Teairra Mari continues to roll out the World Star Hip-Hop exclusives with this performance of "Built For This," a track off her upcoming album At That Point (April 7th). I actually quite like this song, & I've been warming up to her leaked material more & more lately, so I hope her album stays on track for release.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Here's the video for "That's How I Go," the new single from Baby Bash that features Mario & Lil' Jon. Of course, I'm posting this for Mario, who sounds good on the song. Otherwise, the whole thing is rubbish.
This time, Busta Rhymes is joined by Ron Browz, Rick Ross, Spliff Star, N.O.R.E., & Red Cafe for the second part of the "Arab Money" remix. It's not even that great of a song. Busta's new album Back On My B.S. hits stores on March 24th.
Friday, February 27, 2009
In related news, a deluxe edition of Jennifer's debut album was released to iTunes this week. The material added to the set includes:
- "All Dressed In Love"
- "Spotlight, Pt. 2" (ft. Young Jeezy)
- "Spotlight" music video
- "The Star-Spangled Banner" (as performed at Super Bowl XLIII)
- "You Pulled Me Through" (as performed at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards)
- "If This Isn't Love" (Stonebridge Remix Radio Edit)
- "Spotlight" (Moto Blanco Radio Remix)
To purchase the 20-track package, click HERE. Lastly, the single cover for Jennifer's third single, the Ludacris-assisted "Pocketbook," is below:
"My Life Would Suck Without You"
Kelly Clarkson performed "My Life Would Suck Without You," the first single off her upcoming fourth album All I Ever Wanted (March 10th), & sat down for an interview on The Paul O'Grady Show across the pond. If you ask me, American Idol can just stop looking for any more white girls because they just aren't gonna find one who can touch Kelly.
Destiny (Zero 7 Cover)
Solange performed an assortment of songs mostly from her latest album SoL-AngeL & The Hadley St. Dreams for The Bridge at AOL Black Voices. These ain't your average sessions. Chick's got style! She did an excellent job.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
My Life Would Suck Without You
Since U Been Gone
Kelly Clarkson put in a couple more performances on her UK promo tour when she stopped by Radio 1's Live Lounge, where she sang her latest #1 "My Life Would Suck Without You" & previous hit "Since U Been Gone." Once again, Kelly sounded amazing. Kelly's new album All I Ever Wanted drops March 10th.
See full charts HERE.
"My Life Would Suck Without You"
Check out Kelly Clarkson's first televised performance of "My Life Would Suck Without You," the first single off her upcoming fourth album All I Ever Wanted (March 10th), which she did during a stint of UK promotion on the National Lottery. Kelly is so ridiculously talented. She did an outstanding job. Though she is briefly interviewed in the bottom clip, most of it is just silliness, however if you're patient enough ... you can watch Kelly push a button!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
2. Turnin' Me On (ft. Lil' Wayne)
3. Get Your Money Up (ft. Keyshia Cole & Trina)
4. Return The Favor (ft. Timbaland)
5. Knock You Down (ft. Ne-Yo)
6. Slow Dance
7. Make Love
9. How Does It Feel
10. Hey Girl (ft. T-Pain & Lil' Jon)
12. Tell Him The Truth
13. Change Me (ft. Akon)
15. Where Did He Go
So, a few songs we haven't heard yet. A Keyshia Cole collabo? I like! I'm definitely looking forward to finally getting my hands on this thing.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
"Whatcha Think About That"
The Pussycat Dolls performed their latest UK single "Whatcha Think About That" & participated in an interview on This Morning. It's too bad the song didn't do so well over here because I quite like it. I also have a newfound respect for Nicole after seeing her perform (& hit those notes!) in that corset they discussed. PCD's sophomore album Doll Domination is out now.
JoJo has done an acapella cover of D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," which she posted on MySpace recently. I love that she went all out with the setting & everything. All jokes aside, JoJo sounds as great as ever & I can't wait for her third album All I Want Is Everything to be released.
Monday, February 23, 2009
"Bad To Di Bone" is most likely the lead single off Brick & Lace's sophomore album, which will follow up the duo's debut Love Is Wicked, which remains unreleased here in the US. I really like Brick & Lace's style, & though this isn't my favorite song from them, it stays in line with who they are. The video, however, is fairly low budget &, well, just say no to pink wigs!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Right Here (Departed)
Brandy performed the first two singles "Right Here (Departed)" & "Long Distance" off her latest album Human during halftime at the same Martin Luther King, Jr. Day basketball game where she sang the national anthem. Once again, absolutely incredible. This proves my point that Brandy is the most intelligent artist out there.
"The CD is reflective of the times we are living in & the hardships I've endured in my own life. My music tells the story but also encourages you to hold on, turn your situation around, & have some fun."
I'm a fan of George, so I look forward to his new project & wish him the best of luck with it.
Teairra Mari has partnered up with World Star Hip-Hop to promote her forthcoming sophomore album At That Point (April 7th). She is joined here by Pleasure P for a performance of her first single "Hunt 4 You." I'm still not jumping out of my chair, but this is considerably better than the other day.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Now that season eight has officially begun, so have my Idol Reviews again! First up, season seven's Carly Smithson & Michael Johns performed "The Letter" together again on last night's results show. I love Carly & she showed this year's contestants how it's done ... cause do they ever need to be taught! This week, the first group of 12 hit the stage & not a single one made a good song choice. In fact, I'm really not jumping for joy at the talent overall this season, but I'll wait until the Top 36 is over to really get a feel for it. If I had to choose three people to advance this week (based on talent as well as their performances), I'd give it to Ann Marie Boskovich, Ricky Braddy, & Anoop Desai. I know those choices sound desperate ... & that's because they are; all of these contestants feel like second-rate versions of people from past seasons of the show. Nonetheless, my hope for this season dwindled even more when it was announced that Alexis Grace, Michael Sarver, & Danny Gokey had advanced to the Top 12. Let's just hope the next two weeks bring us some better talent (Adam Lambert, Lil Rounds, anyone?)
^This week's #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart
This week's #1 single on the Hot 100 chart^
See full charts HERE.
HQ video has finally surfaced of Brandy performing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day basketball game between the Detroit Pistons & the Memphis Grizzlies. Brandy's deceivingly simple take on the song is absolutely brilliant! Her new album Human, which is amazing, is out now.
Estelle sang her hit "American Boy" to the tune of "Shut Up & Let Me Go" by The Ting Tings, who then dueted with Estelle on their song "That's Not My Name," at the 2009 BRIT Awards earlier this week. I really enjoyed this one; they make a unique pairing. Kanye West was lucky enough to walk away with the International Male Solo Artist award as well. All the winners can be seen HERE.
"I'd Come For You" is the second single taken from Nickelback's latest album Dark Horse. This one's pretty much generic all around. I would've much preferred for "Never Gonna Be Alone" to have received the single treatment.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
"It's Your Love" is the first single off Melinda Doolittle's debut album Coming Back To You. I had lost all hope of receiving a video, so I'm grateful to have something. That said, they couldn't have spent less on it ... but it's the music that truly counts.
Womanizer (Bathroom Concert Series)
Lily Allen continued her US promo tour with a stop on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which consisted of a performance of her single "The Fear" & singing Britney Spears' "Womanizer" with Ellen in the bathroom. Yay for the Bathroom Concert Series! Lily's second album It's Not Me, It's You is available now.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Following a short interview, India.Arie performed her single "Therapy" on Good Morning America with special guest Gramps Morgan. It's stuff like this that just makes my day. This is what music should sound like! Also, India.Arie performed the song "A Beautiful Day" that she wrote with GMA's own Robin Roberts & that can be found HERE (as can her original appearance when they wrote the song). Both songs are available on India.Arie's new album Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics.
"Welcome To Heartbreak," featuring Kid Cudi, is the next single off Kanye West's latest album 808s & Heartbreak. I like the concept of the video & most of the visual aspects, but some of it's all just a bit overboard & a little too hard to watch. I wanted to say that I remember giving 808s & Heartbreak a so-so response initially, but I've grown more of a liking to the album as of late.
"Wedlocked." She will star opposite Dave Annable of Brothers & Sisters fame. Though nothing else is known regarding Katharine's role yet, I'd definitely be open to seeing her in a movie like this.
UPDATE: Katharine has also booked a guest-starring role on an April episode of CSI: NY, where she will play a singer. Go figure.
Lily Allen performed first single "The Fear" off her new album It's Not Me, It's You recently on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. To say the least, I found her glamorous (no doubt American) look quite interesting.
"Hunt 4 You" (ft. Pleasure P)
"Finding My Way Back"
Teairra Mari kicked off some promo for her forthcoming sophomore album At That Point (April 7th) with a pair of performances on Good Day New York. Basically, both showings were a mess. Though Teairra is talented, she was pitchy in the first clip & just downright out of tune in the second. It wasn't all her fault though; what kind of 21st century TV production makes a singer perform with a microphone that has a cord? Anyway, I'm really not seeing Teairra going anywhere fast, but I believe she deserves to.
David Archuleta returned to Nickelodeon this past weekend for another "Crush Night" & performed his latest single "A Little Too Not Over You" off his self-titled debut album. Despite the fact that he's better than his demographic, I'm glad to see him out there displaying his talent. Love this song.
Monday, February 16, 2009
The spiritual intro, two interludes, & outro, all dubbed "Grains," are wonderful inclusions to this project. They really fit in well with the Testimony series. The upbeat, Gramps Morgan-assisted "Therapy" is an excellent way to really kickoff the album. "Ghetto" is the first 'political' offering on Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics, which I must admit is my least favorite of the two subjects. Lead single "Chocolate High," which features Musiq Soulchild, is a much nicer listen & brings that signature smooth quality that I love from India.Arie.
Another signature sound from this 'acoustic soul' can be found in "He Heals Me," which is beautiful. I love having a good balance of stripped down & bigger sounding music on an India.Arie record. I've become quite the fan of "Pearls," which sees Dobet Gnahore adding some great African-influenced ad-libs to the track. More acoustic goodness comes with the gorgeous "River Rise," while Terrell Carter assists on the pleasant "Yellow." "Better Way," which features Keb Mo, at least keeps up with the album's incomparable vibe.
My absolute favorite song on Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics is "Long Goodbye." This is a powerful & emotional one that shows India.Arie stepping out of her comfort zone vocally for something very special. MC Lyte makes an interesting appearance on "Psalms 23," which ends up being a surprisingly delightful collaboration. More politics shows up on the album's closer "The Cure," which features Sezen Aksu & unfortunately doesn't quite do it for me; these tracks just aren't as well-written as the others. The bonus track "A Beautiful Day" picks up the slack however, as it leaves the listener in the perfect place to end up.
Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics is no doubt another brilliant work from India.Arie. While I did prefer the 'love' aspect to the disc, the mood of the project as a whole is very addictive. We even get to witness some growth India.Arie has gone through as an artist here. This is simply one talent you can't pass up.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
"Who'd Have Known"
Interview (Pt. 1)
Interview (Pt. 2)
Lily Allen had an entire special Album Chart Show on the UK's T4 music channel dedicated to her recently for the release of her sophomore album It's Not Me, It's You. She performed the songs "22" & "Who'd Have Known," as well as first single "The Fear," from the album, & her hit "Smile." Lily also participated in a two-part interview. She's always such a delight to listen to, musically or not. I'm really digging songs like "Who'd Have Known" & "22" from her new album.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Jordin Sparks sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" for the second time in the last month at this year's NBA All-Star Game. It's simply effortless for her anymore & I love it!
"Truly In Love," featuring Peter Toh, is the latest single off Lil' Mama's debut album VYP: Voice Of The Young People. It shocks me that after lackluster sales, Jive is still pushing this album. I really can't complain though, as it is a rare gift. Lil' Mama is a talented gal & it shows in this cool new video, which features cameos from Fanny Pak (of America's Best Dance Crew fame) & Mark Kanemura (from So You Think You Can Dance). The song probably wouldn't have been my choice for a single (see: "Swim"), but it definitely could've done without the featured artist.
Jennifer Hudson "The Impossible Dream"
Last Friday, this year's NAACP Image Awards celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the NAACP as well as the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Beyonce opened the show with a first-ever performance of her new single "Halo," which was quite an incredible showing. She sure blew me away, which is typical for her. Beyonce also picked up the award for Outstanding Female Artist. Jennifer Hudson sang "The Impossible Dream" during a tribute to Muhammad Ali. The Oscar- & Grammy-winner, who sounded great, was also awarded Outstanding New Artist, Outstanding Album, Outstanding Duo, Group, or Collaboration (with Fantasia for "I'm His Only Woman"), &, with her fellow castmates, Outstanding Motion Picture for "The Secret Life Of Bees." (You can see the full list of winners HERE.) Though the night was (somewhat understandably) overloaded with sentimental moments, I found the show leaps & bounds better than the recent Grammys.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Check out this video of Lily Allen discussing her new album It's Not Me, It's You, which just might be the #1 album in the country next week. You just gotta love Lily & her music.
Note: Updates will slow in the next couple days, but they will return no later than Monday!
David Archuleta was in Orlando this morning for the opening of the "American Idol Experience" attraction & sang a little karaoke with some fans on Good Morning America. It's a cool little clip. David Archuleta's self-titled album is in stores now.
^This week's #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart
This week's #1 single on the Hot 100 chart^
See full charts HERE.
Estelle has covered the Stevie Wonder classic "Superstition" for the new compilation album Heroes from War Child, an organization that aids children affected by war. You can find out more about the February 24th release HERE. Good stuff. Estelle's latest album Shine is out now.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
"Takin' Back My Love," featuring Ciara, is the second single taken from Enrique Iglesias' greatest hits album. This is a steamy one! Director Ray Kay brought us another hot video, which has CiCi & Enrique destroying everything in their path until the two find themselves ... in quite a situation. If you ask me, Ciara sure is doing her thing right now.
"If This Isn't Love" is the second single off Jennifer Hudson's self-titled debut album. I'm so happy to finally post this! Jennifer looks absolutely gorgeous in the Diane Martel-directed clip. This is also my favorite song on J-Hud's album. She's been doing big things lately, so I hope "If This Isn't Love" brings her much (well-deserved) success.
David Archuleta has recorded a song titled "Let's Talk About Love" for Build-A-Bear Workshop. This video features behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the charity single, which can be downloaded HERE beginning on Valentine's Day. Ya know, because we needed another reason to love him. David Archuleta's self-titled debut album is available now.
"It's Your Love"
Melinda Doolittle did some promotion for her debut album Coming Back To You by performing her first single "It's Your Love" & doing an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I love it! Ellen's the best (as if she wasn't already) for having Melinda.
1. My Life Would Suck Without You
2. I Do Not Hook Up
4. Don’t Let Me Stop You
5. All I Ever Wanted
6. Already Gone
7. If I Can’t Have You
8. Save You
10. Long Shot
13. I Want You
14. If No One Will Listen
If you plan on purchasing the deluxe edition of All I Ever Wanted, you can add "Tip Of My Tongue" & "The Day We Fell Apart," in addition to the information previously provided, to that. Get excited!
Lily Allen recently performed first single "The Fear" off her sophomore album It's Not You, It's Me on Le Grand Journal in France, where she also participated in a brief Q&A session. Gotta love the complete absence of censorship!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Check out our first look at Jennifer Hudson's video for "If This Isn't Love," the second single off her self-titled debut album. She looks gorgeous & I'm loving the return of the long hair. The video is set to premiere ... wait for it ... tomorrow, so I can't wait!
"Rockin' That Thang" is the first single taken from The-Dream's upcoming second album Love Vs. Money (March 10th). Director Ray Kay gave this one a great look, which has me that much closer to liking the song.
Note: I'd like to mention that the short ad for Fox's new series Dollhouse that plays before the video is worth a glance. I can't wait to see the show!
Off the "Confessions Of A Shopaholic" soundtrack comes "Bad Girl," a new song from The Pussycat Dolls. If it sounds familiar, it's because Rihanna's version (which, ironically enough, features Chris Brown) leaked recently. While I like both versions, I have to give the edge to PCD & my girl Nicole. The Dolls' sophomore album Doll Domination is in stores now.
In this new interview, Jimmy Jam confirms he & his longtime producing partner Terry Lewis have begun working on Janet Jackson's next album. Seeing as how Janet is currently without a label, I'm not sure when we can expect said project, however I would definitely welcome some new material from the same team behind Ms. Jackson's All For You album ... & hopefully Janet can find some success similar to what that album brought her as well.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Although she doesn't appear in the ad, Estelle's new song "Star" is featured in Crystal Light's latest commercial. They are offering a FREE download of "Star" at uPumpItUp.com. I'd recommend taking advantage of the deal as well as checking out Estelle's newest album Shine.
Jennifer Hudson "You Pulled Me Through"
Kanye West, Jay-Z, T.I., Lil' Wayne, & M.I.A. "Swagga Like Us"
Besides Jennifer Hudson, this year's Grammys kept with tradition by sucking hardcore. Let's talk about the good stuff first though. Jennifer Hudson won the first award of the night, Best R&B Album, for her self-titled debut & it was presented by the one & only Whitney Houston, which proved thrilling for both Jennifer & the audience. Later in the show, Jennifer gave an epic performance of her moving album track "You Pulled Me Through." I'm so glad the night went well for her; she deserved it. The only other win I could bring myself to be happy about was Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, which went to Estelle & Kanye West's "American Boy," the song the pair performed on the show in the same manner as always. A full list of winners can be seen HERE, but I wouldn't recommend looking because you'll get depressed; Jazmine Sullivan went 0-for-5 & Leona Lewis also left empty-handed. The last of the performances I've decided to share with you is the "Rap Pack," joined by a very pregnant M.I.A., coming together for the first time to do "Swagga Like Us," which I could've done without. I've just gotta say though: Grammys, if you want more young people to watch your show, stop giving all the awards to undeserving bluegrass singers!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
David Archuleta sang an incredible rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" to kick off the Pro Bowl in Hawaii this weekend. Excellent! David Archuleta's self-titled debut album is out now.
Ciara joined Enrique Iglesias during the Pro Bowl Halftime Show to perform their new song "Takin' Back My Love" off his recently released greatest hits album. They did great & I don't say it enough: Ciara is fine!
David Archuleta made his acting debut on iCarly during "Crush Night." His scenes from the episode can be viewed in the first video. David also performed his hit single "Crush" & did some Q&A during the commercial breaks. The show is a mess, but David offered some relief. Don't forget to pick up your copy of David Archuleta's self-titled debut album if you haven't already!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
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(Apparently, Yahoo! posts music videos illegally...)
"Want It, Need It," featuring Ashanti, is the new single taken from Plies' latest album Da REAList. Props to Ashanti for looking & sounding great. Otherwise, the video is pretty bad & the song is disgusting. Sure sounds like somebody is compensating for something...