Saturday, June 30, 2012

Interview: Miguel

Jenny Boom Boom is live in LA for the 12th Annual BET Awards and during her time in Los Angeles, Miguel, Jenny talked with Miguel about being nominated for 3 awards this year, how Hot 93.7 put him on, how Usher was a big influence in his life, how he was upset with not winning a Grammy, his happiness with his debut album, and revealed the planned release date for his forthcoming sophomore effort, October 23rd (his birthday). Peep the interview below and lookout for Miguel's forthcoming album when it's released this fall.

Live Video of the Day: "The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)" (Tyrese & Marsha Ambrosius)

RapUpTV was on hand at the "25th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards," where Quincy Jones was honored by Marsha Ambrosius and Tyrese, who shared the stage on Quincy's classic "The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)." With that said, peep the two duet on "The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)" below and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)" (Al B. Sure, James Ingram, El DeBarge, Barry White)

"The Secret Garden (Sweet Seduction Suite)" - Al B. Sure, James Ingram, El DeBarge, Barry White
  • Writers: Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton, Siedah Garrett, El DeBarge
  • Producer: Quincy Jones
  • Label: Qwest
  • Released in 1990 from "Back on the Block"
  • Peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Black Singles chart

Live Clip: "Is It Still Good To You" (Teddy Pendergrass)

The late Teddy Pendergrass was one of the best R&B male crooners to ever step to the microphone in my book, certainly in my top 10. With that said, watch below as Teddy croons out a phenomenal rendition of the Ashford and Simpson penned and original "Is It Still Good To You" and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "We Found Love" (Jessie J)

A lot of artist's have covered Rihanna's worldwide #1 hit "We Found Love," and while there are a lot of great covers, Jessie J's ranks in as one of my top two favorite renditions alongside Mateo's. With that said, several months ago, Jessie J performed her rendition for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge cover series and belted out a stunning slowed-down acoustic take of the upbeat club driven joint. Take a listen below and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Marvin & Chardonnay" (Brother Spanky)

A few months ago talented composer Brother Spanky just dropped his take on Big Sean's "Marvin & Chardonnay," which is lifted from the Sean's debut album "Finally Famous." While I am not too familiar with the Big Sean joint, I am really feeling Brother Spanky's sublime take on the joint. Take a listen below to his version of "Marvin & Chardonnay," 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!

New Joint: "Lullaby and Goodnight" (Jennifer Hudson)

Oscar and Grammy-winner Jennifer Hudson recently teamed up with Pampers to record her own rendition of the classic lullaby, "Lullaby and Goodnight." Pampers commemorated the release of Jennifer Hudson's rendition of "Lullaby and Goodnight" by donating $100,000 to Hudson's charity, the Julian D. King Gift Foundation to benefit moms, toddlers and babies. Watch Hudson introduce the song and studio perform it below and Enjoy!

Cut: "Lost and Found (Find Me)" (Ledisi)

Back in 2007, Ledisi released her major label debut "Lost & Found" to critical and commercial success. With that said, one of the countless standout joints on her Verve debut is the bone-chilling title-track ballad "Lost and Found (Find Me)," which finds Ledisi cooing out an emotional performance. Therefore take a listen below to this sublime cut and if you haven't gotten your tickets to go and see Ledisi live this summer click here to get tickets!

New Video: "Crowned & Kissed" (Esperanza Spalding)

Esperanza Spalding is back with a new video for her join "Crowned & Kissed," which is lifted from her latest LP "Radio Music Society." The song which is a feel-good mid-tempo features a fun choreographed routine to accompany the visual that accompanies a song that "is about the unsung royalty in your life, men and women who quietly, every day do the mightiest, most honorable things. Although they may not end up in castles or with great riches and power, in the eyes of those who love them, they most certainly are mighty and regal." Peep the official visual below and Enjoy!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Live Video of the Day: "Teardrops" (Joss Stone)

During Joss Stone's recent set at the "Highline Ballroom" in NYC, the famed UK songstress performed several cuts from her forthcoming sixth album "The Soul Sessions Volume 2," and one of the standout joints that she performed that night was her take on the Womack & Womack" cut "Teardrops." Peep her live rendition below and Enjoy!

New Video: "Make You Mine" (Lonny Bereal)

After releasing his new joint "I Love It"a few days ago, Lonny Bereal is back with the official visual for his joint "Make You Mine," which is off of his latest album "The Love Train." Peep the Denzel Williams directed visual which co-stars Natasha Marc below and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Small Bump" (Ed Sheeran)

"Small Bump" - Ed Sheeran
  • Writer: Ed Sheeran
  • Producer: Jake Gosling 
  • Record Label: Elektra/Asylum/Atlantic
  • Released in 2012 from "+"
  • Peaked thus far at # on the UK Singles (Official Charts Company)

Interview: Brandy

Brandy caught up with HLN for an interview to help promote her new single "Put It Down," which features Chris Brown and the Grammy-winning songstress opened up on her thoughts about Brown and his recent incident, Lady Gaga and her new song "Princess Die," her forthcoming appearance on Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva," her idol the late Whitney Houston, and appearing in the forthcoming Tyler Perry film "The Marriage Counselor." Peep her interview below and lookout for Brandy's forthcoming album "Two Eleven" when it's released

Live Audio: "The Glow of Love" (Luther Vandross)

Back in 1980 a then unknown Luther Vandross continued his journey from behind the background  vocalist slot to headliner and with the assistance of Change and their debut album "The Glow of Love," Vandross helped position himself to garner a recording contract. Helming lead vocals for the title track as well as their single "Searching," Vandross' vocal work with the group would help lay the foundation for his legendary career. With that said, on his live album, Vandross opted to close out the album and show with the upbeat number that helped launch his career. Listen below to his live rendition of "The Glow of Love" and Enjoy!

Live Clip: "Georgy Porgy" (Eric Benet)

A few weeks ago during Eric Benet's album release party in NYC, the famed crooner performed his classic remake hit "Georgy Porgy" much to the adoration of the crowd. In an era filled with meager vocalist, it is refreshing, to hear Benet and his contemporaries with true vocal talent still hitting the notes like they have been since day one. Peep his solid performance below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Roll Out" (LaBelle featuring Wyclef Jean)

Back in 2008,  LaBelle released their comeback album "Back to Know" which reunited the famed 60s and 70s soulful trio together back on record for the first time in decades. With that said, the lead single from the album was the Wyclef Jean feature "Roll Out," and the mid-tempo joint really gave LaBelle a refreshed sound. With that said, take a second listen below and Enjoy!

New Video: "†Priscilla†" (JMSN)

A few weeks ago, I posted the first part of JMSN's trilogy for "†Priscilla†" and recently the second and third part of this video trilogy have hit the net. Co-directed by JMSN and Yarvo, the erie clips are a great visual addition to JMSN's signature sound and you can peep the visuals for "†Priscilla†" below!

Trailer: "Winnie" (Jennifer Hudson)

An extended trailer for Jennifer Hudson's forthcoming film "Winnie," a biopic on the life of Winnie Mandela has just recently hit the net. While the film has been plagued by distrobution delays, it seems as though T.D. Jakes' involvement in the project is giving it the legs that it deserves as this trailer offers a more complete view of the forthcoming film. Peep the extended trailer below and lookout for "Winnie," as it's slated for a Fall 2012 release.

Amazing Cover: "Giving You The Best That I Got" (Tamia)

During Soul Train Music Award's tribute to Anita Baker, the famed music show brought out some big guns to honor the soulful vocal stylings of Ms. Anita Baker. With that said, Tamia was one of the highly talented vocalist who took part in the tribute and the Canadian songstress cooed out a sublime rendition of Anita's classic "Giving You The Best That I Got." Peep her rendition below and Enjoy!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Live Video of the Day: "Doo Wop (That Thing)" (Lauryn Hill)

Lauryn Hill stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last year and she performed her classic hit "Doo Wop (That Thing)," from her monumental debut album "The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill." It's nice to see Hill out and performing these days and hopefully fans will one day get some new music from Hill. With that said, watch her performance below and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Pony" (Ed Sheeran)

ThisIsRnB caught up with Ed Sheeran in NYC recently and the UK sensation took some time out of his day to perform an acoustic cover of the Ginuwine classic "Pony." Peep his performance below and Enjoy!

Rare Performance: "I Will Always Love You" (Whitney Houston)

Back in 1992 to help promote her feature film debut in "The Bodyguard," Whitney Houston performing "I Will Always Love You," on the UK chat show "Des O'Connor Tonight." It was broadcast in late October 1992 and was specially filmed in the USA. Peep the rare performance below from "Des O'Connor Tonight" an Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Happily Ever After" (Case)

Back in 1999, Case released "Happily Ever After" as the second single from his sophomore album "Personal Conversation." "Happily Ever After" would go onto become one of Case' biggest hits peaking at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The video for "Happily Ever After" even featured a young Beyonce who you should be able to spot in the official video below. With that said, take a first or second listen to Case's "Happily Ever After" below and Enjoy!

New Joint: "New Day" (Alicia Keys)

After releasing a personal video on YouTube days ago, Alicia Keys balzes back onto the music scene with her new joint "New Day." Produced by her husband Swizz Beatz, the joint is a thumping anthem that is perfect to ride to during the summer time and is a great re-introduction for Keys to the music place since her fourth album 2009's "The Element of Freedom." Take a listen below to "New Day" and Enjoy!

Interview: Misha B

ThatGrapeJuice recently caught up with UK artist-on-the-rise Misha B to talk about a myriad of things including her single "Home Run," her forthcoming debut album, the rumors that she will be working with Missy Elliott on her album, her thoughts on Kelly Rowland leaving "The X-Factor UK," and so much more. Peep the interview below and if you're in the UK lookout for her single when it drops July 15th!

Live Clip: "B.U.D.D.Y." (Musiq Soulchild, Carl Thomas, Tank)

Several days ago at Musiq's headlining gig at L.A.'s R&B Live Hollywood, the famed crooner brought out fellow crooners Tank and Carl Thomas to assist him in performing his 2007 hit "B.U.D.D.Y." Peep the trio's performance below and Enjoy!

New Joint: "Adorn (Extended)" (Miguel)

Having released "Adorn" as the first cut from his mini EP series "Art Dealer Chic," the thumping mid-tempo joint really struck a cord with Miguel's fan base and warranted an extended version of the joint from him and his label. Though it's not clear if "Adorn" could possibly be primed to be the first cut from Miguel's forthcoming sophomore effort, I'm glad to hear that the buzz the track initially sustained is still going strong. Take a listen below to "Adorn (Extended)" and Enjoy!

Behind the Scenes: D’Angelo & Questlove’s Bonnaroo set

"D'Angelo joined Questlove and an all-star backing band for his first performance on an American stage in over 12 years at Bonnaroo 2012, making for the most memorable Superjam in the festival's history." Peep this official behind the scenes feature from Bonnaroo showing you how it all came together and went down below and Enjoy!

New Video: "Celebrate" (Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks)

Whitney Houston's co-stars in the forthcoming remake of "Sparkle" came together to create a house party themed tribute visual in honor of the late icon's life. Featuring her duet partner Jordin Sparks at the helm in addition to Derek Luke, Omari Hardwick, Goapele, Carmen Ejogo, and Tika Sumpter, the official video for "Celebrate" finds the perfect mood to honor Houston, yet celebrate her legacy at the same time. Peep the visual below and Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Live Video of the Day: "Fistful of Tears" (Maxwell)

Maxwell and Vh1 collaborated on a "Storytellers" set at the beginning of 2012 and amongst some of the hits tht Maxwell crooned out, the Grammy winning singer performed his ballad"Fistful of Tears." Watch him croon his hit "Fistful of Tears" below and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Someday" (Ledisi)

"Someday" - Ledisi
  • Writers and Producers: Luther "Mano" Hanes, Rick Watford, & Ledisi Young
  • Record Label: Verve
  • Featured on 2007's "Lost And Found"

Live Audio: "I Will Always Love You" (Whitney Houston)

I don't think a lot of people took a listen to this the first time I posted this sublime live audio so I am positing it again in the hopes that you will truly enjoy Whitney's phenomenal vocal chops. During her June 23rd, 1994 concert stop at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA, Whitney Houston closed out her set with her hair-raising performance of her iconic hit "I Will Always Love You." While I have heard numerous Houston renditions of this classic, this in my opinion is the best captured rendition of the song hands down and is also one of, if not the best live audio performances ever recorded. With that said, take a listen below to her aw inspiring rendition of "I Will Always Love You" below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "The Chokin' Kind" (Joe Simon)

Back in 1969, Joe Simon released the Harlan Howard penned "The Chokin' Kind," which would go onto earn Joe his first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot Black Singles charts as well as a Grammy Award in 1970 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Peaking at a #13 on the Billboard Hot 100,  "The Chokin' Kind" would become Joe Simon's first top 20 hit on the Hot 100 charts, and was one of a string of hits Joe had during the late 1960s. Take a first or second listen below to Joe's "The Chokin' Kind" and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Superstar" (Ruben Studdard)

Check out Ruben Studdard's amazing cover of the Luther classic and The Carpenters' original "Superstar." While Ruben would agree that Luther has the all time best cover of this classic, Studdard's version isn't something to scoff at as I believe he comes in at a strong second or third. With that said, check out his cover below and Enjoy!

Interview: Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys recently took to her personal Youtube page to open up to fans about her musical journey, how her forthcoming fifth album is going to be a different musical experience than we've encountered from her before, and much more. Peep the interview below and Enjoy!

Live Clip: "All Tied Up" (Robin Thicke)

Robin Thicke stopped by "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" last night and performed his latest single "All Tied Up," which is off of his latest LP "Love After War." Peep Thicke's blue-eyed soul go down below on "All Tied Up" and Enjoy!

New Joint: "Face to Face" (Tweet)

Yesterday was "#TweetTuesdays" and the sultry songstress released another new joint and this time it was in the form of the smooth mid-tempo "Face to Face." Featuring a hint of retro soul vibe in terms of musical production, "Face to Face" is another winner from Tweet and you can take a listen to it go down below!

Interview: J. Holiday

Where has elusive R&B singer, J. Holiday been? The underrated DC bred crooner spoke with Kempire Radio this past weekend and he explained the reason for his long break from music, label troubles, where he wants to take his music & more. J even sang a medley of his hits. Peep the interview below and Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Song of the Day: "Missing You" (Case)

"Missing You" - Case
  • Producers: Tim & Bob
  • Record Label: Def Jam
  • Released in 2001 from "Open Letter"
  • Peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 & #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
  • Nominated for a 2002 Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

Second Listen: "Cosmic Journey" (Solange featuring Bilal)

Back in 2008 Solange released her sophomore album "Sol-Angel & the Hadley St. Dreams" and it quickly became one of my top 5 favorite releases from 2008. Though it didn't received the type of commercial or critical acclaim that it deserved, "Sol-Angel & the Hadley St. Dreams" featured a distinct sonic quality that mixed 60s and 70s classic soul with techno and electric-synth pop of the 80s. With that said, one of the standout joints from the set is Solange's soulful opus with Bilal "Cosmic Journey." Spanning over six minutes the joint deserves a listen or two  and if you don't have it, you should pick up her sublime sophomore effort. With that said, take a first or second listen below to "Cosmic Journey" and Enjoy!

New Video: "Beautiful Surprise" (Tamia)

Having released the title-track as the first official single from her forthcoming album "Beautiful Surprise" on iTunes today, Tamia has also released the accompanying official visual to assist in the single's release. Featuring Tamia and her husband Grant Hill, the sensual visual for "Beautiful Surprise is just what the joint calls for and you can peep it below!

New Joint: "Baby You & I" (K. Michelle featuring R. Kelly)

I've been a fan of K. Michelle for several years now and thanks to Vh1's "Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta," the powerhouse vocalist has shot to what some would say "overnight stardom" thanks to the high-profile nature of the show. Either way you might feel, K. Michelle definitely has the vocal prowess to backup her stardom and I am glad a forthcoming EP "0 Fucks Given" is set for release on July 9th. With that said, a new duet entitled "Baby You & I" has just hit the net from the famed songstress and her Grammy-winning mentor R. Kelly. Take a listen to the solid mid-tempo/ballad "Baby You & I" below and Enjoy!

Artist News: Ed Sheeran added to iTunes Festival

UK global sensation Ed Sheeran has just been added to iTunes's annual iTunes Festival, which takes place at the famed "The Roundhouse" in London. Having opened up for Bruno Mars at last year's festivities, Ed is now moving on up to a headliner position joining the likes of Usher and fellow UK breakout stars Rebecca Ferguson and Emeli Sande. Keep it locked here as more acts are announced for the forthcoming September iTunes Festival which brings the world 30 nights of music!