Round One of the Intel(R) 2013 Superstars Competition is now complete. There were over 1,450 submissions and 100,000 votes, with four artists from four different genres — Rock, Pop, Latin, and R&B — being awarded a deluxe home studio prize package. The 2013 Round One winners are:
Rock: Pullman Standard (Hollywood, CA) Pop: Kristen Hope Justice (Buford, GA) Latin: Gregory Telfort (Freeport, NY) R&B: DeShaude (Toluca Lake, CA)
They will each receive a prize package that includes products from Gibson Guitars, Blue Microphones, Orange Amps, Creative Labs, HMDX, Sonos, V-MODA, and Intel. Additionally, they will compete in Round Three for the $10,000 Grand Prize.
Round Two is now open for entry and artists must enter by November 26, 2013 at 11:59 AM ET. Entrants can submit original music in any of the available Superstars music genres at www.superstars2013.com. Fan judging will run through November 30, 2013 at 11:59 AM ET. Round Two genre channels include: Country, Singer-Songwriter, Hip-Hop & Rap, and Electronic.
In Round Two, hundreds of artists will face off for more prizes, including a chance to win a $10,000 grand prize. Using OurStage.com’s patented judging technology, music fans will rank submissions in these four channels. The top-ranked artist in each channel will be a prize winner and one artist will ultimately receive a check for $10,000, courtesy of Intel. Tyler Barth, VP of Entertainment Relations at Blue Microphones says, “Hard-working unsigned talent represents the future of the music business. Giving these artists a platform to be recognized, appreciated, and exposed is what we love most about being a part of this contest.”
Entrance into the Intel 2013 Superstars Competition is free and is limited to residents of the United States who are at least 18 years old at time of entry.
The top 20 in each genre-based competition channel will advance to the Round Three stage of judging at 12:00 PM ET on November 30, 2013 through 11:59 AM ET on December 15, 2013. Of those artists, the final top 20-ranked artists will be submitted to Round Four, in which a panel of judges will select one grand prize winner, on or about December 20, 2013.
The industry panel will be made up of music experts and professionals, including Austin Renfroe (winner, 2011 Intel Superstar), Jason Ienner (Manager, Hot Chelle Rae and Haerts), Bruce Tyler (Industry Executive, former EVP at Sony), Tommy Page (Pandora VP of Artist and Brand Partnerships), Brian Nolan (Senior Director, Creative Agency – Columbia Records), Justin Lassen (Producer, Nihil Studios), Mike Rivet (Sr. Marketing Manager at Intel), and Scott Janovitz (Director of Community at OurStage.com). The panelists will determine the grand prize winner using a standard set of criteria: presentation, originality and creativity, melody, vocal ability, lyrics, and entertainment value.
Please visit http://superstars2013.com/ for the “Intel 2013 Superstars Competition” official rules, which include details regarding eligibility, the fan judging schedule, as well as a complete list of all the fantastic prizes to be awarded.
Kalamazoo, MI–Unable to receive proper treatment for lymphoma because of American status, Canadian-based hip-hop pioneer Edwin Kohn (a.k.a. the Incredible Ease) succumbed to the disease (October 2).
Raised in Paterson, NJ, Kohn briefly served in the U.S. Navy, before being honorably discharged and focusing on music. Ease was an active member of the West Coast hip-hop community and a member of the late ’80s group EQ, which also featured Quaze.
Kohn’s work as the Incredible Ease and EQ inspired West Coast rappers like Moka Only, Madchild and the Battle Axe crew, among many others, thanks to tracks like “All Praises Due” and “Who Rocks?”, as well as his weekly late-night radio program, The Krispy Bisket Show, which was co-hosted alongside collaborator DJ Kilocee on CJSF 90.1 FM.
He is survived by his wife and daughter.
“All Praised Due”
Members, Scarface, Bushwick Bill and Willie D will perform October 3 at Shakespeare’s Pub’s Lower Level, 241 E. Kalamazoo Ave. Tickets are available now. They are $20 in advance and $35 the day of the event. They are available online at http://www.zvents.com/
Based out of Houston Texas, Geto Boys released their first single, “Car Freak” in 1986 followed by the groups debut album in 1988, Making Trouble.
The original “Ghetto Boys” consisted first of Raheem, The Slim Jukebox, and Sir Rap-A-Lot. When Raheem and Sir Rap-A-Lot left, the group added DJ Ready Red, Prince Johnny C, and Little Billy (the dancer who later came to be known as Bushwick Bill).
Scarface and Bushwick Bill continued with the Geto Boys as the group had members drop out to pursue solo careers.
Most recently, In 2012, the Geto Boys released a song with the Insane Clown Posse on The Mighty Death Pop!‘s “White Pop” bonus album “Mike E. Clark’s Extra Pop Emporium“.
For more information about the show, call 269-488-7782 or go toshakespearespub.com.
Kalamazoo, MI- Sunday, fans gathered at CZARS 505 in St. Joseph, MI to check out headliner, Psychopathic Records artist, Anybody Killa. Whoop Whoop, calls could be heard throughout the night. Face painted Juggalos and Juggalette listening to horror-themed rap music. Some fans adorned in traditional Juggalo culture with wearing HatchetGear and hair standing on ends.
Plenty of local acts from ST. Joe area and Kalamazoo, MI opened for legendary, ABK. Konspiracy Rekords artists, Drama AKA Treason and MacMic AKA Flie By Nature and , JCutlassKightsofMayhem of AMBITIOUS RECORDS slammed with lyrics challenging social injustices and having a good time in Kalamazoo, MI.
Clarence Burke, Jr., a founding member of the legendary family group The Five Stairsteps and later the creator (with his brothers) of the disco-funk group The Invisible Man’s Band, has reportedly died at age 62. Causes of Burke’s death have not been released.
Burke had success with both groups, hitting number one in 1970 with “O-o-h Child” as part of the Stairsteps, and later with “All Night Thing” and the Invisible Man’s Band (a song that Burke wrote and produced). The Invisible Man’s Band popularity declined in the 80s, but Burke remained active and continued writing and performing. He was working on an album at the time of his passing.
More information to come as it becomes available.
May 28, 2013, No other details are available , but hisHis manager, Joe Marno confirmed Burke’s death
(Kalamazoo, MI)- Friday, protestors stood in front of Bank of America to stand in solidarity with the Murray Family from Coldwater, MI that were recently a victim of the largest mortgage fraud in history.
Local supporters, Occupy Kalamazoo and some of Kalamazoo’s local artistry came out to spread the word to others the fraudulent activity Bank of America is doing to hardworking homeowners. Lots of people slowed down to read the signs held by those fighting for justice for homeowners.
One customer asking what was going on, vowed to close her account with Bank of America after learning some facts from some of the rally participants.
Local media from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids were invited to cover the rally for the Murray’s and keep the conversation going about the epidemic of home foreclosure, especially in Kalamazoo. Unfortunately, individual home foreclosures aren’t important enough for local mainstream media to cover.
50 bands or so will help keep the the music alive for 24 hours during the O Music Awards.
Put on by MTV, VH1 and CMT the show celebrates music and counter culture. June 19 there will ba a 24-hour livestream event that will celebrate live music.
James Todd Smith, better known as LL Cool J, (short for Ladies Love Cool James rapper, entrepreneur, and actor from Bay Shore, New York. He is affectionately known for his love songs , “I Need Love“, “Around the Way Girl” and “Hey Lover“. He has an extensive catalog that includes twelve studio albums and two greatest hits compilations, including 2008’s Exit 13, the last for his record deal with Def Jam Records.
He has also appeared in numerous films, including Halloween H20: 20 Twenty Years Later, and currently stars as NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna on the CBS crime drama television series NCIS: Los Angeles.
Authentic, LL Cool J’s thirteenth studio album is set to be released on April 30, 2013.
LL Cool J performed his new single, “Whaddup” from Authentic, at the 55th Grammys at the Staples Center.
A few legends of hip-hop will perform at Casino del Sol’s AVA May 23 as the “Kings of the Mic” tour kicks off in Tucson. LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul are all scheduled to perform.
Tickets for the show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
Palermo Stone hailing from Pittsburgh has emerged as an hip hop artist who prides himself on creating music with powerful messages. Stone has three soloalbums under his belt (“R.A.R.E.” – 2012; “For My Culture” – 2011; “Beautiful Music” – 2010).
R.A.R.E [Deluxe] will be available March 24 for $1. In addition to a full-length album ,R.A.R.E., which stands for “Revitalizing Art; Reinventing Emotion,” will come with an electronic book that depicts original artwork from around the nation and tells the story of the album’s creation.
“These days, fans aren’t connected to the music and they need to be. I want to change the way they receive the music,” Stone commented about his decision to release his album in such a manner. “I want to take their involvement to the next level by first making the music as affordable as I can (for one dollar), and also including this book that was written to tell them the inside story of how it was all created.