the R&B music world

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Mariah Carey

Mariah has finished a new album, "The Emancipation of Mimi". Insiders have confirmed Jermaine Dupri, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams are all on the new joint and that this is quite possibly the strongest material Mariah has ever recorded. LA Reid, the top boy at Island/Def Jam in the US. He was so impressed by the work Mariah was doing, that he became personally involved in the project and is confident this will be that the record that puts Mariah back on top.
Mariah Carey will release March 29th the new song " Say Something", her first single for over two years. The 34-year-old's forthcoming new album "The Emancipation of Mimi" is set for release Spring 2005.
Also she has now reportedly signed a multi-million pound songwriting deal with Universal in order to earn back some of the money.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Cd review: Destiny's Child

Destiny's Child built its reputation on club tracks. The members locked into precise harmonies, then sent their voices around defying curves, declaiming love songs in which tenderness seemed less important . The smash hit Bootylicious was workout music, not make-out music. After her successful solo, Beyoncé Knowles reassembled her troops, reintroducing Destiny's Child with a suitably new song, Lose My Breath, with a tight marching band beat by her and Rodney "Darkchild" Jenkins. Now comes the album, Destiny Fulfilled, a surprising disc that never quite justifies its existence. It's not fierce enough to be a triumphant return and not giddy enough to be a just-for-fun. Soldier, a collaboration with the rappers TI and Lil' Wayne, turns out these independent women are looking for some thug love and when the three chant, "I know some soldiers in here/Where they at? Where they at?" they sound like an army.Most of the other highlights come not from Knowles or from Kelly Rowland but from Michelle Williams, who spent the past few years making gospel albums; her voice is thin and slightly scratchy, with a churchified twang.

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Alicia Keys and Aids

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys is calling on her peers in the music industry to raise their voices to help millions suffering from AIDS in Africa. Keys, who recently traveled to Africa, noted that UNAIDS estimates 100 million people will be infected with the AIDS virus by the end of this decade, and that fewer than 1 percent of Africans with AIDS have access to antiretroviral treatment that has greatly improved the lives of AIDS patients in Western countries. To that end, Keys encourages support of Keep a Child Alive, which has established treatment programs in Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and Rwanda. Other recording stars affiliated with the group include Rod Stewart, Good Charlotte, Cher, Nelly, Josh Groban and Avril Lavigne.

Friday, November 19, 2004

A Tribute To Ray Charles

Ray Charles was born Ray Charles Robinson on September 30, 1930. Ray Charles was born Ray Charles Robinson on September 30, 1930. He developed glaucoma shortly after he watched his brother drown to death in a wash tub. He attended a special school for the deaf and blind where he played the piano and the clarinet. His parents died by the time he was the age of 15. Charles moved to Florida where became life long friends with Quincy Jones and also released his first R&B hit in 1948. Ray continued in success from then but not of course without some struggles. Ray struggled with drugs and alcohol for many years but successfully overcame them. Ray's last public appearance was at the Birchmere in Alexandria before his sudden death with liver failure on June 10, 2004. Ray Charles in my eyes was a great legend and forever will be. Rest in peace!

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

This is who Fantasia

Fantasia is the ultimate around-the-way girl.
From her short- hairdo to her wisecracking slang to her this year's "American Idol" proudly represents that often overlooked the girl from the street trying to take out another day.
Nowhere is that more seen then on her new album than on the song "Baby Mama." An ode to single motherhood, the track -- whose lyrics occasionally border on "Saturday Night Live" satire -- gives a shout out to women supporting their children on their own, struggling to pay the bills and raise their child at the same time.
For the 20-year-old Fantasia -- sole supporter of her toddler daughter, Zion -- it was an song that had needed to come forth.
"A lot of people make us feel like we should be ashamed, we oughta be ashamed because we're babies' mamas, and that's not so. I ain't promotin' sex, I'm just saying, 'Look -- I'm a baby mama,' and that's a ghetto slang," Fantasia says in her Southern accent, starting to laugh.
"I just kept it real."

Monday, November 15, 2004

They are back

Back in the '90s, when R&B mattered, only one group reigned in the R&B music world. In case you're too young to remember who they were, the group was - and still is - Boyz II Men. Little over ten years later, Boyz II Men may not be the most popular R&B act around, but they're still the most successful R&B group in history. Having sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and collected more than a couple of awards - an NAACP award, an American Music Award, and three Grammys - the current members of Boyz II Men are still here ."We love being a part of history," Nathan Morris said. "It's just tough in this business to try to enjoy those type of things because everybody in the business wants to judge you on what you did yesterday." Though their fans may be divided about some of the group's decisions - including their latest album, Throwback, which is basically 11 covers of R&B tracks from the '70s and '80s - all of them agree that Boyz II Men's singing is still and always will be top-notch.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Jamie Foxx is on top

Jamie Foxx is an long time writer, producer, actor, singer, and comedian. Not many people know that Jamie was and still is involved in all these activities. Jamie is more of the behind the scenes guy except for the success of his show- The Jamie Foxx Show. He was the star of the show of course and without him it would have not been what it was. Like many stars Jamie got his start in the church playing for the choir and singing in it. Jamie was not getting as much attention as he would have liked for his playing so he decided to go on to college. While he attended school, like many college students he was broke, so one of his friends gave him the idea that since he had always been so funny he should go try out for the amateur comedy night at one of the local clubs. Jamie took his friends advice and after the first night became a regular and from then on his career took off. Once Jamie had his foot in the entertainment industry the sky was the limit for him. He went on with his show as I mentioned before and then went on to writing and producing music because originally that is where it all started. Now today Jamie has worked with great music artist like Twista, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige and many more. Jamie is still in the acting business also. He has started in movies like Collateral, Any Given Sunday, and his latest Ray. Ray is a great movie about Ray Charles himself and his struggles in the music industry as a blind man. Jamie worked with Ray Charles himself on this movie before he died.
I'm sure that Jamie was honored to work with Ray on the level that he did. I can't wait to go see that movie, I know it's going to be more than what anyone expected.
Here is a picture of Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in the upcoming movie Ray.