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Vote for Thunderkatz "Cupid Baby"

The Thunderkatz needs you all to vote for "Cupid Baby". Irv wants to see what damage that this can do so we need to get the Phone lines ringing off the hook at Q1021 and Wired 965. The flier is below with the numders for the two stations on it so lets show Irv and The Thunderkatz what MIO can do and get "Cupid Baby" on regular rotation on Philly radio.


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published on June 2 nd, 2007

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New Official Channel 7 Single 'She Got A Girlfriend'

It was recently confirmed that Channel 7 has decided to recreate his album towards a new direction and sound. 'She Got A Girlfriend' is a new single from this newly inspired effort, and has Irv Gotti and Universal Music Group very excited. Below is a quote from 7's myspace about the record.

"She Got A Girlfriend" will be the Official First Single from the Channel 7 Album. "EclecticElectricfunkpop Deep fried in a Sonic Batter of Bowie & Prince served in Black&Purple Package with a Spike in the Chin."

+C H A N N E L.

Keep checking MIO and www.myspace.com/sevenaurelius for more news on the new single 'She Got A Girlfriend'.    

published on May 21 st, 2007

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Channel 7 Album Update

Below is a 7's latest blog entry about his album "Channel 7" which we were expecting on July 7th but if the tone of this blog entry is anything to go by we could see a long delay on the release of this album but then again we all know how hard 7 works so it may well come out on time only time will see. Leave your comments on our forum and on 7's myspace.

"I Have Scrapped The First 2 Versions Of The Album 4 A New Sound And Direction I Feel Much More My Own Lane. As Many Of U Know I Am Involved In The Filming Of Irv Gotti's Vh1 Reality Show And As U Will See When It Comes Out I Am Truly Having To Fight 4 What I Believe Is The Direction I Need 2 Be. And Although Creative Disputes With Any Record Label Are Never Easy I Was Able 2 Convince Them 2 Lean My Way. I Will Be Shooting The Album Cover In 2 Weeks. There Will Be New Photos On This And The New Official Channel 7 Myspace Url Which There Will Be Links To On This Page. Stay Tuned 4 More News And Updates On 'channel 7". Positivity & Light +the Channel.

published on May 17 th, 2007

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Lloyd "Street Love" Chart Update

Lloyd's "Street Love" this week charted at No.46 selling 16,100 copies making his total sales at 370,700. It falls 15 spots from last weeks No.31 but still remains at a steady pace outselling Musiq by a long mile who debuted in first spot the same week that Lloyd released "Street Love".

"Get It Shawty" comes in at No.18 on
The Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and at No.5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It reached No.30 this week on the Hot Digital Songs chart and Np.39 on the Pop 100 chart.

published on May 17 th, 2007

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Lloyd Signs Worldwide Publishing Agreement With Warner/Chappell Music

Before I post up the press release can I just make it clear that this is not Lloyd signing a new record deal with Warner/Chappell Music he is still signed to Murder Inc. The point of this deal is for Lloyd's music to be heard on a international stage in countries like Austrailia and Ireland where he currently isnt promoted and people find it difficult to buy his albums.



NEW YORK, NY, May 17, 2007 -- Warner/Chappell Music (WCM), the award-winning publishing arm of Warner Music Group Corp. (NYSE: WMG), and one of the world's largest music publishers, today announced a worldwide publishing agreement with chart-topping R&B singer/songwriter Lloyd. Under this agreement, Warner/Chappell will publish Lloyd's future compositions as well as Lloyd's catalog of songs.

In making the announcement, Chris Hicks, Senior Vice President, Urban A&R and Head of Urban Music, Warner/Chappell Music, said, "Lloyd has demonstrated his strong songwriting skills through hit singles and we are proud that he has chosen to partner with Warner/Chappell in developing his career as a songwriter."

"I'm excited about this relationship with Warner/Chappell," said Lloyd. "Their track record of success and their experienced staff were a big draw for me."

Lloyd's new album "Street Love," released March 13th, debuted at #2 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart. Of the 15 songs on the album, Lloyd co-wrote eight of the songs including the first single "You," which features fellow Warner/Chappell writer, Lil' Wayne. In February, the song reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart. Lloyd's second single, "Get it Shawty," which features fellow Warner/Chappell writer Yung Joc on the remix, is currently climbing the charts at #8 on Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop songs chart and #22 on Billboard's Hot 100. Eleven of "Street Love's" 15 tracks reflect the contributions of Warner/Chappell songwriters and producers including Lil' Wayne, Jazzy Pha, Zak Wallace, Don Vito, Eric Hudson and Bryan Michael Cox.

Lloyd has collaborated on records with hip-hop artists ranging from Rick Ross and Young Jeezy to DJ Khaled. He is currently on tour with Bow Wow.

About Warner/Chappell Music


Warner/Chappell Music is WMG's award-winning global music publishing company. The Warner/Chappell Music catalog includes standards such as "Happy Birthday To You," "Rhapsody in Blue," "Winter Wonderland," the songs of Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin, as well as the music of Dido, Dr. Dre, Eric Clapton, Green Day, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Nickelback, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sheryl Crow, T.I. and others. Warner/Chappell Music is a leader in creating innovative strategies for marketing and promoting its songwriters and their music. The company's extensive catalog makes it a natural first stop for A&R executives and record producers, feature film and television production companies, and others looking to record or license some of the world's greatest music. 

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published on May 17 th, 2007

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Ja Rule News

First off news on "The Mirror", we expected "The Mirror" to be released June 26th but things change and albums get pushed back all the time so as expected this album has been pushed back to August. No confirmed date in August just August. Ja said that we can expect the first single in two weeks time most likely Memorial Day weekend but MIO isnt promising anything as we have heard that before when it does leak please believe you will hear it here first on MIO.  Leave your comments on this and the rest of the stories below on our forum.

In other Ja Rule news last night he played a new remix of Lloyd's "Get It Shawty" which features not only Ja but Outkast's Big Boi, our freinds over at murderincworld have kindly hosted this for download. Right Cilck Save As. Ja's verse goes something like this :

"Yeah, YO Laddi, Lets Get Em,
get it shawty get it shawty, i want you to throw it on me,
put your weight on it, take your time ill wait on it,
cos im on my job and your body signs is health on it,
looking like good money, so i figured that ill work on it,
so i told her excuse me baby, i love when you dancing
that way real nasty, making me feel like i should be,
tossing ya 20s and making it rain keep the change
tonight is on me!!!

realistically, im just tryna get to know ya baby,
get you drunk so maybe i can fuck ya later,
get a little bit of privacy experience,
the true meaning of an outta-body,
but that body could hurt somebody,
espescially if they check up on it,"

Finally Ja Rule was in Spain over the weekend filling in for Nas who was scheduled to perform at the Cultura urbana 2007. Ja rocked the crowd with all his hit singles including "Always On Time" "Wonderful" and "Caught Up". It is rumored that he perfromed new material from "The Mirror" but we cant confirm that. Below is a video of Ja perfroming "Always On Time" for other perfromances check out our forum.

published on May 16 th, 2007

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LLoyd News

Lloyd will be featured on Baby Huey's second single off his upcoming "Notebook Paper". For more on Baby Huey go to his myspace. Below is a video of Lloyd perfroming at a Q104.7fm concert. Lloyd perfromed "You" and "Get It Shawty" his performance starts around the 4:30 mark.

published on April 29 th, 2007

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The Thunderkatz Join Irv Gotti's Revamped Label

One of hip-hop's newest and brightest underground stars is about to shine bright on the music scene. The Thunderkatz have signed onto Irv Gotti's The Inc record label. Gotti, clearly impressed with the level of talent within the group as seen here, signed The Thunderkatz as part of his image revamping and goal of broadening his label's music oeuvre. He announced the signing while the band was closing their set at the world-famous Masquerade in Atlanta. The Inc (formerly known as Murder Inc) records currently still hosts Ashanti and Ja Rule; however, they have also signed Vanessa Carlton to their label.

The Thunderkatz are an Atlanta-based group that turned many heads last year at BMI's unsigned artist contest. They played in several New York high-vis venues such as The Piano Room and the now-defunct CBGB's. The Thunderkatz- a wild mix of soul-singing, hip-hop and rock beats- beat out all others to win Best Unsigned Band in the showcase that was hosted by Lil' Jon. The group boasts 6 touring members that are all prominent musicians in their own right. Even the lead singer, Ginger, is an accomplished guitar and piano player. Their front man, Del (a/k/a 080) was a production assistant at the Hit Factory in New York. They originally signed with Wall Street records while based in New York. After winning the BMI contest, The Thunderkatz moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and established their music act in the college and underground scene.

