Celebrating over three decades of milestones, CHAKA KHAN adds another success to her list with the debut of her new CD FUNK THIS. Entering at #15 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, this marks Chaka’s highest charting album in over 20 years when “I Feel For You” peaked at #14 in 1984. FUNK THIS is her highest debuting album ever both on the Billboard Top 200 chart and on the Billboard R&B Album Chart, where she debuted at #5. FUNK THIS produced by the Grammy Award winners Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis embodies the funky soul of her musical roots with Rufus and her signature passionately-honest vocal styles that make Chaka Khan timeless. The thoughtful work ranges from original copyrights, collaborations with superstar artists, to adding her signature stamp on important contemporary classics. Two of the originals on FUNK THIS include “Disrespectful,” the tour-de-force duet with powerhouse Mary J. Blige, and a poignant poetic ballad, “Angel.” Both songs are climbing the charts steadily. “Angel” which just secured the #4 position on the Urban AC Radio Chart is her first top 10 R&B radio hit in over 10 years. The remix of “Disrespectful (feat. Mary J. Blige)” gains heat at the clubs jumping to #11 on the Billboard Dance Chart. Chaka Khan will join the musical production of “The Color Purple” in January as Sofia, the strong-willed character portrayed by Oprah Winfrey in the film version. Playing opposite her will be the gospel and R&B singer BeBe Winans. Chaka Khan embarks on her FUNK THIS tour starting October 6th. Tour Dates Include — more to come: October 6 Mobile, AL Bayfest October 12 Atlantic City Borgata October 14 Westbury, NY North Fork Theatre November 1 Tucson, AZ Fox Tucson November 2 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre November 10 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Theatre November 11 Washington, DC Warner Theatre November 25 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre November 30 Cayman Islands Cayman Music Festival
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