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ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

It’s been twenty years since a new group called Arrested Development slammed the gangsta dominated world of hip hop with defiant lyrics of hope. Apparently the world was ready for the change as AD became the first ever hip-hop artist to receive the “best new artist” Grammy, (a distinction it still maintains today in that category). In addition, the group also received a Grammy award for “best rap single” for their anthemic prayer-like hit song, Tennessee.

Money came in but not for precious stones and big cars. Instead, these pioneers of the conscious rap game took one big step for mankind by giving back and becoming the first African American artists to donate money to Nelson Mandela and the ANC. They used their voices and their status to the benefit of many underprivileged brothers and sisters around the world.

With the success of the single Mr Wendal, Arrested Development brought the issue of homelessness to the forefront. The group donated half of the royalty earnings from Mr Wendal to the National Coalition of the Homeless. Awards, chart success and accolades continued to follow. One of the highlights was being asked to write a song for Spike Lee’s movie about minister and human rights activist, Malcom X. The movie, X, went on to become one of Spike Lee’s most highly acclaimed works. The Arrested Development song, Revolution, would forever be associated with one of the most important movies in black culture. (Eighteen years later, the response that comes whenever the group performs this song is inspiring.

Their album, 3 years, 5 months and 2 days In The Life of…, sold over 4 million units, with singles from that maiden voyage playing like a soundtrack in the lives’ of so many people world wide Their sophomore release Zingalamaduni was a critics’ favorite. Although the album was well received and garnered another Grammy nomination, it failed to reach the same heights as the previous album. Nonetheless, it reached sales in excess of 500,000 copies.

Just as it seemed that positive hip hop had found a way of being embraced by the mainstream, a new wave of negative hip hop artists, demeaning women, glorifying drugs and promoting criminality, came along and energized the base at the corporate record companies, prompting record executives to inject more and more money to get these negative stereotypes into the minds and hearts of young people, of whom many, were desperately searching for their path and identity in life. The move proved to be an enormous success for these artists, while making corporations billions of dollars.

With the pressures of the music industry weighing heavily, and inner turmoil striking within the group, it was time for Arrested Development to take a break and redefine their individual and collective purpose. For some members, it was time to take a hiatus from the industry, for a few, it was time to start a family, while other members delved into new musical projects and collaborations.

In the year 2000, Arrested Development re emerged with a new lineup and a new album called “Heroes of the harvest” This time the inner turmoil was replaced by inner peace, the pressures of the industry were lifted, and one of hip hop’s best, was back rocking stages.

For the last eighteen years, Arrested Development has performed sold-out concerts in literally every part of the world. They continue to release new music and find new success in different corners of the globe. Their shows are a celebration of life. Experiencing an Arrested Development concert is an uplifting and spiritual event wrapped into one big party.

Wiz Khalifa And Rae Sremmurd Announce Co-Headline Dazed & Blazed Summer 2018 Amphitheater Tour

Lil Skies and OT Genasis To Join As Support

Tickets On Sale Friday, May 18th at LiveNation.com

Multi-platinum selling artists Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd (Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee) today announced their co-headlining Dazed & Blazed Summer 2018 Amphitheater Tour, produced by Live Nation. The two rap and hip hop superstars will be joined by Lil Skies and OT Genasis as support on various dates of the outing. The 27-city summer amphitheater tour will kick off July 21 in Detroit, MI and keep the good times going across Toronto, Chicago, Atlanta, Austin, and more, before wrapping August 30 in Phoenix, AZ.

Fans can expect a night of high energy performances with both artists being known for their incredible live shows, filled with all of their hits and crowd favorites. Wiz Khalifa continues to be a staple in rap and popular music with his combination of mellow and party music, including “Young, Wild & Free,” “Black and Yellow,” “See You Again,” and many more. Rae Sremmurd equally bring the heat to the stage with their range of chart-topping hits and collaborations including “No Type,” “Black Beatles,” “Powerglide,” “Guatemala,” “Brxnks Truck,” and the list continues. The tour will be a can’t-miss event bringing together two influential and culture shaping artists, who continue to march to the beat of their own drums, for one epic co-headlining night.

Tickets will go on sale to general public beginning Friday, May 18th at LiveNation.com.

Wiz Khalifa VIP Packages will be available beginning Tuesday, May 15th at 12PM EST through Artist Arena. Visit http://www.wizkhalifa.com for more information.

