Musicwerks.com Founder “DJ Eddie F” Ferrell Honored for Work with Beyoncé, Will Smith, Diddy, OutKast, Usher, Mary J. Blige

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Edward “DJ Eddie F” Ferrell, co-founder of the online music label Musicwerks.com, boasts an astounding portfolio of A-list musicians he’s discovered, worked with and produced hits for over his two decades in the music business. The former VP of LaFace Records and Motown Records and founder of Untouchables Entertainment was honored by the Wells Luxury… Read more »

Gorilla Zoe: Man and His Music

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“I’m not on Mars looking back at Earth.” Gorilla Zoe pauses to let the statement sink in. He’s in the studio at Block Entertainment’s on the eastside of Atlanta, explaining why he so easily resonates with ordinary people. “I’m dealing with the same problems [as other people] on a different scale every day,” he continues…. Read more »

RO Music News 2-17

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Suge Knight Assaulted During NBA All-Star WeekendHip-Hop’s most notorious bully got a taste of his own medicine during All-Star weekend. Reports out of Scottsdale, AZ state that Suge Knight was severely beaten at an event hosted by Akon at the W Hotel. Apparently, tension arose between ‘Kon’s camp and Knight’s, and the Death Row Records… Read more »

DJ Fokis: bull of the industry

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 Representin’: ChicagoSounds like: Just Blaze meets DJ Quik DJ Fokis likes to joke that he’s old school. A 15 year veteran in the hip-hop game, the Chicago native has been called the “Funkmaster Flex of the Windy City.” Starting out deejaying for college radio, battling other turnablists and doing graffiti around the city in the… Read more »

Industry insider drops jewels to aspiring artists

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photos by Steed Media Service Industry Insider “Tubby” Holiday’s Tips For Young Artists Music industry tastemaker Shawn “Tubby” Holiday may know a thing or two about steering one’s entertainment career in the right direction. An A&R executive at Interscope Records, Holiday has worked with a host of superstars, including Akon, Jazze Pha and Sean Garrett…. Read more »

k-jon – music maveric

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singer, songwriter and producer Music is the universal language and Detroit native K-Jon speaks it well. A masterful, singer, songwriter and producer, K-Jon has broad appeal to audiences in all demographics. His music is soulful enough for R&B lovers but smooth enough for adult contemporary. After writing and recording demos for other established artists through… Read more »

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 »

Actress Khandi Alexander talks working with Queen Latifah on the movie, ‘Bessie’

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For 30 years now, Khandi Alexander has made a name for herself in Hollywood as a go-to character actress. With a long list of movies on her résumé (CB4, Menace II Society,There’s Something About Mary), and her standout work in television on such shows as “NewsRadio,” her breakout role as Fran in HBO’s “The Corner,” and her… Read more »

L.A. Reid not hopeful about Mariah Carey’s chart future

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Mariah Carey is undoubtedly one of the most resilient artists in the music industry and she recently reached another milestone by landing a residency in Las Vegas and releasing her third compilation album, #1 to Infinity. But according to the head honcho of her label, L.A. Reid, neither Carey nor her fans should get their… Read more »

Bobby Rush talks about his friend B.B. King and the blues

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B.B.King is gone and the world has lost a true legend. His one string guitar solos were distinctive and just with 4 notes the listener knew he was hearing the ‘King of the Blues’. One of BB King’s lifelong friends was fellow bluesman and a legend in his own right Bobby Rush. Bobby talked to… Read more »

Miley Cyrus kissed a girl … and liked it!

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Miley Cyrus may be one of the music industry’s biggest girls, but the party-loving singer also has a humanitarian side that she’s now putting her weight behind with her new charity for LGBT youth. And while recently discussing her new charity, she revealed that she hasn’t always resided on the heterosexual side of the Kinsey scale…. Read more »

Twista among group of Chicago rappers coming together for ‘Voice of the Streetz’ anti-violence campaign

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  A group of Chicago rappers are banding together to make a difference in the lives of the city’s youth and lending a hand to help put an end to the violence that often plagues the city. The collective known as “Voice of the Streetz” was spearheaded by music industry veteran Rawle Stewart. Stewart, long-time manager Chicago rap… Read more »

Lalah Hathaway wows at star-studded event for live recording of her album

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On April 21, two time Grammy-winning songstress Lalah Hathaway shut down the house at Troubadour in Los Angeles, in front of a celebrity-filled audience. On deck for the live recording for her upcoming album, Lalah Hathaway LIVE!, celebrities including Patti LaBelle, Anita Baker, Erica Campbell, Kenny Lattimore, Daley, Laurieann Gibson, Deitrick Haddon, Yvette Nicole Brown,… Read more »

New album. New movie. New Ludacris.

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There is something happening in the life of Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. You could sense it as he strolled into our Midtown Atlanta photo studio to shoot his exclusive rolling out cover. When the talented rapper-actor sat down for his interview, his passion for the host of upcoming projects — Furious 7 in theaters April 3,… Read more »