The Urban Buzz sends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Michael “Hollywood” Hernandez, who lost his long battle with cancer. “Hollywood” is best known for his time as an announcer at K104-Dallas back in the day and most recently a radio consultant.
The Grammys may be postponed, but music’s other big nights continue to truck onward.
Up next: the iHeartRadio Music Awards. Now in its ninth year, the awards show will celebrate the most-played artists and songs on iHeartRadio stations and the iHeartRadio app throughout 2021. The ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on March 22.
The highly competitive Song of the Year category has 10 hits — no skips — including Adele’s “Easy on Me,” Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License,” “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” by Lil Nas X, “Levitating” by Dua Lipa, Silk Sonic’s “Leave the Door Open,” and Ariana Grande’s “Positions.”
The show will also feature awards voted on directly by the fans, such as Best Fan Army, Best Lyrics, Best Cover Song, Best Music Video, TikTok Bop of the Year, and the first-ever TikTok Songwriter of the Year.
Social voting will close on March 15 at 11:59 PM PT for all categories. Fans can vote on Twitter using the appropriate category and nominee hashtags or by visiting iHeartRadio.com/awards.
Read more and see the full list of nominees at EW.com.
A&E Network is slating a 12-episode docuseries covering Bobby Brown and his family this summer, which will coincide with a Biography special on the Grammy-winning singer.
Brown has sold more than 20 million records around the world with his former R&B group New Edition, and more than 12 million records as a solo artist. He’s recorded chart-topping R&B songs, logged multiple gold singles, and is a New York Times best-selling author.
Bobby Brown: Every Little Step will offer an exclusive look at Brown’s life with his wife Alicia Etheredge-Brown and their children while he works on new business ventures, new music, and a reunion with New Edition. The series premieres on May 31, 2022 with new episodes airing every Tuesday.
The series offers exclusive access to the Browns’ day-to-day lives, and covers Brown’s personal life as he raises a family, deals with the recent loss of his son, and focuses on his physical health and sobriety.
The series is produced for A&E by Brown Ribbon Entertainment, Entertainment One and Creature Films. Brown and Alicia Etheredge-Brown serve as executive producers for Brown Ribbon Entertainment. Tara Long, Gennifer Gardiner and Alastair Surprise are executive producers for eOne. Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez serve as executive producers for Creature Films, while Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Abramson are the EPs for A&E Network..
Biography: Bobby Brown, meanwhile, will present a personal look at Brown’s journey to stardom, his struggles with sobriety, and the deaths of his two children and first wife, Whitney Houston. The special will include exclusive interviews with Brown as well as his family, friends and peers in the music industry such as Usher and Jermaine Dupri, and fellow members of New Edition. It will also see him visit the gravesite of Houston and his daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
The Biography doc special is produced by Brown Ribbon Entertainment, eOne and Creature Films for A&E Network, with Brown and Alicia Etheredge-Brown serving as executive producers for Brown Ribbon. Tara Long, J. Kevin Swain and Lauren Lazin serve as executive producers for eOne. Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez serve as executive producers for Creature Films, and Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Abramson serve as executive producers for A E Networks.
After a considerable backlash from the dance community, the NFL will stop asking professional dancers to work for free as part of its upcoming Super Bowl halftime show.
SAG-AFTRA, the entertainment union that counts dancers among its members, announced in a statement Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with the halftime show producers for all professional dancers in the show to be compensated for their labor.
The statement also notes that Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, which will executive produce the show, had already contracted 115 paid dancers for the stage show:
“SAG-AFTRA and the producers of the Super Bowl Halftime Show have met and had an open and frank discussion, and have agreed that no professional dancers will be asked to work for free as part of the halftime show. SAG-AFTRA will be advising our professional dancer members that they should not be rehearsing or working on the Super Bowl Halftime Show without compensation.
“It is important to note that Roc Nation had always contracted for 115 paid SAG-AFTRA professional dancers as part of the stage show. We are grateful to Roc Nation, their producer and in particular our member Jay-Z, for their collaboration and commitment to professional artists.
