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Ohio-Based Gospel Trio @HalfMileHome Announces New Dates for the ‘Don’t Judge Me’ Fall Tour

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 (New York, NY – August 12, 2016) – Ohio-based contemporary Gospel trio, Half Mile Home’s new single, “Thinking of Me,” from their current album, Don’t Judge Melands at No. 25 this week on the BillboardGospel National Airplay chart. “Thinking of Me” is a heart-warming single and features longtime group members Terence “Buttons” Burton, Darryl “Deaken” Brownlee and Todd Burton. The single is composed by brothers Terence and Todd with co-writer David “Ready Writa” Felder. Take a listen: https://soundcloud.com/halfmilehome/thinking-of-me.

Half Mile Home announces new dates for the “Don’t Judge Me” fall tour. The tour will continue its summer dates at the Taking It to the Streets event at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on August 20th and 21st in Buffalo, NY. In September, the trio will head to the Harvest Fest at Harvest Studios in Streetsboro, OH (September 4); Ojibway Island in Saginaw, MI (September 10); the New Bethel Baptist Church in Youngstown, OH (September 16); the First Apostolic Faith Church in Akron, OH (September 17); the Kentucky Center in Louisville, KY (October 14); the Northern E. Ohio Quartet Bowl in Lakewood Village in Cleveland, OH (October 15); and New Fellowship Baptist in New Orleans, LA (October 22).

The “Don’t Judge Me” summer tour kicked-off on June 11th in Columbus, GA at the Family Day Music Festival with additional dates that followed in Columbus, OH; Birmingham, AL; Saginaw, MI; Atlanta, GA; Detroit, MI, and Wilmington, DE.

For more on Half Mile Home and updated concert information, please visit: www.halfmilehome.com.

@AnthonyAnderson & @TraceeEllisRoss Return to Host the 2016 @BETAwards a Second Time...

As many had hoped, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross are back, and will be hosting the 2016 BET Awards. The two have proven more than once that they are a dynamic duo together, as they hosted both the 2015 BET Awards together. They're hosting history actually dates back to 2005 when they joined forces to host the Vibe Awards. They're chemistry is surely unquestionable, and both seem to be elated about the experience and the fact they’ll be together again. 

 

“Tracee and I are thrilled that BET brought us back to host the “BET Awards” for the second year in a row,” said Anthony Anderson.  “We had a great time last year and can't wait for viewers to see the new surprises we have in store on June 26th!”

 

“I can’t wait to host the BET Awards again with Anthony, who I always have a blast working with,” said Tracee Ellis Ross. “The BET Awards is going to knock it out of the park again with a night full of amazing performances and presenters being honored in music, movies, television, and sports.”

 

As previously announced, Drake leads the list of entertainers with an impressive nine nominations including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and ‘Best Collaboration’ for his hit “Where Ya At” with fellow hip hop artist Future. Beyoncé and Rihanna follow with five nods each. Beyoncé is nominated for top nods of the night including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and ‘Best Collaboration’ for “Feeling Myself” with Nicki Minaj. Rihanna is in the running for awards including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and ‘Best Collaboration,’ for “Work” featuring Drake. Other nominees include newcomer Bryson Tiller who is up for four awards including ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist.’ Chris Brown is nominated for the same number including ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist’ and ‘Video Director of the Year.’  Future could also walk away with four awards including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist’ and the ‘Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award.’

BET Networks recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across 20 categories with the "BET Awards" 2016 nominations. The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and the creative arts.

 

The “BET Awards” 2016 will premiere around the world on BET’s international network. It will air in the UK on Tuesday, June 28th at 9:00pm BST, in Africa on Tuesday, June 28th at 7:00pm CAT, and in France on Wednesday, June 29th at 9:00pm CEST.

 

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment serves as Executive Producer. Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Programming; Connie Orlando, BET’s Senior Vice President of Music; and Specials and Lynne Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials serve as Executive Producers for BET Networks.

 

The “BET Awards” will take place along with the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles from June 23-26, 2016.  BET.com is the official site for the “BET Awards” and will have all the latest news and updates about this year's show.  VIP Packages for the BET Experience weekend are now on-sale.  In addition to VIP amenities throughout the weekend and incredible seats for the STAPLES Center shows, three levels of BETX VIP Packages offer guests the only opportunity to purchase tickets to the highly anticipated BET Awards, broadcast live from Microsoft Theater.  The 1,000+ VIP Packages sold out in 2015, so guests are encouraged to purchase now before the allotment is depleted.  Full package amenities and pricing for the Diamond, Platinum and Gold VIP Packages can be found by visiting BETExperience.com or by calling (877) 234-8425.

 

ABOUT BET NETWORKS

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.BstedNYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks - BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT “BET AWARDS”

The “BET Awards” is one of the most watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company. The “BET Awards” franchise remains as the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is BET's #1 telecast every year. It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers, and athletes in a variety of categories.

BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA®

BET Networks, an entertainment powerhouse, and AEG, the leading world’s leading sports and live entertainment companies and developer/operator of L.A. LIVE, have teamed up once again to create the BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE (BETX), June 23 - 26, 2016 presented by Coca-Cola®.   This four-day festival will be filled with music and comedy concerts taking place at The Novo by Microsoft and STAPLES Center; FREE BET Fan Fest at the Los Angeles Convention Center including seminars, celebrity basketball games, celebrity meet & greets; and other special appearances.  The weekend will be capped off with the “BET Awards” on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Microsoft Theater.

@ChrisetteM Reconnects with @RickyRozay for Equal.... "Milestone" coming...

@ChrisetteM Reconnects with @RickyRozay for Equal.... "Milestone" coming...

R&B singer Chrisette Michele has reconnected with rapper Rick Ross for the single, Equal. The two previously worked together on Ross’ 2010 smash, Aston Martin Music. The new single is set to appear on Michele’s upcoming LP, ‘Milestone”. 

“Milestone” represents just that for the singer. While it stands as Michele’s 5th effort, it will be her first release under the newly established Rich Hipster. Without question, Rich Hipster is an opportunity for Michele to show not only her growth as a musician, but likewise as a label executive! A Boss! 

“Milestone” is set to release in the coming months as we head into summer. 

Take a listen to the new single, “Equal”, below!

 

 

 

 

ALBUM REVIEW: ANTHONY HAMILTON: WHAT I'M FEELIN....

ALBUM REVIEW: ANTHONY HAMILTON: WHAT I'M FEELIN....

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Just after promoting his new Christmas offering, Anthony Hamilton is back, this time with a 12-track set that is sure to set the industry ablaze. Led by the melodic tune “Amen”, Hamilton is digging deep into his emotions and sharing both his pain and happiness with this LP. He’s dealt with so much throughout the past year, most significantly his divorce, and it’s easy to see that this album was his way of releasing and coming to grips with it all.

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Hamilton worked with a few familiar names on this LP who have helped him throughout the years in building, including Salaam Remi, James Poser, and Mark Batson, who has worked with a who’s who of entertainers throughout the years, and contributed heavily to Hamilton’s 2003 So So Def release, Comin’ From Where I’m From.

On a personal note, it’s always great to get new music from Anthony Hamilton. With each release, he ventures down new avenues, trying different things with his music, and it always results in multiple masterpieces that long-resonate with his fanbase. Examples of that include “Never Letting Go”, which features Vince Gill, and “Ain’t No Shame” with Gary Clark, Jr. Personally, I’m loving “What I’m Feelin” which features the Hamiltones.

It’s difficult to single out specific tracks as standouts, because truthfully, the entire album gels quite nicely. What’s nice with Hamilton is that while you’ve come to know what to expect with his releases, the flip side is that you still get something new each time around. He makes it a point to deliver what his fanbase has come to expect while still evolving with the industry and times. Fans will thoroughly enjoy “What I’m Feelin’”.

Founding 'Whispers' Member Nicholas Caldwell Passes Away at 71...

The entertainment world is mourning the loss of yet another legend. Nicholas Caldwell, who was a founding member of The Whispers, has passed away from congestive heart failure. He was 71. 

 

Launching in the early sixties, the group originally consisted of Caldwell, twins Wallace & Walter Scott, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon. Harmon left the group in the early seventies, making way for Leavil Degree to join. Marcus Hutson passed away in 2000. He had been ill for more than a decade, performing last with the group in 1989. 

 

The Whispers have led a career that has lasted greater than 50 years. They struck platinum-success with their 1980 classic album. “The Whispers”. Many will remember classic tunes like “Lady”, “Just Gets Better With Time”, “And The Beat Goes On” and “Rock Steady”. “Lady” was written by Caldwell. They released their last album, “Thankful”, in 2009 via Kingdom Records. 


The Whispers have remained active throughout the year, consistently touring with their many hits. Currently on tour, they were due to perform aboard the Soul Train Cruise in just three weeks.

@Raheem_DeVaughn Debuts New Video for "Black Ice Cream"...

@Raheem_DeVaughn Debuts New Video for "Black Ice Cream"...

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New York ( September 2nd, 2015) - Raheem DeVaughn has a sweet tooth for "Black Ice Cream" -- Just in time for end-of-summer lovin', the three-time Grammy Award nominated artist premiered the music video for his latest single from Love, Sex and Passion.

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Love, Sex, Passion (368 Music Group (CCCLXVIII) / eOne Music) debuted at #1 on Billboard's R&B Albums Chart, at #2 on the Billboard Independent Chart, #4 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Chart, and #31 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.

The songs on Love, Sex, Passion are dedicated to the different facets of relationships, delivered with Raheem’s soulful lyrics and production. DeVaughn released two additional songs from the album leading up to street date, the sensuous "Temperature's Rising" and the heart-wrenching ballad "When You Love Somebody."

ALBUM REVIEW: Teyana Taylor - The Cassette Tape 94

ALBUM REVIEW: Teyana Taylor - The Cassette Tape 94

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Teyana Taylor has dropped a new mixtape that is sure to usher in an extended fanbase for her. Her new effort, The Cassette Tape 1994, is a 5-song mixtape that lends its focus to R&B of the nineties. She pays respects to some of the genre's biggest and brightest acts through samples and interpolations of such classics as KP & Envyi's Swing My Way, Bell Biv Devoe's Poison, and Tony Toni Tonè's Anniversary. So much has changed within the landscape of R&B, and a number of music fans are clinging to music of that very era with hopes of hanging on to that pure essence. Producers through the 5 tracks include Kanye West, J.R. Rotem, and Da Internz! The memories and the nostalgia evoked in listening to Teyana's vocals on this mixtape make it the classic that she was aiming it to be. 

@BILAL PREMIERES MUSIC VIDEO "MONEY OVER LOVE" FT. KENDRICK LAMAR, NEW ALBUM IN STORES NOW...

@BILAL PREMIERES MUSIC VIDEO "MONEY OVER LOVE" FT. KENDRICK LAMAR, NEW ALBUM IN STORES NOW...

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(July 1, 2015 - New York, NY) --Today, Grammy-nominated artist BILAL premiered his long anticipated music video, "Money Over Love" featuring Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar on TheFader.comWith BILAL's soulful voice, Adrian Younge's vintage production, and Lamar's explosive verse, "Money Over Love" becomes one of the most thrilling records on BILAL's new album, In Another Life, available now. 

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Prior to the album's release, BILAL spoke with several outlets including NPR, NYLON, Ebony, and Mass Appeal about the new direction of his album and how the music is a reflection of someone else's life. The Hans Elder-directed video depicts a disturbing interracial love story that is tarnished by poverty and greed. "Money Over Love" is the record that breathes a new feeling into In Another Life.

