Keke Palmer teamed up with TBS to spread some holiday cheer this year for their Surprise! Instant Xmas Carol! special.
The singer/actress hit up Los Angeles’ Union Station with a crew of dancers, and gifts, to deliver a Christmas surprise. While unsuspecting travelers waited for their trains to arrive, Keke walked into the waiting area with a golden boombox and began performing solo, her dancers quickly joined in, in flash mob style, followed by a group of young children.
All the travelers were in awe and shocked to see the impromptu holiday moment. After dancing and performing “Joy To The World,” the kids were presented with a big bag of Christmas gifts.
Check out Keke’s cheerful surprise below.
Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande join forces to spread some “Faith” in the music video for their Golden Globe-nominated collaboration from the Sing soundtrack.
Channeling ’70s style, a blonde Ari struts her stuff down a city block wearing bellbottom overalls, mirrored shades, and colorful bracelets. The incomparable Mr. Wonder stays seated at a piano in a dimly lit theater delivering a rousing performance, as he does best, before Ariana joins him for a finale that includes Sing’s animated characters.
Gail Harrison, Illumination’s President of Marketing and Branding, said the video is meant to showcase both artists in the spirit of Sing, which is in theaters now.
“With this video for ‘Faith,’ the legendary Stevie Wonder’s incomparable music and timeless lyrics celebrate Sing‘s message of spreading joy and inspiring transformation,” said Harrison. “There are few performers who embody inspiration the way Stevie does, and he and Ariana join Sing‘s characters in a collective celebration of the power of song.”
Collaborating with the legendary Wonder was a career highlight for Ariana, who gushed over the collaboration. “I’m done now,” she said in September. “I’m good now…That’s it for me. Not only did I get to sing with him, but we were in the same booth…me and Stevie Wonder arm-in-arm, holding hands in the booth, singing together, laughing, having a good time.”
“Faith” is up for a Golden Globe in the Best Original Song – Motion Picture category. Watch the video below.
ThisisRnB Sessions has returned with an intimate performance from the very talented Timothy Bloom! If you missed the first video from his session, performing an exceptional acoustic version of his new song “Me & Myself,” you can watch it here.
Continuing with more footage from his performance, we bring you the singer/songwriter’s must-see acoustic cover of Bob Marley’s classic “Turn Your Lights Down Low.” Seated alone with just his guitar in The Bunker Studios in Brooklyn, NY, Bloom’s rendition is outstanding, highlighted by his incredible vocals.
In addition, for a special holiday treat, Tim sang a short rendition of the Christmas classic “Silent Night,” also with just a single acoustic guitar, for a subtle and aurally pleasing experience.
First captivating our ears in 2011 with his soulful duet single “Til the End of Time” with V. Bozeman, the gifted singer/songwriter/musician has seen the best and worst sides of the music business, but has continued to deliver great material.
Currently taking the independent route, Bloom returned this past October with a new EP titled, The Beginning, which is the first piece of his Life Trilogy project that will continue through 2017. Steeped in classic soul and blues, the EP has continued to excel his trajectory into the ears of R&B and Soul music fans, while assuring previous listeners that Timothy Bloom can not be placed into a box.
Check out his covers of “Turn Your Lights Down Low” and “Silent Night” below.
Bryson Tiller is taking his career to new heights by teaming up with Nike.
As part of a multifaceted campaign, the TRAPSOUL singer has partnered with Nike Sportswear on a special edition of the Air Force 1 Bespoke iDs, inspired by his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
Tiller, who was raised by his grandmother, became interested in sneakers in high school, where he fell in love with the Air Force 1.
“I wore a uniform to school, so the white-on-white or black-on-black Air Force 1 Low was the simple sneaker to wear, but it was the standard. You were cool if you had on a pair of Air Force 1s,” says Tiller. “It’s still a staple for me while on tour.”
Pen Griffey paid a visit to Nike’s Bespoke iD Studio at NikeLab 21 Mercer to design his shoe. “I didn’t expect there to be all of these different textures and options,” he reveals. “It’s inspiring to see what’s possible, and I designed a pair based on my hometown and boxing’s tie to the city.”
