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Boyz II Men Capture Hearts With 'Love'; Out Now

December 5th, 2009 9:00am EST
Boyz II Men pictures
Boyz II Men create their own brand of magic once again with their inspired new album, simply titled "Love". The multiple Grammy Award winners - and most successful male vocal group of all time - tackle a hand-picked selection of their favorite popular love songs spanning the last several decades. Love is the follow-up to their welcome resurgence after the 2007 Grammy-nominated Decca release, "Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA". Reuniting with producer Randy Jackson, Boyz II Men have made yet another timeless record with "Love", singing romantic hits as only they can, with flawless har...
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Unexpected, Untimely And Shocking Deaths In Music

July 1st, 2009 11:15am EDT
Shocking music deaths
Heart attacks. Plane crashes. Car crashes. Drug overdoses. Murder. Over the years, these have become some of the most common causes of the often shocking deaths in the music industry. On a lighter note, some might argue that even ham sandwiches have been involved.

Regardless of the cause, take a look back at these musical icons that have left us way, way, way too soon - yet have left us with legacies that will live on forever. The majority of these deaths, in addition to being sudden and shocking, were in some way either ironic or just completely messed up. Rock on...

Michael Jackso...
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'American Idol' Showdown: Adam Should Win In A Landslide

May 20th, 2009 9:03am EDT
American Idol
It's interesting the way Ryan Seacrest framed last night's battle of the American Idol finalists, painting a major contrast between the two contestants. His list of the differences between the two singers was not simply a clashing description of two people, but a sort of rallying cry for the sections of the country each guy supposedly represented.

In one corner, Ryan gave us the clean-cut country boy from the "real" America who would just love to get your votes. In the other corner, we met the freakish glam rocker from that hedonistic land of California who does his best to com...
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Catching Up with Teairra Mari On Her New Album 'At That Point'

April 2nd, 2009 12:10pm EDT
Teairra Mari
After being dropped by Jay-Z's label, Ms. Teairra Mari has been out of the spotlight. Now with her second album, At That Point, Teairra is ready to make a strong comeback.

SP: Your second album is coming out and it's been a while since your last one. How as an artist do you feel you have grown from that last album?

Teairra: I've matured a lot. That's why I've titled my second album, "At That Point." It's a reflection of me saying that I've been around and now I am finally confident as a woman. I'm comfortable in my own shoes and I don't care what people think. I just do me and I'm...
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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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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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New Artist Watch: Qwote

March 30th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Qwote
Jive Records along with Miami based Final Cut Music Group and legendary label Slip N Slide (home of artists Trick Daddy, Trina, Plies and Rick Ross among others) announces the signing of singer/songwriter Qwote. His first single "Don't Wanna Fight" is gaining strong radio support in his home state of Florida and the single is impacting pop radio nationwide on March 31st. "Don't Wanna Fight" will be released with two versions; one featuring hip-hop star Trina, and a reggae-tinged version featuring pop-reggae sensation Shaggy.

Born in Haiti and raised in NY and Miami, Qwote showed his l...
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Thievery Corporation Producer Rob Garza Releases 'Dust Galaxy'

November 11th, 2007 10:00am EST
Dust Galaxy
Having spent over the past ten years creating, producing, remixing and touring, Rob Garza has been influenced by an endless list of diverse artists. Some surprising, some not. In fact, for Dust Galaxy, he was more influenced by non-musicians… like Fernando Pessoa, Jose Orozco, Diego Rivera, Heinrich Zimmer, and Stanislav Grof.

"People often think that I spend all my time submerged in electronic music," but in reality, people are very surprised to find him at home in dive bars more often listening to rock, soul and psychedelic music. "What I love about some of my favorite records like...
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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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Check Out Johnta Austin's New Single, 'Video,' From His Debut Album, In Stores Sept. 4

August 14th, 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,...
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Rolling Stones & Paul Simon Songs Added To Library of Congress Registry

March 7th, 2007 2:32pm EST
The Rolling Stones
Songs by rockers The Rolling Stones and Paul Simon have been hailed as historic works of art after being chosen for preservation by the Library Of Congress. The Rolling Stones' classic single "Satisfaction" and Simon's "Graceland" will be preserved in the National Recordings Registry for future generations to enjoy.

Other recordings chosen this year include country star Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes," The Ronettes' "Be My Baby" and soul legend Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come."

