Archive for March 8th, 2007


Legendary Stax Records Returns, Signs Isaac Hayes & Angie Stone

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Seminal soul label Stax Records recently announced their plans to begin releasing new material. The legendary record company celebrates its 50th anniversary two years after being acquired by Concord Music Group.

The first artists to be signed to the roster are Angie Stone and Isaac Hayes, who was instrumental in building the Stax sound and prestige back in the 70s.

“Stax always has been and always will be Soul Music,” the former South Park star said. “I am coming back to Stax because there is still so much to do. It’s like coming home.”

In the meantime, look for new albums comprising old material. Interpretations, a tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, features artists such as  Questlove, Meshell N’degeocello, Chaka Khan and Kirk Franklin, while Stax 50: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, is a double-disc, 50-track anthology featuring Stax luminaries such as Hayes, Otis Redding, Booker T. & the MGs, the Staple Singers, and Sam & Dave.

Over 20 CDs and DVDs are slated for release this year, as well as a feature-length documentary on the label and its history.

Read about Stax history


Nas Kicks Off Tour, Preps Reality Show With Kelis

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Whether hip-hop is dead or not, not only is Nas getting ready to kick off his North American tour, he’ll also be starring with wife Kelis in a new MTV reality show called “Mr. and Mrs. Jones.”

Kelis, who was arrested and released on bail after a couple hours for disorderly conduct, wins hands down for best looking mugshot ever.

Meanwhile, Nas’ tour kicks off in Cleveland on April 2 and wraps in San Diego a month later. Dates are below


04-02 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
04-03 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Tavern
04-05 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
04-06 Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
04-07 Orlando, FL – House of Blues
04-08 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
04-10 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
04-11 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theater
04-13 Washington, DC – Love Nite Club
04-15 Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
04-16 Montreal, Quebec – Metropolis
04-17 Toronto, Ontario – Kool Haus
04-19 Detroit, MI – State Theater
04-20 Chicago, IL – Congress Theater
04-21 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
04-22 Minneapolis, MN – Myth
04-23 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
04-25 Denver, CO – Fillmore
04-26 Salt Lake City, UT – Harry O’s
04-29 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
04-30 Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
05-01 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
05-02 San Diego, CA – 4th & B Concert Theater