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Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Speech Debelle won the coveted Mercury Prize last night in the UK for her album Speech Therapy. Andrew Martin called the MC “a special talent who is primed to make something of herself with a little more polishing. But don’t get it twisted: Speech Therapy is an album you want and need to hear.”


She’s got a few upcoming US dates as she comes to these shores for CMJ:


10/21- New York, NY; Cake shop, Terrorbird party
10/24- New York, NY; Santo’s , Windish Party
10/28- Los Angeles, CA; Club NME @ Spaceland


Speech Debelle
“Better Days” (Revox) ft. Micachu and Wiley [MP3]
     


“Go Then, Bye” (Photomachine and El-B Remix) [MP3]
     



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Since first coming onto the R&B music scene in 2005, Trey Songz has created many hits. His first two albums, ‘I Gotta Make It” (2005) and ‘Trey Day’ (2007) had numerous singles such as “Girl Tonight”, “Just Gotta Make It”, “Last Time” and “Can’t Help But Wait”. The latter song gave Trey Songz a Grammy nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, and also affirmed that Trey Songz is one very promising R&B artist.


Now Ready is released, and is currently #2 on Amazon’s R&B Sales Charts, and #3 on iTunes Album Sales Charts. The album features the hit single “Successful”, featuring the rapper Drake, as well as his take on Mary J. Blige’s “Be Without You”, “One Love”. Trey Songz has also announced that he will be touring with the official BET Live! 106 & Park Tour along with R&B acts Mario, Day26 and Sean Garrett. Tour information can be obtained from his official website, but the dates are as follows:


September:
29th- Los Angeles, CA- House of Blues
30th- Anaheim, CA- House of Blues


October:
2nd- Las Vegas, NV- TBA
5th- Houston, TX- House of Blues
6th- Dallas, TX- House of Blues
8th- New Orleans, LA- House of Blues
9th- Atlanta, GA- Tabernacle
11th- Myrtle Beach, SC- TBA
12th- Charlotte, NC- Fillmore
13th- Baltimore, MD- TBA
15th- Kansas City, MO- TBD
16th- St. Louis, MO- The Pageant
18th- Detroit, MI- TBD
19th- Chicago, IL- House of Blues
20th- Cleveland, OH- House of Blues
21st- Indianapolis, IN- Egyptian Room at Murat
29th- Orlando, FL- TBD


November:
11th- Washington, DC- TBD
12th- Boston, MA- TBD



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Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009

Jimi Tenor and Tony Allen
Inspiration Information Vol. 4
(Strut)
Releasing: 12 October


Eclectic Finnish musician Jimi Tenor teamed up with Afrobeat drumming legend Tony Allen to complete the fourth installment to Strut Records’ Inspiration Information series. The collaboration was recorded last November at Lovelite Studios in Berlin, and concluded this year with added sessions in Finland and Paris. In just over five days of jamming, the two successfully developed what has been described as a raw culmination of: full range Afrobeat repertoire, homemade instruments, vintage keyboards, dark humor, solid grooves, analog recording, and tight, “firing musicianship”. Members of Tenor’s Kabu Kabu band sat in on the sessions, in addition to Berlin-based guest MC Allonymous.


SONG LIST
01 Against the Wall feat. Allonymous
02 Sinuhe
03 Selfish Gene
04 Path to Wisdom Feat. Allonymous
05 Darker Side of Light
06 Mama England
07 Got My Egusi Fix
08 Cella’s Walk
09 Three Continents


 


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Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Built to Spill
There Is No Enemy
(Warner Bros.)
Releasing: 6 October (US)


SONG LIST
01 Aisle 13
02 Hindsight
03 Nowhere Lullaby
04 Good Ol’ Boredom
05 Life’s a Dream
06 Oh Yeah
07 Pat
08 Done
09 Planting Seeds
10 Things Fall Apart
11 Tomorrow



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In an attempt to help out those in need due to the economic crisis, popular rapper Ludacris has given away 20 cars to people who wrote to him that their lack of an automobile was making it hard to keep their job. In some instances, winners spent up to four hours a day on public transportation, traveling to more than one job and school, all while trying to provide housing for their families.


Ludacris, born as Chris Bridges, said, “People are getting laid off, and are now looking for jobs. To be efficient, you need some transportation of your own to get there. That’s why I wanted to give back to those who need it.”


The rapper and actor, who can currently be seen in the film Gamer, partnered up with an suburban Atlanta car dealer to make the event happen, which was a part of a full weekend of events sponsored by the Ludacris Foundation, an organization he started in order to give back to the community. In order to be eligible to win, a contestant had to write a 300 word essay to the Ludacris Foundation, explaining why they were deserving of a vehicle. According to the rapper himself, about 4,000 people entered.


Each of the used cars was given to their new owners with free gas for 30 days. The winners were responsible for tags, registration, tax and insurance on the vehicles. All winners felt that having the automobile would ease their struggles and in turn, make their lives a little easier.



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