Behind the Music: The Executives who Make it Happen

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Bryan Calhoun – the innovator Founder, Label Management Systems Bryan Calhoun was working for a major label when he saw the writing on the wall. The music industry was changing and he could either change with it, or get left in the digital dust. “I decided that I need to branch out and effectively be… Read more »

USHER – Making Grown Folks’ Music

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Story and Images by Todd Williams for Steed Media ServiceIllustration by Craig SingletonChange. There’s been a lot written and said about change. “The more things change, the more they stay the same”; “the only constant is change”; “a change is gonna come.” Pick whichever cliché you like, but the point remains clear; change is something… Read more »

steve harvey – what the entertainment industry needs

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steve harvey – what the entertainment industry needs photo by steed media service As told by amir shaw Comedian Comedy has changed a lot since I started. There are a couple of funny comedians coming up today, but many of them are going about it the wrong way. With comedy, you want to make the crowd… Read more »

kid capri- resurrecting an industry

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kid capri- resurrecting an industry photo by steed media service Hip-Hop DJ The concert is completely sold out in an arena that seats thousands of fans. The lights dim, and every person’s heart races rapidly in anticipation. The music bumps through the speakers simultaneously as that familiar voice explodes over the microphone, “I am your… Read more »

Notable DJs and rappers attend Ludacris’ listening party for new album, ‘Ludaversal’

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Notable DJs, rappers and media filled the room at Atlanta’s Means Street Studios where Ludacris and his longtime manager, Chaka Zulu, held a listening party for the rapper’s eighth studio album, Ludaversal, on Tuesday. DJs Drama, Common, Sense, Infamous, Swamp Izzo, Ace, Hot 97’s PD Hurricane Dave, and producers Drumma Boy and Big K.R.I.T. as… Read more »

Rick Ross makes big announcement at private event in Atlanta

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Rick Ross’ awesome team sent out private invites to the who’s who in the music industry of Atlanta and media outlets. We were so curious to hear what the Rich Forever rapper had to say as we hustled to the studio in inclement weather.  Once we saw industry faces like Catherine Brewton, Johnta Austin, Atlanta… Read more »

Songstress Keisha Jackson is soulful, honest

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Keisha Jackson is a seasoned vocalist with a musical background that many can only dream about. For more than a decade she has traversed all over the world singing background for mainstream acts, including OutKast, Angie Stone, Erykah Badu and Toni Braxton, among others. But despite her résumé, she still has much more to prove… Read more »

Despite recent drama Cash Money makes ‘Billboard’s’ Power 100 list

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Despite currently having their hands full with two separate lawsuits and their star artist trying to make a very public exit from the label, Cash Money Records executives Ronald “Slim” Williams and Bryan “Baby” Williams are still among the most powerful people in the business, according to Billboard magazine. The music industry trade recently released its… Read more »

Charlie Wilson: Comeback king inspires Snoop Dogg and more

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Former Gap Band member Charlie Wilson has certainly come a long way since his humble beginnings. For many years Wilson endured the perils of unscrupulous music management — in addition to being blackballed in the music industry — but he pulled out of that tailspin, and today he is able to hold his head high (drug… Read more »

Jhené Aiko, Mona Scott-Young celebrate the Grammys with Hennessy

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Over the weekend, Hennessy V.S bottle parades filled Hooray Henry’s in West Hollywood, where reality star Malaysia Pargo and NY Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. vibed to beats by DJ Drama. Hennessy supported Grammy nominee Jhené Aiko’s private dinner at STK, Beverly Hills, Saturday evening, by gifting bottles of Hennessy V.S to her guests… Read more »

Kevin McCall explains his feud with Chris Brown

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Kevin McCall and Chris Brown were once close buddies in the music industry, with both singers helping each other with their music careers. But in recent times, the pair haven’t been as close they used to be and McCall recently explained why he and Brown had a falling out. In an interview with Vlad TV,… Read more »

Suge Knight trial begins with legal drama

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He is infamous and a rap music mogul, but he can’t seem to escape the thug life. Marion “Suge” Knight is now facing very real charges of murder for striking and rolling over the head of Terry Carter with his vehicle. Knight also struck and seriously injured Cle “Bone” Sloan. The tragic incident reveals once… Read more »

Adrene of controversial reality TV show, ‘Sorority Sisters,’ apologizes to Delta Sigma Theta

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VH1’s newest reality show “Sorority Sisters” seemed like a familiar continuation to the network’s lineup of television shows. The first episode drew 1.3 million viewers, but just several episodes later what producers thought would blossom into a profitable addition to the “Love & Hip Hop” and “Basketball Wives” franchise was removed from the air. The backlash from viewers… Read more »

Al Chauncy is ‘Late for Church’ but right on time

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Raleigh, North Carolina, native Al Chauncy cant help but to be soulful. With a father handpicked by Duke Ellington to play alongside the jazz great, and a cousin who turned out to be a legendary bluesman, young Al grew up immersed in music and penned his first song to the Maxi-single instrumental of Ice-T’s “Original Gangster,”… Read more »

5 things to know about hot and sexy singer FKA Twigs

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Every so often a new artist seemingly comes from out the blue to capture the hearts and ears of music lovers everywhere. British born FKA Twigs could easily be considered an artist of the above referenced nature. Though having released two EP’s, simply named EP 1 and EP 2, in 2012 and 2013, respectively, it wasn’t… Read more »

Will the real hip-hop artists please stand up?

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The game is the game. Whether you were a fledgling Marlo Stanfield, sitting in a steel visitor’s room seat, responding to a question about the state of affairs on the drug permeated streets of West Baltimore, delivering the line to Avon Barksdale through a plate glass partition, or media executive and Hot 97 “Morning Show” co-host, Ebro… Read more »

‘Empire’ is FOX’s highest rated new show in years

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After struggling this fall with ratings, Fox Network made their big comeback, with Wednesday night’s hip-hop drama “Empire,” starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. According to Fox, “Empire” opened big, building on its “American Idol” lead-in, landing 9.8 million viewers and a 3.7 rating among adults ages 18-49 during the one-hour premiere, making it… Read more »

Taraji P. Henson on hip-hop and the riveting truth of ‘Empire’

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Rap has remained a male-dominated music genre since its beginning. However, women have always dictated the marketability of songs, style and culture. In Fox’s new hip-hop drama, “Empire,” Taraji P. Henson’s character, Cookie, is the female co-star that gives the pilot energy and excitement. From the onset, viewers will be drawn to Cookie’s passion and… Read more »