Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
ON OCTOBER 6TH
Every so often, a musical soul emerges from the underground with the inescapable talent; artistry and charisma that marks the arrival a gathering storm. Pink Elephant is the Stax Records debut from N’dambi, a songwriter with emotional purpose and rare honesty. The striking vocalist, pianist and composer from Dallas, Texas, known for her signature afro and fiery style, possesses the intuitive perception and powerful creativity that ensures an essential contribution to modern R&B and soul.
N’dambi’s storytelling skills are in peak form on Pink Elephant with tunes like the Rod Temperton influenced, ‘80s hip-hop flavored “Nobody Jones,” the story of a girl with big dreams who won’t let her humble beginnings stop her, and the delicious saga “L.I.E.,” a tale of a man living a double life along New York’s Long Island Expressway. Delusions of love spring up in the old school love-gone-wrong melodic funk of “Daisy Chain”; “Ooo Baby” is the smooth-grooving tale of reconnection with a former lover; while the blues-inflected “Imitator” finds a young woman suffering over the collapse of her lover’s promises. “You’re not the man I used to know, you’re an imitator,” she sings on this mid-tempo urban gem. The hope of true love cries out in “The One,” a disarming, jazz-tinged ballad kissed with a touch of classic Stax. The album’s lead single, “Can’t Hardly Wait,” is a biting chunk of scorching sarcasm delivered in the commanding singer’s rich tone. Her opening complaint, “I don’t know why I keep f***in’ wit you,” perfectly expresses the inability to turn a listless love loose.
Pink Elephant was recorded in Santa Monica, California, with producer Leon Sylvers III, whose credits include Shalamar, Gladys Knight, The Whispers, Blackstreet, Lakeside and many more. N’dambi insisted the record have a modern sheen yet adhere to the sturdy influence of classic R&B and soul artists like Slave, Heatwave, Michael Jackson, Betty Davis, Isaac Hayes, Smokey Robinson, and The Sylvers. That led her to The Sylvers’ famous producer, big brother, Leon.
Blessed with a deep contralto, she became especially enamored with male singers from the ‘70s and ‘80s. The funky soul of the Bar-Kays’ Larry Dodson, the sophisticated syncopation of Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White and the notorious abandon of the Ohio Players’ Sugafoot influenced her heavily. Later, the mysterious, uninhibited imagination of Nina Simone and Mahalia Jackson also became musical and cultural touchstones. N’dambi sang back-up and collaborated with fellow soul seeker Erykah Badu, all the while honing her artistry and slowly building a fiercely loyal fan base that resonates with the organic, authentic approach to her life and music.
On Pink Elephant, N’dambi ingeniously distills soul-deep inspiration into a sensual style of elegance and power, making her a fundamental new addition to the Stax legacy.
Pink Elephant - October 6th
Stax Records / Concord Music Group
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Saturday, August 29, 2009
Additionally, Hype Holla is flexing his acting skills in the new independent film Death Force, which will debut on August 29 at the Columbus Theatre in Providence. He is also planning a variety of community service-related events this Fall to unite people through his own "Believe Music" movement, including the "Back-to-School Cookout" at South Side Recreation Center in Providence, with food, games and giveaways on September 5.
Although it may sound idealistic, Hype genuinely embraces the notion that Hip Hop can touch people and artists beyond all barriers. “Music is my life, so anybody who creates music is part of my family," he says. "There will be no hate or jealousy toward anyone – just peace and love. I look forward to working with anybody willing to work with me.”
Hype's new single "Get It Started" is a lively presentation of the young songwriter's lyrical talent and performance ability, and the HYPEothetically Speaking mixtape with largely original production will give Hip Hop fans good reason to celebrate the Rhode Island sound.
As the Northeast rallies to "bring Hip Hop back" to the roots of the region, artists like Hype Holla are maintaining a global perspective as they represent. He is focused on channeling even the toughest of his life experiences through songs that everyone can enjoy.
“My music is powerful, realistic and believable,” Hype asserts. “I want to be known for my lyrical content more than anything. With my creativity and artistry I can and will make a difference. I do this for the fans, and hopefully together we can make some big changes in and outside of Hip Hop. I believe that my music will help people get through their day, and will allow them to have fun while they listen.”
International radio and club personality DJ Whoo Kid will host the release event for HYPEothetically Speaking on September 10 at Pearl Lounge (393 Charles St) in Providence, Rhode Island, beginning at 10:00pm.
For more information on Hype Holla, go to www.tygereye.net/hypeholla, www.myspace.com/hypeholla and www.twitter.com/hypeholla
For interviews and press information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on tickets and VIP entry for the release event featuring DJ Whoo Kid, contact Sadiq Davies at email@example.com
HYPOthetically Speaking Tracklist
01. My City - prod. by Aarab
02. Welcome to RI - prod. by Aarab
03. Get it Started - prod. by Aarab
04. Right Here - prod. by Aarab
05. Ready or Not - prod. by Snacks
06. Ends Tonight - prod. by Aarab
07. Lady Pearl ft. Gerry Garcia - prod. by Gerry G.
08. Hands Up ft. Freeway - prod. by Aarab
09. South Side - prod. by Aarab
10. Pain in My Eyes - prod. by Aarab
11. Over There ft. Bankoz - prod. by Aarab
12. Ridin' - prod. by Aarab
13. They Talk About It
14. I Like ft. Bankoz - prod. by June
15. Whats Gone Wrong
Friday, August 28, 2009
LABEL GEARS UP FOR SOLID INTRO WITH LEAD OFF ARTISTS
Founded by a close knit fraternity of friends and business associates; Edel Otero (co-owner), Marvin Vasquez (co-owner), Robert "Bobby" Brooks (co-owner), Divine "Komp'l" Thomas (President) and Ulysses Franco (CEO), the New York based label GEMSTARS LLC is preparing for an impressive introduction to their lead off artists.
GEMSTARS thrives on being an independent platform, where their determination and vigor to become an easy recognizable entity is of paramount importance. In achieving this notoriety, the tight knit faction understands that development and planning are the keys to unlimited success.
With a goal to rival the majors and birth both commercially viable and talented MCs, GEMSTARS and its founders have spent countless hours planning their entrance into the music industry. Developing their talent and ensuring their roster is equipped with a barrage of music to entice fans and critics into their think tank, they are gearing up to release a bevvy of projects in the final quarter of the year.
These mixtapes and albums which come from their lead off artists, Robert "Bobby" Brooks and Divine "Komp'l" Thomas are guaranteed to put this infantile outfit under the spotlight.
So with an excess of skills to utilize and a couple of unique lyricists to deliver projects which will certainly highlight the company's potential the only direction for GEMSTARS is upwards.
"We want to be able to reach the masses and make sure our artists make a global splash," Edel continues. "We have a strong team, which is what is needed at the core of any foundation, where everyone knows their roles and through positive energy and undeniable talent we believe we are on the road to success."
THE INTRODUCTION FROM BOBBY WILL BE AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER AND KOMP'L's TUNNEL VISION IN OCTOBER
For more information on Gemstars, the impending projects from Bobby and Komp'l please contact Melanie@CriticalMMG.com
WILL A WOMAN CHOOSE THE BIBLE OR THE BULLET?
The Men Who Sleep With My Husband
Author - Alicia Coston
Virginia Beach, VA (BlackNews.com) - Author Alicia Coston answers this question and so much more in her highly anticipated thriller, The Men Who Sleep With My Husband.
"Yes, I've written about homosexuality in the black church, but I know I'm not the only one who has because it's an actuality. Frankly, that's not all this book is about; I've put a different spin on things. There are five characters in my novel, each with their own voice, each battling with duality in very diverse ways as we all do." The author touches on faith, adultery, and family dysfunction within the African-American family and other cultural backgrounds.
The story involves Pastor Quincy Wallace, a man of the cloth and a man of many secrets. When his beautiful and successful wife, Lavender, discovers his affairs with different men, she takes matters into her own hands with the help of a mysterious contract killer named The Magician. Lavender plans to get rid of each of her husband's lovers and then frame her husband for those murders. Everything seems to be going smoothly until Lavender finds herself falling for sexy Detective Tai Exavier, the same person investigating the disturbing case of the missing men. Not to mention her teenaged son, Jalen, begins to have suspicions about the father he's looked up to for years. Will Lavender's scheme give her the revenge she seeks, or will her road to redemption hit a life-changing dead end?
Coston says, "I find it amazing when I meet so many women now who say this very thing happened to them. I also want to continue to call special attention to the HIV epidemic amongst black women in this book and make it clear that this isn't just a gay or 'down low' disease. Some people say that talking about the issue is like beating a dead horse. Yet in 2009 alone, the federal government found that 1 out of 16 black men and 1 out of 30 black women will contract HIV in their lifetimes. I'd say that 'horse' never died."
Camilla Sidone, CEO of Write On Publications out of New York City, stated, "Just when I thought I couldn't read a more candid and gripping story about adultery and deception, here comes The Men Who Sleep With My Husband. It's not the typical 'down-low brother' book at all. It was an original eye-opener, the surprise I needed, and one heck of a thriller!" Coston's relative, who lived a very similar story, inspired her to write the book.
Alicia Coston made her literary debut in 2007 with her critically acclaimed erotic thriller, She's Killin' Me. She is currently establishing a non-profit performing arts organization for underprivileged teens and is working on several projects which include her third novel, Death of a Groupie, and a stage play. For autographed books or more information, please visit the author's website at www.aliciacoston.com
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Goddess Girl: The Movie is split up into 8 short scenes. Scenes will be released weekly over an 8-week period - each featuring a snippet of a different song from the soundtrack. The scenes are imagery only but compliment the tone of the accompanying song. When all linked together they tell the intriguing story of the “Goddess Girl”. The main focus of each scene is to visually compliment the featured song and to drive the viewer to download the full song via the new Goddessgirlmovie.com website which launches on September 1st, 2009.
“We wanted a creative way to release music online”, says Famous, a 2009 Juno, MMVA and Stylus award nominee. “Realistically, I’ve only released 5 songs and a couple of remixes and we’ve already accomplished so much. We wanted a project that stood apart from what we’ve already done but still stands up to the level of creativity and quality expected from a Famous project. I think we’ve accomplished that with Goddess Girl, if not exceeded it.” “This is an unprecedented viral marketing campaign that is sure to have the net buzzing”, adds rez.
As one half of the new directorial team A&R, Goddess Girl also marks a new creative beginning for Famous who is anticipating his entry into the world of TV and film. “I’ve always been an entertainer so film and television is just a natural growth for me. Goddess Girl is a great start for A&R behind the scenes and for me as an actor. I’m definitely looking forward to whatever our next project will be and am excited to continue to get my feet wet in the acting world”, he says.
Launching his music career in January of 2008, Famous has quickly become one of the most exciting new artists in music. His debut Juno-nominated 5-track project The I RAP NOW EP featured 5 official music videos, one of which (“Ain’t No Use”) was nominated for a MuchMusic Video Award in 2009. Since the launch of the project Famous has been featured in Hip Hop Weekly Magazine, Allhiphop.com, Mediatakeout.com, MuchMusic, RaptorsTV, CityNews, The National Post, The Toronto Star, Creamworld Magazine and more. Famous has opened for Nas and Bow Wow live in concert and is one of the most high-in-demand club MCs in Toronto. For more information visit http://www.thekidfamous.com and www.irapnow.com.
The Christies' film/television company, Infinite Love Productions, which is known for producing "The Christies: Committed," a hit reality TV show that aired on BETJ, and the "Christies Un-Cut," a hit comedy play about the Christies' life inside the NBA, which was distributed worldwide on DVD. Currently the NBA power couple is filming the "Christies Un-Cut: Volume 2," slated for release in fall 2010.
"It is an honor to be amongst such great company and to be honored by presenting at the 19th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards," said Doug Christie.
The 19th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards is celebrating the organization's 100th Year Anniversary and will honor a full slate of honorees including Audra McDonald (Tony Award-Winner/Grammy Award-Winner) for Trailblazer Award, Tichina Arnold (CW's "Everybody Hates Chris") for the Spirit Award, Ruben Santiago-Hudson (ABC's "Castle") for Lifetime Achievement, and Sheldon Epps (Director of UPN's "Girlfriends") for the Community Service Award. This year's award show will also include musical performances by Grammy-Nominated artist, Ledisi.
About Doug Christie: Doug, a 14-year NBA star, author, and reality show TV star, is married to wife Jackie, and has three children. He is the co-founder of Jean Rah Fya Records, which is the home of some of the hottest new talent in business.
ABOUT NAACP: Founded on February 12, 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its half-million adult and youth members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, and monitor equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. The NAACP Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch is committed to the promotion of theatre in Southern California and to providing a viable program for performers and supporters of this art form. For more information on the NAACP, please visit http://www.naacp.org/.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Legendary artists James Ingram, Brenda Russell and Patrice Rushen will be headlining this year's benefit. Performances will also include surprise guest artists. Previous JAZZ on the Grass artists have included Lalah Hathaway, Marcus Miller, Brian McKnight, Dave Koz, Jeffrey Osborne, Patti Austin, and George Duke. Pat Prescott of 94.7 The Wave will once again serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.
Ford Motor Company has a long history of supporting scholarship programs throughout the U.S., and in 2004 endowed a scholarship in honor of tennis legend Althea Gibson through the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The scholarship's first recipient, Carolyn Wright, graduated from Harvard University in June 2008 last year with a B.A. in International Affairs.
"Ford is committed to empowering people with the educational resources they need to succeed," said Pamela Alexander, director, Ford Motor Company Fund. "It has been a focus of our philanthropy throughout our 100+ year history."
“Our alliance with major corporate supporters like Ford has contributed to the Foundation's nearly four decades of success,” said JRF Associate Vice President Nichol Whiteman. “We applaud our sponsors for their incredible commitment to preparing a generation of leaders who will lead our nation into its next chapter of greatness.”
Tickets to this exclusive event are on sale until September 6th for the “Early Bird” price of $250. For additional information or to purchase tickets to this limited-seating engagement, please contact ELMS Entertainment at 323-936-5052. For artist updates, performer biographies, or to purchase tickets online, please visit www.jackierobinson.org/events/lajazz.php
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 205,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Volvo. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com.
About the Jackie Robinson Foundation
Founded in 1973 in honor of civil rights activist and baseball legend Jackie Robinson, JRF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and provides four-year college scholarships to minority students who demonstrate academic distinction, leadership capacity, and financial need. Transcending financial assistance, the Foundation equips its Scholars with a comprehensive set of support services including mentoring, career guidance and practical life skills helping them succeed in both undergraduate and graduate studies. In the 2008-2009 academic year, the Jackie Robinson Foundation supported 279 Scholars and Fellows attending 97 different college and universities across the United States including Harvard University, MIT, UCLA, Spelman College, Cornell University and Howard University.
Please log onto www.jackierobinson.org for updates on performers and other event information.
BESLA ANNOUNCES 29th ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOCUSING ON "DISRUPTERS' FOR CHANGE and GREEN AS SMART BUSINESS
“BESLA is very important to our community. It opens doors and connects lawyers and executives from all over the world,” states Ed Woods, BESLA Chairman of the Board. “The conference gets us to focus on the current matters at hand that effect our clients and how we can better serve them.”
For nearly 30 years, BESLA has gained respect as an organization that supports a more diversified and informed network of entertainment and sports industry professionals. BESLA’s conference is a much respected event because of its top-notch panels and round-the-clock networking. The annual conference offers entertainment and sports professionals and members of the legal community the opportunity to “reset” in a thoughtful, relaxing environment; to examine people, events and technologies that have shaped the entertainment, sports and legal industries; to profit from the exchange of this knowledge; and to frame a responsive approach as “disrupters for change.”
As part of this focus, BESLA will honor Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who gave the iconic black glove fist salute in support of human and civil rights while receiving their medals at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. The organization has also invited Tony Dungy, the first African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl, to receive its Lifetime Achievement Award. BESLA will also debut its “Green in the Spotlight” initiative in Aruba. The Green Day line-up features a panel that presents compelling business reasons for going ‘green’ as well as eco-friendly actions that attorneys, managers and their talented clients are taking to demonstrate that ‘going green’ is smart business and empowering. Techniques for drafting and negotiating ‘green’ clauses into agreements and how they contribution to a positive bottom line also will be discussed. The ‘greening’ concept also underpins the Student Scholarship Luncheon, which will feature the winners of the BESLA Brief Legal Writing Competition. Law students entering the competition for scholarships may submit either a written essay or a video or slideshow presentation expressing a green point of view toward the essay topic. BESLA has awarded over $110,000 in scholarships to deserving law students seeking careers in the entertainment and sports industries.
With the recent sudden celebrity losses that the industry has faced, the conference also puts timely focus on the crucial importance of multi-dimensional practice skills such as estate preservation and management. Another panel will center on the hotly-debated artist performance rights legislation (Give the Drummer Some!!! The Legislative Beat on Performance Royalties and Copyright for Artists).
