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BIG BOI LAUNCHES THIRD SOLO ALBUM BOOMIVERSE IN JUNE

(April 20, 2017 –Los Angeles, CA) Big Boi returns with his highly-anticipated third full-length solo album and first release for […]

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BIG BOI LAUNCHES THIRD SOLO ALBUM BOOMIVERSE IN JUNE

(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.

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MARIAH CAREY FORMS “BUTTERFLY MC RECORDS” AS EXCLUSIVE JOINT VENTURE WITH EPIC RECORDS

SOLIDIFIES SUCCESSFUL LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP WITH LA REID AND MARIAH NEW STUDIO ALBUM FROM MARIAH EXPECTED LATER THIS YEAR (April 10, […]

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MARIAH CAREY FORMS “BUTTERFLY MC RECORDS” AS EXCLUSIVE JOINT VENTURE WITH EPIC RECORDS

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

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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, […]

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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.

Listen to “Unforgettable” at HERE

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.

Listen to “No Pressure” at HERE

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FUTURE COVERS BILLBOARD!!

Atlanta Rap Hero Future on Making Chart History and Kicking It With ‘Superstar Females’ The Atlanta rap god Future, like […]

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FUTURE COVERS BILLBOARD!!

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.”

Read the full article via Billboard HERE!

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ZARA LARSSON’S DEBUT ALBUM SO GOOD BLASTS INTO THE TOP 10 ON ITUNES

(March 17, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) Award-winning multiplatinum pop powerhouse and one of TIME’s “30 Most Influential Teens of […]

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ZARA LARSSON’S DEBUT ALBUM SO GOOD BLASTS INTO THE TOP 10 ON ITUNES

(March 17, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) Award-winning multiplatinum pop powerhouse and one of TIME’s “30 Most Influential Teens of 2016,” Zara Larsson unveils her anxiously awaited full-length album, SO GOOD [Epic Records/Ten], today. Upon going live, it soared to the Top 10 of iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart. Get it HERE.

Among its 15 anthems, the record boasts the red hot new single and title track, “So Good” [feat. Ty Dolla $ign]. With its upbeat swagger and the sizzling chemistry between Zara and Ty, the track generated a staggering 20.4 million Spotify streams in under a month, while its gorgeous and glittery music video racked up 13.1 million-plus YouTube/VEVO views. Returning to the stage at Ellen with Ty, Zara delivered an unforgettable performance of the song in February.

The international pop maverick continues to attract widespread tastemaker and critical applause as well. Entertainment Weekly crowned her, “Pop’s fearless new voice,” while in its review of the album, The Guardian claimed, “She’s like a Rihanna-doting teen gatecrashing a tropical house party, gun fingers blazing, and sugar-soaked songs that have more than 1bn Spotify streams.” Refinery29 put it best: “Zara Larsson has released some of the best pop tunes in recent memory.”

Next week, Zara engages a full-scale television takeover. She performs on Good Morning America March 22, Wendy Williams March 23, The Late Late Show with James Corden April 4, and Live with Kelly! April 20. Be sure to tune in!

Extending her influence into the world of fashion, Zara also debuts her H&M Capsule collection in select stores and online March 18. Check it out HERE.

Later this month, Zara hits the road with English electronic outfit Clean Bandit beginning March 31 in Seattle, WA. The tour rolls through major markets across the U.S. before wrapping up May 2 in Chicago, IL. See the full itinerary below.

With an impressive vocal range, effusive energy, and classic je ne sais quoi, 19-year-old Zara Larsson has quietly become the face of 21st century pop music worldwide. Born and raised in Sweden, she landed two back-to-back multiplatinum smashes during 2015 in the form of the RIAA double-platinum “Never Forget” with MNEK and the platinum-certified “Lush Life.” She landed on TIME’s coveted “30 Most Influential Teens of 2016” list, while joining the “BILLIONS Club” on Spotify. On the road, she closed the UEFA Euro 2016 with David Guetta and shared the stage with Beyoncé for the European leg of the Formation Tour. Following an explosive performance at the MTV EMAs, she received “Best New Act” and “Best Swedish Act.” Along the way, Glamour, InStyle, WWD, Cosmopolitan, Nylon, and more have sung her praises.

Now, Zara stands ready to formally take over pop and culture at large with SO GOOD.

TRACKLISTING:
1. “What They Say”
2. “Lush Life”
3. “I Would Like”
4. “So Good” [feat. Ty Dolla $ign]
5. “TG4M”
6. “Only You”
7. “Never Forget You”
8. “Sundown” [feat. Wizkid]
9. “Don’t Let Me Be Yours”
10. “Make That Money Girl”
11. “Ain’t My Fault”
12. “One Mississippi”
13. “Funeral”
14. “I Can’t Fall in Love Wihtout…”
15. “Symphony” w/Clean Bandit

TOUR DATES:
3/31 Seattle, WA
4/1 Portland, OR
4/3 San Francisco, CA
4/5 Los Angeles, CA
4/7 San Diego, CA
4/8 Tempe, AZ
4/10 Denver, CO
4/12 Dallas, TX
4/13 Austin, TX
4/14 Houston, TX
4/15 New Orleans, LA
4/17 Atlanta, GA
4/19 Washington, D.C.
4/21 New York, NY
4/22 Philadelphia, PA
4/24 Toronto, ON
4/25 Montreal, QC
4/26 Boston, MA
5/1 Detroit, MI
5/2 Chicago, IL

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RICK ROSS RELEASES NINTH ALBUM RATHER YOU THAN ME IN STORES TODAY

(March 17, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) – Building on months of widespread excitement and anticipation, four-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum […]

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RICK ROSS RELEASES NINTH ALBUM RATHER YOU THAN ME IN STORES TODAY

(March 17, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) – Building on months of widespread excitement and anticipation, four-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum rap icon and Maybach Music Group mastermind Rick Ross unleashes his ninth full-length album and first for Epic Records, Rather You Than Me [MMG/Epic Records] today. Get it HERE. As soon as the 14-track offering became available at midnight, the record seized #1 on the Top Hip-Hop/Rap Chart and #2 on iTunes Overall.

It’s been a banner week for the artist. Last night, the multitalented icon hosted and performed at the MTV Woodie Awards broadcasted live from SXSW in Austin, TX on MTV. Throughout the proceedings, the MC kept the audience laughing and smiling with his undeniable presence, and he trended online in the process. As soon as the festivities came to a close with rousing applause and cheers, MTV exclusively world-premiered the music video for the Rather You Than Me’s latest single “Trap Trap Trap” [feat. Young Thug & Wale].

With its bulletproof bars from Ross, Wale‘s airtight rhymes, and spacey flows courtesy of Young Thug, “Trap Trap Trap” quickly racked up 1 million Spotify streams. Featured on both Spotify’s Rap Caviar and VEVO, the music video sees the three rappers flexing their signature styles and inimitable bravado in another explosive big screen-worthy narrative you have to see to believe. Watch it HERE.

Rather You Than Me represents the apex of the rapper’s catalog thus far. There are moments of soulful emotion on the likes of “Apple of My Eye” [feat. Raphael Saadiq] and pure rap fireworks during “Powers That Be” [feat. Nas] and “Dead Presidents” [feat. Future, Jeezy, & Yo Gotti]. It holds quite a few surprises too including “Idols Become Rivals” [feat. Chris Rock] and the stunning “Maybach Music V” [feat. Dej Loaf]. See the whole tracklisting below.

Now, Rather You Than Me marks the beginning of a new era for Rick Ross and rap music.

“Untouchable” is the best way to describe Rick Ross’s decade-plus run at the top of rap. Along the way, he achieved five Billboard Top 200 #1 debuts and three #2 debuts, received four Grammy Award® nominations, graced the cover of Rolling Stone twice, and made history more than once. His debut single “Hustlin’” became the “first mastertone ever certified RIAA platinum before the associated album had been released.” He sold millions of singles and albums and cemented his status as one of rap’s biggest and brashest voices. Moreover, he founded Maybach Music Group home to Meek Mill, Wale, and more. Signing to Epic Records in 2016, his “untouchable” streak continues with Rather You Than Me.

RATHER YOU THAN ME TRACKLISTING:
1. “Apple of My Eye” Feat. Raphael Saadiq
2. “Santorini Greece”
3. “Idols Become Rivals” Feat. Chris Rock
4. “Trap Trap Trap” Feat. Young Thug and Wale
5. “Dead Presidents” Feat. Future, Jeezy and Yo Gotti
6. “She on My Dick” Feat. Gucci Mane
7. “I Think She Like Me” Feat. Ty Dolla $ign
8. “Powers That Be” Feat. Nas
9. “Game Ain’t Based On Sympathy”
10. “Scientology”
11. “Lamborghini Doors” Feat. Meek Mill and Anthony Hamilton
12. “Triple Platinum” Feat. Scrilla
13. “Maybach Music V” Feat. DeJ Loaf
14. “Summer Seventeen” Feat. Yo Gotti

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Fifth Harmony are feeling their two big wins at the 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards

Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane, Normani Kordei and Lauren Jauregui, won both Favorite Song for “Work from Home” and Favorite Music […]

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Fifth Harmony are feeling their two big wins at the 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards

Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane, Normani Kordei and Lauren Jauregui, won both Favorite Song for “Work from Home” and Favorite Music Group!

Read the full story via Just Jared HERE!

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A GREAT BIG WORLD RELEASE POWERFUL COVER OF “WHEN I WAS A BOY” BY JEFF LYNNE’S ELO

(March 10, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) Today, A Great Big World releases a very special new cover of “When […]

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A GREAT BIG WORLD RELEASE POWERFUL COVER OF “WHEN I WAS A BOY” BY JEFF LYNNE’S ELO

(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.

TOUR DATES:
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

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JENNIFER HUDSON TO PREMIERE NEW SINGLE “REMEMBER ME”

(March 3, 2017– New York, NY) Multi-platinum Oscar and Grammy Award®-winning global superstar, Jennifer Hudson, will premiere “Remember Me,” her […]

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JENNIFER HUDSON TO PREMIERE NEW SINGLE “REMEMBER ME”

(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.

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LA REID joins all-star producing team for new FOX 1920s music drama COTTON CLUB

From left: Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Kenny Leon, L.A. Reid ‘Cotton Club’ will focus on the lives of black entertainers […]

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LA REID joins all-star producing team for new FOX 1920s music drama COTTON CLUB

From left: Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Kenny Leon, L.A. Reid

‘Cotton Club’ will focus on the lives of black entertainers who performed at the club and the white gangsters who ran it.
Fox is looking for its next musical soap.

The network has put into development Cotton Club, a 1920s music drama from the all-star producing team of Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Kenny Leon and L.A. Reid, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The project, from Sony Pictures Television and Zadan and Meron’s Storyline Entertainment, is being envisioned as an event series.

The drama is described as a sexy, soapy music series based in the hottest club in Harlem in the Roaring ’20s, chronicling the interconnected lives of the black entertainers who performed there and the white gangsters who ran it.

Ayanna Floyd, a co-executive producer on Fox’s Empire whose credits also include Hannibal, Falling Skies and Private Practice, will pen the script and serve as showrunner should Cotton Club move forward. Floyd will exec produce alongside Zadan and Meron — whose credits include NBC’s Smash and all of the network’s live musicals including Hairspray and The Wiz. Kenny Leon is on board to direct the pilot, should the script move forward. He also will exec produce and reteam with Zadan and Meron after helming The Wiz Live as well as Hairspray Live. The project also reteams Leon with Floyd, who worked together on ABC’s Shondaland drama Private Practice.

Epic Records CEO Reid is also on board as an exec producer and will serve as the music supervisor after helping to shepherd acts including Bobby Brown, Boyz II Men, Outkast, Mariah Carey, Paula Abdul, Pink, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Kanye West and more. Cotton Club brings the former Island Def Jam CEO back to Fox after serving as a judge on the network’s The X Factor.

Mark Nicholson, John Rice and Joe Batteer are also on board as co-exec producers.

Cotton Club arrives as Fox has already committed to additional seasons of Lee Daniels’ Empire and Star for the 2017-18 broadcast season.

Zadan, Meron, Leon and Reid are all repped by CAA; Floyd is with ICM Partners, Rain Management and Erik Hyman.

Story via – The Hollywood Reporter

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FUTURE’S SURPRISE SELF-TITLED ALBUM FUTURE CAPTURES #1 ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 200

(February 24, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) Future’s undisputed reign at the top continues as his surprise album, FUTURE [Epic […]

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FUTURE’S SURPRISE SELF-TITLED ALBUM FUTURE CAPTURES #1 ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 200

(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.

HNDRXX TRACKLISTING

1. “My Collection”
2. “Comin Out Strong” [feat. The Weeknd]
3. “Lookin Exotic”
4. “Damage”
5. “Use Me”
6. “Incredible”
7. “Testify”
8. “Fresh Air”
9. “Neva Missa Lost”
10. “Keep Quiet”
11. “Hallucinating”
12. “I Thank U”
13. “New Illuminati”
14. “Turn On Me”
15. “Selfish” [feat. Rihanna]
16. “Solo”
17. “Sorry”

Get “HNDRXX” :
iTunes
http://smarturl.it/HNDRXX
Apple Music
http://smarturl.it/HNDRXX.AM
Spotify
http://smarturl.it/HNDRXX.Sptfy
Google Play
http://smarturl.it/HNDRXX.GP
Amazon Digital
http://smarturl.it/HNDRXX.Dig
Deezer
http://smarturl.it/HNDRXX.Dzr
Soundcloud
http://smarturl.it/HNDRXX.SC
Tidal
http://smarturl.it/HNDRXX.Tidal

For up to date information regarding FUTURE, please visit:
http://www.futurefreebandz.com/
www.twitter.com/1future
www.facebook.com/futureofficial
www.instagram.com/future
https://www.youtube.com/user/FutureVEVO

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MEGHAN TRAINOR RELEASES NEW SONG “I’M A LADY” FROM “SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE”

CULVER CITY, Calif., February 23, 2017 – GRAMMY® Award-winning superstar MEGHAN TRAINOR will release her new song “I’m a Lady” […]

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MEGHAN TRAINOR RELEASES NEW SONG “I’M A LADY” FROM “SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE”

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.

Meghan Trainor’s “I’m a Lady” available here:
iTunes – smarturl.it/ImaLady
Apple Music – smarturl.it/ImaLady_AM
Spotify – smarturl.it/ImaLady_Sptfy
Google Play – smarturl.it/ImaLady_GP
Amazon – smarturl.it/ImaLady_Dig

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Rick Ross Hosts The 2017 MTV Woodies!!!

New York, NY (February 23, 2017) – MTV today announced that four-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated and multiplatinum, 21st century rap legend, […]

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Rick Ross Hosts The 2017 MTV Woodies!!!

New York, NY (February 23, 2017) – MTV today announced that four-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated and multiplatinum, 21st century rap legend, Rick Ross will host and perform at the “2017 MTV Woodies.” The 13th annual “MTV Woodies,” will air LIVE on Thursday, March 16 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT from Austin, Texas during South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW). Prior to the one-hour live telecast, MTV will once again host its emerging artist festival beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET which will be available via livestream on woodies.mtv.com. Additional performers will be announced at a later date.

“I’m excited to attend SXSW this year. The biggest boss is hosting the ‘Woodies’ and my album drops March 17. MTV, get ready.”

“Untouchable” is the best way to describe Rick Ross’s decade-plus run at the top of rap. Along the way, he achieved five Billboard Top 200 #1 debuts and three #2 debuts, received four GRAMMY Award® nominations, graced the cover of Rolling Stone twice, and made history more than once. His debut single “Hustlin’” became the “first mastertone ever certified RIAA platinum before the associated album had been released.” He sold millions of singles and albums and cemented his status as one of rap’s biggest and brashest voices. Moreover, he founded Maybach Music Group home to Meek Mill, Wale, and more. Signing to Epic Records in 2016, his “untouchable” streak continues with the March 17 release of his ninth full-length “Rather You Than Me.”

The “MTV Woodies” is a yearly event that spotlights an eclectic roster of emerging artists across musical genres. The 2016 line-up boasted Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, A$AP Ferg, BØRNS, The Chainsmokers, CHVRCHES, Jack Garratt, Jidenna, Kehlani and Lukas Graham. Past “MTV Woodies” performers include Wiz Khalifa, Twenty One Pilots, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Steve Aoki, Foo Fighters, Odd Future, The 1975, Childish Gambino, Santigold and Mac Miller.

Official sponsors of the “2017 MTV Woodies” broadcast include Cricket Wireless, Doritos®, Pepsi®, REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups and State Farm®.

Garrett English and Ryan Kroft are the Executive Producers with Vanessa Whitewolf and Andria Parides serving as Producers for the “2017 MTV Woodies.”

MTV is a global youth culture brand inspired by music. For more information, check out mtvpress.com. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA).

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FUTURE UNLEASHES SELF-TITLED NEW ALBUM FUTURE TODAY

(February 17, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) After surprising the world by announcing its imminent release earlier this week, Future […]

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FUTURE UNLEASHES SELF-TITLED NEW ALBUM FUTURE TODAY

(February 17, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) After surprising the world by announcing its imminent release earlier this week, Future unleashes his brand new self-titled album, FUTURE [Epic Records/A1/Freebandz], at all digital retailers. Upon going live, it seized the #1 spot on iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart and Rap/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. It’s already pacing to be his fourth consecutive #1 debut on the Billboard Top 200 in less than two years’ time.He’s not stopping there though…

Future made history again with the surprise launch of his brand new show FREEBANDZ Radio on Beats 1, Apple Music’s global radio station at 6pm PT last night. He and executive producer DJ ESCO premiered the album in its entirety. The monumental launch of FUTURE garnered the biggest marketing spend and platform support powered by Spotify.

Since the second the record debuted on FREEBANDZ Radio, radio stations across the nation have been passionately spinning this new music nonstop, creating Future fever all over the airwaves. Tune in HERE for an encore at 6pm PT tonight. An extension of the multiplatinum-selling rapper’s Freebandz record label, FREEBANDZ Radio is a platform for Future and Esco to share breaking news and cultural conversation.

The artist started teasing out the album throughout the week with a series of eerie, engaging, and enigmatic vignettes, Night Vision Pt. 1 and Night Vision Pt. 2. It’s a warped and wild look at the innerworkings of his creative sanctuary and process.

Next week, Future returns to the stage of NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday February 21. It promises to be another explosive performance. Make sure to watch!

FUTURE represents another evolution for the multiplatinum, record-setting hip-hop innovator and prolific cultural force. Its 17 tracks see the artist deliver one powerhouse banger after another from the opener “Rent Money” to the climactic “Feds Did A Sweep.” It’s his high watermark so far.

He takes the new music on the road this summer with his massive headline tour, the Nobody Safe Tour. Taking over amphitheaters and arenas all over North America, he’ll be joined by Migos, Tory Lanez, and Kodak Black 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 new album FUTURE.

Watch the TRAILER.

Get ready for FUTURE to uphold a personal tradition and change the game once again.

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 cover of Rolling Stone, GQ, XXL, Spin, and many others. In 2017, he goes full Beast Mode yet again, continuing his unbeatable record.

