STX’s Uglydolls Adds Country Music Superstar Blake Shelton To Cast

Shelton Joins Co-Stars Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Pitbull, Wanda Sykes & Gabriel Iglesias

STXfilms, a division of Robert Simonds global, next-gen media company STX Entertainment, today announced that Blake Shelton, one of country music’s biggest superstars will join previously announced co-stars Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Pitbull, Wanda Sykes and Gabriel Iglesias in its 2019 animated feature, UGLYDOLLS. Shelton will voice act and perform original songs as the character OX, the unofficial Mayor of Uglyville.

Blake is one of country musics most talented and highly regarded artists, and his signature wit and infectious charisma lend themselves perfectly to the character of OX, who fancies himself a defacto Mayor of the Uglydolls said Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms. Blake joins an incredible line-up of artists already announced on this project, including his friend and colleague Kelly Clarkson, with whom he has undeniable chemistry that is as genuine as it is hilarious.

Shelton’s latest album, Texoma Shore, was his sixth record to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and 11th all-genre Top 10. The singer recently won Male Video of the Year and took home the grand prize, Video of the Year, at the 2018 CMT Music Awards for his smash hit song “Name The Dogs”. With 25 #1 singles, Grand Ole Opry member Shelton has earned a host of honors throughout his career including five consecutive CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Awards.

Unconventionality rules in UGLYDOLLS, the new animated family adventure based on the beloved toy brand.  In the adorably different town of Uglyville, the free-spirited Moxy and her UglyDolls friends confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing because who you truly are is what matters most.

An animated kids series is also underway with a full series order from premium streaming service Hulu, and Hasbro joined early on as global master toy licensee. The original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Atlantic Records.

Created as a plush toy line by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, the UglyDoll brand quickly gained a cult following around the world and was named Toy of the Year by the Toy Industry Association in 2006. Beloved by children, teenagers and adults alike, UglyDoll characters are distinct for their endearing ugliness, in a wonderful uglyvers where differences are celebrated and embraced.

Shelton is repped by WME and Narvel Blackstock’s Starstruck Entertainment.

Empire Entertainment releases UGLY DOLLS on the 10th of May 2019.

About Blake Shelton 

Country Music Association 2012 Entertainer of the Year, five-time Male Vocalist of the Year winner and GRAMMY nominee Blake Shelton continues to add to his superstar status. In November he released his album Texoma Shore, which became his sixth record to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and marked his 11th all-genre Top 10. Texoma Shore features smash hits Lived It and Name The Dogs, a romantic tune that boasts more than 100 million streams and marked his 25th No. 1 song. His current single, “Turninâ” Me On, is the third single from Texoma Shore. In the week following album launch, Shelton became the first artist in Country Aircheck / Mediabase history to have six songs chart simultaneously. Texoma Shore follows 2016’s Gold-certified If I’m Honest, the best-selling country album release of the year, which spawned three chart-topping songs and earned him a No. 1 on both the Billboard Top Country Albums and the all-genre Top Album Sales charts.

A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Shelton has earned a host of honors throughout his career including 20 ACM nominations and both the male and overall Video of the Year trophies at the 2018 CMT Awards. As a coach for the Emmy Award-winning television show The Voice, Shelton is a six-time champion, most recently with his contestant Chloe Kohanski. Off stage, Shelton has teamed up with Ryman Hospitality to open a string of Ole Red entertainment restaurant venues, a nod to his 2001 hit of the same name. The first location in his hometown of Tishomingo, OK opened in September 2017, while the space on Nashville’s lower Broadway hosted a week-long grand opening in June of 2018.

For more information and upcoming tour dates, please visit www.BlakeShelton.com and follow @BlakeShelton.

Official UglyDolls:

Facebook: facebook.com/UGLYDOLLS
Instagram: @UglyDolls
Twitter: @UglyDolls
Hashtag: #UglyDollsMovie

The Parlotones Celebrate 20 Years With A Brand New Album | The Return Of Perez

The Parlotones celebrate 20 years with a brand new album

The creative process commenced with Kahn Morbee spending time in the UK with the likes of Grammy-nominated Sacha Skarbek (who wrote James Blunt’s hit single ‘You’re Beautiful’ and has worked with artists such as Adele, Lana Del Rey and Jason Mraz) and others, through which the foundation of the album was born. The album offers 25 tracks that opens up to a whole new audience with their ever-evolving sound, yet still maintains their signature sound.

Celebrating their 20th Anniversary as a band, The Parlotones undertake a string of headline concerts in their native South Africa before undertaking a 25 date international tour through Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, England, Scotland and concluding the tour in Dubai. They may have been together for a lifetime, but their journey really has only just begun.

Perez have returned!

Formed in January 2001, Perez had one common goal – to write and perform great rock and roll songs. After locking themselves away in their rehearsal room, they emerged with roughly two albums worth of material and stepped up to play their very first gig at Splashy Fen to a spellbound audience. A week later they were signed to Sovereign Entertainment.

The first three singles off their debut album “Picture Perfect” all went to number 1 on the SA Rock Charts, earning them their first SAMA Music Award nomination for Best Rock Album in 2002. The band toured for two relentless years, playing every nook, cranny, dive bar, makeshift stage, venue and TV show that would have them. In those crazy two years, Perez went on to headline most of SA’s music festivals, and then…

They went deep underground and only emerged again in 2008 to release their self-titled, sophomore album, “Perez.” Again, after touring this album and another SAMA nomination, they vanished – this time seemingly off the face of the earth.

It’s 2018, and Perez have returned – and the fire, the passion and the brotherhood is clearly tighter, stronger and more beautiful than ever before. Currently working on their third album, these South African darlings are finally touring again!

On tour this summer holiday…

Our artists are on the road this December. Do you have a venue that needs holiday entertainment? Are you hosting a live music event? These guys may already be in your area, which makes it easy for you to become a part of their December tour!

Terminatryx 15th Anniversary / New Remix Album / New Guitarist

Cape Town’s female-fronted TERMINATRYX is celebrating its 15th anniversary making Alternative music on their own terms, and is releasing their fourth album in the shape of their second remix album, across a variety media, from all reputed download and steaming locations, to unique limited edition USB drive / pendant and CD.

As with the Terminatryx 2008 self-titled debut album receiving a full remixed version in 2011 via “Remyx v1.0”, calling in a range of varied but amazing remixers from around the world to take on the self-titled album’s tracks, the same has been done with the acclaimed 2014 studio album “Shadow” (co-produced with Theo Crous).

THE REMIXERS
Here “Remyx v2.0” pulled in several exciting artists & producers who also worked on the first remix project, including local legends BATTERY 9, MR. SAKITUMI, Terminatryx drummer iRONic, and internationals INDUSTRIEZONE (Austria) and LLOYD PRICE of The Frixion, Massive Ego and Sigue Sigue Sputnik (UK).

On the local front the kick-ass remixers encapsulate DJ / Producer phenomenon GRIMEHOUSE, newcomers KHEMICAL KRYPT and IN MISERY, and two more direct Terminatryx links in vocalist Sonja’s side project ISOBEL and multi-instrumentalist Paul’s solo project (of 20 years) F8.

Like v1.0, the track listing and -order mirrors its studio album exactly, plus bonus material (v2.0 including a Terminatryx cover version of Prince’s “When Doves Cry”).

More details, info and images of the remixers and the project (of both v1.0 & v2.0)  at www.terminatryx.com/remix

DOWNLOAD & STREAMING
This remix album and all other Terminatryx releases are available at all download and streaming locations, including:
iTunes: www.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/terminatryx/555064177
Bandcamp: www.terminatryx.bandcamp.com
CD Baby: store.cdbaby.com/cd/terminatryx4
Amazon mp3: www.amazon.com/Remyx-v-2-0-Terminatryx/dp/B077XHFH1G

Musicians are always precious about their work, not wanting anyone to touch or alter it, but Terminatryx trusts the amazing remixers they select to reappraise their songs, alter, rework and reconstruct them to create something new and as exciting as the original material from which it stems, adding a brand new dimension.

A bonus track includes a Terminatryx cover version of Prince’s “When Doves Cry”.

Knowing that not everyone may latch onto the more Industrial-Rock / Alternative-Metal flavour of Terminatryx’ original material, here it opens up to a wider audience with genres from Dubstep, Electronic-Pop and Dance, to Industrial, Acoustic / Folk, Glitch, Breaks and more, to become a part of the band’s music (without alienating their established supporters who have a wide rage in musical tastes).

Another important component is to expose Terminatryx fans to other cool artists via the remixers and urging them to check out their work.

USB FLASH DRIVE / PENDANT
Always trying to do something different to the norm, and the interest in CDs shifting, Terminatryx decided to make the first physical incarnation of “Remyx v2.0” available as a limited edition USB pendant.  The 8gb laser engraved key-shaped metal USB flash drive comes with a 60cm metal ball chain, also making it the first piece of Terminatryx jewelry! It is packaged in a see-through magnetic case (and album cover branded box sleeve).
The songs are included in both .mp3 and higher quality .wav audio formats, album info and details come as a pdf file, and an extra folder holds three Terminatryx mp4 music videos: “Shadow”, “Gone”, “Medusa (iRONic Remix)” and a 12 minute sampler clip alternating extracts from the “Shadow” album and its remixes. (A USB version including both the “Shadow” album and it “Remyx v2.0” reworking is also available)

COMPACT DISC
The album will also be available on limited edition CD.

COVER DESIGN
As with the cover design of “Remyx v1.0” which also received a ‘remix’ of its own integrating with the original, the same was executed for the cover of “Remyx v2.0”, Terminatryx photographic collaborator Dr-Benway retrofitting a wireframe version of the “Shadow” cover (and alternating Paul’s two logo designs).

REMYX v2.0 Track Listing:

  1. METROPOLIS (The Moloch Remix by F8)
  2. HOLY (The Frixion Remix)
  3. SCARS (Grimehouse Remix)
  4. MASJIEN-MACHINE (Sementkop Mix by Battery 9)
  5. SHADOW (Industriezone Remix)
  6. GONE (Khemical Krypt Remix)
  7. PURIFIRE (In Misery Remix)
  8. NOTHING (Isobel Acoustyx Version)
  9. OUTCAST (Mr Sakitumi Remix)
  10. MEDUSA (iRONic Remix)
  11. WHEN DOVES CRY (Terminatryx Cover Version)

NEW BAND MEMBER
The “Remyx v2.0” USB launch was a bitter-sweet occasion, marking the final show with guitarist Patrick Davidson (after 10 years with the band).  No animosity or sensational drama, Patrick has endeavours he wants to fulfill and need to focus on in order to do so.  The band’s new guitarist is the talented Mark Allnutt.  For details on this, check out: www.metal4africa.com/news/terminatryx-new-guitarist-announced

VIDEO
See all Terminatryx invigorating, cinematic (and award winning) music videos
www.youtube.com/Terminatryx

African Music Legends To Perform In South Africa

It is going to be a room filled with Top African Leaders on the 21st of November 2017 at the Sandton Convention Center. The ALCA Award ceremony will honour and recognise initiatives making a breath-taking difference and adding a positive meaningful impact in and around the African continent without any financial reward.

Lynn Whitefield the African American Award winning Actress and Thionne Niang the co-founder of Akon lighting Africa will be the Hosts of the prestigious event.

Africa Leaders 4 Change Awards (ALCA) theme song features a mix of rich African talent such as Akon, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Youssou N’dour, Jah Prayzah, 2 Face, Fally Ipupa, C4 Pedro, Danno Peterson. The song will be officially released and performed for the first time at the ALCA award ceremony on November 21, all legends on one stage.

Hakim, one of Akon’s top producers, also wrote and produced “The Song for Africa”.

“The challenge was to try and fit all the great voices together, making sure people go into studio and record and then mixing and mastering the song but when working with artists as these, it can only be great,” said Hakim.

Some of the VVIP guests that will be attending the event are The Former first Lady Graca Machel, Tanzania Former President His Excellency Jakaya Kikwete, the youngest richest businessman in Tanzania Mohammed Dewji, NBA Africa Vice- Pesident Amadou Gallo, Manu Chandaria Foundation, Allan Gray Foundation and many more.

“There is a lot of good work being done by Africans for Africa and our hope is not only to celebrate those who are giving back but to also encourage the spirit of Ubuntu in others. We need to push to be innovative in our entrepreneurship and more so in solving African problems,” says ALCA Co-Founder, Shaleen Manhire Nullens.