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Seal Discusses His Album 'Soul', His Love For Music And America

November 25th, 2008 10:49am EST
Seal
The gorgeous 45 year old crooner from the UK is at it again. Grammy award winning soul artist Seal is back with his 6th studio album "Soul." It is a 12 track collection of classic soul songs where he covers such greats as Sam Cooke's 'A Change Gonna Come,' James Brown's 'It's A Man's Man's Man's World,' and Otis Redding's 'I've Been Loving You Too Long,' just to name a few.

Some may refer to him as 'Mr. Heidi Klum,' but be assured that Seal can hold his own in the spotlight. His self-titled album released in 1991 was the beginning testament to that fact and his first single 'Crazy'...
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Hall & Oates 'Live At The Troubadour' Out Nov. 25; See Four Songs From The DVD Here!

November 21st, 2008 7:00pm EST
Hall & Oates
In May 2008, Daryl Hall and John Oates took the stage at the legendary Troubadour for the first time since playing their earliest Los Angeles shows there 35 years before. The best performances from this much anticipated two-night concert, which included hits such as "Maneater," "Private Eyes," "Rich Girl," "Sara Smile" and "Kiss On My List," will be made available in three formats – DVD, Blu-Ray, and a 1-DVD/2-CD combo, via Shout! Factory on November 25.

"John and I have a lot of great memories associated with performing at the Troubadour, since it was our first show in LA," said Daryl...
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Seal To Release Album Of Covers, 'Soul,' Nov. 11

October 27th, 2008 6:00pm EDT
Seal
Grammy-winning vocalist and songwriter Seal will release a new album, "Soul," on Warner Bros. Records on November 11, 2008. It is the best-selling artist's sixth studio album and was created in partnership with legendary producer David Foster. "Soul" is comprised of eleven classic soul songs that each evokes their own drama, emotion and romance. Seal brings his unique, signature style to the album and found a great collaborative spirit working with Foster.

"Someone once said '...the album will sound like the time you had making it'... Never before has it been as true as in the process ...
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Recap: 'Dancing With The Stars': Season 7 First Night

September 23rd, 2008 11:15am EDT
Dancing With The Stars
Thirteen stars graced the ballroom floor with their presence on Dancing With The Stars' Season Seven premiere event. Monday marked the first of the three night event. Each of the stars danced either the Cha Cha Cha or the Foxtrot with their professional partners and were judged by ballroom professionals, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

Up first, the youngest competitor Dancing With The Stars has ever seen, 18-year-old Cody Linley. The Hannah Montana star got paired with golden girl and two-time champ Julianne Hough. In his pre-dance interview, Linley said he would have...
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Fujiya & Miyagi Announce US Fall Tour; 'Lightbulbs' Out Now

September 20th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Fujiya & Miyagi
Imagine that Fujiya & Miyagi are mask-wearing technicians dissecting music, keen to magnify particles of sound to create a pulsing antidote to the ordinary. They speak in tongues, using language as a rhythm, picking words that sound good, rhyming 'jigsaws' with 'carnivores.'

Their songs are incisive snapshots of real lives that make household appliances sound threatening. They are steeped in vintage music from evocative krautrock to deep soul, with wafts of early Human League synth, Floydian Englishness and the throbbing groove of Tom Tom Club, all filtered for modern times.

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Spike Lee Still Wants Wesley Snipes For James Brown Role

September 12th, 2008 5:00pm EDT
Wesley Snipes
Fallen star Wesley Snipes has been offered a comeback role once his tax troubles have been resolved - director Spike Lee insists he's the only man he wants to play his James Brown.

Many feared Lee and Snipes had fallen out when the director dropped the Blade star from his new war movie Miracle at St. Anna - but the moviemaker insists he had to recast Snipes' role when the actor's legal woes meant he was unable to film abroad.

Lee explains, "He was cast in the role that Derek Luke plays, but he wasn't allowed out of the country due to his tax situation. He couldn't get a visa, and ...
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'I Got The Feelin': James Brown In The'60s' 3 DVD Box Set Out Aug. 5

August 2nd, 2008 8:00pm EDT
James Brown
Multi-Grammy Award winning artist James Brown, best known for his smoldering singing and revolutionary rhythmic style, is recognized worldwide as one of the most prolific figures in 20th century popular music. He remains a strong cultural influence as a newsmaker, musician, activist and peacemaker that transcends even the awesome celebrity he achieved as the "Godfather of Soul." A whole new generation is discovering James Brown today through his music and his pivotal presence in American political affairs in the 1960s. DVD & music collectors and fans of the late James Brown will be treated...
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James Brown Auction Raises $850,000

July 18th, 2008 9:43am EDT
James Brown
An auction of soul legend James Brown's belongings has raised over $850,000 - which will pay off the late singer's outstanding tax bills.

The Sex Machine hit-maker's possessions were sold to fans and celebrities alike who were eager to own a piece of music history. Brown's former business managers, Buddy Dallas and Alford Bradley, had tried to halt the auction after learning the cash raised would go to his estate, but a judge ruled on Monday that the sale could go ahead.

The top lot was a black cape embroidered in metallic thread with the words James Brown, which fetched $47,500...
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Spike Lee Complains About Lack Of Interest For Biopic

June 9th, 2008 2:56pm EDT
Spike Lee
Director Spike Lee is struggling to win financial backing for a planned movie about late soul legend James Brown, insisting there's simply not enough interest in the star's life for the film.

The outspoken filmmaker admits he has been trying to set plans into action for a biopic about the Godfather of Soul for some time - but has failed to get a studio to back his project.

He tells MTV.com, "I have a black-biopic, no-money trilogy: Jackie Robinson. Joe Louis and James Brown. Those are three films I have scripts for and am trying to get done but have been unsuccessful so far. The...
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Nickelback Wins Three Awards At BMI

May 22nd, 2008 10:40am EDT
Nickelback
Canadian rockers Nickelback were the big winners at the BMI Pop Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday night - taking home three prizes.

The band were honored for three songs - Rockstar, Far Away and If Everyone Cared.

Christina Aguilera was also recognized for two tracks - There Ain't No Other Man and Hurt.

The big awards of the night went to Palow Tha Don, who took home Songwriter of the Year for his work with Black Eyed Peas star Fergie and Ludacris, and Oklahoma rockers Hinder - who earned Song of the Year for 2006's Lips of an Angel.

The ceremony also saw stars includin...
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Was James Brown Poisoned?

April 11th, 2008 8:37am EDT
James Brown
Late soul legend James Brown was poisoned by thieves intent on digging up the fortune he'd buried on his South Carolina estate, according to a stunning new expose.

Former business associates and backing singers insist the Godfather Of Soul's remains should be exhumed for toxicology tests after hearing rumors he was poisoned before his death on Christmas Day 2006. Their claims have been backed up by Brown's widow Tomi Rae Hynie, but she refuses to go on record about the crime fearing the thieves will turn on her.

In a Globe article about the alleged crime, Hynie says, "I can't co...
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Legendary Superstar Steve Winwood To Release 'Nine Lives' April 29

April 3rd, 2008 3:58pm EDT
Steve Winwood
The legendary singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood has signed a new deal with Columbia Records who will release the artist's highly-anticipated new major label album, "Nine Lives," on Tuesday, April 29.

The eagerly-awaited "Nine Lives" is Winwood's first full-length studio album since About Time, released on Winwood's own independent label, Wincraft, in 2003; and it opens an important new chapter in Steve's extraordinary career. The musician also recently announced that he will head out on a national tour with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers this summer for shows acro...
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Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings: The New Queen And Kings Of Motown

February 4th, 2008 9:57am EST
Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings
While Amy Winehouse's tumultuous personal life certainly qualifies her for the rank of pop star, bouncing in and out of rehab might delay any forthcoming performances and recordings she may have blessed us with.

Fortunately, her studio and touring band the Dap-Kings, who have been performing with soul songstress Sharon Jones for years, are continuing to make the kind of new Motown sound that Winehouse introduced to the mainstream.

The Dap-Kings have been the go-to in house band at Brooklyn's Daptone Records for the better part of a decade. Winehouse recorded her hit album "Back...
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Music Spotlight: Cat Power

February 1st, 2008 10:12am EST
Cat Power
Chan Manning, the artist that also goes under the moniker Cat Power, has a silent staying power that is undeniable. As a musician, Cat Power is of elegant simplicity. Her songs and her messages are quite straightforward. Her voice is of, and in itself entirely, unique and unforgettable.

Hailing from Georgia, Cat Power has had a formidable career spanning over 13 years with eight studio recordings. As an independent artist signed to Matador, she has developed a strong and fiercely dedicated fan base over the years, contributing much to her success.

Many may not know Cat Power ...
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Randy Jackson Drafts All-Star Team Of Artists For 'Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1'

January 25th, 2008 8:33am EST
Randy Jackson
Grammy-winning producer, virtuoso musician, hit songwriter, legendary A&R executive and, of course, lovable American Idol judge - Randy Jackson has called upon every aspect of his staggering career to produce Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1, his first solo album, which is due March 11, 2008, on his new label, Dream Merchant 21, and released through the Concord Music Group.

The album includes a stellar ensemble of artists and features the return of fellow Idol judge Paula Abdul who's track "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" is her first release of new music in over a decade. Other g...
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James Brown's Posessions To Be Auctioned Off

January 10th, 2008 11:52am EST
James Brown
Personal possessions belonging to the late soul icon James Brown are to be auctioned off to pay taxes owed by his estate. Brown died in Atlanta, Georgia, in December 2006, throwing the future of his trusts into turmoil.

