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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.
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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
his game and an international star. This is an amazing opportunity to
reach millions of active health- conscious consumers worldwide".
I want to think Flo Rida and his IMG Strong Arm team, Reginald Mathis,
Attorney at Law and Freezy (Flo Rida's Manager). Also instrumental in
helping put this partnership together, Rene Acker, Mark Gumbel, Matthew
Kirschner and special thanks to Mike Heller, CEO of Talent Resources and
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 forward to what I think will be the finest chapter in my career."
Rhone was previously President of Universal Motown Records, and also served as Chairman/CEO of the Elektra Entertainment Group.
AND RIHANNA ANNOUNCE THE MONSTER TOUR.
Pharoahe Monch has been at the forefront of lyrical innovation for two-decades now. Not only is he one of Hip-Hops preeminent lyricists, crafting intricate rhyme schemes and intelligent raps, but he is also an incisive political and social commentator, using Hip-Hop as a platform for political engagement.
Pharoahe Monch's "P.T.S.D." (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) will feature guest appearances from Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Denaun Porter, The Stepkids, Vernon Reid and production from Lee Stone, Marco Polo, Jesse West & Quelle Chris.
Tracklisting and Credits for Pharoahe Monchs P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder):
The Recollection Facility (produced by Pharoahe Monch)
COMPANY SETTLES AGAINST BEASTIE BOYS.
The Oakland Tribune says (http://bit.ly/1mfjPQr ) an agreement to dismiss the claim was filed Monday in U.S. District Court. No details of the settlement were released.
Oakland-based Goldieblox filed suit in November, seeking to pre-empt any possible claims of copyright infringement over the repurposed song.
The video, which shows young girls singing about science and engineering, was viewed millions of times before it was removed from YouTube.
The Beastie Boys countersued Goldieblox in December. The newspaper says it was not immediately clear if Monday's settlement would have any effect on that claim.
The hip-hop group has a blanket ban on using their songs in advertisements.
LYTE, JEAN GRAE, LAUREN HILL & MORE ON DECK.
Through celebrating the critical role of women in hip-hop, Beverly Bonds ROCK! LIKE A GIRL adds an essential element to this festival. We are happy to provide a platform for American and international female artists who exhibit the best of hip-hop culture in content and craftsmanship of their music and performance, said Garth Ross, Kennedy Center Vice President of Community Engagement.
D.C.s own all-girl Go-Go group Bela Dona will serve as the official house band with DJ Beverly Bond on the 1s and 2s. ROCK! LIKE A GIRL will also spotlight the next generation with a featured youth performance by BLACK GIRLS ROCK! program mentees.
Im extremely excited to launch ROCK! LIKE A GIRL at the Kennedy Center and curate this dynamic show featuring these superb, inspirational and innovative artists! This festival illustrates the diversity, creativity and the global cultural capital of hip-hop music, says Beverly Bond, and, the ROCK! LIKE A GIRL platform presents a unique vehicle for the voices of female artists whove led with shear integrity and respect for their craft; despite the difficulties of navigating an especially male dominated arena. ROCK! LIKE A GIRL showcases women who have used their art as a tool to drive feminist thought, personal empowerment, socio-cultural analysis, or political engagement, and who have inspired generations of women and girls in the process. Together these incredible women will make HERstory and show what it really means to ROCK like a girl!
The event will culminate with a post-show discussion on hip-hop feminism, pop-culture, art, and integrity.
ALSINA ENLISTS RICK ROSS.
"Talk Dirty" is the #5 song in his career-to-date to crack the Top 5 at Top 40 radio with over 115 million in radio audience, spinning 20 thousand times a week across all formats. Already double-platinum in the States and 5.5 million tracks sold worldwide, the title track from his April 15th album is currently #3 on iTunes and Billboard's Digital Downloads and #4 on Billboard's Hot 100.
OF THE PHARAOHS ON DECK.
In its nearly two decades, AOTP has released three studio albums alongside countless solo albums and side projects from its lineup of emcees that have been some of the most critically-acclaimed and best-selling indie hip hop records of the past 20-years. With the release of their newest effort, In Death Reborn, the Army returns after a four-year hiatus to release its fourth group album featuring the lead single/video for God Particle featuring Vinnie Paz, Planetary, Esoteric, Apathy & Celph Titled and produced by Stu Bangas. The album also features appearances by Blacastan, Zilla, Block McCloud, Demoz, Doap Nixon & King Magnetic. Army of the Pharaohs In Death Reborn drops April 22, 2014 on Enemy Soil.
Tracklisting and Credits for Army Of The Pharaohs In Death Reborn
Curse of the Pharaohs f/ Vinnie Paz, Apathy, Celph Titled,
Esoteric & Reef the Lost Cauze (produced by Blastah Beatz)
Samsung announced the Austin Music Hall show early this week and scheduled the pair at the same time as the iTunes Festival's hip-hop night that featured Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q at the very nearby ACL Moody Theater. The performance came a few weeks after West called out Apple CEO Tim Cook at a New Jersey concert, telling him to "stop trying to get performers to play your festival for free, you are rich as (expletive)."
Chances are West and Jay Z didn't play the show for free, but the return on investment wasn't marginal. The show was one of the most anticipated surrounding the annual buzz-building gathering and fans with Samsung devices with the company's new streaming music service, Milk Music, were granted free entry.
Fans lined up several hundred yards around the block before the show with most having little hope of getting in. Those who did including Odd Future's Tyler, The Creator, who forced his way to the front row to the delight of selfie-snapping fans and spent some of the show crowd surfing were treated to an energetic performance from two of hip-hop's biggest stars.
They emerged individually atop two large boxes stationed on the stage and in the crowd West wearing his trademark leather kilt and Jay Z in a black American flag t-shirt and began the show near the rafters. They played selections from their "Watch the Throne" collaboration throughout, including "No Church in the Wild," ''... in Paris," ''Who Gon Stop Me" and "Otis" as images of Doberman pinschers, lions and tigers, great white sharks and gazelle-killing cheetahs flashed across a screen that wrapped around the stagebound box.
The pair, who recently announced a partnership between West's Donda Music and Jay Z's Roc Nation, each also played hits from their own lengthy catalogs. West, engaged and smiling and even occasionally trading high fives with the crowd, performed "Black Skinhead" and "New Slaves" from his latest album "Yeezus" along with older hits like "Jesus Walks" and "Runaway."
Jay Z offered favorites recent hit "Tom Ford" from "Magna Carta ... Holy Grail," and standards "99 Problems," ''Empire State of Mind," ''Dirt Off Your Shoulder" and "Big Pimpin'."
What they didn't offer was any clues about a sequel to their collaborative album "Watch the Throne," which is anticipated later this year.
PABLO RELEASED FROM PRISON.
Petey was arrested at Raleigh Durham Airport on Sept. 11, 2010 after cops say he tried to take a stolen gun through airport security.
Pablo was sentenced to 35 months behind bars at a federal prison but was released today, 4 months ahead of schedule. Pablo now says he wants to return to hip-hop and has already hooked up with Timbaland.
"I'm now headed to the work shop," Pablo says "To begin what will be noted as my best work ever with one of the greatest producers of all time."
"See ya in a few, shirt still spinning!"
HOP MUSEUM IN NYC ON DECK?
Organizers say it would be called the Universal Hip Hop Museum.
Afrika Bambaataa says the museum would look at the historical and cultural roots of hip-hop and the contributions made by break dancers and disc jockeys.
Bambaataa is frequently called the father of hip-hop. He would serve as the museum's chairman.
The museum hopes to open in 2017 inside the Kingsbridge Armory, which is being redeveloped into a national ice sports center. The plan was announced at a news conference on Wednesday.
says many people think of rappers when they hear the word hip-hop. But
he says there's a whole culture and movement behind it.
am so honored to be working with Comme des Garçons and cherish
the education that Ive experienced in this collaboration,
Pharrell told WWD. The
fragrance will be out in September 2014.
Staples Center will be the home of three nights of concerts featuring the hottest and most popular artists performing today beginning Friday, June 27 when GRAMMY® Award winning artists Maxwell and Jill Scott join Marsha Ambrosius to start the highly anticipated weekend with soul stirring performances. A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, K. Michele, Ty Dolla $ign and August Alsina are the first group of artists announced for Staples Centers stage for Saturday, June 28 plus a very special hip hop reunion you wont want to miss! Closing the weekend festivities on Sunday, June 29, will be the Queen of Hip Hop Soul, GRAMMY® Award winning artist Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, GRAMMY® Award winning artist Jennifer Hudson and Tamar Braxton. Ticket sales begin this Friday, March 14, 2014 at 1 p.m./EST.
We are proud to once again be working in partnership with BET to co-host the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE, said Dan Beckerman, President and CEO, AEG. Combining the assets, the creativity and the experience of each of our brands to produce such an all-encompassing event as the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE will once again create an incredibly memorable weekend. We look forward to welcoming the thousands of fans from all over the U.S. that will come to Los Angeles and L.A. LIVE to attend this one-of-a-kind tribute and celebration.
The BET Experience was a major success with over 100,000 attendees and we are thrilled to return to the City of Los Angeles during BET AWARDS weekend, said Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks. This year we will again provide a weekend filled with music, entertainment, and culture and are excited to once again to partner with AEG to pull off another BET Experience.
Single day tickets and 3-day packages for the Staples Center concerts go on sale Friday, March 14, 2014. Single day Staples Center concert tickets are priced as low as $59.50, $99.50 and $149.50 while 3-day Staples Center Concert ticket packages are $199.00, $299.00 and $399.00.
In addition to concerts, comedy shows and the BET Awards, the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE will feature:
BET Experience Fan Fest: An interactive expo that invites guests to engage with their favorite BET shows, talent and brands through exhibits, demonstrations and giveaways. The fan fest is free to the public and features a BET and Centric Pavilions, a music stage, celebrity basketball game, beauty makeovers plus a signature food experience.
106 & PARK Stage: 106 & PARK brings the livest audience to their exclusive stage in Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE throughout the weekend with free musical performances, new talent showcases and celebrity appearances.
Music Matters Stage: Showcases emerging artists associated with the BET Music Matters initiative.
GRAMMY® Museum Exhibit: A special curated exhibit of past BET Awards Lifetime Achievement Honorees will be presented at L.A. LIVEs GRAMMY® Museum during the weekend.
Genius Talks: BET presents celebrity-filled seminars featuring real talk on money, culture, entertainment, family, celebrity and relationships at the adjacent Los Angeles Convention Center.
After Parties: The hottest late-night VIP parties featuring great DJs, celebrity appearances and much more at a variety of the most exclusive venues.
The official host hotels for the BET Experience are the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE and The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles. The BET Experience at L.A. LIVE will offer special rates to visitors at more than 20 other hotels in the downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills areas.
Experience at L.A. LIVE partners include the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention
Board, JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles,
The City of Los Angeles, and The GRAMMY® Museum.
"I feel like I've got more stories to tell," Lil Boosie said during a press event Monday in New Orleans. "I've got a lot to say about my life, about what I went through in prison and about what my family went through.
"I'm a much better person. I'm much stronger. I know who my real friends are and I know who ain't."
Angela Yee, a radio personality on Power 105.1 in New York, moderated the rapper's first public interview since being released last week from Louisiana's maximum security prison at Angola. Rappers Bun B, Young Jeezy and Webbie were there to show support as well as members of his family and legal team.
"This is a big day for Trill Entertainment and a big day for the hip-hop community," said Houston native Bun B, the independent label's chief executive who came off tour to support Boosie's homecoming.
Bun B said Boosie and Webbie were the first artists Trill Entertainment signed.
"He took off with flying colors and went above and beyond what we expected," he said of Boosie. "We couldn't be more proud of him."
Boosie, whose real name is Torence Hatch, said the first thing he did following his release was reconnect with his seven children. "I'm still enjoying the moment, enjoying my family you know? I'm just soaking in time with the kids and the studio."
He said he's been spending as much time as possible in the studio good news for Trill Entertainment and distributor Atlantic records. While imprisoned following a 2009 drug conviction, Hatch said he wrote 1,018 songs.
"I was focused on my music," he said when asked about life behind bars. "I didn't spend too much time seeing what other (rappers) were doing. But of what I've heard over the last few days, I feel the rap game is wide open for me to take over.
"Man, I've been in the studio almost every night. When I have any free time, that's where you can find me."
The rapper told The Associated Press that he sees possible collaborations in his future with Justin Beiber, Drake, Lil Wayne and Mary J. Blige.
"I'm fixing to go hard," he said.
He said his new music will reflect some of the experiences he went through in prison, including spending 20 months on lockdown for 23 hours and 45 minutes each day. "You'll hear more about that and other things in the music," he said. "The music will speak for me."
He also said he wrote a screenplay that he hopes to bring to theater audiences soon and a book about his life. He said he's considering self-financing both ventures but will shop them around, too.
In addition, he hopes to tour soon, possibly as early as the end of March. He said his fans never heard him perform music from "Super Bad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz," which he released a couple of weeks before he went to prison.
The 31-year-old rapper, who is from Baton Rouge, could be on probation for up to four years. He has a Thursday hearing scheduled before a state judge, said Roy Maughan, an attorney representing Trill Entertainment.
"It's a routine appearance. There was no offense committed and there are no charges hanging over his head," he stressed. "It's just an opportunity for the judge to put eyes on him and for both sides to tailor some type of probation conditions."
& JAY Z ON DECK TO PERFORM @ SXSW.
U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon made the ruling Friday in Manhattan federal court after the jury said it was deadlocked.
Federal prosecutors had charged James "Henchman" Rosemond and Rodney Johnson in the 2009 shooting death of Lowell Fletcher, an associate of rapper G-Unit.
They say the killing was payback for an assault on Rosemond's son. Rosemond's lawyer had argued the witnesses against him were unreliable.
James "Jimmy the Henchman" Rosemond was convicted last October of shipping cocaine in music equipment cases between studios in New York and Los Angeles. He's represented artists such as The Game and Sean Kingston. Prosecutors said they're considering options for a retrial.
TEAMS UP WITH UN FOUNDATION FOR "HAPPY" DAY.
As part of this global digital engagement, people will be reminded that everyone deserves a chance at a happy, healthy life, and encouraged to make donations to support UN humanitarian efforts designed to increase those opportunities for the people who need it most.
Ways To Participate:
Post Facebook, G+, Tumblr or Instagram photos/videos using the hashtag #HAPPYDAY
Tweet/Vine messages using the hashtag #HAPPYDAY
Post "Happy" covers on your YouTube Channel tagging them with #HAPPYDAY
Play "Happy" on the air and give a shout out to CERF
Share "Happy" Spotify and Google Play playlists on G+, Facebook, Twitter and/or Tumblr using the hashtag #HAPPYDAY
Fresh off his show-stopping performance at Sunday's Academy Awards, where he performed his Oscar-nominated hit "Happy" and danced with some of Hollywood's leading ladies, Pharrell released his new album G I R L on Monday, March 3 to worldwide acclaim. The album quickly reached #1 in more than 75 countries. "Happy," which was first featured on Despicable Me 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), remains an international phenomenon; in the U.S., the song tops Billboard's Hot 100 chart for a second consecutive week, tops Billboard's Digital Songs chart for a third consecutive week, and becomes #1 this week on Billboard's Radio Songs chart. In addition, "Happy" continues its reign at #1 on iTunes in the U.S.; the song has topped the iTunes chart in more than 90 countries. And at Spotify, G I R L is the #1 album in the world.
GREENLIGHTS NEW SHOWS AS PRIMETIME RATINGS RISE.
Leading off the greenlights is Hindsight, VH1s next entry in its already successful foray into the scripted series arena. The series will be written by Emily Fox and executive produced by Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman.
Additional story-driven series joining the VH1 slate include:
I love Nick Carter focuses on Backstreet Boy Nick Carters relationship with his fiancée; Untitled K.Michelle Project follows the Love and Hip Hop stars bright music career; Swab Stories chronicles how lost family members re-connect thanks to DNA testing; Walk Of Shame Shuttle follows a young entrepreneur and her popular service for college students who overindulged the previous night; This Is HOT 97 gives viewers a comedic look inside this iconic radio brand and White Girls Of Rap features female rappers striving for success in a male-dominated business in a series produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions.
This announcement comes on the heels of previously announced new projects including the already buzzed-about reality dating series Naked Dating, upcoming Summer 2014 series LeAnn & Eddie, Make Or Break: The Linda Perry Project and Suave Says, and the addition of Nick Lachey as host of VH1s live morning pop culture show Big Morning Buzz Live from Times Square.
With these greenlights, we are delivering a diverse mix of bold, big-hearted programs that will reflect and expand on our signature mash-up of music, pop culture and nostalgia, said Susan Levison, EVP of Original Programming and Production. "From scripted, to docuseries to humor to reality, we are superserving our audience with a wide array of cut-through programming.
Hindsight is just the latest project fueling VH1s successful momentum in the scripted genre. Last month, the network announced that its partnering with Nick Cannon on new film Drumline: A New Beat with Fox Television Studios. VH1 delivered the highest-rated original cable movie of 2013 among adults 18-49 with CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, which attracted 4.5 million total viewers for its October 21 premiere, averaged a 2.9 rating in the adult 18-49 demo and generated over 2 million tweets. Hit The Floor was the highest-rated new scripted cable series in Summer 2013 in the adult 18-49 demo.
Hindsight ± Premiering Early 2015
The series begins with Becca (Laura Ramsey) on the eve of her second wedding. It all seems perfect this time around, but she is still plagued by doubt. What if she could fix everything, and make the right choices this time? Becca finds herself thinking about her former best friend Lolly (Sarah Goldberg), with whom she had a falling out many years ago. If only she could talk to her once again Suddenly, after a freakish elevator ride, Becca gets the opportunity to do just that as she wakes up in New York City on the morning of her first wedding day in 1995. Shes about to marry Sean (Craig Horner), a bad-boy artist who is all wrong for her and she knows her first move must be to reconnect with Lolly to re-live that day. Can she make it right by living her life all over while readapting to life in New York City in the 90s a time of smoking in bars, carrying pagers, having an AOL email address? Becca will soon discover theres no sure-fire way to make the right choices in life - even knowing everything she thinks she knows now.
Hindsight is written by Emily Fox (Jane By Design), and the pilot was directed by Michael Trim (Orange Is the New Black). Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman serve as executive producers for Timberman/Beverly (Masters Of Sex, Justified, Elementary). Maggie Malina (Hit The Floor, Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story) will also serve as executive producer as will Alex Motlagh for Pop Films (Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story) and Emily Fox. Susan Levison and Jill Holmes are executive producers for VH1.
I Love Nick Carter + Premiering Summer 2014
Growing up in front of the camera as the most popular member of the Backstreet Boys, Nick Carter has lived a charmed life. Known for being the only single member of the band, Nick was deemed America's Most Eligible Bachelor and reveled in the title. But now, all thats about to change after years of playing the field (and the occasional bad romance) Nick Carter has finally found love, and is getting prepared to take the long walk down the aisle. Nicks fiancée Lauren Kitt is a smart, self-possessed woman who has become the center of his universe. But no one said love would be easy. Lauren may be the apple of Nicks eye, but his devoted fans arent too pleased to see their idol snatched away by another woman. Add to the mix Nicks demanding career, as well as both Nick and Laurens outrageous families, and suddenly happily ever after seems a whole lot more difficult to achieve. I Love Nick Carter will follow Nick and Lauren as they chart the sometimes rocky path to I Do. Will their love prove strong enough to overcome all the obstacles that stand in their way? I Love Nick Carter premieres Summer 2014 on VH1.
I Love Nick Carter is executive produced by Eric Bischoff, Jason Hervey and Riaz Patel for Bischoff Hervey Entertainment. Nick Carter also executive produces. Susan Levison, Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly, Fernando Mills and Laurel Stier serve as executive producers for VH1.
Untitled K.Michelle Project + Premiering Summer 2014
It looks as if Love & Hip Hop star K.Michelle finally has everything shes ever wanted. Success, fame, a hit album but is it all its cracked up to be? VH1 will follow K. as she learns to balance life, relationships, and bona fide superstardom with the help of a dynamic group of friends. It may appear like she has it all together, but nothing is as it seems in Ks crazy world. Notorious for her red hair, razor sharp wit and fiery tongue, K.Michelle navigates New York City and her life with a renewed dedication to her son, her friends, and her career. K.Michelle has the life shes always dreamed of, but will it ever be enough? Find out when the Untitled K.Michelle Project premieres on VH1 Fall 2014.
Untitled K.Michelle Project is executive produced by Mona Scott-Young and Stephanie Gayle for Monami Entertainment. Toby Barraud, Stefan Springman, and Mala Chapple are executive producers for Eastern TV. Co-executive producers for Eastern TV are Jeff Grogan and Robyn Schnieders. K.Michelle is also executive producer, with Jeff Robinson co-executive producing. Susan Levison, Brad Abramson and Danielle Gelfand are executive producers for VH1. Vivian Gomez is coordinating producer for VH1.
Swab Stories + Premiering Summer 2014
VH1s new series Swab Stories follows entrepreneur Jared Rosenthal, the owner of Whos Your Daddy, a mobile DNA testing service based in New York City. Part lab, part therapist, part arbiters of conflict, Jared and his team travel neighborhood to neighborhood to give people the chance to answer potentially life-altering questions about who they are, where they came from, and how they fit into their loved ones lives. The Whos Your Daddy RV serves as an icebreaker, and allows people to take DNA tests right on the spot with one simple swab of the mouth. Swab Stories is a captivating new series about a process that reveals the truth behind people's most fundamental questions-- easing their minds or potentially breaking their hearts. Swab Stories premieres September 2014 on VH1.
Swab Stories is executive produced by Seanbaker Carter, Joel Olicker, Stephanie Carter, Jared Rosenthal, and Royd Chung for Powderhouse Productions. Susan Levison and Kari McFarland serve as executive producers for VH1. Sean Gottlieb is supervising producer for VH1.
Walk Of Shame Shuttle + Premiering Summer 2014
The morning-after walk of shame is an inevitable part of todays college experience. But where others simply saw hungover students trudging home following a night of drunken festivities, undergrad-turned-entrepreneur Kellyann Wargo found a business model the opportunity to make some money while providing an essential service. And so, the Walk Of Shame Shuttle was born. For five dollars, Wargo will provide students and other hard-partying clients with a ride back to their dorm or apartment, along with a bottle of water and a complimentary high-five to cheer them up. On VH1's "Walk of Shame Shuttle," we rig Wargo's car with cameras and document every hilarious ride. Along the way, Wargo dispenses her own unique advice and tough love to her captive audience. On this series, Kellyann Wargo provides the cheapest therapy sessions for these sometimes guilt-ridden students and finds out why sometimes the morning-after stories are better than the ones from the night before. Walk Of Shame Shuttle premieres Summer 2014 on VH1.
Walk of Shame Shuttle is executive produced by Brian Graden, Lois Curren and Gaurav Misra for BG Media. Susan Levison, Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly, and Fernando Mills serve as executive producers for VH1.
THIS IS HOT 97 PREMIERES MARCH 31 AT 10:30PM
Known as the place Where Hip Hop Lives, New Yorks globally recognized #1 radio station HOT 97 is teaming up with VH1 to take viewers on a behind-the-scenes look into the Big Apples go-to destination for Hip Hop and R&B with the debut of This Is HOT 97. Premiering on VH1 March 31 at 10:30 PM ET/ PT, This Is HOT 97 is a 30-minute unscripted comedy series that gives viewers a look inside this iconic radio brand. HOT 97 is the global mecca of Hip Hop and R&B music, and this crew functions more as a family than a group of coworkers they go hard for each other, but above all they live, eat and breathe HOT 97. The series will also feature cameos from the well-known celebrities who regularly visit HOT 97 as on-air guests including Kanye West, Macklemore, Rick Ross, Mack Wilds, Wale and many more. Each episode of This Is HOT 97 will draw upon the ambitions, rivalries and quirky personalities of the cast to capture all of the comedic and sometimes downright awkward moments that happen at the station on a daily basis. Tune in to the series premiere of This Is HOT 97 Monday, March 31 at 10:30 PM ET/ PT on VH1.
This Is HOT 97 is executive produced by Mona Scott-Young for Monami Entertainment and Toby Barraud, Stefan Springman, Mala Chapple and Ian Gelfand for Eastern. Susan Levison, Brad Abramson and Stephen Mintz are executive producers for VH1. Co-executive producer for Eastern is David Digangi and Vivian Gomez is coordinating producer for VH1.
White Girls Of Rap (working title) + Premiering Fall 2014
VH1 in partnership with Ryan Seacrest Productions will follow five up-and-coming white female rappers (Yep, we said it, white female rappers) as they hustle to establish credibility in an industry that isnt known for being the most welcoming. These girls are facing near-impossible odds and will do anything to break into the rap game and establish a name for themselves. White Girls of Rap will premiere in late 2014 with 6 half hour episodes.
Girls of Rap is executive produced by Ryan Seacrest and Izzie Pick
Ashcroft for Ryan Seacrest Productions. VH1 executive producers are Susan
Levison, Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly and Fernando Mills.
Buddz splashed onto the scene a few years ago with a song firmly atop the Billboard Reggae Chart with his self-titled debut album released by Columbia Records. Over the past six years, Collie Buddz has toured the world performing with the likes of Cypress Hill, Rebelution and Matisyahu. He's been a staple at music festivals such as Lollapalooza, Boomtown and the California Roots Festival.
Collie Buddz is excited to have an opportunity to record a new album with the support of a team he feels really understands him and his music.
Louder Than Life is a division of Sony Music and label imprint of famed music producer Salaam Remi, whose extensive list of credits include Amy Winehouse, Usher, Alicia Keys and Miguel. Remi describes Louder Than Life as an artist development-focused imprint targeting youth and urban culture through multiple genres ranging from pop, hip-hop and R&B to jazz, blues and reggae.
Check out the new video from Collie Buddz - "Light It Up" WATCH HERE
Collie Buddz is in the studio now working on the album and "Light It Up" will impact radio later this year.
Q GRABS #1 SLOT.
on the Digital Songs chart, Pharrell's "Happy" spends another
week at No. 1, selling 413,000 downloads (up 3%). A week ago, it sold
402,000. "Happy" is the first song to earn two straight weeks
of more than 400,000 in sales since another Pharrell-related song: "Blurred
Lines." The Robin Thicke-led track (which featured T.I. and Pharrell)
sold in excess of 400,000 in the three consecutive weeksending June 23,
HOP DJ LEGENDS TO BE INDUCTED INTO ROCKWALK.
Guitar Center's RockWalk is dedicated to honoring those artists who have made a significant impact and lasting contribution to the growth and evolution of Rock 'n' Roll, Blues and R&B. As the newest RockWalk inductees, Grandmaster Flash, Grandwizzard Theodore and Grandmixer DXT's handprints will reside alongside the handprints, signatures, and faces of other equally accomplished musicians and innovators such as Eric Clapton, George Martin, Jimmy Page, Iron Maiden, Carlos Santana, Johnny Cash, Van Halen, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Run-D.M.C. and Queen, among numerous others.
Further, Guitar Center and Serato have come together to announce a world-class new Serato digital music addition to their iconic Sunset Boulevard location, offering a permanent home for DJ's and aspiring music producers to demo and buy the latest products in the world-class line. The new Serato area will open its more than 400 square foot space with a special red carpet event open to the public on Thursday, March 6th hosted by Hip-Hop legend Jazzy Jeff.
grand opening event not only coincides with the Guitar Center RockWalk
inductions of the three hip-hop legends mentioned above, but also with
the 25th anniversary of the first ever Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance,
awarded to Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith for their hit "Parents Just
Don't Understand". To celebrate the anniversary, the event will feature
live in-store appearances by a surprise list of legendary Hip-Hop &
Rap DJs including:
"The artistry, innovation and contributions to music displayed by Grand Master Flash, Grand Wizard Theodore and Grand Mixer DXT over the course of three such lengthy and lauded careers can't be understated. They are truly pioneers in their craft and have provided inspiration for countless musicians. This induction is a celebration of three true hip-hop legends." Dave Weiderman, Chairman of Guitar Center's RockWalk
"We're extremely excited to announce our second U.S. Serato in-store experience at none other than Guitar Center Hollywood. With all the advances we are making in Serato DJ it made sense for us to partner with Guitar Center to create the best possible hands-on experience for DJs and producers in Los Angeles." AJ Bertenshaw, CEO, Serato.
AZALEA TOUR ON DECK.
being named a "XXL Freshman" in 2012 and releasing two successful
mixtapes with the help of rapper T.I. and producer/DJ Diplo, Iggy Azalea
went on to open for Beyoncé on the Australian and Asian legs of
her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour." Iggy is preparing her debut
album, The New Classic, and recently released her single "Fancy"
featuring Charli XCX. Fans attending the tour can expect the high-energy
and an in-your-face live performance that the Aussie rap queen has become
After a successful 2013 Outbreak Tour featuring the XXL 2013 Freshman Class, Monster Energy and Idol Roc Entertainment team up once again, this time with Live Nation, to provide the stage for one of hip-hop's emerging superstars. "We're very excited and grateful for the chance to team up with Iggy Azalea on the 'New Classic Tour', shining the spotlight on an emerging talent as she preps her debut album release -- which is the core of what the Outbreak Tour is all about. We've long admired Iggy and now it's time for the whole world to see and hear what they've been missing out on" exclaimed tour producer, Steve Glazer (Idol Roc Entertainment).
Monster Energy Hip Hop Outbreak 2014 Tour Itinerary:
| BOSTON, MA | HOUSE OF BLUES
Launched in February 2011 as a branded tour pairing emerging music artists with fan friendly ticket prices, the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour is produced by music/entrepreneurial firm Idol Roc Entertainment. The culturally relevant, forward thinking tour brand, which resonates with fans of multiple music genres, has brought forth tours and one-offs headlined by notable acts such as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Bullet for My Valentine, Asking Alexandria, 3LAU, Cash Cash, Carnage, and Wale to name a few, in 500 - 5K capacity venues throughout North America.
WILLIAMS' HAPPY TOPS BILLBOARD HOT 100
The New York Times, which calls Pharrell "one of the most transformative music figures of the last year," describes G I R L as "an overwhelmingly positive album, cheery in mood and instrumentation, as if Mr. Williams knows something the rest of us do not." USA Today echoes, saying Pharrell "cranks out tunes that are as giddily accessible as they are texturally sophisticated...Williams' ebullient musical savvy is everywhere." And in its track-by-track review, Billboard says G I R L is "a relentlessly positive and unselfconsciously joyful tour de force."
"Happy" is Pharrell's first Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit as a lead artist, though he is no stranger to the chart. Previous chart-topping tracks Pharrell has been featured on include Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot," Ludacris' "Money Maker," and most recently, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (also featuring T.I.). With 402,000 downloads of "Happy" sold this past week, the sum marks the largest sales week for a song outside the Christmas season since Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" last September. "Happy" is also the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer for the fifth week in a row, as well as top Digital Gainer for the third consecutive week.
Currently #1 on iTunes' Songs chart in the U.S., the song has topped the chart in more than 75 countries, selling nearly 4 million downloads worldwide. With more than 152 million in audience, the song is currently charting at seven U.S. radio formatsTop 40, Rhythm, AC, Hot AC, Urban, Urban AC, and AAA. Around the world, "Happy" tops radio charts in 14 countries including Australia, France, Germany, U.K., Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, and Poland.
ON DECK @ SXSW.
Due to the success of Converse Rubber Tracks in Austin, SXSW is presenting a panel discussion on Friday, March 14 entitled "Converse Rubber Tracks: No Strings Attached" that will explore Converse's commitment to providing platforms to support emerging artists. This year also marks the debut of "Converse Rubber Tracks Live" in Austin, which will present a free concert on March 15. In addition, Converse will bring skate, hip-hop and metal cultures together once again at the "Converse X Thrasher Magazine Death Match" March 12-15. Converse is also returning as the presenting sponsor of "The FADER FORT Presented by Converse", the annual 4-day event in Austin from March 12-15.
Since its Brooklyn opening in July 2011, Converse Rubber Tracks has provided the incredible opportunity for artists to record in a state-of-the-art studio at no cost. Converse Rubber Tracks supports artistic expression by allowing musicians across all genres an opportunity to record for free and retain all the rights to their music. In the last two years, Converse has brought the Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studio from Brooklyn to great music cities such as Toronto, Austin, Montreal, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Beijing and Mexico City.
"We're so proud to be back in Austin," said Geoff Cottrill, VP/GM of Brand & Segments at Converse. "Each year we discover new artists who are incredibly talented and drivenbut simply need a little support. We're really excited to be able to give musicians the opportunity to record for free and a platform to unleash their creative spirit."
RECORDS MAKES RADIO HISTORY.
"I'm so proud of the incredible job our entire promotion team, led by Lee Leispner, has done with these two songs," comments Columbia's EVP and General Manager Joel Klaiman. "With great music, strategic planning and hard work, we've accomplished something extraordinary for these special artists."
Philippe Generali, CEO/President of Mediabase, comments, "Clearly we've entered into an era of fewer walls between formats and more doors are opening for artists. When Pharrell charts at 7 formats and John Legend at 6, we are at a tipping point. This is indicative of a phenomenon. The entire Mediabase team extends congratulations to Columbia for this historical accomplishment."
"Happy" is featured on Williams' just-announced Columbia Records debut, G I R L, available worldwide Monday, March 3. Currently #1 on the iTunes Songs chart in the U.S., the song has topped the chart in more than 75 countries, selling more than 3 million downloads. In addition to ranking #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, "Happy" has also become the highest-charting Oscar-nominated song in more than a decade. It is now certified Platinum in the U.S. Having just performed "Happy" at the BRIT Awards and the NBA All-Star Game, Williams is slated to perform the song this weekend on the 86th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2.
CUDI DROPS NEW PROJECT.
Cudi has been secretly preparing his latest work since wrapping up his last tour supporting 2013's critically regarded chart-topper, Indicud, which was the #1 hip-hop album in the country upon release.
Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon once again sees the artist steering hip-hop to another galaxy altogether. Already, he gave listeners a taste of the set with the transfixing "Going To The Ceremony". The album also includes a detour into "space" soul with Raphael Saadiq entitled "Balmain Jeans", marking their first collaboration. Tempering otherworldly production with his inimitable vocal hooks and divine flow, it's another entrancing and enigmatic vision from the rap auteur.
MUSIC ENTERPRISES' ICON SERIES DROPS PUBLIC ENEMY.
With its history and vast catalog of artists, UMes continuing ICON series showcases the best music from the most popular, iconic and influential artists of all time. ICON is a proven physical line and a true cross-genre success with more than eight million copies sold in three years.
Led by fiery frontman Chuck D, Public Enemy offered a revolutionary sound from the streets of New York from their start in the early 1980s on Long Island with Flavor Flav, Professor Griff, innovative scratcher Terminator X on the wheels of steel. Known for their incendiary lyrics and provocative social critiques, Public Enemys first four late 80s-early 90s albums were all certified gold or platinum, including such classics as Yo! Bum Rush the Show, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet, and Apocalypse 91 The Enemy Strikes Back. Fledgling producer Rick Rubin signed the group to Def Jam on the basis of the single Public Enemy No. 1, the first track on this two-disc collection. The hip-hop collectives politically charged hits include Bring the Noise, Dont Believe the Hype, 911 Is a Joke, Welcome to the Terrordome, and Fight the Power, the latter serving as the theme song to Spike Lees groundbreaking Do the Right Thing, all represented on this comprehensive ICON collection. In 2013, Public Enemy became the fourth rap group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, following Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys.
