Archive for October, 2009

Melanie Fiona Talks About Debut Album

Posted in ALBUM COVERS, ALBUM DEBUTS, ALBUMS, ARTICLES, BILLBOARD, melanie fiona, MUSIC, NEW ALBUMS, NEW ARTIST, NEW MUSIC, NEWS, POPULAR MUSIC, R&B, RNB, trueclefmusic, TRUECLEFMUSIC.COM with tags , , , , on October 31, 2009 by JupiterDaTruth

melanie fiona album art

“My album’s been ready since 2008 — over a year now — and although I’m not the first or the last artist to experience push-backs, it’s definitely a test to see who is in it for the long run,” Fiona tells Billboard.com, admitting she was nervous about losing momentum. “The type of music I make doesn’t fit the mold of pop or R&B, and sometimes it takes radio a bit longer to catch up. But now that the connection is there and things are coming together, I’m ready to release as many singles as we can.”

According to Fiona, the next single might be the very pertinent “Ay Yo,” with lyrics like, “I don’t do this for the glory, or for what people might say / I’m gonna do this my own way, starting today,” over horns and simplistic guitar strings.

As for the album itself, Fiona describes it as a set that “can bridge genres of music and eras of music — mix the old with the new and add something soulful to it. I wanted an album that would reflect who I am, how I was brought up and what influenced me musically and culturally.”

Tracks like the sassy first single, “Give It To Me Right,” which reached No. 57 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and the doo-wop-influenced second single “It Kills Me,” currently No. 50 and still climbing, are perfect examples of those eclectic influences.

Other songs on the album include “Bang, Bang,” with tambourines and hollow drums; “Teach Him,” which finds Fiona tenderly schooling her partner about love over flamenco guitars; and the Motown-inspired “You Stop My Heart,” which she claims as one of her personal favorites, among others. “Each song lives on its own — no one song sounds like the other,” she says.

In addition to the album’s singles, Fiona will release video performances called “Subway Series” on music websites, in which she collaborates with street performers in different parts of the world. “I wanted people to have something to anticipate the album and further understand the concept of ‘The Bridge’,” she says, revealing that she recorded sessions in New York, U.K and Canada to be released biweekly leading up the release of the album. “I was so inspired by these people and their international appeal that I wanted to collaborate with them and show people that music doesn’t have to stay in a box — it can be stripped down to a beat box or a steel pan.”

Currently, Fiona is on a stateside promotional tour, during which she is visiting colleges, radio stations and hosting local meet-and-greets. In coming weeks, she will perform a couple of dates with Raphael Saadiq and Ryan Leslie. After the release of the album, she either plans on going on her own headlining tour or hopefully join treks with Queen Latifah,Wyclef Jean or former touring partner Kanye West (who she supported on the European leg of the “Glow In The Dark” tour last year).

Fiona will also appear on fellow Roc Nation signee Wale‘s debut album, “Attention Deficit,” to be released on Nov. 3 on Allido/Interscope (Fiona is managed by Roc Nation). And to keep the music coming, she is already planning the release of a sophomore album next year.

Source: Billboard

I didn’t know she was on Roc Nation! Very good!

Lady Gaga Giving Away Locks of Hair with Deluxe Album!!!

Posted in ALBUMS, lady gaga, MUSIC, MUSIC PRODUCERS, NEW ALBUMS, NEW ARTIST, NEW MUSIC, NEWS, POPULAR MUSIC, trueclefmusic, TRUECLEFMUSIC.COM with tags , , , , , on October 31, 2009 by JupiterDaTruth

lady gaga re-release

Those who purchase the Super Deluxe edition of Lady Gaga’s re-released album The Fame Monster will not only get to hear new music including her duet with Beyoncé (“Telephone”), but also receive a personal gift from the pop star—a lock of her hair.

