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def jam_logoDef Jam Recordings has named Steven Victor as their new Executive Vice President and Head of A&R, effective immediately. The respected artist manager and COO of G.O.O.D. Music will be helping to lead the company’s creative initiatives and overseeing its talented A&R department.
Prior to his new position at Def Jam, Victor was the Senior Vice President of A&R for the Universal Music Group, and has been a manager heading William Victor Management with an extensive network of clients and connections in the music industry.
In a statement, Victor speaks on his enthusiasm to join the label and its lengthy legacy in the music community.

“I’ve worked within the Def Jam family for years and am honored to be part of the new leadership driving the future success of this iconic label.” he states. “I’m genuinely excited to continue Russell and Rick’s legacy of discovering and developing new artists while creating new opportunities for our incredible talent. I’d like to thank Lucian and Paul for trusting me with this task and look forward to working with the A&R and management teams at Def Jam.”

Victor has had a long stint in the music industry, having started his work with artists such as The Clipse, Nelly Furtado and more, but one of his most recent fears came with breaking Desiigner’s “Panda” record, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart last year.
In January, Eminem’s longtime manager and head of Shady Records Paul Rosenberg will start as the new CEO of Def Jam.
Congratulations to Steven Victor on the new position and his transition into the Def Jam family.

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Soul Train Award Nominations Announced

BET today announced the nominees for the BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards across 12 different categories. The annual celebration will recognize the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop from legends to the next generation. Filmed on November 5th at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards will air on BET and BET HER on November 26th, 2017 at 8PM ET.

Solange leads the bunch with seven total nominations including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and the highly coveted Video of the Year and Song of the Year for hit single “Cranes in the Sky.” Bruno Mars follows with six total nominations including two nominations for Song of the Year for his hit single “That’s What I Like,” and Album/Mixtape of the Year for “24K Magic.” DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller also received multiple nominations this year including Video of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Collaboration. The next generation of soul is also being recognized, including Khalid and SZA, who are multi-nominees across categories including Best New Artist, Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Best Collaboration and the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award.

Multi-platinum and seven-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, artist, actress and producer Toni Braxton is set to receive the coveted Don Cornelius Legend Award. The third annual Lady of Soul Award will be presented to Grammy Award-Nominated, multi-platinum, female R&B trio SWV.

The complete list of nominees for BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards are:

Best New Artist
6LACK
H.E.R.
KEVIN ROSS
KHALID
SZA

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
BRUNO MARS
BRYSON TILLER
CHRIS BROWN
KHALID
THE WEEKND

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
KEHLANI
LALAH HATHAWAY
LEDISI
MARY J. BLIGE
SOLANGE
SZA

Soul Train Certified Award
BELL BIV DEVOE
JOHNNY GILL
LALAH HATHAWAY
LEDISI
MACK WILDS

Video of the Year
BEYONCÉ – ALL NIGHT
BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC
CHRIS BROWN FT. USHER & GUCCI MANE – PARTY
DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS
SOLANGE – CRANES IN THE SKY

Best Gospel/ Inspirational Award
CHANCE THE RAPPER
CHARLIE WILSON
KIRK FRANKLIN
LECRAE
TAMELA MANN

Album/ Mixtape of the Year
BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC
MARY J. BLIGE – STRENGTH OF A WOMAN
SOLANGE – A SEAT AT THE TABLE
SZA – CTRL
THE WEEKND – STARBOY

Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year)
CARDI B – BODAK YELLOW
DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS
FRENCH MONTANA FT. SWAE LEE – UNFORGETTABLE
KENDRICK LAMAR – HUMBLE.
YO GOTTI FT. NICKI MINAJ – RAKE IT UP

Song of the Year
BRUNO MARS – THAT’S WHAT I LIKE
CHILDISH GAMBINO – REDBONE
DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS
KHALID – LOCATION
SOLANGE – CRANES IN THE SKY

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award
CRANES IN THE SKY – WRITTEN BY: TROY L. JOHN, SOLANGE KNOWLES, RAPHAEL SAADIQ (SOLANGE)
LOCATION – WRITTEN BY: ALFREDO EMMANUEL GONZALEZ, OLATUNJI OLUTOMIWA, SAMUEL DAVID JIMENEZ, KHALID ROBINSON, JOSHUA SCRUGGS (KHALID)
LOVE ME NOW – WRITTEN BY: BLAKE MATTHEW SIMON MILLS, JOHN HENRY RYAN, JOHN ROGER STEPHENS (JOHN LEGEND)
REDBONE – WRITTEN BY: GEORGE CLINTON, WILLIAM EARL COLLINS, GARY LEE COOER, DONALD MCKINLEY GLOVER II, LUDWIG EMIL TOMAS GORANSSON (CHILDISH GAMBINO)
VERSACE ON THE FLOOR – WRITTEN BY: CHRISTOPHER STEVEN BROWN, JAMES EDWARD FAUNTLEROY, BRUNO MARS, PHILIP MARTIN LAWRENCE (BRUNO MARS)

Best Dance Performance
BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC
CHRIS BROWN FT. USHER & GUCCI MANE – PARTY
DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS
SOLANGE FT. SAMPHA – DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR
WIZKID FT. DRAKE – COME CLOSER

Best Collaboration
DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS
JAZMINE SULLIVAN & BRYSON TILLER – INSECURE
MARY J. BLIGE FT. KANYE WEST – LOVE YOURSELF
SOLANGE FT. SAMPHA – DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR
SZA FT. TRAVIS SCOTT – LOVE GALORE

Read more: http://thejasminebrand.com/2017/10/17/solange-snags-7-soul-train-award-nominations-bruno-mars-rihanna-sza-nominated/#ixzz4vmkBv5l8

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Real 98.3Bo Money is the new PD of WZRL-Indianapolis’ Real 98.3. Money last worked for iHeartMedia as PD of KQBT-Houston’s 93.7 The Beat, until he exited in August 2016. Money will do afternoons on Real 98.3 and serve as Regional Urban PD.

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Still somehow under the radar in their hometown of Sydney Australia, underground hip-hop group Triple One shows much potential to take over the game. The four man crew consists of Billy Gunns, Marty Bukkake Large, Obi Ill,  Lil Dijon Terrors.

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What makes Triple One a force to be reckoned with the melodic harmonization, the other members hard hitting $uicideboy$-ish  flow, and the crisp production. Often seen clowning around with beers in hand, Triple One shares similarities with Brockhampton as being a seemingly approachable rap collective. They are well on their way to projecting themselves not only on the musical end, but also with their established clothing brand.

 

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With two EPs titled The Libertine (2017) and Doozy (2016), there’s just enough material from Triple One to sink your teeth into. It’s the posse cut stylized tracks and the deep emotion in the lyrics which give Triple One their flavor. It’s never easy stepping up to the plate as the first to not only represent a city, but to represent their entire country, Triple One are brave. Favorite songs of mine include “Autumn Collection” and “6 Speed.”

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Praise 95.1Salem Media Group, Inc. will launch a contemporary urban gospel radio station on Monday, October 23. The station will be called Praise 95.1, “The St. Louis Gospel Experience” and will be heard on WSDZ 95.1 FM and 1260 AM.

The station will be programmed by legendary St. Louis program director Darrel Eason who formerly programmed Majic 104.9 and Hallelujah 1600.

The new urban gospel format is the first to be placed on an FM signal in St. Louis by a major broadcast group. The format will feature urban gospel contemporary hits throughout the day with artists such as Travis Greene, Tamela Mann, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Marvin Sapp, and Tasha Cobbs. Praise 95.1 will also carry a select group of local and national Christian teaching programs after 7pm.

“We believe this is a continuation of Salem’s mission to serve the Christian community through uplifting music and teaching from local churches,” says Greg Lhamon, Vice President and General Manager. “Based on conversations with many in the St. Louis area, the community has been waiting to enjoy gospel on the FM dial.”

The wait is over. The new Praise 95.1 officially launches at Midnight, October 23, 2017.

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Reach Media has extended The Rickey Smiley Morning Show in a multi-year agreement. The Rickey Smiley Morning Show has over 65 affiliates and broadcasts weekdays from 6-10am ET. David Kantor, CEO of Urban One’s Radio Division and Reach Media, remarked, “We are delighted to extend our relationship with Rickey Smiley. He has established himself as a leader and entertaining communicator in his 10 years of syndication. He continues to grow in audience, followers, affiliates, but most importantly, with an affinity with his listeners that’s unparalleled.”
Smiley, who recently took home the 2017 Marconi Award for Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year, commented, “You know we keep it real every morning. So, get ready everybody, I’m going to continue keeping it live with the rest of my crew. Thanks to Reach Media, Radio One and to all my listeners and followers for letting me be a part of your morning routine.” Smiley shares his morning show platform with co-hosts Da Brat, Gary Wit Da Tea, Headkrack, Juicy, Rock T and Special K, along with producers, Hollywood and Beyoncé Alowishus

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Emerge

Atlantic Records and its imprint Artist Partner Group (APG) are on the hunt for extraordinary artists online.

The Warner-owned record companies have launched Emerge, which they dub a ‘groundbreaking nationwide, social media-driven search for exceptional teen Pop/R&B talent’.

The companies have partnered with AEG Presents, Deckstar, Deutsch and Spotify for the initiative.

Emerge is accepting submissions from artists and musicians between the ages of 13 and 19, who are residents of the U.S. or Canada (excluding Quebec), beginning today through Sunday, November 12.

Complete details and instructions on how to enter can be found through here.

http://www.atlanticrecords.com/emerge

 

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This is already happening overseas. This is one of the first domestic non-TV talent searches……American Idol, The Voice and all of the other “base model” talent shows on TV that are not producing any “stars.!”

All entries will be reviewed by Atlantic A&R representatives, before the winners are offered a major label contract.

“Emerge is all about breaking the barrier to entry for outstanding young artists,” said Artist Partner Group Founder & CEO Mike Caren.

“This campaign isn’t about industry relationships or market research, but about creating a new channel from performer to label, combined with the expertise of our friends at AEG Presents, Deckstar, Deutsch and Spotify.”

“Getting heard in this business shouldn’t be about who you know, but who you are as an artist.

“This campaign isn’t about industry relationships or market research, but about creating a new channel from performer to label, combined with the expertise of our friends at AEG Presents, Deckstar, Deutsch and Spotify.

“We’re all looking forward to uncovering amazing talent in unexpected places, and creating once-in-a-lifetime shots at superstardom.”

“We’re super excited to partner with all of these amazing companies that together embrace all aspects of an artist’s career,” said Atlantic Records’ Chairman & COO Julie Greenwald and Atlantic Records Chairman & CEO Craig Kallman.

“This is a talent search for the digital age, designed to find distinctive voices with huge potential.”

Founded in 2007 by Lawrence Vavra and Matt Colon, Deckstar Artist Management, is part of the James Grant Group, representing artists including Blink-182, Jane’s Addiction and Steve Aoki.

Deutsch is an advertising, design and digital agency which owns a division, Deutsch Music, which handles music supervision and partnerships for brand clients, working with labels, managers and artists on their strategic marketing and artist branding.

Deutsch’s clients include Tile, Volkswagen, Johnson & Johnson, PNC Bank, Taco Bell, Target, Sherwin-Williams, Dr Pepper, Green Giant, Snapple and Georgia-Pacific.

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