Drake covers Destinys Child's "Say My Name" at OVO Fest [Video]

Paying homage to Destinys Child, Drake slows down their hit Say my name during a medley at OVO Fest in Toronto. Its not the first time Drake has nodded at RnB superstars, however, having also performed TLC's Fanmail on "I Get Lonely Too." The footage is pretty loud and not very good quality but props to Drake. There aren't many rappers that could pull this off. But he's already being called soft, so he may as well go all the way.

Kelly Rowland ft. Rico Love - "All Of The Night" | New Music

The Kelly Rowland leaks/teasers keep coming in the run up to her third solo album Here I Am. The Runners produced track features her co-writer on her smash "Motivation," Rico Love and is reportedly one of the stand out joints from the album.

The former Destiny's Child star has been doing big things recently in her solo career, plus being a judge on the UK's X Factor will also be a likely boost to the album sales.

Here I Am will see the light of day on July 26. Will you be buying it?

Kelly Rowland ft. Rico Love - "All of The Night":

Trey Songz to star in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D | Film News

R&B singer Trey Songz, government name Tremaine Neverson, is set to show his thespian skills off to the world in a reboot of the gory Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this time in 3D.

This won't be his first role, as he played a small part in Preacher's Kid (yeah, I know...I haven't heard of it either) alongside former Destiny's Child member LeToya Luckett and R&B crooner Tank, however it is likely to be a role that will reach a wider audience.

He will play the boyfriend of Alexandra Daddario (wh0!?) and the film will be shot in Louisiana later this month.

Ladies, you can look forward to the exciting prospect of seeing his abdominals in 3D.

Michelle Williams - "Love Gun" | New Music

With a new album planned to drop later this year, for which she is collaborating with Jim Jonsin and Rico Love, Michelle Williams returns with "Love Gun"; a dance number produced by Druski.

A far cry from her earlier solo gospel releases and well known Destiny's Child work,"Love Gun" features sugary pop vocals barely recognisable as Michelle's over some eurodance bass the Black Eyed Peas wouldn't be ashamed of. Alas, not one for my speakers.

Interesting to note all three Destiny's Child starlets striking out in different directions this year, let's see if that reunion actually materialises. In the meantime, take a listen to Michelle's latest below:

Michelle Williams - "Love Gun":

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Destiny's Child rumoured to reunite after Beyoncé '4' album leak

It's hard to believe anyone getting nervous over how a Beyoncé album might perform but that's exactly what's going on over at Columbia Records. The Bootylicious one's latest album 4 leaked on the web in its entirety this month - but to less than stellar reviews.

According to rumours and reports, the label are trying to convince R&B girl group Destiny's Child to reform to make up for any revenue lost through album sales.

The group split up in 2005 after nine years together and a whole load of lineup changes. They all embarked on solo ventures with Beyoncé being the most successful with 85 million records sold worldwide and 16 Grammy Awards lined up on her mantelpiece.

Honestly, with records like that, it's comical that her label have started to panic, especially since the album is timed for UK release the day after her sure-to-be spectacular appearance at Glastonbury.

All considered, a DC reunion would be a lovely treat to all fans and an interesting study in terms of group dynamic considering Kelly Rowland's ever- growing profile.

Kelly Rowland feat. Big Sean – "Lay It On Me" | New Music

With her new album Here I Am due shortly on July 26, Kelly Rowland continues to turn up the heat and drops another LP cut online to whet our appetites. This time featuring rapper Big Sean on upbeat production by Hit-Boy, "Lay It On Me" features the former Destiny's Child starlet in her grown woman stance - that is, knowing what she wants and asking for it; I know when you show up, I'ma be satisfied.. so come, come lay me down, one more time around...

Kelly Rowland feat. Big Sean – "Lay It On Me":

[via HypeTrak]

Kandi Burruss talks Kandi Koated LP, songwriting, reality shows & R&B girl groups | Q&A

Kandi Burruss first rose to prominance as a member of moderately successful '90s r&b female group Xscape. Best known for debut single Just Kickin' It (and personal favourite My Little Secret), the So So Def collective also featured on Lil Bow Wow's debut album 'Beware of Dog' alongside Da Bratt on Bounce Wit' Me. Following the group's split, Kandi released a solo album entitled 'Eye Kandi' lead by well-received single 'Don't Think I'm Not'.

Although the album underperformed, the absolute opposite can be said of her multiaward winning songwriting credentials. Kandi along with her pen crafted a string of genuine smash-hits that helped launch hugely successful careers via female-empowering R&B anthems including Pink's "There You Go" and Destiny's Child's first number 1 "Bills, Bills, Bills", as well as TLC's record-breaking comeback "No Scrubs". She introduced slang terms such as "scrub", "trifilin'" & "bug-a-boo" to the world causing males to question their swagg' as evidenced by response songs from Sporty Thieves namely the unforgettable 'No Pigeons'.

Nowadays, Kandi can be viewed on hit US reality show The Real Housewives of Atlanta and released Kandi Koated - her first album since 2001's Eye Kandi.

SoulCulture spoke with Kandi to discuss her hiatus, the lack of girl groups in R&B, why she'd enter shows like X-Factor and American Idol, the impact her ex-fiance's murder had on her latest album Kandi Koated and becoming disillusioned with music. Oh and "No Scrubs", obviously.
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Destiny's Child The Writing's On The Wall LP revisited by co-writer Kandi Burruss | Return To The Classics

Birthed in Houston, Texas initially named Girls Tyme, the original Destiny's Child comprised of Latavia Robinson, Latoya Luckett, Kelly Rowland and lead singer Beyoncé Knowles. Destiny's Child are the most successful female group in history with over 60 million records sold, sold out world tours and former lead singer Beyonce has gone on to become one of the most celebrated icons in music.

Their departure left a void which has never been filled. Whilst spawning the Wyclef-assisted classic platinum-certified single "No, No, No", the self-titled debut album only peaked at number 63 on the US Album Charts. Remember the second single 'With You' featuring Jermaine Dupri? I didn’t think so.

The group’s seminal sophomore album, The Writings on the Wall, marks when Destiny's Child became that girl group! DC weren't short on controversy either; members Latavia Robinson and Latoya Luckett saw the video for smash-hit single "Say My Name" on TV with Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin in their place. Franklin left shortly after the release of fourth single "Jumpin' Jumpin'".

What makes this a classic? It is an album you can pop in the player fresh out of the wrapper, press play and tell the fast forward button “Find a new hobby!” But to me, it takes more than a solid album to be stamped a classic. There must be some sort of impact or significance in my opinion; an album everyone spoke about, played in cars, brings back memories of a particular time, moved the genre forward and/or one that many will agree on.

If I had to sum this album up in one sentence I'd say: "Voice of the next generation via the voice of the next generation."
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Beyonce no longer managed by father, Mathew Knowles: "Business is business and family is family"

Having been managed by him throughout her career - from her Destiny's Child's beginnings to her solo success to date - chart-topping, 16 time Grammy Award winning superstar Beyonce has announced that she and her father Mathew Knowles have parted ways "on a business level," via a statement released on Monday through her publicist to The Associated Press.

"I've only parted ways with my father on a business level," said Beyonce. "He is my father for life and I love my dad dearly. I am grateful for everything he has taught me... I grew up watching both he and my mother manage and own their own businesses. They were hardworking entrepreneurs and I will continue to follow in their footsteps."

Calling the split "mutual," today Mr Knowles issued his own statement indicating his intention to focus on the gospel roster of his record label and management company, Music World Entertainment, which will also remain involved with Destiny's Child. Read more

Kelly Rowland x Lil Wayne - "Motivation (Diplo Remix)" | New Music

The genre bending producer known as Diplo turns his remixing superpowers on and delivers this very dope remix to Kelly Rowland's Lil Wayne featuring "Motivation".

Turn the volume up and press play.

LISTEN: Kelly Rowland x Lil Wayne - "Motivation (Diplo Remix)"

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Kelly Rowland ft Lil Wayne - "Motivation" | New Music

Here is Kelly Rowland's smoothed out new single & album title track "Motivation" featuring the Young Money general Lil Wayne produced by Jim Jonsin.
Look out for the official video soon.

Listen: Kelly Rowland ft Lil Wayne - "Motivation"

Mathew Knowles - My American Story [Video]

As part of Fox news networks' Real American Stories series, Mathew Knowles the father of Beyonce and Solange delivers his American story and talks about giving his all to support his kids dreams and the importance of never giving up on your dreams.

Kelly Rowland: "Urban Music Is What Got Me Here; Dance Music, I'm Inspired By.."

The ever beautiful Kelly Rowland talks to Walmart Soundcheck about being a people person, how "Rose Colored Glasses" came about and drawing inspiration from the emotions of her fans for the personal theme of her new self-titled record.

"The album and the sound of it actually came about from my travels; I wanted to actually marry dance music and R&B and have both of them on the record," she says. "For so long for my start with Destiny's Child we did a lot of R&B and it eventually graduated to become pop music.

"Then you had dance; a world I really wasn't very familiar with. So to actually do a song from scratch the way I did [with] "When Love Takes Over" with David Guetta was organic."

Rowland also speaks of her admiration for artists such as Stevie Wonder who, "married different genres of music together and never strayed too far from what he's known for - which is that soul and it just felt good when you heard it... I think it's important to stay close to home; that's what got me here.

"Urban music is what got me here. Dance music, I'm inspired by."

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LeToya “Torn” on Brian McKnight Show (Video)

Last month LeToya Luckett was a featured guest on the Brian McKnight Show, discussing everything from moving past Destiny's Child to other career options, dating, her film role in Preacher's Kid (alongside Alan Williams, Kiki Sheard, Tank and Clifton Powell) - and how she found herself as a solo artist. The pair then perform LeToya's 2008 solo hit, "Torn", live with Brian McKnight on keys.

"Once I came out of the group, I had been in the group so long - since I was 11 years old - and that's most of my childhood. To get back on my feet and figure out  what it was that I wanted to do, it took a little time..." she tells Brian.

"So I did a little bit of everything. I came out to LA and pursued my acting and my modelling career and I was really kinda trying to stay away from the studio but you know; that's musicians. I had to get it in. I went in and cut a couple of demos, just having fun, and somebody went behind my back and shopped a deal for me. So that's really how I became a solo artist.... It was really unexpected."

Watch the full interview here:

LeToya Luckett performs "Torn" live with Brian McKnight:

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Also check out the trailer for the film McKnight refers to in the interview, starring LeToya Luckett: Preacher's Kid -

LeToya Luckett - Lady Love [ALBUM REVIEW]


LeToya Luckett is back on the scene with her second solo album, Lady Love. The former [and original] member of the leading girl group Destiny’s Child has now got all eyes and ears on her vocals, her lyrics and herself. Which I must admit, has me impressed. This album is better and stronger than her first self titled album LeToya (2006), showcasing a more laid back and comfortable LeToya, specifically lyrically. LeToya also experiments on this album, making it the work of art it is, working with various producers and artist such as Tank, Ne-Yo, Ludacris, Marsha Ambrosius, Estelle and Mims.Read more


11.15 AM - Sunday July 5th..
I'm sitting here editing videos for SoulCulture.TV..
Kinda get tired of watching the same footage 198689 times..
I flick thru a copy an old issue of VIBE...the April 2000 Hollywood issue (see picture on the left)..
Memories of rocking Sean john and Pelle Pelle T-shirts to my knees & Street Team adventures
fill my mind as I glance thru the ads.

Then I reach VIBE's NEXT (People on the verge) section...
and I see this...
Kobe Bryant (A MAJOR Basketball Player for all those who don't know who he is) was supposed to drop an album in March 2000
called "VISIONS"..
At the time Mr Bryant said..

"The album is pretty hard."
"At first it was all battle raps, but i really wanted to give the total picture of what was going on around me,
like money, jewelry, women and trust issues"

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