5/29/13

Ariana Grande and Mac Miller Perform "The Way"


Ariana Grande and Mac Miller are taking over with their smash hit The Way, and today the two performed the song on The Ellen Show!

Ariana Grande is amazing! Her voice is really something special. She's been compared to a young Mariah Carey, and I can definitely see why. I'm very interested in seeing where her career goes. Check out the performance above, and enjoy.
-Jay P-

Emblem3 - Chloe (You're The One I Want) Music Video


Emblem3 has just released the music video to their newest single Chloe (You're The One I Want) and I'm really impressed. They have come a long way since the first time I saw them on X Factor! They definitely have a unique sound and image, and I'm happy to see how far they've come. Hopefully I'll be able to set up an interview with them soon! 

Until then, let me know what you think of their latest music video in the comments section!
-JayP-

5/22/13

Ciara - I'm Out feat. Nicki Minaj


Ciara and Nicki are back at it again! After the success of their first collaboration, I'm Legit, the two girls have decided to record another hit, this time for Ciara's album.

I'm Out, will be featured on Ciara's upcoming album, and I think it will be a hit. Nicki graces the track by rapping the first verse of the song. I really like Nicki when she's rapping. I hope she starts to stick with that sound again, and stays away from the pop music she's been doing.

What do you think of I'm Out? By the way, I'm sure this video won't be up long so make sure you check it out asap and let me know what you think!
-Jay P-

5/20/13

Kelly Rowland to Judge The X Factor?


The X Factor will begin working on it's new season tomorrow, which means the four judges have to be ready. Rumors are flying that Kelly Rowland is in final talks today to sign on as one of the new judges. Kelly's name has been in the mix for quite some time now, and personally, I think she would be a great addition to the X Factor family. 

Kelly already has experience judging, as she worked on the UK's version of The X Factor. I've watched Kelly on the UK show, and she was very entertaining. She gave great advice, brought some drama, and provided guidance to her artists. 

While I would be happy to see Kelly join the judges panel, I must admit that I'm not to fond of the other judge in question. According to sources, Mexican superstar Paulina Rubio is in talks to be the fourth and final judge. That would make the panel, Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, and Paulina Rubio. I don't know much about Paulina, but I really was hoping they balanced it out with two guys and two girls. I think Diddy would be a great choice. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens. Be sure to watch this season of The X Factor!
-Jay P-

5/17/13

Candice Glover Crowned American Idol


That's right! I called it from her first audition. The winner of the twelfth season of American Idol is Candice Glover! For the first time in a very long time, the winner is actually the best singer on the show. 

I'm so happy for Candice. She's been one of the best contestants to ever appear on the show, and after auditioning for the show three times, she finally proved that she deserves the title!

For the first time in Idol history Candice's debut album Music Speaks is available for pre-order on iTunes. Her single, I Am beautiful, is available for download now on iTunes!

Congratulations to Candice Glover! I can't wait to hear her original music. I think we'll be hearing from Candice for a very long time!
-Jay P-

5/16/13

Meet The Artist: Kev Interview


Hey everyone! I have a new artist you need to check out and he goes by the name of Kev! I recently got the chance to speak with him about his music, inspirations  and future projects. Check out our interview below and follow Kev on Twitter @Thatafricankev

Hey Kev! Thanks for speaking with me today. First, can you please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about yourself?
"For Sure, my name is Kev and I was born and raised in Queens, NY. I was raised by both my parents, my father was from Nigeria and my moms from Brooklyn. Both my parents really emphasized the importance of getting an education, therefore I may have not always been the best student but I always had a knack for learning all types of things, even outside of the school curriculum. Lastly, I graduated from Delaware State University with a Bachelors in Finance and Banking."


When did you first really get into music? Who/what inspired you to take it to the next level and pursue music as a career?
"I've been writing and creating music since the age of 7-8 years old. I never had a reason to pursue music or even put my music out for people just to hear. But shortly after graduating college, my father was suddenly diagnosed with Kidney cancer. He passed away a few months later and it really took a toll on me physically and mentally. I fell into some type of depression and used music to lift me out of it. I began writing songs about my situation and experiences I had endured throughout the time my dad was sick. My first song entitled "Just Smile" was dedicated to my father and was my first record that I publicly released. The reaction from friends and family confirmed that I was making the type of music people wanted to hear, music from the heart. So with that said, all my music is inspired by my father but not about him directly. I just try to express myself as openly and relatable as possible."


How would you describe your sound and look to a listener who may be discovering you for the first time?
"My sound consist of an east coast, 90's sound mixed with African/tribal production. My look and fashion is a hybrid of urban streetwear, high end designer wear and traditional African cloth. I pretty much put on for my Nigerian roots thru my music and what I wear. But not many people can do it the way I do."


Tell us a little bit about your single "Up & Up." What was your inspiration behind the song? How has the feedback been?
"My new single/video "Up&Up" which you can watch on our website (RoyalKulture.com), was created out of frustration for what I was hearing in the radio at the time. It just seemed that music without substance was at an all time high and the shit had to stop. So I took it upon myself to create and aggressive tune with a bold message yet still keeping it catchy enough to be played on the radio. The feedback has been crazy, more than I expected. The first month the video has been out it hit a couple major blogs such as Vlad Tv and Kevin Nottingham. So I'm excited to see where my single goes next."


What are some projects you are currently working on that you can tell us about? When can we expect some more music from Kev?
"The project I'm currently working on is my debut mixtape called "Smile" dropping on Sept 16th , the one year anniversary of my fathers passing. Smile encompasses music that interprets the many emotions a smile hides. The project was spawned out of my need to express my thoughts and emotions during a particular period in my life. Most people had no idea what I was going thru during that time because I smiled thru my pain. And the mixtape symbolizes how people use a smile to cover other emotions. I have two visuals slated to release prior to the summer to keep the fans connected to my story."


You are a member of the collective Royal Kulture. Can you tell us a little bit about what exactly Royal Kulture is?
"Royal Kulture is a music label that houses more than just musical talent. Our label consist of two artist (Kev & Shamilka), a video director, blogger, stylist and designer. We all stand for embracing our roots and we all believe that everyone regardless of where they are from are all connected by emotions. So essentially we are all the same, we are 1 Kulture."


What do you think separates you from other artists in the industry?
"What separates me from other artist is my sound and my look. On my mixtape I will be introducing listeners more to the sounds of Africa and how it can be modernized and turned into a wavy ass hip hop instrumental. When it comes to fashion, I have my own style. I combine my everyday looks with aspect of tribalism. So you might catch me wearing a gstar jacket with a Mudcloth shirt underneath. This type of swag don't come around often so when it does take notes tho."


If you could work with anyone, dead or alive, who would you pick and why?
"I would love to work with A Tribe Called Quest, the Fugees, De La Soul and Nas."


What's an interesting fact about you that many people may not know?
"An interesting fact about me that people may not know is that my favorite place to create music is the train."


That was the last question. I want to thank you so much for taking the time to do the interview. Do you have any last thoughts or comments?
"Thank you for such a great interview. I want to leave of by letting everyone know they can catch me on twitter and Instagram @thatafricankev . Visit us at our website too www.RoyalKulture.com . And remember we are all 1 Kulture!"

-Jay P-

5/15/13

Kelly Rowland Talks Beyonce in "Dirty Laundry"


Kelly Rowland's latest single, Dirty Laundry, exposes everything from her feelings on Beyonce's success, to an abusive relationship with an ex-boyfriend. She calls Bey her "sister" throughout the song, but admits that seeing Beyonce so successful was "bittersweet." 

"Bird in a cage you would never know what I was dealing with. Went our separate ways, but I was happy. She was killing it. Bittersweet, she was up, I was down."

She goes on to admit that she felt as though she lived in Bey's shadow. She also tells of an abusive relationship she was in, and how her ex tried to turn her against Beyonce. 

Dirty Laundry is the second single off Kelly's upcoming album Talk a Good Game. I have to admit I like the song. It has a dark feel to it, but it's so raw. I applaud Kelly for being able to write such a real song. Check it out below!

-Jay P-

5/13/13

Randy Jackson Says Goodbye to Idol


The last original judge on American Idol, Randy Jackson, has announced that this season will in fact be his last. In his statement Jackson said that he was "very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry." Simon, Paula, and Randy did indeed change the industry forever, but now that he is leaving, I believe it is time to retire the show.

American Idol has launched the careers of countless superstars such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jessica Sanchez, Phillip Phillips, Scotty McCreery, Jennifer Hudson, and many more. The show has left a mark on the industry, and has inspired tons of other reality talent shows. That being said, the show has run it's course. The judges panel has changed so much in the past years, but the chemistry that Simon, Paula and Randy had was never matched. 

In my opinion, Randy was glue that kept the show together. I say they end on the highest note possible, and make way for other shows to have a chance to shine.
-Jay P-

5/9/13

Courtney Zahn Covers "Spectrum" by Zedd


Hey everyone! You guys have to check out this amazing cover of Zedd's Spectrum by one of my really good friends, Courtney Zahn! I was actually unfamiliar with the song when Courtney played her cover for me, and after listening to the original, I have to say, this could really be Courtney's song!

The thing about Courtney is this; she's such a hard worker and a perfectionist. Her drive is really incredible. I mean, not only did she record an incredible vocal, but she went ahead and directed/edited her own video! She knows what she wants and she goes for it. She's one of those people that lets nothing stop them from following their dreams. I'm excited to see what's next for her!
-Jay P-

5/7/13

Dylan Bernard Covers "Wanted" by Hunter Hayes


Hey guys! I wanted to share Dylan's short cover of Wanted by Hunter Hayes! He recorded it a while back, but he wanted to redo the song. I really hope you guys like it!

 Be sure to comment/rate/subscribe and share with anyone you want! Follow Dylan on Twitter @DTBMuzic.
-Jay P-

5/6/13

New Music: "#Beautiful" - Mariah Carey ft Miguel


Well this is an interesting collaboration, but I actually really like it! Superstar Mariah Carey has teamed up with R&B's rising star Miguel for a track titled #Beautiful

It's already been dubbed the first song of the Summer and, although I was a little unsure before I listened to it, I definitely agree with that statement! Mariah and Miguel sound amazing together. Their voices just mesh so well. 

I'm a fan! I would love to see these two work together again in the future, and I'll definitely be adding this to my iPhone. What do you think?
-Jay P- 

5/3/13

New Music: "Tonight I'm Getting Over You" Remix


Carly Rae Jepsen has teamed up with rapper Nicki Minaj for the Tonight I'm Getting Over You remix and I love it!

I really like the song to begin with, and by adding Nicki to it, I think it added to the songs like-ability. Nicki's verse is somewhat "poppy," but it definitely works for the song. Check it out below and let me know what you think of the remix.

-Jay P-

5/1/13

I'm Back !


Hey everyone! I know I've been MIA lately, but I am back! There has been so much going on behind the scenes, that my blog has kind of taking a back seat. It's been really difficult on me, because I love blogging and it's how I started, but now that it's opened so many doors for me, I'm busy with other things as well. 

Most of you already know that I am Dylan's manager, but I'm also the publicist for two clients at the moment, and I'm currently working on a collaborative project with my fashion blogger Tamara, and Dylan, that I cannot wait to tell you about!

I'm sorry for not blogging as much. I'm really trying to balance everything out, but it's not easy. Wearing all these hats can get confusing sometimes, but I'm learning how to sort everything out more and more everyday. I don't know what the future has in store for me, but I know that it will be good. Thank you for the support.
-Jay P-