PRE-ORDER FUTURE
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/FUTURE.iTunes
Sptfy PreSave: http://smarturl.it/FUTURE_PreSave
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/FUTURE.GP
Amazon Digital: http://smarturl.it/FUTURE.Dig

AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE 2/17
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/FUTURE.iTunes
Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/FUTURE.AM
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/FUTURE.Sptfy
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/FUTURE.GP
Amazon Digital: http://smarturl.it/FUTURE.Dig
Deezer: http://smarturl.it/FUTURE.Dzr
Soundcloud: http://smarturl.it/FUTURE.SC
Tidal: http://smarturl.it/FUTURE.Tidal

TOUR DATES:

5/4: Fedex Forum – Memphis, TN
5/5: Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA
5/6: Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square – New Orleans, LA
5/9: Mississippi Colliseum – Jackson, MS
5/11: Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
5/12: BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ
5/13: Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC
5/14: PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
5/16: Budweiser Stage – Toronto, CAN
5/18: PNC Banks Center – Holmdel, NJ
5/19: Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
5/20: Xfinity Theater – Hartford, CT
5/23: Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA
5/24: Darien Lake Performing Arts Center – Darien Center, NY
5/25: KeyBank Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
5/27: Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
5/28: DTE Energy Music Theater – Detroit, MI
5/31: Riverbend Music Center –Cincinnati, OH
6/1: Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
6/2: Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
6/3: Klipsch Music Center – Indianapolis, MN
6/4: Sprint Center – Kansas City, KS
6/7: Rogers Place – Edmonton, CAN
6/9: Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena – Vancouver, CAN
6/10: White River Amphitheatre – Seattle, WA
6/11: Sunlight Amphitheatre – Ridgefield, WA
6/13: Pepsi Center – Denver, CO
6/15: Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
6/22: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
6/23: Austin360 Amphitheatre – Austin, TX
6/24: Starplex Pavilion – Dallas, TX
6/28: Ak-Chin Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
6/29: Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM
6/30: T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, NV

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JIDENNA’S MUCH-ANTICIPATED FULL-LENGTH DEBUT ALBUM THE CHIEF ARRIVES IN STORES AND ONLINE TODAY

(February 17, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA) – GRAMMY® Award-nominated rapper, singer, producer, and artist Jidenna unleashes his anxiously awaited […]

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JIDENNA’S MUCH-ANTICIPATED FULL-LENGTH DEBUT ALBUM THE CHIEF ARRIVES IN STORES AND ONLINE TODAY

(February 17, 2016 – Los Angeles, CA) – GRAMMY® Award-nominated rapper, singer, producer, and artist Jidenna unleashes his anxiously awaited full-length debut album, The Chief [Wondaland Records/Epic Records], today. Get it HERE.

Over the course of 14 tracks, Jidenna blurs the lines between genres, cultures, and creeds as he integrates styles into an immersive, intelligent, and inimitable tribalized hip-hop hybrid. Boasting fan favorites such as the simmering new single “Bambi,” which XXL dubbed, “the most interesting song you’ll hear in the next 12 months,” the raucous “Long Live The Chief,” and swaggering “Little Bit More,” the album illuminates the extent of his musical arsenal. Press remains under his spell as Stereogum exalted The Chief as “Album of the Week” and The New York Times wrote, “From the beginning, Jidenna is defying categorization at every turn; his musical range is impressive and thoughtful.” The Chief also boasts guest features from Wondaland visionary Janelle Monáe, St. Beauty, and Nana Kwabena on the anthem “Safari.”
Just yesterday, this multi-talented maverick dropped the cinematic video for “The Let Out” [feat. Quavo]. The track sees Jidenna carry honest and hypnotic bars over an airy soundscape from Nana Kwabena a longtime collaborator and the Ghanian producer behind his double-platinum “Classic Man” [feat. Roman GianArthur]. The clip offers a “night in the life of” narrative as our hero heads to “The Let Out.” Rolling Stone, Billboard, and more have featured the video.
Watch it HERE.
On Monday February 20, Jidenna guests on The Real where he’ll be discussing The Chief in detail with the hosts. Be sure to tune in.
The Chief has finally arrived.
Get The Chief

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/TheChief_iTunes
Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/TheChief_AM
Spotify : http://smarturl.it/TheChief_Sptfy
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/TheChief_GP
Amazon Digital: http://smarturl.it/TheChief_Dig
Target: http://smarturl.it/TheChief_Target
Best Buy: http://smarturl.it/TheChief_BBY
Deezer: http://smarturl.it/TheChief_Dzr
SoundCloud: http://smarturl.it/TheChief_SC
Tidal: http://smarturl.it/TheChief_Tidal
FYE: http://smarturl.it/TheChief_FYE

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JESSIE JAMES DECKER SHINES ON NEW EP GOLD – AVAILABLE NOW

(Feb. 17, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) Epic Records (Sony) recording artist, JESSIE JAMES DECKER releases her sparkling new EP […]

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JESSIE JAMES DECKER SHINES ON NEW EP GOLD – AVAILABLE NOW

(Feb. 17, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA) Epic Records (Sony) recording artist, JESSIE JAMES DECKER releases her sparkling new EP GOLD today to rave reviews! The record quickly hit #1 on the iTunes Country chart and Top 3 overall within hours of its release.
“I can’t wait for everyone to hear what we’ve been working on these past two years,” shares Jessie. “This music has evolved with me. These songs are special. This record truly is Gold.”

