TORONTO, March 4, 2015 /CNW/ -- Grammy®-Award winning, platinum-selling recording artist and multi-faceted entertainer Drake comes to the big screen for a special one-night concert event, "DRAKE'S HOMECOMING: THE LOST FOOTAGE," on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. local time, presented by Front Row Centre Events, SpectiCast, Serious Ent., AMG, Rap-A-Lot Records & Young Empire Music Group.
Previously believed lost and destroyed, the footage for "DRAKE'S HOMECOMING: THE LOST FOOTAGE" was shot prior to Drake signing with Little Wayne's Young Money (Cash Money/Universal) imprint during a live, sold-out concert at Toronto's Sound Academy in 2009. After its recent rediscovery, additional production and footage was added to the concert film including interviews with Rap-a-Lot Records CEO James Prince and his son Jas Prince, who is credited with the discovery of Drake and bringing him to the attention of Little Wayne. The soundtrack includes the international smash hits, "Best I Ever Had" and "Successful."
Jas Prince, CEO of Young Empire Music Group said, "When I first listened to Drake I had no idea he was on a hit show, I just fell in love with his sound and talent – it was unique and like nothing I had ever heard before. I told him during our first conversation I would make him a star. This film documents the beginning of that journey."
Tickets for "DRAKE'S HOMECOMING: THE LOST FOOTAGE," are available now at participating Cineplex theatre box offices and online at Cineplex.com/Events.
First known for his role on the highly-successful television series "Degrassi: The Next Generation," the Toronto-based rapper Drake now holds the record for the most number one hits on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Chart. Prior to his current fame, Drake self-released several mixtapes before releasing the single "Best I Ever Had" from the 2009 mixtape "So Far Gone," which charted to #2 on the Billboard's "Hot 100" chart. After signing to Universal, Drake released the album "Thank Me Later" (2010) which reached sales of 1.5 million and produced the top ten hit "Over." 2011 saw the release of the multi-platinum album "Take Care" and Drake winning a Grammy for the "Best Rap Album." His 2012 "Club Paradise Tour" was the highest grossing hip-hop tour, bringing in excess of $42 million. 2013's release of "Nothing Was The Same" earned Drake the top spot in the Billboard 200, a platinum certification, and another Grammy nomination. 2013/2014's "Would You Like a Tour" grossed over $48 million. 2015 will see the release of his fourth studio album, "Views From The 6," released worldwide.
"SpectiCast is proud to be the worldwide distributor of this film. Drake is an international superstar and we are excited to showcase him at the start of his mammoth career. This rare footage is a must-see for every Drake fan across the globe," said SpectiCast Co-founder and President Mark Rupp.
"James Prince, CEO of Rap-a-Lot and Anzel Jennings, Co-Producer of DRAKE:HOMECOMING have been outstanding partners in wanting the quality of the project maintained throughout all levels. We couldn't ask for a better team of international partners for the theatrical and broadcast deals being concluded right now. In conjunction with Rap-a-Lot we are looking at an early 2015 for the international release of all windows across multiple platforms," states AMG Chairman Mark S. Berry.
Rob "Kelo" Hendricks, EVP Business Affairs at AMG added "It goes without saying that this film is essential for Drake fans, particularly given the amount of time spent on highlights of how he was discovered and the climb up. Mark and I are honored at being a part of this film and in partnership with James and Anzel at Rap-a-Lot along with Mark Rupp at SpectiCast as Drake is more than just an artist with 21.5M Twitter followers. He's a planet and his planet is populated by millions of devoted fans. We are set to deliver a 5 star project," he said.
Samuel Cole-Elkind, president of Serious Entertainment says, "We are honored and humbled to present one of the biggest concert films for hip -hop culture ever. To be presenting this movement along with legendary AMG producer Mark Berry, Rob "Kelo" Hendricks, Rap A Lot records CEO James Prince & Specticast President Mark Rupp is truly an honor. This film has been compared to the Beatles performing at the tavern in London. The world will now get the Drake experience on the big screen with surround sound worldwide."
For artwork and photos related to "DRAKE'S HOMECOMING: THE LOST FOOTAGE," visit the SpectiCast press site specticast.com/press/drake.
