Prince’s “17 Days” was the B-side to the 12-inch version of “When Doves Cry” from his 1984 breakthrough album Purple Rain. There was no other way to own “17 Days” before the release of The Hits/The B-Sides box set released in 1993. Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman and Matthew Fink (Dr.Continue Reading

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  Which magazine refused to allow Sza a black photographer for the cover shoot?    Was J. Cole’s announcement to play for the Basketball Africa League done for publicity or was he really going to play?    Related posts: Sza: Doves In The Wind Feat. Kendrick Lamar Top Dawg Entertainment AnnouncesContinue Reading

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Patti LaBelle had a commercial breakthrough with her sixth album I’m In Love Again with the slow rise of the lead single “If Only You Knew.”  Dexter Wansel, Cynthia Biggs and Kenneth Gamble wrote and produced the song about someone unaware they have sparked the romantic interest of a secretContinue Reading

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James Brown recorded “The Boss” for the Black Caesar soundtrack in 1973. Larry Cohen directed the movie that starred former football star Fred Williamson as the head of a Black crime syndicate. Brown’s theme song was quickly recognized for its funky guitar and ostentatious horns that fit Williamson’s gait, statusContinue Reading

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