Black music

UK NEWS: POLICE DEFEND BLACK MUSIC CONCERT CRACKDOWN

Via BBC News Police have defended their use of a controversial form that requires live music venues to hand over details of performers, promoters and fans. Form 696 has helped cut shootings and stabbings in and around London gig venues, the Metropolitan Police said. The Met introduced the risk assessment form to identify gigs where trouble might flare up, partly in response to black-on-black shootings. But it has been criticised for being heavy-handed and racially motivated. The Met said the form had []

BET AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2009

The BET Awards 2009 nominations have been announced folks! Via Pinboard Blog Best Male R&B Artist The Dream Jamie Foxx Ryan Leslie Neyo T-Pain Best Female R&B Artist Beyonce Keyshia Cole Keri Hilson Jennifer Hudson Jazmine Sullivan Best Group Day 26 GS Boyz NERD The Roots Three 6 Mafia Best Collaboration Jamie Foxx ft T-Pain-Blame It Keri Hilson ft Lil Wayne- Turnin Me ON Jim Jones & Ron Browz ft Juelz Santana-Pop Champagne TI ft Rihanna-Live Your Life Yung LA ft TI []

MUSIC: UK UNSIGNED HYPE – TAYLOR LANE, ORIE, TAWIAH AND ROX

Several days ago I called upon my UK based readers to send me music featuring real UK talent – artists who are currently working the underground circuit and who you think deserve the exposure. So far I have been very pleased with the response, so thanks to those who have sent links. Today I am posting music from singers Taylor Lane,  Orie, Tawiah and Rox. *Note: I will be posting more music from various artists in the coming days.* TAYLOR LANE Photograph: Shimmer Images Click here to listen to a []

KERI HILSON, FLO-RIDA AND JAZMINE SULLIVAN PERFORM AT THE POWER 96 ‘WORLD’S LARGEST OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY’ BUT NOBODY SEEMS TO CARE….

The audience members who attended the Power 96 ‘World’s Largest Office Christmas Party’, clearly hadn’t come out to watch singers Keri Hilson, Jazmine Sullivan or Flo-Rida perform…. Look at some of the audience members… they are not even bothering to pay them any attention. How soul destroying must it be for an entertainer when this happens?  Via Bossip

UK NEWS: MAN STABBED AT 2008 URBAN MUSIC AWARDS

The O2 Arena (Greenwich, London) [shaking my head in disgust] Via BBC News One man was stabbed and two others have been injured during a music awards ceremony in south-east London. The Urban Music Awards at the O2 arena in Greenwich had to be abandoned after an hour and a half when violence broke out. The stabbed man in his late 20s is in a critical condition in hospital. Two other people have been treated in hospital for minor injuries. Officers initially []

QUOTE OF THE DAY: HILARY MWELWA (HILL ST. SOUL)

Does the resurgence of White female soul singers in England, such as Amy Winehouse and Adele, have a positive or negative effect on a Black female soul artist from the U.K.?  “I think it has a negative effect. At the end of the day, if you’re talented at what you do then you’re entitled to have that kind of stage or shine, but what I’m noticing is that people like the Amy Winehouses and the Adeles get a bigger push from labels. []

PICS OF THE DAY: VIBE MAGAZINE 15TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

The Vibe Magazine 15th Anniversary Celebration took place last night (August 12th) in New York. Rapper T.I and Swizz Beatz Vibe Editor-In-Chief Danyel Smith and Swizz Beatz Estelle with The Retro Kids Estelle Sandy “Pepa” Denton and Kevin Liles Tracee Ellis Ross and Heavy D Angie Martinez, Danyel Smith, Sandy ‘Pepa’ Denton and T.I Brand Nubian Rapper Grand Puba Lil Vicious Vin Rock and Treach (Naughty By Nature) Photographs: WireImage

UK MUSIC INDUSTRY MOVERS & SHAKERS: DS MUSIC PR

DS MUSIC PR – TAKING HIP HOP & R&B PROMOTION TO THE NEXT LEVEL After gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience from within the dynamic world of entertainment, burgeoning entrepreneurs Kent Daobry (Kaydee) and Paul Savvides (DJ Funksy) decided to join forces in early 2007, and went on to co-found DS Music PR (a subsidiary of the DS Music Group), specializing in radio, digital, and online promotions. North London based DS Music PR, offers innovative marketing and promotional strategies to its []