This is a little something different for the site, but I really thought it deserved some attention. "Breathe" is the third single off Angels & Airwaves' second album I-Empire, which is beyond incredible. This is a band that I have fallen in love with--which is saying something, considering I don't like basically any other rock music. I recommend them to anyone with an appreciation for music & an open mind.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Top Left: Estelle "Shine" BUY
Monday, April 28, 2008
Behind-the-scenes of the "If I Never See Your Face Again" video, which is an upcoming single lifted from Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad re-release (due June 17th), the original version of which comes from Maroon 5's sophomore album It Won't Be Soon Before Long. Now this should be one hot collabo! So excited it's getting the video treatment.
UPDATE: Turns out that, though the song will be featured on Rihanna's upcoming re-release, it will actually be the first single off Maroon 5's late June re-release of their album It Won't Be Soon Before Long. (Confirmed by Billboard)
Above is David Archuleta's performance from this past week, which was, as always, the best of the bunch. Syesha & Carly weren't too far behind, however. Also, how THIS can get you kicked off American Idol is beyond me. Jason wasn't horrible, but wasn't particularly great either. Brooke ... wow. Awful. David Cook should not be singing that song (or screaming it, as he did). Hate him. What was good, though, was Leona Lewis' performance of "Bleeding Love" on the results show:
She made it exciting! Finally! Well, sorry for the delay on this--I think I've finally caught up though. Enjoy the Top 6 Ford Music Video below:
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Granted it may not be flashing that far back, but here we go. Back when Jennifer Lopez was still hiding her pregnancy from the world & dropping her new album Brave instead, she performed a medley of her current single "Do It Well" & past hit "Waiting For Tonight" at Fashion Rocks. And whether or not she prefers to be called it anymore, J.Lo proved she's still got it. Brave was, imo, arguably her best effort to date overall & I believe it was criminally overlooked by the public. At least there will always be this blazing performance.
Check out this Access Hollywood story on Mariah Carey's new movie "Tennessee," which just premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC. The video features some clips from the film. I am quite excited to see it. You can see Mariah arriving at the movie premiere HERE looking flawless in a collared shirt, which I think fits the mood perfectly. Also, visit the film's all-new official site HERE.
Behind-the-scenes of the "We Break The Dawn" video, which is the first single off Michelle Williams' forthcoming album Unexpected, due August 12th. Michelle's lookin' good! I'm lovin' this song, too.
Take note: this is how to make your network television debut. Estelle performed her second single "American Boy" from her upcoming album Shine, due April 29th, with excellence on the Late Show With David Letterman. This girl is so freaking awesome.
"Take A Bow" is the first single taken from Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad re-release, due June 17th. And so my love/hate relationship with Rihanna continues--this one leaning more towards hate. I don't like the song & I have a feeling radio will probably pick it up like they did "Unfaithful" & make me really hate Rihanna for a minute. I must give her credit though: she is working that boy haircut! She looks good, but the video is boring.
"I'm That Chick" + Interview
"Touch My Body"
Mariah Carey took over Times Square in New York City on Friday with her GMA appearance where she performed 3 songs for the kickoff of their Summer Concert Series. It looked like a really fun show. Mariah had some technical difficulties during "Touch My Body," but she handled them like a pro. “Stop singing my part now, baby.” Love it!
Here's what I was expecting: Pussycat Doll look-a-likes that can sing about as well as the originals--with the exception of Nicole Scherzinger. It could just be the performance, but this definitely makes them come off as studio singers. I will give them one thing: they can dance. I must say, though, that other girl groups out there (*cough* Danity Kane *cough*) are much more talented vocally, which is what counts in my book. Anyway, Girlicious' self-titled debut album hits stores on July 1st.
"Say (All I Need)" is the third single off OneRepublic's debut album Dreaming Out Loud. If you've never given them a chance, now would be the time. After buying & listening to their album, this is by far the best track. I absolutely love this song & the video is cool, too.
