
THE MESSAGE will be broken down into four, one hour episodes:
Episode 1 The Birth and Proliferation of Hip Hop The premiere episode traces the roots of Hip Hop from its birth in New York and spread to California with limited support from the mainstream media. Watch your favorite rappers reminisce on the first time they heard Hip Hop and be transported to the block parties, DJ Kool Hercs sound system and the infectious rhymes of the Universal Zulu Nation and Grandmaster Flash. Premieres June 4 at 10:00 pm
Episode 2 Trials and Tribulations Will Hip Hop be able to grow up in a world that is no longer just about peace, love, unity and having fun? Hip Hop faces its first roadblocks with violent realities and extreme opposition from those who disagree with its messaging. Meanwhile, a new voice begins to form. Premieres June 11 at 10:00 pm
Episode 3 Women, Cash, Clothes - Hip Hop explores a new reality of lasciviousness, wealth and entrepreneurship characterized by fast cars, big jewelry, the birth of the video vixen and the start of popular clothing lines including Rocawear, Sean Jean and Wu Wear. Premieres June 18 at 10:00 pm
Episode 4 The Digital Revolution The Internet creates new opportunities for Hip Hop to change the face of America. From the rise of the first major Internet superstar rapper Soulja Boy to the infamous 360 deals, this episode explores the future of Hip Hop. Premieres June 25 at 10:00 pm
Narrated by Joe Budden, THE MESSAGE is produced by Sam Walker II, Director of Music Specials and Productions, BET Networks, Keith Clinkscales and The Shadow League Media. For more information, visit www.bet.com/themessage and join the conversation on social media with #TheMessage.
MANE PLEADS GUILTY.
Davis was found to have a gun on Sept. 12 and had a different gun in his possession two days later, and he acted erratically and threatened people on both occasions, according to the indictment. The plea agreement focused only on the latter incident.
Early on 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.
Davis' lawyer, Drew Findling, said his client is doing mentally and physically well now and is ready to get back to his life and to making music.
"The most important thing that took place today is that he accepted responsibility and is ready to move on," Findling said. "He's positive about his music, but most importantly, he's really just ready to take control of his life."
ROSS IS COMING TO NEW YORKER FRESH ISLAND FESTIVAL
SONGS CEO (and former Judge bassist) Matt Pincus also should be celebrating. The company, which was the breakout success story of fourth-quarter 2013, continued its surge by nearly doubling its fourth-quarter market share. This is the second consecutive quarter that SONGS, which administers publishing for Jason Derulo and Lorde has landed in the top 10 and its third time overall. The company made its debut at No. 9 in first-quarter 2013 with a 1.6 percent share.
Universal Music Publishing Group and Warner/Chappell Music traded places in the number two and three spots this quarter. And, at the other end of the Top 10, Words and Music Copyright Administration scored the No. 9 berth with a 1.1-percent share after not making the cut in the fourth quarter. Downtown Music Publishing also landed the No. 10 spot after three consecutive quarters as a no-show. (Please see chart for a more in-depth look at the rankings and the songs that drove them. In instances where a song -- such as Lordes Team -- has more than one writer, and the writers are represented by different publishers, the song will be credited to more than one publisher.)
The song that earned the most royalties in the quarter was Katy Perrys "Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J)." Billboard estimates the song produced $883,000 from U.S. Radio performance and mechanical royalties. Ryan Tedder was the top writer for the second quarter in a row. Billboard estimates that his credits for five songs -- "Counting Stars," by his band OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding's "Burn, Demi Lovato's "Neon Lights, Maroon 5's "Love Somebody", and the Frays "Love Don't Die" -- generated $881,000 revenue in mechanical royalties from U.S. album sales and track downloads, and performance royalties from U.S. radio airplay in the first quarter. Billboard estimates he earned $582,000 that in the previous quarter from the three Top 100 radio songs he had a hand in writing.
APPOINTS VP OF CREATIVE RELATIONSHIPS AND MARKETING.
Brooks brings years of experience to her new position. Prior to joining Motown, she served as Vice President of Publicity at Republic Records where she designed and executed successful public relations campaigns across print, television and the internet for a diverse array of high-profile artists including Kelly Rowland, The Weeknd, Lorde, PSY, Jessie J, Angel Haze, Amy Winehouse, Nas & Damian Marley, Phantogram, James Blake, Kid Cudi, Nelly, and more.
About her new role, Brooks commented, "I am absolutely ecstatic to join Ethiopia's talented all-star team. Ethiopia has proven to be one of the most respected, well-versed, forward-thinking executives in music today, and I am enthusiastic to aid the execution of her vision for the talented artists under the legendary Motown Records brand."
Habtemariam adds, "Myisha's diverse experience and impressive work ethic are inspiring, and her contributions to our company's marketing, public relations and artist development will undoubtedly prove integral to our company and our artists. Myisha is a very welcome addition to the Motown Records team."
After graduating from California State University Long Beach with a B.A. in Electronic Theater Arts and Minor in Speech Communication, Brooks began her career as an intern at Arista Records. She was quickly promoted to executive assistant and eventually Coordinator of West Coast Publicity. While at Arista, she worked with CeeLo Green, T.I., Outkast, The Neptunes, Kelis, Usher, and more. In 2008, she served as a marketing/PR associate at Warner Bros. Records, working with Wiz Khalifa, E-40, and Lil' Jon. Immediately prior to her position at Republic Records, she was a Senior Account Executive at Simone Smalls PR, handling media for the likes of Usher, Grammy Award-nominated songwriter Claude Kelly, and The View co-host and actress Sherri Shepherd.
BOI TALKS SIGNING NEW DEAL WITH EPIC RECORDS.
"I just signed a deal with Epic Records," Big Boi told the Huffington Post and added that he signed the contract last month. "So I'm back with L.A. Reid and Sylvia Rhone. Got a brand new situation. I signed the deal the day after the first Coachella date, that Saturday."
"That's my mentor," Big Boi explained of reuniting with Reid on Epic Records. "He understands my music. And one thing about L.A. Reid, there are no creative restraints. He trusts my ear and let's me make the music I want to make. We love being in business together. That's my big brother."
He went on talking about his new album and his plan to release new songs before 2014 ends. "The album I'm not gonna rush," he said. "I wanted to put something out before the end of the year. It depends, because me and Dre got a lot of work to do from now until the end of October. [But] you're definitely going to get some brand new Big Boi material. Two or three singles before the fall."
ON THE VERGE OF AQUIRING BEATS FOR $3.2 BILLION.
Citing people familiar with the negotiations, The Financial Times says Apple could announce the deal as early as next week. In its report posted online late Thursday, the newspaper warned the talks could still collapse if the two sides cannot agree on some final details.
The potential acquisition would add Beats Electronics' popular line of headphones and music streaming service to an Apple line-up that already includes digital music players and the iTunes store, the world's top music retailer.
If the deal is completed, it would be by far the largest purchase in Apple Inc.'s 38-year history.
The Cupertino company has traditionally seen little need to buy technology from other companies, reflecting Apple's confidence in its ability to turn its own ideas into revolutionary products such as the Mac computer, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad.
But Apple hasn't released a breakthrough product since its former CEO and chief visionary, Steve Jobs, died in October 2011. The innovative void has increased the pressure on Jobs' hand-picked successor, Tim Cook, to prove he is capable of sustaining the success and growth that turned Apple into the world's most valuable company and a beloved brand.
Cook has shown a willingness to spend more of Apple's money than Job ever did. Among other things, Cook began paying Apple stockholders a quarterly dividend and has progressively committed more money to buying back the company's shares.
Apple's pursuit of Beats Electronics is the latest indication that the company is having trouble generating growth on its own. Apple already sells Beats Electronics gear in its stores, giving the company insights into how much the trendy headphones and other audio equipment appeal to its customers.
The negotiations also are taking place as the music market increasingly tilts toward streaming and away from the downloads that once drove the success of Apple's digital music store, iTunes.
U.S. revenue from downloads which iTunes dominates dropped 1 percent to $2.8 billion in 2013, while streaming music revenue from the likes of Pandora and Spotify soared 39 percent to $1.4 billion, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
While downloads still command 40 percent of the market, streaming revenue now accounts for 20 percent of total revenue, up from just 3 percent in 2007.
Beats Electronics LLC was founded in Santa Monica, California in 2008 by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Its headphones were manufactured by Monster Cable until the two companies parted ways in 2012. The headphones have become a bit of status symbol worn by celebrities as well as audiophiles.
In 2012, Beats bought streaming music service MOG, which it transformed and relaunched as Beats Music earlier this year. The launch was fueled by a landmark partnership with AT&T that allowed up to five family members to pay $15 a month for the service as long as they were AT&T wireless customers. The deal broke the industry mold of charging each person $10 per month.
Jimmy Iovine is in talks to join Apple as a special adviser to Tim Cook on creative matters, two sources close to talks told The New York Post.
Iovine is also chairman of Universal Music Groups Interscope, Geffen and A&M labels, home to Lady Gaga and Eminem, among others. Iovines contract with UMG runs until the end of 2014. If Iovine goes to Apple, hed join the likes of Angela Ahrendts, the former Burberry executive who signed on at the Cupertino, Calif., company a month ago to run its retail division.
If the sale of Beats Electronics is concluded, it will wind up benefiting UMG, which has a stake in Beats said to be worth around $400 million.
D & FRIENDS TO PERFORM/ENGAGE STUDENTS ON CAMPUS OF UCLA.
Chuck D's visit to the campus will encourage students to attend the United We Stand Festival, a musical rally taking place on UCLA's campus this coming Saturday, May 10 at 4:00 PM, where Chuck D is a participant. The rally will celebrate the re-emergence of democracy, where we the people are fighting back against the corporatocracy and implementing meaningful electoral reforms.
About United We Stand Festival: Free & Equal Elections Foundation, the grassroots organization that in 2012 hosted the open presidential debate moderated by television legend Larry King, will gather iconic musicians, intellectuals, and activists to empower Americans voting youth to hold their elected leaders accountable for free and equal elections. The United We Stand University Bus Tour will launch this educational movement at the Pauley Pavilion Arena on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles on May 10, 2014. The festival co-sponsored by a number of socially-responsible businesses including Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Nature's Path Organic, and Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, and numerous grassroots activist organizations brings together various perspectives which are not currently represented in Washington.
Musical headliners at UCLA include Public Enemy (Chuck D, Professor Griff, Jahi, and DJ Lord), founding members of Wu-Tang Clan, Immortal Technique, Brother Ali, The Siren, Paul Masvidal of Cynic, Tatiana Moroz, Rooftop Revolutionaries, A-Alikes, Luminaries, Kellee Maize, Jon Goodhue, Sounds of Solidarity, and more.
Speakers include Larry King (media legend), Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield (Ben & Jerrys Ice Cream; via video), Dennis Kucinich (former Ohio Representative), Marianne Williamson (New York Times bestselling author & independent congressional candidate, CA-33), David Bronner (CEO of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps), and Sean Stone (son of Oliver Stone, host of Buzzsaw).
MINAJ ON DECK FOR ROOTS' ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY JAM.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced Monday at a news conference that Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson and rising stars Ariana Grande and Aloe Blacc will also perform.
The Roots will work as the house band at their annual jam concert, which has previously featured Earth, Wind & Fire, John Mayer and Jill Scott. The 4th of July Jam will air live on VH1 and Palladia.
