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Bourgeois Brief: Steph Curry Lands Huge Deal with Sony, J. Cole Headed for 2018’s Biggest Debut, Janet Jackson Adds Tour Dates & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Steph Curry Lands Huge Deal with Sony, J. Cole Headed for 2018’s Biggest Debut, Janet Jackson Adds Tour Dates & More!

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Steph Curry Signs Multi-Year Deal with Sony Entertainment

Steph Curry’s recently formed production company, Unanimous Media, just inked a multi-year development and production deal with Sony.  The deal spans film, TV, and partnerships, and is reportedly Sony’s largest deal with a pro athlete to date.  Curry’s company will be housed on Sony’s Culver City lot.  Read additional details at Shadow and Act.

J. Cole Poised for Biggest Debut of 2018

J. Cole’s latest album, KOD, is set to debut at number one on next week’s Billboard Albums Chart, with sales just under 400,000 units.  That’s easily the biggest first week of 2018. Additionally, he broke Drake’s previously held records for Spotify and Apple Music streams within the first 24 hours of release.  Read more at Hypebeast.

Janet Jackson Extends State of the World Tour

Summer was already shaping up to be busy for Janet Jackson.  Now, the legendary artist is adding another 11 dates to her tour schedule. She’ll extend her State of the World tour, kicking off July 11 in Austin and wrapping up in Tampa August 7.  See the full list of dates at Rolling Stone.

New Unreleased Prince Music Expected This Year

The last two weeks have seen a barrage of Prince news.  Just after marking the two-year anniversary of the late singer’s untimely death, his estate has announced plans to release a new album of unreleased material later this year.  This follows Friday’s release of his original recording for “Nothing Compares 2 U”. There are also plans for a memoir by year’s end.  Find out more at Pitchfork.

Drake Hangs At Number One

Drake’s “Nice For What”, which replaced his own “God’s Plan” in the top slot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, stays at number one for a second week.  Drake is now in an exclusive club of 15 artists who debuted atop the chart and hung around for a second frame.  His labelmate Nicki Minaj rebounds to number 10 with “Chun Li”, after a full week of streaming.  See more chart news at Billboard.

Tidbits

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

Lil B delves into electronic music [Pitchfork]

Jessica Williams has a role in the new Fantastic Beasts sequel [EW]

Demetrius Shipp, Essence Atkins cast in Same Difference [Variety]

JAY-Z curates his mixtape hits for S. Carter Collection [VIBE]

Food for thought

J. Cole is a divisive figure in rap; an enigma whose music is debated as either genius and trend-proof or self-serious and boring.  Justin Charity explores why he’s so polarizing:

For years, hypebeasts have heckled Cole and answered the rapper’s overzealous fandom with a simple, immortal critique: J. Cole is boring. He raps about laundry and taxes, and his insights are far more banal than his fans loudly insist. I might observe as much about Drake or any number of nonetheless popular rappers, but no matter: J. Cole is pretentious and boring has become the rapper’s critical albatross. He outearns it, but he may never outlive it.

Read the full think piece at The Ringer.

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Bourgeois Brief: Janelle Monae Preps Dirty Computer Emotion Film, BET Searches for New Writing Talent, Denzel Washington and Michael B. Jordan Chat About Black Superheroes & More!

Bourgeois Brief: Janelle Monae Preps Dirty Computer Emotion Film, BET Searches for New Writing Talent, Denzel Washington and Michael B. Jordan Chat About Black Superheroes & More!