AWARD-WINNING GOSPEL SUPERSTAR JAMES FORTUNE & FIYA GARNER #1 GOSPEL DEBUT FOR NEW TWO-DISC LIVE ALBUM, LIVE THROUGH IT
Chart-Topper Soars at #13 on the Billboard 200, Features Hit Single “Live Through It,” “Best Praise,””We Give You Glory” (feat. Tasha Cobbs), “Light Your Way” (feat. Israel Houghton), “Empty Me” (feat. Isaac Carree), “Let Your Power Fall” (feat. Zacardi Cortez), “Forever,” and More
NASHVILLE, TN (March 5, 2014) – Award-winning Gospel star, songwriter, producer and nationally-syndicated radio host James Fortune has created another inspired album of fresh music and stirring ministry, as the latest release from James Fortune & FIYA, Live Through It (FIYA World Music/Entertainment One Music), soars with a #1 debut on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart, and enters at #13 in top albums on the Billboard 200 chart, also marking a career-high for Fortune with his highest first week of sales in his career thus far. Garnering accolades as another “must-have” album, fans, peers and more have embraced the electrifying live performances and messages on the highly-anticipated Live Through It, and flocked to Fortune & FIYA’s live performances on their current multi-city promo tour. Read more…
THE WAILERS INVITES BRITISH DEPENDENCY
TO ROUND OUT U.S. TOUR!
New York, NY (February 19, 2014): After sweeping through the East Coast into the Midwest for a month and returning home to Anguilla for two short weeks, British Dependency will return this week to continue touring with The Wailers. The legendary band invited British Dependency to wrap up their US run on the West Coast.
The Band embarked on a three week, 14 City tour with The Wailers in celebration of The Wailers 30th Anniversary on Friday, January 10, 2014. Opening at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida, the band traveled to Clearwater and Jacksonville, Florida, Birmingham, AL, Atlanta, GA, Salem and Carrborro, NC, Myrtle Beach, SC, Columbus, OH, Chicago, IL, Milwaukee, WI and closed out on January 26th at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN.
New Music: Verbal Kent (of Ugly Heroes) “Raponomics” (Produced by Khrysis)
A Hypetrak.com Premiere
Hard beats & hard rhymes; both have been core staples of Hip-hop since the culture’s inception. And while artists of today often circumvent this with gimmicks, an LP that combines the two cannot be denied. It’s a simple formula that is and will always be effective.
KANYE WEST TO DEBUT “BOUND 2″ VIDEO ON ELLEN TODAY, NOVEMBER 19TH
THE YEEZUS TOUR RESUMES; BROOKLYN & MSG ON DECK THIS WEEK
“There are very few modern artists with the kind of vision, ambition, and means to execute it as Kanye West right now.a distinct statement of his combined artistic ambition, penchant for excess, and desire to simply outdo every other entertainer out right now.” – Seattle Times
“Awe-inspiring.West’s energy level was extraordinary.truly electrifying.The stage as imagined and executed by West was truly something to behold.” - Rolling Stone
NOVEMBER 18, 2013 – NEW YORK, NY - Kanye West will debut the music video for ’Bound 2‘ on daytime powerhouse The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Marking the second time Ellen has premiered a Kanye West video – “Love Lockdown” debuted on the Ellen Show in 2008 – the video launch coincides with the Northeast leg of West‘s acclaimed Yeezus Tour, with the tour making stops in Brooklyn, Washington DC and New York City’s legendary Madison Square Garden throughout the week. Read more…
135th CLIENTS PARTNER WITH
BET MUSIC MATTERS’ “REBELLIOUS SOUL TOUR” FEATURING K.MICHELLE
Beautiful Textures & Myx Fusions Moscato make first of several stops in Chicago and Houston
Mona Scott-Young and K.Michelle at Walmart in Chicago
The Rebellious Soul tour bus is wrapped and ready to go!
(CHICAGO) – November 18, 2013 – BET Music Matters’ “Rebellious Soul Tour” featuring K.Michelle took Chicago by storm on Friday, as 135th clients and tour partners Beautiful Textures and Myx Fusions celebrated the visit with various activities around the city. On Thursday, “Love & Hip Hop” star and Myx Fusions ambassador Yandy Smith hosted the Chicago launch of Myx Fusions Moscato at Lumen. Fans and VIPs partied to the tunes of DJ Sean Mac while sampling the coconut, peach and original moscato-flavored beverage.
Then on Friday afternoon, Yandy’s “Love & Hip Hop” co-star K.Michelle thrilled nearly 400 Walmart shoppers, as she signed autographs and took photos at the Beautiful Textures Lounge. Fans enjoyed live music by DJ Genius, product giveaways and the chance to get up close and personal with the top-selling R&B star. Moments later, K.Michelle hit the stage at The Shrine for an incredible show that included opening acts Sevyn Streeter and Tiara Thomas. After the concert, K.Michelle greeted an exclusive group of press and VIP ticketholders at The Shrine for photos and autographs, sponsored by Myx Fusions and Beautiful Textures.
Let me tell you, it’s so good to know I’m not alone in my hatred for what Black radio is serving our kids (and us grown folk!): A new group out of Chicago is going after radio stations and their advertisers for filling the airwaves with misogynistic, violent, sexually-explicit music.
The Clear the Airwaves Project, led by founder Kwabena Rasuli, says the music being played on radio should be for adults only, and inaccessible on free, public radio that our kids can access at any time. But instead of protesting outside Chicago’s Hip Hop stations, Rasuli’s group is getting gully: they’re protesting the advertisers who hawk their products between songs whose lyrical content make hardened criminals and porn stars blush.
For the past two months, The Clear the Airwaves Project has been standing outside black-owned McDonald’s restaurants on Chicago’s South Side, holding placards with warnings about the music being played on the station and its easy access for kids. Their thinking: if radio stations refuse to stop playing music that consistently disrespects Black women, celebrates illicit drug use and refers to its audience as nothing more than a bunch of broke niggers who can’t keep up with their rampant excess, perhaps taking away their money source will make the radio station’s listen.
“We feel that the music being played on the radio is influencing our children and is detrimental and should be for adults only,” Rasuli told the Chicago Sun Times, noting that in about 90 percent of the songs, artists are dropping the “N bomb” and in about 80 percent, “they are calling our sisters the B-word.” “This is music that encourages girls to be strippers and young men to kill each other, to pop mollies or Ecstasy pills, and to be unrealistically materialistic.”
Say that. Read more…
Tai Allen x Oscar Brown: Soulful Blues At BAMcafe
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BROOKLYN, NY, October 9, 2013—BAMcafé Live (30 Lafayette Avenue)—the performance series curated by Darrell M. McNeill, associate producer, music programming—announces its lineup for November. BAMcafé Live events have no cover charge and no drink minimum. Read more…
BISHOP LARRY D. TROTTER & SWEET HOLY SPIRIT COMBINED CHOIR FORTHCOMING CD PRAISE REVISITED AVAILABLE IN STORES & ONLINE EVERYWHERE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19th
|Chicago, IL (Tuesday, September 17) Stellar award nominated church aggregation Bishop Larry D. Trotter & Sweet Holy Spirit Combined Choirs highly anticipated forthcoming 9th album, PRAISE REVISITED hits stores and digital outlets on November 19 via Utopia Music Group/eONE. Marketing and Publicity efforts are powered by The J. Hardy Agency. This week, Bishop Trotter & SHS hit single “I Know A Man” is climbing into the Billboard Top 30 and has an accumulative listening audience of over 1 million. Read more…|
WACKA FLOCKA COLLABS WITH WIZ KHALIFA FOR “MILEY”, SOLD OUT EURO TOUR WITH STOP IN JAPAN JOINING STEVE AOKI!
