Monday, May 30, 2016

Second Listen: "All at Once" (Whitney Houston)

Whitney Houston's self-titled debut album spurred numerous #1 hits, but one of my favorite songs from her discography, "All at Once," never received the official single's treatment here in the States.

While it was released in several countries in Europe and was even certified gold in Japan, the Michael Masser and Jeffrey Osborne written ballad never got its just due and you can (re)visit this classic song from Whitney's discography below!

Friday, May 27, 2016

New Video: "Lake by the Ocean" (Maxwell)

After releasing his new single "Lake by the Ocean" a few months ago, Maxwell is back with the song's official music video. Directed by  Philip Andelman, the visual for "Lake by the Ocean" opens in a village that is in dire need of water. The visual then follows a beautiful woman from the village, as she heads out on her quest to see Maxwell perform at a distant cafĂ©.

With that said the visual is both stunning and powerful, offering some social commentary in addition to a love story. Watch Maxwell's latest video for "Lake by the Ocean" below and lookout for the release of blackSUMMER'Snight when it's released July 1st!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Podcast: "Houston, We Have A Problem" (The BackBeat)

This week we get into Azealia Banks’ latest Twitter beefs, Whitney ‘Houston we have a problem’ hologram being cancelled from The Voice, Kesha getting banned and now reinstated to perform at the Billboard Music Awards, Ameriie’s comeback, Ghost Town DJ’s “My Boo” becoming a top 10 record two decades later, as well as a quick review of Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman.

Also stay tune until the end to hear our songs of the moment where Kyera raves about new music from Chance the Rapper's mixtape Coloring Book and Marcus revisits Ameriie, Whitney Houston, and Ariana Grande.

New Video: "Into You" (Ariana Grande)

After offering up a solid performance of her new single "Into You" at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, last night, Ariana Grande released the official video for Dangerous Woman's second official single.

Featuring model Don Benjamin as her romantic interest, Ariana definitely turns up the heat a bit and I bet that this video will help push into you further up the Billboard charts possibly to a new top 10 position.

With that said, watch her new video for "Into You" below and if you haven't heard and/or purchased Dangerous Woman, there is no time like the present.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Trailer: "Mariah's World" (Mariah Carey)

Today marks the NBC Upfronts andMariah Carey's forthcoming E! docuseries Mariah's World was unveiled to advertisers.

Mariah's World  will feature eight one-hour episodes that follow Carey as she goes on her latest world tour the Sweet Fantasy tour in addition to planning  her wedding to James Packer.

Watch the teaser trailer below for Mariah's World and lookout for the series later this year!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Podcast: "Dammn Baby" (The BackBeat)

This week we get into Janet’s “Dammn Baby” music video and her pregnancy announcement, KRS Dismissing claims of Afrika! Bambaata’s sexual molestation, dueling Whitney Houston documentaries, Kylie Jenner being featured on the track "Beautiful Day "by Burberry Perry, new music from Alicia Keys & Ariana Grande, as well as getting a bit into Drake’s Views from the 6.

Also stay tuned to the end where Marcus gets into his songs of the moment from Gallant, Beyonce and Groove Theory, while Kyera gets into songs from Drake, Yo Gotti, and Justin Timberlake.

New Joint: "Into You" (Ariana Grande)

Everything I've heard from Ariana Grande's forthcoming third album Dangerous Woman has been on point and the latest teaser/buzz single "Into You" is no exception. Co-produced by Max Martin and co-written by Grande herself, the EDM fueled jam is a more grownup sound and lyrical bent to it than her previous album releases.

Featuring lyrics such as "a little less conversation/ a little more touch my body," Ariana is maturing lyrically and I'm excited that she is getting more involved in the writing process. With that said, take a listen to "Into You" below and lookout for Dangerous Woman when it's released May 20th!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Live Clip: "The Color Purple" (The Color Purple)

Earlier today after learning on the show's Tony Award nominations, the cast of The Color Purple took to NBC's The Today Show to perform the musical's title song "The Color Purple."

Led by Cynthia Erivo, the cast offered up a spell-binding performance which is even more amazing given the early call time as well as the fact that Cynthia herself was out and about on the town last night looking stunning at The Met Gala.

Watch this powerful rendition of "The Color Purple" below and Enjoy!