Keep on Spinnin’

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WEB EXCLUSIVE Ray Charles. Aretha Franklin. Donny Hathaway. Lil’ Kim. Curtis Mayfield. Any of these names ring a bell? For Black History Month, record label Rhino Records is celebrating the undeniable impact of Black musicians throughout history (including the ones listed above) with a special series of high-profile vinyl reissues, first-ever digital releases, initiatives, activations and collaborations. Get ready to stock your record collection!

“These legendary Black artists created the soundtrack to cultural, social and political revolutions when the world needed it,” Rhino Entertainment says. “They’re undeniably as necessary as ever in 2021 as they continue to amplify messages of truth, hope and change on tape.”

Rhino is working with Black-owned independent record stores throughout the U.S. to distribute these releases—as well as prints of alternative covers created by an artist of color—every Friday throughout the month of February. The prints come as a gift with the purchase of each of the nine vinyls included in the campaign.

In Raleigh, the physical releases will be available each Friday of the month at Lookout Music & Media, an “urban music store” that opened in 2003. The celebration kicked off Feb. 5 with the release of Donny Hathaway’s A Donny Hathaway Collection, The Jungle Brothers Done by the Forces of Nature (Deluxe Edition), and George Benson’s Breezin’

“Hathaway immortally urged, ‘And when my life is over, remember when we were together,’ says Rhino Entertainment. “And this month offers us a chance to come together once again in celebration.”

This Friday, Feb. 19, Rhino will release Aretha Franklin’s Young, Gifted and Black and Sheila E’s …The Glamorous Life. Head to Lookout Music & Media to get your hands on them locally (several albums that are part of the series will be available digitally as well)—and let the music live on in the comfort and safety of our homes. Any and all eccentric dance moves welcome.

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