The Roots will release a new album, "And Then You Shoot Your Cousin," on May 19.
CHAINZ SENTENCED TO DRUG DIVERSION PROGRAM.
District attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison says the rapper, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, was sentenced Monday to an 18-month drug diversion program, and a felony drug possession charge was dropped.
Robison says the misdemeanor charge will be dropped if Epps successfully completes the program.
The 36-year-old rapper was arrested in June after airport officials reported finding ingredients for the cough-syrup-based concoction known as "sizzurp" in his checked baggage.
TALKS NEW MICHAEL JACKSON ALBUM.
"I was asked to be on that album and to produce like five songs, but I turned it down," he said. "I just felt like it wasn't time."
Years later, the hitmaker for Destiny's Child and Whitney Houston who worked heavily on Jackson's 2001 comeback album, "Invincible" says he now feels comfortable producing Jackson's music again. He produced the title track from the upcoming album, "Xscape," out May 13.
"For me it wasn't about the label, it wasn't about the estate's approval; it wasn't about all of that," he said. "I had a personal relationship with Michael, (so) it was about, 'What would he want from this? What would he want it to sound like now?'"
"Xscape" was executive produced by Timbaland and includes songs Jackson recorded in the 1980s and 1990s. Some of the tracks are taken from early recording sessions for successful albums such as "Bad" and "Dangerous."
The first single, "Love Never Felt So Good," was written with Paul Anka and premiered at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Thursday night when Usher danced to the song. A bonus version of the track features Justin Timberlake.
Jerkins said he and Jackson originally started work on the song "Xscape" in 1999 when they recorded the "Invincible" album. He revisited the track in 2003 and retouched it this year for the new eight-track album.
"Even when Michael was alive, we never stopped working on the song 'Xscape,'" he said. "It was one of those songs where he specifically said to me, 'It has to see the light of day one day.'"
Jerkins said he visited Jackson in 2007 in Ireland where they were "vibing out," but didn't focus on creating music exclusively.
"And I then I spoke to him I would say 2008, 2009, something like that and he was telling me, 'I'm getting ready to do another album. You gotta get to work. Start working on ideas,'" he recalled. "And then he passed away."
Jerkins, who has produced hits for Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Brandy, is working on new music with Rihanna and Ariana Grande. He said he was initially nervous about including "Xscape" on the Jackson album, which also includes a song produced by StarGate, whom Jackson initially wanted to collaborate with in 2007 because of the Swedish team's work with Ne-Yo.
"I was like, 'What's the other stuff going to sound like?' I don't even know if I want my song to be on there if the other stuff ain't right," Jerkins said. But after the hearing the full record, he relaxed. "Everyone did a really great job on this project," he said.
NAMED UMPG PRESIDENT, URBAN MUSIC.
This appointment marks Habtemariams second promotion in a months time. She was elevated to president of Motown in April. Habtemariam first assumed her dual roles in 2011, when she was simultaneously promoted to executive VP/head of urban music at UMPG and named senior VP of the revamped Motown.
In a statement announcing the UMPG promotion, Lamberg says, Ethiopia not only knows where the current hits are, but more importantly where the future hits will come from -- and always seems to get there before our competitors.
Adds UMPG chairman/CEO Zach Horowitz, Ethiopia has been the key player in making UMPGs urban division such an industry powerhouse. Her new role as president of Motown provides an extraordinary platform to bring added value to our songwriters.
her UMPG tenure, which includes a stint as the companys director
of urban music/East Coast, Habtemariam has assembled a songwriter roster
that includes Miguel, J. Cole, Chris Brown, Hit-Boy, Ari Levine and Phil
Lawrence of the Smeezingtons, Ester Dean and Justin Bieber. The UMPG urban
division also includes Eminem, Ne-Yo, Justin Timberlake, Alex Da Kid,
Nicki Minaj and DJ Khalil. Last year, UMPG won publisher of the year at
BMIs R&B/Hip-Hop Awards along with songwriter (Minaj), producer
(Hit-Boy) and song of the year (Minajs Starships) honors.
The producer-rapper-singer was teary-eyed after he performed a medley of his hits at the iHeartRadio Music Awards and earned the innovator award for his contributions to music.
"I never dreamt in a million, million, million years as a producer that I would be standing here as an artist," the 41-year-old told the crowd Thursday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. "All I did was write the songs and you guys did all the heavy lifting, all the hard work."
Pharrell performed his songs "Happy" and "Come Get It Bae," as well as two of last year's biggest hits that he was a part of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky."
"I gotta thank my savior, I gotta thank God ... my wife and my son, Rocket," said Pharrell, who rarely acknowledges his personal life.
Pharrell famously cried in an interview with Winfrey last month. She appeared in a video, which included Beyonce and Lady Gaga, praising Pharrell's talent.
But Pharrell wasn't the only star in happy mood: Rihanna was the night's big winner, taking home four trophies including artist and song of the year for the slow tune, "Stay."
"It's not easy what we do. It's very difficult at times. It's a lot of pressure to be a lot of things, and I've never felt comfortable being anything other than myself and I just thank my fans for being supportive," said Rihanna.
The pop star also won best fan army and hip-hop/R&B song of the year for the anthemic "Pour It Up."
Pitbull kicked off the first iHeartRadio Music Awards with a colorful performance and words for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
"I want to welcome the world to the first iHeartRadio Music Awards. Now everyone that's here is a who's who, a what's what, the anybody's of all anybody's except of course for Donald Sterling," he told the crowd after his performance.
"So, with that said, you can take a picture with whoever you want tonight even Magic Johnson," he said to cheers.
Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5 million Tuesday for making racist comments.
Pitbull, who won best collaboration for the No. 1 hit "Timber" with Kesha, performed that song and "Wild Wild Love" with girl group G.R.L. and female background dancers who wore white and gold.
Usher also enticed the crowd when he danced slickly to the new Michael Jackson single, "Love Never Felt This Good," and 20-year-old Ariana Grande performed her new jam "Problem" in a mini black dress and white knee-high boots that even had Rihanna blushing.
The three-hour awards show paid tribute to music roots in Los Angeles with acts from Katy Perry to Steven Tyler to the Black Keys talking in videos about establishing their sound in the city. Compton-born Kendrick Lamar brought the theme to life with a performance of Tupac and mentor Dr. Dre's "California Love."
Some of the top nominees Thursday didn't attend the awards show, including Justin Timberlake, Jay Z and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Miley Cyrus, who is recovering from a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics, won best lyrics for her No. 1 hit, "Wrecking Ball." Her father picked up her award.
"As a dad, I can't begin to tell you how much your thoughts, your love, your support for my family and Miley mean to all of us," Billy Ray Cyrus said.
Lorde was also recovering from being sick, and she thanked fans in a video for her win for best new artist.
Performers during the fan-voted show, which aired live on NBC, included Shakira, Luke Bryan, 30 Seconds to Mars, Bastille and Blake Shelton, who won country song of the year. Diddy, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Lionel Richie and Gwen Stefani made appearances.
Dragons' "Demons" and Avicii's "Wake Me Up" won the
trophies for alternative rock and EDM song of the year, respectively.
ON DECK TO HEADLINE ESSENCE FESTIVAL.
"Essence is excited to welcome hip-hop legend and musical prodigy Nas to kick off our 20th Anniversary celebration, especially as he commemorates his own impressive 20 year milestone," said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. "The Essence Festival promises 20 stages of programming to honor our 20th anniversary with more than 70 artists performing across our music stages. The addition of Nas, Trey Songz, K. Michelle and Jazmine Sullivan for the Essence Now Playing concert is an incredible lead-in to Festival weekend and rounds out an entertainment experience not-to-be-missed!"
tapped Nas to headline the special Now Playing concert performance in
celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Essence Festival and also his
iconic debut album, Illmatic. Illmatic has been lauded by critics as one
of the most exemplary hip-hop recordings of all time and contributed to
the revival of the New York City rap scene; consistently ranked near the
top of many "best album" lists.
LUKE HAS SOME WORDS FOR DONALD STERLING.
"Karma finally caught up to Donald Sterling, the slumlord owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Just when his team is finally thriving and competing for an NBA championship, the man upstairs gave The Donald a good ole kick in the balls.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life after the world got to listen to secretly recorded tapes of the billionaire making racist comments to his ex-girlfriend, V. Stiviano, a woman who is of Mexican and African-American descent.
For many black people, banishing Sterling from being associated with the NBA is akin to union soldiers liberating slaves on a plantation during the Civil War.
But it's sad the NBA didn't boot Sterling a long time ago. It's even sadder that the NAACP and some of the former and current players, coaches, and team owners had embraced this nasty bigot for such a long time.
My friend and ESPN columnist Jemele Hill, who is African American, tipped me off to a 2009 investigative piece she helped research about Sterling that appeared in ESPN, The Magazine. In the story, many of the characters currently condeming Sterling didn't have a problem with the man, who at the time had been exposed as a vile racist. He was so vicious to his minority tenants he paid a record $2.7 million to the Department of Justice to settle a disrcimination lawsuit.
The article recounted, among other atrocities, how one of Sterling's tenants, an elderly black woman named Kandynce Jones, was living in a flooded apartment caused by a serious leak in building, owned by the Clippers' don. When Sterling was told Jones wanted to be reimbursed for the water damage and her ruined property, he replied, "I am not going to do that. Just evict the bitch."
This man has committed just about every wicked act there is. He degraded women and offered to pay them for sexual favors. He committed sexual harassment and adultery. He cheated people out of money.
Those allegations didn't stop NBA celebs from praising Sterling. Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, told the magazine: "I like Donald. He plays by his own rules." Yet, minutes after Silver banned Sterling, Cuban tweeted: "I agree 100% with Commissioner Silvers findings and the actions taken against Donald Sterling."
Cuban is not the only hypocrite. Current Golden State Warriors Head Coach Mark Jackson told ESPN, The Magazine he "never had a problem" with Sterling when he played for the Clippers from 1992 to 1994 or at any other time during his playing career. He added, "I heard about the housing case -- what can I do about that?" Three days ago, Jackson was telling Clippers fans to protest by staying home for game five at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The NBA head honchos are also bear responsibility for allowing Sterling to go unchecked. At his press conference yesterday, Silver said Sterling's comments "are deeply offensive and harmful" and "are contrary to the principles of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic league."
However, Silver's predecessor David Stern did nothing to sanction Sterling when his despicable acts against his minority tenants were exposed. Instead, Stern rewarded him by letting him snatch Chris Paul after vetoing a trade that would have sent the all-star point guard to the L.A. Lakers.
Everyone who enabled Sterling is now trying to save face.
The irony is that Silver says he is going to get the owners to force Sterling to sell the Clippers, allowing him to make billions of dollars. That's not right.
My wife owns a Wing Stop franchise. If she pulled some similar shit, Wing Stop would revoke the franchise outright. She would not be allowed to sell the name and make money off the deal. Wing Stop would take the name and all she would be left with is the equipment and the leases.
same rule should apply to Sterling. It's time to stop him from making
a profit off the people he hates." --- Luther Cambell, Source:
Miami new Times
Young joins Kevin Durant as Roc Nation's only other NBA player. Roc Nation also claims WNBA star Skylar Diggins on its roster. Young averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and shot 34.9 percent from 3-point range. Source: Sporting News
RETURNS TO HOME STATE FOR COUNTERPOINT.
