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Legendary Superstar Steve Winwood To Release 'Nine Lives' April 29

4/3/2008 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...

Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings: The New Queen And Kings Of Motown

2/4/2008 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...

Music Spotlight: Cat Power

2/1/2008 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 ...

Randy Jackson Drafts All-Star Team Of Artists For 'Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1'

1/25/2008 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...

Saul Williams Discusses New Album 'The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust'

11/21/2007 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...

Georgia Woman Claims She Married James Brown In 1953

11/8/2007 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 ...

Up And Coming Music: The Soul-Sational Pairing Of Bubbles & Cheesecake

11/4/2007 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...

'Mix Tape' Soundtrack To 'Mr. Untouchable' Doc. Loaded With Remixed 70s Gems

11/1/2007 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...

Sly & The Family Stone's Greatest Hits Gathers All 10 Sides That Made Pop And R&B Charts From 1968-70

9/11/2007 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...

DNA Testing Confirms At Least 2 More Children For James Brown

8/4/2007 9:16am EDT
James Brown
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - DNA testing on about a dozen people who claim James Brown was their father has found that at least two of them are telling the truth, a longtime adviser to the late soul singer said Friday.

Several tests have come back negative, while others are pending, said Buddy Dallas, who did not have exact numbers Friday night.

Dallas refused to identify the two people whose DNA showed they were Brown's children, but The Augusta Chronicle reported that LaRhonda Petitt, a 45-year-old retired flight attendant and teacher in Houston, showed the newspaper a report that says...

Latin Jazz King Poncho Sanchez Pays Homage To Soul Legends On 'Raise Your Hand'

6/12/2007 4:54pm EDT
Poncho Sanchez
(Los Angeles, CA) - GRAMMY® Award winner Poncho Sanchez released his first record in two years, Raise Your Hand (Concord Picante) on May 22. Sanchez has called on an array of guest artists to create a record that combines his bedrock Latin jazz style inherited from Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, and Mongo Santamaria with the funky brand of R&B and soul music that inspired him as a teenager in the 1960s.

"Raise Your Hand demonstrates all the reasons that Poncho is so beloved," says album producer and Concord Records' Executive Vice President of A&R, John Burk, "He brilliantly and seamlessly ...

The Wailers Embark On A World Tour And Introduce Their Newest Member, Yvad

5/8/2007 5:30pm EDT
The Wailers
The Wailers are the most celebrated reggae outfit of all time having sold over 250 millions records worldwide. No other reggae group has so many well-known hits to draw upon, whilst their reputation as a live act is unchallenged after performing to an estimated 24 million people around the world.

The Wailers have now unearthed a major talent in the shape of Yvad. A gifted singer/songwriter from Jamaica, whose youthful good looks and memorable songs complement the Wailers' own timeless material to striking effect. Inspired by musicians like Bob Marley and the Wailers, he embraces Ras...

Celebrity Birthdays, May 3

5/3/2007 3:00am EDT
James Brown
Happy Birthday to Saliva lead singer Josey Scott (1971), singer/songwriter Christopher Cross (1951), The Four Seasons singer Frankie Valli (1937), the 'Godfather of Soul' James Brown (1933), country singer Dave Dudley (1928; d. 2003), boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson (1921; d. 1989), folk legend Pete Seeger (1919), "Return of the Jedi" actor Sebastian Shaw (1905; d. 1994), singer/actor Bing Crosby (1903; d. 1977), and Italian author Niccolo Machiavelli (1469; d. 1527).

Chart Topping Hits Of Soul Heard Decade By Decade In Four New 'Soul Number 1's' Collections

4/30/2007 10:00pm EDT
Marvin Gaye
Soul is at the heart of hip-hop, providing the inspiration for today's chart-topping hip-hop tracks. Now four new compilations present the best of soul--a total of 67 recordings, every track a #1 (nearly all on the R&B chart)--from the '60s to the '90s. Each of the Hip-O/UMe Soul Number 1's albums in the new UMe Number 1's series is released April 3 and packaged in a ground-breaking environmentally-friendly packaging format. A first for the music industry, the standard package (both sleeve and tray) will be completely paper-recyclable.

In the '60s, soul was cool. '60s Soul Number...

Christina Aguilera Talks About Her 'Back To Basics' Tour (Part 1); Win Her CD

4/12/2007 8:00pm EDT
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera recently chatted with fans about her North American Tour. Each Thursday at 8pm Starpulse will post one of four portions of the interview, with the final part going live on Thursday, May 3, just days before the last date on Christina's 'Back To Basics' tour. Also, we'll be giving away copies of her Back To Basics CD throughout this final leg of her tour. You can enter to win a copy here.

Hi, my first question is just basically what can we expect on this tour, you know what sort of things do you have planned in general and that's about it.

Christina Aguilera: OK,...

The Legendary James Brown Tops List of BET's Top 25 Dancers of All Time

4/10/2007 12:18pm EDT
James Brown
On April 6 the ultimate dance off hit television screens nationwide with the premiere of BET's Top 25 Dancers. Hosted by R&B phenom and #4 on the top 25 list, Chris Brown with choreographer extraordinaire, Fatima Robinson, this sizzling addition of the countdown series put an end to the battle of ages by crowning James Brown the undisputed top dancer of all time.


1) James Brown

2) Michael Jackson

3) Nicholas Brothers

4) Chris Brown

5) Janet Jackson

6) Prince

7) MC Hammer

8) Savion Glover

9) Beyonce

10) The Temptations


Unprecedented Collection Of Music Memorabilia To Be Offered In Live & Online Auction

3/26/2007 2:25pm EDT
U2's The Edge announced the Icons of Music Auction to benefit Music Rising on Saturday April 21 at Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square at 5 p.m. The auction event will offer one of the most significant collections of music memorabilia from many of music's greatest legends with proceeds benefiting Music Rising.

The campaign was co-founded by The Edge, producer Bob Ezrin and Gibson Guitar Chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz in 2005 to aid musicians of the Gulf Coast Region in regaining their livelihood after the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The live and online a...

Classic Philly Soul Goes Hand in Hand With The Inspirational Film 'Pride'

2/25/2007 9:30am EST
Combining the real-life story of hard-won victory with the classic music of its time, the upcoming Lionsgate film Pride, which will be released March 23, is a powerful tribute to a unique and charismatic hero, the youngsters he inspired, and the timeless music of Philadelphia.

Directed by South Africa's Sunu Gonera, the life-affirming “Pride” stars Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac and Kimberly Elise.

“Pride” tells the true story of Philadelphia inner-city swim coach Jim Ellis and a group of audacious, talented African-American youngsters who trained with him, conq...

GSN Honors President Gerald R. Ford, James Brown

12/30/2006 8:00am EST
James Brown
In honor of the recent passing of Former President Gerald R. Ford and music legend James Brown, GSN is planning special programming tributes showcasing some of their memorable appearances on classic game shows. GSN is honored to present vintage “What’s My Line?” episodes on Sunday, December 31, featuring Ford and Brown as they appeared as themselves.

President Ford's tribute is at 3:00 AM on Sunday night and features a “What’s My Line?” episode taped on August 28, 1969. In 1969, Ford was a Congressman and as such served as a mystery guest. The series was hosted by Wally Bruner and feat...

James Brown Passes Away At 73

12/26/2006 9:48am EST
James Brown
James Brown, "Godfather of Soul," passed away on Christmas morning due to heart failure. He had gotten pneumonia only two days earlier, 24 hours after he lead his yearly toy giveaway in Augusta, Georgia. Brown is survived by his wife and four children. Read more about James Brown's life below.

"Soul Brother Number One," "the Godfather of Soul," "the Hardest Working Man in Show Business," "Mr. Dynamite" -- those are mighty titles, but no one can question that James Brown has earned them more than any other performer. Other singers were more popular, others were equally skilled, but few ...

Catch the '2006 UK Music Hall of Fame' Ceremony on VH1

11/25/2006 9:16am EST
Bon Jovi
The "2006 UK Music Hall Of Fame" premieres on VH1 as a two-hour extravaganza on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 9:00 p.m. Prince, Brian Wilson, Dusty Springfield, Led Zeppelin, Rod Stewart, Bon Jovi and James Brown participated in a star-studded evening full of musical legends. These seven joined George Martin, who received this year's Honorary Membership in recognition of his exceptional contribution to British music.

The "2006 UK Music Hall of Fame" took place at the famed Alexandra Palace in London on November 14 and included a rare public appearance by Led Zeppelin, founding member and 'guit...

Sleepy Brown's Debut Coming In September; Listen To The First Single Here

6/27/2006 11:16am EDT
Sleepy Brown
James Brown gave the drummer some, and we loved him for it. 35 years later, multiple Grammy-winning soul icon Sleepy Brown, of Atlanta's famed Dungeon Family, is using his platinum touch to give the ladies some. And we love him for it too. "I just wanted to make a record that was smooth and that the everyone could enjoy," says the 30-something singer/songwriter.

