In case you missed it, all-female contemporary R&B vocal group June’s Diary debuted their first full-choreographed show since forming by way of Kelly Rowland and Frank Gatson‘s Chasing Destiny reality talent search show in 2016, live at the 2017 Essence Festival in New Orleans on Sunday, July 2.
The quintet teases eager fans with full performances of the buzz singles “All of Us”, “Wrap Around”, “I Know Why You’re Calling” and “Good Time.” Their set also included impressive renditions of Beyoncé’s “Love On Top,” The Jackson 5‘s “I Wanna Be Where You Are,” Bruno Mars‘ “That’s What I Like,” and a jaw-dropping take on En Vogue‘s “Hold On.” Towards the end of the set, the ladies even brought out none other than Chante Moore for a duet of John Legend‘s “This Time.”
The group’s recently released cover of the classic Jodeci track “Stay” served as a teaser for the project, embodying the revival of the luring qualities of hit R&B groups from the pre-millennium decade – resonant vocals and infectious hooks, coupled with searing, rubbery, R&B bounce.
This week, Red Stripe and Downsound Entertainment held a NY launch event to celebrate the 25th annual Reggae SumFest. Back by popular demand, they announced the festival has been extended to a week long of festivities in Montego Bay, Jamaica starting on July 16 through to July 22. The Festival of Jamaican culture will encapsulate signature Live concerts, Sumfest Sound Clash, a variety of parties, food, and craft at multiple venues across the “Second City”. Guests enjoyed signature cocktails, unlimited Red Stripe and small bites as they jammed the night away while looking at New York City’s skyline at the beautiful Sky Room in Times Square.
Red Stripe’s Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, St. James kicks off on Sunday, July 16 with a Beach Party and moves into the Sumfest Sunset Yacht Party on Monday, July 17. The staple All-White Party at Pier One happens on Tuesday, July 18 followed by Sumfest Blitz on Wednesday, July 19. On Thursday, July 20 Pier One will play host to the exciting Sumfest Heavy Weight Clash, then culminates at Catherine Hall on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 with the pulsating rhythms of music and Jamaican culture.
Downsound Entertainment, organizers of Reggae Sumfest, has announced that Reggae inspired artist Tory Lanez and Dancehall heavyweight Mavado are the latest additions to the 25th staging of the Festival, July 16 – 22. Tory Lanez and Mavado are expected to appear on the show on Night 1, Saturday, July 22 inside the Catherine Hall Complex in Montego Bay.
Also appearing on Night Two is reggae singer, Christopher Martin. He continues to gain popularity in Jamaica and other key reggae markets for what he calls “real-life music”. The artist last month released his 16-track album Big Deal, which debuted at number three on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart.
Reggae Sumfest’s local appeal is matched by its global appeal, as the internationally recognized brand, pulls music lovers from around the world and Europe in particular.
“The concept of “Our Music, Our Festival” appeals to the worldwide community eager to share in Jamaican experience. “Jamaica is infectious,” says Josef Bogdanovich, President of Down Sound Entertainment.
The Reggae Sumfest experience has also attracted the support of corporate sponsors. “In partnership with our sponsors, we will be offering several premiums to our local and international patrons,” Bogdanovich added. These premiums are expected to complement the world-class performances with superior production values for which Reggae Sumfest is well known.
Early bird tickets and travel packages go on sale exclusively on the official website at www.reggaesumfest.com.
Last Night In NYC, POWER‘s very own Rotimi graced the SOB’s stage to a ‘SOLD OUT’ crowd hosted by SFPL‘s Rae Holliday. Premiering his music series titled Rotimi Experience, opening the show were artists Kelby and LHHNY‘s Bianca Bonnie. During Rotimi’s performance he surprised his fans with guest appearances by G-Unit head honcho, 50 Cent, and Nigerian singer/songwriter, Ayo Jay.
Other celebs in attendance were Yandy Smith, Ro James, Luke James, Sonyae Elise, Lea Robinson, Michael Kenneth Williams and more.
On Saturday, Brooklyn based Songstress Annalise Azadian‘s soulful but modern voice captured the diverse crowd of passionate music lovers and industry influencers last night in the lower east side’s Rockwood Music Hall. With the Heavy Hitter’s CEO and Hot 97‘s DJ Enuff by her side, Annalise poured through her very own unapologetic originals including “Tired” and “Bleeding Out”.
DJ Megan Ryte of Hot 97 said:
“Annalise’s voice gives me goosebumps. She is one of the most talented young women that I’ve ever come across. She’s not just a singer, she’s a musician. There are no gimmicks, its just straight talent. Her music speaks to my soul.”
The multi-instrumentalist, Annalise looped in her own melodic covers of today’s hits from artist like Rihanna, Bryson Tiller, and Florence Welch.
DJ Bobby Trends said:
“Annalise is incredibly talented and is the future. She is who will influence the next generation of greatness. I am officially a fan.”
DJ Enuff raves about his first and only artist, Annalise:
“It’s about being lucky enough to discover something new and witness the evolution. I remember seeing that with Kanye, Alicia Keys and 50 cent. It’s an amazing feeling to be apart of something so fresh and genuine.”
Having now performed at Rockwood Music Hall for the second time, Annalise has moved on to the bigger stage and an even bigger crowd.
“Loving the feedback from all of the people and I can’t wait to release my single and video, “Work in Progress” next week.”
Stay tuned for Annalise Azadian’s next release “Work In Progress”.
