Sevyn Streeter

Justin Timberlake in "Mirrors" video | Daft Punk and Pharrell in "Get Lucky" video | Miley Cyrus in "Wrecking Ball"

Justin Timberlake in “Mirrors” video | Daft Punk and Pharrell in “Get Lucky” video | Miley Cyrus in “Wrecking Ball” video

I’ve been pretty fond of 2013 and the singles that were released. From comeback singles to sleeper hits, artists were able to churn out some pretty noteworthy releases, for the most part.

There were 15 songs that stood out to me as the top singles of the year. From Justin Timberlake to Drake, find out what made the list and how they ranked below!!

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4AD/Glasnote | Polydor | Screenshot

4AD/Glasnote | Polydor | Screenshot

Covers are powerful because they can provide listeners with a new perspective on some of their favorite songs. Most artists perform covers during their live shows, but there were six that really stood out to me this year because the artists managed to transform the songs and completely make them their own.

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Sevyn Streeter (Atlantic) | Tori Kelly | Sam Smith (PMR Records) | Jhene Aiko ("Bed Peace" video)

Sevyn Streeter (Atlantic) | Tori Kelly | Sam Smith (PMR Records) | Jhene Aiko (“Bed Peace” video)

Extended Plays (EPs) can be a great way to introduce fans to a new artist or hold fans over until a full project is ready for release. Most of my favorite EPs from 2012 were from established artists, who wanted to silence hungry fans until they were ready to release their LPs (Sara Bareilles took her time releasing The Blessed Unrest and was rewarded with an Album of the Year Grammy nomination!), but this year my favorite EPs are from a batch of soulful newcomers.

All four EPs feature solid vocals and songwriting, but my favorite EP stands out because of its cohesiveness and production value. Continue reading

Atlantic/CBE

Atlantic/CBE

Sevyn Streeter is one of this year’s rising stars, but she’s not really a newcomer in the music industry. Streeter has been putting in work for quite a while now. The singer was a part of former girl groups RichGirl and TG4, has written songs and provided background vocals on several of Chris Brown’s more recent tracks and recently penned Ariana Grande’s “The Way” and Tamar Braxton’s “All The Way Home.”

Stepping out as a solo artist after working in the shadows can be a hard feat, but in the last year the singer has been able to capture the attention of many, starting with the release of “I Like It.” The singer has since decided to release an EP before releasing her first solo album. The seven-track project doesn’t feature “I Like It,” but it doesn’t need it. Call Me Crazy, But… is the perfect introduction into the new artist and will have fans eager to hear Streeter’s full-length project when it is released in 2014.

The concept is simple: In seven tracks Streeter manages to sum up the main stages of most relationships.

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Atlantic/CBE

Atlantic/CBE

Sevyn Streeter is preparing to release her seven-track debut EP Call Me Crazy, But… and the singer/songwriter is allowing fans to stream the full project before it gets released on Dec. 3. The EP will feature the popular Chris Brown-assisted single “It Won’t Stop” and “Call Me Crazy.”

Streeter has done a great job of doing interviews and releasing teasers to promote the EP, so it will be interesting to see how it is received.

Listen to the EP below and share your thoughts!

 

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Sevyn Streeter in "Call Me Crazy" teaser

Sevyn Streeter in “Call Me Crazy” teaser

“She could be the baddest ever, but you belong to me. And I ain’t with that sharing shit,” Sevyn Streeter warns atop a tinkling piano in “Call Me Crazy,” a track from her forthcoming debut EP Call Me Crazy, But… The track feels sinister and aggressive, and finds Streeter utilizing her head voice to better articulate the dark, repetitive lyrics.

In a minute-long clip of the song’s video, Streeter goes to see a psychiatrist (who is also played by Streeter) and takes the Rorschach test. The teaser also features shots of the singer screaming and crying.

Call Me Crazy, But… will be released on Dec. 3.

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Sevyn Streeter Covers "Toni Braxton's "You Mean The World To Me"

Sevyn Streeter Covers “Toni Braxton’s “You Mean The World To Me”

“It Won’t Stop” singer Sevyn Streeter has quickly become 2013’s breakout star. The singer is currently preparing to release her debut solo EP Call Me Crazy, But… on Dec. 3, but she recently took to YouTube to cover Toni Braxton’s 1994 single “You Mean The World To Me.” Streeter delivered passionate raspy vocals that captured the feeling of the love song perfectly.

I can’t wait to hear this EP. I have a feeling this is going to be good! Continue reading

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Sevyn Streeter’s solo EP Call Me Crazy, But… is available for pre-order starting today (Nov. 5) and the “It Won’t Stop” singer has released a teaser clip for a new song, nEXt, to garner some hype.

In the sneak peek, shots of Streeter cuddling with her ex-boyfriend, played by Tristan Wilds, are intercut between pictures of her cutting up their photos and sitting alone. “How can my ex-boyfriend be my next boyfriend,” Streeter sings. It’s a song that is sure to have a few people in their feelings.

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Last night BET aired their annual Black Girls Rock show, honoring black women in various career paths for their achievements. The musical guests are usually a fun part of the show and they surely didn’t disappoint this year!

Janelle Monae performed “Electric Lady,” kicking the performance off with a mini step show, while Jennifer Hudson showed off her new short haircut while performing her new song “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel).” (If the song reminds you of Leah Labelle’s “Lolita,” it is because Pharrell produced both of the songs!) GLEE star and Dancing with the Stars contestant Amber Riley also showed off her vocal chops during the show, covering Helen Reddy’s female anthem “I Am Woman.”

One of my favorite performances of the night had to be Kelly Rowland’s, though. Rowland danced with the crowd, doing a choreographed number with the show’s hosts Regina King and Traces Ellis Ross, before bringing out newcomer Sevyn Streeter (who co-wrote the song) for the second verse and letting Eve spit a rap verse from the balcony.

The highlight of the show was definitely when Patti Labelle graced the stage and performed “You Are My Friend” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Accompanied by ballet dancer Misty Copeland and a gospel choir, Ms. Labelle took everybody to church! Labelle was awarded the Living Legend award Copeland was given the “Young, Gifted & Black” award during the show.

Check out all of the performances from the show below and share your thoughts!!!

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Sevyn Streeter stopped by VH1’s ‘Big Morning Buzz’ yesterday to perform her latest single “It Won’t Stop.” I thought this song would die down after summer, but this performance definitely reignited my love. Streeter included choreography into the performance and her vocals were solid making this my favorite performance of this song thus far!

Streeter will release her solo debut EP Call Me Crazy, But… on Dec. 3. Continue reading