Archive for November 17th, 2006

11.17
06

Usher On Gerald Levert: “I actually cried tears of joy.”

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Gerald LevertAs we previously reported, today at 12 noon, Cleveland time, the public tribute for the late Gerald Levert began. However, in an amazing display of love for the singer, fans started lining up as early as 5 a.m.

The crowd wrapped up and down the street, waiting patiently to collectively remember the vocal powerhouse folks called “G-Bear.”

Thousands of folks waited outside in the cold precipitation, hailing from all over the country, many clutching teddy bears. Those outside included R&B superstar Usher (video), who later said, “When I came here, I expected to mourn [but] I cried. I actually cried tears of joy.”

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Source: The extensive coverage at Cleveland’s WKYC

11.17
06

MTV Creates Jay-Z Website, Offers Kingdom Come Contest

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Jay-ZWith the addition of explosive MTV fan outreach, the Jay-Z’s Kingdom Come promotional juggernaut is reaching critical mass.

The website for the music television channel recently unveiled an entire subdomain dedicated to the Brooklyn rapper. Jay-z.mtv.com will offer a wide assortment of goodies to tempt the palates of Jay-Z fans such as the “Video Vault Experience,” which offers users a detailed career timeline composed of footage from MTV’s archives, Hova’s music videos, and a ton of live performances.

Fans will also be privy to updates and performance clips from the rapper’s one-day “Hangar Tour.” As previously reported, the tour is a 17-hour, one day event that will span seven US cities.

In addition, MTV will air “Diary of JAY-Z: Water for Life,” a documentary program examining the world’s water crisis, on November 19, 2:00pm EST on MTV2 and on MTV on November 24, 9:00am EST.

Finally, the network will also run “The Jay-Z  Platinum Experience” contest. Users can visit www.mtvjay-zplatinumexperience.com for a chance to experience the life of a rap star including a private helicopter trip to NYC, a private tour of the Island Def Jam offices, a personalized JAY-Z platinum album, NJ Nets tickets and other goodies. The contest runs from November 18, 2006 through December 9, 2006.

In related news, the recently acquired Clear Channel Radio started running “Sneak Peek,” on November 14 which makes the entire album available to its audience. New York radio stations Power 105.1 and Z100 is also offering an album listening on their respective websites.

Jay-Z’s double-disc comeback set Kingdom Come is scheduled for a November 21 release.