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insta-promo-2The Grammy Award® winning multiplatinum pop duo A Great Big World, Ian Axel and Chad King, are set to play major markets across the East Coast and Midwest, beginning March 17 in Annapolis, MD at Ram’s Head On Stage through March 28 at Skyway Theatre – Studio B in Minneapolis, MN But before they head out on tour they took the time to sit down with MB Media for a brief audio Question And Answer interview.The Group speaks on everything from the success of their Grammy Award winning hit single “Say Something” the pressure that comes along with creating new work and big purchases they have made over the years.

A Great Big World 1Full Question List Below:

Question 1:
We see you guys are set to embark on a 10-date North American Tour. How does it feel to be the
headlining act?
Question 2:
Your ‘Say Something’ Music Video featuring Christina Aguilera as of this moment has 321,500,480 views on youtube. When you were creating the record did you ever dream it would have such a major impact?
Question 3:
Has winning a grammy made it easier for you to work with even bigger music Artist/Acts?
Question 4:
You have now released your sophomore album, ‘When The Morning Comes’ do you feel any pressure due to the success of your first Album ‘Is There Anybody Out There.’
Question 5:
Your new album includes a record by the name of ‘Hold Each Other’ featuring an artist named Futuristic, can we expect to hear more collaborations with Hip Hop Artists?
Question 6:
We often hear stories of artists spending large amounts of money on hobbies and gifts including cars, ?sh aquariums, houses etc. What is the most expensive items or items you have purchased.
Question 7:
Last but not least, what is one thing you would like your fans, our readers and anyone else to know about you?

A Great Big World 2A Great Big World 3A Great Big World 5

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The Grammy Award process is a mystery to those outside the voting level of the organization however, ith the 58th Grammy’s looming before us, the Recording Academy wanted to give the general public a bit of insight on the process…check the video!

Ludacris

WHO: Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, and sponsors City National Bank and Revolt TV, will present the President’s Award to Christopher ‘Ludacris’ Bridges at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. Additional invited guests include:

August Alsina, Tamar Braxton, Katrina “Trina” Taylor

Bryan “Baby” Williams, Chauncey “Hit-Boy” Hollis, DJ Khaled

DJ Mustard, Eric Bellinger, Faith Evans, Future

Courtney Love, Lil Wayne, Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell

Mannie Fresh, Mystikal, PJ Morton, YG and more hit-making scribes.

WHAT:

BMI’s 2014 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, draws the entire entertainment community together to celebrate the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/Hip-Hop songs of the previous year.

The President’s Award is bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in songwriting with profound global influence on culture and the entertainment industry.

BMI’s 2014 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards will also present honors in the following categories: Most Performed R&B/Hip-Hop Songs of the Past Year, BMI Billboard #1’s, R&B/Hip-Hop Producer of the Year, Top BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Producers, R&B/Hip-Hop Publisher of the Year, R&B/Hip-Hop Song of the Year, R&B/Hip-Hop Songwriter of the Year and Social Star Award.

As the 2014 honoree, Ludacris will join elite ranks that include will.i.am, Adam Levine, Carlos Vives, Taylor Swift and Pitbull.

BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton will share the evening’s hosting duties with Revolt Vice President, Marketing Kenny Burns.

WHEN:

Friday, August 22, 2014

WHERE:

The Pantages Theatre

6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

via BMI to honor ‘Ludacris’ with President’s Award at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.

DJ ASAP

DJ ASAP

BET 106 & Park resident, DJ ASAP announced today June 26 that he will host a series of exclusive events during BET Experience2014 June 27-29. Among the private events will be performances by DJ ASAP himself with a little help from his friends! Confirmed appearances include Kirko Bangz, Tony Neal, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Christian Keys, Don Benjamin, Bow Wow, Porsche Foxx, Mike The Connect, DJ Jay Bling, Lace Official, Mil Tickit, Show Mag, Exclusive Access, The Hype Magazine and more; culminating with Nicki Minaj June 29th.

DJ ASAP has quickly become one of the most sought-after DJs in the Southwest as his magic on the 1s and 2s take over Dallas Nightlife as he is one of the most successful business men in this monster we call the entertainment Industry and also being one of the industry’s most well-known Celebrity DJs. His many successful bookings from major events, to BET’s 106andPark in a resident position, as well as being selected as an official DJ for the 2014 NCAA Final Four right at home in Dallas, has catapulted him into a Super Celebrity DJ status.

ASAP not only is the primetime DJ at all venues that he is booked, but he is also a promoter of his own club nights in Dallas; Luxx on Thursdays, Downtown, Blend Saturdays in Lower Greenville, The Pho Lounge on Sunday for his notoriously known day pool parties, which all hosts the wide range of celebrities that stop by to party and entertain. The list includes celebrity DJs, athletes such as Floyd Mayweather, and artists such as Drake, Ace Hood, Jamie Foxx, Kirko Bangz, Tank, Michelle Williams, Drumma Boy, Chris Brown, Kenny Burns from Revolt Nation, and even Slick Rick. This alone has everybody asking “Where is DJ ASAP?” when they come to Dallas.

BET Weekend, DJ ASAP presents back to back private mansion parties and performances June 27-June 29th with the highlight of the series coming via an official appearance by Nicki Minaj immediately following The Award Show, at the Belasco Theatre, 1050 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA. Nicki will host “The Best of the Year Party” which will also showcase her new product Myx Fusions MOSCATO.

BMI AND FLIGHT SCHOOL PRESENT ‘THE SUPER PRODUCERS BEAT SUMMIT’ FT. MANNIE FRESH, DJ TOOMP AND KLC | @BMI | The Hype Magazine 24/7 News

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the global leader in music rights management; production team Flight School; legendary producers Mannie FreshDJ Toomp and KLC; sponsor V-103The People‘s Station; ; host Rude Jude;and legendary DJ Jelly.  BMI represents the public performance rights of more than 8.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 600,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers.

via BMI AND FLIGHT SCHOOL PRESENT ‘THE SUPER PRODUCERS BEAT SUMMIT’ FT. MANNIE FRESH, DJ TOOMP AND KLC | @BMI | The Hype Magazine 24/7 News.

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On Monday, November 18, 2013 at The Times Center, in New York City, the second annual Global Spin Awards convened.  The GSA’s spotlighted the ground breaking innovators that have ushered in the new and those who preserve the DJ culture and legacy.   The night was filled with DJs, Legends and executives from across the world.

Power Moves Inc. executive/Bad Boy Records, Shawn Prez, orchestrated the 2nd annual “Global Spin Awards” which recognized notable DJs globally for their accomplishments and great achievements in the music and entertainment industries. MTV’s executive producer for MTV News and Sirius XM Radio, Shade 45 morning show host, Sway Calloway hosted the night’s festivities.

Sway Calloway and Shawn Prez 

DJ’s of all genres from around the world came out in droves dressed to impress for a night of honoring and recognition for those involved in the DJ industry.

Some of the presenters for the night were Busta Rhymes (Hip Hop Recording artist), Kendrick Lamar (Hip Hop recording artist), Swizz Beatz (Hip Hop recording artist/producer), Elle Varner (R&B recording artist) Tank (R&B recording artist) and Big Daddy Kane (Hip Hop recording artist) just to name a few.

There was a ground breaking performance from Actor/R&B crooner Mack Wilds, while DJ Kid Capri received the lifetime achievement award and there was closing that honored the legendary DJ Marley Marl for his contribution to the DJ culture and community.

“I am extremely honored to come back for a 2nd time around and  be part of a historic event honoring the back bone of the entertainment industry ‘The DJ’”says Global Spin Awards founder Shawn Prez.

