Friday, November 30, 2012
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 as we continue to remember Lutha!
Chrisette Michele channels Audrey Hepburn in the official black-and-white visual for her joint “Can the Cool Be Loved?" Lifted from his forthcoming mixtape Audrey Hepburn: An Audiovisual Experience, due December 8, her joint features Bilal and Dunson and you can watch it all go down below.
"A fun lil Audiovisual Presentation Konee Rok and I drummed up. The concept is "Prisoner of a Still Picture" Dunson and I are stuck in the iconic photography of Audrey and the great Sir Davis. We pose in these lyrics, the question, "Can The Cool Be Loved?" From our Art to Yours... Enjoy."
"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
With her forthcoming December 20th mixtape Agápē set for release in less than a month, a new joint from JoJo has surfaced on the net in the form of "Andre." A mid-tempo banger tribute to Andree 300's The Love Below disc, "Andre" is a great joint to help build buzz for JoJo's forthcoming mixtape which will hopefully tide us over until her highly-anticipated third album is release. Listen below to "Andre" and lookout for Agápē when it's released right before Christmas on December 20th.
Having made his live television debut performance on "Later with… Jools Holland" this past weekend, The Weeknd continued his time int he UK with an acoustic session for Zane Lowe at BBC Radio 1. Featuring his joints "Wicked Games," "The Zone" "The Knowing," and "Montreal," "The Weeknd is continuing to promote his debut album Trilogy, and you can take a listen to his solid set below.
Lianne La Havas recently hit up Billboard Magazine's studio for an acoustic performance of her powerful ballad and title track to her debut set "Lost and Found." Accompanying herself on the guitar, Lianne proves why she is an artist on the rise and one to lookout for and support. Watch her sublime performance of "Lost and Found" below and Enjoy!
Alicia Keys' fifth studio album Girl On Fire is actually one of the best releases this year minus her single "Girl on Fire" and the buzz single "New Day." Call me crazy, but the title track to Keys' fifth LP and "New Day" are actually the weakest tracks in my opinion from her album that boasts some of the best material we've heard from Keys since 2004' Diary Of Alicia Keys. With that said, one of my favorite cuts has to be the John Legend co-written joint "Listen To Your Heart," which was also co-produced between Keys and Rodney Jerkins. While I am not feeling the single choices thus far, I am hopeful that the rest of the sublime material from Girl On Fire gets a chance to breath in public as Keys has composed one of her most compelling albums in years. Either way you feel, take a listen below to "Listen To You Heart" and Enjoy!
Back in 2005, Johnny Gill was featured on the "Madea's Family Reunion" soundtrack and Gill crooned out a phenomenal song entitled "You For Me (The Wedding Song)." While people feel different ways about Tyler Perry's films, you can't deny that he does know how to create a solid soundtrack. With that said, take a first or second listen below to Gill's sublime "You For Me (The Wedding Song)" and Enjoy!
Back in 2009 during the 70th Anniversary celebration of "The Wizard of Oz," Jennifer Hudson along with several other artists took part in a Netflix sponsored concert event to honor the legacy of the monumental film. With that said, Jennifer Hudson opted to sing the powerful ballad "If You Believe" from the all-Black reinvention of "The Wizard of Oz" aka "The Wiz." Originally performed in the film version by the now late and legendary Lena Horne, Hudson pays tribute to Horne and the original Broadway cast who created such a powerful gem that is often forgotten about. With that said, watch Jennifer's powerful performance of "If You Believe" below and Enjoy!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
We TV's breakout hit reality show "Tamar & Vince" aired its ninth episode earlier this evening and Tamar inches even closer to releasing her first single and forthcoming highly anticipated and delated sophomore album. With that said, watch below as Tamar as she shoots a photo-shoot at her home, practices her her emotional ballad, and forms her band.
Earlier today, Elle Varner held a live-streamed acoustic session for her fans fresh off a win for Best New Artist at the 2012 Soul Train Awards. While currently on tour supporting Trey Songz's "Chapter V Tour" here in the States, Elle took some time out to perform her top 10 hit single "Refill." Watch it all go down below and if you haven't listened to her debut album Perfectly Imperfect, it's worth a solid listen.
"U Do It For Me" - Algebra
- Writers: Algebra Blessett, D. Bastiane, T. Bastiane, and C. Rickets
- Producers: Duane Bastiane and Tom Soares
- Record Label: Kedar Entertainment Group
- Released in 2008 from the album "Purpose"
Set for release on December 11th, Marsha Ambrosius' lead single "Cold War" from her forthcoming sophomore solo LP "Friends & Lovers" has just hit the net thanks in part to Diplo who co-produced the thumping mid-tempo with Maxime Picard. With that said, take a listen to "Cold War" below as we eagerly anticipate the release of Marsha's upcoming sophomore effort.
I don't know about you, but when I think of Christmas, Mariah Carey is of course associated with the holiday seaso. With that said, this past Wednesday night, the legendary Carey took part in NBC’s "Christmas in Rockefeller Center." Of course Mariah kicked off the festivities with her classic co-written holiday jam "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and then moved into my favorite Christmas jam from her latest holiday album, "Christmas Time Is in the Air Again." Watch it all go down below and Enjoy!
It's not Christmas without a little Mariah Carey music in the background. With two Christmas albums under her belt, Mariah Carey us the epitome of holiday spirit and her live rendition of "O Holy Night" lifted form WPC in South Central Los Angeles is a great example of the vocal prowess of Carey. With that said, take a listen below to this sublime live audio take on this classic and Enjoy!
Back in 2001, Toni Braxton released her Christmas album "Snowflakes" and the standout track from the album for me is Toni's take on the Vince Guaraldi 1962 Christmas classic "Christmas Time Is Here". While few have remade this gem, Braxton's interpretation is the best that I've heard thus far and deserves a few listens to help those usher in the pending Christmas holiday!
To tide her fans over until her full-length LP, Dawn Richard is slated to release her EP Whiteout on iTunes this Saturday, December 1st and ahead of its release, Dawn has released her joint "Miles." Produced by Druski, "'Miles' is a perfect example of what the 'Hearts' can expect from Whiteout," says Dawn. With that said, take a listen below to "Miles" and Enjoy!
Back in 1992 Amy Grant released her second Christmas album "Home for Christmas" and the second single lifted from the project was Grant's "Grown-Up Christmas List," which became a Christmas classic. Originally recorded by Natalie Cole in 1991, Grant rewrote the song and turn it into a holiday classic that has been covered by numerous artists. Take a first or second listen below to Grant's "Grown-Up Christmas List," and Enjoy!
Alicia Keys' latest album "Girl On Fire" was released yesterday and it's already gaining critical and commercial acclaim as it's expected to debut atop the Billboard 200. With that said, one of my favorite cuts from Keys' new album has to be her thumping mid-tempo "When It's All Over" which even features her son at the end of the track. Take a listen below to "When It's All Over" and Enjoy!
TV One's breakout reality hit show "R&B Divas" is currently on hiatus after an extremely successful first season, and now word on a casting shake up has hit the net. While it has been reported that producer Nicci GIlbert has stepped away from the forthcoming second season, word on the street indicates that Angie Stone and Sunshine Anderson have joined the cast of "R&B Divas." While it has not been confirmed, it seems as if Faith Evans might not be back for the second season, but time will tell how the final cast lines up for the second season. What is clear though, is that the original cast members Syleena Johnson, Keke Wyatt, and Monifa are all expected to return in addition to some new 'Divas.' As always, I will keep you updated on it all.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
While Sia wrote Rihanna's latest #1 hit, I have been waiting for her to offer her own take as Sia is not just a beast on the pen but also on the microphone. With that said, Sia took to Twitter earlier tonight to share a YouTube clip of her belting it out. Watch it all go down below as Sia reclaims "Diamonds."
"Soul Holidays" - Sounds of Blackness
- Writers and Producers: Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, James Harris III, and Ann Bennet-Nesby
- Record Label: Perspective Records
- Released in 1992 off of The Night Before Christmas: A Musical Fantasy
Ledisi's Christmas album "It's Christmas" is a standard holiday album that's been played at my house since it was released back in 2008. It's so good that you probably will catch me playing it even out of season as her cover of Louis Armstrong's standard "What A Wonderful World" is out of this world. Ledisi straight highjacks this joint in my opinion and makes it her own. With that said, watch her sublime impromptu performance of "What A Wonderful World" below and Enjoy!
While there was speculation before the Thanksgiving holiday about Lenny Kravitz potentially portraying Marvin Gaye in the forthcoming Julien Temple film on Gaye's life, Deadline is now confirming the buzz about Kravitz taking his first leading role. Previously appearing in supporting roles in Precious and The Hunger Games, the film will focus on Gaye's last years during the early ’80s, when he stuggled with drug addiction, depression and restarting his career in Europe with the help of British music promoter Freddy Colsaerts. The film helmed by Temple is tentatively entitled Midnight Love after Gaye’s last album. Word on the street is also that the film will being shooting next year and that Temple has already cleared the music rights for Midnight Love for the project, which hopefully means we will be seeing Midnight Love on screen at the end of 2013 or sometime in 2014.
Eve is back with a banging new remix to Brandy's hit "comeback" single "Put It Down." Entitled "Put It Down (EVEstylin), Eve hops on the Chris Brown assisted single form Brandy and adds her own flavor to the already banging joint. Take a listen below to "Put It Down (EVEstylin)" and Enjoy!
"Shine bright like a diamond" is just what Adele and her sophomore album 21 are doing as she just surpassed 10 million records sold in the US. Having sold 28,000 copies this past week, Adele's 21 now stands at 10,020,000 in its 92nd release of release. Having earned 80 weeks in the top 10, Adele's 21 currently slides 31-35 while it spent a total of 24 non-consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200. With that said, the last album to sell 10 million copies in a shorter span was N Sync's No Strings Attached which scored 10 million sold in 43 weeks back in 2001. Adele's 21 is also the 21st album to sell 10 million copies in the SoundScan era with the last album to cross the diamond status Usher's Confessions. Adele of course took to twitter this morning onces the news had reached her to celebrate with her fans. peep her tweet below as we celebrate Adele's landmark album 21.
To tide people over until PJ Morton's Young Money debut LP, the famed crooner has flipped Kendrick Lamar's "Sing About Me" into a solid soulful remix that features Lamar. With that said, take a listen below to PJ Moton's remix of "Sing About Me" below and Enjoy!
Jesse Boykins III and MeLo-X have just recently released an official video for "Black Orpheus," which is lifted from their solid collaborative project ZULU GURU. Directed by Dr Woo, the official visual for "Black Orpheus" feels like ancient African Gods teleported to the 21st Century. In this piece the duo deals with the issue of leaving the one they're with for someone new. With that said, peep the official video below for "Black Orpheus" and Enjoy!
The Weeknd made his television debut last night on "Later…with Jools Holland" and the famed Canadian singer/songwriter performed his current single, “Wicked Games,” which is lifted from his Universal Republic debut Trilogy. Peep his sublime performance of "Wicked Games" below and Enjoy!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
My favorite album of all time has to be Marvin Gaye's groundbreaking album What's Going On and to celebrate its monumental impact on culture and music Universal Music's Harry Weinger and ?uestlove came together to breakout the title track to Gaye's sublime album. Watch the three-part breakdown of "What's Going On" below and Enjoy!
Whitney Houston is a voice that has become synonymous with Christmas in my house and her countless renditions of holiday classics are a must for the holidays. With that said, below you can watch Houston performing a sublime rendition of the classic "Do You Hear What I Hear," which is lifted from "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" from back in the day. Watch it go down below and Enjoy!
"Whenever You're Around" - Jill Scott
- Writers: Jill Scott & J.R. Hutson
- Producer: J.R. Hutson
- Record Label: Hidden Beach
- Released to radio in 2008 from "The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3"
- Peaked at #56 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Tyler James who rose to fame The Voice UK is back with his latest single "Worry About You," which is lifted from his sophomore Island Records release A Place I Go. For the official radio version of "Worry About You," Tyler collaborates with rapper Kano who adds his own spin on the track. Take a listen below to "Worry About You" and Enjoy!
It's official, Miguel has almost fully crossed over as her made an appearance on The Ellen Show earlier today to perform his hit single "Adorn," which keeps climbing up several of the Billboard charts. With that said, peep his solid performance of "Adorn" below and if you don't have Miguel's latest LP Kaleidoscope Dream, go out and support this brotha by picking up a copy.
