Monday, October 31, 2011

New Joint: "What If Tomorrow Never Comes" (LeMarvin)

Artist on the rise LeMarvin is back with another new joint and this time it is in the form of "What If Tomorrow Never Comes." The mid-tempo flavored joint is the latest offering from LeMarvin and while it's not clear if this is lifted from a forthcoming project from the Universal Music singer, it's a solid joint and warrants a listen or two below!

Live Video of the Day: "Reasons" (Earth, Wind and Fire)

Earth, Wind and Fire have a lot of jams and classics, but "Reasons" to me is one of those top ten joints from EWF that just will never get old. With that said, peep EWF's sublime performance with Philip Bailey taking the lead from this 1999 live performance below and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Heaven and Earth" (Al Jarreau)

"Heaven and Earth" - Al Jarreau
  • Writers: Louis and Linda Biancaniello
  • Producer: Narada Michael Walden
  • Record Label: Warner Brothers
  • Released in 1992 from "Heaven and Earth"
  • Won the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

Set: Hard Rock Cafe (JoJo)

JoJo has been making the rounds this past month in support of the Hard Rock Cafe's Pinktober and this past Sunday, JoJo performed a solid 25 minute acoustic set and performed a variety of material including her 2004 debut single, "Leave (Get Out)," new single "Disaster," covers of Amy Winehouse's "You Know I'm No Good" and Detroit's own Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody?" and "One In A Million." In addition to this good mix of joint, JoJo performed the title track from her forthcoming album  "Jumping Trains" and finished the set with her hit single "Too Little, Too Late." Peep the sublime footage of her set below and Enjoy!

Interview: Tyrese

Tyrese's forthcoming album "Open Invitation" drops tomorrow and Tyrese caught up with KJ Midday at 105.7 and talked about his forthcoming album, linking up with Taraji P. Henson for the official visual for "Stay," iTunes calling his album a masterpiece, and much more. Peep the brief interview below and lookout for Tyrese's new album "Open Invitation" when it drops tomorrow!

Live Clip: "Milk & Honey" (Goapele)

Goapele held her album release party at B.B. King Blues Club & Gril in New York City last week and the people over at Concreteloop caught some footage of the songstress crooning out one of the joints lifted from her new album "Break of Dawn"entitled "Milk & Honey." With that said, peep this live clip of Goapele below and if you don't know/ don't have it, her new album "Break Of Dawn" is in stores now!

New Joint: "SMFU (Save Me From U)" (Dawn Richard)

As a Halloween treat, Dawn Richard has released a new joint entitled "SMFU (Save Me From U)," which is lifted from her forthcoming concept album "GoldenHeart." Produced by Druski, "SMFU (Save Me From U)" is a solid ballad offering form the former Danity Kane alum and really showcases off Dawn's phenomenal pipes. Take a listen below to her acoustic ballad "SMFU (Save Me From U)" and Enjoy!

Album in the Works: "Lioness: Hidden Treasures" (Amy Winehouse)

After months of speculation regarding the release of Amy's music postmortem, the official tracklisting, cover, and production notes from the first postmortem Winehouse record have been released via The Sun. Entitled "Lioness: Hidden Treasures," the album is scheduled for a December 5th release and was produced by her two close production partners Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi.  The album features some entirely new joints from the songstress, reworking of older material, as well as some new covers that haven't been heard from Winehouse before. In addition to being the first release of Winehouse's since her tragic passing, every album sold 1£ will be donated to Winehouse's newly minted charity. With that said, peep the official tracklsiting as well as details about the song below via The Sun.

1. Our Day Will Come (Reggae Version): Re-working of classic '60s doo-wop song produced by Salaam Remi. Recorded May 2002.

2. Between the Cheats: New Amy composition recorded in London in May 2008 for potential inclusion on album three, produced by Salaam Remi.

3. Tears Dry: First written by Amy as a ballad, this is the original version she recorded in November 2005 in Miami with Salaam. The later up-tempo version appears on Back To Black.

4. Wake Up Alone: The first song recorded for the Back To Black sessions. This is the one-take demo recorded in March 2006 by Paul O'Duffy.

5. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow: Beautiful reading of the Carole King-written Shirelles classic. Produced by Mark Ronson and featuring the Dap Kings with string arrangements by Chris Elliott. Recorded in September 2004.

6. Valerie: One of Amy's jukebox favourites, the original slower tempo version of the Mark Ronson-produced post-Back To Black single. Recorded in December 2006.

7. Like Smoke featuring Nas: Amy and Nas became good friends after Amy name-checked the New York rapper on Back To Black's Me & Mr Jones. Like Smoke is Amy finally doing a song with one of her favourite artists. Produced by Salaam Remi. Recorded in May 2008.

8. The Girl from Ipanema: The first song 18-year-old Amy sang when she went to Miami to record with Salaam. He remarked that "the way she re-interpreted this bossa nova classic made me realise I was dealing with a very special talent. Her approach to the song was so young and fresh, it inspired the rest of our sessions". Recorded in May 2002.

9. Halftime: Amy had talked to Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the Roots about working together. Amy and Salaam worked on Half-time since the Frank sessions. The result is beautiful. Recorded in August 2002.

10. Best Friends: Frank-era live set opener produced by Salaam Remi. Probably the first song that early Amy fans would have heard live. Recorded in February 2003.

11. Body & Soul with Tony Bennett: Cover of '30s jazz standard with hero Tony Bennett. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios London in March 2011 and produced by Phil Ramone. Amy's final studio recording.

12. A Song for You: Heartbreaking and emotional version of the classic made famous by Donny Hathaway, Amy's favourite artist. The song was recorded in one take, just Amy and her guitar, at her home during spring 2009 as she battled her demons. Produced by Salaam Remi.

Amazing Cover: "I Put a Spell on You" (Nina Simone)

In honor of Halloween, I though it might be nice to revisit a classic song that has become synonymous with Halloween. With that said, I offer up Nina Simone's sublime rendition of Screamin' Jay Hawkins's "I Put a Spell on You." Though Screamin' Jay Hawkins released his rendition back in 1956, the song didn't chart until Nina Simone covered the joint in 1965 where it would go on to peak at #23 on the Billboard Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles. Take a listen below to Nina Simone's amazing cover of "I Put a Spell on You" below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Piece of My Heart" (Erma Franklin)

Before Janis Joplin as a part of the Big Brother and the Holding Company recorded "Piece of My Heart," Aretha Franklin's eldest sister Erma Franklin recorded and released the joint a year prior. peaked in the top ten on the R&B charts, Erma's rendition would later earn the songstress a Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1969, though her sister Aretha would go on to win with her classic hit "Chain of Fools." With that said, take a firs or second listen to Erma's original version of "Piece of My Heart" below and Enjoy!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Interview: Miguel

Camloot caught up with Miguel to talk about adjusting to fame, his craft of songwriting, Usher being a guiding force in his career, his debut album being inspired from his current relationship, and much more. Peep the interview below and lookout for Miguel's sophomore album in 2012.

Song of the Day: "Sexual Healing" (Marvin Gaye)

"Sexual Healing" - Marvin Gaye
  • Writers: Marvin Gaye, Odell Brown, David Ritz
  • Producer: Marvin Gaye
  • Record Label: Columbia 
  • Released in 1982 from "Midnight Love"
  • Peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles

Live Video of the Day: "Use Somebody" (Misha B)

Shockingly Misha B of The X Factor UK was found in the bottom two this week and while the judges unanimously agreed to save her from elimination, Misha belted out a sublime take on the Kings of Leon hit "Use Somebody" in her own unique way. While I've said it before and will continue to say it, Misha B is a star and X Factor is giving her a great platform to showcase her powerful pipes. Misha not only has a unique sound and style, but also possesses the vocal prowess of emotionally connecting with the audience which is a hard ability to come by. Peep her amazing interpretation of "Use Somebody" below and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Kiss From A Rose" (Leona Lewis)

