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Janet Jackson Postpones Unbreakable Tour for Health Reasons...

Janet Jackson Postpones Unbreakable Tour for Health Reasons...

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Just as Janet Jackson was set to begin the next leg of her uber successful world tour, the pop singer has announced that she will be postponing her outing for health reasons.


"It breaks my heart to tell you that I'm forced to postpone the Unbreakable Tour until the spring..".


Explaining that doctors made the drastic call, she did not go into any other detail regarding the procedure. The 2016 run of the Unbreakable Tour was set to begin January 9 in Denver, CO and would have touched down here in Cleveland February 2.


No word yet on whether refunds will be an option or if tickets must be held for the rescheduled dates. Jackson did promise that all dates will be rescheduled. Read Jackson's entire statement below:


"Hey you guys… Happy Holidays to each and every one of you. I need you to know, I learned today, from my doctors that I must have surgery soon. It breaks my heart to tell you that I am forced to postpone the Unbreakable Tour until the spring. Every date will be rescheduled. Please hold on to your tickets. They will be honored in a special way when the new schedule is announced. Please pray for me, my family and our entire company during this difficult time. There will be no further comment. I love you all so much and am ever grateful for your understanding and your love. Gon' b alright."

Merry Christmas from @FaithEvans, More #Faith20 Available Online....

Merry Christmas from @FaithEvans, More #Faith20 Available Online....

Faith 20 cover art

Faith 20 cover art

As the world is celebrating Christmas with their families, Faith Evans is celebrating in her own special way. A few days ago, we reported that she had shared her single "Fallin In Love" to Soundcloud. The single was to be featured on her upcoming Faith 20! Now, she has made six more songs available from the album, and all can be heard via her Soundcloud account. Through these tracks, fans are getting totally revamped versions of the classic tunes that filled her debut album 20 years ago. Guests featured on the available tracks include Joseline Hernandez and Prodigy.  

 

Click HERE to access Faith's Soundcloud! 

Multiple GRAMMY® Winner @LalahHathaway Releases New Live Album Lalah Hathaway Live, Available Now...

Multiple GRAMMY® Winner @LalahHathaway Releases New Live Album Lalah Hathaway Live, Available Now...

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Oct. 30, 2015  -- Get transported to the signature live musical experience  of two-time GRAMMY Award winning songstress Lalah Hathaway with the release of her new album Lalah Hathaway Live, available in-stores and online everywhere now.  Marking her seventh album and celebrating her 25-year career as a recording artist, Lalah delivers a powerful showcase on her first live project – sparking an intimate live connection with listeners, weaving her lush soulful voice and acclaimed performance style together on the album's 14 tracks.

Following on the acclaimed singles "Angel," with Lalah's distinctive performance of Anita Baker's hit, and "Little Ghetto Boy," bringing her signature voice to her father Donny Hathaway's beloved classic, other highlights on the album include Lalah-penned tracks "Mirror," "Brand New," "This Is Your Life," "Whatever" and more.  Lalah Hathaway Live was recorded live from two sold-out shows at the historic Troubadour Theater in Los Angeles earlier this year (the same theater where Donny Hathaway Live was recorded).  A Best Buy exclusive version of Lalah Hathaway Live is available featuring two bonus tracks.  Check out Lalah Hathaway's "Little Ghetto Boy" music video and latest behind-the-scenes videos, at http://www.youtube.com/TVLalah

Of the album's release, Lalah Hathaway says: "So many years of dreaming...and the moment has arrived. I am beyond excited!"

Lalah Hathaway's new album Lalah Hathaway Liveis available online and in-stores everywhere:

Amazon
http://smarturl.it/LalahLiveAmazon

iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lalah-hathaway-live/id1040155116

Best Buy
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lalah-hathaway-live-only--best-buy-cd/4490402.p?id=3445220&skuId=4490402

Lalah Hathaway Live, Track Listing1. Little Ghetto Boy
2. Baby Don't Cry
3. I'm Coming Back
4. You Were Meant for Me
5. Angel
6. These Are the Things
7. Little Girl / Breathe
8. This Is Your Life
9. When Your Life Was Low
10. Forever, For Always, For Love
11. Lean On Me (feat. Robert Glasper)
12. Mirror
13. Brand New (Bonus Track)
14. Whatever (Bonus Track)

For more information and the latest updates on Lalah Hathaway visit:www.lalahhathaway.com
Facebook: /LalahHathaway
Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Periscope: @lalahhathaway

Source: EOne Music

@Selasimusic Releases New Single, "Love Me or Leave Me"...

@Selasimusic Releases New Single, "Love Me or Leave Me"...

 

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Following the success of "Tear Up the Floor" from the 5-track EP "Shades of Grey", newly coined Global Pop artist Selasi has released his new single, "Love Me or Leave Me". This release is not only a natural progression, but also a dream realized for Selasi, who has spent much of his time writing and producing the hits for other artists. His dream, of course, has always been so do it for himself. With encouragement from supporters like Kandi Burruss of Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta (Selasi not only appeared on RHOA, but also joined the cast of Burruss' hit Bravo spin-off, The Kandi Factory), he's finally releasing his own music. 

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Selasi is also building his name in the film industry, having former his own company, Steady Vision Film, in 2014 and directing and co-producing a short film. "Haunted" stars actress Rachel Neal, and the trailer can be see here

For more information, Follow @Selasimusic on Twitter, Facebook, Soundcloud, YouTube, and Instagram.  

Listen to "Love Me or Leave Me" by clicking here

Watch  "Love Me or Leave Me" by clicking here

Album Review: Janine and the Mixtape: XXEP

Album Review: Janine and the Mixtape: XXEP

 

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With such a beautiful voice, good, relevant lyrics, and hot production, Janine and the Mixtape is definitely that next big thing to hit the music scene. She gave us Dark Mind in 2013, and that was then re-issued last year. Now, she’s surfaced again, this time with XXEP, a 6-song EP offering what I consider to be some of her best music to date.

 

The mood is still dark with this album, and the tracks are mostly filled with pain and heartache. I’ve said before that she reminded me a little of Aaliyah, and I hear it more in her style and delivery with XXEP, but it’s honestly a good thing. It definitely isn’t at a level where you feel she’s trying to emulate. It’s evident that there’s a lot of influence in general, and it comes out in the music.

 

Nevertheless, Janine and the Mixtape is an artist all her own, and is destined for great things. She's a much-needed breath of fresh air in an industry that has become inundated with copycats and downright theft. I, for one, am eager to hear more from her. 

Legacy Recordings Announces the Release of 23-disc Collection from The Isley Brothers...

Legacy Recordings Announces the Release of 23-disc Collection from The Isley Brothers...

 

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NEW YORK, May 24, 2015 -- Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is proud to announce the release of The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983), a monumental 23-disc box set, on Friday, August 21, 2015.

Pre-order here: http://smarturl.it/Isley_TNeckBox_Amzn

An essential library collection chronicling the sonic evolution and abiding achievements of the unprecedented R&B ensemble, The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) follows The Isley Brothers through their transformation from a 1950's doo-wop/gospel vocal group into the world's preeminent R&B rock 'n' soul powerhouse party band. As evidenced in this quarter century of recordings, The Isley Brothers absorbed the music and culture surrounding them to continually create contemporary sounds spanning the decades.

The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) showcases tracks written (excepting "covers"), arranged, performed and produced by The Isley Brothers.  This definitive new Isley Brothers anthology was compiled and produced by Grammy Award®-winner Leo Sacks, co-produced by Jeffrey James and Jeremy Holiday, and mastered from the original analog tapes by Grammy Award®-winner Mark Wilder at Battery Studios.

The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) features  newly remastered versions of The Isley Brothers' 21 albums released for both labels, nearly all of which are expanded with rare mixes and tracks making their CD and digital debuts.  The new collection includes 84 rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks. 

This set also includes, released here for the first time in its entirety, the "Great Lost Isley Brothers Album": Wild In Woodstock: The Isley Brothers Live At Bearsville Sound Studio 1980.  First conceived as a "live" double album (with overdubbed crowd noise), this newly restored performance offers an immersive look at a crucial chapter in The Isley Brothers' history, a pivotal moment in the fusion of rock and funk music in an era fueled by the sound of the Isleys.

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By the 1990s, The Isley Brothers' dominant influence over hip-hop music and culture could be felt at every turn. "Footsteps In The Dark" from 1977's Go For Your Guns was sampled in Ice Cube's "It Was A Good Day," while The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Big Poppa" interpolated the title track of 1983's Between The Sheets. The Isleys' flashy fashion sense directly inspired the "bling" aesthetic embraced by rappers everywhere. R. Kelly proclaimed the group his biggest influence, collaborating with them on his Top 5 hit "Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)" in 1995 (featuring Ronald Isleyin a career-redefining role as Mr. Biggs in the accompanying video). Kelly's writing and production for the group continued through the 1990s and 2000s, peaking with Body Kiss which hit No. 1 the Billboard 200 in 2003, a full 44 years since their first hit with "Shout."

The Isley Brothers' classic works continue to reach new fans through consistent radio airplay, film and television licenses and samples: in 2015, Kendrick Lamar won two Grammy Awards® for the track "I," built upon the groove of "That Lady" (from 1973's 3+3), while singer/rapper Frank Ocean covered "At Your Best (You Are Love)" from Harvest For The World (previously covered by Aaliyah in 1994, who made it a Top 10 hit).

The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) offers new music fans an opportunity to revisit the seminal R&B sounds that continue to reverberate through contemporary soul, rock, hip-hop and pop records.

Born and raised in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio, The Isley Brothers--O'Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley, Ronald Isley and a fourth brother, Vernon Isley (who died a couple of years after their first incarnation)--began performing as a gospel-based vocal group in 1954.  Moving to the New York City area in the late 1950s, The Isley Brothers scored some modest regional chart successes before their fourth single (and first for RCA Victor), "Shout"--written by O'Kelly, Rudolph and Ronald--catapulted them into the pantheon of pop immortality in 1959.  One of the most immediately identifiable and infectious party anthems ever written or recorded, The Isley Brothers "Shout"--with its irresistible call-and-response structure--combined gospel heat and doo-wop soul with a high-powered rock 'n' roll energy.  The much-covered "Shout" was inducted into the Grammy® Hall of Fame in 1999 and placed No. 118 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The Isleys followed up "Shout" with a variety of tracks (including their Top 20 single, "Twist & Shout," a song later famously covered by The Beatles).

Perhaps the most musically adventurous vocal ensemble in American pop history, The Isley Brothers were adding rock, funk, R&B, soul and ballad elements into the gospel and doo-wop music at the foundation of their sound.

In the 1960s, while The Isley Brothers bounced between various labels (including Atlantic, United Artists and Motown), they briefly employed a then-unknown Jimi Hendrix (aka Jimmy James) as their lead guitarist, buying him a white Fender Stratocaster guitar and moving him into the Isley home.   Though Jimi's stint with the Isley Brothers was brief, his musical sensibilities remained in the group, with younger brother Ernie Isley carrying the fiery experimental rock 'n' soul guitar sound they shared into the Isley Brothers future.

Tired of labels that didn't fully understand or support their R&B/rock fusion musical vision, The Isley Brothers launched their independent T-Neck imprint with distribution through Buddah Records. At T-Neck, the Isleys finally enjoyed the freedom to make music the way they wanted, recording and producing their own material as well as assisting in the distribution and promotion process. The T-Neck label's lead single, the irresistible Grammy Award®-winning funk hit "It's Your Thing," instantly established the band and label as a commercial powerhouse, its lyric a mantra for the trail The Isley Brothers would blaze in the next decade.

The Isleys' ever-expanding musical repertoire in the 1970s included funky covers of pop/rock favorites ("Love The One You're With," "Lay, Lady, Lay") that helped spread these songs through urban markets. The group would hit a new peak with the album 3+3 and single "That Lady" in 1973. 

They added younger brothers Ernie Isley (lead guitar, drums) and Marvin Isley (bass guitar) and Rudolph's brother-in-law Chris Jasper (keyboards, synthesizers) into the mix, turning The Isley Brothers vocal trio into a self-contained pop/rock/R&B/funk ensemble, writing, producing, performing, arranging, distributing their own works on T-Neck Records throughout the 1970s into the early 1980s.

With Ernie, Chris and Marvin leading the way creatively, the group pushed the barriers of soul music, bringing funk and laid-back quiet storm into the mainstream and earning the band three gold and seven platinum or multi-platinum albums--including 3+3 (1973), the #1 chart-topping The Heat Is On (1975) and 1983's Between The Sheets--and 14 Top 10 R&B albums (seven of which hit No. 1). In the world of R&B, only Parliament-Funkadelic and Earth, Wind & Fire have achieved success rivaling the Isley Brothers.

The Isley Brothers have had 19 Top 10 singles (7 of those at #1) in the US Billboard R&B chart, with 16 Isley albums hitting the Top 40.  13 of their albums have achieved RIAA gold, platinum or multi-platinum status.  The Isley Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.  They got their star on the Hollywood Rockwalk in 1997 and were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003.

The Isley Brothers, through an unprecedented seven decades, have remained one of the most consistently successful groups of all time. The Isleys were present at the birth of rock and roll, their biggest hits have influenced R&B, rock and roll and funk music from the 1950s onward while their deep grooves helped form the rhythmic backbone of hip-hop, a sound the Isleys would embrace in the 1990s and 2000s.

Still active as a duo of Ronald and Ernie Isley, The Isley Brothers earned a Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.  The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) brings all of their works for the Sony Music family into one impressive package.

The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) (* includes bonus tracks)


Shout! (RCA Victor, 1959)*  (T-Neck, 1976)*Harvest For The WorldGo For Your Guns (T-Neck, 1969)*  (T-Neck, 1977)*It's Our ThingShowdown (T-Neck, 1969)*  (T-Neck, 1978)*The Brothers: IsleyWinner Takes All (T-Neck, 1969)  (T-Neck, 1979—2 CDs)*The Isley Brothers Live At Yankee StadiumGo All The Way (T-Neck, 1970)*  (T-Neck, 1980)*Get Into SomethingWild In Woodstock: The Isley Brothers Live At Bearsville Studios 1980 (T-Neck, recorded 1964-1965; remixed/released 1971)* (previously unreleased)*The Isley Brothers & Jimi HendrixIn The Beginning...Grand Slam (T-Neck, 1971)*  (T-Neck, 1981)*Givin' It BackInside You (T-Neck, 1972)*  (T-Neck, 1981)*Brother, Brother, BrotherThe Real Deal (T-Neck, 1973)  (T-Neck, 1982)*The Isleys LiveBetween The Sheets (T-Neck, 1973)*  (T-Neck, 1983)*3+3 (T-Neck, 1974)* Live It Up

The Heat Is On (T-Neck, 1975)* 

 

Source: Legacy Recordings

#UrbanMusicNews:@KatDeluna Releases Scorching New Single, "BUM BUM", feat @treysongz

#UrbanMusicNews:@KatDeluna Releases Scorching New Single, "BUM BUM", feat @treysongz

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 (March 30, 2015 - New York, NY) -- Singer, songwriter and dancer Kat DeLuna releases her fiery new single, "Bum Bum" featuring Trey Songz today. Listen to "Bum Bum" here and purchase here.  DeLuna is prepping a new full-length album that will be released later this year.  Details to follow.


About her new singl, DeLuna says, "I'm so excited for the world to hear my amazing new song 'Bum Bum' with the incredible Trey Songz. This song is evidence that music transcends generations, and for that I wasnt to specially thank Sister Nancy for originating such an incredible song that left its musical imprint culturally for years to come.  I hope 'Bum Bum' becomes your summer anthem!"

DeLuna is a classically trained singer, in addition to being a songwriter and energizing performer. Her debut album, 2007's Nine Lives featured the pop/dance latin-flavored, Gold-certified single “Whine Up,” featuring Jamaican reggae star Elephant Man, and catapulted Kat to international stardom.

DeLuna nabbed the Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica 2007 - MTVtr3s’s “Best New Artist Award,” and scored a Billboard Latin Music Award for “Best Club Play Track of the Year” (for “Whine Up”). She also received “The Best Urban Artist” and “The Best New Artist” Awards at the TMF Awards in 2008. DeLuna also won The Casandra Award for “New International Artist,” as well as her 2009 prestigious ALMA Award Nomination for “Female Rising Star.“