Sandrarose.com was the first to break the news that rap mogul T.I. “Tip” Harris signed a new record deal with Columbia Records.
Friend of the blog, Shawn “Tubby” Holiday, Columbia’s new SVP of Urban A&R, was instrumental in getting the deal done. Shawn is pictured above with T.I.
Music mogul Pharrell Williams will executive produce T.I.’s fist album on Grand Hustle/Columbia in early 2014. DJ Toomp and Timbaland will also produce the much-anticipated project.
T.I. and his imprint Grand Hustle Records parted ways with Atlantic Records earlier this year. The split was an acrimonious one.
Congratulations to friend of the blog Shawn “Tubby” Holiday who was promoted to Senior Vice President of Urban A&R at Columbia Records! Shawn will oversee the recording projects of celebrities such as T.I. “Tip” Harris (who signed a new record deal with Shawn at Columbia), Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, and rapper J. Cole, among others. Shawn previously held the position of SVP of A&R at RCA Records since 2011.
Shawn, pictured above left with T.I. Harris, has worked with superstars such as Akon, Keyshia Cole, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson and Robin Thicke, among others.
Follow Shawn on Twitter.com if you believe you have what it takes to make it in the music business.
Rapper 2 Chainz was arrested for obstructing a police officer in Oklahoma City. The Atlanta rapper was taken into custody early Thursday morning after a nine-hour standoff with police. 2 Chainz had just performed in concert with rappers T.I. and Lil Wayne hours earlier.
UK’s Daily Mail reports that the rapper’s tour bus was pulled over when officers observed a broken tail light. After pulling the bus over, police detected the pungent aroma of marijuana in the air and attempted to board the bus, but the occupants locked the bus and prevented the police from boarding.
When the bus occupants refused to exit the bus, the vehicle was towed — occupants and all — to a nearby police training facility.
Rapper T.I., left, and singer Chris Brown pose backstage at the BET Awards 2013 held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, CA Sunday, June 30. Visit Mr. Worldpremiere blog to watch all the live performances!
Photo: Jason Merritt
Troubled singer Chris Brown, 24, cuddles up to a Karrueche look-a-like video model on the set of his new music video which also features a selection of Lamborghini’s. As you know, Brown and his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna were sitting inside a Lamborghini when he savagely beat, punched and bit the Bajan singer in 2009. The incident led to criminal charges for Brown which nearlu ruined his recording career. Karrueche serves as Brown’s side piece, otherwise known as a concubine or jump off.
Singer Mariah Carey showed off her assets in this black lace dress at The American Idol Finalists Party at The Grove in Los Angeles on Thursday (March 7).
Tameka “Tiny” Harris tweeted this inspirational message from the liner inside hubby T.I.’s new Trouble Man CD. Her caption reads: “Look at that sexy man there! @troubleman31 is #1 on my list! This album will be too! If u ain’t already got it..u missing out on some of the greatest work this guy has done yet! 4real!!!”
Stay tuned for details on how you and a friend can win tickets to see T.I. perform live in concert on Friday Dec. 20 AND mingle with StraightfromtheA.com winners in T.I.’s private SUITE at the Philips Arena to watch the Hawks take on the Bulls on Saturday!!