Major Key Alert!! DJ Khaled hosts the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards!

September 12, 2016

BET Networks scores “another one” as multi-platinum artist, mega-producer and ‘Anthem King’ DJ Khaled is named as host of the […]

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Major Key Alert!! DJ Khaled hosts the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards!

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.

Join the conversation on social media by logging on to BET’s multiple social media platforms:
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Follow DJ Khaled on social media:
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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.

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:, 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.

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.

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.

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August 22, 2016

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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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

Official sponsors of the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards include: Orbit® Gum, PANTENE®, PEPSI®, Samsung, Taco Bell®, Trojan™ Brand Condoms, truth®, TWIX® and Verizon.

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August 22, 2016

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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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
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.

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.

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)


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


Epic Records Whips Up Hit Album Out of Thin Air (and Online Streams)

August 11, 2016

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)

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!