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Mary J. Blige is a timeless artist with more hits under belt than a Major League slugger.

This extremely awesome lady has been out of the musical limelight for awhile now. Nevertheless, she is back and better than ever with a new music, a documentary, and a  new album (the latter two of which are named), “The London Sessions!” Kontrol Magazine was privileged to attend a screening for the documentary, which has been met with rave reviews. Never before have people seen this amazing star so vulnerable or truly seen what it takes for her to deliver the quality she and her fans enjoy. Mary admits she felt as if she was becoming stagnant in her music in recent years. Not wanting to glide on the sheer loyalty of her fans she opted to record and live in London for a month naming the album and the documentary for her experiences there.

“The London Sessions,” may prove to be Mary’s most eclectic album to date. While in London she even worked with producers and artist there. One such artist being, Sam Smith. The hybridization of their style and with her own should prove to be a truly beautiful mix! Then again, she always delivers there is no reason to doubt her now! Mary is slated to perform at the upcoming American Music Awards. Will we be hearing a new single, or seeing a collaboration with Sam?

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Mary was recently a recipient of Atlanta’s prestigious, “Phoenix Award.” This award is the highest honor an individual, or group, can receive from the Mayor of Atlanta. It recognizes major accomplishments and services rendered to the city, state, nation or world! Other recent Phoenix Award recipients include Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunnus; former heavyweight boxer and champion Evander Holyfield, Tyler Perry, WSB-TV Channel 2 journalist Monica Pearson (formerly Kaufman) and TBS Chairman and CEO, Philip Kent. As you can see Mary is in good company. With so much going on for her right now, one has to wonder what is next for Ms. Blige. All we know is she has not reached her peak and The London Sessions should be apart of your musical library on Monday, November 24th! Click the video links to hear more of Mary J. Blige’s amazing interview following the screening of her documentary!

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Lalah Hathaway (@lalahhathaway) Announces Pre-Order & Release Date for New Album, “Honestly!”

Grammy-winning artist, songwriter and producer, Lalah Hathaway announces the November 3, 2017 release date for her highly-anticipated album honestly, which is now available for pre-order.

On the heels of two Grammy wins for Best R&B Album for Lalah Hathaway Live, and Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Angel,” as well as an all-star collaboration with Pharrell Williams on the Hidden Figures soundtrack earlier this year, honestly invites listeners to the join the celebrated R&B artist on a personal journey that is intimate, disruptive and, most importantly, honest.

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Grammy-winning artist, songwriter and producer, Lalah Hathaway announces the November 3, 2017 release date for her highly-anticipated album honestly, which is now available for pre-order.

On the heels of two Grammy wins for Best R&B Album for Lalah Hathaway Live, and Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Angel,” as well as an all-star collaboration with Pharrell Williams on the Hidden Figures soundtrack earlier this year, honestly invites listeners to the join the celebrated R&B artist on a personal journey that is intimate, disruptive and, most importantly, honest.

“My approach has always been to find and write great stories, which was a driving factor behind the creation of honestly” said Lalah. “This album is a collection of entirely new and original recordings that really express where I am at this moment in time.”

Fans can pre-order honestly ahead of its November 3 release date here and can visit this link to learn more about exclusive merch and limited album bundles on Lalah Hathaway’s official artist store, where the first 500 orders will come with a signed booklet. Moreover, those who purchase the physical album at Target (both online and retail locations) will receive two additional songs: an acoustic version of “change ya life” and Teddy Riley remix of lead single “i can’t wait.”

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Lalah will be debuting the album live at an exclusive release concert at the Highline Ballroom in New York City on Monday, November 13, 2017. Full details and ticketing information can be found here.

Earlier this summer, Hathaway released the album’s first single, “I Can’t Wait” to much success, with the track quickly climbing the Billboard R&B charts. To accompany the single’s official video, which debuted in September, Lalah has taken “I Can’t Wait” to the next level with a brand new unplugged video. Accompanied by her keyboardist, Lynette Williams, the video provides a fresh, warm take on the high-energy dance single, offering Lalah’s raw vocals in a deeply intimate setting. The video, which premiered today, can be found here.

Honestly is Hathaway’s first project with distribution partner, Caroline, which is focused on providing artist development to a variety of independent musicians. As a committed advocate of quality music and musicianship, Hathaway recognized a common interest with Caroline, ultimately joining forces to develop her own imprint, Hathaway Entertainment. honestly is the first project that will be released by Hathaway Entertainment.

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KIERRA SHEARD & J. DREW SHEARD OF KAREW HOST LABEL RELAUNCH SHOWCASE AT STUDIO 51 IN DETROIT

 Karew, home of the Grammy Award winning Clark Sisters and multiple award winners Karen Clark Sheard and Kierra Sheard, announced exciting new changes, new branding, new music, new visuals, and more during it’s relaunch showcase event on Tuesday, September 19 at Studio 51 in Detroit.

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 Karew, home of the Grammy Award winning Clark Sisters and multiple award winners Karen Clark Sheard and Kierra Sheard, announced exciting new changes, new branding, new music, new visuals, and more during it’s relaunch showcase event on Tuesday, September 19 at Studio 51 in Detroit.

The Karew relaunch showcase informed attendees about their new expansion to becoming a multi-genre label. The event included a new music performance by Karew’s own Kierra Sheard. Kierra gave attendees an exclusive listen of her new music featuring rapper, Sir The Baptist. Additionally, J. Drew & The Band performed. Upon entrance into the venue, guests were shown the all-new apparel by Karew.

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“I am excited about presenting the future of Karew to the world. Karew is now expanding from just a record label to a full entertainment company including music, film, fashion, and more. We are a team of young and innovative millennials working together to build timeless projects. We are currently still building and it only gets better,” says President & CEO of Karew Records, J. Drew Sheard II.

Recently, Karew celebrated the success of the #1 Billboard Gospel single, “Hang On.” “Hang On,” was lifted from the album, GEI LIVE, and made a top 5 debut on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart upon its release. Karew Records current roster includes: Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra Sheard and The Clark Sisters, who were recently sampled on rapper Jay Z’s 4:44 album. Kierra Sheard is currently featured on Lecrae’s song, “Worth It” lifted from his new album “All Things Work Together.”

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#BlackGirlMagic! Solange Knowles to Direct Sza’s (@sza) "The Weekend" Music Video!

That #BlackGirlMagic stays poppin’, especially when two amazing artists come together on a project.

Solange Knowles and Sza are set to make some magic with the latter’s hit single The Weekend from her album, Ctrl. Sza revealed in an interview with USA Today that Solange will be directing the music video and we just know it is going to lit!

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“I love her,” said SZA. “I think the universe is just bringing us closer to each other. That’s my homegirl.”

If another artist going to be in charge of the visuals for your song, it may as well be Solange. She already showed an affinity for it with a performance piece at The Guggenheim, titled “An Ode To,” and she’s debuting a new performance art piece in Texas later this fall. Allegedly, the video for “The Weekend” takes place at 10 different locations, so the duo sounds like they’re sparing no expense putting this thing together. Even if you throw out the video, the two singers have been spending a decent amount of time around each other later. Both are performing at the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn on Saturday, and if they’re as tight as SZA makes it seem like they are, they’ll be using plenty of their backstage time to cook up some ideas together. Maybe a collaboration is in the works, because it’s fairly well known they share a mutual admiration for each other’s work.

Solange is a musical genius, and now that we think about it some of the songs from Ctrl remind us of a few of the songs from Solange’s album Sol-Angel and The Hadley St. Dreams. Are you guys as psyched about all of this as we are? Let us know what you think in the comments’ section below!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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That #BlackGirlMagic stays poppin’, especially when two amazing artists come together on a project.

Solange Knowles and Sza are set to make some magic with the latter’s hit single The Weekend from her album, Ctrl. Sza revealed in an interview with USA Today that Solange will be directing the music video and we just know it is going to lit!

via Complex

sza in supermodel video

“I love her,” said SZA. “I think the universe is just bringing us closer to each other. That’s my homegirl.”

If another artist going to be in charge of the visuals for your song, it may as well be Solange. She already showed an affinity for it with a performance piece at The Guggenheim, titled “An Ode To,” and she’s debuting a new performance art piece in Texas later this fall. Allegedly, the video for “The Weekend” takes place at 10 different locations, so the duo sounds like they’re sparing no expense putting this thing together. Even if you throw out the video, the two singers have been spending a decent amount of time around each other later. Both are performing at the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn on Saturday, and if they’re as tight as SZA makes it seem like they are, they’ll be using plenty of their backstage time to cook up some ideas together. Maybe a collaboration is in the works, because it’s fairly well known they share a mutual admiration for each other’s work.

Solange is a musical genius, and now that we think about it some of the songs from Ctrl remind us of a few of the songs from Solange’s album Sol-Angel and The Hadley St. Dreams. Are you guys as psyched about all of this as we are? Let us know what you think in the comments’ section below!

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