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JayKo Real Talks Life In The Music Industry & More!

The music industry is booming with new talent daily but knowing how to be successful in this industry is where the skills and knowledge meet the road. At just the young age of sixteen, JAYKO began touring, and Co-Managing many international musical acts around the world. By the age of eighteen he was granted to travel to Peru, Japan, Spain, and Italy Co-Managing @trebol clan & DJ Joe who were doing massive concerts around the world. JAYKO is the CEO of All Real Entertainment LLC who has worked with big names in the Reggaeton industry. From 2018-2019 he toured, and Co-Managed recording artist known as “Anonimus” while visiting countries like Chile, and Canada. As of 2020 he is also part of Maldy Plan B Managment as a solo artist departing from the duo group “PLAN B”.

                             What new projects are you currently working on?
Currently working Maldys new first album as a solo artist called SICALIPSIS. Also working with Gregorio Pernia with his international “Eh ave maria Tour.”
                        What led to you getting your start in music management?
Always knew I loved music, music to me is emotion.
How do you balance life as an artist and Co-Manager?
Always time for everything in life, work to inspire not to show off. 
What have you learned from the music industry that could help up and coming artist?
Maintain real, business is more then talent, build relationships, be mindful how you respect others. 
How do you feel about artist being independent vs signing to a label?
All comes to business, many labels will push the artist to another level depending on the label. 
                             What tips do you have for artist on money management?
          Save your money, we get old. Invest, and always follow your heart. 
Be sure to keep up with Jayko Real on Social Media!
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Check out music by Maldy who’s new album Jayko is currently working on by clicking HERE! 

Artist/Music Producer James Worthy Announces New 7 Song EP “Kaleidoscopes”

James Worthy releases new soulful R&B sound to fans with the release of his long-awaited 2nd EP “Kaleidoscopes!”

James Worthy - Kaleidoscopes EP (Front Cover)

Along with the EP announcement, James has interesting collaborations on the project which include artists such as Ray Lavender, Ruff Endz, Drag-On, Truth Hurts, & Jillisa Lyn. James will be touring regionally with special guests to be announced along with tour dates. James recorded most of Kaleidoscopes in his studio in Atlanta, GA with engineer Styalistic. Worthy has worked with producers Styalistic, Shay Mizz, and Frisktrackz on this project. Kaleidoscopes is composed of 7 tracks that according to James “Spent Months crafting, recreating, and analyzing” to bring out the best product. Each song gives different musical textures within the R&B genre, but with heavy melodic influences, and arrangements with songs like “This Wave” or more soulful like “Show Me”. While each song varies in tone, they all are originals and circle back to one universal theme. “Kaleidoscopes is an urban soul-filled, catchy collection of reminders that love, harmony, diversity, and unity can co-exist in our modern world,” says Worthy. The body of work is packed with many layers, and sweet hooks with a smooth finish on production, and of course James Worthy’s nostalgic vocals!

James Worthy - Kaleidoscopes EP (Back Cover)

James Worthy states that listeners can definitely expect growth from him as an artist, person, and musician on this EP. This is his sophomore EP, however, he mentions that it speaks to where he is in life as well as how his fans are growing with him every year. The EP is now available and streaming on all digital platforms! Go get your copy today!

James Worthy Kaleidoscopes EP Promo

 

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Jacob Latimore Releases “Don’t Wanna Leave” Feat. Mulatto [VIDEO]

Actor and R&B vocalist Jacob Latimore has been releasing some really hot singles this year! His music is so soulful and the sound evokes feelings of nostalgia. When you think of real R&B music, his name falls under that category and he is an artist to definitely keep your eyes on. The talented 23-year-old released his album “Connection 2” back in April of this year and has been keeping fans on their toes since then delivering dope visuals to the tracks all while wrapping up Season 3 of  “The Chi”.

His latest visual, “Don’t Wanna Leave” dropped at midnight and gives the ladies a reminder of what it feels like to have a man that’s not afraid to cater to your needs, no matter what you been through in the relationship. Ladies you know sometimes you get upset with a good man, but then you’re reminded that he has been good to you so you don’t want to leave, and your heart brings you right back.

The visual opens up with beautiful Fall scenes and Jacob singing,

“Pick out what you want….you know I got racks on me so pick out what you want….you know I like watching you when you look undecided…all this drip around you…you feel like you drowning…don’t wanna leave…you don’t wanna leave no more…don’t wanna leave…you don’t wanna leave no more…I stay on your mind…who make you feel like this?”

Jacob Latimore- Don't Wanna Leave
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Jacob Latimore - Don't Wanna Leave
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The visual also features Hip Hop Recording Artist Mulatto, who is best known for winning the competition on the reality series, The Rap Game, produced by Jermaine Dupri and Queen Latifah.

We’re looking forward to much more from the talented young Actor/Artist and be sure to catch him in the upcoming film, “Like A Boss” starring Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, and Salma Hayek which is set to hit theaters January 10, 2020.

Check out the Video below & Share with us in the Comments your Thoughts!

 

 

Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ Found Guilty of Copying Christian Rap Song

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Katy Perry’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse” copied a 2009 Christian rap song, a jury found on Monday.

via ABC:

Monday’s decision returned by a nine-member federal jury in a Los Angeles courtroom came five years after Marcus Gray and two co-authors first sued alleging “Dark Horse” stole from “Joyful Noise,” a song Gray released under the stage name Flame.

The case now goes to a penalty phase, where the jury will decide how much the plaintiffs are owed for copyright infringement.

Gray’s attorneys argued that the beat and instrumental line featured through nearly half of “Dark Horse” are substantially similar to those of “Joyful Noise.”

“Dark Horse,” a hybrid of pop, trap and hip-hop sounds that was the third single of Perry’s 2013 album “Prism,” spent four weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in early 2014, and earned Perry a Grammy nomination.

Perry’s attorneys argued that the song sections in question represent the kind of simple musical elements that if found to be subject to copyright would hurt music and all songwriters.

“They’re trying to own basic building blocks of music, the alphabet of music that should be available to everyone,” Perry’s lawyer Christine Lepera said during closing arguments Thursday.

Perry and the song’s co-authors, including her producer Dr. Luke, testified during the seven-day trial that none of them had heard the song or heard of Gray before the lawsuit, nor did they listen to Christian music.

Gray’s attorneys had only to demonstrate, however, that “Joyful Noise” had wide dissemination and could have been heard by Perry and her co-authors, and provide as evidence that it had millions of plays on YouTube and Spotify, and that the album it’s included on was nominated for a Grammy.

“They’re trying to shove Mr. Gray into some gospel music alleyway that no one ever visits,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Michael A. Kahn during closing arguments, when he also pointed out that Perry had begun her career as a Christian artist.

The 34-year-old pop superstar and “American Idol” judge brought laughs to the proceedings when she testified during its second day, and her lawyers were having technical troubles getting “Dark Horse” to play in the courtroom.

“I could perform it live,” Perry said.

No performance was necessary after the audio issues were fixed. Jurors heard both songs played back-to-back in their entirety at the end of closing arguments this week.

Perry was not present for the reading of the verdict Monday afternoon.

Listen to the similarities in both songs below.

(MUSIC VIDEO) Grammy and NAACP Image Award Nominated Recording Artist RAHEEM DEVAUGHN Delivers That “JUST RIGHT” Type Of Love In New Video!

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Nothing feels better than finding yourself wrapped up in the right amount of love!

The visual for “Just Right” is written by Raheem Devaughn featuring the talented Singer/Actress V. Bozeman (Empire), directed by Chris Scholar from a storyline envisioned by DeVaughn. It’s the visual accompaniment to DeVaughn’s top 20 Billboard R&B Songs hit and first single from his seventh studio album, The Love Reunion (SRG/DMG/Universal Music Group). The DeVaughn-penned track was produced by Tim Kelley, formerly of the production duo Tim & Bob (Boyz II Men, TLC).

This is an infectious anthem composed to celebrate not only women of black and brown color but all women globally,” mentions Raheem. “Hands down, I predict it will be one of the urban wedding songs of the decade,” he adds. The single is lifted from Raheem‘s recently released seventh studio album, “The Love Reunion“, available on all streaming and download platforms now via the SRC/DMG label imprint.

Via Billboard:

“DeVaughn is concurrently developing various film and television projects and helming his LoveLife Foundation, which helps women and men in domestic abuse situations as well as people living with HIV/AIDS. He’s also writing and producing several songs for Bozeman’s own upcoming album from SRG. Her first single is expected in September.“V. Bozeman is a phenomenal talent that the world needs to hear,” says DeVaughn. “It’s an honor to be involved both creatively and musically in her soon-to-be-released project.”

