Said to be one of Michael Jackson’s favorite songs, and sung lovingly at his memorial a year ago almost exactly by his brother Jermaine, this week’s Mashup Monday goes all the way back to 1936 to famed silent film comedian Charlie Chaplin’s bittersweet “Smile” as sung sweetly with a jazzy twist by hip-hop/R&B/pop mashup-unto-herself Janelle Monae.
Archive for June 21st, 2010
Raphael Saadiq records a cover of The Spinners “It’s A Shame,” for Levi’s Pioneer Sessions.
Saadiq grew up during an amazing time for R&B. It seems likely that the Spinners’ “It’s a Shame” was heard often when he was a kid. Hailing from Detroit the ensemble perfected a smooth, fluid vocal approach and released complex songs that would help define R&B into the ’70s. Saadiq chose to re-craft the band’s pop hit “It’s a Shame,” a precise and concise plea to a wrong-doing woman co-authored by the great Stevie Wonder. Saadiq runs his velvety voice through the song, updating the iconic jingling guitar and bubbling bassline of the original.
After much waiting, here is the official, final video for Kelly Rowland’s international & dance single “Commander”.
Jive Records singer/songwriter K. Michelle is back off the tails of her successful mixtape “What’s The 901?” with a brand new single and announcement. The record is titled, “Can’t Do This,” it is produced by R. Kelly, who is now the official Executive Producer of her debut album Pain Medicine. The record finds K continuing with a sound familiar to Keyshia Cole, and definitely for the ladies. Here is what K had to say regarding the new single, and album news.
“I am happy to announce the new executive producer of my album “Pain Medicine” is my mentor R.Kelly,and here is the first record from me and him my new single,”Can’t Do This”. I finally get to put out a record that I fully love and believe in.”
God Bless You – K. Michelle
The-Dream’s Love King will hit stores June 29th. Here is the full Deluxe Edition track list with credits. Below is a stream of “Florida University,” which is one of the hottest and standout records off the set. Check it out!
01. Love King (Produced by Los Da Mystro & The-Dream)
02. Make Up Bag featuring T.I. (Produced by The-Dream)
03. F.I.L.A (Produced by The-Dream)
04. Sex Intelligent (Produced by The-Dream)
05. Sex Intelligent (Remix) (Produced by The-Dream)
06. Yamaha (Produced by Los Da Mystro & The-Dream)
07. Nikki Part 2 (Produced by Los Da Mystro & The-Dream)
08. Abyss (Produced by Los Da Mystro & The-Dream)
09. Panties to the Side (Produced by Tricky Stewart & The-Dream)
10. Turnt Out (Produced by Los Da Mystro & The-Dream)
11. February Love (Produced by The-Dream)
12. Florida University (Produced by The-Dream)
13. Veteran (Produced by Los Da Mystro & The-Dream)
14. Priceless (Produced by Los Da Mystro & The-Dream)
15. Take Care of Me (Produced by The-Dream)
16. All Black Everything (Produced by The-Dream)
17. Sorry (Produced by The-Dream)
The-Dream – Florida University
The-Dream – Love King In Stores June 29th.