Here at LimeWire HQ we love us some Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, not to mention most of the rest of the Daptone label’s awesome output — Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, The Budos Band, et al. And we knew there were plenty of people out there who shared our feelings, but we never guessed how many. Not until now, that is. Historically, the upper end of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart seems to have been reserved for two things — mega-monolithic icons (your Metallicas Coldplays, Jay-Z’s, etc.) and innocuous, transitory pop trifles (we’d mention a few examples, but they’re too fleeting to call to mind). But now it seems that history is being re-written by one of the most soulful bands out of Brooklyn.
It turns out that Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings’ latest album, I Learned the Hard Way, unleashed by Daptone on April 6th, debuted at the Number 15 spot on the aforementioned tally this week. If that’s not proof positive that the roots-conscious, funky-as-hell soul sounds of Jones and company have well and truly arrived, then what is? Well, throw in two sold-out shows (April 30 and May 1) at New York’s legendary Apollo Theater and three upcoming late-night TV shots (Letterman on April 23rd, Colbert on 26th, and Fallon on 28th), and the picture of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings ascent to the soul throne really starts to come into focus. Go Dapsters!
Source: LimeWire Music Blog