Approx CD Sales:
#1 Ludacris- 314,060
#2 Janet Jackson - 300,793
Promises, Promises, Promises. Usually the promises that are made by recording artists is to restore music to a certain state; to take it back so to speak. As of late, the promises have been about personal evolutions. Ciara's forthcoming sophomore CD is titled Evolution.
Recently Ciara gave MTV a preview of her CD that features an untitled track produced by Lil Jon and will.i.am shows up on "Do It". Check it out via YouTube.com:
Ain't that funny? I remember a very similar interview years ago on MTV where Janet previewed Rhythm Nation for Kurt Loder. Same hair style and all. Anybody remember that... either I am getting old or MTV is grooming their next 'icon' using the exact same blueprint.
Today, Robin Thicke, the soulful white chocolate crooner shares his own personal evolution as his sophomore CD The Evolution of Robin Thicke hits shelves. For many, Robin might be Justin Timberlake's placeholder in Pharrell's catalog but don't be fooled. Although homeboy isn't my personal favorite, he deserves his own well earned praise.
He has some pretty good live performances on YouTube. Check him out.
Lastly, there was an evolution that's been bubbling under for quite a while but has just recently come to many people's attention. Monica, the real Monica takes center stage today as she releases The Makings of Me, which features production from Swizz Beats, Missy Elliott and SOHH Soulful favorite Jermaine Dupri.
There have been a lot of gripes lately that Monica has dumbed down her music for the sake of selling to a new generation of fans. Monica insists that she's just representing her hood and doing her. In the beginning there was a lot of push back, but once homegirl opens that mouth to sing, all naysayers stand down.
Watch her performance of "Everytime Tha Beat Drops" on David Letterman.
Also listen to the remix to "Everytime Tha Beat Drops" featuring T.I. and Jeezy.
One of the favorites from her CD is "Raw". Have a listen.