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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

(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

(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’

June 28, 2016

“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’

“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!

June 27, 2016

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!

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

June 27, 2016

“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

“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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