On this episode of ‘The Round Up,’ on Jay-Z’s ‘Life + Times,’ The-Dream sits down with Shaheem Reid at the 40/40 Club in NYC to discuss his comments of retirement, growing up in Atlanta, being in school with T.I., his first record deal, new album IV Play, and writing songs with some of music’s biggest names: Rihanna, Beyonce, and Kanye West.
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The-Dream brought his incredibly soulful and musical song “Too Early” to ‘Light Night with Jimmy Fallon’ on Friday. The record is easily the best song off his new album IV Play, and is highlighted by blues musician Gary Clark Jr. on electric guitar.
Backed by The Roots, the platinum hitmaker and bluesman performed the collaboration for the in-studio audience.
Dream’s album IV Play debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 this week, selling 22,000 copies in its first week.
Watch the performance below:
The-Dream paid a visit to Hot 97 for an early morning interview with the ‘Juan Epstein’ crew, Cipha Sounds, Peter Rosenberg & Ebro. In the lengthy chat, the platinum hitmaker opened up speaking about learning about his family history as a young boy from his grandfather, and tracing his ancestors back to Africa. The talk got in depth about his music and records he’s written, including the story of creating “Single Ladies” for Beyoncé.
He explained how he transitioned from a songwriter to a full on producer, learning while in the studio with others and picking it up, so he would never have to rely on others when he was inspired to write something. He answered a question from Rosenberg’s brother about why he thinks he gets love from the ‘hipster’ crowd, which most often don’t gravitate toward R&B stars. In addition they discuss Dream’s connection to the current trend of Alt-R&B.
If you have time, peep the full interview below:
During his promo run for new album IV Play, The-Dream swung by the Fuse studios for a quick interview. Speaking about the project he explained why he’s labeled it the ‘Most Intelligent, Ratchetest R&B Album Ever,’ why he wanted to take it in that direction, and the sexy video for the albums title track.
The platinum hitmaker also revealed which song is Rihanna’s favorite, and spoke about working with Kylie Minogue. Peep the interview below:
The-Dream recently revealed that certain independent music shops across the world got the ‘Super Deluxe’ version of his new album IV PLAY. It features two new songs & previous singles, “ROC” & “Dope Bitch” with Pusha T.
The EP is aptly entitled ‘Climax,’ and it’s artsy cover is also the center piece of the special plaque Kelly Rowland presented to Dream while on ’106 & Park,’ to commemorate sales of 50 million singles sold, for records he’s written.
Grab the EP below, and also watch the hilarious interview he did with Fat Jew of TheCrosbyPress:
Kelly Rowland and The-Dream had NYC turned on Thursday night for the latest stop on their co-headlining “Lights Out” Tour. The two R&B stars have come together in promotion of their recent collaborations and new albums. The U.S. trek had to be cut short due to Kelly’s new duties as a judge on the upcoming season of ‘The X Factor’, but last nights show went off without a hitch.
Fans swarmed into the Best Buy Theater in Times Square for the sold-out concert. The sexy evening was kicked off by Def Jam newcomer August Alsina, who took the stage performing some of his fan favorite covers and buzzing debut single, “I Luv This Ish.”
Shortly after, The-Dream erupted the building as he made his entrance to new song “Holy Love,” off his brand new album IV Play (in stores now). The platinum hitmaker kicked up the pace segueing into the bouncy “Dope Bitch” and treated the audience to hit after hit, including “I Love Your Girl,” “Fast Car,” “Nikki,” “Falsetto” and more. A highlight was his performance of new song “Too Early,” which is a different sound for the platinum hitmaker and features Gary Clark Jr. on the recorded version. Dream closed his set with a crowd rockin rendition of “Rockin That Thang.”
Following a brief intermission the lights dimmed once again and the crowd erupted as the curtains opened revealing the beautiful Kelly Rowland. The R&B chanteuse caused hysteria and phone cameras everywhere as she opened her set with the seductive single, “ICE.” Ms. Rowland also ran through a catalog of hits and fan favorites including “Neva End,” “Dilemma,” “Representin,” “Bad Habit” and more. But, she had many surprises in store as the 32-year-old introduced her screaming fans to new songs off her upcoming LP, including the title track “Talk A Good Game,” “Street Life,” “Gone” and “This Is Love.”
Her performance was highlighted by a special duet between herself and The-Dream of their sensual new collabo, “Where Have You Been,” followed by her gossip causing, emotional single “Dirty Laundry.” Kelly then brought the energy all the way back to 100 with a Destiny’s Child medley and closed out the night with her sexy singles “Kisses Down Low,” “Motivation” and “Like This.”
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While in NYC for their “Lights Out” Tour stop, The-Dream and Kelly Rowland paid a visit to BET’s ’106 & Park.’
Kelly spoke about her recent moment where she performed “Dirty Laundry” on the opening night of the tour and while seated on a stool in front of the crowd broke down in tears and had a very emotional moment. The-Dream got a surprise phone call from Kevin Hart to congratulate him on his new album, and complain that they haven’t worked together yet. He spoke about why he wants to perform his hot new single “Too Early” with Gary Clark Jr. at the upcoming BET Awards.
Kelly surprised Dream with a very special plaque commemorating 50 million singles sold worldwide for superstars including Beyoncé and Rihanna. The platinum hitmaker hit the stage for a performance and spoke about August Alsina who he brought out on stage for his first ’106 & Park’ performance!
Peep the clips and full show below:
The-Dream is a very honest man. He recently called up to The Russ Parr Morning Show in promotion of the release of his new album IV Play. The platinum hitmaker explained exactly what the album is, and people should expect from it. He addressed any concern of the title, and BET’s request for him to change the name of the title track so they could play the music video.
In addition he spoke in further detail about writing Kelly Rowland’s much talked about new song, “Dirty Laundry,” how the goal was to make a career defining record, a how she really felt about Beyoncé during her early solo success.
Hear the interview below: