D’Angelo Performs at Bonnaroo Festival, First U.S. Show in 12 Years (Full Audio Stream)!

I was fortunate enough to see D’Angelo live earlier this year when he played his comeback gig at Brixton Academy back in March. And it’s fair to say the ‘R&B Jesus’ is officially back.  Those European shows were the perfect warm up for what’s to come. The 38-year-old soul legend took to the stage in the US for the first time in 12 years this weekend to perform at the  Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee.

D’Angelo took to the stage for the first time in 12 years in the United States and chose the fields of Manchester, Tennessee to perform alongside Questlove to a throng of Bonnaroo Festival revelers in the early hours of Sunday morning. The R&B icon joined The Roots drummer, as well as James Poyser and a nine-piece band for over an hour playing cover tracks from legendary acts including the Jimi Hendrix classic “Have You Ever Been (to Electric Ladyland),” The Beatles’s “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window” and “What is and What Should Never Be” by Led Zeppelin. Listen in on the full audio stream from the show below to see how the Virginia singer’s return to live performances shaped up.

Click here to hear the live concert in full.


Kanye West Big Chill Festival 2011: The Review!

Big Chill, Eastnor Castle Deer Park

Before Kanye West even took to the stage for his grand headlining slot at Saturday’s Big Chill Festival, so much had already been written about the eccentric rapper. Living up to his diva status, West apparently booked the luxurious 12 bedroom Eastnor Castle for his stay – costing a whopping £7,000 per night. Known equally for his flamboyant stage sets and outspoken behaviour as well as his music, The Chi Town MC’s performance at the Eastnor Park venue is true to form and doesn’t disappoint in the creativity department, despite leaving audiences slightly divided in opinion.

Appearing half an hour late, many revellers are frustrated by the rappers tardiness and begin to jeer. But when West finally arrives on stage, appearing from the sound tower at the centre of the crowd, the boos soon turn to cheers. The 34-year-old begins his set with Dark Fantasy, while 20 ballerinas and his three-man band are situated at the Roman statue themed main stage.

Kanye West is not your average rapper and his theatrical set is more reminiscent of a Broadway musical, as opposed to a hip-hop show. It’s this artistic trait that separates West from his peers and pleasantly differentiates his live shows from his rap rivals.

He swiftly makes his way to the main stage and the show really begins. Power, Jesus Walks and Diamonds Are Forever are greeted with rapturous applause, as fans rap along and throw their ‘Roc’ signs in the air.

The two-hour set is a combination of new and old songs, taken from West’s five studio albums, as well as verses from Monster, Swagga Like Us and Katy Perry’s E.T.

Good Life and Love Lockdown are general crowd pleasers and have audiences singing out loud. And while fans are enjoying the up-tempo set, this is by no means the multi-Grammy winner’s best performance – an admission he expresses.

“I’m sorry for losing my voice earlier and turning up late, we’re trying to get this perfect,” he said during a seven minute talking period. “I’m very frustrated that I can’t perform at the level… I’m going to try as hard as I can to give you the best show I can. Even with half a voice.”

He went on express his frustration at being labelled a “monster” by the media and comparisons to Hitler: ‘I walk through the hotel, and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I’m insane, like I’m Hitler,’ he told the crowd.

While most fans appreciated the rappers honest and extremely personal accounts, some saw it as yet ‘another rant’. But either way, when the music kicked in, all divided opinions were vanished, as the crowd lapped up hit after hit, including Stronger, All Falls Down and Gold Digger – which garnered the biggest applause .

West closed his set with a touching Amy Winehouse tribute, playing a medley of the Brit singers ‘Tears Dry On My Own’ and ‘Back To Black’, after dedicating his show to his late mother.

Although audiences may have expected a little bit more from the festival’s biggest ever headliner, Kanye West on a bad day is still better than most on their very best.

Janet Jackson | Behind The Scenes ESSENCE Magazine Photo Shoot!

Check out these exclusive behind the scenes of Janet Jackson’s cinematic photo shoot for the August issue of ESSENCE Magazine. OMG I heart Janet, I think she’s so amazing and how stunning does she look? This woman’s got it going on.

Ms Jackson handpicked CSI: Miami actor, Adam Rodriguez to be her leading man in the photoshoot – which has a polo/fantasy theme.

If like myself you’re a huge Ms Jackson fan, then you have to head down to this weekends Essence Music Festival. Janet is one of the headliners – as well as Mary J Blige and Alicia Keys. The three day music extravaganza kicks off TOMORROW at the Superdome in New Orleans and has a great line up of talented artists, including cutie pie Trey Songz, Brit gal Estelle, John Legend, Melanie Fiona and lots more.  Have a look at the Festival schedule to check out when and where you can see your favourite performers live.

Also, be sure to follow @ESSENCEMUSIC on Twitter to receive the latest updates about the biggest festival in NOLA!  Join the conversation and tweet about your excitement using #EMF2010 and see what others are saying about EMF!

Oohhh I can’t wait to see Janet do her thing – she ROCKS!!!!

Glastonbury In Pictures!

Dizzee Rascal going Bonkers

Damon Albarn with Gorillaz


Snoop’s Finally allowed in the country to perform for his UK fans

Florence & The Machine drew in the biggest crowd for that particular stage

Kylie getting down & dirty with her dancers & Tinchy Stryder doin’ his thing

Shakira proving those hips don’t lie

Kelly O & Pixie G enjoying the sun filled fun


Hollywood beauties Sienna Miller & Kate Hudson also enjoyed the music extravaganza


Jay-Z Live @ Rock am Ring Festival (Germany 2010)

Festival season is upon us – woo hoo. Yesterday I bought you festival fashion; well today I bring you actual festival music. I’m a HUGE Jigga fan and he’ll be headlining Wireless this year,  check him out over the weekend performing at one of Germany’s biggest festivals ‘Rock am Ring.’

I saw Jay-Z live at Wembley Stadium last year, he was simply amazing. D.O.A sounds so good live. Bring on the UK festivals already.

Radio 1’s Big Weekend In Pictures


This weekend the UK had its best weather since… well since ever. And the place to be over the weekend was Wales for Radio 1’s annual big weekender. The two day music extravaganza saw performances from the likes of Alicia Keys, Florence & the Machine, Ellie Goulding,  Cheryl Cole, Rihanna, Tinie Tempah, Chipmunk, Justin Bieber, JLS, Ke$ha, Dizzee Rascal, Skepta, Kelly Rowland, Wiley and loads loads more. I can’t be bothered to name them all.

The big outdoor concert is the beginning of a fun filled summer of many out door festivals in the UK (Oh How I love festival season).

Here are some pictures from the music fun filled event:


International stars Rihanna & Ke$hs doingtheir thing on stage 


The Talented Ms Keys setting the stage on fire and The Saturday’s Rochelle & Frankie posing for press

The crowd going crazy 

Ellie Gouding on the main stage 

 The ever so swarve & stylish Tinie Tempah

 Dizzee flaunting his pecks 

Chipmunk & Esmee Denters singing their hit single “Until You Were Gone”

The JLS boys

Cheryl Cole looking fab as always

Florence Welch giving a hell of a good performance (below)