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Forbes-Magazine-LogThe nature of the music industry has changed and the advent of streaming has catapulted hip-hop and R&B beyond Rock music which previously held the top spot. It is important to note that Rock is still the leader in album sales making up a whopping 40.1% of total album sales in the United States. But as streaming cuts into physical album sales on an annual basis, this statistical category could become obsolete.

Conversely, hip-hop is beginning to take hold of the streaming scene making up 29% of total streams across the country. Kendrick Lamar boasts the most popular album to this point highlighting the dominance of hip-hop across the country. Hip-Hop and R&B are also the most popular genres on the leading streaming services (Spotify, Apple Music) and holds seven of the top ten songs across these platforms.

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This July Tyler, the Creator’s debut album Scum Fuck Flower Boy leaked two weeks in advance. Due to many lyrics depicting homosexuality, fans are speculating that Tyler is coming out of the closet. This and the review for the album is discussed.

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Over the years, music has certainly changed from once being the soundtrack of your life, to now becoming bits and pieces of episode quickies. No longer telling the stories of life and love. Singer, Songwriter Marc Nelson is back, giving us what we have been missing with his highly anticipated single Wishing You The Worst.

Marc Nelson is an actor, producer, singer, and songwriter for many popular artist around the world and has collectively sold more than 25 million records. Some of his songwriting credits and collaborations include artist like Toni Braxton, Brandy, Michael McDonald, Aaron Neville, Charlie Wilson, Tyrese, Brian Culbertson, Jon B.,and even his mentor Babyface. Perhaps his most notable duet was with megasensation Beyonce’ entitled “After All Is Said And Done”.
Thus far in his career, Marc has been nominated for a Grammy, NAACP Image Award, Soul Train, World Music, MOBO (Music of Black Origin) and three SESAC awards. His most recent nominations are for five Emmy’s for which he won one of them for writing the theme song to the 2016 animated Christmas TV movie “Snowy Day” (performed by Boyz II Men).
While all things music is Marc’s passion, he is equally as passionate about the stage and the theater arts.

This fall Marc will be starring in the touring stage play, “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, directed by Philly Weeden, alongside Taral Hicks, Terron Brooks, Keith Robinson and MC Brainz. He has also taken the lead role in the stage play “In Laws From Hell” by author and award winning director, Andrionna Williams.

Marc currently shares a residency with Boyz II Men as a special guest star at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He is excited to announce the release of his highly anticipated single “Wishing You The Worst” (release date July 31st) at the opening of his show “Open Mic Night Mondays” held every Monday at Triple B’s in Las Vegas, starting August 14, 2017. This single will undoubtedly go down as one of Marc’s greatest solo hits with its controversial lyrics and impeccable vocals. MARC NELSON IS BACK!
For more information visit Marc’s official website at www.imarcnelson.com.

For bookings contact:
Focused Artist Entertainment 917.250.3661. Media Contact: Demia Avery at demia@averygrouppr.com.

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Hot SauceHot Sauce” is the new PD of Cumulus Urban WYNN/Florence, SC. Mr. Sauce (left) transitions from iHeartMedia Urban WGCI/Chicago, where he was Mix Show Coordinator, weekend personality and morning show mixer. Señor Sauce transitions into his inaugural PD post from iHeartMedia Urban WGCI/Chicago, where he was Mix Show Coordinator, weekend personality and morning show mixer. His previous stops include WZHT (Hot 105.7)/Montgomery, AL and WKKV (V100.7)/Milwaukee. “I’ve enjoyed the past eight years at iHeartMedia and I’m excited to begin this new chapter as a Program Director,” said Hot Sauce, who can now be reached at Hot.Sauce@cumulus.com.

Hot Sauce succeeds “Big Mike” Bell, who in April transferred to the PD post at Urban sister WEAS (E93)/Savannah, GA.

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Kimmie Tee, Oakland Mayor, Libby Schaaf & Tony Sco
Kimmie Tee, Oakland Mayor, Libby Schaaf & Tony Sco

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff joined the 102.9 KBLX Dream Team (Tony Sco, Kimmie Tee & Tony Roberts) to announce a private donation of $750,000 to help create 300 summer jobs and internships for young residents of Oakland ages 16-24.

Visit www.eastbaygoodwill.org/employment and send a resume to recruiting@eastbaygoodwill.org

VIDEO LINK: http://www.kblx.com/blogs/kblx-morning-dream-team/oakland-mayor-libby-schaaf-joins-morning-dream-team

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Real 106iHeartMedia Philadelphia announced today Shila Nathan as the new co-host for “Chio in the Morning” on the new Real 106.1, Philly’s Real No. 1 for Throwbacks, effective Tuesday July 18, 2017. The “Chio in the Morning” show broadcasts from 6 – 10 a.m.

Shila, who has worked with Chio previously as a co-host, will reunite with him to entertain Philadelphia listeners in the morning and broadcast a variety of Hip Hop, R&B and Rhythmic music from the ‘90s and early 2000’s. Chio in the Morning is a popular local morning show that has been heard in the community for 14 years.

“It’s awesome to reconnect with my great friend and mentor Chio,” said Shila. “I look forward to coming back to Philly and I’m so excited to be playing the ‘throwback’ hip-hop I truly love at Real 106.1. I’m excited to join the talented family at iHeartMedia Philadelphia and I can’t wait to start this new and exciting chapter in my life.”

“The second time around will be even better!” Chio said. “She’s the perfect fit: we are like rice and beans – we go together!”

Shila Nathan is a Pennsylvania native from Scranton, PA and has hosted and co-hosted shows in Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago and most recently in New York City including WKRZ 98.5 in Scranton, WKRK 97.1 Free FM Detroit, WYSP FM Philly’s Danny Bonaduce Show, Wired 96.5 Philly, WUSN US99.5, Chicago, and Nash FM, New York. She was also a TV contributor to Fox 29’s “Good Day Philadelphia” and “Windy City Live” in Chicago. Shila is multi-lingual, earned a MA from Emerson College and a BA from Villanova University. Shila was honored with a 2016 Gracie Award.

Real 106.1 is a Rhythmic AC format with a variety of music, mostly from the ‘90s and early 2000’s, including songs from popular artists such as Notorious B.I.G., Eminem, Beyoncé, Rihanna and Kanye West. The new station line-up includes Chio in the Morning with Shila, Nicole in middays and Johnny V. in afternoons.

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R. Kelly is holding six women against their will in an abusive “cult,” according to the parents of several of the women and to three former members of Kelly’s inner circle, whom BuzzFeed interviewed in an explosive new report.

“Six women live in properties rented by Kelly in Chicago and the Atlanta suburbs,” the report says, citing details from Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee, the three former inner-circle members. “He controls every aspect of their lives: dictating what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records.”

Several of the women’s parents have gone to the police to try to get their daughters back. BuzzFeed reports that one Georgia family told police that their daughter was being held in a “cult” by Kelly, who they say is “abusive and is controlling” her.

The mother of that woman told BuzzFeed that her daughter “looked like a prisoner” when she last saw her and acted as if she were “brainwashed” while continually professing her love for Kelly.

A representative for Kelly denied the allegations in a statement provided to BuzzFeed.

Mack, Jones, and McGee told BuzzFeed that five women who lived with Kelly last summer ranged in age from 18 to 31. Kelly confiscates the women’s cellphones and makes them ask permission to leave the two locations in Chicago and Atlanta, they said.

The BuzzFeed report says that all six of the women living with Kelly now are of the age of consent in Illinois and Georgia, and notes that consenting adults are free to enter “nontraditional” relationships, but the parents of three of the women are nonetheless fighting to get their daughters back.

Kelly has a history of allegations of sexual misconduct with women. He was acquitted in 2008 of 14 charges of child pornography after a six-year trial, which centered on a videotape that prosecutors alleged showed him having sex with a young girl.

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Judge Kevin Eide approved Universal Music Group and Comerica Bank’s motion to nullify the $31 million recorded-music deal the label had forged earlier this year with the estate of Prince Rogers Nelson. As Variety originally reported back in February, UMG announced it had completed a recorded-music deal with the estate of Prince; however, by April reports were already circulating that the deal was in danger of unraveling. In last week’s motion, Universal argued that special advisors for the estate at the time, L. Londell McMillan and Charles Koppelman, had misrepresented the assets the estate holds, and Universal entered into the deal mistakenly believing it was acquiring recordings that remain under contract to Prince’s original label, Warner Music Group.

The main sticking point was expiration dates: In the original release announcing the deal, Universal said it would start to gain the rights to certain Warner material in 2018, but Prince had reportedly cut a new deal with Warner Bros. in 2014 that sources say gave him the rights to the majority of his work released on the label (albeit with certain key exceptions). Variety says Warner Bros, had kept that 2014 agreement with Prince private until Judge Eide ordered the company to share it with Universal last month. In a court document released last month, UMG wrote that McMillan said on June 22 that the Warner agreement “could have been drafted better,” and “there is no dispute that these rights are confusing.”

In a joint statement released last Thursday evening, UMG and the estate said, “Universal Music Group and the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson welcome the court’s approval of our amicable resolution to this matter. We look forward to continuing to work closely together on Prince’s music publishing and merchandise to ensure that we deliver the very best experiences to Prince’s fans around the world.” The decision does not affect Universal’s other deals with the estate struck by Koppelman and McMillan, which include music publishing and merchandising.

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Soul Café, a weekly podcast featuring current slow-jam and smooth jazz hits, has surged to over 1.3 million listeners.

The show, which bills itself as “Your weekly dose of relaxation,” originated as a staple of iVybe Radio, where it is redistributed as a weekly podcast the day after being broadcast. From there, Soul Café’s smooth yet distinctive blend of music from both independent and established artists resonated with listeners, and popularity skyrocketed. The show has been picked up by over 90 Commercial and Internet radio stations and has a worldwide fan base.

Soul Café host and radio programming veteran Chris Clay attributes the show’s acclaim to its central concept: being based not on radio’s present or its projected future, but rather, its past.
“A listener recently told us that ‘this is what radio used to sound like,’” Clay reflected from iVybe Radio’s headquarters in North Carolina. “That’s a huge compliment for us, because that’s exactly what our goal is. One of the drawbacks of modern radio is that it’s essentially built around a younger audience: it moves so fast from record to record, and often listeners don’t get the time one needs to fully digest the quality of a song.”

Soul Café’s fresh, innovative feel also comes from challenging radio’s current conventions regarding adult listeners, he said. “Many people in the industry believe that if you’re building an adult station, you have to play old songs, and that’s not true…adults want to listen to new music too,” he explained. “A lot of it has to do with how you present that music to them.”

Soul Café currently boasts audiences in far-flung countries like Japan, Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Italy, South Africa, and Australia. But for Clay, that already-impressive list is only the beginning. “Historically, radio’s popularity came from it providing the soundtrack to people’s lives: it enriched the living experience and refreshed the soul. It’s such an important, vital part of radio’s legacy, and our goal with Soul Café is to help maintain that.”

Listen to the podcast at www.TheSoulCafe@podbean.com

Media Contact:
Heather Whitley
(704) 657-9997
TheSoulCafe100@gmail.com

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