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.
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.”
Trevor Jackson is out with behind the scenes footage from his ‘Like We Grown’ music video shoot, featuring ‘Shake It Up’ star Zendaya Coleman. The track is from the singer and actor’s upcoming debut album on Atlantic Records.
“I get to play the girl in the music video, so it’s kind of like the girl he’s trying to get after, so it’ll be pretty cool. I’m excited,” Coleman said of her role.
Describing their scene together, Trevor said, “What do I do? I walk to her. I gotta get to know her. I’ve gotta talk to her. I’ve gotta know this girl somehow, some way. That’s what we’re shooting right now. I’m choppin’ it up with her. She ends up giving me the digits and the address.”
Previewing the following scene, director Mike Ho said, “It’s the party. It’s nighttime. All of her friends are here. She’s up against the wall waiting for him to arrive, thinking he’s not showing up because it’s so late, but he ended up making a surprise visit and comes up and that’s how he surprises her.”
Before shooting the next scene on the roof, Trevor said, “We’re doing the night scene where I bring the beautiful Zendaya up on this balcony as you can call it, and we’re gonna have a little bit more intimate scenes in it and then we’re gonna do the dance scene after this.”
For her part, Coleman said, “Obviously I’m really excited to be a part of this video. I’ve known Trevor for a while now and he’s a really good friend of mine. He’s really great, so here I am. He asked me to be in the video and I’m really excited to be here, so it’s gonna be great.”
After wrapping up, Trevor said, “We just finished the video. I’m tired but I am excited man. We worked really hard to get this video done.”
Watch it via YouTube below.
Update: Check out photos from the music video shoot after the cut. (more…)
Solange Knowles is out with the music video to her latest single ‘Losing You’, off the American R&B singer’s EP ‘True’, out November 27th on Terrible Records. The Melina Matsoukas directed treatment was shot at multiple locations in the township of Langa in Cape Town, South Africa in September. Watch it via YouTube below.
Lifetime’s upcoming original series ‘The Houstons: On Our Own’ is set to premiere October 24th at 9/8c. The documentary-series will chronicle those closest to pop music icon Whitney Houston, including her daughter Bobbi Kristina and mother, Grammy Award-winning singer Cissy Houston. Others featured on the program are Whitney’s sister-in-law and manager Pat Houston and Pat’s daughter Rayah, Whitney’s brother Gary and family friend Nick Gordon.
“I didn’t see her as an idol,” Bobbi Kristina said about her mother. “The glam and the glitz. I didn’t see that. I saw a mom.”
Bobbi and Nick also talk about their controversy engagement in the preview clips, raising eyebrows since Nick was taken in by Whitney more than a decade ago and was considered the singing legend’s unofficial adopted son.
“The family has me out to be a bad person,” Nick complained in the teaser video. For her part, Bobbi said, “I’m in love with him. They want to see us fail. I’ve got one thing to say, you won’t.”
Whitney’s sister Pat said, “Not only do I have a 14-year-old daughter, I have inherited another daughter with a boyfriend.”
Watch a preview after the cut.
Ne-Yo dropped by KTU in New York City to chat with Cubby and Cindy about his upcoming album ‘R.E.D.’, how being a father has changed his music, how it’s easier to write a song for a woman than a guy, ‘So Sick’ being about a girl in Las Vegas named Brandy, his drawing and painting skills, getting caught farting in the recording studio and his love for the Carly Rae Jepsen hit ‘Call Me Maybe’.
Talking about ‘R.E.D.’, Ne-Yo said, “This album is basically a celebration of my first love. A celebration of music. From age nine to now, every dream, every goal I set for myself has been realized through music. It’s just celebrating how good to me music has been. It’s also celebrating my fans. I have a very broad fan base. I have my R&B people over here, my dance and pop people over here, so this is honestly my first album where I paid real attention to that, so let me make sure there’s an even amount of R&B songs to pop songs on this whole album. Basically trying to please all of the people at the same time.”
On teaming with Sia on ‘Let Me Love You’, he said, “She’s incredible. I’ve been a Sia fan for a little while, since the Zero 7 days. They had no idea that I knew here and that we had been talking about working together when they brought me the track. They said, ‘There’s a hook on it already, we know you don’t normally do that but we really think this is something special’. So I’m like let me here it. They played it and I instantly recognized the voice. ‘That’s Sia!’ ‘Yeah, do you know her? She’s kinda new.’ ‘No she’s not!'”
