"She Ain't Got..." is the second single taken from LeToya's sophomore album Lady Love (August 25th). I don't really like the single choice because the edited version takes away from the entire point of the song. Nonetheless, she pulled out a pretty hot video for it.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
UPDATE: As for that public memorial, not so much.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Keri Hilson - Medley
Keyshia Cole & Monica "Trust"
Beyonce - Medley
Ciara "Heal The World" (MJ Tribute)
Janet Jackson Speaks
Following their win, the boys of Day26 took the stage during the 2009 BET Awards Pre-Show to perform "Imma Put It On Her" off Forever In A Day. This, right here, is not a fan of Day26's live showings of this song.
Imogen Heap offers up a peak into the last couple of years she spent making her upcoming album Ellipse (August 25th) in this trailer for the album. Is it so wrong that I got excited simply by the music playing in the background of this clip? With Mariah's album also dropping that day, August 25th is gonna be a big one for me!
"Street Lights" is the sixth single off Kanye West's fourth album 808s & Heartbreak. Is Kanye's goal to release a video of some kind for every song on this album (cause he's more than halfway there..)? At least each one has its own identity & creative concept--& this one is no exception. Still, I wonder if he'll find another track that'll give him similar success to that of "Heartless."
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
"Battle Cry" is (still) the second single taken from Shontelle's debut album Shontelligence. I'm glad the song has been given a proper video after the Obama-inspired one late last year. The video isn't exactly big budget, but it's alright. This girl has some decent material & I wish she were having more success.
Melanie Fiona has teamed up with Questlove for a mixtape entitled "The Bridge Remixed Live." The two paired up for a live jam session, where they remixed songs from Melanie's forthcoming debut album The Bridge (August 18th), as is described above. Below, preview the outcome of "Ay Yo" (left) & a snippet of "Give It To Me Right" (right), & prepare yourself!
Friday, June 26, 2009
In related news, Janet Jackson's manager has issued the following statement on behalf of Janet regarding her brother's passing:
"Janet Jackson is grief-stricken & devastated at the sudden loss of her brother. She is in pre-production on a film & is flying immediately to California to be with her family."
She has since made it to LA. I can't even imagine what Janet must be feeling right now, but she & the rest of the Jackson family are in my prayers. We lost a legend in Michael.
[Source, Source, Source]
Thursday, June 25, 2009
He collapsed at his residence in the Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles, California, about noon Pacific time, suffering cardiac arrest, according to brother Randy Jackson. He died at UCLA Medical Center.
I am at a loss for words. The industry has lost one of the greatest icons of all time. I've decided to post my personal favorite MJ video, so that we may reminisce on the greatest performer to ever live.
See full charts HERE.
(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)
At their press conference Monday, We Are The Fallen performed their first single "Bury Me Alive" & professionally recorded footage of the performance has now hit the net. Excellent stuff. You hit those notes, Carly!
"Girlfriend" is the third single taken from Day26's sophomore album Forever In A Day. Crappy video, worse song. I was thinking about listening to the album again because I thought I may have been too hard on it the first time around, but apparently I wasn't.
1. Beg For Mercy
2. Crawl Thru Fire
4. Kiss & Tell
5. Just The Way It Is
6. Turning On
7. On With The Show
9. 15 Minutes Of Fame
10. The Circle
11. mp3 Killed The Record Companies
Just to clarify, this information is simply for those interested. In fact, I wouldn't even consider this an "Adam Lambert album," as he had no say in the actual release of the material. That said, it is Adam, so it can't be THAT bad, right? Whatever the case, the irony of the 19 logo on the featured photo is noted. :)
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
"Work," featuring Missy Elliott, is the next international single off Ciara's new album Fantasy Ride. CiCi sure was workin' it! This video was definitely worth the wait. I'd say that I hope "Work" does Ciara some favors on the charts, but apparently we have to rely on "Like A Surgeon" for that...
Ashanti took a little time to promote the production of "The Wiz" that she is currently starring in by performing "Home" from the musical on Live With Regis & Kelly. If I'm being honest, she sounded very uncomfortable & out of her element during this performance.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Jazmine Sullivan turns her swag on in the video for Ace Hood's latest single "Champion" off his forthcoming album Ruthless (June 30th). She sure does steal the show, huh?! Jazmine looks & sounds great in this. I just got way more excited for her next album, whenever that's gonna drop.
The Black-Eyed Peas "Boom Boom Pow"
Kelly Clarkson "My Life Would Suck Without You"
The Black-Eyed Peas & Kelly Clarkson performed their big hits in the usual fashion on stage at the 2009 MuchMusic Video Awards in Canada last night. It wasn't all old news though: The BEPs walked away with the Best International Video Group award for "Boom Boom Pow."
Kelly Rowland performed her hit single "When Love Takes Over" with David Guetta in France recently. As it turns out, the song just hit #1 in the UK, so congrats to the pair of them!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
The END starts off with a cheesy intro at the beginning of the catchy “Boom Boom Pow,” which is followed by the equally fun “Rock That Body.” I’m not nearly as fond of their slower material like “Meet Me Halfway” though. Probably my favorite track on the album, “Imma Be,” is a banger that speeds up towards the end & shows the Peas at the top of their game. Next up is second single “I Gotta Feeling,” which is growing on me, but isn’t particularly my cup of tea.
The slow jam pairing of “Alive” & “Missing You” is, respectively, just alright & a little better, thanks to vocals from Fergie. I, again, much prefer the uptempo sweetness found in “Ring-A-Ling” & “Party All The Time.” When it comes to “Out Of My Head,” I don’t suppose the musical styling of the song is that different from even my favorite offerings on The END, but with the lack of a catchy hook & emphasis lyrically on “going crazy” in a not-quite-as-innocent-type way, it just doesn’t do it for me.
“Electric City” is an interesting one; I love the Jamaican influence. “Showdown” is pretty good—a little filler-ish—but I do suppose they needed a little something like this before the next couple tracks. I do not like “Now Generation” or “One Tribe.” They are as preachy & stupid as you can imagine. How big IS will.i.am’s ego? He needs to realize that people do not buy records from The Black-Eyed Peas to hear about how his wonderful self is single-handedly revolutionizing the music industry or his political views. Didn’t he get that out of his system with the Obama tunes? Anyway, the standard edition closer, “Rockin’ To The Beat,” is an instrumental & feels a little pointless, but serves well as a calming mechanism for anyone who just listened to the preceding pair of songs.
The deluxe edition disc kicks off with “Where Ya Wanna Go,” which is nothing special. Probably your best bet from this disc is the creative “Simple Little Melody.” I’m not huge on the Filipino anthem “Mare,” but it’s not that bad. Before we get into the remixes, the forgettable “Don’t Bring Me Down” is offered up. I’ll be honest: It’s difficult enough getting through a whopping 25 tracks in one sitting, let alone lasting all the way to the 19th one, so these filler tracks may seem better should you take a break between discs.
I liked the idea of re-imagined versions of past BEP songs & the result is definitely worth at least picking up the deluxe edition of The END, especially “Shut The Phunk Up,” the remix to “Shut Up.” As for the main album, I like it as a whole. I find it difficult not to skip the songs I don’t like as much, mainly because no matter the actual track length, every song has a tendency to feel really long, as if they ran out of ideas two minutes into each song, but continued ‘letting the beat rock’ for another couple minutes. Still, The END is a fun album, especially for summer, & features The Black-Eyed Peas in their prime.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
1. Walking On Snow
3. Don't Let It Go To Your Head
4. S.O.S. (Let The Music Play)
5. It Takes More
6. Watch You Go
7. No Parade
8. Let It Rain
9. Emergency (911)
10. Was I The Only One
12. The Cure
So, it looks like "Faith" made the cut, so that's cool. I am also really hoping the rumors are true about the third track being a cover of the Fefe Dobson song of the same name because I LOVE that song. Only one month from today!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Love IS kicks off with its first single “Together,” a proper lead offering, though radio isn’t much into playing “singers” these days. A nice cover of “More Than Words” is then followed by “Song For Her,” a special dedication to his fiancé that reflects (& explains) the overall mood of the album. A bit of desperately needed life is pumped into Love IS with “How You Make Me Feel,” though it is at this point that you realize that everything on the album is going to sound basically the same.
“Don’t Make ‘Em Like U No More” is a pleasant midtempo—surprisingly, I know, though you can’t deny (& neither can America) Ruben’s smooth vocals on it or the following track “I Can’t Help It.” However, while trying to get past the halfway point, a song like “Just Because,” though not bad, becomes difficult to sit through. Thankfully though, one of the album’s highlights, the ballad “My Love Is A Rock,” follows & brings back memories of Ruben’s past Idol glory.
Now, while Ruben’s cover of “The Long & Winding Road” is very good, it has nothing on David Archuleta’s performance of the song on the Idol stage a little over a year ago. Ruben shows off his vocal ability much better on the retro “For The Good Times.” As Love IS winds down, Ruben continues to sing nicely on some more ballads: the big, inspirational “We Got Love (That’s Enough)” & “Footprints In The Sand.”
I get what Love IS is supposed to be & I’m not trying to belittle it for that, but I actually preferred the variation Ruben offered on his third album The Return. I think the choice to include some covers was smart because it will encourage people to embrace the man who does justice to their favorite tunes as they once did… should they give this album a listen. In fact, as always, I have to encourage you to enjoy the soul of Ruben Studdard once again when you’re in the mood for some good music.
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
"Funhouse" is the fourth single off Pink's latest album of the same name. The video definitely is 'fun' & I like it, but it doesn't top some of her others for the Funhouse album, like "So What" & "Please Don't Leave Me." I'm a little unsure about the song as a single because it's not as strong as one I'd heard rumors about being the next single ("Bad Influence"), but it is good.
Friday, June 19, 2009
"Back in 2005 when I was a struggling artist, I was hired as a studio singer to lend my vocals to tracks written by someone else. I was broke at the time & this was my chance to make a few bucks, so I jumped at the opportunity to record for my first time in a professional studio. The work I did back then in no way reflects the music I am currently in the studio working on. I'm thrilled to be working with some of today's hottest songwriters & producers & can't wait for people to hear what my music really sounds like."
I take it Adam doesn't find this situation ideal, as he shouldn't, though I won't necessarily object to as much Glambert as possible. In related news, RedOne (ya know, the producer with all the hits at the top of the charts) has been working with Adam on his REAL debut album & reveals that he hopes they "record at least six tracks for Lambert's record." Adam has also been putting some time in with David Hodges, the same guy who recently worked with Kris Allen. Off to a great start!
"Each writing session has been a learning experience. I think that we are trying to figure it out & that it's going the right way & I'm really excited about it. I can't wait."
Sounds good. Is it just me, or are Idol finalists getting bigger names for their debut albums than ever? Definitely a good look for Kris.
1. Kris Allen "No Boundaries"
2. Danny Gokey "Stand By Me"
3. Allison Iraheta "I Can't Make You Love Me"
4. Matt Giraud "Human Nature"
5. Adam Lambert "Mad World"
6. Kris Allen "She Works Hard For The Money"
7. Lil Rounds "I Surrender"
8. Scott MacIntyre "Just The Way You Are"
9. Michael Sarver "You Are Not Alone"
10. Megan Corkrey "Walkin' After Midnight"
11. Anoop Desai "Always On My Mind"
12. Adam Lambert "No Boundaries"
So, what's with the Kris Allen sabotage, being that they aren't including "Heartless" or even "Falling Slowly?" Hmm.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Kelly Rowland & David Guetta performed "When Love Takes Over" again, this time on Le Grand Journal, & Kelly shut it down even better than before! Chick doesn't get enough credit for those pipes. Note: As always, the interview that follows is completely in French.
^This week's #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart
This week's #1 single on the Hot 100 chart^
See full charts HERE.
"If You Don't Know Now You Know," featuring Big Tigger, is some kind of joke taken from Busta Rhymes' latest album Back On My B.S. They must've been really bored one day to make a video for this. This "song" has got to be one of the worst things I've ever heard.
"[Love is] the biggest release of my life, the pinnacle of my creativity; it's super conceptual & highbrow in many ways, very artistic. ... It's a very modern version of what could happen when you blend the film industry & the music industry together in a very, very arty, kind of cool way with professionals involved all along the path."
Angels & Airwaves are one of my random musical obsessions, but it's only because they are completely brilliant, so you can imagine my excitement that comes along with this news!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
"A Thousand Miles"
"A Little Too Not Over You"
David Archuleta performed a few tunes, including "A Thousand Miles," which is available on his recently released digital fan pack, for the Stripped series. He also twittered onstage! Curious what the lettuce reference is about (as if you didn't know, but you know you wanna watch him explain it again)? Click HERE to find out. As always, if you like what you hear, David's self-titled debut album is out now, so go buy it for yourself or a friend or that last dork on your block who still doesn't have it yet!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
"Broken-Hearted Girl" is the third pop track to be lifted from Beyonce's latest album I Am... Sasha Fierce. I'm a little on the fence about this one... mediocre video, ok song. I mean, it's good, but I'm not jumping for joy here. This is the last video we hadn't seen from the newly released "Above & Beyonce" CD/DVD.
"When Love Takes Over"
Kelly Rowland appeared on This Morning alongside David Guetta to perform their #1 single "When Love Takes Over" & sit down for an interview. She was killin' that performance! I was hoping we would hear more about Kelly's future solo projects during the interview, but I guess she's a little busy at the moment.