Sunday, July 31, 2011
One of my favorite cuts from Patti LaBelle is her emotionally charged ballad "Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)" and below you will find a clip of LaBelle performing said joint during her "Live In New York" concert performance. In true Patti fashion, the Phoenix of Philly gives all of herself during this powerful showcase and it's a performance you don't want to miss.
Dinah Washington also refereed to as "The Queen of Blues" is one of the greatest voices in popular music history hands down. Her vocals are so crisp and tinged with the perfect amount of emotion. With that said, listen below to her sublime performance of the jazz standard "No More."
"I Look To You" - Whitney Houston
- Writer: Robert Kelly
- Producers: Harvey Mason, Jr., Tricky Stewart
- Classification: Quiet Storm, Smooth Soul, Slow Jam, Gospel Soul
- Record Label: Arista
- "I Look To You" was released in 2009 from "I Look To You."
- It peaked at #19 on the U.S. Billboard R&B/ Hip-Hop Charts
Miguel stopped by Hartford's Hot 93.7's where he talked about growing as a touring artist, his latest single and video for "Quickie" from his album "All I Want Is You," addresses the rumor mill, and a lot more. Peep the two part interview below and get to know the man behind the music a bit better.
At the 1984 Academy Awards, Jennifer Holliday took to the stage to perform "The Way He Makes Me Feel" from the movie "Yentl". Jennifer Holliday infects Soul into this ballad originally done by Barbra Streisand.
Though Miguel is still promoting his debut album "All I Want Is You," a new joint from the newcomer has surfaced online today in the form of the mid-tempo "Superhero." Though it's not clear if this is lifted from sessions for Miguel's forthcoming album or a leftover joint from "All I Want Is You," "Superhero" is a solid joint that demands a listen or two.
Chrisette Michele's third album "Let Freedom Reign" was extremely slept on and the public truly missed out on some timeless material off of the songstress' album. One of those cuts is the Jazmine Sullivan and John Legend penned ballad "I Don't Know Why, But I Do" which is a powerful song that has that John Legend sound written all over it. Take a first if not second listen to the sublime song from Chrisette Michelle and enjoy her wonderful vocals on "I Don't Know Why, But I Do."
A trailer and a release date have finally been released for the anticipated Tuskegee Airmen film "Red Tails." Featuring the film debut of Jazmine Sullivan as well as other notable actors Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr., "Red Tails" has been in the can awaiting release for awhile now. Though the film is currently slated for a January 20th, 2012 release date, it should be interesting to see if the studio pushes the film up for Oscar contention. Peep the trailer below and be on the lookout for "Red Tails" as it hits theaters early next year.
While Jordin Sparks puts the finishing touches on her third album and followup to her sophomore album "Battlefield," she's been performing spot dates here and there to quench her fans thirst before the new album is rolled out. With that said, Sparks took to Times Square to perform on behalf of Vh1's "Save The Music Foundation" and performed her two of her biggest hits "Battlefield" and "No Air." Peep her performances in this live clip below and Enjoy!
While R&B singer Joe puts the finishing touches on his forthcoming album "The Good, The Bad, The Sexy" a new joint from the crooner has it the net entitled "Gone Away." While the track doesn't seem fully mastered, it's a great refreshing sound for Joe and I hope that this joint makes the cut for his forthcoming album. Listen below to this funky mid-tempo and Enjoy!
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Marvin Gays is one of the greatest male vocalists to grace the microphone in my opinion. With that said, take a listen to Marvin crooning out his classic "Distant Lover," which is one of his countless classic hits. Take a listen bellow and Enjoy!
With the recent passing of Amy Winehouse, it seems as though Billie Holiday has reentered the public conscious of popular culture. With that said, there's been a lot of comparison between Holiday and Winehouse vocally and while I won't comment directly, watch Holiday's passionate performance of the classic "Strange Fruit" below. This performance and her countless others are why Billie Holiday is one of the great vocalist in popular music history. Watch below and Enjoy!
"I'm A Star" - Chrisette Michele
- Writers: Shaffer Smith & Charles Harmon
- Producer: Charles Harmon
- Record Label: Def Jam
- Released in 2010 from "Let Freedom Reign."
- Peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
For the Earth, Wind, and Fire tribute album "Interpretations: Celebrating the Music of Earth Wind & Fire", Mint Condition along with other artists covered some of EW&F's most memorable songs. Enjoy Mint Condition's take on "After The Love Is Gone" below from their set at AOL Black Voices.
Roc Nation artist on the rise Bridget Kelly has just released her take on the Frank Ocean penned "Thinking About Forever," which may serve as her first official single. Though Ocean's version hit the net the other day, it appears as though he crafted the joint for Kelly and you can listen to her version below.
Jill Scott scorched the stage this past week in Boston during one of the early dates of her current block party style tour. Towards the close of her set, Scott let into a soulful and operatic induced opus on her fan favorite and classic hit "He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat)." Peep some of the raw footage below of Scott's operatic take on "He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat)" and Enjoy!
Johnny Gill is back with the official video for the lead single off of his forthcoming album "Still Winning." Expected to drop September 20th, "In The Mood" is the first single and visual lifted from Gill's forthcoming project on Notifi/Fontana. With that said, peep the video below for "In The Mood" and lookout for Gill's upcoming album this September.
Been getting into SBTRKT recently and his self-titled debut LP "SBTRKT," which was just released a few weeks ago. With that said, my favorite joint off of the album is "Hold On," which features vocals from Sampha. "Hold On" is a great smooth mid-tempo and this collaboration deserves a few listens.
Travis Garland formerly of NLT and songstress JoJo have teamed up for this sensual duet entitled "Paint." Lifted from Garland's forthcoming mixtape, "Paint" offers a refreshing sound for both JoJo and Garland and their sample of Jai Paul’s "BTSTU" is an interesting selection for this mid-tempo. Listen below and see how you feel about "Paint."
Beyonce stopped by "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" the other day to promote her new album "4." During her brief interview, Beyonce talks with Fallon about her family, Kelly Rowland and Destiny's Child, taking a year off before creating this album, and so much more. Watch the fun interview below and Enjoy!
Friday, July 29, 2011
Miguel has been performing one of my favorite joints from his discography entitled "Strawberry Amazing." Though it was featured on his mixtape "Mischief," it appears as though the label has gotten behind this joint and that it might be a forthcoming single from the crooner. With that said, peep Miguel performing "Strawberry Amazing" from a recent tour stop in Austin, TX below and Enjoy!
"Flash Light" - Parliament
- Writer: George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, and Bernie Worrell
- Producer: George Clinton
- Classification: P-Funk, Funk, and Old-School Soul
- Record Label: Casablanca
- "Flash Light" was released in 1978 from "Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome".
- Went #1 on the R&B Charts.
I'm a little late on this Fyu-chur remix of Beyonce's "Run The World (Girls)," but this take on her lead single from "4" is on point. Featuring a verse from Nicki Minaj, it's a shame that this remix never became the official take on "Run The World (Girls)," and sonically, this joint is better then the original in my opinion. Listen below and Enjoy!