Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1012

WELCOME TO B&S ONLINE

THE OFFICIAL 1ST STOP FOR MUSIC WRITING, COMMENT, INTEGRITY, OPINION AND LISTINGS.

Editorial STUFF

In this fit to burst issue of B&S online we bring you interviews with THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS, GYM CLASS HEROES, BILLY OCEAN, NATALIE COLE, MICHELLE WILLIAMS, SEAMUS HAJI AND MASTER SHORTIE... We take a short trip down memory lane to talk to STEVIE WONDER... We have SOUL COLUMNIST ANDY DAVIES andy@bluesandsoul.com and inimitable JAZZ COLUMNIST SNOWBOY snowboy@bluesandsoul.com at the ready to share the months news, reviews and opinion in their respective genres. And we announce a new (in a manor of speaking) contributer to our pages - and not just any contributer... This month we are SO proud to announce SHARON DAVIS sharon@bluesandsoul.com will return to Blues and Soul in November to write the MOTOWN TRACKING COLUMN that so many of you have missed. With MOTOWN celebrating it's 50th year this coming year, I think you'll agree this is indeed music to our ears (Welcome back Sharon we've missed ya)... Right then, on top of that little lot we have competitions galore in the shape of VIP SOUTHPORT WEEKENDER TICKETS, for this November. There is still time to win ERIC ROBERSON tickets for his show at the o2 - we also give you a chance to win CD's by the same artist, WU-TANG dvd's and Michael Jackson Motown Years CD's (not bad hah?)... We add our usual daily updated NEWS, REVIEWS and OPINION from the cream of music writing AND we urge you to check-out the B&S and HMV's recommended page - where you can have a sneaky listen to four hot, hot albums care of us. This Issue we have the new albums from BRYN CHRISTOPHER, LLOYD, THE GAME and the superb album from NE-YO - so why look any further?!? B&S re-reminds it's patrons that it is ON-LINE ONLY.B&S

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New Orleans Jazz Festival Oct 24-25th @ Londons o2

O2 TO HOST NEW ORLEANS JAZZ FESTIVAL ON OCT 24TH & 25TH....... and it's Free!!!

The O2 is to host a festival celebrating the music and culture of New Orleans next month. The event, named Festival New Orleans, will coincide with the New Orleans Saints official NFL game against the San Diego Chargers at Wembley...

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Seu Jorge

WIN SEU JORGE TICKETS: Roundhouse 30th October

With reviews acclaiming Seu Jorgeâs current âAmérica Brasilâ CD to be the best of his career so far - Jorge takes to the road for the âAmérica Brasilâ Tour and you can win tickets...

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Hydro

WIN A PAIR OF NIKE AIR FORCE 1 CARE OF OUR HYDRO COMPETITION

Glasgow rapperâs killer album 'Crucial' is out to download and buy now. Filled with 17 scorching hot tracks, the album also features Busta Rhymes, Memphis Bleek and Clinton Sparks. Buy it now, itâs crucial...

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Pussy Cat Dolls Pussy Cat Dolls Pussy Cat Dolls Pussy Cat Dolls: Doll Domination

PUSSYCAT DOLLS: HELLLO DOLLY

Their 2005 debut LP âPCDâ sold over seven million globally, making California-based Pussycat Dolls far-and-away the worldâs biggest girl-group ever. This month sees said feisty fivesome return with the appropriately-titled album...

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Gym Class Heroes Gym Class Heroes Gym Class Heroes Gym Class Heroes

Gym Class Heroes: WE CAN BE HEROES

If you try to define the Gym Class Heroâs it may take you a bit longer than you think. With a mix of Hip-Hop/rock and blended electronic/pop, this is a band that like to keep their audience guessing as to what direction they will gravitate next..

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Billy Ocean Billy Ocean Billy Ocean Billy Ocean

BILLY OCEAN: Caribbean King

Having sold over 30 million records, topping the charts across the world - Billy Ocean is without question the biggest black recording artist Britain has ever produced. This month, sees him return to the public arena with a 19-date tour of the UK...

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Natalie Cole Natalie Cole Natalie Cole Natalie Cole

NATALIE COLE: Star Bright

Natalie Coleâs seminal Unforgettable... With Love - released in 1991, won six Grammies and sold over 14 million copies world wide. This month finally sees the release of it's follow-up - the appropriately titled - Still Unforgetable

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Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder

STEVIE WONDER: MARCH 1995: A B&S CLASSIC INTERVIEW

WITH STEVIE WONDER CURRENTLY ON HIS FIRST EUROPEAN TOUR IN OVER 10 YEARS, PETE LEWIS RECALLS GOING TO PARIS IN MARCH 1995 TO MEET THE MAESTRO HIMSELF AND ATTEND THE LIVE WORLD PREMIER OF THE HIS THEN-NEW `CONVERSATION PEACE' LP...

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Sharleen Spiteri Sharleen Spiteri Sharleen Spiteri Sharleen Spiteri

SHARLEEN SPITERI: The Single Life

Sharleen Spiteri - the face and voice of one of the biggest British bands of the last 20 years, Texas - releases her second single from her Gold selling album 'Melody'; Sixties Motown-inspired stomper âStop I Donât Love You Anym

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MICHELLE WILLIAMS @bluesandsoul MICHELLE WILLIAMS @bluesandsoul MICHELLE WILLIAMS @bluesandsoul MiCHELLE WILLIAMS @bluesandsoul

MICHELLE WILLIAMS: Destiny's offspring

She may be âthe quiet one in Destinyâs Child who releases gospel albumsâ. Nevertheless, Michelle Williams literally delivers the âUnexpectedâ - a solo LP, pioneering the electro-club grooves of We Break the Dawn...

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Seamus Haji Seamus Haji Seamus Haji Seamus Haji: BIG Love

Seamus Haji: DJ BY DESIGN

The Big Love philosophy is to embrace everything, all cultures, all creeds, all sexes, all races. Black, white, straight or gay, itâs all encompassing. Its the same for our music we love House music in its wonderful shapes & forms say Sea

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Master Shortie

MASTER SHORTIE: SHORTIE cut to success

Master Shortie is a well-mannered, articulate and energetic artist whose music skilfully combines pop/indie/hip hop/electro and grime. His rap style comes from UK grime, leading to comparisons such as that of The Guardian to Dizzee Rascal...

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The Score

The Score: The Flash.... Download it for free!!

The Score settle a few, with the track 'The Flash'. Try mixing a little old skool in the shape of some Prince 1999 album beats and then sprinkling some Gym Class on top and you'll be getting there...

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Snowboy

Jazz REVIEWS

In case you missed me saying last issue: if you want your Jazz CD or album reviewed please send it to me here, or if you want to e-mail me please send any correspondence to snowboy@bluesandsoul.com

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