Daily Archives: December 4, 2016

RED Distribution Announces Deal For Run The Jewels RTJ3


Run The Jewels have announced a direct deal with RED Distribution for their RTJ3 album. The deal covers physical and digital distribution of the album in the US, Canada, UK, Eire and Europe (excluding Russia). RTJ3 comes out in the US on January 13th and has an international release on January 20th. They have already shared a few singles from RTJ3 and you can listen to “2100” below.

Run The Jewels also announced their Run The World tour which is their first full-scale North American tour since 2015. The Gaslamp Killer, MC Spark Master Tape and Killer Mike collaborator Cuz will join them on tour. Tickets can be purchased here.


Luke Cage Second Season Teaser

Marvel’s Luke Cage Netflix series posted a season two teaser today on Twitter. Cheo Hodari Coker’s creation became popular very quickly and there was no doubt of a need for another season. Coker’s bulletproof hero out to save Harlem had a great cast including Alfre Woodard, Mahershala Ali and Rosario Dawson. There is no exact date but fans can feel relief knowing there will be more of Cage’s story to see.



R.I.P. Raynoma Gordy Singleton


Raynoma Gordy Singleton, who was the second wife of Berry Gordy and a Motown contributor, passed November 11th of brain cancer. Ms. Singleton married Berry Gordy in 1960 after giving birth to their son Kerry in 1959. She originally auditioned for Gordy with her sister as a singer but she became his business partner and wife. They worked together on Gordy’s Jobete publishing company and she found the famous Hitsville USA building on Detroit’s West Grand Boulevard to house Motown. Ms. Singleton knew music theory and could play 11 instruments and she used her skills to arrange songs for Motown.

In those early days of the label, she also worked as a backup singer on many of the songs and she taught music theory to many of the artists like Smokey Robinson. Singleton and Gordy divorced in 1961 and she eventually left the label coming back later to manage the group Apollo and to be an executive producer her son’s song “Somebody’s Watching Me” under his recording name Rockwell. The former couple experienced a post-divorce rift when Single bootlegged Mary Wells’ “My Guy.” She also published her 1990 memoir, Berry, Me, and Motown: The Untold Story where she accused Gordy of not giving her credit for helping to start the label. Gordy said later in his own book that her claims were not true and he and Singleton had reconciled. In later years Singleton attended at least one fundraiser for the Motown Museum.


Throwback: Jazmine Sullivan-Adore

Jazmine Sullivan’s rare vocal prowess emerged on Kindred The Family Soul’s “I Am” single. Sullivan debuted as a solo artist in 2008 with her Fearless album which made itself known commercially speaking because of the single “Bust Your Windows.”  On her second album, Love Me Back, Prince’s “The Beautiful Ones” was sampled for the song “Good Enough.” Sullivan confirmed Prince’s connection to her beyond producer Chuck Harmony’s decision to sample him when she covered “Adore” on Tom Joyner’s Foundation Fantastic Voyage earlier this year. She told Billboard that Prince was one of her favorites to touch a stage.