Posted in 'Invincible', 'MICHAEL', Epic Records, King of Pop, Michael Jackson, Music News, SONY

Music News: Michael Jackson’s Album ‘Michael’ To Be Released In December

As I stand here, trying to do the “Moon Walk” from all the excitement I’m about to share with you all, I want to warn you in advance, it will also get you pumped up and ready for the holidays.

Sony has officially announced this afternoon, that the much anticipated,  long-awaited, newly completed recordings from the King of Pop‘s 11th studio album entitled ‘MICHAEL’ (his first since 2001 offering ‘Invincible’) will be released on December 14 by Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson.  Later on today, an exclusive teaser for the project will appear on www.michaeljackson.com; on Monday, November 8th the world premiere of “Breaking News,” a full track from the album, will stream on the site for one week only.

Sony announced in a press release posted online yesterday…

“The creative process never stopped for the King of Pop who was always planning for his next album; unbeknownst to many fans around the world Michael Jackson was writing and recording songs continuously everywhere from a friend’s home in New Jersey to studios in Las Vegas and Los Angeles with a small group of handpicked collaborators. Now, through the unique stories that will be told about the songs that comprise ‘MICHAEL’, fans will get mind-blowing insight into how this artist worked and a chance to hear the songs he most recently created along with tracks that Michael had a desire to bring to fruition.

“Breaking News,” a never heard before song by Michael that appears on the new album was recorded in New Jersey in 2007 and recently brought to completion. Fans can begin pre-ordering the album on www.michaeljackson.com in the next 24 hours.

The attached image of the album cover of ‘MICHAEL’ was created by painter Kadir Nelson in 2009. In the oil painting, Kadir – who is known for story telling through his art – takes us on a journey through some key moments and important people in Michael Jackson’s life.

Stay tuned for the worldwide launch of the official first single from ‘MICHAEL’ later this month.

www.michaeljackson.com

The cover of ‘Michael’ is BEAUTIFUL and very detailed of who he was.

PRE-ORDER THE NEW ALBUM NOW!

“YAY!!!! This will definitely be on my Christmas wish list. Will it be on yours?”

Source: michaeljackson.com


Posted in "Blue Skies", "Canned Heat", "Cosmic Girl", "Deeper Underground", "Little L", "Runaway", "Virtual Insanity", "White Knuckle Ride", "You Give Me Something", 'Rock Dust Light Star', Jamiroquai, Jay Kay, Matt Johnson, Mercury Records, Monarchy, Music News, Penguin Prison, Seamus Haji

Music News: Jamiroquai to Release New Album ‘Rock Dust Light Star’ and Single “Blue Skies” this November

After hearing their new promo single “White Knuckle Ride,” it’s like Jamiroquai never left! Jamiroquai is one of the first bands that really peaked my interest in dance music. While I think it was “Virtual Insanity” that first grabbed my attention (and subsequently helped break Jamiroquai into the mainstream) there are so many classics from the band’s six album catalog that it’s hard to choose a favorite.  In addition to the band’s breakout hit, songs like “Cosmic Girl,” “Deeper Underground,” “Canned Heat,” “Little L,” “You Give Me Something” continue to pop up on my playlist from time to time and every time one does I hope for a comeback. Well… Looks like I’ll be getting my wish next month when Jamiroquai releases their 7th studio album, ‘Rock Dust Light Star’ on November 1st. 

“White Knuckle Ride,” the band’s first single since 2006’s “Runaway,” is a slice of musical heaven and a sign of good things to come from the new album.  Written by band members Jay Kay and Matt Johnson the song marks the groups first single signed to Mercury Records.  To be released as a “taster” on a limited edition vinyl, “White Knuckle Ride” is backed by remixes from Seamus Haji, Monarchy and Penguin Prison so it’s looking like this record will be prime club play material. ‘Rock Dust Light Star,’ Jamiroquai‘s seventh studio album and the bands’ first in 5 years is the sort of comeback I was hoping for.

“At a time when many acts are producing electronic, disco influenced tracks, with “Rock Dust Light Star, Jamiroquai have moved on from the sound they helped popularize and reverted to a more organic, live sound.”

