“Carpool Karaoke” is quickly becoming my favorite recurring late night segment. James Corden is easing quite nicely into his new Late Late Show hosting gig.
Jennifer Hudson is the latest guest to take a drive with Corden through Los Angeles. Like Mariah Carey did for her carpool session, Hudson sings a few of her hits in the vehicle like “Trouble,” “Spotlight” and “And I Am Telling You.”
Corden also gets in on the action and delivers a pretty spot-on R. Kelly impression. In between all the driving, the duo pulled up to an Astro Burger drive-thru. When you have J-Hud, naturally you have her sing your order.
Other highlights from the clip include driving by Hudson’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Jennifer serenading a bus. Check out the fun clip below.
Gotta give these ladies credit. Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson are popping everywhere promoting their collaboration, “Trouble.” The Aussie femcee will stop at nothing to prove that 2014 wasn’t a fluke. The hustle is real.
Maybe it’s due to that very fact as to why I’ve warmed up to the single. Originally, I was on the fence and lukewarm about it. This new remix brings me a lot closer to liking it.
British producer Krazy Kat gives the piano driven 70s-sounding track a house makeover. It’s definitely more club ready and I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes a staple during the upcoming summer Pride season. Give it a spin below.
It’s two Jennifers for the price of one. Jennifer Hudson and former Sugarland frontwoman Jennifer Nettles duet on “You Will.” The empowering ballad was written by Diane Warren and will be the new official anthem for the OWN network.
“I was so touched when Diane Warren came to me and said she wrote a song with OWN in mind,” said Oprah Winfrey. “And then to have Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Nettles bring the song to life with their stunning collaboration… what a gift.”
Though very different genres, country and R&B artists have often time teamed up for some wicked collaborations in the past. This one is just the latest. Though Hudson steals the show a bit, their vocals complement each other. “You Will” will no doubt do well on adult contemporary stations due to its message and Oprah’s legions of loyal fans. Give it a listen below.
I love me some Jennifer Hudson, but hoped “Heavy Crown” featuring Ellie Goulding would be the next single. Perhaps the former is more radio friendly since it doesn’t include ‘bitch’ in the chorus. For whatever reason, Iggy Azalea picked “Trouble” as the latest cut off her Reclassified LP to promote.
The Motown-esque track gets an equally vintage vibe for the accompanying visual. Azalea herself directs the clip with assistance from her stylist Alejandra Hernandez. Following in the cinematic theme as her previous videos, Iggy serves 70s glam bombshell as she busts her bad boy lover from lockdown. A high speed car chase then ensues, with officer J Hud, like a Mountie, getting her
man woman. Check out the clip below.
A star-studded roster came together to honor one of music’s living legends last Tuesday after the Grammys. Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande were just some of the great talent assembled for Stevie Wonder: Songs In the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute.
Bey opened the show, covering Wonder’s “Fingertrips,” “Master Blaster,” and “Higher Ground” with Ed Sheeran and Gary Clark Jr. by her side. Confession time. The more I see Ed Sheeran, the more my inexplicable crush on him grows. Seriously, I can’t get enough of the 24-year-old ginger. Beyonce should really consider booking some time in the studio with Ed for her next album. They sound fantastic together.
Other highlights include Gaga playing the piano to perform “I Wish” and Grande teaming up with Babyface to duet on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”
Wonder, himself, took to the stage to perform a medley of his hits including “Contusion”, “Sir Duke”, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”, “Ribbon in the Sky”, “Overjoyed” and “Superstition.” The celebration ended with a star-studded performance of “Happy Birthday.”
Pharrell Williams, Janelle Monae, John Legend and Ne-Yo also took to the stage. Check out some of the performances below.
No one can ever take the place of my beloved Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, but if there was anyone I’ll allow, it’s Jennifer Hudson. She may not be nearly as believable as the political fixer, but it’s entertaining to see her play the Scandal role for a Funny or Die spoof. Watch the Dreamgirls actress discuss Obamacare in the clip below.
Love, love, love Jennifer Hudson, but let’s face it. Her recording career has been lackluster at best after a promising start. Her biggest hit to date is her debut single “Spotlight” which topped the R&B chart and peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. I have a feeling though, that’s all about to change.
There’s no denying Pharrell Williams has the “midas touch” these days. He’s helped both Robin Thicke and Daft Punk score huge hits this past summer. Hoping to be her lucky charm is Hudson. RCA Records enlisted the hitmaker to work with the Dreamgirls actress on a new track. The early verdict… it’s a success.
“I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” is a departure for J-Hud. It’s more uptempo than what we’re used to hearing from her. Definitely a nice change of pace. She stays true, however, to her soul sound but with a nice dance beat. It’s rhythmic soul with a bit of urban swagger in the form of lyrical rhymes from T.I. Check it out below. I’m already a fan of it.
On Friday, we finally get our chance to see Jennifer Hudson play South African activist Winnie Mandela. The biopic first premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Due to a lackluster response, it was shelved. It received new life in October 2012, when it was released to a limited number of theaters in Canada. Again, poor reviews prevented it from receiving a US release date.
For some reason, Image Entertainment acquired the rights and decided to release it this weekend. I hope they didn’t pay too much for it, because I highly doubt it’ll generate too much revenue at the box office. Perhaps, the company was looking for a huge tax write off ;)
I have no doubt the film sucks major balls, but at least a track appearing on the film’s soundtrack doesn’t. To be fair, I’d like almost anything J-Hud sang. I’ve been a fan of her since her American Idol days. “Bleed For Love” is exactly the type of song, Hudson shines on. Written by Diane Warren, the soulful power ballad allows for Jennifer to soar with her amazing vocals. It’s definitely epic and cinematic. Give it a listen below. A hot dance remix would be fantastic.