changed became the game overnight with her oops, pow, surprise album release. Her self-titled fifth album isn't just any old release (that's quite evident), instead being billed as a "visual album" and containing videos for each of the 14 songs on BEYONCÉ but also three additional tracks bringing the music video total to 17. In the event you're on the fence about plunking down your hard earned $15.99 to purchase the visual album from iTunes, leave it to Bey to entice us to do just that with 30-second previews of each song's music video on her YouTube page. Each clip is a standalone visual and the videos were filmed around the world and directed by auteurs such as Hype Williams, Jake Nava, Melina Matsoukas, Jonas Akerlund and Pierre Debusschere. Beyoncé rocks a myriad of looks and fashion and looks phenomenal whether she's turning up or slowing it down. It's a family affair in a few of the videos with Bey being joined by hubby Jay Z in the lovey dovey "Drunk In Love" and the super sexy "Partition," baby girl Blue Ivy in "Blue" and mother Tina Knowles in "Grown Woman." These video snippets are great appetizers, but they're just going to make you hungry for Beyoncé's 17-course meal. Preview the videos right here, and if you decide that you want to make the investment to own this collection of her music videos for yourself, then iTunes is only a click away.
If the music industry was a game of Spades, then Beyoncé just ran a Boston on everyone at the stroke of midnight with the surprise release of her fifth studio album, the aptly titled BEYONCÉ. The "visual album" was released exclusively on iTunes, and it's jam-packed with 14 new songs and 17 music videos recorded and filmed in various locations. King B had no chill late Thursday night/early Friday morning, releasing this new project on the same night as Scandal's winter finale with nary a care of how the public would deal. Trust and believe that stans, fans, lovers and even haters have been in a frenzy downloading the album and discussing it via social media and on blogs. Morning meetings are being cancelled and people are already planning to call in slick after consuming the super-sized package that is BEYONCÉ with features from her bae Jay Z, her baby Blue Ivy, Drake, Frank Ocean and Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Prior to 1993, my knowledge of Lenny Kravitz was fairly limited to more of the scandalous rumors surrounding his personal life than to his actual music. I knew that he was allegedly to have been partially to blame for the rift between his actress ex-wife Lisa Bonet and comedian Bill Cosby, which led to her unceremonious exit from both The Cosby Show and A Different World. I knew that the tabloids also said that their marriage ended amidst rumors of infidelities and drug abuse. But aside from his decidedly soulful 1991 breakup ode "It Ain't Over Til It's Over," I knew little about his past two albums, other than the fact that they were usually filed away in the rock section at my local Sam Goody, a section which I usually marched past on my way to the R&B section.
Bobby Womack's career has spanned over 50 years, and despite some health setbacks in recent years he is showing no signs of slowing down. Just last year he released The Bravest Man in the Universe to critical acclaim, and to end this year he'll be performing for three nights at City Winery in New York City starting on Friday, December 20th and ending on Sunday, December 22nd. NYC Bouncers should make plans to attend one or more of these shows to see this soul legend in action. Tickets are on sale now to see Womack in concert and for VIP meet and greets on City Winery's website and box office. Move Forward Music has also been kind enough to give us a pair of tickets to give away for each night of Bobby Womack's three-night stand. Enter to win now!
Rebellious reality star K. Michelle stopped by VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live this morning to perform her latest single "Can't Raise A Man." Rocking a new short 'do and a leather curve-hugging dress, she sat down to talk about her GRAMMY not-ination, to which she shadily responded that "the line at Western Union was too long, so I missed it." Still a new artist, K. Michelle gracefully stated that she has plenty of time to be recognized by the GRAMMY Awards and looks forward to being nominated in the future. She also talked about her transition to NYC and her trouble with dating in the city, but thank goodness her hot pocket "works perfectly fine" she assured host Carrie Keagan. Always one to give sage advice, K. also shared the pro-tip that apple cider vinegar works to "make it friendly." She later logged in a powerful performance of her new single "Can't Raise A Man" with a little reggae remix woven through the middle. K. Michelle woke up the Big Morning Buzz Live audience, belting out the chorus like she was channeling past experiences. As we continue to take in her advice about hot pocket maintenance and the kind of men to stay away from, enjoy this live performance of "Can't Raise A Man."
Oddisee strikes again with another excellent production on his remix of Ladi6's "Diamonds." His touch remixes the feel of the original from an upbeat active vibe to a smooth groove to ride home to after a long day's work. Oddisee is careful not to dilute the meaning of the song by packing a ton instruments into the track. Instead, he uses intentional repetition of sounds to mesh with Ladi6's sultry warm tone. The track and her voice are not exactly a perfect match. However, the style of his flow pours easily in between her vocals making the track more than enjoyable. This reflection on societal woes as related to coping with pop culture pressure has its necessary space on everyone's playlist. As of now, New Zealander Ladi6 only has one upcoming concert date in the US in New York City. NYC Bouncers should mark your calendars to check her out at S.O.B.'s on March 13, 2014.
It's been a while since we've heard from Atlanta musical mastermind Rahbi, but he's not letting the year end without sharing a taste of what's to come in 2014. After opening up for Janelle Monáe's Electric Lady Tour stop in Atlanta last month as well as sharing the stage with Chantae Cann and Anthony David for PJ Morton's soul-star-studded Thanksgiving weekend concert series, Rahbi is ready to make you dance again with his latest release "L.C.U." While you're busy dancing to this jam, he is finding himself caught up in a whirlwind as love creeps up and whisks him away. "My heart begins to flutter/My blood begins to race/I do believe that love has shown its face," he chants as the bass thumps. Rush over to iTunes to grab your copy of Rahbi's "L.C.U." and prepare to get your life on the car ride home from work today.
There are some collaborations that fall flat but there are others that exceed our expectations. Actor Will Ferrell, in character as Anchorman's Ron Burgundy, and singer Robin Thicke are a match made in musical comedy heaven on their cover of Christopher Cross' '80s hit "Ride Like the Wind." It's definitely a ride to remember with Thicke's perfect vocals and Burgundy's hilarious improvisations. While Robin sings his heart out in the background, keeping in line with Cross' original song, Ron's sarcasm and creepy jokes make the perfect ad-libs. At one point Burgundy puts his duet partner on Front Street and admits, "I smoked a funny cigarette with this Robin Thicke guy." You can't help but bop your head and chuckle at the same time, especially when Burgundy gets stuck in the studio at the end. Oh, and don't miss the mean flute solo at the 3:46 mark. We've waited almost a decade for the sequel to Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, and now the anticipated Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues comes out on December 18th. One day before the movie we get the complete soundtrack, which features '70s classics like this one. Artists like Grandmaster & Melle Mel, Captain and Tenille and Kenny Loggins also appear on the soundtrack, with Ron Burgundy featured on a number of tracks. We can only imagine what funnyman Will Ferrell has in store for us on the rest of soundtrack, and we'll find out when the Anchorman 2 soundtrack drops on December 17th.
Ella Eyre had me eating out of her hands when she hooked up with Rudimental, and I've been waiting impatiently for something more substantial to drop from this young lady with the big hair and even bigger voice. While she's teased us with the single "Deeper" in the lead up to the EP of the same name's release later this month, I have become greedy and want more. Well, she's dangling the carrot even further with another hot new track from the EP entitled "Love Me Like You." Eyre's raspy vocals over garage-esque beats wailing about an ex-lover who loved her like no other? Yes, please and thank you. Feel the pleasure of Ella's pain on "Love Me Like You" right here, and get ready to devour Deeper on December 15th.
Four albums and almost 10 years into her solo career, and Kelly Rowland finally has the chance to get it right. Earlier this year she released Talk A Good Game and received rave reviews and support, yet it almost seems like she forgot about it herself. Last night Rowland sat down with Arsenio Hall to discuss her position as a judge on FOX's talent series The X Factor, her rumored engagement and, of course, Beyoncé. Other than mulling over the controversial lyrics in "Dirty Laundry" and her past feelings regarding Beyoncé's success, talk of Kelly's latest musical work was bypassed. Nonetheless, it's still good to see this Destiny's Child alum stepping into her own spotlight and looking quite gorgeous while doing so. When asked what advice she would give her younger self she offered, "I would probably tell myself to move out of faith and just be courageous." Here's to hoping she takes home that GRAMMY for "Without Me," alongside Fantasia and Missy Elliott, and brings forth some more quality R&B music next year.