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Curtis Harding

Curtis Harding

Face Your Fear [LP]

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CURTIS HARDING could best be described as a student of the gritty, sweat-dripping, hip-swinging blues that wafted through the air of the American sixties. The offspring of a mother who sang gospel, and a retired veteran, he traveled all over the country as a child, singing alongside his parents, learning that music was in fact the great communicator, and that the key was not just in how pretty the notes were, but how if you were honest in what you were singing, you could stir a person on the inside. This is what Otis Redding knew. What Sam Cooke, and Bo Diddley, and B. B. King knew. That somehow there was a way to take your experiences, your pain and joy, and give them melody, cause them to live and breathe and massage the hearts and minds of all those who hear. 

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' final studio album, Soul of a Woman is a lush, orchestral masterpiece. A true testament to the life and career of Daptone's fearless leader and one of the world's greatest performers. In the year prior to her death from pancreatic cancer in 2016, Sharon Jones toured and performed tirelessly, and was also the subject of Miss Sharon Jones!, an acclaimed documentary by Oscar-Winning director Barbara Kopple. Yet somehow, the beloved and heroic soul singer found time to complete a studio album. Soul of a Woman features eleven songs which reveal that the emotion, dynamics, and drama of Jones' voice remained at full power until her final days.
The songs on Soul Of A Woman exemplify two distinct sides of the band s sound. Side One showcases the grittier, bluesier material like Matter Of Time and Sail On giving Sharon the room to flex her vocal prowess, creating a liveness that few studio albums posses. Side Two takes on a more sophisticated orchestral mood. Tracks like When I Saw Your Face and These Tears (No Longer For You), capture a soft vulnerability in Sharon's vocals that draws you deep inside, and yet they remain nuanced with the signature toughness that never allow you to forget she's steering the ship. The finished product is an album that captures a band and a singer at their peak. Includes download card.

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Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples

If All I Was Was Black [LP]

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“Mavis has done it all and worked with just about everybody from Bob Dylan to Prince to Jeff Tweedy… She still is singing for justice and equality and influencing a new generation of musicians and fans.” -PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

MAVIS STAPLES is an American Music legend. She was at the forefront of the civil rights movement in the 1960’s, as singer for the legendary gospel group, The Staples Singers. Mavis, along with her father, Pops, and siblings marched and worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on the fight for equality in this country.

In December 2016, Mavis went to Washington, DC to receive the coveted Kennedy Center Honors from President Obama, with whom she has had a long standing friendship. Mavis invited Wilco frontman and dear friend, Jeff Tweedy as her guest for the weekend’s festivities. The two spent hours discussing the current events and how today’s fight for equality is very similar to those in the 60’s. Inspired by these events, Mavis and Jeff got together and wrote Mavis’ new album, If All I Was Was Black, produced by Jeff Tweedy. The new album is a perfect message for our time and is by far Mavis’ best work to date.

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Sam Smith

Sam Smith

The Thrill Of It All [LP]

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Following an incredible success with his debut album In The Lonely Hour – including four GRAMMY Awards, both an Academy Award & Golden Globe and three Brit Awards – Sam Smith is back with his upcoming sophomore record The Thrill Of It All. The album features the single “Too Good At Goodbyes” which debuted #1 on multiple global charts.
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Tamar Braxton

Tamar Braxton

Bluebird Of Happiness

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Iconic R&B singer, Tamar Braxton graced the 2017 BET Awards stage with a bold, passionate performance of her latest single, “My Man” for 5.8 million viewers. The 2017 “BET AWARDS” continued its reign as television’s #1 Cable Awards Show among African Americans 18-49. “My Man” is the lead single from Braxton’s fall-slated new album — the first release via her TamartianLand label through eOne Entertainment. “This will be the first time you see an X-ray vision of Tamar and everything I’ve been through,” says Braxton of the forthcoming album. Tamar Braxton is one of the top-selling female artists in the country. Her two albums LOVE AND WAR and CALLING ALL LOVERS both debuted #1 on the R&B charts and top 3 on the overall charts, selling over 600,000 albums combined. The Grammy® nominated singer’s track record includes the hits “Love and War,” “If I Don’t Have You” and “The One” as well as two top 10 debuting Billboard 200 albums: Love and War (No. 2) and Calling All Lovers (No. 5). Braxton, also announced a talk show project in association with TV/radio personality Steve Harvey is in development and “definitely happening.” Tamar is a true multi-media artist. In addition to being a Gold artist she has two reality shows on the WEtv Network “Braxton Family Values” and “Tamar and Vince”. “Braxton Family Values” is number 1 rated on WEtv.

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Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men

Under The Streetlight

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Celebrating their 25th Anniversary in show business, iconic R&B vocal group Boyz II Men return with their new album Under the Streetlight. A personal selection of timeless songs, Under the Streetlight showcases four-time Grammy winners Boyz II Men putting their spin on classics such as "Why Do Fools Fall in Love," (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), "Stay" (Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs) and "I Only Have Eyes for You" (The Flamingos) along with an original composition, "Ladies Man." The album features Olivier Award Winner Amber Riley (Glee, London's Dreamgirls), ten time Grammy winners Take Six plus multi-platinum R&B artist Brian McKnight who joins Boyz II Men on three songs.
Fresh off their sold-out tour with New Kids on the Block and Paula Abdul, fans can catch Boyz II Men during their ongoing residency at the famed Mirage in Las Vegas and on their global tour.

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Kelela

Kelela

Take Me Apart [LP]

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With great anticipation, Kelela's debut album emerges as an epic portrait of an artist spanning the past and future of R&B. In her hands, however, the genre knows no boundaries and so Take Me Apart exists as an absolutely singular and fearless addition to a canon of recent classics. From her very earliest work, honesty and vulnerability have been cornerstones of Kelela's art - even when clad in the armor of the avant-garde electronics she so deftly inhabits - and Take Me Apart sees her double down on both the emotional intensity and resonance of her message as well as the sonic seeking she is renowned for. Single vinyl with printed inner and outer sleeves includes download code.


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Aretha Franklin

A BRAND NEW ME: ARETHA FRANKLIN WITH THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA pairs classic vocals from some of the most iconic songs that the Queen of Soul recorded for Atlantic Records with new arrangements performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.


A BRAND NEW ME features Franklin’s instantly recognizable voice woven together with new orchestral arrangements. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra recorded the music at Abbey Road Studios in London, with brand new backing vocals led by Grammy®-winning singer Patti Austin. 
The result is another timeless record that retains the soul, groove, and gospel power of Franklin’s revered talent. Among the standout tracks are newly re-imagined versions of classics like the Billboard #1 R&B hits “Respect,” “Think,” “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied),” and “Angel.”
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Son Little

Son Little

New Magic [LP]

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Son Little, the singer and songwriter born Aaron Livingston, is the easygoing musical alchemist of our time. He is a conjurer, and much like those of his heroes Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix, his songs are deconstructions of the diaspora of American R&B. Deftly he weaves different eras of the sound—blues, soul, gospel, rock and roll—through his own unique vision, never forced, always smooth, each note a tributary on the flowing river of rhythm and blues. And now, with his second full-length album, New Magic, he has delivered a profound statement, a cohesive creation that captures the diverse spirit of American music in a fresh and modern way. The song that serves as the album’s true centerpiece is “Blue Magic,” a Philly Soul inspired number deconstructed almost like a rap song or the best of production savants like J Dilla or Madlib, complete with chiming glockenspiel bells and old school female backing vocals. The song has the appeal of an instant classic. On the heels of his 2015 self-titled debut and the 5-song EP, Songs I Forgot, that came before it, Son Little found his reach steadily growing. His song “Lay Down” had been streamed over seven million times, he had toured the world with artists as diverse as Leon Bridges, Kelis, Mumford & Sons, Portual. The Man and Shakey Graves in addition to his own headlining runs, and also became a Grammy Award winning producer, earning a 2016 Best Roots Performance award for his work on Mavis Staples.

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B.B. King

B.B. King

Remastered From The Archives [LP]

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Tracks on B.B. King Remastered from the Archives include Everyday I Have The Blues from a 1958 Los Angeles gig with The Count Basie Orchestra and Walkin And Cryin from a Memphis performance in 1950 with Nelson on keys, joined by James Walker on bass and E.A. Kemp on drums. Remastered by multiple Grammy Award winning Mastering Engineer, Vlado Meller, whose credits stretch back over four decades and include releases Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Johnny Cash, Michael Jackson, and many more.

The album features newly-remastered recordings of the Blues Hall of Famer from 1950 through 1960, taken from performances in Memphis and Los Angeles along with an all-star cast of sidemen, including drummer Jesse Sailes, saxophonists Richard Sanders and Solomon Hardy, pianists Lloyd Glenn and Ford Nelson, and The Count Basie Orchestra.

King first came to the attention of the wider public when he opened for The Rolling Stones on their 1969 tour of America. Inducted in the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, King left behind a deep and intricate legacy of classic recordings. Since his passing in 2015, collectors and blues enthusiasts have been avidly searching for remastered performances with alternate takes and improvisations.

The platter is the flagship release for new label Red Bank Records, in Red Bank, NJ, home of the Count Basie Theater. The label is dedicated to remastering and restoring classic recordings from the early days of popular music. For distribution and label services, Red Bank Records has teamed up with Monostereo to bring its albums to market. In turn, Monostereo connected Red Bank to its mastering partner, Vlado Meller Mastering of Charleston, SC, to remaster these classic recordings for this special vinyl release.

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Scream

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Michael Jackson's Scream is the perfect collection of 13 all-time electrifying dance classics and fan favorites from The King of Pop on one album, including "Ghosts," "Thriller," "Dirty Diana" and more. The album also includes a brand-new bonus track: the five-song mash-up "Blood On The Dance Floor X Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-Up)." Fans can unlock an immersive Scream augmented reality experience with their mobile device and the collectible poster in this package!

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Bootsy Collins

Bootsy Collins

World Wide Funk [LP]

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The funk runs deep and rich on "World Wide Funk," Bootsy Collins' first studio album since 2011's "Tha Funk Capital of the World". Populated with musical friends old and new, and recorded in his Cincinnati home's Bootzilla Re-hab studio, "World Wide Funk" marks both a reckoning and significant reboot, if you will, for the Rhinestone Rock Star Monster of a doll baby baba! Blue-chip rappers like Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Quik, Dru Down, and Chuck D, along with guitar shedder Buckethead join a Bootsy-curated posse of fresh new artists on a record that embraces everything from the classic P-Funk sound Bootsy pioneered to the closest Collins has ever come to radio-active, boots on the ground friendly fire in a musical-P-rated-adventure. World Wide Funk will be released worldwide on Mascot Records on October 27, 2017 on CD, vinyl, digital download and streaming.

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Ledisi

Ledisi

Let Love Rule

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Let Love Rule is another captivating new album from Verve Records recording artist and nine-time Grammy nominated powerhouse Ledisi. This compilation of soul stirring, genre bending music fuses together both contemporary and traditional R&B. Let Love Rule redefines Ledisis sound, while still featuring her trademark vocals, echoing everything from seventies-style soul to 21st century bounce. Executive produced by Ledisi and longtime collaborator Rex Rideout, with tracks from DJ Camper, BJ the Chicago Kid, Kirk Franklin and John Legend. Let Love Rule will engage listeners, captivate their hearts, and move their souls with every listen.

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Brian Mcknight

Brian Mcknight

Genesis

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2017 marks Brian's 25th anniversary as a recording artist, and with Genesis Brian once again reinvigorates his approach to songwriting, recording, and performing. Brian McKnight explains it best by saying 'Genesis is a new beginning of sorts with a nod to my past, firmly rooted in the present, and looking towards the future.' On Genesis Brian has partnered with songwriter and producer Tim Kelley from legendary duo Tim & Bob (Bob Robinson), also known as Funktwons. The duo have won multiple Grammy Awards and their recordings have gone on to sell more than 300 million albums worldwide.
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Musiq Soulchild

Musiq Soulchild

Feel The Real

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Musiq’s no nonsense conversational songwriting style and buttery vocals earned him a recording contract as he took on an illuminating, life-changing last name. Musiq Soulchild was born. Everything down to his meticulous throwback soul man image (his trademark apple jack cap and designer shades) screamed SUPERSTAR. Soon Musiq’s name was being mentioned alongside modern day R&B royalty like Erykah Badu, R. Kelly, Usher, D’Angelo, Maxwell, and Jill Scott. But he wanted more. “Truthfully, the success I had out the gate was different than how people now make it out to be,” Musiq recalls. “I didn’t have a chance to revel in that amazing moment of having my first two albums go platinum. I was dealing with political issues, writers, producers, and managers. The labels were trying to get me to be something that I didn’t want to be. I’m from the streets, so I wasn’t use to people telling me what to do [laughs]. It turned into, ‘Well, if you want this check you might want to compromise.’ But even with that negative experience, I got to do what I love, which is inspire people.” Musiq Soulchild’s Grammy nominated Life on Earth in 2016 represented an intriguing chapter in the striking career of an artist who continues to search for new muses; new sounds. With “Feel The Real” the future is now.

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TLC

TLC

TLC [LP]

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Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige

Strength Of A Woman [2LP]

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Strength of a Woman, the new album by MJB, includes Thick Of It , U + Me (Love Lessons) & Love Yourself ft. Kayne West which make-up her most honest body of work to date.
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Letoya Luckett

Letoya Luckett

Back 2 Life

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Although Luckett has sold over 25 million records with Destiny’s Child and won two Grammy® Awards, her star continues to rise. Her platinum solo debut LeToya featured the hit single, “Torn,” and topped the Billboard 200 Chart. Luckett’s sophomore album, Lady Love debuted at #1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart and #12 on the Billboard 200. Adding to her already impressive creative credentials, LeToya has had substantial success in film and television and is currently starring in a recurring role on Fox’s critically-acclaimed drama series ROSEWOOD. Her new single, “Back 2 Life”, produced by Jo Blaq and YBZ, will be featured on her forthcoming album due out March 31st, 2017.
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