Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Always one to find the most random FOX shows to perform on, Katharine McPhee sang her original song "It's Not Christmas Without You" off her holiday album Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You on Red Eye. I have to admit that I haven't listened to her Christmas album yet, despite having bought it online the week it came out (that's what happens when you release the same year as Mariah... just sayin'!), & I'm feeling rather guilty about it now because that song & her performance of it were both quite lovely! I'm also surprised how entertaining she was in the interview that followed. I'm starting to buy that she could actually be funny on a sitcom...
Nicki Minaj performed "Right Thru Me", which is lifted from her debut album Pink Friday, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night. Seriously, "Right Thru Me" again?! "I can't take it!" Ugh.
Keyshia Cole visited The Tonight Show With Jay Leno to perform the lead ballad "Long Way Down" off her upcoming fourth album Calling All Hearts (December 21st). It started out rough (I don't know why she does this... I know she can sing live. She does it every once-in-a-while.), but picked up towards the end.
Monday, November 29, 2010
"O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus", featuring Patricia Carey, is the second single off Mariah Carey's new holiday album Merry Christmas II You. The video, which features footage from the recording studio, premiered during Mariah's takeover of HSN to debut her lifestyle brand today. Everybody: Aaawwww!
Silent Night (w/ Orla Fallon)
David Archuleta took the stage with Orla Fallon on her PBS Christmas special to perform "Silent Night", which is featured on her album Orla Fallon's Celtic Christmas, & "Pat-A-Pan" off his own Christmas From The Heart CD. He--& they, together--sounded absolutely incredible!
UPDATE: David also joined Orla, Meav, & Mark Wills for a performance of "Here We Come A-Wassailing", served up with extra cheese! Really though, it sounded too good not to enjoy:
Nicki Minaj performed "Right Thru Me" off Pink Friday again on Live With Regis & Kelly. O...nika. Please, with the singing.
Christina, T.I., & producer Alex Da Kid did a very nice job with this one! While we're on the topic of Christina & speaking of being impressed, I saw "Burlesque" last night & LOVED it! Honestly, the movie was a joy to watch & each & every musical number was a showstopper! I highly recommend it.
Nicole Scherzinger visited Daybreak the morning after her big performance on The X Factor to continue promoting her new single "Poison" with another fierce performance. I'll be a witness to the fact that she does indeed have that poison that'll make you fall in love with her!
"Coming Home", featuring Skylar Grey (but only audibly here), is the umpteenth single lifted from Dirty Money's forthcoming album Last Train To Paris (December 14th). The video was duuuuullllll, but at least I got a little of Dawn's tone on that second chorus!
Eve joined Guy Sebastian to perform the interestingly titled "Who's That Girl", the new single off his greatest hits album Twenty Ten, on the finale of the Australian version of The X Factor, which I believe (correct me if I'm wrong) Guy is also a judge on. Nice to see ya there, Eve! I like how the host didn't waste his question with her. The woman hasn't released an album in eight years, but whatever. No info necessary. *eyeroll* She flowed quite well! As for the song & Guy himself, I just find something rather dull about them both. Eh.
Jazmine Sullivan & Doug E. Fresh - Medley
Keyshia Cole Tributes Ron Isley
I haven't watched the 2010 Soul Train Awards yet, although I plan to via my DVR as soon as I have the time, but I can already tell you that the highlight of the evening was Jazmine Sullivan's medley of "10 Seconds" & "Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles)", which she brought out Doug E. Fresh (whom I believe she sampled on "Holding You Down") for. I could listen to her sing live all day! Another impressive vocal showing came from Keyshia Cole, who participated in a tribute to Ron Isley. (Note: I don't think the above video is the whole tribute--I stopped watching when Keyshia was done--but it's the only portion of it I could find in HQ anyway.) As for the winners, my favorite would have to be Ciara's "Ride" for Best Dance Performance! Other include Melanie Fiona for Best New Artist, Usher for Best Male R&B/Soul Artist (tied with Trey Songz...a mess) & Album Of The Year (Raymond Vs. Raymond), Rihanna & Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie" for Best Hip-Hop Song Of The Year, Alicia Keys for Best Female R&B/Soul Artist (shoulda been Monica or Fantasia...) & Record Of The Year for "Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)", & Janelle Monae, who won the Centric Award. View all the winners HERE.
1. "The Other Side Of Down": Though cute enough, the title track isn't one of the album's best. 4/5
2. "Something 'Bout Love": Venturing a tad into the popular dance-pop sound, David actually surprised (I know I shouldn't have been) me with how comfortable he was with it on the album's first single. 4.5/5
3. "Elevator": I see where he was going with this one, but unfortunately, I don't think he ever quite arrived. 3.5/5
4. "Stomping The Roses": You gotta give the guy credit for trying to push himself a bit here lyrically. Though somewhat forgettable, it did result in a decent track. 4/5
5. "Who I Am": I like the groove of this one. This is closer to the David that I prefer. 4.5/5
6. "Falling Stars": This song is gorgeous. Possibly my favorite on the album. 5/5
7. "Parachutes & Airplanes": After, in my opinion, a shaky start, David seems to find his, for lack of a better word, groove by this point in the album. This is a very nice track. 4.5/5
8. "Look Around": As a fellow Imogen Heap fan, I can appreciate the minimalist sound he went with here. Terrific. 5/5
9. "Good Place": Not bad... another non-highlight for me. 4/5
10. "Complain": One of only two tracks on the album to feature a 'name' collaborator--Claude Kelly (the other being "Falling Stars", also Kelly)--this just goes to show that David should be working with them more, being that as experienced, successful musicians, they seem to know what material works best with a unique voice like David's. 4.5/5
11. "Things Are Gonna Get Better": This song is good, but the recording is just alright. I enjoyed his live performance this past Labor Day better (but then, isn't David live always better?!). 4/5
12. "My Kind Of Perfect": Not quite (my kind of) perfect, but decent for sure--& quite lovely vocally. 4/5
Sorry, but I just don't think The Other Side Of Down quite measures up to David Archuleta. In fact, I actually find this one a bit less cohesive (quality-wise) than his debut. That said, David's done some wonderful things here on certain songs & on occasion, his experimentation does pay off. Overall, his voice carries the record & makes for a pretty solid second effort.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Sunday, November 28, 2010
MTV premiered the Nicki Minaj documentary "My Time Now" this evening & it chronicles some of the highlights from the lead-up to the release of Nicki Minaj's debut album Pink Friday. This was a decent watch. Honestly, it didn't change my life or anything.
Nicole Scherzinger returned to The X Factor, where she had filled in for judge Cheryl Cole earlier in the season, to perform her new single "Poison". The performance, which was a hot one, seems to have done its job because according to Nicole, the song is now #3 on iTunes in the UK! Nico... Nicooo... NICOOOOOLE, YEAH!!
"The Way You Love Me", featuring Rick Ross, is the third single off Keri Hilson's upcoming sophomore album No Boys Allowed (December 21st). With cameos from JoJo, Dawn Richard, Faith Evans, Lloyd, Columbus Short, & the song's producer Polow Da Don, the video seemed like it was gonna be some sort of event, but it didn't so much turn out that way. I should've known better the moment I heard it was being directed by Laurieann Gibson. The beginning & end were pointless--& I can't imagine where this could possibly 'continue' that would be any more interesting--& the rest was just a slutty mess, which is a shame because she did look good otherwise. She also sounds nice on the verses, but I still can't get past that hook! Ugh. She was doing so good too (that "Pretty Girl Rock" video!).
Ashlee Simpson-Wentz joined her sister to sing "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" on her "Jessica Simpson: Happy Christmas" PBS special. The performance wasn't as bad as you'd think, but that's about it on the positive side. Ash, what's up with the hair? Not to mention that Jessica must be in one of her upswings... It's weird because I never would've thought it possible when Jess first came out, but Ashlee > Jessica vocally.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Thanksgiving night, Beyonce fans were thankful to ABC for airing the superstar's "I Am... World Tour" special. Now, in case you missed it or want to see it again, you can watch the entire 90-minute special above! For even more, pick up Beyonce's "I Am... World Tour" DVD/CD on November 30th. It hasn't even been that long, but I still feel like I've missed her & that talent in my life! This was outstanding & I can't wait to get that DVD in my hands!
Melanie Fiona performed "Wake Up Everybody", her collaboration with John Legend & Common, once again Thanksgiving night on CNN Heroes. Nice vocals, Mel! Still shoulda left the song in the '70s where it belongs.
Friday, November 26, 2010
1. "Sweetest Lie": Though still good, this song has a little bit of a stronger sound than I prefer. Luckily, for the rest of the album, they slow it down for me quite nicely! 4/5
2. "As I Am": Ahh, that's more like it! 4.5/5
3. "Home": The album's first single is a worthy one, if not quite the ear-catcher as their last album's lead ("Stay With You"). Almost though. 4.5/5
4. "Notbroken": The slow jam vibe continues nicely with this'n. 4.5/5
5. "One Night": We continue with this pretty good cut; it's not a highlight though. 4/5
6. "Nothing Is Real": Honestly, the lyrics confuse me a little on this one, although I do really like it. 4/5
7. "Now I Hear": This is one of two songs on the album sung by Robby Takac (not Johnny Rzeznik). I'm not a fan of his singing personally, but I won't hold it against them.
8. "Still Your Song": Nothing groundbreaking, but still a solid track. 4/5
9. "Something For The Rest Of Us": Top-notch album filler. Forgettable, but still quite good. 4/5
10. "Say You're Free": This is the other song sung by Robby Takac. Again, won't hold it against them...
11. "Hey Ya": Not to the point that it's a throwaway, but the chorus is a bit too repetitive. 3.5/5
12. "Soldier": A lovely way to top it all off! Very purdy. 4.5/5
If you're a fan of that good ol' rock ballad sound the Goo Goo Dolls are known for, then you are definitely one of 'the rest of us.' I wouldn't say that Something For The Rest Of Us has anything completely mindblowing on it, but it certainly doesn't have a stinker in the bunch either. I like the appropriateness of the title too--in the midst of all the absolute crap that the radio likes to play anymore, there is indeed still some good music out there!
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Thursday, November 25, 2010
In other Keri Hilson news, she performed (a squeaky clean!) "Pretty Girl Rock" off No Boys Allowed (December 21st) on this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade... & helped promote Nicki Minaj's album at the same time? ;)
Take a peek at Leona Lewis' upcoming DVD "The Labyrinth Tour: Live At The O2" (December 14th) with this performance from the show for "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face". Leona does a beautiful rendition of the song.
The Black-Eyed Peas have released their second viral video leading up to the release of their new album The Beginning on November 30th for "Light Up The Night", the group's latest iTunes release. This one seems a bit lazy compared to the last one for "Do It Like This".
The Norwoods make it a family affair as Brandy, Ray J, & their dad Willie collaborate on "Talk To Me". I'm really digging the retro vibe of this new digital release. Could this be an appetizer to prepare us for a full meal in the form of a soundtrack to "Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business"? Only time will tell, but I'd be cool with that! (Sorry, already got Thanksgiving on the brain...) Speaking of their show, its second season premieres on Sunday, December 5th, @ 11/10c on VH1!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Christina Aguilera gave me everything I needed with her performance of "Show Me How You Burlesque" off the (you guessed it!) "Burlesque" soundtrack (out now) on the Dancing With The Stars finale, followed by a random & awkwardly sign language-translated/interpretive danced-to rendition of "Beautiful", though the vocal delivery was certainly there on Christina's part. Oh yeah, & "Burlesque" opens today!
"The Time (Dirty Bit)" is the first single off The Black-Eyed Peas' forthcoming album The Beginning (November 30th). I was wondering when this video was gonna surface. It's pretty cool. The song is still trash... although, I'll admit, I do like the beat during the verses...
Here's another performance by Beyonce from her "I Am... World Tour" for "Broken-Hearted Girl". Those vocals!! The "I Am... World Tour" DVD/CD hits stores on November 30th.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
"Roman's Revenge" & "Right Thru Me"
Interview (Pt. 1)
Interview (Pt. 2)
Nicki Minaj took over 106 &
"Something's Got A Hold On Me"
Christina Aguilera appeared on Conan ...something, I've never heard of him ;) on her packed promo tour for "Burlesque" to perform "Something's Got A Hold On Me" from the soundtrack, which is out now, & teach him to show her how he burlesques. This is a show watched by young people... I wish she had performed "Express" without the theatrics & just given us a solid vocal showing, but it's whatever. Meanwhile, Christina also recently appeared on Chelsea (Handler)'s Big Interview Special, so check out their chat below... that is, if you're interested in basically watching the same interview as above over again:
Beyonce was featured last night on ABC's Nightline as a precursor to her Thanksgiving night special on the network. In the interview, she discusses the film she shot while on tour (so THAT's what the documentary featured on the deluxe DVD is!) & her multiple talents. I feel like it can't be stressed enough how important Beyonce is for R&B music as well as real talent as a whole in the industry. I honestly believe that her success can be credited in large part for the continued presence of both in the music industry today. Also, on a random note, she looks drop dead GORGEOUS around the 1-minute mark in the second part--even better imo than she usually does with more makeup on! Beyonce's I Am... World Tour will be released on November 30th.
