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Who wants a MAMA when you can win the Grammy?

18 Dec

Nneka

Who wants a MAMA when you can win the Grammy?

I read Lolade Sowoolu’s “Between Sasha and Nneka” in the Showtime magazine of the Saturday Vanguard on December 18, 2010, and it was quite an interesting critical analysis of how and why the Nigerian rap diva Sasha beat the more internationally acclaimed Nneka to win the Best Female Artiste award at the last MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) in Lagos, Nigeria, making Sasha the first Nigerian to win in the Best Female category after Kenyans dominated it in the last two years. Sowoolu reported that many people thought Nneka should have won the award, because she is considered a more internationally accepted Nigerian artiste as Asa .

Nneka the Nigerian-German hip hop/soul singer and guitarist is a popular artiste internationally, but not locally, because presently majority of her fellow Nigerians and the rest of Africans do not appreciate her kind of music which is more of a revolutionary fusion of modern reggae and hip-hop and her unique style has taken her places from Europe to the US and then to Africa and she won the award for Best African Act at the 2009 MOBO Awards. And Nneka was on the Late Show with David Letterman in New York before her first concert tour of the United States publicized as the Concrete Jungle and she performed shows in New York City, Vienna (Washington DC), Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Francisco. And she made the coveted hot list of Rolling Stone and no other Nigerian female artiste has made it and for what Nneka has achieved so far, she is ahead of Asa and Sasha in the world of music. And her ambition is above the MAMA. She is looking forward to winning the Grammy like Sade Adu has done and even a dummy knows that the Grammy is a more globally acclaimed recognition in music than MAMA, MOBO or Channel O.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

MAMA 2010 WINNERS IN FULL

Best Anglophone – Daddy Owen (Kenya)
Best Francophone – Fally Ipupa (DRC)
Best Lusophone – Cabo Snoop (Angola)
Artist of the Year- 2Face (Nigeria)
Best Female – Sasha (Nigeria)
Best Male – 2Face (Nigeria)
Best Video – Fally Ipupa (DRC): “Sexy Dance”
Best Group – P-Square (Nigeria)
Brand New Act – Mo Cheddah (Nigeria)
Best Performance – Big Nuz (South Africa)
Song of the Year – Liquideep (South Africa): “Fairytale”
MAMA Legend – Miriam Makeba (South Africa)
Best International – Eminem (USA).

Sade's Highly Acclaimed SOLDIER OF LOVE Marches On With Two Grammy Nominations

16 Dec

Lest we forget our own Nigerian born Sade Adu received two Grammy nominations for her sixth album Soldier of Love and none of the over hyped FM radio and TV stations in Nigeria are celebrating her. Wow!

May we repeat that the artiste popularly known as Sade (pronounced /ʃɑːˈdeɪ/ shah-DAY) is the same Helen Folasade Adu, OBE, who was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria on the 16th day of January in 1959. Her father Bisi Adu, was a Yoruba Nigerian lecturer in economics, and her mother Anne Hayes, an English district nurse.

She is not new to the Grammy Awards since she won the Grammy for the Best New Artist in 1986 with the debut album, Diamond Life that has sold over 50 million albums. Sade is the most successful solo female artist in British history.

Soldier of Love went straight to number one on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 502,000 copies in the United States and it is Sade’s first US number-one debut, and was at the top of music charts in several other countries in the world. For more details I have posted the official news release on the success story.

~ By Ekeyerengozi Michael Chima

http://player.vimeo.com/video/8942679

Sade “Soldier Of Love” Video from My Little Boudoir on Vimeo.

Dec 2, 2010 12:26 ET

Sade’s Highly Acclaimed SOLDIER OF LOVE Marches On With Two Grammy Nominations

NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — On the heels of an epic year for Sade, the band’s platinum selling SOLDIER OF LOVE, marks another milestone today by garnering two Grammy nominations for Best Pop Vocal by a Group for “Babyfather” and Best R&B Vocal by a Group for “Soldier of Love”. Holding down the top spot on the charts for three weeks upon its release, the critically acclaimed album takes its rightful place among the vast collection of iconic Sade albums.

After a decade out of the spotlight, Sade’s eighth album, SOLDIER OF LOVE exploded onto the charts in February and instantly made music history. The album ranked in the top 10 among Billboard’s 200 making them the first group since Led Zeppelin to hold this accomplishment. The attention grabbing first single “Soldier of Love” made radio history debuting at # 11 on the Urban Hot AC chart, making it the highest debut of the decade and the third highest all-time on the Urban Hot AC chart. “Soldier of Love” also debuted at # 5 on the Smooth Jazz airplay chart while also becoming the first ever vocal to hit # 1 on the Smooth Jazz Top 20 Countdown.

Entertainment Weekly featured SOLDIER OF LOVE in their “Must List” and gave the album an “A”, Rolling Stone wrote, “it’s unimpeachably excellent,” and The Boston Globe calls it, “a rich and rewarding album.” But the accolades don’t stop there. Associated Press raved, “like a long-ago lover not quite forgotten, Sade has returned to steal our hearts with more beautiful, uncategorizable music,” Billboard was quoted as saying, “it’s been 10 years since Sade released an album, but be forewarned – the giant has awoken,” while People Magazine reminds us that “Sade remains the voice of comfort to the wounded heart.”

Sade recently announced their highly anticipated return to the world’s stage. The North American leg, produced by Live Nation, begins on June 16th in Baltimore, Maryland at the 1st Mariner’s Arena. Tickets are on sale at LiveNation.com.

Known for their one of a kind timeless sound, Sade has enjoyed phenomenal success both internationally and stateside throughout the span of their twenty-five year career. Since the release of their debut album, Diamond Life in 1984 the band has seen all five of their studio albums land in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart selling a total of more than 50 million albums worldwide to date. They’ve been nominated for American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and have won three Grammy Awards – first in 1986 for Best New Artist, then in 1994 for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group for “No Ordinary Love”, and again in 2002 for Best Pop Vocal Album with Lovers Rock.

SADE.COM

SOURCE Epic Records

CONTACT: Lauren Ceradini, Sony Music Entertainment, +1-212-833-7965, Lauren.Ceradini@sonymusic.com
Web Site: http://www.sade.com

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Madonna to Open Second Hard Candy Fitness Center in Moscow

10 Dec


Madonna at Hard Candy Fitness Launch in Mexico City. (PRNewsFoto/New Evolution Ventures, Kevin Mazur)
Hard Candy Fitness Logo. (PRNewsFoto/New Evolution Ventures)

Dec 9, 2010 11:32 ET

Madonna to Open Second Hard Candy Fitness Center in Moscow

NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Madonna, in partnership with her manager Guy Oseary and Mark Mastrov, Chairman of New Evolution Ventures (NeV), announced the opening of the second Hard Candy Fitness Center in Moscow which is projected to open in mid-March 2011. The new facility will be a beautifully designed and unique 35,000 square foot space located near Red Square. Moscow’s Hard Candy Fitness will also include a partnership with Irina Razumova, founder of the well know Russian chain Planet Fitness. The news of the Moscow location comes on the heels of a successful grand opening for the brand’s premiere location last week in Mexico City, which featured a special dance class taught by Madonna.

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“It’s especially exciting to have the second Hard Candy Fitness open in Moscow as I really enjoyed the city and the people when I visited during my ‘Sticky & Sweet Tour.’ Working in collaboration with the experts at NeV and Irina, I know that we will create the ideal workout environment in Moscow that represents my health and fitness philosophy as well as include innovative and inspiring programs,” commented Madonna.

Mastrov, his partner Jim Rowley of NeV, along with Madonna and Oseary are in the planning stages of opening 10 additional Hard Candy locations in Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Europe and Asia. They are currently exploring opportunities around the globe for facilities that will offer a unique member experience in all aspects including curriculum, environment and fashion.

Throughout her career, Madonna has been devoted to fitness and well being. Having worked out in hundreds of gyms around the world, she developed a strong vision on what the ideal exercise, dance and workout environment should look like. The vision took shape during an initial meeting between Mark Mastrov, the innovator behind some of the World’s best known Fitness Brands and Guy Oseary early in 2008. Mastrov has built a fitness empire of over 1100 clubs in over 20 countries.

“Our goal is to create an environment around the world inspired by Madonna’s vision and high standards. Hard Candy Fitness Centers will be a reflection of Madonna’s point of view and will reveal her input on every detail including music, design and class curriculum. Madonna’s touch will be everywhere,” stated Mastrov.

The Moscow Hard Candy Fitness Center along with others in the planning stages will include proprietary Hard Candy Fitness programming inspired by Madonna and her dance team, a Bike Studio as well as a Mind Body Studio, featuring The Great Wall, where members can practice BarWorks, Sculpting, Capoeira and the newest trends in Yoga. It will also house a healthy alternative Juice Bar/Cafe and lavish locker rooms.

Members will benefit from state of the art cardiovascular equipment with personal viewing screens, more than 60 pieces of strength equipment/free weights and the best group fitness, functional training accessories using brands including Precor, Marpo Kinetics, Hoist, Free Motion, StarTrac and TRX suspension training.

“We are so excited and honored to be able to open the Hard Candy Fitness brand here in Moscow. Madonna has been an inspiration for us all and we can’t wait to bring this beautiful facility to life,” said Irina Razumova, partner with Hard Candy Fitness and NeV.

Press Conference Information

Mark Mastrov and Irina Razumova will conduct an official press conference at the RIA Novosti Moscow agency on Dec. 13, 2010 at 13:00.

