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JAKUBI’S DEBUT EP, 61 BARKLY,ARRIVES TODAY ON EPIC RECORDS

Today, buzzworthy Melbourne quintet Jakubi release their debut EP, 61Barkly. After also releasing their new single “Nobody Better” earlier this […]

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JAKUBI’S DEBUT EP, 61 BARKLY,ARRIVES TODAY ON EPIC RECORDS

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Today, buzzworthy Melbourne quintet Jakubi release their debut EP, 61Barkly. After also releasing their new single “Nobody Better” earlier this week on VEVO. You can check it out HERE.
The group features two brothers, two cousins, and one really good friend, and they’ve quickly become one of Australia’s latest breakout talents. Perez Hilton celebrated the band “They’ve got a real laid-back, positive vibe that’s infectious.” In the past few years, Jakubitoured across Australia and the United States but wanted to pay homage to the address where they formed as a band for the first time by titling their EP 61 Barkly.
Produced by Eric Hudson (Kanye West, John Legend, DR. Dre), the EP kicks off with “Bank Account” a fun, infectious track with buoyant guitars and resounding keys. A resounding choir of “Whoa’s” introduce “Uptown Lady” before the smooth vocals take hold. Working with Harmony Samuels (Chris Brown, Ne-Yo), “Pillow” is a reggae-tinged ode to everyone’s favorite bedtime accessory, while “Nobody Better” serves up a different kind of love song that’s equally soulful and sweet.
“We’re five individual minds who come from different backgrounds, but all want the same outcome,” says Jesse. “It’s never one style or genre; it’s just, ‘Let’s make the songs as good as we can make them.’”
Jakubi will return to the road later this fall with The Suffers.
Tracklisting:
1) Bank Account
2) Uptown Lady
3) Pillow
4) Nobody Better
Tour Dates
22-Sept: Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA
23-Sept: Pour House – Charleston, SC
24-Sept: Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
27-Sept: Diesel Club – Pittsburgh, PA
29-Sept: Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
30-Sept: World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
1-Oct: Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY *Jakubi only*
2-Oct: The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
4-Oct: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Cleveland, OH
6-Oct: The Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
7-Oct: Schuba’s Tavern – Chicago, IL
8-Oct: Duck Room at Blueberry Hill – St. Louis, MO

Fore more info on JAKUBI, please visit:
WeAreJakubi.com

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MEGHAN TRAINOR PREMIERES MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “BETTER” FEATURING YO GOTTI

(Sep. 15, 2016 – New York, NY) – GRAMMY Award-winning multiplatinum pop superstar Meghan Trainor debuts the music video for […]

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MEGHAN TRAINOR PREMIERES MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “BETTER” FEATURING YO GOTTI

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(Sep. 15, 2016 – New York, NY) – GRAMMY Award-winning multiplatinum pop superstar Meghan Trainor debuts the music video for her new single “Better”[featuring Yo Gotti] on VEVO today. Watch it HERE. Yesterday, Entertainment Tonight offered up an exclusive first look at the cinematic visual starring Meghan, Yo Gotti, and EMMY Award-, Golden Globe Award-, and GRAMMY Award-winning screen icon Beau Bridges as the singer’s grandfather.

Directed by Tim Mattia [Chris Stapleton, Troye Sivan], the clip plays out like a mini-movie highlighted by a tearful and heart-wrenching narrative that vividly brings the song’s lyrics to life. Representing another evolution, it’s the latest release from Meghan’s blockbuster second full-length, gold-certified album, Thank You [Epic Records].

Extending Meghan’s pop dominance, Thank You recently achieved an RIAA Gold certification, while its first two singles “NO” and “Me Too” each received RIAA Platinum certifications. Her 2015 debut Title is now triple-platinum. To date, every single Meghan has released as an artist or featured on has gone platinum.

This summer has been the hottest yet for Meghan. She’s on the home stretch of her sold-out “The Untouchable Tour,” which just packed two nights at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and continues to garner rave reviews. Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Since breaking out with her girl-power anthem ‘All About That Bass’ in 2014 and scoring a GRAMMY for ‘Best New Artist’ in 2016, Trainor has shown herself to be one of pop’s most likable and seemingly down-to-earth stars, one who’s also accrued a devoted fan base of young female fans,” while Seattle Times claimed, “Meghan Trainor burned down a sold-out WaMu Theater on Saturday night and proved that at just 22, she has the elusive combination of talent and personality to become pop’s next megastar.”Idolator said, “The Grammy-winning ‘No’ singer for a night encouraged self-love, empowerment and vintage girl power to a sold out crowd of Megatrons,” and Chicago Tribune recalled, “It was a positive experience from start to finish.”

“The Untouchable Tour” comes to a close in her hometown of Boston, MA at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on September 24.

Next month, Meghan joins the powerhouse lineup of CBS RADIO’s fourth annual WE CAN SURVIVE CONCERT at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday October 22nd in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Other performers include Ariana Grande,Bruno Mars, Charlie Puth, G-Eazy, OneRepublic, Pitbull, and many more.

“Better” Feat. Yo Gotti video: http://smarturl.it/MTBetterVid

Meghan on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

For more info on Meghan Trainor, please visit:
www.meghan-trainor.com
www.facebook.com/meghantrainorsongs
www.twitter.com/meghan_trainor
www.instagram.com/meghan_trainor
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“The Untouchable Tour” Dates:
9/16 Miami, FL Bayfront Park Amphitheater +*
9/18 Orlando, FL CFE Arena – University of Central Florida+
9/20 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena +*
9/22 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun+*
9/24 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion*
9/25 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion*

+w/Hailee Steinfeld
*w/Common Kings

Contact:
Darren Baber
Epic Records, Vice President, Publicity
[email protected], 310-272-2463

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Travis Scott Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With ‘Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight’

Travis Scott claims his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new effort, Birds in the […]

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Travis Scott Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With ‘Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight’

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Travis Scott claims his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new effort, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, debuts straight in at No. 1. The set, which was released on Sept. 2 through Grand Hustle/Epic Records, earned 88,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 8, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 53,000 were in traditional album sales.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Sept. 24-dated chart (where Scott bows at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight is exclusively available through the Apple Music streaming service, and the iTunes Store for purchase. It’s the fifth album to hit No. 1 in 2016 initially as an Apple and iTunes exclusive, following Frank Ocean’s Blonde, DJ Khaled’s Major Key, Drake’s Views and Future’s Evol. (Scott, Khaled and Future also share the same label: Epic Records.)

The songs on Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight generated 50.2 million streams during its first tracking week, equating to 33,000 SEA units. The remainder of the album’s total units for the week were generated by track equivalent albums (TEA) — just 2,000 units. The TEA number is low because only one of the album’s songs is available or purchase a la carte from the album.

