MTV to bring hour documentary “Drake: Better Than Good Enough”

Drake
Drake
MTV is set to join hip-hop artist Drake in celebrating what will be one of the more significant summers of his life by premiering an exclusive one-hour documentary film, “Drake: Better Than Good Enough,” on Wednesday, June 23 at 10pm ET/PT. It is hard to believe that Drake is relatively new to the world of hip-hop and has yet to release a full-length album. However, today all that changes when Drake’s long-awaited debut album, Thank Me Later hits stores and his status goes from an up-and-coming rapper to a household name.
“I have always been hesitant to share the details of my life with the world but for the first time I am comfortable and confident that you will love this story” – Drake

“Drake is a gifted artist whose authenticity is resonating with our audience,” said Dave Sirulnick, EVP, MTV Multiplatform, News & Music. “We are thrilled that he allowed MTV the exclusive opportunity to document such an important and personal time in his life.”

During the making of, “Drake: Better Than Good Enough,” MTV cameras follow Drake’s every move as he performs his “Away From Home” tour at college campuses across the country while simultaneously recording and releasing Thank Me Later. The film gives the audience and Drake fans alike uncensored access to the rapper’s most intimate moments as he deals with the reality of his rising stardom and the responsibility that comes with it, the difficulty of creating a great live show, and the pressure to deliver one of the year’s most anticipated albums.

During the week of June 14, Drake will be featured on MTV 24-7, as one of the network’s PUSH artists. MTV handpicks an artist a week and uses its massive on-air and online reach to bring that artist to the MTV audience through live performances, music videos, interviews and exclusive footage, everyday throughout the day, 7 days a week.

Viewers will also have access to previews, deleted scenes and MTVNews.com on the days leading up to the premiere of “Drake: Better Than Good Enough.”

Jessie James named MTV Discover & Download artist

Jesse James
Jesse James
Jessie James takes another giant step into the spotlight this week as she is named an MTV Discover & Download Artist, giving millions of fans totally free, no-strings-attached access to the song for the first time. “Wanted” has sold more than 200,000 copies since its release 8 weeks ago and sets the stage for the August 11th arrival of her self-titled debut album, JESSIE JAMES.

Jessie James was seen by tens of thousands of Jonas Brothers concert-goers last month, when she was chosen to host six shows on the road, introducing each artist on the bill including support acts Honor Society and Jordin Sparks. Jessie also performed “Wanted” at every show, and met with fans at pre-show meet and greets. After being named AOL’s Video Of The Day on May 20th, iTunes picked up “Wanted” as Video Of The Week in early June, and over 200,000 fans downloaded the clip.

Jessie’s two-month high-profile Steve Madden Music campaign, which began June 1st, is in its final weeks, as the fashion giant’s retail network of 97 stores continues to promote Jessie through in-store signage and video play. Steve Madden’s impressive online presence – across www.stevemadden.com and www.stevemaddenmusic.com – is also being utilized to showcase photos and video content with Jessie and allow fans to purchase the single at the site. Previous artists featured in this promotion include Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.

Rock Band teams up with MTV and VH1 to celebrate Pearl Jam’s re-release of “Ten”

Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam
In honor of the re-release of Pearl Jam’s debut album Ten on Epic/Legacy Recordings, in retail stores nationwide day-in-date with its launch in the Rock Band® Music Store, MTV, MTV2, VH1, and VH1 Classic and Rock Band® are teaming up to roll out a two-week long lineup of content that celebrates the band, its successes and the band’s debut in the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content. Exclusive features include the VH1 Classic premiere of “Pearl Jam Ten Revisited,” including the never before seen version of the music video “Jeremy,” and covers of Pearl Jam classics by current artists on MTV2.

Premiering on Saturday, March 21st at 2:30pm ET/PT on VH1 Classic, “Pearl Jam Ten Revisited” takes you on a half-hour look back at Pearl Jam’s seminal debut album, Ten that brought alternative rock to the mainstream by showcasing videos for “Even Flow,” “Alive,” “Porch” (from the band’s Unplugged performance), and the television premiere of the uncensored version of “Jeremy.” With the help of archival footage and interviews from the band the viewer will be taken back to the early 90’s to reflect on the album’s importance to alternative music. VH1 will air the special “Pearl Jam Ten Revisited” on March 25th at 11:00am ET/PT.

Pearl Jam fans also won’t want to miss MTV2’s “Rock the Deuce” beginning on Monday, March 16th through Thursday, March 19th at 8pm ET/PT and on Saturday, March 21st at 1am ET/PT when the network airs cover performances of Pearl Jam classics by artists including:

* Aaron Lewis of Staind – “Black”
* William Beckett of The Academy Is… – “Jeremy”
* Hoobastank – “Evenflow,” “Alive” and “Oceans”
* P.O.S. – “Why Go”

In addition, MTV, VH1 and VH1 Classic will celebrate Pearl Jam through the end of the month by airing blocks of other Pearl Jam music videos and feature videos and editorial on MTV.com, MTV2.com and VH1.com, as well as VH1 Classic. VH1.com and VH1Classic.com will also be celebrating the re-release of Ten by streaming the full album the week of release.

As previously announced, Ten, the debut album that sold 12 million copies and introduced the world to Pearl Jam (http://www.pearljam.com) in 1991, will also be offered for download in the Rock Band Music Store day-and-date with the re-issue of the album in stores on March 24, 2009. Ten, on Epic/Legacy Recordings, will be reissued in four new and expanded editions and will serve as the launch of a planned two-year catalogue re-release campaign leading up to the band’s 20th anniversary in 2011. Fans can preorder the re-issue of Ten now at www.PearlJam.com.

In addition, Rock Band partner Microsoft will be hosting Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron for a Game with Fame session on Friday, March 27th at 7pm ET. Fans with an Xbox LIVE® Gold membership can play Rock Band 2 with Matt Cameron by sending a friend request to Gamertag “Pearl Jam GWF” and be online half an hour before at 6:30pm ET.

Pearl Jam released Ten on August 27, 1991. The album reached #2 on the Billboard 200 chart, sold over 12 million copies and became one of the cultural touchstones of the 1990s. Songs such as “Alive,” “Black,” “Even Flow” and “Jeremy” became staples of rock radio, and still make frequent appearances on the band’s ever-changing concert set lists.

Black Tide Enter MTV’s Freshmen Class and go on tour

It has been announced that the newly released “Shout” video from thrashers BLACK TIDE will be featured on mtvU’s new artist show, The Freshman. The show spotlights emerging artists both on air and online, with a chance for one of the competing videos to get an automatic add into rotation on the channel the following week. Be sure to visit http://freshmen.mtvu.com and vote! Fans can vote as many times as they want.

Black Tide
Black Tide

On the strength of their electric debut album, Light From Above, BLACK TIDE has been voted “Best New Artist” from several media outlets including Guitar World, Kerrang!, and TheGauntlet.com.

BLACK TIDE is currently overseas in the UK touring with Bring Me The Horizon, Mindless Self Indulgence and others. The band will return home in February to kick off a US tour with Escape The Fate. BLACK TIDE will also be a main stage performer all summer long on Warped Tour 2009.

Black Tide w/ Escape the Fate:

2/5 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse

2/6 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee

2/7 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine

2/8 – El Paso, TX – Chic’s Billiards

2/10 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater

2/11 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit

2/12 – Houston, TX – Meridian

2/13 – Metairie, LA – High Ground

2/15 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

2/16 – Orlando, FL – Firestone

2/17 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade

2/18 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’s Southend

2/19 – Towson, MD – Recher Theater

2/20 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church

2/21 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

2/22 – Boston, MA – Middle East

2/24 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

2/25 – Toronto, ON – Opera House

2/27 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom

2/28 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot

3/1 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues

3/3 – Milwaukee, WI – Rave II

3/4 – Minneapolis, MN – Station 4

3/6 – Denver, CO – Cervantes

3/7 – Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theatre

3/8 – Idaho Falls, ID – ICON

3/9 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory

3/10 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon

3/11 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater

3/13 – Orangevale, CA – Boardwalk

3/14 – San Francisco, CA – Slims

3/15 – Bakersfield, CA – The Dome

3/17 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

3/18 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues

Coldplay performs on MTV and tour dates

Check out this cool video of Coldplay performing at the MTV Movie Awards.

Coldplay on Tour:
06/29/08: Philadelphia, PA
07/02/08: Washington, DC
07/03/08: Hartford, CT
07/05/08: Detroit, MI
07/06/08: Cleveland, OH
07/08/08: St. Paul, MN
07/09/08: Kansas City, MO
07/10/08: Oklahoma City, OK
07/12/08: Phoenix, AZ
07/19/08: Las Vegas, NV
07/24/08: San Jose, CA
07/25/08: Oakland, CA
07/27/08: Pemberton, BC
07/29/08: Edmonton, AB
07/30/08: Calgary, AB
08/01/08: Winnipeg, MB
08/03/08: Omaha, NE
08/04/08: Chicago, IL