Whenever a musical act stumbles upon a rough patch in their career and the hits seem harder and harder to come by, the public often times takes it upon themselves to start referring to that artist as a has been. This is the case with Brandy, a singer who has sold over 20 million records, won several Grammys, been a television star, a movie star, graced the cover of dozens of magazines and once had endorsement deals that Forbes said totaled over 10million dollars. Despite her many accomplishments in several different fields of the entertainment industry, the fact that she hasn’t had a certified hit single in the last few years causes a lot of people to discount her and her talents. This no doubt is the reason why the singer has taken to posting You Tube videos of herself singing in her bathroom and performing at small venues like she did earlier this week. Brandy is trying to remind the public that despite the lukewarm reception to her last few albums, she is still an amazing voice in R n’ B music to be reckoned with. Just as I believe R n’ B needs the Monica’s of the world, they need the Brandy’s too. They need artists who put music first and want to make a connection with their fans that is based on something real. I think Brandy did just that when she performed several songs Tuesday evening at the R&B Live event in Hollywood, California. Brandy went old skool on the crowd- performing with a live band- no smoke- no mirrors- no crazy get-ups- just a microphone and her amazing voice.
Check the clip below of the singer belting out one of her biggest hits… Almost Doesn’t Count.
Brandy is blogging for Vibe.com and the singer recently wrote about how tough it is to read the many negative comments aimed at her, her friends, and family. Brandy placed a lot of the blame on the blog owners whom she feels purposely look to portray celebrities in a bad light so they can get hits and make more money.
Excerpts from Brandy’s Vibe blog:
People just go too far. Way too far. But people are going to be who they are. As long as I’m not like that, and even if I wasn’t me and I was tweeting about another celebrity, I would never say anything bad about somebody like that. I’m glad that I’m that type of a person.
If I was running the site, I wouldn’t post a bad picture of another person. I just wouldn’t do that. All to make money. For what reason? There are other ways that you can make money. Why do you have to do that at the expense of somebody else? And then the hard part about it is you take a picture of me, I don’t get a piece of that at all. It’s just weird. I just think people should have respect. We have feelings.
It’s real. It affects us. Trust me. It really does. We’re people at the end of the day with feelings. You know we’re sensitive because we’re artists. You know that stuff is going to hurt sometimes. It doesn’t mean we’re not strong.
Brandy is clearly aware of the comments made about her and Kelly Rowland a few weeks back. Both singers showed up for an event in lace front wigs only their mothers could love and indeed the net was on fire with negative comments about them both.
Read a great article written on this issue by Mrs Grapevine…
Brandy and her family come together for VH-1’s newest reality series “A Family Affair.” Debuting April 11th, the show will chronicle the life of superstar Brandy Norwood as her parents attempt to teach she and her brother to take over the family business. Check out an extended preview of the first episode below.
Superstar siblings Brandy and Ray J Norwood are set to premiere a new VH1 reality series “Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business” about the duo taking over the family empire. Viewers will get a first hand glimpse into the lives of the Norwood family unit and their family business Rn’B Productions. Run by the siblings mother Sonja, Rn’B Productions features a lineup of musical artists including Brandy, Ray J and their father Willie. But with Sonja ready to take a step down, Brandy and Ray J will have to fill her shoes quickly all the while taking the family business to the next level.
“The Norwood’s are an incredibly talented family who truly love each other and I think our viewers will relate to that,” said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Production, VH1. “They are also a family in business together in a rapidly evolving industry, which offers a whole other level of complexity in their relationships. I was struck not only by their bond and honesty with each other, but also by their ability to put family first amidst all the rewards and struggles their industry can provide.”
In their new 11, one-hour episode series, both Brandy and Ray J will expand their roles in the family business. Brandy will step back into the music scene and team up with famous producer Timbaland for a new album all the while raising her seven year-old daughter Sy’rai. We’ll also see Ray J stepping out of his notorious bad boy image and collaborating with Rodney Jerkins and other popular R&B heavyweights. Father Willie will continue to sing and coach his famous children while being the original voice of reason. And the matriarch of the family, Sonja, will strive to keep her famous family on the right track, while passing the family business down to her two superstar children.
VH1’s “Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business” is created and executive produced by Mark Cronin and Cris Abrego for 51 Minds Entertainment, LLC. an Endemol Company, who also produced the record-breaking series “Rock of Love,” “Flavor of Love,” “Charm School,” and “I Love New York.” The production teams’ programming launched VH1 into their highest ratings ever. Ben Samek and Matt Odgers also executive produces for the series and the company. Brandy and Ray J Norwood executive produce the series while Ray J also serves co-creator. For VH1, the series is executive produced by Jeff Olde, Jill Holmes and Kristen Kelly.
Brandy showed off her inner vamp over the weekend when she performed with Timbaland at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. The singer was accompanied by her brother Ray J, who rumor has it she will be recording with an entire album look.
Timbaland has teamed up with Brandy for his new single “Meet In The Middle” which is due to be released on the producer’s upcoming “Shock Value 2” album. Brandy raps on the single and reportedly adopts an alter-ego (what female singer hasn’t) named Bran’Nu.
Check out the single below…
90’s R n’ B icon Brandy has been overseas the last few weeks performing and doing promo for her latest album, Human. The singer took to the stage earlier this week to perform at the Indigo 02 in London and did so with a whole new look. The singer hit the stage rocking the one-glove look made popular by Michael Jackson in the 80s and Beyonce again this decade. What really stood out however was the singer’s new dark brown pixie cut. During an interview with a London television station Brandy spoke out about her new look, new television series and of course her new tour. Check out the video here.
The fact that Brandy has landed a starring role in the ABC pilot “This Little Piggy” does not mean she is letting her musical career fall by the wayside. News reports have the singer already back in the studio working on her sixth studio album. Brandy released her most recent CD, Human, back in November of 2008 but as of last week the album had moved less than 500,000 copies. The singer teamed up with longtime producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins on that venture but will switch things up with the next album. Norwegian production duo Stargate has been tapped to work with the singer, as has hit making wonder Ne-Yo.
R n’ B singer Brandy seems to be keeping a low profile these days. The singer’s fifth studio album, Human, was released late last year and got rave reviews- garnering 4 out of 5 stars from Billboard Magazine. Great reviews however did not lead to great sales and thus the singer’s album and both her singles, Right Here (Departed) and Long Distance, have struggled on the charts. Like other R n’ B divas of the late 90’s, Brandy finds herself struggling to find her place in a musical landscape now dominated by a new generation of female singers.
Singer Brandy released her Human CD this past Tuesday and according to Hits Daily Double she will easily debut inside the top ten with sales of about 70-80,000. This is the singer’s first album under the Epic label and Brandy’s fifth solo album to date. Like a lot of R n’ B females, Brandy saw her release date pushed back and struggled to garner radio support for both her singles- Right Here (Departed) and Long Distance. Still, Brandy has been hot on the promo trail lately and her CD has garnered solid reviews from both fans and critics alike. The singer appeared on the Tyra Banks Show earlier this week and has a BET special airing tonight- Brandy: Just Human, which takes a behind the scenes look into the making of her new album.
With the release of Brandy’s new “Human” CD right around the corner, I decided to show our beautiful Brown Sista some love and post up a classic video of hers from the 90s. You guys know how much of a fan I am of 80s and 90s music, and no one reminds me of the 90s more than Brandy. Miss Norwood was the Rihanna/Hannah Montanna of the mid 90s. Brandy was a teen actress and singer and excelled equally at both. With an estimated worth of 10 million dollars in 1995, Brandy was the spokeperson for Candies, Covergirl and a host of other companies. Topping the charts with multiple hits from her first CD, producer Babyface tapped Brandy to appear on the soundtrack for the film Waiting To Exhale and out of that collaboration came one of my favorite songs.
R n’ B diva Brandy recently admitted to Us Weekly that her marriage to producer Robert Smith was a fake- something Robert admitted to nearly five years ago after he married another woman. The singer also talks about how she didn’t tell her daughter Sy’rai about the fatal car crash she was involved in that killed a woman nearly two years ago. In February 2002, Brandy announced she and Robert had married the year before. At almost the same time, she also publicly revealed that she was expecting her first child. In June the same year, she gave birth to daughter Sy’rai and had the event being documented in MTV reality series, called “Brandy: A Special Delivery”. However, Brandy then reportedly divorced Robert.
Friday night fog in Philadelphia kept singer/actress Brandy’s airplane on the tarmac at LAX for several hours, delaying her planned 7 pm concert for Wired 96.5 fans until nearly 11 pm. Brandy was scheduled to give a private show at Aloft, a luxury spa and hotel situated not too far from the airport. Once the singer was cleared and reached the hotel, word is she hopped right on stage sans make-up or her planned stage costume. After apologizing for being late the singer is said to have performed several songs and then did a quick Q&A session with fans and the media. Photos and video of her performance can be seen on the next page.
R n’ B veteran Brandy stopped by MTV Last week to talk about her upcoming album, Haman, and to perform her first single, Right Here (Departed). The singer also took time to let her fans know that she is in the midst of shooting the video for her second single, Long Distance. The mid-tempo ballad deals with the hardships of sustaining a long distance relationship, and like many of Brandy’s greatest hits, was co-written and produced by longtime collaborator Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. Now word yet when the video will premiere but Brandy’s latest CD, after being pushed back from it’s original November release date, is now scheduled to hit record store shelves on December 9th.
As many of you know, Brandy was originally scheduled to drop her Human CD on November 11th. However, after a slow start for her first single, Right Here (Departed), her label made the decision to move the release date back to December 9th, hoping the later date would spur interest in not only the song but the album. This of course affected Brandy’s promotion of the new single and not until this week did the singer actually start performing the new track in public. One of those performances came earlier today on MTV’s soon to be defunct video show, Total Request Live.