May 19, 2013 Leave a comment
IS BACK WITH HIT SINGLE
“THROUGH WITH YOU”
Atlanta, GA (May 14, 2013) – Arrow Records is pleased and excited to announce that multi-GRAMMY Award winning recording artist Ann Nesby’s brand new single “Through with You” was recently radio’s #1 Most Added song in the Urban Adult Contemporary format, according to Radio & Records. Read more of this post
Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG) expands the strength of its executive management team with the promotion of Shawn “Pecas” Costner to Executive Vice President, Def Jam Recordings, it was announced today by Steve Bartels, President/COO, IDJMG. In his new post, Pecas will help lock in and coordinate all frontline activities for the Def Jam label. He will also be responsible for directly helping connect the artists with their plans of release, nurturing new signings, as well as directing the cultural and iconic label forward into new platforms. Mr. Costner, who is based in New York, will report directly to Mr. Bartels.
“I am thrilled to announce this well deserved promotion,” said Mr. Bartels. “I have worked with Pecas for many years and have watched him grow significantly over that time. I look to Pecas for applying his energy and deep artist relationships towards helping us drive Def Jam on the path to continued greatness.” Read more of this post
May 17, 2013 1 Comment
Fans of rap Icon and beat box legend Doug E. Fresh will soon be able to catch him as he rides the air waves on his new WBLS Radio show; getting his brilliant spin on classic Hip Hop as well social and political topics which plague urban communities. The rapper, record producer, and legend extraordinaire is hands down the pioneer of the beat boxing phenomena. Fresh’s ability to take rap and Hip Hop listeners to new levels with his lyrical dexterity is just one of the many reasons his new radio show will resonate with music lovers. Doug E Fresh’s classic hip hop radio program aptly entitled “The Show” will air every Saturday morning from 9am-11am.
Fresh’s hits “The Show” and “La-Di-Da-Di” are no doubt Hip Hop classics themselves and forever stand at the foundation of the genre itself; which is why Fresh seems to remain timely in his industry presence.
When rap group Cali Swag District introduced a song giving credit to Fresh for the popular new dance “The Dougie” based on his trademark dance moves – “Teach Me How to Dougie” became not just a tribute but a new craze. Fresh has performed with Cali Swag District at the BET Awards Pre-show, on ESPN ‘First Take’ discussing the Dougie as a sports celebration, and even appeared at the Soul Train Awards teaching the dance to CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.
The hallmark series offers club bangers that have already begun to make waves in the streets from the genre’s most exciting artists including rising star Konshens’ “So Mi Tan” and “Gyal Sidung” (featuring Darrio), promising newcomer Popcaan’s “Party Non Stop” and dancehall goth don Tommy Lee Sparta’s “Run Out.” Gully god Mavado also graces the listeners with three standout tracks – “It Ain’t Eassy,” “Box of Money” and “At The Top.”
Ragga Ragga Ragga Track Listing: Read more of this post
New Zealand reggae band Katchafire’s greatest hits collection Best So Far will be in stores next week (May 21) on VP/Greensleeves. Right now, the album is available online only.
Amidst their U.S. tour, the seven-piece outfit heads to Texas this week and will continue west. Their final stop will be the Monterrey California Roots Festival on May 26. For the most up-to-date tour schedule, please visit www.facebook.com/katchafireband.
From their humble beginnings in the late ’90s as a Bob Marley tribute band to one of New Zealand’s and the South Pacific’s most popular groups today, Katchafire have created a timeless hit-filled repertoire during this short time span. The band has carefully selected 16 of these must have tracks on their upcoming album Best So Far. The impressive best of collection will feature Katchafire’s breakthrough hits from their groundbreaking 2003 debut Revival - including “Get Away,” “Who You With” and “Giddy Up” (2003′s highest selling single in New Zealand) – all of which landed in the Top 10 of New Zealand’s Top 40 Singles Chart. Best So Far will also highlight the group’s most cherished tunes from their remaining independently-released albums, like “Frisk Me Down” off of 2005′s Slow Burning, ”Working” and the title track from 2007′s Say What You’re Thinking as well as “Sweet As” and “Groove Again” off of 2010′s On The Road Again. Read more of this post
SOCA GOLD 2013 TURNS UP THE HEAT THIS SEASON WITH ITS AWARD-WINNING CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL ANTHEMS OUT NEXT WEEK (MAY 21) ON VP RECORDS
For almost two decades, VP Records has been bringing the annual Soca Gold series to the masses. The top-selling compilation has been the ultimate carnival soundtrack from Caribbean islands. On May 21, Soca Gold 2013 will unleash the genre’s freshest party anthems including one of Trinidad & Tobago’s biggest tunes of the year with Bunji Garlin’s “Differentology,” plus 2013 Soca Monarch and Road March winner Super Blue’s “Fantastic Friday,” Groovy Soca Monarch 2013 runner-up Iwer George’s “Bubble” and a scorcher from one most sought-after soca acts, with KES’ “Thief A Wine.”
Soca Gold 2013 also contains a DVD filled with electrifying live performances from this year’s Trinidad & Tobago Carnival, steamy soca music videos and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage with the album cover model Jennifer Skye.
Check out a clip from the Soca Gold 2013 photo shoot with the cover model: Read more of this post
May 17, 2013 3 Comments
By BIG CED
The Enterprise is in flight again! Luckily, although the Star Trek series has a very discerning history via television and in theaters, you don’t have to actually be a Star Trek fan or ‘trekkie’ if you’re up on the vernacular, to enjoy this latest installment.
