The three-time Grammy nominated artist BJ The Chicago releases a new soothing tune just in time for Valentine’s Day. “Roses” adds to the love-filled day expounding on the color of red and a love interest that just keeps him going, as she plays with his hair, he says.
BJ also took the time out to congratulate his fellow Grammy Nominees and now Winners, Solange who snagged the award for Best R&B Performance of “Cranes In The Sky”, Lalah Hathaway who won two awards for Best R&B Album, Lalah Hathaway Live LP, and Best R&B Performance of the Anita Baker classic, “Angel.”
The Lincoln Motor Company returned this year as an exclusive automotive sponsor for ESSENCE’s eighth annual Black Women in Music event held last night in Los Angeles. 2017 marks the eighth consecutive year Lincoln has been an elite patron for the event.
This year’s event celebrated nominees from the biggest night in music, along with singer/songwriter Erykah Badu on the 20th anniversary of her groundbreaking debut album Baduizm.
Award-winning singer/songwriter Estelle joined Lincoln on stage as part of the festivities to premiere her feature in Lincoln’s ongoing First Listen series. The latest feature, available for viewing on Lincoln Now, previews Estelle’s latest track, “Be in Luv,” from behind the wheel of the all-new Lincoln Continental.
Nigerian singer-songwriter, actress, and Roc Nation‘s very own Tiwa Savage also performed live as an opening act just before Erykah hit the stage.
“This is a big week for Lincoln as it relates to music,” said Raj Register, multicultural communications manager, Lincoln. “From celebrating women at events like Black Women in Music, to debuting Estelle’s First Listen piece, to premiering Gary Clark Jr.’s new Continental commercial, it’s clear music drives us.”
Celebrities that hit the Black Carpet were: the cast of BET’s New Edition mini-series (Luke James, Keith Powers & Woody McClain), Mya, Remy Ma, Lil Mama, Billboard‘s Bozoma Saint John, Diana Gordon aka Wynter Gordon, Gabrielle Dennis, Chloe x Halle, Faith Evans, SerayahMcNeil, Simone Missick, Mario, Master P & his daughter Cymphonique, Tasha Smith and many more.shared the red carpet with the all-new Continental and Lincoln MKZ.
Coming off the musical eloquence of A Seat At The Table, Solange Knowles graces the cover of Interview Magazine. Bringing things back full circle as she just interviewed her Mother, Tina Lawson and her Father, Mathew Knowles on her highly praised album, Solo thought it was only right to have her big sis Beyonce curate her interview for the popular publication.
With the article titled In Control, Bey spoke with the “Don’t Touch My Hair” singer about life growing up, music, her favorite producer Missy Elliot and more after just coming from a parent-teacher conference.
BEYONCÉ: Are you exhausted? I know you had a parent-teacher conference …
SOLANGE: Yeah, I actually had to fly to Philly because there were no flights left to New York. And now I’m driving from Philly to New York. Well, I’m not driving, but …
BEYONCÉ: You have to drive? From Philly?
SOLANGE: Yeah. But it’s not bad. It’s only an hour and 40 minutes.
BEYONCÉ: Oh my God! Rock star. Well, it is a bit strange, because we’re sisters and we talk all the time, to be interviewing you. But I’m so happy to interview you because, clearly, I’m your biggest fan and I’m super proud of you. So we’ll start from the beginning. Growing up, you were always attracted to the most interesting fashion, music, and art. You were obsessed with Alanis Morissette and Minnie Riperton and mixing prints with your clothes … when you were only 10 years old. You would lock yourself in a room with your drum set and a record player and write songs. Do you remember that? Of course you do.
SOLANGE: I do. [both laugh]
BEYONCÉ: What else attracted you growing up?
SOLANGE: I remember having so much perspective about my voice, and how to use my voice, at such a young age—whether it was through dance, poetry, or coming up with different projects. I guess I always felt a yearning to communicate—I had a lot of things to say. And I appreciated y’all’s patience in the house during all of these different phases. They were not ever very introverted, quiet phases.
BEYONCÉ: No, not at all. [both laugh] I remember thinking, “My little sister is going to be something super special,” because you always seemed to know what you wanted. And I’m just curious, where did that come from?
SOLANGE: I have no idea, to be honest! I always knew what I wanted. We damn sure know that I wasn’t always right. [both laugh] But I’d sit firm, whether I was right or wrong. I guess a part of that was being the baby of the family and being adamant that, in a house of five, my voice was being heard. Another part is that I remember being really young and having this voice inside that told me to trust my gut. And my gut has been really, really strong in my life. It’s pretty vocal and it leads me. Sometimes I haven’t listened, and those times didn’t end up very well for me. I think all of our family—you and mom—we’re all very intuitive people. A lot of that comes through our mother, her always following her gut, and I think that spoke to me really loudly at a young age and encouraged me to do the same.
BEYONCÉ: You write your own lyrics, you co-produce your own tracks, you write your own treatments for your videos, you stage all of your performances, all of the choreography … Where does the inspiration come from?
SOLANGE: It varies. For one, I got to have a lot of practice. Growing up in a household with a master class such as yourself definitely didn’t hurt. And, as far back as I can remember, our mother always taught us to be in control of our voice and our bodies and our work, and she showed us that through her example. If she conjured up an idea, there was not one element of that idea that she was not going to have her hand in. She was not going to hand that over to someone. And I think it’s been an interesting thing to navigate, especially watching you do the same in all aspects of your work: Society labels that a control freak, an obsessive woman, or someone who has an inability to trust her team or to empower other people to do the work, which is completely untrue. There’s no way to succeed without having a team and all of the moving parts that help bring it into life. But I do have—and I’m unafraid to say it—a very distinctive, clear vision of how I want to present myself and my body and my voice and my perspective. And who better to really tell that story than yourself? For this record specifically, it really started with wanting to unravel some truths and some untruths. There were things that had been weighing heavy on me for quite some time. And I went into this hole, trying to work through some of these things so that I could be a better me and be a better mom to Julez and be a better wife and a better friend and a better sister. Which is a huge part of why I wanted you to interview me for this piece. Because the album really feels like storytelling for us all and our family and our lineage. And having mom and dad speak on the album, it felt right that, as a family, this closed the chapter of our stories. And my friends’ stories—every day, we’re texting about some of the micro-aggressions we experience, and that voice can be heard on the record, too. The inspiration for this record came from all of our voices as a collective, and wanting to look at it and explore it. I’m so happy I got to take my time in that process. And the end result feels really rewarding.
BEYONCÉ: Well, it brought tears to my eyes to hear both of our parents speak openly about some of their experiences. And what made you choose Master P to speak on the album?
SOLANGE: Well, I find a lot of similarities in Master P and our dad.
As we turn the page on 2016 and usher in the year 2017, OVEOUS gives fans and tastemakers the first feel good remix of 2017 as he puts a new twist on Solange’s soulful single “Rise”.
OVEOUS gives “Rise” a makeover as he adds that classic NY house with a “bounce clap your foot to the funk” and makes the official mix the new house club banger. He also created the remix as he’s been in Melbourne Australia spinning at all of the hottest house clubs from Dubai to the down under. Now, OVEOUS is looking to share his new mix with his fans and with the world.
With so much pressure in the air from fans wanting the full version of H.E.R.‘s hit track “Pigment” from the H.E.R. Vol. 1 EP, the glowing artist decided to drop the official song just for the holidays for listeners to enjoy.
Since the release of the EP, it has become the absolute music go-to favorite for celebs like: Alicia Keys, Usher, Bryson Tiller, Wyclef Jean and more. The project also made iTunes list of Best Albums of 2016 along with the likes of Solange, Tory Lanez, Bruno Mars, Anderson.Paak, Childish Gambino, Rihanna and many more.
Solange continues to make the rounds promoting her highly celebrated album A Seat at the Table.
On Thursday (Dec. 15) the R&B songstress stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallonto deliver a captivating performance. Offering soothing harmonious sounds Solange, backed by singers and a live band delivered an invigorating medley of “Rise” and “Weary.”
Visually, viewers were treated to a moody and warm sea of red in varying intensities from the lighting, to the circular backdrop, and even outfits. Dressed in stunning jumpsuits connected by beautifully draped fabric, Solange and her singers looked radiant and mesmerizing as their bodies gracefully yet intensely shifted through the choreography while they sang their angelic voices off.
The connected jumpsuits; a concept thought of by Solange herself, were designed by her mama Tina Knowles and created by Tim Wise as Tina revealed in a gushing Instagram post.
The proud mama was also beaming with joy last month when Solange performed on Saturday Night Live for the first time. Just like last night’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon the fashionista’s performance along with her gorgeously intricate look and hairstyle stole the show.
Rick Ross seems to be quite moved by Solange‘s hit single that is completely making major waves entitled “Cranes In The Sky” from the album A Seat At The Table. The song is so hot that the 305 rapper had to lace the track with a few of his own signature bars.
The 21-track project officially drops Friday, September 30 via Saint Records/Columbia. It will include appearances from Lil Wayne, The Dream, BJ the Chicago Kid, Q-Tip, Kelly Rowland, Tweet, and more.
Earlier this week 86 lucky fans received a book of poetry which appears to feature lyrics from the album and photos. A digital version of the book is available to view online for free.
A Seat at the Table Track List
2. “Weary” featuring Tweet
3. “Interlude: The Glory Is in You”
4. “Cranes in the Sky”
5. “Interlude: Dad Was Mad”
6. “Mad” Featuring Lil Wayne, Moses Sumney and Tweet
7. “Don’t You Wait”
8. “Interlude: Tina Taught Me”
9. “Don’t Touch My Hair” featuring Sampha
10. “This Moment” featuring Devonté Hynes and Lu
11. “Where Do We Go” featuring Sean Nicholas Savage
12. “Interlude: For Us By Us”
13. “F.U.B.U.” featuring The-Dream, BJ the Chicago Kid and Tweet
14. “Borderline (An Ode to Self Care)” featuring Q-Tip
15. “Interlude: “I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It” featuring Kelly Rowland and Nia Andrews
17. “Interlude: No Limits”
18. “Don’t Wish Me Well”
19. “Interlude: Pedastals”
20. “Scales” featuring Kelela
21. “Closing: The Chosen Ones”