Monday, January 31, 2011

Interview: Miguel

"YRB had an up close and personal conversation with talented singer/songwriter Miguel Jontel, chatting about his new debut album "All I Want Is You," the struggles in his journey to obtain the spotlight and more. The vocally and lyrically gifted artist who’s written for superstars like Usher has now gained widespread notoriety as the voice behind last year’s unavoidable J. Cole assisted hit single “All I Want Is You.” As a new face on the R&B charts, Miguel reacts to the potential of his breakout track being branded as timeless and explains how a select few romances over half a decade translated into an albums worth of high caliber, heartfelt songs."

Song of the Day: "The Silence" (Alexandra Burke)

"The Silence" - Alexandra Burke

  • Writers: Nadir Khayat, Bilal Hajji, and Savan Kotecha
  • Producer: RedOne
  • Classification: British Soul, Smooth Soul, Slow Jam
  • Record Label: Syco
  • Released in 2010 from her debut album "Overcome"
  • Peaked at #16 from the UK Singles Charts

Live Video of the Day: "Through The Fire" (Chaka Khan)

Watch Chaka Khan turn her classic "Through The Fire" into a gospel anthem. Lifted from last night's Celebration of Gospel, Chaka Khan's vocals are on point and her high notes are aw inspiring. No one, I mean no one can hit those high notes with that force like Chaka Khan still can. Though the video isn't great quality, you can see Chaka at her best...Enjoy!

New Joint: "Don't Pass By Me" (Spree Wilson featuring Esthero)

Take a listen to this new joint from Spree Wilson entitled "Don't Pass By Me". Featuring Esthero, this duet is a smooth acoustic guitar driven track that is easy breezy. Check it out and Enjoy!

Interview: "Brandy & Ray-J: A Family Business" (Brandy & Ray-J)

Check out the eighth episode of the second season of Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business... Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "You Got The Love" (Melanie Fiona)

Watch Melanie Fiona performing the Rufus classic "You Got The Love." From the album "Rags to Rufus, Chaka Khan's signature vocals really shine on this song and Melanie's tribute performance to her does the tune more than justice. Melanie infect the song with her powerful vocals and even makes the timeless hit her own... Enjoy!

Live Audio: "Don't You Remember" (Adele)

Take a listen to this live audio of Adele performing "Don't You Remember". Lifted from her BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, Adele smooth vocals soar on this simple arrangement. "Don't You Remember is featured on her sophomore album "21" which has already gone platinum in the UK and hits the US on February 22nd. In the meantime, enjoy this amazing live audio... Enjoy!

Live Clip: "Ex-Factor" (Lauryn Hill)

Watch this live clip of Lauryn Hill performing her hit "Ex-Factor". Lifted from her current tour, this clip is from her stop in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Hill is in fine voice and hopefully this tour is the start of more music from Hill. Though the tour features music from her debut album and her music with The Fugees, hopefully, Hill's sophomore solo album will drop sometime in the near future. Either way, enjoy this live clip!

Interview: Bruno Mars

Check out this interview that Bruno Mars gave to Bravo Web TV in Germany where he talks about performing, the inspiration behind "Just The Way You Are", if he could change something about himself what it would be, talks about his tattoos, his friendship with Travis McCoy, and much more... Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "After The Love Is Gone" (Mint Condition)

Take a few minutes to watch Mint Condition's amazing rendition of the Earth, Wind, and Fire classic "After The Love Is Gone." Lifted from their AOL Black Voices, Mint Condition really brings it during their cover and Stokely's lead vocals are really on point... Enjoy!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Live Video of the Day: "I Look To You" (Kim Burrell and Whitney Houston)

Check out Kim Burrell and Whitney Houston duetting on Whitney's "I Look To You". Their performance follows James Fortune's "I Believe" and if you are interested in just watching their performance skip to 5:45 in the video. With that said, Kim's vocals are inspiring and Whitney shows a lot of improvement over her last few performance even holding the long notes the way she did in her prime. The Voice is there somewhere and I think with time she can get it back. Check out the amazing performance bellow... Enjoy!


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Amazing Cover: "Yellow" (Sara Bareilles)

Watch Sara Bareilles' cover of the Coldplay classic "Yellow." Sara performed "Yellow" at an exclusive acoustic show for Z100 & iheartradio at their P.C. Richard & Son Theater. Accompanying herself on the piano, Sara softly coos this touching ballad... Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Wait a Minute (Just a Touch)" (Estelle)

"Wait a Minute (Just a Touch)" - Estelle

  • Writers: and Estelle
  • Producer:
  • Classification: British Soul, Hip-Hop Soul, Smooth Soul
  • Record Label: Atlantic
  • Released in 2007 from Estelle's sophomore album "Shine"
  • It samples Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You".

New Joint: "Home" (Jay Sean)

Take a few minutes to listen to Jay Sean's new joint "Home". This mellow ballad finds the UK R&B singer slowing things down and crooning on top of a smooth ballad. It is unclear if this smooth joint will finds its way on Sean's upcoming album "Freeze Time" which is expected to hit stores at the end of February. Either way, take a listen and Enjoy!

New Joint: "Sade" (Frankie J)

Take a listent to Frankie J's new joint entitled "Sade". It's not clear if this song will be on his upcoming album, but this ballad is about his daughter Sade and is quite touching. Check it out and Enjoy his emotional ballad!

Amazing Cover: "If I Fell" (Adam Levine)

Check out Adam Levine performing The Beatles classic "If I Fell". Lifted from Stripped Music, Adam accompanies himself on the guitar and croons out this Beatles classic... Enjoy!

Live Audio: "Stepping Stone" (Duffy)

Take a listen to this live audio of Duffy performing "Stepping Stone". Lifted from her performance on "Later With Jools Holland", Duffy's Blue-Eyed Soul shines through during her performance of her smooth ballad... Enjoy!

Interview: Miguel

Check out this interview that Miguel gave where he talks about who he is, what it's like to be biracial, being a new artists in the industry, what it was like being on tour with Usher and Trey Songz, and so much more... Enjoy!

New Video: "All In You" (Conya Doss)

Check out Conya Doss's new video for her single "All In You". The visual finds Conya going on a few dates and not realizing that the person for her has always been around her. The song "All In You" is a nice smooth joint from Conya and the visual helps exemplify the lyrics... Enjoy!

Live Clip: "Say Yes/ Freak'in Me" (Marsha Ambrosius)

Watch Marsha perform a medley of "Say Yes" and "Freak'in Me". Lifted from her recent show in Jacksonville, Florida, Marsha is on point in every sense of the phrase. Her vocals, piano playing, the band, the medley, and the visual that we can gather from the clip are spectacular. Can't wait for Marsha to start touring and bringing her soulful grown and sexy to a town near you!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

New Video: "Price Tag" (Jessie J. featuring B.o.B.)

Watch Jessie J.'s new video for her single "Price Tag" featuring B.o.B who also makes an appearance in the visual. The video shows Jessie with a large teddy bear, a money tree, sitting on a large chair, and acting as a marionette. Check it out and Enjoy!

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Live Clip: "A House Is Not A Home" (Luther Vandross)

Take a few minutes to soak in Luther's amazing performance of his classic "A House Is Not A Home". This live clip of him performing it is one of the best live recordings out there of him performing this classic song that was originated by his idol Dionne Warwick. Check out his superior vocal showing and how the crowd literally soaks in every not and phrase Luther sends their way... Enjoy!

Live Video of the Day: "One And Only" (Adele)

Check out Adele performing "One And Only" live for the first time. Lifted from her performance at the Tabernacle in London, Adele and her miniature band give this chilling ballad a wonderful performance helmed by Adele's spot on vocals... Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Your Secret Love" (Luther Vandross)

"Your Secret Love" - Luther Vandross
  • Writers: Luther Vandross and Reed Vertelney
  • Record Label: Epic
  • Released in 1996 from "Your Secret Love"
  • Peaked at #5 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
  • Won the Grammy Award for "Best Male R&B Vocal Performance"

Interview: Adele

Check out Adele's track by track interview that she created where she talks very candidly about the inspiration behind every track on her record. Interesting tidbits include the drug addiction of a friend that inspired "He Won't Go" and how her previous songs misrepresentation of a cherished one inspired "Don't You Remember." Check out the interview for these full stories and more... Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "KIlling Me Softly" (Lauryn Hill)

Check out Lauryn Hill's recent performance and cover of the Roberta Flack classic "Killing Me Softly With His Song", Lifted from her recent performance in Park City for Sundance, Hill seems to be hitting her stride during her tour and bringing back her voice that we all know and love... Enjoy!

New Joint: "Get Out The Way" (Bobby Brown)

Check out this new joint from Bobby Brown entitled "Get Out The Way". Lifted from a new solo project Bobby Brown is working on, this new joint finds Brown on an uptempo track. Check it out and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "Let's Stay Together" (Al Green)

Take a listen to Al Green singing his classic "Let's Stay Together". Lifted from his 1972 performance from "Live on Rollin' On The River", Green lets into this smooth classic with his gospel tinged soulful vocals... Enjoy!

Live Clip: "I Love You" (Jill Scott)

Take a few minutes to watch Jill Scott perform a new joint "I Love You" which is expected to be on her upcoming album "The Light of The Sun". Lifted from her performance back in 2010, the album is expected to drop sometime this year and it will be Scott's first album of new material since Scott's 2007 "The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3"... Enjoy

New Joint: "Things I Like About You" (Lloyd)

Take a listen to this new joint from Lloyd entitled "Things I Like About You". It is still unclear though if this joint will be featured on his upcoming album "King of Hearts" dropping March 22nd... Enjoy!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Interview: Jessie J

Take a few minutes to check out this three part interview that Jessie J gave to VEVO Lift where she talks about how she got her start singing, her family, writing her first song at 9, working with a girl group, and so much more... Enjoy!

