(Sep. 15, 2016 – New York, NY) – GRAMMY Award-winning multiplatinum pop superstar Meghan Trainor debuts the music video for her new single “Better”[featuring Yo Gotti] on VEVO today. Watch it HERE. Yesterday, Entertainment Tonight offered up an exclusive first look at the cinematic visual starring Meghan, Yo Gotti, and EMMY Award-, Golden Globe Award-, and GRAMMY Award-winning screen icon Beau Bridges as the singer’s grandfather.
Directed by Tim Mattia [Chris Stapleton, Troye Sivan], the clip plays out like a mini-movie highlighted by a tearful and heart-wrenching narrative that vividly brings the song’s lyrics to life. Representing another evolution, it’s the latest release from Meghan’s blockbuster second full-length, gold-certified album, Thank You [Epic Records].
Extending Meghan’s pop dominance, Thank You recently achieved an RIAA Gold certification, while its first two singles “NO” and “Me Too” each received RIAA Platinum certifications. Her 2015 debut Title is now triple-platinum. To date, every single Meghan has released as an artist or featured on has gone platinum.
This summer has been the hottest yet for Meghan. She’s on the home stretch of her sold-out “The Untouchable Tour,” which just packed two nights at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and continues to garner rave reviews. Entertainment Weekly wrote, “Since breaking out with her girl-power anthem ‘All About That Bass’ in 2014 and scoring a GRAMMY for ‘Best New Artist’ in 2016, Trainor has shown herself to be one of pop’s most likable and seemingly down-to-earth stars, one who’s also accrued a devoted fan base of young female fans,” while Seattle Times claimed, “Meghan Trainor burned down a sold-out WaMu Theater on Saturday night and proved that at just 22, she has the elusive combination of talent and personality to become pop’s next megastar.”Idolator said, “The Grammy-winning ‘No’ singer for a night encouraged self-love, empowerment and vintage girl power to a sold out crowd of Megatrons,” and Chicago Tribune recalled, “It was a positive experience from start to finish.”
“The Untouchable Tour” comes to a close in her hometown of Boston, MA at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on September 24.
Next month, Meghan joins the powerhouse lineup of CBS RADIO’s fourth annual WE CAN SURVIVE CONCERT at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday October 22nd in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Other performers include Ariana Grande,Bruno Mars, Charlie Puth, G-Eazy, OneRepublic, Pitbull, and many more.
“The Untouchable Tour” Dates:
9/16 Miami, FL Bayfront Park Amphitheater +*
9/18 Orlando, FL CFE Arena – University of Central Florida+
9/20 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena +*
9/22 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun+*
9/24 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion*
9/25 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion*
Travis Scott claims his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new effort, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, debuts straight in at No. 1. The set, which was released on Sept. 2 through Grand Hustle/Epic Records, earned 88,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 8, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 53,000 were in traditional album sales.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Sept. 24-dated chart (where Scott bows at No. 1) will be posted in full to Billboard’s websites on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight is exclusively available through the Apple Music streaming service, and the iTunes Store for purchase. It’s the fifth album to hit No. 1 in 2016 initially as an Apple and iTunes exclusive, following Frank Ocean’s Blonde, DJ Khaled’s Major Key, Drake’s Views and Future’s Evol. (Scott, Khaled and Future also share the same label: Epic Records.)
The songs on Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight generated 50.2 million streams during its first tracking week, equating to 33,000 SEA units. The remainder of the album’s total units for the week were generated by track equivalent albums (TEA) — just 2,000 units. The TEA number is low because only one of the album’s songs is available or purchase a la carte from the album.
Scott’s new album follows his debut effort, Rodeo, which peaked at No. 3 on the tally in 2015. Rodeo launched with 85,000 units (70,000 in pure album sales).
BET Networks scores “another one” as multi-platinum artist, mega-producer and ‘Anthem King’ DJ Khaled is named as host of the 2016 BET “Hip Hop Awards”.
Not only is DJ Khaled hosting but he demonstrates the “major key to success” by scoring 9 BET Hip Hop Award nominations including ‘DJ of the Year,’ ‘Best Hip-Hop Video,’ ‘MVP of the Year,’ ‘Track of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ ‘Hustler of the Year,’ ‘People’s Champ Award,’ and two nods for ‘Best Collabo, Duo or Group.’
“I am extremely honored to be a part of such an incredible show that has watched me grow as an artist and mogul throughout my career,” said DJ Khaled. “The Hip Hop Awards are synonymous with a night of stellar performances and tributes to the greatest hip hop artists of our time. I am excited to bring cloth talk and the major keys to the Hip Hop Awards for an iconic and memorable show!”
DJ Khaled has been one of the most respected and celebrated artists in the industry with hits climbing the charts for the past decade. The multi-platinum artist recently celebrated his first-ever #1 album debut on the Billboard 200 Chart with the hit album MAJOR KEY, featuring his BET “Hip Hop Awards” nominated song, “I GOT THE KEYS”. Since being crowned the “King of Snapchat,” DJ Khaled has amassed a following of over 7 million Snapchat followers and racked up millions of views on his Snapchat “stories”.
“DJ Khaled has made waves as the most influential pop culture star t of the year and it is an honor to have the Snapchat King himself hosting the BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2016,” said Stephen Hill, BET Networks President of Programming. “We can’t wait to see his incredible energy, humor and “major” keys brought to life in the show!”
The BET “Hip Hop Awards” will be night of electrifying cyphers, powerful performances and legendary tributes! The BET “Hip Hop Awards” 2016 will be tape on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at its new venue, The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA, and will premiere on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment will serve as Executive Producer of The BET Hip Hop Awards along with Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Programming, Connie Orlando, BET’s Senior Vice President of Music and Specials and Lynne Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials.
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*Note: BET “Hip Hop Awards” is a private event and tickets are not available for purchase to the public. Talent tickets are reserved for BET “Hip Hop Awards” show talent and nominees.
ABOUT BET NETWORKS:
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.
ABOUT BET “HIP HOP AWARDS”:
BET “Hip Hop Awards” is an annual celebration that pays homage to a culture that changed the world while highlighting the best in hip hop music. Year after year, BET Networks delivers the best in hip-hop for an unforgettable night of performances, cyphers and tributes honoring hip-hop legends that have and continue to make hip-hop culture a global force.
ABOUT JESSE COLLINS ENTERTAINMENT:
Jesse Collins Entertainment is a full service television and film production company founded by entertainment industry veteran Jesse Collins. For more than a decade, Collins, the company’s CEO, has played an integral role in producing some of television’s most memorable moments in music entertainment. Formerly Executive Producer/EVP of Cossette Productions, Collins has produced ground-breaking and award winning television programming including the BET Awards, the GRAMMY Awards, BET Honors, The UNCF Evening of Stars and the BET Hip Hop Awards. Collins currently Exec. Produces “The Real Husbands of Hollywood,” (now going into its 4th hit season) alongside industry Icons Stan Lathan and Ralph Farquhar; and has worked with superstar talent such as Will Smith, Chris Rock, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Prince, Mariah Carey and many more.
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.
Official sponsors of the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards include: Orbit® Gum, PANTENE®, PEPSI®, Samsung, Taco Bell®, Trojan™ Brand Condoms, truth®, TWIX® and Verizon.
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).