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Pitbull, John Legend, Galactic Featuring Macy Gray and More Perform on @AXSTV's Jazz Fest Broadcast May 1-3

Pitbull, John Legend, Galactic Featuring Macy Gray and More Perform on AXS TV's Jazz Fest Broadcast May 1-3

Sean: Elton John, The Who, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, No Doubt and Keith Urban are among the featured performers in AXS TV’s broadcast of the 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, airing daily May 1-3 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. This marks the third second consecutive year that AXS TV will serve as the official broadcast home to “Jazz Fest,” giving viewers an exclusive front-of-the-line pass to one of the most celebrated music festivals in the United States, putting the spotlight on classic bands, modern hit-makers, and local favorites in one fully loaded weekend.

In addition to the names mentioned above, AXS TV’s “Jazz Fest” broadcast features over 21 hours of live and recorded coverage, with performances from a wide variety of celebrated standouts including John Legend, Pitbull, Ed Sheeran, Lenny Kravitz, Ryan Adams, Hozier, Wilco, Chicago, Steve Winwood, Jerry Lee Lewis, Allen Toussaint, The O’Jay’s, Sturgill Simpson, Galactic featuring Macy Gray, Alison Krauss & Union Station and many more.

In conjunction with AXS TV’s season of music festivals, “Jazz Fest” viewers will be able to access special festival-specific content on an all-new interactive microsite via Using a broadcast alert center, social media updates, in-depth blog posts, minute-by-minute broadcast lineups, and a social interaction page, viewers will be able to stay updated on breaking news from all of their favorite acts, ensuring they won’t miss a second of their most anticipated performances.


AXS TV is the cable industry’s leading general entertainment network for live event programming, and the premier destination for some of the nation’s biggest music festivals in 2015. Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, AXS TV is dedicated to providing groundbreaking music programming, stand-up comedy performances from today’s top comedians, and hard-hitting mixed martial arts promotions. Boasting over 80 hours of exclusive live broadcasts of premier music festivals in 2015 (featuring Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Stagecoach Country Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Rock on the Range Music Festival and Firefly Music Festival), the channel heavily concentrates on bringing the industry’s biggest names directly into their viewers’ homes, for the ultimate front row experience. Other hit network franchises include THE X FACTOR UK and original programs such as THE BIG INTERVIEW with Dan Rather; THE WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS, GOTHAM COMEDY LIVE, ART MANN PRESENTS, AXS TV FIGHTS and INSIDE MMA.

AXS TV is a partnership between Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. The network is available in the United States via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite and telco providers, including members of the National Cable Television Cooperative. The network is also distributed in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. For more information, visit the website, .
Video: @LoopyLou167 - "Cuffin'" (@rRAPpromo)

Video: Loopy Lou - "Cuffin'"

RRP: Loopy Gang's CEO, Loopy Lou, recently released the official music video for his latest banger, "Cuffin'." Please check it out and let us know what you think about it. His debut mixtape, Struggle And Grind, is set to be released on May 15th.

@PledgeMusic Partners With Hip-Hop Duo @Blackalicious On Their New Record #Imani Vol. 1

PledgeMusic Partners With Hip-Hop Duo Blackalicious On Their New Record Imani Vol. 1

TPH: PledgeMusic is excited to announce their partnership with Blackalicious on their forthcoming record Imani Vol. 1.

In a hip-hop career that has stretched past a decade, Blackalicious, an American hip-hop duo from Sacramento, California, has earned respect the old-fashioned way-rising through honesty, commitment, and artistry.

Imani is the word for "faith" in Swahili. Three years in the works, the album stays true to rapper Gift of Gab's clever tongue-twisting wordplay and DJ/producer Chief Xcel's unique beats through a mix of production and live instruments. The audacious album is only the beginning as Imani Vol. 1 is the first volume of a trilogy, and features appearances from Lifesavas, Lateef, Japanese-American rapper Lyrics Born, funk band Monophonics, polyphonic Afro-Pop singer Zap Mama, and Fantastic Negrito, who won a performance on NPR's Tiny Desk. Bosko (Big Boi, Kanye West), Myron of retro soul duo Myron & E, Imani Coppola, and Amde Hamilton also appear on the record. A tour is expected later this year.

By pledging support, fans will be given the opportunity to own some rare and exclusive items the band is making available to their supporters. These include: Signed CDs and vinyl, handwritten lyric sheet, signed "NIA" poster, signed Live in Seattle DVD, special limited edition vinyl that comes directly from Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel that is perfect for every hip-hop vinyl collector, gear that was used during their tours (a mixer, a CDJ and a turntable, all signed), VIP concert experience (which includes access to sound check, backstage and the best seats in the house), a day in the studio, and much more. Fans will also have access to the Blackalicious Private Updates page with the AccessPass, where they can see exclusive videos of the band working on the record, hear unreleased audio, exclusive remixes and more. All pre-orders come with a digital download of the record. To pre-order the record and pledge, please visit: .

"Each of our albums is a different snapshot of that time in our lives. With Imani, Vol. 1, it felt right to go straight to our fans; PledgeMusic feels like the best way to do that. We're still in control of everything, and their team couldn't have been more helpful," says Gift of Gab about the PledgeMusic campaign.


PledgeMusic is the #1 community of artists and fans who believe in a better way to make, enjoy and buy music. .
Audio: @ChazUltra @IAmZuse - "101 Cups" (@JoeBayer)

Audio: Chaz Ultra f/ Zuse - "101 Cups"

Joe: Since relocating to Atlanta earlier this year, Chaz Ultra has been connecting with artists and producers throughout the city including DJ Spinz, Dun Deal, FKi, Southside, and more. With a new mixtape titled Off The Clock set to arrive sooner than later, Chaz connects with Zuse, who is currently on the road with Tech N9ne as a part of the Special Effects tour.

Audio: @Gafa_Gamy @TIP - "Blue Face" (@MsRiverCity)

Audio: Gafa Gamy f/ T.I. - "Blue Face"

Ms. RC: Gafa Gamy presents "Blue Face" featuring a verse from platinum artist T.I. - listen and download below.

Audio: @SuicideKings1 - "We Out Here" (@MacMediaPromo)

Audio: Suicide Kings - "We Out Here"

Matt: “We Out Here” is the second-single from Detroit/Calgary based hip hop duo Suicide Kings upcoming project Rock Em To Sleep. For Suicide Kings third release, they teamed up with California based Hardcore label Panda Claw Records to bring forth a multi colored 12 Vinyl, which includes nine new tracks with features from Snak the Ripper, Aztek the Barfly and Teekay from “Dragon Fli Empire.”

Audio: DoReMe Music Group - "Faded" (@dorememovement)

Audio: DoReMe Music Group - "Faded"

DRM: Well we bring to you something smooth to get you vibin with that pretty ol' lady of yours as you lay back, relax and roll up. Carey Fountain & Teezy the PRBLM bring to you "Faded".

Video: @Quanstar - "Moonlight Flight"

Video: Quanstar - "Moonlight Flight"

FTM: The music video is a collage of footage that begins with the Walter Scott slaying and ends with the execution of Oscar Grant, with clips of Eric Garner, Jerame Reid, and Tamir Rice also included. In addition, photos of many of the victims that have been unjustly executed over the years silhouette through the foreground of the video.

Video: @SnootieWild - "Rich Or Not" Behind the Scenes

Video: Snootie Wild - "Rich Or Not" Behind the Scenes

Ain't No Stoppin Me hosted by DJ Drama will officially release on April 30, along with the official video for "Rich Or Not". Additionally, Snootie has launched a #RichOrNot photo campaign with his fans, which you can learn more about on his Instagram @SnootieWild.

Video: @DLabrie f/ Kye The Guy & J-tigue "Away We Go"

Video: DLabrie f/ Kye The Guy & J-tigue "Away We Go"

Matt: DLabrie came up during hip-hop’s golden age & the West-coast’s dominance of culture in the early 90’s. A firsthand witness to the Indy griind of his hometown, he began distributing his music in 2001, pushing over 80,000+ units and being featured on MTV, CNN, NBC and being featured on a number of tours. As a community leader with Hip Hop Congress, DLabrie has traveled all over the world using hip hop as a vehicle to organize artists, activists, educators and youth alike.

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