Been wanting to do this review for a while but I finally was able to spend some time with Brockhampton’s new album Ginger. The boy-band whom met on the fan forum Kanyetothe have yet to disappoint me! Keep going BH!
And yes I’m back dropping reviews on YouTube, and The Urban Buzz! I’ll be uploading older reviews soon.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a worldwide deal to represent the entire song catalog of global superstar Rihanna. The agreement covers all songs written by the multi-Grammy winner across her entire career, including the hits “Rude Boy,” “Love On The Brain,” “Needed Me” and her collaboration with Drake, “Work,” which spent nine weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The deal also includes future works.
The deal reunites Rihanna with Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Jon Platt, who commented, “I’m proud to have known Rihanna since the beginning of her career. Music, fashion, philanthropy and a heart of gold have solidified Rihanna’s position as one of the biggest icons in the world. It is an honor to be reunited with her at Sony/ATV.”
As Variety reports, “Rihanna joined Platt at Warner/Chappell — where he was CEO from 2015 until taking the Sony/ATV post — shortly before the 2016 release of Anti, her most recent album. Sources say she has been working on two albums for the past couple of years, one a pop/R&B outing and the other a dancehall release, that could drop at any time. This move to Sony/ATV could presage the release of one of those albums.”
Since breaking through in 2005 with the single “Pon de Replay,” Rihanna has carved out an impressive music industry career, along with acclaim in a number of other fields, including as an actress, businesswoman and humanitarian. Her many career highlights including 14 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits, seven RIAA-certified multi-platinum albums and nine Grammy awards.
The upcoming Whitney Houston hologram tour will kick off in early 2020 with its first round of international dates. The trek, “An Evening With Whitney,” launches January 23rd, 2020 in Mexico and wraps April 3rd in Minsk, Belarus, with North American shows tentatively planned for fall 2020.
The BASE Hologram event, produced in partnership with the late singer’s estate, will also include dates in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Russia and the Ukraine. U.K. tickets go on sale September 20th, 2019 at 9 a.m. GST. Read more in Rolling Stone.
From behind the scenes, to in front of them, and all angles in between, L.A. native Polyester the Saint, has touched the core of L.A.’s hip-hop scene dating back some 13 years to the MySpace days.
A graduate of the Los Angeles Musicians institute, Polyester, 36, worked with west coast flame spitters, like Nipsey Hussle, Larry June, G Perico, Dom Kennedy, Jay Worthy, and many others. Polyester has deep musical roots as his grandfather was a gospel artist, and his father was a music producer in the 90s.
PALM caught up with Polyester to learn about his signature L.A. sound, his tenure in the game, and his upcoming album For the Player in You Too.
Dallas based Service Broadcasting, owners of Urban Hip Hop, KKDA “K104” and Urban Adult, KRNB “Smooth R&B 107.5” are up for sale according to sources. Owner Hymen Childs reportedly wants to cash out and retire. Radio One is sitting at the ready to add the Service Broadcasting properties to their Dallas cluster.
Def Jam Recordings announced a restructured executive leadership team — Rodney Shealey has been promoted to EVP of the label, and Theda Sandiford has been upped to SVP of Commerce.
In his newly expanded role, Shealey will work closely with Def Jam’s artists, managers and partners to design and execute strategies across all platforms. He will now oversee Def Jam’s marketing department while continuing to run its Urban promotion division. At the same time, Ms. Sandiford (right) will now head Def Jam’s growing commerce and digital marketing initiatives.
Both are based in New York and report to Paul Rosenberg, Chairman & CEO, Def Jam Recordings, who commented, “Rodney and Theda are seasoned, veteran leaders who have earned the respect of their colleagues throughout Def Jam, UMG, and the industry at large,” Mr. Rosenberg said. “They represent the forward vanguard of imaginative executives whose task it will be to develop global success for our outstanding roster of artists.”
Shealey is a 12-year Def Jam veteran who has served as EVP of Urban Promotion since 2014. He joined company as VP in 2007 and was promoted to SVP in 2010. Shealey earlier spent two years with Virgin Records as SVP of Promotion, and he began his career at Epic Records, where, under the mentorship of the late Polly Anthony he rose to Senior Vice President, Promotion. “I’m excited to hit the ground running in this new role at Def Jam, the label I’ve called home for the past 12 years,” said Shealey. “In that time we’ve had a lot of success, broken a lot of records, and launched the careers of a lot of superstars. It’s time to take up the mantle of a new set of goals and challenges. We’re developing a roster of emerging artists here at Def Jam that have amazing potential. I’m thrilled to work with Paul Rosenberg, Rich Isaacson and the executive team here to unleash that potential and deliver incredible music and artists on behalf of this iconic label.”
Ms. Sandiford entered the UMG commerce sector in 2016 as VP, Commercial Partnerships, and last year was promoted to SVP, International Commerce & Digital Marketing. Prior to UMG, she spent four years as VP, Digital Marketing & Sales at Republic Records. In 1999 she served as Sr. Director, New Media, at the former Island Def Jam Music Group. She followed that with positions at American Greetings Mobile, Rush Communications, her own Theda Dotcom LLC, and Heatwave Interactive, before joining Republic in 2012. Ms. Sandiford’s early New York music industry background includes positions at WBLS & WLIB, WYNY and Billboard. “Returning to lead the commerce and digital teams at Def Jam where I started my label career in single sales takes my career full-circle,” said Sandiford. “It’s an honor and pleasure to represent the brand and the next generation of hip-hop cultural purveyors.”
In early August 6 we reported that “Hurricane Dave” Smith had exited as VP of Programming & Operations for Radio One Atlanta. On August 14, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Rodney Ho ran a story that intimated that Smith’s unscheduled departure may have been linked to an August 5 lawsuit filed against Smith and Radio One by Feleg Abraham, a.k.a. Shorty Mack, a former air personality on Radio One Urban WHTA (Hot 107.9)/Atlanta, who now does mid-days on Davis Broadcasting Urban WFXE (Foxie 105)/Columbus, GA.
This week a letter circulated from James L. Walker, Jr., who identified himself as “Hurricane Dave’s personal lawyer and co-counsel on the litigation defense team.” The letter states, in part, “Following the lawsuit filed by on-air personality ‘Shorty Mac’ against Radio One, Inc., and programming director ‘Hurricane’ Dave Smith, the legal team of Hurricane Dave today filed an Answer and Counterclaim denying all allegations of sexual harassment and counter-suing ‘Shorty Mac’ for defamation, false light, malicious prosecution, and other intentional torts.”
Walker stated, “There is no other way to say this except bluntly: the allegations against Dave Smith are 100% false. Mr. Smith is an honorable husband, father, colleague and friend. He categorically denies all allegations of harassment generally, and specifically refutes assertions filed by the plaintiff in this matter.” The letter continues, “Mr. Smith readily agrees that sexual harassment in any form is a serious breach of trust and personal autonomy; no woman, man or child should be subjected to it. However, falsely accusing someone of sexual harassment when it has not occurred is itself malicious and life-altering.”
Smith’s legal team also wishes to note that, “Mr. Smith was not fired for sexual harassing any employee(s), as will become clear as this case progresses. Radio One promptly investigates employee complaints of sexual harassment, and if any such investigation had revealed any wrongdoing by Mr. Smith, he presumably would have been terminated at that time. We encourage and expect Radio One to confirm that, indeed, Mr. Smith was not terminated for sexually harassing anyone.”
In closing, the letter states, “Mr. Smith is sincerely grateful to all those who have called or sent emails, text messages, and letters of support. He looks forward to disproving and discrediting those who seem intent upon furthering a campaign of lies and mistruths. Mr. Smith and his legal team have no further comment at this time.”