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TQ’s Latest Album “Kind Of Blue” Out On March 23rd. GO BUY IT!

For those of you that don’t know, I work (on the side) for a close friend, R&B singer TQ and his label HUB Music. On Tuesday March 23rd, 2010 his latest album will drop entitled “Kind Of Blue”. I strongly urge you to go buy it at your local Best Buy, Target or online. (I’ll even try to add a link here for you to purchase it if you’d like.)

TQ is an artist that has written songs (and music) for some of the biggest and best acts in the music business, but is an even better person. He is my youngest son’s god father and a close friend of mine and my family. His music touches on the reality of what is going on in society today. An eclectic man blessed with a great voice and keen business sense, TQ harmonizes a soulful sound mixed with the reality of street life. He sound is global as he is well known around the world and extremely popular in Europe.

Here is more on TQ:

Singer/songwriter/producer TQ hit the music scene in 1998 with a style that made him different than any other R&B singer on the market. They called his style “Reality R&B” and that style has been repeatedly imitated since then.

A native of Compton, California, his swagger and delivery made some fans regard him with the same appeal as a rapper. In fact, in most music stores TQ’s albums can probably be found in the rap section.

Realistic lyrics in songs that deal with real life issues is what TQ says makes for this confusion. “It’s just not your average R&B”, TQ says. Now with a solid 15 years in the business to his credit, TQ will debut his new album Kind of Blue in January 2010 around the world. While most R&B artists sing about mainly about love, TQ set himself apart with cutting edge songwriting, branding his own type of “Reality R&B”.

He started his professional music career in ’93 with a young B-Boy group Coming of Age. His own 1998 debut solo album “They Never Saw Me Coming”, which included the hits “Westside” and “Bye Bye Baby”,made him an instant worldwide success.

The single “Westside” debuted in the Top Ten in many countries, and in some countries at 1 the first week. The song stayed on top of the charts for weeks, collectively selling in excess of 1.5 million singles worldwide. TQ had fans from all over the world “throwing their dubs in the air” with the four-fingered Westside symbol, including many fans who didn’t speak a lick of English. TQ then followed up with a second album

The Second Coming with the classic hit “Daily”, which was exclusively distributed in Europe. For his third album, TQ returned to the U.S. market with “Listen…”, which offered a perfect rendition of Prince’s hit ballad “Adore.” Many fans and critics stated it was one of the best Prince cover tunes that had ever heard. The album also included production Mannie Fresh, formerly of Cash Money Records.

While he has had both major label and independent success, TQ stayed the independent route in a partnership with EMI Records America for his last album “Paradise” and his brand new soon to be released Album “Kind of Blue”.

“The New Album is crazy! I’m really flying on this one. The older I get, the less I give a f*ck about the norm. Music is completely fun right now and there doesn’t seem to be any pressure. I’m just writing about my life and all it’s experiences. There will be something on this album to satisfy a lot of different kinds of listeners… It reminds me of when I first started…”

TQ states that the freedom to create is equally as important as being able to control his business. “I guess for me the biggest thing now is ownership of the biggest slice of pie”, explains TQ. “Due to the state of the music business, in order to be successful I have to make the highest dollar amount per unit. In order to do that you have to cut out a lot of the middle men. Being Independent allows me to get straight to the consumer, and that’s exactly where I want to be.”

After having such a phenomenal success with his first single “Westside”, it appeared that some of TQ’s songwriting talents got lost in the shuffle of his promotion. He is now in a position to let the world experience his full discography, which is still growing by the day.

Throughout his career, TQ’s die-hard fans from all walks of life respected his true talent. “After Westside was an established hit, the damnest person would come up to me in the streets and give me props on my pen”, recalls TQ. “Like some guy wearing a suit in the elevator, or some old lady that you’d never expect. I think the most satisfying part of my work comes from the fans who write me and quote some of my lyrics in past songs. Now that’s hot!”

TQ has written, produced and collaborated with some of the top artists in the music industry from all genres including N-Sync, Lil Wayne, R.Kelly, Whitney Houston, Dru Hill, Jagged Edge, Ron Isley, Swizz Beatz, Petey Pablo, Another Level, LFO, Donny Osmond, Juvenile, Krazyie Bone, Layzie Bone, E40, Too Short, The Outlawz, Sarah Conner, The Game, Jim Jones, Jagged Edge and countless others. Needless to say, he loves staying in the studio making music.

A man of many talents, TQ also branched off into an acting career. TQ landed four film roles in a short time, and plays the main character in two of them. Richard III, a Shakespeare film; The Devil’s Grind, a hardcore urban film; and Rockin Meera, an internationally action-packed love story, are all due to release sometime in the near future.

TQ’s latest project will be a gritty, urban Romeo and Juliet modern day drama entitled “One Love” which is in pre-production at the moment. TQís mission is do more albums, more films, modeling, commercial endorsements and a heavy dose of touring.

Stay tuned for TQ’s “The BLUE Tour” Coming Soon to a city near you. At the same time, he takes pleasure in remaining true to himself as Mr. Westside “I’m just really determined”, asserts TQ. “I set goals for myself at an early age, and I refuse to not reach them all. There have been times when I’ve been knocked down, but I just get the f*ck back up. The next time I’ll see that punch coming and slip it. It’s all a learning experience, but you gotta keep that fight in you. If you don’t, then it just ain’t worth it.”

For more on TQ or to hear his music please go to his web site: thugpoetry.com

Joe

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Written by Joe Arrigo

March 19, 2010 at 09:08

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The Super Bowl Halftime Show Needs To Be More Super

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I got this idea for a blog on packersnews.net. A thread was started about who would you have as a Super Bowl half time show. So I replied, but the more I started to think about it, the more ideas I had, so I decided to write this blog.

The NFL has gone the “safe” route since the Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake “nipple gate” situation. By having artist such as Paul McCartney, Prince, The Who and other “classic rock & pop” acts, the NFL has made it a “who’s who” (no pun intended) of 70’s icons.

But the half time show has become stale and it is time for a change. I have the solution to the NFL’s problem.

Working as a Program Director for a CHR Top 40 station for 5 years, I have a unique perspective. I am an avid sports fan. Besides my family and god, it is the third most important thing in my life. But I am also a huge music fan and consider myself rather eclectic.

I am a self-described “hip-hop head”, but prefer the thought provoking and “conscious” artists who touch on social issues to the “bling, bling” money, girls and clothes artists. But I respect those artists as well because they found their “nitch”.

I also am a huge R&B and Soul fan, not just todays artists, but also acts from the 60’s,70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Finally, I also like classic rock groups like Journey (Steve Perry has the most amazing voice), The Eagles, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, War, Carlos Santana and many others.

Why am I describing my personal tastes in this blog? So you can see what my twisted little mind has in store for the NFL and the idea I have for the Super Bowl halftime show. 

Today we don’t seem to have an appreciation for older groups and their music. In the radio business we are always looking for that new, fresh thing that will turn the radio world and society upside down and create a buzz.

A few years ago I went to my boss with an idea that I heard on some mixtapes. It combined new song lyrics played over classic rock & R&B beats. He thought it was a really good idea, but it would be difficult to get all the artists to clear it, so we decided to not try it (as part of a new music show we were planning). Today it is known as “mash-up’s” and they even have a video game (DJ Hero) that you can “mash-up” certain songs.

 So, my idea is to bring together artists of today with classic artists of yesterday, on stage performing together as one. It would allow both younger viewers and older viewers to both enjoy the show. 

I have a few ideas of artists that I think would be good fits together with their songs. Here they are in no particular order:

1. The Eagles and R&B artist TQ performing “Hotel California”. TQ is an artist that is multi-talented with a natural voice and actually did a very good version of “Hotel California” but the Eagles never cleared it.

2. Earth, Wind & Fire with R&B artist Usher performing “September”. Usher is one hell of an entertainer and would be a natural fit with Earth, Wind and Fire.

3. Kool & The Gang with R&B artist Ne-Yo performing “Celebrate”. Ne-Yo is another multi-talented singer and song writer that has the right vocals to sing “Celebrate”.

