The Ghost Of Christmas Past Do you remember when Christmas was full of the joy of giving and seeing the smiles of people who recieved gifts? What ever happened to the goodness of all men? Do you think Christmas still has the love that made it the most wonderful time of year?
With all that has happened nationally such as Hurricane Sandy and the Tragedy of the Newtown, Connecticut what is Christmas in 2012? Call in 646 233 1302 and tell us your Christmas stories whether good or bad, we want to hear your thoughts. We also rate and review "The Dream" his new project Terius Nash 1977 rate and review on a scale in 1 to 5 5 meaning super hot 1 means it's not on the "LIVE IN THE VOCAL BOOTH SHOW" on bks1radio.com
Following the deal with Def Jam Records, The-Dream began working on his debut studio album Love Hate. The album was produced by The-Dream's production partner Tricky Stewart, and Carlos "LOS Da Maestro" McKinney, and featured Fabolous and Rihanna. The album was written and recorded in eight days with twelve tracks making the final cut. Some of the tracks were written in regards to The-Dream's personal life, most notably "Nikki," written about his ex-wife Nivea and how he has moved on since their divorce.The-Dream explained the title, Love Hate, as short for, "Love me all summer, hate me all winter, because they love you when you hot and when you're cold they don't... I'm hot right now and they love me, but I was cold and they wasn't fuckin' with me."
Released December 11, 2007 on The-Dream's Def Jam-imprint Radio Killa Records, Love Hate moved 59,000 copies and debuted at number 30 on the Billboard 200. Love Hate also peaked at #5 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album received generally positive reviews from critics, as Rolling Stone called it "one of the most likable R&B records of the year" and UrbanMusicReviews.com said that the singer has "hit a home run."
During the making of Love King, he recorded a song with T-Pain and expressed that he would like to make a collaborative album with Kanye West in the future. In January 2010, The-Dream officially stated he was finished recording the album and he called it the best of his three albums. The first single, "Love King", was released on March 16, 2010 for digital download. The album was released on June 29, 2010.
Before the album's release, the-Dream announced that Love King will be his last solo album.
The-Dream's next album has been retitled and delayed repeatedly. It was originally titled Love Affair and scheduled for release on June 7, 2011. Subsequent delays have seen it change title to The Love, IV, Love IV: Diary of a Madman, then Love IV MMXII. On June 7, 2011 The-Dream released double promotional singles titled Body Work and Fuck My Brains Out to the internetfollowed by a free 10-track album on the internet entitled 1977 on August 31, 201, however, 1977 was later made available for purchase starting from December 18, 2012.
Andre Mieux is an innovative, deeply creative young talent poised to make further strides along the career path begun when he was in elementary school. His music is R&B/Pop for the 2012 listener, peppered with hints of the past, with an eye and ear for the future.
His talent is fueled by his need to move freely through genres, taking elements from everything he sees and hears in the current trends to R&B and Contemporary Classical Music legends of the past.
Like the iconic Marvin Gaye, Andre is tall and handsome, and sometimes he can be, like Marvin, lushly romantic. He is as intense and driven as classical genius Van Cliburn, Jr. who achieved worldwide recognition in 1958 at the age of twenty-three, when he won the first quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow.
At other times, he takes a bit of R. Kelly’s approach and still further, he breathes in the dimensions of Michael Jackson—singing, dancing, producing and performing. It was Michael he wanted to be when he was six and his father’s home video footage of tiny pajama- clad Andre proves it. The youngster was mindful of the image contemporary artists were projecting and early on compressed his hard-to-pronounce last name –MIEUX into MX, inserted the first letter of Andre and he became A.M.X.
He began writing, dancing and singing for a small group called Eagle Wings through his local church in West Covina, CA. By age 12, A.M.X. was producing music with Ricky Lawson, Grammy winning former member of the Yellowjackets.
Like his R&B ancestors, Andre did his career building, working at every music-themed task that would bring him closer to his goal, seizing every opportunity to learn more, further his awareness, clarify and position his expertise.
He worked with Hip Hop royalty Snoop Dogg on his single “You Made Me Change My Number.” He teamed up with Grammy Award nominated production duo Da Internz, Sean Brown, Shorty Mack and Bizzy Bone from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, as further examples of his intention to completely mix musical genres and talents. He also has worked with Showtime Television on “ Stunt Divas” and Sid Burston Productions on “Get Thee Behind Me.” He was a member of Trilogy Productions, whose team was responsible for placements on dozens of pop and R&B projects and TV series.
All of these influences filter inside Andre’s extensive and deeply personal command of multiple areas of music. His dozen-plus years of classical music training magnifies his understanding of the direction music can take him.
“I describe my music as urban electro. It’s a unique blend of R&B and Electro music. I really like bringing together different elements to create new sounds,” explains Andre.
These days music expands into digital arenas. . A.M.X.’s recent mixtape “Broken Halo,” was downloaded over 90,000 times on Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes.
Like other great songwriters/producers/performers, A.M.X.’s songs are being eagerly sought after by other artists. His song, “ Let Me Be the One” was recorded by the Korean boy band sensation SS501. Additionally, A.M.X. recently produced and co-wrote a song for the son of the late Robert DeBarge, Bobby Jr. entitled “One and Only.” As an artist, A.M.X. ranked #4 on Billboards Next Big Sound Top 25.
Next up for Andre is the single “We Can Do Whatever.” The single has elements of rap, pop and house, illuminating his ability to fuse genres. Andre says, “I definitely aspire to be a crossover artist. I don’t want my music to only be in one box. Music is so universal so I want all types of people to appreciate my work and I want it to be heard on multiple radio stations.”
Jay Z and Kanye drop the video for No Church In The Wild, a song that has been a hot topic of conversation. What are you thoughts on the video and song in general? Comments will be read and discussed on next weeks Live In The Cipher Show Wed June 6th 9 pm est.
The-Dream was born in North Carolina and lived there until moving to Atlanta with his mother when he was 2. After his mother died when Dream was still a child, he was raised by his grandfather. His grandfather, an avid music fan, introduced Dream to the music of many legendary R&B and Soul singers, including Sam Cooke and Al Green. In the third grade he enrolled in his first music class, where he learned to play the trumpet. By the time he finished high school, he'd also learned to play the drums and guitar. At the same time, his taste in music expanded and he became influenced by hip-hop artists like Timbaland.
In the early 2000s, when he was still developing his singing talents, Dream was signed to a deal with Redzone Entertainment. With Redzone, Dream began to write songs for the R&B boy band B2K. He continued writing and producing through the 2000s, including on the second album by R&B singer Nivea from 2003-2005. He married Nivea in 2004 after dating for a year. Eventually he and Nivea had three children together, while he continued writing and producing for others. In 2007, he and partner Tricky Stewart had their biggest success up to that point via Rihanna's hit song "Umbrella," which they co-wrote.
Topic: Signs of Teen Violence and Teen Dating Abuse
In East Orange NJ a young woman with her entire future in front of her is senselessly murdered and her ex boyfriend is a suspect in this horrific crime. This tragic situation brings so many questions and emotions to the surface. There is the question of teen dating abuse and how as parents we can prepare our children to recognize the signs of abuse and how to seek help if they believe they are in danger.
As we mourn for this young woman and the many others before her do you think we should mandate education that teaches our young people how to form healthy relationships and what to do if they find they are in an abusive relationship?
Join us tonight “Live in the Vocal Booth” as we educate on the signs of teen violence and discuss if we should legislate teaching Teen Dating Abuse in our schools. Call in 646-233-1302 or Jump in the Live chat www.bks1radio.com.