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New Future album EVOL out now!

Future’s new EVOL album shoots to #1 on iTunes, led by new single “Fly Shit Only” as featured in the […]

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New Future album EVOL out now!

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Future’s new EVOL album shoots to #1 on iTunes, led by new single “Fly Shit Only” as featured in the Cam Newton / Beats by Dre commercial!

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LA Reid – SING TO ME – available now!

AVAILABLE NOW AT AMAZON AND BARNES & NOBLE

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LA Reid – SING TO ME – available now!

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AVAILABLE NOW AT AMAZON AND BARNES & NOBLE

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Meghan Trainor performs on the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards

MEGHAN TRAINOR, LUKE BRYAN, JOHN LEGEND AND DEMI LOVATO SET TO PERFORM STAR-STUDDED TRIBUTE TO MUSICARES® PERSON OF THE YEAR […]

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Meghan Trainor performs on the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards

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MEGHAN TRAINOR, LUKE BRYAN, JOHN LEGEND AND DEMI LOVATO
SET TO PERFORM STAR-STUDDED TRIBUTE TO MUSICARES® PERSON OF THE YEAR LIONEL RICHIE

FOUR-TIME GRAMMY® WINNER RICHIE TO TAKE THE STAGE FOR A SPECIAL RENDITION OF ONE OF HIS CLASSIC HITS

Music’s Biggest Night® — Hosted By LL COOL J — Airs Live On CBS, Feb. 15, 2016

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2016) — The Recording Academy® will unite four artists across the country, pop, and R&B music communities to salute four-time GRAMMY® winner Lionel Richie on the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. Luke Bryan, John Legend, Demi Lovato, and Meghan Trainor will take audiences on a musical journey through the 2016 MusiCares® Person of the Year’s songbook, spanning Commodores-era classics to memorable hits that earned Richie a GRAMMY Award for Album Of The Year in 1984. As part of the segment, Richie will also take the stage to join the artists in performing a special collaborative rendition of one of his all-time classics.

Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J will host the GRAMMYs® for the fifth consecutive year. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Additional performers will be announced shortly.

Bryan, Lovato, and Trainor will each make their GRAMMY debuts this year.

Nine-time GRAMMY winner John Legend is up for four awards: Best Rap Song, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Song Written For Visual Media for “Glory”; and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “One Man Can Change The World.”

Meghan Trainor is nominated for Best New Artist this year.

Four-time GRAMMY winner Lionel Richie is the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year. MusiCares, The Recording Academy’s affiliated health and human services charity, provides emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery resources for music people in need. Since it was established in 1989, MusiCares has provided more than $40 million in direct financial assistance, and helped nearly 80,000 people. Learn how you can support music people in need at www.musicares.org/donate.

The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.

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About The Recording Academy
Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and recording professionals dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education, and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visitwww.grammy.com.

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New Travis Scott track “A-Team” out now!

Do you have your tickets to see Travis Scott tour with Rihanna? Hear his new track “A-Team” now!

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New Travis Scott track “A-Team” out now!

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Do you have your tickets to see Travis Scott tour with Rihanna? Hear his new track “A-Team” now!

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Zara Larsson teases Clinique Partnership

Our Swedish songstress Zara Larsson has been teasing a new partnership with Clinique on her socials! Be sure to follow […]

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Zara Larsson teases Clinique Partnership

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Our Swedish songstress Zara Larsson has been teasing a new partnership with Clinique on her socials! Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date!

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Congratulations, Yo Gotti!

Congratulations to Yo Gotti on having the #1 record at Urban Radio! It sure does go Down In The DM! […]

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Congratulations to Yo Gotti on having the #1 record at Urban Radio! It sure does go Down In The DM! Pick it up right HERE on Apple Music.

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LA REID – SING TO ME – AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW!

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW AT AMAZON AND BARNES & NOBLE LA Reid, Chairman & CEO, Epic Records and three-time Grammy […]

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LA REID – SING TO ME – AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW!

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AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW AT AMAZON AND BARNES & NOBLE

LA Reid, Chairman & CEO, Epic Records and three-time Grammy -winning producer is set to release his first-ever memoir, Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next (Harper Collins – Feb. 2, 2016).

SING TO ME is a stunning record of LA Reid’s life and career, featuring over 100 of his personal photos.

LA Reid is a rare breed among record producers — not only one of the most accomplished and innovative figures working behind the scenes in the music industry, but a celebrity presence in his own right. Reid has been shaping the music scene for more than 25 years is behind the success of some of today’s biggest stars. Reid shares the inspiring story of his struggles and success, and takes readers inside the at-once glamorous and hard-hitting world on which he has left his indomitable stamp.

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MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER IS THE FIRST ALBUM CERTIFIED RIAA 30X MULTI-PLATINUM

THE KING OF POP MAKES HISTORY (AGAIN)! THRILLER REMAINS THE BIGGEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME, TOPPING 100 MILLION SALES WORLDWIDE […]

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MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER IS THE FIRST ALBUM CERTIFIED RIAA 30X MULTI-PLATINUM

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THE KING OF POP MAKES HISTORY (AGAIN)!

THRILLER REMAINS THE BIGGEST ALBUM OF ALL TIME, TOPPING 100 MILLION SALES WORLDWIDE

LOS ANGELES, Calif., December 16, 2015 – The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Estate of Michael Jackson, Epic Records and Legacy Recordings announced today that Michael Jackson’s THRILLER is the first album in RIAA Gold & Platinum Program history to be certified 30X multi-Platinum for U.S. sales, continuing The King of Pop’s reign as the biggest selling artist of all time with worldwide sales of over 100 million for Thriller and 1 billion overall.

“RIAA has awarded Gold & Platinum records on behalf of the music business for nearly 60 years, but this is the first time an artist has crossed the 30X multi-Platinum plateau,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman & CEO, RIAA. “We are honored to celebrate the unique status of Thriller in Gold & Platinum history. What an exceptional achievement and testament to Thriller’s enduring spot in our hearts and musical history.”

Michael Jackson’s masterpiece Thriller, produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson, won a record setting 8 Grammys, more than any album ever, and has been earning awards and setting new standards of success since its release on November 30, 1982. Thriller spent nearly 2 ½ years on the Billboard album chart and holds a modern day record of 37 weeks at No. 1. It was the first album in history to spend each of its first 80 weeks in the album chart’s Top 10, a feat only reached by one other album in the more than three decades since. During its 112th week on Billboard’s album chart, it became the first title ever to be certified RIAA 20X multi-Platinum (October 30, 1984). Worldwide, Thriller went to #1 in practically every country in the world, including the UK, France, Italy, Australia, Denmark, Belgium, South Africa, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and apartheid South Africa.

The album was acclaimed for its range and depth. Rolling Stone referred to the album as a “watershed” moment for Michael, and Newsweek prophetically wrote that “Michael’s voice haunts these songs, gives them heart…It is what will make this music endure.” Seven tracks from the album became Top 10 singles, and three, “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” and “Thriller,” went No. 1. ALL nine assumed a permanent place in hearts and memories of everyone on the planet.

More than just an album, Thriller has remained a global cultural multi-media phenomenon for both the 20th and the 21st centuries, smashing musical barriers and changing the frontiers of pop forever. The music on Thriller is so dynamic and singular that it defied any definition of rock, pop or soul that had gone before. “Beat It” was a new kind of pop-rock hybrid and demolished the longstanding segregation between black and white music with Eddie Van Halen’s incendiary guitar. On “The Girl Is Mine,” a black man and a white man bantered about the same girl. On the same album were songs like the African-rooted “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” and the rhythm and blues-based “Billie Jean.” No one had ever released an album with such a vast range of material.

“Perhaps Michael’s most significant racial trailblazing came with music videos,” wrote Joe Vogel in Man in the Music. Fascinated with the fledgling art form, Michael wanted to tell a story and entertain on a grand scale. Despite the luscious cinematography, dramatic narrative and spectacular choreography of “Billie Jean,” a fledgling MTV, which was programming white rock artists almost exclusively, refused to play it. Epic persisted. Once the wall came crashing down, MTV’s ratings soared and a door was opened for a generation of African American artists. “He was MTV’s Jackie Robinson,” said cultural critic Touré. Next, came the unforgettable short film for “Beat It,” which featured Michael bringing two gangs together through the power of music and dance. And then there was “Thriller.” Premiered at the AVCO Theatre in Los Angeles in 1983, it sold out every night for three weeks. No other video before or since has generated such excitement and has such a hold on our attention, such that more than 30 years later we all share it as a collective memory and it remains the only music video to be inducted into the elite National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

The importance of Thriller was recognized by Michael Jackson’s industry peers at the Grammys. Thriller was nominated in a record-breaking 12 categories, and won a history making eight, which stands as the record for most Grammy Awards to be won by any album. Seven of those Grammys that year were awarded to Michael for: Album of the Year; Record of the Year (“Beat It”); Best Male Pop Vocal Performance (“Thriller”); Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical (Thriller); Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (“Beat It”); Best Male R&B Vocal Performance (“Billie Jean”); Best R&B Song (“Billie Jean”). (Michael’s eighth Grammy that year was in the Best Recording for Children – Single or Album, Musical or Spoken category for “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”). That same year, Michael Jackson took home eight American Music Awards and three MTV Video Music Awards. The following year, “The Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller” took home the Best Video Album trophy at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards.

During his extraordinary career, Michael Jackson sold more than a billion records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and “Thriller” as the World’s Top-Selling Album of All Time. His artistry, choreography and music continue to inspire generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists and fans.

“It is crystal clear that Michael Jackson is simply the greatest, and biggest artist of all time,” says LA Reid, Chairman & CEO of Epic Records. “Not only are his chart hits and sales stats staggering, but his pure musicality was other-worldly. Thriller was groundbreaking and electrifying…it was perfection. I am extremely proud that Michael is the heart and soul of Epic Records and he will forever remain the one-and-only King of Pop.”

“100 million albums and counting. There has never been a phenomenon like Thriller,” says John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson. “Michael opened the floodgates of his creativity, explored emotional depths and pushed the boundaries of sonic innovation. In the process, he breached destructive barriers in the music industry and literally united the world through his music: there isn’t a place on this planet that hasn’t been exhilarated by the music of Michael Jackson. Thirty years after its release, Thriller continues to be a revelation.”

Music from Thriller and Michael’s other hit albums is featured in the hit Las Vegas show Michael Jackson ONE, produced by Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson ONE is selling out shows and amazing fans at the Michael Jackson ONE Theatre at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.

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2016 Epic Records Grammy Nominations!

Congratulations to EPIC nominees Meghan Trainor, Tamar Braxton, Lamb of God, Jidenna and Roman GianArthur! Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor […]

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2016 Epic Records Grammy Nominations!

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Congratulations to EPIC nominees Meghan Trainor, Tamar Braxton, Lamb of God, Jidenna and Roman GianArthur!

Best New Artist: Meghan Trainor

Best R&B Performance : Tamar Braxton, “If I Don’t Have You”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Jidenna feat. Roman GianArthur, “Classic Man”

Best Metal Performance: Lamb of God, “512”

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Future Announces “Purple Reign Tour” 2016 with Special Guest Ty Dolla $ign

Get ready ’cause Future is coming to a city near you! Catch the ATL rapper on his upcoming “Purple Reign” […]

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Future Announces “Purple Reign Tour” 2016 with Special Guest Ty Dolla $ign

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Get ready ’cause Future is coming to a city near you! Catch the ATL rapper on his upcoming “Purple Reign” Tour with special guest Ty Dolla $ign, kicking off February 2016. See tour dates below:

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2/17 Madison, WI Orpheum Theatre
2/18 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
2/19 Detroit, MI Fox Theater
2/20 Reading, PA Santana Arena
2/21 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
2/25 Ledyard, CT The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort
2/26 Boston, MA House of Blues
2/27 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
2/28 Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
2/29 Washington, DC The Fillmore Silver Spring
3/2 Raleigh, NC The Ritz
3/4 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
3/5 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
3/6 Okeechobee, FL Okeechobee Music Festival
3/7 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
3/10 San Antonio, TX Aztec Theater
3/11 Dallas, TX South Side Ballroom
3/12 New Orleans, LA BUKU Music Festival
3/15 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
3/17 Phoenix, AZ Pot of Gold Festival
3/18 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium
3/19 San Jose, CA Event Center at SJSU

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Travis Scott Covers Complex Magazine Dec/Jan 2016 Issue

Check out Travis Scott on the cover of Complex magazine’s Dec 2015/Jan. 2016 issue, where he discusses his “muse”, Rihanna, […]

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Travis Scott Covers Complex Magazine Dec/Jan 2016 Issue

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Check out Travis Scott on the cover of Complex magazine’s Dec 2015/Jan. 2016 issue, where he discusses his “muse”, Rihanna, debut album “Rodeo” and more! Read the cover story HERE.

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PUFF DADDY CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY BY RELEASING “MMM”

Puff Daddy, born Sean Combs, debuted new music on Tuesday, November 3rd in New York City and announced that a […]

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PUFF DADDY CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY BY RELEASING “MMM”

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Puff Daddy, born Sean Combs, debuted new music on Tuesday, November 3rd in New York City and announced that a mixtape called “MMM” was available for free at 7 a.m. Eastern.

He is calling the project “a sonic motion picture” and songs include collaborations with Lil Kim, Future, Wiz Khalifa, Jadakiss, French Montana and others.

“Before I used to make records when I made my music. Then I decided to make culture. And as I got older, I decided I’m going to make fashion. Ladies and gentlemen, listen and watch some fashion,” Combs told the audience of music industry insiders as well as producer-rapper Swizz Beatz and Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid.

The “MMM” artwork features a 1999 photo, taken by Annie Leibovitz, of Combs in Paris with Kate Moss.

The entrepreneur, who grew up in Harlem, New York, says the new music looks back to his roots. Styles P, Pusha T, Big Sean, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla Sign and King Los are also featured on “MMM”. Listen HERE.

“This is free everywhere,” he said, “that’s the beauty about this project for an artist like myself and somebody that’s worked so hard to be successful and understand what’s going on right now and to embrace it and to learn so much.”

Combs also announced that his next album, “No Way Out 2,” will be his final album when it is released next year on Bad Boy/Epic Records.

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“What Travis provides here is what he always has: a soundtrack for the restless youth who live off an emotional high.”

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“The year’s most epic hip-hop cut”

“Scott should be on his way to joining his co-stars on hip-hop’s A-list soon enough”

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