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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).

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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:

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

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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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 !

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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:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/djkhaled/
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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KONGOS ANNOUNCE U.S. HEADLINE TOUR, NEW ALBUM EGOMANIAC IN STORES EVERYWHERE JUNE 10

Gearing up for the June 10 release of their highly anticipated third full-length album Egomaniac [Epic Records], KONGOS expand their […]

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KONGOS ANNOUNCE U.S. HEADLINE TOUR, NEW ALBUM EGOMANIAC IN STORES EVERYWHERE JUNE 10

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Gearing up for the June 10 release of their highly anticipated third full-length album Egomaniac [Epic Records], KONGOS expand their stacked 2016 schedule with a string of new dates this summer and a full-scale North American fall headline tour—just announced today. Following Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas on September 23-25, the multiplatinum rock band plays major markets coast to coast, concluding October 29 at The Crescent Ballroom Outdoors in their hometown of Phoenix, AZ for “Dia De Los KONGOS.” The Joy Formidable will be a special guest on most dates of the fall tour.

A special artist pre-sale goes live tomorrow (June 7) at 10am local time. At the same time, fans that preordered Egomaniac at KONGOS.com may also buy tickets before the general on-sale date at this LINK. General on-sale begins Friday at 10 am local time. All confirmed dates are included below. Pre-order Egomaniac: http://smarturl.it/Egomaniac. VIP ticket packages—featuring exclusive merchandise, meet & greets, photo-ops and other special offers—will also be available for all headline shows on the fall tour through On the List Presents.

Next week, the boys take the stage on NBC’s The Today Show Wednesday June 15 for a performance of their latest single “Take It From Me.” Meanwhile, the song continues rising at radio, going Top 10 at Alternative this week. Its wild NBA Jam-inspired music video just crossed 600,000 views on YouTube/VEVO and is in regular rotation now on FM, MTV, MTV2, MTV Hits, mtvU, MTV Live, and Revolt.

Once again, KONGOS inflate their signature sound and break boundaries with the explosive Egomaniac.

Following two successful years on the road supporting 2014’s breakout Lunatic, KONGOS returned home in late 2015 with a bevy of ideas. The guys wrote initial demos separately and convened at Tokoloshe Studios—their full-scale production studio located in their hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. While sharing ideas, they collectively realized a thematic commonality, which would eventually inform the creation of Egomaniac.
Egomaniac boasts 13 new tracks from the group. These range from the blues guitar-driven accordion shuffle of “I Don’t Mind,” which instantly became a live favorite, to the skittering electronics and sharp commentary on “Autocorrect” and the epic send-off at the heart of “Look At Me.” The full tracklisting is revealed below.

In 2014, “Come With Me Now” from Lunatic put KONGOS on the map. The group became unanimously recognized as one of rock music’s most infectious and invigorating new voices as the track went RIAA double-platinum for sales in excess of 2 million. It occupied the #1 spot at Alternative Radio for five weeks, marking the quickest ascent to the top by a new band in history. The song was heard everywhere with placements by The Expendables 3, Universal Studios, Dodge Ram, Samsung Galaxy, American Idol, The Originals, MTV Movie Awards, HBO, FX, CNN, NBC Sports, ESPN, NFL, WWE, PlayStation 4 and more. The video has been viewed over 45 million times: http://smarturl.it/CWMNvideo. They’ve hit the stage at Late Night With Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, The Today Show and more and received acclaim from Rolling Stone, USA Today, and many others.

In addition, KONGOS will return to South Africa for the first time since finding success outside their homeland. The band will headline this year’s Oppikoppi Festival outside Johannesburg in August and perform two additional shows: the Durban Botanic Gardens August 3 and at The Hillcrest Quarry for One Night in Cape Town August 5.

The band will return to the U.K. for the first time this year for a show at Dingwalls in Camden, London on July 19. Tickets for this show go on sale June 10. http://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/kongos/

The brothers KONGOS—Johnny, Jesse, Dylan, and Danny—have music in their blood. Their dad John Kongos landed multiple chart hits in the seventies, and the boys picked up instruments at a young age. Now, they’ve got a musical legacy all their own.

Summer Tour Dates:
6/18 Glen Allen, VA Innsbrook After Hours/Innsbrook Pavilion
7/2 Sioux, City, IA Saturday in the Park
7/3 Indianapolis, IN INDYpendence Day
7/4 O’Fallon, MO Heritage and Freedom Festival
7/7 Chicago, IL Taste of Chicago
7/9 Toronto, ON Velvet Underground
7/10 Philadelphia, PA WRFF Radio Show – Festival Pier
7/14 Little Rock, AR Metroplex
7/16 Martindale, TX Floatfest
7/19 London, England Dingwalls
8/3 Durban, South Africa Durban Botanic Gardens
8/5 Cape Town, South Africa The Hillcrest Quarry for One Night
8/7 Northam Limpopo, S.A. Oppikoppi Festival
8/13 Redmond, WA Marymoor Park Concerts 107.7 (The End Summer Camp)
8/14 Portland, OR Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (94.7 Birthday Bash)
8/16 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/Dirty Heads
8/28 Palmer, AK Alaska State Fair

Fall Tour Dates:
9/23-25 Las Vegas, NV Life Is Beautiful Festival
9/25 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
9/27 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House
9/29 Edmonton, Alberta Union Hall
9/30 Calgary, Alberta MacEwan Ballroom
10/1 Saskatoon, Saskatechewan Loui’s
10/2 Winnipeg, Manitoba Garrick Centre
10/4 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
10/6 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
10/8 Montreal, Quebec Metropolis
10/9 Toronto, Ontario Danforth Music Hall
10/11 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory – Downstairs
10/12 Boston, MA The Royale
10/14 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
10/15 New York, NY PlayStation Theater **
10/20 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
10/21 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
10/23 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live!
10/27 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
10/28 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
10/29 Phoenix, AZ Dia De Los KONGOS at Crescent Ballroom Outdoors

Additional dates will be announced shortly.

** On sale at 12:00pm local time

Egomaniac Tracklisting:
1. Take It From Me
2. The World Would Run Better
3. I Want It Free
4. Underground
5. Autocorrect
6. Where I Belong
7. Birds Do It
8. 2 In The Morning
9. Look At Me
10. I Don’t Mind
11. Hey You, Yeah You
12. Repeat After Me
13. If You Could

“Take It From Me” on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/Egomaniac

“Take It From Me” on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/Egomaniac_Spotify

“Take It From Me” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLN-a2w568M

KONGOS online:
Kongos.com
Facebook.com/kongos
Twitter.com/kongos
Youtube.com/kongosmusic
Instagram/kongosmusic

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Mariah Carey Is The Lead Guest on Jimmy Kimmel’s Primetime NBA Special

“Mariah Carey might have reached peak Mariah status on Thursday night when she did an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! […]

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“Mariah Carey might have reached peak Mariah status on Thursday night when she did an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! while taking a bubble bath. And as you might imagine, darling, it was fabulous.
The elusive chanteuse gamely joined Kimmel in a sudsy bathtub, while wearing a full-length sequined gown, diamond jewelry (including her 35-carat engagement ring from billionaire fiancee James Packer) and platform heels—as one does.” – TIME

Full story via TIME Magazine

Watch the video HERE

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DJ KHALED RELEASES NEW SINGLE “FOR FREE” FEATURING DRAKE

Today, DJ Khaled unveils his brand new single “For Free” [featuring Drake], exclusively on Apple Music/iTunes. Get it here now […]

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DJ KHALED RELEASES NEW SINGLE “FOR FREE” FEATURING DRAKE

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Today, DJ Khaled unveils his brand new single “For Free” [featuring Drake], exclusively on Apple Music/iTunes. Get it here now iTunes: http://smarturl.it/ForFree_iTunes Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/ForFree_AppleM

“For Free” heralds the impending arrival of Khaled’s anxiously awaited ninth full-length studio album and first release under the newly minted joint venture between Epic Records and his own We The Best Music Group—MAJOR KEY—coming soon!

Once again, the multi-platinum artist, music industry visionary, innovative influencer, mogul, and mega-producer dominates the cultural conversation across multiple forms of media like only he can.

Global tastemaker Zane Lowe world premiered “For Free” on Apple Music’s Beats 1 this morning. Following its initial premiere, the song debuted nationwide as part of iHeartRadio’s Top 100 Lift Program before spreading to Urban and Rhythm radio.

“For Free” continues a string of powerhouse collaborations between Khaled and GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum rap God Drake. Following the platinum “I’m On One” [2011] and “No New Friends” [2013], he deftly architects a blockbuster anthem propelled by fiery verses and an inescapable hook. Both superstars have delivered “Another One!”

