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.


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.

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Marsha Ambrosius - "Far Away" | Official Music Video

Yesterday we gave you the behind the scenes shoot, how here is the official video for Marsha Ambrosius' Just Blaze-produced single "Far Away", lifted from her upcoming LP, Late Nights & Early Mornings.

The emotive video chronicles the challenges of being in a same-sex relationship and prejudices facing gay couples, something which is definitely a talking point in the black community.

Marsha Ambrosius - "Far Away" | Behind The Scenes Video

Take a peek behind the scenes of Marsha Ambrosius' video shoot for her single "Far Away" produced by Just Blaze.
The video was directed by her manager Julius Erving III and will be the first visuals from her forthcoming album Late Nights, Early Mornings which will hopefully be released on February 22nd.
Can't wait to see the finished visuals.


Weekly Wrap Up: Teena Marie, Ghostface Killah, Oprah Winfrey x Jay-Z

In the last week of 2010 and bringing in 2011, here are the posts you checked out the most on SoulCulture. The death of R&B legend Teena Marie was big news for our readers this week, and many of you checked out our video of the vocally illustrious Marsha Ambriosius' covering Teena Marie's "Yes Indeed". You also read our latest hip hop reviews from Ghostface Killah and Diggy Simmons, watched Oprah's documentary on Jay-Z, and listened to new music from Lloyd, Chris Brown and more.


Legend Teena Marie dies at 54; Rest In Peace Lady TSoulCulture's obituary for Teena Marie, who passed away 26th December at the age of 54.

Lenny Kravitz’s message for Teena Marie “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Teena.” (Video) ● While in Paris, Lenny Kravitz recorded this heartfelt personal message a few hours ago in memory of Teena Marie.

Teena Marie’s Final Interview (Video) ● In what's said to be Teena Marie's final interview, the ‘Queen of Ivory Soul’ praised rap newcomer Drake and former labelmate Lil Wayne, as well as introducing her daughter, 19 year old Alia Rose.

Teena Marie’s TV One “Unsung” Documentary Special (Video) ● Originally aired in 2009 and re-aired this week on TV One was the late great soul legend Teena Marie‘s “Unsung” Documentary exploring her life, relationship with Rick James, issues with Motown and more.

Marsha Ambrosius shares cover version of Teena Marie’s ‘Yes Indeed’ in London (Video)Marsha Ambrosius headlined an intimate show at North London venue Dingwalls, and SoulCulture were on hand to capture her stunning cover version of Teena Marie‘s "Yes Indeed".


Ghostface Killah - Apollo Kids | Album Review ● "Wu Tang ain’t nothing to f**k with – but when it comes to making consistently dope albums, none of the Wu members can step to the Ghostface Killah." Review by Henry Yanney

Diggy Simmons – Past Presents Future | Mixtape Review ● "Diggy Simmons, son of the legendary Rev Run, has impressed in his short time as an emcee, due in part to some solid mixtape performances and an appreciation of the golden eras of the genre." - Review by Henry Yanney

What If Jay-Z Did Sign Cher Lloyd To Roc Nation? ● It was reported this week that Jay-Z signed X Factor finalist Cher Lloyd. In jest, while awaiting official word from the Roc Nation camp, we mused over what the future might hold if Cher really was throwing up ‘Roc’ diamonds.


Kanye West – “Monster” ft Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj x Bon Iver (Video) ● A rough edit of Kanye West‘s horror short music video to "Monster", featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver video has leaked. Check it out!

Chris Brown – “Look At Me Now” ft Lil Wayne + Busta Rhymes | New Music ● Brand newness for the 1st day of 2011 from Chris Brown‘s forthcoming F.A.M.E album via the man himself. “Look At Me Now” features Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes.

Lloyd ft. Patti LaBelle – “Lay It Down Pt. II (A Tribute To The Legends)” | Free DLPatti LaBelle joins Lloyd in honouring soulful greats Teena Marie, Aretha Franklin and LaBelle herself with this ‘Tribute To The Legends’ remix of Lloyd‘s current single, “Lay It Down”.

