Giant Step SummerStage 2013 Video Recap

 

Almost a month ago, over 6000 people came out to celebrate music at Giant Step’s annual SummerStage showcase. We were thrilled to bring New Yorkers an awesome lineup featuring Hiatus Kaiyote, Jose James, and Shuggie Otis. The mood, the merriment, and good weather were all undeniable. Watch our video above for clips from each performance as well as sit downs with Maurice and each act.

Universal Music Launches ‘Respect The Classics’ Album Reissue Series, Pays Tribute to Hip-Hop Giants

 

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Universal Music pays homage to hip-hop’s greats with their new reissue series called Respect The Classics; the mission focuses on “spotlighting iconic, genre-defining albums from the Def Jam, Interscope, Priority, and Virgin Records vaults.”

To start, fans can enjoy expanded CD and digital 25th Anniversary Editions of Eazy-E’s Eazy-Duz-It and EPMD’s Strictly Business. Also available are remastered 180-gram vinyl LP reissues of Eazy-Duz-It, Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, and N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton. Finally, there’s a remastered CD and digital reissue of N.W.A’s N.W.A & The Posse for grabs.

Look out soon for more reissues from DMX, Gang Starr, Onyx, Public Enemy, and Slick Rick.

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Throwback Thursday: Jamiroquai US Debut Show @ Supper Club – Nov 4, 1993

 

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein takes it back to Jamiroquai’s US debut! We know you’ve got some Jamiroquai memories – serve ‘em up!

This was Jamiroquai’s US debut. We first became familiar with them in the very early 90s when they released the “Too Young To Die” single on Acid Jazz. Very quickly, they were signed to a major deal on Sony in the UK. This was first artist we worked with from the “acid jazz” scene that really garnered major label interest. You had the Brand New Heavies before that, but this was huge – it was a massive, massive deal.

The album came out in the UK; it was a double album called Emergency On Planet Earth and it went straight to number one – #1 in Europe, #1 in Japan – massive. Keep in mind that before this all happened, the type of music we were all promoting was underground and not mainstream at all – but this was total mainstream.

With that said, it was then time for Jamiroquai to come to the US. Leading up to the show, the band came out to the states a few times to do bits of promo, and each time they’d come to the club and hang out with us; we got to get to know the guys pretty well.

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New Release: ‘Songs From Scandal: Music For Gladiators’

 

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The hit TV show Scandal has released a soundtrack called Songs From Scandal: Music For Gladiators and it’s kind of the business. Featuring 12 tracks, the music spans that from the first two seasons of the show, including the work of Booker T and the MG’s, Sly & The Family Stone, The Staple Singers, Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell, and KC and The Sunshine Band. Listen to a sampling below!

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