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Throwback Tuesday: Maxwell – “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)”

Maxwell is a Grammy award-winning singer whose music spans R&B, funk, and soul, but he is best known as an exemplar of the neo-soul movement. “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)” was the second single released from his multi-platinum debut album, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite.

The song debuted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart in August 1996 at number 11, eventually peaking at number eight and spending 29 weeks on the chart. It spent eighteen weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 36.  Maxwell co-wrote the song with Itaal Shur, bass is played by Jonathan Maron, and the guitar was played by Stuart Matthewman. The song is carried by one of the funkiest bass lines ever.

In the music video, Maxwell sports a grey silk suit and displays some of his dance moves. Maxwell’s blend of 1970s funk, jazz and contemporary R&B reflects the music of such legends as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Prince. His soulful style and incredible range have radiated heat since his debut.


Ciara, Miguel, Maxwell & More Attend CFDA/VOGUE Fashion Fund Gala

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Last night brought together some of Hollywood’s biggest and best stars as they all attended this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Gala. The event, which is meant to honor fashion’s emerging designers, celebrated it’s 10th edition in New York City with Tom Ford serving as the keynote speaker.

Some of R&B’s most fashion forward members were also in attendance. The list included newly engaged Ciara rocking an all white Calvin Klein pantsuit described by her as “tom boy chic”, Miguel in all black, and dapper gentleman Maxwell sporting an all blue suit. Other stars marked down as attendees range from Mary-Kate Olsen and Vanessa Hudgens – both of which met up with CiCi as she entered the gala – to timeless actress Julianne Moore and Christina Ricci.

Winners of this year’s fund, Public School, received a whopping $300,000 cash prize and yearlong membership, while both runner-up winners – Juan Carlos Obando and Marc Alary – received $100,000 cash prizes and mentorship.

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Alicia Keys Celebrates a Decade of ‘Keep A Child Alive’ at The 2013 Black Ball

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On Thursday evening ‘Keep a Child Alive’ celebrated its 10th Annual Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. KCA founder Alicia Keys hosted the black-tie benefit, which was filled with musical performances from Pharrell, Carole King, Roy Ayers, Laura Mvula, and Kathleen Battle.

The Grammy-winning singer posed for a family portrait on the red carpet with her husband Swizz Beatz and their three-year-old son Egypt. Other guests included Pharrell and his new wife Helen Lasichanh, Tamia and her husband Grant Hill, Maxwell, Clive Davis, and Gayle King.

Alicia joined Pharrell on stage to perform his hits including “Get Lucky” and “Blurred Lines,” while her hubby served as DJ for the evening’s Afterglow finale.

“I’m in awe of how @keepachildalive has been saving lives for 10 years!! One of the most important fights of our lives!!” tweeted Alicia.

Keep a Child Alive’s Black Ball has raised over $18.5 million for children and families affected by HIV in Africa and India.

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Usher, Pharrell & Maxwell Attend Angel Ball

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The stars got dressed up in their finest for the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation Angel Ball 2013 in New York City on Tuesday. Usher, sporting a mini Afro, looked dapper in his glittery suit and bow tie, and worked up a sweat as he danced onstage with model Jessica White.

Tina Knowles stepped out with her new man Richard Lawson and revealed that her granddaughter Blue Ivy will be dressing up for Halloween. “Beyoncé has about five outfits picked out for her and she has yet to make a decision,” Bey’s mother told E! News.

Fresh off their wedding, Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh looked dashing as they made their way down the carpet. The Neptunes producer, who is set to score The Amazing Spider-Man 2, also brought some of the ladies on stage while performing with Usher.

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Alicia Keys, Janelle Monáe & Stevie Wonder Perform at ‘Global Citizen Festival’

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Many of music’s biggest stars used their voices to support the awareness of worldwide poverty at the ‘Global Citizen Festival’ on Saturday in New York City.

The festival, which was held at the Great Lawn in Central Park, drew 60,000 in attendance. It’s mission – the end of extreme poverty worldwide. Alicia Keys, Janelle Monáe, Maxwell, Stevie Wonder and more helped spread influence of the campaigns objective.

Ms. Keys opened with “New Day,” and went into a medley of her many hits including “If I Ain’t Got You.” She dedicated “Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart” to “all the children of the world who might have to sleep with a broken heart,” and closed with the anthemetic “Empire State of Mind (Part II).”

Stevie Wonder was the nights closer, following an introduction from Bono of U2, the music icon had everyone hyped with his classics such as “Sir Duke,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and “My Cherie Amour.” He covered The Beatles “Day Tripper” and “Imagine,” plus brought out Janelle Monáe to assist him with “Higher Ground,” and called up Maxwell for “Superstition.”

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Alicia Keys Performs on ‘GMA’ Summer Concert Series, Brings out Maxwell

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While Chris Brown was rocking the plaza on “Today,” Alicia Keys heated up Central Park for the “Good Morning America” Summer Concert Series. The Grammy-winning R&B star debuted a new cropped hairdo while singing her Girl on Fire hits. One year after releasing the single, she performed the title track and surprised her hometown fans by bringing out Maxwell to duet on “Fire We Make.”

She sat down at the piano for “Listen to Your Heart,” closing things out with “No One.”

Alicia will bring her “Set the World on Fire” tour to Latin America next month, and is an executive producer of the upcoming movie The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, co-starring Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks, which opens in theaters October 11.

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Maxwell, Melanie Fiona & Rick Ross Attend ‘Art for Life’ Gala

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Russell Simmons held his 14th Annual ‘Art for Life Gala: A Field of Dreams’ this Saturday in the Hamptons. Moguls, actors, musicians, and philanthropists rubbed shoulders at the fundraiser dedicated to establishing art programs for inner-city youth.

Tyler Perry, Anne Pasternak, Walter Mosley, Sam Englebardt, and William D. Johnson were among the honorees, while Rick Ross, Maxwell, Estelle and Doug E. Fresh entertained the crowd.

The star-studded event, which took place at the picturesque Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton and raised over $1.5 million to help develop inner city art programs, was co-hosted by Soledad O’Brien and attended by a list of celebs — including Anthony Anderson, Melanie Fiona, Al Sharpton, Tichina Arnold, Star Jones, Angela Simmons, Michael Strahan and his fiance Nicole Murphy.

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Maxwell Performs at ESSENCE Music Festival 2013

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Maxwell made a triumphant return to the stage at the ESSENCE Music Festival on Friday. The soul crooner proved he knew exactly how to win over the ladies with his seductive moves, silky falsetto and timeless style.

As many were hoping for the glimpse of new music from his latest album, fans can get ready, as Maxwell previewed his oft-delayed album ‘blackSUMMERSnight,’ with “Gods,” a single he previewed on his SoundCloud page in January. “This is a song that will be on my next album, which will be out one of these days,” the singer teased.

In an interview with Billboard, Maxwell said the album was being prepped for a late summer/early fall release, and would feature a more “hi-fi” sound compared to 2009′s ‘BLACKsummers’night, which was a throwback to 70′s soul. Maxwell surprised with an acrobatic back-bend to perform alongside a video of Alicia Keys during “Fire We Make.”Look for more from Maxwell and Alicia Keys in the near future — Maxwell teased an upcoming duets EP with Keys in the vein of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. DOPE!

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