Daily Archives: June 30, 2008

VH1 Soul Is Hitting The Road For The Third Annual “Summer Of Soul” Campaign in New Orleans

New York, June 30, 2008 – VH1 Soul will kick off the summer with its third annual “Summer Of Soul” campaign, a summer-long celebration of soul featuring R&B, Grammy Award-Winning artists Rihanna and Ne-Yo beginning Friday, July 4 – Monday, September 1. Taping at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, on-air commentator Solange Knowles will host and interview some of the biggest names in R&B today reminiscing on their all-time favorite songs, moments and memories of summer. The “Summer of Soul” line-up will include two new Top 10 “Summer of Soul” countdowns, in which each VH1 Soul artist will host an hour of their top 10 favorite summer videos, as well as brand new “Summer Of Soul” interstitials which will include cool, fun, lifestyle oriented questions about summer.

Premiering Friday, July 4 at 9PM* the “Summer of Soul” campaign will include all-new on-air graphics, artists discussing their favorite summer activities, and new programming including summer editions of the Top 10 “Summer of Soul” countdown hosted by Rihanna on Friday, July 4 at 9PM*, as well as the Top 10 “Summer of Soul” countdown hosted by Ne-Yo on Monday, July 14 at 8PM*.

VH1 Soul “Summer Of Soul” is a production of VH1. Lee Rolontz and Keshia Williams are executive producers.

Launched in 1997, VH1 Soul is the 24-hour network that brings music lovers the hottest, soul, neo-soul an R&B hits from the 90s and today featuring core artists such as Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, Outkast, Mary J. Blige and Usher. VH1 Soul, the premier source for all R&B and soul music, is now seen in the Top 20 U.S. markets for African-Americans and is available in nearly 20 million U.S. households.


Jay-Z’s Glastonbury Success

Jay-Z’ s show in Glastonbury this past weekend was hot and widely talked about because of comments made by Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher who did not feel the Jiggaman belonged at a festival usually reserved for rockers like him. We can only read Gallagher’s “concern” as ignorant racism because hip-hop is and has been the new rock and roll for the past 30 yrs. Jigga’s appearance onstage with a guitar singing Oasis’s hit song “Wonderwall” was the appropriate response because it made the connection between the genres visually apparent. This act on Jigga’s part is timely considering the recent passings of Ike Turner (an excellent guitarman) and Bo Diddley (another pioneer.) We would’ve hoped that Gallagher’s Englishness might have taught him something about Jimi Hendrix’s explosion on the continent some 41 yrs ago. We expect this kind of rock segregation attitude more from white American rockers. Too bad Keith Richards can’t explain the Black folks origin of rock to Gallagher because he’s also stupefied by hip-hop. See Jigga’s performance below: