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EVENT RECAP: Ro James ‘El Dorado’ Listening Party in NYC
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Ro James, known for his current Billboard-topping hit “Permission,” threw a listening party last night for his debut album ‘El Dorado’ in the garage of a vacated auto repair shop. The venue provided the perfect backdrop for him to showcase his new vehicle-titled release, which is available this Friday, May 27th. DJ Olivia Dope stood atop a make-shift stage created upon a vehicle riser and started out the evening...

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Event Recap: Jesse Boykins III at Apple Store – Soho
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Two young socialites Francheska Medina (a.k.a. HeyFranHey) and Maya Washington (a.k.a. Shameless Maya) took the stage to moderate a conversation with Jesse Boykins III at the Apple Store in Soho last Friday. A crowd of fans amassed well before the scheduled start time to hear the interview with the R&B/soul singer and songwriter about his Love Apparatus album and see the live performance. Hey Fran Hey and Shameless Maya began the discussion...

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Creative Recreation Discount Code
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We’ve teamed up with Creative Recreation to offer our readers an exclusive discount code on all Creative Recreation items. Enter TaraScudder20 at check-out for 20% off! Creativity + Innovation = Creative Recreation cr8rec.com Share...

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Event Recap: Macy’s Prom Fashion Show ft. Mack Wilds
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Written by Tara Scudder for YouKnowIGotSoul.com; Photos courtesy of YouKnowIGotSoul Last Saturday, Grammy-nominated artist Mack Wilds performed at a fashion show held at Macy’s in Herald Square. The event, produced in coordination with Teen Vogue magazine, showcased the 2014 Macy’s prom dress selection and Sean John clothing line. Throngs of his young fans – which he dubs his ‘Wild Things’ – and curious shoppers...

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Tank: “You’re My Star”
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Tank proves why he’s on top of the R&B food chain with his latest single, “You’re My Star.” There’s no sonic barriers within the genre for the singer, who seamlessly transitions from ballads to club hits. This single is freshened up by use of live instrumentation and a sample from The Jackson’s ‘This Place Hotel’. This is a must-listen, as he delivers the true heart...

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Event Recap: Bilal Listening Session at Harlem Soundstage
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Written by Tara Scudder for YouKnowIGotSoul.com Ethnomusicologist Fredara Mareva Hadley sat down with the Grammy-nominated musician Bilal last night (Feb 19) at the Harlem Soundstage Gatehouse to dig deeper into his inspirations, background and personality. The unique, intimate experience was conducted as part of Harlem Stages’ Composers Now series. The varied format included personal accounts of his upbringing, review of a few of his past performances, and...

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Event Recap: The Braxton’s Host & Toni Braxton Performs at Gain Flings Launch Event 1/23/14
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Written for YouKnowIGotSoul; Photos courtesy of YouKnowIGotSoul Gain laundry detergent threw a launch event with the Braxton family last night at the Empire Hotel to launch their new ‘Music To Your Nose’ rebranding campaign. Attendees sipped ripe colorful cocktails in the posh indoor rooftop venue, which tantalized the senses alike the famous fragrance of Gain. The Braxton family, including Tamar, Trina, Towanda & Traci,...

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Tinashe: “2 On” ft ScHoolBoy Q
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Tinashe killed it again with this bubbly club-oriented track with a Caribbean flavor. The feature by ScHoolBoy Q will ensure this one gets played at the next house party, club and on Friday evening radio. Dope. Listen below: Share...

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Angel Haze: ‘Dirty Gold’
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Recently Angel Haze had enough with her label’s delays and posted all of her debut album for free in a Twitter rant. This audacious move prompted its 3-month early official launch by Universal Republic Records. Glad we didn’t have to wait longer for this one. ‘Black Synagogue’, ‘Angels & Airwaves’ and ‘White Lilies/White Lies’ are the standout gems on the acid-tongue-with-a-pop-twist lyricist’s debut album ‘Dirty...

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Production Halted on Drake’s Posthumous Aaliyah Project
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From Ashley Lee @ Hollywood Reporter The would-be Aaliyah record of unreleased tracks from the late singer is staying on the shelf — for good, this time. Production of the posthumous album, spearheaded by Noah “40” Shebib and Drake, has been halted, according to a new Vibe interview with Shebib. “Aaliyah’s label, Blackground — the Hankersons, her uncle and cousin — came to me and...

