Tonight on LoveLudes, our host Tre Thomas brings us more of the best in love music and love conversation. This week, he asks "How do you know when you are complete and ready to pursue a relationship?". Check out music from Avant, KeKe Wyatt, Brandy, Rahsaan Patterson, Dave Hollister, Kelly Price, Tweet, Bilal, Jarrell Perry, Tamia, india.arie, Stevie Wonder, and more.
Today, we look the working conditions facing fast food workers in the United States. We debut "More of You" from Earnest Pugh and you get to vote on the New Joint of the Week. Music from The Pace Sisters, Hart Ramsey & The NCC Family Choir, L. Spenser Smith, Salvador, Tedashii, Marvin Sapp, Chris Tomlin, Lecrae, Shawna Harris, JJ weeks Band, James Fortune & FIYA, Fred Hammond, Monica, Claude Deuce, Tim Dillinger, B. Slade, The Potter's House Denver, Steve Lawrence, Disciple, will.i.am, Justin Bieber, Lowell Pye, PJ Morton, Kevon Carter, Jamie Simond, Israel & New Breed, Jason Nelson, Isaac Carree, and more.
Grammy Award winning rap mogul Jay-Z has signed a deal with Samsung for his upcoming album release, Magna Carta Holy Grail. The announcement of the album was made via a Samsung commercial during Game 5 of the NBA finals Sunday night. Magna Carta Holy Grail will release on July 4, first to Samsung Galaxy users who purchase a special app and then to the general public on July 7. The first one million users of the app will receive free downloads of Jay-Z's twelfth album release. This deal is reportedly worth $20 million dollars.
In the three-minute ad, Jay-Z is seen recording and brainstorming in the studio with legendary producers Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams, Timbaland and Swizz Beatz. He has also been seen in the studio collaborating with Drake and Justin Timberlake.
The special delivery of Jay-Z's album announcement is very similar to that of his superstar wife, Beyonce. Mrs. Carter signed deals with Pepsi and H&M which have featured snippets of her songs "Grown Woman" and "Standing On The Sun", respectively.
The rap icon describes Magna Carta Holy Grail as a study of duality. "How do you navigate your way through this whole thing — like success, through failures, through all this — and remain yourself?" he asks.
Magna Carta Holy Grail will be available to the general public on July 7. If you're not a Samsung Galaxy owner, will you purchase the smartphone to receive the album 72 hours earlier?
In the meantime, check out the commercial:
Time to check out this week's Billboard Charts for the week ending June 22, 2013.
Billboard Top 200
1. Queens of the Stone Age: …Like Clockwork
| iTunes | amazon | (1 wk at #1)
2. Daft Punk: Random Access Memories
| iTunes | amazon |
3. Sleeping with Sirens: Feel | iTunes | amazon |
4. Blake Shelton: Based On A True Story | iTunes | amazon |
5. Darius Rucker: True Believers | iTunes | amazon |
6. Megadeth: Super Collider | iTunes | amazon |
7. Imagine Dragons: Night Visions | iTunes | amazon |
8. Florida George Line: Here's To The Good Times | iTunes | amazon |
9. Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience | iTunes | amazon |
10. Barenaked Ladies: Grinning Streak | iTunes | amazon |
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Charts
1. Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience
| iTunes | amazon | (9 wks at #1, #9 Billboard 200)
2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: The Heist | iTunes | amazon |
3. Lil Wayne: I Am Not A Human Being II | iTunes | amazon |
4. French Montana: Excuse My French | iTunes | amazon |
5. The-Dream: IV Play | iTunes | amazon |
6. Fantasia: Side Effects of You | iTunes | amazon |
7. Rihanna: Unapologetic | iTunes | amazon |
8. Kendrick Lamar: good kid, m.A.A.d city | iTunes | amazon |
9. Kid Ink: Almost Home | iTunes | amazon |
10. Miguel: Kaleidoscope Dream | iTunes | amazon |
Top Gospel Albums
1. Tamela Mann: Best Days | iTunes | amazon |
(19 wks at #1, #112 Billboard Top 200)
2. Tasha Cobbs: Grace | iTunes | amazon |
3. Various Artists: WOW Gospel 2013 | iTunes | amazon |
4. Fred Hammond: United Tenors Hammond Hollister Roberson Wilson | iTunes | amazon |
5. Alexis Spight: L.O.L. (Living Out Loud) | iTunes | amazon |
6. Jonathan Nelson: Finish Strong | iTunes | amazon |
7. Lecrae: Gravity | iTunes | amazon |
8. Jekalyn Carr: Greater Is Coming | iTunes | amazon |
9. Shirley Caesar: Good God | iTunes | amazon |
10. William Murphy: God Chaser | iTunes | amazon |
Top Christian Albums
1. Building 429: We Won't Be Shaken
| iTunes | amazon |
(1 wk at #1, #53 Billboard Top 200)
2. Alan Jackson: Precious Memories, Vol. II | iTunes | amazon |
3. Amy Grant: How Mercy Looks From Here | iTunes | amazon |
4. Matt Redman: 10,000 Reasons | iTunes | amazon |
5. Various Artists: WOW Hits 2013 | iTunes | amazon |
6. Chris Tomlin: Burning Lights | iTunes | amazon |
7. Hillsong United: Zion | iTunes | amazon |
8. tobyMac: Eye On It | iTunes | amazon |
9. Britt Nicole: Gold | iTunes | amazon |
10. Matthew West: Into The Light | iTunes | amazon |
Check out the complete list of Billboard charts at their website.
