CELEBRATED SINGER/SONGWRITER CECIL THORNTON and TRANSPARENT RETURN WITH EXTRAORDINARY NEW SINGLE “NO ORDINARY LOVE”

July 21, 2014 Leave a comment

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CELEBRATED SINGER/SONGWRITER CECIL THORNTON & TRANSPARENT RETURN WITH EXTRAORDINARY NEW SINGLE “NO ORDINARY LOVE”

Emotional Tune Beams As First Release from Group’s Long-Awaited New Album VARIATION

Song Available For Free Download

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Multifaceted Artist Jahna Sebastian Releases Much Anticipated EP ” I Am Free”

July 21, 2014 Leave a comment

 photo Jahna-Sebastian-I-Am-Free-the-industry-cosign_zps1b9c39f0.jpgMultifaceted Artist Jahna Sebastian releases much anticipated EP “I Am Free”. Earlier this year Ms. Sebastian debuted the “I Am Free” video on All Hip Hop. The songs featured on the EP are: 1. I Am Free 2. Lift Me Up 3. Time to Love 4. Do It for You 5. Do It for You Remix 6. Do It for You instrumental (City Lights). The “I Am Free” EP was produced, written, recorded, mixed and arranged by the lovely songstress in her studio in London, Multivizion Music.

 

When asked what thoughts crossed her mind when writing the “I Am Free” EP and what was her inspiration, Ms. Sebastian states “After moving to London in 2006 and starting my life from scratch on my own, while stepping into adulthood I have seen many contradicting sides of it. Starting my business, having my child at the age of 21, sudden detention by mistake made by an immigration officer, a case which rose important questions within myself and took a couple of years to resolve.”

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The Art Behind The Tape x Clark Kent- Park Jam Tape Era

July 21, 2014 Leave a comment

5 Questions With Avery Sunshine

July 21, 2014 Leave a comment

 photo 5-questions-with-avery-sunshine-the-industry-cosign_zps79aa91b4.jpg1. What gives you inspiration to, not only perform music, but to create it?

LIFE EXPERIENCES inspire me to create music and my love for interacting with people inspires me to perform.

And how is your approach when you’re in creative mode?

I may start with piano or Dana may start with some guitar chords. Other times, the lyrics come first. It really varies.

 2. How did you and Dana ‘BigDane’ Johnson connect and when it comes to working together, how important is the chemistry and/or approach you have to the music being created? Read more…

The Wayans Brothers Speak on Growing Up Poor & Eating Syrup Sandwiches to Their Own Comedy Show

July 20, 2014 Leave a comment
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Kevin Gates – Wish I Had It

July 19, 2014 Leave a comment
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NFL LEGEND WARREN MOON, ESPN PERSONALITY MARCELLUS WILEY AND ACADEMY- AWARD® WINNING PRODUCER MARK JOHNSON COME TOGETHER TO CO- CHAIR ‘IMPACT NIGERIA’ -GEANCO FOUNDATION’S THIRD ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD FUNDRAISER

July 19, 2014 Leave a comment

NFL LEGEND WARREN MOON, ESPN PERSONALITY MARCELLUS WILEY AND ACADEMY- AWARD® WINNING PRODUCER MARK JOHNSON COME TOGETHER TO CO- CHAIR ‘IMPACT NIGERIA’

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NFL LEGEND WARREN MOON, ESPN PERSONALITY MARCELLUS WILEY AND ACADEMY- AWARD® WINNING PRODUCER MARK JOHNSON COME TOGETHER TO CO- CHAIR ‘IMPACT NIGERIA’ -GEANCO FOUNDATION’S THIRD ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD FUNDRAISER

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GEANCO Co-founders Afam and Nche Onyema and Co-chairs producer Mark Johnson and Warren Moon (photo credits: Tracey Birdsell)

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Total Slaughter Rap Battle, Rihanna Flashes Boobs, Drake ESPYs

July 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Blahz- OMG BKLYN

July 18, 2014 Leave a comment
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Just Blaze Answers The Questions

July 16, 2014 Leave a comment
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VIP’s Attend Pre-ESPY Awards’ American Federation for Children Event

July 16, 2014 Leave a comment

Jalen-Rose-Kevin-Chavous-Lisa-Leslie-Laila-Ali-Curtis-Conway-champions-for-choice-espy-black-enterprise(Los Angeles, CA) July 16, 2014 - Los Angeles’ premiere hotel (rooftop), LUXE, held some of the greatest names in sports uniting for a good cause, honoring Football Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders, at the 3rd annual Champions for Choice event for the AFC in conjunction with the 2014 ESPY Awards. The event was hosted by celebrity ambassadors: boxing champion Laila Ali, WNBA and six-time Olympian Lisa Leslie, NBA Veteran Jalen Rose and sports expert for ESPN Stephen A. Smith

In attendance at last night’s celebration were also: Oscar Award winner Louis Gosset, Jr; Karrueche Tran, VH1 Hollywood Exes stars, Torrei Hart, Nicole Murphy and Shameka Lawerence; former CW Girlfriends star Jill Marie Jones (with her new man); Tiffany Cambridge from Marrying the Game; Basketball Wives stars, Sundy Carter and Laura Govan; TV One R&B Divas Kelly Price and Nicci Gilbert; actresses Elise Neal, Vanessa Williams, Cocoa Brown and Antonique Smith; TV correspondents, Shaun Robinson and Kevin Fraizer. The event also included a host of other tastemakers and influencers.

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Lawsuit against Notorious B.I.G. Estate proceeds

July 16, 2014 Leave a comment

And The Beat Goes On – Famed R&B Singer/Songwriter Lee Hutson

Wins Round One In His Copyright Infringement Challenge

to Bad Boy Entertainment/Estate of the late Notorious B.I.G.

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(Atlanta, GA)………Noted 70′s soul man Lee Hutson, former lead singer of the famed vocal group The Impressions, after Curtis Mayfield, as well as a successful solo artist, has won Round One of his multimillion dollar copyright infringement lawsuit action against Bad Boy Entertainment, the estate of the late Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls) and music producer Easy Mo Bee, for the unauthorized use of a sample on Biggie’s 1994 hit “The What,” from his multi-platinum debut album, “Ready To Die.” That song utilizes a sample from Hutson’s 1973 song “Can’t Say Enough About Mom,” as admitted under oath by its producer, Easy Mo Bee (Osten Harvey Jr.), who acknowledged that he did not have permission, but that he informed Bad Boy that he had used it. Read more…

VH1 LOVE & HIP HOP: MUSIC FROM THE SERIES SET FOR AUGUST 19th RELEASE ON DEF JAM RECORDINGS!

July 16, 2014 Leave a comment

VH1 LOVE & HIP HOP: MUSIC FROM THE SERIES SET FOR AUGUST 19th RELEASE ON DEF JAM RECORDINGS!

 

DEF JAM ARTISTS IGGY AZALEA, COMMON AND BET’s NEWLY CROWNED BEST NEW ARTIST AUGUST ALSINA HEADLINE URBAN SOUNDTRACK ROSTER THAT INCLUDES EMELI SANDÉ, TREY SONGZ, AND OTHERS!

 

AUGUST ALSINA’s “NO LOVE” LAUNCHES TO RADIO JULY 14th

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(July 14, 2014 – New York, NY)  Def Jam artists Iggy Azalea, Common and August Alsina headline the all-star musical roster inspired by the hit franchise Love & Hip Hop. VH1 LOVE & HIP HOP: MUSIC FROM THE SERIES, is available everywhere on August 19th, one day after the climactic season three finale of the series airing Monday night. The lead single from the soundtrack, August Alsina’s “No Love,” launches to radio on July 14th.

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JUMZ – Criminal Mind

July 15, 2014 Leave a comment
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Before You Start Banking, Ronald Williams Wants to Talk to You

July 15, 2014 Leave a comment

Ronald Williams Before You Start BankingI’m still amazed that finances aren’t taught in elementary school considering that money plays a great role in our adult lives. Maybe if children are taught earlier about money, then the mindset about finances would greatly improve beyond the attitude of just wanting to make a living.

Luckily, there is someone who shares my views on this important issue. But not only does he share my view, he is actually doing something about it. Ronald Williams, author of Before You Start Banking, has taken the necessary steps to educate both youth and adults about the benefits of knowing how to handle their money.

Williams spoke to The Industry Cosign about the reason he chose to teach financial literacy, his thoughts on how banks hire, and he explains how he got into writing a financial crime thriller.

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Jermaine Dupri Extends DJ Residency at Wynn Las Vegas Through 2015

July 15, 2014 Leave a comment

 

JERMAINE DUPRI EXTENDS DJ RESIDENCY AT

WYNN LAS VEGAS THROUGH 2015

Award-winning songwriter/producer/rapper to become a long-term fixture in Vegas nightlife

 Jermaine Dupri reigns supreme at Tryst at Wynn Las Vegas 

 

(ATLANTA) – July 11, 2014 - Jermaine Dupri is “WYNNing!” Today, the super-producer announced that his DJ residency at the iconic Wynn Las Vegas has expanded from his five-year gig at Tryst to include additional Wynn hotspots XS, Surrender and Encore Beach Club. Dupri will perform a total of 18 shows at the four hotel venues beginning July 18 through the end of 2015.

“DJing at Wynn nightclubs doesn’t compare to anywhere else,” says Dupri. “It’s like your one and only time to rock a party for damn near everybody – West Coast, East Coast, Midwest, the South, London, and Paris. People from all over the world party in Vegas.”

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Connor Evans- Yin & Yang

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Mariah Carey Signs with SESAC

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Global Superstar Mariah Carey Signs with SESAC

The Best-Selling Female Artist of All Time Joins SESAC on the Heels of the Release of Her Brand New Critically Acclaimed Album “Me. I Am Mariah…the Elusive Chanteuse”

(NEW YORK, July 14, 2014): SESAC, the nation’s most progressive performing rights organization, has signed unparalleled singer, songwriter and producer Mariah Carey for representation. “SESAC couldn’t be more excited to sign Mariah Carey to our family of songwriters,” said Trevor Gale, Senior Vice President, SESAC.  “Mariah Carey is without question one of the most gifted and influential artists ever and is truly iconic. While simultaneously remaining relevant, she continues dominating the charts in an unprecedented multi-format fashion. We are ecstatic to have the rare opportunity to work with such a prolific songwriter and producer. Mariah wrote, produced and used her incredible instrument to weave together her new album, which is being greeted with massive critical acclaim worldwide. She manages to top herself with each project and continues to transcend the music industry and the typical categorization of music, setting a standard that has yet to be matched. We are honored to have Mariah Carey in the SESAC family.”
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Morris Chestnut, Boxing Legend Tommy “HitMan” Hearn at Hennessy V.S Event

July 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Over the weekend, actor Morris Chestnut hosted the exclusive Hennessy V.S “Firstclass Lifestyles” event at The Sky Lounge in Detroit.

 

The Best Man actor was spotted chatting with 6X Boxing Legend Tommy “HitMan” Hearn and sipping on Hennessy V.S specialty cocktails.

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Jahna Sebastian Releases New Single “Lift Me Up”

July 14, 2014 1 comment

 photo Jahna-Sebastian-releases-new-single-lift-me-up_zpsd4fb9541.jpgComing off her performance with platinum selling English rock band Kasabian, at the legendary Glatonbury on the Pyramid Stage, London based singer, songwriter and producer Jahna Sebastian is back to release her new single “Lift Me Up”. The pop/hip-hop and R&B infused track which will be featured on her upcoming EP “I Am Free” which is scheduled to drop this July.  The record was produced, written, recorded, mixed and arranged by the lovely songstress in her studio in London, Multivizion Music.

“Lift Me Up” is a phenomenal song with an uplifting message about self motivation when you are feeling down for the count. Ms. Sebastian states, “It is about achieving personal freedom through accepting that just when it might seem that the world is falling apart there could be another choice we could make and that is the one that could eventually lead us to a brighter future and living in a more pleasant present. It is that kind of freedom of very personal choice”. Read more…

G.I.N. Entertainment launches online channel

July 14, 2014 Leave a comment

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G.I.N. Entertainment launches online channel

J.P. Groucho “Gets it in” online with GinTV.com

For Immediate Release (New York, NY) – Tuesday, July 14, 2014 – J.P. Groucho founder of G.I.N. (Getting it In) TV has launched his first website. GinTV.com is a visually interactive website devoted to international entertainment and culture. In the first month of its launch, GinTV.com already has a mixture of content from music videos to interviews, event coverage and more.

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Live Life on Purpose!

July 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Live Life on Purpose!  – Daily Word July 14, 2014 

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Science of War – Blue Buttonz ft. Jess The Facts, Urg 7, Mighty Casey & Bin Grim

July 14, 2014 Leave a comment
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TREY SONGZ LIGHTS UP THE CHART WITH “TRIGGA”

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TREY SONGZ LIGHTS UP THE CHART WITH “TRIGGA”;

INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR’S ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM

DEBUTS AT #1 ON SOUNDSCAN/BILLBOARD 200, BILLBOARD’S “TOP R&B/HIP-HOP ALBUMS” AND BILLBOARD’S NEW “ARTIST 100” CHART;

RIAA GOLD CERTIFIED SINGLE, “NA NA,” CLIMBING AT CHR/POP;

“TRIGGA” AVAILABLE NOW

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Songbook Entertainment/Atlantic recording artist Trey Songz has made a stunning chart debut with his hugely anticipated new album, “TRIGGA.” Described by USA TODAY as an “… engaging sixth album, TRIGGA (*** out of four), is a statement of intent – not of a bold new direction, but rather of the singer’s determination to solidify the hitmaker’s pedigree he’s worked hard to earn.” With over 4 million in streams at paid subscription accounts and a little over 5 million video/audio views on YouTube, the collection – which includes the hit singles “SmartPhones,” “Foreign,” and the RIAA gold certified “Na Na” – entered the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #1 with sales in excess of 100K. In addition, “TRIGGA” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” ranking. This marks Trey’s 2nd consecutive #1 album on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. Trey Songz is also the first artist to secure the top spot on Billboard’s new “Artist 100” chart that blends information culled from sales, track sales, radio airplay, streaming, and social media to provide a multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.  Internationally, “TRIGGA” made a splash overseas from the UK to France to Portugal, Africa and the Caribbean’s, entering the charts amongst the top 10.

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Paula Campbell – “Call On You”

July 12, 2014 Leave a comment
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16orBetter Cypher EP19 – Scuzz, Bakko, Moeschino, Ikabod Krane

July 11, 2014 Leave a comment
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“WELCOME TO SWEETIE PIE’S” HEADS TO MEMPHIS ON AN ALL-NEW SEASON PREMIERING SATURDAY, JULY 12 ON OWN

July 11, 2014 Leave a comment

 ‘WELCOME TO SWEETIE PIE’S’ HEADS TO MEMPHIS ON AN ALL-NEW SEASON PREMIERING SATURDAY, JULY 12

 

Miss Robbie Expands the Family Restaurant Business With a New Location on Historic Beale Street

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The new Sweetie Pie’s restaurant location on Beale Street in Memphis

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Los Angeles, CA – Acclaimed soul food chef and Sweetie Pie’s restaurant owner Miss Robbie Montgomery and her family are returning to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on Saturday, July 12 at 9pm ET/PT for another lively season of the Pilgrim Studios-produced, NAACP Image Award-winning docu-series “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.”

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JESUS Music Video

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Chris Spencer: How a Class Clown Became A Successful Businessman

July 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Comedy is a field where many people come and go, crash and burn, rise and fall. Amidst all that, you do get people who manage to steer clear of the pitfalls and maintain a steady career.

One such person is Chris Spencer, longtime comedian, still in the game, no known deficiencies. He was the first host of VIBE Magazine’s late night talk show, named “VIBE.” You may have seen him in a movie or two or maybe 10. He’s been featured in several TV shows. You may have even seen him on stage around the country, caught him telling jokes on his own comedy specials. But, I bet you didn’t know that he is partly responsible for the BET hit show, The Real Househusbands of Hollywood!

The Industry Cosign caught up with Spencer and tells us why he became a comedian, how The Real Househusbands of Hollywood got started, and what he has planned for the future.

You’ve been “industry-tested” as you’ve been around for a number of years; what gives you the strength to continue working?

My love for entertainment. My love for being creative. My love for paying my mortgage on time.

When did you decide that being a comedian would be a good career choice for you?

I was always the class clown but didn’t know stand-up would be my calling until my junior year in college. I was at UCLA talking with a group of students about our futures. We went around the circle [sharing what we planned to do] and the guy before me said he was gonna be a comedian and all of the women went bananas. They went on about how much they love to laugh and how much they love comedians. So when it came around to me, I too said comedian. Thank God he spoke first because I was gonna say dentist.

A lot of people don’t realize you’re the creator and executive producer of Real Husbands of Hollywood. Outside of the obvious reference to the Real Housewives series, what were you thinking when you decided to go forward with this project? Did the show meet or exceed any expectations you had?

I was the head writer for the BET Awards and Kevin Hart was hosting. He and I both knew we wanted to do something different and unheard of so that he could stand out. We both laughed about how our women loved those housewife shows and we pretended how much we hated them, but really didn’t. We noticed how men acted just as catty and trifling as those women and thought it would be funny if we did a sketch on the awards show depicting men doing so. We wrote it, called up our friends and did it. The sketch was received so well, BET immediately decided it needed to be a TV show. It has definitely met my expectations and beyond.

Some people may remember you from your stand-up days and I know you’ve recently done it for TV. Do you still tour or are there any plans to tour extensively? Do you even want to tour?

I still do dates, but my schedule from all of the writing I’ve been doing doesn’t permit me to do as much. I definitely want to tour again.

Since you’ve produced shows, appeared on stage, written for other comedians and basically run the gamut when it comes to comedy, if you could only do one thing, what would it be and why?

Stand-up, because when I’m being a comedian, I’m also being a writer, a producer and a director of a live show every time I’m on the stage.

You’ve even written a book, 150 Ways To Tell If You’re Ghetto; what spurred you to write a book?

I was on tour with Jeff Foxworthy and he had great success from writing the books, You Know You’re a Redneck If. One day, while reading through one of his many books, I realized that there are definitely many similarities with my people and that I should write a book poking fun at them.

Since comedy is your career, how do you approach the business side of it? How do you separate Chris Spencer the comedian from Chris Spencer the businessman?I don’t separate it. They are one in the same.

When it comes to the business aspect of your career, do you have a credo you live by?

Work hard or go back and live with your momma.

What else is in the works for Chris Spencer? What can we look forward to?

Season three of RHOH will air in October. We are also writing Season four of RHOH. I have a movie with Universal Pictures involving Kevin Hart and Lebron James playing brothers called Ballers. I also have a TV deal with Jamie Foxx and Lionsgate about the life and times of a troubled superstar.

 

OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK TAKES CULINARY FLIGHT WITH ‘WINGMEN’ ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 16

July 10, 2014 Leave a comment

OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK TAKES CULINARY FLIGHT WITH ‘WINGMEN’ ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 16

 

Special Follows Two Best Friends Frying Up Big Dreams with their Small-town Food Truck Business 
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Ramone Dickerson and Corey Simmons look out the service windows on the 2 Fat 2 Fly food truck

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Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will take culinary flight with “Wingmen” Saturday, August 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The one-hour special features Columbia, South Carolina best friends Ramone Dickerson and Corey Simmons as they navigate 2 Fat 2 Fly, their small-town food truck business selling a revolutionary twist on a culinary classic: stuffed chicken wings.

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