Friday, September 4, 2015

Second Listen: "Dance Tonight" (Lucy Pearl)

Released in 2000 from the supergroup's self-titled LP Lucy Pearl, "Dance Tonight" would go onto peak at #5 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and was even nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

Lucy Pearl of course for those who are unaware featured Raphael Saadiq, Dawn Robinson (En Vogue), Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest DJ and producer) and originally D'Angelo was slated to be in the group but dropped out due to other commitments and so Dawn Robinson was brought in.

With that said, take it back to 2000 with "Dance Tonight" below and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Kiss From A Rose" (Jazmine Sullivan)

Jazmine Sullivan's take on Seal's "Kiss From A Rose" is by far my favorite cover Sullivan has performed during her young career and is one of my all time favorite vocal performances from the songstress.

With that said, I hope that one day Sullivan will record her own take on this classic and release it as a single. While one can hope, watch below as Sullivan offers up her live take on "Kiss From A Rose" from back in 2009 at the famed Jazz Café in Camden Town and Enjoy!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Song of the Day: "Ain't No Stoppin' Sunshine" (Yoli)

"Ain't No Stoppin' Sunshine" - Yoli
  • Composers: Sunny Hilden & Narada Michael Walden
  • Record Label: Hollywood Records
  • Featured on 2002's Deliver Us From Eva  soundtrack 

New Joint: "Unbreakable" (Janet Jackson)

Janet Jackson has been teasing us about her forthcoming album Unbreakable since she released "No Sleeep" and now Ms. Jackson If You Nasty has dropped another joint from the album, its title track "Unbreakable."

While the album isn't slated for release until October 2nd and "No Sleeep" just peaked at #1 on the Adult R&B Charts, if you pre-order Unbreakable, you can get her sublime mid-tempo title track ahead of the album's release and I don't know about you but "Unbreakable" is on point.

With that said, take a listen below to "Unbreakable" and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Over It" (Katharine McPhee)

I was talking with a friend earlier today and for some reason, Katharine McPhee's "Over It" came into my head and I recited it to her in a joking matter that "I was over your lies, And I'm over your games."

With that said, I thought it might be appropriate, at least for me, to revisit Katharine's lead single "Over It" from her self-titled debut album Katharine McPhee. Eventually going gold, her single "Over It" was written by Josh Alexander, Billy Steinberg,  and Ruth-Anne Cunningham and is a catchy song that brings me right back to 2007.

"Over It" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 48 on the chart for the week ending February 17, 2007. It peaked at number 29 on the Hot 100 and also peaked at number 21 on Pop Radio.

Take a listen below to Katharine McPhee's "Over It" and revel in the nostalgia!

Amazing Cover: "Diamonds" (Tamar Braxton)

Tamar Braxton turned her sophomore album Love and War into an international sensation having spent several weeks in Europe to help promote the album and her career las year. Following the release of her LP over here in the States, Tamar did a mini tour of Europe appearing at the iTunes Musical Festival and performed for a sold-out crowd in Paris, France.

Lifted from her sold-out show at the Nouveau Casino, Tamar performed a sublime acoustic cover of Rihanna's #1 hit single "Diamonds" and while she did not add this to her repertoire, her one time performance was on point.

Watch Tamar shut it down with her phenomenal live acoustic rendition of Rihanna's "Diamonds" and Enjoy!

Cut: "Honeymoon Avenue" (Ariana Grande)

With what appears to be signs that Ariana Grande and Republic Records are gearing up to release her third album in a few months, I thought we'd take it back to her debut album Yours Truly, which was just released back in 2013.

With that said, I purchased Ariana Grande's debut album Yours Truly and was pleasantly surprised and taken aback by a lot of the material on her debut album. For such a young vocal talent, she certainly has phenomenal vocal chops in addition to some great songwriting skills.

Case and point, her co-penned joint "Honeymoon Avenue," which kicks off Yours Truly. Co-written by Grande, Khris Riddick-Tynes, Leon Thomas, Antonio Dixon, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Thomas Brown, Travis Sayles, Dennis Aganee Jenkins, and Victoria Monet, in addition to being produced by The Rascals, Babyface and Dixon, "Honeymoon Avenue" combines Ariana's melisma fueled vocals with some touching lyrics that I am sure a lot of us have felt at one point in our lives.

Take a listen to Ariana's cut "Honeymoon Avenue" from her sublime Republic debut album Yours Truly below and Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Trailer: "Joyride" (Tinashe)

Tinashe has been hard at work on her forthcoming sophomore album Joyride and this morning, she has released both the official tittle of the effort as well as a trailer teasing the upcoming project.

Slater for release this fall, tentatively in November, Joyride is the official followup to Tinashe's breakout 2014 debut album Aquarius and if her interview with Rolling Stone about the album is any indication, get ready to be rocking out to Joyride even harder than we've been doing with Aquarius.

Peep the trailer for Joyride below and lookout for the set's lead single "Party Favors" when it's released in a few weeks!

Second Listen: "All I Could Do Was Cry" (Etta James)

"All I Could Do Was Cry" is a doo-wop/rhythm and blues single recorded in 1960 and released that same year by singer Etta James and was written for James by Chess songwriter Billy Davis, Berry Gordy and his sister Gwen Gordy.

The song was said to be inspired by James' former boyfriend Harvey Fuqua ironically dating Davis' former girlfriend, who was Gwen. Gordy and Fuqua later married the same year the song was recorded, which likely added to the tension in James' bluesy vocals.

The song eventually peaked at number-two on the R&B charts and number thirty-three on the pop charts. James would later re-record the song in the early nineties. Beyoncé later covered the song while filming her role as James in the 2008 film, Cadillac Records.

With that said, take a second listen below to Etta James' sublime joint "All I Could Do Was Cry" and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Only One" (Leona Lewis)

Leona Lewis was so moved by Kanye West's acceptance speech at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards for their Video Vanguard Award that she recorded a cover of his poignant song "Only One," which Kanye wrote about his daughter North.

Leona strips "Only One" down to just her voice and the piano and offers a different and equally riveting take on the powerful song. With that said, watch Leona's cover of Kanye's "Only One" below and Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

New Video: "Bet" (Tinashe)

Tinashe is putting the finishing touches on her forthcoming sophomore LP, which is slated for release this November and ahead of its release, she's dropped a new video for her joint "Bet," and "Feels Like Vegas," which are both lifted from her solid debut Aquarius.

Shot here in LA, Tinashe shows off her sublime dancing skills and this is not the first time she's danced in a tunnel. For those who have followed her career, don't forget her dancing in the Queens Midtown Tunnel when it was backed-up with traffic. With that said, you can check her dope video below!

Song of the Day: "Wrap My Body Tight" (Johnny Gill)

"Wrap My Body Tight" - Johnny Gill
  • Writer: Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
  • Producers: Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
  • Record Label: Motown
  • Released in 1991 from Johnny Gill
  • Peaked at #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 & #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart