I’ve always had love for Goapele. She’s one of those amazingly talented artists who’s truly beautiful inside and out. If this was high school, hateration would be in full flex, but in real life, she’s so genuine you have no choice but show some love.  It’s been a while since we heard anything from her, but she’s back, giving her fans that sexy sound that we know and love her for.  Check out the details below and click the link to see her new video, PLAY…

Singer-songwriter Goapele broke out of Bay Area at the beginning of the last decade determined to make a difference in the world of music. Seamlessly blending genres while refusing to be limited by the “neo-soul” tag, this eloquent musician completed her first release Closer in 2001 and never looked back. Embraced from the beginning by critics and fans alike, Goapele carved the perfect niche for herself as she created music that fused jazz, soul, and hip hop with her own beautiful poetry. Not content to be merely another singer lost in the machine, Goapele’s follow-up recordings Even Closer (2002) and Change It All (2005) were released through major labels in conjunction with her own independent label Skyblaze.

“I like being more hands on when it comes to my music,” she says of the family-owned independent label. “Establishing Skyblaze allowed me to have a more direct connection with my business as well as the music.” While Rolling Stone magazine once called Goapele the “spiritual love child of Sade and D’Angelo,” her searing voice can be both sensuous and serious, often on the same song. After taking off six years from recording, Goapele has returned to the forefront of the music scene with Break of Dawn (dropping in October of this year), a collection of sophisticated songs dealing with love, loss, and all the life in between.

“One of my goals for the newest project Break of Dawn was to be more uninhabited,” Goapele says. “I came into this business as a young woman who wanted to be taken seriously for my music, but, now I’m more willing to share my sexiness as well. I realize that it’s possible to be both complex and provocative.” The new disc is both of these things and more. Featuring a diverse array of tracks ranging from the sleek and sexy “Play” to the heartfelt “Hush,” the release is a stunning testament to an artist embarking on an exciting new chapter of her already storied career.

Peep the video for PLAY right here:

We had some phenomenal music come from Canada this year, and if you’re an artist, it’s already time to put in your submissions to be considered for a possible JUNO nomination. Early bird submissions end October 21st, but you still have a few weeks to get your musical goodies in before the final cut-off date of November 10th. See the details below!!

Earlier this year, Shad took home the 2011 JUNO Award for Best Rap Recording

Toronto, ON (October 20, 2011) – The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced that the 2012 JUNO Awards is now accepting submissions in the category of Rap Recording of the Year. JUNO Week unfolds in the nation’s capital, Ottawa, ON March 26 – April 1, 2012. The celebration includes a series of exciting events leading up to the JUNO Awards presentation on Sunday April 1, 2012, which will be televised nationwide on CTV.

The Rap Advisory Committee includes seasoned label representative Jay Devonish (eOne Entertainment), David “Click” Cox (Stylus DJ Awards), Greg Baptiste (MuchMusic/CTV), Jody Laraya (Universal Music Canada), Jesse Plunkett (HipHopCanada.com), Melissa “DJ MelBoogie” Langley(DJ/Publicist), Jay Swing (Donnelly Group/NationOfMillions.ca), Kyle Kraft (Battle Axe/ Krafty Entertainment), Dice B (CINQ 102.3FM), Don Smooth(K103FM), Rez (CityOnMyBack.com), Darryl Rodway (Urbnet), and Marlon Wilson, (Music for Mavericks/Politic Live).

Collectively, the committee continues to make strides in developing outreach to rap artists across the country, both English and Francophone, to increase the number of submissions. As a result of these concentrated efforts, the number of submissions received by CARAS in the category of Rap Recording of the Year has been steadily rising since the category was established in 1990.  By partnering with radio shows, online magazines and DJs across the country, the committee hopes to continue to raise awareness throughout the community about the submissions and judging process, specifically for rap artists. “We’ve assembled a great team of people from around the country who are actively working in various aspects of the urban music scene,” says Jay Devonish, Chairman / JUNO Awards Rap Advisory Committee.  We’ve also worked closely with CARAS to ensure the jurors voting in this category are qualified and active within the urban community. We’re excited to work together with CARAS to ensure the rap community is properly represented at the JUNO Awards.”

The JUNO Awards have been proven to be an excellent networking vehicle, not only for artists who win, but also for nominees and/or participants in various JUNO Awards events.

