Urban Music Awards 2011: And The Nominees Are...


An award show nominated and voted for by music fans first hosted in 2003, the 9th annual Urban Music Awards (UMAs) will take place this year on September 14 sponsored by Corona Extra [venue TBA].

North London lyricist Wretch 32 stands strong with six nominations across the categories for Artist Of The Year, Best Single, Best Music Video, Best Collaboration [for "Unorthodox"] Best Hip Hop Act and Best Male Artist, followed by Chipmunk with five, whilst Example is up for four awards in addition to the three he shares with Wretch for their aforementioned collaboration.

Devlin, Dappy, Tinie Tempah, Professor Green and Nicki Minaj also get a look in on the emcee front, whereas on the soulful/R&B side of things Beverley Knight, Adele, Emeli Sande, Aloe Blacc, Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, Joss Stone, Dionne Bromfield, Ed Sheeran and Maverick Sabre are all in the mix along with Loick Essien and Yasmin, with Jessie J scoring four nominations and Katy B up for Best Female Artist, Artist Of The Year and Best Album for her On A Mission debut.

The UMA’s 2011 will be syndicated for broadcast in over seven countries across Europe, followed by the launch of the UMA 2011 compilation album featuring a mix of talent from Europe. Open to "music fans who have nominated for all the categories," registered voting is currently live until September 10 at www.urbanmusicawards.net.

See below for the full list of nominees.
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Mamas Gun - The Life and Soul | Album Review



Andy Platts and his consortium of A-grade, retro-lovin’ musicians, Mamas Gun, are back with The Life and Soul; their follow up to 2009’s light and breezy Routes To Riches.
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Beverley Knight announces Soul UK Autumn Tour; tickets now on-sale | Music News


As the July 4th release date for Beverley Knight's seventh studio album, titled Soul UK, the Birmingham hailing gospel influenced soul icon announces a string of tour dates across the UK throughout November 2011 - tickets now onsale.

The forthcoming album, said to be "a celebration of UK soul music - the British songs and artists that inspired Beverley leading up to her own arrival on the UK scene in the mid '90s," is a personal project produced by Martin Terefe (James Morrison, Jason Mraz) and London production duo Future Cut (Lilly Allen, Beyonce) and curated by Beverley, who puts her own twist on a selection of her all time favorite soulful tracks by British artists, including Soul II Soul, Loose Ends, Jamiroquai, Lewis Taylor and George Michael.
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NEW MUSIC: Izzi Dunn FREE Download EP

This month, versatile Cellist/singer-songwriter/producer, Izzi Dunn follows her critically acclaimed 2004 debut album The Big Picture with a four-track EP. As well as being a respected artist in her own right, Izzi has worked in session with the likes of Chaka Khan, the Gorillaz, Beverley Knight and Soul II Soul.

Click here for the link to the download.

Her second album 'Cries and Smiles' is set for release this summer but for now you can whet your appetite with this freebie. Check out the video for her fabulous proto feminist single, 'Tits and Ass'- a message that has become passé in our cynical times but is perhaps all the more relevant for it.

Thanx to Kevin @ Cannonball for the heads up, as our transatlantic friends would say.

Enjoy.

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LIVE REVIEW: Beverley Knight in Birmingham

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With a career spanning 15 years, 6 studio albums, over a million album sales and several high profile awards, Beverley Knight has long been lauded as the reigning 'Queen of UK Soul' by mainstream media, however she is not without her detractors. I doubt there are many who would deny Beverley's vocal abilities, nonetheless many have criticised her material as not being up to standard, and she has so far failed to have that 'mega-hit' which has catapulted her to super-stardom.Read more


NEW VIDEO: Beverley Knight ft. Chipmunk - 'In Your Shoes'

Unveiled today: a brand new video from Beverley Knight. Taken from her latest album (100%), "In Your Shoes" features a verse from the golden boy of UK hip hop, Chipmunk.

"In Your Shoes" is out on  November 9th.

RELATED: Coming Full Circle: Beverley Knight interview [click to read] / SC:TV interviews Chipmunk [click to watch]


COMING FULL CIRCLE: BEVERLEY KNIGHT INTERVIEW

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"I don’t know a single big successful black artist who hasn’t had the finger pointed at them from their own community at a given time in their career, to say ‘you’ve left us behind, you’ve sold out’ or whatever, who hasn’t then come full circle and suddenly is totally respected..."

With a platinum selling ‘Best Of’ album (2006), three MOBO Awards, two Black Music Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Urban Music Award under her belt – plus a host of nominations spanning her career including BRIT Awards and the Mercury Music Prize – Beverley Knight is due her respect.

beverleyknight_10014 years since dropping her first album (The B-Funk), the British soul singer prepares to release her sixth studio album – aptly titled 100% to signify the fact that it is her first independent release since her long term contract with Parlophone came to an end. “I own it lock, stock and barrel – it’s my album, my label, the whole lot belongs to me for the first time ever,” she gushes, “which I’m desperately excited about.”

It shows - with a new team, a slick new image and a persistent daily Twitter campaign of minute-by-minute updates on her shows, photo shoots and what she's having for tea, personally interacting with as many fans as possible, Beverley Knight is visibly and audibly glowing about the new project. She tells me, “You’ll feel the presence a bit more – which is something I was determined to do.”

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COMPETITION: WIN BEVERLEY KNIGHT'S NEW ALBUM, 100%

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WIN A COPY OF BEVERLEY KNIGHT'S NEW ALBUM!

Simply email comps@soulculture.co.uk with your full name, number + postal address answering the following question:

WHAT IS THE NAME OF BEVERLEY KNIGHT'S FIRST ALBUM?
Hint: the answer is in this interview.


COMPETITION: WIN BEVERLEY KNIGHT'S NEW ALBUM, 100%

• COMPETITION •

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WIN A COPY OF BEVERLEY KNIGHT'S NEW ALBUM!

Simply email comps@soulculture.co.uk with your full name, number + postal address answering the following question:

WHAT IS THE NAME OF BEVERLEY KNIGHT'S FIRST ALBUM?
Hint: the answer is in this interview.


SoulCulture presents: Aaliyah Revisited. FREE DOWNLOAD!

25TH AUGUST 2009

SOULCULTURE.CO.UK PRESENTS:

AALIYAH REVISITED TRIBUTE EP

Eight years to the day after the tragic passing of Aaliyah Dana Haughton, the original princess of R&B, ten of today’s progressively soulful artists have recorded interpretations of their favourite Aaliyah songs for Aaliyah Revisited - a 2009 tribute EP internationally curated by urban-music-and-culture online magazine SoulCulture.

Available immediately as a free download package, Aaliyah Revisited contains eight songs featuring indie soul artist and occasional Brand New Heavies vocalist Sy Smith (currently providing backing vocals for American Idol), Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Marsha Ambrosius, rising London soul talents Tawiah and Baby Sol, NYC-based beauty creator Jesse Boykins III, Danish R&B/Soul sensation Jonas, saccharine Basement Jaxx vocalist Vula, London-based producer Black Einstein, plus international future starlet Nikko Gray with California’s ‘cosmic conductor’ AFTA-1. Read more