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December 2014

Aretha Franklin Hits #1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Chart with “Rolling In The Deep”

Aretha Franlin Sings The Great Diva Classics
 
Can the Queen of Soul still make hit singles? You better believe she can.
 
Music legend Aretha Franklin has apparently done it again. Her new single “Rolling In The Deep,” a cover of U.K. singer Adele’s big hit has charted at #1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs Chart for the week ending Jan 3rd, 2015. It has slowly been taking its time to get to that position on the chart, but to see the Soul music legend sit atop on that status once again was refreshing.
 

New Documentary “Michael Jackson-The Journey” Coming Jan. 1st, 2015

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“King of Pop” Music Documentary Michael Jackson: The Journey Premieres January 1, 2015 From MarVista Digital Entertainment on Digital and On Demand
 
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Five years after his death, Michael Jackson continues to make headlines with posthumous album debuts and a 3D version of the Thriller music documentary in the works for a 2015 release. Michael Jackson fans everywhere can also look forward to a new music documentary from MarVista Digital Entertainment…

Al Green to Appear on The 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors | Dec. 30th, 2014

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TUNE IN TONIGHT TO WATCH AL GREEN ON “THE 37th ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS”
HOSTED BY STEPHEN COLBERT ON CBS @ 9pm EST/8pm Central
 
AN EXTRAORDINARY GROUP OF RENOWNED ARTISTS GATHER IN WASHINGTON, D.C. TO SALUTE THIS YEAR’S HONOREES AT “THE 37TH ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS,” TO BE BROADCAST TUESDAY, DEC. 30 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK
 
Singer Al Green, Actor and Filmmaker Tom Hanks, Ballerina Patricia McBride, Singer-Songwriter Sting and Comedienne Lily Tomlin are the Honorees for the 37th Anniversary of This Acclaimed Annual Special.

The Legendary R&B Super Group Jodeci Returns After 18-Year Hiatus | New Single “Nobody Wins” Avail NOW

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Jodeci, the R&B/Hip-Hop powerhouse that dominated the 1990’s and pioneered a sound that would inspire artists for decades, has returned with new music after an 18-year hiatus
 
The new song from Jodeci titled, “Nobody Wins,” features rapper B.O.B. and is a powerful record with an important anti-domestic violence message
 
NEW YORK, Dec. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — One of the most impactful artists of the 1990’s has returned after an 18-year hiatus.

The 2015 ESSENCE Black Women in Music Honors Jill Scott

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ESSENCE Black Women in Music Honors GRAMMY® Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter Jill Scott
 
THE EVENT COMMEMORATES 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF ESSENCE MAGAZINE WITH STAR-STUDDED GRAMMY® WEEK CELEBRATION
 
NEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ESSENCE, the premier brand for African-American women, will kick off a year-long commemoration of the 45th anniversary of ESSENCE magazine in 2015 with an unforgettable Black Women in Music GRAMMY® Awards Week celebration. Now in its sixth year, Black Women in Music will honor GRAMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter Jill Scott for her incredible achievement, singular artistry and powerful storytelling.

WATCH NEW VIDEO! A Cappella Group SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK Releases Holiday Gem “Silent Night”

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SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK RELEASES FIRST EVER
A CAPPELLA HOLIDAY SINGLE OF “SILENT NIGHT”
 
Available NOW at CDBaby!
 
(New York, NY) — Grammy Award-nominated and globally revered a cappella ensemble, SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK have released an inspired version of the classic Christmas carol, “SILENT NIGHT,” their first commercial holiday single ever on CDBaby.com. Sweet Honey will be debuting the song live on their current run of seasonal performances this month entitled, SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK: CELEBRATING THE HOLYDAYS. Their holiday run will also cap the year-long celebration of their 40th Anniversary which finishes at the end of this year.
 

Gospel Group HALF MILE HOME Releases New Holiday Single “The Gift of Christmas” | TAKE A LISTEN!

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Gospel Group HALF MILE HOME is set to bring you some Christmas love with new single
“The Gift of Christmas!”
 
LISTEN NOW ON SOUNDCLOUD!
 
Gospel trio Half Mile Home delivers their original Christmas song, “The Gift of Christmas.” The group is best known for bringing a powerful new sound to the gospel music scene, and bridging the gap between church music and popular culture.

FREE DOWNLOAD! Mahalia Barnes & The Soul Mates feat Joe Bonamassa to Release CD “OOH YEA – The Betty Davis Songbook” on Feb 24th, 2015

JR Adventures Betty Davis
 
Betty Davis Comes Alive!
Mahalia Barnes & The Soul Mates featuring Joe Bonamassa Get Nasty On
“Ooh Yea! – The Betty Davis Songbook”
 
Album features twelve cover songs from ’70s punk-funk, soul and R&B pioneer Betty Davis
 
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Powerhouse singer Mahalia Barnes, one of the most impressive female vocalists to come out of Australia, and her band The Soul Mates have teamed up with American blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa to release an album of Betty Davis covers called Ooh Yea! – The Betty Davis Songbook. Scheduled for release on February 24, 2015, it explores tracks from Davis’ sexy, raw funk records of the early ’70s.
 
Download for FREE the intense, rocking song “Steppin’ In Her I. Miller Shoes” which features a wailing guitar solo by Bonamassa here:
http://jbonamassa.com/artist/mahalia-barnes/ooh-yea-album/free-song/steppin/

Legacy Recordings to Release “Freedom Highway Complete” by The Staple Singers on March 3rd, 2015

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Legacy Recordings Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Montgomery-Selma Civil Rights Marches with Release of The Staple Singers’ Freedom Highway Complete – Recorded Live at Chicago’s New Nazareth Church, A Newly Expanded Edition of Legendary Concert Recorded April 9, 1965
 
Historic Soul/Gospel Concert Masterpiece Available on CD, Online and 2LP Configurations on Tuesday, March 3, 2015
 
NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Freedom Highway Complete – Recorded Live at Chicago’s New Nazareth Church, a newly remixed, remastered and expanded edition of the live concert masterpiece recorded by the Staple Singers in April 1965 in support and celebration of that year’s historic civil rights marches from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama.

WATCH NEW VIDEO! Kenya to Release New Album “My Own Skin” in 2015 | New Single “Be Here” feat Kloud 9 is Avail NOW

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WATCH NEW VIDEO from up and coming Soul Songstress Kenya feat. Kloud 9 “Be Here”
 
New Album “My Own Skin” coming in 2015!
 
Here’s a strong NEW VOICE coming your way into the month of December: Ms. Kenya McGuire Johnson arrives on the scene with a fresh approach to jazz and R&B with the release of a new album “My Own Skin,” coming in 2015.