Today 06:17 AM

Lamont Dozier R.I.P.

It's being reported that Lamont Dozier has passed ... awful if true ...
Anyone here confirm this news ?Attachment 19815
Today 03:21 PM

Contours article....

I must say I was pleasantly surprised to see a piece on the Contours this morning on Yahoo's Entertainment news. Nice to see some press for them!

Today 09:50 AM

Seven great Lamont Dozier songs

After reading DW Sheffer's posting on the Contours [great discovery] I noticed that the L A Times had another article featuring seven great Lamont Dozier songs. I thought others would enjoy reading it and listening to them.

I was totally unaware that he had composed anything for Dionne Warwick. Give it a listen.

Today 09:29 AM

NY Times: 'America Has a Problem and Beyoncé Ain’t It'

I love, Love, LOVE when a major r&b release gets this kind of rave review in this kind of major news outlet.

Today 03:27 PM

William Bell to release new music

From SoulTracks.com-
Legendary Soul Vocalist William Bell will release his first new music since 2016's Grammy Award winning album This Is Where I Live.
The lead single entitled "One Day Closer To Home" will be released near the end of August 2022 followed by a full length album in September, both on the Wilbe Records imprint.
The song, which serves as the title track for the album, is about true freedom and going home in every sense of the word. It's a "back to basics" formula musically with great lyrics, melody and ultimately a superb vocal performance by Bell. Whether it's labeled Soul, Blues or Americana, this is a definitive lesson in song craftsmanship.
Having taught songwriting master classes, the new single exemplifies William's main point when teaching: "Tell a story that is relatable to daily life."
The forthcoming "One Day Closer To Home" does just that.

Today 06:24 AM

How does an album reach number 1 or go gold in digital age ?

As an old timer, I no longer know how the Billboard Charts are tabulated with physical formats barely available and the switch to streaming and downloads. Also, Billboard used to list all the gold and platinum records issued every month and it was a long monthly list. Now there are barely any issued.

In another thread, it was mentioned that Beyonce's album reached number one this week.

Beyoncé’s Renaissance blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart [[dated Aug. 13) with 2022’s biggest week by a woman – and the second-largest week of the year overall – as the set launches atop the chart with 332,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 4, according to Luminate.

What is an equivalent album unit? Also, I never heard of Luminate, but just googled and it is the successor of Soundscan [[later Nielson Soundscan)

Soundscan used to be hooked up to many retail stores and provided those sales along with other info to Billboard.

So I guess my question is "How does Luminate determine 'the equialant of 332,000 album units'?"

Also, does the RIAA still issue gold and platinum records for physical units sold or do they also use the same formula of "equivalent units sold"

Just a curious old mind asking :confused:


Ralph Terrana

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