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|Fri, August 26, 2011 at 7:11 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Hip Hop Newcomer Storms the Scene With a Fresh Sound on "L.F.C. (Late 4 Class)," the Album.Erie, PA (PRWEB) August 26, 2011 The music world is full of winners & losers, the rich & the poor, the party-goers, & the free-thinkers. Newcomer Ne' Richa (né Natalie Richmond), seems to know her niche, & according to her self-written material featured on L.F.C. (Late 4 Class), she's quite comfortable in her own skin. Combining an animative, yet alluring, sense of self-confidence, with a brash delivery of truths, L.F.C. is sure to redefine what many consider to be "Hip-Hop." In fact, it's so undeniably doused in the sounds & flavour of what is now considered "Old School," that the genre itself seems to resurge into a "fresh old school."
Although she may be deemed a newcomer to most, for those who know her best, this premiere was years in the making. She began her career as an intern on Gannon University's campus station, 90.5 FM, at the age of 16. Exposed to a variety of music styles & genres, her reputation grew as she became recognized as a DJ, allowing her to expose her material to a wider audience. "My city really caught on quick," she says. "I didn't expect for anyone to pay attention at first. I was still a rookie. But, having my own radio show gave me the launching pad I needed to gain fans."
Born in Erie, Pa in 1987, Ne' Richa was bred by reggae music & Motown sounds. "My mother is a BIG Bob Marley fan, so I picked up on those "island" rhythms at a very early age," says Richmond. That "island influence" permeates throughout tracks such as "RoqStar" & "Ain't Ya Ex." The former showcases the emcees' lyrical prowess, the latter is almost as soulful as it is arrogant, as the rapper harmonizes, "Don't make me over....I ain't ya ex, No". L.F.C.'s buzz single, "Dollar," is this embodiment of the album's premise, as the rapper showcases a fun & demanding flow over an intoxicating beat reminiscent of the better moments of the 80's era Hip Hop, commonly referred to as the "Golden Era."
"My goal with this album is to create a new standard. You don't have to be a major artist signed to a major label in order to have a major impact" says Richmond, who spent close to a year writing & producing the project. In regards to her musical influences she notes, "Some of my favorite artists, like Prince & Michael Jackson, made music that was timeless. They stood in their own lane. That rubbed off on me a great deal." As far as production, L.F.C. maintains a powerful, yet subtle energy. Bass-driven rhythms & drum syncopations that lead to an almost hypnotic head nod by the listener. This is truly "Rapper's Delight."
L.F.C. (Late 4 Class) is now available on her official homepage, & will be released on iTunes this week.
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|Thurs, August 25, 2011 at 4:25 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
After reports surfaced that Rihanna and rapper J. Cole made a sex tape that had been leaked, the pop star took to Twitter responding to the rumors.
"We don't believe U, U need more people...AND ofcourse an actual sextape! #slownesday" Rihanna Tweeted on Wednesday night.
Earlier on Wednesday, a rep for Hustler claimed to Radar Online, "Hustler [is] in possession of the Rihanna and J.Cole tape. We have seen it and we do not know what we are going to do with it yet."
The rapper, who Rihanna toured with on her "Loud" tour, also addressed the rumors, Tweeting, "Gossip Gossip, [expletive] just stop it"
On Thursday, Rihanna was photographed in Portofino, Italy, shopping and enjoying some gelato
|Wed, August 24, 2011 at 8:16 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Frank DiLeo, who managed Michael Jackson during much of his 1980s superstardom and returned to the King of Pop's side in his final days, died on Wednesday from complications of past heart surgery. He was 63.
His wife Linda and business associates issued a statement saying they were "deeply saddened by the loss of the legendary, iconic and highly respected music industry figure."
DiLeo began working in music in 1968 with CBS Records and moved around the industry before landing at Epic Records where he was vice president of promotions when Jackson's smash album "Thriller" was released in 1982.
"Thriller," with hits such as "Beat It" and "Billie Jean," remains the best-selling album of all time.
In his book, "Moonwalk," Jackson said of DiLeo that he "really worked hard and proved to be my right hand during the years ahead." DiLeo managed Jackson's Bad tour and stayed with him for several years during the 1980s.
Even after their unexplained split, the pair remained friends. In 2009, before Jackson's sudden death in June by drug overdose, DiLeo returned to the "Thriller" singer with plans to help him through his ill-fated "This Is It" comeback concerts.
"He was not only one of the great veterans of the music business, he was a beloved friend to me and all who were lucky enough to have had him in their lives," John Branca, co-executor of Jackson's estate said in a statement. "He was one of a kind. He was a character. He was an original."
In the early 1990s, his company Frank Dileo Management handled the careers of Taylor Dayne, among others, and he was co-president of Savage Records.
