(March 17, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) – Building on months of widespread excitement and anticipation, four-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum rap icon and Maybach Music Group mastermind Rick Ross unleashes his ninth full-length album and first for Epic Records, Rather You Than Me [MMG/Epic Records] today. Get it HERE. As soon as the 14-track offering became available at midnight, the record seized #1 on the Top Hip-Hop/Rap Chart and #2 on iTunes Overall.
It’s been a banner week for the artist. Last night, the multitalented icon hosted and performed at the MTV Woodie Awards broadcasted live from SXSW in Austin, TX on MTV. Throughout the proceedings, the MC kept the audience laughing and smiling with his undeniable presence, and he trended online in the process. As soon as the festivities came to a close with rousing applause and cheers, MTV exclusively world-premiered the music video for the Rather You Than Me’s latest single “Trap Trap Trap” [feat. Young Thug & Wale].
With its bulletproof bars from Ross, Wale‘s airtight rhymes, and spacey flows courtesy of Young Thug, “Trap Trap Trap” quickly racked up 1 million Spotify streams. Featured on both Spotify’s Rap Caviar and VEVO, the music video sees the three rappers flexing their signature styles and inimitable bravado in another explosive big screen-worthy narrative you have to see to believe. Watch it HERE.
Rather You Than Me represents the apex of the rapper’s catalog thus far. There are moments of soulful emotion on the likes of “Apple of My Eye” [feat. Raphael Saadiq] and pure rap fireworks during “Powers That Be” [feat. Nas] and “Dead Presidents” [feat. Future, Jeezy, & Yo Gotti]. It holds quite a few surprises too including “Idols Become Rivals” [feat. Chris Rock] and the stunning “Maybach Music V” [feat. Dej Loaf]. See the whole tracklisting below.
Now, Rather You Than Me marks the beginning of a new era for Rick Ross and rap music.
“Untouchable” is the best way to describe Rick Ross’s decade-plus run at the top of rap. Along the way, he achieved five Billboard Top 200 #1 debuts and three #2 debuts, received four Grammy Award® nominations, graced the cover of Rolling Stone twice, and made history more than once. His debut single “Hustlin’” became the “first mastertone ever certified RIAA platinum before the associated album had been released.” He sold millions of singles and albums and cemented his status as one of rap’s biggest and brashest voices. Moreover, he founded Maybach Music Group home to Meek Mill, Wale, and more. Signing to Epic Records in 2016, his “untouchable” streak continues with Rather You Than Me.
RATHER YOU THAN ME TRACKLISTING:
1. “Apple of My Eye” Feat. Raphael Saadiq
2. “Santorini Greece”
3. “Idols Become Rivals” Feat. Chris Rock
4. “Trap Trap Trap” Feat. Young Thug and Wale
5. “Dead Presidents” Feat. Future, Jeezy and Yo Gotti
6. “She on My Dick” Feat. Gucci Mane
7. “I Think She Like Me” Feat. Ty Dolla $ign
8. “Powers That Be” Feat. Nas
9. “Game Ain’t Based On Sympathy”
11. “Lamborghini Doors” Feat. Meek Mill and Anthony Hamilton
12. “Triple Platinum” Feat. Scrilla
13. “Maybach Music V” Feat. DeJ Loaf
14. “Summer Seventeen” Feat. Yo Gotti
(March 10, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) Today, A Great Big World releases a very special new cover of “When I Was A Boy” originally by Jeff Lynne’s ELO. It’s available at all digital retailers via Black Magnetic/Epic Records. Listen on iTunes here. Listen on Spotify here.
“When I Was A Boy” served as the standout autobiographical single from 2015’s critically acclaimed Alone in the Universe. The Grammy Award®-winning multiplatinum pop duo—Ian Axel and Chad King—reimagine the original with reverence and heart, adding their own signature A Great Big World spin to it.
About the song, Axel and King comment, “Jeff Lynne is one of our favorite songwriters, and the message in this song is at the core of what a lot of our own music is about. We strive every day to hold on to the wonder and magic we felt when we were kids.”
Next up, A Great Big World embark on their “unplugged” 10-date “An Evening With Ian and Chad” Tour joined by Allie Moss. They hit the road on March 17 in Annapolis, MD at Ram’s Head On Stage through March 28 at Skyway Theatre – Studio B in Minneapolis, MN. The full itinerary can be found below. Tickets are available at www.agreatbigworld.com.
The band’s sophomore album, When The Morning Comes [Black Magnetic/Epic Records], includes the hits “Hold Each Other” [feat. FUTURISTIC] and “Oasis” and is available now. A Great Big World first enchanted listeners everywhere in 2013 on their quintuple-platinum Grammy Award®-winning “Say Something” with Christina Aguilera. Their full-length debut, Is Their Anybody Out There?, bowed at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 as the band played to fans worldwide as well as on NBC’s The Voice, at The American Music Awards, at The Victoria’s Secret Show, and beyond. 2015’s follow-up, When The Morning Comes, earned critical acclaim as the single “Hold Each Other” [feat. FUTURISTIC] accrued over 17 million-plus Spotify streams.
