Considering his roots and upbringing, it is no wonder that Eric Bellinger has become an R&B sensation. An LA native and grandson of Jackson 5 hit songwriter, Bobby Day, Bellinger has been engulfed with music his entire life. His love for music drove his decision to turn down a football scholarship at USC to pursue his real passion. Bellinger began his musical journey recording and touring with the R&B group, AKNU (A Kind Never Understood) and soon signed to Epic Records by legendary executives, Max Gousse and Tommy Motola. His natural talent for songwriting became apparent and he returned home to hone his abilities under the guidance of his childhood friend and mentor, Erika Nuri of “The Writing Camp”. After signing a publishing deal with Sony ATV, Bellinger hit hte ground sprinting with stellar contributions to major R&B and pop artists such as Chris Brown (“Fine China”, “Love More” featuring Nicki Minaj), Usher (“Let Me See” featuring Rick Ross), Selena Gomez (“Intuition”) and Justin Bieber (“Right Here” featuring Drake) to name a few.
Bellinger’s music continues to gain prestige through illustrious awards from ASCAP (“Lemme See”), BMI (“Lemme See”), iTUNES (“Lemme See” 2012 Song of the Year) and the coveted Grammy’s (for multiple contributions to Chris Brown’s “Fame” album, voted “Best R&B Album” in 2012). In the midst of writing smash hits for other artists, Bellinger continued to create exciting music for his loyal fans, releasing multiple mix-tapes (“Born to Sing Vol 1-3” which reached #3 on iTunes, and his most recent and widely loved “Cuffing Season parts 1 & 2”). Bellinger is now focusing on his highly internationally-anticipated album, “Eric Bellinger” set to release the first half of 2016. Checkout our latest interview with Eric now !
R&B/Soul Duo, Marsha Ambrosias & Natalie Stewart of Floetry returns back to the TLA on Wednesday, April 20th in Philadelphia, PA – We’re excited to announce we’ve teamed up with Live Nation for another ticket-giveaway. Fill out the form to enter to win two tickets for Floetry:
Robert Christopher Riley knows as “Terrence Wall” in VH1’s hit television “Hit The Floor” has been keeping it consistent in the world theatre/film & television for 10 years now. First landing a role in August Wilson’s “Fences,” which was a 6-month, 3-city tour (Hartford/Dallas/Portland). After appearing in this production, in 2007, he was later cast as ‘Jeremy’ in a second August Wilson production, “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” at Baltimore Center Stage. As luck would have it, Riley was returning from a modeling job on an off day from “Joe Turner,” and received a call to audition for the 2008 Broadway production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. He was cast to play the role of “Brick” as an understudy for Terrance Howard, which he performed for three weeks in addition to his nightly role as “Brightie”. He starred opposite, James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Giancarlo Esposito and Anika Noni Rose. Although Riley seemed to be enjoying life to the fullest, it was his role as Hall of Fame linebacker ‘Dave Robinson’ in the 2011 Broadway production of “Lombardi” that he is most proud of. “Lombardi was an experience of a lifetime,” explains Riley. After Lombardi, Riley relocated to Los Angeles, where he made an easy transition from stage to television and film. He landed roles on VH1’s, “Single Ladies” and Tyler Perry’s “For Better or Worse”. Other shows he has appeared on include, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”, “Nurse Jackie”, “Royal Pains”, “Damages” and “White Collar”. His film credits include, “The Bourne Legacy”, “Sinister”, “Franny”, and “Getting Even”.
R&B/Soul Recording Artist, Tinashe stops through “Joyride” Tour on Tuesday, March 15th in Philadelphia, PA at TLA – We’re excited to announce we’ve teamed up with Live Nation for another ticket-giveaway. Fill out the form to enter to win two tickets for Tinashe:
Born Dan August Rigo in Toronto, Canada, August began honing his musician skills as a teenager and taught himself to play keyboard and guitar. His prolific songwriting/production talents soon caught the attention of the mainstream industry, which led to written songs for artists such as J ustin Beiber( “U Smile”) and O ne Direction ( “Gotta Be You”). Since his debut as a recording artist, August has continued to delve into songwriting/artist development through his record label, Summerchild Records, and now prepares to release his latest effort T he Fall Out. On the new record, August partners with guitarist to L ady Gaga, Ricky Tillo, forming the production duo formally known as TheEGOs. With his upcoming release, fans can expect songs that speak to the core of August’s artistry, his innermost thoughts and feelings & his love for music.
In anticipation of the The Fall Out’ s US release, the album currently boasts critical acclaim in both Japan (September 2015) and Canada (November 2015). Fans can also hear Rigo’s latest songwriting success with “Sex You Back To Sleep” as recorded by Chris Brown with rave reviews from VIBE, HYPETRAK, Fuse, Complex, BET, MTV and Billboard. Checkout our latest interview with August !
