Did You Hear?
:: Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monae and Pharrell will perform at this year’s NBA All-Star game on February 15. The talented trio will provide a little distraction before the titans of basketball get to it. [Consequence Of Sound]
:: It’s been nine long years since Missy Elliott last released an album but the pioneering femcee has a new album on the way. Maybe. She’s waiting to feel fresh and collect new ideas. Obviously, it’s an involved process. [Rap-Up]
:: Usher has soul music on the mind. He has tapped R&B diva Jill Scott to act as mentor to his recruits on the new season of The Voice. Sounds like a match made in heaven. [Vibe]
:: In case you were wondering where Lady Gaga keeps her meat dress, ARTPOP exponent has divulged that she keeps all of her glamorous outfits in Hollywood. For her sake, I hope it’s refrigerated. [Billboard]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
For as long as there have been music awards, there have been musicians with opinions about those music awards, and the Grammys
are no exception. Depending on your point of view, Arcade Fire trumping commercial heavyweights Lady Gaga, Eminem and Katy Perry for Album of the Year at last year’s ceremony
was either the event’s salvation or the moment it jumped the shark.
That polarizing victory reignited a decades-old debate about the relevance and future direction of the awards show. Grammy nominees — and Grammy wannabes — have long argued over whether the music industry’s most prestigious trophy has become meaningless in the face of commercialization, and whether an artist’s sales figures and cultural impact should be taken into account when choosing Grammy winners. Jump below to see 10 of the most famous Grammy beefs in recent memory. More »
This week Billboard
published its final charts dated in the 2011 calendar year. All in all, there were 31 LPs that rose to #1 on the Top 200 in 2011, several of which we highlighted in both our Summer
and Fall Music Previews
. We dissected the 13 chart-toppers from the first half of the year
back in late June. (Adele’s 21
still ruled when all was said and done, with over 5 million copies sold
by the end of December.) Now flip through the gallery of the 18 albums that triumphed from July on!
VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul
aired last night, and each of the soulful ladies who took part brought their best game. “Today is probably one of the best days of my life,” Jessie J said during the telecast. “I feel like crying. I’m probably going to cry when it’s over, happy tears.” Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Kelly Clarkson kicked the night off with a medley of the Supreme’s Motown classic “You Keep Me Hanging On” and their own respective staples “Spotlight”, “Real Love” and “Since U Been Gone”. Another highlight of the evening: a musical tribute to the late Amy Winehouse
. Watch the divas pay homage the cities of soul from around world below.
If you missed the Vh1 Divas Celebrates Soul red carpet live stream
last night, let us fill you in on all the fashion action. Jessie J (who decided to leave her silly faces
at home) donned a gold and black sheer gown, and From The Vault Vol. 1
singer Jill Scott posed for the cameras in a dashing blue number, complete with a fierce blue and black fur shawl. Meanwhile, Florence Welch, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson (who most certainly turned heads with her glittery thigh-high boots) were visions in white. Click through for a closer look at these fine divas and be sure celebrate your favorite look by sounding off in the comments below.
2012 is bound to be a big one for Janelle Monae, as the spunky, soulful singer is planning to tour after she drops not one, but two new albums
. (“I will release them according to my soul clock,” said Monae.) Remind yourself why you can’t get enough of this 26-year-old funk madame by grooving to her performances at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway after the jump. (It certainly brings us
peace to know that an artist this awesome is being celebrated all over the world.) More »
This year, the female voices of pop, rock and R&B are going to be belting with even more emotion than usual, as VH1 is scheduled to air VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul
on Monday, December 19 at 9 p.m. The lineup so far includes Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson and Jessie J, and these powerhouses will be offering up soul classics at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom while accompanied by The Roots.
Did You Hear?
:: Kanye West and Jay-Z are set to conquer the charts with Watch The Throne. The highly-anticipated album is predicted to sell half a million copies in its opening week. As if you expected less from this kingly duo. [Rap-Up]
:: Rising rap chick Kreayshawn freestyles over Nicki Minaj’s “Did It On ‘Em”. [Rap Radar]
:: That awkward moment when you accidentally expose both of your nipples — courtesy of Kelly Rowland. [Socialite Life]
:: Natalia Kills explains her highly dubious approach to break-ups in the not-so-romantic song “Kill Your Boyfriend”. [The Prophet Blog]
:: Preview soul sister Jill Scott’s soon-to-be-released album of old material, From The Vault Vol. 1. [Soul Bounce]
After the jump, find out which music acts will be appearing on the tube today. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Cher set off a series of tweets telling her followers that she’s tinkering with the idea of going back on tour. And that’s not all: “Maybe Recreating Welcome 2 Burlesque as it was in film on stage!” Will they have an Xtina stand-in gaping wide-eyed at the performance like she did in the film? [Vulture]
:: Whatever Brit can do, Christina Aguilera can do… better? [Pink Is The New Blog]
:: Not content with one chart-topper in 2011, soul queen Jill Scott is set to release another album – this time of unreleased gems – on August 30 . [Soul Bounce]
:: Natalia Kills really, really likes her label Cherrytree Records. [Arjan Writes]
:: Beyonce’s dad finally responds to those pesky theft allegations, points the finger at his daughter’s new team. [Rap-Up]
After the jump, find out which music acts will be appearing on the tube today.
Jill Scott is riding high with her new chart-topping album Light Of The Sun
, now you can fall “So In Love”
with the soul singer live in person. Scott’s Summer Block Party Tour, sponsored by Budweiser, will be making its way around the country starting July 26, and the 17-date sprawl will feature Anthony Hamilton and Mint Condition on the lineup, as well as Doug E. Fresh and DJ Jazzy Jeff. (Yes, that DJ Jazzy Jeff
.) Dates below. More »