Wednesday, February 2, 2011

NOLA Rapper Curren$y Signs With Warner Bros. Records

New Mixtape "Covert Coup" With Alchemist Coming 4/20 With Promo Tour

Smoker nation has something else to spark to this spring. Asylum/Warner Bros. Records is pleased to announce the signing of New Orleans native and underground sensation Curren$y. "Ain't nothing changed but the address," said Curren$y about the new move.

Curren$y's career flight plan has not come without a few layovers along his burgeoning career. Initially signed to fellow New Orleans rapper C-Murder's Tru Records in 2001, Curren$y was brought over to Master P's New No Limit Records in 2002 after the founder was sentenced to jail. From 2004-2007, Curren$y enjoyed a stint on Cash Money Records as part of Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment before venturing out on his own, releasing a series of mixtapes and focusing on his Jet Life apparel and lifestyle brand.

In 2009, the effort paid off as Curren$y, in recognition of his talent and drive, was hand-picked to grace the cover of XXL's "Top 10 Freshman" issue amongst the likes of B.O.B, Kid Cudi, Wale and others.

Later that year, the now independent rapper released his debut album This Ain't No Mixtape and the follow-up Jet Files through Amalgam Digital.

In 2010, Curren$y released his Pilot Talk and Pilot Talk II albums through Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash's BluRoc Records distributed by Def Jam Recordings. The two mixtapes moved an unprecedented 40K and 30K sold units with minimal effort and has helped the talented lyricist generate over $750K in touring on his own.

Curren$y is now gearing up to release his fifth and sixth studio albums Muscle Car Chronicles and the anticipated Pilot Talk III. Fans eager for the new music should keep an ear out for a new mixtape produced by infamous producer The Alchemist (Eminem, Nas, Snoop Dogg, Ghostface Killah) titled Covert Coup which will be available April 19th on iTunes, just in time for the 4/20 holiday. The release of the mixtape will coincide with a promo tour that begins that night in New Orleans. Dates are as follows:

Wed 4/20 New Orleans, LA
Thu 4/21 Houston, TX
Fri 4/22 Austin, TX
Sat 4/23 Dallas, TX
Mon 4/25 Albuquerque, NM
Tue 4/26 Arizona
Wed 4/27 Arizona
Thu 4/28 San Diego, CA
Fri 4/29 Los Angeles, CA
Sat 4/30 Riverside, CA
Sun 5/01 San Luis Obispo, CA
Tue 5/03 Fresno, CA
Wed 5/04 San Jose, CA
Thu 5/05 Sacramento, CA
Fri 5/06 San Francisco, CA
Sat 5/07 Humboldt, CA
Sun 5/08 Eugene, OR
Tue 5/10 Portland, OR
Wed 5/11 Seattle, WA
Thu 5/12 Bellingham, WA
Fri 5/13 Victoria, British Columbia
Sat 5/14 Vancouver, British Columbia
Sun 5/15 Spokane, WA
Tue 5/17 Missoula, MT
Wed 5/18 Boise, ID
Thu 5/19 Salt Lake City, UT
Fri 5/20 Denver, CO
Sat 5/21 Boulder, CO
Sun 5/22 Ft. Collins
Tue 5/24 Omaha, NE
Wed 5/25 Minneapolis, MN
Thu 5/26 Iowa City, IA
Fri 5/27 Madison, WI
Sat 5/28 Chicago, IL
Sun 5/29 Ann Arbor
Tue 5/31 Toronto, Ontario
Wed 6/01 Montreal, Quebec
Thu 6/02 Burlington, MA
Fri 6/03 Boston, MA
Sat 6/04 New York, NY
Sun 6/05 Philadelphia, PA
Tue 6/06 Washington DC
Wed 6/08 Carrboro, NC
Thu 6/09 South Carolina
Fri 6/10 Atlanta, GA
Sat 6/11 Birmingham, AL
Sun 6/12 Oxford, AL




Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Trombone Shorty, Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd to Perform at GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast

Pre-GRAMMY Telecast to be Streamed Live at on Sunday, February 13

The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony will take place on Sunday, Feb. 13 from 1–4 p.m. PT at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will be streamed live internationally on and beginning at 1 p.m. PT. Well-attended by nominees and industry VIPs, the star-studded ceremony with be co-hosted by current GRAMMY nominees Bobby McFerrin and Esperanza Spalding, and will feature performances by nominees including Afro-Colombian hip hop trio ChocQuibTown, blues musician Buddy Guy, singer/songwriter Cyndi Lauper, American roots interpreter Maria Muldaur, contemporary blues artist Kenny Wayne Shepherd, trombone and trumpet player Trombone Shorty, legendary gospel singer Mavis Staples, jazz musician Kirk Whalum, and R&B singer/songwriter Betty Wright. Presenting the first GRAMMY Awards of the night in 98 categories will be current nominees Laurie Anderson, Sara Bareilles, BT, Kathy Griffin, and Wayne Wallace. The live stream of the Pre-Telecast will remain on as video on demand for 30 days following the event. Following the Pre-Telecast Ceremony, the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network from 8–11:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Co-hosts McFerrin and Spalding each have one nomination: McFerrin for Best Classical Crossover Album for Vocabularies, and Spalding for Best New Artist.

Performers ChocQuibTown, Guy, Lauper, Muldaur, Shepherd, Staples, Trombone Shorty and Wright each have one nod: ChocQuibTown for Best Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album for Oro; Guy for Best Contemporary Blues Album for Living Proof; Lauper for Best Traditional Blues Album for Memphis Blues; Muldaur for Best Traditional Folk Album for Maria Muldaur & Her Garden Of Joy; Shepherd for Best Contemporary Blues Album for Live! In Chicago (Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Featuring Hubert Sumlin, Wille "Big Eyes" Smith, Bryan Lee and Buddy Flett); Staples for Best Americana Album for You Are Not Alone; Trombone Shorty for Best Contemporary Jazz Album for Backatown; and Wright for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "Go." Whalum has three nominations: Best Pop Instrumental Album for Everything Is Everything: The Music Of Donny Hathaway; Best Gospel Performance for "He's Been Just That Good" (with Lalah Hathaway) and Best Gospel Song for "It's What I Do" (with Jerry Peters).

Presenters Anderson, Bareilles, BT, Griffin, and Wallace each have one nomination: Anderson for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "Flow"; Bareilles for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "King Of Anything"; BT for Best Electronic/Dance Album for These Hopeful Machines; Griffin for Best Comedy Album for Kathy Griffin Does The Bible Belt; and Wallace for Best Latin Jazz Album for Bien Bien! (Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet).


- The Recording Academy

- Louisiana Music at the GRAMMYS