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KEM JOINS CHARLIE WILSON ON 28-CITY ARENA TOUR

Three-time Grammy-nominated artist KEM--who currently tops the Urban AC radio chart with his newest single "Nobody"--will be the special guest on R&B legend Charlie Wilson's "Forever Charlie" tour which also features Joe Thomas..

The West Coast leg begins with a two-night stand at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles (March 25 & 26).

See below for itinerary.

KEM's galvanizing live performances have captivated audiences for years, catapulting him into the ranks as one of music's top touring acts. Fans can expect to hear classics from throughout KEM's career, including his new Grammy-nominated chart-topper, "Nobody," which took the No. 1 spot on the Urban AC radio chart, and "It's You," which spent five weeks atop the same chart.

Both hits are from KEM's latest album, “Promise to Love,” which debuted at No. 1 on the R&B Albums chart and entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3.

"KEM is the epitome of class, style and musical brilliance that is needed in today's business," said Azim Rashid, Sr. Vice President, Promotions for Capitol Music Group/Motown Records. "My team and I are proud to represent his talent and brand and helping him achieve the highest honors is a privilege. We salute him and look forward to continued success with KEM and his team."

"'Promise To Love' is packed with the type of candlelit R&B serenades that the Nashville-born, Detroit-bred singer has built his career on....The music feels timeless - much of it could have been released 20, 30, even 40 years ago - but it still pulses with urgency," said the Houston Chronicle.

SoulTracks.com noted, "Sensuality, spirituality and homespun wisdom...delivered atop elegant ballads and meticulous, mid-tempo grooves: KEM's signature style has...endeared him to fans of 'grown and sexy' R&B."

The internationally renowned R&B singer/songwriter released his first album, “Kemistry” on his own Kemistry Records label in 2001. After the independent release sold upwards of 15,000 units, KEM was signed by Motown. The label re-released “Kemistry,” which was subsequently certified Gold.His first hit, "Love Calls" rocketed to No. 1 on the Urban Adult Contemporary charts, and continues to be played on R&B radio stations to this day.

“KEM Album II” followed in May 2005. Now certified Platinum, it contained the No. 1 hit "I Can't Stop Loving You," which was Billboard's Top Adult R&B Single of the Year. “Intimacy,” KEM's third studio album, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in August 2010 and went Gold. The No. 1 single "Why Would You Stay" received two Grammy nominations.

His 2012 holiday album, “What Christmas Means,” was released in October 2012 and went on to become the #3 highest-selling Urban Christmas record in one season. In 2013, he wrote and recorded a duet with Ronald Isley entitled "My Favorite Thing," which was released as the second single from Isley's CD “This Song Is For You” and also appears on “Promise to Love.”

KEM made his acting debut in the 2012 film “Sparkle,” starring Jordin Sparks and the late Whitney Houston. Several of his songs have also been featured in films.

KEM – MARCH TOUR DATES:

3/19 - Boosier City, LA @ Century Link Center
3/20 - Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
3/21 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Center
3/22 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
3/25 - Los Angeles, CA @ Nokia Theatre
3/26 - Los Angeles, CA @ Nokia Theatre
3/27 - Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
3/28 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay


OTHER MUSIC NEWS:

JOSH GROBAN TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, TITLED “STAGES,” ON APRIL 28, ON REPRISE RECORDS

Multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban will release his new album, “Stages,” on April 28,via Reprise Records. The album is a collection of some of the greatest musical theater songs of all time, which Groban describes as "gorgeously arranged songs that have stood the test of time," and which he was drawn to because of their combination of "incredible melody with an incredible story."

The album is available for pre-order at all participating retailers and JoshGroban.com. An exclusive edition of the album will be available at Target containing 2 extra tracks.

"Nothing has inspired me more in my life than the energy that is shared in a theater when great songs and great art are on the stage," he says. "I wanted this album to pay tribute to those inspirations and memories."

Recorded with producers Humberto Gatica and Bernie Herms in both Los Angeles and London's Abbey Road (with a 75-piece orchestra), Stages features songs from “Les Misérables” ("Bring Him Home"); Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel ("You'll Never Walk Alone"); Stephen Sondheim's “Sunday in the Park with George” ("Finishing the Hat"), “Sweeney Todd” ("Not While I'm Around"), and “Into the Woods” ("Children Will Listen"); “The Fantasticks” ("Try to Remember"); “A Chorus Line” ("What I Did For Love"); Andrew Lloyd Weber's “Phantom of the Opera” ("All I Ask of You"), “The Wizard of Oz” ("Over the Rainbow"), and others.

Another highlight is "Pure Imagination," originally sung by Gene Wilder in the film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” which though best known as a film, is also a West End musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

“It's a tiny bit of a cheat because it was from a film originally, but I really wanted to sing it," Groban says. "The fans wanted me to as well. It's one of my most requested songs to record ever. I am a huge fan of the original film, it was a part of my childhood. Gene Wilder will always be number one for me with this song. There's a tenderness to the way he sang it that is just the essence of Wilder. It's something in his soul that will never be duplicated."

