10/1/15 O&A NYC Throwback Thursday: Dru Hill – We’re Not Making Love No More

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 We’re Not Making Love No More is a song performed by contemporary R&B group Dru Hill. Written and produced by Kenneth Babyface Edmonds, it was released as a single from the soundtrack to the film Soul Food.  

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8/27/15 O&A NYC Throwback Thursday: Lisa Stansfield – All Around the World

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All Around the World recorded by British R&B/new jack swing recording artist Lisa Stansfield for her 1989 album Affection.  It was written by Stansfield, Ian Devaney and Andy Morris, and produced by Devaney and Morris. Songwriters Stansfield,  Devaney and Morris received the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. The song remains Stansfield’s her biggest hit. Continue reading

10/19/17 O&A THROWBACK THURSDAY: Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell- Ain’t no Mountain High Enough

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough was written in 1966 by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson prior to joining Motown. Simpson recalls “We felt like that could be our entry to Motown. Nick called it the ‘golden egg’.”The care-free, danceable, and romantic love song that became the signature duet between Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. The song set the tone for a string of Ashford and Simpson hits, which many consider the crown jewels of the Motown discography. Continue reading

2/I/18 O&A NYC BLACK HISTORY MONTH THROWBACK THURSDAY: Al Green- How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

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How Can You Mend a Broken Heart released on the 1972 album Let’s Stay Together is a cover song, originally performed by the Bee Gees and written by Barry and Robin Gibb. His rendition took the soul ballad to new levels of artistry and refinement. Continue reading

8/7/15 O&A Song Of The Day: The Weeknd- Can’t Feel My Face

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Can’t Feel My Face by Canadian R&B recording artist The Weeknd. Released on June 8, 2015, as a single from his upcoming second studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness. The single has also received positive reviews from critics, who noted similarities between the song and works by Michael Jackson.  Continue reading

8/7/15 O&A Shall We Dance Friday: Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal

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Smooth Criminal is the seventh single from Michael Jackson’s 1987 Bad album. Jackson originally wanted to make the music video in the western genre, but he later decided after watching “The Third Man” with Director Colin Chilvers to change it to a 1930s gangster style. Jeffrey Daniel of the soul music group Shalamar co-choreographed the Smooth Criminal video with Jackson and Vincent Paterson, who was a back-up dancer in Beat It and Thriller.


The dance sequence of the video in the 1930s style lounge (and Jackson’s white suit and fedora) pays tribute to the Fred Astaire musical comedy film The Band Wagon. Jackson and some of the dancers around him perform a seemingly impossible forward lean. For the video, this was done using harness cables. To accomplish this maneuver for stage performances, though, Jackson co-patented a hitching mechanism which was built into the floor of the stage and the performer’s shoes.

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Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal

8/5/15 O&A With WaleStylez- Song Of The Day: OMI – Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)


Cheerleader recorded by Jamaican singer OMI, with a track written and produced by OMI and C. Dillon, and additional writing by M. Bradford and R. Dillon. Cheerleader originally released in 2012 through Oufah Records with an accompanied music video directed by Tim Cash. It gained popularity in OMI’s home country Jamaica and to a certain extent in Hawaii and Dubai.  Continue reading

7/31/15 O&A Song of the Day: Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars


Uptown Funk (stylized as UpTown Funk!) is a song recorded by British producer Mark Ronson, with vocals from American recording artist Bruno Mars, for Ronson’s fourth studio album, Uptown Special (2015). The music video was released on 17 November 2014. It stars Mars, Ronson and the Hooligans walking around a city, wearing brightly colored suits and chains. It was directed by Bruno Mars and Cameron Duddy. Continue reading

7/27/15 O&A Song Of The Day: Janet Jackson- No Sleeep


Janet Jackson dropped the music video for No Sleeep, the first single off her forthcoming new album, but this version has guest appearances from J. Cole. Jackson begins her Unbreakable World Tour on Aug. 31 in Vancouver.  Continue reading