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THE GODMOTHER OF SOUL, ERYKAH BADU, TO TAKE THE VEGAS STAGE AS RETURNING HOST OF SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016...

THE GODMOTHER OF SOUL, ERYKAH BADU, TO TAKE THE VEGAS STAGE AS RETURNING HOST OF SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016...

Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu

New York - October 12, 2016 - CENTRIC TV has announce that Soulmskmger Erykah Badu will return as the host of the 2016 Soul Train Awards.The four-time Grammy-award winning soul singer and songwriter will once again take over the Vegas stage with her eccentric style, cerebral music, incomparable spirit and comedic commentary. The yearly celebration will honor the best in Soul and R&B from returning legends to the next generation. Filmed November 6 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 will air on CENTRIC and BET on November 27th, 2016 at 8PM ET.

 

 

This year's ceremony will undoubtedly take it to the max, honoring a host of celebrities across 12 different

Drake leads the pack with 12 total nominations including two nominations for the highly coveted Video of the Year Award for his feature on Rihanna’s single “Work” and this year’s mega hit “Hotline Bling.” Beyoncé follows with 8 nominations including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Album/Mixtape of the Year for her groundbreaking album “Lemonade,” and multiple honors for lead single “Formation” including Song of the Year, Best Dance Performance and The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award. Rihanna, Kanye West, DJ Khaled and Usher also received multiple nominations this year including Video of the Year, Album/Mixtape of the Year and Best Collaboration. The next generation of soul is also being recognized, including Bryson Tiller, Chance the Rapper and Anderson .Paak who are multi-nominees across categories including Best New Artist, Best R&B/Soul Male Artist and the Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year.)

 

Multi-platinum and three-time Grammy award-winning producer, singer-songwriter, artist, musician and technology expert Edward Theodore "Teddy" Riley, also known as the creator and king of New Jack Swing, is set to receive the coveted Legend Award. His major accolade was Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous LP” which sold over 32 million copies worldwide. Riley produced number one hits for countless icons which have governed the airways for decades.  As a founding member of the multi-platinum Grammy winning group Blackstreet and a member of the group Guy, which became a multi-platinum group, Riley's New Jack Swing sound was the epic lifeline that forever changed the design for R&B and Hip-Hop music. He is the first African-American producer to bring Korean Pop (K-Pop) music to the USA and has been producing number one hits on Billboard charts for nearly a decade.

 

The 2nd annual Lady of Soul Award will be presented to singer-songwriter and actress Brandy. The platinum selling artist and actress has sold over 40 million records and received numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, one American Music Award, and seven Billboard Music Awards. Last year’s inaugural Lady of Soul Award went to R&B torchbearer Jill Scott. Both Brandy and Teddy Riley are being recognized for their longstanding presence in the music industry and influence on the world of soul and R&B music past and present.

 

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS will feature an exhilarating lineup of memorable performances and viewers can expect special appearances by some of the brightest stars in entertainment. The event annually showcases Soul Train’s impact on the history of music and dance from the 70s to today. 

 

The party doesn’t stop there; visitors can also look forward to the entire SOUL TRAIN WEEKEND November 3-6. Kicking off Thursday, and taking over Mandalay Bay, the celebration will feature soulful experiences including performances by Jill Scott, Tyrese, Monica, Anthony Hamilton, Jazmine Sullivan, Bell Biv DeVoe, Yuna, Tish Hyman, Kid Capri and a special night of comedy with the cast of BET’s The Comedy Get Down with Cedric 'The Entertainer,’ D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy.

 

Soul Train Weekend VIP Packages are available for purchase and offer exclusive access, premium seats to all concerts and events, plus VIP status to unforgettable after-parties. Four Day ticket packages are also available and will allow guests to have the convenience and access to attend great concerts throughout Soul Train Awards Weekend. VIP and four day package and amenities and pricing can be found at Soultrainweekend.com.

Rapper Shawty Lo Dead at 40...

Rapper Shawty Lo Dead at 40...

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Shock is only one of the many emotions friends, family, and fans are feeling this morning at the sad news of the death of Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo. Among that reality are also feelings of pain, lostness, and overwhelming grief. The 40-year old rapper was killed shortly after midnight on September 21, 2016 in what is now being detailed by media as a single vehicle crash. Driving with two females passengers, Shawty Lo is said to have lost control of the 2016 Audi, striking a tree before the vehicle finally overturned and caught fire. Initially, he was thought to be the victim of a hit and run. The two passengers, according to reports, are fine, but currently hospitalized.

 

Shawty Lo, whose real name was Carlos Walker, was known around the world as a founding member of the rap group D4L, as well as founder of D4L Records. He released his debut solo effort, Units in the City, in 2007. Several mixtapes would follow throughout the years between his debut and 2016. The official follow up, Still Got Units", had yet to be released at the time of his death.

 

Stay tuned to UGDigital.com for continued updates and coverage as more becomes available.

@Drizzy Leads the 2016 #BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominations...

Drake; 📸 courtesy of Republic Records

Drake; 📸 courtesy of Republic Records

The 2016 BET Hip-Hop Awards will be going down very soon, and the Republic Records roster is dominating the nomination list with Drake leading in almost every category. Checkout the abbreviated nominee list below. 

The 2016 BET Hip-Hop Awards are scheduled to tape on Sept. 17 at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and premiere on Oct. 4 (8 p.m. ET/PT). A host has yet to be announced, but should be announced soon.

A complete list of this year’s nominees is available at BET.com

 

Best Hip-Hop Video

Drake – “Hotline Bling”

2 Chainz – “Watch Out”
Desiigner – “Panda”
DJ Khaled Ft. Jay Z & Future – “I Got the Keys”
Fat Joe & Remy Ma Ft. French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”
Kanye West Ft. Rihanna – “Famous”

Best Collabo, Duo or Group

Drake & Future – “Jumpman”
Drake Ft. Wizkid & Kyla – “One Dance”

DJ Khaled Ft. Drake – “For Free”
DJ Khaled Ft. Jay Z & Future – “I Got the Keys”
Fat Joe & Remy Ma Ft. French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”

Best Live Performer

Drake

Future
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

Lyricist of the Year

Drake

Chance the Rapper
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

MVP of the Year
Drake

DJ Khaled
Future
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

Track of the Year

“Controlla” – Produced By BOI-1DA (Drake)“Hotline Bling” – Produced By Nineteen85 (Drake)

“All the Way Up” – Produced By Cool & Dre and Edsclusive (Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared)
“I Got the Keys” – Produced By Southside (DJ Khaled Ft. Jay Z & Future)
“Panda” – Produced By Menace (Desiigner)

Album of the Year

Drake – Views

DJ Khaled – I Changed A Lot
Dr. Dre – Compton
Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap
Future – DS2
Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

Hustler of the Year

Drake

DJ Khaled
Future
Jay Z
Kanye West

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)

Drake

Nicki Minaj

A$AP Rocky
Future
Kanye West

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

Drake – “Work” (Rihanna Ft. Drake)

Nicki Minaj – “Down In the DM” – Remix (Yo Gotti Ft. Nicki Minaj)

2 Chainz – “No Problem” (Chance the Rapper Ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom” (Beyoncé Ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Kodak Black – “Lockjaw” (French Montana Ft. Kodak Black)

People’s Champ Award

Desiigner – “Panda”
DJ Khaled Ft. Drake– “For Free”
Fat Joe & Remy Ma Ft. French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”
O.T. Genasis Ft. Young Dolph – “Cut It”
Travis Scott – “Antidote”
Young Thug – “Best Friend”

@THEGAME AND BILLBOARD PREMIERE "ALL EYEZ" MUSIC VIDEO FEATURING JEREMIH; GAME KICKS OFF TOUR AUGUST 31st

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Today, Compton rapper The Game partners with Billboard to debut the sexy summer visual for his new radio hit "All Eyez." Director Benny Boom captures The Game as he hits the Malibu coastline for a romantic fun-filled afternoon before his lady gives him a special surprise at the end of the night. The Scott Storch produced song"All Eyez" that features Jeremih will appear as a bonus track on The Game's forthcoming album 1992releasing via Entertainment One Music/Fifth Amendment/Blood Money on September 30th.

 

WATCH "ALL EYEZ" ON VEVO

 

WATCH "ALL EYEZ" ON YOUTUBE

 

DOWNLOAD "ALL EYEZ" ON iTUNES

 

The Game tells Billboard, "So I had to call on my man Benny Boom, the best director in the world, best director of anything, to get the vibe right for this hot ass Scott Storch joint that we made for the ladies. This is life in the #WinnersCircle #AllEyez."

 

On August 31st, The Game will start the 1992 Block Wars Tour, making stops in Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Portland and more. 

The Game explains to his fans, "So I haven't done an American tour in a minute.  I've been doing shows overseas and my US fans have been HOT at me for years. So here it is: The OFFICIAL #1992 US tour dates so far.  So for my fans who've been asking and waiting for me to come do shows in their city, get your tickets NOW cause I don't wanna hear that "why won't you do a show in my city shit NO MO (Birdman voice) lol!!!"

See below for a current listing of tour dates...

 

BLOCK WARS TOUR DATES:

08/26 Oakland, CA // Oracle Arena (Golden State Music Fest)

08/31 Los Angeles, CA // The Novo

09/1 San Diego, CA // Observatory N. Park

09/2 Santa Ana, CA //Observatory

09/04 Englewood, CO // Fiddlers Dream Amp

09/06 Phoenix, AZ // The Press Room

09/09 Dallas, TX // Gas Monkey

09/10 Oklahoma City, OK // Cox Convention Center

09/11 Miami, FL // Club Liv (appearance)

09/15 Miami, FL // Club Story (appearance)

09/16 Atlanta, GA // Center Stage

09/17 Raleigh, NC // Club Divas (appearance)

09/18 Charlotte, NC // Label

09/22 Reading, PA // Reverb

09/23 Silver Springs, MD // The Fillmore

09/25 Providence, RI // Lupos

09/30 Minneapolis, MN // The Venue

10/03 Salt Lake City, UT // Complex

10/05 Boise, ID // Revolution

10/06 Portland, OR // Roseland Theatre

 

More 1992 Block Wars Tour Dates will be available so on!

@PostMalone Announces The Hollywood Dreams Tour, Teams with @Jacuzzilafleur & @larryjuneftm

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Rapper Post Malone recently made the announcement that he will be hitting the road on The Hollywood Dreams Tour. Making the deal even sweeter is the teaming up of Jazz Cartier and Larry June, who will both be out on this tour run.

This tour is guaranteed to be a hit with music fans!  Starting in San Diego, the outing will stretch through 41 cities. Tickets are already available for preorder if you know you must be in the building!

To get your ticket orders in, visit http://www.postmalone.com/

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THE GAME RELEASES BLOCK WARS SOUNDTRACK...

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July 29, 2016 - Los Angeles, CA - Today, Compton rapper The Game releases a 10-track companion soundtrack to his forthcoming mobile gaming app Block Warsreleasing later this summer. The Block Wars soundtrack is available today via Blood Money Entertainment/Fifth Amendment/ Entertainment One and features brand new hard-hitting production by Jelly Roll, SAP, Goodguydez and Bongo along with a sole feature from singer Lorine Chia. Block Warsis a strategy mobile game that sheds light into the violent nature and turmoil of the streets as it transforms the player into The Boss who must navigate and control the black market.

 

BLOCK WARS SOUNDTRACK on iTUNES

 

BLOCK WARS MUSIC VIDEO TRAILER

 

The Game explains, "I'm loyal to Compton and will always shed light on my city. With that comes the trials and tribulations of life on the streets. We tried to educate people with my documentary Streets of Compton, so they could walk away with a little more knowledge than they had before. Now, here's another light in the form of a gaming app and some new music for your entertainment. That said, I'm calling out the hip-hop community to rise up, come together and use our platforms to force change and make an impact against injustice in this world. No more just posting a hashtag or photo saying we gotta change. Our fans support us and we got to support them back. Use what you got to really help the next person. We gotta take real actions to make this a better world. These are our people and they need us. We got to give back. #YouGottaGiveAFuck #YouGottaCare."

 

The Game has taken action in the form of a peaceful movement to stop the violence in the midst of the national focus on police shootings of African-American men. Along with Snoop Dogg, The Game led a peaceful march to the LAPD headquarters and has been working with Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck to make the city a safer place. Along with a PSA to stop the cycle of violence between the minority communities and the police, The Game has organized a town-hall style meeting of various Los Angeles gangs to make the streets a little safer.

 

Stay tuned as The Game will also be releasing a new music video for his current Scott Storch produced single "All Eyez" featuring Jeremih. The single debuted at #1 Most Added at Urban Radio and is currently Top 40 on the Rhythmic Radio Airplay Chart. In the meantime, fans can also catch The Game at his upcoming 1992 Block Wars Tour performances. List of tour dates below.

 

LISTEN  TO "ALL EYEZ" ON SOUNDCLOUD

 

BLOCK WARS SOUNDTRACK TRACKLIST:

Block Wars                                                                Produced by Bongo

Freeway                                                                      Produced by Goodguydez

Get High                                                                    Produced by Jelly Roll

Alameda                                                                    Produced by SAP

Gutter                                                                        Produced by Goodguydez

Uzis and Grenades ft. Lorrine Chia                          Produced by Bongo

Lights Go Out                                                            Produced by Goodguydez

Run It                                                                        Produced by Goodguydez

Bullet with Your Name On It                                    Produced by SAP

Murder                                                                      Produced by Goodguydez

 

BLOCK WARS TOUR DATES:

8/26 Oakland, CA                                                    Oracle Arena

8/31 Los Angeles, CA                                              The Novo

9/1 San Diego, CA                                                    Observatory N. Park

9/2 Santa Ana, CA                                                    Observatory

9/4 Englewood, CO                                                  Fiddlers Dream Amp

9/6 Phoenix, AZ                                                      The Press Room

9/9 Dallas, TX                                                          Gas Monkey

9/10 Oklahoma City, OK                                          Cox Convention Center

9/11 Miami, FL                                                        Club Liv

9/15 Miami, FL                                                        Club Story

9/16 Atlanta, GA                                                      Center Stage

9/17 Raleigh, NC                                                      Club Divas

9/18 Charlotte, NC                                                    Label

9/22 Reading, PA                                                      Reverb

9/23 Silver Springs, MD                                          The Fillmore

9/25 Providence, RI                                                  Lupos

9/30 Minneapolis, MN                                              The Venue

10/3 Salt Lake City, UT                                            Complex

10/5 Boise, ID                                                          Revolution

10/6 Portland, OR                                                    Roseland Theatre