The lawsuit filed by Terrence Davidson accuses Onika Maraj, who uses the stage name "Nicki Minaj," and Pink Personality LLC of breaking implied contracts, reneging on discussions to launch a reality TV show and a wig line, and misappropriating his wig designs. An attorney for Davidson, Christopher Chestnut, said the designer has suffered at least $30 million in losses.
"She lied, cheated, she stole from him," Chestnut said. "That's a misappropriation of his intellectual property."
A representative for Minaj did not immediately return a message seeking comment. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta.
Davidson, who lives in Georgia, said in the lawsuit that he started working as Minaj's hair stylist in early 2010. He created multiple wigs for the rapper, known for her flamboyant hairpieces, that she wore to a preshow for MTV's Video Music Awards, during media appearances in London and for the music video "SuperBass."
Davidson said he turned down a contract for a reality TV show at the urging of a Minaj representative. At the time, Davidson said he was discussing doing a joint reality TV show with Minaj and launching a line of wigs with the music star. But months passed, and Davidson said Minaj and her team shut him out. He stopped working as her stylist in early 2013.
He says Minaj took his wig designs without his consent and used them to start her own wig line.
WANT TO OWN PHARRELL'S HAT?
Back on Grammy night the fast food chain Arby's tweeted, "Can we have our hat back?" on Thursday (2/20), Pharrell took to his twitter to tweet his own responnse, "Hey @Arbys, you want my hat? Nows your chance http://bit.ly/1fe5NvD"
The highest bidder is listed was at $10,500. There's still nearly 10 days left and bidding ends on March 2 at 5pm PST.
CENT LEAVES SHADY/AFTERMATH AND INKS WITH CAROLINE/CAPITOL/UMG.
The artist's first album under the new agreement will be Animal Ambition, scheduled for release on June 3rd. Album pre-orders will begin on March 18th and fans will immediately receive two instant gratification tracks and the corresponding videos will premiere online. An additional song and video will launch each week leading up to the album's release.
According to Caroline President Dominic Pandiscia, "We are thrilled to welcome 50 Cent and G-Unit to our family. 50 is simply one of the most accomplished and creative artists, and his plans for the future are as exciting and innovative as you can imagine. I deeply thank him for his belief in our team and what we can do to help support his creative vision in the years to come. I'd also like to thank everyone at Shady/Aftermath and Interscope, particularly Eminem and Dr. Dre, for offering their endorsement and support of our involvement with 50 Cent and G-Unit. They've done an incredible job these past 12 years, and we've got a great legacy of label partnership to build on."
50 Cent commented, "I have had great success to date with Shady/Aftermath/Interscope and I'd like to thank Eminem and Dr. Dre for giving me an incredible opportunity. I've learned so much from them through the years. I am excited to enter this new era where I can carry out my creative vision."
Eminem stated, "Both myself and Shady Records are grateful to have had the chance to play a part in 50's career. Shady simply would not be what it is without 50 Cent. I've developed a great friendship with 50 over the years, and that's not going to change. We know 50 will have success in his new situation, and we remain supporters of both him and G-Unit."
According to Steve Berman, Vice Chairman of Interscope/Geffen/A&M, "50 Cent is, and always will be, a marquee artist for us at Interscope/Geffen/A&M. We respect his decision to pursue this new venture and the next chapter in his career, and wish him nothing but the best. He will always be a part of our family."
MONCH ON DECK.
and Credits for Pharoahe Monchs P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic
ICE CUBE, WIZ KHALIFA & MORE ON DECK FOR BONNAROO.
Kanye West, along with Elton John and Jack White will headline this summer's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.
Other performers scheduled to appear in Manchester, Tenn., include Ice Cube, Pusha T, A$AP Ferg, Frank Ocean, Danny Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Lionel Richie, Bobby Womack, Lauryn Hill, and more....
Tickets go on sale at noon Feb. 22 on the festival's website.
DOCUMENTARY TO OPEN TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL.
The New York festival announced Wednesday that it will open April 16 with "Time Is Illmatic," a documentary on Nas' 1994 debut album "Illmatic." Following the film premiere, Nas will perform the album in full.
Tribeca has in recent years increasingly turned to music documentaries to begin its film festival.
Last year's festival started with the Brooklyn indie band the National and the documentary "Mistaken for Strangers." In 2011, Cameron Crowe's Elton John and Leon Russell documentary, "The Union," was followed by a set by John.
The festival runs April 16-27.
Time Is Illmatic a feature length documentary film that examines the album will be released in 2014. The movie, from first-time filmmakers One9 (director/producer) and Erik Parker (writer/producer), delves into the making of Illmatic; the social conditions that created it; and the music legacy passed down from Nas' Mississippi-born father and celebrated jazz musician, Olu Dara. Time Is Illmatic is supported by The Ford Foundations' Just Films and Tribeca All Access.
Along the way, Time Is Illmatic shows how Naswith the support of his Queensbridge neighborhood crew, the loyalty of his younger brother Jabari Jungle Fret, and sacrifices of his mother, Ann Jonesovercame insurmountable odds to create the greatest work of music from hip-hops second golden era.
VILLAGE TO DONATE ALL PROCEEDS FROM NEW SINGLE TO JAY DEE'S KIDS.
James J Dilla Yancey succumbed to Lupus in 2006 at the age of 32. His short, but prolific and highly-influential career still resounds today. From his work on chart topping singles for Common, The Roots, Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest, Janet Jackson, etc., to his own genre redefining solo releases, J Dillas work as a true innovator continues to inspire nearly eight-years after his death.
Today, Slum Village and Yancey Media Group in conjunction with J Dillas family has announced that Yes Yes is now available on iTunes and all of the proceeds from the track will go directly to Dillas children. In a personal statement, Joylette (the mother of Dillas youngest daughter Ja' May Yancey) states I would like to thank everyone for the love and support and Slum Village and Yancey Media Group for donating the proceeds from this single to Dillas daughters.
ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM.
"When Columbia Records presented me with the opportunity to make an album, three things came to mind," says Pharrell. "One was the sense of overwhelming honor that I felt when I realized that they were interested in partnering with me on the album that I had always dreamt of making. Two, it would have to feel festive and urgent. And three, I instantly knew it would be called G I R L. I hope you like it."
Pharrell is currently in London, where he will perform "Happy" at the BRIT Awards this evening, and on Sunday, March 2, Pharrell is slated to perform the song on the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Pharrell will also perform on Germany's Wetten Das and France's Le Grand Journal later this month. This past Sunday, Pharrell kicked off the NBA All-Star Game with an incredible retrospective performance of some of his greatest hits.
"Happy," which was first featured on Despicable Me 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), has become an international phenomenon and radio smash. Currently #1 on the iTunes' Songs chart in the U.S., the song has topped the chart in more than 75 countries, selling more than 2.3 million downloads worldwide. In addition to jumping to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, "Happy" has also become the highest-charting Oscar-nominated song in more than a decade. With more than 120 million in audience, the song is currently charting at seven U.S. radio formatsTop 40, Rhythm, AC, Hot AC, Urban, Urban AC, and AAA. Around the world, "Happy" tops radio charts in 14 countries including Australia, France, Germany, U.K., Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, and Poland.
Just last month, Pharrell took home four GRAMMY® awards, including Producer of the Year, Album of the Year for Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, and Record of the Year as well as Best Pop Duo/Performance for Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." Pharrell has won a career-spanning total of seven GRAMMYs.
Redefining cool for a new generation, Pharrell Williams is a creative force, using music, fashion, and design to express his distinctive style. From his beginnings as a teenage prodigy and multi-instrumentalist in Virginia Beach back in the early '90s, through enough hits to earn him Billboard's Producer of the Decade in 2010, to his current status as multi-media superstar, Williams has never stopped creating. Starting his producing career as one half of The Neptunes with Chad Hugo, Williams has helped create such classics as Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," Nelly's "Hot in Herre," Jay-Z's "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)," Britney Spears' "I'm A Slave 4 U," and Justin Timberlake's "Like I Love You."
over 100 million copies of his productions sold, his music sounds like
something no one else has thought of just yet. He's also created a new
way of looking at established stars like Snoop Dogg, Madonna, and even
the Rolling Stones. Over four albums, Williams and Hugo along with Shae
Haley created an unpredictable hybrid as part of the alt-rock/hip-hop
group N.E.R.D. His prolific body of work also ranges from designing a
sculpture with Tokyo-born artist Takashi Murakami to accessories and jewelry
for luxury goods brands Louis Vuitton and Moncler. Now, with his latest
venture i am OTHER a multi-media creative collective that serves
as an umbrella for all his endeavors, including Billionaire Boys Club
& ICECREAM apparel, textile company Bionic Yarn and dedicated YouTube
channel Williams' vision continues to push pop culture forward
WOW & MICHAEL VICK ANNOUNCE WAVE MASTERZ.
Michael Vick announcedthe partnership on Twitter.... Mike Vick: Follow the next BIG thing, my business venture: @WaveMasterz #TeamVick
DROPS THINK TANK. LISTEN
It's already been a remarkably busy year for A-Plus. Just a week ago, a deluxe 20th anniversary edition of Souls of Mischief's classic '93 Til Infinity was released by Get On Down, and last month Okayplayer premiered another one of his solo projects, Molly's Dirty Water, an experimental trip into dub-step and electronic. A-Plus explains, "I made Think Tank with the purpose of letting people know that although I have stepped into a different realm with my production, my roots are in hip-hop, and I'm still a hip-hop producer. And always will be."
For nearly two decades, A-Plus has been honing his skills as producer, artist, and businessman as a founding member of Hieroglyphics and Souls Of Mischief. He and AAGEE joined forces as production team Compound 7 to earn production credits on albums such as A-Plus' My Last Good Deed and Casual's Smash Rockwell LP. Their concept album, Pepper Spray, which features fellow Hiero member Del The Funky Homosapien, reimagined some of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' most epic tracks.
Starting with their landmark debut '93 'til Infinity, Oakland's four-person rap group Souls of Mischief blazed the trail for hip hop's evolution. Members Tajai, A-Plus, Phesto, and Opio have left their mark sonically, lyrically, and stylistically on Kanye West, Just Blaze, Big Sean, Big K.R.I.T., P. Diddy, Vampire Weekend, John Mayer, and many more who have cited them as cultural icons and influencers.
Souls is also credited as having pioneered the independent label movement when they started Hieroglyphic Imperium Records in 1997 following their departure from JIVE Records, creating the infrastructure blueprint for other successful independent hip hop labels.
Co-founders of the Hiero label also include emcees Del Tha Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, and producer Domino. Souls also forged hip-hop's relationship with the skate, surf, and snowboard communities after iconic skate brands included their music in their VHS videotapes in the mid-90s. The group's creative output and legacy as a whole continues to thrive, and they show no sign of stopping.
GROUP SLAMS REEBOK AGAIN OVER REEBOK & RICK ROSS RUMORS.
From UltraViolet Co-Founder Nita Chaudhary:
the spring of 2013, tens of thousands of women joined survivors to take
a stand against rape when Reebok's spokesman Rick Ross raped about raping
a woman and then claimed the lyric could not possibly refer to rape because
he had not used the word. The event sparked a firestorm of opposition
with countless people vowing to never purchase Reebok merchandise ever
again. Nearly a year after the company bowed to pressure and vowed to
join the campaign against rape culture, reports have surfaced that they
are quietly renewing their relationship with Ross-- a betrayal to consumers
and survivors of sexual violence across America.
ON DECK WITH "ONLY THE REAL" TOUR.
past two years have been nothing short than amazing for Iamsu! in 2012,
the 24-year-old popped up with a triple-threat performance on LoveRance's
"UP!," which Su! produced, penned the hook for, and guested
on with a scene-stealing verse. The song peaked at number two on Billboard's
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, and in the midst of that success, Su! again
delivered a fan-favorite verse on a big-time radio single, this time with
Su! followed that success with a solo mixtape, KILT, and the critical acclaim came in droves, as the project was hailed by SPIN as their Rap Release Of The Week, with the outlet also naming Su! as one of their 5 Best New Artists for June '12. Su!'s been plenty busy since - a west coast tour; a collaborative mixtape with Jay Ant; a standout collaboration with Wiz Khalifa, "Bout Me," that appeared on Khalifa's Cabin Fever 2 and will also show up on his sophomore album, O.N.I.F.C.
Iamsu! released mixtape $uzy 6 $peed on November 10th. The tape was presented by Bay Area streetwear company Pink Dolphin, which released an exclusive t-shirt and hoody for the tape. In 2013, Iamsu! releaed Million Dollar Afro, a collaborative mixtape with Compton rapper Problem with whom he co-headlined a tour to support the release and a solo mixtape, KILT 2, as well as the remastered deluxe iTunes, which charted on Billboard despite being available for free two weeks prior. More recently, Iamsu! along with the rest of his HBK Gang members, which include Sage the Gemini, P-Lo, Kool John, Jay Ant, Skip, Rossi and CJ, released a posse mixtape entitled Gang Forever and headlined a tour to support it as well. 2014 will see Iamsu! releasing his official debut album in April dubbed Sincerely Yours. He's just released the first single, featuring 2 Chainz and Sage the Gemini, titled "Only That Real."
FUTURE BANNED FROM NEW ZEALAND.
The group was due to play an open-air concert with headline act Eminem on Saturday in Auckland.
Border Operations Manager Karen Urwin said authorities decided to decline visas to six group members after becoming aware of a 2011 incident in Boston in which some witnesses claimed group members incited fans to attack police officers.
"It's not a decision we take lightly and not one that happens often," Urwin said.
Group member Tyler, The Creator vented his frustration on Twitter on Thursday.
"They said we were 'terrorist threats and bad for the society' or whatever. Sick," he wrote. He later tweeted, "I love NZ tho."
The hip-hop group, which is also known as Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, is known for its anarchic style and lyrics that canvas drugs, killing and rape. Urwin said the six rappers had intended to stay in New Zealand just a few days before leaving for Australia.
She said it was rare to ban musicians under rules that cover character concerns. She said those provisions in the past have been used to stop people like white supremacist group leaders and high-profile Holocaust deniers.
She said some people wrongly assumed authorities considered the group's lyrics in imposing the ban.
"If we banned people who used swear words, we wouldn't have many people left in New Zealand," she said.
In an official statement, Immigration New Zealand said: "Odd Future has been deemed to be a potential threat to public order and the public interest for several reasons, including incidents at past performances in which they have incited violence."
In the 2011 incident, Tyler, The Creator was signing autographs at a comic store when police were called because of the large number of fans. News reports at the time said some people climbed on the roof and shouted insults at the police, and some viewed that as inciting fans to attack.
Urwin said an Odd Future group member in Australia also tweeted details of a woman campaigning to have the group banned, which resulted in her receiving threats.
In 2012, New Zealand banned former heavyweight boxing champion and convicted rapist Mike Tyson from coming to a speaking engagement due to his criminal history. Last year it banned musician David Rovics, citing his blog posts on drug-taking and a Canadian ban for giving false information to immigration officials there.
SINGLETON JUMPS ON BOARD TO REWRITE TUPAC BIOPIC.
"In the public eye and on the surface, Rosemond was known as an executive in the music industry," Assistant U.S. Attorney Samson Enzer said during opening statements in Manhattan Federal Court. "But beneath the surface, Rosemond was known as a ruthless criminal who ran his rap business like a street gang."
Rosemond who is serving a life sentence for heading a massive drug enterprise is accused of hiring thugs to gun down G-Unit associate Lowell Fletcher in 2009. Enzer said the killing was payback for when another G-Unit rapper slapped Rosemond's 14-year-old son.
Rosemond, 49, has managed artists such as Brandy, Salt-n-Pepa, Sean Kingston, The Game and Akon.
Rosemond's lawyer, J. Bruce Maffeo, asked jurors to dismiss Testimony they will hear from members of Rosemond's gang, noting, "These cooperating witnesses are facing sentences that will literally keep them in prison for the rest of their natural lives."
Rosemond, who has long been rumored to have orchestrated the shooting of rap legend Tupac Shakur in 1994, was convicted last year of using his record label as a front for an $11 million per-year drug enterprise that supplied Brooklyn and Queens with large amounts of cocaine.
The trouble between Rosemond and G-Unit began in the mid-2000s over rapper The Game, who split with 50 Cent, aka Curtis Jackson, and was managed by Rosemond.
Determined to strike out at G-Unit, Rosemond and his associates carried out at least three acts of violence before the 2009 murder, Enzer said. But shootings outside a Manhattan office building, rap radio station Hot 97 and an awards show failed to slake Rosemond's thirst for blood, the prosecutor said.
rapper Tony Yayo and other G-Unit members were said to have roughed up
Rosemond's teenage son on W. 25th St. in Manhattan. It was the last straw,
Enzer said Rosemond chose Fletcher because he saw the 33-year-old as the weak link in the G-Unit chain.
He had Brian (Slim) McLeod, who had just done time with Fletcher in jail, lure the victim to a deserted Bronx street corner with promises of money and drinks, the prosecutor said.
Derrick Grant and Rodney Johnson were waiting in the shadows and Grant pulled the trigger, Enzer said.
"In the darkness of that Sunday night, Lowell Fletcher looked around for Slim," the prosecutor said. "But a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt came out of the shadows, pointed a gun with a silencer and shot round after round."
Fletcher was shot in the back several times and died later that night, and Rosemond paid McLeod and Grant with a slab of cocaine worth $30,000.
Enzer said security video, cellphone call records and cellphone GPS data will show how Rosemond and Johnson, who is also on trial, were involved in the slaying.