Leona Lewis adds her name to the list of singers who've covered Seal's classic "Kiss From A Rose." During the closing night of the 2011 Doha Tribeca Film Festival at KOAT in Doha, Qatar Lewis performed a myriad of covers and her take of "Kiss From A Rose" was my standout favorite from the night. Peep her sublime rendition below and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "You've Got A Friend" (Donny Hathaway)

Donny Hathaway is in my top 5 male vocalist of all time hands down and his live audio cover of the classic "You've Got A Friend" is one of the numerous songs within his discography that place him so highly on my list of favorite singers. With that said, take a listen below to Hathaway crooning out a sublime live rendition of "You've Got A Friend" below and Enjoy!

Preview: "Disaster" (JoJo)

JoJo will be releasing the official visual for her first single "Disaster" off of her forthcoming third album "Jumping Trains" this Tuesday and before the video drops JoJo previewed a little segment of the upcoming video. With that said, take a peak below and Enjoy!

Live Clip: "First Love" & "Closer" (Goapele)

Goapele held her album release party at B.B. King Blues Club & Gril in New York City a few days ago and the people over at Concreteloop caught some footage of the songstress crooning out two of her earlier hits including "First Love" and "Closer." Peep their live clips of Goapele below and if you don't know/ don't have it, her new album "Break Of Dawn" is in stores now!

Second Listen: "Love, Need and Want You" (Patti LaBelle)

Released back in 1983 from LaBelle's "I'm in Love Again" LP, "Love, Need and Want You" is one of those classic R&B gems from the 80s and is a signature Patti jam , which eventually peaked at #10 on the R&B singles charts. Written by Bunny Sigler and Kenny Gamble, "Love, Need and Want You" is just one of those jams that you just have to stop and enjoy every single time it comes on. With that said, take a second listen to this classic jam below and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Never Too Much" (Kem)

Back in 2009 during one of Kem's concert stops in Greensboro, North Carolina, the crooner busted out a sublime rendition of the classic Luther Vandross hit "Never Too Much." While Luther's songs are vocally and technically difficult to perform, Kem pulls of an amazing cover of Vandross' #1 hit "Never Too Much" and then lets into a great rendition of his own classic "Love Calls." Peep the smooth performances below and Enjoy!

A Cappella: "Gravity" (Sara Bareilles)

When an artist opts to sing a cappella during a portion of their show, I think that it's a great way to help create a more intimate space. In addition to the intimacy that a cappella performances provide, they are also great venues to showcase ones voice and Sara Bareilles utilizes this to her advantage at a recent concert appearance at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles during a performance of her smooth ballad "Gravity." Backed by a sublime a cappella group, Sara and her voice take center stage and you can really enjoy her pipes and tone in the below video.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Live Video of the Day: "Tainted Love" (Misha B)

Misha B is my clear favorite on UK's version of "The X Factor" and during this special Halloween themed episode, Misha belted out a sublime rendition of Soft Cell's "Tainted Love." As always, Misha interjects her urban soul into the joint and added a rap verse which really made the joint her own. Peep her sublime performance below and Enjoy!

Interview: Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu was featured as a guest lecturer at the Red Bull Music Academy 2011 currently going down in Madrid, and during her talk, Badu touched on her approach to selecting producers who she'd like to work with on music projects. Peep the insightful little tidbit below and lookout for new music from Badu possibly in 2012!

