|Tue, April 05, 2011 at 4:20 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Will and Jaden Smith
Will Smith will co-star with his son Jaden Smith in a futuristic sci-fi adventure, as yet untitled. Will Smith's own production company, Overbrook Entertainment, will produce the film in partnership with M. Night Shyamalan and it will be released through Columbia pictures.
Overbrook Entertainment was started by Will between 1997 and 1999 and is based in Beverly Hills. Overbrook's co-founders, Ken Stovitz and James Lassiter will also be involved in the film's production.
It's an unusual and unique arrangement for Shyamalan, who always likes to maintain complete control over the production of any movie he's involved with. Shyamalan said, "The chance to make a scary science-fiction film starring Jaden and Will is my dream project."
Not many details have been released about the film's plot, but it's rumored to resemble a cross between Smith's I Am Legend (2007) and The Road (2009), which starred Viggo Mortensen. It will be set 1000 years in the future and chronicles a young boy's attempts to find and rescue his estranged father on an abandoned planet Earth, after their ship crashes.
Doug Belgrade, president of Columbia Pictures said, "Night is an outstanding filmmaker who has a tremendous vision for this science-fiction adventure story, and we couldn't be more excited to be working again with Jaden after our experiences on The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) and The Karate Kid (2010). We're thrilled to have the two of them together on this project."
|Mon, October 18, 2010 at 9:07 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Atlanta - Sammie's Youth Foundation's Fall 2010 Empowerment Tour will kick off with an issue that has attacked our children, both young and old, on a national level - suicide-related deaths due to bullying. Because of this timely epidemic, SYF and its founder, R&B singer Sammie, celebrity guests R&B songstress Nivea, Rap Trio Travis Porter and R&B singer Bryan J will host its first student forum entitled: "Stop The Bullying!" at Columbia High School on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010 from 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
The event will be held in the Fine Arts Wing, including a Meet-N-Greet and a student forum where celebrity guest will share bully-related experiences during their celebrity and while in school. By doing so, SYF hopes to be a instrumental part in contributing to the lives of each student by allowing them to take a stand against bullying in order to take their lives to a higher level of success.
Celebrity speaking points will include:
* Why bullying is a form of abuse
* Why being different is OK
* How important it is to report bullying on any level
* The importance of education and having a voice
* How students can start today to prepare for their future
* How making smart choices now will land them in the land of opportunity later
|Mon, October 18, 2010 at 2:56 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
When a top music executive found out that John Legend was working with the Roots on an album dedicated to social change and activism, he didn't give Legend words of encouragement.
"What the hell are you doing?" is what Legend recalls that executive saying.
"He's not directly responsible for my career but he's quite a popular record executive, whose name I won't mention," Legend said, laughing. "(And) he was not approving of this."
Fortunately for Legend, the executives at his own label, Columbia Records, had his back. Now the joint collaboration, "Wake Up!" is one of the best reviewed albums of the year.
The CD, released last month, finds Legend and the hip-hop band covering 1960s and 1970s soul songs from iconic acts like Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Nina Simone and Bill Withers, among others (the CD also has one original song).
"It is a covers record but it really doesn't feel like a covers record at all," said Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, the Roots leader who co-produced the album. "I guess certain music connoisseurs will know the cuts ... they weren't like, Billboard-charted hits. They were chosen for their message."
The sound is somewhat of a departure for Legend. Though he's a soul singer, "Wake Up!" features less crooning and more grit. He's singing songs about war, politics and race in a different tone than he's done in the past.
That was accomplished thanks to ?uestlove, Legend said.
"Ahmir was really steering the ship," he added, acknowledging not knowing some of the songs before recording them. "I really leaned on him for his expertise."
The Grammy winner agrees that he took a risk with "Wake Up!" — but he didn't think twice about creating the project.
"The thing is the industry as a whole is risk-averse because people are losing jobs, the business of selling records is contracting, and so people are very dependent on 'You gotta get that radio hit, you gotta sell these singles, you gotta sell these ring tones,'" Legend explained. "And we made the anti-that album basically, and I think it's going to work."
"You know it's a shame when in 2010 making an album of music is now a risky thing to do," chimed in ?uestlove.
Work on "Wake Up!" started two years ago, but then Legend went on a tour to promote his last album, 2008's "Evolver," while the Roots recorded their ninth CD, "How I Got Over," and worked as the house band for "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."
Legend said coming back to finish the CD allowed them "to live with music, live with the arrangements and really develop them."
While Legend and the Philadelphia-based Roots hadn't worked together in the past, Legend says he remembers passing off his demo to ?uestlove when he attended the University of Pennsylvania in the 1990s.
It wasn't an instant musical connection.
"He missed out is all I'm saying!" Legend said with a smile as ?uestlove pulled up his shirt to hide his face.