The star's six children, along with his fourth wife Tomi Rae Hynie, are all contesting the will, which called for money to be set aside to educate his grandchildren with a proportion given to charity.

Brown's descendants have also accused several estate trustees of misappropriating funds - which are said to be missing millions of dollars.

And now much of Brown...
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Snoop Dogg's Sidekick Is Dating James Brown's Widow

November 23rd, 2007 4:15pm EST
James Brown
Snoop Dogg's longtime sidekick, Bishop Don Magic Juan, has confirmed he's dating James Brown's widow - and they've exchanged diamond rings. The colorful former pimp has revealed he became Tomi Rae Brown's confidante earlier this year as she fought the late soul man's estate for a share of his fortune.

He says, "She says I'm the only one to make her cry and smile at the same time."

Magic Juan admits the couple has been keeping their romance low-key because Brown's lawyers feared a relationship with a former hustler would not help her case in court.

He adds, "They won't let us ...
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Saul Williams Discusses New Album 'The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust'

November 21st, 2007 12:44pm EST
Saul Williams
Saul Williams's The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust is all about, "Transcending those labels, borders, and boundaries that pigeonhole us." Saul manages to do this not just in the album's concept or its genre defying sound, but by releasing the album straight to the public for either the low price of five dollars or for free. In this Starpulse Q and A, Williams elucidates the album's deeper meaning and reveals that Niggy's got more in common with Parliament's Starchild than Bowie's starman, a truly funky development.

How do you feel about people's reaction and receptio...
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Georgia Woman Claims She Married James Brown In 1953

November 8th, 2007 11:16am EST
James Brown
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A 73-year-old Georgia woman claims in court papers that she married James Brown in 1953 and they never divorced. Attorney David Bell said Velma Warren Brown claims the late soul singer never served her with divorce papers.

Bell said his client has filed court papers in South Carolina saying the couple had three children and lived together for 17 years. He also said they saw each other in December, just weeks before Brown died in a Georgia hospital. He was 73.

One of Brown's former backup singers, Tomi Rae Hynie, has claimed she is Brown's fourth wife, and is ...
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Michael Jackson Doesn't Want To Kill Himself Dancing Onstage

November 8th, 2007 8:31am EST
Michael Jackson
Pop superstar Michael Jackson's dancing days are behind him because he doesn't want to kill himself onstage like his hero James Brown. In a rare interview with Ebony magazine, Jackson, who turns 50 next year, insists he's hoping to work on movies in the future because he can't imagine headlining world concert tours.

He explains, "Not the way James Brown did or Jackie Wilson did. They just kept going, running, killing themselves. I wish he (Brown) could have slowed down and relaxed and enjoyed his hard work."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Up And Coming Music: The Soul-Sational Pairing Of Bubbles & Cheesecake

November 4th, 2007 11:00am EST
Bubbles & Cheesecake
As with any great duo, the soul-sational pairing of Bubbles & Cheesecake is a delicately balanced tightrope act - two distinct elements in a yin-yang harmony that enhances its partners' similarities and orchestrates their contrasts. Think of Ella & Duke, Lennon & McCartney, Sam & Dave, peanut butter & jelly - new power flows out of their togetherness.

As cool as that complementary magic is for Renaissance woman/multi-media artist Allee Willis - a GRAMMY-winning, Emmy and Tony-nominated composer whose songs have sold over 50 million records including Earth, Wind & Fire's "September" an...
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Fill Your Stocking With Modern Day Holiday Classics From Darlene Love

November 4th, 2007 10:00am EST
Darlene Love
On October 2nd Shout! Factory released Darlene Love's first Christmas album, It's Christmas, Of Course, which is sure to start a holiday tradition of its own!

For the album, Darlene gives us her take on 12 tastefully selected holiday neo-classics of the '70s and '80s from a diverse array of artists like The Pretenders, The Band, James Brown, Tom Petty, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and more.

On this album of modern day classics, the Wall of Sound that surrounded her voice on her Phil Spector-produced hits has been stripped away, leaving her beautiful voice front and center. "We had a ...
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'Mix Tape' Soundtrack To 'Mr. Untouchable' Doc. Loaded With Remixed 70s Gems

November 1st, 2007 9:14pm EDT
Mr. Untouchable
The true-life story of Harlem's notorious Nicky Barnes, a junkie turned multimillionaire drug-lord, Mr. Untouchable takes its audience deep inside the heroin industry of the 1970s. The most powerful black drug kingpin in New York City history, Barnes came from humble beginnings to make himself and his comrades rich beyond their wildest dreams, ultimately reaching national infamy in 1977 when the New York Times put him on the front cover of their magazine with the headline "Mr. Untouchable."

Soon after, it all came crumbling down, and Barnes found himself serving a life sentence withou...
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Elvis Presley Tops Dead Earners Poll

October 30th, 2007 1:11pm EDT
Elvis Presley
Rock legend Elvis Presley has overtaken Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain as the biggest earning dead celebrity. The Jailhouse Rock hit maker topped the Forbes magazine poll with earnings of $58 million during 2007. Cobain, who pushed Presley off the top spot last year after widow Courtney Love sold a portion of his recording catalogue, does not feature in the 2007 list.

Other late stars to feature include former Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison and slain rapper Tupac Shakur. Musician James Brown enters the list in 11th place after earning $5 million since dying last year.

The...
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Amy Winehouse Goes To Rehab To Collaborate With Babyshambles

October 16th, 2007 5:17pm EDT
Amy Winehouse
British singer Amy Winehouse traveled to Pete Doherty's rehab clinic to prepare for their latest track. The Rehab hitmaker, 24, has teamed up with the Babyshambles to record a "ska-type" single close to Doherty's clinic in Wiltshire, England.

Winehouse will play the guitar for the collaboration - and her efforts have impressed Babyshambles' guitarist Mik Whitnall.

He says, "She plays better than James Brown playing acoustic guitar. She thinks she's s--- but she's not. I've never met a girl who plays like that, let alone a man."

Doherty has spent weeks at the Wiltshire retre...
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Alice Smith Set To Release Debut Album, 'For Lovers, Dreamers & Me,' Oct. 30

September 17th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Alice Smith
New York, NY— Acclaimed songstress Alice Smith is set to release her debut album For Lovers, Dreamers & Me on Epic Records next month. The Brooklyn-based singer who Rolling Stone dubbed one of "10 Artists to Watch" has already prompted a love affair with critics with her sophisticated blend of throwback R&B soul. Her first single, "New Religion," which showcases the artist's four-octave range heads out on September 25th. The album will be released to stores on October 30th and is available now on iTunes.

The ten songs on For Lovers, Dreamers & Me were recorded in New York with prod...
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Reverend Run Honored At BMI Urban Awards

September 12th, 2007 12:18pm EDT
Reverend Run
Former Run-DMC star Reverend Run has been honored for his contributions to music at this year's BMI Urban Awards. Friday's star-studded Las Vegas ceremony saw the founding Run-DMC rapper - real name Joseph Simmons - presented with the BMI Icon award for his hugely successful hip-hop career, joining the likes of previous honorees, Al Green and James Brown.

Del Bryant, the CEO of BMI, says, "He is the man for all time. Run-DMC never crossed over. Popular music crossed over to them."

Other winners on the night included rapper Slim Thug and producer Sean Garrett (Song of the Year for...
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Sly & The Family Stone's Greatest Hits Gathers All 10 Sides That Made Pop And R&B Charts From 1968-70

September 11th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Sly & The Family Stone
The final entry in the 40th anniversary restoration campaign of the great album discography of the first golden decade of Sly & The Family Stone - which kicked off with the spring release of the expanded editions of their seven original studio albums on Epic Records (1967-1974) - now comes full circle as Greatest Hits arrives in stores Aug 28th on Epic/Legacy, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

Sly & The Family Stone - the first hitmaking interracial, mixed-gender rock and soul band - recorded and released their first album 40 years ago in 1967, A Whole New Thing. It introduc...
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James Brown's Daughter Upset About Final Resting Place

September 6th, 2007 9:06am EDT
James Brown
James Brown's secret love child is fighting the late soul star's estate in an effort to allow fans to visit his final resting place. LaRhonda Petit Brown claims the singer is currently buried in a crypt in the garden of one of his legitimate daughters - but she thinks Brown's grave should be accessible to all.

The 45-year-old hopes her half-brothers and sisters see sense and create a Graceland-style memorial to their father, who died on Christmas Day. At Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, Elvis Presley is buried yards away from the front door of the home he loved and died in, and fans v...
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Snoop Dogg Offers Amy Winehouse Refuge

August 31st, 2007 9:05am EDT
Snoop Dogg
Rap superstar Snoop Dogg has offered troubled singer Amy Winehouse a refuge to recover from her drug demons. Snoop is a massive fan of the star - and credits Winehouse's sophomore album Back To Black with inspiring him to make a complete solo LP of his own.

He says, "I want her to know that if she needs a place to chill for a bit, my hood is her hood. When I'm listening to it (Back To Black), I'm learning who she is. It's like when you listen to James Brown, he did it by himself, and Curtis Mayfield, all by himself. So I'm going to do the whole record by myself."

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