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FUTURE TO PERFORM AT 2016 “MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS”

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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FUTURE TO PERFORM AT 2016 “MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS”

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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 spotify.com/VMA.

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

About MTV:
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).

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THE FRAY TO RELEASE THROUGH THE YEARS: THE BEST OF THE FRAY, ARRIVING NOV. 4th ON EPIC RECORDS!

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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THE FRAY TO RELEASE THROUGH THE YEARS: THE BEST OF THE FRAY, ARRIVING NOV. 4th ON EPIC RECORDS!

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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 www.citiprivatepass.com
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.

About THE FRAY:
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.

THROUGH THE YEARS: THE BEST OF THE FRAY track list:
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)

THE FRAY ON TOUR WITH AMERICAN AUTHORS

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

http://www.thefray.com/

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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)

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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!

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DJ KHALED SCORES FIRST #1 ON THE BILLBOARD 200 CHART WITH HIS LATEST RELEASE MAJOR KEY (WE THE BEST/EPIC RECORDS)

August 11, 2016

Multi-platinum artist, music industry visionary, innovative influencer, mogul, mega-producer, and Anthem King DJ KHALED officially kicks off the #EpicSummer campaign […]

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DJ KHALED SCORES FIRST #1 ON THE BILLBOARD 200 CHART WITH HIS LATEST RELEASE MAJOR KEY (WE THE BEST/EPIC RECORDS)

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Multi-platinum artist, music industry visionary, innovative influencer, mogul, mega-producer, and Anthem King DJ KHALED officially kicks off the #EpicSummer campaign and celebrates his first-ever #1 album debut on the Billboard 200 Chart with MAJOR KEY (We The Best Music Group/Epic Records). The news was announced today by LA Reid, Chairman and CEO, Epic Records.

MAJOR KEY was exclusively available as a premium-only release on one service, Apple Music and the iTunes Music Store. MAJOR KEY is now available to all digital retailers and streaming services and the physical CD release is August 12th.

“I am extremely proud to be able to share this much-deserved, career-defining #1 album with my longtime friend, DJ Khaled,” said LA Reid. “Khaled’s pure musical talent, hit-making ears, and social media savvy, combined with the fiercely loyal bond with his devoted fan base, is clearly reflected in his first week debut. No one works harder nor deserves it more. I am blessed to be associated with Khaled and look forward to many more years of hits together.”

Added DJ Khaled, “This album would not have been possible without the love and support of the Queen Ms. Lauryn Hill, and I would like to share the letter she wrote in support of “Nas Album Done” feat. Nas : “DJ Khaled, thank you for that acknowledgement, and thank you and Nas for blessing up the chune lol. Fugee-La was a special song for us. I have fond memories of us and Salaam recording that song. My son, Zion, ironically laid his own thoughts down in verse on this same song recently. There must be something in the air. May God bless your family and the arrival of your new child. I also remember that Humble Lion show! Grace and peace to both of you.” xo, MLH.

The new album boasts two bonafide smash hits – the #1 urban, RIAA Gold “For Free” (featuring Drake), and “I Got the Keys” (featuring Future and JAY Z) which just cracked the Top 10. MAJOR KEY has just spun off a third single, “Do You Mind” (featuring Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih, Future, and Rick Ross). The album features appearances by the biggest names in hip-hop, R&B and pop as Khaled, known as the Quincy Jones of hip-hop and R&B has also brought Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Meghan Trainor, Nas, Rick Ross, J.Cole, Lil Wayne, Fabolous, Jeezy,YG , Nicki Minaj, and Khaled fellow Miami legend Betty Wright onboard MAJOR KEY.

Khaled kicked off the release of MAJOR KEY with an epic performance on Good Morning America on July 28th, and a release-day shout-out on Live With Kelly! That same evening Khaled held a standing-room-only #FanLuv experience at Apple’s SoHo retail store and also hosted a once-in-a-lifetime We The Best Pop Up Store in Manhattan. For a peak at the mania click here: https://instagram.com/p/BIgi60AAM9m/

Khaled will return to New York on Labor Day, September 5th, for a special one-hour takeover of Live With Kelly!, to include a rare DJ set.

Earlier in June, Khaled revealed the MAJOR KEY cover art on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! (after the Snapchat king – with over 7 million followers – volunteered as Kimmel’s Snapchat instructor earlier in the year). Later that week in June came Khaled’s classic BET Awards appearance and the exclusive premiere of the video for “I Got the Keys” on the Post-Show.

With Khaled’s vision, JAY Z’s legendary wordplay, and Future’s otherworldly knack for a transcendent hook, “I Got the Keys” is a musical dynamo of downright epic proportions. Directed by Daniel Kaufman, the “I Got the Keys” video boasts cameos from some of the biggest names in rap and pop culture, looking their finest, sporting dapper suits, and exuding charisma and charm – including T.I., Rick Ross, Swizz Beats, Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Bryson Tiller, Fabolous, and A$AP Ferg, as well as Future, and JAY Z in a rare and much sought-after music video appearance. With this cast, narrative, and visuals, “I Got the Keys” is ready for the box office and stands poised to leave an indelible impact on music history.

Prior to the arrival of “I Got the Keys,” Khaled joined Apple’s Beats 1 host Zane Lowe to premiere the hit single “For Free” which has been a radio staple ever since. Khaled has his own weekly show on Beats 1 called We The Best Radio, and he premiered MAJOR KEY during a 2-hour radio special for his Beats 1 fans. Khaled also stars in two Apple Music commercials, one alongside supermodel Naomi Campbell, and one alongside the brilliant Ray Liotta. Khaled is currently on this month’s cover of Complex magazine.

FOLLOW DJ KHALED:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/djkhaled/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/djkhaled

VEVO: http://www.vevo.com/artist/dj-khaled

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DJKhaledVEVO

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialdjkhaled/

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/curator/we-the-best-radio/id1077842124

Snapchat: DJKhaled305

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