ETHER, with Silent Listening Experience in Atlanta
Celebrities, artists, music executives and influencers attended an interactive silent listening experience for an exclusive preview of B.o.B’s newly release album, ETHER at the eclectic Studio No. 7 in Atlanta. ETHER is B.o.B’s first independent release and latest major project in four years featuring hip-hop’s biggest names including Lil Wayne, Big Krit, Young Dro, Ty Dolla $ign, WurlD, Cee Lo, Young Thug and Usher. Guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails and food by the bite prepared by Celebrity Chef, Kardea Brown as they were immersed into the ETHER world experience through individual wireless headphones courtesy of Silent Events. Listeners previewed the entire 12-track album accompanied with live moderation and remarks from B.o.B.
Last week Latoya Heyward had the pleasure of interviewing one of hip hops most notable recording artist and business moguls, Silkk The Shocker. After selling over 85 million records with No Limit Records, it comes as no surprise that Silkk is still making power moves. He is back and has been killing the airways with his latest project “IWAMSL,” which stands for, “It will all make sense later.” Silkk was very candid about his life now and his days with No Limit. He spoke on his many life lessons and the struggles he currently face dealing with his brother C-Murder life sentence. Latoya said, “this by far was the most authentic person I’ve ever spoken to and here’s why”…
Latoya: How do you feel about the industry today?
Silkk: Music lack creativity these days. I like originality, so I appreciate people like the Migos who are pushing the culture. I love their work ethic!
Latoya: Who is one of your favorite artists?
Silkk: I will have to say Nas is my all-time favorite.
Media: Will there be a Sequel to the No Limit Movie?
Silkk: We got so close a year and a half ago. These things take time, but the script is amazing. I will say this project is at the top of the list.
Media: Do you think there will ever be a label like No Limit?
Silkk: I would hope so! There’s so much jealously in the business today, so it will be tough. The world is not really supportive. With No Limit, we were like a real family. We market the label strategically that way so you had to pay attention to the entire team. The industry wasn’t that clustered either back then. Now, it’s so many mixtapes and so many songs dropping. It will be tough.
Media: What legacy do you feel No Limit left?
Silkk: We were one of the biggest independent labels ever. We were real hustlers, who made our own money. Let me say this: when you get good they will come get you. I remember them trying to buy P out. When that didn’t work, they would try to come for an artist to pay them to stray away from the team. We were that big and making a lot of money. My only goal was to save lives, make money, and make history. We did that!
Latoya: We know your brother C-Murder was sentenced to life for the shooting of a 16- year old teen at a nightclub. How do you feel about his case and his sentence?
Silkk: My opinion will always be bias, because that’s my brother. There are a lot of things that’s questionable when it comes to his case; some I don’t agree with. It’s a rough situation and I’m dealing with it day by day.
Silkk the Shocker is truly an inspiration and is really making a difference. With so many upcoming projects, he has no plans on slowing down. He is working on a book that will serve as a guide on being successful in the music industry. He has also developed a program that will combine his love for sports and education to help the youth. You can also be on the lookout for the No Limit Reunion at the Essence Festival this summer.
“If you want to be something, you have to be in charge of your destiny.” ~Silkk The Shocker
(Los Angeles, CA – May 12th, 2017) Following months of widespread excitement and anticipation, B.o.B releases his first independent full-length album, ETHER [No Genre / EMPIRE] today! It’s available HERE. As soon as it went live, the record soared to #1 on iTunes Top Hip-Hop/Rap Albums Chart and Top 10 on the Overall Top Albums Chart.
The six-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum Atlanta rapper, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and Grand Hustle artist dramatically ups the ante yet again. Following the powerhouse introductory smash “4 Lit” [feat. Ty Dolla $ign and T.I.], he shared the latest single “Xantastic” [feat. Young Thug] just last week. Like sonic anesthesia bringing together two of this generation’s “ATLiens,” the track immediately captivated press as The Fader praised it for being “super hypnotic and the perfect soundtrack for a late night drive.” Speaking of intergalactic anthems, “E.T.” [feat. Lil Wayne] sees B.o.B and Weezy blast off to a new galaxy altogether fueled by woozy rhymes and an irresistible hook. Then, there’s “Big Kids” [feat. Usher & Cee Lo Green], which makes for a blockbuster finale to his deepest and most dynamic offering yet. See the full tracklisting below.
This month, B.o.B heads overseas to launch his first-ever Navy USO Tour on May 20th. He’ll be performing for our service men and women deployed in UK, Italy and Germany, offering an unforgettable experience to say, “Thank you.” It’s a powerful moment for him.
About the USO performances, he says, “I can’t wait to perform for our Navy men and women. I want to do something real special for them and thank them for their service. It’s a privilege and an honor to do this.”
He also updates his upcoming “Elements” Tour, changing dates in select markets. Openers will include No Genre artists such as London Jae, Jaque Beatz, and Havi. See the final full confirmed tour itinerary below.
Dive into ETHER right now!
B.o.B’s 2010 debut B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray catapulted him to superstardom. Not only did the record capture #1 on the Billboard Top 200, but it also went RIAA double-platinum and spawned a string of multiplatinum smashes such as “Nothin’ On You” [feat. Bruno Mars], “Airplanes” [feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore & Eminem], and “Magic” [feat. Rivers Cuomo of Weezer].
His second studio album, 2012’s Strange Clouds landed in the Top 5 of the Billboard Top 200, earned a platinum plaque, and contained the multiplatinum hits “Strange Clouds” [feat. Lil Wayne], “Both Of Us” [feat. Taylor Swift], and “So Good” as well as a collaboration with Academy® Award winner Morgan Freeman entitled “Bombs Away.” Driven by singles such as “Headband” [feat. 2 Chainz] and “We Still In This Bitch” [feat. T.I. & Juicy J], 2013’s gold-certified Underground Luxury maintained this scorching momentum. Among other hits, “Don’t Let Me Fall” and “Bobby Ray Bands” also both reached gold status. Along the way, he became a powerful stage presence, performing with the likes of Eminem and Jay-Z, Wiz Khalifa, Bruno Mars, and more.
Thur — 6/8/17 — Jacksonville, NC — Hooligans Music Hall
Fri — 6/9/17 — Philadelphia, PA — Kung Fu Necktie
Sat — 6/10/17 — Beckley, WV — Muncheez Live
Mon — 6/12/17 — New York City, NY — BB King’s
Wed — 6/14/17 — Cleveland, OH — House of Blues
Thur — 6/15/17 — Kalamazoo, MI — Wild Bull Saloon
Fri — 6/16/17 — Indianapolis, IN — The Vogue
Sun — 6/18/17 — Columbus, OH — Alrosa Villa
Wed — 6/21/17 — Traverse City, MI — Ground Zero
Fri — 6/23/17 — Minneapolis, MN — Lumber Exchange Event Center
Sat — 6/24/17 — Green Bay, WI — Sandlot Ent. Complex
Sun — 6/25/17 — Des Moines, IA — Val Air Ballroom
Mon — 6/26/17 — Kansas City, MO — Riot Room
Tue — 6/27/17 — Denver, CO — Roxy Theatre
Thur — 6/29/17 — Bozeman, MT — Mixers Saloon
Sat — 7/1/17 — Tacoma, WA — Cultura Event Center
Sun — 7/2/17 — Bellingham, WA — Wild Buffalo
Mon — 7/3/17 — Seattle, WA — Nectar Lounge
Tue — 7/4/17 — Vancouver, BC — Alexander Gastown
Thur — 7/6/17 — Bend, OR — Midtown Ballroom
Fri — 7/7/17 — Eugene, OR — HiFi Music Hall
Sat — 7/8/17 — Oakland, CA — Complex Oakland
Tue — 7/11/17 — Mesa, AZ — Club Red
Wed — 7/12/17 — San Felipe, NM — San Felipe Casino
Thur — 7/13/17 — Lubbock, TX — The Republic
Fri — 7/14/17 — Dallas, TX — Gas Monkey Live!
Wed — 7/19/17 — Austin, TX — Jump On It at Givens Park
Thur — 7/20/17 — Jackson, MS — Lucky’s
Fri — 7/21/17 — Pensacola, FL — Vinyl Hall
Sat — 7/22/17 — Miami, FL — Sidebar
Wed — 7/26/17 — Greensboro, NC — Greene Street Nightclub
Thur –7/27/17 — Myrtle Beach, SC –The Boat House
Love and Hip Hip Atlanta’s Puerto Rican Princess Jolene Hernandez and Baby Dady / Super Producer Stevie J. hosted a day party at The Gold Room in Atlanta, GA. Joseline debuted her new single “Baby Daddy” produced by Stevie J available for listen now and purchase on all digital music platforms.
I had an opportunity to sit down with Mr. “Do It” himself, Mykko Montana to talk about his upcoming music, rebranding, and recovery from a fatal shooting that left him in a wheel chair for months. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing this creative soul for quite some time now, so it was really refreshing to catch up with him and discuss some of his upcoming projects. Mykko Montana is not new to the industry, dropping his hit single “Do It” in 2012 featuring K Camp that received over 6.3 million views on Youtube. He discussed overcoming some of his most difficult moments in the music industry and severing ties with his management company. Through it all, Mykko has remained steadfast and his passion for music and faith in God has allowed him to make a major comeback. Check out the exclusive interview and watch him share his unprecedented story, HERE!
Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Mathew Knowles’ girl group, Blush about their upcoming video and recently released single, “Work”. These girls definitely offer a fresh sound that depicts some of your favorite 90’s girl groups like TLC, SWV, and Destiny’s Child. Sunni, Buni Ray, and vocalist Tali were very transparent, as they openly discussed their music, goals, and journey to fame.
The teleconference kicked off with a series of questions that all of the girls answered professionally. They were super bubbly and each of their personalities would surely make anyone “Blush.”
Latoya: When did you know you had a special talent?
Tali: We knew we were on to something when Mr. Knowles called us back and wanted to sign a deal. We were so excited. It was like a dream!
Latoya: What are you rehearsals like?
Sunni: We work together very well. We have some dope choreographers who help us.
Latoya: What are some challenges that you guys face being in this industry?
Tali: We can be really hard on ourselves at times. We pick things apart sometimes and it can be overwhelming being on the road a lot and trying to balance it all.
Latoya: How has your music evolve from when you first started making music?
Bunni Ray: We went through an artist development program. We weren’t ready at first or well “seasoned.” Since then, our voices have developed and our dancing has improved.
Latoya: What do you want your lasting legacy to be?
Tali: We want to become the number one R&B group in the world. We want to be known for being unique and having our own style. As for our legacy, we want to change people lives through our music.
You can find Blush all over the digital markets. With their hit single, “Work” releasing soon, this group is definitely staying true and making music that feels good to the soul. I recommend that you follow their journey……….
MWE was founded by Mathew Knowles, founder, President and CEO. It was crowned by Billboard magazine as one of the Top Imprint Labels of the decade (2000-2009) with Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, and a roster of other greats. www.musicworldent.com
(LAS VEGAS, NV) – March 26, 2017 – Central City Productions hosted the 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards last night in Las Vegas, NV at The Orleans Arena. The annual show, hailed as an “epic night in gospel music,” was hosted by Erica Campbell and Anthony Brown. The telecast will premiere on TV One, on Palm Sunday, April 9 at 6pm ET with encores at 8pm and 11pm ET. Additionally, the Stellar Awards will air in national broadcast syndication April 15-May 7, 2017.
Deborah Joy Winans
The night included performances by Tamela Mann, Shirley Caesar, Jekalyn Carr, Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Bizzle, Canton Jones, Da’ Truth, JJ Hairstonand Youthful Praise, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds, Jonathan Butler, VaShawn Mitchell, Tasha Cobbs, Doug Williams, Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson, Da Chosen Brothaz, Donnie McClurkin and more.
Stellar Awards founder, Don Jackson bestowed special honors upon gospel legend Spencer Taylor (of the Highway QC’s) and Reverend Clay Evans. Stellar Honors Hall of Fame inductees included: Fred Hammond, Mississippi Mass Choir, Catherine Brewton, Harvey Watkins, Jr. and Dr. Leonard Scott.
For more information on TV One’s telecast of the 32nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, viewers can join the conversation by visiting the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tv and connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hashtags #StellarAwards and #Represent. For more information on syndicated airings of the show, visit www.thestellarawards.com and follow on Twitter and Instagram via @TheStellars.
Red Carpet Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Earl Gibson, Arnold Turner, and Maury Phillips, Courtesy of Central City Productions/TV One
Pre-Show Backstage Photo Credit: Maury Phillips, Courtesy of Central City Productions/TV One
Stellar Awards Pre-Show Performances Photo Credit: Earl Gibson, Courtesy of Central City Productions/TV One
Atlanta, GA – Grammy-winning producer, songwriter, recording artist, and reality tv star Jermaine Dupri in association with Scream Nation and Live Nation, will see 20 cities in North America this summer with Jermaine Dupri Presents: SoSoSUMMER 17 Tour, announced today. The tour begins May 25 in Louisville at the Louisville Palace, with stops in Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, Memphis, and many more. Complete itinerary below and more information on tickets at livenation.com.
