Mary J. Blige dons a variety of white ensembles in the elegant visuals to her rendition of the popular tune, “My Favorite Things,” from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The Sound of Music. Be sure to get your copy of her new album perfectly titled, A Mary Christmas.
Watch Mary J. Blige’s video for “My Favorite Things” below. [iTunes]
Alicia Keys penned a new track entitled “Better You, Better Me” for the George Tillman Jr-directed coming-of-age drama, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, which Keys serves as the co-music director and executive producer. The film, for which is currently in theaters, stars Anthony Mackie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Jeffrey Wright.
Stream Alicia Keys’ “Better You, Better Me” below.
Following up her 2010 electro-house album, Flesh Tone, singer-songwriter and fashionista Kelis has decided to slow it down a bit. She dropped a lovely, mellow Basshitter-produced tune entitled “Been Given A Morning” that even Prince had to tweet about. (Prince, Prince). No word as of yet if this track will be on Kelis’ forthcoming album, F.O.O.D., slated for release next year. Stream Kelis’ “Been Given A Morning” below.
Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé released the Sanji Senaka-directed visuals to her record, “My Kind of Love,” remixed by RedOne and Alex P. This song was featured on her debut album, Our Version of Events. No word on her sophomore project as of yet.
Watch Emeli Sandé’s “My Kind of Love” below.
Singer-songwriter Yuna is gearing up to release her sophomore, 11-track LP entitled Nocturnal. The Malaysian songbird unveiled two new singles that will be featured and captures the project’s ”distinctive blend of organic pop, R&B soul and acoustic folk.”
“Falling,” an upbeat Robin Hannibal-produced groove, is about falling in and out of love. It opens with some cool rhythmic elements followed by a four-on-the-floor pattern, before Yuna’s sweet, crisp vocals are introduced to us.
“Rescue,” on the other hand, is an uptempo, Chris Braide-produced record about uplifting one’s own spirit through the tough times. Yuna wants this to translate in the single’s upcoming fan-featured visuals. To be a part of the movement, all you have to do is post your photo via Twitter or Instagram followed by the hashtag, #YunaRescueVideo before September 2. More details here.
Nocturnal drops October 29.
Stream Yuna’s “Falling” below.
Stream Yuna’s “Rescue” below. [iTunes]
Robin Thicke teamed up with rapper Kendrick Lamar on the latest single from his upcoming sixth album, Blurred Lines, entitled “Give It 2 U.” The synth-heavy, risqué record was co-penned by will.i.am and produced by Dr. Luke. This is the R&B crooner’s third single and it follows up his new love song and potential wedding anthem, “For the Rest of My Life,” produced by Pro-Jay.
Recently, Robin explained the meaning behind his upcoming album on Power 105.1′s The Breakfast Club:
“I’ve realized as I’ve gotten older that we all think we’re living either in a black or white world, or on a straight path, but most of us are living right in between those straight lines. And everything you thought you knew, the older you get, you realize, ‘Damn, I don’t know nothing about this. I better pay attention, I better listen and keep learning.’ So, I think that that’s what I’ve been realizing these past few years.
He also explained the new route he was taking with this album:
“The last year I’ve been wanting to have more fun. I think I took myself very seriously as an artist and I wanted to be like Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, Bob Marley—these great artists and songwriters that sang about love and relationships. And then the last year, my wife and I just really wanted to have fun again, we wanted to be young again. We wanted to dance again and go out with our friends, so I wanted to make music that reflected that culture also.”
Lastly, he discussed the current state of R&B:
R&B isn’t soulful anymore. Everybody’s popping bottles, getting girls and nobody has any vulnerability. Soul music and what R&B was always about was about being vulnerable for love, being vulnerable in society, and talking about those problems and trying to find hope within it.
Blurred Lines is set to drop July 30. The standard album will have 11 tracks and the deluxe will have 14 tracks.
Stream Robin Thicke’s “For the Rest of My Life” below.
Stream Robin Thicke’s “Give It 2 U” featuring Kendrick Lamar below.
Janelle Monáe set aside her signature black-and-white ensemble and up ‘do for an all-white look and long, wavy locks in the Wendy Morgan-directed visuals for her new, upbeat record, “Dance Apocalyptic.” Like Janelle, this track is full of energy and the video is reminiscent to André 3000′s hit, “Hey Ya!”
The songbird’s anticipated, second studio album, The Electric Lady, drops September 10 featuring collaborations from the legendary Prince and Miguel.
Watch Janelle Monáe’s video for ”Dance Apocalyptic” below. [iTunes]
Kevin “K-O.” Olusola can take on any record and make it mind-blowing. The passionate and accomplished classically-trained cellist and saxophonist, who became a YouTube sensation for beatboxing while performing his string instrument, recently took on Demi Lovato’s electropop hit, “Heart Attack,” where he was accompanied by a pianist and a string quartet. Olusola arranged the piece with music director/producer Ben Bram and it was shot at Speakeasy Sound studio by DuNo Tran.
Watch Kenvin Olusola’s performance of “Heart Attack” below.