Category Archives: R&B

John Legend Calls For Change In Video For Preach

John Legend’s video for “Preach” is an intense plea for change in America because of issues like police brutality, racism and the demonizing of immigrants. The clip starts with Legend and his wife Chrissy in bed and later he goes to church and calls on God for help to mend the society’s struggles. The video is the first of its kind to use the Donate button so that viewers can give money to Free America.  Legend explains, 

“Sometimes we can get so frustrated by the news and what’s going on and there’s this battle going on in ourselves. Do we become apathetic? Do we become engaged? Do we just talk about it, or do we do something?”

Watch “Preach” and check out Free America

 

 

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Adeline’s Before Gets Remixed

Transplanted Parisian Adeline released her eponymous debut album last year and revealed a penchant for ’90s dance music and ’80s R&B and funk. The result was an irresistible introduction of high-energy that signaled the cyclical movement of a sound that is also being used by artists like Lizzo and The Internet. The singer, songwriter and bass player shares remixes to the single “Before” from Adeline that are meant for sweating and vertical body motion. Before Remixed comes out just as the Brooklyn resident gets ready to embark on a national tour next week. Tickets for the tour dates are on sale here

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Liam Bailey Releases Brand New EP

Liam Bailey’s fourth EP Brand New comes on the heels of the singles “You Saw The Devil In Me” and “Brother, Why You Gotta Love Her.” The five-song EP reflects Bailey’s soul, reggae and rock influences in a collection that could qualify as ideal driving music. The British singer explained the new music in a press release: 

“The EP is heavily inspired by a lot of new music I’ve been listening to recently & I’m especially loving the synths I’ve been hearing. I linked with Rich Cooper with this fresh sound in mind. The way we worked was really cool; we mainly jammed around until we caught a vibe that felt right to keep going with. We had lots of great musical spaces to write my recent truths against a different sound to what I’m used to. Although I couldn’t help going old school on “Hold Tight” with Fred Cox – the song has s been on repeat at home, it’s proper uplifting which is rare for me.”

He just shared the video for “Hold Tight” and Brand New is available on all the streaming platforms. 

 

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Listen: India.Arie-What If

India.Arie’s current single “What If”  questions the course of African-American history if people like Martin Luther King Jr., Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou had not pursued their ambitions. It is a motivational song encouraging everyone to remember that they are the change they seek in life. The song’s introduction during Black History Month is timely and just a few days (February 15th) before Arie’s Worthy album is officially available in stores and on streaming platforms. 

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2019 Grammy Performances

The 2019 Grammy Awards surprised many hip-hop fans when Cardi B became the first woman to win the Best Rap Album award. The unexpectedness continued with the award for Best Rap Song was a tie and went to anderson.paak and to Kendrick Lamar, Future and Jay Rock. Drake appeared to upset the event’s producers after he gave his acceptance speech for Best Rap Song and explained how Grammy awards are not the ultimate validator of one’s career and then his microphone cut off and a commercial was aired. It was reported before the ceremony that Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino had declined to perform at the show because of their ongoing lack of recognition for hip-hop artists. The Grammys have historically only presented hip-hop awards outside of the television broadcast but have still wanted the artists to bring ratings to the show as performers. Several online commentators complained about Jennifer Lopez’s Latin-inspired Motown tribute which was defended by Smokey Robinson who explained that Motown’s music was for everyone. Fans were happy with Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day’s Aretha Franklin dedication with a performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” but they believed Franklin, who passed last year, was deserving of more than one song.

Janelle Monáe received nominations for Album Of The Year for Dirty Computer and Best Music Video for “PYNK.” Her performance of “Make Me Feel” was one of the night’s highlights.

Diana Ross celebrated her 75th birthday at The Grammys and performed “Best Years Of My Life” and “Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand).” Ross received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. Her actual birthday is March 26th and on that day 700 theaters will play Diana Ross Live In Central Park, a film of her 1983 two-night concert in Central Park. 

 

H.E.R performed “Hard Place” and took home the award for best R&B Album and reminded everyone that she actually released an EP. 

Cardi B’s performance of “Money” and her acceptance speech was considered one of the most entertaining segments of the evening. 

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