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Weekend Music Video Real

While the latest clips from Rihanna, Drake, Fifth Harmony and Ellie Goulding will all help you move and groove your T.G.I.F. lives, there’s one clip on the list that will absolutely destroy your soul and then some. See if you can figure out which one it is. 

Welcome to this week’s very emotional Weekend Music Video Real. 

Rihanna/Drake/’Work” Because the 950, 000 times you’ve already watched (both versions) just aren’t enough. 

Kelly Clarkson/”Piece by Piece” (Live on American Idol) Pass ALL the Kleenex, please. You’re going to need it. 

Puff Daddy/Lil Kim/Styles/”Auction” Bad Boy’s baddest Queen Bitch came back to slay this week. And Puff Daddy, Styles P. and King Los are there, too! 

Troye Sivan/”Youth” Out-and-proud singer Troye Sivan is about to own your music lives with this fun, fiery number. Get ready. 

Dillon Francis/Kygo/James Hersey”Coming Over” A visual match made from from tropical house–meets-dubstep heaven. 

Demi Lovato/”Stone Cold” Just when you thought you had used up ALL the Kleenex. Thanks, Ms. Lovato. 

Ellie Goulding/”Something in the Way You Move” Go on with those almost there dance moves, Ms. Goulding. 

Fifth Harmony/Ty Dolla Sign/”Work From Home” Simon Cowell’s lovely ladies are back and ready to slay with 2016’s first official warm-weathered groove. #thinkspring 

“Britney teaches Adele a few things” Just watch and get ready to practice those body rolls. 

Adele/”When We Were Young” Speaking of Ms. Adele, this performance of her second 25 single at this past week’s Brit Awards is absolutely flawless. For more highlights from this year’s show (including more of RiRi and Drake puttin’ in their “Work”), check this out. 

So, are you and your mom still trying to figure out just what the f#$k RiRi is spitting out in her 14th Billboard number one smash, “Work?” Luckily for all of us whom are still trying, um, to work it out, incredible songstress Samantha Harvey has released a riveting slowed down piano laced rewire of the cheeky tune, and guess what…it actually makes sense of it all.

Harvey wrote on her Facebook page that it took her “lots of time” to translate Rihanna’s lyrics for “Work” and to also come up with the now infamous cover, but we’re so glad she did because besides translating the tune, her take is pretty god damn amazing. Just listen. 

Bjork/”I’ve Seen It All” (Live from the 2001 Academy Awards) Let’s not forget, it’s also Oscars weekend. See you on Monday! 

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Academy Awards Performance of the Day/Madonna/”Sooner or Later”

So, what do you think Chris Rock will be spilling tea about in his opening monologue while he’s playing host of this Sunday’s Academy Awards? Without addressing the oh, so hot topic (this is a music site), we all know the answer to that question, but until we hear just what Mr. Rock says about it all, there’s just one more performance left to revel in, and this one is quite a Dick Tracy doozy. 

Let’s spill about Madonna in 1991 for a music moment, shall we? Her music career was red-hot–she had just taught us to how”Vogue,” introduced us to the cone bra, as well as teaching us the meaning of the phrase “Banned from T.V.” after her 1990 video for “Justify My Love” was banned from that network that used to play in the music videos.

Throw in her explosive Blonde Ambition Tour (which became the foundation for her about-to-take-over-the-f$%king-world Truth or Dare documentary) and the fact that her Dick Tracy tune “Sooner or Later” was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song, and there was no reason why Madonna didn’t aim to own the Academy Awards because that’s exactly what she did. 

While host Billy Crystal introduced the Material Girl’s performance as the “NC-17 portion of our show,” Madonna completely stunned and owned the crowd, slinking around the stage in an white gown and knocking this performance into a league of its very own. The Stephen Sondheim (!) penned tune would also go on to win the award for Best Original Song that night, further proving that Madonna was certainly an unstoppable force of entertainment nature, no matter what you thought about her. (Because we all know there were lots of opinions about the diva back then). 

Oh, and we just can’t leave out this little piece of pop culture history–this was also the year that Madonna rolled up the show with Mr. Michael Jackson draped on her arm.

Now, that pretty much sums Madonna’s shining Oscars moment all up. 

 

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5 Albums Celebrating Milestones in 2016/’90s R&B Edition

For week six (just two more!) of ‘5 Albums Celebrating Milestones in 2016,’ we’re going to lock the music bedroom door and get lost in albums by dearly departed legends  Luther Vandross and Natalie Cole, as well as make some music babies to 112’s debut set, find out if Christina Applegate ever became a P.M. Dawn fan and wonder what in the music world happened to Mr. Tony Rich.

Luther Vandross/Love Power/25 YO The seventh studio album by the late, great Luther Vandross, the sensual set would earn the gone-too-soon legend two American Music Awards for “Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist” and “Favorite Soul/R&B Album” and one Grammy Award for “Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male.”

Of course, as anyone who locked the music bedroom door and got busy to this album knows, the highlight was its sexy title track, which hit #7 at the Billboard Hot 100 which would help push the album to double platinum status. If you’ll also remember, the following year, Mr. Vandross linked up with Janet Jackson (and Bel Biv Devoe!) for the Mo’ Money inspired hit single, “Best Things in Life Are Free,” and it was certainly Love Power that helped Luther maintain a lucrative career well into the ’90s and beyond (Dance With My Father, anyone? Sigh),all the way to his unfortunate death in 2005. 

Mr. Vandross’ lost presence is still felt in the music industry today, and Love Power is one of the reasons why. 

Natalie Cole/Unforgettable (With Love)/25 YO A music world shattering set by late diva Natalie Cole. Unforgettable‘ focuses on covers of standards previously performed by her late legendary father, Nat King Cole. The critically acclaimed record also became very successful in crossing over into the Pop, Jazz, and R&B markets and is considered to be the major comeback recording that had been brewing since Cole’s late 1980s records. 

With 7 million in sales, Ms. Cole’s iconic album also took home the 1992 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, and five additional Grammys: Record of the Year, Traditional Pop Vocal Performance, Song of the Year, Arrangement Accompanying Vocals and Producer of the Year, as well as the Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album, Female the same year.

While we still can’t figure out why the Grammy Awards didn’t pay proper tribute to the late songstress this year, there’s no denying that when you listen to her duet with her father on the album’s sultry title track, you know music heaven must be sounding really great right now. 

P.M. Dawn/Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience When it comes to P.M. Dawn’s critically acclaimed 1991 debut record, there’s pretty much one only one that can be said–“Christina Applegate, you gotta put me on.”

That and those harmonies and Spandau Ballet’s “True” for life. 

112/Self-titled/20 YO One of the first R&B records served to us from Sean Combs’ Bad Boy label (Bggie & Kim were also red-hot at the time), the album contained slick bedroom ready production from Mr. Puffy as well as vocal contributions from Boyz II Men crooner Wanya Morris.

A between-the-sheets that romp featured Bad Boy label mates the late Mase, Faith Evans and Mr. Biggie Smalls who assisted the boys on the classic remix of single, “Only You,” which still plays out as that ’90s music joint. And of course, there’s the love makin’ sonnet, “Cupid,” which still hits the right spots even twenty years later.

Those blessed 112 music days certainly were the days, weren’t they? 

Tony Rich/20 YO As any ’90s kid out there knows. male driven R&B was a force to be reckoned with baby makin’ crooners all doin’ their thing including 112, Boyz II Men, Keith Sweat (“Twisted” equals thief), Immature and Mr. Tony Rich, who delivered the acoustic guitar last jam “Nobody Knows” and award snatching accompanying album, Words. 

Thanks to “Nobody Knows,” Mr. Rich (who used the moniker “The Tony Rich Project”) and his sultry debut became an instant hit, mostly for the fact that the multi talented Rich produced, wrote, performed and arranged the entire set. The following year, Words won the Grammy Award for the Best R&B Album, and then Rich was pretty much never heard from again. 

However, “Nobody Knows” still gets us every time, so get ready to not call your ex and to not reach for that cookie dough in the fridge after listening again, because this track…sigh…