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Chris Brown Scores Five Soul Train Award Nominations

October 21st, 2011 11:20am EDT
Chris Brown
R&B star Chris Brown will lead the way at the 2011 Soul Train Awards after receiving five nominations.

The singer is poised to dominate the prizegiving after being nominated for Best Male R&B/Soul Artist, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Dance Performance.

Beyonce and Kanye West will also be big competitors with four nominations apiece, while Brown's ex-girlfriend Rihanna, Adele and Kelly Rowland each have three.

Funk group Earth, Wind & Fire and soul icon Gladys Knight will receive Legend Awards at the Atlanta, Georgia event, which will be hosted by fu...
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Phil Collins Stunned By Hall Of Fame Honor

June 16th, 2010 10:24pm EDT
Phil Collins
Veteran rocker Phil Collins was left dumbfounded when he learned he would be receiving the Songwriters Hall of Fame's highest honor this year - because he was convinced he was not "qualified."

The former Genesis frontman will be presented with the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award, in recognition of his lyrical prowess on classics such as "Against All Odds" and "In the Air Tonight," at a ceremony in New York on Thursday.

Collins admits he was taken aback by the honor - and initially assumed he was simply being called on to present the prize to another artist.

He tells the Associated Press,...
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'American Idol' Recap: Random Thoughts And The Grades On Disco Night

April 22nd, 2009 9:42am EDT
American Idol
Wow, is this "American Idol" or "Hell's Kitchen"? Seacrest comes out straight from the Gates of Hell at the top in front of a wall of flame and brimstone. Whose idea was that?

Nice of Simon to muster a smile after last week's snubbing and repeated hints at leaving the show very soon. I guess $30+ million is worth showing a few teeth for.

There have been drunken resort conga lines that moved more gracefully than the Idols got off the stage tonight. Move to your right after Seacrest is done talking - shouldn't be that hard to rehearse.

Wow, so somebody figured out that if w...
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Cherish Returns With Yung Joc On New Single, 'Killa'; New CD Due April 29

February 18th, 2008 6:00pm EST
Cherish
Most people are not ready for the truth.

But, Cherish is.

In fact, these four singing sisters who hit it big in 2006 with the dance hit "Do It To It" from the Gold-certified album, Unappreciated, are positive that you are ready as well. "Our new album is named The Truth, and it basically delves into the different aspects of our lives," says an excited Fallon, 20. "The entire album reflects our lives and our situations."

Their sophomore project introduces young women who have found their unique place in a field full of duplicates and manufactured stars.

The potent fir...
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Commemorate GRAMMY's 50th Anniversary With 'The Ultimate GRAMMY Collection'

January 8th, 2008 2:12pm EST
Classic Pop
In a grand commemoration of the 50th Celebration of the GRAMMY® Awards, Shout! Factory and The Recording Academy®'s GRAMMY® Recordings announce an electrifying 7-CD series encompassing GRAMMY® winners from four of the legendary awards' major genres. With a personal introduction written by 27-time GRAMMY® winner and 50th Celebration Ambassador Quincy Jones, this series is a sumptuous ode to the biggest hits in music history and a must-have for music lovers and collectors alike.

"We look forward to celebrating the past five decades of GRAMMY®-winning music with music fans everywhere thr...
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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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'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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Will Downing's 'After Tonight' Hits Stores Oct. 30

October 15th, 2007 7:41pm EDT
Will Downing
Will Downing is recognized as the premier male vocalist for the embodiment of his singular, sensuous blend of R&B, jazz and pop. After Tonight, Will's 13th album and first for the Peak Records label, was created and recorded while Will was coming to terms with and battling a rare and severely debilitating condition known as Polymyositis. After Tonight is more than just another album for Downing. It became a monumental reason for him to wake up on many a morning – a purpose that only his attention could bring to life. And Downing is determined for it to be far from his last.

Suffice it ...
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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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Soulive To Release New Album On Stax Records

April 12th, 2007 3:21pm EDT
Soulive
Further establishing their status as one of the preeminent soul/funk groups in music today, Soulive joins the famed Memphis soul label, Stax Records. The band’s Stax debut, No Place Like Soul, is set for release July 31. The album marks the inaugural release by one of the label’s trio of newly signed artists, which also includes Angie Stone and Isaac Hayes.

