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T-Pain, Ari Lennox & More Heat Up Atlanta At Recording Academy Member Celebration
What do you get when Blanco Brown, Baby Rose, Ari Lennox, Michelle Malone and T-Pain show up at the Atlanta Chapter's membership celebration? The hottest party of the summer!
Atlanta loves a good party, and the Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter especially loves its Summer Celebration — always a raucous reunion of friends and colleagues, clients and collaborators, and performances by artists at the top of their craft.
On Thursday, July 25, Atlanta's music community came out in force to Terminal West, a popular music venue in trendy West Midtown, who took a night off from hosting some of the industry's hottest acts to welcome Recording Academy members, special guests and honorees. Chapter-affiliated artists Baby Rose, Michelle Malone, Ari Lennox, Blanco Brown, and T-Pain took the stage in individual sets, heating up the joint just when guests thought they'd cooled from the hot Georgia heat.
Atlanta Chapter Executive Director, Michele Caplinger, started off the evening welcoming the standing room only crowd and recognizing Josh Bonner (R – Fayetteville), Beth Moore (D - Peachtree Corners) and Matt Dollar (R – Marietta) — members of the Georgia House of Representatives in attendance, who supported the Music Modernization Act nationally and House Bill 347 locally, revising certain tax laws and exemptions aiming to bolster the music industry and associated spending within Georgia.
Newly elected Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Tammy Hurt, announced that earlier in the day local advocacy group, Georgia Music Partners, in partnership with Sound Diplomacy, a global music strategy expert, unveiled the launch of a comprehensive study of recording studios, rehearsal spaces, music festivals, and music venues within Fulton County. The study will map related businesses across the geographic area and assess the economic impact of the music industry within Fulton County. Al Nash, CEO of Select Fulton, and Robb Pitts, Chairman of the Fulton County Commissioners, were on hand to announce the study in the morning, and they celebrated the announcement alongside the supportive Recording Academy in the evening.
With essential business concluded Jorel "J-Fly" Flynn, Atlanta Chapter president, took the stage and reiterated what has become the mantra of his tenure: engagement. Flynn explained afterward that he wants active and prospective Recording Academy members to know that the Recording Academy, "Reflects working musicians and artists, and with that comes connectivity. We meet musicians and artists at their place of understanding, and the new membership models validate inclusion through intimate conversations where we make connections with one another. Together we balance new innovation and industry experience that can be shared."
Baby Rose, a young performer who embodies Flynn's message, performed first. Afterward she excitedly said, "Performing for the Atlanta chapter of the Recording Academy was a dope experience! I am honored and happy to have been able to share my music with them."
Diane Durrett, stalwart of the southern Blues scene and Atlanta chapter VP 2019-20, kept the excitement going when she stepped up to the mic and crooned, "Diversity is unique, soul is deep," enticing the crowd to sing the line with her before introducing another of Atlanta's favorite female musicians, Michelle Malone.
Commanding the stage in her full-on rock-n-roll set, Malone later echoed Durrett's call, saying "It's always an honor to be asked to perform, but it's a special treat to perform for a room of [Recording Academy] members, music industry peers who love music as much as we do. Plus it's a kind of reunion, because I don't often get to see a lot of these folks. Then there's the added plus of playing to members in other genres who would've never otherwise heard us."
Recording Academy members continued grooving the night away to performances from Ari Lennox, 2-time GRAMMY winner, T-Pain, and Blanco Brown. Ian Schumacher, Atlanta chapter Secretary, welcomed Brown to the stage and presented him with a plaque commemorating Brown's first single, "The Git Up," reaching gold status.
Said Brown about performing at Summer Celebration, "It's a blessing. From the day I can remember seeing my first GRAMMY show on television, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson (Off the Wall), TLC… I was always figuring out, and I tried to wonder, how would I ever make such an impact to be a part of that stage. And I just followed my dreams and my goals. To be here tonight and to perform and have the love in the room filled — and the purpose in the room — feels so magical to me."
That magical feeling was everywhere at the Atlanta Chapter's summer celebration, from the passionate performers to the supportive veteran industry professional to the aspiring future moguls of music, everyone in attendance could feel the warmth of the good vibes and rejuvenating feeling music provides. Or as Brown so eloquently put it, "Every time I touch the edge of that stage, I touch a new life."
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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it
Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.
McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award.
The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.
"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."
With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.
Find Out Who's Nominated For Best Rap Album | 2020 GRAMMY Awards
Dreamville, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Tyler, The Creator, and YBN Cordae all earn nominations in the category
The 2020 GRAMMYs are just around the corner, and now the nominations are in for the coveted honor of Best Rap Album. While we'll have to wait until the 62nd GRAMMY Awards air on CBS on Jan. 26 to find out who will win, let's take a look at which albums have been nominated for Best Rap Album.
Revenge of the Dreamers III – Dreamville
Dreamers III, the third installment in the label’s Revenge of the Dreamers compilation series, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and achieved gold status this past July. In addition to a Best Rap Album nod, Dreamers III is also nominated for Best Rap Performance next year for album track “Down Bad,” featuring J.I.D, Bas, J. Cole, EARTHGANG, and Young Nudy.