Myke Julius: “I’m a seasoned major market radio veteran, who is a Quiet Storm specialist. I have worked in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit and Washington, D.C. et al.
I’m currently based in Los Angeles. I have voice track production capabilities with a quick turnaround. I have a 95% success ratio based on a 25-54 persons bonus structure. I AM a winner and I’m ready to help your station win Now!”
Compass Media Networks and Oceanic Tradewinds is pleased to report that, fresh off his recent debut in middays on Audacy Classic Hip Hop WBMX (104.3 Jams)/Chicago, the Rick Party syndication machine adds another top 12 market — Lotus Hot AC KPLZ (Star 101.5)/Seattle.
Star 101.5 PD Lisa Adams said, “I’m scoring one of the country’s best air talents for nights. This is a huge win for us. Rick’s on-air presentation is filled with warmth, charisma, energy, and personalized, localized, and topical content. Plus, no one can forget his incredible set of pipes!”
Gary Bernstein, President of Oceanic Tradewinds says, “Rick Party proves, once again, why he is arguably the most versatile and successful air personality in the country. After hitting No. 3 in Chicago last month with females on a fabulous throwback formatted station, Party is poised to showcase his skills on yet another major market station – Star 101.5 in Seattle. Why settle when you can get Rick Party for cash or barter in virtually any format or any daypart.”
The Rick Party Show syndication is a product of Oceanic Tradewinds in partnership with Compass Media Networks and is serving all flavors of Top 40 and Urban in all dayparts. For more info, contact Gary Bernstein at 508-245-1776 or email@example.com.
The Urban Buzz sends heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Joe Gorham. Joe passed away while on a plane headed for Costa Rica. Joe was a veteran broadcaster with years of experience as an announcer at WHUR-DC. He was also formally the Music Director for WHUR-WORLD 96.3 HD2 and HUR-VOICES SiriusXM channel 141.
Joe was a good brother and he will be missed. May he Rest in Paradise.
Kelly Mac has resigned as PD/midday personality at KTCX-Beaumont after nearly three years to pursue other opportunities. Ms. Mac remarked, “It’s been an honor to be a part of the very talented, unique, and hardworking Cumulus Beaumont team. I’m extremely proud and pleased with the work we’ve done collectively to enhance the overall branding, ratings, and revenue of KTCX online, on-air, and in the community. Serving on this team & the community has been rewarding and very fulfilling, & I’ll forever be thankful for the experience and opportunity. Special thanks to Kenny Smoov for his solid leadership, guidance & coaching.
“Mac’s career includes 20 years of branding, on-air, digital and programming experience in Charlotte, Greenville, SC, Indianapolis, Chicago, and Philadelphia, to name a few markets. Feel free to reach out to Mac for potential voice-tracking or V/O services, on-air or PD opportunities at BookKellyMac@gmail.com
As JAY-Z has continuously improved his business handlings with age and elevated to billionaire status, his Roc Nation agency has become more powerful and expansive. First founded as a music label, Roc Nation now serves as an agency for artists and athletes, as well as management for several other entertainment and fashion fields.
As business keeps booming, Roc Nation found it necessary to appoint a new Chief Operating Officer on Wednesday (Jan. 19). Brett Yormark, who was already serving as co-CEO of Roc Nation Unified and President of Business Operations & Strategy for Roc Nation, received a promotion to COO. Yormark will still serve in those two prior roles, and releases a statement thanking his superiors for the opportunity: “I am thrilled that JAY-Z, Desiree and the Roc Nation board have given me this opportunity and look forward to growing the company under their vision. Roc Nation is one of today’s most culturally rich, diverse and innovative companies. After the past two years working at Roc Nation, I have seen first hand that with determination and an entrepreneurial spirit, anything is possible.”
Ian Alexander Jr. was King’s only child, whom she shared with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr.
Regina King’s son Ian Alexander Jr. has died by suicide. His 26th birthday was Wednesday.
“Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” King says in a statement sent to PEOPLE. “He is such a bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Thank you.”
He was King’s only child, whom she shared with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr.