Thursday, June 30, 2011
As Adele continues to recuperate and rest her voice before she continues her "Adele Live" tour in Europe and then back in the States, I think we should recall some of her great performances over the past few months while she was promoting her tremendous sophomore album "21." With that said, watch her phenomenal performance of her touch ballad "Turning Tables" from her AOL Sessions experience earlier this year.
"Long Goodbye" - India.Arie
- Writers and Producers:India.Arie Simpson, Joyce Simpson, and Nick Trevisick
- Classification: Slow Jam, Smooth Soul, Quiet Storm
- Record Label: Soulbird Music/Universal Republic
- Featured on 2009s "Testimony Vol. 2: Love & Politics."
Alicia Keys ended her celebration "Piano and I" concert tour tonight with a final performance at the Beacan Theater. Thankful for fans of the songstress, AOL and VEVO have teamed up to broadcast the intimate performance and you can check it out below. Watch her powerful commemorative show below and Enjoy!
Just moments ago, MTV aired their documentary "Year of 4," which was a short documentary about Beyonce's break, the making of her new album "4," and so much more. Check out the documentary in its entirety below and if you don't have a copy yet, make sure you go out and support Beyonce. "4" is hands down her most artistic and vocally challenging work to date.
Back in the 1980s, Patti LaBelle did a phenomenal impromptu rendition of the spiritual "Wade In The Water." Without a microphone in hand, Patti's powerful voice was picked up by the other microphones around her and it is truly a pleasure to hear Patti and Prince go in on this legendary song. Take a listen below and Enjoy!
Bryan-Michael Cox caught up with Amarudontv where he talked about working with the late Aaliyah and why the songs weren't released until after her untimely passing. Watch the informative brief interview below and Enjoy!
Artist on the rise John West has officially dropped his second single entitled "Right Now." After releasing his first single "Lovely" a few months ago with a verse from Pusha T, West is back with this smooth mid-tempo pop/soul joint that's perfect for a summer day. Take a listen below and Enjoy!
Jive Record artist Alex Boyd has recently dropped his debut single "Light Up Tonight." Released roughly a month ago, the song is slowly building buzz for this artist on the rise and it is a nice refreshing mid-tempo joint that deserves a real listen or two. Listen below and Enjoy!
UK Pop/Soul singer Sean Rumsey from X-Factor "Futureproof" fame recently took to his youtube channel to treat his fans to smooth cover of the Tracy Chapman classic "Fast Car." It's been a while since I've heard someone cover this classic, and Rumsey does a solid job. Peep his version below and Enjoy!
In 1978, Lenny Williams released his album "Spark Of Love," which featured his most iconic song to date "'Cause I Love You." While this is a known classic for the older folks, some younger soul fans might remiss of this classic soul love ballad. With that in mind, take a second or first listen to this amazing cut. Listen below to "'Cause I Love You" and Enjoy!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Yesterday Alicia Keys appeared on ABC's Good Morning America to promote to re-release of her debut album "Songs in A Minor" in a commemorative effort entitled "Songs In A Minor - 10th Anniversary Edition." During her appearance on the morning show, Keys performed "Butterflyz" which is my favorite cut from her debut album and also happens to be the first song that she ever wrote. Take a listen below to Keys performing "Butterflyz" live in Times Square and make sure you pick up a copy of her commemorative album "Songs In A Minor - 10th Anniversary Edition."
"When I Wake Up" - Jill Scott
- Writers: Jill Scott, Adam Blackstone, Randy Bowland, James Darrell Robinson, Eric Wortham
- Producers: Jill Scott & JR Hutson
- Classification: Smooth Soul
- Record Label: Blue Babe and Warner Brothers Music
- Featured on 2011's "The Light Of The Sun"
As fans have been promised an extended version of Beyonce's "Run The World (Girls)" on the deluxe target edition of "4," an alternative version of the video has appeared earlier today which seems to focus more on the visual and less on the choreography of the video. It is not clear if this is the version that is suppose to appear on the deluxe edition, or if fans will be treated to the buzzed about nearly 18 minute visual that Beyonce edited herself. With that said, peep the newly released alternative clip below and Enjoy!