Interesting. I’m not going to lie…“White Knuckle Ride” kind of sounds like another Jamiroquai song to me. Perhaps I need to go back and listen to the old catalog again, but I don’t think this is a bad thing in the slightest.  Perhaps the re-jiggering was done under the hood, and not audible? Perhaps I just haven’t listened to it enough. Regardless of whether or not the new sound is actually new, Jamiroquai is back and I’m beyond thrilled with the result.

According to frontman Jay Kay, “Everything on the record is live. It’s a real band record. The last, album – fantastic – but the whole thing became a little sterile. This time we’ve captured the flow of our live performances.”

Maybe that’s the problem! I need to see Jamiroquai live! While it doesn’t appear to have a U.S. release date just yet, here’s hoping. The first official first album single “Blue Skies” will be released in November 1st, the same day as the album release and is described by the band as “pure class” and “an epic, blissful, sun-kissed Californian mid tempo song with lush string arrangements and perhaps Kay’s most emotive vocal to date.” Can’t wait!

Check out the video for “White Knuckle Ride” below…

Info. Source: musicallyinclinedfool/YouTube

Posted in "I'm Gonna Be", "Love Like This", "Spend The Night", 'Candy Man', Donell Jones, Music, New Music, Tour Dates, Touring It Up

Touring It Up: Donell Jones Announces Tour & Drops New Album

R&B veteran Donell Jones’ newly-formed label ‘CandyMan’, was thrilled to announce the September 28th, 2010 release of his new studio album titled ‘LYRICS.’ The album was the long-awaited follow-up to ‘Journey Of A Gemini’ which included the hits, “I’m Gonna Be” and “Spend The Night.”

As those who tuned in for the R&B vet’s first feature, the soulfully apologetic Bad Boy, already know, Donell Jones isn’t just a skilled crooner; he’s also one hell of a smooth-talker. On his latest single, the Georgia native once again makes full use of his powers of persuasion, telling a hesitant female:

I know you’ve been hurt before, but you’ve never had a Love Like This.”

Over his own lush instrumental, featuring steamy keyboard riffs, slow-jam percussion and even a dash of harp, Jones showcases more of the soft vocals that charmed readers back in December of 2009. Though the singer takes a seemingly counterproductive detour into confessional territory around verse two:

I tried to hit every woman that I came in contact with out on the road / but I got that out of my system…”

May be honest, but it isn’t exactly confidence-inspiring, the finished product is plenty seductive enough to make up for a little over-sharing.

The new album will be Jones’ fifth offering to date. The new album is also set to include the first single, “Love Like This” which is already climbing the charts at Urban AC where it’s currently at #12 with a bullet, rapidly approaching Top 10.

Below is the schedule for his current tour dates:

September 28th Atlanta, GA
September 29th Chicago, IL
September 30th Milwaukee, WI
October 1st Bronx, NY
October 2nd Augusta, GA
October 4th New York, NY
October 5th and 6th Philadelphia, PA/Baltimore, MA/Washington, DC
October 9th Atlanta, GA
October 30th New York, NY
December 12th Dallas, TX

Check out the video below for his single, “Love Like This”….

What do you think?

Sources: Djbooth, OnSmash, YouTube

Posted in Album Cover, ‘Little Drummer Boy’, ‘Merry Christmas II You‘, ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, ‘Oh Santa’, ‘The First Noel’, David LaChapelle, Dr. Jenn Berman, HSN, James Poyser, Jermaine Dupri, Luscious Pink, Marc Shaiman, Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Youtube

Album Cover: Mariah Carey Unveils New Album Cover Plus More

Mariah Carey has officially unveiled her festive cover artwork for her upcoming LP ‘Merry Christmas II You‘. The artwork was shot by noted celebrity photographer David LaChapelle. The first single to be lifted from the project will be the Bryan Michael-Cox produced ‘Oh Santa’, and the LP itself will drop in stores on November 2nd, courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group.

The project features a brand new recording of Mariah’s all-time classic ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’, as well as festive covers such as ‘The First Noel’, ‘Little Drummer Boy’, ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ and ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ just to name the few. Producers Randy Jackson, Jermaine Dupri, James Poyser and Marc Shaiman also worked with the singer on FOUR original new songs for the album.

I don’t know why she’s remaking such a classic and one of my favorite Christmas songs of all time, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. This song will never me re-made the way it originally sounds. I hope that for her sake it comes out better if not the same. I can’t wait to start hearing the new tunes all over NYC, while I’m Christmas shopping.

In more Mariah news…

Mariah Carey is Launching a Collection with HSN

According to reports, not only is the multi-talented diva known for her Grammy-award winning voice, and her sexy looks, but now she is taking on a new business venture. Mariah Carey has announced that she will be partnering with Home Shopping Network ‘HSN’, for the launch of a new lifestyle collection. HSN line will feature the lifestyle collection offering “jewelry, including pieces that incorporate her signature butterfly motif, footwear, and a limited edition version of her Luscious Pink fragrance, that includes a butterfly bottle cap and a personal note from the Grammy Award winner.”

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These items will be available at affordable prices on the HSN and also online at hsn.com ranging from shoes ($69.99-$169.90) and jewelry ($39.99-$199.95). The collection will premiere on November 29th, 2010 so be sure to tune in!

Her next order of business? Possibly a baby line following rumors that neither Carey or her husband has denied. The recent buzz is that a friend of the Mariah bought a book called “SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in The First Three Years,” at a book signing with author Dr. Jenn Berman in Los Angeles last week.

The message written went something like this:

“Dear Mariah, Congratulations! I hope this helps you through the first three years.”

So many exciting things happening for the diva.

Check out a video below of my favorite Mariah Christmas song.

Be sure to tune into Mariah Carey’s HSN line come November! Leave us your thoughts!

Posted in Album Cover, “The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted”, Gucci Mane, Tour Dates, Touring It Up

Touring It Up: Gucci Mane

Gucci Mane finally has a release date for his new album, “The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted,” which drops September 28th. He is currently on the road touring right now!

Below is the schedule for his current tour dates:

9/14: Philadelphia PA and Baltimore, MD
9/15: Washington, DC
9/16: Charlotte, NC
9/17: Pompano Beach, FL
9/18: Houston, TX
9/19: New Orleans, LA
9/20: Houston and Dallas, TX
9/21: Dallas, TX & Oklahoma City/Tulsa, OK
9/22: Little Rock, AR
9/23: Memphis, TN
9/24: Jackson/Biloxi, MS
9/25: Mobile, AL
9/26: Minneapolis, MN
9/27: New York, NY
9/28: Atlanta, GA

Posted in "Are You Here", "I Would Like to Call It Beauty", "The Blackest Lily", "The Sea", Corinne Bailey Rae, Entertainment, Entertainment News, Jason Rae, Music, Music News, photos, pictures

Music News: Corinne Bailey Rae’s New Album Reflects Dealing With Husband’s Death

In the months after her husband died, Corinne Bailey Rae was fixated on the grieving process – specifically, whether there is a right and a wrong way to mourn.

It’s not as if Rae acted inappropriately after the death of Jason Rae from a drug overdose in 2008. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, who dazzled the music world in 2006 with her sunny, silky self-titled debut, dropped out of sight after the tragedy. She spent a good part of her day simply resting, and when she felt like it, taking walks or spending time with loved ones.

She was also confused, in a haze, not knowing how to go forward after the destiny she thought she had was forever altered.

“I’m not familiar with that kind of shock that lasts all that amount of time,” the 30-year-old recalled. “It just sort of takes ages to sink it. You feel it and then you don’t feel it; you know what’s happened and then you don’t really know what happened. …

“Somebody wrote me a letter saying that you need to surrender to it, which I was like, ‘Well, how do I surrender?'”

While Rae still has not come to terms with her loss, she has determined that the grieving process is unique and different for everyone. And for her, it included channeling her emotions into her music. The result is her touching, tender new album, “The Sea,” started before the death of her husband but finished more than a year later.

“There are other people that have had these similar experiences … all different kinds of loss, and I feel like a lot of people don’t really sing about it in popular music,” said an upbeat, reflective Rae during a recent interview. “I want to be that one voice that is saying that this is also a human experience that is worth making music about.”

When Rae first started working on “The Sea,” she was determined to make an album that grew from the dreamy, groove-based tunes – such as “Put Your Records On” – that were becoming her signature. She was looking for sounds that were more aggressive, funky and complex.

“I wanted to make another record that was a partner to, and an answer to, the first album,” the British musician said of her debut CD, which sold more than 1 million copies in the United States alone. “I wanted to write something that was able to match that excitement that we’d feel in the audience.”

She had already started working on new music when her 31-year-old husband, described as a recovering addict, was found dead due to an overdose of methadone. In the aftermath, Rae found herself struggling to adapt to a role she never anticipated: widow.

“Part of that … experience is you can’t imagine a future,” said Rae. “Your imagined future is totally on fire.”

Rae, who lives in Leeds, England, didn’t work on new music, but found her mind occupied with other thoughts. She remembers becoming engrossed in etymology, the study of words, and found parallels in language to her own situation: “‘Grief,’ it’s from ‘grave,’ which means heavy. It’s a thing that lands on you, and there is nothing you can do to sort of make it work.”

It took months for her to cope through her music. When asked what she did, she simply said: “Nothing.”

“It’s hard to explain. “(I went) from being a really active person from having a really full diary to doing absolutely nothing because I had no interest in doing anything.”

She decided to start working on “The Sea” again because she missed creating and because she needed a goal: “I needed to have something to do. The main thing that this album has given me is something to do to take up my time.”

Corinne Bailey Rae“The Sea” is not mournful – there are driving grooves, sultry odes and sweet tunes. But it does contain several songs that reference her husband’s death. The album’s first song, the wistful “Are You Here,” speaks to the confusion of feeling the presence of someone no longer around: “Are you here, ’cause my heart recalls it all feels the same?”

Then there’s “I Would Like to Call It Beauty,” the song that most explicitly deals with death, and named for a phrase uttered by Jason Rae’s brother, Phillip (Rae even gave him song credit). The song’s first lines are, “So young for death, we walk in shoes to big, but you play it like a poet, like you always did.”

“It’s a way different record than the initial idea that she had in her head, but I think it was very necessary,” says Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, the Roots bandleader who worked on the rocking jam “The Blackest Lily,” recorded before Jason Rae’s death.

“If anything, this album sort of provides a kind of resolution to public mourning,” he said.

But for Rae, nothing is resolved: She is trying to figure out how to move on and she still wears her wedding ring.

“The shock of it is still really with me,” she said. “It’s hard to imagine that it’s not going to go back to how it was.”

Source: http://www.corinnebaileyrae.net

“Wow, this album is really going to talk to alot of people who’ve been in her place.” I can’t wait to hear it. Your thoughts?”

Posted in Chrihanna, Chris Brown, Diddy, Just In, Khloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Reggie Bush, Rihanna, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Young Jeezy

Just In: Chris Brown is in the studio

Chris Brown has been doing more in Miami than reconciling with Rihanna. He’s been recording.

According to E! News has learned exclusively that, in addition to riding a jet ski daily in the waters behind Diddy‘s manse, where he has been trying to patch things up with his girlfriend following their Grammys eve blowup, Brown has been laying down tracks for a new album.

Brown, 19, has been in Miami for about a week and has been recording late at night at Miami’s famed Hit Factory studio. There has been no sign of Rihanna, 21, at any of the sessions.

Meanwhile, despite reports by People and Extra, Brown was not out partying solo Saturday.

Those outlets were among many that claimed Brown was kicking it up in South Beach with Young Jeezy, Reggie Bush and Khloe Kardashian (sister of Kim Kardashian).

Sources tell E! News that Bush has a friend who bears a resemblance to Brown. Apparently some fellow revelers at the Gansevoort South Hotel mistook the Bush pal for Brown, who was absolutely not in attendance. Neither Bush nor Khloe Kardashian have ever met Brown, our insiders say.

Indeed, speaking to Celebuzz, Kardashian confirms the mistaken identity. “I find it so silly that so many media outlets picked up our story with no truth behind it.”

Source: E!

“YAY!! I can’t wait to hear what Chris Brown is going to come out with on his new album. I’m hoping for a whole lot more love songs.”