Wednesday, October 31, 2012

TV Rewind: Keyshia & Daniel: Family First Ep. 4 (Keyshia Cole)

Keyshia Cole's BET reality show Keyshia & Daniel: Family First aired its fourth episode last night and Keyshia and Daniel once agan opened up their lives to their fans and share their joys, pains, and stuggles with us all. Watch the latest episode of Keyshia & Daniel: Family First below and Enjoy!

Live Video of the Day: "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" (Whitney Houston)

During the release week of Whitney's "comeback" album "I Look To You," Whitney took part in a two part Oprah Winfrey Show special and during the second part of their interview, Houston took to the stage to perform her torch ballad "I Didn't Know My Own Strength." Below you can watch her powerful performance as we continue to honor the legacy of Ms. Whitney Houston!

New Video: "Playing With Fire" (Plan B featuring Labrinth)

Plan B has just released the official video for his joint "Playing With Fire" and the Labrinth featuring single is yet another solid effort from Plan B's ill Manors soundtrack. With that said, peep the official video for "Playing With Fire" below which literally finds Plan B on fire.

Song of the Day: "Stay in My Corner" (The Dells)

"Stay in My Corner" - The Dells
  • Writers and Produces: Wade Flemons,  Bobby Miller, & Barrett Strong
  • Record Label: Chess Records
  • Rereleased in 1968 from "There Is"
  • Peaked at #10 from Billboard Hot 100 & #1 on Hot Black Singles

Playback: "Still (Country Version)" (Tamia)

I posted Tamia's updated rendition of "Still"a few months ago, but it seems as though not a lot of people took notice, so I wanted to post it again! To help build buzz for her recently released LP "Beautiful Surprise," Tamia has released an updated rendition of her joint "Still," which was a song she originally recorded with Jermaine Dupri and released on her album 2004 album "More." Tamia and Claude Kelly teamed up for this rerecord which found the famed singer recording it in roughly three takes with the assistance of some Nashville country musicians. Instead of piecing her takes together, Tamia performed "Still" with the musicians simultaneously and took the best take. Take a listen below to "Still (Country Version)," which will appear on "Beautiful Surprise" and support this sistah!

Cut: "Beautiful" (Tweet)

Back in 2002, Tweet released her debut album "Southern Hummingbird" via The Goldmind Inc. and Elektra Records.  While "Southern Hummingbird" is best known for Tweets' joints "Oops (Oh My)" and "Call Me,"there are a few cuts off the album that are some solid joints to have in one's collection. With that said, I offer up her smooth joint "Beautiful" as one of these such joints. Take a listen below to "Beautiful" and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Teach Me Tonight" (Dinah Washington)

Back in 1954, Dinah Washington recorded and released her rendition of the Gene De Paul and Sammy Cahn standard "Teach Me Tonight." In my opinion, Dinah created the definitive version of the classic standard, which would go onto peak at #4 on the Rhythm & Blues Records charts. Take a first or second listen below to her sublime recording of "Teach Me Tonight," and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Ain't No Way" (Kenny Lattimore)

On Kenny Lattimore's 2008 "Timeless" album, the crooner covered the Aretha Franklin classic "Ain't No Way." While most vocalist shouldn't attempt to cover songs done by one the Queen of Soul, Lattimore is the exception to this and his smooth tenor takes on the song like a pro. Take a listen below to his amazing cover of "Ain't No Way," and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "Heaven" (Ed Sheeran)

Last year Ed Sheeran visited BBC Radio I Live Lounge to promote his then forthcoming debut  release "+."  During his visit, he covered two joints, Frank Ocean's "Swim Good" and Emeli Sande's "Heaven." Below you will find his take on Emeli Sande's "Heaven" which Ed offerers a sublime cover of. Emeli and Ed are two of my favorite UK exports of the moment, and hopefully 2013 will see more of them in the States. With that said, take a listen below to Ed Sheeran's live cover of "Heaven" and Enjoy!

New Video: "Take Him Out" (Mya)

Mya released a video for her Carib flavored joint "Take Him Out" yesterday and had the blogs abuzz as it had been a long minute since we had seen a visual from Mya, let alone music as her 2011 album  K.I.S.S. was not commercially released here in the States. Featuring dancehall star Spice, the visual for "Take Him Out" shows that Mya still got it in all the right ways and hopefully a major US label can get in-line with her and stage a "comeback" of sorts. Either way you feel, peep the video below for "Take Him Out" and Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Remix: "Glitter and Gold (Tom Farrago Remix)" (Rebecca Ferguson)

The latest single lifted from Rebecca Ferguson's sublime debut album is "Glitter and Gold." While a video for the single was released several days ago, Tom Farrago's remix of the joint has me feeling the song even more then the sleek visual that accompanies the official release. With that said, take a listen to "Glitter and Gold (Tom Farrago Remix) below and Enjoy!

Live Video of the Day: "Why Would You Stay" (Kem)

One of my favorite joint from Kem's latest album "Intimacy: Album III," was the lead off single "Why Would You Stay" and below you will find a sublime performance of this smooth ballad by Kem as he crooned it out during the 2010 Budweiser Fest." With that said, watch the powerful performance below and if you don't have his latest album, go out and support the brotha as he always brings it on his LPs.

Song of the Day: "Can You Stand the Rain" (New Edition)

"Can You Stand The Rain" - New Edition
  • Writers and Producers: Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
  • Record Label: MCA
  • Released in 1988 from "Heart Break"
  • Peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles

Second Listen: "Everything I Do" (Beyonce featuring Bilal)

Back in 2003 "The Fighting Temptations" film was released and the accompanying soundtrack gained critical praise for the vocal stylings of Beyonce and the cast. With that said, one of the standouts from the soundtrack was the Beyonce and Bilal duet "Everything I Do." While the song was briefly showcased in the film, the song is a solid effort that shows of the phenomenal vocal stylings of both Beyonce and Bilal. Take a second listen below to "Everything I Do" and Enjoy!

New Joint: "Black Rage" (Lauryn Hill)

Ms. Lauryn Hill is currently on a co-headlining tour with Nas and during her set, Hill has been performing a spoken word new joint entitled "Black Rage" amongst her classic hits. With that said, peep her performance of "Black Rage" below from the Dallas stop of her "Life Is Good/Black Rage" joint tour with Nas and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Open Arms" (Celine Dion)

Back in 1982 Journey released their classic song "Open Arms" and a little under 20 years later, Celeine Dion decided to open her return to vegas show with a stunning cover of "Open Arms." With that said, watch her powerful performance of the stunning ballad below and Enjoy!

TV Rewind: "The Houstons: On Our Own" Ep. 1 & 2

Playing TV catchup today with "The Houstons: On Our Own" which aired last week on Lifetime. The fourteen-episode series follows the lives of Whitney Houston's family as they move on from her death and the episodes seem to be airing back-to-back on Lifetime every Wednesday. With that said, peep the  first two episodes below and lookout for "The Houstons: On Our Own" when it airs on Wednesdays.

Behind the Scenes: "Behind The Armor @ SOB's" (Dawn Richard)

Dawn Richard recently took over NYC's famed S.O.B.s last week and now her and her team have released a behind the scenes feature of the rising songstress prepping and performing at her latest show. Entitled "Behind The Armor @ SOB's," you can watch it all go down below and lookout for her forthcoming solo debut LP when it's released at the top of 2013!

New Video: "Madness" (Aaron Camper)

Aaron Camper is back with an official video for his joint "Madness," which is lifted from his forthcoming Bassic Black Entertainment LP. Following the release of his acclaimed mixtape "Welcome To My World," "Madness" is a solid joint from Camper and its Jonathan Goldstein directed visual is a solid match for the thumper. With that said, peep Camper's official video for "Madness" below and Enjoy!

New Joint: "Young Girls" (Bruno Mars)

Bruno Mars debuted his new joint "Young Girls" on SNL a few weeks ago and now the album version of his latest single has hit the net ahead of the forthcoming release of his sophomore album "Unorthodox Jukebox." With that said, take a listen below to Mars' "Young Girls" and lookout for his upcoming December 11th release "Unorthodox Jukebox" when it hits stores this holiday season.

Behind the Music: Toni Braxton

Toni Braxton's episode of Vh1's Behind the Music aired last night and the Grammy-winning songstress along with her family and close friends open up about her childhood, her meteoric rise to fame, almost passing on "Un-Break My Heart," her bankruptcy troubles, her health issues, her personal life, and so much more. With that said, peep Toni's episode of Behind the Music below and lookout for new music from Toni Braxton come 2013!

