2015 BET Awards Highlights

Another award show has come and gone and as much as I convinced myself that I wouldn’t be watching this years BET Awards, I ended up watching. The show was hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson with a whole bunch of fluff and mediocre performances in between.
I won’t touch base on every performance, but let’s get into my favorites.

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BET Awards 2015: The Nominees

It’s that time of year again or the BET Awards. I remember when I was in middle school I would be excited to watch the show. Now it’s just gotten to be too generic, the winners are too predictable and there’s nothing really special about the performances. It’s amazing that the show has lasted 14 years. Maybe next year they’ll do something special for the 15th annual. Check out my 2014 performance review here.

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Video Review: John Legend, ‘You and I’

John Legend is back with his latest video for his new single, ‘You and I (Nobody In The World)’. I’m so pleased to watch yet another video with CONCEPT!

The video begins with Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen  getting ready for what seems like a night out with her beau. Throughout the video it switches from women of all ethnicities and ages as they seem to struggle with appearance. Legend’s voice and lyrics stand true to show just how beautiful every woman is regardless of whether she has an illness, injury, deformity, etc. She doesn’t always have to go above and beyond to appear how society thinks she should. Natural beauty is to be admired.

You don’t have to try
Don’t try
Don’t try
You don’t have to try

It was disturbing to read a lot of the comments on YouTube about this video as people were very harsh and judgmental. One person commented there weren’t enough black women represented and many commented on the women who showed her breast which were clearly cut off. This is why people, not just women hide. This is why people mask their pain which in turn can lead to suicide. It’s a shame that people are so cruel. I know that they justify their comments by having a right to their own opinion and freedom of speech, but the insensitivity is out of this world with what people write and say.

Beautiful video by John Legend. You can find this track on Legend’s latest album, Love In The Future

Check out the video below:

This Week In Music (V.15) – BET Awards 2014 [Review]

The 2014 BET Awards aired this past Sunday (6.29) and I’ve been waiting to give my take on the show for this edition of This Week In Music. Now I did NOT watch the entire show and I kept up with what was going on via Instagram but we will get into the winners that I chose in a previous post and my take on the performances. My initial post pre-BET awards were My Picks. To make it easier and to save from typing, I compared my pick to the actual winner. I didn’t do too shabby:

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This Week In Music (V.7): Top of the Charts |New Music | Celeb News

It’s another week in music that has passed and just incase you’ve missed it here’s what’s worth mentioning.

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First off, CONGRATS to John Legend for scoring his first #1 on the Hot 100 for ‘All of Me’ and congrats to Iggy Azalea for having 2 tracks in the top 10 and within the top 5 ‘Problem’ (w/ Ariana Grande) and ‘Fancy‘ (feat. Charlie XCX). On Digital Songs ‘Problem’ is in at #1 and ‘Fancy’ is in at #2. In other chart news, Imagine Dragons debut track ‘Radioactive’ has bowed out of the Hot 100 after having spent 87 weeks on the chart. It holds the longest streak surpassing popular favorites, ‘I’m Yours’ (Jason Mraz), ‘Rolling In the Deep’ (Adele), ‘Party Rock Anthem’ (LMFAO), plus more.

As for videos this week there were 3 that really caught my eye: Usher ‘Good Kisser’, Sara Bareilles ‘I Choose You’, and my favorite video release of the week Sia ‘Chandelier’. The video is such an amazing imagery and be sure to click the link for my full review. In the meantime check out the video below:

In other new music Michael Jackson’s, Xscape, is set to hit stores June _ and hot of the heals of the iHeartRadio debut, , two more tracks have been released. Take a listen to ‘Blue Gangsta’ and ‘Xscape’ here.

In other new music I came across this track ‘Made for Me’ by  Sebastian Mikael featuring Teyana Taylor. The track is featured I love both of their vocals together and will be doing a full review on his mixtape, Waiting Game, so stay tuned for that. Also I’ll be doing an official track/video for Teyana Taylor’s track ‘Maybe’ which hits airwaves Tuesday, 5.13.14. Check out the track below:

9218-689-140509-Iovine-Dre-lMoving on to the NEWS of the week, and no I’m not talking Rihanna’s Instagram. Dr. Dre is set to become the first RAP BILLIONAIRE after his deal with Apple. Dre and his parter Jimmy Iovine are expected to receive 3.2 billion for the sale of Beats by Dre and the newest project Beats Music. This will be a huge deal for Dre as he will surpass Diddy’s $700 million net worth and a huge deal for Apple as they have not paid over 1 billion for a company.  CONGRATS to that!

