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Friday, September 9, 2011

Ruben Studdard Give Fans "Medicine" With Tom Joyner Morning Show Performance

"American Idol" champ Reuben Studdard recently rolled through The Tom Joyner Morning Show's Red Velvet Cake Studio for a soul-stirring performance of his new inspirational radio single "Medicine (For Someone Else)" from the charity CD "Medicine: Live At The Black Academy of Arts and Letters" (MCG Records).  Studdard spent the hour talking to the legendary syndicated radio host about his current musical project and community involvement before doing an in-studio jam performance.

The CD also features Ann Nesby, Jasmine Guy and others backed by the 80-voice Black Academy Choir. 
The project raises money to fund youth arts programs at the 35 year old Black Academy of Arts & Letters in Dallas which is suffering froma cut back in government grants due to the sluggish economy.

Photo credit: Rance Elgin
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St. Louis Native, Amber Bullock and Dallas Native Andrea Helms Named As This Season’s Finalists

SUNDAY BEST Winners Commemorate the Late Mahalia Jackson’s 100th Birthday
with a Special Tribute

NEW YORK — September 7, 2011—BET’s gospel reality competition, SUNDAY BEST, is close to naming the winner of season 4.  After auditioning thousands of hopefuls from around the country and narrowing down the top 20 contestants, only two remain standing. In a special 2-hour finale On Sunday, September 11 at 8:00 p.m.*, Finalists Amber Bullock, 25, from St. Louis, Missouri and Andrea Helms, 37, from Dallas, Texas will compete for a national recording contract with Music World Gospel, a cash prize, a brand new 2011 Ford Explorer and the coveted title of SUNDAY BEST.  The 9-week singing competition with gospel greats Kirk Franklin as host along with Erica and Tina Campbell of Mary Mary, and Pastor Donnie McClurkin as judges will allow viewers to vote for their favorite contestant and ultimately decide who will be this season's SUNDAY BEST.

During the finale episode viewers will be treated to stellar performances by Pastor Shirley Caesar, Yolanda Adams, Lecrae, Vashawn Mitchell, Zebulon Ellis, Jessica Reedy, Rance Allen, and Ricky Dillard.  Past SUNDAY BEST winners Crystal Aikin, Y'Anna Crawley and Le’Andria Johnson will also come together for a special performance tribute to the late gospel great, Mahalia Jackson to commemorate her 100th birthday. 
Voting for season 4 of BET’s SUNDAY BEST began on Sunday, August 28th at 8:55 p.m. ET and will close on Saturday, September 10 at 12:00 p.m. ET.  For more on SUNDAY BEST and how to vote for the winner, please visit www.BET.com/SundayBest.

For three amazing seasons, SUNDAY BEST has entertained and touched viewers during its search for the next great gospel singer. From holding auditions all over the U.S. and in Nigeria, West Africa, SUNDAY BEST continues to be a fan favorite even winning a 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Reality Series. SUNDAY BEST is a 9-week series executive produced by D’Angela Proctor and Nia T. Hill of Strange Fruit Media, Kirk Franklin and Erica and Tina Campbell.

Also, follow SUNDAY BEST on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BETSundayBest (#SundayBest) and join the Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/BETSundayBest.
All times are ET/PT.

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Monday, September 5, 2011


Gospel Music’s Leading Man, Earnest Pugh, has topped Billboard magazine’s Hot Gospel Songs chart with his smash radio single, “I Need Your Glory.” New York Times pop critic Jon Carmanica writes that, “I Need Your Glory is less sensuous than the James Fortune & Fiya version of a few years ago, and deliberately so. Mr. Pugh sounds as if he’s delivering a closing argument, and he’s winning the case.”
Pugh is also winning over fans, particularly the ladies. “It was amazing,” says a female fan that rode two hours from Richmond, VA to see Pugh at a recent Washington, D.C. area concert. “I knew Earnest was popular but women were coming in packs of three and four to a car. It reminded me of my teenage years when my girlfriends and I used to pile into somebody’s car to go see New Edition.”
“Earning my second #1 single on Billboard is surreal to me,” Pugh says. “I thank God for the overwhelming love and support from the MDs and PDs at radio stations across the country. This has all been possible because of the awesome machine behind me, Mr. Kerry Douglas and his Black Smoke Music Worldwide company. While Mr. Douglas is known for creating monster radio hits, I never imagined that the partnership with my EPM label would yield this kind of success.”
Over the last two years, Douglas and Pugh’s association has led to four Top 40 gospel smashes, including 2009’s #1 hit ”Rain On Us.” Other chart hits include, “The Great I Am” and “Perfect Peace.” Pugh’s fourth and most recent CD, “Earnestly Yours,” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart two months ago and remains in the Top 10. “I am truly humbled by this new milestone in our history,” says Black Smoke CEO Kerry Douglas whose New Deal University marketing concepts have propelled artists such as James Fortune & FIYA to gospel rock star status with #1 radio hits like “I Trust You” and “I Believe.” Visit www.earnestpugh.com or www.mrkerrydouglas.com for more information on this exciting artist.
(Photo credit: Naomi Richards)
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Music World Gospel/Music World Music Signs James Fortuen to Distribution Deal

Music World Gospel/Music World Music Signs an
Exclusive International Distribution Agreement with
James Fortune and Fiya World, LLC

(Houston, TX – August 31, 2011) – Mathew Knowles’ Music World Gospel, an imprint label of Music World Music, today signed an exclusive International Distribution Agreement with Houston-based gospel recording artist James Fortune and Fiya World, LLC for recordings distributed worldwide, excluding North American. This Agreement covers any and all product that Fiya World, LLC wishes to place forth for distribution that feature the performances of James Fortune and/or FIYA.

Fortune is a Stellar Award winner and the winner of two prestigious ASCAP Awards for
Gospel Song of the Year forYou Survived,(2006) from his debut CD of the same title, which  peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Song chart, and I Trust You,(2009) from his sophomore CD, The Transformation. His groundbreaking, chart-topping and history-making single, “I Trust You,” is the longest #1 hit single in gospel music, eclipsing the six-month run of Marvin Sapp’s hit single,Never Would Have Made It.”  I Trust You remained at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Song charts for 29 consecutive weeks. The Transformation peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Album chart. Fortune’s third CD, Encore peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Album chart and the first single and title track, peaked at # 4 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Song chart.

“James Fortune has had very successful records in the U.S.,” said Mathew Knowles, founder, President and CEO of Music World Entertainment. “We look forward to building his platform and brand worldwide. Music World Entertainment has achieved an overwhelming amount of success internationally. Gospel music is growing tremendously in the foreign territories.  And we, as well as our partners, are on the frontline of expanding gospel music globally.”

“We are excited about teaming with Mathew Knowles and Music World Gospel internationally,” said James Fortune, founder and CEO of Fiya World, LLC.  “I look forward to having my music, as well as my artists’ music, heard around the world. I’m also looking forward to exploring touring opportunities and selling more records. Music World’s success is unprecedented globally.”

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Man Sues 'Nobody Greater' Writer and Names Labels in Suits

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Suit Filed In New York City Names Sony Music
And EMI Christian Music Group As Co-Defendants
Atlanta, GA-based songwriter Darius Paulk, 27, is enjoying the biggest success of his young career with the song, “Nobody Greater.” Recorded by EMI Gospel recording artist, Vashawn Mitchell, the song hit the #1 spot on Billboard magazine’s Hot Gospel Songs chart last fall and has remained in the Top 10 for a solid year and become one of gospel music’s most popular songs ever. It’s also appeared on Sony Music subsidiary Verity Music Group’s best-selling CD, “WOW Gospel 2011.”

A Pittsburgh man, Travis Malloy, has now filed a lawsuit against Paulk and named EMI Christian Music Group and Sony Music Holdings, Inc. as co-defendants, claiming that he co-authored the song with Paulk. In his lawsuit, Malloy argues that he has not received writing credit nor royalties from radio airplay or music sales for the song. Paulk, who is aware that an action has been filed but has not actually seen it, adamantly denies that Malloy has any claim to authorship.

“I wrote Nobody Greater during a very traumatic period in my life in 2008,” Paulk says. “It’s my testimony. I was laid-off because of downsizing at my job. I had just gotten a car and a new place. Also, my grandfather had been diagnosed with cancer. The message of the song reflects my personal struggles and victories. Travis Malloy did not contribute to the creation of this song. I wrote the lyrics and melody by myself in the privacy of my home. His claim is baseless and I am confident in the fact that justice will soon prevail. Truth always comes to light and the truth that this entire song was created by me will be revealed in due time."
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Irene, Error Cause Sunday Best Confusion

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By Mona Austin

Hurricane Irene not only devastated buildings and lives along the East Coast last week, but partially interfered with the voting process of the nationally televised singing competition, Sunday Best.  The final episode was expected to run on BET last night, Sunday, September 4 at 8 p.m., but was postponed due to “significant power outages” from the storm and an error with a contestant call-in number during Episode 11.  Votes cast by phone during the period of August 29–August 31 were not counted.
BET Blogger Torrence Glenn  stated in a post on August 31: “. . .we decided it would be best to re-air last week’s episode with the correct information and extend the voting process. . .”
Matters got confusing as some fans of the show got that message and some didn’t possibly leaving thousands of viewers who voted the week prior expecting to hear the results last night.  Phone lines were re-opened for voting after the encore airing and the network ran a spot with correct call-in numbers and online voting information.
Fans of the show expressed their disappointment about the last minute notice of the changes on Glenn’s blog and Facebook.
From bet.com comments. . .
 “I was very disappointed to learn that the votes cast last week did not count and that votes should be made again this week. BET should have done a MUCH better job of making that clear by flashing something on the screen or how else would people know? I don’t believe it is fair to either contestant or the audience. .  .”
From the Facebook Sunday Best fan page. .  .
“I am glad I read this. Didn't know about the power outage or the re-vote until now. They should have made an announcement or something during the rerun tonight. . .”
Finalists, 26-year-old Amber Bullock from St. Louis, MO and Andrea Helms a from Denton, TX,  37 are undoubtedly anxiously awaiting the nation's decision.
 “Unfortunately, these things happen sometimes,” Continued Glenn in the blog post, “but we want to make sure the results of the show are correct as the futures of two young ladies are riding on your votes.”
Online voting is still open.
To find out who will be crowned "Sunday Best," tune in to Sunday Best on  Sunday, September 11 at 8 p.m. in a 2-hour finale featuring all-star performances by Yolanda Adams, Lecrae, Rance Allen and Season 3 Sunday Best winner Leandria Johnson.
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