With the new addition of Toussaint, a vocalist who has spent the past several years touring with his reggae outfit The China Band, No Place Like Soul is the first Soulive album with a full-time vocalist and is the first that the ban...
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Deniece Williams Returns After A Decade With 'Love, Niecy Style,' Out April 24

March 30th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Deniece Williams
Deniece Williams will forever be one of the great all-time R&B divas. Processing an infectious, angelic and soulful honey -coated voice with an awe-inspiring range, Deniece Williams set the bar high for R&B singers back in the 70s and to this day her influence can be heard on everyone from Mariah Carey to Beyoncé. Her songs have been sampled by dozens of artists including Will Smith and Master P. Deniece's pure, rich and spine-tingling vocal quality, along with her impeccable diction and ability to honestly connect with any song has resulted in a vast catalog of hits. Some of her timeless a...
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Epic To Release Sly & The Family Stone's Original Studio Albums In Limited Quantities April 10

March 7th, 2007 12:50pm EST
Sly and The Family Stone
The tumultuous hitmaking career of Sly and The Family Stone continues to reverberate in every single genre of contemporary music - from pop and R&B to hip-hop and jazz - more than three decades after the group's last appearance on the Top 40 charts.

The groundbreaking saga of Sly & The Family Stone was played out over the course of their seven original studio albums on Epic Records, recorded and released between 1967 and 1974: A Whole New Thing (1967), Dance To The Music (1968), Life (1968), Stand! (1969), There's A Riot Goin' On (1971), Fresh (1973), and Small Talk (1974). Those al...
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James Blunt, TI, Mary J. Blige & Ludacris To Perform At Grammy Awards

February 9th, 2007 10:48am EST
Mary J. Blige
Multiple Grammy Award nominees singer/songwriter James Blunt, rapper T.I. and legendary funk band Earth, Wind and Fire together with Mary J. Blige and Ludacris are set to perform on "The 49th Annual Grammy Awards," live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 11 (8:00-11:30 PM live, ET/delayed PT) on CBS.

Multiple Grammy Award winners Burt Bacharach, Natalie Cole and Reba McEntire, rapper/actor Common, as well as actresses Alyson Hannigan and Cobie Smulders, actress/singer Mandy Moore, Academy Award winner Quentin Tarantino and actor Luke Wilson have been added to present.
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Five New "Beautiful Ballads" Titles Arrive In Time For Valentine's Day

January 23rd, 2007 2:00am EST
Earth, Wind & Fire
Five New "Beautiful Ballads" Titles Arrive In Time For Valentine's Day

The Columbia, Epic, BMG and associated label archives that represent the deep resources of Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, now provide the repertoire for Beautiful Ballads, a series of single CD collections that arrived in stores the day after Christmas - just in time for consumers to start making plans for Valentine's Day gift-giving.

The five new titles in the series are compilations on the classic R&B side, showcasing Earth, Wind & Fire, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Isley Br...
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Incognito Tones Things Down On Latest Release, "Bees+Things+Flowers"

January 21st, 2007 10:00am EST
Incognito
Anyone paying attention to the upper echelon of soul music's ever changing face knows the name Incognito. More than the moniker of a great band, Incognito is a brand - a guaranteed one-stop for sophisticated, uplifting U.K.-spun soul-jazz, stamped by a cavalcade of top-notch vocal talent, sweeping arrangements for rhythm section, horns and strings, substance-fueled lyrical content and the unflagging leadership of guitarist/songwriter Jean-Paul Maunick, affectionately known as "Bluey."

Over a 27-year career, London-based Mobo Award winners Incognito made stateside strides with both drea...
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Brian McKnight Returns With "Ten," In Stores Dec. 5

October 29th, 2006 10:30am EST
Brian McKnight
Embracing an effortless eloquence and cocoa butter smooth persona, the music of Brian McKnight has defined the true meaning of American soul man since 1991. Like his spiritual Motown godfathers, this upstate New York native has a velvety voice and silky style that captures the vibe of vintage soul without being old fashion. On his latest disc Ten, that blend can be clearly heard.

"It's always been my goal to try and bring back real R&B music," Brian says. "When I was growing-up it was all about the seventies soul men. From the first time I ever stepped into a studio, my daydream was to...
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"What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977)" Spotlights Funk's Foundation; Listen Here

September 26th, 2006 4:37pm EDT
What It Is
Right on. Right on. Nothing puts a dip in your hip and a glide in your stride quite like a gritty funk groove that hits the beat hard on the one. The polyrhythmic kissing cousin of classic soul and R&B, funk's sinuous slap-bass lines and booming kick drums from its heyday in the late '60s through the late '70s went on to inspire a generation of hip-hop heads. Rhino rocks funk's foundation with a four-disc collection of rump-shaking beats and hard-to-find pimpalicious jams that don't fake the funk. What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) will be available October 3.

This com...
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SlapBak Brings The Funk Back For The New Millennium

September 25th, 2006 4:14pm EDT
Slapbak
Slapbak is the brazenly category-defying love child of singer/songwriter Jara Harris, who also happens to play drums, bass, guitar and keyboards extremely well. He’s a Mission Viejo native who has painstakingly nurtured his rainbow-shaded band through the sunniest of times to the pitch-black bleakest. This racially and sexually mixed sextet of funk-rockin’ show-stoppers has morphed through several permutations of membership to arrive - in 2006 - with both the master plan and the master band. The result is Slapbak's latest album, The Key: 16 tracks of cranium crushing grooves twisted up fro...
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Solar Records Celebrates 30 Years With 'Hits' Discs From Shalamar, Midnight Star and Lakeside; Listen

August 8th, 2006 1:24pm EDT
Shalamar
Shalamar

Shalamar’s fans didn’t just want to buy their albums. They wanted to BE them – traveling the globe, singing, dancing, closing down clubs, shopping, even stopping to ride some dolphins along the way. It takes one-of-a-kind chemistry to effect that kind of ardor, and it can’t be manufactured (as the beginning and end of their story proves). Effervescent but never bubblegum, Shalamar had the priceless ability to make absolutely anyone feel young at heart.

Don Cornelius plucked dancers Jody Watley (Chicago) and Jeffrey Daniel ( Los Angeles ) straight outta "The Soul Train Line" ...
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UK Soul Singer Terri Walker To Release New Album, "I Am", May 15

April 12th, 2006 2:42pm EDT
Terri Walker
This spring sees the return of the UK’s hottest soul singer, Terri Walker. 'I Am' is a fusion of intelligent styles, blended into an accessible and commercial sound. The album features ten stunning tracks which are sure to capture the imaginations of all generations.

Terri signed with London based independent label Dekkor Records directly after coming out of her deal with Universal. “The concept was simple” states Leo Alexander from the label, “Make the album you want to make”.

Terri has co-written and co-produced all tracks from the album, taking the sound back to her debut Mercu...
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Earth, Wind & Fire On Ice

December 12th, 2005 3:25pm EST
Earth, Wind & Fire
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and platinum-selling recording stars Earth Wind & Fire have collaborated with Olympic and World figure skating champions for a mesmerizing afternoon of entertainment in McCormick Presents Earth Wind & Fire Tribute on Ice airing Saturday, December 17, 2005, 4-6 pm on NBC.

The unique program features Earth Wind & Fire performing 20 songs including some of their best-known classical hits as well as wonderful new songs from their latest album, "Illumination" (click for review), released this fall by Sanctuary Records Group. Included songs will be: "Reason...
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Sheryl Crow, Rod Stewart, Il Divo & More At Rockefeller Tree Lighting

November 21st, 2005 11:57am EST
Sheyl Crow
NBC lights up the night with an array of musical performances and the lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree during the 8th annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" spectacular, telecast live on Wednesday, Nov. 30 (8-9:00 p.m. ET/PT). Hosted by Al Roker ("Today") and Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace"), the 73rd tree-lighting extravaganza will feature Rod Stewart, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood ("American Idol"), Regis Philbin, Brian Wilson ("The Beach Boys"), the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and Earth, Wind & Fire performing current hits and holiday favorites sure to warm the coldest hol...
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