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The Pulse of Entertainment: Ricky Dillard & New G’s Motown Gospel Debut ‘Choirmaster’ Reaches #1

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Grammy nominated Ricky Dillard & New G release ‘Choirmaster’ EP on Motown Gospel.

*“It’s another level of the Choirmaster’s message,” said Stellar Award winning Dr. Ricky Dillard about his Ricky Dillard and New Generation Motown Gospel debut, the “Choirmaster: The Chicago House Remixes” EP. “If you survived the last four months you should be dancing!”

Ricky said why worry about the situations of today, the Holy Spirit is here to lead and guide us through. What we should be doing is joyfully dancing in praise. So the “Choirmaster” project is all about helping you realize that God has everything under control, things could be worst but they are not – so rejoice. “The Choirmaster: The Chicago House Remixes” EP is recorded live and is produced by three-time Grammy winning Max Stark (Kirk Franklin, Tori Kelly). Its first single “Release,” featuring Tiff Joy, reached #1 on the “BDS Gospel Chart” and the “Mediabase Published Gospel Chart.”

When asked why “house music” Ricky confided, “When I was maybe 20 years-old I was in search of being a recording artist. I love all types of music. I would sneak into a club in Chicago, which introduced me to this ‘house music’ or disco – Donna Summer, Aretha Franklin. I went to Studio 54 and Paradise Garage in New York and ended up going to a company in Chicago called the House Mecca Record Company. I met Master Funk and he invited me into the studio. In the next room was the Godfather of House Music. I sang some things. Then later I heard myself on the radio…So I started doing ‘house music’. I want to bring it back… it’s a perfect time to bring happiness.”

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Also a multi-Grammy Award nominated artist Dillard’s choir is affectionately known as New G. He notes Kirk Franklin and Kanye West as inspirations in the Contemporary Gospel genre. Along with New G, Ricky Dillard has performed at the same concerts with Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah and Debbie Allen. Of the selections in “The Choirmaster” EP there are two versions of his “More Abundantly” selection – one a Wentworth Avenue Remix and the other a Chicago Heights Medley Remix. It also includes the first single “Release” – a South Shore Drive Remix, “Glad to Be of Service” – a Mason Court Remix, and “I Won’t Go Back” – a Ware House Remix. Ricky Dillard was raise in the church, a choir member at age five and soon after a music director for the youth choir. His love for God and his love for Chicago ‘house music’ has made him what he is today a passionate, very hyper and energetic choir master and vocal artist.

“I had many attacks from the church…because I was doing ‘house music’,” Dr. Ricky Dillard admitted. “Ridiculed, scorned and talked about, but I had a calling and a passion – so I had to keep going.” www.RickyDillardOfficial.com www.MotownGospel.com

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, MS, MBA, MPhil has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENTS: “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 21st year. Next events are coming to Los Angeles Saturday, November 7, 2020 via Zoom Video Conferencing and to Baltimore Saturday April 17, 2021 at Security Square Mall. The ULMII event is a free conference offering an Entertainment Business Panel Q&A Session, a Talent Showcase and Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services.  Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to RSVP for Zoom Access email [email protected]

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Women with A Message – UMe’s Urban Legends Focus on Women’s Empowerment / LISTEN

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Los Angeles With the goal of fostering a community and the creativity it curates, UMe’s Urban Legends division will launch “Women With A Message,” a campaign highlighting grassroots activism, leadership innovation and self-determination from women who have redefined industry, sports and political activism.

The campaign will feature conversations amongst influential women who are crafting and delivering the global message of equality in real time. Rooted in the importance of representation and inspiration, the campaign’s music and editorial (video and written) content is designed to motivate both women and men to help spread the message of equality and respect. Available, HERE.

“Through their stories and voices, we hope to inspire more women to empower themselves and to participate in the upcoming elections. Inspiring more women to exercise their right to vote is about emphasizing the fact that we are all empowered to make choices about this country, in part through engagement in the process of choosing our leaders,” comments Katina Bynum, EVP, East Coast Labels, Urban, UMe.

“From board rooms to conference rooms to classrooms and beyond, heroic women have used their voices both to question and encourage others, and Motown is proud to present pioneers who paved the way in all aspects of culture,” adds President of Motown Records & EVP Capitol Music Group, Ethiopia Habtemariam.

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Urban Legends is drawing from across its labels, with a special focus on Motown, to curate an inspiring playlist celebrating women – especially women of color – across generations and genres. The indelible influence, artistic creativity and iconic talents that have defined Motown since its earliest days – from Diana Ross and Martha Reeves to Valerie Simpson, Erykah Badu, India Arie and beyond – along with other soul, pop, hip-hop and R&B artists who round out this deep dive into the music of women’s empowerment. The playlist includes hip-hop from Remy Ma to City Girls and Shawnna; pop bops from Debelah Morgan (“Dance With Me”) and Mila J (“Kickin’ Back”); disco classics by Gloria Gaynor; plus superstar urban pop. Available, HERE.

Urban Legends and its editorial partner uDiscoverMusic invited community leaders, athletes and music executives to discuss how music and songs inspire, motivate and play a role in their lives.

Artist features include: Erykah Badu; Kelis; Janet Jackson; Mary J. Blige; Queen Latifah; Salt-N-Pepa; Zhane; and Mariah Carey, whose new memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, is available now. Additional features showcase past trailblazers, including Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Marlena Shaw.

Music industry professionals tell their stories from adversity to accomplishments and how they are enacting change: Ethiopia Habtemariam, President of Motown Records and EVP Capitol Music Group; LaTrice Burnette, EVP and GM, Island Records; Sujata Murthy, SVP Media & Artist Relations, UMe; Anastasia Wright, VP Rhythm Nation.

Urban Legends will introduce athletes’ stories as a way of amplifying the pursuit of equality. And of course, a look at the many ways that music motivates is sure to be part of the discussion with professional athletes, including Tamera “Ty” Young, star forward with WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces; Essence Carson, guard/forward for WNBA’s Connecticut Suns and Senior Manager of Label Relations and Production for Motown, Caroline and Priority; Taylor Townsend, tennis professional; and Lia Neal, champion swimmer and two-time Olympic medalist.

Activists will round out the “Women With A Message” campaign wtih Ciara Taylor, a founding member of the Dream Defenders community organizers, and a conversation with Alicia Garza, Creator of Black Futures Lab / Co-founder Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Katina Bynum, EVP, East Coast Labels, Urban, UMe.

About Urban Legends  
Urban Legends is the UMG label imprint and cross-platform initiative devoted to the curation and celebration of over three decades of urban catalog music and culture. Urban Legends celebrates the revolutionary and defining recordings primarily of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. At its core, Urban Legends serves as both an editorial content site and e-commerce platform, delivering daily news, editorial features and franchises, and video updates on hip-hop and R&B artists within the UMG ecosystem. Urban Legends is a division of UMe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shonda Rhimes Says Clash Over Disneyland Ticket Lead to ABC Exit: ‘I Felt Like I Was Dying’

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*Shonda Rhimes has detailed her decision to leave ABC and the straw that broke the camel’s back was a request for a Disneyland pass.

For 15 years, Rhymes created TV magic (and made history) at the network, with shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” and “How to Get Away with Murder.” She reportedly make more than $2 billion for Disney, but had a constant battle with ABC, which is owned by the studio. The writer producer tells The Hollywood Reporter that her creativity was limited at the network

“I felt like I was dying,” she said of her work producing nearly 70 hours of annual television. “Like I’d been pushing the same ball up the same hill in the exact same way for a really long time.”

The final nail in the coffin was hammered in 2017, over a pass to Disneyland. 

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As part of her contract, the showrunner had an all-inclusive pass and had negotiated a second one for her nanny. However, her pass was not interchangeable so when her sister needed one to take Rhimes’ daughter to the park, she had to go back and forth with the network and was told, “We never do this” multiple times.

The park eventually issued her an extra pass — which would have cost $154 — but it didn’t work when her family arrived at the park. Rhimes then called a “high-ranking executive,” who allegedly asked her, “Don’t you have enough?”

With that, she called her lawyer and asked to exit ABC to go to Netflix. Rhimes later inked a deal with the streaming giant worth $150 million.

In August, she announced her new deal, saying, “Shondaland’s move to Netflix is the result of a shared plan [Netflix CEO] Ted Sarandos and I built based on my vision for myself as a storyteller and for the evolution of my company.”

Her statement continued, “Ted provides a clear, fearless space for creators at Netflix. He understood what I was looking for—the opportunity to build a vibrant new storytelling home for writers with the unique creative freedom and instantaneous global reach provided by Netflix’s singular sense of innovation.”

Shonda’s first two projects with Netflix include a documentary about Hollywood icon Debbie Allen (releasing Nov. 27) and the period drama “Bridgerton” (releasing Dec. 25).

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Quibi is No Mo’! – $2Billion Streaming Service Shutting Down After Six Months

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*(Via UrbanHolywood411.com) – Quibi, the shortform mobile-focused streaming service, is going bust just six months after it launched.

The Wall Street Journal broke the news Wednesday. A short time later, Quibi founders Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman confirmed in a Medium post that the platform would be going out of business.

“It is with an incredibly heavy heart that today we are announcing that we are winding down the business and looking to sell its content and technology assets,” Katzenberg and Whitman wrote in their open letter to employees, investors, and partners.

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Quibi, short for quick bites, launched in April at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The streamer offered a free trial, with subscriptions costing $4.99 with ads or $7.99 without ads.

The platform was filled more than 100 original programs, including #FreeRayshawn [shown above]. The drama starring Laurence Fishburne, Stephan James and Jasmine Cephas just won two Emmy Awards.

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