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In an interview with Black Hollywood Thoughts, TGT member and crooner Tank talked about R&B music. I know we’re a tad bit exhausted by artists claiming it’s dead and that there’s too much sex being sung about, but he made some very interesting points. He talked about why you can’t hear real R&B ballads on the radio these days, why Pharrell’s “Happy” is a real R&B record, and why he thinks Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake, the blue-eyed soul singers, are making better R&B than most black folks these days:
The Lack Of Radio Play For Ballads and Real R&B:
Name the last time you actually heard an R&B ballad or even mid-tempo played on mainstream radio. You won’t. It’s not exciting enough to them anymore. We’ve moved out of the age of romance and meeting the mom and the father before you take the girl out. Now it’s Twitter and Instagram and everything’s happening so fast that a ballad actually takes too long for the payoff.
So, people actually really singing is too much to think about. Like, ‘I can’t sing along with that. Where’s the guy with the Auto-Tune? I can do that.’ And people are so far into the state of reality and being able to feel like they’re apart of it that it’s actually them, that if it’s too far above their heads, then they can’t relate.
Getting R&B Back To Its Essence:
We have to get back to making R&B for everybody. Not just for one place in time. Not just for the bedroom. Not just for the bathroom. If you think about it, “Happy” is an R&B record that Pharrell just made. That’s an old school, throwback R&B record. That’s what R&B used to sound like.
We have to get back to that. Making that kind of music. “Happy.” So we can sing on the Oscars, along with Pharrell, who’s–him, Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake who are leading the charge in R&B music. We can’t hate! We can’t hate on what it is! The truth is what it is. And Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake are doing R&B music better than us. We need to catch up.
Tank also took to Twitter to elaborate on what he was trying to say after the fact:
“When R&B artist start singing about more than just sex and the club we’ll get our life back!.. #truth”
“Check my singles and get back to me if u have something to say on the subject!.. #ileadbyexample”
“Don’t pick an artist to direct my statement towards! The R&B community as a whole is in jeopardy! We ALL have work to do!..”
I hear what Tank is saying, but there are actually some very talented people making amazing R&B albums these days that might not get the same shine in the mainstream, and while I love JT (who even writes for Bey and Rihanna from time to time) and can appreciate Robin Thicke, they’re not doing it that much better than a Janelle Monae, a Miguel, a Frank Ocean, a Ledisi, a Solange and more. It’s just easier for them to get their music to the masses and on the main stage at awards and more. But just because someone’s music is not number one on radio (who really listens to radio like that these days though?) doesn’t mean R&B isn’t thriving just because what we hear from those R&B artists on the radio sounds more like pop.
But what do you think about what he had to say?
Today is Justin Timberlake’s 33rd birthday, and to help him celebrate, we’re looking back at all the songs he’s helped put together over the years. From jams for Beyoncé to country gems with Reba McEntire, he’s done just about everything with everybody. Check out some of his major collaborations from the last few years.
Is the National Associations for the Advancement of Colored People, also known as the NAACP, guilty of white tokenism?
That’s a question worth asking, considering the NAACP Image Awards, which are presented annually by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, seems to think that Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke deserve award nominations for…well I’m not really certain why they would be nominated for an award, which according to the NAACP’s website, is meant to honor the “achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.”
The 45th annual awards, which is set to air next month on the TV One, will also pay homage to some actual black folks too like Kerry Washington, who was again snubbed by the award shows for her portrayal of Olivia Pope in the wildly popular television series, “Scandal.” Also nominated are Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which each received nominations in categories for Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture.
However this year’s NAACP Image Awards also appears to be taking a more universal definition to the “colored” part of the acronym with acting nominations for Sofia Vergara, co-star on ABC’s “Modern Family” and Asian American stars Archie Panjabi from “The Good Wife” and Mindy Kaling from “The Mindy Project.” Also strangely receiving nominations is the show “Modern Family” and the film “Dallas Buyers Club,” both of which have zero black folks on them. Justin Timberlake third studio album, entitled The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience, has received a nomination for Outstanding Male Artist in a group, which also includes Bruno Mars, Charlie Wilson, John Legend (side note: did he even have an album this year?) and fellow token white guy nominee, Robin Thicke, whose Marvin Gaye impression has also snagged him the Outstanding Album and Song nods as well.
Of course, this is not the first year the NAACP has nominated non-black folks for an award meant to honor black images in film, television and radio. In the past white actors such as Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) and Emma Stone (The Help) were nominated for Image Awards for roles they played in films that revolve around interracial relationships. And a couple of years ago, the civil rights organization gave George Lucas the Vanguard Award, for directing and producing the film Red Tails. Lucas would become the second white man to receive the prestigious award; the first being Steven Spielberg, who took the award home for directing the race-centered films The Hurricane, The Color Purple and Amistad.
Likewise this year’s award show will mark the second time the organization has nominated Timberlake for an Image Award. In 2011, the former N’Sync lead singer received an Outstanding Supporting Actor nod for his role in The Social Network, a film that had no black characters and absolutely nothing to do with race at all. That move sparked plenty of controversy from many, who speculated that the NAACP was choosing high profiled white celebrity names in hopes gentrifying its at-home audience.
According to various published reports, this year has been a banner year for white musically artists, who dominated the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 2013, therefore it would come as no surprise that they would have cross over appeal – and accolades – into markets, which have largely been segregated. Also it doesn’t hurt much that both Timberlake and Thicke have intentionally created sounds, which appeal to largely black ears. But this is not the BET Awards but rather an award created on the guise of honoring those, who have been largely excluded or maligned in the mainstream, white-dominated arts. And just because a white person can rap and perform in R&B, Soul and other art forms created by and largely associated with black folks, does not necessarily make them a friend to the people or the cause (both Janet Jackson and the family of Marvin Gaye might have something to say about that). Unlike their former white Image Award predecessors (particularly Speilberg, who is also problematic but has made efforts to produce black films and stories), I can’t think of a single way in which either Timberlake or Thicke exemplifies the awards mission of “social justice through their creative endeavors” – outside of lining the private pockets of Timberland and Pharrell Williams.
And even as white artists, who performed black music, it is not like they are short on accolades from the mainstream. If anything, their unique position has likely contributed to their popularity across all demographics, even as what they have produced is largely mediocre and unoriginal, at best. It would seem that in this regard, the award nominations would have been better served sticking to its mission and highlighting black – or even other colored – artists, who have been largely ignored by the mainstream. I’m sure that Robert Glasper, Bilal and even Kelly Rowland, who all put out decent albums last year, would have appreciated some kind of recognition – at least from our own.
But that’s my opinion. I am interested in what folks think on this. Are these legitimate nominations or is the NAACP guilty of using the token white guy as a way to boost ratings?
What’s interesting about this year’s People’s Choice Awards is that the fashion winners are an unlikely bunch.
Yes, there’s Jessica Alba who always looks great, but we also have Jennifer Hudson, Kat Dennings and Britney Spears who rarely make these lists. We also have some newcomers like Keltie Knight who added interest with polka dots.
Let us give these ladies (and one fine man) a round of applause for keeping their looks,clean, sophisticated and tailored to a tee.
Check out the best dressed at 2014 People’s Choice Awards at StyleBlazer.com
Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” was the top-selling album of 2013 with 2.43 million copies sold following its release in March. However, the bigger picture for record sales overall — both JT’s and the recording industry’s in general — aren’t so great.
The figures for this album were the lowest since Nielsen Soundscan began keeping a tally in 1991. The previous record holder was Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III” in 2008.
And JT’s “20/20 Experience” was the only album to have sales that topped two million for the whole year. Album sales dipped eight percent in 2013, from 316 million in 2012 to 289.4 million in 2013.
On the flip side, sales of singles did far better. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” was the top-selling single of the year with fans snapping up 6.5 million units. Right behind him are Macklemore & Ryan with 6.15 million in sales for “Thrift Shop.”
Finally, sales of records — like the real ones that spin around on a turntable — were up by a third at 6.1 million.
Other artists on the top album list were Eminem (“The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” 1.73 million in sales in second place) and Bruno Mars (“Unorthodox Jukebox,” 1.4 million in sales at number five). Beyonce made it to the list at number eight with 1.3 million in sales despite the fact that her album was released only 2.5 weeks before the end of the year. Boom.
