|Fri, May 17, 2013 at 10:46 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
JANELLE MONŃE SET TO PERFORM TWO SPECIAL SHOWS WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY AND CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA;
VIDEO FOR "Q.U.E.E.N." FEATURING ERYKAH BADU SURPASSES 4 MILLION VIEWS ON YOUTUBE;
NEW PRESS IMAGE FROM UPCOMING ALBUM, THE ELECTRIC LADY, REVEALED
Grammy-nominated artist, Janelle MonŠe, is set to perform two special shows with the San Francisco Symphony and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra this month. MonŠe will perform new arrangements of her critically acclaimed music, while being accompanied by each symphonies vibrant orchestrations. MonŠe's first appearance with the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) will take place tonight, May 16th and will benefit SFS music and education programs. She will then join The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) on May 20th, graciously filling in for Aretha Franklin, who regretfully had to cancel her appearance under doctor's orders. Proceeds from her performance at The League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association's annual Corporate Night, will benefit the CSO's general operations and nationally recognized community engagement and music education programs.
Last month, MonŠe released "Q.U.E.E.N" featuring Erykah Badu, a new track from her upcoming album, The Electric Lady, to extensive critical acclaim. VIBE declared the song a "sure-fire hit," and Rolling Stone referred to it as "An anthem of self-determination with a funkadelicious base line," while Stereogum hailed MonŠe as "a hero...'Q.U.E.E.N' is an irresistibly funky vamp-strut with Afrobeat horns and Princely synth-squelches...and a rap verse that's better than it has any right to be." The companion video to the song received equal adulation, immediately trending worldwide on Twitter, and surpassing 4 million views on YouTube in just a few days. Today, Ms. MonŠe - who has become a modern day style icon, revealed the first press image from her upcoming album, The Electric Lady (see attached.)
A groundbreaking, genre-blurring singer, songwriter, producer, and performer, Janelle MonŠe's inventive style melds a refined pop sensibility with an extraordinary postmodern mash-up of soul, funk, and rock n roll. In the last two years, MonŠe's career has blossomed following the release of her Grammy-nominated, first full-length LP, The ArchAndroid. MonŠe has toured the world and been invited to perform at numerous festivals, including the Made in America Festival in Philadelphia, the Afro-Punk Festival in Brooklyn, and the NorthSea and Montreux Jazz Festivals. Her success has garnered her several global appearances, including a performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. Additionally, MonŠe has been honored with invitations to perform for the Democratic National Convention and for the President of the United States at The White House. Last year, she collaborated with Grammy Award-winning band fun. on their breakout hit single "We Are Young." MonŠe was also recently signed as the newest CoverGirl spokesmodel. Her highly anticipated sophomore album, The Electric Lady, is due out later this year.
Janelle MonŠe "Q.U.E.E.N" featuring Erykah Badu Official Video:
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|Tue, February 19, 2013 at 1:56 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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CHARLES STONE III SET TO DIRECT; PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY WILL COMMENCE MARCH 2013 IN ATLANTA
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 18, 2013 - The much anticipated biopic "Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story," on Grammy-winning girl group TLC, is set to begin production in March 2013 in Atlanta, GA. Atlanta is the birthplace for the group that rose to unprecedented fame in the 1990's as one of the world's most talented, celebrated and highest-selling female groups of all time. Through very public and high-profile success, turmoil and tragedy, TLC left an indelible stamp of female empowerment that changed the face of the music industry forever. The group was also recognized internationally as pioneers in advocacy for Sex and HIV education.
Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins have signed on as consultants and executive producers for the full-length TV movie based on their life and career as TLC. "We were pleased to learn that production would take place here in Atlanta because it keeps everything true to form. The group was formed here, and Atlanta was the backdrop for so many things we experienced, good and bad as a group. We really want fans to experience our story in an authentic way," says Chilli. "There is so much to our story that hasn't been told until this movie, it really has to be done the right way," T-Boz adds. "Fans will be able to really understand the dynamic of the group and why that formula has not been able to be duplicated. It was something truly special." Bill Diggins and Maggie Malina are executive producers alongside Thomas and Watkins. Jeff Olde and Jill Holmes serve as executive producers for VH1. Alexander A. Motlagh also serves as executive producer for Pop Films.
