Sunday, September 30, 2012

Live Clip: "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" (Brandy featuring Faith Hill)

Back in 1999, Vh1 presented "VH1 Divas Live 2: An Honors Concert for VH1's Save the Music," which aired live from New York City’s Beacon Theatre on April 13, 1999. During the concert, Brandy and Faith Hill teamed up for a phenomenal cover of the Bryan Adams  classic "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You." While Brandy featured her take of the classic on her 1998 album "Never Say Never," this was the first televised time that Brandy performed the song and the addition of Faith Hill added an extra bit of power to this power ballad. Peep their sublime cover and duet below and Enjoy!

Live Video of the Day: "Thank You" (Estelle)

NBC's late night show "Last Call with Carson Daly" recently caught up with Grammy winner Estelle as she performed her hit single "Thank You" recently at the "Greek Theater" in Los Angeles. Estelle of course offered up a solid rendition of "Thank You" and you can watch it all go down below!

New Video: "Sweet Nothing" (Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch)

I don't know how I missed this, but Calvin Harris' collaboration with Florence Welch entitled "Sweet Nothing" recently received the official video treatment. With that said, take a few minutes and peep their dramatic collaboration for "Sweet Nothing" below!

Song of the Day: "Love Is" (Brian McKnight & Vanessa Williams)

"Love Is" - Brian McKnight & Vanessa Williams
  • Writers: Tonio K, Michael Caruso and John Keller
  • Producers: Gerry Brown
  • Record Label: Giant Records
  • Released in 1993 from "Beverly Hills 90210 Original Soundtrack
  • Peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100

Set: "iTunes Festival 2012" (Robert Glasper)

Last night at the Roundtable in London, Robert Glasper along with Bilal, Lalah Hathaway, MF Doom, Phonte, Lionel Loueke, Alan Hampton, and Patrick Stump performed a rousing set during this year's iTunes Festival 2012. With that said, peep Robert Glasper's entier set below and Enjoy!

Live Clip: "Pussy Is Mine" (Miguel)

Miguel's forthcoming sophomore album "Kaleidoscope Dream" is slated for release this Tuesday and ahead of its release, Miguel has released a live performance clip of him performing a new joint entitled "Pussy Is Mine" from the Bay Area. With that said, peep his performance of "Pussy Is Mine" below and lookout for the release of "Kaleidoscope Dream," when it hits stores on Tuesday!

Second Listen: "Listen to Me" (Baby Huey)

With a psychedelic brand of soul and a vocal style that drew comparisons to Otis Redding, the 400 pound Baby Huey was set to break nationally with his 1971 debut album. Unfortunately, a fatal heart attack prevented him from seeing the release of the disc. Baby Huey's lone album has become a sought-after collectible soul fanatics. With that said, take a first or second listen below to Baby Huey's  thumping joint "Listen to Me" below and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" (Christina Aguilera)

As Christina Aguilera gets ready to release her forthcoming album "Lotus" this November, I am reminded of what I would deem her best captured vocal performance to date on "It's a Man's Man's Man's World." Lifted from the 2007 Grammy Awards, Christina's rendition of "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" was in honor of the late Godfather of Soul and though it was only rated as the third Most Memorable Grammy Performance of all time, it in my opinion is at least number 2 only behind the Queen of Soul's rendition of "Nessun Dorma." Either way you feel, watch her sublime rendition of "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" below and Enjoy!

Cut: "Lost & Found" (Lianne La Havas)

Lianne La Havas released an EP entitled "Lost & Found" last year and the title track is one of those haunting ballad cuts that really warrants a listen or two from those who aren't too familiar with her work. Though it was released as a single from the project, it seems as though a lot of people slept on this smooth cut and you should take a listen below to the sublime "Lost & Found."

Live Audio: "Live in Bangkok 1997" (Whitney Houston

Back in 1997, Whitney Houston performed a one off concert in Bangkok, Thailand and offered a sublime set which included "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)," "The Greatest Love Of All," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," "I Will Always Love You," and "Saving All My Love For You" to name a few. Take a listen to her phenomenal set from her concert in Bangkok from back in 1997 below and Enjoy!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Live Clip: "Battle Scars" (Lupe Fiasco & Guy Sebastian)

Last night Lupe Fiasco took to a Samsung sponsored event in New York City to perform once again with Guy Sebastian on "Battle Scars." In addition to Sebastian, Chicago's own Verzatile Band joined Lupe on this special performance of "Battle Scars" and you can watch this special performance go down below!

