This week in music is dope! Academy Award frontrunner for Best Supporting Actress Jennifer Hudson topbills a gospel concert (Lord, I would’ve paid to fly on over there just to watch!), inventive ingenue Tori Amos has a new album coming out, the Police are back, and I’ve just discovered the worship song of the year!

Jennifer Hudson headlined a gospel concert in her hometown of Chicago. Titled An Evening of Praise with Jennifer Hudson, the gospel celebration at Progressive Baptist Church was Hudson’s way of giving praise back to her God after her runaway success as Effie White in DreamWorks’ box office smash, Dreamgirls.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, in Cornwall, England, Tori Amos has wrapped up work on a new album, titled American Doll Posse. Set to be released on May 1 via Epic Records, the album is the followup to 2005’s The Beekeeper. The press photo released to the media looks verrry interesting: a flat-haired Amos holds a copy of the Holy Bible in one hand, and flashes the word “shame” in the other. Another provocative album from the popular Amos?

Speaking of popular, ticket sales for the Police’s reunion tour are not just selling briskly. According to Billboard, shows Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, New York, East Rurtherford, and Boston, sold out in minutes. New dates are scheduled to be announced. Dayuhm.

Finally, if you’re looking for power praise for your local church, a potential contest piece for your vocal group, or simply a new song for your morning devotions, look no further than a track on Avalon‘s latest CD, The Hymns Collection. Their take on a traditional track titled Total Praise soars high above the clouds, with spectacular harmonies, superb vocal calisthenics, and, of course, exquisite lyrics that praise Jesus. Absolutely chilling! Purchase the track on ITunes for only 99 cents.


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