I finally got around to watching Usher's Behind The Music special & I found it thoroughly enjoyable. Unlike a lot of
Saturday, July 31, 2010
I finally got around to watching Usher's Behind The Music special & I found it thoroughly enjoyable. Unlike a lot of
Solange is trying too hard to gain credibility with this performance of her collaboration with Of Montreal called "Sex Karma" that will be featured on the band's upcoming album False Priest (September 14th). I don't get it. At all.
Following a chat on Good Morning America, The Black-Eyed Peas performed their latest single "Rock That Body" off The E.N.D.... which they were apparently lying about because their next album The Beginning has been slated for release late this year. Have you guys not given us enough headaches in the past year?! I really do wish Fergie would just release a second solo album next & break away a little from will.i.am so she could sing closer to her full potential, but that's not what would have happened anyway... even if that stupid *insert expletive here* "I Gotta Feeling" hadn't sold six million copies.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Nicki Minaj aids Sean Kingston on his new single "Letting Go (Dutty Love)" off his upcoming third album & you can catch a glimpse of her in the video for the track above (don't blink!). Normally I wouldn't particularly care to see a new Sean Kingston video, but if Nicki's in it, bring it on!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
After discussing confusing Lady Gaga lyrics with the audience (you know you were wondering about that too!), Ryan Tedder & the rest of OneRepublic performed their cover of The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" as a medley with ... Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" on iheartradio's Stripped. Umm, OneRepublic's sophomore album Waking Up is out now.
"Hello Good Morning" (ft. Rick Ross)
Despite the fact that the sun has set on their hit "Hello Good Morning", Dirty Money performed the stale single off their album-that-will-apparently-never-be Last Train To Paris & sat down for an interview (yes, all of them!) on Lopez Tonight. No wonder the album didn't come out last month--they're never gonna release another single!
Katharine McPhee took a break from recording her upcoming Christmas album Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You to chat with the hosts of Good Day LA about her work with Feeding America & perform her song "Surrender" off Unbroken. I think I need to give Unbroken a listen with fresh ears, as I haven't listened to it in a while, because I enjoyed that performance. Also, her hair looks great now that it's dark again!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
"If I Knew Then"
Skit w/ Steve Carell
The Backstreet Boys performed their new single "If I Knew Then" off This Is Us on Lopez Tonight, where they stuck around to answer fan questions from Twitter after the show & gave Justin Bieber some excellent advice. Good stuff!
1. You're The One
2. Saving Myself
3. Shawty Wus Up (ft. Johnta Austin & Diamond)
4. Making Love
5. Can You Help Me
6. Where Did We Go Wrong
7. No More
8. Still Be With Me
9. You're The One (JD's Jeep Mix)
11. Kissed By The Sun
I'll have to consult with my very own Dondria stan to be sure, but it appears that all the essentials are present & accounted for! That's not all though: Click HERE to listen to snippets of all 11 tracks!! Ya, umm, pretty sure it sounds, like, incredible.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
"Touch" is the first single lifted from Natasha Bedingfield's forthcoming third album. Overall, I like the video. I was all excited at first cause the visual played out the lyrics, but with Natasha still being the narrator, which I liked & found to be a perfect opportunity for this type of song to NOT have a club-set video for once... until exactly that happened. But it kinda turned around again by the end.
