Daily Archives: April 15, 2018

Janelle Monae: I Like That (Audio)

 Janelle Monáe released the performance art video for “PYNK” last week and today she shares the song “I Like That.” Lyrically she’s claiming her individuality and making no apologies for what makes her happy. And she reminisces a past crush from her school days. Sonically, it’s a slow romantic grind perfect for close dancing after dark. Dirty Computer arrives April 27th.

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Beyonce’s Coachella Performance

Beyonce made history last night as the first Black woman to headline Coachella. Her two and a half hour set included a tribute to HBCU’s marching bands, appearances from Jay-Z, Solange, a couple modern dancing and a new reunion with Destiny’s Child. Her blistering performance has many calling the festival Beychella. The whole night that required 11-hour rehearsals is just the beginning of her tour schedule because she and Jay-Z will hit the road with On The Run II this summer. 

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Throwback: Lisa Stansfield-All Around The World

 Lisa Stansfield’s “All  Around The World” put her in the unusual place of being an immediately accepted white British singer of R&B. In 1989, Teena Marie had been the only white woman to make an impact on American R&B fans and radio. Stansfield’s sultry low notes and soulful shrilling communicated a respect for tradition and the appearance of a unique new voice. “All Around The World” was the singer’s industry breakthrough given its no. 1 chart status, Grammy nominations and the Ivor Novello Award she and her co-songwriters won in her native Great Britain. Stansfield re-recorded the song in 1992 with Barry White as a duet for charity and there is a separate video for their version. The remixes of “All Around The World” were included in the 2014 deluxe re-release of her albums Affection, Face Up and the People Hold On…Remix Anthology. Stansfield’s eighth album, Deeper appeared in April of 2018 introduced by the single “Billionaire.” 

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