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Rev Run & The Simmons Family Return to Reality TV on DIY Network’s “Rev Run’s Renovation” — January 4thDecember 11th, 2013
The home of Joseph Simmons—best known as Rev Run from the iconic rap group, Run DMC—will get a major transformation in the new DIY Network series Rev Run’s Renovation, premiering Saturday, January 4, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. During the 10-episode series, the home’s remodel becomes a family affair as Rev Run, his wife Justine, their kids Daniel (Diggy), Russell (Russy) and Miley, and a team of builders work together to completely renovate their 9,000 square foot New Jersey home. As the family mansion is gutted from top to bottom, Run and Justine debate the new design possibilities for each space.
“You’ll see me and Justine talking about how she wants this house to be transformed—it’s all about her vision,” said Run. “Most of our arguments, like any other couple going through this, revolve around the budget.”
Justine has grand plans to tap the budget to transform her outdated kitchen into a sleek, modern European-style space, while Run wants a mini indoor pool and spa. It’s a game of give and take where big ideas are passionately pursued.
“Rev Run is a legend in the music business, but he and his family are like any other first-time home remodelers,” explains Steven Lerner, senior vice president, programming and development, HGTV and DIY Network. “They’re dealing with noise, dust, the local zoning board—every homeowner who has undertaken a major remodel can relate.”
Rev Run’s Renovation also chronicles the design and construction of new bedrooms and custom bathrooms for the kids: Russy wanted a “zen-like” room, Diggy preferred his new space be “contemporary,” while Miley asked for her new room to be like “fairytale castle.” The series features Mr. and Mrs. Simmons’ as they tackle each stage of the renovation with a lot of grace and elbow grease to turn the dated property into the ultimate family dream home.
“Letting people observe our home renovation has allowed me to share our family values with our fans and other renovation lovers,” said Rev Run. “There is nothing more important to me than family and the home!”
Rev Run and Michael Lehman are executive producers of the series.
Toni Braxton and Babyface are gearing up for their new duets album “Love, Marriage and Divorce,” which will be released February 4th. The album includes the hot new single “Hurt You” and UrbanBridgez.com has learned the follow-up release will now be “Where Did We Go Wrong,” it was previously announced that “Roller Coaster,” would be released. However the label has changed the single. “Where Did We Go Wrong” will be released to iTunes December 17th.
Atlantic recording artist Ty Dolla $ign has announced the release of his highly-anticipated debut EP. “Beach House EP” arrives at all digital retailers on January 21st 2014, with pre-orders available exclusively on the iTunes Store beginning January 7th.
“Beach House EP” is preceded by the hit single, “Paranoid (Feat. B.o.B),” which has just begun its ascent at multi-format radio outlets nationwide. The DJ Mustard-produced track is available now on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/Paranoid. In addition, the “Paranoid” companion video — directed by Ethan Lader (Bruno Mars, Travie McCoy, B.o.B, OneRepublic) — has over 1.7 million views and is streaming now at Ty’s official YouTube channel. What’s more, the “Paranoid” video recently kicked off the premiere episode of The Gates of REVOLT, the Diddy-hosted new hip-hop video series featured on his recently launched REVOLT network.
“Beach House EP” sees Ty collaborating with a number of top hip-hop stars and studio wizards, including Twista, Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz, French Montana, Juicy J, Casey Veggies and more. The EP follows the L.A.-based singer/songwriter/producer’s breakthrough mixtapes, “Beach House” and “Beach House 2,” the former acclaimed by Pitchfork for its “dense, immersive production” and “(Ty’s) voice: a syrupy tenor that can contract into taut staccato sing-rap or spread out into drippy vocal runs at a moment’s notice.”
Ty will make a number of live appearances throughout the holiday season, including the annual Power 106 Cali Christmas concert, slated for December 14th at Anaheim, California’s Honda Center; and the Fresno Winter Jam, set for December 28th at Fresno’s Selland Arena. Known as a charismatic and smooth live performer, he joined Taylor Gang Records founder Wiz Khalifa on his blockbuster “Under The Influence of Music 2″ summer tour. Additional live dates will be announced soon.
Born Tyrone Griffin, Ty Dolla $ign has been an in-demand writer, producer, and featured artist since helming YG’s 2010 smash, “Toot It and Boot It (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign).” A series of increasingly hot mixtapes earned him further attention, as did such anthemic singles as “Irie (Feat. Wiz Khalifa)” and “My Cabana (Feat. Young Jeezy),” which was named one of Complex’s “50 Best Singles of 2012.” As if that weren’t enough, the gifted singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist is featured on such current singles as Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s “Everything 100 (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign).”
1. Work (feat. Casey Veggies, Twista and Nate Howard)
2. Paranoid (feat. B.o.B)
3. Paranoid [Remix] ft. (Trey Songz, French Montana and DJ Mustard)
4. Or Nah (feat. Wiz Khalifa and DJ Mustard)
5. Familiar (feat. Fredo Santana)
6. Wood & Leather (Whenever) (feat. Big TC and Pops)
7. Never Be The Same (feat. Jay Rock)
Ruben Studdard will be releasing “Unconditional Love,” his first studio album in two years on February 4th! UrbanBridgez.com has your first look at the album cover. Also, check out new publicity pics in support of the release.