"He thinks I tea-coastered his demo, like it's somewhere under my chocolate mug," ?uestlove said.
|Thurs, May 13, 2010 at 11:32 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Mad Cobra, Danchehall/Reggae Artist, has been shot several times in Spanish Town, Jamaica, the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, raised in the parish of St. Mary and relocated back to the place of his birth during his teenage years, he began performing under his stage name, taken from a character in the G.I. Joe comic books, while still in his teens.
Mad Cobra signed a deal with Columbia Records. He had a smash hit "Flex", a single which interpolated elements of The Temptations' "Just My Imagination". It topped the US Rap Singles chart, hitting #7 on the R&B chart, and peaking at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The artist was apparently shot three times at his house in Portmore, just outside Kingston. Cobra is currently in critical condition.
No other information has been given
|Fri, December 04, 2009 at 8:00 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Jim Jones has left Columbia Records to rejoin E1, formerly known as Koch Records. Jones has signed a deal to release his next solo album on E1, as well as a mixtape.
In 2004 Jones released his first solo album On My Way to Church. The release of his second album, Harlem: Diary of a Summer came in 2005, followed by Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment) in 2006.
During his tenure at Columbia Jones released his fourth solo album, Pray IV Reign, and in addition to his successful run at E1 as a solo artist, Jones was appointed as vice president of urban A&R at the label last January.
In 2009, Jones won an Urban Music Award for Best Collaboration ft. Ron Browz & Juelz Santana ‘Pop Champagne'.
|Mon, November 02, 2009 at 3:00 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
AVAILABLE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23; ONE HOUR THANKSGIVING TELEVISION SPECIAL TO AIR ON ABC NOVEMBER 26
NEW YORK - Music World Music/Columbia Records will release "I AM...YOURS An Intimate Performance At Wynn Las Vegas" - a concert performance DVD and Live CD that captures a never-before-seen performance from iconic artist, Beyonce on Monday, November 23.
Filmed at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas, this extraordinary concert features performances of over 30 songs from Beyonce's three multi-platinum solo releases, Destiny's Child catalog and a few surprises. This amazing concert includes the #1 hits, "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)", "If I Were A Boy," "Halo," "Sweet Dreams" and showcases a gut-wrenching performance of "That's Why You're Beautiful."
Included on "I AM... YOURS An Intimate Performance At Wynn Las Vegas," is a biographical storytelling woven between many songs and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. "I AM... YOURS An Intimate Performance At Wynn Las Vegas" is Beyonce's first live CD and fans can also consider the release a greatest hits collection.
Recorded on August 2, 2009 during a sold out four-night stint at the Encore Theater in Las Vegas, "I AM... YOURS An Intimate Performance At Wynn Las Vegas," will be available on DVD (amaray) and Deluxe Edition 2 CD/DVD (digipack) on November 23 and Blu-ray on December 15.
Also available on Monday, November 23 is the "I AM...SASHA FIERCE" Deluxe Edition which will feature five number one hits and two bonus tracks which include "Video Phone (Extended Remix)," featuring Billboard magazine's Rising Star for 2009, Lady Gaga. MTV will exclusively world premiere the music video for "Video Phone" on-air and online on Thursday, November 5. "Video Phone" will premiere in the US on MTV and MTV.com at 5:30 PM/EST while MTV channels across the globe will premiere the music video in 162 countries following the airing of the MTV Europe Music Awards from Berlin.
According to Billboard magazine, the "Video Phone" debut on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop chart makes "I AM...SASHA FIERCE" the first album in a decade to yield six entries which include "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)", "If I Were A Boy," "Diva," "Halo," "Ego" and "Video Phone". Beyonce also extended her current lead to 13, for most top 10's on the Hot 100 Billboard chart by a female artist this decade when "Sweet Dreams" entered the chart at number eight.
On Thanksgiving night, November 26, the ABC Network will air the one-hour television special, "Beyonce-I AM...YOURS." It is the first network special from the superstar. The airing is scheduled for 9:00 PM/EST.
Before wrapping up her 2009 "I AM..." World tour, which recently included da
|Fri, October 16, 2009 at 3:39 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
MySpace Music makes its way back to New York City to host a special performance by Clipse on Tuesday, October 20 at The Hiro Ballroom as part of "THE RELEASE," MySpace Music's urban music concert series. This installment of "THE RELEASE" will be a special pre-release show for the new Clipse album titled "Till The Casket Drops" (December 2009, Columbia Records) and will be held during a week where thousands of music enthusiasts visit New York City. Special musical guests will include Donnis, Jasmine Solano, Adam Tensta and DJ dB. Tickets and entry for the 21+ event can be obtained by sending an RSVP to email@example.com and on a first-come, first-served basis at the Hiro Ballroom. Doors for the show will open at 9 p.m. and dress code will be strictly enforced.
