Saturday, October 3, 2015

Janet Jackson - Unbreakable (Album Review)

Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have made their mark in music history, time and time again.  Their sound can't be duplicated and it's a unique chemistry found in their partnership, that's like no other.  Unbreakable proves just that.  The song structures, concept themes, flawless arrangements and live instrumentals are the things that makes each collaboration on every Janet project monumental, but this is possibly their most cohesive work to date with all of the above checked off the list.  

Janet Jackson is truly the only artist that really does her brand of music justice.  Jackson's distinctive tones and versatile high and low register is what gives her music the energy it has.  Unbreakable is a complete album in every way imaginable.   There's great melodies, artistic craftsmanship and just real music integrity.  We're not certain if this trio's aim was to outdo their previous work or not, but one thing is for sure, this incredible, majestic album put a strong bid in for becoming their Magnum Opus. 

#1 Unbreakable 

As noted in a previous review: 

This song has it all: such wonderful lyrics, unbelievable harmonies, authenticity and tempos that smoothly transition from one into the next.  Unbreakable captures Janet's signature vocal sweetness and it's a song that only Janet can sing so purely.   It's a rarity to come across songs that can be dedicated to a mate, lover or family member.   This one allows all bases to be covered.  



#2 Burn It Up 

As noted in a previous review:

This is a club-ready track that goes hard.   The wicked breakdown at the end is the finisher!  Janet totally nails this one and with Missy thrown in (as your super-hyper sidekick), you are liable to pop a blood vessel when you turn up to it!


Friday, October 2, 2015

New Music Video: Janet Jackson - Burn It Up (Lyric Video)

Ms. Janet Jackson, along with her background dancers are giving viewers a taste of life on the road (while on her Unbreakable World Tour) in a fun and playful clip serving as the lyric video for her latest single 'Burn It Up'.  If your not living under a rock, you're already well aware that Jackson's tour has been a hot ticket for the last month and is receiving rave reviews in cities across the globe. It's great to see Janet incorporating some footage of the girls for this blazing, hot single.  Check out all the sass and great camaraderie below.


Monday, September 28, 2015

The Grade (Scoring The Latest Music)

We're in the forth quarter of 2015 and Page RoyalKev is summoning the return of The Grade.  Here we're scoring the latest music (with letter grades) from today's artists as well as the well-established musical talents of yesteryear.  Let's quickly refresh your memory, this feature got on it's way in  2012 and 2013 (where you can find reviews on Katy Perry, Britney Spears, JLO, Alicia Keys, Brandy, Drake and more) and our first review of this year was Ms. Janet Jackson's 'No Sleeep' below in June.

Janet Jackson - 'No Sleep' 

It's been more than 5 years since we've heard new music from the Queen of Pop, or Dance, or Empress Of Music (whichever you fancy - all apply) who goes by the name of Janet Jackson. There's been lots of rumblings about Janet working on new material, but year after year, we've probably all wondered if any of this would materialize.  Finally, prayers have been answered, dreams have come true.  Janet released a new single titled 'No Sleep' off her upcoming album (tentatively titled 'Conversations in a Cafe'), which will be released on Janet's very own Rhythm Nation records.  The bop has been crafted by none other than Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (the original dream team from the 80's).  

With all the build up of Janet's major "comeback single", the daunting task must have been to have it measure up to everyone's idea of what Janet should re-introduce herself to the world as.  The pressures of  how this song would be received would be inescapable, right?  But aahhh, assumption is always the biggest mistake.  First of all, who said Janet needed a re-introduction?! This is a legendary artist that has 30 years of music recordings under her belt and she acted like such; Janet didn't try to re-invent herself, she simply allowed everyone to rediscover the vintage Janet of 1993, that had a #1 hit titled 'That's the Way Love Goes'.  We had a vision, but Janet wanted to capture a feeling.

That she did.  We all know that Janet is capable of wowing us with the dynamics, she's done it time and time again!  Who knew this time around she would be so understated, so simplistic, yet so Janet.  Our second mistake was filling our minds with expectations of Janet delivering a monster Dance track that would leave tongues wagging.  Indeed Janet managed to do the latter, but she did so by being brave enough to bring back the type of music that could have easily been a part of music's golden era in a climate that reduces most artists down to carbon copies of what's trendy at the moment.  No matter what you think of the song, this was pretty gutsy!

'No Sleep' is refreshing because it's classic.  It's daring to be so in 2015!  Janet's always been so innovative and forward thinking; however, at this time Janet has unraveled, for all eyes watching (new and old), an artistry preserved like the finest wine.  The irony in it all is that her familiar sound is the freshness needed in the industry at this time.  Was it intentional?  Who knows, but you have to give kudos to a 49-year-old woman insisting on making quality priority #1.  This cut has a lush 90's throwback feel, it oozes sensuality and sophistication.  It's probably a grower and certainly those that don't get it instantly will be on board after a Janet Jackson visual and live performance.  For those that it clicked for instantly, there's no denying this alluring R&B jam!    


Latest Reviews (September)

Chris Brown - Liquor 

Chris Brown may have experienced many ups and downs in his career, but there's one thing that's pretty consistent with him -- the music!  Everything about this song is right!  The chorus is catchy,  Chris is soulful and singing his behind off .  The man is riffing like a male Brandy on this one!  It's a win for Breezy once again.

Kanye West Delivers Artistic Showing Of 808's Album At Hollywood Bowl

Kanye West recently performed for 2 nights (both sold out shows ) in Los Angeles, California at the Hollywood Bowl.  The iconic rapper took an artistic approach to performing songs from 2008's 808 & Heartbreak album.  Kanye was backed by a small band, orchestra and dozens of shirtless men wearing paint in a concept piece that's dedicated to this specific work that inspired so many of today's artists.  Kid Cudi was also on hand to rock the crowd.  Check out some of the action below.  


Welcome to Heartbreak (Featuring Kid Cudi)

Heartless (Feat. Kid Cudi)

Pinocchio Story

Love Lockdown

Monday, September 21, 2015

Star Spotted: Ariana Grande Tosses Out Ponytail For Sexy New Look

A change is gonna come!  ... Well, it already has actually.  Pop star, Ariana Grande's signature ponytail is no more!  She shared a few snaps of herself on Instagram recently and to our surprise moved on to something a bit more curlious!  We might dare to even say that this look is pretty sexy.  Check it out for yourselves!  First let's remind a few of the old do.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Twenty Best Moments of Janet Jackson's Return ... So Far

Like a rising phoenix, Janet Jackson has returned and made this outing more amazing than words can express.  Janet is well on her way to releasing her first studio album in over 7 years.  She's not only giving fans new music, she's embarked on a new world tour ('Unbreakable').  It's very much still the beginning, but so much has happened to make this era fascinating and unique.  That's why we're counting down the top 20 moments in which  the Queen of Insomnia has thrilled us so far.    

#20 Signs of Hope For New Janet Music
This tweet directly from Janet herself, was the small glimmer of hope that excited her fans across the globe.  Was a new Janet album on the horizon?  It wouldn't be much longer after this, that this question and a lot more would become clear to everyone.


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Memo #4: The Page Is Still Very Much Alive! ... More Is In Store... And You Won't Be Disappointed!

Ok, so we haven't posted since February of this year.  Shame on us!  We apologize for not saying anything sooner, but The Page is obviously on hiatus.  We're certain things may become clearer on why we spend so much time away from our beloved blog later this summer.  The good news is that we will be up and running again shortly, the bad news -- it won't happen til late June.  Yea, we miss it, but we're actually still currently working on several great posts as always.  

Our very worthwhile, Best To Ever Do It article (which will be a transparent, accurate calculation of the status of all the biggest artists in music over the last few decades) is still on the back burner for now.  

Friday, February 20, 2015

Star Spotted: Nicki Minaj Drop Dead Gorgeous In Fur (NYC Fashion Week)

Nicki Minaj wowed the crowd on the last day of NYC's Fall/Winter 2015 fashion week.  Draped in fur and wearing snakeskin boots, Nicki turned every head at the Marc Jacobs show.   Soak in the very glamorous Nicki Minaj below.  

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Justin Bieber Gets The Scare of His Life (Prank On Ellen)

Justin Bieber was frightened out of his mind during a recent visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  The pop star thought he was making an appearance on Ellen to chat about his scheduled roast coming up on Comedy Central.  Just as he was going into details, Ellen managed to pull off a prank that practically scared Justin out of his seat.  Check out the hilarious clip!

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 Justin was also nice enough to surprise one of his biggest fan.

Ciara Shares Thoughts On New Album

Ciara is ready to strike with her much anticipated album, 'Jackie' (named after her mother).  The singer shared with Fashion Daily her reasons for why she believe this album will be her best yet.  "It's my best body of work.  I'm in the most clear place in my life, and that pours into the music."  Ciara also informed Daily on which producers we'll find on the new album:

"I kept it small and tight in terms of producers; I wanted it to sound consistent.  I worked with Dr Luke, Polow da Don, Harmony Samuels and a few other producers."

What really got us over-the-top excited is Ciara's claims that her upcoming video for her latest single, 'I Bet' includes concepts "Style-wise and performance-wise" that she hasn't done yet and always wanted to.  Everyone knows that Ciara always delivers when it comes to videos,  if this next one has her trying out new ideas - we can only conclude that we're in for a hell of a treat! 

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