BESLA ‘s conference entertainment line-up features a pre-Halloween “Thriller Throwback” dance as a tribute to arguably the most positive, ‘disruptive’ force in entertainment history - Michael Jackson, whose 1982 ‘Thriller’ album and video releases shattered sales records and pioneered global digital music and entertainment marketing.
For more information on joining BESLA or attending the 29th Annual BESLA Conference log onto www.besla.org.
Responding to intense popular demand, Songbook Entertainment/Atlantic recording artist Trey Songz has moved up the release of his hugely anticipated third album. “READY” – which includes the hits “I Need A Girl,” “LOL :-) (Feat. Gucci Mane and Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em),” and “Successful (Drake & Trey Songz)” – will now arrive in stores and online on August 31st.
Hailed by the late, great Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun as “among the most promising R&B artists we have had on Atlantic since we started the company 60 years ago,” “READY” officially establishes Trey Songz among the pantheon of R&B greats. The album – which follows 2007’s breakthrough sophomore set, “TREY DAY” – sees the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter teaming with an array of accomplished collaborators, including Eric Hudson, Bryan-Michael Cox, Johnta Austin, Carlos “Los DaMystro” McKinney, and Trey’s longtime producer, Songbook Entertainment founder Troy Taylor. From the player’s anthem, “Neighbors Know My Name,” to the Mary J. Blige-inspired “One Love,” Trey draws on a range of styles to craft an extraordinary album guaranteed to thrill his already fervent fanbase while happily surprising all newcomers.
Pre-orders for “READY” are available now at http://treysongz.com/preorder. A variety of extras are on offer, including an exclusive newsletter featuring Trey webisodes, a poster featuring the “READY” cover art, a special “Yuuup!” t-shirt, and a digital download of the entire album 24 hours before street date. Best of all, both the “Limited Edition” and “Connected Experience” bundles come with an autographed Limited Edition photo booklet that will feature personal photos by Trey alongside the customer’s name in the “Thank You’s.” As if all that weren’t enough, 25 fans purchasing the “Connected Experience Bundle” will be selected at random to receive a five minute phone call from Trey himself.
“READY” is highlighted by Trey’s top 5 rap smash, “Successful (Drake & Trey Songz).” Originally found on Drake’s hit mixtape, “SO FAR GONE,” the track now includes a brand new verse from Trey and is first available for purchase on “READY.” A companion video is currently in post-production, with a premiere date to be announced shortly.
“LOL :-),” the album’s most recent single, is blowing up now at Urban Mainstream radio outlets nationwide. The track follows Trey’s recent smash single, “I Need A Girl.” Produced by the Grammy Award winning team, Stargate (Flo Rida, Ne-Yo, Beyoncé), the track remains a top 10 Urban radio favorite, currently holding strong at #6. What’s more, the “I Need A Girl” companion video has just been added at MTV, while remaining in major rotation at MTV2, MTV Jams, MTV Hits, and MTV Tr3s. The clip is also a top 5 video at VH1 Soul, where it is currently in “Power” rotation.
Recently named the “Hottest R&B Singer In The Game Right Now” by BallerStatus.com, Trey will celebrate the arrival of “READY” with a day-of-release MySpace Music show at New York City’s Canal Room on Monday, August 31st, presented by Hot 97 and MySpace as part of the popular “The Release” concert series. Then, on Tuesday, September 1st, the superstar singer will take the stage at New York’s Highline Ballroom for an eagerly anticipated intimate performance. A full scale U.S. concert tour is currently in the works, with details to be announced later.
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Trey Songz first burst to the forefront of modern urban music in 2005 with his critically acclaimed debut, “I GOTTA MAKE IT.” “TREY DAY” followed in 2007, entering Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” tally at #2, while also exploding onto the Billboard 200 at #11. The album found the Virginia-based Songz teaming up with a stunning selection of studio superstars, resulting in a number of hit singles, including “Missin You,” “Last Time,” and the #1 Urban Mainstream smash, “Can’t Help But Wait.” The latter track established Trey as a true sensation, earning him his first-ever Grammy Award nomination, for “Best Male R&B Performance.”
Songz – a 2008 BET Award nominee for “Best Male R&B Artist” – celebrated “TREY DAY” with a long list of TV appearances, including live performances on BET’s 106 & Park and It’s Showtime At The Apollo, not to mention a featured spot on BET’s annual Rip The Runway extravaganza, modeling fashion created by some of today’s hottest designers. Trey – aka “the Prince of Virginia” – was also among the VA-based artists showcased on MTV2’s My Block, alongside such like-minded musicians as Timbaland, Pharell, and the Clipse.
In December 2008, Gap enlisted Trey and Flo Rida to write and produce a street-smart rendition of a Christmas classic for its annual holiday promotion. The unique “Jingle Bells” spot proved a marketing sensation throughout the holiday season.
What’s more, Songz has been profiled in a variety of national publications, highlighted by cover features in Right On!, Floss, and Black Beat. Other magazine appearances include King, Sister 2 Sister, WordUp!, SBH, Blackmen, XXL Presents Hip-Hop Soul, Giant, Hype Hair, and Rap Fanatic.
ROCAWEAR, the leading urban lifestyle apparel brand, has partnered with Honey Magazine and The Glam Bar Salon to debut their 10th Anniversary Collecti
Rocawear's celebratory limited-edition capsule collection will showcase the brand's evolution with its use of choice fabrics and cuts and heavy embellishments, incorporating a rocker's edge. This rocker vibe will be personified in the "glamROC" affair, as guests will be privy to custom MINX rock star nail treatments, custom lash treatments, luxury GLAM gift bags, Glam Bar beauty touches, a signature "glamROC" cocktail bar, and a preview of Rocawear's 10th Anniversary Collection, as well as HoneyMag.com's exclusive photo shoot with Rocawear's Fall 09’ women's shoe collection.
