American Gangster, the Debut film from R&B star Anthony Hamilton, which stars Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, have taken the top spot at the US box office. The film sold $46.3 million worth of tickets over the weekend, while Jerry Seinfeld's animated Bee Movie opened at number two with $39.1 million. Anthony Hamilton has a cameo roll in the movie performing liveDirected by Sir Ridley Scott, American Gangster is based on a real-life story. It stars Washington as 1970s Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas and Crowe as a New Jersey cop on his trail. The film was also the highest-grossing opener for both its stars, beating Inside Man ($29m) and Gladiator ($35m) respectively.
The soundtrack to Denzel Washington's new film "American Gangster" arrives in stores November 6 with classic blues, R&B and hip hop tracks from such artists as Anthony Hamilton, Lowell Fulson, John Lee Hooker, Bobby Womack, Sam & Dave, the Staple Singers, and Public Enemy. Anthony Hamilton, who has a small cameo roll in the movie performing live, heads the soundtrack with the first single “Do You Feel Me,” which was written by Grammy award winning songwriter Diane Warren. “I just sung it like I wanted to,” Hamilton tells Singersroom. “We took time to revamp the music, then I had to vocally and soulfully deliver the song to the level it needed to be.” Hamilton says “American Gangster” is one of his top gangsta’ films next to “Scarface” but people should watch the movie for what it really is and not idolize it. He tells Singersroom, “I mean there are going to be those that are naïve and they’re going to try to go off and imitate some of these images and then they’re gonna get caught up. But for me personally I’m not getting caught up in nothing…I got enough going on with just living a regular life. With doing music, being a cook, and being a father, I don’t have time to be playing games…I gotta go get groceries.” The final album track listing is as follows: 1). Do You Feel Me (Anthony Hamilton) 2). Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? (Lowell Fulson) 3). No Shoes (John Lee Hooker) 4). Across 110th Street (Bobby Womack) 5). Stone, Cold (Anthony Hamilton) 6). Hold On I’m Comin’ (Sam & Dave) 7). I’ll Take You There (the Staple Singers) 8). Can’t Truss It (Public Enemy) 9). Checkin’ Up On My Baby (Hank Shocklee) 10). Club Jam (Hank Shocklee) 11). Railroad (Hank Shocklee) 12). Nicky Barnes (Hank Shocklee) 13). Hundred Percent Pure (Marc Streitenfeld) 14). Frank Lucas (Marc Streitenfeld) Read Anthony Hamilton’s interview with Singersroom here.
R&B soulman Anthony Hamilton will headline a five-week tour of North America with soul sister Heather Headley in the support slot, starting April 6 in Richmond, Va. The tour will hit 22 cities, with two nights booked in Washington, D.C., at the DAR Constitution Hall. Other stops include the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and the Fox Theatre in Detroit. The two soulful vocalists will wrap things up May 13 at the Chicago Theatre. Hamilton released his latest album, Ain't Nobody Worrying, in December on So So Def / Zomba. Headley's long-awaited sophomore effort, In My Mind, was released in January on RCA after years of label hold-ups.
BET J "Cool Like That" Award-winning singer Anthony Hamilton is busy gearing up for the release of his fourth studio album currently titled "The Point of It All." After releasing three critically acclaimed albums, the soul singer says "I'm going to make sure that I'm doing what I love and also allow the people to see my growth" of his upcoming project. Hamilton's latest album with new material (sans 2007's Southern Comfort– a collection of songs recorded prior to his debut) "Ain't Nobody Worryin" spawned two dynamic singles "Can't Let Go" and "Sista Big Bones." With the upcoming release of "The Point of It All," Hamilton says he has grown and hopes to share that with the world "Just the whole thing is a great body of work — new songs, new attitudes." Citing a recent collaboration with BET Lifetime Achievement Award winner Al Green, Hamilton says "I learned a lot about how you give it [music] to people, how raw you can be, and how open and honest you can be in your music." Hamilton is enthusiastic about the release calling it his best body of work yet, he does admit, some fans may be surprised about the album which he says will be more uptempo. "I want to give them something they can jam to as well, the first single off the album will be a little bit more upbeat." Anthony Hamilton's "The Point of It All" is slated for release Fall 2008. Source: Jonathan Mannion/Richmond Style