Monday, October 29, 2012

New Joint: "Don't Rush" (Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill)

Kelly Clarkson's forthcoming greatest hit's album Greatest Hits – Chapter 1 doesn't just feature all of the hits from her decade spanning career, but also feature some new joints including her country collaboration with Vince Gill on "Don't Rush." Kelly Clarkson can literally sing any genre with her sublime pipes that are more versatile than most. With that said, listen to her duet with Vince Gill on the smooth "Don't Rush" below and Enjoy!

Live Video of the Day: "Numb" (Gary Clark Jr.)

If you haven't seen it by now, I am clearly feeling Gary Clark Jr.'s major label debut Blak and Blu. With that said, last week, the rising crooner stopped by NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" to perform the second and current single from the set "Numb." With that said, peep his thumping performance of "Numb" below and if you haven't checked out his latest LP, go out and support this brotha!

Song of the Day: "Happily Ever After" (Case)

"Happily Ever After" - Case
  • Writers: Chris Henderson & Case Woodard
  • Record Label: Def Jam
  • Released in 1999 from "Personal Conversation"
  • Peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Second Listen: "In Vain" (Jazmine Sullivan)

Back in 2010 Jazmine Sullivan released her sophomore album "Love Me Back" and while the disc didn't receive the same commercial success as her debut album, it is just as good, if not better then its predecessor. With that said, the set boasted a ton of great vocal and lyrical performance from Sullivan and the iTunes pre-order bonus track "In Vain" is one of the numerous standout joints from the set. Therefore, as Sullivan is hard at work on her forthcoming third album, take a first or second listen below to "In Vain" from Jazmine and Enjoy!

Live Clip: "Soul Sista" (Bilal)

Bilal will forever be known in my book for his instant classic "Soul Sista," which was lifted from his debut album "1st Born Second." With that said, below you will find Bilal performing a sublime rendition  of "Soul Sista" at the 930 Club in DC from back in '08. Watch it go down below and Enjoy!

Preview: "Till Dawn (Here Comes The Sun)" (The Weeknd)

With roughly two weeks until the release of his major-label debut album Trilogy, The Weeknd has released a visual teaser for  his new joint Till Dawn (Here Comes the Sun)." which will be featured on the set. With that said, the "Till Dawn (Here Comes The Sun)" is one of three new joints on his forthcoming Universal Republic three-disc LP, due out November 13th and you can take a preview to it below!

Cut: "Soul" (Gary Clark Jr.)

After listening to Gary Clark Jr.'s "Blak and Blu" LP this weekend, my favorite cut from his album has to be the last "bonus" track on the deluxe version entitled "Soul." The smooth instrumentation and vocals really capture a mellow mood that warrants a listen from music fans and casual listeners who might've just listened to the standard edition. Therefore, take a listen below to my favorite cut from the album "Soul" and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "The Ghetto" (Donny Hathaway)

Ain't nothing like a talented vocalist unplugged and crooning away on a live album in my opinion and Donny Hathaway is one of the greatest to ever release a live album. While the mainstream vocal talent in the industry appears to lack a certain vocality that legends such as Hathaway possessed, it's refreshing to revisit some of his live audio work and his take on "The Ghetto," which is lifted from his 1972 live album is no exception. With that said, take a listen to his sublime live take on "The Ghetto" below and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "The Wayfaring Stranger" (Ed Sheeran)

Before Ed Sheeran was a UK superstar and set to open for Taylor Swift's forthcoming North American tour in 2013, he was just an artist-on-the-rise performing acoustic renditions of his original songs and covers. With that said, more than a year ago, Ed offered up a sublime cover of this British spiritual/folk song entitled "The Wayfaring Stranger." UK's singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran really lets into this classic and makes it his own and you can watch him performing it  below and Enjoy!

