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Ferguson protests inspired D'Angelo to move up his album release date


The Sunday-night release of D’Angelo’s first album in 14 years, Black Messiah—only a few hours after it was played for journalists and industry at a listening party in Manhattan—was the most surprising surprise album release in the 12 months since Beyoncé’s self-titled LP put the final nail in concept of traditional release dates. In a New York Times article on Black Messiah‘s unconventional release, members of D’Angelo’s team reveals that the singer’s decision to move the release from early 2015 to this week was inspired by a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson on murder charges in the death of Michael Brown, and the protests that emerged in its wake.

According to the article, D’Angelo told his tour manager, Alan Leeds, “The one way I do speak out is through music. I want to speak out.”

D'Angelo releases new track off upcoming 'Black Messiah'


D’Angelo is just full of surprises these days. Last week, he announced a new album was on its way—his first since 2000’s Voodooand Sunday, he released a new track via Red Bull’s 20Before15 project.

D’Angelo has performed the song, titled “Sugah Daddy,” at shows before, including at a 2012 performance caught on tape. But this marks the track’s official release. “Sugah Daddy,” which features D’Angelo’s new band the Vanguard, is the first track off the upcoming Black Messiah.  READ FULL STORY

D'Angelo stages return with 'Black Messiah'


Fourteen years after his last album, Voodoo, D’Angelo looks to be ready to return with Black Messiah.


D'Angelo cancels festival appearance over illness

D’Angelo has added the Outside Lands music festival to his list of cancellations due to an unspecified medical emergency.

The soul singer had been forced to cancel U.S. dates last week due to illness and also will miss shows in Chicago and San Diego this week. Chic, featuring Nile Rodgers, will step into D’Angelo’s slot Friday night at Outside Lands where he was supposed to close the Sutro Stage.

The nature of D’Angelo’s illness was unclear. A publicist didn’t immediately respond to an email inquiry. The singer, whose real name is Michael Archer, has been slowly returning to public performances over the last year after more than a decade away from the spotlight and is expected to soon release his first album since 2000.

D'Angelo, Elvis Costello, Chris Rock, the Roots pay tribute to Prince at Carnegie Hall

Is it the singer, or is it the song?

That was the question on the minds of both the eclectic cadre of performers and the sold out crowd at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Thursday night for a benefit show titled “The Music of Prince.” A bevy of the Purple One’s contemporaries and followers joined together to genuflect at his funky altar, with the proceeds from the show going to a number of music-related charities for kids.

This was the ninth year for the series, and in the past, several of the tribute centerpieces—including Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young—made surprise appearances at their own shows. Prince himself did not materialize last night, but there were so many fascinating interpretations of his work and explorations of his unique charisma that it was almost better without his all-seeing eyes watching over the proceedings.

The evening began relatively tamely, with the Waterboys busting out a faithful rendition of “Purple Rain.” Though he bears no physical or aesthetic resemblance to Prince, singer Mike Scott managed to nail the same kind of passion and pathos the song’s creator first sent coursing through its veins nearly 30 years ago. It was almost too perfect, and it set an uncomfortable tone early in the evening: Would this simply be two and a half hours of extremely well-executed Prince karaoke, overseen by house band the Roots?

Luckily, subsequent performers took many more liberties with Prince’s songs, and while that led to some awkward moments, their ingenuity was generally rewarded. READ FULL STORY

D'Angelo lights up Bonnaroo in first U.S. performance in more than a decade

D’Angelo is back.

The reclusive R&B singer made his first live U.S. appearance in 12 years at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival early Sunday morning, surprising a few thousand fans during Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s Superjam session. “I’ve been waiting 12 years to say this — ladies and gentlemen, D’Angelo!,” Thompson said as the crowd roared. (See exclusive photos of the festival here.)

It was his first U.S. show since 2000 and a prelude to an appearance at July’s Essence Music Festival and a European tour with many of the same players who backed him Sunday morning. D’Angelo played live in Europe earlier this year.

D’Angelo and his all-star band powered through a 90-minute jam session Sunday morning that included Jimi Hendrix’s “Have You Ever Been to Electric Ladyland,” Parliament Funkadelic’s “Funky Dollar Bill,” Led Zeppelin’s “What Is and What Should Never Be” and the Beatles’ “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window,” but no new music. READ FULL STORY

D'Angelo covers Soundgarden, creates even more anticipation for long-awaited album

For anyone seduced by his 2000 masterpiece Voodoo, D’Angelo’s absence over the past dozen years has been deeply felt in the nether regions.

Voodoo has proved to be one of those albums that truly stands the test of time: Its take on neo-soul tropes encompassed Hendrixian guitar heroics, mid-period Prince psychedelia, and the kind of surreal hybrid R&B that has become de rigueur amongst some of the biggest rappers on Earth right now.

Luckily, the wait for a follow-up may finally be over. D’Angelo has a trio of live shows in Europe currently in his iCal, and according to people who have worked with him (including Roots mastermind ?uestlove and Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson), his third album is finally nearing completion.

And now, there’s new D’Angelo music online, featuring the singer covering Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun,” of all things. It’s a little rough (likely just a demo), but it proves not only that he still has his pipes, but that he’s also able to turn classic tunes on their heads. Get into the groove below: READ FULL STORY

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