Prince’s New Single Flows Like an Electric Stream – “U Know” @3rdEyeGirl @3rdEyeBpy

Prince's New Single Flows Like an Electric Stream - U know

Prince’s New Single Flows Like an Electric Stream – “U Know”

This year has been a mighty one for his Purple Highness. Let alone the 30 year anniversary of Purple Rain (both the film and album), Prince’s presence has been felt everywhere. From his takeover of the Arsenio Hall Show, to his guest spot on The New Girl following the Super Bowl, and of course his headlining of the Essence Music Festival, Prince has been the man of 2014. Continuing to gear up for the release of a new album, “U Know” is another single from the album, featuring his all-female band 3rd Eye Girl. The song slinks, with a nice slow tempo. Yet with that, Prince has this unprecedented cadence, where he is less singing and almost rapping. Of course the song has it’s share of sexual energy, but it’s tempered by Prince’s talent to make everything seem not too dirty.

Listen to the full song below.
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Unsung Troop Full Episode @tvonetv

Unsung Troop Full Episode

Unsung Troop Full Episode

Comfortably into this latest season of TV One‘s Unsung, last week’s episode featured the band Troop. The 90′s boy band group came right at the heels of other groups like New Edition and other previous Unsung featured groups of the time like Hi-Five. Exploring Troop’s legacy during the time when the competition was high shows the persistence the young men had to their dream. Watch the full episode to get their full origins story.
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Made in the City of Angels – LA’s Made in America Festival a Success [FESTIVAL REVIEW] @S_C @ericgarcetti @MIAFestival @LAUnitedWay

Made in the City of Angels- A Festival to Send off Summer

Made in the City of Angels – A Festival to Send off Summer

In its third year, the Budweiser Made in America festival was expected to be a success in Philadelphia. But the sister festival occurring in LA had more room for debate. When Jay Z joined L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on the steps of city hall in April to announce the Los Angeles show, many questions were posed. Could  LA pull of this experiment in  urban planning and culture building by attracting 50,000 people to a paid event to the young Grand Park, right in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles? The very thought of this was nightmare inducing for any city logistician. But by all accounts, the experiment proved a success.
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BBC Presents Reggae Britannia [FULL FILM]

BBC Presents Reggae Britannia

BBC Presents Reggae Britannia.

These past few weeks we’ve been proud to present to you reggae music from festivals and cultures around the world. In Japan, there was Ichiban Japenese. And last week, we presented the performance of Beres Hammond from the Rotom Sunsplash festival. This week, we want to explore British reggae. In a country with a large Jamaican presence, it makes sense that the genre would chart across the Atlantic and embed itself into the British culture. Courtesy of the BBC Britannia series, this full feature film explores the history of the genre in the UK. Below is the description.

The acclaimed BBC4 Britannia series moves into the world of British reggae. Showing how it
came from Jamaica in the 1960s to influence, over the next 20 years, both British music and
society, the programme includes major artists and performances from that era.

Watch the full film below!
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The Bang Bang Video is Here! [FULL VIDEO] @JessieJ @NICKIMINAJ @ArianaGrane

The Bang Bang Video is Here

The Bang Bang Video is Here! Earlier this month, Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj released a stellar track that was bold, brassy, and soul-influenced. The video for the trio’s song “Bang Bang” has finally been released. The video is full of vibrant, colorful, and salacious elements, feeding into the song’s more pop-oriented nature. All the same, it is jamming. Watch the full video below!
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Happy Birthday, Michael Jackson! Celebrate With This MJ Mix! @arjanketting

Happy Birthday, Michael Jackson! Celebrate With this MJ Mix!

Happy Birthday, Michael Jackson! Celebrate With This MJ Mix!

Today would have been the 56th birthday of the King of Pop. Born in Gary, Indiana to the family that would become musical royalty, the young Mike was prodigious among his brothers. It would make sense that he would go on to become the great star that we remember him as today. In celebrating the birthday of Michael Jackson, we thought it would be great to offer up a mix of his full catalog, to lift your spirits and help you to “Remember the Time“. This mix covers everything from his Jackson 5 days, to his solo career as minor, even to his more obscure rock based numbers of the 90s. Thanks to Arjan Ketting for the mix.

We love you, Michael! Happy birthday!
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James Gardin – Clock In [FULL DOWNLOAD] @JamesGardin

James Gardin - Clock In

James Gardin – Clock In

An Alt R&B brother by appearance,with a smooth rap flow, James Gardin garners much respect for his cool, clean aesthetic, and stag-in-headlight looks. But what’s best is the smooth voice to go with it. Sampling from Chaka Khan‘s “Hollywood“, Gardin has a hit on his hands with Clock In. You can learn more about Gardin from his (hilarious, candid, and inspirational) twitter, or just by delving deeper into his music! Download to Clock In below.
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“Don’t Shoot” – Hip Hop Artists Support #MikeBrown with #BlackProtest Music

Don't Shoot - #BlackProtestMusic

This is important. Channelling the frustrations of the past few weeks, this group of Black artists banned together to create a track dedicated to Mike Brown and all other Black lives who have been taken due to obscene levels of violence. A conglomerate that features The Game, Rick Ross, Wale, Diddy, Fabolous, Curren$y, 2 Chainz, Yo Gotti, DJ Khaled, Problem, King Pharaoh, and TGT.

In the very haunting, simple lyrics “God ain’t put us on this Earth to get murdered”, this song is a declaration of the Hip-Hop generation that we will not abide by the violence that destroys us. Just listen to the song, and DO NOT let the fire burn out!
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#TBT When Everyone Listened to Everything by Ron Worthy + WAVA 105 FM Washington DC TV Commercial Circa 1985 [VIDEO]

By Ron Worthy

Back in the 1980′s, there were a plethora of radio options.  As a kid growing up in Washington, D.C., I was surrounded by a mix blend of soul, funk, disco, hip-hop and of course, go-go.   However, like many of my peers, I also grew up listening to rock music, from classic artists like AC/DC to 80′s stalwarts Journey and Def Leppard and hair bands like Ratt and Motley Crue. Read more of this post

Rapping With the Jackson 5 #tbt [RARE INTERVIEW]

Rapping With the Jackson 5

Rapping With the Jackson 5! This Thursday, we take a step back in to the past, listening to a rare radio spot with the Jackson 5.

In this interview from 1970 (only three years after their fateful performance at Harlem’s the Apollo Theater), the brothers get together to share a truly intimate, unstrained moment of life and love together. With Michael taking the charge, he asks Jermaine, Tito, Jackie, and Marlon questions about their hobbies, love for show business, and girlfriends. No question is off limit! Less of an interview, and more of a moment of brotherly love, this is truly a rare interview that you must hear! And to compliment the interview, rare footage from the Jackson 5 early days run throughout the footage. Check it out below.
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The Story of Rough Trade Records [FULL DOCUMENTARY] @RoughTradeRecs

The Story of Rough Trade Records

The Story of Rough Trade Records is a fascinating one that details the birth of independent music. This documentary produced by the BBC explores that origins story and details where they are today. Here’s more from the Rough Trade’s wikipedia page.

Rough Trade Records is an independent record label based in London. It was formed in 1978 by Geoff Travis who had opened a record store off Ladbroke Grove. Having successfully promoted and sold records by punk, very early indie pop and early post-punk bands such as BuzzcocksThe Smiths and Desperate Bicycles, Travis began to manage acts and distribute bands such as Scritti Politti and began the label, which was informed by left-wing politics and structured as a co-operative. Soon after, Rough Trade also set up a distribution arm that serviced independent retail outlets across Britain, a network that became known as theCartel.

Interest and investment of major labels in the UK indie scene in the late 1980s, as well as overtrading on behalf of Rough Trade’s distribution wing, led to cash flow problems, and eventually to bankruptcy, forcing the label into receivership. However, Travis resurrected the label in the late 90s, finding success with The LibertinesThe Strokes and Antony and the Johnsons.

Watch the full documentary about all this and more below the jump.
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Eminem Bares All in “Guts Over Fear” ft Sia [FULL DOWNLOAD]

Eminem Guts Over Fear Ft Sia

Eminem Bares All in “Guts Over Fear” ft Sia. The top-selling MC of all time has this new song that, in prototypical Marshall fashion, is autobiographical and authentic.

As most of Eminem’s song, this number does not shy away from his feelings. He is honest about how tired the industry has been, and how he feels like his music sometimes plateaus, saying that he “makes the same songs”. And, again, true to form, the story is told with his rap cadence of fast punches of snappy verses and more melodic bits of slow talking. What really brings this track together is Sia’s chorus. The “Titanium” singer has her usual vocal acrobatics here although, admittedly not as high flying as in her single “Chandelier”.

Check out the full track below the jump. And download it!

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Sinead Harnett Wants to Take You to “Paradise” [FULL STREAM] @SineadHarnett

Sinead Wants to Take You to Paradise

Sinead Harnett Wants to Take You to “Paradise”. With an angelic voice like hers, it won’t be so hard!

This London based beauty has a soulful voice with a sweet timbre that makes this song easy to sit into and groove. With a cadence similar to her Alt R&B contemporaries, especially SZA, Sinead differs in that her music and production is a bit more traditional, 9os style R&B. “Paradise” has the ability to be a popular number, namely because of Sinead’s voice. Listen to the full track below and enjoy!
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Ever Wondered What Happened to Troop? Watch Unsung! [FULL PREVIEW] @tvonetv

Ever Wondered What Happened to Troop?

Ever Wondered What Happened to Troop? Watch Unsung!

Tonight’s episode of the megahit documentary series takes a look at yet another 90′s boy band (earlier this summer, they featured Hi-Five). This week’s treatment centers on the band Troop. Hailing from the Los Angeles suburb city of Pasadena, the five-membered group were a sensation in the 90s as primarily an R&B band that did amazing covers. The group would go on to have several best selling albums. But since the late 90s, they have been in and out of the spotlight. Watch their origins story, and then see how they came to the point they are out now, all on tonight’s episode of Unsung. To catch the preview, watch below!
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Allo Love – Volume Four , by Wah Wah 45s [FULL ALBUM STREAM] @wahwah45s

Allo Love - Volume Four, by Wah Wah 45s

Allo Love – Volume Four , by Wah Wah 45s.

In their own words, here is the fourth volume of “All Love”


The fourth instalment of our Allo Love series sees our queen of dark, electronic soul, Lea Lea, step up to the plate to shed some light in to her mysterious musical world. As ever with this lady, there’s nothing predictable about her selection, whether it be the rasping, bluesy vocals and moody bass of ex-Belleruche vocalist Kathrin de Boer, the deconstructed ambient offerings of Japan’s Yosi Horikawa or the up-tempo dancehall beats of DJ Vadim, Lea Lea will always keep us guessing!
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Diggs Duke is “The Pinnacle (Of Class And Taste)” [FULL STREAM] @DiggsDuke @brownswood

Diggs Duke is The Pinnacle of Class and Taste

Diggs Duke is “The Pinnacle (Of Class and Taste)”.

Or so the title of his new song claims! And if the music of the young soul brother is to be his evidence to that claim, then we have to agree with him. Experimental but fresh, and rooted in the sounds of old school R&B, Diggs Duke has released as third single from his upcoming project The Upper Hand and Other Grand Illusions, which will be released by favorites, Brownswood Recordings. On first listen, Diggs has a neo-soul, almost D’Angelo sound. But you can hear the layers of 21st century production to his song, with the almost haunting beeps and boops in the chorus. And then suddenly, piano keys sneak up on you. The well produced track was made by Diggs. We hope to hear more from his as a singer and producer! Stream the full song below!
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Martha Wash Full Episode of Unsung [FULL EPISODE] @tvonetv

Martha Wash Full Episode of Unsung

Martha Wash Full Episode of Unsung

It’s time for everybody to dance now! Martha Wash, the original Weather Girl and full-bodied voice behind such well known numbers as “Gonna Make You Sweat” has gotten the full Unsung treatment. On the most recent episode of TV One‘s documentary series, we explore the life and times of what made this diva such a phenomenal figure in her day. The episode even features her legal battle with not being able to get credit for “Gonna Make You Sweat”, due to her image as a full figured woman. Last week, we brought you the preview. Now you can watch the full episode below!
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Soul Surprised Afro Punk by @ErickaBlount @Deangelo @Questlove

By Ericka Blount Danois and Walter Blount

The revered Afro Punk festival rolled into Brooklyn again this year by the tens of thousands, with eclectic costumes, and a crowd with an irreverent sense of humor and a hearty appetite for black rock, punk and soul. Two of the best received bands out of an impressive line-up that included Alice Smith, Lianne LaHavas, The Internet, Shabazz Palaces, Meshell Ndegeocello and Tamar-Kali, were Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and Fishbone. Read more of this post

Prince Announces Two New Albums and Delivers First Single, ‘Clouds’ @3rdEyeGirl @3rdEyeBoy

This is awesome news!  After releasing a string of hot singles over the past few years, the Purple 1 announced 2 new albums today plus a new amazing song called ‘Clouds.’  We are really digging this and cannot wait for both LPs. Read more of this post

Sheila E. Was Engaged to Prince! Other Details in New Memoir [REPOST] @SheilaEdrummer

Sheilla E Was Engaged to Prince!

Sheila E. Was Engaged to Prince!

This is but one of many admissions from percussionist Sheila E. in her new memoir Beat of My Own Drum. From the onset, Sheila E.’s life is storied and interlaced with so many celebrities and big personas, it also seems fictitious. But in fact, it is not! The daughter of Latin percussionist, Peter Escovedo, this memoir tells the story of Sheila’s family relations with Lionel and Nicole Richie, her tour with Marvin Gaye, and her intense love relationships with both Carlos Santana and, his Purple Majesty himself! Going through the life of Sheila E., her memoir is personal and poignant- sharing embarrassing moments of diva-indulgence, and glorious moments of being the incredible percussionist that she is. Read the article below to get details of the memoir, and be sure to order a copy of the book and talk to your friends about it! Indeed, it is truly about the glamorous life!
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