Organizers suspended the festival due to heavy rain and inclement weather, pushing Outkast's set back more than an hour Sunday night. But the Grammy-winning rap duo still put on an energetic show that kept the crowd jamming in the late hours.
Outkast was one of the final acts to close out the three-day festival in Rome, Ga., which is about 60 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta. The group, which consist of Andre "Andre 3000" Benjamin and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton, grew up in East Point, Ga.
"I know you're all muddy and dirty," said a chuckling Andre 3000, who was wearing a white wig and a black jumpsuit with a white X on the chest. "And I know y'all are going to want to go home and take a shower."
Outkast kicked off their act with the song "B.O.B." They went on to perform some of the duo's major hits from "Ms. Jackson," ''So Fresh, So Clean," ''Rosa Parks" and "Player's Ball."
CounterPoint was the second stop for Outkast, who is currently on a 40-date tour. Big Boi and Andre 3000 reunited onstage for the first time two weeks ago at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, following a near-decade hiatus.
Outkast is celebrating 20 years in music since the release of their 1994 debut, "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik."
"It's good to be back in the dirty, dirty," said Big Boi, sporting a red hat with "Atlanta" written in black across the front of it. "ATL you know what it is. We love y'all. ... 20 years and we still here."
The group often danced alongside each other, then stood and walked behind each other inside a tall see-through box for a couple of songs including "Aquemini." They showed good chemistry onstage as the two smoothly interchanged into their own solo acts.
Big Boi took the stage first performing a slew of his songs including "The Way You Move." Andre 3000 followed up his bandmate's act with singing his well-known hits "Prototype" and "Hey Ya!."
Outkast brought out other performers such as Janelle Monae, Sleepy Brown and Killer Mike. More than 60 artists performed at the festival including from J. Cole, Pretty Lights, and Foster the People.
"This seems like a family reunion," Big Boi said to the packed crowd.
The group also paid homage to the late Pimp C, performing a snippet of the UGK song "International Player's Anthem (I Choose You)."
Z AND BEYONCE ANNOUNCE ON THE RUN TOUR.
Beyonce released her ultra-successful self-titled fifth album late last year in surprise form. Jay Z, who toured with Justin Timberlake last year, also had success with the release of "Magna Carta Holy Grail."
ON THE RUN TOUR ITINERARY:
25 - Miami (Sun Life Stadium)
MAKES HISTORY AGAIN.
Just weeks ago, Happy broke yet another Mediabase record, reaching 272 million in weekly audience and thus shattering the previous record set by Robin Thickes Blurred Lines.
In total, Happy has charted at seven Mediabase formats - Top 40, Rhythm, AC, Hot AC, Urban, Urban AC, and AAA.
The remarkable achievement of Pharrell Williams/Happy to reach No. 1 at six formats is indeed a momentous occasion in the history of Mediabase," said Philippe Generali, President & CEO, Media Monitors-Mediabase. "In ascending to the top spot at AC this week, Pharrell Williams sets a new record for the most amount of #1s at six formats on Happy. We certainly extend hearty congratulations to Pharrell Williams and Columbia Records for this new milestone.
Columbia Records Executive Vice President & GM Joel Klaiman commented: Its an honor to work with a visionary like Pharrell Williams. We are so excited with the success of the launch of his album G I R L. I congratulate Pharrell and our entire promotion team under the leadership of Lee Leipsner and our department heads - Jon Borris (Top 40), Cynthia Johnson (Urban & Urban AC), Ayelet Schiffman (Rhythm), Pete Cosenza (Hot AC), Jim Burruss (AC). With great music, hard work, and strategy, Pharrells Happy has made history!
RECORDS GROUP PROMOTES NEW PRESIDENT. FILM & TV.
Weaver oversees the creation and placement of Atlantic-affiliated music across allvisual media -- including film, television, and video games -- and develops and oversees soundtrack projects, strategic alliances, media placements, licensing opportunities and marketing initiatives.
Atlantic Records Group chairman/CEO Craig Kallman and chairman/COO Julie Greenwald really understand the importance of this role at the company and they give me a great deal of autonomy to do things I think are right for our artists, Weaver told Billboard. The scope has grown.
One of the reasons why we started this publishing business was to align ourselves with artists to specifically write for film and TV, Weaver says. Its growing beyond writers and producers. The idea is to create a larger way for us to (participate) in an additional economic upside.
a statement, Kallman and Greenwald said Weaver has played an instrumental
role in seeking out innovative opportunities for our artists and expanding
the reach of their music, while forging exceptional relationships with
the film and TV communities. Source Billboard.
KHALIFA & YOUNG JEEZY TOP BILL FOR 3RD ANNUAL UNDER THE INFLUENCE
The highly anticipated Live Nation-produced tour is set to kick off Thursday, July 24 in Scranton, Pa. and will hit 22 cities in the U.S. and Canada, including major city stops in New York City, Boston, Dallas, San Francisco and Los Angeles (full routing below).
Tickets for the Under the Influence of Music tour will go on sale to the general public beginning at 4:20 p.m. local time on Friday, April 25. All fans who purchase their tickets online will receive a digital copy of Wiz Khalifa's forthcoming new album 'Blacc Hollywood'.
The Influence of Music Tour Dates
Homie Quan will not appear at this show
ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAMMING & MORE..
Our new shows and feature films, combined with our returning hits like "Real Husbands of Hollywood" and "Being Mary Jane," make BETs original slate stronger than ever, said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks. Were excited about our entire schedule, especially our original programming, our strong talk show acquisitions and our exclusive co-production deal with Queen Latifahs Flavor Unit Entertainment to produce new content for Centric.
Audiences continue to flock to BET Networks for quality programming. In March, BET reached more African American adults 18-49 than any network in cable with 9.8 million viewers, and BET Networks received 19 NAACP Image Award nominations, more than any other network cable or broadcast.
The leading brands not only count the people they reach, they reach the people that count. The most innovative advertisers are connected to crucial brand builders, product advisors and social media buzz makers. That audience is our audience, said Louis Carr, President of Broadcast and Advertising Media Sales, BET Networks. To win with a Total Market approach, a brand must be in an environment that is relevant to audiences that drive attitudes, behaviors and lifestyles to influence whats hot, whats next and what matters. BET is where your total market begins.
NEW PROGRAMMING ON BET:
THE START UP In The Start Up, hip-hop prince Diggy Simmons makes his scripted series debut as Blake Monroe, founder of TheJetsetters.com, an entertainment and lifestyle blog. The Start Up hones in on what it means to be young, gifted and digital, as Blake and his friends strategize for fame and financing while they navigate the freedoms and pressures of adulthood. Also stars Teyana Taylor, Bria Murphy, Allen Maldonado, Chris Brew, and Stephanie Charles. From Executive Producers Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil, Kenya Barris, James DuBose, Kevin Liles and Laurie Dobbins.
GONE GOSPEL Music artists outside of the gospel genre in search of their next chapter and verse share a house, compete in weekly challenges and embark on a holistic journey to rebuild their careers. Under the mentorship of star-making songwriters, producers and life coaches, the artists will write an inspirational anthem on their road to transforming their lives. There will be egos. There will be tribulations. And there will be a dramatic, victorious conclusion like nothing seen before on BET. Hosted by Kirk Franklin (Sunday Best); Executive Producers: Marilyn Gill and Kirk Franklin.
GAME When eligible men and women have to woo a new prospect
without relying on their great looks, killer body or fashion sense, it
all comes down to whether theyve Got Game? BET gives the dating
show a cliffhanger with each episode as singles undergo wild transformations,
complete with costumes and movie make-up before their big dates. Will
their charm shine through? Or will it be game over? Hosted by Donnivin
THE BOOK OF NEGROES BETs first-ever miniseries, this sweeping six-part epic traverses Aminata Diallos capture in Africa, enslavement in America, and emancipation in England. It is a riveting historical drama based upon the Commonwealth Prize winning novel by Lawrence Hill and chronicles love, loss, and the enduring human spirit. Stars Academy Award ® winners Cuba Gooding Jr. and Louis Gossett, Jr. and Aunjanue Ellis. In Partnership with eOne and The CBC.
LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN NAACP Image Award winning director Regina King (Southland) steps behind the camera to bring ReShonda Tate Billingsleys inspirational best-seller to the screen. Enter the world of Rachel Jackson, the preachers daughter who surmounts incredible odds to reconcile with the father she disappointed. Stars Naturi Naughton, Steve Harris, Lela Rochon Fuqua, Hosea Chanchez and Collins Pennie. Producers: Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone, and Regina King. Executive Producers: Reina King and TD Jakes.
THE HOT CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER From veteran Executive Producer and Director Debbie Allen comes a new vision for a holiday classic, The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker. A young girls dream comes to life when her Christmas gift shows her wondrous new worlds where original music and dance warm hearts, just like hot chocolate. Stars Raven-Symone and Tichina Arnold.
RETURNING HITS ON BET:
BEING MARY JANE: SEASON 2 BETs first one-hour original drama, Being Mary Jane, is a bonafide smash hit, winning wide critical acclaim, the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Television Movie and becoming the seasons #1 Tuesday primetime show on any network. Expect another steamy, satisfying second season full of nuanced characters, stellar performances, and brilliant writing. Stars Gabrielle Union, Lisa Vidal, Richard Roundtree, Stephen Bishop and Margaret Avery, Richard Brooks, B.J. Britt, Raven Goodwin, Aaron D. Spears and LaTarsha Rose.
REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD: SEASON 3 The fakest reality show ever is a real-life runaway hit. Taking the #1 spot on Entertainment Weeklys must-see list and acclaimed by The New York Times, Real Husbands of Hollywood is the #1 cable sitcom among all adults 18-49.* Led by comic genius Kevin Hart with an all-star cast (Boris Kodjoe, Nelly, Nick Cannon, Duane Martin and Cynthia Kaye McWilliams), Season 3 will be sure to deliver new rivalries, A-list cameos, and laugh-out-loud cliffhangers.
THE GAME: SEASON 8 In 2014, The Game swept both NAACP Image Awards for outstanding actress in a comedy series honors (Brandy Norwood and Wendy Raquel Robinson). The Game also delivered 4.4 million premiere night viewers, all waiting with bated breath for the answer to their big questions about Tasha, Kelly, Jason and Chardonnay. Season 8 promises to take this winning franchise to yet another level, so dont miss out on the action, the comedy or the drama.
106 & PARK 106 & Park is the #1 video countdown show anywhere on television. Now in its 14th year, our flagship program has been remixed and is bigger and bolder than ever. With multi-platinum artist and actor Bow Wow and Juno Award winning vocal sensation Keisha Chante in command of an interactive, state-of-the-art set, the new 106 & Park is the ultimate destination for the A-list of music, film, television, style, and sports. First Lady Michelle Obama chose the 106 & Park couch to drive home the value of higher education. Every weeknight, the show celebrates and reflects real youth culture as the home of the livest audience, delivering whats hot and whats next in pop culture.
RETURNING MEGA-SPECIALS ON BET:
BET AWARDS The BET AWARDS franchise is the #1 Program in Cable Television History among the Black audience, and is still a top 10 awards show on television (Broadcast & Cable) among total viewers. It continues to hold the leadership position because it gathers the biggest stars in music, sports, Hollywood, and philanthropy - all on one stage - for one incredible night. Now in its 14th year and better than ever, The BET AWARDS delivers electrifying performances, moving tributes and the most unforgettable moments on TV.
BET HIP HOP AWARDS The BET HIP HOP AWARDS returns for its 8th year to highlight who did it better in hip hop music, with bold performances and breakthrough freestyle cyphers that set social media on fire. This is the one show where the hottest rap stars of today share the stage with the hip hop icons of tomorrow. This show serves millions of people who love hip hop culture, which continues to define a generation and defy convention.
BLACK GIRLS ROCK BLACK GIRLS ROCK! is the tribute show that became a movement. This timely and timeless special salutes dynamic leaders in entertainment, business, philanthropy and beyond. Featuring emerging and legendary talent, touching tributes to present day role models and soulful, surprising musical performances, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! celebrates the brilliance and beauty of women of color who shape our world and uplift our girls.
THE BET HONORS The BET HONORS shows the world what extraordinary looks like by saluting luminaries whose lives and revolutionary work contribute to and elevate our culture. Airing during Black History Month, The BET HONORS is a shimmering night of dynamic performances and tributes that cross genres and generations.
Centric, BET Networks 24-hour music and entertainment network, inked an exclusive co-production deal with Queen Latifahs Flavor Unit Entertainment this month to produce new content for Centric. As part of the deal, BET Networks will develop and premiere an all-new Season 4 of the highly rated television series, Single Ladies, on Centric. The network will also air Seasons 1, 2 and 3. Flavor Unit Entertainments #1 new talk show, The Queen Latifah Show will also begin airing in primetime on Centric. This new partnership strengthens Centrics position as the network for the African American woman.
Centrics popularity with African American audiences, most notably with African American women ages 25 to 54, continues to grow, with the network marking its most watched quarter in its history. For FY14 Q2 (Jan-Mar), Centric experienced its best quarter ever for Total Day and Primetime viewership, posting gains of +20 percent.
NEW PROGRAMMING ON CENTRIC:
LADIES: SEASON 4 This modern, romantic comedy series is set
in the world of Atlanta fashion, music, and celebrity where friends share
differing views on love, sex and relationships. Produced by Flavor Unit
BEING Being is a documentary series highlighting music and entertainment's most dynamic figures and a place where the stars tell their own stories, in their own words. Featuring never before seen photos, videos, and revealing interviews, Being delivers a compelling inside look at the inspiring lives of the biggest names in music, media and more.
ACCORDING TO HIM & HER According to Him & Her approaches timely topics involving relationships, friendships, dating and sex in a he said, she said battle of the sexes. Every week an onslaught of comedians, relationship experts and surprise celebrities will engage in a series of questions resulting in a no-holds-barred banter giving audiences the opportunity to finally see how the other sex thinks from a comedic perspective.
RETURNING MEGA-SPECIALS ON CENTRIC:
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS The Hippest Trip In America keeps grooving forward. The iconic brand that defined a generation returns for 2014 with its signature awards show. Featuring never before-seen musical collaborations and powerful tributes from world-class performers, the Soul Train Awards brings you the most revered and promising voices in soul and R&B. The Soul Train Awards is simulcast on Centric and BET.
CENTRIC COMEDY ALL-STARS Bill Bellamy will host the third annual comedy event, honoring an industry icon. Some of the top names in comedy, plus the hottest comedians on the rise will make appearances during the show that is sure to keep you laughing.
MAKES TIME'S 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL COVER.
Internal covers inside the magazine feature actor Robert Redford, Jason Collins (the NBA's first openly gay player) and General Motors CEO Mary Barra.
honorees include Pope Francis, Hillary Clinton, Edward Snowden, Pharrell
Williams, Amy Adams, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, director Alfonso Cuaron,
Serena Williams, Kerry Washington, Benedict Cumberbatch and CBS' Charlie
Testimony, which immediately hit #1 on the iTunes Top Albums chart upon its release last week, takes off on the strength of a quartet of advance hit tracks that were featured on August's debut EP, Downtown: Life Under The Gun: "Ghetto" featuring Rich Homie Quan (over 8 million YouTube views to date); "Downtown" featuring Kidd Kidd; "I Luv This Sh*t" featuring Trinidad James; and "Let Me Hit That" featuring fellow NOLA native son Curren$y. The brand new single from Testimony is "Make It Home" featuring fellow Def Jam artist Jeezy.
The release date of Testimony carries major personal significance for August; April 15th was the birthday of his older brother, Melvin LaBranch III, who inspired August to pursue music. Tragically, Melvin was gunned down on the New Orleans streets in 2010, just days before August's 18th birthday. The murder remains unsolved.
Testimony's motivational undercurrent deals graphically with August's past hardships serious family issues including death, homelessness and addiction. "As an artist," August reflects, "I struggle with how much of myself to give to the people. How much I want my personal business to be judged. I think the EP struck a good balance of who I am and what I've been through, but that was just the beginning. Nothing is held back on Testimony. When people hear my story, and see that I came from nothing, they'll see that it's possible for them too."
EMINEM, OUTKAST & MORE TO HEADLINE ACL MUSIC FEST.
The two-weekend event will feature sets from St. Vincent, Spoon, The Avett Brothers, Belle & Sebastian, Interpol, Broken Bells, CHVRCHES, Childish Gambino, Jenny Lewis, Phantogram, Lake Street Dive and many others.
ACL has partnered with Clear Channel's iHeartRadio for ACL Festival Radio, the official station of the music fest.
TO HEADLINE 2ND BET ANNUAL BET EXPERIENCE@ LA. LIVE.
The Coca-Cola® Company will return to the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE as the festivals presenting sponsor. Associated with the BET AWARDS since 2009, this collaboration is another example of Coca-Colas® commitment to bringing people together to enjoy culturally meaningful celebrations. As part of the partnership, Sprite®, one of The Coca-Cola® Companys most popular brands, will once again sponsor the Sprite® Court home of the celebrity basketball game and slam dunk competition. Coca-Cola® and Sprite® will bring a number of original and interactive activities that will offer fans a weekend filled with creative and delightful moments. Additionally, Coca-Cola® will host a Latin showcase on Thursday, June 26 and sponsor the wildly-popular 106 & Park stage on Saturday, June 28 with special performances and appearances from some of your favorite celebrities.
This is an exciting time for The Coca-Cola® Company as we return as the presenting sponsor of the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE, said Lauventria Robinson, Vice President, Multicultural Marketing, Coca-Cola North America. Coca-Cola® and Sprite® fans can look forward to many surprises and staying refreshed with delicious ice-cold Coca-Cola® products throughout the entertaining festival.
The BET Experience at L.A. LIVE is a truly unique experience where innovative brands come to play and engage directly with our trendsetting consumers in an interactive setting they cant find anywhere else, said Louis Carr, President of Broadcast Media and Advertising Sales, BET Networks.
REACHES AGREEMENT WITH WARNER BROS.
Warner Bros. announced Friday it had reached an agreement with the pop icon, who was signed to the label from 1978 to the mid-1990s, during which time he released key projects like "Purple Rain," ''1999," ''Diamonds and Pearls" and "Around the World in a Day."
Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Prince's new partnership will include the release of "previously unheard material" from his nearly two-decade tenure on the label. A 30th-anniversary edition of "Purple Rain" will be released this summer.
Prince, 55, said in a statement that he's "pleased with the results of the negotiations" and looks "forward to a fruitful working relationship."
The agreement comes years after Prince's relationship with Warner Bros. soured as he failed to gain possession of the music he recorded for the label. He changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol and wrote the word "slave" on his cheek. He also vowed to rerecord the 17 albums he released on the label and sell them on his own.
After Warner, Prince began releasing music in 1996 over the Internet, but didn't match his previous successes. He struck deals with Arista Records and Columbia Records, where he saw a comeback with the Grammy-winning "Musicology" in 2004.
The singer has also released many albums through his own label, NPG Records, following his split with Warner.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also said he's working on new music apart
from Warner Bros. Prince has recently been performing with the all-female
Diddy leads the pack with an estimated fortune of $700 million, an increase of $120 million over his net worth last year. The change comes largely from the addition of Revolt TVthe new, music-focused, multi-platform channel of which hes the majority ownerto his already-hefty portfolio.
Right now my focus is Revolt and making it the number one, most-trusted, most credible worldwide brand for music, he told FORBES in a recent interview. And to get Revolt to be the quintessential definition of real time. I think thats the future.
Dr. Dre, who ranks second with $550 million, and Jay Z, in third place with an estimated $520 million. The former leapfrogged the latter on this years Forbes Five thanks to a large stake in Beats By Dr. Dre, which he cofounded with Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine in 2008.
The company controls an astounding two-thirds of the premium headphone market, with annual sales reportedly in excess of $1 billion and growing. Private equity firm Carlyle invested $500 million for a minority stake last year, pushing Beats value past $1 billion and likely closer to $2 billion. Source: Forbes
The top five earners this year are:
Sean "Diddy" Combs ($700 million)
SONG VOTED ULTIMATE WORKOUT JOINT.
March Music Madness is an annual bracket-based competition to find out what gym-goers are listening to while breaking a sweat. Celebrities (including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Will Ferrell, Trey Songz, Mickey Rourke and Brooke Shields), Gold's Gym members, fans and personal trainers all nominated their favorite workout songs.
The top 64 songs were seeded in a tournament-style bracket on MarchMusicMadness.com, created by digital music advertising firm F#. The 2014 competition featured a "Battle of the Sexes" theme, with half the songs nominated by girls and half nominated by guys. Thousands of consumers voted in six rounds to advance the top workout songs and reveal once and for all, whose playlist is hotter Team Guys or Team Girls?
The result? A snapshot of not only what music is helping Americans rock their reps, but also the differences (and similarities) in each gender's taste in workout music. Once the top songs from Team Guys and Team Girls were voted to the Championship round from the Final Four, the two songs went head to head. "Timber" by Pitbull featuring Ke$ha represented Team Girls, but was ultimately defeated by Team Guys' Eminem track.
One trend that emerged among male voters and nominating celebrities was the undeniable popularity of rock music. The three runner-up songs on the male side of the bracket "Enter Sandman" by Metallica, "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses and "Shoot to Thrill" by AC/DC - were all rooted in classic rock, while the rap-rock beat of winning song "Till I Collapse" features a nod to Queen's "We Will Rock You."
Conversely, Team Girls continued to advance hip-hop tracks. "Timber," which was Women's Health Fitness Director Jen Ator's top pick, beat out similar upbeat tracks for the No. 1 spot on Team Girls, including: "SexyBack" by Justin Timberlake featuring Timbaland, "Wake Me Up" by Avicii and "Talk Dirty to Me" by Jason DeRulo featuring 2 Chainz.
As a continued tradition of the March Music Madness competition, and as a reward for nominating the winning song, Gold's Gym will donate $5,000 to the nominator's charity of choice. Gold's Gym member Jamieson Patrick nominated "Till I Collapse" and selected the Special Olympics to receive this donation.
love March Music Madness because it brings to life how important music
is to the workout experience," said Dave Reiseman, Vice President
of Communications for Gold's Gym. "It also allows our members, trainers
and celebrity friends to come together for a good cause. And, we hope
it helps our members find some new tunes to add to their fitness playlists
that power their workouts."
The school announced Tuesday that Combs will be among five people who will receive honorary degrees as trailblazers in their fields.
Combs was a Howard student in the late 1980s. He will receive an honorary doctorate in the humanities. He went on to create his Puff Daddy persona and built his own business and brand. Last year he launched an all-music TV channel, Revolt, aiming to create the ESPN of music. It airs in about 20 million U.S. homes.
University President Wayne Frederick says Combs' entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at Howard.
university also will honor CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, transplant surgeon
Clive Callender, jazz legend Benny Golson and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi.
"The Block Party is a boisterous and spirited event that takes place right in the heart of Seattle's artistic community," said Jason Lajeunesse, the festival's owner and producer. "This year's headliners like Chromeo and Matt and Kim will transform the intersection of Pike and Broadway into a giant dance floor. I can't wait."
With just 101 days until the gates open, a limited number of discounted three-day passes will go on sale today at 9 a.m. for $99. For the first time ever, CHBP will offer a very limited number of VIP tickets for $250. VIP Packages will include express entry, limited edition apparel, complimentary beverages, a CHBP poster, and gifts from our sponsors. The full musical lineup will be announced in early May. Details regarding the visual arts program, creative installations, digital activities and more will be announced at a later date.
FLAV TAKES PLEA DEAL.
The 55-year-old rapper and reality TV personality, whose legal name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., acknowledged in court that he wielded a kitchen knife during an Oct. 17, 2012, argument at home in Las Vegas.
The teen testified during a preliminary hearing a year ago that Drayton threatened to kill him, chased him to a bedroom and stabbed the knife through the door during the argument.
The family has since reconciled and has been undergoing counseling, defense attorney Kristina Wildeveld told Senior Clark County District Court Judge Kathy Hardcastle on Monday.
In court, Drayton called the victim his stepson. "I love my son and my son loves me, too," he told the judge.
The teen, now 18, and his mother were not in court when Drayton entered his plea to misdemeanor charges of attempted battery that could have caused substantial injury and battery constituting domestic violence.
Drayton had been facing felony assault and child endangerment with a weapon charges that could have gotten him up to 12 years in prison.
Outside court, the entertainer pulled his trademark clock neckwear from beneath a red T-shirt, as he and his defense attorneys said they don't expect the Las Vegas conviction to affect a pending felony speeding and driving without a license case in Mineola, N.Y.
"I'm standing here in front of the camera," Drayton said, "not behind bars."
The New York charges stem from Drayton's Jan. 9 arrest while driving to his mother's funeral on Long Island.
Wildeveld said Drayton was paying fines to resolve that case. If Drayton violates terms of the agreement in the domestic violence case, he could face up to a year in county jail, the judge said.
Flavor Flav has been performing on tour since his induction last year with the rap group Public Enemy into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Hardcastle set an Aug. 18 court appearance to close the case if Drayton completes counseling.
BIBBY TOURS WITH TRAE THE TRUTH
LIL BIBBY was thrust into the limelight in 2013, after multi-platinum recording artist Drake proclaimed himself a fan and shared one of Bibby's very first recordings, "Kill S**t," with millions of rap fans via Instagram.
Lil Bibby is currently working on a new EP, THE BOOK, which promises to be filled with the same brutal honesty fans have already come to expect. "That's the only way I know how to make music," he admits. "I can't just talk about money, drugs or killing. I like to talk about what's really going on, or what I'm going through that day. I want to paint the real picture of Chicago," he adds. "A lot of people go off what they see on TV or hear in rap, and I don't think some rappers really tell that story fluently. I want to be the one to tell it like it is."
AM KING TOUR DATES
LIVE RENEWS FOR SECOND SEASON ON MARK CUBAN'S NETWORK.
Season one highlights featured such memorable moments as Kendrick Lamar's powerful performance of "M.A.A.D. City;" Grammy nominee Wiz Khalifa talking about his experience working with Adele; Chris Brown's thoughtful insight on handling his public image; Ice Cube confirming "Friday 4;" and Paris Hilton's playful banter with hip-hop artists Nipsey Hussle and Dom Kennedy.
"SKEE LIVE enables us to introduce the audience to the latest pop culture trends," said DJ Skee. "This season we're bringing the streets to the mainstream, unleashing all-new episodes loaded with marquee performances, insightful interviews and backstage exclusives that viewers have come to expect from SKEE LIVE."
"SKEE LIVE's unique blend of high-energy music performances brings an entirely new viewing experience to our network," said Michele M. Dix, AXS TV Senior Vice President of Programming and Development. "We are looking forward to building out our Friday night line-up with the addition of this series."
The new season of SKEE LIVE will air weekly on Friday nights, joining AXS TV's popular mixed martial arts programming block. Long-time AXS TV sports news show INSIDE MMA will follow at 9pE/6pP, with AXS TV FIGHTS' MMA and Muay Thai events airing at 10pE/7pP.
TO HOST ESPYS.
The Toronto-based rapper, singer and actor and the sports entertainment network announced the gig Wednesday. The annual light-hearted awards show will be held July 16 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live.
Drake's used to the live TV thing. He turned in a strong performance as host and musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" in January. And he hosted the 2011 Juno Awards in Canada.
27-year-old also has ties to the sports world. He's affiliated with the
NBA's Toronto Raptors and memorably played a teen basketball player on
"Degrassi: The Next Generation" before picking up the mic.
Twenty-seven-year-old Rivera and 26-year-old Sean, whose real name is Sean Anderson, announced their engagement in October. Though the couple met on Twitter, neither tweeted about the breakup Wednesday. Rivera is best known as Santana on Fox's "Glee." Sean released "Hall of Fame," his second album, last summer.
WILLIAMS STILL HEATING UP THE CHARTS.
"Happy" leads the Digital Songs chart for an eighth week, although down by 12 percent to 284,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Thus, the song's streak of having sold at least 300,000 in each of seven straight weeks ends. Thicke's "Blurred Lines" holds the mark with 10 consecutive weeks of 300,000 or more in download sales last year, while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, ranks second with an eight week-streak, also last year. "Happy" remains tied for the third-best run with fun.'s "We Are Young," featuring Janelle Monae (seven weeks, 2012).
On Streaming Songs, "Happy" ranks at No. 4 (with 7.4 million U.S. streams, according to BDS), having peaked at No. 2 four weeks ago. It stays at No. 2 on On-Demand Songs (2.4 million U.S. streams, down 4 percent, according to BDS), which it led for two weeks. "Happy" spends a ninth week at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Source: Billboard
REVEALED FOR TUPAC INSPIRED SHOW.
Producers said this week the rest of the cast of "Holler If Ya Hear Me" will include Tonya Pinkins, Christopher Jackson, Saycon Sengbloh, Ben Thompson and John Earl Jelks.
The musical is not a biography of Shakur but uses his songs to explore the story of two friends who live in a low-income neighborhood in the Midwest. It will feature "California Love," ''Keep Ya Head Up," and "Me Against the World."
musical has a story by Todd Kreidler, who was a dramaturge for "Radio
Golf," and is directed by Kenny Leon. It begins performances May
29 and will open June 19 at the Palace Theatre.
& RIHANNA ON DECK FOR MTV MOVIE AWARDS.
It was announced on Tuesday morning (April 8) that Em and Rih Rih will be gracing the stage this Sunday during the annual event. This will be their first performance of "The Monster," the hit single from November's The Marshall Mathers LP 2. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
2014 MTV Movie Awards will be hosted by Conan O'Brien. Make sure to tune
in at 9 p.m. ET/PT this Sunday, April 13, when they air from Los Angeles'
Nokia Theater. Source:Mtv
The acquisition enhances UMG's presence in one of the most dynamic and growing segments of music today: top-quality, original audio-visual content, such as live concert footage, documentaries and films. The addition of Eagle Rock's library, which includes nearly 2000 hours of programming and more than 800 titles, enhances the value of UMG's catalog by broadening the product offerings associated with UMG's artists. Further, the addition of Eagle Rock's experienced team will assist UMG in producing video content and creating unique artist-based bundles in a variety of physical and digital formats, including on new and emerging mobile platforms.
Eagle Rock Chairman and CEO Terry Shand will continue to lead the company from its headquarters in London. In making the announcement, Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of UMG, said: "As we continue UMG's transformation to a music-based content company, expanding our audio-visual catalog and production expertise is critical. We're thrilled to welcome Terry and the Eagle Rock team to the UMG family. Terry has built Eagle Rock into a world-class content company and a leading force in distributing top music-based audio-visual programming."
Shand said: "I am delighted to bring Eagle Rock into the UMG family
and look forward to growing Eagle Rock in the coming years by producing
more great content and benefiting from the digital revolution that is
taking the audio-visual space by storm. I'd like to personally thank Lucian
Grainge, Boyd Muir and Max Hole for their vision and confidence, Beringea
for their support over the last few years and Geoff Kempin, Simon Hosken
and all the team at Eagle Rock for the tremendous work they have done
to date and their dedication to the future." Eagle Rock was advised
by Lepe Partners.
Centrics slate of programming has a particular appeal to the African American woman. This new partnership strengthens Centrics position as the network for the African American woman.
Flavor Unit Entertainments #1 new talk show, The Queen Latifah Show will also begin airing in primetime on Centric. The Queen Latifah Show is a daytime, talk-variety series that showcases Queen Latifahs extraordinary range of talents as a global entertainment icon featuring chart-topping musical guests, celebrity interviews and everyday heroes who are changing lives in their local communities. The Queen Latifah Show is produced by Flavor Unit, Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television.
We are thrilled to be working once again with Flavor Unit Entertainment and Queen Latifah. She does it all and we are happy to have her join us as a creative force as we continue to grow Centric into a premiere destination for African American women. We couldnt be more excited about whats ahead, said Debra L. Lee, BET Networks Chairman and CEO.
As part of the deal, BET Networks will develop and premiere an all-new Season 4 of the highly rated Single Ladies on Centric. This modern, romantic comedy series is set in the world of Atlanta fashion, music, and celebrity as best friends share their differing views on love, sex and relationships. Single Ladies asks the question: what do women really want?
At more than 10 million strong, and in control of 20 billion dollars in buying power, the African American woman is an increasingly powerful, yet often overlooked consumer. No other network has embraced her with content designed specifically for her until now, said Louis Carr, BET Networks President of Broadcast and Media Sales. Centric is the first network to deliver the programming that celebrates, inspires and addresses her unique perspective.
popularity with African American audiences, most notably with African
American women ages 25 to 54, continues to grow, with the network marking
its most watched quarter in its history. For FY14 Q2 (Jan-Mar), Centric
experienced its best quarter ever for Total Day and Primetime viewership,
posting gains of +20 percent.
The new court papers show 50 Cent needs to pay $11.6 million in damages for misappropriation of trade secrets, unjust enrichment and breach of confidentiality; and another $4.4 million in legal fees and expenses.
In a nutshell, heres what happened: An arbitrator in West Palm Beach found that the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, stole design secrets from Bradenton manufacturer Sleek Audio to make his own headphones, Street by 50 and Synch by 50.
50 was walloped in arbitration last summer and a federal court in Miami just affirmed the award to Sleek. 50 desperately tried to keep the award documents sealed, but the federal court unsealed them recently.
So far, 50s not talking, and neither are his lawyers. Through his company G-Unit LLC, Jackson and Sleek teamed up in early 2011 to market Sleek by 50, a line of wireless, over-the-ear headphones.
The new documents show 50 Cent became interested in the product after seeing the success of fellow rapper Dr. Dres Beats headphones.
