New Bipartisan Poll Finds Grateful Dead Popular Across Political Party Lines, All Age Groups

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is being released by Strategic Media, Inc.:

With the Grateful Dead’s final “Fare Thee Well” tour celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary now heading from Santa Clara, CA to Chicago’s Soldier Field for three final shows…


Watch Puff Daddy Throw Bad Boy Reunion at BET Awards

An all-star performance celebrating the 20th anniversary of Puff Daddy‘s Bad Boy Records was among the many highlights at this year’s BET Awards, which aired Sunday night. During the tribute to the iconic label, the Bad Boy mogul – donning his old school red leather ensemble – recruited a dozen of the label’s biggest draws, from Mase and Lil Kim to Jadakiss and French Montana, for a 10-minute mega-medley that also paid tribute to the Notorious B.I.G.

The Bad Boy celebration packed in nods to the label’s biggest hits – “Mo Money, Mo Problems,” “All About the Benjamins,” “Love Like This,” “Hypnotize,” 112’s “Peaches & Cream” – and also featured Sheek Louch, Faith Evans, Fonzworth Bentley, Pharrell Williams (who introduced his new cut with Diddy, “Finna Get Loose”) and one of the more embarrassing stage gaffes of Puff Daddy’s career:

In addition to the Bad Boy party, the BET Awards included a pair of big time tributes: First, Robin Thicke, Ne-Yo and Tori Kelly performed some of Smokey Robinson’s greatest hits to honor the singer’s lifetime achievement award. Then, Janet Jackson became the first-ever recipient of BET’s Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award. Ciara, Tinashe and Jason Derulo then delivered renditions of the “Rhythm Nation” singer’s greatest dance moves and music videos to pay homage to Jackson.

The BET Awards also opened up at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre with an explosive performance by Kendrick Lamar, who busted out his To Pimp a Butterfly cut “Alright”:

The show all featured artists bringing home trophies, and among the more notable wins included Beyoncé scoring three awards: Video of the Year for “7/11,” Video Director of the Year with Todd Tourso and Ed Burke and Best Female R&B/Pop Artist. Nicki Minaj nabbed Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, among other awards, while Lamar was awarded Best Male Hip-Hop Artist. Sam Smith was awarded Best New Artist and Rae Sremmurd took home the Best Group award.

Funk Quartet Rock Candy Funk Party to Unleash "Groove Is King" on July 31

Funk and jazz band Rock Candy Funk Party (RCFP) will release their sophomore studio album Groove Is King on July 31, an aural kaleidoscope that mashes up funk, rock, dance, electronica, jazz and R&B into 14 original tracks and 2 covers full of space, texture, and virtuoso musicianship. Included is a bonus DVD with over 50 minutes of in-studio footage. Powered by a lineup of world-renowned players, they are: album producer Tal Bergman (drums), Joe Bonamassa (guitar), Ron DeJesus (guitar), and Mike Merritt...LOS ANGELES, June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — On July 31, funk and jazz band Rock Candy Funk Party (RCFP) will release their sophomore studio album Groove Is King, an aural kaleidoscope that mashes up funk, rock, dance, electronica, jazz and R&B into 14 original tracks and 2 covers…


Art Van Furniture To Grand Open Chicago's Biggest Furniture Store At Showstopping Gala With Chicago's Biggest Star, Jennifer Hudson, On July 30!

Jennifer Hudson to perform at Art Van FurnitureWARREN, Mich., June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — “Dreamgirl to dazzle Downers Grove!” Chicago’s own Jennifer Hudson, who has earned worldwide acclaim as a Grammy Award-winning recording artist and an Academy Award-winning actress, will perform live for 1,000 VIP guests at Art Van Furniture’s…


"Get Your Song On" and Launch Your Music Career at Reelcause, Inc.

Reelcause, Inc.FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Reelcause, Inc. (OTC: RCIT) (“Reelcause”) and music optimization pioneer Fliktrax Music proudly announce the launch of “Get Your Song On” talent search competition.

