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SKOPE EXCLUSIVES: PHRESH PRINCE “PHRESH PRINCESS”

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KEVIN BLACK JOINS GLOBAL MUSIC GROUP AS COO

Kevin Black has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of, Global Music Group, it was announced today by Roland Turner, CEO, Global Music Group. In his new position, Mr. Black will assume overall responsibility for overseeing the creative vision and brand recognition of the label. “Kevin is one-third owner of Global Music Group along with Mike…

METRO STATION TO OPEN FOR MILEY CYRUS ON HER FALL ARENA TOUR

The rumors are true! As announced by Miley Cyrus early yesterday morning, the pop superstar will be joined by special guests Metro Station on her upcoming North American tour. The ten-week arena run — launching September 14 in Portland, OR, and running through December 2, in Miami, FL— will mark the first time that Cyrus…

KLEERUP TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM ON ASTRALWERKS ON JULY 28, 2009

There must be something in that icy water that they drink, as Scandinavians seem to have a particularly keen ear for melody and harmony. Sweden, in particular, has given birth to a number of great popular music acts recently; Robyn, The Knife, Peter Bjorn & John, The Concretes, and umm…. Andreas Kleerup. You probably haven’t…

SKOPE EXCLUSIVES: Jeremih feat. Benz “Birthday Sex (Remix)”

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POLVO SIGN TO MERGE AND RECORD NEW ALBUM

Polvo will release their new album, In Prism, September 8th on Merge Records. In Prism is the first studio album from Polvo since 1997’s Shapes. In Prism was recorded at Echo Mountain in Asheville, North Carolina with Brian Paulson in March of 09, with additional recording in Carrboro in May of ’09. Polvo formed in…

SAGE FRANCIS OFFERS MP3 TO “STRANGE FAME”

Hip hop rabble-rouser Sage Francis is set to add to his underground acclaim with the release of the Sick of Wasting mixtape on June 16th.   Part of his hilarious, creative and popular “Sick of…” series — which began in 1999 and has also included Sick of Waiting Tables and Sick of Waging War, among…

BOW WOW CONFIRMS COLUMBIA SPLIT

Bow Wow took to his official Twitter account to confirm that he is no longer with Columbia Records. The rapper wrote: “Wanna thank them for the release and also thank them 4 err thang. I made all my hits with them.” Bow accomplished ten top ten records with ten-million albums sold worldwide with Columbia. He…

PITBULL HAPPY TO BE SIGNED TO A MAJOR LABEL

Pitbull’s hit single “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” has been on the Billboard chart for quite some time now.   The rapper just got signed to Sony and he says he’s very excited to be on a major label now.                  

WHITNEY HOUSTON UPDATE

Whitney Houston has just confirmed her highly anticipated comeback album will be titled I Look To You.   Her sixth studio disc will feature contributions and production from Akon, Alica Keys, Swizz Beatz and Diane Warren. You can expect I Look To You to hit stores on September 1st via Arista Records. For more up…

MICHAEL JACKSON DEAD AT AGE 50

The L-A Times reports that Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, is dead at age 50. On Thursday afternoon, the pop legend was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles after collapsing at his home.   He suffered from cardiac arrest and was not breathing when the paramedics arrived and the EMTs administered CPR in…

ACE HOOD GETS RUTHLESS ON HIS SECOND ALBUM

South Florida rapper Ace Hood — named to the “Freshmen of ’09” roster at XXL magazine — heats up the Internet and urban media scene this summer with the release of his second album RUTHLESS, arriving in the physical and digital marketplace on June 30th. Ace Hood was the first artist signed to Terror Squad…

JEFF BUCKLEY’s ‘GRACE AROUND THE WORLD’ WIDGET

Live the experience of Grace Around the World with some of Jeff’s most captivating performances. The CD/DVD compilation chronicles some of his finest work during a globe-treking tour promoting his landmark Grace album. Grace Around The World will also be available in an Deluxe Limited Edition package that includes the bonus DVD Amazing Grace; –…

JETBLUE NOW OFFERS LIVE MUSIC AT JFK AIRPORT TERMINAL

JetBlue Airways in partnership with Superfly Marketing Group a division of New York-based Superfly Productions, an independent music company with expertise in event production and creative programming today announce Live from T5, a six-month, 12-date live music concert series at the airline’s new Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).     The…

SISSY WISH’S ‘BEAUTIES NEVER DIE’ SET FOR SEPTEMBER 22ND RELEASE

On September 22nd, Afternoon Records will release Sissy Wish’s Beauties Never Die in North America. The critically acclaimed Norwegian artist will play a special showcase at New York City’s Piano’s on July 20 and July 22. In the meantime, fans can check out the video for the track “Float,” which gives a behind-the-scenes look at…

SKOPE EXCLUSIVES: Jae E “Me 2”

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SKOPE EXCLUSIVES: Devin+88 Keys “The Smoke Break” Mixtape

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ENTER SHIKARI VIDEO ALBUM TEASER

UK based Enter Shikari have announced they will release Common Dreads in the United States June 16. The follow up album to the band’s debut, Take To The Skies, will be released digitally through iTunes and Amazon as well as through the band’s merch store. Common Dreads album teaser: [youtube kPS05Fbg84c nolink] www.EnterShikari.com

LIL RU SIGNED TO DEF JAM

Proof positive that the best way to break into the major ranks of hip-hip playaz is to win your game out on the mean streets first — comes with the signing of South Carolina native Lil RU as the newest addition to the roster of Def Jam Recordings, a division of Island Def Jam Music…

WIN A FREE TRIP TO ALL POINTS WEST FESTIVAL

Want to see Tool, Beastie Boys, The National, Heartless Bastards, The Ting Tings, Vampire Weekend and much more all in one weekend?   Enter to win a trip to the ALL POINTS WEST festival and you can! Some of the best independent music stores have joined together to give you the chance to get to…

YOU ME AT SIX DEBUT ALBUM ON JULY 21

UK based pop-rock group You Me At Six will release their debut album, Take Off Your Colours, via Epitaph Records on July 21.   Previously released in the UK, the album will be available for the first time in the US, just in time for the band’s run on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour. www.myspace.com/youmeatsix

GENERAL ELEKTRIKS MP3 & VIDEO FOR “TAKE BACK THE INSTANT”

Using this Young Americans-esque appoach, with Good City for Dreamers (out September 22), Salters has crafted a record that perfectly blends the hard-edged funk of the Meters with the contemplativeness of Caetano Veloso, a record that shows off enough of RV’s own style — those vintage keys, the perfectly situated pauses, the seamless intra-song transitions,…

MSTRKRFT WITH JOHN LEGEND ON LETTERMAN / VIDEO

MSTRKRFT with John Legend on David Letterman. This was pretty great — well worth your two and a half minutes of not doing other things. Check out how Letterman says “MSTRKRFT” and “Fist of God” like they’re words from a foreign language. [youtube hmNLPfF3GIk nolink]

ASHER ROTH ANNOUNCES THE GREAT HANGOVER TOUR WITH KID CUDI THIS SUMMER

Asher Roth, the Morrisville, PA-born star, is heading out on his first headlining US tour this July alongside fellow peer and Universal Motown labelmate Kid Cudi.   Titling their crusade The Great Hangover Tour, Roth & Cudi are teaming up with B.O.B, 88 Keys, and Pac Div for a 19-date cross-country tour kicking off July…

BIG STAR’S “IN THE STREET” AUDIO STREAM

On June 16, Ardent/Stax Records through Concord Music Group reissued Big Star’s #1 Record (1972) and Radio City (1974) albums.   These albums have been completely remastered on one CD with the never-before-released single mix of “In the Street” and single edit of “O My Soul.”   “In The Street” Stream – Windows Media: SKOPE…

ELEKTRA FLIES AGAIN: ICONIC LABEL REBORN FOR 21ST CENTURY

Elektra Records, one of the most iconic and revered labels in the history of modern music, is being relaunched for the 21st century.   Heading the new Elektra are Co-Presidents Mike Caren and John Janick.   Caren is Executive Vice President of A&R for Atlantic Records, while Janick is the founder and President of prominent…

