Saturday, June 30, 2012

Star Spotted: Ciara In West Hollywood (Looking Fit)

Ciara was looking incredible in a blue dress out in West Hollywood.  The diva was on hand  for a business meeting, with that body like pow!  Her new single, 'Sweat' is making some ground on the Billboard's HipHop/R&B singles chart moving from #93 to #86.  Check out the photo's of Ciara below:

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New Music: Chris Brown - I Don't Like (Addressing Drake)




... It's about to get ugly.  It looks like Chris is doing what he does best, he's taking some of his frustrations out in the recording booth.  Of course, Drake could easily become the topic at hand after the fiasco that took place during their last meeting.  Chris Brown just added a verse on the remix to Chief Keef's song titled, 'I Don't Like', which definitely have a few cheap shots taken at Drake.  Chris is going in! Check out the lyrics and the song below:




“A fuck ni**a, that’s that shit I don’t like/ They throwin’ bottles, I’m throwin’ models just ’cause I give a bitch long pipe. I be singin’, he be singin’, so it’s on, fight/ But hold up, I ain’t give a ni**a no green light/ This head up, my bread up, one on one, what you scared, bruh?/ Matter fact, take care bruh, you a pu**y ni**a/ My ni**a Tunechi, yeah that ni**a nice/ Shout out to Nicki, man, that ass tight/ Them eyebrows, man, them shits is yikes/ OVO, you overdosed, screamin’ YOLO no, I live twice.”

A$AP Rocky Covers Clash Magazine


Rapper, A$AP Rocky is featured on the first dual cover of Clash magazine.  The publication played on the theme of his saint and sinner personae.  Check out the cover below, along with some bonus footage.

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Visual Talk: What's in Your Favorite Music Artist's DNA




The Page with RoyalKev is excited to introduce the latest feature to the blog, Visual Talk.  This addition is primarily set to post on weekends.  It's a perspective from a blogger written in the context of one's personal take on hot topics and various issues (from music to film and multiple forms of entertainment).



So many popular artists today credit established musicians from past decades for serving as their mentor or idol.  Ideally when you admire an entertainer you study their work and you're inspired by them on some creative level.  Most of today's artists have given these pioneers their well-deserved acknowledgement for being a part of the cultivation of their own style and artistry. In some cases it's easily perceivable to identify which ties exist between a flock of past performers and their predessors.  These artists usually embody a number of similar attributes that group them together and almost make them a part of the same family line, if you will.


Sometimes it's unfornate when the coalition between certain artists isn't recognized.  People may not want to be in the shadows of a particular individual, but find it beneficial to force upon us their union with someone they have less in common with.  Artists build an association for some kind of gain (whether it be respect or acceptance), while a more fitting comparison is downplayed.  Just a notion advertised to the general public may allow new artists to make an impression that would position themselves to be seen as the forthcoming version of an revered icon.  Still, this is not just done by the media or the artists themselves, it's sometimes the general public that habitually claims an icon's influenence is present in a performer that may not even have a common thread with the entertainer. 


Let's alleviate all the confusion and pair the right artists together; perhaps, some individuals should not feel obligated to pay homage to the wrong people.  Let's clarify something, we all have the understanding that any successful artist from yesteryear has paved the way for the newer generations, but we're going to pin artists together that are actually alike. There's often more than just one direct match, so we're listing a major (the person that has the strongest resemblance) and minor (the 2nd match that would fit)  in each "subject" (artists).

Cases:

1. Beyonce is one of those artist you'll find (for whatever reason) has been tossed around in so many different hats and expected to show her gratitude to a host of artists for everything she's become. She's spoke of her admiration for MJ, Prince, Etta James and Diana Ross.  She's been linked to a few names (Donna Summer, Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston).  Let's find the most sensible conclusion.

The Page Concludes: Beyonce ----> Tina Turner (Major), Beyonce ----> Michael Jackson (Minor)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Ashanti On Live With Kelly Grilling Competition



Singer, Ashanti made an appearance on Live! With Kelly for her grilling with the stars segment.  Ashanti prepared one of her specialty's, grilled pineapple chicken kabobs.  Who knew she had skills in the kitchen?!    She's competing against other celebrity cooks that will visit the show throughout the summer in hopes to win the Mirror Ball Wiener.  Fans vote online (on Live with Kelly's site) to pick the winner.  The prize money goes to the charity of their choice.  Ashanti's pick is The Boys & Girls Club of America.




