WILL.I.AM, Jason, Derulo, Lil John and more on iHeart Music Festival

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The 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival Will Air as an Exclusive Two-Night Television Special on The CW — September 29 and 30 from 8:00-10:00 P.M.

New York, NY – September 22, 2014 / PR Newswire / — The fourth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival hosted by Ryan Seacrest at the MGM Grand Las Vegas wrapped up Saturday night after two days of incredible performances by today’s most popular musicians and a number of one-of-a-kind collaborations.

The multi-genre lineup included nearly 40 headliners who entertained concertgoers both on the main stage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the evenings of September 19 and 20 and at the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village on Saturday afternoon.  Performers included Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Mötley Crüe, Zac Brown Band, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Eric Church, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille, Steve Aoki, 50 Cent, Weezer and more.

The iHeartRadio Music Festival, which debuted four years ago in celebration of the successful iHeartRadio all-in-one digital service, has quickly become one of the most talked about music events of the year.  In fact, a recent study sponsored by Eventbrite and Mashwork named the iHeartRadio Music Festival among the top two most buzzed-about music festivals in America.  The Festival is a live representation of the diverse music catalog that fans find and enjoy through the iHeartRadio app, which is ranked the No. 1 digital audio service with over 345 million downloads; the app reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history.More than 20,000 music fans experienced the amazing two-day event LIVE, including thousands of broadcast radio listeners from across the country who won all-expense-paid dream trips to Las Vegas as part of iHeartMedia’s summer-long on-air and online promotion.

The millions of fans not in Las Vegas to experience the Festival in person were able to listen and watch the iHeartRadio Music Festival live across iHeartMedia’s more than 850 radio stations in over 150 markets and via the Yahoo Live (http://yahoo.com/iheart) stream.  In addition, the Festival will also return to The CW Network as an exclusive two-night television special on September 29 and 30 from 8:00-10:00 p.m.

The iHeartRadio Music Festival was a dominant social media topic throughout the weekend, and #iHeartRadio continues to trend worldwide with tweets and retweets from fans as well as artists and Festival presenters.

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“Preachers of Detroit” Cast Revealed

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Oxygen is expanding the network’s popular franchise and heading to Motown for “Preachers of Detroit,” set to premiere winter 2015.  The series will also focus on powerful themes of faith, family, and friendship as these seven men and women of the cloth share their lives, transformations and triumphs in and out of the pulpit in Detroit, Michigan

The prominent pastors include:
Bishop Charles Ellis
Pastor David Bullock
Evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole
Pastor Don Shelby
Bishop Corletta Vaughn
Bishop-Elect Clarence Langston
Pastor Tim Alden

And ladies and gentlemen we are off to the races! There are still Houston and New York casts to be determined.  It should be noted “Preachers of L.A.” Season one was the most watched freshman series in network history among P25-54, averaging over one million total viewers. The series delivered digital success as well with more full episode streams per week in season than any other Oxygen original series and was a Top 10 most social cable reality program in October and November 2013. On VOD, “Preachers of L.A.” earned over two million transactions.

Produced by L. Plummer Media in association with Relevé Entertainment with Lemuel Plummer, Holly Carter and Chris Costine serving as Executive Producers.

Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances To be released November 10, 2014

compose (2)8New York, NY /PRNewswire/ — Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, has announced plans to release Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances, on Monday November 10th. The six-time Grammy-award winning singer’s first-ever live album features the most memorable live performances from her storied career. The album will also be available as a CD/DVD, which includes stunning videos of Houston’s most unforgettable performances, reinforcing her as one of the greatest vocalists of all time. Both the audio and visual content have undergone state-of-the-art restoration and remastering.

Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances will take listeners through the remarkable arc of Houston’s career, from her national network television debut appearance on The Merv Griffin Show in 1983 as a prodigious teenager, where she sang “Home” from The Wiz, to her emotional 2009 performance of “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

The producer of the CD and the DVD is the five-time Grammy-award winner Clive Davis. Mr. Davis states, “Whitney’s Live CD/DVD will stun everyone.  It definitely shows why she was totally unique, absolutely in the first rank of all time.  For me, it’s been very emotional. The set vividly confirms that there really was no one like her.  It also makes the tragedy of losing her so young so very painful.  Watching the DVD is a mesmerizing experience.  Her amazing vocals and the songs that have stood the test of time combine to truly hypnotize over and over.”

On behalf of The Whitney Houston Estate, Patricia Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law and President of the estate states, “Whitney truly had a matchless voice that not only made you feel good but made you feel alive.  The Whitney Houston Estate has worked closely with Clive and Sony Legacy to make this the best album possible to honor Whitney’s memory.  It certainly was a bittersweet endeavor for all but one we hope appeals to her legions of fans worldwide.”

With six Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards (to date the most AMAs ever won by a female performer), and 170 million albums, singles and videos sold worldwide, Whitney Houston was a true pop culture icon and Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances only further demonstrates her prodigious talent, which will keep her and her magic remembered forever.

“Joel Osteen Radio” Launches September 29 on SiriusXM

compose6New York, NY — /PRNewswire/ — SiriusXM today announced that “Joel Osteen Radio,” the new exclusive channel headlined by the renowned spiritual and inspirational figure, will launch Monday, September 29, on SiriusXM channel 128.  The channel will be available on satellite radios, through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and at SiriusXM.com.

Osteen, the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church, America’s largest Christian congregation, will open the channel with a special Town Hall broadcast event from the SiriusXM studios in New York City. Osteen will be joined by his wife, Victoria, co-pastor of Lakewood Church, and will answer questions from an intimate audience of SiriusXM listeners for the inaugural broadcast of Joel Osteen Radio beginning at 5:00 pm ET.

“Victoria and I are excited to partner with SiriusXM and to bring a message of hope to millions of listeners,” said Joel Osteen.  “More than ever before, people are looking for hope in their lives.  I believe listeners will be uplifted and filled with an expectation that their best days are still out in front of them.”

“The Osteens’ new channel will deliver their message across the country, reaching listeners at a time in our world when inspiration is especially needed,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer.  “From call-in shows with Joel and Victoria, to broadcasts of the weekly live services from Lakewood Church, to the archive of Joel’s sermons, the depth of programming on the channel will be remarkable.”

Joel Osteen Radio will showcase exclusive weekly call-in shows hosted by both Joel and Victoria. Joel Osteen Live will debut on October 6 and air every Monday at 5:00 pm ET, giving listeners the ability to interact directly with Joel, who will offer advice and encouragement for leading a fuller life.

Victoria Osteen will begin hosting her weekly show, Victoria Osteen Live, on Wednesday, October 8, at 12:00 pm ET.  The program will feature Victoria taking calls from her listeners, sharing her perspective on family and faith, and talking with special guests.

Listeners will also get the exclusive live radio broadcast of services from Lakewood Church in Houston, TX, on Saturdays at 7:00 pm ET, and Sundays at 9:30 am ET and 12:00 pm ET.  Sunday’s 12:00 pm ET service will replay at 3:00 pm ET, giving listeners across the country an additional opportunity to tune in.

Additional featured elements of Joel Osteen Radio will include: Inspirational and motivational messages from Joel’s vast library of past and current sermons. Live broadcasts of Lakewood Church’s “Young Adult Worship Service” – Sunday nights at 8:00 pm ET – featuring youth-focused music and messages.

Exclusive live radio broadcasts of Osteen’s “Night of Hope” events, featuring music and worship from venues around the country.  Upcoming events include “A Night of Hope” from Greensboro,NC, on November 14, and “A Night of Hope” from New Orleans, LA, on December 5.

American Idol Finalist David Anthony Debuts New Single “Break”

 

 

 

 

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David Hernandez professionally known as David Anthony, gained national attention with his powerful voice and affable personality as an American Idol season 7 finalist. In addition to American Idol, David has showcased his talents on The Ellen Show, The Today Show and Teens Choice Awards to name a few. His new project Sex & Addiction, showcases the single “Break” which gives the truth about his gains and his pitfalls.

From success and fame to house arrest, David is now sharing his life’s story with others on what made him break and how he has recovered fully. The singles releases Tuesday September 9, 2014 on iTunes.

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Joan Rivers declared dead after Melissa Rivers gives go-ahead to remove star from life support

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Joan Rivers was declared dead Thursday after her daughter Melissa Rivers made the heartbreaking decision to take her off life support.

She was surrounded by close family and friends, Melissa Rivers said in a statement.

The “Fashion Police” host, who was staying in a private room at the Mount Sinai Hospital, was dependent on machines to stay alive eight days after going into cardiac and respiratory arrest, sources said.

The 81-year-old star’s room was filled with flowers, and her hair and makeup were done as Melissa Rivers pondered her life-and-death choice.

 

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The Sixth Annual Merge Summit Brings in Hundreds from Across the Country

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Merge/PR — Beverly Hills, CA — The Sixth Annual Merge Summit was held August 21-23, 2014 at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.  This one of a kind event integrates faith and entertainment providing an opportunity for men and women of faith to interface, learn and partner with leading executives and talent in the entertainment industry.  Nearly 75 of the industry’s top entertainers and executives led more than 20 interactive panel discussions, workshops and Master Class sessions covering music, television, film, creative development, branding and new media.  The Summit, co-founded by Dr. Holly Carter and Robi Reed, chaired by Traci Blackwell, was presented in association with Walgreens, Wellness Interactive, Inc. and Entertainment One.

Celebrity and notable participants included Anthony Anderson (ABC’s “Black-ish”), Laurence Fishburne(ABC’s “Black-ish”), Tracee Ellis Ross (ABC’s “Black-ish”), Meagan Good (“Think Like A Man Too”),DeVon Franklin (SVP of Production, Columbia Pictures), Boris Kodjoe (BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood”), Common (Rapper/Actor), Lala Anthony (“Think Like A Man Too”), Terrence Jenkins (E! News), Michelle Williams (Singer/Actress), Pastor Paula White (Paula White Ministries, Orlando),Erica Campbell (Mary Mary), Brandon T. Jackson (“Tropic Thunder”), Derek Luke (“Baggage Claim”),Clint Culpepper (President, Screen Gems), LisaRaye (VH1’s “Single Ladies”), Mikki Taylor (Essence Magazine), Dondre Whitfield (ABC’s “Mistresses”), Yvette Nicole Brown (NBC’s “Community”),Sheilah Belle (The Belle Report), Jonathan Butler (musician), Bishop Charles E. Blake (West Angeles Church of God In Christ), Lynn Whitfield (Emmy Award-winning Actress), Suzanne de Passe (de Passe Jones Entertainment), Hosea Chanchez (BET’s “The Game”), Fonzworth Bentley (BET’s “Lift Every Voice”), Harry J. Lennix (NBC’s “The Blacklist”), Mali Music (RCA Records recording artist), Bishop Lester Love (The City of Love Church, New Orleans), Edwina Findley (Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You Is Wrong”), Bre’ly Evans (actress/comedian), and the cast of Oxygen’s “Preachers of L.A.,” among others.