Posts Tagged ‘Mario’

Jermaine Dupri & Ne-Yo Honored at 2014 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

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The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 27th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on Thursday evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The invitation-only event honored music producer and mogul Jermaine Dupri, singer-songwriter and producer Ne-Yo, and hit music maker Mike WiLL along with honoring the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2013 R&B/hip-hop, rap and gospel charts.

During the ceremony, JD was presented with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award, which is the most prestigious honor that ASCAP gives, and is awarded to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Past recipients include Ashford & Simpson, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Dr. Dre, Berry Gordy Jr. & Motown Industries, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Smokey Robinson, Patti Smith, Rod Stewart and Stevie Wonder.

Prolific songwriter-producer Ne-Yo was awarded the ASCAP Golden Note Award, which is presented to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Previous honorees include Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jermaine Dupri, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Jay Z, Quincy Jones, Alicia Keys, LL Cool J, Lionel Richie, Usher, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder.

The Songwriter of the Year Award went to hit maker Mike WiLL, who has amassed great success through the numerous top 10 hits he’s written including “Bandz a Make Her Dance” for Juicy J, “Pour It Up” for Rihanna, “Bugatti” for Ace Hood and “Body Party” for Ciara, to name a few.

Other winners included Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I., who received the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song award for the hit “Blurred Lines;” Justin Timberlake, JAY Z, The-Dream, Timbaland and No ID were awarded the Top Rap Song of the Year for “Holy Grail;” and Anthony Brown was honored with the Top Gospel Song Award for “Testimony.”

The evening featured performances by Jennifer Hudson, Mario, Lecrae and more including a surprise performances by Usher and Bow Wow during JD’s honor. Check out more photos below:

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Mario Talks Do Right Foundation & Performs Touching Tribute

This past weekend, Baltimore, Maryland held their annual African American Festival. The two-day event brought out some of R&B’s best and brightest to perform on the Camden Yards outdoor stage. The first night featured up and coming acts Jacob Latimore, Aaron Fresh and Brave Williams along with veterans Monifah, Chico Debarge and headlining act Mint Condition. Day two featured Mario, Johnny Gill and Brandy, who all shut down the stage with their amazing talents.

Our friends at TrueExclusives were in attendance and caught up with Mario to talk about his ‘Do Right’ Foundation. Check out the clip above which also includes footage of his touching performance of the song “Do Right.”

After the jump check out their footage of Brandy’s trip to the festival.

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Tyrese Hosts Benefit Concert For Our Girls Of Nigeria

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On Friday night Tyrese Gibson partnered with the non profit group “Afrika Fifty6″ to present a benefit concert For Our Girls of Nigeria, to help raise awareness and aid for the victims and families whose lives have been affected by the recent kidnappings.

HipHollywood was on the red carpet to cover the event and spoke with Tyrese.

“When someone sees how much traction and attention something gets like this when you make a statement, naturally other folks are going to have the idea pop up on them,” Tyrese said. “Lets go beyond holding up a sign from the convenience of your house. Lets gets our knees dirty, orchestrate, use your influence that God has given you to try to change the world and make a difference.”

Watch the clip below:

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Exclusive: Mario Switching Labels? Talks Sound of New Album, What R&B Needs Today

This past Sunday, The Evan Grace Group presented the ‘Heels of Greatness’ gala honoring 27 influential and inspiring women in Atlanta.  Held at the luxurious and historical Estate at Piedmont, the event was hosted by Monyetta Shaw and Kenny Burns, and sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead and Malibu Red.

R&B superstar Ne-Yo was in the building to support his children’s mother, as well as his own mother who was one of the ladies honored. Among the other nominees, which included Kandi Burruss, Tameka Raymond and many more.  To cap off the evenings festivities R&B vocalist Mario surprised guests with a short performance, including his past hits “Break Up,” and “Let Me Love You.”

Following his set, ThisisRnB TV caught up with Mario for an interview in the wine cellar.  The singer gave us an update on his anticipated forthcoming album Evolve, which he hinted at being pushed back because he’s about to enter into a new business venture…Does that mean he’s switching labels?? We’ll have to wait and see!  Additionally Mario spoke about the new progressive sound he is working on, why he thinks Miguel is one of the only artists really putting on for R&B right now, and what he thinks the genre needs to stay relevant.

Check out the interview and performance footage above!


New Music: Mario – Dodge The Bullet

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A few years ago Mario was working on new music for an anticipated mixtape, which he never released, and his fifth studio album, which has ended up being delayed until hopefully this year.  During that time, the R&B vocalist had a weekly online series titled ‘Mario Mondays’, where he would release a video blog of him working in the studio on new music, or various other aspects of his career.

One of the these clips featured him talking about a new song entitled “Dodge The Bullet,” produced by Detail.  While, Mario is currently in between singles for his forthcoming album Evolve, the full song has randomly surfaced online.

Taking about the song during the clip, Mario said, “This record is for anybody, male, female, if you ever loved somebody before, knowing that you was gonna get killed, you could have dodged the bullet, but you still stayed in spite, long suffering and love anyway…this one’s for you.”

Take a listen to Mario’s “Dodge The Bullet” below, and stay tuned!

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Mario Performs ‘Soul Sessions’ Show in Melbourne, Australia

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Mario recently traveled all the way to the land down under to perform a special show at Alumbra nightclub for their Sunday Soul Sessions series.

It was the R&B stars first ever club show in Melbourne, Australia, and he packed out the venue with screaming fans and plenty of beautiful ladies. Mario performed a strong set of his hits including “Kryptonite,” “Let Me Love You,” “Crazy Kind of Love,” “Stuttering” and more!

Check out the official video recap below, created by Jamie Perkins of TMC Media.

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Eric Bellinger Performs at the El Rey, Brings Out Mario, Too $hort & More

In late December of last year, Eric Bellinger headlined a concert at the famed El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles for Midi Mafia’s Brand X Live. The burgeoning R&B star had the packed venue singing and dancing along to his fan favorites and buzzing new single “I Don’t Want Her” featuring Problem. In addition to the young rap star, EB brought out Mario, Ty Dolla $ign and the legendary Too $hort to join him on stage.

Check out his official recap video, and stay tuned for his official album The Rebirth, which will be in stores on February 11.


Mario Performs Acoustic Version of “Someday at Christmas”

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Contemporary R&B artist, Mario, has stunned fans this year with his release of new material from his upcoming album. Led by the Nicki Minaj assisted song, “Somebody Else,” the album is said to be a monumental project in Mario’s career.

With Christmas right around the corner and fans waiting on something new from the crooner, what better gift to give than an awesome performance of some Christmas tunes?! Stopping by Rap-Up TV for their Rap-Up Sessions, the young singer performed some of his classic material including, “Let Me Love You” as well as the Christmas infused track, “Someday at Christmas.”

While his album Evolve won’t be out until early 2014, we hope that this can hold you over. Check out Mario’s performance of the festive ballad below:

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