Gail Mitchell's R&B/Hip Hop Briefs: Ray Charles Postage Stamp, Salaam Remi's Album, Alicia Keys’ Latest Milestone

Ray Charles Gets Stamp Of Approval:
Music legend Ray Charles became the latest addition to the U.S. Postal Service’s Music Icon Forever Stamp series on Monday (Sept. 23), on what would have been his 83rd birthday. In tandem with that, Concord Records is releasing "Ray Charles Forever" on Sept. 24. The deluxe CD/DVD collection features 12 remastered tracks including “A Song for You,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “America the Beautiful” and the previously unreleased “They Can’t Take That Away From Me. The 20-minute DVD offers rare live performances and interview segments. Concord is also producing a special edition of "Ray Charles Forever" with an exclusive bonus track available at major Post Office locations and online.
Sony Exec Salaam Remi Takes Artist Turn with New Album:
Sony Music exec. VP of A&R and production Salaam Remi, who recently launched his Louder Than Life Sony imprint—including sub-imprints RemiFa and Flying Buddha—now adds "artist" to his growing list of credits. His debut album "Salaam Remi One: In the Chamber" (Flying Buddha/Sony Masterworks) will be released digitally on Sept. 30. The set boasts several guest appearances including Ne-Yo, Corinne Bailey Rae and Akon, the latter of whom appears on the title track lead single which is available now.
Alicia Keys’ Keep a Child Alive Organization Turns 10:
Alicia Keys’ non-profit organization Keep a Child Alive will celebrate its 10th anniversary at its annual Black Ball on Nov. 7 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Keys will perform, joined by singer/songwriter icon Carole King and jazz/R&B musician Roy Ayers. Additional performances by British soul singer Laura Mvula and opera singer Kathleen Battle round out the program.


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