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Sinead O'Connor Cancels Her 2012 Tour Due To Her Bipolar Disorder

April 24th, 2012 10:16am EDT
Sinead OConnor
Sinead O'Connor has scrapped all her upcoming tour dates and threatened to quit show business forever following a meltdown before a scheduled show in Munich, Germany on Saturday.

The Irish star, who has been open in the past about her battles with mental illness, briefly posted a statement on her website over the weekend, urging fans not to show up for the German show and she has since announced her plans to retreat from the music industry and work "a normal job."

All messages posted to her personal website have since been removed and the site itself has been replaced by a white space.
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Sheryl Crow To Release '100 Miles From Memphis' July 20

June 2nd, 2010 8:20pm EDT
Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow is about to unveil her soul stylings on the new studio set "100 Miles From Memphis" due for release July 20th on A&M Records. Crow will hit the road with a string of June dates followed by a headlining slot on the first five Lilith Fair dates. After the release of "100 Miles From Memphis" Crow will debut a new live band to take her funky new sound on the road. See below for complete list of tour dates.

Growing up in Kennett, Missouri, 100 miles from Memphis, Crow grew up listening to the irresistible soul sounds on the radio coming out of Memphis in the late 60s; Otis Redding, ...
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Sade Returns After 10 Years With 'Soldier Of Love', Out Feb. 9

January 28th, 2010 5:36am EST
Sade
"Soldier of Love" is only the sixth studio album the band Sade released during their 25 year career, and the first since "Lovers Rock" in 2000. For Sade herself, as the lynchpin of the group's songwriting effort, it's a simple matter of integrity and authenticity. "I only make records when I feel I have something to say. I'm not interested in releasing music just for the sake of selling something. Sade is not a brand."

The call went out in 2008 for the group to re-convene at Peter Gabriel's Real World studio, near Sade's home in the countryside of south west England. It was the first tim...
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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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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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'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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Queen Latifah To Release Second Jazz Album, 'Trav'lin' Light,' Sept. 25

September 19th, 2007 7:30pm EDT
Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah's new album Trav'lin' Light will be released by famed jazz label Verve Records in conjunction with Flavor Unit Entertainment on September 25.

Produced by three-time Grammy® winner Tommy LiPuma and by Geffen Records chairman Ron Fair, the album is the long-awaited follow-up to Latifah's critically-acclaimed and Grammy® nominated release The Dana Owens Album (2004).

Trav'lin' Light is Latifah's second foray into the realm of jazz, soul, and blues. Once again, she embraces a sultry and saucy mix of fabled female vocalists who've inspired her. Exploring the songbooks of ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 3

June 3rd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Phish bassist Mike Gordon
Happy Birthday to Australian born country singer/songwriter Jamie O'Neal (1968), Phish bassist Mike Gordon (1965), Slayer guitarist Kerry King, Warlock singer Doro Pesch, 70s singer Dan Hill (1954), pop singer Deniece Williams (1950), musician/actress Suzi Quatro (1950), Mott the Hoople singer Ian Hunter (1946), R&B singer Curtis Mayfield (1942; d. 1999), saxophonist Boots Randolph (1926), "Some Like It Hot" actor Tony Curtis (1925), blues guitarist Jimmy Rogers (1924; d. 1997), actress Colleen Dewhurst (1924; d. 1991), and legendary dancer/actress Josephine Baker (1905; d. 1975).
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R. Kelly's 'Double Up' in stores May 29; Virginia Tech 'Rise Up' Tribute Available May 15

May 4th, 2007 7:00pm EDT
R. Kelly
As the undisputed king of R&B, R. Kelly never seems to be far from the current soul scene. Be it collaborating with his homeboy Snoop ("That's That") or trading verses with Ciara ("Promise Remix"), this Chicago soul man has displayed a consistent brilliance throughout his fifteen-year career.

Since 2002, R. Kelly has blessed his fans with a new album every year, and 2007 will be no different. While the rest of the music world slept, R. Kelly has been inside his famed studio the Chocolate Factory making countless beats, laying down mackadelic vocals and creating wonderful music.

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

April 30th, 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...
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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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Akon's "Konvicted" In Stores Today; Listen To Two Songs From It Here

November 14th, 2006 12:07pm EST
Akon
After winning music fans over with his 2003 multi-platinum debut Trouble, Senegalese singer Akon returns with more stories from his personal journey via his sophomore CD Konvicted. If Trouble was Akon's ode to redemption (before his music career took off he served time for car theft), Konvicted picks up at rebirth. His mission now is to reinvent himself through his salvation - music.

The son of accomplished jazz musician Mor Thiam, Akon was introduced to varied musical styles early on. "I grew-up listening to all kinds of music. Obviously I love soul songs, but I also like mixing in ot...
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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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Celebrity Birthdays, June 3

June 3rd, 2006 3:00am EDT
Phish bassist Mike Gordon
Happy Birthday to Australian born country singer/songwriter Jamie O'Neal (1968), Phish bassist Mike Gordon (1965), Slayer guitarist Kerry King, Warlock singer Doro Pesch, 70s singer Dan Hill (1954), pop singer Deniece Williams (1950), musician/actress Suzi Quatro (1950), Mott the Hoople singer Ian Hunter (1946), R&B singer Curtis Mayfield (1942; d. 1999), saxophonist Boots Randolph (1926), "Some Like It Hot" actor Tony Curtis (1925), blues guitarist Jimmy Rogers (1924; d. 1997), actress Colleen Dewhurst (1924; d. 1991), and legendary dancer/actress Josephine Baker (1905; d. 1975).
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The Isley Brothers Release "Baby Makin' Music"

May 9th, 2006 4:51pm EDT
The Isley Brothers
Baby Makin' Music is a natural title for a new album by The Isley Brothers featuring Ron Isley aka “Mr. Biggs.” For, in the annals of contemporary music, few groups or artists can lay claim to creating as many slow jams and bedroom classics, classics that set the perfect right mood for romance leading to seduction, seduction leading to passion and, yes, in more than one instance, passion as a prelude to a rise in the birth rate! “Yes, we’ve been making baby-makin’ music for quite a while,” Ron grins with confidence, aware that his smooth-yet-soulful vocal style has brought pleasure to milli...
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Richard Ashcroft Tour Dates; New Album, " Keys To The World," Hits Stores March 21

March 9th, 2006 11:48am EST
Richard Ashcroft
Virgin Records has announced the forthcoming release of “Keys To The World,” the new album from Richard Ashcroft. The legendary British artist’s critically acclaimed third solo album-– which made a phenomenal chart entry in the UK last month, coming in at #2, just behind Arctic Monkeys’ record-setting debut album-– will hit stores across North America on March 21st.

Formerly the singer and chief songwriter in The Verve, one of the most influential and successful bands of the 1990’s, Ashcroft has been hailed as “the best singer in the world” by no less an authority than Coldplay’s Chri...
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