Posts Tagged ‘Brandy’

‘SOULQUARIUS’ Brings R&B Greats, Past & Present, to West Coast Fans!

When the flyer for the inaugural SOULQUARIUS Festival in Santa Ana, California dropped in late 2016, R&B lovers everywhere went crazy over the line-up of scheduled performers.  From throwback artists like Jon B. and DMX to current R&B tastemakers such as Ro James, Jhené Aiko, and BJ The Chicago Kid, there was no denying that this event was guaranteed to be a lituation.

Fear of getting rained out and continuous flooding from California’s big storm may have had most on edge but, that didn’t stop ticket holders from coming out in droves to get a taste of what their favorite performers have to offer. Of course, there were a few mishaps along the way (like any huge festival has during their opening year), but SOULQUARIUS — aside from its massive lineup — has plenty of reasons why it should be the R&B festival that you don’t want to miss from here on out.

Delivering a jammed packed mash-up of lovable R&B artists and a few of rap’s most influential, SOULQUARIUS made sure to leave festival enthusiasts with a need to get their coins up for next year.

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R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, Ashanti & Ja Rule, Jhené Aiko & Many More Join “Soulquarius” Lineup

SOULQUARIUS is bringing a dream team of R&B stars to one stage!

The star-studded festival is set to take place at The Observatory Grounds in Santa Ana, California on Feb. 18 with headliners R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, and a joint set from Ja Rule and Ashanti.

Jhené Aiko, Brandy, Monica, The-Dream, Kelis, Mya, The Internet, and Willow Smith are also on the bill. Other R&B stars on deck include Ameriie, Ro James, BJ the Chicago Kid, Lloyd, Eric Bellinger, Jon B, and a reunited Pretty Ricky.

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Watch The 2016 Soul Train Award Performances

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The 2016 Soul Train Awards are officially in the books, and what a night of celebrating Peace, Love, and Soul it was! Filmed Nov. 6 in Las Vegas at the Oracle Arena, and aired on BET and CENTRIC on Sunday night (Nov. 27), the annual event honoring the best in soul and R&B music featured moving performances by Brandy, Anderson .Paak, Bobby Brown, D.R.A.M., Dru Hill, Doug E Fresh, India.Arie, BJ The Chicago Kid, Guy, Carl Thomas, Eric Benét, Ro James, and more.

The godmother of soul, Erykah Badu, returned to the stage as host with her eccentric humor and legendary style. GRAMMY award-winning, multi-platinum singer Brandy was presented with the second annual Lady of Soul Award, while multi-platinum and three-time GRAMMY award-winning producer, singer and songwriter Teddy Riley was honored with the night’s highly coveted Legend Award. Beyoncé led the night’s award winners dominating in top categories including Video of the Year, Album/Mixtape of the Year, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and Song of the Year.

To kick off the show, Dru Hill got the party started with an amazing medley of 90s R&B jams including “Tell Me,” “In My Bed,” and “Beauty.” Dru Hill lead singer Sisqó then performed his mega-hit “Thong Song,” getting the entire crowd up out of their seats – including Teyana Taylor who knew every word!

Erykah Badu made her grand entrance during a glow-in-the-dark performance followed by her opening monologue where she touched on everything from Trump to alien life. The Queen of Soul revealed her recent time traveling adventures, saying “The future is black; forget the Jetsons, it’ll be more like the Jeffersons.” In addition to her hosting duties, Erykah also hit the stage to perform. First with singer/rapper D.R.A.M., performing their recently released duet, “WiFi” and later bringing out her “sister of soul”, India Arie, to sing the spirited, message-driven song “Breathe.”

Rising stars Anderson .Paak and BJ the Chicago Kid performed “Waters,” while Ro James debuted a stunning stage set for “Already Knew That” and his No. 1 hit “Permission.”

For the second year, the awards unveiled a powerful “Soul Cypher” featuring a mix of legendary and contemporary R&B and soul singers coming together. Badu DJed the cypher while Tyrese, Ne-Yo, Angie Stone and the Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight performed raw versions of their songs.

Brandy was presented with the Lady of Soul Award following a heartfelt speech from 2015 honoree Jill Scott and a special tribute video from industry’s top executives and artists such as Kenny “BabyFace” Edmonds, Jazmine Sullivan, Jhene Aiko and more, who spoke to Brandy’s dedication, creativity and vocal prowess. Brandy then blew the crowd away with a full dance and stunning vocal performance of her most beloved hits including “Almost Doesn’t Count,” “What About Us,” “Full Moon,” “I Wanna Be Down,” “The Boy Is Mine,” “Baby,” “Talk About Our Love,” “Have You Ever,” and “Sitting On Top Of The World,” joined by MA$E.

Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ presented Teddy Riley with the night’s highly regarded Legend Award honoring the prolific singer-songwriter and producer for his tremendous influence in soul culture and music. Teddy Riley was welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation and roaring round of applause. He celebrated with R&B and soul superstars Bobby Brown, Doug E. Fresh, Guy, Wreckx-N-Effect, V. Bozeman and Tito Jackson.

