Leela James stopped by Soundcheck with a soulful performance that showcased her incredible voice. The live set included ‘My Joy’, ‘Party All Night’, ‘Music’, ‘Let It Roll’ and ‘Tell Me You Love Me’. During an interview with the Los Angeles artist, Leela talked about the message behind ‘Tell Me You Love Me’, allowing her soul to speak for itself when creating her ‘My Soul’ LP, being involved beginning to end in the creation of the album, not needing many people in the studio during the recording process, liking to feed off the crowd’s energy during live shows without a script, dream collaborations, and more.
“Anyone that’s coming into this business definitely should surround themselves with a team of good people, that they can trust. Good management, good attorneys.” Leela said to other aspiring singers. “When you’re going to a record company, try to get people that really believe in you and understand your vision and support you, and not just trying to collect a check. It’s important that everybody is on the same accord and most of all as an artist to find and already know who you are because otherwise people will try to define you, based on who they think you are or who they think you should be.”
The concert and interview video can be viewed at soundcheck.walmart.com. Check out additional pictures from Leela’s visit after the cut. (more…)
Rihanna acknowledged her plus-sized forehead in a message to her Twitter followers (@rihanna) last night, posting a closeup after having a haircare malfunction. The 22-year-old writes:
New hair….new curling iron BURN……damn 5head always in the way
John Legend checked in with his Twitter followers (@johnlegend) earlier this evening, blasting birther conspirators as President Obama celebrates his 49th birthday, a critique shared by his girlfriend Chrissy Teigen. The R&B singer writes:
RT @chrissyteigen: If any of u think its not obamas bday and he was born in Kenya u can go ahead and shoot yourself please thank you
Seriously, if u spew this birther nonsense, you don’t deserve to participate in any other political conservation. U have no credibility.
Joss Stone is set to debut as the newest Bond girl in Activision Publishing’s ‘James Bond 007: Blood Stone’, an original Bond experience from screenwriter Bruce Feirstein. In addition to stepping into a leading role, the British singer will create original music for the third-person action adventure game. “‘James Bond 007: Blood Stone’ captures the cinematic intensity of a Bond film by immersing players in an intriguing conspiracy that will require them to think and act like James Bond,” said David Pokress, Head of Marketing for Licensed Properties, Activision Publishing. “In addition, the game will feature a diverse array of multi-player modes and debut strategic objective-based gameplay that will allow Xbox 360, PS3 and PC players to battle as teams of spies and mercenaries through authentic Bond locales.” Check out two more pictures of Bond girl Joss from a publicity shoot below the cut. (more…)
Keri Hilson and Jill Scott were among the stars on hand at the HBO and Belvedere dinner during the Essence Music Festival on Saturday (July 3) in New Orleans, Louisiana. The “Dinner with Bevy” event was hosted at New Orleans native and Bravo Network’s Top Chef John Besh’s new restaurant August. Check out additional images of Keri and Jill with Rutina Wesley, Hill Harper, and Alfre Woodard below the cut. (more…)
Keri Hilson was among the stars on hand at the Belve Music Lounge during the Essence Music Festival on Saturday (July 3) in New Orleans, Louisiana. All of the celebs relaxed at the lounge inside the Louisiana Superdome side stage, waiting to see performances by Alicia Keys, Gladys Knight, and Hilson. The official cocktail of the Essence Music Festival was the Belve Peach Essence, which celebs were treated to all night.
Check out another picture of Keri after the cut. (more…)
Raphael Saadiq and Keith Sweat were among the stars on hand at the Belve Music Lounge during the Essence Music Festival on Friday (July 2) in New Orleans, Louisiana. All of the celebs relaxed at the lounge inside the Louisiana Superdome side stage, waiting to see performances by Janet Jackson, Monica and Charlie Wilson. The official cocktail of the Essence Music Festival was the Belve Peach Essence, which celebs were treated to all night.
Check out pictures of Raphael Saadiq, including a shot of the artist with Fab 5 Freddy, below the cut. (more…)
Goapele was on hand for the 23rd annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards on June 25 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Friday (June 25). The Bay Area R&B vocalist was in town for the event and last night’s BET Awards while promoting her recently released fourth album ‘Milk & Honey’.
Jeremih was on hand for the 23rd annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards on June 25 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Friday (June 25). The singer, who was nominated for ‘Birthday Sex’ for Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song, which went to Jamie Foxx for ‘Blame It’, offered words to his Twitter followers (@jeremih) for the Founders Award winner:
Big ups to Dr. Dre for being honored tonite at the ASCAP awards!! Amazing to see & hear how he’s supplied us with decades of timeless music
R&B girl group Electrik Red were on hand for the 23rd annual ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards on June 25 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Friday (June 25) doing some promo for their debut album ‘How To Be A Lady, Vol.1’.