Friday, October 31, 2014

Second Listen: "Thriller" (Michael Jackson)

Back in 1984,  Michael Jackson released "Thriller," the seventh and final single from his sixth studio album, 1982's Thriller. Written by Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones,  "Thriller" received positive reviews from critics and became Jackson's seventh top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart from the album, peaking at #4 and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart.

With that said, as we celebrate Halloween, I thought it would be nice to revisit Jackson's "Thriller" as it was ranked number one on "The Top 10 Halloween Songs" list by Billboard. Therefore, take a few minutes below to enjoy the spooky music video for Jackson's "Thriller," which was adapted by American Werewolf In London director John Landis and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Let's Stay Together" (Tina Turner)

Ahead of Tina Turner's fifth studio album 1984's Private Dancer, she released the set's lead single "Let's Stay Together," in 1983. A cover of the Al Green classic, Tina Turner's sublime rendition would go onto peak at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the US Dance chart.

With that said, take a listen after the jump to Tina Turner's sublime rendition of "Let's Stay Together" and Enjoy!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Song of the Day: "Shit, Damn, Motherf*cker" (D'Angelo)

"Shit, Damn, Motherf*cker" - D'Angelo
  • Writer: D'Angelo
  • Producers: D'Angelo and Bob Power
  • Record Label: EMI
  • Featured on 1995's Brown Sugar

Second Listen: "Grapevyne" (Brownstone)

With Brownstone official reuniting on TV One's hit reality show R&B Divas last year, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit one of the group's signature songs "Grapevyne." Lifted as the third single from the group's platinum-selling debut album From The Bottom Up, "Grapevyne" would go onto peak at #6 on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles Chart in addition to a respectable #46 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Though it did not match the crossover success of their second single "If You Love Me," it is remembered as one of the group's signature tunes and you can revisit it with a second listen below!

New Video: "Good Time" (Faith Evans ft. Problem)

Yesterday Faith Evans released the official followup to her Missy Elliott and Sharaya J single "I Deserve It" with her new joint "Good Time," which is also lifted from her forthcoming sixth album Incomparable.

Featuring Problem who helps continue the party vibe from Faith's lead single "I Deserve It," the new single and video for Faith's "Good Time" features Faith in the club once again riding the beat like she always does with her soulful vocals.

With that said, peep the official video below and lookout for Faith's forthcoming album Incomparable when it's released November 24th and features additional appearance by Keke Wyatt and Karen Clark-Sheard.

Amazing Cover: "Something" (Lauryn Hill)

In honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ U.S. debut performance, Lauryn Hill  took to CBS's Late Show with David Letterman this past February to pay tribute to the Fab Four with a sublime performance and cover of the groups Abbey Road classic "Something."

While Ms. Hill has winding down her tour, hopefully 2015 proves to be the year for the long awaited followup to Lauryn Hill's 1998 classic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Either way it turns up, it's great to see the eight-time Grammy winner, back out there performing.

With that said, watch Lauryn Hill's performance of "Something" below as we celebrate The Beatles and their incredible legacy in music.

New Video: "Rhythm of Love" (Danity Kane)

While Danity Kane might have come up short and disbanded before the release of their highly anticipated third and now farewell album DK3, their label is still promoting in the aftermath of the group's breakup and a few days ago released the official video for the set's single "Rhythm of Love."

While Aubrey, Dawn, and Shannon don't appear in the official video which was directed by Dan Fisher, actors enact the underlying message of the song in a cute video. With that said, take a few minutes and enjoy Danity Kane's new video and Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Live Video of the Day: "I Care" (Beyoncé)

I was going through some of Beyoncé's live performance on YouTube earlier today and revisited her powerhouse rendition of "I Care," the Frank Ocean penned ballad which is lifted from Beyoncé's phenomenal 4 album.

Armed with the power of her voice and her band, this performance from Roseland of "I Care" is one of my favorites from Beyoncé's 4 era and as we being to enter into the BEYONCÉ era, I can't wait to see live performances of some of her cuts including my personal favorite "Rocket."

With that said, watch Beyoncé's performance of "I Care" below and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "My Love" (Jill Scott)

"My Love" -Jill Scott
  • Writers: Jill Scott, Adam Blackstone, & Steve Mckie
  • Producers: Adam Blackstone & Steve Mckie
  • Record Label: Hidden Beach
  • Released in 2007 from The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3
  • Peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Second Listen: "If You Don't Wanna Love Me" (Tamar Braxton)

Before Love And War, Tamar's breakout sophomore LP, Tamar released her self-titled debut album Tamar back in 2000 as a then solo artist-on-the-rise.

With that said, the second single from the project was the power ballad "If You Don't Wanna Love Me." While it peaked at #30 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, "If You Don't Wanna Love Me" became a moderate hit for the powerhouse vocalist and while we help honor and celebrate her birthday today, I thought we should take a second listen to "If You Don't Wanna Love Me."

Therefore listen below to "If You Don't Wanna Love Me" and Enjoy!

Album in the Works: "Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart?" (K. Michelle)

Earlier today, K. Michelle took to Twitter to reveal to fans the name and album cover of her highly anticipated forthcoming sophomore album Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart?.

Slated for release December 9th, Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart? follows K. Michelle's critically acclaimed and commercially successful debut album Rebellious Soul and is led by the set's first single "Love 'Em All."

With that said, peep the teaser trailer for her forthcoming album which she debuted on Revolt TV earlier today and lookout for Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? when it's released December 9th.

Amazing Cover: "Caught Up in the Rapture" (JoJo)

Back on Valentine's Day, unannounced, JoJo released a Free EP '#LOVEJO' onto her official SoundCloud page for a free download to honor Valentine's Day in addition to celebrating being signed to her new label Atlantic Records after being signed to Blackground for several years unable to officially release new music.

Now back in the studio working on her first album in eight years, the highly anticipated followup to The High Road, '#LOVEJO' is a phenomenal EP that was produced by Da Internz and features the standout sublime cover of the Anita Baker's classic "Caught Up in the Rapture."

Anita Baker in my book is an artist one should not cover lightly and covering one of her most iconic joints, such as "Caught Up in the Rapture" is dangerous territory in my book.  With that said, JoJo and Da Internz brilliantly constructed a perfect cover of "Caught Up in the Rapture" that both pays homage to and reimagines this classic joint at the same time.

With that said, take a listen below to JoJo's sublime interpretation of Anita Baker's "Caught Up in the Rapture" and Enjoy!