Along with beautiful standards, Unconditional Love contains two original tunes, one of which is the first single, “Meant To Be.” 16 time Grammy winning producer and Verve Records Chairman David Foster is one of several producers on the CD. “Silky, classy, sexy, romantic–bring you to your knees–this is how I describe the incredible voice of Ruben Studdard. He feels every note and every word he sings. He is a man with an extraordinary voice,” commented Foster.
Unconditional Love is filled with some of the most romantic songs Studdard has ever recorded including “My Love” by the Beatles, The Carpenters classic, “Close To You” which includes Stevie Wonder on harmonica and Bonnie Raitt’s poignant, “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Additional tracks include a steamy version of Teddy Pendergrass’ “Close The Door” which was produced by singer Eric Benet who also produced Studdard’s breathtaking version of the Boz Scaggs hit “Look What You’ve Done To Me.” The album also contains a soaring duet with Laylah Hathaway of “With You I’m Born Again” which was originally recorded by Syreeta Wright and Billy Preston.
“Unconditional Love is my most romantic album yet. I’ve wanted to record many of these love songs for a really long time. It’s the most heartfelt album I’ve ever recorded and includes many of my favorite songs from all different eras,” commented Studdard.
Fans of Ruben–and they are legend–will get to see him perform in February during several shows scheduled including one at NY’s Beacon Theatre on February 15th Studdard will also be going on tour with Laylah Hathaway – dates to be announced.
It’s been a decade since Fox Television’s ‘American Idol’ crowned Studdard, a Birmingham, Alabama native, its 2003 winner after he pulled in 24 million votes. In the years since, the “Velvet Teddy Bear” (as Gladys Knight nicknamed him) has had a string of gold and platinum records, top ten albums and r&b and pop singles. Along with performing around the world, he has toured as Fats Waller in the national stage tour of “Ain’t Misbehavin” and managed to pick up several Grammy and American Music Award nominations along the way.
On his new track “Fed Up” Jonn Hart offers a new twist by giving a man’s perspective on being done with a relationship. “Fed Up” is featured on the upcoming collaboration project mixtape Heart 2 Hart 2 (coming Early 2014). The track was Written by Jonn Hart and Rayven and Produced by Astroknotts.
Sisters With Voices is making a comeback and Taj, Lelee and Coko are hitting the road!
The trio’s tour includes high profile performances in London, New York and Los Angeles, but the group’s future is in jeopardy when trust issues and old secrets threaten to break them up again. Find out what happens when Sisters With Voices premieres next year on WE tv!
SWV will premiere Thursday, January 23 at 10|9c on WE tv. Check out the trailer below
Rising hip-hop star Kyle debuted the music video for his new single “Raining Love” on BET’s 106 & Park yesterday.
Hailing from Ventura, California, Kyle/em>, has been destined for stardom since childhood. He began writing and performing at the age of 6, and now at only 20, has performed in front of thousands of people and collaborated with a number of musical icons. His debut album, ‘Beautiful Loser,’ was released earlier this year and showcases his playful flows over a wide variety of styles and truly capturing his personality.
So So Def signee and YouTube phenom Dondria released the sultry holiday anthem “Ain’t No Way” (listen above) today just in time for Christmas. The tantalizing ballad is available for free download via Soundcloud.
Written and produced by Tiyon “TC” Mack (Justin Bieber, Tamar Braxton) and Clint Productions, the emotional narrative describes Dondria’s need to be with her true love during the holidays. She braves the array of Christmas music this holiday with a strong vocal and a new confidence all in the name of love.
“I’ve never recorded a Christmas song before and I didn’t want to be cliché,” said Dondria. “I wanted to give something to my fans they could relate to this Christmas. I’ve never recorded anything as heart-felt as this. When I heard it for the first time, I was in love.”
“Dondria and I have talked a lot about collaborating and I feel that she’s one of the best young voices in the industry,” confessed TC. “I love taking that amazingness and pushing it to the max! I felt people needed to really hear what she’s capable of and I know everybody’s been waiting for something new from her.” He continued: “She’s an amazing vocalist so it was nothing but fun producing this record for her.”
After the release of “Ain’t No Way,” Dondria will release a dynamic visual expressing just why she won’t have a great holiday without her special someone. Due out on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, fans will see the R&B jewel in a more mature light.
Following her holiday roll out, Dondria will release her new single in the first quarter of 2014. Preparing for a transformation in sound and appearance – she’s coming to dominate.
On the eve of Nelson Mandela’s passing, The Arsenio Hall Show welcomed R&B singer R. Kelly who performed a musical tribute to the departed civil rights icon. Kelly performed “Soldier’s Heart,” a song he wrote in tribute to Mandela.
Host Arsenio Hall and R. Kelly also shared a few of their personal thoughts on the legacy Nelson Mandela left behind.