John Legend heading back to SA this November

imageGood news for Friday the 13th… R&B superstar, John Legend is heading back to South Africa this November. The star will be bringing his All Of Me tour to our shores for four shows. Brilliant. He is one of the best performers I have ever seen live. Emotional, talented, fun, engaging and all round fantastic. If you haven’t seen him, best you get your money ready because tickets go on sale on Wednesday next week. You won’t regret it, trust me. Here are all the details:

Big Concerts confirmed today that 9-time Grammy Award winner, multi platinum selling artist John Legend will be coming to South Africa with his highly anticipated All Of Me Tour.
The following South African tour dates are:

Cape Town: 16th November 2014 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest
Cape Town: 17th November 2014 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest
Johannesburg: 22nd November 2014 at Coca-Cola Dome
Johannesburg: 23rd November 2014 at Coca-Cola Dome

Presented by KFM, Kaya FM, M-Net and True Love. Another Big Concerts Experience.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday 18th June at 9am. Go to http://www.bigconcerts.com for all the information. Continue reading “John Legend heading back to SA this November”

John Legend to perform at The Grammys and The Governors Ball

Awards Season officially kicks off this Sunday, as the Golden Globes go live to the world from Los Angeles. You can see all the nominees here, but for the purposes of this post, I will be focusing on some of the performers for the Grammys and the Academy Awards. On February 9, the Grammys will pay tribute to The Beatles and the 50th anniversary since their US debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. In celebration of this momentous occasion, organisers announced yesterday that the Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart will reunite on stage to perform on Grammy night.

Alicia Keys and John Legend will also take to the stage for a special performance and you know that will be incredible. John is going to be a busy man this Awards Season. He will also be performing at the Governors Ball on Oscar Sunday, shortly after the awards ceremony. On selecting Legend to perform Jeffrey Kurland, Costume Design Branch governor and chair of the Governors Ball said, “John Legend is one of the industry’s most innovative and talented artists. We’re thrilled he will be joining us to celebrate this year’s achievements in film, and for what promises to be a most memorable evening.” That will take place on the 2nd of March.

Other Grammy performers include John Mayer and Keith Urban teaming up together and Maroon 5 will be there too. More on music’s biggest night and the Academy Awards to follow in the next couple of weeks.

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John Legend drops “Who Do We Think We Are”

2013 you special musical beast you. We’ve heard new music from Beyonce, Justin’s just released his new album (review to follow this week) and now the ever cool John Legend has just dropped his new single. It’s called Who Do We Think We are. The single is taken off his forthcoming, fourth studio album “Love in the Future,” which is expected to drop on the 25th of June.

On the album Legend says, “I’m so excited to release this project.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed making this album with a team of incredibly gifted producers and co-writers.” Says Legend “Every day we went to the studio with the goal to create something beautiful, to make the best album of my career. After all the writing and arranging and re-mixing and editing, it’s finally time for the world to hear it.”

 You can hear the single above and it features Rick Ross (my worst but anyway). The video will drop in mid-April. Can’t wait to bring you more on this release too.

Alicia Keys is a Girl on Fire

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Alicia Keys is truly a Girl on Fire. The star’s brand new album is sitting on top of the Billboard album charts this week. It debuted at number one with album sales of over 159 000 copies and this latest accolade adds to her already impressive run on Billboard. She now has five number one albums to her name. Big up Ms. Keys.

I’ve been listening to the album in my car and when I have some down time and I really am enjoying it. When the news of the album was announced, Keys promised a “new me” and that’s exactly what she is. She’s a mother, a wife. She looks amazing and from what I’ve seen in recent interviews and appearances, she’s just content, confident and loving life. I must admit though, when I heard the first single I was a bit worried about what else was to come. That isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy the single, I was going on the reactions that I had encountered from friends and fellow AK fans. They weren’t loving it as much as I thought. So it made me wonder if the album would be similar and therefore how it would fare in the market.

Well when I went through to the album listening session recently, I was pleasantly surprised. Her voice is raw, stripped down to the basics and it sounds beautiful. She has some magical tracks in the form of Fire We Make, which features Maxwell. When It’s All Over
and Listen To Your Heart are my other favourites off the album too. You’ll hear her signature sound i.e. the oh Ms. Keys on piano and you’ll also hear her little man, Egypt too.

On this album she’s worked with husband and super producer, Swizz Beatz. She’s also enlisted the writing duties of John Legend, Emeli Sandi, Babyface and Nicki Minaj.  Track listing below:

1. De Novo Adagio (Intro)
2. Brand New Me
3. When It’s All Over
4. Listen To Your Heart
5. New Day
6. Girl On Fire (Inferno Version) f. Nicki Minaj
7. Fire We Make f. Maxwell
8. Tears Always Win
9. Not Even The King
10. That’s When I Knew
11. Limitedless
12. One Thing
13. 101

If forced to rate the album out of ten, I’m going to go with a cozy 8. Grab yourself a copy on the iTunes store in America, Europe… and SA!! Boom

John Legend press conference – video highlights

One of my favourite artists is back in South Africa. If you don’t know who I’m talking about, it’s Mr. John Legend. The star will perform at a Women’s Day Concert, alongside Unathi Msengana and MiCasa at the Sandton Convention Centre tomorrow night. Holding down the MC duties will be the lovely Minnie Dlamini. If you haven’t got your tickets, askies, shem. You can catch him on Idols on Sunday evening then.
Earlier I went through to a press conference with the star. He’d just arrived in the country, so naturally he was a little tired. We were therefore limited to 15 questions (give or take) and a total of 13 minutes according to my video footage. So it wasn’t long at all, but we did get to hear about his new album, his Women’s Day message, on being back in SA and more. Check out some of the highlights from the presser earlier. I’ll have more on his and Unathi’s thoughts on being involved with SA Idol on Monday, so stay tuned for that.

Details for John Legend’s concert

In case you missed the news the awesome John Legend is heading back to Mzansi this August. The star is heading out as part of a Woman’s Day concert to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre on the 10th of August. Legend will be sharing the stage with the lovely Unathi Msengana and SAMA winners MiCasa. The event’s host will be the lovely Minnie Dlamini.

Honestly, this might be dedicated to the ladies, but damn with a lineup like this, I’m super stoked. Legend is one of my favourite artists ever and I’m being dead serious about that. Unathi is just the bomb. I’ve known her for many years now and she’s just so great. As for the trio that is MiCasa? Well la la la la la, La Vida… These guys are the shit!

Tickets are on sale now and they start at R900 (expensive much?). Visit Computicket and get yours now.

Full press release below: Continue reading “Details for John Legend’s concert”

Kelly Clarkson has a ‘Dark Side’ … Watch

Kelly Clarkson’s new music video is out. It’s the third single taken off her latest offering Stronger and it’s called Dark Side. This is one of my favourites off the album. Kelly is looking really good in the video too, seems to have slimmed down a bit not so?

Grammys 2012- red carpet

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards are here. Finally. It’s going to be a bittersweet evening tonight, but here are a few highlights from the red carpet.

Big hair seems to be the order of the day. Corinne Bailey Rae, Kelly Rowland are showing that tonight. As is Diana Ross. Bruno is wearing Tom Brown.

Kelly Price spoke about chatting and singing with Whitney Houston, whom she sang with on Thursday evening. She said it was an honour and that she didn’t expect her to get up and sing, but Whitney insisted. When Ryan asked her what Whitney would’ve wanted tonight, she said, “She would want it to be celebratory and about the music. She loved what she did.”

Sasha Gradiva is looking very bizarre. She’s got some pink number on, which isn’t bad but the the ‘jewelery’ is the gun

Maroon 5’s Adam Levin talks about Whitney Houston, “She’s just Whitney freaken Houston. We’re all upset”. He also told Ryan Seacrest that he was excited to take to the stage with the likes of the Beach Boys and Foster the People.

Juilianne Hough tells Giuliana that her boyfriend Ryan Seacrest helped her picked out her outfit. Aah cute. They have a dual screen going up and they’re just cut to Ryan.

Fergie’s “more conservative” dress is very bright. She is rocking an orange number with black lingerie 😉 She was nominated and subsequently won for her role.

Jessie J says “it’s very surreal but I’m excited to be here. I’m excited to see Adele and represent the Brits”. She also said she was sad about the passing of Whitney Houston. “Her daughter was at the rehearsals and I got to meet her. I feel very honoured to be alive with her music”.

Katy Price has taken on a smurf look. Sans the blue hair, the rest of her looks good. Hopefully she’s on the road to becoming a happy smurf again.

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Nicki Minaj arrived with her Bishop tonight. Sound weird? Well when a picture surfaces I will post it because clearly he’s her date for the night. She’s looking like Red Riding Hood. The makeup is very simple but she looks good.

Malin Ackerman is here too. Her dress doesn’t do much for me. I’m sure Joan Rivers will tackle this in more detail. Watch out for this.

John Legend is chatting to Ryan Seacrest. He gushed to Ryan about being newly engaged. His wife-to-be is beautiful.

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Alicia Keys looks amazing tonight. The hair, the makeup, the dress. She just looks gorgeous.

Rihanna looks beautiful. Very very very good. Yowza! Winner! She’s in Armani.

Flo Rida on hearing about Whitney Houston’s death: “I was about to go on stage. I definitely spoke to the fans. She inspired me and my condolences go out to her”. He told Ryan Seacrest that there is some good things coming.

John Legend concert postponed

International singing sensation John Legend was supposed to be heading out to South Africa this weekend, to perform at the Mbombela Stadium as part of the Sixties Festival, but that gig has unfortunately been postponed to next year. The reason “unforeseen reasons”. It’s a pity because I know a lot of people were looking forward to this, but it happens I guess. It has been postponed to early next year, so as soon as there are any more details on the festival, I’ll let you know. Check out the full release below:

John Legend Concert postponed

The One Night Only Concert headlined by International R&B sensation John Legend scheduled for October 15, at Mbombela Stadium as part of the Sixties Festival in Nelspruit has been postponed and will now take place early in 2012.

Sam Sekgota, CEO of concert promoters, Molite Productions says, “Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are not able to hold the One-Night-Only Concert featuring John Legend as planned.  His fans should know that he was very willing and excited to be here for the show but we unfortunately could not hold the show as scheduled.  Continue reading “John Legend concert postponed”

Idols Top 8 Review

So last night the Idols Top 8 tackled the R&B theme. I missed the show, but I’m catching up on all the action via the official site. Here’s what I thought of last night’s performances (in no particular order):

Erin- I said last week I was a bit worried about her taking on Beyonce‘s ‘Halo’. Watching her perform it, I was pleasantly surprised. I think she did a nice version of the track. Much better than I expected.

Mark– Eish! Not so sure about this one. It’s safe but dare I say it was a little boring.

Kelly- Great performance. I think that could save her because her vocal wasn’t the best. I think she’s great though so I hope she’ll get to perform again. Just one observation, her accent is quite apparent when she sings. Anyone else noticed that?

Freddie- Freddie the free spirit took on the late Amy Winehouse‘s ‘Rehab‘. You can see he tried channeling his inner Amy (yes we all have one) but I don’t think he pulled it off as well as I’d hoped he would.

Dene- She chooses so well. For this show she tackled Christina Aguilera‘s ‘The Voice Within‘. She did a great job at this song! She amazes me. So young and yet so powerful! Great work!

Dave- Who knew a rocker could do Marvin Gaye‘s ‘Sexual Healing‘ so well? WOW!!! That was amazeballs!

Crushanda- She sang Whitney’s ‘Learned From The Best’. Clearly she did. How are those pipes? Girl can hit the right notes… right up top there. Nice!

Lefa- He took on one of my favourite artists of all time, Mr John Legend and a song that cemented him as a top player in the music biz (No Ordinary People). He did it well, like I expected.

So who should be in the bottom three this week. It’s tough. If I could pick a bottom four I’d go with Freddie, Mark, Kelly and Erin… It’s based on votes though, so let’s see how it goes!