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Exclusive Details: Jermaine Dupri Talks Jagged Edge, Ne-Yo Dishes On Forthcoming Album



After five successful studio albums, multiple Grammy wins and dozens of hit singles, Ne-Yo officially became the recipient of ASCAP’s Golden Note Award.

During Thursday night’s 27th annul ASCAP Rhythm and Soul event, the singer took home the coveted award which recognizes songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones.

“I am  not worthy of this award, but I got some work to do so I can be worthy of this award,” the r&b stud told HipHollywood while on the red carpet.

The decoration comes ahead of the signer’s forthcoming sixth studio album, Non Fiction. “We are shooting for a September release,” the singer shared with us. “Every song on the album is a true story. This album is a rebirth of story telling, I’m one of the last great story tellers on the face of this planet so this album is just putting a magnifying glass on that fact.”

Some of the evening’s other top honorees included Mike Will Made It and Jermaine Dupri, who took home the ASCAP Founders Award; one of the most prestigious honors that ASCAP gives to songwriters and composers.

“I think the most humbling part about is the names that gotten this award before me,” Durpi said of the past recipients, which include Ashford & Simpson, Dr. Dre, Berry Gordy, Diddy and Paul McCartney.

27th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards - Backstage

The rapper/producer, who was dapper in a floral, tuxedo jacket recently produced Mariah Carey’s latest album, is working with Bow Wow Shad Moss on new music and just rekindled his relationship with r&b group, Jagged Edge. JD and JE are working together again to bring fans an album we’ve been anticipating for years, J.E. Heartbreak Too.

“It’s going to be exciting. If you liked J.E Heartbreak the first one, you’re going to love this album. That’s all I can tell you,” Durpi explained.


Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First



If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.

Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.

And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.

What I also loved were the new editions.  Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman –  and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.

Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.

Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne).  But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.

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