Usher, Usher! The star is back with his brand new single called Good Kisser. The single was co-written by Usher together with Andrew “Pop” Wansel, Ronald “Flip” Colson, Jameel Roberts, Terry “Tru” Sneed, Warren “Oak” Felder. It was produced by Pop, Flip, JProof, Terry “Tru” Sneed, Natural and Oak. The video has just dropped and you can check it out above.
The single is taken off his forthcoming album, which is due out later this year.
My initial thoughts on the single are positive. I like it and I’m sure I’ll dig it even more in the weeks to come.
The 2013 Grammy nominees have been announced. Leading the pack is Mr. Frank Ocean and the Indie-rockers, Fun. Kelly Clarkson, Jay-Z and Kanye, and Mumford & Sons all scored nicely too. The one category I’m a bit surprised about is the New Artist category. I really would’ve thought that Carly Rae Jepsen would’ve been in there, not so much. She is nominated for her global smash hit, Call Me Maybe in the the Song of the Year category and a few others.
Also have to give props to the fantastic, the legendary, Bra Hugh Masekela, who has been nominated for a Grammy too. He has been nominated in the Best World Music category for his album, Jabulani. Proudly South African moment! Boom.
The awards are set to take place on the 10th of February in Los Angeles. Again, if anyone wants to send me, I’m more than willing to go. #TrueStory. Check out the full list below:
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 🙂
This year Usher, Chris Brown, R Kelly, Justin Bieber and Nelly Furtado are just some of the big names releasing new albums. While I’m looking forward to hearing all of them, here’s another one that I really am looking forward to hearing. It’s the new offering from Flo Rida. The star will release his fourth album called “Wild Ones” on Monday next week.
We’ve already heard several songs off the album, which have become some of the year’s biggest anthems including Wild Ones and Good Feeling. His latest single Whistle is making its way onto the charts now too. In the build up to the album’s release, Flo’s camp put out a digimix of some of the tracks you’ll be able to hear on the album. Have a listen below:
A few years ago I got to interview Flo when he was in Birmingham. I’d seen him perform the night before in London and then off myself and my friend Melanie Ramjee (@Hypress) went to interview Flo. Watch:
Looking forward to bringing you more on this album in the weeks to come. For more information,
02:05- Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen are the hosts for the award. I love these two. The showed their “cred” by showing us their hip-hop video. Julie makes a superb video ho 😉 Ty has it down… yo. They then went into a country track with a series of Billboard beeps
02:10- Julianne Hough presents the Social Artist of the Year. The award goes to Justin Bieber. “Thank you. First of all I just want to say how much of a blessing it has been. The past three or four years growing up in front of everyone. The Internet is where it started for me and I want to thank all my fans. Thank you so much to my mom, my dad and to God. Thank you so much, fans I love you, everybody”.
02:19- A short tribute to Robin Gibb, who lost his battle to cancer earlier.
02:20- Katy Perry gets the Spotlight Award, which was presented by Lisa Marie Presley. In addition to thanking her record label EMI for their ongoing support, Perry said, “The people that have the power, so I want to say thank you to the glittering and gorgeous fans out there. Thank you my ‘Kitty Kats’. I want to say one last thing. The real rockstar here is my grandmother. She’s 91 and she’s from Las Vegas, I can’t wait to go and do shots with you after this.”
02:24- Kelly Clarkson debuts her new song “Dark Side”. She’s looking gorgeous in her red dress.
02:32- The Wanted take to the stage. They’re performing their track Chasing the Sun.
02:38- Miley Cyrus presents the Best New Artist Award to Wiz Khalifa. He scored four top ten hits on Billboard last year. Here’s what he had to say, “I got to thank God first. God is amazing. I also want to thank my mom first, my dad, everyone who lets me do this. I’m up here shaking man. Atlantic for letting me do what I do. All the DJs. My beautiful fiancé because she’s my world. Everyone for supporting me. Thank y’all”.
02:44- Brandy introduces “her boy” Chris Brown. He is lip syncing and very badly if you ask me, but his dance moves make up for it I guess.
02:49. Natasha Bedingfield is up to show homage to the late great Donna Summer. The tribute was very short and in my opinion lame. They cut to a “coming up” clip. I know this is live TV and time is short, but wow they could’ve done a lot more to honour the Queen of Disco.
02:55- Time to look back at 22-year-old Taylor Swift’s very successful year (well and career). She is Billboard’s Woman of the Year. On accepting the award from Zooey Deschanel “That was so nice. The first time I ever saw my song on the Billboard chart I was 16. That seems like forever ago. Thank you to everyone. I’m so humbled by this. Thank you for Chris Chrisopherson and Zooey Deschanel for coming out. Thank you to the fans.”
03:00- The Far East Movement introduce the legend that is Usher. He’s performing his new track Scream.
03:12- Jason Derulo is up now Hot 100. He presents the Billboard Hot 100 Song of the Year to LMFAO for their song “Party Rocker Anthem”. On their win the twosome said, “This is amazing. This is a dream come true. We want to thank Ian Fletcher our manager. Q, Sky Blue baby. Jimmy. Will.i.am, the DJs. Dance music is back baby”. What would the awards be if the two didn’t thank each other, “I want to say thank you to you man. I love you man. And the fans. If you believe in yourself no matter what they say. You can do what you love.”
03:15- Ty Burrell has been inoculated for “Bieber Fever“. That’s right it’s time for Bieber to perform his track ‘Boyfriend’. The sound is crap, he sounded crap… The performance was cool. His performance was followed by Carly Rae Jepson, also out of Canada.
03:30- The virtual versions of Ty and Julie went on a tour of Vegas. They visited Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant, the spa, Caesar’s Palace, The Venetian, the Four Seasons and other places in the city. Fun times and Sophia Vegara’s viritual double made an appearance too.
03:31- Wiz Khalifa presents the award for Top Duo or Group. Before presenting the award, he wanted to thank the Beastie Boys. LMFAO wins this one too. ”
Yeah. I love this. I love everybody here. I love everyone who loves music man. It’s like you think of what you want. We used to dream about this moment. We had an Easter egg trophy and we were like thank you for this. I just really want to thank the Party Rock crew. You guys are all amazing. Sky Blue, be be you. We Love you.”
03:35- Carrie Underwood is up on stage now to perform her track Blown Away. Looking regal and beautiful in red, like her fellow American Idol friend Kelly Clarkson.
03:43- Gladys Knight is up to present the Male of the Year. The award goes to Lil Wayne. He couldn’t be there apparently so she accepted on his behalf. Swizz Beatz welcomes to the stage Linkin Park. It has been a while since we’ve seen the rockers on a stage like this. Their new album drops soon and I predict it’s going to be a winner. There are rumours doing the rounds that they’ll be in SA in the not too distant future, let’s wait and see.
03:55-Eric Bennett and Monica present the award for Best R&B to Chris Brown. Bennett obviously had to use the platform to promote his new album. Is that the only way people will actually know about it? Nobody cares dude, so sit down! Brown was stoked and grateful to all in Team Breezy. His speech was then followed by a performance by the lovely Katy Perry
04:05- Whoopi Goldberg is hear. “Like so many people around the world, I adored Whitney Houston”. She remembers meeting Whitney at the Nelson Mandela tribute concert in London. John Legend and Jordin Sparks are up to sing for Whitney. He’s leading the tribute with a beautiful rendition of “The Greatest Love of All”. Fantastic. Jordin Sparks is now singing “I will always love you”. Superb performance from Jordin, really fantastic!
Whoopi passes on the award to Bobbi Kristina and the rest of the Whitney family. “This is truly an honour. We thank you for honouring Whitney. We thank you Billboard, Jordin, John. Tonight the one person who should be accepting this award is the one Whitney loved most. Her daughter Bobbi.”
Bobbi Kristina said, “I just really want to say thank you to everyone who supported us through it all. Not just through the hard but the good too. I’m just blessed to have been in such an incredible woman’s life. I thank you all so much”.
04:21- Cee Lo Green is up now. There’s a soldier dancing around with his crouches. His leg has been amputated but damn that isn’t stopping him from breaking it down. They’re performing “Fight for your right to party” in honour of Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys fame. Now this is what I’m talking about. Does it take two amazingly talented fallen stars to pass on in order to have performances like this?
04:27- Taio Cruz presents the award to the Battle of the Bands winner. He’s wearing his sunglasses indoors, what a chop. Anyway. I don’t know who Patent Pending is, but they’re rocking the stage.
04:36- Gavin Degraw introduces my girl Nelly Furtado, who is performing her new track “Big Hoops (Bigger the Better). It’s love. I love her and the native Indian American influence! I’m happy now!
04:46- Alicia Keys up. She says, “I am here tonight to say thank you Stevie. Thank you for bringing us joy. Thank you for bringing us so much soul. I’m here tonight to honour Stevie Wonder with the Icon of the Year award.”
The icon takes to the stage to perform alongside Alicia. He says, “Didn’t she sound incredible? Alicia Keys. Alicia love, lets keep it real. My birthday was last Sunday. I want you to give me a birthday gift. I want you to sing me Empire State of Mind a Capella,” which she does.
He then accepts the award. “I wanted to say to all of you. Alicia, everyone in the audience. Every single person this award belongs to you and to the Almighty God. We’re in a place where we have to commit ourselves to one thing and that is to love. Love will always prevail over hate and peace over war. We have approximately 7 billion people around the world and I would like you to put your best life forward. We can change the world by being as one. Please”
R&B star Usher is all set to release his brand new album, Looking 4 Myself next month. This is the “Climax” singer’s seventh album. Hot off the release of the album’s second official single, Scream, comes the track listing for the album. You’ll see there are collaborations with Rick Ross, Luke Steele and Pharrell (looking forward to hearing this one). Check out the full track listing below.
LOOKING 4 MYSELF TRACK LISTING
Can’t Stop Won’t Stop
I Care For U
Lemme See (feat. Rick Ross)
Twisted (feat. Pharrell)
What Happened To U
Looking 4 Myself (feat. Luke Steele)
Lessons For The Lover
Sins Of My Father
DELUXE EDITION ALSO INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING FOUR TRACKS:
Did you love the 1998 smash hit, “The Boy is Mine” from R&B superstars Brandy and Monica back in the day? Well if you did, like me, you’ll be stoked to know that they two have teamed up again for a new track called “It All Belongs To Me,” which is due for release on the 6th of February.
The single will be released on both their new albums respectively. Monica’s new album, “New Life” will be available on the 6th of March, while Brandy’s is expected to drop later this year.
The track is written and produced by Rico Love, famous for his work with the likes of Usher, Beyonce and Chris Brown). Looking forward to hearing it, and hey ladies… no pressure, but your last track was at number one for 13 consecutive weeks, I’m #JustSaying 😉
And the big names keep coming. R&B superstar, Usher is heading to South Africa in 2012. The star will be headlining the Hansa Festival of Legends Tour in March next year. The tour will see him and a whole host of other artists performing in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg next year.
“Hansa, in conjunction with Big Concerts, couldn’t be more honoured to host such a massive entertainment legend and, of course, the most special ingredient- YOU,” says Mosidi Seretlo, General Manager,Hansa Pilsener.
THE HANSA FESTIVAL OF LEGENDS – Tour Itinerary
3rd March 2012
Grand Arena, GrandWest
Tickets from R275.00 – R450.00
Well now I can confirm that the DJ will be jetting into SA this November for a series of gigs in and around the country. This is great news and long overdue. He was in the country a few years back and ever since he has been promising to come back. BOOM. He’s on his way folks and it’s gonna be massive… and I’m told Akon is coming too (again).