Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo will Receive Special ASCAP Awards
Two music icons Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo will be honored with the ASCAP’s Founders Award and Golden Note Award. Dupri and Ne-Yo are both Grammy Award-winning artists, songwriters and producers and will be honored at the performing rights organization’s 27th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on June 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Dupri received a Golden Note Award in 2005 and joins previous Founder Award recipients such as Dr. Dre, Berry Gordy Jr., Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. Fellow music maven Ne-Yo is among Golden Note honorees such as Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Jay Z, Pharrell Williams and Alicia Keys. Check out Ne-Yo’s latest single “Money Can’t Buy” featuring Jezzy from his sixth upcoming studio album “Non Fiction.”
Jagged Edge to Release Sequel to Multi-Platinum “J.E. Heartbreak” This Fall
So So Def Recordings and Hard Case Records has announced a new deal with BMG Primary Wave Artists Services to release the multi-platinum-selling group Jagged Edge’s eighth studio album, J.E. Heartbreak Too, this fall 2014. The album’s lead single, “Hope,” will premiere on Vibe.com on Friday, May 30, just in time for June’s Black Music Month. Written and produced by the group’s twin brothers Brian and Brandon Casey along with Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Bryan Michael Cox, “Hope” is a classic R&B throwback to the signature sound on the initial J.E. Heartbreak, which sold over 2 million records in 2000 and spawned the hits “Let’s Get Married” and “Promise.” “Making a sequel to a classic album is difficult,” says So So Def CEO Jermaine Dupri, who serves as executive producer on the upcoming LP. “We don’t want to stray from the blueprint of the first album. It’s definitely a challenge, but the fans won’t be disappointed.” “We are so excited about our realignment with Jermaine Dupri, So So Def and the Mauldin Brand Agency,” said Brandon Casey. “Jermaine has given us the opportunity to launch our own HARD CASE Records with this venture. We are dedicating our first official single “Hope” to single mothers all across the world.” For more information, follow Jagged Edge at www.JEHeartbreak.com.
Nicki Minaj new single “Pills N Potions”
Nicki Minaj’s latest single “Pills N Potions” released from her upcoming album “The Pink Print” on May 21. The song embodies a mixture of pop, hip hop and R&B and is enhance with musical instruments. The new track has fresh sound and exudes a mass appeal as well as expressive lyrics. The song debuted at number 47 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Mary J. Blige new single “Suitcase”
The queen of R&B Mary J. Blige will grace her new single “Suitcase” on the soundtrack for the upcoming sequel “Think Like A Man Too” which drops June 17.