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Stars Praise Ella Fitzgerald With 'We All Love Ella: Celebrating The First Lady Of Song'; Out June 5

5/29/2007 12:47pm EDT
Ella Fitzgerald
A sensational assemblage of stars honors the incomparable songstress Ella Fitzgerald on the Phil Ramone-produced 'We All Love Ella: Celebrating The First Lady Of Song' (June 5, Verve Records). These stars' love of Ella shines through on their musical performances, but they also cite Ella's artistry and music as moving and influential to their own careers.

You can almost hear Natalie Cole smile as she sings Ella's famous hit "A Tisket A Tasket." This was the first jazz song Cole ever learned and she practiced it so she would sound exactly like Ella. "When I was seven, I was singing like...

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...

Soulive To Release New Album On Stax Records

4/12/2007 3:21pm EDT
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...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 23

3/23/2007 3:00am EDT
Keri Russell
Happy Birthday to "Into The West" actress Keri Russell (1976), New Jersey Nets basketball star Jason Kidd (1973), "21 Jump Street" star Richard Grieco (1965), film actress Hope Davis (1964), "Pulp Fiction" actress Amanda Plummer (1957), soul singer Chaka Khan (1953), The Cars lead singer Ric Ocasek (1949), folk singer David Olney (1948), Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa (1910; d. 1998), and silver screen siren Joan Crawford (1905; d. 1977).

Fox Reveals the Stars of 'Celebrity Duets'

8/15/2006 3:11pm EDT
Hal Sparks
WWE World Champion Chris Jericho, actress Lucy Lawless, actor Cheech Marin, 2004 Olympic Gold Medal-winning gymnast Carly Patterson, actor/director Alfonso Ribeiro, pop culture guru Jai Rodriguez, actor/comedian Hal Sparks and actress Lea Thompson are the eight celebrities who will compete weekly on "Celebrity Duets" premiering Tuesday, Aug. 29 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Wayne Brady will host the show.

Each week, the celebrity competitors as long as they remain in the competition will be paired with a different recording superstar among Grammy Award-winning and No. 1 artists Clint ...

Leela James Is Back In Studio Recording Second Album

8/3/2006 11:08am EDT
Leela James
Soulstress Leela James has wrapped up more than a year of promotion for her critically acclaimed 2005 debut "A Change Is Gonna Come," and is back in the studio recording her follow-up with Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Raphael Saadiq, who worked on "Change" and is known for his collaborations with D'Angelo and Macy Gray. Warner Bros. Records is planning to release the album -- which will once again spotlight James' talents as an independent-minded and highly gifted singer and songwriter -- next spring.

James, whose throaty gospel-influenced voice has been described as "Chaka K...

Bruce Hornsby Releases 5-Disc Box Set

8/2/2006 11:05am EDT
Bruce Hornsby
Bruce Hornsby is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his breakthrough debut album with the 5-disc box set, “Intersections 1985-2005.” The collection arrives as Bruce Hornsby and his band The Noisemakers are in the midst of their 2006 summer U.S. tour.

The career-spanning collection, comprising four CDs (totaling 53 tracks, 26 of them previously unreleased on CD) and one DVD (with 23 clips, 21 of them previously unreleased on DVD), arrived in stores July 25. “Bruce Hornsby: Intersections 1985-2005” includes a full-color booklet, spiced up by Hornsby's provocative and witty track-by-trac...

Superstars Chosen for FOX's 'Celebrity Duets'

7/24/2006 4:21pm EDT
Macy Gray
Cyndi Lauper, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Randy Travis, Brian Mcknight, Macy Gray, Patti Labelle, Kenny Loggins, Chaka Khan, Richard Marx, Michael Bolton, Clint Black and Aaron Neville are among the Grammy-winning and number-one artists scheduled to perform on Celebrity Duets this fall on Fox.

Celebrity Duets pairs recording superstars with celebrities not famous for singing in hopes of their making beautiful music together. Each week, celebrity participants - as long as they remain in the competition - will be paired with a different recording superstar. The show will follow the ...

