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It’s been 20 years since Janet Jackson released her album “Janet” which sold 7 million copies and spawned six Billboard singles.  Now that the anniversary of that album is about to approach Ms. Jackson is ready to please her fans again and return back on the scene with brand new material.

“I can’t believe it is already 20 years!” “I always write my music based on what is going on in my life at the time. I wanted to allow people in… I want my fans to really know me. The janet. album was sexual and I was beginning to really discover that side of me.”

Janet’s last album was released back in 2008 and since then a lot of people thought Janet was done with music but the singer confirmed herself that she is working on new material. Don’t expect the album to be released anytime soon Janet said that she has no plans on rushing the album. “I am working on a new project now. We are creating the concept and initial thoughts on the music,”  “I am excited about the direction we are taking. I don’t want to rush it… I don’t want to put a time constraint on the creative process.” ( Via Billboard)

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Justin Timberlake maybe hitting the road with Jay-z but soon as that is over the former Nsync member is planning to hit the road again and this time by himself starting this fall. JT announced the world tour this morning which will kick off in October a month after he releases part 2 to his platinum selling album The 20/20 Experience.  JT will hit various countries  throughout North America, Europe, South America, and Australia. Check out some of the tour release dates that have been announced so far.

 

“The 20/20 Experience World Tour” Dates

Oct. 31 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Nov. 13 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
Nov. 15 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Nov. 16 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Nov. 18 – Memphis, TN – FedEx Forum
Nov. 19 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
Nov. 21 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
Nov. 29 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
Dec. 2 – Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
Dec. 4 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Dec. 5 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Dec. 11 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Dec. 12 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
Dec. 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
Dec. 15 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
Dec. 17 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
Dec. 19 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center

2014

Jan. 13 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
Jan. 17 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena
Jan. 22 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Feb. 7 – Fargo, ND – Fargodome
Feb. 9 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Feb. 10 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center

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If John Singleton, F. Gary Gray, and Spike Lee were looking for music scoring or soundtrack to their epic films, evolutionist soul man Brian Owens would make the definitive WINNING ballot.  His album Moods and Messages is an old-fangled game changer that will open the many doors of opportunity for this artist of calibre.

Owens crafts pure soul- a dynamic deficient in today’s R&B to a genre congested with emotionless appeal incapable of capturing an ambiance of sorts; void of impact, significance, and substance.  The band funk sound of “Soul Anthem (Bring It Back)” demonstrates this artist power move, providing the mood of thrill and overall message of resurrection and new beginnings.  “Keep Movin’ On” validates Owen’s of having a fierce and assorted vocal range that is compared to the greats Marvin Gaye, Maxwell, Raphael Saadiq, and Sam Cooke.  This uptempo creates uplifting spirits presenting positive messages of conquest and appreciation to a battered woman and a depressed and injured soldier.

Owens sings about salvaging self before self-destructing on the soulful “I Just Want To Feel Alright.”  Gospel/R&B flavored songs like “Open,” “Troubled Man,” and “The Answer” are life testimonials of a decompose economy and what today’s society considers the norm- severed relationships lacking love, communication, and depreciation of the concept of marriage in supplanting misogynistic crux.

While all songs are attention grabbers, it is Mr. Owen’s ballads that are alluring as a subtle invitation to a woman’s heart impregnating her with his musical rhythm and lyrical poesy.  The guitar strokes of “Beautiful Love” compliment the crooning of this prolific singer, which captivates the spirit of Al Green’s discography in pace and tone.  “Till The Morning Breaks” make couples produce offspring to a bottle of Remy Martin and an outside backyard Jacuzzi on a scorching summer night.  “Oh I” is the archetypal song that should have made the scoring and soundtrack to the 2012 version of Sparkle.  It’s capable of reaching deeply down into a woman’s tear that continuously drips from her eyes, to find beauty and purity of her cry over a foolish and nonexistent love.

Moods and Messages defines Brian Owens as the author of authentic black love and African American pride.  It is a soulful concierto that carnivals an antique 1950s and 1960s Motown sound antithetical of a callous catalogue and diametric of a crowd catcall.  What lacked in R&B is finally made up.

– Hector De La Rosa

@11journ_list

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Azealia Banks has decided this week to stop twitter beefing with other celebrities and  finally started tweeting about her new music, today the young rapper showed off the official cover art to her  first single “Yung Rapunxel” from her upcoming album Broke With Expensive Taste the song produced by Lil Internet will hit Itunes March 26th.

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Well our days waiting for an Xscape reunion will never happen but the two sisters LaTocha & Tameka Scott are the only members of the group who seem to want to please their fans. This past weekend this sanging sisters joined Jermaine Durpi for his So So Def 20th Anniversary concert to perform some of their past hits. Check out these ladies hitting the stage. We will be hearing a lot more from LaTocha Scott very soon as she has joined the Atlanta cast of R&B Divas while recording her brand new solo album.

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The Grammys are happening right now on television and if you have missed any of the performances that happened tonight, don’t worry because we got you covered with the performances that already happened and will update as they drop. Check it out below

Taylor Swift

Elton John & Ed Sheran

Miguel & Wiz Khalifa

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Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley

Mumford & Sons

Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z

Maroon 5 & Alicia Keys

Rihanna

Bob Marley Tribute

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Frank Ocean

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Grammy nominated singer Luke James is ready to unleash his new single titled “I.O.U” but before the song premieres on Vibe tomorrow Luke took the time to show off the official cover art for his new single Via twitter. Check out the official single cover below and look out for the song dropping tomorrow.

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Rap-Up caught up with Keri Hilson at the Santa Monica Pier during  Gillette’s “Kiss & Tell” experiment, during their interview Ms Keri Baby talked about her upcoming third album. After taking a break in 2012 Keri is back to start releasing her new music to the world, while she is keeping quite on her new album title Keri has let it known that the new album will be a mixture of her previous album No boys allowed & In a perfect world but with a twist. Keri has also worked with producers Rock City, Timbaland & Polo Da Don  and crosses her fingers that her & Kanye West collaborate again.

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It’s been a long time coming since we all been waiting for Justin Timberlake to bless us with a brand new album and now out prayers have been answered. Today Justin released this brand new YouTube clip of himself talking explaining a little bit of why he has been away from the music scene for a couple of years, there are also rumors going around that Justin has snagged Jay-z for his first single produced by Timbaland and is expected to be released this Sunday according to the countdown on his official website  This is some damn exciting news I have been waiting for Justin Timberlake to finally take a break from movies and graces us with some new music with his longtime collaborator Timbaland I really hope on Sunday we get to hear this new single.