And also on the list of top singles were Bruno Mars (“If I Was Your Man,” at number nine with 3.93 million in sales) and Rihanna at number 10 with 3.85 million in sales for her song “Stay with Mikky Ekko.
In what appears to be the final installment of her documentary, Beyoncé talks honesty and reveals it was the key for this album.
These videos have probably been as raw as we’ve ever seen Bey and we love it. Surely we aren’t the only ones because in all of the comments sections for the videos, people want to see the next installation. But in this seemingly final one, Bey talks about how her image and her responsibility had been holding her back from releasing music that was more true to who she is, or was at the time, as a person.
On Why She Felt She Couldn’t Be More Honest In Her Music:
“I started out when I was 9 with the girls of Destiny’s Child and our first album came out when I was 15. I was a child. But now I’m in my 30s, and those children that grew up listening to me have grown up and I always felt it was my responsibility to be aware of kids and their parents and all these generations. and I feel like it stifled me. I felt like, in a sense, I could not express everything. I’ve done so many things in my life, in my career, that at this point I feel like I’ve earned the right to be me and to express any and every part of myself.”
Beyoncé goes on to talk about the making of “Rocket.” She explains that it’s a song about singing from the heart, harmonies, adlibs, and arrangements. There’s a clip of her singing in the studio while Justin Timberlake and Timabaland (two of of the three writers – Miguel was the third) are there and Timberlake pretty much loses it. He just repeats, “There’s something wrong with you.”
Bey says she would not have been able to record “Rocket” in the past because she wouldn’t have had as much confidence. But now, she feels she’s let her walls down. She goes on to say about the videos as a whole:
“I feel like I’m having to tap into a lot of my life experiences to pull inspiration. And I fee like I’m opening up a lot in these videos and showing a lot of sides to me that only a few people have ever seen.”
Check out part five of the Beyoncé documentary below!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year … already. This year certainly flew by and now we’re decking the halls, breaking out the Christmas lights and sippin’ on that egg nog. But believe us when we say Christmas would be nothing without some of our favorite Santas. Whether we’re checking out Morris Chestnut rocking that X-mas suit or Billy Bob Thornton adding a little edge to the holiday season, one thing that’s for certain is Santa be slayin’ it. Check out our nine most memorable men in red.
There’s something about GQ that brings the best out of a men– style and mood wise. For the magazine’s December 2013 “Men of the Year” issue, the publication tapped musicians Justin Timberlake and Kendrick Lamar for covers; in addition to Will Ferrell, Matthew McConaughey and James Gandolfini. And we’ve never seen the West coast rapper look happier… and better dressed.
The fellas were photographed by veteran, Sebastian Kim, for the gritty yet beautifully lit shoot. The interview with Amy Wallace was no less gritty with Timberlake talking about his public perception and Lamar on his quick rising career.
Read more at StyleBlazer.com
We all have a stretch of time in our past where we were on some other stuff or trying to find ourselves. We talked different, dressed odd, and everyone told us it was just a phase, and thankfully they were right. The same can be said of these celebs. While individuality and creativity should be applauded, many people were scratching their heads and raising their eyebrows when these stars went through their weird phases.
Christina Aguilera always knew she would be a star. Getting her start early on the “Mickey Mouse Club,” Aguilera’s career began along the same time as fellow pop diva Britney Spears. Trying to differentiate herself from her rival, Aguilera decided to be edgy and played up her sexuality and bad girl image to help sell records. Catching a lot of negative criticism for her overly sexual image, Aguilera eventually toned things down after a brief hiatus to start a family and retool her image. Most recently, Aguilera has rejoined her red seat on NBC’s hit singing reality competition show “The Voice.”
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Most celebrities hustle hard for their fame and money, but there’s still no denying that some get more shine than necessary. Don’t know what we mean? Then check out our list of 15 celebs who people love to make a big fuss over – and we just don’t understand.
Twenty-three year old Jennifer Lawrence starred in The Hunger Games and became America’s sweetheart. Next thing we knew she was winning Golden Globes and Academy Awards for a movie we had barely heard about – and being celebrated as one of the most influential people in the world. Huh?