I don’t think I need to go into the history of Star Trek to let you know why this franchise stays popular. The series has gone through a reboot with a new cast that features young, upcoming stars that should elevate the series to go on for a number of years, if written and done correctly. The J.J. Abrams-directed film, ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’, brings back the cast of the revamped original series of characters in ‘Star Trek’, originally released in 2009. This marks the 12th Star Trek motion picture and will keep your attention throughout the 132 minute film. But, luckily, the movie is fast moving where you don’t realize that it’s that long, at least in terms of not being bored or uninterested. Read more of this post
THE BLING RING MOVIE SOUNDTRACK TO BE RELEASED JUNE 11th BY DEF JAM RECORDINGS
NEW MOVIE, DIRECTED BY SOFIA COPPOLA, WILL SHOWCASE AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL ON MAY 16th, WITH U.S. THEATRICAL ROLL OUT TO BEGIN ON JUNE 14th
SOUNDTRACK MIX OF HIP-HOP, KRAUT-ROCK AND ELECTRONICA TO FEATURE KANYE WEST, FRANK OCEAN, 2 CHAINZ, RICK ROSS, PHOENIX, SLEIGH BELLS, M.I.A., AZEALIA BANKS, DEADMAU5, CAN, KLAUS SCHULTZE, ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER, AND MUCH MORE !
(May16, 2013 – New York, NY) Def Jam Recordings will release the original motion picture soundtrack for THE BLING RING, director Sofia Coppola’s hotly anticipated film about a ragtag crew of young social media misfits in Los Angeles who tracked top-tier celebrities online when they were away-from-home, in order to pull off high stakes robberies of their posh digs in their absences.
TYLER PERRY SHOWS IN ATLANTA
(ATLANTA) May 16, 2013 – On Tuesday, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network hosted a preview party at Bar One in Atlanta for their two new scripted series: Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and The Have Nots” and “Love Thy Neighbor.” Fans, friends and family packed the chic venue to get a sneak peek of the much-anticipated shows and to hobnob with the cast. Tika Sumpter, John Schneider, Crystal Fox and Renee Lawless were on hand to represent “The Haves and The Have Nots,” while Patrice Lovely, Palmer Williams and Kendra C. Johnson greeted fans on behalf of “Love Thy Neighbor.” After clips from the two shows were screened, the cast answered questions from the crowd. “We are so excited to be a part of this journey with OWN and Tyler Perry,” said Patrice Lovely. “This experience – from filming to meeting Oprah — has been amazing!” added Crystal Fox. Read more of this post
Use What You Have Right NOW!! – Daily Word May 16, 2013
TO HEAR THE AUDIO VERSION OF THE DAILY WORD ** Read more of this post
HIP-HOP DUO NEBULA868
UNLEASES NEW ALBUM, DaBiznis
Album Available Worldwide on May 28, 2013 from Precision Digital
May 14, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, NY (FOX FUSE) – Trinidadian hip-hop duo Nebula868unleashes their unique take on the genre to the masses with their new album DaBiznis, set for a worldwide release on May 28, 2013 from Precision Digital. Nebula868 was birthed in 2006 and comprises of two members, Sean “Sean Nebula” Padmore and Clayton “Wong Nebula” Wong, both born and raised on the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago. DaBiznis is the first 100% hip-hop studio effort from the group, who first made a name for themselves as the hometown hip-hop favorites. Now with this provocative, compelling collection of hits, they undertake the ambitious goal of seeking fame and acclaim in the U.S. hip-hop industry and globally. Read more of this post
THE 2013 SESAC POP MUSIC AWARDS HONORS TOP SONGWRITERS AND PUBLISHERS AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
The 2013 SESAC Pop Music Awards honored the top songwriters and publishers of 2012 with special awards presented to the Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year, Publisher of the Year and many more. The invitation-only, red carpet event is one of the most popular music gatherings in the industry. With special guest appearances and performances from some of the year’s biggest hit-makers, the SESAC Pop Music Awards is a must-see. Read more of this post
May 14, 2013 1 Comment
by Denene Millner
I officially give up on Black radio stations that play Hip Hop.
I’m over the disrespect. Finished with the blatant disregard for the audience. Totally through with their insistence on force-feeding curse-filled, misogynistic, lyrical porn through the airwaves and expecting this self-respecting, intelligent, passionate African American mother to take it to the head, sans complaint or concern.
What’s got my Victoria’s Secrets in a bunch? Last week, on my way back from dropping my kids off at school, I tuned into Atlanta’s R&B/Hip Hop station V103 to listen to one of my favorite morning show hosts, Ryan Cameron and his cast of funny, down-to-Earth co-horts (whom I can’t listen to with kids in the car) when on came a new song fresh off the New Orleans plantation that is Cash Money Records: Birdman’s “Tapout,” featuring Lil’ Wayne, Future, Mack Maine and Nicki Minaj. What I heard was so foul, so vile, so effing inappropriate, that I actually had visions of smashing my own damn radio with a sledgehammer. Witness the opening lyrics to this musical madness, courtesy of Wayne: Read more of this post
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THE LEGION MEDIA GROUP
#DopeBrunch Brings Out Uptown’s Best
Thank You to All Who Came out to Celebrate Willy Dope’s Birthday
New York, NY, May 13, 2013 - On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Recording ArtistWilly Dope of Par-City celerated his birthday #DopeBrunch hosted by Toya Times and Hot 97′s Dominican Drew at Bleu Violin in Harlem, NY. Music was provided byDa Unions’s DJ O. Minaya andHot 97′s DJ Martian.
Special guests includedDJ Spynfo (Hot 97), The Hip Hop Socialite- Shamara McKoy (DrJays.com), Recording artistSkye, Recording artist Jalani, and Celebrity StylistKimberley Jarrett.
Styling credit: Kimberly Jarrett