4. Pat Benatar with pop artist Pink performing “Hit me With Your Best Shot”. This see,s like a natural fit. Both have that voice that is so distinctive and would be one hell of a performance.

5. Queen with “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert performing “We Are The Champions”. This, to me, is another perfect fit with Lambert’s theatrics blending with Queen.

6. Stevie Wonder and R&B artist Trey Songz performing ANY Stevie Wonder song. Trey Songz is another R&B singer that is “slept on” by many people, but is getting more popularity lately (and deservedly so).

7. Prince with R&B artist Ryan Leslie performing ANY Prince song. Prince had the best half time show in recent memory (to me at least). Leslie can’t sing as good a Prince, but he has that similar style. 

8. Bee Gee’s with R&B artist Robin Thicke

By tieing in the “old with the new” it bridges the gap between generations. The NFL was caught of guard by the Timberlake/Jackson situation, but they shouldn’t exclude newer acts because of it. Make sure that you have final say over all things about the performance. That would eliminate any issue or concern the NFL would have.

I didn’t include any Hip-Hop acts because I don’t feel that the older people attending or viewing would be as receptive to them as younger people. It is about dollars and cents with the NFL and I also don’t feel that “corporate America” would accept a Hip-Hop act. In time, maybe, but I don’t think some are ready for a Lil’ Wayne and AC/DC mash-up.

I hope that this blog some how finds it way to the NFL office and the people who are in charge of the halftime show. I think a little “freshen up” wouldn’t be a bad thing. The NFL wants to continue to improve their product in every aspect, this is one to improve the Super Bowl.

Joe

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Written by Joe Arrigo

February 8, 2010 at 17:51

Ran-DUMB Sports Thoughts (1-21-10)

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Good day to you on this rainy Southern California afternoon. I hope you are doing well and staying dry (for everyone in California). The sports world is still going full speed ahead and I have some ran-DUMB thoughts about it.

NFL Playoffs:

The “final four” are set. The Saints and Vikings will go at it to see who will represent the NFC, and they should. All year they have been the two best teams in the NFC and deserve to be there. Brett Favre has had a great year, and good for him. I did not like how he handled himself during his last days in green Bay (and I didn’t like how they treated him either), but it is nice to see him play at a high level at 40 years old.

Drew Brees is playing out of his mind. He has been for the last 4 years where he leads in all major quarterback categories (except TD’s where he is tied with Peyton Manning).  Is he a Hall of Famer? I think he has a better case then Kurt Warner, especially if the Saints win the Super Bowl.

I think the keys to the game will be Bernard Berrian for the Vikings and Pierre Thomas for the Saints. Both are players that get forgotten behind the “big names” like Reggie Bush, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin and Marcus Colston. But have major roles in their teams offense. If Berrian can free up and get deep that will open the middle of the field for Harvin and if Thomas can run the ball effectively then that will Brees with their passing game.

My prediction is Saints will win in a shoot out. I think the Vikings secondary is not as good as the Saints receiver depth and passing attack. Favre will have a good game I suspect, but I also think this is the end of his career. I say 45-38 Saints.

In the AFC I caught hell for saying the Jets were going to be a 9 win team and battle for a playoff spot in my early predictions, but I was right on and they made it. Mark Sánchez (or the “Sanchize”) has done a very good job in the post season thus far, especially for a rookie. But the Jets will need Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene to have a big day and Braylon Edwards to not drops passes.

On the Colts side it all starts with Manning. If the Jets can’t get to him or knock him down, they will be in for a long day. But I think the Colts will have to be able to run the ball in order to make the Jets not “peel their ears back” and rush Manning. Darrelle Revis will be matched up on Reggie Wayne, and if he can take away one side of the field, Manning may have some trouble.

As far as the keys, I will go with the key match up. Revis vs Wayne.  Revis has played all world all year and if he can continue to have the success ha has had this post-season, then the Colts will be in trouble. On the other end, I think the it will be Sánchez vs the Colts pass rush. If they can force him into making some rookie decisions, which could be turnovers, then the Jets are in big trouble.

