R. Kelly made his first return to the stage, after recovering from throat surgery, for a special guest performance on Wednesday night’s episode of The X Factor US. The R&B legend delivered his first ever duet rendition of “I Believe I Can Fly” with top 3 finalist Melanie Amaro. Kellz vocals sound just as incredible as normal. Check it out!
Archive for December 21st, 2011
The uber talented Marques Toliver has released an official mixtape for his worldwide growing fan base. If you are unfamiliar, Marques is a Brooklyn bred, London based singer/violinist (See this Visual). Such a talent can surely not follow the commercial mixtape norms. In fact, Marques delivers quite the abstract piece with “Studying For My Ph.D.” See what The Guardian UK had to say as they premiered the project…
Over 14 tracks Toliver weaves delicate harmonies and softly plucked violin around interview snippets, including a defiant Eartha Kitt and an impassioned Darcus Howe. In fact, there are references to his current British home, with Travelers featuring a news report on the Dale Farm eviction. There’s an underlying sense of confusion throughout and this is most apparent in the aptly titled Chaos, which layers Roberta Flack’s I Am the Girl over samples of Beyoncé’s Baby Boy and a choir. For his mixtape, Marques Toliver has decided to reveal his inspirations rather than offer too much of himself via new songs, using the format to create something abstract yet compelling.
Follow the jump to stream and download Marques’ new mixtape.
ThatGrapeJuice TV returns with another great episode of their live performance series ‘The Splash’. This time burgeoning singer/songwriter Luke James showcases his talent with acoustic renditions of his debut single “I Want You,” “Hurt Me” and a cover of Kelly Rowland’s “All Of The Night.” Incredible!
Read what TGJ had to say…
Beyonce‘s a fan. Kelly Rowland‘s a fan. And, after watching The Splash with Luke James, you will be too.The newest edition to Def Jam‘s roster, James has been drumming up an ever-growing buzz. Unsurprising, in that his combination of dashing looks and undeniable talent present quite the compelling package.Indeed, in an age where the importance of ‘talent’ is undervalued, James brings it back to the forefront – with pin-up appeal.In this exclusive session, the New Orleans native showcases material from his forthcoming debut ‘Made To Love’ (due 2012), as well as a Kelly Rowland favorite.
Watch Luke’s impressive performance and interview below.
Lloyd releases an official video for “She’s All I Want for Christmas,” one of his two new Holiday records. This video is clever and entertaining. Fun Holiday Fun.
According to TMZ…
R. Kelly needs funding — AND QUICK — because the singer tells TMZ he’s ready to film THIRTY TWO new chapters of his legendary hip-hopera “Trapped in the Closet” … but he needs financial backing first.
When we last saw “Trapped” … the year was 2007 and Kelly had released 22 chapters, involving a little person who crapped his pants … a neighbor with the spatula … and a pimp with the stuttering problem.
Now, Kelly — who was leaving an L.A. gym yesterday — tells us he wants to continue the saga — “but it costs a lot of money to do … so we’re actually looking for investors.”
Wooord? Crazy! “Trapped..” was some of the most inventive writing in modern R&B. The anticipation begins… In the mean-time revisit the series with “Chapter 1″ below.
“I’m not covering up sh*t. The truth shall set me free,” said Timbaland, who bared all during his E! “True Hollywood Story.”
Timbaland has to be one of my favorite all-time super-producers. Watch as he took viewers on his path to becoming one of music’s most influential figures and revealed some secrets including the time he contemplated suicide after his drastic weight gain and his love for Aaliyah. It’s a bit long, so don’t put this on unless you’re at lunch. It includes cameos from Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott, Pharrell, Keri Hilson, and his wife and parents.
Here’s a never before seen TV ad featuring @JanetJackson (Miss Jackson if ya nasty) who talks about her secret to losing weight and getting healthy on the Nutrisystem. Man, This has nothing to do with music; I just wanted to look at Janet.