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Kobalt Signs Childish Gambino

Kobalt, a music and technology company built for artists, songwriters, publishers and labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model, announced that it has signed Grammy award winning, actor, comedian, writer, director, producer, singer, songwriter, rapper, and DJ, Donald Glover, a.k.a., Childish Gambino. The worldwide agreement includes publishing administration, including global synch and creative support services, for all of Childish Gambino’s future songs after the Awaken, My Love! album. In addition, Kobalt has signed Wolf + Rothstein, Glover’s musical teams of collective songwriters and artists for publishing administration, global synch and creative support services.

Said Kobalt Music SVP, Creative, Al McLean, of the deal, “Donald is one of those rare multi-talented artists who can do it all. It’s an honor to sign Donald and Wolf + Rothstein Collective to the Kobalt family.”

Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and Grammy-winning actor, writer, comedian, DJ, and rapper Donald Glover broke into pop culture mainstream first on the hit TV sitcom Community after serving on the writing staff of both The Daily Show and 30 Rock. In August 2011, he signed to Glassnote Records under his rap moniker Childish Gambino and has since released two albums. Glover also currently stars in the FX series Atlanta, which he also created and occasionally directs.

Operating out of Temple Studios in Los Angeles, Wolf + Rothstein is the creative agency comprised of Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Donald Glover, Wolf Taylor, and Fam Rothstein, all whom worked with the band that helped compose the critically acclaimed Awaken My Love! Released December 2, 2017, Awaken My Love! and the chart-topping hit single “Redbone” are nominated for five Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Traditional R&B Performance (winner), Best R&B Song, and Best Urban Contemporary Album. Childish Gambino is set to perform on Saturday Night Live on May 5, 2018.

“Wolf and Rothstein is excited to partner with Kobalt for publishing,” said Wolf Taylor of Wolf + Rothstein. “We’re looking forward to growing the roster together.”

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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The House of Fresh

Written By | Bianca Theodore & Hunter Gilmore

We’re here at House of Fresh founded by award winning music producer Drumma Boy. He’s worked with artists from Gucci, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, and Migos. Drumma Boy has been responsible for albums like Jeezy’s recession and Rick Ross’ Trill and hit songs such as “No hands and money to blow,”

This venture is no different; since the stylish boutique opened its doors in 2017, it’s become a hit of its own. A popular destination for unique streetwear and exclusive sneaker finds the store caters to the city’s elite.

Let’s take a look around!

 

Jennifer Lopez to perform at 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards

Jennifer Lopez To Give Special Performance At The 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards

Global Superstar Jennifer Lopez To Give A Special Performance At The 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards Live On Telemundo April 26 At 7pm/6c

Telemundo announced the addition of world-renowned artist Jennifer Lopez to the final line-up of performers at the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards. The multifaceted singer joins a star-studded line-up of performers including Bad BunnyBecky GCalibre 50, Cardi B, Chayanne, Christian Nodal, CNCO, Daddy YankeeDavid Bisbal, De La GhettoFarrukoJ Balvin, Karol G, Luis FonsiMaluma, Maná, Natti NatashaNicky Jam, Ozuna, Paty Cantu, Quavo, ReikRicky Martin, Sebastian Yatra, Sofia Reyes, Victor Manuelle, Wisin, and Yandel. The most prestigious awards show in the Latin music world is celebrating 20 years of uninterrupted broadcast on Telemundo, airing live on Thursday, April 26 at 8pm/7c, from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show will also air simultaneously on Spanish-language entertainment cable network, Universo, and throughout the Americas via Telemundo Internacional. Tickets to the Billboard Latin Music Awards are on sale at AXS.com, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino box offices or by calling (702) 632-7777.

