Posts Tagged ‘Atlantic Records’

Sean PaulDate of Interview: 07/20/2011

A critical prerequisite in the provision of “second chances” is the determination of its recipient to persevere in the face of an initial failing. In retrospect, the sophomore success of Sean Paul’s Dutty Rock virtually supplanted all public memory of his Stage One debut; and following the swift impact of two massive singles, “Gimme the Light” and “Get Busy,” the dancehall artist became a mainstay on MTV and BET. His subsequent collaborations with Beyonce (“Baby Boy”), Blu Cantrell (“Breathe”) and Mya (“Things Come and Go”) were simply the prelude of the many accomplishments to come.

Within a decade’s time, Sean Paul has become the best-selling dancehall artist of all-time – with a GRAMMY-winning catalog eclipsing 10 million album sales. During a promotional campaign for his latest single, “Got 2 Luv U” (featuring Alexis Jordan), Sean Paul managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the origins of his music career, the international success of dancehall, and the significance of Little X’s video treatment for “Gimme the Light.”

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TrinaDate of Interview: 05/04/2011

With a music catalog filled with gold and platinum records, one must wonder about the shock surrounding XXL Magazine’s 2010 dubbing of Trina as “The Most Consistent Female Rapper of All-Time.” Upon close inspection, however, the rationale becomes clear: since 2001, she has garnered seven “Best Female Hip-Hop Artist” nominations at the BET Awards, the highest total overall, and she was the only female rapper to release five studio albums during this time. Consequently, Trina has proven – time and time again – that XXL’s accolade is no misnomer. Based upon these immutable facts, she is still “The Baddest B***h.”

In the midst of preparations for her sixth studio album, Trina managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the rise of Southern rap, her infatuation with diamonds, and the challenges facing female artists.

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Hamilton Park

Andre Harrell Interview Date: 04/30/2011 | Hamilton Park Interview Date: 02/28/2011 

Hamilton Park is the “next generation” male R&B group. With the assistance of music mogul Andre Harrell, they aim to fill the void left by hometown legends, 112 and Jagged Edge.

In a special double interview feature from Clayton Perry, Andre Harrell discusses his latest business venture, Harrell Records, and Hamilton Park (Anthony Dorsey, Marcus Lee, Chris Voice and Royce Pinkston) reflects on the long road to success.

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Musiq SoulchildDate of Interview: 04/22/2011

Album after album, Musiq Soulchild never fails to deliver. And with the release of his sixth album, musiqinthemagiq, the world has been reminded that there is quite a bit of “magic in the [music].” His latest release pays homage to the traditional elements of R&B, while incorporating contemporary elements of urban music.

As part of promotional campaign for musiqinthemagiq, Musiq Soulchild managed to squeeze some time out his schedule and settle down for his second interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on a decade of recording, stepping outside “the R&B box,” and embracing fatherhood. [Musiq’s 2008 interview can be found here.]

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Wiz KhalifaDate of Interview: 03/01/2011

Wiz Khalifa is a Pittsburgh emcee that is determined to make an impact on the hip-hop scene. Not only does he want to be a game-changer on the music side of the equation, but he plans to influence the overall culture, too. After releasing nine mixtapes, his agenda is off to a great start – following the massive success of “Black and Yellow,” a #1 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 and the “unofficial” anthem of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers.

On March 29, 2011, Wiz Khalifa is set to release his major-label debut, Rolling Papers (via Atlantic Records), which follows two independent efforts (via Rostrum Records): 2006’s Show and Prove and 2009’s Deal or No Deal.  In the midst of a promotional campaign for Rolling Papers, Wiz Khalifa managed to squeeze some time out his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on his love for hip-hop, the importance of mixtapes, and the support of his mentor, Eric “E. Dan” Dan.

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Plan BDate of Interview: 02/03/2011

As a rapper, singer and actor, Plan B has quickly evolved into one of Britain’s best-selling entertainers. At the 2011 BRIT Awards, he received recognition as the “Best British Male Solo Artist.” And this accolade, along with many others, came in the wake of his triple-platinum sophomore release: The Defamation of Strickland Banks.

One year removed from the British release, Plan B’s breakthrough album will be released in the United States on April 19, 2011. During a promotional campaign for The Defamation of Strickland Banks, Plan B managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on his view of hip-hop as an artistic medium, the significance of “Stay Too Long,” and the personal bond forged with fictional character Strickland Banks.

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James Blunt

Date of Interview: 01/10/2011

James Blunt – in life, style and demeanor – stands as the perfect antithesis of what could be called the “modern rock star.” With international sales of 18 million records, however, such a statement might be considered quite the paradox.

Blasting onto the music scene behind the massive success of “You’re Beautiful,” James Blunt has toured the world, as well as the contours of his soul. The abrupt and wide-ranging musical and thematic changes on his first two albums, Back to Bedlam and All the Lost Souls, represent the internal and external influences that came to shape his personal and professional lives. Some Kind of Trouble represents a bright, new chapter.

On January 18, 2011, Some Kind of Trouble will find its way to the United States via Custard and Atlantic Records. In the midst of a promotional campaign for this milestone album, James Blunt managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on his Kosovo experience, the influence of Linda Perry and the inspiration he has found on the Spanish island of Ibiza.

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Christina PerriDate of Interview: 10/28/2010

When you wish upon a star, sometimes dreams really do come true. Such was the case with Christina Perri, who received nation-wide exposure – through no act of her own – on So You Think You Can Dance, when her song “Jar of Hearts” was passed on to Stacey Tookey, a choreographer for the show. And as is the case with all fairy tales, one thing led to another, and Christina Perri landed a last-minute replacement gig on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which cemented her status as an artist to watch in 2010 and beyond.

In support her debut EP, The Ocean Way Sessions, which was released on November 9, 2010, Christina Perri managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the musical influence of her brother, the video treatment for “Jar of Hearts,” and the steep learning curve in the aftermath of her Jay Leno appearance.

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Flo Rida

Date of Interview: 10/27/2010

Time and time again, Flo Rida has proven that he has “the Midas touch.” In spite of the music industry’s ballyhooed downward spiral, Flo has sold more than 10 million digital copies of his popular club anthems over the past three years. For this reason, he has firmly supplanted himself as the undisputed “King of the Club.”

From “Low” to “Right Round,” in addition to a string of guest appearances, Tramar “Flo Rida” Dillard has crafted a sonic style that is immediately recognizable, memorable and unique. And with the release of his third studio album (on November 30, 2010), he is resolute in his reminder to the world: “there is Only One Flo.”

Upon the release of the album’s lead single, “Club Can’t Handle Me,” Flo Rida managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on his formative years in Las Vegas, the importance of “connecting” with fans, and his professional relationship with Walt Disney Studios.

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HopeDate of Interview: 10/19/2010

Considering the focus and direction of artists in the contemporary music landscape, what the world needs now is a little bit of “Hope.” And while it may be standard practice for music lovers to be inundated with sexual imagery and care-free lyrics, should one search hard enough, they will no doubt find a rare alternative: the proverbial “diamond in the rough.” Last year, in 2009, Atlantic Records found their precious gem in Los Angeles, California. (Perhaps the old saying is true: “Hope springs eternal.”)

With song placements in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? (“Who Am I To Say”), P.S. I Love You (“Fortress”) and MTV’s “The City,” Hope has steadily increased her exposure behind-the-scenes. In fact, her first single, “Love Love Love,” captivated Jason Mraz so much that he sought a collaboration with Hope, in order to be a guest feature on the track!

In preparation for her 2011 self-titled debut, Hope managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on her move from New York City to the “City of Angels,” the inclusion of “The Rain Don’t Last” in the American Red Cross’ PSA for Hurricane Katrina, and the lasting impact that she “hopes” her music will have on the world.

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