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Black History Month Rhino Celebrates Black Excellence In R&B

Vinyl Reissues For Keith Sweat’s Make It Last Forever And Eric Benét’s A Day In The Life

Rhino Records celebrates the start of Black History Month today by announcing vinyl reissues of albums by two legendary architects of modern R&B: Keith Sweat’s triple-platinum debut, Make It Last Forever, and Eric Benét’s breakthrough release, A Day In The Life.

To help celebrate Black History Month, Rhino is also partnering with F.A.M.S. Coalition (Forever a Music Store), a collective of black-owned independent music retailers across the U.S. Both records will be available on February 9 at F.A.M.S.-affiliated retailers. A Day In The Life is making its vinyl debut as a double LP, and Make It Last Foreveris returning to vinyl for the first time in more than 30 years. The albums will be available at general retail and Rhino.com on February 23. Order HERE.

In addition, F.A.M.S.-affiliated stores will be offering an exclusive “Welcome to the R&B Suite” giveaway that includes a U-Turn Audio red turntable, both albums on vinyl, a poster, and more. Gift-with-purchase swag, including printed and digital Valentine’s Day cards, will also be available exclusively at F.A.M.S. locations and online. For more information, please visit https://www.instagram.com/famscoalition/.

Keith Sweat made an impressive debut with Make It Last Forever, a triple-platinum album about love and romance that showcased his smooth vocals and soulful melodies. A hit out of the gate, the lead single, “I Want Her,” went to #1 on the R&B chart, peaked at #5 on the Hot 100, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. (RIAA). The album produced three more Top 10 R&B hits: the title track, “Don’t Stop Your Love,” and “Something Just Ain’t Right.” In 1998, Make It Last Forever ranked at the top of Billboard’s year-end R&B chart, establishing Sweat as a trailblazer in contemporary R&B.

Eric Benét’s sophomore album, A Day In The Life, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. On the album’s first single, Benét is joined by guest vocalist Faith Evans for “Georgy Porgy,” a song the rock band Toto originally recorded in 1979. Benét’s version was popular in Europe and the U.S., where it was a hit on the R&B and pop charts. The album’s second single, “Spend My Life With You,” was an even bigger hit. Featuring singer Tamia, the song soared to the top of the Hot R&B chart, where it stayed for three straight weeks. The single was certified gold and nominated for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group at the 2000 Grammy® Awards.

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