Daily Archives: November 29, 2017

Blu & Exile Release Lyric Video For Sold The Soul

Blu & Exile’s “Sold The Soul” lyric video is an animated story of Blu battling the pressure to either be a commercial or an independent artist. “Sold The Soul” is from their In The Beginning: Before The Heavens which is unearthed material from their Below The Heavens sessions.

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36 Chambers Presents A “Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues” Pop Up Shop and Live Performance At Rough Trade This Weekend in Brooklyn

 36 Chambers presents a Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues pop up shop this weekend, December 1-3, at Rough Trade (64 N 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249) in Brooklyn, NY. The hours are: Friday (11a-11p), Saturday (11a-11p), Sunday (11a-9p), with a special live performance by Mathematics, Wu-Tang’s long time DJ, who produced the critically acclaimed recent album, Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues, on Saturday.

The pop up will feature merch for Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues, CDs and vinyl albums, plus select items from 36 Chambers “Emperors’ Treasures” for purchase. Additionally, there will be limited edition, exclusive collaboration t-shirt created in conjunction with Rough Trade. More information can be found at here.

Moreover, there will also be a Wu-Tang inspired art installation on view, including work by Andrew Cruz.

Mathematics will perform with special guests at Rough Trade on Saturday, December 2 at 6:15 PM. Tickets for his performance can be bought here. Tickets are free with the purchase of a CD or vinyl album.

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Music Industry Veteran Kevin Day Joins Sound Royalties As Vice President Of Business Development

Los Angeles, CA – November 29, 2017 – Sound Royalties, LLC, a specialty finance firm dedicated to transforming the way music professionals fund their creativity, today announced that music industry veteran Kevin Day has joined its growing team as Vice President of Business Development. Day will establish high-level strategic partnerships with key influencers within the music community, including music labels, distributors and management firms.

Bringing more than two decades of experience in the music business to Sound Royalties, Day previously founded and served as President of Skyrocket Entertainment, an award-winning music distribution company, formally known as Rocket Science. Similar to Sound Royalties’ artist-friendly model, Rocket Science provided well-known artists, managers and record labels with turnkey solutions to independently release their works into the marketplace. For 13 years, he led the company’s work, including consulting services, marketing, strategic planning, business development, funding and more, building it into one of the industry’s most respected firms.

Previously, Day spent a combined 12+ years as a Sales & Marketing Executive at Universal Music, MCA Records, and Geffen Records. Throughout his career, he has worked with a wide variety of award-winning artists including KISS, Mary J. Blige, Shaggy, blink-182, The Roots, Gladys Knight, B.B. King, Dolly Parton, Common and many more.

“We are thrilled to be adding Kevin and his deep industry expertise to Sound Royalties’ leadership team,” said Alex Heiche, Founder and CEO of Sound Royalties. “In addition to his experience, Kevin brings to the company an irreplaceable instinct for creative business strategy.”

Heiche continued: “I am confident that Kevin will be a great addition to the team and develop long-lasting partnerships that will enable Sound Royalties to help even more music professionals advance in their careers.”

Day is a self-taught musician that holds a deep personal passion for music, which drives his work in the industry. He is also a professor at the Los Angeles College of Music, and a member of the school’s advisory board, where he lends his top executive-level expertise and advice.

To learn more about Sound Royalties, its growing team, and its innovative solutions to help music professionals fund their dreams, please visit: http://soundroyalties.com/.

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Syleena Johnson & The Rebirth Of Soul (Interview)

Syleena Johnson has been holding the mantle for soul music since she became a fan as a young person. Her almost two decades as a solo artist seems logical because of her father, Hi Records soul legend Syl Johnson. But the creative spirit was something Johnson came into after making plans to practice medicine. The shift into a music career proved to be enduring and a real fit for the edginess of her blue-toned voice. She is always associated with the “All Falls Down” collaboration she did with Kanye West in 2004. Newer fans are quick to talk about her time on the reality series R&B Divas: Atlanta. Music is her foundation and she has shared her journey within a discography that has addressed many aspects of her womanhood, relationships and humanity up until the present. In 1995 she recorded This Time Together: Father And Daughter with her dad and they have come full circle with 2017’s The Rebirth Of Soul. Their new project is a collection of soul covers from the ’50s and ’60s  recorded live with some of Chicago’s most respected musicians In this interview Johnson explains the story behind The Rebirth Of Soul, her path to music and being one of the hosts of TV One’s new talk show Sister Circle.

“You can not have a Rebirth Of Soul album without Aretha Franklin”

How did you and your father get around to recording Rebirth Of Soul?

We actually did six years ago. This album has been sitting in the can six years. I was pregnant with Kingston and my dad asked me if I wanted to do a covers album. My dad came up with the concept and it was weird because I already recorded Chapter 5 and he suggested live instrumentation and I said fine if you put it all together I’ll show up. I picked some of the records. Otis Redding “This Heart Of Mine” which is probably my favorite Otis Redding song ever.

What did it feel like to record live for the first time?

It wasn’t the first time I’ve been doing this a while with my dad but what was the first time was recording live with musicians from this era. And having to recreate with them and that was tough. But I welcome the challenge because you know one thing about my dad is that he brings out the best in me because he really believes in me as an artist. He really believes in me as a vocalist he gave me the confidence to know that I could go in and complete these songs. 

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