As much as I wasnt to pick the Jets, since they are the underdog and led by a USC guy, I can’t bet against Manning. I like the Colts in a close game, 27-24.

NFL:

Did anyone else notice that Aaron Rodgers may be the starter in the Pro Bowl? Favre normally doesn’t go and Brees may be in the Super Bowl leaving Rodgers to get the start!

Norv Turner did a great job with the Chargers this year, but I don’t think he is the guy to take them to a Super Bowl. He is “to nice” of a guy to enforce any rules. There is no way three players of the Packers, Patriots, Saints, Colts, Dolphins or Eagles would be out less than 48 hours before a playoff game, especially at a strip club. Those teams coaches would not tolerate it and those teams players know it. That is a sign of lack of respect by the Chargers players for the coach and more importantly the team. I know he just got a three-year extension, but if their isn’t a change in discipline by Turner, unless they win the Super Bowl, he would be out after the 2011 season.

The Chargers have some big questions to answer it comes to their own free agents. Darren Sproles, Vincent Jackson and Shawme Merriman are all free agents not to mention LaDainian Tomlison is due a roster bonus, but his play has not been up to par for the past three seasons, so he may have played his last game for the Chargers.

I may be in the minority here, but I think that a new CBA will be hashed out in the 11th hour by the NFL and NFLPA. Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith both know that a work stoppage would hurt the NFL in the short and long-term.

I like the staff Pete Carroll is putting together in Seattle. Pete has a direction he wants the Seahawks to go and he knows who he wants to be apart of making it happen. Besides bringing Jeremy Bates with him to Seattle from USC, the hiring of Alex Gibbs as offensive line coach was a huge hire for him. The Seahawks running game will be one of the best in 2010, watch.

NCAA Football:

I think USC has hired the right guy to replace Carroll in Lane Kiffin. He is brash, cocky and he brought a great staff with him, in particular Ed Orgeron and Monte Kiffin. “Coach O” brings that swagger and no-nonsense attitude to the Trojans and they need that. But more importantly they are great recruiters.

Ok, I get Tennessee being upset that Kiffin left after a year, but he was up front with the A.D. and said that USC would be the only place he would leave the Volunteers for. But to me, it shows they are upset they lost a guy who was doing a good job rebuilding their program and didn’t want him to leave. They do have a right to be upset, but I find it funny that all these things Kiffin did (like the car accident for example) are just now being brought to light. I say there is a lot of sour grapes on their end.

Brian Kelly is starting to recruit  University of Cincinnati recruits and there is no mention of it, but why are people upset that Kiffin and company are recruiting Tennessee recruits now that they are at USC? They want the best recruits wherever they are coaching, and that means the will be  recruiting the same players whether Kiffin was there or not. Recruits should choose a school for the school, not the coaches.

I will say this about the recruits that stuck with USC through the coaching change, they have character and did a great job of making sure that class stayed together. If that is the type of players that will be representing USC for the next 3 and 4 years, the Trojans will be in good shape.

I like what Jimbo Fisher is doing (as far as recruiting) down at Florida State. But as much a I like what he is doing, I will miss Bobby Bowden.

Let’s stay on Bowden for a second. I think the NCAA made a big time mistake by taking away those 14 wins. They should have let him keep them, in my opinion.

NBA:

The NBA has it all wrong if Tracy McGrady and Allen Iverson make it to the All Star game, none the less get starting nods. McGrady and Iverson would be wrong for accepting the invites, knowing that they don’t deserve it.

What happened “King” James? I thought you were all in for the dunk contest? It is a shame that LeBron’s not because even though he wouldn’t have won it (in my opinion), he would have made it interesting.

Keep an eye on Shannon Brown and DeMarr DeRozen as the two players that should be in the finals of the dunk contest.

The East has 4 really good teams, and the rest of the conference is weak, really weak, while the West is loaded. If your not an Orlando, Boston, Cleveland or Atlanta fan, sorry, you’re a mediocre team in a weak conference and wouldn’t even make the playoffs in the West.

