Monday, August 31, 2009
Smash Into You
Get Me Bodied
Crazy In Love
Beyonce helped open Donbass Arena in Ukraine & a few of the performances from her set were broadcast on TV. We haven't seen her perform any of these this tour in HQ before except "Crazy In Love." I'm sad we didn't get to see any Sasha Fierce songs (though I have a feeling that was done on purpose), but the ballads were gorgeous! I also love me some B'Day, so I'm glad she is still doing some of those bangers, particularly "Freakum Dress," which *may* be my favorite song on that album (after all, she does shout out the blog at the beginning of it! lol). I can't wait to get my hands on her DVD of this! Until then, I Am... Sasha Fierce is out now.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
"Up/Down" is the fifth single taken from Jessica Mauboy's recently re-released album Been Waiting. I like both the video & song, & she is sure lookin' nice in this clip! Call me crazy, but I'm pretty sure this might work as a crossover single into the US market. Either way, five singles? Is she, like, huge in Australia?!
Kelly Clarkson recently sang "God Bless America" at a special charity Boston Red Sox baseball game. Incredible as usual! Kelly's awesome All I Ever Wanted album is available now.
Here are Mya's promotional photos for the new season of Dancing With The Stars in which she is a contestant. Dang, she looks good! Watch Mya kick butt starting September 21st & look for her mixtape Beauty & The Streets: Vol. 1 on September 29th.
Imogen Heap made her long-awaited appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman last night, where she performed the first single "First Train Home" off her new album Ellipse. Immi is such an amazing sight to see during performances! Needless to say, she did a wonderful job.
Solange lets the youth know how important getting an education is in this new public service announcement for Get Schooled. I concur! Three days ago was the one-year anniversary of the release of Solange's latest album SoL-AngeL & The Hadley St. Dreams.
First Train Home
I know these are just audio, but I wasn't about to let them pass by without a post. Imogen Heap sang a pair of songs from her new album Ellipse on WNYC FM recently & she sounded indescribably beautiful. My suggestion to you is to find a quiet place, close your eyes if you can, & listen. You won't regret it.
Friday, August 28, 2009
"The One," featuring Drake, is the first single off Mary J. Blige's upcoming album Stronger (November 24th). I've loved this song for a bit now & I'm feeling the same about its video. MJB is doin' it big right now! This is her third video out at the moment, as she has released one for the album's title track as well as one for the theme of her new movie "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," which opens in two weeks.
Check out this preview of "Christina Aguilera: An E! Entertainment Special" in which Christina tearfully expresses her love for her husband. It's really great to know that she has found herself a stable home environment. Hopefully, when the special airs on September 2nd, we will get some info on her upcoming album. Speaking of which, it's kinda weird that she would have a special with a new interview at such a down time for her, but maybe it's a good sign..?
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The first official single off Mariah Carey's upcoming album Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel (September 29th) is titled "I Want To Know What Love Is." Mariah really does her thing on the Foreigner cover. What's not to love? I really hope people get this on the radio instead of everything that currently is because we all know Mariah is better. Trick, please.
LeToya gave her first televised performance of "Regret" following a short sit-down interview on Good Day New York. As is rumored to be the thought of the singer herself, "Regret" should've been the first single off LeToya's new album Lady Love. This performance would've been much better though if they had taken the mics away from those twins. Gives ya some insight into why they don't let anyone in PCD have a mic (that's turned on anyway...) other than Nicole, huh? I'm seriously considering buying Lady Love as soon as I find my way into some money. That's some good R&B right there, folks!
1. Straight Through My Heart
3. Bye Bye Love
4. All Of Your Life (You Need Love)
5. If I Knew Then
6. This Is Us
9. She's A Dream
Poor, poor BSB. Ten of these tracks are already online. Well, "This Is Us" is only LQ, but still. I was surprised at the short tracklisting at first, as more than eleven songs from them have leaked, but if there is anything I would've done to improve their last album Unbreakable, it's trim the fat, so maybe it's for the best.
Reba McEntire has the top spot on this week's Billboard 200 album chart with Keep On Loving You. With the week's second-best-selling album Number Ones (68,000 copies), Michael Jackson surpasses Taylor Swift to earn the year's top-selling album thus far, having sold a total of 1,619,000 copies this year of the disc. The Black-Eyed Peas aren't letting go of the Hot 100 singles chart's peak position with "I Gotta Feeling," giving them a record-extending 21st week atop the chart. On the Hot 100 Airplay chart, Mariah Carey earns her 23rd top 10 hit, a record, with "Obsessed."
See full charts HERE.
(Photo Credit: Wikipedia)
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
"Straight Through My Heart" is the first single taken from the Backstreet Boys' next album This Is Us (October 6th). Ok, so the video arrived a little early! I like it. I think the style of it fits the song well & it's more interesting than their videos from the last few years. I'm also really feeling the song now, so I hope BSB finds some success with this one!
Jordin Sparks was accompanied by the Jonas Brothers (I threw up a little in my mouth just then) during a performance of "Battlefield," the title track off her sophomore album, on their (I believe) session of Stripped. Oh, Jordin. What has Jive done to you? Honey child, this is not an improvement. Lest we forget: SHE's opening for THEM. ... Please, Ashton Kutcher, be at my front door because this had best be some sick (the not-good one) episode of Punk'd.
As was the case last year, Britney Spears appears in a TV spot for the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. As was also the case last year, host Russell Brand appears with her. Pretty sure this one's better than last year's though. The 2009 MTV VMAs air Sunday, September 13th, @ 9/8c & Britney's Circus album is out now.
Kelly Rowland joined David Guetta on stage at Miss Universe 2009 to perform their hit single "When Love Takes Over," which is taken from his new album One Love. My goodness, David's a goofball. So, Kelly, how 'bout lettin' us know about that new label of yours?!
Here is Kris Allen's iPhone commercial--I mean--new interview from his iTunes Pass. I love that this is being released now, but was recorded at the beginning of the tour. In important news, Kris' debut album is set to be released on November 17th.
Check out this sneak PEEK at the Backstreet Boys' new video for "Straight Through My Heart," the first single off their upcoming album This Is Us (October 6th). Ooo, look! Dancing! Be sure to stop by here tomorrow for the premiere.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I fail at life. This video is a month old & it only occurred to me now that Adam might have a clip out there like this similar to those for Kris Allen. It's a great remedy for Glambert withdrawal, though I do wish we could hear him singing around the 3-minute mark. Anyway, Adam has a message he would like to share with us. If you look up awesome in the dictionary, you will see his picture:
Katharine McPhee recently shot a video for "Had It All," the first single from her upcoming sophomore album Unbroken (October 6th). Making-of footage can be seen above as well as an interview with Kat. The blonde look is growing on me, as I'm trying to be open-minded about it, but I wasn't really digging the way she looked when she was answering the questions. I also think I'm gonna have to let "Had It All" grow on me because I was having mixed feelings about it at first, though I already like it more than I did earlier today. It went on sale at iTunes today, so you can listen to it HERE to see if you like it & click below to purchase it:
Monday, August 24, 2009
Here are a few MJ-related tidbits that have emerged recently:
- Michael will be buried on September 3rd, pushed back from original date--August 29th--his 51st birthday: http://bit.ly/wyLU
- "This Is It" release moved up two days to Wednesday, October 28th, & will play for two weeks: http://bit.ly/3QT90l
- Judge approves memorabilia exhibition (which could be cool if it were done right & for the right reasons...): http://tinyurl.com/lmffwa
- Judge approves Jackson collectors' items, including a re-release of Michael's autobiography "Moonwalk" on 10/13: http://tinyurl.com/lr94ly (Why are these things up to a judge anyway?)
- Check out Michael on the cover of the September issue of Vanity Fair that I've been meaning to post below:
"She Don't Wanna Man," featuring Keri Hilson, is Asher Roth's third single taken from his debut album Asleep In The Bread Aisle. Keri is everywhere! As I said before, this song is wack, but Keri sounds (& looks) good.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
She kicks off the album with its first single "First Train Home," which I knew was the right choice after only hearing a short preview in one of Immi's vBlogs. The song is instantly contagious & nothing short of gorgeous, which can be said of the entire album. Imogen then leads us into the sweeping ballad "Wait It Out," a touching piece of art of epic proportions. Right off the bat, my favorite track on Ellipse was, without discounting a single other one, "Earth." The song features nothing but Imogen's voice in the fore- & backgrounds, as is the case with one of my other all-time favorites, Brandy's "A Capella (Something's Missing)." Next up is the tale of "Little Bird," which pulls you in, but doesn't have to let go, especially towards the end when Imogen's complex vocal arrangements take over.