Beyonce stars in another commercial for international department store C&A promoting her Dereon clothing line. This is just a little music video, isn't it?! For someone more lowly than the Queen B, I know. Beyonce's I Am... World Tour DVD/CD arrives November 30th.
"I just had to find some time to revamp & regroup everything for what this new album's gonna be. It's gonna be fun, it's gonna be sexy, it's gonna be everything that embodies what has happened in my life, but of course in the most fun manner."
However, for those, like myself, that are unsure how one would sing about a divorce in a "fun" way, Christina also said that the project will include some "intimate" material. I was afraid of this. I'm sure some of the plethora of music that has leaked by Ms. Milian as of late was from the Dream In Color era & if so, that was a disaster we thankfully avoided, but I was truly excited about Elope. The work she was doing with The-Dream really was innovative (for her at least) & showed some growth, which is likely not what we're going to receive now. Our saving grace however may just be that this album will come via Interscope Records, which may pick up the tap for some hot producers. (This seemingly clears up her label situation, as she was signed to Radio Killa Records, an Interscope subsidiary, but in light of her divorce, a split with Radio Killa was, if nothing else, assumed, resulting in confusion...)
Natasha Bedingfield performed acoustic versions of "Weightless", a new song off her upcoming album Strip Me (December 7th), & "Unwritten" on Extra. I like "Weightless" & this version of "Unwritten" actually made the song bearable, so this was nice!
Monday, November 22, 2010
It's the Monday before Thanksgiving & that means it's a big day for music releases! First off, I have to acknowledge the "Burlesque" soundtrack, which, of course, heavily features Christina Aguilera. The disc really is a quite impressive combination of old & new, including the song "Express" that Christina performed last night. Then, well, #itsPinkFridayhoe because Nicki Minaj's long awaited Pink Friday has arrived! The femcee's debut includes the singles "Your Love", "Check It Out" with will.i.am, & "Right Thru Me". Last but definitely not least is "Michael Jackson's Vision", the definitive video collection from the King of Pop! Direct links to purchase these products are below as well as available via the widget to your right.
Check out Keri Hilson shooting the album artwork for her upcoming sophomore effort No Boys Allowed (December 21st) above. I like the way she looks in this shoot! Sue me. (lol) In related news, Keri has added another male collaborator to No Boys Allowed: J. Cole. I've heard the name, but I'm not familiar with his work, so I'll have to catch myself up. Maybe. If I have time. And am extremely bored.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Christina Aguilera "Express"
Pink "Raise Your Glass"
Dirty Money "Coming Home"
Rihanna - Medley
The Black-Eyed Peas "The Time (Dirty Bit)"
Usher "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love"
Backstreet Boys & New Kids On The Block - Medley
So, the 2010 American Music Awards had a few decent performances to offer. Christina Aguilera promoted her new movie "Burlesque" with a performance that, well, wasn't her absolute best, but was still entertaining. Pink, pregnant & all, put on a great show as usual. Dirty Money gave me what I needed, yet has me wondering more than ever why Dawn couldn't have just sung the chorus like she does (wonderfully!) here. Rihanna, who opened the show, did so with a little "Love The Way You Lie (Part II)", followed (thankfully) by "What's My Name?" & ending with "Only Girl (In The World)". RiRi did her best! I must say though that she did look pretty good this evening. The Black-Eyed Peas, with their new-old garb, were still their typical selves. Usher frustrated me with that rehashing of his VMA performance & the whole NKOTBSB thing was just awkward. The winners, as usual, were nothing to write home about, but Usher did pick up two trophies for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist & Favorite Soul/R&B Album for Raymond Vs. Raymond, while Rihanna picked up Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist, The Black-Eyed Peas received Favorite Pop/Rock Group, & Carrie Underwood's Play On won Favorite Country Album. The rest are HERE, but if you're not a 14-year-old girl, you won't like them.
"Long Way Down" is the second (dual-first?) single off Keyshia Cole's upcoming fourth album Calling All Hearts (December 21st). This video is another fairly generic one, though it features her fiance, basketball player Daniel Gibson, appropriately as her love interest. I really like the song--this is what I use Keyshia for!
"Brave" is the fourth single lifted from Kelis' latest album Flesh Tone. Four singles? God bless her. This simple video, directed by Rankin, who also did "Acapella" & "4th Of July (Fireworks)", is to my favorite song on the album!
The Black-Eyed Peas took the stage on Oprah to perform their new single "The Time (Dirty Bit)" off The Beginning (November 30th) for the first time, followed by a choir-assisted, Fergie-featured rendition of "Little Drummer Boy". The snowglobe was cool.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Here's the full video for "One More Chance" that will be released for the first time on the "Michael Jackson's Vision" video collection when it hits stores on Monday. One more chance to see Michael in action, indeed.
Friday, November 19, 2010
"Something's Got A Hold On Me"
Christina Aguilera tore it up with a performance of "Something's Got A Hold On Me" from the "Burlesque" soundtrack (November 22nd) on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she also chatted about her feature film debut, among other current goings-on. Silly me, I thought "Express" was the single, but I guess they're just appealing to the different demos.
Check out this TV spot that Mariah Carey has put together to promote her Cyber Monday, November 29th, appearance on the Home Shopping Network in support of her new lifestyle brand. Super cheesy, just like I like it! I know it's a little stan-ish to even mention, but can I just say that I love the logo for her brand?! Anyway, Mariah's new album Merry Christmas II You, which I highly recommend, is out now!
Janet Jackson has announced that she will embark on a 35-city world tour next year in support of her recently released Number Ones collection. Fans can suggest which cities they would like to see Janet visit on her official site. It's been a little up in the air as to how focused Ms. Jackson was on music as of late, but she certainly cleared that all up!
As a thank you to the fans, Kris Allen shot this video for "Alright With Me", the third single off his self-titled debut album, while on tour. If I recall correctly, this was one of my favorites on the album.
Karina has recorded a duet with Harel Skaat of his Israeli hit "Words" (AKA "Milim"). Although this came completely out of nowhere, she sounded great! Hey Karina, it'd be cool if you wanna release that sophomore album of yours anytime soon.
I hear ya, Ms. Richard, & my ears thank ya! I'm still crossing my fingers that Last Train To Paris doesn't let me down.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Janelle Monae performed "Sincerely, Jane", "Dance Or Die", & "Tightrope" during a showcase on Lay It Down With Cee Lo Green. I didn't realize this is how Cee Lo's show was set up! I thoroughly enjoyed the program, I just wish we could've gotten the entirety of that "Say You'll Go"! Janelle's debut album The ArchAndroid is out now.
"Bound To You"
Christina Aguilera stopped by The Tonight Show With Jay Leno to perform "Bound To You", the big ballad from "Burlesque", after sitting down to discuss her feature film debut. You BETTER belt that, Chrissy! Reminder: Soundtrack = November 22nd, Movie = November 24th.
Good Morning America
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Pt. 1)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Pt. 2)
Brandy has visited numerous talk shows, including The View, Good Morning America, & Jimmy Kimmel Live!, to discuss her premature elimination from Dancing With The Stars since the show's results were announced Tuesday evening. You can even check out Brandy & Maks dance their perfect 30-scoring Argentine Tango on the clip from The View above. While still carrying herself with class & confidence, I'm glad Brandy has been honest about her surprise upon being eliminated because she certainly had every right to be!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
What's My Name?
Only Girl (In The World)
Famously impressive performer Rihanna took the Good Morning America stage to perform both "What's My Name?" (following a brief chat) & "Only Girl (In The World)" off Loud this morning. Cheers for choreographed background singers!
"Right Thru Me"
Nicki Minaj visited The Wendy Williams Show to give her first live performance of "Right Thru Me" lifted from her upcoming debut album Pink Friday (November 22nd) & sit down for a rare interview. She's so likable & her flow was on-point! Sadly though, I'm not loving Pink Friday. Maybe it's selfish of me, but I much prefer her harder stuff & the album is way more mellow/"Right Thru Me"-esque jams-leaning. Only time will tell I guess... I mean, "Your Love" did have to grow on me.
Nicki Minaj has filmed a documentary for MTV entitled "Nicki Minaj: My Time Now" that will air on Sunday, November 28th, @ 10/9c, but you can check out a promo for it right now! This should be awesome--I can't wait to see it! Her debut album Pink Friday is due on November 22nd.
Pink confirmed that she is in fact pregnant on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today. Also like her peer Mariah Carey, unfortunately, Pink revealed that she suffered a miscarriage prior to her current pregnancy. However, she is glowing about "eating for two these days," even if she is a bit worried that she'll have a daughter just like her! I'm so happy for Pink & her husband Carey! Pink's Greatest Hits... So Far!!! is out now.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010