Wednesday night, rising UK soul singer Michael Kiwanuka made his US late night debut on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman.’ The BBC Sound of 2012 winner gave a stirring performance of “I’m Getting Ready,” the second single lifted off his debut album Home Again. Check it out!
Archive for June 21st, 2012
For Black Music Month, this past weekend Centric TV honored R&B legend R. Kelly with a channel takeover, which included showing his catalog of music videos, full concerts, and this special piece “BEING: R. Kelly.” It is an older piece, which was done more around his last album, but if you never caught it … check it out below…
Kellz will release his 11th studio album Write Me Back on June 26.
In the next part of Chris Brown’s exclusive interview with FUSE, the R&B superstar talks about his recent foray into video and film directing. “I really want to take the proper steps and study,” he explained. “I just want to do it right, so if somebody brings me a script, I’m gonna bring some assistance in … I’ma be there, but I’ma make sure everything is right, and stepping stones … And then when 30, 35 and these legs ain’t workin like they should, I’ma be like ‘Ok, I’ma be behind the camera.’”
Brown continued to talk about his burgeoning production company Chris Brown Entertainment (CBE) and the roster, which includes Kevin McCall, rock diva Sabrina Antoinette, former RichGirl member Sevyn, rock group UgLy, and singer Joelle James, who he signed to Interscope after hearing her on YouTube.
“It’s fun, it’s like creating with their culture,” he said. “Whatever they want to bring to it, whether it’s rock or hip-hop, you get a chance to see somebody else’s dream come to life, and see … almost like a flower, you get to see it grow.”
Marcus “Pleasure P” Cooper and his company Swagga Entertainment have announced a new record deal with eOne Music. The Grammy nominated R&B hitmaker is expected to release his sophomore solo album later this year, which is lead by the brand new single “I Love Girls” featuring Tyga.
Cooper joins other R&B/Soul singers on the eOne roster such as Dwele, Vivian Green, SWV, Ashanti, Anthony David, Bilal, Keith Sweat, Eric Roberson, Bobby V and more.
“I am excited to show my artistic growth with this new project,” explains Pleasure P. “I’m ready to bring back an element of romance that I feel people still want to hear; music that we can slow dance to and enjoy by candlelight. I’m having fun and blazing new trails with classic style, and I look forward to taking music lovers on this journey with me.”
Take a listen to Marcus’ new single below… What do you think?
Wynter Gordon is prepping a self-released collection of four free EPs called “The Human Condition,” the first of which, “Doleo” (Latin for “pain”) is out July 9.
According to the singer-songwriter each EP will explore a different emotion, and sees Gordon exploring all sorts of genres that go beyond her dance-pop niche. “Doleo”‘s lead single “Stimela,” for example, was inspired by Hugh Masekala’s anti-apartheid song of the same name and features a chorus sung in Zulu and African-pop production reminiscent of early-80s Genesis and solo Phil Collins. Elsewhere, Gordon explores rock, trip-hop and what she calls “down-south hip hop and Celtic, classical music” that delves into deeper thematic material than the bubbly dance cuts for which she’s best known.
The music I’m making now is music I’ve always made, I’ve just never been able to release it on a label,” Gordon tells Billboard. “I was growing into this person I am now, and I had to make the music that felt right and was passionate about. I didn’t feel like I was singing everything I wanted to sing, doing dance music and pop music. I wanted to make something that felt real to me. These EPs include every genre of music I like. I really just felt like I had to by myself.”
Take a listen to Wynter’s brand new sound below… What do you think?