Saadiq Plans Live Album For Own Label
Former Tony! Toni! Tone! and Lucy Pearl principal Raphael Saadiq plans to further his solo career later this year with a live album and DVD to be fashioned from recordings made at three upcoming showsFormer Tony! Toni! Tone! and Lucy Pearl principal Raphael Saadiq plans to further his solo career later this year with a live album and DVD to be fashioned from recordings made at three upcoming shows. The artist is also working on a new distribution deal for his Pookie Entertainment record label.
Saadiq will be joined by a 12-piece band and a number of unnamed guests for concerts July 2 at San Diego's Belly Up Tavern, July 3 at Los Angeles' House of Blues and July 4 at Las Vegas' House of Blues, with fans and radio contest winners in attendance. All three concerts will be recorded for the live album -- due for an October release -- and a DVD to be released next year, both on Pookie Entertainment.
Saadiq, who earlier this year won the best R&B song Grammy for "Love of My Life (Ode to Hip Hop)" with Erykah Badu, is also planning to record his second solo studio album later this year at his Blakeslee Studios in North Hollywood, Calif. He is eyeing a February 2004 release date for the disc, the follow-up to last year's "Instant Vintage" (Universal). That set debuted at No. 25 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 207,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Saadiq is also looking to develop new artists through Pookie Entertainment. The forthcoming live album will be the first release on Pookie since the self-titled, BMG-distributed debut of Lucy Pearl, the R&B supergroup Saadiq formed with En Vogue's Dawn Robinson and A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad. That album debuted at No. 26 on The Billboard 200 in June 2000.