"I felt like a lot of the R&B out right now was very club oriented, and I wanted to make something that stood out from that." His Purple Ribbon/Virgin Records debut, Mr. Brown, does just that. With sensual sounds, falsetto cr...

Celebrity Birthdays, May 3

5/3/2006 3:00am EDT
James Brown
Happy Birthday to Saliva lead singer Josey Scott (1971), singer/songwriter Christopher Cross (1951), The Four Seasons singer Frankie Valli (1937), the 'Godfather of Soul' James Brown (1933), country singer Dave Dudley (1928; d. 2003), boxing legend Sugar Ray Robinson (1921; d. 1989), folk legend Pete Seeger (1919), "Return of the Jedi" actor Sebastian Shaw (1905; d. 1994), singer/actor Bing Crosby (1903; d. 1977), and Italian author Niccolo Machiavelli (1469; d. 1527).

Black Eyed Peas Tour Dates; Pussycat Dolls To Open

2/1/2006 12:44pm EST
Black Eyed Peas
In celebration of its 6th anniversary, The Black Eyed Peas will kick off the enormously popular Honda Civic Tour on March 23rd at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. This will be their first headlining North American tour to promote their multi-platinum album, Monkey Business. The Black Eyed Peas will be hitting the stage in more than 35 cities nationwide.

Opening for The Black Eyed Peas will be The Pussycat Dolls, accompanied by additional support acts to be announced.

"We are excited to be going out on the Honda Civic Tour because it allows us to keep the ticket at a l...

The Legacy of Chris Whitley

11/23/2005 3:37pm EST
Chris Whitley
As we reported here yesterday, singer/songwriter Chris Whitley passed away this past Sunday after losing a battle with lung cancer. Bradley Bambarger over at Chris' record label Messenger Records posted this message that we thought was worth sharing:

We are deeply saddened to confirm the passing of singer-songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist Chris Whitley. Chris was a kind man and immensely talented artist whose music has become an intimate part of many of our lives. We are pained to acknowledge this loss and we grieve along with those who knew and loved him and his music.


Star-Studded Benefit CD for Hurricane Relief To Drop Nov. 22

11/15/2005 2:21pm EST
Hurricane Relief
Responding to the overwhelming outpouring of support from musicians, writers and producers, EMI Group, SONY BMG, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Concord Music Group along with the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network

and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today announced the addition of new artists and songs to complete the double CD multi-artist benefit album Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now. The collection will feature new recordings and classic cuts from more than 80 artists and 35 songs, spanning a variety of generations and genres, and will be released N...

Sharon Stone Demonstrates Her Musical Skills

11/9/2005 9:01am EST
Sharone Stone
Sharon Stone has written a song to raise money for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. The Hollywood actress has teamed up with songwriters Denise Rich, Mark Feist and Damon Sharpe to pen the track 'Come Together Now', which will be released on November 29. Joss Stone, Celine Dion, The Game and Wyclef Jean are among the stars who have performed on the song that will also be released as part of a charity album, 'Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now', which also features tracks by Elton John, Barbra Streisand and James Brown.

Sharon's record will raise money for Angels' Place, a charity ...

New CDs This Week (Nov. 1)

10/31/2005 12:18pm EST
A look at notable new CD releases this week including fresh albums from Santana, Trey Anastasio, Terri Clark, Public Enemy, Rammstein and Bush; greatest hits collections from Blink-182, Nirvana, Motorhead and Montgomery Gentry; and Christmas songs from Diana Krall and James Brown. Check out this list of noteworthy albums released Tuesday, November 1...

2Pac - Live My Life

A.J. Croce - Early On

Blink-182 - Greatest Hits

Bobby Bare - Moon Was Blue

Burt Bacharach - At This Time

Bush - Zen X Four

Deep Purple - Rapture of the Deep

Diana Krall - Christmas Songs

Gilles Peterso...

Can Celebrities Sing? VH1 Will Find Out

10/27/2005 6:11pm EDT
Bai Ling
VH1 is launching a new addition to their Celebreality lineup with the premier of "But Can They Sing?" on Sunday, October 30 AT 10PM ET/PT. The cast includes Morgan Fairchild, Joe Pantoliano ("Sopranos"), Bai Ling ("Nixon"), Antonio Sabato, Jr., ("The Big Hit"), Michael Copon ("One Tree Hill"), model Kim Alexis, Carmine Gotti Agnello ("Growing Up Gotti"), former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and Latin entertainer/journalist Myrka Dellanos. They will undergo grueling and intensive training with two prominent vocal coaches and one movement/dance instructor to prepare for their performance ...