(LOS ANGELES, CA) — A former Urban Music President of MCA Records turned President and CEO of Singleton Entertainment Corp., Ernie Singleton is proud to announce the re-branding efforts to raise awareness and celebrate June as Black Music Month with the kickoff of #Salute2014 (Hashtag Salute Entertainment Executives 2014). For the past six years, the Singleton Entertainment Corp. presented the Toast to Urban Executives; however, that event is now being produced by another organizer not affiliated with the Singleton Entertainment Corp. In keeping with its tradition, #Salute2014 is a highly anticipated event that honors and salutes entertainment executives, spotlighting those who work relentlessly behind the scenes, playing critical roles in the success of an artist’s career as well as the entire urban production landscape.
“As someone who’s worked behind the scenes, supporting some of the biggest stars in the music business, many times your hard work goes unnoticed,” says Singleton. “There is so much that goes into the success of an artist or production and most people only reference the finished product. I want to spotlight and celebrate these executives who make it all happen.  Success would be impossible without their contributions.” 

#Salute2014 is the first of a string of productions planned by Singleton Entertainment Corp., and marks a transformation in the company’s drive to preserve the heritage and value of black music in the urban entertainment landscape.  #Salute2014 will partner with ground breaking digital leaders, insuring that the event is on par with new technology platforms. The event will celebrate and salute executives who are leaders in digital and physical entertainment while recognizing and paying homage to the power and value of Black Music in America.   

In the past, the entertainment group has honored: Ron Spaulding, Fontana Universal Distribution; Darryl Miller Esq., Fox Rothschild LLC; Troy Marshall, Interscope Record Exec; Vincent Herbert, A&R/songwriter and producer; Vassal Benford, A&R/music producer, in film and television; Vicki Mack-Latillade CEO of Central South Distribution; Cynthia Horner, editor-in-chief of Hip Hop Weekly and others. This year’s honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.

This year, the #Salute2014 will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at the Target Terrace, located above the Grammy Museum, overlooking downtown Los Angeles.  In addition to the #Salute2014, the Singleton Entertainment Corp. will also produce a string of events for Black Music Month – the Blogger’s Brunch on June 26, 2014; the Producers Ball on June 27, 2014; and the Cream of the Crop on June 29, 2014. 

ABOUT ERNIE SINGLETON | Singleton Entertainment Corp.
Singleton is also the former president of Urban Music at MCA Records. With 139 gold and platinum albums to his credit, Singleton is one of the top movers and shakers in the music industry! A creative genius, his talents have not only had a hand in the foundation of Black Music, but also, elevating it to even higher ground in America.

Throughout his career, he’s had a special knack for turning struggling record labels into formidable industry powerhouses. Under his watch, he took Ruthless Records -- an independent label owned by gansta rapper Eazy-E -- from $50,000 to $16 million in sales. He was also instrumental in improving Warner Bros. industry rankings from number 7 to the top spot of number 1 within three years of his arrival.

He’s been instrumental in launching the careers of many Grammy-winning artists, including Mary J. Blige, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, New Edition, Jodeci, Teddy Riley, Al B. Sure, Brooke Valentine – just to name a few. In addition, he’s helped to cultivate the careers of music icons like Sean “Diddy” Combs, Quincy Jones, Prince, Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Miles Davis, Chaka Khan and Madonna.