 If the Lakers trade Andrew Bynum for Chris Bosh, Mitch Kupchak losses major points. He pulled off a steal in both the Gasol and Brown/Morrison trades, he would be on the other end if this deal were to go through.

Why is Mike Dunlevey still the Clippers head coach and GM? He is horrible and they need to hire a guy that can get the most out of that talent, and there is some on that team. Maybe Byron Scott would be interested in coaching the team that drafted him?

MLB:

I say it again, if I were Bud Selig I would make the McCourts sell the Dodgers. They are handicapping them by their divorce and it is a shame. They have some of the best young talent in the majors and should be a team that can go out and add free agents if they choose, not if the payroll (or lack there of) dictates.

What happened to the Angels being aggressive in free agency? They lost Chone Figgens and John Lackey and added 2 players that have major injury concerns (Joel Pineiro and Hideki Matsui).

I like the signing of Aroldis Chapman by the Reds. If he can put it together (like I think he can) the Reds will have a great young 1-2-3 punch with Chapman, Johnny Cueto and Edison Volquez. Just think if Homer Bailey can ever turn it around, the Reds will have a great young staff for a very long time.

Albert Pujols is everything that you would want your young kid to be on the field and off it. Pujols and Derek Jeter are the two classicist men in major league baseball.

NCAA Basketball:

Kentucky’s John Wall will be the number 1 pick in the NBA draft when he decides to come out (2010). He is lightning quick with great court vision, great leaping ability and he shows very good leadership. He is everything you would want in a point guard.

I like the way UNLV and Georgia Tech plays. But on the flip side I am disappointed in North Carolina so far.

What happened to UCLA? Time are tough all the way around over there. I am not a big UCLA fan, but I hate to see Coach Wooden’s school not playing the way UCLA is capable of playing.

Did anyone else hear about former Laker and current USC basketball commentator Michael Cooper say “F*** UCLA” during their live broadcast? The FCC will have a field day with that. Copper has since apologized and is looking to move past it.

Does anyone else miss Bobby Knight or am I alone on that one? I admire how he tells it like it is, and yes before anyone asks I would send my sons to play for him. He will teach them how to be a student athlete, but an athlete who is also a student.

Other Sports Thoughts:

Who care if Tiger Woods is in a sex rehab clinic? (Which happens to be down the road from Brett Favre’s house!!) Tiger feels he needs help and he is getting it, good for him. I think it is time for all the media to let him try to heal not only his life, but his marriage.

Glad to see that Brock Lesner is healthy again. I started to get into the UFC and MMA a few years ago thanks to a couple good friends and I have to admit, it is entertaining. Lesner is not the best in the business (Anderson “Spiderman” Silva is), but he maybe the most entertaining.

“Pretty Boy” Floyd Merryweather is not at fault for the cancellation of the “super bout” with Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao, this time I have to blame Pacquiao. Wanting to have a “clean fight” is something we deserve, and hell for $35-$40 million, I get my butt beat Floyd…call me! But I do know one thing, all boxing fans deserved to see this fight and it is a shame it is not going to happen.

Entertainment:

I currently am working for a good friend of mine, an R&B artist by the name of TQ. His new album is dropping March 23rd entitled “Kind Of Blue”. Here is his first single off it called ELECTRONIC featuring Tha Vill:

If you are a consultant, P.D./A.P.D./M.D. or DJ and want to add it, just email me at j.arrigo.hubmusic@gmail.com

 Have a great day and thanks for the support.

Joe Arrigo

joeslockerroom@yahoo.com

Written by Joe Arrigo

January 21, 2010 at 19:13

Today Sports Takes A Back Seat

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June 25th, 2008. That is the day we lost one of the greatest entertainers to ever grace a stage, Michael Jackson to a heart attack. Earlier in the day we also lost an”Angel” in Farrah Fawcett who was bravely battling that horrible disease called cancer. In Iowa on Wednesday a sports coaching legend, but an even better teacher and leader of men, Ed Thomas, was tragically gunned down in his high school weight room in front of his players. Three people who touched thousands of peoples lives in many different ways, but lets focus on Jackson.