3/17/2017 — Ram’s Head On Stage — Annapolis, MD
3/18/2017 — The Hamilton — Washington, DC
3/20/2017 — World Cafe Live — Philadelphia, PA
3/21/2017 — Brighton Music Hall — Boston MA
3/22/2017 — Ridgefield Playhouse — Ridgefield, CT
3/23/2017 — Le Poisson Rouge — New York, NY
3/25/2017 — Mod Club — Toronto, ON
3/26/2017 — The Ark — Ann Arbor, MI
3/27/2017 — Space — Chicago, IL
3/28/2017 — Skyway Theatre – Studio B — Minneapolis, MN
(March 3, 2017– New York, NY) Multi-platinum Oscar and Grammy Award®-winning global superstar, Jennifer Hudson, will premiere “Remember Me,” her brand new single on Epic Records, this Sunday night, March 5th, on ITV’s top-rated The Voice UK, where she is currently in her first season as a coach. “Remember Me” is available now at all digital and streaming platforms worldwide. Stay tuned for news on the “Remember Me” video.
Underscoring Jennifer’s special connection to “Remember Me” is the fact that she co-wrote the track with Jamie Hartman, co-writer of Rag’n’Bone Man’s worldwide multi-platinum #1 smash, “Human,” one of Sony Music’s biggest global hits of the past year.
“Remember Me” is the lead single from Jennifer’s upcoming Epic Records debut album (her fourth career album), which she is completing with LA Reid, Chairman, Epic Records and executive producer Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer, Sony Music Entertainment.
“As an artist, when I discover music that I connect with deeply, it brings me a sense of excitement that I can’t put into words,” said Ms. Hudson. “That’s how I feel about “Remember Me”. Everything about it is special – from co-writing it with Jamie, to the recording process, to how it made me feel along the way. I just can’t wait to share it with the world.”
“Jennifer Hudson is the defining voice of this generation,” said Mr. Reid when he announced her signing to Epic last year. “Her award-winning presence on records, in film, and on stage, establishes her as one of the premier 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.”
“I signed Jennifer in 2007,” said Mr. Davis, “believing her to be the strongest candidate as the next generation’s Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. She has become that, as LA and I excitingly reunite to capture Jennifer at her all time best.”
Jennifer’s “I Will Always Love You” live tribute to Whitney Houston at the 54th annual Grammy Awards® in 2012 (the day after Whitney’s death) was an iconic moment; view performance HERE. Jennifer’s live tribute to Prince also gave the June 2016 BET Awards ceremony its climactic moment, as she sang “Purple Rain” in front of an orchestra led by Stevie Wonder on keyboards and guitarist Tori Kelly. Adding to the occasion, Ms. Hudson was wearing the same memorable white hooded tunic worn by Prince the last time he was at the awards spectacular. View Jennifer’s BET Awards performance HERE.
ABOUT JENNIFER HUDSON:
Grammy® and Academy Award winner and best-selling author Jennifer Hudson is an extraordinary talent who went from singing in a small Chicago church to worldwide acclaim. After appearing as a contestant on American Idol in 2004, Hudson’s career was launched in 2006, with her film debut portrayal of Effie White in Dreamgirls, the adaptation of the Broadway musical. The Academy Award-winning breakout performance garnered her nearly 30 awards including the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA, and NAACP Image awards. On record, Hudson went on to chart three Top 10 albums in Billboard, starting with her RIAA platinum self-titled #2 Soundscan debut of 2008 (which won the Grammy Award® for Best R&B Album); followed by the RIAA gold #2 debut I Remember Me (2011); and JHUD (2014) featuring the Grammy®-nominated “It’s Your World.” In addition to Dreamgirls, additional film credits include Sex and the City, Secret Life of Bees, Winnie Mandela, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, Black Nativity, ChiRaq, and Monster as well as television appearances on Smash, Empire, and HBO’s Confirmation, among others. In 2012, Hudson published her New York Times best-selling memoir, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways, Found Myself and Lost Everything that Weighed Me Down. In 2013, she was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her indelible success in the music industry. She made her Broadway debut in the 2015 revival of The Color Purple, in the role of Shug Avery for which she won a Grammy®. In December 2016, she played Motormouth Maybelle in the television special Hairspray Live. And last Fall, she was featured in Universal Picture’s animated hit film Sing and went on to begin her highly-rated stint as a coach on The Voice UK. Next up, Hudson stars in Netflix’ original film, Sandy Wexler alongside Adam Sandler, which begins streaming April 14, 2017. Together with her sister Julia, Jennifer Hudson co-founded the Julian D. King Gift Foundation as a catalyst for change in children’s health, education and welfare.