Check out the Video Below!

 

In the midst of his now decade-long steady climb to international R&B notoriety and prominence, he’s been the singers’ singer, a consummate ladies’ man, the fellas’ fella and the “go-to” modern-day R&B/soul crooner with sensibilities simultaneously grounded in the past and the present. Indeed, RAHEEM DEVAUGHN has been many things to contemporary music culture and his ever-expanding core audience, for which he’s amassed a combination of prestigious award honors/nominations and multiple chart-topping releases.

“There’s a lot of talk about ‘King of R&B’ and ‘King of Soul,” but I’ve got enough music for the next ten years,” says the three-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter. “I literally have enough music for the decade to release. If I stopped recording now and said I wouldn’t record for five years, I’ve got enough music for ten. So I can’t wait, because I’m just warming up.”

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In the meantime, look for RAHEEM DEVAUGHN to continue to scintillate, titillate and seduce with his most-authentic soul stylings amidst this intoxicating, mood-altering collection of songs he’s poured his heart and soul into. “This album right here is hand-crafted to impregnate the world…bring people together. I’m here to be one of the greatest of my generation. And that’s not based on album sales and hype, or what reality show I’m on. It’s purely based on the music, based on the culture…and based on style and grace. I’m growing up not only musically, but personally. It’s kind of like the story of the phoenix rising…I’m coming out of the fire.”

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CONNECT WITH RAHEEM DEVAUGHN:
Twitter: @Raheem_Devaughn
Instagram: @Raheem_Devaughn
Facebook: /RaheemDevaughn

 

Starrdom100 Exclusive: Raheem DeVaughn Talks New Album, His Definition of Love & Thoughts on Today’s R&B Music

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Photo credit: DMG (DeVaughn Music Group)

Three-time Grammy Nominated Recording Artist RAHEEMDEVAUGHN Releases Seventh Studio Album, “THE LOVE REUNION”

(New York, NY), Three-time Grammy Nominated and 2019 NAACP Outstanding Male Artist nominee, singer, songwriter, producer, actor and last but not least,  philanthropic-pioneer, RAHEEM DEVAUGHN released his seventh studio album, “The Love Reunion“. The anticipated album released on June 28th, 2019, via the SRG/DMG label imprint.

The Love Reunion” is led by the already Top 15 Billboard Chart hit single, “Just Right” (Testify), written by Raheem DeVaughn and produced by Tim Kelley (one half of the multi-award-winning producers, Tim & Bob). “Just Right is an infectious anthem composed to celebrate not only women of black and brown color but all women globally,” mentions Raheem.

Although this is album number seven that we’re calling The Love Reunion,” says RAHEEM of his surprise second release in eight months, “it’s a part-two to Decade of a Love King, which just came out in October. I never stop making music; I’m still working on finding new ways to use my instrument, so the best way to do that is to stay in the studio…that’s my refuge, my therapy, and my sanity. [So] this Decade of a Love King trilogy has a lot of different tones and variations in it. When people go through albums six, seven, eight, and maybe nine and ten, they’re gonna be like `Wow, he gave us some real hardcore, new millennial R&B!’”

(AUDIO LINK): “JUST RIGHT” (TESTIFY) by RAHEEMDEVAUGHN

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During our recent interview with the talented singer, he shared some thoughts on the new album, expressed his definition of love and spoke on today’s R&B music scene.

Why is this album so special to you?

It’s my seventh album. My first album came out actually on June 28th and fast forward through the energy of the universe, my seventh album released on the same day in 2019. This album, in my opinion, is one of my best bodies of work to date. I am better vocally, I am better at writing. I have found the Raheem Devaughn sound.

What are your thoughts about the style of R&B music being produced today compared to the 90s and early 00’s?

I love lots of the new generation that is making music and that are being successful with it, but to me, there is nothing like that good ole 90’s R&B vibe. I love to still be able to deliver that quality music for my fans that have been with me from the beginning and my new fans just learning about the Raheem Devaughn sound.

How do you define love?

Love is understanding, compassion and making sure you look out for one another.

                                     What upcoming events do you have? Any tours?
There is a tour in the works that it’s still early to discuss, but I promise you it will be one for the books. It’s being planned for this fall/winter.

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Photo credit: DMG (DeVaughn Music Group)

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