Michael Jackson will be known for many different things. His music, his dancing, his acting, his eccentric behavior, his big heart, the charges that were brought against him involving child molestation, which he was acquitted of and of course the glove. But Jackson was the epitimy of an entertainer. His career lasted over four decades with countless hits such as “I Want You Back,” “ABC” and “I’ll Be There” with the Jackson 5 and solo hits like “Beat It,” “Billie Jean” and “Thriller”, which is also the best-selling album of all time, with an estimated 50 million copies sold worldwide.

Jackson was known as the “King of Pop” and rightfully so. His music videos changed they way other artists made theirs and made MTV a cable fixture. His “Thriller” video was the first music video that was directed by John Landis, one of the prominent film directors in the 1980’s. It also was the first video that was also a short film and is still the standered for all videos and recording artists today. His dance moves are the standered barrier to today’s R&B signers, such as Usher, Justin Timberlake, Ne-Yo and Chris Brown. Jackson redefinedthe music industry with 13 Grammy Awards, 13 number one singles in his solo career, more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era. His influence on not just music, radio, videos and any and all R&B and Pop singers is undeniable.

He was an eccentric person that had some financial troubles in the later part of his life, but he was getting ready to have a 50 date tour in London that would have lasted until late in the winter. It was his “farewell tour”. He was also planning on touring with his four other brothers, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Jackie, the Jackson 5, later this year or early next year as well. Admist all of his troubles he continued to try and resurrect his career as well as his image and show the world one last time why he was the “king of pop”.

Jackson was also an humanitarian. He donated thousands of dollars to many different causes he believed in as well as traveled to the corners of the world to help the less fortunate. His life was lived in a bubble since he was 11 years old. In and out of hotel rooms, bars, clubs, stages, recording studios and growing up in front of a camera. Living life on the road had to be hard on him and would explain some of his bizarrebehavior. As he got older in order to have any type of privacy he had to rent out amusement parks for the day so he could enjoy a roller coaster.  

Jackson, who was 50, had three kids.

Ed Thomas was the head coach for 34 years at at tiny Aplington-Parkersburg High School in Iowa. He coached hundred’s of kids, but several of his players who went on to the NFL, including the Green Bay Packers linebacker Aaron Kampman, Jacksonville Jaguars center Brad Meester, Detroit Lions defensive end Jared DeVries and Denver Broncos center Casey Wiegmann. Many coaches would say that having four players in the NFL was their greatest accomplishment, but not Ed Thomas. Kampman agrees  “His legacy for many will be associated with his tremendous success as a football coach,” said Kampman. “However, I believe his greatest legacy comes not in how many football games he won or lost but in the fact that he was a committed follower of Jesus Christ.”

One of Thomas’ sons said he was most proud of his involvement in church. Aaron Thomas thanked the community for its support. “Obviously, with the shocking events of today, nothing can prepare you for what our family and the community is going through,” Aaron Thomas said at an afternoon news conference.

I think the type of person Ed Thomas was best shown in 2008. After a tornado ripped through Parkersburg, the town realized that one of the best patches of new grass needs to be at the football field, the one Ed Thomas coached on. Thomas spearheaded the effort to help repair Parkersburg. All his current and former players came back to rebuild their football field and more importantly the heart and soul of their town.

Ed Thomas embodied everything a coach should be. I take that back, he embodied everything a PERSON should be. The impact on the people’s lives that Ed Thomas had runs deeper then X’s and O’s. The life lessons he taught had a major impact helping young men become leaders in their community and hard working, god fearing, family men. Ed Thomas won 2 state titles, won 80 % of his games and in 2005  the NFL named him their 2005 NFL High School Football Coach of the Year.

Ed Thomas was 58.

The past 24 hours sports has taken a back seat to the “real world”. While we feel grief and sadness please think about what the families are going through. Say a prayer for them to stay strong and have inner peace knowing that their loved one is in a better place.   My thoughts and prayers go out to the Fawcett, O’Neal,  Jacksonand Thomas families. I think we all thank them for allowing their family members to touch our lives.

Written by Joe Arrigo

June 26, 2009 at 06:11

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