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miguel’s pussy riot cover is a soulful must-watch

Miguel’s a big Pussy Riot fan, and he wants you to be as well. The R&B crooner took to Twitter last week to do a little pro bono PR for the Rusmiguelsian protest group, praising their 2016 anti-Trump anthem,Make America Great Again.” Miguel’s cover is a little more soulful, by his own admission. “Shitty emo cover of ‘make america great again’ by @pussyrrriot,” the artist tweeted. “You gotta hear the actual song, it’s legit a jam, feel good even!” Two members of the collective, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, were famously jailed in 2012 for a protest staged inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. They were freed almost two years later, and the group has since recorded a number of protest songs aimed at oppressive figures like Donald Trump.

“Make America Great Again” was one of three tracks the group released in October of last year, all aimed at conservative politics around the world. The first — titled “Straight Outta Vagina”was a brazen celebration of women’s sexuality and power. The second, “Organs,” was released the following day. The Russian-language song dealt with corruption and the oppression of female sexuality in Russia. We’re glad Miguel’s listening.

R&B TROUBADOUR MIGUEL CAPS OFF STELLAR YEAR WITH 5 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS INCLUDING SONG OF THE YEAR!!!

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R&B TROUBADOUR MIGUEL CAPS OFF STELLAR YEAR WITH 5 GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS INCLUDING SONG OF THE YEAR!!! MIGUEL’S WRITTEN AND PRODUCED “ADORN” EARNS SONG OF THE YEAR, R&B PERFORMANCE AND BEST R&B SONG NOMINATIONS; ALBUM RECEIVES BEST CONTEMPORARY ALBUM NOMINATION; WALE’S “LOTUS FLOWER BOMB” FEATURING MIGUEL RECEIVES BEST RAP SONG NOMINATION CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED KALEIDOSCOPE DREAM TOPS 2012 BEST OF LISTS AND EARNS HIM A 2012 SOUL TRAIN MUSIC AWARD FOR BEST R&B/SOUL MALE ARTIST HIT SINGLE “ADORN” HOLDS RECORD FOR LONGEST SONG AT #1 ON BILLBOARD R&B/HIP-HOP CHART FOR 2012 AT 11 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS

[New York, NY, December 7, 2012] – Singer/songwriter MIGUEL caps off 2012 with 5Grammy® Awards nominations for his critically acclaimed sophomore release Kaleidoscope Dream.  Announced last night (12/5), MIGUEL’s nominations include the coveted Song of The Year, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “Adorn;”Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Rap Song for Wale’s Lotus Flower Bomb feat. Miguel.  Miguel’s “How Many Drinks” also contributes to Salaam Remi’s Producer of the Year nomination for Remi’s production on the track.  The 55th annual GRAMMY® Awards are scheduled to air live on Sunday, February 10th 2013 on CBS (ET/PT) from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

I’m incredibly honored just to be invited to ATTEND next year’s Grammy ceremony but being nominated, that’s a dream come true,” said MIGUEL.

Released October 2 on Bystorm/RCA Records, the genre-bending Kaleidoscope Dream debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart and entered at #3 on both the Billboard 200 and Top Digital Albums charts.  The album’s breakout hit single “Adorn,” written and produced by Miguel, currently holds 2012’s record for maintaining the #1 spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Chart for 11 consecutive weeks!  “Adorn” has also been #1 at Urban Mainstream Radio for 5 consecutive weeks.

As the “Best of 2012” lists trickle in, Kaleidoscope Dream has been touted on NPR Music’s 50 Favorite Albums of 2012 and USA Today’s Top Albums of 2012, while the hit single “Adorn” scores honors on NPR Music’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2012 and Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Songs of 2012, citing that MIGUEL “comes off like a master on this slow jam.”

Resonating with fans and critics alike, MIGUEL has captivated viewers with rousing television performances on Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Wendy Williams Show and Ellen. The Los Angeles native recently proved why he reigns supreme during his performance of “Adorn” at the 2012 Soul Train Music Awards, which he was bestowed with the Best R&B/Soul Male Artist award.

Currently gracing the cover of THE FADER, Miguel continues to bring his electrifying live performances of his hits “Do You…,” “The Thrill,” and more, to new heights while on the Trey Songz’s Chapter V World Tour along with ingénue Elle Varner. Remaining tour dates are listed below.

CHAPTER V WORLD TOUR FEATURING MIGUEL’S KALEIDOSCOPE DREAM DATES:

Dec. 7 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theater

Dec. 8 – Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium

Dec. 9 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theater

Dec. 13 – Washington, D.C. – Constitution Hall

Dec. 14 – Charlotte, NC – Bojangles Coliseum

Dec. 15 – Hampton, VA – Coliseum

Dec. 16 – Baltimore, MD – 1st Mariner Arena

Dec. 27 – New Orleans, LA – UNO Lakefront Arena

Dec. 28 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Arena

Dec. 29 – Southaven, MS – Landers Center

Dec. 30 – Dallas, TX – Verizon Theatre

Dec. 31 – Houston, TX – Reliant Arena

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Signed to Mark Pitts’ ByStorm imprint in 2007, Grammy-nominated MIGUEL‘s progressive 2010 debut album All I Want Is You, spawned two #1 hit singles – “Quickie” and “Sure Thing,” as well as the album title track. While his debut album earned him unanimous praise, his current release, Kaleidoscope Dream takes him down a new path of musical exploration with ground breaking, cutting edge precision. The album features production from Salaam Remi [Amy Winehouse, Adele], Pop & Oak [Kanye West, Big Sean], and Jerry Wonda [The Fugees, Wyclef Jean] amongst others.

Trend of the Year: Alt R&B

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From its late-’70s and ’80s catwalk of flamboyance, eccentricity, and innovation with Michael Jackson, Prince, and Sade, to its years in the wilderness as hip-hop’s hook-supplyin’ weed carrier, R&B is alive again! Cherry-picking the past while exploding conventions and taboos, an array of compelling artists have reinvented the genre as perhaps the only cool-yet-sane refuge for music fans in 2012.

The sheets of cheers coming from the first seven-or-so makeshift rows at Frank Ocean’s Lollapalooza performance this past summer were practically the Beatles at Shea Stadium. It was the closest to an unbridled can’t-hold-it-in embrace of a musician by his or her fans that I’ve ever witnessed. Ocean’s nighttime set began with an acoustic cover of Sade’s “By Your Side,” moved through songs from last year’s debut free download Nostalgia, Ultra and then the newly-released channel ORANGE, at his own deliberate pace. He stopped to praise the city of Chicago’s architecture, warned mind-altering newbies that they should take it easy, and held up one of the green-friendly cardboard cartons of water that were scattered all over the festival grounds and said they were “something else.” Then he worried aloud if that qualified as an endorsement.

The set ended with the 10-minute “Pyramids,” which conflates Sun Ra, Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions, Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time” pop-Egyptology video, plus R. Kelly’s or T-Pain’s stripper jams, and is the centerpiece of Ocean’s album channel ORANGE (released in July), SPIN’s best of the year. While channel ORANGE undoubtedly signifies as R&B, it deftly bobs and weaves around the genre’s traditional expectations. Performing just a couple of hours before Ocean was fellow R&B boundary-pusher the Weeknd, a.k.a., Abel Tesfaye, who presented his risqué, heretofore anonymous R&B on one of the festival’s main stages — where, later in the night, the Red Hot Chili Peppers would unleash their weathered dude-funk.

Ocean’s performance came just a month after the singer-songwriter, 25, detailed his first love (to another man) in a Tumblr post, deading whispers about the loaded “he” pronoun on the channel ORANGE track “Bad Religion.” At Lolla, every song, every self-conscious joke, even a coy reference to the infamous first-love note, brought screams from Ocean-obsessives who had pushed to the front of the stage earlier in the evening to ensure a spot. CONTINUE READING..