Both trailblazers in their respective industries, Reelcause and…


Dr. Dre's 'Chronic' Available First Time Digitally on Apple Music

Taylor Swift’s 1989 isn’t the only major album that will exclusively be available on Apple Music: Dr. Dre‘s G-Funk classic The Chronic will finally make its streaming debut when Apple’s relaunched service arrives on June 30th, a source close to the service confirmed to Rolling Stone.

Surprisingly, when Beats Music first arrived in 2014, The Chronic, one of Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, was not part of that streaming service’s catalog, even though it fell under the umbrella of Beats Electronics’ deal with Apple. The album was also unavailable on competing services like Spotify and Rhapsody.

The album’s absence could be explained, in part, over the rapper’s legal battle over The Chronic with his former label Death Row Records. In 2011, Dre won back the digital rights of The Chronic after a judge ruled that the then-incarnation of Death Row could not sell the album digitally and granted Dre 100 percent proceeds of all Chronic online sales; Death Row retained the rights to The Chronic on all physical mediums.

Over the years, the rapper has fought over more than just The Chronic‘s digital rights: In 1999, Dre filed a lawsuit against Priority Records and Death Row after those labels released an album titled The Chronic 2000, even though Dre was not involved in that LP in any capacity. The rapper’s 1999 album The Chronic 2001 was retitled simply 2001 to avoid confusion with the unauthorized release, although fans continued to refer to that album under its original name. U.S. Music Streaming to be Valued at $2,780.1 million by End of 2019 LogoWASHINGTON and NEW YORK and LONDON, June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — announces addition of report that forecasts the U.S. music streaming market to grow at a CAGR of 20.5% between 2014-2019, driving market value to $2,780.1 million by the end of 2019.

With last week’s…


Livestream of 'The Legacy': The 15th Anniversary Edition of Sensation

AMSTERDAM, June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

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Sensation and Beatport are giving fans from around the world the chance to be part of Sensation ‘The Legacy’ via a live videostream.

The sold-out…


FTD Celebrates Grateful Dead "Fare Thee Well" Santa Clara Concert with Tie-Dyed Roses

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., June 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — FTD® (Nasdaq, FTD), a leading online retailer of flowers and gifts, partnered with Peter Shapiro and Madison House Presents and gave Grateful Dead fans at the opening night of the Santa Clara Fare Thee Well concert beautiful red…


Ice Cube Reunites With N.W.A's DJ Yella and MC Ren Onstage

As promised, N.W.A staged a semi-reunion at Los Angeles’ BET Experience Saturday night as Ice Cube performed alongside MC Ren and DJ Yella for the first time in over 25 years.

Sandwiched between a mini-set of Ice Cube solo cuts (“Check Yo Self,” “You Can Do It” and “It Was a Good Day”), the N.W.A trio performed four of their tracks, including “8 Ball,” “Straight Outta Compton,” the 1999 reunion cut “Chin Check” and “Fuck tha Police.” The trio also paid homage to the late Eazy E by referencing “Boyz-N-The-Hood” and “Foe Tha Love of $,” Billboard reports.

The BET Experience concert at the Staples Center also featured performances by Snoop Dogg (who made a cameo during “Chin Check”), Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock. Despite the presence of many of Dr. Dre’s former band mates and protégés, The Chronic rapper himself did not partake in the N.W.A reunion.

As Ice Cube told Rolling Stone recently, the Predator rapper hadn’t appeared onstage with DJ Yella since 1989 and last performed with MC Ren during their Up in Smoke Tour in 2000. “It was real cool to be onstage with him again, but that’s still been 15 years ago,” Ice Cube said. “So it’s real cool to get up there and with the excitement around Straight Outta Compton, the movie. I think people are going to just be extra excited to get a glimpse of us.”

Ice Cube also expressed doubts that Dr. Dre would show up for the reunion. “You never know. It’s like, I hope he blesses us with his presence,” Ice Cube said. “But if not, I’ve been rockin’ for a long time without anybody. So whoever shows up, I’m still gonna rock. Whoever don’t show up, we still gonna rock.”

Ice Cube reunited N.W.A to celebrate the upcoming release of the group’s big screen biopic Straight Outta Compton. That film, which features Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson, Jr. portraying his father, arrives in theatres on August 14th.

Watch fan footage of the N.W.A performance below: