ALBUM DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD’S R&B ALBUMS CHART, NO. 2 ON THE R&B/HIP-HOP ALBUMS CHART, NO. 3 ON THE DIGITAL ALBUMS CHART
“One of the very best new R&B performers of the last decade…” – Rolling Stone
“Her musical versatility and keenly observed characters make her one of the most captivating artists in R&B today.” – Slant
“There are few singers out there with a voice that burns like Jazmine Sullivan’s.” – Vulture
In addition to the No. 1 spot on the R&B Albums chart, Reality Show also entered at No. 2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, No. 3 on the Digital Albums chart and No. 12 on the Top 200 Albums chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Released on January 13, 2015 via RCA Records, Reality Show has garnered critically praise heralding Jazmine’s long-awaited return to music. Rolling Stone calls Jazmine “one of the very best new R&B performers of the last decade,” while Slant states “part of what makes her new album, Reality Show, so remarkable is how often it dares to foreground her pen over her pipes… her musical versatility and keenly observed characters make her one of the most captivating artists in R&B today.” Essence proclaims that Reality Show “offers a level of consciousness that is rarely found in today’s R&B artists. Vulture recently added one of the album’s standout track, “#Hoodlove,” to their “Best New Song of the Week” list, declaring that “there are few singers out there with a voice that burns like Jazmine Sullivan’s.”
Jazmine serves as the executive producer and primary songwriter on Reality Show and reunites the talented Philadelphian with Grammy Award winning producer Salaam Remi as well Key Wane, Chuck Harmony, Da Internz, Ant Bell, JoeLogic & Dilemma and DJ Dahi.
In 2008, Jazmine Sullivan released her debut album Fearless, which featured the chart-topping hit singles "Need You Bad" and "Bust Your Windows," and earned the Philly native an amazing seven Grammy nominations including Best New Artist. Jazmine released her second album, the critically acclaimed Love Me Back in 2010, of which the Associated Press declared as “something amazing” and consequently garnered her an eighth Grammy nomination for “Holding You Down (Goin’ In Circles).” The recipient of Billboard’s Rising Star Award, Jazmine is gearing up to go on tour this winter in support of Reality Show.
FIRST SINGLE “KARAOKE” IS AVAILABLE HERE
Los Angeles' quartet Smallpools will release their debut album LOVETAP! on March 24th through RCA Records. “Karaoke”, the first single off the album is currently available at all digital retails and streaming providers. “Karaoke” was produced by Ricky Reed and John Ryan, listen HERE.
Press is already praising “Karaoke” with Hilly Dilly saying ““Karaoke” follows up some of the best new pop we’ve heard in a while, and the band has really hit the nail on the head when it comes to the song’s actual sound. Baeble Music noted “The energetic new track is lighthearted, lots of fun, and makes you want to grab a mic and sing along”. Earmilk said “Like a breath of fresh air, Smallpools build on their style with the momentum behind "Karaoke".
After bursting onto the scene with their 4 song self-titled EP, Smallpools has toured to all corners of North America opening for WALK THE MOON, Neon Trees, Grouplove, MS MR, Twenty One Pilots, and Two Door Cinema Club, played Lollapalooza and Firefly Festivals, and closed the year with a sold out Live Nation “Ones To Watch '14” headline tour.
The release of their self-titled debut EP gained them critical acclaim and brought them their national TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live, performing their debut single "Dreaming" which was produced by Captain Cuts. You can hear “Dreaming” HERE and see the video HERE, which has 4.5 million views.
Supporters like Vogue, Interview Magazine, Idolator, BuzzFeed etc all praised the band’s catchy songs and invigoration live shows. Neon Gold called “Mason Jar” “a sepia splash of power-pop that crystallizes into a starscraping smash before the verse even kicks in, as stadium-sized Of Monsters And Men gang vocals ride high on the buoyant flair of Smallpools' youthful, Two Door-esque ebullience.” In addition, NYLON Magazine premiered the Charli XCX vs Twin Idol Remix of “Dreaming”. Check out more from their Billboard interview.
Smallpools consists of Sean (vocals/keys), Mike (guitar), Joe (bass) and Beau (drums).
CHARLIE WILSON, JILL SCOTT, K. MICHELLE MARY J. BLIGE, NE-YO, PATTI LABELLE AND TREY SONGZ ANNOUNCED AS PERFORMERS AT “THE BET HONORS” 2015
HOSTED BY WAYNE BRADY, THE EIGHTH ANNUAL “THE BET HONORS” 2015 PREMIERES MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, AT 9:00 PM*
NEW YORK, NY- January 22, 2015 – BET Networks announced today that performers, Charlie Wilson, Jill Scott, K. Michelle, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Patti LaBelle and Trey Songz will pay tribute to this years’ honorees at “THE BET HONORS” 2015. Joining the star-studded lineup includes presenters, Anthony Anderson, Bobby Brown, Diahann Carroll and Glynn Turman.
Celebrating the outstanding achievements of extraordinary leaders, “THE BET HONORS” recognizes trailblazers in art, music, theater, education, technology and business. Television personality, actor and comedian, Wayne Brady hosts the show for the second year, honoring Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, and former president of Spelman College, Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole (Education Award); Tony Award-winning actress, singer and stage director Phylicia Rashad (Theatrical Arts Award); recording artist, songwriter, actor and philanthropist, Usher Raymond (Musical Arts Award), Chairman of Microsoft and CEO of Virtual Instruments, John W. Thompson (Business and Technology Award); and musician, producer, artist, author and designer Kanye West (Visionary Award).
“THE BET HONORS” 2015 will be taped at the historic Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 24, 2015 and will premiere on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm* during Black History Month on BET Networks in the USA, and around the world on BET’s international network on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 9pm GMT (check local listings).
Proceeds from the private sale of “THE BET HONORS” 2015 will benefit the National Cares Mentoring Program, an organization that helps transform the lives of Black children by inspiring, recruiting, and mobilizing masses of caring Black men and women to mentor and nourish, challenge and champion them.
“THE BET HONORS” 2015 sponsors include AT&T, Lexus, Macy’s and the U.S. Army. Stephen Hill, President of Programming, BET Networks, and Lynne Harris Taylor, Vice President of Specials & Music Production, BET Networks are executive producers, along with Jesse Collins of Jesse Collins Entertainment.
For more information on “The BET Honors,” visit http://www.bet.com/bethonors. Join the conversation about the special on Twitter by using hashtags: #BETHonors; follow the show for all updates & special surprises @BET.