Kelly Rowland “The Game”

As part of Pepsi’s 11 track visual album Beats of the Beautiful Game to be released June 10, Kelly Rowland has dropped “The Game” to heighten anticipation for the football inspired project.

“The Game” features some stellar vocals by Kelly Rowland who is belting like never before. Amidst recording her 5th studio album & getting married to Tim Witherspoon, Kelly will also be releasing a short film for “The Game” directed by Spike Lee.

The visual album by Pepsi will feature Janelle Monae, Rita Ora, Timbaland & many more.

Dave Chappelle’s New York City Comeback

10 years ago this summer, you may remember Dave Chappelle’s Block Party — a free block party in Brooklyn featuring performances by Kanye West, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Dead Prez, Jill Scott, Cody Chesnutt, Big Daddy Kane, and the Fugees. I sure do, I bought the DVD of its documentary-style film (one of my first music DVDs at that).

That list of artists won’t be topped this year, but the bottom line is that Dave Chappelle is back to New York City 10 years later. The Roots, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monáe, Busta Rhymes, and DJ Premier are all set to co-headline with Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall across three days this June, the 24th through 26th. He’s looking to apply the same formula of stand-up mixed with neo-soul hip hop that was a success at the Block Party. Now, a different, and prestigious venue. Chappelle will also be performing solo standup shows at Radio City from June 18th-June 22nd (already sold out). But NYC readers, and readers all around, here’s the weekend to plan a New York trip.

OutKast reunites at Coachella

Last night, the legendary rap duo Outkast headlined Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in what was to be one of the most anticipated public performances in years.

Having not released an album since 2006’s Idlewild & before that, 2003’s RIAA Diamond certified Speakerboxxx/The Love Below the duo sang many throwback hits including “Roses” “Ms. Jackson” & “B.O.B.” from the Stankonia album.

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They were joined on stage by Janelle Monae for their hit “Tightrope” and by Future for a medley (where he also debuted “Benz Friendz”). Monae joined the stage during Big Boi’s solo set. Once during Andre 3000’s set, he announced “My idol Prince is backstage right now” but unfortunately, a surprise performance never came to fruition.

It’s good to see Hip-Hop royalty back on the stage.

Watch the full set above.


Ariana Grande Tributes Whitney Houston

Singer Ariana Grande took the White House by storm last night covering Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” for an audience including Jill Scott, Janelle Monae, Ms. Aretha Franklin, & of course, President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama. Though a difficult song, Ms. Grande proved that she can take on virtually anything with her stunning rendition of the song.

Watch the beginning to see her cover “I Have Nothing”:

Afterwards, she also sang one of her very own tracks entitled “Tattooed Heart” ending the show with an energized duet with the legendary Patti Labelle, Jill Scott, Janelle Monae, Melissa Etheridge, & Tessanne Chin covering Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary”

A stage of powerhouse voices indeed. The “Women Of Soul: In Performance at the White House” airs on PBS on April 7.

Janelle Monae “What is Love”

What is love?! Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no more…

Well, that’s what I think of instantly. And naturally Janelle Monae‘s “What Is Love” is for the movies too — Rio 2 to be exact. This one is a feel-good groove, press play if you want some happiness below.