Friday, May 24, 2013
I'll tell anyone who's willing to listen about duo CharlieRED, but my word of mouth can't compare to the following they're growing from their live shows. On May 14, Rocki Evans and Cobaine Ivory took to New York City's SOBs to perform cuts from their Religion EP for BET's Music Matters showcase.
Watch a clip of CharlieRED performing "Could Be" below, and hit the jump to watch them cover Amy Winehouse's "Me And Mr. Jones" as a segue into Religion's "Norah Jones." KILLED IT.
Stacy Barthe's P.S. I Love You EP is immaculate, and I'm glad that Island Def Jam is investing in the beautiful songwriter's talent. Watch below as the John Legend protégé, Nouveau Noir and Surf Club member is joined by Rick Ross in the visuals to the worldly "Hell Yeah."
Ahhhh.... like a breath of fresh air... d^_^b
Previously: Stacy Barthe - "P.S. I Love You" [FreEP]
Thursday, May 23, 2013
For all my fellow Jhené Aiko fans dying to hear what her Artium/Def Jam debut Soul(ed) Out will offer, the beautiful songwriter gives us a bone with the 2 minute freestyle "Comfort Inn Ending."
Produced by her boss No I.D., Jhene vents about a recent relationship that went sour due to infidelity. I'm not one to speculate, but "CIE" may be about Compton rapper and Sailing Soul(s) collaborator H.O.P.E. Wright, who she publicly dated for a few years.
Although heartache may cause a few tears, thankfully, it can also create some great music. Thanks for sharing Ms. Aiko.
Download: Jhené Aiko - "Comfort Inn Ending"
Previously: [Music Video] Jhené Aiko - "Burning Man (3:16 PM)"
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
If you're in need for some new SERTAfied tunes to add to the collection, The-Dream's fourth studio album IV Play is just about all you'll need this year. If you want to try before you buy, stream the entire project below, which features collaborations with Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Big Sean, and Pusha T.
Hourglass Picks: "High Art," "IV Play," "Turnt," "Michael," "Loving You/Crazy"
IV Play hits stores next Tuesday, May 28th. Hit the jump to peep the visuals to the album's title track.
While knowing that the minions are back for Despicable Me 2 is enough of a reason to let your inner child free this summer, the fact that Pharrell will be contributing his sounds once again to the hit film series has me more excited than I probably should be.
"Happy" one of the three original songs Pharrell is contributing to the soundtrack, is a feel good record that speaks for itself. Hit play below and enjoy!
Despicable Me 2 will hit theaters on July 3rd, while the soundtrack is set to hit stores on June 18th.
Previously: Daft Punk - 'Random Access Memories' [Free Album Stream]
Monday, May 20, 2013
Last night's Billboard Music Awards were full of noteworthy moments, but Miguel found a way to become the most talked about musician at the ball. During a performance of his smash single (pun success!) "Adorn," Miguel took out a pair of fans while attempting to jump from one area of the stage to another.
While he's had plenty of embarrassing moments on stage, this one might take the cake. Hit the comments with your thoughts!
Previously: [Music Video] Mariah Carey ft. Miguel - "#Beautiful"
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
While I think that every song from Solange's True EP deserves its own spotlight, I'm glad that "Looks Good With Trouble" has been gifted with a verse by Kendrick Lamar. Stream the duo's first collab below, and be sure to purchase the single HERE if you're vibin!
Friday, May 10, 2013
I'm sure Mariah and Miguel had to have a few "it's just acting" talks with their loves Nick Cannon and Nazanin Mandi before shooting the touchy, feely video for their new duet "#Beautiful." Premiered on the latest episode of American Idol, watch below as biker Miguel takes Mariah on a ride through the sunset.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
New Orleans is the home to many talented R&B artists like Dawn Richard and Luke James, but August Alsina is the newest crooner looking to put the city on his back as he climbs to the top. With his song "I Luv This Shit" doing numbers on radio (I just shut a bachelor party DOWN with this!), August's latest mixtape The Product 2 is set to ensure his place as one of the contenders of the new school.
Stream the Def Jam/Radio Killa signee's DJ Drama hosted tape below!
