Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
"Not Myself Tonight" is the first single off Christina Aguilera's upcoming fourth studio album Bionic (June 8th). X-Tina has returned for the start of a new decade! There is a new look every, like, second in this Hype Williams-directed video, but that just gives me an excuse to put it on repeat! It even makes the song better!
"Eenie Meenie", featuring Justin Bieber, is the first single lifted from Sean Kingston's forthcoming third album. (It's also available now on Justin's album My World 2.0.) Average video, but--& I'm sure I just need some sleep--the song actually sounded slightly better than the last time (which was also the first time) I listened to it.
Adam Lambert performed "Whataya Want From Me" off For Your Entertainment on Morgenmagazin in Germany. Pretty sure I hate this song now. Just wondering though: Are you required to wear nail polish to be in Adam's band? lol
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Before Toni Braxton's sixth studio album Pulse (which incidentally is made up entirely of leaked tracks itself) hits stores this coming Tuesday, check out this sequel/pre-quel I put together of the best Toni songs from this era that were left off the album & creatively titled Pulse 2. As opposed to most artists (Brandy being another exception), whose leaks stink more often than not, Toni Braxton hardly ever has a bad song. Therefore, with the massive amount of leakage Toni has had preceding Pulse, I simply could not let so much hot material go to waste. Not to toot my own horn, but I found that the latter half of the tracks on the "mixtape" (starting with "Caught (Don't Take Your Hat Off)") kinda tell a story! Take a listen above & check out the tracklisting below:
1. Get Loose
3. Melt (Like An Iceberg)
4. Save Me
5. The Wave
6. You Got It
7. Caught (Don't Take Your Hat Off) (ft. Mo'Nique)
8. Don't Leave
9. I Hate Love
10. Not A Chance
11. The Break-Up
"Love Dealer", featuring Justin Timberlake, is the new US single from Esmee Denters' upcoming debut album Outta Here. Cool song.
Christina Aguilera has offered up this tease of her new music video for "Not Myself Tonight", the first single off her upcoming album Bionic (June 8th). Oo, raunchy! I don't think I can wait 'til Friday!!
UPDATE #2: And another!
There Goes My Baby
That Girl (Stevie Wonder Cover)
Love In This Club
Usher recently performed a set for iheartradio's Stripped series in support of his new album Raymond Vs. Raymond. Here's a dichotomy for ya, Usher: I hate your personality, but you still have one of the best male R&B voices out there. I mean, that Stevie Wonder cover was pretty incredible! On the other side of the spectrum, you can watch an additional performance of "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)" (as well as interview clips) HERE.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Nicole Scherzinger ruled the competition once again after dancing the Samba during her sixth week on Dancing With The Stars. I read that Len was in a cranky mood with everybody... my favorite judge is Bruno anyway! Nicole FTW!!
Jordin Sparks joined Natalie Grant to perform "Human", a song lifted from the latter's upcoming album Love Revolution, at the 2010 Dove Awards. Apparently Jordin wrote the song, which is a bit of a shame because it doesn't do anything for me, nor does Natalie, so let's just say that Jordin might just be a little better at the whole singing thing! Speaking of which, her terrific sophomore album Battlefield is out now.
For some ... reason, Sean Kingston has done his own horrible version of Waka Flocka Flame's horrible song "O Let's Do It" with two of (I'm assuming) his artists, whom I don't care enough about to remember the names of. This is so horrible, I have no clue why I posted it. I apologize.
So, I take it, being that Brian McKnight's radio show takes place in LA, he recorded "I Love LA" with The Frat, which I think is made up of his sons & their friends, for the local CBS affiliate to promote the Lakers... because he hasn't an ounce of dignity left? Umm... his, uh, latest album Evolution Of A Man (which does NOT feature this song) is, uh, out now.
Recently, Dondria helped out her So So Def labelmate Johnta Austin by adding a lady's touch to his song "15 Minutes". The lyrics are absolutely repulsive, as is the testosterone-driven conversation that takes place mid-way through the clip, but Dondria sounds great! Her debut album Dondria Vs. Phatfffat finally comes out June 22nd.
1. Suite II Overture
2. Dance Or Die (ft. Saul Williams)
4. Locked Inside
5. Sir Greendown
6. Cold War
7. Tightrope (ft. Big Boi)
8. Neon Gumbo
9. Oh, Maker
10. Come Alive (The War Of The Roses)
11. Mushrooms & Roses
12. Suite III Overture
13. Neon Valley Street
14. Make The Bus (ft. Of Montreal)
16. 57821 (ft. Deep Cotton)
17. Say You'll Go
18 tracks! That's what I'm talkin' about!!