AWARD WINNERS INCLUDED DJ’S FROM ALL GENRES ACROSS THE GLOBE:

LEGENDARY DJ AWARD HONOREE
DJ Marley Marl 

DJ Marley Marl

 

DJ Marley Marl and GSA Founder Shawn Prez

DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ ENVY

BREAKTHROUGH DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ DALTON

FEMALE DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ DIMEPIECE

DJ ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

DJ IRIE

DJ PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

DJ MUSTARD

ONLINE/SATELLITE RADIO DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ DRAMA

DJ Drama

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONOREE

DJ Kid Capri

DJ Kid Capri

TOUR DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ E SUDD

TURNTABLIST OF THE YEAR

DJ SCRATCH

DJ Scratch 

REMIXER OF THE YEAR

DJ TED SMOOTH

LOUNGE DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ SINATRA

BIG ROOM DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ JUS SKE

REGGAE DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ KING WAGGY T

NATIONAL CLUB DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ IRIE

REGIONAL CLUB DJ OF THE YEAR
NORTHEAST
DJ CAMILO

DJ Camilo

REGIONAL CLUB DJ OF THE YEAR

SOUTHEAST

DJ INFAMOUS

REGIONAL CLUB DJ OF THE YEAR

MIDWEST

DJ STEPH FLOSS

REGIONAL CLUB DJ OF THE YEAR

WEST

DJ BAY BAY

NATIONAL MIX SHOW DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ FUNKMASTER FLEX

REGIONAL MIXSHOW DJ OF THE YEAR

NORTHEAST

DJ PROSTYLE

REGIONAL MIXSHOW DJ OF THE YEAR

SOUTHEAST

DJ GRIOT

REGIONAL MIXSHOW DJ OF THE YEAR

MIDWEST

DJ 33 1/3

REGIONAL MIXSHOW DJ OF THE YEAR

WEST

DJ SKEE

NATIONAL MIXTAPE DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ DRAMA

REGIONAL MIXTAPE DJ OF THE YEAR

NORTHEAST

DJ TY BOOGIE

REGIONAL MIXTAPE DJ OF THE YEAR

SOUTHEAST

DJ BIGGA RANKIN

REGIONAL MIXTAPE DJ OF THE YEAR

MIDWEST

DJ MOON DAWG

REGIONAL MIXTAPE DJ OF THE YEAR

WEST

DJ SKEE

INTERNATIONAL DJ OF THE YEAR

DJ STARTING FROM SCRATCH

CELEBRITY DJ OF THE YEAR

SWIZZ BEATS

MIXSHOW PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

RON STEWART

CLUB MC OF THE YEAR

KENNY BURNS

CLUB PROMOTER OF THE YEAR

ALEX GIDEWON

ONLINE RECORD BREAKERS

RAPRADAR.COM

Source:  “2nd  Annual Global Spin Awards 2013” http://globalspinawards.com
Images courtesy of Jamel Martin and Ddot photography
It’s so dope as a music journalist to get the opportunity to shine some light on positive events that expand the knowledge base on segments of the industry which often go unnoticed or unappreciated.  The Global Spin Awards is one such event, long in the making and long overdue.  The Global Spin Awards is a platform which gives much needed recognition to the one element of the music industry nobody can do without, the DJsNovember 18, 2013, brings us the 2nd Annual Global Spin Awards, founded by former Bad Boy Records executive Shawn Prez, and hosted by radio and television personality Sway Calloway.  This event will be held in New York, in the New York Times Center and streamed live via http://globalspinawards.com for those who aren’t lucky enough to be able to attend.
Shawn Prez
The Hype Magazine got to speak with event founder and business man Shawn Prez, who began his own marketing company PowerMoves, Inc., and is still responsible for all of the Sean Combs branded ventures as well as many other Fortune 500 companies looking to capture market share in the urban community.  Prez as he is called, is a humble man, quick to give credit to God for his blessings and success as well as giving credit to his mentors who have guided him to this point and to whom he still looks up to.  What a great conversation…enjoy!
So let’s talk about Shawn Prez, who you are and lets jump into the Global Spin Awards!
Real quick, the brief version, I guess my claim to fame would be to helping build BadBoy from the early days and definitely when BadBoy was on top of the world, so I come from that whole era.  I transitioned into more of a marketing expert, I launched a company  called PowerMoves, Inc., and we are responsible for being behind all of the Sean Combs business ventures whether that’s Sean John clothing, Justin’s Restaurant, the colognes, Revolt Network and Ciroc Vodka.  That in addition to many other clients that we have.
So I am looking at your site and see some of the client list like BET Awards, you are heavy!
No, no, no, God has definitely blessed us.  We really have been able to work with a lot of Fortune 500 brands and bring our style of unique marketing to Corporate America, so I have really been blessed, thank God.
Quickly, how did you prep yourself on the business side to move into this arena?
That was easy, I have had the opportunity, the privilege, however you want to look at it, to be in the mix of really successful people, like right there in the midst of them, sitting in the meetings, sitting quietly, watched the way they move.  Like I said, Sean Combs, a big brother to myself, also a mentor, Andre Harrell, the Russell Simmons of the world, people who I really look up to and had the opportunity to just sit next to them and just watch them take this thing that was just music, an art form started in a park, called Hip Hop and spread it out into global brands.  So when it was my turn, I’d had on the job training for so many years and it just really comes natural to me because I’ve been prepped for it by these guys who I really look up to.
We see the Global Spin Awards as the Grammy’s for the DJs, similar to the Justo’s being the Grammy’s for Mixtapes, we can see it 20 years down the road being one of those major network shows.  How did this awards show come to fruition for you?
I guess in short, I worked with the DJs for many years.  Having a background in the music industry, the DJs were always on the front line, that’s how we broke our music.  They were the one’s who took our records from zero to sixty, they are the pulse of the streets.  They [DJs] let us know if we have a hit or didn’t have a hit. With that being said, I always looked around and wondered why were they never recognized.  There’s not a record label out there or an artist out there, that’s not pushing their records to the DJs first.
It’s unfortunate they were never recognized on a platform in front of their peers, in front of the music and entertainment industry at large.  So, many years ago, I said to myself I wanted to do this type of award show.  This was the seed that was planted in myself I would say for at LEAST the last ten to twelve years.  But it’s all about timing and at the time I was running, I was traveling the world, I was doing so many different things; I was starting my marketing company and so I really didn’t have the time to focus on it at that time.  You know, Justo Faison, God bless the dead, he was doing his mixtape awards, and he was out there really pushing the culture forward, people like Ricky Lee on the West Coast was really pushing the culture forward, Renee McQueen, these were all guys who were doing their thing with the DJs.  So, I had a chance to learn from them, what works, what doesn’t work, what I would do differently, what I thought was special and I wanted to incorporate into this Global Spin Awards.  Now, the timing is just right, I think that my name just by itself in this industry, it adds a certain authenticity and credibility to the event and that’s why so many of the DJs and industry heads were willing to be involved from year one.  So it was really a function of time and now is just the right time to do it.
Read the entire interview on The Hype Magazine

Hosted by Anthony Anderson, Soul Train Awards 2013 Will Tape November 8th, 2013 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

[Media Update] NEW YORK, Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — CENTRIC, a BET Network, today revealed that Jennifer Hudson , Tamar Braxton , Smokey Robinson , K. Michelle, Ron Isley , Wale, Eric Benet , Candice Glover , Kem, Chrisette Michele, Bobby Caldwell and Joss Stone will be hitting the stage as performers for SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2013. This year’s show pays homage to the soul soundtrack of the 90’s, allowing fans to reminisce on a decade of influential black cinema and music. Charged with keeping the party going throughout the night are Grammy Award winning producers 1500 or Nothin’ and legendary keyboardist Greg Phillinganes who have both been tapped as music directors for the show. As previously announced, comedian and actor Anthony Anderson will host the event in Las Vegas on November 8th, which will air on CENTRIC and BET, December 1, 2013 at 8PM ET/PT.

We are gearing up for a big show this year, and the performers set to take the stage are just the beginning of what’s to come. I hope everyone is ready because Centric is bringing the party to Las Vegas come November 8th,” said Paxton Baker, General Manager and Executive Vice President, CENTRIC. “We are forever grateful for the involvement of so many amazing performers and their loyalty to the Soul Train and Centric brands. Music is the core of Centric’s DNA and our diverse roster of new talent and legendary artists display our continued commitment to providing quality programming for soul music lovers.”

For the first time, SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2013 will be held at the Orleans Arena, one of the nation’s leading mid-size arenas. Also marking a first for the award show is the addition of a second stage, which will feature a rotating mix of celebrity DJs. Hip-hop sensation Kendrick Lamar leads this year’s nominations with six nominations across multiple categories, including: Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Tied with five nominations each are Miguel, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke,Chris Brown, Tamar Braxton and Janelle Monae.

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2013 is directed by Tony McCuin and produced by Centric TV and Sunseeker Media. Executive producers of the network telecast are as follows: Paxton Baker, Tami Arasli, Derek Lewis from Centric; Bart Phillips from Sunseeker Media and Kenard Gibbs from Soul Train Holdings. This year’s motto is We Got Soul.

For more information, please visit BET.com/SoulTrain. Follow @centrictv and @bet, and join the conversation with #SoulTrainAwards #WeGotSoul.

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NEW YORK, NY, August 23, 2013 – Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, presented tonight the BMI Icon Award to Cash Money Records’ Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams at the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, held at the Manhattan Center in New York City. The star-studded event, formerly known as the BMI Urban Awards, celebrates the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of the previous year.

Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Ronald “Slim” Williams were named BMI Icons because of their “unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” The brothers, who co-founded Cash Money Records in 1991, were treated to an all-star tribute, which included performances by Kevin Rudolf, DJ Khaled, Mystikal, Future, Curren$y, Ace Hood, Busta Rhymes, Turk, Mannie Fresh and Juvenile. Each artist delivered a dynamic interpretation of a Cash Money classic, such as “Slow Motion,” performed by Curren$y, and “Ha” performed by Mystikal.

Nicki Minaj and Benny Blanco shared the Songwriter of the Year crown by each writing four songs that rank among the year’s most-performed. Nicki’s top contributions include “Dance (A$$),” “Girl On Fire,” “Make Me Proud,” and “Starships.” Benny Blanco was recognized for “Diamonds,” “Heart Attack,” “Payphone,” and “Work Hard Play Hard.” Nicki Minaj’s ubiquitous “Starships” earned Song of the Year honors for its writers Minaj, Wayne Hector, and RedOne, as well as publishers Harajuku Barbie Music, Money Mack Music, Songs of RedOne, Songs of Universal, Inc., Sony/ATV Songs, LLC and Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.

Hit-Boy earned the Producer of the Year crystal. The incredible songwriter/producer has helmed boards for hits by Kanye West, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky, among many others. In addition to Hit-Boy, BMI also recognized top producers Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis, Warren “Oak” Felder, Jim Jonsin, Ryan Lewis, Marquel “MaRz” Middlebrooks, Troy Taylor, Andrew “Pop” Wansel and Tyler “T-Minus” Williams.

With 16 songs among the most-performed, Universal Music Publishing Group clinched the prestigious Publisher of the Year crown.

Machine Gun Kelly won the BMI Social Star Award. Selected by fans voting via Twitter, the award salutes the BMI R&B/hip-hop songwriter who has best demonstrated the power of social media to showcase their songwriting talents.

via Cash Money’s Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams and Ronald ‘Slim’ Williams and Top Songwriters Honored | Press | BMI.com.

The Grammy Foundation® Announces Grammy Camp® To Be Held In Los Angeles And New York In Summer 2013 (via PR Newswire)

Camp Will Feature Performance Tracks And New Multimedia And Music Business Tracks Financial Assistance Available For Qualified Applicants — Deadline To Apply Is March 31, 2013 Download image SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The GRAMMY Foundation®(www.grammyfoundation.org) today…