Held at Green Point Stadium, Cape Town in South Africa merely over a decade ago, musicians honored the legacy of Mr. Nelson Mandela at the 46664 benefit concert in hopes to bring awareness to the AIDS epidemic in South Africa.
Mr. Mandela was imprisoned on Robben Island in 1964 and for 27 years he was labeled “Prisoner 46664.” He was the 466th prisoner to arrive that year, which is the significance of the number. It was not until 1990 that Mr. Mandela was released. For many years, Mr. Mandela dedicated his life to the issues of inequality, racism, poverty, AIDS and helps change the world through his philanthropic works.
Musicians that gathered to perform were Anastasia, Beyoncé, Eurythmics, Queen, Bono and The Edge of U2, Youssou N’Dour, Soweto Gospel Choir, Dave Stewart, Robert Plant, Bob Geldof and many more.
In closing, Mr. Mandela was an eloquent speaker & one of my most favorite quotes from him was: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
Please watch the concert to honor the life and legacy of Mr. Nelson Mandela and his unwavering works to serve humanity. May he finally rest in peace! Continue reading
Veteran singer-songwriter R. Kelly brought Arsenio Hall’s audience to tears with his touching tribute to one of the world’s greatest freedom leaders, Mr. Nelson Mandela, human rights pioneer & South Africa’s first black President. Yesterday, nations mourned for him and expressed their appreciation for the life & legacy he left behind. Hours after his demise, R. Kelly paid homage to dear Mr. Mandela by performing “Solider’s Heart,” a piano ballad which he wrote and performed for the South African leader in his living room in 2010.
“I’m just blessed to know that I walked in his presence,” said Kellz. “He was a spirit walking and being around him inspired me to even go further in my life, in my walk, and my career. He’s just an incredible power.”
Kelly then closed out the show with an amazing performance of “When A Woman Loves,” which you can view after the jump.
Watch the King of R&B tribute the King of South Africa here:
Tribute to Mr. Nelson Mandela
R. Kelly and Kelly Rowland are going “All the Way.” The R&B icon and Destiny’s Child diva close the curtains and keep the bed rocking until the early morning on their steamy slow jam off Black Panties.
“There ain’t no such thing as a half with sex, so baby boy, we might as well go all the way,” coos Kelly in a falsetto, while Kellz responds, “You don’t know if you’re addicted till you relapse from detox of loving each other.”
Due December 10, the album also features collaborations with Ludacris, 2 Chainz, Migos, Juicy J, and Future.
“Black Panties is something that’s gonna be like the 12 Play,” said Kellz. “If anybody out there knows about 12 Play, you know about Black Panties ’cause it’s basically 12 Play upgraded, like a phone that’s got new apps on it. I’ve remixed my whole career.”
Take it to the bedroom with Kellz and Kelly. Continue reading
Danity Kane’s comeback is in full effect. After announcing their first show in five years, tickets sold out in 24 hours. The ladies will perform their hits and new material for the first time at L.A.’s House of Blues on December 16.
In Part 2 of our interview, Aubrey, Dawn, Shannon, and Aundrea discuss their upcoming album. The group has been in the studio with hitmakers including The Stereotypes, Da Internz, The Underdogs, Ester Dean, James Fauntleroy, Dem Jointz, and Rob Knox.
They are also hoping to work with Miguel and Pharrell. “Pharrell is pretty phenomenal,” Shannon told Rap-Up TV. “We’ve always had Pharrell on our list.”
Aubrey shared an embarrassing story about running into The Neptunes hitmaker at the VMAs. “I fell through a chair and landed on his lap,” she said. “There’s a lot of women that try to get in Pharrell’s lap and it just naturally happened for me.”
Diddy discovered the girls on MTV’s “Making the Band,” but he won’t be involved in the next chapter of their career. However, they still wish him well. Continue reading
A day after their return to the American Music Awards, TLC took over the ballroom on “Dancing With the Stars.” Standing on a glittery platform, T-Boz and Chilli performed their 1999 hit “No Scrubs” while the finalists danced the samba. They were once again joined by Lil Mama, who rocked green hair and stepped in sync with her idols.
TLC is working on a new album for release in 2014 featuring contributions from Lady Gaga and Dallas Austin. Continue reading
Bridget Kelly set the date for her second EP under the Roc Nation umbrella. The five-track project entitled Cut2BK will be available for download on December 10. “No more lies, no more delays. On 12/10/13, the new music will arrive!!!!!!!!!!!” Bridget stated.
Though BK is signed and backed by Roc Nation, she has taken a grassroots approach to building her career. For the past few years, she hit road intimately connecting with listeners converting them to loyalist in.
Without releasing an album BK has been nominated for Soul Train’s “Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist.” The buzz of the single “Street Dreamin” in conjunction with performing throughout the United States has built a growing foundation of fans. Continue reading
Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake earned the top honors at the 2013 American Music Awards on Sunday.
