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Celebrity Birthdays: May 29...

Celebrity Birthdays: May 29...

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Good morning and Happy Sunday UGD readers! Hopefully everyone is having an excellent day thus far. Join us in sending birthday shouts to the following celebrities.... 

 

Aaron McGruder, Laverne Cox, Mel B, Brandon Smith, Latoya Jackson, Rebbie Jackson, Alonzo Gee, Earthquake, Kamal (Chance) Givens, Ezekiel Ansah, and Carmelo Anthony. 

COULD A FULL-ALBUM RESPONSE TO "LEMONADE" BE IN THE WORKS FROM JAY-Z?

What more could one need after a tall glass of lemonade? Could a response album be in the works from rapper Jay-Z? Sources are hinting at just that. If speculation is correct, the rapper may indeed be working on a full album in response to Beyoncé’s hit album “Lemonade”, which saw a surprise release nearly two weeks ago. 

 

Beyoncé dropped the album, which instantly soared to the top of the Billboard charts, exclusively via Tidal 2 days before it was released via streaming giants like iTunes, Spotify, Google Play. The album, which chronicles the supposed strife in their marriage following alleged cheating, caused a fire storm of rumors, including who Beyoncé was referring to in the lyrics “he better call Becky with the good hair”. Of course, Beyoncé has been mum about the situation. Currently, she can be seen out on her Formation tour, which kicked off a week ago in Miami, FL. 

 

“Lemonade” is currently available via most online streaming services.

Beyoncé Sets New Records With #1 Release, "Lemonade"...

Beyoncé has broken yet another record with the release of “Lemonade”. In addition to the newly released visual album debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200, each separate track has landed on the

Billboard Hot 100 charts, according to a story published by The Hollywood Reporter. It makes Beyoncé the first female artist to have charted 12 or more tracks on the Billboard Hot 100 all at once. The record was previously held by Taylor Swift, who in 2010 released Speak Now, and charted 11 tracks at that time. 

 

Four tracks from Lemonade, “Formation”, “6-Inch”, “Hold Up”, and “Sorry”, rest in the top 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, also making her the only woman to have 4 concurrent top 10 tracks on the charts. 

 

“Lemonade” has been available for just over a week, and has already pushed 485,000 in sales, in addition to 653,000 equivalent album units. It stands as Beyoncé’s 6th #1 release. 

 

Physical copies of “Lemonade” will be available May 6!

Prince's Publicist Releases Statement Regarding Death...

Prince's Publicist Releases Statement Regarding Death...

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As the world is dealing with the recent blow of legendary performer Prince's death, his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, has released the following statement: 

 "It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57.

There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time."

Earlier today, it was reported that Prince was found dead in his Paisley Park estate, after having suffered a short time from the Flu. 

Stay tuned for additional updates as the story continues to unfold... 

 

Prince Reportedly Found Dead in Home..

Prince Reportedly Found Dead in Home..

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In news that is shocking the world as we speak, superstar singer Prince has reportedlybeen found dead in his home in Carvery County, Minnesota.

According to reports from TMZ, the singer's body was found in his Paisley Park compound early today (April 21, 2016).

It is being reported that he was suffering from the Flu as recent as the past week. He was said to have been hospitalized in Moline, Illinois, following an emergency landing in his private jet.

Stay tuned for more information has the story develops....

HUDSON, A NEW DRAMATIC SERIES FROM HAVE FAITH PRODUCTIONS AND CANADIAN BROADCASTER CHANNEL ZERO….

HUDSON, A NEW DRAMATIC SERIES FROM HAVE FAITH PRODUCTIONS AND CANADIAN BROADCASTER CHANNEL ZERO….

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March 16, 2016 - It was recently confirmed that a new dramatic series is in the final stages of development for Have Faith Productions and Canadian Broadcaster Channel Zero, with the U.S. network to be announced shortly. The show, titled Hudson, will be shot in Toronto, and will focus on the divide of community and neighborhoods and the police precincts that hold both sides together through intertwined relationships, pitting the wealthy against the not-so-wealthy, and vice versa. With this series, you'll see who has landed where, how they fit, and if they ultimately belong.

Have Faith Productions has made quite an impressive name for themselves, having recently been behind the major film production Sons 2 the Grave, which stars Brad James, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Trevor Jackson, Justin Martin, Messiah James, Maria Howell, Demetria McKinney, and a host of other major names in the business. Sons 2 The Grave is currently screening, with plans of a theatrical release soon.