In addition, jurors will hear from McLeod and other members of Rosemond's gang who are testifying against him because they've copped pleas and want shorter sentences. Johnson, 40, is facing drug trafficking charges in addition to murder-for-hire charges.
He was arrested after cops found him hiding under a piece of sheet rock in a cocaine stash spot, Enzer said.
Rosemond's lawyer said of the cooperating witnesses: "These are individuals who have committed ... every crime conceivable to any of us," from dealing drugs at age 13 to shooting at innocent civilians.
Jurors heard Monday afternoon from two witnesses: Elizabeth Marte, a Bronx woman who performed CPR on Fletcher after he was shot on Jerome Ave., and Leta Bethel, Fletcher's half-sister, who had gone shopping with her brother the day he died. "I got a phone call from a detective," Bethel testified Monday. "The detectives told me that my brother was murdered and I just started crying."
In 2008, Tony Yayo, who real name is Marvin Bernard, beat a felony assault charge in connection with the run-in with Rosemond's son. He pleaded guilty to harassment. Rosemond has denied involvement in the Tupac shooting. Source: NY Daily News
DEMANDING OVER $3 MILLION FROM DEATHROW RECORDS?
Reports show that Dr. Dre is claiming the company has shorted him more than $3.05 million in royalties from sales of his work. The "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" singer said the number comes from unpaid amounts of $676,444.44 for unpaid mechanical royalties; $1,200,386.57 in unpaid artist-producer royalties; and $1,179,913 in digital sales he has yet to collect on. (The third total stems from a judge's suggestion to the artist after he lost a 2010 trademark infringement suit.)
In the legal docs, Dre also alludes to a discrepancy in the payments he received from the company, as he said they have yet to honor a bonus that would jump his revenues from Death Row Album sales from 18 percent to 20. Suge Knight has not been in charge of the company since 2006, after he declared bankruptcy. Subsequently, the next owner, WIDEawake, sold some of the "Been There, Done That" rapper's songs online, paving the way for his current claims via a vis the digital sales.
Afeni Shakur also filed a lawsuit against Death Row/E1 last year. She sued for $1.1 million in royalties. She said is owed to Pacs estate.
VH1 TEAMS UP WITH "COCAINE COWBOYS" FILMAKER FOR IN-DEPTH LOOK
AT HIP HOP.
VH1s The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop provides a visual history of the hip-hopification of America what Stoute calls tanning -- from The Jeffersons to the Fresh Prince; from Do the Right Thing to 8 Mile; from the streets of Compton to Madison Ave; and rappers turned into entrepreneurs and icons. The series unfolds in 4 one-hour episodes that together explore historys pivotal tanning moments from the 1970s to present day, and how deep hip-hop is woven into the American cultural fabric. Its the history of hip-hop remixed: an epic journey that begins in the Bronx and travels all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
VH1s The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop features never-seen-before footage and interviews from numerous pop culture icons and entertainment personalities in America: Sean Diddy Combs, Dr. Dre, Mariah Carey, Will.i.am, Russell Simmons, Pharrell, Nas, Reverend Run, Rick Rubin, Fab 5 Freddy, Jimmy Iovine, Al Sharpton, Cory Booker, Brett Ratner, Brian Grazer, Tommy Hilfiger, Ron Howard, Steve Stoute and many more.
1: Word is Bond
2: Fight the Power
3: Gimme the Loot
4: All Around the World
The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop is produced by Rakontur, with Billy Corben directing and Alfred Spellman producing. Steve Stoute is executive producer on the project. Executive producing for VH1 are Susan Levison, Ben Zurier, Shelly Tatro, Brad Abramson and Stephen Mintz.
VH1s Emmy Award winning Rock Docs are feature-length documentaries that tell unique stories of artists and music from a wide range of genres, styles and musical perspectives.
TO SERVE AS CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ON RICK ROSS' MASTERMIND.
Recognized as a chart topping producer, solo artist and performer, Sean "Diddy" Combs has been at the forefront of the music industry for over two decades. With the inception of Bad Boy Records in 1993, he created the first successful hip hop music label which unleashed a constellation of superstar acts, among them The Notorious B.I.G, and chartered the course for many to follow.
the years, Sean has produced hits for some of the biggest names in music
including Jay-Z, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Aretha Franklin
and Jennifer Lopez. He was instrumental in launching the careers of successful
music artists including The Notorious B.I.G., Mary J. Blige, Usher and
has been the architect behind many #1 hit songs which have garnered numerous
accolades including three Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance by a
Duo or Group and Best Rap Album.
"Mastermind" is the follow-up to Ross' 2012 album "God Forgives, I Don't", which sold 220,000 copies in its first week, becoming his 4th #1 Soundscan debut and his biggest first week sales to date. The project included top hits such as "Touch'N You" featuring Usher, "So Sophisticated" featuring Meek Mill, and the fan favorite "Diced Pineapples" featuring Drake & Wale. At the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Rick Ross was named MVP of the Year. In 2013 he continued to supply the streets with heat, featured on some of the year's hottest hip-hop albums including Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail, Wale's The Gifted, and dozens of other projects.
a team effort. Ross, Khaled, Gucci Pucci and I are like a family. The
goal for "Mastermind" was to create a classic album. Once we
put all our superpowers together we knew there was nothing stopping us
from accomplishing our goal," says Sean "Diddy" Combs.
FORMER WARNER EXEC ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLING OVER $1 MILLIION.
Smith, who worked in the Los Angeles in the urban unit of Warner Musics Atlantic Records division, allegedly used a corporate credit card to rack up $1.3 million in personal charges, prosecutors said.
Smiths duties at Warner Music, headquartered in Manhattan, included scouting and signing artists, as well as arranging their travel and lodging, sources said. But Smith also used her Warner Music credit card to fund a luxury lifestyle, sources said.
She booked rooms in posh hotels and airfare for personal vacations and trips herself, and shelled out for luxury goods resulting in whopping charges being billed to the company credit card between 2007 and 2011, according to law-enforcement sources.
Smith resigned from Atlantic in late 2011, while she was under internal investigation for the credit card charges, sources said. In 2012, Smith was one of several Hollywood power women touted by the Hollywood Reporter for their clout in fund-raising for Obamas re-election bid.
She was listed as a top bundler, pulling in between $200,000 and $500,000 for the president.
Tuesdays indictment did not itemize Smiths big-bucks buys, and prosecutors declined to elaborate.
The business credit card was issued in Smiths name, and the exec used it to make charges in excess of $1 million that werent business charges, said Assistant District Attorney Eve Teipel in court.
brass alerted the Manhattan DAs Office to the alleged theft.
She pleaded not guilty before Justice Gregory Carro, who set bail at $1 million.
lawyer, Scott Leemon, has represented rappers 50 Cent and Jim Jones.
She denies the allegations and we look forward to exonerating her, said Leemon.
Smith is due back in court Wednesday morning. A Warner Music spokesman declined comment, citing the ongoing criminal investigation. Source: NY POST.
HONORS ANNOUNCES PERFORMERS LINEUP.
Rev. Al Sharpton, Joe Morton, Ludacris and Mack Wilds are also scheduled to present at this year's show. "BET Honors" has become a staple in BET history by celebrating extraordinary African-Americans including Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx, Iman, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Sean "Diddy" Combs along with memorable past performances by Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Patti LaBelle.
Proceeds from "BET Honors" limited ticket sales will benefit the Women Veterans Interactive (WVI), an organization that helps restore hope as well as provides housing options and support for veterans and their families in need. WVI was created to address the unique, and often unrecognized, challenges facing our nation's 1.8 million woman veterans as they return to civilian life.
Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks, and Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET Networks are executive producers, along with Jesse Collins of Jesse Collins Entertainment.
ON DECK WITH ILLMATIC DOCUMENTARY, TOUR & MORE..
Nas has also announced that he will be touring the U.S. and performing the groundbreaking Illmatic from front to back to celebrate the release. The tour will kick off with special performances this spring at both the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Further details surrounding the tour will be released in the coming weeks.
"With Illmatic, I didn't think about it. I just did it. I believe everybody has good instincts. Now I'm a man from that past and I'm supremely grateful. There's a Nigerian proverb 'What is past is prologue'. I'm here today because of Illmatic." - Nas
In conjunction with the release, Time Is Illmatic a feature length documentary film that examines the album will be released in 2014. The movie, from first-time filmmakers One9 (director/producer) and Erik Parker (writer/producer), delves into the making of Illmatic; the social conditions that created it; and the music legacy passed down from Nas' Mississippi-born father and celebrated jazz musician, Olu Dara. Time Is Illmatic is supported by The Ford Foundations' Just Films and Tribeca All Access.
Along the way, Time Is Illmatic shows how Naswith the support of his Queensbridge neighborhood crew, the loyalty of his younger brother Jabari Jungle Fret, and sacrifices of his mother, Ann Jonesovercame insurmountable odds to create the greatest work of music from hip-hops second golden era.
More information will be released on the film in the coming months.
the release of Illmatic, Nas quickly established himself as a hip hop
icon and has become one of the hottest artists on the music scene today.
The landmark album has been lauded by critics as one of the most exemplary
hip hop recordings of all time. Illmatic contributed to the revival of
the New York City rap scene and has been consistently ranked near the
top of many "best album" lists. Today, the collection remains
one of the most widely celebrated and influential albums in history with
Rolling Stone proclaiming, "a portrait of an artist as a hood, loner,
tortured soul, juvenile delinquent, and fledgling social critic
[the album] still stands as one of rap's crowning achievements."
NPR Music called the collection "[a] masterwork of story-telling,
lyricism and beat-making," while upon the album's release, The Village
Voice gave Nas the title of, "one of the most important writers of
the 20th century."
CENT & SMS AUDIO JOIN SWAN RACING.
Swan Racing is very proud to partner with a growing worldwide brand like SMS Audio and to include an entrepreneur like 50 Cent as part of our team, said team owner Brandon Davis. The SMS Audio brand will be featured on both our cars and I know our fans are going to love the product.
50 Cent, who is a successful musical artist, entrepreneur, investor and actor serves as CEO of SMS Audio, which he founded in 2011. Created with the direct input from 50 Cent, SMS Audio has brought world-class audio products to consumers, delivering studio-mastered sound and unmatched durability and style.
Swan Racing and its up-and-coming drivers are the perfect match for SMS Audio, said Jackson. They are as passionate for the sport of racing as we are for our audio products, and were confident that the music-loving NASCAR fan base is going to enjoy our headphones whether at track or at home.
The partnership will include SMS Audio branding on both the No. 26 and No. 30 car, branding on the drivers uniforms and Swan-branded SMS Audio headphones featuring drivers Cole Whitt and Parker Kligerman. In addition, 50 will be making appearances at races throughout the season, supporting the drivers and the partnership.
Delivering a professional, studio-quality music experience, the SMS Audio line includes the STREET by 50 and SYNC by 50 product families. The brand offers a full range of premium headphones, earbuds and accessories, and a portion of each U.S. sale of SMS Audio products helps to provide meals to food-insecure families through Feeding America.
I am pumped up for this partnership to say the least, as I am a huge hip-hop fan, I am a huge 50 fan and I rely on headphones to get me in the right pre-race mindset, said Parker Kligerman driver of the No. 30 Toyota Camry. I have my headphones on anytime I am about to get on track. Its a way for me to focus and get pumped up. This partnership is an honor.
Our partnership with SMS Audio shows how Swan Racing is gaining more and more attention from top brands, said Cole Whitt driver of the No. 26 Toyota Camry. From a personal point of view I use headphones every day when Im doing my workouts and video gaming, so I am definitely excited about my SMS Audio headphones and promoting them to our fans.
B & KIRKO BANGZ JOIN FORCES FOR TOUR.
Bun B's latest album The Epilogue was released on November 14, 2013. The project is a collection of unreleased tracks that came together during the recording of Trill O.G., the previous critically acclaimed album. The Epilogue features guest appearances by 2Chainz, Rick Ross, Big K.R.I.T., Raekwon, Z-Ro, Devin The Dude, as well as the single Triller featuring Kirko Bangz.
As one half of the legendary Texas rap outfit UGK and after more than two decades in the music industry, Bun B is still considered one of the most influential contemporary rappers. During the past few years he has also developed other important aspects of his career that now include a teaching gig at Houston's prestigious Rice University, where he has joined Dr. Anthony Pinn for an extremely successful Theology course about Religion and Hip Hop culture.
Bun B has also released the Rap Coloring and Activity Book in collaboration with writer/illustrator Shea Serrano. The Rap Coloring Book has been featured in many national media outlets. It has been published by Abrams Books and it's now available at many national book retailers, including Barnes and Noble.
Kirko Bangz' major breakthrough single "Drank In My Cup" is what quickly escalated him to platinum-selling stardom in Spring 2012. The ode to H-town, "Drank In My Cup" went Top Ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Billboard's Urban chart landing Kirko a spot on the highly coveted 2013 XXL Freshman Cover.
Kirko's smooth delivery, charm and lyrical quickness have already drawn comparisons to Drake and Lil Wayne; but make no mistake, Kirko Bangz is his own man. However, one quality he does share with those established artists is the dedication that elevated Kirko Bangz from underground mixtapes to a major label.
Kirko released his first mixtape, Procrastination Kills, in 2009 which put him on the map as an up-and-coming force to be reckoned with. In quick secession Kirko came through with a bevy of buzzworthy mixtapes including Progression 2: A Young Texas Playa which introduced "Drank In My Cup" and most recently, Progression 3 which featured the likes of Wale, French Montana, Nipsey Hussle and Paul Wall.
TRILLEST TOUR" DATES
CHARLIE TO RECEIVE 2014 SPIRIT OF LOS ANGELES AWARD.
Wilson, a seven-time Grammy nominee, and a three-time NAACP Image Award nominee, has been honored throughout his four decade career including the 2013 BET Lifetime Achievement Award, a 2013 Trumpet Foundation Award, a 2009 Soul Train Icon Award and a 2005 BMI Icon Award.
"Charlie Wilson is a role model because he is an example of the success you can have through faith and determination. He is one of the hardest working vocalists in America, working 75 to 100 shows a year, and he is certainly one of the most talented," revealed Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Wilson is currently on tour with a SOLD OUT date at the Madison Square Garden Theatre in New York City during Super Bowl weekend on Saturday, February 1, 2014. He will also be in concert on Valentine's Day weekend at the Nokia Theatre at LA Live in Los Angeles and the Paramount Theatre In Oakland, California on Sunday, February 16, 2014.
The Spirit of Los Angeles Award not only acknowledges Wilson's phenomenal music career, it honors his spirit and his ability to overcome his addictions and being homeless for a few years on the streets of Los Angeles.
"I fell to my lowest point during my addiction to drugs and alcohol that left me homeless," stated Wilson. "By the grace of God, and an incredible family, I was able to pick myself up and begin a second career as a solo artist. People told me I couldn't do it, but my faith has led me to heights I could not have imagined."
That faith was shared in Wilson's 2014 Grammy-nominated song, "If I Believe.""My wife had a dream about this song. She woke up grabbed a pen and paper and began to write the lyrics," Wilson continues. "She is the biggest blessing in my life and continues to support me as I celebrate 20 years of sobriety."
Wilson has also been nominated for two 2014 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Male Artist and Outstanding Album.
A survivor of prostate cancer, Wilson remains committed to promoting awareness and educating men and their families about this disease. "When I learned that one in six American men -- and one in three African American men -- would be diagnosed with this disease, I knew I had to share my story."
commitment led to him becoming a spokesman for the Prostate Cancer Foundation
in 2008 and then joining Janssen Biotech in 2012 to launch their Making
Awareness A Priority (M.A.P.) campaign.
COHEN TALKS NEW TWITTER PARTNERSHIP & MORE..
Twitter is partnering with 300, Lyor Cohen's new company to provide information to the music business based on Twitter data. The partnership was announced by Cohen on February 2 at the annual Midem conference in Cannes, France.
Speaking to the New York Times, Cohen said, "There was a time not so long ago when we sold music to retailers and they sold to fans, but nobody knew who those fans were Ive spent most of my life not knowing who the customer is. Isnt that a shame?"
According to the Times, the partnership gives 300 full access to Twitter's music data, including location tags for where tweets originated. In exchange, 300 will help Twitter organize data and develop software that artists, labels and other brands can use. No money is being exchanged as part of the deal. Cohen told the paper the goal is to mine the popular social media service for seeking out new acts.
Bob Moczydlowsky, Twitters head of music, told the Times, "If you think of data as a product, having a customer who needs to make a decision will help us organize that data much better than if we tried to do it ourselves."
Billboard caught up with Lyor Cohen, the former Warner Music head and founder of new music venture 300, at Midem hours after he had made the major announcement.
Please explain what the new partnership with Twitter is about.
why did Twitter come to you?
your role with at Twitter, will you be directly work with Twitter or will
this be through your new music venture 300?
there any upcoming artists currently signed to 300 who will be a part
of this venture?
has tried to put out a music platform (Twitter Music) that did not work
and they withdrew. Is there a plan for a new music platform you know of
or are hatching something?
are the parameters of the partnership?
they given you a title?
many people use Twitter as a measurement tool -- artists and TV and other
industries. People look to Twitter as a metric.
if you're monitoring the data and you see that Joe Blow is trending, what
POOH (LITTLE BROTHER) INKS WITH MMG.
Freddie Gibbs is the product of violent, drug-laden streets, but unlike most rappers with similar resumes, he brings the block to the booth without inhibition or an exaggerated rap persona. Piñata, a 17-track collaboration with producer Madlib, is the best distillation yet of his transparent approach to making music, combining stark honesty with electrifying talent as a lyricist and performer.