HOURGLASS PICK: Downtown ft. Kidd Kidd
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Tamar Braxton's lead single "Love & War" is doing great on radio, but I'm glad that Epic is capitalizing on that momentum by releasing her next single "The One." More upbeat than it's predecessor, the familiar rhythm brom Mtume and Biggie is sure to make "The One" a feel good record for the summer.
Previously: [Music Video] Tamar Braxton - "Love & War"
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Janelle Monae took to BET's 106th & Park yesterday to premiere the video for "Q.U.E.E.N." and to be honest, no other word than "electric" comes to mind when describing it. Directed by Solange's beau Alan Ferguson, Janelle and
Hit play and enjoy the sights, and check out Janelle after the jump as she turns up the energy at 106 to another level. The release date for Janelle's sophomore album The Electric Lady isn't out yet, but "Q.U.E.E.N." is available on iTunes now!
Monday, April 29, 2013
A snippet of Beyoncé and Andre 3000's cover of the late Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black," surfaced about a week ago, and many people took offense to Bey and 3 Stacks touching the recent classic.
Stream the entire track in full below, which premiered on East Village Radio, and make your own decision. Do the "Party" collaborators do the the talented Amy Winehouse justice?
The Great Gatsby original soundtrack is set to hit stores on May 7. The film premieres in theaters on May 10.
Previously: [Snippet] Beyoncé & Andre 3000 - "Back To Black" (Amy Winehouse Cover)
As a thank you to all of the fans and blogs who supported Jarell Perry's incredible new project Simple Things, the singer presents the marching band drum-laced freebie "Worst Enemy." Enjoy the track below, and be on the lookout for some visuals from the breakthrough artist on the way very soon!
Previously: [Free LP] Jarell Perry - 'Simple Things'
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
I may hate the album's title track, but Alicia Keys' Girl On Fire has some pretty nice deep cuts. One of them, Maxwell duet "Fire We Make," has emerged as a single, and the R&B crooner makes a rare appearance as he joins Alicia in the visuals.
Previously: [Video] Maroon 5 & Alicia Keys Take The Stage Together At The 55th Annual Grammy Awards
Monday, April 22, 2013
I know I don't speak for all the other
Stream "Q.U.E.E.N." below, and I'll keep you posted on Twitter when the single hits iTunes for download. NEW JANELLE!!
Q.U.E.E.N. was inspired by private discussions between Erykah and me. It is meant to make you JAM. DANCE. FUNK OUT. and dialogue later...Previously:
— Janelle Monae (@JanelleMonae) April 22, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
Not too long after releasing the remix of "How Many Drinks," Miguel and Kendrick Lamar team up to present the visuals to the Kaleidoscope Dream cut. Watch the Clark Jackson directed video below, and hit the jump to catch Miguel's recent interview with the Breakfast Club.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Rocki Evans and Cobaine Ivory have been unstoppable together as CharlieRED, and their Religion EP is a project that you should have in constant rotation if you don't already.
The lucky track from Religion to get the visual treatment this time around is one of the record's sexier cuts "Could Be." While the song itself is extremely moving, the video only amplifies the essence of the song which dwells upon the possibilities of a new relationship.
Previously: CharlieRED - Religion [EP]
Drake wasn't kidding when he said this would be a very good week for his fans. After giving Khaled the okay to drop "Started From The Bottom" remix "No New Friends," he sneaks in a new track using Fauntleroy's Cocaine 80s strategy. Looks like the road to Drake's forthcoming effort Nothing Was The Same is officially in sight.
Stream the "Say My Name" sampled "Girls Love Beyonce" below, which capitalizes on a scientifically proven fact. We DO love her!
Drake - "Girls Love Beyonce" Lyrics
Monday, April 15, 2013
Miguel's album Kaleidoscope Dream may have been "overshadowed" by Frank Ocean, but it looks like he's doing more than alright as he hit Saturday Night Live last weekend to perform his hits "Adorn" and "How Many Drinks."
Watch below as Miguel puts a punk spin on the two singles, completely transforming "How Many Drinks" into garage band realness. Hit the comments to let me know how you feel about it. o_O or d(^_^)b?