Tribute: Terry Callier 1945 – 2012


Tarantino presents The Revelations featuring Tré Williams

Tarantino has a new film coming out The Man with the Iron Fists, a martial arts film directed by RZA. The film’s score is composed by RZA and Howard Drossin. In developing the score and the official soundtrack, RZA turned to Tarantino for help. The two collaborated before on Kill Bill.
The Soundtrack to the upcoming film will feature 15 songs, including several original recordings by Kanye West, the Wu-Tang Clan, Talib Kweli, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, and collaborations by RZA with The Black Keys and Flatbush Zombies. And this new piece of work by The Revelations, a band formed by singer Tré Williams and producer Bob Perry.
Williams, born in Florida, got his break appearing on the title track of Petey Pablo’s album Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry. In 2006, Williams was featured on Let There Be Light, a track taken from Nas’ successful album Hip Hop Is Dead. The band’s music gets its inspiration from vintage soul records, late 60s early 70s. After the release of their Deep Soul EP in 2008, came two full-length albums, entitled The Bleeding Edge (2009) and Concrete Blues (2011). For this OST the band bring their own rendition of William Bell’s Stax classic I Forgot To Be Your Lover. Pure Soul amidst the Hip Hop heavyweights.
If you haven’t bought any of their music, get on to iTunes now and search the store for The Revelations featuring Tré Williams.

Faith’s ABC

R&B Divas, TV One’s reality series which premiered this August, stars R&B leading ladies Faith Evans, Monifah, Nicci Gilbert (former lead singer of Brownstone), Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt. The first series, consisting of eight episodes, chronicles their friendships, and the struggle to balance their professional careers and personal lives, as they work towards producing an album inspired by Whitney Houston. Proceeds from the album will benefit the Whitney E. Houston Academy of Creative and Performing Arts.
With Faith Evans fronting the project, the compilation album, released October 2nd, features previously unreleased material by Evans, Gilbert, Monifah, Johnson, and Wyatt, as well as contributions by Kelly Price and Fantasia. The Theme song Lovin’ Me is a superb up-beat piece of R&B, reminiscent of the Jackson 5’s ABC. Track listing highlights also include Dumb, Tears of Joy, a Live version of Faith’s Soon As I Get Home, and a cover of True Colors, in which she is joined by Kelly Price & Fantasia.

Music from Another Dimension!

Since May Aerosmith have been preparing the release of their upcoming 15th studio album Music from Another Dimension!, to be released on November 6th. May 23rd the band performed the album’s first single Legendary Child, released the day before, on the season finale of American Idol. The entire album has been premiered track-by-track, leading up to the album’s release. Rolling Stone was responsible for a major leak recently after uploading all of the songs to their media-player.
Music! will be the band’s first studio album since 2004’s Honkin’ on Bobo, predominately a blues cover album, and the first to feature all-new material since Just Push Play (2001). It will be the last album with Sony/Columbia Records. Production credits come courtesy of Jack Douglas, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Marti Frederiksen.
Lover Alot and What Could Have Been Love were released as singles simultaneously at the end of August. The album will include the 3 singles, the Diane Warren penned We All Fall Down, and a collaboration with Carrie Underwood, Can’t Stop Loving You.

Lana’s latest: Ride

Lana Del Rey’s debut Born To Die will be re-released November 12th in the UK (the day after in US). Entitled The Paradise Edition, the album will come with completely new art work. The new pack will include seven brand new tracks including the singer’s cover of Blue Velvet, the song she recorded as part of her new ad campaign for H&M.
Lana’s latest single Ride was released September 24th. The music video lasts no less than 10:10 minutes. You might think Meat Loaf has lengthy video clips, topping all, clocking in at nearly forty minutes in length, Michael Jackson’s Ghosts is King of the clips.
Director Anthony Mandler already worked with Rihanna, The Killers, and Beyoncé. He also directed Del Rey’s video for National Anthem, in which her character portrayed a Jackie O vs Marilyn persona. In Ride Lana hits the highway with a bunch of bikers and spills a narrative on the details of her life.

Adele drops new 007 Skyfall

Friday morning, at 0.07 hours -get it?- to be precise, the official theme song to the latest Bond film was released. Following the rumors, it comes as no surprise that Adele delivers the newest Bond track. In less than 10 hours after release Skyfall was already topping the iTunes download chart. The piano ballad backed by a full orchestra is a return to some of the earlier classic Bond Themes such as Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever, and strays from the more recent pop efforts. Beautiful and fitting. Another (Bond-)Diva in the making.

Solange presents Losing You

Little sister Knowles has released two studios albums so far Solo Star in 2003 and Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams in 2008, the most successful of the two, including three Billboard Dance Club Play number ones: I Decided, Sandcastle Disco and T.O.N.Y. (The Other Night oh Y?).
This week Solange uncovered the upcoming lead single from her yet-untitled third album, on the independent label Terrible Records, entitled Losing You. The video directed by Melina Matsoukas was shot in Cape Town, South Africa. Both the theme of the video back drop and the excitingly fresh piece of music remind of Janet’s Velvet Rope project and its lead single Got Til It’s Gone. Knowles described the song as “eclectic with ’80s references and African percussion influences.”
Up for a nomination as Single of the Year. You can not do anything but press play repeatedly and agree.