Monday, July 26, 2010
"Fall In Love" is the first official single (second overall after "Freak") off Estelle's upcoming album All Of Me. Versions of the song with both, each, & neither of these guys have surfaced recently, but check out the one featuring John Legend above & the Nas-featured version below. I think I actually prefer the latter because more of the video's storyline, which includes a love interest played by
Michelle Williams poses it up for a good cause in this pair of shots supporting Cancers 4 A Cause: Where Music Meets Fashion 4 A Cure. It's always great to see a celebrity using their recognition to help out, but it doesn't hurt that she looks fab with her short 'do in that ribbon dress!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
"Intro": This gives the listener a good indication as to what they can expect from the album & is a decent track all around, however... 4/5
"22nd Century": I'd say this would've been a perfectly fitting introduction to Flesh Tone. I mean, "Welcome to the 22nd century... everybody's dancin'"..? She certainly does her thing here. 4.5/5
"4th Of July (Fireworks)": This is another solid track. I wanna take this opportunity though to address the segues that appear at the end of every track in the middle of the album expect "Scream". While they serve their purpose fine, I find them mostly unnecessary, as every song basically has the same beat & they would all pretty much flow together by themselves. What really bothers me about the segues though is that they often differ from the track they accompany so vastly that it almost takes away from the listening experience. 4.5/5
"Home": She pretty much perfects the direction she's going for with this project here. 5/5
"Acapella": The lead single is personal lyrically, which I can appreciate, but it's far from the best song on the album. It's alright though. 4/5
"Scream": Another decent one, but as much as I'm trying to judge this disc solely as a dance album as opposed to comparing it to R&B efforts that I might prefer, the talking is rather cheesy. 4/5
"Emancipate": The repetitive yelling during the chorus bugs me a bit, but as a whole, it's not bad because this album is a really good one to listen to from beginning to end without skipping any tracks. 3.5/5
"Brave": Pretty sure this is my favorite track on the album. 5/5
"Song For The Baby": A sweet track & perfect ending to the album. 4/5
What appeals most to me about Flesh Tone is that Kelis' voice fits in so well with the dance sound. She also makes really good dance music--or at least the kind that makes an R&B fan want to listen. Would I say that I personally prefer this to her last effort Kelis Was Here? Nah. And the fact that Flesh Tone has nine tracks (half as many as Kelis Was Here) isn't my favorite part about the album, but for creativity's sake & since the album works so well as a whole that you forget how few tracks there actually are, I'm willing to forgive this time. At the end of the day, Kelis is in a happy place making this kind of music right now & she does everything she tries very well, so I'm happy too.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Saturday, July 24, 2010
2. DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love (ft. Pitbull)
3. Hot Toddy (ft. Jay-Z & Ciara)
4. Lay You Down
6. There Goes My Baby
7. Get In My Car (ft. Bun B)
8. Somebody To Love (Remix ft. Justin Bieber)
"Big & Bad" is the third single off Kid Sister's debut album Ultraviolet. She stays releasing these singles like she's actually selling! That's not a dig at her though, as she happens to be quite a guilty pleasure for me. What gets me though is how good this video looks... I mean, if Christina Aguilera can sell 6-figures & get no budget for a second video on a major label, but Kid Sis gets a decent looking third video after selling triple sewage water..? #justsaying
"Pullin' On Her Hair", featuring Rick Ross, is the new single lifted from Marques Houston's forthcoming album Mattress Music (September 14th). Deep.
With over 15,000 votes cast, the fans have spoken & 73% chose the winning ending of Monica's "Love All Over Me" video above. That's the one I chose. ;) I also must say that the video is much more enjoyable this way without all the flashing back & forth between the two guys at the end. Monica's new album Still Standing is out now.
"Got Your Back", featuring Keri Hilson, is the new single off T.I.'s forthcoming album King Uncaged (September 28th). I really like the way Keri sounds on the second half of the chorus (& that pre-chorus bit too)! I also like the second look, but the first one's kinda rough. (Kinda wish she'd go back to the "Knock You Down" video look... #justme...)
Nicki Minaj is featured on Jay Sean's new single "2012" & the two of them recently shot a video for the track. Feel free to listen to "2012" in its entirety below. Jay, BOOOOO!!! What an obvious & LAME topic for a song. Nicki MURDERED her verse though as usual. I was just thinking the other day how fantabulous it would be if all rap features on all songs were done by Nicki...
4th Of July (Fireworks)
Kelis performed some tracks off her new dance album Flesh Tone acoustically (you knew it had to happen eventually) at The Cherrytree House recently. I was pleasantly surprised by how good the performances sounded though, with the quality increasing the higher I posted the video. Musically, the label's single choices for this album baffle me, as "Brave" is one of the standouts, whether dance or acoustic.
Keri Hilson offers her support to Jive Records recording artist Bei Maejor & his Upside Down project by collaborating with him on the song "Gamez", a FREE download for which is available directly from the artist on the above video's YouTube page. Cool concept with the video game sounds & all, but it's been done before... & better.
Friday, July 23, 2010
"You Lost Me" is the second single lifted from Christina Aguilera's new album Bionic. The video is directed by Anthony Mandler. LOL RCA wasn't ABOUT to give her any kinda budget for this video, were they?! It's a shame cause this song deserves better, but at the end of the day, it's the song that really shines & what really counts anyway. Edit: I forgot that I was gonna throw up the new "You Lost Me" dance remix that recently surfaced on this post. I'm all for new runs, but this is just a big NO-NO for this song:
You Lost Me (Hex Hector & Mac Quayle Radio Edit)
"Your Love" is the second single off Nicki Minaj's as-yet-untitled debut album (November 23rd). At first, I wasn't this song's biggest fan to be honest, but now I can't stop playing it. As for the video, what can I say? I prefer "Massive Attack" Nicki, but this was good too.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Keri Hilson poses it up in this sneak peek at the video for "Got Your Back", her collaboration with T.I. Likin' what I see, likin' what I hear... but I want YOUR music, Keri! ;)
Hot & Fun
N.E.R.D. performed their new single "Party People", a slight improvement over "Hot & Fun" as far as I can tell, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! recently. Both tracks can be found of the group's new album Nothing (September 7th).
"Dirty Talk" is the first single off Wynter Gordon's upcoming debut album With The Music I Die. I quite like the unobvious concept + she looks great in the video. Not to mention that I LOVE both the tone of Wynter's voice & this song! Now everybody go buy this song so that her album can finally come out :)
Dondria gives her best Brandy vocal during the chorus of labelmate Q Da Kid's "It Was All A Dream". She's one talented gal! I do find it interesting that this video looks a bit more professional than her new one...
The 2010 Do Something Awards called & Natasha Bedingfield listened, taking to the stage to perform her new single "Touch". I've realize now that the reason I can't get into this song is because the verses are too monotonous! Looking forward to the new album though.
Monday, July 19, 2010
"Shawty Wus Up", featuring JoHNta Austin & Diamond, is the second single off Dondria's forthcoming album Dondria Vs. Phatfffat (August 17th). After initially being disappointed with the song, I've come to realize that Dondria, while not showcasing her vocal range like in "You're The One", sounds really nice on this track. That said, the video... I mean, Johnta is misspelled. *pauses* The song title is misspelled. And the lighting..! Oh, JD.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
"September" is the third single lifted from Daughtry's sophomore album Leave This Town. They sure spread the singles out, don't they! As for this one getting chosen, I mean, it's gets better as it goes along, but uh... I haven't listened to Leave This Town in a year, so... :)
Thursday, July 15, 2010
For one reason or another (My guess? Her awesomeness was too much for them to handle.), Janelle Monae performed her current single "Tightrope" off The ArchAndroid at ESPN's 2010 ESPY Awards. Note: The performance is a rather short one, so there's nothing Janelle-related past the 2-minute mark.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Melanie Fiona pulled "Bang Bang" out of her bag of tricks for a performance on Live With Regis & Kelly recently. Short, but sweet. It's good to see that they are 'bridging' the gap between albums by continuing to promote The Bridge instead of having Melanie simply disappear.
Wynter Gordon is finally showing signs that her career is going somewhere with this behind-the-scenes look at her "Alice In Wonderland"-y video for "Dirty Talk", the first single off her forthcoming album With The Music I Die. She seems cool! I can't wait to see the final product!
I know I'm terribly late with this, but once again, I wanted to have a chance to watch the Behind The Music episode about Jennifer Lopez in its entirety before posting so I could offer my take on it. I thought it was interesting taking a trip down memory lane with most of this stuff. However, they may as well have called it Behind The Relationship because the main focus was the many loves of J.Lo rather than her music. The one personal thing about Jennifer that I'm glad they covered though is motherhood because it takes the focus off the negative energy surrounding her upcoming album Love? & drives home just how happy & content she is with her life at this point. Me likey.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
"There Goes My Baby" is the new single off Usher's latest album Raymond Vs. Raymond, the deluxe edition of which coincides with the release of Versus on August 24th. 'Bout time. I like the video, but it's not amazing. Kinda makes you miss the "U Got It Bad" days when Chilli was his love interest... nothing against the song though cause it's very nice. Oh, & if you're wondering why it has the look of a Rihanna video, it's because Anthony Mandler directed it.
Kinda strange, I'm not gonna lie. I don't know why Trey thinks he's a rapper now...
