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iDJPool Pick Hits: 08-18-2019 to 08-24-2019 (Week 34)
New Releases Of The Week With The Highest Activity
All Pick Hits Are Compiled From Our DJs Weekly
iDJPool Pick Hits URBAN:
1. Swae Lee f. Drake – Won’t Be Late
2. Quality Control & Migos – Frosted Flakes
3. T-Pain f. G-Eazy – Girlfriend
4. Blueface f. Lil Pump – Bussin
5. Johnny Gill f. Ralph Tresvant – Perfect
6. Yella Beezy f. Chris Brown – Restroom Occupied
7. Snoop Dogg – Do It When I’m In It
8. Quality Control & Lil Yachty f. Tee Grizzley – Once Again
9. Doja Cat f. Tyga – Juicy
10. Conkarah f. Shaggy – Banana
1. Zak Williams & 1 Akord f. Larry Daniels – He Reigns
2. Pastor J. Artie Stuckey & Voices Of Restoration – Oh La Lay
3. Joshua Rogers – I Need You


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universal-music-groupUniversal Music Group is launching a new hip-hop-focused label in India in partnership with legendary rapper Nas and Mass Appeal.

Mass Appeal India is being touted by the major music company as “an innovative new label dedicated to amplifying India’s burgeoning hip-hop culture on a global scale”.

It will be based in Mumbai, within Universal Music India’s (UMI) headquarters and will function as a “multi-channel partnership” between Mass Appeal and UMG.


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SUCH “Before Dark”

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Smooth New R&B from SUCH

“Before Dark”

From her new album

“Wide Nose Full Lips”

New Action:

Already Playing at:
WHUR-Washington DC, KOKY-Little Rock, WMPZ-Chattanooga,

WQMG-Greensboro, WFLM-Ft. Pierce, WJUC-Toledo,

Music Choice, Sirus XM Heart & Soul

Give your listeners the vibe they crave!

See the “Before Dark” Video

Music is a universal language, and for Such, it is the language of her soul.

Growing up the daughter of Haitian immigrants, her life was centered around faith and family. Singing in her church planted the seeds for a music career that is on the rise and touching the world.

“I’ve been on this road to discovering who I am as a Black woman and becoming someone who is a little more comfortable in her skin.” Such shares this journey with her new album, WIDE NOSE, FULL LIPS. Inspired by challenges such as police brutality and by a desire to flip the standard mainstream narrative of beauty, WIDE NOSE, FULL LIPS is an unapologetic love letter to blackness. “This album is about embracing our beauty as black people, being fully confident in our sensuality as black women, and no longer struggling to find comfort in our own skin.”

On the single, “Before Dark,” she explores and embraces her sexuality, growing self-confidence and the urgency of love. The song is a top 40 Urban Adult Contemporary hit that is resonating with audiences, and its theme is revisited in WIDE NOSE, FULL LIPS on “All I Want,” and “The Real Thing”. “There is freedom for us as women in being able to unapologetically express what we want in our love lives.”

The deeply personal album was a three-year process of writing songs inspired by her life. On “For a Reason,” she writes about her son, and “Don’t Matter What They Say,” was inspired by her own relationships.

“Melanin,” featuring spoken word artist Kerrie Joy is the album’s most inspiring track. “One of my favorite Toni Morrison quotes is ‘if you have some power, then your job is to empower someone else,’” Such states. “The root of the song is that we are all powerful and in many, if not all cases, are the hero that we, our communities are waiting for.”

Also featuring a dynamic cover of John Legend’s hit, “Ordinary People,” WIDE NOSE, FULL LIPS is a soulful and potent passion project that will resonate with listeners.

The 2010 earthquake in her family’s native Haiti propelled Such into action. Working as a nurse for half a decade, she felt compelled to go to the island and lend her professional support. It was a life-changing event that would be the catalyst to this soulful artist finding her voice and calling.

“I believe every life experience is a deposit that makes us who we are. Seeing the loss of life and sheer devastation, I found an overwhelming sense of clarity,” she explains, “Things that mattered before suddenly didn’t matter at all. Things that were black and white were now grey, and things that were grey became very black and white.”

Upon her return, Such decided she would pursue her dreams. She picked her stage name by merging the two letters of her first and last names, and because she also loved how “such” amplifies and intensifies any word it is paired with. She embarked on a full-time solo music career, and what a career it’s been.

