(April 20, 2017 –Los Angeles, CA) Big Boi returns with his highly-anticipated third full-length solo album and first release for Epic Records, Boomiverse, in June. The six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, RIAA diamond-certified hip-hop luminary, producer, and member of OutKast unveils two new songs in anticipation of the album’s impending arrival.
First up, Zane Lowe globally premieres “Mic Jack” [feat. Adam Levine] to audiences worldwide on Apple Music’s Beats 1 April 20 at 9:30am PT as his latest “World Record.” In addition, Big Boi grants Lowe an exclusive interview about “Mic Jack,” Boomiverse, and much more. Big Boi will also reveal a second new song “Kill Jill” [feat. Killer Mike & Jeezy]. Boomiverse isn’t just a new galaxy for Big Boi; it’s a new galaxy for hip-hop at large.
Produced by DJ Dahi [Kendrick Lamar, Drake] and DJ Khalil [Eminem, A$AP Rocky], “Mic Jack” pairs the rapper’s inimitable groove and flow with a seismically catchy hook courtesy of Levine. Meanwhile, “Kill Jill” stands out as an exercise in true Atlanta swagger and raw lyrical fireworks, uniting Killer Mike, Jeezy, and Big Boi on a hyper-charged banger.
On April 24, Big Boi takes over the stage at NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for the first television performance of “Mic Jack.”
One of history’s tightest and most clever rhyme mavericks, Big Boi’s indelible influence courses throughout two generations of rap music. As one-half of OutKast, he achieved six GRAMMY®Awards, sold 25 million records, and created a string of music’s most influential work, including Aquemini, Stankonia, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, and Speakerboxxx/The Love Below—which went RIAA Diamond making OutKast the first and only hip-hop artist in history to win the GRAMMY® for ‘Album of the Year.’ Big Boi’s 2010 solo debut, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty, bowed at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and received unanimous critical acclaim with Pitchfork proclaiming it one of the “100 Best Albums of the Decade ‘So Far’” and topping year-end lists from Time, Paste, Vibe, and more.
His 2012 follow-up Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors enamored tastemakers and fans alike and boasted collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Killer Mike, Kid Cudi, and more. In 2015, Big Boi collaborated with Phantogram to create supergroup Big Grams. Their debut self-titled album was released to critical and fan delight.
SOLIDIFIES SUCCESSFUL LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP WITH LA REID AND MARIAH
NEW STUDIO ALBUM FROM MARIAH EXPECTED LATER THIS YEAR
(April 10, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) – Multi-platinum global superstar Mariah Carey, the best-selling female artist of all time with 18 Hot 100 #1 hits, inks an exclusive joint partnership of Butterfly MC Records and Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, it was announced today by LA Reid, Chairman and CEO, Epic Records. Terms of the agreement call for additional repertoire by the artist, beginning with a new studio album expected later this year.
“To continue working with Mariah Carey at Epic has been another rewarding chapter of my career,” said Mr. Reid. “Mariah’s incomparable talents as a singer, with her vocal range that is nothing short of legendary, are matched by her brilliance as a songwriter, producer, and performer par excellence. Mariah’s chart records have established her enduring place in music history, a position that is cherished and supported by her loyal fans worldwide. I look forward to building upon all of Mariah’s success for years to come.”
“I am putting my heart and soul into making more new music,” said Mariah. “I am so thrilled for this next chapter and to continue working with, and for, everyone that I love.”
Today’s announcement effectively extends the successful long-term association between Epic and Mariah, who was personally signed to the label by LA Reid in 2015. Mariah enjoyed a career-high 2016 that included a sold-out international tour (The Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour), a hit docu-series (Mariah’s World on E!), a history-making partnership with MAC Cosmetics, a critically-acclaimed Vegas residency (Mariah Carey #1’s at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace), and numerous guest appearances in film and tv. Mariah is set to return to her Las Vegas residency in July and will embark on a North American summer tour with Lionel Richie.
Mariah’s hitmaking career began at Sony Music in with her astounding first five consecutive Hot 100 #1 hits of 1990-91: “Vision of Love,” “Love Takes Time,” “Someday,” “I Don’t Wanna Cry,” and “Emotions.” The quintet kicked off her most recent album, #1 To Infinity (released 2015, on Epic Records / Columbia Records / Sony Legacy), the first career-spanning chronological collection to gather all 18 of her Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles (17 self-penned). That list went on to include “We Belong Together” (#1 for 14 weeks), “Don’t Forget About Us,” and “Touch My Body,” to name a few.
About Mariah Carey: Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold to date and 18 Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles (17 self-penned), more than any solo artist in history. Mariah is a singer/songwriter/producer recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” Award, the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium,” and BMI’s “Icon Award” for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, to name a few – with her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent, Mariah is truly the template of the modern pop performance. Mariah’s ongoing impact has transcended the music industry to leave an indelible imprint upon the world at large. She made her entrée into the world of independent film with her landmark performance in “WiseGirls” starring alongside Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino and Melora Walters. In 2009, Mariah was recognized with the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Spring International Film Festival for her critically acclaimed role in Lee Daniels’ “Precious.” Mariah went on to appear in Daniels’ stellar ensemble piece “The Butler” (2013). A Congressional Award recipient, Mariah has generously donated her time and energy to a range of philanthropic causes near to her heart including Save the Music, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, World Hunger Relief, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, among many others. A tremendous supporter of children’s charities, both domestic and international, Mariah founded Camp Mariah in partnership with the Fresh Air Fund, a retreat for inner city children to explore career development. Mariah is represented by Manager Stella Bulochnikov, Darrell Miller at Fox Rothschild, UTA and Nicole Perna, Brett Ruttenberg at BWR PR. www.mariahcarey.com
FRENCH MONTANA LAUNCHES TWO NEW SONGS “UNFORGETTABLE” & “NO PRESSURE”
(April 7, 2017 – New York, NY) – Coke Boys Music / Bad Boy Entertainment / Epic Records’ Grammy nominated, worldwide platinum-selling hip-hop icon, and philanthropist French Montana launches two new hit songs “Unforgettable (feat Swae Lee)” and “No Pressure (feat Future)” now available on all streaming platforms.
French found the inspiration for his upcoming “Unforgettable” music video after watching a dance video of Uganda’s Triplets Ghetto Kids on Youtube. The kids’ joyous street dancing inspired French to travel to his motherland of Africa to witness their moves up close and personal. While there, he was completely moved and energized by them as they showed him around their village, reminding him of his childhood growing up in Morocco, North Africa before he moved to New York with his family at the age of 13.
The poignant return to his motherland in Africa is underscored by French’s strong connection to the Triplets Ghetto Kids, and to the emotional crowds of Kampala locals who embraced him on his journey. The pure joy they take in their music and dancing transcends the extreme poverty of the region. The entire project, now the subject of a deeply uplifting documentary film as well, also pays homage to French’s parents, who’s wedding day photograph in Morocco graces the “Unforgettable” track cover artwork.
View YouTube videos of the Triplets Ghetto Kids HERE
French Montana is one of the most prolific and instantly recognizable players in the game today – with some 300 lead and feature appearances on singles, album and mixtape tracks and videos. His signing to the new Bad Boy Entertainment/Epic Records partnership was jointly announced by Mr. L.A. Reid and Bad Boy founder Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs. French Montana is managed by SAL&CO/Maverick.
Atlanta Rap Hero Future on Making Chart History and Kicking It With ‘Superstar Females’
The Atlanta rap god Future, like other gods before him, is known by many names. He was born Nayvadius Wilburn into a family of street hustlers going back at least two generations. As a kid he picked up the moniker Meathead, both for his oversize dome and, later, his general gangster toughness. When he began rapping in his teens at his cousin Rico Wade’s Dungeon studio — where OutKast was busy reinventing hip-hop — he was given the name Future (as in “the future of music,” which is kind of mind-blowing, coming from a place making tunes like “So Fresh, So Clean”). And to his friends he’s mostly known as Pluto, which is all at once the title of his 2012 major-label debut, a metaphor for getting supremely high and a symbol of the scale of his ambitions. “I’m the astronaut kid,” he says, impassive behind a pair of ever-present sunglasses. “At the end of the day, I’m out of here — above anything.”
The previous week, Future had surprised fans with the self-titled album (his sixth, not counting the hit packed mixtapes he has released through his own Freebandz label), which landed at No. 1, becoming his fourth consecutive album to do so. Then, in a move unprecedented in chart history, HNDRXX arrived just seven days later and replaced Future in the top spot. (Epic Records says the two albums will also be combined into a physical release later this year.) Future’s clearly pleased with the success but insists that he values authenticity more than numbers. “If I’m the biggest artist in the world, cool, but I want to just be me,” he says. “I want my money to be different. I’m not trying to have rapper money. My goal is to be able to get everything from the world that I can get.”