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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Fans of rap Icon and beat box legend Doug E. Fresh will soon be able to catch him as he rides the air waves on his new WBLS Radio show; getting his brilliant spin on classic Hip Hop as well social and political topics which plague urban communities. The rapper, record producer, and legend extraordinaire is hands down the pioneer of the beat boxing phenomena. Fresh's ability to take rap and Hip Hop listeners to new levels with his lyrical dexterity is just one of the many reasons his new radio show will resonate with music lovers. Doug E Fresh's classic hip hop radio program aptly entitled "The Show" will air every Saturday evening from 9pm-11pm.
Fresh's hits "The Show" and "La-Di-Da-Di" are no doubt Hip Hop classics themselves and forever stand at the foundation of the genre itself; which is why Fresh seems to remain timely in his industry presence.
When rap group Cali Swag District introduced a song giving credit to Fresh for the popular new dance "The Dougie" based on his trademark dance moves - "Teach Me How to Dougie" became not just a tribute but a new craze. Fresh has performed with Cali Swag District at the BET Awards Pre-show, on ESPN 'First Take' discussing the Dougie as a sports celebration, and even appeared at the Soul Train Awards teaching the dance to CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.
With his latest venture into radio, Fresh is excited to be close to the music regularly and in control of sharing real Hip Hop with the people. He looks forward to hitting ears with the hottest selections while helping keep the respect for the music alive - both to New York listeners as well as via live streamed shows available to music lovers everywhere.
WBLS (107.5) is an urban adult contemporary FM radio station in New York City, that from the early 1970-80s was kicked off by renowned Disc Jockey Frankie Crocker; now being the flagship station for new talents such as Steve Harvey, Jeff Foxx, Imhotep Gary Byrd, and Wendy Williams. WBLS is proud to host Doug E. Fresh in its new line up - continuing to build on the station's signature Urban Contemporary sound Use this block to tell the audience about your company. A short paragraph or a few sentences including your company's location, description and website is ideal.
I was first introduced to this artist's music a few months ago when producer, DJ JButtah began working with him on a few tracks. From that day in March, Lamar Starzz has now released his mixtape titled 'H.E.R. The mixtape is available as a free download on LiveMixtapes.com
The track I personally feel is the hottest track on the mixtape is 'Right By My Side' produced by DJ JButtah. It's a mellow, ride out track with a throwback groove just perfect for summer. Check it out below
Another mix of music from the Love Ultra Radio Show with DJ/Host Jah Prince including new music from Vado, Raheem DeVaughn, Bilal, K'La featuring Nas, Chrisettle Michele featuring Wale and Fantasia. Another surprise is "I Do" Olivia featuring French Montana.
Episode 2 of†'The Combat Jack Show' - Mike and El-P speak on the state of Rap Radio, on what a DJ is supposed to be, and more.
'DJs know music more than everybody. This is what they do. That is the exact job definition of a DJ; is to know music... trust who you hire... don't tell them they can't play a record...That's not what it's about...Records... especially Hip-Hop records... have to blow up organically.'
Great viewing. Check out Episode 1 after the jump.
Iron Mike cleansing his soul more and more in the media nowadays. Above he confesses: More money, more problems... and that hurting people was a high that cost him too much (his soul). Man. Deep! Check out the clip from Mike Tyson's appearance on Howard Stern's show.
If you are a fan of American Idol, you remember the name, Ashthon Jones from season 10 of AI. Ashthon missed making it past the final 13 and was eventually voted off, but that did not stop her from pursuing her dreams.
From tours to major television interviews to being featured on the hottest Gospel Hip Hip artist, LeCrae's, Grammy winning album alongside Big Krit; Ashthon Jones is poised to set the world on fire with her vocals.
Get a sneak peek of what Ashthon is working on now and be sure to keep her on your radar.