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Rihanna and streaming service TIDAL gave fans a pleasant surprise last Wednesday night by suddenly releasing her new album, Anti. Following a brief leak in the afternoon, Anti is now available for streaming and purchase exclusively on TIDAL, while a deluxe version featuring three bonus tracks will became available on January 29. The new album will stream exclusively on TIDAL for one week, and the subscription service is also making a limited number of "free" download codes available. The codes are provided as a gift from Rihanna and Samsung and they come with a 60-day free TIDAL trial. Once all of the codes are used, Anti will be made available for fans to buy via TIDAL's download store.
      Anti is Rihanna's eighth studio effort and the follow-up to 2012's Unapologetic. It spans 13 tracks, including collaborations with Drake on the song "Work" and SZA on the track "Consideration. It also features a cover of Tame Impala's "New Person, Same Old Mistakes." The album, however, does not include previously revealed singles "Bitch Better Have My Money," "American Oxygen," and "FourFiveSeconds," all of which were released in the lead up to Anti.
       Rihanna wrote on Twitter : "You guys legit made me the happiest girl in the world!! I'm so grateful that you appreciate the #ANTI album! It's the most rewarding feeling." And by Thursday afternoon she posted: "1 MILLION in under 15 hrs!!!! NAVY R die!!!! Thank u to all my fans and @samsungmobileus."
      Anti will get a physical release this Friday, February 5. A standard and deluxe CD version are on the way, with the three digital bonus tracks also on the deluxe CD. Additionally, Anti is available on Pandora as of today.

Rick Ross has signed an exclusive new worldwide deal with Epic Records, it was announced today by Chairman and CEO LA Reid. "Rick and I have been close friends and musical collaborators for more than a decade," said Reid, who originally signed the rapper to Def Jam Recordings in 2006. "It has been incredible to witness his growth as an artist as well as a successful business entrepreneur and master strategist. It's an honor to be back together and to kick off Rick's second decade as one of hip-hop's bona-fide kings." Ross commented: "Because of the hustle, perseverance and willingness to put in the work, I've been blessed to see multiple Grammy nominations, 8 chart-topping studio albums, multiple business ventures and run one of the most respected music conglomerates in the game. LA Reid understands the route that we took and has witnessed our success manifest itself from the beginning! You have to respect the moves that he and the entire Epic team have made these past few years, not just in music, but in business entirely."

With only a few weeks until its release, Kanye West has retitled his anticipated new album. Swish is now called Waves. West tweeted out the news on Tuesday night, as well as an updated version of its track list. Earlier this week, he tweeted a picture of the song titles written on a notepad. The same piece of paper now has various names and signatures, as well as another song tacked on. The new version suggests that A$AP Rocky, The-Dream and Swizz Beatz all worked on the new material, with their names amidst the new notes.
      Kanye announced he will debut Waves (then Swish) during a performance at New York's Madison Square Garden on the day of the album's release: February 11. The performance will be screened in select movie theaters as well at 4 p.m. EST. The live concert is billed as Yeezy Season 3, after the rapper's last two fashion lines were titled Yeezy Season 1 and Yeezy Season 2.
Kanye will also return to Saturday Night Live next month, making his fifth appearance as the musical guest. West is set for the February 13 episode, with Melissa McCarthy hosting.

Benztown's internationally syndicated hit weekend radio show Sunday Night Slow Jams announces that it is offering its upcoming four-hour Valentine’s Day Special for free to stations on a market-exclusive basis. The free Valentine’s Day Sunday Night Slow Jams show is available in three formats: Rhythm/Urban, Top 40/Mainstream and the new Throwback edition is available for download, and includes a heavy dose of interactive phones and Valentine’s Day song dedications—with no commitments or strings attached for stations. Sunday Night Slow Jams currently is the #1 weekend radio show on 114 radio stations across the U.S.
     R Dub!, Creator, Host and Producer of Sunday Night Slow Jams said: "What better night to air Sunday Night Slow Jams than on Sunday, February 14, 2016, Valentine’s Day? The music sets the evening’s romantic mood for your listeners, with lots of interactive phones and Valentine’s Day song dedications. As a PD myself, I understand the need for fresh, new ideas for promotions, especially around special holidays. Add the ever-present challenge of creating something with zero budget, and jeeze, talk about nerve-racking. Here's an absolutely 100% free promotion for Valentine's weekend that will actually make a difference! And isn't that what radio is missing these days--those "difference makers" that really matter to listeners and make your station stand out?"
     With 114 affiliates across diverse markets around the world, a weeknight version of Sunday Night Slow Jams, and R Dub!’s All-Slow Jams online channel, Slow Jams currently reaches over three million consumers per week. In addition to Sunday's three format choices, R Dub! produces a weeknight version of Slow Jams, which airs Monday through Thursday from 10PM-12M.
     For more information and to download Sunday Night Slow Jams’ free Valentine’s Day Special for your station, visit www.benztown.com/slowjamsvalentine or contact Masa Patterson at Benztown at mp@benztown.com or (818) 842-4600.

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Mike “OD” O’Donnell, OM
Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA

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