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Last Sunday Philly’s own Jade Alston held her first annual Own Your Art festival celebrating art in the youth all over, during her event Jade Alston hit the stage to perform her new cut “I Try” off her new EP Sunday Morning.

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If you don’t know by now Clive Davis who is responsible for giving us such great music acts like Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys,  Janis Joplin Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick and more , recently released a memoir book talking about his life from siging great acts and even being Bi-sexual in the music Industry. While we all were shocked to hear about his sexuality a more shocking blast came from American Idol’s first winner Kelly Clarkson who blast Clive Davis for spreading rumors about her. saying   “So I just heard Clive Davis is releasing a memoir and spreading false information about me and my music. I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation for myself and for my fans. It feels like a violation. Growing up is awesome because you learn you don’t have to cower to anyone – even Clive Davis”. Kelly Clarkson goes on to say how Clive Davis said  her album My December wasn’t successful because she  co-penned the album and it didn’t have “pop hits” It’s shocking to hear this about Clive Davis IMO he does not seem like the type of person who would say things like this especially  to somebody like Kelly Clarkson who just recently won another Grammy for her album. You can read the full rant here and make you’re own judgement.

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5 years. That’s how long it has been since pint-sized powerhouse Tiffany Evans has released a musical offering.  Of course there have been free single releases for fans (‘Won’t Find Me’), leaks, failed starts to album campaigns (‘I’ll Be There’) and a series of unfortunate label politics with Columbia Records and Music World Entertainment.  Despite these issues Tiffany has finally released an EP to appease her fans until the release of a new album. This new release is perhaps the first of its kind to sport influence from R&B’s second golden age; the early 2000’s with its soulful ambience and melodies that harken back to the wondrous time when Jermaine Dupri and Missy Elliott were writing and producing inescapable hit after inescapable hit for almost all of the leading crooners and songstresses at the time.

The EP contains production turns from the likes of B.Fresh, ChrisNTeeb, Elijah Blake and Maad Scientist with Evans herself contributing penmanship to all the songs. While the material is very enjoyable with the vocal performance and harmonies being displayed are nothing short of mind-blowing, however as a whole it fails to highlight Tiffany as her own artist with the majority of songs reminding me of other artists. The set opens with the horn-infused ‘143 (I Love You) which easily could’ve been found on Beyonce’s ‘Dangerously In Love’. The superb and radio-ready ‘Do Better’ while difficult to not bop your head to bares strong reference to the work of Amerie and ‘I Can’t Fight’ has Keri Hilson circa 2008 written all over it but all these comparisons I’ve made are not to say these songs aren’t brilliant because they are but hopefully the creation and recording of this EP has shown Tiffany what kind of direction she should take when crafting her much anticipated second album.

The set falls a bit flat in the middle of the set as mediocrity begins with the dreary ‘I Ride 4 U’ and the pedestrian ‘Tell A Chic’ which comes across as awfully unnatural. Disappointingly ‘Lois Lane’ follows in the same fashion despite the high quality of its lyrics by Elijah Blake. ‘Note to Self (Looking for Love)’ appears to signal a change of pace but overall it fails to live up to the greatness of the EP’s opening songs.

Thankfully the quality picks up and we see the first signs of Tiffany coming into her own with the lush and passionately sung ‘I Found You’ with its minimalistic production and wonderfully restrained vocal showcase. We finally arrive at the set’s most supreme track – ‘If You Love Me’, this song is simply the bizness. Everything from the richness of the guitar strumming to the live feeling of the production to the extraordinary vocal climax is just excellence.  The EP concludes with the dazzling and sassy ‘U Got a Woman’ which recalls the spirit and fire of the funky soul sirens from the ‘70’s. Songs like those are without a doubt the direction Ms Evans should definitely take with future releases because she definitely has a knack for songs that lend themselves to live instrumentation and soulfulness.

Overall ‘143’ is a great piece of work which succeeds in showing everyone the sheer talent that Tiffany beholds while showing that she can be contemporary and current while still maintaining her spunky spirit and independence.

Rating 3.5/5

Recommendations:

  • ‘143 (I Love You)’
  • ‘Do Better’
  • ‘If You Love Me’
  • ‘U Got a Woman’

Written by Sope Soetan (@SopeSoetan)

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Album of the Year
Babel – Mumford & Sons

Record of the Year
“Somebody That I Used to Know” – Gotye featuring Kimbra

Song of the Year
“We Are Young” – fun. featuring Janelle Monáe

Best New Artist
fun.

Best R&B Performance
“Climax” – Usher

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Love On Top” – Beyoncé

Best R&B Song
“Adorn” – Miguel

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Channel Orange – Frank Ocean

Best R&B Album
Black Radio – Robert Glasper Experiment

Best Rap Performance
“N****s In Paris” – Jay-Z & Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“No Church In The Wild” – Jay-Z & Kanye West featuring Frank Ocean & The-Dream

Best Rap Song
“N****s In Paris” – Jay-Z & Kanye West

Best Rap Album
Take Care – Drake

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Set Fire To The Rain [Live]” – Adele

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Somebody That I Used To Know” – Gotye featuring Kimbra

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Dan Auerbach

Best Short Form Music Video
We Found Love – Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris

Best R&B Performance
Usher- Climax

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Beyonce -Love On Top

Best R&B Album
Black Radio

Click here to view the full list of winners

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You all voted and after a lot of voting Jade Novah has won the Hitlab emerging artists competition, Jade Novah performed on of her original songs titled “Maniac” in front of a crowded room in LA. Along with wining the competition Jade will also be walking the red carper during the main show tomorrow night at 8.

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After giving birth to her baby girl a while back singer/actress Tiffany Evans is making her musical return with her brand new EP titled “143′ which is set  to be released on her official website February 12th just in time for Valentines Day. Tiffany has worked with an impressive list of people such as Elijah Blake, Sak Pase, ChrisNTeeb, WatchTheDuck, TrakGirl, and more. Check out the official cover art above and check out Tiffany’s latest magazine cover for Brave Magazine.

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While the Grammy’s are only a few weeks away it has just been announced that Justin Timberlake will grace the stage for music biggest night, performing his new single Suit & Tie featuring Jay-z along with new material from his long awaited album The 20/20 Experience. Other performers set to hit the stage include Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert, The Black Keys, FUN., the Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Carrie Underwood, Jack White, and Ed Sheeran.

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Yesterday night Marsha Ambrosius made another surprise call into Kempire Radio, this time Marsha talked  about her new video, ‘Cold War which she premiered yesterday, and her sophomore solo album “Friends & Lovers.”During the interview Kempire asked Marsha what she thinks about the Beyonce lip syncing scandal Check out the interview below.