We’d like to congratulate the big winners from The Grammys last night, in particular the ones we had the privilege to work with recently. The biggest one that ‘everybody’s talking about’ is Esperanza Spalding as Best New Artist, beating out the ultra celebrity pop stars Drake and Justin Bieber. Arguments aside, we’re truly proud of the all the winners we got to work with, including Esperanza Spalding, John Legend & The Roots, Sade, and even Lady Gaga. Check out the full exhausted list here.
More picks include the latest single from Brooklyn’s own heart throb Jesse Boykins III, “Before the Night is Through,” along with Bilal, Jay Electronica, and of course, some lesser-known acts like Takeyo Moriyama and a South African vocalist by the name of Kheti.
The latest album from Quincy Jones, Q: Soul Bossa Nostra, will be released on November 9th and has Quincy-produced tracks re-done with some of the biggest recording artists. Billboard was able to sit down with this legendary producer and musician to hear his thoughts about each track and what it was like working with artists like Amy Winehouse, John Legend, B.o.B., Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and many others.
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Gilles is back this week with some mixes made to get you into the winter spirit. He first starts off some Computer Jay moving through to a Linda Clifford Mix. Gilles brings out an eclectic blend of sounds in his wintery mix including Jean Claude T, Gabriel and His Angels, Flora Wilson, Brandt Brauer Frick, and some big names like John Legend.
Musical powerhouses John Legend & The Roots‘ fiery new offering, Wake Up!, features soulful music from the 60′s and 70′s, all with underlying themes of awareness, engagement and consciousness. Inspired by the recent historical Presidential election campaign of 2008, Legend and The Roots felt a need to enter the action.
The eleven profoundly evocative reinterpretations are highlighted by “Wake Up Everybody” featuring Melanie Fiona and Common, “Wholly Holy” by Marvin Gaye, and “Little Ghetto Boy” by Donny Hathaway. The album also includes more obscure selections like Baby Huey and the Babysitters’ “Hard Times” and “Hang on in There” by Mike James Kirkland, in addition to Legend’s original composition, “Shine.” Wake Up! blends Legend’s expressive, thoughtful vocal interpretations with an element of funk that only The Roots can provide.
Check out the original songs on YouTube’s MusicTuesday, where The Roots and Legend curated a video playlist.
Catch John Legend & The Roots performing live on 9/23 @ 9 PM EST.
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