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On this day in music history: January 25, 2000 - “Voodoo”, the second album by D’Angelo is released. Produced by D’Angelo, DJ Premier, Russell Elevado, J. Dilla, Questlove, and Raphael Saadiq, it is recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City from Early 1998 - Late 1999. After Richmond, VA born R&B singer and musicians’ acclaimed debut album in 1995, he will virtually drop from public view for nearly five years (with the exception of a few soundtrack appearances and a duet on Lauryn Hill’s solo debut). He will quietly re-enter the studio in 1998, helming much of the production himself, and also collaborating with a number of top R&B and hip hop producers. The heavily anticipated album will be enthusiastically received upon its release aided by the first single and video for “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”. “Voodoo” will debut at #1 on both the Billboard R&B album chart and the Top 200, winning two Grammy Awards including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album. The album will be regarded as a classic of the Neo-soul genre. D’Angelo will take nearly fifteen years to follow up “Voodoo”, hampered by numerous delays due to issues with record labels, and various personal and legal issues. The album titled “Black Messiah” on Sony Music’s RCA label, is finally released on December 15, 2014 to great reviews and solid sales. “Voodoo” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA. 

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Born on this day: January 25, 1938 - R&B and blues vocal legend Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles, CA). Happy Birthday to this R&B and Blues icon on what would have been her 77th birthday.

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On this day in music history: January 25, 1975 - “Fire” by The Ohio Players hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also topping the Hot 100 for 1 week on February 8, 1975. Written and produced by James Williams, Clarence Satchell, Leroy Bonner, Marshall Jones, Marvin Pierce, and William Beck, it is the second R&B and first pop chart topper for the R&B/Funk band from Dayton, OH. Recorded at Mercury Studios in Chicago, the band will all collaborate on the song, each contributing lyrics and music while jamming in the studio. Once the track is finished, they will return to the road in support of their then current album “Skin Tight”. During a tour stop in California, they will meet Stevie Wonder, playing the just completed “Fire” for him, who will declare the song a smash upon hearing it. Issued as first single and title track of their second album for Mercury Records, the single will simultaneously rise up the R&B and pop singles chart, also driving the album to the top of both charts as well. “Fire” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.