Song of the Day: "I Can See Clearly Now" (Johnny Nash)

"I Can See Clearly Now" - Johnny Nash
  • Writer & Producer: Johnny Nash
  • Record Label: Epic
  • Released in 1972 from "I Can See Clearly Now"
  • Peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 & #38 on the Black Singles Chart

Second Listen: "Who's Making Love" (Johnnie Taylor)

Johnnie Taylor who was also dubbed "The Philosopher of Soul," when he joined Stax Records back in 1966 released his biggest hit with the label back in 1968 with the release of "Who's Making Love." Eventually peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Black Singles, s"Who's Making Love," would go on to earn Taylor a nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance from the Grammy Awards and would becoming his best selling single to date before the release of his hit "Disco Lady," roughly a decade latter. Take a first or second listen below to "Who's Making Love" and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Crazy" Medley (JoJo)

JoJo has been making the rounds as of late on a Hard Rock Cafe mini tour in support of Breast Cancer entitled "Pinktober Benefit Shows." During her recent set in Washington DC, the songstress belted out a sublime medley of Beyonce's "Crazy In Love" as well as Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy." Peep her acoustic  medley below and Enjoy!

Live Clip: "YES" (Musiq Soulchild)

Musiq Soulchild stopped by the Real Men Wear Pink event to perform his joint "YES," off of his latest album to help benefit the Susan G.Komen for a Cure foundation. With that said, Musiq crooned out a solid rendition of his smooth joint "YES," and you can watch it all go down below.

New Joint: "Nothing On You" (Tyrese)

While Tyrese's forthcoming studio album "Open Invitation" debuts on November 1st, a new joint from the albume entitled "Nothing On You" has been lifted in its entirety and could mark the crooner's third official single from the offering. "Nothing On You" is a smooth mid-tempo joint from Tyrese and definitely sounds like a winner for Adult R&B Radio. Take a listen below to "Nothing On You," and lookout for  Tyrese's album when it drops on Tuesday.

Live Audio: "Gravity" (Sara Bareilles)

Back in 2008, Sara Bareilles released her first live album"Between The Lines: Sara Bareilles Live At The Filmore." On the album, Bareilles offered several amazing live versions of her songs and "Gravity," is one of, if not the highlight of the album. With that said, take a listen bellow to her phenomenal live recording!

Interview: VV Brown

VV Brown sat down with Billboard recently during her photo shoot for "Children" and talked about the evolution of her style,  her current favorite designers, her vintage shop, and much more. Peep the interview below and lookout for Brown's highly anticipated sophomore album "Lollipops & Politics" in 2012!

New Video: "Character" (Mara Hruby)

Mara Hruby has just recently released an official visual for her take on Van Hunt's classic "Character." Per the visual's description:

"Shot and Directed by Melinda James. "Character" is a video displaying a day in Mara Hruby's shoes to get a closer look at what makes her happy; Creativity & Music. It was filmed in The Attic Of Love and features a 1964 Porsche Classic, all centered in The Bay Area."
Peep the official video for Mara's cover of Van Hunt's "Character" below and Enjoy!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Live Clip: Whitney Houston Medley (Ashanti)

Ashanti is currently on tour with legendary songwriter and producer David Foster during the Asian leg of his "David Foster & Friends" and during her stint on the show, Ashanti belts out two of David's biggest hits from Houston that he produced. Of course I am talking about "I Have Nothing," and Houston's mega-hit "I Will Always Love You." Peep Ashanti's powerful interpretations of the two classics below and lookout for her forthcoming studio project sometime in 2012. I must say that I am rather surprised at Ashanti's vocal prowess and hopefully her upcoming album will reflect her powerful vocals.

Live Video of the Day: "Who You Are" (Jessie J)

Jessie J recently partnered up with VEVO for a concert special entitled "VEVO Presents: Jessie J, Live In London," and during the concert, Jessie J performed a heartfelt rendition of the title track from her debut album "Who You Are." Watch Jessie J powerful performance of "Who You Are" below and let the message of the song sink in!

Song of the Day: Back Stabbers (The O'Jays)

"Back Stabbers" - The O'Jays 
  • Writers: Leon Huff, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead
  • Producers: Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff
  • Record Label: Philadelphia International
  • "Back Stabbers" was released in 1972.
  • The song peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. 
  • The song was #1 for a week on the Hot Soul Singles. 

