Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Song of The Day!

Classic song from Brian McKnight's self-titled first album circa 1991. Ooo that man can sang! Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Alicia Keys!

The singer/composer and now turns 31 today. Here's one of my favorite songs and video by her, "You Don't Know My Name." It's from her sophomore album, The Diary of Alicia Keys.

We also remember Etta James on today. She would have have celebrated her 74th birthday. She passed five days before she could see it.

New Artist Shine: RaVaughn Brown "Same Ol BS"

I found this artist while perusing through new music on Singersroom. Her name is RaVaughn Brown and she's a new artist on singer/songwriter NeYo's label, Compound Entertainment. Check out her single, "Same Ol BS" after the break...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Whitney Houston Broke?

Various sites are reporting that "sources" are saying that singer Whitney Houston has burned through her fortune...

SWV Releasing New Album

After a fifteen year hiatus, the 90s R&B trio, Sisters With Voices, returns with a new album entitled, I Missed Us. The release date for the anticipated album April 10th. Check out their new single, "Co-Sign" here.

Brandy Wants To Play Whitney Houston In A Biopic

Umm...yeah. I had to re-read what I typed up there also. Now I know Brandy's been on the promo trail for her upcoming album (click here if you missed that) and her new role on BET's hot show, The Game, but I think she's reaching a little bit now...

RnB Newcomer Kayla Brianna Pays Homage to Brownstone

I'm late on this video since I wasn't watching the Lakers-Heat game the other night. However, former NBA player and commentator Kenny Smith's daughter, Kayla Brianna (who's signed to Interscope), caused quite a stir the other night when her debut single, "If You Love Me" played during half-time. If anyone knows me, they know how I feel about remakes...

Mint Condition & Tony Toni Tone On Tour Together?

Word on the street is that R&B bands Mint Condition & Tony Toni Tone may tour together in the near future...

Song of the Day!

New single for legendary singer/songwriter Roberta Flack called "We Can Work It Out" released last year November. Originally released by The Beatles, it's off her upcoming album (date TBA) entitled Let It Be--Roberta Flack Singing The Beatles which will be her interpretations of some of their classic hits. At 74 years old, the singer most known for her hit, "Killing Me Softly" is still out here doing it!

Aretha Franklin Calls Off Engagement To Willie Wilkerson!

Looks like the Queen of Soul won't be getting hitched any time soon after all. After recently announcing her engagement to longtime friend Willie Wilkerson, she released a statement Monday that she is indeed no longer engaged.
Will and I have decided we were moving a little too fast, and there were a number of things that had not been thought through thoroughly. There will be no wedding at this time," Franklin said. "We will not comment on it any further because of the very personal and sensitive nature of it. We appreciate all of the many well wishes from friends. "We're very compatible, and he supports me and I support him a lot, and he has given me specialized attention that I don't think I've received from anyone else," she said. Source
Mr. Wilkerson would have made husband #4 for Ms. Franklin.  It wasn't stated if they are still together or not, but either way I'm pretty sure they'll continue to remain friends.

Friday, January 20, 2012

President Obama Sings Al Green's "Let's Stay Together"

President Obama showcased one of his talents last night at a fundraiser at The Apollo Theatre. After finding out that Al Green was in the building, he sang a little of Al Green's 'Let's Stay Together' to the surprise of many...

Singer Etta James Dies at 73

It's a sad day in music today. Legendary jazz singer Etta James died today at 73....

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Song of the Day!

Who remembers this 1999 hit from these two?  Some years ago, before Trey Songz chart-topping hit, "Can't Be Friends", everyone was rocking to this breakup anthem. This song was in heavy rotation and reached #1 on the R&B charts. A lot of people could relate because it's about a couple who's broken up, but can't seem to go back to how things used to be because they're still in love with each other. Sigh...we've all been there before!

This song came at the last of the pure R&B years as we remember it. Before the takeover of the whole Hip-Hop and R&B label that songs today are labeled as. Pure R&B songs today are labeled as either "Adult R&B" or "Neo-Soul". BRING BACK REAL R&B!

Janet Jackson on Tonight Show (VIDEO)

Musical icon Janet Jackson stopped by the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday night to talk about her book, being the spoke model for Nutrisystem, her family, and even cracks jokes on the rumors about her...

Joe Performs "Dear Joe" LIVE on SiriusXM

Joe's stopped by SiriusXM to perform his latest single, "Dear Joe", live from his latest album, The Good,The Bad,The Sexy. Joe one of the most consistent, underrated R&B artists out today. He continually puts out good R&B music for his fans and his voice is remarkable! Check out the video for yourself and go out a buy a copy of the album if you haven't already.

Happy Birthday Mary J. Blige!

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul turns 41 today! The Grammy-award winning singer posted this photo on Facebook earlier today.
"Celebrating my birthday by taking a stroll down memory lane. I've come a long way since "What's the 411". Been in the game for over half of my life!"
Happy Birthday Mary J. Blige! Peep her new video off of her latest album My Life II: The Journey Continues, "Mr. Wrong" ft. Drake after the break!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Solange Isn't Feeling The Beyonce Slander...

Unless you've been living under a rock, you are aware that Beyonce Knowles-Carter gave birth to a daughter, Blue Ivy Carter aka BIC over the weekend. Beyonce's husband, rapper Jay-Z had the internet buzzing and with his song dedication to his newborn daughter, "Glory" yesterday.

Throughout Beyonce's pregnancy there has been speculation and much conspiracy theories on the reality of her pregnancy. From her first announcement of her pregnancy at the MTV Awards until now, there have been doubts among the public as much as there has been congratulations. However some of the comments must've gotten under her sister, singer-songwriter Solange Knowle's skin because she took to Twitter (as most celebs do) to voice her anger...

Song of The Day!

Here's a R&B classic from the legendary soul singer, Al Green. "Let's Stay Together" is one of Al Green's most notable singles. This love song was #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and R&B charts back in 1971 from the album with the same name and is still thriving today.

"Let's Stay Together" is probably one of the most sampled and covered songs in the history of R&B. It's been covered by Roberta Flack, Margie Joseph, Tina Turner, Boyz II Men, Donny Osmond, Michael Bolton, Issac Hayes, Robin Thicke and several others. It has also been featured in numerous commercials, TV shows, and movies. It has also been named one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stones.

From the first chords of this song, to the last adlibs, you can't help but tap your foot, dance or sing along. I wonder if he knew how big of a hit he was actually recording when he was in the studio back in the 70s. I love good music.

Bobby Womack On Unsung

Bobby Womack, soul singer-songwriter, producer and musician was featured on TVOne's Unsung show last night. Known for his hits such as, "Across 110th Street", "California Dreamin'", "If You Think You're Lonely Now", and "Woman's Gotta Have It", the Bobby Womack gets a chance to share his story with new and old fans alike...

Monday, January 9, 2012

Brandy & Monica In Studio Recording Together Again

So, I'm a day late and a dollar short, but this past weekend Brandy these tweeted pics of her and Monica together in the studio with producer Rico Love...
We have Both Been Blessed Beyond Measure..14years later,” tweeted Monica, while Brandy responded, “I love you so much Mo❤thank u!

New Music: Karyn White "Sista Sista"

80's RnB singer, Karyn White, is back on the scene with a new single, "Sista Sista". After a long hiatus, this lovely songbird is back!

Brandy Wants To Be Friends Again With Kim Kardashian...

Singer Brandy has been doing a lot of promo lately. She visited Wendy William's show to promote her upcoming role on BET's The Game, her much anticipated comeback album, and her upcoming role in Tyler Perry's movie, The Marriage Counselor. She also talked about her daughter, Syrai, her family, working with Monica and reconciling with Kim Kardashian...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Happy Birthday R. Kelly!

The Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter and producer turns 44 today...

Friday, January 6, 2012

Keyshia Cole and Ashanti in Studio Recording New Music

Singer Keyshia Cole tweeted this picture of her and singer Ashanti at the studio the other night. Both are currently working on their fifth upcoming albums. Keyshia Cole has been promoting her upcoming album, Woman to Woman. Ashanti released her lead single, "The Woman You Love" ft Busta Rhymes last month. Both albums are slated to be released during the first quarter. Stay tuned!

Song of The Day!

Happy Friday! It's the weekend and I'm feeling pretty good on this Friday afternoon. Here's a song and live performance of one of my favorite 70s hits, A Taste of Honey's 1978 mega-crossover hit, "Boogie Oogie Oogie".

This song soared to the top of the charts and was #1 on four Billboard charts which included, Pop, R&B, Club Play, and Disco Single. "Boogie Oogie Oogie" sold over two million copies and earned the group a Grammy award in 1979 for Best New Artist. This song is the epitome of funk, soul, and disco and is their biggest hit to date.

I love the fact that the two lead singers, Janice-Marie Johnson and Carlita Dorhan, are rocking it out on the mic and guitars. You didn't see that too often back in the day. Especially among the popularity of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Sly, Commodores, and other rock/funk groups primarily dominated by men. Nowadays, we are familiar with Beyonce's all-girl band, but salute to bands like A Taste of Honey and Klymaxx who came before them.

Have a good weekend and enjoy!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Throwback Video: Pebbles & Babyface "Love Makes Things Happen"

Raise your hand if you remember this 1990 classic slow jam! This is one of my absolute favorite RnB duets of all time! You have the beautiful and talented singer, Pebbles combined with the smooth and musically talented Babyface together singing about the rollercoaster ride of love. 

I love the whole concept and storyline of this video. Videos like this one makes me miss the days when singers actually sung without being naked and sexually explicit. It's simple, classy, and enhances the song really well. We haven't heard from these two in a while, but this song right here is always in rotation on my iPod. Enjoy!

Photo Of The Day!

Legendary 90s R&B group, Boyz II Men received the 2456th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today...

Wendy Williams Has Some Advice for Fantasia [VIDEO]

We are all familiar with singer Fantasia's romance with married man, Antwaun Cooke (who has yet to divorce his wife and already has two kids) and the recent birth of their baby together. Apparently, things have been getting a little rough for Fantasia, and Wendy Williams offers her some advice...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Music: Tank's "Next Breath" + RnB Links

Tank's latest single, "Next Breath", from his upcoming fifth album, Savior, has been making a lot of buzz. No release date yet, but this single gives us that melodic, smooth sound that Tank is known for. More RnB news after the break...

Vesta Williams on Unsung

TV One's Unsung show featured singer Vesta William's story the other night...

Song of The Day!

"Age Ain't Nothing But a Number" is an RnB classic from Aaliyah's debut album under the same title. It was written and produced by then mentor, R. Kelly. It showcases her sultry vocals combined with samples from Bobby Caldwell's  "What You Won't Do For Love" sample. Enjoy!

Boyz II Men Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame!

After twenty years in the business, Grammy-Award winning R&B group Boyz II Men are set to receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! The trio (formerly quartet) just released their 20th Anniversary album, "Twenty" last year...

Way Back When: House Party!

It's been 22 years since the first House Party movie hit theaters. Written and directed by Reginald Hudlin, House Party starred hip hop duo Kid 'n Play (Christopher Reid & Christopher Martin), Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin, A.J. Johnson, late comedian Robin Harris, Full Force with a guest appearance by George Clinton. I first saw this movie at five years old when I went to it at the drive-in theater with my family...

Mariah Carey Asks for Prayers for husband Nick Cannon

Early this morning, singer Mariah Carey tweeted that her husband, Nick Cannon, is in the hospital due to mild kidney failure...

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Aretha Franklin Engaged!

The Queen of Soul, 69, recently announced her engagement to longtime friend, William "Willie" Wilkerson...

Concert Review: Chrisette Michele & Musiq Soulchild

I had the pleasure of getting a last minute ticket and chance to go see RnB and Soul singers Chrisette Michele and Musiq Soulchild perform live on Friday night! I was excited because they are two of my favorite artists and I've never heard them perform live. Read more of my review after the jump...

Song of The Day!

Awwww yeah! Taking you back to those New Jack Swing glory days! I was probably only about 3 years when this Guy hit was out, but you couldn't tell me nothing when it came on lol. This song still gets me groovin' and is a part of my daily jogging playlist.

RnB Trivia: Name That Artist!

What is the name of the first female R&B singer signed to Def Jam Records? The answer after the jump...

Photo of the day

I found this throwback picture of RnB singer Shanice and the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, while surfing the net. This picture wasn't dated, but from the looks of it, it seems like it was during the early days of her career. I think my smile would have been just as wide, had I gotten the chance to meet him also lol. Cute!

The Wonderful Family of Divas

This looks like it's going to be a big year for songstress Whitney Houston. The singer/actress is already set to star in the remake of Sparkle with Jordin Sparks (Click here if you missed that). Now she's set to star in a documentary, along with legendary cousin, Dionne Warwick called "The Wonderful Family of Divas". More after the break...

Monday, January 2, 2012

Song of the Day!

Loved this song as a kid! Who remembers Tracie and Eddie Winslow (Darius McCray) singing this song together on Family Matters? Check it out after the break!

Bump or Stomp: H-Town "#1 Friend (Internet Love)" ft. Kiotti

It's been a while since we've heard from H-Town, the Houston RnB group known for "Knockin Da Boots". Since the death of member Kevin "Dino" Conner, who was killed in a car accident in 2003, we haven't heard too much from them. However, the now duo are back with a new single, #1 Friend (Internet Love) and are back on the scene again. Sounds rather weak to me, but check it out for yourself.

Thanks Singersroom for the link!

Singer Vesta Williams' Cause of Death Revealed

Singer Vesta Williams, who died suddenly in September of last year, passed due to an enlarged heart according to an exclusive report.

New RnB Music Expected For 2012!

Last year was a great year for RnB. We saw comebacks from Kelly Price, Carl Thomas, Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill, Boyz II Men, Tyrese, Betty Wright, Mint Condition and enjoyed the smooth sounds from Jill Scott, Joe, Goapele, Anthony Hamilton, Eric Robeson, Raphael Saadiq, Marsha Ambrosis, Ledisi, Mary J. Blige and Musiq. Not to mention the new school RnB acts Chris Brown, The Weeknd, Miguel, and Lloyd.

Etta James Condition Improving

Legendary jazz singer Etta James who was hospitalized on December 21st has reportedly been taken off the respirator according to her manager.