To celebrate the record’s release, Jessie is inviting her more than 3.8 million social media followers to join her on Facebook tonight for a live listening and pajama party at Facebook.com/JessieJamesDecker.
Produced by Daniel Agee and recorded at his studio in Nashville, the project’s sultry lead single “Lights Down Low,” has garnered more than 6.5 million streams on Spotify. GOLD features tracks written by powerhouse songwriters Jeffrey Steele and Jesse Frasure and Grammy winning artist Maren Morris. Jessie is co-writer on two of the EP’s five tracks.
The country music singer/songwriter and style entrepreneur recently performed the single on NBC’s TODAY with Kathie Lee and Hoda and will entertain audiences at upcoming tour dates in Metairie, LA (Feb. 19), Houston, TX (Mar. 4) and Lakeland, FL (Mar. 25).

Jessie James Decker’s GOLD Tracklist:
“Lights Down Low” (Jessie James Decker, Alyssa Bonagura)
“Shoot Out The Lights” (Maren Morris, Brett Tyler, Marty Dodson)
“Girl On The Coast” ” (Jessie James Decker)
“Too Young To Know” (Maren Morris, Jesse Frasure, Tiffany Vatanyan)
“Gold” (Jeffrey Steele, Alyssa Bonagura, Brandon Hood)

About Jessie James Decker: Country Music singer/songwriter and style entrepreneur Jessie James Decker began singing at nine years old and was already attracting attention in Music City for her gritty, genuine vocals by the age of fifteen. Her 2009 self-titled debut album features the GOLD certified single “Wanted.” In 2014, she released her Comin’ Home EP, which reached #1 on the iTunes chart and #5 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart. Decker’s new single, “Lights Down Low,” written with Alyssa Bonagura, released on Epic Records in partnership with Thirty Tigers and New Revolution and is the lead single from her newly released EP GOLD.
Get tickets to catch Jessie James Decker in concert at jessiejamesdecker.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

LISTEN TO “GOLD”
iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Digital, Spotify

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The King of Pop Keeps Making History & Breaking Records!

Michael Jackson’s Thriller Is First Album Certified by the RIAA With More than 33 Million in US Sales & Streams […]

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The King of Pop Keeps Making History & Breaking Records!

Michael Jackson’s Thriller Is First Album Certified by the RIAA With More than 33 Million in US Sales & Streams and Remains the Only Album Ever to Have RIAA 30X + Diamond Status & the Best-Selling Album of All Time, Topping 105 Million in Sales Worldwide

“Another Thriller milestone,” says RIAA

Michael Jackson’s Bad Certified RIAA 10X Diamond in Recognition of US Sales & Streams of Over 10 Million

Michael Jackson’s Thriller has become the first album in RIAA Gold & Platinum Program history to be certified 33x Diamond for United States sales and streams, it was announced by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA), the Estate of Michael Jackson, Epic Records and Legacy Recordings (the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment). Thriller is still the ONLY album ever to have surpassed the RIAA’s 30x million mark in U.S. sales.

“Thirty five years later, Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ remains as timeless and iconic as ever,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). “‘Thriller’ has now become the first and only album to achieve an RIAA 33X Diamond Award, a moment forever etched in Gold & Platinum Program history. Congratulations on another ‘Thriller’ milestone.” The same day as Thriller’s record-breaking certification, Michael Jackson’s Bad has also achieved RIAA 10x Diamond Award status in recognition of United States sales and streams of 10 million units.

With sales now topping more than 105 million copies worldwide, Thriller has solidified its status as the best-selling album of all-time while Michael Jackson’s overall worldwide record sales exceed the 1 billion threshold. During his extraordinary career, Michael Jackson released 13 No.1 singles and became one of only a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and Thriller as the World’s Top-Selling Album of All Time.

His artistry, choreography and music continue to inspire generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists and fans.

PHOTO – Executives from Sony Music Entertainment and the Estate of Michael Jacksons were in Los Angeles in a special plaque presentation honoring the most recent RIAA Gold & Platinum Program milestones achieved by Thriller and Bad. Featured in the photo left to right are: Doug Morris (Chief Executive Officer, Sony Music), Rob Stringer (Chairman & CEO, Columbia Records), John Branca (Co-Executor of the Estate of Michael Jackson), Richard Story (President, Commercial Music Group), Antonio “L.A.” Reid (Chairman & CEO, Epic Records), and Karen Langford (Estate of Michael Jackson).

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ZARA LARSSON ANNOUNCES HER FIRST MAJOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR, WITH UK’s CLEAN BANDIT, OPENING MARCH 31st IN SEATTLE !

(Feb. 16, 2017 – LOS ANGELES, CA) Hot on the heels of revealing the March 17th arrival of her long-awaited […]

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ZARA LARSSON ANNOUNCES HER FIRST MAJOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR, WITH UK’s CLEAN BANDIT, OPENING MARCH 31st IN SEATTLE !

(Feb. 16, 2017 – LOS ANGELES, CA) Hot on the heels of revealing the March 17th arrival of her long-awaited new album SO GOOD, jet-propelled by the title tune single “So Good” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Epic Records/Ten’s worldwide mega-platinum sensation Zara Larsson today announces that she will kick off her first major North American tour on March 31st at the Showbox in Seattle, opening for UK electro-pop trio Clean Bandit.

The month-long, 20-city tour of the U.S. and Canada – with shows at prestigious rock venues includ­ing the Fill­more in San Francisco, Emo’s in Austin, the 9:30 Club in DC, New York’s Webster Hall, and the Paradise in Boston – wraps up May 2nd at Chicago’s House Of Blues. (Please see dates below.)

Zara’s “So Good” VIDEO premiered February 3rd at VEVO, where she has over 1.2 billion views, and over 3 million subscribers. The clip has generated nearly 7 million YouTube views to date. On February 7th, Zara (with Ty) intro­duced the song on TV when she returned to Ellen; view that live performance HERE. On March 22nd, Zara will appear on ABC’s Good Morning America!

19-year old Swedish pop singer Zara Larsson established a strong U.S. audience with her first two back-to-back hit singles of 2015, the RIAA platinum reggae-tinged “Lush Life” and the double-platinum “Never Forget You” (a collabo­ration with Grammy nominated producer/artist MNEK). But prior to that, Zara was already a major star in Europe, thanks to Introducing and Let Me Reintroduce Myself, her two EPs of 2013, and a string of multi-platinum singles (“Uncover,” “Carry You Home,” and “Rooftop”) that appeared on her 2014 album 1.

Since the release of 1, the relentlessly hard-working Larsson has seen her career go into over­drive. In 2016, she was featured on Tinie Tempah’s “Girls Like” and David Guetta’s “This One’s for You,” which was the official song of UEFA Euro 2016. Over the summer, she performed with Guetta at the UEFA Euro 2016 Opening & Closing Ceremonies, and opened for her idol Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour in London. She became part of the Spotify Billions Club for racking up over one billion streams at the digital platform.

Into the fall, Zara delivered a show-stopping performance at the MTV EMAs in the Nether­lands, where she took home awards for Best New Act and Best Swedish Worldwide Act. In the U.S., she won the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Best Swedish Act, and was nominated for Best New Artist at the MTV VMAs. In the UK, Zara was nominated for Best New Artist at last night’s 2017 NME Awards; and for British Single of the Year and British Video for “Girls Like” at the upcoming 2017 BRIT Awards (February 22nd). Earlier this month, Zara was nominated for Favorite Global Music Star at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, taking place at the L.A. Forum on March 11th.

To date, Zara has performed on nearly every major morning and late-night talk show, cement­ing her loyal and supportive American fan base. Her upcoming North American tour will give Zara the opportunity to do what she loves best: performing live for as many people as possible. “My dream,” she says, “is to stand in front of 25,000 people in a sold-out arena and know that everyone came out to make memories with me. That’s a beautiful thing.”

ZARA LARSSON 2017 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH CLEAN BANDIT

Date City Venue
March 31 Seattle, WA Showbox
April 1 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
3 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
5 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda Theatre
7 San Diego, CA Observatory North Park
8 Tempe, AZ The Marquee Theatre
10 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
12 Dallas, TX Trees
13 Austin, TX Emo’s
14 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
15 New Orleans, LA Republic New Orleans
17 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
19 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
21 New York, NY Webster Hall
22 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
24 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
25 Montreal, QB Corona Theatre
26 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
May 1 Detroit, MI St. Andrew’s Hall
2 Chicago, IL House Of Blues

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SARA BAREILLES TO STAR IN WAITRESS ON BROADWAY FROM MARCH 31 FOR 10 WEEKS ONLY

THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SINGER/SONGWRITER/COMPOSER AND NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR WILL MAKE HER BROADWAY DEBUT Producers of the Broadway smash […]

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SARA BAREILLES TO STAR IN WAITRESS ON BROADWAY FROM MARCH 31 FOR 10 WEEKS ONLY

THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SINGER/SONGWRITER/COMPOSER AND NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR WILL MAKE HER BROADWAY DEBUT

Producers of the Broadway smash Waitress announced today that the hit show’s composer and lyricist, the multi platinum-selling Grammy and Tony nominated singer-songwriter and New York Times best-selling author Sara Bareilles, will make her Broadway acting debut on March 31 in the lead role of Jenna Hunterson for a limited engagement of 10 weeks, through June 11, 2017.

Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at 877-250-2929 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Sara Bareilles said, “Waitress has turned out to be one of the great, true loves of my life, and they simply can’t get rid of me. 🙂 I consider it an incredible honor to follow the masterful work of Jessie Mueller as she so gracefully brought the character of Jenna to life, and I am thrilled to continue to tell this story that has so much heart. This show changed my life in so many ways, and I feel great privilege in joining our beloved cast and crew who make me laugh and cry every time I watch the show. All I want is to keep sharing the love, and dear God please let me remember my lines.”

Since her 2007 debut, Little Voice, which reached #1 in 22 countries around the world, the Eureka, CA native has gone on to release a New York Times best-selling book, Sounds Like Me – My Life (so far) in Song, and five studio albums, including her most recent, What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress. For Waitress, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score, Drama Desk Award nominations for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Lyrics, an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding New Score, and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Theater Album.

Waitress announced last month that it recouped its $12 million investment in less than 10 months on Broadway, making it and Hamilton the only two new musicals from the last Broadway season (2015-2016) to go into profit.

Waitress opened April 24, 2016 at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Based upon the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by six-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

Jessie Mueller, who currently stars in Waitress as Jenna, will play her final performance on March 26.

With a Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Theater Album, Waitress will begin its US national tour at Cleveland’s Playhouse Square this October.

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker in a small town, who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes to happiness. But Jenna must find the courage and strength within herself to rebuild her life. This new American musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

Waitress is produced on Broadway by Barry and Fran Weissler and Norton and Elayne Herrick.

www.waitressthemusical.com
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Tribe Called Quest’s Powerful Anti-Trump Performance At The Grammys 2017

A Tribe Called Quest kicked down a literal wall in a powerful anti-Trump protest at the 59th Grammy Awards. Legendary […]

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Tribe Called Quest’s Powerful Anti-Trump Performance At The Grammys 2017

A Tribe Called Quest kicked down a literal wall in a powerful anti-Trump protest at the 59th Grammy Awards.

Legendary hip-hop performers Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Jarobi White took the stage along with rappers Busta Rhymes, Consequence and Anderson .Paak, to perform their protest anthem “We The People” off last year’s album “We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service,” as well as portions of “Award Tour,” “Movin’ Backwards” and “Can I Kick It?”

The song’s lyrics go, “All you black folks, you must go/All you Mexicans, you must go/And all you poor folks, you must go/Muslims and gays, boy, we hate your ways.”

Read the full article via The Huffington post HERE!

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The King of Pop Keeps Making History & Breaking Records!

February 16, 2017

Michael Jackson’s Thriller Is First Album Certified by the RIAA With More than 33 Million in US Sales & Streams […]

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The King of Pop Keeps Making History & Breaking Records!

Michael Jackson’s Thriller Is First Album Certified by the RIAA With More than 33 Million in US Sales & Streams and Remains the Only Album Ever to Have RIAA 30X + Diamond Status & the Best-Selling Album of All Time, Topping 105 Million in Sales Worldwide

“Another Thriller milestone,” says RIAA

Michael Jackson’s Bad Certified RIAA 10X Diamond in Recognition of US Sales & Streams of Over 10 Million

Michael Jackson’s Thriller has become the first album in RIAA Gold & Platinum Program history to be certified 33x Diamond for United States sales and streams, it was announced by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA), the Estate of Michael Jackson, Epic Records and Legacy Recordings (the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment). Thriller is still the ONLY album ever to have surpassed the RIAA’s 30x million mark in U.S. sales.

“Thirty five years later, Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ remains as timeless and iconic as ever,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). “‘Thriller’ has now become the first and only album to achieve an RIAA 33X Diamond Award, a moment forever etched in Gold & Platinum Program history. Congratulations on another ‘Thriller’ milestone.” The same day as Thriller’s record-breaking certification, Michael Jackson’s Bad has also achieved RIAA 10x Diamond Award status in recognition of United States sales and streams of 10 million units.

With sales now topping more than 105 million copies worldwide, Thriller has solidified its status as the best-selling album of all-time while Michael Jackson’s overall worldwide record sales exceed the 1 billion threshold. During his extraordinary career, Michael Jackson released 13 No.1 singles and became one of only a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and Thriller as the World’s Top-Selling Album of All Time.

His artistry, choreography and music continue to inspire generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists and fans.

PHOTO – Executives from Sony Music Entertainment and the Estate of Michael Jacksons were in Los Angeles in a special plaque presentation honoring the most recent RIAA Gold & Platinum Program milestones achieved by Thriller and Bad. Featured in the photo left to right are: Doug Morris (Chief Executive Officer, Sony Music), Rob Stringer (Chairman & CEO, Columbia Records), John Branca (Co-Executor of the Estate of Michael Jackson), Richard Story (President, Commercial Music Group), Antonio “L.A.” Reid (Chairman & CEO, Epic Records), and Karen Langford (Estate of Michael Jackson).

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