To qualify for entry, works must be at least 10 years old and be "culturally, historically or aes...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 22

January 22nd, 2007 3:00am EST
Michael Hutchence
Happy Birthday to "7th Heaven" actress Beverley Mitchell (1981), American singer Willa Ford (1981), Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody (1980), "Malcolm in the Middle" actor Christopher Masterson (1980), character actor Balthazar Getty (1975), "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" actress Olivia d'Abo (1967), "Unfaithful" star Diane Lane (1965), Will Smith partner DJ Jazzy Jeff (1965), late INXS singer Michael Hutchence (1960; d. 1997), "Exorcist" star Linda Blair (1959), "Dawson's Creek" actor John Wesley Shipp (1956), Journey singer Steve Perry (1949), British actor John Hurt (1940), "Incredible Hul...
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Grammy Winning Jazz Superstars George Benson And Al Jarreau Unite For First-Ever Collaboration

October 19th, 2006 12:36pm EDT
Givin It Up
On October 24th, the music world will be dazzled by a harmonic convergence of superstars when singer/guitarist/songwriter George Benson teams with vocalist extraordinaire/songwriter Al Jarreau for Givin' It Up. Friends and label-mates for over three decades, this outing marks the first time that the two artists, both multiple Grammy® winners with Gold and Platinum selling albums, have recorded together as equal partners.

This much-anticipated 13-track recording features each of the stars on a new arrangement of one of the other's biggest hits - Jarreau adding lyrics to and singing Bens...
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Rare and Unreleased Music Highlights "Soul Sisters" and "Soul Brothers" Discs

June 16th, 2006 12:31pm EDT
Aretha Franklin
Atlantic Records was home to many of the legendary singers, songwriters and producers who defined the sweet sound of the early 1960s and '70s soul. Rhino Records uncovers forgotten classics drawn from Atlantic's vast library and brings them together for a pair of single-disc compilations, Atlantic Unearthed: Soul Sisters and Atlantic Unearthed: Soul Brothers. Both albums feature remastered versions of hard-to-find singles---some making their CD debut, B-sides of hits, and previously unreleased music by the kings and queens of soul. The albums are available June 20.

Soul Sisters include...
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First US Album From British Soul Singer James Hunter Released

April 5th, 2006 8:30pm EDT
James Hunter
You'd be forgiven for not knowing James Hunter. But not for long....

While music critics are busy compiling their 'Best of 2005' lists, this out-of-nowhere soul genius has already recorded the first classic album of 2006. A virtual unknown here in the States, The All Music Guide calls Hunter "one of the best blue-eyed soul singers to emerge in the late 20th Century." With his first U.S. release People Gonna Talk hitting stores on March 7, 2006, Hunter's cover is about to be blown.

Hunter's voice has the kind of depth and nuance that invites comparisons to Sam Cooke; his songwriti...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 22

January 22nd, 2006 3:00am EST
Steeeeeeve Perry
Happy Birthday to "7th Heaven" actress Beverley Mitchell (1981), American singer Willa Ford (1981), Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody (1980), "Malcolm in the Middle" actor Christopher Masterson (1980), character actor Balthazar Getty (1975), "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" actress Olivia d'Abo (1967), "Unfaithful" star Diane Lane (1965), Will Smith partner DJ Jazzy Jeff (1965), late INXS singer Michael Hutchence (1960; d. 1997), "Exorcist" star Linda Blair (1959), "Dawson's Creek" actor John Wesley Shipp (1956), Journey singer Steve Perry (1949), British actor John Hurt (1940), "Incredible Hul...
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Cat Stevens Returns With Definitive 2-CD Retrospective

November 16th, 2005 3:30pm EST
Cat Stevens
New two-CD Gold Retrospective Collection (click for review) from Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) Features The Hits "The First Cut Is The Deepest," "Where Do The Children Play?," "Hard Headed Woman," "Wild World," "Moonshadow," "Morning Has Broken," "Peace Train," "Oh Very Young" And More.

With the CD debut of "Indian Ocean," Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) gives an inkling of a new creative dawn and lends hope that more music will soon be heard from a man who wrote and recorded some of his generation's most beloved songs. Penned and co-produced by Islam, "Indian Ocean" was digitally released ...
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Elvis Costello is a Very Busy Guy

November 3rd, 2005 2:08pm EST
Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello has put an impressive coda onto the end of 2005, a year which has already seen the release of a special edition of his latest album, 'The Delivery Man,' his 'Live in Memphis' concert DVD, a CD of his performance on Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz" show, 'The Right Spectacle,' a DVD collection of his music videos, the Rhino re-release of his celebrated album 'King of America,' a performance on the Today Show's outdoor concert series, and a full-length US tour. Elvis' busy schedule of performances this fall include an opera, a Broadway Gala, a tribute concert to Sam Cooke, and ...
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