Monday, November 24, 2014

Second Listen: "1+1" (Beyoncé)

Back in 2011, Beyoncé released her fourth studio album 4 and while it would become one of her most critically acclaimed albums, Beyoncé was unable to fully promote and roll out the album accordingly due to a leak that seemed to of pushed up the release of the project.

Despite minor hiccups, 4 would become Beyoncé's fourth consecutive studio album to debut atop the Billboard charts here in the States and offer some of Beyoncé's best vocal work to date in my opinion, including her riveting ballad "1+1," which was lifted as a promotional single from the project.

Going onto peak at number 57 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, "1+1" was written and produced by The-Dream, Tricky Stewart and Beyoncé and is one of my favorite joints in her ever-growing discography. With that said, take a second listen below to "1+1" and Enjoy!

New Video: "Fragile" (Faith Evans)

With the release of her eighth album Incomparable, Faith Evans released a Scandal themed video for her new joint "Fragile," which features a familiar sample from The Mamas & the Papas' classic "California Dreamin'."

Directed by Derek Blanks, Faith portrays the First Lady of the United States while Pooch Hall co-stars as the President and her unfaithful husband. With that said, take a few minutes below to peep Faith's latest music video for "Fragile" and if you like what you hear and see, go out and support Faith by picking up a copy of her new album Incomparable.

Live Clip: "Mona Lisa (Masterpiece)" (Jazmine Sullivan)

I am so mad that I was unable to get a ticket to see Jazmine Sullivan when she came to The Roxy here in Los Angeles earlier this month because after watching her performance videos from the Gramercy Theatre, it's clear that she offered a phenomenal set filled with classic hits from Jazmine as well as new joints that will be on her highly anticipated third album Reality Show.

With that said, one of those such new joints is her powerhouse ballad "Mona Lisa (Masterpiece)," which she has performed a few times and really showcases off both the power of her pen as well as her sublime vocals that really are anointed.

Watch Jazmine Sullivan's aw inspiring performance of "Mona Lisa (Masterpiece)" below from her performance last week from the Gramercy Theatre in New York City and hopefully we will hear some release date news about her highly anticipated third album Reality Show soon.

New Joint: "Santa Tell Me" (Ariana Grande)

Who knew Ariana Grande was releasing a new joint in honor of the Christmas holiday, but after rocking the 2014 American Music Awards earlier tonight with two of the night's best performances, Ariana released her original joint "Santa Tell Me" to iTunes.

With that said, a video for "Santa Tell Me" has already been shot and Ariana will be performing the song at during A Very Grammy Christmas, which is slated to air on December 5.

While this is not Ms. Grande's first foray into holiday music as she released the four-song EP Christmas Kisses last year that included the Wham! evergreen classic "Last Christmas," "Santa Tell Me" has its own ring to it and could very well become a holiday standard if you ask me.

Take a listen below to "Santa Tell Me" below and if you like what you hear, go out and support Ariana by purchasing your copy of her Christmas single.

New Joint: "Going Under" (K. Michelle)

At midnight, K. Michelle released a new joint from her forthcoming sophomore album Anybody Wanna Buy A Hear? in the form of "Going Under."

While it was unknown by fans that another new joint was going to get lifted from K. Michelle's forthcoming December 9th album, "Going Under" is a pleasant surprise K and the chorus riffs on a familiar melody that I am sure you will recognize instantly upon your first listen.

With that said, take a listen below to K. Michelle's mid-tempo joint "Going Under" below and lookout for her sophomore album Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart? when it's released December 9th, just in time for the holidays!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Live Video of the Day: "Bang Bang" (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj)

Earlier tonight during ABC's telecast of the 2014 American Music Awards, Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj reunited for the first time since the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards to perform their smash hit single "Bang Bang."

While the trio have performed the single separately and sometimes in a duo since their eyeopening performance of it at the VMAs, it was refreshing to see them on stage again together performing one of the biggest songs of 2014.

With that said, watch Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Jessie J work it out on the AMAs stage below and Enjoy!

Live Clip: "Problem/Break Free & Love Me Harder" (Ariana Grande ft. The Weeknd)

Earlier tonight, Ariana Grande offered a medley of her top ten hits from her sophomore album My Everything and during the medley, Ariana slowed down "Problem" and "Break Free" into some beautiful jazz standards that truly showcase her voce.

After slowing it down, Ariana moved into her current top ten Billboard Hot 100 hit, the mid-tempo "Love Me Harder" with the assistance of The Weeknd.

Easily offering up the best performance of the night, hopefully Grammy voters take note as Ariana's shutout from the AMAs hopefully won't spill over as she is really one of the best voices to debut in the pst five years.

Peep Ariana's flawless performance of her medley of hits, "Problem," "Break Free," and "Love Me Harder" from the 2014 American Music Awards below and Enjoy!

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

"I Have Nothing" - Whitney Houston
  • Writers: David Foster & Linda Thompson
  • Producer: David Foster
  • Record Label: Arista 
  • Released in 1993 from The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack
  • Peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100

Second Listen: "Suitcase" (Emeli Sandé)

While Emeli Sandé is currently hard at work on her forthcoming sophomore album which will follow her breakthrough debut Our Version of Events, I thought it would be nice to revisit one of my favorite joints from the set "Suitcase."

For some reason "Suitcase" came into my mind earlier today while I was watching some TV and I immediately revisited this sublime joint from Emeli. While it never received the single's treatment, it really is one of my top five favorite joints from Our Version of Events and hopefully will receive more attention as her career continues.

With that said, take a first or second listen below to "Suitcase" and Enjoy!

Cut: "Gotta Get Up (Another Day)" (Jill Scott ft. 4Hero)

Back in 2001, Jill Scott released her live double album Experience: Jill Scott 826+ and while the set is best known for her live renditions and the single "Gimme," my favorite joint from the bonus studio LP has to be her 4Hero assisted joint "Gotta Get Up (Another Day)."

While the song was never released as a single and Ms. Scott has not performed it live to my knowledge, the song has such a necessary meaning and a dope beat to accompany it. With that said, take a listen to "Gotta Get Up (Another Day)" below and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "Bound To You" (Christina Aguilera)

During the promotion of Christina Aguilera's 2010 film debut Burlesque, the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter stopped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno where she performed a sublime rendition of the ballad "Bound To You."

Lifted from the film's soundtrack, "Bound To You" is a sublime joint in Christina's repertoire that warrants further exploration in my opinion. With that said, take a listen below to her sublime live acoustic performance of "Bound To You" and Enjoy!

Live Clip: "In Love With Another Man" (Jazmine Sullivan)

If there was ever a song that the GRAMMYs got wrong in not awarding a coveted Grammy Award to in the past ten years, in my book it is Jazmine Sullivan's "In Love With Another Man," which is featured on her debut album Fearless.

While it never officially received the single treatment, it is one of the top highlights of her shows as she really slows it down and lets into the lyrics through her anointed vocals.

With that said, a few days ago, Jazmine descended upon New York City to perform at the Gramercy Theatre and during her set, she of course let into a powerhouse rendition of "In Love With Another Man."

Take a few minutes below to just let Jazmine's anointed vocals take you to a higher place and Enjoy!