Playback: "Skyfall" (Adele)

The latest James Bond film Skyfall is shaping up to be a blockbuster having grossed record-breaking box office numbers in the Uk this past weekend. With that said, the official theme song for the film "Skyfall" was released on 5 October 2012 at 0:07 BST, as part of "Global James Bond Day", celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. No, the first James Bond film. With that said, "Skyfall" has already peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and while it currently has fallen out of the Top 40, I bet that when the film is released here in the States, it will zoom up the charts again. Either way you feel, take a playback to "Skyfall" below and Enjoy!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Live Clip" "Feeling Good" (Maeya Carter Ryan)

While Zoe Saldana is currently shooting the much talked about Nina Simone biopic, 11-year-old Chicago native Maeya Carter Ryan has been flooring people with her sublime vocals on Simone's "Feeling Good." With that said, peep Maeya Carter Ryan's phenomenal performance below and Enjoy!

Live Video of the Day: "Ain't Messin 'Round" (Gary Clark Jr.)

Gary Clark Jr. appeared on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon earlier this week to help promote his major label debut LP Blak and Blu and during his time on the show, the famed crooner performed the lead single from his effort "Ain't Messin 'Round." With that said, watch his sublime performance of "Ain't Messin 'Round" below and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Do Me!" (Bell Biv DeVoe)

"Do Me!" - Bell Biv DeVoe
  • Writers: Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Carl Bourelly, Ronnie DeVoe
  • Producer: Dr. Freeze
  • Record Label: MCA
  • Released in 1990 from "Poison"
  • Peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Cut: "Tell Him" (Lauryn Hill)

Lauryn Hill's "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" stands as one of the greatest albums of all time hands down and is truly one of those once every generation type of records. With that said, there are so many cuts from Hill's solo debut album, and if you've worn out the record like I have, then you know that the final "bonus track" from "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" can vary. While my copy has Hill's powerful "Tell Him" as the final cut other renditions of the critically acclaimed LP have "Sweetest Thing" as the ending note. Either way your copy of "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" ended up, "Tell Him" is one of the numerous standout tracks from Hill's sublime debut LP that warrants a deeper listen. Listen below and Enjoy!

Playback: "Numb" (Gary Clark Jr.)

Gary Clark Jr.'s major label debut album "Blak and Blu" is one of the best albums of the year in my opinion and showcases off both his strong vocals and guitar skills. With that said, the second single lifted from "Blak and Blu" is the thumping "Numb," which while it is not receiving a lot of airplay is such a solid joint. With that said, take a playback below to "Numb" and go out and support this brotha and his latest LP!

New Joint: "Silver Lining (Crazy Bout You)" (Jessie J)

Oscar-buzz has been surrounding the upcoming Bradley Cooper/Jennifer Lawrence film Silver Linings Playbook and now the theme song for the film has hit the net. Written by Diane Warren, the thumping mid-tempo "Silver Lining (Crazy Bout You)" sounds like a Top 40 hit for Jessie J to me. With that said, take a listen below to "Silver Lining (Crazy Bout You)" and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Chocolate Legs" (Eric Benet)

I had the pleasure of seeing Eric Benet open-up for Ledisi during her "Be Good To Yourself" tour and was pleasantly surprised to (re)discover Bent and his vocal talents. With that said, during his set, Benet was clearly in it to win it with the ladies and performed his third single "Chocolate Legs," from his fourth album "Love & Life,"  much to the adoration of the crowd. With that said, take a first or second listen below to "Chocolate Legs" and Enjoy!

Live Clip: "Hero" (Amber Riley)

Is there nothing Amber Riley cannot cover? I swear her voice is able to melt perfectly into any song and make it her own. With that said, Ms. Riley recently took part at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Greater Los Angeles 2012 Rising Stars Gala to perform a stirring rendition of the Mariah Carey classic "Hero." With that said, peep her sublime performance below of "Hero" and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Sailing" (Avant)

Back in 1980, Christopher Cross released his #1 hit "Sailing," which was a smooth sensual and silky ballad. Avant then rerecorded "Sailing," back in 2008 for his self-titled album "Avant" and later released it as a single. With that said, take a listen below to Avant's cover and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "The Way He Makes Me Feel" (Jennifer Holliday)

Back in 1984 Jennifer Holliday took to the 1984 Oscar telecast to perform a stirring rendition of the Oscar nominated ballad "The Way He Makes Me Feel". Lifted from the soundtrack to the Oscar nominated film "Yentl", Holliday stepped in for Barbra Streisand to perform the powerful rendition of the classic song. Take a listen below to Jennifer Holliday's take on "The Way He Makes Me Feel" and Enjoy!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

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!