A two-time finalist this year, Jennifer Lopez is in the middle of her highly acclaimed “Jennifer Lopez: All I Have” Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood. She made her Billboard Hot 100 chart debut in 1999 with “If You Had My Love,” which spent five weeks at No.1. Out of her 31 charting Hot 100 hits, four went to No. 1, including “Ain’t It Funny,” featuring Ja Rule, which stayed at the summit for six consecutive weeks. She also has 18 charting hits on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. Her debut single on that list, “No Me Ames,” featuring Marc Anthony, spent seven weeks at No. 1 in 1999. She also topped Hot Latin Songs with “Que Hiciste” in 2007, and with “Follow The Leader,” her co-billed track with Wisin & Yandel in 2012. Lopez landed her sixth Latin Airplay No. 1 earlier this year with “Amor, Amor, Amor.”

For the first time, Telemundo introduces “Experiencia VIP,” an Augmented Reality (AR) experience at the 2018 Latin Billboard Music Awards. Viewers with the new Telemundo Mas app, which will soon launch for mobile devices, will have an exclusive VIP experience as they watch the coveted awards show, collect special celebrity items, and are rewarded with exclusive AR video content.

Hosted this year by TV personalities Gaby Espino and Marco Antonio Regil, the 2018 Billboard Latin Music Awards will feature TV, film, music and social media stars as award presenters including: Ana Jurka, Aracely Arambula, Carlos Santana, Dr. Ana Maria Polo, Aylin Mujica, Banda MSCandela Ferro, Carmen VillalobosCatherine SiachoqueDiego BonetaElva Saray, Erika Ender, Eugenio DerbezFernanda Castillo, Gianluca Vacchi, Karim Mendiburu, Raul Mendez, ReykonYuridia, and Billboard’s Executive Director of Content & Programming for Latin Music & Entertainment, Leila Cobo. Billboard and Telemundo will also recognize the outstanding career of the most successful Latin music rock band of all time, Maná, when they bestow the group with the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award.

The awards are the culmination of the Billboard Latin Music Conference, which will take place on April 23-26th at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now in its 29th year, the conference is the biggest and longest-running event dedicated to Latin music in the world. The conference is the “must-attend” event for the top power players in the industry including A-list talent and top agents, managers, promoters, marketing, advertising, and radio executives, as well as for those taking their first steps in the business.

Sends Some Subliminal Shots On “KOD” Outro “1985”

Written By | Kevin Goddard

It’s here folks. J. Cole’s KOD album has finally arrived. The 12-track project, which stands for “Kill Our Demons,” “Kids on Drugs,” and “King Overdosed,“ serves as the first project from Cole since 2016’s 4 Your Eyez Only album. It also follows his usual format of no features too, unless you count his alter-ego kiLL Edward who appears on the two records “The Cut Off” & “Friends.”

Looking to highlight one of the many dope new records, here goes the much-talked about outro “1985,” which we’ve been hearing about from fans at his listening session this week. Not only does the song title serve as the year J. Cole was born, but it also finds the North Carolina emcee subliminally dissing an anonymous rapper, which fans believe could be Lil Pump, after the Florida rapper said “fuck J Cole” last year.

In addition, the song also serves as an end to the story of KOD, and the beginning to his next speculated album; possibly called “The Fall Off.”

Take a listen to the lyrical onslaught and let us know what you think. Record & album available now on iTunes.

Quotable Lyrics:

1985, I arrived

33 years, damn, I’m grateful I survived

We wasn’t s’posed to get past 25

Jokes on you motherfucker, we alive

All these niggas popping now is young

Everybody say the music that they make is dumb

I remember I was 18

Money, pussy, parties, I was on the same thing

Incase you missed The Martin Lawrence “Lit AF Tour” With Ricky Smiley, Michael Blackson, JB Smoove, Adele Givens and Benji Brown

Photos By | Kiki Archer

Martin Lawrence made his return to stand up with a sold out show in Atlanta.