The “Mirrors” singer took home three awards at Sunday’s show at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, while Swift lead the pack with four awards including Artist of the Year.
Timberlake, who performed “Drink You Away” during the telecast, won in the categories of Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, and Favorite Soul/R&B Album.
Rihanna scored two awards including Favorite Female Soul/R&B Artist and the first-ever Icon Award, which was presented to her by Jay-Z and her mother Monica Fenty.
“Right now, I can’t believe that at 25 years old, I’m holding an Icon Award,” said Rihanna, who performed “Diamonds.” “That is weird to even say out loud.”
Two-time winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis beat out Jay Z and Kendrick Lamar in the Rap/Hip-Hop categories.
Winners were determined by online voting. See a full list below.
2013 American Music Awards Winners Continue reading
Lorde gives an exclusive stripped back performance of tracks “Royals” and “Biting Down” from her debut album Pure Heroine for VEVO UK Lift and she also takes us on an heartfelt journey back to her roots in New Zealand and the “bubble” in which she grew up in. The “Tennis Court” singer-songwriter tells us about her quiet place in the world and how her lyrics are “Under The Influence” of this beautiful town.
Lorde talks us through her love of big words and the impact they have on her lyrics. From the revealing of writing short fiction as a child, to working with producer Joel Little to create her much-anticipated debut album Pure Heroine, this is Lorde “In My Words.”
Danity Kane is back! Five years after topping the charts with their album Welcome to the Dollhouse, Dawn Richard, Aubrey O’Day, Aundrea Fimbres, and Shannon Bex sat down for one of their first interviews since announcing their return at the VMAs in August. Speaking exclusively to Rap-Up TV, the platinum girl group opened up about getting back together, D. Woods’ decision not to return, and their comeback concert.
“I think for us it was time. We were ready,” said Aundrea. “It kinda started as a phone call, a text to each of us and then we went to lunch and it was like no time had passed. It was like, ‘OK. Let’s do it.’”
They have been overwhelmed by the response. “We were all having our phones blow up and felt to ourselves the power of our fans, this amazing group of people that has stuck by our side through all this,” said Aubrey.
While DK’s fifth member D. Woods decided not to return, there’s no ill will. “We wish her the best,” said Dawn. “We asked who wanted to be here and those who wanted to show up, showed up. It’s nothing more than that. We want people to see this for what it is and know that this is Danity Kane.”
On December 16, the foursome will play their first show together in five years at L.A.’s House of Blues. “I’m super nervous,” admitted Aubrey, while Dawn added, “I think you’re supposed to be jittery and nervous about something like this. This is not just us standing on the stage, this is us coming together and headlining, coming together and giving new music.” Continue reading
While we’ll have to wait until 2014 for a new album, Beyoncé holds her BeyHive over with a new song called “God Made You Beautiful.” Blue Ivy’s mom shares her joy as she sings about her daughter on the drum-patterned ballad.
“When you were born, the angels sighed in delight/ They never thought they’d see such a beautiful sight,” sings an angelic-voiced Bey. “You took a breath and the world was right again/ Tears were shed, how I have been blessed/ And your love it shines so bright/ You bring me back to life, back to life/ You make everything right.”
On November 25, Beyoncé will release her documentary Life Is But a Dream on DVD. The two-disc set includes a live concert film plus a download of the new song.
UPDATE: You can now listen to the full song below. Continue reading
Lady Gaga is queen of the charts. The pop superstar reclaims her throne atop the Billboard 200 with ARTPOP.
The latest album from the 27-year-old singer sold 258,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan (via Billboard). It marks her second No. 1 album and the third-largest sales week for a woman in 2013 following Katy Perry (286,000) and Miley Cyrus (270,000).
“I’m so happy ARTPOP debuted #1 in the US and is already platinum in countries all over the world! thank u,” tweeted Gaga.
Despite the No. 1 debut, the numbers are a far cry from her previous album Born This Way, which opened with 1.1 million copies in 2011, while her 2009 album The Fame Monster entered at No. 5 with 174,000. Continue reading
While Mr. Carter has been busy making headlines today about the unveiling of prices on his new collection with Barney’s, Mrs. Carter is busy doing a little unveiling of her own.
Premiering fresh new shots of what seems to be promo material for her upcoming album, the “Grown Woman” singer is seen looking fabulous! The album, which is as quiet as its kept, has no word on when it will be arriving for fans.
Recently completing the first run of her tour only to be preparing for the second leg of the North America tour, Beyoncé also found the time to shoot a visual for one of the tracks off of her upcoming project! WERK!
Undeniably one of the hardest working artists we’ve seen, Queen B is cooking up something special for the kids! Check out the flicks after the jump! Continue reading