The nominations for the 24th Annual Stellar Awards were announced today from a press conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
Rap/Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year Da' T.R.U.T.H; Open Book; Cross Movement Records FLAME; Our World Redeemed; Cross Movement Records Frontlynaz; Game Over; Frontlynaz, Inc. Sho Baraka; Turn My Life Up; Reach Records Trip Lee; 20/20; Reach Records
3 Hip Hop albums are in the Billboard TOP 25 Gospel Albums Chart: #1 Lecrae "Rebel" (2nd week), #17 Ambassador "The Chop Chop" (high: #6), and #24 Grits "Reiterate" (high: #16). Lecrae "Rebel" is also #92 on the Billboard 200 (was #60 last week).
*This is a big deal.* Its the first time the major labels and retailers have unanimously embraced a new physical format in over 25 years. These cards play in 70 million phones in the US and a billion devices worldwide. Imagine if there were that many CD players in 1982.
The press release:The worlds four largest music companies and SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK), a leading seller of MP3 players and flash memory cards in the United States, today unveiled the full list of artists joining the inaugural slotMusic line-up. Starting this week, music fans can purchase slotMusic cardsmicroSD cards with pre-loaded, high quality, DRM-free MP3 musicfeaturing new release albums from artists like Coldplay, Katy Perry, Leona Lewis, Rihanna and Robin Thicke and catalog titles from Elvis, Abba and more.
21 years ago, Philip Rood, Rapzilla's founder and owner was born in Tulsa Oklahoma. It's his birthday! Leave a comment with a birthday blessing and thank you note. Phil created a birthday wishlist on Amazon, feel free to give him a gift as a thank you for everything he has done for Christian Hip Hop and with Rapzilla. or paypal:
When everything looked like Gotee Records wasn't going to release any new hip hop albums (except the annual Hip Hope, which 2009 is planned to release!). It seems Flynn Adam of L.A. Symphony has signed with Gotee Records. Why? Gotee Records website gotee.com on the home page has "Flynn Adam Teaser" video. Check the video out.
k-Drama has been slaving in the booth lately, putting the finishing touches on his 5th studio album "BoomBaptism" "BoomBaptism" is slated to drop Dec. 9th this year and includes some very special guest features and production. But until then, you can listen to k-Drama's new single, "Air Jordan" by visiting www.myspace.com/kdrama.
Urban D. and Spec recently went to Nigeria to speak at a Purpose Driven Conference. It was an incredible opportunity as they taught several workshops to a group of Nigerian pastors that gathered in the capitol city of Abuja for the conference. The host church also put on a concert at a secular theater which was filled to capacity with over 800 people. Urban D. headlined the night with a full set backed up by Spec. He also got to give a ministry spill that impacted many. There will be a full video shown at this year's Fla.vor Fest - but in the meantime check out this highlight video showing scenes from the tour.
UK hip-hop quintet GreenJade has stepped down from this year’s MOBOs Award after being nominated in the Best Gospel category. The London-based group wrote a letter to MOBOs officials to be removed from the nomination’s list. The group said its request has now been granted by officials.
Christian rapper Lecrae debuts Rebel on Billboard's "Top Rap Albums Chart" at No. 8. His third album, Rebel, shelved off 9,800 discs in its opening week! This doesn't count digital downloads, which for the first week was No. 4 on the Hip Hop/Rap Album Chart of iTunes.
Our advice to Reach Records is to send out a press release to all media outles (Christian and Secular) and be sure they all have a copy of Rebel for review, get all the coverage, even negative, doesn't matter. Because this album is making an impact and if it doesn't go out to the press it can miss great opportunities. Imagine someone who lost his faith, then reads his daily secular hip hop news, sees an article about Rebel maybe negatif because it's Christian, but then gives the album a listen and then recommits his life to the Lord. That's what I'm talking about!