*Santa Monica, CA – A stellar previously unreleased track from Patti LaBelle, “Ain’t Nuthin’ But A Feelin’,” recorded during the sessions for her 1989 album Be Yourself, is out today for the first time, on a digital EP from Geffen/UMe with six brand new mixes. Get HERE.
“Ain’t Nuthin’ But A Feelin’” was produced and written by Full Force, with background vocals and instrumentals performed by Full Force and Cheryl Pepsii Riley. This high octane single comes equipped with LaBelle’s legendary soaring vocals and has various new mixes, such as the super fresh “Cleaning House Mix” and the “The Ozone Layer Mix,” both of which are spearheaded by DJ Geenius (AKA Baby Gerry of Full Force), as well as the “M & M Mix” created by Remixer/Producer/DJ John Morales. Each remix was created using the song’s original analog tapes along with Full Force’s celebrated production. Showcasing its timelessness, the song is a rebirth for dance music enthusiasts for decades to come.
LaBelle first met Full Force when she and Timmy Regisford, then MCA Records’ A&R rep, came to Sigma Sound Studios unannounced, eager to create something for her next studio album. Meeting Full Force for the first time, Patti convinced them to rearrange their schedules to work on her album. The result at the time was “I Got It Like That,” included on her eventual album release, Be Yourself, in 1989.
What the public didn’t know was that they also recorded the extraordinary “Ain’t Nuthin’ But A Feelin’.”
Born Patricia Louise Holte; May 24, 1944, Patti LaBelle is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman with a career spanning 60 years. She began her career in the early 1960s as lead singer and front woman of the vocal group, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. Following the group’s name change to LaBelle in the early 1970s, they released “Lady Marmalade,” which later was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. As a result, the group became the first African American vocal group to land the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine as well as the first pop group to play at the Metropolitan Opera House. After they split in 1976, Patti LaBelle began a successful solo career which has spanned over four decades with more than 50 million records sold worldwide. She’s commonly identified as the “Godmother of Soul.”
Full Force is comprised of brothers B-Fine, Paul Anthony, and Bowlegged Lou, as well as cousins Shy Shy, Curt-T-T, and Baby Gerry. Their breakthrough production hit was UTFO’s “Roxanne Roxanne” (1984). Through the 80s the group produced a string of major hits for Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, including “I Wonder If I Take You Home,” “All Cried Out” and “Head to Toe.” They also scored hits for Samantha Fox (“Naughty Girls Need Love Too” and “I Wanna Have Some Fun”) and R&B singer Cheryl Pepsii Riley (Thanks For My Child” which went #1 on the R&B charts). The 1988 single’s “I’m Real” and “Static” for James Brown gave the legendary singer his biggest hits in 14 years. The group also produced and wrote music for numerous artists including Faith Evans, Cece Peniston, Nina Sky, The Force M.D.s, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync, Selena and Lil’ Kim, Rihanna’s “That La, La, La,” and The Black Eyed Peas’ 2005 worldwide hit “Don’t Phunk With My Heart,” which was co-written by Full Force. In addition to their production résumé, the group have also released their own albums and music. Their 1985 single “Alice, I Want You Just for Me!” became a Top 10 hit in the UK in January 1986. They placed several hits under their own name on the US Billboard R&B chart during the latter half of the 1980s “Temporary Love Thing,” “Unselfish Lover,” “Unfaithful” then culminating with their biggest and most popular “Ain’t My Type Of Hype,” which was the premiere song in House Party starring Kid ‘n Play, Full Force and Martin Lawrence. The members appeared in both movies and acted as the comedic bullies. They also have a new single called “Love is a Hero”, which includes two version; one dedicated to the essential workers and another for the late Kobe Bryant.
Exclusive Clips From ‘Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas’ For Those Of Us Who Don’t Have Apple TV+ (Watch)
*We’ve got exclusive clips from today’s premiere of “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special,” along with Mimi’s new Christmas anthem “Oh Santa” featuring guests Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande that premiered last night on YouTube.
