Nas, Trey Songz & Novel to Headline BMI Urban Showcase April 23 in Atlanta


Hip-Hop iconoclast NAS, Prince of R&B Trey Songz & Capitol Records signee Novel to headline event April 23 at E.S.S.O Nightclub; Hosted by DJ Khaled

ATLANTA, April 8, 2009 – U.S. performing right organization BMI will present its 12th Annual Unsigned Urban Showcase Thursday, April 23, featuring a combination of the recording industry’s eminent stars and most-promising unsigned talent. Staged at E.S.S.O Nightclub (1599 Memorial Drive, Atlanta, GA), the event begins at 9 p.m.; doors open at 8 p.m. The festivities are open to the public; attendees must be 21-years-old with valid identification. For $25 limited advance tickets and table reservations, please call (404) 378-1095.

Headliners for the highly-anticipated night of music are inimitable MC NAS; mellifluous crooner Trey Songz; and multi-talented troubadour Novel, who will each bring their respective high-energy sounds. DJ Khaled will host the event.

Hopefuls from across the country vied for a chance to display their talent in front of Atlanta’s influential, superstar-spotting music community, and the showcase finalists were chosen by a group of top BMI songwriters, producers and industry executives from over 300 submissions. The contenders include songwriting siren Ryn Nicole (San Diego); genre-smashing showman Kameron Corvet (Atlanta); Source Magazine “hyped” MC Rain (NYC); and r&b wranglers 718 (NYC).

The night provides a unique opportunity for BMI affiliates to showcase before a room of industry professionals. The final four will perform for a panel of celebrity judges including singer/songwriter Dallas Austin (Madonna, TLC); Capitol Records Senior Vice President, Urban Music Leonard Brooks; MySpace Records President, Urban Music Marquis Collins; manager and Imani Entertainment Group CEO Manny Halley (clients include Keyshia Cole & Lyfe Jennings); Def Jam Recordings Executive Vice President Chris Hicks; Polo Grounds Music President and RCA Music Group Senior Vice President, Urban Bryan Leach; manager and Czar Entertainment CEO Jimmy Rosmond (clients include The Game, Gucci Mane & Pleasure P).

BMI will also present the Legends of ATL Award to a community leader, recognizing his or her contributions to the Atlanta music scene. Past recipients of the prestigious honor include Big Oomp, Organized Noize and Dallas Austin.

For more information on the finalists, visit:

Ryn Nicole

Kameron Corvet



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Broadcast Music, Inc.¬Æ (BMI) is an American performing right organization that represents more than 375,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. BMI’s latest financial results, $901 million for its 2008 fiscal year, are the highest performing right collections for any copyright organization in the world. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for over 65 years. The U.S. corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.

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