30 Day Overview: April and May 2016

By Phillip Martin

A lot has happened since my most recent post on April 28. Below are some highlights of the past month in the world of smooth jazz:

Lindsey Webster breaks through, charts again on Billboard

Up-and-coming singer Lindsey Webster has done it again. After her “Fool Me Once” led Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Songs chart for a record-breaking three weeks as a fully-led vocal song, the singer found more success on the chart. Her song “Open Up” will reach No. 15 on the chart for this coming week. The song has charted three consecutive weeks.

Lindsay Webster celebrates her most recent chart hit "Open Up" on her social media accounts. Screenshot by Phillip Martin.
Lindsey Webster celebrates her most recent chart hit “Open Up” on her social media accounts. Screenshot by Phillip Martin.



Sade possibly making new music

Multi-genre singer Sade shared on her Instagram account (sadeofficial) four months ago has led people speculating she may be working on new music. Houston Williams of allhiphop.com originally shared the artist’s post for Facebook.

Many fans, including Williams, regard Sade as a celebrated artist that has been influential for smooth jazz and several other genres dating back to the mid-1980s.

Sade’s most recent album release was Soldier of Love in 2010. The title track, “Soldier of Love,” charted well on a few Billboard charts. The song once held the record for a vocal before Lindsay Webster’s “Fool Me Once” a few months ago. 

Brian Culbertson launches another Indiegogo campaign

Jazz, funk, and R&B pianist Brian Culbertson launched an Indiegogo campaign this past Saturday for his new record Funk! set for release in September. The crowd-funded campaign is the second for Culbertson since he went independent for his Another Long Night Out album two years ago.

His fans can choose options like paying for a pre-order mp3 download, a pre-ordered autographed copy, or even to have him write a song or play a private concert for a fan (the latter being a more expensive options). The funding, he said on a recent YouTube video, will help finance his latest record and his funk tour scheduled for this fall.

Like some of his more recent albums, Culbertson has also released a video blog on YouTube that chronicles parts of his project.

Michael Lington sets personal best with new release

Danish sax player Michael Lington released his new album Second Nature one month ago. His new release started at No. 3 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums Sales chart, which is the best start for any album in his career. His new album features mostly new songs, inspired by old school R&B.

Michael Lington thanks fans for helping him earn his best album sales debut. Screenshot by Phillip Martin.

Other new music releases chart well

BWB (Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, and Rick Braun) released a self-titled album on April 22. The title track, “BWB,” from the latest album, reached No. 1 one week ago, and has remained in the Top Five of Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Songs chart since. The new album features an upbeat and pleasant sound overall. This is the third recording of Brown, on acoustic guitar, Whalum, on saxophone, and Braun, on flugelhorn and trumpet.

 Chris Standring recently released Ten. His hit single “Ready Steady Flow” peaked at No. 2 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Songs chart for the week of April 16 and has remained in the Top Six throughout the month of May.



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