Rae Sremmurd VIP Packages will also be available beginning Tuesday, May 15th at 12PM EST through Future Beat. For more information, visit http://www.raesremmurd.com. About Wiz Khalifa Multi-platinum selling, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated recording artist Wiz Khalifa burst onto the scene with mainstream success with the release of his first major label debut, ROLLING PAPERS‎ in 2011. ‎ROLLING PAPERS spawned the hugely successful hits “Black and Yellow,” “Roll Up” and “No Sleep” and gave Wiz the platform to win the award for Best New Artist at the 2011 BET Awards and Top New Artist at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. His sophomore studio album, BLACC HOLLYWOOD, ‎debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and featured the hit single “We Dem Boyz.” Soon after Khalifa’s track,‎ “See You Again,” off the FURIOUS 7 soundtrack, catapulted to the top of the charts across 95 countries. Holding the #1 spot for 12 consecutive weeks, “See You Again” broke records by being Spotify’s most-streamed track in a single day in the United States and in a single week in 26 countries. In addition to winning 3 Teen Choice Awards in 2015, “See You Again” continued its success by winning a Critics’ Choice Award in the category Best Song, winning two Billboard Music Awards in the categories Top Hot 100 Song and Top Rap Song, earning three Grammy Award nominations in the categories Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media, and a Golden Globe nomination in the category Best Original Song – Motion Picture. In 2016 Wiz announced his partnership with RiverRock Cannabis on an exclusive line of regulated cannabis products, his first such collaboration in the regulated cannabis industry and renewed his partnership with RAW Rolling Papers. Wiz released his album KHALIFA in February of 2016 as a thank you to fans which includes the tracks “Bake Sale” featuring Travis Scott, “Zoney” and “Elevated.” In June, Wiz released TGOD MAFIA PRESENTS: RUDE AWAKENING with Juicy J and TM88. He recently co-headlined “The High Road Summer Tour” with Snoop Dogg and released his mixtape LAUGH NOW, CRY LATER introducing the chart topping hit, “Letterman.” He’s also preparing to release a new studio album called ROLLING PAPERS 2 which will be available everywhere July 13th.

About Rae Sremmurd Mississippi-bred brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi make up the hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd. Their third album SR3MM arrives as the follow-up to SremmLife 2—a 2016 album offering the multi-platinum No. 1 hit “Black Beatles” (ft. Gucci Mane). SremmLife 2 drew acclaim from the likes of the New York Times, who noted that “thanks to the more-meditative production,SremmLife 2 is at times a commentary on and an updating of decades of Southern club rap.” Meanwhile, Pitchfork pointed out that tracks like “Black Beatles” “push their talents to new heights by redefining what the duo can and will do.”

Released in 2015, Rae Sremmurd’s first full-length SremmLife debuted at the top of Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums charts, in addition to cracking the Top 5 on the Top 200 Albums chart in its first week. SremmLife also scored Rae Sremmurd five platinum-selling singles, including “No Flex Zone” and “No Type.”

DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND, LUIS MIGUEL ADDS ADDITIONAL MIAMI AND LOS ANGELES DATES TO NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ¡MÉXICO POR SIEMPRE!

LOS ANGELES (March 2018) – Due to sell out shows in Miami and Los Angeles, Mexican singer, icon, and one of the most successful artists in Latin American history, Luis Miguel, has added second shows in both cities to his previously announced North American dates for his ¡México Por Siempre! Tour. Miguel has added a second show in Miami, FL on June 2 at the AmericanAirlines Arena. The legendary singer has also added a second show in Los Angeles, CA at The Forum on September 16, coinciding with Mexican Independence Day.

The 22-date outing will kick off May 4 in San Diego, CA, followed by his first ever headlining performance at the world-famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA on May 6. Produced by Live Nation, the highly anticipated tour will also make stops in major cities across the U.S. and Canada, including Chicago, Houston, Miami, Toronto, New York, and more.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 16 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. Citi® is the official pre-sale credit card of the ¡México Por Siempre! Tour.  As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning February 13 at 10AM local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

¡México Por Siempre! was also the title of Miguel’s most recent studio album, which was certified double platinum.

