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Now those are two names you probably never thought you’d hear in the same sentence: Babyface and Miley Cyrus. But since Miley is the flavor of the month, everyone is expected to speak on her shenanigans as of late. And everyone includes Babyface.
When the music legend visited Bethenny’s show, she asked what he made of Miley smoking weed in Amsterdam on stage at the EMAs. And unlike many other older singers and entertainers, (looking at you Uncle Charlie), Babyface seemed relatively unfazed by her antics.
Bethenny: What about the Miley smoking pot in Amsterdam? Wow, what do you think of that?
Babyface: How old is she?
Bethenny: 20, no?
Babyface: Yeah, so she can do it right.
Bethenny: She can do it I guess. Are we done, we’re just not expecting her to be any kind of a role model?
Babyface: I don’t think you sign on to be a role model. I think when you first start doing, if you’re an entertainer, whoever you are you have to be who you are and I think that when you play this role of I’m a role model or whatever and that’s not necessarily who you are then I think you are lying to people anyway.
Bethenny: But are you playing it or are you just feeling a responsibility? It’s not that I signed on to be anything but in having this gift of this platform to have conversations and hopefully inspire women, I am not going to go do something stupid and start doing drugs because people depend upon me to give them hope and help them with what they’re doing and I feel like to just do that is a big f you.
Babyface: I think that’s wonderful for you.
Bethenny: To me, I’ve been fine the whole time, if you want to put your tongue out or have sex with a ball I guess, I’ve been fine. This kind of crossed the line because so many people are just trying to keep their kids away from drugs, trying to keep their kids from having sex at twelve. So many different things, someone should be like let’s just reel it in a little bit.
Babyface: I think she’s young and she’s going to go through what she goes through. I don’t know what you were like at 20?
Bethenny: I was wild.
Babyface: She’s young and she’s going to go through it. What I know of because I’ve hung out with Miley, I’ve known her when she was younger, I know her as a really good girl, a good person.
I share Babyface’s sentiments in a sense. Miley is grown. I’m not shocked or appalled by anything she’s done thus far. I’m just genuinely tired of hearing about her and what seem like very cheap, and in some cases exploitative, attention-seeking stunts. Over it.
Check out the video of his less than bothered reaction below.
And then Bethenny, by way of a Toni Braxton tweet, asked Babyface if she, Toni, was harder to work with 20 years ago or right now. See what he had to say on the next page.
The stars were out in Las Vegas Friday night for the 2013 Soul Train Music Awards. Hosted by actor Anthony Anderson, the focus for this year’s awards show has been to make it as much fun as possible. Now, the show doesn’t actually air until December 1st (on Centric and BET) so we don’t know if they succeeded; however, we know how they looked. Check out some of the photos from the red carpet on the next two pages!
It’s like 1993 all over again!
It was 20 years ago that Babyface and a young Toni Braxton did their first duet together with “Give U My Heart” from the Boomerang soundtrack (Those were the days). Now, 20 years later, the two are teaming up again to actually release a duets album called Love, Marriage & Divorce, which comes out November 25, just in time to jam to with some turkey and stuffing. The first single from the album, is “Hurt You,” which we shared with you a couple months ago. Now the video has finally been released. They still have great chemistry, but this time around, Babyface kept his shirt on, and Toni took some clothes off.
In the Ray Kay directed clip, the two are a couple whose relationship is breaking down after they both cheat on the other. Separated by a wall (both literally and figuratively I guess), they sing and share their pain and regret, and eventually, work together to break down that wall and come closer together–aka, rebuild their relationship. It sounds corny, but it’s actually pretty interesting. Plus, we’re digging the song as it’s just the right sound for the two veterans. Ya’ll already know Babyface can’t lose on the songwriting tip.
Check out the clip for yourself and let us know if you’re digging it. Pass or play?
And for a ride down memory lane, check out their first duet with “Give U My Heart” below.
Well, Toni Braxton fought through her retirement thoughts and is back with a duet with her good friend, Babyface.
“Hurt You” is the first single from their new album, Love, Marriage, Divorce, and it gives you just about everything you need from these two R&B giants. It falls right in line with how many people in relationships feel when they’re the cause of it coming to an end. Oh, you know how it goes: you say or do something that can’t be taken back, realize how bad it stung your significant other and basically you have some serious apologizing to do.
The single is not about Toni hitting those major high notes. Instead, it almost sounds like a reintroduction of her voice to the listeners. It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but “Hurt You” was likely produced by Babyface and written by he and Braxton.
While older artists (older meaning when they first came out, not their age) tend to have a hard time getting their music played on even adult contemporary radio stations these days, “Hurt You” is extremely radio friendly and it looks like both Toni and Face should prepare themselves for hearing their new work on the air soon.
Check it out and let us know what you think…Pass or play?
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Toni Braxton may have taken a hiatus from music, but the iconic singer is making a comeback with a new album and tour.
Braxton, who previously said she wasn’t interested in creating new music has changed her mind and is currently working on a new album. The Braxton Family Values star is garnering some help from Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and producer, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds.
The pair has worked together in the past, as Braxton’s first first three albums were produced by Babyface through his record label, LaFace Records.
“I think I’ve made the right devision to get back involved with songwriting and working with Kenny,” said Braxton on an episode of Braxton Family Values.
The 45-year-old singer shared that she and Babyface channeled their past experiences to help them make good music together.
You can read the rest over on Essence.com!
Wow, we’ve gotten good news about Toni for two days in a row which is great for her! It looks like she is going to be very busy for the rest of the year and she’s likely still filming Braxton Family Values. Toni is scheduled to start touring August 9th and her album should be out in September.
Are you ready for new material from Toni Braxton?
I can’t help but wonder if the whole “I’m retiring from music” announcement was just a way for Toni to gauge the interest of her audience. Who knows? Whether it was a media ploy or a legit disinterest in her career path, we’re happy that Toni has decided to get back in the game.
And she’s hitting the ground running. Just last month, we reported that Toni posted a picture of she and Babyface in the studio, now the oldest Braxton sister has confirmed that not only is she releasing a new album with Babyface collaborations, she’s hitting the road this summer for a 14 city tour starting on August 9.
Toni released a statement about the new project: “I think I’ve made the right decision to get back involved with songwriting and working with Kenny.”
Check out Toni Braxton’s tour dates below.
August 9 — Las Vegas, NV — The Pearl—Palms Concert Theatre
August 10 — Coquitlam, BC — Red Robinson Theatre
August 12 — Brooklyn, NY — Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Concert Series
August 14 — New Brunswick, NJ — State Theatre
August 16 — Rama, ON — Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
August 17 — Detroit, MI — Chene Park – Classic Soul Series
August 18 — Durham, NC — Durham Performing Arts Center
August 21 — Baltimore, MD — Pier Six Pavilion
August 23 — Lincoln, RI — Twin River Casino
August 24 — Atlantic City, NJ — Trump Taj Mahal—Mark G Etess Arena
August 25 — Westbury, NY — Theatre at Westbury
August 28 — St. Petersburg, FL — The Mahaffey Theater
August 29 — Miami, FL — James L. Knight Center
August 31 — Atlanta, GA — Chastain Park Amphitheater
If Toni is coming to a city near you, will you try and check her out?
We just knew Toni was talking crazy when she said she was considering walking away from the music industry. The industry hasn’t always been kind to her and we could certainly see how she might have become disenchanted. But denying that gift would almost be a tragedy.
So we’re hopeful that the recent picture she posted on her Instagram page, is a sign of good things to come.
She posted this pic of she and Babyface along with this caption:
September 2013 @KennyEdmonds @Motown : *
Well we’re not mad. I’m certainly ready for that collabo.
As an artist, finding a producer who can bring out the best in your voice and arrange hit records is hard. And for those lucky few who do, staying together can be even harder. For the artists on this list, we loved the music they made with their producers, but just like divorces in real life—some we hated to see separate, while others were clearly for the best.
Brandy and Rodney Jerkins
Although Rodney Jerkins didn’t begin working with Brandy until her second album “Never Say Never,” the musical match helped boost her into super-stardom. Together they made a unique sound and we all loved it. With hits like “The Boy is Mine,” “What About Us?” and “Almost Doesn’t Count,” the duo was on a roll. So, we were all surprised when the two went their separate ways after the success of the “Full Moon” album.
On Brandy’s fourth studio album, “Aphrodisiac,” Jerkins did not produce one song; instead she turned to producer Timberland to create the majority of the CD. The album had little success, and she returned to Jerkins and the Darkchild crew to produce her fifth studio album “Human,” but it was too late, the musical magic was long gone between the two. The reason they parted ways in the first place is still a bit unclear, but tension remains high between the two judging by the brief run of Brandy’s family reality show when they had dinner together.
I’ve been perplexed and dismayed for a few months now when thinking about the current state of music. We’re living in the era of music that relies too heavily on free downloads, more beats than thought-provoking lyrical content and shocking ‘announcements’ to drive album sales.
I just started listening to the radio again at the beginning of the summer. Was I happy with what I was hearing? Meh, maybe 75 percent as opposed to the good 90 percent of the late 90s and early 2000s. The cause, I realized, was that every song pretty much sounded the same. If I wanted the depth and relatable sounds I had grown up on, the SWV, Jagged Edge, Guy, Brian McKnight, Aaliyah, and Joe, then I would have to dig deep, reach back and pretty much forsake much, if not all of what is being played right here and now in 2012.
R&B was a mainstay for me growing up. There was soul there. Though I couldn’t completely relate to Faith Evans telling her man that she would never let him go, or Babyface outlining just exactly how fierce his girl’s “Whip Appeal” was, I saw R&B as a goal. I wanted to know love like that and yes even in some silly way I wanted to know the heartbreak of it too. R&B was what we came home to after pop, rock and rap amped us up for the day. Now, the house is no longer a home because R&B has been kicked out to fend for itself outside the realm of the mainstream music industry.
It’s been kicked out by everyone in the house: First of all, consumers. We complain that “Don’t nobody sing about nothin’ no more,” yet we twiddle our thumbs and look everywhere but to the music shelves in our local retailers when great R&B albums are released. When do we come out of pocket? For a Jay & Yeezy concert? Okay, that’s cool if that’s truly your preference. But honestly, Carl Thomas and Tamia, two of the brightest voices of R&B for YEARS, have put out absolutely phenomenal albums this year and I had to go in search of reviews for both. We say we want it, but do we support it? I’ll never forget how people used to wait in line to buy whole albums. To get that CD in their hands. To support the artistry that spoke the most into their lives. Now we pick apart these artists’ hard work and effort, barely ever spending that little $9 to $12. I’m guilty of it.
Secondly, R&B has been kicked out by the new generation. And to be fair, it’s not entirely their fault. When I was coming up, R&B was good music because it was relatable. People were in love. It wasn’t corny or foolish to put yourself out there for the sake of love. It was real, honest, respected. Grown folks could see themselves in the music and us young folks had something beautiful to look forward to. Nowadays, people mostly look to music to live a life vicariously that they’ll never get to experience firsthand. I will never know the life of a bada** rockstar. I’ll never know the lifestyle of a foul-mouthed, bootylicious Barbie but Rihanna and Nicki Minaj give me an all-access pass into that world. No shade. They’re getting theirs. But the depth they’ll deliver to me is few and far between. And so it is with the newer generation. “Love” and all of its highs and lows is for the birds to them. It’s wack. They can’t relate to a love song, but they can sure get with a jam about sex. People who thought the 90s were hyper-sexualized and overly gaudy are probably crapping bricks right now. Where we used to love music we could relate to, we now love music we pretty much know nothing of the lifestyle except in fantasy. People are not openly proclaiming that they are in love and everyone is cynical about the possibility. The real R&B artists who are STILL MAKING MUSIC, as an amazing musician friend of mine pointed out, aren’t being supported and won’t draw a cult following like Nicki Minaj because nowadays the masses want crazy, flashy sex in their music instead of easy, sweet adoration. We cling to heavy beats and synths instead of deep, poetic lyrics.
Thirdly, the music execs and DJs have abandoned R&B. Raphael Saadiq’s Stone Rollin’ album last year was the bees knees. It brought a sense of balance from new and old school back to today’s music. How much press did he and his ridiculously talented band get? How much promo did he get? How much air time did he get? DJs play the same four songs in the heaviest of rotations DAILY. Where’s the pressure for them to be more open to a wider range of music? DJs have a larger amount of power than they let on and we, AS THE LISTENERS, even believe.
The blame can’t be placed on any one group. All of us, consumers, execs, DJs, lovers and friends have done our part to push R&B out to make way for anything and everything that will “cross over.” Anything that will make a fist pump, and anything that can become a dance jam for a club where they twirl around glow sticks and dance off beat. It’s time we start making our way back to the artists who are still making music of substance before we look up and realize too late that one of the greatest genres has become extinct.
La Truly is a late-blooming Aries whose writing is powered by a lifetime of anecdotal proof that awkward can transform to awesome and fear can cast its crown before courage. Armed with the ability to purposefully poke fun at herself and a passion for young women’s empowerment, La seeks to encourage thought, discussion and change. Her blog: www.hersoulinc.com and her Twitter: @AshleyLaTruly.
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