Monday, April 26, 2010
Mary J. Blige "Stairway To Heaven"
Alicia Keys - Medley
The Black-Eyed Peas "Rock That Body"
Carrie Underwood "Change"
So, Idol Gives Back had its moments. My favorite was Mary J. Blige's performance with her all-star band (Travis Barker, Randy Jackson, Ron Fair, Steve Vai, Orianthi...). It's really cool that they got them all together to perform this, especially on American Idol & for charity. The week's mentor Alicia Keys performed "Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)" & a pitchy "Empire State Of Mind (Part 2) Broken Down". I wish she had just done her new single. Also there were The Black-Eyed Peas, who were their typical selves, & Carrie Underwood, who reminded us of the days when talent actually came from this show.
On Tuesday night, the only thing the contestants inspired me to do was bang my head against a wall. Casey continued to treat the competition like his first audition & the judges FINALLY started to catch on. Old Yeller 2.0 was awful & Aaron embarassed the crap out of himself, as he does best. Siobhan deserved a whoopin', Michael was pathetic, & Crystal was dumb! Tim, being the only contestant the show would've sent home this week anyway, especially deserved his ticket home this week for disrespecting that song the way he did. Overall, the show made me wanna cry.
Below, you will see this week's episode of The BabyV Show. I recommend that you watch. ;)
Thursday, April 22, 2010
None other than Adam Lambert was on hand at the 2010 GLAAD Media Awards to perform his Lady Gaga-penned For Your Entertainment track "Fever". Fiiierce! (At least it wasn't "Whataya Want From Me"...)
UPDATE: Glambert was also going full force during his performance of "Music Again" at the ceremony:
I actually quite enjoyed that. I don't like "Nothin' On You"... maybe it's Bruno Mars... I dunno, but this was actually decent--on both of their parts. Janelle sounded especially lovely!
Check out this 30-second sneak peek at Esmee Denters' video with Justin Timberlake for "Love Dealer", the new single off her upcoming album Outta Here. The full video will premiere on April 28th.
Nicole Scherzinger topped the night after dancing the Tango during the fifth week of Dancing With The Stars. I never thought I'd say this, but DWTS is actually more entertaining than Idol this year--& I'm only watching Nicole! She was so awesome!! Nicole FTW!
I Am Only One
Bury Me Alive
We Are The Fallen performed a short acoustic set for Chicago radio station Q101 recently to promote their upcoming debut album Tear The World Down (May 11th). This is the first time I am/we are hearing "I Am Only One" & it seems nice! It'll be interesting to hear the studio version. You show 'em how it's done, Carly!
Teairra Mari offers up a first look at her video for "Automatic", the latest single lifted from her forthcoming sophomore album At That Point (June 29th). I'm a Teairra fan & everything, but all I'm sayin' is that she better have Nicki up in that video!
Entertainment Tonight visited Esmee Denters & Justin Timberlake on the set of their video for "Love Dealer", the new US single from her upcoming debut album Outta Here. In addition to footage of them shooting & discussing the video, there are some sneak peeks of the final cut throughout the clip. It looks like they're pulling
a Ciara out all the stops so that Esmee can get the success here that she deserves!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Here, we have Ciara's viral video for "Basic Instinct (U Got Me)", a buzz track for her upcoming fourth album Basic Instinct. CiCi heads back to the hood for this one & even gets her rap on... which I could do without personally. I also feel the need to mention that I'm not really buying that Ciara is really THIS ghetto, but she doesn't care what I think anyway! Ya know, Ciara, not all bloggers post about you to hate on you--some of us genuinely like your music & just want to support you, so don't hate on us..! Anyway, I do think this is kinda cool & I'm ready for CiCi to shut it down! We'll see what else she has in store for us when the video for her first official single "Ride" premieres ..later today!
"Everything To Me"
As a guest on The Wendy Williams Show, Monica KILLED another performance of her #1 single "Everything To Me". Love that ending! She also sat down for another one of her charming interviews. Monica's soulful new album Still Standing is out now.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Nicki Minaj starred in her very own half-hour special during BET's Spring Bling called "I Am Nicki". (According to her, it was the highest-rated telecast in Spring Bling history!) She takes us along for the ride as she gets ready for her first-ever Spring Bling performance, which takes place at the end & is a medley of "My Chick Bad" (following a bit of it earlier), "I Get Crazy", "Roger That", "5 Star Chick", & "Lil' Freak" (her verses where applicable of course). I love Nicki. She's flier than an eagle that's balding!
Mo'Nique recently had Dondria on her show, where they chatted a bit before the up-&-comer was given the opportunity to perform her single "You're The One" for the first time on TV. And, uh, she killed it! Those vocals were on-point!! Dondria's debut album Dondria Vs. Phatfffat drops on June 22nd. Errbody cop dat! ;)
1. Bury Me Alive
4. Don't Leave Me Behind
5. Sleep Well My Angel
6. Through Hell
7. I Will Stay
8. Like A Prayer
9. Without You
10. St. John
11. I Am Only One
12. Tear The World Down
So, there you have it! I can't wait to hear some (more) of these.
Check out this professional footage of Beyonce joining Jay-Z on stage at the annual Coachella music festival to take over the Mr Hudson part during Jay's performance of his Blueprint 3 song "Young Forever". Besides to make a special guest appearance, Beyonce was just there to support her hubby, who was the headliner, & I must say... relaxation looks good on her! That's not to say I personally want her to take much time off, but she definitely deserves it.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Rihanna is now embarking on her "Last Girl On Earth" world tour in support of her latest album Rated R. If you'd like to get a sneak peek at what you can expect if you plan to catch RiRi when she hits your town, check out the pair of clips above. She may not have the best reputation when it comes to performing, but if she's even bringing along guns to sit on top of during "Te Amo", then that just might be a show I'd wanna see!
Adam Lambert "Whataya Want From Me"
Elliott Yamin & Kara DioGuardi Visit Africa
To cap off a week of trying to help this sad, sad group with their stage presence (& failing... but don't worry, Adam--it's not your fault! Ya gotta work with what ya got!) as mentor, trusty ol' Adam Lambert gave a stellar performance of his
Interview (Pt. 1)
Interview (Pt. 2)
The Backstreet Boys emerged from their worldwide This Is Us tour to put in an appearance on The Bonnie Hunt Show, where they performed their latest single "Bigger". The guys are as charming as ever. I like "Bigger"... I wish it would do something for them...
Mary J. Blige appeared on Oprah recently to perform her rendition of "Stairway To Heaven" & discuss revisiting her hometown of Yonkers. Mary absolutely killed on stage & it's very cool to see her giving back to her own community.
Seeing as how this is a pretty big deal, I'm happy for her! My happiness doesn't stop there though because I think Kelly sounds great on the song! Sure it's still obviously a sports team's theme song, but that doesn't change the fact that it really has me looking forward to her next album now!
"Everything To Me"
Monica stopped by Lopez Tonight to promote her new album Still Standing with a performance of "Everything To Me" & an interview. This is one of the best promo stops I've seen in a long time! Monica was absolutely phenomenal during that performance! They also had me going nuts, talking about Rocko & Romelo during her interview. Monica is the best!
1. Mad House (Chew Fu Straight Jacket Fix)
2. Russian Roulette (Chew Fu Black Russian Fix)
3. Rockstar 101 (Chew Fu Teacher's Pet Fix)
4. Wait Your Turn (Chew Fu Can't Wait No More Fix)
5. Photographs (Chew Fu 35mm Fix ft. will.i.am)
6. Rude Boy (Chew Fu Bumbaclot Fix)
7. Hard (Chew Fu Granite Fix ft. Jeezy)
8. G4L (Chew Fu Guns In The Air Fix)
9. Fire Bomb (Chew Fu Molotov Fix)
10. Stupid In Love (Chew Fu Small Room Fix)
They did a similar thing with Good Girl Gone Bad, but seeing as how I REALLY like Rated R, I might just have to pick this one up! I also like the fact that they went with one remixer for the whole thing because that should make it feel like a cohesive body of work that might be able to be enjoyed in ways that don't have to involve booty shaking. On a related note, I guess this is a Def Jam thing, with Mariah still at least dropping one & J.Lo rumored to be releasing one alongside Love?... I'm not complaining though (yet--we'll see).
Friday, April 16, 2010
"Hands Tied" is the ballad of Toni Braxton's new dual singles off her upcoming album Pulse (May 4th). Toni took this gorgeous song & gave it a sexy, yet classy video! This one's also directed by Toni's longtime collaborator Bille Woodruff. Keep an eye out for the familiar faces of Michael Jai White & Eric Balfour as well.
The lovely Nicole Scherzinger gracefully danced the Rumba for her fourth performance on Dancing With The Stars. Don't be nervous, Nicole! You're great!! Nicole FTW!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
"Make My Heart" is the uptempo of Toni Braxton's new dual singles off her upcoming album Pulse (May 4th). First of all, this song is ridiculously hot--as much so as it was the day it leaked as well. Similarly, Toni is on fire in the Bille Woodruff-directed video. And, while I must admit that I'm a bigger fan of her long hair, not even her peers that are half her age are dancing like that in their videos! You mad?
Shontelle recently chatted with Rap-Up TV about her upcoming sophomore album No Gravity. She revealed some of the producers featured on the project, including Mr Hudson, The Jackie Boyz (Sean Kingston, Wynter Gordon), Tony Kanal of No Doubt, Jimmy Harry (Pink, David Archuleta), & Bruno Mars, among others. Hey, as far as I'm considered, I like "Impossible", so we'll see!
Teairra Mari plays Usher's woman in the viral video for her cover of his song "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)". Whatever gets the album out, right Teairra? SMH... her sophomore album At That Point is due in June.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
1) As a Mariah stan, I can't say this upsets me. It's not like they're going to release the music they just started working on tomorrow, so by the time the album's done, I might be ready for some new Mimi!
2) Having released a new album in each of the last two years & with talks of starting a family with Nick, Mariah might just be due for a break. If she's going to have/adopt a kid, there's no time like the present & maybe people will realize what they had whilst it's away!
3) As for Mariah specifically working with Jermaine Dupri, I want to be excited, but I'm stuck with this thought... isn't this kind of a step back from the growth she displayed on the last album? I know going back to JD is safe(-ish), but she's already showed that she's better than 'safe'!
So, that's my take. Do you agree with any/all of the above?
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Following in the footsteps of Jazmine Sullivan is Leona Lewis, who has also joined the latest Cotton ad campaign by recording her own version of "Fabric Of My Life." She looks lovely in the commercial. Leona's sophomore album Echo is out now.
If you've been reading my blog for a while now, you've no doubt seen James Fauntleroy's name pop up a few times. To catch the rest of you up, James Fauntleroy is my favorite songwriter. He's scored his biggest hit thus far in Jordin Sparks' "No Air," but he has also written incredible songs for Rihanna ("Fire Bomb") & David Archuleta ("Running") as well as most of Brandy's best material as of late ("Home," "Drum Life," & "Stand Back," just to name a few), etc., etc. What's cool about him is he seems to write for his own voice, so he sounds great on his demos (as does any talented singer he gives a song to)--which is REALLY cool because there is a plethora (& I mean PLETHORA) of his songs floating around! For example, his (excellent) demos for all of the aforementioned songs (with the exception of "Fire Bomb," sadly) are available online for your listening pleasure. What I've compiled here in Leading By Example, however, does not include songs you're probably familiar with, but rather the best of his material that has not been recorded by someone else. (That is, unless you're a Chris Cornell fan, as he did record the mixtape's first track, but seeing as this is an R&B/pop blog, I'm assuming you aren't... but either way, J-Faunt's version is awesome!) Naturally, James connects to his music remarkably well & you'll likely find yourself feeling the same way about it after listening to Leading By Example, which just so happens to be one of the most-played albums in my iTunes library. As before, click the play button above, check out the tracklisting below, & enjoy yourself!
1. Stop Me
3. Between Me & You
4. Last Mistake Ever
7. Know You
8. Heart Dead
9. Make Your Body Talk To Me
12. On Tour
13. Love Isn't Free
14. Stadium Love
P.S. Fun tidbit: James once informed me on Twitter when "Last Mistake Ever" leaked that when he wrote the song, he never named it, so he has no idea where the song's random title came from. He did, however, jokingly tell me that he would have called it "Act Like I'm Not All In Love With You." My recommedation? "All In Love With You." ;)
Friday, April 9, 2010
Get it, Nicole! You wish your fav could sound like they've been rockin' out their whole life & still sing as gorgeous as Scherzy can!!
OneRepublic performed the only single from their sophomore album Waking Up that they care to promote on the Today show...
I love this one! She kills it. The other is a bonus track also featuring Cypress Hill that's a cover of Guns & Roses' "Paradise City":
I think it's cool. Ferg's also featured on David Guetta's new single "Gettin' Over You," which includes LMFAO & the One Love album version's featured artist Chris Willis as well:
Yup. Sounds like Guetta to me! She was probably just returning the favor following the success of "I Gotta Feeling" anyway.