““Stages” is an album I've wanted to make since I signed to Reprise/Warner Bros. Records during my freshman year as a Musical Theater student at Carnegie Mellon," Groban says. "I knew in my heart that, at some point, I would visit the songs I love from that world as an album. Having lived in New York City the last few years, seeing as much theater as I could see, and having so many great friends in the theater community, it became really inspiring to take this on. It was time."

Groban says the title was inspired by his lifetime love for the musicals represented on the album, as well as "the countless stages, both physical and metaphorical, it has taken for me to get to a place where I have the opportunity to record an album like this in the way we did it, with the great orchestra at Abbey Road. It was an extraordinary 'pinch me' opportunity. There was a great freedom to go big with these songs because the world of musical theater welcomes that.

It's all about big stories, big emotions, and big vocals. Every arrangement on this album is its own work of art. Standing in the room and listening to the orchestra was just breathtaking. And Both Humberto and Bernie are producers who think about the warmth and clarity and emotion of the voice. What I love about them is the vocal, the arrangement, the quality is key."

Stages features three duets: Kelly Clarkson is featured on "All I Ask of You" ("she can, quite simply, do anything"); Audra McDonald sings on "If I Loved You" ("in my head I heard her on this and to sing it in the room with her was a dream come true"); and trumpeter Chris Botti plays on "Old Devil Moon" ("he plays with such control and expressiveness"). "All of these duets have great meaning to me and I'm honored to have them on this album," Groban says.

THE TRACK-LISTING FOR “STAGES “IS AS FOLLOWS:

"Pure Imagination" (from “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory”)
"What I Did For Love" (from “A Chorus Line”)
"Bring Him Home" (from “Les Misérables”)
"Le Temps Des Cathédrales" (from Notre Dame de Paris)
"All I Ask Of You" (from The Phantom of the Opera) (feat. Kelly Clarkson)
"Try To Remember" (from “The Fantasticks”)
"Over the Rainbow" (from The Wizard of Oz)
"Children Will Listen"/"Not While I'm Around" (from “Sweeney Todd/Into the Woods”)
"You'll Never Walk Alone" (from Carousel)
"Old Devil Moon" (from Finian's Rainbow) (feat. Chris Botti)
"Finishing the Hat" (from Sunday in the Park with George)
"If I Loved You" (from “Carousel”) (feat. Audra McDonald)
"Anthem" (from “Chess”).

ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK FROM SEASON ONE OF “EMPIRE” AVAILABLE NOW

Columbia Records, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) are pleased to announce the release of the Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of “Empire,” available in stores now.

The release is the first in a series of soundtracks that will feature original music from critically acclaimed drama EMPIRE, and will showcase cast members Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) and Bryshere Gray a.k.a. Yazz (Hakeem Lyon), alongside Terrence Howard (Lucious Lyon) and guest stars Courtney Love, Juicy J, Jennifer Hudson, Estelle, Mary J. Blige and Rita Ora.

The soundtrack will include the emotional ballad “Good Enough,” up-tempo track “No Apologies” and soul-stirring song “What Is Love.” See below for full track-listing, which includes never-before-heard songs from upcoming episodes. The digital deluxe version of Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of “Empire” features seven additional songs.

Since its premiere on Jan. 7, “Empire’s” meteoric debut season has broken records and critics cannot stop raving about it.

“Empire” airs Wednesdays (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

STANDARD EDITION TRACK-LIST:
1. Good Enough feat. Jussie Smollett
2. What Is Love feat. V.Bozeman
3. No Apologies feat. Yazz and Jussie Smollett
4. Keep It Movin’ feat. Serayah McNeil and Yazz
5. Walk Out On Me feat. Courtney Love
6. Conqueror feat. Estelle and Jussie Smollett
7. Remember The Music feat. Jennifer Hudson
8. Shake Down feat. Mary J. Blige and Terrence Howard
9. Power of the Empire feat. Yazz
10. Nothing To Lose feat. Jussie Smollett
11. Whatever Makes You Happy feat. Jennifer Hudson and Juicy J

DIGITAL DELUXE EDITION TRACK-LIST:
1. Good Enough feat. Jussie Smollett
2. What Is Love feat. V.Bozeman
3. No Apologies feat. Yazz and Jussie Smollett
4. Keep It Movin’ feat. Serayah McNeil and Yazz
5. Keep Your Money feat. Jussie Smollett
6. Drip Drop feat. Yazz and Serayah McNeil
7. Can’t Truss ‘Em feat. Yazz
8. I Wanna Love You feat. Jussie Smollett
9. Money For Nothing feat. Jussie Smollett and Yazz
10. Walk Out On Me feat. Courtney Love
11. You’re So Beautiful feat. Jussie Smollett and Yazz
12. Conqueror feat. Estelle and Jussie Smollett
13. Remember The Music feat. Jennifer Hudson
14. Power Of The Empire feat. Yazz
15. Shake Down feat. Mary J. Blige and Terrence Howard
16. Nothing To Lose feat. Jussie Smollett
17. Whatever Makes You Happy feat. Jennifer Hudson and Juicy J
18. NY Raining feat. Charles Hamilton and Rita Ora.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Some Information Used In This Report Obtained From Publicity Department Press Releases.