Category Archives: R&B

The Prince Estate Reveals Original Version Of Nothing Compares 2 U

 Sinead O’ Connor popularized Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” when she made it a hit song in 1990. But hardcore Prince fans were already familiar with the song because of its first appearance on The Family’s 1985 debut album. The Family was another band Prince wrote the music and created the image for in the ’80s. In this video,  Prince and The Revolution rehearse at a warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minnesota for the Purple Rain tour in 1984 as the original version of  “Nothing Compares 2 U” plays in the background. The rehearsal shows Prince in his prime dancing and playing and making it all seem so easy while wearing high heels. 


Prince Memoir Coming Out This Year

Prince’s memoir tentatively titled The Beautiful Ones will be in stores by the end of this year. Prince met with editors weeks before he died in 2016 and they made a deal. The late superstar worked with author Dan Piepenbring on the project and wrote 50 pages of the manuscript. 

Saturday, April 21st, is the 2nd anniversary of his passing and his estate is not settled. Prince’s siblings have complained to a judge that administrators have made significant money from their brother’s estate but they have not been paid. The Minnesota prosecutor will announce on Thursday if anyone will be charged in Prince’s death from an opioid overdose. 


Moses Sumney Makes Directorial Debut With Video For Quarrel

Moses Sumney made his Coachella debut this past weekend and today he shares another first as a director with the video for “Quarrel.” Allie Avital co-directed the clip featuring Sumney as an exploiter of horses who puts himself into a noose to show the animals empathy and an apology. The singer will continue to tour his Aromanticism debut through the fall. 


                                             Moses Sumney Tour Dates 

4/20 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/29 – Cincinnati, OH @ Homecoming
6/1 – London, UK @ Field Day
6/2 – New York, NY @ Governor’s Ball
6/9 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
6/29 – Montreux, CH @ Montreux Jazz Festival
6/30 – Paris, FR @ Days Off
7/1 – Ewijk, NL @ Down the Rabbit Hole
7/14 – Grafenhainchen, DE @ Melt! Festival
7/15 – Rotterdam, NL @ North Sea Jazz Festival
7/21 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
7/26 – Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem
7/27 – Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
8/3 – Locorotondo, IT @ Locus Festival
8/4 – Katowice, PL @ Off Festival
8/7 – Vilnius, LT @ Church of St. Catherine
8/9 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
8/11 – Copenhagen, DE @ HAVEN
8/12 – Helsinki, FL @ Flow Festival
9/19 – Manchester, UK @ The Dancehouse Theatre
9/20 – Leeds, UK @ Howard Assembly Room
9/21 – London, UK @ Royal Festival Hall
9/23 – Berlin, Germany @ Funkhaus
9/25 – Goningen, Netherlands @ Nieuwe Kerk
9/26 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
9/28 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique Orangerie

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.


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.