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RCA/Sony Music has dropped R. Kelly and dissolved its working relationship with the 52-year-old artist. No announcement has been made and the alleged news has not yet been confirmed by either party. Sony’s alleged decision comes amidst the backlash that he’s faced after Lifetime aired their documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly”.

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Gladys Knight will sing the National Anthem during Super Bowl LIII. The seven-time Grammy-winner’s performance will take place during the pre-game festivities and be televised live on CBS before the game’s kickoff.

“I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta,” Knight said. “The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year.”

Knight is best known for her hits “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “That’s What Friends Are For,” which both reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1973 and 1986, respectively. Additionally, she has 11 more Billboard No. 1 R&B singles and six No. 1 R&B albums. In 1996, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with her band, the Pips.

The Empress of Soul joins fellow legendary artists who have sung the Super Bowl National Anthem, including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, and Neil Diamond.

Maroon 5 and Travis Scott will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Feb. 3. Both Maroon 5 and Travis Scott’s involvement has drawn backlash in light of the recent NFL national anthem protests.

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Interscope Records has named Caroline “Baroline” Diaz as Sr. Director of A&R for the label.

Hired by Nicole Wyskoarko, Interscope Geffen A&M EVP of Urban Operations, Diaz most recently served on the A&R team at Columbia Records. Wyskoarko commented, “In a short period of time Baroline has proven herself to be an unstoppable force. We’re excited about what she brings to the culture of the label as a young dynamic woman working in A&R.” Diaz said, “I’m excited to join the team at Interscope. The label is home to so many great artists who move culture and my goal is to add to that legacy.”

Prior to her time at Columbia, Diaz worked at Def Jam Recordings, coordinating nationwide campaigns for several key artists on the roster, such as 2 Chainz and YG. Her past experience also includes serving as Operations Manager at EMVE Management Group.

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Julian PettyWarner Bros. Records has appointed Julian Petty as Executive Vice President and Head of Business & Legal Affairs. Named a “Top Music Lawyer” by Billboard in 2017 and 2018, Petty is a widely respected industry leader recognized for his talents as a proactive deal-maker.

Based in Los Angeles, Petty (left) reports to Warner Bros. Records Co-Chairman & CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck and Co-Chairman & COO Tom Corson, who issued a joint statement, which read, “As we’re developing a culturally connected, globally impactful team, Julian will play a vital leadership role. He’ll help us cultivate and execute innovative deals and strategies that attract and keep extraordinary talent, while staying on the leading edge of the music business where the opportunities are endless. Julian brings extensive experience with groundbreaking artists to his new position, combined with a sharp legal and business sense, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to our label.”

Petty comes to WBR from the international law firm Nixon Peabody LLP (NP), where he was Partner and Head of the Entertainment Practice Group. His clients included Childish Gambino, Vince Staples, and Earl Sweatshirt as well as legacy acts A Tribe Called Quest, the Estate of Notorious B.I.G., and legendary producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
warner bros. records“Ever since my first internship at Def Jam Records, I’ve had a passion for protecting the rights of the creative community,” said Petty. “If you know me, you know that the only way I would have given up private practice is to be part of a company that encourages artists to go after their dreams, and under Aaron’s and Tom’s leadership, Warner Bros. Records is undoubtedly that place. For me, this is a unique opportunity to continue helping artists, just from a different seat. At the end of the day, we’re all working together to help them succeed.”

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Cathy Hughes, the Founder and Chairperson of Urban One, Inc. will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the 2019 NAB Show. The induction will occur during the Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on Monday, April 8 at the Encore in Las Vegas.
Hughes began her radio career at KOWH-AM in her hometown of Omaha, NE. In 1971, she became a lecturer at the newly established School of Communications at Howard University in Washington, DC. During her tenure, Hughes served as General Sales Manager at the university’s WHUR-FM, increasing the station’s revenue from $250,000 to $3 million in her first year. She also became the first woman VP/GM in our nation’s capital and created the format known as the Quiet Storm, which revolutionized urban radio and aired on over 480 stations nationwide. In 1980, Hughes purchased her flagship station, WOL-AM/Washington DC.
Hughes has grown Urban One, formerly known as Radio One, into the largest African-American-owned, diversified media corporation in the nation with 59 radio stations across the country. As such, Hughes became the first woman to own a radio station that was ranked number one in a major market. Today, the company is run by Alfred Liggins III, Hughes’ son. Urban One, Inc. also owns TV One and maintains controlling interest in Reach Media, Inc., home of the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. The company also houses a digital platform, iOne Digital and marketing firm, One Solution.
“Cathy Hughes is a truly remarkable broadcaster and entrepreneur whose contributions continue to greatly influence and drive our industry,” said Gordon Smith, NAB President and CEO. “We look forward to honoring Cathy with this well-deserved award at this year’s NAB Show.”

