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June 2013

Line-Up of Talent & Nominees Announced for BET Awards 2013

“Anything Can Happen” As The Line-Up Of Talent And Nominees Are Announced For This Year’s BET Awards ’13


Hip-Hop Artist Drake Takes Command with 12 Nominations while Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz Are Tied with 8 Nominations

An Unprecedented 10 Nominees Rival For The Coveted “Video of the Year Award”

Chris Brown and R. Kelly Confirmed As the First Performers For This Year’s Awards Show

Legendary R&B Singer Charlie Wilson To Be Honored with the 2013 “Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award”

LIVE from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. * ET/PT on BET Networks

The BET Experience at L.A. Live, a Three-Day Event Including Concerts, Comedy Shows, a Film Festival and a Fan Fest and Seminars, June 28-30, Culminates with the BET AWARDS ’13

LOS ANGELES, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Earlier today, nominees were announced at the official BET Awards ’13 press conference in Los Angeles, by BET’s President of Music Programming and Specials, Stephen G. Hill ; this year’s BET Awards ’13 host, blockbuster movie star and comedian Chris Tucker ; R&B artist Chris Brown ; hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar; and singer and television personality Tamar Braxton.

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Broadway’s Smash Hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL to Perform on PBS’ A CAPITOL FOURTH, America’s National Independence Day Celebration, Live From the U.S. Capitol 

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The 33rd annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH on PBS will feature over thirty cast members, including Tony Award® nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, Saycon Sengbloh and 2013 Tony Award® nominee Valisia LeKae, from Broadway’s new smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL.

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Pianist Keiko Matsui Releases New Disc, “SOUL QUEST” on July 30th, 2013

Internationally Acclaimed Pianist, Composer & Humanitarian KEIKO MATSUI Creates Ground-Breaking, Thought-Provoking & Inspirational New Music on
Out July 30, 2013 Via Shanachie Entertainment

Keiko Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of U.S. Recording Career With Star-Studded CD featuring Narada Michael Walden, Chuck Loeb, Marcus Miller & Kirk Whalum Among Others

“Creating this album was like going on a soul quest, as I tried to figure out how to express the things I was thinking and experiencing during this past year,” confides pianist, composer and humanitarian Keiko Matsui (pronounced Kay-Koe, meaning ‘happy, celebratory child’ in Japanese).

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Deborah Cox to Join CHER on Stage | New Album with Single Coming This Fall 2013

Deborah Cox to Join Cher at Dance on the Pier on June 30
During Gay Pride Week in New York City

Cox to Record New Album with Single Set for Release This Fall

Cox Continues Concert Dates in U.S. and Abroad

(New York, NY – June 24, 2013) — GRAMMY®-nominated, multi-talented entertainer Deborah Cox will join entertainment icon Cher at the Dance on the Pier concert on June 30, during Gay Pride Week in New York City. Cox, who has an impressive eleven #1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart, is no stranger to the gay community. “For many years, I have been performing at several gay pride events across the country,” says Cox.

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Announcing The Winners of our BIG Ticket Giveaway for The 27th Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival | June 22nd & 23rd, 2013

by Announcing The Winners of our BIG Ticket Giveaway for The 27th Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival | 2013 Good Morning Folks! Announcing the winners of our BIG 27th Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival Ticket Giveaway! We are giving away a pair of tickets for each day to …

New Jazz Release: The Mack Avenue Superband | “Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival – 2012” (Coming Sept 3rd, 2013)



Selected Exclusively from the Label’s Burgeoning Roster of Jazz
Superstars, Including Carl Allen, Gary Burton, Aaron Diehl, Kevin Eubanks, Tia Fuller, Sean Jones, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Evan Perri, Alfredo Rodríguez, and Rodney Whitaker


Repertoire Comprised of Original Tunes by

SuperBand Members as well as Favorite Standards


SuperBand to Reassemble at Upcoming 34th Annual

Detroit Jazz Festival on Labor Day Weekend

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Chaka Khan Will Be Honored With a Street Naming & “Chaka Khan Day” in Chicago

Ten-Time GRAMMY® Award Winner Chaka Khan Will Be Honored by Her Hometown with a Street Naming and “Chaka Khan Day” Celebration in Chicago

Khan Resumes Concert Dates in U.S. and Abroad in July

(Los Angeles, CA – June 20, 2013) — Ten-time GRAMMY® Award winner Chaka Khan will be honored for her stellar 40-year career in music and entertainment in the place where it all began—Chicago, Illinois. The music icon will participate in the ceremonial unveiling of Chaka Khan Way on S. Blackstone Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets on Saturday, July 27.

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WATCH NEW MUSIC VIDEO from Singer Marvin Gaye III | “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”

Hot Off The Press…Marvin Gaye III, Releases First New Single,
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You


LOS ANGELES, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Marvin P. Gaye III is a gifted recording artist, producer, and businessman. He was born in Detroit, Michigan and is the son of the legendary, world-renowned Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall famer, Marvin Gaye. He is also the son of Anna Gordy, the sister of Motown’s founder, Berry Gordy. Marvin’s siblings include film and television actress and singer Nona Gaye.

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Natalie Cole to Release First Spanish-Language Album, “Natalie Cole en Espanol” on June 25th, 2013 | WATCH VIDEO!

NATALIE COLE Will Celebrate The Cultural Richness Of Latin Music With The June 25th Release Of “Natalie Cole en Espanol”
Saluting The Pioneering Bilingual Legacy of Her Legendary Father, While Spotlighting The Most Romantic Songs Of The Great Spanish Language Composers… -Produced By Rudy Perez, And Featuring Special Guests Juan Luis Guerra & Andrea Bocelli
LOS ANGELES, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Multiple GRAMMY Award-winner Natalie Cole ‘s first Spanish-language album, ” Natalie Cole en Espanol” will be released June 25 on Verve/Universal.