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Solange Announces Follow-up To 'A Seat At The Table' Is Coming Soon

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Solange Announces Follow-up To 'A Seat At The Table' Is Coming Soon

The GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter recently shared that she is almost done perfecting her fourth studio album, which will be "warm, fluid and more sensual than her last one" – what musical gifts can we expect this time?

GRAMMYs/Oct 19, 2018 - 02:28 am

The multi-talented GRAMMY-winning R&B songstress Solange has been making and perfecting her art since she was a teen. She toured with her sister Beyoncé's group, Destiny's Child, as a backup dancer when she was just 14, and released her debut album, Solo Star, in 2002 when she was only 16. A second LP came in 2008, a seven song EP four years later in 2012 and the critically-acclaimed A Seat At The Table came in 2016, for which she gained her first No. 1 album, a bigger fan base and her first GRAMMY win for "Cranes In The Sky." Now she has confirmed that a new album is on its way.

“I have this fear living in my body about releasing work,” says Solange (@saintrecords). “I don’t know any artist that doesn’t feel that before they hit the send button.” On the eve of her next album, the singer has hybridized her many talents — music, dance, activism, aesthetics — to inspire a new model for the modern pop artist. It is not that she has suddenly become a hybrid artist, it is that she has discovered how to execute the hybridity she has always imagined. In assembling a 2017 outdoor performance piece of “Scales” at Donald Judd’s sprawling Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Tex., she encountered spatial difficulties that she says gave her new perspective: “I realize how much wider, figuratively and literally, my work could be if I took myself away as subject.” Click link in our bio to read #AyanaMathis's full interview with #Solange from #TGreatsIssue, on newsstands inside the @nytimes October 21. Photo by @collierschorrstudio, styled by @mr_carlos_nazario.

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In a recent interview with The New York Times Style Magazine the singer/songwriter confirmed that she's been hard at work recording new music—which, as NYT explains, "the album's release is imminent this fall, probably sometime soon…but she will not be rushed." Throughout the years, Solange has explored musical sounds like R&B, electro-pop, soul and funk, imbedded with her personal stories and natural creativity. Looking back at her artistic evolution, what can we hope for?

In the NYT interview with Solange shared that she is working towards perfecting and finishing her new album soon, which, as they paraphrase, "will be warm, she says, fluid and more sensual than her last one." Of the sounds we can expect, she says "there is a lot of jazz at the core, but with electronic and hip-hop drum and bass because I want it to bang and make your trunk rattle."

A Seat At The Table was a beautiful, poignant album with soft, flowing R&B beats and powerful social commentary, as Solange told the story of her experience as a black woman in society. Most of the songs stayed true to slow, melodic R&B sound, with "Don't Wish Me Well" incorporating a more electronic, synth-y sound. Her 2012 EP True, which she co-wrote and co-produced with Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange, explored that sound a bit more on its seven songs, with an upbeat R&B-leaning electro-pop sound. It sounds like Solange may be exploring a more electronic-infused sound again on the new album, perhaps even with a more bass-heavy hip-hop oriented "trunk rattle" worthy track or two.

A Seat At The Table featured several spoken word interludes on the themes in her songs, including one from Tina Turner on black pride and identity, which is followed by "Don't Touch My Hair." The song, which features R&B crooner Sampha, the two of whom co-wrote and co-produced the song, along with a few others on her team, is a confident proclamation of black identity and beauty, backed with a smooth, flowing beat and joyful horns. Based on her comments, it seems like a few songs somewhat similar to this, with upbeat R&B beats, a meaningful message and great collaborators may make their way onto the new album. 

While the whole album was truly a work of art, the album's first single, "Cranes In The Sky" really got the world talking, and earned her a GRAMMY win for Best R&B Performance at the 59th GRAMMY Awards. The song, along with "Don’t Touch My Hair," were her first two singles to chart on Billboard's Hot 100 and also did well on the R&B charts. On "Cranes In The Sky" she explores dealing with escapism in our daily lives, something pretty much everyone can relate to. She passionately sings, "I tried to drink it away./I tried to put one in the air./I tried to dance it away./I tried to change it with my hair." The vulnerability and truth in this song and throughout her album clearly spoke to people, and certainly Solange will tell more of her story and personal experience in her new music.

After her GRAMMY win, Solange shared what success of the song means to her:

"I think I'm most excited about the fact that I wrote 'Cranes In The Sky' in a period of kind of desperation and weariness and the fact that its resonated in the way that it has, eight years later, a song that kind of got pushed to the side a lot, I knew that this was the right time, and this is such a beautiful honor and I'm so humbled by it," she said. "I honestly feel like I won far before this because of all the connectivity that the record has had, especially with black women, and the stories that I hear on the street."

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Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY

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Allen Hughes' "The Defiant Ones" Wins Best Music Film | 2018 GRAMMY

Director Allen Hughes' four-part documentary takes home Best Music Film honors for its portrayal of the unlikely partnership that changed the music business

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 02:09 am

The team behind The Defiant Ones celebrated a big win for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards. The crew awarded include director Allen Hughes and producers Sarah Anthony, Fritzi Horstman, Broderick Johnson, Gene Kirkwood, Andrew Kosove, Laura Lancaster, Michael Lombardo, Jerry Longarzo, Doug Pray & Steven Williams.

In a year rife with quality music documentaries and series, the bar has been set high for this dynamic category. The Defiant Ones is a four-part HBO documentary telling the story of an unlikely duo taking the music business by storm seems better suited for fantastical pages of a comic book, but for engineer-turned-mogul Jimmy Iovine and super-producer Dr. Dre, it's all truth.The Defiant Ones recounts their histories, their tribulations and their wild success. These include first-hand accounts from those who were there in Iovine's early days, such as Bruce Springsteen and U2's Bono, as well as those on board when Dre and Iovine joined forces, such as Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

The competition was stiff as the category was filled with compelling films such as One More Time With Feeling, Two Trains Runnin', Soundbreaking, and Long Strange Trip. 

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors

Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it

GRAMMYs/Feb 13, 2019 - 04:05 am

Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.

McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award

The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.

"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."

With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.

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Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs

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Portugal. The Man To Aida Cuevas: Backstage At The 2018 GRAMMYs

Also see James Fauntleroy, Reba McIntire, Latroit, and more after they stepped off the GRAMMY stage

GRAMMYs/Jan 29, 2018 - 05:39 am

What do artists do the moment they walk off the GRAMMY stage from presenting, accepting an award or performing? Now, you can find out.

Take a peak at Album Of The Year GRAMMY winner Bruno Mars, 60th GRAMMY Awards Host James Cordon, Cardi B minutes before her electrifying performance of "Finesse," and more!

Also see Best Pop Duo/Group Performance GRAMMY winners Portugal. The Man posing with their first career GRAMMY Award, Best Roots Gospel Album GRAMMY winner Reba McIntire right after she walked offstage, Best R&B Song GRAMMY winner James Fauntleroy, Best Remixed Recording GRAMMY winner Latroit, and many more, with these photos from backstage during the 60th GRAMMY Awards.

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show

Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion

GRAMMYs/Aug 22, 2017 - 05:28 am

There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.

The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.

This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.

"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."

Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.

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