Posts By Bené Viera

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VH1 Storytellers: Jill Scott Exclusive: “Le Boom Vent Suite”

All Jill Scott has to do is start singing, “boom, boom, boom” and the audience immediately claps as they immerse themselves into the feel good melodies of “Le Boom Vent Suite.” From the balcony to the front row attendees sang along with Jill about wanting a guy that doesn’t want her back. Similar to “Quick” in that the words aren’t necessarily describing an ideal situation, but the music makes one want to groove. It’s a soulful jazz sound with Jill’s one of a kind voice. And check out the man in the balcony jamming as if he were in the living room of his home. That’s what “Le Boom Vent Suite” performed live does to the crowd.

If you missed the show last night, you can watch the entire episode of VH1 Storytellers: Jill Scott right now on VH1.com..

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VH1 Storytellers Online Exclusive: Jill Scott’s “Quick”

Ever so often Jill Scott’s spoken word roots find their way into her songs or songwriting. That’s exactly the case for “Quick,” a song about a relationship ending too soon. We have an exclusive clip of her performance of “Quick” on tonight’s VH1 Storytellers: Jill Scott. Like its title, the song moves and ends quickly. But the fast pace doesn’t take away from the lyrical content. Due to its fast tempo we’re almost certain this is one of the happiest songs about an ending relationship. Read more…

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Will Smith Raps “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” Theme Song While Gary Barlow Plays The Keyboard

To some Will Smith will always be the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. On a recent visit to the British talk show The Graham Norton Show, Smith said he’s best known for the character he played in the 1990-1996 hit sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Good thing his name in the show was the same as his real name, as he was warned by former co-host Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton), it was what people would call him for the rest of his life. “[In] every country in the world that is the thing I am most known for, no matter how big the movies get,” said Smith.

Smith was in Europe to promote his movie Men in Black III when the host asked him to rap the theme song to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air he happily obliged. Gary Barlow from the British boy band Take That played the keyboard as Will rapped the song with the audience who seemed to know every word (thanks to a teleprompter!). Tom Jones looked on while bopping his head as the two jammed out to one of the best 90s television theme songs. Enjoy!

Will Smith Raps Fresh Prince of Bel Air Theme Song

Will Smith Raps The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme [Eonline.com]

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Whitney Houston’s Last Song “Celebrate” Is A Vibrant Duet With Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston "Celebrate" Song

We were impressed with Jordin Sparks heartfelt tribute to the late Whitney Houston at last night’s Billboard Music Awards. According to Radaronline.com, the last song Houston recorded was released today. Produced by R. Kelly, “Celebrate” is a happy upbeat duet Houston recorded with her Sparkle co-star Jordin Sparks who plays her daughter in the upcoming movie. If Whitney’s strong vocals in this song are any indication of the direction she was headed in prior to her untimely passing, it indeed proves what many have already said–Whitney Houston was ready to make a big comeback.

Houston opens the track sounding nearly as good as she did before her vocals became strained. “Everybody’s been so uptight. Everybody forgetting to live their life,” she sings. Sparks’ higher octave is a beautiful complement to Whitney’s lower gospel tone. “It’s time to celebrate, come on and celebrate,” the duo sing together. This song seems like a perfect embodiment of Whitney Houston–celebrating life and taking in the younger generation of singers with open arms.

Whitney Houston’s Final Song Released [Radaronline.com]

[Photo: IMDB]

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Pink And Hubby Carey Hart Take Subliminal Shots At Chris Brown’s Lip-Syncing At Billboard Music Awards

Pink Throws Shade At Chris Brown

Now we all know Pink has never been one to bite her tongue about, well, anything. Unimpressed by Chris Brown’s lip-syncing  Billboard Music Awards performance last night, Pink tweeted, “one day if i lipsync, i hope i do it as well as him….” GossipCop.com reports that her husband Carey Hart added his two cents, “Im pretty sure i saw my wife did [sic] that same performance, but she was 3 months pregnant and actually sang the song.” Ouch. The Harts are ruthless. Although neither Pink or hubby ever mentioned any names, it was pretty clear they were referring to Brown’s motor bike, sans live singing set.

For once in his life Brown took the high road tweeting an indirect response, “Must be too bright outside! I’m finding the “shade” and keeping cool! Love and blessings!” How mature of Chris! (No, we really mean it.) Chris wasn’t the only one lip-syncing last night and rumors spread like wildfire that Pink may have been referring to Katy Perry. This morning Pink cleared up the rumor by tweeting:

Pink addressed lip-syncing rumors about katy perry

Two snaps for live singing. Brown’s performance was lackluster at best. It’s totally possible he wanted to focus on the dance performance and not worry about breath and vocal control. But if people insist on referring to Brown as the new MJ, other artists are going to call him out when he’s not living up to such a big honor. What do you think? Is lip-syncing ever ok? Watch Breezy’s performance below and you be the judge.

Pink and Carey Hart Diss Chris Brown for Lip-Synching at Billboard Awards [GossipCop.com]

[Photo: Getty Images]

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CONCERT REVIEW: Lil Kim Brings Out Eve And Missy As She Reclaims Her Throne At Paradise Theater

Lil Kim Performs at Paradise Theater in the Bronx

Like true royalty, Lil Kim is back to reclaim her throne. Not that anyone should need a reminder of the Queen Bee’s iconic status when she entered the rap game in the mid 90s, but just in case, her performance Friday at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx served up a bit of nostalgia and excitement for what’s ahead.

