Posts Tagged ‘Fantasia’

Usher, Ne-Yo, Fantasia & More Perform at ‘Taking The Stage’ Special

On Thursday night, ABC finally aired the “Taking The Stage: African American Music And Stories That Changed America” special, which was originally tapped in the fall of 2016, surrounding the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC.

The audience was filled with stars of music, film, entertainment, industry and politics, including President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Many of R&B’s elite hit the stage to pay tribute to the groundbreaking singers and entertainers that came before them. Suited up to put on a show, Usher performed a commendable James Brown tribute, which included “Papa’s Gotta Brand New Bag,” “I Feel Good,” “Say It Loud I’m Black And I’m Proud,” and “Get On Up.”

Ne-Yo was appointed the very difficult task of paying tribute to Michael Jackson, which he’s done before, however this performance fell short in many people’s opinions on social media. His set included “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Something,” and “Earth Song.”

On a higher note (literally), Fantasia floored the audience in the Kennedy Center with her dedication performance to Aretha Franklin, singing “Dr. Feel Good.” As always she stunned vocally, receiving a standing ovation from the packed house.

Chloe & Halle opened the gospel tribute, and made Beyoncé proud with their angelic voices. The young sisters were followed by gospel headliners Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, and Shirley Caesar.

Check out the performances below.

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ThisisRnB Presents: The 20 Best R&B Albums of 2016

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Across the board it’s been a very interesting year for music, and R&B played a major role in adding unique projects to 2016. 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, even coming from the new generations. However, the genre is still evolving, continuing to grow and change, and creative progression is what we want to see.

What we heard this year, is a vast variety of R&B sounds, styles, and inspirations across many releases; 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 the many albums that were released this year.

Now, instead of offering our critical album rankings this year, we’ve taken a different approach to the list, and not placed the albums in number order, but just alphabetical. So click below to check out our list of The 20 Best R&B Albums of 2016, and also check out the results of our Readers’ Choice Poll on the last page as well!

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Charlie Wilson Announces New Album & National Tour “In It To Win It” with Fantasia & Johnny Gill

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R&B icon and 11x Grammy Award nominee, Charlie Wilson, has announced his star-studded new album In It To Win It, and accompanying national arena tour!

The North American trek is set to kick off on Feb. 8, 2017 in Norfolk, VA, while the album is due out Feb. 27.  In It To Win It features musical guests Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, Robin Thicke, Wiz Khalifa, and TI. The first single, “Chills,” is coming soon.

Uncle Charlie will be joined by Fantasia, Johnny Gill, and rising group Solero on the “In It To Win It Tour.”

Every ticket purchased online for the tour comes with one physical copy of the In It To Win It album. Any album redemption submitted before the album release date will be received by the customer on the official album release date.

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Fantasia, Joe, BJ The Chicago Kid & More Perform at Triumph Awards

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On Sunday night (Sept. 18), Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network along with TV One presented the 2016 Triumph Awards at the Tabernacle Concert Hall in Atlanta. Hosted by actress and philanthropist Tichina Arnold, the Triumph Awards recognizes distinguished individuals and corporations in civil rights, the arts, entertainment, education, business and sports. The show was taped in front of a live audience and will air Sunday, October 2 at 7PM and 9PM ET on TV One.

Performers included Fantasia, Joe, BJ The Chicago Kid, Eric Benét, V. Bozeman, gospel artist Jekalyn Carr, Nick Cannon, the James Brown Academy of Music Pupils, Juan and Deborah Joy Winans, and more.

Larenz Tate presented the “Triumphant Man of the Year” award to Jermaine Dupri; The “Triumphant Woman of the Year” went to FedEx executive Gina F. Adams, who was introduced by legendary singer Dionne Warwick; actor and recording artist Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins was on hand to present the “President’s Award for Service and Humanitarian Efforts” to Sean “Diddy” Combs (who was not in attendance); Tim Murphy of Mastercard accepted the honor of “Corporate Partner of the Year Award;” and the final award of the evening was the “Activism in the Arts Award” presented to Spike Lee by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Vietta Johnson, President of Spelman College Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell and actress Teyonah Parris.

Check out the photos below.

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Review: Fantasia Releases New Album ‘The Definition Of…’

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Soul maven, Fantasia‘s transformation from her early days as a promising starlet is nothing less than extraordinary. Her evolution is akin to a caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a butterfly. On her fifth studio album, The Definition Of…, Fanny still rocks our souls with candid lyrics and transcendent soundscapes. But, this time around, she’s elevated to another level.  This is her grand opus.

“I hope to just bless somebody through music,” she says, and indeed, Fantasia is blessing us by showing that triumph trumps drama. She is raw and transparent, unafraid to reveal her reality. The Definition Of…  is a complementary fusion of R&B, pop, jazz, rock and country. It features production by industry greats such as  Ron Fair, R. Kelly, Brian Kennedy, Neff-U and Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon.

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Watch: Fantasia Debuts “I Made It” on ‘GMA’

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This Friday (July 29), Fantasia will release her fifth studio album, The Definition Of…, and she kicked off her release week by visiting “Good Morning America” on Monday.

The soulful songstress took the stage to debut her Tye Tribbett collaboration, “I Made It,” backed by her full band.

“I remember all those days I walked insane / Only recognized for all of my mistakes / Sometimes I thought they would but they walked out the door,” she sings.

The Definition Of… features appearances from Aloe Blacc and Stacy Barthe, plus production from R. Kelly, Brian Kennedy, and Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon.

Prior to “I Made It,” the powerhouse vocalist also released “Sleeping with the One I Love,” “Ugly,” and “No Time for It.”

Watch Tasia’s powerful performance below.

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Fantasia, Monica, & Tweet Perform Tribute to Missy Elliot at VH1’s “Hip Hop Honors”

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After a six-year hiatus, VH1’s “HIP HOP HONORS” returned to celebrate the best and brightest in hip hop with a twist.

Originating live for the first time in its history, Monday night’s (July 11) event in New York City paid homage to the female pioneers, trailblazers and trend-setters who led a movement and infiltrated the ranks of the male-dominated genre to make their voices heard and still do today.

The evening began with an inspiring statement from ‘Black Lives Matter’ founders Darnell Moore and Alicia Garza, and also included a special taped appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama honoring the women of hip hop.

The first tribute of the evening was to honoree Missy Elliott, which included an army of dancers and performances by Remy Ma (“Work It”), Nelly Furtado (“Get UR Freak On”), Eve (“Hot Boyz”) and Trina (“One Minute Man”). Elliott’s tribute also included presenters Pharrell, Timbaland, Busta Rhymes, Angie Martinez, Jazmine Sullivan and Keyshia Cole, plus a tribute to Missy’s work as a producer that featured performances from Fantasia (“Free Yourself”), Monica (“So Gone”), and Tweet (“Oops (Oh My)”).

Check out the performance tribute below!

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Video: Fantasia – Sleeping With The One I Love

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Fantasia brings her acting skills to the screen in the mini-movie style music video for her latest single “Sleeping With The One I Love,” which she premiered during the BET Awards Red Carpet telecast.

The Derek Blanks-directed visual finds Tasia playing roles of different women locked up in prison: Rox, Brenda, Pauletta, and, coincidentally enough, an inmate named Fantasia.

Each of the women is fooled by the one they love. In this case, the man is a crooked guard who’s been praised because he “stops crime from within.” In the end, however, the tables turn.

Written and produced by R. Kelly, the bluesy, vintage-soul infused “Sleeping With The One I Love,” is featured on Fantasia’s forthcoming fifth studio album, The Definition Of…, set for release on July 29 via 19 Entertainment/RCA Records.

The album is currently available for pre-order at all digital music providers. Fans who pre-purchase the album will receive instant downloads “No Time For It,” “Sleeping With The One I Love,” “So Blue,” and “Ugly.”

Check out Fannie’s epic new video below.

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