Raheem DeVaughn is back with another solid new joint and this time it is in the form on the Calvin & Ivan and RnB Spotlight founder Cory Taylor produced mid-tempo joint "One More Love Song." Lifted from his forthcoming RnB Spotlight compilation project Vol 1, "One More Love Song" is a solid joint to tied fans of DeVaughn over until his upcoming project is released. Listen below to "One More love Song" and Enjoy!
Back in 1976 The Spinners dropped what would become their last #1 hit on the then Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart entitled "The Rubberband Man." Written and produced by the Spinners go to crew Thom Bell and Linda Creed, the song was inspired by Bell's son, who was teased for being overweight and Thom Bell wrote the song to make his son feel good about himself. With that said, take a first or second listen below to "The Rubberband Man" and Enjoy!
After discovering that the Queen of Soul had a live recording of "Love The One You're With," more than a year ago thanks to doctoral student Stefan Smith, 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!
With the release of her EP True today, Solange has ended the drought that has been no new official music from the famed singer/songwriter since 2008's sublime and highly-slept-on Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams. With that said, the lead single from her EP True is the thumping infectious "Losing You" which was released at the top of October to build buzz for her "return" to music. With that said, take a playback to Solange's "Losing You" by revisiting the lush official video for it below and Enjoy!
Monday, November 26, 2012
Cee-Lo Green has decided to help usher in the Christmas spirit with the help of The Muppets on his holiday jam "All I Need Is Love," which which is lifted from Cee-Lo's holiday album CeeLo’s Magic Moment. Directed by Marc Klasfeld, Cee-Lo pulls up to Kermit’s house where all of the festivites seem to go down. Peep Cee-Lo Green's Muppets assisted video for "All I Need Is Love" below and Enjoy!
Uncle Charlie performed twice during the 2012 Soul Train Awards telecast last night on BET. With that said, Uncle Charlie aka Charlie Wilson performed his latest single "My Love is All You Have," much to the adoration of the crowd. Watch it go down below and Enjoy!
Chrisette Michele's forthcoming mixtape Audrey Hepburn: An Audiovisual Experience, due December 8th, has already started to build some solid buzz with her genre bending joints that have started to hit the net. With that said, my favorite track so far is hands down "Your Fair Lady" where Chrisette and Guitar Slayer lay it all on the track. With that said, the official video for "Your Fair Lady" has hit the net and the black-and-white visual which showcases Chrisette Michele trekking through Paris and jamming out with Guitar Slayer is a solid match the the rocking joint. Peep the video below for "Your Fair Lady" and Enjoy!
February 2013 seems to be the month of Beyoncé as the 16 time Grammy-winner is slated to not only headline the Super Bowl halftime show at the Superdome in New Orleans, but her documentary "Single Ladies" is slated to air on HBO on February 16, 2013. Directed by Beyoncé, the film will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the woman behind the icon.
"HBO has a history of pushing every boundary with class and authenticity," said Beyoncé. "Some of my favorite shows are on HBO, so I am excited that my film will be part of its bold programming. This film was so personal to me, it had to have the right home."
President of HBO Programming Michael Lombardo added, "Everybody knows Beyoncé’s music, but few know Beyoncé the person. Along with electrifying footage of Beyoncé onstage, this unique special looks beyond the glamour to reveal a vibrant, vulnerable, unforgettable woman."
Featuring home videos that chronicle her childhood to showcases who Beyoncé has become in 2012, fans of the famed songstress will get to truly see the burden of stardom and how she balances work with her personal life. Lookout for "Single Ladies," when it airs on HBO on February 16, 2013 and I am sure a trailer or preview will drop sometime during December to increase the already building buzz.
Back in 1985, Patti LaBelle released what would become her last album with Philadelphia International Records and the standout joint from 1985's "Patti" in my opinion was Patti LaBelle's sublime live recording cover of the Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "If You Don't Know Me By Now." Take a listen to her amazing live 1982 cover of "If You Don't Know Me By Now" and Enjoy!
Back in 2008, CeCe Winans released her eighth studio album "Thy Kingdom Come," and one of the standout joints from her gospel release was the midtempo inspirational jam "Worthy." Though never released as a single, it is one of those contemporary testament songs that has gotten me through some things. With that said, take a first or second listen to CeCe Winans' "Worthy" below and Enjoy!