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Kevin Hart Reveals His Media Mogul Plan at Variety’s Massive Summit: ‘I Want to Be a Billionaire’

Written By | Joe Otterson

Kevin Hart provided a glimpse into his mogul-in-the-making mindset during his keynote conversation at the Variety Massive Summit in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

“The goal of being a mogul is a real one,” Hart told Variety‘s co-editor in chief Andrew Wallenstein. “I want to be a billionaire…I’m 38. By the time I’m 45, you guys are going to be telling a completely different story.”

Given Hart’s level of hustle, he is well on his way to achieving that goal. The multi-talented stand up comedian, actor, producer, writer, and content creator said he has no plans to slow down any time soon.

“I don’t understand why people work hard to get comfortable,” he said at Variety’s marketing event, which was presented by Deloitte.

Hart claims his work ethic derived from a simple piece of advice he got from his mother. After he failed to win a trophy at a swim meet as a child, Hart’s mother told him, “You can be great or you can not be great.” From there, he has pushed himself to be more than just an actor or comedian, but rather a franchise unto himself who partners with studios rather than being a performer-for-hire.

“I want the f–king trophies, man,” he said. “The trophy in entertainment is success, it’s ownership, it’s a brand.”

A massive part of Hart’s brand comes from his mastery of social media. He currently boasts over 100 million followers across platforms, offering fans daily insight into both his successes and his tribulations.

“The gift is, it’s access,” he said. “Today’s star and celebrity, you’re big and you become bigger when your fans feel like they see behind the closed door. There was a time where it was such an experience and mystique around stars. You only saw them when it was time to see them…Social media has allowed these stars to show that they’re people.”

In addition, Hart talked about his admiration of Hollywood mogul Tyler Perry, who owns a 200,000 sq. foot film and TV studio in Atlanta.

“The fact that they shot ‘Black Panther’ on Tyler Perry’s stage, blows (my mind),” he said. “How do I do that?” Hart asked. “How do I put myself in a position to give this younger generation what I don’t have?”

Hart also discussed plans to grow HartBeat Prods., his production company for TV And film projects. He touted his recent hire of John Cheng, formerly head of development at RatPac Entertainment, to the post of president of film at HartBeat, where he’s working closely alongside Hart.

“I don’t have time to take a s–t,” Hart joked, but said he’d rather prioritize and learn the business than be complacent like a work-for-hire actor.

“I love knowing, I love being informed and being aware,” he said of his brand.

On top of his incredibly packed schedule, Hart also recently launched the Laugh Out Loud (LOL) Network. The video streaming service formed in partnership with Lionsgate showcases original digital content featuring both Hart and up-and-coming comedic voices. After launching in August, the LOL app was downloaded over 500,000 times in its first 30 days, with Hart claiming the service now has 800,000 active users. In addition, LOL launched a 24-hour comedy channel on Sirius XM earlier this year.

All of his projects are leading Hart toward one goal: to take over Hollywood.

“It sounds so crazy, but if you don’t have the mentality of ‘Take over, do everything,’ you’re not doing nothing.”

David Byrne Achieves First Top 10 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With ‘American Utopia’

Written By | Keith Caulfield

David Byrne earns his highest charting album ever on the Billboard 200 chart as American Utopia enters at No. 3 with 63,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending March 15, according to Nielsen Music.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new March 24-dated chart (where Byrne debuts at No. 3 and Logic’s Bobby Tarantino II starts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard‘s websites on Tuesday, March 20.

Byrne’s debut — his 12th charting solo set — is driven by traditional album sales, as effectively all of its units were in pure sales, resulting in Byrne’s biggest sales week since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. American Utopia’s arrival was enhanced by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with the artist’s tour, which started earlier in March.

 

American Utopia is Byrne’s first solo effort since 2004’s Grown Backwards, which debuted and peaked at No. 178. Since then, he’s released a trio of collaborative efforts: Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, with Brian Eno (No. 174 in 2009), Here Lies Love, with Fatboy Slim (No. 96, 2010) and Love This Giant, with St. Vincent (No. 23, 2012). The latter was Byrne’s highest charting album, and only top 40 set, until the arrival of American Utopia.

