There's a rumor going around that VH1 Soul is on the brink of extinction. The blogs are abuzz with it- claiming that a merger that's been long in the works between Centric (BET/MTV) and VH1 is the reason behind the threat.
One of VH1 Soul's most beloved programs is SoulStage that has showcased live performances from Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michele, Wyclef Jean, and Raphael Saadiq have all been performers on the program. My other favorite VH1 Soul show? Soulphrodisiac where it's all love soul songs, all the time. The best love songs of all music video time are shown here. Live tape of classic soul shows are shown here. Don't have a clue what I'm talking about? Real music videos? What do you mean? Well, there's Soul School to show you the way with old school soul and R&B videos.
Without VH1 Soul, where will soul-lovers go to see videos and live shows for free? Well, we soul-lovers are a rare breed and soul music doesn't sell as well as the mainstream music on the radio, unfortunately. This means that television doesn't air any shows centered on soul music, in fact VH1 Soul is it.
Good news! There's a petition going around Save VH1 Soul and they only need 500 signatures. They're about 43 away from their goal. You can also follow them at @SaveVH1Soul on Twitter for updates and informtion.
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VH1 Soul is a digital cable and satellite television channel, it is a sister network to VH1. It showcases R&B, funk, soul, and Motown music from past and present.
The channel debuted in 2000 as part of the "MTV Suite" lineup of digital/satellite channels that included new MTV and VH1 channels that played non-stop music videos, as well as several new Nickelodeon-spinoff channels, for example Nick GAS, NickToons Network, The N, Noggin, VH1 Classic, CMT Pure Country, MTV2, and MTVX. The "MTV Suite" package was sold to cable companies and satellite providers as a bundle, so they could either choose to offer their customers all the channels or none of them.
For its first couple of years, VH1 Soul's main focus was on R&B and soul videos of the late 70s, 80's, 90's, and live performance clips from even earlier years. Janet Jackson, Prince, TLC, Usher, Tony Toni Tone, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder were some of the channels' main staples. By 2003, the channel removed most of the pre-90's videos that it had once played, since they were often played on VH1 Classic's Classic Soul program. The channel then gradually began to focus a little more on underground, alternative, and old school hip-hop videos, as well as continuing to break new R&B musicians.
Presently, a modest selection of R&B hits from the past ten years, as well as several 80's and early 90's hip-hop videos, can be seen on VH1 Soul. Several of the more R&B-influenced, ...