Live Video of the Day: "New Day" (Alicia Keys)

Alicia Keys stopped by Alan Carr: Chatty Man" earlier this week to promote her forthcoming album "Girl On Fire" and during her time on the UK late night show, Alicia Keys performed her thumping uptempo number "New Day." Peep her energetic performance of "New Day" below and lookout for her forthcoming album "Girl On Fire," when it's released this November!

Song of the Day: "Flash Light" (Parliament)

"Flash Light" - Parliament

Amazing Cover: "I Don't Know Why I Love You" (Jill Scott)

During BET's Walk of Fame honoring Stevie Wonder, Jill Scott performed the Stevie Wonder cut "I Don't Know Why I Love You." Though it's not a known Stevie Wonder classic as some of his more familiar chart-toppers, Jill Scott puts it down on this smooth cut by Wonder. Watch it below and Enjoy!

New Joint: "She" (Laura Mvula)

Having opened for Rebecca Ferguson during iTunes Festival 2012, Laura Mvula came onto my radar and now I've stumbled upon her sublime lush joint "She." With that said, take a listen to this amazing mid-tempo joint from Laura Mvula below and get better acquainted with this artist-on-the-rise!

Interview: Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera hit up "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" last night and during her conversation with Jay, Christina opened up about her hit single "Your Body," her forthcoming album "Lotus," her stint on "The Voice," beginning her career on "Star Search," and so much more. Peep her interview below and if you haven't seen her new video for "Your Body," you can also watch it below!

Set: "iTunes Festival 2012" (Alicia Keys)

During last night's iTunes Festival 2012, Alicia Keys performing a rousing set including classics like "Fallin'," "If I Ain't Got You," "You Don't Know My Name," "A Woman's Worth" in addition to her new joints "New Day," "Girl On Fire," "Brand New Me," and "Not Even the King." With that said, peep the setlist and set below and Enjoy!

1. New Day
2. Karma
3. You Don't Know My Name
4. Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart
5. Unthinkable
6. A Woman's Worth
7. Unbreakable
8. Girl on Fire
9. I Need You
10. Brand New Me
11. Fallin'
12. Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down
13. No One
14. Not Even the King
15. If I Ain't Got You

Interview: Jessie J

Jessie J stopped by "Alan Carr Chatty Man" recently to talk to the famed UK television host and during her chat with Alan Carr, Jessie J opened up about changing her style, donating her clothes to charity, deciding to shave her head for charity soon, performing at the Olympics, her new book "Nice To Meet You," "The Voice UK," and much more. Peep the interview below and hopefully we will get some new music from Jessie J come 2013!

Remix: "End Of Time (Urban Noize Remix)" (Beyonce)

Though Beyonce "End Of Time" from Beyonce's fourth album "4" never received the single's treatment here in the US, several remixes of her Fela Kuti inspired joint have hit the net. With that said, a new remix in the form of "End Of Time (Urban Noize Remix)," has hit the net and you can check out the Michael Jackson flavored remix below!

New Joint: "Brand New Me" (Alicia Keys)

During Alicia Keys' set last night during iTunes Festival 2012, the famed songstress debuted new joint entitled "Brand New Me," which is lifted from her forthcoming "Girl On Fire" LP. With that said, take a listen below to her sublime ballad "Brand New Me" and Enjoy!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Live Video of the Day: "Battle Scars" (Lupe Fiasco & Guy Sebastian)

Lupe Fiasco and Guy Sebastian took to "The Late Show with David Letterman," last night to perform their collaboration "Battle Scars," which is lifted from Lupe Fiasco's latest release Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1." With that said, peep the duo's performance of "Battle Scars" below and Enjoy!

Interview: Janelle Monae

Billboard caught up with Janelle Monae earlier this week in Los Angeles during Nokia Music Social Media Week and the newly minted CoverGirl opened up about her forthcoming sophomore album "The Electric Lady" in addition to being the new face and spokeswoman for CoverGirl. Peep the interview below and lookout for new music from Ms. Monae soon!

New Joint: "Face To Face" (Cris Cab)

Miami artist-on-the-rise Cris Cab is releasing his EP "Rise" on October 6th and ahead of its October 6th release, the studio version of "Face To Face" has hit the net. Previously featured as a snippet on his mixtape "Echo Boom," the studio version from Cris Cab's forthcoming Mercury Records release is a solid update from the rising artist and you can listen to it below.

Song of the Day: "Part-Time Lover" (Stevie Wonder)

"Part-Time Lover" - Stevie Wonder
  • Writer: Stevie Wonder
  • Producer: Stevie Wonder
  • Record Label: Motown
  • Released in 1985 from "In Square Circle"
  • Peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Black Singles chart

Album in the Works: "Unorthodox Jukebox" (Bruno Mars)

Bruno Mars has been hard at work crafting his sophomore followup to his breakout debut album "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" and fans of the crooner won't have to wait much longer as Mars has pegged a December 11th (US) release date for his upcoming album "Unorthodox Jukebox." "Unorthodox Jukebox" will be preceded by the lead single "Locked Out Of Heaven," which is set to premier this coming Monday. With that said, you can get a little taste of  "Locked Out Of Heaven" ahead of its release below.

Live Clip: "Girl on Fire" (Alicia Keys)

The New York Times Magazine caught up with Alicia Keys recently to talk to her about new single "Girl on Fire" and the creative process behind her latest anthem. With that said, peep Keys open up about her inspiration behind "Girl on Fire" and perform the first verse below!

New Video: "Your Body" (Christina Aguilera)

Christina Aguilera is officially back with the official video for her latest single "Your Body." After teasing fans with clips of the video, the four-time Grammy winner has released the colorful and playful video for her thumping new hit single "Your Body," which is lifted from Christina's upcoming seventh studio album "Lotus." With that said, peep the Melina Matsoukas directed clip below and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Respect Yourself" (Guy Sebastian)

While Guy Sebastian is putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming sixth studio album "Armageddon," I thought it would be nice to take a listen to his solid cover of The Staple Singers' classic joint "Respect Yourself." Lifted from his covers album entitled "The Memphis Album," Guy offers a smooth cover of the James Ingram co-written song and you can check it out below.

Second Listen: "Newness" (Musiq Soulchild)

Musiq Soulchild has had numerous cuts on his past albums that didn't receive the single's treatment. "Newness," is one of those joints, which was featured on Musiq's "Juslisen. With that said, take a first listen or a second to "Newness" below, and make sure you go out and support Musiqby getting his latest release "Musiqinthemagiq."

Newness (Album Version (Edited))

Live Audio: "Love The One You're With" (Aretha Franklin)

After discovering that the Queen of Soul had a live recording of "Love The One You're With," I rushed over to my vinyl collection to dust of Franklin's "Live at Filmore West" and put it on my record player immediately. Much to my surprise and enjoyment, Aretha and crew churned out an upbeat infectious rendition of "Love The One You're With," which is a sublime addition to any music collector's discography. With that said, take a listen below to this amazing live audio and Enjoy!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tour Dates: Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is coming back to the US this coming Winter 2013 with a nineteen-city tour thus far. Hitting major cities like Houston, Dallas, New York, and Los Angeles in addition to several other cities in the United States. With that said, peep his forthcoming tour dates below and click here to get tickets!

17 - Houston, TX, House of Blues
18 - Dallas, TX, The Palladium Ballroom
19 - Austin, TX, Stubbs Bar-B-Q
22 - Nashville, TN,  Ryman Auditorium
24 - Detroit, MI, The Fillmore Detroit
25 Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
26 Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room
28 Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
29 Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live
30 New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall

1 Louisville, KY, Palace Theatre
2 St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
3 Kansas City, MO, The Midland
5 Broomfield, CO, 1st Bank Center
6 Magna, UT, Great Salt Air
9 Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Palladium
12 San Diego, CA, Spreckels Theatre
13 Tempe, AZ, The Marquee
14 Tucson, AZ, Rialto Theatre

Live Video of the Day: "A House Is Not A Home" (Luther Vandross)

You can't find a bad Luther Vandross performance, it is just impossible as Luther is a vocal master with the ability and depth to continually find something new and different with each performance of his classic hits. With that said, Luther's performance at the NAACP Image Awards of "A House Is Not A Home" is one of his most, if not most legendary performances on video as the then young crooner gives veterans and peers in the industry a singing 101 lesson. Watch his iconic performance below and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Someday We'll All Be Free" (Donny Hathaway)

"Someday We'll All Be Free" - Donny Hathaway
  • Writers: Donny Hathaway and Edward Howard
  • Producer: Arif Mardin
  • Record Label: Atco
  • Released in 1973 from "Extension of a Man"
  • Peaked at #51 U.S. Billboard R&B Charts 

Interview: Chrisette Michele

SoulCultureTV recently caught up with Chrisette Michele when she was in London finding inspiration for her forthcoming Audrey Hepburn inspired mixtape.
Currently retracing the footsteps of Audrey Hepburn on a trip around Europe, Chrisette Michele recently sat down with SoulCulture TV during her stay in London to talk about being inspired by the iconic actress to craft an audiovisual project in her honor, who she's been working with on her upcoming album "Better," and what the soulful New York native finds draining about being an artist in the spotlight.
Peep the insightful interview below and lookout for new music from Chrisette Michele soon!

New Joint: "Everyday People" (Mary J. Blige)

Having recently ended her "Liberation" co-tour with D'Angelo, Mary J. Blige  has been keeping herself busy with her Lifetime TV film project "Betty & Coretta," which began filming this week. With that said, a new joint "Everyday People," which was a leftover from Blige's "My Life II" has surfaced on the net earlier today and has led people to ponder if the rumored "My Life II: The Journey Continues (Act 2)" is actually in the works. With that said, peep the Sly and the Family Stone sampled "Everyday People" via  Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Lay With You" (El DeBarge featuring Faith Evans)

Towards the tail-end of 2010, El DeBarge released his fifth studio album entitled "Second Chance" and the second single lifted from the effort was his Mike City produced duet "Lay With You," which featured Faith Evans. A solid mid-tempo from the crooner and Evans, "Lay With You" would go onto peak at a respectable #20 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. With that said, take a first or hopefully second listen to this gem and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Someone Like You" (Kelly Clarkson)

During her recent concert in Brisbane, Kelly Clarkson offered up a solid cover of the Adele torch ballad "Someone Like You." While I am shocked that she hasn't performed this cover before, Kelly really rocks it out and you can watch it all go down below!

New Video: "The First Time" (Lemar)

Lemar's forthcoming fifth album "Invincible" is slated for an October 7th release in the UK and ahead of its forthcoming release, Lemar's single "The First Time" has just received the official visual treatment and you can watch it go down below!

Preview: "Your Body" Teasers (Christina Aguilera)

Christina Aguilera's lead single "Your Body," from her forthcoming fifth studio LP "Lotus" has received the the official visual treatment and while the video is set to hit the net in a few days, two new teasers for Aguilera's video have hit the net. With that said, peep both of the teasers for "Your Body" below and Enjoy!

Project in the Works: "Remembering Whitney" (Whitney Houston)

Already slated to carry the forthcoming Houston family reality show "On Our Own," which is being produced by Pat Houston, the  Lifetime show is expected to follow Pat, Gary, Bobbi Kristina and Cissy during their lives after the tragic passing of Whitney. In addition to airing "On Our Own," Lifetime is slated to premiere a Whitney-themed documentary entitled "Remembering Whitney," which is slated for an October 17th premiere at 9pm ET/PT. While a trailer for the forthcoming documentary has yet to hit the net, the forthcoming film is said to feature private home videos, behind the scenes footage, candid clips from Bobbi Kristina, and other footage to honor the late legendary singer. With that in mind, keep a lookout for "Remembering Whitney" on October 17th on Lifetime in addition to the Houston family reality show "On Our Own," when it premiers October 24th.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New Joint: "Killa" (Mario)

Mario seems to be back with a "comeback"buzz single of sorts in the form of "Killa." Produced by Glass John, this solid mid-tempo buzz single that samples R. Kelly's "Your Body’s Callin’," is a great "re-introduction" to Mario and his forthcoming fifth studio LP. Take a listen below to "Killa" and Enjoy!

Live Video of the Day: "Drunk" (Ed Sheeran)

Ed Sheeran recently appeared on Sunrise and perform his hit single "Drunk." Accompanying himself on an acoustic guitar, Sheeran croons out a solid rendition and you can peep his performance below.

Song of the Day: "Back To Life" (Corneille)

"Back To Life" - Corneille
  • Writer: Corneille Nyungura
  • Record Label: Universal Motown
  • "Back To Life" was released from The Birth of Cornelius.

Second Listen: "Whip Appeal" (Babyface)

Back in 1989, Babyface released his sophomore album "Tender Lover" and his album exploded selling in excess of 3 million copies in the US alone and spurred four top 5 R&B hits including "Whip Appeal." In addition to peaking at #2 on the R&B charts, the single was then his largest pop crossover hit peaking at #6 on the Hot 100,. With that said, take a listen below to Babyface croon away on one of my all time favorite 80s joints "Whip Appeal."

Cut: "Superwoman" (Karyn White)

Back in 1988 Karyn White's 1988 breakout single "Superwoman" dropped and it helped propel her into 80s stardom.  Lifted from her self-titled debut album "Karyn White," White croons about the loss of her love on this LA Reid, Babyface, and Daryl Simmons produced cut. For some of the young-ins this might be a first listen, but either way, it's a strong song that one should be familiar with. With that said, take a listen to this sublime cut from White below and Enjoy!