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Jowcol “Boogie D” Dolby has exited his post as OM of Radio One Urban WGPR (Hot 107.5) and Urban AC WDMK (105.9 Kiss FM)/Detroit. Boogie’s long career with Radio One includes two stints as OM/PD of WHHL (Hot 104.1) and WFUN/St. Louis, with a two-year stretch as PD of Urban WPHI (100.3 The Beat)/Philadelphia sandwiched in between. His previous programming experience includes Radio One’s WCHH [now WQNC]/Charlotte and a stretch as MD at WPGC/Washington back in the day.
Boogie is now seeking his next programming opportunity and can be reached at 917-480-0795 or Boogied718@gmail.com.

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Intuition: Songs From The Minds Of Women

Album Release February 22, 2019

Now could not be a better time to deliver a project that

celebrates and champions women and their work.  

2018 has been the year of the women and Intuition: Songs From The Minds of Women, a great compilation focusing on the rich contributions of expressions by esteemed female composers like: Sade, Angela BofillTracey Chapman, Joni Mitchell, Linda Creed, Brenda Russell,  Kate Bush (with a Maxwell twist)is wrapped in diverse music styles including soul, jazz, Latin, classical and gospel, as presented in music by Alicia Olatuja. Appropriately titled and timed.

Alicia’s striking and widely seen 2013 solo performance before millions , as the African-American lead female vocalist at America’s first-ever elected black President, at Barack Obama’s second inauguration during her moment in history. Singing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” in global television audience, was evident of her proven record as a lustrous classically trained vocalist.

 “The young lady was breathtaking… fantastic… unreal.”

-The View

In recognition of Black History Month (2/2019) and National Women’s History Month (3/2019), I am pitching to have Alicia interviewed for press coverage, as a featured artist who has achieved what most only dream of, to sing and introduce her concept album before your audience, as we embrace these important times in our own lives and our history.

“[a] singer with a strong, lustrous tone and an amiably regal presence onstage.”   

                                                            -New York Times

The future is female being able to create and contribute, being heard and validated, feeling more empowered in a wave of expressions through film, television, the media and in song.

Inauguration Performance: “The Battle Hymn of the Republic””
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNTBQSmIsWY&feature=youtu.be

Woman (2)New York Daily News: Soloist Alicia Olatuja of The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir sings while the group has its soundcheck at the Capitol.

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/brooklyn-choir-sing-obama-swearing-in-article-1.1243767

Alicia Olatuja
Juanita Stephens
JS Media Relations
Direct Phone| 917.273.7045 

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Eddie Murphy Will Star In ‘Coming to America 2’: Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, John Amos May Return

eddie_murphyAfter many years of anticipation, I’m thrilled that Coming to America 2 is officially moving forward. We’ve assembled a great team that will be led by Craig Brewer, who just did an amazing job on Dolemite, and I’m looking forward to bringing all these classic and beloved characters back to the big screen.

New details have surfaced about the sequel to Coming To America. According to reports, production on ‘Coming To America 2’ is set to begin this year, with Eddie Murphy reprising his role as Akeem.

Reportedly, in the sequel, Akeem learns about a long lost son, and must return to America to meet his unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda. We hear that to date, the plans are to bring back the original cast which includes Arsenio Hall, who played the prince’s aide Semmi; Shari Headley, who was courted by the prince when he went undercover as a fast food worker; John Amos, who played her Kenya Barrisfather; and James Earl Jones, who played the king.
Said Kenya Barris: “Craig’s ability to create a distinct cinematic world with each of his films is not only impressive, but also what made him exactly the voice and vision we needed to bring this story to life. From Hustle and Flow to his work with Eddie on Dolemite Is My Name, he never fails to blow me away. He is a true auteur and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on board.”

The film will be directed by Craig Brewer, who just directed Murphy in Dolemite Is My Name.
black-ish creator and EP Kenya Barris is rewriting a script by original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. Murphy will produce the project, along with Kevin Misher and Barris

Coming to America was released in 1988 and was directed by John Landis and based on a story originally created by Murphy, who also starred in the lead role. The plot centered around Akeem Joffer, the crown prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda, who comes to the United States in the hopes of finding a woman he can marry.

Courtesy The Jasmine Brand

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