Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1017

WELCOME TO B&S ONLINE

HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY MOTOWN AND THANK YOU!

Editorial STUFF

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOTOWN and a BIG 'THANK YOU' from all our readers. You have been the soundtrack to so many of our lives through the happiest of times and of course the saddest, whilst touching us deeply. It seems like only yesterday that we covered the early Motown releases and Sharon Davis was writing her Motown Tracking Column - hold on - that was yesterday!!! (Cheers Sharon!;))). We look forward, to looking back for many years to come... In this Motown top heavy edition of B&S online, we kick start our classic MOTOWN 50 INTERVIEW SERIES with interviews from some of the cream of Motown; SMOKEY ROBINSON, THE TEMPTATIONS, Motown's first girl group THE MARVELETTES and they started as a Motown act THE DETROIT SPINNERS. We have MOTOWN COMPETITIONS galore with a chance to win exclusive ORIGINAL EDITION STEVIE WONDER CD's, also the superb 'A COMPLETE INTRODUCTION TO NORTHERN SOUL' four CD BOX SET. You voted for it - so we are giving you the chance to win MOTOWN 50 CD's... We have a WORLD EXCLUSIVE (and a certain "magazine" - We don't mean an exclusive that we featured a month before, as you have twice in two months with RAPHAEL SAADIQ and LEDISI - I do mean EXCLUSIVE!) I digress... If you thought the coolest thing to come out of Milwaukie was the Fonz, you'd be dead wrong. KINGS GO NORTH are one of the hottest bands in the universe right now, and burning up dance floors everywhere. SNOWBOY gets his man, as is granted the very first interview by KGN - and (Snow)boy it's good!.. Also In this issue we wave a fond(ent) farewell to HOT CHOCOLATE'S ERROL BROWN, as he embarks on his farewell tour (going anywhere nice Errol?). Our one to watch this issue is Canadian rising rap-star and Akon prodigy, Kardinal Offishall. We even have time to talk to astoundingly talented singer/songwriter Daniel Merriweather - possessor of one of the coolest vocals in 2007 with the track 'Stop Me.' Our cherry on top of this delicious lot belongs to soulful songstress MARLENA SHAW, who stops by to bare her 'CALIFORNIA SOUL' to B&S. We have reviews from from MICHAEL JACKSON'S THRILLER LIVE, GRACE JONES, NE-YO and the PUSSYCAT DOLLS. In our try before you buy hmv B&S listening post - we have BEYONCE, LEMAR, Anthoney Wright and JAMIE FOXX albums for you to listen to, and purchase at rock bottom (VAT Reduced) prices. And lastly, but by no means least we bring you daily updated NEWS, REVIEWS and OPINION from the cream of music writing including our regular columnists. Feel free to contact all our columnists with stories, reviews and to let others know of any gig news - addresses are at bottom of their respective columns. Enjoy!B&S

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Anthoney Wright's new album 'Feet On The Ground'

WIN SIGNED ANTHONEY WRIGHT ALBUMS

WIN NEW BRITISH SOUL STAR ANTHONEY WRIGHT 'Feet On The Ground' ALBUMS... WE HAVE FIVE SIGNED ALBUMS TO GIVE AWAY RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW... WRIGHT ON!

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Stevie Wonder: Motown - Late 60's

Win Original Edition Stevie Wonder Albums on CD

WOW! Now here is something a bit special - Win vintage Steve Wonder CD's. No, that doesn't mean we've had them knocking around the office since release!?:)... These have been re-released as part of Motown's Birthday...

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Motown 50: TODAY>TOMORROW>FOREVER

Win Motown 50.................... Yesterday > Today > Forever

You voted for the songs featured on this album, so it seems fair that we give a few copies away... For your chance to win a copy of 'Motown 50 - Yesterday>Today>Forever.' Just answering our simple question.

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A Complete Introduction to Northern Soul

Win ' A Complete Introduction To Northern Soul'

There are albums and there are albums... And then, there are comprehensively superb Northern Soul albums! Four of them in-fact!! All cramed under one roof in the aptly named 'Complete Introduction To Northern Soul. ' And you can win it...

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SMOKEY ROBINSON: Motown Classic Interview - Dec 1992

We celibrate Motown's 50th birthday with a series of classic Motown interviews. First up is the one and only mega-legend Smokey Robinson. Pete lewis interview's the great man in one of his most indepth interviews ever...

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THE TEMPTATIONS: Motown 50 Classic Interview Series - OCT 1992

We continue to celibrate Motown's 50th birthday with the second instalment in our classic Motown interview series. Here B&S talks to Melvin Franklin, Late founder-member and bass-singer from The Temptations in October 1992.

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SHONTELLE @B&S SHONTELLE @B&S SHONTELLE @B&S SHONTELLE @B&S

SHONTELLE: STAR POTENTIAL

Already being dubbed âthe new Rihannaâ and even âthe female answer to Ne-Yoâ, 23-year-old Barbados born-and-raised singer/writer Shontelle Layne enjoys a brightânâbreezy afternoon chat with Pete Lewis.

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LAURA IZIBOR: Born To Shine

Pete Lewis samples some bubbly Irish charm, chatting to Dublin-born-and-raised soulful singer/songwriter Laura Izibor. Who this month releases her punchy, upbeat single âShineâ ahead of her debut LP 'Let The Truth Be Told'

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Anthoney Wright: Wright Place, Wright Time.... 2009

Soulful, dreadlocked UK singer/songwriter Anthoney Wright. Whose eagerly-anticipated debut album âFeet On The Groundâ is released this month, pioneered by its retro-flavoured, melodic offshoot single âNo Me Without Youâ.

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HESTON: Soul Speak

Currently hailed as the hottest new artist on Atlantaâs vibrant underground soul scene, singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer Heston Francis this month releases his critically-acclaimed debut album âStorytellerâ.

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Kings Go Forth @Blues and Soul

KINGâS GO FORTH: To Infinity and Beyond

As we from a circle and slap ourselves on the back, we bring you a very special interview indeed - Snowboy talks to soul supremos 'Kings Go Forth.' As we bring you their first ever interview anywhere on the plant, right here on B&S...

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Errol Brown: A Fondent Farewell

Hot Chocolate became one of the most successful groups in UK chart history. February sees the outfit'�s charismatic former front-man/key songwriter Errol Brown historically embarking on a 21-date Farewell Tour of the UK...

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KARDINAL OFFISHALL: A blessing in Disguise

âCanadaâs hip hop ambassadorâ, Toronto rapper/producer Kardinal Offishall has attained his first global success with âDangerousâ - The first single from his his debut albumâ Not 4 Saleâ; On Akon&acir

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Jodeci + Joe Wembley Arena 14/02/09

To set the scene a little... It's Valentines day, romance, flowers and a night with soul superstar Joe. What more could a woman ask for... Well, how about a little Jodeci?

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