Testing real reality
8/15/2013, 10:04 a.m. | Updated on 8/15/2013, 10:04 a.m.
A few decades ago, Gil Scott-Heron told us that the revolution won’t be televised. However, if you grab the remote control and channel surf, it’s apparent that everything else will. In 2013, the way in which we’re entertained has taken on a new face, and it may lead us to question things about ourselves.
For instance, it has been uttered time and time again, but is there any truth to the statement “perception is reality”—especially when you add lights, cameras and action to the mix? Well, with the wave of “reality” shows being television staples, the answer would be a resounding yes. Gone are the days when stars were positioned to be deity-like figures; now the emphasis is on humanizing celebrities.
For music fans, this has added another layer to our music consumption. We no longer have to imagine what obstacles our artists faced when creating their art. We can see the journey and ride it out with them. In some instances, parlaying their character, or lack thereof, has paid off handsomely.
K. Michelle dropped her major label (Atlantic Records) debut “Rebellious Soul” this week on the heels of the season finale of the widely popular VH1 show “Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta,” and it should have a strong chart showing as a result. This comes weeks after the release of an album by another popular songstress.
Two decades after the release of her debut album, “Precious,” Chanté Moore is back with her sixth studio solo album, “Moore is More.” Tread lightly when talking about Moore’s return in regards to her career. “I’ve been in the music industry for 20 years, and I’ve never stopped working. I’m touring the country every weekend, so I wouldn’t say it’s a welcome back but rather a new album,” Moore stated pointedly. Showcasing her skills as a writer, Moore had her hand in all but one of the tracks, and the one she didn’t write was written by her sister. “My heart is overwhelmed with excitement and joy in life and in my music! I have more to give my fans, more then meets the eye, more of the same and more than what you expect,” she continued. “There’s stuff on here that I won’t be able to talk about so much, but I can sing about it. If you really want to know where I’ve been for the past five years, just buy the record.”
Shaninche Records, her new recording home, is all in with the new record. Shanachie Entertainment Vice President of A&R Danny Weiss said, “I’m
super-enthusiastic about working with Chanté now, not only because she is such a brilliant vocalist, but also because she is entering into an exciting new phase in her life both personally and artistically. ‘Moore is More’ will manifest that growth and excitement.”
Part of said excitement comes from the runaway success of her venture with TV One as a cast member of the spin-off series “R&B Divas: LA,” which premiered on July 10 and broke records for its high viewership. The show follows the lives and careers of Moore as well as Kelly Price, Lil’ Mo, Claudette Ortiz, Michel’le and Dawn Robinson.
“The interest in ‘R&B Divas: LA’ has been overwhelming,” remarked Alfred Liggins, president and CEO of TV One. “The journey these six women take over the course of this season and their willingness to share it with TV One’s viewers has been incredible. We are enormously pleased our audience has responded so enthusiastically.”
Personally, I’m content with my relationships with artists through the emotions shared through the music, but I guess I’m old school. After seeing how audiences are relating to Angie Stone, Erica Moore, Monifah and Toni Braxton, I’m thinking reality might be where it is.
I’m out. Holla next week. Till then, enjoy the nightlife.