Receiving rave reviews from Pitchfork, YouKnowIGot Soul, Soul Tracks and more, In Another Life is yet another reminder of BILAL's undeniable talent and standing in soul alternative music. 

Take a peek at Bilal's new video below!

Bilal's will also be embarking on A small tour in select U.S. markets before heading to Europe.   Dates are listed below:  

July 1 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom

July 2 - Baltimore, MD - Jazzy Summer Nights @ Horse Shoe Casino

July 3 - Alexandria, VA - Birchmere

July 4 - New Orleans, CA - Essence Festival

July 18 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage Theater

July 21 - London, UK - Under The Bridge

July 23 - Dublin, Ireland - The Sugar Club

July 28 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - North Sea Jazz Club

July 30 - Paris, France - New Morning

July 31 - Stockholm, Sweden - Club Fasching

September 12 - Detroit, MI - Detroit Opera House

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@BILAL PREMIERES MUSIC VIDEO "MONEY OVER LOVE" FT. KENDRICK LAMAR, NEW ALBUM IN STORES NOW...

@BILAL PREMIERES MUSIC VIDEO "MONEY OVER LOVE" FT. KENDRICK LAMAR, NEW ALBUM IN STORES NOW...

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(July 1, 2015 - New York, NY) --Today, Grammy-nominated artist BILAL premiered his long anticipated music video, "Money Over Love" featuring Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar on TheFader.comWith BILAL's soulful voice, Adrian Younge's vintage production, and Lamar's explosive verse, "Money Over Love" becomes one of the most thrilling records on BILAL's new album, In Another Life, available now. 


Prior to the album's release, BILAL spoke with several outlets including NPR, NYLON, Ebony, and Mass Appeal about the new direction of his album and how the music is a reflection of someone else's life. The Hans Elder-directed video depicts a disturbing interracial love story that is tarnished by poverty and greed. "Money Over Love" is the record that breathes a new feeling into In Another Life.

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Receiving rave reviews from Pitchfork, YouKnowIGot Soul, Soul Tracks and more, In Another Life is yet another reminder of BILAL's undeniable talent and standing in soul alternative music. 

Take a peek at Bilal's new video below!

Bilal's will also be embarking on A small tour in select U.S. markets before heading to Europe.   Dates are listed below:  

July 1 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom

July 2 - Baltimore, MD - Jazzy Summer Nights @ Horse Shoe Casino

July 3 - Alexandria, VA - Birchmere

July 4 - New Orleans, CA - Essence Festival

July 18 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage Theater

July 21 - London, UK - Under The Bridge

July 23 - Dublin, Ireland - The Sugar Club

July 28 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - North Sea Jazz Club

July 30 - Paris, France - New Morning

July 31 - Stockholm, Sweden - Club Fasching

September 12 - Detroit, MI - Detroit Opera House

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ICE CUBE & SPECIAL GUESTS TO PERFORM EXCLUSIVE NWA TRACKS FROM THE CLASSIC ALBUM, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON DURING BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA®

ICE CUBE & SPECIAL GUESTS TO PERFORM EXCLUSIVE NWA TRACKS FROM THE CLASSIC ALBUM, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON DURING BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA®

Saturday’s concert at STAPLES Center during BET Networks’ BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® is all about West Coast Hip Hop. As a part of Ice Cube’s performance, he will surprise fans with special guests for an exclusive set of tracks from the seminal rap group NWA. Selling over 10 million albums in the US alone, NWA is considered one of the earliest and most influential West Coast rap groups of all time. This will be the first time in 15 years since the groups split that these songs will be performed.

The BET Experience at L.A. LIVE will take place in Los Angeles on June 25-28 and will be filled with music and comedy concerts taking place at Club Nokia and STAPLES Center. Limited number of tickets are still available at axs.com/betexperience.

Tickets for the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE presented by Coca-Cola® are on sale now. Single day STAPLES Center show tickets are priced as low as $59.50, while 3-day STAPLES Center concert ticket packages start at $169.50.

For fans looking to roll like a VIP throughout the biggest summer weekend in entertainment, the VIP packages are the only way to purchase “BET AWARDS” tickets, get great seats to the STAPLES Center shows, and exclusive access your friends will envy. Quantities are limited, so order now at http://www.axs.com/betexperience Follow the Experience on Twitter @betexperience.

 

The 4-day schedule for this year's experience is as follows:

 

BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, June 25, 2015
STAPLES Center – 8pm: Kevin Hart
Club Nokia – 11pm: Bell Biv DeVoe and Doug E. Fresh

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015
STAPLES Center – 7pm: Nicki Minaj
Club Nokia – 11pm: Miguel

SATURDAY, June 27, 2015
STAPLES Center – 7pm: Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg with Jay Rock and Ab-Soul
Club Nokia – 11pm: The Roots and Friends
LA Convention Center: FREE Fan Fest

SUNDAY, June 28, 2015
LA Convention Center: FREE Fan Fest
“BET AWARDS”
* All times PST

 

REALITY TV AND R&B AND REALITY TV STAR RAY J RELEASES NEW SINGLE
"BROWN SUGAR" FEAT. LIL WAYNE...

REALITY TV AND R&B AND REALITY TV STAR RAY J RELEASES NEW SINGLE "BROWN SUGAR" FEAT. LIL WAYNE...

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(May 19, 2015 --New York, NY) – R&B star, entrepreneur, and reality TV personality Ray J (For The Love of Ray JBrandy and Ray J: A Family BusinessLove & Hip Hop Hollywood, Bad Girls All-Star Battle) just released his new single "Brown Sugar" feat. Lil Wayne today.  Listen to the single here and purchase here.  


Ray J will release an as-yet-untitled new studio album through Fifth Amendment Entertainment/Knockout Entertainment/ Entertainment One Music later this year. Details will be announced shortly.  

 
Ray J released his most successful album to date, All I Feel, on eOne Music (formerly KOCH Records) in 2008.  The album was a collection of ballads and up-tempo songs that showcased Ray’s versatility, and included the triple-platinum single “Sexy Can I.” The chart-topping single peaked at #1 on the Billboard R&B Chart, #1 on the Independent Chart, #2 on the Mainstream Top 40 Chart and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

@Malcupnext Debut Single In Stores NOW...

@Malcupnext Debut Single In Stores NOW...

At the young age of 14, social media phenom Malcolm White, now known to the world as Malcupnext, is destined for stardom, as he has released his debut single, This feeling”, to the world. 

It was just a few months ago that he and his high school friend were on Fox 8 Cleveland with television personality Wayne Dawson, being interviewed about his music, and the things he had been doing to showcase it to the world, albeit around the city of Cleveland and throughout his high school. Fast forward to now, and he’s signed to a recording deal by two of the biggest names in hip-hop music, Antwan Patton, known to the world as Big Boi of supergroup Outkast, and Mr DJ, who has been Outkast’s DJ for the length of their careers. 

Already a story of success, the sky is definitely the limit, and bigger things are destined with this union for Malcolm. Take a moment and and listen to "This Feeling" below, and be sure to purchase on iTunes!

Cleveland Teen, Malcupnext, to Release Debut Single May 19...

Cleveland Teen, Malcupnext, to Release Debut Single May 19...

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Cleveland has been on the uprise in terms of music lately, and that trend is set to continue with the upcoming release from rising star Malcolm White. Working under the stage name #Malcupnext, he hails from right here on the streets of Cleveland, and is signed as the premiere act on Camp Purple, a label headed by Big Boi of Outkast and Mr DJ, Outkast's original DJ & Dungeon Family alumni! 

All the buzz literally began from Malcolm and his friend, Brycen Hunt, posting videos of him singing songs like John Legend's Ordinary People via Twitter & Instagram. The videos instantly went viral, and now he's prepared to release his first single, "This Feeling", May 19. 

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Surely, it all must be absolutely surreal for the 14-year old Cleveland native. It was only 2 months ago that Malcolm and his friend were interviewed by Wayne Dawson on Fox 8 Cleveland's local morning show (see it here), and now, he's aligned to do huge things in music. It's one thing to be noticed for your talent, but when you're noticed by someone has big as Big Boi, it speaks wonders for your talent. Camp Purple is not Big's first foray into artist development. He first headed up Aquemini Records, which later became Purple Ribbon Entertainment. He was behind the early success of rapper Killer Mike, as well as the success of Janelle Monae. Both were signed to Purple Ribbon. If their current success is any bit of indication, Malcupnext's career will definitely soar. 

Take a moment to visit his Instagram account, @malcupnext, to see recent videos, and be sure to stay tuned into UGDigital for updates. 

Jill Scott Releases New Single, Announces New Tour...

Jill Scott Releases New Single, Announces New Tour...

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Singer & Actress Jill Scott has released the lead single, Fools Gold, from her upcoming album. Co-written and produced by Andre Harris, formerly of the production duo Dre & Vidal, Fools Gold follows behind the buzz single, You Don't Know, which Scott released earlier this year. A title has not been announced for the album, which will stand as the follow-up to Scott's 2011 release, The Light of the Sun. 

This release falls right in line with the announcement of Jill's tour, which will take her across the country for 25 intimate dates. See below for a listing of tour dates. 

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07/13: Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall

07/15: Newark, NJ @ NJ Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall
07/16: Wallingford, CT @ Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
07/18: Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion
07/19: Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
07/22: Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
07/25: Cincinnati, OH @ Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati Music Festival)
07/26: Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Spa & Resort - Event Center
07/29: Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts/The Barns
07/30: Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
08/01: Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Concert Hall
08/02: Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre
08/04: Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theatre
08/05: Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
08/08: Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
08/09: St. Petersburg, FL @ Mahaffey Theater
08/11: Jackson, MS @ Thalia Mara Hall
08/12: Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
08/14: Grand Prairie, @ TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
08/15: Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater
08/19: Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
08/22: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
08/23: Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
08/25: San Diego, CA @ Humphrey's
08/28: Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre 

Pia Mia Releases New Single, 'Do It Again',

Pia Mia Releases New Single, 'Do It Again',

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LOS ANGELES, May 5, 2015 /  -- Wolfpack/Interscope recording artist Pia Mia releases her first official single "Do It Again" which is now available for digital download and streaming HERE. The infectious Nic Nac produced track features R&B superstar Chris Brown and rapper Tyga. "Do It Again" has been selected for Clear Channel's On The Verge artist for Rhythm radio beginning May 11. 

Check out the lyric video HERE.

Throughout 2014, the singer/songwriter who hails from Guam undeniably left her footprint on the music scene. Billboard Magazine named Pia one of eight "acts who will help define 2014." It's safe to say that she indeed did just that. Pia not only formed her own record label, Wolfpack Entertainment, but also signed with Interscope Records and released her debut EP, The Gift. She collaborated with Chance the Rapper for the soundtrack to the original motion picture "Divergent," and released "On My Mind" which appeared on "NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 50." 

In January 2015, Pia Mia digitally released her track "F**K WITH U" featuring G-Eazy. The song received high praise from fans and earned 12 million views in three months.

Catch Pia Mia performing live at Power 106 FM's Powerhouse 2015 on May 16.

 

SOURCE: Interscope Records

Album Review: Ciara: Jackie

Album Review: Ciara: Jackie

Ciara, Jackie Cover Art

Ciara, Jackie Cover Art

Ciara is back with her new LP, titled "Jackie". Named after her mother, the album symbolizes the idea that now as a mother herself, Ciara is able to see things through the ideas of her mother. 

As a fan of Ciara and her music, I have to say that I’m pretty impressed with Jackie, as I believe most will be. Obviously, Ciara has been around for more than a decade now, having released her debut “Goodies” in 2004. She has grown progressively throughout the years, and this time around, she’s got an album that showcases that growth. 

Producers throughout Jackie include Rehab, Polow da Don, Dr. Luke, and Harmony Samuels, who has provided the musical backdrop for such artists as Fantasia, Ariana Grande, Keyshia Cole, and Jennifer Hudson just to name a few. 

The album starts of with the somewhat-shocking, yet pleasing ‘Jackie (B.M.F.) (Still wrapping my mind around Ciara saying she’s a back motherfucker). All jokes aside, it’s really a solid track, and the beat (provided by Harmony Samuels) pulls you in from the start, as the production does throughout the entire LP. She goes on, saying “can’t even hate cause you know this shit hot, yea I’m that bitch, like it or not, better get ready cause I’m not gone’ stop”… There’s a whole new level of confidence that I believe people will really like seeing and hearing. 

Missy Elliott and Pitbull appear on “That’s How I’m Feelin’”. There’s been a bit of back and forth about whether this would be the follow-up single to “I Bet”, but it’s looking as though it may be “Dance Like We’re Making Love”, which is produced by Dr. Luke, who has also produced for many of the biggest acts in the industry. Honestly, I feel like that’s probably a good move. “Dance Like We’re Making Love” just has this smooth groove about it that you can’t help but dance to. 

Ciara asserts her independence and strength on the Polow da Don - produced ‘Fly”. “I Got You” is a touching tune that is clearly inspired by motherhood. 

Overall, fans will be pleased with “Jackie”. Ciara has always appeared confident in her step, yet, there’s a newfound level of confidence, freedom, and independence that exudes throughout this LP. 

Kenny Lattimore's 'ANATOMY OF A LOVE SONG' in Stores NOW

Kenny Lattimore's 'ANATOMY OF A LOVE SONG' in Stores NOW

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(New York, NY – April 15, 2015) -- Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Kenny Lattimore has released his new album, Anatomy of a Love Song,  on Sincere Soul Records/eOne Music.  The album can be purchased here.

 
Lattimore’s first single, “Love Me Back” is currently #16 at Urban AC radio and growing.  Listen to the track here.  

In addition, Lattimore is confirmed for The Drop, a special event at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on April 20.  Tickets can be purchased here.

Lattimore’s music reflects the best of all worlds as it combines the timeless sounds of traditional R&B with a unique contemporary flair to create a universal sound that transcends boundaries and appeals to audiences of all ages, races and genres. His body of work, which includes hits such as “Never Too Busy” and the Grammy nominated “For You,” has garnered two Gold-selling albums, the NAACP Image Award for Best New Artist, and nominations for Soul Train Awards and Stellar Awards.

 
In addition to Kanye West sampling Lattimore’s “Lately” in his song “I’m In It,” from his #1 album Yeezus, a diverse array of artists including Musiq Soulchild, Rachelle Ferrell, Ray J, Nancy Wilson, Heather B, Michael Lington and Brian Culbertson, have sought out his talents for their own projects. He performed the duet “Love Will Find A Way” with Heather Headley for Disney’s The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride. He and singer Chante Moore recorded the Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell duet “You’re All I Need To Get By,” which was selected as the theme song for the BET show The Family Crews.
  
“Love Me Back” can be purchased here.


 

#UGDExclusive with Calvin Richardson

#UGDExclusive with Calvin Richardson

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We had the pleasure of completing an exclusive interview with singer & songwriter Calvin Richardson today, and that will begin running at #UrbanGrandstandDigital Friday, April 10!  

 

Calvin gives us the rundown on his new album, his new deal with Eric Benet's recording label, and so much more.  

 

Be sure to check that out here at #UrbanGrandstandDigital! 

 

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