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JIMMY JAM & TERRY LEWIS – JAM & LEWIS VOLUME 1

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis are no strangers to the top of the charts. However, this time they’ve returned as artists for the first time in their storied career!

This past weekend, the Grammy-Award winning legendary production duo recently turned artists took over Apple Music when their anxiously awaited debut album, Jam & Lewis Volume One [BMG], captured #1 on the Apple Music Overall Top Albums Chart. It is available here. The record is also on track for an impressive debut on multiple Billboard charts.

At the same time, the latest single “Somewhat Loved (There You Go Breakin’ My Heart),” [with the multi-platinum, multiple Grammy award winning, New York Times #1 Best Selling author and global superstar Mariah Carey] has risen to #16 at radio, according to Mediabase. Of the latter, Billboard wrote, “A subtle piano vibe before a heartbeat and finger-snap beat bubbles up. By the time the chorus kicks in, the song fattens up with a ticking, bass-heavy thump as Carey croons.” It followed on the heels of “He Don’t Know Nothin’ Bout It” [with Babyface], which held a spot in the Top 5 of the Billboard Top R&B Songs Chart for a staggering 16 weeks and has spent nearly a half year in the top 10.

Songs from the album have notably gathered 5 million-plus cumulative streams and counting thus far. Among its blockbuster guest list, Volume 1 also includes Mary J. Blige, Boyz II Men, Toni Braxton, Usher, and more.

Inciting unanimous critical applause, The New York Times attested, “Jam & Lewis Shaped Pop History. They’re Working on Its Future, Too,” and Variety claimed, “This first volume boldly takes the pair all the way back to their flashy, funky time with the Time in its use of Morris Day and Jerome Benton, as well as presenting Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Usher and Mary J. Blige in the most dramatic and elegantly soulful settings.” In a four-star review, The Guardian summed it up best as “worth the 40-year wait.”

In other chart news, Jam & Lewis currently hold four entries in the Top 20. As co-writers with H.E.R. on the Double Platinum “Damage.” from her recent #1 album Back Of My Mind, as well as the #8 song on the chart, “Cascade,” with former Mint Condition front man Stokley. Mariah Carey, Babyface, and Stokley’s songs are all affiliated with Jam & Lewis’ Flytetyme/ Perspective label, marking two songs in the Top 10 and three in the Top 20 of the Billboard Adult R&B chart.

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis have had an unprecedented career as producers, with five GRAMMY Awards, over 100 Platinum certifications, and 16 Billboard Hot 100 Number Ones. They’ve worked with legendary artists including Elton John, Lionel Richie, and Patti LaBelle, composed music for TBS and TNT networks’ NBA basketball broadcasts, as well as the theme to the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. The duo has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, received an NAACP Image Award, star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and were recently nominated for a Primetime EMMY Award in “Outstanding Music Direction.”

After 40 years, Jam & Lewis are just getting started!

JAM & LEWIS VOLUME ONE TRACK LIST:

  1. ‘Til I Found You (Ft. Ann Nesby, James “Big Jim” Wright, Lauren Evans & Sounds Of Blackness)
  2. Spinnin (Ft. Mary J. Blige)
  3. The Next Best Day (Ft. Boyz II Men)
  4. Somewhat Loved (There You Go Breakin’ My Heart) (Ft. Mariah Carey)
  5. He Don’t Know Nothin’ Bout It (Ft. Babyface)
  6. Happily Unhappy (Ft. Toni Braxton)
  7. Maybe I’ve Changed (Or Did You) (Ft. Heather Headley)
  8. Do What I Do (Ft. Charlie Wilson)
  9. Do It Yourself (Ft. Usher)
  10. Babylove (Ft. Morris Day, Jerome, & The Roots)

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LMB DG UNVEILS OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO – PULL UP

Today, LMB DG shared the official video for his breakthrough hit “Pull Up.” Charged with a raw, ominous energy, the clip captures the sense of foreboding that hangs over those who ride the streets of Los Angeles at night and offers up an unexpected plea for grace. View the video, which was directed by Picture Perfect (A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, French Montana, Cardi B), here.

Released in late 2020, “Pull Up” went viral after a friend of DG’s shared the swaggering song to his 530,000 TikTok followers. By early 2021, DG had signed a record deal. Combined global streams of “Pull Up” have now surpassed 30 million.

Download/Stream “Pull Up” here.

LMB DG was born to deliver the ghetto gospel, music for survivors. Fueled by memories of his troubled Los Angeles neighborhood and the years he spent honing a powerful voice in his church choir, the West Coast artist freely spills his soul over solemn trap beats. He delivers tales of tragedy, triumph, romance and everything between, creating anthems that sit at the intersection of despair and inspiration. “I put a lot of passion behind my words,” says DG, and it’s clear.

Born DeGabriel Floyd to a mother from Trinidad and Tobago and a father from Illinois, DG remembers riding around in the car with his dad listening to Boyz II Men and Michael Jackson. Inspired by their melodies, he began singing in church with his sister – but his first love was football. When he was only nine, DG’s father died of lung cancer. Inspired by his dad’s love of the game, DG began to focus on making his own gridiron dreams a reality. By his senior year of high school, the inside linebacker had become a four-star recruit and earned a full scholarship to play at the University of Texas. While preparing for his freshman season, DG learned that he had a congenital condition that narrows the spine. He announced his retirement in December 2019.

“It was like my life shattered,” DG recalls. “But something erupted out of me saying it’s going to be better. A bigger purpose is there.”

DG returned to music and, after his brother was incarcerated, he tried his hand at rapping. The emotion, the depth, the attention to detail… it all poured out into the poignant song “Long Nights,” released in 2020. While he began making music as a way of dealing with the curves life had thrown him, he’s grateful to know that others can relate and find inspiration in his music.

“I want you to understand what I’ve dealt with and understand that I’ve still achieved success,” says DG. “Now I know I’m not alone, and other people can know they’re not alone, too.”

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Eric Bellinger – Blessed

Today, Grammy-winning songwriter and R&B artist Eric Bellinger and Nieman Johnson debut “Blessed,” the second song available from Optimal Music, a collaborative project releasing via YFS Music/Empire Records on April 24.

On the smooth and soulful J. Gramm produced track, Eric Bellinger joins Wale, RJ and Joe Moses to sing and rap about their affection for women and how they feel blessed that the love is reciprocated right back.

LISTEN TO “BLESSED”

“R&B savior Eric Bellinger knows rhythm and blues, and his expertise has landed him songwriting credits for some of the biggest names in the music industry” – UPROXX

“With everything that’s going on we want people to know that they are still blessed to have life and family and friends that love them. Our job is to continue to make music that inspires and provides an escape from this difficult time that everyone is experiencing. We will overcome this moment together,” says Nieman Johnson.

“Blessed” follows the new album’s sensual lead single “Say Less” that’s gained over 3 Million combined streams since its release earlier this month. Both songs are featured on Optimal Music, a joint project curated by Eric Bellinger’s longtime friend and YFS Music business partner Nieman Johnson who handpicked an organized the album’s production, songwriters, artwork and guest features that include Young Thug, Jeremih, Wale, RJ, Joe Moses and Nieman Johnson himself.

LISTEN TO “SAY LESS”

During this time while people are self-quarantined, Eric Bellinger continues to stay in touch with his fans in new ways via social media. Last weekend, he live-streamed the process of recording a new song via YouTube while he looked to viewers to give their input on selecting the beat and suggesting song lyrics. This week he went on IG Live alongside fellow songwriter and producer Chrishan to record new music and have viewers experience the process with them. He’s also currently running a contest for producers to submit their beats and win a chance for Eric to record over one of their tracks that could appear on a new album. Previous campaigns on Instagram include winning a guest verse from him and having the chance to open at one of his shows.

Also, check out Neiman Johnson and Eric Bellinger’s newly launched YouTube series where they tackle their independent journey and discuss other hot music industry topics with special guests.

ABOUT ERIC BELLINGER:

Born and raised in Compton, CA, Eric Bellinger is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter and critically-acclaimed R&B star with sinfully smooth vocals and an affinity for soulful melodies. The grandson of Jackson 5 songwriter Bobby Day who wrote the hit “Rockin Robin”, Bellinger has been engulfed with music his entire life. He’s racked up over 100 song placements and co-penned hits for pop and R&B stars including Usher (“Lemme See”), Justin Bieber (“Right Here”) and Chris Brown (“Fine China”), Wale (“On Chill”) and won his first Grammy Award as a songwriter on Brown’s best R&B-crowned album, F.A.M.E.