Being at the height of Atlanta's beauty scene, The Glam Bar serves as a home to a host of diverse top-tier stylists and beauty technicians and has been featured in Lucky Magazine, BET, Bravo, and more. With its "old Hollywood glamour" feel and celebrity buzz, the Glam Bar serves as the perfect backdrop for HoneyMag.com's "glamROC" affair. Atlanta's fashion and beauty elite, celebrities and tastemakers will be in attendance for the "glamROC" experience which will take place at the Glam Bar on Thursday, August 27th from 7:00p - 10:00p located at 244 Peters St #CU1 Atlanta, GA 30313. Special thanks to HoneyMag.com, Grey Goose, Roc4Life.com, Rocawear, The Glam Bar, Are You In Inc, and LuxeLife Media Inc.
Please visit www.honeymag.com; www.rocawear.com; www.theglambarsalon.com
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Twenty one year old Da-Chase, the first of Dao Music Group's roster to release a single this quarter, marries rock music with hip hop to form a unique and original sound, Alternative Hip Hop. With a heavy bass line, head banging instrumentals and an easy melodic flow, Falling Forward will speak to all music lovers of all genres. "I just love music, I love making music, performing my music and writing music. It comes naturally to me and I think Falling Forward as the first single will let everyone know that you don't have to be one kind of artist or let your race define your music. You can be yourself and do what you love", says Da-Chase.
Constantly and consistently in the studio and a musician who plays six different instruments himself, Da-Chase produced and wrote, Falling Forward as well as all the songs on his debut album "Sonic Boom". A producer at large for his first hip hop group and with a major hit for the house music legend Robin S., which is getting major spins and remixes in the UK, D-Chase still remains busy perfecting and directing his craft and his career. In 2009 Da-Chase completed three albums including Sonic Boom, several live stage performances and a tour is in the works.
Da-Chase is not only ready to change the game, but looks forward to the Chase...Catch him if you can.
AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 1, 2009
Dao Music Group
"Falling Forward" is Attached
Grammy nominee Rex Rideout (Vanessa Williams, Will Downing, Ledisi) and Anthony Beverly (Frankie’s son) produced nine tracks on the album. Grammy winner Donald Lawrence produced the Clark Sisters’ “I Wanna Thank You” track. “For the most part, we let the vocalists, and their distinctive styles command how the songs would be freshened,” says Rideout. “All of the artists did great jobs interpreting Frankie and bringing a new twist to a great song book.
"Seeing my father's reaction to the final album was priceless,” says Anthony, who also served as one of the executive producers on the project (along with Music services, LLC and his entertainment attorney wife, Heather Beverly). “To see the emotion on his face when he heard each and every song was one of the proudest moments of my life. He loves the album and is overwhelmed that so many people came together to make it happen. It is definitely a project that gives my father and Maze their just due."
Around the country, there have been exclusive listening parties that have brought out everyday fans, music industry VIPS and celebrities such as the iconic Stevie Wonder who stopped by the Hollywood album release party. Radio stations across the country are ecstatic about the tribute CD project. Joe’s remake of Maze’s “Can’t Get Over You” is #32 on the Nielsen BDS Urban AC National Radio Airplay Chart and continues to fuel the fire this project has ignited.
No one is more pleased than Frankie Beverly himself. “The tribute album for me is a special blessing from my God,” he says.“Most people who have had a tribute album given to them were not here to see it, feel it or hear it. Well, no matter what happens in the days, months or years to come, I have indeed been blessed to see, feel and hear this gift of gifts from a loving son and his lovely wife. There are no words to express my true gratitude for all the artists involved, all of who gave one hundred percent of themselves to this project. I have no idea what qualifies me for such a honor but I do know one thing, I will treasure this moment for the rest of my life.”
Over the last four decades, Maze has become an R&B radio staple with a dozen albums and 30 R&B chart hits. They continue to perform to sold-out arenas in the U.S.A. and abroad.
Silky Soul Music…An All-Star Tribute to Maze featuring Frankie Beverly available at Itunes.com, AmazonMP3 and 101d.com August 25 and Best Buy, Target, FYE and all fine retail stores worldwide September 29.
The Brantera Music Group label is distributed by 101 Distribution. The project is “powered by” NuFace Entertainment, LLC. Visit www.frankiebeverlytribute.com.
Already shaping up as the female anthem of 2009 is the album’s lead single, “Not Anymore.” Written and co-produced by Grammy Award-winning artist Ne-Yo, the track pulsates with empowering determination as LeToya’s soulful voice reaches out to females who are “fed up” with straying boyfriends. “That drama … I don’t want it anymore,” she declares. “I dried my eyes and realize/I deserve somebody who treats me right.”
The current single, Regret, featuring Ludacris is already picking up steam and showing promising signs of success as it debuted the most added record to Urban Radio picking up more than 35 adds. The bold, yet sultry vocals of LeToya announces how apologetic her man is for ending their relationship as Ludacris lyrically proclaims how a woman should be treated.
The first single, “Not Anymore” finished No.1 Most Added at Media Base. Among the 42 urban stations that have added the song include such powerhouses as, WJLB/Detroit, KBXX/ Houston, KBFB/Dallas, WPEG/Charlotte, WWPR/New York and WOWI/Norfolk.
The video for “Not Anymore’ was shot in Los Angeles under the direction of Bryan Barber. In addition to Ne-Yo, “Lady Love” boasts production contributions by (Tank, Oak, Bei-Maejor, Neff-U). LeToya also makes cameo appearances on albums by two of her label-mates: “Somebody Else” from Avant’s recently released self-titled album and “Love Rollercoaster” from MIMS’ upcoming sophomore set “Guilt.”
Showcasing a more powerful LeToya, “She Aint Got” speaks of a time when a woman has put years of energy into a relationship and when it’s easily interrupted by a miscellaneous other woman. The video, directed by Bryan Barber, features Orlando Hudson and Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield as LeToya chants “Swing batta, batta” throughout the chorus of the song. An instant visual hit, the video was immediately added to MTV Jams and VH1 Soul, as Music Choice added it as ‘Most Demanded and Choice Cuts’ and the video remained on BET’s 106th & Park countdown for 3 consecutive weeks.
Born and raised in Houston, LeToya (née Luckett) sang her first solo in church at the tender age of five. After meeting Beyoncé Knowles in elementary school, the pair later joined forces as members of Destiny’s Child. During LeToya’s seven-year stint, she co-wrote two of the group’s gold singles, “Bills Bills Bills” and “Say My Name,” and appeared on the group’s breakthrough album, “The Writing’s on the Wall.”
In addition to her musical talents, LeToya’s also a successful entrepreneur. She owns and operates two upscale women’s boutiques called Lady Elle. Now in its sixth year, the clothing store is located in two of Houston’s premium shopping domains, The Galleria and Uptown Park shopping center.
This summer, Luckett will co-star in her first feature film debut and lead role; The Preacher’s Kid in theatres October 30, 2009 and will play alongside Ashton Kutcher & Katherine Heigl in Five Killers due out in 2010.
N'dambi's storytelling skills are in peak form on Pink Elephant with tunes like the Rod Temperton influenced, '80s hip-hop flavored "Nobody Jones," the story of a girl with big dreams who won't let her humble beginnings stop her, and the delicious saga "L.I.E.," a tale of a man living a double life along New York's Long Island Expressway. Delusions of love spring up in the old school love-gone-wrong melodic funk of "Daisy Chain"; "Ooo Baby" is the smooth-grooving tale of reconnection with a former lover; while the blues-inflected "Imitator" finds a young woman suffering over the collapse of her lover's promises. "You're not the man I used to know, you're an imitator," she sings on this mid-tempo urban gem. The hope of true love cries out in "The One," a disarming, jazz-tinged ballad kissed with a touch of classic Stax. The album's lead single, "Can't Hardly Wait," is a biting chunk of scorching sarcasm delivered in the commanding singer's rich tone. Her opening complaint, "I don't know why I keep f***in' wit you," perfectly expresses the inability to turn a listless love loose. Take a listen:
Pink Elephant was recorded in Santa Monica, California, with producer Leon Sylvers III, whose credits include Shalamar, Gladys Knight, The Whispers, Blackstreet, Lakeside and many more. N'dambi insisted the record have a modern sheen yet adhere to the sturdy influence of classic R&B and soul artists like Slave, Heatwave, Michael Jackson, Betty Davis, Isaac Hayes, Smokey Robinson, and The Sylvers. That led her to The Sylvers' famous producer, big brother, Leon.
Blessed with a deep contralto, she became especially enamored with male singers from the '70s and '80s. The funky soul of the Bar-Kays' Larry Dodson, the sophisticated syncopation of Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White and the notorious abandon of the Ohio Players' Sugafoot influenced her heavily. Later, the mysterious, uninhibited imagination of Nina Simone and Mahalia Jackson also became musical and cultural touchstones. N'dambi sang back-up and collaborated with fellow soul seeker Erykah Badu, all the while honing her artistry and slowly building a fiercely loyal fan base that resonates with the organic, authentic approach to her life and music.
On Pink Elephant, N'dambi ingeniously distills soul-deep inspiration into a sensual style of elegance and power, making her a fundamental new addition to the Stax legacy.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Swollen Members Leak The New Song ‘Warrior’ Online
Swollen Members Overcome Drug Addiction, Legal Problems and Labels Collapsing To Record New Album “Armed To The Teeth” Featuring La Coka Nostra, Talib Kweli, and Tech N9NE.
Swollen Members have leaked the new track “Warrior” online at www.MySpace.com/SwollenMembers from their upcoming new album “Armed To The Teeth” which lands in stores October 13th, 2009 through Suburban Noize and Battle Axe Records.
"It's been a crazy few years for not only me, but also Swollen. I was in a very bad state for the last three years; drugs and an abusive lifestyle had gotten the best of me. I was severely addicted to Oxycontin, doing just over twenty 80mg pills a day, which equals the strength of about 320 Percocet pills. I became public enemy #1 with the cops due to my association with Hell's Angels and other clubs and was under constant surveillance with wire taps, etc. There was a time when I couldn't leave my house without being confronted by the cops. At least 3 or 4 police vehicles would show up every time I left the house," says Mad Child. "And with a diet of two quarts of ice cream a night, I gained a lot of weight and slipped into a very dark place. I was basically living in my theater room for the last two years and spent over half a million dollars on pills. I wasn't paying attention to my business affairs either so I lost two million dollars over the course of my addiction. I went from living the high life with girls, money and parties to watching movies in my theatre and being a zombie with only my dogs to keep me company. What I now realize is that I put the lives of many people on hold during my addiction. There are a lot of people that count on me and I know I let them down. Thank God I have a studio in my house and an amazing group who never abandoned me. The only good thing that came out of the last three years is the album we are about to drop."
While Swollen Members may have enjoyed a successful career as one of the premier groups’ in underground hip-hop, but when it came time to record their sixth studio album, they were forced to confront the skeletons that had been hiding in their closet. During the time the group’s new album “Armed To The Teeth” was taking shape, Mad Child was struggling with drug addiction, Swollen Members’ record label had collapsed, he was embroiled in legal battles and his association with outlaw motorcycle clubs provoked police to swarm his house in full riot gear. With a desire to consistently raise the bar within the hip-hop genre, Mad Child and Prevail were inspired to beat back personal demons and concentrate on creating the most powerful musical statement of their career. Revitalized, focused and stronger than ever, Swollen Members are armed and ready for war. Swollen Members heavily anticipated new studio album, "Armed To The Teeth”, features guest appearances La Coka Nostra, Talib Kweli and Tech N9NE.
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“Party In The USA,” which also features production by the critically acclaimed producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald (Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry), leaked via the Internet at the end of July. The song made its proper debut with a highly publicized performance by Miley Cyrus at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards. Less than a week later, it was announced that the song was the 2nd most added at radio this year.
"Party in the USA" is the first single from Miley’s upcoming new release, and will appear on a forthcoming Wal-Mart exclusive EP that will debut along with the starlet's Max Azria clothing line this month. The song is prominently featured in the current televised national advertising campaign in promotion of the new clothing line.
In addition to Miley Cyrus, Claude also penned Kelly Clarkson’s latest #1 single, “My Life Would Suck Without You," which reached record-breaking success. On Chrisette Michelle’s album, Epiphany, Claude wrote a whopping 5-songs, including her hit single, “Blame It On Me,” which aided in making the album reach #1 in sales its first week. He also wrote Britney Spears’ hit single, “Circus,” which is the title track from her chart topping album and tour. Claude’s talent for writing hits landed him 3 songs (the most of any single writer on the project) off the highly anticipated, soon to be released album by Whitney Houston, I Look to You.
Recently, the diverse songwriter wrote songs for several highly anticipated new albums, including: Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton, R. Kelly, and Christina Aguilera. Claude’s goal is to write hit songs for all genres of music, and so far, he’s reaching that goal.
As one of the most sought after songwriters in music today, Claude got his big break when he wrote the song, "Daddy's Little Girl" for Frankie J's 2006 album, Priceless. Claude’s work so impressed Akon that in late 2007, the singer suggested Claude write to some of his music, one of which was "Forgive Me", written for Leona Lewis' debut album and produced by Akon, respectively. Another song he wrote was "Hold My Hand" which was set to feature on Akon's third album, however the song leaked, and it was decided not to be included in the album. The song features Michael Jackson. At present, he's working with Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, Backstreet Boys, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera and Kris Allen.
Memphis Bleek talked about the new album and said, “The Process” has been exactly that; a process. Taking what I’ve learned from a teacher and creating my own school. It’s time for me to handle my own business as a man and Mass Appeal supports the vision. I’m ready to share ‘The Process’ and Get Low Records with the world and along with Mass Appeal, I’m excited to take the next steps in my career independently”. Bleek is looking to expand on what might be expected from him musically and take his lyrical skills to the next level. With the first-rate production team behind “The Process,” along with Bleek’s known conscious, confident, harsh, metaphorical lyrics this album will keep his fan base and hip-hop enthusiasts thrilled. Meanwhile a new group of listeners are sure to find this album to be one of the best of 2009. Mass Appeal Entertainment’s CEO Marcus Siskind says, “We’re excited to be in business with Bleek and to take part in the next stage of his career. Bleek has established himself as a successful brand in HipHop, and now has the opportunity to expand Independently to release new music to his fans”.
The album features Plies, Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones, Bun-B, 50 Cent, OJ Da Juiceman, Drake, Juelz Santana, Joell Ortiz, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, and many, many more.
The first single, “Blockstars” featuring Plies, Jim Jones, Busta Rhymes & Ray J is hitting radio now. A second single, “Thug Luv” featuring Maino, Papoose, Red Café and Ray J will follow.
DJ Kay Slay says, “There is a lot of talk about bringing New York hip hop back. I was a part of the birth of our culture, and my new album does not disappoint. ‘More Than Just a DJ’ is bringing real hip hop back!!”
DJ KAYSLAY aka THE DRAMA KING embodies real hip hop. A graffiti legend in the ‘70s, and later THE King of all mixtapes with his Streetsweepers series, respect on the streets for Kayslay is second to none. Slay also works like no other to bring together some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop and pairing them with some of today’s hottest producers.As the official “Drama King,” he was the first DJ to break landmark battles over the past decade including serving as referee for the now legendary Jay-Z vs. Nas battle and the brutal Ja Rule vs. 50 Cent war on the airwaves. Rappers consider Kayslay the go-to DJ to entrust their hottest battle raps with. The Street Sweepers, Vol. 1 and The Street Sweepers Vol. 2: The Pain From The Game (released in 2003 and 2004 respectively) have together sold over 350,000 copies. Kayslay is also the #1 DJ on New York’s premier hip hop radio station, Hot 97.
Slay’s new album MORE THAN JUST A DJ will be a fall release must have for hip-hop fanatics.
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Sputnik (www.barsputnik.com) was started by a group of friends in 2003, and recently called "a haven for independent musicians and artists of all types since opening its doors…" by an online reviewer at events.NBCnewyork.com.
"We know that people typically bolt out of town during the Labor Day Weekend. But we also know, especially given the state of the economy, that many will be stuck in town looking for something to do. We're excited to be able give music fans affordable options for a live show during the holiday weekend," said event organizer, Vic Black. Other notable talent confirmed to appear includes Hip-hop pioneer Deejay, DJ PREMIER (GangStarr), and Chicago native, DJ Reborn (MTV/Studio Museum in Harlem).
Advance tickets for the shows are on sale now at BrownPaperTickets.com for eighteen dollars ($18), and at Sputnik, located at 262 Taaffe Place, Brooklyn NY 11205. The event also marks the first time organizers will team up with Internet partner LumeeFly Inc, a new media company focused on bringing you the "I Was There Concert Experience Online." The concert featuring TALIB KWELI and DJ PREMIER on Saturday, September 5th will be broadcast live over the Internet and available to a worldwide audience online. For more information on Lumeefly online concerts visit www.lumeefly.com.
Culture Icon Snoop Dogg Announces Partnership with Famed Krumper Tommy The Clown To Create C.L.O.U.T.