Scott’s new album follows his debut effort, Rodeo, which peaked at No. 3 on the tally in 2015. Rodeo launched with 85,000 units (70,000 in pure album sales).

Read the entire story via Billboard HERE!

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Major Key Alert!! DJ Khaled hosts the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards!

BET Networks scores “another one” as multi-platinum artist, mega-producer and ‘Anthem King’ DJ Khaled is named as host of the […]

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Major Key Alert!! DJ Khaled hosts the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards!

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BET Networks scores “another one” as multi-platinum artist, mega-producer and ‘Anthem King’ DJ Khaled is named as host of the 2016 BET “Hip Hop Awards”.
Not only is DJ Khaled hosting but he demonstrates the “major key to success” by scoring 9 BET Hip Hop Award nominations including ‘DJ of the Year,’ ‘Best Hip-Hop Video,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Track of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ ‘People’s Champ Award,’ and two nods for ‘Best Collabo, Duo or Group.’

“I am extremely honored to be a part of such an incredible show that has watched me grow as an artist and mogul throughout my career,” said DJ Khaled. “The Hip Hop Awards are synonymous with a night of stellar performances and tributes to the greatest hip hop artists of our time. I am excited to bring cloth talk and the major keys to the Hip Hop Awards for an iconic and memorable show!”

DJ Khaled has been one of the most respected and celebrated artists in the industry with hits climbing the charts for the past decade. The multi-platinum artist recently celebrated his first-ever #1 album debut on the Billboard 200 Chart with the hit album MAJOR KEY, featuring his BET “Hip Hop Awards” nominated song, “I GOT THE KEYS”. Since being crowned the “King of Snapchat,” DJ Khaled has amassed a following of over 7 million Snapchat followers and racked up millions of views on his Snapchat “stories”.

“DJ Khaled has made waves as the most influential pop culture star t of the year and it is an honor to have the Snapchat King himself hosting the BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2016,” said Stephen Hill, BET Networks President of Programming. “We can’t wait to see his incredible energy, humor and “major” keys brought to life in the show!”

The BET “Hip Hop Awards” will be night of electrifying cyphers, powerful performances and legendary tributes! The BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2016 will be tape on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at its new venue, The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA, and will premiere on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment will serve as Executive Producer of The BET Hip Hop Awards along with Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Programming, Connie Orlando, BET’s Senior Vice President of Music and Specials and Lynne Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials.

Join the conversation on social media by logging on to BET’s multiple social media platforms:
● On BET.com: http://www.bet.com/shows/hip-hop-awards.html
● On Twitter by using hashtag: #HipHopAwards; follow us @HipHopAwards and @BET
● On Facebook by liking the fan page at facebook.com/HipHopAwards

Follow DJ Khaled on social media:
‧ Twitter @DJKhaled
‧ Instagram @DJKhaled
‧ Snapchat @DJKhaled305
Facebook.com/OfficialDJKhaled
YouTube.com/DJKhaledVEVO
VEVO.com/artist/dj-khaled

*Note: BET “Hip Hop Awards” is a private event and tickets are not available for purchase to the public. Talent tickets are reserved for BET “Hip Hop Awards” show talent and nominees.

ABOUT BET NETWORKS:
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

ABOUT BET “HIP HOP AWARDS”:
BET “Hip Hop Awards” is an annual celebration that pays homage to a culture that changed the world while highlighting the best in hip hop music. Year after year, BET Networks delivers the best in hip-hop for an unforgettable night of performances, cyphers and tributes honoring hip-hop legends that have and continue to make hip-hop culture a global force.

ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT:
Jesse Collins Entertainment is a full service television and film production company founded by entertainment industry veteran Jesse Collins. For more than a decade, Collins, the company’s CEO, has played an integral role in producing some of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. Formerly Executive Producer/EVP of Cossette Productions, Collins has produced ground-breaking and award winning television programming including the BET Awards, the GRAMMY Awards, BET Honors, The UNCF Evening of Stars and the BET Hip Hop Awards. Collins currently Exec. Produces “The Real Husbands of Hollywood,” (now going into its 4th hit season) alongside industry Icons Stan Lathan and Ralph Farquhar; and has worked with superstar talent such as Will Smith, Chris Rock, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Prince, Mariah Carey and many more.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
LeToya Glenn-Bacon
[email protected]
(212) 205-3158

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:
Jamie Owens
[email protected]
(212) 205-3165

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FUTURE TO PERFORM AT 2016 “MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS”

Platinum-selling Atlanta rapper Future today announced that he will perform at the 2016 “MTV Video Music Awards.” The performance will […]

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FUTURE TO PERFORM AT 2016 “MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS”

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Platinum-selling Atlanta rapper Future today announced that he will perform at the 2016 “MTV Video Music Awards.” The performance will mark Future’s first appearance on the VMA stage. The 2016 VMAs will air LIVE from New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden for the first time ever on Sunday, August 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

In keeping with the spirit of this year’s show celebrating the creative expression of artists, Future made his announcement via a personal and visually visceral video on Future’s creative process that was custom-created by director Tom Gould. To view the video, click here.

Future joins previously announced performers Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy, Nick Jonas featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Video Vanguard recipient Rihanna.

Future can lay legitimate claim to being the hottest rapper in the game, with three albums entering the Billboard 200 at number one in the span of just seven months — 2015’s DS2 and collaborative mixtape with Drake What a Time to Be Alive along with this year’s smash studio album EVOL. His explosion to the top of the charts marks the culmination of a strong rise for the 32-year-old artist, who boasts a steady stream of critically praised and commercially successful releases dating back to his earliest mixtapes, including 2011’s Streetz Calling. Future’s prolific output and nonstop tour schedule have earned him a reputation as one of the hardest working artists in the business. Earlier this month, MTV News released a revealing cover story and mini-documentary on the artist, in which he discusses his approach to life and family amidst his meteoric rise to superstardom.

VMA fans have spoken and cast their votes for their favorites in VMA categories including, “Video of The Year,” “Best Male Video,” “Best Female Video,” new category, “Breakthrough Long Form Video” and more. Voting for the “Best New Artist” award, presented by Taco Bell®, will remain live through the 2016 “MTV Video Music Awards” Pre-Show airing at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and new this year, fans can cast their votes for the category via Facebook Messenger. The top two artists will be revealed during the pre-show, kicking off a live hashtag vote with the winner being announced during the live main telecast.

Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer for the 2016 “MTV Video Music Awards.” Garrett English, Erik Flannigan, Sandy Alouete, Lee Lodge and Jen Jones are Executive Producers. Garrett English also serves as Executive in Charge of Production for MTV. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Wendy Plaut is Executive in Charge of Celebrity Talent.