Shad, winner of the 2011 JUNO Award for Rap Recording of the Year (pictured above) had this to say about his win: “The JUNO Awards have helped raise my profile both within and outside the music industry.  My first nomination for “The Old Prince” and my second nomination and subsequent win for “TSOL” were both helpful in raising awareness for my music across the country.” The JUNO Awards have been proven to be an excellent networking venue, even for the nominated artists who don’t go home with the Award. Artist Prevail, from the four-time JUNO Award-winning rap group Swollen Members stated, “Before our win, there’s no questioning the positive impact that the JUNO Awards have had on our career. The momentum opened doors to more Canadian shows and the coverage elevated us to a new level and cemented our legitimacy.” Other previous nominees include Drake, K’Naan, Sans Pression, DL Incognito, Belly, Checkmate, Choclair, Kardinal Offishall, Classified, Dubmatique, Concise, D-Sisive, Eternia, k-os, Famous and Sweatshop Union.

Submission forms are available at http://junosubmissions.ca

All submissions must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 10, 2011.
Submission Fees and Deadlines:
CARAS offers an early bird submission fee to those who submit between October 1, 2011 and October 21, 2011.  CARAS members receive a reduced submission fee applicable to both the early bird deadline as well as the final deadline.  If you are eligible to submit, you are eligible for membership.  Please visit www.carasonline.ca for more membership information.
The submission fee can be paid online with a credit card or by cheque.

October 1 – 21, 2011 (Early Bird Deadline)
$35 for CARAS Members
$60 for non-members

October 22 – November 10, 2011 (Final Deadline for craft or juried categories)
$70 for CARAS Members
$90 for non-members

January 10, 2012 (Deadline for all sales-based categories)
$70 for CARAS Members
$90 for non-members

How it works:
· 350 Judges – Each year, judges are recruited for each of the 34 judged categories to adjudicate the material that is submitted. These individuals are responsible for listening to each of the submissions and voting for the best product in the genre. The judges change each year and are spread out in different facets of the music industry and different regions throughout Canada.
· 50 Nominating & Voting Committee Members – The Nominating & Voting Committee is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the JUNO Awards. It is their responsibility to monitor any changes within the industry as it relates to the awards. The committee brings any necessary changes to the attention of the Board of Directors.
· 180+ Music Advisory Committee Members- Each category has an associated advisory committee who is responsible for ensuring that each of the submissions in their specific genre meets the required qualifications for the JUNO Awards.

About CARAS:

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’academie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and recording industries and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards. For more information on The JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ (CARAS) website please visit http://www.junoawards.ca or http://www.carasonline.ca.

Melissa Langley
MelBoogie Media

For more information on CARAS and the JUNO Awards, contact:
Adrienne Kakoullis
Holmes Creative Communications
(416) 628-5610

I absolutely love it when hip hop uses its powers for good!!  Dru Ha from the infamous (and legendary) Duck Down Music (home to the likes of Black Moon, Sean Price and T-dot’s own, Promise) took a heart-wrenching situation and turned it into something positive that will hopefully influence thousands of others in an inspiring way…. take a read below:


Earlier this year Dru Ha (co-owner of Duck Down Music) lost his Father to a 10 year battle with Alzheimer’s. In his Father’s honor, Dru Ha announced that he will be running the ING New York City Marathon on November 6th in an effort to raise donations & awareness about the horrific disease that affects over 5 million people in the United States alone. To date, Dru Ha has raised over $10,000 in donations.

Duck Down artists, Buckshot, Smif N Wessun, Promise & Double-O, of Kidz In The Hall, dedicated their time to creating an original song, “Run To Remember,” in recognition of Dru Ha running the NYC Marathon. Double-O produced the track. The song was recorded at Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, NY.

Today, the song is available exclusively at iTunes for only 99 cents. Proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Research foundation.

Listen To “Run To Remember” | Purchase Today At iTunes

Duck Down Music has also created a custom Run to Remember Dri-Fit Shirt available for purchase today. The proceeds of the sales will also be donated to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. “Run To Remember” dri-fit made of 100% polyester moisture management, anti-microbial performance fabric is perfect for running or working out at the gym. The shirt features the original Duck Down running man logo with purple print, which represents the official colors of the Alzheimer’s organization. Dri-fit shirt comes folded & polybagged.

One of my favourite R&B vocalists for a long time, I’m pretty amped that Ms. Andreena Mill has a new album to showcase her amazing voice.  Definitely ballad-heavy, the “All Eyez on Me” showcases her range as a vocalist and has more of an overall mature sound to it.  She’s not in the lane of teeny bop sensations who are clogging up the radio airwaves right now, but she has the sound of a grown ass woman who has the talent and capability of taking the reins of her career in her own hands.


Includes production by Boi-1da, Hit-Boy, Tone Mason and up and coming producers Spinz, Soundsmith and Snaz. A cool joint to enjoy late at night – preferably with a partner.
Enjoy and follow her at @AndreenaMill