Posts By Bené Viera


Tamia’s Back With A “Beautiful Surprise”

Tamia is truly one of the most underrated R&B artists out today. We’ve loved the five-octave range soul singer since her debut album in 1998. After a three year hiatus, Tamia is back with her first single, “Beautiful Surprise,” from the upcoming album of the same title. There’s not much going on in the video, not that there needs to be with a voice like Tamia’s. She’s sprawled across the floor solo for the majority of the time as the radiant sunlight beams on her glowing skin. “For you to wake up, holding me/Telling me you loving me/You got my heart on lock,” she belts out. Read more…


A$AP Rocky Is JFK To Lana Del Rey’s Jackie O In “National Anthem” Trailer

What Lana Del Rey says, she means. As promised LDR enlisted rap newcomer A$AP Rocky to play John F. Kennedy to her Jackie O. An odd pairing at first thought, but not when you think about LDR’s artistry, which is completely unconventional. It’s hard to pin down exactly what the Anthony Mandler directed video’s concept is from the trailer, but it so darn intriguing. JFK (Rocky) is gazing at the stage as he’s surrounded by loud applause when Jackie O (LDR) stares back at him. He blows his cigar smoke and flashes of an American flag whiz by in a split second. This brief sequence of events repeats itself for the entirety of the three minute long clip. What could it all mean? Read more…


Spice Girls Viva Forever! With Unveiling Of New Musical

Spice Girls Unveil Unveil New Musical

Today we’re feeling a little dated seeing as how 16 years ago today Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” debuted as their first single, which topped the charts in 31 countries. Yes, the Spice Girls were that girl group! Sixteen years later the group that disbanded in 2000 reunite to launch Viva Forever!, a new musical based on their hit songs. BBC News reports the British pop group consisting of Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell unveiled the musical that explores the “bitter reality of fame” at a London hotel on Tuesday. Viva Forever! is the latest show in what is being called “jukebox musical,” which uses a set of songs for a fresh storyline. Read more…


Lupe Fiasco’s “Bitch Bad” Is Not What You Think

Lupe Fiasco's "Bitch Bad" New Song

Upon first glance at the title alone, “Bitch Bad,” it’s easy to dismiss Lupe Fiasco’s second single from Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album PT.1 as just another misogynistic rap song calling women “bitches.” Of course with an artist like Lupe nothing is as simple as it seems on the surface. Within the first line of the song– “I say bitch bad, woman good, lady better”–it’s clear Lupe is going to satirize the concept of “bad bitches” telling the story from how derogatory and damaging the reference can be. Read more…


Honoring The King Of Pop, Always And Forever, On Three Year Death Anniversary

MJ Three Year Death Anniversary

Long live the King of Pop. Today marks three years since the legendary, incomparable Michael Jackson passed away leaving the world to mourn his death. Everyday we miss the greatest to ever do music. He isn’t called the King for no reason. MJ has sold over 750 million records according to some reports. His 1982 Thriller album is the best-selling album of all time. His accomplishments are too numerous to list, and his influence too great to measure. MJ was single handedly responsible for integrating MTV. The little boy from Gary, Indiana that began singing with his brothers in The Jackson 5 turned out to be Michael Jackson who has changed music forever. Although it’s impossible to name all of our favorites because he has so many great ones, enjoy the five we picked. Read more…


Emeli Sande’s Cover Of Blur’s “Country House” Is Anything But Country

Emeli Sandé’s Our Version of Events has been a constant fixture in the iPod for weeks now. The beauty of her voice matches her incredible songwriting that has the power to make random strangers cry for no other reason than her magical sound. As our June YOK artist we’re happy to share some of our favorite cuts from the album like “Next to Me” or style photos that show her boisterous personality. Today we gift you with her cover of Blur’s “Country House.” Read more…


Fiona Apple, Kid Cudi And Passion Pit Rock Hard At Governors Ball

Governors Ball

If rocking out to everything from hip-hop to rock to dance to indie music is your forte, Governors Ball this weekend was the place to be. Slews of music lovers headed to Randall’s Island over the weekend for the annual two day music festival that showcased acts such as Passion Pit, Kid Cudi, Fiona Apple, Beck, Modest Mouse, along with several other acts. Live bands were plentiful, and multi-talented artists were in abundance. Good music and fun seemed to be the Saturday and Sunday theme. Crowd surfing wasn’t an unusual sighting for the amped up concert goers; and when artists jump into the crowd it’s usually a sure fire sign that a blast was had. Check out our gallery of artists performing at the Governors Ball. Read more…


Let’s Get Ready To Rumble: Wayne Coyne Says He Knew Erykah Badu Was An ‘Unpredictable Freak’

Coyne Says He Knew Erykah Badu Was An Unpredictable Freak

Upsetting Erykah Badu, again, must be the furthest thing from Wayne Coyne’s mind. In an interview with Rolling Stone he had a few choice words about the feud between him and Badu that played out quite interestingly on Twitter. If you don’t dabble in the world of social media here’s a brief recap: Badu and The Flaming Lips teamed up for a remake of Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” Coyne directed the video, which featured Badu, her sister, nudity, glitter and some thick (questionable) substances. Badu initially seemed excited until the video received backlash and criticism for its content. E. Badu took to Twitter to slam Coyne for allegedly releasing the video prematurely and eventually released an official statement telling Coyne to “kiss her glittery a–.” Read more…


Lebron James Celebrates Championship Win By Rapping With LMFAO

Things you don’t expect to see: Lebron James partying and rapping with LMFAO. Well, that’s exactly what happened last night after the Miami Heat won the NBA Championship game against OKC. Sidebar: now that Lebron has a ring we wonder what will happen to all those “Lebron doesn’t even have a ring, so he’s not that great” memes. To celebrate their new championship title the Heat headed to club LIV for spirits and libations. On one end of the stage was electropop group LMFAO. On the other end was James, Dwyane Wade and other teammates. When the DJ puts on 2 Chainz “Riot” LMFAO starts rapping and so does James. Read more…


Nas Hooks Up With Rick Ross For “Accident Murderers”

Nas ft. Rick Ross "Accident Murderers"

A Nas and Rick Ross collaboration has a track record of being certified smash hits. Let’s see, “Usual Suspects,” It’s A Tower Heist” and “Triple Beam Dreams.” Now the pair can add “Accident Murderers” to the list. Despite Nas’ Life Is Good not dropping until July 17, another single from what will be the emcees 10th studio album was released (possibly leaked) today. It’s just not fair how Nas is murdering the game right now. Read more…