NEW RELEASES: Lyfe Jennings’ I Still Believe, Calvin Richardson’s America’s Most Wanted, Janet Jackson’s ICON, More

I Still Believe….R&B/soul singer Lyfe Jennings drops his reported final album, ‘I Still Believe,’ the follow-up to his 2008’s ‘Lyfe Change.’ The 13-track disc is what Lyfe considers a reflection of his “greatness.” Despite the personal and public trials in his life, Lyfe Jennings still believes in this love. “I keep a lot going on. It’s tragic; I think I have a horribly charmed life. But I think God puts me through stuff and keeps me there so I can talk about it.” The set’s lead single, “Statistics,” was inspired by comedian Steve Harvey’s relationship-focused book, “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy and Commitment.” America’s Most Wanted… Two-time Grammy nominee Calvin Richardson releases his 5th studio album entitled America’s Most Wanted (NuMo Records/Shanachie Entertainment), led by the first single and video “You’re So Amazing.” Richardson dedicated the video to the service men and women of the U.S. military, recognizing their bravery in protecting our freedom and way of life. Recently Richardson composed “There Goes My Baby,” sang by Charlie Wilson, which he received an ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Award for writing and publishing the song which topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Music Charts in 2009. ICON…With 34 number one records in her repertoire, R&B/Pop star Janet Jackson, releases, ‘ICON,’ a greatest hits album. One of the biggest-selling recording artists in the world, the Grammy winner’s previous compilation albums and CDs have been giant hits, her 1995 double platinum Design Of A Decade 1986/1996 and last year’s #1’s. The new project, dubbed ‘Janet Jackson – Number Ones – Icon,’ brings together 11 of the superstar’s #1 hits — 10 of them gold or platinum — and the newly released “Nothing” from the film Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?, which stars Janet. The Best Of Gerald Levert…Son of O’Jays singer Eddie Levert, Gerald formed LeVert with his brother Sean and friend Marc Gordon enjoyed four platinum-selling albums and several hit singles: “(Pop, Pop, Pop, Pop) Goes My Mind”, “Casanova”, “Addicted to You”, “Just Coolin”, “Baby I’m Ready” and “Private Line” all went to No.1 in the R&B charts between 1986-1991. As a solo artist, Gerald Levert’s success continued, releasing several singles and albums into the higher reaches of the R&B charts. In 2006, Gerald Levert was found dead in his bed. He had accidentally taken a fatal cocktail of prescription drugs. Erykah Badu’s ICON…Erykah Badu broke onto the scene with her debut album, 1997’s Baduizm, and was instantly hailed as a key figure in nu-soul. The disc hit No.2 on the Billboard 200, eventually selling over three million copies and winning two Grammy Awards. Her second album was a live album, the imaginatively titled Live (1997), which went double platinum. Mama’s Gun (2000) was another million-seller, and the single “Bag Lady” topped the R&B charts for seven weeks. Badu won another Grammy for her collaboration with partner Common on the Top 10 single “Love of My Life” in 2003. Worldwide Underground followed soon afterwards, reaching No.3 on the album charts and spawning four more Grammy nominations. The Icon album will include songs like “On & On,” “Window Seat,” “Tyrone,” “Love of My Life,” and many more of Badu’s hits.

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