Entertainment One Music (eOne Music) Recording Artist, Tweet, is proud to announce THE CHARLENE TOUR, bringing alive songs from her latest album and fan favorites. With shows currently spanning seven major cities across the United States, The Southern Hummingbird is setting the stage to win over fans, both old and new. The tour will kick off on May 5th in Chicago, IL, running through May 28 in Washington, DC, with additional dates to be announced.
Tweet has made a strong return to the music scene with the release of the critically acclaimed album CHARLENE. Released on February 26, 2016, the project is a soulful, beautifully candid body of work that showcases Tweet’s dynamic vocals, her artistic writing ability, and her growth and evolution as an artist. From the first single and woman’s anthem “Won’t Hurt Me,” to the alluring “Magic,” and the stand out track “Neva Shouda Left Ya,” music fans will be impressed by her continued creative sound throughout its fifteen tracks. Fans were pleasantly surprised to discover a nostalgic moment on the album where Tweet collaborates with her music mentors Missy Elliott and Timbaland on the track “Somebody Else Will.” ‘Charlene’ is a memorable musical journey that all will appreciate when they see Tweet take the stage this spring.
Tweet exploded onto the music scene in 2002 with a sultry single, “Oops (Oh My)” from her award nominated debut recording album Southern Hummingbird, following recording collaborations for Elliott, Timbaland, Ja Rule, and more. In addition to “Oops (Oh My),” Southern Hummingbird yielded chart topping signature singles “Call Me”, and fan favorite “Smoking Cigarettes,” cementing her as a rising star to watch. In 2005, she returned with the buzzworthy track “Turn Da Lights Off,” featuring Missy Elliott from her sophomore album It’s Me Again. Although she took a hiatus from the spotlight, Tweet always stayed true to her art. In the years following, she made a brief return with the release of the EP Simply Tweet. This EP would set the stage for her musical return and inspiration for ‘Charlene.’
Please see the current schedule below for THE CHARLENE TOUR:
May 5TH – Chicago, IL – The Promontory
May 8TH – Dallas, TX – The Door
May 9TH – Nashville, TN – City Winery
May 11TH – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
May 24TH – New York, NY – SOB’s
May 26TH – Philadelphia, PA – TLA (Theatre of Living Arts)
May 28TH – Washington, DC – The Howard Theatre
Tickets for the tour can be purchased via Ticketmaster and other outlets, check www.IAmTweet.net/Events for the latest information. Tweet will also be performing this summer at the 2016 Essence Festival in New Orleans.
Samsung closed out the final night of Galaxy Life Fest at SXSW with performances from Sia and Elle King. To celebrate the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge devices, Samsung invited guests and Galaxy owners to the last night of the 3-day music event at SXSW.
Elle King kicked off the 2nd night with an unforgettable performance that kept the crowd cheering all night. The singer-songwriter in a sparkly, black flapper-inspired dress and black leather jacket, sang a soulful rock and roll set, including covers of “My Neck My Back” and “Oh Darling” and her radio chart-topper “Ex’s and Oh’s.”
Sia headlined the evening in her signature two-tone wig and rocked a giant blue bow. She was joined by 3 of her dancers whose intense and remarkable movements wowed the audience through the amazing set that included “Bird Set Free, “Big Girls Cry,” “Diamonds,” Cheap Thrills,” Elastic Heart,” “Alive,” “Breathe Me,” “Titanium,” and “Chandelier.”
Last night, Samsung celebrated night #2 of Galaxy Life Fest at SXSW with performances from ColleGrove – the new superstar duo composed of 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne – and Public Enemy.
To celebrate the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge devices and the latest ad campaign series featuring Lil Wayne, Samsung invited guests and Galaxy owners to the 2nd night of the 3-day music event at SXSW.
Public Enemy kicked things off in Austin with an unforgettable performance that kept the crowd on its feet all night. The band played a long list of favorites including “Don’t Believe the Hype” and the legendary “Fight the Power.” No stranger to political messages, Chuck D also used the stage to talk about some of today’s hot topics.
ColleGrove aka Chainz & Lil Wayne made their debut performance as they headlined the evening. 2 Chainz kicked things off with several solo tracks, followed by Lil Wayne, who performed favorites “A Milli,” “Lollipop,” “Truffle Butter,” and more. Then the duo took the stage and performed songs from the new album including “Watch Out” and “Duffle Bag.”
Backstage after the show, Lil Wayne poured an entire bottle of champagne on his Galaxy S7, hilariously showing how water (and champagne) resistant the brand new device is.
Marking JoJo’s network debut of her powerful new single, the wonder talent his the Late Night: Seth Meyers stage for an epic live performance of “Save My Soul.”
JoJo first released the visual to the song at the top of the new year just last month. The video was directed by Zelda Williams and the musical recipe was dedicated to her late Father Joel Levesque. It was his 61st birthday at the time of its release.
John Legend’s brand new music video for his exclusive holiday collaboration with Stella Artois titled, “Under the Stars” is here.
Last week, the Grammy-award winning artist performed the track live for the first time at an interactive and immersive light installation in New York City called, “Stars” by Stella Artois.
The song includes the first-ever duet between a music star on earth and actual stars in the sky.
“Under the Stars” was written and performed by Legend and pays homage to the brand’s name, “Stella,” which directly translates to “star” in Latin. The song was released as a part of the brand’s “Give Beautifully” holiday campaign.