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NEW AUDIO: Chasing Destiny.... All Of Us

We all watched as the season unfolded on BET's Chasing Destiny with Kelly Rowland. She and Frank Gatson worked tirelessly at forming what will surely become one of the biggest girl groups ever. Now that the ladies have formed and the season is complete, their first single has surfaced. Of course, all who were watching the show saw the ladies perform if on the season finale, but now we've got it for your listening pleasure. Check it out below!

 

@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!

 

 

 

 

2016 #BetAwards Guaranteed to Be a Showstopper, List of Nominees is Out....

Who’s ready for the 2016 BET Awards? We definitely are, as the list of this year’s nominees has come out. Nominated acts and artists this year include Beyoncè, K. Michelle, Andra Day, Bryson Tiller, The Weeknd Drake & Future, Dej Loaf, Nicki Minaj, Lil’ Kim, and so many others. The list is filled with urban music royalty, and from the looks of things, the show is going to be no less than extravagant, as it is year after year. 

 

As most know, the entire weekend is jam-packed each year with event after event, ranging from concerts and meet & greets to comedy shows and after parties. It all leads up to the major event, that being the award ceremony. 

 

Below, we’ve posted the full list of nominees for this year. 

 

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist

ADELE

ANDRA DAY

BEYONCÉ

K. MICHELLE

RIHANNA

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist

BRYSON TILLER

CHRIS BROWN

JEREMIH

THE WEEKND

TYRESE

Best Group

2 CHAINZ & LIL WAYNE

DRAKE & FUTURE

PUFF DADDY & THE FAMILY

RAE SREMMURD

THE INTERNET

Best Collaboration

BIG SEAN FT. CHRIS BROWN & TY DOLLA $IGN - PLAY NO GAMES

BIG SEAN FT. KANYE WEST & JOHN LEGEND - ONE MAN CAN CHANGE THE WORLD   

FUTURE FT. DRAKE - WHERE YA AT                                                     

NICKI MINAJ FT. BEYONCÉ - FEELING MYSELF

RIHANNA FT. DRAKE - WORK

Best Male Hip Hop Artist

DRAKE

FETTY WAP

FUTURE

J. COLE

KANYE WEST

KENDRICK LAMAR

Best Female Hip Hop Artist

DEJ LOAF

LIL KIM

MISSY ELLIOTT

NICKI MINAJ

REMY MA

Video of the Year

BEYONCÉ - FORMATION

BRYSON TILLER - DON'T                                                             

DRAKE - HOTLINE BLING

KENDRICK LAMAR - ALRIGHT                                                                

RIHANNA FT. DRAKE- WORK

Video Director of the Year

BENNY BOOM

CHRIS BROWN

COLIN TILLEY & THE LITTLE HOMIES

DIRECTOR X

HYPE WILLIAMS

Best New Artist

ALESSIA CARA

ANDRA DAY

BRYSON TILLER

KEHLANI

TORY LANEZ

Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award

ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY

ERICA CAMPBELL

KIRK FRANKLIN

LECRAE

TAMELA MANN

TASHA COBBS

Best Actress

GABRIELLE UNION

KERRY WASHINGTON

TARAJI P. HENSON

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS

VIOLA DAVIS

Best Actor

ANTHONY ANDERSON

COURTNEY B. VANCE

IDRIS ELBA

MICHAEL B. JORDAN

O'SHEA JACKSON JR.

YoungStars Award

AMANDLA STENBERG

QUVENZHANÉ WALLIS

SILENTÓ

WILLOW SMITH

YARA SHAHIDI

Best Movie

BEASTS OF NO NATION

CONCUSSION

CREED

DOPE

STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

Sportswoman of the Year

CHEYENNE WOODS

GABRIELLE DOUGLAS

SERENA WILLIAMS

SKYLAR DIGGINS

VENUS WILLIAMS

Sportsman of the Year

CAM NEWTON

KOBE BRYANT

LEBRON JAMES

ODELL BECKHAM JR.

STEPHEN CURRY

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award

BEYONCÉ – FORMATION

BRYSON TILLER – DON’T

CHRIS BROWN – BACK TO SLEEP

DRAKE – HOTLINE BLING

FUTURE FT. DRAKE – WHERE YA AT

RIHANNA FT. DRAKE – WORK

Centric Award

ANDRA DAY - RISE UP

BEYONCÉ – FORMATION

K. MICHELLE – NOT A LITTLE BIT

RIHANNA - BBHMM

THE INTERNET - UNDER CONTROL

Best International Act Africa

AKA (SOUTH AFRICA)

BLACK COFFEE (SOUTH AFRICA)

CASSPER NYOVEST (SOUTH AFRICA)

DIAMOND PLATNUMZ (TANZANIA)

MZVEE (Ghana)

SERGE BEYNAUD (COTE D’IVOIRE)  

WIZKID (NIGERIA)

YEMI ALADE (NIGERIA)

Best International Act UK

KANO

KREPT & KONAN

LIANNE LA HAVAS

SKEPTA

STORMZY

TINIE TEMPAH

Legendary Musician David Bowie Dies at 69

Photo Credit: Evan Agostini

As the year has started to take off, music has lost yet another legend. David Bowie has passed away following a battle with cancer. He was 69. 

Bowie's death was confirmed by a statement released/posted via his social media accounts:

"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief."

Bowie led a groundbreaking career as a recording artist, releasing his self-titled debut in 1967. Over the years, he's released more than 25 albums, with his last, 'Stardust", hitting retailers just 2 days ago. 

Bowie was highly influential in music amongst his peers, especially those in the hip-hop and R&B community. Many of his songs like 'Under Pressure", "Fame", and "Soul Love" were sampled by the likes of Charli Baltimore & Ma$e, Full Force, J. Dilla, Jay-Z, Ice Cube, O.D.B., and a long list of others. Most will immediately remember his hit 'Let's Dance", which was sampled in 1997 by Puff Daddy for the smash "Been Around the World" featuring Ma$e and The Notorious B.I.G..

Stay tuned as this story continues to develop.

Krayzie Bone Set to Release Final Album, "Chasing the Devil", on Nov. 20...

Chasing the Devil, Album Cover, courtesy of RBC Records

Following longtime talks of a final album, bone Thugs-n-Harmony rapper Krayzie Bone has finally come forth with a new album, “Chasing the Devil”.

Currently due in stores November 20, the album will feature the lead single “Cloudy”. Set to be released via RBC Records, “Chasing the Devil” will feature a guest spot from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony collectively on ‘Brand New Everything”, and is now available for pre-order via iTunes.

Click below to listen to the lead single, “Cloudy”!

 


@AngieStone Returns with New Album, Embarking on Tour....

Soul Singer Angie Stone is back with a new lease on life, a fresh look, and new albumfor her millions of fans. Through Shanachie, Top Notch, and Conjunction Entertainment, Stone is releasing Dream to the masses on November 6!

 

This new album finds Angie working with producers like Walter Millsap III, and the results yielded are already being considered ground-breaking. Her lead single, "2 Bad Habits", has already taken a strong lead at urban radio. 

 

In promotion of Dream, Angie will be embarking on an intimate tour which will guide her through such markets as Cleveland, OH, Los Angeles and Oakland, CA, Philadelphia, PA, and several others. You can see her current itinerary below! Also take a look at the new visual for "2 Bad Habits" below!

 

You can follow Angie Stone on Twitter at @AngieStone, and on Instagram at @theangiestone

 

 

 


Sat, Oct17, 2015 - Los Angeles, CA - Taste of Soul LA

Fri, Oct 23, 2015 - Euclid, OH - Mitchell's Ultra Lounge

Fri, Oct 30, 2015 - Columbia, SC - Township Auditorium

Wed, Nov 11, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA

Fri, Nov 13, 2015 - New York, NY - BB Kings

Sat, Nov 14, 2015 - Washington, DC - Howard Theatre

Sat, Dec 19, 2015 - Dallas, TX - Verizon Theater (With Jaheim)

Fri, Mar 11, 2016 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's

Sat, Mar 12, 2016 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's

Sun, Mar 13, 2016 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's

Fri, Apr 1, 2016 - Cape Town, SA - Cape Town Jazz Festival

Sat, May 28, 2016 - Atlanta, GA - Wolf Creek Amphitheater

Fri, Jul 22, 2016 - Palm Springs, CA - Party in Palm Springs

Sat, Jul 23, 2016 - Los Angeles, CA - LA Soul Music Festival


ABOUT ANGIE STONE

A singer, MC, self-taught keyboardist, and prolific songwriter, Angie Stone’s first claim to fame was her membership in the Sequence, an all-female trio that recorded for pioneering hip-hop label Sugar Hill, beginning with the 1979 single “Funk You Up.” Several years later, she re-emerged as the lead vocalist for Vertical Hold, where she scored with the smooth urban dance track “Seems You’re Much Too Busy,” a Top 40 R&B hit during the summer of 1993 that led to very productive solo career. With the release of her 1999 solo debut, she became one of neo-soul’s leading lights, providing sharp insight into romantic relationships with her smoky yet up-front voice.

Stone, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, began singing gospel music at a young age at First Nazareth Baptist Church. Her father, a member of a local gospel quartet, would take his only child to see performances by gospel artists such as the Singing Angels and the Gospel Keynotes. During her youth, she wrote poetry, played sports, and, after high-school graduation, was offered college basketball scholarships. While working dead-end jobs, Stone began saving money to record her own demos at a local studio called PAW. She joined Gwendolyn Chisholm and Cheryl Cook in the rap trio the Sequence, who recorded hits for Joe and Sylvia Robinson’s Sugar Hill label — “Funk You Up,” a remake of Parliament’s hit “Tear the Roof Off the Sucker” called “Funky Sound (Tear the Roof Off),” and “I Don’t Need Your Love.” Soon after, Stone was working with futuristic rap group Mantronix and rocker Lenny Kravitz, and she later formed the classy R&B trio Vertical Hold, who first charted with the Criminal single “Summertime.” Besides “Seems You’re Much Too Busy,” the group’s self-titled A&M album spawned another charting single, “ASAP.” The group split after its second album.

Stone subsequently signed to Arista as a solo artist and recorded 1999’s Black Diamond, a Top Ten R&B album that was certified gold on the strength of the singles “No More Rain (In This Cloud)” and “Everyday” (one of several songs she has written either for or with D’Angelo). The album won her a pair of Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. She shifted to J for 2001’s Mahogany Soul, another gold seller. Released in 2004, Stone Love fared just as well commercially, yet she moved to the revitalized Stax label for her fourth studio album, 2007’s The Art of Love & War. It topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and featured two of her best singles, “Sometimes” and “Baby” — the latter of which received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Unexpected, a Top 20 R&B Stax release, followed two years later, while 2012’s Rich Girl was issued on Saguaro Road. Also an occasional actor, she appeared in a handful of movies, including The Fighting Temptations and Pastor Brown, as well as the television programs Moesha, Girlfriends, and Lincoln Heights.

@CarlinJamesMG to Perform at the Toronto Urban Music Conference...

@CarlinJamesMG to Perform at the Toronto Urban Music Conference...

Toronto, Ontario (September 22, 2015Carlin James is a rapper/songwriter on his way up in the Canadian HIP HOP industry.  His debut single, "Cabana" showcases the artist's creativity and fearless determination to walk his own path.

The rawness of Carlin's music is pulled from personal experiences, allowing him to leave a little bit of his soul on each track.  His performance at the upcoming Urban Music Festival, TDOTFESTOctober 4th, at Dundas Square in Toronto, will give his fans a chance to hear his new music.  

This will be his first time performing at the open air venue, sharing the stage with some of Canada's best musical talent. Carlin's music can be heard at www.soundcloud.com/carlinmg

Where Hip Hop Lives™: Hot 97 and Power 106 Launch Mobile App...

New York City, NY, June 10, 2015  -- The two most powerful brands in hip hop, Hot97 and Power 106, have joined forces to launch a new mobile app, Where Hip Hop Lives, a must-have for true Hip Hop fans. 

Where Hip Hop Lives aggregates music, news and social media, curated not by technology but by music trendsetters. 

The free app, available now for download for iPhone and Android devices, is a one stop shop for up-to-the-minute entertainment news, Instagram photos and video feeds from Hot97 and Power 106 on-air talent and relevant Hip Hop Artists. 

A subscription-based model is available for a monthly fee of $3.99 which grants access to commercial-free Hot 97 and Power 106 online radio, along with an exclusive channel dedicated to breaking new Hip Hop music, "New At 2," an extension of both Hot97 and Power106's terrestrial broadcast daily 2 pm feature hour dedicated to new music. 

New At 2 on the Where Hip Hop Lives app delivers 24 hours of uncensored new music curated by the DJ's closest to emerging music. New At 2 will allow Hot97 and Power 106 DJs to break music online prior to breaking it on radio.  

"Hot97 and Power106 personalities are the authentic curators of the hip hop lifestyle," said Jeff Smulyan, Chairman and CEO of Emmis Communications (Nasdaq:  EMMS), parent company of Hot 97 and Power 106.  "The Where Hip Hop Lives app provides Hip Hop fans worldwide access to everything Hip Hop straight from the DJs in New York and Los Angeles that set the lifestyle and cultivates the next generation of superstars.  From news and images to hip hop radio like you've never heard it before, Where Hip Hop Lives promises to deliver an experience unlike other music apps."  

"We have been breaking the hottest new artists in hip hop for years," Ebro Darden, Hot97 Morning Show Host. "In today's crowded online music landscape we wanted to create a step between what is hot in the clubs, online, and radio.  The New At 2 channel allows us to deliver new music in a 24 hour experience curated by the DJ's in clubs not a computer algorithm."  

"Where Hip Hop Lives connects our authentic east coast and west coast hip hop authorities to a global audience," Funk Flex HOT97 DJ and digital trailblazer. "As I've shown with In Flex We Trust on the web and mobile, the digital and mobile universe for hip hop is limitless and Where Hip Hop Lives is the key to reaching the next stage of breaking the biggest artists, best club DJs and spreading the hip hop lifestyle worldwide." 

"Like so many things in the tech landscape, people want everything at the tip of their fingers, especially music," said Felli Fel, afternoon drive on Power 106 and New At 2 mixer.  "This app will allow the consumer to access the newest most cutting-edge Hip Hop. As a DJ, we see and hear the reaction of the consumer when we are out and about in the clubs. We also have access to info the average consumer does not have. Most importantly, all we do is look for what the consumer is going to love, it's our job to do this every day."

About Emmis Communications
Emmis Communications Corporation is a diversified media company, principally focused on radio broadcasting.  Emmis operates the 9th largest radio portfolio in the United States based on total listeners. Emmis owns 19 FM and 4 AM radio stations in New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Austin (Emmis has a 50.1% controlling interest in Emmis' radio stations located there), Indianapolis and Terre Haute, IN.

About WQHT HOT 97 FM
WQHT HOT 97 FM is the world's first all Hip Hop station and has held the dominant position in New York for over ten years.  HOT 97 is best known for its celebrity on air talent, such as Funk Flex (television host, multiple gold records) and Miss Info (renowned journalist, television personality), as well as being the world's premier source for Hip Hop music culture. HOT 97 TV is an online and mobile destination for original web series, celebrity content, concerts and music videos.  For more information, please visit www.HOT97.comfacebook.com/HOT97official, or twitter.com/HOT97

FEATURE: TAHJ MOWRY: MUSIC'S NEW POWERHOUSE

We recently had the opportunity catch up with Actor Tahj Mowry. We've seen him throughout the past two decades on shows like Full House, Smart Guy, and Kim Possible. For the past 4 seasons, he's been the star of his own sitcom, Baby Daddy, which has done phenomenally and was recently renewed for a 5th season. Now, in the midst of it all, he's embarking on a new path in his career. He's soon to release his debut album, and the lead single dropped the day we spoke with him. He spoke with us about the single, the direction of his new album, Baby Daddy and it's success, and so much more. Take a few moments to check out our exclusive with Tahj Mowry by clicking HERE

This will also run in the upcoming issue of Urban Grandstand Digital Mag, which will be available for download later this week!

 

 

Natasha Mosley: Rose Hall: Album Review

R&B Artist Natasha Mosley has released her debut, Rose Hall, and the album is definitely one to be remembered. Check out our review to see just what Natasha is offering to the R&B world by clicking HERE!

 

Also, click HERE to order your digital copy via iTunes!

The Week in Review....

The Week in Review....

Greetings fellow readers!

It’s been quite a productive week in urban entertainment!

This past week saw the release of several new albums and one hell of a soundtrack, if we do say so ourselves! The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to the highly successful franchise The Fast & The Furious hit stores and digital download formats on March 17! The soundtrack features a variety of artists who are all popular in hip-hop & R&B, including T.I., Iggy Azalea, Walé, Rich Homie Quan, Flo Rida, Wiz Khalifa, and so many others. 

 

Also releasing this past week on March 16 was Kendrick Lamar! Lamar has made a hugely successful name for himself in hip-hop, and fans have been anticipating this release for some time now.

The album, To Pimp a Butterfly, has already broken record on Spotify with 9.6 million streams happening on the day of release. This is monumental, not only for someone in hip-hop, but urban music in general. It does, however, show that music is still very much alive! The album features guest appearances from Bilal, Anna Wise, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, James Fauntleroy, & Thundercat. 

 

Other artists having released albums this week include Webbie and Da Mafia Six! 

 

A number of celebrities were celebrating birthdays this past week. Those celebrating this week included #NaimLynn, #JabariParker, #HowardScott, #Rockwell, #SlyStone, #TerenceTrentDArby, #WillIAm, #YoungBuck, #DannyBrown, #FlavaFlav, #JheneAiko, #JonicaBooth, #Murs, #OzzieNewsome, #RodneyPeete, #SierraMcClain, #TimHardaway, #TyrelWilliams, #CynthiaMcKinney, #MyrlieEversWilliams, #NatKingCole, #RobKardashian, #SeanPrice, #TamarBraxton, #AdamLevine, #GeoffreyOwens, #IreneCara, #QueenLatifah, #VanessaWilliams, #AhmadBradshaw, #BarryCofield, #BunB, #DeaundreBonds, #EJManuel, #PhillipBolden, #RuthPointer, #ShawnBunch, #ThomasDecoud, #BiancaLawson, #CedricYarbrough, #JamalCrawford, #SpikeLee, #Touré, #ZonniquePullins, #VanessaBellCalloway, #MannieFresh, #DiggySimmons, DJPremier, #MsMelodie-RIP, #YandySmith, #YoungNoble, #MomsMabley-RIP, & #SabrinaLaBeauf! 

 

Top Stories of the week included:

 

Stay tuned for much more to come next week!