Kanye promotes '25' Magazine In Bizarre Video



Kanye West joined director, Barnaby Roper in piecing together a very erotic video clip for Anja Ribuk's new magazine, '25'.    Check it out.


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Thursday, June 28, 2012

In The Royal Chair - Brandy Opens Up About Whitney & RayJ





Brandy was interviewed on Access Hollywood Live.  The vocal bible shared her feelings on losing her idol, as well as her brother Ray J coping with Whitney's loss and more.  On a lighter note, Brandy has officially been added to the BET Awards line up this Sunday. Starz dreams do come true!
 
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Star Spotted: Erykah Badu Performs In London

The lovely Erykah Badu performed in concert at London's Hammersmith Apollo recently. Erykah was as eccentric as ever.  Check out a clip of the diva in action.

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Take a look at some footage from the show:

Star Spotted: Ne-Yo Parties In London

Singer  Ne-Yo is keeping it extra smooth these days.  He was caught partying in London at the Aura.  He was snapped in photos with Keisha Buchanan (Sugababes) and Lewis Hamilton (Formula One race driver).  Ne-Yo is expected to soon start work on Rihanna's next album.

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New Music: Alicia Keys - 'New Day'



Alicia Keys was in the studio working on a little something fresh for the people.  Nope, it's no love song! She's a bit more aggressive this time.  Check out A. Keys new song, 'New Day'.  

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New Music Video: Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks - 'Celebrate'







The last recording from late Whitney Houston with 'Sparkle' co-star, Jordin Sparks have an accompanying video done in Whitney's memory.  Their song, ‘Celebrate’ is featued on the film's soundtrack.  Sparks had this to say about the video:

“What we wanted to do was make sure that this was a fun, happy video and just kind of dedicating it to her. What better song to leave for people to hear than a song that is so upbeat and just so happy and so encouraging?”




Iggy Azalea 'Glory' Artwork



Iggy Azalea just revealed the cover for her EP, 'Glory' which will be available in July.  Take a look, it's quite dramatic indeed.  Iggy also drummed up a new offering with 'Million Dollar Misfits featuring B.O.B.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New Music: Miguel - Adorn (Extended Version)




Miguel has taken his well received song, 'Adorn' and come up with a new extended version of the fan favorite.  His plans to release his 3-part mini EP series, “Art Dealer Chic” was kicked off by the original version of the song.  It is now a single and has been revamped into a longer version.  Check it out.

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New Music Video: B.O.B - 'Both Of Us' Featuring Taylor Swift





Rapper, B.O.B teams up with Country music sensation, Taylor Swift in this new video for 'Both Of Us'.  See how the unlikely pairing of these two shake things up.

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Musiq Soulchild Performs Buddy (With Tank & Carl Thomas) Live


Musiq Souldchild took his fans down a trip on memory lane.  He performed one of the biggest hits of his career, 'Buddy' live with Tank and Carl Thomas at R&B Live Hollywood.  Take a look at these R&B crooners in action.

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New Music Video: Tamia - 'Beautiful Surprise'




The lovely Tamia is back and as sophisticated as ever in her new video for her first single, 'Beautiful Surprise'.  As always the singer's music is smooth and she's sounding superb. Check out the video and watch for Tamia's husband, Grant Hill to make a guest appearance towards the end. Look for the album in August.  Welcome back Tamia!

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Trey Songz Chapter 5 Photo Shoot (Behind the Scenes Video)



Trey Songz is pushing hard for his next era to be a hit, he's been a busy man.   The R&B star just finish a photo shoot for his upcoming album, 'Chapter V'.   Getting the right look for the packaging is important and there's no better place to be than Miami beach.  Check out the behind the scenes of Trey's day of picture taking.  Chapter V will be available August 21st.

