Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Release Tuesday: 8/19/14



Kimbra - The Golden Echo

Preview album here



Find out what music is set to drop this year on our New Album Releases page

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Recap Report: 8/15/14


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


Why Hall and Oates deserve the hell out of Rock Hall of Fame -  How the support and influence of urban audiences help this rock group receive honor.

Record Industry Considering a Standard, Global Album Release DayBeyonce's secret dropping of latest album as sparked talks to move to a global release for all albums.

T.I. Talks Female Rappers & Executive Producing 'Sisterhood of Hip Hop' - T.I. fills void and tells the struggle of female rappers in male-dominated industry in reality series.

Michael Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall’ at 35: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review - To celebrate its 35 anniversary, this classic album is analyzed.

Michael Jackson's 'A Place With No Name' Video Makes Twitter History - New video was the 1st video to premiere via Twitter.

Several songs have been released to shed light on the horrible Michael Brown situation.  Check out a few below:

J.Cole - Be Free
Gage - I Am Mike Brown


Director Mylo the Cat takes old muppets footage and turns it into the Beastie Boys "So What'cha Want"

Thursday, August 14, 2014

SYTYCD Season 11: Top 8


 So You Think You Can Dance? (SYTYCD)
Wednesdays on FOX 8/7c


Last night during a Michael Jackson themed show, the Top 8 contestants performed to a MJ song with their All-Star partner along with doing a solo performance.  Actress and Dancer Jenna Dewan-Tatum joined as a guest judge.  

The favs of the night. . .


Contestants: Tanisha & All-Star Nick
Style: Contemporary
Song: You're Out of My Life by Michael Jackson
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey

Beautiful!!!!  I can't get enough of Tanisha's amazing leg extensions.  The side-by-side choreo was perfectly in sync.  Like Jenna said, they were fluid like water.



Contestants: Rudy & All-Star Allison
Style:  Contemporary
Song: Dirty Diana
Choreographer:  Ray Leeper

One of my favorite and sexy MJ songs!!  The best moment was the side-by-side choreo at the end where their hands and legs hit every beat with perfection and power.  Then when Rudy threw Allison in the air and she did that twirl. . . WOW!



Contestants: Zack & All-Star Mackenzie
Style: Broadway
Song: The Way You Make Me Feel
Choreographer: Spencer Liff

The choreo matched perfectly with the song choice and style.


Contestants: Jacque & All-Star Twitch
Style: Hip-Hop
Song: Slave to the Rhythm
Choreographer: Dave Scott

For being outside her dancing style, she did a great job!  This ballerina got swagga!  I loved the reverse come up from the floor and how she lifted her leg straight up and then brought it down from the side.


Contestants: Jessica & All-Star Will
Style: Hip-Hop
Song: Earth
Choreographer: Mandy Moore

I had some doubt about this pairing at first but was left in awe.  Simply beautiful. . the connection, execution. . . flawless!


Very disappointed and shocked that Rudy and Tanisha were in the bottom and were sent home. . . #nowords.  And then there were 6 and the All-Star pairing are as follows:

  • Zack & Fik-Shun (Season 10 Winner) Very weird this is the only same gender pairing
  • Jessica & Will (Season 4)
  • Jacque & Twitch (Season 2)
  • Casey & Mackenzie (Season 10)
  • Ricky & Anya (Season 3)
  • Valerie & Twitch (Season 2)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Nas Announces Illmatic Tour Accompanied by Documentary Screening


Nas continues celebrating the 20th anniversary of his iconic debut album of Illmatic with a North American tour.  Before each show, the audience will get a special screening of his documentary, Nas: Time Is Illmatic.
Nas will perform Illmatic in its entirety.

Tour Schedule

Oct. 2 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armony*
Oct. 3 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre
Oct. 4Washington D.C. – Lincoln Theatre (Matinee)
Oct. 5 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
Oct. 8 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Oct. 9 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
Oct. 10 – Hammond, IN – Horseshoe
Oct. 11 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre*
Oct. 12 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
Oct. 15 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
Oct. 16 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
Oct. 17 – Las Vegas, NV – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas*
Oct. 18 – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 19 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater

*Will not be screening Nas: Time Is Illmatic


Click here for ticket info

Monday, August 11, 2014

New Release Tuesday: 8/12/14



Tank - Stronger

~MusicLife Pick~
Tank continues to serves us some classic R&B and fulfills fans and picks up where TGT left off.  I get a Marvin Gaye vibe off some tracks too.  Listen to:  You're My Star, Missing You, Stronger, If That's What it Takes
Preview album here



Eric Roberson - The Box
 
  Preview album here




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Analyze This: "Ain't it Fun" by Paramore


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



I don't mind letting you down easy
But just give it time
If it don't hurt now then just wait, just wait a while

You're not the big fish in the pond no more
You are what they're feeding on

So what are you gonna do when the world don't orbit around you? (2X)

CHORUS
Ain't it fun living in the real world
Ain't it good being all alone

Where you're from
You might be the one who's running things
Well, you can ring anybody's bell to get what you want

You see, it's easy to ignore a trouble
When you're living in a bubble

HOOK
So what are you gonna do when the world don't orbit around you?
So what are you gonna do when nobody wants to fool with you?

CHORUS

Ain't it good to be on your own
Ain't it fun you can't count on no one
Ain't it good to be on your own
Ain't it fun you can't count on no one

Ain't it fun living in the real world

Don't go crying to your mama 'cause you're on your own in the real world (4X)

Ain't it fun (2X)
Baby, now you're one of us
Ain't it fun (3X)

Ain't it fun living in the real world
Ain't it good, ain't it good being all alone

Ain't it fun living in the real world
('Cause the world don't orbit around you)
Ain't it good, ain't it good being all alone (oh)

Don't go crying to your mama 'cause you're on your own in the real world (4X)
This is the real world (2X)

Don't go crying to your mama 'cause you're on your own in the real world (4X)


J9's Analysis:  The moment this song came out, I loved it!  It was as if Paramore took the thoughts right out of my head.  When you're a kid, you can't wait become an adult living in a world you think will be so glamorous.  However, no one prepares you for the reality check you receive when you finally become fully immersed in the adult world.  This is when you find out you've been bamboozled!! Lead singer, Hayley said the song was written during a tough time for her when the group moved from their hometown of Tennessee, a familiar environment, to LA, the unknown, and the wake up call she received when they arrived.

Ain't it Fun is a dose of reality reminding you of what happens when you acquire the independence of adulthood.  I loved the sarcasticness of the song as it describes this chapter of life with a lighthearted twist.  Instead of creating a negative tone to express this life changing experience, Paramore used an upbeat tempo to make light of a not so happy situation.  You're left thinking, wait a second what are they doing here?  This adult life ain't fun.  But Paramore is saying, we can't change the situation but we can make the best of it and can sure rock out to it!

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Recap Report: 8/8/14


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


Jay Z And Beyonce's Ticket Sales Top $100M As Tour Winds Down -  The Carters continue to win earning at a higher rate than The Rolling Stones.

K.Michelle: Rebellious Soul – The Musical Is Coming To VH1 On August 19thK.Michelle debuts Hip Hopera containing songs from her latest album and directed by Idris Elba.

Keke Palmer Cast As Broadway’s First Black Cinderella - Keke is on a winning strike now following Brandy's steps and making history on Broadway.

“Maybe Reality Was A Mistake…This Negativity Is Tragic”: Chrisette Michele Already Regrets Doing “R&B Divas” - Chrisette shares her regrets of doing a reality TV show in an open letter.

Jimmy Fallon has started something.  Check out this mash-up of Obama rapping to Iggy's "Fancy"

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