While making his seventh full-length album, SLP2 [R&B Money/Atlantic Records], Tank posed a crucial question. “What does cutting edge R&B sound like in 2016?” he asks. He answered that question by crafting the long-awaited sequel to his influential 2007 opus, Sex, Love & Pain. That album not only provided a blueprint for the likes of Chris Brown, Trey Songz, and more, but it also debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and earned a Grammy Award nomination for “Best R&B Album,” while its #1 single “Please Don’t Go” became nominated for “Best R&B Male Vocal Performance.” Following 2014’s Stronger, Tank once again captured a creative spirit that resembled the process behind his seminal third body of work.As far as sequels go, Tank knew he had to go even bigger to make SLP2 the blockbuster audiences desired. In addition to cameos from Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men and Yo Gotti, he assembled a new West Coast anthem in the form of the Tank produced “Birthday” with a little help from Chris Brown, Problem, and Siya. He also teamed up with TGT collaborator and producer Brandon “BAM” Hodge to “help set the musical tone,” of this new project. Checkout our latest interview with Tank now !
Ever since Jake Miller began posting his original songs on YouTube a few years ago, the 21-year-old Miami-born pop artist has been building a virtual army of fans. His social media community followers call themselves the Millertary and come to his concerts wearing camouflage and greasepaint under their eyes. Miller has independently released two EP’s: 2012’s Spotlight and 2013’s The Road Less Traveled, which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart. His full-length album, 2013’s Us Against Them, sold over 33,000 copies and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Rap chart. One of MTV’s 2014 “Artist to Watch” artists, Miller has shared stages with Mac Miller, Flo Rida, Sean Kingston, Asher Roth, Jason Derulo, Cody Simpson, Austin Mahone, and Sammy Adams at various radio festivals, including Y-100’s Jingle Ball and the Calle Ocho Festival in Miami, where he performed for a crowd of more than 200,000 screaming fans. He also sold out a 43-city House of Blues Tour before a major record deal, driven primarily by his incredible social-networking presence. The video for “First Flight Home” has racked up more than 1.6 million views on YouTube. Checkout our interview from November 2013 as Jake Miller stopped by Philadelphia on the “Us Against Them” Tour
Think you’ve got Michelle Williams all figured out? Think again. For fans of her subtle and smooth work as one-third of the world-renowned Destiny’s Child, as well as her soul-stirring spiritual solo work, this is a brand-new Michelle Williams. Or is it?
Michelle is one of very few musical artists with proven success across multiple music genres. From gospel, rhythm & blues to pop and dance, Michelle maintains strong positioning across most genres while being highly respected amongst her peers and fans; she is constantly reinventing herself. The multi-talented recording artist-producer-songwriter-actress-entrepreneur delivers an important message: Expect the Unexpected. In her latest album, Michelle forges a fresh and innovative new sound destined to be emulated for years to come. The sparkling, groove-laden tracks present Michelle as she has never been seen before as a saucy club vixen unleashing the ultimate party soundtrack. Checkout our throwback interview Michelle as she discuss her latest album “Journey To Freedom” and Destiny’s Child.
To date, Kid Ink has sold over 5 million singles worldwide since his 2014 major label debut album, My Own Lane (Tha Alumni Music Group/88 Classic/RCA Records) entered at #1 on Billboard’s Rap Albums chart, #2 on Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart and #3 on both the Top 200 and Top Digital Albums charts, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album’s hit single “Show Me” is RIAA-certified double platinum in the US, gold in Australia and Canada. The single held the record for the most weeks at #1 on the Rap Airplay chart for 18 weeks and was the #1 airplay record at Rhythmic radio for 2014 making Ink the #2 airplay artist at that format behind Chris Brown. Ink’s follow-up single, “Main Chick,” is certified gold and was the most added song at Urban Mainstream radio at the time of release. The videos for both aforementioned songs were viewed over 126 million times with “Show Me” garnering VEVO certified status crossing 100 million views. Fueled by the certified gold hit singles “Body Language” and “Be Real,” the LA native’s sophomore LP, Full Speed, entered at No. 1 on Billboard’s Rap Albums and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, and No. 4 on the Digital Albums chart. Full Speed features guest appearances by Chris Brown, Usher, R. Kelly, Dej Loaf, Migos, Trey Songz, Tinashe and more. Producers Stargate, Cashmere Cat, DJ Mustard, Key Wane, The Featherstones, NicNac, Mark Kragen and others provide the head-nodding beats. Kid Ink recently wrapped his Full Speed headlining US, European and Brazilian tour and the Chris Brown “One Hell Of A Night” tour. Checkout 1 of our throwback interviews with Kid Ink and Christmas Day you can download his new project “Summer In The Winter” on iTunes.
Angela Yee started her career in radio as a co-host on the Shade 45 morning show at Sirius Satellite Radio. She was drafted by Eminem’s manager, Paul Rosenberg, to audition for the slot after she inquired about an available marketing position. Angela’s nationwide appeal could not be ignored, and executives at Sirius offered her the lead position on “The Morning After with Angela Yee.” She honed her craft and soon became one of the most coveted urban radio hosts. After 6 years at Sirius, she was offered several opportunities and opted to become the female voice on “The Breakfast Club” at Power 105.1 in radio’s number one market, NYC. As one-third of the trio consisting of DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God, Angela is known for her witty remarks, knowledge of current events, and support of female empowerment. Checkout this Throwback Thursday interview with Angela Yee (August 2013)