It's been four years since we've had new music from singer, songwriter, and actress Michelle Williams. Well, today, she gives us a sneak peek into some long awaited new music, with the announcement of her forthcoming new single, "If We Had Your Eyes", which hits iTunes June 24. The new track is the lead single from her upcoming release which is due later this year.
The Destiny's Child alumnus will release this new project with Light Records/eOne Music, who will also produce her new reality series, My Sister's Keeper. The docu-series will follow the lives of Williams and her sisters, chronicling the pressures of releasing a new solo album through eOne Music. She's also been part of a very successful theatrical run of the Tony Award-winning musical Fela!, where she co-stars as Sandra Izsadore, the love interest of Afrobeat legend and political activist Fela Kuti.
Check out the teaser for "If We Had Your Eyes" and look for the new single to hit radio and digital outlets soon!!
The boys are BACK!! It's the return of UK FIYAH with our UK brothers Adam & Matt Brooks. They continue to bring us blazing tracks from the UK and beyond and they update us on their adventures for the last two weeks. Music from Clif & Marie, Guvna B, Galactus Jack, Jesus Culture, Martin Smith, Nathan Jess, Lurine Cato, Philippa Hanna, Coco Dupree, K.E.Y.S.H.A., Ejiro, Keisha Buchanan, Noel Robinson, Chevelle Franklyn, and more.
Today, on The Morning Show, we look at the dangers of driving with hands free devices. We debut "In Spite of Me" from Ralph Williams and Rock It or Stop It returns with music from Montrae Tisdale-Johnson & The Friends Chorale. Music from 21:03, J. Moss, Family Force 5, Shy Da Gifted, Bubby Fann & Praise Beyond, The Lumineers, Erica Campbell, Lowell Pye, Isaac Carree, Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar, Tim Dillinger, B. Slade, Isaiah D. Thomas & EOP, Ashes Remain, Chaka Khan, Lecrae, Maurette Brown-Clark, Schuyler Johnson, Onitsha, SWV, and more.
It's been another monumental year for Jakes, who began the year receiving the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award at the 28th Annual Stellar Awards. He's also preparing for the relaunch of MegaFest, his 3 day inspirational festival coming during Labor Day Weekend in Dallas, TX. This event will feature the merging of Jakes' famous events Woman Thou Art Loosed, ManPower, MegaYouth and MegaKidz with an expected attendance of over 50,000 attendees.
Look for "T.D. Jakes Presents: Mind, Body, & Soul" this fall on BET.
In the meantime, check out TD Jakes talking to the queen of talk show TV, Oprah Winfrey!
The month of June has been coined Black Music Month since 1979 under the presidency of Jimmy Carter. President Barack Obama has since renamed it African American Music Month. It is a time dedicated to discovering and recognizing the achievements of African American artists of all genres. Various artists will be performing in venues nationwide to pay homage for the contributions African Americans have made to music.
BET Sunday Best season 2 winner, Y'Anna Crawley will be honored at an event hosted by The Platform in Baltimore, MD. Crawley's debut album The Promise, entered #2 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums Chart and earned her a Stellar Award for Best New Artist in 2012. Crawley has always had a passion for music. She has sung background vocals for a variety of artists including, Genobia Jeter, Glenn Jones, Raheem DeVaughn, Angie Stone, Chrisette Michelle, Stephen Hurd, and Jennifer Lopez. Her musical taste and influences include a broad range of singers such as, Aretha Franklin, The Clark Sisters, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Kelly Price. Crawley is currently in the studio working on her sophomore project, which will feature production from Grammy award nominee B. Slade.
Celebrate African American Music Month with The Platform as they honor Crawley for her achievements, and she performs June 27 at Eden Lounge in Baltimore, MD. Check out their website for more info.
Stellar award nominated singer, songwriter, and producer Earnest Pugh is in the studio preparing to release his brand new project. The W.I.N. (Worship In Nassau) Experience is the new effort from Pugh and was recorded live in Nassau, Bahamas in the grand ballroom of the Atlantis Hotel. This project commemorates what Pugh is calling "The 20-15 Celebration", that is 20 years in ministry and 15 years in the music industry.
The W.I.N. (Worship In Nassau) Experience features guest appearances from Shirley Caesar, Rance Allen, LeJeune Thompson, and Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis. The set will also include the studio version of Pugh’s recent Top 40 hit "I Believe You Most" , featuring a collaboration with J. Moss and the PAJAM production team. This week, Pugh releases a second single to radio, a worship ballad titled "More Of You".
"If I have learned nothing else about ministry and industry over the last twenty years I have learned that there is a season and time when one must escape from all the noise out here – the character attacks, gossip, blogs, negativity and find that secret place to commune with God so you can be filled and refreshed on a regular basis,” Pugh adds. “That will keep you sane and on point for your earthly assignment."
The last 18 months have seen Pugh transition from life as an artist to becoming a label owner and executive with the launch of his new imprint EPM Music Group. The label boasts a rich roster featuring Chrystal Rucker, Charles Butler & Trinity, Keith Williams, and Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis. Meanwhile, Pugh will be releasing this effort on the new imprint P Man Records with distribution through Central South Distribution.
Look for The W.I.N. (Worship In Nassau) Experience to hit stores August 27, 2013. In the meantime, check out the lead single from this set, "I Believe You Most" featuring J. Moss.