Marcus B (cover)

In the news this week...Beyonce and Jay Z continue their run as entertainment's top earning couple. They beat out Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie, Tom Brady & Gisele Bundchen, and more for the top spot on Forbes' Highest-Earning Celebrity Couples List with an estimated $95 million in earnings between June 2012 and June 2013. After taking a short break following the birth of her daughter Blue Ivy, Beyonce came back with a vengeance, securing several lucrative endorsement deals (H&M, Pepsi) as well as launching her "Mrs. Carter World Tour", which grossed an average $2 million per night. Husband Jay-Z's stake in the Brooklyn Nets (which he sold recently), his 'Watch The Throne' collaborative album with Kanye West, a world tour that brought in $1.4 million per night in America, and his other Roc Nation ventures also added plenty to the pot. Bey & Jay's latest deals sees them being a billionaire couple. Check out the full list below and read more on Forbes. (singersroom)

05. Kanye West & Kim Kardashian - $30 million
04. Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis - $35 million
03. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie - $50 million
02. Tom Brady & Gisele Bundchen - $80 million
01. Jay Z & Beyoncé Knowles-Carter - $95 million

Two of America's top soul singers have just come together for what, on the surface at any rate, is an unusual project. Philadelphia's neo-soulster Musiq Soulchild has joined forces with Chicago's Syleena Johnson for a reggae album. Entitled '9INE' (yes there are 9 new songs on it), the album, we're told, was a spontaneous affair. The project was the brain child of top reggae producer Kemar McGregor whose vision has always been to get established non-Jamaican singers to work in the reggae genre. While working on what was to be a various artists set, he recorded a duet between Soulchild and Syleena and the chemistry was such that the trio decided to record a whole album. The nine new songs were a collaborative affair and the whole thing was recorded in just nine days. The set's big tune is the lead single – 'Feel The Fire'. It's a big blend of pop and soul with just a garnish of reggae and Syleena's in fine soulful form – as befits the daughter of soul legend Syl Johnson. The tune comes in a dance hall style remix at the end (so there are actually ten songs on the set). 'Pieces Of You' is another cut that comes recommended... a light, pleasing jaunt in the lovers rock style... two great voices combining in soul.(soulandjazzandfunk.com)

 This weeks playlist, Sunday 22nd. September 2013

  1. Yarougough & Peoples feat: Doraian - Special
  2. Truce feat: Damage - Key To The City
  3. Gwen McRae - When I Think Of You
  4. Luther Vandross - I Won't Let You Do That To Me
  5. Omar - I Don't mean A Thing
  6. Randy Brown - We Oughta To Be Gettin' It On
  7. Zo! feat:Fonte & Chokolate - Making Time
  8. Full Flava/Romina Johnson - Round & Round
  9. Chante Moore - Making Love
  10. ? - I know You Want It
  11. Fatback Band - Shining Star
  12. Evelyn King - Shame
  13. Betty Whight - Keep It New
  14. By All Means - I'm The One Who Loves You
  15. (various mix)
  16. Gladys Knight - Saving My Overtime
  17. O'Jays - A Summer Fling
  18. Leyah Roberts - If You Don't Want My Love
  19. ? - I Just Don't Wanna Be Lonely
  20. (various mix)

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