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Check Out Janet Jackson's 'Feedback'; New Disc Due In February

1/15/2008 4:02pm EST
Sitting across from a roaring fireplace one winter afternoon in Vail, Janet is curled up on a dark leather couch as she discusses the unlikely topic of Discipline, the title of her new album. Beyond the floor-to-ceiling window, long graceful branches of towering trees are heavy with snow. In the distance, a lift carries skiers up an imposing mountain awash in white. Janet's wearing a midnight-black sweat suit, her hair pulled back to the nape of her neck. Her body language is relaxed and her eyes are smiling. She's trim, and also a little hoarse, having just fought off a cold. The whisper-q...

Mary J. Blige Releases New Album, 'Growing Pains,' Dec. 18

12/6/2007 4:15pm EST
Mary J. Blige
Geffen Records superstar and hit-making songwriter Mary J. Blige, is set to follow-up the most successful album of her career, the triple platinum The Breakthrough, with her eighth (8th) studio CD Growing Pains on Tuesday, December 18th, one week before Christmas.

Growing Pains includes her top ten single "Just Fine" which has become an instant favorite on radio enjoyed by over 20 million listeners. "Just Fine" is in heavy rotation on MTV, BET and VH-1, and Mary recently shot the video for her second single, "Work That," which is currently featured in an Apple iPod commercial.


Check Out Johnta Austin's New Single, 'Video,' From His Debut Album, In Stores Sept. 4

8/14/2007 8:00pm EDT
Johnta Austin
His name is already familiar to record buyers who make note of the songwriting credits on major hit records by such superstar artists as Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige. Music industry insiders know him as the Grammy-winning 'go-to' writer which is why the legendary Whitney Houston, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, global multi-platinum artist Usher and hitmaker Chris Brown have tracks on forthcoming projects by this unassuming Atlanta native. While he may have spent the last eight years behind the scenes, penning songs for the likes of Toni Braxton, Tyrese, Enrique Iglesias, Ginuwine, Aaliyah,...

'NOW That's What I Call Music!' Vol. 25 To Be Released July 17

7/6/2007 8:00pm EDT
NOW That
The world's best-selling multi-artist album series, NOW That's What I Call Music!, returns this summer with a scorching collection of today's hottest tunes. NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 25, to be released July 17, features 20 smash hits from the current Pop, Modern Rock, Rap and R&B charts.

NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 25 spotlights 20 of today's hottest chart hits, including #1 Pop hits "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavigne, "Glamorous" by Fergie w/Ludacris, and "Buy You A Drank" by T-Pain w/Yung Joc; Top 10s "The Sweet Escape" by Gwen Stefani w/Akon, "U & UR Hand" by Pink, "Summ...

Johnta Austin To Release Debut Album, 'Ocean Drive,' September 4

7/4/2007 4:00pm EDT
Johnta Austin
(New York, NY) - As the singular most successful songwriter at work today-– whose tunes have been brought to the top of the charts by Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, and at least 50 more artists over the last decade, including Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Simpson, Usher, Chris Brown, Toni Braxton, Tyrese, Enrique Iglesias, Aaliyah, Faith Evans, B2K, Ciara, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, and Mario – what do you deliver for an encore, after winning the Best R&B Song Grammy Award for the past two consecutive years?

In the case of 26-year old Atlanta native Johnta (pronounced "John-...

Superstar Mary J. Blige Tops Off A "Breakthrough" Year With "Reflections-A Retrospective" Out Dec. 12

11/8/2006 3:14pm EST
Mary J Blige
To state that 2006 was one of the biggest years of Mary J. Blige's career isn't hype. It is truth. In 2006 there was no bigger story or artist, in any genre, than Mary J. Blige. Thanks to a chart-topping album, history making #1 single, galvanizing television appearances and a sold out tour, 2006 became the 12-month span in which the multiple platinum selling, Grammy winning Queen of Hip Hop Soul scaled new creative, personal and commercial heights. So after all of those dazzling achievements what does Mary J. do to top it? Simple. She rewards her fans by recording yet another classic in ...

Now Is Songwriter Johnta Austin's Time To Shine

8/7/2006 4:13pm EDT
Johnta Austin
Before music was all about overnight pop stars and monster-selling albums, there was an unwritten rule in the record business that true artistry takes time to cultivate. You pay your dues, hone your craft, and weather the inevitable storms. Such was the formula for career longevity. Nowadays, real artist development seems virtually extinct, but there are some new-school purists – like singer/songwriter Johnta Austin – who are reverting back to the industry's original mantra: just make good music.

An accomplished songwriter, Austin is the pen behind such hits as Toni Braxton's "Just Be ...