Chuck D has been named Record Store Day 2014 Ambassador. The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame 2013 inductee says that the record store is “the connection point of listener and the recording,” according to a post on Record Store Day's website.
"The record store made musicians listen beyond themselves,” Chuck D says in his post. "It both complemented and supplemented the radio. In fact, the best radio stations in the past followed the vibe of the record stores of their regions, thus growing and nurturing each other. The fans and listener had everything to gain, and if they wanted to get into making music, the Record Store turned into their first school and sonic passport out.
The next Record Store Day is scheduled for April 19. Chuck D is charged with raising awareness for the event, which features independent record stores offering exclusive, limited-edition releases,
Vee Jay Records had made a name for itself releasing everything from the blues hits of Jimmy Reed to early pop singles by The Four Seasons. Founded by husband-and-wife Vivian Carter-Bracken and James Bracken, Vee Jay gained distribution on early Fab Four songs that had been major hits in Britain. Singles like “From Me To You” and “Please Please Me” were issued in America by Vee Jay and provided American fans with their first taste of what would soon turn into “Beatlemania.” The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein and their producer George Martin decided to partner with Vee Jay for distribution because major labels didn’t think the Beatles would find an audience in America.
Nas announces that he is set to perform "Illmatic" at the Coachella event where OutKast is also slated to reunite onstage.
Coachella 2014 is set to feature a reunited OutKast and now it is slated to include Nas performing his debut album, 1994's Illmatic.
"Nas plans to perform the 10-track album front-to-back this spring at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and at this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, as well as other unannounced tour dates," MTV reported today (February 4).