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Christina Aguilera Goes Vintage on Upcoming Album

5/11/2006 11:49am EDT
Christina Aguilera
Paying tribute to the music that inspired her, pop icon Christina Aguilera will release her third studio album, "Back To Basics," August 15. A modern take on vintage jazz, soul and blues from the 1920s, '30s and '40s, the album is wildly inventive with a throwback style creating a sound that's gritty and raw.

"This is a concept album that follows a bold, set vision," stated Aguilera. "The touchstones are Billie Holiday, Otis Redding, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald ... what I used to call my 'fun music' when I was a little girl."

"Back To Basics" utilizes an orchestra, choir, stri...

Susan Tedeschi's New Hope And Desire

10/10/2005 11:11pm EDT
Susan Tedeschi
On Tuesday, October 11, 2005, Verve Forecast will release Hope and Desire (click for review), a powerful new collection of a dozen songs soulfully rendered by Susan Tedeschi. The album marks the acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist's major label debut.

Since her breakthrough with 1998's Just Won't Burn, GRAMMY®-nominee Tedeschi has made an impact with her seemingly effortless ability to blend blues, rock, R&B, folk, and gospel in her own unique way. A superb songwriter, Tedeschi takes a new direction on Hope and Desire by showcasing her skills as an interpreter of song, and performi...