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Khalif M. Townes is the Founder/President/CEO of The Townes Media Group, LLC (formally Urban Roundup Group, LLC.) He is also the creator of uGospel.com. Townes formed uGospel.com to provide an outlet where up to the minute information on the Faith Based Community and Gospel Music Industry can be accessed with the click of a button.

Kirk Franklin Set to Release 12th CD, "Hello Fear" In Stores March 22, 2011

Multiple GRAMMY®, Stellar and Dove Award winner Kirk Franklin releases his 12th CD, Hello Fear, on March 22, 2011. Hello Fear is an innovative musical offering that showcases Franklin’s growth and maturation both creatively and personally, while still boasting his ...

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Tye Tribbett & Wess Morgan Scheduled to Appear on The Monique Show

Word has it Tye Tribbett and Wess Morgan will be on the Monique Show.  Pastor Wess Morgan is currently in Billboards Top 5 for the song “I Choose to Worship.”  Tye Tribbett is riding the wave of his first solo ...

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Gospel Rapper LECRAE Has the #1 and #2 Album on Charts: Christian Rap Makes a Plea for Radio Time

his week’s chart has already been released.  It covers the week of January 20-27, 2011.  Gospel Rapper Lecrae continues to dominate the Billboard charts now with two different projects sitting at the #1 and #2 spots according to albums sold.  ...

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Xist Music Signs Gospel Rappers Da Truth & Ambassador to Label

Big news coming out of Nashville, popular hip-hop artists Da’ T.R.U.T.H. and The Ambassador have both been signed with Xist Records. They made the announcement in Nashville, TN during the premiere of the movie “Stand”, produced by Xist Worldwide. Xist ...

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Gospel Music Workshop of America member Jeff Amos Passes Away

Columbia, SC — Details are still limited, but sources tell us here at The Belle Report that Gospel Music Workshop of America and Gospel Announcer Guild member Jeff Amos passed away early Wednesday morning, January 5, 2011.  Jeff who lived ...

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BET's Celebration of Gospel Premiering Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 8PM EST

Hosted by Comedian, Radio and Television Personality Steve Harvey, BET’s CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL will Feature Performances and Appearances by Kim Burrell, the Rance Allen Group, Israel Houghton, Beverly Crawford, James Fortune and FIYA and Many More. Los Angeles,  CA — ...

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2011 Sets the Stage for Elevation

New York, NY — If you are paying attention, talent is now coming out of the wood works these days.  However there are a few exceptions to the rule as several artists, music executives and personalities are either repositioning themselves ...

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This Weeks Top Gospel Albums: James Fortune Regains #1 Spot at Radio

Lecrae’s latest release Rehab stays atop the Billboard Top Gospel Charts for an eighth consecutive week. The album also enters at #14 on the Top Rap Albums Charts and #14 on the Independent Albums Charts. I Believe: Live, the latest ...

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The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad

Washington, D.C. — Rhythm Road artists represent the new generation of musical ambassadors, reaching beyond concert halls to interact with other musicians and the general public. This year, 10 American hip-hop, gospel, bluegrass, blues and jazz groups will have traveled ...

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Music World Gospel Holds Top 5 and 10 Positions on Billboard’s Year-End Gospel Charts

Houston, TX — Billboard’s Year-End results are in and it’s official—Music World Gospel ranks in the Top 5 and 10 on nine of the eleven gospel charts. Music World Gospel is #4 on the Hot Gospel Songs Imprints chart, #6 ...

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