The Honesty Hour http://thehonestyhour.com Music news and pop culture shenanigans. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:02:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 New Music: Theophilus Martins – ‘The Look (feat. Kris Kasanova)’ http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/new-music-theophilus-martins-the-look-feat-kris-kasanova/ http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/new-music-theophilus-martins-the-look-feat-kris-kasanova/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:39:35 +0000 http://thehonestyhour.com/?p=13797 Following up to his single “Keep It Playa,” Theophilus Martins taps Kris Kasanova for his new track “The Look.” Both songs will appear on the rising rapper’s forthcoming EP, Doing It for Television.

The B.Real and R.Real-produced cut is described as a song to kick off the fall, “a season often associated with fresh beginnings and a greater drive to work.”

From the production to the flow and lyrical boasts, the sound of “The Look” is somewhat reminiscent of Kanye West and Jay Z’s 2011 collaborative album, Watch the Throne. What do you think of Theophilus and Kris’ new record?

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Music Video: Luke James – ‘Dancing in the Dark’ http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/music-video-luke-james-dancing-in-the-dark/ http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/music-video-luke-james-dancing-in-the-dark/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:17:03 +0000 http://thehonestyhour.com/?p=13775 “Freaky Fridays just got freakier” proclaims the Grammy-nominated Luke James. The chanteur premieres the Prince-inspired music video for “Dancing in the Dark,” the latest single from his self-titled debut album.

In the video, Mr. James strips down with his leading ladies, dancing in the dark as the moonlight reflects on their bare bodies.

Co-directed by Yolande Geralds and himself, the artsy visual marks Luke’s sophomore directorial effort following his “Options” clip earlier this summer.

In addition to “Dancing in the Dark” and “Options,” Luke’s album will include a soulful cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me.” Check out the full Luke James tracklisting ahead of the September 23 album release date.

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Ariana Grande Performs on ‘Today Show’ Concert Series http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/ariana-grande-performs-on-today-show-concert-series/ http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/ariana-grande-performs-on-today-show-concert-series/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:44:56 +0000 http://thehonestyhour.com/?p=13777 With her freshly-released album My Everything aiming for No. 1 on the charts, Ariana Grande stops by New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza on Friday to perform at Today Show’s Toyota Concert Series.

The jubilant chanteuse treated fans to songs “Problem,” “Break Free,” Bang Bang,” and “Break Your Heart Right Back,” and also sat for a brief interview. (However, she carefully dodged questions about her relationship status, asserting, “Y’all are putting me on the spot! … I’m happy.”

Next Thursday, September 4, Ariana will sing the national anthem live at the NFL Kickoff, airing on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Interview

“Problem”

“Break Free”

“Bang Bang”

“Break Your Heart Right Back”

Related: Ariana Grande – My Everything album review

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Luke James Reveals Self-Titled Debut Album Tracklisting http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/luke-james-reveals-self-titled-debut-album-tracklisting/ http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/luke-james-reveals-self-titled-debut-album-tracklisting/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:56:04 +0000 http://thehonestyhour.com/?p=13761 With his self-titled debut album due on September 23, Luke James unveils the project’s official artwork and tracklisting.

Among the song roster is 2012 hit “I Want You,” which was nominated for Best R&B Performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Earlier this summer, the crooner released the first single from Luke James“Options” assisted by Rick Ross.

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Album covers: Deluxe (left), Standard (right)

The deluxe edition of the album features his rousing a cappella rendition of Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me,” which Sam praised writing, “I love this!!”

This fall, Luke co-headlines the BET College Tour, launching September 5 at the Lincoln University of PA in Lincoln, LA. Other stops on the 14-date trek include Clark Atlanta, Virginia State, and Alabama A&M before concluding at Mississippi’s Jackson State on October 31.

Luke James is now available for pre-order. Here’s a peek at the tracklisting:

Standard

  1. Love XYZ
  2. Dancing in the Dark
  3. Don’t Do It (Interlude)
  4. Trouble
  5. The Run
  6. Glass House
  7. Exit Wounds
  8. TimeX (Interlude)
  9. Options (feat. Rick Ross)
  10. Insane / Bombin’ Out (Interlude)
  11. I Want You
  12. Exposé

Deluxe

  1. Make Love to Me
  2. Options (WolfJames Version)
  3. Stay with Me
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Beyoncé Dazzles in CR Fashion Book Issue 5 (Photos) http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/beyonce-dazzles-in-cr-fashion-book-issue-5-photos/ http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/beyonce-dazzles-in-cr-fashion-book-issue-5-photos/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:19:00 +0000 http://thehonestyhour.com/?p=13735 Beyoncé, the newly proclaimed Empress of Pop, stuns in a new photo shoot for CR Fashion Book Issue 5. Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci served as guest creative director for the Pierre Debusschere-lensed project.

Founded in 2012, CR Fashion Book is a blossoming magazine by former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld.

The unveiling of the magazine comes on the heels of Queen Bey’s critically-acclaimed performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday during which she sang her entire album in 16 minutes.

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Pierre Debusschere / CR Fashion Book

In the high-fashion stills, Mrs. Carter dons garments by the likes of Comme des Garçons, Prada, Saint Laurent, and of course, Givenchy. One snapshot also features a Chanel surfboard – a subtle nod to a line in her hit “Drunk in Love” with husband Jay Z.