Byrne made his solo debut on the list in 1981 with The Catherine Wheel, which topped out at No. 104 in 1982.

The band Talking Heads, of which Byrne was a member, charted a dozen albums on the Billboard 200 between 1977 and 2009. Eight of them reached the top 40, with the act’s highest-charting effort being 1983’s Speaking in Tongues. The album reached No. 15, powered by its hit single “Burning Down the House.” The track was the band’s only top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, climbing to No. 9.

Byrne’s new album was led by the single “Everybody’s Coming to My House,” which has reached No. 5 on the most recently published Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart (dated March 17).

Soulgigs & Biggs Present… Eric Roberson Live at the Islington Assembly Hall Sunday 22nd April 2018

ADDITIONAL DATE: Hideaway Streatham Monday 23rd April 2018

GRAMMY Award-nominee, singer, songwriter, and producer Eric Roberson returns to London 22nd & 23rd April 2018. Eric continues to break boundaries as an independent artist in an industry dominated by major labels, manufactured sounds and mainstream radio. Described as the original pioneer of the independent movement in R&B/soul music, Eric has achieved major milestones in his career, from being a successful songwriter and producer for notable artist such as Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Dwele, Vivian Green and countless others, as well as headlining sold out tours across the country.

This Rahway, NJ and Howard University alum became the first independent artist to be nominated for a BET Award 2007 and was the recipient of the“Underground Artist of the Year” BETJ Virtual Award, with Rahsaan Patterson in 2008. In addition, Eric was nominated in both 2010 and 2011 for a GRAMMY award in the “Best Urban/Alternative Performance” category and continues to blaze trails unheard of as an independent artist. In 2011, his studio album, Mister Nice Guy, debuted in the top 5 on the iTunes R&B/Soul charts and his 10th studio album, The Box, was released in 2014.

Eric’s latest project, Wind, is the second part of a three album compilation Earth, Wind, and Fire, to be released throughout the year. Wind features Urban Contemporary Veteran Will Downing on the single “Lyrics Of Pleasure”. The inspiration behind the album titles definitely pays homage to the iconic group, but Eric also wanted to use music to voice some of today’s topical issues and in his special way, include personal influences into these albums. “Earth is self-empowering, Wind is the love and Fire is the message,” says Roberson.

Date: Sunday 22nd April 2018
Location: Islington Assembly Hall, Upper Street, Islington, N1 2UD
Time: 7pm
Tickets: Standing £22.50 + booking fee

Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/soulgigs-biggs-presents-eric-roberson-live-in-london-tickets-41326205794

ADDITIONAL DATE ADDED: 
Date: Monday 23rd April 2018 
Location: Hideaway 2 Empire Mews Stanthorpe Road Streatham SW16 2BF
Time: 7pm
Tickets: £26.50
Ticket Link: http://www.hideawaylive.co.uk/eric-roberson-monday-23rd-april-2018

 

 

PACIFIC RIM

The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity in Pacific Rim Uprising.

John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity’s victory against the monstrous “Kaiju.”  Jake has since abandoned his training only to become caught up in a criminal underworld.  But when an even more unstoppable threat is unleashed to tear through our cities and bring the world to its knees, he is given one last chance to live up to his father’s legacy by his estranged sister, Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi)—who is leading a brave new generation of pilots that have grown up in the shadow of war.  As they seek justice for the fallen, their only hope is to unite together in a global uprising against the forces of extinction.

Jake is joined by gifted rival pilot Lambert (The Fate of the Furious’ Scott Eastwood) and 15-year-old Jaeger hacker Amara (newcomer Cailee Spaeny), as the heroes of the PPDC become the only family he has left.  Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale.

Pacific Rim Uprising is directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s Daredevil, STARZ’s Spartacus) and also stars Jing Tian, Burn Gorman, Adria Arjona and Charlie Day.

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