Album Covers, Hot Collaborations, Music Break

Ladies Making Moves: Beyoncé, Letoya Luckett, Fantasia, Coco O., Ciara and others

letoyad-2+ Letoya Luckett, Alexandra Burke and Adrienne Bailon are the spokesmodels for AJ Crimson Beauty “Beauty Is” campaign {The YBF}

beyonce + Beyoncé showcases her cute swimsuit collaboration with H&M {Vogue UK & The YBF}

+ Folks can’t get enough of Fantasia’s new track, “Without Me,” featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott, from her upcoming album, Side Effects Of You: {SoundCloud}

ciara-cover+ Ciara finally unveils album cover and tracklisting {The Life Files}

+ Great Gatsby Soundtrack features a slew of songstresses: Fergie, Lana Del Rey , Florence + The Machine, Coco O. of Quadron, Emeli Sandé, and Sia. Listen to the sampler:

Album Covers, Photography

Photos of the Day: Athletes Mimics Classic Album Covers

In ESPN The Magazine’s “Music Issue,” there is a fun feature on athletes impersonating popular album covers. We could not help but chuckle at a few of the photos because they imitated the poses almost perfectly. Take a look at gold medalists, Allyson Felix (track and field) as Beyoncé’s “Dangerously in Love” and Alex Morgan (soccer)as Katy Perry’s “One of the Boys”:

Check out more photos at Yahoo! Sports.

Images from ESPN The Magazine
Katy Perry’s “One of the Boys” (EMI Music Marketing)
Beyoncé’s “Dangerously in Love” (Sony Music)
Album Covers, Music Break

{New Video} Quantic & Alice Russell’s Magdalena


Don’t judge by the money in the jar. It all depends on the person you are…”

“Magadelena,” the single, from Quantic and Alice Russell’s collaborative effort, Look Around The Corner is an upbeat ode to being true to yourself. The visual matches the inspirational tone of the song – full of beautiful and peaceful sceneries.

Album Covers, Mini Reviews

Mini Music Reviews: Elle Varner’s Perfectly Imperfect x Lianne La Havas’ Is Your Love Big Enough?

Elle Varner’s Perfectly Imperfect is a pretty solid album. While her sweet raspy voice showcases her R&B roots, she is not afraid to dabble in a bit of country.

Standout tracks (besides what you’ve already heard): “Not Tonight”, “Leaf”, “Oh What a Night”, “Stop the Clock” and “So Fly”.

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Lianne La Havas’ Is Your Love Big Enough is a really great album. A must listen. Her silky voice blended with folk and soul just flows effortlessly from track to track.

Standout tracks (besides what you’ve already heard): “Don’t Wake Me Up”, “Au Cinema”, “Forget”, “Tease” and “They Could Be Wrong”.

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Album Covers, Fashion, Flyy Style

Donna Summer’s Album Cover Fashion

All of Donna Summer’s album covers fit her style and music perfectly: flamboyant, sexy and strong, with a dash of innocence. It’s amazing how she pulled off a variety of styles – styles that are recycled today. Here are our favorites:

P.S. What is your favorite Donna Summer album cover?

Here are some highlights from Donna Summer’s fantastic career, according to Billboard Magazine:

Summer earned 32 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 in her career, with 14 of those reaching the top 10. Her biggest singles include her four No. 1s “MacArthur Park,” “Hot Stuff,” “Bad Girls” and “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” with Barbra Streisand. While she earned a string of smashes in the 1970s, she continued to chart hits on into ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s.

Summer won five Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards and was the first African American woman to be nominated for an MTV Video Music Award, for “She Works Hard for the Money.”

Album Covers, Music Break

Watch Your Step! Anjuli Stars is Going to ‘Buss Shots’

Well, not literally. Before you watch this video Anjuli Stars wants you to know that “Buss Shots,” a single from her latest mixtape, Starvation Vol. 2, is not glorifying violence. The Miami native and Berklee College of Music graduate shared on her blog that “Buss Shots is not a violent record, on the contrary. It is about using lyrical expression to “shoot” someone’s ideas down. In this song, the idea is that this woman is not a priority in the eyes of the man she loves. She is in essence, shooting down that notion through song.”

Though Anjuli has 3 mixtapes out, “Buss Shots” is her first official music video.  In the video she plays four girlfriends– bossy, crazy, prissy and sporty — who drives down the highway, to the jazzy bass heavy StayBent Krunk-a-delic produced track, discussing relationship woes.

Here are fun facts about the track:
– The production was inspired by Nas’ record “Made You Look”
– The video pays homage to Alanis Morrisette’s 1998 classic music video “Ironic.”
– The song was written at Salaam Remi’s studio, Instrument Zoo

Starvation Vol. 2 is actually a solid record. Anjuli proves her talent as a singer, rapper, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist . Take a listen: