Empire Soundtrack Debut Goes Bust With Low Sales

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EMPIRE: Hakeem (Bryshere Gray, L) and Jamal (Jussie Smollett, R) perform in the “Our Dancing Days” episode airing Wednesday, Feb. 18 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Chuck Hodes/FOX


Many are already addicted to Fox’s new hit music industry drama Empire – and its mesmerizing songs that stay with you for hours, but that wears off after a few hours.  Continue reading “Empire Soundtrack Debut Goes Bust With Low Sales”

Rihanna Announces ANTI World Tour


Bad Girl RiRI  aka Rihanna has push back her album release date once again, but she did announce an official tour!

The 70+ date tour is presented by Samsung and Puma and has dates in both North America and Europe.  The tour starts  in February in San Diego and continues across the entire US with special guest Travis Scott.

The Weeknd and Big Sean will join Rihanna in Europe. Continue reading “Rihanna Announces ANTI World Tour”

Tamar Braxton Quits Dancing With the Stars and Cancels Tour

#tamarbraxton #dwts

The singer had been hospitalized during rehearsals, purportedly for pneumonia, but returned to avoid being disqualified for not performing. Early Wednesday, she posted a picture of herself in a hospital bed with partner Val Chmerkovskiy sitting beside her. Continue reading “Tamar Braxton Quits Dancing With the Stars and Cancels Tour”

Drake Gets 12 BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominations

Rapper Drake attends an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Rapper Drake attends an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

It’s been ten years since the first BET Hip-Hop Awards launched in Atlanta, Georgia. The event has been a fixture in the urban music scene in Atlanta.  Snoop Dogg will once again host the award show while for the second year in a row Drake got the most nominations.

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New Music Christopher Martin Big Deal Video


Jamaican singer Christopher Martin drops his brand new video for “I’m A Big Deal,” off his latest EP Steppin Razor and the chart-topping compilation Reggae Gold 2015.  The video, which was shot in Martin’s native country and directed by Ruption for RD Studios, premiered on OkayPlayer’s LargeUp who says it has a “carefree, youth-friendly vibe” and is “all about the turnup.

On the heels of outstanding performances at Jamaica’s largest annual music festival Reggae Sumfest, Brooklyn’s MLK Concert Series at Wingate Field and Toronto’s Reggae Festival, Martin continues to hit the road until the end of summer. He will retun to NYC over Labor Day Weekend for the West Indian Day festivities. See the video below..

New Music Dr. Dre New Album #StraightOutta #Compton Snippet


Dr. Dre doesn’t surface often — Our last encounter with the N.W.A former member was a surprise appearance at the 2013 ASCAP Song Writers Awards in Los Angeles.  He has only released just two albums and supervised one compilation — but when he does, he exudes what feels like decades’ worth of tension.

Dr. Dre’s first new album in 16 years, Compton, is now available for preview streaming on Apple Music. (Listen here.) This new sound track is only available on Apple Music/I Tunes. <- However we have a snippet …



A video posted by Dr. Dre (@drdre) on

Beats By Dre released a short promotional clip on Twitter tonight featuring interview footage with YG,Boogie, DJ Quik​, and more and there’s a conspicuously new track playing along in the background.


A recurring theme of Dr. Dre’s lyrics and self-selected narrative is sacrifice. He walked away from Death Row Records, leaving behind his 50 percent ownership stake, worth millions of dollars, to secure his creative freedom and security. On his albums, he labors hard behind the scenes as a producer but is generally reluctant to hog the spotlight, instead showcasing others on his coattails.- New York Times 



The great thing about this album is that Dr. Dre announced that he will donate his royalties earned from the sale of “Compton” to help fund a new performance arts center in the city the record is named after.




“Compton” can be streamed exclusively on Apple Music starting Friday. Dre called the album his “grand finale.

#straightouttacompton #compton #drdre #applemusic

New Music Tuesday: Pressure, Janet Jackson and J Cole

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New Music Tuesday highlights new music from multicultural artists throughout the nation. This week we feature Pressure and Janet Jackson.

New Music Tuesday is sponsored by the Caribbean Media Network. 

Pressure’s official music video for his single “Nuh Worry Yourself” premiered on Tempo’s Cross Caribbean Countdown. The video was shot on the island of St. Thomas, USVI, during this year’s carnival festivities and includes special guest appearances by Pressure’s friend Actor Malik Yoba and RHOA and former radio personality Claudia Jordan. Pressure is currently on first leg of his European tour and is finishing up his Lovers Rock album due out the top of 2016.

@PressureBussPipe and #LoversRock #V.I.Nice

You can also catch Pressure on Black Men Magazine spread August issue, currently on newsstands which highlights some behind the scenes of video shoot and Pressure’s musical talents and V.I. roots.

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New Music Tuesday:Prince, Future and Drake

New Music Tuesday 


Rapper Future has released a NSFW track with rapper Drake. The Atlanta rapper and Haitian decedent, has teamed up with Drake on his new single “Where you at”. He recently performed in the Caribbean (USVI), and in his home town of Atlanta.

The new track is fast-paced, with a hollow jingling that is reminiscent of a bottle nearing empty, when you’re slurping the last few drops up. Is that just me? Future kills yet another hook. -Hot New Hip-hop




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Prince’s new song “Baltimore” features Eryn Allen Kane. Prince released the new music video for the song on YouTube Tuesday (video below).

The video describes the death of Freddie Gray in the custody of Baltimore police, shows the media attention to the case and highlights the peaceful demonstrations that followed. It also features several moments from Prince’s “Rally 4 Peace” event in Baltimore in May. Prince calls the song a tribute to all of the people of Baltimore. According to NPG Records Inc., Prince played all the instruments in the recording.

New Music Tuesday-R City- Adam Levine-Prince Royce-Omi

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New Music Tuesday 

New Music Tuesday highlights new music from multicultural artists throughout the nation. This week we feature R. City featuring Adam Levine, Omi, and Prince Royce, sharing their latest hits.

New Music Tuesday is sponsored by the Caribbean Media Network. 

R. City- Locked Away- Feat. Adam Levine 

Song writers and artists Timothy & Theron Thomas hail from the USVI

R. City are known for writing big hits for Miley Cyrus (“We Can’t Stop”), Nicki Minaj (“Only”), Rihanna (“Pour It Up”),Beyonce, Iggy Azalea, and most recently, Ciara (“I Bet”).

Adam Levine is the featured artist on R. City‘s brand new song “Locked Away” . The single ( Audio) was recently released on Vevo and it was produced by Dr. Luke and Cirkut.

OMI- Cheer leader ( Felix Jaehn Remix) 

Omi (Omar Samuel) hails from Clarendon, Jamaica-JA

The international reggae-pop hit is rapidly invading America. Embrace it now as your go-to summer jam.- Billboard Magazine

Let’s begin at the beginning: who is OMI? OMI is the stage name of Omar Samuel Pasley, a singer-songwriter hailing from Clarendon, Jamaica, who has been a minor reggae star since 2012. That’s when “Cheerleader” was originally released — in summer 2012. It became a hit in Jamaica and Hawaii.

Prince Royce- Extraordinary 

Latin Pop Star Prince Royce is of Dominican Heritage-DR

Prince Royce is a bachata singer from New York with an urban style who broke into the Latin pop mainstream in 2010 with a bilingual version of “Stand by Me.” Born Geoffrey Royce Rojas in the Bronx, New York, he is of Dominican heritage; both of his parents are from the Dominican Republic.

We have the video for Prince Royce’s new English single “Extraordinary,” which is meant to hold you over until July 24, when the Dominican-American heartthrob releases his English album debut Double Vision.

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Some Thing Extra 

Super Producer  Don Corleonie- Rihanna Reggae Remix


Lil Wayne Tour Bus Drama


Lil Wayne narrowly escaped death in a drive by shooting on Atlanta’s highways early Sunday morning. A tour bus Lil Wayne was riding on was shot up by a street gang associated with a local rapper.

According to TMZ, Weezy and a few other members of Young Money including Lil Twist and Hood were on board at least one of the buses at the time of the shooting. No one was injured in the highway shooting, and it’s still unclear if Wayne was on board the bus that was hit.

Immediately following the shooting the bus was driven to a nearby hotel, and that’s when someone in Wayne’s entourage called the police.

There are currently no suspects in the shooting.

Marco Rubio Big Fan of Nicki Minaj

Latina Reports: Sen. Marco Rubio revealed in an interview with MSNBC what type of music he gets down to.

“The ones that I know are from the ’90s, they’re not—they would all be censored anyways,” Rubio said.

Rubio told MSNBC he’s a big fan of Nicki Minaj and admires her because of her ability to both rap and sing.

“There are a couple modern artists that I really like. I like Nicki Minaj,” Rubio said. “I think she’s very talented.”

Rubio has also admitted his love for rap and hip-hop artists such as Eminem, Tupac and Pitbull. One of his favorite songs is “Straight Outta Compton” from N.W.A.

“Pitbull has become a friend and someone from Miami that we’re very proud of,” Rubio said.

When asked if Pitbull would be at Rubio’s campaign announcement on Monday, Rubio said the rapper couldn’t because of a previously scheduled trip to China.

“He’s Mr. Worldwide,” Rubio said.

Can you imagine Rubio getting down to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda”?


Sizzla Arrested and Fined for Cursing Cops


Reggae/Dancehall star Sizzla Kalonji found himself behind bars after using expletives in front police officers. Last weekend, Sizzla was performing at the Falmouth Police Station through an invitation from the Community Safety & Security Branch of the police force.

As soon as the deejay entered the stage, his opening remarks were laced with expletives aimed at the same cops who invited him to the event.

Police officers in attendance quickly stormed the stage and placed Sizzla Kalonji under arrest.The incident also angered patrons who told officers that they knew that would happened before they invited the dancehall hit maker.

Sizzla was fined $1000 for using expletives.

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Planet VI Working Hard To Make History


The  Caribbean American song writing duo Planet VI  is known for their exceptional talent in the music industry. The Caribbean American Movers and Shakers, have created music for Justin Bieber, Akon, Beyonce, Rihanna, kelley Rowland, and many more. Planet VI are the new Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, with several Grammy Awards under their belt. Chris Brown’s Loyal, has officially become the summer anthem with over 70 Million VEVO, and record breaking radio spins.


However, a new record by the Virgin Islands very own ‘Rock City’ Timothy and Theron Thomas aka PlanetVI, can be the next hit for 2015. The duo has proven to be one of the most success pop and urban song writers over the past decade. Jennifer Hudson,Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, have called on them for some of their major hits. 

The team of Planet VI has successfully worked their way from the bottom to the top, and is still grinding their way to the making history.


Ryan Leslie Creates New Music Platform


In the 1990s, an artist could release a single from an album, then the full-length album, then a remix album, then a live version of the album, and expect all of them to sell in record stores. Then the bottom fell out of the record business with the advent of file sharing, downloading and streaming. Now anyone brave enough to get involved in the music industry today must find creative and  innovative ways to stay afloat.

Enter singer-songwriter Ryan Leslie.

With the birth of his new company, Disruptive Multimedia, the “Diamond Girl” singer has found a new way to stay ahead of the game. Designed to allow artists to interact with fans in a personal manner, the platform allows the artist to digitally distribute their music to fans and allows for direct contact via email or even phone. According to Leslie, artists who do exceptionally well on the site can even earn a record deal.

“I’m giving all my top-performing artists the opportunity to earn a $100,000 record deal.I use the data from Disruptive Multimedia to drive my decisions, and your great performance will have earned my confidence in your ability to invest that money wisely,” he says.

Any artists looking to possibly join Disruptive Multimedia should know that it’s not a complete free for all and as easy as logging on and signing up. Leslie has to approve you to join. He has made his phone number available for artists to contact him to gain approval onto the site. Though a bit of a hoop to jump through, Leslie says it’s all worth it in the end.

“The biggest difference is that you get paid right away. When you sell on iTunes, when do you get paid? If you’re on TuneCore, maybe once every 30 days. If you’re going through a record company, you get a statement every 90 days, and then you get paid 90 days after that. If I sell 1,000 CDs on a Monday, I’m up $10,000 in my bank account on a Wednesday. And I know every single one of those thousand people,” says Leslie.

Disruptive Multimedia doesn’t officially launch until July 4, but interested parties can check out the beta version of the site at http://app.dmm.fm.