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August Heat – This Month’s Top Releases: Lloyd, KeAnthony, Solange and More

What could August be without some heat ? R&B, Gospel and Soul singers Solange Knowles, Mary Mary, Ke Anthony and Karina Pasian are all slated to release their firey new albums this month. With so many upcoming releases and recent album push backs it can be hard to keep up, so here is a quick rundown of this month’s hot releases which include highly anticipated debuts, soulful comebacks and a refreshing sophomore album from the younger Knowles. Kicking off this Tuesday, August 5th, R&B singer Lloyd will release his third studio album “Lessons In Love,” featuring the single “Girls Around TheWorld.” Lloyd’s new album, which has been well received online in recent weeks features collaborations with Lil Wayne and Ludacris in addition to production from Polow Da Don and the team of Tricky & Dream (‘Umbrella’ & ‘Bed’). Following Lloyd, R&B singer KeAnthony debuts his highly anticipated album “A Hustlaz Story.” Heralded as a true-to-life narrative that displays a musical mastery of soul stylistics, KeAnthony’s album is expected to put smooth, soul stirring street soul and sophistication back into R&B. – “A Hustlaz Story” hits stores and online retailers August 5th. But what is R&B without some soul and even a tinge of gospel ? – that is where Dave Hollister comes in. The 2008 Stellar Award nominee releases his second gospel effort entitled “Witness Protection” this month via Gospocentric. Hollister’s new album, also due August 5th, is set to showcase a much lighter side of the former Blackstreet member that combines an up-tempo R&B sound with a strong gospel message. Keeping the spirit moving, Mary Mary is set to release their next album entitled “The Sound,” a follow up to their 2005 hit album “Mary Mary” which featured the hits “Yesterday” and “Heaven.” – Mary Mary’s album is set for release August 19th. Returning to R&B toward the end of the month, Solange Knowles and Karina Pasian will release their highly anticipated albums. The latter of the two Pasian, will release the debut album “First Love” which features the singles “16 at War” and “Can’t Find The Words” via Def Jam August 19th. Last but not least, Solange Knowles will unleash her highly anticipated and already well received effort “Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams” on August 26th. The younger Knowles directed her most recent video and became the new face of Armani jeans last week. Knowles last album “Solo Star” was released in 2003. August Releases: August 5th – KeAnthony “A Hustlaz Story” – Lloyd “Lessons In Love” – Dave Hollister “Witness Protection” August 19th – Karina Passian “First Love” – Mary Mary “The Sound” August 26th – Solange “Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams” * Previously announced releases from Ne-Yo and Michelle Williams have been set for release in the fall.

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