Adele - "Someone Like You" live at MTV VMAs 2011 [Video]


The forever impressive British singer/songwriter Adele hit the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards earlier to deliver another amazing performance of her chart topping single "Someone Like You" from her global record breaking sophomore album release 21. Watch the full performance below.


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Adele's album 21 is out now. Read our review here.


Wretch 32 performs "Unorthodox" x "Don't Go" & flows over Jay-Z x Adele at V Festival 2011 [Video]


North London rapper Wretch 32 who is currently sitting at the top of the charts with "Don't Go" performed at the annual V Festival over the weekend. Other artists that graced the two day festival at Hylands Park on Saturday and Weston Park on Sunday included Jessie J who is still nursing a broken foot, Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah and Plan B.

Wretch performed a few tracks including a cover of Jay Z's "99 Problems" and Adele's "Someone Like You," his "Unorthodox" collaboration with Example and his current number one single featuring vocalist Josh Kumra on guitar, with the audience singing along - watch the performances below.
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Urban Music Awards 2011: And The Nominees Are...


An award show nominated and voted for by music fans first hosted in 2003, the 9th annual Urban Music Awards (UMAs) will take place this year on September 14 sponsored by Corona Extra [venue TBA].

North London lyricist Wretch 32 stands strong with six nominations across the categories for Artist Of The Year, Best Single, Best Music Video, Best Collaboration [for "Unorthodox"] Best Hip Hop Act and Best Male Artist, followed by Chipmunk with five, whilst Example is up for four awards in addition to the three he shares with Wretch for their aforementioned collaboration.

Devlin, Dappy, Tinie Tempah, Professor Green and Nicki Minaj also get a look in on the emcee front, whereas on the soulful/R&B side of things Beverley Knight, Adele, Emeli Sande, Aloe Blacc, Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, Joss Stone, Dionne Bromfield, Ed Sheeran and Maverick Sabre are all in the mix along with Loick Essien and Yasmin, with Jessie J scoring four nominations and Katy B up for Best Female Artist, Artist Of The Year and Best Album for her On A Mission debut.

The UMA’s 2011 will be syndicated for broadcast in over seven countries across Europe, followed by the launch of the UMA 2011 compilation album featuring a mix of talent from Europe. Open to "music fans who have nominated for all the categories," registered voting is currently live until September 10 at www.urbanmusicawards.net.

See below for the full list of nominees.
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Adele performs "Someone Like You" x "Rolling In The Deep" @ Hollywood Palladium [Video]


Have I tired of hearing this woman's songs yet? No, I have not. Notoriously stricken with fear before performances, Adele decided to hop into the crowd and connect with the fans for her performance of break-up-and-move-on anthem "Someone Like You" at the Hollywood Palladium earlier this week, before switching it up to the rousing, wistful "Rolling In The Deep" jamming back onstage with loud crowd participation - both from the Brit Soul singer's internationally chart topping album, 21 [read our review of the LP here]. Check out the video of her performance below.

For more of Adele's forthcoming tourdates, visit her official website.


Tinie Tempah on working with Pharrell, Usher and Adele on sophomore album | News

UK superstar rapper Tinie Tempah has revealed that he's been in the studio with legendary producer Pharrell Williams, working the follow-up to debut album Disc-Overy, and hopes to collaborate with Usher and "very good friend" Adele on the forthcoming project.

The South Londoner, who catapulted to international fame this year, told Rolling Stone that "I’ve been in the studio with Pharrell quite a lot. I’ve been talking to Usher about trying to get something done for it and hopefully, fingers crossed, Adele!".

Prior to dropping his sophomore album in late 2011/early 2012, he also plans to drop an EP featuring collaborations between UK and US heavy hitters. His wishlist includes Chris Brown, Mike Posner (who has already collaborated with the UK's own Labrinth, Rusko and Cher Lloyd), Big Sean, Chipmunk, Skepta and Giggs. Now that's exciting.


Corinne Bailey Rae on selecting Mercury Prize 2011 nominees & recording her new album | SoulCulture.TV


Adele, Tinie Tempah, Katy B, James Blake, Ghostpoet, Metronomy, PJ Harvey, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Elbow, Anna Calvi, Everything Everything and Gwilym Simcock go head to head for the ultimate nod of best British album of the year at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards 2011.

After watching the nominations announced by Lauren Laverne to an attentive media crowd at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, London, SoulCulture.tv caught up with previous year nominee [for The Sea], Brit, MOBO and Q Awards winner and a member of this year's judging panel Corinne Bailey Rae to get her views on the awards, nominees and some insight into the selection process.
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Amy Winehouse autopsy report is inconclusive; toxicology report expected in 2 - 4 weeks | News


The autopsy results to determine the cause of Amy Winehouse's death has returned as inconclusive and it's reported that Scotland Yard said further toxicology tests are needed and the results are expected in two to four weeks.

According to The Independent, the Metropolitan Police who are investigating her death, which was given a "Section 20" postmortem, which translates into them having reason to believe the death was violent or suspicious despite earlier on Monday police reported that they did not find any reason for suspicion.

The inquest is being closed until October 26, 2011 and the toxicology results are expected in two to four weeks time.

Earlier today (Monday, July 25) Amy's parents made an emotional visit to see the tributes left outside Amy's house and her father Mitch greeted mourners who lay flowers and left cards, cuddly toys, boxes of cigarettes and bottles of alcohol, thanking her fans for their support and love, shaking their hands and expressing his gratitude saying, "This means so much to my family."

Russell Brand and Adele have both paid tribute to the late singer in writing, whilst Melanie Fiona and Daley have paid homage by covering two of her best known songs.

Rest well Amy.


Adele pays tribute to Amy Winehouse: "Amy paved the way for artists like me"


British singer Adele has paid tribute to the late Amy Winehouse in a blog post today entitled "Amy Flies In Paradise".

Amy was found dead at her North London home on Saturday and in a recent update, the BBC have just reported that the post mortem on her body which was carried out today did not establish a formal cause of death and further toxicology test results are still to be revealed.

Read Adele's blog post below.
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MTV VMA's 2011 : The Nominees; Katy Perry, Kanye West & Adele lead the pack | Music News

It's fast approaching that time of year again: to be specific, August 28 will see the MTV Video Music Awards 2011 edition blast out live from the L.A.'s Nokia Theatre.

Leading the nominations for the annual VMAs are Katy Perry with nine nods, Kanye West with seven and Adele's monster year continues also with seven nods for "Rolling In The Deep." Also featuring in multiple categories are Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Chris Brown, Lady Gaga, and Nicki Minaj.

Other talking points are the Best New Artist category which features Odd Future's man of the moment Tyler, the Creator and Kreayshawn, who has been a talking point of late (at least on my Twitter timeline!) with mixed opinions on her output.

The host and performers are yet to be announced, but it sure could be a big night for Adele!

Peruse the full list of nominees below.
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Vonny Del Fresco - "Do It To Ya" | New Music


Ok, so we love good music over here at SoulCulture - no matter how classic or new the music is soul music is just good music and this is some good music. I stumbled across this on tumblr and it's been getting an allmighty pull up over and over again.

Vonny Del Fresco is a 17 year old hip hop artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is part of an Odd Future style collective called ThoseEuroKids consisting of himself, Dee Phr3sh!, J.K. THE RAPPER and Weekend Neely.

This track is entitled "Do It To Ya" which covers US rapper and actor Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino's "Do Ya Like" and samples Adele's "Melt My Heart To Stone".

The kid is heavy! He definitely has a Lupe Fiasco flow but watch out for this one..

Vonny Del Fresco - "Do It To Ya Like"

VDF on tumblr and twitter

Checkout ThoseEuroKids on soundcloud.


Adele - "Set Fire To The Rain (Moonlight Matters Remix)" | New Music


We can't get enough of the superstar talent that is Adele and it seems like we are not alone as the young singer has retaken the top spot of the UK album charts once again with her sophomore album 21, snatching it from Beyonce who held the top spot for the last two weeks with her album 4.
Earlier today Annie Mac let loose this very dope remix by producer Moonlight Matters of "Set Fire To The Rain" which is Adele's latest single from 21.

Listen x Download: Adele - "Set Fire To The Rain (Moonlight Matters Remix)"


Previously... on SoulCulture: Odd Future, Wiley, Ed Sheeran, iTunes Festival, Thundercats & more


Let's rewind and pull up some of our hottest posts from last week on SoulCulture. We brought you a trailer load of new music from Jessie J, Frank Ocean and Lewi White and co, new videos from Raekwon x Nas and Beyonce and reviewed Ed Sheeran live and A Tribe Called Quests' highly anticipated documentary.

NEWS
For the fans who missed out, we gave you some highlights from Odd Future's show at the Electric Ballroom in London and brought you the video of when Tyler, the Creator caught up with the big troll dog Tim Westwood, who interviewed Tyler who ended up walking/hopping out.. rewind on the video to see why..

Some more Odd Future for you, after the amazing visual for Frank Ocean's "Novacane",  the man behind the video Nabil Elderkin recalls meeting Frank Ocean and directing his video - we brought you the excerpts from that interview here.

Summers music festivals are well under way and we recapped some highlights from Adele and Bruno Mars performances at the iTunes Festival -  also from the festival you enjoyed Linkin Park covering an unlikely choice of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”.

GEEK/STYLE
For all our fellow geeks we brought you the preview of ThunderCats season premiere - 9 minutes of geek bliss!

All you fly guys and fly girls revisited these beauties - Fiat 500 by Gucci; where cars meet clothing with a selection of collection of clothing and accessories by Gucci and Fiat. Oh you fancy huh?

FEATURES
In true SoulCulture fashion we took it back to a classic album from 1993, Mariah Carey’s Music Box and revisited the creative process from the iconic album with co-writer Walter Afanasieff.

MUSIC VIDEOS
Some of the best in music dropped official new videos - Beyonce donned a wedding dress for the visuals for "Best Thing I Never Had", two kings of hip hop Raekwon and Nas showed us how they do in "Rich and Black" and our homegrown hero Ed Sheeran gave us some visuals for one of his most personal songs "Small Bump."

NEW MUSIC
Out of all the gems we dropped on you last week, you were feeling Xaphoon Jones remix of  Jessie J's “Who’s Laughing Now", the heavyweight UK link up between Lewi White, Ed Sheeran, Griminal, Devlin & Yasmin on the track “Young Guns" (see the video here), some more magic from Frank Ocean entitled "Dreamkilla", Pusha T and Tyler The Creator's Neptunes produced “Trouble On My Mind” and erm... Cher Lloyd's new 'offering' "Dub On A Track". (I was riding with you until Cher Lloyd..)

DOWNLOADS
The free downloads Gods blessed us with some treats - a summer mix from Tyler The Creator (you lot  had Odd Future feeva!), Wiley, DJ Whoo Kid and Ashley Cole (yes Ashley Cole.. Creating a Buzz mixtape, The Cool Kids full album stream and the Chill Out Zone EP from Wiley Cat. Ah yeah.

REVIEWS
We broke down A Tribe Called Quest' documentary, Beats, Rhymes & Life and Ed Sheeran's gig live in London.

 HONOURABLE MENTIONS
J. Cole on his new Mixtape, “Bad Girls” with Wale & wanting to work w/ Jay Electronica [Video]
Ryan Leslie delays release of Les Is More album | Music News
Lil Wayne - Sorry 4 The Wait (Mixtape) | Cover Art
Sade – “Love Is Found” | Video
Teedra Moses unveils Luxurious Undergrind mixtape | Free Download
Lil Wayne – “Tunechi’s Back” (Tupac’s Back Freestyle) from Sorry 4 The Wait | New Music
Frank Ocean – “Anywhere” (Tagged) | New Music
Lewi White x Ed Sheeran, Griminal, Yasmin and Devlin – “Young Guns” | Official Video
Black Star x De La Soul x Rakim: Science of Speech Trailer | SoulCulture.TV


Adele and Bruno Mars wow fans at iTunes Festival: Performance Recap [Video]

This years iTunes festival is in full swing, currently taking place from the beginning to the end of this month at Camden's Roundhouse. On Thursday (July 7) there was an amazing performance from Adele, who never fails to disappoint, with tracks from her number one selling album 21 and last night Bruno Mars hit the stage performing some material of his album Doo-Wops & Hooligans.

See below for some video highlights of Adele and Bruno's sets from the festival.
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US music sales on the increase for first time in 7 years | Music News


For the first time since 2004 U.S. music album sales grew in the first six months of 2011 from a year ago, according to tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan due to rising sales of digital tracks and albums. Overall album sales rose nearly four percent to 221.5 million units, from 213.6 million compared to year ago which includes CD sales.

The top-selling album was Adele's 21, with 2.5 million albums sold, with Lady Gaga's Born This Way coming second with 1.5 million albums, which is most likely down to to a promotion on online shop Amazon.com that sold her album for 99 cents.


Beyonce's 4 takes the number one spot in the UK album chart | News

Beyonce has shot straight in at number one in the official UK album charts with 4, knocking Adele's 21 from the top spot to number two.

After her headlining appearance at the Glastonbury Festival last weekend, 4 has sold 89,000 units making this her second number one album over here in the UK with the track "Best Thing I Never Had" making its debut at number three in the singles list. As well as this, "Run The World" is at 23 and "Irreplaceable" from the B'Day album from 2006 is at number 26.

The lesson from this is, if your album is looking like it may flop headline Glastonbury and you will be vindicated.

Jokes aside she does her thing and even if you don't like her, you have to respect her!

Salutes to King B.

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Linkin Park cover Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" live at iTunes Festival in London [Video]


We already brought you a clip of Linkin Park performing an acoustic version of Adele's global smash hit "Rolling In The Deep" from her platinum plus album 21 at the LSU in Hamburg a few days ago, but a few hours ago Linkin Park took it to the stage at the Roundhouse theater in London and delivered this spine-tingling performance to a packed audience at the iTunes Festival.

Watch the full performance below.

That was quite epic. What do you guys think of that performance?

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