As for how songwriting has effected him as a father, he said, “Not as much as one would assume. I’ve always been aware of the fact that I have a very broad fan base in regards to age. There’s little kids that listen to the stuff and there’s grown ass adults listening to it too. With that being said, in that I’m the kind of person that pays attention to who my fans are and what my fans want, I got to do the kind of music that everyone can listen to. I’ve got to do stuff you can let your little daughter listen to. You and your daughter who is 4 years old can sit and listen to together. At the same time I’m a grown-up, I’m 32-years-old. There’s some things I want to talk about that are not for little Suzie. That’s when you as a parent have to step in and go, we’re not gonna play #8 for little Suzie. Me having my own kids now just basically put the magnifying glass on the fact that as an artist, you have a huge responsibility to make sure these kids who are looking at you and emulating who you are and what you do have something positive to emulate.”
On his doodling skills put to the test on a paper plate in the studio they gave away, he said, “I’ve actually been drawing and painting as long as I’ve been singing, which is not impressive because I should be better at it than I am, in that I’ve been doing it for so long. Drawing and painting now is my escape from the music industry. I never thought I would need one. Music used to be my escape from life, and now I need an escape from music. Every now and then I get stressed out I’ll sit down and draw something, not that you guys stress me out. That wasn’t why I drew the picture.”
Asked if he’s ever farted in the studio when others later come in, Ne-Yo confessed, “Yes. (I) pretend it didn’t happen because nine times out of ten they’re gonna smell it but they’re not gonna say anything either. They just keep moving and act like it didn’t happen. Actually my people are pretty honest. They’re like, ‘Oh whoa, wait, hold on. What are you doin’ in here? Damn!'”
On ‘Call Me Maybe’, Ne-Yo enthused, “I love that record. I will turn that up in the car and let the top down in the most ghetto-est thuggiest neighborhood in America and not care. I don’t care. I love that record. That joint rocks.”
Watch the interview via KTU.com below.
Trey Songz performed songs from his hit new album ‘Chapter V’ for Walmart Soundcheck. In addition, the R&B singer sat down for an exclusive in-depth interview. The set list features ‘Simply Amazing’, ‘Dive In’, ‘2 Reasons’, ‘Heart Attack’, ‘Can’t Be Friends’ and ‘Say Aah’.
During the interview, Trey discussed what he wants to do with his music, being amazed that he’s released five albums, how the album differs from his prior work, the story behind the track ‘Simply Amazing’ and the first single ‘Heart Attack’, the writing process for ‘Chapter V’ and how the most pressure he feels is from himself.
“I want to make music that can serve as a soundtrack for so many different people’s lives,” Trey explained, “and I think that’s what this album does. It opens up very sensual, very crazy, then it goes to another place of love and life and heartbreak and happiness and we go to the club a couple of times. We’re gonna make you dance, we’ll cry together, we’ll laugh together and we’re gonna love together on this album.”
On the career he’s established at 27-years-old, Trey said, “First of all it’s hard to believe I have a fifth album. I still remember my first album very vividly and ever step to get where we are here now, and every album as been about evolving, adding to my musicality, to my production value, whether it be lyrical content. I think my voice has got a lot stronger.”
Talking about how his latest effort has differed from his prior albums, Trey said, “With this ‘Chapter V’ album, I think a lot of what’s different about the album is that within two years I saw a lot of the world that I’ve never seen before. I met a lot of fans I never knew I had and realized the impact I have on people’s lives.”
Talking about ‘Heart Attack’, Songz said it “speaks on the many emotions of love. The point when loving someone isn’t easy anymore. It’s not the beginning of the relationship when you’ve had your ups and downs and you’re at a point where you’re trying to figure out if you’re gonna make it. That’s a hurtful feeling. This song is about not wanting to give that up, and I’ve definitely felt that before.”
On the ‘Chapter V’ writing process, he said it “varied from song to song. I recorded some of this album in Miami. I recorded some in New York. Some in LA. I even did some recording in Brussels, even in Australia as well. It’s such an incredible process to see a song come from nothing to audio to now a video to now a single, to a song that nobody knew you could perform to now singing it like they wrote it themselves. Sometimes I hear a track and I might write it out. Sometimes it might be already be an idea. Sometimes somebody may bring an idea incompletely to me and I’ll finish that up. For the most part, it’s amazing.”