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JUL 09 2014

G.R.L. TO RELEASE DEBUT SELF-TITLED EP JULY 29TH ON KEMOSABE RECORDS/RCA RECORDS

G.R.L. TO RELEASE DEBUT SELF-TITLED EP JULY 29TH ON KEMOSABE RECORDS/RCA RECORDS “UGLY HEART” VIDEO PREMIERED 7/2 ON VEVO ENJOYING ALREADY OVER 2.5 MILLION VIEWS! CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT NOW!


(New York – July 8, 2014) Rising girl group G.R.L today announces the release of their debut self-titled EP is set for release July 29th on Kemosabe Records/RCA Records. The EP features their current single “Ugly Heart” with a video that has blown up online with over 2.5 million views in less than a week. CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT NOW! Their new single “Ugly Heart” available now at all digital retailers is produced by hit makers Dr. Luke and Cirkut, much of the same team who produced G.R.L.’s debut EP for Dr. Luke’s record label Kemosabe Records and RCA Records. “Ugly Heart” was written by Ryan Baharloo, Ester Dean, Lukasz Gottwald, John Charles Monds and Henry Walter.

In addition to “Ugly Heart,” the G.R.L. EP features new tracks “Rewind,” “Don’t Talk About Love” and “Girls Are Always Right,” along with “Show Me What You Got” which was originally released as part of the "Now 49: That's What I Call Music" compilation.
JUL 09 2014

Global Superstar Usher To Make Triumphant Return To MTV And VMA Stage

GLOBAL SUPERSTAR USHER TO MAKE TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO MTV AND VMA STAGE

MTV ARTIST TO WATCH 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER TO TAKE VMA STAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME DURING THE “2014 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS” LIVE FROM THE FORUM ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 24 AT 9PM ET/PT


New York, NY (July 9, 2014) - MTV today announced via its various social media channels that Grammy® Award winner, multi-platinum selling, recording artist Usher will make a triumphant return to MTV and the VMA stage during the “2014 MTV Video Music Awards” live from the Forum in Inglewood, CA on Sunday, August 24 at 9pm ET/PT. A VMA mainstay, Usher has delivered some of the show’s most high octane and memorable performances including 2010’s stunning combo of “OMG” and “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love,” 2004’s mashup of “Confession” and “Yeah” (featuring Ludacris and Lil Jon).

"Performing live is the purest form of musical expression and I am damn happy to return to the VMA stage with new music!” - Usher

Hot on the heels of releasing their self-titled debut album, Australian pop-punk band and upcoming MTV Artist to Watch 5 Seconds of Summer, also known as Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood and Ashton Irwin, will take the VMA stage for the first time. The teen sensations have been wowing live audiences worldwide and will surely bring the audience to their feet on this night.

“Can't wait to play the VMAs this year,” says 5 Seconds of Summer. “It’s a huge honor and we always love coming over to the States. We can't wait to play on such a big stage!”

Usher and 5 Seconds of Summer join previously announced Ariana Grande, who will also be performing on the VMA stage for the first time. Additional performers will be announced at a later date.

The “2014 MTV Video Music Awards” nominations will be announced on Wednesday, July 16.

One of the best-selling musical artists in history, eight-time Grammy winner Usher Raymond is set to release his 8th studio album later this year, featuring his current single “Good Kisser.” Having released his first album 20 years ago, Usher has sold over 50 million albums worldwide. Billboard named Usher the #1 Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade, and the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, His 10-million-selling 2004 album "Confessions" enjoying its 10th anniversary this year, is ranked as the top solo album of the decade. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 Number One hits and 17 Hot 100 Top Ten singles and has appeared everywhere from Broadway to the Super Bowl. Usher also just wrapped his second season as a coach, having mentored the winner of the Emmy-Award winning hit reality TV show "The Voice.” He will also star as boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming film “Hands of Stone,” a biopic of boxer Roberto Duran played by Edgar Ramirez and costars Robert De Niro due out in 2015. Realizing that with success comes responsibility; Usher has also proven to be a major philanthropic force. Founded in 1999, his New Look Foundation empowers youth from impoverished communities to become leaders. In recognition of his accomplishments, Usher has been honored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Trumpet Foundation, Do Something, the NAACP, and as the 2010 Ford Freedom Award Scholar. Usher's business ventures include a best-selling line of fragrances, and a business venture with RBMG (Raymond Braun Media Group), home to superstar Justin Bieber.

5 Seconds of Summer is an Australian pop-punk band. The quartet’s debut self-titled album, due July 22 on Capitol Records in the U.S., peaked at No. 1 on iTunes in 69 different countries when released. Formed in Sydney in 2011, the band consists of Luke Hemmings (lead vocals, guitar), Michael Clifford (guitar, vocals), Calum Hood (bass guitar, vocals) and Ashton Irwin (drums, vocals). Their EP She Looks So Perfect debuted at No. 2 in the U.S. on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart and No. 1 on iTunes in over 50 countries. The band recently completed sold-out headline tours in the UK, Australia and North America and is currently on a worldwide stadium jaunt with One Direction.
JUL 09 2014

BREAKTHROUGH BAND MAGIC! DEBUTS AT NO. 6 ON THE BILLBOARD ALBUMS CHART AND TOPS AT NO. 2 DIGITAL ALBUMS CHART

BREAKTHROUGH BAND MAGIC! DEBUTS AT NO. 6 ON THE BILLBOARD ALBUMS CHART AND TOPS AT NO. 2 DIGITAL ALBUMS CHART


Worldwide Hit Single “Rude” Continues at No. 2 on Hot Billboard 100; Certified Platinum in the U.S.; Plus No.1 on the U.S. Shazam Chart For 6 Consecutive Weeks

Los Angeles, California – July 9, 2014 – Breakout band MAGIC!'s debut album Don’t Kill The Magic! (Latium/RCA) enters the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at No. 6 and the Digital Albums Chart at No. 2 in its first week. The smash hit single “Rude” continues its reign at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

Rude" is also spending its 6th straight week at No.1 on the U.S. Shazam chart while the official video has over 31 million views. At radio, the song continues its rotation on 6 different formats (CHR, HAC, RHY, AAA, AC and ALT), topping at No. 3 on Top 40 as the greatest gainer this week plus No. 3 on Hot AC and No. 9 on the Rhythm charts. "Rude" continues to gain major traction, achieving 4x Platinum status in Australia, Double Platinum in Canada and Platinum in New Zealand.

Don’t Kill The Magic! is MAGIC!'s major label debut album for the Toronto born, Los Angeles based quartet. USA Today made MAGIC! one of their On The Verge Artists and said that the album’s “musicianship and a charming, lyrical civility make it stand out,” while Yahoo Music stated, “Their instrumentation falls right into place with a fun, ska groove remisniscent of Sting's classic '80s material... but it's also perfect for summer 2014." Rolling Stone also called the album, “a shiny collection of breezy pop tunes often accented by laidback reggae rhythms, especially on song-of-the-summer contender "Rude."