The list of new R&B releases for July 2007 is like a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader - thin and top-heavy. Sitting at the head of the list is music royalty, Prince, but after that, things fall off somewhat. The most noteworthy artist after Prince is former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland, but after that there's some unknown and up-and-coming artists who are talented but have yet to make their mark in the American music field (Keite Young), plus a few artists who may be past their creative prime, like Lonnie Jordan and Kool & The Gang.
Yes, believe it or not, '70s band Kool & The Gang are still around and are still making new music. Their first album of all-new material since 1996 comes out July 10 on the New Door Records/UMe label. There's also a special version of the album at Circuit City that contains a bonus song called "Party People."
6. "True Beauty," Mandisa
The debut album by the former American Idol contender is due out July 31 on Sparrow Records.
7. "The Politik," The Politik
The new album by this British soul/funk band comes out July 31 in the U.S. on the indie Milan Records label.