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June 06, 2016

Gearing up for the June 10 release of their highly anticipated third full-length album Egomaniac [Epic Records], KONGOS expand their […]

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Gearing up for the June 10 release of their highly anticipated third full-length album Egomaniac [Epic Records], KONGOS expand their stacked 2016 schedule with a string of new dates this summer and a full-scale North American fall headline tour—just announced today. Following Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas on September 23-25, the multiplatinum rock band plays major markets coast to coast, concluding October 29 at The Crescent Ballroom Outdoors in their hometown of Phoenix, AZ for “Dia De Los KONGOS.” The Joy Formidable will be a special guest on most dates of the fall tour.

A special artist pre-sale goes live tomorrow (June 7) at 10am local time. At the same time, fans that preordered Egomaniac at may also buy tickets before the general on-sale date at this LINK. General on-sale begins Friday at 10 am local time. All confirmed dates are included below. Pre-order Egomaniac: VIP ticket packages—featuring exclusive merchandise, meet & greets, photo-ops and other special offers—will also be available for all headline shows on the fall tour through On the List Presents.

Next week, the boys take the stage on NBC’s The Today Show Wednesday June 15 for a performance of their latest single “Take It From Me.” Meanwhile, the song continues rising at radio, going Top 10 at Alternative this week. Its wild NBA Jam-inspired music video just crossed 600,000 views on YouTube/VEVO and is in regular rotation now on FM, MTV, MTV2, MTV Hits, mtvU, MTV Live, and Revolt.

Once again, KONGOS inflate their signature sound and break boundaries with the explosive Egomaniac.

Following two successful years on the road supporting 2014’s breakout Lunatic, KONGOS returned home in late 2015 with a bevy of ideas. The guys wrote initial demos separately and convened at Tokoloshe Studios—their full-scale production studio located in their hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. While sharing ideas, they collectively realized a thematic commonality, which would eventually inform the creation of Egomaniac.
Egomaniac boasts 13 new tracks from the group. These range from the blues guitar-driven accordion shuffle of “I Don’t Mind,” which instantly became a live favorite, to the skittering electronics and sharp commentary on “Autocorrect” and the epic send-off at the heart of “Look At Me.” The full tracklisting is revealed below.

In 2014, “Come With Me Now” from Lunatic put KONGOS on the map. The group became unanimously recognized as one of rock music’s most infectious and invigorating new voices as the track went RIAA double-platinum for sales in excess of 2 million. It occupied the #1 spot at Alternative Radio for five weeks, marking the quickest ascent to the top by a new band in history. The song was heard everywhere with placements by The Expendables 3, Universal Studios, Dodge Ram, Samsung Galaxy, American Idol, The Originals, MTV Movie Awards, HBO, FX, CNN, NBC Sports, ESPN, NFL, WWE, PlayStation 4 and more. The video has been viewed over 45 million times: They’ve hit the stage at Late Night With Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, The Today Show and more and received acclaim from Rolling Stone, USA Today, and many others.

In addition, KONGOS will return to South Africa for the first time since finding success outside their homeland. The band will headline this year’s Oppikoppi Festival outside Johannesburg in August and perform two additional shows: the Durban Botanic Gardens August 3 and at The Hillcrest Quarry for One Night in Cape Town August 5.

The band will return to the U.K. for the first time this year for a show at Dingwalls in Camden, London on July 19. Tickets for this show go on sale June 10.

The brothers KONGOS—Johnny, Jesse, Dylan, and Danny—have music in their blood. Their dad John Kongos landed multiple chart hits in the seventies, and the boys picked up instruments at a young age. Now, they’ve got a musical legacy all their own.

