Archive for December 10th, 2009
Ryan tells the story behind ‘Sunday Night’, talks about his sound, Transition and working with Mary J. Blige.
R. Kelly is ready to “tell it like it is” in a just signed memoir deal with SmileyBooks. In a statement issued Wednesday, Kelly and PBS and former BET personality Tavis Smiley shed light on the forthcoming book Kelly says stems from “being misunderstood”.
“I’m writing this book as Robert, not R. Kelly,” the singer says. “I’m tired of being misunderstood. I will show you the tears, fears, and sweat. I will open my heart and reveal the good in my life as well as all the drama. I want to tell it like it is.”
In the memoir, Kelly, writing with celebrity author David Ritz, will detail the agony of losing his mother, whom he adored. He will reveal how the same creative soul that came up with such inspiring ballads as the iconic “I Believe I Can Fly” and “You Are Not Alone,” which became a No. 1 hit for Michael Jackson, could also generate such sexy R & B mega-hits as “Bump N’ Grind,” “Ignition,” and “When a Woman’s Fed Up.” And he will discuss the six-year legal ordeal that nearly ruined his life, but finally ended in vindication when he was found innocent of child pornography charges in 2008.
“We are thrilled to be the conduit through which R. Kelly will tell his own story,” said Tavis Smiley, founder and publisher of SmileyBooks. “He has earned the right to tell his story his own way.”
“You have the creative passion of R. Kelly, revealed in his groundbreaking Trapped in the Closet series, coupled with writer David Ritz, who has collaborated with the musicians Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, B.B. King, and Aretha Franklin,” says SmileyBooks President Cheryl Woodruff. “It’s a great pairing.”
Kelly’s book joins a SmileyBooks roster that includes the latest offering from New York Times bestselling author Cornel West, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, A Memoir, as well as Jeff Johnson’s Everything I’m Not Made Me Everything I Am.
R. Kelly’s memoir, as yet untitled, is scheduled for release by SmileyBooks in early 2011.
Flex asks Chris to rate 10 celebrity women.
Ciara’s oft-delayed Fantasy Ride album finally saw the light of day earlier this year. “Love Sex Magic,” featuring Justin Timberlake, earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals, but after everything she went through while making it (a split with management, a spat with the editors of Vibe magazine) you’d think she’d want to take some time off before jumping right back into the recording process.
But Ciara is already hard at work on the Fantasy Ride follow-up, recording tracks with producer Tricky Stewart (two of which are reportedly called “Gifted” and “Speechless”) for what she promises will be a very hot album.
“Well, I have to tell you the new record is going to be pretty hot,” she laughed. “No, it’s gonna be fun. I’m going to have a good time. I don’t want to say too much about it, but I’m very proud of what’s happening right now. I’m working hard. I want to make sure I give my fans what they want, and I want to give them more. So I’m just taking my time and just trying to create something that just really feels good to the masses.”
While making Fantasy Ride was a struggle, Ciara said she grew during the process. And, emboldened by the album’s success, she’s ready to get back at it.
“The Fantasy Ride album, I’m very proud of that. And it was really a journey for me, behind the actual album, like, I made so many changes and so many things happened, so it really was a journey for me,” she said. “But I’m very proud of that, and I’m also very proud of one record in particular: ‘Love Sex Magic,’ was a very successful record for me off of that, so I’m proud of that. Grammy-nominated record. Who-hoo!”
Whoa. We recently posted a new record from Kevin Cossom. It turns out it was a demo for Mary J. Blige. Here is her version. It is titled, “Tonight, ” produced by The Runners & Konvict, written by Kevin Cossom. This is a big record, it is featured on Stronger With Each Tear, and it is actually the opening track. Enjoy!
Link: Mary J. Blige – Tonight
(Prod. by The Runners & Konvict)
Mary J. Blige – Stronger With Each Tear In Stores December 21st.