May 2011, however, Sleek Audio and 50 Cent announced they had split without
ever marketing any headphones. Since then, 50 called has Sleek founders
incompetent while Sleek branded 50 a thief. Source:
For the first time since the advent of digital sales, the format's declines resemble the now-routine annual percentage declines for the CD in the new millennium, when drops in CD sales ranged from 18.2% to 19.7% each year from 2007-11.
However, digital interactive streaming -- not including passive streams from services like Pandora, iTunes Radio and Sirius -- appears to be making up the slack, on a revenue basis at least. According to SoundScan, interactive music and video streaming totaled 34.28 billion streams in the first quarter of the year, versus 25.44 billion streams in 2013's corresponding period. Not only have streams grown by nearly 9 billion, but per-stream payout has improved this year versus last year, according to label sales executives.
Last year, interactive streams paid an average of $0.00375 per stream, meaning 2,000 streams equaled the average $7.50 wholesale -- the average price when you consider the $9.99 list price for most albums and $11.99 for some superstar albums -- for a digital album download. This year the industry average is more like $0.005, which means that 1,500 streams equal the wholesale cost of an album.
Figuring 2,000 streams per stream equivalent album last year, and 1,500 streams per stream equivalent album this year, that means that SEA totaled 22.85 million in the first quarter of this year, while last year totaled 12.72 million, a difference of 10.1 million album units. So, while digital albums and track equivalent albums were down 9.06 million units, streaming revenue growth is outpacing digital sales decline.
But the industry is still not out of the woods. Again, the CD's decline has accelerated. After dropping 14.5% over the last year, the CD album format is down 20.5% so far this year, to 31.9 million units from the 40.1 million units scanned in the first quarter of 2013.
Analyzing the 16.6% decline in album sales -- to 61.7 million units from the 74 million scanned in 2013's first quarter -- current albums (sales of albums released in the last 18 months, plus sales of albums out longer that remain in the top half of the Billboard 200) are down 18.5%, to 30 million, and are doing slightly worse than catalog albums which are down nearly 15%, to 31 million units. Looking at the year's top selling albums thus far, last year, 31 albums had scanned more than 200,000 units by the end of the first quarter; while this year so far only 17 have done so. The "Frozen" soundtrack leads the way with scans of 1.5 million units.
Moving over to track sales, Pharrell Williams' "Happy" is the top-selling digital song, with 3.6 million scans. So far this year 16 tracks have scanned more than 1 million units. Last year, 15 tracks hit that milestone, led by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thift Shop," featuring Wanz, with 4.2 million units by the end of the first quarter of 2013.
"Overall, there is still strong demand for people buying and streaming hits," says Nielsen Entertainment senior VP Dave Bakula. "It's the catalog and the bottom levels of the charts, where weakness is occuring."
Looking at genre sales, electronica was the only large genre -- which for this story Billboard defines as a genre with more than one million unit album scans -- to post a gain, with a 2.7% increase, to 1.45 million units from 1.32 million units. Jazz didn't decline as much as the overall U.S. album market, as the genre posted an 8.5% decrease. Classical -- with a 33.3% decline to 1.4 million units -- and pop -- with a 28.6% decline to 4.6 million units -- both had the weakest showing so far this year. The other large genres -- rock, R&B, country, and gospel/Christian -- were all down, ranging from 16%-19%. Latin was down nearly 21%.
On the flip side, when looking at tracks, Latin had the best showing of the genres tracked by Billboard for this story, suffering only a 2.5% decline to 1.8 million song downloads, followed by R&B, which declined 8.6% to nearly 63 million downloads. Rock, pop and country were each down, respectively 15.8%, 8.5% and 16.9%.
Moving over to music merchandisers, the Universal Music Group posted 38.8% in albums plus TEA, versus the 37% it had in the first quarter of 2013. That gives UMG a commanding lead over the 28.4% chalked up by Sony Music Entertainment, from the 29.9% it had at the end of 2013's first quarter. But within Sony Music, Columbia remains the No. 1 U.S. label with 8.05% in album plus TEA marketing share, including ChristianScan album counts.
Finally, for the first time in recent memory, all different store types posted declines, with chains and mass merchants suffering the biggest hits with 24.4% and 24.5% declines respectively, to 7.5 million units and 14.1 million units for the first quarter. But download stores also had a big decline, 14.2% to 27.8 million units, suffering a reversal in fortune after a decade of gains. Also, non-traditional CD merchants also posted a slight decline of 2.9% to 8 million units while indie stores were down 16.6% to 4.1 million units. Source: Billboard
& JANELLE MONAE PERFORM HOLOGRAM DUET.
M.I.A. performed in New York with a 3-D projection of Monae Thursday night while Monae sang on the West Coast with M.I.A.'s likeness.
Both artists have ideas for how they might use performance holograms beyond their bi-coastal duet, which was sponsored by Audi to launch its A3 model.
The high-tech duet required more advanced 3-D projection and video mapping technology than Tupac Shakur's hologram debut at the annual Coachella music festival in 2012. M.I.A. and Monae performed together in person to help create the holograms, but each saw the results for the first time onstage.
"I wish I were in the audience because I'm sure it looked cooler from the audience, but it felt great," Monae said after closing her 40-minute set at Quixote Studios by singing with a hologram. "I felt M.I.A.'s spirit up there."
A life-size hologram of the British rapper joined Monae onstage with an original addition to her song "Q.U.E.E.N." Wearing a spangled top and pants reminiscent of C-3PO, M.I.A. appeared to dance and sing, her image at times bathed in colored lights. Monae's hologram sang a verse of M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls" with her at New York's SIR Stage 37.
Neither artist got to see what their own hologram looked like ("I'm going to go online and see if I could see it," Monae confessed), but both said they'd try the technology again.
"I think if you can have artists be a hologram and you can access it, and you have them life-size, in your house, it could be kind of cool," M.I.A. said by phone. "It's definitely cool for us and it's cool for me. I could be in 10 places at once."
The technology has been prohibitively expensive and cumbersome to use on tour, she said: "I hope they get it together to the point that it's accessible."
"I'd be honored to experiment more with holograms and maybe make a whole band but I love my band, I wouldn't want them to be holograms," she said. "I would do some experimenting with different versions of myself, playing different instruments."
Both artists are touring in support of albums released last fall: M.I.A.'s "Matangi" and Monae's "Electric Lady." Monae also contributes the theme song to the upcoming animated film "Rio 2," and covered David Bowie's "Heroes" for a Pepsi global ad campaign. M.I.A. is busy with her fashion collection for Versace and her ongoing snarl with the National Football League, which is seeking $16 million from the singer on claims that she ruined the league's reputation when she stuck out her middle finger during a halftime performance with Madonna two years ago.
KARTEL SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON
While police in riot gear watched over barricaded streets outside the court in downtown Kingston, Judge Lennox Campbell ruled the entertainer must serve 35 years behind bars before he can be eligible for parole. At that point, the tattooed Jamaican deejay who has dominated the brash reggae-rap hybrid of dancehall for a decade would be 73.
Last month, a jury convicted the 38-year-old Kartel and three co-defendants of killing Clive "Lizard" Williams, who was beaten to death in August 2011 after being lured to Kartel's house to answer for two missing guns. His body has never been found.
One of the key pieces of evidence in the 65-day trial, one of the longest in Jamaican history, was a text message that police said they retrieved from Kartel's phone saying Williams had been chopped up in a "mincemeat" so fine his remains would never be located.
On Thursday, dozens of onlookers stood at the street barricades awaiting the sentencing. Some zealous fans yelled in anguish when they heard news of Kartel's life sentence.
"Wickedness! They take away the 'world boss,'" one woman exclaimed, referring to one of Kartel's nicknames.
Defense lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson said he expected to file an appeal.
When Kartel was convicted last month, the only dissenting juror was arrested on charges of attempting to bribe the panel in an effort to free the music star, whose real name is Adidja Palmer. The juror denies wrongdoing.
Authorities said the case had posed numerous security challenges. Prosecution witnesses and relatives of the victim needed state protection due to numerous threats. Officers were also threatened, including Detective Sgt. Patrick Linton, whose home was attacked with a fire bomb after he testified against Kartel.
Police officials also said intelligence indicated people were paid to gather outside the court to show support for Kartel and "create disorder during the closing stages of the trial."
Kartel is a major star in the dancehall genre and is known for his prolific output and innovative, but often violent, X-rated lyrics. Over the years, he collaborated with international artists including Jay-Z, Rihanna and Busta Rhymes. Rhymes traveled to Jamaica to attend the last day of Kartel's trial as a show of support.
Although he has been jailed since 2011, Kartel recorded numerous new songs from his cell using a smartphone and co-wrote a book about himself titled "The Voice of the Jamaica Ghetto." He's long been popular among young Jamaicans, especially those in blighted slums.
As his popularity grew, he increasingly got in trouble with the law. Last year, another murder case against Kartel collapsed after prosecutors failed to produce enough evidence to support allegations that he and two others killed businessman Barrington "Bossy" Burton in 2011.
CENT TEAMS UP WITH JASON STATHAM & JUDE LAW FOR NEW SPY THRILLER.
The cast also includes Jude Law as a suave superspy and Jason Statham as an overconfident yet clumsy spy. Also in the cast are Rose Byrne, British comedienne Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale and Nia Long. It is unclear how 50 Cent figures into the plot, but he will play himself.
Feig will direct the film from a script he wrote. Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing via their Chernin Entertainment banner along with Feig and Jessie Henderson via their Feigco Entertainment banner. The movie will shoot in April in Budapest.
50 Cent appeared in last years Escape Plan with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger and just wrapped The Prince, a crime picture starring Bruce Willis and John Cusack. He is repped by CAA. Source: Hollywood Reporter
DOCUMENTARY "TIME IS ILLMATIC" TO RECEIVE INAUGURAL CANDESCENT
Lilly Hartley's Candescent Films announced the multi-year award program on Wednesday in conjunction with the Tribeca Film Institute. The grant will be given through the Institute, home of the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 16-27.
Time Is Illmatic was directed by multimedia artist One9, who produced the documentary with Erik Parker. Illmatic is one of the most celebrated hip-hop albums in history, and the film explores the social conditions and environmental influences that contributed to Nas' process.
"Time Is Illmatic is a lyrical film that inspires us to overcome social and economic challenges and celebrates cultural history. I am honored to support the heartbeat of this film through the Candescent Award. Candescent's partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute is exciting to me as they provide vital resources to emerging artists and the documentary community," said Lilly Hartley, a producer and actress who formed Candescent in 2011.
In January, Candescent announced a similar award grant program in partnership with the Sundance Institute.
As with all of our grantees, Tribeca Film Institute is honored to have had the great opportunity to work with Time is Illlmatic throughout the films creative process from giving it a Tribeca All Access grant for production in 2013, through choosing it for a Tribeca All Access Alumni grant for editing in 2014, to now with this Candescent Award to help get it to the finish line, said Tribeca Institute vice president of artist programs Ryan Harrington, Vice President, Artist Programs, Tribeca Film Institute. We are proud to be partnering with Candescent to support more important documentaries in the future.
aim is to produce and finance films exploring social issues. Upcoming
movies the company has supported include Gael Garcia Bernal's Who is Dayani
Crsital?, Fed Up, Remote Area Medical and HBO's Private Violence. Past
projects include Queen of Versailles, Javier Bardem's Sons of the Clouds,
Gideon's Army, After Tiller and Likeness, starring Elle Fanning. Source:
Brown is being held without bail and is due to go on trial on April 17 in Washington on the assault charge. Last week, a judge in Washington authorized U.S. marshals to transport Brown from Los Angeles for the trial. The Grammy-winning singer's lawyer Mark Geragos filed a motion Tuesday asking a judge to block that order and instead release Brown to his custody just before the trial date.
