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New R&B/Soul Albums Releases: June 2008

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There were many great R&B/Soul album releases this month including the latest from “neo-soul” (not so new at this point) crooner Dwele.

Dwele’s Sketches Of A Man is being deemed a potential classic by old and new fans and sees him writing, producing, arranging and playing all instruments on nearly all of the tracks. “With my music I try to touch on things that everyone can relate to, Dwele says. “Things like, being a musician and trying to find the balance between work and love.” Listen to Sketches of A Man.

We’ve also got a release from our spotlighted artist Hil St. Soul who recently took the time to talk to us about the emotions behind the music of Black Rose. “For me music is a catharsis,” lead vocalist, Hilary Mwelwa told us. “it’s therapeutic. You go through so much in life. We all experience ups and downs.”

Also new are sets from rock/soul legend Solomon Burke, Anthony David, Ashanti, Lalah Hathaway, and even seminal Brazilian artist Sergio Mendes who again teams with contemporary hip-hop/R&B/pop artists.

Get the entire list of June R&B/Soul album releases…

Also check out the list of June Rap/Hiphop album releases.

Top 10 Rap/Hip-hop releases

Top 10 R&B/Soul releases


Mariah Carey And Nick Cannon Got Tatoos Before Wedding

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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon confirmed to People magazine that they tied the knot at Carey’s Bahamas spread on April 30. The two had been dating for a few weeks since late March.

Before trading rings, however, the couple traded tats.

“To me rings are special and exciting, but tattoos mean more than anything,” Cannon gushed. “They’re forever and ever. They professed our love.”

Today’s People mag sports pics of the wedding that had only a dozen guests. Carey wore a Nile Cmylo gown that faded from off-white to pale pink. Held at sunset, the reception offered Maine lobster and Dom Perignon champagne.

Cannon said it was love at first sight when Carey cast him as the lover in the video for her new track, “Bye Bye.”

“From the first time we sat down to discuss the video at the Beverly Hills Hotel, we connected,” Cannon said. “We had so much in common spiritually, and we laugh at the same things. I didn’t have to put on my Mac Daddy suave mode. I was able to be myself with her. We are both eternally 12 years old.”


Mario’s Dancing Skills Called “Blood Ugly”, Gets Kicked Off Dancing With The Stars

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Mario said bye-bye to his Dancing With The Stars audience as he and his partner got the boot last night.

The 21-year-old crooner got dissed when the judges called his feet “bloody ugly” after his performance of a Latin dance.It was the ABC dancing competition’s 100th episode.

Mario’s third album, Go, features the hit “Crying Out For Me.”


Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon… Married?

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According to several published reports, Mariah Carey, 38, and Nick Cannon, 27, got married recently.

Among others, the New York Post, and E! Online have reported the pair tied the knot at Carey’s spread in the Bahamas.

E! Online quoted a relative of Cannon’s who said the Drumline star had confirmed the news.

“He called us and told us all about it,” Linda Cannon said. “We are happy for him. If that is what he wants then we are happy for him.”

Last week, Carey flashed a huge diamond ring at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of her movie, “Tennessee,” and was accompanied by Cannon.

Bling headquarters, Jacob & Co., reportedly sold the ring to Cannon, and released a statement describing the ring as “crafted from platinum and features a square emerald cut fancy light pink diamond as the center stone surrounded by 58 intense pink diamonds and two half moon diamonds on each side.

“The total carat weight of the ring — center stone is 10 carats — is a jaw-dropping 17 carats with a value of $2.5 million.”

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P. Diddy Announces Danity Kane, Day26 Tour

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 Fresh on the heels of making Billboard chart history with back-to-back No.1 album debuts from acts Danity Kane and Day26, P. Diddy has announced his intention to let the good times keep rolling by putting the two groups on the road.

Read more about the tour…

Danity Kane – Welcome To The Dollhouse Album Review 

08, Ne-Yo, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Doug E. Fresh And More To Take A Bite Of The Apple Festival

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Earth Day Network & Green Apple Festival have added a bevy of genre-crossing top names to its Earth Day celebrations on Sunday, Apr. 20th, including, Ne-Yo, Talib Kweli, Doug E. Fresh and Jordin Sparks.

The festival will take the form of eight free simultaneous Earth Day celebrations in landmark parks across the country in cities: New York City (Central Park), Chicago IL (Lincoln Park Zoo), Miami FL (Bicentennial Park), Denver CO (City Park), Dallas TX (Fair Park), San Francisco CA (Golden Gate Park), Los Angeles CA (Santa Monica Pier) and Washington DC on the National Mall.
Interspersed with the live music will be environmental addresses by prominent speakers, green-minded business and educational displays on ways to combat the climate crisis.

Green Apple Festival Schedule:

WASHINGTON DC “Earth Day on the National Mall”
The Roots & Friends (, Ne-Yo, Doug E. Fresh, Talib Kweli, Chrisette Michele)
Gov’t Mule
Toots and the Maytals
Thievery Corp – DJ set
Warren Haynes – solo acoustic set
Umphrey’s McGee
DC Boys Choir
City Dance
*The National Anthem with Jordin Sparks
*Acoustic performance with O.A.R.

NEW YORK (Central Park)
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
The Bacon Brothers
Vusi Mahlasela
Vienna Teng

SAN FRANCISCO (Golden Gate Park)
Mickey Hart’s Mass Drums (with Jon Fishman of Phish and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue)
Yonder Mountain String Band
Brett Dennen

MIAMI (Bicentennial Park)
Arrested Development
Baby Loves Salsa
Caravan of Thieves

CHICAGO (Lincoln Park Zoo)
Derek Trucks Band
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Meshell Ndegeocello
Chicago Afrobeat Project
Miss Lori Holton Nash
The Gwalla Gwallas
Event MC- Kyle Orton – Chicago Bears

DALLAS (Fair Park)

Los Lonely Boys
Martin Sexton
Junior Brown
Cas Haley
The Steps
George Stanford

LOS ANGELES (Santa Monica Pier)
Taj Mahal
Ziggy Marley solo acoustic
Escalera (with pro-skaters Danny Way and Bob Burnquist)
Juliette and the Licks
School of Rock Hollywood Allstars
The Frequency
Coby Brown

DENVER (City Park)
The Neville Brothers
The Benevento/Russo Duo
Rose Hill Drive


Mariah Carey Drops New Single, Starts Album Cover Contest

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Fresh on the heels of beating Elvis for No. 1 songs, Mariah Carey is already dropping “Bye Bye,” the second single from her upcoming E=MC².

Check out this exclusive performance of the song from T4 4Music on the U.K.’s Channel 4.

“Mariah Carey – “Bye Bye”

In addition to the single, Carey’s also launching a contest that will give contestants the opportunity to create their own E=MC² cover. The winning design won’t be the final album cover (too bad cuz these naked Mariah pics are getting tired), but the winners get some cool swag. Get the details.

And if that isn’t enough, Carey is also slated to appear on Idol Gives Back (Apr. 9), The Oprah Winfrey Show (Apr. 14) and will actually be a mentor for the Idol hopefuls on Apr. 16.

E=MC² Official Album Tracklist:
1. Migrate feat. T-Pain
2. Touch My Body
3. Cruise Control feat. Damian Marley
4. I Stay In Love
5. Side Effects feat. Young Jeezy
6. I’m That Chick
7. Love Story
8. I’ll Be Lovin’ U Long Time
9. Last Kiss
10. Thanx 4 Nothin’
11. O.O.C.
12. For The Record
13. Bye Bye
13. I Wish You Well


Beyonce & Jay-Z Reportedly Married This Time

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After rumors swirled in January surrounding an alleged marriage ceremony at the home of Giorgio Armani, People magazine’s website reported that Beyonce and Jay-Z really did get married this time.

The report quoted the friend of the couple as saying, “It happened earlier this evening. Jay wanted it to be a really private affair – close friends and family.”

In addition, People reported that sometime before the alleged ceremony, the couple had taken out a wedding license in Scarsdale Village, New York.

People also go on to say that reps for the couple have not confirmed the report, and added that the ceremony was followed by a party at the Jay-Z’s TriBeCa spread.

Meanwhile the ever-reliable LA Times offers a blogger’s speculation on whether Beyonce is pregnant with Jay-Z’s child.


Sean Levert, Brother To Gerald Levert, Dies At 39

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Sean Levert, brother to the late Gerald Levert and son of soul legend and lead of The O’Jays, singer Eddie Levert, passed away after a medical emergency in jail. He was 39.
The singer was taken from the Cuyahoga County jail in Cleveland about 11 p.m. Sunday and died within the hour at Lutheran Hospital. An autopsy was planned, said coroner Frank Miller.

Levert was sentenced to the Cuyahoga County jail last week for one year and 10 months for failing to pay $85,000 in child support.

Gerald Levert was 40 when he died in 2006 of an accidental mix of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

The brothers had formed LeVert in the 1980s with childhood friend Marc Gordon. Their hits included “Baby I’m Ready,” “(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind” and the Grammy-nominated “Casanova.”

At Gerald Levert’s funeral service in November 2006, Sean Levert and his father performed “Dance With My Father” and personalized the words for Gerald.

Sean Levert found a new third partner last year and was trying to revive LeVert.

Warden Kevin McDonough said Levert had been sick and guards were watching him at the jail’s regular cellblock because he had been acting strangely. There were no specifics about Levert’s medical condition, although it is known he suffered from high blood pressure and had been hallucinating in jail.

Toxicology reports could take four to six weeks.


Jaheim Teams Up With Steve Harvey For Jamaican Dream Wedding Contest

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Jaheim has teamed up with The Steve Harvey Morning Show to make one lucky couple’s dream wedding fantasy come true in a unique contest.

The winning couple, and 20 guests, will be enjoy the “Ultimate Jamaica Destination Wedding,” complete with a special performance by Jaheim during the couple’s first dance at the wedding reception.

The contest kicked off Monday with an announcement on The Steve Harvey Morning Show and entries will be accepted up to April 4.

To enter the contest, engaged couples will mail a letter and photo to The Steve Harvey Morning Show’s Hollywood office (see address below) answering 4 questions: 1.) How the engaged couple met, 2.) How the couple got engaged, 3.) Why the engaged couple wants to win this contest, and 4.) Why the engaged couple wants Jaheim to sing at their wedding reception. The letters will be judged on 3 criteria: Originality (50%), Creativity (40%), and Meets Entry Criteria (10%).

The top 3 entries will be posted at beginning April 14 where listeners can vote online until April 17 for their favorite. The winners will be announced on-air on The Steve Harvey Morning Show and posted online at on April 18.

The Grand Prize:
• Jaheim will perform 1 song live at the reception for the winning couple’s first dance;
• A 7-day/ 6-night Super-Inclusive Jamaica destination wedding and honeymoon for the winning couple including air travel on American Airlines, accommodations at the Grand Lido Braco Resort & Spa in Jamaica, and a wedding package including wedding planner, cake, flowers, champagne toast, reception and breakfast in bed the next morning.
• The Grand Prize also includes air travel on American Airlines and 3-day/2-night Super-Inclusive trips for 20 guests of the winning couple.

90 runner-up couples will each receive an autographed copy of Jaheim’s latest CD, The Makings of a Man.

March 17 – April 4: Entries accepted via mail to:
Steve Harvey Morning Show Contest
1438 N. Gower St., Box 35
Hollywood, CA 90028