Songwriter Claude Kelly earns #1 urban AC record with Fantasia’s “Bittersweet”

Hit-making songwriter Claude Kelly pens musical gold yet again with Fantasia’s “Bittersweet,” which jumped to #1 on the Urban Adult Radio Airplay chart as the #1 greatest gainer at the format.

Kat DeLuna’s PUSH PUSH feat. Akon music video premieres today!

Kat DeLuna teams up with Christian Siriano, Akon, David Guetta and Scott Barnes on new music video. “Push Push” featuring Akon premieres Wednesday, June 16, 2010 on

Soul singer Leela James to co-host “My Black is Beautiful” TV series on BET Networks. Starts May 2

Procter & Gamble (P&G) today announced singer Leela James as one of the co-hosts for the second season of its successful “My Black Is Beautiful” television series that will return to BET Networks beginning May 2, 2010. Leela James joins actress Tasha Smith, actress/comedian Kim Coles and television personality Alesha Renee to co-host the six-episode, half-hour show. Airing on Sundays at 1:00 PM EST, the show is an extension of P&G’s My Black Is Beautiful campaign to celebrate Black beauty and uplift the images of African-American women.

RnB spotlight: Interview with Leela James on “My Soul” and BET talk show

A few months ago, I posted a press release about Leela James with a copy of her lead single “Tell Me You Love Me” from her upcoming album “My Soul” due out on May 25, 2010 (see my blog post “Leela James ‘Tell Me You Love Me’…”). It was my first time listening to Leela James. There’s something about her voice that is beautifully distinctive, folksy and current yet soulful as if she’s channeling the greats like Aretha Franklin or a Chaka Khan. If you haven’t checked out the single, I’m posting it again below for you to listen and download.

Leela James’ “Tell Me You Love Me,” album “My Soul” releases May 25, 2010 (free mp3 download)

“My Soul” set for release on May 25, 2010. From the very first track on her 2005 debut album Leela James has captured the gritty, emotion-drenched essence of artists like Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Mavis Staples, Marvin Gaye and has made it her mission to bring it all back – pushing the music forward with a fresh, contemporary perspective that remains faithful to the music’s deep and powerful roots.