Championships – Meek Mill
In many ways, Championships represents a literal and metaphorical homecoming for Meek Mill. Released in November 2018, Championships is the Philadelphia rapper’s first artist album following a two-year prison sentence he served after violating his parole in 2017. Championships, naturally, sees Meek tackling social justice issues stemming from his prison experience, including criminal justice reform. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, his second chart-topper following 2015’s Dreams Worth More Than Money, and reached platinum status in June 2019. Meek Mill's 2020 Best Rap Album nod marks his first-ever GRAMMY nomination.
i am > i was – 21 Savage
Breakout rapper and four-time GRAMMY nominee 21 Savage dropped i am > i was, his second solo artist album, at the end of 2018. The guest-heavy album, which features contributions from Post Malone, Childish Gambino, J. Cole, and many others, has since charted around the world, topped the Billboard 200 – a first for the artist – in the beginning of 2019, and achieved gold status in the U.S. As well, nine songs out of the album’s 15 original tracks landed on the Hot 100 chart, including multi-platinum lead single “A Lot,” which is also nominated for Best Rap Song next year. 21 Savage’s 2020 Best Rap Album nomination, which follows Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance nods for his 2017 Post Malone collaboration, "Rockstar,” marks his first solo recognition in the top rap category.
IGOR – Tyler, The Creator
The eccentric Tyler, The Creator kicked off a massive 2019 with his mid-year album, IGOR. Released this past May, IGOR, Tyler’s fifth solo artist album, is his most commercially successful project to date. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking his first time topping the coveted chart, while its lead single, "Earfquake,” peaked at No. 13, his highest entry on the Hot 100. Produced in full by Tyler and featuring guest spots from fellow rap and R&B stars Kanye West, Lil Uzi Vert, Solange, and Playboi Carti, among many others, IGOR follows the rapper’s 2017 album, Flower Boy, which received the Best Rap Album nod that same year.
The Lost Boy – YBN Cordae
Emerging rapper YBN Cordae, a member of the breakout YBN rap collective, released his debut album, The Lost Boy, to widespread critical acclaim this past July. The 15-track release is stacked with major collaborations with hip-hop heavyweights, including Anderson .Paak, Pusha T, Meek Mill, and others, plus production work from J. Cole and vocals from Quincy Jones. After peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard 200, The Lost Boy now notches two 2020 GRAMMY nominations: Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for album track “Bad Idea,” featuring Chance the Rapper.
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Rosalía Announces First Solo North American Tour
El Mal Querer Tour, named after the Spanish pop star's latest album, will come to Los Angeles on April 17 in between her Coachella performances
Rosalía is set to perform at some of the most popular music festivals around the globe, including Primavera Sound in Spain, Lollapalooza (Argentina and Chile) and Coachella, but the Spanish pop star isn't stopping there when she gets to the States. Now, she has announced her first solo North American Tour with a string of dates that will bring her to select cities in the U.S. and Canada.
El Mal Querer Tour, named after her latest album, will come to Los Angeles on April 17 in between her Coachella performances. Then she'll play San Francisco on April 22, New York on April 30 and close out in Toronto on May 2.
"I’m so happy to announce my first solo North American tour dates," the singer tweeted.
Rosalía won Best Alternative Song and Best Fusion/ Urban Interpretation at the 19th Latin GRAMMY Awards in November and has been praised for bringing flamenco to the limelight with her hip-hop and pop beats. During her acceptance speech she gave a special shout-out to female artists who came before her, including Lauryn Hill and Bjork.
Rosalía has been getting some love herself lately, most notably from Alicia Keys, who gave the Spanish star a shout-out during an acceptance speech, and Madonna, who featured her on her Spotify International Women's Day Playlist.
Tickets for the tour go on sale March 22. For more tour dates, visit Rosalía's website.
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Taylor Swift Plots 2020 World Tour With U.S. Dates For Lover Fest East & West
Following dates in Europe and South America, Swift will land in the U.S. for Lover Fest East and West, where the pop star will open Los Angeles' brand new stadium
Taylor Swift will be spreading the love in support of her hit album Lover.in 2020, but it may or may not be in a city near you. The GRAMMY winner announced plans for her summer 2020 tour in support of her seventh studio album, including two shows each in Foxborough, Mass. and Los Angeles for Lover Fest East and West respectively as the only four U.S. dates announced so far.
The Lover album is open fields, sunsets, + SUMMER. I want to perform it in a way that feels authentic. I want to go to some places I haven’t been and play festivals. Where we didn’t have festivals, we made some. Introducing, Lover Fest East + West! https://t.co/xw6YMN38WE pic.twitter.com/IhVPQ8DMUG— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) September 17, 2019
The tour kicks off in Belgium on June 20 and hits festivals in seven European countries before heading to Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 18 then heading to U.S. Swift will then present Lover Fest West with back-to-back Los Angeles July 25 and 26 at the newly named SoFi Stadium. The concerts will serve as the grand opening of the much-anticipated NFL venue. The tour will wrap a double header at Gillette Stadiuim in Foxborough July 31 and Aug 1
"The Lover album is open fields, sunsets, + SUMMER. I want to perform it in a way that feels authentic," she tweeted. "I want to go to some places I haven’t been and play festivals. Where we didn’t have festivals, we made some. Introducing, Lover Fest East + West!"
Tickets for the new dates go on sale to the general public via Ticketmaster on Oct. 17.