Atlantic Records and Artist Partner Group Launch Nationwide Search for R&B Talent

Atlantic Records is looking to sign more R&B newcomers. The label has partnered with AEG Presents, Deckstar, Deutsch and Spotify to launch EMERGE, a social media-driven talent search.

This revolutionary partnership marks the first time that a music company, live concert organization, management company, marketing agency and digital music service have joined forces to both discover and provide world-class opportunities to emerging talent.

EMERGE is accepting submissions from artists and musicians between the ages of 13 and 19, who are residents of the U.S. or Canada (excluding Quebec), beginning today through Sunday, November 12th. All entries will be reviewed by Atlantic A&R representatives, who will select the extraordinary artist or artists deserving of a major label contract.

“EMERGE is all about breaking the barrier to entry for outstanding young artists,” said Artist Partner Group Founder & CEO Mike Caren. “Getting heard in this business shouldn’t be about who you know, but who you are as an artist. This campaign isn’t about industry relationships or market research, but about creating a new channel from performer to label, combined with the expertise of our friends at AEG Presents, Deckstar, Deutsch and Spotify. We’re all looking forward to uncovering amazing talent in unexpected places, and creating once-in-a-lifetime shots at superstardom.”

“We’re super excited to partner with all of these amazing companies that together embrace all aspects of an artist’s career,” said Atlantic Records’ Chairman & COO Julie Greenwald and Atlantic Records Chairman & CEO Craig Kallman. “This is a talent search for the digital age, designed to find distinctive voices with huge potential.”

For more details and instructions on how to enter, visit www.atlanticrecords.com/emerge.

Keithan is the founder/editor-in-chief of Rated R&B

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Beyoncé and JAY-Z Release Joint Album ‘Everything Is Love’

Beyoncé and JAY-Z surprise fans with the release of their highly anticipated joint album, Everything is Love. The nine-track offering includes guest appearances from Pharrell Williams (“Nice”) and Migos (“Apeshit”).

The powerful couple is currently on the European leg of their On The Run II Tour. The North American leg will kick off on July 25 in Cleaveland, with stops in Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit and Los Angeles.

Stream Everything Is Love on Tidal.

Watch their visual for “Apeshit” below.

Miguel, Daniel Caesar and SiR to Perform at 2018 BET Awards

R&B music will be well-represented at this year’s BET Awards. Daniel Caesar, Miguel and SiR have been added to the lineup of artists scheduled to perform at the 18th annual award show.

As previously announced, Janelle Monae, Ella Mai and H.E.R. will bring perform material from their new and forthcoming releases.

Along with announcing more performers, the BET Networks has selected Chloe x Halle, Bobby Brown, Trevor Jackson and Jacob Latimore to present awards to winners.

The 2018 BET Awards nominations were revealed last month with Rihanna and SZA among the top nominees. Bruno Mars, Bryson Tiller and Chris Brown each landed three nominations.

The 2018 BET Awards, hosted by Jamie Foxx,  will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET.

Ella Mai Announces ‘The Boo’d Up Tour’

Ella Mai invites fans to be “Boo’d Up” with her on the road this summer. The R&B newbie has shared dates for her upcoming tour, which will kick off on August 6 in Dallas.

Mai will travel to major cities across North America including Atlanta, Brooklyn, Toronto and Las Vega before she wraps up in Seattle, Washington on August 28. Mai is still working on which cities to perform at on August 22 and 24.

The tour announcement comes after her summer anthem “Boo’Up” reached an all-new peak (No. 6) on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and topped the urban radio chart. “NUMBER 6 ON THE HOT 100, NUMBER 1 AT URBAN RADIO 🎉 can’t wait to see you all and celebrate my favourite way possible,” she shared.

Ahead of her summer tour, Mai can be seen performing at this year’s BET Awards. Visit Ella Mai’s official website for ticket information.

The Boo’d Up Tour dates
August 6 – Dallas, TX @ The Cambridge Room at House Of Blues
August 7 – Houston, TX @ The Studio at the Warehouse Live
August 9 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
August 11 – Baltimore, MD* @ Moonrise Festival
August 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
August 14 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
August 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry Philadelphia
August 17 – Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall
August 18 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
August 20 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
August 22 – Not announced
August 23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
August 24 – Not announced
August 26 – Oakland, CA @ The New Parish
August 28 – Seattle, WA @ Columbia City Theater

*Festival date

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