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SHOWTIME ACQUIRES THE GO-GO’S, A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE ICONIC ROCK BAND

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SHOWTIME ACQUIRES THE GO-GO’S, A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE ICONIC ROCK BAND

The Alison Ellwood-Directed Film Will Premiere Later This Year


 

LOS ANGELES – February 9, 2019 – SHOWTIME announced today it has acquired U.S. rights to THE GO-GO’S, a feature documentary about the most successful female rock band of all time, with plans to premiere the film later this year. Alison Ellwood (HISTORY OF THE EAGLES, American Jihad) will direct the project. The band granted full access for this textured biography featuring candid interviews and archival footage to tell the real story of their meteoric rise to fame and the journeys, triumphs, laughter and struggles along the way.

As the first multi-platinum-selling, all-female band to play their own instruments, write their own songs and have a No. 1 album, the Go-Go’s are rooted in music history as not just a pop phenomenon but groundbreakers as well. Born out of the L.A. punk scene, Charlotte Caffey (lead guitar, keyboards and vocals), Belinda Carlisle (lead vocals), Gina Schock (drums), Kathy Valentine (bass and vocals) and Jane Wiedlin (guitar & vocals) didn’t play the part of bad girls – they were genuine punk rockers. Their 1981 debut album “Beauty and the Beat,” featuring the hits “Our Lips Are Sealed” (one of Rolling Stone’s ‘Top 100 Pop Singles’) and “We Got the Beat,” was one of the most successful debut albums of all times, was at No. 1 on the Billboard charts for six consecutive weeks, and resulted in a Grammy® nomination for Best New Artist.

Ellwood’s feature film directing credits include HISTORY OF THE EAGLES, American Jihad, Spring Broke and Magic Trip: Ken Kesey’s Search for a Kool Place. Her television directing credits include Death Row Stories, Locked In for 30 for 30, No Limits for Nine for IX, The Human Behavior Experiments, the Emmy® Award-winning series American High, The Travelers and Sixteen. She has produced and edited several feature documentary films including Oscar® nominated Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Catching Hell, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, My Trip to Al Qaeda, and Casino Jack and the United States of Money.

David Blackman and Daniel Inkeles will serve as executive producers. THE GO-GO’S is presented and produced by Polygram, Universal Music Publishing Group, Fine Point Films and Fadoo Productions.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX®, and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network's authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS, and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple®, Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku®, Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, DirecTV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, Sling TV, Sony PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV. Viewers can also watch on computers at Showtime.com. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel and Smithsonian Channel Plus™. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV. For more information, go to www.SHO.com.

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Darcus Beese Named President Of Island Records

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Renowned U.K. Music Executive to Join Universal Music Group's U.S. Label Leadership

Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, today announced that Darcus Beese OBE, a renowned and iconic British music executive, has been named President of Island Records, where he will join UMG's U.S. label leadership team. Beese, whose career includes working with Amy Winehouse, Florence Welch and breakout star Sigrid, among many others, as well as leading Island Records U.K. since 2013, will succeed David Massey as President of Island Records in New York. Beese's appointment is effective July 1. In making the announcement, Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of UMG, said, "Few in the music industry have Darcus's track record of creative and commercial success. I've had the pleasure over the years of working closely with Darcus, who has impeccable creative instincts and takes a long-term view of artist development. I'm thrilled he is taking on this new role and I'm excited to support him in signing, developing and breaking many more artists." Beese said, "Island Records was founded nearly 60 years ago by Chris Blackwell to serve as the home for boundary-defying and maverick artists with the ability to move popular culture. To this day, that mission continues to define and drive Island, whether in the U.K. or U.S., and I couldn't be more proud to play a role in carrying on that legacy. I'm grateful to Sir Lucian for this opportunity and I'd like to thank my U.K. boss and friend David Joseph for his generous support through the years. I'm looking forward to working closely with Michele Anthony, Monte Lipman as well as Eric Wong and the excellent team at Island." Island Records U.K. has been Beese's home for nearly his entire music career. He started as an intern in Island's promotion department in 1989, and worked his way up through the company, holding numerous jobs including A&R director, where his signings include Amy Winehouse, Sugababes and Taio Cruz. Winehouse went on to sell more than 30 million albums and won five Grammy awards in 2008 for Back to Black and its breakout single "Rehab," including Best New Artist and Record of the Year. In 2008, Beese was named co-president of the label with Ted Cockle, where artists they developed include Mumford & Sons, and Florence + the Machine, two groups that have gone on to global acclaim, selling millions of albums and selling out world tours. Beese was named President of Island U.K. in 2013, overseeing the careers of established Island artists including Annie Lennox, PJ Harvey, Robbie Williams and U2, alongside breakthrough new acts including Ben Howard, Big Shaq, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Disclosure, Hozier, Jessie Ware, JP Cooper, and most recently, BBC Sound of 2018 winner Sigrid, as well as helping break U.S. artists in the U.K. including Ariana Grande, DNCE, Drake, Hailee Steinfeld, Nick Jonas, Nicki Minaj, Post Malone and The Weeknd, among many others. Beese was honored as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2014 for services to the U.K. music industry.

BET ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL NOMINEES FOR THE 2017 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS

BET ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL NOMINEES FOR THE 2017 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS AS SOLANGE TOPS WITH 7 NOMINATIONS FOLLOWED BY FELLOW HITMAKERS BRUNO MARS, DJ KHALED, RIHANNA, KHALID AND SZA

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Multi-Platinum and Seven-Time Grammy Award-Winning Recording Artist, Songwriter & Producer Toni Braxton to Receive the Don Cornelius Legend Award

Grammy Award-Nominated, Multi-Platinum Trio SWV to be Honored with Third Annual Lady of Soul Award

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Soul Train Awards to Air on BET and BET HER, November 26th at 8PM ET

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 BET today announced the nominees for the BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards across 12 different categories. The annual celebration will recognize the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop from legends to the next generation. Filmed on November 5th at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards will air on BET and BET HER on November 26th, 2017 at 8PM ET. 

Solange leads the bunch with seven total nominations including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and the highly coveted Video of the Year and Song of the Year for hit single “Cranes in the Sky.” Bruno Mars follows with six total nominations including two nominations for Song of the Year for his hit single “That’s What I Like,” and Album/Mixtape of the Year for “24K Magic.” DJ KhaledRihanna and Bryson Tiller also received multiple nominations this year including Video of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Collaboration. The next generation of soul is also being recognized, including Khalid and SZA, who are multi-nominees across categories including Best New Artist, Best R&B/Soul Male Artist, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Best Collaboration and the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award.

Multi-platinum and seven-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, artist, actress and producer Toni Braxton is set to receive the coveted Don Cornelius Legend Award. Braxton became an immediate R&B superstar after the release of her self-titled debut album in 1993. Her debut album received multiple awards, including three Grammy Awards (for Best New Artist and two consecutive awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1994 and 1995). Her second album, “Secrets” was certified 8x platinum and included her greatest hit titled, "Un-Break My Heart,” the Diane Warren-penned ballad which spent 11-weeks at number one. Over the span of her career, Braxton has sold over 67 million records, including 41 million albums, worldwide. Toni’s current single, “Deadwood,” was released by Def Jam Recordings in September and her new album, “Sex & Cigarettes,” her first in seven years, will be out in early 2018. 

The third annual Lady of Soul Award will be presented to Grammy Award-Nominated, multi-platinum, female R&B trio SWV. SWV became one of the most successful R&B groups of the 1990s. They had a series of hits, including "Weak,” "Right Here/Human Nature,” "I'm So into You,” and "You're the One.” They have sold more than 25 million records, making them one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. Last year’s Lady of Soul Award went to R&B icon Brandy. Both Toni and SWV are being recognized for their longstanding presence in the music industry and influence on the world of soul and R&B music past and present.

BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards will feature an exciting lineup of unforgettable performances and viewers can expect special appearances by some of the brightest stars in entertainment. The event annually showcases Soul Train’s impact on the history of music and dance from the 70s to today. 

Want to cover the BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards red carpet? Head to www.betpressroom.com now and complete the application!

BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards is produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Debra Lee and Connie Orlando from BET, and Jesse Collins from Jesse Collins Entertainment.

For show information, please visit BET.com/SoulTrain, the official site for BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards

The complete list of nominees for BET Presents: 2017 Soul Train Awards are:

Best New Artist 6LACK H.E.R. KEVIN ROSS KHALID SZA

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist BRUNO MARS BRYSON TILLER CHRIS BROWN KHALID THE WEEKND

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist KEHLANI LALAH HATHAWAY LEDISI MARY J. BLIGE SOLANGE SZA

Soul Train Certified Award BELL BIV DEVOE JOHNNY GILL LALAH HATHAWAY LEDISI MACK WILDS

Video of the Year BEYONCÉ – ALL NIGHT BRUNO MARS - 24K MAGIC CHRIS BROWN FT. USHER & GUCCI MANE – PARTY DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER - WILD THOUGHTS SOLANGE - CRANES IN THE SKY

Best Gospel/ Inspirational Award CHANCE THE RAPPER CHARLIE WILSON KIRK FRANKLIN LECRAE TAMELA MANN

Album/ Mixtape of the Year BRUNO MARS - 24K MAGIC MARY J. BLIGE – STRENGTH OF A WOMAN SOLANGE – A SEAT AT THE TABLE SZA – CTRL THE WEEKND - STARBOY

Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) CARDI B – BODAK YELLOW DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS FRENCH MONTANA FT. SWAE LEE - UNFORGETTABLE KENDRICK LAMAR – HUMBLE. YO GOTTI FT. NICKI MINAJ – RAKE IT UP

Song of the Year BRUNO MARS – THAT’S WHAT I LIKE CHILDISH GAMBINO - REDBONE DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS KHALID – LOCATION SOLANGE – CRANES IN THE SKY

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award CRANES IN THE SKY – WRITTEN BY: TROY L. JOHN, SOLANGE KNOWLES, RAPHAEL SAADIQ (SOLANGE) LOCATION – WRITTEN BY: ALFREDO EMMANUEL GONZALEZ, OLATUNJI OLUTOMIWA, SAMUEL DAVID JIMENEZ, KHALID ROBINSON, JOSHUA SCRUGGS (KHALID) LOVE ME NOW – WRITTEN BY: BLAKE MATTHEW SIMON MILLS, JOHN HENRY RYAN, JOHN ROGER STEPHENS (JOHN LEGEND) REDBONE – WRITTEN BY: GEORGE CLINTON, WILLIAM EARL COLLINS, GARY LEE COOER, DONALD MCKINLEY GLOVER II, LUDWIG EMIL TOMAS GORANSSON (CHILDISH GAMBINO) VERSACE ON THE FLOOR – WRITTEN BY: CHRISTOPHER STEVEN BROWN, JAMES EDWARD FAUNTLEROY, BRUNO MARS, PHILIP MARTIN LAWRENCE (BRUNO MARS)

Best Dance Performance BRUNO MARS – 24K MAGIC CHRIS BROWN FT. USHER & GUCCI MANE - PARTY DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS SOLANGE FT. SAMPHA – DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR WIZKID FT. DRAKE – COME CLOSER

Best Collaboration DJ KHALED FT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS JAZMINE SULLIVAN & BRYSON TILLER – INSECURE MARY J. BLIGE FT. KANYE WEST – LOVE YOURSELF SOLANGE FT. SAMPHA – DON’T TOUCH MY HAIR SZA FT. TRAVIS SCOTT – LOVE GALORE

Alicia Keys To Perform National Anthem At Super Bowl

Alicia Keys To Perform National Anthem At Super Bowl

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Radio Facts: Radio Facts: The Associated Press is reporting that Grammy winning singer/songwriter and actress Alicia Keys will perform the national anthem before the...

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