ALL THE 'SINGLE LADIES'
VH1 announced today that it has renewed “Single Ladies,” its breakout hit starring Stacey Dash, LisaRaye McCoy and Charity Shea as three best friends in the world of Atlanta fashion, fame and music. It’s the network’s first hour-long scripted series.
Charity Shea, Stacey Dash & LisaRaye McCoy
“Our viewers have fallen for ‘Single Ladies’ and its honest, modern take on love, female friendship and dating,” said Jeff Olde, VH1′s executive vice president of original programming. “We’re extremely pleased to give the audience another great season of the series they love.”
Executive producer Queen Latifah added: “We knew from the beginning this show was going to appeal to people everywhere; it’s funny, sexy and smart.”
Season 2 is slated for a 2012 premiere.
Music World Gospel entered into an exclusive recording agreement with BET Networks and its premiere brand, Sunday Best, the award-winning weekly gospel music competition program. The agreement will include the release of debut albums for the show’s third and fourth season winners and other music and entertainment product releases featuring “best of” compilations and a variety of specialty brand projects. Sunday Best season four premiered Sunday, July 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The first release scheduled under the new agreement is Sunday Best’s third season winner, Le’Andria Johnson. Her debut project, The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson will be released on September 6, 2011. Le’Andria’s new single, “Jesus,” produced by GRAMMY® Award winner Chuck Harmony (Rihanna, Fantasia, Chrisette Michele), will impact radio on July 25.
“Securing BET and the Sunday Best brand is an important and monumental milestone for the label,” said Mathew Knowles, founder, President and CEO of Music World Entertainment. “BET is one of the largest brands in black America. We look forward to partnering with BET and exploring the many marketing opportunities to further develop and bring greater exposure to the Sunday Best brand. Sunday Best is very important to the faith-based and African American communities. As we prepare for our first release under the new deal, the Music World team is extremely excited about Le’Andria Johnson. She is one of a few artists who come along in a lifetime who possess that special uniqueness. Beyond her vocal talent and skills, she has that raw and rare stage presence that illuminates power and grace.”
“BET Networks is thrilled to work with the Music World Gospel label in continuing to build our Sunday Best brand as the leading platform for the discovery and launch of extraordinary gospel music talent including our Sunday Best Season 3 winner, Le’Andria Johnson” said Loretha Jones, President of Original Programming, BET. “We believe the new relationship with Music World Gospel and Mathew Knowles will further the vision to share our ‘Sunday Best’ with the world.”
In June 2010, Le’Andria was crowned Sunday Best winner, with over 2 million votes from the network’s faithful viewers. Each week she wowed viewers and captured the hearts of millions, including Sunday Best‘s host Kirk Franklin, judges, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, and Yolanda Adams and celebrity mentor Kim Burrell. For the finale, she performed a medley of three songs, “I Love the Lord,” “He Was There,” and “In the Midst of It All.”
Le’Andria is a living testimony of faith. Prior to being crowned Sunday Best, Le’Andria auditioned for the gospel competition a day before she lost her home in foreclosure. Deciding to let nothing stand in her way, the then Sunday Best hopeful traveled to New Orleans and auditioned in flip flops and gym socks, she was almost eliminated because she did not look the part, according to show judge Erica Campbell [Mary Mary]. After her rendition of “This Is the Day the Lord Hath Made,” she was on her way to fulfilling her life-long dream of a career in music.
Le’Andria is an accomplished songwriter, producer and praise and worship leader at her hometown church, HQ Ministries in Altamonte Springs, Florida. A self-taught musician, she began singing at the age of two. She continues her commitment to the music ministry of her hometown church. Le’Andria currently resides in Orlando, Florida and is a single mother of three children.
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OXYGEN’S “THE GLEE PROJECT” DELIVERS SERIES
HIGHS AND GROWS (16%) AMONG KEY A18-49 DEMO
Up 115% Since Premiere As Field Narrows with
Seven Remaining Contenders & Five Episodes Left to Air
Oxygen’s critically-acclaimed “The Glee Project” delivered series highs for Sunday’s original episode in all key demos and once again grew double digits in the key demos of A18-49 and A12-24, according to Nielsen Media Research. Compared to last week’s original episode (which aired on 7/10), Sunday’s original grew +16% in A18-49, +13% among the coveted “The Glee Project” A12-24 demo, +8% in total viewers and +8% among W18-49.
Since its premiere on June 12th, the series has posted impressive triple and double digit growth with a +115% increase among A18-49, +136% among A12-24, +97% among W18-49 and +77% percent in total viewers.
Digitally, “The Glee Project” page on YouTube has seen 2.7 million streams and nearly 4.3 million video streams across Hulu, Oxygen.com and Oxygen.com Mobile since premiere. Also since premiere, the show site on Oxygen.com has yielded nearly 14.4M page views, ranking as the #1 show on Oxygen.com for that time period. In addition, “The Glee Project” continues to rank in the top 5 on social media index Trendrr, coming in at #3 last Sunday.
Sunday’s episode, titled “Pairability,” featured guest mentor Darren Criss (“Glee’s” Blaine), who challenged the contenders to collaborate on duets. In the end, Matheus Fernandes (20) of Atlanta was eliminated. The remaining seven contenders will face their next “Glee”-inspired challenge on Sunday, July 24th at 9pm ET/PT. Guest mentor Max Adler (“Glee’s” Dave Karofsky, the bully) teaches the contenders how to ‘grin and bear it’ during “Tenacity” week.
"The Glee Project" is produced by Ryan Murphy Television and Embassy Row with Ryan Murphy, Dante Di Loreto, Michael Davies and Shauna Minoprio serving as executive producers.