COVER OF THE WEEK: ROCK THE BOAT (AALIYAH) – SAM SPARRO

We all know Aaliyah’s 2001 single ‘Rock The Boat’ is a masterpiece. It’s one of the greatest R&B records of the early 00s (and that’s saying something because that period yielded A LOT of great music) so of course anyone attempting to take on the song by way of a cover is doing so bravely.Well, I think Australian singer/songwriter Sam Sparro has created something pretty … Continue reading COVER OF THE WEEK: ROCK THE BOAT (AALIYAH) – SAM SPARRO

RUMOUR: JANET JACKSON TO PLAY GLASTONBURY?

Rumours began circulating earlier this week that Janet Jackson will be playing this year’s Glastonbury Festival alongside Kylie Minogue, Stormzy and The Killers. The Sun newspaper say the news came from a Glasto insider, although as yet no confirmation has come from Janet nor her team. If Janet does indeed take her place in prestigious the line-up, it will mark her first live performance in … Continue reading RUMOUR: JANET JACKSON TO PLAY GLASTONBURY?

SONG OF THE DAY: ARIANA GRANDE – 7 RINGS (NYLE DiMARCO ASL VERSION)

Ariana’s latest music video for ‘7 Rings’ has been given a creative makeover by actor, model and deaf activist Nyle DiMarco, alongside director Jake Wilson. The video sees Wilson and DiMarco recreate the video but with the latter performing the song in American Sign Language. Nyle had previously called out Ariana and her team via social media when her hit single ‘Thank U, Next’ was … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: ARIANA GRANDE – 7 RINGS (NYLE DiMARCO ASL VERSION)

SONG OF THE DAY: RIHANNA – KISS IT BETTER

A break-up-to-make-up song never sounded so good. Arguably one of the most full-bodied tracks from Rihanna’s 2016 album, ‘Anti’, Rihanna sings confidently over a hypnotic electric guitar riff about the fallout from an argument with her significant other. “Man fuck your pride” I would say the accompanying video is NSFW as there’s a fair amount of (pierced) nipple on show here… Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: RIHANNA – KISS IT BETTER

SONG OF THE DAY: DESTINY’S CHILD – NUCLEAR

There’s no denying that ‘Nuclear’ does not go as hard as some of Destiny’s Child’s better known songs such as ‘Survivor’ or ‘Lose My Breath’, but there is something easy and laidback about this song that just feels so good to me. The Pharrell produced cut was co-written by BeyoncĂ©, Kelly and Michelle, with the latter stating in an interview with German web show MalcomMusic … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: DESTINY’S CHILD – NUCLEAR

SONG OF THE DAY: MARIAH CAREY feat. KRAZIE BONE and WISH BONE – BREAKDOWN

Although cherished and much-loved amongst Carey’s loyal fanbase, this song is not on the radar of many casual fans due to it not receiving a full release back in 1997 when its parent album, ‘Butterfly’, was released. Despite the album being considered her magnum opus, conflicts with her record label at the time meant only two songs were ever officially released from the album (‘Honey’ … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: MARIAH CAREY feat. KRAZIE BONE and WISH BONE – BREAKDOWN

JUST STAND UP (LIVE AT FASHION ROCKS 2008): ALL T, ALL SHADE

When was the last time we had a good charity single? I would say it was in 2008 when LA Reid and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds brought together some of the most prominent female singers of the time to sing on a record called ‘Just Stand Up’. The song is just what you might expect from a charity single – uplifting, positive and full of motivational … Continue reading JUST STAND UP (LIVE AT FASHION ROCKS 2008): ALL T, ALL SHADE

COVER OF THE WEEK: WHITNEY HOUSTON MEDLEY – JADE NOVAH

OK, ordinarily I wouldn’t go near a Whitney Houston cover. The bar is just set way too high and most performers struggle to even come close. However, when I saw this one was done by Jade Novah who I KNOW can kill it vocally, I decided to give it a go.With this near eight minute medley, Jade tributes Whitney with such dignity by maintaining her … Continue reading COVER OF THE WEEK: WHITNEY HOUSTON MEDLEY – JADE NOVAH

SONG OF THE DAY: JAMIE WOON – MESSAGE

Jamie Woon’s debut album ‘Mirrorwriting’ would be classified somewhere in the urban electronic/dance music genre although there’s no hiding the soul in his vocal delivery. His second album ‘Making Time’ leaned much more heavily in to soul and R&B and for me this musical shift only elevated Woon’s incredible songwriting ability.The album opens with ‘Message’, my choice for today’s Song of The Day. The track … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: JAMIE WOON – MESSAGE

SONG OF THE DAY: DEBORAH COX – NOBODY’S SUPPOSED TO BE HERE

There’s really not much to say about this song because just from reading the title above, a wave of 90s nostalgia will have washed over you and you’ll be feeling the desperate urge to hit play on the song below.So go ahead and click play on what is probably one of the greatest R&B records of the late 90s, a song that his Cox’s most … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: DEBORAH COX – NOBODY’S SUPPOSED TO BE HERE