LOVEWAY RECORDS’ NEVER SHOUT NEVER SIGNS WITH REPRISE/SIRE RECORDS

Christofer Drew, the 18-year-old singer-songwriter and guitarist who records under the alias Never Shout Never, has signed with Reprise/Sire Records. His three EP’s, including his latest The Summer EP, will be released under Drew’s own label Loveway Records and distributed through Reprise/Sire Records. The Summer EP was released on June 23rd and is available through…

MY CHEM DRUMMER SUES DOG TRAINER

According to People magazine, My Chemical Romance drummer Bob Bryar is suing a dog trainer after his dog died in his care and was returned to him cremated. Bryar is suing Daniel Schaffer for breach of contract, fraud, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Bryar told People, “I don’t even know what happened to…

SPECTOR WANTS TV, iPOD IN PRISON

Phil Spector is now in prison, serving 19 years to life for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, but he wants to be a little more comfortable.   According to the New York Post, the producer has asked for a TV, an iPod and computer access in his cell.   Since he is a medium-security…

LINKIN PARK COMPETE WITH MUSE

Linkin Park are in competition with Muse for the title of best live band in the world. Singer Chester Bennington told NME that they believe that Muse are the band to beat in the live arena and say they need to “f**king kick some ass.” Linkin Park are working on the follow-up to their 2007…

THE JONAS BROTHERS ARE NUMBER ONE

The Jonas Brothers have scored their second number one album in less than a year as their latest effort, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, debuts at the top of the Billboard album chart selling over 247-thousand copies.   According to Nielsen SoundScan numbers, their last studio effort, A Little Bit Longer, bowed at number one…

VISITATION SUSPENDED FOR T.I.

Arkansas’ Times-Herald reports a viral outbreak has infected the prison where T.I. is serving his 366 day sentence. Because of this, the Federal Correctional Complex-Forrest City has temporarily suspended inmate visitation. Several inmates are reportedly sick with a “suspected gastrointestinal virus” and the facility is taking extra measures to avoid a further spread. The Arkansas…

SKOPE EXCLUSIVES: De La Soul “Big Mouf”

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BRAND NEW VIDEO EPK FROM TECH N9NE

Check out this updated EPK from the Kansas City King, Tech N9ne and the whole Strange Family. We’ve had a lot of amazing happenings over the past 5 years and we can’t wait to fill you in! [youtube ytFna373Nhk nolink]

FLO RIDA TO PREMIERE “AVAILABLE” VIDEO ON PLENTYOFFISH.COM

PlentyOfFish.com, the largest online dating site in the USA, and world-class rapper, Flo Rida, are teaming up to unveil his latest and hottest new video, “Available”.   The music video, which has just been released exclusively on Plentyoffish.com includes a message to his fans that can only be found with the video at plentyoffish.com. Rapping…

SHANNON STEPHENS RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM “THE BREADWINNER” SEPTEMBER 8

Shannon Stephens is a musician with a fantastic voice and a terrific knack for writing spirited, organic folk songs. She was once the singer of the Michigan-based band Marzuki and she shared co-writing duties with her band mates Matt Haseltine, Sufjan Stevens and Jamie Kempkers. When the group disbanded, Shannon chose to embark on a…

ANDREW MCMAHON 5 OBSESSIONS / VIDEO

Andrew McMahon of Jack’s Mannequin sat down with MTV’s Buzzworthy to share five things people may not know about him.   In his interview on “The 5,” the piano-rocker spilled about some of his current obsessions including “South Park,” his dog Doris and his upcoming charitable clothing line called River Apparel.   SKOPE IT HERE!

MATT DUKE NEW EP OUT JUNE 30

Philadelphia singer/songwriter Matt Duke is set to release The Acoustic Kingdom Underground EP on June 30, 2009, featuring six acoustic tracks from his Rykodisc debut, Kingdom Underground. Matt Duke may be young, but you would never know from his honest, heartfelt songwriting. Channeling Ani DiFranco and Conor Oberst (two of his favorites), Duke’s soulful voice…