Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Live Video of the Day: "Do You..." (Miguel)

During the released of his #1 sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel stopped by NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to perform his then latest single "Do You..."

While Miguel is currently working on his forthcoming third album, which is rumored to be released later this year, I though it would be nice to revisit this jam and his performance of it as it was one of my favorite joints of 2012.

Peep Miguel's performance of "Do You..." below and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Run To You" (Whitney Houston)

"Run To You" - Whitney Houston
  • Writers: Jud Freidman and Allan Rich
  • Producer: David Foster
  • Record Label: Arista
  • Released in 1993 from The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album
  • Peaked at #31 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B Singles chart
  • Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1992

Second Listen: "Fool For You" (Alice Smith)

My favorite cover of 2013 would be nice to revisit Alice Smith's rendition of "Fool For You."

Earlier in 2013, Alice Smith released her sophomore album She and one of the standout joints from her LP has to be her cover of the Cee-Lo Green and Melanie Fiona Grammy-winning duet "Fool For You."

While I had forgotten about this gem from Alice, her performance of it during BET's telecast of Black Girls Rock reminded me of this sublime rendition of "Fool For You" and had me revisiting the brilliance of her take.

With that said, take a listen below to Alice Smith's amazing cover of Cee-Lo's "Fool Fo You," and if you haven't checked out her sublime sophomore album She, there is no time like the present to get acquainted with her dope album.

Amazing Cover: "Crazy" (Tamia)

Tamia's country-tinged rendition of "Still" on her latest release Beautiful Surprise was just the potential tip of the iceberg of Tamia "crossing into" country music as a phenomenal cover of the Patsy Cline classic "Crazy" has hit the net via the Grammy's ReImagined series.

With that said, below you will find a powerful performance from Tamia as she coos out a special and powerful rendition of "Crazy." Therefore, take a few minutes and let Tamia coo out her phenomenal cover of the iconic "Crazy" and Enjoy!

Preview: "Don't Be Gone Too Long" (Chris Brown & Ariana Grande)

Ariana Grande and Chris Brown were slated to release their collaboration "Don't Be Gone Too Long" last month, but the song's premiere was stalled and delayed scheduled after Chris was sent to jail.

With that said, yesterday, Chris Brown and his team surprised his fans as well as Ariana's with a snippet of the pop-dance track playing while Chris showcases his signature moves in a one take clip.

Take a listen below to "Don't Be Gone Too Long," which will appear on Chris Brown's upcoming album X and lookout for its official release soon.

Cut: "Another Sad Love Song" (Toni Braxton)

Back in 1993, Toni Braxton released "Another Sad Love Song," which was the first official single from Toni's self-titled debut album, Toni Braxton. Though she had released two singles prior to "Another Sad Love Song," this was the single that put Toni on the map to superstardom and would create the legend that we are familiar with today.

While "Another Sad Love Song" was her first major hit, a lot of work from her debut album Toni Braxton seems to of been forgotten in the current context and it's a shame because Toni's debut album is one of the best debuts of the 1990s in my opinin.

With that said, take a listen after the jump to the smooth ballad "Another Sad Love Song" and Enjoy!

New Joint: "Walk It Out" (Jennifer Hudson ft. Timbaland)

Armed with a fresh new look, Jennifer Hudson has also been experimenting with her sound and yesterday, she took to her official SoundCloud page to share her latest joint, this time a collaboration with super producer Timbaland.

Entitled "Walk It Out," Jennifer Hudson's new joint is a solid mid-tempo from JHud and Timbaland and I wonder if this is the official second single off of her highly anticipated third studio album, or is just a taste of what is to come.

Either way, take a listen to "Walk It Out" below and vibe out to Jennifer's new sound!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Song of the Day: "I Like" (Guy)

"I Like" - Guy
  • Writers: Gene Griffin, Aaron Hall, Timmy Gatling, & Teddy Riley
  • Producers: Gene Griffin and Teddy Riley
  • Record Label: Uptown/MCA
  • Released in 1989 from Guy
  • Peaked at #70 on the Billboard Hit 100 & #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks

Second Listen: "Baby" (Brandy)

Back in 1994, Brandy released her self-titled debut album Brandy to much critical and commercial acclaim. With that said, the second single from the project, "Baby" became a huge hit peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

"Baby" would also earn Brandy a Grammy nomination for "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance" in 1996. Take second listen after the jump to Brandy's classic gem "Baby" and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Young & Beautiful" (Jesse Boykins III)

Ahead of releasing his then new EP "P.O.P." Jesse Boykins III released a phenomenal take on Lana Del Rey's latest hit "Young & Beautiful," which was lifted from the official soundtrack to The Great Gatsby.

With that said, Jesse flips the instrumental and tempo a bit on Lana's "Young & Beautiful" and you can listen to his dope cover after the jump!

Cut: "Beautiful" (India.Arie)

I have the pleasure of seeing India.Arie last year in Los Angeles at Club Nokia here at L.A. Live and to get ready for her show that night, I had gone through India's vast discography that began with her phenomenal debut album Acoustic Soul.

While a lot of artists have solid debut albums, India's debut album is one of the few albums that is a body of work and warrants a listen from her intro track to her tribute to Stevie Wonder on "Wonderful." During the sonic journey that is Acoustic Soul though, listeners will stumble upon a variety of musical gems from India including one of my favorite cuts from her "Beautiful."

With that said, take a listen after the jump to India.Arie's powerful joint "Beautiful" and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "Princess Of China" (Kelly Clarkson)

Back in 2012 while Kelly Clarkson was promoting her then recently released LP Stronger, the Grammy-winning songstress stopped by BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge and offered up the obligatory "live lounge cover."

With that said, Kelly opted to lend her American Idol winning pipes to a riveting performance of the Coldplay and Rihanna hit single "Princess Of China." Take a listen below to her amazing interpretation and Enjoy!