GRAMMY WINNING R&B SUPERSTAR BRANDY SIGNS WITH RCA/CHAMELEON RECORDS

(NEW YORK –NY) RCA Records is excited to announce the signing of Grammy winning R&B superstar Brandy in a venture with Chameleon Records. Brandy is currently in the studio working on her debut RCA/Chameleon Records album which is scheduled for release in early 2012.

Says Peter Edge, Chief Executive Office, RCA Music Group, “Throughout her career Brandy has consistently won the vote as everyone’s favorite female vocalist. I am sure that in her next chapter at RCA and in partnership with Breyon Prescott, we will record her most exciting music to date.”

Says Tom Corson, President and COO, RCA Music Group, “Brandy is a worldwide superstar, an award winning performer and a critically acclaimed talent. We are excited to welcome her to RCA Records and look forward to working with her on her new musical endeavors.”

Breyon Prescott, CEO of Chameleon Records says, “Brandy is an icon who changed the sound of R&B music, I’m proud to say she has signed with RCA/Chameleon Records to take her to the next phase of her career. She’s a blessing and music needs her again.”

“This is truly a blessing,” says Brandy. “Breyon Prescott, Peter Edge and Tom Corson believe in me and have introduced me to a home that also believes and knows exactly what to do with the type of music I’m doing. Breyon and the team at RCA/Chameleon are creative and forward-thinking and I am thrilled to be working with them.”

Brandy Norwood is a superstar actress, R&B/pop singer, songwriter, host, spokesmodel and record producer. Ranked by the RIAA as one of the best-selling female artists in American music history, Brandy has sold more than 20.5 million albums worldwide, while receiving a plethora of awards, including a Grammy, an American Music Award, two Soul Train Music Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, three Billboard Awards, four MTV Awards, six Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, two Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards and three BMI Awards. She arrived with a self-titled debut album at the age of fifteen and went on to record a series of hit CDs that established her as one of the successful R&B/pop female vocalists to emerge in a generation. While maintaining a recording career, Norwood also gained fame for starring in several film and TV projects including the popular UPN sitcom, Moesha (1996-2001), a 1997 version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, a supporting role in the 1998 horror sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, and as a judge on the #1 rated talent competition, America’s Got Talent. Brandy and her brother Ray J recently appeared in the Vh1 reality series, “Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business.” Norwood has also been spokesmodel for Cover Girl, DKNY and Ultima/Kaneka brand by Brandy. A native of McComb, MS, Brandy’s philanthropic endeavors include the Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Norwood Kids Foundation, which supports music and the performing arts in public schools.

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SUGABABES SIGN TO SONY RCA

In a progressive joint-venture deal concluded this week, Sugababes are announcing their new label of choice as Sony RCA.

Upon leaving their former label home of 9 years, Crown MD, Mark Hargreaves commented, “With Island Records, we enjoyed an extremely long and successful relationship, establishing Sugababes as a band whose name has for the past decade become a bi-word throughout Europe for hit records. Our decision to strike a deal with Sony came because it was important for us to treat this as a new chapter in the band’s lifespan and to factor in all of the key elements that are essential to make any signing the right one; a passion for the music, enthusiasm for the talent, and a belief in the team to deliver. In Sony we found all of these qualities.”

The decision to work again with Nick Gatfield, Sony Music’s newly appointed President of Music was a natural fit, as it was he who signed the band’s former deal while at Island back in 2001.

Gatfield commented, “When we learned of the chance to sign Sugababes, we saw a great opportunity to work with Crown and continue to build on the band’s legacy of successful hit-making. I believe we have an exciting future together operating through a new joint-venture model which incorporates the excellent creative skills of Mark Hargreaves and Sarah Stennett at Crown combined with the marketing and promotional assets that Charlie Lycett and the RCA team have to offer.”

Sugababes’ debut single FREEDOM is scheduled for release on 25th September.

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Global Singing Superstar Leona Lewis Is Back Record-breaking Songstress Showcases Brand New Sound

Leona Lewis / Avicii

‘Collide’, a dance-pop anthem, is a departure from Leona’s signature sound and is her first new recorded material to be heard since the release of her Number 1 album ‘Echo’ in 2009. ‘Collide’ is a massive tune with a euphoric catchy chorus. Built around a staccato piano riff ‘Collide’ builds and builds into an immense anthem. Leona’s world class vocal is instantly recognisable and is a powerful reminder as to why she has enjoyed such incredible global success to date.

Talking about ‘Collide’ Leona said: “I’m excited for people to see a different side to my music. I’m a fan of so many different genres and styles. For me this song has all the great ingredients of a summer anthem. I can’t wait for my fans to hear it and to share the rest of the album.”

Marking a new chapter for the multi-platinum selling artist, ‘Collide’ is the first track to be taken from Leona’s as yet untitled third studio album, which she is currently putting the finishing touches to, due for release in November. Leona has been working with the world’s most prestigious songwriting and production talent including Sandy Vee (Katy Perry ‘Firework’, Rihanna ‘Only Girl In The World’, David Guetta ‘Where Them Girls At’), Autumn Rowe (Alexis Jordan ‘Happiness’), Ammo (Katy Perry ‘E.T’), Jonas Quant (Hurts), Chuck Harmony (Rihanna ‘Russian Roulette’), Claude Kelly (Bruno Mars ‘Grenade’) and ‘Bleeding Love’ writer/producer, Ryan Tedder. Leona has been working with incredible UK talent including Fraser T Smith (Adele ‘Set Fire to the Rain’, Florence ‘You Got the Love’), Al Shux (Alicia Keys ‘Empire State of Mind)’, Steve Robson (James Morrison, Take That), Naughty Boy and Emeli Sande. Her previous albums ‘Spirit’ and ‘Echo’ both topped the UK album chart. More news will be announced soon.

2011 looks set to be another incredible year for Leona Lewis on what has been an incredible journey so far… let the next chapter begin.

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Judith Sephuma Collaborates with Michael Bolton, in Studio, and on Stage!

Having just completed the recording of her own studio album titled I AM A LIVING TESTIMONY (scheduled for release on 5 Sep 2011) Judith Sephuma was approached to lend her voice on the classic Judy Garland signature song and Academy Award-winning ballad ‘Over the Rainbow’ – just in time for it’s inclusion on Michael Bolton’s South African release titled GEMS.

The album includes collaborations by several artists that Michael Bolton hand-picked for this release. He had this to say about working with Judith Sephuma “Judith’s voice and range is magnificent. What an honour to discover on this amazing journey such a pure voice coming from a beautiful, soulful place”.

Tight time schedules resulted in having to record their individual vocals in different countries, while technicians from their record label Sony Music Entertainment merged the two tracks. Now, the two stars finally have the opportunity meet on stage to sing their as yet to be released duet for fans.

Date 8 and 9 August 2011

Time 20h00 (doors open at 19h00)

Venue Big Top Arena, Carnival City, Brakpan

Cost R280 to R500

Tickets Available from Computicket

0861 915 8000 | http://www.computicket.com

Judith Sephuma is one of the country’s finest female vocalists. Hailing from Polokwane in Limpopo, her remarkable voice has become synonymous with the jazz genre. She studied music at UCT, graduating in 2000 with an Honours Degree in Jazz Performance, and majoring in jazz singing. Today, she combines traditional and contemporary jazz and African sounds, sometimes with a slight hint of R&B.

With three solo albums under her belt and several awards to her name, she has earned both local and international acclaim. The title track of her debut album A Cry, A Smile, A Dance, released in 2001, earned her several awards as well as multi-platinum sales.

Judith Sephuma is scheduled to release her fourth studio album titled I AM A LIVING TESTIMONY on 5 September 2011.

For further information regarding the shows please contact:

Jeni Fletcher on 021 426 1233 or jeni@corporateimage.co.za

For further information regarding Michael Bolton please contact:

Naomi Le Roux on 011 274 5000 or Naomi.leroux@sonymusic.com

082 307 5573

For further information regarding Judith Sephuma please contact:

Maria Hadjidimitriadis on 011 274 5000 or maria.hadjidimitriadis@sonymusic.com

082 824 2841

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The Soil and Voyo Tyolo lead Women’s Day Celebrations

In the spirit of celebrating South African women, Native Rhythms Productions together with Southgate Shopping Mall has a special entertainment programme lined up just for you.

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THE SOIL WIN STANDARD BANK OVATION AWARD AND SECURE SONG PLACEMENT IN NEW FILM STARRING HALLE BERRY

The Soil comprised of three young accapela singers from Soweto – Ntsika Fana Ngxanga, Luphindo Ngxanga, and Buhlebendalo Mda have had an incredible run of success since the release of their debut album (6 June 2011) through a joint venture between Native Rhythms Productions and Sony Music.

There is nothing more rewarding than having true talent recognized and in this case, the recognition is coming from both local and international experts in the arts.

The Soil recently returned from a series of Grahamstown Arts Festival fringe performances with a Standard Bank Ovation Award which enables them to be invited back on the main festival next year [between 28 June to 8 July 2012]. View a clip from their recent Grahamstown performance here.

No sooner had they arrived home when their publisher John Fishlock (Active Music Publishing) called confirming that ‘Sedilaka’ off the self-titled debut has just been secured for placement on an international film starring Halle Berry (Dark Tide).

The Soil’s composition ‘Sedilaka’ will feature in the body of the film for just over 2 minutes in a stills and video montage of the main character (Halle Berry) during a reflective moment, driving in her car, listening to the radio, and looking out to sea.

Dark Tide was shot in the UK and in South Africa (Simonstown and Seal Island) and is pegged for international release in November 2011.

Dark Tide movie trailer.

To stream songs off The Soil’s self-titled debut album click here

To download the album click here http://omusic.dstv.com/11979689/The_Soil/Album/The_Soil

First single ‘Joy (We Are Family)’ is now available for download here

For live performance updates go to http://www.facebook.com/thesoilkasisoul

To receive The Soil’s previous press release with headline ‘Originally from Heaven, Born in Soweto, Destined to Triumph all over the World’ – please contact maria.hadjidimitriadis@sonymusic.com

Interview requests for The Soil to be directed to:

Sony Music Entertainment Africa Tel: +27 11 274 5000

S’khumbuzo Fassie e-mail: Scooby.fassie@sonymusic.com

Maria Hadjidimitriadis e-mail: maria.hadjidimitriadis@sonymusic.com

For Booking and Management Enquiries:

Native Rhythms Productions Tel: +27 11 325 2632

E-mail: management@nativerhythms.co.za

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Wrestlerish Announce the Release of Sophomore Full Length Studio Album ‘Towns’ on September 12, 2011 ‘Towns’ Available as an Exclusive Pre-Order Immediately at www.wrestlerish.co.za

Pre-order ‘Towns’ from www.wrestlerish.co.za and receive an exclusive Wrestlerish Live EP immediately.

Towns was written & produced by Wrestlerish over a 6 month period.

Recording started at the renowned M5 studio at SABC in Johannesburg early 2011.

The album will be mastered by Troy Glessner at Spectre Studios in Seattle.

Glessner has worked on projects such as Death Cab for Cutie, Copeland and Anberlin.

View the Towns album EPK here:

Delivery of Towns single #1 ‘Bodies Of Water’ to all radio is currently underway and a music video for the single will follow shortly.

Wrestlerish fans are invited to participate in a unique album pre-order campaign powered by Sony Music.

Go to www.wrestlerish.co.za for more details.

‘Towns‘ Pre-Order Instructions:

Click on the pre-order link to place your order for a signed copy of the brand new album Towns on CD.

You will receive a link download an exclusive Wrestlerish live EP called ‘The Antimotion Sessions’ immediately.

Then on September 12, 2011 you will be emailed a link to download the new album Towns and a signed finished product CD copy will be mailed directly to you via registered mail.

For more information please contact:

Paul Thackwray (paul.thackwray@sonymusic.com)

Duncan Shelwell (duncan.shelwell@sonymusic.com)

Jay Jules (jay.jules@sonymusic.com)

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