Citi® cardmember pre-sale begins Tuesday, March 21 at 10:00am local time, ending Thursday, March 23 at 10:00pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. The general onsale for SoSoSummer 17 Tour begins Friday, March 24 at 10am local time. For more information on tickets, please visit www.livenation.com.
In 1992, Jermaine Dupri introduced to the world two 12-year-olds who wore their pants backwards by the name of Kris Kross. In February of that same year their first song “Jump” was released and immediately soared to #1 on the pop charts remaining for 8 weeks and in doing so labeled Jermaine as a 19-year-old wunderkind, super-producer.
Now, twenty five years later after the continued success with helping to develop other teen stars (Xscape, Usher, Da Brat, TLC, Bow Wow and more) Jermaine is back on the scene with his So So Def Brand, adding his signature stamp not only to the music of today’s teen culture but television and multi-media as well.
“The Rap Game” debuted January 1, 2015 on Lifetime and after three seasons the series has introduced to the world 15 young stars and crowned two winners – Miss Mulatto (season one) and Mani (season two). The third season of “The Rap Game” is currently airing on Lifetime Fridays at 10pm/9c, with the season three-winner set to be announced on April 7th 2017.
Produced by Intuitive Entertainment, The Rap Game is executive produced by Kevin Dill and Mechelle Collins, Ted Iredell, Perry Dance and co-executive produced by Adam Schor. Lifetime’s Mariana Flynn, Mary Donahue and Colleen Conway Grogan also executive produce in addition to Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere from Flavor Unit, and Jermaine Dupri.
By rolling out one of the biggest teen summer celebrations, focusing on the youth, community and the teen culture at large, Jermaine Dupri Presents: SoSoSUMMER 17 will be the summer destination for families, kids, teens, and community organizations. Each night Jermaine will introduce the stars of tomorrow as they set out on their 20-city, summer journey. For more information visit www.livenation.com
Michael Mauldin, CEO of Scream Nation, stated: “As the promoter of Jermaine Dupri Presents: SoSoSUMMER 17 TOUR, we are excited to be on the forefront of such a ground breaking youth & family oriented movement. This type of tour promotes the next generation of Young Stars and serves an audience that is often overlooked in the urban and pop music genres, and we are proud to be a part of it.”
Jermaine Dupri Presents SoSoSUMMER 17 Tour
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St Louis, MO
Peabody Opera House
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Raleigh Memorial (Duke Energy Center)
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New York, NY
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Wolf Creek Amphitheater
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Revention Music Center
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Music Hall Fair Park
About Live Nation Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Advertising & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.
About Scream Nation
Scream Nation, a joint venture with Live Nation, is a live event franchise, which showcases some of the most talented and popular artists today as well as helps introduce and develop tomorrow’s superstars. Scream Nation is an extension of the hugely successful Scream Tour brand, created by Michael Mauldin in 2001. The Scream tours have played an integral part in the discovery and promotion of multi-platinum artists including, Bow Wow, Chris Brown, Omarion, Trey Songz, B2K, T.I., Ne-Yo, and Ciara.
Photo credit: Chris Mitchell/So So Def, Michael Walker/Umeek Images, Thaddaeus McAdams/ExclusiveAccess.net
N’Style Atlanta Contributor Latoya Heyward interviews Musiq Soulchild before after the proclamation of Musiq Soulchild Day to talk about the Atlanta installment of the NuSoul Revival Tour with platinum-selling R&B and soul singer-songwriter, Lyfe Jennings; beloved Grammy Nominated “First Couple of Soul”, Kindred the Family Soul and; Multi-Award Winning Artist, Avery*Sunshine.
Also appearing on the tour, in select cities, are Grammy Award-Winning singer-songwriter Chrisette Michele, Grammy Nominated singer-songwriter and record producer Dwele, and Grammy Nominated group, The Foreign Exchange.
It’s no secret that these artists are bringing the SOUL back in music. Musiq Soulchild, Lyfe Jennings, Avery Sunshine, and Kindred the Family Soul kick off their NuSoul Revival tour in Raleigh, N.C. on February 3rd. N’Style Atlanta Host Latoya Heyward had the pleasure of speaking with Musiq on the anticipated tour and he had a lot to say.
Latoya: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Musiq: Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway.
Latoya: Do you see yourself taking this tour to other countries?
