Weekly Wrap Up: Jazmine Sullivan, Jessie J, Willow Smith & Big Sean

This week you guys headed to SoulCulture for all the best in new music and music news. In music news, Jazmine Sullivan announced a sabbatical from music, Jessie J topped BBC’s Sound of 2011 list; Marsha Ambrosius released a thought-provoking and emotional new music video; Tinie Tempah and Jamie XX assisted on some great remixes; Raphael Saadiq unveiled new music and more.

This week we’ve also given you the chance to win tickets to Drake‘s sold out UK tour, Lightdreams and Nightmares, featuring J. Cole.

NEWS


Jessie J tops BBC Sound of 2011 list ● Essex singer/songwriter Jessie J has won the top spot on the Sound of 2011 list, BBC’s yearly compilations of new artists pegged for big things over the next year.

Jazmine Sullivan Announces Break From MusicJazmine Sullivan has announced that she will be taking a break from music. The 23 year old GRAMMY nominated singer who released her sophomore LP Love Me Back last month took to her twitter to make her announcement.

Maxwell “blackSUMMERS’night” LP set for 2011 release ● Following unfulfilled murmurs that we might have seen it before 2010′s end, the second portion of Maxwell‘s BLACKsummers’night album trilogy is now officially pegged for release in 2011.

Ginuwine plays ‘milkman’ for new beverage, Adult Chocolate Milk ● R&B crooner Ginuwine dresses as a ‘sexy chocolate’ man in the campaign for a new beverage, a 40 proof version of chocolate milk called Adult Chocolate Milk.

J. Cole talks 2011 goals; “I’m trying to win a f*ckin’ Grammy” ● On the second instalment of his personal blog, J. Cole talks about his trip to Europe for his tour with Drake (which kicked off this week), his goals for 2011, finishing his album and trying to win a Grammy.

Idris Elba Joins The Bullitts Saga! Makes 1st appearance on Day 49 of Amelia Sparks’ diary ● Taking their name from Steve McQueen’s 1968 Bullitt thriller, an intriguing new “action adventure” musical outfit by the name of The Bullitts, introducing Idris Elba to their compelling action adventure.

Russell Simmons – Super Rich: A Guide To Having It All | Book Excerpt ● Entrepreneur and philanthropist Russell Simmons has released his second book, Super Rich: A Guide To Having It All. Click to read excerpts about the mogul’s musings on Jay Electronica and the 5 Percenters.

NEW MUSIC


Willow Smith x Tinie Tempah – “Whip My Hair (Remix)” | New MusicWillow Smith recruits UK Platinum Rapper Tinie Tempah for the official remix of the smash single “Whip My Hair”. Click to listen.

Adele – “Rolling In The Deep” (Jamie XX Remix)Jamie XX remix of Adele‘s current single “Rolling In The Deep” hits all the right spots with its rousing claps and spacious yet energetic twist. Click to listen.

Kelly Price – “Not My Daddy” ft Stokley From Mint Condition | New Music ● Following last year’s single “Tired”, Kelly Price teams up with Stokley from popular 90s R&B group Mint Condition for this role defining slice of R&B goodness which is taken from her forthcoming album Kelly.

Gil Scott-Heron x Jamie XX – “I’ll Take Care Of U” | New Music ● Some more goodness from the forthcoming We’re New Here album which sees Jamie xx from indie-alt band The XX remixing thirteen tracks from Gil Scott-Heron‘s incredible I’m New Here album which was released in February 2010.

Raphael Saadiq – “Radio” | New Music ●The first track from Raphael Saadiq‘s forthcoming album Stone Rollin’ is here for your listening pleasure. “Radio” is a good ol’ fashioned slice of retro goodness that will be available as an official single on January 11th, with the album Stone Rollin’ is set for a March release.

Jazmine Sullivan declares “I’m Not A Robot” in unreleased track ● Hours after Jazmine Sullivan announced her departure from music [above] in a bid to find herself, this unreleased track by the talented R&B songstress, titled “I’m Not A Robot” leaked.

Skream x Example – “Shot Yourself In The Foot Again” | New Music ● Dubstep pioneer and one third of Magnetic ManSkream starts the new year off with a bang and joins forces with Example for this speaker destroying new track that was debuted on Zane Lowe‘s BBC Radio 1 show.

FREELOADS


Kanye West – “All Of The Lights” (Inside Out Boy Dubstep Remix) | Free DL ● Up-and-coming electronic producer and DJ Inside Out Boy has taken Kanye West’s “All Of The Lights” and created a dubstep Frankenstein’s monster bootleg version.

Guvna B – Scrapbook | Mixtape Review & Free DL ● “Amidst the various names who are pushing the sub-genre of Gospel music, Guvna B stands as the most prominent of the group.” – Review by Henry Yanney and free download inside.

Sy Smith’s tribute to Teena Marie: “Teena (Lovergirl Syberized)” | Free DL ● With Mark de Clive-Lowe on production, vocalist Sy Smith delivers this gorgeous, ‘Syberized’ interpretation of Teena Marie‘s “Lovergirl” in tribute to the late R&B icon.

Big Sean Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG (Tagless/No DJ) | Mixtape Freeload ● Following the release of Big Sean‘s mixtape, Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG in August, Sean promised a tagless version without DJ Don Cannon. And for the new year, he’s delivered, with two new cuts added to the set. Click the link and download.

VIDEOS


Jawan Harris ft. Chris Brown – “Another Planet” [Video] ● Jive Records’ 13 year old emerging R&B talent Jawan Harris unveils his official video for new single “Another Planet”, directed by Colin Tilley and featuring Chris Brown.

Alicia Keys – “Speechless” ft. Eve | Video DocumentarySwizz Beatz unveiled the video documentary for “Speechless”, Alicia Keys‘ tribute to their son Egypt, who was born on October 14, 2010.

Josh Groban Sings The Best Tweets Of Kanye West (Video) ● On the Jimmy Kimmel show, Singer-songwriter, musician & actor Josh Groban delivered this spoof album advert for Josh Groban Sings The Best Tweets Of Kanye West.

Marsha Ambrosius – “Far Away” | Official Music Video ● The emotive video to Marsha AmbrosiusJust Blaze-produced single “Far Away”, lifted from her upcoming LP, Late Nights & Early Mornings chronicles the challenges of being in a same-sex relationship and prejudices facing gay couples, and suicide.

COMPETITIONS

You can win tickets to Drake’s sold out UK tour, Lightdreams & Nightmares, with J. Cole courtesy of SoulCulture. Click and enter for the chance win tickets to tomorrow 10th January’s London date, and this week’s Manchester and Birmingham shows.