The story of Uptown Records is coming to BET. Earlier today, the television network announced a three-part mini-series about the legendary record label. Founded by Andre Harrell in 1986, Uptown Records was known for launching the careers of musical legends in Hip-Hop and R&B including, Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Heavy D & The Boyz, Teddy Riley, Diddy and more. From New Jack Swing to Soul, Uptown Records pioneered the sound of an era.
“We are proud to bring the story of Uptown Records to life and celebrate the indelible imprint the label has made on the industry, transforming the sound, face, and business of hip-hop and R&B,” said BET Networks president Scott Mills. “We look forward to partnering with music industry titan Andre Harrell and powerhouse producer Jesse Collins on the Uptown miniseries, bringing viewers premium content that reflects and celebrates Black excellence.”
Uptown is set to follow the label’s conception in 1986 to its defunct in 1999. The series will be executive produced by Uptown Records founder, Andre Harrell and television producer, Jesse Collins. Collins is no stranger the creation of a music bio series. He served as a producer for both The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story.
Harrell took to Instagram to share the news and his excitement.
“I am thrilled to partner with BET Networks and Jesse Collins Entertainment to share my story, the rise of Uptown Records and successful black entrepreneurship, and the management and cultivation of some of the most iconic artists to come out of the late 80s and 90s hip hop, R&B, and soul music era,” Harrell said.
Uptown is set to hit your television screens in 2020.