Freedom Suite Release Party in NYC – Nov 11

The second annual Nublu Jazz Fest is going on now in NYC, and this Thursday (11/11) they’re having a record release party for Freedom Suite by The Beast & Nnenna Freelon. The Beast is joining Igmar Thomas & The Cypher, Marcus Baylor and more for a night of live music presented by Revivalist.

If you haven’t heard it yet, get the full jazz/hip-hop mixture Freedom Suite from Bandcamp or Revivalist now.

New Song by Michael Jackson: “Breaking News”

A new song by Michael Jackson has surfaced online, titled “Breaking News.” The song deals with the topic of the singer’s constant media wars, opening with soundbytes of those hungry news outlets that surrounded him. This is the first single from his first posthumous album, Michael, to be released on December 14th.

“Breaking News” is streaming now on michaeljackson.com, where the upcoming album Michael is also available for pre-order.

Chrisette Michele: Let Freedom Reign + MP3

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This native New Yorker with a gorgeous, soulful voice is back with a new album dropping November 30th.  “I’m A Star” is a single straight off of Chrisette Michele‘s third album, Let Freedom Reign.  Leading up to this release, Chrisette has created her first mixtape, Love Thy Brother, which is a collaboration with her brother, Lem Payne.

Chrisette Michele feat. Lem Payne- 90210 Marilyn Monroe [MP3]

 

Download Love Thy Brother for free at Datpiff.com.

New Janelle Monáe: “Without A Fight” & “Shape of Things to Come”

The soundtrack from Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls … featuring music from and inspired by the film, brings together an amazing selection of musicians. From Nina Simone to Gladys Knight to Laura Izibor to the intergalactic queen Janelle Monáe, it’s got a lot. It also features Giant Step favorite Zaki Ibrahim with her song “Ansomnia.” (Read the full tracklist after the jump).

 

Music From and Inspired by the Original Motion Picture For Colored Girls

 

Janelle Monáe – “Without A Fight”

 

Zaki Ibrahim  - “Ansomnia”

 

In this last week, Janelle popped up with a second new track as well, titled “Shape of Things to Come.” This song is associated with an organization of the same name, dedicated to growing careers of young women in the entertainment industry.

Janelle Monáe – “Shape of Things to Come”

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Quincy Jones: Soul Bossa Nostra

The latest album from Quincy Jones, Q: Soul Bossa Nostra, will be released on November 9th and has Quincy-produced tracks re-done with some of the biggest recording artists.  Billboard was able to sit down with this legendary producer and musician to hear his thoughts about each track and what it was like working with artists like Amy Winehouse, John Legend, B.o.B., Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and many others.

Read the article.