Sam Smith Announces New Tour

Sam Smith is going on a huge tour this month. Check out the dates below. Enjoy.

03/07 – Frankfurt, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle
03/09 – Milan, IT @ Alcatraz Club
03/10 – Zurich, CH @ X-Tra
03/16 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
03/17 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
03/19 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
03/20 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
03/22 – Wolverhampton, UK @ Civic Hall
03/23 – Wolverhampton, UK @ Civic Hall
03/25 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
03/26 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
03/27 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
04/22 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
04/23 – Auckland, NZ @ Vector Arena
04/25 – Brisbane, AU @ Riverstage
04/27 – Sydney, AU @ Horden Pavilion
04/28 – Sydney, AU @ Horden Pavilion
04/30 – Melbourne, AU @ Margaret Court Arena
05/01 – Adelaide, AU @ AEC Theatre
05/04 – Perth, AU @ HBF Stadium
05/07 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast
05/08 – Tokyo, JP @ Studio Coast
05/10 – Manila PH @ Mall of Asia Arena
05/15 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival
05/16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Rock in Rio USA
06/04 – Stockholm, SE @ Gröna Lund
06/11 – Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest
06/12 – Aarhus, DK @ Northside Festival
06/17 – Paris, FR @ Olympia
06/18 – Paris, FR @ Olympia
06/25 – Seinajoki, FI @ Provinssirock
06/27 – Leuven, BE @ Rock Werchter
06/28 – Monaco, MC @ Grimaldi Forum
07/05 – Arras, FR @ Mainsquare Festival
07/12 – Kinross, UK @ T in the Park
07/17 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
07/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
07/20 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
07/21 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
07/23 – Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
07/24 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/26 – Oro-Medonte, ON @ WayHome Music & Arts Festival
07/27 – Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center/Cleveland State University
07/29 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
07/30 – St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena
08/04 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
08/05 – West Valley City, UT @ Maverik Center
08/07 – Squamish, BC @ Squamish Valley Music Festival
08/08 – Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
08/11 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
08/12 – Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena
08/14 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
08/15 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
08/17 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

-AO

In Case You Missed It: Here Are The Big Winners From the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards

The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards were last night and, unlike previous years, many fans and viewers watched the credits roll with a feeling of satisfaction. There were many great performances: Kanye performing "Only One," Katy Perry performing "By The Grace Of God," Kanye, Rihanna, and Paul McCartney performing "FourFiveSeconds," and many more. Also, many of the GRAMMY-winning artists from the night actually deserved to win. Go figure. Sam Smith walked away with 4 GRAMMYs! However, the night was not without..."controversy." Beyoncé was chosen to perform her rendition of Mahalia Jackson's "Take My Hand, Precious Lord," a song Ledisi sang as Mahalia Jackson in the movie Selma. Many people believed Ledisi deserved to perform the song at the GRAMMYs and that she would have done a much better job. It's definitely hard to argue with that. In other news, Beyoncé was nominated for Album Of The Year and lost to Beck. As Beck accepted his award, Kanye jokingly got on stage as if he was going to interrupt Beck's speech, similar to how he interrupted Taylor Swift years ago, but then sat back down with a huge smile on his face while the crowd erupted in laughter. Even though Kanye did not interrupt Beck, the sentiment behind the gesture was pretty clear as echoed by his statements afterwards:

"If they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. Flawless Beyoncé video, and Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé. And at this point, we tired of it! Because what happens is, when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental feats of music. It's disrespectful to inspiration. And we as musicians have to inspire people who go to work everyday, and listen to Beyoncé and they feel like it takes them to another place. Then they do this whole promotional event, and they'll run the music over somebody's speech, an artist, because they want a commercial advertising. No, we not playing with them no more. And by the way, I got my wife, I got my daughter, and my clothing line, so I'm not gonna do nothing to put my daughter at risk. But I am here to fight for creativity, that's the reason I didn't say anything tonight."

It wouldn't be the GRAMMYs if SOMETHING didn't go down. Check out the winners below. Enjoy.

Album of the Year

Morning Phase- Beck

Record of the Year

"Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)"- Sam Smith

Song of the Year

"Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)"- Sam Smith

Best New Artist

Sam Smith

Best Pop Solo Performance

"Happy (Live)"- Pharrell Williams

Best Pop Vocal Album

In The Lonely Hour- Sam Smith

Best Rock Performance

"Lazaretto"- Jack White

Best Rock Album

Morning Phase- Beck

Best R&B Performance

"Drunk In Love (feat. Jay Z)"- Beyoncé

Best Traditional R&B Performance

"Jesus Children (feat. Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner)"- Robert Glasper Experiment

Best R&B Song

"Drunk In Love (feat. Jay Z)"- Beyoncé

Best Urban Contemporary Album

G  I  R  L  - Pharrell Williams

Best R&B Album

Love, Marriage & Divorce- Toni Braxton & Babyface

Best Rap Performance

"i"- Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

"Monster (feat. Rihanna)"- Eminem

Best Rap Song

"i"- Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap Album

The Marshall Mathers LP 2- Eminem

For a full list of nominees and winners of awards I did not list, go here.

-AO

 

Top 15 Albums/Mixtapes of 2014

It's that time again. 2014 is nearing its end and so I must deliver my list of the top albums and mixtapes from this past year. Last year, I listed ten projects but I could have done a top ten list of R&B albums alone, so this year I decided to increase the list to 15. I must mention that this list does not signify what 15 projects were the absolute best projects of 2014. This list signifies the top 15 projects, in order, that I enjoyed the most in 2014. These are my favorite albums of 2014.

It's hard to be objective when it comes to music because music means something different to everyone that hears it. I can feel something in an album that someone else may not have gotten and that is why I treat this list the way I do. For example, I chose Chance The Rapper's Acid Rap as my favorite project from 2013. 2013 gave us albums from Drake, J. Cole, Kanye, and so much more. But, I'm a Chicago kid and Chance delivered that album from a perspective with which I could completely relate. It was musically brilliant and conceptually amazing. It was not hard to unequivocally choose Acid Rap as my favorite project last year. This year delivered even more solid albums and so now I give you my list.

1. 2014 Forest Hills Drive- J. Cole

2. Cadillactica- Big K.R.I.T.

3. Turn Blue- The Black Keys

4. Days Before Rodeo- Travi$ Scott

5. Oxymoron- ScHoolboy Q

6. Black Messiah- D'Angelo

7. Tough Love- Jessie Ware

8. Cilvia Demo- Isaiah Rashad

9. G  I  R  L- Pharrell Williams

10. Souled Out- Jhené Aiko

11. X- Chris Brown

12. In the Lonely Hour- Sam Smith

13. LP1- FKA twigs

14. The London Sessions- Mary J. Blige

15. Nobody's Smiling- Common

Honorable Mentions: Trigga- Trey Songz, Run The Jewels 2- Run the Jewels, Faces- Mac Miller, Z- SZA

Oh! Shout out to Childish Gambino's Because The Internet. It dropped shortly before I made last year's list and didn't make the cut because I hadn't had the time to truly appreciate it. But it deserved to make the list.

-AO

 

A Star-Studded Group of Musical Artists Cover "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys

The producers over at BBC Music gathered a large assortment of musical artists together to cover The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." The finished product is pretty amazing. Some notable artists featured are The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, Lorde, Pharrell, Sam Smith, Stevie Wonder, and so many more. Check it out above. Enjoy.

-AO

Sam Smith- "In The Lonely Hour" Tour (Dates & Venues)

Sam Smith has announced a North American tour in honor of his album, In The Lonely Hour. The tour kicks off in ATL on January 9th and spans 15 cities before finishing in Vancouver on February 4th. He's been slaying all of his live performances so this is not a tour you want to miss. Check the dates below. Enjoy.

JAN. 9 – ATLANTA, GA – FOX THEATRE
JAN. 10 – NASHVILLE, TN – GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE
JAN. 12 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – PATRIOT CENTER
JAN. 13 – PHILADELPHIA, PA – THE LIACOURAS CENTER
JAN. 15 – NEW YORK, NY – MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
JAN. 17 – BOSTON, MA – AGGANIS ARENA
JAN. 19 – MONTREAL, CANADA – BELL CENTRE
JAN. 20 – TORONTO, CANADA – AIR CANADA CENTRE
JAN. 22 – DETROIT, MI – MASONIC TEMPLE
JAN. 23 – CHICAGO, IL – UIC PAVILION
JAN. 24 – ST. PAUL, MN – ROY WILKINS AUDITORIUM
JAN. 26 – DENVER, CO – 1ST BANK CENTER
JAN. 30 – LOS ANGELES, CA – THE FORUM
JAN. 31 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – BILL GRAHAM CIVIC AUDITORIUM
FEB. 2 – SEATTLE, WA – KEYARENA
FEB. 4 – VANCOUVER, CANADA – ROGERS ARENA

-AO

Sam Smith Performs on SNL

If you haven’t seen Sam Smith’s powerful performance from Saturday Night Live this past weekend, stop what you’re doing. I don’t know much, if anything, about Sam Smith, but everything about his two performances made researching him a top priority. His band was fantastic as their instrumentation was simple, yet elegant. They didn’t overdo it. He has a beautiful voice, an amazing range, his backup singers were phenomenal, his songs were sentimental, and homie seems mad humble. Watch his performances of “Stay With Me” and “Lay Me Down” above and enjoy.

-AO