A couple of years ago I happened to be in Durban, and at the airport when international singer Chris Brown arrived. It was mayhem, people lost their minds when they heard he’d just touched down, so imagine what happened when he casually walked through the airport. The star was extremely friendly, but was ushered rather quickly to his vehicle.
It seems he loved Durban that much because he’s coming back for more this July. He’ll be here for what organisers are calling THE MOTHER OF ALL PARTIES. Mabala Noise Entertainment, together with Back To The Oldskool are bringing Brown down for a gig at the Kings Park Stadium on July 2nd. He’ll be sharing the stage with a whole bunch of other artists, and that line-up will be revealed in the weeks building up to the gig. For now, you can get your tickets from Computicket on the 24th. Ticket prices:
Golden Circle: R750
General Access: R450
VIP Lounge packages: R1800.00. VIP Package includes a fully staffed facility including dedicated waitresses, hostesses, bar staff and senior management, plus much more.
So earlier this week, the names of the top 16 Idols contestants were announced. For the most part, everyone is happy but the noticeable absence of the twins has caused quite a stir. Alas, the decision has been made and I don’t foresee any changes being made. So forward we go… On Sunday viewers will get to see the guys on stage and if you’re wondering what they’ll be singing, then check out the list below:
BENJAMIN TAINTON (19) – Avicii’s mega-hit “Wake Me Up.
Big song… No pressure!
BRENDEN LEDWABA (19) – Rihanna’s “Stay”.
If he nails this one, he might just secure his place in the top 5 and more.
INNOCENT MABUSHE (27) – Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”.
Fun song. It seems easy, but I don’t think it’s as easy as it appears. This will be interesting.
JONATHAN ‘JONO’ JOHANSEN (16)- The Script’s “Millionaires”.
Fun, pop song. It’s kinda safe… my opinion.
LEE-RON MALGAS (18) Eric Benet’s “Harriet Jones”.
I don’t know the song, but I dig him and I think his interpretation of the song will be a good one.
MAKHOSONKE “SONKE” MAZIBUKO (21) – Rihanna’s “Diamonds”.
Big song, it’ll get people singing along… Lets hope their voices don’t drown his voice out 😉
PHILIP DUBE (20) – R. Kelly’s “Believe In Me”.
Always a popular artist to sing. I’m looking forward to this one.
MUSA SUKWENE (26) – Chris Brown’s “Don’t Judge Me”.
Love this song… Lets see how Musa does.
Those are my thoughts. What do you think? Don’t forget you can see all the interviews, videos and a lot more news on the official site.
Chris Brown is working on new music and a sample of the new offering has just been released. It’s his new single called Fine China and you can see the video above. Funky track… Hopefully he’ll be making good music like this to heal his ‘broken heart’, in light of his recent split from Rihanna
Rihanna performed her new single, Stay on SNL recently. It’s taken off her number one album, Unapologetic. The album has really grown on me and I find myself choosing this one over Ne-Yo, Taylor and Alicia if I’m honest. I’m surprised that this was the second single off the album, but it really shows a different side to the star and I’m liking it. Plus, for all the haters who believe she can’t sing, the video above proves otherwise.
Rumours are doing the rounds that Rihanna is the next star who will be gracing South African shores this year. Let’s hope so. It will be her first tour as a headliner, so I look forward to hearing more from the promoters.
Another year… another album. World superstar, Rihanna will release her new album, Unapologetic on the 19th of November. This will be her seventh studio. She certainly knows how to make hay while the sun shines. The first single off the album is called Diamonds. It debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100 at number sixteen, which isn’t great for the star, but the song is slowly but surely gaining momentum, airplay at traction in the market, so watch out for it. If you haven’t heard the song yet, have a listen below:
Is the album shamelessly an admission of her reuniting with Chris Brown? Well while
the couple/ she is keeping mum about the ‘romance’, we’ll be sure to hear all about it on the 19th of November 😉
Chris Brown‘s new album, Fortune is brilliant. It has songs for days and if you don’t have yourselves a copy as yet, best you hit up iTunes or head to your local music store. My personal favourite off the album is a song called, Don’t Judge Me. It shows off a softer, raw side and in my opinion is an instant classic. The video for the song is finally out and you can watch it above.
News is out that the star is heading out to South Africa at the end of the year, as part of his Carpe Diem tour. When he sings this song, there will no doubt be a bunch of ladies weak at the the knees. More details on his tour coming up, but I do know that tickets go on sale on Monday.
UPDATE: 15 Dec JNB at the Coca Cola Dome
17 Dec DBN at the Outer Fields, Moses Mabhida Stadium
19-20 CT at the Grand West Casino
Pretty surprised that he is only doing one gig in Jozi and two in Cape Town, when the latter is known to be slower in terms of sales. Jozi sells fast and it sells out! Alas, he’s coming and that is pretty cool.
The annual MTV VMAs took place at the Staples Center in LA last night. Unfortunately we didn’t have a live stream in South Africa, but if you were able to watch the awards in your part of the world, let us know what the show was like. I hear Rihanna’s performance was superb and a great way to open the show. She performed her song Cockiness alongside A$AP Rocky. Taylor apparently closed the show with her hit, “We Are Never Getting Back Together”, which by that point everyone was like uh, whatevs Taylor imma drink myself stupor… Na’mean 😉 Ha! Here’s a list of the winners from this year’s VMAs:
Video of the Year: Rihanna, “We Found Love”
Best New Artist: One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
Best Female Video: Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
Best Hip-Hop Video: Drake, featuring Lil’ Wayne, “HYFR”
Best Male Video: Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”
Best Pop Video: One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
Best Rock Video: Coldplay, “Paradise”
Best Video With a Message: Demi Lovato, “Skyscraper”
Best Electronic Dance Music Video: Calvin Harris, “Feel So Close”
Most Shareworthy Video: One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
Best Choreography: Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”
Best Editing: Beyonce, “Countdown”
Best Visual Effects: Skrillex, “First of the Year (Equinox)”
Best Cinematography: M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
Best Art Direction: Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Best Direction: M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
Who watched Oprah‘s Next Chapter with Rihanna or rather Robyn Fenty last night? Apparently it was brilliant. If only it was made available online to those outside of the United States. I’m sure there will be clips from that interview, especially the ones relating directly to the subject of Chris Brown. If and when that happens, I’ll be posting them up here.
Sidebar – this is what Oprah is good at and thrives on. Interviews is her calling!
Chris Brown continues to win back his fan base with something that he is really good at… his music! The star’s latest album is called Fortune and it’s currently this week’s number one album in the US. The album debuted at number one, selling over 174 000 copies in its week of release. Now this isn’t as big as Bieber, who sold over 370 000 of his new album Believe, but Brown still has reason to celebrate. Well done to him.
Let me tell you this album is amazeballs. I was expecting a lot of ‘dancy’, electro vibes on the album, in light of the first two singles, Turn Up The Music and Don’t Wake Me Up, but let me tell you it’s quite the opposite. Those two songs are rad, but the rest of the album is oozing with R&B classics. In fact I’m just going to say it. This album will make an awesome make-out album 😉 Look out for songs like Please Don’t Judge Me, Mirage (which features Nas) and the absolute cracker of a song called 2012.
Other good songs: Strip, which features Kevin McCall and Till I Die. This monster of a song is good, not my best but it works. Brown has enlisted the help of Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean on the track. I actually can’t fault Brown on the album at all. The packaging is great. The fans will love it and should this be his last album, as her alluded to at the recent BET Awards, then he bows out in true style.
Have a listen to Please Don’t Judge Me below:
In the space of two weeks I’ve received the new Justin Bieber, Usher and Chris Brown albums and the one that stands out from the rest definitely is this one. Bieber starts off well with a more grown up sound, but then he slips back into that teeny bopper; my dear fans lets sing along together vibe. That isn’t a bad thing but I’m just not the demographic he is targeting and that is fine. Plus he’s rocking the charts and the album scored him his fourth number one at the tender age of 18, so I’ve got mad respect for him. Usher’s album I’m going to need to listen to again to make more of a judgement, but then that would require that I take Brown’s album out of my CD player 🙂
Next week R&B star Chris Brown releases his fourth studio album. It’s called Fortune and it releases next week. If you’re a big fan and you can’t wait, have a listen to the tracks above.