Soul music

  1. Colt Ford, Joss Stone, and Sixpence None the Richer

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT COLT FORD "Declaration of Independence" Producers: various Average Joe's Entertainment Release Date: Aug. 7 This Athens, Ga.-based songwriter got a huge boost last year when two songs he co-wrote topped Billboard's Hot Country ...

  2. Joss Stone to Release 'Soul Sessions Volume 2' Next Month

    June 04, 2012 3:29 PM EDT Joss Stone is returning to her roots with "The Soul Sessions Volume 2," a sequel to her 2003 breakthrough album that will also see her reuniting with original label S-Curve Records. Due out July 31 through a partnership with Stone's ...

  3. Donald 'Duck' Dunn Remembered During Memphis' Beale Street Funeral March

    May 24, 2012 7:30 AM EDT MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The late bass player Donald "Duck" Dunn was honored Wednesday in the city where he performed on some of R&B's best-known hits, with musicians leading a lively funeral march down Memphis' Beale Street. ...

  4. Donald 'Duck' Dunn, Bassist With Booker T. and the MGs, Stax, Dead at 70

    May 13, 2012 10:13 AM EDT Bass player and songwriter Donald "Duck" Dunn, a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame band Booker T. and the MGs and the Blues Brothers as well as a studio musician for the legendary Stax studios who played with countless m ...

  5. Soul-Funk Guitarist and 'Shaft' Wah-Wah Creator Charles 'Skip' Pitts Dies

    May 01, 2012 6:30 PM EDT R&B, soul and funk guitar architect and Bo-Keys member Charles "Skip" Pitts-whose signature riffs are forever immortalized in the Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing" and the wah-wah on Isaac Hayes' "Theme ...

  6. Aretha Franklin Signs With ICM

    April 02, 2012 5:07 PM EDT Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin has signed with International Creative Management (ICM) in all areas. She was previously with William Morris Endeavor . The Queen of Soul, an 18-time Grammy winner, has had 20 No. 1 hits on Billboard's R& ...

  7. Charles Bradley Creating SXSW Fest Buzz Two Years Running

    March 13, 2012 12:19 PM EDT Director Poull Brien was nursing a pint of Guinness in the Driskill Hotel Monday afternoon when an official email came in from SXSW . His film "Charles Bradley: Soul of America" had received such a positive response from its first two sc ...

  8. Don Cornelius' Brash and Brave Success Story, Remembered by Michael Bivins, Bryan 'Birdman' Williams, Chris Hicks, More

    February 02, 2012 7:50 AM EST Like most music industry veterans touched by the incalculable influence of "Soul Train" producer and television host Don Cornelius, Michael Bivins has his own memories of the stoic and baritone man who passed away on Wednesday morning . ...

  9. 'Soul Train' Creator Don Cornelius Dead in Apparent Suicide

    February 01, 2012 9:47 AM EST Don Cornelius, who with the creation of Soul Train helped break down racial barriers and broaden the reach of black culture with funky music, groovy dance steps and cutting edge style, died early Wednesday of an apparent suicide. He was 75. Office ...

  10. Etta James Dead at 73

    January 20, 2012 11:39 AM EST Etta James, the singer who turned "At Last" into a multi-generational standard and was an acknowledged influence on singers from Janis Joplin to Melissa Etheridge and Christina Aguilera, is gone not long after her voice was quieted. Jame ...

  11. Backbeat: Lalah Hathaway Celebrates 'Where It All Begins' @ L.A. Live's Conga Room

    October 14, 2011 3:00 AM EDT Before hitting the stage, Lalah Hathaway (center) made the red carpet rounds with Concord Music Group/Fantasy/Stax project management executive Michele Smith (left) and manager Marcus King (right). (Photo: Ashley Stagg) "It's cool to wav ...

  12. Hidden Beach Slates New Jill Scott Album For Late Spring

    April 05, 2011 5:32 PM EDT After a long hiatus, fans are being treated to a double dose of new music from Jill Scott . "The Light of the Sun" -- the singer/songwriter's first album under her recently announced distribution deal with Warner Bros. -- is due in ...

  13. Bernie Wilson of Harold Melvin & Blue Notes Dies

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Bernie Wilson, baritone member of the rhythm and blues group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes that produced the 1972 hit "If You Don't Know Me by Now," has died. Wilson, 64, died early Sunday at Kresson View Center in Voorhees, N. ...

  14. Aretha Franklin: 'I Feel Great'

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Soul legend Aretha Franklin says she feels "great" and is "piddling around the house" as she follows doctors orders to rest at home after surgery two weeks ago. "I feel great," Franklin told JET magazine in her first ...

  15. Industry Veteran Dick Griffey Dies

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Dick Griffey, founder of SOLAR Records, died Sept. 24 in Los Angeles of complications arising from a prior quadruple bypass surgery. He was 72. Launched in 1977, SOLAR Records -the acronym for Sound of Los Angeles Records-became one of the most su ...

  16. Spirit Music Signs Deal With Boz Scaggs

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spirit Music signed a multi-year North American publishing agreement with Boz Scaggs. As part of the agreement, Spirit will provide a wide range of creative services and brand marketing in addition to copyright administration for Scaggs’ new works ...

  17. Jill Scott Files Cross-Complaint Against Label

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT R&B singer Jill Scott is hitting back at Hidden Beach Records, claiming the indie label caused her millions of dollars in damages for mismanagement of her career, according to legal papers filed in Los Angeles Supreme Court. Scott's cross ...

  18. Jill Scott Sued By Label

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jill Scott is being sued by her longtime record label, which is accusing the multi-platinum R&B songstress of skipping out halfway through a six-album contract and potentially owing millions of dollars in damages. The lawsuit, filed in Los Ang ...

  19. Producer Willie Mitchell Dies

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Willie Mitchell, a record producer and musician who worked with Al Green and dozens of others, has died. He was 81. Mitchell's son, Lawrence Mitchell, said his father suffered a cardiac arrest on Dec. 19 and died at Methodist University Hospi ...

  20. 'Soul Train' Vaults Opened For DVD Deal

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fans of television's long-running "Soul Train" will now have the chance to purchase DVDs of the pioneering dance show. Soul Train Holdings has partnered with Direct Holdings Americas Inc., granting the latter the domestic home video ...

  21. Next Move For Marshall Chess

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Marshall Chess has joined with industry figures Eddie Piller and Fredrik Ekander to form Tri-Sound, a new label specializing in contemporary soul. The label's first release will be the Third Degree's northern soul reworking of Duffy' ...

  22. Michael Jackson Saluted At ASCAP Awards

    June 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Tributes continued to pour in for Michael Jackson during the weekend following his death June 25. Before officially launching the 22nd annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards (June 26, Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles), president/chairman Paul Wi ...

  23. TV One Brings Back ‘Unsung’

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The lives and careers of Supremes founding member Florence Ballad, Minnie Riperton, Shalamar and Melba Moore will be the focus of TV One’s second installment of its “Unsung” series. Coinciding with the start of Black Music Month (June), the one-ho ...

  24. R&B Briefs: Teena Marie, Natalie Cole, Vivan Green

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -Teena Marie’s new single, “Can’t Last a Day,” becomes available April 7 on iTunes. Featuring Faith Evans, the song is the lead single from Marie’s thirteenth album and the first for Stax Records/Concord Music Group: “Congo Square,” due June 9. Th ...

  25. Industry Veteran Al Bell Launches Web Venture

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran music industry executive Al Bell has established a new company, Al Bell Presents. Bell is the former owner of Stax Records and president of Motown. The cornerstones of Al Bell Presents are a full-service Web site and "Al Bell Presents ...

  26. TV One Salutes Black Music's 'Unsung' Artists

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Deserving artists who didn't achieve superstardom. That's the premise behind TV One's "Unsung" series, a four-part biography special spotlighting Donny Hathaway, the DeBarge Family, the Clark Sisters and Phyllis Hyman. Cab ...

  27. Womack Albums To Be Re-Issued On ABKCO

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST ABKCO Records has acquired three classic Bobby Womack albums that had originally been released on Beverly Glen Records in the 1980s. Terms of the deal with Beverly Glen founder Otis Smith were not disclosed. The three albums, collectively known to ...

  28. Daryl Hall & John Oates Sign With United Talent Agency

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Daryl Hall & John Oates have signed with United Talent Agency, Billboard.biz has learned. The duo is prepping a 2009 tour to support their latest release "Daryl Hall & John Oates, Live from the Troubadour." Additionally, UTA will ...

  29. Booker T. And The MGs Join Musicians Hall Of Fame

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Guitarist Duane Eddy picked his rumbling "Peter Gunn" instrumental and Rolling Stone Keith Richards jammed with The Crickets on "Not Fade Away" as a host of musicians and producers were honored during the Musicians Hall of Fame ...

  30. Nikka Costa Returns With 'Pebble to a Pearl'

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nikka Costa tells billboard.biz the music on her new album, "Pebble to a Pearl," is "the raw answer to the sweet, formulaic music of today." The singer/songwriter's third album was released Oct. 14 through Stax Records. &q ...

  31. Don Cornelius Of 'Soul Train' Arrested In LA

    October 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Don Cornelius, the former host of the television show "Soul Train," was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, police said Saturday. Police were called to his Hollywood Hills home late Friday after someone reported a domestic disput ...

  32. Soul Legend Isaac Hayes Dies At 65

    August 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With its riveting orchestration, definitive guitar play and signature sensual baritone vocals, Isaac Hayes' theme song for the 1971 movie "Shaft" not only became one of pop music's iconic songs, but also the defining work of Ha ...

  33. Womack To Get Digital, Best-Of Releases

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Capitol/EMI salutes the career of soul pioneer Bobby Womack with the May 27 CD and digital release of "The Best of Bobby Womack: The Soul Years." On the same day, the label will also make available digitally, for the first time, seven or ...

  34. R&B Briefs: Gnarls Barkley, John Legend, Beyonce

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Gnarls Barkley 's highly anticipated second album, "The Odd Couple" leaked to the Internet. The album's official release date is April 8. Recently, Gnarls Barkley, comprised of Cee-lo and Danger Mouse, released their first vi ...

  35. Dr. John, Knight Added To Poderosa Line-Up

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Dr. John and Jean Knight have been added to the bill of this year's seventh annual Ponderosa Stomp Music Conference, set for April 29-30 at the House of Blues and the Parish in New Orleans. The artists will perform alongside Wardell Quezergue ...

  36. Final Brown Recordings In Legal Dispute

    January 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST The legal feud over the estate of James Brown is stalling the release of the soul legend's final recordings, his longtime adviser said. Brown cut an album in Los Angeles the summer before he died in December 2006, but the songs are not being ...

  37. Toyota Bolsters Scion Awareness With Remix Project

    October 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Daptone Records has partnered with Toyota vehicle Scion to release a double CD-set compilation including nine exclusive remixes of various artists, along with the nine original recordings. The disc, called Scion CD Sampler Vol. 19 - Daptone Record ...

  38. Blues Singer Etta James Hospitalized In LA

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Blues singer Etta James is in stable condition in a Los Angeles hospital, suffering from complications following abdominal surgery, her manager said on Wednesday. The 69-year-old rock 'n' roll pioneer was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical ...

  39. World's Fair Inks Daptone

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Indie label group and management/marketing firm World's Fair has added funk/soul label Daptone Records to roster. The label home for the Dap-Kings, who have been supporting Amy Winehouse, was previously linked with Prommer. A spokesperson for ...

  40. Review: Amy Winehouse's 'Back To Black'

    March 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Amy Winehouse: "Back To Black" Producers: Mark Ronson, Salaam Remi Universal Motown Release Date: March 13 An international smash finally seeing U.S. release, "Back to Black" is a guileless, brutal breakup album that can sit wi ...

  41. Commodores Member Milan Williams Dies

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT He was 58. Milan Williams, a founding member of the Commodores, died yesterday (July 9) at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston following a bout with cancer. He was 58. Williams played keyboards for the R&B/funk outfit, whose members initially met ...

  42. Global Pulse

    June 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT There hasn't been a successful Irish soul outfit since the Commitments. And they were fictional. That has changed with the arrival of Dublin-based white soul/urban funk outfit Republic of Loose. Read There hasn't been a successful Irish ...

  43. Soul Legend Wilson Pickett Dies

    January 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Soul/R&B legend Wilson Pickett died of a heart attack today (Jan. 19) at a hospital near his Virginia home, according to a spokesperson. He was 64. The artist is survived by his fiancé and four c Soul/R&B legend Wilson Pickett died of ...

  44. The Beat

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST While Rounder has released plenty of DVDs before of acts signed to other labels, such as Atlantic's Matchbox Twenty and Rush or Virgin's Boz Scaggs, this marks its debut audio project from another lab While Rounder has released plenty of ...

  45. Rhythm & Blues

    September 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Dwele's sophisticated mix of soul, hip-hop and jazz supplies the creative foundation for his sophomore set, "Some Kinda . . . ," due Oct. 4. Read Gail Mitchell's column. Dwele's sophisticated mix of soul, hip-hop and jazz ...

  46. Nashville Scene

    September 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT What happens when you are primarily known as a country artist, but you have soul music in your heart? If you are Lari White, you start your own label, Skinny WhiteGirl Records, and make the album you What happens when you are primarily known as a ...

  47. The Indies

    August 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Brunswick Records, the legendary R&B label once home to Jackie Wilson, the Chi-Lites and Tyrone Davis, plans catalog repackaging and documeantary DVD for Koch Entertainment Distribution. Read Todd Brunswick Records, the legendary R&B l ...

  48. Koch To Distribute Brunswick Records

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Label was home to Jackie Wilson. Port Washington, N.Y.-based Koch Entertainment Distribution has signed an exclusive North American distribution agreement with R&B label Brunswick Records. The label was the one-time home to Tyrone Davis, the C ...

  49. Chi-Lites Frontman Dies

    July 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Eugene Record was 64. Eugene Record, a founding member and creative force behind R&B vocal group the Chi-Lites, died July 22 after a long battle with cancer. He was 64. Though Record was best known for writing the smooth soul group's bigg ...

  50. Global Pulse

    July 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The figures are adding up for London-based pop quartet the Magic Numbers and their combination of country, soul and West Coast harmony. Read Tom Ferguson's column. The figures are adding up for London-based pop quartet the Magic Numbers and t ...

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