Just days after announcing a release date for his Soul Tape 3 mixtape, Fabolous debuts the first song and video for “Everything Was the Same” featuring singer-songwriter Stacy Barthe. In the black-and-white clip, the Brooklyn MC makes his way through a stone ruin offshore New York.
“You’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t/ People sit around and judge you anyway,” sings Stacy.
Soul Tape 3 will be available to download at 12:25 p.m. on Christmas Day.
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Introducing the first lady of Tyrese’s Voltron Records — Kristal Lyndriette!
Previously a member of RichGirl (along with Sevyn Streeter), the singer/songwriter has been working very hard on her solo career, and is ready to give you the first taste!
Her debut single “Silhouette” is a steamy and sexy R&B jam. “Two soft bodies moving together/ Wrapped in the moment, feelin the pleasure/ Every second feels like heaven/ Kinda love making that takes like forever,” sings Kristal over the subtle yet magnetic production.
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B.o.B. gears up for his highly-anticipated third studio LP, Underground Luxury with the fifth single & one of the most conscious tracks of the LP, “John Doe” featuring singer/songwriter Priscilla Renea, who has written for Tamar, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Demi Lovato, K. Michelle and more. B.o.B. explains the direction of new album stating, “A lot of people didn’t get to see the full spectrum of what I do. So it’s kinda like a re-introduction of my roots. My album, Underground Luxury, is really telling the story from…I grew up with very humble beginnings. Underground Luxury is definitely a lot edgier. Probably the most edgy of any project I’ve done. And I mean that on all levels from the cerebral tracks to the club tracks, to everything. The whole side of it, I’m just really being blunt with my thoughts I’m not holding anything back.”
Underground Luxury officially drops next week on December 17th.
Blood Orange’s fantastic Cupid Deluxe was released nearly one month ago, however METY is just now getting to this video! The video for album closer “Time Will Tell,” a warm-blooded coda that calls back to “Champagne Coast” from 2011′s Coastal Grooves among other components. Hynes explains the track’s origin:
“Time Will Tell” is the closing track from the album CUPID DELUXE. The song itself was recorded live in a one take that lasted about 15 minutes I ad-libbed the vocals recalling lyrics from songs of mine and a song by Adam Bainbridge (which he was unaware i was going to do). Adam was on the drum machine, Blue May on guitar, Sam Beste on piano, & Tawiah on backing vocals. I then took some of my vocals from towards the end and overlaid it as a backing vocal.
For the video, director Alan Del Rio Ortiz has Hynes in all white at a white piano, then standing up and busting a move per choreography by Juri Onuki that involves a chair and a coat rack. It’s the kind of low-budget, highly expressive wildness you could imagine appearing on early ’80s MTV, which is to say, it’s oh so very Blood Orange. Watch and enjoy below.
Talib Kweli drops some more enlightening bars on “New Leaders,” a cut from his Dec 15th album Gravitas.
Produced by Statik Selektah, Talib goes in with rapid-fire flow and The Underachievers assist with the search to find more head honchos, nominating themselves for the job.
Alicia Keys was in Australia when she learned of Nelson Mandela’s passing. To honor the anti-apartheid icon, she performed a musical tribute during her “Set the World on Fire” tour in the Yarra Valley. With some help from her tourmate John Legend, they dedicated an acoustic version of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” to Madiba.
“We wanted to do something special for you in honor of the great Nelson Mandela, who I feel so moved by in every way,” said Alicia. “What an incredible life lived and what an inspiration for us to all carry forward.”
Alicia had the privilege of performing for Mandela at the Mandela Day concert in honor of his 91st birthday. “I was in awe of a man whose soul was filled with an effortless and rare love that only comes once in a lifetime,” she said. “He was a gentle man with a beautiful smile, and deep eyes that always saw the best in humanity. His legacy lives on in all of us!”
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Christmas won’t be the same for Dondria. While everyone is celebrating the spirit of the season, the So So Def songstress just wants to be with the one she loves. She shares her Christmas wish on her sultry ballad “Ain’t No Way,” written and produced by Tiyon “TC” Mack (Justin Bieber, Tamar Braxton) and Anthony Clint Jr.
“I’ve never recorded a Christmas song before and I didn’t want to be cliché,” said Dondria. “I wanted to give something to my fans they could relate to this Christmas. I’ve never recorded anything as heartfelt as this. When I heard it for the first time, I was in love.”
A video for the song will debut on December 18th followed by her new single in the first quarter of 2014.
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Marsha Ambrosius fought against gay bullying in the video for “Far Away” and risked her life for love in “Cold War.” Now she takes on child molestation in the powerful video for her Ne-Yo-assisted single “Without You.”
The British songstress reflects on her painful past when a man sexually assaulted her as a young girl. While she looks over childhood photos and cries in her basement, Ne-Yo rushes over to console her.
Marsha’s sophomore album Friends & Lovers is due next year featuring Ne-Yo and a collaboration with Alicia Keys.
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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
One year after releasing his mixtape Whispers in the Dark, Luke James rolls out the dark and ethereal video for “Strawberry Vapors.”
James describes the woodsy visuals as a “a musical illustration of two people connecting less in the physical, but more in the cerebral.”
He teamed up with Sarah McColgan (Miguel, Kelly Rowland), who directed his “Oh God” video featuring Hit-Boy. “I wanted to create a video that had a surreal quality with a slightly dark undertone,” said McColgan. “Luke is such a great inspiration to me, so I imagined a slightly esoteric visual that would really emphasize the dreamlike quality of the song.”
Luke is currently opening for Beyoncé on the second U.S. leg of “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour,” and stars in the holiday musical Black Nativity. His debut album is due next year via N.A.R.S. Records/Island Def Jam. Continue reading
Christmas comes early for Tamar Braxton’s Tamartians. After wrapping her tour with John Legend earlier this week, the “Braxton Family Values” star debuts not one, but two music videos.
A blonde Tamar drives home in her red Rolls-Royce Phantom to be with her man, played by her husband Vincent Herbert, in the visuals for her Sevyn Streeter-penned single “All the Way Home,” which appears on her album Love and War.
A lonely Tamar also shares her Christmas blues in the video for “She Can Have You,” one of the original songs off her holiday album Winter Loversland.
Unwrap both of Tamar’s gifts below. Continue reading