It's no coincidence that I can't think of a better word to describe the next track than its title, "Swoon." Again, the song builds to a magnificent section that's sure to please. I know Imogen was unsure of which backing track, if you will, to use for "Tidal," but she definitely picked the right one. You can't help but love this song from the moment it begins. Placed just perfectly, as are all the tracks, is "Between Sheets," a beautiful, piano-driven slice of heaven. Then, the haunting "2-1" moves in to give a new level of depth to Ellipse.
Now, as perfect as the album may be up to this point, don't get the idea that Imogen is too serious. "Bad Body Double" is a fun song that has her nitpicking her body's imperfections, as we all do. I particularly enjoy the cheeky "Aha!," which features the lyrics "cost you to keep me quiet" right after she has caught someone sneaking something out of the "biscuit tin." Immi then slows it down with the instrumental "The Fire," an impromptu piano session set to the sound of a campfire. This leads us into "Canvas," a mysterious tune driven by Imogen's brilliant vocal stylings. Ellipse closes out with the stripped-down "Half Life" that'll leave you breathless.
I never try too hard to put an album's sound into words. I hate it when other (see: professional) reviewers do that because music is so much more than how you describe it. Imogen Heap's Ellipse especially applies to this theory because it has such a different feeling to it than what I'm used to. Ellipse is a deeper & just better piece of work than what comes along everyday. I hope that you will allow Imogen to take you on this journey in music because it's such a wonderful one & so very worthwhile.
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Saturday, August 22, 2009
1. Intro By Go DJ Hi-C
2. I'm Back (ft. Slim Thug)
3. About My B.I. (ft. Shawty Lo)
4. Show Me Somethin' (ft. Bun B)
5. Boss (ft. Z-Ro)
6. Ponytail (ft. Nicki Minaj)
7. $ Can't Buy My Love
8. Control Freak (ft. Gator Mane)
9. Club Go Crazy (ft. Chamillionaire)
10. Now Or Lata (ft. Blo-Pop)
12. Go Hard Or Go Home
13. Full Service (ft. Trae)
14. The Only One
15. Work It Out
16. Black Out
Can't say I'm all that excited about the sub-par material that'll be coming with this (though I am interested in her new album that will follow), but am I the only one that finds track eight intriguing? For those who don't know, "Control Freak" was also the name of Mya's fourth album before it changed to Liberation. Guess we'll see!
LeToya kick starts her album release promotion for her sophomore effort Lady Love (August 25th) with this debut performance of "She Ain't Got..." on KTLA. I gotta give Toya props for singing live up against both a backing track & iffy-sounding background singers, & while throwing in some pretty cool dance moves throughout. I'm also feeling the need to show her a little more, well, 'lady love' because her new album is hot! It's a very nice R&B record (finally!)
"Show Me Somethin'," featuring Bun B, is the first single off Mya's upcoming mixtape Beauty & The Streets: Vol. 1 (September 29th). Two words: Ghetto fabulous! You know you were thinkin' it. I don't care for the song unfortunately, but Mya looked as fine as always. At the end of the video is a preview of Mya's new mixtape, which sounds ..interesting.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Karina has released this cover of Beyonce's "Ave Maria." She sounds gorgeous. I hope some of these performance clips from her are creating enough buzz that her label can start taking the necessary steps to get her sophomore album out cause I need it in my life.. now.
"So Good" is the latest single taken from Day26's sophomore album Forever In A Day as well as their video album re-release Forever In Your Eyes (August 25th). The song is growing on me, I must say, but the video isn't for me AKA I'm male. I *can't wait* for the rest of the new videos...
"Stronger" is Mary J. Blige's single from the "More Than A Game" soundtrack & the title track off her upcoming album Stronger (November 24th). I like the song (even though I still can't get past the Chris Beatdown background vocals) & Mary looks good in the video. This gives MJB a great excuse to have both an uptempo song & a ballad out at the same time, & I can't wait for the video for "The One!"
Fight For Love
Wait For You
Elliott Yamin performed a set, including a pair of tracks from his sophomore album Fight For Love, for LiveDaily Sessions recently. I think that one of the worst mistakes the public has made this year so far is ignoring Fight For Love. It sure would be great if his label released a new single & gave it the proper promo because people need to recognize this great album!