Next up, Khaled stars in his very first Apple Music television commercial alongside none other than supermodel Naomi Campbell. This hilarious and insightful vignette makes its debut imminently, kicking off a series of forthcoming commercials. He’s literally everywhere!

On Sunday, Khaled & Friends co-headline Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert at Met Life Stadium in New York City alongside heavy hitters such as Future, G.O.O.D. Music with Pusha T & Big Sean and many more. Primed to get the entire stadium on its feet, he’ll be bringing out all kinds of “family” for what’s poised to be a historic performance full of surprises.

Speaking of “family,” recent We The Best signee Kent Jones is on track to become one of 2016’s breakout stars. His single “Don’t Mind” has exploded across radio airwaves and has “summer anthem” written all over it as the music video currently boasts more than 6 million views. He’s carrying the torch for the label and expanding its decade-plus legacy.

Everything Khaled does becomes an event in and of itself. MAJOR KEY proudly upholds that tradition as he stands ready to change the game once again.

DJ Khaled’s influence permeates nearly every facet of pop culture. To date, his single sales exceed 15 million worldwide, spanning iconic anthems such as the triple-platinum “All I Do Is Win” and platinum “We Takin’ Over,” “I’m So Hood,” “Out Here Grindin,” “I’m On One,” “No New Friends,” and many more. In 2015, his eighth full-length, I Changed A Lot, bowed at #1 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums Chart and #2 on the Top R&B Albums Chart, yielding two gold smashes “Hold You Down” and “How Many Times.” In addition to proudly holding the title of “the Quincy Jones of hip-hop and R&B,” He has become the undisputed king of Snapchat with 6 million-plus followers. His channel remains a bastion of positivity and inspiration sharing “major keys of success.” His We The Best Music Group was founded in 2006 and comprises not only the record label but a management company, publishing company, production company, and a full-fledged studio.

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

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/

Snapchat: DJKhaled305

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FRENCH MONTANA LAUNCHES PRE-ORDER TODAY FOR MC4, NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE AUGUST 19th ON BAD BOY ENTERTAINMENT / EPIC RECORDS!

(June 3, 2016 – New York, NY) Bad Boy Entertainment/Epic Records worldwide platinum-selling, hip-hop icon and Coke Boys music founder […]

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FRENCH MONTANA LAUNCHES PRE-ORDER TODAY FOR MC4, NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE AUGUST 19th ON BAD BOY ENTERTAINMENT / EPIC RECORDS!

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(June 3, 2016 – New York, NY) Bad Boy Entertainment/Epic Records worldwide platinum-selling, hip-hop icon and Coke Boys music founder French Montana launches the pre-order today at all digital retailers for his hotly anticipated second album, MC4, available everywhere August 19. MC4 will include both of French’s new singles: “Lockjaw” featuring Kodak Black (whose video directed by the renowned Spiff TV will premiere this Tuesday, June 7th), and “Figure It Out” featuring Kanye West and Nas (whose video can be viewed HERE). iTunes http://smarturl.it/MC4 Amazon Digital http://smarturl.it/MC4_Dig Google Play http://smarturl.it/MC4_GP

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/ (Please see complete tour itinerary below.)

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.

ABOUT FRENCH MONTANA:
One of the most important figures in the world of hip-hop and beyond, French Montana was born in Morocco, and at age 13 emigrated to the Bronx with his family. Fluent in French and Arabic at the time, and speaking only a little English, hip-hop became a catalyst for him to learn the language of his new homeland. Living in the Boogie Down Bronx mecca of hip-hop, he quickly embraced the culture and became enthralled with it. It was during his adolescent years that he made the switch from spectator to player in the rap game.

After releasing mixtapes and street DVDs for nearly a decade, French Montana crossed the rubicon from indie threat to Top 20 chart maker in 2011, when “Shot Caller” emerged as a hit single from his Mister 16: Casino Life mixtape. As coast-to-coast airplay exploded, and he was recognized as the next big thing from New York City, a swift bidding war for Montana’s signa­ture ensued between record labels. In 2012, it was announced that he would ride the wave with Bad Boy Entertainment (then via Interscope-Geffen-A&M), known ever since its creation by Diddy in 1993, for igniting the careers of bubbling street artists and transforming them into hip-hop game changers.

Montana’s debut album Excuse My French was released May 2013 via Bad Boy Entertainment and Maybach Music Group, executive produced by Bad Boy’s Sean “Diddy” Combs, Maybach’s Rick Ross, and co-executive produced by Bad Boy’s Harve Pierre. The record, mainly produced by longtime collaborator Harry Fraud, was named one of the “most anticipated albums” of the year by Complex. Guest appearances by Max B, Drake, Rick Ross, Diddy, and of course Montana’s Coke Boys crew (Chinx Drugz, Charlie Rock, Cheeze and Flip) added to the album’s impact among fans. Excuse My French spun off a trio of solid chart hits: the RIAA platinum “Pop That” featuring Rick Ross, Drake, and Lil Wayne; “Freaks” featuring Nicki Minaj; and “Ain’t Worried About Nothin.’”Since 2013, Montana has become one of the busiest MCs in the world. He has collaborated with every­­­one from Jay-Z and Kanye West, to Nas and Jennifer Lopez (to name a few), and has been featured on nearly two dozen singles with collaborators ranging from Rick Ross and Drake (“Stay Schemin’”) to Akon, Fat Joe, A$AP Ferg, Joe Budden, Daddy Yankee, Fabolous, will.i.am, Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, Omarion, and others. One source identified more than 160 guest appearances by Montana on other artists’ albums and mixtapes between 2010-2015.

French Montana’s secret to success? “I just pay attention to what people say,” he suggests. “The people chose me. You can’t come out and say you hot. The people gotta choose you.” And time and time again, the people have chosen French Montana. French is also an ambassador for CÎROC™ Ultra-Premium Vodka.

ABOUT BAD BOY ENTERTAINMENT:
Bad Boy Entertainment is the award-winning, globally-celebrated music, media and entertainment company founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs. Bad Boy was a pioneer in hip hop and, for more than 20 years, has been one of the music industry’s premier production, distribution, publicity, promotions and marketing companies. Bad Boy helped to launch the careers of Hip-Hop and R&B heavyweights like Puff Daddy, Notorious B.I.G., Craig Mack, Ma$e, Faith Evans, 112, Mario Winans, Dream, Black Rob, The Lox, New Edition, Danity Kane, Carl Thomas, Yung Joc, Total, Cassie and dozens of others. Today, Bad Boy has an exclusive joint venture label partnership with Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, artist includes record deals with Puff Daddy, French Montana and King Combs. Other current Bad Boy artists such as Cassie and MGK remain at Interscope under the Bad Boy Imprint. And the Bad Boy catalog, together with Bad Boy/Atlantic artist Janelle Monae, stay with Warner Music Group as per the prior venture agreement between The WMG and Bad Boy. Parts of the Bad Boy catalog are also administered through Rhino.

FRENCH MONTANA @ BAD BOY FAMILY REUNION TOUR
PUFF DADDY & FAMILY REUNION TOUR
BAD BOY FAMILY REUNION TOUR DATES
All dates, venues and cities below subject to change.

DATE
CITY
VENUE
Thu Aug 25
Columbus, OH
Schottenstein Center
Fri Aug 26
Cincinnati, OH
U.S. Bank Arena
Sat Aug 27
Chicago, IL
United Center
Wed Aug 31
Kansas City, MO
Sprint Center
Fri Sep 02
Detroit, MI
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Sat Sep 03
Baltimore, MD
Royal Farms Arena
Sun Sep 04
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Tue Sep 06
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
Thu Sep 08
Atlanta, GA
Philips Arena
Sat Sep 10
Miami, FL
American Airlines Arena
Sun Sep 11
Tampa, FL
Amalie Arena
Wed Sep 14
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center
Thu Sep 15
Houston, TX
Toyota Center
Fri Sep 16
San Antonio, TX
AT&T Center
Sun Sep 18
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena
Tue Sep 20
Charlotte, NC
Time Warner Cable Arena
Thu Sep 22
Washington, DC
Verizon Center
Fri Sep 23
Philadelphia, PA
Wells Fargo Center
Sat Sep 24
Boston, MA
TD Garden
Sun Sep 25
Newark, NJ
Prudential Center
Sat Oct 01
Las Vegas, NV
MGM
Sun Oct 02
Glendale, AZ
Gila River Arena
Tue Oct 04
Los Angeles, CA
The Forum
Thu Oct 06
San Diego, CA
Viejas Arena
Sat Oct 08
Oakland, CA
Oracle Arena

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