After seizing the first U.S. X Factor crown last December, Melanie Amaro finally released her debut single, “Don’t Fail Me Now,” on Wednesday (August 1).
“I’ve walked the longest road so don’t fail me now, feet don’t fail me now, I’ve never got this close so don’t fail me now,” she sings over the uptempo dance beat, produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and penned by Livvi Franc.
It took a minute, but Beyoncé finally scores a number one single from her underrated album, 4. In its 26th week, “Love on Top” dethrones Drake’s “The Motto” to take the lead on Billboard’s Top Hip-Hop/R&B Songs chart.
Today is Rihanna’s 24th birthday, so it’s only right that she is the subject of the Daily Throwback.
Since the release of her third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, for better or worse, Rihanna has been at the forefront of pop music. Prior to “Umbrella,” the album’s lead single, Rihanna was simply a teenage girl who looked good and made pop-reggae music. No one imagined that with the help of awesome songwriters, a bomb stylist, and a hot verse from the best in the game, “Umbrella” would catapult her into the pop stratosphere. The song, co-written by Terius “The-Dream” Nash and Tricky Stewart, went on to top Billboard’s Hot 100 for seven weeks, and earned Rihanna her first Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Six albums and eleven number one singles later, “Umbrella” is still considered her signature song.
After striking gold with “Bed,” J Holiday quickly followed up with another smash. Released as the third single from his Grammy-nominated 2007 debut Back of My Lac’, “Suffocate” raced up the charts eventually peaking at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The Tricky Stewart-produced track became his second consecutive gold-certified single by the RIAA. Though he’s yet to duplicate the success of his first album, “Suffocate” is easily earns a spot on Sunday Soul.
As Beyoncé preps for her performance at this Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, the singer premieres a new music video for “1+1.” Produced by The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, the track was released in May as a promotion single for her latest album 4. Here’s the music video after the jump.
Kelly Rowland keeps it steamy on the official album cover for Here I Am, her oft-delayed third studio album. Led by the chart-topping single “Motivation” featuring Lil Wayne, Here I Am features appearances by Big Sean on “Lay It On Me” and production from David Guetta, Tricky Stewart, Rodney Jerkins, and Rico Love. Here I Am drops July 26.
Since the release of her solo debut in 2003, Beyoncé has achieved multiplatinum sales, become a Golden Globe nominated actress, a fashion icon, won a record-setting six Grammys in one night, and is arguably the world’s biggest African-American recording artist. But with a list of accomplishments that reads like a wealthy child’s Christmas list, what else is left for Beyoncé to prove?