Music

UK NEWS: GET CLOSER TO NE-YO WITH CHOICE

Choice gives listeners the chance to share the stage with R&B superstar. Choice, London’s number one urban station, is finding the UK’s next big thing for a ‘One in a Million’ chance to perform at The O2 Arena to support international singer-songwriter Ne-Yo as part of his UK tour in February. Aspiring performers have until the 3rd of February to upload their audition videos to choicefm.com before the entries are whittled down to a shortlist of five by a Choice judging panel.  []

‘WELCOME TO MY HOOD’ BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO FOOTAGE

The track Welcome To My Hood features DJ Khalid, T-Pain, Lil Wayne,  Rick Ross and my ALL TIME favourite rapper Plies…. Check out behind the scenes video shoot footage below and embrace the “beauty” and ignorance courtesy of Nappy Boy Online. Via Social Writers Okay.. I’m ASHAMED to admit this….I like this track. I like the production. There I’ve said it! lol.

VIDEO: USHER BOOED DURING CONCERT

Usher’s European tour kicked off in Berlin (Germany) several nights ago, but the star ended up disappointing his fans and there is definitely some drama going on behind the scenes. Check out the footage below… Perhaps opting to change his R&B style to bubble gum Pop/Dance music and dumbing down to sell records has finally taken it’s toll on Usher. Pull yourself together and go back to making real music Usher!

UK NEWS: CHER LLOYD SIGNS TO ROC NATION

Tabloid rag The Sun reports that the over-rated and over-hyped Cher LLoyd has signed to Jay-Z’s label Roc Nation. A “source” disclosed to the newspaper, “Even though Cher didn’t do terrifically well in the X Factor finals, there’s been a hell of a lot of interest in her. All the labels are on the lookout for sassy, young female artists with bags of attitude, and Cher fits that bill perfectly.” Will.i.am’s backing only intensified the battle to get her signature. After weighing []

SINGER TEENA MARIE DIES

Via AFP US R&B singer Teena Marie, whose hits in the 1980s included “I Need Your Lovin’” and “Lovergirl”, has died at the age of 54, police said. Marie was found dead at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena on Sunday afternoon, according to a police spokesman. The paramedics were called after her daughter had found her unconscious. The cause of the death was not immediately known. Continue Reading…. Rest In Peace Teena Marie.

UK MUSIC: FORMER X-FACTOR CONTESTANT RACHEL ADEDEJI – FOLLOW THE DJ

2009 X-Factor contestant Rachel Adedeji is back with a new look and a sound that most of us are now familiar with. Her debut single Follow The DJ will be released in March 2011. This is a typical dance track that will probably go down well in the clubs, especially in other parts of Europe. Spotted @ Social Writers Blog Your thoughts please. Hit or Miss?

UK EVENT / UK TV: AYO FROM THE FAMILY AND BLACKSTREET SET TO PERFORM AT THE SUNDAY SHOW

Self employed web designer, star of the hit Channel 4 documentary The Family and part-time rapper Ayo Adesina aka Mc Darke, will be performing at The Sunday Show on the 26 December (Boxing Day). Ayo also shares the bill with 90s R&B group Blackstreet. If you tune in to watch The Family on Tuesday nights, you will know that Ayo has a long way to go before he can proclaim to be the new “King of Hip Hop”.  Spitting lines like “I’m []

PICS: PHARRELL WILLIAMS AT HOME IN MIAMI

Photographer Todd Selby recently visited the Miami home of music producer Pharrell Williams and took photographs of the star’s extensive art collection…   Click HERE to view more pics… Pharrell has always struck me as being an annoying and pretentious odd ball but to each his own. I love the view though!

BBC SOUND OF 2011 TASTEMAKERS / WHY WAS I NOT ASKED TO JOIN THE PANEL?

After I news about the BBC Sound of 2011 shortlist earlier this week I was curious to know the names of the pundits responsible for helping to compile this list, and found a link to this information via fellow blogger Marvin Spark’s blog. Thanks Sparks! 161 influential UK-based music critics, editors, broadcasters and bloggers helped put together the BBC Sound of 2011 list by naming their favourite new acts. The tastemakers were: Click HERE to view list. I’m happy to see the following names made it []

UK MUSIC NEWS: WRETCH 32 AND JESSIE J MAKE IT ON TO THE BBC SOUND OF 2011 SHORTLIST

UK “Urban” artists, singer Jessie J and rapper Wretch 32 have made it onto the coveted BBC Sound of 2011 shortlist.  Click HERE to check out full list.     According to The Wrap Up the list was compiled by over 160 music industry figures and will be shortened to the top 5 from January 3 2011.   I can’t wait!   Also click HERE to read the Daily Telegraph’s article about the BBC Sound of 2011 Short List titled, BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll should be treated with caution.