VH1 Soul

by

Former R&B Stars That Are Now Instagram Famous

View Photo Gallery

By Christopher Rosa 

Instagram works wonders, people. It can turn our favorite singers from the late ’90s and early 2000s into superstars all over again. Don’t believe us? Check out these nine former R&B stars who now rule Instagram. From va-va-voom bikini bods (hey, Ashanti) to rock-hard pecs (yes, you Craig David) these singers are setting the web on fire with their glorious #grams.

Read more…

by

Miss Jackson If You’re Nasty: What Are Janet Jackson’s Most Sexually Empowering Albums?

View Photo Gallery

Janet Jackson began her solo musical career more than 30 years ago as the fresh-faced baby sister of her famous older brothers. But starting with 1986′s Control and reaching full flight with 1989′s Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this week, Janet matured into an artist equal to any elder Jackson and a grown women in full command of her status as a budding sex symbol. Read more…

by

VIDEO PREMIERE: Faith Evans’ “I Deserve It” Featuring Missy Elliott & Sharaya J

Actress and R&B diva Faith Evans is dropping her new album Incomparable on October 28th, but you don’t have to wait that long for a taste. VH1 has the exclusive premiere of her new single “I Deserve It,” featuring a little musical help from her friends Missy Elliott and Sharaya J!

Read more…

by (@TaylorFerber)

Exclusive Video Premiere: “If You Lose Her” by JOE

R&B star JOE has come a long way since his “I Wanna Know” days. His new album Bridges (which features Kelly Rowland) is inspired by his life relationships, which we already get a peak of in his new video “If You Lose Her.”

Read more…

by (@JordanRuntagh)

INTERVIEW: Why Is Quincy Jones Worried About Music’s Future And The Distortion Of Sound?

quincy_jones

When you’re discussing Quincy Jones, there is no such thing as hyperbole. Just ask his 27 Grammys. The 81-year-old has played a vital role in the development of jazz, funk, and hip hop, holds more records than a jukebox, logged more firsts than Adam and Eve, and collaborated with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Grandmaster Melle Mel. It is no exaggeration to say he’s the chief architect of popular music in the 20th Century. But as we venture further into the new millennium, he’s getting pissed.

The cultural titan recently appeared in the The Distortion Of Sound, a documentary produced by cutting edge audio outfit Harman Kardon. The fascinating film explores the complex pros and cons of music in the digital age. Although companies like iTunes and Spotify have made music more accessible, portable, and cheaper than ever before, mp3s have become so compressed that the vast majority of the sound quality -sometimes up to 90 percent- is lost. With the omnipresence of iPods and ear buds, the documentary contends that a generation of music lovers are being raised on low-grade sonic sludge. As the final piece of his formidable legacy, Jones is working with Harman to ensure that his art, and the art of so many others, can be enjoyed the way it was meant to be heard.

Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

10 Reasons Why James Brown Was The Hardest Working Man In Show Business

View Photo Gallery

The Godfather of Soul. Soul Brother #1. Mr. Dynamite. The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. James Brown had many regal titles in life yet none truly do justice to his monumental impact on music or presence in the world. His musical influence alone is staggering. Read more…

by

Sade’s Diamond Life Turns 30: Hear The Band Reveal The True Story Behind Its Origin


30 years ago this week the English group Sade released their worldwide smash hit debut album Diamond Life. Coming out at the height of the slick, glitzy, video-driven R&B era – as typified by Michael Jackson and Prince – the album’s chill grooves and lush melodies seduced listeners and announced the arrival of a new, uniquely British style of soul music. Read more…

by (@wordweaver555)

CONCERT REVIEW: Falling For Leela James at B.B. King’s

leela_malcolm_beckford

Leela James wants you to feel something. If you ever see the VH1 Soul You Oughta Know artist perform live, she’ll ask you to your face. “Can ya’ll feel that right there?” she shouted to the crowd in the midst of her performance at New York City’s B.B. King’s earlier this month. They responded with an Earth-shaking affirmative. Any advertisement for a Leela James show should come with a warning, Ms. James turns it up and takes you there, so we hope you can stand the fierceness and the fire! 

Read more…