One of the year's most hotly-anticipated hip-hop music releases, "Till The Casket Drops" is the upcoming third label release for Clipse and their first with Columbia Records. The duo debuted with 2002's "Lord Willin'," which reached #1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart and #4 on the Billboard Top 200. "Lord Willin'" spawned the hit singles, "Grindin'" and "When Was The Last Time," which peaked at #34 and #19 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Their critically acclaimed sophomore effort, "Hell Hath No Fury," was 2006's Top 10 album in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, SPIN Magazine & The New York Times. The duo's high-profile collaborations included Birdman's "What Happened to that Boy" and Justin Timberlake's chart topper "Like I Love You" in 2002. "Till The Casket Drops" re-unites Clipse with The Neptunes, Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo who signed the duo in early 2001 and produced several tracks on the upcoming release. Pharrell is also featured on the official first single from the album titled "I'm Good." "Kinda Like A Big Deal," the scorching buzz record featuring Kanye West, was produced by DJ Khalil.
For more information, tour updates and news, please visit Clipse's official MySpace Music profile: http://www.myspace.com/clipse. For additional info on MySpace Music's "THE RELEASE," please visit: http://www.myspace.com/hiphop
|Tue, September 15, 2009 at 1:03 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
According to Billboard Magazine, Grammy Award winning duo Mary Mary, now hold the record for the longest climb to the top 10 in the chart’s 67-year history as their smash single, “God In Me” jumped from 11-10 in its 42nd week on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Mary Mary is now the only gospel act to have at least two top 10s this decade on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, “Shackles (Praise You)” peaked at No.9 in 2000.
“God In Me” is currently celebrating its 7th consecutive week at the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart.
The Sound occupied the #1 slot on the Billboard Gospel Album chart for more than six months since its release in October 2008 and was #1 for 19 consecutive weeks. The Sound has also spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart.
Featuring Kierra "Kiki" Sheard, "God In Me," perhaps the first gospel record to deploy an auto-tune, continues Mary Mary's visionary blending of urban, hip-hop, soul, funk and pop elements with the power and conviction of their Christian message.
Mary Mary performed "God In Me," with guest artist Queen Latifah, at the 2009 BET Awards, where the pair was named this year's Best Gospel Artist.
2009 has been a banner year for Mary Mary. "Get Up," the lead single from The Sound, earned the duo 2009's Best Gospel Performance Grammy (their second overall) and a 2009 Dove Award (the pair's seventh to-date) for Urban Recorded Song of the Year. Mary Mary also took this year's NAACP Image Award for Best Gospel Artist (Traditional or Contemporary).
Heralded as "Praiseworthy" by People magazine, The Sound peaked at #1 on a variety of Billboard Christian and Gospel albums charts shortly after its release in October 2008. The Sound entered the Billboard Top 200 at #7, giving Mary Mary their highest
charting -- and second Top 10 -- album on that chart (2005's Mary Mary peaked at #8 on the Top 200). Mary Mary and The Sound achieved one of the highest chart debuts on the Top 200 of any gospel album released in 2008. A bona-fide crossover smash, The Sound made a "Hot Shot" debut on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at #2.
|Wed, August 05, 2009 at 9:02 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
MAXWELL’S “BAD HABITS” MUSIC VIDEO MAKES RARE, ONLINE WORLD PREMIERE ON WWW.STEVEHARVEY.COM
WHO: Steve Harvey, host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Steve Harvey Morning Show and Maxwell, Columbia Records modern R&B artist.
WHAT: Maxwell’s highly-anticipated music video for “Bad Habits,” the second single from his #1 album BLACKsummers’night, will world premiere on www.SteveHarvey.com. The sizzling, hot video features Maxwell and actress Kerry Washington.
This unique opportunity will expose the video to Harvey’s loyal audience of urban music fans. www.SteveHarvey.com is the online destination for fans of Harvey and The Steve Harvey Morning Show – which is heard on more than 60 radio stations by approximately six million weekly listeners. It’s also the number-one syndicated morning show in the top 25 metro markets with Persons 12+, Adults 25-54, Adults 18-34, Adults 18-49 and Women 25-54 (Source: Arbitron, WI'09, MSA, Exact Times, AQH Top 25 Metros).
“Bad Habits” is charting at #9 on the Urban AC chart and trending upwards according to Mediabase, the leader in radio airplay monitoring. One of the year’s most heavily anticipated records, first-week sales of BLACKsummers’night hit 316,499. Released on July 7, it’s the first full-length Maxwell release since his critically-acclaimed #1 album Now.
WHEN: Wednesday, August 5, 2009