The keepsake is bundled with the The Fame Monster Super Deluxe pack, which includes her breakthrough album The Fame, plus eight new tracks produced by RedOne, Rodney Jerkins, Teddy Riley, Fernando Garibay, and Ron Fair. Described as the “ultimate peek into the Haus of Gaga, spanning music, fashion, art, fans, and juice,” each collector’s edition art book will be individually numbered and include the following:

• A lock of Lady Gaga’s hair
• A collectible puzzle
• Pictorials
• A behind-the-scenes look at Lady Gaga’s creative process
• Pull-out posters
• Themed fanzines
• A Lady Gaga paper doll collection
• 3-D glasses to view forthcoming visuals
• Personal notes from Lady Gaga

The standard edition of The Fame Monster goes on sale November 23, while the Super Deluxe edition will be available December 15 for $99.98.

Source: Rap-Up

A whole bill????? NO MAM!!!

Jay-Z & Alicia Keys SLAY at World Series!!!!

Posted in ALBUMS, ALICIA KEYS, EVENTS, HIPHOP, JAY-Z, LIVE PERFORMANCES, MUSIC, NEW ALBUMS, NEWS, POPULAR MUSIC, trueclefmusic, TRUECLEFMUSIC.COM, VIDEO LIBRARY with tags , , , , , on October 31, 2009 by JupiterDaTruth

jay-z and alicia live

John Legend to Perform National Anthem at World Series!!!

Posted in ALICIA KEYS, EVENTS, JAY-Z, JOHN LEGEND, LIVE PERFORMANCES, MUSIC, NEWS, POPULAR MUSIC, R&B, RNB, trueclefmusic, TRUECLEFMUSIC.COM with tags , , , on October 29, 2009 by JupiterDaTruth

john legend national anthem

Major League Baseball says the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter will perform the national anthem before Game Two at Yankee Stadium Thursday.

New York natives Jay-Z and Alicia Keys will warm up the audience with their single “Empire State of Mind” before Legend sings.

The league says Thursday’s World Series matchup between the New York Yankees and the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies will be dedicated to “the legacy of Roberto Clemente and the spirit of community service.”

Source: Billboard

Jay-Z & Alicia Keys Drop Trailer for “Empire State of Mind”!!!

Posted in ALBUMS, ALICIA KEYS, HIPHOP, J RECORDS, JAY-Z, MUSIC, NEW ALBUMS, NEW MUSIC, NEW VIDEOS, NEWS, POPULAR MUSIC, trueclefmusic, TRUECLEFMUSIC.COM, VIDEO LIBRARY with tags , , , on October 29, 2009 by JupiterDaTruth

jay-z and alicia keys vid

Toni Shoots New Video “Yesterday”!!!

Posted in ALBUMS, MUSIC, NEW ALBUMS, NEW MUSIC, NEWS, POPULAR MUSIC, R&B, RNB, TONI BRAXTON, trueclefmusic, TRUECLEFMUSIC.COM with tags , , , on October 29, 2009 by JupiterDaTruth

toni shoots new video

It appears Toni’s gonna get the last laugh… Fours ago she made the mistake of dropping a comeback album to close to fellow diva Mariah Carey’s… Her project went ignored despite the fire it was and it seemed there was only room for one r&b diva to slay… Now the same scenario is playing out but Mariah has made the mistake of halfway promoting her album… Now she’s gotta play catch up in the mist of Toni’s fresh promo. Kinda ironic huh lol

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Mariah Memoirs Promo Blitz!!!

Posted in ALBUMS, DEF JAM, MARIAH CAREY, MUSIC, NEW ALBUMS, NEW MUSIC, NEWS, POPULAR MUSIC, trueclefmusic, TRUECLEFMUSIC.COM with tags , , , , on October 29, 2009 by JupiterDaTruth

mariah promo blitz

The diva and her label appear to finally be serious about this hot 4th Def Jam release…

Mariah has a dozen television appearances lined up to promote this new album and has reportedly begun shooting the video for a unnamed third single (though we still haven’t seen the video for “I Wanna Know What It Is…). The third cut is supposed to be “H.A.T.E.U”, according to Mariah but that could easily change given the album’s current chart status…

Peep Mariah’s latest chart numbers:

Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel
Billboard 200: #14 (Last week: #10)
Sales this week: 21,123 (-32%)
Total Sales: 275,44

“Obsessed”

Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #26 (Last week: #22)
Downloads this week: 42,552 (-16%)
Total Downloads: 1,115,020

“I Want To Know What Love Is”
Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs: #10 (Last week: #11)
Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Songs: #30 (Last week: #34)