Beyoncé and Jay-Z Continue to Surprise on Joint Album Everything Is Love

Leave it to Beyoncé and Jay-Z to redefine what “pulling a Beyoncé” can be. Last Saturday, the pair headlined London Stadium as part of their joint On the Run II Tour, and at the end of their career-spanning set a message flashed on the screens: “ALBUM OUT NOW.” And there it was, on the home screen of the streaming platform Tidal (in which Jay-Z and Beyoncé have a controlling stake): Everything Is Love, credited to The Carters, an exquisitely produced happy ending to the cheating-heart narrative that unspooled on Beyoncé’s gravity-defying 2016 album Lemonade and Jay-Z’s terse yet personal 2017 release 4:44.

Rumors that this power couple would someday release a joint album have long been grist for pop’s mill, with Jay telling The New York Times last year that he and his wife had been using art “almost like a therapy session.” Everything was finished just a few hours before its splashy release, although its meticulous craft suggests otherwise. (“[Beyoncé and Jay-Z] don’t have rules,” producer Andre Lyon, who worked on the album as part of the production duo Cool & Dre, told Rolling Stone. “No one can get away with the things they do—and when I say get away with, I mean pull off.”) The album recalls other blockbuster duets in R&B and hip-hop—particularly Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s besotted soul sides, as well as Method Man and Mary J. Blige’s hip-hop-minded update of that pair’s 1968 smash “You’re All I Need to Get By”—as it plays with public perceptions of the duo’s relationship. Yet it incorporates too many of-the-moment elements to feel anything but timely: There are ad-libs from the Atlanta rap upstarts Migos, beats that take cues from the minimalist hip-hop subgenre trap, lyrical rebukes to the NFL and the Grammys, and cryptic references to other boldfaced names.

Everything opens with “Summer,” a lush ballad that sounds tailor-made for song-of-the-summer status. It also sets the thematic, if not musical, tone for the rest of the album: Beyoncé and Jay have weathered the storms of previous years and are ready to get back to the drunk-in-love business of beachside fun, shared plans, and knocking the rest of the world on their heels with their individual and combined success.

Over the course of Everything’s nine songs, the duo acknowledge bumps—subpoena-brandishing investigators, streaming services who don’t share the wealth, shady friends—while remaining resilient and focused, both on each other and on their art. Beyoncé’s swagger-filled rapping is as dead-serious as it is delightful: Her half-sung, half-rapped hook on “713” flaunts her mighty pipes and streetwise skills while throwing in some vocal processing that echoes the ’90s G-funk era; her demands for “respeck on my check” on “Apes–t” reframe the wage-gap issue in a radio-ready way; and her admonition of Spotify on the flinty, Pharrell-assisted “Nice” ends with a quote from the 1998 cult flick Half-Baked that’s as unprintable as it is cheer-inducing. Jay’s boasts are also in ample supply as he shouts out sellout crowds and big-ticket brands, although in a continuation of the openness he exhibited on 4:44, he pulls back the curtain on the couple’s origin story on “713” while also noting that life for black men in America is only made easier by black women.

Everything Is Love closes with “Black Effect” and “Lovehappy,” both of which return to the string-laden classic-soul sonics of the album’s opeer. The former examines America’s complex racial politics before making a simple declaration: “The Chitlin’ Circuit is stopped/ Now we in stadiums,” Jay declares, calling back to the path black musicians had to take during the era of racial segregation while flicking at how he and his wife have reached music’s highest echelons not just in their home country, but around the world. “Lovehappy,” a gorgeously plush ballad with sparkling synths and trilling strings, ends things on a hopeful note, the couples’ back-and-forth banter sounding like it was taken from the therapy sessions Jay mentioned (“Love is deeper than your pain and I believe you can change,” Beyoncé growls at one point) before bubbling over into a sighing “happy in love.”

Nearly two decades after their first meeting (the encounter Jay describes in “713” happened in 2000), Beyoncé and Jay-Z have ascended to celebrity’s highest heights by playing it close to the vest. They’re the masters of indulging the gossip-industrial complex’s hunger for “the real story” while also holding on tight to whatever the actual story might be. Everything Is Love’s melding of the personal and the imperial, the old-school and the next-wave, and the soulful and the stubborn give away the real story: Years later, The Carters still inspire each other to push harder and aim higher as they salute their love of each other, and of their art.


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Nas Isn’t Upset with Jay-Z for Dropping ‘Everything Is Love’ the Day After His Album, Happy for ‘Black Excellence’

Jay-Z and Beyonce dropping their surprise album the day after Nas released his may have been shade on Jay’s part, but Nas sources say it’s all love on his.

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Sources close to Nas tell us the Queensbridge rapper isn’t fuming about “Everything Is Love” being released on Saturday, and doesn’t think the Carters will steal any thunder from his new album, “Nasir.” We’re told Nas fully appreciates the fact Jay and Bey are hip-hop royalty at this point, and actually really likes their new record.

If you don’t know, and you should, Nas and Jay had a huge feud going in the late ’90s and early 2000s. They went at each other in songs and interviews for years before burying the whole thing in 2005.

They’ve been friends ever since, and we’re told Nas is more interested in “black excellence” these days … rather than drama.

That’s a relief. We can’t handle any more rap feuds at this moment.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce Pulled the Ultimate Power Couple Move and Surprised Everyone With a New Album

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jay-Z and Beyonce are keeping up a family tradition, dropping a surprise album before anyone knew it was coming.

The couple released a joint album that touches on the rapper’s disgust at this year’s Grammy Awards and features a shout out from their daughter Blue Ivy to her siblings.

The nine-track album “Everything Is Love” dropped Saturday on the Tidal music streaming service that Jay-Z partially owns.

The album features Beyonce rapping on songs more than she has done on previous releases.

One song that has a profanity in its title includes Jay-Z lashing out at the Grammys. He was the top nominee at February’s awards show, but left empty-handed.

The rapper also says he turned down the NFL Super Bowl halftime show, rapping that the league needs him more than he needs them.

Blue Ivy ends the song “BOSS” with a shout-out to her 1-year-old brother and sister, Rumi and Sir.

In 2013, Beyonce released the self-titled album “Beyonce” without any notice.


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Watch: Beyoncé and Jay-Z Release ‘APESH*T’ Visual From New Joint Album ‘Everything Is Love’ [Video]

Not only did Beyoncé and Jay-Z release joint album, ‘Everything Is Love’ — but The Carters also gave us a six-minute visual.

The video is for “APESH*T” and you can watch it in full (without TIDAL) below.

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Andrea Bocelli announces new album

OHMYGOSSIP — Andrea Bocelli has announced his first album of new material in 14 years.
The Italian singer – who was the Classic BRIT Icon Award this week – wanted to start a new chapter and channel his youth on his forthcoming record, ‘Sì ‘, which is to be released on Decca/Sugar Records on October 26.
He said: “I wanted to go back to my memories of being a young man, playing at a piano bar.
“Obviously since then, I’ve produced lots of albums, sung lots of covers, performed many other things.
“But at a certain point I said to myself: ‘Maybe the time has come to put my effort into finding new songs.’ Like starting all over again, as it were, in my career.”
The intimate collection of tracks that celebrate love, faith and family, were recorded at his home in Italy and were produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Lou Reed).
The lead track ‘If Only’ has been recorded in three languages, English, Spanish and Italian, and was co-written by Francesco Sartori and the late Lucio Quarantotto – who helped pen one of Bocelli’s biggest hits, ‘Con Te Commenting, over two decades ago.
Explaining the meaning of the album title, which translates to Yes, Bocelli said: “In this historical period we are going through right now, we too often say no.
“But yes is the word you say when you have your first kiss, when you agree with somebody, when want to make someone feel good.
“Sì is the word you say every time things will end well.
“For a thousand and one reasons, sì is the expression of a positive, powerful, human word and feeling and emotion.”
Last night, Bocelli joined Ed Sheeran on stage at London’s Wembley Stadium to perform their duet ‘Perfect’.

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Kanye West Announces Release Dates for a New Solo Album and Kid Cudi Collaboration

Kanye West’s Twitter comeback has finally yielded the good news we’ve all been waiting for.

The rapper, whose recent string of tweets are set to become a book (supposedly), teased his musical return on Thursday. West started by simply writing on Twitter, “My album is 7 songs.” He followed up by sharing the date of June 1.

But that’s not it! The 21-time Grammy winner, whose last album The Life of Pablo was released in Feb. 2016, revealed that just one week later he’d be dropping a collaboration album with Kid Cudi under the group name Kids See Ghost.

The collaboration between West and Cudi is notable considering the former label-mates had been going back-and-forth at each other in 2016, before eventually squashing their beef.

Representatives for the two rappers didn’t immediately respond to EW’s request for further comment.

West kept the release date news rolling, revealing that other GOOD Music artists Pusha T (May 25) and Teyana Taylor (June 22) also have forthcoming albums.

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Washington dropped the Harmony of Difference EP last year. He also joined Terrace Martin’s new music group the Pollyseeds for their debut project The Sounds of Crenshaw, Vol. 1.

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After Shkreli Conviction, What Will Happen To Wu-Tang Album?


NEW YORK (AP) — Two unreleased, collectible rap albums may go up for auction following the criminal conviction of the albums’ owner, pharmaceutical company investor Martin Shkreli.

Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison for securities fraud on Friday. He owns an unreleased Wu-Tang Clan album and claims to own an unreleased Lil Wayne album. Both could be auctioned by the government since Shkreli has to forfeit more than $ 7.3 million in a brokerage account and personal assets.

The 34-year-old entrepreneur known as “Pharma Bro” boasted that he paid $ 2 million in 2015 for “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” the 31-track double album the Wu-Tang Clan spent six years creating. Shkreli won an auction for the sole copy of the album in 2015.

Group member RZA said he wanted the album — which was packaged in a hand-crafted silver and nickel case and includes a 174-page book wrapped in leather— to be viewed as a piece of contemporary art

Prosecutors said the forfeiture order requires Shkreli to say if he’s still in possession of the album — or has proceeds from a sale of it — by Thursday. Until then, he “shall not, directly or indirectly, transfer, assign, license, waste, pledge, encumber, hypothecate, distribute, dissipate, dilute or remove” it from the court’s jurisdiction, reads the order, which is still subject to appeal.

Along with the Wu-Tang Clan album, the government has listed a Picasso painting and Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter V” as substitute assets for Shkreli. In September 2017, Shkreli put the Wu-Tang Clan album up for sale on eBay. It’s unknown if he sold it.

Jeff Gold, a longtime record executive and owner of Recordmecca, a music collectibles and memorabilia store, said the value of the albums have decreased since being in Shkreli’s hands.

“Martin is not viewed by the general public in a necessarily positive way, so his association with (the albums) I don’t think is a positive,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Gold called the rollout of Wu-Tang’s album “brilliant” and said “there’s never been anything like this.” But he added, “These (albums) are problematic to sell.”

“If there are cars or boats or brokerage accounts, all of that stuff is going to be a lot simpler to quantify. There are a lot of questions around these albums and what you can and can’t do with them,” he said.

Shkreli’s attorney, Ben Brafman, said he had no comment on the albums.

Shkreli grew up in Brooklyn and said rock music was his preference as a kid, not rap.

“I told RZA to his face, ‘I’m not your biggest fan,’” he told the popular New York radio show “The Breakfast Club” in 2016. “I can’t name every track on every affiliated Wu album. That’s not me.”

He said he was introduced to Wu-Tang’s music while in summer school, and he became a fan. He said when he learned about the rare Wu-Tang album, he had to have it.

“There’s a lot of things rich dudes buy just … to show off,” he told “The Breakfast Club.”

“The point is I wanted to show respect for art,” he added, saying he didn’t purchase the album as an investment. “Music means more to me than anything.”

Shkreli became the face of pharmaceutical industry evil in 2015 when he increased by 5,000 percent the price of Daraprim, a previously cheap drug used to treat toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that can be fatal to people with the AIDS virus or other immune system disorders.

He also claims he owns Lil Wayne’s highly anticipated “Tha Carter V.” The rapper’s “Tha Carter III” sold more than 1 million copies in its debut week in 2008, and helped launch Lil Wayne to superstar status. It featured multiple rap and pop hits, from “A Milli” to “Lollipop,” made the rapper the most nominated act at the 2009 Grammys (he won four awards) and helped solidify his stance as one of hip-hop’s elite performers.

“Tha Carter IV” sold 964,000 albums in its first week, adding anticipation to “Tha Carter V,” an album Lil Wayne had been recording for years.

In 2015, Lil Wayne sued Cash Money Records for $ 51 million after claiming that it stiffed him for $ 8 million for creating “Tha Carter V.”

The album has not been released and it’s unknown whether or how Shkreli got it.

Gold, who is also the author behind several music books, said whoever purchases Wu-Tang and Lil Wayne’s albums may not be the only person to have the albums.

“(Shkreli) bought something digital and there’s nothing to prevent him from having kept a copy. …We live in a digital world where almost everything eventually gets bootlegged,” Gold said. “When the first person bought it, they knew they were getting the only copy besides maybe whatever the Wu-Tang Clan had. But whoever buys it now has no assurance of that.

Gold added that “it’s possible that there are copies of this floating around” and if it leaks, “the world’s most exclusive album becomes something that everyone has instantly.”
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AP Writer Tom Hays contributed to this report.

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Janelle Monae’s Album Trailer To Air Before ‘Black Panther’

NEW YORK (AP) — Janelle Monae’s trailer for her new album and film will get a boost when it airs in theaters ahead of “Black Panther” on Friday.

The teaser for “Dirty Computer,” the Grammy-nominated singer’s third solo album, will play in select theaters nationwide moments before the highly anticipated Marvel film plays.

Monae is calling the visual part of the project an “emotion picture” and “narrative film.” The trailer will also be available Friday on YouTube.

Monae attended the “Black Panther” première in Los Angeles last month, though she doesn’t appear in the film. She earned praise for her roles in the 2016 movies “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight,” which won the best-picture Oscar.

A release date for “Dirty Computer” will be announced at a later date.

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Eminem Makes History With 8th Consecutive No. 1 Album Debut On Billboard 200 Chart

Even a lackluster response to the leak of his Revival LP didn’t stop Eminem from making music history as Billboard is reporting that for the 8th consecutive time Marshall Mathers has scored a #1 album in its debut week.

According to Neilsen, Em’s pushed 267,000 equivalent album units in its first week with 197,000 of those coming in traditional hard copy album sales.

The numbers compiled to make sense of today’s digital mumbo jumbo consist of a multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Yeah, we don’t get it either.

Aside from his debut album The Slim Shady LP (which premiered at #2 in the Top 200), Em’s previous 7 studio projects –The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013), Recovery (2010),Relapse (2009), Curtain Call: The Hits (2005), Encore (2004), The Eminem Show (2002) and The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) – all debuted at the top of the charts. Not bad for a white kid from Detroit, right?

Though such legendary acts such as Jay-Z, The Beatles, and Madonna have catalogs far deeper than Em, none of them had the honor of reaching the top of the mountain for 8 consecutive projects. Truth be told you can almost bet that Em’s will keep the streak going for the foreseeable future so long as his popularity doesn’t fall off a cliff.

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Saint Laurent, Travis Scott Team Up on Album Cover

Rapper Travis Scott has been a bit of a muse for Anthony Vaccarello, the creative director for Yves Saint Laurent. For spring, the artist was featured in a film for the brand’s seasonal campaign.
Now, they’ve teamed up again, this time on a limited-edition leather vinyl album that will be available at Colette in Paris on Dec. 18. Only 500 copies of the album will be available — each one numbered — and they’ll be presented in a black leather pouch sporting both names. The album features 12 tracks selected by Scott and includes music from Kanye West, James Blake, Frank Ocean, Bon Iver and others.
In the liner notes of the album, Scott writes: “May Cactus Jack and Saint Laurent dance together forever.”
Scott will make an appearance at Colette on the launch date next week to sign a limited number of the records.

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US Wants ‘Pharma Bro’ Shkreli To Forfeit $2M Wu-Tang Album

NEW YORK (AP) — The government wants to seize Martin Shkreli’s one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album.

The recording that Shkreli has boasted he bought for $ 2 million is on a list of assets that prosecutors argue the jailed former pharmaceutical CEO should forfeit after his conviction earlier this year in a securities fraud scheme involving two failed hedge funds.

In a letter filed this week in Brooklyn federal court, prosecutors told a judge that Shkreli is on the hook for $ 7.3 million.
The 34-year-old “should be held financially responsible and forfeit this amount as it was obtained by him as a result of the fraud,” the letter says.

Along with the Wu-Tang Clan “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” album, prosecutors say Shkreli should give up $ 5 million in cash in a brokerage account, his interest in a pharmaceutical company and other valuables including a Picasso painting and another unreleased recording that he claims he owns, “Tha Carter V” by Lil Wayne.

Defense attorney Ben Brafman said on Friday that Shkreli would fight the forfeiture.

“Our position is clear: None of the investors lost any money and Martin did not personally benefit from any of the counts of conviction,” Brafman said in a statement. “Accordingly, forfeiture of any assets is not an appropriate remedy.”

The boyish Shkreli is best known for jacking up the price of a life-saving drug and for his snide online “Pharma Bro” persona.

A judge revoked Shkreli’s $ 5 million bail and threw him behind bars in September after he offered a $ 5,000 bounty on Facebook for a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair. He’s due back in court for sentencing early next year, when the forfeiture demand will be decided.

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‘Thriller’: How Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones Made the Bestselling Album of All Time

Maybe it was a sign when the speakers in the studio burst into flames.

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Q-Tip Drags Grammys For Not Nominating Tribe’s Last Album

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest is blasting the Grammys in an angry video for failing to recognize the band’s final album with a nomination.

The rapper-producer tells off the organization and calls it “corny” in an expletive-filled rant posted Tuesday on Instagram. Q-Tip says that Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix never received Grammy Awards. He also mentions Led Zeppelin, though the band did win a Grammy in 2014.

Jazz plays in the background as Q-Tip appears to be speaking from a kitchen. (Warning: Graphic language, NSFW)

 

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The group’s final album, “We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service” was released months after the death of its member Phife Dawg.

Q-Tip says the folks behind the Grammys should “come over to the Kennedy Center,” where he was recently named artistic director.

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Glassjaw also unveiled the first sampling from the

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Fantasia Returns With First Holiday Album ‘Christmas After Midnight’

Fantasia is back with a new album, a new record label and a fresh nationwide tour for the holidays.

The singer not only released her first yuletide album, “Christmas After Midnight.” The set doubles as the first project under her Rock Soul Entertainment banner via Concord Records.

She’ll support the project with a national tour that launches in Dallas on Nov. 19.

“Now that Rock Soul is completely my baby and my vision, I’m going to do things I’ve always wanted to do,” says the “American Idol” champ, “without feeling like I can’t look or sing a certain way. Everything happens for a reason and this was the right time.”

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Recorded at two historic venues — Los Angeles’ Capitol Studios and Nashville’s Blackbird Studios — “Christmas After Midnight” pays homage to singers such as Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, reports Billboard. The album’s mix of rock, soul, jazz, funk and blues reinterprets 12 tracks, including “This Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” James Brown’s “Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto,” “Merry Christmas, Baby” and “Hallelujah.” Cee Lo Green teams up with the North Carolina native on the playful single “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The album was produced by Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, The Black Eyed Peas).

Fantasia dedicated the album to her grandmother Addie Collins, whose birthday was on Christmas Day. “She’s gone home now,” says Fantasia, “but she played a very big part in my life and career. She loved people so much and gave more than she received—which is what my favorite holiday is all about.”

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NEW YORK (AP) — Drake’sMore Life” album won’t earn him more Grammy Awards: The rapper didn’t submit the album for consideration at the 2018 Grammys.

A person close to the nomination process, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, said the multi-platinum rapper did not submit “More Life” for album of the year or best rap album. The person also said Drake did not submit any of the songs from the album to categories like song of the year, record of the year or best rap song.

“More Life” was released in March and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Drake has described the album as a mixtape and playlist. The album has sold more than 2 million units — based off of album sales, singles sales and streams — according to Nielsen Music. The album, which set streaming records when it was released, includes the Top 10 hits “Fake Love,” ”Passionfruit” and “Portland.”

Representatives for the rapper and the Recording Academy didn’t reply to emails seeking comment.
Nominees in the 83 Grammy categories will be officially announced on Nov. 28. Drake could earn nominations for songs where he is the featured guest.

Drake, a three-time Grammy winner, has had a bumpy history with the awards show, even rapping in a song, “I could give two (expletive) ’bout where the Grammys go.” He didn’t attend this year’s show, despite winning two awards.

Like many in the hip-hop community including Jay-Z and Kanye West, Drake has felt that the Grammys haven’t properly rewarded the genre when it comes to its top categories, where rappers are competing with country, pop and rock performers. A rap tune has never won song of the year or record of the year, and Lauryn Hill and Outkast are the only rap-based acts to win the coveted album of the year prize.

Others, too, have questioned the relevance of the Grammys in recent years. Frank Ocean made a statement when he didn’t submit his album for consideration at the 2017 awards show. Justin Timberlake, who didn’t earn nominations for album, song or record of the year when he made a major comeback in 2013, skipped the 2014 show.

Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn” is the clear front-runner in the best rap album category — another reason Drake may have decided not to submit his album. Other possible contenders include Jay-Z, Migos, DJ Khaled and J. Cole.

The 60th annual Grammy Awards will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York on Jan. 28. Songs and albums released between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017, are eligible for nomination.

Drake, who has been nominated for 35 Grammys, has won best rap album for 2011’s “Take Care” as well as best rap solo performance and best rap song for “Hotline Bling” earlier this year.

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  3. Roll Over BeethovenSaturday Club, 26 October 1963
  4. The Spider And The FlyYeah Yeah, 30 August 1965
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  7. Route 66Blues in Rhythm, 9 May 1964
  8. Memphis, TennesseeSaturday Club, 26 October 1963
  9. Down The Road ApieceTop Gear, 6 March 1965
  10. The Last TimeTop Gear, 6 March 1965
  11. Cry To MeSaturday Club, 18 September 1965
  12. Mercy, MercyYeah Yeah, 30 August 1965
  13. Oh! Baby (We Got A Good Thing Goin’)Saturday Club, 18 September 1965
  14. Around And AroundTop Gear, 23 July 1964
  15. Hi Heel Sneakers – Saturday Club, 18 April 1964
  16. Fannie MaeSaturday Club, 18 September 1965
  17. You Better Move OnBlues in Rhythm, 9 May 1964
  18. MonaBlues In Rhythm, 9 May 1964

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  2. CarolSaturday Club, 18 April 1964
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  4. If You Need MeThe Joe Loss Pop Show, 17 July 1964
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  9. Ain’t That Loving You BabyRhythm And Blues, 31 October 1964
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In the ‘prison capital of Canada,’ a group of musicians recorded an album from behind bars

The chapel at Joyceville Institution in Kingston, Ontario, is dominated by three rose-colored stained glass windows, salvaged from a nearby prison during a 1970s riot. The small room, with seating for 40 to 50 people, has long been a site of spiritual peace, but in the past few years became a haven for a group of men trying to prove to themselves that they could be more than what they’d done.

Llyod Ingraham was among them when he was placed in the minimum security facility at Joyceville in 2011. After being convicted of second-degree murder in 2004, he had been to maximum and medium security prisons that punished using solitary confinement; in comparison, Joyceville offered more freedoms. It also gave him access to the chapel and its most momentous offering: music.

He enrolled in Pros and Cons, a grassroots music-making initiative that gives inmates the tools, instruments and confidence to showcase their talent. With it, Ingraham says he began the process of undoing the damage wrought by the isolation of other facilities and developing skills that would eventually help him reintegrate into life on the outside.

“After you’re in for a long time, you lose a sense of who you are and your place in society, or whether you have a place in society at all,” he said. “And that’s where Pros and Cons brings us out, and tells us yes, we have something we can contribute, we still have worth. That’s something we can lose sight of inside real quick.”

“Pros and Cons brings us out, and tells us yes, we have something we can contribute, we still have worth. That’s something we can lose sight of inside real quick.” — Lloyd Ingraham, former participant in Pros and Cons music program

At a time when Canada grapples with prisons becoming more violent, with increased rates of assault, sexual assault, attempted suicide and the use of solitary confinement, the David Rockefeller Fund has singled out Pros and Cons for funding.

The fund, an arm of the massive Rockefeller family philanthropy operation, has vowed to continue to fund Pros and Cons with $ 50,000 for the next two years.

David Rockefeller Fund Board Chair Michael Quattrone said he saw potential in the program’s capacity to “promote conversation … within prisons but also among the communities touched by the criminal justice system, including those on the outside.”

The first album offered a “postcard as a traveling missive from behind a wall,” symbolic outreach from a historically isolated community, Quattrone said.

The idea for Pros and Cons came to founder Hugh Christopher Brown, a local musician, while he was protesting the government’s decision to shutter the countrywide prison farm program, which had been a staple for Canadian correctional facilities for 200 years. Inmates had fed cattle that grazed the land surrounding prisons, farmed the crops, and milked the cows for their own stock. But in 2008, the federal Correctional Service of Canada, responsible for rehabilitation, had made the decision to cut it, citing high costs.

Despite an organized Save Our Prison Farms fight in response to the government decision, farms at Joyceville and around the country were shut down in 2011. Brown was one of the protesters blocking the trucks that were carting the cattle off the prison grounds.

“It was that day, watching my neighbors getting arrested for protesting an initiative that was being rescinded by the government that had overwhelming public support, that I knew we had to do something,” he said.

Brown lives across the water from Kingston, called the “prison capital of Canada” by locals for its unusually high density of correctional facilities, on Wolfe Island, a small strip of land between the U.S. and mainland Canada.

He decided to volunteer to teach music to inmates at Joyceville, then called Pittsburgh Institution, where his friend, Kate Johnson, served as the chaplain.

“The first time I went in there I was terrified. I’d never been in a prison before,” he said, but when he met Ingraham, “The bond was immediate.”

Brown kept coming back — first to record music with the choir, and later, to help a group of about 10 inmates write and produce their own music.

What would become Pros and Cons grew organically from there.

“Every week I’d come back and it was more and more and more. We kept refining the music as we went,” he said.

The visits became more frequent and involved. As Johnson remembers it, there were several moments when, after Brown returned with a new mix, “You’d see them listening to something that they knew they had nailed. Add to that feeling the weight of, ‘We’re society’s cast offs.’ To have those moments of success…was always so amazing.”

During the same period, the Pros and Cons group at Joyceville produced and recorded a full-fledged album, a warm blend of folk and country called Postcards from the County.

I Wonder
Lincoln’s Feet
Silent Eyes
Love In Time
Christian Highway
Tangled Entwined
Road To Demascus
Oblivion
Northern
Truth In War
How Deep In the Valley
Love In Time (reprise)

Brown started to realize that the program could work in other prisons in Ontario and potentially across the country. With the help of other volunteer musicians, the program spread to a regional women’s prison earlier this year, and is currently getting started at two more area prisons, one of which is a maximum security facility.

Adam Harris, who was one of the project’s most active members while he was incarcerated, said that when he thinks of Pros and Cons he thinks of the chapel. It’s where Brown first met the inmates and where Ingraham found his inspiration.

When Brown would meet him there, always with a laptop, microphones, speakers, and whatever additional instruments were needed that day, they would convert the chapel to a makeshift recording studio. But the real creative work happened outside the biweekly space, when the men would collaborate on lyrics and music.

“You’ve got all these guys inside, and a lot of the time they are by themselves. It’s really hard to make friends with people inside. You become very solitary,” Ingraham said. “To see all these guys work together, and cooperate, and have a vision we could share, which is really unusual in a prison atmosphere, is a marvelous thing.”

The album is available online, where the inmates also listed a trio of charities for listeners interested in contributing — none of the money is recirculated back into the program.

“The concept was, musicians volunteer their time. It’s nice that some funding did come out of our charity album, but it was never one of our goals,” Harris said. “Our goal was just to put out our music and show that some positive can come out of prison.”

Among the charity recipients is the local food bank, which for years received produce from the farm program.

I wish I could take back things that I said.
All the pain I’ve caused
I know my words don’t carry much weight
Cause all the lies I’ve told
I don’t want to let you down again
So I won’t make any promises
Say a prayer for me, and I’ll say one for you
Hopefully we’ll meet again

From “Christian Highway,” written by Adam Harris, performed by Lloyd Ingraham

In early 2016, Ingraham, who speaks in measured breaths, was released from Joyceville on parole. Since then, he has started reintegrating into a world he left 11 years earlier.

He found a job as a cook. He rents his own apartment. He even reconnected with his kids after they read about Postcards from the County online.

“It makes reintegration so much easier if you have that community interaction prior,” Ingraham said of his transition to parole. “I have seen both sides of it. I have seen many people who have had that interaction through different programs. They’ve been able to succeed, because they have that support and they have that self confidence. I have also seen people who have not had it, and have returned to institutions and have not been so successful.”

Harris, 42, said Pros and Cons helped with his transition out of prison, too.

Harris, who was 15 and an avid guitar player when he was convicted, said the program helped him maintain the skill.

“It’s a different world out here, but I’m still actively involved and recording music,” he said. “I’ve lost contact with some of the other guys, but [Pros and Cons] gave me the confidence and drive to continue writing, to continue putting out music, to use it as an emotional tool as I encounter daily life.”

Harris recently became involved with his local church, where he accompanies the choir. He also writes music of his own.

In the U.S. and Canada alike, prison arts programs can run into a dead end: what difference can a single program make for a person who might be incarcerated for years or for life?

Dr. Mary Cohen, an associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Iowa, has studied prison choirs for 15 years. Since 2009, she has conducted the Oakdale Community Choir at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, a medium security facility. At its inception, the choir had 22 outside singers — members not in prison — and 22 inside singers. The group has since nearly doubled in size.

Music, compared to other forms of expression, is particularly therapeutic, she said. “When we sing, it’s our voice, our body, that’s the instrument. When we’re in a group of people, we have a communal body.”

Much of the music her choir performs is original. Some of the songs mock the grim realities of life in prison, including “Don’t Go To The Hole This Christmas,” about staying out of solitary confinement.

“[Pros and Cons] gave me the confidence and drive to continue writing, to continue putting out music, to use it as an emotional tool as I encounter daily life.” — Adam Harris, former participant in Pros and Cons music program

Cohen initially envisioned the choir as a restorative outlet for inmates, including those serving life sentences. What’s surprised her most, she said, is the positive response from community members who attend their concerts.

“I think one of the biggest changes I’ve noticed is people who come into the prison, either to sing or watch a rehearsal. Their stereotype of what it means to be a prisoner is transformed,” she said.

Early concerts were allowed a maximum of 80 people. At the last concert, in May, 229 community members came to watch.

“The prison actually has to rent chairs for the audience to sit on,” she said.

Experts who study incarceration say that prison arts programs can be helpful for inmates, but only represent half-steps toward prison reform. At worst, Baz Dreisinger, author of Incarceration Nations, writes, they are “crumbs tossed at a system starved for radical overhaul.”

A bigger move toward prison reform, Dreisinger wrote, would involve envisioning an alternative to current systems of punishment.

“Art can be an obstacle to such imaginings because of the very thing it does so well: dazzle us, and then distract us, with beauty,” she wrote.

Aware of the limitations of prison arts programs, Brown said Pros and Cons is his attempt at “dealing in the present tense,” how he addresses some of the problems affecting his local prisons now in the hopes of empowering people to lead movements for reform in the future.

“By humanizing the incarcerated, and giving them actual tools to heal themselves, we can sow the seeds for the ultimate evolution of incarceration,” he said.

Or as Quattrone, of the Rockefeller Fund, put it: “Those closest to the problem are also closest to the solution.”

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Kendrick Lamar has spent the last six years cementing his status as one of the world’s greatest rappers (as evidenced by Section 80, To Pimp a Butterfly and his latest album DAMN.), but in the midst of his quest for total hip-hop domination, the rapper has found time to work with some of music’s biggest stars.

The 30-year-old Compton native graces the cover of Rolling Stone‘s August issue, and talks about his work with stars like Beyoncé, Drake and Taylor Swift.

Lamar blessed Swift’s 2014 hit “Bad Blood” with a few bars, but said he had no idea the song was rumored to address Swift’s longtime feud with Katy Perry.

“No, I wasn’t aware of that, bro,” he said. “Which makes it even more funny now, for sure. That’s far beyond my concern. I have to stay away from that, for sure. That’s some real beef.”

The “Alright” rapper is no stranger to music feuds, though. Fans have long suspected a beef between Lamar and Drake, according to BET. However, Lamar had nothing but nice things to say about the “One Dance” rapper.

“I got a lot of favorite Drake songs,” Lamar told Rolling Stone with a laugh. “Can’t name one off the back … He has plenty.”

Leading up to the release of his super-popular album, Lamar, who currently boasts four tracks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, teamed up with Queen Bey for her track “Freedom” — which he described as a learning experience.

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“Going from To Pimp a Butterfly to DAMN., that s— could have crashed and burned if it wasn’t executed right.”

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Sit down, be humble, Kendrick Lamar ― because you’re winning again and again.

Lamar’s new 14-track album “DAMN.” is blowing up on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. How much is it blowing up? Literally every damn song on the album is on the chart. 

This makes Kung Fu Kenny the fifth artist to chart as many as 14 simultaneous titles on the Hot 100, according to Billboard. The others include The Beatles, Drake, The Weeknd and Justin Bieber. 

It’s an impressive feat, but certainly no surprise. The new tracks ― released earlier this month ― cover every thing from the beauty of stretch marks and romantic love to the tragedy of child abuse, growing up in Compton, and Donald Trump being elected president.

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ZZ Top Autographed Signed El Loco Album PSA/DNA & Video Proof

ZZ Top Autographed Signed El Loco Album PSA/DNA & Video Proof


ZZ Top Autographed Signed El Loco Album PSA/DNA & Video Proof This is a ZZ Top album hand signed in person by Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard, and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top. This was hand signed at Mohegan Sun Casino on 7/19/09 in Uncasville, CT during a meet and greet.  Comes with video proof.     This is an authentic in person autographed album cover custom framed and double matted using white and gold acid free mats so that this priceless piece of rare memorabilia will not only display wonderfully but will also last. For the frame, you have your choice of black as shown, or we have an elaborate gold frame.  Whichever you prefer, you will be adding a stunning piece of music memorabilia that will display impeccably in any room, on any wall, at any location. The overall size of this signed piece is nearly 20" x 25". It's certainly one that will stand out among the rest and will be shipped in a manner to ensure a safe arrival. This item comes CERTIFIED AUTHENTIC and was hand signed in person and guaranteed for life. The COA that accompanies this item is not just a plain piece of paper, it's a Certificate from a UACC Registered Dealer (Autograph Pros is UACC RD #237). This elite organization is not just a pay for membership and your in club, there are strict guidelines to become a member and a very strict Code Of Ethics which mainly revolves around ensuring only 100% authentic autographs. If you have any questions about this item please don't hessitate to ask. You may also choose to visit our PROOF GALLERY where we have photos of all these celebrities signing OUR ITEMS.    PLEASE NOTE :  We now have 4 different types and colors of frames to offer you so please let us know if you'd like this framed in another style frame and we'll be happy to do so.    In addition to our own certification this item has been examined and certified authentic by PSA/DNA and features their tamper resistant PSA/DNA sticker with unique # which can be looked up on their website for confirmation.  The PSA/DNA # is: J14297 PSA/DNA is the world's leading third party autograph authenticator.  This item has undergone their full thorough examination and was deemed hand signed and authentic.  It was then marked with a dna strand, invisible to the naked eye but can be viewed using a specially calibrated infrared laser.  Their authentication firm includes life long experience, a nationally recognized reputation, the largest exemplar file in the hobby and formal training in the field of Forensic Document Examination combine to offer the most reliable service to identify autograph legitimacy. The Letters of Authenticity that are generated are guaranteed to be accepted by any major auction house . Clientele include most national auction houses (Christie's, Mastro Fine Sport, Grey Flannel, Hunt Auctions, etc), dealers, collectors and investors nationwide.  Their certification definitely adds great value to this autographed item.  Simply put, having documentation from a UACC Registered Dealer and also from PSA/DNA puts this item in the most elite and sought after collectible category available. 
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TIME Regrets Naming Pope Francis ‘Person Of The Year’ After Beyoncé Drops Surprise Album

Staff at TIME have been left fuming after Beyoncé released a surprise album just days after the magazine chose the Pope as their Person Of The Year.

“I told them we should wait at least a few weeks for any late entries,” one unnamed staffer told HuffPost UK Comedy. “But they wouldn’t listen. Now look what’s happened.”

“Beyoncé unexpectedly dropping a new album is a complete game-changer,” said another. “There’s nothing Pope Francis could have done to beat this… except for releasing an album. And even then, he’d have to better 14 new songs and 17 videos.”

Beyoncé is now expected to be a last-minute entry on at least 500 end-of-year lists, including 2013’s Best Albums and 2013’s Most Overrated Albums.

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The Royal Baby Book: A Souvenir Album

The Royal Baby Book: A Souvenir Album


From golden rattles and miniver-trimmed short coats to baby’s first pair of shoes, embroidered with tiny gold crowns, “The Royal Baby Book” tells the story of eight royal babies, from Queen Victoria to the new Prince George of Cambridge, whose birth this summer set in motion “royal baby mania” in Britain and beyond, with royal-baby birthday parties, a collector’s paradise of commemorative trinkets, and crowds of well-wishers who gathered for weeks outside London’s St. Mary’s Hospital with the hopes of catching a quick glimpse of the wee ruler-to-be. For “The Royal Baby Book”–the official publication marking the birth of the new heir to the British throne–the Royal Collection Trust has drawn on a wealth of previously unpublished materials from the Royal Collection and the Royal Archives to offer a look into the lives of eight royal babies across almost two centuries: Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, King George V, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince George. From infancy to the first wobbly steps and the first day at school, the book presents never-before-seen family photographs, as well as photographs of prams; tiny dresses; dolls and teddy bears; and the lost teeth, locks of hair, and little notes in childish scrawl that all parents know and treasure. The book concludes with a chapter devoted to Prince George, bringing this happy history up to the present. With 250 illustrations and full-color photographs, “The Royal Baby Book” will charm and captivate anyone who has ever had a baby in their life–royal or otherwise.

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