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#GinuwineDayYKIGS
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#GinuwineDayYKIGS

Jan 9, 2014

I’m helping@youknowigotsoul curate today’s all day discussion on the R&B icon @ginuwine Join in using the hashtag#GinuwineDayYKIGS on IG Twitter and Facebook! Comment on favorite songs, pose questions to other fans, share your love for R&B, discuss his influence in today’s R&B, bring up TGT’s sexiness if you want .. anything goes! W: YouKnowIGotSoul.com IG: Instagram.com/youknowigotsoul Twitter: Twitter.com/YKIGS Share...

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Diddy Enters New Liquor Venture
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Yesterday, Shanken News Daily broke the news that hip-hop mogul Diddy has partnered with Diageo again. The two have a track record riddled with success fueled by the imported vodka giant Ciroc. A 50/50 global partnership with Diageo’s newly acquired DeLeon tequila and Diddy is apt to deliver promising results. Will tequila be put on the map as a drink of choice for this...

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Kid Ink ft. Pusha T – “Murda”
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This Kid Ink + Pusha T track though?!?!?!? The addictive buoyancy in the beat laced with Pusha’s callous flow and energy is just the feature Kid Ink needed to take his major-label debut to the next level. Looking forward to My Own Lane, dropping January 7th.   Update: My Own Lane is now available to stream free. Listen below! Share...

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August Alsina – “Don’t Forget About Me” Official Video
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August Alsina, has been my #1 artist to watch for the past two years. Years prior were Chance the Rapper and The Weeknd.   He’s been littering the interwebs with videos and mixtapes for some time now, and finally got major recognition with his last mixtape “The Product 2“. The relatable R&B singer from NOLA just dropped the video to accompany “Don’t Forget About Me”...

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Top 10 Albums I Heard in 2013
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In rare un-journalistic fashion, I  present to you my completely biased listing of what I feel are the top albums of 2013. If you’re looking for the highest-selling; most-impactful; most-anything this is not the list for you. Now if you’re curious to see who made the cut this year from an inside look from somebody that floats around the urban music scene of New...

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J. Dilla – “Dillatroit”
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Mind-blowing soundscapes fusing the essence of hip-hop with creative samples were J. Dilla’s signature appeal. This is expressed in his posthumous “Dillatroit” that’s FINALLY available for digital download. Stream the album below: — **PeaceLuvHarmoni encourages you to support the J. Dilla Foundation** Share...

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Kid Cudi: “Satellite Flight”
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Kid Cudi has also mastered the art of abandoning marketing principles and dropping new music without press releases or forewarning. He just dropped single off his forthcoming EP Satellite Flight: The Journey To Mother Moon, which is scheduled to drop … well any day now. We are instructed to keep an eye out on Twitter for it. Listen below: Share...

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Damian Marley’s Reggae Cruise ‘Welcome to Jamrock’ Sells Out Nearly a Year in Advance
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by Patricia Meschino, Billboard Less than a month after its lineup of top tier Jamaican acts was announced on his Facebook page, Damian Marley’s inaugural Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise has sold out all of the 2,300 available cabins aboard the Norwegian Pearl cruise liner, Damian told Billboard.biz in an exclusive interview. So named for Damian’s 2006 Best Reggae Album Grammy Award-winning “Welcome to Jamrock”...

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Elijah Blake – “Towers of Tokyo”
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Elijah Blake delivered his fans a holiday treat with his new single “Towers of Tokyo” – his first release since his respected EP “Bijoux 22.” The soulful, impassioned ballad’s vocal strength enforces the tenacity of the relationship he lyrically describes. Check it out below: Share...

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How Beyonce’s ‘Beyonce’ Stayed Secret Until the Day of Release
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by Andrew Hampp, Billboard   When Beyonce’s fifth album arrived surreptitiously Friday morning at midnight, it was without the aid of an advanced single, marketing campaign, radio airplay or TV performances. But now that it’s out and setting iTunes ablaze with a weeklong, album-only exclusive, which of the album’s 14 tracks will get the single treatment? Starting next week, it will be two – the Pharrell...

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John Michael – “Christmas Eve Party”
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Gotta love the purity of this new video by burgeoning R&B artist John Michael. The track pays respect to and celebrates the true meaning of Christmas and delivers a warm, comfortable family-friendly spirit. Check it out below: Share...

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Sade Serena: “Renegade”
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Sade Serena’s sweet and upbeat pop/R&B fusion in ‘Renegade’ delivers friendly and approachable impassioned vocals. This combined with fiery lyrics and her sassy edge deem her definitely noteworthy. Check her out below: Share...

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Tinashe: “Vulnerable”
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R&B singer Tinashe recently dropped ‘Vulnerable’ — her new single oozing with dark sensuality and perfect for the weekend… Listen below:   Click here to download her whole Black Water EP Share...

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Event Recap: Sanura & YGB
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Tillman’s Select – a dimly lit, red-tinged lounge and restaurant venue in Chelsea – pulsed with the exotic yet humble soul vibrations of R&B/Soul singer Sanura and the YGB band last Saturday night. Spacious booths with built-in speakers fit the relaxed vibe of the soul songstress, who perched up on stage with the three-piece band. The truly engaging set of songs from her “View...

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Event Recap: Apollo Master Class “Songwriting with Gordon Chambers”
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by Tara Scudder for GetSignedMagazine.com Aspiring songwriters obtained one-on-one instruction from award-winning music industry veterans in the art of songwriting at a Master Class presented by the Talent Development Seminar Series at the Apollo Theatre. Singer-songwriter-producer Gordon Chambers facilitated the all-day event which featured guest presenters Walter Jones, Steff Reed and Phil Galdston. The event provided a way to learn, connect and receive live...

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17 Tips to Becoming a Better Song Writer – #Songwriting Edition
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17 tips gained from the Apollo Theater’s Master Class in songwriting facilitated by Gordon Chambers. The panel of presenters included Steff Reed, Walter Jones and Phil Galdston. 1.Remember the 5 P’s: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. 2.Learn how to “stamp” yourself when you enter a room and make your presence known yet approachable. 3.In songwriting, you have to be willing to get your heart broken...

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Review: “#TheIntervention” by Steff Reed
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It can take a bit of time to fully process songwriter Steff Reed‘s debut EP “The Intervention.” In a current music landscape where true emotions tend to remain elusive; the EP confronts the feelings of inner turmoil. “If it stays inside of you, it’ll kill you. So let it be, let it flow. Be free, let your feelings be shared.” is an all-too-fitting introduction to the...

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Event Recap: ‘The Kulture Movement Showcase’ ft. Steff Reed & J-Rome
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Hot 97’s Shani Kulture presented a diverse line-up of urban artists in ‘The Kulture Movement’ showcase last night at the Katra Lounge in New York City. The exotic venue, trimmed with ambient light courtesy of vanilla-hued wax candles provided a handsome, intimate accompaniment to the flavor of the alt-R&B and rap musicians’ performances. The night opened with a few bars from rapper Chems as music...

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Blended Babies: “See the World” ft. Asher Roth
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Today the Chicago-production duo Blended Babies (known best for their work with Chance The Rapper) dropped the new track “See The World”. This slow-burning track is accented by a collaboration with a few tempered bars from rapper Asher Roth. This track announces the launch of their label ‘Blended Babies Music Group. Look forward to many more creative cuts to come from them soon. Check...

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Event Recap: Maxine Ashley ‘Mood Swings’ Listening Party
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The Pharrell Williams-endorsed, Krucial Noise signee Maxine Ashley held a private listening party for her debut EP “Mood Swings” last night in a Flatiron loft. The airy venue allowed for taste-makers and industry representatives to mingle with each other and the singer herself. Colorfully dressed in a urban punk getup, she took photos letting her inner rebellious nature show for the camera. The crowd...

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Event Recap: Ro James at Highline Ballroom
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Last night at the Highline Ballroom in New York City, burgeoning R&B artist Ro James established his prominence in the music game. A packed crowd of socialites, urban hipsters and music industry representatives were out in full support, grooving to the live jam session. The amplitude of the event became evident as his live 8-piece band delivered a full, alluring blend of R&B, rock,...

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Nebula868 – “868”
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Just came across this video from the Trinbagonian duo Nebula 868. This caffeinated and hype video makes you feel out of this world through pulsating colorful visuals and grungy, Caribbean-influenced beat. Definitely a must watch to hype you up for any event this weekend. Share...

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Lyor Cohen’s New Music Company Gets Google Backing, Warner Music Distribution
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By Yinka Adegoke, Billboard Former Warner Music Group Recorded Music chief Lyor Cohen has reached agreement with Google Inc. and other investors to fund his new music-based entertainment company which is likely to be distributed through Atlantic label, several people familiar with the plans said. Cohen, who made a surprise exit from Warner Music just over a year ago, has been working through his...

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Event Recap: 2013 ASCAP Women Behind the Music
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From Photos from YouKnowIGotSoul.com   The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted the second installment of its 5th annual ASCAP Presents…Women Behind the Music series last night in New York at the popular nightclub Lexicon sponsored by Malibu Red, The New Nasty, Uber Cars, Miss Jessie and Sister 2 Sister Magazine. The series is designed to encourage and recognize women in...

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Roseland Ballroom, Historic NYC Venue, Closing In April (Breaking)
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From Billboard’s Ray Waddell New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom will close its doors in April, according to an internal e-mail obtained by Billboard, though no official announcement has been made. The venerable venue, owned by developer Larry Ginsberg and booked by Live Nation, opened at its 52nd street location, a converted skating rink, in 1958 and is a sentimental favorite for many bands....

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5 Pointz: New York graffiti mecca calls on Banksy for help in fight to stay alive
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by Amanda Holpuch for the Guardian Queens graffiti space hopes last-ditch lawsuit and maybe a word from world’s most famous street painter can save its work It’s the closest thing the world has to a graffiti museum. Standing in the loading docks at the center of a sprawling complex of disused warehouses in Long Island City, visitors can see a rotating collection of works by...

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Audubon ft. Camile Safiya – “Laws of the Gods”
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The newest video from the Washington Heights-based rapper Audubon (of The Heights fame) features a chilling feature by the soulful Camile Safiya. As Lucas G. with DjBooth.net noted, make sure you have a great pair of headphones to listen to this track. The mixtape Hotel Audubon (available for download here) retains the chilling, dark lyrical madness that the raspy rapper has become known for....

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Kid Cudi to Release Pre-MOM3 EP
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Sometimes admittedly less-breaking news in the world of music is worthy of highlighting. At his headlining concert last night in Dallas, TX Kid Cudi informed the crowd that we can expect a pre-Man On The Moon 3 EP. The bad news is that MOM3 isn’t slated for release until 2015. The EP, however will be dropped sometime within the next three months, with a 24-hour...

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Event Recap: Young Guru at SoHo Apple Store
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Last night at the SoHo Apple Store in NYC,  AllHipHop.com CEO Chuck Creekmur conducted an inspiring interview with hip-hop veteran Young Guru.  A mixed crowd of artists, producers, photographers and others interested in hip-hop culture keenly listened as Guru explained his background and delivered insight into how hip-hop has evolved. A sense of community in the room was established early on when Young Guru...

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Remaining Dates for ‘Rock The Bells’ Cancelled
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Source: Billboard Rock the Bells is getting hit with bad news. Billboard can confirm that the decade-old traveling hip-hop festival’s remaining two dates, in Washington, D.C. and the New York City area, have been canceled due to low ticket sales. Festival organizers Guerilla Union confirmed the development in a statement issued Thursday afternoon, following a flurry of unconfirmed reports about the cancellations. “First and foremost,...

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SpinMedia Revives Vibe as Quarterly, Considers the Same for Spin
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by John McDermott for Ad Age Vibe magazine is celebrating its 20th birthday by announcing it plans to live to see 21. One of three covers for Vibe’s new print edition, which once seemed like it wouldn’t continue One of three covers for Vibe’s new print edition, which once seemed like it wouldn’t continue Despite numerous reports this year that the magazine’s new owner...

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Afeni Shakur to Produce 2Pac Broadway Musical “Holler If Ya Hear Me”
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Theater director Kenny Leon, most notably known for ‘A Raisin in The Sun’, is preparing a Broadway musical entitled “Holler If Ya Hear Me” featuring music from rapper Tupac “2Pac” Shakur. Leon has enlisted Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, as a producer for what he dubs an “unconventional love story” and an “anti-violence story.” The musical however, will not be an biographical tale of the late...

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Fans Petition for Brooklyn Intersection to be Renamed After The Notorious B.I.G.
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From HipHopDX.com‘s Roman Cooper:   Fans hope to have a street renamed Christopher Wallace way. The Notorious B.I.G. clearly remains a much-loved fixture in his native Brooklyn, New York, as a fan of the late rapper has started a petition to have the intersection of St. James Place and Fulton Street to be co-named Christopher Wallace Way. Thelifefiles.com has provided the contents of the petition, which...

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Ro James – “’84” feat. Snoop Dogg
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Today, Ro James welcomed us into September with the first single from ‘Cadillacs,'” the final installment of the ”Coke, Jack & Cadillacs” trilogy. The effortless smooth, mellow vibe of the track is aided with a pinch of Cali/West-Coast swag by a feature by hip-hop veteran Snoop Dogg. Expect several more tracks of ‘riding music’ to vibe out to on ‘Cadillacs’, dropping Thursday September 19th.  ...

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Mario: “Fatal Distraction”
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The vocal growth in longtime R&B singer Mario is evident in his slinky new single, “Fatal Distraction.” The falsetto-ridden hypnotic track about the allure of a woman will be featured on his new album ‘Evolve’, due in October.   EXTRA: The creator of this site recently interviewed Mario in collaboration with YouKnowIGotSoul.com where he elaborated about his recent growth. YouKnowIGotSoul: You have the new single “Somebody...

