New Jagged Edge Single Hope Now on iTunes
Returning to the music scene, Jagged Edge has a new single “Hope” that is available on iTunes. Hope is on their forthcoming album Heartbreak Too, releasing this fall. Written and produced by twin brothers Brian and Brandon Casey along with Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Bryan Michael Cox, Hope is a classic R&B throwback to the signature sound on the original J.E. Heartbreak, which sold over 2 million records in 2000 and spawned hits Let's Get Married and Promise. Jagged Edge has reunited with Jermaine Dupri and their original management team, Mauldin Brand Agency for J.E. Heartbreak Too, which is a joint venture with their own Hard Case Records and So So Def, and is being released by BMG Primary Wave Artists Services. Download their new single at iTunes.com.
Marsha Ambrosius, Friends & Lovers
Vocalist Marsha Ambrosius is on her second studio album Friends & Lovers on July 15 through RCA Records. The album features music artists from Charlie Wilson and Dr. Dre to Skye. Ambrosius shows admiration for soul and jazz singer Sade with a cover of the legend’s 1988 single Love Is Stronger Than Pride on the studio track Stronger. She premiered singles Run and Stronger on June 23. Referring to her latest album, “the second album is more concentrated, it’s very conceptual. I enjoy being absolutely single with some friends and lovers,” she revealed to Singeroom.com. The album is nothing short of graduate lyrics and sounds.
Ne-yo New Single Money Can’t Buy
From one hot track to another, singer, songwriter and producer Ne-yo is once again saluting the essences of women through his forthright single Money Can’t Buy featuring Jezzy. The single will appear on his sixth upcoming studio album Non Fiction which is due for a release on September 30. Ne-yo was awarded the ASCAP Golden Note Award at the 2014 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards June 26.
Beyonce Leads MTV Video Music Awards Nominations
Eurweb.com reports Beyonce’s surprise visual album is paying off. MTV announced recently that she is the leading nominee at the MTV Video Music Awards, up for eight moonman trophies, including video of the year for Drunk in Love. Iggy Azalea and Eminem are nominated for seven awards each. Pharrell is the only male nominated for the top prize. Along with Beyonce, his Happy will compete with Azalea’s Fancy, Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball and Sia’s Chandelier for video of the year. Beyonce’s Partition is nominated for best female video and cinematography, while the Jay Z-featured Drunk in Love is up for best collaboration. Both songs are from Beyonce’s self-titled fifth album, which she released in surprise form last year including all of the tracks’ music videos. “This album was a labor of love and she had such a vision of wanting to be able to tell the story of this album visually as well as audio,” said Lee Anne Callahan-Longo, general manager of Beyonce’s production house, Parkwood Entertainment. “She really, really set out to do something special in a visual medium.” Beyonce’s Pretty Hurts, a video displaying woman’s body issues and insecurities, is nominated for best direction, editing and video with a social message. Azalea is still riding high on the success of Fancy, which spent seven weeks on top of the Billboard charts and is nominated for best pop video and female video. The Australian performer will compete twice in both categories thanks to her other hit, the Ariana Grande smash Problem. The rapper is not nominated for best hip-hop video, though. Eminem’s seven nominations include the latter and best male video, where he will compete with Pharrell, John Legend, Ed Sheeran and newcomer Sam Smith. The VMAs will air live August 24 from The Forum in Inglewood, California. Performers will include Grande, Usher and 5 Seconds of Summer.