Musiq: I would love to but obviously that depends on how this tour goes. We can’t do a show in other countries if we only have ten people to show up in the states. (We both laugh)
Latoya: This tour is also for a great cause; Alzheimer’s. How do you feel about the cause and have you personally dealt with this issue in your life?
Musiq: I didn’t know it was for a cause initially. When I found out, it was a bigger deal. I am grateful. I don’t have someone who is directly affected by this, but I can still relate to it.
Latoya: We are our biggest critic at times. It has been 17 years since you release the hit single, “Love.” How do you challenge yourself musically to compete with such a beautiful song?
Musiq: I honestly didn’t know “Love” would be a hit. I just made it. That’s kind of what we do as artist; we creatively put things out there not knowing what the reaction would be. It’s just a part of the process. I am always driving myself to do better.
Latoya: If there was one piece of advice you can give, what would it be?
Musiq: Don’t be afraid.
Follow MusiqSoulchild at @musiqsoulchild
To find out more about the tour and purchase tickets, visit www.nusoukrevivaltour.com. Check out the tour dates coming to a city near you below.
2/3, Raleigh, NC, Duke Energy Center
2/4, Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
2/10, Nashville, TN, Nashville Municipal Auditorium
2/11, Chicago, IL, Arie Crown Theater
2/12, Louisville, KY, Whitney Hall
2/14, Philadelphia, PA, Liacouras Center
2/17, Washington, D.C., Constitution Hall
2/18, NYC, Beacon Theater
2/24, Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
2/25, Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
3/3, Norfolk, VA, Chrysler Hall
3/4, Dallas, TX, Verizon Theater
3/10, Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
3/11, St. Petersburg, VA, Virginia State Multipurpose Center
This past Saturday I attended the BET Hip Hop Awards here in Atlanta. The show featured the new generation of hip hop with rappers and entertainers such as Designer, Dae Dae, Lil Yachty and 21 Savage. O.T. Genasis had the crowd going crazy with his hit single, “Cut It.” I thoroughly enjoyed the show, especially the Cypher. Some of Phillies most underrated artist reunited for one of the best cypher performances I’ve ever seen.
The fashion on the green carpet this year was creative and bold. Denim was trending amongst the guys and black was definitely the color of the evening for the females. Rapper Remy Ma looked stunning in her all black studded jumpsuit. Cardi B even pushed through in her all black jumpsuit by designer Adam Selman. I love how so many new designers and stylist work are being displayed more. I too rocked an all black jumpsuit by celebrity stylist Phoenyx Reign. She designs the best pieces for plus women. I love how comfortable and versatile her pieces are. Brooklyn rapper Fabolous turned heads in his denim jacket with floral patch work by Duckie Confetti. Loved! Here’s a sneak peek at highlights from the show. It airs on October 4 at 8P/7C. Be sure to tune in.
Director: Theodore Melfi Producer: Donna Gigliotti, Kevin Halloran, Mimi Valdes Writers: Allison Schroeder, Margot Lee Shetterly Cast:Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Aldis Hodge, Mahershala Ali, Ariana Neal, Maria Howell, Jaiden Kaine, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Scott Michael Morgan, Lidya Jewett, Alkoya Brunson, Saniyaa Sidney.
Synopsis: HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
August 2, 2016 (Atlanta, Ga) – Yesterday, ONE Musicfest hosted a media junket in Atlanta to celebrate the Dungeon Family’s upcoming reunion at the 2016 music festival. They also discussed utilizing their platform to spread social consciousness and their commitment to serving as historians of the true Atlanta music sound.
Jason Carter, founder of One Musicfest, discussed how this year’s concert goers will never again witness a Dungeon Family lineup like this. Members of The Dungeon Family also explained their efforts to unify the community through music and their 15 year anniversary of the album Even In Darkness.
Dungeon Family Members Present Included: Jason Carter, ONE Musicfest Cee-Lo, Dungeon Family Big Gipp, Dungeon Family Slim Cutta Calhoun, Dungeon Family Backbone, Dungeon Family C-Bone,Dungeon Family Lil Will , Dungeon Family Rico Wade, Dungeon Family Mr. DJ, Dungeon Family
ONE Musicfest is the Southeast’s largest annual urban progressive music festival, featuring a diverse range of music that includes everything from classic and next generation hip-hop, and soulful R&B, to alternative and rock. ONE Musicfest will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Lakewood Amphitheater. Tickets for One Music Fest can be purchased by visit www.OneMusicFest.com Continue the conversation on social media using the hashtag #OMFDungeonFamily
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