While one day sales numbers project Beyonce's fourth album to come in at around 300,000 next week, B and her team have put together a mini documentary entitled "Year of 4," which will give viewers and fans an inside look at Beyonce's year off as well as her process behind creating "4." Take a sneak peak bellow in this mini 30 second preview that has been released and make sure you check it out in its entirety tomorrow night when it airs simultaneously on MTV and BET at 7pm EST/ 6pm CST.
J. Holiday seems to be coming back out with some new music as a new joint entitled "Freakin You." This smooth mid-tempo seems to be in line with his sound, but as a potential first single, I don't think it will carry the entire project, though as a buzz single or furture single "Freakin You" sounds like a good bet. Listen below and Enjoy!
Jill Scott's fourth studio album "The Light Of The Sun," was released last week to tremendous praise from both critics and fans. "The Light Of The Sun marks the first time Jill Scott has released new material since 2007's "The Real Thing: Words And Sounds Vol. 3" and also marks a new recording era with Warner Brothers as the songstress inked a distribution deal with the label earlier this year. With that said, the numbers are in and Jill Scott has achieved her first number one album on the Billboards 200 Album Charts as well as her second number one on the R&B charts. Scott has achieved this goal through selling over 137,000 copies in her first week and with Beyonce's new album "4" debuting this week, it seems as if Scott will only hold this coveted position for this week. Either way it ends up, congratulations are in order for Scott and her team for this achievement.
Fantasia has never been one to shy away from singing some classic songs and with vocal chops like hers, she shouldn't be. With that in mind, Fantasia took to the Indigo O2 in London last year for her first concert across the pond. During her set, the American Idol winner took on Prince's classic "Purple Rain," and as always Tasia took it to church with her gospel tinged rendition. Watch it below and let Fantasia take you to a higher place!
Back in 2003, Alicia Keys dropped her sophomore album, the now classic, "The Diary of Alicia Keys." While this album like her debut album played like a cohesive body of work, there were several gems on this album that never saw the singles treatment that should have. With that in mind, take a second listen to Key's mid-tempo jam "Dragon Days" below, which to me is one of the most underrated albums on her album. Listen below and Enjoy!
At UNCF's 30th Anniversary "An Evening of Stars" Tribute, Patti LaBelle was the legend being honored and at the end of a wonderful tribute, Patti got up and belted out a phenomenal version of "A Change Is Gonna Come." While the TV version shows Patti accepting her award and then going into a spirited rendition of this classic, you never get to see and hear the entire song. Therefore, take a listen to this live audio that was captured the night of the original Tribute back in 2008 that allows you to hear the entire version that Ms. LaBelle laid down that night. Listen below and Enjoy!
Cee-Lo Green and Absolute Vodka have teamed up to create the following documentary entitled "Cee-Lo Distilled." Below you will find part one of the feature that follows Green around as he talks about getting started in the business, as well as his different ideals for keeping his music fresh. Watch it below and Enjoy!
Rolling Stone caught up with Christina Aguilera yesterday before last nights "The Voice" final four battle. During her interview, Christina reflected on her time as a judge on the breakout hit show "The Voice" and how her time on the show will influence her forthcoming LP. Check out the interview below and make sure you tune in tonight on NBC to see who is crowd "The Voice."
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Alicia Keys dropped "Songs In A Minor - 10th Anniversary Edition" today to commemorate the tenth anniversary of her debut album "Songs in A Minor" which was released exactly ten years ago to this week. With that said, Key performed her breakthrough debut single "Fallin'" on GMA earlier today but to the enjoyment of the crowd. Watch her refreshing performance below and Enjoy!
Check out Luther's amazing cover of the McFadden & Whitehead classic "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now". Luther's cover version comes from his 1994 covers album entitled "Songs"... Enjoy!