Friday, April 18, 2014

The Recap Report: 4/18/14

The Recap Report:  A feature post that highlights interesting music news collected from the music streets you might have missed

‘Soul Train’ may boogie onto Broadway - Producer behind Rock of Ages has his sights on turning the iconic TV show into a play.

Pharrell sheds tears of joy after watching fans dance to ‘Happy’ - While sitting down with Oprah, Pharrell breaks down after watching a video of how the song has impacted the world.

Diddy commencement speech at Howard University stirs debate - Critics argue that Diddy isn't qualified to speak since he never graduated from college.

Kanye West and Common to bring 20,000 jobs to Chicago - Through a partnership with Chicago's Urban League, they will hold a music festival to raise money towards their efforts.

The Soul of 'Scandal': How Shonda Rhimes Soundtracks TV's Most Dramatic Show - Find out about the process behind picking the music for the show and how it all comes together.

Jay Z's Made In America Expands to Los Angeles, Becomes Bicoastal Music Fest - Jay Z does it again, making this the 1st bio-coastal festival.

Young minority males combat stereotypes in music video: ‘Suit & Tie in the 217′ - This video goes viral as black male students trash the stereotypes and show their true potential using the popular JT tune.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Analyze This: "What Now" by Rihanna

Analyze This:  An in depth look at the lyrical content of a song to provide insight

I've been ignoring this big lump in my throat
I shouldn't be crying,
tears were for the weaker days
I'm stronger now, or so I say,
But something's missing

Whatever it is,
it feels like it's laughing at me through the glass of a two-sided mirror
Whatever it is,
it's just laughing at me
And I just wanna scream

What now? I just can't figure it out
What now? I guess I'll just wait it out (wait it out)
What now? Oh, oh, oh, oh! What now?

I found the one, he changed my life
But was it me that changed
And he just happened to come at the right time
I'm supposed to be in love
But I'm numb again



There's no one to call 'cause I'm just playing games with them all
The more I swear I'm happy, the more that I'm feeling alone
'Cause I spent every hour just going through the motions
I can't even get the emotions to come out
Dry as a bone, but I just wanna shout


I don't know where to go
I don't know what to feel
I don't know how to cry
I don't know oh oh why
I don't know where to go
I don't know what to feel
I don't know how to cry
I don't know oh oh why
I don't know where to go
I don't know what to feel
I don't know how to cry
I don't know oh oh why

So what now?

J9's Analysis:  One evening while driving back from a concert with my girl Roxy, she played this song and began to break it down to me.  I was never really a big fan of the song but after the explanation she gave, I gained a new perspective and deeper appreciation for it. 

The song starts off describing a situation in which you find yourself in this negative space emotionally and/or mentally or just feel off.  There's no rhyme or reason as to why you feel this way because generally you're in a good place in your life and you should be happy.  This song is like a plea to seek some type of understanding and to search for this unseen force preventing you from experiencing happiness.  The video further emphasizes this as it gives a gloomy visual of these raw emotions and a sense of losing control as you're in this possessed state.

The 2nd verse really made me think.  You know how people say how a person entered their life and they are the reason their life changed?  But in some cases, how can they really give credit to them?  How can they be sure the reason things changed was because of that person?  It could've just been a coincidence that person just happened to come into your life during this change. . . things that make you go hmmmm!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Price of Fame: Tina Campbell Addresses Martial Issues on TV Show

The Price of Fame:  A featured post that takes a look at musicians and the impact that success has on their lives

Gospel duo Mary Mary's reality show is one of the few shows that live up to the word REAL in reality.  For the past 3 seasons, Tina and Erica have allowed the world into their lives as they balance their careers and families.  This is especially the case for Tina during this season as we discover the toll her career has taken on her marriage.  In an Ebony Magazine, she candidly discussed her martial troubles, revealing her husband's infidelity.

As the storyline continues, Tina struggles with her decision to share something so private in a public medium, forgiving her husband, and dealing with her own insecurities.  In one episode, Tina shops for sexy clothes and exercises in attempts to make her husband find her more attractive, a natural response a woman would have in this situation.  However, while trying to move forward and heal, her husband discloses more infidelities. 

Tina's emotional roller coaster is played out before our eyes as we witness her pain, anger, and sadness, raw emotions that cannot be scripted like those displayed in a clip here.  But I give Tina props for her bravery in sharing this with the public because it's something many out there have experienced or are currently experiencing.  Tina's story shows that if you take the celebrity status away, she's still a regular person who goes through the same heartache as anybody else.  The only difference is regular folks are able to deal with their personal issues behind closed doors, whereas due to their celebrity, celebs like Tina do it in the spotlight.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Recap Report: 4/11/14

The Recap Report:  A feature post that highlights interesting music news collected from the music streets you might have missed

Cast revealed for Broadway show inspired by Tupac songs - More details are given about the show.

B.B. King earns catcalls with erratic performance - After delivering string of bad performances, the B.B. situation brings up the debate of whether fans should lower expectations of artists who are way past their peak.

BBMA Finalists - Find out who made the cut in this year's nominations for the Billboard Music Awards.

TLC’s Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas Reflects On the 15th Anniversary of 'No Scrubs' - Celebrate this classic anthem and hear Chilli and T-Boz's thoughts about it.

African-American Music Museum to Be Built in Nashville - Museum will honor the musical and cultural contributions of black musicians to this musical city.

Apple is planning a major iTunes overhaul to stop it from getting crushed by Pandora - Due to declining MP3 sales, Apple redos iTunes to compete with streaming sites.

Detroit School Choir Taking 'Happy' Cover To 'Ellen Degeneres Show' - Students mostly from low-income households, attend the school that uses the Arts to make learning fun. Pharrell said these kids embody the song's message of obtaining happiness without cost.

Woman Preps for Double Mastectomy with Beyoncé Dance Party - Recently a guest on The Ellen Show, the woman explains why she chose to dance before her surgery "I didn't want to be crouched in the corner with fear before surgery, I wanted to be in a very vibrant, alive place... my true self comes out when I'm dancing."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Voice 2014 Tour Dates Released

 The Voice Tickets
The Voice announced this week they are hitting the road in a 30-city tour this summer.  The tour will feature this season's winner, 2nd and 3rd place contestants as well as favorites from past seasons like Tessanne Chin (Season 5 Winner), Jacquie Lee (Season 5), Will Champlin (Season 5), and Dia Frampton (Season 1).  Another singer will be announced in May.
Tickets go on sale April 17 at 10 a.m. with July 26's performance in Indio, CA, which goes on sale April 25.

Tour Schedule

June 21 - San Antonio, TX (Majestic Theatre)
June 22 - Grand Prairie, TX (Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie)
June 23 - Houston, TX (Bayou Music Center)
June 25 - Tampa, FL (David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts)
June 26 - Fort Lauderdale, FL (Broward Center for the Performing Arts)
June 27 - Orlando, FL (Bob Carr Performing Arts Center)
June 29 - Atlanta, GA (Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre)
June 30 -  Charlotte, NC (Ovens Auditorium)
July 2 -  Hershey, PA (Hershey Theatre)
July 3 - Lowell, MA (Lowell Memorial Auditorium)
July 5 - Atlantic City, NJ (The Mark Etess Arena at Trump Taj Mahal)
July 7 - New York, NY (Beacon Theatre)
July 8 - Baltimore, MD (Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric)
July 10 - Toronto, ON Sony (Centre for the Performing Arts)
July 11 - Niagara Falls, NY (Seneca Niagara Events Center)
July 12 - Mashantucket, CT (The Grand Theater at Foxwoods)
July 14 - Cleveland, OH (Playhouse Square - State Theatre)
July 15 - Detroit, MI (Masonic Temple Theatre)
July 16 - Chicago, IL (Chicago Theatre)
July 17 - Minneapolis, MN  (Mystic Lake Casino Hotel)
July 19 - Milwaukee, WI (Milwaukee Riverside Theater)
July 20 - St. Louis, MO (Peabody Opera House)
July 22 - Denver, CO (Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre)
July 24 - Phoenix, AZ (Comerica Theatre)
July 25 - Las Vegas, NV (The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino)
July 26 - Indio, CA (Fantasy Springs Resort Special Events Center)
July 27 - San Diego, CA (San Diego Civic Theatre)
July 29 - Los Angeles, CA (Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE)
July 30 - San Jose, CA (City National Civic)
Aug. 1 - Portland, OR (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall)
Aug. 2 - Redmond, WA (Marymoor Park)

Click here for ticket info

A.B.C. by Eric J: "Summer Fling" - Willow Smith

A.B.C.:  Also known as "Another Bad Creation" from my cousin, Eric J (choreographer/dancer/instructor)

Part of the Eric J lost choreo files

If you're gonna be in the NYC area, take his class and really GO TO WORK!  For more info, visit: Broadway Dance Center

Eric J Class Schedule

Mon. - Beg. 9-10:30pm
Tues. - Adv. Beg. 9-10:30pm
Thurs. - Adv. Beg. 9-10:30pm
Sat - Int. 7:30 - 9:30pm

Wanna see more Eric J videos???  Visit his YouTube page and leave feedback!!

Follow Eric J on Twitter. . . @Ericj616

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Don't Sleep: Jessie Ware

Don't Sleep:  A feature post that presents artists or albums people have basically slept on and should've given some props.

Singer/songwriter Jessie Ware was introduced to me by a friend who told me to check out her song Wildest Moments.  I instantly intrigued by her soulful and angelic voice, which many call electronic British soul.  Last year, I had the opportunity to see her live and was blown away.  Check out my review here.   

Jessie, now 29 years old, started singing at an early age.  Classically trained, she loved to sing jazz and grew up singing Billie Holiday and listening to Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald.

She studied English literature and had hoped to follow in her father's footsteps and become a journalist.  She was considering going to law school when her mom encouraged her to pursue singing.  Jessie got a call one day from singer/songwriter Jack Peñate, a high school friend, who remembered she sang in school.  He asked her to do background vocals for him which she did.  She then joined him on tour.  After over a year of doing background, Jessie was offered a solo deal and this marked the beginning of her music career as a solo artist. 

Jessie states that she's very influenced by American R&B and hip-hop and notes influential artists like Sade, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, J Dilla, Big Pun, Chaka Khan, Dusty Springfield, Whitney Houston, and Stevie Wonder.

Origin:  London, England
Debut Album:  Devotion (2010)
Record Label: PMR Records
Genre:  Soul, R&B, dance
Similar Sound/If You Like:  Sade, Adele, Goapele


Follow her on Twitter @Jessie_Ware and visit her website


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