February 14, 2014 |
While Valentine's Day playlists are undoubtedly being cued up for an evening full of romance, a slew of R&B acts are gifting fans with bundles of free tunes to soundtrack the day. Ne-Yo, JoJo, K. Michelle and Mya have all marked the romantic holiday with EPs and mixtapes. JoJo issued a three-song EP “#LOVEJO,” which pulls from an eclectic variety of inspirations. The EP features her twist on records from Anita Baker, Phil Collins and Kathleen Battle. The singer's chilled take on Collins' pop hit “Take Me Home,” courtesy of Da Internz (Rihanna, Nas)
September 21, 2008 |
THERE ARE plenty of excellent songs on Ne-Yo's new release, "Year of the Gentleman." But one stands out for me -- and apparently for the 25-year-old smooth lover too. When I met with Ne-Yo in the studio last month to sample from his new selections, he was predictably enthusiastic about everything. But the song "Fade Into the Background," a mini-epic about watching your lost love walk down the aisle with some lucky cleanup fella, got him seriously jazzed. " 'Fade Into the Background' is the story of a guy who's dating a young lady; they end up breaking up," Ne-Yo says.
October 19, 2008 |
Gliding across the stage, crooning "come closer" over a driving beat, he manhandles the microphone stand like a modern-day James Brown. Only without the polyester jumpsuit. Ne-Yo, the R&B triple-threat singer, performer and songwriter, is rocking a steel gray Tom Ford sharkskin suit, a silver tie cinched with a tie bar -- and his trademark fedora. His retro style -- or "swag" as he calls it -- informs every element of the performance. Flanked by four female dancers, he sings in front of an old-school band with a full horn section.
May 8, 2006 |
Radio station-sponsored concerts are a lot like an evening at the movies where all you see are trailers. That's not a bad thing as long as you remember going in not to expect anything with a beginning, middle and end, or anything remotely resembling a coherent plot. That was certainly the case at Wango Tango on Saturday in Irvine, but it was suspended long enough in the right places to put this year's edition a cut above the typical radio concert plugfest.
November 26, 2010
Cory Monteith , Chord Overstreet , Kevin McHale and Mark Salling have a "Glee"-filled evening at GQ's Men of the Year party at Chateau Marmont, alongside James Franco , Jimmy Kimmel , Taylor Lautner and Kellan Lutz ? Chris Brown , David Arquette , Nelly and Katie Cassidy at Colony for the Us Weekly Hot Hollywood bash ? Jenny McCarthy , Diddy , Jamie Foxx and Kelly Rowland at the Avalon for Ne-Yo's post-American Music Awards bash ?
December 18, 2013 |
Celine Dion was on a Studio City soundstage last week, rehearsing for her performance on a holiday TV special. Ne-Yo had joined the French Canadian singer to run through "Incredible," a duet from Dion's new album, but almost as soon as she'd tilted her head back to unleash a flurry of octave-scaling notes, an abashed expression flashed across her face. "I was too early," she told Ne-Yo. Then she laughed, aware perhaps that no one else in the room had noticed. "Hey, even when we're bad, we're good," she said.