Sunday, July 11, 2010
"Awakenings": A great way to start off the album. It sets the mood very well & sounds lovely. My only complaint is that the lyrics don't jump out at you (not immediately at least), a trend that seems to show up throughout the album. 4.5/5
"Illusions Of Bliss": While still good/of Sarah McLachlan quality, the acoustic guitar comes as a bit of a shock. It just doesn't fit as in with the laid back feel of the music I expect from her as most of the other songs. 4/5
"Loving You Is Easy": This one has grown on me a bit. I still don't love the stacatto piano, but I've come to appreciate the lighthearted mood of the song. 4/5
"Changes": A very nice album filler. 4.5/5
"Forgiveness": My favorite song on the album. It's got that signature Sarah sound & lyrics that are not only human, but also heartfelt, considering her love-related personal struggles. 5/5
"Rivers Of Love": Pretty. 4.5/5
"Love Come": Gorgeous! It's songs like this that give her albums that extra something special. 5/5
"Out Of Tune": Not my favorite--I can't decide if it's because it has to follow such a strong song or not--but good nonetheless. 4.5/5
"Heartbreak": Signature Sarah! A little cheesy lyrically, but I love the electronic effects. 4.5/5
"Don't Give Up On Us": You may have heard these next two tracks on Sarah's greatest hits album Closer already, but I'm glad she included them here so those of us who already own most of her material can still get the only new songs on the best of set. Not to mention that they're good too. 4.5/5
"U Want Me 2": Also a winner. (This one even has a video!) 4.5/5
"Bring On The Wonder": You can always count on a beautiful closer from her & this one's no different. Not quite "Dirty Little Secret" though. 4.5/5
The hidden track, a piano version of "Love Come", is just as gorgeous, if not more so, as the studio version & has me wondering why she doesn't just record all of her songs this way. That said, Laws Of Illusion is a wonderful album just the way it is. It has a lot of competition in Afterglow & unfortunately doesn't quite match its predecessor, but is still a lovely offering from the just-as-lovely Sarah McLachlan.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Christina Aguilera gives us a little sneak peek at what we can expect from the video for her second single "You Lost Me" off Bionic with this clip. I'm so excited for this video cause "You Lost Me" is my favorite song on the CD! I also love her new look now that I see her all done up with it. Isn't that screenshot hot? lol
"I Will Be"
"People Get Ready" w/ Bo Bice
Interview (Pt. 1)
Interview (Pt. 2)
Melinda Doolittle was recently a guest on TBN's Praise The Lord, where she performed "I Will Be" off her debut album Coming Back To You & "People Get Ready" as a duet with
Usher's taken Enrique to the dark side! (lol) Honestly though... not bad.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
At long last, Imogen Heap is set to release the Ellipse making-of DVD "Everything In-Between: The Story Of Ellipse" on August 31st! Above, you can check out the trailer, which brings back a lot of fun memories for me of watching all 40 of Immi's vlogs that she made while in the recording process for Ellipse.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Marques Houston has given us a sneak peek at the highly original concept for his new video "Pullin' On Her Hair", which features Rick Ross. Marques' upcoming album Mattress Music drops September 14th.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Pretty Boy (Girl) Swag (ft. Soulja Boy & Gucci Mane)
Kelis stopped by the Today show to celebrate the release of her new album Flesh Tone with a performance of her latest single "4th Of July (Fireworks)". I kinda wish they had released her album last week so she could've performed this song before the Fourth of July had come & gone, but she's doing her thing & that's all that matters!
Esmee Denters shows her love for Stevie Wonder by covering his song "As" for yet another installment of Billboard's Mashup Mondays. I'm not familiar with the song to be honest, but she sounded really good singing it!
Today is the day that Kelis' fifth studio album Flesh Tone is finally released in the US. You can purchase your copy of the album, which features the singles "Acapella" & "4th Of July (Fireworks)", by clicking the link above.
Melanie Fiona sat down with Sound-Savvy during this past weekend's Essence Music Festival to discuss, among other topics, her upcoming sophomore album. Titled The MF Life (for 'The Melanie Fiona Life'... she might wanna rethink that title), Melanie has been working on the project with The Bridge songwriter Andrea Martin as well as John Legend, who she has also collaborated with for his forthcoming album. Listen to Ms. Fiona describe the "stadium soul" sound she is going for on the album & more above.
A few days ago, Alicia Keys performed "Distance & Time" off her fourth album The Element Of Freedom before breakin' it down with a little "Empire State Of Mind"--all following an interview--on The Early Show. Haven't heard "Distance & Time" in a while, so that was nice... & she was right--this is the first time she has performed it on American television. You need to go sit down though, Alicia!
Monday, July 5, 2010
"My Lovin'", a cover of Drake's "Find Your Love", is a single off Teairra Mari's upcoming mixtape Point Of No Return, which is apparently due in mid-July. Nasty, put some clothes on! I must admit though that in my personal opinion, Teairra has only improved on the Drake songs she has covered so far. And with her 7-track EP Sincerely Yours coming to iTunes on August 17th... I'm just excited that she is finally releasing some music!
Esmee Denters joined Chipmunk to perform their collabo "Until You Were Gone" on this year's T4 On The Beach. Poor thing was having technological problems, but she still pulled through! I wonder when she's gonna release that album 'round these parts...
Karina has shot a video for an unplugged version of her new song "Perfectly Different", which will likely be included on her forthcoming sophomore album. The style of direction is a little cheesy, but those vocals cannot be denied! Not to discourage anyone from buying her new album when it comes out, but if you like "Perfectly Different", look up some of her leaks--it just gets better from here!