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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This Week In Music [V.21] — Chart News + Fall Album Dates

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music. Be sure to click the links below to check out my posts for this week:

Now let’s get into chart news. The #1 album in the country is, Guardians of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1. Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer hold tight in the Top 10 with their albums as well as Frozen although its quickly declining.

As for the Hot 100, Magic!’s ‘Rude’ still holds the #1 spot. Meghan Trainor shoots up from 8-4 with ‘All About That Bass’ looking to dethrone Magic! As for new appearances on the Hot 100, Charlie XCXs ‘Boom Clap’.

IMG_3587.JPGThere’s a lot of albums coming out this fall so here are dates that have been confirmed thus far:

  • Maroon 5 – V – 9.02
  • Jhene Aiko – Souled Out – 9.09
  • Chris Brown – X – 9.16
  • Lenny Kravitz – Strut – 9.23
  • Lady Gaga | Tony Bennett – Cheek to Cheek – 9.23
  • Jennifer Hudson – J. Hud – 9.23
  • Keyshia Cole – Point of No Return – 10.07
  • Tinashe – Aquarius – 10.07
  • Lil Wayne – Carter V – 10.28

Video Review: Keyshia Cole, ‘She’

The artwork has been revealed for Keyshia Cole‘s, Point of No Return, and she’s back with the video for her track ‘She’. While it has been said that Keyshia is talking about a female lover she talked about the concept of the song on 106 & Park.

“It’s about self love to me, and going through my divorce, you have to give yourself a little self love because you’re used to somebody being there every night and they’re not.”

The video features a different side of Keyshia Cole which really isn’t displayed. She’s in lingerie dancing for someone whose in a suit, hat and lounging in a chair. As the video goes on its clear to see that she’s dancing for herself. It’s interesting to see that side of Keyshia. The gold ensemble that she had on at 1:50 was gorgeous. The video overall was way better than the others she’s released. I understood the concept of it and I hope that from here on out they only get better.

Check out the video below:

Keyshia Cole Reveals Point of No Return Artwork

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Keyshia Cole is currently on tour promoting her upcoming album, Point of No Return, and the artwork for the project has surfaced. In an interview with Fuse, Keyshia discussed the concept of the album:

“There’s definitely more sexy songs on this album than I’ve ever done. I’m excited to see what the people think about that, so we’ll see how receptive they are to the album. I think it’s a great album and I feel like it’s one of my best albums to date.”

So far she’s released tracks ‘Rick James’ featuring Juicy J and ‘Next Time (Won’t Give My Heart Away), and ‘She’. Pictures from a video shoot have surfaced of a new single featuring 2 Chainz, ‘Ni**as Like You’. Click the links below to see my video reviews of two of the tracks:

Keyshia finishes up the promo tour, August 25th, and theres a rumored release date of September 2nd. More updates to come in future posts.

Keyshia Cole, ‘Point of No Return’, Tour

keyshia-next-timeKeyshia_Cole_Rick_James_Juicy_jAfter releasing two singles, ‘Rick James‘ and ‘Next Time‘, Keyshia Cole is hitting the road this summer for a mini tour. Her upcoming album, Point of No Return has no official release date just yet, but it’s clear to see that this tour is all promo based off the timing and venues. The month and a half tour kicks off in Rochester, NY (July 12th) and finishes up in San Diego, CA (August 25th). Check out the dates below (via Rap-Up):

July 12 – Blue Cross Arena – Rochester, NY
July 18 – Century Link Center – Bossier City, LA
July 22 – Saint Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
July 24 – House of Blues Chicago – Chicago, IL
July 26 – Paul Brown Stadium – Cincinnati, OH
July 27 – House of Blues Cleveland – Cleveland, OH
July 29 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Aug 1 – Theatre Of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 2 – House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA
Aug. 3 – The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD
Aug. 7 – The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
Aug. 8 – DPAC – Durham, NC
Aug. 9 – House of Blues Myrtle Beach – North Myrtle Beach, SC
Aug. 10 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
Aug. 11 – House of Blues Orlando – Orlando, FL
Aug. 13 – House of Blues New Orleans – New Orleans, LA
Aug. 15 – House of Blues Houston – Houston, TX
Aug. 17 – House Of Blues Dallas – Dallas, TX
Aug. 21 – House of Blues Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
Aug. 22 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
Aug. 23 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
Aug. 25 – House of Blues San Diego – San Diego, CA

Regardless of the current state of her career there are a lot of Keyshia Cole fans still out there. From the direction of the two tracks she’s released thus far, I’d say scratch that and start from square one. With the album being due in the summer that’s probably not an option. Breakups can make for GREAT music, I mean look at Keyshia’s track record. In this case though, I haven’t been interested in anything. Nothing is radio worthy and I am unsure of how much it’ll really sell. Album sales are everything, but radio play at least keeps you relevant.

 

 

 

Video Review: Keyshia Cole, ‘Next Time (Won’t Give My Heart Away)’

I wish that her album had straight ballads like this. I love Keyshia Cole and the music that she had previously released, but ‘Rick James‘ in my opinion was not her best work. Now she’s back with the video for the track she freestyled called ‘Next Time (Won’t Give My Heart Away).’

This is the track that fans have been wanting. It’s heart felt and Keyshia is in her feelings more than ever being that this is based on her current situation. Vocally Keyshia has sounded better, but I really lil this song and hope there are more like these on her album.

Let’s get to the video. It’s simple yet a lot at the same time. I wish the video was more simple than it was based off how the track was created. She looks great in this video and there are parts where she’s just sitting singing, but it in a way seems thrown together. My favorite scene was her ensemble in the white printed dress with knee high boots. As for her attire in other scenes it was ok, the colorful outfit in the beginning seemed too big based on how she was holding it. Looking past the video I could hear this on the radio for sure. Great track.

Check out the video below: