Mary J. Blige’s Apple Music Live Performance Now Available To Stream In Full on Apple Music

Mary J. Blige’s one-night-only performance at New York City’s historic United Palace premiered last night on Apple Music as part of Apple Music Live, the exclusive live performance series giving the biggest stars in music a global platform to connect with audiences around the world. The Grammy Award-winning and Academy award nominated artist, actress, producer and entrepreneur’s performance featured a career-spanning setlist and reflections from her unparalleled career in music. 

Stream the full performance anytime on-demand on Apple Music HERE.

Launched this spring, Apple Music Live has previously featured exclusive live streamed performances from global chart-toppers Harry Styles and Lil Durk, available to watch on-demand on Apple Music. Watch Blige’s conversation with Apple Music’s Nadeska previewing the performance HERE and listen to the performance in Spatial Audio HERE.

Mary J. Blige Announces The 23-City ‘Good Morning Gorgeous’ Tour

One of Time magazine’s icons listed in “The 100 Most Influential People of 2022” and the recipient of the 2022 “Billboard ICON Award,” the undisputed Queen of Hip Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige, announces her Good Morning Gorgeous tour presented by Hologic in partnership with The Black Promoters Collective (BPC). GRAMMY Award-winning and Oscar-nominated Blige will perform in 23 cities with special guests, platinum-selling, GRAMMY Award-winning artist Ella Mai and platinum-selling rising star Queen Naija beginning on Saturday, September 17, in Greensboro, NC, and ending on Saturday, October 29 in Atlantic City, NJ. The tour also stops in Los Angeles, New York, and Atlanta.

Before offering to the general public, the Good Morning Gorgeous tour tickets go on presale today with The American Express® Card Members beginning June 15 at 10 am local time through June 16 at 10 pm local time. Tickets will be available to the general public on June 17 at 10 am local and range from $69.50 to $189.50. Tickets can be purchased here.

“Mary J. Blige has been one of a select handful of artists at the top of our desired list to partner with since the initial construction of The BPC. Having her support in our mission so early in the process is a testament to the hard work we have put in to bring superior cultural experiences powered by black business to the masses. We firmly believe this is a match made in heaven and are honored to partner with the Queen,” states The BPC Co-Founder and President Shelby Joyner.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Mary J. Blige as the presenting sponsor for her Good Morning Gorgeous tour,” said Steve MacMillan, Hologic’s Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. “As a global leader in women’s health, we’re committed to emphasizing the lifesaving importance of preventive screenings and the annual Well Woman exam, and Mary’s voice is a powerful way to reach millions of women.”

In addition to the previously stated accolades, the tour follows Blige’s early 2022 album release of Good Morning Gorgeous. The album was released leading into her energetic Super Bowl Halftime performance. The title track rose to #1 at R&B radio for 9 weeks and the song became a viral backdrop for many expressing self-love, with over 40,000 users creating videos using the song on TikTok. A deluxe version was dropped just ahead of her wildly successful “Strength of a Woman” festival that took place last month in Atlanta.

Locations, venues & dates for the Good Morning Gorgeous tour presented by Hologic can be found below:

Saturday, 9/17                          Greensboro, NC             Greensboro Coliseum

Sunday, 9/18                            Washington, DC             Capital One Arena

Wednesday, 9/21                     Charlotte, NC                 Spectrum Center

Thursday, 9/22                         Philadelphia, PA            Wells Fargo Center

Saturday, 9/24                          Detroit, MI                       Little Caesars Arena (Not listed – Queen Naija)

Sunday, 9/25                            Chicago, IL                      United Center

Wednesday, 9/28                     Birmingham, AL            Legacy Center at BJCC

Thursday, 9/29                         Atlanta, GA                     State Farm Arena

Saturday, 10/1                          Houston, TX                   Toyota Center

Sunday, 10/2                            Fort Worth, TX                Dickies Arena (Not listed – Ella Mai)

Thursday, 10/6                         Oakland, CA                    Oakland Arena (Not listed — QN or EM)

Saturday, 10/8                          Las Vegas, NV                Michelob Ultra Arena

Sunday, 10/9                             Los Angeles, CA            Kia Forum (Not listed — QN)

Wednesday, 10/12                   St. Louis, MO                  Enterprise Center

Saturday, 10/15                       New Orleans, LA              Smoothie King Center

Sunday, 10/16                          Memphis, TN                   FedEx Forum

Wednesday, 10/19                  Cleveland, OH                  Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

Thursday, 10/20                       Brooklyn, NY                    Barclays Center

Saturday, 10/22                        Hampton, VA                   Hampton Coliseum

Sunday, 10/23                           Newark, NJ                      Prudential Center

Wednesday, 10/26                   Nashville, TN                   Bridgestone Arena

Thursday, 10/27                       Cincinnati, OH                 Heritage Bank Center

Saturday, 10/29                        Atlantic City, NJ              Boardwalk Hall

For more information, visit https://blackpromoterscollective.com.