On the New York City leg of her “Return of the Queen” tour, Kim hit the stage with a massive entourage and a crew of talented hip-hop friends. Dressed in a shiny beige pants paired with a jeweled bra the Queen Bee took the stage royally with flower petals at her feet while men held flagstaffs with her logos. Her fans welcomed her with deafening screams as she performed “Black Friday” from the mixtape of the same name. Although the mixtape received mixed reviews, this was not evident by the crowd’s enthusiasm to see Kim in her element. Read more…

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T.I. Wants Out Of The Rap Game Because It’s Fake

T.I.'s Breakfast Club Interview

A rapper hasn’t earned his or her stripes until they publicly announce that they’re leaving the rap game for good. Like Too Short, Jay-Z, 50 Cent and The Game who’ve all threatened to retire,  T.I. went on Power 105′s The Breakfast Club and said he wants out because the game has changed. How many times have we heard this song and dance before from other rappers? On The Breakfast Club video interview posted on HipHopDX.com, T.I. said he would be more than happy to fade to the background. “This is what everyone fails to realize. I want out. I want out, man,” he said. “What the game is going to and what has evolved into from a personality standpoint, it goes against what I represent.” By that he means he’s real and the industry is fake. “What I embody, this game contradicts that. I want out. I’m in it because I love music and I have obligations, contractually,” he disclosed. So, if it wasn’t for those contractual obligations T.I. would be perfectly fine focusing on his artists and other endeavors. Read more…

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Bono’s Facebook Investment Makes Him The Richest Musician In The World, Passing Paul McCartney

Bono the richest musician in the world

How does one become the richest musician in the world? Simple, if you’re rich and famous: invest $90 million in Facebook. U2′s Bono will be the world’s richest musician because of a 2009 investment he made in Facebook. NME reports, Bono owns 2.3 percent of Facebook’s shares through his private equity firm Elevation Partners. Only three years later the rockstar will earn $1.5 billion from his initial $90 million share purchase. This gives a whole new meaning to balling. No one that makes less money than Bono can consider themselves “ballers.” We’re looking at you, rappers.

Facebook’s IPO is currently valued at over $100 billion as the second biggest IPO in history, according to HuffingtonPost. Bono was a genius for foreseeing the return on his investment. The lead U2 singer will surpass Paul McCartney as the world’s richest musician. McCartney is reportedly worth $1.05 million. Rockstar lifestyle isn’t all about groupies, booze and drugs. Let’s hear it for the money, money, money, money.

U2′s Bono to become the world’s richest musician tomorrow (May 18) [NME.com]

[Photo: Getty Images]

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Serena Williams Mad Over Song Leak, Calls Out Backstabbing Friend

Serena Williams not happy about leaked song

Serena Williams doesn’t play when she feels she’s been disrespected or stabbed in the back. Nobody is off limits (umpires included) from feeling her wrath if they cross the line. Ms. Williams is not too happy with the recent leak of her spitting rhymes in a studio, according to NecoleBitchie.com. We thought she sounded good though! In the song she raps, “I ball hard, no tennis racket.” Whether anyone likes it or not didn’t make much different to this all-star tennis player. As far as she’s concerned the track wasn’t supposed to be leaked at all.

At a press conference forthe Italian Open earlier this week a reporter asked her about the song, and Williams had some choice words for the anonymous song leaker. In the interview she said, “Well, I was in the studio with friends and I wanted to do something and so they said, ‘Do this’ and it was for me. The next thing I know — that was one or two years ago and then I read online that I was a rapper, and so my back-stabbing friends did that to me and so if I see them, I will act like a rapper — if you can get my drift.”

That sounds like a threat “if you can get my drift.” Rappers are notorious for beefing or rapping about slapping someone (or doing worse) if they feel disrespected. Don’t mess with Serena, on or off the court. With her track record, whoever this alleged backstabber is better make nice with her or it’s on.

Serena Williams Not Happy Over Leaked Rap Song, Feels Betrayed [NecoleBitchie.com]

[Photo: Getty Images]

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The Top 5 Most Anticipated Billboard Music Awards Performances

Billboard Music Awards 2012 Performances

The Billboard Music Awards may not be known for scandalous surprise girl-on-girl kisses like the VMAs or interesting collaborations like the Grammys, but the 2012 Billboard Music Awards is offering performances by the hottest artists of today. Carrie Underwood, Linkin Park, Nelly Furtado and Kelly Clarkson are only a few of the A-listers hitting the stage this Sunday at MGM in Las Vegas. We’re curious to find out if BMA can pull off a tribute to the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer, in just three days. Watching how artists bring their songs to life at a major award show is always exhilarating, but here’s the five singers we’re most excited to see and why.

1. John Legend and Jordin Sparks honoring Whitney Houston.

Finally, a full Whitney Houston tribute. Jennifer Hudson did an amazing job at the Grammy Awards, but we were left wanting so much more. Thanks to Billboard, our wish came true in the form of John Legend and Jordin Sparks (who actually co-starred with Houston in the remake of Sparkle). It’s no easy feat to cover The Voice’s songs for even the best vocalists in the business. We’d love to hear the two sing “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” or “How Will I Know” as they are Houston’s earlier songs that are light and fun. It was announced that Bobbi Kristina and Cissy Houston are making special guest appearances to accept awards on Houston’s behalf. Will the gospel legend sing and take everybody to church? A lot is riding on this tribute, we’re hoping they nail it. Read more…