His motion states that Brown would lose the ability to confer with Geragos and prepare for the trial if he is transferred by marshals. A hearing has been scheduled for Thursday on the motion.
RESTORES DEF JAM, MOTOWN AND ISLAND AS STANDALONES; IDJ DISSOLVED.
In 1999, Def Jam, Island and Motown were consolidated into the Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJ), which has operated out of Universals East Coast office. The brand will now cease to exist, with all three labels boasting their own A&R and marketing operations.
In making the announcement, UMG Chairman/CEO LUCIAN GRAINGE said, UMG is a collection of some of the greatest record labels the industry has ever seen. At the heart of these great companies is the vision and creative instincts of a team of passionate professionals. At UMG, our labels are empowered to be entrepreneurial and take creative risks. By re-establishing DEF JAM, ISLAND and MOTOWN as stand-alone labels within the UMG family, were positioning them to recapture the uniqueness of their brands and serve artists with the singularity of vision, focus and creativity that was at the core of their original success.
the new structure:
Ethiopia Habtemariam, SVP of Motown Records, has been promoted to President of the label. Furthermore, Motown will return to Los Angeles, where it was based for nearly 25 years beginning in 1972. Motown will be a freestanding label within Capitol Music Group, alongside labels such as Blue Note, Harvest and Virgin Records. Capitol was recently acquired in connection with UMGs purchase of EMI. Habtemariam will also continue in her current role as EVP/Head of Urban Music at Universal Music Publishing Group.
Island Records, under the leadership of David Massey, will expand its own marketing, publicity and A&R departments. It will also have the ability to draw upon the promotional resources of UMGs Republic Records, the No. 1 U.S. label in 2013 based on current album marketshare.
Kwak, EVP/Head of A&R for IDJ has been promoted to the newly-created
position of Executive Vice President A&R, U.S. Recorded Music. In
this new position, Kwak will serve all of UMGs labels in the U.S.
Grainge said, Barry is a terrific music executive who led our East Coast labels during a critical time of transition. I cant say enough about his contributions to our labels or to thank him enough. He has positioned Def Jam, Island, Motown and Republic for new levels of growth.
ESTATE FILES PRE-EMPTIVE LAWSUIT OVER SONG SAMPLE.
In this case, the plaintiff admits sampling the song. Nevertheless, against alleged threats by Hutson's publishing company, the B.I.G. estate says that the sample is de minimis and fair use as only "two nonsequential tones" were used, adapted, modified and supplemented. Further, any claims to the contrary are argued to be barred as untimely. Finally, Hutson is being charged with copyright misuse for threatening legal action with alleged knowledge of no real infringement.
According to the complaint filed Monday in California federal court, the "Can't Say Enough" sound recording was originally published in 1974 by a record company owned by musician Curtis Mayfield. In 1989, the song was returned by Mayfield to Hutson.
As for "The What," it was written in 1994 by Biggie, Osten Harvey Jr. (known as Easy Mo Bee) and Clifford Smith (known as Method Man).
Harvey was the producer, and the lawsuit says he sampled the final 1.9 seconds of "fade-out" from the defendant's song -- a faint "wah-wah" sound which oscillated between high and low frequencies. On "The What," the sample is said to have been transposed to match a E-Flat minor pitch. The low-end frequencies were removed, and the high-end frequencies were chopped into short and bass tones.
Skip ahead 18 years when Bad Boy Records was sent notice of an alleged infringement.
Over the following 18 months, the parties began negotiating with each other. At a couple of points during this time, Hutson's reps are said to have claimed 50 percent ownership in the Biggie song as well as 50 percent of income attributable to it. The plaintiff hired an expert who found limited use of "Can't Say Enough" and was confident that case law would support the position that the use was non-infringing. The impetus behind the lawsuit appears to be a February letter from the defendant's lawyer to Universal, EMI, BMI and ASCAP demanding a "hold" be placed on royalties. Last week, that was followed by another legal threat, precipitating the preemptive lawsuit.
Since there is no question that an unauthorized sample actually happened, the lawsuit tees up the question for the judge of how much use of a preexisting song is permissible. In addition, the lawsuit will address other affirmative defenses to improper sampling including statute of limitations and laches.
Then, there is the claim of copyright misuse. Given the admittance of a sample, such an allegation appears to be a stretch, but should Biggie's heirs prevail, it would go a long way to chilling sampling lawsuits.
The Notorious B.I.G. estate is managed by his widow, Faith Evans, and his mother, Voletta Wallace. The lawyer representing them is Staci Riordan at Fox Rothschild. In 2006, Time named Ready to Die as one of the most influential music compilations of the past 50 years. Source: Billboard.
WEST TOUR ON HOLD TO FOCUS ON NEW ALBUM.
companys site posted the following message:
- Tickets from May 6, honoured for September 9; Tickets from May 7, honoured
for September 10
NAMED AS COACH FOR NEXT SEASONS' THE VOICE.
Williams scored an Oscar nomination this year for his song "Happy" from the film "Despicable Me 2." He also had a Grammy-winning collaboration with Daft Punk on the dance hit "Get Lucky." He was an adviser to team Usher on season four of "The Voice," and performed the song "Blurred Lines" with Robin Thicke on the show last May. NBC said it would announce the remainder of the coaching line-up at a later date.
CLAIMS SELF-DEFENSE IN BENZINO SHOOTING.
Gai Scott, 36, of Randolph, pleaded not guilty in Plymouth District Court to armed assault with intent to murder. He was ordered held without bail pending a hearing Wednesday to determine whether he's a danger to society.
Scott shot Benzino, whose real name is Raymond Scott, on Route 3 in Duxbury on Saturday as Benzino came upon his own mother's funeral procession, authorities said.
"When the dust settles with respect to this case, it's going to be abundantly clear that Mr. Scott, a licensed gun owner, was acting in self-defense and in defense of his family," said Jon Ciraulo, Gai Scott's lawyer.
The Plymouth district attorney's office said in a statement that "growing family tension" between the men was behind the shooting.
Benzino, who was released Monday from South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, said he had paid his respects to his mother in private at a Quincy funeral home but decided to skip the procession and funeral because of tensions in the family over money.
Benzino, 48, a Boston native who now lives in Atlanta, said he was on his way to Plymouth to pick up a friend when he came upon the procession and someone opened fire.
He did not identify the person who shot him by name.
Benzino is a cast member of the VH1 reality show "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" and CEO of Hip-Hop Weekly magazine.
JUNE BUG (SNOOP'S UNCLE) PASSES AWAY.
June Bug's nephew Daz Dillinger said his uncle died around 9:30 am and it happened right after Snoop arrived for a visit.
We're told J.B. happily acknowledged Snoop's presence then passed on. As we previously reported, June Bug was given one day to live last week after succumbing to colon cancer but he was clearly a fighter. Source: TMZ
MICHAEL JACKSON ALBUM ON DECK.
will also be available in a Deluxe Edition, which includes all of the
sourced Michael Jackson recordings in their original form. The XSCAPE
standard and Deluxe Edition's are available for pre-order beginning April
1 on iTunes and elsewhere, and available at all retailers worldwide on
Reid curated the final list of recordings to deliver to the producers, who retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackson's essence and integrity. It's a process Reid calls "contemporizing." The album's lead producer, Timbaland was one of a handful of producers Reid believed had the gravitas, depth and range to creatively engage with Jackson's work. Additional producers include global hitmakers Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome "Jroc" Harmon and John McClain.
"Modern music and artistry would look and sound completely different if not for the groundbreaking contributions Michael Jackson gifted to the world," remarked L.A. Reid. "Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with. We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world."
title of this album honors Michael's album naming process. He always chose
a song from the album to name his projects and, beginning with THRILLER,
used only one word titles, each with an edgy quality to them. This is
true of the new project. Written by Michael Jackson and Jerkins, and produced
by Jackson and Jerkins, "Xscape" has further significance in
that it is the one track on the album that was 'contemporized' by the
producer who recorded it originally in the studio with Michael.
"Michael has long been a treasured member of the larger Sony family," said Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation. "Starting with the release of 'Off The Wall' in 1979, Sony Music Entertainment has since released all of Michael's recordings. We are thrilled and privileged to be collaborating as One Sony to celebrate Michael's latest legacy, and bringing his fans an exclusive experience through our upcoming initiatives with our products and services."
DOLLA $IGN TOUR ON DECK.
The 15-date tour -- which marks the multi-talented LA-based artist's first headlining tour -- celebrates the recent release of Ty's major label debut, "BEACH HOUSE EP" and its breakout hit single, "Paranoid (Feat. B.o.B)." In addition to currently being featured on iHeartRadio's "New Music Channel," the DJ Mustard-produced track is currently #4 at urban radio, while also proving a top 10 hit on both Billboard's "Hot R&B Songs" and "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs" charts. In addition, the "Paranoid" companion video -- directed by Ethan Lader (Bruno Mars, Travie McCoy, B.o.B, OneRepublic) -- is fast approaching 11 million views at Ty's official YouTube channel,
Known as a charismatic and smooth live performer, Ty was among the stand-out artists showcasing at the South By Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) in Austin, TX, Performing an incredible 16 shows within a 3 day stint, Ty also took part in memorable on-stage collaborations with such like-minded artists as Snoop Dogg, YG, DJ Steve Aoki and his Taylor Gang family (including Chevy Woods, Tuki Carter and Berner), which was led by his Atlantic Records labelmate, Wiz Khalifa.
Born Tyrone Griffin, Ty Dolla $ign has been an in-demand writer, producer, and featured artist since helming YG's 2010 smash, "Toot It and Boot It (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign)." Since then, his credits include work alongside the likes of Trey Songz ("Fumble") B.o.B ("HeadBand (Feat. 2Chainz)") and Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg, whose "Young, Wild & Free (Feat. Bruno Mars)" proved a GRAMMY® Award-nominated blockbuster. The music from Ty's production team, D.R.U.G.S. (Dirty Rotten Underground Sound), dominated the airwaves in 2013. This new era of L.A.-bred producers and musicians -- which also includes DJ Mustard, Nate3D, Chordz and James Koo -- has redefined the sound of West Coast hip-hop with heavy 808s and a greedy snap.
A series of increasingly hot mixtapes earned him further attention, and has led Rolling Stone to call Ty one of the "10 New Artists You Need To Know in 2014." As if all that weren't enough, the gifted singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist has recently collaborated with the likes of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, YG, Lupe Fiasco, Zendaya and more, while hard at work on his own full length debut album, due out later this year.
This is also the first time adidas has partnered with a designer who owns their own textile company. adidas will collaborate with Williams' Bionic Yarn coming from The Vortex Project; an initiative with Parley for the Oceans to turn plastic debris from the oceans into yarn and fabric. Bionic Yarn will be used in some of Pharrell's upcoming adidas Originals products.
"Working with an iconic brand like adidas is such an incredible opportunity. From the classic track suit, to growing up in Virginia wearing Stan Smiths, adidas has been a staple in my life. Their pieces are timeless. This is an exciting partnership for both me and for Bionic Yarn." - Pharrell Williams
adidas welcomes Pharrell into its family and is looking forward to a long lasting relationship with this extraordinary artist.
"I am truly thrilled to work with Pharrell. He is a pop-culture icon that never fails to inspire, not just through his musical talent and craft, but through his many other interests. He is the perfect fit for the multi-faceted company that is adidas." - Dirk Schoenberger, Global Creative Director, adidas Sport Style Division
MUSIC AWARDS ON DECK.
Announced last month, the three-hour iHeartRadio Music Awards will recognize the most popular artists and music over the past 12 months as determined by iHeartRadio listeners. Each voting category initially featured 10 nominees based on results from the iHeartRadio Chart which includes listener feedback and performance data according to airplay; digital streaming data from the iHeartRadio platform, including thumbs up and custom station creations; and music sales, social interactions, online video data and tags from BigChampagne and Shazam.
During the last four weeks, listeners cast their votes to narrow down these nominees to their top five favorites in each category, garnering more than 2.2 billion social impressions. Category finalists (by alphabetical order) are:
Artist of the Year:
On Were Going Home Drake ft. Majid Jordan
(Most voted on category with more than 3.9 million votes cast)
Grail Jay Z ft. Justin Timberlake
Round Here Blake Shelton
Lines Robin Thicke ft. T.I. & Pharrell
Lucky Daft Punk ft. Pharrell
Me Up Avicii (Vocals by Aloe Blacc)
Round Two voting began today at iHeartRadio.com/awards and will continue through April 25 where millions of fans will rally behind their favorite artists and songs to vote for which nominee they want to win each category. Listeners can tune into their local Clear Channel radio stations for a chance to win their way into the iHeartRadio Music Awards featuring never-before-done duets and collaborations, celebrity guest appearances and live award presentations.
HEADING TO EUROPE WITH PUSHA T, METHOD MAN AND REDMAN.
In addition to the already announced performances of Method Man & Redman, Pusha T, twenty of the best Europe's DJ crews and international Adria Dance Camp, the NEW YORKER Fresh Island team is now adding DMX to their already impressive festival roster.
is a performer with the highest number of platinum releases in hip-hop.
He has sold over 30 million records, managing to add his name to the list
of the best selling rap artist of all time. The majority of music media
professionals, critics and other opinion makers are putting DMX in the
same context with a such rap legend as 2 Pac himself. Next to his huge
success as a musician, Earl Simmons a.k.a. DMX, has in parallel been building
his career in Hollywood, where he has played lead and supporting roles
in films such as Belly, Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, etc.
The three-day tickets sold out within an hour of going on sale. Single-day tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. ET today, and VIP and platinum packages are still available. Good luck.
AQUIRES STAKE IN DOWNTOWN RECORDS.
This investment represents the latest in a series of strategic partnerships Relativity has struck with media and entertainment-related companies, and continues Relativity's evolution as a fully diversified global media company. The partnership also increases Relativity's content production capabilities across multiple platforms and builds off the success of Relativity Music, which provides music supervision, music publishing catalogues and soundtrack services for films from Relativity and other major Hollywood studios. Happy Walters, chief operating officer of Relativity, will oversee the investment for the company.
Ryan Kavanaugh, founder and CEO of Relativity, said: "Relativity is a content engine that has the unique ability to help other entertainment companies reach the next level. In just eight years, Josh Deutsch and Terence Lam have built a cutting edge music business, and we are excited to provide new opportunities for their incredible talent as Relativity continues to grow."
In addition to music, Relativity's growing divisions include Relativity Studios, a full-scale film studio that has produced, distributed or structured financing for nearly 200 motion pictures, generating more than $17 billion in worldwide box office revenue; Relativity Television, which has over 20 series on-air; Relativity Sports, which represents more than 300 professional athletes; M3/Relativity, which represents clients across fashion, beauty, style and creative design; and Relativity Digital Studios, which creates original digital content. Downtown and Relativity's divisions will work closely together to leverage each other's properties.
Josh Deutsch, Downtown Records' Chairman and CEO, said: "Since 2006, Downtown Records has been dedicated to discovering and breaking today's most exciting artists. Relativity is the ideal partner to fuel Downtown Records' continued growth. Leveraging Relativity's broad platform, Downtown will generate innovative new opportunities for artists, composers and music fans alike. We are excited to work with Ryan, Happy, Tucker and the entire Relativity team to grow Downtown Records' recorded music, music publishing and live events divisions and to contribute our premium content and music services to Relativity's global media business."
Deutsch has been responsible for over 25 million albums sold throughout his career at companies including Virgin Records, Elektra Entertainment and Capital Records, discovering and overseeing the recording careers of artists including Gnarls Barkley, Cold War Kids, Jason Mraz, Justice, Santigold, Jet, Lenny Kravitz, Third Eye Blind and Miike Snow, among many others.
Terence Lam is Downtown Records' Co-Chairman and oversees the company's operations. A veteran of the music business, Lam got his start at Arista Records and has worked for Sony Music Entertainment, Geffen Music, and MTV Networks.
TO BE HONORED WITH CFDA FASHION ICON AWARD.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc., announced Monday that the 26-year-old pop star will receive the CFDA Fashion Icon Award on June 2 in New York City.
The award is given to one whose style has made a tremendous impact on pop culture around the world. Past recipients include Lady Gaga, Iman, Kate Moss and Nicole Kidman.
The 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards will be held at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.
Rihanna will launch a three-date co-headlining tour with Eminem on Aug. 8 in Los Angeles. The artists have collaborated on the No. 1 hits "The Monster" and "Love the Way You Lie."
PARTNERS UP WITH PLAYBOY.
(aka Armando Christian Perez) has sold more than five million albums and
50 million singles worldwide, achieving Number One status in more than
15 countries around the world. Across his various social media platforms,
Pitbull drives more than one billion global media impressions every month.
"In order to become an iconic brand you have to partner up with one. What's more iconic than Playboy?" says Mr. Perez. "It's an honor to partner with Playboy Enterprises 'Ladies and Gentlemen you are looking at the new Playboy, Armando Christian Perez.' Thank you Hef, Scott and the entire Playboy team. Dale!"
The choice of the historic Playboy Mansion as the setting for the "Wild Wild Love" video provides an early glimpse of the synergies expected to emerge from the partnership. The landscape of opportunities in development span Pitbull's touring and appearance schedule, performances and appearances at Playboy events, new content across a variety of media including Playboy Magazine and digital properties, and more to be unveiled in the coming months.
CENT TALKS NEW ALBUM, RELATIONSHIP WITH EMINEM & MORE..
"In the middle of the interview I was telling them how I can do things whenever I feel like it, and so I said, 'You know what I'm going to do, I'm going to launch a song the day the article comes out,'" 50 said. "And to make sure people didn't interpret it as a record I was trying to get up the chart, I gave them one that was 50 bars of me rapping. It didn't have a chorus, it was just storytelling. It got a great response. Me just being able to release music that I feel is right for right now, 'this is dope, put this out,' is really cool. It changes the experience for me, man."
independence has to be incredible. Not only because you can decide to
drop a song in the middle of an interview just for the sake of being able
to do so, but you have so much more creative room. What kind of impact
do you think this will have?
had said that your split with Shady/Aftermath was very amicable. It's
nice to hear about a departure that isn't "Screw this guy."
awesome. It really is about respecting the person that helps you and respecting
the decisions of those you helped.
your recent interview with Complex, you had said that "Animal Ambition"
was centered around the idea of prosperity, and was from this distorted
perspective. As I interpreted it, it's about how your success is perceived
by the other. How everyone is working for the come up, and you got yours,
and because you did, people have these altered and, at times, unwarranted
perceptions of you.
There's all sorts of things. Think like about the guy that is uncertain to approach a woman, but after he sees you approach her he feels like he could have gotten her if he had just said something first. People don't know what they like until they see someone with it. I put all of those elements in it because I felt they were a portion of prosperity, and I want you to see it. No matter what ethnicity you are, what type of religious beliefs you have, if you just look at the outline of the scenarios and situations I've seen, you'll see your own version of it.
I had to find a concept to write about to make it exciting for me. To have the project be about one topic, there aren't many records you can find that have one theme. The people whose opinions I value are those who like to live life on the highest level. The other people, they don't matter to me at all. The person who is positive, and is having some success will find some interest in this record immediately.
after "Animal Ambition" drops, you are planning to release "Street
King Immortal." What can we expect with that?
Let me tell you a story: One time I was in the car and I was listening to a LL Cool J record, and the girl I was with, I saw that she was going off to the music. All of sudden, I wasn't there, she wasn't paying me any attention. She was just singing the song. She was with LL. I wanted to do that. So I wrote a record and when it came time to release it, Dre was like, "Why do you want to put that in there?" I just told him that I wanted that one, and that song was "21 Questions." A question demands an answer, and it keeps the listener engaged. I would see the audience nod their head "yes" or "no" while I was performing the lines. I knew they weren't paying attention to the person standing next to them; they were looking directly at me.
I knew I had my audience at that point. I was trying to figure out how to do it my way. Something that another artist has achieved that I admire, but how do I do that without compromising myself as an artist? That's how I know when new music is good, because I wish I had it -- "I want some shit like that!" I've had an opportunity to enjoy our culture in a different way. I've had a huge amount of success, being in the height of the storm, and then I've had the opportunity to take a step back and be a fan of it. And now to get back into the mix and show them what I have to offer, it's going to be exciting to see how they respond to it. Source: Huffington Post
CENT, EMINEM & TIMBALAND INVEST IN CHINESE MOVIE.
They were talked into backing the film by New York-based Daniel Victor of Boneyard Entertainment. Through its Boneyard Entertainment China offshoot, it was a financier and co-producer of Black Coal. The lead producer is Chinas Jiangsu Omnijoi Movie Co.
The film, which is unusually dark by Chinese standards, and depicts a former policeman and a mystery woman on the trail of a serial killer, releases this week in China.
Victor says the high-profile investors share a long-term vision of building a film company focused on the worlds most exciting and quickly-evolving market.
We were all passionate about the idea of building a film business in China, says Victor. China is a fascinating country, the culture and history, and it is now the second-largest market for films in the world after the U.S. Their film industry and box office are growing astronomically.
As the Chinese film market has grown a wide variety of foreign companies have made various attempts to establish a foothold. They range from Hollywood studios, which have tried studio and indie-level incursions; a handful of other major companies which have launched productions aimed at a local Chinese audiences; and a scattering of foreign indies. The independents for the most part work in China on a project-by-project basis.
Omnijoi and Boneyard China, however, now have the beginnings of a slate together. They will start production in May on another Chinese picture, with a third film going into pre-production later this year.
Separately Boneyard China was last year certified by the State Administration for Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) as an approved co-production partner for Chinese companies.
Starting from 1996, Boneyard Entertainment previously produced and financed nine features in the U.S. and U.K., including the Academy Award-winning Sling Blade, Henry Fool, and the Helen Mirren and Clive Owen-starring Greenfingers. Source: Variety
RHONE NAMED PRESIDENT OF EPIC RECORDS.
Reid says, "Having worked closely with Sylvia Rhone, Ive witnessed firsthand how she shares a passion for an artists-first culture. I look forward with genuine enthusiasm to the next chapter of Epic Records."
Rhone adds, "Im honored to have the opportunity to expand my relationship with the talented team and amazing artists at Epic. What makes this opportunity different from any other is my partnership with renowned music executive L.A. Reid. Im looking f