Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announces an extended contract with Doc Wynter as SVP of Urban Programming and an expanded role with the company, effective immediately. As SVP of Urban Programming, Wynter will continue to serve as Urban and Urban AC Brand Manager, providing his programming expertise to Clear Channel stations across the country. As part of his expanded role with Clear Channel, Wynter will join Dennis Clark's talent development team, now coaching talent across a variety of formats. He will continue working with key Urban Program Directors and syndicated talent like Steve Harvey, Keith Sweat and The Breakfast Club to maximize ratings in their respective markets and programs and now expand his responsibilities to key talent and stations across all formats. Wynter will also continue working with record label partners to identify opportunities to leverage Clear Channel's platform to introduce new Hip Hop and R&B artists and music to listeners through digital and on-air assets as well as live events and create the format's quarterly ultimate contest. Wynter has been with Clear Channel since 1988 and is responsible for successfully launching a number of Urban stations including Power 105.1 in New York and most recently WMIB in Miami and 93.7 The Beat in Houston. "I have a passion for developing talent and look forward to furthering many of our personalities' careers here at Clear Channel," said Wynter. "A big thank you to our Executive Programming team for their confidence in me to continue leading our urban programming." "Doc's Urban programming expertise is second to none and he's a proven talent coach within the Urban format," said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Platforms, CCM+E. "We're excited to have him expand his coaching to other formats, as part of Dennis Clark's already stellar talent development team."
WNVZ (Z104)/Norfolk is now and will remain Pharrell 104 for 24 hours. Pharrell is a Hampton Roads native and worked with two of the summer’s biggest hits, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” PD Mike Klein commented, “Pharrell is a great artist & we love honoring him by giving him our station.” To honor his talent Z104 will be giving away his album all day and playing his new album commercial free at 10 p.m.
APD Bill Baker rises to the PD post at CHR/Rhythmic WOCQ/Salisbury-Ocean City replacing the exiting Dee-Lite. Additionally, afternoon host Chubb Love picks up APD duties.
Sujit Kundu is named SVP/Rhythm Crossover Promotion at Epic Records. Kundu has made quite a name for himself as Founder/CEO of S.K.A.M. Artist Management Company. He also served time as SVP/Rhythm Crossover Promotion at Universal Motown.
The now-famous hat worn by Pharrell Williams at the Grammys was auctioned off for $44,100 on eBay to benefit From One Hand to AnOTHER, a non-profit whose mission is to "change the world one kid at a time by giving them the tools and resources to meet their unique potential." It turns out that the winning bidder was fast food chain Arby's, which jokingly accused Pharrell of stealing their Canadian mountie-style hat. Arby's tweeted of the auction: "We're HAPPY to support a great cause and get our hat back."
Rihanna has been tapped to create a concept album based on the forthcoming animated movie, Home. She will also perform new songs in the film and provide the voice of one of the main characters. DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg revealed the news on Tuesday during the company's quarterly earnings call, Variety reports. The movie also will feature the voices of Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin, and it's due in theaters on November 26. However, it's unclear when Rihanna's concept album will be released.
As previously reported, Rihanna also is teaming with Eminem to play some shows together. The pair have announced three concerts in New York, Detroit and Los Angeles that will take place in August as part of The Monster Tour. Specific dates, venues and ticketing information have not yet been announced. Eminem and Rihanna first teamed up on the 2010 smash "Love the Way You Lie" before reuniting for their current hit, "The Monster."
Kanye West "Yeezus" is set to hit the big screen. The film directed by Hype Williams, who directed past Kanye music videos, will now bring the Yeezus tour to life. No release dates has been set but you can see a short trailer at www.kanyewest.com.
Rick Ross sixth studio album, Mastermind, is streaming now on iTunes in advance of its March 4th release date. The album features guest appearances by Kanye West, Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, French Montana, Meek Mill, Jeezy, the Weeknd, Sizzla and Mavado.
The Roots are set to release another concept album as the follow up to 2011's undun, which also had a narrative story line. Rapper Black Thought told XXL recently that the new album, called And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, is "coming soon, hopefully sometime this spring." He added that the band's 11th studio effort is "another concept album in the spirit of undun, but it's not just about just one kind of character. We create quite a few different characters in this record. It's satire, but in that satire it's an analysis of some of the stereotypes perpetuated in not only the hip-hop community, but in the community. I don't know if that makes any sense."
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