WAKA FLOCKA COMPLETES SOLD-OUT EUROPEAN TOUR WITH HIGHLY ANTICIPATED JAPAN TOUR STOP, JOINS STEVE AOKI ON TOUR & COLLABORATES WITH WIZ KHALIFA FOR “MILEY” TRACK!
PERFORMANCE IMAGES & MUSIC LINK BELOW
NEW YORK, NY(September 17, 2013-) Unless you’ve been living under a rock this past week, you’ve heard the DJ Holiday’s “Miley” song, which has appearance from the always energetic Waka Flocka Flame & mellowed out Wiz Khalifa. The song has been killing the airwaves receiving acclaims for it’s strip club tempo and catchy lyrics!
Waka brought his full energy, July 11th for the first stop on his Euro tour in Liege, Belgium that was supposed to end in the UK at the end of August. With the high demand of Waka from this tour he picked up more dates in Asia and took Japan by storm. Read more…
The City of Chicago Honors Ten-Time GRAMMY® Award Winner Chaka Khan with Street Naming
July 28, 2013 Declared “Chaka Khan Day” in Her Hometown
(Los Angeles, CA – July 29, 2013) – The City of Chicago honored ten-time GRAMMY® Award winner Chaka Khan with a Street Naming of “Chaka Khan Way” on Saturday, July 27, and declared Sunday, July 28, 2013, “Chaka Khan Day” in Chicago, her hometown. The weekend-long celebration also included a free outdoor concert in Millennium Park.
The music icon, who was honored for her stellar 40-year career in music and entertainment, participated in the ceremonial unveiling of Chaka Khan Way on S. Blackstone Avenue, between 50th and 51st Streets, with her family, including her mother Sandra Coleman, her sister, Tammy McCrary, and a host of other relatives in the Chicago area. Several city officials, business executives and community leaders were among the participants, including Fourth Ward Alderman William Burns, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Father Pfleger of St. Sabina Catholic School, State Senator Kwame Raoul, State Representatives Christian Mitchell and Barbara Flynn Currie, and Carl McKenzie, a cultural event producer and the president of Artworks Chicago. McKenzie organized the weekend-long celebration, which was co-sponsored by MINI USA. Chaka Khan Way is located on the west side of Kenwood Academy, where Chaka attended high school during its early days of operation. The students of Kenwood Academy also had the opportunity to participate in the event. Read more…
Chaka Khan Will Be Honored by Her Hometown with a Street Naming and More…Khan Resumes Concert Dates in U.S. and Abroad
5WPR NAMED FINALIST FOR PR AGENCY OF YEAR IN 2013 AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDS & RONN TOROSSIAN NAMED FINALIST FOR PR EXECUTIVE OF YEAR
5WPR has been named a finalist in the Public Relations Agency of the Year category in The 2013 American Business Awards. Additionally, Ronn Torossian, the founder & CEO of 5WPR was named a finalist in the Communications, Investor Relations, and PR Executive of the Year category. In both categories, 5WPR, and Torossian will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the program.
The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. More than 3,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, among others. Finalists were chosen by more than 140 business professionals nationwide during judging and will be announced at The American Business Awards banquet on June 17 in Chicago.
“We are thrilled to be named finalists for the 2013 American Business Awards. Our entire team works incredibly hard and deserve this recognition and appreciation for all of our accomplishments. We also thank our client partners for helping us reach this milestone. We are committed to doing great work every day, and are proud that the judges recognized the achievements of our hard-working staff,” said Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR.
Chicago, IL (Tuesday, April 30, 2013) —Bishop Larry D. Trotter- Senior Pastor of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago- recently announced to his congregation and associate churches that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery on May 22nd.
The initial diagnosis came during Bishop Trotter’s annual physical in March of 2013 and was confirmed by tests. Doctors have informed Bishop Trotter that the cancer is in its earliest stages and that his prognosis is good.
“Thanks to routine screening this was diagnosed early and I expect a full and speedy recovery,” says Bishop Trotter. Trotter adds, “After reviewing all the options with multiple physicians, I decided to take a proactive approach and have surgery.”
“Additionally, I am encouraged that God will heal me of this as he has done other illnesses in the past. Sweet Holy Spirit Church and friends are fighting with and for me…I KNOW A MAN”. Read more…
By NICK CHILES
Sometimes it feels like the rest of us operate in a separate world than our lawmakers in Washington. I’ve been getting that feeling a lot lately watching the contortions they have been going through to prevent gun control legislation from even making it onto the floor of the Senate for a vote—never mind actually passing legislation expanding background checks, which is a measure supported by 90 percent of the country.
I also got that feeling listening to the incredibly moving and personal speech First Lady Michelle Obama gave in Chicago on Tuesday about Hadiya Pendleton and the challenges being faced by young people in her city. While the First Lady supposedly breathes the same suffocating air as the Washington lawmakers, she clearly is not from the same world. While they worry about how taking a stand against gun violence might upset the NRA and endanger their reelection, Michelle understands deep down in her gut the world that young people in our country like Hadiya Pendleton inhabit. Because it used to be her world. And when she spoke at a luncheon in Chicago, the first lady brought all the power and emotion of her life experiences to bear.
In the midst of her speech, the first lady delivered one of those shocking lines that remind us how different it feels to African Americans when the occupants of the White House look like us. It was the same shock we got when the president said that Trayvon Martin could have been his son. Read more…
TRACEE ELLIS ROSS SET TO HOST WVON’S IMPACT 50 GALA, FEATURING A PERFORMANCE BY SIX TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNING RECORDING ARTIST, TONI BRAXTON
Hosting a weekend of festivities, one of the only African-American owned radio stations in the country, pauses to commemorate five decades of representing the Voice of the Negro and a Nation.
Chicago, IL (March 14, 2013) – On April 6, 2013, WVON will celebrate 50 successful years of unwavering airtime and historical commentating that will take place at The Chicago Theatre at 7:00pm. From 1963 to 2013, WVON has evolved from the Voice of the Negro to the Voice of a Nation. Lead by the efforts of President & Chairman, Melody Spann Cooper, WVON has planned a historic weekend that will showcase how they have IMPACTED the nation. The weekend festivities will begin on Friday, April 5th, with a kickoff party and a performance by legendary artist, Roy Ayers at Alhambra Palace. Saturday, April 6th, WVON will host their “IMPACT 50” Grand Gala, gold carpet event, which will commence with a VIP pre-reception for special invited guests. Read more…
by Denene Millner
Her name was Hadiya Pendleton, and she was only 15 years old. The dimples in her cheeks, the sparkle in her eyes—each of these tell the story. She was an honor student, a volley ball player and a majorette, nice enough with her studies and her drill team routines that she got the chance to perform with her school’s marching band during President Barack Obama’s inaugural parade in Washington, just days ago. Her pictures belie all that her friends remember of her: Hadiya was smart. Kind. Sweet. Full of light. With a potential that was limitless.
But now, Hadiya is gone from here. On Tuesday afternoon, she became the 42nd person to be killed in Chicago this month, the deadliest January in that city in more than a decade. This was not a case of Hadiya being in the wrong place at the wrong time; this child, having been released early from King College Prep High School after taking final exams, was with her friends in a park near her school, taking shelter from the rain under a canopy of trees when some coward with a gun hopped a fence and shot into the crowd of teens. Hadiya was shot in the back; she collapsed a few blocks away in front of a row of upscale condos, not too far from President Obama’s family home, and died an hour later. Another boy, too, was shot and is in serious condition at an area hospital. Read more…
By NICK CHILES
UPDATE: Oxygen officially announced it has cancelled Shawty Lo’s “All My Babies’ Mamas,” a reality show that was to chronicle the relationship between the rapper and the 10 mothers of his 11 children. Oxygen’s official statement is at the end of this post.
Let’s all say a big “Amen” to the power of the people.
With word that Oxygen has come to its senses and decided to cancel the almost-aired Shawty Lo debacle “All My Babies’ Mamas,” as reported by Allison Samuels on the Daily Beast, let us acknowledge that the final word, the ultimate authority, in our consumer-driven culture is, blessedly, the consumer.
It is fitting that in the week we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and give thanks for the changes that he wrought in this nation with his singular vision and courage, we should see evidence once again that when we marshal our voices and demand change, the powers-that-be have no choice but to fall back. Read more…
On October 2, 2012 Cash Money Content, the book publishing arm of the iconic record label Cash Money Records, home to multi-platinum artists Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and Drake, will release the street novel, ANIMAL from the 2008 Black Press “Author of the Year” K’wan Foye. A complex and bloody tale from one of this generation’s most talented and gritty writers, the story follows Animal, the infamous fugitive from K’wan’s well-known Hood Rat Series, on a tragic trail of revenge. The novel takes the reader through the rugged streets of Puerto Rico to the scene of the original crime, Harlem, NY, following the footsteps of a ruthless murderer.
Animal survived both unfathomable abuse from his family and the unforgiving streets, but stilled learned to love. Infamous for turning at any moment into a cold-blooded killer, Animal is the product of the world we all live in. There but for the grace of God go . . . any of us.
3rd Annual Halloween Baller’s Ball At Maison! Featuring Mannie Fresh, Earphunk, Hood Internet, Nikki Da B, Lemonhead and special surprise guests
This year the Baller’s Ball promises to be the best one yet! An all-night, musical extravaganza, featuring amazing performances, headlined by none other than, Mannie Fresh. If the Zombie Apocalypse is coming you might as well spend it at the best party on earth. Every year the Halloween block party on Frenchmen Street gets bigger and better and this year everything is going to be more balling! Maison is located at 508 Frenchmen Street, Mannie Fresh is kicking off the party on Saturday, Oct. 27th, from 10:00 PM-4:00 AM. As Mannie Fresh works his multiplatinum magic on the mic and turntables, he will be joined by, The Hood Internet, a Chicago based band specializing in hip hop, indie rock, mash-ups. Earphunk, a local band with a truly, funky sound that always turns the party out. Lemonhead, an incredible DJ on the forefront of the local electronic scene, mixes it up with all genres of music; dance, dubstep, hip hop, etc. Nikki Da B, a bounce rapper has been busy; currently making noise all across the world, in heavy rotation on MTV and featured on Diplo’s smash hit, “Express Yourself.”
Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago have had an “Awesome” summer, and it looks like the fall will be just as uplifting. The Inspired People/EMI Gospel recording artists released their new album, The Best of Both Worlds, in June, 2012, to critical acclaim and extraordinary fan support. The album was number one on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart for three consecutive weeks when it was released, and is currently in the Top 10. “Awesome,” the first single from the album, has resonated with choirs, gospel lovers and consumers all over the world. Radio, retail, media and pastors have been huge champions of the recording, which was penned by Jenkins, a GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter. “Awesome” has held at number one for 12 weeks on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs Chart.
Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago Made a Smash Perfrmance at Jay-Z’s Made In America Music Festival During the Labor Day Weekend
Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago Were the Only Gospel Artists Scheduled for the Two-day Festival
(Chicago, IL – September 3, 2012) – During the Labor Day Weekend, Inspired People/EMI Gospel recording artists Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago made a smash performance at Jay-Z’s Made In America Music Festival in downtown Philadelphia on Sunday, September 2. At the outdoor venue, Park Stage, on a rainy Sunday afternoon, in front of a devoted and committed audience, Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago opened the festival with an hour concert—bringing the spirit and singing gospel songs from their current album, The Best of Both Worlds, currently #5 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. One of the highlights of the concert was their performance of their #1 praise and worship anthem “Awesome,” currently #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart for 12 weeks. The single is also #1 in listening audience at gospel radio. Read more…