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ETs Muhammad Ali: The Peoples Champ will serve as the opening night film at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23. The biographical tribute to the former heavyweight champion, directed and executive produced by Clarence Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah, will connect the fighters boxing prowess as well as his social media activism, to the millennial audience to reveal Alis meaning in the world today. Premiering on BET Wednesday, September 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, the special features exclusive interviews with family, friends and admirers including Muhammad Alis daughter and niece Laila Ali and Shaya Ali, LL Cool J, Ludacris, T.I., Nas, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ray Lewis, Tyrese, Rosie Perez, David Banner, Michael Eric Dyson, Billie Jean King, Walt Frazier, Jim Brown, Ronnie Essett, Sway Calloway, Wood Harris, Jeffrey T. Sammons, Godfrey C. Danchimah, Richard Sherman, J. Ivy and Common. A Q&A with filmmakers will follow.
"BET is honored to return as presenting sponsor of the 2015 Urbanworld Film Festival, an important platform for diverse content makers and film lovers alike," said Constance Orlando, Senior Vice President of Music, Specials and News for BET Networks. "We are also excited to launch BET's original news documentary series with the film, Muhammad Ali: The Peoples Champ, during the festival's opening night."
A Ballerina's Tale will close the festival on Saturday, September 26 at 8:30pm. The film is an intimate look at a crucial period in the career of principal dancer Misty Copeland of American Ballet Theatre (ABT). It follows Misty from her triumphant lead performance in Igor Stravinsky's Firebird at New York's Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center through her painful injury and recovery that followed, to her return to ABT and subsequent pop cultural icon status. The documentary, directed by Nelson George, also examines issues of race and body image in the elite ballet world. Sundance Selects will release the film theatrically and on VOD on October 14. After the screening, there will be a Q&A with Copeland and George.
With BET and HBO as our returning partners for the festival, we continue to highlight important stories that the world needs to see, said Gabrielle Glore, Festival Director for Urbanworld Film Festival. This years festival slate features a diverse collection of films representing culture from across the globe, allowing us to deliver Urbanworld's most internationally curated content to date. We are proud that Urbanworld continues to be 'THE' destination for both filmmakers, studios and networks to connect with multicultural audiences.
In addition to BET Networks and HBO, the festival proudly partners with brands who are committed to Urbanworlds mission. Comcast NBC Universal Telemundo and Time Warner serve as Premiere sponsors. Industry Circle sponsors include Fox Audience Strategy, Fox Global Directors Initiative, Interactive One, VH1, UMC, The Swirl Group, MoviePass, The Directors Guild of America, and AMC. Uptown, Hello Beautiful, Global Grind, NewsOne, TheUrbanDaily and Power 105 are media sponsors.
URBANWORLD 2015 FILM SLATE
"I'm excited to celebrate two great milestones on this special night," Dana said. "I'll be among family and friends who have loved and supported me over the years in this thing called Hip Hop."
Dana Dane emerged on the scene during The Golden Era of Hip Hop, solidifying his career as a rapper with his classic debut album the RIAA-certified gold "Dana Dane with Fame" in 1987. The Brooklyn-native, with his diverse style, has also rapped in tandem with Slick Rick in a group they called the Kango Crew. In the world of beats and rhymes, Dana Dane is regarded as the quintessential storyteller and a fashion influencer. In his signature Kangol cap and Bally shoes, Dana singlehandedly brought awareness to luxury brands during one of the most innovative epochs in the genre.
"I have always mixed high-end fashion with thrifty attire to create what I call my GQ B-Boy fashion sense," Dana added.
a recognizable voice for six years on Sirius XM's Backspin, has continued
to stay fresh in the entertainment business with his creativity and flexibility.
The newest business venture carrying Dana Dane into the new millennium
includes Def Beat Entertainment, launched in 2003 as a multi-media company
specializing in publishing, screenwriting, film producing and of course,
music. Dana currently lives in Los Angeles where he continues to spearhead
and collaborate on new projects with his son, Young Dane, a promising
new artist who combines Hip Hop with R&B. Additionally, Dana Dane
can be seen partnering with his wife, Tana, on their new web-based relationship
show, affectionately known as "Dana Says/Tana Says," with episodes
showing on his YouTube channel: youtube.com/danadanemedia. "This
is the real love and Hip Hop," stated Dana Dane. "We discuss
life issues as a couple in our unique and entertaining manner."
In a statement, MTV said of the decision to award West, Throughout his career, West has blended musical and visual artistry to powerful effect. From his trilogy of videos for Jesus Walks, to the mind-bending animation of Heartless, to the arresting imagery of Bound 2, hes pushed boundaries and delivered something new with every successive video.
Yeezus has more than earned this honor, after years of releasing groundbreaking music and accompanying videos that have always pushed the envelope. From Through the Wire, to Runaway and Bound 2, his creative depths have never ceased to amaze us, and some could argue that his videos are complete masterpieces in their own right.
Hes even brought several of his creations to life at the VMAs over the past decade, with seven visually dazzling performances to date.
From his 2004 performance of Jesus Walks/All Falls Down/Through The Wire, to Otis with Jay Z in 2011 and 2013s blacked-out rendition of Blood on the Leaves, the multi-talented rapper/producer always has a few tricks up his sleeve.
joins the likes of past winners like Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Madonna,
Peter Gabriel, Britney Spears, and Justin Timberlake in accepting the
award. Source: Mtv
The bow is spurred by publicity generated by the hit film of the same name, which bowed in theaters on Aug. 14 and has earned $111.1 million at the U.S. and Canada box office through Aug. 23. The song sold 35,000 downloads in the week ending Aug. 20 (up 127 percent compared to the previous week) and tallied 5.7 million domestic streams (up 123 percent), according to Nielsen Music.
The track also debuts at No. 7 on Rap Streaming Songs, No. 9 on Hot Rap Songs, No. 11 on R&B/Hip-Hop Streaming Songs, No. 13 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 20 on the overall Streaming Songs chart.
On Hot Rap Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, N.W.A also collects a debut with F**k Tha Police (also released in 1988), which bows at Nos. 20 and 25 on the lists, respectively.
N.W.A member Eazy-E also scores his third Hot 100 hit, as Boyz-N-The-Hood (from 1987) debuts at No. 50. It also launches at No. 14 on Hot Rap Songs and No. 18 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It immediately becomes Eazys highest-charting single on the latter tally, surpassing the No. 30 peak of Just Tah Let U Know in 1995.
In terms of albums, N.W.A-related titles occupy 10 slots on the Billboard 200 chart, led by the groups Dr. Dre at No. 3 with his new set Compton. Right behind him at No. 4 is N.W.As own Straight Outta Compton, which flies 30-4 (a new peak).
Eazy-Es Eazy-Duz-It reenters at No. 32, Dr. Dres The Chronic rises 75-38, Dres Dr. Dre 2001 moves 62-55, N.W.As Greatest Hits returns at No. 93, the groups Ice Cube reenters at No. 99 with Death Certificate and at No. 118 with Greatest Hits, N.W.As The Best of N.W.A: The Strength of Street Knowledge also climbs back on at No. 119. Ice Cubes 1990 album Amerikkkas Most Wanted rounds out the N.W.A parade at No. 150, as it returns to the tally.
In total for the week ending Aug. 20, N.W.As album sales grew 234 percent to 47,000, while its song downloads soared 208 percent to 95,000. In terms of streams, the group collected 14.6 million clicks for the week (up 114 percent). Source: Billboard
MILLER ANNOUNCES THE GO:OD AM TOUR
The tour features a handful of exciting openers along the way; Tory Lanez, Goldlink, Domo Genesis, EarthGang, Michael Christmas and Alexander Spit
WAYNE AND CHARLIE PUTH TEAM UP.
the video, Charlie Puth croons from a piano while lamenting his troubles
with Instagram models while Lil Wayne trades verses. But what you see
in the video isn't always what it appears, with the models turning into
cardboard cut-outs, or maybe even a figment of their imagination? The
video explores the notion of people putting up a facade on social media,
and manages to do so with style.
KEEF TRACK REMAINS STEADY ON THE CHARTS.
In a tribute to Keef's cousin Mario "Big Glo" Hess, who was shot and killed in 2014, the single uses the opportunity to criticize Chicago's violence. Howard, who spent a significant part of his childhood in Chicago and considers the city his 2nd home, stated, "Working with Chief Keef on this particular song was an interesting process because this man (formerly known for violence) seems to be making a change in himself and for others around him and that's something anyone can respect. That's what I am about. A new positivity radiated from him in this song through the message and I'm glad to have been a part of that process."
is set to release a new single "DSYLM," off his highly-anticipated
sophomore album later this month.
Comptons first weekend is also the best ever for a musical biopic. Many are saying Comptons opening beats Foxs Johnny Cash bio Walk the Line which made $22.3M. Im of the mindset that Compton bested the first frame of Universals 2002 Eminem hip hop headliner 8 Mile ($51.2M). As pointed out by critics at the time, 8 Mile was arguably a semi-biopic as Eminem played a white Detroit rapper with a similar storyline to his own. Compton also marked record openings for director F. Gary Gray, and producers Ice Cube, Scott Bernstein and Will Packer.
Comptons success can be attributed to, among other things, a synergistic marketing campaign driven by social media (where Universal has just been kicking ass this year) and the recording industry, with producer Dr. Dres Beats, Interscope music, Apple and Uni as big players. Heading into the weekend, Dr. Dres companion album Compton sold 258K copies, the second highest on the charts last week.
Beams Universal domestic distribution chief Nicholas Carpou about Comptons success, F. Gary Gray, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre have delivered an extraordinary film that records an important piece of American culture. It stands on its own from a historical standpoint. As the summer box office heads into August, and a fatigue sets in for certain types of tentpole films, audiences look for thought-provoking titles like Straight Outta Compton.
Its no surprise to hear that Compton played big on the west coast, particularly in Los Angeles where that market owns nine out of the top 10 grossing engagements for the film. Compton also overindexed in a slew of cities including, but not limited to Jackson, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Fresno, Atlanta, Baltimore, Palm Springs, and Detroit.
Both males (59%) and females (41%) gave Compton an A. 68% were 25 and up and they gave the film an A. The following demos gave Compton an A+: under 25 (32%), 18-24 (19%) and under 18 (13%). The demo breakdown for Comptons audience was as follows: 46% African American, 23% Caucasian, 21% Hispanic and 4% Asian.
premium large-format screens numbering 323 grossed $5.1 million, which
repped close to 9% of the pics weekend. Cinemark XD led all exhibitors
with a chart topping $1.8 million in 94 runs representing a sensational
35% of the total PLF gross. Source: Deadline
"Welcome to Death Row," which originally premiered in September 2001, was the first to tell the story of N.W.A., Ruthless Records and the birth of Death Row Records. This film is a gritty insider's look into the lives of the gang members who took street music to the mainstream and brought violence, sex and money with it.
Directed by S. Leigh Savidge and produced by Steve Housden & Jeff Scheftel, "Welcome to Death Row" details the rise and the fall of the original gangster rap label Death Row Records. The movie begins with the story of the founding members and artists including Suge Knight, Eazy E., Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, and their involvement with the creation of Death Row Records in the wake of Suge Knight's coercive removal of Dr. Dre from NWA. Combining old school street mentality and keen business sense, Death Row Records strong-armed their way to success.
"Welcome to Death Row" covers musical milestones including Dr. Dre's The Chronic and Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle albums, Tupac Shakur's triumphant involvement and lesser-known relationships with artists like MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice.
The story and life of Death Row comes to an end as personal rivalries, greed, violence, government scrutiny and ultimately the murder of Tupac, cause the company to implode faster than its unprecedented rise.
of the core urban music demographic was barely out of grade school when
'Welcome to Death Row' was released. By making this iconic movie available
to watch on demand on cable, we're enabling rap fans to see the unbiased
documentary revealing the real story, before heading to the theaters to
see 'Straight Outta Compton," said Steve Karel, president of Stonecutter
Media, Ltd., the VOD distributor of "Welcome to Death Row."
beta will begin on August 19 for PlayStation 4 owners and on August 26
for Xbox One and PC owners.
Marking the festivals third year, the 2015 BET Experience (June 25-28) drew 152,500 visitors -- a 36 percent increase from 2014. The four-day event featured Staples Center concerts headlined by Kevin Hart, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and N.W.A, in addition to late-night shows at Club Nokia, seminars and a celebrity basketball game. Capping the weekend: the 15th annual BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater. Highlights included special tributes honoring Janet Jackson, Smokey Robinson and Bad Boy Records 20th anniversary. Source: Billboard
DRE TO DEBUT COMPTON: A SOUNDTRACK ON BEATS 1 RADIO.
Compton: A Soundtrack will stream exclusively on Apple Music from 6 to 9 p.m. PT on Thursday prior to the album's wide release on Friday. The legendary producer said on his Beats 1 show last week: "The album is going to be my grand finale."
PRODUCER RODNEY JERKINS PARTNERS UP WITH AFTERMASTER.
Known around the globe as one of the most influential producers, songwriters and musicians in the history of popular music, Jerkins has worked with the likes of Sam Smith, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and many more. Recognizing AfterMaster's unique technology and impact on audio, Jerkins was the first music producer to use AfterMaster in a major music production with Janet Jackson's single "Make Me". A true entrepreneur, Jerkins' executive role and ownership stake in the company is a testament to AfterMaster's groundbreaking sound quality and mission to change the listening experience for the next generation of listeners and artists alike.
"I have worked with the AfterMaster team since its inception as a member on the advisory board," explains Rodney Jerkins. "When Larry Ryckman (AfterMaster, CEO) introduced me to AfterMaster and its unparalleled sound quality, I knew I had to be a part of such a groundbreaking company. I'm looking forward to taking on a much bigger role and working alongside an elite group of talented individuals as we redefine sound for the masses."
Made for real-time mastering, re-mastering and audio processing, AfterMaster offers an unrivaled state of the art technology, which dramatically enhances the quality of any audio event and delivers an experience that eclipses studio-produced sound. AfterMaster audio technology offers a significant increase in loudness, clarity, depth and fullness, producing a caliber of audio never before available to consumers.
"We are thrilled to officially have Rodney join our executive team and become a Co-Owner," says Larry Ryckman, Co-Founder and CEO of AfterMaster. "Rodney has been an instrumental part of the AfterMaster team from its early stages. His knowledge and understanding to sound and how it relates to consumers is beyond exceptional and is a huge asset to AfterMaster's dream team of sound professionals."
recently announced a multi-year partnership agreement with ON Semiconductor
(NASDAQ: ONNN), a global designer and manufacturer of semiconductor chips.
ON Semiconductor will rollout its first AfterMaster encoded consumer electronic
semiconductor chip in Spring 2016. Together, AfterMaster and ON have created
the new BelaSigna 300 AM Digital Signal Processing (DSP) chip embedded
with AfterMaster technology, a ground-breaking audio solution that will
dramatically enhance the listening experience on any consumer device.
The co-venture was launched in 2013 to discover and develop new songwriters. So far, the partnership has signed rapper and songwriter Garland "Sebastian" Mosley, who shares co-writing credits on Justin Timberlake's hit track "Mirrors," and David Bratton, the songwriter behind the 2014 gospel hit "Every Praise," as well as alternative rock band OK Mayday, hip-hop/R&B producer/songwriter Maurice "Velly" Conaway, and rapper Justin "Capo" Andrews.
Timbaland has three GRAMMY Awards to his credit, including Best R&B Song two years running for Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love" featuring Jay Z and Justin Timberlake's "Pusher Love Girl," as well as multiple recent ASCAP awards, including the 2015 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Songwriter of the Year Award with co-writes on Beyoncé's smashes "Drunk in Love" and "Partition" as well as Jay Z featuring Beyoncé's "Part II (On the Run)," and Jay Z's "Tom Ford." While Timbaland has never been more in demand as a producer, writer, and artist with multiple collaborations and a new solo album about to pop, he has also expanded his focus in the past year to take on the role of Executive Music Producer of the hit FOX-TV show Empire.
"Timbaland has influenced and shaped an entire era of music, and we welcome this expansion of our successful relationship," said Robert Ott, Chairman and CEO of ole. "From both a music and business vantage point, we look forward to growing with him. We will work to bring Timbaland's music to an even wider audience while helping to develop the writers and artists he discovers via our ole-Bluestone venture."
"ole has been great to work with, and it only made sense to further our partnership," said Timbaland.
Timbaland first made his mark on the music industry in the 1990s, working on the massively successful and influential albums Ginuwine The Bachelor by Ginuwine, One in a Million by Aaliyah, and Supa Dupa Fly by Missy Elliott. He has since produced a long line of A-List artists, including Beyoncé, Drake, Usher, Jay Z, Nas, Eminem, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Nelly Furtado, Fabolous, Petey Pablo, Limp Bizkit, No Doubt, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Cee Lo Green, Jennifer Lopez, The Black Eyed Peas, The Pussycat Dolls, Jamie Foxx, Diddy, Rihanna, 50 Cent, Kanye West, OneRepublic, Flo Rida, Madonna, New Kids on the Block, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, and Lil Wayne, among many others. He currently serves as Executive Music Producer for the hit FOX television series Empire.
As a solo artist, Timbaland reached the Top 5 of the Billboard 200 chart with his Platinum-selling album Shock Value, which included the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper "Give It to Me" featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake as well as "Apologize (Remix)" featuring OneRepublic and "The Way I Are" featuring Keri Hilson, which reached #2 and #3 on the chart, respectively. His followup, Shock Value II, featured three Top 40 singles. His next album, Opera Noir, is slated for release in 2015.
BANDS ONE CAUSE - JOEY BAD A$$, RUN THE JEWELS & MORE.
program coincided with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October).
It raised nearly $30,000 for Gilda's Club NYC, an innovative cancer support
organization founded in 1995 by psychotherapist Joanna Bull, Gene Wilder,
Mandy Patinkin, Joel Siegel, and other generous individuals, in memory
of SNL vet/actor/comedienne, Gilda Radner, who passed away in 1989 from
Ingrid Michaelson of the project, "I lost my mother to cancer last
year and want to do all I can do to help those affected by this cruel
disease. I am honored to be a part of 10 bands One Cause benefiting Gilda's
Quote from Lily Safani, CEO, Gilda's Club NYC
someone gets diagnosed with cancer it impacts everyone who is close to
them - in many different ways. The daily routine of life now includes
doctors' visits, weekly treatments and unprecedented medical expenses.
The new "routine" is difficult to manage and navigate alone.
But at Gilda's Club NYC, we help cancer patients and their families learn
how to live with a cancer diagnosis - through our support groups, educational
lectures, and classes. It's important to know you aren't alone and at
Gilda's Club, you never are."
This joint venture, branded Windfall, is a model set for the digital age, providing an end-to-end solution to find, develop, and service artists across all platforms. Artists will benefit from BMGs expertise, spanning music publishing, rights management, promotion and distribution along with BBTVs full suite of online video services and solutions including production, premium channel and fan uploaded content management, technology, distribution, and monetization.
BBTV is one of the leading music players in the space, reaching billions of monthly views and its music network has grown by 62% in the last quarter. BBTV operates two of the largest music networks on YouTube: Opposition, the number one hip-hop music network in the world with major artists such as Logic, Father and Yung Simmie; and WIMSIC, the number one Electronic Dance Music (EDM) network backed by artists such as Major Lazer, Dillon Francis and Will Sparks.
This deal is another shining example of our commitment in advancing the online video ecosystem, and is an exciting addition to our growing portfolio of services, said Shahrzad Rafati, Founder & CEO, BroadbandTV. The launch of Windfall supports our goal to more than double the size of our music network over the next 12 months. Not only does this partnership with BMG break new ground in expanding the relationship between artists and labels, its a big step forward in the music industry as a whole where online video has become such a massive strategic component to engage with fans. With Windfall, were not just creating music stars, but media stars.
BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said, For many artists and music fans, music is now an audio-visual art-form. With online video emerging as a breeding ground for new talent, our partnership with BroadbandTV brings an innovative new offering to the market, creating an artist-friendly suite of online video services which we believe will be a game-changer.
In addition to operating two highly successful music brands and communities, BBTV also operates a suite of premium brands including: TGN, the most engaged gaming network on YouTube; HooplaKidz, the leading kids and family network; and Outspeak, the next-generation citizen journalism network in partnership with The Huffington Post.
BBTV remains the fastest growing multi-platform network in the world. Since September 2013, BBTV network views have grown by more than 430 percent to over 5 billion and the number of partners on its network has more than tripled to 36,000, across a variety of verticals including gaming, music, lifestyle, entertainment, kids & family and news. Artists of Windfall will benefit from BBTVs suite of technology including VISO NOVI for rights management and VISO Catalyst, BBTVs audience development platform.
Hubert, President, Creative & Marketing of BMG US, said, The
combined expertise and innovative technology of BroadbandTV and BMG offers
a dream team for artists to help them achieve their full potential."
New artists added to the existing lineup include, multi-platinum selling producer and DJ, Bassnectar, DJ/Producer Paper Diamond, hip-hop legends - The Grouch & Eligh, Cut Chemist, Z Trip, Mod Sun, Jemere Morgan, Skip Marley and Alex Kane. The first round announcement included; Grammy© winning artist, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Nas, who has a #1 album on American Billboard top 200, eight time Grammy© winning artist/producer, Stephen "Ragga" Marley, Meshell Ndegeocello, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, Fishbone, Richie Spice, Fiji, I-Wayne, Jo Mersa, Krooked Treez, Black Am-I, The Courtney John Project, Forrest Day, I-Live and Queen Omega. The complete lineup will embody a melting pot of diverse talent that will emulate the Bay Area vibe. More artists will be announced in mid August.
features of the festival are a silent disco; lead by respected DJ's, on-stage
live art, VIP experience availability, local artisans, authentic eats
reflective of the area, as well as regional craft brew and wine gardens.
The producers, Tourn Entertainment look forward to boosting the local
economy, while benefiting various youth music charities.
long-awaited new record from hip-hop icons and champions of change will
also be available in CD and vinyl formats and on digital from all other
major retailers on July 27th. In an interview with Maxim, PE frontman
Chuck D called Man Plans, God Laughs a "commentary on the 21st century
in this technological - yet highly political - world and revealed
that the sounds on the albums title track were inspired by the recent
work of Run The Jewels, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West. He later described
to Ebony how seriously he took his role as a hip hop pioneer when recording
MPGL by saying, If Im going to be looked upon as somebody
that is an elder, I got to say things that stick and count. Make sure
your words drop like cinder blocks. Thousands of fans throughout
the world will be the first to hear several new songs from MPGL when they
make their debut during Public Enemys summer festival tour.
The tour begins on September 17th at Tattoo Queen West in Toronto, Ontario.
- Tattoo Queen West | Toronto, ON
HOT 100 MUSIC FESTIVAL ON DECK.
Collectively, the festival headliners have 197 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and have sold a combined 116.3 million albums and songs in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. They also represent some of this generation's biggest social media influencers, with a massive fan following across Twitter, Facebook and other platforms. Joining them will be dozens of Billboard-charting artists spanning multiple genres, from pop and rock to R&B and dance, representing one of the most electrifying and diverse festival line-ups this summer. Fans will see some of their favorite artists at one of the festival's three stages, including the famed amphitheater Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, as well as two additional stages with one located on the beach.
"It's an honor to be able to extend the Billboard brand into the festival space, and we feel that Jones Beach is the perfect location to create something truly unique and unforgettable," said Billboard co-president John Amato.
"The Hot 100 Music Festival will be one of those truly memorable summer concert events. We are very excited to bring fans some of summer 2015's chart toppers in a venue that will showcase the best these artists have to offer," said Live Nation President and CEO, Michael Rapino.
Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival Line-Up
Weeknd, Skrillex, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Very Special Guest Justin Bieber
ANNUAL PLAYERS' AWARDS ON DECK.
The star-studded event will feature appearances by top NBA players including members on the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Executive Committee - Chris Paul, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala and Anthony Tolliver. Not only will the show have NBA star power, but will also feature performances by the hottest musical artists including Lil Wayne.
The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) decided to launch the 1st Annual Players Awards due to the overwhelming response from its members and all categories have been voted by the NBAs active players.
The complete list of the Top Voted Players for the Players Awards are (names are listed in alphabetical order):
You Most Want to Play For
Home Court Advantage
You Secretly Wish was On Your Team:
Stephen G. Hill, BETs President of Programming, Connie Orlando, BETs Senior Vice President of Music and Specials, and Don Mischer Productions will serve as Executive Producers for the Players Awards. Serving as Executive Producers from the National Basketball Players Association are Chris Paul, NBPA President, Roger Mason Jr., NBPA Deputy Executive Director, and Jordan Schlachter, NBPA Chief Marketing Officer along with Prospect Park.
A3C LINE-UP ANNOUNCED
Hundreds more performers and speakers will be announced over the next 3 months. A3C will have three featured artist/speaker installments before the event kicks off. The next announcement will be made in August, and the last announcement will drop in September.
2015 A3C will take place October 7-11, 2015, in Atlantas eclectic Old 4th Ward, along Edgewood Ave, and East Atlanta Village. A3C has moved the Conference Center to The Loudermilk Center, and the host hotel to the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.
A3C Festival features 500+ performances over 5 days, while the Hip-Hop
community ascends on Atlanta to experience, celebrate and discover the
most legendary, talented and promising artists from across the US, and
abroad. Artists are continuously added to A3C Festival line-up and every
night features surprise performances. In other words, the A3C Festival
is an amazing Hip-Hop experience like no other. "I love the team
at A3C for giving artists a platform to be heard and build their craft!,
states Sean Diddy Combs.
The funding indicates further interest by music creators in cloud-based services made for their type of work. Plus Eight Equity Fund, an investor in LANDR as well as cloud-based collaboration service Splice, includes DJs Pete Tong, Richie Hawtin, Tiga and John Acquaviva. Tiësto, Steve Angello (ex-Swedish House Mafia) and WME also invested in Splice.
LANDR calls its simplified process of mastering recording "nearly foolproof." The user chooses a monthly or annual fee based on level of service and file type. The process requires a file upload and tweaking controls to get the desired sound. In a statement, Nas, an avid investor in startups, called LANDR "an affordable" technology that can turn out music with "a quality finish like any major label artist with a budget," Nas said in a statement.
In a live show, everyone goes to great lengths make the music sound as good as possible, says John Acquaviva, DJ and LANDR investor. Internet streaming is clearly the weakest link.
Weve analyzed tens of thousands of files and songs that have been made across the last 50 years to understand the types of decisions that mastering engineers have performed, and to be able to recreate those decisions on the fly, says Pascal Pilon.
Even though mastering is the most technical stage of music production, there is still a creative component. An acoustic cover, for instance, would be mastered much differently than an EDM track.
Thats why LANDR isnt claiming to outperform a human engineer at least not yet. The company has brought on 50 audio and mastering professionals to refine its technology, but for the time being many of LANDRs 250,000 users are amateur artists who wouldnt otherwise pay to hire a mastering engineer.
Most musicians and producers craft their songs using GarageBand or some software, but in the end, because they dont want to spend the money to get it mastered, they never do that post production step, says Pascal Pilon. So that music stays somewhat out of focus, and unfinished.
being said, LANDR is increasingly being used by professional recording
artists who want a quick and dirty master to listen to at different stages
of the mixing process before spending the time and money on a final version,
according to Pilon.
Ranking as the East Coast's largest oceanfront festival, Electric Adventure's Bloom is adding, Big Gigantic, Cosmic Gate, Ilan Bluestone, Juicy J, and Mark Knight to the festival lineup. With more than 100 top performers on five stages, they will join the lineup of Pretty Lights, Dillon Francis, G-Eazy, 3Lau and Machine Gun Kelly, running the full gamut of genres from mainstream EDM, trance, house and hip-hop. Electric Adventure will also be bringing Kygo to their line up, as this will be the young tastemaker's first ever performance on the beach, lending his tropical house vibes to the Jersey shoreline, guaranteed to make for a memorable summer weekend in Atlantic City. Electric Adventure will give audience members a full beach experience including cabanas, beach volleyball, ocean swimming and VIP packages.
"Electric Adventure 2015 shows the ongoing evolution of Electric Adventure in look, talent and scope to appeal to an older, more sophisticated demographic that fits Atlantic City perfectly," says co-producer John Dimatteo. "Atlantic City provides a super appealing oceanfront destination that's easy to get to by car, train or air." Co-producer John D'Esposito adds, "The support we're getting from local civic leaders and businesses is over-the-top. With Bloom's fast-growing fan base, we can give a boost to the Atlantic City economy, utilize local vendors, employ 200 people within the market and also deliver an amazing oceanfront festival experience to music fans. Parking is located just a short walk away at Bader Field."
KHALIFA STILL HAS THE #1 JOINT OF THE SUMMER SO FAR.
So, roughly a third of the way through summer, the rap collab, which debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 back in March and reached No. 1 on the weekly chart dated April 25, continues to set the pace among summer's biggest hits so far. (The track has led the Hot 100 for 11 weeks running, leaving it a week away from tying the mark for the longest-reigning No. 1 by a rap hit all-time.)
20-position Songs of the Summer running tally (up from 10 in years past)
tracks the most popular titles based on cumulative performance on the
weekly Hot 100 chart from Memorial Day through Labor Day. At the end of
the season, the top song of the summer will be crowned.
More than 80 performing artists--including some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry such as Kevin Hart, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Common and Kendrick Lamar---performed at the event's nighttime concerts.
Over 120 speakers, authors, leaders and celebrities ---including Deepak Chopra, Iyanla Vanzant, Steve Harvey, Keke Palmer, Kelly Rowland, Jussie Smollett and Rev. Al Sharpton---participated in the Festival's free daytime experience.
Inaugural ESSENCE Festival 'Day of Service' commemorated the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by refurbishing schools citywide and staging a first-time community Health & Wellness Fair.
hours of programming including 24 hours daily of streaming video garnering
more than 200,000 Live Stream views covering select performances and daily
talk show ESSENCE Live.
Explosive growth in Festival fan mobile usage, with page views up by 80% and unique visitors growing 132% year over year---largely due to 80% increase in video consumption year over year.
SMITH & DRAKE TO TEAM UP?
Will has been hinting at new music since earlier this year, when he said he'd hit the studio with Kanye West. "I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet but I'm exploring. I'm in a creative ceiling," he told a reporter during a premiere of his film "Focus" last February.
He said at that time that Jaden also helped him, "My son tells me I have to write out the things I don't like. I can't write and stop, I have to keep going and going and write them out. I've never worked like that before but I think I might give that a shot."
NAMED SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR.
"ole congratulates Timbaland on his ASCAP Rhythm & Soul 'Songwriter of the Year' honor," says Robert Ott, ole Chairman and CEO. "ole is very proud to work with and support Timbaland as he continues to shape the music of a generation."
is committed to the creative development of its 100+ staff songwriters,
legacy writers, and composers and adding value to our catalogs and client
catalogs. Current ole writers include Rush, Timbaland, Tyler Farr, Josh
Dorr, Gord Bamford, Brett Jones, Dave Turnbull, Jeremy Stover, and Marty
Dodson. ole has ongoing Ventures with Last Gang Publishing, Roots Three
Music, Jackoby Publishing, and most recently, ole-bluestone Publishing,
ole's venture with global hitmaker Timbaland.
INKS WITH VIRGIN AMERICA.
excited to partner with one of the most innovative and popular airlines
to bring quality music and entertainment to consumers even at 35,000
feet, said Michele Laven, President of Business Development and
Partnerships at iHeartMedia. This is the first step in a robust
partnership between Virgin and iHeartMedia and it paves the way for more
exciting integrations in the near future.
British singer Sam Smith continued his hot streak at music awards shows, picking up the night's first prize for best new artist, beating out the likes of Fetty Wap and Bobby Shmurda.
Nicki Minaj brought her mom on stage as she picked up the award for best female hip-hop artist. The Weeknd picked up the Centric award for "Earned It" from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.
Notable performances included Diddy bringing the Bad Boy family back together by performing with Lil' Kim, Faith Evans, 112 and Mase.
Janet Jackson, the recipient of the Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual award, also performed.
The ceremony was hosted by Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, who took part in an Empire sketch that was interrupted by Terrence Howard. Source: Hollywood Reporter
Full list of winners.
Coca-Cola Viewers Choice Award
Minaj feat. Drake, Lil Wayne, & Chris Brown Only
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Weeknd Earned It (From the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack)
Best New Artist
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
& John Legend Glory (From the motion picture Selma)
Video of the Year
Video Director of the Year
Ed Burke, & Todd Tourso (WINNER)
Best Gospel Artist
Best International Act: Africa
Best International Act: U.K.
It's a direct challenge to Pandora, Spotify, smaller start-up Rdio and Apple's iTunes radio, its free streaming service. Google has the advantage of being able to direct people searching for songs to its service; we'll see how much it drives users to its new service as it launches this week on Android and iOS devices, though it is available on the Web as of Monday.
It features the technology of Songza, the playlist start-up Google acquired nearly a year ago. Songza's key focus is playlists customized to your mood and different times of day. In the blog announcing the news it says its team of music experts "craft each station song by song so you don't have to ... with whatever you need music forfrom working, to working out, to working it on the dance floor." As with Apple Music's new radio stations, Sonzga used human curators as well as algorithms, an approach implemented in this new service.
a dig at Apple, Google stresses that while the service will be free to
users, it's absolutely paying artists. This is in reference to the criticism
Apple has drawn from Swift and others for originally opting not to pay
independent artists for its three-month free trial period for consumers.
IOVINE TALKS MUSIC WOES
Apple Music isn't quite the revolution, say, that iTunes was when it launched in 2003. Competitor Spotify, for example, already has more than 15 million paying subscribers, while Pandora has more than 76 million free users and about 4 million who pay for premium service. Rhapsody, Google Play, the Jay Z-backed Tidal and others are in the mix, which begs the question: Who really needs Apple Music?
Plenty of people, say analysts, who believe that the growth in the category, along with Apple's massive imprint with consumers (and support of all the major music labels), make the success of the service (and a global radio station Apple is launching) practically a given. Music streaming in the U.S. is expected to be a $1.8 billion industry by 2018, bigger than downloads, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty figures that Apple Music could account for 5 percent of Apple's revenue and 2 percent of its earnings per share by fiscal 2016.
"Consumers will absolutely pay for this service," says Nick Petrillo, an IBISWorld analyst. "With Apple's dominant share of the market for smartphones, it's difficult to imagine a scenario in which Apple Music doesn't pose a significant competitive threat to pre-existing streaming music services."
Almost 1 billion people worldwide will have access to Apple Music via their iPhones, iPads, Macs, etc., and Eddy Cue, senior vp Internet software and services, says Apple has about 800 million registered users that already have handed over their credit card numbers.
"People are willing to pay more for Apple products. It's always been that way," says Peter Csathy, CEO of Manatt Digital Media Ventures.
Cue also figures Apple Music's $14.99 family plan makes a difference. "You have a spouse, a boyfriend or girlfriend, kids the concept of signing up for these individual plans multiple times is just not going to happen," he tells THR.
But analyst Ben Bajarin of Creative Strategies is less bullish. "The overwhelming majority of people want whatever is free," he says, adding What its really going to come down to is how Apple sets themselves apart. The way they set themselves apart is with the artists. The artist will be what helps them differentiate. If its just the same thing as everyone else, they probably wont get the masses to subscribe because right now the masses dont subscribe, they just listen to free radio.
He also notes that not everything Apple does is a slam dunk.
"The common wisdom is that the default app that just ships on your operating system has an advantage over the other players," Bajarin says. "That wasn't true with iTunes Radio. It didn't take off. When they released iTunes Radio, people were concerned that Pandora was dead, and it didn't kill Pandora."
Cue, though, has confidence that the subscription music industry is big enough for multiple players.
"It's not, in order for us to win, everybody else has to lose," he says. "We want make the best product on the planet, but that doesn't mean it has to be the only product." Source: Hollywood Reporter
SUES BEER MAKER OVER PROFITS.
The breach-of-contract lawsuit seeks 10 percent of the net sales price paid to Pabst for its Colt 45 malt beer line, which was included in last year's sale to beer entrepreneur Eugene Kashper and an investment firm.
Snoop Dogg signed a three-year agreement in 2011 to endorse Colt 45's fruit-flavored beer called Blast by Colt 45. The lawsuit states his contract called for him to receive a portion of the sale price if Pabst sold its Colt 45 operations before January 2016.
His contract also called on the rapper to consult with Colt 45's marketing team at least once a year on how he could integrate Blast by Colt 45 into his concerts, interviews and social media posts. Snoop Dogg received an upfront payment of $250,000 and an additional $20,000 for every 10th mention of the beer on social media, TV or during a concert.
The contract also called for the rapper to receive a royalty on each case of Blast by Colt 45 that was sold.
Pabst did not immediately return an email message seeking comment.
The lawsuit states Pabst told the rapper that the sale didn't trigger the clause entitling him to sale proceeds.
The deal to sell Pabst to Kashper and San Francisco-based TSG Consumer Partners LLC was finalized in November. No purchase price was announced, but the lawsuit filed by the rapper's attorney, Alex Weingarten, states Pabst was reportedly sold for $700 million. It is unclear how much of the sale price was for the Colt 45 line of beers.
addition to Colt 45 and its namesake beer, Pabst Brewing Co. makes Old
Milwaukee and Schlitz.
Most recently, RZA added a personal touch to a new speaker Boombotix plans to release this summer. The speaker contains exclusive content from RZA and a handful of other musicians.
Initially in 2014, RZA collaborated with Boombotix to release selections of Wu-Tang Clans Album, A Better Tomorrow, on a Boombot REX. Compared to other portable Bluetooth speakers, RZA chose to approach Boombotix because of the stunning quality of its speakers. With dual 36mm drivers that guarantee full fidelity across every genre, the Boombot REX provides an acoustically clear sound usually reserved for speakers much larger.
In the wake of the speakers success, the company moved to create the Chambers Collection. The Chambers Collection will feature a series of ultraportable Bluetooth speakers with artist collaborations embedded on flash storage for listening whenever and wherever. As Head Abbot, a take on his Wu-Tang Clan nickname, The Abbot, RZA will facilitate more relationships in the music industry for future collaborations.
Were forming this partnership to connect musicians and fans in new ways, said RZA. Through the technology that we create, well be able to reach fans in a more intimate way. This speaker can go anywhere, and I love that. Were putting music back in your hands.
The Boombot REX 20th Anniversary Wu-Tang Edition was designed to spark conversation regarding the economics of music in a climate of Internet piracy and streaming services. Instead of buying records and lining up outside stores for new releases, music fans can access music from the cloud or download it illegally. According to RZA, this new methodology degrades the artistic value of music and the immense amount of time devoted to creating it. Boombotixs new content strategy creates a special moment for the artist and brick and mortar retailers to drive excitement around music.
excited to welcome RZA onboard in a role where hell have a meaningful
impact on the future of our brand, said Mustafa Shaikh, head of
marketing for Boombotix. Under his guidance, well be working
with a wide range of artists to create new and exciting product releases.
Hill, who will also perform during the evening, joins such past Golden Note recipients as Pharrell Williams, Dr. Dre, Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder. In a statement announcing the news, ASCAP president Paul Williams cited the eight-time Grammy Award winners ability to push boundaries and capture the humanity that surrounds us, adding, Ms. Hills talent as a songwriter is undeniable and reflects her singular take on the world we live in.
Sullivan will also perform at the Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, which
will honor the songwriters and publishers of the most-performed ASCAP
songs on the 2014 R&B, hip-hop, rap and gospel charts.
BET has announced that Chris Brown will compete twice for video of the year with the hits "Loyal" and "New Flame" at the June 28 show in Los Angeles. Nicki Minaj is up for the top prize with her eye-popping "Anaconda" music video.
Beyonce and Lil Wayne follow with four nominations each. Beyonce's "7/11" also will compete for video of the year, along with Big Sean's "IDFWU" and Common and John Legend's Oscar-winning "Glory."
Other nominees include Sam Smith, The Weeknd, Fetty Wap and FKA twigs. "Empire" stars Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett are nominated for acting awards
The BET Awards will air live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.
RAEKWON & GHOSTFACE TEAM UP FOR ONLY BUILT 4 CUBAN LINX 20TH ANNIVERSARY
Cuban Linx was made for the drug dealers," says Raekwon. "That was my lifestyle at one point and we named it Only Built for Cuban Linx because it was built for the strongest people, the strongest crews. The strongest mentality of men. I was telling a story from a street peddlers' point of view, which a lot of people don't understand, and this album was dedicated to them. It's been a blessing that the album surpassed my expectations and millions can relate to the story telling." In the 20 years since its release, OB4CL continues to receive accolades, appearing on dozens of "Best of" lists including Rolling Stones' "500 Greatest Albums Of All Times." The album's "mafioso rap" style remains a great influence in Hip-Hop.
he readies the Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... 20th Anniversary Tour, Raekwon
continues on a promotional push of his latest solo effort, Fly International
Luxurious Arts (F.I.L.A.), which, according to The A.V. Club, goes a long
way to remind everyone of why Raekwon remains one of the best to ever
yield a microphone.
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... 20th Annivesary Tour Dates:
7 Philadelphia, PA Theater of The Living Arts
"Unfortunately Waka Flocka's entry into Australia was denied by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection, due to his recent arrest(s) on both firearms and drug charges," he stated in a message posted on Facebook.