VH1 has cast the roles of superstars Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas with actress Drew Sidora, hip hop artist Lil Mama and KeKe Palmer.
"TLC were truly music pioneers and this movie is a fantastic way to expand our scripted push by combining our audience's passion for music with their love of story. We know our viewers will be eager to go beyond the headlines and into the surprisingly personal, never before told stories of these groundbreaking women," stated Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Production.
Charles Stone III ("Drumline," "Paid in Full," "Mr. 3000")is set to direct the biopic, which is penned by screenwriter Kate Lanier ("What's Love Got To Do With It," "Set it Off," "Beauty Shop"). Crazy, Sexy Cool: The TLC Story is slated to begin shooting next month in Atlanta.
For all the latest on the upcoming CRAZY,SEXY,COOL: The TLC Story visit the official TLC facebookpage at http://www.facebook.com/officialTLC
|Thurs, January 31, 2013 at 7:00 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Hip Hop's self-made reality star talks girls, girls, girls and 'No Love Lost'
(Atlanta, GA) Rolling out sits down with "Love & Hip Hop's" newest cast mate Joe Budden to discuss his role on the VH1 reality series, which isn't our first invitation into Budden's life as he installed cameras in his home years ago. The cameras captured his tumultuous relationship with his curvaceous then-girlfriend Tahiry, and his reality star fame was born.
Since then, Budden has had several very public relationships and suffered loss and setback. He speaks candidly with rolling out about his new album, titled No Love Lost, personal shortcomings and addiction. Joining the cast of "Love & Hip Hop" is just another chapter in Budden's story- one he feels will help others deal with their own tribulations. "I'm just thankful that rolling out would even consider having me on the cover. I appreciate it. It was a great shoot, great interview. Hopefully the fans enjoy it," Budden offers modestly.
Visit rollingout.com to read the interview in its entirety. Be sure to check out the exclusive photo shoot and video footage with celebrity photographer DeWayne Rogers.
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|Tue, November 27, 2012 at 8:38 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
TLC and VH1 seek crazysexycool actors for the role of the iconic band members
November 27, 2012
LOS ANGELES- VH1 has begun casting for the roles of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, the late great Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, also known collectively as TLC, for a bio-pic focusing on the renowned super group. With a script by popular screenwriter Kate Lanier ("Set It Off", "What's Love Got to Do with It" and "Beauty Shop") the TV movie is slated to be released next year. The bio-pic is the first of a series of scripted music-focused TV movies that will air on VH1 throughout the year. Filming for the movie is scheduled to begin in early 2013.
TLC began their claim to fame in the early 1990's and throughout their 20 year journey in the music industry they have experienced success, turmoil, bankruptcy, and tragedy. Despite their ups and downs, they are a rare jewel with a unique history that needs to be unfolded. "I have always known that TLC's story was one that needs to be told", says Chilli. "I am beyond excited to begin casting for the movie; this is another dream coming true. I'm so thankful."
TLC dominated the music charts throughout the 90s and became one of the highest selling and most celebrated female acts of all time. The high-spirited, funky and colorful wearing trio entered the scene in 1992 with hit songs such as "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg", "Baby Baby Baby" and "What About Your Friends". By the mid 90s, they owned the charts with their sophomore release CrazySexyCool, which sold over 11 million albums and produced their biggest hit to date, "Waterfalls". By the end of the decade, TLC conquered the top of the charts again, after a four year hiatus, with the hit female anthem, "No Scrubs".
Sadly, in 2002, TLC experienced the biggest devastation of all in the loss of their band mate/friend/sister, Left Eye. Despite the tragic loss, T-Boz and Chilli have prolonged the legacy of TLC as a duo and continue to carry on. Although they work on solo projects, including individual reality shows, T-Boz and Chilli continue to reunite for spot performances and appearances as TLC.
