Rally in Ferguson Today Expected to Draw Thousands In Anticipation of Grand Jury Decision in Mike Brown Death

With unnecessary leaks and other information finding its way to mainstream media, it is clear by many that there is an aggressive attempt to smear the name of Mike Brown while heralding the person responsible for his death a hero. While a grand jury has yet to return a decision on whether or not Darren Wilson will be prosecuted for the shooting of Mike Brown, many believe that the process has already failed do to the subjective release of details of the grand jury proceeding that appears to be favorable to Wilson.

Taylor Swift’s ’1989′ Heading for 1 Million Sales Debut

Taylor Swift, 2014

Sarah Barlow 

Swift set to become first act to earn three million-selling weeks.

Taylor Swift‘s 1989 just keeps getting bigger.

Industry sources now forecast the album to sell at least one million copies in its first week. That would make 1989 just the 19th album to sell a million in a single week since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991, and Swift the first act to earn three million-selling weeks.

Plus: 1989 will be the first album released in 2014 to sell a million copies.

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The new album is Swift’s fifth studio effort, released through Big Machine Records on Oct. 27. Its sales forecast is for the tracking week ending Nov. 2. It could mark Swift’s third million-selling debut in a row, following 2010′s Speak Now (1.05 million) and 2012′s Red (1.21 million).

Two weeks ago, forecasters pegged the new album to sell 750,000 in its debut frame. Then, a week ago, it was upgraded to 800,000. By mid-day Oct. 27, the album’s release day, its projection grew to over 900,000.

Now, after its first day on sale, forecasters are confident 1989 will cross the magic, one-million sales threshold. 1989‘s official first-week sales, as tabulated by SoundScan, will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 5. That same day, Swift will most likely also debut atop the new Billboard 200 albums chart with 1989, giving her a fourth chart-topping set.

If 1989 sells over a million, Swift will notch the biggest sales week for an album since her own Red registered the last million-selling week: when it debuted nearly two years ago (in the week ending Oct. 28).

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1989 will also instantly become 2014′s second-biggest selling album after just one week on sale. Currently, the top two sellers this year are the Frozen soundtrack (3.2 million) and Beyonce’s self-titled album (787,000). They are followed by Lorde’s Pure Heroine (767,000) and Coldplay’s Ghost Stories (737,000). The latter is 2014′s biggest-selling album released this year, as FrozenBeyonce and Pure Heroine came out in 2013.

Sources say 1989 is performing extraordinarily well in the iTunes Store and Target, with the latter carrying an exclusive version of the album with bonus tracks.

Swift has been in full-on promotion mode this week in support of 1989. On Oct. 27, stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s The Voice, and also participated in iHeartRadio’s multi-platform show “Taylor Swift’s 1989 Secret Session with iHeartRadio.” The next day, she was scheduled to visit The Voice again, along with a stop on CBS’ The Late Show With David Letterman. On Oct. 29, she heads to ABC’s The View. The following day, she’s slated to perform a concert on Good Morning America.

Jagged Edge Talks “J.E Heartbreak II”, Reuniting With Jermaine Dupri, The Rebirth Of R&B & More With HHS1987 (Video)

1x1.trans Jagged Edge Talks J.E Heartbreak II, Reuniting With Jermaine Dupri, The Rebirth Of R&B & More With HHS1987 (Video)

Atlanta is currently known for its Trap style, strip clubs and the film industry but what many forget is that Atlanta was the home of R&B in the 90’s and early 2000’s.

Many believe that R&B is no longer what it was when love was highlighted. After a few years of not releasing a studio album, So So Def R&B crew Jagged Edge is back to bring new life to R&B music as we know it. Recently, HHS1987 linked up with So So Def’s own Jagged Edge to discuss an array of things.

We sat down with Jagged Edge to get some insight on their careers and how they have managed to stay relevant after bring in the game for nearly 20 years. J.E. spoke on the importance of understanding how to compose and how their individual life experiences help their music stay relatable.

We also spoke with J.E. on why they felt it was perfect to reunite with Jermaine Dupri at this point in their career. Having spent a little time on Slip N Slide Records, J.E. spoke on their reunion with Jermaine Dupri and what they hope their fans take from “J.E. Heartbreak II”.

The interview was conducted by HHS1987’s Eldorado. The interview was conducted by HHS1987’s Brian Da Director.

Great fun this a.m,panel @Atlpressclub

 

Music is the only thing that can enter your heart and your mind without your permission – Mama J @ATLVox

Great seeing you today, don’t be such a stranger 

REVIEW: JAGGED EDGE-J.E. HEARTBREAK 2

3.5/5

Lets Get Remarried.

Liars! Jagged Edge said they couldn’t “take another heartbreak”, but here they are again. It’s time to renew the vows with the ‘Lets Get Married’ hit-men because this really is a remarkable remix. Following naming their last release after a track off their greatest album and Grammy winning ‘Jagged Little Thrill’ (‘The Remedy’), the boys from the ATL go one better, getting back in the studio with hit Usher and Mariah Carey producer Jermaine Dupri for something truly ‘So, So Def’. In this ‘Blueprint’ age of sequel albums in rap and R&B trying to reestablish a buzz, the band of brothers Jagged Edge, (who have nothing to do with a 1985, Jeff Bridges and Glenn Close Oscar winning movie) return in classic black and white, hallmark, nostalgia with ‘J.E. Heartbreak 2′, complete with ‘Remedy’ reminiscing ‘Jagged Little’ motorcycle jackets. The sequel L.P. to a multi-platinum, classic album from the salad days that laced us with ‘Promises’ and the ‘Keys To The Range’. An album that gave J.E. the keys to the game along with fellow Atlanta, Georgia quartet, 112. A new album that follows classics like ‘A Jagged Era’ and ‘Hard’. An album that also begins with actor and singer Tyrese Gibson talking about the state of R&B being “insecure” to camera flashing, Notorious ‘To Live And Die In L.A.’ B.I.G. style sampling openings. Tyrese and his Ginuwine and Tank, TGT supergroup may have come together and successfully brought real R&B back, but this Chris Brown, “ain’t loyal” club age that is a long way from the magic of Motown misses Teddy Riley guys like Blackstreet and the Boyz to Men like J.E. who bridged this gap to the modern day mainstream of urban music. With ‘Heartbreak 2′ the heartbeat is back too. And the beat goes on…

14 years after the original, this eighth wonder of an album from the four is a personal, passion project from producer Jermaine Dupri and this labour of love is the product of R&B’s heart and soul. Serving as a twin to its first album, just like brothers Bryan and Brandon Casey and their Quick and Wingo partners this ‘Heartbreak’ is now double decadence at its beautiful ballad finest. The first album may have been foremost with tracks like ‘Did She Say’, ‘He Cant Love You’, ‘What Ya Tryin’ To Do’ and ‘Girl Is Mine’ featuring Ja Rule, but the follow up is still formidable thanks to the fantastic fours songs and the hit making of Dupri and songwriter Bryan Michael-Cox. After offering us ‘Hope’ with the inspiration of their influence in the form of a buzz single and a black and white set of promo photos like their piano cover of the original-but taken to an airstrip-these boys are practically and literally taking off. As they sing “Hope she sees all this love that I’m filled with/All I wanna do is/Come up with this little plan/Put her hope back in a man” it’s clear they are on the right flightplan. After a traditional ‘J.E. Intro’ comes ‘Future’, a perfect opener that engages itself with ‘Lets Get Married’ and makes a vow for the rest of the album and lives. The guys then get ‘Familiar’ with the clubs, as the ‘Dance Floor’ kings cut a rug in celebration to one of their greatest album achievements. Things get even realer on deeper on ‘Things I Do For You’ a characteristic devotion and ‘Love Comes Down’ which rises towards these power players peak.

The relationship between men and women that have been the foundation of this group, genre and even globe continues on the candle holding revelation ‘It’s Been You’ that’s hot like fire and the ode to every Juliett, ‘Romeo’ that can be found singing up to the balcony from the backyard. Singing “I wanna be your superman in everything you know” they soar with heroic, poetic lyrics like, “Like a wave on a summer day heat/Beauty cant describe/The things that I see”. Where art thou? Where you at? These boys are back after the June-bug buzz that just seemed all too like a mid-Summers night dream. Their fans wishes have come true this fall however. Still it’s not all peaches and cream for the only group out of the urban music scene in Atlanta (see Ludacris, T.I. and more kings of the south) that can hold room with 112. On ‘Getting Over You’ the boys move to the break-up ballad, lamenting a lost love that will stay with them for the rest of their lives like that one that got away for better or worse. Then the real ‘Ready’ is the remedy for raw tears. This all come to a crestfallen crescendo of classic couplets with the cool closers ‘Make It Clear’ and the confirmed ‘No Half-Steppin” as these Jagged boys get their Big Daddy Kane on as these smooth operators set it off with another victory. Time to throw the confetti and get this album ready for the favourites catalogue to have and to hold. R&B isn’t dearly departed yet. So long as the ‘Lets Get Married’ heartbreakers are in harmonious matrimony with music. The definitive act of last decade may not be getting any younger but they’re still doing it. So meet them at the altar in your white dress because they have more wedding songs for you and yours. Award proof, you think this is dedicated enough for another walk down the aisle? I do! TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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