The special has a storyline: “Faced with a holiday cheer crisis, the North Pole knows there’s only one person who can save the day: Santa’s great friend, Mariah Carey. Combining musical performances, dynamic dancing and groundbreaking animation, the undisputed Queen of Christmas jumps into action to create a holiday spectacular to make the whole world merry.”
Other celebs in the special include Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland and Mykal-Michelle Harris. Extra special appearances are also made by Carey’s twins, son Moroccan and daughter Monroe.
Watch exclusive clips, and the video for “Oh Santa” featuring a buzzed about, harmonized whistle note run at the end of the song between Mariah and Ariana.
Teyana Taylor Retires from Music After Saying She Feels ‘Underappreciated’ as an Artist
*Teyana Taylor appears to have announced her retirement from the music industry.
The singer took to Instagram on Friday to share Spotify’s year-round stats of her “2020 Artist Wrapped,” and thanked her fans for their support. She also called out the music industry for making her feel “super under appreciated as an artist.”
She writes: “I ain’t gone front in times of feeling super under appreciated as a artist, receiving little to no real push from the ‘machine,’ constantly getting the shorter end of the stick, being overlooked … I’m retiring this chapter of my story with the comfort that i can depart with peace of mind seeing that all the hard work & passion put in was indeed loved & supported somewhere in the world!”
Taylor continues, “All hustlers have the understanding that when one door closes another will open.”
Check out the full post below.
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Taylor also called out the Grammys for the lack of women nominated for the Best R&B Album category: “Y’all was better off just saying best MALE R&B ALBUM,” she tweeted, “cause all I see is dick in this category.”
Drake has also chimed in on the outcry over the 2021 Grammy nominations after The Weeknd called out the Recording Academy for being “corrupt.”
The lineup of 2021 Grammy nominees was revealed late last month, and The Weeknd received zero nominations, even though, as TMZ points out, his single, “Blinding Lights,” topped the charts and his album, “After Hours,” hit to #1.
The Weeknd responded to the diss in a tweet hours after the nominees for the 63rd Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday.
“The Grammys remain corrupt,” he wrote. “You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”
Drake also made time to speak out about how the annual music awarda show is having a “disconnect” from recognizing “impactful music.”
“I think we should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards and just accept that what once was the highest form of recognition may no longer matter to the artists that exist now and the ones that come after,” Drake wrote on his Instagram story.
Kerry Washington and Newcomer Ariana DeBose Star in ‘The Prom’ from Netflix WATCH
*Kerry Washington and newcomer/rising star, Ariana DeBose star in the new Netflix film “The Prom.”
The film also includes an all-star cast featuring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, and Keegan-Michael Key.
“The Prom” is a mix of a teen drama and high school musical, with issues that most can relate to and the topics are discussed with festive song and dance.
The film takes place in a small and conservative town in Indianapolis. Emma Nolan, played by Jo Ellen Pellman, has become pretty infamous in the town due to her sexuality.
As if high school wasn’t hard enough, Emma is also dealing with backlash from the community because she wants to go to prom with her girlfriend. But, parents and school officials are not having it. They plan to cancel the prom just to prevent Emma from being herself.
Kerry Washington’s character, Mrs. Green who is head of the PTA, is determined to make sure Emma doesn’t have a same-sex date to prom. When a few broadway stars, who need a good cause to bring more attention to their production, get wind of Emma’s story they make it their mission to fight for her and bring national attention to the issue.
All of the attention doesn’t sit well with Mrs.Green as she feels actors should not be at the forefront of social issues. Both Washington and DeBose are very vocal about political issues, we asked their opinion of people who things actors should remain silent.
“Activism or just civic engagement, that is the responsibility of all of us. Democracies only work when we all show up,” says Washington.
When you have a large platform it is a great advantage to making sure your voice is heard. The Prom not only tackles dealing with a judgemental community but also having to face the judgment of family members.
This film is sure to be a gateway of communication for teens and young adults who have a hard time talking to their parents about their lifestyle choices.
“I really believe this film is going to inspire a lot of young people to take a stand and to stand in their power,” says DeBose.
“The Prom” streams on Netflix from December 11.
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