Justin Bieber & Drake Creating Magic In The Studio



Justin Bieber actually flaunts his talents in the recording booth in this new clip of the behind scenes action during the creating process of his latest album, 'Believe'.  You'll find Justin in the studio with Drake looking for that perfect vibe for one of Bieber's featured tracks on the album, 'Right Here'


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A$AP Rocky : A$VP For Channel 4 Documentary (Teaser)


Rapper, A$AP Rocky  just revealed the trailer for his documentary , A$AP Rocky: A$VP for Channel4.  The 15 minute film is directed by Luke+ Barber and will air in the UK.  Check it out.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

50 Cent Healing After Car Accident




5o Cent is extremely lucky to be home resting following a scary collision with the back of a truck. 
While driving on the Long Island Expressway in NYC early Tuesday morning, 50 Cent's SUV rear-ended a Mack truck driving ahead of him. Check out the photos of him after the accident being carried away in the ambulance.

Chris Brown & Drake Offered 1 Million Bucks For Boxing Match


The Chris Brown and Drake spectacle at a New York nightclub has everyone talking.  Tensions were definitely runing high  that night and after the dust clear not much of anything was settled. Now both men have been offered the chance to duke it out in the name of charity. The New York Daily News reports that a billionaire soda bottling heir has offered each artist $1 million for charity if they fight it out in a pay-per-view event in Las Vegas or Los Angeles in August.

"Obviously they have a grudge. It's just three 1-minute rounds. No one will get seriously hurt," Celebrity Boxing promoter Damon Feldman told the publication.

Brown and Drake, who apparently spurred over long-standing tension over fellow singer Rihanna, were both left relatively uninjured from the scuffle (Brown tweeted a gash on his chin but later deleted the photo), but apparently they were the lucky ones: Brown's bodyguard was sent to the hospital with cuts to his head, while an Australian bystander incurred a laceration that required 16 stitches.

Beyonce Speaks About Michael Jackson's Influence On Her




Beyonce shared a few words on her idol, Michael Jackson 3 years after his death via Beyonce.com.  It's always interesting to see an artists of Beyonce's caliber describe the lasting impression that a true iconic legend in music has left on her.  Take a look at the statement Ms. Knowles posted on MJ in her own words. 

When I was just starting out, my first producer used to make me listen to Michael Jackson’s live performance of ‘Who’s LovingYou’. He would have me watch that for hours back to back to back.
What he wanted me to learn was his soul. You could hear his soul. And he was this little kid who hadn’t experienced love but he was a vessel. For whatever reason he could evoke more emotion than an adult. It was so raw and so pure. It was these little things that he did that were just swag. It’s something that’s God given.
Michael taught me that sometimes you have to forget technique, forget what you have on. If you feel silly, you have to go from the gut just let it go.
Michael Jackson changed me, and helped me to become the artist i am — thank you Michael.
Love always,
B

Spice Girls - Unite Again for London Musical



The Spice Girls are back! Well, acually they've reunited in London for the launch of their new musical, 'Viva Forever'.  The announcement took place at London's St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, which is the same site where the 5 ladies filmed their first video, 'Wannabe' 16 years ago.  ‘Viva Forever’ was written by Jennifer Saunders and produced by Judy Cramer (who was behind the musical ‘Mamma Mia!).  By the way the women still look great today.  Check out the photo of them below:

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Trey Songz 'Chapter 5' Album Cover & Tracklisting



Trey Songz will be expected to release the follow-up to his 2010 album, 'Passion Pain & Pleasure'  on August 21st.   His upcoming album titled, 'Chapter V' already has 2 singles released, 'Heart Attack' and '2 Reasons' featuring T.I. that will be featured on the album.  Take a look at cover and tracklisting (which does not include the complete list of features).

