Following last week’s nominations announcement, CENTRIC has now revealed the surprise lineup of hit-making performers and presenters for the 2014 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS.
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BET Music Matters is prepping for the release of their very first compilation album entitled BET Presents Music Matters Vol. 1. The LP is being released on June 23 in conjunction with the BET Experience, a 3-day concert event at L.A. Live surrounding the BET Awards, which airs live on June 29.
BET Music Matters is a multi-platform initiative that identifies and exposes new ground breaking artists and music across BET and Centric properties, as well as through national tours and monthly showcases. The platform has helped launch the careers of some of today’s hottest talent including Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, J. Cole, Elle Varner, Marsha Ambrosius and more.
The album contains new music as well as previous tracks not commercially released from mixtapes or remixes from the likes of Miguel, Marsha Ambrosius, Mack Wilds, J. Cole, Big Sean, Melanie Fiona, Elle Varner and more.
Giving fans an early preview of the album, BET has shared a 7 track preview stream. Take a listen below!
The sun is shining and it’s almost time for the shorts and sandals to be on standby! That really means that the summer is only right around the corner! With the good news ringing in, even better news dropped today and that’s the line-up for the BET Experience!
See if your favorite artist made the cut after the jump!
Bobby V, Ro James, Austin Brown, Mateo, Adrian Marcel & Curtis Fields Perform at BET Music Matters Concert
It was another great night for R&B in New York City on Tuesday, as BET held their end of the year Music Matters concert at SOB’s. The monthly showcase put together an excellent lineup for their last show of 2013, featuring many of R&B’s best emerging male artists.
Opening the show was singer/musician Curtis Fields, who was introduced to many with his performance at this years BET Awards. Curtis showed off his vocal talent and impressive gimmick of playing the guitar off an app on his iPhone. Next up was Bay Area native Adrian Marcel who wowed the audience with his vocal performance and stage presence, performing fan favorites off his debut mixtape ‘7 Days of Weak.’ Following third was SOB’s regular Mateo, who once again sang his heart out and played keys, closing with his latest single “How Good Is Your Love,” which is currently on the countdown of 106 & Park.
The tempo of the evening was brought up when Austin Brown and his incredible band were introduced to the stage, delivering another roaring, high-energy set of covers and songs from his 2012 mixtape ‘Highway 85.’ The second to last act was none other than Ro James, who has also become a stable at SOB’s, and put on one of his best performances, keeping it tight Ro had the entire room singing along to his anthem “Pledge Allegiance.”
Closing out the evening was R&B star Bobby V, who just released his impressive new EP ‘Peach Moon,’ featuring a new sound for the singer, which features all live instruments. Bobby being a seasoned performer with a catalog of many hits, reminded many why he is still a sought after artist, and in addition to his classics performed new tracks off ‘Peach Moon’ project, and showcased his skills at the keys.
The evening of great R&B was also co-hosted by platinum hitmaker and artist Rico Love, who has been seeing success with his own new single “They Don’t Know.” Check out our exclusive photos below:
Luke James paid a visit to BET’s ‘106 & Park’ on Monday to world premiere the music video for his latest single “I.O.U.” The R&B crooner spoke to Bow Wow and Paigion about the song and videos concept, his recent work with Michelle Obama’s fitness campaign, touring, being in the upcoming movie Black Nativity and more.
Check out the two clips below, and if you haven’t yet, watch the “I.O.U.” video here.
Gladys Knight has been named as the lead judge on “Apollo Live,” a new singing competition series on BET’s sister network, CentricTV. “Apollo Live” will be set in the historic Apollo Theater in New York. Debuting this Fall, the show adds a new dimension to reality TV by playing off the legendary “Amateur Night” showcase. Executive producer, Jamie Foxx is adding Ms. Knight to the likes of Doug E. Fresh and New Edition’s Michael Bivins.
While the cash prize and other perks have not been announced, comedic actor, Tony Rock will host the show.
The Great Don Cornelius was pronounced dead yesterday morning due to a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Mr. Cornelius was a well-respected fixture in African American culture being that he is responsible for catapulting black music, dance, and style to great heights in mainstream America via his groundbreaking music show, “Soul Train.”
What was once a local Chicago production in 1970, transitioned to the longest-running, nationally syndicated phenomenon. ‘Soul Train’ served as the Saturday morning jump-start for many families. From keeping up with the newest dance crazes to witnessing world legends like Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, and Gladys Knight grace the television stage for the first time, Cornelius allowed for not only black America but the world to marvel at the greatness that was found amongst our culture. Follow the jump for the entire tribute.