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Live Nation Urban’s Summer Block Party

Today Live Nation Urban reveals the details for the fifth annual Summer Block Party Festival. The preeminent destination for soul and R&B devotees since 2015. Tickets will be available on Friday April 5 at 10am local time.

For more information on ticketing click HERE.

Not only does the festival return to Philadelphia, Houston, and Chicago, but Live Nation Urban also schedules its very first Dallas engagement. This expansion remains a testament to the growing popularity of Summer Block Party Festival. In 2019, the stage will once more play host to genre legends as well as today’s hottest breaking talent, upholding a five-year tradition and commitment to excellence in soul and R&B. For the 2019 series, GRAMMY Award-winning modern icon Jill Scott headlines all four dates. Meanwhile, GRAMMY Award-nominated soul songstress and hometown hero Jazmine Sullivan joins the bill as direct support on the Philadelphia concert at Mann Center for Performing Arts on June 29. Soul icon Faith Evans and Tweet round out the lineup for the Dallas engagement July 5 at Toyota Music Factory. A day later, Boyz II Men and rising star Lucky Daye& grace the stage in Houston at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. For the fifth year, the festival resumes at its original Chicago site on Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island on July 13 with Anthony Hamilton MA$E, Carl Thomas. The full itinerary and each respective lineup can be found enclosed below. Summer Block Party sets the pace for R&B and soul-centric festival. Since its launch in 2015, it has sold out every year and steadily grown with lineups consisting of genre luminaries and the next generation’s hottest young R&B stars. Previous lineups boasted everyone from Erykah Badu and Jazmine Sullivan to Miguel, Babyface, Ludacris, Ledisi and SWV, to name a few.

SUMMER BLOCK PARTY FESTIVAL DATES:

6/29 Philadelphia, PA The Mann Music Center (Jill Scott, Jazmine Sullivan, MA$E, Musiq Soulchild, DJ D Nice)

7/5 Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory (Jill Scott, Faith Evans,Tweet)

7/6 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Pavilion (Jill Scott, Boyz II Men, Faith Evans, Lucky Daye)

7/13 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion @ Northerly Island (Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, MA$E, Carl Thomas)

J. Cole to Headline 2019 NBA All-Star Game Performances

North Carolina’s J. Cole to Perform During Halftime; Meek Mill to Open the Night

Charlotte’s Anthony Hamilton to Sing U.S. National Anthem; Carly Rae Jepsen to Sing Canadian National Anthem Prior to Tip-Off

The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that 2019 GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist and North Carolina native J. Cole will take the court in his home state to headline the 2019 NBA All-Star Game halftime show on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.  Before the game, Meek Mill will take the stage for an exciting opening and entertaining introduction of the All-Star teams, followed by GRAMMY® Award winner and Charlotte-born Anthony Hamilton performing the U.S. national anthem. Multi-platinum GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen will perform the Canadian national anthem.  The 68th NBA All-Star Game begins at 8 p.m. ET on TNT and will be seen by fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. 

J. Cole, an accomplished rapper, songwriter and producer, will perform a medley of hits at halftime.  The seven-time GRAMMY® Award nominee received two nominations this year and has had five number one albums on the Billboard® Top 200 chart, including 2018’s KOD.  The singer concluded his eighth headlining concert tour in October and released his latest single titled “Middle Child” on Jan. 23.  The single comes shortly after J. Cole and his label announced their upcoming compilation album, Revenge of the Dreamers III, which was recently recorded.  In 2018, J. Cole had some of the year’s hottest features, including an appearance on Atlanta vocalist 6LACK’S GRAMMY® -nominated single “Pretty Little Fears,” as well as guest verses for Jay Rock, 21 Savage and Moneybagg Yo.  J. Cole is head of the Dreamville Label, comprised of rising R&B singer Ari Lennox and lyricists Bas, J.I.D, EarthGang, Cozz, Omen and Lute.  

Mill released his fourth studio album, Championships, in November, which debuted at number one on the Billboard® Top 200, as did his 2015 album, Dreams Worth More Than Money. The award-winning musician is also making his highly-anticipated return to the road with his The Motivation Tour.  The 16-city, U.S. tour will kick-off on February 19 in Miami, FL and make stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and his hometown of Philadelphia, among many other cities, before wrapping on March 24 in Atlanta, GA. Tickets for Mill’s tour are currently on sale. 

Charlotte’s own Hamilton will release his ninth full-length studio album this year.  Jepsen, a GRAMMY®, Juno and Polaris Prize nominee, released the new song “Party For One” in November off her forthcoming album. 

 

About the Artists

Anthony Hamilton

Proclaimed a “national treasure” by the Los Angeles Times, GRAMMY® Award winning singer, songwriter, producer, and actor Anthony Hamilton has achieved global sales of over 50 million albums. The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductee notably performed for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle, cementing his place in the history books as the “narrator of love.” Introduced by way of the iconic 2003 smash “Charlene”, his raw, awe-inspiring performances garnered the attention of NPR where he starred in their Noteworthy documentary series. He appeared in American Gangster and lent his voice to “Freedom” from the Academy® Award-nominated Django Unchained. Hamilton will unveil his ninth full-length studio album in 2019.

Carly Rae Jepsen

Multi-platinum GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen’s 2015 album E*MO*TION, earned a host of rave reviews with several outlets declaring it the pop album of 2015. The set featured the platinum selling single “I Really Like You.”  E*MO*TION followed the release of Jepsen’s U.S. debut album Kiss featuring the blockbuster break-out hit “Call Me Maybe” which climbed to #1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries, has sold over 20 million singles worldwide.  It earned Jepsen 2012 GRAMMY® nominations for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year. Jepsen landed the lead role in the 2014 Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and later starred as the iconic Pink Lady, “Frenchy,” in FOX’s four-time EMMY award winning musical GREASE: LIVE. “Party For One” is the new song by Jepsen which sets the tone for her new album which will be released on 604/School Boy/Interscope Records in 2019. 

J. Cole

North Carolina native J. Cole is an accomplished rapper, songwriter and producer. The seven-time Grammy® Award nominee received two nominations this year and has had five number one albums on the Billboard® Top 200 chart. In October, the rapper concluded his eighth headlining concert tour for his album KOD. J. Cole is head of the Dreamville Label, comprised of lyricists Bas, J.I.D, EarthGang, Cozz, Omen, and Lute, and rising R&B singer Ari Lennox. The release was one of the biggest albums of the year, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200.  J. Cole also appeared on some of the year’s hottest features, including Atlanta vocalist 6LACK’S Grammy nominated single “Pretty Little Fearsand performed guest verses for Jay Rock, 21 Savage, Moneybagg Yo and more. 

Meek Mill

Meek Mill is a critically-acclaimed multiplatinum hip-hop artist, songwriter and entrepreneur that hails from Philadelphia.  Meek Mill evolved from Philadelphia’s hottest underground rapper to one of the world’s preeminent musical artists, having released a slew of smash studio albums and singles, including “Ima Boss,” “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro),” “All Eyes on You,” and “Whatever You Need,” among many others.  In October 2012, Mill announced the launch of his own label imprint, Dream Chasers, named after his mixtape series.  In addition to serving as the CEO of Dream Chasers, Mill is also an advocate for criminal justice reform in the United States with a focus on creating stronger prison rehabilitation programs, improving the bail system and shortening probationary periods.

 

About NBA All-Star 2019

NBA All-Star 2019 in Charlotte, N.C., will bring together the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game.  The 68th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17, at Spectrum Center, will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.  TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 17th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 34th year of NBA All-Star coverage.  Spectrum Center will also host MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars on Friday, Feb. 15, and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 16.  The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles and NBA All-Star Practice & Media Day will take place at Bojangles’ Coliseum.

 

Tori Kelly

GRAMMY nominated artist Tori Kelly will kick off a North American headline tour on October 18 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. The run is in support of her new project, Hiding Place, a powerful collection of R&B infused gospel songs that was produced by 12-time GRAMMY Award winner Kirk Franklin.

In addition to playing such venues as Warner Theatre in Washington DC (October 28) and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium (November 8), Tori and her band will perform at several historic houses of worship, including New York City’s Riverside Church (October 30) and the Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles (November 16 & 17). Tickets go on sale Friday, September 14. See below for itinerary or visit www.torikellymusic.com

Capitol Records will release Hiding Place on September 14. The passion project follows Tori’s 2015 album Unbreakable Smile, which Idolator recently hailed as “one of the better debut albums in recent memory.” It entered the Billboard 200 at No. 2 and contained the Gold-certified singles “Nobody Love,” “Shouldߣve Been Us” and “Hollow”

Tori recorded Hiding Place primarily at Kirk Franklin’s studio just outside Dallas. Half of the songs were penned solely by Franklin, while the remaining tracks came from a collaboration between the two artists the first time that Franklin had ever co-written in a decades-long career that’s seen his songs performed by legends like Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston.

Fans who pre-order / pre-save Hiding Place in digital format will instantly receive the first single “Never Alone” (feat.Kirk Franklin,) and “Help Us To Love” featuring The Hamiltones, official background vocalists for GRAMMY winner Anthony Hamilton. Other guests include Jonathan McReynolds and Lecrae. The video of Tori performing “Never Alone” live with Kirk Franklin, which has more than two million views, can be seen HERE.

