Thursday, July 31, 2014

Live Clip: "Bang Bang" (Jessie J)

Jessie J has been on a full court press with her promotion for her new single "Bang Bang," which is lifted as the first single for her forthcoming third studio album and this past Tuesday, she stopped by Elvis Duran and The Morning Show in New York City to offer up the first live performance ever of "Bang Bang."

Since Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj were of course mia, Jessie performed the track solo with some acoustic accompaniment and took on Ariana's part sans Nicki's rap. With that said, watch Jessie belt it out below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Emotional" (Carl Thomas)

Back in 2000, Carl Thomas released his debut album Emotional and the title-track "Emotional" was the third and final single from his first LP. Containing a sample of "Shape Of My Heart" by Sting, "Emotional" would go onto become Carl Thomas' second biggest hit, peaking at #47 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

With that said, take a second listen below to Carl Thomas' classic hit single "Emotional" and Enjoy!

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

Back towards the end of June during the BET Awards weekend here in Los Angeles, Debra Lee hosted a pre-BET Awards dinner and none other than Jazmine Sullivan was called upon to entertain the group gathered there that evening and of course the powerhouse Grammy-nominated songstress offered up some aw inspiring vocals.

Case-and-point was her riveting performance of her cut "In Love With Another Man" where Jazmine's honey-coated contralto vocals insight testifying from the audience throughout her phenomenal performance. With that said, watch Jazmine Sullivan's sublime performance below and Enjoy!

New Joint: "My Love" (Syleena Johnson)

R&B Diva: Atlanta star Syleena Johnson is gearing up for her solo comeback after her Musiq Soulchild collaborative project, with her forthcoming album Chapter 6: Couples Therapy and the set's lead single is her just released joint "My Love."

Written and produced by Pierre "The Maven" Medor, Syleena sings about some issues she's been having with her lover. Slated for released on October 14th, Chapter 6: Couples Therapy features which production by Kris "Kajun" Johnson, Pierre Medor,  R.Kelly and DJ Wayne Williams.

With that said, take a listen to Syleena's new joint "My Love" below and Enjoy!

TV Rewind: "R&B Divas: Los Angeles" Season 2 Ep. 3

Last night, the third episode of season two of R&B Divas: Los Angeles aired on TV One and Chrisette Michele opens up a lot during this episode planning a walk/hike for the ladies and having some one-on-one time with Leela James as well as Michel'le where she mentions that she has also been abused in past relationships.

In addition, Lil Mo gets to work on some new music, drama from Chanté Moore's recording session still looms in the air and the divas attempt to move forward on the Puerto Rico project. With that said, take a minute and watch the latest episode of R&B Divas: Los Angeles below and Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Live Video of the Day: "Wild" (Jessie J)

Last year, Jessie J released her sophomore album and while it didn't get released Stateside, it did spawn a minor hit here with "Wild." With that said, as "Bang Bang" is slated to make a huge impact next week on the charts, I thought it would be nice to revisit "Wild."

Performing an acoustic cover of her  single "Wild," which was lifted from her then forthcoming sophomore LP recently for the folks over at The Sun for their Biz Sessions and of course the vocal powerhouse that is Jessie J offered up a riveting performance.

Opting to coo out an acoustic rendition of "Wild," instead of a full blown production, I actually prefer when Jessie sings "Wild" acoustically and hope that an acoustic mix will find its way from her camp soon. With that said, watch it all go down after the jump and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Rub You the Right Way" (Johnny Gill)

"Rub You the Right Way" - Johnny Gill
  • Writers: James Harris III, Terry Lewis
  • Producers: Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
  • Record Label: Motown
  • Released in 1990 from Johnny Gill
  • Peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 & #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks

Interview: Jessie J

Fresh off a flight and earning her first #1 single on the iTunes Top 200 Singles chart, Jessie J arrived at Hot 97 to open up about her collaboration with Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande, her situation and troubles she's faced in the industry, and much more.

Jessie also opened up about loving to dutty wine, performing at the MTV Video Music Awards, and living a bit of a somber lifestyle, especially when she is working. Peep her interview below and lookout for her third album when it's released later this year!

New Video: "Electric Lady" (Janelle Monáe)

Earlier today, Janelle Monáe lifted the latest video from her album The Electric Lady, in the form of the album's title track. Released as the latest single from her sublime body of work, the official music visual for "Electric Lady" features a college Greek life themed visual with Janelle being a part of a sorority herself.

Featuring cameos by Estelle, Esperanza Spalding, Monica, Kimbra, T-Boz, and TI, the official video for "Electric Lady" is a fun and funky visual that takes a lot of us back to our college days. Peep Janelle's new video for "Electric Lady" below and Enjoy!

Set: "Fantasia & Friends: Diamond & White Affair" (Keke Wyatt)

To help celebrate her 30th birthday, Fantasia entered into her dirty thirties with a birthday bash/concert that included several sets from her friends and family, that would then cap off into her own thirty minute set.

With that said, Keke Wyatt joined some of her fellow divas at the Howard Theatre in Washington DC to help celebrate Fantasia's birthday at the Fantasia & Friends: Diamond & White Affair and during her brief set, Keke performed her new single "Fall In Love" and her cover of the Patti LaBelle classic "If Only You Knew."

Watch Keke belt it out below of "Fall In Love" and "If Only You Knew" and hopefully Keke will be coming to a city near you, because I don't know about you, but I really would like to see Keke in concert and witness her sheer raw vocal talents first hand

New Joint: "Being With You" (Smokey Robinson ft. Mary J. Blige)

Smokey Robinson is set to release his first new set of music since 2010's Now And Then next month on August 19th with his forthcoming duets album Smokey & Friends via Verve Records.

Featuring a who's who in music including the likes of Elton John, Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow, John Legend, John Mayer, Miguel, Aloe Blacc, CeeLo, Ledisi and Jessie J, among others, the set features covers of Smokey's own solo hits, hit songs with The Miracles and some classic hits he penned for others throughout his career.

With that said, Mary J. Blige is featured on the set and has joined Smokey for a duet of his mega solo hit single "Being With You," which was lifted from his 1981 album of the same name. Mary and Smokey coo effortlessly over "Being With You" and you can take a listen below to the magic the two create on this contemporary rendition of his 1981 classic.

New Joint: "Hope This Makes You Love Me" (Tank)

Yesterday, Tank unearthed another single from his forthcoming album Stronger, which is due August 12th, roughly a year after his outing with supergroup TGT on their debut album.

With that said, Tank's latest single comes in the form of the sublime ballad 'Hope This Makes You Love Me" and is another standout from the famed crooner who previously released  "You’re My Star," the title track "Stronger" and "Dance With Me" to raise the buzz and profile of Stronger.

With that said, you can take a listen below to "Hope This Makes You Love Me" and if you like what you hear, if you cop the pre-order of Stronger, you can immediately download "Hope This Makes You Love Me" and the other singles before the project is released on August 12th!