Beyonce Mania!

June 30th, 2011

Words and Video by Anna Nathanson

This week it’s been all about Beyonce and no wonder after that incredible Glastonbury performance on Sunday night. I was honoured to be invited down to her secret gig to celebrate the launch of new album ‘4’, after being blown away by her spectacular televised Glasto set the night before. It really cemented her place as one of the biggest music icons on the planet, and seeing her do Destiny’s Child songs in the mix was really emotional when you think that when they came out over 10 years ago, who would have imagined that one day we’d be hearing them at one of the world’s most notorious rock festivals?

This all coincided with the release of her brand new chart topping album, which I got to hear in full the week before at her exclusive playback at the swanky Swarovski Lounge in the heart of London’s West End. The album, which she describes as her best work to date, signifies a more mature sound for the diva, featuring lots of ballads and only one collaboration, with Andre 3000 on stand out track ‘Party’. Other highlights for me are ‘1+1’ and ‘End of Time’, both of which she performed at this once-in-a-lifetime gig.

An artist normally used to playing Arena-sized venues, it was a truly rare thing to see Beyonce perform up close to such a small crowd at the modestly sized Shepherd’s Bush Empire in West London. The VIP balcony area upstairs boasted a bar serving Beyonce-inspired cocktails and played host to stars such as Adele, Tinie Tempah, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessie J, husband Jay-Z and even mum Tina. The concert was a dazzling mix of high-energy dance routines and vocal workouts, pulled off by Bey with effortless ease. Hits both old and new were included, as well as renditions of ‘Sex on Fire’ and personal highlight ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Mirroring her closing song at Glasto, Beyonce finished the show by actually stepping down into the crowd for last track ‘Halo’, handing the mic to audience members to sing lines from the ballad. And then, as quickly as she’d appeared, she was gone. The crowd slowly filtered out in awe, having just witnessed a night of epic proportions from a truly timeless artist that we’re unlikely to see perform at such close proximity anytime soon.

Mike Hough: MOBO TV Acoustic Sessions ‘ Nothing To Lose’

June 28th, 2011

Hey my R&B family,
here’s one for the Houghligans aka Mike Hough fans..Watch out for this kid. He’s going to be massive!
Come n check his show @ The 02 Academy (Islington) this Saturday 2 July 2011.
Special surprise guests and i’ll be hosting so hopefully see you there!
Bless up

R&B Update…BET Awards Special

June 28th, 2011

Hey R&B family,
R&B news was fully absorbed by The BET Awards which took place @ The Shrine Auditorium in LA Sunday night. Here we have a look at some key moments during the ceremony.
Enjoy and please leave your comments.




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Starboy Nathan ft Wretch 32 ‘Hangover’ Official Video

June 27th, 2011

Hey my R&B family…here’s something you need to know about.
It’s the heads up on the brand new official video of ‘Hangover’ courtesy of Starboy Nathan featuring Wretch 32.
There’s tight dance routines, entertainment and humour all captured in this vid with some very funny moments in there. Big tune with a big video to do it justice so have a peep and enjoy.
Dont forget to leave ya comments.

DaVinche – Ready to Go (Viral video)

June 21st, 2011

Sup R&B fam,
One of the biggest producers in the game came thru my show on Monday and dropped two hot exclusives on em.
To listen back click HERE
In the meantime DaVinche also spoke about the viral video to his single ‘Ready To Go’ ft Baby Blu and gave his full blessing for me to share it with you so have a look at the warm up before the official video…BIGNESS!
Don’t forget to check out the full BBC 1xtra R&B show interview
Bless up & Enjoy!

SunceBeat2 – Festival of Soul

June 19th, 2011

The line up on the flyer says it all…Hope to see ya’ll there

Ayah – When It Comes To You (Short film)

June 16th, 2011

A short film inspired by the events as told by Ayah’s When It Comes to You
Directed by: Slakah the Beatchild
Download this song for FREE at:

Ayah on Twitter @ayahmusic
Slakah the Beatchild @beatchild

New Cher Lloyd

June 15th, 2011

Cher LLoyd’s 1st single ‘Swagger Jagger’ just leaked and she’s angry.

I really expected it to be more like ‘Turn My Swag On’ especially after Keri Hilson said she wants to write for her and already has some ideas… but no.

- Silver J

Weekly R&B Blogflash!

June 7th, 2011

Hey R&B fam,
you know how we does every week it’s your audio blast of newsy stuff in the wonderful world of R&B.
So as per usual click the player and enjoy:


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June 1st, 2011

The incredible Kele Le Roc is back with an absolute killer piece of tunage!
A clever fusion of R&B & Dubstep, Kele delivers the powerhouse vocals we all know and love her for.
Have a peep at the vid and feel free to leave your shouts and comments
R&B blessings

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