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Kelly Rowland Talk A Good Game album cover

Kelly Rowland Speaks on Abuse and Being Jealous of Beyonce’s Success In New Single

Kelly Rowland Talk A Good Game album cover

Kelly Rowland just released her new single moments ago titled, “Dirty Laundry” on The Breakfast Club. The explosive song details an abusive relationship and the moments when Kelly was jealous of Beyonce’s success. I am shocked to hear how brutally honest she was on the track. Check it out below…

Wow, I can’t believe she went there! I love her honesty. I wonder if Bey has heard the track, and if so, what she thinks about it?? Kelly’s new album Talk A Good Game hits stores June 18, with pre-orders beginning on May 28.

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Artist Spotlight: Big-E Diceman

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Big-E Diceman is a 21-year-old Hip-Hop/Rap Artist. He was Born in the 757 and raised in the 804. He started a hip-hop group known as the Real Amazing People a.k.a R.A.P in 2008. The group consists of 3 active members a mixture of rappers and singers. The other two members are Yung Tip (Rapper) and Cantora (Singer). Since forming, the group the group has released 4 mixtapes. The group has multiple styles and is always expanding. The progress in their music is evident, as they’re getting better with each mixtape. They have performed in the 804 and 757. Look out for the group known as R.A.P because their future is bright enough to blind you.

Bio via http://www.reverbnation.com/dicemanraps

campus video release party

[Event] Campus Video Release Party April 20 At Peabody’s

campus video release party

Campus will release the video for their latest single “Get Drunk,” shot by Block Heads Media, with a video release party at Peabody’s on Saturday, April 20. There will be performances by Gabriel Alexander, Young Rell, Zaiah Burke, Forgotten Minds as well as Campus themselves. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m. To RSVP, visit the official event page on Facebook.

Check the song out below.

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Anthony Hamilton & Avant – Prism Theatre At Scope Arena – May 9, 2013

anthony hamilton and avant prism theatre norfolk scope

Anthony Hamilton and Avant will team up to bring their smooth R&B sounds to the Prism Theatre at Scope Arena on May 9. This is the first of two appearances for Avant who will also be featured at Norfolk’s 1st Annual RnB Jam Fest on May 25. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster. Ticket prices are $44 & $49 (service fees not included). Showtimes is 8:00 p.m.

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1st Annual Norfolk Memorial Weekend RNB Jam Fest – Keith Sweat| Case | Silk & More

1st annual memorial weekend rnb jamfest

Norfolk will host its 1st Annual Memorial Weekend RNB Jamfest featuring Keith Sweat, Carl Thomas, Case, Silk, and Bobby Valentino. on May 25, 2013 at the Norfolk Scope. Tickets are $45 – $75 (does not include service fees) and are on sale now via Ticketmaster.  VIP packages are  also available and start at $150. Showtime is 7:00 p.m.

the hunts music group from chesapeake, va

ShaggFest Artist Spotlight – The Hunts

the hunts music group from chesapeake, va

Group Name

The Hunts

Where are you from/where do you live now?

We are from, and live in, Chesapeake, VA.

Musical Genre?

Indie-Folk

How would you describe your sound?

Indie-folk. Stringed instruments, thrilling rhythms, enchanting vocal harmonies. Acoustic & transcendent.

Musical Influences?

The Civil Wars, The Lumineers, The Mamas & The Papas, The head & The heart, Mumford & Sons.

Greatest accomplishment to date as an artist?

Signed with Songs Publishing.

Where do see yourself in 5 years?

We’re excited for whatever the future holds for us! We love playing shows, writing music, traveling the country & meeting so many amazing people.

Why did you want to be a part of ShaggFest?  What are you most looking forward to about the experience?  

Hampton roads, our home town, is our favorite place to perform! We are so honored to be playing at the Shaggfest this year & we’re quite excited for the opportunity to play on the Amphitheater stage!

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Bimini Rd ShaggFest Artists

ShaggFest 2013 Artist Spotlight – Bimini Rd.

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Group Name

Bimini Rd.

Where are you from/where do you live now?

We all live in Virginia Beach. Aaron Kuklica and Jon Quan are both originally from Virginia Beach. Travis is originally from Texas and Dave and Mike are originally from Maryland. But we have all been in VB for the last 15 years or so.

Musical Genre?

I think it is fair to say everything we do has reggae somewhere in it, but there are obvious notes of blues, soul, alternative, and hip hop in what we do too.

How would you describe your sound?

