PICS: Janet Jackson’s “Unbreakable World Tour – Charlotte”

Friday night, Janet Jackson brought her all-new Unbreakable World Tour to Charlotte and performed for a nearly sold-out crowd! The show was non-stop and the singer ran through nearly 3 decades of her number 1 hits. The show opened with a new song BurnItUp! featuring Missy Elliot, which will appear on Jackson’s forthcoming album Unbreakable, scheduled for release October 3. Also performed on the tour is Janet’s hot new single No Sleeep featuring J. Cole, and other music from the new project. I’m a longtime fan of Janet’s and I really enjoyed this performance. While I admit that it doesn’t top some of her previous spectacular concerts, it was definitely a high-energy show that takes her fans on a ride through musical history. This tour features a very special Music VIP area for concert-goers who pre-ordered the new album. It’s a fan’s dream: a mini-museum dedicated to Jackson’s legendary achievements featuring stage outfits from throughout her career, awards, and precious gifts from her brother Michael.  At one point in the show Janet tributes him by performing their duet, Scream. During his verse, Janet looks...

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NEW MUSIC: Rudy Currence – Royal Blue

…different… nice!! That was  my reaction when the beat dropped (and my head nod began) on Rudy Currence’s new single Royal Blue (listen and pre-order below). It’s a new vibe for the Carolina crooner, a thumping uptempo jam that mixes some church chords with club beats to create a really interesting new sound. Not that he hasn’t mixed it up before, Royal Blue takes it up a notch. The vocals on this give me of hints of “Ray Charles soul” but way smoother. I’m trying to get my hands on the full track y’all! The song has a house music/club type feel to it which is a new lane for Currence, influenced by his love for those styles of music (He’s even a Daft Punk fan!): “I genuinely love house, electro and dance type music, and I believe people all over the world can feel this type of music. I want to reach those people; one of my goals as an artist is to have a more worldwide appeal. My fanbase is growing tremendously in places like the UK and Brazil so I wanted...

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New Music: Janet Jackson – No Sleeep

  Over the past month, Janet Jackson has made her way back to her fans with a series of announcements. First it was the birthday gift to fans announcing her return. Then it was the swift announcement of tour dates and presales last week. Today, it’s the premiere of her new single No Sleeep. The song premiered via a YouTube link on the singer’s Facebook page with the words “I dedicate this to My Love”. No Sleeep is the first single from her forthcoming as-yet-untitled album, and marks the first single released on her very own Rhythm Nation Records label. It’s a midtempo with a groovy beat. Not a lot of info on the track but it definitely sounds like a Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis track. The vocals are solid, sounds like a nice start for the new era… What do you think of Janet’s new single? Listen and share your thoughts...

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Brandy as Roxie: A Broadway Natural!

I guess you can say I’ve been a fan of Brandy since the very beginning. For much of her life and mine, I’ve watched Brandy act and sing onscreen, and even in concert (remember this?), so it’s no surprise that Broadway was the next big step for the Grammy-winning singer. Back in April, she started an 8-week Broadway run in Chicago taking on the leading role of Roxie Hart. First let me say that I’m no Broadway expert or critic, in fact, this was my first ever live Broadway performance. I do, however, know when I’m seeing something spectacular… And Chicago was indeed, spectacular! The Ambassador Theater is an intimate venue that feels like it has a lot of history to it. I imagined a huge auditorium and, though it was sizeable (seats over 400), it allowed a certain closeness with the stage and production that really allows you to lose yourself in this crazy tale of murder, adultery and fame (which is kinda the point). I give props to the Chicago orchestra, conducted by Leslie Stifelman – amazing sound and impeccable timing! The...

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VIDEO: Miguel – Coffee

I luhhhh this song…. Miguel has proven himself to be a very solid artist with two damn good albums already under his belt. Coffee (F*cking) is just the latest of his singles to stay in heavy rotation for me, and I’m sure for many of you. And I actually prefer the version with Wale. This is the lead single from his forthcoming third album Wildheart, to be released June 30. I can’t wait to hear this album… I rocks with Miguel, especially on this one. Who doesn’t love coffee in the morning...

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REVIEW: Tamia – Love Life

Artist: Tamia Album: Love Life Release Date: 6.9.15 On my flight to NYC this weekend, I spent some time getting familiar with Tamia’s Love Life. I’ve always been a fan of Tamia, for one pretty simple reason: she’s never let me down. Album after album she consistently delivers some of the best R&B music in the game. Consistently. Love Life is the singer’s 6th album, the next chapter of conversations exploring her experiences in love and her marriage. Tamia’s albums always sound so personal, and her vocals really come thru on this album in a way that makes me proud to be a fan. Tamia the powerhouse is just as crazy powerful as ever. Love Falls Over Me starts the album off strong, it has a real grown and sexy type of feel. Sounds very radio-friendly, in fact I’d pick this for the next single. I like the way it builds and lets Tamia flex a lil bit right from the start. The album hits a sweet spot with Chaise Lounge. This is the Tamia I love… her big, rich tone on a nice romantic ballad like Chaise Lounge is what R&B...

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VIDEO: The Roots Joined Onstage by Freeway, YG and The Lox!

Wrapping up my coverage from The 8th Annual Roots Picnic, I had to share this video… Erykah Badu and the Roots Crew performed Love of My Life as an ode to hip-hop and along with the performance, threw in interpolations of some classic hip-hop jams!! Also in the clip below, both acts are joined onstage by some of hip-hop’s well known emcees including Freeway (performing Rock The Mic), YG (My Hitta), and The Lox (All About the Benjamins)...

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