Video Review: Usher x Nicki Minaj, ‘She Came To Give It To You’

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Usher performed his latest single, ‘She Came to Give It To You’ LIVE at the VMAs this past Sunday (8.24) and the visual has arrived along with a new single ‘Believe Me’ (review on its way). The theme of the video is an underground club. He was into a corner store, walks to the back and there’s men playing cards as he makes his way past them moving to the club part. That part of the video isn’t anything that I haven’t seen before as Trey Songz featured a similar concept in his ‘Na Na’ video (CLICK HERE for that review). Initially upon seeing still shots from the video I thought it looked a lot like ‘U Don’t Have to Call’, but I am surprised and really enjoyed it.

Getting back into the review, once Usher gets into the club, the beat drops and he is dancing his ass off. He’s performing the song with a band at certain scenes and at other times he’s singing in shadows with a dancer. The choreo is really nice and while it’s nothing crazy I love the vibe of the moves with the sound. As I stated in track review, this vibe reminds me of Earth Wind and Fire. I love how he was able to build on the groove and make it modern.

Insert Nicki Minaj who doesn’t make her appearance inside the club, but she’s in the TV room which was shown earlier in the video. She raps and does her thing and then she and Usher have cute little still shots in the video. Other than the short Pharrell cameo, Usher’s love interest in the video was Taylour Paige from Hit The Floor. Kudos to Usher on this one. I really like it.

Video Review: Chris Brown, ‘New Flame’

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Chris Brown has finally released a visual for his track ‘New Flame’ featuring Usher and Rick Ross. The video has no storyline and while I would have liked one, I’m not surprised. I also would’ve like Usher & Chris to break out into some dope choreo together, but didn’t get that either.

The video is all white themed. THere’s Chris dancing on water twirling an umbrella with a top hat as girls laid around him. As for his attire he has on this pants/shorts thing which is a bit ridiculous and a super long shirt. Then there’s a scene with him standing against this wall and he ditched the shorts and the hat and added a blazer and a gold chain. Then slide to Usher who’s like on top of this mountain and then he started doing that robotic thing he did in ‘Burn’. Moving on to Rick Ross who had to have his shirt off. He could’ve wore a white shirt or something. Nope there he was sitting down with that infamous chain. Shoot to the desert scene with the all white attire still there. There’s ‘X’ blazing in the background; there’s the flame. There’s a random cameo by Tyga. Then Chris kills it at the end with his choreo.

There was nothing really spectacular about the video. I really watched to see what choreo would be involved. You can’t have a Chris Brown video without some choreo. Again I would’ve liked to see a full out routine from him and Usher. They did a little something at the end, but it could’ve been better.

Overall the dessert scene was very entertaining. I’m a fan of Chris Brown’s choreo.

Check out the video below:

This Week In Music (V.16): New Music + News

Welcome to another edition of THIS WEEK IN MUSIC!                      [As always, click the LINK!]

 

Quick chart news. Congrats to Trey Songz for having the number one album in the country, Trigga. He also ranks #1 on both R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and R&B Albums charts. To see who else ranked within the top 10  of the Billboard 200, click here and for my Trigga album review, click here. black-widow-coverIggy Azalea is still atop the Hot 100 with ‘Fancy’ for the 7th week, putting her in fifth place above Adele (‘Rolling In The Deep’, 2011) for longest reign on the Hot 100 this past decade. Holding the #1 spot is Rihanna’s, ‘We Found Love’, (2011-12). With another month a top the charts and she can set a record. Only time will tell. Iggy also released the cover art to her Rita Ora assisted track, ‘Black Widow’, one of my favorites from her album The New Classic. CLICK HERE for my review.

In other music news, I’ve mentioned in a post before that Drake and Lil Wayne would be heading on tour titled, Drake vs. Lil WayneIn an interview with MTV, Lil Wayne discussed just how the show would go down:

“Since, thank God we’ve been so successful, we’ll just be going back and forth with our hits and getting the crowd to go crazy, then just finally hittin’ the stage together.”

What better way to feed off the name of the tour than with an actual battle. That should be interesting. The tour will run from August 8th to September 27th.

rs_600x600-140711151050-600-drake-chris-brown.ls.71114_copyIn other Drake news, his ‘beef’ with Chris Brown must have been ceased because the two have been photo’d in the studio together. I know I’m not the only one who wants to her a Drizzy/Breezy collab. Let’s see how long it takes to surface.

It will have been 20 years since Usher released his debut, ,and it’s been 10 years since the release of his infamous album, Confessions. It has been confirmed that he will be opening this years MTV VMAs airing LIVE August 24th. He hasn’t performed at the VMAs since his 2010 performance of ‘DJ Got Us Falling In Love’ and ‘OMG’. Currently he has, ‘Good Kisser’ out and a new Pharrell Produced and Nicki Minaj featured track titled, ‘She Came To Give It To You’. He already did a medley at the BET Awards so who knows what he’s doing for MTV. Two other performers have been announced for the VMAs, Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer. Stay tuned to future posts for updates.

Backtracking to the Usher/Nicki collab, I did not like it upon first listen, but it has grown on me. It reminds me so much of Earth, Wind & Fire. I guess I didn’t like it because the sound was not what I was expecting with Nicki Minaj being featured on the track. Being that she’s a rapper I was expecting something more ‘club’ oriented. Nicki did great on this beat and this just adds more to her versatility. I’m interested to seeing how this does on the radio. Take a listen below:

https://soundcloud.com/usher-raymond-music/usher-she-came-to-give-it-to-you-featuring-nicki-minaj

 

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If you were questioning if Yaya Decosta was rightly casted to play Whitney Houston in the upcoming Lifetime biopic, this picture should speak for itself. The photo is a recreation of Whitney Houston’s 1987 album, Whitney. The Angela Bassett directed film will be focusing on Houston’s relationship with Bobby Brown and will not address her untimely death. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Angela Bassett stated:

“I want you to fall into the world of Whitney and Bobby. And I don’t want to stop you at the gate with maybe the image of something familiar, someone you’ve seen from something else. Yaya was far and above the only choice.”

Lastly in music news, Beyoncé and Jay Z are heading to HBO.Their ‘On The Run’ tour will be the next installment for the Carters featured on the network. For full details, click here.

Moving on to new music, Omarion and Bow Wow have teamed up for a new track, ‘Need That Love’. I’m sorry, Omarion and Shad Moss. I’m not sure why he dropped Bow Wow, but whatever. The track does sample Michael Jackson’s, ‘Lady In My Life‘ which most people might know as LL Cool J’s, ‘Hey Lover’. As for the track it isn’t horrible. If this is the direction Omarion is going for his upcoming album he’ll be sampling a lot as he sampled DeBarge on his track, ‘You Like It’. I could hear this on the radio. Take a listen below.

 

B.o.B released a mixtape, No Genre Pt.2. CLICK HERE to download that. Not sure when or if I’ll be listening to it. Elle Varner has released her official second single for her upcoming album titled, ‘Don’t Wanna Dance’, and features A$AP Ferg. The vibe of the track reminds me of ‘I Don’t Care’ from her debut, Perfectly ImperfectI like it though and from what she’s put out so far I can’t wait to hear her album. Take a listen below:

https://soundcloud.com/ellevarner/elle-varner-dont-wanna-dance-featuring-aap-ferg

 

Until next week…

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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NEW MUSIC — Chris Brown x Usher x Rick Ross, ‘New Flame’

I heard a snippet of this track sometime last week and I didn’t pay much attention to it. After hearing it in its entirety, I love it. I really love that Chris Brown is back to releasing music, well able to release music, because I’m tired of hearing ‘Loyal’. Catchy, infectious song, BUT I could go for another Breezy track. This time around he teams with Usher and Rick Ross. If you haven’t noticed, Chris Brown has a formula. Put his vocals with a rapper and it’s a banger. Put his vocals with another R&B singer and it’s a banger. He can fit in on a track whether it’s his or a feature. His voice just works. I really like this track, I’m just not the biggest fan of Rick Ross. Oh well!

Check out the track below and CLICK HERE for purchase:

Original v. Cover [V.4]: D’Angelo, ‘Untitled (How Does It Feel)’

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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.