 Blues infused reggae with a dash of hip hop and a side of punk rock.

Musical Influences?

The last 50 years 🙂 More precisely Bob Marley, The Abyssinians, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Steel Pulse, BB King, 311, Sublime, Blind Melon, Notorious BIG, Dr. Dre, KRS1, The Clash, to name a few.

Greatest accomplishment to date as an artist?

The music we laid down on our newest self-titled album released 3/1/13 has to be one of the things we are the most proud of. Beyond that; playing a sold out show at the NORVA when we opened up for Bad Fish.

If you could sign with any label, what would it be and why?

On the wish list is Easy Star Records, who have our friends John Brown’s Body, and Easy Star All-Stars already. They are all about the music and it is a smaller intimate company. Law Records comes to mind as well, home of Pepper, other than that we would really be interested in anyone who wanted to work with us to take this to the next level. This is a hard business, and any help navigating it is welcome.

Dream collaboration and why?

We recently worked with Aaron Lipp from Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad on our most recent release and it was awesome.  I know every guy in the band has their wish list so it would be hard to pin point just one, so I’ll name a few: Steel Pulse, BB King, The Slackers, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, John Brown’s Body, and OAR to name a few. The reason for a collaboration is always to make a song even better for the listener and the player, and to have a little fun; which should come through in the song.

Where do see yourself in 5 years?

In five years… We believe it is totally feasible for us to be a reputable national act on the festival circuit in 5 years. We have a formula that we grind out every year that has been working. Great Music+Great Live Performance= Happy fans and consequently happy band members. Not to jinx us, but things appear to be moving in a really positive direction!

Why did you want to be a part of ShaggFest?  What are you most looking forward to about the experience?  

It is safe to say that Shaggy and ShaggFest are promoting what our area has to offer musically and are putting our talents on a national stage. To be invited to contribute is truly an honor and we thank Shaggy immensely for the opportunity.  Ultimately this offers us a chance to reach out beyond our fan base in a huge way and we can’t wait to entertain and be entertained by the other talented artist that will be there. This is our first show at the Amphitheater, so I think we are all really excited about that.

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Connect with Bimini Rd. via their website and Twitter.

Pro and Tone Definite

ShaggFest 2013 Artist Spotlight – CAMPUS

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Group Name

CAMPUS (Pro and Tone Definite)

Where are you from/where do you live now?

Norfolk!!!

Musical Genre?

Pop. Pop Hop. Electro. EDM

How would you describe your sound?

Different.  Upbeat and captivating.  We’d like to think that our music gets inside of you and makes you move as well as have a good time.

Musical Influences?

Both of our greatest musical influence would be from the late Michael Jackson.  We take note on everything that is going on in the industry, but we would have to say The Black Eyed Peas, Chris Brown, David Guetta, and Timbaland.

Greatest accomplishment to date as an artist?

Maintaining as a local artist for this long in a predominately hip hop market.  Catching the attention of Local’s Only Shaggy and being apart of Shaggfest for three years in a row.  Opening for Skillz and Mims  and being recognized by grammy award winning producer Bink.  Those are a couple things that stand out.  We are grateful for everything that we have been through and done.  Hey, in a couple months we will be performing at the amphitheater opening for J. Cole and Pusha T.

If you could sign with any label, what would it be and why?

Interscope/Cherry Tree or with Timbaland for obvious reasons.  Cherry Tree is Will-I-Am‘s label.  He is a hit maker and his music is right up our alley.  Timbaland is home,  a legend.  We’d love to be able to stay here, give back, and potentially change the face of music in Virginia.

Dream collaboration and why?

Do you think we could get some of the unreleased Michael Jackson vocals? Umm, probably Guetta.  He is huge! One of the best DJs out. He performs in front of hundreds of thousands of people.  He also has a good reputation among artists and usually works with them multiple times.

Where do see yourself in 5 years?

We see ourselves still hungry.  Still getting out there and meeting people. Still humble, still approachable, but at the same time on a major’s roster and a national tour.  Yeah, we could dig that!

Why did you want to be a part of ShaggFest?  What are you most looking forward to about the experience?  

We have been apart of Shaggfest since the beginning.   We performed at the first one which was at Peabody’s and that was an awesome experience.  We worked closely with Shaggy on the second one and help sell tickets. Now the third and largest one to date, we are performing yet again. I think what we are looking forward to the most is just chopping up with all the national and indie acts back stage.  The exposure is a plus, but when it comes down to it we are fans first.  We love music and we do this for the music.

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