Last year saw Kelly Rowland break-out in a major way with the mega-smash that was ‘Motivation’. And in keeping her buzz a’buzzin’, the Destiny’s Child graduate is gearing up to unleash the first single from her 4th studio album…much sooner than you may think.
Proving that talent is no longer a pre-requisite for success, Cheryl Cole will be celebrating today. For, the lip-syncer’s comeback single ‘Call My Name’ has rocketed straight to #1 on the Official UK Singles Chart – with record-breaking sales.
By Sam on Sunday 17th Jun 2012 | Filed Under Solange
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The youngest of the Knowles clan looks all flavours of fierce in the latest issue of French Glamor.
We must say, we’re loving the self-branding Solo has been doing over the last few years. Eclectic, chic, fashionista. Here’s hoping these can be leveraged to support her new musical material whenever it surfaces. For, next to her sister, the 25 year old is one of the industry’s most gifted and consistent performers. Yes, you read right.
This week’s From The Vault pick is the crossover Gospel classic, ‘Shackles (Praise You)’ by Mary Mary.
Released at the very beginning of the noughties, ‘Shackles’ was the Atkins-Campbell sisters’ first ever single and stands as their biggest hit. After reaching the pole position on the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs, the cut managed to become a crossover hit placing #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 and coming at an impressive #9 on the R&B/Hip Hop chart. It proved to be a global smash when it hit the Top 10 of multiple countries in Europe as well as Australia.
The accompanying video, which to this day stays an MTV and VH1 favorite, underined the “life gets better” aura evoked by the song’s lyrics (which were penned by the group and Warryn Campbell).
At the time, Gospel purist disapproved of the track and Mary Mary’s work moreover labeling it “too secular”. Although such claims remain a constant about Contemporary Gospel, over the years acts such as Kirk Franklin, Trin-i-tee 5:7, Yolanda Adams and of course Mary Mary have helped the subgenre garner recognition and respect from a greater sect of the faith-based community as well as from the mainstream.
In many ways, this release broke the shackles off old school ideology and bridged a colossal gap. In every way, then, ‘Shackles’ is a classic.
Mary Mary continue their foray into the mainstream with their hit WE tv reality show, aptly titled ‘Mary Mary’. Click here to check out our interview with them on our sister site That Grape Juice TV. And be sure to keep it locked on TGJ TV for your Urban Hollywood fix!
You’ve heard the song and see its smoking video, now peep behind the scenes footage taken from Azealia Banks’ ‘Liquorice‘ flick.
Styled by Lady GaGa‘s Nicola Formichetti and directed by Dazed‘s Rankin, the visual came in aid of the Rapper’s latest EP ‘1991‘, before she releases her debut album ‘Broke With Expensive Taste‘ in September.