(February 24, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) Future’s undisputed reign at the top continues as his surprise album, FUTURE [Epic Records/A1/Freebandz], clinches #1 on the Billboard Top 200 marking his fourth consecutive chart bow at the top in less than two years. He’s ready to make history yet again though, unleashing another album, HNDRXX [Epic Records/A1/Freebandz], today! It’s already blasted to #1 on iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart and Rap/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. With the rabid excitement and enthusiasm for both releases, Future’s on track to achieve two straight Billboard Top 200 #1 debuts two weeks in a row—a historical first.
It’s the record fans have been waiting for. Among its hypnotic 17 tracks, HNDRXX boasts “Comin Out Strong” [feat. The Weeknd] and “Selfish” [feat. Rihanna]. Moreover, he lives up the album’s namesake by consciously bending boundaries and conjuring a definitive body of work in the process. See the full tracklisting below.
This past week, Future shook up late night television on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a mesmerizing performance of “Draco,” the lead single from FUTURE. Watch it HERE and catch the official music video on VEVO.
Next Thursday, March 2, Future makes his debut on Ellen. He’s gearing up for a very special HNDRXX performance, so be sure to tune in!
Setting the pace and changing the game with every subsequent album, Future engaged a full court blitz in 2015 that resulted in one of rap’s most impressive winning streaks ever. In under a year, he achieved three back-to-back #1 albums on the Billboard Top 200—the platinum DS2, platinum What A Time To Be Alive with Drake, and EVOL. His catalog encompasses double-platinum smashes such as “Low Life” [feat. The Weeknd] and “Where Ya At” [feat. Drake], platinum hits “Stick Talk,” “F*ck Up Some Commas,” and “Turn On The Lights,” and has amassed over 1 billion streams worldwide. Future infiltrated the mainstream performing on Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and more in addition to gracing the covers of Rolling Stone, GQ, XXL, Spin, and many others. In 2017, he goes full Beast Mode yet again, continuing his unbeatable record.
2017 stands primed to be his biggest year yet. Future launched his brand new show FREEBANDZ Radio on Beats 1, Apple Music’s global radio station co-hosted by Future and DJ Esco. He scored yet another #1 album on the Billboard Top 200 with FUTURE. Next up, he embarks on the summer’s biggest tour, the Nobody Safe Tour. Migos, Tory Lanez, and Kodak Black support on all dates with A$AP Ferg and Young Thug supporting on select nights. Tickets are on sale now http://smarturl.it/NobodySafeTour. Each ticket purchase will come with a digital copy of Future’s FUTURE.
CULVER CITY, Calif., February 23, 2017 – GRAMMY® Award-winning superstar MEGHAN TRAINOR will release her new song “I’m a Lady” from Sony Pictures Animation’s upcoming film Smurfs: The Lost Village tomorrow on Epic Records worldwide. The accompanying music video will premiere next Friday, March 3.
Trainor also announced that she will be voicing one of the new characters from Smurfs: The Lost Village, SmurfMelody, in the fully animated film.
“I’m so excited to be singing ‘I’m a Lady’ for this movie,” said Trainor. “It’s a song that I love and am very proud of, and I can’t wait for the world to finally hear it! Getting to play a small part in the film with my character, SmurfMelody, makes this all the more exciting! So happy to be a part of the Smurfs family!!!”
In this fully animated, fresh new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history! Directed by Kelly Asbury, the film is written by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon, based on the characters and works of Peyo. Produced by Jordan Kerner and Mary Ellen Bauder Andrews, the film features the voices of Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel, Joe Manganiello as Hefty Smurf, Jack McBrayer as Clumsy Smurf, Danny Pudi as Brainy Smurf, Michelle Rodriguez as SmurfStorm, Ellie Kemper as SmurfBlossom, Ariel Winter as SmurfLily, with Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf and Julia Roberts as SmurfWillow. The film will be released in the US on April 7, 2017.
New York, NY (February 23, 2017) – MTV today announced that four-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated and multiplatinum, 21st century rap legend, Rick Ross will host and perform at the “2017 MTV Woodies.” The 13th annual “MTV Woodies,” will air LIVE on Thursday, March 16 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT from Austin, Texas during South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW). Prior to the one-hour live telecast, MTV will once again host its emerging artist festival beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET which will be available via livestream on woodies.mtv.com. Additional performers will be announced at a later date.
“I’m excited to attend SXSW this year. The biggest boss is hosting the ‘Woodies’ and my album drops March 17. MTV, get ready.”
“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 the March 17 release of his ninth full-length “Rather You Than Me.”
The “MTV Woodies” is a yearly event that spotlights an eclectic roster of emerging artists across musical genres. The 2016 line-up boasted Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, A$AP Ferg, BØRNS, The Chainsmokers, CHVRCHES, Jack Garratt, Jidenna, Kehlani and Lukas Graham. Past “MTV Woodies” performers include Wiz Khalifa, Twenty One Pilots, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Steve Aoki, Foo Fighters, Odd Future, The 1975, Childish Gambino, Santigold and Mac Miller.