I don’t like to discuss much celeb ‘scandal’ on here, but let’s get to Rihanna’s instagram. Her instagram was suspended than the account was cleared out. Why? Well if you haven’t read on other blogs it’s all for her topless post of her LUI cover. Will Rih be making a reappearance to Instagram anytime soon? I sure hope so because her posts at times can be quite comical.

Lastly, Chris Brown has been sentenced to 131 for the violation of his parole due to the D.C. fight. He has a hearing for that fight on June 23rd and is charged with misdemeanor assault. Due to the time served already, 200+ days between rehab & current jail time his lawyer expects him to be released soon.  Although he is not physically promoting his music, his track ‘Loyal’ is all over the airwaves. It’s #11 on the Hot 100, #13 on Radio Songs.

 

 

 

John Legend Scores 1st #1 on Hot 100

John Legend Scores 1st #1 on Hot 100 With 'All of Me'

He’s won 9 Grammys, released 5 studio albums, and has topped the charts in more ways that one with his dozens of hits yet John Legend has surprisingly never peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Well the numbers are in yet another week of chart tracking and John Legend has topped the chart knocking Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ out of the #1 spot, which he had held for 10 straight weeks. It’s been a decade since his debut, Get Lifted, and in that time his previous hits have all topped the R&B/Hip-Hop charts, but have failed to top or make it to the Hot 100. ‘Ordinary People’ (2005) and ‘Green Light’ (2008) were his only tracks to make it to the Hot 100 and both peaked at #24.

‘All of Me’ reached its 30th week on the chart this week and became the third longest climb to the top in the charts 55 year history. The track is featured on his latest album, Love in the Future.

He tweeted:

“#1!!!!!!!! Thank you!!”

Congrats!!!

This Week In Music (V.1): Beyoncé x Kimye x Chris Brown

I do not get a chance to post every single thing that happens in music during the week from live performances to SCANDAL so I’m starting a new series which I will post Saturdays titled, This Week In Music. It will not always be in chronological order, more so of importance, so bear with me.

Beyoncé performed her last show of the Mrs. Carter World Tour in Lisbon and she broke into tears after thanking the fans for all of their support. Check out the clip below:

As for live performances John Legend took to the stage to perform his hit, ‘All of Me’ on Jimmy Kimmel. While I am a fan of the song I am not a fan of the EDM version played on the airwaves during rush hour. A ballad never needs to be turned to techno. It takes away from the essence of it. Janelle Monae took to the stage of American Idol to perform What Is Love from the Rio 2 soundtrack which hit stores this past Tuesday (3.25). Rio 2 hits theaters April 11th. Check out the performances below:

keyshia-madden1There’s been plenty of new music released, but I’m more interested in the albums.

YG’s debut,, hit #2 on the Billboard 200 and Shakira released her 10th self-titled studio album and is expected to debut on the Billboard 200. Who’s still holding the #1 spot? The Frozen Soundtrack. Stay tuned for my post on the movie in the next week.

 

I’ve also talked about 3 so far from Bruno Mars, Kesha, and Usher. Well Kesha is now not working with Zedd that was just a rumor, but I’m pretty sure she has a new album in the works. Lil Wayne’s Carter V still has no release date despite Drake saying at a show that it would be May 5th. Not sure what to expect from Weezy anymore, but I’m not excited about this album. Keyshia Cole will be releasing her 6th studio album titled, Point of No Return, and with her current situation she couldn’t have picked a better title. I’m not really feeling any of the music she’s released. I’m not a fan of ‘Rick James’. This will be her final album with Interscope.

kanye-chris-fashionweek2As for celebrity scandal, I haven’t spoke much on the Chris Brown fiasco or Kanye West so here goes my first and only time speaking on both situations. Chris Brown is currently in jail for violating parole. I have heard rumors that he had sexual relations in rehab & was talking about guns which resulted in him getting kicked out. Due to him getting kicked out he was sent to jail until his D.C. case court date in late April. My personal opinion? This is all on Chris Brown.I can’t feel sorry for an almost 25 year old that doesn’t have it together and had the chance of making things right. He’s given chance after chance and he just seems to blow them. I’m so over it. As for Kanye  West I’m over him as well ALTHOUGH he and Kim did look great on that Vogue cover despite what others think. Good luck to him and his 2 year probation and I hope he stays out of trouble. He’s not just living for himself anymore. He has a daughter. So to top it all off it’s ‘RUMORS’ that Kanye wants to call off the marriage between him and Kim because Kim had interactions with Chris Brown. MAJOR SIDE EYE to that foolery of a story. Regardless of whether it’s true or not whatever someone else did in their past before getting in a relationship with you is their business.

Welp that’s it for this edition of This Week In Music. Until next time…