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‘Showtime At The Apollo’ being picked up by FOX as a weekly series

The Apollo Theater and FOX today announced that SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO has been picked up as a one-hour weekly series featuring Emmy Award-winning personality Steve Harvey as host. Set to debut during the 2017-2018 season, SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO is a reimagining of the classic talent showcase series.

“We all had such a blast on the two specials that aired earlier this season, that we thought it really deserved being a weekly event,” said Harvey. “But our mission is a little different this time around. Instead of just putting on a great show, we’re going to do that and find the next great comic and the next big music star. That’s what the Apollo is all about. My roots are on that stage and I can’t wait to be there every week, looking for great talent. Who said you can’t go back home again?”

Featured in the series are elements from the Apollo’s legendary Amateur Night – the long-running, live talent competition, now in its 82nd year – which provides a platform for up-and-coming artists to perform in front of the toughest audience in the world. The Apollo audience is famed as one of entertainment’s most boisterous and brutally honest, and those amateurs who don’t win them over must endure the wrath of this notorious crowd.

The Apollo Theater launched the careers of many iconic artists, including James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, D’Angelo and countless others. Its venerable stage show, Amateur Night at the Apollo, has long been revered by artists as a transformative experience during which up-and-coming talent feel the power of the legendary performers who have come before them, while audience response can help make or break a career.

In each episode, Harvey will be joined by some of the biggest stars in comedy and music. Artists featured in the two SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO specials that aired earlier this season on FOX include John Legend, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Busta Rhymes, Doug E. Fresh, Chaka Khan, Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals, Flo Rida, Rakim, T.I. featuring Meek Mill, Quavo and RaRa, Bell Biv Devoe, En Vogue and Jodeci; and comedians Anthony Anderson, Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Jay Pharoah, Mike Epps and Gabriel Iglesias.

Open auditions for SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO will be held at the legendary Theater on Sunday, April 23rd. Additional auditions will be held in select cities across the country.

This audition is open to singers, dancers, comedians and musicians of all ages and musical styles. Artists are encouraged to arrive early as auditions are on a first come first seen basis and only the first 300 acts per venue will be seen. More complete details are outlined below and available on www.apollotheater.org.

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Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande Grooves Out In “Faith” [New Visual]

From the original movie soundtrack SING comes the toe-tapping hit song “Faith” performed by the legendary Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande. The exclusive visual was directed by Garth Jennings, which shows Ariana and Stevie eventually meeting up at the grand piano as they sway, and belt out marvelous vocals with a few of the movie’s main animated characters. The song is also is up for a 2017 Golden Globe in the “Best Original Song – Motion Picture” category.

Check it out above.

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Shaun Sutton – “He Ain’t Me ” [New Video]

Rising R&B Star Shaun Sutton has just released the video for his new single “He Ain’t Me.” The Long Island native who sites Tank, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Luther Vandross and Musiq Soulchild as some of his inspirations is finally stepping into the spotlight after singing back up for acts like Jason Derulo, Shaggy and Austin Mahone.
Check out the Jay Limeil directed clip for the Jerry Green produced track off his upcoming album above.
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Apollo Theater To Hold Amateur Night Auditions In New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC For 2017

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The Apollo Theater announced today that it will hold auditions for its legendary Amateur Night show, now in its 82nd year, in multiple cities this Fall. Auditions will be held in Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center on Saturday, September 17th, in New York City at the Apollo Theater on Saturday, September 24th and will conclude in Washington, D.C. at Howard University on Saturday, October 1st. Amateur Night producers will screen hundreds of vocalists, rappers, dancers, comedians, spoken word artists, and other performers vying for a coveted spot on the Apollo’s stage, where they will then compete for a chance to win the new grand prize amount of $20,000.

“The Apollo is driven by a commitment to explore all possibilities of contemporary artistic expression. One way to achieve this is by opening our Amateur Night 2017 auditions to a geographically-diverse pool of talent,” said Jonelle Procope, President and CEO of the Apollo Theater. “Amateur Night is not only a beloved live, weekly show but rather a greater catalyst renown for sparking the careers of so many legendary performers.”

“The Apollo is the world’s stage and, as such, we want to make sure the performers are equally world-class. By reaching out to talent in locations like Washington, DC, we ensure we are getting the best possible competitors. Long before American Idol, America’s Got Talent, and Star Search, the Apollo’s Amateur Night was, and continues to be, a primary source for discovering and spotlighting up-and-coming artists. We’re on a hunt for the best of the best,” said Amateur Night Producer and audition judge, Marion J. Caffey.

Since its inception in 1934, the Apollo Theater’s signature show, ‘Amateur Night,’ has been one of New York City’s most popular live entertainment experiences, launching the careers of thousands of performers and attracting audiences from all over the world. ‘Amateur Night’ has long been revered by artists as a transformative experience where up-and-coming talent feel the power of the legendary performers who have come before them, and where audience responses can help make or break a career. Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill and Michael Jackson are just a few of the legendary performers who launched their careers on the Apollo stage.

 

Auditions for Amateur Night are as follows:

September 17th in Philadelphia (10am- 6pm)

Location: Kimmel Center

300 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

 

September 24th in NYC (10am-6pm)

Location: Apollo Theater

253 West 125th Street

New York, NY 10027

 

October 1st in Washington, D.C. (10am- 6pm)

Location: Cramton Auditorium – Howard University

2455 6th St NW

Washington, DC 20059

 

*Important Note: For Amateur Night, only children ages 5 to 17 will be considered for the “Child Stars of Tomorrow” segment. For those competing in the adult category, you must be 18 years and older to compete in the adult category. Children under 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult. For a complete list of audition guidelines and rules, visit apollotheater.org

For Amateur Night auditions, judges will only see the first 250 acts if time permits, so please arrive early. Amateur Night at the Apollo weekly performances are independent from the APOLLO LIVE and SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO taped events. 

 

RULES:       

  • An Amateur is anyone who has not had a recording, Film or TV contract with a major studio.
  • NO profanity, including any racial epithets or slurs all material must be appropriate for a family show.
  • Children under 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
  • Only children ages 5 to 17 will be considered for the “Child Star of Tomorrow” segment.
  • For those competing in the adult category, you must be 18 years and older.
  • No lip synching, singing along with track vocals or post-production engineering of vocals is permitted.
  • The audition is open to singers, dancers, comedians, spoken word artists and musicians and other variety performances.
  • Each live contestant will have up to 90 seconds to perform.
  • Singers can bring a track on cassette or CD or sing a cappella. A band is NOT available.
  • Musicians must bring their own instruments.
  • Dancers should bring a CD.
  • Do NOT bring CD’s in CD-RW format.
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Music

Elle B Drops A Smoove Track For Summer 16 Called “Higher” [New Music]

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Fresh to the music scene, songstress Elle B is a four-time Apollo winner and has performed throughout the New England and Tri-State area. Her new song “Higher” is bringing that summer heat.

The official track was produced by producer/musician Eric Hall whom has worked with the likes of: Kid Capri, Madonna, Trey Songz, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, and Stevie Wonder, and has put his trademark of soul meets hip-hop on this new summer smash.

Penned by Keresse and Eric Hall, Elle B’s soulful vocals paired with this pop track is refreshing to our ears, or in other words one would consider ear candy. Get familiar with the Water Music team and ride their wave as they continue to drop new music on us.

Check it out above.

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The Daily Word: BET and Twitter Was Not Here For Madonna and Billboard’s Prince Tribute

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Photo: Getty Images

According to the internet it was the purest form of struggle!

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Watch: Curtiss King releases “Raging Waters” Teaser Trailer

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Inland Empire artist Curtiss King recently dropped a chilling teaser trailer announcing his newest project RAGING WATERS. In the teaser, Curtiss conducts raging ocean waters to the rhythmic cadence of Stevie Wonder‘s “My Cherie Amour.”

Six years, five albums, and a handful of tours later, we meet the rebirth of Curtiss King. Curtiss considers his lastest installment, “the soundtrack of a man reborn.”

Check out the visual below:

@CurtissKing #CurtissKing #RagingWaters

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Watch: Beyonce’s Behind The Scenes Footage of The Stevie Wonder Tribute

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Just not too long ago, King Bey has us on the edge of ours seats during her epic tribute performance for the one and only Stevie Wonder.

Today, Beyonce gives us an up close and personal visual via Tidal X of preparing for the show with artists Ed Sheeran and Gary Clark, Jr., both Beyonce personally picked to hit the stage along with her. With the added flames of talent from both Ed and Gary, it was only right that they were present to bring out the natural sound that Stevie has implanted in the music industry.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

-Stay Fly!

 

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140 Characters or Less: A Few Things You May Have Missed This Week

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Some of y’all may have missed the FLY moments of the week, but no worries because we’ve got you covered! In 140 characters or less, we are going to fill you in on all the juicy drama you didn’t catch. Go ahead, take ta sip…

 

In 140 characters…

 

Amber Rose & Khloe K beef + HBD MJ + “Post To Be” vid + Getting kinky w  + Beyonce performs for Stevie + more…

 

Catch it here…

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Watch: Beyonce, Ed Sheeran & Gary Clark Jr. Pay Tribute To Stevie Wonder At Grammy Salute Event [Fly Visual]

(Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
(Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

Beyoncé stepped in the room with class and so much control, as she kicked off the Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life – An All-Star GRAMMY Salute event at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on February 10th.

Watch: Beyonce Takes Us Behind-The-Scenes of her “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” Grammy Performance Rehearsal [Fly Visual]

The Queen Bey hit the stage along with artists; Ed Sheeran and Gary Clark Jr. to perform at the tribute, as it was completely amazing! Bey also took the stage once again, along with hubby Jay Z at the end of the concert for one last group performance led by Stevie Wonder himself.

Peep the clip below:

– Stay Fly!