The Thunderkatz have previously released one CD titled New Age Urban Hip-Hop Rockolistics, featuring the single "Pop Lock". They list their influences as mostly from movies: The Goonies, Ferris Beuller's Day Off, and The Breakfast Club.

Read the rest of this article here.

published on April 29 th, 2007

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The Industry Cosign Spotlight: The Thunderkatz

The Birth
Dell “o8o” Harris had a vision for what a rock group should be and in that vision he created the New Age Urban Hip-Hop Rockolistics group called the Thunderkatz.   Originally based out of Newark, NJ, the talented group has taken their sound to Atlanta where the music industry has begun to create and form some of the top artist and groups in the industry.

This seven member band has all the creative characteristics and style of the 80’s cartoon characters, the Thundercats.  You have the sexy female lead singer, Ginger, who is rockin’ you to sleep with her vocals and is equivalent to a new day Lisa Lisa from the 80’s group, Prince and the New Power Generation; o8o, the mastermind to the madness who has his hands in everything from the lyrics to the beats; XO, the new generation Beethoven on keyboards; jUnO, who murders the Skins with power and grace; BenGee droppin’ the bottom on the Bass with smooth lines and Jus Jon. the ultimate guitar aficionado.

The Come Up
Patience is a virtue (as the old cliché goes) and with patience comes good things.  The Thunderkatz have taken that old cliché to a new meaning.  Most groups who have tasted a grain of success feel they are owed something and stop having the drive and determination to make it to the top, but not the Thunderkatz.  They won’t stop until they have the full undivided attention of music lovers across the globe.

A group with no record deal but the drive to succeed has been the foundation of their feat.  Never stopping the dream, the Thunderkatz have placed themselves in a position to perform for some of the industries greatest executives, producers, artists and clubs.  Making their first ever appearance at the legendary Rolling Stones CBGB’s in New York City, the Thunderkatz have now performed in front of Irv Gotti, Lil Jon, Jazze Pha, producers Cool and Dre from Miami, Lloyd, and Ne-Yo (just to name a few).

Another chain in their short two year success story, is winning the 2006 BMI Urban Showcase and being recognized as a future phenom group by music journalists.  The doors have slowly begun to open as the group has created many opportunities to perform at local hot spots like Justin’s, MJQ (Drunken Unicorn room), CW Mid-town Music Complex, Atlanta Montreux Jazz Festival, and the Atlantis Music Conference.

The Reality Check Of Show Biz
The music industry and show biz are one of the toughest industries to break into—you can be hot one minute and forgotten about the next.   In order to stay on top you must keep your talent fresh and exciting.

After a whirlwind of excitement, the Thunderkatz started to find their phone had stopped ringing and nothing was moving towards the right direction.  But as stated above you must have the patience and drive in order to handle the pressure.   Rather than sitting around waiting and falling under pressure… the Thunderkatz threw themselves in the studio re-inventing and perfecting their old sound into a fresh but classic 80’s tune.  Working with a new production team that consisted of band member X.O. and new-comer Muse, the Thunderkatz have taken their new “old skool” sound and started making their debut album with inspiration coming from great hip-hop, rock legends like Run DMC, the Beastie Boys, and Madonna.

The Road Ahead
Mentor and friend to the Thunderkatz, Glen Marchese (one of the industry's top Mixing Engineers) heard the new sound and instantly fell in love with it.  It is now 2007 and as the powers that be are working on things like eloquent words and clauses; the Thunderkatz are putting the finishing touch on their debut album. 

As the Thunderkatz continue to prepare for musical greatness, I leave you with a quote from the great jazz musician, Charlie Parker….

"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man there’s no boundary line to art.”

And the Thunderkatz believe there is no boundary to their music or vision.

theindustrycosign.com

published on April 29 th, 2007

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Ja Rule "The Mirror" Album News

Ja Rule recently anounced he was on his way to Miami and that he was planning on working with top producers including Scott Storch, Cool & Dre, and Timbaland. We could also see a track witth Swizz Beats but that hasnt been confirmed yet. Ja also said that he will be recording a track with R.Kelly that will be on the album. Acording to Jay Z the most anticipated track from The Mirror "Father Forgive Me" 'is the best record he has ever heard' which means Ja is really sitting on something special.
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published on April 29 th, 2007

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