On the heels of music’s biggest weekend, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and the makers of CÎROC Ultra Premium Vodka announce the official launch of CÎROC Studios. The platform is dedicated to providing emerging artists with access to state of the art facilities, music experts and executive mentorship.
Last night, the brand commemorated the occasion with the official launch of a flagship CÎROC Studios inside the iconic Record Plant Recording Studios in West Hollywood at 1032 N. Sycamore Avenue. The legendary Los Angeles Record Plant location is celebrating its 50th Anniversary as the premiere music studio that continues to deliver more hits and Grammy Award Winning music than any other studio in the world. The CÎROC Studios opening ceremony was hosted by Award Winning producer DJ Khaled.
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We're thrilled to announce that #SaveTheMusic is the benefit charity of the new @ciroc Studios! To celebrate the grand opening, @djkhaled and other special guests presented us with a check, in addition to 100 hours of studio time for our Los Angeles teachers or STM alumni over 21 years old to use. Thank you, #CIROCStudios, for your support!
In addition to DJ Khaled, Ashlee Simpson Ross, Teyana Taylor, Terrence J, Justine Skye and more were on-site for the opening of the 3,000 square foot recording space, which will serve as a creative hub for local talent.
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Grateful for this guy. @djkhaled made last night’s unveiling of CIROC Studios extra special. This project is near and dear to my heart. Thank you to everyone that came out. Apologies to the supportive friends, talent and media that came and were kept waiting or turned away – we were over capacity within an hour! Love you and appreciate you. 💙
“I’m always amazed at the talent that exists within our community,” said DJ Khaled. “Anytime I check Instagram or YouTube – I’m blown away by what’s out there. CÎROC Studios is connecting artists to the music industry in a real and tangible way – that’s a beautiful thing.”
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and CÎROC are committed to celebrating life responsibly and giving back to the community. During the unveiling CÎROC announced a charitable partnership with VH1 Save The Music, a non-profit that helps schools and communities realize their full potential through the power of making music. The initiative will donate 100 hours of CÎROC Studios recording time to deserving musicians over the age of 21.
“We are incredibly fortunate to work alongside CÎROC Studios with world-class producers like Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and DJ Khaled to advance our goal to bring music technology into classrooms,” said Henry Donahue, Executive Director of VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
The CÎROC Studios platform – a fully functioning recording facility and multi-tiered media project – will play host to artists of all music genres throughout 2018. Celebrating the spirit of creativity and innovation inherent to all artists, the studio will offer more than a traditional recording facility. CÎROC Studios will create and conceptualize CÎROC Studios Playlists featuring music and live in-studio collaborations from emerging and established talent invited to record at the location, all available via CÎROC social media channels.
In addition to the physical hub in Los Angeles, CÎROC Studios will extend its reach online with a dedicated ‘Behind The Hustle’ series with the support of Variety. Beginning later this month, with episodes running through March, the three-part content series will take an intimate look at both established and emerging CÎROC Studios artists, spotlighting the creative process from dual perspectives. In honor of the launch of CÎROC Studios, CÎROC will introduce a limited-edition, CÎROC Ultra Premium Vodka “Celebration” bottle to bring the dynamic creative experience of CÎROC Studios to the consumer. The liquid is available in select US cities at some of the hottest clubs in the country.
About CÎROC Ultra Premium:
CÎROC Ultra Premium is made from Fine French grapes, which are distilled five times, providing a crisp, clean taste and citrus nose. CÎROC Ultra Premium launched nationwide in January 2003. In October 2007, DIAGEO – the world’s largest spirits and beer company – made spirits history by entering into a strategic alliance with entertainment entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs, in which Mr. Combs and Combs Enterprises assumed the lead on all brand management activities for CÎROC. The infused Vodka flavors in the portfolio to date include CÎROC RED BERRY, CÎROC COCONUT, CÎROC PEACH, CÎROC PINEAPPLE, CÎROC APPLE, and CÎROC MANGO in addition to CÎROC TEN Vodka. The brand received a 2013 Beverage Industry News Award of Excellence, was named 2011 Spirits Brand of the Year by Market Watch, and earned a double gold medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2010.
About VH1 Save The Music:
For 21 years, VH1 Save The Music has used a comprehensive model to affect change in America’s public schools. VH1 Save The Music’s approach combines investments of instruments and resources to jumpstart music programs, support to music teachers’ development and day-to-day work, and advocacy for music as a necessary component of every student’s education. Founded in 1997, VH1 Save The Music was the first organization in existence dedicated to restoring music programs. Over the last 20 years, the Foundation has donated $53 million worth of new musical instruments to over 2,000 public schools in 257 school districts around the country– impacting the lives of millions of public school students. This Fall, the Foundation delivered grants to 80 schools. Get involved at www.vh1savethemusic.org and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @vh1savethemusic using the hashtag #SaveTheMusic.
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About Record Plant
Record Plant is a Los Angles based recording studio catering to the most particular and successful artists in the World for the past 50 years. Founded in New York in 1968 and opening in Los Angles the following year, Record Plant is a brand which prides itself on offering a level of technical excellence and customer service which is unparalleled within the recording industry. During Record Plant’s history they have continued to be the studio of choice for artist ranging from Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen to Beyoncé and Justin Bieber.
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Why 2-Chainz Turned Down Jay-Z During “Watch The Throne” Era.
2-Chainz cites “Loyalty” as reason for declining an offer from Roc Nation.
In 2 Chainz new YouTube series #CrateTalk, he revealed that he was at one point close to signing a deal with Jay-Z. In the inaugural episode, Host 2 Chainz explained to special guest Steve Stoute how it all happened. The conversation starts at the 5:45 mark.
“Hov told me that he wanted to do business with you and you turned him down,” Stoute says
“I was already speaking with Kanye on and off,” 2 Chainz said, “While they was in Paris working on Watch the Throne, Ye would hit me the whole time talking about my mixtapes and just was speaking to me where we just built a great relationship on the phone because we share some of the same similarities, right?”
It was at this point that Jay-Z asked 2-Chainz to get on a flight to New York. 2 Chainz wanted to bring along his friend and business partner, DJ Teknikz, but the request was denied. Because of this 2-Chainz felt it was only right to decline the business meeting out of respect and loyalty to his friend DJ Tek.
No love was lost however, as the pair have been seen together on multiple occasions including the Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch. On 2 Chainz 5th studio album “Rap or Go To The League” he boasts a Jay-Z sample (Lucifer) on the opening track “Forgiven” ft. Marsha Ambrosius. 2 Chainz wanted Jay-Z as feature on his new album but the timing wasn’t right. Hopefully we can get a collaboration from the two artists sometime in the foreseeable future.
Rick Ross Set To Release “Hurricanes” Memoir – September 3, 2019
The highly anticipated memoir from hip-hop icon Rick Ross chronicles his coming of age amid Miami’s crack epidemic, his star-studded controversies and his unstoppable rise to fame.
Celebrities and public figures write memoirs that detail their life stories as well as focus on issues they may or may not be as vocal about in public. For example, Michelle Obama’s latest literary achievement in “Becoming” is a memoir of her life’s journey as well as recording artist Gucci Mane’s book “The Autobiography of Gucci Mane.”
Recording artist and businessman, Rick Ross, is the latest celebrity involved in hip-hop music to publish a memoir titled Hurricanes and it’s set to be published in autumn (US).
In a statement, Rick said, “My story has always been deeper than rap. With this book I wanted to go deeper than I ever have. I wanted to tell people about the life of William Leonard Roberts.”
“Most people know Rick Ross as a global icon, but few are familiar with his origin story. Hurricanes transcends the conventions of celebrity memoir to offer an intimate and inspiring portrait of an artist who at every turn defied the odds and continues to change the game,” added Peter Joseph, editorial director of Hanover Square Press.
The book will not shy away from the recording artists fair deal of controversy including the rapper’s past as a drug dealer and correctional officer, as well as incidents such as his seizures, celebrity feuds, drive-by shootings, and his 2015 arrest on kidnapping and assault charges.
“From the making of ‘Hustlin” to his first major label deal with Def Jam, to the controversy surrounding his past as a correctional officer and the numerous health scares, arrests and feuds he had to transcend along the way, Hurricanes is a revealing portrait of one of the biggest stars in the rap game, and an intimate look at the birth of an artist,” reads the book synopsis.
Byron Allen’s $30B Racial Discrimination Lawsuits Against Comcast & Charter Proceed
In a historic ruling, Bryson Allen’s Television Production Company continues racial discrimination lawsuit against Comcast & Charter Communications.
Entertainment Studios (ES) and the National Association of African-American Owned Media (NAAAOM) filed federal lawsuits against Comcast and Charter Communications, two of the biggest cable television carriers in the country—$20 billion against Comcast and $10 billion against Charter—for violating the Civil Rights Act of 1866, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, prohibiting racial discrimination in contracting.
“The lack of true economic inclusion for African Americans will end with me, and these rulings show that I am unwavering in my commitment to achieving this long overdue goal.” – Byron Allen
Entertainment Studios owns eight 24-hour HD television networks serving nearly 160 million subscribers: THE WEATHER CHANNEL, PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, and JUSTICE CENTRAL.TV. The company also produces, distributes, and sells advertising for 41 television programs, making it one of the largest independent producers/distributors of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations.
For years, Entertainment Studios has been requesting that Comcast and Charter carry its networks, which are distributed by Comcast and Charter’s competitors, including Verizon, DirecTV, AT&T, DISH, and many other carriers.
Comcast and Charter rebuffed Allen’s requests for network carriage so he filed lawsuits in federal district court in Los Angeles entitled National Association of African American-Owned Media, et al. v. Comcast Corporation, Case No. 2:15-cv-01239-TJH-MAN (C.D. Cal.) and National Association of African American-Owned Media, et al. v. Charter Communications, Case No. 2:16-cv-00609-GW-FFM (C.D. Cal.).
This week, two historically significant decisions were made by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. They rejected Comcast and Charter’s attempts to dismiss the cases before trial.
The Court upheld Entertainment Studios’ Section 1981 claims against both Comcast and Charter; and instead ruled that both cases could proceed in the trial courts to discovery and trial.
“These decisions are hugely important in terms of opening the courts to African American-owned media. The Court paved the way to our eventual success at trial by ensuring that the proper ‘mixed motive’ standard for our claims – a lower standard of proof than the ‘but for’ standard argued by Comcast and Charter – applies,” said Entertainment Studios’ attorney, Skip Miller, partner in Miller Barondess.
“Additionally, the Court dismissed Charter’s and Comcast’s attempts to use the First Amendment as a shield for their alleged discrimination. I very much look forward to trying these cases. And I give Mr. Allen tremendous credit for having the will and the constitution to invest the capital and resources to pursue them relentlessly.”
Earlier this year, Byron Allen’s television production company, Entertainment Studios, acquired The Weather Channel from its previous owners: Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal and private equity firms Blackstone Group and Bain Capital.
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