Piñata is "a gangster Blaxploitation film on wax," Gibbs says, and the full-length result of a process that began in 2009. It's an album with a sound that couldn't be any further from the radio, where, according to the Gibbs, every rapper is Superman, or the dope dealer of the century, who has grinded to the top, never made a mistake and has no chinks in his armor.
will show you my flaws, I'll show you what I've done wrong and what I've
fucked up at," says the native of Gary, Indiana, the former steel
town best known for producing Michael Jackson. "I don't regret shit,
but I'll show you the things I'm not proud of."
There's also Madlib's own self-awareness of his style as a producer. "My stuff, it ain't fully quantized...it has more of a human feel, so it might slow down or speed up," he says. "So you have to be the type of rapper, like Doom or Freddie, who can catch that, or else you'll be sounding crazy."
Gibbs admits it was a challenge rapping over beats with chops and changes as unpredictable as the man who created them, but says-with conviction and supreme confidence-"I think I did it to perfection."
As a producer, Madlib, quite simply, is music, and ten years into his career-a time when other artists become comfortable-Gibbs remains restless, focused, with an eye on the competition and their position relative to his ascent. This is because mentally, he's still on the corner hustling, which would be the downfall of the average rapper. Gibbs, however, isn't average.
"When it comes to the nuts and bolts, the nitty gritty of this shit, flat-out spitting verse for verse," he says. "Niggas ain't on my level."
= Madlib solo
ScHoolboy Q is set to hit the road for an extensive U.S. tour, starting March 1 in Providence, R.I., including appearances at SXSW in Austin, before heading over to Europe in May for shows in Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Ireland. ScHoolboy Q will be joined by Isaiah Rashad and Vince Staples. A full itinerary is listed below.
ScHoolboy Q independently released a pair of mixtapes before putting out his first album, Setbacks, in 2011, on Top Dawg Entertainment, followed by Habits & Contradictions in 2012. After signing with Interscope, he began recording his major label debut.
Born on a military base in Germany, where his father was stationed in the Army, Hanley moved with his mom to Texas for several years before settling in California. He was a gangbanger for the 52 Hoover Crips, dealing Oxycontin before beginning to rap as a teenager. He began working with Top Dawg Entertainment in 2006, working with cohorts Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul, forming the group Black Hippy.
ScHoolboy was named
part of XXL Magazine's 2013 Freshman Class, and performed last June at
the BET Experience Music Festival with Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dog and Miguel.
He also performed "White Walls," with Macklemore & Ryan
Lewis on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the sixth single from their hit
album, The Heist. He debuted "Collard Greens" at the BET Hip-Hop
Awards last October.
COLE BRINGS DREAMVILLE LABEL TO INTERSCOPE.
"Dreamville celebrates the sort of grass roots, out-of-the-box approach to connecting artists to their fans that can help move the music industry into the future. We are very pleased to welcome Dreamville into the Interscope family," says Joie Manda, President, Urban Music, Interscope Records.
and business partner Ibrahim Hamad launched Dreamville in 2007, before
Cole became the first signing for Jay-Z's Roc Nation two years later (Cole
remains an artist with Roc Nation). Since then, the Dreamville team has
been responsible for successes on record, on stage, on the Internet, and
beyond. As a result, Cole, a magna cum laude graduate of St. John's University
with a major in communications and minor in business, has been named one
of Forbes magazine's prestigious 30 Under 30 in the music industry.
Dreamville team is a collective of individuals who bring creativity and
fresh, new ideas to the table, especially in creating special 'moments'
for fans. During a transitional period in the music industry, Dreamville
has successfully leveraged new technology to bring hip-hop fans together
instead of separating them. Dreamville, for example, developed the Dollar
and A Dream Tour, for which fans purchased tickets for only $1.
Bas was born in Paris to Sudanese parents and moved to Queens, New York at the age of eight. Under the watch of mentor and close friend Cole, Bas has been making music since 2010. "Quarter Water Raised Me Vol. II" was released in 2013 and was named one of the Top 20 mixtapes of the year by Source magazine. Bas was then featured on "New York Times" with 50 Cent on Born Sinner and appeared with Cole on "Hell's Kitchen" for DJ Khaled's Suffering from Success. He has performed on the Dollar and A Dream Tour, opened for Cole and Wale on the American leg of the What Dreams May Come Tour and traveled as Cole's international supporting act. Bas is currently supporting Cole on the second leg of the What Dreams May Come Tour.
FLAV FACES SPEEDING CHARGE.
State police said the rapper and reality TV star, whose real name is William Drayton, was speeding and driving without a license, a felony, on Jan. 9 as he drove on the Meadowbrook Parkway not far from where the Freeport, N.Y., native grew up. He was ticketed and told to appear for his arraignment Tuesday.
His attorney, Indji Bessim, told Nassau County District Court Judge Norman St. George that over the past several days she and her client have worked to clear up the 16 outstanding traffic matters that sparked the unlicensed driving charge.
The judge released Drayton without bail, although the rapper has not been in custody, and scheduled a return court date for Friday, as is routine following an arraignment.
Wearing his trademark clock around his neck removing it to pass through metal detectors walking into the courthouse Drayton smiled and hugged relatives and fans, stopping once or twice to sign an autograph or have a photo taken with a fan.
As he exited the courtroom following the brief proceeding, Drayton told reporters: "God is good. G-I-G."
He told reporters later that he hoped the charges would eventually be dismissed.
"I'm hoping they would have a heart and dismiss it all because of the circumstances," he said. "Because if it wasn't for me driving to my mother's funeral and being late getting to my mother's funeral, I wouldn't have been behind the wheel in the first place to get the charge."
He criticized the unidentified state trooper who made the arrest for being unconcerned about his plight, but then praised other troopers, whom he said helped him eventually get to his mother's funeral. Anna Drayton died Dec. 31.
The entertainer's New York case is being watched closely by a prosecutor in Las Vegas, where Drayton now lives. He has pleaded not guilty and is free on bond pending trial April 28 in Nevada state court on charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon and child endangerment with a weapon. Those charges could get him up to 12 years in prison.
He is accused of threatening his longtime girlfriend's then-17-year-old son with a butcher knife during a family argument. Terms of his release from jail included a requirement to stay out of trouble.
lawyer in Las Vegas, Kristina Wildeveld, said she didn't think the New
York case should affect his Nevada case.
Hip-hop and its most definitive voice, Def Jam has been an astonishingly tireless engine of change in American and global culture. For 30 years, the greatest names in the history of hip-hop from LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys to Rihanna and Kanye West, from Public Enemy to Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Ludacris, The Roots, Nas and dozens more have made Def Jam Recordings the ultimate destination for urban artists around the world. Today's stellar Def Jam roster includes an even wider range of artists from Frank Ocean to August Alsina to Big Sean, Jhene Aiko and 2 Chainz.
"It's hard to believe it was 30 years ago when we first put the Def Jam logo on a hip-hop recording at an NYU dormitory. Since that time we have seen this homegrown American music grow from a local underground scene to a worldwide phenomenon. Today Def Jam remains the gold standard for taste, culture, and revolutionary thought. To quote the Chuck D line: 'Def Jam tells you who I am '" --Rick Rubin & Russell Simmons
Universal Music Group and Def Jam have assembled a #DefJam30 team to work with many of its artists and innovators, from thirty years ago to today, on a number of projects celebrating and re-imagining three decades of credibility and distinction.
That celebration begins this week with the unveiling of the #DefJam30 logo. Corresponding albums, events, films and more will be revealed in the weeks ahead.
LATIFAH ON DECK TO SING "AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL" @ SUPERBOWL
Queen Latifah, host of the The Queen Latifah Show, is a musician, actress, a label president, an author and entrepreneur. Queen Latifah is a Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning artist as well as an Emmy and Academy Award nominee.
New Jersey native Queen Latifah will return to the Super Bowl after first singing "America The Beautiful" at Super Bowl XLIV. Last year, JENNIFER HUDSON along with 26 children from the Newton, CT community sang in advance of Super Bowl XLVII. Other artists to have performed the song at Super Bowl include VICKI CARR (Super Bowl XI), RAY CHARLES (Super Bowl XXXV), MARY J. BLIGE & MARC ANTHONY (Super Bowl XXXVI), ALICIA KEYS (Super Bowl XXXIX), FAITH HILL (Super Bowl XLIII), LEA MICHELE (Super Bowl XLV), BLAKE SHELTON and MIRANDA LAMBERT (Super Bowl XLVI).
The NFL previously announced that RENEE FLEMING will perform the National Anthem, AMBER ZION will perform in American Sign Language the National Anthem and "America The Beautiful," and BRUNO MARS will perform in the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show.
WINNERS - RECAP.
Justin Timberlake got Best R&B Song for "Pusher Love Girl". Timberlake and Jay Z's "Suit & Tie" got Best Music Video. Jay Z and Timberlake also won best rap/sung collaboration for "Holy Grail."
"I want to thank God I mean a little bit for this award but mostly for all the universe for conspiring and putting that beautiful light of a young lady in my life," Jay Z said, looking at Beyonce. "I want to tell Blue that, look, 'Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you.'"
wins Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. Others who have won the Best
Producer, Non-Classical award in the past include Rick Rubin, Dr. Dre,
Babyface, Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones, as well as the Black Keys'
Dan Auerbach and Mark Ronson.
The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views, song plays and reactions as measured by music analytics company Next Big Sound.
flurry of activity around the Oscar announcement resulted in more than
237,000 new fans for Pharrell across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram,
a 65% increase over the previous week. It also spurred a jump in conversation
about him, evidenced by a 43% jump in Twitter mentions. More than 10 million
conversations were started on Facebook throughout the week about Pharrell.
J BLIGE'S FATHER STABBED.
Battle Creek police say the attack happened about 7 a.m. Thursday at the apartment of 63-year-old Thomas Blige.
Police say he had a neck wound and was taken to Kalamazoo's Bronson Methodist Hospital, which says it has no information on his condition. Detective Sgt. Jim Martens tells the Battle Creek Enquirer that officers recovered the knife and found Blige's ex-girlfriend with blood on her clothing. She's in the Calhoun County jail and is expected to be arraigned Friday.
& JAY Z SHARE TOP SPOT ON BILLBOARD'S POWER 100 LIST.
"We've got to continue to find ways to put music in the hands of the fans, and I think this is a great way to do it," Big Machine Label Group CEO Scott Borchetta (No. 41) told Billboard at the time of the Jay Z announcement. "You've got to have cutting-edge ideas with cutting-edge companies who are ready, willing and able to reach a mass audience. It's great Jay Z is forcing all of us to think this way."
Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge and Red Light Management founder Coran Capshaw took 2nd and 3rd behind Jay Z & Bey on the annual list of most influential people in the music industry. Grainge and Capshaw placed first and second last year, respectively.
Billboard editors compiled the list after analyzing market share, revenue and other data. Jay Z and Beyonce each founded their own companies, Roc Nation and Parkwood Entertainment.
Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun; music producer Dr. Luke; Spotify CEO Daniel Ek; recording executive Jimmy Iovine; and Ryan Seacrest also made the list.
Z'S ROC NATION SPORTS ON DECK FOR "THE BIG GAME" WITH 3 EVENTS.
Activated over the course of all 3 nights Airbnb will host the Airbnb Super Suite, which will be decked out with a vintage sports theme. The Super Suite will feature some of Airbnb's most interesting properties from around the globe. The focal point of the Super Suite will be a sports-inspired game with Airbnb prizes. In addition, the Super Suite will host an InstaPrint photo booth, tracking and printing all photos with the hashtag #Airbnb4040 and #RocNationSports.
The "Welcome to New York" Media Night, on Wednesday, January 29th, is the first of a 3-night series of events hosted by Victor Cruz and CC Sabathia with music by DJ D Nice. The evening will welcome and celebrate all media giants, sports broadcast personalities, major sports publishers and the media elite with unique New York themed event activations including classic New York City food carts, a street caricature artist and a photo booth with New York City backdrops.
The "Roc Nation Sports Digital Mixer", on Thursday, January 30th, will be hosted by Kevin Durant with music by DJ Ross One. The mixer will unite sports and tech elite and give participants an opportunity for networking and open discussion of how the athlete-fan relationship has changed in the digital age and the future of the individual athlete in sports marketing. The event will encourage key players in the digital space and sports world to meet, greet and spark fodder for future tech and sports collaborations.
All of The 40/40 Club's TV screens will broadcast live Twitter and Instagram feeds following the night's progression.
Concluding the 3-night series of events, is the invite-only Official Roc Nation Sports Celebration brought to you by JAY Z, with music by DJ Cassidy, on Saturday, February 1st.
DAY DETROIT ON DECK.
Rhone will be the first female executive to receive the Award, which has previously been presented to industry luminaries such as Clive Davis, Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, Akio Morita, Walter Yetnikoff, Paul Smith, Henry Droz, Russ Solomon, Jack Eugster, Eric Paulson, Bob Higgins, Jim Urie, John Marmaduke, Dick Clark, Casey Kasem, Ted Cohen, and Don Cornelius, as well as organizational honorees such as the Country Music Association (CMA), the Recording Academy, and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
We couldnt be more pleased to welcome Sylvia into the ranks of our esteemed Presidential Award recipients, said James Donio, President of Music Biz. Her career has spanned four decades, during which she has helped transform the music industry. Rising to the most senior positions at all three major labels, her commitment, vision, and leadership have set a very high bar for others to emulate. At a point where many could choose to simply rest on their laurels, shes continuing to be a pioneer with her new venture Vested in Culture. She has truly earned this distinction, and were excited to have her as our first female honoree.
I have had the fortune of working with many of the past honorees who have received this distinguished recognition from the Music Business Association, and it is a true privilege to be counted among them, said Rhone.
Rhone got her start as a secretary at Buddha Records in 1974, before working her way up to Atlantic Records, where she was promoted to SVP/GM in 1986. At Atlantic, she is credited with reinvigorating the labels black music mission and launching the careers of En Vogue, Levert, Brandy, and MC Lyte. It was under her watch that Billboard magazine named Atlantic the No. 1 Black Music Division in 1988. Two years later, Rhone made history when she was named CEO/President of Atlantics EastWest Records America division. She was the first African-American woman to head a major record company. In 1994, Rhone was tapped to become Chairman/CEO of the Elektra Entertainment Group. There, she guided the merger of Elektra, EastWest, and Sire Records, while nurturing the careers of a diverse group of major acts such as Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Jason Mraz, Third Eye Blind, Metallica, AC/DC, Natalie Merchant, Tracy Chapman, Gerald Levert, Yolanda Adams, and Ol Dirty Bastard.
She moved to Universal in 2004, when she became President of Motown Records, EVP of Universal Records, and Chairman of the Universal Motown Record Group. She remained with Universal Motown after it split off from Universal Republic Records in 2006, expanding the reach of hip-hop imprint Cash Money and utilizing social media and digital platforms to connect artists such as Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Kid Cudi, Akon, and Blue October with their fans. In 2012, she founded Vested in Culture under the umbrella of Sony Music Entertainment.
Rhone has been featured on Entertainment Weeklys Most Influential People list six times and The Hollywood Reporters Women in Entertainment Power list seven times, in addition to recognition from NBC, MTV, BET, Rolling Stone, VH1, Billboard, Vibe, Ebony, and Black Enterprise. She has also won numerous awards, including the 2012 Essence Black Women in Music Trailblazer Award, the 2011 Keepers of the Dream Award, the 2010 Lexus Pursuit of Perfection Award, the Turner Broadcasting Trumpet Award, Ms. magazines 2001 Woman of the Year award, and many more. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Music Biz 2014, which will be held May 6-8, is the music industrys premier event, giving the commerce and content sectors a place to meet with trading partners, network with new companies, and learn about new trends and products impacting the music business.
CENT TO PREMIERE "POWER" @ MIPTV EVENT.
The eight-episode Starz series Power, from Courtney Kemp Agboh (The Good Wife), stars Omari Hardwick (Kick Ass) as a New York City nightclub owner who also has his hand in the drug world. The rapper, who has a recurring role in the show as a friend of the aspiring mogul and kingpin, exec produces alongside Agboh, Mark Canton (300), Randall Emmett (Lone Survivor) and Big Loves David Knoller.
50 Cent, along with Agboh and Hardwick, will participate in a Q&A following the premiere.
"We are honored that Starz has chosen to showcase its latest major new series as a world premiere TV screening at MIPTV. This underlines the impact of the event, which is ideally suited to a show like Power, which is bound to have wide appeal to the numerous international buyers and media present in Cannes," said Reed Midem TV division director Laurine Garaude.
"Starz is thrilled to premiere Power at MIPTV," added CEO Chris Albrecht, citing the universal story of climbing to the top. "We believe worldwide audiences will be swept up in the storytelling, the city and the music."
MIPTV will take place in Cannes from Apr. 7 to 10. Source: Hollywood Reporter.
enforcement sources said the 23-year-old rapper was a passenger in a vehicle
that was pulled over in the San Fernando Valley for running a stop sign
early Wednesday morning. During the stop, cops say they noticed that Soulja
was in possession of a loaded gun -- and arrested him on the stop. Soulja
was hauled to a nearby jail and booked on a felony charge. Bail was set
MUSIC IS LIVE.
"Were digital music consumers, too, and have used every service on the scene. But a feeling kept nagging at us these arent actually services, theyre servers. Lots of ways to access music, but we noticed they provided little more than access to a catalog we still found music from trusted human sources, from friends to magazines to DJs."
"We pulled together our personal heroes across the genres. Veteran radio programmer Julie Pilat leads our Music team with Global Head of Programming and Editorial Scott Plagenhoef (formerly Pitchfork) overseeing our programmers including Carl Chery (formerly XXL), Suzy Cole (formerly WRIF), Arjan Writes, Mason Williams (formerly Rhino Records), Fuzzy Fantabulous (formerly Power 106), Ken Tucker (formerly Country Weekly), Jerry Pullés (formerly Latino 96.3). They work with tons of music experts to cover a huge spectrum of music, making sure the catalog is great for music fans (goodbye catalog spam) and youre always stocked with great listening choices. We also invited in our favorite trusted sources Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Grand Ole Opry, Downbeat, DJ Mag, Hot 97/Power 106, Naxos, and many others and built them right into the app, on mobile, no plugin required."
