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Celebrity Birthdays, September 9

9/9/2006 3:00am EDT
Adam Sandler
Happy Birthday to "Brokeback Mountain" actress Michelle Williams (1980), modern jazz singer Michael Buble (1975), "E.T." star Henry Thomas (1971), New Zealand model Rachel Hunter (1969), "Click" star Adam Sandler (1966), Food Network chef Mario Batali (1960), "Notting Hill" star Hugh Grant (1960), "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Voyager," and "Enterprise" actor Jeffrey Combs (1954), Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart (1952), "The Dukes of Hazzard" star Tom Wopat (1951), Buffalo Springfield bassist Bruce Palmer (1946; d. 2004), R&B singers Dee Dee Sharp (1945), singer Otis Redding (1941), actr...

Rare and Unreleased Music Highlights "Soul Sisters" and "Soul Brothers" Discs

6/16/2006 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...

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...