Atlantic/CBE recording artist and hit songwriter Sevyn Streeter spotted in Los Angeles on the set of her new music video ‘Don’t Kill The Fun’, featuring and directed by Chris Brown. Check out more pictures after the cut. (more…)
K. Michelle is out with the music video to her new single ‘Maybe I Should Call’, off the American R&B artist’s second album ‘Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?’, out December 9th on Atlantic Records. The video, inspired by a true story and directed by Iren Sheffield Brown, can be viewed via YouTube below.
Following hot on the heels of The Cure + James McCartney performing ‘Hello Goodbye’ and Alice Cooper’s rendition of ‘Eleanor Rigby’ from ‘The Art of McCartney’ comes an interpretation of a Paul McCartney classic from songstress ‘Corinne Bailey Rae’. On the album, she delivers her own beautiful version of ‘Bluebird’. ‘The Art of McCartney’ will be out on November 18th. Watch a video for ‘Bluebird’ via YouTube below.
Usher is out with the music video to his latest single ‘Good Kisser’, off the American R&B singer’s upcoming eighth studio album on RCA Records. Watch the Christopher Sims directed video via YouTube below.
Roxbury welcomed Rihanna the other night, who stopped by to support her good friend Melyssa Ford, who hosted the club’s #FridayNightRox party. The singer appeared to be in great spirits and spent the entire night enjoying a mixed drink as she sang and rapped some of the lyrics to her favorite tunes. Also on hand was J Cole, who sported a black suit and a bottle of Hennessy in hand. Cole was the life of the party. In addition, Meek Mill and Wale dropped by to enjoy several bottles of Ace of Spades and greet Rihanna and Melyssa. Resident DJ, DJ BAD and DJ Infamous spun a mix of West Coast essentials and a southern classics to keep the party going. Check out additional Von Jackson pictures after the cut. (more…)
Several R&B artists have shared their thoughts, condolences for Nelson Mandela, as well as offering quotes from the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary turned President after learning of his death on Thursday. Among the Twitter messages about the 95-year-old icon:
Mindless Behavior (@MindlessBhavior): We are so sad to hear about Nelson Mandela! He was an amazing leader & human being! We’ll always celebrate your life! RIP Nelson Mandela!
Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys): Deeply saddened by the profound loss of Nelson Mandela. His legacy lives forever and inspires us all… http://bit.ly/18oVfSv
Avant (@avantmusic): The world lost a GREAT human being Nelson Mandela we will always love u an miss u when praises go up blessing come down
Daniel Merriweather (@DanMerriweather): Rest in Peace to the late great Nelson Mandela. Men like him only come around every couple of hundred years. Its a sad day.
Jennifer Hudson (@IAMJHUD): Mr. Mandela fought for freedoms and equality that changed South Africa and the world. We can all learn from his extraordinary journey.
Shontelle Layne (@Shontelle_Layne): Photo: Thank you Sir. We are greater because you lived. Your voice will never die. R.I.P. Nelson Mandela…. http://tmblr.co/Z4cNKy10NZxvb … Thank you Sir. We are greater because you lived. Your voice will never die. R.I.P. Nelson Mandela.… http://instagram.com/p/hjuOrTKWjA/
Solange Knowles (@solangeknowles): Nelson Mandela, you taught us all how to fight and how to forgive. You will be missed, but your legacy… http://instagram.com/p/hjsN8BQomU/
Jamie Foxx (@iamjamiefoxx): Rest in Peace Mr. Nelson Mandela. A fearless leader, incredible human being, inspiration, a REAL hero. Truly one of a kind. God bless you. … Thank you for your mark you left on humanity Mr. Mandela. Prayers to his family, friends and the people of South Africa.
Jazmine Sullivan (@jsullivanmusic): RIP Nelson Mandela
Mario Barrett (@MarioSoulTruth): Another great soul has past on to it’s next life | RIP Nelson Mandela | One of the most humbling… http://instagram.com/p/hjou6TH15D/
Aaron Fresh (@AaronFresh1): Nelson Mandela, will always be remembered. #teamfresh
John Legend (@johnlegend): What a heroic, beautiful life Mandela lived. Rest in peace.
Brian McKnight (@ItsBMcKnight): How about 60 seconds of silence for Nelson Mandela and all he’s done and the legacy he’s left
Christina Milian (@ChristinaMilian): #RIPNelsonMandela A true inspiration and historical figure who brought hope, faith and unity to us all. An example to never settle and live your life to its fullest. #Believe
Bobby V. (@BobbyV): #RIPNelsonMandela
Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW): May your brave and courageous legacy NEVER be forgotten. http://on.fb.me/1bk46Fa #RIPNelsonMandela
Kelly Rowland (@KELLYROWLAND): wow. #RIPNelsonMandela http://on.fb.me/1eTDiQq … “There is no passion to be found playing small in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” -Nelson Mandela … “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” -Nelson Mandela
Tweet (@MS_HUMMINGBIRD): RIP NELSON MANDELA http://instagram.com/p/hmft5CLtke/
‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestant Christina Milian celebrated her 32nd birthday in Hollywood on Tuesday night. The singer’s ex-boyfriend Nick Cannon stopped by to wish her a happy birthday, then got on stage after the DJ asked him to perform his hit single, ‘Gigolo’. Nick pleased the crowd with a quick performance, joking that now he’s married to Mariah Care, he shouldn’t be singing songs like that anymore.
Milian broke some news to TMZ when she referred to Rap-a-Lot Records CEO Jas Prince as her “fiance” as she has been coy about the subject, even though she’s sporting a big diamond ring.
‘Entertainment Tonight’ correspondent Rocsi Diaz took to the mic too wish Christina a great birthday and congratulated her for being on ‘DWTS’. Rocsi was then spotted snuggling with rapper Juicy J. Also in attendance was The Game, Too Short, Mario, Ginuwine and more.
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John Legend released his fourth studio album ‘Love in the Future’ on August 30th, and offered Walmart Soundcheck a glimpse of the creative process behind the ballads. In an interview with the R&B singer, Legend explained why his music is made for those believe in love and how it may just be his best record yet.
Talking about themes on the record, Legend said, “I think that attitude is pervasive throughout the album. The idea that beginning something new is beautiful and holds a lot of possibility. It’s for people who want to believe in love.”
On the making of his new album, Legend said, “I wanted to think about what it means to make a modern soul album – knowing your heritage but also keeping it fresh and not feeling like you’re bound to the past.”
Discussing the ‘Made to Love’ music video, he shared, “We wanted to create a video to visually simulate what love felt like. It’s one of my favorite videos I’ve ever done.”
On mixing old and new on ‘Love in the Future’, Legend explained, “This album is sonically different than my previous albums. I think of it as a progression. People will hear some familiar vibes and some new ones too.”
Chris Brown spoke via phone with the Kyle and Jackie O Show on 2Day FM in Australia, where the R&B star opened up about his relationship with Rihanna as well as his 24th birthday. Talking about celebrating his birthday solo, meaning without Rihanna, Brown said, “Yeah, Imma do it solo. I mean, at the end of the day, shawty doing her thang, she on the road … It’s always gonna be love. I’m just gonna do me. I’m a grown man. Just gotta fast forward.”
Brown added that despite their split, the pair will always share a love for each other. “The way I look at it is, I am always going to love that person,” Brown explained. “But people have differences and people have different wants and needs. And at the end of the day, she’s a young girl. I can’t really be focused on wife-ing somebody that young. At the end of the day. And I’m young too. So I can’t focus on that right now. I just need to fast forward and be a man and be the best Chris Brown I can be, instead of worrying about whoever else is going to be in my side pocket.”
Meanwhile, things with Chris and ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran could be back on, as the Las Vegas Sun reports she was spotted at his birthday party in Las Vegas at The Mirage’s 1Oak nightclub on Saturday. Additionally, Us magazine reports that Tran was on hand for Brown’s Hollywood birthday party the prior evening at Emerson Theatre.
The interview at Soundcloud has since been removed.
Ne-Yo did a live set recently that included performances of ‘Lazy Love’, ‘Jealous’, ‘Don’t Make ‘em Like You’, ‘Unconditional’ and ‘Let Me Love You’. The singer also sat down for an interview, discussing the name of his latest album ‘R.E.D.’, how the album was divided for his R&B and pop/dance fans, taking on the role of an executive at Motown, how there will always be a song for him to write thanks to love, and the delicate balance between his job and being a father, and songs off the new album.
“The name of the new album is ‘R.E.D.’ It’s an acronym standing for ‘Realizing Your Dream’. I called the album that because that’s where I am in my life right now. I’m realizing every dream. I decided at age 9 that music was going to be my life, and every dream and aspiration I set for myself from 9 to now, pretty much every single one of them have all been realized, and all through the power of music, so this album is a celebration of that fact.”
Discussing his mindset when recording the LP, Ne-Yo explained, “When I went in to start recording this one, this is actually the first album that I paid attention to the fact that I have two very dominant fan bases. I have my die-hard R&B fan base here, and I have my die-hard dance and/or pop fans here, and then we have the people that rest in between those two points. With this album I needed to make sure that everyone who calls themselves a Ne-Yo fan had something to latch onto. This album is almost split down the middle. There’s an equal amount of R&B songs and equal amount of pop and/or dance songs, and then those songs that fall into the middle of those two points. My last album with ‘Libra Scale’, I went really, really heavy with the conceptual. Really really heavy with theme. With this one I decided to just go back to the basics and just try to do quality music and making sure every Ne-Yo fan had something to latch onto with this album.”
Talking about his new role as Senior Vice President for A&R at Motown Records, Ne-Yo said, “I’m excited about the position because it allows me to help out the hundreds of thousands of young artists I come across every single day. At the other side of the same card, it’s definitely a learning experience. The language of an executive and the language of an artist are not always the same language. Another thing that Motown is doing right now is artist development, which is something that record labels just don’t do anymore. That’s kind of one of the things that attracted me to the job, the position in the first place. With an artist, it’s about the vibe and the energy and the emotion and the passion. With the executive, it’s about the numbers and the bottom line and staying out of the red. It definitely is something that I’m getting better at, I’ll say that.”