Jermaine Dupri once again offered viewers of his Youtube channel an exclusive behind the scenes look at Janet Jackson’s forthcoming ‘Rock Witchu Tour’. The opening act for the North American trek is also revealed in the clip. Check it out:
LOL…both Janet and Jermaine had me rolling. I must say, interesting choice for opening act.
Deborah Cox’s 1998 hit ‘Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here’ serves as this week’s classic From The Vault video. The song, which stands as Cox’s biggest hit to date, spent a record 14 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Chart (record tied with Mariah’s ‘We Belong Together’). A criminally underrated talent if there ever was one, it’s great to see Deborah achieve such a feat with such an amazing track. Awesome vocal performance, with an accompanying video that does the song justice.
R&B crooners K-Ci & JoJo showed exactly why not to touch drugs at a recent show in Sydney, Australia. Peep the clip above, as well as a fan report (via Perez Hilton below):
So last night some friends and I went to see a Jodeci “reunion tour” at the Enmore theater in Sydney. Mate, the whole thing was a disaster. First, one of the guys (Devante I think) didn’t even show up, so it became a K-ci and JoJo concert. JoJo came on stage and right away you could tell he was messed right up- he kept forgetting the words to songs and just was a general weirdo. But then, after about 40 minutes into the “show” he decided to sit right down on the floor. His brother, the other crackhead K-ci was trying his best to carry the show on his own. By far, the best part of the evening was when JoJo walked off stage for about 5 minutes, then came back out to sing “All My Life”- and PASSED OUT mid song. His brother told the audience that they were tired after their 24-hour flight and that JoJo had gotten dizzy.
Whitney Houston’s 1999 smash ‘It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay’ serves as this week’s classic From The Vault video. Both the track and its accompanying clip are as ‘current’ today as they ever were. Good stuff:
I was discussing with a friend recently; as Whitney’s appeal has never been centered around sex or provocativeness – ala the Janet’s and Madonna’s (who are great in their own rights), she has proven that by simply dropping great tracks such as this, she need not compromise her trademark style to appeal to the masses – they had no choice but to listen. A good position to be in with her ‘comeback’ album on the horizon.
Michael Jackson’s 1995 showing at MTV’s staple award show, the Video Music Awards, serves as this week’s From The Vault clip. The King of Pop revisited a string of hits in this medley performance which culminated in a show-stopping rendition of ‘Billie Jean’. Check it out:
Watching this back really has me itching for Michael to own the stage (and the charts) like he once did. Bring on the new album already!
This week’s From The Vault is Christina Aguilera’s 2002 ‘coming out’ (of sorts) ‘Dirrty’. Having long been labelled a teeny Pop star in the vein of the Britney’s and Nsync’s, Christina broke the mould with this edgy, heavily Urban and provocative song/video. Within the clip’s 4+minutes running time, Christina managed to forever dispel any notion of her being ‘just another Pop act’; ‘Dirrty’ saw the birth of the envelope pushing Christina of today:
I remember having to pick up my jaw from the floor when watching this for the first time. I guess ‘shock value’ needs to be employed at times to make people sit up and listen; and listen they did. Christina’s ‘Stripped’ LP, which featured ‘Dirrty’, stands as her second best selling album to date, having sold over 9 million copies world wide.
This week’s From The Vault journey’s back to 1995 with Brownstone’s smash ‘If You Love Me’. The R&B trio rode high on charts with this now classic R&B cut. Deservedly so as well; despite being 13 years old, the song still goes hard, bringing back memories of when talent was the most important aspect of the industry, unlike today. Anyway, enough of my rambling…check out the video:
Mariah Carey’s 1997 smash ‘Honey’ serves as this week’s From The Vault video. As the the first single to be lifted from the diva’s ‘Butterfly’ LP, the track and its accompanying video ushered in what was then considered a very ‘different’ Mariah. Newly divorced and musically embracing an edgier, Urban sound, Mariah shed her conservative ‘girl next door’ image with this racy Paul Hunter directed clip. Random tidbit: here, also saw the debut of the ‘Mariah Whine’ LMAO. Check it out:
After filing for Bankruptcy in 1998, songstress Toni Braxton had largely been counted out by many the industry. However her year 2000 comeback with ‘The Heat’ silenced the critics and naysayers alike by spawning several hits and selling more than 6 million copies worldwide. The biggest hit to be lifted from the record was ‘He Wasn’t Man Enough’ – which spent several weeks at the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts. A well deserved feat, as the both the song and vid are top notch:
Watching this back kinda has me thirsty for more real talent such as Toni on today’s charts. One can only dream, I guess…