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DJ Scandalous

In an age where boundaries and barriers increasingly divide us, DJ Scandalous is an artist whose diverse musical influences inspire and bring us together. As he likes to explain it, “I’m a fan of all genres, but a prisoner of no single one.” His following around the world attests to his Pop Without Limits tapestry that includes Hip Hop, R&B, EDM, and Pop, infused with subtle classical influences – from rock to the great international masters. Expect a musical journey where each track is an opportunity to explore our hearts and minds, uniting us and inspiring us, with a heart-to-heart conversation reminding us how art tears down barriers and rejects limits. His Pop without Limits approach shines ever-brighter in his latest track Move On, a song defying labels and refusing to be pigeon-holed.

Born and raised in Chicago, his family’s musical heritage shaped his musical journey at an early age. For over a decade he’s honed his craft writing, producing, and promoting the work of both independent and major artists in Europe and United States worldwide, Stevie Wonder and Raynard Miner, Cyndi Lauper, Matt Houston (Sony Music France), Fabrice Sioul (Sony Music UK), the LOX, Trina and Red Cafe to name a few.  Always pushing limits at each stop along the way, creating his own unique style that honors the best of our musical past and incorporates today’s innovation, with a creative vision of great musical discovery yet to come. Today, the Windy City is home, but the musical art of DJ Scandalous is a track-by-track journey of discovery where a unique heart-to-heart musical conversation awaits each of us, everywhere, as part of the soundtracks of our lives.

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT × CHICAGO

MERCURY THEATER CHICAGO ANNOUNCES OUTRAGIOUS MUSICAL COMEDY—

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT

Walter Stearns, Executive Director of Mercury Theater Chicago, announced today that a production of the Tony-Award Winning Best Musical, SPAMALOT. will run on the Mercury Theater stage from August 30 through November 3, 2019. The press opening is Sunday, September 8 at 7pm. Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, featuring ridiculous men in tight pants – not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. SPAMALOT will feature the creative talents of Walter Stearns (Director), Eugene Dizon (Musical Director) and Shanna VanDerwerker (Choreographer).

 

SPAMALOT is an irreverent musical of the legend of King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail.  Spurred on by a plague with a 50% chance of pestilence and famine, Arthur recruits knights to accompany him on his quest in pursuit of the salvation of Camelot, and their own destinies.  Along the way they encounter crazy shenanigans including the Lady of the Lake and her Laker Girls, flatulent Frenchmen with flying cows and blood thirsty, killer rabbits.

 

Created by Eric Idle, John Du Prez and Neil Innes, the Broadway production of SPAMALOT won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was followed by two successful West End runs. The show was originally developed and received its world-premiere in Chicago.  Mercury Theater Chicago’s production marks it’s triumphant return to the city where improvisational comedy began.

 

In addition to Stearns, Dizon and VanDerwerker, the creative team and crew will include Angela Weber Miller, U.S.A. (Scenic Designer), Denise Karczewski (Lighting Designer) and Kristi J. Martens, AEA (Production Stage Manager). Mercury Theater Chicago’s production will feature the original Drama Desk Award-winning costume design by Tim Hatley. Complete cast and creative team announcements will be released at a later date.

 

SPAMALOT runs from August 30 through November 3. The performance schedule for SPAMALOT is Wednesdays at 8 pm, Thursdays at 8 pm, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 3 pm and 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. Individual tickets range from $40-$70, and are available online at MercuryTheaterChicago.com, the phone at 773.325.1700, or in person at the Mercury Theater Box office at 3745 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago.