Tori Kelly Hiding Place Tour

10/18 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle

10/19 Birmingham, AL @ Lyric Theatre

10/21 Charlotte, NC @ McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square

10/22 Durham, NC @ Carolina Theatre

10/25 Munhall, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead

10/27 Philadelphia, PA @ Temple Performing Arts Center

10/28 Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre

10/30 New York, NY @ Riverside Church

11/1 Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre

11/2 Grand Rapids, MI @ Fountain Street Church

11/5 Chicago, IL @ Fourth Presbyterian Church

11/6 Chicago, IL @ Fourth Presbyterian Church

11/8 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium

11/11 Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater

11/12 Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre

11/13 Houston, TX @ Wortham Center Cullen Theater

11/16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church

11/17 Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church

11/19 San Francisco, CA @ Herbst Theater

Watch “Never Alone” here.

Jermaine Dupri

Jermaine Dupri Announces So So Def 25th Anniversary CULTURAL CURREN$Y TOUR

Jermaine Dupri headlines the tour with So So Def icons including award-winning artists Xscape, Anthony Hamilton, Da Brat, Jagged Edge, Bow Wow, Dem Franchize Boyz, Bone Crusher, J-Kwon and Youngbloodz are heading across the U.S. this fall.

Grammy Award-winning Producer, Hall of Fame Songwriter, recording artist, and TV starJermaine Dupri, has been writing and producing platinum hit records for more than 25 years. Celebrating the legacy and quarter century of success with his record label; So So Def Recordings, Dupri is bringing all his artists together on one stage for an exclusive performance, as AEG Presents The So So Def 25th Anniversary CULTURAL CURREN$Y TOUR. Joining Jermaine on the tour will be the So So Def Family, including Xscape, Da Brat, Jagged Edge, Bow Wow, Anthony Hamilton, Bone Crusher, Youngbloodz, Dem Franchize Boyz, and J-Kwon.

Tickets for the tour, which begins in October, will begin going on sale Friday, Aug 3rd. For further information visit www.sosodef.com or check your local listings.

To kick off the Anniversary, Sony Music’s Certified Classics, Legacy Recording’s division for the celebration of Sony Music’s Hip Hop and R&B catalogue, recently released the essential digital hits compilation, titled Jermaine Dupri Presents So So Def 25. The compilation includes So So Def classics such as Da Brat’s Funkdafied, Xscape’s Just Kickin It, Dupri’s own Money Aint A Thang (feat. Jay-Z) and many more, plus rare tracks featuring Kanye West and The Notorious B.I.G. The compilation, curated by Dupri to align with the tour, further celebrates his iconic Atlanta based record label & brand; SO SO DEF. you can purchase the compilation here.

Jermaine Dupri is making further headlines this year as he was inducted and honored at the 2018 Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame. Additional 2018 inductees include Bill Anderson, Steve Dorff, Alan Jackson, Robert Kool Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown & James Taylor p/k/a Kool & The Gang, and John Mellencamp.

Jermaine Dupri says, Blessing are bigger when you share them. One of my biggest blessings is to be able to go tour with all my artists. I can’t wait!!!

SoSoDef 25th Anniversary CULTURAL CURREN$Y TOUR Schedule is as follows:

October 14th | Washington, DC | Capital One Arena

October 18th | Brooklyn, NY | Barclays Center

October 19th | Baltimore, MD | Royal Farms Arena

October 20th | Greensboro, NC | Coliseum

October 21st | Atlanta, GA | Philips Arena

TBD | Chicago, IL | United Center

October 25th | Nashville, TN | Bridgestone Arena

October 26th | Memphis, TN | FedEx Forum

October 28th | Charlotte, NC | Spectrum Center

October 31st | Detroit, MI | Little Caesars Arena

November 2nd | Los Angeles, CA | Staples Center

About the So So Def 25th Anniversary Tour

Grammy-winning producer, songwriter, recording artist, and TV star Jermaine Dupri in association with AEG Presents, will see 11 cities across the U.S. this fall to celebrate 25 years of his iconic label, So So Def. The CULTURAL CURREN$Y TOUR will feature So So Def’s iconic artists and be headlined and produced by Jermaine Dupri himself. Other artists on the roster include Xscape, Jagged Edge, Anthony Hamilton, Youngbloodz, Da Brat, Bow Wow, Dem Franchize Boyz, J Kwon and Bonecrusher.

About Jermaine Dupri

In 1992, Dupri introduced to the world two 12-year-olds who wore their pants backwards by the name of Kris Kross. In February of that same year their first song Jump was released and immediately soared to #1 on the pop charts remaining for 8 weeks. This accomplishment labeled Jermaine as a 19-year-old wunderkind and super-producer. With over 400 million records sold to date, Dupri, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame is one of most successful producers in the music industry. His career milestones include the release of several platinum recordings as CEO of So So Def, winning a Grammy for Best R&B Song, and being honored with an ASCAP Golden Note Award, given to composers and songwriters who have achieved extraordinary milestones. Now, twenty-five years later, after the continued success of developing other teen stars and iconic So So Def artists such as Xscape, Usher, Da Brat, TLC, Bow Wow and more, Jermaine is still on the scene and gearing up to celebrate his legacy and 25 years of So So Def. www.sosodef.com

About AEG Presents

AEG Presents is one of the world’s largest live music companies. The company is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global concert tours, regional music events and world-renowned festivals. AEG Presents operates in North America, Europe and Asia through 16 regional offices that support it’s tours which include such artists as Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Elton John, Celine Dion, KEM, Fantasia and Kenny Chesney; produces over 40 music festivals, including the iconic Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Stagecoach California’s Country Music Festival, Desert Trip, Firefly Music Festival, Hangout Music Festival and Panorama and owns, manages or exclusively promotes in more than 80 clubs and theaters worldwide. AEG presents more than 8,000 shows annually worldwide and conducts business under such globally renowned brands as AEG Presents, Goldenvoice, The Bowery Presents, Concerts West, Messina Touring Group, Marshall Arts LTD, and Madison House Presents. For more information visit www.aegpresents.com.

So So Def 25

Sony Music’s Certified Classics, Legacy Recording’s division for the celebration of Sony Music’s Hip Hop and R&B catalogue, releases Jermaine Dupri Presents So So Def 25 compilation in conjunction with the iconic Atlanta-based hip-hop label’s 25th anniversary. Artists set to appear on the compilation include Jermaine Dupri, Jay-Z, Kris Kross, Xscape, Bow Wow, Anthony Hamilton, Jagged Edge, Ghost Town DJ’s, Da Brat, Aaliyah and many more. The compilation also includes the tracks Jagged Edge’sLet’s Get Married (Kanye West Remix) featuring one of Kanye West’s first verses as well as the explicit version of Da Brat’s Da B Side featuring The Notorious B.I.G. & Jermaine Dupri which features a rare alternative verse by The Notorious B.I.G. Listen to the project Here.

Additionally, in honor of 25 years of So So Def, fans can customize their own So So Def 25 logo by uploading a photo and sharing it with their friends now at https://Certified.lnk.to/SoSoDef25_Logo.

In celebration of his recent induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the 25-year anniversary of So So Def, Jermaine Dupri sat down in front of a live studio audience to answer questions from fans and talk about his life and career in an exclusive SiriusXM Town Hall for The Heat (channel 46). Hosted by Dion Summers, Dupri was joined by Pimpin (Jamall Willingham) of Dem Franchize Boyz and Bow Wow (Shad Moss). Listen to the Town Hall today, Friday, June 29 at 5 pm ET on The Heat with encores Saturday, June 30 at 12 pm ET and Sunday, July 1 at 12 am ET. It will also be available On Demand after the 5 pm airing HERE.

In conjunction with the release, Dupri and his So So Def family will hit the road for the upcoming So So Def 25th Anniversary, Cultural Curren$y Tour. Additional details to be announced at a later date.

So So Def 25 includes essential smash hits, iconic remixes and deep cuts from the labelߣs quarter-century catalog and more.

LA Soul Music Fest 2017

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Article and Photography by Archie J Howard III

The second annual 2017 LA Soul Music Festival ended abruptly with the cancellation of  Sunday’s performances. Fans didn’t get a chance to hear the sounds of Musiq Soulchild, After 7, Blackstreet, and others that were scheduled for the weekend’s finale, but refunds will be issued out for the canceled performances.



The LA Soul Music Festival is a 3-day event where the diehard music fan, young or old, can enjoy the live sounds of their favorite artists. Friday and Saturday, Exposition Park was flooded with music lovers ready for the festivities to begin. Friday kicked off with performances by MAJOR, Yuna, Ro James, August Alsina and K. Michelle.


Saturday’s event was met with canceled performances from a few of the artists, including the headliner Tyrese. Fans did enjoy amazing shows by Avant, Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick, and Anthony Hamilton and the Hamiltones.


During the weekend, people were met with food, clothing and wine vendors throughout the venue as well as a DJ that kept the crowd’s interest between acts.



Though the weekend didn’t end the way most people would have liked, many still enjoyed their time.


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