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Power Play: Real Story Behind Beyoncé’s Grammy Performance & The Backlash

Posted February 9, 2015 by jmurray

Shame on you! Shame on each and every one of you that participated in perpetuating a manufactured feud between 20-time Grammy winner Beyoncé and multiple Grammy-nominee Ledisi. Shame on you for engaging in online chatter about an alleged “snub” of Ledisi and completely overshadowing Beyoncé’s attempt to bring attention to Black men in America. So [...]

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Hold On: En Vogue Singer Hits Hard Times

Posted February 2, 2015 by jmurray

Original En Vogue member Maxine Jones has hit tough times, with a federal judge recently declaring her bank could start foreclosure proceedings for the singer’s failure to make mortgage payments. The 53-year-old singer filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Dec. 18, 2014 in Virginia.  She cites $298,900 in debt and claims to have only $172,000 in [...]

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Jump In Da Line: Junkanoo CD Showcases Masters Of Bahamian Music

Posted January 2, 2015 by jmurray

Music is a focal point of the Junkanoo celebration in The Bahamas. In anticipation of the first ever Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival this Spring, The Bahamas kicked off a nationwide Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Song Competition. The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) invited musicians from all over the Bahamas to enter the competition.  Both established artists and [...]

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Reunited: Soul Duo Floetry Perform Together In London

Posted December 17, 2014 by jmurray

Remember the neo-soul duo Floetry? They’re the British-bred duo who garnered songwriting success in the late 90′s and early 2000′s after moving to the United States, before going on to have a successful run as artists. Signed to DreamWorks Records, the group rose to stardom with their debut singles ‘Floetic,’ ‘Say Yes’ and ‘Getting Late’ [...]

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Album Review: Was D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’ Worth The Wait?

Posted December 16, 2014 by jmurray

After nearly a 15-year wait, D’Angelo’s long-awaited and regularly-delayed third album (can you believe he’s only put out two others?) was unexpectedly released without promotion on Sunday night in a manner made famous a year ago by Beyoncé. While many at his music label RCA Records sat in a listening party in New York City [...]

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El DeBarge: Staging Another Comeback?

Posted November 3, 2014 by jmurray

Is El DeBarge signing a new record deal Epic Records? During a recent appearance on “The Talk” to celebrate Sheryl Underwood’s birthday, DeBarge said in the post performance interview that he “wasn’t at liberty to say which label I’m signing with,” but then laughed and said: “Hello, L.A. Reid!” DeBarge continued: “You can expect a [...]

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Double Date: Two “R&B Divas” Stars Dropping Music Same Week

Posted September 23, 2014 by jmurray

Two stars of TV One’s hit reality franchise “R&B Divas” are preparing to release new music on Oct. 28, 2014. “R&B Divas ATL” star Syleena Johnson will unveil her latest album, “Chapter 6: Couples Therapy” via Blakbyrd Music/eOne Entertainment. Led by the first single ‘My Love,’ which is currently no. 28 on the Urban Adult [...]

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Whitney Houston: Where Is The All-Star Tribute CD?

Posted September 16, 2014 by jmurray

After Luther Vandross suffered a severe stroke on April 16, 2003, jazz label Verve Music also released a tribute album to Vandross. The CD was mixed by Ray Bardani, who recorded and mixed most of Luther’s music over the years. Their collection, “Forever, For Always, For Luther” included the late crooner’s hits performed by Kirk [...]

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Whitney Houston: New Live Album Being Released

Posted September 16, 2014 by jmurray

New music from Whitney Houston will hit stores this fall. Music mogul Clive Davis is readying the release of a new Houston CD/DVD, “Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances.” Davis, who is credited with discovering the late diva, announced on the “Today” show on Tuesday that the disc and DVD will showcase the best of [...]

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Bright Balance: Avery Sunshine Mirrors Aretha Franklin Model For Marrying Soul & Gospel

Posted August 25, 2014 by jmurray

Aretha Franklin did it! So did Al Green! Candi Staton did and Ann Nesby, Dave Hollister and Kelly Price continue to as well! Now, Avery Sunshine is the latest song stylist to bridge the gap between the sacred and secular worlds by recording music that has cultivated her a fan base in both mainstream music [...]

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