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Trey Songz – Chapter V Tracklisting:
01. Chapter V (Intro)
02. Dive In
03. Panty Wetter (Interlude)
04. Heart Attack
05. 2 Reasons featuring T.I.
06. Go Hard
07. Don’t Be Scared
08. Pretty Girl’s Lie
09. Bad Decisions
10. Playin’ Hard
11. Forever Yours
12. Inside Enterlude (Interlude)
13. Fumble
14. Without a Woman
15. Interlude 4 U (Interlude)
16. Simply Amazing
17. Ladies Go Wild
18. Check Me Out
19. Turn On (Bonus Track)
20. Almost Lose It (Bonus Track)

Faith Evans On New Reality Show 'R&B Divas'


Faith Evans is coming together with a few of R&B's finest for a new reality series starting August 20th. The show, R&B Divas features Nicci Gilbert (Brownstone), Syleena Johnson, Monifah Carter, Keke Wyatt and Faith Evans.  These women are looking to do something positive for a worthy cause.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Trey Songz Interviewed (Talks Kelly Rowland, Beyonce & Alicia Keys)


Trey Songz was up for conversation with our friendly neighbors at Punchbowl during a trip to London.  
What exactly did Trey talk about? 
  • His forthcoming album
  • Kelly Rowland
  • The Possibility of collaborating with Beyonce & Alicia Keys
  • UK artists he would like to work with
  • Frank Ocean and The Weeknd
  • Rumours about joining Roc Nation
  • & His dreamgirl 





20 Most Underrated Albums (Since 2000)





The Page took time to form a list of the most overlooked albums since 2000.  Now overlooked doesn't mean that these albums didn't have any success, it's just those albums weren't given the adulation that the music collections deserve.  Check out the list and see if you agree. 
 

Chris Brown 'Fortune' Album Snippets



We're only a little more than a week away before Chris Brown's 5th studio album, 'Fortune' hitting the shelves on July 3rd.  Chris never disappoints.  His album is also featuring some noteworthy co-stars on several tracks: Big Sean, Nas, Wiz Khalifa and more.  Check out the album snippets.





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01. Turn Up the Music (Produced by The Underdogs & Fuego)
02. Bassline (Produced by Pop Wansel, co-produced by Dayvi Jae)
03. Till I Die feat. Big Sean & Wiz Khalifa (Produced by Danja)
04. Mirage feat. Nas (Produced by Harmony, co-produced by Chris Brown)
05. Don’t Judge Me (Produced by The Messengers)
06. 2012 (Produced by Adonis, co-produced by Kevin “K-Mac” McCall)
07. Biggest Fan (Produced by The Runners, co-produced by The Monarch)
08. Sweet Love (Produced by Polow Da Don & Jason “JP” Perry)
09. Strip feat. Kevin McCall (Produced by Tha Bizness)
10. Stuck on Stupid (Produced by Brian “BK” Kennedy, co-produced by Dante Jones)
11. 4 Years Old (Produced by Polow Da Don & Tommy Hittz)
12. Party Hard/Cadillac (Interlude) feat. Sevyn (Produced by Brian “BK” Kennedy & Boi-1da)
13. Don’t Wake Me Up (Produced by Benny & Alle Benassi, Free School & William Orbit, co-produced by Brian “BK” Kennedy)
14. Trumpet Lights feat. Sabrina Antoinette (Produced by Polow Da Don, co-produced by Jerome “J Roc” Harmon)

Deluxe Edition
15. Tell Somebody (Produced by Polow Da Don, co-produced by Jerome “J Roc” Harmon)
16. Free Run (Produced by The Underdogs)
17. Remember My Name feat. Sevyn (Produced by Free School & Chris Brown, co-produced by Jonas Jeberg)
18. Wait For You (Produced by Harmony aka H-Money, co-produced by Chris Brown)
19. Touch Me feat. Sevyn (Produced by R.A.P. 1220)

Frank Ocean 'Channel Orange' Artwork & Tracklisting




Check out the artwork for Frank Ocean's debut album on Def Jam, 'Channel Orange'.  The Alternative R&B singer will be dropping his album July 17th.  It's filled with special appearances from some high profile talent (Andre 3000, John Mayer and more).   Get a glance at the official tracklisting as well.




01. Start
02. Thinkin’ Bout You
03. Fertilizer
04. Sierra Leone
05. Sweet Life
06. Not Just Money
07. Super Rich Kids feat. Earl Sweatshirt
08. Pilot Jones
09. Crack Rock
10. Pyramids
11. Lost
12. White feat. John Mayer
13. Monks
14. Bad Religion
15. Pink Matter feat. André 3000
16. Forrest Gump
17. End