lovelytheband Announces Headlining Spring Tour

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NOMINATED FOR 3 IHEART RADIO MUSIC AWARDS

Alt-pop band lovelytheband announces today their upcoming 26-date headlining ‘finding it hard to smile’ spring tour presented by Ones to Watch starting March 26and ending June 21 via RED MUSIC. The tour will hit major cities in the U.S. and Canada such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and more. During these shows, lovelytheband will perform music off of their debut album finding it hard to smile, including their hit singles “broken,” “these are my friends” and their new single “maybe, i’m afraid,” which officially impacted on Alternative radio this week. The tour will include opening performances from Flora Cash and Jagwar Twin. The band’s top fans on Spotify will have access to a ticket presale on the platform tomorrow, January 16 and tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, January 18 at 10:00 am local time here. More dates to be announced.
The band skyrocketed in 2018, soaring to new levels as a brand new group. “broken,” the debut hit single from lovelytheband,reached #1 on the Adult Top 40 radio chart and is currently still on the chart at #6 and is #12 on the Top 40 Radio chart. The track, which is the first single off the band’s debut album finding it hard to smile, amassed 1.8 billion in total in audience at radio. After being the first to break the record in 2018 for the longest running #1 track on Alternative Radio at 6 weeks, the single has been on the Alternative radio charts for over a year, and has spent 6 months on the Adult Top 40 chart. The song has been in the top 10 for 60 weeks, currently at #9 on the chart. It has over 173 million streams worldwide. The band is starting 2019 with a kicking force, being nominated for three iHeart Radio Music Awards in the Alternative Rock Song of the Year, Alternative Rock Artist of the Year and Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist categories.
The band performed “broken” on Live with Kelly and Ryan and performed the hit single as well as their new track “maybe, i’m afraid” in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, which aired on FOX and Time Square’s live stream to an audience of over 2 million people. “maybe, i’m afraid” has over 3 million streams worldwide and is featured on Spotify’s New Alt Playlist and Apple Music’s A-List Alternative playlist. “broken” was described simply as “So. Damn. Good.” by Buzzfeed and “infectious” by Billboard. Their single “these are my friends,” has over 14 million streams worldwide and is #10 on Alternative radio. The band was named one of Billboard‘s “10 Rock & Alternative Artists to Watch in 2018” and Forbes stated that the band is taking back rock alongside Imagine Dragons. They dominated the tour and festival scene last year with tours with AWOLNATION and VanceJoy, a European tour with 5 Seconds of Summer and festival performances at Lollapalooza, Billboard Hot 100, Life Is Beautiful and more. The band is also set to take over the festival world this spring and summer with performances confirmed so far at Hangout Festival, BottleRock Napa Valley and Firefly Music Festival. Stay tuned for more updates.

‘FINDING IT HARD TO SMILE’ TOUR DATES
March 26 – Peoria – Monarch Music Hall+~
April 17 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom                     
April 19 – Vancouver, BC – Imperial
April 20 – Seattle, WA – Neptune                         
April 23 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
April 24 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep                   
April 26 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
April 27 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
April 28 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater                    
April 30 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe @ Old National Center
May 1 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
May 2 – Toronto, ON  – The Mod Club
May 3 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues                        
May 6 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
May 7 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
May 8 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
May 9 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
May 10 –  Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater
May 11 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom                    
May 13 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
May 15 –  Austin, TX – Scoot Inn
May 16 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues                  
May 21 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
May 22 – San Francisco – August Hall
May 23 – Sacramento – Ace of Spades
May 25 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
June 20 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE~
June 21 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theater~ *Flora Cash and Jagwar Twin will be support for the tour* +Without Flora Cash ~Without Jagwar Twin  
Festival Dates
May 17, 18, 19 – Hangout Festival – Gulf Shores, AL
May 24 – BottleRock Napa Valley – Napa, CA
June 20 – Firefly Music Festival – Dover, DE


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Kei Henderson, Tahira Joy, Francesca Amiker, DJ OHSO, Sammy Approved and More Honored at The Third Annual The 20 ATL Millennial Dinner

Co-Founders Brandon Farmer and Karmen Rydem

Creative Director Karmen Rydem and Music Executive Brandon Farmer have just announced the lineup for this year’s annual Top 20 ATL Millennial Dinner, taking place on January 23rd in Atlanta, GA. Celebrating their third year, this acclaimed event highlights 20 of Atlanta’s most influential and progressive creatives in arts, entertainment and community. Past recipients include entrepreneurs such as Ryan Wilson and TK Petersen of The Gathering Spot, Actor and Performer Jacob Latimore and Comedian DC Young Fly. This year, Rydem and Farmer have selected a dynamic group of young talent who are paving their own lane in the thriving city of Atlanta.

This year, the event is held at The Gathering Spot. Guests will enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by TGS’s renowned Celebrity Chef Carlos, complimentary champagne towers and Herradura Tequila cocktails, as well as live entertainment from the host, Comedian Desi Banks with vibes all night from DJ Blak Boy.

“We are very pleased to announce our lineup for the third annual The 20 ATL Millennial Dinner. Every year, we strive to acknowledge the most hard working young influencers who are making a solid name for themselves in their respected fields. We are so excited to continue in our tradition of connecting like minded individuals for an evening of celebration, networking and building”, Farmer states.

Get Your Tickets Now: https://the20atl.ticketspice.com/atl

To read the full list of honorees, please see below:

Jah Rawlings (Community Leader, Entrepreneur) 
Francesca Amiker (News Anchor, 11 Alive) 
Yusuf Yuie (Program Director, A3C Music Festival) 
Erica Key (International Food Blogger) 
Scooter Taylor (Co-Founder, Look Live LLC) 
DJ Ohso (International DJ) 
Sammy Approved (Media Personality) 
Corey Arvinger (Marketing Strategist) 
Kei Henderson (Music Exec & Manager, 21 Savage) 
Terrius Mykel (Film Director/Producer) 
Partha Unnava (CEO of Lasso Gear, Forbes 30 Under 30 past recipient) 
Sheoyki Jones (Program Manager, Invest Atlanta) 
Quinn Goydish (VP of Streamcut Distribution) 
Set By Skye (Set Designer) 
You Know BT (On-Air Personality) 
Keyz (Grammy Nominated Music Producer) 
Tasha Catour (Singer/Songwriter) 
Tahira Joy (Co-FOunder of Beauty Blog The Cut Life) 
TP (Music Manager, Yung Nudy) 
Jhordan Gibbs (Talent Relations Manger, Atlanta Hawks)

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Rich Homie Quan Announces Canadian Tour Dates

Do the Quan in Canada, eh? Rich Homie Quan is getting ready to embark on a 17-city tour to the great land up North.

Rich Homie Quan is headed on a Canadian promo tour next month with special guests 6ten and A-Game! The tour kicks-off on February 8th in British Columbia and then ends on the 1st of March in Nova Scotia.
In advance of tour, Quan has been in studio recording and collaborating like never before. Recently he took over the Paramount Recording Studio in Los Angeles for a week, with your favorite producers including Kenny Beats, Bizness Boi and more. WATCH HERE.

New Rich Homie Quan is coming. In the interim, see tour dates below.

Canadian Tour Dates:
Feb 8th — Chilliwack, BC — Main Street Nightclub
Feb 9th — Nanaimo, BC — The Queens
Feb 10th — Kelowna, BC — Sapphire Club
Feb 11th — Kamloops, BC — The Dutchhess
Feb 13th — Calgary, AB — Marquee
Feb 14th — Edmonton, AB — Union HHall
Feb 15th — Regina, SK — The Owl
Feb 16th — Saskatoon, SK — Louis
Feb 20th — Toronto, ON — Revival Nightclub
Feb 21st — Windsor, ON — Blanche Nightclub
Feb 22nd — Whitby, ON — Dirty Martini
Feb 23rd — Kingston, ON — Ale House
Feb 24th — Ottawa, ON — Babylon
Feb 25th — Hamilton, ON — Modrn Night Club
Feb 26th — Quebec City — La Source
Feb 28th — Moncton, NB — Tide & Boar
Mar 1st — Halifax, NS — Toothy Moose

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Teyana Taylor Lights up The Stage For Utopia NYE Party in Atlanta (Recap Photos)

R&B Superstar, Teyana Taylor, brought in the New Year the right way giving fans a full show from latest project, K.T.S.E, at The Utopia NYE Soiree, in Atlanta, GA. Over 1,500 people joined together at the popular 787 Windsor festival grounds for a unique whimsical utopia experience designed by Vivian Compton, delicious food and crafted cocktails. Grammy-Award winning DJ KP The Great alongside of Sean Falyon, Decoteau, Ree De La Vega, DJ Milhouse and Unruely kept everyone on their feet all night long, fusing todays top hits and classic ATL songs. Hosts Millie and Paige Shari kept the energy going encouraging guests to end the year off with a bang.