Want to stay in tune with all things VMA? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and check out the official 2016 VMA Playlist from MTV & Spotify at spotify.com/VMA.

Official sponsors of the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards include: Orbit® Gum, PANTENE®, PEPSI®, Samsung, Taco Bell®, Trojan™ Brand Condoms, truth®, TWIX® and Verizon.

About MTV:
MTV is a global media brand inspired by the creative spirit of music and the freedom and passion of youth. For more information, check out http://www.mtvpress.com. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA).

MTV Press Contacts:
Jason Shumaker Katie Magnotta
P: 212-846-7325 P: 212-846-5793
[email protected] [email protected]

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THE FRAY TO RELEASE THROUGH THE YEARS: THE BEST OF THE FRAY, ARRIVING NOV. 4th ON EPIC RECORDS!

THROUGH THE YEARS: THE BEST OF THE FRAY, the first career-spanning compilation ever released by critically acclaimed, three time Billboard […]

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THE FRAY TO RELEASE THROUGH THE YEARS: THE BEST OF THE FRAY, ARRIVING NOV. 4th ON EPIC RECORDS!

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THROUGH THE YEARS: THE BEST OF THE FRAY, the first career-spanning compilation ever released by critically acclaimed, three time Billboard Music Award-winning Denver-based group the Fray, will arrive in stores November 4th on Epic Records, in the midst of the group’s upcoming North American tour, kicking off on October 15th at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. (Please see tour dates below.)
THROUGH THE YEARS, beginning with the Fray’s definitive RIAA 5x-platinum breakthroughs “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How to Save a Life,” will feature their most iconic tracks in chronological order. The album climaxes with three brand new songs. One of these, “Singing Low,” will be released as the Fray’s new single on September 9th by all digital service providers. (Please see track list below.)

Tickets for the 6-week, 27-city tour (with Island Records group American Authors), which runs through Thanksgiving weekend, will go on sale this Friday, August 26. Fans who purchase concert tickets will have the opportunity to redeem a digital album of THROUGH THE YEARS: THE BEST OF THE FRAY. Citi is the official credit card of The Fray Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Monday, August 22, at 10:00 a.m. (ET) through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com
Additional pre-sale details as of this writing are as follows:
TM Mobile Presale: Tuesday, August 23 @ 10am local (Ticketmaster venues only)
Artist Presale: Wednesday, August 24 @ 10am local PASSWORD: DENVER
Local Presale: Thursday, August 25 @ 10am local PASSWORD: FRAY2016
Ticketmaster Presale: Thursday, August 25 @ 10am local PASSWORD: FRAYLIVE

The Fray Tour will have two separate limited availability VIP packages available. The “VIP Tour Package,” limited to 100 per show, offering one premium reserved ticket located in the first 12 rows, will also include an autographed lyric print, collectible ‘The Fray: There & Back’ photo book, specially designed silk-screened tour poster, the Fray collectible postcard set, and exclusive VIP merch item.
The “Meet & Greet Package,” limited to 30 per show, offering one premium reserved ticket located in the first three rows, will also include all of the above, plus – VIP early entry into the venue, exclusive pre-show meet & greet with the Fray, personal photograph with the Fray, and official meet & greet laminate.

About THE FRAY:
The Fray – Isaac Slade (vocals, piano), Joe King (guitar, vocals), Ben Wysocki (drums), and David Welsh (guitar) – were signed to Epic Records in 2004, after their first two indie released EPs had gathered strong radio airplay, and won them a widespread organic grassroots following around their native Denver. The Fray rose to prominence when their debut single “Over My Head (Cable Car)” became a Top 10 hit in 2005. The next year, “How to Save a Life” was heavily used in a pro­mo­tional campaign for ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and both singles were subsequently certi­fied 5x-platinum by the RIAA. The Fray’s debut album, How to Save a Life was named the best-selling digital album to date. Live at the Electric Factory: Bootleg No. 1 (2006), recorded at the famed Philadelphia venue, bolstered the Fray’s rep, followed in 2007 by the EP, Acoustic In Nashville – Bootleg No. 2. Their self-titled RIAA platinum second album arrived in 2009, feat­uring the back-to-back hits “You Found Me” (4x-platinum) and “Never Say Never” (platinum). Scars & Stories (released 2012), produced by Brendan O’Brien, was inspired by the Fray’s trips to Rwanda and Germany, and included their RIAA gold single “Heartbeat.” Their most recent studio album, 2014’s Helios, was produced by Stuart Price (the Killers, Madonna, Keane) and Ryan Tedder (Adele, One Republic). It carved out new directions for the Fray, and included their RIAA gold Top 10 hit, “Love Don’t Die,” which they performed on NBC’s Today Show and Tonight Show. The Fray have sold over 4 million albums and over 20 million singles worldwide.

THROUGH THE YEARS: THE BEST OF THE FRAY track list:
1) Over My Head (Cable Car) – from How To Save A Life (2005)
2) How To Save A Life – from How To Save A Life (2006)
3) Look After You – from How To Save A Life (2007)
4) All At Once – from How To Save A Life (2007)
5) You Found Me – from The Fray (2008)
6) Never Say Never – from The Fray (2009)
7) Heartless – (2009)
8) Heartbeat – from Scars & Stories (2011)
9) Love Don’t Die – from Helios (2013)
10) Singing Low – NEW SONG from Through the Years (2016)
11) Corners – NEW SONG from Through the Years (2016)
12) Changing Tides – NEW SONG from Through the Years (2016)

THE FRAY ON TOUR WITH AMERICAN AUTHORS

Date City Venues
Oct. 15 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
16 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
18 San Francisco, CA Masonic
20 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
21 Cabazon, CA Morongo Casino
22 Las Vegas, NV The Foundry Hall at SLS Casino
24 Los Angeles, CA Wiltern
27 San Antonio, TX Aztec Theater
28 Houston, TX House of Blues
29 Dallas, TX House of Blues
30 Austin, TX ACL Live Moody

Nov. 4 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
5 Wilkes-Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Pocono
6 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
7 Madison, WI Orpheum Theater
9 New York, NY The Beacon Theatre
11 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre
12 Nashville, TN War Memorial Auditorium
13 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
15 Washington, DC The Fillmore Silver Spring
16 Philadelphia, PA Fillmore
18 Detroit, MI Fillmore
19 Battle Creek, MI FireKeepers Casino
20 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
22 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum
25 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
26 Denver, CO 1st Bank

http://www.thefray.com/

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Epic Records Whips Up Hit Album Out of Thin Air (and Online Streams)

You technically can’t buy the digital compilation album from Epic Records featuring hits by French Montana and DJ Khaled that […]

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Epic Records Whips Up Hit Album Out of Thin Air (and Online Streams)

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You technically can’t buy the digital compilation album from Epic Records featuring hits by French Montana and DJ Khaled that has been a steady presence on the Billboard chart this summer. In fact, the album has sold a total of zero copies since its quiet release seven weeks ago.

Yet thanks to an updated formula for determining positions on the Billboard 200 that accounts for online activity, as well as some savvy opportunism from the label, the album, “Epic AF,” has become a disruptive presence on the charts, landing in the Top 10 four times by exploiting — or mastering — the new system.

It works like this: Since late 2014, Billboard has counted 1,500 streams or 10 paid downloads of a song as the equivalent of one album sold. But if a hit single comes from an album that is unreleased, the millions of plays it tallies on services like Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music go nowhere.

Epic has collected its album-less artists’ most popular summer songs across streaming services — “Lockjaw” by French Montana and Kodak Black, “Don’t Mind” by Kent Jones, “Pick Up the Phone” by Travis Scott and Young Thug — into one digital playlist, giving it a hip title and some generic cover art. In 2016, that’s enough to call it an album.

Now, when Billboard counts the weekly plays for “Don’t Mind,” which has 139 million Spotify streams to date, they are attached to the album, catapulting the digital compilation over traditional albums from artists on competing major labels. Chart position equals bragging rights — and its own form of marketing via brand visibility.

Dave Bakula, a senior analyst for Nielsen Music, which supplies the data Billboard uses for its charts, said that some could see the tactic as “trying to manipulate the charts.” But “if they’re living within the rules, good for them in being creative and having enough of a stable of big-name artists and big songs,” he said.

“It feels a little bit like a ‘Now’ record for streaming services,” he added, referring to the “Now That’s What I Call Music!” CDs, which peaked in the early 2000s.

Billboard declined to comment on Epic’s methods. But this week, the chart company opted to change its rules slightly so that paid downloads of singles included on this album do not count toward its chart position but streaming numbers do.

Still, the system is flexible.

The album which has added tracks since its initial release, includes current hits from DJ Khaled (“For Free,” “I Got the Keys”). Before the release of DJ Khaled’s own album “Major Key” on July 29, the streams for those songs were going toward the compilation album. This week, however, they were counted toward “Major Key,” which hit No. 1. (As a result of losing those streams and all song sales, the compilation album dropped to No. 32 from No. 5, having accomplished its goal as a placeholder hit.)

“It did what it was supposed to do,” said Celine Joshua, a senior vice president for commerce at Epic and its parent company, Sony Music Entertainment, who oversaw the project.

“It was born out of a need and a problem,” she said. “I was thinking about our hot roster and the cycles of which content was coming out when, albums that were around the corner and how young fans on these platforms are behaving — consuming in the playlist manner.”

Read the FULL story via The New York Times HERE!

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DJ KHALED SCORES FIRST #1 ON THE BILLBOARD 200 CHART WITH HIS LATEST RELEASE MAJOR KEY (WE THE BEST/EPIC RECORDS)

Multi-platinum artist, music industry visionary, innovative influencer, mogul, mega-producer, and Anthem King DJ KHALED officially kicks off the #EpicSummer campaign […]

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DJ KHALED SCORES FIRST #1 ON THE BILLBOARD 200 CHART WITH HIS LATEST RELEASE MAJOR KEY (WE THE BEST/EPIC RECORDS)

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Multi-platinum artist, music industry visionary, innovative influencer, mogul, mega-producer, and Anthem King DJ KHALED officially kicks off the #EpicSummer campaign and celebrates his first-ever #1 album debut on the Billboard 200 Chart with MAJOR KEY (We The Best Music Group/Epic Records). The news was announced today by LA Reid, Chairman and CEO, Epic Records.

MAJOR KEY was exclusively available as a premium-only release on one service, Apple Music and the iTunes Music Store. MAJOR KEY is now available to all digital retailers and streaming services and the physical CD release is August 12th.

“I am extremely proud to be able to share this much-deserved, career-defining #1 album with my longtime friend, DJ Khaled,” said LA Reid. “Khaled’s pure musical talent, hit-making ears, and social media savvy, combined with the fiercely loyal bond with his devoted fan base, is clearly reflected in his first week debut. No one works harder nor deserves it more. I am blessed to be associated with Khaled and look forward to many more years of hits together.”

Added DJ Khaled, “This album would not have been possible without the love and support of the Queen Ms. Lauryn Hill, and I would like to share the letter she wrote in support of “Nas Album Done” feat. Nas : “DJ Khaled, thank you for that acknowledgement, and thank you and Nas for blessing up the chune lol. Fugee-La was a special song for us. I have fond memories of us and Salaam recording that song. My son, Zion, ironically laid his own thoughts down in verse on this same song recently. There must be something in the air. May God bless your family and the arrival of your new child. I also remember that Humble Lion show! Grace and peace to both of you.” xo, MLH.

The new album boasts two bonafide smash hits – the #1 urban, RIAA Gold “For Free” (featuring Drake), and “I Got the Keys” (featuring Future and JAY Z) which just cracked the Top 10. MAJOR KEY has just spun off a third single, “Do You Mind” (featuring Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih, Future, and Rick Ross). The album features appearances by the biggest names in hip-hop, R&B and pop as Khaled, known as the Quincy Jones of hip-hop and R&B has also brought Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Meghan Trainor, Nas, Rick Ross, J.Cole, Lil Wayne, Fabolous, Jeezy,YG , Nicki Minaj, and Khaled fellow Miami legend Betty Wright onboard MAJOR KEY.

Khaled kicked off the release of MAJOR KEY with an epic performance on Good Morning America on July 28th, and a release-day shout-out on Live With Kelly! That same evening Khaled held a standing-room-only #FanLuv experience at Apple’s SoHo retail store and also hosted a once-in-a-lifetime We The Best Pop Up Store in Manhattan. For a peak at the mania click here: https://instagram.com/p/BIgi60AAM9m/

Khaled will return to New York on Labor Day, September 5th, for a special one-hour takeover of Live With Kelly!, to include a rare DJ set.

Earlier in June, Khaled revealed the MAJOR KEY cover art on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! (after the Snapchat king – with over 7 million followers – volunteered as Kimmel’s Snapchat instructor earlier in the year). Later that week in June came Khaled’s classic BET Awards appearance and the exclusive premiere of the video for “I Got the Keys” on the Post-Show.

