19 NOV: Corinne Bailey Rae special guest appearance at Union Chapel, London

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Corinne Bailey Rae has just confirmed a very special guest appearance as part of Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions. These are hosted and curated by Jo Whiley and feature world-class artists presenting raw, stripped-back sessions in the unique environment of the Union Chapel, Islington.

She will be performing an acoustic set before headliner Richard Hawley takes to the stage on Thursday 19th November at the Union Chapel in Islington, London. Tickets are priced at £40 and are available at www.littlenoisesessions.org.uk

She follows this with her first full concert in well over two years on Monday 23rd November. This instantly sold-out gig at The Tabernacle in London will see Corinne unveil her brand new band and showcase a full range of songs from her forthcoming second album, The Sea (out on February 1st 2009, Good Groove/Virgin Records).

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50 Cent - Before I Self Destruct (Album Review)

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Although 2009 has seen Eminem, Jay-Z and Rakim make welcome returns to the game, there is yet another figure which the Hip Hop community has felt empty without. 50 Cent, the most influential and controversial artist of the new millennium, steps back into the rap arena with the hugely delayed - but equally anticipated -  Before I Self Destruct album.

Balancing business with beef in ‘09, fans and haters have been debating whether or not 50’s musical relevance is necessary, with Lil Wayne, Drake and other rap rookies basking in the glow in which the G-Unit General once ran roughshot in.

Darker and murkier than all of his prior albums, Before I Self Destruct presents an evolvedRead more


ALBUM REVIEW: Wale - Attention Deficit

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Three years and five mixtapes into his career, Wale's debut album, Attention Deficit isn't offered as an introduction to Olubowale 'Wale' Folarin – instead, it seems to be announcing that he's always been here and you've only just caught up.

Named one of XXL Magazine's Hip Hop Freshmen of '09, Wale's over-confidence in his position as a leader in contemporary Hip Hop's new movement isn't baseless. “I asked Mr West for a little bit of help...” Wale raps on the energetic opening track, “Triumph”. Of course, Kanye West isn't the only musical powerhouse behind Wale; he is in company with Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams and label-boss Mark Ronson. However, on “Triumph” and closing cut “Prescription,” Wale seeks respect from his audience based off of his own merit. Read more


SoulCulture:TV interviews BRITTANY BOSCO (VIDEO)

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A modern mixture of jazz, soul and the blues come together in the cosy setting of Joe's Pub, New York as Savannah, GA native Brittany Bosco describes her musical inspirations and her vocal texture. In this interview with SoulCulture she reveals her creative process behind writing intimately emotional songs such as "Black & White" and explains the concept of forthcoming album, Black [also possibly to be named Noir].

Brittany Bosco performs live in London at Halloween party BITCHES BREW on Oct 31st. [click for info]


NEW MUSIC: Rihanna - "Russian Roulette"

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Have a listen to "Russian Roulette" - premiered today, it is the first single from Rihanna's fourth album, Rated R.

Penned by Ne-Yo, "Russian Roulette" was produced by UK-based duo Chase & Status, known for their work on the drum n bass scene but steadily approaching international attention on a much bigger scale for their varied work on, amongst other things, forthcoming Roc Nation projects including new albums from Rihanna and Rita Ora. We're watching this space...


Bilal To Release Electro-Jazz Rock Album In 2010

bilalElectrifying vocalist & performer Bilal talks new music with Billboard.com

"Bilal hasn't put out an official album since 2001's "1st Born Second," but fans can rest assured that new solo material is on the way. The R&B singer is almost done recording his next album, he tells Billboard.com, and it's slated for release in the first quarter of next year on the indie label Plug Research."

Read full article here

Who else is excited to hear some brand spankin' new Bilal material??

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Insightful Corinne Bailey Rae interview in The Observer

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Corinne Bailey Rae: 'It happened to me. It could happen to anyone at any time'

From out of the darkest place, following the sudden death of her husband, Corinne Bailey Rae is re-emerging with an extraordinarily intimate and impassioned album. Here she talks about grief and the redemptive power of music

Corinne Bailey Rae disappeared from the scene following the death of her husband last year. In this insightful interview [click to read] with British newspaper The Observer she talks about how her life literally turned around on being told the news and reminisces on their relationship,  her musical journey and the forthcoming 'darker' new album.

It would seem that the effortless pop performer who soundtracked every TopShop in the land has, for the time being at least, gone. Anyone expecting the same kind of well-wrought, if hardly challenging, pop songs that made her debut such a big seller is in for quite a surprise. I'd hazard a guess that EMI are, too. In her place is a singer of immeasurably sad songs, someone who has transmuted her well of grief and anger into something beautiful and raw. "I definitely feel more serious," she says. "I feel more impassioned. I have total belief in these songs and when I sing them in front of people, I want to pass that on. I don't think there is anyone of my generation saying these things, singing about these things. And it happens, you know. It can happen to anyone at any time. I want to be out there on stage with my hands out going, does anyone else feel the same way? That's what it's about, too."

