September 29, 2014

Soul Train and 105.3 WDAS FM Present Annual Holiday Concert

Featuring Live Performances by Jill Scott, Kem, Ledisi, Joe and Faith Evans

105.3 FM, WDAS, Philly’s Best R&B and Old School, announced today the first annual "WDAS-FM Holiday Jam" presented by Soul Train Music on Friday, November 28, 2014 at the Liacouras Center.

The spectacular lineup will feature live performances by Jill Scott, Kem, Ledisi, Joe and Faith Evans. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 3, at 10:00 a.m. via and Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the show starting at 7:00 p.m.

Breaking Up with Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill was part of the two most prolific and commercially successful albums in the history of music. But for some this has been a case that can be described as a two-night stand-- an unfulfilled love affair. Two lovers never on the same page. Her fans over the years have been asking for the Ms. Hill they've come to love through her albums. Lauryn has continually been in a different space artistically. Time and time again they've walked away disillusioned and disappointed after many concert appearances. "Don't you understand Lauryn?" they say... "We love you. We support you. Please, just give us what we want." The live concert version of Lauryn Hill, according to one writer, has never been the album studio version of Lauryn Hill he hoped to see.

By Stefan Schumacher
"It’s Finally Time to Stop Caring About Lauryn Hill" 
I used to love her. I don’t anymore. 

I’ll never forget the first time I heard The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It was in a record store, back when they had stations set up for you to listen to new albums on headphones. As soon as the first song “Lost Ones” kicked off—a devastating dis record aimed at former boyfriend and Fugees band member Wyclef Jean—I was hooked.

September 22, 2014

Actor Wendell Pierce on Violence and Racism in America

Actor Wendell Pierce appeared on the HBO program Real Time with Bill Maher. His thought provoking comments had many people across various social media platforms tweeting and sharing his appearance on the program. Pierce gives his perspective on white violence, entitlement and racial messaging. He also details a very disturbing story regarding his own personal encounter with a police officer in rural Louisiana. 

See the video below.

September 21, 2014

Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurkin on the Tom Joyner Morning Show

Great interview with Gospel music legends Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurkin. Their appearance on the Tom Joyner Morning Show marks a unique promotional campaign where they are revealing a side of themselves that is usually not expected from gospel music artists.
Watch here:

Face To Face, Inc. Presents the Festival of Praise 2014 Tour featuring multiple GRAMMY®, Stellar and Dove Award-winning recording artists Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurkin. The national tour kicks-off at the Verizon Theater in Dallas, TX on September 18, during Gospel Music Heritage Month.

September 16, 2014

Clear Channel is now iHeartMedia

Clear Channel Radio which became known corporately as Clear Channel Media + Entertainment has become iHeartMedia, Inc. A new corporate stock symbol will hit the markets on Wednesday. Clear Channel Outdoor billboard advertising corporate name will not change.

From WSJ - The name-change is “a reflection of fact that company has changed radically over last several years,” said Clear Channel Chief Executive Robert Pittman, who came out of retirement to take the helm in 2011. In addition to adding the digital radio service and creating a host of live, televised events during his tenure, the company has amassed a “huge social presence” using the iHeartRadio moniker on social media channels, he added.

But Mr. Pittman said he realized about a month ago that the company needed a name that made more sense.

“When I say I work at Clear Channel people say, ‘Huh? What’s that?’ ” said Mr. Pittman. The term “clear channel” refers to a category of AM radio stations with high protection from interference from other stations, and such a reference now seems “way out of place,” he said.

September 15, 2014

The Death of FM Radio According to One Musician

"Even downloading MP3’s will soon be a thing of the past, as none of us need 50,000 MP3 files hogging up HD space on our laptops. Therefore, streaming will be the go-to source for all music listening habits, both new and old."

The Homicide Called FM Radio By Matt G @MGMuzik

A few months ago Google bought the popular streaming music service Songza for a reported $39 Million. Recent studies show that Pandora is actually the most popular radio music service in 14 of 15 of the top FM radio markets in the entire country. Spotify continues to make business headlines with their remarkable deals and growing 10 million plus paid subscriber base. With the near future of the YouTube music service and the the emergence of Beats Music, as well as other transitions in the industry to add more diversity to the online streaming music world its obvious the way we listen to and will be listening to music will continuously change over the course of the next decade. Its no secret that times and trends have changed, thus birthing a completely new music consumer.

September 12, 2014

The Notorious B.I.G and 'Ready To Die' 20 Years Later

From NPR-- Saturday marks two decades since Bad Boy Records released Ready to Die, the album that introduced the charismatic, exceptionally talented, gone too soon rapper Biggie Smalls to the world, and made him a star.

In the early '90s, dream hampton was a student at NYU and a writer. Christopher Wallace was shopping a demo tape that he'd made under the name The Notorious B.I.G. (his first choice for nom de plume — Biggie Smalls — had already been taken by another rapper, but his friends and fans continue to call him Biggie). Their paths crossed shortly after hampton voted for the rapper to be included in The Source magazine's Unsigned Hype column, then the launching pad for some of hip-hop's greatest musicians. They became friends, him reading her work and sometimes going to class with her.

The Fly Jock, Tom Joyner, #TJMSTour Takes to the Road


The Tom Joyner Morning Show just completed the first week of a 5 week tour clocking over 700 miles on the road driving to each market. In each city Tom Joyner, Sybil Wilkes and J. Anthony Brown broadcasted live from the city's local radio station affiliate, hosted a meet and greet with listeners and sponsors, bought lunch for listeners and generally had a great time meeting thousands of people and grabbing headlines in the market. This tour is not only exciting listeners but also creating station marketing opportunities for sponsors. See more [PHOTOS] below

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