SpectiCast is the fastest growing event cinema marketing and distribution company in the world, providing specialty film programs, cultural arts events, contemporary music programs, and other alternative content to over 2,000 theatrical and non-theatrical venues in 47 countries around the globe. SpectiCast provides content rights holders with turnkey access to theatrical and all downstream digital platforms including DVD, VOD and TV and distributes programs from some of the world's most prestigious cultural arts organizations including the Strafford Festival, Opera de Paris, The Salzburg Festival, The Paris Opera Ballet, the Mariinsky Theatre, the British Museum, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. SpectiCast is a privately owned and operated firm based in Philadelphia, PA.
About Mark S. Berry & AMG:
AMG is a leading Toronto based entertainment & media company with an unparalleled client list of artists and content creators across film, television, music and digital media. Led by an experienced and innovative management team, AMG was formed in 1998 by international record producer, engineer & mixer Mark S. Berry, Music Producer and operates under his leadership as Chairman. Berry, whose extensive production, engineering & re-mixing talents has earned him 36 international gold & platinum records for such notable Grammy & Juno nominated musical icons as, Davie Bowie, Duran Duran, Yes, Boy George, Billy Idol, Kool & The Gang, Cameo, Carly Simon, Joan Jett & many, many more. The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices in NYC, LA, Hong Kong, Seoul & Beijing.
Through its partner companies, including award-winning global creative music supervision agency AttackTrax, AMG also provides clients with unique music advertising, music brand integration and marketing opportunities across traditional, social media, mobile, film, television and gaming platforms. Already the owner of an extensive music publishing catalogue in affiliation with BMG Music, AMG's mission is to target potential acquisitions in the music, film & television industries ranging from independent record labels, artists, writers, DVD, feature length films, extreme sports content to purchases in the music publishing sector. AMG's focus is music distribution through its deal with Universal Music Group Distribution, the insertions of music into international feature film & television, as well as the development of reality based and documentary television programming.
AttackTrax is one of the world's leading providers of 100% pre-cleared production music in all media. AttackTrax is committed to quality and offers 10,000+ tracks of music in all genres from world renowned music publishing catalogs. Previous AttackTrax insertions have included Making of The Matrix Reloaded, Coach Carter, Urban Legend, Harvard Man, Dawsons Creek, Roswell, MTV, Viacom, VH1 and many more including major sports programs internationally. The attacktrax.com website has been designed as a state-of-the-art, automated, online customer experience and decision engine that functions on all platforms and complements an already world-class AttackTrax brand.
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About Rap-A-Lot Records
Rap-a-Lot Records is a Houston hip-hop record label that was created in 1986. Sub-labels include Smoke-a-Lot Records. The label was founded by James Prince in the mid-1980s and, with its most famous act the Geto Boys, put the South on the hip-hop map. Since then, it has maintained its success and focus on gangsta and southern rap. It was distributed through the 1990s by the EMI labels Priority Records (1991–1994) and Virgin Records (1994–2000). During the 2000s, it was distributed by WEA's Asylum Records and then Fontana Distribution. Geto Boys was the label's first nationally popular act, while Devin the Dude, whom The New York Times called "a brilliant oddball with a spaced-out flow." On August 22, 2013, Rap-a-Lot Records announced that it recently signed a distribution deal with RED Distribution. Artists currently on its roster include Z-Ro and Bun B among others.
About Young Empire Music group
Young Empire Music Group is a Los Angeles/Houston based record label. It was founded in 2007 by Jas Prince, son of James Prince founder of the historic music label Rap-A-Lot Records. Since its inception YEMG's founder has been credited with the discovery of platinum selling recording artist Drake, and has a roster of new emerging acts that include: Stanaj, The Sauce Twins, Von, SJ3 and Ken Randle.
SOURCE SpectiCast Entertainment
For further information: VARELA MEDIA for SpectiCast, Victoria Varela, 212-332-3485, [email protected] or Rap-A-Lot (James Prince), YEMG (Jas Prince), Vivian K. Gomez, 212-933-4253, [email protected]; Or AMG publicity: [email protected], http://www.specticast.com