Song of the Day: Just Friends (Sunny) (Musiq Soulchild)

"Just Friends (Sunny)" - Musiq Soulchild
  • From Musiq's debut album Aijuswanaseing
  • Producers: Ivan "Orthodox" Barias & Carvin "Ransum" Haggins
  • Classification: Philly Soul, Neo-Soul, Smooth Soul
  • Record Label: Def Soul
  • "Just Friends (Sunny)" was released in 2000
  • The song peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. 

Interview: Duffy

Check out  Duffy's recent interview where she talks to Artists Direct about her creative process for music, how she wanted there to be a sonic crispness to her music for 2011, how she loves cinema, loving old-school music especially Marvin Gaye, and much more... Enjoy!

Live Audio: "After The Love Is Gone" (Earth, Wind, And Fire)

Listen to this live audio of Earth, Wind, and Fire performing their classic "After The Love Is Gone". Lifted from a concert they did in Japan, their vocals and instrumentation are all on point... Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Smile" (Janelle Monáe)

Check out Janelle Monáe's amazing cover of the Charlie Chaplin and Nat King Cole classic "Smile". Janelle has really made this song her own and tore it up from this clip that was recorded in Sao Paulo, Brazil... Enjoy!

New Joint: "Anything To Have" (Jazmine Sullivan)

Check out another new joint from Jazmine Sullivan entitled "Anything To Have". Produced by Anthony "Ant" Bell, this track once again finds Sullivan on an uptempo hip-hop tinged beat that she infects with her unique soulful voice... Enjoy!

Live Video of the Day: "Sometimes I Cry" (Eric Benet)

Take a few minutes to watch Eric Benet perform his current single "Sometimes I Cry" on The Wendy Williams Show." Lifted from his current album "Lost In Time", Eric really croons on this joint and hits some crazy high notes in the process... Enjoy!

Behind the Scenes: "Price Tag" (Jessie J)

Take a look behind the scenes of Jessie J's new video for her current single "Price Tag". Lifted from her debut album "Who You Are" which is expected to drop in the UK on March 28th and in the US shortly thereafter. Jessie shows us some of the visuals from the upcoming video which include her singing while sitting in a large chair, a money tree, and a huge teddy bear... Enjoy!

Live Clip: "Good Girl" (Alexis Jordan)

Watch Alexis Jordan perform her second single "Good Girl" which is featured on her upcoming debut album "Alexis Jordan" which is hitting the shelves in the UK on February 28th. Lifted from a showcase she gave to News of the World, Alexis' vocals really shine in this simple performance... Enjoy!

New Video: "I Follow Rivers" (Lykke Li)

Watch Lykke Li's new video for her second single "I Follow Rivers". Lifted from the swedish singer-songwriter's album "Wounded Rhythms",  this visual finds the indie singer running with some amazing landscape in the foregrounds and backgrounds. Check out her earthy and soulful sounds and Enjoy!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Live Video of the Day: "Lovesong" (Adele)

Watch Adele performing her cover of The Cure's "Lovesong" for the first time live. Lifted from her performance at the Tabernacle in London over the weekend, Adele is spot on with her amazing voice and really breaths new life into this classic. Check it out bellow and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Please Mr. Postman" (The Marvelettes)

"Please Mr. Postman" - The Marvelettes

  • Writers: Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland, and Robert Bateman
  • Producers: Brianbert (Brian Holland & Robert Bateman)
  • Classification: Motown, Old-School Soul
  • Record Label: Tamala 
  • Released in 1961 from their album "Please Mr. Postman"
  • Peaked at #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B Singles
  • Was Motown's first number one hit

New Video: "Falling Down" (Jared Evan)

Watch Jared Evan's new video for his single "Falling Down." Featured as a new joint a few days ago, Jared has recently released the visual to accompany his song. Check it out and Enjoy!

Live Clip: "Fortunate" (Maxwell)

Take a few minutes to check out Maxwell performing his hit "Fortunate" from his tour back in 2008. Vocally on point, Maxwell brings it in this clip which was lifted from his tour stop in Houston, TX... Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Promise This" (Adele)

Take a few minutes to listen to Adele's cover of Cheryl Cole's "Promise This". Adele's haunting vocals really take this song to another level. Cole is one of Adele's favorites and she really infects this song with her amazing voice... Enjoy!

New Joint: "Take Over You" (Jazmine Sullivan)

Check out this new joint from Jazmine Sullivan entitled "Take Over You". Produced by Anthony "Ant" Bell who produced "In Love With Another Man" from her debut album "Fearless" as well as "Redemption" and "In Vain" from her sophomore album "Love Me Back", "Take Over You" is a nice soulful upbeat track... Enjoy!