Friday, May 10, 2024

Philadelphia Soul Pioneers The Spinners Announce New Album 'Full Circle'

The Spinners: Jessie Robert Peck, Marvin Taylor, Ronnie Moss, C.J. Spencer and Henry Fambrough
In celebration of their 70th anniversary, legendary R&B vocal group The Spinners are set to release their anticipated album "Full Circle" on May 25. The album marks the final recordings featuring original member Henry Fambrough, a founding member of the group known for his smooth baritone vocals and signature falsetto.

Fambrough, who died in February at the age of 85, joined The Spinners in 1954. He played a pivotal role in shaping the group's sound and propelling them to stardom. His soulful delivery on hits like "I'll Be Around" and "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" helped solidify The Spinners' place as one of the most influential R&B groups of the 1960s and 1970s.

"Full Circle" will feature 10 brand-new tracks distributed by Reservoir Recordings. Executive produced by Bernard Grobman, the album includes singles like the soulful ballad "Easy on Me" and the up-tempo "After Hours."

The Spinners will embark on a North American tour in May to coincide with the album launch. Renowned for their lasting impact on R&B history, the group's chart-topping hits like "I'll Be Around," "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love," and "The Rubberband Man" helped shape the landscape of Philadelphia Soul for over six decades.

Emerging from the doo-wop scene in the 1950s, The Spinners rose to prominence in the 1960s under the guidance of legendary producer Thom Bell. They crafted a smooth and sophisticated sound that blended classic soul with intricate harmonies and sophisticated orchestration. Their music became synonymous with Philadelphia Soul, a subgenre characterized by its lush production, romantic themes, and soulful vocals.

"The Spinners' influence on music history continues with their new album, aptly titled 'Full Circle,'" said Faith Newman, Reservoir's Executive Vice President of A&R and Catalog Development in a statement. "Each track is a testament to the group's enduring legacy and the timelessness of their catalog."

"Full Circle" promises to solidify The Spinners' position as musical icons. Fans can expect a return to the group's signature sound with new music that showcases their unwavering dedication to their craft. The band's influence continues to resonate across generations, leaving a significant influence on the hearts of millions worldwide.

"Full Circle" Tracklist (to be released May 25th):
  • After Hours
  • Rainy Saturday
  • Easy On Me
  • Dreamin' Bout You
  • U're Not There
  • New Level
  • I Can
  • Hostage (Can't Let You Go)
  • Totally Beautiful
  • My Angel Love

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Sneaker Drop or Song Snippet? Scott and Ye Spark Rumors with New Project

Travis Scott unveiled teasers today for the upcoming release of his Nike Cactus Jack 1 sneaker line, available in Dark Mocha and University Red colorways.

One teaser features Kanye West, sparking speculation about a possible musical collaboration. The clip showcases West's face and tattoos while he sings in the background. Scott captioned the video "YE AND THE JACK," hinting at the partnership. Rapper Ty Dolla $ign also commented with two black hearts.

In another video, Scott shares a glimpse of his children Stormi and Aire playing with West's youngest kids, Chicago and Psalm. Set to Scott's song "My Eyes" from his August 2023 album UTOPIA, the video shows the children having fun and wearing Cactus Jack apparel and sneakers.

Fans anticipate the release of the Cactus Jack 1's, available for purchase on Scott's website starting Friday.

Meanwhile, Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign's anticipated album Vultures 2 remains unreleased. The project was initially scheduled for May 3rd but has seen no updates.

Scott, following the success of his UTOPIA album, is preparing for the European leg of his Circus Maximus Tour this summer. The 12-show tour kicks off on June 28th in the Netherlands and includes stops in several European countries.

In other news related to Scott, nine of the 10 wrongful death lawsuits filed in connection with the Astroworld music festival tragedy have been settled. This includes a lawsuit filed by the family of Madison Dubiski, one of the 10 people killed during the concert. Only one wrongful death lawsuit remains pending.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

50 Cent Sues Ex Over Public Allegations of Rape, Abuse

This undated photo of rapper 50 Cent, model Daphne Joy, and their son, Sire, was posted on Instagram by user '50 Cent' during happier times.

In a high-stakes legal showdown, rap icon 50 Cent has taken legal action against his former girlfriend, Daphne Joy, following her public allegations of rape and physical abuse. The lawsuit, filed on Monday, May 6, in Texas, marks the latest development in a bitter saga that has captivated social media and the entertainment world.

Court documents reveal a contentious relationship fraught with accusations and counterclaims. Reena Jain, attorney for Curtis Jackson (known professionally as 50 Cent), asserts that Joy’s accusations have triggered “extensive public ridicule, hatred, and contempt” toward the renowned rapper.

At the center of this legal battle lies a scathing Instagram post by Joy, also known as Daphne Narvaez, on March 28. In her post, Narvaez, 37, publicly criticized Jackson’s parenting and accused him of heinous acts of violence.

“I am tired of upholding an image to our son that you have never even earned. Let’s focus on your true actions of raping me and physically abusing me,” she wrote, igniting a firestorm of controversy.

However, Jackson’s legal team contends that Joy’s motives were not rooted in truth but rather in retaliation. The filing alleges that Joy aimed to undermine Jackson’s bid for custody of their 11-year-old son, Sire, by launching a calculated attack on his character.

According to Jackson’s filing, Joy’s post coincided with reports linking her to a lawsuit filed by producer Rodney “Lil Rod” Jones against Sean “Diddy” Combs, where Joy was labeled a “sex worker.” Jackson’s attorneys assert that Joy exploited this opportunity to hurl “multiple defamatory statements” at him, seeking to sabotage his custody case and tarnish his reputation.

Despite repeated requests from Jackson’s camp to retract her statements, Joy has stood her ground, setting the stage for a legal battle that promises to be closely watched by fans and legal experts alike.