“…This Grammy-Award winning songwriter has been able to establish a reputation for himself that has him working alongside the likes of Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Tank and Justin Bieber to name a few.” – Billboard

Bellinger’s extensive writing discography spans to R&B royalty like Jennifer Hudson, Trey Songz, Janelle Monae, Boyz II Men to pop superstars Selena Gomez and Jojo to hip-hop chart-toppers Wale, Kid Ink, The Game and Nelly. Not only a skillful songwriter, Bellinger is also an equally talented singer/rapper. He has a prolific catalog of music that has amounted to over 1 Billion Combined Streams.

Starting in 2013, he made his solo artist debut with In The Meantime and Born To Sing volumes 1-3. 2014 brought his critically-acclaimed official full-length album The ReBirth. In 2015 the R&B hitmaker released the first installment of his signature mixtape series Cuffing Season, Cuffing Season Part 2 and In The Meantime Part 2. 2016 he debuted Choose Up Season, Eventually and Eric B for President: Term 1. 2017 was Eric B for President: Term 2, Eazy Call and Nine. Last year, his anticipated debut album follow-up The ReBirth 2, Saved By The Bellinger and Cuffing Season 3. This year, Eric has released his themed album Scenarios with Grammy-winning producer Chase-N-Cashe [Lil Wayne, Drake].

On April 24th, 2020, Eric will release Optimal Music, a collaboration with YFS Music and career-long business partner Nieman Johnson. The album curated from top to bottom by Nieman includes guests vocals from Wale, Young Thug, Jeremih, RJ, Joe Moses, and Nieman Johnson.

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Walk The Blue Carpet With The Mavs

On Friday, March 1st, the Dallas Mavericks will host the fourth annual Mavs Ball presented by Smith Thompson Home Security benefiting the Mavs Foundation. The star-studded night, hosted by FOX Sports Southwest’s Mark Followill and Dana Larson, will include a cocktail reception, seated dinner, live and silent auctions and entertainment by the Grammy Award-winning group, Boyz II Men. The entire 2018-2019 Dallas Mavericks team, Owner Mark Cuban, and Head Coach Rick Carlisle will all be in attendance.

Mavs Ball is the premier fundraiser for the Mavs Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Dallas Mavericks, dedicated to serving women, children and families in need across North Texas. This year’s event will celebrate the 2018-2019 Mavs Foundation Grant Recipients: CitySquare, Community Partners of Dallas, Dallas 24 Hour Club, Essilor Vision Foundation, Hope Supply Co., Hunger Busters, Jonathan’s Place, Leukemia Texas, Mission Possible Kids, POETIC, Voice of Hope and YMCA Waxahachie.

Mavs Ball will take place on Friday, March 1, 2019, from 7:00PM to 11:00PM at American Airlines Center (2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219). Proud sponsors for the event include: Smith Thompson Home Security, 5miles, Morgan Stanley, Legacy Exploration and KPMG.

Jessie J “This Christmas Day”

Ready for a spot under Christmas trees worldwide this year, GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi-platinum superstar JESSIE J releases her first-ever holiday album, This Christmas Day, in stores and at all digital retailers via LAVA/Republic Records. Get it HERE.

“I love Christmas music and am so excited to release this album.” Jessie J talks about the new abum, “There are a lot of classics on the album and one original, ‘This Christmas Day’, which also became the title track. A very close friend of mine lost her brother and watching someone I love go through such heavy grief everyday was so hard. I wanted to write something that could just bring a little comfort. On Christmas Day we celebrate yes, but she and millions of other people around the world will also reflect and remember loved ones they so wish were here still. It’s a day where family and friends unite in love. This is the meaning behind that song, and why I called the album “This Christmas Day”.

Assembling the perfect fireside tracklisting, she breathes new spirit into the likes of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and “Silent Night” produced by none other than the legendary David Foster. Meanwhile, she delivers two dream collaborations, joining forces with Boyz II Men for “Winter Wonderland” and “This Christmas Song” featuring Babyface. The full tracklisting can be found below!

On the horizon, be sure to catch Jessie J on various TV shows as she brings these songs to life like never before.

Right now, she’s gifting audiences with emotionally-charged and show-stopping performances nightly on The R.O.S.E. Tour. With sold out shows coast-to-coast, this jaunt concludes in Los Angeles, CA at The Wiltern on November 1. Check out remaining dates below! Next up, she launches the tour’s European leg.

This Christmas Day Tracklisting:

1.  Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

2.  Man With The Bag

3.  Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

4.  Jingle Bell Rock

5.  Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer/Jingle Bells

6.  Let It Snow

7.  Winter Wonderland feat. Boyz II Men

8.  The Christmas Song feat. Babyface

9.  This Christmas Day

10.  White Christmas

11.  Silent Night