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Event Recap: Mack Wilds Listening Party at Mack’s House
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This slideshow requires JavaScript. Yesterday evening, Salaam Remi invited media outlets to an exclusive listening party of ‘New York: A Love Story’ at Mack’s House, the visual experience designed to complement the new R&B singer Mack Wilds. The stark white SoHo art gallery space was transformed into something that resembles what could have been his actual bachelor pad.  Marvelously well-conceptualized, it vividly depicted the contrast between his striking...

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Event Recap: Soul Factory ft. Bobby V
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Last Saturday in NYC, Soul Factory and You Know I Got Soul partnered to present a special edition of the monthly R&B establishment at Drom featuring Soul Train Award-winning artist Bobby V. The romantic, dimly lit venue was packed full of couples and friends out to enjoy their Saturday evening. A live band crafted the atmosphere with an organic up-tempo positive energy, reminiscent of an intimate...

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Cash Money’s Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams and Ronald ‘Slim’ Williams and Top Songwriters Honored
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This slideshow requires JavaScript. NEW YORK, NY, August 23, 2013 – Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, presented tonight the BMI Icon Award to Cash Money Records’ Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams at the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held at the Manhattan Center in New York City. The star-studded event, formerly known as the BMI Urban Awards, celebrates...

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REVIEW: Ro James – “Coke” & “Jack”
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Transporting you into a dark, sensual, secluded and reckless world,  “Coke” & “Jack” declares a new bracket of R&B to be founded. “His wardrobe complements the shadows. The performance echoes an essence of rock ‘n roll. He has no fucks to give with your receptions of his story,” says Luke James of Ronnie “Ro” James.  This essence he describes is not a concoction brewed by the...

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Birdman launches “Rich Gang” Clothing Line
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Today, Birdman of the highly successful Cash Money record label, unveiled a new clothing line titled ‘Rich Gang’ at the Agenda Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV. The clothing line is just another facet of the multi-million-dollar Cash Money empire. Bravado, a music merchandising company, has partnered with Birdman to produce the high-quality fashion brand that will be coinciding with the Cash Money “Rich...

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Ro James – “Jack”
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Now you can have a lil’ ‘Jack’ with your ‘Coke’… the second of Ro James‘ mixtape trilogy #CokeJackCadillacs just dropped today. Jack’s highlighted single, ”Lisa’ features Asher Roth in a grungy, no-holds-barred single reminiscent of Prince. The infectious, wild track is not for the timid…and it’s arguably his best, most sincerely expressive cut yet. Stream it below or download it free here Share...

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Hip-hop Cultural Icon to Be Destroyed
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Arguably is no where else in the world is there a single place with a greater graffiti display than 5 Pointz in Long Island City, New York.  This museum-of-sorts has proudly showcased one of the four true elements of hip-hop culture for two decades.   The site is set to be demolished for construction of two high-rise apartment buildings, which can only be stopped if...

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Michelle Obama to Release Hip-Hop Album “Songs For a Healthier America”
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Michelle Obama has championed the ferocious task of getting kids excited about eating healthy and staying fit. She’s been very active in utilizing her public status, own healthy lifestyle habits and general appeal during her tenure as the First Lady to contribute to betterment of youth. Obama now has added hip-hop into her stew to feed the youth effective messages about being healthy. Due...

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Terrace Martin – ‘3ChordFold’
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Reading the tracklisting of Terrace Martin’s new release (8/13/2013) is sure to pique any hip-hop head or neo-soul fan’s interest. ‘3ChordFold’ has features from Kendrick Lamar and Musiq Soulchild and production by 9th Wonder, Robert Glasper AND Quincy Jones. Prepare yourself for a chill, smooth and truly epic album as you push play on the full album stream below. 01.Ab Souls Intro (ft. Ab-Soul)...

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TGT – “I Need”
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TGT – “I Need”

Aug 8, 2013

Today, R&B supergroup TGT dropped the Benny Boom-produced video for their second single, “I Need.” On August 20, the three R&B icons Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank will release their first album, ‘Three Kings.’ Album is available for pre-order on iTunes here. Share...

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Jay Z & Dame Dash Reconciliation Pic Posted on Instagram
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The internet is buzzing about a photo of Jay Z and Dame Dash that showed up on Instagram last night. It appears the hard feelings subsided last night at a birthday party for industry exec Chaka Pilgrim at Williamsburg’s King and Grove. This grainy photo could be mistaken for a #tbt (Throwback Thursday) photo but rest assured this just happened.   What does this...

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Kevin Michael – Sometimes (Video)
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Perhaps most famous for his big-hair and upbeat, comfortable jams about how irreverent race is, Kevin Michael is back with a surprising twist. In ‘Sometimes’, the eclectic R&B singer describes the feeling of despair and being alone in the world. He’d gone from being featured in music videos and TV shows and performing on world-renowned tours, to being dropped from a label deal, broke...

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J Dilla – “Diamonds (The Shining Pt. 1)”
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Time to celebrate, as another J Dilla track has come to surface. “Diamonds (The Shining Pt. 1)”, a Nottz-produced track cleverly utilizes the coined phrase ‘girl’s best friend’. There’s more. On August 27, ‘Diamonds & Ice’, a 12-inch EP will be available. Pre-order yours now here. Tracklisting: A1. Diamonds – The Shining Pt. 1 A2. Diamonds – The Shining Pt. 1 (Alternate) A3. Diamonds...

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JAY Z – “Picasso Baby” PREMIERE
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HBO just exclusively premiered hip-hop legend Jay Z’s short film for Picasso Baby thirty minutes ago.  Without delay, here’s the full video:   Shouts to Jay Z for bringing such a diverse group of people together! Share...

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Event Recap: Ro James & Lydia Caesar – Aug 1
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Last night at the Aloft Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn, Singersroom  and Ron Faison presented an exclusive intimate show featuring Lydia Caesar and Ro James. The inclement weather pushed the rooftop celebration indoors, but that didn’t stop anything. A crowd of invited guests and R&B fans truly turned up the heat on the otherwise cool stormy evening. R&B songtress Lydia Caesar delivered a few of her heart-wrenching tracks,...

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August 2: Jay Z Video Premiere
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Tomorrow (August 2) Jay Z will premiere the video you’ve heard about on every news source from BET to MSNBC.  It’ll be aired tomorrow in a half-hour special called Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film at 11p on HBO.  He’ll also be appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher beforehand. For those in NYC, it’ll also be showing at the 40/40 Club tomorrow night. Will Hov himself...

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Billboard ’40 Under 40′ List Revealed!
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Today, Billboard released the full list of the 40 top executives in the music industry that are under 40 years of age. This is a welcome variation of the usual annual list ’30 Under 30′, as these winners made a severe impact on today’s music landscape.   Here’s the list, in no particular ranking order: MARCIE ALLEN MAC PRESENTS AARON BAY-SCHUCK ATLANTIC RECORDS EVAN...

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Audubon – ‘Hotel Audubon’
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Yesterday,  Audubon (a new artist from Washington Heights, NYC) blessed the world with his mixtape ‘Hotel Audubon’. Make your RSVP for Hotel Audubon and enjoy your stay. While you’re there, check out ‘Law of the Gods’ – a dark track with an eerie feature by Camille Safiya.   Audubon gives us a moment of his R&B side in ‘F.M.L.T.N.T.’,  a smooth, kinda-reminiscent-of-an-old-school-Frankie-J-track) featuring Bodega Bamz also...

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All Def Music: A Label for Youtube Stars
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Leave it to Russell Simmons to team up with Steve Rifkind and Brian Robbins to innovate the label format. These three notable industry executives have created the All Def Music label – a label that intends to  sign, develop and promote musicians on Youtube.  The label is under the Universal Music Group umbrella and will be leveraged with the All Def Digital platform (ADD), which...

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Ro James – “Devil’s Kiss”
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‘Coke’ is the MUST-DOWNLOAD EP of the summer. The first installment of the 3-part series “Coke, Jack & Cadillacs” has finally been delivered. Performances at NYC’s best showcases and venues (BET Music Matters, BMI’s Know Them Next) have truly heightened the anticipation value for this release. This long-awaited 4 song EP features no other than a fitting intro by Roc Nation’s own Bridget Kelly. Download...

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T-Soul – “Complicated”
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First took note of T-Soul at performance at the legendary BB Kings Club in NYC with his astounding cover of Tank’s ‘Lost It All’. His deep, raspy acoustic tone perfectly portrays the emotional wrath and confustion of losing love in his new video ‘Complicated’. Share...

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PREMIERE: Mr. Cheeks & Chaz Money – “K Michael Shades On”
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Queens NY, Forever K Michael Collection & Crucifix films is proud to announce the Official Release of a new FKM video featuring Hip Hop legend Mr. Cheeks & rising star Chaz Money. The Video an offical introduction to the endorsement signing of the ever-energetic Mr. Cheeks. An original member of Hip-Hop’s Lost Boyz, the Grammy Award-winning Mr. Cheeks is officially a part of the...

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Salaam Remi Launches Louder Than Life Imprint Through Sony
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Producer/songwriter Salaam Remi has established his own label imprint group, Louder Than Life, with Sony Music, Billboard has learned exclusively. It’s the latest move by a high-profile producer/songwriter to help drive major-label A&R strategy. In addition to releasing projects under the Louder Than Life banner, Remi will issue projects through two subimprints: RemiFa Music and Flying Buddha Records. “[Sony chairman/CEO] Doug Morris has given...

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The Weeknd – “Belong to the World”
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Get More: The Weeknd, Belong To The World, Music, More Music Videos The Weeknd has been an artist known to shroud himself in a cloak of mystery. That all fades away in the new video “Belong to the World,” more of a cinematographic foreign art film than a traditional video. Keeping true to illicit XO brand, this MTV-friendly cut of the video presents a...

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Party Next Door – “Make A Mil”
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Just got put on to Drake’s new OVO signee Party Next Door. Billed as the perfect midpoint between Drake himself and R&B artist The Weeknd, it’s an easy transition into for fans of either artist. The single ‘Make A Mil’ is a distinctly easy-packaged Friday night mellow party anthem. Share...

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Jay Z Innovates the Game (Again)
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Jay-Z has done it again. The slurry of innovative music marketing escapades that he’s dubbed with the hashtag #NewRules continues on past his MCHG release date. The visionary mogul unleashed an invite-only event shrouded with an air of mystery this Wednesday (July 10) in NYC. —- I was among those to receive this vague invitation at 11am Wednesday morning – just an hour before...

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Yasiin Bey Force-Fed Like Guantanamo Bay Prisoner
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Yasiin Bey, the actor and rapper formerly known as Mos Def, has undergone the standard procedure for force-feeding inmates at Guantanamo Bay in a graphic video posted by the Guardian and Reprieve, a human rights group. Bey voluntarily participated in the video to raise awareness for the force-feeding of over 100 Guantanamo prisoners who are participating in a hunger strike that began in February....

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Elijah Blake ft. J Cole – “Vendetta”
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R&B newcomer Elijah Blake not only got a guest feature from superstar labelmate J. Cole, but production is by Cole as well. “Vendetta” features vocal edginess we haven’t seen before from Blake. Def recommend keeping an eye out on this new Roc Nation recruit. The summer anthem has arrived. Share...

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Christopher ‘Tricky’ Stewart Exits Epic A&R Helm
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In an unexpected move, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart has exited his post as Epic Records’ president of A&R to concentrate on producing. The Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer joined the label in that role in October 2011. There was no word at press time as to whether a successor will be named to fill Stewart’s A&R post. “It’s real simple,” Stewart tells Billboard.biz. “I really want to...

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Mack Wilds – “Own It”
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Child actor Tristan Wilds recently made the transition into being a DOPE R&B singer Mack Wilds recently. His debut album “New York: A Love Story.” drops this summer and features appearances, writing and production by the likes of Havoc, Pete Rock, Ne-Yo and Salaam Remi. Classic hip-hop beats with modern R&B vocals, this is THE summer single. UPDATE (7/31): The video has just been...

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs On Revolt TV, Time-Warner Deal, MTV’s Influence (Q&A)
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Last week, the entrepreneur/rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs went on something of a promotional tear for his new music cable station Revolt TV, which is scheduled to launch this Fall. First he turned up at Cannes where, in a discussion with Translation CEO Steve Stoute, he discussed the network; and a few days latter he announced a deal with Time-Warner who in addition to Comcast...

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Game Offers To Pay Fines For Pants-Sagging Citations In Wildwood, New Jersey
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The first five people to get ticketed for broadcasting their boxers can look to Game to cover their fine, as he reminds folks he’s a “sagging Sagittarius.” Rapper Game loves a good publicity stunt. The Compton, California multi-platinum rapper once bet Bow Wow $85,000 over a game of Madden, money he later won. This was two years after Game was filmed stealing a basketball...

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Samsung to Give Away 1 Million Copies of Jay-Z’s New Album
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As the Miami Heat faced off against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the NBA finals Sunday night, a curious TV ad aired near the end of the second quarter featuring rap star Jay-Z in a studio, riffing with a cast of characters including producer Rick Rubin and artist Pharrell Williams. At one point, a member of the posse is shown taking...

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Sanura – “View from the Q” album
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Standout tracks: “Higher”, “Karmic Debts” Met Sanura at a recent Sol Village event and I was blown away by her talent. The tone of sweetness to her voice, vocal  styling and diversity of tracks separated her from many. (P.S. she’s currently unsigned!) Share...

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Angel Haze – “Supreme”
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Really love this album by Noizy Cricket!! artist Angel Haze, and this is by far my favorite track. The below lyrics really resonated with me. “I was having problems with my self back then But none of that is in my way And it could be yours If you want it baby make your way And you can go far Keep running baby it’s your...

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Add-2 – “More Missed Calls” album
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Chicago rapper Add-2 was brought to my attention as an opening act for Chance The Rapper at the famed NYC venue SOB’s. His clever lyrics and a flow that brings them to life made me a fan. “Paper” is a definite must-listen.   Standout Tracks: “Paper”, “Couples Therapy” Share...

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Business Matters: Why An Artist Like Jay-Z Would Partner with Samsung
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It’s no wonder that Jay-Z signed a partnership deal with the electronics giant Samsung that’s rumored to be worth $20 million. The Korean company spends an incredible amount on advertising every year. Samsung Electronics’ advertising spending in 2012 was $4.6 billion, an amount higher than that of Pepsi ($3.7 billion), Coca-Cola ($3.3 billion) and Apple ($1 billion). How big is that $4.6 billion figure?...

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Chance The Rapper – “Chain Smoker”
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Once I heard that Cara Lewis is representing him – I immediately downloaded his mixtape, Acid Rap. Funky and kind of senseless lines with reggae-type raspy vocals  — this made me laugh and made me happy. #Winning 🙂   Download Mixtape | Free Mixtapes Powered by DatPiff.com Share...

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Alex Jacke – “DFM Deluxe”
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DFM Deluxe hit me with its abrasive name and smooth, bedroom-type R&B.  This is his featured single, but “Enjoy The Ride” is that 90s sexy-R&B that’s really worth listening to. 😉   Standout Tracks:  “Enjoy The Ride”, “No Hands”, “Pure Perfection” Share...

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Ro James – “Pledge Allegiance”
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Ro James can be seen at nearly every urban event these days. Catching my attention at his BET Music Matters performance with this track and his mini legion of fans screaming his name (a rarity in NYC)…now I’m a fan too. Careful while viewing, it’s contagious!   Artist: Ro James Twitter: @RoJamesXIX/a> Website: http://www.rojamesxix.com/ Share...

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Tank ft. Chris Brown “Shots Fired”
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I’m terribly biased as a lifelong fan of Tank but this track?!?!?! HYYYYYPE! The soulful R&B singer dropped a club banger with this one, KUDOS! Download in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/shots-fired-feat.-chris-brown/id628214866 Share...

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Adrian Marcel “I’m Still”
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A Raphael Saadiq endorsement made me IMMEDIATELY take notice of new artist Adrian Marcel. The Cali-smoothness and genuity expressed quickly positioned him at the top of my must-watch list. Download Mixtape | Free Mixtapes Powered by DatPiff.com Notable Tracks: “I’m Still”, “Killa”, “Waiting” Artist: Adrian Marcel Website: www.adrianmarcel.com Twitter: @AdrianMarcel510 Share...

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IBK Spaceshipboi “I Have A Dream”
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When I tuned into an online stream of BET one night (turns out it was a Nigerian broadcast), I was instantly blown away by Nigerian artist IBK Spaceshipboi. The quality of the music video production was impeccable and I realized we had the same mission. The chorus became my ringtone which gave me a boost of power every time it rang.   Artist: IBK...

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Warner Music Group Inks iRadio Deal for Publishing, Recorded-Music Licensing
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Warner Music Group on Sunday became the first major record company to sign both a publishing and a recorded music licensing deal with Apple Inc. for the upcoming Internet radio service that many have dubbed “iRadio,” sources say. Universal Music Group on May 9 also nailed a deal with Apple for a radio streaming service, but rights for Universal’s publishing licenses are still being...

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Jay-Z and Samsung Rumored Close to Signing $20 Million Partnership Deal
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While details are still scarce about Jay-Z and Samsung’s rumored partnership, f irst reported by the New York Post Tuesday morning and rumored to be worth $20 million, it appears that the deal may include a streaming music offering from Samsung. “You can speculate that he’ll want to develop some kind of new music-streaming service to promote his acts and music on mobile devices,”...

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John Michael “Just A Man”
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John Michael’s recent performances opening for Dwele and K-Ci & Jojo made me take note. The lyrics of this song seemed very professional (turns out he was first a professional songwriter) combined with vocal projection and humbleness made this a definite must-listen. Twitter: @4JohnMichael Share...

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