With Khaled’s vision, JAY Z’s legendary wordplay, and Future’s otherworldly knack for a transcendent hook, “I Got the Keys” is a musical dynamo of downright epic proportions. Directed by Daniel Kaufman, the “I Got the Keys” video boasts cameos from some of the biggest names in rap and pop culture, looking their finest, sporting dapper suits, and exuding charisma and charm – including T.I., Rick Ross, Swizz Beats, Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Bryson Tiller, Fabolous, and A$AP Ferg, as well as Future, and JAY Z in a rare and much sought-after music video appearance. With this cast, narrative, and visuals, “I Got the Keys” is ready for the box office and stands poised to leave an indelible impact on music history.

Prior to the arrival of “I Got the Keys,” Khaled joined Apple’s Beats 1 host Zane Lowe to premiere the hit single “For Free” which has been a radio staple ever since. Khaled has his own weekly show on Beats 1 called We The Best Radio, and he premiered MAJOR KEY during a 2-hour radio special for his Beats 1 fans. Khaled also stars in two Apple Music commercials, one alongside supermodel Naomi Campbell, and one alongside the brilliant Ray Liotta. Khaled is currently on this month’s cover of Complex magazine.

FOLLOW DJ KHALED:

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/djkhaled

VEVO: http://www.vevo.com/artist/dj-khaled

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DJKhaledVEVO

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialdjkhaled/

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/curator/we-the-best-radio/id1077842124

Snapchat: DJKhaled305

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MELBOURNE’S JAKUBI ANNOUNCE NEW EP, 61 BARKLY, ARRIVES SEPTEMBER 16th ON EPIC RECORDS AND NEW FALL TOUR!

Buzzworthy Melbourne quintet Jakubi have set September 16th as the official release of their EP, 61Barkly. In addition, the band […]

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MELBOURNE’S JAKUBI ANNOUNCE NEW EP, 61 BARKLY, ARRIVES SEPTEMBER 16th ON EPIC RECORDS AND NEW FALL TOUR!

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Buzzworthy Melbourne quintet Jakubi have set September 16th as the official release of their EP, 61Barkly. In addition, the band announced dates to their fall tour with The Suffers. The full routing is included below.
The group features two brothers, two cousins, and one really good friend, and they’ve quickly become one of Australia’s latest breakout talents. Perez Hilton celebrated the band “They’ve got a real laid-back, positive vibe that’s infectious.” In the past few years, Jakubi toured across Australia and the United States but wanted to pay homage to the address where they formed as a band for the first time by titling their EP 61 Barkly.

Produced by Eric Hudson (Kanye West, John Legend, DR. Dre), the EP kicks off with “Bank Account” a fun, infectious track with buoyant guitars and resounding keys. A resounding choir of “Whoa’s” introduce “Uptown Lady” before the smooth vocals take hold. Working with Harmony Samuels (Chris Brown, Ne-Yo), “Pillow” is a reggae-tinged ode to everyone’s favorite bedtime accessory, while “Nobody Better” serves up a different kind of love song that’s equally soulful and sweet.

“We’re five individual minds who come from different backgrounds, but all want the same outcome,” says Jesse. “It’s never one style or genre; it’s just, ‘Let’s make the songs as good as we can make them.’”
Jakubi will return to the road later this fall with The Suffers.
Tracklisting:
1) Bank Account
2) Uptown Lady
3) Pillow
4) Nobody Better
Tour Dates
22-Sept: Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA
23-Sept: Pour House – Charleston, SC
24-Sept: Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
27-Sept: Diesel Club – Pittsburgh, PA
29-Sept: Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
30-Sept: World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA
1-Oct: Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY *Jakubi only*
2-Oct: The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
4-Oct: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Cleveland, OH
6-Oct: The Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
7-Oct: Schuba’s Tavern – Chicago, IL
8-Oct: Duck Room at Blueberry Hill – St. Louis, MO
For press photos and other publicity assets, please visit www.epicpublicity.com

Fore more info on JAKUBI, please visit:
http://www.wearejakubi.com/

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Fifth Harmony Win Big At The Teen Choice Awards 2016

The 18th annual Teen Choice Awards celebrated the best in movies, TV, and music on Sunday! Among some of the […]

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Fifth Harmony Win Big At The Teen Choice Awards 2016

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The 18th annual Teen Choice Awards celebrated the best in movies, TV, and music on Sunday! Among some of the biggest winners of the night was none other than Fifth Harmony! The fan-favorite quintet accepted their 3 Teen Choice Awards via satellite!

Choice Summer Song (#ChoiceSummerSong)

Fifth Harmony, “Work from Home” (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)

Choice Song from a Movie or TV Show (#ChoiceMovieTVSong)

Fifth Harmony, “I’m In Love with A Monster” (“Hotel Transylvania 2”)

Social Media Queen (#SocialMediaQueen)

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Watch the video HERE!
See the FULL list of winners vie Teen Choice here!

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DJ KHALED OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES NEW ALBUM MAJOR KEY (WE THE BEST MUSIC GROUP/EPIC RECORDS); CELEBRATES RELEASE WITH BACK-TO-BACK APPEARANCES ON ABC’s GMA AND LIVE WITH KELLY !

(July 29, 2016 – New York, NY) Multi-platinum artist, music industry visionary, innovative influencer, mogul, mega-producer, and Anthem King DJ […]

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(July 29, 2016 – New York, NY) Multi-platinum artist, music industry visionary, innovative influencer, mogul, mega-producer, and Anthem King DJ Khaled officially kicks off the first ever #EpicSummer campaign today with the release of his highly anticipated ninth full-length album, MAJOR KEY on We The Best Music Group/Epic Records. #EpicSummer is an immersive campaign in partnership with Apple Music and iTunes, that includes exclusive content, performances and money-can’t-buy experiences across online, TV, print, and social media. The news was announced today by LA Reid, Chairman and CEO, Epic Records. Watch #EpicSummer sizzle reel HERE.

Beginning today, MAJOR KEY will be available exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes before the album’s physical release at retail on Friday, August 5th.

With two bonafide Top 10 hits already under its belt – the RIAA gold “For Free” (featuring Drake), and “I Got the Keys” (featuring Future and JAY Z), MAJOR KEY has just spun off a third single, “Holy Key” (featuring Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, and Khaled’s fellow Miami legend Betty Wright). The album features appearances by the biggest names in hip-hop, R&B and pop as Khaled, known as the Quincy Jones of hip-hop and R&B has also brought Kanye West, Meghan Trainor, Nas, Rick Ross, J. Cole, Lil Wayne,
Fabolous, Jeezy, YG, and Nicki Minaj onboard MAJOR KEY, just to name a few.

Khaled kicked off the release of MAJOR KEY with an epic performance yesterday on Good Morning America, and a huge shout-out this morning on Live With Kelly. Khaled also revealed details of a special #FanLuv experience taking place at Apple’s SoHo retail store at 7 pm ET tonight. Khaled will return to New York on Labor Day, September 5th, for a special one-hour takeover of Live With Kelly!, to include a rare DJ set.

Earlier in June, Khaled revealed the MAJOR KEY cover art on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! (after the Snapchat king – with over 7 million followers – volunteered as Kimmel’s Snapchat instructor earlier in the year). Later that week in June came Khaled’s classic BET Awards appearance and the exclusive premiere of the video for “I Got the Keys” on the Post-Show.

With Khaled’s vision, JAY-Z’s legendary wordplay, and Future’s otherworldly knack for a transcendent hook, “I Got the Keys” is a musical dynamo of downright epic proportions. Directed by Daniel Kaufman, the “I Got the Keys” video boasts cameos from some of the biggest names in rap and pop culture, looking their finest, sporting dapper suits, and exuding charisma and charm – including T.I., Rick Ross, Swizz Beats, Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Bryson Tiller, Fabolous, and A$AP Ferg, as well as Future and JAY-Z in a rare and much sought-after music video appearance. With this cast, narrative, and visuals, “I Got the Keys”is ready for the box office and stands poised to leave an indelible impact on music history.

Prior to the arrival of “I Got the Keys,” Khaled joined Apple’s Beats 1 host Zane Lowe to premiere the hit single “For Free” which has been a radio staple ever since. Khaled has his own weekly show on Beats 1 called We The Best Radio and last night during a special 2-hour listening party, he played MAJOR KEY front to back for his Beats 1 fans. Khaled is also stars in two Apple Music commercials, one alongside supermodel Naomi Campbell, and one alongside the brilliant Ray Liotta. Khaled is currently on this month’s cover of Complex magazine.

The exclusive release of MAJOR KEY on Apple Music officially kicks off #EpicSummer. As part of this campaign, Epic artists and music will be featured on Apple Music as well as on the iTunes store display online. In addition to DJ Khaled, the campaign will headline new music on a weekly basis from Epic artists Travis Scott, Big Boi, André 3000, Future, French Montana, Yo Gotti, Zara Larsson, Jidenna, Kent Jones, Blac Youngsta, Nick Grant, A Tribe Called Quest, Casey Veggies, and Candice Boyd.

FOLLOW DJ KHALED:
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/djkhaled
VEVO: http://www.vevo.com/artist/dj-khaled
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DJKhaledVEVO
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialdjkhaled/
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/curator/we-the-best-radio/id1077842124
Snapchat: DJKhaled305

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JIDENNA RELEASES NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “LITTLE BIT MORE” ON VEVO

(July 27, 2016 – New York, NY) – GRAMMY® Award-nominated, platinum-certified artist and producer Jidenna uncovers the cinematic music video […]

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JIDENNA RELEASES NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “LITTLE BIT MORE” ON VEVO

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(July 27, 2016 – New York, NY) – GRAMMY® Award-nominated, platinum-certified artist and producer Jidenna uncovers the cinematic music video for his brand new single, “Little Bit More” on VEVO today. Watch it HERE. The song heralds the impending arrival of his highly anticipated full-length debut LP, Long Live the Chief [Wondaland Records/Epic Records], due out this Fall.

“Little Bit More” takes 007-style jet-setting, runway-ready panache, and timeless charisma and shakes it up with Jidenna’s clever wordplay, impressive bars, and Afrobeats-infused production. During the visual, he rides a speedboat on clear blue water to an exotic locale rendezvousing with an equally breathtaking beauty. Sparks fly in the narrative and on the hook. It’s immersive, inimitable, and irresistible just like everything he does.

Jidenna is quietly becoming 2016’s most important artist. He recently ignited the sold out Barclays Center in Brooklyn during One Africa Music Fest alongside the likes of Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage, and many more. Jidenna kicked off the summer in June with a stand-out performance live on the BET Awards Pre-Show debuting two new songs, “Little Bit More” and “Chief Don’t Run,” which were met with acclaim by both fans and critics alike.

Critics have been enthusiastically fueling anticipation for Long Live The Chief. Stereogum declares that “Little Bit More” is “perfect to make the summer just a bit hotter,” while XXL states, “Jidenna winds slow, demonstrating an interest in discovering just what preferences his dance party may hold.” Noisey praises the writing on “Chief Don’t Run” and reveals a relief that “it’s good to know the Chief is still in business. Hail to him.” Rolling Stone writes, “Above an infectious beat, Jidenna is still showing off his bravado,” while The Source describes how “Jidenna mixes confidence with vulnerability.”

Jidenna leads by example. Confidently standing at the intersection of high fashion, globetrotting, acitivism, and groundbreaking art, Long Live The Chief functions as a statement for modern music and culture at large. Leading up to its release, he’s reached numerous milestones over the last year and a half. After being certified platinum and peaking at number #1 on Rhythmic Radio, “Classic Man” [feat. Roman GianArthur] received a GRAMMY® Award nod for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.” The success of this anthemic record earned Jidenna the 2015 Soul Train Award for Best New Artist. With show-stopping performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, American Idol, and both the 2015 & 2016 BET Awards, Jidenna continues to light up stages across the globe. Born in Wisconsin, raised in Nigeria, and living in cities across the U.S. including Los Angeles, the SF Bay Area, Atlanta, and Brooklyn, Jidenna possesses a cultivated perspective with the power to speak and to connect listeners everywhere. That’s precisely what he’s doing now.

Get it HERE: iTunes | Apple Music | Spotify | Google Play |Amazon |Tidal

To learn more about JIDENNA, please visit:
Official Website: https://jidenna.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jidenna

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jidenna/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jidenna/

VEVO: https://www.youtube.com/user/JidennaVEVO

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FRENCH MONTANA PREMIERES MUSIC VIDEO FOR “NO SHOPPING” FEATURING DRAKE ON MTV TONIGHT

Bad Boy Entertainment/Epic Records worldwide platinum-selling, hip-hop icon and Coke Boys music founder French Montana premieres the hotly anticipated music […]

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FRENCH MONTANA PREMIERES MUSIC VIDEO FOR “NO SHOPPING” FEATURING DRAKE ON MTV TONIGHT

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Bad Boy Entertainment/Epic Records worldwide platinum-selling, hip-hop icon and Coke Boys music founder French Montana premieres the hotly anticipated music video for “No Shopping” featuring Drake on MTV at 7:55pm ET/4:55PM PT. The visual will simultaneously go wide online. Watch it here: http://smarturl.it/NoShoppingV

Set at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, French and Drake turn up with energetic performances in the beautiful resort. The video, directed by Spiff TV, starts off with the multiplatinum superstars’ alter egos, French Montaña and El Draké hosting the Coke Boys Classico golf tournament. MC4 will include the sizzling summer hit “No Shopping” as well as his recently released singles “Lockjaw” featuring Kodak Black and “Figure It Out” featuring Kanye West and Nas.

French Montana has also been tapped as one of the headliners on this summer’s all-star 25-city Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour. French will join Puff Daddy, Lil’ Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, 112, Total, Carl Thomas And The Lox for the 6-week North American tour opens August 25th at Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH, and wraps up at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA, on October 8th. Ticket are on-sale now http://www.livenation.com
and for more information please go to: http://www.badboyfamilyreuniontour.com/

French’s signing to the new Bad Boy Entertainment/Epic Records partnership was jointly announced in May by Bad Boy founder Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Epic Chairman and CEO LA Reid. The signing was heralded by the release of “Figure It Out,” first introduced earlier this year on Wave Gods, Montana’s most recent Coke Boys mixtape.

Video: http://smarturl.it/FigureItOutVid
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/FigureItOut
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/FigureItOut_Spfy
Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/FigureItOut_Apple
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/FigureItOut_GP
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/FigureItOut_Dig

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Zipper Club Premiere New Video “Going The Distance”

“What do you get when you combine Mason James of garage rock band Cerebral Ballzy and singer-songwriter Lissy Trullie? Zipper […]

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Zipper Club Premiere New Video “Going The Distance”

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“What do you get when you combine Mason James of garage rock band Cerebral Ballzy and singer-songwriter Lissy Trullie? Zipper Club, the duo’s new project, answers that question with their debut single, “Going The Distance.”

For James, Zipper Club’s mellowed-out sound and catchy hooks mark a vast departure from his raucous punk days. He sees the band as a “huge change and not a logical one”—yet upon hearing the pop-tinged tracks, you begin to make sense of James and Trullie’s shared knack for lyricism and songwriting.

Directed by James alongside Jason Hogg, the video for “Going The Distance” sets the infectious track in a desert. The camera pans in on a bright red car driven by two long-haired kidnappers who hold the members of Zipper Club hostage. The musicians are blindfolded and led through the terrain toward the inner circle of a cult.” – NYLON

Read the entire interview & watch the video for “Going The Distance” via NYLON HERE!

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Meghan Trainor Covers Billboard Magazine

Meghan Trainor is one of those famous people who still can’t believe she’s famous. So when she spots a 40-something […]

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Meghan Trainor Covers Billboard Magazine

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Meghan Trainor is one of those famous people who still can’t believe she’s famous. So when she spots a 40-something woman lying in wait, grinning at her through the glass doors of New York’s Greenwich Hotel, she just makes a mental note. Who has time for paranoia, anyway?

“Ain’t a thing,” she says and steps outside, flanked by her ­publicist, manager, assistant-slash-best-friend JoJo (real name: Jordan Federman) and a single bodyguard. Then the waiting woman makes her move — a dance move.

“ ’You know I’m all about that bass, ’bout that bass!’ ” the woman sings, proudly shaking her own ass to the ­lyrics of Trainor’s ubiquitous curvy-girls ­empowerment anthem, “All About That Bass.” “I thought it was you! You go, girl! Did you lose weight? You look good!”
As soon as she’s in the car, Trainor, 22, bursts out laughing. “She scared me, ­looking in there and staring at me. I was like, ‘Eeeeehhhhh!’ All she wanted to do was tell me I look good! I feel like someone paid her to do that.”

Today, with vibrant red hair and wearing all-black everything, the real-life Meghan Trainor most resembles the vixen she plays, writhing around an industrial future devoid of men, in the video for “No,” the lead single from her second album, Thank You (released in May), and her fourth Billboard Hot 100 top 10 (it reached No. 3). It’s a stark contrast to the blonde, pastel-clad, oversize-bow-sporting Meghan Trainor from the ’50s time-warp video for “All About That Bass,” her breakthrough smash, which spent eight weeks leading the Hot 100. In the two short years between those hits, Trainor — who writes or co-writes her own songs — has notched two other No. 1 singles (“Lips Are Movin’ ” and “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” with John Legend), won the 2016 Grammy for best new artist and two Billboard Music Awards, and saw her debut album, Title, and Thank You debut at Nos. 1 and 3 on the Billboard 200, respectively.” – Billboard

Read the FULL story on Billboard NOW!

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JENNIFER HUDSON SIGNS WITH EPIC RECORDS AND BEGINS WORK ON NEW ALBUM, MARKING THE FIRST-EVER EXECUTIVE PRODUCER COLLABORATION OF LA REID & CLIVE DAVIS

(June 28, 2016 – New York, NY) – Jennifer Hudson has been signed to an exclusive contract with Epic Records, […]

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JENNIFER HUDSON SIGNS WITH EPIC RECORDS AND BEGINS WORK ON NEW ALBUM, MARKING THE FIRST-EVER EXECUTIVE PRODUCER COLLABORATION OF LA REID & CLIVE DAVIS

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(June 28, 2016 – New York, NY) – Jennifer Hudson has been signed to an exclusive contract with Epic Records, it was announced today by Epic Chairman and CEO LA Reid, following up Ms. Hudson’s historic show-stopping tribute performance of Prince’s “Purple Rain” at the 16th annual BET Awards.

Collaborating as executive producers on Ms. Hudson’s upcoming Epic Records debut will be LA Reid and Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer, Sony Music Entertainment. This will mark the first time that LA Reid and Clive Davis have collaborated in nearly a quarter-century, since they worked together on Whitney Houston’s all-time best-selling The Bodyguard soundtrack album of 1992. At that time, Mr. Davis was President of Arista Records, and Mr. Reid headed LaFace Records and was a go-to producer with partner Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds.

“Jennifer Hudson is the defining voice of this generation,” said Mr. Reid. “Her award-winning presence on records, in film, and on stage establishes her as one of the premiere artists to emerge in this century. I’m enjoying collaborating with my friend and mentor Clive Davis on Jennifer’s first Epic album and excited for her fans to hear what we’re up to…all will be revealed soon!”

“I signed Jennifer in 2007 believing her to be the strongest candidate as the next generation’s Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston,” said Mr. Davis. “She has become that, as LA and I excitingly reunite to capture Jennifer at her all time best.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to embark on this new chapter with two of the most prolific musical legends of this generation,” said Ms. Hudson. “There is no doubt that this is just the beginning of a very special collaboration and I know that the result will be something unforgettable. I am looking forward to the creative process and sharing new music very soon!”
Multi-platinum global superstar Jennifer Hudson, whose tribute at the 54th annual Grammy Awards® in 2012 to Whitney Houston (the day after her death) was an iconic, heartbreaking, musical event, gave the BET Awards ceremony its climactic moment with “Purple Rain,” singing in front of an orchestra led by Stevie Wonder on keyboards and Tori Kelly. Adding to the occasion, Ms. Hudson was wearing the same memorable white hooded tunic that Prince wore the last time he was at the awards spectacular. See the performance HERE!

ABOUT JENNIFER HUDSON:

Grammy® and Academy Award winner and best-selling author Jennifer Hudson is an extraordinary talent. Having released three albums in Billboard’s top 10, Hudson’s most recent album, “JHUD,” and her sophomore album, “I Remember Me” were both RIAA Gold certified. Her 2008 debut self-titled record was RIAA Platinum certified and won Hudson her first Grammy Award for Best R & B Album. In 2013, she was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her indelible success in the music industry. Hudson won an Academy Award for her role in “Dreamgirls,” an adaptation of the Broadway musical. Her breakout film performance also garnered a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA and an NAACP Image Award. Additional film credits include “Sex and the City,” “Secret Life of Bees,” “Winnie Mandela,” “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,” “Black Nativity,” and HBO’s “Confirmation,” among others. In 2012, Hudson released her New York Times best-selling memoir, “I Got This: How I Changed My Ways, Found Myself and Lost Everything that Weighed Me Down”. She also co-founded of the Julian D. King Gift Foundation alongside her sister as a catalyst for change in children’s health, education and welfare.

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Future Wins At The 2016 BET Awards! Lights Up The Stage With Fiery Performance Of ‘Wicked’

“Future lit up the BET Awards, quite literally, with his fiery performance of “Wicked” off his Purple Reign mixtape. Dressed […]

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Future Wins At The 2016 BET Awards! Lights Up The Stage With Fiery Performance Of ‘Wicked’

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“Future lit up the BET Awards, quite literally, with his fiery performance of “Wicked” off his Purple Reign mixtape.

Dressed in a leather jacket, shades, jeans and a bandana around his head, Future Hendrix walked through the smoky stage as flames shot up in the background. The appearance was without bells and whistles—there were no guest artists, or songs other than the one at hand—and Future kept a strictly one-track mind.

Earlier in the night, Future came to the stage to accept the award for Best Group on behalf of himself and Drake for their collaborative album What a Time to Be Alive. He most recently was heavily featured on DJ Esco’s mixtape Project E.T.: Esco Terrestrial, which also included guest appearances from Young Thug, Juicy J, Rich Homie Quan, and more”. – Rap-Up

Check out the “Wicked” performance via ‘Rap-up’ here!

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EPIC Fest 2016 – DJ Khaled, Future, French Montana & More!

One of the hottest tickets during BET Week was the second annual EpicFest at Los Angeles’ Sony Studios on Saturday […]

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EPIC Fest 2016 – DJ Khaled, Future, French Montana & More!

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One of the hottest tickets during BET Week was the second annual EpicFest at Los Angeles’ Sony Studios on Saturday (June 25). Among the performers who commanded the stage during the late afternoon four-hour fest were Future and DJ Khaled.

“I’m fresh off that Beyoncé stage,” DJ Khaled shouted to the elbow-to-elbow crowd. “Let me give you a taste of what that was like.”
In addition to running through a montage of his greatest hits, DJ Khaled brought out protégé Kent Jones, who performed his hot summer hit “Don’t Mind.” Then Busta Rhymes made a surprise appearance, ramping up the energetic crowd with his throwback classic ”Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” as well as his verse from Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now.”

Future, who performed at last year’s inaugural EpicFest, returned this year as its headliner. The rapper performed his new hit “Low Life,” along with “Jumpman,” “Where Ya At” and more of his Hot 100 charting hits.
Rounding out the lineup were performances by rock group KONGOS, French Montana, Jidenna, Kat Dahlia, Timeflies and Lil Jon. Dancing around the crowd throughout the afternoon and into the evening: Epic chairman/CEO L.A. Reid.
Full Story via Billboard here!

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DJ Khaled Reveals The ‘Major Key’ Album Cover Live on Jimmy Kimmel

“DJ Khaled continued to bless up on the late-night TV circuit after paying Jimmy Kimmel another visit to share the […]

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DJ Khaled Reveals The ‘Major Key’ Album Cover Live on Jimmy Kimmel

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“DJ Khaled continued to bless up on the late-night TV circuit after paying Jimmy Kimmel another visit to share the cover for his upcoming album Major Key, which features the We the Best CEO sitting on a throne in a flower-filled garden and a real-life lion (two of his favorite things).
“The album cover is 100 percent … authentic of what I represent, from my spiritual vibes to my beliefs and not just that, a certain energy that I keep around me — positivity but at the same time, as a king,” explains Khaled.
After roaring applause for his cover, Khaled said that an insurance guy tried to vote against the real-life lion for the album cover, to which he responded, “Don’t ever play yourself. My fans want to see the real deal.”
He also discussed how he plans to Snapchat his son’s birth. “I’m having a boy — my first child,” said the beaming first-time dad. “I want to Snapchat the whole birth.” When prompted about his fiancee’s thoughts on the matter, Khaled offered, “The key is that I’m the king and every queen should support the king.” He notes that he’s also been playing Bob Marley and Jay Z for his child while putting photos of Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali in the baby room he’s building.” – Billboard
Read the full story via Billboard HERE
Watch the full interview NOW!

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Fifth Harmony Add A Sixth Member To Their Performance On The CMT Awards!

“They might not play Fifth Harmony’s videos on CMT, but on Wednesday night (June 8), the channel hosted the pop […]

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Fifth Harmony Add A Sixth Member To Their Performance On The CMT Awards!

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“They might not play Fifth Harmony’s videos on CMT, but on Wednesday night (June 8), the channel hosted the pop girl group to perform with country breakout star Cam at the 2016 CMT Music Awards.

5H started out providing backup vocals for Cam’s “Mayday,” looking striking in coordinated red gowns, before Dinah Jane joined in on the chorus. Next up was the group’s biggest hit to date, “Work From Home” — which currently sits at its peak of No. 4 on the Billboard Hit 100 — which Cam also pitched in on.” – Billboard

Watch the pop-meets-country performance & read the full article HERE!

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“Travis Scott claims his first No.1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new effort, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, debuts straight in at No. 1.”

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“Travis Scott, as usual, has brought out the best from a gang of collaborators on his new album ‘Birds in the Trap Sing Mcknight.”

-PIGEONS & PLANES

“BITTSM, after one listen sounds like an even bigger production than his debut. This is to be expected, however, the support Scott is able to get for his second project is a testament to his influence in the game right now.”

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