Saturday, November 22, 2014

Second Listen: "Down Here In Hell (With You)" (Van Hunt)

Back in 2004, Van Hunt released his self-titled debut album Van Hunt, and the lead single from this effort was the silky smooth joint "Down Here In Hell (With You)."

Though mostly overlooked by radio and listeners back in 2004, Van Hunt has been such a slept on artist and really deserves a second listen for most of his material.

Therefore, take a second listen to this slow jam, "Down Here In Hell (With You)," from Van Hunt below as we await to hear about some new music from the famed crooner.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Live Video of the Day: "I Have Nothing" (Whitney Houston)

I've been listening to Whitney Houston's live album and one of the performances that I am surprised didn't make the cut was her powerhouse rendition of "I Have Nothing" from the 1993 Billboard Music Awards.

Therefore, I thought it would be appropriate to offer up this powerful performance that Whitney Houston gave of her classic "I Have Nothing." Midway through, the audience is already on their feet in aw of the vocal powers that Houston possesses. Check out this mind-blowing vocal powerhouse performance below as we continue to honor the legacy and of Whitney Houston.

Song of the Day: "My Prerogative" (Bobby Brown)

"My Prerogative" - Bobby Brown
  • Writers: Bobby Brown, Gene Griffin, & Teddy Riley
  • Producers: Bobby Brown, Gene Griffin & Teddy Riley
  • Record Label: MCA
  • Released in 1988 from Don't Be Cruel
  • Peaked at #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Black Singles chart

New Video: "7/11" (Beyoncé)

With the release of Beyoncé's BEYONCÉ Platinum Edition slated for release this Monday ahead of Black Friday, Beyoncé has lifted the official music video for one of her two new joints "7/11."

Shot in her Beverly Hills hotel suite, Beyoncé and some friends are clearly having fun in this official music video with a seemingly un-choreographed party where Beyoncé lets loose.

Peep the fun official music video for "7/11" below and lookout for the BEYONCÉ Platinum Edition when it's released this Monday, November 24th!

New Joint: "Reservation For Two" (Fantine)

Fantine is an Electro-Soul singer/songwriter/performer with Jazz roots who has an unwavering sense of self and a determined attitude to match. Fantine bursts into the scene with “Reservation For Two”, her new single from her upcoming debut album I Am Fantine, produced by the legendary Emilio Estefan.

Her talent and musical style reflect her cultural diversity — a fusion of Indie and Electro Soul. Fantine is passionate about music and pours her creativity into the lyrics she writes, to build an emotional connection with her audience. Fluent in Russian, Spanish, English, and French, Fantine resides in Miami, but was born in Moscow, during Russian glasnost to a Dominican mother and Russian father. She grew up listening to traditional Russian church and folk music, along to contemporary tunes from her favorite artists, including Gloria Estefan and Whitney Houston. In addition, these icons — Sade, Erykah Badu and Mariah Carey — influenced her greatly. She recently performed several nights at New York City’s legendary Blue Note and performed the national anthem at the Miami Dolphins game.

Fantine is also featured on the upcoming film to be released Spring 2015, A Change of Heart, which is produced by Emilio Estefan and directed by Kenny Ortega. The film also stars Jim Belushi, Kathy Najimy and William Levy.

The song "Reservation For Two" was inspired by Emilio Estefan's suggestion to create a song around the phrase "reservation for two”. From that inspiration, we collaborated with Dania Perez and Javier Conde to create the song, which conveys the story about a mature relationship between two people and the conversation that occurs when they come to the end of the line. It's about life, it's about marriage and all its complexities, it's a final cry for help.

With that said, take a listen below to "Reservation For Two" and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Killing Me Softly" (Luther Vandross)

Back in 1994, Luther Vandross recorded a take of Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly" for his covers album Songs and of course his rendition of the iconic song by Ms. Flack was beyond on point.

With that said, below you will find Luther performing "Killing Me Softly" during his PBS special that originally aired during the release of Songs. Watch the phenomenal performance below and Enjoy!

New Joint: "Forget" (Mary J. Blige)

A few days late on the latest new Mary J. Blige joint to be lifted from her forthcoming album The London Sessions, but as I say, better late than never.

With that said, "Follow" was produced by UK production duo Disclosure and co-written by them, Mary J. Blige and Jimmy Napes. A solid mid-tempo, I am interested to hear what else The London Sessions has to offer when it is released on December 2nd.

Take a listen below to "Forget" by Mary J. Blige and Enjoy!

Cut: "Beautiful" (Tweet)

Back in 2002, Tweet released her debut album Southern Hummingbird via The Goldmind Inc. and Elektra Records.  While Southern Hummingbird is best known for Tweets' joints "Oops (Oh My)" and "Call Me,"there are a few cuts off the album that are some solid joints to have in one's collection.

With that said, I offer up her smooth joint "Beautiful" as one of these such joints. Take a listen below to "Beautiful" and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Make Me Whole" (Amel Larrieux)

Back in 2000, Amel Larrieux released her debut solo album Infinite Possibilities and the standout track from her debut album was by far the smooth ballad "Make Me Whole" in my opinion.

While we are only a little into the third month of 2014, I feel as though, this is one of the most beautiful songs recorded during this century hands down and is also one of the most slept on ballads in recent history.

With that said, take a second listen to the heartfelt ballad "Make Me Whole" from Amel Larrieux below and Enjoy!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Live Video of the Day: "Blame It On Me" (Chrisette Michele)

Back in 2009, Chrisette Michele released her sophomore album Epiphany to much critical and commercial acclaim. The second single off of the effort was the emotional ballad "Blame It On Me," which in my opinion showcased off Michele's best vocal performance to that date on record.

With that said, check her out performing the emotional track after the jump from Late Night with David Letterman and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Still" (The Commodores)

"Still" - The Commodores
  • Writer: Lionel Richie
  • Producers: James Anthony Carmichael, Commodores
  • Record Label: Motown
  • Released in 1979 from Midnight Magic
  • Peaked at #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot Soul Singles chart

Cut: "Maybe I Deserve" (Tank)

Back in the winter of 2000, Tank released the lead single from his debut effort Force of Nature in the form of "Maybe I Deserve." While the album would go onto debuted at #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #7 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, the lead single would prove to be a solid hit from tank peaking at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

Written and produced by Durrell "Tank" Babbs, "Maybe I Deserve" is one of those throwback cut joints that gets broken out every now and then in times of need and I gotta dedicate this to my sistah J who reminded me of this gem in Tank's discography. With that said, take a listen below to "Maybe I Deserve" and Enjoy!