Interview: Cee-Lo Green

Carson Daly caught up with Cee-Lo Green during his show "Last Call with Carson Daly" and during their interview, Cee-Lo talks about how he got into the business with working with OutKast, what was it like growing up, what he's been musically influenced by, what he's looking for come "The Voice" Season 2, a much more. Peep the interview below and lookout for "The Voice" Season 2 after this year's Superbowl.

New Video: "25/8" (Mary J. Blige)

Mary J. Blige is back with her video for "25/8" off of her pending November 21st "My Life II: The Journey Continues (Part 1)." The video is a strong visual offering from Blige and will help build buzz and anticipation for the forthcoming album. Peep the video below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Ifiwouldaknew" (Musiq Soulchild)

Though Musiq has just released his sixth studio album "Musiqinthemagiq," this past week, we are taking it back to his sophomore album "Juslisen." On this album, Musiq had several cuts that never saw the single treatment though they deserved it. With that said, take a second listen to "Ifiwouldaknew," which features a a female duet part by sister duo Aaries. Listen below and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Grenade" (JoJo)

JoJo now becomes the latest singer to add her name to the list of people who've covered Bruno Mars' #1 "Grenade." While JoJo's forthcoming third album "Jumping Trains" won't be released until 2012, her recent covers have really helped maintain and build buzz for the project and I am interested to hear sonically how the album has turned out. With that said, check out JoJo's sublime cover of Bruno Mars' "Grenade" and Enjoy!

Project in the Works: "Sparkle" Remake (Whitney Houston)

It's been more then a decade since Whitney Houston has appeared on the big screen, but the famed vocalist is back staring in Sony Picture's remake to the classic 1976 film. Houston as has been mentioned before, will star as the mother (Emma) to Jordin Spark's Sparkle and the flick is tentatively scheduled for a Fall 2012 release. With that said, a picture of Whitney and Mike Epps has recently hit the net of the duo on set filming the highly anticipated remake to the classic "Sparkle." Peep the flick above and lookout for more updates about the project as the status of the film progresses.

Interview: CJ Hilton

ThisIsRnBTV recently caught up with artist on the rise CJ Hilton for their Rhythm & Blues series which delves into a track off of an artist's effort. With that said, Hilton talked about where the meaning behind "Cold Summer" came from, the production behind the track, some of the influences on the track, and much more. Peep the insightful interview below and lookout for Hilton's album in 2012.

New Joint: "All I Want For Christmas Is You" (Justin Bieber & Mariah Carey)

Justin Bieber is getting ready to release his forthcoming Christmas "Under The Mistletoe" and one of the highly anticipated offerings from the album was Bieber's duet take on the Mariah Carey classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You." While Halloween and Thanksgiving haven't even happened yet, fans of Justin's and Mariah's have something to get amped for as the duet has recently found it's way to the net and Carey as always sounds phenomenal. In addition, the duet showcases off a more matured vocal from Bieber and you can tell puberty is in full swing for the teen heartthrob. Take a listen below to their duet and lookout for Justin's album next month as well as a new Mariah album pegged for 2012.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Live Video of the Day: "This May Be" (Timothy Bloom)

Timothy Bloom dropped "The Budding Rose EP" back in March and since it dropped, the buzz for Bloom has been growing, especially since the visual for "'til The End Of Time" hit. With that said, Bloom  has been touring with Ledisi recently on her first headlining tour and one of the joints off of his EP and which he's been performing on is "This May Be." Sonically different from his buzz single,"This May Be" shows the diversity in Blooms work and really has my interests peaked as to what a full length album from him will sound like. Either way you feel, check out Bloom performing "This May Be" below and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Bittersweet" (Fantasia)

"Bittersweet" - Fantasia
  • Writers: Claude Kelly and Charles Harmon
  • Producer: Chuck Harmony
  • Record Label: J Records
  • Released in 2010 from "Back To Me"
  • Peaked at #7 on U.S. Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
  • Won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance