Sunday November 21rst, 2004
New CD's this past week:
- Destiny’s Child – Destiny fulfilled
Music news headlines this week:
Lori Perry Out On Her Own
Lori Perry is presenting to the world her long awaited solo project entitled "Wrote
This Song", an awe inspiring compilation of jazzy vocals, funky guitar licks, velvet
smooth keyboard sounds and beautiful bass melodies creating a fresh new sound
With her three sisters Carol, Darlene and Sharon, Lori formed the group Perri whose
talents became regularly sought after by artists like Pat Matheny, The Yellow Jackets,
Anita Baker, George Duke, Cher, Brian Culbertson, Roberta Flack, Sting, George
Michael and Seal to name a few. They toured extensively with Anita Baker and
released three albums ("Celebrate 1986, "The Flight" 1988 and "Tradewinds" 1990).
On the latest Anita Baker album Lori co-wrote the track "I Can't Sleep".
Now it's time for Lori to shine on her own with her long awaited solo album "Wrote
This Song" released November 2nd on PaLance records. The first single released to
radio is the title track, a wonderful song written by Lori Perry and Williams Parks
which also features George Duke on piano. For the latest on Lori Perry go to
Alicia Keys Plans Some Changes For Next Album
Fresh off an American Music Award win for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist,
Alicia Keys is starting to think about her next album. Keys said can
definitely expect some changes: "I am already, you know, starting to have
ideas for the next album, which is definitely taking another direction.
It's based in the heart and soul of what my music is, which is definitely
heart and soul, but it is definitely taking on just an edgier face. It's a
little more distorted. It's just a little more undefinable, which I like a
Keys didn't specify a target release date for the album, which will be her
Keys recently released an expanded edition of her second album, 2003's The
Diary Of Alicia Keys.
She's also published a book called Tears For Water: Songbook Of Poems &
Her next show is November 29th at the Urban Aids Benefit in Toronto .
TLC'S Reality Show Picked Up By UPN
R&B singer group TLC has inked a deal with UPN for a new reality show
titled, R U The Girl With T-Boz and Chilli. The show will follow the two
surviving members of TLC, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli"
Thomas, as they audition aspiring singers to join the group. The new
singer would step in for founding member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who died
in a car accident in Honduras in 2002. The group made it clear that the
singer would not be replacing Lopes, and that this would be a one-off
Watkins and Thomas told the Hollywood Reporter, "We want to find someone
with the right chemistry and magic to work with us. We have been blessed
with great success, and this is a chance for our fans to join us as we
give someone a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fulfill their dream."
Auditions will begin shortly, and the aspiring singers will be put through
weeks of rigorous challenges until a winner is named.
UPN president Dawn Ostroff said, "It's a very emotional story. I think our
viewers, which are the 18- to 34-year-old group, have a very strong
connection to TLC. T-Boz and Chilli's emotional journey over the past two
years, since Left Eye died, has been very public. Trying to get past that
and [take the next step] has been on their minds, and doing it in a public
way, including their audience and their very devoted fans [in the
process], made so much sense to us."
UPN has ordered eight episodes of the show but hasn't decided if it will
premiere midseason or during the summer.
TLC released its fourth album, 3D, in September of 2002, just months after
Lopes' death. The set featured vocals from Lopes on five songs, and at the
time, the album was thought to be the last release from the group. In June
of 2003, Watkins and Thomas performed at Z100's Zootopia in East
Rutherford, New Jersey which was billed as TLC's last concert performance.
Mariah Carey To Release New Album In March
Mariah Carey will release a new studio album, called The Emancipation Of
Mimi, on March 29th. The set's first single, "Say Something," is due out
in January, according to billboard.com. The track was produced by the
Neptunes and features Snoop Dogg. Carey wrote most of the songs on the
album, which also includes a power ballad called "Mine Again".
The album also features contributions from producer Kanye West and rappers
Nelly and Twista. It's the follow-up to 2002's "Charmbracelet," which debuted
at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 1.1 million copies in the
United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan