When Jennifer Hudson paid The Ellen DeGeneres Show a visit the other day, she also recorded this segment for Ellen's Bathroom Concert Series, which finds the pair singing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." This is absolutely the best one yet! A must watch. Jennifer Hudson's self-titled debut album is out now!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
A while back, Keri Hilson recorded a cover of Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" for use on a tour. The studio recording has just now surfaced & I'm loving the new take on the song! Of course the song belongs to Kelly, but that's exactly why I'm glad Keri made it her own. Be sure to support Keri's debut album In A Perfect World..., which is available now ... in a perfect world.
Canadian Sarah McLachlan performed her most recent single "U Want Me 2" at the 2009 Juno Awards in Canada recently. It's just great to hear that voice again. Congrats on the award, Sarah! Her greatest hits album Closer is out now.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
N.E.R.D. performed a new Santigold-featured song "Soldier" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon recently. I'm not sure about this one--it's a little wild. Pharrell must really like it though cause he was going crazy! "Soldier" isn't on it, but N.E.R.D.'s latest album Seeing Sounds is available now. (Maybe it's just cause I have the time, but this weekend seems painfully slow.)
Saturday, March 28, 2009
The Pussycat Dolls, strutting more clothing than normal, took the stage at the 2009 Kids' Choice Awards earlier tonight to perform "Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)" & "When I Grow Up." To be honest, the showings weren't anything we haven't seen before, & while "Jai Ho" isn't really something I would expect kids to connect with, they made it up with the latter. The Dolls were good though. PCD will release Doll Domination 2.0 on April 14th. If you're interested in the winners, which include Beyonce & "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," click HERE.
Keri Hilson brought along Lil' Wayne to perform their hit single "Turnin' Me On" off her debut album In A Perfect World... last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! That was one hot performance. As much as I like the song, I don't think I've ever given it enough credit. Make sure you pick up In A Perfect World... if you haven't already!
UPDATE: Keri also performed "Energy." What a pleasant surprise--
Friday, March 27, 2009
Here's a really cool commercial The Pussycat Dolls did for Pro7, which is a German TV station. The clip almost acts as a sleek music video for their song "Takin' Over The World," but the chorus includes the words "we love to entertain you," the network's slogan, instead. I like! PCD will release Doll Domination 2.0 on April 14th.
Check out Beyonce in an apparently Japanese commercial for Crystal Geyser water. Nice! Beyonce just kicked off her "I Am..." tour & it looks amazing ... can't wait for the DVD! Meanwhile, Beyonce's latest album I Am... Sasha Fierce is out now.
Watch The Ford Commercial HERE
Thursday, March 26, 2009
"If This Isn't Love"
Jennifer Hudson appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today, where she performed the second single "If This Isn't Love" off her self-titled debut album & sat down for an interview. Jen looked amazing & sounded incredible as always. The interview was nice as well. Do yo' thang, honey!
See full charts HERE.
"The Way That I Love You"
In a move that makes me wonder if we ever made it past the summer of '08, Ashanti visited The Morning Show With Mike & Juliet to perform "The Way That I Love You" off her latest album The Declaration & participate in an interview. She sounded great! Note: The interview video is a hot mess, but you can just listen if you want.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Elliott Yamin recently sat down with the LA Times for an Idol Confessions segment. The clip starts off with a short acapella performance of "Fight For Love" that is outstanding, which leads into an interesting interview. Look out for Elliott's forthcoming album Fight For Love on May 5th!
"Turnin' Me On"
Keri Hilson dropped by PIX 11 Morning News to promote the release of her debut album In A Perfect World... by performing her hit single "Turnin' Me On" & sitting down for an interview. Hey, if I were her, I would take a look in the mirror & say, "Wassup?!" every morning too! Oh, & by the looks of the empty (sold out) shelves at the stores in my area, I'd say Keri isn't booked on big enough shows! I'm so happy for her.
Our first look at what we can really expect from "Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs" has surfaced today. By the looks of it, we may have the best of the trilogy on our hands! I literally laughed out loud multiple times. "Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs" arrives in theaters on July 1st in 3D!
UPDATE: More details have just emerged about Love IS. Ruben will be covering "More Than Words," originally by Extreme, & Bryan Adams' "Heaven," which will feature Boyz II Men. I like the sound of that already! He will also tackle Michael Jackson's "I Can't Help It" (which I don't think I've ever heard...), has written the track "A Song For Her" about his wife, & has worked with producers Teddy Riley & John Rich from Big & Rich ( O_o ).
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Today is quite an exciting day for new releases if I do say so myself. First up, we have the highly anticipated debut album In A Perfect World... from Keri Hilson. I recently gave the set, which features the singles "Knock You Down" with Kanye West & Ne-Yo, "Turnin' Me On" with Lil' Wayne, "Return The Favor" with Timbaland, & "Energy," a glowing review, so be sure to support your girl & purchase your copy of the album by clicking its cover above. Also, Mandisa's sophomore album Freedom, which I gave a positive review & features the single "My Deliverer," comes out today (click cover above to buy). Last but not least comes "Bolt," the latest fun-filled, Oscar-nominated, computer-animated movie from Disney, which you can purchase by clicking its cover above as well.
Monday, March 23, 2009
"Knock You Down," featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo, is the fourth single taken from Keri Hilson's debut album In A Perfect World..., which finally drops tomorrow! I love the single choice; this should definitely be another hit for Keri *knock on wood*. The video is equally hot. Keri looks amazing. This is the kind of artist we need right now, people!
It appears that the T-Pain-assisted "Hustler's Anthem" is set to follow-up Busta Rhymes' "Arab Money" preceding the release of his constantly pushed back Back On My B.S. (May 19th). Not sure about the song, but I'm optimistic about what Busta's doing visually. Props for the ol' skool look! Note: This is official, so don't worry that the video & audio don't match.
Ryan Leslie is featured on "Precious," a new song from Jim Jones. However, this 1:46 video for the song only features Ryan's parts, so it makes for a tolerable listen. The video isn't much of a spectacle, but "Precious" would fit right in with the rest of Ryan's new self-titled album. Nothing extremely special, but it's good.
In this recent interview with StraightFromTheA.com, Monica reveals that she does have an actual reality show in the making. It is to be called Still Standing & will premiere in September on BET. She also confirms that the newly leaked "Once In A Lifetime" is NOT the first single off her upcoming album, but that the single may result from recent sessions she's had with Missy Elliott. I'm happy to hear that the one-hour special "The Single" we received last year from her isn't the long-speculated reality show & I hope Keyshia Cole can lend some of her ratings success to her fellow ATL resident. Also, as much as I like the new song, I'm hoping Mo has a few hits somewhere in those 100-ish songs she's recorded!
Shontelle did a little UK promotion recently by performing her hit single "T-Shirt" off Shontelligence on their Album Chart Show. This did not sound very good, but I wouldn't say Shontelle is completely to blame. The backup singer that was on the chorus, though a decent singer, does not sound good with Shontelle at all... SMH.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
"Love Sex Magic," featuring Justin Timberlake, is the second official single off Ciara's upcoming album Fantasy Ride (May 5th). This is one sexy video! Ciara is so fine ... ridiculation. I'm even warming up to (her vocals on) the song. May 5th, here we come!
We now have a visual to go along with the fact that Christina Milian stars in "Bring It On: Fight To The Finish," the fifth in the series. Personally, I feel like this long line of straight-to-DVD sequels, which has attracted the likes of Solange & Hayden Panettiere, is a disgrace to what made the first film great. Oh well.
I don't have a clue what TV Total Wok WM 2009 is, but I know it was in Germany & I know it was cold, so props to Kelly Clarkson for performing her first single "My Life Would Suck Without You" off All I Ever Wanted to the same amazing standards as always.
Lily Allen performed her second single "Not Fair" off It's Not Me, It's You on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. I like this cheeky song.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
First single "My Deliverer" is a wonderful way to kick off the album. It goes well with "How Much," another uptempo that makes its inspirational message quite clear. Mandisa enters ballad territory with "He Is With You," another track with a great message, if not the strongest song. The groovy "Definition Of Me" finds Mandisa alongside the rapper Bianca from Group 1 Crew, which makes for, well, an interesting collaboration. "Not Guilty" is an on-point power ballad that shows us what Mandisa does best.
There's no way you can't feel good while listening to "Leave It In The Valley," which features a cool falsetto hook. "Victorious" follows & is the uptempo equivalent to "He Is With You." Mandisa offers more gorgeousness though on "Broken Hallelujah." Then, the celebration makes its way to church for "Freedom Song" & continues with "Dance, Dance, Dance." Finally, Mandisa leaves us with some refreshing words, courtesy of the ballad "You Wouldn't Cry."
Freedom is a pretty good blend of uptempos & ballads. Few of the 11 tracks are subpar, with the majority being quite enjoyable. Extra points are always given for a big voice anyway. Mandisa has provided us with a solid sophomore effort that is sure to provide many a renewing listen.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Friday, March 20, 2009
If you're like me & can't wait to see Ciara's "Love Sex Magic" video, then check out this behind-the-scenes clip from Access Hollywood. This looks like it'll be another hot one from CiCi! Ciara's third album Fantasy Ride comes out May 5th.
Teairra Mari has put her own spin on Keri Hilson's "Turnin' Me On." This really isn't a straight cover ... unfortunately for her. I just think she is missing the point of the song, but maybe the point is lost on me. This comes on the heels of her remix to Jamie Foxx's "Blame It," which I didn't exactly think was an upgrade either. I do like Teairra on her own material though, so I recommend checking for her sophomore album At That Point when it drops on April 7th (or, most likely, later).
The intro is spot-on when Keri announces that she's "'bout to get it poppin'," as it heads straight for "Turnin' Me On." Probably my favorite track on the album, the Keyshia Cole & Trina-assisted ladies anthem "Get Your Money Up," follows with a sick beat & is quite the collaboration. "Return The Favor" with Timbaland, the official second single, is next. Its accompanying video was one of my favorites from last year, but it saddens me that the song went with little additional promotion because it's a hot one. However, the album version has an extended ending that is pretty much unnecessary because it practically puts a 30-second silence right in the middle of the album. No time is wasted getting back on track though with the Kanye West & Ne-Yo assisted forthcoming single "Knock You Down." This one is sure to get radio & the clubs bumpin'.
In A Perfect World... gradually moves in a different direction with "Slow Dance," which goes hard. Slow jam perfection, however, can be found on "Make Love," which demonstrates Keri's magic with Polow Da Don at its best. I love the middle eastern flavored beat on "Intuition." "How Does It Feel" is good too, but note to Timbaland about the beat in the chorus: it's hot, but how about we only use it once on a single album ("Return The Favor")?
At this point, while the album doesn't get bad by any means, it could've used "Hey Girl," the uptempo originally planned to be included exactly here. Nonetheless, Keri brings it once again with the excellent beats on "Alienated," which finds this incredible vocalist right in her comfort zone. She isn't quite there on "Tell Him The Truth," but the funkiness of the track makes up for it. Akon guests on "Change Me," which is alright, but their other collabo "Mic Check" would've been a better fit. The album gets back on track in a big way with the official first single "Energy," which I fell in love with when it originally came out. I've always thought the track was generating enough buzz that it could've carried the album, but I think the pushback ended up being for the better, even if the success of "Turnin' Me On" was most definitely not foreseen. In A Perfect World... ends with "Where Did He Go," a song that isn't exactly new. It's not the best album closer I've ever heard, but it's definitely a great slow jam.
In A Perfect World... is a near-perfect blend of uptempos & slow jams from a woman who has mastered her craft in both. I can't help but wonder why there wasn't a little bit more life, if you will, breathed into this project when Keri is sitting on tracks like "Do It," which she even performed a time or two, & "Turn Up The Radio." I guess you can't hate on her for trying to minimize the most simplistic material on the final cut though. All that said, Keri Hilson is such a refreshing force in today's R&B market & I hope she is here to stay.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Interview (Pt. 1)
Interview (Pt. 2)
Kelly Clarkson was a guest on today's Oprah, where she performed a medley of "Because Of You," "Behind These Hazel Eyes," & "My Life Would Suck Without You." "BTHE" is my favorite song from her Breakaway album, so I really enjoyed the performance. "They keep gettin' stuff!" I love Kelly. All I Ever Wanted is available now!
Kelly Clarkson performed "I Do Not Hook Up" off her new album All I Ever Wanted when she visited Good Morning America last week, but they just got around to airing it (they do this a lot). This was a great showing of this one for Kelly!
"My Life Would Suck Without You"
Kelly Clarkson visited Germany's Mario Barth to perform "My Life Would Suck Without You," the first single off All I Ever Wanted, & ended up doing some very interesting monster truck tricks. Kelly was very entertaining!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Watch Ciara show off her flexibility in this sneak peek of the video for "Love Sex Magic," the official second single taken from her forthcoming third album Fantasy Ride (May 5th). CiCi has never looked better, but the jury is still out on her new music. Do look out for the full "Love Sex Magic" video Monday.
Some footage has surfaced of Keri Hilson in the studio rockin' to a rough cut of "Get Your Money Up" (I'm assuming that's unmastered) that features only vocals from her. Sounds like a hit either way! Keri's debut album In A Perfect World... drops March 24th.
UPDATE: Peep Keri & Polow Da Don talk about working together--
"Fight For Love"
Elliott Yamin stopped by Philly radio station Q102 on St. Patrick's Day to perform an acoustic version of his new single "Fight For Love," the title track off his upcoming sophomore album (May 5th), & sit down for an interview. Elliott sounded great & I'm really looking forward to his new album. He's sure stepped up his game!
^This week's #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart
This week's #1 single on the Hot 100 chart^
See full charts HERE.
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Carrie Underwood accompanied mentor Randy Travis on results night to perform a duet "I Told You So," which is available on iTunes HERE, to top off Grand Ole Opry week on American Idol. It should also be noted that Carrie Underwood sings this year's farewell song "Home Sweet Home," which is also available to download HERE. On performance night, Adam Lambert killed it again with a unique version of "Ring Of Fire." There's no denying his vocals were on-point! I also enjoyed Lil Rounds' rendition of "Independence Day," even if country isn't her style either. Kris Allen's "To Make You Feel My Love" was incredible as well. I thought Anoop Desai did a good job & Megan Joy did alright. My opinion of dislike still holds up for the rest of the gang though, so the elimination of Alexis Grace was a nice surprise. However, I'm still trying to figure out how the Carrie Underwood butchering from Danny Gokey & Matt Giraud went practically unnoticed. Ugh.
Watch The Ford Commercial HERE
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Ginuwine previews a new duet with Brandy called "Love" that is to be featured on his upcoming album A Man's Thoughts (June 2nd) in the clip above. It sounds great so far, so I can't wait to hear the mastered version. In the meantime, make sure you pick up Brandy's new album Human!
I Hate This Part
When I Grow Up
The Pussycat Dolls performed their two hits off the soon-to-be re-released Doll Domination (details coming soon) while visiting Much On Demand recently. Sounds like that Britney tour is taking its toll. Don't work too hard, girls!
UPDATE: Check out this performance of "Jai Ho" that didn't air on TV--
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Medley ("One," "You Gotta Be," "Love Song," & "I'm Yours"--Jason Mraz WISHES he was this good!)
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Meanwhile, Christina Milian has changed her mind regarding her forthcoming single. The first single to be lifted from her reworked & retitled Elope will now be "I'm A Cheat," as confirmed by The-Dream. [UPDATE: Or not?] Hopefully it'll do the trick!
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I Do Not Hook Up
My Life Would Suck Without You
Kelly Clarkson was this week's musical guest on Saturday Night Live & performed two songs off her recently released album All I Ever Wanted. She sounded great as usual. Also, her promo for the episode can be viewed below:
Friday, March 13, 2009
The Pussycat Dolls' video for "Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)," their remix to the Oscar-winning song from "Slumdog Millionaire," has premiered & it's HOT! Nicole Scherzinger is the featured vocalist on the song, which also features A.R. Rahman, & she sounds incredible. What's not to love? "Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)" is out on iTunes.
"First Aid" is the second promotional UPisode for Disney/Pixar's upcoming feature "Up." In fact, if you wish to download these UPisodes, click HERE. These things are hilarious! "Up" is set to hit theaters in 3D on May 29th.
"My Life Would Suck Without You"
Kelly Clarkson stopped by Live With Regis & Kelly for an interview & a pair of performances, one being first single "My Life Would Suck Without You" off her new album All I Ever Wanted. Love her!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Adam Lambert killed "Black Or White" on Michael Jackson week of American Idol. His Top 13 performance is on the left, while Lil Rounds' excellent rendition of "The Way You Make Me Feel" is on the right. (They both have incredible recording voices!) I guess you could say this week was pretty hit & miss for the contestants. In addition to the above standouts, I liked Kris Allen (to an extent), the underrated Jasmine Murray, &, for some backwards reason, Megan Joy Corkrey. I was a bit surprised by Michael Sarver, but I still don't like him, & Anoop Desai wasn't as bad as the judges made him out to be. Now, Allison Iraheta (who America isn't digging NEARLY as much as the judges) was a mess, as was the painfully out-of-tune performance from Matt Giraud. Poor Jorge Nunez was in fact 'bad' & Alexis Grace is like a six-year-old girl trying to sing that can't. As for Scott MacIntyre, the truth of the matter is that he just isn't a good enough singer to be here. Not only can that be said about Old Yeller (AKA Danny Gokey), but the guy doesn't even know the difference between yelling & singing.
When it comes to the elimination of Jasmine & Jorge, I wasn't very surprised nor did it really affect me. While I did like Jasmine, it's been evident for a while that she just isn't clever enough with her song choices to survive in the competition. Also during the results show were performances from Kelly Clarkson & Kanye West:
Kelly Clarkson "My Life Would Suck Without You"
Kanye West "Heartless"
Watch The Ford Commercial HERE
"If U Seek Amy" is the third single taken from Britney Spears' Circus album. I've always loved this song, & the video is cool & quirky enough to be worthy. I wouldn't go as far as to say it's the best offering from Ms. Spears this era, but it sure is nice to have the queen back!
"You Complete Me"
Keyshia Cole dropped by The View earlier today to perform "You Complete Me," the second single off A Different Me, & sit down with the ladies for an interview. She did awesome. I've been thinking about it & I really think Keyshia could have a hit with "Make Me Over," which hints at her sexy new sound enough that releasing the exquisite "Erotic" afterwards wouldn't be such a shock, but instead people might warm up to it & give Keyshia's new material the recognition it deserves.
See full charts HERE.
Live With Regis & Kelly: "Jai Ho"
This morning, The Pussycat Dolls took over network TV by performing their remix of "Jai Ho" on Live With Regis & Kelly, & appearing on Today for an interview as well as a sneak preview of the "Jai Ho" music video. The performance was on-point & the video promises to be as well. PCD's second album Doll Domination is available now.
"Been Waiting" is the third single off Jessica Mauboy's Australia-only debut album of the same name. I like this song. Other than the Christina Milian "Us Against The World" jack, the video was equally great.
Here's some footage of Cassie in the studio mixing her new single "Must Be Love" with Diddy, who is featured on the track. The song, most of which can be heard in the clip, sounds fairly decent. Cassie is tentatively scheduled to release her sophomore album in July.