Eurweb reports that Prince may end his praised 3121 Show.
(Los Angeles, CA) February 14, 2006 – Boyz II Men most anticipated new album, The Remedy will finally be available to the group’s US fans this Wednesday, Valentine’s Day. A date that is a very appropriate and significant for the group who are known for their classic love songs.
NEW YORK, NY, February 20, 2007 – “Bling’d: Blood, Diamonds and Hip Hop,” a new documentary under VH1’s Rock Docs franchise will take a hard-hitting look at the diamond trade in Sierra Leone, West Africa and the discovery by the “diamond-obsessed” hip-hop community that they may have unintentionally played a role in the country’s war.
Liv Warfield is one of the most promising voices in indie soul music today. Her triumphant debut album, Embrace Me, is a compelling overload, combining warm, seductive vocals and vintage R&B with a funky new-age twist. Her music is a celebration of love and life; a powerful package of brilliant songwriting and flawless harmonizing. But Liv’s greatness lies in her simplicity. She still has that demure mid-western charm about herself and a unique vulnerability that paints a picture of a young woman with an old soul full of timeless, liberated melodies.
The It’s All About M.E.E. (Media, Expression, and Education) Festival is a 3-day multi-media celebration taking place from February 23�25, 2007. It�s All About M.E.E combines the best of our Freshest Youth Program, the Urban Word NYC Poetry Slam Final, and the Hip-Hop Education Summit [H2Ed].
Lee “Scratch” Perry’s impact on the sound of Jamaican music can never be understated. During a career spanning over 40 years he has taken Reggae to new, often strange heights, with his singularly unique approach to music making. He is a producer, mixologist and songwriter who helped shape and create the sound of dub, as well as having a hand in developing reggae music to be the powerful force in the pop music world that it is today. Many years of producing various recordings have resulted in Perry being a part of some of the most influential tracks in the history of reggae music. Today, 25 years after the destruction of his famed Black Ark studio in Kingston , this enigmatic genius is one of the best known and most highly regarded musicians on the international Reggae scene. His music is continually attracting new fans all over the world.
I had never paid attention to Christina Aguilera before Grammy night this year. She sang James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” with emotion only comparable to Aretha, Chaka, Fantasia and Teena Marie. After this performance I will be on the lookout for her!
The grooves of summer are evident on the band’s cover of Roy Ayers’s “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” that also serves as the album’s attempted creed and title source. Despite an auspicious start, Bees misses the thing called pollen in the flower and ends up with only a buzz. For example, the Ayers’s tribute boasts snug rhythm interspersed with carefully handled guitar that loses its pleasant dominance in Joy Rose’s mannered singing. Soul music’s ethos of gospelly, gritty, and generous emotion fails to appear thereby leaving the best intentions of a cover song flat. This thud in the road of their creativity accurately forecasts a playlist of limp pickings beneath a history of golden jazzfunk that grooved heartily through Positivity, No Time Like The Future and Adventures in Black Sunshine etc. Bad vocal ideas painfully continue and the sturdiness of Jocelyn Brown’s voice flees to be replaced with waggish ululation on a sleepy version of “Always There.” Ghosts of Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho soundtrack eerily precede Carleen Anderson’s melodramatic rendering of “Summer In The City.” Anderson’s previous work with the defunct Young Soul Disciples, her first solo album and earlier work with Incognito portrayed her mature instrument in better arrangements. Is it possible for a hot band to miss its own mark sometime? Yes. When they come to your town see the show but buy this release at your own risk.