His Louisville-inspired Air Force 1 Bespoke iD features a red leather upper and tour yellow eyestay, which is intended to mimic boxing gloves. He also added metallic gold dubraes, an off-white midsole, and a gum to complete the homage to his city.
The Weeknd capped off a tremendous 2016 with a special show for VEVO.
On Saturday, the Grammy-winning crooner headlined the “Vevo Presents” concert at LA Hangar Studios in Los Angeles. Over 1,000 of his biggest fans gathered to watch him perform an electrifying 30-minute set, including new songs off his chart-topping album Starboy, starting with the title track.
Performing in front of 1,200 stealth screen tiles, he lit up the stage with “Party Monster,” “Reminder,” and a seven-minute mash-up of “Secrets” and “Can’t Feel My Face.” But the biggest surprise of the evening was when Kendrick Lamar joined him for the first live performance of “Sidewalks.”
The Weeknd will take his show on the road next year with his “Starboy: Legend of the Fall” tour. Beginning Feb. 17 in Stockholm, the 46-date trek will travel through Europe and South America before hitting the U.S. in April.
Watch The Weeknd’s full VEVO set below.
On Monday night (Dec. 19), the Empire State Building in New York City was literally lit with holiday cheer.
Pop music icon Mariah Carey teamed up with the Empire State Realty Trust, and renowned lighting designer Marc Brickman, to create a dancing light show to her classic holiday song, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” The tower lights illuminated with color while the song was simulcast on iHeartRadio stations such as New York’s Z100, 103.5 KTU and 106.7 Lite FM.
Earlier in the month, Mariah helped kick off the holiday season by “flipping the switch” at a lighting ceremony in ESB’s famed Fifth Avenue lobby.
“I can see the Empire State Building from my apartment, and it is one of my favorite buildings in the world,” said Carey. “To have its iconic lights synched to my song is the perfect gift this holiday season.”
New Yorkers will be able to watch the show each night at 7 p.m. through December 25. Check out the official video of Monday night’s show below.
To say the least, 2016 has been an interesting year for R&B. When you cover the music all day long, 7 days a week, it’s often hard to step outside of the circle and see how today’s R&B is impacting the world of music as a whole, but from our perspective–over the past couple of years–there appears to be a stronger push to return certain elements of traditional R&B to the mainstream public, and younger generations. However, the genre is still evolving, continuing to grow and change, and progression is good creatively.
So, what we’ve found, and heard, is a vast variety of R&B sounds, styles, and inspirations across many releases this year, from new breakout voices to mainstream megastars to long overdue comebacks from some of our most beloved singers. 2016 was the year for it all, whether you love buttery smooth soul, gritty blues, sinfully dark seduction, dance and sing-along anthems, retro funk and anything in-between, there was something for every taste in many of the albums that were released this year.
In the past we’ve given you our critical picks and choices for the best R&B albums of the year, and that may still be coming, but for now we want to hear from you, the real listeners! This is our first-ever readers’ poll for the Best R&B Albums of the Year, and we are excited to see your picks. Below you will find a poll that includes all of the mainstream (and some indie) R&B albums (full LPs only no EPs included) of 2016, you can pick as many as you would like and vote for your top favorites more than once. The final results will be released next week.
Share your vote with the poll below, and continue the conversation in the comments section!
Need the perfect gift for the ultimate Rihanna fan? With Christmas just around the corner, here ya go!
After a huge 2016, Rihanna has officially released a massive limited edition vinyl box set just in time for the holidays. The collection serves as a career retrospective of the Bajan pop icon with 15 LPs (all 8 of her studio albums) in a high-gloss slip case, a 186-page hard back photo book comprised of every image from every studio album and reproductions of all the original CD booklets (making for the perfect coffee table addition), plus a turntable slip-mat with Rihanna’s signature on it.
For the first time ever, Rihanna’s albums Rated R (2009), Loud (2010), Talk That Talk (2011), and Unapologetic (2012) will be available on vinyl. The set also has the previously available on vinyl albums Music of the Sun (2005), A Girl Like Me (2006), Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), and Anti (2016) to complete Rihanna’s full-album discography. You’ll be able to span all of Rihanna’s hits from “Pon De Replay” to “Needed Me” in the crisp high quality vinyl format.
Watch the sleek unboxing video below for a full taste of what you can expect in this limited set.