Following an appearance on American Idol, which took her to Hollywood, Such wrote and recorded her debut album, Trial and Error which spawned a hit single, “Sugar Maple.” Her music found a solid following in both the UK and Africa where she has won multiple awards including an All Africa Music Award.

Such also discovered a passion for musical theater and did a stint as Celie, the lead character in the stage adaption of The Color Purple, earning Broadway World Best Actress and Best Acting Debut Awards.

With her electrifying stage shows and pure passion for singing and songwriting, Such is a woman on a mission and on a journey to her best life. And on WIDE NOSE, FULL LIPS, she invites you to join her.

See SUCH Live

September 24 – Washington, DC
September 26 – Brooklyn, NY
September 27 – Springfield, Ma
October 13 – London, England (with PJ Morton)
October 14 – Birmingham, England (with PJ Morton)
October 18 – Paris, France
October 25 – Los Angeles (with Goapele & Van Hunt)

Kevin Harewood edclectic@earthlink.net 310-849-2893
Eddie Sims esimss@aol.com & Ken Wilson wilson.ken@mac.com

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whur-dcAl Payne has returned to our Nation’s Capital as the newly named Program Director of heritage Urban AC WHUR, the flagship station of the Howard University Radio Network. In making the formal introduction, WHUR GM Sean Plater said, “Al Payne is an innovative force in the radio industry and I am absolutely thrilled to welcome him to WHUR. Al has the energy, experience, passion, and creativity needed to lead our Programming team, with a fresh perspective for the future.”
Payne most recently programmed Cumulus Urban AC KMJK (Magic 107.3)/Kansas City, where he successfully raised the station’s ratings from #18 to #3. The move to WHUR marks a return to the DC market for Payne, who worked at Radio One rival WKYS a decade ago. Payne’s other notable programming stints include Beasley’s WMGC (105.1 The Bounce)/Detroit and Director of Urban Programming for Alpha Media in Louisville. His lengthy career also includes an 11-year run with Radio One, the last six as OM of WERQ & WWIN/Baltimore. Other programming department stops include WDMK & WHTD/DetroitWCDX & WKJS/Richmond, VAKRNB/DallasWQMG/Greensboro and WMNX/Wilmington, NC.
Payne said, “Growing up as an I-95 ‘radio kid,’ there were a few iconic stations that you could only dream of one day having the opportunity to program and influence. 96.3 WHUR is at the pinnacle of my personal list, and to say that this is a blessing is a huge understatement.” He added, “I look forward to working with the incredible GM, Sean Plater, to help this amazing team of world class broadcasters continue to entertain and serve the DMV under the umbrella of Howard University.”


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Cumulus Urban AC KMJK (Magic 107.3)/Kansas City is searching for “a forward-thinking, cutting-edge programmer to lead an exceptional team.” As we reported earlier this week, Al Payne has exited the position, and the station now needs a new leader that can hit the ground running. This is a highly coveted opportunity to program in the city the Huffington Post called “The Coolest City in America.”
This is the job for you if the following describes your background: 1) Solid skills and proven results programming Urban stations; 2) A skillful coach with ability to delegate, inspire and collaborate to create more wins faster with your team; 3) A track record of ratings and revenue-generating success; 4) A team player with a strong work ethic, and 5) You are passionate about world-class imaging, creative promotions and an obsession with digital and social media.
Qualified candidates are cordially invited to upload resumes, references, mp3 audio and social media links, in confidence to cumulus.com/workhere.


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A former WHTA-Atlanta Hot 107.9 on-air personality Feleg Abraham, who went by the on-air name of Shorty Mack, has filed a lawsuit alleging multiple instances of sexual harassment by her then-boss “Hurricane” Dave Smith.

Smith was let go from his job last week as vice president of programming and operations for Urban One Atlanta on the same day the lawsuit was filed in the state court of Fulton County against him and Urban One. Read more from The Atlanta Journal Constitution.


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Johnny Gill “Perfect” Ft. Ralph Tresvant

Johnny Gill Perfect Single

R&B’s Most Consistent Artist

Johnny Gill

returns with the follow-up to his #1 smash

“Soul of a Woman”


Ft. Ralph Tresvant

Impacting Urban Adult Radio August 19th & 20th

Early Action @:

WDAS-Philly, WBAV-Charlotte, WVAZ-Chicago, WYLD-New Orleans,

WRBO-Memphis, WSBY-Salisbury, WXST-Charleston, WKSP-Augusta,

WRBV-Macon, KOKY-Little Rock, WLVH-Savannah, WWMG-Montgomery,

KJMS-Memphis, WMXD-Detroit, KCEP-Las Vegas, Sirius XM Heart & Soul!!!

Impacting UAC Radio Now!!!

 Johnny Gill- Instagram, Johnny Gill- Twitter, Johnny Gill- Facebook Fan Page


Ken Wilson at wilson.ken@mac.com, Eddie Sims at esimss@aol.com

Colleen Wilson at colleen402@gmail.com




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Al Payne has exited his post as PD of Cumulus Urban AC KMJK (Magic 107.3)/Kansas City. He intends to relocate back to the east coast.
Payne joined Magic 107.3 in May 2018 following a stint as PD of Beasley Throwback WMGC (105.1 The Bounce)/Detroit. Before that he served as Director of Urban Programming for Alpha Media Louisville. Payne’s lengthy career also includes an 11-year run with Radio One, the last six as OM of WERQ & WWIN/Baltimore. Other programming department stops include WKYS/Washington; WDMK & WHTD/Detroit; WCDX & WKJS/Richmond, VA; KRNB/Dallas; WQMG/Greensboro and WMNX/Wilmington, NC.


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Meruelo MediaMeruelo Media announced that Emmanuel “E-Man” Coquia has been promoted to corporate Director of Programming and Content. Under this new title, E-Man will head the programming and music content for Rhythmic KPWR (Power 106) and Classic Hip Hop 93.5 KDAY and oversee the initial stages of the company’s recently launched Latin Rhythmic KLLI (Cali 93.9)/Los Angeles.

Since taking over as interim PD for Power 106 and 93.5 KDAY on February 1, E-Man has been a driver of change and new ideas. He re-imagined Power 106’s annual Hip Hop music festival Powerhouse this past May, transforming it into the Standing-Room-Only “Lift Off” new music fest. E-man personally recruited Nick Cannon as host of the Power 106 morning show; he also overhauled the 93.5 KDAY Morning Show with Romeo, adding Cece to the mix; today, he’s an instrumental player in the developmental stage and launch of the all-new Cali 93.9.

E-Man will continue to report to Meruelo Media President and COO, Otto Padron, who exclaimed, “E-Man is Our-man! After an exhaustive nationwide search that attracted some of the most talented PDs in America, the choice was clear. E-Man had a sensible plan and a vision that aligned perfectly with our goals to disrupt the industry with new hyper local L.A. content. Above all, he had boundless confidence strengthened by a time-built arsenal of industry respect from the labels, artist, management, colleagues and fellow Meruelo Media team members!”

E-Man commented, “I’m truly excited to continue to lead the incredible winning teams at our two iconic Hip Hop radio stations in Los Angeles: Power 106 & 93.5 KDAY. I’m also enjoying every minute assembling and developing the new Cali 93.9 team. I would like to thank Alex Meruelo, Luis Armona, Otto Padron, Tommy Trujillo and the entire Meruelo Media family for this incredible opportunity. My family and I are very blessed and humbled. To be a part of three major radio stations in Los Angeles that play Hip-Hop — Current, Classic, & Latin Hip-Hop/Reggaeton is a very dope feeling, especially as a fan of these music genres.”


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Jay-Z and Will Smith have finally found a home for their Emmett Till series. The project will air on ABC and focus on the story of Till’s mother Mamie Till-Mobley.

Smith and Jay-Z will tell her story as a part of the planned Women of the Movement series that will tell the stories of the civil rights movement through the black women behind it.

After Till was murdered at the age of 14 after a white woman falsely accused him of being inappropriate toward her, Till-Mobley famously asked for his casket to be left open during his funeral. The photos of the aftermath of his lynching were spread across the globe and helped fuel the civil rights movement.

A hundred days after his murder, Rosa Parks would refuse to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus after she thought of Emmett Till and “couldn’t do it,” Rev. Jesse Jackson told Vanity Fair.

The first season of the series was inspired by Devery S. Anderson’s book, “Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement,” ABC said.


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