Universal Music Group (UMG) has forged an agreement to acquire independent music distribution and marketing company Ingrooves Music Group. UMG has been a minority investor in Ingrooves since 2006, and under the terms of this agreement, will acquire the outstanding shares of Ingrooves it doesn’t already own. After the transaction closes, which is expected by the end of this quarter, Ingrooves Chief Executive Officer Bob Roback (left) will continue to lead the company as a standalone unit within UMG. UMG will also form a strategic partnership between its Caroline International division and Ingrooves to form a robust platform for distribution, marketing and label and artist services throughout the world.
The Apollo, a documentary about Harlem’s legendary star-making theater, will premiere as part of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.
Fittingly, The Apollo will have its debut screening at the Apollo Theater on April 24th as part of the film festival’s opening night festivities, with additional screenings planned before the feature-length film comes to HBO later in the year.
The Apollo “weaves together archival footage, music, comedy and dance performances, and behind-the-scenes verité with the team that makes the theater run,” the Tribeca Film Festival said. The documentary also features new interviews with artists like Pharrell Williams, Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle and Jamie Foxx. Read more from Rolling Stone.
Radio icon Art Laboe, whose remarkable radio career spans 75 years, was honored last Saturday night in San Diego. R Dub!, host of Sunday Night Slow Jams and Director of Programming for Rhythmic AC XHRM (Magic 92.5)/San Diego, presented the station’s first-ever “Magic 92.5 Lifetime Achievement Award” to Laboe during an event at Pechanga Arena. Over 6,000 fans were on hand to join in the celebration of Laboe’s amazing broadcasting career.
Laboe was one of the first DJs to play Rock ‘n’ Roll on the West Coast, was one of the first to do dedications on the radio, and he’s the man who coined and trademarked the phrase “Oldies but Goodies.” The Art Laboe Connection is carried on Magic 92.5 Sunday nights from 8-10pm, as well as on over a dozen other radio stations throughout California and the West Coast.
The entire Magic 92.5 on-air staff joined Laboe on stage, surprising him in-between acts at Magic 92.5’s 2019 Valentine’s Super Love Jam concert. Pictured, (l-r): Magic 92.5’s Greg Mack, Rick Nuhn (Top Ten Now & Then), Xavier “The X-Man,” R Dub!, Art Laboe, morning duo Jagger & Kristi, Sheryl Love, Hurricane Andrew, Jammin’ Jay Michaels, Kelly Cole and Billy Blast.
LA based music and radio veteran Tony Joseph recently passed away. His family has launched a Go Fund Me page to take care of hospital expenses.
Dear Friends and Family.
My family and I are deeply sadden by the recent passing of my father Anthony “Tony” Joseph. While I know him as being a wonderful, nurturing and loving Dad, many of you know him as a pioneering DJ and music producer. I’m so proud that my dad will go down in history as one of the principal architects who first fused hip hop and jazz together that meet with both huge worldwide commercial and critical success! His seminal Hidden Beach Recordings – “Unwrapped” Vol 1,2 & 3 featured an all-star collection of session musicians, including guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr., Patrice Rushen, Jeff Lorber, saxophonists Everette Harp, Mike Phillips, Lewis Taylor and violinist – Karen Briggs. “T.H.U.G. Jazz” and “Def Jazz” albums built upon that legacy and featured an all – star collection of solo artists that included Hubert Laws, Kevin Toney, Gerald Albright, Roy Hargrove, Ledisi and Joey DeFrancesco. My dad will be remembered as a gentle and caring soul who touched the lives of many including family, friends and fans.
We are planning a “Celebration Of Tony’s Life” on Sunday February 17, 2019 and hope all will come out to pay tribute to my dad.
Location: Catalina Bar and Grill
6725 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90028
Time: 12:00pm to 4:00pm
However, it tugs on my moms and my heart that we are in desperate need of financial assistance during this time. As medical bills soared during his illness, my dad was hospitalized and unable to work. This has left our family emotionally and financially devastated.
My mother and I need your help with the financial arrangements for my father’s Celebration of Life Memorial. Any remaining funds after our expenses will help me with the expense of attending college. I’m currently a college student with the goal of getting a Doctorate in the field of Zoology and Conservation. After the unexpected passing of my father, I want to succeed even more. I know that this will make him and those around me so very proud!
My family and I want to thank you in advance for helping us to make it possible for this memorial event to happen. I’m touched that this will not only be a tribute to his legacy, but one that celebrates him as a great father, husband friend and a wonderful person. We are grateful for any amount that you are able to donate.
Please share this link with your network and help us to meet our goal.
Praise God as we try to move from bereavement to healing.
For any questions or concerns, contact me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am forever grateful!
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Longtime Extra host A.J. Calloway has been suspended after several women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, producer Warner Bros. Television said in a statement Saturday to The Hollywood Reporter.
The suspension comes months after THR first reported a claim of abuse against Calloway and as the publication has been preparing a new story with additional allegations. THR has reached out to an attorney for Calloway for comment on the suspension. The host previously has denied any wrongdoing.
“Upon becoming aware of allegations of sexual misconduct against AJ Calloway, we began an internal review to determine whether there had been any misconduct by Mr. Calloway on Extra and whether any employee of the show had been the victim of any such misconduct,” Warner Bros. Television said in a statement. “To date, we have found nothing to suggest that Mr. Calloway has ever engaged in workplace misconduct.”
Warner Bros. added, “In light of additional allegations brought to our attention, we are expanding our ongoing inquiries, and Mr. Calloway has been suspended pending further review. We take such allegations very seriously and are committed to doing everything we can to ensure a safe and inclusive workplace for all of our employees.” Read more in The Hollywood Reporter.
Just two days after the 61st Annual Grammy Awards®, the Recording Academy™, AEG Ehrlich Ventures, and CBS will celebrate historic American record label Motown Records by presenting Motown 60: A Grammy ® Celebration.
Hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and the legendary Smokey Robinson, the tribute to the iconic sound that changed America will feature (in alphabetical order): Boyz II Men, Chloe X Halle, Ciara, Lamont Dozier, Fantasia, Brian & Eddie Holland, Thelma Houston, Tori Kelly, John Legend, Little Big Town, Ne-Yo, Pentatonix, Martha Reeves, Diana Ross, Valerie Simpson, Mickey Stevenson, Meghan Trainor and Stevie Wonder.
The live concert taping will be held next Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30pm PT at Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. The special will be broadcast on April 21 on CBS. Tickets are available for purchase at AXS.com
Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ehrlich is executive producer, Ron Basile and Chantel Sausedo are producers, and David Wild is the writer/producer.
Legendary producer, songwriter and record label executive Lonnie Simmons, best known for his role in the emergence of The Gap Band, has died, causes unknown.
Simmons founded the influential R&B label Total Experience in the 70s, and hit the ground running by signing the Tulsa, Oklahoma act, The Gap Band, featuring the three Wilson brothers. The signing hit immediate pay dirt with the 1979 hit “Shake.” The Gap Band followed later that same year with the top smash “Oops Upside The Head,” which Simmons co-wrote, and which had a bit of a second life a couple years ago, when Simmons and company received co-writing credits on the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars hit “Uptown Funk,” for that song’s similarity to “Oops.”
With The Gap Band driving Total Experience forward, Simmons then signed the duo Yarbrough and Peoples, who went on to a successful recording career and the #1 hit “Don’t Stop the Music.”
Through the first half of the 1980’s, it seemed that Total Experience could do no wrong, as The Gap Band and Simmons teamed for hit after hit such as “Outstanding,” “You Dropped A Bomb On Me,” and “Early In the Morning”
The arc of Simmons’ success turned in the late 80s, as other Total Experience signings were less successful and as The Gap Band hits slowed down. By the end of the decade, Total Experience shut down, but not before staking its claim as one of the truly great funk labels of the 80s.
Simmons went on to work in movie production, with a much quieter public profile. While we share the sadness of many in hearing of his death, we also celebrate a decade of incredible music that Simmons helped give to music fans around the world.
Local hometown favorites Allison Seymour and Marc Clarke are joining WHUR 96.3 FM as the new hosts of afternoons on the flagship heritage station of the Howard University Radio Network. “Afternoons with Allison Seymour & Marc Clarke” is set to debut Tuesday, February 12th at 3 p.m. The husband and wife duo is no stranger to the Washington, D.C. market. Seymour is seen weekdays on “FOX 5 Morning News” and Clarke has been a fixture on local radio for more than a decade, including at WHUR. “Afternoons with Allison Seymour and Marc Clarke” will be a mixture of music and topical conversations, sprinkled with celebrity and local interviews; buzz worthy News; pop culture; and lots of giveaways. “We know the commute home in the DMV can be hectic between the traffic and just trying to juggle the work life balance. Our goal is to make afternoons a smoother transition for the DMV with a fun, yet real and engaging show, each and everyday,” said Seymour. Seymour is a native Washingtonian and this is a perfect chance for her fans to get a double dose of their homegrown favorite. Seymour will continue to anchor Fox 5 Morning News daily and then join her husband in the afternoons on WHUR. “I am so thankful to the management team at Fox 5 for allowing me to pursue this opportunity. “Afternoons with Allison Seymour and Marc Clarke,” airing from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on 96.3 FM, the new WHUR mobile app, and www.whur.com, rounds out WHUR’s weekday programs, which include “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” “Middays with Triscina Grey,” “The Daily Drum with Harold Fisher,” and “The Original Quiet Storm with Jeff Brown.” “This new show offers us the opportunity to be live, local, and a voice for the DMV in the afternoon. We look forward to a very successful show and taking over DC afternoons with Allison and Marc,” said WHUR Interim General Manager Sean Plater