Official sponsors of the “2017 MTV Woodies” broadcast include Cricket Wireless, Doritos®, Pepsi®, REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups and State Farm®.
Garrett English and Ryan Kroft are the Executive Producers with Vanessa Whitewolf and Andria Parides serving as Producers for the “2017 MTV Woodies.”
MTV is a global youth culture brand inspired by music. For more information, check out mtvpress.com. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA).
FUTURE UNLEASHES SELF-TITLED NEW ALBUM FUTURE TODAY
(February 17, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) After surprising the world by announcing its imminent release earlier this week, Future unleashes his brand new self-titled album, FUTURE [Epic Records/A1/Freebandz], at all digital retailers. Upon going live, it seized the #1 spot on iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart and Rap/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. It’s already pacing to be his fourth consecutive #1 debut on the Billboard Top 200 in less than two years’ time.He’s not stopping there though…
Future made history again with the surprise launch of his brand new show FREEBANDZ Radio on Beats 1, Apple Music’s global radio station at 6pm PT last night. He and executive producer DJ ESCO premiered the album in its entirety. The monumental launch of FUTURE garnered the biggest marketing spend and platform support powered by Spotify.
Since the second the record debuted on FREEBANDZ Radio, radio stations across the nation have been passionately spinning this new music nonstop, creating Future fever all over the airwaves. Tune in HERE for an encore at 6pm PT tonight. An extension of the multiplatinum-selling rapper’s Freebandz record label, FREEBANDZ Radio is a platform for Future and Esco to share breaking news and cultural conversation.
The artist started teasing out the album throughout the week with a series of eerie, engaging, and enigmatic vignettes, Night Vision Pt. 1 and Night Vision Pt. 2. It’s a warped and wild look at the innerworkings of his creative sanctuary and process.
Next week, Future returns to the stage of NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday February 21. It promises to be another explosive performance. Make sure to watch!
FUTURE represents another evolution for the multiplatinum, record-setting hip-hop innovator and prolific cultural force. Its 17 tracks see the artist deliver one powerhouse banger after another from the opener “Rent Money” to the climactic “Feds Did A Sweep.” It’s his high watermark so far.
He takes the new music on the road this summer with his massive headline tour, the Nobody Safe Tour. Taking over amphitheaters and arenas all over North America, he’ll be joined by Migos, Tory Lanez, and Kodak Black on all dates with A$AP Ferg and Young Thug supporting on select nights. Tickets are on sale now http://smarturl.it/NobodySafeTour. Each ticket purchase will come with a digital copy of Future’s new album FUTURE.
Get ready for FUTURE to uphold a personal tradition and change the game once again.
Setting the pace and changing the game with every subsequent album, Future engaged a full court blitz in 2015 that resulted in one of rap’s most impressive winning streaks ever. In under a year, he achieved three back-to-back #1 albums on the Billboard Top 200—the platinum DS2, platinum What A Time To Be Alive with Drake, and EVOL. His catalog encompasses double-platinum smashes such as “Low Life” [feat. The Weeknd] and “Where Ya At” [feat. Drake], platinum hits “Stick Talk,” “F*ck Up Some Commas,” and “Turn On The Lights,” and has amassed over 1 billion streams worldwide. Future infiltrated the mainstream performing on Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and more in addition to gracing the cover of Rolling Stone, GQ, XXL, Spin, and many others. In 2017, he goes full Beast Mode yet again, continuing his unbeatable record.
5/4: Fedex Forum – Memphis, TN
5/5: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
5/6: Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square – New Orleans, LA
5/9: Mississippi Colliseum – Jackson, MS
5/11: Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
5/12: BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ
5/13: Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC
5/14: PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
5/16: Budweiser Stage – Toronto, CAN
5/18: PNC Banks Center – Holmdel, NJ
5/19: Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
5/20: Xfinity Theater – Hartford, CT
5/23: Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA
5/24: Darien Lake Performing Arts Center – Darien Center, NY
5/25: KeyBank Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
5/27: Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
5/28: DTE Energy Music Theater – Detroit, MI
5/31: Riverbend Music Center –Cincinnati, OH
6/1: Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
6/2: Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
6/3: Klipsch Music Center – Indianapolis, MN
6/4: Sprint Center – Kansas City, KS
6/7: Rogers Place – Edmonton, CAN
6/9: Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena – Vancouver, CAN
6/10: White River Amphitheatre – Seattle, WA
6/11: Sunlight Amphitheatre – Ridgefield, WA
6/13: Pepsi Center – Denver, CO
6/15: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
6/22: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
6/23: Austin360 Amphitheatre – Austin, TX
6/24: Starplex Pavilion – Dallas, TX
6/28: Ak-Chin Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
6/29: Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM
6/30: T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, NV