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DEC 15 2014

MARK RONSON To Release New Album Uptown Special on January 13, 2015

Hit Single “Uptown Funk” Soars to No. 5 on the Billboard HOT 100

Performing “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars on The Voice season finale December 16

GRAMMY® award-winning producer and musician Mark Ronson will release his highly-anticipated album Uptown Special on January 13, 2015 via RCA Records. It was written and produced with fellow GRAMMY® -winning producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Drake, Alicia Keys) over 18 months in studios in London, Memphis, Los Angeles and New York City. The majority of the album’s lyrics – although not the lead hit single "Uptown Funk" with Bruno Mars - were written by Pulitzer-winning American novelist Michael Chabon. Ronson's favorite living author, Chabon became a part of the songwriting process early on and was fully immersed in the album’s narrative creation, often working with Ronson and the vocalists in the recording studio.

The global phenomenon, "Uptown Funk” featuring GRAMMY® award-winning superstar Bruno Mars, premiered on November 10th and has already climbed to reach No. 5 on Billboard’s HOT 100, making it Mars’ 13th song in the Top 5, and Ronson’s first track as an artist to break into the Top 5. The single also reached No. 1 in the UK today. PRESS HERE to watch Ronson and Mars perform the song on Saturday Night Live. Tune in to The Voice season finale tomorrow night to watch Ronson and Mars perform “Uptown Funk,” alongside performances by Ed Sheeran, Hozier and Jennifer Hudson.

Uptown Special is Ronson’s most inventive and vibrant work to date. Taken as a whole, the album is inspired by his musical beginnings. As a teenager growing up in New York City in the early 90s, Ronson gravitated towards hip-hop, funk, soul and R&B. Those were the records he lugged around in boxes in the early days of his club DJ career and that scratchy, inspiring vinyl was what he returned to when creating the album.

Though Ronson is now based out of London, most of Uptown Special was recorded in the United States with stops in Los Angeles, Memphis and Mississippi. Most of the music was recorded with live musicians with Mark anchoring the sessions on guitar, while surrounded by a complimentary mix of gifted young players and R&B vets. Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker plays a huge role on the album, lending his signature, woozy vocal to three songs, as well as laying drums, guitars, synths and background vocals on other tracks. Longtime collaborator Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt also added his wonderful vocals and songwriting talents to the song “Heavy and Rolling.” Ronson & Bhasker's great friend producer Emile Haynie (Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs) also provided some glorious sonic landscapes to the tracks.

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DEC 15 2014

Pre-Order Charlie Wilson’s “Forever Charlie” Today!

Pre-order Charlie Wilson's upcoming album, Forever Charlie, now on iTunes and Amazon and receive his latest song, "Touched By An Angel" immediately! Forever Charlie will be available on 1/27/15!

DEC 15 2014





[December 15, 2014 – New York, NY] The wait is finally over!  D’Angelo and The Vanguard’s highly anticipated and much buzzed about brand new album, Black Messiah, is available today (12/15/14) at select digital and retail music providers.  The studio recorded version of “Really Love” from Black Messiah, will be serviced to radio today.

Nearly 15 years in the making, Black Messiah contains 12 tracks of timeless music with poignant and provocative lyrics that requires repeat listening at maximum volume! On the album, D’Angelo is joined by his band, The Vanguard, alongside Pino Palladino, James Gadson and Questlove on various tracks on the album.  All lyrics were written by D’Angelo in addition to Q-Tip and Kendra Foster who both wrote lyrics on several songs.   With the high quality of live musicianship featured on the album, it’s important to note that “No digital ‘plug-ins’ of any kind were used in this recording. All of the recording, processing, effects and mixing was done in the analog domain using tape and mostly vintage equipment.”

D’Angelo had this to say about Black Messiah in the album’s forward:

"‘Black Messiah’ is a hell of a name for an album. It can be easily misunderstood. Many will think it’s about religion. Some will jump to the conclusion that I'm calling myself a Black Messiah. For me the title is about all of us. It's about the world. It's about an idea we can all aspire to. We should all aspire to be a Black Messiah. It’s about people rising up in Ferguson and in Egypt and in Occupy Wall Street and everyplace where a community has had enough and decides to make change happen. It's not about praising one charismatic leader but celebrating thousands of them. Not every song on this album is politically charged (though many are) but calling this album Black Messiah creates a landscape where these songs can live to the fullest. Black Messiah is not one man. It's a feeling that, collectively, we are all that leader."

DEC 12 2014

Anthony Hamilton To Perform At Fort Bragg USO Show

Anthony Hamilton will take the stage at Fort Bragg to perform hits from Home For The Holidays! This marks Hamilton’s first-ever USO concert, is free of charge and open only to military ID holders and their guests. Just prior to taking the stage, Hamilton will visit with wounded warriors, dine with troops and take tour of the USO of North Carolina center on post

DEC 12 2014

Bleachers & Charli XCX Perform “Rollercoaster” for Complex Magazine’s In-Ride Sessions

Check out Bleachers and Charli XCX swap covers of their songs "Rollercoaster" & "Break The Rules" in the final Complex Magazine In-Ride Sessions here or watch it below!