[Hip Hop News Now] Empire’s Jussie Smollett Signs Deal With Columbia Records


You know you watch it…if not, trust me…you will. I’m talking about Fox’s megahit Empire. With Empire’s ratings increasing for the seventh straight week it has solidified it’s seat at the throne. Wednesday’s 13.9 million viewers can attest to that.  Actor Jussie Smollett is a big part of what makes this show a success. The 31-year old plays the role of Jamal Lyon son of Lucious Lyon portrayed by Terrence Howard. Jussie is killing it on the screen and apparently it’s not just his acting. His singing is catching the ear of many and it has just inked him a deal with Columbia Records.

Smollett aka Jamal is now on a label with Beyoncé, Barbara Streisand, and Adele. He revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he plans to start working on some music later in the year. Empire has definitely opened this door for Jussie, and to think, he had to audition seven times before landing the role. The character of Jamal Lyon was particularly important to director Lee Daniels since the majority of Jamal’s storyline is based on Lee’s life.  Including the scene where as a young boy he was physically thrown in the trash can when Lucious found him wearing a dress.

At this point we really don’t know what to expect from a project by Jussie, but what we do know is that Jussie Smollett is a name that you might want to get familiar with.


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[Hip Hop News Now] ‘Empire’ Ratings Continue To Grow, Industry Shocker


Hate it or love it, Fox’s new drama Empire is a huge success. It is becoming television’s most wanted show as it continues to climb in viewership. The Hip Hop focused drama reached 10.9 million viewers with its third episode, earning a 4.3 rating among adults age 18-49. This feat isn’t just impressive, it’s amazing, and now I will explain why.

Last week Empire already achieved something special with its surge in viewers for its second episode. This is not typical for television shows because ratings usually drop significantly after the debut episode. Unlike the majority of shows on television, Empire’s ratings continue to rise after its premiere. Now please keep in mind that this is a Hip Hop centered drama filled with plenty of black actors. With that being said, there are numerous reasons why this show could have ended up as an epic fail, however, this show is proving to be far from a disappointment. Empire has got the attention of many people across the nation and Fox picked up on that immediately. The network was so fascinated with the second episode’s ratings executives already gave the nod for a second season.

The show has received rave reviews, although it has also been criticized for both its over-the-top story lines and outlandish portrayal of the Hip Hop industry. Add a 50 Cent diss to the equation and now we know we are on to something interesting.  Either way you look it at, Empire isn’t going anywhere. Just like Hip Hop, Empire is continuing to grow and gain the respect of many.

Three episodes in and Empire has become a must watch television show.


A wise man once said, “Men lie, Women lie, Numbers don’t.” 10.9 million viewers is nothing to easily overlook, but do you honestly think it is that great of a TV show? Let us know how you feel about Empire by commenting below.

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