Summer Tour Dates:
6/18 Glen Allen, VA Innsbrook After Hours/Innsbrook Pavilion
7/2 Sioux, City, IA Saturday in the Park
7/3 Indianapolis, IN INDYpendence Day
7/4 O’Fallon, MO Heritage and Freedom Festival
7/7 Chicago, IL Taste of Chicago
7/9 Toronto, ON Velvet Underground
7/10 Philadelphia, PA WRFF Radio Show – Festival Pier
7/14 Little Rock, AR Metroplex
7/16 Martindale, TX Floatfest
7/19 London, England Dingwalls
8/3 Durban, South Africa Durban Botanic Gardens
8/5 Cape Town, South Africa The Hillcrest Quarry for One Night
8/7 Northam Limpopo, S.A. Oppikoppi Festival
8/13 Redmond, WA Marymoor Park Concerts 107.7 (The End Summer Camp)
8/14 Portland, OR Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (94.7 Birthday Bash)
8/16 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/Dirty Heads
8/28 Palmer, AK Alaska State Fair

Fall Tour Dates:
9/23-25 Las Vegas, NV Life Is Beautiful Festival
9/25 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
9/27 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House
9/29 Edmonton, Alberta Union Hall
9/30 Calgary, Alberta MacEwan Ballroom
10/1 Saskatoon, Saskatechewan Loui’s
10/2 Winnipeg, Manitoba Garrick Centre
10/4 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
10/6 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
10/8 Montreal, Quebec Metropolis
10/9 Toronto, Ontario Danforth Music Hall
10/11 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory – Downstairs
10/12 Boston, MA The Royale
10/14 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
10/15 New York, NY PlayStation Theater **
10/20 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
10/21 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
10/23 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live!
10/27 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
10/28 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
10/29 Phoenix, AZ Dia De Los KONGOS at Crescent Ballroom Outdoors

Additional dates will be announced shortly.

** On sale at 12:00pm local time

Egomaniac Tracklisting:
1. Take It From Me
2. The World Would Run Better
3. I Want It Free
4. Underground
5. Autocorrect
6. Where I Belong
7. Birds Do It
8. 2 In The Morning
9. Look At Me
10. I Don’t Mind
11. Hey You, Yeah You
12. Repeat After Me
13. If You Could

“Take It From Me” on iTunes:

“Take It From Me” on Spotify:

“Take It From Me” video:

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Mariah Carey Is The Lead Guest on Jimmy Kimmel’s Primetime NBA Special

June 06, 2016

“Mariah Carey might have reached peak Mariah status on Thursday night when she did an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! […]

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Mariah Carey Is The Lead Guest on Jimmy Kimmel’s Primetime NBA Special

“Mariah Carey might have reached peak Mariah status on Thursday night when she did an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! while taking a bubble bath. And as you might imagine, darling, it was fabulous.
The elusive chanteuse gamely joined Kimmel in a sudsy bathtub, while wearing a full-length sequined gown, diamond jewelry (including her 35-carat engagement ring from billionaire fiancee James Packer) and platform heels—as one does.” – TIME

Full story via TIME Magazine

Watch the video HERE



June 03, 2016

Today, DJ Khaled unveils his brand new single “For Free” [featuring Drake], exclusively on Apple Music/iTunes. Get it here now […]

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Today, DJ Khaled unveils his brand new single “For Free” [featuring Drake], exclusively on Apple Music/iTunes. Get it here now iTunes: Apple Music:

“For Free” heralds the impending arrival of Khaled’s anxiously awaited ninth full-length studio album and first release under the newly minted joint venture between Epic Records and his own We The Best Music Group—MAJOR KEY—coming soon!

Once again, the multi-platinum artist, music industry visionary, innovative influencer, mogul, and mega-producer dominates the cultural conversation across multiple forms of media like only he can.

Global tastemaker Zane Lowe world premiered “For Free” on Apple Music’s Beats 1 this morning. Following its initial premiere, the song debuted nationwide as part of iHeartRadio’s Top 100 Lift Program before spreading to Urban and Rhythm radio.

“For Free” continues a string of powerhouse collaborations between Khaled and GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum rap God Drake. Following the platinum “I’m On One” [2011] and “No New Friends” [2013], he deftly architects a blockbuster anthem propelled by fiery verses and an inescapable hook. Both superstars have delivered “Another One!”

Next up, Khaled stars in his very first Apple Music television commercial alongside none other than supermodel Naomi Campbell. This hilarious and insightful vignette makes its debut imminently, kicking off a series of forthcoming commercials. He’s literally everywhere!

On Sunday, Khaled & Friends co-headline Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert at Met Life Stadium in New York City alongside heavy hitters such as Future, G.O.O.D. Music with Pusha T & Big Sean and many more. Primed to get the entire stadium on its feet, he’ll be bringing out all kinds of “family” for what’s poised to be a historic performance full of surprises.

Speaking of “family,” recent We The Best signee Kent Jones is on track to become one of 2016’s breakout stars. His single “Don’t Mind” has exploded across radio airwaves and has “summer anthem” written all over it as the music video currently boasts more than 6 million views. He’s carrying the torch for the label and expanding its decade-plus legacy.

Everything Khaled does becomes an event in and of itself. MAJOR KEY proudly upholds that tradition as he stands ready to change the game once again.

DJ Khaled’s influence permeates nearly every facet of pop culture. To date, his single sales exceed 15 million worldwide, spanning iconic anthems such as the triple-platinum “All I Do Is Win” and platinum “We Takin’ Over,” “I’m So Hood,” “Out Here Grindin,” “I’m On One,” “No New Friends,” and many more. In 2015, his eighth full-length, I Changed A Lot, bowed at #1 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums Chart and #2 on the Top R&B Albums Chart, yielding two gold smashes “Hold You Down” and “How Many Times.” In addition to proudly holding the title of “the Quincy Jones of hip-hop and R&B,” He has become the undisputed king of Snapchat with 6 million-plus followers. His channel remains a bastion of positivity and inspiration sharing “major keys of success.” His We The Best Music Group was founded in 2006 and comprises not only the record label but a management company, publishing company, production company, and a full-fledged studio.






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June 03, 2016

(June 3, 2016 – New York, NY) Bad Boy Entertainment/Epic Records worldwide platinum-selling, hip-hop icon and Coke Boys music founder […]

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(June 3, 2016 – New York, NY) Bad Boy Entertainment/Epic Records worldwide platinum-selling, hip-hop icon and Coke Boys music founder French Montana launches the pre-order today at all digital retailers for his hotly anticipated second album, MC4, available everywhere August 19. MC4 will include both of French’s new singles: “Lockjaw” featuring Kodak Black (whose video directed by the renowned Spiff TV will premiere this Tuesday, June 7th), and “Figure It Out” featuring Kanye West and Nas (whose video can be viewed HERE). iTunes Amazon Digital Google Play

French Montana has also been tapped as one of the headliners on this summer’s all-star 25-city Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour. French will join Puff Daddy, Lil’ Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, 112, Total, Carl Thomas And The Lox for the 6-week North American tour opens August 25th at Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH, and wraps up at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA, on October 8th. Ticket are on-sale now and for more information please go to: (Please see complete tour itinerary below.)

French’s signing to the new Bad Boy Entertainment/Epic Records part­ner­ship was jointly announced in May by Bad Boy founder Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Epic Chairman and CEO LA Reid. The signing was heralded by the release of “Figure It Out,” first introduced earlier this year on Wave Gods, Montana’s most recent Coke Boys mixtape.

One of the most important figures in the world of hip-hop and beyond, French Montana was born in Morocco, and at age 13 emigrated to the Bronx with his family. Fluent in French and Arabic at the time, and speaking only a little English, hip-hop became a catalyst for him to learn the language of his new homeland. Living in the Boogie Down Bronx mecca of hip-hop, he quickly embraced the culture and became enthralled with it. It was during his adolescent years that he made the switch from spectator to player in the rap game.

After releasing mixtapes and street DVDs for nearly a decade, French Montana crossed the rubicon from indie threat to Top 20 chart maker in 2011, when “Shot Caller” emerged as a hit single from his Mister 16: Casino Life mixtape. As coast-to-coast airplay exploded, and he was recognized as the next big thing from New York City, a swift bidding war for Montana’s signa­ture ensued between record labels. In 2012, it was announced that he would ride the wave with Bad Boy Entertainment (then via Interscope-Geffen-A&M), known ever since its creation by Diddy in 1993, for igniting the careers of bubbling street artists and transforming them into hip-hop game changers.