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Pierre Debusschere / CR Fashion Book

Using words from Beyoncé’s interview, poet Forrest Gander crafted a touching poem titled Bey the Light as part of the cover story. The poem begins,

“It’s my daughter, she’s my biggest muse
There’s someone, we all find out soon,
more important than ourselves to lose.

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Pierre Debusschere / CR Fashion Book

CR Fashion Book Issue 5 is now available for pre-order, and officially hits newsstands on September 4, Beyoncé’s 33rd birthday.

Photos Copyright Pierre Debusschere / CR Fashion Book

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New Music: Kid Arkade – ‘Atlas Run’ http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/new-music-kid-arkade-atlas-run/ http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/new-music-kid-arkade-atlas-run/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:48:34 +0000 http://thehonestyhour.com/?p=13721 Announcing their arrival onto the scene with a bang is new and mysterious Kid Arkade. Whoever they may be, and there’s no information to be found on them at the moment, they’ve already been snapped up by Ultra Music and will release their debut single on September 5.

“Atlas Run” is an enticing and dramatic slab of electro house, with a progressive theme running urgently throughout. From the dynamic and heavily impacting synths to the apocalyptic melody that builds and builds, this single is designed to cause maximum damage.

Whilst Kid Arkade are remaining coy about their identities, their music certainly doesn’t seem like will holding back. Stream the release down below, and be sure to purchase your copy on release date!

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Album Sales Predictions: Ariana Grande – ‘My Everything’ http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/album-sales-predictions-ariana-grande-my-everything/ http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/album-sales-predictions-ariana-grande-my-everything/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:00:40 +0000 http://thehonestyhour.com/?p=13730 Ariana Grande’s second album My Everything is now in stores and so far, the songbird has not fallen victim to the dreaded sophomore slump.

According to early sales forecasts, the LP will sell between 150,000 and 170,000 copies in its first week, securing Miss Grande her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. Last fall, her debut Yours Truly opened at No. 1 with 138,000 units sold.

Album Review: Ariana Grande - My Everything Track-by-Track

My Everything was preceded by the singles “Problem” featuring Iggy Azalea and “Break Free,” peaking at Nos. 2 and 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.

Last Sunday, Ariana performed “Break Free” at the MTV Video Music Awards, and also joined Jessie J and Nicki Minaj for a performance of their collaboration “Bang Bang.” Here’s another look at the performance everyone’s talking about:

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Jennifer Hudson Taps Iggy Azalea for New Album ‘JHUD’ http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/jennifer-hudson-taps-iggy-azalea-for-new-album-jhud/ http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/jennifer-hudson-taps-iggy-azalea-for-new-album-jhud/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:25:33 +0000 http://thehonestyhour.com/?p=13719 In addition to Chris Brown, Lady Gaga and Prince, Jennifer Hudson is also bringing us new music in September. Ahead of her third album JHUD, arriving on the 23rd, she unveils the official tracklisting.

Rapper T.I. guests on the album’s lead single “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel),” which reached No. 29 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Other collaborations include R. Kelly (“It’s Your World”), Timbaland (“Walk It Out”), and Iggy Azalea (“He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”).

Leading up to the album release, Ms. Hudson will perform at Fashion Rocks 2014, airing live on CBS from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on September 9 at 9 p.m. ET.

JHUD is now available for pre-order on iTunes.

JHUD

  1. Dangerous
  2. It’s Your World (feat. R. Kelly)
  3. He Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (feat. Iggy Azalea)
  4. Walk It Out (feat. Timbaland)
  5. I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel) (feat. T.I.)
  6. I Still Love You
  7. Just That Type of Girl
  8. Bring Back the Music
  9. Say It
  10. Moan

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Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda’ Slithers to No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100 http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/nicki-minajs-anaconda-slithers-to-no-2-on-billboard-hot-100/ http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/nicki-minajs-anaconda-slithers-to-no-2-on-billboard-hot-100/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:49:15 +0000 http://thehonestyhour.com/?p=13714 Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” sinks its teeth into the Billboard Hot 100, sliding in this week at No. 2. In doing so, the viral hit becomes Nicki’s highest-charting song, a record previously held by her 2011 No. 3-peaking single “Super Bass.”

Assisted by the premiere of its music video last week, “Anaconda” leaps an impressive 37 chart positions. Also, following the visual’s unveiling, Nicki Minaj broke the 24-hour VEVO record with 19.6 million views in one day.

Just a few days later, Ms. Minaj performed “Anaconda” for the first time at the MTV Video Music Awards, which will likely give the song another boost reflected in next week’s chart updates.

Will “Anaconda” become Nicki Minaj’s first No. 1 single?

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Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett to Star in H&M Holiday Campaign http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/lady-gaga-tony-bennett-to-star-in-hm-holiday-campaign/ http://thehonestyhour.com/2014/08/lady-gaga-tony-bennett-to-star-in-hm-holiday-campaign/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:08:15 +0000 http://thehonestyhour.com/?p=13712 Following up to the release of their collaborative album Cheek to Cheek on September 23, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett will star in H&M’s 2014 holiday campaign.

The dynamic duo will appear in print, online, and billboard ads for the Swedish fashion retailer this fall, in addition to a television commercial set to premiere in late November.

Just yesterday, Gaga and Tony debuted the music video for their latest single “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” shot right in the recording studio with the band. Here’s a look at the clip, in case you missed it:

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