Solange and Oliver Sim from the XX cover Nicole Wray ‘Make It Hot’
Rising singer/songwriters Lianne La Havas and Solange Knowles will be this year’s honorees at Essence Black Women in Music. The fourth annual, invitation-only Grammy Week event will take place on Feb. 6 in Los Angeles with Grammy Award winner Kelly Rowland and Essence editor-at large Emil Wilbekin as hosts.
London-based La Havas, whose influences range from jazz icon Charlie Bird to Erykah Badu, is currently garnering critical acclaim for her 2012 Nonesuch debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?. A popular DJ as well as a singer, Knowles recently released the EP True featuring the single “Losing You.” She also released two previous albums: Solo Star (2003) and Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams (2008). Both honorees will each perform live sets during the celebration.
In announcing the 2013 honorees, Essence editor-in-chief Constance C.R. White stated, “Essence Black Women in Music highlights the success of amazing African-American women in music who are not only changing the game but also creating the rules. Lianne La Havas and Solange Knowles are each making their own inimitable mark on the industry and around the world.”
Essence Black Women in Music was launched in 2010 to celebrate the accomplishments of influential emerging and established artists and industry executives. Last year’s event at L.A.’s Belasco Theater saluted pioneering label executive Sylvia Rhone and Rowland. Previous honorees also include Janelle Monae and Mary J. Blige.
Additional details about 2013 Essence Black Women in Music, including venue, will be announced shortly.
“DYING laughing @ this video that @Mr_1of1 taped of me dancing to “Parking Lots” n my living room, living out all of my dance move fantasies. I’m going full fucking out…. And then my boyfriend walks in, and I’m like 😳! And then I tipsily tell him I’m taping my next video.”
Yes she does have a show coming up! You just reminded me to make a post about it
“Sleep in the Park” is like the “B” side cd to the Single “Losing You” if that makes sense lol
1. Losing You
2. Some Things Never Seem to Fucking Work
3. Locked in Closets
4. Lovers in the Parking Lot
5. Don’t Let Me Down
6. Look Good With Trouble
7. Bad Girls (Verdine Version)
Where can you find Jay-Z bouncing to some pretty girly music in a sea of colorful oxfords, natural hair, and random art? At Solange’s listening event in New York City, of course. The constantly evolving chanteuse, never just known as Beyoncé’s little sister, is set to drop her EP, True, on iTunes on November 27. The record is a mélange of kicky dance tracks co-written and produced by Devonté “Dev” Hynes, who giddily admitted, “There’s no one in the world I’d rather have worked with on this than Solange.”
An intimate group of press, along with Solange’s crew, came out to support her last night at a small studio converted into a modern-day speakeasy in the heart of SoHo. The charming pop of the cork every few minutes provided an extra beat to the album as Armand de Brignac (the gold bottle that replaced Cristal for Hov years ago) poured relentlessly into champagne flutes.
Solange glowed for good reason—the EP she shared with the crowd after a brief introduction was energetic, fresh, and creative, an amalgamation of nostalgic influences from the greats, with a twist of the contemporary beats that would make The Neptunes jealous. Also, perhaps because of her experience as a DJ, it came together in a cohesive way like the progression of a night on the dance floor. As the songs flowed out of the speakers, no one could stay in their seats, including hip-hop’s royal couple. Proud big sister B swept her caramel tresses into a ponytail a few minutes in and got off a couch to hit the floor with her hubby.
Rap-Up.com has a 7-track preview of what’s in store on True.
1. “Losing You”
Her first single is pleasantly upbeat for a song about love gone complicated. Solange asks, “Boy, am I losing you for good?” on this track, where the beat borrows sentiment from Madonna’s “Like a Prayer”—honest, tender, yet undeniably dance-worthy.
2. “Some Things Never Seem to Fucking Work”
The title says it all. In a song about ultimatums and questions, Solange ponders the illusion of a relationship. The vocals compete with the beat on this one, but the focus lays toward the reverberating rhythms.
3. “Locked in Closets”
If we were to ever hear a Beyoncé influence, it might be on this track, where Solange boasts her infamous Knowles vocal chops. The beat is reminiscent of Michael Jackson in his “Smooth Criminal” prime, and works flawlessly with her continuing theme of messy and addictive love.
4. “Lovers in the Parking Lot”
The tempo slows a bit on this song, as Solange continues with a strong vocal range. She regretfully admits, “I played around with your heart,” a telling piano riff adding dimension to the project.
5. “Don’t Let Me Down”
This one is more playful, with an aggressive beat that could set the foundation for a hip-hop track if need be. Not as lyrically substantial as the rest of the cuts, a feature in fact may have been beneficial.
6. “Look Good With Trouble”
Synth-heavy and full of echo, this track is versatile on its own—providing a respite from the poignant similar to the preceding one.
7. “Bad Girls (Verdine Version)”
Solange works the hell out of a falsetto on this unapologetic tune about her personality quirks. Embodying the strength of a woman who knows the intricacies of relationships, this one bookended her set well.
I love it too! It’s such a chill record