 

About Mercury Theater Chicago

The beautifully renovated Mercury Theater Chicago is located in the heart of the Southport Corridor at 3745 North Southport Avenue, within a sophisticated neighborhood of restaurants and boutiques just steps from Wrigley Field. A delightful destination, Mercury Theater Chicago has established itself as a destination for long-running musical comedies, including a successful six-month run of the hit AVENUE Q, and a four-month run of the cult classic LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, in addition to a lineup of shows in the adjoining Venus Cabaret Theater (seating 80). Guests are taken care of from the moment they arrive with valet service and luxe farm-to-table dining at its adjoining restaurant, Grassroots

Photo Credit— PCPA.org

THE ROLLING STONES ARE COMING TO CHICAGO

THE ROLLING STONES ARE COMING TO CHICAGO IN JUNE
CELEBRATING THE 55th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROLLING STONES 1st RECORDING SESSIONS AT CHESS

Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation

presents

A WORLD PREMIERE EXHIBITION

THE ROLLING STONES AT CHESS

PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE ROLLING STONES AND VINTAGE MEMORABILIA OPENING JUNE 5th at 6 PM
2120 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago

The band has yet to officially announce when the U.S. tour shows will be rescheduled. However, if
you live in or near Chicago, or will be visiting in June for the Chicago Blues Festival in early
June,TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE!
Blues legend Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation, which occupies the hallowed ground of the
world famous Chess Records building, at 2120 South Michigan Avenue, in association with Bob Bonis
Museum, Miami and Gallery Schuster, Berlin, are thrilled to announce THE ROLLING STONES AT
CHESS – a World Premiere Exhibition celebrating the 55th anniversary of the first time the Rolling
Stones recorded at Chess.
The exhibition will feature over 50 photographs, many of them unpublished and never seen before
by the public, from these historic recording sessions. There will also be photographs of the Stones
at the Palmer House hotel on their second visit to Chicago in November 1964. Historic collector
memorabilia will also be on display.
The photographs were taken by the late Bob Bonis, an accomplished photographer who also served
as the U.S. Tour Manager for both The Rolling Stones and The Beatles from 1964 through 1966
beginning with both famous bands’ first ever tours of America.

Limited edition portfolios and prints of photographs will be available for sale, with a portion of the
proceeds going to the Blues Heaven Foundation and their efforts to restore the recording studio in
the historic Chess Records building.
The association between the Rolling Stones and the city of Chicago and Chess Records is one of the
most important in the bands’ history and was the spark that connected its founding members,
leading to the formation of the band in 1962. Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones was a Blues
enthusiast who idolized Blues masters such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and other Blues masters
from Chicago.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, childhood friends, ran into each other on October 17, 1961 on the
train platform in Dartford, England. Keith, carrying his guitar, noticed that Mick had some record
albums under his arm, Rockin’ at the Hops by Chuck Berry, and The Best of Muddy Waters. Keith
learned that Mick had mail-ordered these albums directly from Chicago’s Chess Records, as they
were unavailable in England. Later they saw Brain Jones playing slide guitar (considered the first
British guitarist to play this style of Blues) and they soon joined forces and the Rolling Stones were
born.
During their first-ever tour of America, Phil Spector helped the Rolling Stones book to record at
Chess on June 10 and 11, 1964 where they met several of their heroes, including Muddy Waters,
who helped them carry their equipment into the studio, and Chuck Berry, who stopped by to
eavesdrop on their recording session, giving them his stamp of approval.
On their second and third tours of America they returned to again record at Chess, on November
10, 1964 and in May of 1965. No photos of those later session are known to exist. Bob Bonis’
photographs from this first visit to Chess are among the only known to exist and will be displayed
at the Blues Heaven Foundation for the entire month of June, 2019.
Larry Marion, curator of the Bob Bonis Archive, a renowned memorabilia expert, will be offering
free appraisals of any vintage Rolling Stones, Blues or other memorabilia during this exhibition.

Julia Michaels Announces Second Tour Leg

JULIA MICHAELS ANNOUNCES SECOND LEG OF THE INNER MONOLOGUE TOUR

DATES KICK OFF OCTOBER 16 IN TEMPE, AZ AND RUN THOUGH NOVEMBER 2019

CURRENTLY ON THE BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA WORLD TOUR WITH P!NK THROUGH MAY 2019

Listen to Inner Monologue Part I HERE

On the heels of multiple sold out shows, GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi platinum singer and songwriter JULIA MICHAELS will extend her first-ever headline show—THE INNER MONOLOGUE TOUR—with a month of dates this fall. Given the widespread fan demand, she will once again canvas North America with headline gigs coast-to-coast. The next leg kicks off October 16 in Tempe, AZ at the Marquee Theatre and concludes November 16 at Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC. Tickets go on-sale this Friday!

Get them HERE.

In March, THE INNER MONOLOGUE TOUR showcased her power as a live performer and solidified her as an impressive concert draw. She sold out venues in Chicago, Seattle, San Diego, Boulder, and Tulsa, to name a few. MICHAELS is also currently supporting P!NK on the U.S. installment of The Beautiful Trauma World Tour.

On a nightly basis, she’s bringing her debut, INNER MONOLOGUE PART I, to life on stage—and bringing fans closer than ever.

GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer and songwriter Julia Michaels has transformed the pop music landscape not only from behind-the-scenes as one of the most in-demand songwriters, but in the spotlight as a solo artist as well. Her rapid rise can be attributed to identifiable honesty in every lyric, as exemplified in her triple-platinum selling debut single “Issues”.  In 2018, she garnered GRAMMY® Awards nominations in the categories of “Best New Artist” and “Song of the Year” for “Issues,” which amassed nearly 2 billion streams worldwide. Continuing that success, “Issues” notably became “the top-selling debut single by an artist in 2017,” and placed as the only solo female composition on Variety’s “30 Most Consumed Songs of 2017.”

As a songwriter, MICHAELS has co-written 21 titles that have charted on the Billboard Hot 100, eleven of which have hit the Top 40, including “Issues.”  Those songwriting credits include smashes like Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Selena Gomez’s “Good for You” [feat. A$AP Rocky] & “Hands To Myself,” and Hailee Steinfeld’s “Love Myself.”  She’s also written titles for Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Linkin Park, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, P!NK, Maroon 5, Jessie Ware, Janelle Monae, Keith Urban, Shawn Mendes and more.

Since her debut as a solo artist, MICHAELS has built an enviable touring resume, joining artists like Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Shawn Mendes, Niall Horan, and P!NK- who she is currently touring the U.S. with through May 2019, around the globe.

MICHAELS most recently surprised fans with the release of INNER MONOLOGUE PART I.  Upon arrival, the EP debuted at #1 on the iTunes Pop Albums Chart and #5 Overall iTunes Albums Chart. The success of the EP prompted MICHAELS first-ever headline tour, “The Inner Monologue Tour,” which has sold out dates across the country.

THE INNER MONOLOGUE TOUR DATES

10/16 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre

10/18 Austin, TX – Emo’s

10/19 Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas

10/20 Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston

10/22 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre

10/23 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works

10/25 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts

10/26 Boston, MA – House of Blues Boston

10/27 Washington, DC – The 9:30 Club

10/30 New York, NY – Webster Hall

11/2 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

11/5 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom

11/6 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

11/8 Englewood, CO (Denver) – Gothic Theatre

11/9 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot

11/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

11/13 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

11/15 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

11/16 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre

P!NK’s BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA WORLD TOUR DATES

4/26 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

4/27 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

4/30 Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse

5/2 Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum

5/4 Fargo, ND – FargoDome

5/5 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center

5/7 Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center

5/9 Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena

5/11 Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center

5/13 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena

5/14 Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena

5/17 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

5/18 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

5/21 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

5/22 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

JULIA MICHAELS SOCIALS

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TOMORROW X TOGETHER Debut US Showcase

BIG HIT ENTERTAINMENT’S TOMORROW X TOGETHER DEBUT US SHOWCASE TICKETS ON SALE TODAY

SUPER ROOKIE BOY BAND WILL PERFORM IN NEW YORK CITY, LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, ORLANDO, DALLAS AND ATLANTA

Tickets for Big Hit Entertainment’s newest band since BTS, TOMORROW X TOGETHER first-ever US showcase tour go on sale TODAY at 4PM local time. The showcase, introducing fans Stateside to their fresh new sound, will kick off in New York City and will make stops in Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta and Dallas before wrapping May 24 in Los Angeles.

The band’s five members, SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN and HUENINGKAI are all excited to create an unforgettable experience for their fans.

Tickets are available for purchase at 4PM on AXS for New York, Orlando, and Los Angeles.

Tickets are available for purchase at 4PM on Ticketfly for Chicago and Dallas.

Tickets are available for purchase at 4PM on Ticketmaster for Atlanta.

View all TOMORROW X TOGETHER SHOWCASE: STAR in US tickets HERE.

US SHOWCASE DATES

May 9 – New York, NY – PlayStation Theater

May 12 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre

May 14 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live

May 17 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theater

May 19 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory

May 24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo

TOMORROW X TOGETHER is currently the highest-selling K-pop rookie act of 2019. With The Dream Chapter: STAR, TOMORROW X TOGETHER debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists, World Albums & World Digital Song Sales charts, as well as became the highest charting debut album by an all-male K-pop group on the Billboard Top 200.

For more information on TOMORROW X TOGETHER, visit: HERE.

Watch the video for their lead single ‘CROWN’ HERE.  

STREAM/PURCHASE THE DREAM CHAPTER: STAR HERE

About TOMORROW X TOGETHER

TOMORROW X TOGETHER, read as ‘tomorrow by together’, has come together under one dream in hopes of building a new tomorrow. Composed of five members, SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN, HUENINGKAI, the band is full of bright and playful energy, where each member is different from one another, shining in their own way to create synergy.

About Big Hit Entertainment

Founded in February 2005 in South Korea by CEO and Producer Bang Si-Hyuk, Big Hit Entertainment’s core business focuses on music production, artist management and publishing. Big Hit’s business ventures incorporate and develop a range of content produced from top-notch artists’ IP, including global boyband BTS and its newest addition TOMORROW X TOGETHER. With its mission of ‘Music & Artist for Healing’, Big Hit strives to impart a positive influence through content while providing comfort and inspiration to music fans worldwide.

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VALEE “YOU AND ME BOTH”

VALEE SHARES THE WEALTH ON NEW RECORD “YOU AND ME BOTH” 

LISTEN HERE

WATCH THE KALEIDOSCOPIC LYRIC VIDEO HERE

“Valee is changing the sound of hip-hop in 2018, one unpredictable verse at a time.”RollingStone

Valee’s innovative style makes it impossible to predict what might come next.”Pitchfork

“Valee doesn’t sound like anything happening in Chicago hip-hop right now.” – Noisey

 

ABOUT VALEE:
In an era when aspiring public figures broadcast constantly in an effort to maximize their brand value, Valee’s coolly laconic stands apart. With short songs and a soft-spoken style, his unpredictable raps sketch subjects with a droll eye for detail over a bass-heavy canvas. This is trap music for the connoisseur, for fans of clever lyrics and effortless style. Valee grew up on Chicago’s South Side. When he received toys as a child, he would break them apart to figure out how they worked, a method he applies to his own process with music today:  “Sometimes I rap and cut and copy and paste and move parts around and it changes the whole song, for the better.” His music career began when, intent on buying a gaming system, he stopped at Guitar Center instead. “I just wanted to make beats better than what I hear on my mixtapes or on the radio, and I wanted to rap on it. I wasn’t thinking about anyone else at all.” His counterintuitive approach across five mixtapes and his G.O.O.D. Music debut EP, GOOD job, You Found Me, has captured the ears of artists and music aficionados alike, drawn to his unorthodox approach.

FOLLOW VALEE:
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CONTACT:
Renata Muniz
Renata.Muniz@umusic.com

Genesis Garcia
Genesis.Garcia@umusic.com

Cosha TG Drops Trippy New Visuals

TIMBALAND PROTEGEE COSHA TG DROPS TRIPPY NEW VISUALS FOR “PARTY GIRL”

WATCH THE IRIDESCENT MUSIC VIDEO HERE

CHICAGO’S COSHA TG – FIRST ARTIST SIGNED TO DEF JAM RECORDINGS AND TIMBALAND’s MOSLEY MUSIC GROUP JOINT VENTURE – RELEASES TIMBALAND-PRODUCED DEBUT EP SUMMER NIGHTS – LISTEN HERE

LISTEN TO “WAR” FT. LIL ZAY OSAMA HERE

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “CALL MY PHONE” HERE

WATCH COSHA TG, TIMBALAND & THE FACTORY IN THE STUDIO HERE

Follow Chicago Cosha TG on Social Media

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TOMORROW X TOGETHER US Debut

BIG HIT ENTERTAINMENT’S TOMORROW X TOGETHER ANNOUNCE DEBUT US SHOWCASE DATES IN MAY

SUPER ROOKIE BOY BAND TO PERFORM IN NEW YORK CITY, LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, ORLANDO, DALLAS AND ATLANTA

“BTS’ young labelmates live up to the hype with an energetic smash.” – MTV

Today, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, Big Hit Entertainment’s newest band since BTS, announce their first-ever US showcase tour dates introducing fans Stateside to their fresh new sound. The showcase dates come on the heels of the super rookie boy band’s chart-topping, record-breaking debut album “The Dream Chapter: STAR.”

TOMORROW X TOGETHER will kick off their US run in New York City and will make stops in Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta and Dallas before wrapping May 24 in Los Angeles.

TOMORROW X TOGETHER is currently the highest-selling K-pop rookie act of 2019. With The Dream Chapter: STAR, TOMORROW X TOGETHER debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists, World Albums & World Digital Song Sales charts, as well as became the highest charting debut album by an all-male K-pop group on the Billboard Top 200.

“Oh my god, it’s finally happening. TXT just dropped their debut album called The Dream Chapter: STAR and it’s full of delicious new music the K-pop world is eating up.” – Elite Daily

The band’s five members, SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN and HUENINGKAI are all excited to create an unforgettable experience for their fans.

Tickets are available for purchase at 4PM PT/ 7PM ET on April 19.

US SHOWCASE DATES

May 9 – New York, NY – PlayStation Theater

May 12 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre

May 14 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live

May 17 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theater

May 19 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory

May 24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo

For more information on TOMORROW X TOGETHER, please visit: https://txt.ibighit.com/.

Watch the video for their lead single ‘CROWN’ HERE.  

STREAM/PURCHASE THE DREAM CHAPTER: STAR HERE  

About TOMORROW X TOGETHER

TOMORROW X TOGETHER, read as ‘tomorrow by together’, has come together under one dream in hopes of building a new tomorrow. Composed of five members, SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN, HUENINGKAI, the band is full of bright and playful energy, where each member is different from one another, shining in their own way to create synergy.

Follow TOMORROW X TOGETHER on Social Media

Twitter I Instagram I Youtube

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)

Cosha TG “War”

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY! COSHA TG RELEASES “WAR” FT. LIL ZAY OSAMA

LISTEN HERE

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

CHICAGO’S COSHA TG – FIRST ARTIST SIGNED TO THE VENTURE – RELEASES TIMBALAND-PRODUCED DEBUT EP SUMMER NIGHTS – LISTEN HERE

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “CALL MY PHONE” HERE

WATCH COSHA TG, TIMBALAND & THE FACTORY IN THE STUDIO HERE

Def Jam Recordings – the Undisputed greatest label in hip-hop history – expands its scope with the signing of an exclusive long-term joint venture agreement with legendary, Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum-selling producer and artist Timbaland and his Mosley Music Group. Buzzworthy Chicago artist Cosha TG’s debut EP, SUMMER NIGHTS – produced by Timbaland and his production team THE factory is out (listen HERE) and is the first project released on Good Vibes Forever/Mosley Music imprint via Def Jam. Cosha TG was signed by Mosley Music president Gary Marella and Good Vibes label head SB.

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