They once had the world quite literally at their feet. However, doomed solo and duo runs have seen the boys from B2K teetering on the border of Pop oblivion.
So, in adhering to the Industry 101 (see: three flops are better than one), the group (Omarion, J-Boog, and Lil Fizz) have reunited for a new project of sorts. And while little is known beyond the fact they recently recorded together (see: shot above), one things is certain: controversial member Raz-B will not feature.
Indeed, many will remember Raz’s shocking revelations, which left lead singer Omarion none-too-impressed. Remember this…
In the same way the Jackson siblings have inspired and changed the Pop landscape forever, a certain R.Kelly has left an indelible print on R&B; ensuring he go down in history as the undeniable King of R&B.
This week, That Grape Juice honors His-Highness with a throwback to the year 2002, a year when R. was commanding the world to “bounce”. ‘Ignition (Remix)’ is today’s From The Vault pick.
Unleashed during Fall 02, ‘Ignition’ was exactly the homerun Robert needed to keep his career afloat after some very public drama saw him garner headlines for all the wrong reasons.
A critics’ favorite, it was the single that helped launch the Pied Piper’s fifth album ‘Chocolate Factory’, an LP that would see him write, arrange and produce every single song.
As with many of his releases, it was a worldwide smash, reaching the pole position of the UK Single Charts while peaking at #2 on the US Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Charts
This here is an excellent example of the authenticity and uniqueness of Kelly, from the minimalistic production to the way he rides that beat, the varied vocal delivery to the outlandish metaphors: classic. Actually we dare you to find any other artist who could pull this song off (or who could come up with a song like this entirely by himself).
If the track itself isn’t enough, its simple yet effective club set video will make you wish you were on a dancefloor ready to ‘have you some fun’.
To every R&B hopeful out there: if you are willing to learn, R.Kelly is the one.
With the obituary of the current line-up of the Sugababes all but read, the group’s original faces are gearing up to stage a storming comeback. One backed by a major label, who according to new reports have signed the ladies to a seven-figure deal.
The former Pop force is looking to re-rev her movement with new single ‘Call My Name’, the video for which was shot in Los Angeles today (see pics above and below).
Reportedly produced by Alex Da Kid, the cut serves as the most “important” Cole release yet.
Why, you may ask?
It’s her first solo effort without the X Factor scaffolding. Indeed, it was that well-oiled machine that blew ample amounts of smoke in the face of any and everyone who dare question her clear limitations (see: lack of talent and inability to judge). And yet ironically, it would be that same machine that would ditch her with the swiftness once the vapidity of its “creation” became too obvious to ignore.
In any case, it’ll be uber interesting to see how Ms. Cole fares on this outing. Credit where it’s due, she may not be able to sing worth a lick, but she’s become quite the performer. Paired with the right material, she may well be able to surprise and pierce through her artistic flaws. Time will tell. In the meanwhile, check out more pics below…
Randomness: Did you know Cheryl is managed by Black Eyed Peas frontman, will.i.am?