VIDEO: Janelle Monae...

In case you were out partying at your favorite HBCU Homecoming and missed it (like me!), Janelle Monae lit up the stage at SNL this weekend, performing jams from her new album The Electric Lady, in stores now! The spirited singer performed her wildly popular single Dance Apocalyptic followed...

INTERVIEW: Janelle Monae Talks Sexuality, Love, Re...

Janelle Monae has taken flight as the android ambassador from Metropolis with a funky style and an electric style all her own. Her debut album, 2010’s The ArchAndroid (click to read our review) was an eclectic mix of funk, soul and R&B. But it’s the latter of those that finds a stronger presence on her upcoming album The Electric Lady, due out September 10. “With The Electric Lady I did not want to recreate The ArchAndroid, or any of my work. I find that to be kinda boring and repetitive and just not honest. With The Electric Lady I wanted to be exploratory in R&B and I wanted to really do something that showcased the...

RECAP: Janelle Monae Premieres New Music From “The Electric Lady” Aug17

RECAP: Janelle Monae...

, Janelle Monae brought some android love to Charlotte last night, where she hosted a private listening event for her forthcoming album The Electric Lady, available in stores and online Sept. 10. The small crowd that gathered can easily attest – this was no ordinary listening session. A...

LISTEN: Big Sean’s ‘Control’ feat. Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica Aug13

LISTEN: Big SeanR...

Last night, Big Sean dropped a track that won’t make the final cut on his forthcoming sophomore album Hall of Fame when it hits stores August 27 (sample clearance). The track features Jay Electronica and Kendrick Lamar, the latter of which delivers what is now touted as “the verse...

NEW MUSIC: Marsha Am...

I originally heard this new joint from Marsha performed as a solo cut during her set at this year’s Essence Festival (watch the video below). At that time, she told us she had worked with Ne-yo on some stuff for the forthcoming album , Friends and Lovers, set to drop this fall. Without...

REVIEW: Beyonce Brin...

This past weekend, I was able to check out the one and only, Beyonce Carter (Knowles) at the Charlotte stop on “The Mrs. Carter World Tour“. Now some of you are probably thinking, “Didn’t you just see her at the Essence Festival?” and while this is true,...

VIDEO: Luke James Di...

Luke James stopped by the Essence Press Room to fill us in on his upcoming debut album, new movie and discusses how it feels to be the opening act on the “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” (watch clip of Beyonce here) “It’s been awesome, I am grateful. She could’ve...

VIDEO: Justin Timber...

This video: NSFW. There, you’ve been warned. I’ll keep it short: nice shots, poor concept. There was so much more that could’ve been done with a song of Tunnel Vision‘s greatness. Still love the album (click for the review), just not a fan of this video. Feels like JT...

VIDEO: Beyonce Perfo...

As you all know, the big headliner for this year’s Essence Music Festival was none other than the beautiful, immensely talented Beyonce, who brought a full stop of her Mrs Carter Show World Tour to the Superdome for thousands of fans. I left the concert with a renewed sense of...

INTERVIEW: Janelle Monáe Showcases New Artists of ...

One of the cool things about the Annual Essence Festival is always the opportunity to meet new artists, hear new music and appreciate rising talent. This year, Janelle Monáe hosted the CoverGirl SuperLounge and introduced three talented new acts she’s been working with at the Wondaland Arts Society Studios. First up is rock duo Deep Cotton, a funk/rock duo based in Atlanta, whose members are Chuck Lightning and Nate “Rocket” Wonder. They’re noted as longtime collaborators with Janelle, appearing on the song 57821 from her debut album The ArchAndroid (click to read my review). Deep Cotton will be releasing their EP...

VIDEO: Brandy Kicks ...

  Brandy kicked off performances at this year’s Essence Festival on Friday night as the first performer on the mainstage. I don’t think Essence could’ve made a better choice, honestly; Brandy rocked! She performed a slew of hits from her catalog that spans 2 decades....

INTERVIEW: Jill Scot...

In the second part of her press room interviews, Jill Scott discusses her two (that’s right, TWO) forthcoming albums and the importance of feeding our children creativity. The first album, to be released later this year, is called The Lullaby Album and sounds like a very unique...

VIDEO: Emeli Sandé Talks Her First US Festival, Mu...

  The 2013 Essence Music Festival was special for UK singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé, as it marked her first appearance at a US Music Festival. The Next To Me singer talks about her Essence experience, and talks about a fan favorite from her debut album Our Version of Events. Sound-Savvy asked Sandé about the inspiration behind one of her emotive ballads Read All About It, a song she says is about “using your voice, finding your voice. There’s many reasons why we shouldn’t speak and many reasons to be afraid so I’m trying to counteract that, encourage people to speak up and be brave. She also cites many American...

VIDEO: Trey Songz Pe...

  In one of the funnier moments from Essence weekend, Kevin Hart joined Trey Songz during his slot in the press room and acted as “press proxy” for Trey, who was rolled into the press room in a wheelchair and assisted by crutches after sustaining a foot injury playing...

Luke James Sings ‘I.O.U.’ To His Mom a...

Kicking off the final night of performances in the McDonald’s Super Lounge was New Orleans native Luke James. Despite some technical difficulties, the Grammy-nominated singer pressed on, delivering a performance that showcased his stunning vocal range and ability. Listen, that was an experience!! I loved his I Want You record as much as the next music fan, but I didn’t know he had so much in him. This guy is seriously the next to blow. Luke James is currently opening for Mrs. Carter herself, on the Mrs. Carter World Tour (which was AMAZING!) and prepping the release of his debut album later this year. Earlier this year, I...

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