Waka Flocka, who was arrested back in October at an airport in Atlanta after he was found to have a loaded handgun in his luggage, was scheduled to play four shows in Australia and two in New Zealand later this month. According to Fernando, the rapper's visa for New Zealand had been approved, but he ended up deciding to scrap the concerts there as well.
"While a VISA into New Zealand had been approved, the Australian situation means that Waka Flocka's tour to this part of the world will no longer take place at this time," he said and added that all the dates would be rescheduled for "later in the year."
"We apologize for the inconvenience this causes, as hip hop fans ourselves we are gutted to not be seeing Waka Flocka play in New Zealand as planned, however we are committed to bringing the world's best hip hop acts to our shores, and will continue to do so," he concluded his post.
This isn't Waka Flocka's first time to have canceled a tour. In 2013, he "postponed" a string of shows which have never been rescheduled.
CENT'S ENTOURAGE ACCUSED OF ASSAULT AND JEWELRY ROBBERY?
According to TMZ, the owner of LAX Jewelry co. planned to sell the jewelry to the rapper. The two met at Drai's nightclub to show the bling and negotiate the price. They stayed and had fun at the club until late.
Robert then claimed that 50 Cent and his entourage invited him to see Floyd Mayweather's gym. When they arrived at the gym, 50 Cent was not seen anywhere and the condition started heating up. He stated that the crew pistol-whipped him before they stole the jewelry and ran away from the site. Robert later reported the incident to the Las Vegas police department and now the police are investigating the case.
50 Cent's lawyer Scott Leemon has said in a statement to deny the allegations. "On behalf of I can adamantly deny that he or his security had anything to do with these baseless and false allegations," so the statement read.
speculated that the allegation might be wrong as the rapper reportedly
won $1.6 million betting on the fight between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. against
Manny Pacquiao. Moreover, 50 Cent's net wealth was $155 million, as Forbes
will hit the road on May 1st for The Love Story tour, which kicks off
at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI, and continues through June 27th at Knoxville,
TN's The International. Dates are scheduled for Rock On The Range (Columbus,
OH, May 15th) and The Soundset Festival (Minneapolis, MN, May 24th).
Department of Public Safety Trooper Billy Spears filed the civil lawsuit Wednesday, alleging retaliation by DPS, Director Steven McCraw and several executives.
The lawsuit says Spears was working off-duty security when an assistant for Snoop Dogg took the photo in March and posted it on Instagram. Spears was reprimanded because the rapper has several drug-possession convictions.
Spears is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial.
Spears also alleges retaliation for his complaint against a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officer. Spears was detained in 2014 while off-duty and carrying an alcoholic beverage at a concert.
DPS declined to discuss pending litigation. TABC was reviewing the lawsuit Wednesday and declined further comment.
BUCK INKS BOOK DEAL.
Young Buck, a Nashville, TN native and multi-platinum selling recording artist is signed to G-Unit Records and also artist and founder of his own label, Cashville Records. Most known for his hit songs including "Shawty Wanna Ride", "Let Me In", "I Know You Want Me", and "Get Buck", as well as standout appearances on records such as G-Unit's "Stunt 101", "I Like The Way She Do It", and most recently "Bring My Bottles" and '"I'm Grown", Buck is looking forward to telling the story behind the music. "I'm excited about teaming up with Resource Ventures for this printing of my book," he explains. "I know I have a lot to share with my fans and I can offer an interesting story that has different parts many people can relate to and parts that some folks won't understand at all but will hopefully find fascinating. I think the quality of Resource Ventures' past work speaks volumes. Stay tuned, we're on our way to a New York Times Best Seller."
also added, "This agreement is a great display of the growth and
increase in quality of our business. We are headed in the right direction
and aim to become leaders in our industry. Our company has created quality-printing
products for 28 years and we are very excited at the opportunity to begin
collaborating on works of this caliber. We are working diligently to expand
this segment of our business and anticipate updating our shareholders
on the progress of this project and others shortly."
World Domination will see Joey joined by Cinematic label mate Mick Jenkins as well as Carol City, Florida's Denzel Curry on the upcoming dates. This will be Joey's first time hitting the road since releasing his highly anticipated debut album to acclaim. B4.DA.$$ is now available everywhere via Pro Era / Cinematic Music Group.
BET is constantly searching for ways to expand its portfolio of content with the sole goal of satisfying our audiences, said Stephen G. Hill, President of Programming, BET Networks. Roc Nation is doing very exciting things in the entertainment space and we are excited to partner with them on this groundbreaking deal positioning BET Networks as a go-to destination for premier live boxing events. Together, well provide unique entertainment.
Were thrilled to not only be introducing our newest broadcast partnership with BET Networks, but also to use this new platform to telecast Andre Wards highly anticipated return to the ring, said David Itskowitch, COO - Boxing of Roc Nation Sports. On June 20, we will once again provide fans a night of exciting throne boxing fights, live musical entertainment and an unprecedented fan experience.
Im very excited to be coming back on June 20 at Oracle Arena in my hometown of Oakland which has been a long time coming, said Ward. Im equally excited to be fighting on BET in front of a potential viewership of over 90 million homes. As a fighter, this diversifies my portfolio and puts me in front of a whole different audience. I have an extremely tough fighter in front of me in Paul Smith whos looking to pull the upset, but I cant let that happen. I have to be on my best game to turn Smith away and beat him the way I want to beat him. As always, Im ready to put on a tremendous performance in front of my hometown fans and those watching on BET. This is a fight you dont want to miss.
I cannot wait to get back in the ring and test myself against a class act like Andre Ward. I proved that I belong at the top level with my performances against Arthur Abraham and this is a challenge that I am relishing, said Smith. Andre is a top pound-for-pound fighter and someone I respect a lot, but he has only boxed once in almost three years and I will give it everything I have got. I am fresh and confident going into this fight. Its a massive opportunity for me and one that I took with both hands when it was offered. I have spent a lot of time boxing in the United States and I look forward to returning for this fight.
Known for his strong character and integrity outside the ring and his killer instinct inside it, Andre Wards skill and talent were apparent early in his outstanding amateur career. He racked up every title in the books, culminating with a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. As the only male American boxer to claim Olympic gold since 1996, Ward joined the likes of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya. He turned professional on December 18, 2004, scoring a second round technical knockout victory over Chris Molina at Staples Center in a fight that was televised live on HBO. He has gone on to rack up 26 more victories since then, building an ever-growing legion of fans in the process. After becoming the Ring Magazine and WBA Super Middleweight World Champion, rising to the number two spot on the pound-for-pound list and winning the 2011 Fighter of the Year Award (ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Ring Magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America), it was announced that Ward signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Roc Nation Sports in January 2015, opening a new chapter in his storied boxing career. Now the Bay Area product is ready to return to the ring on June 20 at the Oracle Arena in front of his hometown fans in Oakland, California.
Paul Real Gone Kid Smith enters his fight against pound-for-pound star Ward coming off of two heroic performances against WBO Super Middleweight World Champion Arthur Abraham. Smith challenged the Armenian-German for his title in Kiel, Germany in September 2014 and put on the performance of his career in his world title first shot. The 32-year-old native of Liverpool was the clear winner of large parts of the fight and celebrated at the bell in front of a hushed partisan crowd that thought that Abraham had been dethroned. Smith was not expecting the wide scorecards that were read out in favor of the hometown fighter and, judging by the far-reaching outrage at the lopsided numbers, neither were the majority of the boxing world and beyond, with Smith receiving support from some of Britains biggest sports stars on social media. A rematch was the only possible scenario and, like a true champion, Abraham duly obliged. Smith returned to Germany in February of this year to face Abraham again, this time in Berlin, but Abraham was a different fighter the night of their second fight, successfully defending his belt against a brave challenge from Smith. Once again the judges were forced to give a verdict and this time a decision win by Abraham was met with no outcry of controversy. On June 20, Real Gone Kid will return to the ring and once again venture into hostile territory to take on one of boxings best, looking to silence the crowd.
Ward vs. Smith, presented by Roc Nation Sports, takes place Saturday, June 20 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, will be televised live on BET at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT and is presented in association with Matchroom Sport.
TAPS LONG-TIME COLLABORATOR FOR LATEST ALBUM.
Speaking on WLPWR and his creative process Yelawolf explains, "As long as I've known him .. 10 plus years now. From the very hour we met, we had a record done. It was kinda like, 'Oh there you are,' like I had found the dude I had been waiting to meet. He's got some of that most interesting sounds in ever heard. We may not speak for 4-6 months but when I call him he shows up like I seen him yesterday. I'm really hard on him in the studio - I'm a very very picky producer myself - but he just rolls with it and I appreciate that. We're honest in the studio. The music comes out honest. That's how I work. And thats how he works with me."
Speaking on his approach to working with artists, WLPWR says, "It's pretty organic. I normally just kick it with the artist to see if they have a vision in mind and I start from there. Its mostly vibe from that point. People keep coming back to me because I'm really good at making the artist feel relaxed and in charge of the direction of a song or project. I'm also very professional about taking charge to produce the best product. I don't have a signature style, but I do have a certain style to my drum programing and sound selection. My aim is to not have a signature style, actually. I've produced the most street, to the prettiest, to the most dramatic music. I'm very versatile. 'Pop the Trunk' is very different from 'Till Its Gone.'"
is currently working with Travis Barker for his next album and will be
releasing a mixtape called Free Game featuring Big K.R.I.T., Trinidad
James, Bubba Sparxxx, Dizzy Wright, Yelawolf, and more on June 9th.
Watch Yelawolf on working
with WLPWR and his creative process -- WATCH
JERKINS VENTURES OUT WITH LIFESTYLE MUSIC GROUP.
Killer Mike: Race Relations In The US: Killer Mike will speak about race relations in the US in his April lecture at MIT and address how current and future technologies impact race relation issues. Topics such as Ferguson, to the SAE incident in Oklahoma, to white privilege and black empowerment will be included. As a social activist and hip hop artist, his music is full of socially conscious lyrics as heard in his album R.A.P. Music (R.A.P. stands for rebellious African people) to his duo Run The Jewels, who just released a new music video showing the futility of police brutality in "Close Your Eyes". An introduction will be made by Christopher Nolte. Nolte is an MIT graduate student and is the CEO and Co-Founder of TapTape which was the winner of the 2014 MIT $10K Creative Arts Competition. The moderator of the talk will be MIT professor Ian Condry.
BROWN, NICKI MINAJ & MORE ON DECK FOR iHEARTRADIO POOL PARTY.
These are the artists and songs you're going to be blasting at the beaches and at your BBQs, and we can't wait to kickoff the summer celebrating with our listeners to the soundtrack of the season.
The iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party will kick off Saturday afternoon with an all-day pool party featuring sets by iHeartRadio's house DJs, including Prostyle. The ultimate party weekend will continue on Saturday evening with a live concert event featuring Nick Jonas, Chris Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Shaggy and Echosmith.
For the third consecutive year, the iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party will air as an exclusive television broadcast nationally on The CW Network on Thursday, June 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. To promote the event, iHeartMedia is launching a national on-air and online promotion across its mainstream and rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR), HOT-AC and Electronic Dance Music (EDM) stations. Beginning Monday, April 27, hundreds of iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party packages, which include round-trip airfare, two-night luxury hotel accommodations at Caesars Palace for two and access to all the weekend's events, will be given away through May 22. One Grand Prize Winner will be chosen to receive a fantasy all-access experience which will include being flown to Las Vegas on a private luxury jet, a suite at Caesars Palace, spa treatments at Qua Baths & Spa, a VIP dinner at Nobu Restaurant & Lounge, a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon, exclusive once-in-a-lifetime artist experiences and more.
is always looking to party with our listeners, and what better way than
the iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party in Sin City," said Tom Poleman,
President of National Programming Platforms, iHeartMedia. "These
are the artists and songs you're going to be blasting at the beaches and
at your BBQs, and we can't wait to kickoff the summer celebrating with
our listeners to the soundtrack of the season."
Still riding the success of his last album, 2013's I Am, Yo Gotti delivered "Errrbody," the first song from "The Art Of Hustle" in early 2014. The song would go on to become the biggest hit of his career, bringing the regional superstar to the global stage in a major way. The success of the single also landed Gotti a role on the Drake vs. Lil' Wayne tour. While touring the country, promoting his CMG imprint with the release of the mixtape, Chapter One, and managing his Memphis restaurant Prive, Yo Gotti still found time to record The Art Of Hustle. In fact, Gotti recently revealed to AllHipHop.com that the album is being delayed by his attempt to narrow down which songs will make the cut. That didn't stop him from offering fans the surprise mixtape Concealed, this past January.
Known as much for his business acumen as his skills on the mic, Yo Gotti aims to offer the same type of guidelines through The Art Of Hustle as Sun Tzu's The Art Of War. "I think there are rules, strategies and laws to being a successful hustler," he explains in a recent Noisey.com interview. "If it was so simple, everybody would be great at doing it. Everybody would be financially successful, that's not true. 50 to 60 percent of entertainers you see today don't have money, he adds. It's ultimately the Art Of Hustle."
GREENLIGHTS NEW SERIES WITH THE GAME.
We all know The Game from his hit VH1 series "Marrying The Game" as an amazing father as well as family man, that goes without saying. But what we don't know is if there is a woman out there that would satisfy him enough to slow him down. In the past we've seen him give being a family man his all, but sometimes in life and love other cards come into play. Now, in the new series "She's Got Game," The Game sets out in pursuit of his perfect love match while he embarks on a national tour. The 10-episode series is slated to premiere summer 2015.
Tired of picking the wrong women, in "She's Got Game," Taylor turns to his celebrity friends to see who can help him most when it comes to matters of the heart. Each celebrity will select a young woman to accompany Game on his national tour. But which women will succumb to the not-so-innocent rock star lifestyle, and which will have his back and ultimately win his heart?
"Relationships are hard. And The Game knows that working in the entertainment business makes it even harder," said Susan Levison, EVP, Original Programming & Production, VH1. "In this series, he gets to try a different strategy, taking the advice and suggestions of the friends who know him best. We can't wait to go on this adventure with the Game as he searches for the woman that could ultimately be his match."
Got Game" is executive produced by 51 Minds' Christian Sarabia and
Angela Aguilera. Jayceon Taylor serves as an executive producer. For VH1,
the series is executive produced by Susan Levison, Jill Holmes, Kristen
Kelly, Fernando Mills and Tricia Biggio.
As one of the most celebrated producers and rappers of his generation of hip-hop artists, Black Milk has conditioned fans and critics to expect the unexpected with each release. Few producers have earned the notoriety and respect he has as a musician, and when that is coupled with commanding talent as an emcee, it's no surprise that his solo releases are met with exalted anticipation. His new full-length album, If There's A Hell Below, continues Black's trend of releasing material that maintains his signature sound while pushing it into new territory.
With more than a decade of industry experience and a rich catalog of recordings, Black Milk has transitioned from one of hip-hop's young rising stars to a veteran with a uniquely well-rounded pedigree. After scoring his first production credit for Slum Village as a teenager in 2002, he eventually worked closely with the group and co-produced much of their two following albums. His self-released, full-length project Sound of the City (2005) led to his first record deal, and he began to gain international attention for the soul-sample driven style on his proper solo debut Popular Demand (2007). With five solo rap albums (Popular Demand, Tronic, Album of the Year, No Poison No Paradise and Glitches In The Break), an instrumental album (Synth or Soul), numerous collaboration albums (Caltroit with Bishop Lamont, The Set Up with Fat Ray, Black and Brown with Danny Brown, Random Axe with Sean Price and Guilty Simpson and Burning Stones with Mel), and 2 singles with Jack White behind him, Black Milk remains one of hip-hop's most consistent artists.
While some may point to Drake's digital-only If You're Reading This It's Too Late for this reversal in fortune, digital album sales were actually only down slightly at 1.8 percent on Feb. 8, the last SoundScan week before the rapper's album came out.
In addition to an uptick on the digital side, vinyl sales have continued to climb and are now big enough to have an impact on the overall market. According to the data, vinyl sales are up 52.5 percent this year in the U.S. with 2.77 million units (quite the jump over the 1.82 million scanned in the first quarter of 2014).
Last year's best-selling title, Taylor Swift's 1989, topped the first quarter with 949,000 scans and was also the biggest vinyl album with nearly 19,000 units. Swift is followed by Drake with 793,000 all-digital units, easily making it the quarter's best-selling album in that format. The top digital song was Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars, which scanned 3.7 million units.
Universal Music Group remains the top U.S. distributor with a 39.4 percent market share in albums, plus track equivalent albums.
our chart, indie market share is listed at only 13.1 percent, owing to
the fact that market shares of major-owned indie distributors have been
included within their major label parents. Billboard calculates market
share by label ownership twice per year; in that view, the indie sector
accounts for roughly 35 percent of the market. Source:
In the pilot episode of The Rocks Report, National Geographic follows Sir Michael Rocks as he navigates some of Florida's most populated wildlife reserves. Venturing into a monkey jungle to "hang out with some of the locals," Sir Michael Rocks asserts himself into the monkey hierarchy, getting up close and personal as he displays his expertise in handling. "I would just like to thank Nat Geo for helping create this experience," Rocks expressed with full enthusiasm for a new chapter in his career. "As a long time animal lover and researcher I am honored to have an institution such as National Geographic believe in me and help push this portion of my career forward. This will be a fun ride and I can't wait for the world to watch."
Growing up as the youngest of three in his family outside of Chicago, Sir Michael Rocks developed a lifelong interest in the outdoors. Nature looms as an influence in his music, as Rocks infused the creativity, strength, and beauty he found in settings like the beach, the deep sea, and the woods into his art. Rocks' 2014 album, Banco, saw a quick rise to the #1 spot on iTunes' hip-hop charts, also reaching the top spot on Billboard's HeatSeekers chart. The album evokes Rocks' wealth of creativity, passion, intellect, and style, all elements of his unmistakable persona soon to hit television screens.
FEST RETURNS WITH ALL-STAR LINEUP.
For more than 10 years, Funk Fest has attracted music enthusiasts from across the globe who enjoy partying with a purpose while celebrating the rich cultural heritage of different musical genres. The 2014 tour was attended by more than 120,000 patrons and was named as one of the "Best Fests" by Creative Loafing Magazine.
"Funk Fest enthusiasts should be excited about the 2015 season, because we intend to give them an amazing show that celebrates ten years of great music and a fantastic time," said Variety Entertainment CEO, Leo Bennett. "We are thrilled about our partnership with Pepsi, which will help provide scholarships and awards to local area students to further their education."
This year, Funk Fest will bring together several R&B and Hip Hop groups that have not performed together in years. Blackstreet (ft. Teddy Riley and Dave Hollister), Jodeci (all original members), Floetry and 2 Live Crew (featuring Brother Marquis, Fresh Kid Ice and Uncle Luke) will all reunite on Funk Fest stages during this year's tour.
Funk Fest community partner, Lifting As We Climb and Pepsi have pledged to award up to $50,000 in scholarships to students in tour markets and will also provide 40 students with career immersion experiences in Public Relations, Marketing, Operations and Production during the tour. Additional community investments will occur in Birmingham, Ala. through a partnership with the City of Birmingham's Department of Recreation and in Columbia, S.C. in partnership with Benedict College.
The following dates are for 2015 Funk Fest.
Fla. April 18
tour dates will be announced for Charlotte, N.C., Miami, and Tampa, Fla.
in the fall of 2015.
ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR.
CIARA NATIONAL TOUR DATES
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If my extensive collection of all 53 Now Thats What I Call Music compilations is any indication, I am both qualified and honored to join Ludacris in hosting this amazing show that spotlights the best music and artists of the year, said Teigen.
I had so much fun hosting the Billboard Music Awards last year and I cant wait to be back! said Ludacris, whose Ludaversal album drops this week.
is married to singer-songwriter and actor John Legend. Ludacris hosted
the awards show last year.
"Kanye West has the utmost respect for Cara Lewis, and has had a close working relationship with her for many years," a spokesperson for West tells Billboard. "The decision to change agencies is based on Kanye's continuing desire to diversify and search for new opportunities."
The New York-based Lewis has made a name for herself as the agent of note when it comes to hip-hop artists, having represented such hitmakers as Eminem, 50 Cent and Common, among others. She left William Morris Endeavor in 2012 after a 23-year tenure to join CAA.
The federal judge imposed the sentence on James "Jimmy the Henchman" Rosemond, who was found guilty at a December trial in Manhattan.
Rosemond was convicted for his role in ordering a crew of men to kill an associate of G-Unit. The charges stemmed from the 2009 shooting death of Lowell Fletcher. Prosecutors had said the killing was payback for an assault on Rosemond's son by Fletcher and other G-Unit associates. They said the son was not seriously injured in the assault and Fletcher served prison time for his involvement in it. Upon Fletcher's release from prison, though, he was killed.
Rosemond, who has represented artists such as The Game and Sean Kingston, already was serving a life sentence for smuggling cocaine in music equipment cases between studios in New York and Los Angeles.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Rosemond bragged to an associate after the killing that he would never be caught because Fletcher was merely a "gangbanger" who died in the Bronx.
"This prosecution has proven Rosemond wrong," Bharara said in a news release.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon called Rosemond's conduct "heinous," ''vile" and "disgusting."
Evidence at trial revealed Rosemond to be head of Czar Entertainment, a rap music management company, and also the boss of a large-scale cocaine trafficking organization, prosecutors said.
Rosemond's lawyer had argued the witnesses against him were unreliable.
INK, SKYLAR GREY & TRAVIS BARKER ON DECK FOR WRESTLEMANIA 31.
A medley of the WrestleMania 31 theme songs, Rise by David Guetta featuring Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Skylar Grey and Money and the Power by multi-platinum rapper, Kid Ink, will be performed by Skylar Grey and Kid Ink, both joined by legendary drummer, Travis Barker.
Skylar Grey has co-written countless hits for power-house artists including Eminem, Dr. Dre and Diddy. Most recently, she can be found on the best-selling 50 Shades of Grey soundtrack with I Know You and on the just-released Furious 7 soundtrack with I Will Return.
Kid Ink is a rising star in his own right. His most recent album, Full Speed, debuted in the top 10 and features collaborations with Usher and Chris Brown. Like Skylar, he is also featured on the Furious 7 soundtrack with his song Ride Out.
Musician and producer, Travis Barker, is most noted as the drummer for the rock band Blink-182. Known as the go-to drummer he has performed with artists of all genres, collaborating with Eminem, Yelawolf, Lil Wayne, Rihanna as well as pop stars Pink and Demi Lovato. Currently he is producing the new duo Prayers, and working on a book, Can I Say that will come out this spring.
This year, more than 70,000 fans from all 50 states and more than 40 countries will descend upon the San Francisco Bay Area for a week-long lineup of festivities in celebration of WrestleMania 31.
BROWN COURT DRAMA WITH RIHANNA IS OFFICIALLY OVER.
Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin ended Brown's felony probation on Friday, more than six years after the R&B singer brutally attacked his then-girlfriend hours before the Grammy Awards.
The attack erased Brown's squeaky clean image, which he has failed to regain in the ensuing years after incidents such as throwing a chair through a window after a contentious "Good Morning America" interview and a parking lot brawl with singer Frank Ocean. Brown's career has partially rebounded, with the singer performing at the 2012 Grammy Awards and winning a trophy for best R&B album.
Brandlin's decision marks the first time since mid-2009 that Brown will not be under the supervision of court or probation officials. The singer initially avoided problems with the case, but since 2013 has struggled to complete his community service obligations and had his probation revoked in January after he performed a show in Northern California without permission.
Brown and his attorney Mark Geragos hugged in the courtroom and again in a courthouse elevator. After the hearing, he tweeted, "IM OFF PROBATION!!!!!!!! Thank the Lord!!!!!!"
The case forced Brown, 25, to confront some deep personal issues: he says he witnessed domestic violence as a child and while in rehab, he was diagnosed as bipolar, a condition exacerbated by his frequent marijuana use.
The singer has alternated between appearing contrite and polite in court to defiant and angry on social media and in public appearances. Although he maintains a sizable and supportive fan base, known as team breezy, the case has stunted his career.
In February, Canadian immigration officials refused to allow him into the country, forcing him to cancel two shows, and British officials blocked his entry in 2010 forcing the cancellation of four performances.
The singer lost several months of his touring schedule last year dealing with repercussion from a fight in Washington, D.C., and issues he encountered in rehab.
"I couldn't be more delighted," Geragos said after the hearing.
"He is in a spot right now and a place right now that I couldn't be prouder of him," Geragos said of Brown. He said Friday's hearing was "a monumental feat for him."
Problems began in 2013 after prosecutors questioned whether he had complied with the terms of his community labor sentence and Brandlin briefly revoked his probation in a hit-and-run case filed against the singer over a fender bender.
Later that year, Brown struck a man outside a Washington hotel and was charged with misdemeanor assault. Brown was ordered into rehab but was dismissed from the facility for violating its rules and spent two-and-a-half months in custody, with U.S. marshals shuttling him between Los Angeles and the nation's capital for court hearings.
In another incident while in treatment, Brown threw a brick at his mother's car following a counseling session. The incidents occurred after Brown had completed court-ordered anger management sessions.
Brown missed the January deadline to complete his community labor sentence, which required him to perform manual labor such as roadside cleanup or graffiti removal.
Brown was 19 years old when he attacked Rihanna in a rented sports car after leaving a pre-Grammy Awards party. Brown fled the scene but turned himself in to police hours later and was subsequently charged with felony assault.
Celebrity website TMZ posted a photo of Rihanna's battered face, showing extensive injuries that a detective described in detail in a search warrant affidavit seeking phone records from both singers. Brown repeatedly punched Rihanna, bit her ear and choked her to the point that she nearly lost consciousness, according to the affidavit.
Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault in June 2009 and was ordered to stay away from Rihanna, although the order was later lifted and the pair rekindled their romance. They've since broken up.
The singers have collaborated on at least three songs together since the 2009 altercation, including the aptly titled "Nobody's Business" from Rihanna's last album, 2012's Grammy-winning "Unapologetic."
part of his sentence, Brown was required to undergo domestic violence
counseling. Brandlin also ordered Brown into rehab, which resulted in
the singer being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress
disorder and complications from substance abuse.
Snoop announced Friday when he was giving the keynote address at South by Southwest that he's working with Allen Hughes on the show about 1980s Los Angeles. Hughes' credits include "Dead Presidents," ''Menace II Society" and "The Book of Eli."
"HBO is the number one network in the world as far as developing and having these types of shows come to life," he said. "This is a dream come true to be able to tell a story that's going to be told the right way on the right network."
In a wide-ranging interview Friday with his manager Ted Chung in Austin, Texas, 43-year-old Snoop discussed topics from getting high with Willie Nelson to meeting Dr. Dre.
Here's a breakdown:
BEING BAKED AND EATING FRIED CHICKEN
The chicken was fried, but Snoop and Willie Nelson were baked.
Snoop and Nelson collaborated on the song "My Medicine" and he said "it was love at first sight."
"We went in the green room, had a conversation and from there the conversation sparked up the idea of yeah sparked up the idea of me and Willie wanting to collaborate," he said as the audience at the Austin Convention Center burst into laughter.
Snoop went to Amsterdam, where Nelson was on tour, and worked on the track. After smoking so much marijuana, they decided to get food.
"They give us the bucket of chicken, we open it up, boom, and me and Willie stuck our hands in at the same time and we grabbed the same piece of chicken," he said, as the audience laughed again. "And I look at Willie, I was like, 'That's you dog, my bad.'
"That was one of the greatest moments in my life."
WHO NEEDS A GRAMMY?
Though Snoop has had platinum-plus albums and hit songs, he's never won a Grammy.
But he says he's not worried about winning awards, thanks to his youth football league. He said he's proud he has been able to send young men to Division I schools to play sports and gain an education.
"That's better than a Grammy right there," he said.
He also said his proudest moment was seeing his son, who earned a football scholarship to UCLA, go to college.
"He's first person in my family to actually go to college, so how do you think I feel?" he asked.
Snoop admits he hung up on Dr. Dre when the rapper-producer reached out to him.
Snoop said Dre heard some of his music at a party and then called the young rapper to collaborate.
"Dr. Dre was like, 'Who was that rapping?" he recalled. "From that day he called me and I didn't believe it, I was like, 'Man, quit playing.' I hung up on him."
Dre called Snoop back and they went on to produce rap classics, from "Gin and Juice" to "What's My Name?"
"It was like magic," Snoop said. "We built a bond. It was a brotherhood."
Snoop said when he burst on the music scene, he had many enemies.
"They went to Congress, Dionne Warwick and a bunch of people had my record on display talking about, 'He's the worst thing in the world,' and they were really out to get me," he recalled.
"And I had to get past that because you have to understand, a lot of these people I looked up to as kids and they were hating on me and didn't know me."
Snoop said he didn't let the backlash derail him and his mission as an artist.
rubbed me the wrong way and I was young and ambitious and gangster ...
but as a man now, I don't do that. I look at what they did, how they rubbed
me the wrong way and I try not to rub my young homies the wrong way. I
try to be for them and about them, and understand them and talk to them
and communicate with them."
Knight's attorney Matthew Fletcher said his client, who is diabetic and has a blood clot, told him that he hadn't received any medication since Thursday.
Fletcher said Knight hit his head on a chair when he fell after the bail hearing.
Bailiffs cleared the courtroom after Knight's medical episode and paramedics were seen going into the courtroom a few minutes later.
Fletcher said Knight was unconscious when the lawyer left the courtroom and an update on his condition was not immediately available.
Knight fell while deputies were bringing him back into the courtroom after Fletcher asked a judge to reconvene a hearing and issue an order that Knight be given his medication.
The attorney said Knight is being kept in solitary confinement without proper access to medication.
"He's being treated worse than Charles Manson," Fletcher said.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen set bail for Knight, who is accused of running down and killing a man with his truck.
Coen ordered the amount after Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes noted that Knight was on bail in a robbery case when he struck two men in a parking lot in Compton.
Knight's attorney Matthew Fletcher argued that Knight's bail should be set at $2 million.
The 49-year-old co-founder of Death Row Records has pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run charges.
FINALE DRAWS IN BIG #S
That's how many people watched the second of two one-hour episodes on Wednesday night. The first hour was seen by 15.8 million people, the Nielsen company said.
When "Empire" debuted in January, its first-night audience was a healthy but not remarkable 9.9 million. It proceeded to gain viewers for every single succeeding episode through the 12th and final one Wednesday night, a feat Nielsen said is unmatched in two dozen years of estimating viewership through electronic people meters.
On the final episode, music family patriarch Lucious Lyon, played by actor Terrence Howard, learns that he doesn't actually have ALS as he had thought. He also anoints middle son Jamal as the heir to the family business, angering his other sons Andre and Hakeem in the process.
Not since "Grey's Anatomy" in 2005 has a television drama reached so many people for the last episode of its premiere season, Nielsen said.
The viewership estimate doesn't take into account the number of people who will see the show via Internet streams, video on demand and on DVR in the coming days and weeks. Based on viewership gains seen by past "Empire" episodes, Fox estimates that in a month's time more than 27 million people will have watched Wednesday's last episode.
Facebook said some 4.2 million people accounted for 15.8 million posts, shares and comments on the finale.
The "Empire" success puts the rookie show among CBS' "NCIS" and AMC's "The Walking Dead" in drama popularity this season. It's a boon for Fox, which has seen former juggernaut "American Idol" continue to recede in popularity and few other shows connecting with viewers. It's heartening for television programmers in general to see a program become a hit at a time most new programs fail.
"Empire" will be back for a second season, although Fox hasn't said whether it will be in the fall or winter.
SIMMONS ON DECK WITH MUSICAL.
"Hip hop's explosion was fueled by a generation with an incredible hunger to discover new ways of expression," said Simmons. "These artists were always breaking the mold with new rhythms and new ideas, while at the same time telling so many important and timeless stories that over the decades have continued to remain just as relevant. This is why the music continues to strike a chord with fans worldwide. It felt like such a natural fit to weave the best of these sounds and stories into an energetic and thrilling musical that would transport audiences through one of the most innovative artistic movements of our time."
"Part of what made the Rock of Ages experience so incredible for theatregoers was the joy of hearing the most beloved songs of an era serve as the storyteller," said Scott Prisand. "Russell is the catalyst of all this extraordinary music that has already touched generations to the core around the world; we're taking those beats everyone knows and loves, and setting them into a fun original story."
Added Jake Stein, who is shepherding the project on behalf of Def Pictures and will also produce with Simmons, "These classic songs, stories and rhythms will find a new audience on the theater stage. We believe this show will be an entirely new entry point for appreciating hip hop as a transformative art that has shaped culture, fashion, music and entertainment of all forms, and we hope it will help open the door for other live theatrical experiences."
Entrepreneur, author, activist and philanthropist Russell Simmons has launched scores of groundbreaking careers and innovative enterprises in arenas as varied as music, film, television, fashion, comedy, poetry, digital platforms, theater and finance. His lifelong mission has been giving a voice to extraordinary talent and empowering underserved communities as they in turn shape the mainstream of culture.
After having produced or managed artists such as Kurtis Blow, Run DMC, Houdini and Jimmy Spicer, Simmons joined forces with producer Rick Rubin to found Def Jam Recordings. Under Simmons' leadership as Chairman, Def Jam signed acts including the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Jay Z and Kanye West. Simmons' long-running HBO series "Def Comedy Jam" helped make household names of comics including Jamie Foxx, Chris Tucker, Martin Lawrence, Bernie Mac, Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart and JB Smoove. "Def Poetry Jam," also on HBO, won a Peabody Award and a Broadway version netted Simmons a Tony® Award. Simmons' numerous big-screen hits include The Nutty Professor, which grossed more than $273 million.
Simmons has written three New York Times best-selling books, including Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple, which was published by Morrow in 2014. He has also launched a multitude of diverse business ventures including pop-culture website Global Grind, UniRush Financial Services, Simmons Jewelry, shoemaker Run Athletics and clothing subsidiaries Phat Farm, Argyleculture and American Classics. Most recently, he unveiled All Def Digital, a premium, multi-platform digital media company and entertainment hub, curating, developing and connecting a new generation of content creators to global fans. He also co-founded the digital marketing firm Narrative.
ON DECK FOR LOVE STORY TOUR.
The tour will run in support of Yelawolf's second full length major label album release, Love Story, available April 21 on Slumerican/Shady Records/Interscope, which Yelawolf describes as "more passionate" than his past projects. A number of tracks have already been released from the album including "Till It's Gone," which premiered on the season premiere for the final season of Sons Of Anarchy to rave response with the video already reaching over 8.5 million views. Yelawolf followed the success of "Till Its Gone" with the single "Whiskey In A Bottle." Love Story was recorded mostly in Nashville with executive producer Eminem and various other producers including Malay, WLPWR and DJ Paul.
"I'm telling the truth about a lot of things," Yelawolf's said in describing the new album, which follows the release of his mixtape Trunk Muzik Returns in March, 2013. "I try to be as honest as I can with everything I do."
is the complete list of tour dates:
MINAJ ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN DATES FOR PINKPRINT TOUR.
Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, March 18 at Noon local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program.
MINAJ - THE PINKPRINT TOUR - NORTH AMERICAN DATES
SWEARTSHIRT ANNOUNCES NEW LP.
Sweatshirt SXSW performance schedule:
"ME AGAINST THE WORLD" CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY.
March 14th, 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of Tupac Shakur's critically acclaimed, GRAMMY® nominated, double-platinum release Me Against The World. Originally released in 1995, this landmark album debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard's R&B Albums charts and was Shakur's first album to go to No. 1 on both charts where it stayed for four weeks straight.
Me Against The World features the GRAMMY® nominated single "Dear Mama," a song paying tribute to his mom, Afeni Shakur, that reached No. 1 on the Hot Rap Singles and Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales charts concurrently, and "So Many Tears," which hit No. 6 on the Hot Rap Singles chart and Top 50 on The Billboard Hot 100. Other classics include the single "Temptations," which hit No. 13 on the Hot Rap Singles chart, "Lord Knows," "Death Around the Corner" and "Outlaw."
Shakur leaves a legacy of honesty and passion. With sales of over 75 million
albums worldwide, his unapologetic lyrics are as relevant today as they
were 20 years ago. Tupac's music has earned attention and respect through
a poetic style that allowed his message of hope to come through as he
diagnosed issues our society struggles with to this day. Considered by
many to be one of the biggest influences on modern hip-hop, Tupac's thought
provoking lyrics continue to be a catalyst for change.
Throughout the spring challenge, more than 112,000 CPS students will have access to free educational tools, resources and games or "quests" to engage with even when the school day ends. The quests include information about topics ranging from how to succeed in school and plan for your education to how to apply for college and financial aid resources. This content is delivered through an online technology platform on getschooledgetconnected.com, and it features a series of pop culture references and localized information that maintains students' interest.
"Data from the Get Schooled, Get Connected Fall Challenge shows the content not only holds students' interest, but the platform also engages and educates them about college opportunities," Alcott College Prep assistant principal Grace Moody said. "The challenge is a great tool for CPS students who want to go to college and for educators who want to help them advance."
Students may become eligible for prizes depending on the number of quests they complete and points they earn. Individual prizes include special celebrity VIP meet-and-greets, $1,000 Get Schooled scholarships, concert and sports tickets, laptops, athletic wear and gaming systems. The schools with the most student points will receive support from Internet Essentials and the CPS-affiliated Children's First Fund to enhance their classrooms and school technology.
In January, Internet Essentials provided $100,000 in support for school foundations and community-based organizations, whose participants earned the most points during the inaugural three-month challenge. Over the past 18 months, Internet Essentials has provided more than $200,000 in support throughout the Chicago region.
"Having home Internet access can transform a young person's life, because it opens an entire world to special programs like the Get Schooled, Get Connected Challenge," said Chance the Rapper, a graduate of Jones College Prep and recipient of Chicago's 2014 Outstanding Youth of the Year award for his community service work. "One student and one family at a time, this program will help close the digital divide by engaging and educating students throughout Chicago."
Chance the Rapper was just one of the celebrities who helped motivate and celebrate student success during the hip fall challenge. Actress and singer-songwriter Christina Milian, singer-songwriter B.o.B, MTV's Sway Calloway, White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams, Chicago Bears safety Ryan Mundy and offensive lineman Jordan Mills, Chicago Fire forward Harry Shipp, former Chicago Bears offensive lineman James "Big Cat" Williams and former Chicago Bulls forward Sidney Green also personally engaged with thousands of students during the fall initiative.
"Students need Internet access to succeed in school, and families need it to succeed economically," said Ludacris, who has gone on to become a movie and rap sensation after attending Oak Park-River Forest High School. "I went to high school in this area, so I know first-hand how important it is for students and families to have Internet access at home."
Internet Essentials is a major resource for students participating in the spring challenge. Eligible students and their families may receive affordable Internet service at home for $9.95 per month plus tax, along with an Internet-ready computer for $150 and access to free digital literacy training.
Since launching in August 2011, Internet Essentials has engaged and helped more Chicago families connect to the power of the Internet than any other city in the country. For the fourth year in a row, the Chicago metro area leads the way with more than 50,000 families benefitting, more than 200,000 low-income Chicagoans.
That is nearly 25 percent of the eligible population in Chicago that has signed up.
Overall in Illinois, 60,000 families or 240,000 individuals benefit from Internet Essentials. Nationally, Internet Essentials has connected more than 450,000 low-income families or more than 1.8 million people in just three and a half years. To put that in perspective, 1.8 million equals two-thirds of the population of the entire city of Chicago.
"It is vital for CPS students and families to stay connected beyond school hours to ensure they remain life-long learners," said Dr. Shawn Jackson, CPS Deputy Chief of Teaching and Learning.
In conjunction with Internet Essentials and the Chicago City of Learning, CPS also has launched CPS Connects, which provides students free virtual learning opportunities as well as live activities across Chicago at locations like the Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium and Lincoln Park Zoo. CPS Connects provides students with connected learning environments by linking learning in school, home and community.
NAMED KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR SXSW
The organization announced Tuesday that the conversation with the 43-year-old music veteran will take place March 20 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. The fest runs from March 13 through March 22.
Last year's keynote speaker was Lady Gaga.
Dogg is planning the release of a new album called "Bush" this
spring. It will be produced by Pharrell.
FINDS PHARRELL, THICKE COPIED BLURRED LINES SONG.
Marvin Gaye's daughter Nona Gaye wept as the verdict was being read and was hugged by her attorney, Richard Busch.
"Right now, I feel free," Nona Gaye said after the verdict. "Free from ... Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke's chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told."
The verdict could tarnish the legacy of Williams, a reliable hit-maker who has won Grammy Awards and appears on NBC's music competition show "The Voice."
An attorney for Thicke and Williams has said a decision in favor of Gaye's heirs could have a chilling effect on musicians who try to emulate an era or another artist's sound.
The Gayes' lawyer branded Williams and Thicke liars who went beyond trying to emulate the sound of Gaye's late-1970s music and copied the R&B legend's hit "Got to Give It Up" outright.
"They fought this fight despite every odd being against them," Busch said of the Gaye family outside court.
Thicke told jurors he didn't write "Blurred Lines," which Williams testified he crafted in about an hour in mid-2012.
Williams told jurors that Gaye's music was part of the soundtrack of his youth. But the seven-time Grammy winner said he didn't use any of it to create "Blurred Lines."
Gaye's children Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III sued the singers in 2013 and were present when the verdict was read.
The verdict may face years of appeals.
"Blurred Lines" has sold more than 7.3 million copies in the U.S. alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures. It earned a Grammy Awards nomination and netted Williams and Thicke millions of dollars.
The case was a struggle between two of music's biggest names: Williams has sold more than 100 million records worldwide during his career as a singer-producer, and Gaye performed hits such as "Sexual Healing" and "How Sweet It Is (To be Loved by You)" remain popular.
During closing arguments, Busch accused Thicke and Williams of lying about how the song was created. He told jurors they could award Gaye's children millions of dollars if they determined the copyright to "Got to Give It Up" was infringed.
Howard King, lead attorney for Williams and Thicke, told the panel that a verdict in favor of the Gaye family would have a chilling effect on musicians who were trying to recreate a genre or homage to another artist's sound.
King denied there were any substantial similarities between "Blurred Lines" and the sheet music Gaye submitted to obtain copyright protection.
Williams has become a household name known simply as Pharrell thanks to his hit song "Happy" and his work as a judge on the "The Voice." He wrote the majority of "Blurred Lines" and recorded it in one night with Thicke. A segment by rapper T.I. was added later.
Williams, 41, also signed a document stating he didn't use any other artists' work in the music and would be responsible if a successful copyright claim was raised.
Thicke testified he wasn't present when the song was written, despite receiving credit.
The trial focused on detailed analyses of chords and notes in both "Blurred Lines" and "Got to Give It Up."
Jurors repeatedly heard the upbeat song "Blurred Lines" and saw snippets of its music video, but Gaye's music was represented during the trial in a less polished form. Jurors did not hear "Got to Give It Up" as Gaye recorded it, but rather a version created based solely on sheet music submitted to gain copyright protection.
That version lacked many of the elements including Gaye's voice that helped make the song a hit in 1977. Busch derisively called the version used in court a "Frankenstein-like monster" that didn't accurately represent Gaye's work.
An expert for the Gaye family said there were eight distinct elements from "Got to Give It Up" that were used in "Blurred Lines," but an expert for Williams and Thicke denied those similarities existed.
Gaye died in April 1984, leaving his children the copyrights to his music.
INKS DEAL WITH PENALTY ENTERTAINMENT.
Along with the release of her sixth studio album in 2015, the platinum recording female emcee is in the developmental stages of starring in her very own docudrama series with a popular production umbrella slated for release.
When asked about the new venture, Trina was quoted saying, This is the beginning of a new direction and stage within my career, and now my own imprintRockstarr Music Group. I have collaborated with so many different talents during my career thus far, and I am beyond excited to share this phase with the world as I continue to evolve.
Neil Levine expressed I am honored to welcome Trina and The Executive Club Worldwide to the growing Penalty family. The Trina brand is one of the most prevalent brands within the Hip Hop industry, and Penalty is pleased to continue the trajectory of such an A-list artist.
FOXX ON DECK TO HOST iHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS THIS SUNDAY.
The three hour telecast will truly reflect Americas favorite music and will showcase the years most popular artists and songs determined by the iHeartRadio Chart and fan voting through iHeartRadio stations nationwide. The evening will include performances by Rihanna, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Madonna, Jason Aldean, Jamie Foxx, Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Snoop Dogg, Nate Ruess, Alesso and Florida Georgia Line along with appearances from Taylor Swift and more. This years iHeartRadio Music Awards will also feature unexpected collaborations from some of the top names in music.
This is the night we celebrate the biggest songs and artists we played for fans on our iHeartRadio stations across America and on the iHeartRadio app over the past year, along with a look at what's coming in 2015, said John Sykes, President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia, Inc. And who better to host than both a Grammy winning musician and Oscar winning performer Jamie Foxx? This is going to be an amazing star packed Sunday night of music on NBC."
Im so excited that Jamie Foxx is taking the reins at this years iHeart awards. He is the perfect choice to lead this extraordinary night of music and celebrity artists!" said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment.
"2014 was such an incredible year for so many artists across different genres, so it's great to see them get the recognition they deserve," said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms for iHeartMedia. "Whether they're new to the scene or industry veterans, each artist's journey is exciting to follow, from their first radio spin to their first iHeartRadio Music Award nomination."
"The iHeartRadio Music Awards is the night in music where the industrys top artists get to shine, in a relaxed and fun atmosphere, and celebrate their own achievements as well as those of their peers, said Ian Stewart, President of Done + Dusted Inc.
finalists for the iHeartRadio Music Awards were announced on February
4, with 2014 iHeartRadio Innovator Award winner Pharrell Williams making
a special appearance on NBCs TODAY show to reveal this years
Artist of the Year nominees. Social voting through iHeartRadio stations
nationwide for the Best Lyrics, Best Fan Army and Renegade categories
will run through Friday, March 20.
Artist of the Year:
About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor
Bang" - Jessie J + Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj
- Lady Antebellum
Tell 'Em" - Jeremih featuring YG
- Martin Garrix
With Me Now" - KONGOS
of Me" - John Legend
- 5 Seconds of Summer
Williams said he grew up listening to Gaye's music and was familiar with his song "Got to Give It Up," but did not use it as a basis for "Blurred Lines," which was a hit for him and collaborators Robin Thicke and T.I.
"He's one of the ones we look up to," Williams said. "This is the last place I want to be."
Williams, Thicke and T.I. are being sued by Gaye's children who claim "Blurred Lines" infringes their father's copyrights for 1977's "Got to Give It Up," but Williams' testimony is crucial because he wrote the song's music and most of its lyrics. Although Thicke received a songwriting credit on the song, he acknowledged earlier in the trial that he didn't do much work on the song.
T.I.'s rap track was added later, and Williams said he wasn't involved in its inclusion in "Blurred Lines," which was nominated for a Grammy Award. T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, is expected to be among the case's final witnesses on Thursday.
Williams spent more than an hour describing his musical process and he how he crafted "Blurred Lines" in mid-2012 in between working on tracks with Miley Cyrus and rapper Earl Sweatshirt. Thicke arrived after the music and lyrics had been written, Williams recalled. He quickly brought the singer up to speed and they began recording what would become 2013's biggest hit song.
"We were bopping and dancing," Williams recalled. "It was a cool night."
His answers were sometimes too lengthy for U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt, who cut off Williams several times mid-sentence and didn't allow him to elaborate on some of his answers.
"Blurred Lines" has earned more than $16 million in profits and more than $5 million apiece for Thicke and Williams, according to testimony offered earlier in the trial.
Williams said after the song was released, he saw similarities between "Blurred Lines" and Gaye's work but said that wasn't a conscious part of his creative process.
Richard S. Busch, who represents the Gaye family, asked Williams whether he felt "Blurred Lines" captured the feel of the era in which Gaye recorded.
"Feel," Williams responded. "Not infringed."
The case opened last week and featured testimony from Thicke, who told jurors that he took a songwriting credit on "Blurred Lines" despite Pharrell doing most of the work.
Thicke brought a bit of showmanship to a trial that has focused on minute details of chords and sheet music. He performed elements of "Blurred Lines" and hits by U2 and The Beatles to show how different songs can include similar-sounding musical elements.
Williams did not perform any music during his more than hour of testimony, and complained that audio comparisons of "Blurred Lines" and "Got to Give It Up" had been created in a way that made them sound similar.
Despite the lack of vocals on the tracks, Thicke bobbed his head while his hit was played.
trial has included detailed analysis of snippets of chords and notes from
both songs, all created in the same key. Jurors have heard "Blurred
Lines" and lawyers for Gaye's family wanted the panel to hear "Got
to Give It Up," but Kronstadt has limited how the song can be presented
in court. Rulings state Gaye's song can only be played as it appears in
a sheet music submitted to get the song copyright protection.
Set in a famed, drained-out Art Deco swimming pool, the U.S. rapper had crowds including model Natalia Vodianova , in glee when he made a surprise cameo at the fall collection of the Etam lingerie house.
43-year-old performed hits such as "Drop It Like It's Hot,"
against a projection of the Union Jack as gorgeous models showcased an
eclectic array of underwear and red, blue and white bikinis adorned with
chainmail, bubbles, feather headdress and even an inflatable dolphin.
Chris Brown & Tyga's new collaboration Fan Of A Fan debuts at #7. Sam Smith lands at #8 with In The Lonely Hour.
ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT.
Commented Matthews, "ASCAP is embarking upon a new era of technology and transformation in order to continue to provide first in class services at the lowest possible cost to all of our members and licensing partners.
Brians extensive experience in the music sector and his impressive accomplishments in leading innovative infrastructure changes to support new strategic initiatives make him the perfect candidate to run ASCAPs operations today. Brian also shares my passion for music and the need to protect the value of the creative works of our members. We look forward to having his expertise as part of ASCAPs new executive management team."
Roberts, "ASCAP is an innovative organization focused on strategic
data initiatives that will make a difference to the lives of music creators
and licensees worldwide. I am excited to join Beth and her team at ASCAP.
I believe that ASCAP is at the center of driving core change in the music
industry which will benefit songwriters, composers, music publishers,
licensees and music fans alike."
Students kept the public updated about their special guest on a standalone publication called "Versa" and tweeted about the goings on using hash tags such as #YesWeKanye. The Tab, the country's cross-uni student newspaper, also did a live blog on Twitter.
Kanye got going at 3 p.m. and talked for about half an hour. Versa noted initial doubts that the whole project could have been a "monumental troll," but just before the hour mark confirmed that he was in the building.
We all know about Kanye's antics, odd thoughts, and love of Steve Jobs and his university "lecture" didn't disappoint. It follows a very different setting to his Nando's exploits last month, and his most recent moment of absurdity at the Grammys, of course.
Some of the things he said during his speech at Oxford University, documented by Versa in full, have to be among the most memorable.
here are some more from Versa:
"You're looking for this moment where you sit in your BMW and you
look at all of the work that you've done and how big your house is, and
somehow you think you're gonna get that level of joy that my daughter
had when she was seeing those wolves."
Ice-T described losing both of his parents at an early age and finding a substitute family as an affiliate of the Rollin' 60's Crip Gang in Los Angeles, California. He enlisted as a U.S. Army Ranger and served four years, he said, but when a sergeant told him he wouldn't make it in real life, Ice-T decided to "stop being a chess piece on a board." Eventually he transformed what he called crime rhymes into a rap career as the self-proclaimed original gangster, and paid his dues in a handful of low-budget films before winning better roles.
Offering encouragement to the largely student audience, Ice-T said, "You are starting from a better place than I did. You're right where you should be." He advised students to choose their own path, stay focused and be willing to work hard. After Ice-T's talk, BHCC English major and veteran Robert Harrigan rapped a rhyme he wrote about suicide and PTSD that won sustained applause from Ice-T and the audience.
Born Tracy Marrow in Newark, New Jersey, Ice-T launched his rap music career in 1984 in the film Breakin' and went on to record a string of groundbreaking rap records. He subsequently formed the thrash metal band Body Count. His acting career includes roles in the films New Jack City, Ricochet, Trespass, Johnny Mnemonic, Surviving the Game, Tank Girl, and on NBC-TV's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, where he plays Detective Fin Tutuola. At 17 years his is the longest running stint for a television cop. He serves as a mentor for at-risk youth.
For more than a decade, Compelling Conversations has brought high-profile speakers to Bunker Hill Community College to discuss their professional experience and provide inspiration for studentsfrom actor Giancarlo Esposito to boxer Laila Ali, filmmaker Ken Burns, author and political commentator Bob Woodward and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson.
START-UP HIRES SONY EXECUTIVE.
The company on Thursday announced that Phil Molyneux, who most recently was president and chief operating officer of Sony Electronics in the United States, will take on the same role at i.am+, a 60-person start-up based in Los Angeles. Mr. Molyneux will report to Will.i.am, the companys co-founder and chief executive.
The company has released one product, a $399 wristband device called Puls, for which it has done a limited rollout. Unlike most of the smart bracelets on the market, which are primarily fitness trackers, Puls has a built-in cellphone and does not require a conventional handset to make calls and access the Internet.
In an interview, Mr. Molyneux said the company envisioned a family of wearable products merging fashion and technology, all based on a common operating system that it developed, AneedA, which uses Googles Android software. Unlike the smartphone business, the wearables market is young and full of smaller companies like Fitbit that are garnering meaningful sales.
They dynamics of the business could change soon with the arrival of the Apple Watch. Apple is expected to share further details about the product at an event on March 9. Mr. Molyneux predicted that Apples product and marketing would be like the rising tide that lifts others boats.
Its significant, of course, he said. The launch of the Apple Watch will bring a whole new consumer focus to the wearables area and tethered devices.
Mr. Molyneux, who worked for Sony for 28 years in a variety of roles, said there was no comparison between the agility of his new and old employers. Their ability too innovate and pivot in microseconds is something bigger companies cant do, he said. Source: NY Times
ICE CUBE, KENDRICK LAMAR, KEVIN HART & MORE ON DECK.
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With more than a decade of industry experience and a rich catalog of recordings, Black Milk has transitioned from one of hip-hop's young rising stars to a veteran with a uniquely well-rounded pedigree. His most recent works include collaborations with Bun B, Danny Brown, Black Thought, Robert Glasper, Adrian Younge, Pete Rock, BadBadNotGood, and Blu. He released his fifth and latest solo album, If There's A Hell Below in October 2014 via his own record label Computer Ugly. "I'm never one to say which album of mine is the best, that's for the fans to decide," says Black Milk, "but at this point I feel like I'm making the best music of my career on a creative level and on a technical level. I think you'll hear that in this new album." Black will perform songs from If There's a Hell Below and previous albums.
one of the most celebrated producers and rappers of his generation of
hip-hop artists, Black Milk has conditioned fans and critics to expect
the unexpected with each release. Few producers have earned the notoriety
and respect he has as a musician, and when that is coupled with commanding
talent as an emcee, it's no surprise that his solo releases are met with
exalted anticipation. His new full-length album, If There's A Hell Below,
continues Black's trend of releasing material that maintains his signature
sound while pushing it into new territory.
According to the complaint, "Big Pimpin'" has been mentioned regularly in Jay Z concert previews and a "substantial percentage of people who purchased tickets to Jay Z's shows hoped he would perform Big Pimpin', expected he would perform Big Pimpin', and would have been disappointed if he had not performed Big Pimpin'. On information and belief, Live Nation has profited substantially from Jay Z's performance of Big Pimpin', including, but not limited to, profits from ticket sales, merchandise, parking, concessions, and other revenue streams."
The latest legal action attempts to lay direct and contributory copyright liability on the concert promotion giant. "Live Nation knew that Big Pimpin' infringed upon the Khosara, Khosara copyright, but it nevertheless continued to sponsor, promote, and facilitate Jay-Z's performances of the infringing work," states the lawsuit.
The epic litigation over "Big Pimpin'," which originally came out in 2000, has refused to settle and has explored some interesting legal issues.
In the early days of the prior, still-ongoing lawsuit, a California federal judge was forced to examine the "moral rights" of authors under Egyptian law upon Fahmy's allegation that Jay Z had mutilated "Khosara, Khosara" through sampling. More recently, there's been the issue of laches or an unreasonable delay in pursuing a right or claim and thanks to a Supreme Court opinion involving Raging Bull, the judge in the case reconsidered an opinion that barred Fahmy from pursuing damages during certain years.
Then there's the issue of how "Big Pimpin" producers executed in 2001 a settlement with EMI, which once asserted rights to "Khosara, Khosara" based on an agreement with the Egyptian outfit Sout El Phan. The agreement expired in 2006, and Fahmy argues it's void because the real owners of "Khosara, Khosara" never consented to it. Earlier this month, Fahmy brought a summary judgment motion arguing that Jay Z was not conveyed a valid license to make the sample. A hearing is scheduled on the matter in late March.
newest lawsuit against Live Nation, filed by attorneys at Browne George
Ross, seeks actual damages and profits as well as an injunction restraining
Live Nation from promoting, producing or facilitating any live performance
of "Big Pimpin'." Source: Hollywood Reporter
Empire nearly doubled the demo haul of lead-in American Idol, steady with a 2.7 rating with adults 18-49 and something of a footnote in Fox's easy win for the night. As far as competition goes, The Mentalist went out on CBS up just a hair to a 1.4 rating with adults 18-49. It was partnered an extra hour of the show (1.3 adults) at 8 p.m. and a steady Stalker (1.3 adults) at 10 p.m.
On ABC, The Middle and The Goldbergs were each steady with a 2.2 rating in the key demo. Modern Family (3.0 adults) fell two-tenths of a point before steady episodes of Black-ish (2.2 adults) and Nashville (1.3 adults). The Mysteries of Laura (1.1 adults) held last week's score before Law & Order: SVU (1.6 adults) and Chicago PD (1.7 adults) jumped a respective two- and three-tenths of a point. Source: Hollywood Reporter
2015 ESSENCE FESTIVAL'S 1ST ROUND LINEUP REVEALED.
"On the heels of the ESSENCE Festival's epic 20th anniversary celebration in 2014, we're delighted to announce a selection of the best artists and biggest names in entertainment who will take the stage at the Superdome this summer,' said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. "From first-time Festival performer Kendrick Lamar to return appearances from fan favorites like Kevin Hart, Common and Mary J. Blige, the ESSENCE Festival offers the definitive entertainment and cultural experience for our passionate ESSENCE community every Fourth of July weekend."
Artists confirmed to perform at the 2015 ESSENCE Festival nighttime concerts at the Superdome include:
Lamar, Mary J Blige, India.Arie, Trombone Shorty, Floetry, Common, Erykah
Badu, Kool Moe Dee, Doug E. Fresh, Mystikal, Slick Rick, Ivan Neville's
Dumpstaphunk, Nico & Vinz, Lianne La Havas, Elle Varner, Esperanza
Spalding, SZA, Dee-1, Tonya Bond Cannon, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Kelly
Price, Raheem DeVaughn, Mali Music, Eric Roberson, Teedra Moses, Avery*Sunshine,
Kindred The Family Soul, Goapele, Robert Glasper, Tweet, Jeff Bradshaw,
Bilal, Tank & The Bangas and more to be announced soon. Plus Kevin
Hart to headline Essence 'Now Playing' Concert, Thursday, July 2.
Wondaland Records is launching with the release of its dynamic first single, "Classic Man" by Jidenna featuring Roman GianArthur. "Classic Man," will serve as the lead track on the Wondaland Records compilation arriving in May. The compilation will also contain the new single "Yoga" by Janelle Monáe featuring Jidenna.
"The collective talent of the Wondaland artists is awe-inspiring," said LA Reid, Chairman and CEO, Epic Records. "I haven't personally witnessed a collective that sounds and looks this special in quite a while. I've been a longtime supporter and friend of Janelle and it is an honor to now work with her as a visionary businesswoman who brings an all-star group of talented performers to the table."
The multi-faceted collective of Wondaland Records artists all of whom write and produce, a rarity in music todayfeatures a breadth of voices, styles, and figures coming together with a shared mission for revolutionizing the future of music, arts, and culture that is creatively unmatched.
"I'm so thrilled to share Wondaland Records with the world. Each artist under Wondaland Records has unparalleled talent, incredible vision, and brings something unique to the music industry," said Janelle Monáe. "Together, we're creating a new movement and space for the future of music and pop culture. I'm honored to be partnering with Epic Records and my friend LA Reid to present such extraordinary talent."
The son of a Nigerian chief and an American anthropologist, Jidenna is an East Flatbush, Brooklyn-based lyrical wizard, a thought leader with charisma to spare. His worldly origins inform the groundbreaking genre Swank, an elegant and funky take on hip-hop that transforms ordinary parties into sweaty soirées.
Musical iconoclasts Nate 'Rocket' Wonder and Chuck Lightning are the mad geniuses behind Deep Cotton. They are thinkers and tinkerers whose approach to sound creates a rollercoaster ride, taking the listener through a world of falsetto-filled funk, rule-breaking ideas baked in rock 'n' roll, and served up in hip-hop, all in the span of a single song. Their sole mission: give you the license to freak out.
A curious and brilliant composer, arranger, and producer, Roman GianArthur's music is courageous, feisty, and consistently touches the soul. His live show is a revelationwild, heroic guitar playing, outstanding vocals, intoxicatingly original movement, and a rare charisma possessed only by the greats.
Featuring Alex Belle and Isis Valentino, the enchanting sound of St. Beauty feels timeless. Thoughtful musicians and songwriters, they weave together melodies that are impossible to forget and evocative lyrics that paint richly textured emotional stories, casting a spell over the listener that cannot be broken.
inter-disciplinary approach to creativity that the brilliant members of
the Wondaland Records roster possess has far-reaching implications for
pop culture beyond music a range of paradigm-shifting art of all
kinds is slated for release throughout the remainder of 2015 and beyond.
FOREST HILLS DRIVE TOUR DATES
Traditional R&B Performance
Urban Contemporary Album
"I'm actually going down to be with Tim, and so we're gonna get in and get some work done," she said. Asked if she'd be making a comeback album, Elliott refused to give more details. "I don't want to say too much because in this day and time, boy, you say something, they will come back two weeks later like, 'Where your album at?' "
Elliott came out as a surprise guest at Katy Perry's headlining set during the halftime show at last week's Super Bowl. In the interview, the "Work It" hitmaker expressed her gratitude to the pop diva for asking her to be a part of the event.
"I thank Katy because she could have picked any artist, and it was big for her," she said. "She said that she was a fan of mine." Elliott first thought Perry would ask her to perform the remix to "Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)", but the 30-year-old star wanted her to play her own songs.
said to me, 'God got you here for a reason.' I'm humbly grateful. I've
cried and cried and cried tears of joy," she recalled.
Grainge is the first person to twice appear at No. 1 on the Billboard ranking. The first time was in 2013, after Universal Music Group completed its acquisition of EMI.
"It has been nothing less than a privilege to be able to spend my life working with and on behalf of great artists and the music they create," Grainge said. "For if power is to be found anywhere, that power is found, and exclusively resides, in the music of our artists. I'm so proud of our many executives who were recognized for their contributions."
Universal Music Group had more executives than any other company on Billboard's 2015 power ranking, accounting for 13.7% of the list.
During 2014, Universal Music distributed 7 of the top 10 albums, finishing the year with an industry-leading 38.7% share of the market, Billboard reported, citing Nielsen Music data. Additionally, Universal Music Group broke the only new global stars of the year with Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer.
GAMBINO & THE WEEKND HEADLINE ROLLING STONE PARTY.
The magazine celebrated its partnership with Google Play at a pre-Grammy party Thursday in Los Angeles.
The Weeknd (real name: Abel Tesfaye) plied his silky voice to a cover of Beyonce's "Drunk in Love." The 24-year-old Canadian crooner closed his set with his steamy new single, "Earned It," from the "Fifty Shades of Grey" soundtrack.
Actor Donald Glover, also known as Grammy-nominated rapper Childish Gambino, showed his range of skills, from falsetto singing to slick raps.
Backed by a five-piece band, he slinked through "3005," his single nominated for best rap performance, and rocked other tracks from his 2013 release, "Because the Internet," up for best rap album at Sunday's Grammy Awards.
"This album is blowing up," he said, "so thank you for listening to it."
SON INKS WITH UCLA.
Broadus, a wide receiver from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, signed with UCLA instead of his father's favorite team. Snoop Dogg had hoped his son would play for Southern California, but was still thrilled for him.
"Channel 21 comin to @UCLAFootball !! Proud of u @C_Broadus21 ! LA's team!!" Snoop tweeted. Twenty-one is a reference to the number his son will wear for the team.
UCLA coach Jim Mora says he had offered a scholarship to Broadus when he was just 15 years old.
6-foot-3, 190-pound Broadus was ranked the 27th best receiver in the nation
by Rivals.com, a leading recruiting news site.
She Knows feat. Juicy J, the first single from Non-Fiction, is currently No. 2 at Rhythm radio, in the Top 10 at the Urban format and approaching Top 20 at Pop radio.
T.I., Jeezy, Schoolboy Q, Charisse Mills and Candice are among the other artists featured on Non-Fiction. Time of Our Lives, NE-YOs new collaboration with Pitbull, appears on both Non-Fiction and Pitbulls new album. Non-Fiction will be released in international markets on February 16.
is a three-time GRAMMY® winner and a two-time winner at the BET, MOBO
and Soul Train Music awards.
iHeartMedia and NBC announced the nominations Wednesday. The awards will be presented March 29 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The event will be televised live on NBC and air simultaneously on iHeartMedia stations and across the network's digital music platform.
Azalea, Grande, Smith and Luke Bryan are nominated for artist of the year.
Best new artist nominees include Azalea, Smith, Bastille, Cole Swindell
and Meghan Trainor. Other categories include song of the year and best
The former rap music mogul is accused of intentionally running down two men, including a friend, in Compton on Thursday after an argument on a movie set.
Knight remains in custody and appeared in court wearing orange jail attire.
However, his attorney James Blatt has said the collision was an accident that occurred as Knight was trying to flee an altercation in which he was assaulted.
The 49-year-old Knight could face life in prison if convicted. After pleading not guilty in court today, TMZ is reporting that Suge was rushed to the hospital for suffering a panic attack.
On Monday, prosecutors charged Knight with killing 55-year-old Terry Carter and attempting to kill 51-year-old Cle "Bone" Sloan. Knight also faces two charges of hit-and-run.
In addition, Knight's $2 million bail was revoked after a court commissioner agreed with authorities that he was a potential flight risk and could intimidate witnesses.
The ruling came after homicide detectives told the bail commissioner that Knight could face a lengthy prison sentence because of a violent criminal past, said Los Angeles County sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida.
Knight was out on bail in a separate robbery case when the men were hit.
In the current case, Knight struck two men with his pickup in a Compton burger stand parking lot. The collision killed his friend Carter, a founder and owner of Heavyweight Records who was viewed as a local father figure and tried to help mentor young men in the community, said Doug Young, a friend and hip-hop music promoter. Also injured in the collision was Sloan, an actor and film consultant.
Authorities said Knight visited the set for "Straight Outta Compton," a film about the rise of the rap group N.W.A., and argued with Sloan, who was working at the location on Thursday. Sheriff's deputies providing security asked Knight to leave.
A short time afterward, the argument resumed in a parking lot a few miles away where Knight and Sloan exchanged punches through a window of the pickup before the two men were run down, authorities said.
Blatt has said Knight was attacked by four people, including Sloan, as he pulled into the parking lot after Carter requested he show up for a meeting. Blatt said Knight hit the gas and fled in fear.
"The Jacka," real name Dominic Newton was shot in the head Monday night and died in the hospital just as his career was taking off.
Prashant Kumar is the longtime manager of The Jacka, the well-known Bay Area rapper. The artist spent many hours in the Emeryville studio over the past decade recording music that was heard all over the world.
was one of those guys who was just so honest in his music, so even if
you didn't know him," Kumar said. "You might even know. He was
just the most humble, caring person."
"It's sad that people are just shooting, shooting, shooting, especially when you have someone who is so good to the community and has given to the community," Freeman said.
Newton got his start in the music business in the early 1990s as a member of the group Mob Figaz. He became a solo artist about 10 years later.
He self-published his solo album in 2001 and released more than a dozen albums and mixtapes since. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with numerous influential Bay Area artists, including E-40, Andre Nickatina, Yukmouth, Messy Marv and Keak Da Sneak.
"He always was smiling always willing to give you something. So many rappers got verses from him. He was just a fair, good, honest man," said his friend Sellassie Blackwell.
Dozens of people stopped by to pay their respects to Newton at a sidewalk memorial created in his memory.
"Look at all his fans and family and friends out here that supported him as well," Jason Leopoldo said. "He was a great guy."
"He put a lot of us together, and put a lot of us in position," Kumar said. "He set up a lot of things and he started a lot of careers and I know he would like to see that just carry on and see it become about something bigger than it is today."
would not comment on Newton's murder, except to say they are asking for
witnesses, or anyone with tips to contact the Oakland police homicide
department. Source: ABC 7
The network announced Tuesday that Hart will perform at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 25 as part of the three-day "BET Experience."
Minaj will headline on June 26 and Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube, with "special guests," will perform on June 27.
2015 BET Awards will take place June 28 at the Staples Center. Tickets
for "BET Experience" go on sale Feb. 20.
The company is called 22 Days Nutrition after the belief that it takes 21 days to break a bad habit.
All meals will be 100% plant-based and delivered once a week. All ingredients will be non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free and organic.
Prices will range from $9.76 to $16.50 each.
Beyonce herself has dabbled in veganism before. She and her husband Jay-Z famously adopted the diet for 22 days in the winter of 2013 and she has since made an effort to include more plant-based foods in her diet.
"All you have to do is try. If I can do it, anyone can," Beyonce said in a press release.
"We all know the importance and value of eating plant-based foods but often times find ourselves trapped in a series of bad habits that sabotage optimum wellness," says co-founder Borges. "The Vegan Meal Delivery program makes it easier to reset your habits with healthy and delicious plant-based foods."
Days Nutrition dishes include a sesame cabbage lentil bowl, ratatouille
pasta with pesto, curried fried rice with vegetables, and an almond blueberry
breakfast loaf. Source: Business Insider
Additionally, this year's series of unique musical pairings includes Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Hozier and Annie Lennox, Jessie J and Tom Jones, and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine with singer/songwriter Gwen Stefani in a never-before-seen performance.
Broadcasters set to air the GRAMMY Awards, the world's most popular televised music event, include: Rogers Media (Canada), CCTV (China), Channel 4 (UK), ProSieben (Germany), WOWOW (Japan), Channel One (Russia), Turner (Latin America), Fox International Channel (Asia), Viacom 18 Media (India), M-Net (Africa), D17/Canal Plus (France), Televisa (Mexico), Cignal TV (Philippines), Denmark Radio (Denmark), Foxtel (Australia), and TVNZ (New Zealand), among many others.
"The GRAMMY Award is the ultimate accolade recognizing outstanding achievement in the field of music," commented Haber. "It is evident given the exceptional list of broadcasters that they, too, acknowledge the extraordinary, worldwide impact of the GRAMMY Awards and are very much looking forward to sharing 'Music's Biggest Night' with their viewers."
Launched in 2010, WiMP is only available in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and Poland, though you may well know the service under its other name in the U.S. and U.K., Tidal.
Tidal launched in just the two markets last year, with a focus on high-quality streams a factor it hopes will lead people to pay $20/month for the service as opposed to the usual $10/month youve come to expect from the likes of Rdio or Deezer.
The acquisition bid was made under the Project Panther Bidco Ltd moniker, according to the press release, which is indirectly owned by S. Carter Enterprises (SCE). Youll note that theres no mention of Jay-Z in there, but thats because Jay-Zs real name is Shawn Carter.
According to the release, Aspiros board of directors has unanimously recommended that all Aspiro shareholders accept the offer.
The offer tabled by Panther values each Aspiro share at SEK 1.05 ($0.13), and the total value of the deal at SEK 464 million ($56 million).
Aspiro says it first received a notice of interest from SCE on December 3, and on December 13 Aspiro and SCE entered into an agreement that prevented Aspiro from actively soliciting offers from other potential buyers.
While the deal is yet to be signed and sealed, it looks certain to be given the go-ahead, with the acceptance period running between February 19 and March 11. The main stipulation from Panther is that, whatever the outcome of any bartering or negotiations, Jay-Z wants to own at least 90 percent of the company.
So in effect, this is Jay-Z making a big play for the music-streaming market and aligning himself with fellow rapper Dr. Dre, who cofounded the now Apple-owned Beats Electronics, which also offers the Beats Music streaming service in the U.S.
Its an interesting move for sure, one that gives Jay-Z direct entry into the on-demand U.S. music-streaming market. But its also an incredibly competitive space, with the likes of Spotify, Rdio, and Beats also offering their wares. Can Jay-Z help Tidal conquer?
Just as Dr. Dre made a monumental success of his premium Beats headphones brand, a major celebrity such as Jay-Z aligning himself with a premium music-streaming service might just work.
Tidal streams at around CD-quality 44.1 kHz / 16-bit FLAC and ALAC music files at 1411 kbps. This includes mobile. Its around four times higher than most of its direct competitors, so it will be interesting to see whether Jay-Z can sex up the brand in the right demographics and tempt people to pay around double what Spotify and Beats charge.
In an interview with VentureBeat back in November, Tidal CEO Andy Chen said there are enough people willing to spend a little bit more for better sound. Particularly when you consider millions are willing to dig deep to buy top-notch speakers and headphones. Indeed, whats the point of having good hardware if the quality of the sound lets you down?
Its also worth noting that this deal isnt just about the U.S. market. While Beats is only available in the U.S. at the moment, Tidal is in the U.K. too, and its sister brand, WiMP, has a head start in Scandinavia and elsewhere in Europe.
is shaping up to be an interesting year in the music-streaming realm for
sure. Source: Venture Beat
The rap mogul's attorney said earlier that Knight ran over and killed a friend and injured another man on Thursday as he fled attackers.
Authorities said Knight was a person of interest in the incident, which was being investigated as a homicide.
In a brief statement released early Friday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Knight was at the West Hollywood station with his attorney and was being interviewed by homicide detectives.
Sgt. Diane Hecht of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's information office said Knight was arrested at about 3 a.m. and is being held on $2 million bail.
Hecht says Knight is being held at the West Hollywood sheriff's station.
No other information was released and there was no mention if Knight was being held.
Officials say that a red pickup truck struck the men at around 3 p.m. PST in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in the Los Angeles-area city of Compton and then took off.
55-year-old man died at a hospital and a 51-year-old man was injured but
Corina did not immediately know his condition.
HITS N RUNS ON COMPTON VIDEO SET (OG BLOOD GETS KILLED)
witnesses say a video shoot involving Ice Cube and Dr. Dre was going down
when Suge pulled up in his car...security told Suge to leave and that's
when trouble began.
It's unclear at this point if the victim was connected to the movie. A source close to Cube tells us production had wrapped when the fight went down and he and Dre were not on set.
Sources connected with Suge tell TMZ the 2 men who fought Suge were the instigators. Our sources say Suge was scared because he's in frail health in addition to being shot 6 times last summer, he recently almost died from a blood clot.
The victim is Terry Carter, who we're told is a friend of Suge's who arrived with him at the scene. Our sources say Carter was in the process of walking to the passenger door of Suge's vehicle, but happened to be in the rear when Suge gunned it.
other men were also hit ... including Cle "Bone" Sloane -- who's
appeared in "Training Day" and "End of Watch" -- and
suffered non-life threatening injuries. Both men are in the hospital.
BADA$$ & LUPE FIASCO TOP THE CHARTS.
Lupe Fiasco Arrives: Lupe Fiasco earns the No. 2 debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with Tetsuo & Youth (39,000 units). The set marks the rapper's fifth charting title and fifth consecutive top-five debut following Food & Liquor ll: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, which spent a week at No. 1 upon its debut in 2012. Buzz surrounding the latest release helps to boost him onto the Billboard Artist 100, where he enters at No. 34.
'Slow Motion', Fast Start: Over on Hot R&B Songs, Trey Songz debuts at No. 12 with his latest single, "Slow Motion." With 34,000 digital downloads sold, it also enters R&B Digital Songs at No. 4, his highest debut yet. The track enters the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 99, while he also hops 95-91 as a featured act on B.o.B's "Not For Long." Source: Billboard
WAYNE SUING CASH MONEY RECORDS.
In the federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, the Grammy Award-winning performer asked a Manhattan judge to nullify contracts he has held with the company since November 1998.
Born in New Orleans as Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., the 32-year-old rapper said in the lawsuit that his relationship with the label has been deteriorating over the last four years, with Cash Money failing to live up to contractual promises regarding monthly accounting statements and the timely payment of profits owed to Lil Wayne.
The lawsuit said the problems worsened since 2012 as Cash Money failed to pay Lil Wayne a 49 percent share of net income derived from the sale of solo recordings by rapper Drake for Lil Wayne's partial ownership of the Young Money label, despite Drake's rise as one of the best-selling recording artists in recent years. Nicki Minaj is also signed to the label.
It said Cash Money also is claiming millions of dollars in marketing expenses for the Young Money label even though it is required to obtain approval from Lil Wayne for expenses greater than $300,000. And it said the company is preventing artists recommended by Lil Wayne from being added to the Young Money label and is failing to pay third parties involved with the Young Money label, leading to lawsuits and additional costs.
A New York lawyer for Cash Money did not immediately return a message seeking comment. The label was co-founded by Lil Wayne's mentor, Bryan "Birdman" Williams. A spokeswoman for Birdman and Cash Money did not return a message seeking comment.
A rapper since childhood, Lil Wayne released his first solo album, "Tha Block Is Hot," in 1999. He lives in Florida now. The Young Money label is based in Miami.
The Cash Money website is promoting the upcoming release of the record Lil Wayne finished last month, "Tha Carter V," one of the most anticipated records of the past year.
Wayne said last year it was likely to be his last solo album. "Tha
Carter IV," released in 2011, sold nearly 1 million albums the first
week of its release.
Among the youthful 18-to-49-year-old viewers that Fox cares most about, "Empire" was the most-watched show of the week, Nielsen said. The previous week, it was beaten only by the Indianapolis-New England "Deflategate" football game.
The news couldn't be better timed for hit-starved Fox, which won the week among youthful viewers, helped also by more auditions on "American Idol." Fox's drama "Backstrom," starring Rainn Wilson as a crotchety detective, had a strong showing with just under 8 million viewers sampling its debut.
After only two weeks on the air, Fox ordered a second season for "Empire."
The CBS show "Scorpion" was the most-watched program among all viewers for the first time ever, taking advantage of a slow week where the normally popular "NCIS" and "The Big Bang Theory" aired reruns.
The "Miss Universe" pageant on NBC had its highest viewership since 2006. A big factor was its first placement on a Sunday night in six years; Sunday is normally the most-watched TV night of the week.
CBS won the week in prime time, averaging 8.5 million viewers. Fox had 5.4 million, NBC had 5.2 million, ABC had 4.5 million, Univision had 2.9 million, the CW had 1.9 million, Telemundo had 1.5 million and ION Television had 1.4 million.
ESPN was the week's most popular cable network, averaging 2.3 million viewers in prime time. Fox News Channel had 1.9 million, TBS had 1.85 million, the Disney Channel had 1.84 million and History had 1.79 million.
NBC's "Nightly News" topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.4 million viewers. ABC's "World News Tonight" was second with 9.1 million and the "CBS Evening News" had 7.7 million viewers.
the week of Jan. 19-25, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships:
"Scorpion," CBS, 12.08 million; "NCIS," CBS, 11.98
million; "American Idol" (Wednesday), Fox, 11.76 million; "The
Big Bang Theory," CBS, 11.52 million; "Empire," Fox, 11.07
million; "Mom," CBS, 11.05 million; "American Idol"
(Thursday), Fox, 10.65 million; "Criminal Minds," CBS, 10.29
million; "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 9.65 million; "The Mentalist,"
CBS, 9.6 million.
Organised by Reed MIDEM, Midem is the key industry event that unites the entire music ecosystem. It takes place in Cannes from 5-8 June, 2015.
Morris will talk about the "Lessons Learned," sharing his decades of experience in music, creativity, management and business, together with stories that changed the music industry, and how they can now be applied to better understand the challenges that it faces today. The keynote will take the form of an interview with Rupert Younger, Director of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation, part of Oxford University's Said Business School. It forms part of Midem Talks, Midem's plenary conference programme, and will take place on Saturday, 6 June.
With a career spanning five decades, Morris currently heads the world's second largest music company, and was the founder of Vevo, the world's leading premium music video and entertainment platform. Prior to joining Sony Music Entertainment in 2011, he spent 14 years as Chairman and CEO of the Universal Music Group, and previously served as head of MCA Music Entertainment, Rising Tide Entertainment, Warner Music US, and the Atlantic Recording Group. Before that, he was President of ATCO Records and Founder and Owner of Big Tree Records. Morris began his career as a songwriter and producer, his credits include the Chiffons' "Sweet Talkin' Guy" and Brownsville Station's "Smokin' in the Boys Room."
"I knew very early that I wanted to spend my life in the music business and be part of the rock culture of that time. And that is the life I had, managing talent and creativity, leading change in the music business. It is now the right time to talk about the lessons I learned along the way. And I can't think of a better occasion than Midem to share such learning with the global music community," said Doug Morris.
"Doug Morris is an iconic executive within the music ecosystem represented at Midem. Over the past decades, he has actively contributed to supporting the industry and shaping solutions to the various challenges that our music business has been going through. We're thrilled that in addition to sharing the insights gained from his successful career and his broad vision of the music industry, Doug will inspire the Midem audience on how to face change and how to create the business opportunities for tomorrow," said Bruno Crolot, Director of Music Markets, Reed MIDEM.
BET ANNOUNCES 2015 SHOW LINE-UP
THE BET HONORS The Washington Post says, The annual BET Honors have just about perfected the ideal mix of glamour, inspiration, humor and sex appeal. We could not have said it better! THE BET HONORS shows the world what extraordinary looks like by saluting luminaries whose lives and revolutionary work contribute to and elevate the culture. Airing during Black History Month, THE BET HONORS is a shimmering night of dynamic performances and tributes that cross genres and generations.
Phylicia Rashad (Theatrical Arts Award); Usher Raymond (Musical Arts Award); Kanye West (Visionary Award); John W. Thompson (Technology and Business Award) and Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole (Education Award) are The BET Honors 2015 honorees.
DATE: January 24, 2015 PREMIERE: February 23, 2015
BLACK GIRLS ROCK! is the tribute show that has become a movement. This NAACP Image Award-nominated special is both elegant and impactful, 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. BLACK GIRLS ROCK! celebrates the brilliance and beauty of women who shape our world and uplift our girls.
DATE: March 28, 2015 PREMIERE: April 5, 2015
BET AWARDS is celebrating its 15th anniversary this summer! 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.
June 28, 2015
EXPERIENCE @ L.A. LIVE
June 26 28, 2015
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.
DATE: October 2015 PREMIERE: October 13, 2015
SOUL TRAIN AWARDS the hippest trip in America keeps grooving forward. The iconic brand that defined a generation returns in 2015 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. Since airing on both networks is always better, the Soul Train Awards is simulcast on Centric and BET.
DATE: November 2015 PREMIERE: November 2015
CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL features spirited performances and moving renditions by some of todays hottest and most talented artists from the worlds of gospel and R&B.
DATE: December 5, 2015 PREMIERE: January 2016
"This Mixtape consists of people with whom we have built relationships throughout the years. We have local, regional, national and international artists on Vol. 2. There is a mixture of legendary, seasonal and upcoming artists on this project." Anaheim Mixtape is sponsored in part by Club Judah in Los Angeles.
"We want to share the meaning of our Anaheim Mixtape cover. Our mixtape features artists from every corner of The United States, including the Virgin Islands, and Canada. It will soon feature artists from all over the world. The crown over the title of the cover reminds us to always put God first and to be welcoming to other artists who share our beliefs, or who identify with Gospel Hip-Hop."
The city of Anaheim was founded by Germanic Jewish families in 1857 and was incorporated as the second city in Los Angeles County on March 18, 1876. The name Anaheim means "home by the river" or just "home." We want to pay our respects to the founding fathers of our city of Anaheim, CA. Our vision for the mixtape is to give those who are in union with the Gospel Hip-Hop genre the blessing to feel at home in our area of the West Coast. This mixtape is a peace treaty with other artists from around the country, letting them know that they are not alone.
The Anaheim Mixtape will be on tour throughout Oahu, HI January 9th-18th. The S.O.G. Crew and Hapizzez will be joined by Martin Cantu. Martin is the former lead singer for the legendary Latin Rock Band Malo, which is known for their hit song, Suavecito. We have agreed to visit the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hickam Air Force Base, Praise Chapel, Victory Outreach, Next Step Shelter, Hope Chapel, Honolulu International Christian Church, Power House Church and many others. The 2015 Hawaii Tour will consist of Hip-Hop concerts, workshops, interviews, revivals, feeding the homeless, and building up those who have lost everything. The plan is to give out the Anaheim Mixtape Vol. 2 for free to those who are down and out. It is time to reach out to the people of Hawaii.
Anaheim Mixtape update: Anaheim Mixtape, Vol. 1 was dedicated to Michael Martinez, Jr. who was killed Saturday, Aug. 30, 2013, and to all the families who have lost loved ones to gang violence. In December of last year, San Bernardino police arrested more than 30 gang members and confiscated dozens of weapons in a month-long operation to crack down on gang violence. As a result, authorities believe they arrested the murderer of Michael Martinez, Jr., a man named Cory Thomas, 20, an alleged gang member. We want to take this time to thank all those who have supported our Vol. 1 Mixtape. Thank you so much for your prayers.
ON DECK FOR LIVE EARTH CONCERT.
The hat wearing phenom is teaming up with Nobel Peace Prize-winner Al Gore and producer Kevin Wall to pull off a "Live Earth" concert on seven continents to build support for a U.N. climate pact in Paris among more than 190 nations in December.
"I think you guys know how serious the global warming thing is, and so for us we're taking it very seriously, and we wanted to do something very different this time," Williams said.
"Instead of just having people perform, we literally - and I can't go into it now because some interesting surprises are coming out soon - but we literally are going to have humanity harmonize all at once."
After giving a trademark slide show, in which he linked rising temperatures to the Arab Spring and the catastrophic Syrian war, Gore said the concert will engage "a billion voices with one message - to demand climate action now."
The U.N.-brokered climate negotiations have been simmering for years. Nations have agreed on the goal of stabilizing greenhouse gases at a level that keeps global warming below 2 degrees C (3.6 F), compared with pre-industrial times, but a legally binding agreement that puts that into action has remained elusive.
A key sticking point is how to pay for it. Another is how much historical responsibility nations must bear for polluting to industrialize versus developing countries that are polluting more now to grow their markets.
The world's two largest emitters of heat-trapping gases, China and the U.S., negotiated secretly for months in 2014 to reach a non-binding climate change agreement.
However, momentum from that deal dissipated in Lima, Peru, where a round of climate talks salvaged a compromise in December to try to set up a Paris deal.
Gore said that along with putting a price on carbon to speed up the transition to renewable energies, "we need to put a price on denial in politics. People need to stop financing denial."
IN OTHER PHARRELL NEWS: Pharrell and Usher will perform at the Grammys next month- Feb. 8 in Los Angeles. Common and John Legend will also perform their Golden Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated song, "Glory," from the movie "Selma."
Sam Smith, Pharrell and Beyonce are the Grammy leaders with six nominations apiece. They will battle Beck and Ed Sheeran for the top prize, album of the year.
announced performers include Madonna, AC/DC, Ariana Grande, Eric Church
and Ed Sheeran. The 57th annual Grammy Awards will air live on CBS from
the Staples Center.
A Manhattan federal court jury awarded the group most of the $2 million it requested at a June trial, but that was not enough to cover costs that lawyers said were worsened by the actions of the Corona, California-based Monster Energy Co., the musicians' lawyers said in papers filed in Manhattan federal court.
They said more than two years of litigation punctuated by Monster's failure to engage in good-faith negotiations, an eight-day trial and Monster's effort to overturn the verdict ran up the legal bill.
"Monster's tactics significantly increased the costs for Beastie Boys to vindicate their intellectual property rights, such that, absent an award of attorney's fees and costs, plaintiff's success at trial would become a Pyrrhic victory," they wrote in a filing Saturday.
Monster had admitted wrongly using the group's songs in a video that was online for five weeks. But the beverage maker said at trial it should owe no more than $125,000. The company's lawyers did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment Monday.
The 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!)"
Beastie Boys' band members Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond both testified at trial, with Horovitz waiting throughout several hours of jury deliberations to be in court for the outcome. Another member of the band, the gravelly-voiced rapper Adam "MCA" Yauch, died of cancer in May 2012 at age 47.
Horovitz had testified the legendary hip-hop group would never license songs to endorse commercial products.
In a December ruling upholding the verdict and award, Judge Paul A. Engelmayer said that five Beastie Boys songs used by Monster in a video made it easy to conclude that the Beastie Boys were endorsing Monster products. He also said the jury's finding that Monster acted in bad faith would be relevant to an award of attorney's fees.
The group's lawyers said Monster had offered as much as $250,000 to settle before trial but had demanded the Beastie Boys drop their demands to below $1 million. The lawyers said the group had agreed to reduce its demands to $1.65 million.
They said the Beastie Boys even offered to negotiate a deal post-trial to curb additional litigation costs, but Monster did not respond to the offer. As a result, they added, they should be awarded attorney's fees of $2.38 million, including $895,926 spent prior to trial, $1.28 million during trial and the $200,438 post-trial cost through December.
ON DECK FOR SNL
Saturday Night Live posted on twitter: "Excited to announce J.K. Simmons will host January 31 with musical guest @TheDangelo"
DAngelo's latest album Black Messiah debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200. SNL marks his first public appearance since the records release. He will also play a show at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Feb. 7 before launching his Second Coming Tour throughout Europe this spring.
MOB FOUNDER DIES.
RCA Records and Polo Grounds Music confirmed the death of A$AP Yams, whose real name is Steven Rodriguez. Circumstances of his death were unavailable.
RCA Records said Yams would be remembered for his "vision, humor and dedication" to the members of the A$AP Mob collective. Polo Grounds Music said Yams was "a driving force" in the group and would be missed.
In a statement, RCA Records wrote, "All of us at RCA Records are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of A$AP Yams. As one of the creative forces behind A$AP Worldwide, Yams' vision, humor and dedication to the members of A$AP Mob will always be remembered. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends."
will be missed Bro. We done touched a lot of ground together, landed on
a lot of different soil," A$AP Ferg wrote on Tumblr. "You will
always be loved & your spirit will live on!"
TO HEADLINE HIS 1ST SHOW EVER.
AZALEA ON DECK TO HEADLINE BILLBOARD WINTERFEST.
Each year, Park City becomes a bigger destination for artists, filmmakers, musicians and fans, said Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Medias Entertainment Group, which consists of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. Billboard is joining the party with Winterfest, and we look forward to celebrating with some of the seasons hottest acts.
Title sponsor Citi presents Billboard Winterfest and gives the stage to 2014s heavy hitter, Azalea. With major career milestones on Billboards music charts, Azalea was honored with the Chart-Topper Award at December 2014s Women in Music. Her latest album, The New Classic, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart in April 2014, marking the highest bow for a female rapper's first album since 2010.
Park City Live historically creates the greatest parties and concerts at the film festival and our partnership with Billboard Winterfest raises that bar even higher for 2015," said Kathryn Burns, CEO, Park City Live. "We are honored to have such great partners help Park City Live provide the most exclusive and sought after nightlife experience in town."
As supporting partner of Saturday night, YouTube has provided New York-based hip-hop artist Hoodie Allen who jump-started his career through the video platform, amassing close to half a million global fans who tune in to watch his music videos and vlogs. Allen arrived in the No. 2 slot on Billboards Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in October 2014 with his first full-length album, People Keep Talking. With a nod to his social media roots, 83 percent of the albums first-week was download sales.
Billboard has curated a terrific lineup, bringing some of the hottest artists to Park City, said Jennifer Breithaupt, SVP of Entertainment Marketing for title sponsor Citi. We know our cardmembers love having access to the best in entertainment, and this merging of film and music is sure will be an exciting and memorable weekend."
10.7 million monthly unique visitors to its website in November 2014 Billboard
has seen 50 percent year-over-year growth of its online readership.* Billboard
has scored major news-generating covers recently, including Taylor Swift,
Kendrick Lamar, Sam Smith, Idina Menzel, Iggy Azalea and Pharrell Williams.
SREMMURD FIRST WEEK SALES TOP CHARTS.
The duo of brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi (pronounced Jimmy) grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, but are now based in Atlanta. Rae Sremmurd is the first signing for Ear Drummer, which in 2014 released "No Flex Zone," which hit #36 on the Hot 100 (#11 R&B and #8 Rap), and then "No Type," went to #1 at Urban radio and #16 Hot 100 (#6 R&B and #4 Rap). The third single from SremmLife, "Throw Sum Mo" featuring Nicki Minaj and Young Thug, is currently Top 30 R&B and Top 20 Rap.
SremmLife (Ear Drummer/Interscope Records), released January 6th, executive produced by Mike WiLL Made-It, Producer of the Year at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards and executive producer of Miley Cyrus' #1 Bangerz and Future's Honest, which debuted atop the Hip-hop and R&B charts.
KHALIFA ON DECK WITH FALL OUT BOY FOR MASSIVE BOYS OF ZUMMER TOUR.
Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. General tickets for select cities will be available at www.livenation.com beginning Friday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. local.
Wiz Khalifa burst on the scene with mainstream success with the release of his first major label debut, Rolling Papers, in March 2011, which spawned the hugely successful hits "Black and Yellow," "Roll Up" and "No Sleep." He has earned a career total of seven Grammy nominations, including this year's nods for Best Rap Song ("We Dem Boyz") and Best Rap Album (Blacc Hollywood). Other nominated tracks include the chart-topping "Black and Yellow," 2012's RIAA platinum-certified "Remember You (Feat. The Weeknd)," 2011's "Young, Wild & Free (Feat. Bruno Mars)," Wiz's 3x platinum-certified, top 10 smash partnership with Snoop Dogg (featured on their 2011 collaborative soundtrack, Mac & Devin Go To High School) and Maroon 5's 2012 worldwide hit, "Payphone (Feat. Wiz Khalifa)." Wiz Khalifa recently released his newest album, Blacc Hollywood, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart.
More than just a music powerhouse, Wiz is also a fashion-forward icon and entrepreneur. His Taylor Gang Ent. label and brand recently united with leading active lifestyle brand Neff for a 26-piece apparel collection. They also launched Freshko, a new lifestyle brand co-created by Sketch, a well-known graphic artist from San Francisco.
GETS SLAMMED FOR ALLOWING KIDS TO LISTEN BEYONCE.
While promoting his new book, Huckabee told People magazine, "I don't understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school ... and yet they don't see anything that might not be suitable" in the lyrics and a Beyoncé choreography "best left for the privacy of her bedroom."
Huckabee described the Grammy Award-winning Beyoncé in his book as "mental poison."
The first lady's office declined to comment on Huckabee's comments.
During a 2012, $40,000-per-ticket fundraiser in New York, the president thanked Beyoncé and Jay-Z for their friendship.
"Beyoncé could not be a better role model for my girls," Obama said.
Beyoncé sang at Barack Obama's second inauguration, as well at Mrs. Obama's 50th birthday party at the White House.
Huckabee's latest book, titled "God, Guns, Grits and Gravy," is full of criticism of Washington, New York and Hollywood and serves as a direct appeal to cultural conservatives, long part of his political base. Huckabee's rhetoric is likely to win him more fans among conservative activists who have tremendous sway in picking the GOP's presidential nominees in early nominating states such as Iowa and South Carolina.
Huckabee recently stepped down from his role as host of a weekend program on Fox News Channel. He ran for president in 2008, considered running in 2012, and has said he's weighing whether to seek the GOP nomination in 2016.
If he enters the contest, he has a strong network of pastors in the early states who can help mobilize their faithful. That network helped him win the lead-off Iowa caucuses in 2008, as well as earn victories in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Huckabee is no stranger to such pointed statements. At a Republican National Committee meeting last year in Washington, he suggested Democrats wanted women to believe they were helpless without government-financed birth control.
"If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without 'Uncle Sugar' coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it," Huckabee said. "Let us take that discussion all across America."
MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP APPOINTS NEW ROLE OF COO
Cimino joins UMPG from Warner Bros. Records, where he was Executive Vice President & Head of Business & Legal Affairs and a member of the company's core executive team.
In this newly created role at UMPG, Cimino will focus on the company's global business strategy, including playing a key role in guiding public policy and business development.
In making the announcement, Gerson said, "At this time in our business, it's important we work with a global perspective and more closely with our record label partners. Marc's broad experience in recorded music will help bolster our organization and bring a broader industry approach to everything we do, and to the ultimate benefit of our artists and writers."
Cimino said: "I'm grateful and excited to be working for such a dynamic visionary like Jody and for Universal Music Publishing Group. I look forward to working with the entire team around the world, and with our labels and tech partners as we face a rapidly changing business environment with many new opportunities and challenges."
During his ten years at Warner Bros. Records, Cimino rose from Vice President to Executive Vice President, heading up the Business and Legal Affairs and A&R Administration departments, and playing an integral part of the company's strategy in both traditional and new business initiatives. As part of his role at Warner Bros. Records, he participated in the company's government affairs initiatives and spearheaded the structuring and negotiation of agreements with the label's major recording artists.
Prior to Warner Bros. Records, from 1998 to 2004, Cimino held business affairs and business development roles at Sony Music Entertainment.
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is part of the Universal Music Group and one of the world's leading music publishing companies, representing music in every genre from some of the most important songwriters and catalogs. These include ABBA, Adele, A Great Big World, Jhene Aiko, Alex Da Kid, Bastille, Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Justin Bieber, Ruben Blades, Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, Desmond Child, The Clash, Coldplay, J. Cole, Elvis Costello, Miley Cyrus, Neil Diamond, Disclosure, Danny Elfman, Eminem, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Al Green, Haim, Jimi Hendrix, Hit-Boy, Hunter Hayes, Imagine Dragons, Billy Joel, Elton John/Bernie Taupin, B.B. King, Luke Laird, Linkin Park, the Mamas and Papas, Miguel, Ne-Yo, Nicki Minaj, Mumford & Sons, James Napier, Randy Newman, Rudy Perez, Steve Perry, Otis Redding, Darius Rucker, Carole Bayer Sager, Gustavo Santaolalla, Sex Pistols, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, T-Pain, U2, Keith Urban, Troy Verges, Diane Warren, Andrew Lloyd Webber and more.
Court documents show the rapper, whose real name is William Drayton, was indicted last month on a felony charge of driving with a suspended license. He also faces a speeding violation and two misdemeanors for aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
A spokesman for Nassau County acting District Attorney Madeline Singas (SIHNG'-uhs) declined to comment. The spokesman confirmed that Drayton has a Jan. 21 court appearance. Drayton's attorney, who has been seeking to reach a plea agreement, declined to comment.
rapper-reality TV star from Roosevelt, New York, was arrested Jan. 9,
2014, on the Meadowbrook Parkway.
In addition, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival lineup includes hip-hop and R&B acts such as Childish Gambino, Run the Jewels, DeJ Loaf, G-Eazy, and SZA.
Bonnaroo will be held on June 11-14 in Manchester, Tenn. Tickets go on sale Jan. 17.
ILL EMINEM FAN DIES AFTER VISIT.
Rainbow Connection Executive Director Mary Grace McCarter said Tuesday that the parents of 17-year-old Gage Garmo told her that he died Monday in their Rochester Hills home.
Gage had a wish fulfilled when Detroit native Eminem stopped by Sunday evening. The Detroit Free Press says the pair sat in the family's living room talking about hip-hop and football.
Gage was diagnosed with bone cancer three years ago, when he was a freshman at Rochester High School.
Friends and classmates used social media to spread Gage's wish to meet Eminem, his musical hero, after he learned last week that he had just days left to live. Michigan-based charity Rainbow Connection set up the meeting.
BOOK OF NEGROES ON DECK.
The Book of Negroes depicts the extraordinary life journey of Aminata Diallo (Aunjanue Ellis) an indomitable African woman who cuts a swath through a world that is pre-disposed to underestimate her. Kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone before ultimately securing her freedom in England at the dawn of the 19th century. Produced by Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment, Entertainment One (eOne) and Idelwild Films, the star-studded cast features lead actress Aunjanue Ellis (Ray, The Help), Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire, A Few Good Men), Oscar and Emmy winner Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman, Roots, Boardwalk Empire), Lyriq Bent (Rookie Blue), Oscar nominee Jane Alexander (The Cider House Rules), Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line) and Allan Hawco (Republic of Doyle). The highly anticipated event miniseries of from Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment, Entertainment One (eOne), and Idlewild Films is executive produced by Damon D'Oliveira (What We Have), Clement Virgo ("The Wire") who also served as co-writer & director, Carrie Stein and Margaret O'Brien.
Book of Negroes is a historical document which records names and descriptions
of 3,000 African-American slaves who had to work for the British army
during the American Revolution in order to qualify for their freedom and
were evacuated by the British by ship to points in Nova Scotia. The book
was assembled by Samuel Birch under the direction of Guy Carleton, 1st
Baron Dorchester. African Americans who escaped to the British during
the American Revolutionary War became the first settlement of Black Canadians.
Other Black Loyalists were transported to settlements in several islands
in the West Indies and some to London. Recorded in 1783, this 150-page
document is the only one to have ever recorded Black Americans in a large,
detailed scope of work.
On January 7th, 2015, after nearly twenty-five years, the iconic D&D Studios on the fourth floor of 320 West 37th Street shut its doors. Premier first set up shop at D&D in 1991 to record Gang Starrs third album, Daily Operation, and ever since it has been both a home and a conduit for artists of all genres to attach their lyrics to Preemos complex rhythm of the streets.
There have been innumerable sessions with hundreds of established and emerging artists, a veritable slew of classic recordings and even more stories created at D&D Studios, as Premier set up camp to put his stamp on timeless music from Gang Starr, Rakim, KRS-One, Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Nas, Christina Aguilera, DAngelo, Janet Jackson, Mos Def, Common, Jeru The Damaja, Bumpy Knuckles, The Game, M.O.P., Snoop Dogg, Cee-Lo, Mac Miller, Kanye West, Slaughterhouse, Mack Wilds and many more, to his recently released collaborative project, PRhyme, with Royce Da 59", to still unheard and recent recordings with Miguel, Wale, Scarface, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes and Joey Bada$$; all of which were birthed at the legendary Studio.
Twelve years after Premier first set foot in D&D, he bought the studio from its founders, Douglas Grama and David Lotwin, in 2003 and renamed it HeadQcourterz after his late friend Kenneth HeadQcourterz Walker. While Premier knows the end of D&D closes the book on a major chapter of Hip-Hop history, he also realizes its the start of a new phase of his career. "The building was sold in order to change it from commercial business to residential and our leases would not be renewed, so basically that means Everybody Out! It is tough to accept after so many years making that much history there, but life is good and I will continue to make hot music. Passion never leaves your soul and I have a lot of it so I'm ready to continue on." says Premier.
Premiers relocation of the HeadQcourterz to KAS Music
And Sound at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Astoria complete, the three-time
Grammy Award winner pushes ahead with an active label (Year Round Records),
which Premier will release his debut album, Last Session @320, on in 2015
(a debut album that includes major guest stars) his independent album
projects (NYGz, MC Eiht, Lady Of Rage, Khaleel) and begin to heavily focus
on stepping into the film and television scoring worlds and use the new
HeadQcourterz live space to work on a large live show, replete
with his own band to tour and play his greatest hitswith so many
hits to choose from, the hard part will be coming up with a set list!
Las Vegas Police Officer Laura Meltzer says 24-year-old Abel Tesfaye was arrested early Saturday in a Las Vegas Strip hotel on suspicion of misdemeanor battery of a protected person. He was taken to the Clark County Detention Center, but wasn't listed on the jail roster on Monday.
Meltzer says police were trying to break up a fight on one of the floors when Tesfaye hit an officer on the side of the head with a closed fist.
She says it doesn't appear that the officer was seriously hurt.
Weeknd was scheduled for a concert Friday at Drai's Nightclub. He is featured
on Ariana Grande's "Love Me Harder."
REVOLT EXPANDS NATIONAL COVERAGE.
"As a minority-owned, independent network, we are particularly proud to grow this partnership with NCTC, who represents independent operators of all sizes across all demographics," said REVOLT TV SVP, Head of Content Distribution James Brown. "Coupled with other recent deals, this agreement reinforces the strength of our programming and commitment to continued growth across rural, suburban and urban markets alike."
"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with REVOLT on behalf of NCTC members. We look forward to a beneficial partnership for our member companies," said NCTC Executive Vice President of Programming Judy Meyka.
"REVOLT started as a small independent network that now attracts over 50 million young adults through television, digital, social and mobile anytime, anywhere across America," touts REVOLT Chairman Sean "Diddy" Combs. "This partnership with NCTC allows us to extend our reach and further our goal to be the number one new name in music for fans across every genre."
is available in 46 of the 50 top U.S. markets on Comcast, Time Warner
Cable, Verizon FiOS, CenturyLink and Suddenlink, including New York City,
Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Atlanta, and DC, with more traditional
and non-traditional carriage deals to be announced.
"My Twisted Mind Tour" celebrates K. Michelle's blockbuster new album, "ANYBODY WANNA BUY A HEART?," which made a historic chart debut upon release last month, entering at #6 on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 -- the year's highest charting debut from a female R&B artist. What's even more exciting, the album -- which includes the hit singles, "Love Em All," "Maybe I Should Call," and "Something About The Night" -- debuted at #2 on Billboard's "Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums" chart as well as at #1 on the iTunes Store's "Top R&B/Soul Albums" ranking.
In addition to its immediate success, the album is among last year's most critically acclaimed releases, named to both Billboard's "10 Best R&B Albums of 2014" and Rolling Stone's "20 Best R&B Albums of 2014." "An excellent album," declared Complex, adding, "It cannot be denied any longer: K. Michelle is leaps and bounds ahead of many of her peers."
In other news, the R&B superstar's 2014 VH1 series, K. Michelle: My Life, recently wrapped its impressive first season, pulling in as many as 2.2 million viewers, with a stronghold of the key 18-49 demographic, during the highly competitive Monday night primetime television timeframe. Known to millions as a cast member on the hit VH1 series, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, K. Michelle proved an true star as her Atlantic Records debut album, "REBELLIOUS SOUL," made a stunning #1 entry atop Billboard's "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" chart upon its 2013 release. Furthermore, the album entered the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #2 -- the highest debut on the main chart for a female R&B singer's first album since March 2001.
Among the items being sent to prisoners, according to a complaint filed in California federal court, are mixtapes featuring performances by artists like James Brown, Eminem, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder.
"Defendants boast on their website that their business 'was developed to eliminate contraband,' yet the infringing copies of Plaintiffs sound recordings and musical compositions, in which Defendants unlawfully transact and from which they unjustly profit, are contraband personified," states the lawsuit.
A few months ago, Universal put DJ music up for legal examination, and now the company is doing the same for mixtapes.
As the complaint explains, "Mixtapes are a form of recorded music in which DJs combine (or 'mix') tracks, often recorded by different artists, onto a single CD, sometimes creating overlaps and fades between songs, and/or reflecting a common theme or mood. Such so-called 'mixtapes,' unless authorized by the copyright owner or owner of corresponding state law rights, are nothing more than collections of infringing, piratical compilations of copyrighted or otherwise legally protected sound recordings and copyrighted musical composition."
Universal says the "mixtape" is "frequently a cover for piracy," but acknowledges there are authorized distributors out there.
The defendants are alleged not to be in that authorized category, that they are infringing the copyrights of Universal's records and publishing divisions as a "door opener to solicit customers." Indeed, Universal says that the defendants sometimes sell the music at a financial loss, using items like a hip-hop mixtape as a "loss leader to boost sales of their other goods and services." Presumably, Universal doesn't believe the mixtapes fall as a fair use.
For allegedly reproducing, distributing and preparing derivative works based on their compositions, Universal is demanding maximum statutory damages in the amount of $150,000 to each copyrighted work infringed. The plaintiff also is asserting state unfair competition claims and seeking the imposition of a constructive trust, restitution of unlawful proceeds, punitive damages and more. The lawsuit is being handled by Jeffrey Goldman at Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell.Source: Hollywood reporter
SET TO PERFORM AT GOVERNORS BALL.
He will be joined by the Black Keys, "Weird Al" Yankovic and Lana Del Rey in the Big Apple from June 5 to June 7 on Randall's Island.
Tickets for the fifth annual three-day Governors Ball Music Festival go on sale Wednesday. Other performers include Bjork, Deadmau5, Florence + the Machine, Charli XCX, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Adams.
SUES BEATS AND DR. DRE & JIMMY IOVINE.
The audio tech company and its CEO, Noel Lee, say in the suit that he and Monster invented the technology behind the Beats By Dr. Dre headphones. The suit claims that Iovine and Dre (Andre Young) committed fraud in pirating the headphones away from Lee and Monster.
The suit, filed in San Mateo (Calif.) County Superior Court, charges that the Beats co-founders concealed the role of Monster and Lee in designing and engineering the headphone line, as well as educating them about engineering, manufacturing, distributing and selling the headphones that Monster and Lee invented.
After severing ties with Monster, Beats was purchased by Apple for $3 billion. But as the Beats co-founders made millions, Monster lost millions from its investment in the rise of Beats, the suit charges. Had Lee retained his original 5% interest in Beats, his total stake in the Beats-Apple deal would have been worth over $100 million, the suit alleges.
When contacted, Apple said that it did not have comment on the suit.
Founded in Nevada in 1979 as Monster Cable, Monster assisted in the design of the popular Beats By Dr. Dre headphones. In a previous interview, Lee, who at one time had been a laser-fusion design engineer at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, said that Monster made 150 samples before Dre and Iovine saw any prototypes. "They went through 20 before it felt right," Lee said.
After hitting the market in 2008, the headphones virtually created a high-end styles category of $300-plus headphones. High-end headphones became a $1 billion market in wholesale revenue in 2013, and Iovine has said Beats itself had revenue surpassing $1 billion last year.
Even before Beats and Monster's five-year manufacturing and distribution deal ended, HTC invested $300 million in Beats in 2011.
Iovine and Dre bought back the entirety of Beats in 2013, a year before Apple acquired the company for $3 billion. Monster lists HTC and Beats board member Paul Wachter among the defendants.
Those transactions were a "sham" that Beats used to exercise its "change of control rights" to fraudulently get the headphones away from Monster, said Joseph Cotchett, an attorney with the California-based law firm of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, which is representing Monster. "Had the partnership expired on its own terms, there would have been no transfer of Monster's years of work on Beats By Dr. Dre."
After conspiring to get rid of Monster, Beats also damaged Monster's reputation for developing products, the suit says.
Monster and Lee are asking for punitive damages.
In an exclusive story published last year by Gizmodo, Monster founder Noel Lee and son Kevin Lee shed light on how they were outmaneuvered by the might of Dre, Iovine and Interscope and suggested that they weren't properly compensated for the development of the original headphones. Source: USA TODAY
PILL INKS MULTI-ALBUM DEAL
MUSIC GROUP ON THE DEAL:
MUSIC GROUP ON THE DEAL:
Pill On Signing:
SIGEL OUT OF HOSPITAL.
Pleasantville police say the 40-year-old musician, whose real name is Dwight Grant, left the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City last weekend.
Sigel was shot in the abdomen Dec. 5 at the Pleasantville home, where he had been staying after being released from a federal prison for tax evasion. The shooting occurred shortly after Sigel had dropped his children off at school.
Authorities say Sigel gave investigators a statement about the shooting before he left the hospital, but further details were not disclosed.
No arrests have been made.
BADA$$ CHARGED IN AUSTRALIA ON CONCERT TOUR.
Australian Broadcasting Corp. and Australian Associated Press reported Monday that the 19-year-old Brooklyn performer was headed for the stage of a music festival near Byron Bay in New South Wales state Friday when he was asked by a security guard to prove his identity.
Bada$$ allegedly punched the guard, breaking his nose, before continuing to the stage.
Court official Melissa Everson says Bada$$ appeared in the Lismore Local Court on Saturday and was released on bail. She would not confirm media reports that he was charged with assault causing bodily harm.
DROPS 2014 MUSIC REPORT
album sales grew by an impressive 52 percent in 2014, from 6.1 million
records in 2013 to 9.2 million last year. This is the highest year for
vinyl sales since 1991, when Nielsen SoundScan first began tracking music
sales. Vinyl album sales have increased (year-over-year) for the past
nine consecutive years.
Taylor Swift's 1989 was the top-selling album of 2014, with over 3.66 million copies sold, which is even more impressive considering the album was only released in late October. The 2013 release of the Frozen soundtrack was the second-biggest seller last year, followed by Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour, That's Christmas To Me from Pentatonix and the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack.
"Happy" from Pharrell Williams was the top-selling digital single of 2014, with over 6.45 million sales. John Legend's "All Of Me" was #2, followed by "Dark Horse" by Katy Perry, Meghan Trainor's breakthrough hit "All About That Bass" and "Fancy" from Iggy Azalea f/Charli XCX.
PRODUCER EASY MO BEE ON DECK WITH NEW ALBUM.
In fact, Jodeci has continued to record records over the past 18 years. However, the group didn't feel a cohesive creative direction until now. "We've recorded hundreds of songs, even if it's bits and pieces and fragments of songs that we could probably live off of for the rest of our lives," Mr. Dalvin explained to RollingStone Magazine. "But when creating this album, we chose a body of work that really represents us as a group and represents what people are expecting to hear from Jodeci as a group. People will be pleasantly surprised."
Jodeci feels that now is the time to return with new music. But the group feels that their return comes with a responsibility. As an important group that has always had a voice in culture, Jodeci wants to return with great music that also serves to entertain and inspire. "Nobody Wins" is a record that discourages domestic violence and violence in general and is a message personal to each member of Jodeci.
"We aren't immune to issues that are important in our community. Domestic violence has always been an issue in relationships, but lately it's been brought to the front of our community consciousness," K-Ci explains.
Jodeci is scheduling the release of their new album in the first quarter of 2015, which will officially celebrate the powerhouse group's triumphant return to music.
KEYS & SWIZZ BEATS WELCOMES SECOND CHILD.
The 33-year-old singer shared the news on her Instagram account Sunday with a photo of Genesis's footprints. The image also details that the baby was born at 1:52 a.m. and weighs 6 pounds, 5 ounces.
Keys expressed excitement in her social media captions, saying that "the joy of joy is joy" and that she is grateful.
MICHELLE TOPS THE CHARTS.
Following the release of singles "Maybe I Should Call," "Love 'Em All," and "Something About The Night," the album garnered countless reviews across the country.
On top of releasing her second solo album in just a year's time, K. Michelle's show "K. Michelle: My Life" just wrapped an impressive first season on VH1. Airing on Mondays at 9PM EST, during the highly competitive Monday night primetime television timeframe, the show has pulled in as many as 2.2 million viewers, with a stronghold of the key 18-49 demographic.
Known to millions as a cast member on the hit VH1 series, "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta," K. Michelle earned acclaim for this summer's full-length "hip-hopera," "K. Michelle: Rebellious Soul - The Musical." The VH1 film -- directed by Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (The Wire, Luther) -- includes explosive, theatrical, and deeply moving renditions of such hit singles as "V.S.O.P.," "Damn," and "Can't Raise A Man" alongside other "REBELLIOUS SOUL" favorites.
"REBELLIOUS SOUL" made a stunning #1 debut atop Billboard's "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" chart upon its release earlier last summer. Furthermore, the album entered the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #2 -- the highest debut on the main chart for a female R&B singer's first album since March 2001. In addition to its massive popular success, "REBELLIOUS SOUL" has also received widespread critical applause, with the New York Times hailing it as a "milestone... it has the confidence of survival." Vibe praised Michelle's "triumphant vocals," singling out "V.S.O.P." as "energetic and infectious... (the album's) shining star." "REBELLIOUS SOUL" further proved an international sensation, with the UK's The Guardian awarding it four-out-of-five stars, calling it "dramatic and raw... the emergence of a vital voice."
K. Michelle was also among 2013's most honored artists, including such prestigious prizes as Soul Train Awards' "Best New Artist" and the NAACP Image Awards' "Outstanding New Artist." An electrifying and charismatic live performer, K. spent much of the past year on the road, highlighted by "BET Music Matters Presents The Rebellious Soul Tour with K. Michelle," presented by BET's "Music Matters," the network's influential campaign highlighting the next generation of superstars. In addition, the gifted R&B star accompanied Robin Thicke as special guest on 2014's blockbuster "Blurred Lines Tour."
SHMURDA FACES GUN & DRUG CHARGES.
Ackquille Pollard was taken into custody shortly after he left a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday. His indictment will be made public on Thursday.
The arrest stems from an investigation into a series of gang-related shootings and drug trafficking in the city.
Pollard, 20, is named with other defendants in the indictment, said Kati Cornell, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor. She declined to detail the charges.
Chad Marshal, another aspiring hip-hop artist known as Rowdy Rebel, was arrested inside the recording studio where police also recovered handguns, authorities said.
The Brooklyn-born Pollard is best known for the hit song "Hot Boy" and for a music video that popularized a dance move called the "Shmoney dance."
A "Hot Boy" video posted on YouTube in August has been viewed tens of millions of times, and Pollard performed the song for a national television audience this month on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
"My music is straight facts," Pollard recently told New York Magazine. "There are a lot of gangsters in my 'hood.'"
Pollard's criminal history included two arrests for gun and drug possession, authorities said.
The names of attorneys for Pollard and Marshal weren't immediately available.
NETWORKS APPOINTS STEPHEN HILL AS PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMMING.
As the head of Programming, Hill will be responsible for all aspects of Programming and direct programming and production across BET. BET is a top 20 cable network and the #1 network for the African American audience.
Hill was most recently President of Music Programming & Specials at BET. In this role he was responsible for BETs music shows and specials including the BET Awards, BET Honors, Black Girls Rock, The Hip Hop Awards, and Celebration of Gospel. He also served as a member of the team that successfully launched Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart, Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin, Nick Cannon, Nelly and Cynthia Kaye McWilliams. Hill served as Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Music Programming before being promoted to President of Music Programming & Specials.
I have worked with Stephen for over 15 years, and his passion for the BET Brand has been apparent from the very beginning. He has grown our music shows and specials into iconic and highly-rated programs beloved by our audience, said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks. Over the past several years, he has expanded his role into scripted programming, launching our hit series Real Husbands of Hollywood. He is well-qualified and ready for this new challenge and I am excited to have him in this new role.
Prior to joining BET Networks, Hill was the Director of Music Programming at MTV. While there, he was responsible for selecting and programming all genres of videos, working with talent, and supervising the networks standards processes. Prior to that, he served as the executive producer for the Tom Joyner Morning Show.
BET has always been a trailblazer and its a privilege to be at the helm of programming for a brand that has delivered shows that have, literally, changed the face of television. We will develop and produce fresh, audience-thrilling programming to complement our strong slate of new original content, returning hits and mega-specials, said Stephen Hill. I look forward to continuing to link arms with our massively talented team as we work together, marching towards BET's next successes.
Hill is a graduate of Brown University and a proud native of Washington, D.C.
CENT INKS $78 MILLION UNDERWEAR DEAL.
In the post, he wrote, "I just did a deal for $78 million for underwear. What did you muthaf****s do today? Lllllllllooooolllllllllll (laugh out loud) Boom FRIGO (sic)".
50 Cent was recently reported to have become a stakeholder in the undergarment firm, which was founded in 2012, alongside superproducer Timbaland, retired baseball icon Derek Jeter and basketball player Carmelo Anthony.
Hours after his announcement, the rapper tried to convince U.S. talk show host Seth Meyers why customers should pay the $100 price tag for a pair of the Frigo boxer briefs. He joked, "This $100 underwear were actually hand-created and actually hand-stitched."
Getting serious, he added, "They have a technology in 'em where you can put your man apples... For you to place your sack in another sack that has been ergonomically-designed for comfort. But you know, women spend so much money on lingerie, it's the right project for men."
Cent is no stranger to multi-million dollar deals - he famously banked
$100 million (£62.5 million) after taxes in 2007 when Coca-Cola
purchased his Vitamin Water brand, created in partnership with Glaceau
beverage bosses, for $4 billion.
ALSINA SELLS OUT.
Also, Last night in Tampa Florida, R&B Superstar Usher and openers, August Alsina & DJ Cassidy, wrapped The UR Experience tour. The trio hit 27 cities in just over 6 weeks spanning North America. For Alsina, it was his 3rd tour this year following his opening for 2 Chianz on the 2 Good to Be T.R.U. tour in the spring and his own Testimony Live tour this past summer. Now, Alsina prepares for the 3-city X tour with Hold You Down collaborator and friend Chris Brown which kicks off this Friday in Jacksonville, FL and continues on to hit Columbia, SC and Birmingham, AL.
ON DECK WITH NON-FICTION.
Non-Fiction finds NE-YO collaborating with some of the most talented names in music today. Juicy J is featured on the new single, She Knows, which was produced by powerhouse pop guru Dr. Luke (Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus). Billboard hailed the track as spare and hard-hitting while Complex praised its traditional R&B style.
This track is dedicated to the kind of strong, confident woman who demands attention when she walks in the room. All you can think of is, yeah she knows. She knows she is beautiful. She knows all eyes are on her. She knows how to command the room, explains NE-YO. Dr. Lukes production is incredible and J brings his club swag to the track. No matter what the song is about, he can always take the subject matter home.
Other featured artists include Candice, David Guetta, Jeezy, Charisse Mills, Schoolboy Q and T.I. Time of Our Lives, NE-YOs new collaboration with Pitbull, appears on both Non-Fiction and Pitbulls new album.
The pre-order for Non-Fiction launches today. Fans who pre-order Non-Fiction on iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon will instantly receive She Knows feat. Juicy J, Money Cant Buy feat. Jeezy and Religious. Non-Fiction will be available in standard and deluxe configurations. The iTunes and Target editions of the deluxe album will each contain two additional tracks exclusive to those retailers.
As its title suggests, every song on Non-Fiction is derived from a true story. Some are NE-YOs own personal tales while others were submitted by fans on social-media platforms like Twitter and Instagram.
I didnt just want to tell my story. I like letting people try to guess which is which! explains NE-YO. Im a storyteller: with this album, I wanted to put a magnifying glass on that. I wanted Non-Fiction to feel cinematic: each track gives listeners something entertaining, yet if they take their time with it, theyll discover different dimensions and subplots.
NE-YO was joined in the studio by production mainstays from throughout his career such as Shae Taylor and Stargate plus new associates Key Wayne and Glass John and members of his own Compound Music production team, including Corporal. DJ Camper (JAY Z, Kanye West, John Legend) also worked on many tracks.
new songs are the kind of ultra-relevant narratives blended with powerful
hooks that NE-YO became renowned for both on his own hits like
So Sick, Closer and Miss Independent
and tracks hes helped craft for Rihanna, Beyoncé, Celine
Dion, Carrie Underwood, Whitney Houston, Pitbull, Ciara and many others.
Non-Fiction follows his late 2012 release, R.E.D. (Realizing Every Dream),
which received stellar reviews. USA Today noted, "There isn't a more
natural singer/songwriter in contemporary R&B than NE-YO" and
The Washington Post hailed him as an extremely gifted and versatile
songwriter." NE-YO's first three studio albums debuted at No. 1 on
the SoundScan chart and were all certified RIAA Platinum. He is a three-time
GRAMMY® winner and a two-time winner at the BET, MOBO and Soul Train
Usher will receive the Musical Arts Award for his two-decade career, while Phylicia Rashad will receive the Theatrical Arts Award. Johnneta Betsch Cole, director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art and former president of Spelman College, will receive the Education Award. Former Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson will receive the Technology and Business Award.
BET Honors will be taped Jan. 24 in Washington and will air Feb. 23. Ticket
sales will benefit the National CARES Mentoring Program. Past honorees
include Maya Angelou and Whitney Houston.
COOL Js CLASSIC TO GET 25TH ANNIVERSARY TWO-CD DELUXE EDITION.
The two-CD version will include the original album, an extra 14-track disc of remixes of the releases five singles; including the title cut, Around the Way Girl, The Boomin System, 6 Minutes of Pleasure and the classic diss record To Da Break Of Dawn, as well as bonus entries Eat Em Up L Chill and the main title track from the 1991 film Strictly Business. The original vinyl will also be reissued with an updated treatment showcasing LLs new, eye-popping 3D cover featuring a color version of the originals black and white gold jewelry.
on August 27, 1990, the Marley Marl-produced album (with a front cover
inspired by a Vogue Italy magazine shoot) went on to sell more than two
million copies. The title track from Mama Said Knock You Out reached No.
17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold by the RIAA, while
LL COOL J won Best Rap Solo Performance at the 1992 Grammy® Awards.
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In making the announcement, Anthony said, "As the industry continues to evolve, we're seeing an increasing number of opportunities to create value for our artists and labels by scaling and leveraging UMG's incredible roster and forming dynamic partnerships with brands. With an executive of Mike's caliber leading our efforts in the U.S. combined with Universal Music's unparalleled talent and iconic labels, we are taking another important step in redefining the role of the music company in our rapidly transforming business."
Tunnicliffe said, "As content continues to drive the growth of platforms and the development of new consumption models, I can't think of a better time to join the progressive team at Universal Music which is leading the transformation of the music industry. I look forward to bringing my years of experience working with brands and content companies and creators in developing new revenue streams for UMG and its artists."
Tunnicliffe joined GroupM, the world's largest media investment management company, in 2010. At GroupM, he led major business development and revenue growth activities across the company's agencies, including Mediacom, Mindshare, MEC and Maxus, along with U.S.-based specialist businesses in digital, content, analytics and trading spaces. He was instrumental in winning clients such as NBC Universal, NBCU Digital and Nestle USA and was responsible for leading the agencies client facing teams to generate three-fold growth in revenues from GroupM's specialist businesses.
Prior to GroupM, Tunnicliffe was a partner at Tuna Music and SAS Digital Inc., where he focused on creating new revenue streams in both the brands and entertainment worlds through partnerships, strategic alliances and the creation of intellectual property along with a variety of alternative marketing ideas. Prior positions included Global Chief Client Officer, Initiative Media Worldwide for the Interpublic Group, overseeing clients in their UK and New York offices and Group Managing Director of the four main UK business units of CIA Group plc/TEMPUS Group plc (now part of WPP plc).
Music Group's labels include A&M Records, Angel, Astralwerks, Blue
Note Records, Capitol Christian Music Group, Capitol Records, Capitol
Records Nashville, Caroline, Decca, Def Jam Recordings, Deutsche Grammophon,
Disa, Emarcy, EMI Records Nashville, Fonovisa, Geffen Records, Harvest,
Interscope Records, Island Records, Machete Music, Manhattan, MCA Nashville,
Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Motown Records, Polydor Records, Republic
Records, Universal Music Latino, Verve Music Group, Virgin Records, Virgin
EMI Records, as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed
by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music
Group owns the most extensive catalogue of music in the industry, which
includes the last 100 years of the world's most popular artists and their
recordings. UMG's catalogue is marketed through two distinct divisions,
Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing
(outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes Global Digital
Business, its new media and technologies division and Bravado, its merchandising
The multi-platinum recording artist will serve as the face of the brand as well as Creative Director for new projects.
"I recognize Shine as innovators and tastemakers in their industry. These are the same qualities I try to embody as an artist so it was a natural fit." Says Tyga. "When people want to celebrate and go big, they order bottles when they are drinking. Shine is the ONLY company bringing that premium experience to the smoking industry. Why burn regular paper when you can burn 24kt Gold?"
Tyga has sold over 10 million records worldwide, garnering awards and recognition from The Grammys, Video Music Awards, American Music Awards, Soul Train awards, Billboard and so on. His brand Last Kings is one of the hottest names in apparel outselling major brands in retail stores all over the world.
Shine Papers has experienced significant growth and notoriety since it came into the marketplace last year, with the invention of tattooed blunts and 24K gold rolling papers, which were used as tour merchandise by Miley Cyrus.
"We're bringing innovation and luxury to the world of smoking in a way that's never been done before. Tyga's brand fits perfectly with the lifestyle our products are about, and gold is a major part of what we both do. This partnership gives us an unparalleled platform in our industry to develop new products and launch them on a global scale. He's releasing the Gold Album and we invented 24K gold rolling papers. It's a perfect fit," says Shine Papers spokesperson Dave B.
LINKS UP WITH ARRIBA HORCHATA.
"We are fired up about having Snoop Dogg as a creative partner in our business said Arriba Co-Founder Dino Sarti. We think Snoop is an incredible advocate for our brand. He is an Icon. He has his finger on the pulse of popular culture, exactly where the Arriba brand lives.
Arriba has shown impressive growth and tremendous mass appeal since its launch in early 2014 with an exclusive 7-Eleven national distribution deal. The brand is now rolling out across the nation with significant retailers such as Walmart, Kroger, Costco and Safeway. The beverage is a gluten free, All Natural option that will be available to consumers across the country with Snoop Doggs investment.
Horchata is a feel good, comfort drink. Arriba took this household recipe and flipped it with Energy and Coffee. This is a game changer in the beverage industry. Im always looking for businesses that take it to the next level, which is why I'm looking forward to consulting with the brand said Snoop Dogg.
Snoops role will be to consult with Arriba in creative marketing, which includes product packaging and expansion of additional flavors. Arriba will have a presence at BevNET in Santa Monica on December 7-8, 2014.
SREMMURD ON DECK VIA MIKE WILL MADE-IT'S EAR DRUMMER/INTERSCOPE.
"It's dope to see these guys work hard and stay humble, to come from nothing and become a part of the Ear Drummer movement - our family - working sun up to sun down, recording, coming up with new ideas. The impact is so strong now. It's amazing to see "No Flex Zone" and "No Type," two songs that we did last year, become two of the biggest singles this year, to have the cultural impact that they're having.
"The album came together so easily and organically - it was really a fun album to make. I'm just as excited about this album as I was about Miley Cyrus's album, as I was about Future's album. This album is as special to me as any project I've ever been involved with. People are learning now that these guys are superstars, they're here to stay. SremmLife is just round one."
Celebrating the announcements, Rae Sremmurd will perform their new hit, "No Type," on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Tuesday, December 2. "No Type" has hit the Top 5 at Urban radio and #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart as well as #6 R&B and #4 Rap. The next single from SremmLife will be "Throw Sum Mo" featuring Nicki Minaj and Young Thug.
Rae Sremmurd, the duo of real-life brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy were born and raised in Tupelo, Mississippi. They were signed to Ear Drummer Records, and in May released their debut single "No Flex Zone," a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 (#11 R&B and #8 Rap).
Mike WiLL Made-It has scored a dozen gold, platinum or double platinum hits since just 2012, including for Future, Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, and Drake, plus Miley Cyrus' massive pop hit "We Can't Stop" and his own 2013 debut single "23," featuring Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, and Juicy J
A BETTER TOMORROW IS OUT NOW.
in 1993, the Staten Island, NY-based Wu-Tang Clan proved to be the most
revolutionary rap group of the mid-'90s releasing five group and 19 compliation
albums totaling over 6 platinum records and over 40 million sold. Turning
the standard concept of a hip-hop crew inside out, the Wu-Tang Clan were
assembled as a loose congregation of nine MCs who harnessed a group dynamic
as a set-up for a number of solo albums now considered classics.
The incarceration has also delayed his sophomore album, Dreams Worth More Than Money.
say the rapper must do community service and treatment. He will also not
be allowed to travel outside of Philadelphia. Source: Fox
Soul Train Awards 2014 kicked off with Chris Brown performing a medley of his hits, including Yo (Excuse Me Miss), New Flame, and Loyal, bringing the crowd to their feet. Moments later, Wendy Williams lit up the stage with a glitzy toast to Las Vegas as she waltzed alongside Boris Kodjoe in the opening number. Breakout performers Nico & Vinz took the stage next and belted out their smash hit "Am I Wrong" before wowing the crowd with their new single, In Your Arms." After this performance, audience members joined We Are Toonz and their troop of dancers in a lively rendition of this years dance craze, the Nae Nae. Later in the show, Jodeci reunited onstage to perform classic fan favorites Freek'n You, Come and Talk to Me, Stay and Forever My Lady, in addition to debuting their new single, "Nobody Wins." To close out the show, a group of artists honored Kool & The Gang by performing some of the groups greatest hits; artists included Tamar Braxton, MC Lyte, Ma$e, Doug E. Fresh, and hip hop emcees Lil Kim, Missy Elliott and Da Brat, who reunited and closed out the night with a crowd-pleasing performance of their 1996 platinum single Not Tonight (a remix of Kool & The Gangs hit Ladies Night).
Soul Train Awards 2014 2014 honored artists in 12 different categories. Winners included Nico & Vinz (Best New Artist), Beyoncé (Best R&B/Soul Female Artist), Trey Songz (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist), Beyoncé by Beyoncé (Album of the Year), and Happy by Pharrell Williams (Song of the Year). The full list of winners is below.
TRAIN AWARDS 2014 WINNERS
decision by the grand jury in Ferguson, MO not to indict officer Darren
Wilson in the shooting and killing of unarmed Michael Brown is a travesty
of justice. We believe the St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch's
gross mishandling of this case is inexcusable.
Following the announcement, the Brown family has released a statement via their lawyer:
We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen. Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera. We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction. Lets not just make noise, lets make a difference.
COOL J AND FRIENDS HONOR QUINCY JONES.
"You just really taught me to be a man," LL Cool J said Wednesday in a heartfelt introduction of his mentor and friend at Ebony magazine's annual Power 100 gala, where Jones was the guest of honor.
He received a lifetime achievement award at the event, which recognizes black Americans who are wielding considerable power, such as TV producer Shonda Rhimes, New York Times editor Dean Baquet, physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and Little League star Mo'Ne Davis.
LL Cool J said Jones is like a father to him and called him "the greatest producer in the history of music." Fittingly, the 81-year-old producer, composer and philanthropist was celebrated in song.
Chaka Khan also said Jones feels like family. He's "like an uncle, even a father," she said as she dedicated her performance of "Sweet Thing" to him.
James Ingram sang two hits that Jones produced: "Just Once" and "One Hundred Ways." Ingram also shared a duet with Patti Austin.
Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick got attendees dancing and singing with their original 1980s hits "The Show" and "La Di Da Di." Savion Glover performed a dance of his own.
Jones was recognized for his philanthropic efforts and six-decade career. He's worked with the greats, from Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson. He's scored feature films 38 of them and earned seven Academy Award nominations. He brought Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith to broader audiences.
"We're not, any of us, above being a groupie when it comes to Quincy Jones," Colin Powell said in a video about the honoree.
Jones said he was especially humbled by the Ebony award because he considered the magazine's founder a mentor.
and Jet were part of the glue that bonded us together as a people,"
he said. "Black men and women in this country saw for the very first
time that they were not alone in a vast wilderness; that their loves,
dreams and sorrows were shared by people who looked just like them all
over this country."
The chart currently tracks each week's top 200 albums by sales. The updated ranking will include streaming and digital track sales beginning Dec. 3.
It marks the biggest update since 1991, when Nielsen's point-of-sale data was added to measure album sales.
Billboard says the new methodology aims to provide a more comprehensive sense of an album's popularity, and acts like Ariana Grande and Maroon 5 are likely to benefit because their streaming and digital song sales have been outperforming their album sales.
move comes after music acts like Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean pulled
their tunes from the streaming service Spotify.
We are joining with Privateer Holdings because they understand and respect our fathers legacy, said Rohan Marley, Bobs son.
Starting in late 2015 in certain jurisdictions where regulations permit, Marley Natural will begin offering heirloom Jamaican cannabis strains inspired by those Bob Marley enjoyed. In addition to cannabis, Marley Natural will offer cannabis- and hemp-infused topicals, including sun repair creams and lotions containing Jamaican botanicals such as aloe and coconut, as well as accessories, including limited edition products based on those that Bob preferred. As a brand with a strong social conscience, Marley Naturals business model and philanthropic initiatives will be built to ensure that families and communities who have been harmed by prohibition have the opportunity to benefit from the new, legal cannabis economy.
Bob Marley, a Jamaican-born musician, became a global superstar and advocated for peace, unity, social justice and personal freedom through his music. His greatest hits compilation, Legend, is the worlds best-selling reggae album, with more than 27 million copies sold worldwide. Marley was also a well-known advocate for the herb, as he called cannabis, which he said brought him inner peace and furthered his creativity. When you smoke the herb it reveals you to yourself, Marley said.
Privateer Holdings and the Marley family began discussing the possibility of working together in early 2013 and quickly realized their common values social change, environmental sustainability and building a professional, responsible and legal cannabis industry. Privateer Holdings is committed to ending the social harms caused by prohibition, just as the Marley family carries on Bobs vision of social justice through their charitable and business ventures. The Marley familys strong commitment to sustainability will be carried forward by Marley Naturals use of organic growing mediums and fertilizers.
My dad would be so happy to see people understanding the healing power of the herb, said Cedella Marley, Bobs daughter. He viewed the herb as something spiritual that could awaken our well-being, deepen our reflection, connect us to nature and liberate our creativity. Marley Natural is an authentic way to honor his legacy by adding his voice to the conversation about cannabis and helping end the social harms caused by prohibition.
Marley Natural is a partnership between two cannabis pioneers, said Brendan Kennedy, CEO of Privateer Holdings. The Marley family has been an admired voice in the cannabis movement for more than 50 years and Privateer Holdings is the leader in building professional, mainstream cannabis brands. Weve learned a lot over the past year about Bobs views towards cannabis and how he viewed the herb differently. We are honored to work with the Marley family to bring his voice to a professional, authentic and modern brand that will be a defining first in the cannabis industry.
My husband believed the herb was a natural and positive part of life, said Rita Marley, Bobs wife, and he felt it was important to the world. He looked forward to this day.
BADAZZ ON DECK.
Boosie BadAzz -- until recently known worldwide as Lil' Boosie -- is among the most celebrated rappers of his generation. The Baton Rouge native first lit up the hip hop underground at just 17 and soon teamed with the renowned label Trill Entertainment to unleash a series of undisputed classics, including 2003's "GHETTO STORIES" and 2004's "GANGSTA MUSIK" (both with longtime collaborator Webbie), and 2009's top 10 breakthrough, "SUPERBAD: THE RETURN OF BOOSIE BADAZZ." His fifth and most recent solo album, 2010's "INCARCERATED," was recorded and released while serving a 96-month prison sentence at Angola Louisiana State Penitentiary. The album earned widespread acclaim, with SPIN hailing it as "an enormously heartfelt album that makes his legal plight even more of a feel-bad story."
Released in March 2014 after serving a reduced sentence of 52 months, Boosie made his first public statements at the #BOOSIESPEAKS press conference, streamed live from New Orleans to his global fan following. The event proved one of the largest urban streams in Atlantic Records history with 40K people logged on and 177K overall viewers.
then, Boosie has been among this year's most active and in demand rappers,
with appearances on such tracks as 2 Chainz "Wuda Cuda Shuda (Feat.
Lil Boosie)," Dorrough Music's "Beat Up The Block (Feat. Lil
Boosie)," DJ Mustard's "Face Down (Feat. Lil Wayne, Big Sean,
YG & Lil Boosie)," Jeezy's "Beez Like (Feat. Lil Boosie),"
and T.I.'s "Jet Fuel (Feat. Boosie Badazz)."
Second Coming Tour Dates:
20th - London, UK @ Apollo
2nd - Amsterdam, Holland @ Paradiso
D'Angelo's first major success came in 1994 as a writer/producer, helming the single "U Will Know" on the Jason Lyric soundtrack; That helped lead to the success of his debut solo album, 1995's Brown Sugar, which went on to sell over 2 million copies. With the title track "Lady" the album continued to soar on the charts. Defining D'Angelo as one of the founding fathers and leading lights of the neo-soul movement of the mid-to-late '90s; along with artists like Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Maxwell.
In early 2000, D'Angelo released his sophomore album, Voodoo which debuted at number one, an indication of just how large and devoted his fan base was. The lead single "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" was a smash on the R&B charts and won a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal; likewise, Voodoo won for Best R&B album.
After nearly a decade, D'Angelo is back and is proud to announce The Second Coming Tour which encompasses 17 dates across Europe.
BIRDMAN'S ASSISTANT SUES KEYSHIA COLE FOR BATTERY.
In her Tuesday lawsuit in Superior Court, Sabrina Mercadel says she has been "platonic friends" since childhood with Birdman, whose real name is Bryan Williams, and has been his personal assistant for several years.
Mercadel claims she was the victim of Cole's unprovoked attack when she visited the rapper at his Westwood home on Sept. 19 to listen to his new album "Rich Gang," and offer feedback. Mercadel says Cole confronted her as she walked out of the bathroom and was getting ready to leave, screaming: "'Who the fuck are you! What are you doin' with my man!?'"
Though rumors were swirling about a romantic relationship between Birdman and Cole, Mercadel maintains that she could care less who her old friend was dating. "Given the fact that Mercadel's relationship with Williams was strictly platonic, it was of no consequence to her who Williams was dating," the 9-page lawsuit states.
After suggesting that Mercadel was a prostitute by telling her in a "belligerent and condescending manner, 'You can get your money later,'" Cole attacked Mercadel, following her all the way out of the house to the elevators, according to the lawsuit.
Mercadel claims that by the time she made it to the lobby, Cole had hit her on the butt and in the face, pulled her hair, clawed her "nails against Mercadel's face and inside her mouth," and threw several "hard objects" at her.
According to the complaint, Cole was arrested for the assault while Mercadel went to hospital to treat her injuries. Mercadel also sued Active Property Management, and Carlyle Residences Home Owners Association for letting Cole into Birdman's home.
seeks $1 million in damages for battery, intentional infliction of emotional
distress, negligence and premises liability. She is represented by James
A. Bryan with the Cochran Firm California. Source: Courthouse
Maybach Music Group/Atlantic recording artist Omarion has announced the digital release of his anticipated new album. "SEX PLAYLIST" arrives at all DSPs on December 2nd.
MMG/Atlantic debut and first full-length release in more than four years,
"SEX PLAYLIST" is highlighted by the new single, "Post
To Be (Feat. Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko)" http://youtu.be/FK_wiPiVZV8.
The track is produced by DJ Mustard (Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, Ty Dolla
Currently starring on VH1's hit series, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, Omarion has made a range of promotional appearances in recent weeks, including a visit to FOX's The Real. Omarion credits his Los Angeles based management/production firm, Art Club Intl, for helping him navigate and maintain success in this tumultuous climate of the entertainment industry.
IN AMERICA FESTIVAL COUL DCOST PUBLIC $170K.
Garcetti aides expect the city's tab for the commercial event, held over Labor Day weekend, will reach nearly $670,000. The company that staged the event, Live Nation, was required to provide $500,000 to pay for police patrols, street closures, trash removal and other city services.
"We will absolutely net more as a city than we would" if it hadn't happened, he said. "I'm confident of that."
One neighborhood activist said Garcetti and other city officials should have driven a harder bargain with Live Nation.
"I just don't think the city should pay a penny," said James O'Sullivan, president of the Miracle Mile Residential Assn. "How many sidewalks can that pay for? How many pipes can it fix? That crucial infrastructure is crumbling, or deteriorating, under our feet."
Initially, single-day tickets for the festival sold for just under $100, with weekend passes costing $185. Prices were discounted in the final days before the event.
A comprehensive analysis of the festival's costs and economic benefits will be provided later this year, said City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, the city's top budget official.
Garcetti has argued that the festival, which featured such acts as Kanye West, Iggy Azalea and Imagine Dragons, showed L.A. is capable of hosting a huge outdoor music event. Carol Schatz, who heads the downtown-based Central City Assn., said businesses there viewed the festival and the customers it generated for nearby hotels and restaurants as "a big plus for downtown."
"It's not just a dollar-for-dollar comparison. It's about the perception that it generates that L.A. is really the place to do this and the place to do this in L.A. is downtown," Schatz said. That kind of publicity, she added, "is worth millions."
Garcetti said Philadelphia, which has hosted three Made in America festivals, offers an example of the gains cities can realize from such events. A 2012 report released by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter estimated the two-day festival generated at least $10 million for the city's economy.
In Los Angeles, the city's Board of Police Commissioners received a report last week showing Made in America required more than $475,000 in police overtime pay. Services provided by the Department of Transportation, which handled street closures and other services, totaled more than $122,000, Garcetti spokesman Yusef Robb said. And the city Fire Department provided more than $35,000 in services, Robb said.
Scores of free tickets to the event were distributed by Garcetti aides to city officials, commissioners and staffers, including 12 of the 15 City Council members.
Angeles County negotiated a separate agreement that required Live Nation
to provide $600,000 for use of Grand Park plus reimbursement for any damage
to the park and its surroundings. County officials are seeking $83,000
in repairs from Live Nation. Source: LA Times
"We always had a bond regardless as friends and as brothers. We trust each other," Brown said during an interview with Trey Songz and rapper Tyga, who will also perform on the tour.
Brown and Trey Songz made the announcement at the House of Blues in Los Angeles after performing their remix "Tuesday" and Brown's hit single "Loyal." Tyga did not perform.
"It took awhile for something like this to happen because you do grow a friendship over years and I'm excited about it, more excited about it than any (other) tour," said Trey Songz.
The 25-city trek, which kicks off Jan. 28 in Hampton, Virginia, isn't Brown's only collaboration making headlines.
He's featured along with Drake and Lil Wayne on Nicki Minaj's new single "Only." The militaristic music video has stirred some controversy with critics accusing Minaj of using Nazi imagery. Brown, however, said he has not seen it.
"I haven't had a chance to see the whole video. I know I shot my part maybe a couple weeks ago, so I'm waiting to see the final edit of the actual video. So it's going to be dope," he said.
Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Chris Brown recently made his sixth #1 album entry on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart with his latest release X (RCAS Records). The album also debuted at #2 on Billboard's Top Albums chart, marking his sixth album debut within the Top Ten. X sold over 140,000 units in its first week while Spotify streams of the album continue to rise. With his incredible national television debut performance of the album's title track on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and recent much-buzzed about performance of "New Flame" with Usher at the iHeart Music Festival, combined with the ongoing chart-topping success of "Loyal," there's no question why the talented Chris remains a mainstay at top of the charts.
latest album, Trigga, debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart
and is the sixth studio album by the Grammy-nominated entertainer/artist
known as Trey Songz. The album was released on July 1, 2014, by Songbook
and Atlantic Records. Following the release of his fifth studio album
Chapter V (2012), which also debuted #1, Songz made his acting debut in
Texas Chainsaw 3D and Baggage Claim in (2013). The same year Songz began
work on his sixth studio album collaborating with artists including Nicki
Minaj, Mila J, Ty Dolla $ign, Justin Bieber and Juicy J.
Hank, born Henry Jackson had been suffering from cancer. We're told he passed away in the greater NYC area around 2 AM. Hank was one third of the famous Sugarhill Gang which had the first mainstream rap hit "Rappers Delight" in 1979.
group members Wonder Mike and Master Gee told TMZ ... "So sad to
hear of our brother's passing. Rest in peace Big Bank." Hank was
57 years old. Source: TMZ
The Global Spin Awards is all about giving back to the fans that love and support these artists and more importantly, to the artists themselves that have provided so much joy and entertainment to millions around the world for over the decades, says GSA founder, Shawn Prez. LaLa Anthony always has finger on the pulse of entertainment and music community and McDonalds is always in the forefront of consumer engagement. Im personally honored to have such an influential figure serve as the official host and one of the most influential global brands onboard for this years event and festivities.
Kicking off November 15th, the weekend festivities will include various events such as an industry panel for future music influencers, a never before seen DJ battle and a technology demonstration that allows the audience to learn and interact with celebrity DJs, music tastemakers and industry executives. These events will give music enthusiasts and future industry leaders a platform to discuss issues that affect their society, a closer glimpse inside the industry and a DJ experience of a lifetime.
GSAs sponsor list consists of an eclectic group of notable brands and industry leaders. REVOLT TV, a multi-genre music network for young adults, will serve as this years official media sponsor and broadcast the award show on November 25, 2014 at 8pm ET. CIROC Ultra Premium will feature specialty vodka cocktails and Sean John, an innovative full lifestyle brand, will also sponsor the award show. Hennessy, the world leader of cognac, has partnered with GSA to sponsor its private honoree dinner.
McDonalds Flavor Battle, the nations premier DJ competition, is teaming up with the Global Spin Awards to create access and opportunity for those who have the potential to influence future trends in the music industry. Flavor Battle launched in 2009 as an extension of McDonald's 365Black initiative. McDonald's 365Black platform was created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year round.
Connecting with the music and entertainment community, as well as its extremely loyal fan base is always an opportunity we want to be involved with and the Global Spin Awards is the perfect mix of that for us, says Rob Jackson, U.S. Marketing Director, at McDonald's. Knowing that music is a strong and compelling force in our consumers lives, were excited to see the Global Spin Awards grow and collaborate with them as a sponsor.
Global Spin Awards recognizes and pays tribute to the worlds most
dynamic and talented DJs and honors their contribution to the culture
of music and entertainment. The GSAs are considered to be the Quality
Standard of DJ Recognition by music industry heavyweights. The official
award show will be held on Tuesday November 18th, at the New World Stages
in New York City, where the nominees will join each other in celebrating
their work and the growth of the industry. This years nominees include
Kid Capri, Funk Master Flex, DJ Premier, along with DJ Mustard, DJ Envy,
DJ Khaled and Clinton Sparks.
The Barbadian-born singer founded the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012, named after her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. Says Rihanna: "There is truly nothing I'm more proud of and we've just gotten started."
The Diamond Ball will host around 600 guests, including celebrities. Attendees will be announced at a later date. Rihanna says the first annual event will be "elegant and inspirational."
MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP NAMES SPECIAL ADVISOR.
Reporting to Michael J. Sammis, UMPG EVP Operations and CFO, and David Kokakis, SVP/Head of Business & Legal Affairs and Business Development, Mr. Conlon will be counseling the company on matters related to advocating, protecting and maximizing the value of performing rights on behalf of UMPG and its songwriters.
"It is, indeed, an interesting time in the evolution of the performing rights business and Richard's expertise in developing systems and strategy will be extremely valuable towards maximizing the value of performing rights for UMPG and its songwriters," said Sammis.
A well-respected and accomplished music industry executive, Conlon spearheaded BMI's digital new media licensing divisions and directed global communications efforts. During his more than 20 years with the performing rights organization, he launched both the corporate strategy and digital business units, licensing the rights to more than 8.5 million musical works and generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. Conlon also managed negotiations with industry leading digital properties ranging from YouTube to Spotify, Yahoo, MSN, AOL and MP3.com, to Apple's iRadio and Pandora. Under his management, licensed properties grew to more than 10,000 sites and digital income consistently drove corporate revenue growth.
Z AQUIRES ACE OF SPADES CHAMPAGNE.
Two years ago the rapper commissioned a 350-bottle tower of Armand de Brignac to serve as the centrepiece at a fundraiser for President Obama at his 40/40 nightclub in New York.
In a statement released today by New York-based Sovereign Brands said: We are proud to announce that Sovereign Brands, a New York-based wine & spirits company owned by the Berish family, has sold its interest in Armand de Brignac (Ace of Spades) Champagne brand to a new company led by the globally-renowned Shawn JAY Z Carter.
The details of the deal were not disclosed with the name of Jay Zs upcoming company yet to be announced.
Yvonne Lardner, global PR and marketing spokesperson for Sovereign Brands added: We are extremely proud of what we built with Armand de Brignac. In less than eight years since it was first released, the brand became a must-have item at every top nightclub in the world and scored better among wine critics than some of the worlds most famous luxury Champagne marques. To establish an iconic, credible high-end Champagne in such a short period of time is something truly remarkable.
We have had a wonderful relationship with Jay Z throughout the years since he first discovered Armand de Brignac. He became interested in owning the brand and made us an offer we simply couldnt refuse. With the incredible things happening with the rest of our portfolio, especially the Luc Belaire line, we felt the timing was right as well.
Were sure that Armand de Brignac will continue to grow and thrive, and were looking forward to developing our current and future brands. We are truly passionate about what we do, and we love nothing more than the challenge of spreading our vision of unique, high-quality brands that stand apart from the crowd in the ultra-competitive wine & spirits industry.
Earlier this year the brand launched its Dynastie Collection comprising nine varying bottle sizes including a 4.5L Rehoboam, 9L Salmanazar, 12L Balthazar, 1.5L magnum, 3L Jeroboam, 6L Methuselah and 15L Nebuchadnezzar carrying a combined price tag of $500,000.
About Armand de Brignac Champagne: Armand de Brignac Champagne, instantly identifiable by the distinctive pewter Ace of Spades insignias on its unique, paperless bottle, exemplifies unmatched winemaking expertise and a true passion for the art of Champagne. A staff of just eight people crafts each bottle of Armand de Brignac by hand at the Cattier family house, established in 1763 in Chigny-les-Roses, France.
DONATO INK SWITH TAYLOR GANG.
Khalifa states, "We have worked with J.R. for a while now and are happy to finally have him join Taylor Gang. I kind of scooped him up and put the Taylor Gang stamp on his as soon as I met him. J.R. is young energetic and self-sufficient. He is very in touch with his fans and what's going on in the world around him. He looks good with us and we need his energy on the label."
To celebrate the release, J.R. Donato is releasing the video for "COULDN'T WAIT," WATCH HERE
Hailing from Chicago's North Side, 20-year-old J.R. Donato is the newest phenom to make noise out of the city. He first came to the attention of Wiz Khalifa in 2013. Soon after meeting, Wiz quickly added him to his song, "I'm Feelin'," that also featured Problem and Juicy J off of Khalifa's highly acclaimed, Cabin Fever 2 mixtape.
Before J.R. Donato reached his teenage years, he was already penning lyrics for himself and others. By the time he was 13, his regional hit, "500 Degrees," lead to his sizable buzz in Chicago. Later J.R. found himself immersed in the Atlanta Hip Hop scene and began opening shows for the likes of Lil Boosie, T.I., Lil Wayne and more. He recently toured with Wiz and Taylor Gang on the last two "Under The Influence" tours in 2013 and 2014.
INKS DEAL WITH WARNER MUSIC.
The agreement doesnt follow the pattern of previous licensing pacts between a label and a streaming service. Warner will get to place ads on some of its songs and then share the revenue with SoundCloud. About 40 bands and smaller labels are already doing this through a program SoundCloud launched in August, with brands like Sonos, Jaguar, and Red Bull advertising on the site.
Warner is likely to leave many songs up on SoundCloud without expecting anything in return. SoundCloud already has lots of music from major and independent labels, and entertainment lawyers havent been showing up at its headquarters with pitchforks even though no one is making money from the site. Digital music is valuable for the music industry even if it doesnt directly lead to revenue. Getting compensated in hype and exposure instead of cash has been controversial inside the industry, but record executives have tended to accept this logic when it comes to SoundCloud. Many users of the service are looking for obscure or unreleased music rather than hit songs or a single place to find a comprehensive catalog.
SoundCloud Chief Executive Alex Ljung insists any future deals will maintain the flexibility to make money from some songs while leaving many others without ads. They can start to monetize the things that are there, and they can start letting their artist put more things up, he says. Its not a deal where we say you have to put up your whole catalog.
SoundCloud still claims it isnt aiming to create a comprehensive collection of the worlds music and may never strike deals with all the major labels. Ljung declined to discuss the state of negotiations with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, which had stalled last month, according to the Financial Times.
is under more pressure than those labels to find innovative ways to make
money from digital music because it is smaller. It has been talking to
SoundCloud for some time, but a key reason for the breakthrough was SoundClouds
commitment to develop a paid subscription service early next year. This
service could provide ad-free music, songs that arent available
to free customers, and the ability to store some music on mobile devices
for offline listening. Record labels like paid subscription services because
they make more from royalties when customers actually pay for the music
theyre listening to.
UNDERGROUND TO CELEBRATE 25 YEARS / NEW FILM & MORE.
Along with a series of orchestrated music releases planned to commemorate as well as revive the group's positioning in hip hop, Chopmaster J will be releasing "Sex Packets II" featuring new versions of D.U. classics written and produced by S.O.T.U. (Sun Of The Underground) and featuring an all new D.U. lineup; and unveiling the "D.U. Days'" soundtrack which features, from Chopmaster J's archive collection, exclusive never before heard tracks of the late Tupac Shakur.
Recognized as one of the first hip hop bands, Digital Underground included Chopmaster J, Shock G, Money B, DJ Fuze and the then 18-year-old Tupac Amaru Shakur. The group's meteoric rise to fame in the early '90's was accentuated with chart topping hits like "Doowutchyalike," "Freaks of the Industry," "Same Song" and "Kiss You Back." The band made waves with their colorful and costumed attire, animated stage antics and innovative dance styling and moves.
Digital Underground is best remembered for turning hip hop on its proverbial head and invading the realm of pop with their 1990 pivotal Grammy nominated release "The Humpty Dance." "The Humpty Dance" climbed all the way to #11 on the pop charts, #7 on the R&B charts, and #1 on the Billboard Rap Singles chart. In 2008, "The Humpty Dance" was ranked #30 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop and #65 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's in 2007. The song was selected in the musical reference book, 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die: And 10,001 You Must Download and nominated for Best Rap Video at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards. "The Humpty Dance" is one of the most sampled songs recorded by a hip hop/rap artist. Shock G and Money B performed as "Digital Underground" at the BET Hip Hop Awards in 2010.
The group's contribution to history has tentacles that reach even further though. From their 12 inch drop, "Doowutchyalike" to their debut album "Sex Packets," D.U.'s music unfastened a door in hip hop that was previously non-existent, mixing mad merriment, mayhem and sex with rhyme, rhythm and rap. Factor in the detail that rap music's biggest legend, Tupuc Shakur, started his music career with the group as their roadie, dancer and emcee and the D.U. legacy is all but cemented in the annals of pop music history.
The crux of the anniversary celebration, the feature length documentary film, "D.U. Days: Adventures in Digital Underground the Apprenticeship of Tupac Shakur," will chronicle the turbulent times of the hip hop super group. Chopmaster J and Abbott plan to take the viewer on a historic tour recounting D.U.'s rise and fall. The film will recount a time when the mega rap tour was in its heyday. From sold out US tours, to Tokyo sex clubs, to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the young irreverent hip hop band from the San Francisco Bay Area traveled to every corner of the world entertaining millions of eager pop and hip hop music fans.
Abbott, who directed, co-wrote and edited the platinum-selling, short film / music video "Streets is Watching," and directed the underground hip hop cult classic, "State Property," both starring hip hop icon Jay Z, believes the documentary will play a crucial role in music history. "The movie is about the rise and fall of a would-be hip hop dynasty during the 'Golden Age of Hip Hop,'" he explains. "But more importantly, the film features the birth of the career of music giant, Tupac Shakur. Fans who contribute to the Indiegogo crowdfunding effort will play an important part in helping to document this significant time in pop culture."
"This project will be a must have for any true hip hop head," adds Chopmaster J. "The inclusion of some of Tupac's never before released first recordings are alone worth the price of admission!"
participants can donate $5.00 and become a part of hip hop history while
collecting unique D.U. memorabilia! Monies raised will support the completion
of the documentary for a 2015 release.
The Grammy-winning hip-hop band created the CAPA Foundation after learning that $1.1 million had been cut from the budget of the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts.
Budget cuts resulted in the loss of 19 teachers and staff members since 2012. Funding for clubs and extracurricular activities has been eliminated, and the school's annual theater production was canceled.
"I'm taking this as a state of emergency," said Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson. He and band member Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter formed the band in 1987 after meeting at CAPA, regarded as Philadelphia's premiere performing arts high school.
The Roots are the house band for NBC's "Tonight" show. Other musical artists including Boyz II Men and Jazmine Sullivan attended the high school.
"It cultivated us. It educated us," Thompson said of CAPA. "This is more than just pay it forward or celeb guilt. This is necessary. ... It keeps you out of trouble. It helps develop your personality. If you take that away, you're just a machine."
Thompson considered donating $1 million, but his manager persuaded him to use his relationship with corporate sponsors. The drummer said there are a few companies willing to help, and a "substantial" amount has been donated, with "seed money" from Thompson and Trotter.
The nonprofit organization aims to raise $500,000 annually for the first five years and then $1 million annually after that, Thompson said.
CAPA plans to provide funding for purchasing books and classroom supplies, restoring clubs and after-school activities and renovating CAPA's theater.
lending our celebrity to a school where we began," Trotter said.
"In essence, it's literally a back-to-the-roots situation for us."
Schonfeld said he didn't know exactly when Knight was hospitalized. The development came to light during an extradition hearing at which Knight's lawyer had planned to seek bail pending Knight's return to California to face a felony robbery charge.
The 49-year-old founder of Death Row Records was arrested Wednesday in Las Vegas and comedian Katt Williams was arrested in the Los Angeles area on a celebrity photographer's complaint that they stole her camera Sept. 5 in Beverly Hills.
Z'S ROC NATION INKS DEZ BRYANT.
While French Montana is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on his sophomore project, Mac & Cheese, which will be released on December 16. The Moroccan born, Bronx bred rapper blesses his fans with a taste of what's to come on his new single "Don't Panic." The DJ Mustard produced track is accompanied by an intense, hard hitting video directed by Eif Rivera. With a slew of chart topping singles and a top 10 debut record, Montana proves to be one of hip-hops most talented artists.
TO HIT STAGE AT 2014 AMA'S.
On last weekend's Saturday Night Live, Azalea performed her new single, "Beg For It," featuring Denmark's MØ, and a medley of "Fancy" and "Black Widow." The appearance gave Azalea a notable boost on Billboard's Social 50.
For the second straight year, Pitbull is the American Music Awards host, with additional performances coming from Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith, Charli XCX and 5 Seconds of Summer. The AMAs will broadcast at 8 p.m. on Nov. 23 on ABC, courtesy of Dick Clark Productions.
ENEMY'S 1988 CLASSICS TO BE RELEASED AS MULTI-DISC DELUXE EDITIONS.
The Deluxe Edition of It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back includes the original album, executive produced by Rick Rubin and Bill Stephney, and produced by Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee, Eric Vietnam Sadler and Carl Ryder (aka Chuck D), better known as the Bomb Squad. It features the classic tracks Bring the Noise, Dont Believe the Hype, Louder Than a Bomb and Rebel Without a Pause. The second disc includes 13 rare bonus mixes, among them the original No Noise version of Bring the Noise, instrumental versions of Rebel Without a Pause, Night of the Living Baseheads and Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos, as well as the soundtrack version of Fight the Power from Spike Lees groundbreaking Do the Right Thing movie. The third disc is a DVD of the 1989 VHS release Fight the Power Live, directed by Hart Perry and long unavailable for sale. It includes the original videos for Fight the Power, Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos and Night of the Living Baseheads along with several live performances. The platinum-selling album was named one of the top 100 of all time by Time magazine, and was ranked #48 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The Deluxe Edition of Fear of a Black Planet includes the original album, also produced by the Bomb Squad and featuring the hit singles Fight the Power, Welcome to the Terrordome and Flavor Flavs 911 Is a Joke. The second disc includes 18 rare bonus mixes, among them, the almost 10 minute-long Enemy Assault Vehicle Mixx (Medley), three separate remixes of Cant Do Nuttin For Ya Man!; an uncensored and extended version of Anti-Ni***r Machine; instrumental takes on 911 Is a Joke, Power to the People, Revolutionary Generation and War at 33 1/3, plus three separate mixes of Fight the Power, including the Flavor Flav Meets Spike Lee take, featuring Branford Marsalis on sax.
The original LP version of Fear of a Black Planet will also be released in a collectors vinyl edition for the first time in 15 years, with a special fade to black 3D cover that, when turned to the left or right, turns black, with just the bands iconic cross-hairs visible.
Fear of a Black Planet, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015, finished #300 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and was added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry in 2005. The album is certified platinum by the RIAA for more than one million shipped, peaking at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. Writes Wax Poetics editor-in-chief Torres in the liner notes, Though it sits in the shadow of It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back, Fear of a Black Planet is a formidable contender for one of the finest hip-hop albums ever recorded.
Deluxe Editions are part of a yearlong, ongoing celebration marking the
30th Anniversary of the iconic record label founded in 1984 by Rick Rubin
and Russell Simmons. Its influence and impact on modern music, culture,
and lifestyle is unparalleled.
The new album sees Stalley paying homage to his beloved Buckeye State. The Massillon-based MC reached out to a number of his fellow Ohioans, including producer Rashad (of the Columbus-based Elev8tor Music), with whom he previously collaborated on 2011's breakthrough mixtape, "LINCOLN WAY NIGHTS." Stalley also enlisted legendary Cleveland-born photographer Jonathan Mannion -- known for his iconic work with such superstars as Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Cleveland's own LeBron James -- to shoot the "OHIO" cover art.
The new album also includes featured appearances from Atlantic recording artist Ty Dolla $ign, Nipsey Hussle, Rashad, and the one and only De La Soul alongside the new single, "One More Shot (Feat. Rick Ross & August Alsina)."
Stalley burst onto the Midwest hip-hop scene with a number of distinctive mixtapes before breaking out with 2011's "LINCOLN WAY NIGHTS." He signed with Maybach Music Group after a major bidding war, leading to high profile appearances on such label releases as MMG founder Rick Ross' 2012 blockbuster mixtape, "RICH FOREVER," and the RIAA gold certified, GRAMMY®-nominated "GOD FORGIVE, I DON'T," as well as all three volumes of the massively popular "MMG PRESENTS: SELF MADE" series.
ELLIOT, LIL KIM & DA BRAT TO REUNITE.
Chris Brown, who is the lead nominee with seven, will also hit the stage. Beyoncé has six nominations and Pharrell Williams follows with five.
Other performers include Mase, Tamar Braxton, Tank, Aloe Blacc, Nico & Vinz and Sevyn Streeter.
Kool & the Gang will be honored with the legend award. Wendy Williams will host the Soul Train Awards, to air on BET and Centric on Nov. 30.
Lil Kim, Missy Elliott and Da Brat will perform their 1996 platinum single, Not Tonight, the remix from Kool & the Gangs first platinum album and same-titled single, Ladies Night. The tribute also includes a performance by soulful singer Joe.
We are keeping the momentum going with hit-making musical acts from different decades and are thrilled Missy Elliott, Lil Kim and DaBrat chose SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 for their reunion, said Paxton Baker, General Manager and Executive Vice President, CENTRIC. We are humbled to honor Kool & the Gang with the Legend Award this year. Theyve set music trends that are sampled still today, and I know they, along with the other performers, will bring the Celebration to Vegas throughout the weekend!
This years theme will celebrate the history of dance, from the classic Soul Train line and the electric slide, to the Dougie and this years breakout, the Nae Nae. To keep the party going throughout the show, international DJ and King of Crunk, Lil Jon, has been tapped as the house DJ. His voice has been heard over radio waves for decades, so it only makes sense to have Big Tigger as this years official celebrity announcer.
THE JEWELS / RTJ2 & MORE..
In conjunction with the album release Run the Jewels have shared Tag The Jewels, a worldwide street art initiative in which over 30 artists across 6 continents were invited to remix the group's iconic album artwork on walls in Los Angeles, Jakarta, Chicago, Paris, Sao Paolo, Lagos, Aukland, Warsaw, New Delhi, and many more. The project was curated & managed by the FatCap Agency.
SHOWS SLOWER LEARNING PEOPLE LISTEN TO LIL WAYNE, T.I., & MORE.
The result shows that students who achieved above-average scores prefer music by Beethoven or Radiohead. Sufjan Stevens, Bob Dylan, The Shins, Counting Crows and U2 are other acts favorited by smart people.
Meanwhile, folks with lower scores will prefer Beyonce Knowles, Lil Wayne, T.I., The Used and gospel music.
There are plenty of other interesting revelations from Griffith's findings, including smarter people will choose John Mayer over Pink Floyd and the music of huge rock bands like Tool, System of a Down or Pearl Jam is for people with average intelligence.
BROWN, JODECI, JEREMIH & MORE TO PERFORM @ SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014.
"This slate of performances is another example that Soul Train Awards 2014 is the only place where soul music lovers can find the diverse combination of current chart-topping performers and reunions from their favorite hit-making groups," said Paxton Baker, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Centric. "We are pulling out all the stops this year and are thrilled to have Chris Brown and Jodeci lead the big surprises we have in store."
This year's theme will celebrate the history of dance, from the classic Soul Train line and the electric slide, to the Dougie and this year's breakout, the Nae Nae. To bring the dance theme to life, Soul Train has brought in award-winning choreographer Fatima Robinson and her 12 seasoned dancers to lead the show.
Grammy Award-winning producers 1500 or Nothin' are back again as music
directors for the show and will keep the party rolling throughout the
Speaking on the reasoning behind aligning Remember and himself with Warner Bros, Mac said, "they have Prince." All future Mac Miller and Remember artist releases will come via Remember/Warner Bros.
MUSIC CONFERENCE 2014 RECAP.
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine welcomed REVOLT to Miami on Thursday and later presented CEO Keith Clinkscales with a key to the city. Friday morning Clinkscales officially kicked off the conference followed by rousing keynote addresses from Guy Oseary (Manager and Founder of Maverick) and Bob Pittman (Chairman and CEO of IHeartMedia). REVOLT Chairman Sean Combs sat in the audience for a few of the afternoon's panels, including the "Disruptors: The Future of Business" discussion where he engaged panelists Rio Caraeff (President & CEO of Vevo), Kevin McGurn (Chief Revenue Officer of Shazam), Britt Morgan-Saks (Artist Services at Spotify), Alex Ljung (CEO of SoundCloud), Lars Murray (VP of Music Industry Relations at Pandora) and moderator Kenna about the future of the record business. Music industry titans such as LA Reid, DJ Khaled and Craig Kallman determined that A&R is not dead after all.
Russell Simmons received a standing ovation at the start of an inspirational keynote address to kick off Day Two before leading a packed house in a group meditation. The day's panels featured some of the biggest titans of their perspective industries including Frank Cooper (CMO of Pepsico) and Marc Ecko (Founder & Chief Brand Officer of Complex Media) discussing "The New Deal: Brands and Artists" and legendary music producers Dallas Austin and Rodney Jerkins debating "The Business of Music Publishing" with singer-songwriter James Fauntleroy and Jessica Rivera (SVP, Head of East Coast Operations of Universal Music Publishing). REVOLT founder Sean "Diddy" Combs led a rousing keynote address entitled "#AskDiddy" in front of a packed house, offering invaluable career insight and advice to the standing-room-only crowd. Following a classic performance by Ne-Yo, Combs presented his good friend, industry icon Jimmy Iovine, with an award and spoke at length about his illustrious forty year career. The award was created by artist Glenn Kaino using Olympian Tommie Smith's famous forearm and fist. Iovine then gave a rousing speech about the current state of music and industry's ever-changing landscape.
"In your own way, reflecting your own musical passions, I do call upon all of you to find your way to innovate and be a part of music's future," said Jimmy Iovine to the audience of over 700 as he accepted his award. "We are no longer in the music business, but in the business of music."
Additional speakers at the REVOLT Music Conference included executives from Apple (Larry Jackson, BOH Specialist), Facebook & Instagram (Jonathan Hull, Music Partnerships); Def Jam (Sickamore, A&R) and Epic (Sylvia Rhone, President); Atlantic (Julie Greenwald, Chairman and COO); and Glassnotes Records (Daniel Glass, CEO) among many more.
AND NAS SET FOR ALICIA KEYS' BLACK BALL.
The piano-playing singer announced Tuesday that her husband, producer-rapper Swizz Beatz, will co-host the 11th annual Black Ball on Oct. 30 at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom.
Keys, Nas, David Byrne and Angel Haze will perform.
Keep a Child Alive, Keys' charity launched in 2003, assists people affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa and India.
Keep a Child Alives Black Ball is a star-studded event where celebrity and philanthropy join hand in hand. The evening celebrates the work of Keep a Child Alive (KCA) and raises millions for children and families affected by HIV in Africa and India. The Black Ball hosts never-before-seen musical collaborations with KCA co-founder Alicia Keys, and other leading artists. This event is sure to take you on a unique and inspiring journey.
year's Black Ball raised $4 million and featured Carole King and Pharrell.
The industry-first PULS wearable is untethered and has the ability to make/receive calls and operates independently of any smartphone, whereas most wearables use Bluetooth and require close proximity to a smartphone.
In an interactive showcase that featured music, video, imagery, poetry, and a fashion runway show, will.i.am demonstrated the i.amPULS smartband is truly the industry's first standalone communications device.
A host of CEOs and industry icons in the worlds of fashion, entertainment, technology and enterprise joined will.i.am on stage to lend their support including:
Bradley - AT&T
off this is not a watch, by any means," Will.i.am said, showing off
the bulky, curved black band, and pointing out its various attributes.
"The battery is all around here, right next to the battery very tightly
packed is the speaker, and then the radio is here and here, SIM card is
there, the chip set is there, and it's all tightly packed under this curve
PULS features an intelligent personal assistant "AneedA" powered by Nuance Communications. Developed with a "voice first, touch second" functionality, AneedA is an intuitive personal assistant that takes dictation for texts and emails, plays music, posts to social media, queues maps and a fitness app, schedules appointments, make calls, and more.
by musician and entrepreneur will.i.am, i.am+ is a entrepreneurial entity
nurturing powerful and developing technology into products and ideas driven
by innovation. i.am+ is positioned at the intersection of pop-tech and
fashionology. i.am+ is a way of life, a culture that empowers and inspires.
Few producers have the talent to sustain a career as long, diverse and prolific as Mikes," Warner/Chappell North America president Jon Platt said in a statement. "From 2Pac to Kanye and everyone in between, Mike has helped great artists define new sounds. Hes always innovating, not only within hip hop, but across pop music in general. Were thrilled to be on his team.
Besides 2Pac and West, Dean has also produced tracks or written for Beyoncé, Jay-Z, E-40, and Kid Cudi, Scarface, Tha Dogg Pound, Nate Dogg, Tech N9ne, and Devin the Dude, among others.
added in a statement, I am excited to work with Warner/Chappell
and Big Jon on expanding my musical palate, and be able to continue to
innovate and push music forward." Source: Billboard
Chads widow Chinara does not speak on behalf of Chads sons Chad Jr., Corey, the rest of the family, the late Mama Wes, or the UGK Records family. She is only speaking for her and her daughter, Angela Crooks, the mother of Chads son Corey, said in a recent interview, adding, Julia Beverly has our full support with the Pimp C biography.
Beverly says the book began with nearly 40 hours of interviews conducted with Pimp Cs mother and manager, Weslyn Mama Wes Monroe, prior to her sudden passing in 2013. I initially intended to do this project with his estate through his wife, Beverly explains. However, after I learned that his wife does not have custody of any of his children, and his sons do not benefit financially from his estate, I made alternate arrangements with his mother.
Mama Wes entrusted me with telling her sons story accurately and honestly; its a responsibility I take very seriously, Beverly adds. Sometimes the truth hurts, so I can understand why some people dont want the story to be told.
The book will be released in early 2015.
DEVAUGHN RECEIVES SPIRIT OF DEMOCRACY AWARD.
Hosted by actor/comedian, Jonathan Slocumb, and sponsored by Verizon and Comcast NBC Universal, the event also honored: Charles Ogletree Jr., Harvard University Law School professor; Elsie Scott, PhD, founding director, Ron Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center, Howard University; Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director, CEO, MomsRising.org; Mayor William Bell, Birmingham, Alabama; Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science; Councilwoman Sheila Tyson, convener, Alabama Coalition on Black Civic Participation; and Helen Butler, executive director, Georgia Coalition for the Peoples Agenda.
of the late Campbell Pulliam were on hand to present the award. Pictured
above (L-R): Richard G. Womack, Sr, chair, NCBCP; Melanie Campbell, president
and CEO, NCBCP; Isaac Campbell Jr., relative; DeVaughn; Karma Cottman,
executive director, DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Savannah Campbell,
relative; and Rev. Judith C. Moore.
ON DECK WITH MEN'S SCENT.
ROGUE MAN by Rihanna has top notes comprised of fresh citrus, herbs, and spicy black pepper which offer a clean opening impression, the velvet floral blends, strong undertones of cedar wood, and the primal sensation of labdanum ignite the senses and linger warmly on skin.
Shot by legendary fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti, the ROGUE MAN by Rihanna ad campaign explores the rebellious and complex juxtaposition of attraction, sexuality and power. Rihanna was immediately attracted to feature model Daniel Ness for his raw sensuality and knew at first sight that he is the embodiment of the ROGUE MAN
"Building upon the marked success of her women's fragrance line, we are thrilled to join Rihanna on her venture into the men's fragrance category," said Donald Loftus, President of Parlux, Ltd. "ROGUE MAN by Rihanna offers a new constituency of male consumers entrance into the bold world of Rihanna's growing lifestyle brand."
ROGUE MAN by Rihanna is available at select Macy's nationwide.
Rihanna has taken the music, entertainment and fashion industry by storm. As an accomplished performer, she has sold 50 million albums and 180 million digital tracks worldwide making her the top-selling digital artist of all time. She's put out 7 albums in 7 years, achieved 12 number-one singles and won 7 Grammy Awards. With over 4 billion views and 16 Vevo certified videos she is the most viewed artist on Vevo/YouTube and the biggest artist on Facebook with over 80 million friends. In addition, she's successfully launched four fragrances, two capsule collections with Armani, as well as four River Island collections and is currently the spokesperson for Viva Glam.
AZALEA LEADS THE PACK / 2014 AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS
Iggy Azalea leads this year with six nominations. John Legend, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams follow with five nominations each, while Lorde earns four nominations. Additionally, Beyoncé, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic and One Direction were nominated for three awards. Bastille, Drake, Luke Bryan and Sam Smith each receive two nominations.
The Artist of the Year category increases from 5 to 10 nominees in 2014. This years nominees are Iggy Azalea, Beyoncé, Luke Bryan, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Lorde, One Direction, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams. The ten nominees will be narrowed to five based on the votes received through 11/13 and the winner will be determined by the total votes received throughout the entire voting period.
The Single of The Year category, increasing from 3 to 5 nominees in 2014, includes nominees Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli XCX, Fancy, John Legend, All of Me, MAGIC!, Rude, Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J, Dark Horse and Pharrell Williams, Happy.
As always at the American Music Awards, artists will be honored in the genres of Pop/Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Alternative Rock, Adult Contemporary, Latin, Contemporary Inspirational, Electronic Dance Music, as well as categories for Top Soundtrack, New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohls, Artist of the Year and Single of the Year.
The 2014 American Music Awards® are produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan are Executive Producers. Larry Klein, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are Producers.
OF THE YEAR
ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHLS
OF THE YEAR
MALE ARTIST POP/ROCK
FEMALE ARTIST POP/ROCK
BAND, DUO OR GROUP POP/ROCK
MALE ARTIST COUNTRY
FEMALE ARTIST COUNTRY
BAND, DUO OR GROUP - COUNTRY
ALBUM - COUNTRY
MALE ARTIST SOUL/R&B
FEMALE ARTIST SOUL/R&B
ARTIST - ALTERNATIVE ROCK
ARTIST - ADULT CONTEMPORARY
ARTIST - LATIN
ARTIST - CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL
ARTIST - ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM)
Williams and Beyonce will be competing against each other for album of the year, along with John Legend, Drake, Janelle Monae and Michael Jackson.
Hosted by Wendy Williams, the Soul Train Awards will be presented on Nov. 7 in Las Vegas. The awards will air on Nov. 30 on Centric and BET.
BEYONCE RADIO STATION IN HOUSTON ON DECK.
The station's website posted a statement announcing its closure: "News92, Houstons first FM all-news radio station aired its last broadcast Wednesday, October 8, 2014... This difficult decision is a result of sustained poor ratings performance and significant financial losses over the past three years despite the substantial financial and human resources we invested."
Radio One owns the station-formerly-known-as-News92. Yashima Azilove, who works for Radio One, discussed the station's reincarnation as Beyonce radio with local news. "In looking to make a transition, we go back to what we know," Azilove told ABC13. "We know urban radio. We're in Houston, the combination seemed like a winning one." Well, it's a win for Radio One and Beyonce at least -- 47 employees of the station were laid off.
If the new station only plays Beyonce's solo catalog, it will have five albums to choose from. Not including various bonus tracks, remixes, live versions or tracks from other artists featuring Beyonce, those records contain 63 songs, adding up to roughly 4 hours and 15 minutes of music. Of course, if the station is willing to dig into Beyonce's work with Destiny's Child, that will expand their pool of possible tunes to draw from -- Destiny's Child recorded 5 albums (if you count their Christmas album), containing 67 songs and around 4.5 hours of music. Source: Billboard
WU-TANG CLAN INKS WITH WARNER BROS. RECORDS.
Wu-Tang Clan said, "Wu-Tang Clan is excited to join the Warner family of esteemed artists. After 20 years in the business with different label outlets, we are delighted to be amongst a team of industry professionals who understand our unique artistry and will help spread it to the masses unadulterated. RZA and his brother Divine CEO of Wu-Tang felt synergy with executive/producer Rob Cavallo and Cameron Strang, and decided Warner Bros. would be a suitable home for their brand and band, and a great place to carry on the Wu-Tang saga. In the words of Ghostface, when it comes to being signed to Warner Bros., 'we're getting Bugs Bunny money.'"
Cameron Strang, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. Records, told Billboard, "Wu-Tang Clan is responsible for creating a deep discography of iconic rap music, spawning incredibly successful careers for each of the group's individual members, and launching Wu-Tang into a full-fledged brand beyond their music. Two decades on, they remain a major force in hip hop. I speak for everyone on our team when I say how thrilled we are to be the new home for one of hip hop's most influential groups. This is an exciting day in the history of Warner Bros. Records, and we can't wait to contribute to the next phase of their careers."
Over the course of their career, the group has released five studio albums and 19 compilation albums. Each of their first three albums-- Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Wu-Tang Forever and The W-have been certified platinum by the RIAA, with Wu-Tang Forever having debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200.
in 1993, the Staten Island, NY-based Wu-Tang Clan proved to be the most
revolutionary rap group of the mid-'90s. Turning the standard concept
of a hip-hop crew inside out, the Wu-Tang Clan were assembled as a loose
congregation of nine MCs. Instead of releasing one album after another,
the idea was to establish the Wu-Tang as a force with their debut album
and then spin off into as many side projects as possible. In the process,
the members all became individual stars.
CELEBRATES 5-YR ANNIVERSARY.
"With ten consecutive months of record breaking +1 million daily tune in, it shows that KDAY is a passion brand with unique engagement a most excellent way to ring-in our 5th birthday on FM," stated Otto Padron, President of Meruelo Media. "KDAY is a true institution fueled by an ever-growing popularity for our music; the perfect equity combination to grow listening in a landscape full of media choices."
KDAY's high energy Rhythmic Adults Hits format hit L.A. airwaves on August 20, 2009. Its historic roots in Southern California radio history began on the AM dial as KDAY AM 1580 and today, under the management of Meruelo Media, has successfully retained its renowned Hip-hop and R&B format as solid and sustainable entertainment.
The resurrection of KDAY 93.5FM as the pioneer of the R&B/dance/pop/Hip-Hop station has honored its historically renowned AM heritage while evolving its programming to connect with the diverse cultures in today's competitive Los Angeles radio landscape.
BANS PLAYERS FROM WEARING BEATS BY DRE HEADPHONES.
This applies to all TV interviews during training camps or practice sessions and on game day, from before the opening kickoff through the final whistle to postgame interviews conducted in the locker room or on the podium, up to 90 minutes after games have ended.
So players such as the Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson (wearing Beats By Dre above) could be subject to fine by the league. Players such as the Seahawks' Richard Sherman and the San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick, who have deals with Beats, are included in this.
The NFL sees no problem with this.
NFL has longstanding policies that prohibit branded exposure on-field
or during interviews unless authorized by the league. These policies date
back to the early 1990s and continue today, an NFL spokesperson
said in a statement. They are the NFLs policies not
one of the leagues sponsors, Bose in this case. Bose is not involved
in the enforcement of our policies. This is true for others on-field.
the last few years athletes have written Beats into their DNA as part
of the pre-game ritual, a Beats spokesperson said. Music can
have a significant positive effect on an athletes focus and mental
preparedness and has become as important to performance as any other piece
World Cup this summer also banned Dre products in a similar fashion to
the new NFL rules. Source: Yahoo Sports
Burbank police Sgt. John Pfrommer says the rapper, born Todd Anthony Shaw, was passing through the checkpoint Wednesday when a Transportation Security Administration employee noticed the handgun going through a baggage scanner. The rapper fled the building, leaving his belongings behind.
Pfrommer says Too Short returned to the airport Thursday with his attorney and was cited on misdemeanor possession of a loaded handgun in a public place. He was released and is due in court Nov. 3. Police didn't know who the rapper's attorney is.
/ RIHANNA / JAMIE FOXX ON DECK TO PERFORM.
We are honored to play a small role to help raise awareness and support for our service men and women, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler says, per Variety. Their immeasurable sacrifice deserves our nations gratitude. This event will not only celebrate their service, but help remind Americans of the many challenges they face on and off the battlefield.
ISSUES STATEMENT ON VERIZON FIOS DEAL.
"On Monday, September 29th we announced a deal with Verizon FiOS establishing REVOLT as the dominant player in music television today. Verizon's vote of confidence marks another win for REVOLT and solidifies our place as the new #1 name in music. But our growth won't stop here we will continue to deliver a Millennial audience to cable providers across the country, building a platform that amplifies the art form and celebrates the culture of music.
With our late October debut on Verizon FiOS, REVOLT will now be available in 46 of the top 50 U.S. markets on Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Centurylink and SuddenLink. ?This timing is significant because it coincides with our one-year anniversary on-air. We have worked hard to get to this point and I am excited to celebrate this milestone at the inaugural REVOLT Music Conference Oct. 16-19 in Miami Beach.
On this journey to make REVOLT a household name, we are most excited to join a cable provider that understands and programs for young adults. As we have set the goal to be accessible 24/7, anytime, anywhere, on one billion devices, our new relationship with Verizon FiOS represents an opportunity larger than cable alone, taking us to their digital and mobile platforms that are heavily used by our audience of young music fans and artists. We look forward to welcoming additional viewers as part of our REVOLT Nation."
RZA PARTNERS UP WITH BOOMBOTIX.
Boombot REXs feature advanced audio engineering and are tuned to meet the highest standard of audio quality. The 2014 Boombot REX, which will feature pre-released songs from the album, has a 50 percent increase in battery life compared to previous models. With full Bluetooth integration, Boombot REXs give users control of their smartphone device without ever removing it from their pocket.
An experiment in music exclusivity, the Boombot REX 20th Anniversary Wu-Tang Edition is designed to spark conversation regarding the economics of music in a climate of Internet piracy and streaming services. Instead lining up outside stores for new releases, music fans access music from the cloud or download it illegally. According to RZA, this process degrades the artistic value of music and the immense amount of time devoted to creating it.
"To me, there's something transcendent about being able to physically hold music," said RZA. "Back in the day, holding a vinyl helped you appreciate just how much time and sweat an artist put into creating a single track, let alone an entire album. Over the last decade, we've lost that sensation. With this project, I hope to strengthen the bond between fan and artist. Boombotix puts the artist back in your hands so you can stay connected to your music."
Boombotix is excited to offer consumers the chance to experience their music in such a creative way, said CEO Sean Sullivan. Being part of the conversation to change how albums are presented is a great opportunity.
The Boombot REX 20th Anniversary Wu-Tang Edition is the first installment in the Chambers Collection. The Chambers Collection will be a new line from Boombotix that features embedded music within their ultra-portable speakers. Boombotix and RZA plan to add to the Chambers Collection in 2015.
BADA$$ ANNOUNCES THAT VINCE STAPLES WILL JOIN HIM ON NEW TOUR.
Z @ GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL.
He told the crowd many of whom earned free tickets by volunteering to support the Global Citizen Festival's movement to end poverty by 2030.
No Doubt, Sting, Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys, Tiesto, fun. and The Roots also performed. The Global Citizen Festival coincided with a U.N. General Assembly meeting.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon were among the world leaders who attended in support of the anti-poverty campaign.
MUSIC REVENUES DOWN NEARLY 5%.
Within that, digital music revenue declined slightly, by half a percentage point, to $2.2 billion, down to $2.203 from $2.214 billion in the first half of 2013. Subscription revenue jumped 23.2%, to $371.4 million from $301.4 million; ad-supported streaming jumped 56.5% to $164.7 million from $105.2 million. The RIAA estimated that paid subscription services averaged 7.8 million subscribers in the first six months of the year, up from an average of 5.5 million subscribers in the first half of 2013. Download sales of albums and tracks fell 11.8% to nearly $1.3 million from $1.47 billion.
In other digital revenue streams, SoundExchange distribution grew to $323.4 million, a jump of $21.4 from the $266.5 million, while synchronization royalties fell 10.5% to $88 million, down from $98.5 million.
Moving over to physical formats, CD sales fell 19.1% to $715.6 million from $994.1 million. But on the plus side, vinyl grew by 41% to $6.5 million, up from $4.8 million.
Overall, revenue breaks out to digital accounting for 68% of U.S. revenue with 41 percentages points of that coming from downloads and 27 percentages points coming from streaming; physical 28%, synchronization 3% and ringtones 1%.
the first time, the RIAA has also provided an overall market volume for
wholesale. Typically, the RIAA numbers add up the value of units for each
album by that album's list price, not the wholesale price that the labels
receive when they ship the albums to retailers. But converting their data
to wholesale values for downloads and the physical formats, RIAA estimates
the U.S. music marketplace at $2.2 billion, down from $2.3 million at
mid-year 2013. Source: Billboard
Court filings state the couple separated on Monday, but provide no other details on the split or how the pair's finances will be divided. They were married in July 2013 less than five months after their son was born.
whose hit "Black and Yellow" helped make his 2011 album, "Rolling
Papers," a success, released his latest album, "Blacc Hollywood,"
in August. The
divorce filing was first reported Wednesday by TMZ.
In the meantime, Dre has been racking up plenty of other financial accomplishments. His latest: capturing this years hip-hop cash crown with pretax earnings of $620 million. Not only is that the highest annual total of any entertainer ever evaluated by FORBES, its more than the combined earnings of all 24 of his companions on the 2014 Hip-Hop Cash Kings list.
Its safe to say headphones is a good business, says DJ Khaled, who makes his debut at No. 20 with estimated earnings of $7 million.
Its a long way down to the No. 2 spot, where Diddy and Jay Z sit tied at $60 million. Hovs total is his highest since 2010, bolstered by a diverse list of ventures including his growing Roc Nation empire ; 68 concerts in our scoring period, DUssé cognac and his latest album, which was certified platinum before it was released due to an agreement with Samsung to buy 1 million copies.
Like Jay Z, Diddy is still working as hard as ever to earn his $60 million payday. His agreement with Diageo's Ciroc vodka accounts for the bulk of those bucks, but he gets a boost from other ventures like DeLeon tequila, Blue Flame marketing, Sean Jean clothing, and Revolt TV.
I love going where the hustle is, he told FORBES earlier this year. I love going where like-minded people are.
One person who could be counted in that category is Drake, who ranks fourth with $33 million in earnings. His fourth studio album, Nothing Was the Same, has sold about 4 million copies worldwide; additional checks from an arena tour and endorsement deal with Nikes Jordan line have tripled Drakes 2013 earnings of $10.5 million.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis round out the top five with a combined $32 million. The Seattle duo kicked off 2014 with a bang, winning four of the seven Grammy awards for which they were nominatedincluding Best New Artist and Best Rap Album for The Heist. That type of acclaim has translated to big bucks on the road, pushing the pair to more than triple last years $9 million take.
To form this years Cash Kings list, we considered income from touring, record sales, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other ventures. Management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted. Earnings are calculated from June 2013 to June 2014 and based on data from Pollstar, the RIAA and Nielsen SoundScan, and from interviews with managers, lawyers, executives and some of the artists themselves.
Another highlight of the list: the inclusion of two newcomers, DJ Khaled and J. Cole, who are tied for No. 20 with earnings of $7 million. New albums in 2013Coles Born Sinner and Khaleds Suffering From Successand the live gigs that followed boosted both artists to the greatest financial heights of their respective careers.
It worked out even better than I imagined, said Cole. And Ill leave it at that.
Hip-Hop Cash Kings 2014
SELLS TO TOWNSQUARE.
Further, as part of this transaction, Townsquare is acquiring and re-launching the King brand as a digital-only property. Also included in the transaction is Antenna, a recently launched digital-only destination delivering the latest fashion, news, sports, music and pop culture content for men.
The acquisition of XXL, King and Antenna from Harris Publications represents the continued growth of Townsquare Medias national digital asset portfolio and our commitment to the cultivation of influential brands and original multimedia content in music and entertainment, commented Bill Wilson, Townsquare Medias Chief Content Officer. We are tremendously excited to add these premium brands to Townsquare Medias portfolio which attracts over 75 million US monthly unique visitors, allowing advertisers and agencies to better reach the incredibly important urban audience.
Following the October edition of XXL magazine, due to hit newsstands in early October, the magazine will cease regular publication in order to focus exclusively on digital operations as well as special editions of the publication in the future. As part of the transactions, all members of the XXL team will be joining Townsquare Media.
GIBBS ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES.
Fresh eventually told the crowd that his mother, who had Alzheimer's disease, died five months ago.
"I have to acknowledge her," Fresh said at the taped award show at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. "I want to thank this woman and hip-hop. If it wasn't for hip-hop, I don't know where I would be."
He also thanked those who helped him throughout his career, from Slick Rick to his group the Get Fresh Crew.
The show airs Oct. 14.
Fresh became known for imitating drums and creating special effects using his mouth and a microphone. After his speech, Fresh performed one of his hits, "La Di Da Di" with the show's host, Snoop Dogg.
"He's the definition of moving the crowd," Ludcaris said during a video that paid homage to Fresh.
DJ Mustard won Producer of the Year, and Future's song "Move That Dope" took home Best Club Banger award. The most applause came after a recorded freestyle featuring Kanye West, Common, Big Sean and Pusha T.
Many of the other awards will be announced at a later date. Rapper Drake received the most nominations with eight. Jay Z, Pharrell and Future each scored six nominations.
The parents of Mike Brown, an unarmed young black man who was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, stood on stage with Common after he finished his songs with Jay Electronica. There was moment of silence and the crowd raised both their hands in remembrance of Brown.
Snoop Dogg showed charisma throughout the night and performed skits featuring Nia Long. He also brought back his YouTube network called GGN (Double G News), interviewing rapper French Montana and Mimi Faust of Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta.
Brandy performed "I Wanna Be Down" with guest appearances from
Queen Latifah, MC Lyte and Yo-Yo. Rapper T.I. took the stage with Young
Thug, performing "About the Money."
In a lawsuit in February, Terrence Davidson accused Onika Maraj, who uses the stage name "Nicki Minaj," and Pink Personality LLC of breaking implied contracts, reneging on discussions to launch a reality TV show and a wig line, and misappropriating his designs.
Lawyers for Minaj filed a motion in May to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that Davidson failed to state a valid claim.
U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy on Tuesday did just that. He agreed that Davidson did not state viable claims against Minaj and Pink Personality.
A lawyer for Davidson did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Thursday.
Davidson, who lives in Georgia, said in the lawsuit that he began working as Minaj's hair stylist in early 2010. He created multiple wigs for the rapper, known for her flamboyant hairpieces, that she wore to a preshow for MTV's Video Music Awards, during media appearances in London and for the music video "SuperBass."
Davidson said he turned down a contract for a reality TV show at the urging of a Minaj representative. At the time, Davidson said he was discussing doing a joint reality show with Minaj and launching a line of wigs with the music star. But months passed, and Davidson said Minaj and her team shut him out. He stopped working as her stylist in early 2013.
He said Minaj took his designs without his consent and used them to start her own wig line.
Minaj's lawyers countered that Davidson "is upset because he lost his most famous client" and was seeking to force himself into a business relationship that Minaj and Pink Personality developed without him to get money from them that he didn't earn.
The judge wrote in his order that the verbal promises of future business Davidson said he got from Minaj and her team were too vague and that it was unreasonable for Davidson to rely on them as a done deal.
The judge also wrote that Davidson claims his wigs are distinctive because of their design and color and that there's no evidence that he made any attempt to connect them to himself in the public mind or that anyone was confusing the wigs sold by him with wigs sold by Minaj.
REPORTS RECORD-BREAKING REVENUE.
BMI President and Chief Executive Officer Michael ONeill said, We are extremely pleased with these results and are already hard at work trying to better them this year. BMI has a well-earned reputation as a trusted broker between the creative community and businesses that perform music to enhance their customer experience. In an ever-evolving marketplace for music rights, our leadership, operational expertise and ability to deliver value at so many different levels to our songwriters, composers, publishers and licensees, enables us to maximize royalties for the creative community.
The creativity and worldwide appeal of BMIs repertoire are unmatched in todays marketplace. BMI singer/songwriters including Taylor Swift, Adam Levine, Shakira, Miranda Lambert, P!nk and Nicki Minaj contributed some of the most-performed songs of the year. Audiences were thrilled by GRAMMY-winning hits from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers, Kacey Musgraves and Imagine Dragons, among others. BMI film and television composers including James Newton Howard, Steve Jablonsky, Mark Mothersbaugh, Brian Tyler and the legendary John Williams contributed scores to the years worldwide blockbusters and hit network and cable television series. The Oscar-winning original song Let It Go, from the highest-grossing animated film of all time, Disneys Frozen, by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, topped the charts in more than 30 countries.
has agreements with more than 650,000 licensees across all business sectors,
and the Companys licensing efforts during the year included almost
3 million outgoing sales calls followed up by more than 1 million pieces
of business correspondence. In administering the distributions of royalties,
the Company processed more than 500 billion copyright transactions during
the year, establishing values for each musical performance based on comprehensive
and proprietary metrics. BMI musical creators and copyright owners receive
the industrys most detailed statements of how, when and where their
music was performed, and how royalties are computed for those performances,
whether at home or abroad. Thousands of BMI affiliates now access this
information via BMIs suite of online apps for mobile devices. BMIs
songwriters, composers and publishers have always had the security of
knowing that it is the only major performing rights organization in the
United States that operates under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Ty Dolla Sign, Tuki, Berner, Chevy Woods, Lil Mama, G. Eazy, Kevin Gates, Genesis, Loaded Lux, Troy Ave, Dee-1, Logic, Detroit Che, DJ Scratch, David Banner, Vic Mensa, Treach, Snow Tha Product, Remy Ma, Papoose, King Los, Corey Charron, T-Rex, Rain 910, Tsu Surf, Goodz, Dreezy, Dillon Cooper, Two-9, Andy Mineo, Jarren Benton, Emilio Rojas and Conceited.
FOR 2014 GLOBAL SPIN AWARDS ANNOUNCED.
The 2014 nominees in nearly 30 categories were announced by a panel of industry insiders including Kid Capri, Funkmaster Flex, DJ Premier, REVOLT CEO Keith Clinkscales, and more.
2014 Global Spin Awards Nominee List
Club DJ Of The Year (Midwest)
Club DJ Of The Year (Southeast)
Club DJ Of The Year (Northeast)
Club " OPEN FORMAT" DJ Of The Year (Northeast)
Club DJ Of The Year (West)
"OPEN FORMAT" Club DJ Of The Year (West)
Producer Of The Year
Album Of The Year
DJ Of The Year
DJ Of The Year
DJ Of The Year
Remixer Of The Year
Radio DJ Of The Year
Mixtape DJ Of The Year
National Mixshow DJ Of The Year
Regional Mixshow DJ Of The Year (Southeast)
Mixshow DJ OTY (Midwest)
Mixshow DJ OTY (West)
Mixshow DJ OTY (Northeast)
DJ Of The Year
DJ Of The Year
Club DJ Of The Year
DJ Of The Year
"OPEN FORMAT" DJ Of The Year
DJ Of The Year
Of The Year
Of The Year
Detroit-based Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated both claim the National Party breached copyright laws by using Eminem's song "Lose Yourself." Joel Martin, a spokesman for the two companies, said they filed a case in the New Zealand High Court and are seeking damages.
"It is both disappointing and sadly ironic that the political party responsible for championing the rights of music publishers in New Zealand ... should itself have so little regard for copyright," Martin said. "We do not hesitate to take immediate action to protect the integrity of Eminem's works."
The National Party said in a statement that it would vigorously defend the action. It said the music it used was originally published by Spider Cues Music in Los Angeles and sold to it by an Australian-based supplier.
"The National Party completely rejects the allegation that the library music used in its early campaign advertisements is a copyright infringement of any artist's work," the party said.
It said that, nevertheless, it had undertaken two weeks ago not to use the music anymore.
"However, this has not satisfied the complainant," the party added.
Martin said the publishers have previously sued Apple for using an Eminem song in an ad without permission and have been in a dispute with Audi over alleged infringing use of "Lose Yourself."
disputed ad in New Zealand depicts a boat filled with people rowing together,
aimed at symbolizing the party's unity. New Zealand's general election
is set for Sept. 20.
Fulton County District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones says the 34-year-old rapper, whose real name is Radric Davis, pleaded guilty Monday to hitting a man in the head with a vodka bottle on March 16, 2013, in a nightclub's VIP section.
Authorities have said the man approached Davis and was looking to have his picture taken with him. Prosecutors say the fan was an Army staff sergeant in town on a brief military leave. Authorities have said the man suffered a deep cut that required 10 stitches.
says Davis' three-year sentence will be served concurrently with a 39-month
federal firearms sentence that he was given in late August.
Lynn was a star high school basketball player in Chicago and played in the 1969-1970 season in the American Basketball Association.
He struggled with drug addiction and with being a father to six children. He addressed such topics in poignant and sometimes regretful poems that concluded many of Common's albums.
who is also an actor, said he was inspired by his father, who he called
"a natural poet and master of words." Our condolences and prayers
go out to Common and his family.
"Our Home Away From Home Tour this fall is about touching cities that I've learned to love as 2nd homes for a decade+ of touring," Brother Ali says via Twitter. "I wanted to do small venues in every city to get that intimate feeling with just the core listeners who are part of the music we make.
who's experienced my headlining tours knows that I like to have one DJ
and one host for the entire evening and I choose my support artists very
carefully. If you're not up on any of our tour family's music, please
check them out so you'll know how to appreciate them when we're in your
town. I also like to make a tour theme song with everyone in the crew
to celebrate rolling out together. Please enjoy this track and we welcome
your well wishes for safe travels and security for our loved one's while
we're away." WATCH
THE VIDEO HERE
"Open Bar Radio" is an exclusive and compellingly original program delivered with the same appealing Xzibit on-air brand that has made him a national and international household name. Every week, Open Bar Radio will feature top name music artists in a candid, authentic and distinctive setting. More importantly, Xzibit will bring rare insight of the music with the very stars that have made the music a popular cultural tsunami. Open Bar Radio will offer fans as well as clients, a unique opportunity to engage with an entertainment package that brings great equity and popularity.
Best known for hosting MTV's "Pimp My Ride", Xzibit or as he's known to his fans, "X to the Z", achieved fame in the West Coast hip-hop scene as a talented rapper garnering chart topping success with the release of his critically acclaimed albums At the Speed of Life, Restless, Man vs. Machine and Weapons of Mass Destruction, while working with high-profile artists such as Eminem, Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Knoc-turn'al, Timbaland, Limp Bizkit, Alice Cooper, Game and 50 cent.
"Open Bar Radio," will premiere this Friday, September 12 at 7pm to 9pm and can be heard at the same time weekly exclusively on Southern California's original Hip-Hop radio station 93.5FM KDAY.
KDAY is the iconic Los Angeles radio station with roots as far back as the early 80's when it was the first station in the world to ever play commercial hip-hop. KDAY helped transform N.W.A. from an unknown group to one of the most prolific hip-hop groups ever, and it helped launch the careers of many mainstream artists such as Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Ice T, LL Cool J, and Queen Latifah. KDAY reflects and appeals to the diversity of the Southern California market with its unique and unmistakable West Coast sound.
MUSIC GROUP CREATES UNIFIED GLOBAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEAM.
was also announced that Jonathan Dworkin, most recently WMGs Senior
Vice President, Digital & Business Development, has been promoted
to Executive Vice President, Digital Strategy & Business Development.
In his new position, Dworkin will report to Wiesenthal. Wiesenthal, Dworkin
and the team will continue to create relationships with emerging and established
partners that expand WMGs worldwide avenues of artist development.
NATON INKS ANOTHER PLAYER TO ROSTER.
Roc Nation also posted to the companys official website, Roc Nation Sports welcomes NFL defensive tackle and 3x All-Pro Ndamukong Suh to the roster
2010 AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year joins CC Sabathia, Geno Smith,
Kevin Durant, Victor Cruz, Robinson Cano, Skylar Diggins, and Hakeem Nicks.
One of hip hop's most revered genres, Battle Rap, has seen a resurgence in recent years with the creation of Battle Rap TV on FilmOn Networks being the most vital sign of its having achieved a new level. Cassidy is famous as a pioneer of the genre who walked away more than ten years ago. Dizaster is one of the rising stars to come out of the Fresh Coast Media Group run by Lush One.
Cassidy's appearance demonstrated the possibilities of another arm of Alki David's businesses -- he was in the Bahamas during the conference but was able to participate as a hologram.
"I'm very pleased with the enthusiasm of the fans that turned out today," said David. "This is going to be a battle for the ages -- and will introduce our new ETV platform for one of a kind event television."
The trash talk got brutal, with the crowd enjoying every insult and take down.
"We learned tonight there is far more genuine animosity between Diz & Cas then we could have ever fathomed," Lush said. "This is going to be heated. Alki David is also opening a huge world of possibilities based on the hologram technology." PEEP IT HERE CONFERENCE HERE
SPOTTED AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK.
He sported his signature hat and denim was a staple for the line, a collaboration with G-Star and Bionic Yarn, which produces fabrics made by fibers collected from recycled plastic bottles.
"It's very easy to forget we live on this planet," Pharrell told the crowd. "We don't want to just talk about it, but we actually wanted to put it in practice."
The large room at 23 Wall Street was smoky and gloomy as lights beamed and ceiling featured a projection of artsy white spots. Frank Ocean and Jay Z's "Water" played in the background.
Pharrell, who has had huge success as a singer, rapper and producer, says he's always been interested in fashion.
"I have been given opportunities by really great companies, and I've been given opportunities by really great people," he said in an interview. "I wanted to learn more about what's out there creatively and how I could further find new ways to express myself."
CO-FOUNDER STARTS NEW AUDIO COMPANY.
Now Lamar has started another headphone venture aimed at eating Beats' lunch, called Roam, and its first product is Ropes, $299 earbuds designed to hang on your neck when you're not using them, like a fashion statement. Lamar boldly says they also happen to be the best-sounding earbuds on the market, with the most customizable sound.
While much was made over the bass-heavy sound of Beats, Lamar is trying to define Ropes with an adjustable five-band equalizer and presets for different types of music, similar to what you'd find bundled in your phone or MP3 player's settings. The difference is that you can adjust the sound straight to the headphones using a mobile app, then carry those presets to any other device with an audio source.
Making those changes to the sound involves plugging the earbuds into a small pendant that dangles from the headphones, almost like a necklace. Inside is a rechargeable battery, amp, and Bluetooth to let the headphones work wirelessly. The pendant powers the sound into the headphones (which work on their own when plugged in, though passively), as well as the EQ settings, which can be adjusted through a companion app.
That customization is key, Lamar says. "Everybody is different. Everybody hears things differently in the left ear than the right ear," he says. "I'm going to give you an app to personalize it the way you want to hear it."
Lamar admits that there's nothing particularly unique about the EQ presets that will be offered in his company's app, but believes he's done it in a way that people will not only use, but also want to share with others. "It means I am going to have a different setting on the phone for Beethoven and the [Red Hot] Chili Peppers," he says. "You can have different settings for your listening habits, and you can share those settings with your friends."
There are some downsides for using a pendant, though. Despite the benefits you get with turning wired earbuds wireless, it still takes juice. The battery is rated for six hours of use, which is similar to what you get with other wireless earbuds including an exercise pair made by Beats. After that, you can still use the headphones plugged directly into an audio source, but you'll miss out on the EQ settings. It also adds one more dangling element if you plan to use Ropes and the pendant while exercising, though Lamar says there is a clip that helps mitigates that.
Lamar sees Ropes as a rebuke to the laziness he says has developed in the headphone market. Picking up two different pairs of Beats headphones the larger "can" style headphones and the earbuds in the conference room where we're speaking, Lamar says this very important accessory for listening isn't keeping up with the times.
"Where's the evolution? Smartphones evolve every six months to one year. Where is that in this?" he asks while holding up the Beats earbuds. "We've tolerated the shit they give us. But I like good sound, and we don't have to have that crappy sound anymore."
Funnily enough, Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine said something similar back in May when talking about Apple's pack-in white headphones onstage at the Code Conference. "You listen to Apocalypse Now, and the helicopter sounds like a mosquito," he said. The main difference, of course is price, with Beats' entry-level headphones coming in at $99, or more than three times the price Apple charges for its EarPods.
As for how good Ropes will sound by comparison, you're going to have to take Lamar's word for it at least for now. When we met last week, the company was not ready with hardware it could demonstrate, and Lamar said he'd be ready to show it off for real sometime later this month. In the meantime, the company plans to have Ropes ready for the holiday season, and is taking preorders from its online store, which will be the only place to buy them. The company plans to branch out to other retail avenues, and add additional models, including one Lamar described as "very fashion-forward."
Lamar eventually envisions Ropes reaching a level of popularity where people will be able to spot them from across the room instantly, in a similar fashion to Apple's white earbuds, and what ultimately happened with the seemingly endless array of colors from Beats. That involves plans to offer ropes in a large palette of colors beyond the silver-and-black, orange-and-gray options available at launch. In the meantime though, Lamar thinks he's already nailed the look.
"You're not going to be able to miss it," he says. Source: Verge.
ABOUT STEVEN LAMAR: From 2006-2013 he served in various positions at Allied Container Systems, Inc., including CFO and COO and was an integral part of the management team that grew the business from a start-up to a multi-million dollar ISO 9001 certified systems integrator for the US, Canadian and British militaries.
Steven Lamar is the founder of Jibe Audio, LLC, which was responsible for the concept, design, manufacturing and distribution of the Beats by Dr. Dre headphone product line. Prior to starting Jibe Audio, Steven was the President of SLS International, Ltd., a small, publicly traded audio technology company. During his brief time at SLS, Mr. Lamar brought SLS from the pink sheets to the American Stock Exchange, launched SLSs first consumer product in partnership with Quincy Jones and secured product placement agreements for SLS products with Mark Burnett Productions.
Before joining SLS, Steven Lamar was the co-founder and Managing Partner in a San Francisco based hedge fund focused on investment in late stage private equity and early stage public technology companies. During his tenure from 1998-2005, the fund invested more than $750 million in 117 public and 28 private companies generating a 177% return for his investors.
In the mid 1990's Steven Lamar was an executive at Shoreline Pacific Institutional Finance where he assisted emerging, public and private companies with their capital needs. During his three years at Shoreline, Mr. Lamar financed 22 companies for $320 million.
Steven Lamar has been an angel investor and board member in numerous private companies. He began his career in banking at Wells Fargo and Citibank.
RULE ON DECK WITH MTV FAMILY DOCU-SERIES.
From MTV and 51 Minds, the series is described as a comedic half-hour take that centers on the Grammy-nominated Rule and his hectic household. The series will feature the rapper with his wife, Aisha, sons Jeffery Jr. and Jordan, and Rule's mother and mother-in-law, all living under one roof, as well as the couple's oldest daughter as she begins her sophomore year of college.
51 Minds' Christian Sarabia, Jeffrey Atkins, Queen Latifah and her Flavor Unit co-CEO Shakim Compere and Irv Gotti will exec produce. MTV's Jessica Zalkind, Lauren Dolgen and Sara Cohen developed the series, with Julie Schwachenwald overseeing the production for the youth-skewing cable network.
Rule is the modern-day reality rap star version of Bill Cosby's role from
The Cosby Show. He embraces a unique parenting style with his teenage
kids that feels fresh and funny," MTV programming president Susanne
Daniels said. "Were excited to be in business with him and
his delightful family." Source: Mtv
He scores nods in categories including Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Live Performer, Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year, Album of the Year, Hustler of the Year, and the Peoples Champ Award.
Jay Z, Future, and Pharrell follow with six nominations, while Nicki Minaj, Rich Homie Quan, and YG pick up five nominations.
BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014 Nominations
Collabo, Duo or Group
of the Year
Director of the Year
of the Year
of the Year
of the Year
of the Year
of the Year
Blew Up Award
of the Year
Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)
16: Best Featured Verse
MIXTAPE ON DECK - BATTLE AXE FROM S.O.G. CREW
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"We have to allow positive urban and urban gospel to be a choice for our young people. The plan is to give this next generation music and entertainment that has moral standards. Everything is one sided and we will not allow others to defy our moral principles in this country any longer."
The Anaheim Mixtape is one of many that will help with these issues. I believe that healing will take place in our urban communities when we give morality a chance.
On Saturday, Aug. 30, at approximately 12:44 a.m., deputies from the Highland Police Department responded to a shooting call in the 25000 block of Paloma Road. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies located the victim, Michael Martinez, 19, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Martinez was pronounced deceased at the scene.
We dedicate our Anaheim Mixtape Vol.1 to Little Michael Martinez and to all the families that have lost loved ones to gang violence.
Anaheim Mixtape features artists from all around the country including
The U.S. Virgin Islands. These are all people that we have met from all
of our tours throughout the years. LISTEN
The series, which premiered in June, averaged 650,000 viewers, considerably fewer than the 1 million to 2 million viewers the network averages in prime time.
Confirmation of the cancellation comes just days after Green's tweets about rape that caused a public outrage.
Green pleaded no contest last week to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles. Following that, the former "Voice" coach posted a series of tweets, including one that read: "Women who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" He tweeted an apology Monday.
TV PROMOTES SVP OF BIZ AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.
"Inga has been an invaluable addition to the Revolt family," said Revolt CEO Keith Clinkscales, "Her industry knowledge and expertise on all legal and business matters has helped us build an empowering platform for artists and has helped us establish Revolt as the new #1 name in music."
Prior to joining Revolt, Dyer served as senior counsel for BET Networks where she was the primary liaison between BET and CBS for the re-launching of the record breaking cable television hit "The Game." On a day to day basis she was responsible for the business and legal affairs for BET's Original Programming scripted department and worked closely with executives from Programming, Development, Creative, Media Sales, Finance, Marketing and Corporate Communications.
With more than fifteen years of success in business and legal affairs, Dyer has also worked with Warner Chappell Music, Magic Johnson Enterprises, and Spike TV negotiating competitive and precedent setting deals. She has worked as a solo practitioner generating more than 10 million dollars in endorsement deals for professional entertainers and athletes.
Before settling back to her hometown in Los Angeles, California, Dyer received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Howard University and her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. Inga is a member of the California Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association, Screen Actors Guild, and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
THE JEWELS ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
The Jewels Tour Dates:
BROWN PLEADS GUILTY.
Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to time served. He spent two days in a District of Columbia jail in this case.
The Grammy-winning singer was arrested in October. The victim told police Brown hit him after he tried to get in a picture the singer was taking with two women.
Brown had previously pleaded not guilty in the case. His trial had been set for April, but it was delayed.
At the time of his Washington arrest, Brown was on probation in a felony assault case in California for attacking his then-girlfriend, pop star Rihanna, hours before the 2009 Grammy Awards. Because Brown was still on probation, the outcome of his Washington case had potential repercussions in California. During a court hearing in May, a Los Angeles judge sentenced Brown to serve an additional 131 days in jail. He was released in June.
Brown's attorney, Danny Onorato, argued that Brown had already been punished extensively for the assault, noting the time he spent in jail in California and four months he spent receiving inpatient counseling after his probation was revoked.
"To say that he's been punished severely in this matter is an understatement," Onorato said. He said Brown's career has been on hold for nearly a year and he wanted to take responsibility for his actions so he could go back to work, including a tour in support of a new album.
Brown spoke only briefly, saying: "I would like to say to the court that I'm sorry." He did not comment as he left court, swarmed by photographers and a handful of fans.
Brown's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was also charged in the same Washington scuffle. He was accused of being the second person after Brown to strike Parker Adams outside the W hotel. Hollosy was convicted of misdemeanor assault in April. He has not yet been sentenced.
Brown, 24, had a squeaky clean image before his attack on Rihanna, but since then he has had several flare-ups that have been reported to authorities and noted by Los Angeles prosecutors. Brown broke a window after a 2011 "Good Morning America" interview in New York and was accused of snatching a woman's cellphone in Miami after she tried to snap pictures of the singer. He was also slightly injured in a New York nightclub brawl and, earlier this year, was accused of being involved in a fistfight with Frank Ocean's entourage over a parking spot at a West Hollywood recording studio.
-He was not charged in any of the incidents, but they have tarnished his public image, even as legions of fans continue to support him.
MADE IN AMERICA FEST A SUCCESS.
"This whole place is full of good, loving people," Mayer told the crowd from the Budweiser Made in America festival's main stage.
The two-day concert, held simultaneously with a sister show in Philadelphia, featured more than 30 acts. Iggy Azalea, Metric, Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons took the stage Saturday in Los Angeles. The Philadelphia festival included performers such as Kings of Leon, Tiesto and Pharrell Williams. West and DJ Steve Aoki performed in both cities.
More than 37,000 people attended the Los Angeles festival's second day in downtown's Grand Park the first time the two-year-old park has been used for a large, ticketed event. Authorities made 59 arrests Sunday including four for narcotics-related felonies and cited 67 others for alcohol-related offenses, Los Angeles Police spokesman Lt. Andy Neiman said. Nearly 50 people were treated for alcohol-related problems and released, and three others were taken to a hospital for treatment, he added.
But the music, food and festive atmosphere were the stars at LA's inaugural Made in America festival. Here's a look:
MUSIC: Kanye brought the house down with a dramatic hour-long set to close out the concert. He commanded the stage alone, donning two different spangled face masks and injecting a bit of his trademark ranting into his abbreviated performance. "I know there's more people that love me than hate me," he insisted. Mayer brought the day's folksy blues, playing several of his hits, along with a cover of "All Along the Watchtower." Juanes did almost his entire set in Spanish, inspiring Latin dance moves throughout the audience. Weezer delivered feel-good rock, along with news of a new album in October and a preview of its first single. Rise Against brought slam-dancing punk. Los Angeles natives Cypress Hill played 20-year-old tunes to an enthusiastically receptive crowd. Singer B-Real smoked an enormous joint onstage before urging California voters to "legalize it."
Mayor Eric Garcetti, who championed the Made in America event and fast-tracked it through city approvals, appeared onstage during Aoki's misplaced set Sunday night. The mayor said nothing, while Aoki repeatedly implored the crowd to "make some noise."
In a statement Monday the mayor praised organizers and city departments for making sure the event "went off in an orderly and safe manner."
"We showed LA can do big things for our economy and people's enjoyment," Garcetti said.
Saturday's highlights included a sexy performance by Azalea that featured rump-shaking dancers and a surprise appearance by Rita Ora; a hit-packed set by Sublime with Rome, whose singer sounds eerily similar to Sublime's late former frontman Bradley Nowell; and a rousing performance by LA's own Lamar.
FOOD: Gourmet food trucks were stationed on the streets that span and surround Grand Park. Hungry concertgoers could choose from Thai, Argentinian, Greek, Japanese, Korean and American grub. There were also ice cream cookie sandwiches, churros and shave ice. Unfortunately, lines stretched more than 20 diners long at most trucks. Budweiser brews were available at various beer gardens onsite for $14 a cup. No liquor was sold, but plenty of empty airplane-sized booze bottles dotted the festival grounds. Also, there weren't enough trash cans.
Los Angeles City Hall provided a stately backdrop for the concert's main
stage, the building's columns perfectly framing the performance space.
A second stage stood just adjacent, and acts alternated between the two.
There was a smaller, third stage on a different tier of the multi-level
park, plus a skate-park area that featured stunt skateboarders and a dance
DJ. Though crowds pooled around the food trucks and stages, Grand Park
offered enough space for attendees but not enough shade. Concertgoers
crammed under scant trees and tarps during the sunniest afternoon hours.
The audience was notably more diverse than those seen at the Coachella
or Stagecoach festivals, but the vibe was just as unified and festive.
The event's "Made in America" name even inspired sartorial patriotism
in some concertgoers, who wore red, white and blue.
also bounds in at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and the
Rap Albums chart.
album sales in this past chart week (ending Aug. 24) totaled 3.97 million
units, down 3 percent compared with the sum last week (4.11 million) and
down 19 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (4.9 million).
Year-to-date album sales stand at 154.5 million, down 15 percent compared
with the same total at this point last year (181 million).
SET TO HIT THE ROAD.
The tour will serve as a set-up for Yelawolf's eagerly awaited second album, Love Story, on Slumerican/Shady Records/Interscope, which he's described as "more passionate" than his debut, 2011's Radioactive. Two tracks have already been released from the album, "Box Chevy V," which he premiered earlier this year on Sirius XM's Shade 45 station, and "Honey Brown." Love Story was recorded mostly in Nashville with producers Eminem, Malay, WLPWR and DJ Paul.
"I'm telling the truth about a lot of things," Yelawolf said in describing the new album, which follows the release of his mixtape Trunk Muzik Returns in March, 2013. "I try to be as honest as I can with everything I do."
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DOLLA $IGN ANNOUNCES IN TOO DEEP TOUR.
Ty has spent the summer alongside Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy, and a cavalcade of other hip-hop superstars for this year's "Under the Influence of Music Tour," which kicked off last month and wrapped this past Sunday in Irvine, CA. The Los Angeles-based artist has spent much of the past year on the road, with highlights including a Stadium Stage set at the 2014 Hot 97 Summer Jam and his own wildly successful US run of "The Beach House Tour," with the international run kicking off on August 29th in Hanover and includes stops in London, Paris, Milan, Amsterdam and more.
has fast become one of hip-hop's most highly demanded collaborators. Recent
highlights include Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa & Ty Dolla $ign (Feat. Kill
The Noise & Madsonik)'s "Shell Shocked," the Atlantic Records
hit single from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies' blockbuster
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; "Dead Wrong (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign),"
featured on Trey Songz's recent #1 album, "TRIGGA;" Lupe Fiasco's
"Next To It (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)" and a trio of tracks on Wiz
Khalifa's new album, "BLACC HOLLYWOOD." Ty is also featured
on frequent collaborator DJ Mustard's acclaimed new "10 SUMMERS."
Furthermore, "Paranoid (Feat. B.o.B)," the EP's first breakout hit single, has been certified gold by the RIAA. The DJ Mustard-produced track proved a top 5 Urban radio smash earlier this year while also crashing the top 10 on both Billboard's "Hot R&B Songs" and "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs" charts. The "Paranoid" companion video -- directed by Ethan Lader (Bruno Mars, Travie McCoy, B.o.B) -- also remains a YouTube favorite, with over 25 million views.
As if that weren't enough, Ty has made a number of high profile TV appearances, including a performance of "Paranoid" backed by the legendary Roots on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, as well as visits to BET's 106 & Park and the nationally syndicated Arsenio Hall Show.
UPCOMING | LOCAL DATES
UNVEILS A 2ND WIZ KHALIFA COLLECTION.
"I am very excited
about continuing my relationship with Converse and releasing this new
sneaker collection," says Wiz Khalifa. "We spent a lot of time
designing each part of the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ILL and the
end result is exactly what I wanted."
RECORDS PROMOTES SENIOR VP.
As Head of Marketing, Scott will play an integral role in the creation, development and execution of marketing strategies for Epic's artists, as well as overseeing the activities of the marketing team. Scott will report directly to Sylvia Rhone, President, Epic Records.
"Scott has been a key contributor to some of Epic's most successful marketing campaigns over the past 15 years. He not only knows how to market legacy acts but he has proven that he can break new artists as well," comments Sylvia Rhone. "He has made invaluable contributions to Epic Records with his leadership and enthusiasm and is steadfast in his commitment to its future success."
Commenting on his appointment, Carter says, "I am honored for the opportunity to elevate my role at a label as iconic as Epic Records, home to some of the greatest artists of all time. Working alongside such extraordinary leaders as LA Reid and Sylvia Rhone, I look forward to stepping up into this new position and helping create the kind of innovative marketing campaigns deserving of the remarkable talent we have at Epic."
the past 15 years, Scott has worked in the marketing department at Epic
Records. Most recently has was Vice President where he developed marketing
campaigns for, and built strong relationships with, a roster of multi-platinum
artists including Shakira, Michael Jackson, Sara Bareilles, The Fray,
Modest Mouse and Ozzy Osbourne, along with current breaking artists such
as KONGOS and A Great Big World. Prior to his tenure with Epic Records,
Scott spent nearly 10 years at A&M Records in the radio promotion
and marketing departments.
The Atlanta-based rapper, whose real name is Jay Wayne Jenkins, was taken into custody Sunday by detectives along with five other people while executing a search warrant at the Verizon Amphitheatre in Irvine, Mountain View police spokesman Sgt. Saul Jaeger said Monday. They were taken to the Orange County jail.
The arrests come after Eric Johnson, 38, of Orinda was shot and killed while backstage at the "Under the Influence of Music" concert Jeezy co-headlined with fellow rapper Wiz Khalifa at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on Friday.
None of the arrested has been identified as suspects in the fatal shooting, Jaeger said.
is being held on $1 million bail and could make his first appearance in
court as soon as Tuesday, Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said.
The new single is currently featured in the trailer for Sony Pictures' upcoming film, the Anton Fuqua-directed "The Equalizer," out September 26th. Viewers got a sneak peak of the track when a trailer for the film was released on August 15. "Guts Over Fear" will run during the closing credits of the film.
Shady Records was founded in 1999 by Eminem, the biggest-selling artist in hip-hop history, and his manager Paul Rosenberg. The first artist signed, D12, hit double platinum and #1 with their debut album, Devil's Night. 2002 saw the soundtrack album to 8 Mile open with a #1 berth on the charts and sell quadruple platinum, with "Lose Yourself" becoming the first hip-hop song to win an Academy Award (Best Original Song). Shady artist 50 Cent then debuted with the #1 Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003), an eight times platinum smash and the fastest-selling debut in history.
Shady Reccords continued its streak with 50 Cent's next release, the #1 and five times platinum The Massacre (2005) plus the platinum Curtis (2007) and gold Before I Self Destruct (2009). D12 peaked at #1 again with the double platinum D12 World (2004). Next came the various artists disc Eminem Presents: The Re-Up (2006) earned #2 and platinum. The label also found success with Obie Trice's gold Cheers (2003). Most recently, Shady Records has brought to the forefront Bad Meets Evil (2011's Hell: The Sequel went #1 and gold), Yelawolf (2011's Radioactive), and supergroup Slaughterhouse (2012's #2-charting Welcome to: Our House). New albums from Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse are coming soon.
ON DECK WITH NEW ALBUM.
Prince will also release the album "PlectrumElectrum" with his all-female band 3RDEYEGIRL on Sept. 30. Both albums are available for pre-order.
"Art Official Age" was described in a news release as a mix "of soul, R&B and funk." It's his first album since 2010's "20Ten."
Prince released key projects like "Purple Rain" and "1999" on Warner.
Beyonce sang and danced in a metallic leotard while Blue Ivy and Jay Z watched from their seats as the diva declared: "MTV, welcome to my world."
As Beyonce accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, the VMA's version of a lifetime achievement award, at The Forum in Inglewood, California, she kissed her daughter and husband Jay Z, who called her the "greatest living entertainer." The duo won best collaboration for the hit "Drunk In Love."
"I have nothing to say but I am filled with so much gratitude," she told the cheering crowd as they chanted her name repeatedly.
Her performance easily outdid her competition throughout the night, though Beyonce lost video of the year, which instead went to Miley Cyrus who let a homeless man accept her award. It was in sharp contrast to the 2013 VMAs, when Cyrus twerked and danced shockingly onstage.
"Thank y'all, my name is Jesse and I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now. I know this because I am one of these people," he said, as a teary Cyrus looked on. "Though I may have been invisible to you in the streets, I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight."
Cyrus' decision to let someone else accept her award to promote a cause was reminiscent of Marlon Brando's 1973 Academy Awards best actor win, when he gave a Native American activist the stage rather than accept his Oscar trophy.
The two-hour show was tamer than past VMAs: the most shocking moment was Nicki Minaj's rump-shaking during her performance of "Anaconda" in the show's first minutes and her wardrobe malfunction when she joined Ariana Grande and Jessie J for "Bang, Bang."
"It felt amazing to open the show, and we ran out of time getting the dress zipped up," Minaj said backstage.
Taylor Swift was a crowd favorite when she performed her new single "Shake It Off" in shimmery, fringed shorts and a crop top. She got to the top of the stage, and as her tuxedoed male background dancers stood with their arms wide open waiting for Swift to jump she said, "One second. I don't care if it's the VMAs. I'm not jumping off there."
She continued: "It's all kinds of people getting bitten by snakes. Dangerous."
Grande, who held hands with rapper Big Sean backstage, kicked off the show with a performance of her EDM hit, "Break Free" in a Beyonce-inspired leotard. The 21-year-old won best pop video for her smash single "Problem," but lost best female video to Katy Perry, who won for "Dark Horse."
Perry sported a figure-hugging denim dress and was joined by Riff Raff in a coordinating outfit, mirroring Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears at the 2001 American Music Awards.
The night also featured a serious social message: Rapper-actor Common held a moment of silence for Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a police officer on Aug. 9, before he presented the award for best hip-hop video.
"Hip-hop has always been about truth and has been a powerful instrument of social change, from Melle Mel to Public Enemy to Kendrick Lamar," Common said. "Hip-hop has always been presented a voice for the revolution."
Later, a 15-second spot aired alluding to the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, urging viewers to take action to eliminate bias.
"Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced," a quote by author James Baldwin read on the screen.
Lorde won best rock video for "Royals" and Ed Sheeran won best male video, beating out Pharrell, Eminem, John Legend and Sam Smith, who was a show highlight with his smoldering performance of his hit "Stay With Me."
Azalea and Ora appeared onstage as spider women when they performed their
hit "Black Widow," as Swift, Lorde and Charli XCX danced and
BMI R&B/HIP HOP AWARDS RECAP.
During the evening, multifaceted rapper, entrepreneur, actor and philanthropist Christopher Ludacris Bridges was honored with the BMI Presidents Award for demonstrating outstanding achievement in songwriting, with profound global influence on culture and the entertainment industry.
The night included many other highlights. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis earned the Song of the Year award for the smash hit Cant Hold Us, and Lil Wayne took the Songwriter of the Year crown for penning popular tunes Ball, Bandz A Make Her Dance, Beware, Love Me, No Worries and Pop That. The coveted Producer of the Year award went to DJ Mustard. BMI also recognized top producers Mike Dean, Noel Detail Fisher, Jerome J-Roc Harmon, Ryan Lewis and Kanye West. With 14 of the most-performed songs from the previous year, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. accepted the prestigious Publisher of the Year crystal.
Teen sensation Zendaya, known for her soulful pop with an urban edge, won the BMI Social Star award. Selected by fans voting via Twitter, the award salutes the BMI R&B/hip-hop songwriter who has best demonstrated the power of social media to showcase their songwriting talents.
The nights top honoree got the crowd moving with a medley of his greatest hits including Fantasy, How Low Can You Go, Southern Hospitality, Area Codes, and Yeah, joined by special guest Mystikal.
The evening also featured a slew of performances: rapper TeeFlii and DJ Goofy delivered 24 Hours; Tamar Braxton offered Love and War; and a special set by DJ Mustard and YG.
During the ceremony, BMI also recognized the songwriters of Billboard No. 1 singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts from the past year.
BMI President and CEO Mike ONeill and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton, shared the evenings hosting duties with Revolt.TV Vice President of Marketing, Kenny Burns.
SUGE SHOT IN NIGHTCLUB.
Knight was one of three club patrons struck by gunfire around 1:30 a.m. at 1OAK on West Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard, said Sgt. C. Tatar, watch commander at the Los Angeles County sheriff's West Hollywood station.
Two other victims, a man and a woman, were also being treated at local hospitals and were expected to survive.
Authorities are still seeking a suspect and declined to release additional information, citing the ongoing investigation.
The shooting came just hours before MTV's Video Music Awards, which are slated for Sunday evening in Inglewood. R&B singer Chris Brown, who was co-hosting a party at the nightclub with Pia Mia, was also inside the club but not hit by the gunfire, Tatar said. MTV said it had no affiliation or connection to the event.
Laura Coverson, a spokeswoman for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said she could not confirm reports that Knight was being treated there due to strict medical privacy laws.
Knight has been shot before. In 2005, he was struck in the leg during an MTV awards pre-party in Miami Beach.
DIES AFTER BRING SHOT AT WIZ KHALIFA & JEEZY CONCERT.
The shooting occurred at Shoreline Amphitheatre, where Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa, Atlanta hip hop artist Jeezy and others had finished performing Friday night. The victim, whose name was not immediately released, died at a hospital.
Police rushed to the outdoor venue after receiving multiple calls that shots had been fired. However, no arrests have been made, and officers were still looking for a male suspect believed to be in his 20s and armed with a handgun.
Investigators turned to social media to ask concertgoers for photos or videos that might provide clues.
Authorities don't yet know how a gun made it into the amphitheater, where patrons undergo security screening, Mountain View police spokeswoman Shino Tanaka told KTVU-TV.
Wiz Khalifa was scheduled to continue his Under the Influence of Music Tour at Sleep Train Amphitheater in Chula Vista, California, on Saturday night, but the show was canceled "due to an active investigation" of the shooting at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, concert organizer Live Nation said in a statement.
post on Wiz Khalifa's Twitter account blamed the cancellation on "a
situation out of our control." The
rapper also called shooting "a senseless tragedy." "Violence
is never the answer. My prayers go out to the victim's family," he
In addition to keynotes by Clear Channel Chairman/CEO and MTV co-founder Bob Pittman, CEO of All Def Digital and Co-founder of Def Jam Russell Simmons and Chairman of Combs Enterprises and REVOLT TV Sean Combs, additional speakers announced today include:
Marketing, and Publicity
an entertainment powerhouse with credits spanning television, film, music
and branding, has been on the forefront of culture for nearly four decades.
Setting the tone for the conference by hand-picking speakers and now broadening
the focus of the conference, Harrell promises attendees will not only
leave with a better idea of where the music industry is heading, but will
also have the context of media overall, and how to successfully position
their brands, artists and companies in the process.
Jazzy Jeff truly exemplifies
his craft and we are honored to recognize him at the #GlobalSpinAwards
November 18, 2014
While some thought the MCs to be an unlikely pairing on paper, the duo subverted and pulverized all expectations with their critically lauded Run The Jewels collaborative LP last year. Tapping into the creative synergy they'd discovered in 2012 on Mike's R.A.P. Music album (produced by El-P) and El's Cancer 4 Cure album (featuring Mike), Run The Jewels cemented their musical alliance with a set of uncompromisingly raw, often hilarious, system booming hip-hop, garnering a bounty of critical accolades. Now well known for their massively energetic live sets, they will be touring North America in support of the album all of November.
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HIEROGLYPHICS CREW COMING TOGETHER.
This year has been a notably productive year for Hiero, with project releases such as from A-Plus' Molly's Dirty Water, Phesto's Infared Rum and Casual's group project entitled The School System. The crew also recently released an animated video for their track "Golden," which morphs the members into pop-culture icons like an acid trip. With future releases from Pep Love and Souls of Mischief nearing, the group will be performing new songs, never heard before in front of a live audience. In addition to what has turned out to be an amazing year, the Hieroglyphics are gearing up for a new album. As a perfect closer to the bi-coastal performances, the group will greet hometown fans in Oakland with their third annual free block party, Hiero Day, on September 1st.
Hiero's Souls of Mischief, who are releasing their epic sixth studio album, There Is Only Now next Tuesday, will perform select cuts from the album at these shows. There Is Only Now is an epic work of art that demonstrates the group's dedication, discipline, and level of skill rarely seen today in rap. Recorded and produced by Adrian Younge without the use of a single computer, the concept album was created like a blaxploitation film, complete with a storyline, narration, and live instrumentation only. Souls of Mischief will be performing two select dates as part of their album release promotion. The first show will take place in New York on Thursday, August 28th at Le Poisson Rouge featuring Adrian Younge's Venice Dawn and a DJ set from Ali Shaheed Muhammad. The second show will take place in LA on Thursday, September 4th featuring The Pharcyde, Blu and Exile, a DJ set from Ali Shaheed Muhammad and hosted by Phife Dawg.
The Hieroglyphics crew, known as pioneers of independent hip-hop, is made up of members Del The Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, and Souls of Mischief, who include A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, Tajaj. Not only are they considered to be one of the first hip-hop artist collectives to start their own record label, but they introduced a different side of hip hop that was virtually unknown on a mainstream level. When Elektra Records signed Del the Funky Homosapien and JIVE signed Souls of Mischief in the early '90s, the Hiero crew soon became internationally known as the leaders of a new movement in rap that represented peace and unity, despite having come from a city rife with violent crime. Considered to be some of the most highly skilled lyricists in rap from their inception to today, the Hiero crew continued to break hip-hop norms with personal, emotional rhymes rather than solely gangster-rap. Souls Of Mischief's "93 'Til Infinity" remains one of the most respected and well-known hip-hop classics, referred to in pop culture time and time again. The third eye logo, designed by Del, was ranked as the 3rd most recognizable music logo by Rolling Stone Magazine, and it is not uncommon for fans to show Hiero members their third eye logo tattoos.
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Davis, who has been in custody for 11 months awaiting resolution of the case, will have to serve 28 months before being released on three years probation. Davis asked the judge to recommend he serve his sentence in a west coast prison with a drug rehab program to allow him to get away from local influences in Atlanta.
The charge, related to two incidents in September, carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000, but prosecutors recommended that Davis be sentenced to serve three years and three months in prison. Sentencing is set for July, his attorney said.
Davis, who was indicted in November, has remained incarcerated since the September incidents.
According to the indictment, on Sept. 12, Davis had a Taurus 45-caliber handgun and eight rounds of ammunition. Two days later, a friend concerned about the rappers behavior called Atlanta police.
About 1 a.m. Sept. 14, authorities found Davis walking near Moreland and East Confederate avenues, and Davis became increasingly agitated with officers and began cursing and threatening them.
officers arrested Davis and discovered he was carrying a handgun and small
amount of marijuana, police said at the time. The federal indictment claims
he was in possession of a Glock 40-caliber handgun and 11 rounds of ammunition.
Wiz has spent his summer heralding "Blacc Hollywood" on this year's "Under the Influence of Music Tour." The third annual trek -- which features such hip-hop superstars such as Jeezy, Atlantic recording artist Ty Dolla $ign, and many others -- hits the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado tonight and then continues through the month. For complete information and additional live dates, please see www.wizkhalifa.com/tour.
Wiz Khalifa lit up the hip-hop universe with his 2011 Rostrum/Atlantic debut album, "ROLLING PAPERS," highlighted by the 4x platinum-certified #1 single, "Black and Yellow," 2x platinum-certified hit "Roll Up," and platinum-certified "No Sleep." "O.N.I.F.C." made an incredible chart debut upon its release in 2012, arriving at #1 on Billboard's "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" and "Top Rap Albums" charts, not to mention coming in at #2 on the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200.
In addition to his massive popular success, Wiz has earned a career total of five GRAMMY® nominations, including nods for such blockbuster tracks as the chart-topping "Black and Yellow" and 2012's RIAA gold-certified "Remember You (Feat. The Weeknd)." Other nominated tracks include 2011's "Young, Wild & Free (Feat. Bruno Mars)," Wiz's 3x platinum-certified, top 10 smash partnership with Snoop Dogg (featured on their 2011 collaborative soundtrack, "MAC & DEVIN GO TO HIGH SCHOOL"), and Maroon 5's 2012 worldwide hit, "Payphone (Feat. Wiz Khalifa)."
More than just a music powerhouse, Wiz is also a fashion-forward icon and entrepreneur. Wiz recently announced a new partnership with leading active lifestyle brand Neff for the "Blacc Hollywood" collection, available exclusively at Zumiez. The line -- which features snapbacks, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies capturing the album's timeless black-and-white design -- follows Taylor Gang and Neff's previous collaboration, the 26-piece "Taylor Gang Ent." apparel collection. Wiz will celebrate both the "Blacc Hollywood" line and the new album's official release with today's exclusive autograph signing at Zumiez in Broomfield, Colorado's Flatiron Crossing.
SKEE ON DECK WITH DASH RADIO.
was created by some of the most influential people in music, entertainment,
technology and media. Led by renowned radio and TV personality DJ Skee,
and including industry titans like L.A. Reid (CEO Epic Records), Matt
Michelsen (CEO & Founder of Backplane), Michael Lazerow (Salesforce),
Adrian Peterson (RB Minnesota Vikings), Peter Ferraro (East Village Radio),
Thuy-An Julien (15 year Apple/iTunes veteran) and more, this unparalleled
team has combined its expertise to present a game-changing moment in how
radio is broadcast and consumed across the world.
Launching today, DASH features 50 originally programmed live channels curated by some of the most well-known DJ's, radio personalities, and programmers in the world. In addition to traditional popular radio formats, DASH will focus on under-served segments largely ignored by FM radio, including EDM, Latin, Teen Pop, Indie Rock, Underground Hip Hop, Reggae and more, with new stations being added weekly.
Top DJ's joining DASH include industry legend Peter Ferraro, General Manager and Head of Programming for East Village Radio, Caroline D'Amore, a world renowned EDM DJ, Julio G, one of the top influential Hip Hop DJ's credited with the rise of rap as part of KDAY radio, and many more. DASH has also brought on station partners including XXL Magazine, Tech N9ne, VP Records, Record Store Day, and Paradise City (the online Guns N' Roses community), among numerous others to help program DASH channels.
"Radio has always been the biggest avenue for music discovery," says L.A. Reid. "DASH provides an innovative platform for artists while offering listeners the variety they want, without limitations."
on all iOS and Android devices with a user-friendly design, DASH is also
accessible on the web, with plans to expand the platform in future years.
With a state-of-the-art backend system efficiently powered through DASH's
fully automated studio facilities in Hollywood, a simple-to-use ecosystem,
some of the world's most experienced and passionate DJ's, and zero commercials,
DASH will become the leading radio broadcaster for the digital era.
Launched in 2010 by
Cinematic Music Group Founder Jonny Shipes, Steven "Steve-O"
Brown, Shiest Bubz, and recording artist Smoke DZA, The Smoker's Club
Tour has flourished into one of the most successful independent concert
tours in the world. The tour has featured performers such as Big K.R.I.T,
Curren$y, Method Man, Juicy J, Joey Bada$$, Ab Soul and others. After
the success of the first show at the South by Southwest Music Festival
in 2010, all four founders saw the potential and never looked back. Fast
forward to 2014 and the tour has reached its five year anniversary.
The Smoker's Club
Tour will also feature: B-Real, Berner, and Mick Jenkins. B-REAL has led
Cypress Hill as one of the biggest global hip hop groups ever with over
18 million albums sold, three Grammy nominations and an MTV Award. With
a co-sign from Wiz Khalifa, BERNER has established himself as a legitimate
musical entity in Taylor Gang while developing and promoting his passion
for marijuana. With his love for all things weed, Berner couldn't have
found himself on a more appropriate tour. Upstart MICK JENKINS has been
making waves in the Chicago rap scene since the release of his Trees &
Truths mixtape last year. Propelled by the success of "Martyrs"
(where Mick outspokenly speaks on the state of Chicago), Mick is full
steam ahead with his second project The Water[s] which just released on
August 12th, along with the recent announcement of his signing to Cinematic
She ordered the 27-year-old to take anger management classes for what prosecutors called a parole office "tantrum" over travel restrictions, and a Twitter rant aimed at a parole officer and prosecutor.
"I wanted him to be able to grow and get to the next level (of his career)," Common Pleas Judge Genese Brinkley said. "But I can't do that with him thumbing his nose at me."
Mill, born Robert Williams, has been on probation for about five years following a 2009 drug and gun case conviction, for which he served about a year of house arrest. He has since emerged as a gifted rapper who has been tapped to perform with Jay-Z.
But his career has been interrupted the past two years by what he considers an increasingly fraught relationship with a new parole officer.
"We never clicked 100 percent," Mill said Monday, his voice sounding ready to crack.
He has not committed any new crimes while on probation, but was flagged this year after failing a drug test and appearing to use a gun in a music video. Defense lawyer Dennis Cogan said Mill had a prescription for the OxyContin after spraining his ankle, and said the video prop was a water pistol.
He also said his client's tweets, however unwise, were protected by the First Amendment.
"You never said, 'As a condition of probation, you can't speak outside the courtroom about the district attorney or the probation officer,'" Cogan argued to the judge.
He has asked the state Supreme Court to intervene and grant bail.
A prison official, a music promoter and a professor of race relations spoke on Mill's behalf Monday, and spoke of the difficulty of growing up fatherless Mill's father was killed when he was young and staying out of the crosshairs of the parole system.
"It's not set up for a man to win in society a black man," said local music promoter and mentor Charles Alstin, known as Charlie Mack.
Mill, lean, lanky and baby-faced, has been kept in protective custody at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, but complained Tuesday that his neighbors on the high-security block are rapists and murderers. He also questioned whether he would be able to take the required anger management class there.
Brinkley said she had called the warden last week about the plan. She agreed to rescind her protective custody order, but warned Cogan "if something happens ... it's going to be on you."
Mill released his debut album, "Dreams & Nightmares," in late 2012.
The album's launch party was delayed when Mill and three others including an Atlantic Records executive and a police officer friend were stopped in a Range Rover and detained by Philadelphia police for several hours. No drugs were found and no charges filed.
sued the city over the arrest, but a mostly-white federal jury in Philadelphia
this spring rejected the civil rights lawsuit.
"I'm really excited about this new partnership and can't wait to start pushing projects out!" exclaimed Wiz Khalifa.
"We are longtime fans of Wiz, and he has unsurprisingly assembled an impressive artist roster and executive team at Taylor Gang," says Amy Dietz, General Manager of INgrooves, "We look forward to partnering with them and bringing Taylor Gang's artistic vision to listeners everywhere."
Music Group has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, London
Under the guidance of Pimp Cs beloved mother and manager Weslyn Mama Wes Monroe, former OZONE Magazine Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Julia Beverly brings the charismatic entertainer back to life in an upcoming biography, recreating both the highs and lows of his life and career in vivid detail. The book includes a foreword by rapper Too $hort and is based on in-depth interviews with 250 of Pimp Cs family members, friends, and collaborators including UGK partner Bun B, Snoop Dogg, Three 6 Mafia, 8Ball & MJG, the Geto Boys, Master P, David Banner, Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Ice-T, Goodie Mob, Lil Keke, Z-Ro, Trae, Webbie, Mannie Fresh, and many more.
Prior to his untimely passing, Pimp C was a regular correspondent for OZONE Magazine, first with the Prison Diaries series and later with his controversial monthly column The Chronicles of Pimp C. The book also utilizes numerous interviews he did with Beverly, whom he once christened the only media person I talk to.
People often remember Pimp C for his flamboyant style and controversial interviews, but few understand just how complex and talented he was and how connected he was to the success of many other artists, Beverly says. Initially, I felt this was an important project because he hadnt received a proper tribute. The more I researched, I realized his story is one that needs to be told, and Im in the perfect position to tell it.
In addition to being a compelling biography, the project also serves as a historical record of the era documented in UGKs music. In telling Pimp Cs story, the book explores Houstons dynamic music culture, the pitfalls of the entertainment industry, the economics and racial disparity of the massive Texas Criminal Justice system, the realities of the pimp/prostitute subculture and human trafficking, the hazards of drug abuse and much more.
As if that weren't enough, B.o.B is set to headline the University of Utah's upcoming Redfest 2014, slated for September 19th. In addition, October 20th will see the multiple GRAMMY® Award-nominated rapper/musician/producer topping the bill at University of Central Florida's Homecoming Week "Concert Knight" at Orlando's CFE Arena, accompanied by special guests Icona Pop.
Bread Winners' Association/Atlantic recording artist and 2014 XXL Freshman Kevin Gates released his latest mixtape, "BY ANY MEANS," earlier this year and it has quickly proven among the most acclaimed hip-hop releases of 2014. BY ANY MEANS has not only garnered major critical acclaim, but it also marked Gates' strongest chart debut to date. Gates is currently on a national headline tour dubbed the "BY ANY MEANS Tour."
POLICE IDENTIFY DARREN WILSON AS OFFICEER WHO SHOT MICHAEL BROWN.
The Ferguson police chief, Thomas Jackson, said the officer was Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the force who had no disciplinary actions taken against him. Chief Jackson did not disclose any other information about the officer.
Chief Jackson said that Officer Wilson had been alerted to the robbery shortly before the encounter with the teenager, Michael Brown, 18, who was walking home from a store on Saturday when he was shot.
The Ferguson police released security camera video after the news conference that showed a confrontation inside the store about 15 minutes before Saturdays shooting. The images show a man, identified by the police as Mr. Brown, who appears to be pushing a store clerk.
The police said that Mr. Brown, who was in the store with a friend, had stolen a box of Swisher Sweets cigars. When confronted by the clerk, Mr. Brown forcefully pushed him back into a display rack before leaving, a police report said.
The release of the police report was met with renewed anger by residents of Ferguson, who said they believed the disclosure was an attempt to justify the shooting.
Captain Ron Johnson, the Highway Patrol official who is heading security in Ferguson, pleaded for calm. This inner anger, we have to make sure we dont burn down our own house, he said.
Benjamin L. Crump, a lawyer for the Brown family, said that Nothing, based on the facts before us, justifies the execution-style murder by this police officer in broad daylight."
The police are playing games here and the parents are beyond incensed with the way that the police are handling the distribution of information, Mr. Crump said. The police are not being transparent and they are strategically trying to justify this execution-style murder."
Mr. Browns death had ignited several days of protests that have been quashed by police officers shooting rubber bullets and tear gas at groups of demonstrators.
Earlier, Chief Jackson said the authorities thought that it was an appropriate time to identify the officer.
A lot of the stakeholders had a big meeting conversation yesterday, and then yesterday evening, Chief Jackson told a St. Louis television station, and we made the determination that today is the day.
Nothing specific went into that decision, but we feel that theres a certain calm, he said. Theres a huge outcry from the community. Source: NY Times
COLE ON DECK.
two top-rated series under her belt at BET Networks, Cole returns this
fall with her new show "THE UNTITLED KEYSHIA COLE PROJECT" This
6-episode docu-series reveals her continued struggles with the real-life
issues that face all of us including career complications, marital strife,
and motherhood challenges. Laced with humor, drama and a hefty dose of
love, the series will document Keyshia's painful setbacks and personal
victories as she continues to defy her critics.
WILL MADE IT SIGNS TWO-9 TO EAR DRUMA RECORDS
Two-9 includes members Curtis Williams, DJ Osh Kosh, FatKidsBrotha, & Retro Su$h!. The guys just finished up the Cross Faded Tour and are currently working on their official debut album, with Mike WILL serving as the executive producer. He had this to say about the group:
hasnt been a collective of creative coming out of Atlanta like Two-9
since Outkast. They have great energy, make dope music, and theyre
always trying to push things forward, not box themselves in. I respect
their art, their grind, and their whole movement, and Im excited
to help them take their brand to the next level. WATCH
THE FOOTAGE HERE
After being nominated for the MTV Artist to Watch Award in 2013, Azalea is set to make her debut VMA performance on Sunday night where she will perform her new single Black Widow, which is currently flying up the charts, along with MTV Artist to Watch alumni Rita Ora. Azalea has received seven nominations this year including the highly coveted Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Pop Video and Best Collaboration categories and more. In addition, her new single Fancy remained atop the Billboard charts at #1 for a record-setting seven weeks.
As part of its ongoing mission to deliver messages of HIV awareness and prevention to Americas youth, the annual VMA/Lifebeat Benefit Concert has become a major staple in the lead-up to the VMA's, with concerts featuring on-the-verge artists and major acts, such as Macklemore, Robin Thicke, The Beastie Boys, Maroon 5, and more.
This is the third year in a row that Time Warner Cable has partnered with Lifebeat to present this concert.
BADA$$ ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL TOUR
The report, Internet Radio Programmers 2014 2017: Music Plays and Monetization Mainstays, analyzes ad supported and subscription listening hours (desktop and mobile, with complete 2013 and 2014 YTD monthly hours by programmer), subscriber totals (domestically and internationally), inventory by avail format, sellout rates, CPMs, media spend, strategic adtech partnerships, rep firm relationships and the extent to which programmatic systems have integrated with sector entrants.
Annual revenue growth by U.S. based programmers (and international services conducting operations in North America) is forecast to exceed listening hour expansion in 2014, as the sector manages operational expenses (i.e. royalty fees and marketing costs) while building out sophisticated sales organizations tasked with achieving greater inventory sellout.
Moreover, music programmers are stepping up channel outreach efforts aimed at brands and agencies to showcase the medium's ability to deliver targeted national and local broadcast buying scale, particularly against the in-stream audio format.
Listening hours are forecast to increase at double-digit rates through 2017, framing a 13-year CAGR (2004 2017) of 28.8%. Ad supported listening currently makes up 71.6% of total hours, a share percentage expected to increase through 2017.
Ad-supported hours are on course to capture 54.2% of total sector revenue, and subscription 45.8% in 2014.
Ad spend is projected to book 61.1% of revenue by 2017 (64.4% audio, 25.8% video and 9.8% display), reflecting programmer commitment to in-stream audio and interstitial video.
Interactive direct response audio executions packaged with audience profiling data are also expected to support higher in-stream CPMs.
For 2015 - 2016, we expect revenue gains to outpace listening growth, as programmers and rep firms train their sales sights on terrestrial broadcast budgets, led by Pandora Media.
WONDER RELEASES STATEMENT ON A3C.
Culture, in its 41st year of existence, has come a very long way. From
parties in the park in the Bronx, NY, all the way to the smallest town
in the far reaches of the globe, Hip-Hop Culture is the driving force
that has shaped a generation. We must take time out to step back, observe,
and see what we all have contributed to this vast and genius culture through
the avenues of innovation, industry, commerce, education, and technology.
It is very safe to say that there is nothing Hip-Hop Culture can't touch,
shape, form, or influence. In my 32 years of being a fan, a participant,
and a protector of our culture, I am very proud to see the road we all
have traveled. We've come from so many vessels and all walks of life,
placing our own imprint on the culture, while also continuing to push
the culture forward. We are indeed, building an institution. Record sales,
money, and all material things may come and go, but it is the institution
that is being built by all of us that will make this culture stand the
test of time.
J AND DJ PAUL SUED OVER THREE 6 MAFIA SAMPLES.
The complaint claims that two songs that Boyland controls, "Pimps In The House" and "Listen to the Lyrics," both performed and written by the rap duo 8Ball & MJG on their debut record Listen To The Lyrics, were involved in several infringing copyrights by Three 6 Mafia, beginning in 1996. Boyland filed copyright applications for the songs in May of this year. The suit does not mention any remuneration for 8Ball or MJG that would result from the lawsuit, nor do they seem to be involved in the case in any way.
The pair collaborated with Three 6 Mafia previously on the song "Stay Fly," released in 2005.
First, Boyland claims that Three 6 Mafia sampled "Listen to the Lyrics" on its second album Chapter 1: The End, in the song "Where Da Bud," which was re-released in Nov., 2013 under the title "Where Da Bud At?" Second, that Three 6 Mafia's sampling of 8Ball & MJG's "Pimps in the House" on its third album, Chapter 2: World Domination, was licensed at the time of its release, but that a five-year agreement expired in 2002. Third, that the compilation record Three 6 Mafia Presents: Hypnotize Camp Posse samples "Listen to the Lyrics" on the song "Fie It On Up." Fourth, that a version of "Where the Bud At?" titled "Where's Da Bud Part 2," included on Three 6 Mafia's Greatest Hits, also improperly sampled "Listening to the Lyrics."
Fifth, that Three 6 Mafia's songs containing samples of Boyland's copyrights were licensed and sampled themselves by other artists, adding a layer of meta-complexity to the relatively straightforward case.
complaint seeks an unspecified amount in damages, as well as an injunction
against the defendants' sale of the infringing works, as well as attorney's
fees, from Juicy J, DJ Paul, Select-O-Hits, S.A.T. Entertainment Music
and Scale-A-Thon Entertainment. Source: Billboard
2K Sports announced Tuesday that the Grammy-winning performer chose 27 tracks for the soundtrack of the upcoming "NBA 2K15." He's the second music performer to select songs for the popular video game, following Jay Z who served as executive producer in 2012.
LeBron James picked out songs for last year's installment that sold 7 million copies.
Pharrell said in a statement to The Associated Press that he wanted to create an "eclectic mix" of songs. Three of his songs are featured on the soundtrack including "Hunter," ''Can I Have It Like That" and "How Does It Feel?"
Another song Pharrell will be featured on is Major Lazer's "Aerosol Can." The soundtrack will also include songs from Lauryn Hill, One Republic, Snoop Dogg, Lorde, A Tribe Called Quest, Missy Elliott, Junior, Basement Jaxx, Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force, Clipse, Death from Above 1979, No Doubt, Public Enemy, Ratatat, Santigold, The Black Keys, The Rapture, The Strokes, Strafe, Depeche Mode and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
"It was fun to include songs that I have always loved, like Strafe's "Set it Off" or Tribe Called Quest's "Scenario," he said. " The eclectic mix makes for a really cool vibe."
It's not the first time Pharrell has shown his talents within the NBA realm. He performed at this year's NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, bringing out Nelly, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Snoop Dogg.
That performance was one of the reasons 2K selected Pharrell as curator.
creative energy and background with the NBA his performance at
the All-Star game for example was part of our decision in partnering
with him to shape a new entertainment experience in this year's title,"
said Alfie Brody, vice president of marketing for the video game. The
game is expected to go on sale Oct. 7.
This new project is the first product to be created under the global license agreement in the health and fitness category between DSS and FLO previously announced on May 5, 2014.
"FLOFIT is my personalized fitness program that put me in the best shape of my life. When I decided to share this fitness program with the world my team contacted Digital Shelf Space, the leaders in branded fitness media," said FLO RIDA. "This partnership will allow me to share my workout philosophy and secrets. We believe FLOFIT is the perfect program for busy people that want to be in the top physical shape of their life."
As an International music star, FLO is always 'on.' He's constantly in the spotlight and being photographed at home in Miami, on the red carpet or while performing on tour. Keenly aware of the pressure to look good, FLO worked out regularly in the gym. However, he noticed that his gym workouts were not delivering the results he wanted, so he teamed up with his trainer Mike Saffaie (2013 Mr. California Physique) to develop an eight-week workout program that would transform his body and work within his busy schedule.
"Our goal is to complete the new FLOFIT series and to sell the product for the pre-holiday season, the beginning of the peak selling season for fitness products," said Jeffrey Sharpe, CEO for Digital Shelf Space. "We believe our partnership with FLO RIDA will advance Digital Shelf Space to become a leader in the at home fitness market place and provide the Company the opportunity to create multiple ancillary products, mobile applications, and apparel, all under our exclusive global license agreement."
FLOFIT is the new standard for personal at-home fitness entertainment. Designed for FLO RIDA and his extra busy, on-the-go fans, FLOFIT is an easy-to-follow, two-step system that maximizes your physical and physiological results. It's the right workout program for today's demanding, social media driven lifestyle where every moment of your life is photographed.
FLO's trainer Mike Saffaie, a natural body-building and martial arts competitor, understands it's not enough to have quick workouts, they have to be effective. Mike created ultra intensity workouts so Flo always looked amazing and paired them with powerful express workouts to amp up his physical appearance.
FLO FIT is a two-step system to help you get into the best shape of your life in just 8 short weeks. The first part of the series is the eight 30 minute, High Intensity Resistance Training (HIRT) workouts, designed to build muscle, burn fat and increase your metabolism in the least amount of time. The second part is the addition of 10-minute High-Def Express workouts. These Hi-Def Express sessions target specific muscle groups and allow men and women to sculpt their ideal body.
is a workout designed for busy people that want to look their best at
all times. When consumers see how hard international super-star FLO RIDA
pushes himself to get results, they'll get the motivation and inspiration
to push themselves harder and achieve the best results of their life.
E-40 has turned into the Robert Mondavi of hip-hop via his Earl Stevens Selections. His three wines include a red blend called Function, a moscato and high-alcohol fortified wine called Mangoscato. Since their October release, sales of E-40s wines are already on par with such supermarket stalwarts as Rodney Strong and Ferrari-Carano. Earl Stevens Selections have sold more than 180,000 bottles in Northern California this year, an astonishing amount for a new wine brand.
Ive always loved wine, said Stevens, in a phone call from his Bay Area home. Sometimes youve got to roll the dice, but I had a good vibe about it. Were making progress.
The voice behind such West Coast classics as Yay Area and Sprinkle Me has become an unlikely ambassador of fermented grapes, a guy whos usually more aligned with the rapper Too $hort than winemakers like Bob Trinchero. Many upstart vintners could only dream of creating the sales buzz E-40 is enjoying. A bottle-signing event at Costco on Arden Way in March drew nearly 1,000 fans, and the distributor for Earl Stevens Selections initially struggled to keep up with demand.
Earl Stevens Selections is finding traction not only in a competitive wine industry, but in a market thats already crowded with celebrity brands, whether theyre bottle lines launched by KISS, Carlos Santana, Fergie or the rapper Lil Jon. Few of them have matched the success of Earl Stevens Selections. E-40 raps about street life, but hes also a taste-maker and entrepreneur whose wine is designed as more than a mere vanity project. He hopes to establish Earl Stevens Selections as a bona fide supermarket brand.
Im a wine drinker, Stevens said. Its one of those drinks that was always around. Any rapper can have a wine and say, Hey, buy it. But you have to be a person whos real out there. Im street dude but Im a person you can walk up to and approach.
The 46-year-old rapper has been synonymous with West Coast hip-hop since the early 1990s. E-40 might not have the same kind of familiarity with Middle America as Jay-Z or Kanye West, but his reputation as a lyrical stylist and musical innovator is well cemented, having earned notoriety as figurehead of the the early 2000s hyphy movement, a boisterous Bay-Area rap style.
E-40 is credited for his numerous contributions to hip-hops vernacular, a kind of early influencer whose contributions later filter into more mainstream pop culture. If youve ever said You feel me? or fo shizzle, youve parroted E-40.
Known for a prodigious musical output,including releasing three albums in 2012, and four albums expected to drop this month, hes also registered high on the charts. In 2006, his record My Ghetto Report Card debuted at No. 1 on Billboards R&B/hip-hop albums.
Hes the king of the Bay, said Billy Jam, a historian of Bay Area rap and founder of Hip-Hop Slam Records. Its not like hes some guy coming back from 1995. Hes stayed relevant to all ages, and E-40 clearly influenced a generation because of the slang. Not only has he influenced peoples taste, but other rappers. Its a Bay thing.
E-40 has long paired his music with entrepreneurship. He launched a line of 40 Water energy drinks in 2007, and opened a string of Wingstop franchises in Vallejo and other cities around the 707 area code. Hes also shown a particular affinity for alcohol. The 40 in his moniker refers to a fondness for 40-ounce bottles of malt liquor, and hes sprinkled wine references into his tracks since 1993s Carlos Rossi an ode to the jug wine Carlo Rossi. E-40 also became a face of Landy Cognac in 2008.
His move into wine makes geographical sense; his Vallejo stomping grounds are only about 20 minutes from Napa. His mom worked for 14 years at Napa State Hospital.
Both Vallejo and Napa are (in the) 707 (area code), Stevens said. When I was 23 going on 24, me and my wife used to go on the Napa Wine Train all the time. In 1993, I had a song called Practice Lookin Hard that said instead of work at the oil refinery, Id rather work in Napa at the winery.
While his longevity in the music biz and his loyal fan base have certainly contributed to its popularity, Earl Stevens Wines are marketed with everyday consumers in mind. Theres no likeness of E-40 with his signature bifocals on the label, and no wording that states E-40. The bottle design includes Earl Stevens written in a stately font and a regal crest that incorporates the 707 area code.
The way something looks has a lot to do with your future sales, Stevens said. (People) think that just because Im a rapper, the bottle will have musical notes. But this (bottle) looks like its been around for 100 years. Rodney Strong and Kendall-Jackson, those are successful brands. If they can do that, why not Earl Stevens?
The bottle style of Earl Stevens Selections ideally speaks to both his longtime fans as well as to anyone simply looking for an affordable wine. The wines are $9.99 to $15.99.
A lot of his (fans) were listening to E-40 in 1992, and fast forward 20 years later, those are the same people who are looking for a bottle of wine to take home, Jam said. Lets face it. With so many wine choices, sometimes people just go by the bottle. Theres name recognition here.
Earl Stevens Selections were created by Steve Burch, a UC Davis alum who works as a winemaker-for-hire for various projects. Burch developed Mangria, a fortified red wine brand conceived by comedian Adam Carolla, and crafted an upcoming wine for pop singer Michelle Branch.
Burch knows how difficult it is to create a hit wine, even with a celebrity connection, and to compete on supermarket shelves with established brands. But Earl Stevens Selections, he said, has surpassed expectations, with upward of 8,000 cases selling in a month.
Winemakers dream about that kind of success, said Burch, who owned the now-defunct Burch Hall Winery in Grass Valley. Id be happy to do the kind of sales in five years that (Earl Stevens Selections) has done in six months. Its absolutely insane, but thats what makes it fun.
The next challenge is sustaining those kind of sales. Theres always a risk of something like this to have a novelty appeal, Burch said. My feeling was you might buy the first bottle because its Earl, but youll buy the second because you like it.
Burch initially created the wines at Napa-based California Shiners. Production has shifted to DFV Wines, the parent company of Delicato, Gnarly Head and others. With 7 million in annual case sales in 2013, the Manteca-based operation ranked as the countrys eighth-largest wine company by Wine Business Monthly.
The grapes in Earl Stevens Selections come primarily from Californias Central Valley, including the moscato. Wines made of this sweet white grape found its sales spike starting in 2009, after being name checked in hip-hop songs by Drake, Lil Kim and others.
Function Red Blend is a mix of Lodi zinfandel and cabernet. Retailing for $9.99, its crafted with segments of French oak in large tanks, versus spending extensive time in small barrels. Burchs goal was to create a consumer-friendly wine using methods to keep down costs and speed up production.
It all comes down to whos buying your wine, said Burch. I love Earl and he has a great fan base, but not a single one of them gives a you-know-what if its 55 percent cabernet sauvignon or 58 percent. I know winemakers who will agonize over that decision, and in the process waste a lot of time.
Southern Wine & Spirits, a leading distributor, added Earl Stevens Selections to its portfolio in January. According to Paul Thompson, vice president and regional sales director for Southern Wine & Spirits, the supply of wines couldnt keep up with demand in those early months.
Earl Stevens Selections quickly became one of the fastest-growing brands, he said, adding $2 million in gross sales to its distributor. Those sales dwarfed other celebrity wines carried by Southern Wine & Spirits, including Bethenny Frankels Skinny Girl wines and Save Me, San Francisco, a wine by the rock group Train. Earl Stevens Selections are now a staple in Northern California supermarkets and bottle shops, including BevMo!, Total Wine & More, Coscto and SaveMart.
Its been phenomenal, Thompson said. It just took off and we couldnt keep up and really, its just getting started.
The Mangoscato has emerged as the runaway favorite. Of the 15,000 cases of Stevens wine distributed since the beginning of the year by Southern Wine & Spirits, about 10,000 of those sales have been for the Mangoscato, the fruity fortified wine. The remaining 3,000 of case sales have gone toward the Function Red Blend, and 2,000 cases of the moscato.
Mangoscato isnt geared for fine dining or to win over wine judges. At 18 percent alcohol, Mangoscato packs a punch, said Thompson. We recommend you pour it over ice as you would a cocktail. Its more than a wine or a dessert wine. Its a cocktail and made to be consumed that way.
Burch said Stevens took a hands-on approach to the wine-making process, doing more than simply slapping his name on the label. The rapper participated in blending and tasting sessions, noting if one approach to the red blend was too puckery, while keeping a keen eye on the packaging.
Hes a very detail-oriented guy and certainly had input on the wines as we created them, Burch said. At one point, the company that printed labels for us had trouble with the foil. The impression wasnt as deep on some labels as others. The only person who caught that was Earl.
Given the out-the-box success of Earl Stevens Selections, three wine styles doesnt look to be enough. Theres already talk of expanding this line of wines in the near future, and maybe branch into other adult beverages.
E-40 credits Carlo Rossi for being his gateway wine, in both his appreciation of the beverage and its business.
Rossi helped me get my own wine, said Stevens. I said, Hey,
lets connect. Im bringing a lot of business your way.
I brought a new generation to it. Then, I had the opportunity to get my
own wine. Red wine is my specialty. Source: Sacramento
U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder issued the ruling on July 21, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's May 2014 rulingin Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, a copyright battle over authorship of the screenplay to the 1980s Martin Scorsese classic "Raging Bull."
In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a 9th Circuit ruling that the plaintiffs could not make a damages claim against MGM under the doctrine of laches, which allows courts to dismiss claims where there is an unwarranted delay in filing.
Snyder had ruledin December 2011 that the statute of limitations barred plaintiff Osama Ahmed Fahmy from seeking damages for infringement before Aug. 31, 2004, or three years before Fahmy sued Jay-Z and several other defendants including EMI. But the judge gave the green light for a trial to settle the case.
Fahmy is the nephew of the late Egyptian composer Baligh Hamdy, who composed "Khosara, Khosara," which was sampled on "Big Pimpin.'"
The copyright for "Khosara, Khosara" is split between Hamdy, his uncle and his three siblings. In the mid-2000s, Fahmy authorized a third party, Ahab Nafal Joseph, to file claims on behalf of the Hamdy relatives. But the claims were thrown out of court because Nafal was a nonexclusive licensee. Fahmy's suit followed.
Fahmy also sought to recover the rapper's profits from concert performances of the chart-topper, released in April 2000. Last year Snyder issued another order, agreeing that Jay-Z's defense of laches barred Fahmy's claims for damages from March 30, 2011 to the present.
After the Supreme Court ruling in Petrella, Fahmy filed a motion for reconsideration.
Snyder granted that motion in the July 21 order and vacated the claims barred by laches.
"Petrella holds that laches is not a bar to the adjudication of claims for damages brought within the Copyright Act's three-year statute of limitations," Snyder wrote in the 10-page order. "This holding represents a substantial change in the law governing laches in the Ninth Circuit, which, prior to the Supreme Court's ruling, was 'the most hostile to copyright owners of all the circuits' in its application of laches.'"
noted that while the Supreme Court did "not banish laches from copyright
law altogether," Jay-Z did not present "extraordinary circumstances"
that would defeat Fahmy's motion for reconsideration.
principal of Egyptian music recording company, Amorousi had allegedly
transferred rights to "Khosara Khosara" to EMI).
"Accordingly, the court concludes that it is not appropriate to curtail plaintiff's entitlement to equitable relief at this stage," Snyder wrote.
judge rejected Jay-Z's argument to divide the trial into one part for
liability and damages, and another for equitable remedies.
Warner Music Group revenue increased 18.9 percent to $788 million in the quarter ended June 30 with the help of its acquisition of Parlophone Label Group and gains from music streaming services. The increase was 16.9 percent excluding the effects of foreign exchange.
Online court records show the 26-year-old performer, whose real name is Cameron Thomaz, failed to appear for a scheduled Wednesday arraignment in an El Paso County misdemeanor court. So County Court-at-Law Judge Ricardo Herrera issued a bench warrant for Khalifa's arrest.
The case started May 25 when Khalifa was arrested at El Paso International Airport after airport security officers reported finding a small canister of marijuana on him.
had been departing after appearing at a local music festival. Instead,
he was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and was released
after posting $300 bail. Court records do not list an attorney.
The singer will perform at the Aug. 24 show at The Forum in Inglewood, California. She leads in nominations with eight, including video of the year for "Drunk in Love."
The 32-year-old will also receive the video vanguard award, a lifetime achievement honor also bestowed to Michael Jackson, Madonna and Britney Spears.
Beyonce caused a stir last weekend when she released a Nicki Minaj-assisted remix to her song "Flawless," where the singer raps and references the leaked elevator video of her sister Solange attacking Jay Z. Beyonce's collaborative tour with her husband wrapped its U.S. dates on Wednesday. They will play two shows in Paris next month.
performers at the VMAs include Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Usher and 5 Seconds
Aspiring rapper Liv, the alleged mistress disses Beyonce & Jay Z in her video "Sorry 'Ms Carter'" WATCH HERE
She raps over OutKast's "Sorry Ms. Jackson" instrumental and uses lyrics from Jay Z and Beyonce's catalog to diss them.
"Fuck fucking to the top, me and Jay never screwed, LIV raps on the track. "We connected on some Hip Hop shit .. He could be hiself wit me and he dig that shit ... Us two attracted like some magnets ... And us crossing paths was no accident ... When I stepped out his life, I took a piece of his heart ... I know he still close his eyes and see me in the dark ... I bet he wish I just stayed and played my part ... Imagining what could have been with no regard.
ain't just another shorty you put the naughty on .. You got 99 problems,
I ain't trying to be one .. You got a good girl, why she messing with
a bad guy? .. Ha. Fuck you doing with a rap-guy .. Down to ride 'til the
very end .. He never kiss you, never hold your hand .. He's a pimp by
blood, not relation .. I'm ringing the alarm, cause I over stand.. Girls
can't run the world fighting over men .. All my single ladies better keep
in mind .. When them tables turn, you're going to be the wifey.
In an interview with IGN Entertainment, the former heavyweight champion said the face of Foxx, who is 46, will be manipulated using CGI animation technology for scenes in which Tyson, 48, was a younger man.
Me and Jamie Foxx are in discussion, and we gonna do it, Tyson told The Daily Mirror. Within a year to 18 months, were going to do the Mike Tyson story and hes going to portray me, and now they have this new animation; because you know Jamies pretty much my age so he cant portray me but they have this new system.
According to Variety magazine, the movie is in development under Foxx manager Rick Yorn, who will produce the film.
Terence Winter, whose screenplay credits include "The Wolf of Wall Street" and episodes of "The Sopranos" and "Boardwalk Empire," will write the script, Variety reported, citing anonymous sources.
Foxx, who won an Oscar for his 2004 portrayal of Ray Charles, is no stranger to sports movies.
In 2001's "Ali", he played Muhammad Ali's corner man Dwight "Bundini" Brown; he played quarterback Willie Beamen in Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday" in 1999.
For Tyson, the movie would follow other recent efforts that have told his life story.
autobiography titled "Undisputed Truth" was released late last
year, and he appeared in August 2012 for a limited run on Broadway in
a one-man show directed by Spike Lee.
RushCard's Keep the Peace initiative is giving grants to neighborhood organizations. One of those is LIFE Camp, a Queens organization that works with young people, including those at Rikers, to reduce violence.
Cool J told the audience that his rough upbringing could have had him where they are if things had worked out differently, and he encouraged them to believe in themselves. "You can absolutely without a doubt do anything you put your mind to," he said.
Simmons told them to focus on what's inside them. "It's your spirit you've got to work on," he said.
Deputy Warden Clement Glenn said partnering with programs like LIFE Camp is among the ways the Department of Correction tries to get young people to change their behavior.
"trying to encourage them not to come back into the system, hoping
they will integrate into society and become contributing members of their
community," he said.
"Congratulations to the #Queen happy 2c you walk out that cage!!!!!!!!!!" Papoose wrote on his own Instagram account. "Time 2 begin a new chapter It's your time."
fellow New York City rapper, Papoose married Ma when she was behind bars
and got a tattoo tribute to his incarcerated wife earlier this year.
Legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, director Kenny Leon and producer Jermaine Dupri were among more than 450 attendees at foundation's President's Circle Awards luncheon Thursday in downtown Atlanta.
An auction was held during the ceremony, raising more than $98,000 for the youth development organization founded by the Grammy-winning singer.
Rapper Ludacris hosted the event. He joked about being a better dancer than Usher and spoke about his admiration of the singer's charitable endeavors.
Josh Kaufman, Season
6 winner of NBC's "The Voice," also performed his single "Am
I Wrong" during the two-hour ceremony.
The Social 50 incorporates the following metrics: weekly additions of fans across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram; reactions and conversations across Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook; and views to an artist's Wikipedia page, according to music analytics provider Next Big Sound.
The cover -- a rear-view photo of Minaj in a barely-there bikini -- drew criticism for the amount of flesh shown. Minaj responded by sharing images through her Instagram account of models Kate Upton, Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen in teensy swimsuits with the caption "Adequate."
posts, which each earned around 100,000 likes apiece, contributed to Minaj's
640 percent spike in weekly Instagram likes (week ending July 27, according
to Next Big Sound). She adds more than 248,000 new fans on the platform
and also received a 50 percent increase in mentions and retweets on Twitter.
"Anaconda" is the second single from her upcoming album, The
Pink Print. Source: Billboard
About the honor that will be presented to Ludacris, Mike ONeill, BMI President & CEO, said, The Presidents Award is bestowed to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in songwriting with profound global influence on culture and the entertainment industry. Christopher Ludacris Bridges songs traverse boundaries and reach listeners of all genres, making him a global presence. Additionally, his philanthropic efforts go beyond measure with the work he does by way of his charitable organization, the Ludacris Foundation, making him a natural for the BMI Presidents Award.
Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, added, We are proud to be honoring Ludacris with our Presidents Award. He is a hometown hero to the city of Atlanta who has had a remarkable career in music, film and television. His consistency in the industry, as well as his outreach in the community proves he is more than deserving of the BMI Presidents Award.
Ludacris lyrical acumen and innate ability to create hits such as Break Your Heart, Glamorous, Tonight (Im Lovin You), Yeah, Chopped N Screwed, How Low, Money Maker, My Chick Bad, Runaway Love and Southern Hospitality have earned him three BMI million-performance citations, one BMI two million-performance citation, nine BMI Pop Awards and thirteen BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. The honors continue with three GRAMMY awards and five Billboard awards; and multiple Top 10 positions on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Billboard 200 and the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Ludacris discography, to include his upcoming 8th studio album, Ludaversal, due in the fall, has sold more than 19 million records in the United States and 7 million internationally.
In addition to his heavily awarded music career, Ludacris is an esteemed actor, having appeared in the acclaimed indie drama Hustle & Flow; blockbusters 2 Fast 2 Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6; and the 2006 Academy Award Best Picture winner, Crash, which earned him the prestigious Screen Actors Guild and Critics Choice awards. His television credits include a role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and hosting the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. Currently he serves as a judge on the groundbreaking summer singing competition series Rising Star, which airs Sundays at 8pm (EST) on ABC. Hell be returning to film next year in Fast & Furious 7.
A consummate businessman, Ludacris is also enjoying success with his ventures in spirits with Conjure Cognac and electronics with his SOUL by Ludacris headphones. His philanthropic efforts rival his entertainment accomplishments. He partnered with Crash writer/director Paul Haggis and the Artists for Peace and Justice to help raise more than $4 million for Haitian relief efforts. He has also raised more than $100,000 for Atlanta flood victims through the Ludacris Foundation. Having partnered with Jane Fonda, Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Nelson Mandela to name a few, the Ludacris Foundation continues to inspire youth through education.
2014 R&B Hip-Hop Awards will be hosted by BMI President and CEO, Mike
ONeill, and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta,
Catherine Brewton. As the 2014 BMI Presidents Award honoree, Ludacris
will join elite ranks that include will.i.am, Adam Levine, Carlos Vives,
Taylor Swift and Pitbull.
The U.S.-based tech giant announced the deal in May in a move that experts said was aimed at bolstering the company's iTunes music service in the face of strong competition from a stream of upstarts.
The European Commission, the EU's central antitrust authority, said the merger didn't raise concerns because the companies' combined share in the headphones market would remain low, and the merged entity would face strong competition in both headphone and music-streaming.
The deal, for $2.6 billion in cash and $400 million in equity, was the largest in Apple's history, far surpassing the company's $400 million acquisition of NeXT Software Inc. in 1997. That deal brought Apple co-founder Steve Jobs back to the company, laying the foundation for its resurgence.
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said in May that the acquisition would help the company bridge divides between Silicon Valley and Hollywood.
think these guys have a very rare talent," Mr. Cook said of Mr. Iovine
and Dr. Drewhose real name is Andre Young. "We love the subscription
service that they builtwe think it's the first subscription service
that really got it right." Source: Wall Street Journal
COURT PRESS is the creative vision of A&R Executive Shannon Slam
Ridley. As a single father to twin boys, Ridley was looking for ways to
inspire and encourage them. With over a decade of successes at Bad
Boy Records, I understand the power of hip-hop on American culture. I
thought it would be really cool if I could enjoy listening to Hip-Hop
with my children the way we enjoy an NBA game! With that, Full Court
Press was born.
COURT PRESS Vol. 1 features 10 brand new tracks including Welcome
to NY with Iman Shumpert & Ma$e,Winning Streak with
Twista, Willie Taylor & Carlos Boozer, Go Hard featuring
Bun B & Stephen Jackson, We Hoopin (Yeah Boy) with
Charlie Villanueva & Royce Da 59", and Airtime
featuring Future, Sean Garrett, Rocko & Lou Williams.
BURIES COINYE LAWSUIT.
The parody electronic currency was announced in January but quickly shut down after West filed a cease-and-desist order and sued the large group of defendants for unspecified damages. The lawsuit complained that the defendants "usurped West's name and likeness for the sole purpose of propping up the perceived 'value' of the defendants' 'digital coin mine' and its 'crypto currency.'"
The coin's first logo was of West's face wearing his trademark windowshade sunglasses. Following the lawsuit, the logo was altered to make West a cartoon fish (ala "South Park"). The Coinye site, coinyecoin.org, still invites people to "Start using CoinyeCoin today."
In March, two months after Coinye was abandoned, a frustrated West amended his lawsuit to include names, background and even emails of some of the defendants, who "cowardly sought to remain anonymous by using Registry privacy services and other means" to stay hidden," he alleged. The suit claimed defendants came from a wide range of places, including the United States, China, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Slovakia.
In the end, only three of the defendants, Richard McCord, David McEnery and Harry Willis, settled with West. In court papers, McCord, of California, denied being involved in the coin's creation. According to a report by coindesk.com, McCord's lawyer called it "unfortunate that a parody turned into such an expensive endeavor." Source: Billboard
INVITED TO TRACE HIS FAMILY ROOTS.
"First I was enraged when I looked at the bill of sale," Nas said. "I was like, that guy that owned property owes me some cash. My people made him really wealthy, so maybe I should find his family and talk."
The unearthed information made him think about his ancestors' contribution to America, he said, "and now I'm on a mission to find out more."
family's story is among those told on season two of "Finding Your
Roots," hosted by Harvard University scholar, author and filmmaker
Henry Louis Gates Jr. and debuting Sept. 23.
The 10-part series that traces celebrities' ancestry will focus on, among others, Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Tina Fey, Sting, Stephen King, Billie Jean King, Derek Jeter and chef Ming Tsai.
Others taking part include Courtney Vance, Khandi Alexander and writer and actress Anna Deavere Smith. They joined Nas and Gates on the Television Critics Association panel.
Research on each person begins with DNA testing of a saliva sample and eventually results in a detailed family history that Gates presents on-camera to the subject. "I feel like Santa Claus giving people a gift," Gates said.
The results can be surprising. Alba's background was traced to the ancient Mayans, while Affleck's great-great-great-grandfather was among 19th-century spiritualists who claimed to connect Civil War dead with their grieving survivors, he said.
Gates, who has done a variety of PBS specials about African Americans and their history and experiences, recalled getting a letter from a white woman who accused him of racism for his singular focus.
"I thought white people had more access to knowledge about their family tree than we did," said Gates, an African American.
But he realized that's untrue and that people of every ethnicity share the same "cultural amnesia," he said.
Nas was asked if his newfound knowledge could influence his music. Nothing is planned, he replied, "but I think in some way it will happen on its own."
RHYMES DONE WITH CASH MONEY
Nothing happened in a negative way, he said. I was there for two years and the opportunity was a great opportunity at the time because of the type of deal that was done. For me, with this particular project and all of the sacrifice that went into itrecording the album for five years, I [lost] Chris Lighty making this album, I [lost] my father making this albumthe shit that I was putting into this album, Im not compromising my vision for it.
Busta announced his signing to Cash Money in November 2011, but never released an album on the label.
If I feel like if, in the slightest way, we aint facilitating everything necessary for the vision to be seen and executed in the way Im envisioning this shit for the last five years, let me live and die in my own own inequity, homie, he said.
Busta and Birdman talked it out, and didnt rule out future collaborations. After I see this through, if theres other opportunities for us to explore as businessmen together, lets continue to do it.
MUSIC GROUP ANNOUNCES COMPANY FORMATION.
Barnett commented, "Rodney is a highly-respected and multi-faceted talent; he's a great producer and songwriter, of course, but he also possesses a keen eye for talent and a great vision for what he wants to accomplish with Evolve. Everyone within CMG is excited about Rodney and his team joining our family, and we're all going to accomplish great things together."
According to Jerkins, "I'm excited for this partnership, and am confident that Evolve Music Group will play a major role in the future of our industry. Steve Barnett is a great visionary and has incredible instincts for our business and culture. I'm looking forward to evolving musically and creatively here at Capitol."
Evolve artists include soul chanteuse Keta, R&B/Pop artist Evan Ross
and YouTube sensation Sara Forsberg. The company will also sign and develop
artists in the spiritual music genres through its Evolve Inspirational
imprint that will be distributed through CMG's Nashville-based Capitol
Christian Music Group. The first artists signed to Evolve Inspirational
include Joy Enriquez and Tim Bowman, Jr.
Currently celebrating a 20-year career in the music industry, Evans is a multiplatinum Grammy Award winner, New York Times best-selling author and TV producer. She has released three platinum-certified albums ("Faith," "Keep the Faith" and "Faithfully"), the gold-certified "The First Lady" and the holiday staple "A Faithful Christmas".
She was awarded a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1998 for 'I'll Be Missing You," the homage to her late husband and hip-hop legend Notorious B.I.G. Among some of her most recent accomplishments, Evans serves as a co-creator/executive producer on the hit-reality docuseries franchise R&B Divas and in 2014 received a Grammy nomination in the Best R&B Album category for Faith Evans R&B Divas.
Faith Evans commented: "I am truly proud to join the forces of my imprint, Prolific Music Group, with BMG to present my next project, Incomparable. I look forward to a great partnership, as we are all very excited about this amazing collection of timeless R&B music."
Manager Cheryl Flowers-Briggs added: "I'm proud to have been a part of Faith's management team for nearly two decades, and I'm looking forward to making music history once again with BMG, a company that was such a big part of Faith's early success."
Zach Katz, chief creative officer at BMG Chrysalis North America, said: "Faith is part of an elite group of artists whose music and spirit speaks profoundly to generations of listeners. We warmly welcome her to our BMG family and look forward to sharing her powerful body of work with the world."
& IGGY ADDED TO L.A. MADE IN AMERICA MUSIC FESTIVAL.
The "Budweiser Made In America" Music Festival also revealed today the daily line-up for the Philadelphia and Los Angeles versions for one of the country's premier summer festivals. The "Budweiser Made In America" events will benefit United Way of Greater Los Angeles, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and United Way of Lancaster County. The two-day music festivals created by Budweiser and Live Nation will deliver must-see performances on both coasts with headliners Kanye West, Kings Of Leon, Tiësto and Pharrell in Philadelphia and Kanye West, Imagine Dragons and John Mayer in Los Angeles. Daily line-ups for both festival locations are listed below.
ANGELES DAILY LINE-UP
MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS / NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED.
Here's A full list of the nominees:
OF THE YEAR
ARTIST TO WATCH
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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.
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NICKI MINAJ TEAMS UP WITH ARIA