Soulquarius with R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, Ja Rule and Ashanti, Jhene Aiko, Brandy, Monica, The Internet, The Dream, DMX, and more

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Feb 18, 2017 – 12:00 PM

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  • R. Kelly
  • Erykah Badu
  • Ja Rule
  • Ashanti
  • Jhene Aiko
  • Brandy
  • BJ The Chicago Kid
  • DMX
  • BABY BASH

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R. Kelly: R. Kelly has been one of the most influential artists in R&B since the early 90s, adapting his sound to keep it fresh in the ever-changing music industry. His elaborate, theatrical tour dates have sold-out the world over and entertained millions of fans. R. Kelly's various singles throughout the years have topped the charts, and he became a pioneer of new jack swing and the hip-hopera. In addition to his own hits, he's also penned hit songs for musicians like Aaliyah, Michael Jackson, and The Notorious B.I.G. R. Kelly is still cranking out the hits, as evidenced by his new album, Love Letter, as well as thrilling audiences on his remaining summer tour dates in 2011.

Robert Sylvester Kelly was born on the South Side of Chicago and spent much of his teenage years busking under the "L" trains. After experiencing success in the groups MGM and Public Announcement, R. Kelly released his debut solo album, 12 Play, in 1993. The album was wildly successful, going platinum six times and producing the hit single, "Bump n' Grind." He spent the next few years writing hits for other artists like Janet Jackson and Toni Braxton, as well as performing tour dates with legends like LL Cool J. In 1996, R. Kelly released the single "I Believe I Can Fly" for the Space Jam soundtrack, which became a huge success and won three Grammys. The song also appeared on R. Kelly's hit 1998 album, R., which went platinum eight times and sparked massive headlining tour dates.

Even in the midst of a legal scandal, R. Kelly still had the talent to release the hit record, Chocolate Factory in 2003, which went double platinum and received praise from critics across the country. It also led to hugely successful concert dates on The Key in the Ignition Tour with Ashanti. In 2005, R. Kelly released TP.3 Reloaded, which kicked off the first five chapters of his infamous "Trapped in the Closet" hip-hopera. He followed up in 2007 with the release of Double Up, which marked R. Kelly's fifth album to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts and saw collaborations with numerous hip hop artists. The album also spawned Double Up Tour, which experienced some controversy after Ne-Yo was removed after two tour dates.

R. Kelly's latest album, Love Letter has also received praise from critics who have noted the skill with which Kelly has performed the classic soul-inspired tracks. R. Kelly can currently be found on tour dates in 2011 in promotion of the album, which began back in April. Concert dates are currently making their way through the southern United States and R. Kelly's tour dates for 2011 will end on July 13 in Louisville, KY. Don't miss this opportunity to see one of R&B's brightest stars on his 2011 tour dates.

Erykah Badu: Erykah Badu ushered in a new era of soul music in the mid-90s with her earthy vocals and funky beats for which she has been dubbed the "Queen of Neo-Soul". Since debuting in 1997 with her hit single "On & On", Erykah Badu has toured relentlessly, acted, and released several more Platinum records. Erykah Badu tour dates are currently scheduled internationally and she will be stopping by a venue near you. Don't miss a date on the Erykah Badu concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful for info on Erykah Badu tour dates and venues.

Badu released her debut album, Baduzim, in 1997 and scored several R&B hits including "On & On", which won a Grammy in 1998. Badu won another Grammy in 1999 for her collaboration with The Roots on the hauntingly beautiful track "You Got Me". Badu returned in 2000 with Mama's Gun and hit road on the Frustrated Artist Tour, an allusion to the fact that she was suffering from a bout of writer's block. The lack of creativity was short-lived, however, and Badu returned in 2003 with the upbeat Worldwide Underground album which reached #3 on the Billboard 200. Badu embarked on the Worldwide Underground Tour which culminated in an era of productivity for Badu.

In 2007, Badu released New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) and in 2010 she released New Amerykah part Two (Return of the Ankh). In addition to her musical output, Badu is an activist who started the charity, Beautiful Love Incorporated No Profit Development (B.L.I.N.D.), which offers art and culture services to inner-city youth. Join Erykah Badu as she tours the world this 2011. Stay on top of Erykah Badu tour dates and concert schedule information and use Eventful as your concert calendar.

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Ashanti: Grammy-winner ASHANTI has been a trailblazer and role model for the new breed of multi-talented young artists since her 2001 chart debut as a featured artist on the No. 1 Ja Rule single “Always on Time.” She made history at the 2002 release of her first album Ashanti, which entered at No. 1 nationally, and sold 504,593 in its first week, granting her a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. In the same week, she held the No. 1 and No. 2 singles in the Billboard Hot 100, with her self-written solo single “Foolish” and her collaboration with Fat Joe, “What’s Luv?” and with “Always on Time,” became the only artist since The Beatles to have her first three singles charting in the Top 10 simultaneously. Ashanti also co-wrote a fourth song in the same week’s Top 10, Jennifer Lopez’ “Ain’t It Funny.”

Brandy: Brandy Rayana Norwood (born February 11, 1979), known professionally as Brandy, is an American actress, model, and Grammy Award-winning R&B and pop singer. She is best known for her starring role in the sitcom Moesha and her hit songs such as "Sittin' Up in My Room", "Have You Ever", and "The Boy Is Mine".Norwood was born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Carson, California. Her father, Willie Ray Norwood, was a pastor and choir director, and by the age of two, she was singing at his church. Her mother, Sonja Bates, is a cousin of legendary blues singer Bo Diddley. Brandy became a fan of Whitney Houston, and she told her father that she wanted to be a singer, like Houston. At the age of nine, Brandy moved to California with her family, where she began her artistic career singing at talent shows in 1990. At 11, she met a record producer who took her to various record companies and led her to backup singing jobs with two groups: Norment and the more successful Immature. When Brandy was 14, she was able to land a record deal with Atlantic Records, and in 1994 her first album, Brandy, was released, reaching gold status in less than two months, and Quadruple Platinum status soon after. It would eventually sell 4 million copies in USA alone and 6 million copies worldwide [1]. The album contained the gold certified singles "I Wanna Be Down," and Brokenhearted, as well as the platinum certified single "Baby," and made her an MTV star throughout 1995 and into early 1996. Awards started to come soon after. In the fall of 1995 she attended the Billboard Music Awards taking home the awards for "Best New R&B Artist" and "Best R&B Female". At the 1996 MTV Movie Awards she eclipsed a category that comprised U2, Whitney Houston and Seal to win the "Best Song From A Movie" award for "Sittin' Up In My Room". She was nominated for a 1996 "Best New Artist" Grammy and "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance" Grammy Award, also for her smash hit "Baby". Between 1995 and 1996, she won a total of seven Soul Train and Soul Train 'Lady of Soul' Music Awards, including categories like "Best New Artist," "Best R&B/Soul Artist, Female," "Best R&B/Soul Song of The Year,". At the 2nd annual Lady of Soul Awards, Brandy was also honored with the Aretha Franklin Award for Entertainer of the Year in 1996. Also at the 1996 Japan Music Awards, Brandy brought home the award for "Best International New Arists"!

In 1996, she recorded a duet with rock star Lenny Kravitz for the Batman Forever soundtrack, penned and produced by Kravitz. Also that year, a remix of her fourth single, "Brokenhearted" with Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men, stormed into the top 10 of the Billboard singles charts. Towards the end of that year, she contributed a song to the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack, which yielded "Sittin' Up in My Room," a platinum selling smash hit single that inhabited the top of the Pop charts throughout early 1996.

Later in 1996, Brandy teamed up with Tamia, Chaka Khan, and Gladys Knight, for the single "Missing You," released from the Set It Off soundtrack. Even with the superstar lineup, it was Brandy's least successful single yet, but was still a moderate hit, and peaked in the top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. The song won a Grammy nomination in the "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals" category. In 1998, Brandy followed-up with the release of her sophomore album, Never Say Never. Rising R&B producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins and his team were hired for the job of executive production and had a hand in 12 of 15 of its tracks, including the singles: "Top Of The World", "U Don't Know Me" and the No.1 smash, "The Boy Is Mine", a duet with singer Monica. The song was released in spring 1998 and in the course of the months it managed to rise to one of the most successful records of year, staying on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for more thirteen weeks. In Europe and Asia it also went ahead the single charts, expanding the prominence of both singers on an increasing international clientel. In the end the song was nominated for an American Music Award, and a total of four Grammys, eventually winning the "Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group".

The second single from Never Say Never, "Top Of The World", featuring rapper Ma$e charted at #2 in the UK; a remixed version of the song with Fat Joe and Big Pun became the #3 Most Played song on American Radio. "Have You Ever?", the album's third single, was the first #1-single of 1999 as it hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and dominated US Hot 100 Airplay chart for nine weeks. With "Almost Doesn't Count", a guitar-laden acoustic ballad with two different music videos, and "U Don't Know Me (Like U Used To)" (featuring Da Brat and Shaunta), Never Say Never spawned its latest minor hits in fall 1998 and through 1999. Never say Never went on to sell over 5 million copies.

For the next three years, Brandy completed the remaining three seasons of her sitcom Moesha and starred in a number of widely successful and critically acclaimed television specials and movies. She also landed a multitude of endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics, which she represented for several years. Brandy was the subject of a major advertisement campaign for DKNY Jeans for three seasons, and modeled Candies shoes in an eye-catching ad campaign photographed by David LaChapelle.

After a lengthy hiatus that saw the end of her Moesha television series, and a flurry of tabloid headlines discussing her bout with "dehydration", the singer quietly "married" Rodney Jerkins' cousin, record producer Robert Smith, in the summer of 2001. The union did not become known until February of 2002 as the singer was preparing for her impending album release. A four-part reality series surrounding the birth of their daughter, Sy'rai Iman Smith, aired on MTV in the summer of 2002. Shortly after the birth of their child, Brandy "divorced" Smith. The "marriage" itself was later exposed as not of legal status. It is speculated that the "marriage" was made up as an attempt to keep Brandy's "wholesome" image rather than having her be known as an out of wedlock mother. Brandy stated it was a Non Traditional Spiritual Marriage, and that at the time it was her firm belief that they were married.

In 2001, Brandy and her brother, Ray J, were chosen to remake Phil Collins' 1980s hit "Another Day in Paradise" for Urban Renewal: A Tribute to Phil Collins. The song was released internationally and became an instant hit going Multi-Platinum, topping the charts in over Thirteen countries worldwide and taking the #1 spot in Germany, and #4 on the UK charts.

Brandy's third album, Full Moon, was released in March of 2002, and spawned the hits "What About Us", produced by Rodney Jerkins, and "Full Moon," produced by Mike City. 'What About Us' became one of the fastest rising singles of Recent Chart History and entered the Top Ten Charts. The song was streamed on AOL a record 1.6 million times, a first for the internet outlet. The "Full Moon" video disguised the fact that Brandy was now five months pregnant; the song's lyrics explained how Brandy felt when she first locked eyes with her husband Robert Smith at a party."He Is" became a third single, this one produced by Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell, was chosen from the album in fall 2002. The Album and Singles had little promtion as a heavily pregnant Brandy was unable to perform. The album was a total re-collaboration with now super-producer Rodney Jerkins who Brandy had previously hooked up with to produce her 1998 album "Never Say Never". Brandy Co-Wrote 5 songs from the album and was heavily involved in Production, especially Vocal Production. Jerkins again, Co-Produced and Co-Wrote on almost the entire album with his mega-successful writing team. After the most successful single from the album "What About Us?" however, no more collaborations with Jerkins were released. The album is however a unanimous favourite among both Brandy and Rodney Jerkins fans.

Full Moon sold 1.7 million copies in the US and 5 million copies Worldwide, and received lukewarm reviews[2]. Rolling Stone Magazine rated the album two out of five stars, stating that, "... this interminable (seventeen-track) product is frantic, faceless, fake-sexy R&B." Still, the album was rather quietly and cautiously declared as a flop by the media. Brandy ignored the rumblings and settled further into motherhood. The more she retreated from public life, the more she was hounded by gossip hounds and paparazzi. Brandy entered the studio to record new material with Smith in December of 2002.

Returning from yet another hiatus, Brandy's fourth album Afrodisiac was released on June 29, 2004, amidst both her weakest promotional blitz ever and the well-publicized termination of her short-lived business relationship with entertainment manager Benny Medina. Brandy ended her relationship with Medina's Los Angeles-based Handprint Entertainment after less than a year of representation.

Controversy surrounded Medina's handling of the lead single "Talk About Our Love", produced by Kanye West, a puzzling VIBE magazine cover in which the singer appeared prostrated with headlines: "What's Behind Brandy?," and failed talks of a purported co-headlining tour with R&B singer Usher Raymond that was instead handed to Kanye West, another Medina client, as an opening gig.

Despite the negative blitz, Afrodisiac became Brandy's most critically-acclaimed album to date. Afrodisiac featured tracks primarily produced by producer Timbaland, in place of Jerkins or Smith, and Brandy worked with the producer to create a new sound. Both People and Rolling Stone rated the album four stars, with Rolling Stone comparing it to "Janet Jackson at her best..".

The album debut at number 3 on the Billboard Top 200 Album charts, and number 4 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Album charts. The singles, however, did not perform as well: "Talk About Our Love" became a moderate hit peaking at #36 on the Billboard Top 100 charts and #16 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Single & Tracks charts, while the follow-up "Who Is She 2 U" was a minor hit, never making it out of the lower half of the Billboard Hot 100. The title track "Afrodisiac", released overseas as a single, was a Top 20 hit in the United Kingdom. At the end of 2004, Brandy asked for and received a release from Atlantic Records. As a direct consequence she brought a collection of all of her singles, The Best of Brandy, on the market, before starting shopping for a new record deal under Knockout Entertainment. Afrodisiac has only sold 3 million copies worldwide.

Brandy starred from 1996 until 2001 in the popular television sitcom Moesha, in which she played the lead character, a teenager. (This was not her first TV role; she had previously appeared in the short-lived 1993-1994 sitcom Thea, starring Thea Vidale).

In 1997, she played the title character in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s television version of Cinderella featuring a multi-cultural cast that also included Whitney Houston, Jason Alexander, Whoopi Goldberg, and Bernadette Peters. The TV-movie garnered over 66 million viewers and won an Emmy award.

Other roles include a television movie she co-produced and starred in with Diana Ross entitled Double Platinum; and a role in the franchise-flick I Still Know What You Did Last Summer where she portrayed the sassy Karla, best friend to Jennifer Love Hewitt's lead character. Brandy was said to be the considered lead in a Diana Ross biopic planned by the legendary singer. There has been no word on this project since 2001, however.

Brandy has also guest-starred in several television shows such as House and American Dreams. She recently did four guest star appearances in the UPN sitcom One on One alongside her brother Ray J

BJ The Chicago Kid: Bryan James Sledge,[1] better known by his stage name BJ the Chicago Kid (or simply BJ), is an American singer-songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. Sledge is perhaps best known for frequently collaborating with Top Dawg Entertainment recording artists Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay Rock. He has also worked with several other prominent rappers, such as Freddie Gibbs, Warren G, Big K.R.I.T., GLC and Kanye West among numerous others.

Sledge's first work in the industry was on a Dave Hollister record in 2001, titled "For You", which he co-wrote alongside Gerald Haddon. Sledge's vocals were first featured on a high-profile single in 2006; a song by Chicago-bred rapper Kanye West titled "Impossible", released in promotion for the 2006 American film Mission: Impossible III. In February 2012, he independently released his debut studio album, Pineapple Now-Laters. Sledge subsequently secured a record deal with Motown, in August 2012. The label then serviced the Pineapple Now-Laters song "Good Luv'n", as Sledge's commercial debut single.

DMX: DMX became rap's Ruffest Ryder in the late '90s and early '00s with a slew of #1 albums and club banging singles. After being out of the hip hop world for a hot minute; DMX is back with some raw and gritty tour dates.

The Yonkers, New York native first received attention in 1991 from The Source, which did a spot on him in the "Unsigned Hype" column. He made noise in 1997 as a guest on LL Cool J's single "4, 3, 2, 1," and on the Lox's "Money, Power & Respect". He released his major label debut, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, which landed at #1 in 1998. His sophomore album, Flesh of My Flesh, also hit #1 in 1998 making DMX only the second rapper to have two #1 albums in the same year.

DMX continued the flurry of #1 albums, releasing And Then There Was X (1999), The Great Depression (2001), and Grand Champ (2003). His most recent album, Year of the Dog…Again, narrowly missed the top spot in 2006 when it debuted at #2. When all is said and done, DMX has sold over twenty million records and has provided us with a lifetime of hits.

BABY BASH: Houston-based rapper and songwriter Baby Bash has signed a recording deal with legendary music man Clive Davis, Chairman and CEO of BMG U.S., and Arista Records. Baby Bash joins a combined Arista/J Records roster of critically-acclaimed and multi-platinum selling artists such as Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, Pearl Jam, Fantasia and Jamie Foxx.

“I feel ultra blessed to be with Clive Davis and the Arista Records familia,” states Baby Bash. “I look forward to Arista elevating me to a higher level. This business is crazy and it feels good to have people on my team who see and understand my vision,” Bash concludes.

Baby Bash started his musical career in Vallejo, CA where he was a member of Potna Deuce and the seminal rap group Latino Velvet back in the mid-‘90s. Bash’s career was placed on an upswing when he went to Houston to work with SPM (aka the South Park Mexican). Their successful collaboration catapulted Bash into one of the area’s biggest rap star and prompted him to relocate to Texas, where his popularity grew exponentially. In 2003, he inked a deal with Universal Records and released two albums, the gold-selling The Smoking Nephew and Super Saucy, which spawned the #1 hit singles “Suga Suga,” and “Baby I’m Back.” As a songwriter Baby Bash has penned smash records for artists like Frankie J’s “Obsession” and Arista label mate Paula DeAnda’s current hit “Doing Too Much.” Baby Bash is currently featured on the remix of Mario Vazquez’s “Gallery.”

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