Thursday, December 12, 2013
Late last night/ early this morning, Beyoncé released her self-titled fifth studio album exclusively through iTunes and let's just agree that it's an instant classic. Beyoncé really pushed herself on this LP sonically and lyrically and released what will go down as the biggest suprise piece of art and entertainment in 2013 hands down.
With that said, one of the numerous standouts from her just released visual album Beyoncé has to be her Drake assisted joint "Mine." I really don't have much to say besides Beyoncé just shut the game down in a matter of minutes with an unexpected full visual album Beyoncé.
Peep her video for her Drake assisted joint "Mine" below and Enjoy!
"Dance With My Father" - Luther Vandross
- Writers: Luther Vandross and Richard Marx
- Record Label: J Records
- Released in 2003 from Dance With My Father
- Peaked at #38 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Charts and #28 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
GRAMMY-nominee Jordin Sparks has teamed up with Glade to bring the holiday cheer to all with her new joint "This Is My Wish." A collaboration with The Young People's Chorus of New York City and Glade, Jordin and company are spreading the cheer and using this song to encourage people to donate to Toys for Tots.
"To celebrate the season, Glade teamed with Jordin Sparks and The Young People's Chorus of New York City to debut our ‘This is My Wish’ holiday anthem. Inspired by the best feelings of the holidays, ‘This is My Wish’ is a simple, joyful reminder that peace is the greatest gift of all. To honor the occasion, Glade is donating $150,000 to Toys for Tots™, which means 15,000 boys and girls will have something special in their stocking. Through 12.31.2013, we’re making the song available for free download at Glade.com, so you can add it to your holiday playlist. Happy holidays, from Glade."
With that said, watch the official video for the collaboration of Sparks' with The Young People's Chorus of New York City and Glade below and Enjoy!
During Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard World Tour, Houston often performed a sublime rendition of the standard "Alfie," made famous by Whitney's cousin Dionne Warwick. With that said, as we continue to honor her legacy, I though it would be right to offer up this live audio that was ripped during one of her 1994 concerts.
Take a listen below to her sublime rendition of "Alfie" below and continue to remember Whitney for her talent and the gift she blessed us with throughout the years.
Back in 1992, Boyz II Men released "Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday from their diamond certified LP CooleyHighHarmony and the touching ballad instantly connected with fans and casual listeners, eventually peaking at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot R&B Singles Chart.
While it was originally recorded by Motown artist G.C. Cameron back in 1975, the quartet from Philadelphia transformed this song with the assistance of Dallas Austin into a powerhouse tribute and testament with their four-part harmonies.
Therefore, take a hopefully second listen below to "Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" from Boyz II Men and Enjoy!
Marvin Gaye's cover of The Beatles' "Yesterday" is one of my top five recorded covers of all-time and that is probably I post it so much because with every listen I hear something new/different. With that said, as I am slated to attend my Uncle's funeral today, the song has take on another meaning for me.
Recorded at the top of 1970 for his tenth solo studio LP That's the Way Love Is, Gaye's cover of "Yesterday" from his Tamla set is one of those joints that can easily get stuck in your head. Though his amazing cover of The Beatles' "Yesterday" is tucked away in his expansive discography, Marvin's take of this classic really brings it up a few notches in my opinion with his soulful delivery. Take a listen after the jump and Enjoy!
I watched Black Nativity this past Tuesday and while the film lost me about midway through, the soundtrack to the film is incredible and one of the highlights from the album has to be Jennifer Hudson's powerhouse performance of "Fix Me Jesus."
While the official soundtrack for Black Nativity has been out for a few weeks, it's new to me and I wanted to share Jennifer's phenomenal rendition of "Fix Me Jesus" with those, like me who might've missed it when the soundtrack was released a few weeks ago.
Therefore, take a listen below to Jennifer's spirited recording of "Fix Me Jesus" and hopefully she will record a gospel album sooner rather than later because her pipes are truly anointed!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
John Legend stopped by TBS's Conan earlier this evening to promote his latest LP Love in the Future, which was just recently nominated for Best R&B Album at the 2014 GRAMMY Awards.
With that said, John visited Conan and offered a riveting performance of his ballad "All of Me," which in my book was seriously overlooked by GRAMMY voters as it's truly a powerhouse torch ballad from the 9-time-GRAMMY winner that warrants more love then it's seen so far.
Therefore, watch John's riveting performance of "All of Me" below from Conan and Enjoy!
Back in 2006, the Emilio Estevez directed film Bobby was released and the theme song for the emotional film was the Bryan Adams written and The Underdogs produced gem "Never Gonna Break My Faith."
Performed by Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, and the Boys Choir of Harlem, "Never Gonna Break My Faith" was played during the closing credits and to this day is a go to song for me in times of struggle. With that said, take a playback to this cut from the Bobby soundtrack below and Enjoy!
Back in 1994, Luther Vandross released his covers album "Songs" and in tandem with its release, Vandross released a a PBS concert special that highlighted several of the covers on the album.
One of these covers was Vandross' impressive take on the broadway classic "The Impossible Dream" and you can watch his sublime take below!
I told y'all that Ledisi's It's Christmas is a holiday standard CD at my place and one of the other standout jams from the album besides her take on "What A Wonderful World", is Ledisi's original "This Christmas (Could Be The One)".
This is a future standard waiting to happen and if people would give it a first or second listen they would realize the brillance not only in Led's vocal performance but the sentimental lyrics. Therefore take a listen below as we all get into the Christmas spirit!