Monthly Archives: November 2015

25th Anniversary of ATCQ’s “People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm” – EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PLAYLIST

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The 25th anniversary of A Tribe Called Quest’s “People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm” and ZUUS Media just released an exclusive music video collection of the group’s most popular hits, along with two new videos featuring commentary from Jarobi White — available here. Also included are newly remixed classics by Pharrell and J. Cole.

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Nas-backed LANDR launches first desktop app to make audio engineering quick, affordable

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Mastering app to expand workflow features for bulk uploading, integration with D.A.Ws, and cloud storage to make getting great sound even faster


LANDR, the cloud-based audio post-production software platform, is excited to announce the launch of their free desktop app – designed to make the music creation and engineering workflow seamless. The app expands the reach of the services to include new workflow features  like integration with digital audio workstations (D.A.Ws), metadata editing, improved file management, and cloud storage backup for all mastered tracks. It’s now available for download at


“Our goal at LANDR is to make it easy for musicians to get the sound they are looking for without needing to learn complex audio tools. With this app, we’re very excited to introduce that vision directly into musician’s DAW’s where our mastering is integrated into the process of creating music. With our bulk uploading features we hope to offer busy audio professionals a much easier workflow that gives them the great sound they are used to from LANDR, much faster.” said LANDR CEO, Pascal Pilon.


With the LANDR Desktop App, users get:


  • Bulk Uploading: Drag or upload entire folders into the app for bulk mastering

  • Integrations with D.A.Ws: Bounce tracks directly from your sessions and have them mastered by LANDR automatically

  • Cloud Storage: Avoid hard disk clutter with hyper secure cloud storage and never lose a file again.

  • Advanced User Experience: Including drag and drop anywhere window interactivity, mastered vs. unmastered track comparisons, and a flexible interface to allow for easy workflow between DAW and sharing online.


LANDR has additionally partnered with Studio One from PreSonus, Bitwig, TuneCore, INgrooves and CD Baby to integrate in their D.A.W directly or distribute the app to their users, allowing artists to move seamlessly between the platforms.


“We are excited to integrate with LANDR in Studio One ver 3. LANDR will be a terrific mastering solution for Studio One users who want a quick, professional sounding master. Not only does the platform sound good, but it’s a great tool to use in the final mixing stages. I think this will be a great solution for our Studio One customers,” said PreSonus President and Chief Strategy Officer, Jim Odom.



About LANDR: LANDR is the cloud-based audio post-production software platform that revolutionizes the mastering process with drag-and-drop simplicity to achieve professional studio quality sound in minutes. LANDR your demos before sharing them, drop in full length DJ mixes or live recordings, or make a track on the road and have it mastered in time for your gig the same night. LANDR lets you integrate mastering seamlessly into your creative process. For more information, please visit:


The Wiz Live! premieres Thursday, December 3rd at 8/7c only on NBC


NBC embarks on its latest musical holiday tradition: a 3-hour LIVE event production of the groundbreaking Broadway show that brought Oz to life in a funky sing-along journey down the yellow brick road.


Winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the original massive Broadway hit spawned a feature film starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Now, a Tony-winning creative team, the imaginative Cirque du Soleil Theatrical and a diverse cast of showstoppers create an eye-popping new take unlike anything ever seen.


From Executive Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron comes an adventure of stunning spectacle and toe-tapping music.


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In an epic night of stars, spectacle and song, follow the yellow brick road to the dazzling land of Oz with Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, David Alan Grier, Ne-Yo, Common, Stephanie Mills and many more in THE WIZ LIVE! The Tony Award®-Winning musical comes home in the season’s must-see event for the whole family. Premieres LIVE Thursday Dec 3rd at 8/7c – only on NBC.






Roberta Flack, Kool & The Gand, the O’Jays join GRAMMY HALL OF FAME



26 Recordings Added to the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®
Residing at the GRAMMY Museum®


SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Nov. 18, 2015) — Continuing the tradition of preserving and celebrating timeless recordings, The Recording Academy® has announced the newest additions to its vaunted GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®. This latest round of inducted recordings continues to highlight diversity and recording excellence, and acknowledges both singles and album recordings of all genres at least 25 years old that exhibit qualitative or historical significance. Recordings are reviewed annually by a special member committee comprised of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts, with final approval by The Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. With 26 new titles, the list, now in its 43rd year, currently totals 1,013 recordings and will be on display at the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE.

“The Recording Academy remains dedicated to celebrating a wide variety of great music through the decades,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “Spanning more than 50 years, the 2016 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame entries are an outstanding collection, marked by both historical and cultural significance. These works have influenced and inspired both music creators and fans for generations and we are proud to induct them into our catalog of distinguished recordings.”


Representing a great variety of tracks and albums, the 2016 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame inductees range from the Andrews Sisters’ “Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)” to the Grateful Dead’s American Beauty album. Also added to the highly regarded list are Blondie’s “Heart Of Glass,” Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful,” John Coltrane’s 1961 album Lush Life, Roberta Flack’s 1969 album First Take, Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled 1975 album, and the O’Jays’ “For The Love Of Money.” Other inductees include recordings by Jimmy Buffett, Fats Domino, Bob Dylan And The Band, John Lee Hooker, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, the Pretenders, and the Zombies, among others.


For more information about the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame or the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards® (which will be broadcast live on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network) please visit


Eligible recipients receive an official certificate from The Recording Academy. For a full list of recordings inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, please go to

“It brings me full circle to know that my first album has been recognized by my peers in such a meaningful way. First Take was, for me, about telling stories that were timeless and addressing universal emotions. I am honored to be included in such legendary company.”— Roberta Flack

“This makes me feel extra good because it’s the song that is being honored and it’s special to be a part of it. This is a great honor.” — Walter Williams of the O’Jays

“Thank you, Recording Academy Trustees, for the honor. We have been blessed to be able to share the song ‘Celebration’ with the world. It was inspired by the angels, celebrating the Creator of all things. We are grateful for life itself. It is truly a celebration!” — Kool & The Gang

Freddie Gibbs Launches New Cannabis Strain FREDDIE KANE OG


New cannabis strain Freddie Kane OG launched on cannabis curation delivery service Chroncierge with a launch party hosted by Freddie Gibbs and a limited run t-shirt collaboration with flagship store and gallery The Seventh Letter.

Freddie Gibbs, notable hip hop artist out of Gary, Indiana has received critical acclaim for his versatile style and “heartfelt rhymes about the struggles of street life” has released his own unique strain of cannabis entitled “Freddie Kane OG” which he developed with cannabis collective Chroncierge. To launch this campaign Chroncierge is working with marketing agency The Grow Division introducing the strain to both long time fans of Gibbs and the services of Chroncierge to fellow cannabis consumers.


Freddie Gibbs’ first signature strain “Freddie Kane OG” has been described by users as “euphoric, tranquilizing and analgesic” and is a groundbreaking collaboration that highlights the natural synergy between the worlds of cannabis and music. With legal marijuana being the fastest growing industry in the United States, musician Jud Nester of Chroncierge is leading efforts to bring additional talent on their roster, giving fellow artists another avenue for revenue in this billion dollar a year industry. Chroncierge has developed a dream team of master growers, marketing minds, and offers a truly unique digital membership platform for consumers making them unmatched in this sector.

On Thursday, November 12thGibbs launched “Freddie Kane OG” to the public with live music and surprise guests. In addition, The Seventh Letter (346 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036) has designed a limited run “TSL x Freddie Kane OG” t-shirt collaboration featuring artwork by TYKE WITNES that will be available at the launch event on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets for the event can be purchased online on Ticketfly.


About Freddie Kane OG:

  • Look: A lush and vibrant green nugget dipped with THC crystals and the structure only a master grower can attain, she is the super model of strains, a truly picture perfect OG.
  • Scent: The smell is a head turner with such an incredibly intense aroma that the smell alone feels powerful enough to intoxicate. Every intricate texture of its aromatic qualities translate perfectly through the smoke start to finish.
  • High: The Freddie Kane OG creeps in spacey with a heavy, warming and cerebral high that resonates throughout the entire body initially, eventually coming to rest on the back of the eye lids. This is not your average OG high, this one packs extra punch with longevity.


The Grow Division founded by Eddie Donaldson and James Marland was the natural choice for Chroncierge to execute this campaign as they strive to be an agency that can co-exist between the new and old mindset encompassing a variety of marijuana users from smart successful consumers, corporate businesses, medical patients, and other recreational customers. This project with past XXL Freshman of 2010, Freddie Gibbs and Chroncierge provides a unique platform for music and cannabis consumers alike to come together and celebrate this new partnership for all entities.


For more information visit Chroncierge you can visit or follow them at @Chroncierge. For more information on The Grow Division you can follow them on Facebook @TheGrowDivison. For more information on The Seventh Letter t-shirt collaboration visit or you can follow them on Instagram @TheSeventhLetter or Facebook at The Seventh Letter.



