Blues and Soul Music Magazine

Issue 1020

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

Editorial STUFF

HOT DIGGER-DY DOG!!! B&S turns the interview heat up to the max as we prove size does matter in issue 1020!? In this issue we talk to one of the biggest female stars on the planet right now CIARA. We catch SUPREME MARY WILSON at a perfect time as she reflects and surmises on a DIANA ROSS and the SUPREMES get together (hey, you never know?!). We have not one, not two, but all three members of LABELLE giving a full reunion interview - boy are they glad to be back! Into bat for the boys in this issue we have the supremely talented RAPHAEL SAADIQ who is in vintage interview form and if that wasn't enough rap-stars GURU & SOLAR double up for twice the normal interview. We have competitions to win gold T.I. & FLO RIDA discs, a STAX CD give away and if that's not enough how about winning LIL' WAYNE tickets. PHHHHEEEW! We go live this month with reviews from BRANDY, RAPHAEL SAADIQ, CAMEO & ANTHONY HAMILTON and last but by no means least our columnists SHARON DAVIS, BEN LOVETT & SNOWBOY as here to share MOTOWN, HOUSE/DANCE & JAZZ news.B&S

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Michael Jackson dies aged 50

Michael Jackson the King of Pop is Dead

Michael Jackson passed away at 2.28pm on June the 25th- he was 50. Michael suffered a cardiac arrest at his Holmby Hills home as paramedics were unable to revive him. He was taken to UCLA hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Michael Jackson; Dancing JACKSON 5 OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson Thriller 25

Recent B&S article... MICHAEL JACKSON: A THRILLER OF A CAREER

B&S CONTINUES IT'S CLASSIC RETROSPECTIVE SERIES WITH THE ENIGMA THAT IS MICHAEL JACKSON. DAVID NATHAN LOOKS AT MICHAEL'S 36 YEAR CAREER FROM THE JACKSON FIVE TO THE RE-RELEASE OF THE 40 MILLION SELLING 'THRILLER 25' ALBUM

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Eric Roberson @bluesandsoul.com

Eric Roberson New Album & Tour news

Some exciting hot off the press Eric Roberson news, as August (24th) will see the release of Eric's first album in over two years. The album called 'Music Fan First' includes duets with Lalah Hathaway and Wayna.

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Beverley Knight @bluesandsoul.com

Beverley Knight album and full tour details

Beverley Knight has anounced the title of impending album, her 6th release called '100%' (September 14th). To accompany the album Knight will be undertaking her first UK tour in two years starting in November. Full details...

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Keri Hilson: Perrrfect timing

Pete Lewis spends an enjoyable 20 minutes ‘In A Perfect Worldâ€Â¦Ã¢€™ - chatting freely to chart-topping Atlanta R&B songstress Keri Hilson at Central London’s newly-refurbished Cumberland Hotel.

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CIARA: STAR BRIGHT

The hottest chick in the game right now, 23-year-old R&B superstar Ciara talks up her new album a storm while taking Pete Lewis on the ultimate ‘Fantasy Ride’.

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Mica Paris @bluesandsoul.com Mica Paris @bluesandsoul.com Mica Paris @bluesandsoul.com Mica Paris @bluesandsoul.com

MICA PARIS: Back for good

Pete Lewis speaks to the charismatic, effervescent and well established UK soul Queen Mica Paris about her new LP ‘Born Again’ - her first album of new material in over 10 years!... Mica where have you been girl?

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MARY WILSON: An Interview Supreme

Legendary original Supreme Mary Wilson speaks candidly to B&S at her exhibition ‘The Story Of The Supremes’ @Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, its first opening in Motown Records’ 50th Anniversary year.

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Labelle: Sarah, Patti & Nona @bluesandsoul.com Labelle: Sarah, Patti & Nona @bluesandsoul.com Labelle: Patti, Nona & Sarah @bluesandsoul.com Labelle: Patti, Nona & Sarah @bluesandsoul.com

Labelle: Birds of a Feather

Pete Lewis speaks in-depth to all three members of Labelle, as the groundbreaking soul/rock/funk female trio reunite after 33 years with their critically-acclaimed new LP ‘Back To Now’.

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Melanie Fiona: You know you got soul

Canadian soul-stress Melanie Fiona talks plans & aspirations to Lee Tyler as single 'Give It To Me Right' picks up a pace chart-wise. Sounding like the sister of Alicia Keys & Lauren Hill - got your attention - good.

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YOLANDA BROWN: Jazz Funky

Accessibly mixing classic jazz tones with a twist of R&B and funk, upcoming UK saxophonist YolanDa Brown this month celebrates the launch of her new, third EP ‘See You See Me’ at Soho’s legendary Ronnie Scott’s club

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Raphael Saadiq @bluesandsoul.com Raphael Saadiq @bluesandsoul.com Raphael Saadiq @bluesandsoul.com Raphael Saadiq @bluesandsoul.com

RAPHAEL SAADIQ: This years vintage

Pete Lewis chats to Oakland, California singer/songwriter/producer Raphael Saadiq about the authentic classic soul vibe of his critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated latest album ‘The Way I See It’.

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Hil St Soul @bluesandsoul.com Hil St Soul @bluesandsoul.com Hil St Soul @bluesandsoul.com Hil St Soul @bluesandsoul.com

Hil St Soul: Admired Form Afar

One of the UK’s most quietly-consistent soul music exports to the US, London-raised singer/songwriter Hilary Mwelwa - aka Hil St Soul - discusses her new compilation LP ‘Release’ with Pete Lewis.

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TOURTURED SOUL TOURTURED SOUL TOURTURED SOUL TOURTURED SOUL

Tortured Soul: SOULED OUT

As we welcome newest B&S recruit Ben Lovett with open arms this month Mr L tracks down the globe trotting band Tortured Soul, to find out exactly what the band are up to at the mo. Just don't ask them what Tourtured Soul means!?!

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From Jazz Funk & Fusion To Acid Jazz