Check out this short clip of Mariah's new video "Bye Bye," the second single off her #1 album E=MC². It looks nice & it's cool to see her going the casual route (or at least as far as MC will go) in order to allow the song to do the talking. Can't wait to see the whole thing, which is set to premiere Monday, April 28th on TRL as well as 106 & Park, where Mariah will hand deliver the video.
"Little Miss Obsessive" Performance
Ashlee Simpson made a stop at The Ellen DeGeneres Show recently on her promo tour for her just-released third album Bittersweet World. As you probably know by now, I'm a big fan of Ellen, so her interviews are always great. Ash performed her second single once again as well. Does anyone else remember that the song does actually feature another artist? Oh well. It's not exactly my favorite new song from her anyway...
Many of you will probably recognize this from Mariah's Artist Of The Week shorts she shot for MTV the week of her album release. Here is the full acoustic version of her "Love Story" performance, which is pretty incredible. Mariah sounds great & you can really see the emotional attachment she has with the song. Awesome!
Here's a performance by will.i.am featuring Cheryl Cole of his second single "Heartbreaker" from his album Songs About Girls on The Graham Norton Show in the UK. They did a decent job.
Friday, April 25, 2008
- Mariah Carey "Us Weekly" Magazine Cover [Looking fab!]
- Alicia Keys "Teenage Love Affair" Video Premiere [The third single from As I Am. Tight.]
- Lil' Mama "VYP: Voice Of The Young People" Tracklisting [Her debut album drops Tuesday!]
- Mario Dances The Rumba On DWTS: Week 6 [Awesome. Congrats on the success! *knock on wood*]
- Katharine McPhee In New Movie "The House Bunny" (Interview, Trailer) [Cool. Looks funny.]
- Ashlee Simpson Performs "Boys" On Dancing With The Stars [One of my favorite new songs from her. Bittersweet World is in stores now!]
- Estelle "Bleu" Magazine Cover [Nice.]
- Girlicious "Like Me" & "Stupid S***" Video Premieres [The first one--their first single--surprised me with how good it was; the title fits the second one.]
- Janet Jackson Begins Tour Sept. 11th [Can't wait!]
- Ashlee Simpson Performs "Little Miss Obsessive" On Leno [Fine.]
- Solange "SoL-AngeL" Update [The other Knowles is doin' her thang this time around! Her album drops August 26th.]
- Teyana Taylor "From A Planet Called Harlem" Update [This newcomer is bringing it too; her debut CD comes out June 17th.]
- Amerie & Columbia Records Part Ways [Maybe now--if/when she gets signed again--we can actually hear from her again.]
- Cherish "Amnesia" Video: Behind-The-Scenes [I like the song, but the video looks like it'll be boring.]
- Alicia Keys "Teenage Love Affair" Video: Behind-The-Scenes [Kinda interesting.]
- Alicia Keys On Today (Interview, "Teenage Love Affair," "No One") [She did a nice job.]
- Jordin Sparks' Vocal Problems Force Her To Miss Tour Start [Hope you get better, Jordin!]
- Natasha Bedingfield Performs "Pocketful Of Sunshine" + Interview On Today [Good performance.]
- Mary J. Blige "Upscale" Magazine Cover [Lookin' good.]
- Mariah Carey "The Observer Music Monthly" Magazine Cover [Supafly!]
- New Mariah Carey Promo Pics (HERE, HERE, HERE, & HERE) [HOT!]
- Craig David "Officially Yours" Video Premiere [The third single from his fourth album Trust Me. Cheap & boring.]
- Kelly Clarkson Performs "Ave Maria" For The Pope [Great.]
- New Usher Promo Pics (HERE, HERE, & HERE) [Lookin' good.]
- Ashanti Performs "TWTILY" At Hot 107.9's Runway Fashion Show [Pretty good.]
- Ryan Cabrera "Say" Video Premiere [The lead single off his upcoming third album The Moon Under Water, which drops May 13th. Not bad, but cheap.]
- Mariah Carey "Tennessee" Movie Sneak Peeks (HERE & HERE) [Can't wait!]
- Leona Lewis On The Tyra Banks Show (Interview, "Bleeding Love") [I love Tyra's interviews.]
- Ashlee Simpson Performs "Little Miss Obsessive" + Interview On Today [Fine.]
- Usher "Here I Stand" Cover [Cool. Release Date: May 27th]
- Ashanti "The Declaration" Cover [Diva! Release Date: June 3rd]
- Mary J. Blige "Stay Down" Video Premiere [(FINALLY) Her second single from Growing Pains. Unfortunately, it's also cheap & boring.]
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Idol Review: Top 7
Best of the week? Tie: Syesha with "Vanishing" & David Archuleta with "When You Believe." Carly did well with "Without You" & Jason was enjoyable with his unique version of "I Don't Wanna Cry." Otherwise, there was alot of murdering going on: Brooke with "Hero," Kristy with "Forever," & especially David Cook with "Always Be My Baby." I guess Kristy finally ran out of time. HERE is the Top 7 Ford Music Video.
- Billboard Update: Leona Lewis Tops Billboard 200 & Hot 100 Charts [She just keeps breaking those records with both Spirit & "Bleeding Love." Good for her!]
- New Solange Promo Pic [AH! Scary.]
- Mariah Carey Performs "Bye Bye" On American Idol [Nice.]
- Watch Mariah Carey's "MC²: The Relativity Of Mariah" BET Special [Includes "Migrate," "Touch My Body," "Love Story," "Shake If Off," & "We Belong Together."]
- Keyshia Cole Performs "Heaven Sent" On Regis & Kelly [OK, but not my favorite.]
- Danity Kane, Day26 To Tour Together [...duh.]
- Nicole Scherzinger Caress Commercial [Awesome!]
- Ashlee Simpson Performs "Little Miss Obsessive" On TRL [Alright.]
- Elliott Yamin Performs "Free" On American Idol [Someone's coming into their own... RIP Elliott's mom.]
- Mario Dances The Samba on DWTS: Week 5 [Awesome.]
- Toni Braxton Falls Ill, Temporarily Cancels Vegas Show [Hope you get better, Toni!]
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Listen to bonus track "4Real4Real (ft. Da Brat)" HERE
Listen to bonus track "Heat" HERE
Monday, April 14, 2008
- I'm That Chick
- I'm That Chick (2)
- Migrate (2)
- Love Story
- Touch My Body
- Mariah Hits High Notes (with JJ)
- I'm That Chick (with JJ)
- I'm That Chick (with JJ) (2)
- Mariah Works Out With JJ
- JJ's Reality Show
- JJ & The Paparazzi
Mariah is hilarious in the studio with JJ & I particularly love #10. Also, she sounds great! Good stuff.
Currently on the Heart Of The City tour together, Mary J. Blige & Jay-Z are featured here on the song "You're Welcome" that they recorded especially for this tour. The video consists of behind-the-scenes footage of the tour as well as a bit from the stage. It's a pretty cool watch, even if Jay-Z almost gets top billing over MJB, which is crazy, considering she is way outselling him at the moment ... even without that long-awaited second single.
Mariah had (almost) an entire episode of Oprah dedicated to her today that was all about her diet, workout, &, of course, new album E=MC², which hits stores TOMORROW!!! It was a really interesting watch & at the end, she performed ... for the first time (ish) ... her second single "Bye Bye," which is now available to download on iTunes! It was an alright performance, but here's what I wanna say about it: Mariah, we know you can (still) sing your booty off; all you need to do is warm up a little before you perform! Then, you'll be ready to blow us away. It's not like you have to try to look good ... because, omg people, is she not amazingly hot? Just had to throw that one out there.
Check out Cassie & Diddy, head of her label, Bad Boy Records, premiering her first single "Official Girl" taken from her as-yet-untitled sophomore album, which is due in September. The song is produced by Danja & was written by Keri Hilson's team The Clutch, which is cool. However, Cassie may be trying to gain a 'most improved' title this time around, but unfortunately, I'm just not buying it. For me, the song makes it all-the-more obvious how little vocal range she has (especially with that Karina Pasian demo making the rounds...). I guess I can't hate her for trying, though. BTW, Diddy pimps Cassie for a while in the beginning in his usual manner, so you can skip that to get to the song.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Estelle performed her #1 UK hit "American Boy" on the UK show The Friday Night Project recently. The band changed the music up a bit to create a really unique & interesting performance of the song. Estelle is set to release her album Shine in America on April 29th.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
1. Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)
3. Rule Breaker
4. No Time For Tears
5. Little Miss Obsessive (ft. Tom Higgenson)
7. Bittersweet World
8. What I've Become
9. Hot Stuff
10. Murder (ft. Izza Kizza)
11. Never Dream Alone
You can listen to 30-second clips of the entire album HERE. After doing so myself, I am feeling very optimistic about the project. I love Ashlee's first two albums & I've been very supportive of her. I wanted to like her new stuff, & I did for the most part, but I was never completely sure about the whole picture. Hearing these snippets encouraged me though & I'll definitely be picking up the project when it drops on the 22nd.
Not sure what Ashlee's been up to? Check out her Yahoo! Webisode series Being: Ashlee Simpson HERE.
In anticipation of the release of Mariah's new album E=MC², I thought it only right to share a shining moment from her Mimi era. To cap off having the best-selling record of 2005, Mariah was nominated for a leading 8 Grammy awards. The night of the ceremony, Mariah Carey showed why she deserved each & every one of them. She performed a medley of her songs "We Belong Together" & "Fly Like A Bird," while taking us all to church on the latter & displaying her amazing talent once again. You have to admit: we all love us some MC.
"Bleeding Love"/"Better In Time" Performances
Leona continued her promotion Friday with an appearance & performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! It's funny how everyone is asking her about the $5 million house rumor. I enjoyed the interview & the performances were cool. Leona's debut album Spirit is out now.
Wal-Mart's Soundcheck recently interviewed Mariah Carey on her upcoming album E=MC², which drops Tuesday. Mariah gives some details about a few tracks specifically, among other things. Another good watch.
Reminder: In case you've forgotten, here's Mariah's promo schedule for the upcoming week:
- Monday, April 14th - Oprah (Syndicated)
- Tuesday, April 15th - American Idol (FOX)
- Wednesday, April 16th - MC²: The Relativity of Mariah (BET)
- Wednesday, April 16th - American Idol (FOX)
UPDATE: Here's some more! Props to Mariah Daily Journal:
- Friday, April 25th - Good Morning America (ABC)
- Friday, April 25th - Live With Regis And Kelly (Syndicated)
- Friday-Sunday, April 25th-27th - Empire State Building Lights Up For E=MC²
- Saturday, April 26th - VSPOT Top 20 Video Countdown (VH1)
Friday, April 11, 2008
Check out Leona Lewis performing "Bleeding Love" earlier this week on Live With Regis & Kelly above. The UK diva is all set to debut at #1 on the charts next week with her debut album Spirit here in the US with sales nearing 200,000 copies (based on first-day sales). Incredible! This, of course, follows in the footsteps of her first single [above], which hit #1 on the Hot 100 a couple weeks ago, leading to a rumor that Simon Cowell bought Leona a $5 million dollar home here in America; she says the rumor is false, however, in the video above. Also, it has been announced that Leona will, in fact, perform on American Idol on April 23rd, as well as Dancing With The Stars on May 13th. This is one label that is serious about their new artist, as they should be. Leona's success has been amazing thus far.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Earlier this week, CBS premiered a new show called Secret Talents Of The Stars. On it, Mya strutted her stuff as a tap dancer, a passion she's had since childhood. She did a great job & it was interesting to see. Regardless of how the vote went, however, the show was cancelled after a sole airing due to uber-crappy ratings. At least we have YouTube!
- June 27th, 2008 -- WALL-E
- May 29th, 2009 -- Up
- October 2nd, 2009 -- Toy Story in 3-D
- February 12th, 2010 -- Toy Story 2 in 3-D
- June 18th, 2010 -- Toy Story 3
- Summer 2011 -- Newt
- Christmas 2011 -- The Bear & The Bow
- Summer 2012 -- Cars 2
Too. Frikkin'. Cool. & as if that wasn't enough, check out their logos below:
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
"Love In This Club," featuring Young Jeezy, is the first single taken from Usher's upcoming 5th studio album Here I Stand, which is due May 27th. The video, which features Keri Hilson as Ush's love interest, is terrific. It proved to be much more than the second coming of "Yeah!" with its very intriguing concept. I felt like there was a perfect blend of Usher's signature moves with the rest of the video, as the song isn't particularly one to dance to. Keri looked fly & Usher definitely has another hit on his hands with the already #1 track. It is due to this fact that the album was, in fact, pushed up from a June release, which is a move I completely support -- especially because that means new Usher music sooner!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
In preparation for the release of her sophomore solo effort B'Day, Beyonce opened The 2006 BET Awards with an unforgettable performance of her lead single "Deja Vu," which features now-husband Jay-Z. Not only one of my personal favorite Bee performances, I just love the setup of the whole thing. This was actually the night Beyonce debuted her all-girl band for the world to see. B'Day, imo, is an amazing & wonderfully innovative album, & this was a great way to start getting the world pumped up & ready for it to drop. Also, congratulations to the newlyweds!
Here it is! Scrat in all his glory. For the third time, the furry, squirrel-like creature that we can't resist from the Ice Age movies stars in the official teaser trailer for "Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs." At first only available attached to "Horton," the trailer has made its way to the web. This one, I must say, is particularly hilarious. The film is set to hit theaters (in 3D!) on July 1st, 2009.
Mariah Carey guest hosted The Friday Night Project in London, which is their SNL from what I pick up, except for the Saturday part & with a bit more explicit-ness. The show is in 5 parts, 1 & 5 being posted here (2-4 are just a click away!), & 5 including a performance of "Touch My Body." The show is funny & definitely worth a watch, though do be warned about a possible British humor overload! Notably, part 3 is ... kinda cruel, but still pretty hilarious.
Here's the video for "Boyfriend/Girlfriend," the new single from C-Side that features Keyshia Cole. Of course I watched this because of Keyshia. I hadn't actually heard the song before (kept putting it off ... for no reason), so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the hook. The best part is later in the video when Keyshia gets her own verse, at which point the song basically becomes hers. Keyshia sounded really good, & is looking better & better each time I see her.
"Better In Time" + Short Interview
Leona Lewis appeared & performed on Good Morning America (take that, UK! I kid.) on Friday. Leona sang her #1 hit single, now in the US, "Bleeding Love," followed by a short interview & a performance of her 2nd UK single "Better In Time." She did a wonderful job, but I just wonder why she never sings all of "Bleeding Love." I'm also curious as to why she performed "Better In Time." The selection will probably confuse some new American fans if/when Leona doesn't release it as her 2nd single here; it would have been nice to hear sing one of the new songs. At the same time, I can see how she may not have been ready to perform either of those yet, so it is cool that we did get the two songs.
"I'm That Chick"
"Touch My Body"
Mariah's promotion for E=MC² in the UK continued when she appeared on T4's 4Music show. She was the featured artist of the episode, so she had a lot of performance offerings for us. We were able to hear all of "Bye Bye," Mariah's 2nd single, for the first time; what an amazing song. Mariah also performed "I'm That Chick" again, which is one of the tracks I'm feeling the most so far. And of course, another performance of Mariah's current #1 single "Touch My Body" was included. There have been better promotions in the last couple of days in the UK from Mariah than in the states, but, with Oprah & Idol coming up (just to name a few), I'm sure we will get our fair share as the release date creeps closer -- only 10 days! In related news, Mariah has reportedly shot the video for "Bye Bye" with Nick Cannon, but it is not finished yet. Umm... ok.
Also, Kelly Rowland performed her top 10 UK hits "Like This" & "Work (Freemasons Remix)." (Their takeover of the R&B industry continues...) Kelly did a great job & sang really well. I forgot how much I love "Like This" -- that song is my jam! The "Work" performance cuts off before its over, so I'm sorry about that. Just a sidenote on the song: I never really felt that the remixed version of it quite fit, but I am more convinced each time I hear it.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Mariah is busy promoting in the UK at the moment & she recently performed her 18th #1 single "Touch My Body" on The Paul O'Grady Show there. What a day it's been for them! This is probably her best performance of the song so far (at least vocally). I did notice, however, a little case of Leona Lewis back-ups. Her "stone groove smash hit wonder" of a new album, E=MC², will be released on April 15th -- only 11 days!
UPDATE: Mariah also did an interview on the show! MC always has some of the most interesting interviews. Check it out below:
"The Best Damn Thing" is Avril Lavigne's fourth single off her 2007 album of the same name. I quite enjoyed the video. Avril has really brought it this time around visually imo. The song isn't my favorite on the album [see: "Runaway"], but hopefully it will catch on (literally) enough with people to rekindle, to some extent, interest in her album. Heck, it made me pull it back out!
"I write all the time -- lots of stuff not meant to ever be released, just working on ideas. The fact that people have heard music that's not ready yet sucks, but I hope they like it."
The new demos show that she may be headed in a new musical direction. With her "folksy arrangements," Clarkson could be continuing her dabbling in country music with her new project. As far as the folk influence goes, I'm all for it; it sounds really good. I think the final versions of some of the songs she is working on are going to be the perfect medium of what shined on her Breakaway album & the direction she sees for herself [see: My December]. I do wish, however, that she would stay away from country music because we have enough country-influenced Idol alumni & plenty of crossover artists right now.
Above is David Archuleta's performance (the week's best ... as if you needed to be told) during Dolly Parton's week as mentor. The other contestants: Brooke continued her downward slide for me, as I didn't like this either. David C. = crap. Ramiele ... had it coming (finally). Jason was better this week; I hadn't given up hope yet & he gained a few points in my book with that. Carly was brilliant & should be the next Kelly Clarkson. (Should be.) Kristy was middle-of-the-road. ... Then, the last two. Syesha & Michael. Who did the judges prefer? No brainer -- the latter. But what I can't understand is how his painful vocals are just so daggum amazing. Pure + Beautiful x Flawless = Syesha. How they don't get that I will never get. At least America got it right this week! Anyway, check out the Top 9 Ford Music Video below:
Check out Mario's tango from week three of Dancing With The Stars. Though I'm no expert on dancing, I didn't see all the problems, but I did see where they might have been. Anyway, the judges didn't love him, but he's still in! I hope he is able to do well & then for his music career to rebound so we can see more (musically) from him. If you catch DWTS, be sure to take a second & vote for Mario!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
"4 Minutes," featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland, is the first single off Madonna's upcoming album Hard Candy, out April 29th. I have liked probably one or two songs by her ever, so this joins quite an elite group. Here's the catch: the reason I like the song has nothing to do with her. I have to give props to Toya, one of my affiliates, because she got it right on the money the way I feel about this song: even though I more or less despise Justin Timberlake, he is the only reason, next to Timbo's beat, that I like this song. Who knows why it works out that way, but needless to say I have a love/hate relationship with this song. As far as the video is concerned, it's really weird. Madonna looks 10-times more airbrushed than any Mariah pic throughout the whole thing also. The Madge/JT thing is just creepy. Though I definitely feel it is overrated, I don't hate it. At least she was slightly more original with the video than she was with the song. Note: I love the similarities to Britney's "Piece Of Me" video. Ha.
"[The Declaration] touches on those low points in life that determine whether you're strong enough to go on. It reminds women that they can't let things get the best of them."
Confirmed song titles that are expected to be included on the project are "Mother" & "Click," which is "a relationship record done from a female point of view," says Ashanti. (I couldn't have imagined.) On any note, I can't judge until I hear the new music, but I am anticipating the album. The Declaration is set to drop on June 3rd.
It should be noted that Ashanti is working on a lifestyle book for teens entitled "Ashanti Style," but there is no release date as of yet.