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To all aficionados of the American jazz diva, I Put A Spell On You and Pastel Blues are back on vinyl.

With iconic tracks such as “Feeling good,” “Strange Fruit” and “Sinnerman,” two Nina Simone albums have been remastered from the original soundtracks to the delight of her fans.

I Put A Spell On You was released in June 1965, with a song written by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins at the top of the tracklist, fuelling the album’s rise on top 40s charts. The rather ironic original version was blown away by the power of Nina’s voice in a love song supported by brass and strings.

Other notable tracks were her interpretation of Jacques Brel’s song “Ne me quitte pas,” her song “Feeling Good,” which was covered many times and “You’ve Got to Learn.”

The artist released Pastel Blues a few months later, in October 1965, which showcased her impeccable pitch and included her moving interpretation of “Strange Fruit.” Also present was her edifying  “Sinnerman,” a  gospel story she heard in church during her childhood, which she habitually  performed at the end  of each concert. This rousing cry was designed to help people confess their sins, and Nina must have played it on the organ of the church where her mother was a Methodist pastor. 

I Put A Spell On You and Pastel Blues are available on November 6 via Verve/UMe

 

Perrie Edwards has hinted a marriage proposal from her soccer star boyfriend Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be met with a "yes".

The Little Mix star and the Liverpool player, who are both 27, have been dating since 2016 and recently celebrated their fourth anniversary.

In a chat on British radio show Capital Breakfast, she and bandmate Leigh-Anne Pinnock spoke to hosts Roman Kemp and Sonny Jay about their love lives and Leigh-Anne's recent engagement to another soccer star, Andre Gray, on their fourth anniversary in May.

Asked by Roman if she'd accept a proposal, Perrie initially said she'd have to "think about it" before discussing Andre's proposal and joking that Alex had not been quite so romantic at the same stage in their relationship.

The singer revealed: "Me and Leigh-Anne were just chatting and Andre wanted to wait for their anniversary, was it four years Leigh?' I was like, aww your four year, I just had my 4 year anniversary and I got a Dairy Milk bar of chocolate!"

However, the Holiday hitmaker then went on to add: "But do you know what, I appreciate him (Alex), we don't want to rush into it do you know what I mean? But it would be a definitely yes from me I reckon!"

Sonny then suggested the England international had "definitely" thought about popping the question, to which Perrie replied, "Of course he has!"

 

The 'Hot In Herre' rapper is set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his seminal debut album, 'Country Grammar', by performing the record's hit singles 'Country Grammar', 'E.I.' and 'Ride Wit Me' at the ceremony on November 22.

It's also been announced that the hip-hop group Bell Biv DeVoe - comprising Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe - will perform their popular tracks, 'Do Me!' and 'Poison'.

The likes of Bad Bunny, BTS, Dua Lipa, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Lil Baby and Megan Thee Stallion are also set to perform on the night.

Taraji P. Henson is hosting the event for the first time on ABC, having previously overseen the BET Soul Train Awards in 2009 and 2010 and the Black Girls Rock! Show in 2017 for the network.

The 50-year-old star said in a statement: "The AMAs brings together the music community to celebrate what really drives all artists – the fans.

"I'm proud to take the stage as this year's host – and also a fan – for what promises to be an electrifying night of music."

The Weeknd and rapper Roddy Ricch lead the nominations with eight each.

First-time nominee Megan Thee Stallion is vying for five prizes and is the most nominated female artist of the year.
Bad Bunny, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, DaBaby and Doja Cat have all earned four nominations each.

Meanwhile, Nelly is currently competing on 'Dancing with the Stars' and has made it into the final.

Whilst last month he released 'Lil Bit' - from his upcoming EP 'The Heartland' - in collaboration with Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line and he revealed his new music is "not a country album, but country influenced."

He said: "It's kind of messed up, because of COVID. I really wish the clubs were open and things were in a different manner and people could get out and have fun to this record. But regardless, you'll be able to jam in your house."

 

The new vengeful and farcical video “Tittle Tattle” provides a baroque sample of their third album Freedom Fables scheduled for next February.

The young English collective from Leeds is shaking up the codes of contemporary jazz through a mix of soul, jazz and afro-groove, with the addition of talented artists on their next album Freedom Fables. This musical melting pot showcases the talented Anglo-Nigerian Ego Ella May, who recently appeared on COLORSXSTUDIOS , and Ghanaian highlife legend Pat Thomas. 

In the visual for the first single from the album, soul singer Cherise Adams-Burnett once again joins the group, but this time to dethrone the master of an English country manor and take her revenge on History. It’s a fittingly comic piece worthy of a farce by Molière or Shakespeare. Here, Nubiyan Twist’s mix of eras and musical genres is not lacking in swing, with the group renewing jazz standards via neo-soul voices and Afro sounds that are perfect for the dancefloor. It’s not hard to understand the infatuation that has remained intact since the beginning for this underground clubs of Leeds, embodying the bubbling up of a music that still persists in some clubs in the English capital. 

Freedom Fables will be released on February 5, 2021 via  Strut Records

Listen to Nubiyan Twist in our playlist Songs of the Week on Spotify and Deezer.

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