Emeli Sande

Interscope

Interscope

London has been good for Mary J. Blige.

The singer has officially unveiled the lead single from her forthcoming album The London Sessions and it’s a tearjerker for sure. The piano ballad finds the singer recounting a year of pain.

“See, winter took most of my heart and spring punched me right in the stomach. Summer came looking for blood and by autumn I was left with nothing. It took a whole damn year to repair my body,” she sings.

The London Sessions finds Blige teaming up with some of the amazing writers and producers currently coming from London. “Whole Damn Year” was written by “Next To Me” singer Emeli Sandé.

The previously released “Right Now” was a collaboration with Jimmy Napes, Disclosure and Sam Smith.

This album was a brilliant way for Blige to latch (pun intended) onto all of the talent that is coming from London right now. Continue reading

Monica and Shannon Brown in "Love All Over Me" video

Monica and Shannon Brown in “Love All Over Me” video

Happy Valentine’s Day! Over the past few days I’ve released love-themed playlists in anticipation for this holiday and it’s finally here! Today’s playlist is simple: it’s all about soulful slow-grooves from artists like Janelle Monae, Sam Smith and Tamia.

Yesterday’s playlist was for those people that have done crazy things for love and Wednesday’s was for the sappy hip-hop enthusiast!

I’m a sucker for a good love song, so I had a blast making these playlists! I hope you enjoy listening to them alone, with your family, friends or significant other! Continue reading

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Taylor Swift continues to surprise her fans with guest appearances during her Red Tour, bringing Ellie Goulding and Emeli Sande out during recent shows in London. Goulding and Swift performed “Burn,” while Sande joined the popular singer for a performance of “Next To Me.”

This is Goulding’s second time joining Swift on stage during the tour. Last year the ladies surprised the crowd with a performance of “Anything Could Happen.”

Swift and rising UK singer Sam Smith performed “Money On My Mind” together earlier this year. Continue reading

Naughty Boy | Virgin EMI

Naughty Boy | Virgin EMI

I learned about Naughty Boy through my Sam Smith obsession earlier this year when I came across “La La La,” the second single from the British producers forthcoming debut album Hotel Cabana. Naughty Boy has collaborated with singer Emeli Sande several times in the past, and this time the two teamed up for the album’s third single “Lifted.” The video focuses on a group of people who are seen dancing on their own (hi, Robyn) at what appears to be a hotel.

Hotel Cabana will be released August 26 and will feature collaborations with Sande, Smith, Tinie Timpah, Ed Sheeran and more. Continue reading

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Beyonce’s cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black” may have fallen short, but Emeli Sandé’s cover of Bey’s first solo single, “Crazy In Love” is pretty dope! The singer gives the popular song a bouncy big band feel with the help of The Bryan Ferry Orchestra. Here’s to hoping some swing dance is featured in The Great Gatsby when this song is played. Continue reading