According to the article in The Observer, she will be performing some live dates before the year is out and the new album will be released in 2010.


NEW MUSIC: USHER - 'PAPERS'

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Just leaked! Divorce is messy, yo.

Usher unleashes it on "Papers" taken from his forthcoming album.

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NEW MUSIC: DONELL JONES - 'IMAGINE THAT'

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Currently putting the finishing touches to his fifth studio album, this is the album's first buzz track: "Imagine That." (Not set to be the official first single)

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NEW MUSIC: N'dambi - Can't Hardly Wait

Soul singer N'dambi is returning to the music scene with the release of her new album, Pink Elephant, on Oct 6th. The first single, 'Can't Hardly Wait' has already surfaced and is available to downloadfor FREE here (thanks to HoneySoul for the link).

The video for the single also hit the web today, check it out below and add Oct 6th to your diaries, this is going to be one you are not going to miss!

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VIDEO: JAY-Z "ANSWER THE CALL" PRESS CONFERENCE

This morning, Hov held a press conference in the lobby of Madison Square Garden for his September 11th benefit concert. Tickets for the concert are a flat rate of $50 and go on sale September 8th at 9am for Citibank cardholders. 12:00 pm for general public. All proceeds will be donated to the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s charity.

- B. Dot

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SC:TV: WALE INTERVIEW - NIGERIA, NEW ALBUM + LIGHT SKINNED LADIES

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Earlier this week one of Washington's finest - Wale - dropped into London town for some promo so SoulCulture caught up with him for a follow-up chat, having already featured him in last month's Chocolate City Special...

What did we talk about?

Nigerian pride and 'inter-black' racism.

You know, the usual.

Interview by Marsha Gosho Oakes
Filmed&Edited by RizeOfTheRobotz
Photography by Fotonay


VIDEO: BIG BOI SAYS NEW ALBUM IS FINISHED

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VIDEO: Ledisi - 'Turn Me Loose' EPK

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As August 18th approaches anticipation is building for the release of Turn Me Loose, Ledisi's follow up to the Grammy-nominated album Lost and Found.

To whet the appetite Ledisi and her team have released this promo video, featuring new music, footage of her in the studio with Raphael Saadiq and interviews with the lady herself.

Those of you already familiar with Ledisi will surely be looking forward to the release as much as me. For those of you who aren't familiar press play and get yourself acquainted!

Huge thanks to Honey for the heads up on this.

SoulUK


ANTICIPATING: Yahzarah - Ballad Of Purple St. James

Last night on Twitter word spread that Yahzarah (aka Miss Purple St. James) had released a video for the song 'The Tickler' off her upcoming release The Ballad Of Purple St. James. At the time I wasn't in a position to watch the video and so first thing this morning I headed over to YouTube, only to find it has been removed. I was disappointed, however I understand the video was leaked prematurely!

UPDATE: Thanks to the folks over at TIRM I have now located the video which you can view here.

yahzarah1For those of you not familiar with this super-talented songstress here is a quick bio: Yahzarah has released 2 previous solo albums (Hear Me and Blackstar) and an EP (The Prelude), she was a back-up singer for Erykah Badu, she worked extensively with HipHop group Little Brother and she is part of the 'super-group' Foreign Exchange, lending her vocal talents to Connected and Leave It All Behind.

The Ballad Of Purple St. James will be Yahzarah's 3rd full length album, and is one of the most anticipated albums of '09 in many underground/indie soul circles. So far 3 tracks from the project have surfaced on the internet, "Last To Leave" (see video), "Radio" and the aforementioned "The Tickler."

If you want to hear more music from this lovely lady click here, and don't forget to follow her on Twitter for more news about the album.

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NEWS: ERIC ROBERSON UK DATES

final_coverEric Roberson's new album, Music Fan First, drops on August 24th (Dome Records, UK) and features writing credits from the UK's very own Colin Emmanuel alongside guest features from Lalah Hathaway and Slum Village's T3.

For those wanting to catch the man who never disappoints on stage, here's a reminder of Erro's UK dates:

August 24th - Music Fan First released in the UK
August 25th - Music Fan First UK Release party at Traffic Bar
August 29th - Eric headlines the Michael Jackson Tribute at The Jazz Cafe
August 30th - Eric headlines the Michael Jackson Tribute at The Jazz Cafe

October 7th - Soda Bar (Cardiff)
October 8th - Jazz Cafe (London)
October 9th - Jazz Cafe (London)
October 10th - The Drum (Birmingham)
October 11th - Band On The Wall (Manchester)

Remember, his shows are inclined to sell out...

Keep checking his blog blueerrosoul.blogspot.com for video updates leading up to the album release - and should you fancy putting in a pre-order now, you'll get a signed copy.