Entertainment & Lifestyle Mogul Berner to Debut New Documentary at Cannabis Disrupt Conference in SF




The LATEST Fusion of Music and Cannabis Culture Revealed at San Francisco Disrupt Event

Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, the estate of Bob Marley, and Wiz Khalifa are all making moves in legal cannabis. But one entertainer is already the major big player. Billboard Top 10 Hip-Hop star and marijuana business mogul, Berner, has disclosed his pot-related projects gross $10 million per year.

Berner is a special guest at New West Summit, the first-ever cannabis industry conference to zero in on trends in entertainment, technology, media, and finance.

On Nov. 21 Berner will debut a documentary film on the origin of the blockbuster cannabis strain ‘Cookies’ to a live crowd of 1,000 technologists, venture capitalists, and cannabis entrepreneurs at the Parc 55 hotel in Downtown San Francisco.  He is shopping the Anthony Bourdain-style cannabis travelog series called “Marijuana Mania” at the Summit where more than two-dozen reporters representing a combined 30 million readers have registered to cover the conference.

In the film, Berner travels to rural California, links up with the creators of the strain Girl Scout Cookies, tours farms, harvests amazing cannabis, and pollinates a new hybrid. The footage contains never-before-seen interviews with the horticulturalists behind the million-dollar, blockbuster strain and brand. 

After the Saturday screening, Berner sits for a 15-minute Q&A on the Future of Branding, the rise of Cookies.

“This documentary series portrays the real culture and stories driving the legalization movement across the world – and especially in our backyard,” said Berner. “As a San Francisco and Northern California native, it’s only right that I debut ‘Marijuana Mania’ at the New West Summit to some of the most influential players in cannabis today sitting here as my hometown crowd.”

Berner is a lifelong storyteller, with 14 albums. He’s signed to Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang, and has tracks music with Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, B-Real of Cypress Hill. He released a new EP with Cam’ron on November 10th.

“San Francisco is the global epicenter of cannabis culture, technology, media and finance,” said Dean Arbit, co-founder of New West Summit and publisher of Smell The Truth blog, a partnership between Hearst Media and SFGate. “Berner’s lifestyle brand, and now the screening of his new documentary series, crystallizes that the convergence of cannabis and entertainment has become mainstream.”

The Summit’s “Intersection of Cannabis+Music” panel Saturday at 12 p.m. will feature Will Bronson, Active Management’s manager for Berner, Run The Jewels, Killer Mike and Kool John, as well as SF musician Christopher Willits, and others.  View The Full Schedule:

Tickets to New West Summit will sell out prior to the event, and sponsorships are nearly sold out.  (

Major Sponsors and Exhibitors include: Steep Hill, Headset, Mass Roots, Bloom Farms, Green Rush, SensiChew, AbsoluteXtracts, MJ Freeway, MJIC,  Grey Zone, Surna, Elemntl, Green Flower Media, Adistry, Smoke Reports, Eaze, VapeXhale, HelloMD, Flow Kana, MyDx, The ArcView Group, Canopy SF/Canopy Boulder, Poseidon Asset Management, FlowHub, MedSpoon, Rad Lab, High There, & W Vape.

Media partners include: CNET,, Marijuana Politics, San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly, SF Evergreen, Smell The Truth on, The Weed Blog, PROHBTD Media, DOPE Magazine, Cashinbis, MG Magazine, Smoke Reports, Adistry, Mantis, The Hash podcast, International Cannabis Business Conference, Cannabis Now,, SF MusicTech, and SF NewTech.

For more information, and speaker bios and updates, please go to:


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Atlantic recording artist CeeLo Green has announced today’s release of his eagerly awaited new studio album. “HEART BLANCHE” – which marks the GRAMMY® Award-winning superstar’s first full-length release in nearly five years – is available today in stores and digital retailers worldwide. Buy:, Stream:


“HEART BLANCHE” was preceded by a series of stellar singles, including “Robin Williams,”  “Sign Of The Times”, “Music To My Soul,” and the Mark Ronson-produced “Mother May I”.  The album has been receiving critical acclaim with VIBE praising, “The songs maintained an uplifting theme, zooming into the concepts of positivity, love and harmony,” and “his vocal abilities are raw and unmatched.”  “HEART BLANCHE” also features remarkable cover art specially created by acclaimed Chicago-based artist Nick Cave, best known for his wearable fabric “Soundsuit” sculptures.


CeeLo will celebrate “HEART BLANCHE” with a number of high profile TV appearances, beginning Tuesday, November 17th with a performance on CBS’ Late Show with Stephen Colbert, backed by Jon Batiste & Stay Human. The next morning, Wednesday, November 18th, sees CeeLo visiting the syndicated LIVE! with Kelly and Michael to perform “Music To My Soul,” followed on Friday, November 20th by an interview on the syndicated Meredith Viera Show (check local listings).


CeeLo recently rocked NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with a one-of-a-kind live take on “Music To My Soul,” backed by The Roots and The Watson Twins. The performance is streaming now at  Green also did a jaw-dropping performance of the soulful album track, “CeeLo Green Sings The Blues” on the UK’s “Later With…Jules Holland” this week, which is available to view here.


“HEART BLANCHE” has also been accompanied by a series of inventive and innovative companion videos, including clips for “Robin Williams,”  “Sign Of The Times,” and “Music To My Soul.” Next up is an official video for the “HEART BLANCHE” highlight, “Working Class Heroes (Work),” to be released Monday, November 9th exclusively via the StarShop App. The first-of-its-kind, StarShop App, is a mobile destination that curates today’s top stars with on-trend brands they love and exclusive celebrity content, all in one dynamic shopping experience.  The music video for “Working Class Heroes (Work)” – which features StarShop branding creatively interspersed throughout – will stream exclusively via through Sunday, November 15th and then will hit YouTube.  See a teaser of the video here: (insert link)


Singer/songwriter, producer, performer, TV personality, fashion icon, entrepreneur, and so much more, CeeLo Green is among the most creative and unique artists of this or any era. The ATL-native’s 2010 blockbuster, “THE LADY KILLER” was of course highlighted by a pair of GRAMMY® Award-winning hit singles, the #1 smash, “Fool For You (Feat. Melanie Fiona)” and the epochal, 5x RIAA platinum certified worldwide sensation, “F**k You.”


    1. Heart Blanche Intro
    2. Est. 1980’s
    3. Mother May I
    4. Working Class Heroes (Work)
    5. Tonight
    6. Robin Williams
    7. Sign Of The Times
    8. CeeLo Green Sings The Blues
    9. Music To My Soul
    10. Race Against Time
    11. Better Late Than Never
    12. Smells Like Fire
    13. Purple Hearts (Soldier Of Love)
    14. Thorns
    15. The Glory Games


Republic Records to Release ‘AMY’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Republic Records will release the AMY Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album in stores and through all digital retailers this Friday, October 30th. The critically acclaimed documentary about multiplatinum Grammy Award®-winning icon Amy Winehouse arrives at retailers everywhere on DVD and Blu-Ray December 1.

It’s available HERE.
The album includes music from the film such as “Stronger Than Me” by Amy herself and various previously unreleased live performances throughout her storied career. In between these selections, the rest of the album is comprised of an original score by Golden Globe Award®-nominated composer Antônio Alves Pinto. The complete tracklisting is unveiled below.
Premiering at Cannes and screening at Glastonbury this summer, AMY, directed by BAFTA-winning director Asif Kapadia, became the highest grossing British documentary of all time.

  1. Antônio Alves Pinto – “Opening”
  2. Amy Winehouse – “Stronger Than Me”
  3. Antônio Alves Pinto – “Poetic Finale”
  4. Amy Winehouse – “What Is It About Men” [Live @ North Sea Jazz Festival]
  5. Antônio Alves Pinto – “Walk”
  6. Amy Winehouse – “Some Unholy War” [Downtempo version]
  7. Antônio Alves Pinto – “Holiday Texts”
  8. Antônio Alves Pinto – “Kidnapping Amy”
  9. Amy Winehouse – “Like Smoke” [Demo]
  10. Amy Winehouse – “Tears Dry On Their Own”
  11. Antônio Alves Pinto – “Seperacao Fotos”
  12. Strange Cargo – “The Name of the Wave”
  13. Amy Winehouse – “Back to Black” [Acapella/Album Medley]
  14. Antônio Alves Pinto – “Cynthia”
  15. Amy Winehouse – “Rehab” [Live on Jools Holland]
  16. Antônio Alves Pinto – “In the Studio”
  17. Amy Winehouse – “We’re Still Friends” [Live @ Union Chapel]
  18. Antônio Alves Pinto –“Amy Lives”
  19. Amy Winehouse – “Love is a Losing Game” [Live @ Mercury Awards]
  20. Antônio Alves Pinto – “Arrested”
  21. Amy Winehouse & Tony Bennett – “Body and Soul”
  22. Antônio Alves Pinto – “Amy Forever”
  23. Amy Winehouse – “Valerie” [Live @ BBC]