Ciara hasn't seen a single go platinum stateside since 2006's "Promise"—her first foray into slinky seduction after proving herself the Princess of Crunk—so it should come as no surprise that, after two consecutive album flops, she's again enlisted the help of Jasper Cameron, writer of the well-received hit, to give a much-needed boost to her comeback.
This year, A$AP Rocky has been riding high on the success of his “Live.Love.A$AP” mixtape and seems poised to keep the momentum going with his upcoming debut album. In the meantime, we’ve started to meet the various other members of the A$AP crew through their own singles and videos. This week, the Harlem collective released “Lord$ Never Worry” to make the introductions official, and unlike with typical groups full of also-rans benefiting from one member’s achievements, the A$AP Mob's mixtape shows that Rocky isn’t the only one worth paying attention to.
“It was called Hell’s Kitchen for a reason,” Alicia Keys says of her native New York City stomping grounds, adding that it was the “opposite of Disneyland.” The 14-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter/producer sat before a packed auditorium at NYC’s 92nd St. Y for an intimate discussion as part of 92Y’s “Talks” series. Keys was the first to kickoff the Fall season of discussion subjects. Her interviewer, Jonathan Tisch, is an author, talk show host, Chairman of Loews Hotels, as well as a co-owner of the New York Giants.
Following the release of Miguel's "The Water Preview" comes another element-inspired EP. And just as we need H2O in real life, we equally require its comparative component, "The Air Preview." And again, as if he were trained by a burlesque queen (or something), Miguel perfects the art of the tease as both three-song albums serve as appetizers to his official sophomore release "Kaleidoscope Dream."