Hudson will feature a laundry list of amazing talent, including some hip-hop royalty who will join the cast.

While no official timeline has been announced in regard to debut of Hudson, the time is coming rather soon. Stay tuned to UGDigital for updates regarding the debut.

@NuShoozMusic Prepares to Reach the World through PledgeMusic..

@NuShoozMusic Prepares to Reach the World through PledgeMusic..

With decades of great music behind them, the legendary Nu Shooz Music is geared up to release their new project, Bagtown! With that comes their all new campaign, PledgeMusic! Learn more about PledgeMusic by clicking HERE.

Don't forget to check them out in the latest issue of UG Digital in the LEGENDARY series, where we talk about the influence they've had on urban culture and entertainment throughout their career. 

 

@kekewyattsings Launches First Artist, @Iamkissielee , via Her Own Label, Aratek Entertainment...

@kekewyattsings Launches First Artist, @Iamkissielee , via Her Own Label, Aratek Entertainment...

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R&B Superstar Keke Wyatt is thrilled to introduce the first artist signed to her Aratek Entertainment label. Kissie Lee, a global superstar in the making, is hitting the ground running as the first signee on Aratek Entertainment with the release of her new single, “You’re Right.“ The upbeat track is available for pre-order now on iTunes –

https://itun.es/us/GNy3ab,

and officially available on March 18th.

 

Get a listen to “You’re Right” here:

https://soundcloud.com/aratekentertainment/kissie-lee-youre-right

Keke Wyatt is Back with New Album Due This Spring...

Keke Wyatt is Back with New Album Due This Spring...

Keke Wyatt, Rated Love

Keke Wyatt, Rated Love

R&B songstress Keke Wyatt has returned with a new album, Rated Love, and it's due to hit stores and retailers this April! The lead single, "Sexy Song", has dropped and is gaining steady traction with radio. You can see the accompanying video now in our media section under video!

 

Keke Wyatt, Sexy Song

Keke Wyatt, Sexy Song

Keke has also launched her own new series, titled Keke covers. Currently, she has covered Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You", and Mary J. blige's rendition of "I'm Going Down" , originally recorded by Rose Royce. Check out visuals for both of those in our media section as well!

 

 

FUTURISTIC SOUL ARTIST ZACHARY MURDOCK RELEASES OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR "I’VE LOOKED EVERYWHERE" FROM ELECTRICIFYING DEBUT EP FOR THE MAD ONES

FUTURISTIC SOUL ARTIST ZACHARY MURDOCK RELEASES OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR "I’VE LOOKED EVERYWHERE" FROM ELECTRICIFYING DEBUT EP FOR THE MAD ONES

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February 17, 2016 - Today, Zachary Murdock, the multi-talented, soul inspired singer, songwriter and rapper releases the official music video for emotional single, “I’ve Looked Everywhere," off his recently dropped EP For The Mad Ones. The visually stimulating video proves Zachary’s capabilities as a true artist who has a profound message.

 

"I’ve Looked Everywhere," directed by award winning film director Matthew Charof, is a song and video about finding the mystrious truth that is hidden within your heart. In honor of World Human Spirit Day, Murdock explains, "Often we are presented with limited options: conform or rebel; hate or love. But there must be more! Instead of accepting definitions and boundaries, it is our job as humans to push past these man-made walls, explore outer space and inner space and bring back the unique magic that we discover. With this project, I wanted to point towards that other way, the way that only you can find, the way that the 'mad ones' throughout time have travelled." "I've Looked Everywhere and I can't find my home and my heart is the only unturned stone." The answer is in you.

 

For The Mad Ones is produced Grammy award winner Benny Reiner (Hamilton) and Grammy award nominee !llmind (Drake, J.Cole). Artwork for the EP is by conceptual artist Eoin Coigan.

 

Good Music All Day said, “[Zachary’s] unique blend of Hip-Hop, Soul, and Electronica is further uplifted by affecting, poetic lyrics that suggest a dynamic understanding of human truths. With satisfying melodies and upbeat hooks, [Zachary] has proven the ability to captivate even the most casual music fans.”

 

Born in London, Murdock received a degree in Creative Writing from the New School in New York City. In addition to being a solo artist, he is a founding member of the popular New York-based group, Smokey Robotic.  With five group albums, over 30 music videos, two major ad campaigns, several children’s books and over a decade of mixed media collaboration to his name, Murdock divides his time between Harlem and Venice, making a lasting creative imprint on both coasts.