Montana’s debut album Excuse My French was released May 2013 via Bad Boy Entertainment and Maybach Music Group, executive produced by Bad Boy’s Sean “Diddy” Combs, Maybach’s Rick Ross, and co-executive produced by Bad Boy’s Harve Pierre. The record, mainly produced by longtime collaborator Harry Fraud, was named one of the “most anticipated albums” of the year by Complex. Guest appearances by Max B, Drake, Rick Ross, Diddy, and of course Montana’s Coke Boys crew (Chinx Drugz, Charlie Rock, Cheeze and Flip) added to the album’s impact among fans. Excuse My French spun off a trio of solid chart hits: the RIAA platinum “Pop That” featuring Rick Ross, Drake, and Lil Wayne; “Freaks” featuring Nicki Minaj; and “Ain’t Worried About Nothin.’”Since 2013, Montana has become one of the busiest MCs in the world. He has collaborated with every­­­one from Jay-Z and Kanye West, to Nas and Jennifer Lopez (to name a few), and has been featured on nearly two dozen singles with collaborators ranging from Rick Ross and Drake (“Stay Schemin’”) to Akon, Fat Joe, A$AP Ferg, Joe Budden, Daddy Yankee, Fabolous,, Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, Omarion, and others. One source identified more than 160 guest appearances by Montana on other artists’ albums and mixtapes between 2010-2015.

French Montana’s secret to success? “I just pay attention to what people say,” he suggests. “The people chose me. You can’t come out and say you hot. The people gotta choose you.” And time and time again, the people have chosen French Montana. French is also an ambassador for CÎROC™ Ultra-Premium Vodka.

Bad Boy Entertainment is the award-winning, globally-celebrated music, media and entertainment company founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs. Bad Boy was a pioneer in hip hop and, for more than 20 years, has been one of the music industry’s premier production, distribution, publicity, promotions and marketing companies. Bad Boy helped to launch the careers of Hip-Hop and R&B heavyweights like Puff Daddy, Notorious B.I.G., Craig Mack, Ma$e, Faith Evans, 112, Mario Winans, Dream, Black Rob, The Lox, New Edition, Danity Kane, Carl Thomas, Yung Joc, Total, Cassie and dozens of others. Today, Bad Boy has an exclusive joint venture label partnership with Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, artist includes record deals with Puff Daddy, French Montana and King Combs. Other current Bad Boy artists such as Cassie and MGK remain at Interscope under the Bad Boy Imprint. And the Bad Boy catalog, together with Bad Boy/Atlantic artist Janelle Monae, stay with Warner Music Group as per the prior venture agreement between The WMG and Bad Boy. Parts of the Bad Boy catalog are also administered through Rhino.

All dates, venues and cities below subject to change.

Thu Aug 25
Columbus, OH
Schottenstein Center
Fri Aug 26
Cincinnati, OH
U.S. Bank Arena
Sat Aug 27
Chicago, IL
United Center
Wed Aug 31
Kansas City, MO
Sprint Center
Fri Sep 02
Detroit, MI
The Palace of Auburn Hills
Sat Sep 03
Baltimore, MD
Royal Farms Arena
Sun Sep 04
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
Tue Sep 06
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre
Thu Sep 08
Atlanta, GA
Philips Arena
Sat Sep 10
Miami, FL
American Airlines Arena
Sun Sep 11
Tampa, FL
Amalie Arena
Wed Sep 14
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center
Thu Sep 15
Houston, TX
Toyota Center
Fri Sep 16
San Antonio, TX
AT&T Center
Sun Sep 18
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena
Tue Sep 20
Charlotte, NC
Time Warner Cable Arena
Thu Sep 22
Washington, DC
Verizon Center
Fri Sep 23
Philadelphia, PA
Wells Fargo Center
Sat Sep 24
Boston, MA
TD Garden
Sun Sep 25
Newark, NJ
Prudential Center
Sat Oct 01
Las Vegas, NV
Sun Oct 02
Glendale, AZ
Gila River Arena
Tue Oct 04
Los Angeles, CA
The Forum
Thu Oct 06
San Diego, CA
Viejas Arena
Sat Oct 08
Oakland, CA
Oracle Arena


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