The first event organized by C.L.O.U.T. is a monthly Battle Night. Battle Night, held at the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College's Grand Theater and hosted and emceed by Tommy the Clown, allows young people to compete and showcase their individual talents before an audience of their peers. Youth are encouraged to express themselves through drama, dance, song, poetry or comedy. Geared toward youngsters from middle to high school from the Los Angeles area (with a focus on the underserved communities), Battle Night promotes a positive and self-affirming lifestyle for kids by developing and showcasing their diverse artistic talents.
The partnership has a personal meaning to Snoop. He says, "As a youth I had one teacher who really pushed me to be the best and gave me an outlet to really feel like I could be somebody – and I became successful partly because of his belief in me. I want to give that to the kids so they know there is more to life than the street hustle or crime. I have been friends with Tommy the Clown for years and see what he has done for so many people; this partnership is very important to me."
Tommy the Clown agrees, "I am honored to partner with Snoop and establish an opportunity for the kids in our community. When you have clout, you have strong influence. I believe the clout both Snoop and I have will help influence these kids to make some positive decisions about their future."
In addition to C.L.O.U.T., Tommy the Clown is preparing for his first National workshop tour. The tour will give both children and adults the rare opportunity to study with the master of Krump and experience his incredibly positive presence and impeccable technique. The timing for the workshop tour could not be better, as this once little-known dance form has quickly captured the dance world's spotlight and, more importantly, the hearts of people across the country from all walks of life.
To learn more about or make a tax deductible donation to C.L.O.U.T. or to book a workshop with Tommy the Clown in your city, please contact Grit PR & Management at 503/887.2644 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Tommy the Clown, please visit: www.tommytheclown.com
Saturday, August 22, 2009
"IMPORTANT THINGS WITH DEMETRI MARTIN: SEASON ONE" DVD
HITTING STORES ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Bonus Materials Include Deleted Sketches, Commentaries, A Free Tiny Poster And Other Bonus Things
Celebrity Cameos By Jon Benjamin, David Cross, Amanda Peet And John Oliver
NEW YORK, August 19, 2009 -- "Important Things With Demetri Martin" is a stream-of-consciousness sketch and variety show from comedian Demetri Martin. Each episode focuses on a single topic through the prism of Demetri's specific point of view, whether it's Brains, Chairs or Coolness. Released via COMEDY CENTRAL Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment, "Important Things With Demetri Martin: Season One" DVD arrives in stores nationwide on Tuesday, September 8 and will also be available at http://shop.comedycentral.com.
The Youth Development and Research Fund (YDRF) has just announced the release of the MAKiN' iT Shop -- a special free on-line resource where parents, educators and others working with youth ages 12-24 can get resources on how to promote the importance of education, work and positive values to this very hard to reach group of young adults.
With school about to start throughout the U.S., many young people are not in the right mind-set to take advantaged on the education offered. YDRF's President Edward DeJesus states, "In light of the economic recession many young people have lost hope in the traditional ways of labor market success."
For the past twenty years, DeJesus has worked with some of the toughest at-risk youth populations in the U.S. Through the utilization of youth cultural competence, YDRF has broken the mold of 8-track youth services. YDRF's activities engage participants more directly in their own learning through the power of peer influence, youth involvement and youth popular culture. YDRF's process engages youth, and the people who work with them, in the learning process. It goes beyond simply documenting a students' ability to answer questions on a test. The MAKiN' iT Shop is chock-full of activities designed to capture youth attention and get the message across about what it truly takes to be successful.
Eugene Bell, Program Director at the Ready Set Go program in Madera California uses MAKiN' iT activities. He states, "We use it because we understand that true economic self-sufficiency means more than just preparing youth for work."
With the highest rate of youth unemployment in the past 50 years, young people's future is at-risk. The MAKiN' iT Shop was created to help decrease that risk by showing educators new ways to communicate the message -- "education and work experience makes the difference."
To sign up for the MAKiN' iT Shop visit: http://tinyweblink-001.com/?pid=4695039
For more information call 301-216-2566 ext: 1, or e-mail: email@example.com
Following up the success of early 2009’s ALL IN A DAY’S WORK (A Digital Only Album
The Just-Blaze produced single entitled “Gotta Believe It” is being serviced to all video and radio outlets now!
Production on WARNING SHOTS 2 is handled by Just Blaze, Scram Jones & more.
Saigon says, “ I’m enjoying my experience with Amalgam Digital and being creative to give music to my fans without all the bullshit. It’s a new way of thinking and it feels good to partner with an innovative company that’s ahead of its curve. I’m excited to get this album out!”
1. Nothing Comes Easy
2. That’s Not What’s Up Feat. G. Soul
3. Fatherhood (Rayne Dior) Feat. Loks
4. All Around The World Feat. G. Soul
5. For Some P*ssy Pt. 1 Feat. O.J. Da Juiceman
6. Cookies and Milk Introducing Young Boombaya & A.P.
7. Be On Time
8. G Optified
9. Fuck Me, Fuck You Feat Quan And Ransom
10. Rusty Gunz Feat. Lil Fame from M.O.P.
11. Aye, Aye, Aye Nigga
12. Copping Pleas
13. Who Can Get Busy Feat Grand Puba
14. For Some P*ssy Pt. 2
15. Gotta Believe It
16. Saiii Outro
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About Amalgam Digital, Inc
Amalgam Digital is hip-hop’s first genre specific digital retail store and record label. The objective of the digital retail store is to offer an easy-to-use platform with a unique relational database to allow users to conduct searches by artist, album, track, label, or producer. Along with offering content from a catalog of the top independent artists and labels, the company also boasts its own label brand of artists that symbiotically promotes the web site brand. The company offers digital distribution services and recently announced a new User Generated Content module, which enables independent artists and labels to set up a vendor account and directly upload content making it immediately available for purchase in the Amalgam Digital store.