Rough Copy , J Holiday, Day 26, Pretty Ricky Live In London!!

Rough Copy, J Holiday, Day 26 and Pretty Ricky all in one night? Yes it’s true, there was an R&B reunion last night at Koko, and if you were not there, you definitely missed out!

Rough Copy were bringing R&B back to the UK as they were the first of the groups to perform on stage. They put a lot of energy in to their performance and put on a good show! All the tracks they performed had the crowd buzzing, I enjoyed their track ‘Sweet Love’.  We need more R&B bands like them in the UK!

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(Rough Copy performing last night at Koko)

J Holiday was next to grace the stage. He performed a few tracks before he ended with the classic hit he was always known for ‘Bed’. He also brought on stage two artists who were unknown to perform their single, which the crowd accepted with open arms. Even J Holiday was surprised with this response from the crowd and commented saying “It’s nice to see you guys going crazy over an unknown track, this is why we do it, and this is where you heard it first.” Overall he performed well, however the layout of his performance seemed disorganised. He had another man on stage with him, who looked as if it was his body guard or friend, but as the performance went on, this individual would throw his hands up in the air or be touching his heart when J Holiday sang his romantic lyrics, overall it was just an odd thing to witness.

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(J Holiday performing ‘Bed’)

(J Holiday performing ‘Suffocate’)

Finally it was time for Day 26. This is a band I had been following since the beginning, before they formed, when they were a part of Diddy’s Making The Band. Just like I assumed, they did not disappoint, however I do have to say it was clear to see who was putting in the energy on stage, and that was mostly Robert and Mike, Willie did at points too, but Q overall was not pleasing to watch. He seemed as if he did not want to be on the stage, at points he even was seen to be out of sync with the choreography too.

Robert was my favourite performer out of the four, he had so much energy, and his vocals sounded amazing, he just stood out the most as the best performer on stage at that point.

They performed singles from their albums ‘Day 26′ and ‘Forever In A Day’ as well as performing a few recent singles released.

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(Day 26 performing ‘Exclusive’)

(Day 26 performing ‘Since You Been Gone’)

(Day 26 performing ‘Got Me Going’)

Pretty Ricky were the headliners of the night, and when they appeared on stage it was quite clear why this was. As soon as they graced the stage, instantly you knew they were headliner material. Each member had so much energy, as their vocals were on point, as well as their stage presence being exciting to witness. However when they performed the first track on stage, Baby Blue’s chain only lasted a minute before it broke and fell off his neck. By the time they went on to perform their third track, Baby Blue decided to take off ALL his chains. Oh dear!

They performed tracks off  their classic ‘Bluestars’ album, as well as from ‘Late Night Special’. Although Pleasure P was not with them as he had left the band, Pretty Ricky announced on stage that they were reuniting again with Pleasure P and that when they return to the UK next time, it will be with Pleasure P. This was so good to hear as I believe Pretty Ricky were all talented in their own ways, however when put together they were a strong force, and they need Pleasure P again to record those classic R&B hits that we love so much!

Aside from performing their tracks, they also brought on 3 girls from the audience on stage, and one by one each member danced on each of the girls, over their track ‘Juicy’. (You will see in the video below)

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(Pretty Ricky performing ‘Nothing But A Number’)

(Pretty Ricky performing ‘Grind On Me’)

(Pretty Ricky performing ‘Push It’)

(Pretty Ricky dancing on the girls they brought on stage from the audience)

Overall the show was a great one. I definitely enjoyed, but it makes you realise that there are not many R&B bands around in the music industry anymore, not in the UK or the US. The show ended with all the acts who performed,  gathering together on the stage  performing ‘On The Hotline’, which is Pretty Ricky’s single.

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(Everyone on stage performing ‘On The Hotline’)

 

 

 

Don SLG – Brother From Another Ft Blacks

Don SLG alongside Blacks show us the meaning of brotherhood and loyalty. The video takes us to a genuine setting of everyday life, socialising with your friends, who are practically your brothers, always by your side and always loyal to you and vice versa.

If you enjoyed this track don’t worry as they have plenty more music to release this year!

Overall the video clearly speaks for itself, as it portrays realism. It is currently featured on GRM Daily.

Oh and it also features a cameo from yours truly :).

Watch the video below:

Jay-Z Launches Streaming Service Tidal, However…

Jay-Z launches streaming service Tidal, with the support of Kanye West, Rihanna, Beyonce, Madonna, Daft Punk and a few other artists. This platform will be the first streaming service owned by the artists.

Exclusive content from artists will be available only for Tidal users. Even Taylor Swift who removed her content from Spotify, has made her content available on Tidal. Tidal will be offering high quality music, where the other streaming services differ from this.

Tidal will be featuring high quality music, high quality music videos as well as curated editorial. There are two subscriptions offered. One is $9.99 a month, which is the Tidal Premium and offers you standard quality sound music with high definition music videos. For $19.99 a month, the Tidal HiFi costs $19.99 a month, which offers High Fidelity sound with high definition music videos and curated editorial. The public are able to try out Tidal for a free 30 day trial.

Jay-Z feels the Swedish high-quality audio streaming service, which he recently purchased differs,  because it is artist owned, they will be entitled to receive royalties which they rightly deserve from the music they place on Tidal. Whereas Spotify have a relationship with the major labels, who allow the steaming service to have their catalogue available to them, which the majors receive the royalties for.

Below Rihanna, Madonna and Kanye West were amongst the artists  who tweeted about Tidal, to make everyone change their display pictures to blue to support the streaming service. This was practically free advertisement for Jay-Z!

RIHANNA

MADONNA

KANYE WEST

 

HOWEVER..

Personally I feel Jay-Z chose the right time to launch his streaming service, as it is before Apple launch their one. Especially since Spotify has been receiving criticisms over artist royalty ever since Taylor Swift removed her content, which a few other country artists have also done since then.  Tidal is Spotify’s competitors for now as Spotify has been the biggest streaming service in the industry so far.

On the other hand I believe that when Apple launch their streaming service, both Spotify and Tidal will need to be on alert as Apple is the company which changed the way the music industry consumes music, to the format we purchase music on, to being the company that pushed the industry in to the digital era. Apple has always been a big game changer when it comes to the music industry, that it is clear that their streaming service will be no different from the impact they have already created.

Check out the official Tidal website:

http://tidal.com/gb?gclid=CPiX_4en08QCFSXnwgod55kA0A

 

 

 

King Kendrick Releases his album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’

Kendrick Lamar landed us all in surprise with the news of dropping his album a week early on Spotify and iTunes. ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ was due to be officially released on 23 March 2015.

The 16 track album is a different vibe from Kendrick, as there are elements of Jazz/Funk and even spoken word, this album is literally poetry, a powerful album.

Even though this album releasing was a surprise to us, to Kendrick, he seemed to know exactly what was going on as before the release he tweeted the following:

Yesterday. March 14th. Was a Special Day.

20 yrs. Later.

Keep calm. All is well.

TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY. (explicit version)

Go and listen to the album on Spotify and download now on iTunes! Check out the track listing and features below:

1. “Wesley’s Theory” feat. George Clinton & Thundercat
2. “For Free? (Interlude)”
3. “King Kunta”
4. “Institutionalized” feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Snoop Dogg
5. “These Walls”
6. “U”
7. “Alright”
8. “For Sale? (Interlude)”
9. “Momma”
10. “Hood Politics”
11. “How Much A Dollar Cost” feat. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley
12. “Complexion (A Zulu Love)” feat. Rapsody
13. “The Blacker The Berry”
14. “You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)”
15. “i”
16. “Mortal Man”

JME IS BACKKKKKKKKKKK, AND WITH A NEW ALBUM!!

So I don’t know if you noticed like I did that JME was nowhere to be seen on the TL on Twitter for a while, literally he went ghost, you heard nothing from him. It got worrying when I saw a hashtag flying around saying “#FreeJME”, I was like what was that about?, but yeah it seems JME was quiet, as he was working on something while he was away.

Yes! Yes! it’s true. JME is bringing us a new album!, he tweeted earlier ” History: Famous? Blam! Integrity>.”

Also Rude Kid posted up a picture of the album listing on Twitter, shown below:

He tweeted the picture alongside him saying “: Proud to be part of album.”

JME

 

JME has not stopped there, he has also mentioned how he wants to design his own creps (trainers), whilst he is waiting on his t-shirt and hat designs to come through. So JME has definitely got more than music to bring us, with him though, I expect nothing less.

Glad to have you back JME :)

Kanye West’s One Off Show In London With BBK And Others!

Live Nation surprised everyone yesterday evening when they announced that Kanye West would be doing a one off show in Koko, with doors opening at 11pm, on that same night.

If this was not enough to surprise you, it was also announced that Skepta alongside BBK would also be appearing at the show to perform as well. From the Brits performance with Kanye West & the Grime scene, if people did not know much about Grime, they will definitely start showing interest now.

At Koko last night, Kanye West brought out Big Sean, Raekwon, and Vic Mensa, whilst Skepta appeared on stage with BBK, Meridian Dan and Novelist.

(Kanye West performing ‘All Day’)

(Big Sean perfoming ‘I D F W U’ with Kanye West etc on stage)

(Skepta performing ‘Its Not Safe’ with BBK etc on stage)

By Kanye West doing this one off show, he has helped to begin bridging the gap between the UK and the US. He has helped Skepta and everyone else in the Grime scene to be more recognised, so when they do break in the US, everyone will already have an idea about them all.

Where Kanye West was known to be untouchable it seems now he is openly collaborating with various artists, as if he is giving back to the industry, which is always a great thing to do, and you do not see many artist’s doing this. It is pretty much what Skepta is doing over here for the UK music scene.

With Drake also showing interest in Skepta, hopefully we will soon see a Drake x Kanye West x Skepta track soon to surface.

Kendrick Lamar releases new single ‘The Blacker The Berry’

Kendrick Lamar had a good night last night as he won 2 Grammy’s for his track ‘i’.

Today he has released  ‘The Blacker The Berry’, where King Kendrick does what he does best.. unleashes on the track, expressing his thoughts, whilst leaving everyone else thinking about his message..

Listen to the track below:

 

The Grammy Awards

So The Grammy Awards was on last night, the biggest music event in the world, which music fans across the globe always constantly anticipate!

I stayed up past 4am till the very end to watch all the action that happened in the Staples Center.

Sam Smith did indeed do the UK proud, as he scooped up all the Grammy’s he was nominated for, which included ‘Stay With Me’ winning best song of the year and best record of the year. He also won best new artist and best pop vocal album for ‘In The Lonely Hour’.

When Sam went to pick up the award for the best record of the year his speech was dedicated to his ex as he said “Thank you so much for breaking my heart, you got me four Grammy’s.”  I had a bit of a Adele flashback there at that point, as I am sure she said the same thing when she cleared up the Grammy’s last time. However the awards were well deserved for him, as he was the only solo artist to sell over a million albums in the UK & US.

Album of the year went to Beck, and there were a few unhappy individuals, which included Kanye West who thought the award should of gone to Beyonce. Kanye did a Kanye on the night as Beck went to accept the award, as he walked up the stairs to be on stage with them, but he did not interrupt, instead he smiled and laughed it off and kept his thoughts to himself! Even Jay Z and Beyonce looked on horrified about what he was going to do, but instead everyone just ended up laughing about it, which kept the night running smoothly. Kanye did however share his true feelings after the show claiming that he believed Beck should of given the award to Beyonce as Beyonce’s album had so much creativity, that it deserved the award more.

(Kanye going on stage when Beck received the award)

(Beyonce & Jay Z’s reaction to Kanye going on stage with Beck)

However regardless of loosing out on album of the year, Beyonce did still win three awards, as did Pharrell Williams and Rosanne Cash.

Rihanna and Eminem were also amongst the Grammy winners for their collaboration for ‘The Monster’, as well as him winning best rap album of the year as well.

The line up of performances included Katy Perry, Madonna, Sir Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Sia, and many more. Duets included Jessie J and Tom Jones, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett and Hozier and Annie Lennox.

Ed Sheeran was nominated for three awards, however did not win any, which was unlucky, but still put on a great performance!

Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne won best dance recording. Aphex Twin won best dance/electronic album for Syro.

@Rihanna, @KanyeWest & @PaulMcCartney – ‘FourFiveSeconds’

Like me, I am sure you have all been patiently waiting for Rihanna to release her first music video, since her last album in 2012. This is way overdue! Finally Princess RiRi is back!

The video is shot in black & white, and comes across simplistic, yet iconic with the denim choice of attire, as it seems Kanye’s creative skills are written all over this video.

“Kanye came up with the idea of doing just some real street, denim, all-American-type look,” said Rihanna. “Denim never goes out of style; it’s classic, it’s iconic, just like the fucking Beatles.”

Watch Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney – ‘FourFiveSeconds’ below:

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