Jason Derulo Declines Role of Lifetime; Takes Break from Music

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Although Pop Sensation Jason Derulo is fairly new to being an artist, his discography speaks for itself. He’s written songs, produced songs for Lil’ Wayne, Diddy, Sean Kingston, and the list goes on. After stepping out on his own with his debut album “In My Head,” his success in the industry beyond his exploits for… Read more »

Essence Music Festival 2011 Kicks Off in New Orleans With Chaka Khan

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The 2011 Essence Music Festival is looking like a weekend of amazing entertainment with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry along with the nation’s most dynamic speakers, authors and leaders. The festival is not only celebrating the success of the iconic magazine, but it’s also an agent of African American empowerment coast-to-coast,… Read more »

Janelle Monae: Making Magic in a Musical Wondaland

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Story by A.R. Shaw Photos by Hannibal Matthews for Steed Media Service The ballroom at the antique store, Paris on Ponce in Midtown Atlanta, resembles a 19th century cabaret. Modeled after the celebrated Le Chat Noir at Montmartre in  Paris, the walls are lined with impressionist paintings, a few antique bronze statues sit on marble… Read more »

Medina: New Artist of the Week Speaks Truth Through Music

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Medina never allowed his tribulations to prevent him from reaching his goals. Forced to raise his siblings alone at a young age and live homeless at times, he survived a turbulent past and found strength in his ability to analyze life and create music. He served as a ghost writer for several prominent rappers, got his music placed on… Read more »

Universal Music Group Partners With Tommy Hilfiger for Clothing Line; Rihanna, Keri Hilson

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Universal Music Group teams up with Tommy Hilfiger in order to create rock ‘n’ roll-inspired clothing. Artists like Rihanna and Keri Hilson, who are among many Universal artists, have already heavily infused rock ‘n’ roll influences into their individual style making it even more popular amongst their fellow celebs and fashionistas. Due to the decline… Read more »

JeBron Bringing Back Real Music

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In the music industry, an artist is only as good as his or her last hit. Artists are not judged by the context and substance of their music but how catchy their hooks are. JeBron is the type of artist who is choosing to stay true to himself, as fans will hear on his soon-to-be… Read more »

Music and the Man: Just Like Yesterday

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Onaje Allan Gumbs Musician/arranger Forty year veteran of the music industry Onaje Gumbs, part of the musical genius behind mega hits of yesteryear like “Betcha By Golly Wow,” has reemerged on the scene with his latest album Just Like Yesterday which includes popular standards like Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon In The Sky,” the gap band’s “… Read more »

Music Executive Shanti Das Takes Live Music Experience to New Heights

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Atlanta has enjoyed some progressive monikers to describe its entertainment scene like “Black Hollywood,” “Dirty South” and even “musical hotbed.” Atlanta-native and music executive Shanti Das has been instrumental in maintaining the southern city’s flair and finesse that has produced R&B artists Usher, TLC, Toni Braxton, Vivian Green, Erykah Badu and hip-hop’s GoodieMOB and Outkast,… Read more »

Salt-N-Pepa: The Seasoning in the Music and the Message

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Hardly a day passes when some worldly nuance doesn’t remind you of a song that meant something to you or transports you in time and space to that special moment, that special place. You’re certain, if you were fortunate enough to know or be in the company of those prolific songwriters and composers, that you… Read more »

New Artist Tré Thomas Doing Gospel Music His Way

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In the gospel music industry, there are those who fit the mold and those who break it. Undoubtedly, up-and-coming artist Tré Thomas, with his pure sound and lyrics of love, is one who leaves the mold shattered on the floor. His debut project, A Natural Contrast, proves it. Born in New Orleans and currently residing… Read more »

DJ Scratch Challenges Celebrity Deejays to Keep Music Alive

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The deejay is making a comeback to remind listeners of his or her important role in introducing new music, reinterpreting tracks and entertaining audiences. This return was captured on the Centric Network with its Smirnoff reality series, “Master of the Mix,” which featured top deejays battling for $250,000 and the title of “Master.” In the… Read more »

Singer Joi Helps the Apollo Theater Launch Music Café

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Underneath the Apollo Theater marquee are the names of legends: Gladys Knight and the Pips, Little Richard, Ella Fitzgerald and more. But through a private silver door and painted onto the stairs leading up to the Apollo soundstage are the names of underground artists who may one day receive their own star on the Walk… Read more »

Rapper Wes Coas Talks ‘Paper Planes,’ the Music Business, and Marijuana

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Fresh off of a two-week tour of Japan and a five-state regional tour, rapper Wes Coas has found the time to release “Paper Planes,” his latest album featuring Zro, Maro, 7th Letter, Chris Clarke and Renzo with production by Flawless (Producer of Wale’s “Pretty Girls”), 7th Letter, Epik and Beatnik Productions. Born in California and… Read more »