LUIS MIGUEL ¡MÉXICO POR SIEMPRE! 2018 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

DATE                            CITY                                VENUE
Friday, May 4, 2018 San Diego, CA Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Sunday, May 6, 2018 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
Thursday, May 10, 2018 San Jose, CA SAP Center
Friday, May 11, 2018 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
Sunday, May 13, 2018 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
Saturday, May 19, 2018 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Sunday, May 20, 2018 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Friday, May 25, 2018 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Saturday, May 26, 2018 Laredo, TX Laredo Energy Arena
Sunday, May 27, 2018 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Orlando, FL Amway Center
Friday, June 1, 2018 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
Saturday, June 2, 2018 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Washington, DC The Theatre at MGM National Harbor
Thursday, June 7, 2018 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Friday, June 8, 2018 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Saturday, June 9, 2018 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Thursday, August 30, 2018 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Friday, August 31, 2018 Edinburg, TX Bert Ogden Arena
Sunday, September 2, 2018 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center
Saturday, September 8, 2018 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Sunday, September 9, 2018 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Sunday, September 16, 2018 Los Angeles, CA The Forum

Luis Miguel has always established records without precedents, not only because of his extraordinary voice, his versatility which lands him in different genres such as pop, bolero, mariachi, big band and romantic ballads, but also because of the preparation, elegance and his true artistry, all of which has made him one of the great icons in music and a major Latin artist around the world.

Throughout his exceptional 36-year career, Luis Miguel has released 33 albums, many of which have reached gold, platinum and diamond status. He has sold over 100 million albums all over the world, has a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, and is a 6-time Grammy winner and 4-time Latin Grammy winner. The International Press Association in Las Vegas has honored him with their most prestigious award—The Galardón Diamante. After completing an extensive 3 and a half year-long tour, he holds
the record of highest tour revenue in the history of any Latin artist. During the prestigious Viña del Mar Festival, he received the Gaviota in silver, gold and platinum, which has never been granted to any other artist. He has broken attendance records on each of his world tours and has received numerous other awards. In the National Auditorium, the most important forum in Mexico, Luis Miguel shattered attendance records with 223 shows at this venue, which has yet to be surpassed to this date.

IMPRINT Exclusive Interview with Just Brittany

 

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Photo By | Joshua Sowemimo

 

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Photo By | Kiki Archer

We had the chance to do an interview with the beautiful and talented Just Brittany from Houston, TX. She told us about some of her biggest influences in music being Lana Del Rey, Amy Winehouse, Beyonce and a few others. She mentioned upcoming music with Rick Ross and her latest project “Miss Understood” she compared her style of music as soulful, and idolized artist like Erykah Badu.

 

The venue for our interview Exclusive Game was very unique it had a stylish feel as well as urban culture and environment. The red velvet walls and their signature chair added to even more character to the interview.

Thank you Exclusive Game Clothing @exclusivegame

 

 

IMPRINT TEAM MEMBERS

Host: Mike Love @1.lov

Photographers: Kiki Archer @imprint_ent and Joshua Sowemimo @sosovisions

Videographers: Leel Wan @call_me_leel  and Joshua Sowemimo @sosovisions

Artist: ArmofCasso @armofcasso

 

Christina Aguilera on The Voice: ‘It’s not about music, but good TV’

Christina Aguilera unleashed a brand new song and video yesterday, ‘Accelerate‘ featuring Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz

The ‘Beautiful‘ star also announced that her upcoming album, ‘Liberation‘ will be out in June.

One thing she won’t be announcing is a return to ‘The Voice‘.

Speaking to Billboard, the ‘Burlesque’ star said: “It became something that I didn’t feel was what I had signed up for in season one.

“You realize it’s not about music. It’s about making good TV moments and massaging a story.

“I didn’t get into this business to be a television show host and to be given all these [rules]. Especially as a female: You can’t wear this, can’t say that. I would find myself on that show desperately trying to express myself through clothing or makeup or hair. It was my only kind of outlet.”

Instead she’s keen to return to performing in front of her fans. The 37-year-old said: “When I’m onstage, there’s not a bigger high, when I’m in connection with my voice and my heart and my soul.

“But at the end, I want to wipe it all off, get in my sweatpants, make silly noises with my kids and have someone comfort and cuddle me.”

Liberation is out June 15. Accelerate feat. Ty Dolla $ign & 2 Chainz along with the stunning music video, directed by Zoey Grossman is out now (watch below).

Last week Aguilera took part in The Late Late Show with James Corden’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ (watch below).

Revealing Miley Cyrus’ Collection with Converse

“No age, no gender, no sex — I wanted everyone to feel included.”

When it comes to her debut collection, Converse x Miley Cyrus, this is exactly how Miley Cyrus says she wants her fans to feel. A true reflection of her personal style and influences, Miley tapped into her persona as a performer as well as her eclectic day-to-day style to create a full lifestyle collection.

As a woman who has always been open to all possibilities, Miley partnered with Converse to reflect that feeling of self-empowerment.

“Converse has no boundaries. It’s outspoken. I’ve always identified with Converse because the brand appeals to and represents so many different cultures and walks of life. And they’re accessible,” she says of her reason for teaming up with the brand. The collection’s look book features images that capture the energetic, bold and inclusive nature of Miley and some of her biggest fans (representing across gender, orientation and background) shot by legendary fashion photographer Ellen Von Unwerth.

“I definitely had my fans in mind and in my heart when I was creating,” she says. “I put what they love about me and what I love about them into the design.” Whether sparkling with the Chuck Taylor All Star Glitter or looking to channel Miley’s performance and country roots in the Bandana, individuals can piece together looks for any mood or style.

Converse x Miley Cyrus will be available May 2 on converse.com and at select retailers.

Jennifer Lopez Talks Alex Rodriguez Engagement Rumors After “El Anillo” Stirs Up Rumors

Jennifer Lopez says her new single “El Anillo,” which translates to “The Ring,” is indeed about her relationship with Alex Rodriguez but that she’s “not trying to run into anything” when it comes to marriage.

The 48-year-old divorced singer premiered her new Spanish-language song at the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards on Thursday. The song contains lyrics such as “Where’s the ring?” and “I’ve never felt anything this big, and your wild side drives me mad” and mentions a “home run with three on base” and the number 13, spurring speculation that the song is about her retired star Yankees player boyfriend to propose to her.

J.Lo talked about the song, which was written by Venezuelan songwriter Oscarcito, in an interview with Ebro Darden on Beats 1 on Apple Music.

“Here’s what’s happening,” Lopez said. “Right now, the songs that I have coming out, everything that’s going on with women—it’s a very empowering time for us. It’s a good time for us. We’re like, ‘Yo this is not OK/this is OK, I want to be treated with respect, I want my place in your life, I want to be paid equally.’ And my next two songs kind of deal with that. It’s like, ‘Where’s my ring, and where’s my money?'”

“We’re good right now,” she said about A-Rod. “I’m not trying to rush into anything, I’ve done that before, to no avail. I’m a little bit more grown up now and I like to let things take their natural course. We are really kind of good for each other and are really having the best time and our kids love each other.”

Pink’s “Beautiful Trauma” Tour Graces Atlanta!

Written By | Hunter Gilmore

Rock-pop songstress Pink made her triumphant return to Atlanta this past Saturday April 21. We know Pink for hits such as “There You Go,” “Raise Your Glass,” and “What About Us” but it’s her intense and aerial inspired performances that keep us coming back for more! If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that Pink does not disappoint when it comes to incorporating extreme physicality during her performances. Her raspy vocals, edgy demeanor, and strong stage presence all contribute to her super stardom.

One of Pink’s most career changing moments was when she collaborated with Mya, Beyoncè, Lil’ Kim, and Christina Aguilera. She was a co-vocalist on the “Lady Marmalade” from the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack. The world renowned singer has also sold 16 million albums and about 45 million digital songs in the United States alone according to Nielson Music.

Pink has been a fan favorite for nearly two decades now and only manages to get better with time. Her debut album Can’t Take Me Home in 2000 catapulted her into becoming a bonafide pop star. The last time Pink went on tour was in 2013 with “The Truth About Love” tour which wowed numerous audiences alike. This performance was certainly no different.

This current tour entitled “Beautiful Trauma” kicked off March 1. Of course she came with all of the right tricks as she normally does. Her incredible stage production–impressive acrobats, plethora of musicians and backup dancers, and her swinging from a giant pink candelabra made the night memorable. She’s definitely giving Cirque Du Soleil a run for their money with this one!

She’ll have to keep the energy up because this tour will take her around the U.S. and Australia with tour dates running all the way through the fall. Check out http://whataboutus.pinkspage.com for more information on tour dates near you!

Photos By | Joshua Sowemimo

Lil Wayne stars in new Bumbu commercial!

Lil Wayne stars in a hilarious new commercial for Bumbu, a premium craft rum from Barbados.

It’s Wayne’s first major commercial since 2016, when his appearances in unorthodox ads for Apartments.com and Samsung went viral.

The Bumbu ad sees Lil Wayne partying with both beautiful women and goats – a visual pun on G.O.A.T., or “Greatest of All Time” – a moniker frequently used for the multi-platinum selling Wayne. The party kicks into high gear when Wayne asks someone to “pass the Bumbu,” which as the ad tells us, is the G.O.A.T. among the world’s best rums.

“Bumbu is a totally different kind of drink,” says Lil Wayne. “I fell in love with the bottle and the taste the first time I tried it. Now it’s Bumbu everywhere – in the studio, parties, the VIP. All my people are on this Bumbu now.”

Lil Wayne sports a “Bumbu Krewe” jacket – championing his elite “krewe” of rappers and tastemakers who drink and support Bumbu, a dark rum dramatically packaged in a stout glass bottle with an oversized cork and gleaming metal “X” icon.

The commercial is directed by Eif Rivera, whose resume of music videos includes Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Nas, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne. It was written in-house by Bumbu’s creative team.

Brett Berish, CEO of Sovereign Brands, owner of Bumbu, says: “Bumbu is a small-batch, limited production rum and we’ve been fortunate to have more demand than supply since it was first released. Lil Wayne was one of the first people to see it and became one of our earliest supporters. As Bumbu has grown and we’ve been able to bring it to new places around the world, making a video with Wayne was a fun and easy choice for us. It’s a perfect way to kick off our first-ever marketing campaign for this wonderful brand.”

Adds Wayne, “Bumbu listens to the streets. You have to. Like my businesses, there’s no outside agency speaking for Bumbu. This was a raw idea that made us laugh out loud. We had fun doing it. And that’s really what separates Bumbu as an independent company….probably why we get along so well!”

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Janelle Monáe Announces Long Awaited Return To The Road With ‘Dirty Computer Tour’

Janelle Monáe Announces Long Awaited Return To The Road With ‘Dirty Computer Tour’ Featuring Special Guest St. Beauty

New Video For “I Like That” Released Today From Upcoming Album ‘Dirty Computer’ Available Everywhere This Friday, April 27th

Tickets On Sale To General Public Starting Wednesday, May 2 at LiveNation.com

LOS ANGELES, April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, actress, and activist Janelle Monáe has announced her return to touring with her upcoming North American Dirty Computer Tour. Fellow Wondaland artists Alexe Belle and Isis Valentino, known together as the soulful duo St. Beauty, will join the tour as a special guest. Monáe made a big splash with the recent announcement of her upcoming Dirty Computer album, releasing buzzworthy visuals for hot singles Make Me Feel,” “Django Jane” and “PYNK,” giving fans an exciting peek in to the creative vision for her new music. The 27-city tour produced by Live Nation will kick off June 11 in Seattle, WA and make stops across famous amphitheaters and theaters in Los Angeles, Detroit, Nashville, New York, Atlanta, Miami and more before wrapping August 4 in Atlanta, GA. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Wednesday, May 2at LiveNation.com.

As an extension of their two year partnership, Monáe and Belvedere Vodka will co-create signature experiences along the tour, including music-inspired cocktails and VIP activations at major tour stops.

Monáe also released a brand new music video today for her previously released single “I Like That.”

Her highly-anticipated third album Dirty Computer will be released this Friday, April 27th and is available for pre-ordernow. Every online U.S. ticket purchased for Janelle Monáe’s 2018 tour includes a standard digital copy of her new album, Dirty Computer. Instructions on how to redeem a copy will be sent to ticket purchasers via email on release day, April 27th 2018. Notable outlets such as NPR, Billboard, and W Magazine, among others, have praised Monáe’s cinematic range and vision on this album. The trailer is streaming now via YouTube and Monáe’s official website. Release date for the accompanying narrative film to be announced soon.

2016 saw Monáe embark on her film acting career with stellar performances in two milestone films, Hidden Figures and Moonlight; both films received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, with the latter winning the award at the 89th Academy Awards.