"Everyone can try the entire service for free. If you like it, its $9.99/month for unlimited streaming, downloading from the catalog of more than 20 million songs but more importantly all the incredible curation delivered to your phone every day. AT&T customers, we have something very special for you: try Beats Music free for 90 days with your AT&T Family Plan then get Beats Music for your entire family up to five people and ten devices for $14.99/month. $50 in value for $14.99. More music in your family equals more joy."
RECORDS REGROUPS / INKS DEAL WITH SONY RED.
Penalty joins Sony REDs growing roster of rap and hip-hop label groups, including Cinematic, Ncredible, Louder Than Life, Infamous and Soul Temple. Launched by Levine in 1994 as a joint venture with Tommy Boy/Warner Music, New York-based Penalty Recordings signed such acts as Noreaga (N.O.R.E.), Lord Finesse, the Beatnuts and Crooked Lettaz (David Banner). The imprint was also responsible for initiating the AND 1 Mixtape DVD series.
Penalty 2.0 joins with a new roster that showcases the quality and consistency of the original, Sony RED president Bob Morelli said in a statement announcing the new partnership. There is no doubt about Penaltys plans to recapture the original excitement and Neils ability to deliver it.
Added Levine, Were focused on artist development, talented new producers and musicians who will be here many years down the road. We want the superstars of tomorrow today. Penalty Entertainment is set to roll out its first releases this spring. These include rapper Hi-Rez and hip-hop crew eMC (Masta Ace, Punchline, Wordsworth and Strick). Additional deals are currently being negotiated and will be announced at a future date. Source: Billboard
SMOKE DZA ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM WITH DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE: "Growing up I wrote JAY-Z & Big lyrics down as I memorized their words and mimic'd their flow. Their first albums influenced me as a kid and still do till this day as an artist...as a rapper. As I began to record this album, I looked into myself to find that place that they found in themselves as they crafted Reasonable Doubt and Ready to Die. I've lived in that place for much of last year till as of late, when I finished recording. I look to create that experience for another young kid, writing my lyrics down as they listen to this album. An experience that would live with them as they got older. As their views and perspectives become their own and not the ones that were told to them or told to believe.
In order to create that experience I had to give you what I've become on this album. To do so, changes were made in my personal & professional life. Some of them were hard, some of them were easy, but all of them were necessary. Those that are my brothers and sisters, KNOW they're my brothers and sisters. Those relationships are as good as gold. They keep me grounded as I chase my dreams, and at times our dreams. They influence and help me become the man and artist that I am. But they don't determine who I am. I do that. I put the work in throughout the years. And no one will take ownership of who I am but me.
It's my last years in my twenties. I have a lady at home that reminds me everyday what needs to get done. I have 3 beautiful kids that when I look into their eyes, they remind me everyday what needs to get done. I have a phone full of emails, text messages, calls, tweets, DMs, photos and documents from friends, family, managers, lawyers, business partners, DJs, fans, haters, you name it, that all remind me everyday what needs to get done. So when I don't hear my name mentioned in a conversation, or a on a list, that I've rightfully put in the work for, I'm going to feel a way. When I read or hear opinions of why or where I'm currently at in my life & career, I'm going to feel a way. When I get endless feature requests to hop on another marijuana record as if I'm only a "weed rapper", I'm going to a feel a way. It's only right, that I do. And it's only right I give it all back to you in my music, so that YOU can feel some type of way too.
This year is my year to be completely independent, through and through. To take ownership of my creations and destiny. To do it the way I want to do it. To do it with the niggas I want to do it with. So that I'm 100% sure that you, that kid somewhere, that kid anywhere, is getting it how I want you to get it. That good ol American Dream. Complete Independence. Total Freedom from whatever you may be experiencing in life. That's the purpose of music and the results of great music. So just keep one lit and listen closely as you dream, zone, achieve.
Don't be a fool. Be sure to support Dream.ZONE.Achieve, releasing Tuesday, April 1st. "
LYNCH INKS WITH MONSTER.
Head Monster Noel Lee said: Marshawn is a Monster at heart. Being a Monster takes unbridled passion, and his passion on the field translates to everything he does off the fieldespecially his work in the community. We are excited to add him to our roster of brand ambassadors.
On becoming a Monster brand ambassador, Lynch noted: Im a big fan of Monster. They make the best sounding headphones, and their Pure Monster Sound is hella tight. Music is what drives me on and off the field. Well also be working together to support my charity in my hometown of Oakland and in other communities as well.
Monster has committed to supporting Lynchs Oakland-based Fam 1st Family Foundation as a part of their partnership. Noel Lee will join forces with Lynch to engage young people, in hopes of conveying how passion and hard work can make anything possible.
NATION INKS NEW YORK YANKEES PITCHER.
"CC exemplifies everything Roc Nation looks for in an athlete and a partner," Roc Nation Sports president Juan Perez said in a statement.
The agency's official Twitter account tweeted a picture of Sabathia signing with the firm:
Welcome @CC_Sabathia to the @RocNation family! #RocNationSports
Sabathia, 33, has at least three years left on his contract, which comes with a guaranteed $76 million. But when contract conversations do come up, which won't take place until before the 2017 season at the earliest, Roc Nation spokesman Ron Berkowitz said Jay Z and Perez plan on negotiating the pitcher's deal.
Half of Roc Nation's clients -- New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and now Sabathia-- play in New York.
Last month, one of the firm's other clients, Robinson Cano, left the Yankees to sign a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. Jay Z's other clients include Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and WNBA player Skylar Diggins.
some cases, Roc Nation Sports splits its business with other firms. Cano's
contract was done in partnership with CAA. CAA and Roc Nation Sports have
rights to Cruz's on-field contract, but IMG represents him exclusively
for endorsements. Source: ESPN
Upcoming VH1 Rock Docs include "Finding The Funk," which gives an insightful look into the history and evolution of funk music; "Downloaded," centered on Napster and the industry-changing advent of music file-sharing; and "The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop," a four-part documentary series that examines how hip hop has transformed American culture. Other Rock Docs on tap will explore the electronic dance music (EDM) craze and soul singer Sharon Jones' inspirational journey following a life-changing cancer diagnosis.
"Finding the Funk," premieres on Tuesday, February 4th at 10PM* a unique geographical history of the booty-shaking genre. Narrated by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of The Roots, the film showcases how funk music's infectious groove paved the way for groundbreaking genres such as hip-hop and house music. The funk explosion is traced from Dayton, Ohio to Detroit via interviews with pioneers like Sly Stone, Bootsy Collins, George Clinton, Nona Hendryx, Nile Rodgers, Maceo Parker, Bernie Worrell, and Steve Arrington and their descendants Mike D, D'Angelo, Sheila E and Shock G. The documentary, directed by filmmaker and journalist Nelson George and produced by record producer Arthur Baker, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2013. It also screened at Hot Docs, Urban World, the Afro-Punk Festival and the Pan African Film Festival.
"The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop," premieres Monday, February 24 through Thursday, February 27, airing at 11PM each night. The four-part, four-hour documentary series, based on a best-selling book by author, entrepreneur, advertising executive and record executive Steve Stoute, is a thorough examination of hip-hop as a cultural movement, whose profound influence in music, film, television, fashion, business, race relations and politics eventually paved the way for the election of Barack Obama. The series provides a visual history of the hip-hopification of America what Stoute calls "tanning" -- from "The Jeffersons" to the Fresh Prince; from "Do the Right Thing" to "8 Mile"; from the streets of Compton to Madison Ave; from block parties to the Hamptons; and from rappers to entrepreneurs to icons. It unfolds in 4 one-hour episodes that together explore history's pivotal tanning moments from the 1970s to present day, and show how hip-hop is deeply woven into the American cultural fabric. The series is produced by filmmakers Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman of Rakontur.
"Downloaded," is slated to air fall 2014 and focuses on the advent of digital media sharing, including the rise of game-changing company Napster and its controversial online pioneers Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. The digital revolution ultimately created a technology paradigm shift and upended both the music industry and music artists, and changed the world. The film features insights from such well-known artists and figures within the music industry as: The Beastie Boys' Mike D, Noel Gallagher, Henry Rollins, former Sony Music Chairman Don Ienner, former record producer and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein, Grateful Dead lyricist, poet, essayist and "cyber libertarian" activist JP Barlow, Hilary Rosen, former CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, Harvard law professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig and other industry executives, government officials and leaders in the world of civil and digital rights. The film, directed by Alex Winter, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2013 and screened at numerous film festivals to rave reviews in the past year. Variety called it "entertaining and . informative,' the New York Times said "fascinating" and the LA Times said " a vigorous retelling of Fanning's and Parker's wildfire achievement and its ethical pitfalls."
The documentary on Electronic Dance Music will premiere in late 2014. It will examine the culture of the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene, as told by some of the most prominent personalities involved with the movement.
The documentary on Sharon Jones, to premiere in late 2014, follows the retro-soul singer as she faces the toughest challenge of her life: putting her career on hold to battle cancer. Directed by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple, the film follows Sharon through six months of chemotherapy and a triumphant comeback concert that caps an inspirational emotional journey. The documentary soundtrack will feature Sharon's original music.
VH1's Emmy Award winning Rock Docs are feature-length music documentaries focusing on a variety of today's popular genres, trends and views. Overseeing for VH1 are Brad Abramson, Stephen Mintz, Warren Cohen, Ben Zurier and Susan Levison. Rick Krim and Bill Flanagan are also executive producers on "Downloaded."
ALSINA ON DECK.
The release date of Testimony carries major personal significance for August; April 15th was the birthday of his older brother, Melvin LaBranch III, who inspired August to pursue music. Tragically, Melvin was gunned down on the New Orleans streets in 2010, just days before August's 18th birthday. The murder remains unsolved. The album is dedicated to Melvin's memory and includes features from Jeezy and Yo Gotti. Producers on the album include the Featherstones, Knucklehead, Eric Hudson, Drumma Boy, Jasper Cameron, The Exclusives, and Cassius Jay.
The new album's motivational undercurrent deals graphically with August's past hardshipsserious family issues including death, homelessness and addiction. "As an artist," August reflects, "I struggle with how much of myself to give to the people. How much I want my personal business to be judged. I think the EP struck a good balance of who I am and what I've been through, but that was just the beginning. Nothing is held back on this project.. When people hear my story, and see that I came from nothing, they'll see that it's possible for them too."
will join 2 Chainz and Pusha T on the forthcoming "2 Good To Be T.R.U."
national tour. The tour kicks off February 4th in Boston and concludes
March 24th in Washington, DC.
Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
"Happy" earned a nomination for Best Original Song (Despicable
Me 2's original soundtrack). Despicable Me 2 was also nominated for Best
To compare, the SoundScan-era high for album sales in a single week came in late December of 2010, during the height of CD sales, when 45.4 million albums were sold in the week ending Dec. 24. (To put that figure in perspective, in all of 2013, there were 289.41 million albums sold. But in 2000, there were 785.14 million albums sold.)
It's normal to see soft sales figures in January every year -- as the market adjusts back to normal after the Christmas shopping season, and because there are few new major albums to drive sales. This week's top selling album, for example, is the "Frozen" soundtrack, with 86,000 sold.
While it's now common for album sales to fall below 5 million units in a week, this wasn't always the case.
Weekly volume didn't fall below 5 million in the SoundScan era until 2010, when, in the week ending May 30, album sales dropped to 4.98 million.
In 2010, there were a total of four weeks with under 5 million in sales. In 2011, that number shrunk to just two weeks, but then stepped back up to three weeks in 2012. In 2013, things got really crazy, when there were 18 weeks where album sales dropped below 5 million. With this week's sum about 250,000 units away from scraping 4 million, it would seem another low threshold is about to be reached. Source: Billboard
J. COLE, EARL SWEATSHIRT & MORE ON DECK FOR GOVERNORS BALL.
The coming 2014 festival will build upon the size and scope of last year's programming, and Founders Entertainment are also expanding the festival site: allowing attendees to spread out and enjoy new and improved performance spaces, unique art installations, revamped high-end food and drink areas, and an improved location to savor offerings from some of New York City's best food trucks. And of course as in years past, the festival will include a wide array of Governors Ball's popular summer-time activities and lawn games among other attractions.
year's lineup also pays special homage to the great city Governors Ball
calls home. "New York City is the greatest city in the world, and
we're blessed to call it our home," says Founders Entertainment partner
Jordan Wolowitz. "We're thrilled to showcase some of NYC's greatest
homegrown talent at Gov Ball this year. From The Strokes, and Vampire
Weekend, to Sleigh Bells, Ratking, and Lucius, we have some of our generation's
greatest NYC bands on board to slay the masses. It's gonna be a great
SUES IN NY OVER 'COINYA WEST' BITCOINS.
The lawsuit says the creators of the digital coins "brazenly admit" that they used West's name and likeness to associate their new currency with West because he is a trendsetter.
The lawsuit says entrepreneurs boasted that the currency can't be stopped whether it "looks like a dollar, a dog or a cartoon picture of a rapper." The virtual currency's creators are using a cartoon image of a coin featuring the rapper in large sunglasses.
ON DECK WITH 2014 SPECIALS.
"We love producing shows that recognize the accomplishments and actions of our people," stated Stephen G. Hill, BET's President of Music Programming and Specials. "Our specials are designed to be sources of pride and excitement for the BET Audience. We are humbled that they continue to be well received. You keep watching them, we'll keep making them."
MEGA-SPECIALS ON BET:
TAPE DATE: 2/8/2014 PREMIERE: 2/24/2014 LOCATION: Warner Theater, Washington, D.C.
"CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL" -- The biggest night that celebrates gospel music, America's truly original and internationally loved art form only happens on BET. The 14th annual "CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL" is a star-studded gathering of some of the best voices in Gospel and R&B. Impossible to duplicate, this is the only performance show that literally moves your spirit.
TAPE DATE: 3/15/14 PREMIERE: 4/6/2014 LOCATION: Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles, CA
"BET AWARDS" & BET EXPERIENCE -- "BET AWARDS" franchise is the #1 Program in Cable Television History among the Black audience, and is still a top 10 awards show on television (Broadcast & Cable) among total viewers. It continues to hold the leadership position because it gathers the biggest stars in music, sports, Hollywood, and philanthropy all on one stage for one incredible night. The "BET AWARDS" delivers electrifying performances, moving tributes and the most unforgettable moments on TV.
PREMIERE: 6/29/2014 LOCATION: Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
HIP HOP AWARDS" -- The "BET HIP HOP AWARDS" returns for
its ninth year to highlight hip hop music, with bold performances and
breakthrough freestyle cyphers that set social media on fire. This is
the one show where the hottest rap stars of today share the stage with
the hip-hop icons of tomorrow.
"BLACK GIRLS ROCK!" -- "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!" is the tribute show that has become a movement. This NAACP Image Award-nominated special is both timely and timeless, saluting dynamic leaders in entertainment, business, philanthropy and beyond. Past award honorees include Ruby Dee, Susan L. Taylor, Missy Elliott, Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson, Queen Latifah, and Venus Williams. Featuring emerging and legendary talent, touching tributes to present-day role models and soulful, surprising musical performances, "BLACK GIRLS ROCK!" celebrates the brilliance and beauty of women of color who shape our world and uplift our girls.
DATE: 10/18/2014 PREMIERE: 4Q/14 LOCATION: NJPAC, Newark, NJ
MILLER LEAVES ROSTRUM LABEL / ENDS DEAL.
"Rostrum is my family. That is forever," Miller said in an exclusive joint statement issued to MTV. "No matter what, we will always work together. We moved mountains and I can only see them continuing that tradition. I am grateful for everything I learned and am always here for whatever."
"Mac is an incredible artist and has a bright career ahead of him," Rostrum Records Founder and President Benjy Grinberg said. "We are proud of the historic run that we had together and we will continue to support him in any way that is needed. We wish him nothing but the best in the future."
Miller first signed to the label and management company in 2010 when he released his breakout mixtape K.I.D.S. (Kickin' Incredibly Dope Sh--). Together, Mac and Rostrum went on to establish the rapper as a digital force and a spirited performer. Mac added even more star power to a label that also counts Wiz Khalifa, Leon Thomas and Vali on its roster.
Mac released his debut album Blue Slide Park a year later, they made major
headlines by becoming the first independent debut to top the Billboard
200 since Tha Dogg Pound accomplished the feat in 1995 and even
then Tha Dogg Pound had the major backing of Suge Knight and Death Row
sophomore LP Watching Movies With the Sound Offwas released this past
June, peaking at #3. (Kanye West's Yeezus and J. Cole's Born Sinner debuted
on the same day as Watching Movies.) In total, Mac has sold 5.4 million
singles and more than 750,000 albums with Rostrum and found even more
success with his MTV show, "Mac Miller & The Most Dope Family.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have seven nominations: Album Of The Year and Best Rap Album for The Heist; Song Of The Year for "Same Love" (along with Mary Lambert); Best Rap Performance (along with Wanz) and Best Rap Song for "Thrift Shop"; Best Music Video for "Can't Hold Us" (along with Ray Dalton, Jon Jon Augustavo, Tricia Davis, Honna Kimmerer, Jenny Koenig, and Jason Koenig); and Best New Artist.
Previously announced performers include current nominees Daft Punk with nominee Nile Rodgers (of Chic), nominee Pharrell Williams, and 25-time Grammy winner Stevie Wonder; nominee Kendrick Lamar joined by nominees Imagine Dragons; nominee Lorde; eight-time Grammy-winning group Metallica and Grammy Cultural Ambassador to China Lang Lang performing together; nominee Katy Perry; nominees P!nk and Nate Ruess (of FUN.); nominee Robin Thicke and Grammy-winning group Chicago, whose debut album was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame® this year; and a special performance featuring Merle Haggard, 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and nominee Blake Shelton. Also performing with Daft Punk are the RAM (Random Access Memories) session players: Chris Caswell, Nathan East, Omar Hakim, and Paul Jackson Jr.
BROS. RECORDS APPOINTS EVP, CREATIVE OPERATIONS.
"Peter comes to us with more than three decades of wide-ranging experience," commented Strang. "From his early days as a recording engineer to his accomplishments as an attorney and most recently as an A&R executive, he boasts an expansive blend of talents from making records to making deals as well as great relationships throughout both the artistic and business communities. With Peter on board, along with new WBR President Dan McCarroll, we have expanded our already fantastic, highly dedicated team. The coming year at WBR promises to be very exciting, both for breaking new artists and taking established names to new heights."
"I am thrilled to be joining Cameron, Dan, and the entire WBR team," stated Thea. "It's very exciting to be at a label I have admired for so many years for its passionate devotion to artists and their music. It's a dynamic time in the company's great history, and I look forward to being a part of the next chapter and working with everyone to develop long-term musical careers for WBR's present and future roster of exceptional talent."
ANNOUNCES MORE THAN 40 FESTIVAL DATES.
Benjamin and Patton never formally broke up but stopped working together after the release of the 2006 soundtrack "Idlewild" at the height of their popularity. Patton has released a couple of solo albums in the interim, and Benjamin has been acting and making occasional musical guest appearances.
"It's truly an honor to celebrate 20 years and still be free to do music the way we choose," Big Boi said, via statement. "Don't just think outside the box, know that there is no box. I'm looking forward to rocking the stage with my Bro Ski and to all the fans - stank you smelly much, this is for y'all!"
"And imagine, all we wanted to do was rap! I am thankful to have been a part of a group that allowed me to explore anything that came to mind and have fun doing it. Returning to the stage together is the most exciting way for us to thank everyone for their 20 years of supporting Outkast," André 3000 added.
MUSIC ON DECK.
"Popular music is created in bite size pieces, one song at a time but most people need more than four minutes to be truly satisfied," said Jimmy Iovine. "It takes a highly curated, uninterrupted sequence of songs to achieve a fulfilling music experience, where the only song as important as the song you are listening to is the song that comes next.
At launch, all music fans are invited to a free trial of Beats Music, after which a $9.99/month subscription fee will apply. The service will be available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone as well as via the web beginning January 21st. Fans can stream their music or download to listen offline.
"Beats was created so people could hear the music the way the artists intended, but speakers were just the first step," said Luke Wood, President of Beats Electronics. "Beats Music is the final piece in making that vision a reality."
Beats Music features a vast catalog of more than 20 million fully licensed songs from all the major labels, including Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group, as well as all independent labels managed and maintained by a team of music experts with hundreds of years of curatorial expertise. Led by radio programming vet Julie Pilat, the Beats Music genre lead curation team includes:
Former Pitchfork Media editor-in-chief Scott Plagenhoef
Former digital content director at XXL Carl Chery
Veteran Detroit radio music director Suzy Cole
Recording Academy music blogger Arjan Writes
Former Rhino Records A&R Director Mason Williams
Los Angeles hip-hop radio personality Fuzzy Fantabulous
Country music writer Ken Tucker
Former Programmer of L.A.s hugely successful Latino 96.3, Jerry Pullés
Beats Music combines the emotion only a human created playlist can give you with the best personalization technology can deliver, said Ian Rogers, Beats Music CEO. With this you get not just the music experience only a talented DJ or music expert can deliver, but also the right one for you right now."
Beats Music is committed to the principle that music has real value and will be acting accordingly by paying the same royalty rate to all content owners major and indie alike, while simultaneously providing a platform for fan interaction.
Music is based on the belief that all music has value and this concept
was instilled in every step of its development. We want it to be just
as meaningful for artists as it is for fans, said Trent Reznor,
who serves as Beats Music Chief Creative Officer. Were committed
to providing revenue to artists, while helping to strengthen the connection
with their fans.
The dramatic series will be loosely based on the community and the collective that was A Tribe Called Quest, whom Q-Tip was a founding member, and their experience and friendship during the Native Tongue era in the late 80s and early 1990s with other hip-hop artists. The show will reflect on the stories of how their music played a part in culture then and influenced the music of today.
COLE, JANELLE MONAE, TLC & MORE ON DECK FOR SUPERBOWL BLITZ.
Hosted by Nick Cannon and Stacy Keibler, all six concerts will be LIVE and take place throughout the New York City/New Jersey metropolitan area as part of the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz working with the NFL. The live concerts premiere Monday, January 27th and air live each night through Saturday, February 1st at 11 PM ET/PT.
"We've enjoyed a longtime, successful collaboration with the NFL, putting on the biggest pregame live concert leading up to the Super Bowl," said Tom Calderone, President, VH1. "In 2014, we're proud to amplify those efforts with the league across six nights when we team up with these incredibly talented artists for the "Super Bowl Blitz," which will be the ultimate six-concert tailgate party for music and sports lovers.
The VH1 Super Bowl Blitz is the ultimate music fan's pregame party featuring today's hottest artists making stops at six different venues, six nights in a row. Rain or shine, snow or hail, the show will go on. VH1 Super Bowl Blitz (#VH1Blitz) headliners and locations include:
Cole: Queens: Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College
Monday, January 27
30 UNDER 30 LIST INCLUDES KENDRICK, J. COLE, & DRAKE.
J. Cole, (age 28), named as being a Hip Hop force. - "Jay Z's first signing at Roc Nation is now a Hip Hop force in his own right," Forbes says. "Sophomore album Born Sinner debuted at #2 on the charts with sales of 297,000, nearly matching Kanye West's Yeezus. Now grossing six figures per night on his world tour, Cole is here to stay."
Drake, (age 27) also mentioned. "The former Degrassi star has pulled in over $30 million in the past two years, boosted by live shows and endorsements with the likes of Sprite and Kodak," Forbes says. "Look for him to build on that with his latest arena tour in support of new album Nothing Was The Same."
Kendrick Lamar, (age 26), also on the list. "Dr. Dres latest protégé earned $9 million last year after releasing smash hit good kid, m.A.A.d city and playing over 100 live shows," Forbes says. "Better yet: he earned seven Grammy nominations, more than any other artist besides Jay Z."
TO REUNITE AND HEADLINE COACHELLA.
The Rap duo will headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April, ending a half-decade hiatus for one of hip-hop's most popular and important acts.
OutKast joins Arcade Fire and Muse as headliners for the festival that plays over two weekends in Indio, Calif. Other acts scheduled include Pharrell Williams, Beck, Queens of the Stone Age and Lorde. The reunited The Replacements also will appear.
"Andre 3000" Benjamin and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton
came out of Atlanta with a unique sound two decades ago and became one
of rap's top-selling and most-lauded acts, winning the Grammy Award for
album of the year for double album "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below."
They have not released an album as OutKast since 2006's "Idlewild,"
He was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital, where he later died. Porter although younger, was the uncle of rapper Wiz Khalifa and had attended Taylor Allderdice High School. Khalifa expressed his shock over Porters death on Twitter, saying:
My uncle was younger and more level headed than all of us. I would have never seen this happening in a million years
He also later tweeted:
According to detectives, two African American men took off on foot and were then picked up down the road along Waterfront Drive by an older, white Pontiac Bonneville. Detectives say they found heroin in the car the victim was shot in, as well as in the parking lot.
One of the things
we look for is motive, and the drugs being present lends itself to some
type of illegal activity prior to the shooting, said Lt. Andrew
Schurman, of Allegheny County Police. Theres
no word on how many customers were in restaurant. Some of Porters
friends and family were at the police station early Thursday morning talking
to police. Source: Pittsburgh News
He made the announcement on Instagram, posting a photo of the Def Jam logo along with the following message: I will miss this logo. It all started here! Love Everything that I achieved there, EXODUS THE-DREAM #exodusthedream.
He didnt explain the reason behind the departure, but wrote:
Let the New Tides bring The Things not yet seen! said Dream. Theres more where those came from!
SWEATSHIRT ANNOUNCES WEARLD TOUR.
DRAMA SIGNS ON AS A&R @ ATLANTIC RECORDS.
"I'm extremely excited to embark on this new chapter in my relationship with Atlantic Records," said Drama. "My first two albums as an artist were on Atlantic, and I'm now looking forward to working with Craig and Julie in a new capacity, helping them break the label's next crop of amazing talent."
"I'm thrilled to welcome Drama to his new role at Atlantic," said Atlantic Chairman & CEO Craig Kallman. "One of the most accomplished DJs and mixtape masters, he brings brilliant instincts and consummate skills to our A&R team. A hugely influential force in the hip-hop community, I know he'll be a tremendous asset in signing and developing artists and making amazing records. It's great to be renewing our relationship, and I'm looking forward to making music together again."
addition to his new partnership with Atlantic, Drama's newly founded Means
Street Studios in Atlanta will become the studio base for Atlantic artists
while in the market.
Drama began his solo recording career in 2007 with the Grand Hustle/Atlantic release of Gangsta Grillz: The Album, followed Gangsta Grillz: The Album Vol. 2 (2009), Third Power (2011), and Quality Street Music (2012). He is currently working on his fifth album, Quality Street Music 2. Drama also made a cameo appearance in the acclaimed film ATL.
AND DIAGEO FORM NEW JOINT VENTURE.
The 50/50 partnership between Diageo and Combs Wine & Spirits allows the brand to take advantage of Diageo's distribution network, together with Combs' star power in marketing luxury brands. DeLeon has variants of tequila, which have suggested retail prices ranging from $120 to over $1,000.
In a statement Wednesday, Combs says DeLeon appeals to "those who love exceptional tequila in a distinctive bottle."
also has a separate "strategic alliance" with Combs Enterprises
to develop and grow the ultra-premium vodka brand, Ciroc. The alliance
began in 2007, and has grown from 50,000 cases a year to nearly 2 million
CENT DEBUTS NEW SMS AUDIO HEADPHONES @ CES 2014.
Im a health and fitness fanatic, so a quality pair of headphones is an absolute must-have when Im working out. I used my own wish list of features as a benchmark when creating the Sport collection, and Im extremely pleased with the final result in addition to having our partner, NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony, as the signature name on the product, said 50 Cent, CEO of SMS Audio. SMS Audio is continually innovating the product line and were excited to show off the much-anticipated in-ear, wireless headphone as part of this collection at CES.
The SYNC by 50 and STREET by 50 Sport headphones will be available for purchase at SMSAudio.com in Q2 2014. Through its partnership with Feeding America, the nations leading domestic hunger-relief charity, each U.S. sale of SMS Audio products, in-store or online.
Cent will be signing autographs on Tuesday (January 7) and Wednesday (January
8) from 2:00 3:00 p.m. at the SMS Audio booth.
The docs go on claiming Jeezy subsequently choked his son and said, "I will kill you." According to police docs, Jeezy's son claims his dad said, "I will put a bullet in your head right now," adding, "If I could get away with it, I would kill you." The incident allegedly occurred in Sept., 2012.
Jeezy turned himself in to authorities Friday after a grand jury warrant for each charge was issued. He bonded out soon after for $45,000.
Jeezy's attorney tells TMZ, "We have no doubt this matter will resolve itself appropriately. At this moment, Mr. Jenkins is thankful for the support of his fans and the respect for his family's privacy."
HAS CHECKED INTO REHAB.
"I'm a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I've found it hard to practice," she said.
The 26-year-old vegetarian pop star said she wants to "learn to love myself again, exactly as I am." No other details were provided.
Ke$ha, whose real name is Kesha Rose Sebert, is the performer of such tunes as "Crazy Love," ''Die Young" and "Timber" with Pitbull. She starred in the MTV reality series "My Crazy Beautiful Life."
HUDSON TO RECEIVE 2ND ANNUAL PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD FOR FAVORITE HUMANITARIAN.
Ms. Hudson was chosen as this years recipient in recognition of her work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, an organization she formed in 2009 with her sister, Julia Hudson in honor of their nephew, Julian King. The foundation works to provide stability and positive experiences for children of all backgrounds so that they may grow to become productive, confident and happy adults, able to be positive influences on their communities.
Thank you for honoring me with the Favorite Humanitarian Award. My sister Julia and I were raised with the belief that helping others was always very important. I am so grateful that the Peoples Choice Awards and Walgreens have come together in the same spirit. This spotlight will provide us with the opportunity to share all the amazing work being done by the Julian D. King Gift Foundation for children in the city of Chicago and around the United States, stated Hudson.
WEST ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL YEEZUS TOUR DATES
CUBE ANNOUNCES ALBUM RELEASE DATE.
EVERYTHANGS CORRUPT street date: May 13, 2014, tweeted Cube.
not a heavily political record, but it does have statement songs and rhymes,
Cube told The Huffington Post about the album. I got a song called
Dominate the Weak, which is just showing you how a police
state would look and feel. But hip-hop is in a different space right now
when it comes to that. You dont want to overdo it when it comes
to the political stuff.
The lawsuit concerns a videotape Leviston made with a boyfriend in 2008. The judge's decision says the boyfriend later provided the tape to 50 Cent without Leviston's permission.
The rapper used the footage to make a video featuring himself as a character named Pimpin' Curly.
He says he wasn't responsible for the video's 2009 release. But he says it was legally fair to use the images. The woman's lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
GETS ENGAGED TO BRITISH FASHION DESIGNER.
Eve wore a large sparkler on her wedding finger in a photo posted on her Instagram page on Monday. The 35-year-old entertainer told fans via Twitter on Tuesday (New Year's Eve) that she wanted to celebrate with her family and friends before announcing her engagement. "Thanku 2 everybody 4 your congratulations on our engagement! We wanted to celebrate with our family and friends 1st b4 announcing"
The couple, who met at Gumball 3000 and have been dating for over three years, live together in London where Eve recorded her fourth album, "Lip Lock," released in May.
This will be Eve's first marriage and the second for Cooper, who has four children from his previous relationship.
STILL ON TOP - 3RD WEEK IN A ROW.
sold another 310,000 copies during the week ending Dec. 29, according
to Nielsen SoundScan, down 17% compared with the previous week. The album
has now sold 1.3 million in its first 17 days of release in the United
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RICKY ROSS VS. RICK ROSS - FINAL DECISION.
That drug kingpin was "Freeway" Ricky Ross, who once sold as much as $3 million worth of cocaine a day, had ties with the Nicaraguan Contras and became the object of scorn for many prominent politicians during the "Iran-Contra" political scandal. He served 13 years in prison, and before he was released in 2009, came across a magazine article about "up and coming" rappers including William Roberts II, whose stage name was Rick Ross.
Now released, and by many accounts a model citizen these days, "Freeway" Ross has been pursuing Ross in court for appropriating his name and likeness. Other defendants in a $10 million lawsuit included Warner Bros. Records, Universal Music and Jay Z as those who allegedly helped the hip hop star hit it big with a stolen identity.
At the trial court, though, "Freeway" Ross struggled with a technical issue.
The plaintiff had known about the rapper since at least 2006, but didn't file his lawsuit until 2010. As such, his claims were deemed by a judge to be untimely.
On appeal, "Freeway" Ross challenged whether the rapper's work with a new label should be considered as part of the same "single publication" as his earlier work or whether it should be considered a "republication" that entitled him to more time to bring claims. As Ross himself put it to The Hollywood Reporter, "This is classic republication as to all defendants, there was consistently new music, management decisions and product made. The statute of limitations was never meant to be used to hide defendants actively infringing with new decisions and campaigns."
Last week, a California appeals court issued its ruling and decided to open things up beyond "Freeway" Ross' challenge. Judge Roger Boren says he is "not convinced" that the trial court was correct in its rulings, but nevertheless affirms the dismissal on First Amendment grounds.
In the dispute, there was some evidence to suggest that Rick Ross had Ricky Ross in mind when creating his persona. For example, the defendant said that the plaintiff's life story "grabbed him." (On the other hand, the rapper said his performing name was based on his high school football nickname of "big boss.")
The judge decides to view Rick Ross v. William Leonard Roberts through the frame of other cases that have balanced a celebrity's right to control commercial exploitation of his or her likeness against another individual's right to free expression. In one famous case involving an artist who sold lithographs and T-shirts bearing the faces of the Three Stooges, the test became whether the use of celebrity likeness is one of the raw materials from which an original work is synthesized, or whether the depiction or imitation of the celebrity is the very sum and substance of the work in question. Here, the judge applies the test beyond visual expression.
"We recognize that Roberts' work -- his music and persona as a rap musician -- relies to some extent on plaintiff's name and persona," writes Judge Boren. "Roberts chose to use the name 'Rick Ross.' He raps about trafficking in cocaine and brags about his wealth. These were 'raw materials' from which Roberts' music career was synthesized. But these are not the 'very sum and substance' of Roberts' work."
Ultimately, Judge Boren finds that the hip hop star's persona is entitled to protection as expressive speech because it's transformative.
"Roberts created a celebrity identity, using the name Rick Ross, of a cocaine kingpin turned rapper," says the ruling. "He was not simply an imposter seeking to profit solely off the name and reputation of Rick Ross. Rather, he made music out of fictional tales of dealing drugs and other exploits -- some of which related to plaintiff. Using the name and certain details of an infamous criminal's life s basic elements, he created original artistic works." Source: Hollywood Reporter
DOE B. AMONG 2 KILLED IN ALABAMA SHOOTING.
Police identified those killed as 21-year-old Kimberle Johnson and 22-year-old Glenn Thomas, both of Montgomery. They said Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. Thomas an up-and-coming rapper known as Doe B. was taken to Baptist Medical Center South, where he was later pronounced dead.
DJ Frank White of Montgomery, who managed Doe B.'s career, said the shooting took place at Centennial Hill Bar & Grill in Montgomery and that Doe B. wasn't performing at the time.
White said the rapper had two young children and a third on the way.
Police said in a statement that officers found six other victims with gunshot wounds. They said all of them were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Lt. Regina Duckett told The Montgomery Advertiser that those people were listed in stable condition on Saturday morning.
No arrests had made by mid-day Saturday. Local media carried a statement by Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, who said the city had decided to shut down the club because it poses "an imminent threat to the public's safety."
SELLs GRACENOTE, INC.
Sony expects to record a gain within operating income of approximately $60 million at the completion of the sale, based on the above sale price, subject to standard adjustments. Sony included an anticipated gain from this sale in the forecast for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, which was announced on October 31, 2013.
Sony expects this sale to close prior to March 31, 2014 subject to receipt of certain regulatory approvals.
Gracenote: Gracenote, Inc. provides music and video content and technologies
to the world's hottest entertainment products and brands. Gracenote is
the industry standard for music and video recognition and is supported
by the largest source of music and video metadata, featuring descriptions
of more than 130 million tracks and TV listings for 28 countries. A wholly
owned, independent subsidiary of the Sony Corporation of America (SCA),
Gracenote has offices in Tokyo, Munich, Berlin, Seoul, Taipei and San
Francisco with worldwide headquarters in Emeryville, California.
"Starting our day with 'The Breakfast Club' brings three more hours of live daily programming to Revolt's already expansive real time coverage of music, music news and culture each day," said Andy Schuon, president and cofounder of Revolt.
John Sykes, president of entertainment enterprises for Clear Channel, echoed Schuon's statement.
"Taking this award-winning Power 105 morning show and extending its reach to television reinforces Clear Channel's position as a preeminent multiplatform entertainment company," he said. "We are a company that creates incredible, original content every day and we are excited to partner on this with a true visionary like Sean Combs."
Revolt TV, the brainchild of Sean "Diddy" Combs, launched on Oct. 21 in roughly 25 million households.
"We are proud of this new partnership with Clear Channel; adding radio as a medium to the Revolt arsenal will help push the traditional boundaries of music on television and expand our reach even further with millions of new listeners and viewers, which is incredible for a fledgling network," said Revolt CEO Keith Clinkscales.
BABYGRANDE RECORDS INKS BRITISH ELECTRO PRODUCER SKYLAB 3.
Speaking on his recent signing to Babygrande, Skylab 3 states, Im very excited to be given the opportunity to work with Babygrande, especially being a big fan of many of the artists and producers they've worked with." He adds, "Weve established a great relationship already, we share the same vision and I look forward to releasing my debut album with them.
3 is currently working on his debut album, which is set to drop in 2014.
BRADY ON DECK TO HOST BET HONORS 2014.
"We are excited to have Wayne Brady host BET Honors this year. He made the most of his moment on the show last year and we knew pretty much immediately after that he was the multi-hyphenate talent we wanted leading this year's festivities," said Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials for BET Networks. "Wayne will dazzle and amaze and we can't wait."
For over a decade, Brady has been entertaining audiences with his acting, improv, singing and dancing on television, film and the stage. He can be seen weekdays on CBS as the host of the daytime classic "Let's Make A Deal", for which he's been nominated three years in a row for a Daytime Emmy for Best Game Show Host. He stars on fan favorite "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" on the CW and is also the voice of Clover the rabbit on Disney Jr's number one animated series, "Sofia The First."
"Being able to host the BET Honors in our nation's capital is definitely 'Bucket List' material for me. Not too often do you get to pay homage to the industry icons you look up to, in front of your peers. I'm honored to be part of the legacy BET has built with this award show," said Wayne Brady.
"BET Honors" has become a staple in BET history by celebrating extraordinary African-Americans including Cicely Tyson, Jamie Foxx, Iman, Herbie Hancock, Whitney Houston, Queen Latifah, Sean "Diddy" Combs along with memorable past performances by Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Patti LaBelle.
Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials, BET Networks, and Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials, BET Networks are executive producers, along with Jesse Collins of Jesse Collins Productions.
MAKES BILLBOARD 200 HISTORY WITH FIFTH NO. 1 ALBUM
The two other acts that have taken their first five studio sets to #1: rapper DMX and folk group the Kingston Trio. (DMX also happens to be the only other act, aside from Beyonce, to debut at #1 with his first five studio efforts.)
"Beyonce" also notches the largest sales week for a woman in 2013, and the year's fourth-biggest sales week overall. It follows the #1 debuts of Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" (968,000), Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" (792,000) and Drake's "Nothing Was the Same" (658,000). (The last larger week for a woman was when Taylor Swift's "Red" debuted with 1.2 million at #1 upon its release in October 2012.)
As previously reported, iTunes announced that "Beyonce" tallied the largest sales week for an album in its U.S. iTunes Store and was its fastest-selling title ever globally (828,773 sold worldwide through Dec. 15). Source: Billboard
LAUNCHED TO NAME MANHATTAN CORNER "BEASTIE BOYS SQUARE".
LeRoy McCarthy, the same man who unsuccessfully petitioned a community board earlier this year to name a Brooklyn corner for the late rapper Biggie Smalls, is now asking Manhattan's Community Board 3 and New York's City Council to name the intersection of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street, where the cover of 1989's Paul's Boutique was shot,"Beastie Boys Square."
McCarthy's petition reads:
The Beastie Boys are: Michael "Mike D" Diamond, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, and Adam "MCA" Yauch (RIP). Aside for spanning genres of music over their 30+ year career, Beastie Boys, along with RUN DMC, were pioneers in expanding exchanges culturally in NYC, and worldwide.
The second album from Beastie Boys, "Paul's Boutique" was photographed at the intersection of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street. In the panoramic photograph it captured the vibrancy of the ever-changing life on the streets of NYC. The album, released July 25th 1989, was groundbreaking, and it encompassed these Boys from NYC, rapping about life and times from their point of view. Because of the album cover photo, and the Beastie Boys were ever-changing NYC artist, the location of Ludlow Street and Rivington Street would be a great place to honor Beastie Boys with a corner co-naming.
The petition was launched in September and so far has 234 supporters. Via the Beastie Boy Square Facebook page, McCarthy said he would be presenting it to the Community Board 3 Manhattan in January.
As DNAinfo New York reports, the 46-year-old McCarthy is a film location scout who previously worked for a record label in Atlanta. He said his signatures include eight of the nine businesses on Rivington Street between Ludlow and Essex streets and many of the apartments on the block.
"When Adam Yauch passed away, people came here for three or four days putting candles and flowers out, taking photos, really mourning his death," Vicky Dalva, who manages and co-owns the wrap joint that now sits at the Paul's Boutique corner, told the local news outlet. "At least one person comes in each week asking if it's Paul's Boutique."
This past summer, a park in Brooklyn Heights was renamed after Adam "MCA" Yauch, following his death last year. Band members Yauch, Horovitz and Diamond all grew up in New York City. Source: Source Billboard
WILLIAMS INKS WITH COLUMBIA RECORDS.
Just last month, Williams released the world's first 24 hour music video for "Happy," which is presented as an interactive clock, featuring a diverse cast of characters dancing along to the song. WATCH HERE
News of the signing adds to an already incredible year for Williams. Having co-written and been featured on two of 2013's best-selling tracksRobin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" Williams has also received seven GRAMMY® nominations: Producer of the Year (Non-Classical), two nominations for Record of the Year ("Get Lucky" by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams and "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell Williams), two nominations for Best Pop Duo/Performance ("Get Lucky" by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams and "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell Williams), and two Album of the Year nominations ("Random Access Memories" by Daft Punk and "good kid, m.A.A.d city" by Kendrick Lamar).
"When we excitedly partnered with Pharrell in January of this year, we felt it was his time again," says Columbia Records Chairman/CEO Rob Stringer. "Since then, 'Blurred Lines' and 'Get Lucky' have defined pop music in 2013, and now we are preparing to launch Pharrell as a global solo superstar in 2014. 'Happy' is just the beginning."
cool for a new generation, Pharrell Williams is a creative force, using
music, fashion, and design to express his distinctive style. From his
beginnings as a teenage prodigy and multi-instrumentalist in Virginia
Beach back in the early '90s, through enough hits to earn him Billboard's
Producer of the Decade in 2010, to his current status as multi-media superstar,
Williams has never stopped creating. Starting his producing career as
one half of The Neptunes with Chad Hugo, Williams has helped create such
classics as Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," Robin Thicke's "Blurred
Lines," Nelly's "Hot in Herre," Jay-Z's "I Just Wanna
Love U (Give it 2 Me),"
With over 100 million copies of his productions sold, his music sounds like something no one else has thought of just yet. He's also created a new way of looking at established stars like Snoop Dogg, Madonna, and even the Rolling Stones. Over four albums, Williams and Hugo along with Shae Haley created an unpredictable hybrid as part of the alt-rock/hip-hop group N.E.R.D. His prolific body of work also ranges from designing a sculpture with Tokyo-born artist Takashi Murakami to accessories and jewelry for luxury goods brands Louis Vuitton and Moncler. Now, with his latest venture i am OTHER a multi-media creative collective that serves as an umbrella for all his endeavors, including Billionaire Boys Club & ICECREAM apparel, textile company Bionic Yarn and dedicated YouTube channel Williams' vision continues to push pop culture forward
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self-titled, BEYONCÉ, is the fifth solo studio album from Beyoncé,
which was made available exclusively worldwide on the iTunes Store on
December 13 by Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records. The self-titled
set is the artists first visual album. BEYONCÉ is infused
with 14 new songs and 17 visually stunning, provocative videos shot around
the world from Houston to New York City to Paris, and Sydney to Rio de
Janeiro, all before the albums release. The album represents Beyoncés
biggest sales week ever.
DROPS NEW ALBUM.
"I see music," says Beyoncé about her decision to create a visual album. "It's more than just what I hear. When I'm connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they're all connected to the music."
Billboard is already reporting that the self-titled fifth solo studio set is likely headed towards a #1 debut on the Billboard 200 when that charts top 10 is revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 18. In just a three-hour sales window (closing at midnight Friday PT), Beyonce reportedly sold over 80,000 copies, according to industry sources. Beyonces last studio set 4 sold 310,000 in its debut week in July of 2011, but that was with a full sales week and a marketing/media push leading up to the release.
That the album is available on the day the world is learning about its release is an unprecedented strategic move by the artist to deliver music and visual content directly to her fans when she wants to and how she wants to, with no filter. This unique approach allows music fans to be the first to listen, view, engage and form their own opinions void of any middleman. In the age of social media and an insatiable appetite for direct communication, this is the answer to the question asked over and over again, when is Beyoncé's next album coming?
"I didn't want to release my music the way I've done it," she states. "I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There's so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn't want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it's ready and from me to my fans."
of gimmicks, teasers and marketing campaigns, this project is truly about
art before hype.
While not a concept album, the record is designed to be consumed as a comprehensive audio/visual piece from top to bottom. The antithesis of making singles, the visual album is a non-linear journey through the thoughts and visions of Beyoncé. Manufacturing of physical albums begins today and the double disc CD/DVD will be available at retail in time for the holidays.
By embracing an ever-evolving digital landscape, she creates an innovative, fully immersive, multiplatform experience for the first visual album of her career, completely changing the way her fans will consume music. Not one to stand on past achievements, this is an artist who thrives on evolving, challenging herself and raising the bar. This creative process gave Beyoncé power over her music and provided an opportunity to control how the music is heard. She is not playing by the rules and breaking what is expected, preferring to put music out as an entire body of work.
Beyoncé, wearing multiple hats as writer, producer and director, put together a genius team of artists, songwriters, producers and video directors for her visual album that include JAY Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Drake, The Dream, Sia, Ryan Tedder, Miguel, Frank Ocean, Hit Boy, Ammo, Boots, Detail, Jake Nava, Hype Williams, Terry Richardson, Melina Matsoukas, Jonas Akerlund, Ricky Saiz, Pierre Debusschere, @lilinternet, Noah "40" Shebib, Francesco Carrozzini, Caroline Polachek, Ed Burke, Bill Kirstein and Todd Tourso.
She recorded all over the world for a year and a half but the initial recording started after the writers and producers gathered under one roof in The Hamptons, New York's beach enclave, in the summer of 2012 to live together, work together and to immerse themselves into her world and into her head. The fans that have grown up with the performer, mature and seasoned enough to relate to the content and the shared experiences, inspire the music, with themes that explore love, loss, fear, anger, honesty, happiness, sexuality and confidence.
For the videos, some of which she co-directed, she preferred to work with a more care-free formula. Shot primarily during her successful "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour," the videos were veiled in secrecy, even though they were filmed in open places, including a beach in Brazil, the streets of NYC, on the famed Cyclone Rollercoaster in Coney Island, New York, downtown Los Angeles, a chateau in Paris, a roller skating rink in Houston, Texas where she skated as a child, and a beautiful church in South America. She mixed up the creative, going for big and small and set out on shoots eager to capture the spontaneity and honesty in every moment. The videos are visually stimulating, charged with visionary cinematography and clever storytelling. They capture every side of who she is, complete with vulnerability and imperfections.
RUN ON DECK FOR MAJOR TRANSFORMATION.
Youll see me and Justine talking about how she wants this house to be transformedits all about her vision, said Run. Most of our arguments, like any other couple going through this, revolve around the budget.
Justine has grand plans to tap the budget to transform her outdated kitchen into a sleek, modern European-style space, while Run wants a mini indoor pool and spa. Its a game of give and take where big ideas are passionately pursued.
Rev Run is a legend in the music business, but he and his family are like any other first-time home remodelers, explains Steven Lerner, senior vice president, programming and development, HGTV and DIY Network. Theyre dealing with noise, dust, the local zoning boardevery homeowner who has undertaken a major remodel can relate.
Rev Runs Renovation also chronicles the design and construction of new bedrooms and custom bathrooms for the kids: Russy wanted a zen-like room, Diggy preferred his new space be contemporary, while Miley asked for her new room to be like fairytale castle. The series features Mr. and Mrs. Simmons as they tackle each stage of the renovation with a lot of grace and elbow grease to turn the dated property into the ultimate family dream home.
Letting people observe our home renovation has allowed me to share our family values with our fans and other renovation lovers, said Rev Run. There is nothing more important to me than family and the home!"
Rev Run and Michael Lehman are executive producers of the series.
MUSIC GROUP REVENUE IS UP.. OR IS IT?
In WMG's fiscal fourth quarter, revenue reached $764 million, up 4.5 percent from $731 million a year earlier. Digital revenue saw a 17 percent jump to $283 million. For the company's entire fiscal year, revenue grew 3.3 percent to $2.87 billion from $2.78 billion the year before. Digital revenue was up 16 percent to $1.076 billion.
The Recorded Music division saw a six percent jump in revenue in Q4 to $644 million, with digital revenue up 18 percent to $262 million.
For the full fiscal year, Recorded Music revenue grew five percent to $2.389 billion, while digital revenue jumped by 15 percent to $997 million.
Warner Music's Publishing division took a hit though, as fiscal Q4 revenue fell five percent to $126 million, with a three percent decline for the full year to $503 million.
was a year of significant accomplishment at Warner Music Group,"
said WMG CEO Stephen Cooper. "We intensified our focus on signing
and developing extraordinary artists, we executed well on our digital
strategy and we acquired and have been successfully integrating Parlophone
THUGS-N-HARMONY ON DECK WITH 10TH STUDIO ALBUM.
"My excitement is through the roof. I can't wait for it to be released. We started working on this project in 2011 so it's been a work in progress," says Flesh Bone. "We're bringing real gangsta rap back for our fans who have been asking for it. We're coming real rough with it! We also have some real radio friendly songs like the one we dedicated to Eazy-E, so we're bringing a variety of sounds on the album."
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony tapped the likes of Don Jagwarr, Big B, Tabueya Weathington, Por'cha, Bruce-E-Bee and Phaedra for features on Art of War: World War III with most of the production by their longtime producer DJ U-Neeq and Kenny McCloud, their debut EP producer who assembled their first ever breakout hit single "Thuggish Ruggish Bone" back in 1993.
"My intention was to capture that classic Bone sound but with a modern twist. The Bone fans have been asking for a project like this for years so I wanted to give them what they fell in love with in the beginning," explains DJ U-Neek. "So I got with my man Kenny McCloud who co-produced with me on Bone's first EP 'Creepin On Ah Come Up' and I also brought in some of my in-house co-producers such as V-Mix, RKitek, and LA's Real Richie Rich to bring that throwback 'Thuggish Ruggish' sound. I think we captured it I think the fans are going to love it; it's a classic with a new twist for 2014."
"When our fans listen to Art of War: World War III, we want them to walk away knowing that this is one of the greatest albums we've ever put together," explains Flesh Bone. The Grammy Award-winning group cites "It's A Bone Thang," "Bring It Back," "Born in the Ghetto," "Murda On U," and their single "Everything 100," as some of their favorite songs on the new album.
"This is a phenomenal album which might be the final chapter in the two-decade career of BTH, one of the finest Hip-Hop artists of the past twenty years. With all of the members now actively pursuing their own solo projects this very well could be the last BTH record that includes performances by all the members. The Art of War III is an incredible accomplishment achieved through the hard work of BTH, executive producer David Michery, and producers DJ U-Neek and Kenny McCloud, who wanted to reward loyal BTH fans," stated Tony Barlo, President of Seven Arts Music.
The legendary rap group recently inked a new label deal with EONE and released their current hit single "Everything 100" featuring Ty Dolla $ign. LISTEN HERE
off their "Everything 100" Tour," Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
show no signs of slowing down as they continue to perform shows across
the country ahead of their new album release.
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