Nottz x Asher Roth – Rawth EP | Free DL ● Here is the eagerly awaited collaborative effort the Rawth EP from Nottz and Asher Roth is finally here featuring collaborations with DA (of Chester French), Rhymefest and Kardinal Offishall.

Oprah Presents Master Class Episode 1 : Jay-Z (Full Episode)Oprah Winfrey's OWN network launched 1st January 2011. One of the most anticipated programmes on the day of launch, ‘Oprah Presents Master Class’, centred on Jay-Z.

Marsha Ambrosius shares cover version of Teena Marie's 'Yes Indeed' in London (Video)

Last night Marsha Ambrosius headlined an intimate show at North London venue Dingwalls and exclusively shared her stunning cover version of late great soul legend Teena Marie's 'Yes Indeed', from Lady T's final Motown album It Must Be Magic (1981).

"Yes Indeed" was cited as a personal favorite by Teena Marie, who gave Ms Ambrosius her personal seal of approval on the cover.

"She used to do 'Say Yes' in her set, and that's how we got talking..." Ambrosius revealed, playing her version of the song to the crowd through a laptop. "Back when I thought I was recording a solo album I was like, 'I love 'Portuguese Love' and I love 'Yes Indeed' and I would love to cover it,' and she gave me the 'Okay girl!'"

"Then she heard it and she gave me approval. That means a lot to me; for a singer to respect you is like a whole other thing... To have the respect of someone like that is like, I'm doing the right thing with my life..."

Marsha Ambrosius Live @ Dingwalls, London - December 27th | Event Preview

On Monday 27th December, exceptional singer/songwriter Marsha Ambrosius performs a one-off London show, which will see the soulstress showcasing material from her upcoming album, Late Nights & Early Mornings, including "I Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player)" and her new single "Far Away", as well as performing her classic material.

Marsha will receive support from rising UK soul stars Obenewa, who will be performing cuts from her new EP Late Night Lullabies and Nadine Charles, with full live band.

Event details:

Venue: Dingwalls, London (Address: Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB)
Time: 19:30
Price: £19.50
Age: 18 +

For tickets and more information, click HERE.

David Banner & 9th Wonder ft Ludacris x Marsha Ambrosius- "Be With You" | Official Video

Fresh retro styled visuals for the Ludacris & Marsha Ambrosius featuring cut from David Banner & 9th Wonder's collaborative LP Death Of A Pop Star.

Death Of A Pop Star is out on December 21st

A Very BET Christmas Special ft Performances By Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo, Marsha Ambrosius + More

Yesterday BET and an All-Star cast came together for a one hour in-studio special titled “A Very BET Christmas."
Featuring performances of our favorite Christmas songs by Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo, Marsha Ambrosius, El Debarge, Jazmine Sullivan, Chrisette Michele and special renditions of their favorite Christmas tales by some of the biggest names in the game.

Watch the full show below or just watch the performances after the jump.

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Marsha Ambrosius – SexTape Pt. 3 | FreeLoad

We have been madly in love with Ms Ambrosius' SexTape series for the more grown and sexy listeners.
Leading up to the release of her debut solo album, Late Nights & Early Mornings [due for release early 2011], Marsha Ambrosius has been picking her favourite R&B slow jams and meshing them with her amazing vocals and ad-libs packages as SexTapes.
Part 3 is equally as dope as the previous two installments.
Press play already dammit!

Marsha Ambrosius Debuts Next Single “Far Away” @SOBs (Video)

I love the sound of this... Following up on "I Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player)", "Far Away" is to be the second official single from Marsha Ambrosius' debut solo album, Late Nights & Early Mornings [due for release early next year].

The unique singer/songwriter [formerly of successful British soul duo Floetry] performed a double headliner show with Teedra Moses at SOB's, New York on Thursday - press play below for her live premiere performance of forthcoming single "Far Away"; produced by Just Blaze, captured by TheWaitingRoom...

John Regan ft. Marsha Ambrosius - "All I Got To Give" | New Music

Former graffiti artist and Baltimore emcee John Regan released his debut album, Sorry I’m Late via Culture VI, this week. This cut, "All I Got To Give" is an honest account of his journey in life and music, and features a hook from the illustriously voiced Marsha Ambrosius.


Buy Sorry I'm Late via iTunes.

Marsha Ambrosius Unleashes 'SexTape: Pt. 2' | Free DL

Warming us up for the release of her debut solo album, Late Nights & Early Mornings [due for release early 2011], Marsha Ambrosius drops the second part in her 'SexTape' series with a 13-minute mood setting mix for grown folks, incorporating Boys II Men's "Uhh Ahh", Maxwell's sultry "Something Something" and Me'Shell Ndegeocello's "Inside Me" - all layered with Ms Ambrosius' delicate harmonies and beautiful signature vocal fluttering.

Listen and download SexTape Pt. 2 right here:

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Black Girls Rock! Awards & Perfomances | TV Catch-Up

Photo source: Vibe.com/Vanessa Bahmani

For the first time ever, BET broadcast the 5th Annual Black Girls Rock Awards, an event created by non-profit organization Black Girls Rock! to celebrate the brilliance and achievements of inspirational Black women in the entertainment world and wider community.

Aired on Sunday night, the event was hosted by actress Nia Long, awarded inspirational women including iconic actress Ruby Dee and Rev. Dr. Iyanla Vanzant, who received a standing ovation. The show featured performances by Kelly Price, Marsha Ambrosius, Ledisi, Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole, Shontelle, VV Brown, Monica and Jill Scott, who opened the show with a performance of "Golden". For me, the stand out performance was Kelly Price, Jill Scott, Ledisi & Marsha Ambrosius' performance of Nina Simone's "Four Women" (below).

Young, Gifted and Black award: Raven-Symoné (presented by Malinda Williams)
Motivator award: Rev. Dr. Iyanla Vanzant (presented by Estelle)
Living Legend award: Ruby Dee (presented by Lynn Whitfield)
Visionary award: Missy Elliot (Presented by Ciara)
“Who’s Got Next” Award: Keke Palmer (Presented by Raven Symoné)

I won't wax lyrical about how inspiring and necessary it is for positive events like this to take place AND be televised, especially to an American audience where there still is a lot of work to be done  to reinforce positive images of women of colour. Nor will I stress too much that it's about time BET pulled their finger out and produced some content most audiences can be proud to watch. Instead, I'll tell you to press play on the performances below, and check out the full show over at BET.com.

Kelly Price, Jill Scott, Ledisi & Marsha Ambrosius Perform Nina Simone's "Four Women":

Fantasia with Marsha Ambrosius, Jill Scott & Ledisi - "Brand New Day" x "I'm Every Woman":

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Marsha Ambrosius - SexTape Pt.1 | Mixtape Freeload

Marsha Ambrosius has unleashed 17 minutes of sex music on the masses via her SoundCloud. She adds her vocal to sensual tunes from Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Isley Brothers.


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Mark Ronson And The Business Intl x Marsha Ambrosius - "Valerie" Live @ Webster Hall NYC

The wonderful Marsha Ambrosius was invited by Mark Ronson to perform with himself and The Business Intl earlier this week, and she delivered an rather dope performance of The Zuton's cover from Ronson's album Version - "Valerie" which was originally vocalled by Amy Winehouse.

Ms Ambrosius describes the experience and the reason why "Valerie" means so much to her on her blog, it's a very touching read and I urge you to go and explore it after watching the performance below.

Marsha Ambrosius - "Hope She Cheats On You (Quiet Storm Remix)" | New Music

Brand new quiet storm grown folk grind in the corner version of Marsha Ambrosius' "Hope She Cheats On You" directly from the lady herself. This lady's voice is beyond amazing!!

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