About New Evolution Ventures (NeV)

Based in Northern California, New Evolution Ventures (NeV) is a private equity firm focused on acquisition, development, management and operation of fitness, media and sports entities both domestically and internationally. Co-Founded in 2008 by Mark Mastrov, Jim Rowley and Mike Feeney, the current team of NeV professionals is shaping the world of fitness, media, and sports one brand at a time. With a foundation representing over a century of business experience, NeV currently has operations and investments in over 20 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit http://www.newevolutionventures.com.

SOURCE New Evolution Ventures

CONTACT: For Madonna: Liz Rosenberg, Liz Rosenberg Media, +1-212-991-4290, liz@lizrosenbergmedia.com, or Hard Candy Fitness Media: Serafima Gurova R&I Group Moscow, +8 903 753 79 64, http://www.randi.ru, s.gurova@randi.ru; or New Evolution Ventures Media: Linell Killus, +1-925-297-6372, linell@newevolutionventures.com
Web Site: http://www.newevolutionventures.com

Dr. Dre's Video for 'Kush,' Featuring Snoop Dogg and Akon out today

10 Dec

“It’s not like ‘getting together with Snoop again,’ we always stay in touch and Snoop is like my little brother so this is just what we do.” (PRNewsFoto/Interscope)

Dec 10, 2010 19:05 ET

Dr. Dre’s Video for ‘Kush,’ Featuring Snoop Dogg and Akon to be Launched Today

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The video for “Kush,” the first single from Detox featuring Snoop Dogg and Akon, will premiere today, Friday, December 10, on Vevo.com.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101209/LA15553)

About the track “Kush,” which is available now, Dre says, “It’s a fun song, it’s hot and people seem to be loving it and that’s an exciting thing because I know if people are loving this song they’re going to really get into the record because this is just the tip of the iceberg.”

The Joseph Kahn-directed video finds Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg in yet another classic video collaboration but Dre says, “It’s not like ‘getting together with Snoop again,’ we always stay in touch and Snoop is like my little brother so this is just what we do.”

Snoop Dogg agrees, “Dr Dre, that’s my big homeboy, that’s my big brother. He gave me my start. so whenever he calls me to come through and do what I need to I’m there for him. Akon’s part of the family too so this is what we do, we just make great music.”

Dr. Dre began his career creating groundbreaking music as a member and producer of renowned hip hop group N.W.A. His two solo albums which followed, The Chronic (1992) and Dr. Dre 2001 (1999), are two of the most influential and essential hip hop albums of all time. Dr. Dre has produced albums that together have sold more than 120 million units worldwide making him the most successful global music producer of our time. Among the artists whose music Dr. Dre has produced are Eminem, Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, 2Pac and 50 Cent. He has won five Grammy awards including Producer of the Year in 2001. In 2008 Dr. Dre co-founded with Jimmy Iovine , Beats by Dr. Dre, the enormously successful high-performance headphone and sound transmission company.

SOURCE Interscope

CONTACT: Lori Earl, +1-818-704-1200, Codebluemedia@me.com, for Interscope

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Susan Boyle's The Gift is #1 on the Billboard 200 Best-Selling Albums Chart

9 Dec

New Susan Boyle Album, The Gift, Arriving Tuesday, November 9. (PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records/Glyn Stanley)

8 Dec 2010 20:08 Africa/Lagos

Susan Boyle’s The Gift Returns to Number 1 on the Billboard 200 Best-Selling Albums Chart

Acclaimed Singer’s Christmas Collection Is Number 1 On Billboard Holiday Albums Chart For Fourth Week In A Row

NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Susan Boyle’s The Gift , the fastest-selling holiday album in history, has returned to the Number 1 spot on the Billboard 200. The Gift originally debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard 200 immediately following its domestic release on November 9, retaining its position the following week. The album is now back for its third week (out of four) at Number 1 in the US, selling 271,500 copies during the past week.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100921/NY68417 )

In addition, The Gift is holding strong in its fourth straight week at Number 1 on the Billboard Holiday Albums chart.

The Gift’s return to the top of the Billboard 200 follows the news of Susan’s GRAMMY® nomination, the first of her career, in the Best Pop Vocal Album category for I Dreamed A Dream , her debut album. Susan’s competition in the category includes Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0, Lady Gaga’s The Fame Monster, John Mayer’s Battle Studies and Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream.

When Susan’s The Gift (SYCO/Columbia Records) entered the both official UK chart and the US Billboard 200 chart at Number 1 in November 2010, it became the fastest selling holiday album, on both sides of the Atlantic, of the SoundScan era.

Released nearly a year to the day since the release of her debut, Susan Boyle’s The Gift began mirroring the achievements of its predecessor when it became the Number 1 album in the US and the UK less than 12 months after I Dreamed A Dream had achieved the same feat on both sides of the Atlantic. Not only had Susan become the first female artist ever to hold the Number 1 album spot in the US and UK twice in under a year, but she was the only artist of any gender in the history of music to have reached this pinnacle since the Beatles in 1969.

SOURCE SYCO/Columbia Records

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CONTACT: Fran DeFeo, Columbia Records, +1-212-833-5784, fran.defeo@sonymusic.com
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Taylor Swift is the New Face of New COVERGIRL Cosmetic Line, NatureLuxe

9 Dec

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Newest COVERGIRL and multi-platinum singer-songwriter, Taylor Swift, to appear as face of new generation makeup line

Hunt Valley, MD — December 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — On the year that marks the beauty giant’s 50th anniversary, COVERGIRL cosmetics announces multi-platinum artist and 4-time GRAMMY award-winning star, Taylor Swift, will represent a new generation of luxury makeup — COVERGIRL NatureLuxe. The line, launching January 2011, includes a Silk Foundation and a Gloss Balm, both delivering a perfectly polished makeup look and a lightweight feel. The products were inspired by a new definition of luxury seen in both beauty and fashion that moves away from overstated, heavy opulence to simple, high-quality experiences.

TAYLOR SWIFT IS POLISHED PERFECTION
“Taylor’s naturally polished and beautiful look fits perfectly with the new luxury makeup line,” said Vince Hudson, General Manager, COVERGIRL Cosmetics. “We specifically designed this line for women who, just like Taylor, want high quality products that flatter her lifestyle and environment. NatureLuxe provides luxury that isn’t extravagant, but rather simple, modern elegance that is inspired by nature.”

Swift’s ads for NatureLuxe will appear beginning in January 2011. Swift says, “I’m really excited for people to discover the new NatureLuxe line from COVERGIRL! The Silk Foundation and Gloss Balm are really light and fresh, they feel amazing on my skin.”

A TOUCH OF NATURE LEAVES SKIN PERFECTLY POLISHED
The NatureLuxe Silk Foundation is for the woman who wants a full-coverage foundation that looks polished, yet feels lightweight. The formula contains hints of natural jojoba and rosehip extracts along with cucumber water — which is a lighter, more luxurious alternative to a heavier feeling emollient. These ingredients were chosen due to their inherent properties: cucumber water is exchanged for a heavier emollient because it is refreshing and light-feeling to balance creaminess on application. Jojoba and rosehip extracts were chosen for their indulgent experience. The new Gloss Balm is a luxuriously lightweight blend containing mango butter, shea and other butters in exchange for heavier feeling emollients. The formula provides a light, silky application and a luxurious lip feel and finish that isn’t heavy or sticky.

EXPERTS WEIGH IN ON LIGHTWEIGHT LUXURY
Pat McGrath, Global Creative Design Director, P&G Beauty, loves the NatureLuxe line for creating the perfect naturally polished makeup look. “The Silk Foundation is slightly matte with a subtle dewiness, which is what you need to create the polished skin effect on the runway or for everyday. The foundation blends effortlessly on the skin and can be applied in layers for sheer to full coverage.” McGrath said, “I love that the Gloss Balm brings together the creamy feel of a balm with gorgeous colour and a hint of shine. The shade palette is versatile whether women want a touch of soft colour or a richer, sheer colour.”

Other experts in the cosmetics industry agree. In an unbranded survey, professional makeup artists were asked to evaluate the new Foundation and Balm. 8 out of 10 professional makeup artists agreed that NatureLuxe Silk Foundation provided a luxurious skin finish and a light, luxurious feel while 7 out of 10 professional makeup artists would recommend NatureLuxe Silk Foundation to their clients. 8 out of 10 professional makeup artists agreed that NatureLuxe Gloss Balm is an exciting new way to get beautiful sheer color and the luxurious lightweight feel of a balm in one and would recommend NatureLuxe Gloss Balm to their clients.

NatureLuxe Silk Foundation and Gloss Balm will be available at mass retailers nationwide beginning January 2011. Visit http://www.covergirl.com for more information on COVERGIRL Taylor Swift and the new cosmetics line, NatureLuxe.

About P&G Beauty & Grooming
P&G Beauty & Grooming products help make beauty dreams real for women and help men look, feel and be their best everyday. With 8 billion dollar brands and products available in nearly 130 countries, P&G’s beauty and grooming products delivered sales of over $27 billion in fiscal year 2009/10, making it one of the world’s largest beauty and grooming companies. P&G Beauty & Grooming offers trusted brands with leading technology to meet the full complement of beauty and grooming needs, including Pantene®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Max Factor®, Cover Girl®, DDF®, Frederic Fekkai®, Wellaflex®, Rejoice®, Sebastian Professional®, Herbal Essences®, Koleston®, Clairol Professional®, Nice ’n Easy®, Venus®, Gillette®, SK-II®, Wella Professionals®, Braun® and a leading Prestige Fragrance division that spans from point of market entry consumers to high end luxury with global brands such as Hugo Boss®, Lacoste®, and Christina Aguilera®. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G (NYSE: PG) and its brands.

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If I Were President: My Haitian Experience, the New Six Song EP From Wyclef Jean

7 Dec


If I Were President: My Haitian Experience, the New Six Song EP From Wyclef Jean, Available on the iTunes Store. (PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records)
Wyclef Jean logo. (PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records)

7 Dec 2010 06:01 Africa/Lagos

If I Were President: My Haitian Experience, the New Six Song EP From Wyclef Jean, Available on the iTunes Store

Video for First Single, “Election Time,” Filmed in Haiti

NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Columbia Records will release If I Were President: My Haitian Experience , the new six song EP from Wyclef Jean, available on the iTunes store today.

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If I Were President: My Haitian Experience , includes “Election Time,” a provocative new universal song written in the wake of Wyclef’s recent attempt to run for president in Haiti. The track is currently streaming here: http://soundcloud.com/they-win-u-lose/wyclef-jean-election-time

“This song is inspired by Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall,’ with the chant, ‘We don’t need no education,'” says Wyclef Jean. “It is also inspired by Fela Kuti’s ‘Zombie.’ It’s the voice of the youth. It is the voice of this generation. It’s the artist once again doing what the politicians should be doing. This is about inspiring the voice of this generation.”

“Election Time” arrives with an extraordinarily powerful and beautiful video lensed in Haiti. Wyclef teams up with Haitian director, Steve Halloun to co-direct the clip. Halloun, a former student of the University of Miami Film School, like Wyclef, is deeply concerned with helping Haiti on all fronts. The video created jobs for local residents, including the actors and technical staff, while showing the world unfamiliar pictures of his native country.

“I have to show all the sides of Haiti,” Wyclef Jean says. “There is still beauty in Haiti and I have to show the beauty and the ugly reality that is going to change. It will change.”

November was “Election Time” in many countries around the world including in both of Wyclef’s countries–the United States and Haiti, where the November 28th general election holds great historic import. “It means the rebirth of my country. It means that the young people can bring about change,” said Wyclef prior to the Haitian general election. “I would want to tell the youth of Haiti to go out and vote. We have had a long history of dictatorship in Haiti. It’s not a Haitian right to vote that we are talking about. We are talking about a world right. Take your right. Your true weapon is your voting card. Use your weapon and use it wisely.”

If I Were President: My Haitian Experience is a family affair, co- executive produced by Wyclef and his brother, Sedeck Jean. The two started together and then went separate ways in their careers until the Earthquake of January 2010 reunited them musically. Sedeck Jean is also featured in the “Election Time” video.

Wyclef describes If I Were President: My Haitian Experience as “The life story of an immigrant. It’s for everyone who has had to leave one place and adapt to another. It’s about the refugee in all of us trying to fit in. But it’s not all sorrowful. In life, there is love and hate, war and peace. It’s both sides. This is the continuation of my music and it represents both sides. It’s for all my fans. It’s for those who love me for ‘Gone ‘Til November’ and ‘Hips Don’t Lie,’ too.

“Every great album to me is inspired by real events. It’s about what you’ve seen and experienced. They were done by the greats who came before me: Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Fela Kuti. The music has to be real. Fela Kuti used his music as a tool for development of his people. You need to relate to the culture. If I Were President: My Haitian Experience is about relating to the culture of Haiti which translate to the world.”

Wyclef Jean plans a world tour in 2011. “The Haitian Experience ” tour will include, “The music, the art, the culture and definitely the carnival,” says Jean.

Haitian-born Wyclef Jean is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter/musician/producer, humanitarian, Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti, and founder of Yele Haiti. A founding member of the pioneering hip-hop group Fugees and prolific solo artist, Wyclef has effortlessly crossed genres, generations and geographic boundaries with his music.

In 2005, Wyclef Jean created Yele Haiti to provide aid and assistance to his native Haiti. Yele Haiti is a grassroots movement inspiring change in Haiti through programs in education, sports, the arts and environment. Their community service programs include food distribution and mobilizing emergency relief. Wyclef coined Yele in a song and means “a cry for freedom.” The organization has been garnering international attention for its work including being featured in the Associated Press, USA Today, CNN, Fox News, NBC’s Today show, and on 60 Minutes. After the devastating earthquake in January 2010, all programs now focus on the relief and reconstruction of the island nation.

Wyclef Jean
“Election Time”

My Generation like

We Ok
As long as we got music we gonna dance all day
He gon’ vote Taylor Swift she gon’ vote Kanye ye ye
Election time is coming.

Come On

We Ok
As long as we got music we gonna party all day
She gon’ vote U2 he gon’ vote Coldplay play play
Election time is coming.

Come On

Immigration, Socialism, Capitalism, Racism
Health Care, Welfare, Seems like nobody cares (Come on)
Big Business, Corporation
Small business, Taxation
Unemployment, Education, My Generation
Built a space station so when you google earth
You can see all the Haitians as they rebuild they nation
With fair trade, everybody trades
You trade, I trade and everybody gets paid

Election time around the corner who you gon’ a vote for
(We Ok)
Election time around the corner what you gon’ a fight for
(We Ok)
Election time around the corner who you gon’ a vote for
(We Ok)
Election time is coming do you want peace or War

(Come on)

Alternative energy or oil in your SUV
Tell me what your looking for, we about to have a poll
Gun Control, Infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturer
Hip Hop Be My Culture
Tell me what you think about us
Technology and foreign policy
I need the bailout money to stimulate the economy
Raised on family values
My life be my testament
King had a dream and you too can be the president

Election time around the corner who you gon’ a vote for
(We Ok)
Election time around the corner what you gon’ a fight for
(We Ok)
Election time around the corner who you gon’ a vote for
(We Ok)
Election time is coming do you want peace or War

But the kids like we Ok
As long as we got music we gonna dance all day
He gon’ vote Taylor Swift she gon’ vote Kanye ye ye
Election time is coming.

But them kids like we Ok
As long as we got music we gonna party all day
She gon’ vote U2 he gon’ vote Coldplay play play
Election time is coming.

Gramps was a voodoo priest, Dad was a preacher
Uncle was a mason, I was raised Christian
Best friend muslim AL-SALAM-ALAKUM
My manager was jewish, he taught me Shabbat Shalom
Flatbush Rastas taught me the scriptures
Haile Selassie, Marcus Garvey
Saint L’ouverture Haitian Revolution
Napoleon’s Army got spanked by them Haitians
Toussaint St. Jean with the info
Did you know that a haitian founded Chicago
If I Was President
The first thing I would do is get my people out them tents

My Generation like

We Ok
As long as we got music we gonna dance all day
He gon’ vote Taylor Swift she gon’ vote Kanye ye ye
Election time is coming.

But them kids like

We Ok
As long as we got music we gonna party all day
She gon’ vote U2 he gon’ vote Coldplay play play
Election time is coming.

SOURCE Columbia Records

CONTACT: Yvette Noel-Schure at Schure Media, yns@schuremedia.com or +1-973-794-3431

Viewing Nigerian TV stations is the most boring thing

4 Dec

The best advice is, view only the pay TV channels and avoid the nightmares of Nigerian TV stations identified above.

Viewing Nigerian TV stations is the most boring thing

Nigerian TV stations are still operating in the 20 century in terms of programming.
In fact, the only programmes they can boast of are the music videos they repeat until they get tired of doing so. They simply rotate music videos of all sorts, both the good and the bad once the “desperate for fame and fortune” artistes pay them to broadcast their music videos. They don’t know what makes a good music video. Then their poorly produced local dramas and soaps are irritating. They remind me of school plays in secondary schools.

The only local TV programmes I enjoy are the sports programmes and foreign programmes.
Nigerian TV stations had better local content in the 1970s and 1980s. I wonder why they have not improved their standards since the last century.

STV is like a family community television station established to promote family businesses and advertisers.
DBN TV is pathetic.
LTV is ordinary.
Superscreen is boring.

The best programmes on Nigerian TV are the reality shows copied from the US and the UK and sponsored by the telecom operators competing for the over 85 million users of GSM phones in Africa’s most populous country.

There is scarcity of originality in the entertainment industry. Most of the so called Nollywood dramas and B movies and the music videos are parodies of foreign productions.

The best Nigerian music channel is Sound City, but the trademark name is not original, because there is Sound City, a Sacramento-based entertainment company founded in 1988, and the two more others like Sound City Music and Entertainment and Sound City.com. Tajudeen Adepetu has made a success from using the trademark name in Nigeria.

Music Africa is a TV jukebox without head or tail. Why not sit down and do a proper production with a format.
You wonder why they cannot sit down and have TV prorammes workshops and develop their own original music video programmes with original local content and not music videos of lip-synching copycats of American and British Hip-hop artistes dubbing prerecorded music in keyboards and singing over the tracks like voice over artistes of radio commercials.

A retard or nitwit uses his mother tongue to rap over dubbed and copied sound tracks of American or British artistes and the hordes of ignorant listeners hail him as a new hip hop star. But unknown to them, the clever sound engineers are only pirating the sound tracks of foreign musicians without credit and they call it sampling.

The other desperados are just aping the American or foreign artistes they see on MTV, Trace and other foreign channels without making efforts to create their original own sounds.
They have even dubbed themselves as the Hip-hop generation, but they are only copycats and apes of Western entertainment.

Do not be surprised if you see a Nigerian GRAMMY Awards or Nigerian Academy Awards tomorrow. Nigerians are notorious for dubbing, copying and stealing trademark names with impunity, because even their lawmakers break their own laws and the law enforcement agents are their accomplices or partners in crime in a corrupt society without rules and without scruples.

The programme directors, producers and presenters should either be sacked or sent to the BBC or ABC for training on television programming.
The absence of TV Ratings makes the situation worse.

The best advice is, view only the pay TV channels and avoid the nightmares of Nigerian TV stations identified above.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

Eminem Tops 53rd GRAMMY Nominations with 10 Nods, Justin Bieber has only 2

3 Dec

The phenomenal Eminem is at the top of the nominees for the 53rd GRAMMY® Awards with 10 nods, while Justin Bieber who won 4 American Music Awards received only two nominations. The 16-year-old Canadian singing sensation is nominated for the ‘Best Male Pop Vocal Performance’ and ‘Best New Artist’. Bruno Mars has 7 nominations; and Jay-Z, Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga have 6 nominations respectively.

The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place in Los Angeles at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, and will air live on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

The following is a selection of the nominations.

December 1, 2010 – 8:00pm

1. Record Of The Year

Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s), if other than the artist.
Nothin’ On You
B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars
The Smeezingtons, producers; Ari Levine, engineer/mixer
Track from: The Adventures Of Bobby Ray
[Rebel Rock/Grand Hustle/Atlantic]
Love The Way You Lie
Eminem Featuring Rihanna
Alex Da Kid & Makeba Riddick, producers; Alex Da Kid, Eminem & Mike Strange, engineers/mixers
Track from: Recovery
[Aftermath/Shady Records/Interscope]
F*** You
Cee Lo Green
The Smeezingtons, producers
[Elektra]
Empire State Of Mind
Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
Angela Hunte, Jane’t “Jnay” Sewell-Ulepic & Shux, producers; Ken “Duro” Ifill, Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton & Ann Mincieli, engineers/mixers
Track from: The Blueprint 3
[Roc Nation]
Need You Now
Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum & Paul Worley, producers; Clarke Schleicher, engineer/mixer
Track from: Need You Now
[Capitol Records Nashville]

2. Album Of The Year

Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s)/Mixer(s) & Mastering Engineer(s), if other than the artist.
The Suburbs
Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire & Markus Dravs, producers; Arcade Fire, Mark Lawson & Craig Silvey, engineers/mixers; Mark Lawson, mastering engineer
[Merge Records]
Recovery
Eminem
Kobe, Lil Wayne, Pink & Rihanna, featured artists; Alex Da Kid, Boi-1da, Nick Brongers, Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-Quee, DJ Khalil, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jason Gilbert, Havoc, Emile Haynie, Jim Jonsin, Just Blaze, Magnedo7, Mr. Porter, Robert Reyes, Makeba Riddick & Script Shepherd, producers; Alex Da Kid, Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-Quee, Kal “Boogie” Dellaportas, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mauricio “Veto” Iragorri, Just Blaze, Robert Marks, Alex Merzin, Matthew Samuels, Joe Strange, Mike Strange & Ryan West, engineers/mixers; Brian “Big Bass” Gardner, mastering engineer
[Aftermath/Shady Records/Interscope]
Need You Now
Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum & Paul Worley, producers; Clarke Schleicher, engineer/mixer; Andrew Mendelson, mastering engineer
[Capitol Records Nashville]
The Fame Monster
Lady Gaga
Beyoncé, featured artist; Ron Fair, Fernando Garibay, Tal Herzberg, Rodney Jerkins, Lady Gaga, RedOne, Teddy Riley & Space Cowboy, producers; Eelco Bakker, Christian Delano, Mike Donaldson, Paul Foley, Tal Herzberg, Rodney Jenkins, Hisashi Mizoguchi, Robert Orton, Dan Parry, Jack Joseph Puig, RedOne, Teddy Riley, Dave Russel, Johnny Severin, Space Cowboy, Mark Stent, Jonas Wetling & Frank Wolff, engineers/mixers; Gene Grimaldi, mastering engineer
[Streamline/KonLive/Cherrytree/Interscope]
Teenage Dream
Katy Perry
Snoop Dogg, featured artist; Ammo, Benny Blanco, Dr. Luke, Kuk Harrell, Max Martin, Stargate, C. “Tricky” Stewart, Sandy Vee & Greg Wells, producers; Steve Churchyard, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Serban Ghenea, John Hanes, Sam Holland, Jaycen-Joshua, Damien Lewis, Chris O’Ryan, Carlos Oyanedel, Paris, Phil Tan, Brain Thomas, Lewis Tozour, Miles Walker, Emily Wright & Andrew Wuepper, engineers/mixers; Brian Gardner, mastering engineer
[Capitol Records]

3. Song Of The Year

A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.
Beg Steal Or Borrow
Ray LaMontagne, songwriter (Ray LaMontagne And The Pariah Dogs)
Track from: God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise
[RCA Records; Publishers: Sweet Mary Music/Chrysalis Music]
F*** You
Cee Lo Green, Philip Lawrence & Bruno Mars, songwriters (Cee Lo Green)
[Elektra]
The House That Built Me
Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
Track from: Revolution
[Columbia Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Tomdouglasmusic, Built On Rock Music]
Love The Way You Lie
Alexander Grant, Holly Hafferman & Marshall Mathers, songwriters (Eminem
Featuring Rihanna)
Track from: Recovery
[Aftermath/Shady Records/Interscope; Publishers: Songs of Universal/Shroom Shady Music/Universal Music Publishing/Universal Music-Z Songs/Hotel Bravo Music/M. Shop Publishing]
Need You Now
Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady
Antebellum)
Track from: Need You Now
[Capitol Records Nashville; Publishers: Warner-Tamerlane Publishing/DWHaywood Music/Radiobulletspublishing, EMI Foray Music/Hillary Dawn Songs, Year of the Dog Music, Darth Buddha Music]

4. Best New Artist

For a new artist who releases, during the Eligibility Year, the first recording which establishes the public identity of that artist.
Justin Bieber
Drake
Florence & The Machine
Mumford & Sons
Esperanza Spalding
BACK TO TOP
5. Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.
King Of Anything
Sara Bareilles
Track from: Kaleidoscope Heart
[Epic]
Halo (Live)
Beyoncé
Track from: I Am…Yours An Intimate Performance At Wynn Las Vegas
[Columbia Records/Music World Music]
Chasing Pirates
Norah Jones
Track from: The Fall
[Blue Note Records]
Bad Romance
Lady Gaga
Track from: The Fame Monster
[Streamline/KonLive/Cherrytree/Interscope]
Teenage Dream
Katy Perry
Track from: Teenage Dream
[Capitol Records]

Click here for the rest of the nominees.

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Beyonce's I AM…WORLD TOUR DVD Certified Double Platinum

2 Dec

2 Dec 2010 04:47 Africa/Lagos

Beyonce’s I AM…WORLD TOUR DVD Certified Double Platinum

#1 DVD ON NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN MUSIC DVD CHART

RAPID SALES IN BRAZIL BOASTS FULL-LENGTH CONCERT FILM TO PLATINUM

DELUXE DVD/SOUNDTRACK EDITION RELEASED ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30

NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Beyoncé‘s I AM…WORLD TOUR full-length concert film, lensed during the artist’s record-breaking international concert tour, has been certified double platinum after its initial release on Friday, November 26. The deluxe DVD/Soundtrack edition—including the concert DVD, a live soundtrack, an exclusive, intimate documentary and explosive travelogue, and a 40-page collection of never-seen photos—was released on Tuesday, November 30. The DVD holds the #1 position on Nielsen SoundScan Music DVD chart.

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In Brazil, where Beyonce played to massive audiences, including 60,000 in Sao Paulo, last winter, the DVD has been certified platinum.

The concert film, with it’s never-before-seen, intimate footage of the star around the world, played on big screens in select cities around the country on November 18, the two-year anniversary of the release of the multi-platinum I AM…SASHA FIERCE album, which has sold more than six million copies and 15 million digital singles worldwide, while earning a record-breaking six Grammy Awards, the most ever for a female artist in a single year, in 2010.

ABC Television’s broadcast version of Beyonce’s I AM…WORLD TOUR, aired on Thanksgiving evening, Thursday, November 25. The much-anticipated special was a ratings success for the network.

Produced, directed and edited by Beyonce for her own Parkwood Pictures, the I AM…WORLD TOUR concert film is an immersive entertainment experience, weaving together peak concert and tour footage from 108 shows, 78 cities, 32 countries, on six continents with 1.1 million fans in Europe, Asia, South American and the US to create the ne plus ultra Beyonce concert experience, seen from the artist’s perspective.

In addition to offering rare behind-the-scenes glimpses into the dynamic personal world of Beyonce on tour, the film features dazzling performances of more than twenty # 1 hits transformed for the stage, guest appearances by superstars Kanye West and Jay-Z, spectacular staging, costumes, lighting and production values.

Between her work as a solo artist and as a founding member of Destiny’s Child, the most popular female recording group of all time, Beyonce has sold more than 130 million records worldwide.

A Blu-ray version of Beyonce’s I AM…WORLD TOUR will be available, Tuesday, December 7.

SOURCE Music World/Columbia Records

CONTACT: For Booking and branding info, please contact: musicworldbookingandbranding@musicworldent.com; For more information on Beyonce: Yvette Noel-Schure, Schure Media, +1-973-794-3431, yns@schuremedia.com

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