1500 Sound Academy: Is Educating The Masses Thru Music

1500 Sound Academy has landed: two state of the art classrooms, equipped with a recording studio with mini stage, four sleek training rooms adorned with impressive cultural memorabilia, a lobby with futuristic design principles, and creative spaces provided by legendary brands Fender and Roland. Welcome to 1500 Sound Academy, LLC, a subsidiary of Volume Ventures- an independent multi-faceted entertainment company that provides comprehensive music & video production, publishing, and education services to aspiring and established recording artists, songwriters, musicians & music videographers. 

If you guessed this immaculately arranged space to be an A-lister’s ultimate home studio, you would only be half correct. It is home to a vision of creating better, smarter music, and industry professionals. Larrance Dopson and James Fauntleroy II, the artist and producers behind it, alongside Orange County-based business incubator Twila True, have opened it to a new generation of artists (some as young as eight!), producers, engineers, and other creators determined to think far outside the textbook.

The Inglewood, CA-based 1500 Sound Academy, a private non-degree-granting institution, has been in operation since June 2019. For this groundbreaking institution, Dopson and Fauntleroy have curated an adept faculty of music industry veterans and top tier guest instructors—including colleagues Kendrick Lamar,  Sean “Diddy” Combs, Master P, Snoop Dogg, and Bruno Mars—to instruct courses in such areas as business management, music production, recording engineering and performance. These disciplines are woven together on the macro and micro levels through an ambitiously holistic approach to music industry education. This, in turn, has attracted some of the best sponsors to support those future careers, including Fender and Roland.

1500 Sound Academy goes above and beyond academic training and industry insight to provide students access to the minds behind some of the biggest chart-toppers in their music catalog, such as Drake’s record-breaking “In My Feelings” (10 weeks in Billboard’s ‘Hot 100’); Ella Mai’s Grammy award-winning ‘Best R&B song’ “Boo’d Up” (peaking at #5 on the ‘Hot 100″); and Roddy Rich’s “The Box,” which stayed at #1 for 10 weeks and in “Top 10” for 27 weeks. Other Volume Ventures luminaries stepping in include Justus West, whose most recent credits include Alicia Keys’ “Raise a Man,” John Legend’s “Always.” and Quintin Gullege, whose most recent credits include Ella Mai’s “Trip,” “Sauce,” “Close” and “Everything.”

“This endeavor stands apart from the other businesses I have grown in that most are based on finding audiences to support a consumer product,” True explains. “What 1500 Sound Academy produces, on the other hand, is not a tangible consumer product or service but a creative music movement product that transcends demographics by producing successful music industry professionals. Those who endure 1500 Sound Academy will always have their fingers on the pulse of what the public wants in its music and entertainment (and) have the business skills to create and maintain their successes in the industry.”

In early June 2020, Dopson and Fauntleroy announced the future rollout of Academy’s newest program in light of current world events: An online version of the school, fully licensed by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education of California. 1500 Sound Academy’s online program is designed as a synchronous (real-time) program that offers the same curriculum and benefits of its in-person program in an online/distance education format. In addition to guest lectures from the founders, enrollees will receive lectures and educational guidance from The Avila Brothers, who have worked with Usher, Janet Jackson, Mary J Blige, and Gwen Stefani.

Dopson affirms that their original goal was to create a “Xavier’s School for Gifted Children” (of X-Men fame) for the best young creators in the world.” In the distinctive, almost futuristic environment they created that in some ways is reminiscent of the films, their team would incorporate real-world requirements for success with necessary business training and artistic development.

“We are not only teaching them skills in making music but how one should negotiate business deals write hits, do media interviews, how you should manage artists, and how one can manage his or her career as I did. In other words, we are teaching students the secrets (people at our level) are not supposed to tell you and everything we learned the hard way back in the day. We teach them about critical thinking and the importance of knowing all the rules in order to break them.” says Dopson. 

Fauntleroy, meanwhile, details that the non-traditional, real-world based structure of the 1500 Sound Academy’s workshops and courses allows students the opportunity to learn about the industry from a variety of perspectives regular instructors and guest speakers with quantifiable success in their music industry careers. Their experiences, successes, and even misfires can’t be properly captured in a textbook.

“The 1500 Sound Academy allows us to give back to the music community as well as the communities where we came from. Beyond technical and financial literacy, we want to pass along the importance of emotional intelligence and the value of having a broad range of information in a variety of different areas– all of the tools they will need to survive and thrive in the music business.” says Fauntleroy. For additional information and Academy curriculum please visit 1500 Sound Academy.

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