Mary J. Blige And Kanye West Tie At BET Awards

6/28/2006 9:45am EDT
Kanye West
Mary J. Blige, Kanye West and Jamie Foxx were big winners at the BET Awards last night. All three stars walked away from the ceremony, which celebrates black artists, at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, with two prizes each.

Blige won Best Female R+B artist but had to share the prize for Best Video with Kanye West and Jamie Foxx who got nods for their hits Be Without You and Gold Digger respectively. Gold Digger also took the award for Best Collaboration.

Other winners at the BET Awards - the Black Entertainment Television Awards - included Chaka Khan who received the covet...

Grammy Nominated India.Arie Returns With "Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship"; In Stores Today!

6/27/2006 5:15pm EDT
Get ready to share India.Arie's testimony... Grammy nominated India.Arie is back with her long awaited studio album Testimony: Vol.1, Life & Relationship. The new album features the hit song "I Am Not My Hair" feat. Akon and the new single "There's Hope." The album hits stores today!

Head over to the Contest page and enter another fantastic India.Arie contest! One lucky winner will take the Grand Prize of an Autographed Carlos Robelli C6 full size acoustic guitar, signed by India, and a copy of her "Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship" album. Three runners-up will rece...

Compilation Album From The 12 "American Idol" Season 5 Finalists Drops May 23

5/18/2006 1:45pm EDT
The ratings are higher than ever. The water-cooler factor is more intense than ever. The contestants are more talented than ever. No wonder the anticipation is running so high for "American Idol Season 5 Encores," the fifth compilation album of songs by the finalists from America's No. 1 television series. The fifth season compilation CD will be released by 19 Recordings/RCA on May 23, the same day that the top two finalists will battle it out in the exciting season finale of Fox-TV's "American Idol."

"American Idol Season 5 Encores" will feature the top 12 finalists singing their bes...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 23

3/23/2006 3:05am EST
Keri Russell
Happy Birthday to "Into The West" actress Keri Russell (1976), New Jersey Nets basketball star Jason Kidd (1973), "21 Jump Street" star Richard Grieco (1965), film actress Hope Davis (1964), "Pulp Fiction" actress Amanda Plummer (1957), soul singer Chaka Khan (1953), The Cars lead singer Ric Ocasek (1949), folk singer David Olney (1948), Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa (1910; d. 1998), and silver screen siren Joan Crawford (1905; d. 1977).

Brian McKnight, LL Cool J & Chaka Khan Featured On "Medea's Family Reunion" Soundtrack

2/24/2006 2:10pm EST
Brian McKnight
Motown Records re-teams with Lionsgate and ground-breaking director/actor/playwright Tyler Perry to release the soundtrack for his new movie, “Madea’s Family Reunion,” which hits theaters today. Brian McKnight's sultry ballad, “Find Myself In You,” is the first single off the soundtrack.

Tyler Perry executive-produced the soundtrack and made certain that every song on the soundtrack appears in the movie. So fans will be pleased to find that, like the movie, Madea’s Family Reunion soundtrack focuses on themes of love and family. The soundtrack contains new songs from talented artist...

Newly Recorded CD Celebrates Landmark Anniversary Of "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

12/6/2005 11:39am EST
A Charlie Brown Christmas
"A Charlie Brown Christmas," an enduring holiday tradition enjoyed by television audiences around the world, this year celebrates its 40th anniversary. To mark the landmark event, Peak Records will release 40 Years - A Charlie Brown Christmas, a collection of newly recorded versions of holiday favorites and Vince Guaraldi-penned Peanuts classics, such as the instantly recognizable "Linus and Lucy."

The CD, which showcases the talents of Gerald Albright, Toni Braxton, Norman Brown, Chaka Khan, Dave Koz, Brian McKnight, Eric Marienthal, and The Rippingtons, is in stores now. Vanessa Will...