More recently, DiLeo was working the career of teenage pop star Manika whose songs include "Just Can't Let You Go."
He is survived by his wife, two children and one grandson.
By Jill Serjeant | Reuters
(Editing by Jill Serjeant
|Wed, August 17, 2011 at 8:18 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Black Eyed Peas
NEW YORK - Pop music stars The Black Eyed Peas have rescheduled their "Concert 4 NYC" to September 30 after extreme weather in June forced organizers to cancel the Central Park event, will.i.am announced on Wednesday.
The Black Eyed Peas singer and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a joint news conference to unveil the new date and tell the 54,000 ticket holders to the benefit concert that they could now claim new tickets.
"I don't know where to begin to tell you how proud I am to be performing here at Central Park for our rescheduled date," band member Will.I.Am said, "And how sad I was when it got canceled because of lightning."
The Black Eyed Peas, comprised of will.i.am, Fergie, apl.de.ap and Taboo, are among the biggest hip hop and pop music acts of the 2000s having scored hit records such as "My Humps," "Let's Get It Started," and "Where Is the Love?"
The Central Park event will benefit Robin Hood, a poverty-focused charity in New York City and fund the creation of three new sites for The Black Eyed Peas' Peapod Music and Arts Academies, which cater to disadvantaged and foster children.
The site of the show, Central Park's 55-acre Great Lawn, has long hosted annual concerts for the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera, as well as the occasional show by some of the biggest names in music like Diana Ross, Bon Jovi, Simon & Garfunkel and Garth Brooks.
"There's nothing quite like a concert in central park," Bloomberg said.
|Wed, August 17, 2011 at 6:51 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
HEBRON, Ky. (AP) — Tucked away in a nondescript office park in northern Kentucky, Noah's followers are rebuilding his ark. The biblical wooden ship built to weather a worldwide flood was 500 feet long and about 80 feet high, according to Answers in Genesis, a Christian ministry devoted to a literal telling of the Old Testament.
This modern ark, to be nestled on a plot of 800 acres of rolling Kentucky farmland, isn't designed to rescue the world's creatures from a coming deluge. It's to tell the world that the Bible's legendary flood story was not a fable, but a part of human history.
"The message here is, God's word is true," said Mike Zovath, project manager of the ark. "There's a lot of doubt: 'Could Noah have built a boat this big, could he have put all the animals on the boat?' Those are questions people all over the country ask."
The ark will be the centerpiece of a proposed $155 million religious theme park, called the Ark Encounter, and will include other biblical icons like the Tower of Babel and an old world-style village.
It's an expansion of the ministry's first major public attraction, the controversial Creation Museum. It opened in 2007 and attracted worldwide attention for presenting stories from the Bible as historical fact, challenging evolution and asserting that the earth was created about 6,000 years ago.
"The ark is really a different approach" than the museum, Zovath said. "It's really not about creation-evolution, it's about the authority of the Bible starting with the ark account in Genesis."
Inside the ark's headquarters in Hebron, a small team of artists and designers are working on the visuals at the new park, but once the project begins early next year, there will be hundreds at the creation, including a team of Amish builders from Indiana who will erect the giant ark. Many of the same people who helped design the museum are on board for the ark project, including Patrick Marsh, who helped build some of the attractions at Universal Studios in Florida.
Zovath said the ark will have old-world details, like wooden pegs instead of nails, straight-sawed timbers and plenty of animals — some alive, some robotic like The Creation Museum's dinosaurs. He said it has not yet been determined how many live animals will be in the boat during visiting hours, but the majority will be stuffed or animatronic. At their count, Noah had anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000 on board.
There are a handful of replica arks around the world, but Zovath said this one will be authentic inside and out.
"When you get to walk through the boat and see how big this thing really was, and how many cages were there, and how much room there was for food and water ... our hope is people start seeing that this is plausible, that the account could be believed," Zovath said.
A longtime critic of the Answers in Genesis ministry argues the attraction will bring in converts to creationism by challenging scientific findings about the world's history.
"Many think that since creationism is so irrational and so unscientific that nobody really could believe it, but that's not so," said Edwin Kagin, a lawyer in northern Kentucky who is president of a nationwide atheist group. The new park will be "so slick and so well done, you can get people to believe in anything. Creationism, when you're ready to believe anything."
The Ark Encounter won't be the nation's first theme park inspired by the Bible, or the first with Noah's big boat. A park in tourism-rich Orlando, Fla., features a portrayal of the crucifixion by actors six days a week, along with Jesus' resurrection and gospel concerts. The Holy Land Experience opened in 2001, but the nonprofit park struggled with debt before it was taken over by Trinity Broadcasting Network in 2007.
Other replicas of Noah's famous ship have been built around the world.
A huge fiberglass ark sits at the center of a Hong Kong Noah's Ark attraction, and another floating ark in the Ne
|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