(March 10, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) Today, A Great Big World releases a very special new cover of “When I Was A Boy” originally by Jeff Lynne’s ELO. It’s available at all digital retailers via Black Magnetic/Epic Records. Listen on iTunes here. Listen on Spotify here.
“When I Was A Boy” served as the standout autobiographical single from 2015’s critically acclaimed Alone in the Universe. The Grammy Award®-winning multiplatinum pop duo—Ian Axel and Chad King—reimagine the original with reverence and heart, adding their own signature A Great Big World spin to it.
About the song, Axel and King comment, “Jeff Lynne is one of our favorite songwriters, and the message in this song is at the core of what a lot of our own music is about. We strive every day to hold on to the wonder and magic we felt when we were kids.”
Next up, A Great Big World embark on their “unplugged” 10-date “An Evening With Ian and Chad” Tour joined by Allie Moss. They hit the road on March 17 in Annapolis, MD at Ram’s Head On Stage through March 28 at Skyway Theatre – Studio B in Minneapolis, MN. The full itinerary can be found below. Tickets are available at www.agreatbigworld.com.
The band’s sophomore album, When The Morning Comes [Black Magnetic/Epic Records], includes the hits “Hold Each Other” [feat. FUTURISTIC] and “Oasis” and is available now. A Great Big World first enchanted listeners everywhere in 2013 on their quintuple-platinum Grammy Award®-winning “Say Something” with Christina Aguilera. Their full-length debut, Is Their Anybody Out There?, bowed at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 as the band played to fans worldwide as well as on NBC’s The Voice, at The American Music Awards, at The Victoria’s Secret Show, and beyond. 2015’s follow-up, When The Morning Comes, earned critical acclaim as the single “Hold Each Other” [feat. FUTURISTIC] accrued over 17 million-plus Spotify streams.
3/17/2017 — Ram’s Head On Stage — Annapolis, MD
3/18/2017 — The Hamilton — Washington, DC
3/20/2017 — World Cafe Live — Philadelphia, PA
3/21/2017 — Brighton Music Hall — Boston MA
3/22/2017 — Ridgefield Playhouse — Ridgefield, CT
3/23/2017 — Le Poisson Rouge — New York, NY
3/25/2017 — Mod Club — Toronto, ON
3/26/2017 — The Ark — Ann Arbor, MI
3/27/2017 — Space — Chicago, IL
3/28/2017 — Skyway Theatre – Studio B — Minneapolis, MN
(March 3, 2017– New York, NY) Multi-platinum Oscar and Grammy Award®-winning global superstar, Jennifer Hudson, will premiere “Remember Me,” her brand new single on Epic Records, this Sunday night, March 5th, on ITV’s top-rated The Voice UK, where she is currently in her first season as a coach. “Remember Me” is available now at all digital and streaming platforms worldwide. Stay tuned for news on the “Remember Me” video.
Underscoring Jennifer’s special connection to “Remember Me” is the fact that she co-wrote the track with Jamie Hartman, co-writer of Rag’n’Bone Man’s worldwide multi-platinum #1 smash, “Human,” one of Sony Music’s biggest global hits of the past year.
“Remember Me” is the lead single from Jennifer’s upcoming Epic Records debut album (her fourth career album), which she is completing with LA Reid, Chairman, Epic Records and executive producer Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer, Sony Music Entertainment.
“As an artist, when I discover music that I connect with deeply, it brings me a sense of excitement that I can’t put into words,” said Ms. Hudson. “That’s how I feel about “Remember Me”. Everything about it is special – from co-writing it with Jamie, to the recording process, to how it made me feel along the way. I just can’t wait to share it with the world.”
“Jennifer Hudson is the defining voice of this generation,” said Mr. Reid when he announced her signing to Epic last year. “Her award-winning presence on records, in film, and on stage, establishes her as one of the premier 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.”
“I signed Jennifer in 2007,” said Mr. Davis, “believing her to be the strongest candidate as the next generation’s Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. She has become that, as LA and I excitingly reunite to capture Jennifer at her all time best.”
Jennifer’s “I Will Always Love You” live tribute to Whitney Houston at the 54th annual Grammy Awards® in 2012 (the day after Whitney’s death) was an iconic moment; view performance HERE. Jennifer’s live tribute to Prince also gave the June 2016 BET Awards ceremony its climactic moment, as she sang “Purple Rain” in front of an orchestra led by Stevie Wonder on keyboards and guitarist Tori Kelly. Adding to the occasion, Ms. Hudson was wearing the same memorable white hooded tunic worn by Prince the last time he was at the awards spectacular. View Jennifer’s BET Awards performance HERE.
ABOUT JENNIFER HUDSON:
Grammy® and Academy Award winner and best-selling author Jennifer Hudson is an extraordinary talent who went from singing in a small Chicago church to worldwide acclaim. After appearing as a contestant on American Idol in 2004, Hudson’s career was launched in 2006, with her film debut portrayal of Effie White in Dreamgirls, the adaptation of the Broadway musical. The Academy Award-winning breakout performance garnered her nearly 30 awards including the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA, and NAACP Image awards. On record, Hudson went on to chart three Top 10 albums in Billboard, starting with her RIAA platinum self-titled #2 Soundscan debut of 2008 (which won the Grammy Award® for Best R&B Album); followed by the RIAA gold #2 debut I Remember Me (2011); and JHUD (2014) featuring the Grammy®-nominated “It’s Your World.” In addition to Dreamgirls, additional film credits include Sex and the City, Secret Life of Bees, Winnie Mandela, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, Black Nativity, ChiRaq, and Monster as well as television appearances on Smash, Empire, and HBO’s Confirmation, among others. In 2012, Hudson published her New York Times best-selling memoir, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways, Found Myself and Lost Everything that Weighed Me Down. In 2013, she was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her indelible success in the music industry. She made her Broadway debut in the 2015 revival of The Color Purple, in the role of Shug Avery for which she won a Grammy®. In December 2016, she played Motormouth Maybelle in the television special Hairspray Live. And last Fall, she was featured in Universal Picture’s animated hit film Sing and went on to begin her highly-rated stint as a coach on The Voice UK. Next up, Hudson stars in Netflix’ original film, Sandy Wexler alongside Adam Sandler, which begins streaming April 14, 2017. Together with her sister Julia, Jennifer Hudson co-founded the Julian D. King Gift Foundation as a catalyst for change in children’s health, education and welfare.
(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.