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Urban One Honors the Life and Legacy of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Urban One celebrates the life, legacy and impact of Music Icon and Civil Rights Champion with special primetime programming encores and tribute on TV One, InteractiveOne Digital Sites and across all REACH Media/Radio One Markets.

Silver Spring, MD – August 16, 2018 – As the world mourns the tremendous loss of American treasure Aretha Franklin, the music legend, Civil Rights Champion and renowned ‘Queen of Soul,’ Urban One announces plans to honor her life, legacy and impact on humanity with special encore presentations of interviews and news specials on TV One, special digital content across Interactive One sites and all REACH Media/Radio One stations, hosts, shows and sites.

Below is the TV One programming lineup for Aretha Franklin’s tribute starting tonight:

Tonight: Thursday, August 16

TV One on One: Aretha Franklin (8 p.m. ET/7 C)

Aretha: Frankly Speaking (9 p.m. ET/8 C)

Encore: Saturday, August 18

TV One on One: Aretha Franklin (11 a.m. ET/10 C)

Aretha: Frankly Speaking (12 p.m. ET/11 C)

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Brenda Lee, Wynonna Judd, Tanya Tucker, Billy Ray Cyrus, Bill Anderson and David Bellamy Mourn the Passing of Aretha Franklin

“The music industry lost a lot of it’s soul with the passing of the great Aretha Franklin. With all of her success, stardom and notoriety, she kept her feet close to the ground and gave her heart to the world. ” -Brenda Lee

“I am just heartbroken. This cannot be happening. Oh how I love her. Meeting her was such a highlight. She is THE shero who changed my life. Her voice. Listening to her brings me closer to Heaven and I will love her forever. We have lost an American treasure. It’s the end of an era.” -Wynonna Judd

“I never had the chance to meet her, but I love her. I mean, doesn’t everyone? She is the grand dame of soul! She could sing anything and make you believe it! I regret not having met a few of my heroes and icons in the music business, and she is definitely one of them. My thoughts and prayers are with Aretha’s family. All my love and great admiration to her!” -Tanya Tucker

“I never had the pleasure of meeting Aretha Franklin, but I was extremely honored when she recorded a song I co-wrote back in the seventies. The song was called, “I May Never Get To Heaven,” and was later a No. 1 country hit for Conway Twitty. Aretha put her own unique, personal stamp on it, and as great artists often do, made the song her very own. I admired her tremendously, and never tired of telling people that she recorded a song that I had a hand in writing. Rest in peace, Ms. Aretha, and thank you for the sunshine you brought into this country boy’s life.” -Bill Anderson

“Rest in peace Aretha Franklin. An amazing talent with one of the most moving voices of all time. Your music will live on forever.” -Billy Ray Cyrus

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of such a musical icon. Aretha was simply the greatest singer of her generation. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.” -David Bellamy

EVVIE MCKINNEY RELEASES DEBUT SINGLE

NEW YORK, NY (August 3, 2018) — After making history as the very first winner of FOX’s The Four: Battle for Stardom, Evvie McKinney returned to the show’s season 2 finale last night to perform her debut single “How Do You Feel” for the very first time.

Executive produced by The Four judge Sean “Diddy” Combs, “How Do You Feel” is available via Republic Records HERE now.

“I knew Evvie was special from the moment she walked on that stage, she had that star quality and an incredible voice. I have a good intuition about talent and I got that feeling with her. This song is a smash and this the just the beginning of her journey,” said Combs.

In case you missed it, watch the show stopping performance again HERE! (Post & Share)

How Do You Feel” illuminates both the power and nuances of Evvie’s voice. She delivers emotionally charged verses before a soaring and soulful hook confronting a cheating ex.

It’s the perfect introduction to her sound, and it heralds the release of more new music from the 20-year-old rising powerhouse very soon.

ABOUT EVVIE MCKINNEY:

With undeniable spirit, mile-high range, and earthquaking delivery, Evvie McKinney exudes her own sense of style, swagger, and soul that’s both classic and current.

Born and raised in the birthplace of Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Memphis, TN, the 20-year-old made history when she emerged as the first winner of FOX’s hit series The Four: Battle For Stardom. However, her journey began at five-years-old when she joined her first choir at the urging of her mother and musician father. One of seven kids, she faced hardship throughout childhood with dad passing in 2005 and mom struggling to support the family. Living in a home provided by Habitat for Humanity, Evvie pursued her dream relentlessly. She went from the Young Actors Guild Theatre and Dance Company to Stax Music Academy where she assumed the role of lead singer and actress. Along the way, she performed for everyone from David Porter to LaLa Hathaway and shared the stage with Sam of Sam and Dave and Larry Dodson of The Bar-Kays, to name a few. By 2015, she achieved a National YoungArts Foundation scholarship and would be recognized as its “Merit Winner” in Popular Voice.

2017 saw her audition for The Four. From the jump, she instantly captured the hearts of millions by belting out classics from Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner in addition to serving up a heart-wrenching rendition of the Academy® Award-winning “Glory” by Common and John Legend. Now, she stands poised to leave an indelible mark on soul with her debut single “How Do You Feel” and more music on the horizon.

Legendary Music Producer Rick Hall Dies at 85

Legendary music producer and FAME Studios founder Rick Hall has died at the age of 85. Hall died this morning at his home in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, not far from his world famous recording studio.

The family has issued the following statement:

It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of our father, husband and beloved grandfather, Rick Hall. His spirit will live on forever through the massive amount of legendary music that he so tirelessly produced. Music was his life and because of him, Fame Studios and Muscle Shoals will always be “shooting for the stars!” We hope the band in Heaven is ready. If not, there’s going to be a problem.

Rick Hall made music history when he founded FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals. Hall went on to earn international fame and eventually a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement. In the days when Martin Luther King Jr. was marching for freedom, Hall proved to be a civil rights pioneer through his music. His open collaboration among black and white artists was a revolutionary cultural standard not only to “deep south” Alabama, but to the nation at large. FAME’s color blind atmosphere, and the raw music it produced, would help shape American culture during its most troubled and tumultuous time.

Considered the “Father of the Muscle Shoals Sound,” Hall helped define a generation by pioneering a new sound that would inspire artists, give birth to new kinds of music and launch the careers of hundreds of superstars, songwriters, musicians and music executives. Record executives literally flocked to Muscle Shoals for Hall to produce and engineer a mind-boggling array of major artists, including Aretha Franklin, Clarence Carter, Mac Davis, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Alabama, Tom Jones, Allman Brothers, The Osmonds, Shenandoah, Wayne Newton, TG Sheppard, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Little Richard, Lou Rawls and so many more. With more than 300 hit singles to his credit, and more than 40 Gold and Platinum records, Hall was one of the top producers of Pop, Rock, R&B and Country records in the world.

Elton John AIDS Foundation to Commemorate Its 25th Year and Honor Founder Sir Elton John

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will host its annual New York Fall Gala at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.  This year’s gala commemorates the Foundation’s 25th year and honors Founder Sir Elton John. President Bill Clinton, Governor Andrew M. CuomoSharon Stone, and others will pay tribute to Elton John’s achievements as a philanthropist and humanitarian. The legendary Aretha Franklin will be the special musical guest, along with performances by violinist Joshua Bell and Broadway’s The Lion King, featuring Heather HeadleyNeil Patrick Harris will host the event.

“Elton’s philanthropic endeavors and activism for human rights and the arts have inspired millions and made a positive difference in people’s lives around the world,” said EJAF Chairman David Furnish. “But without a doubt, Elton’s greatest contribution as a humanitarian is his 25-year commitment to building one of the most important institutions in the effort to end AIDS – the Elton John AIDS Foundation.”

“At this time of great uncertainty in the world, EJAF’s work is more important than ever. After 25 years, EJAF remains steadfastly committed to addressing the unmet needs of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and fighting stigma as a major driver of the global AIDS epidemic,” said EJAF Executive Director Scott Campbell. “We believe everyone living with HIV/AIDS should have immediate access to high quality medical care and all people at risk of HIV should be empowered with the best knowledge and tools available to prevent transmission no matter who they are, who they love, where they come from, or what they do.”

EJAF is also delighted to announce American Airlines, BVLGARI, Robert K. Kraft, Leonard and Judy Lauder Fund, and Bob and Tamar Manoukian as the Presenting Sponsors for this year’s gala.

The Co-Sponsor for this year’s gala is The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation. Gold Sponsors are Joseph W. BlountDon Capoccia and Tom Pegues, Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, Gilead Sciences, M•A•C Viva Glam, and Jo and Raffy Manoukian. Silver Sponsors are Disney Theatrical Productions and Merck.

EJAF Chairman David Furnish will serve as the honorary chair for the Gala.  As part of this year’s special tribute to Elton, EJAF created a Founder’s Circle, a special group of EJAF supporters made up entirely of former recipients of the Foundation’s Enduring Vision Award and Founder’s Award:  Tim AllenBill and Tani Austin, The Honorable Ban Ki-Moon, John and Edwina BarbisJoseph W. BlountM. Michele Burns, President Bill Clinton, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Governor Andrew M. CuomoJohn DemseyTracey EminFrank Tiberius GangiFrank GiustraGreg GormanCharlie HendonDiana JenkinsJay JoplingJeffrey and Marilyn KatzenbergCaroline and Sidney KimmelBillie Jean King and Ilana KlossRobert K. KraftLeonard LauderSandra LeeBob and Tamar ManoukianJo and Raffy ManoukianTamara MellonSharon and Ozzy OsbourneHoward RoseLily SafraPablo and Nathalie SalameCaroline ScheufeleSharon Stone, and Steve Tisch.

Event Chairs for the Gala are: Jean-Christophe BabinAlec and Hilaria BaldwinSandra BrantDon Capoccia and Tom PeguesAndy CohenSheryl CroweAlan Cumming, Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, Dennis R. Fee and Stephen P. CarlinoRichard GereNeil Patrick Harris and David BurtkaCaitlyn JennerBilly JoelQuincy JonesMark JulianoHeidi Klum, Padma Lakshmi, Matt LauerCyndi LauperSandra LeeSpike and Tonya LeeJudith LightSusan LucciBaz Luhrmannand Catherine MartinEric and Janet McCormackTerrence MeckBette MidlerThomas E. Moore, III and Mark ReynoldsMatthew Morrison, James L. and Margo NederlanderMartha NelsonKaty PerryThomas SchumacherDarren Walker, and John Waters.

For ticket information, please contact Andreas Schwarz at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, 212.219.0670 or andreas.schwarz@ejaf.org.

American Airlines is the official airline of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

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About the Elton John AIDS Foundation

At the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) we believe AIDS can be beaten. We act on that belief by raising funds for evidence-based programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives. Elton John created EJAF nearly 25 years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993. Through the generous support of far-sighted individuals, foundations, and corporations, the two foundations together have raised more than $385 million over the past quarter century to challenge discrimination against people affected by the epidemic, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS. The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in EuropeAsia, and Africa. Join us in speaking out, taking action, and contributing to our efforts to achieve a world without AIDS.  For more information, please visit www.ejaf.org.

American Airlines is the official airline of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.