Check out the performances below.

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Brandy, Bobby Brown, Teddy Riley, Dru Hill, Anderson .Paak, BJ The Chicago Kid, Ro James & More Bring Soulful Performances to 2016 Soul Train Awards

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The 2016 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS took place on Sunday night (Nov. 6) at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The godmother of soul, Erykah Badu, returned to the stage as host with her eccentric humor and legendary style. The annual event honoring the best in soul and R&B music featured moving performances by Brandy, Anderson .Paak, Bobby Brown, D.R.A.M. MA$E, DRU HILL, Doug E Fresh, India Arie, BJ The Chicago Kid, Guy, Candice Boyd, Carl Thomas, Eric Benét, MAJOR., Ro James, Tito Jackson, V. Bozeman, Wreckx-n-Effect, and Yuna.

GRAMMY award-winning, multi-platinum singer Brandy was presented with the second annual Lady of Soul Award, while multi-platinum and three-time GRAMMY award-winning producer, singer and songwriter Teddy Riley was honored with the night’s highly coveted Legend Award.

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Monica Talks ‘So Gone Challenge,’ Relationship with Brandy

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They stay bringing up this so called beef.

On Monday (Sept. 12), Monica will appear on the Season 3 premiere episode of “The Real,” and one of the topics they discuss is if she is still cool with Brandy.

Apparently a fan recently asked Brandy if she would participate in the #SoGoneChallenge, and her response was, “Chile bye.”

“I’m not bothered at all,” Monica said. “This is what I always say, honestly. The old me and the new me are two different things. This journey of self-progression and self-love and empowerment that I’m on, I can’t go backwards. I think that was just a test from God for me. I’ve always thought that she was one of the most legendary people and has one of the most amazing voices, and her runs and riffs. I think that some of it’s been blown out of proportion to a degree, but I can’t tell my kids to do something that I can’t do,” she added. “It was just a test for me to always take the high road and know that in anything that happens in this life, if it’s meant for you, it’s yours. Nobody can stop it or stand in the way of it. So, I wasn’t bothered at all.”

In fact, Monica said she hasn’t ruled out a reunion with Brandy.

“I would work with her again,” she explained. “It’s never been an easy situation, but the reason I would do it is because we are from a special elite group. It was her, Aaliyah, and myself and it was a very special time where each of us were individuals, we did our own thing, and we all made our own mark. And the truth and reality of it is that the only Grammy either of us has is together. So, that to me says something special. So yeah, I absolutely would.”

Check out the interview clip below, and look for the show to air on Monday (Sept. 12) on FOX at 11 AM.

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Watch: Brandy Performs “The Boy is Mine” with a Fan in Sydney, Australia

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Brandy is taking the world by storm on her international “Slayana: In These Streets Tour.”

On her Sydney, Australia stop at the Enmore Theatre, one lucky fan, Tammy (aka His Baby Mama), was invited on stage and surprised the audience when she joined Brandy for an impressive duet performance of “The Boy is Mine.”

Brandy was so shocked by her vocals, that she let the woman take over, and even sing her lines.

Check out the footage below.

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Listen: Mike City Shares Previously Unreleased Brandy Song “The Joneses”

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With a bit of controversy surrounding Brandy at the moment, in regards to what her label situation really is, it would be great if we could just concern ourselves with the music.

Last month, It was announced that the singer filed a lawsuit against her production label Chameleon Ent., claiming that they restricted her from recording any music since her last album, Two Eleven. Fans set up a petition asking for her release, and her label boss Breyon Prescott released a statement, dismissing all her claims.

Whatever happens next is probably up to Brandy, but with “Beggin’ & Pleadin'” doing well, and seeing it’s video release on Friday, all seems to be moving forward.

So, in the meantime, producer Mike City continues to liberate previously released tracks from his vault, and the latest is by Brandy. The song, titled “The Joneses” was previously leaked, and has still been floating around the internets, so some fans will know it. However, this does appear to be a better quality version.

Speaking about the track Mike says: “Me and Bran Circa 05-06….A lot of her hardcore fans already know about this unreleased joint but may not have known that i was behind the board…Always fun working with THE BEAST because i never know what she’s gonna do in the booth but it’s always FIRE.”

Take a listen below.

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Video: Brandy – Beggin’ & Pleadin’

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Come on in Brandy! After surprising fans at the top of the year with the commanding, soul stirring song “Beggin & Pleadin” the R&B diva finally premieres the official music video.

Taking over the new ‘BET Soul’ channel today (April 15), Brandy serves up the 1920s inspired visuals–directed by Mike Ho–which feature the songstress belting out the song in a speakeasy style setting.

Earlier in the month, Brandy performed the song for the first time live on “Black Girls Rock!,” offering a similar theme, she sang with outstanding conviction at a vintage mic, while holding a flask.

Check out the video below.

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