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Legendary Concert Album Captures Gaye’s First Live Performance After a Four-Year Hiatus from the Stage; Recorded at The Kennedy Center on Washington, D.C.’s “Marvin Gaye Day” (May 1, 1972)

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Black radio personalities, rap radio stations,r&b radio station, hip hop music radio, black female singersMay 1, 1972 was a whirlwind day of celebration in Marvin Gaye’s hometown of Washington, D.C. Designated “Marvin Gaye Day,” it began with Gaye giving a speech to students at Cardozo High, the school he’d attended, before he and his parents were ushered by motorcade to other points around the city. They visited the office of D.C.’s mayor, Walter Washington, who presented Gaye with a key to the city. A VIP reception followed at the U.S. House of Representatives’ Rayburn House Office Building, before the evening’s hotly anticipated main event at the Kennedy Center: Marvin Gaye’s first live performance in four years. After opening acts and onstage testimonials by others, Gaye finally took the stage at around 11pm.

The legendary concert – Marvin Gaye’s only live performance of his iconic 1971 What’s Going On album in full – was recorded. After being shelved for decades, the recording was eventually released on CD in 2001 within Motown/UMe’s expanded deluxe edition for Gaye’s What’s Going On album. Never before issued on vinyl or as a standalone CD, What’s Going On Live is newly mixed by John Morales at M+M Mix Studios and mastered by Alex Abrash at AA Mastering for its October 18 release by Motown/UMe. The album is making its vinyl debut in black 2LP and limited  turquoise 2LP editions with deluxe gatefold packaging, in addition to CD and standard digital, ADM (Apple Digital Masters), and 96kHz/24-bit HD digital audio editions. The vinyl and CD packages include rare photos from Gaye’s performance and new liner notes by Marvin Gaye biographer David Ritz.

What’s Going On Live includes the only known live recordings of Gaye performing four songs: “That's The Way Love Is” and “You,” which he opened the D.C. concert with as part of a meditative 13-minute medley; “Right On;” and “Wholy Holy.” Due to an unfortunate lag in switching the first reel-to-reel tape to a second one during the concert, Gaye’s performance of “Mercy Mercy Me” from the What’s Going On album was not successfully recorded.

“Wholy Holy” is available now for streaming and for immediate download with album preorder. Preorder What’s Going On Livehttps://UMe.lnk.to/WhatsGoingOnLive

Gaye did not tour in 1972, and he had not toured in years prior, following the collapse and subsequent tragic death of his singing partner Tammi Terrell. While he was on top of the world with the massive success ofWhat’s Going On, he much preferred the studio to live performance, suffering from acute stage fright throughout his career. That year, his only live shows were the D.C. concert and one other, a brief set in Chicago on September 27, which was filmed and recorded for the Save the Children documentary film.

Years later, Gaye reflected on his “Marvin Gaye Day” experience in Washington, D.C., telling David Ritz, “I understood that I’d been punishing myself by staying away so long. I’d been denying myself love, and that’s one of the most foolish things a man can do. It was certainly the biggest day of my parents’ life. Here they came to Washington in the thirties without a penny, and their son was being honored by the mayor as some sort of hero. At least on this one day I felt like I made Father proud.”

What’s Going On Live’s extended time spent unreleased parallels the long-delayed release of another shelved Marvin Gaye project from 1972. The Kennedy Center concert was recorded just as Gaye’s new single, “You’re The Man,” was released, but he did not perform the song in his set. Earlier this year, Motown/UMe released Gaye’s never-issued 1972 Tamla/Motown album, You’re The Man, in 2LP gatefold vinyl, CD, and digital editions (https://UMe.lnk.to/YoureTheManPR). The album’s release has been met with excitement and widespread critical acclaim:

You’re The Man is still the New Black Sound of today. It’s no less pressing and cutting-edge than Donald Glover’s racial satire ‘This is America.’” – PITCHFORK

“It is the best record of 2019 and it would have been the best record of 1972, too.” – ESQUIR

“…there’s no better way to appreciate the late star’s legacy than to listen to You’re The Man” – ROLLING STONE

“a powerful, resonant reminder of the greatness that was Marvin Gaye.” – NPR “ALL THINGS CONSIDERED”

“For anyone interested in how Marvin would fit in the present day of Childish, Janelle and Solange, this fresh ‘lost’ album, recorded in 1972, is the answer” – VARIETY



Tarek Al-Hamdouni has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Digital Marketing, RCA Records, it was announced today.  Al-Hamdouni recently held the title of Vice President, Digital Marketing, RCA Records and will remain in the company’s New York headquarters.

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Black radio personalities, rap radio stations,r&b radio station, hip hop music radio, black female singersAl-Hamdouni will continue to oversee the digital marketing staff and spearhead the online creative strategy and campaigns across the RCA Records roster.  Al-Hamdouni and his 11 member team have been instrumental in the online campaigns for breakouts H.E.R., Becky G and Calboy as well as for global superstars Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Foo Fighters and more.  Tarek and his team amplified the launch of Childish Gambino’s groundbreaking and hyper viral video for “This Is America,” which debuted atop Billboard’s Hot 100 and became 2018’s biggest video debut.  Most recently, the team executed digital campaigns for Khalid’s Free Spirit and P!NK’s Hurts 2B Human album launches, both of which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart.  In addition to the #1 debut, the team’s Free Spirit campaign also contributed to Khalid becoming Spotify’s most-streamed artist in the world. “I’m incredibly grateful for this opportunity and the continued trust and support of the entire RCA Family,” says Al-Hamdouni.  “It has been an absolute dream come true to play a role in the success of our stellar roster of artists and collaborate with our amazing staff over the past 10 years. I look forward to continuing the growth of our digital marketing team during this exciting time for the rapidly evolving music industry.” John Fleckenstein, Co-President, RCA Records comments: “Tarek has proven himself an innovative leader in the digital space. He leads an all-star team that provides creative, dynamic and best-in-class digital campaigns for our roster.  We operate in an ever-changing digital landscape of partners and platforms.  Tarek’s deep understanding of this landscape combined with a strong passion for music sets him apart. He never forgets that it always starts with a song, an artist; and after that, it’s just about finding the perfect audience for our artists.  I couldn’t be happier to see him rise at RCA.  We’re proud to have him part of our executive team. Al-Hamdouni has worked to bolster his high-performing staff with the addition of a design and motion team dedicated to increase the quality and quantity of RCA’s content output in order to drive awareness and streaming activity.  These new additions have allowed the team to create custom streaming initiatives including the award-winning Foo Fighters mixtape generator, which delivered custom playlists to tens of thousands of fans ahead of the launch of their 2017 single, “Run.” Tarek began his career a decade ago at RCA. He graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Music Industry in 2007.  

“This is America” Makes Grammy History

radiofacts.comChildish Gambino's 'This Is America' defied expectations, winning both Song and Record of the Year at the 2019 Grammys. It is the first time a rap song has won both categories. Interestingly, Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) was not in attendance, the first to be absent from collecting one of the "Big 4" Grammys since Amy Winehouse in 2008. Collecting the award was This is America co-writer Ludwig Goransson. Goransson said backstage: "I think if you listen to the radio or if you just watch our culture, if you look at the most downloaded, streamed artists... you see what people are getting inspired by... It's about time that something like this happened with the Grammys. They're getting the same kind of senses as the people." This Is America additionally won awards for best rap/sung collaboration and best music video.

Carolyn Williams Promoted to EVP Marketing at RCA

radiofacts.comCongrats to Carolyn Williams on her promotion to EVP, marketing at RCA Records. Williams' will establish campaigns to promote the label's artists including Childish Gambino, SZA, H.E.R and more. She will remain at the NYC headquarters of RCA. "I am truly honored by this appointment and excited to be stepping into this new role at such an amazing time for RCA," said Williams in a statement. "Being a part of this innovative, creative and passionate team, helmed by Peter Edge, has not only afforded me the opportunity to grow and develop some of the most memorable marketing campaigns of my career but to also work with some of the best in the business! I am looking forward to enhancing my partnership with John Fleckenstein and continuing to develop impactful marketing strategies that push our business forward and elevate our extraordinary artists."

Childish Gambino’s “This is America” Might Already be the Best Video of the Year

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Childish Gambino Releases New Song And Video “This Is America”

The Artistry in 2018 for the music industry is nothing short of amazing. So many artists are going the extra unselfish mile to use their artistry to get a message across and people are hearing it, whether they like it or not. This new video by Childish Gambino tells a myriad of stories about America, racism, social media and the black community in 3 minutes. The irony of this video is you have to watch it a few times because Gambino is just a distraction in some scenes where the message is actually in what's happening in the background. KUDOS to a great artist. BUY TICKETS Grammy, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning recording artist, actor and producer Childish Gambino (né Donald Glover) releases a new song and video entitled “This Is America.” The captivating video was directed by Hiro Murai. Buy Tickets to Childish Gambino Concert Earlier this week, Childish Gambino announced new tour dates with Vince Staples, which will follow the first leg of his previously announced tour with Rae Sremmurd. Produced by Live Nation in partnership with Wolf + Rothstein, the tour will now visit 19 cities across North America, kicking off in Atlanta on September 6 and wrapping in Nashville, TN on October 12. See below for updated tour dates (below) Childish Gambino with special guests Rae Sremmurd and Vince Staples tour dates: 09-06 Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Arena $ 09-08 Chicago, IL – United Center $ 09-10 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre $ 09-12 Boston, MA – TD Garden $ 09-14 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden $ 09-15 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden $ 09-18 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center $ 09-19 Washington, DC – Capital One Arena $ 09-22 Houston, TX – Toyota Center $ 09-23 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center $ 09-26 Inglewood, CA – The Forum $ 09-27 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena $ 09-29 Seattle, WA – Key Arena $ 09-30 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena $ 10-02 San Jose, CA – SAP Center at San Jose ^ 10-03 Inglewood, CA – The Forum ^ 10-05 Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena ^ 10-09 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center ^ 10-12 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena ^ $ with Rae Sremmurd ^ with Vince Staples Buy Tickets to Childish Gambino concert *”This Is America” is not the first official single from Childish Gambino’s upcoming album on Wolf + Rothstein/RCA Records. Keep up with Childish Gambino: https://childishgambino.com https://facebook.com/donaldglover https://instagram.com/childishgambino https://twitter.com/donaldglover