The acclaimed all black orchestra, orchestra noir, performed a series of songs for guests upon arrival which added to the ambiance. Right before the clock struck 12, Teyana gave fans a sample of her sold out tour, performing her viral hit, “Are You Going To Love Me”. During this song, a lucky lady was proposed to by her boyfriend, in front of the entire party. After Teyana performed, LA Reid’s latest artist, Coca Vanga took to the stage to perform his hot song “Sauce All On Me”.

“Each year, we want to deliver not only an amazing event but a complete experience that entices all of your senses. We couldn’t be happier with how the event turned out! Over 1,500 people joined together to bring in the New Year with some of the hottest artists and DJ’s in the country. We are looking forward for what we have in store for 2020, to continue growing the Utopian Village brand”, Justin Cobb and Rufin Tshinanga, event producers, stated.

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Swae Lee, Lil Yachty, YFN Lucci, Ian Connor and More Celebrate Slim Jxmmi’s Birthday in Atlanta

This past Saturday, Slim Jxmmi, of iconic rap duo, Rae Sremmurd, celebrated his birthday with a “Great Gatsby” themed affair in Atlanta. Held at MikeWillMadeIt’s private warehouse in West Atlanta, over 500 guests gathered in their most exquisite “Gatsby” inspired attire for a night to remember. Guests enjoyed lavish libations provided by Belaire and Martell Cognac, music by DJ Reese, DJ DIBIA$E and DJ Osh Kosh, soul-fusion inspired hors d’oeuvres by Keep it Chef NYC, live entertainment including an aerialist, greeter in a champagne glass dress and burlesque dancer in a martini glass. The decor was over-the-top including the infamous stair-scene with pool from the “Great Gatsby” movie, and an all gold room including gold fringe from the ceilings, gold balloons on the floor, a bath tub, shower and more for guests to take a picture provided by OMG Booth.

Many notable celebrities attended to help Jxmmi celebrate his birthday including: Swae Lee, Lil Yachty, YFN Lucci, Ian Connor, MikeWillMadeIt, Reginae Carter, Kap G, K Camp, Eearz, Rico Pressley, Bryan-Michael Cox, Sonny Digital, Ali of Travis Porter, Fat Man Key, Jhonni Blaze, Translee, Robiiworld, Kodie Shane, Akbar V, BHM (Born Hittmakers) and many more.

This event was planned and executed by Theory Communications.

Photo Credit: Prince Williams of ATL Pics

Video Credit: Urban Scope

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Big K.R.I.T. Opens Up To Shanti Das For The “Pick Yourself Up and Silence The Shame” (Recap)

BIG K.R.I.T. OPENS UP ABOUT WHAT HE DOES IN HIS SPARE TIME, HIS APOLOGY TO HIS FATHER, DEPRESSION, SELF-CARE AND MORE

In support of “Pick Yourself Up” off the 2-song Double Down EP, released on December 7th, Big K.R.I.T. opens up about what he does in his spare time, his apology to his father, depression, self-care and how he picks himself up, during the “Pick Yourself Up and Silence The Shame” fireside chat with Shanti Das at the Gathering Spot in Atlanta, GA.  The event was hosted by Martell on Thursday, December 6th.

In front of an audience of 250 fans, which reached capacity in 2 hours upon its announcement 2 days prior, fans enjoyed signature drinks provided by Martell which were  named in support of Big K.R.I.T.’s surprise musical releases:  “Glorious,” “Look What I Got,” “Higher” and the event’s inspiration “Pick Yourself Up.”

Big K.R.I.T. was surprised by the unexpected attendance of his 9th grade english teacher, who Big K.Ri.T. immediately jumps off the podium to hug, was the first to pop up.

Big K.R.I.T. and Shanti Das went on to take questions by the rest of the audience who would straight out recite his lyrics to him, spoke   how his songs “got [them] through” and asked questions about inspiration behind songs such as “Soul Food” which was  inspired by the passing of his grandmother.  Watch a segment of the interview here:  

XXXTentacion Foundation & EMPIRE Present ‘Skins’ Album Release Party & Concert Dec. 6 In Miami

Kicking off Art Basel on Thursday December 6, the XXXTentacion Foundation and EMPIRE will host the official SkinsAlbum Release Party at RC Cola Plant in Miami, FL.

The event is produced by SWARM and powered by 1AM. LiveXLive is set to livestream the concert for fans around the world. Tickets are $20 and a portion of the proceeds benefit local Florida organizations supporting homeless shelters, single mothers and at-risk youth. The livestream begins at 9pm. Media can submit an online application to cover the event HERE.

Tickets to attend can be purchased HERE.

Primed to be a highlight of 2018’s Art Basel, this exclusive event both celebrates the arrival of the iconic artist’s third full-length album, Skins, and his enduring spirit. Meanwhile, the mega-anticipated album will be available everywhere at the stroke of midnight via Bad Vibes Forever and EMPIRE.

Pre-order it HERE.

The party promises to be a night to remember, to say the least. Among many highlights, fans get the opportunity to hear the record first during an exclusive preview. To celebrate the song collaboration “One Minute” featuring Kanye West on XXXTentacion‘s Skins, YEEZY will debut a 3-piece merch capsule, printed on YEEZY blanks, featuring graphics by JJ Villard. In addition, Bravado curated a limited-edition collection inspired by the album, that will be exclusively available at the event. Attendees will also be able to pick up a special issue of Generation Xmagazine. The publication features an exclusive new interview with XXXTentacionand producer and co-executive producer of ? and Skins, John Cunningham. Not to mention, never-before-seen photos adorn the issue created, curated, and published by the artist’s team and Tiny Splendor. Building a truly immersive space, photo experiences allow attendees to capture unforgettable moments as Member’s Only’sDJ Scheme spins a tribute set for the evening’s soundtrack.

Rounding out the night, powerhouse producers DJ Carnage and London On Da Trak take the stage for a once-in-a-lifetime concert joined by some ofXXXTentacion’s biggest A-list supporters, admirers, collaborators and friends including Trippie Redd, Ski Mask the Slump God, PnB Rock, Matt Ox, Member’s Only and more!

Fueling anticipation further, the tracklisting for Skins has been uncovered today. A fitting swan song for the young legend, these ten tracks tap into the unbridled, unbreakable, and undeniable catharsis that endeared XXXTentacion to millions worldwide.

The glitchy choir of “Guardian angel” gives way to some of his most precise and potent rapping, hinging on rapid fire rhymes. Haunting piano burns against his emotive lyricism on the steamrolling of “Train food” as he offers up a detailed and diaristic confession, “I was lost.”Staring at the Sky” snaps from an acoustic moan into a thunderous scream backed by drums from none other than blink-182’s Travis Barker. Over ominous guitars, Kanye West locks into a pummeling duet with XXXTentacion on the rap/rock mash-up “One Minute,” also featuring Barker’s percussive talents. Everything culminates on the delicate and dark dreamscape of “what are you so afraid of.” A faint acoustic murmurs beneath his soulful delivery on the final question, “What are you so afraid of? Is it love?”

Check out the full tracklisting of XXXTentacion’s transformative masterpiece below.

The single “BAD!” preceded the record, clocking over 150 million YouTube views to date. It also debuted at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is pending RIAA gold certification. Adding on to a long list of awards and accolades this year,XXXTentacion, John Cunningham and X’s manager Solomon Sobande were honored in Variety Magazine’s 2018 Hitmaker issue for their work on “SAD!,” which is this year’s third most popular song according to BuzzAngle Music.

Skins showcases a true artist at the height of his powers only growing stronger. Feel it this week.

Big K.R.I.T. Announces The Glorious Challenge And Offers Fans A Chance To Shine

BMG/Multi-Alumni and your favorite country cousin, Big K.R.I.T., are pleased to announce the “Glorious Challenge.”  The contest allows fans and aspiring artists the opportunity to compete for a spot on Big K.R.I.T.’s Instagram by “dropping bars” on the instrumental for “Glorious,”the second song from the THRICE X EP

Big K.R.I.T.  explains, “I am doing something I don’t do often.  But it’s the holiday season so I thought ‘why not drop an instrumental for the fans to drop bars to,’ and for added value, get an opportunity for me to promote it.”

Big K.R.I.T.’s fans can upload and share their own verse for the track by tagging Big K.R.I.T. at @bigkrit and using the hashtags: #MultiAlumni and#GloriousChallenge, thereby creating a “Big K.R.I.T. Bracket.”  Big K.R.I.T. will choose the top eight (8) verses to repost and  his followers will vote for the winner. 

The top eight (8) contenders will be announced on all Big K.R.I.T. socials (see below) on Thursday, November 29th, while the winner will be announced Monday, December 3rd. 

PRIZES:

The video from the winner of the “Glorious Challenge” will be placed on Big K.R.I.T.’s Instagram Stories and also receive a special surprise gift. 

Big K.R.I.T. continues, “Everybody that’s kicking those freestyles, dropping those bars, I don’t care if you are singing, this contest is for you.  It’s your time to shine!  So y’all get those bars ready.  I’m excited to see what y’all come up with!”

Be sure to include the following hashtags in your post:

#MultiAlumni and #GloriousChallenge

Grammy Award Winning Producers Organized Noize Top The Charts Again With Janelle Monae’s #1 Hit “I Like That”

Legendary production trio Organized Noize has quietly crept back to the top of the charts with the success of their latest banger, Janelle Monae‘s hit song “I Like That,” as the track reaches #1 on Billboard’s “Adult R&B Songs” chart. Orginally debuting at #2 on Billboard’s “Top TV Songs” chart after being featured in the wildly popular HBO series Insecure, “I Like That” is an introspective song that showcases Monae‘s confidence and delight in her idiosyncrasies as a nonconformist. The song really hit home with music lovers, peaking at #14 on Billboard’s “Hot R&B Songs” chart. Founders of the Dungeon Family, which introduced acclaimed acts like Outkast, Goodie Mob and more, Organized Noize helped to lay the blueprint for Atlanta hip-hop. The Grammy Award-winning producers are also responsible for setting the ground work for what is now known as trap music and continue to work with artists like Future and Big Krit to push the ever evolving southern hip-hop culture forward.

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In pursuit of their own passion for music, the production trio comprised of Ray Murray, Rico Wade and Sleepy Brown created a movement that has broken records and defined careers. The 2016 Netflix documentary The Art of Organized Noize revealed the crew’s impact on music culture and game them the recognition they deserved. It is impossibe to ignore that Organized Noize changed the face of hip-hop forever. Beyond legacy, Organized Noize remains at the forefront of the culture with songs like “I Like That,” and other recent releases. Currently, they are in the studio working with Dungeon Family alums Goodie Mob, Big Boi and Scar, as well as Atlanta newcomer Deante Hitchcock and rising New Orleans rapper Pell.

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Jaafar Jackson continues to push the family legacy forward in Music and now in Tech

In 1983, Micheal Jackson released the Thriller album making his second single, “Billie Jean” the first video to break MTV’s rock only format. 35 years later his nephew, Jaafar Jackson1 continues the family’s legacy of innovation by integrating Blockchain technology and music. With the help of music veteran/entrepreneur Jimmy Thomas and Blockchain platform, NASGO2, Jackson is one of the first American recording artists to utilize blockchain technology to launch his entertainment company and recording label JUSIC.  

Jaafar Jackson, the second youngest son to legendary singer, songwriter, and producer Jermaine Jackson and nephew to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, had aspirations of being a professional golfer, however, having grown up surrounded by a family that notably holds the most iconic musical influencers in the world, it was only natural that Jaafar followed suit. After several guest music appearances with the Jackson family, he officially had his first solo performance at the NASGO Nation Celebration “The Reveal” with the band “1500 or Nothin’ at Hollywood Dolby Theatre last week.  

In his first official JUSIC vlog, Jaafar reflects on the musical influences, family work ethic, and debut project. He also discusses his recent trip to New York City to visit the United Nations and New York Stock Exchange where he reaffirmed his commitment to using his voice to advocate for social issues.  

To watch the video visit: www.bit.ly/JusicVlog

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