T-Boz and Chilli have signed on to be consultants and executive producers for the bio-pic alongside Bill Diggins and Maggie Malina. Alexander Motlagh is executive producing for Pop Films. Jeff Olde and Jill Holmes serve as executive producers for VH1. Aside from the VH1 bio-pic, TLC is looking forward to a busy 2013 with many projects in the works. Currently Chilli will star in Rachel vs. Guy a celebrity cook-off program airing on the Food Network January 6, 2013 and T-Boz has a lifestyle reality show set to air in 2013.
|Sat, October 13, 2012 at 1:28 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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CURRENTLY CASTING: "Master Of The Mix" Airing on VH1 in 2013
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|Wed, October 10, 2012 at 8:40 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Renee Graziano of VH-1's Mob Wives Lawyers Up with a Dream Team
For the Battle with Her Plastic Surgeon
New York, NY - A mob wife is nobody to toy with, as witnessed by VH-1's Mob Wives reality star Renee Graziano's lawyering up with a Dream Team of attorneys to go into battle against her plastic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Klapper, who has filed a $77 million dollar defamation lawsuit against her, for slander regarding her public statements about the procedures that he performed on her.
Graziano has retained veteran New York City based entertainment attorney Greg Griffith, along with two other New York City based legal heavyweights - Tanya Branch, a partner with Brody, Bernard & Branch, representing some of New York City's largest corporations, and William T. Burdo, who specializes in medical malpractice. Mr. Griffith, who has represented various A-list clients in the entertainment industry, is currently defending another client in a similar lawsuit, with an $18 million dollar price tag attached to it, in New York County Supreme Court.
Griffith's comment on the controversial case is "We embrace these challenging cases. Ms. Graziano is still healing, both emotionally and physically, from this experience, and we intend to aggressively defend her against the claims made by Dr. Klapper, by any and every legal means necessary, so that Ms. Graziano can finally put this whole unpleasant episode behind her. If the procedure had gone well and Dr. Klapper's practice had financially benefited from the millions of viewers who were watching the show and who appreciate Renee, would he have shared it with her?"
Stay tuned for the potential legal drama that should rival the boob tube ones as Renee Graziano's Dream Team goes to exonerate her of Dr. Klapper's erroneous charges
|Thurs, June 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
According to gossip website TMZ.com, VH1 and Shaq's ex Shaunie O'Neal have axed 3 cast members of the problematic Basketball Wives reality show. If true, it can be assumed that VH1 and Shaunie found 3 new cast members - who were recruited to be "friends" of the other cast members.
A source told TMZ that Royce Reed, left, Jennifer Williams (right) and Kesha Nichols (center) also got their walking papers - and will be replaced next season.
TMZ claims Royce was axed because her baby daddy, Dwight Howard, got a judge to force Royce to keep his name out of her mouth. Jennifer was let go because she filed a fake lawsuit against Nia Crooks for slapping her on the show, and Kesha was just too "boring."
If this is true, the women are being fired to make room for new cast members who will breathe life into the show's falling ratings.
As you know, most urban reality shows are scripted urban soap operas surrounding a cast of fake "friends" who really didn't know each other until they met to read the scripts for the first time.
Networks such as VH1 and Bravo have audiences of gullible women (and some men) who believe everything the network throws at them. Thanks to blogs and other intellectuals, the public is now more aware of the wicked motivations behind these so-called urban "reality" shows.
An inside source told me that VH1 is dismayed that I seem to know so much about what's going on behind the scenes. The source told me that one of the producers asked her if she was telling me anything about the cast members. But she didn't have to tell me anything. It really doesn't take a rocket scientist to see through their bullsh*t
|Mon, April 23, 2012 at 6:06 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
April 25, 2012 marks the ten year anniversary for the passing of Grammy award-winning TLC group member Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes. "The word anniversary means a celebration. For us her death will never be a celebration, it's still something that hurts," says T-Boz. Group member Chilli agrees, "Lisa is our sister. You never get over losing a family member. We love her and we miss her and that isn't ever going to change."
2012 is also the 20th anniversary for the group and is filled with many surprises for TLC fans worldwide. Chilli and T-Boz are very excited to be executive-producing a biopic on the group's story in conjunction with VH1. "This project is truly a dream come true for us," says Chilli. 'What's Love Got To Do With It' scribe Kate Lanier will pen the project, which documents TLC's rise to fame with 1991's "Ooooooohhh... On The TLC Tip" and their follow-up success with 1994's "CrazySexyCool," and eventually selling more than 65 million albums worldwide making them the biggest-selling girl group in history.
In addition to the movie, TLC is working on a 20th anniversary package which will include tour dates, an album project with new music and several remixes on some of their favorite hits. Chilli and T-Boz say they are looking forward to giving new music to their eagerly awaiting fans and returning to the stage.
|Wed, August 17, 2011 at 2:52 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Hosted by Vanessa Simmons; Featuring Performances by Diddy - Dirty Money's Kalenna, The Braxton Sisters and Luke James.Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 17, 2011 On Friday, August 26th, the Give Back Hollywood Foundation, a non-profit organization that connects charities to celebrities, will host a benefit for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, inviting celebrities and tastemakers to the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles for an afternoon of music and awareness. The event, which runs from 11AM-4PM, will be hosted by Vanessa Simmons with performances by The Braxton Sisters, Kalenna of Diddy-Dirty Money and Luke James, as well as appearances from some of today’s biggest stars and students from VH1 Save The Music Foundation grant recipient schools.
The Give Back Hollywood Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to help the entertainment community “give back” and raise money and awareness for other non-profits, has spent the past few years successfully raising funds for a variety of worthwhile causes including Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Dogs in Danger and the Children’s Burn Foundation, amongst many others. The event will benefit yet another incredible partner in the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education.
“We are thrilled to be able to help an organization as important as the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and honored to have Vanessa Simmons hosting our event as well as Kalenna, Luke James and The Braxton Sisters performing with us for such a great cause,” said Todd Krim, President & Founder of the Give Back Hollywood Foundation. “We hope we can do our part to help ensure that no child be deprived of the opportunity to experience a complete education, which includes music.”
Vanessa Simmons will shed light on the importance of music education as she hosts this year's event. Simmons is a star of "MTV's Run's House" and "Daddy's Girls" and the co-creator of the Pastry Kicks shoes. She will be presenting the performers for the evening, music artists Kalenna, The Braxton Sisters and Luke James. Kalenna is recently known as 1/3 of the group "Diddy Dirty Money" along with Dawn Richard and Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs. She released Last Train To Paris with the group and has performed on the 2010 BET Awards, the American Music Awards, American Idol, the cross-country Coming Home Tour and will release music from her solo project this month. The Braxton Sisters are made up of Traci, Tamar, Towanda, Toni and Trina. The sisters star in the popular new reality show “Braxton Family Values” on WE TV. Luke James is an R&B singer/songwriter signed to New Age Rock Stars / Mercury Records / Island Def Jam who co-wrote Chris Brown’s “Crawl” and has penned songs for Justin Bieber (“That Should Be Me”) and Britney Spears (“Kill The Lights”), among others. In between performances, music will be provided by international DJ Josh LeCash.
“We are extremely grateful to Give Back Hollywood for including us in this incredible event,” said Paul Cothran, Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “Their generosity will help us continue to raise awareness about the importance of music education in our nation’s schools.”
The 2011 Give Back Hollywood benefit for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation will also feature products from Fashion Forms, Just Dance 3, Glam Rock Watches, SodaStream, Dead Cultoure Clothing, Menage a Trois Wines, Neuro Drinks, Raleigh Denim, Le Posh Spa & Salon, VNC Cocktails, Hook-Links, Everything By Remote, A.Strass Jewelry, blu Cigs, Viva Beads, Tyes by Tara, SNAP! Yourself Photobooth, CocaCola, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf