New York, June 30, 2008 â€“ VH1 Soul will kick off the summer with its third annual â€œSummer Of Soulâ€ campaign, a summer-long celebration of soul featuring R&B, Grammy Award-Winning artists Rihanna and Ne-Yo beginning Friday, July 4 â€“ 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 â€œSummer of Soulâ€ line-up will include two new Top 10 â€œSummer of Soulâ€ countdowns, in which each VH1 Soul artist will host an hour of their top 10 favorite summer videos, as well as brand new â€œSummer Of Soulâ€ interstitials which will include cool, fun, lifestyle oriented questions about summer.
Premiering Friday, July 4 at 9PM* the â€œSummer of Soulâ€ campaign will include all-new on-air graphics, artists discussing their favorite summer activities, and new programming including summer editions of the Top 10 â€œSummer of Soulâ€ countdown hosted by Rihanna on Friday, July 4 at 9PM*, as well as the Top 10 â€œSummer of Soulâ€ countdown hosted by Ne-Yo on Monday, July 14 at 8PM*.
VH1 Soul “Summer Of Soulâ€ 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.