Posts tagged with "Maxwell"

The Rerelease of Maxwell’s Embrya

On September 28th, Sony Music’s Certified Classics will release Maxwell’s Embrya.

The release will include a 2-LP white vinyl package and a new 12-page booklet featuring unseen photos from the original Embrya photoshoot shot from Mario Smith.

The audio has been newly re-mastered by Maxwell and Stuart Matthewman, who has worked with Maxwell for over 20 years and who mixed and co-produced the album in 1998. Additionally, it has been re-sequenced, moving the original opening track to the end.

Embrya, originally released in 1998, reached #2 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #3 on the Billboard 200 and went Certified platinum. It also garnered Maxwell a GRAMMY Award nomination for best R&B album. The album continues to be an integral chapter in Maxwell’s career canon.

In more recent news, Maxwell will perform the National Anthem  at the Opening Night Ceremony of 2018 US Open. The performance will take place at Arthur Ashe Stadium prior to the evening session on Monday, August 27th.

Additionally, Maxwell announced his upcoming “50 Intimate Nights Live” North American tour where he will be joining Marsha Ambrosius. The tour will kick off September 27th in Richmond, VA.

Check out a curated playlist of Maxwell’s top hits on Spotify here.

Also, feel free to pre-order Embrya here!

Certified Classics Releases New Big Pun Picture Disc

CERTIFIED CLASSICS RELEASES NEW PICTURE DISC TODAY IN CELEBRATION OF THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF BIG PUN’S CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

2-LP PICTURE DISC VINYL FEATURING ICONIC ALBUM ARTWORK AVAILABLE HERE

CERTIFIED CLASSICS ALONG WITH THE THREAD SHOP & BIG PUN’S ESTATE RELEASED NEW MERCHANDISE WHICH IS AVAILABLE HERE

Sony Music’s Certified Classics, Legacy Recording’s division for the celebration of Sony Music’s Hip Hop and R&B catalogue, honors the legacy of the late great Bronx emcee Big Pun with the release of a special 20th Anniversary Picture Disc Vinyl edition of Capital Punishment which is available now. Click HERE to purchase.

The 2-LP picture disc vinyl features iconic album artwork (shot by photographer Danny Hastings) from Capital Punishment on each LP side. Capital Punishment, originally released on April 28th, 1998, celebrated its 20th Anniversary earlier this year.
In addition to the picture disc vinyl, Certified Classics, in conjunction with Sony Music’s innovative merchandising company The Thread Shop as well as the Big Pun Estateworked hand-in-hand to create a new Big Pun Capital Punishment merch collection as part of the celebration. Click HERE to purchase.
About Certified Classics
Certified Classics is Legacy Recordings’ division for the celebration of Sony Music’s Hip-Hop and R&B catalog. With artists like The Fugees, Maxwell, Nas, A Tribe Quest, Xscape, Aaliyah and many more, Certified aims to pay homage to the legendary innovators of Hip-Hop and R&B by preserving, curating and reissuing repertoire from the 1980s through the early 2000s.
Launched in 2016, Certified creates opportunities to discuss, revisit, and renew interest in a genre that shaped an entire culture, making the leap from a grassroots form of expression to a mainstream juggernaut with staying power. Certified provides contemporary music fans access to rare and unreleased albums, singles, remixes, photos and video footage from iconic labels that have come through the Sony label system such as Jive, Ruffhouse, J Records, Arista, LaFace, So So Def, Profile, RCA Records, Epic, and Columbiaߞall in an effort to tell stories that help illustrate the impact R&B and Hip-Hop have made on music and the world.

Kiana Ledè Releases Debut EP Selfless

Today, Arizona-born, multi-cultural singer, songwriter, producer, and actress KIANA LEDÈ releases her much-anticipated, soulful debut EP, Selfless, at all digital retailers via Republic Records/The Heavy Group

Get it HERE.

The eight-song set illuminates her penchant for slick, sharp, smart, and soulful urban/R&B music. Punctuated by her strong female voice of empowerment, and brutally honest, truly self-aware lyrics, Kiana’s EP is a warning shot that a new star is on the rise. Among its tracklisting, the EP boasts her radio single “Fairplay” [feat. A$AP Ferg]— Which has already garnered over 10 million streams.

Meanwhile, she teams up with label mate Blackway for the instantly infectious “Shame.” Produced by Rice N Peas (Bazzi “Mine”) “Wicked Games,” takes flight on her dynamic delivery over cinematic and stunning production that is reminiscent at once of both The Weeknd and Maxwell. It’s a great way to get to know KIANA. “Show Love,” produced by 7 time Grammy Winning producer/Engineer/writer DURO, is a bouncy modern R&B Jam with slick word-play and a super catchy hook calling on her man to at least “show up and show love.”

This past year is shaping up to be her major breakthrough moment as a musical force. She contributed “Big Spender” (co-written with label mate “Amine” to the chart-dominating Official Soundtrack for 50 Shades Freed, and it clocked over 10 million Spotify streams. Additionally, she garnered widespread praise from Refinery29, Baeble Music, Complex, stupidDOPE, is and more.

Now, Selfless positions her for big things on the horizon.

After spending years quietly developing her skills as a songwriter and singer, KIANA became a veritable sensation.  To date, she has generated 50 million-plus views across her YouTube/Vevo channels. In addition to her music, she recently landed a co-starring role on Rev Run’s new Netflix series set to air in 2018 and starred in season 2 of MTV’s hit show “Scream”.

TRACKLISTING

1 “Get In The Way”

2 “Shame” [feat. Blackway]

3 “Show Love”

4 “EX”

5 “Wicked Games”

6 “Take It All”

7 “Fairplay” [feat. A$AP Ferg]

TYLER JACOB

East coast born and bred, Tyler Jacob is a singer/songwriter who got his start in the industry after being discovered singing on the trains of NYC.

At the age of 5 years old, Tyler Jacob started singing and performing in school plays. Tyler says that “I’ve always wanted to sing. It was a natural thing for me.” His family recalls little Tyler putting on shows in the family living room.

“I don’t come from a family of singers. I’m the only one.” 

But it wasn’t until his freshmen year in high school did he realize others thought he had a gift, when he was accidentally placed in a choir class. “The choir teacher asked me to sing, so she could classify my voice.” The rest is history. After the choir teacher heard Tyler’s voice, she had him transferred to Creative Arts High School (CAHS) in Camden, New Jersey.

Tyler’s passion to sing, write and perform his own music, in English and Spanish, pushed him after he graduated from CAHS to move to the big Apple to pursue his singing career. Since then he has gone on to win numerous talent shows , performed on many stages across the US, opened up for Grammy Award winner, Brandy Norwood, and logged studio time with Carvin & Ivan (Chris Brown, Musiq Soulchild, Mario), and Andrea Martin (Leona Lewis, Monica, Mary J. Blige).  

Tyler credits artists like Brandy, Eryka Badu, Lauryn Hill, Aaliyah, Jon B, Marc Anthony, Tank, Maxwell, as some of his influences.