Premiere: Michael Korte Shares New Mashup #Legends4Superstar

Michael Korte, the YouTuber behind viral mashups like #Ham4Bey and #Purple4Prince is back with #Legends4Superstar, which is inspired by NBC’s upcoming musical Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.

Korte recruited talented vocalists Mark JP Hood (NBC’s The Voice), Christine Noel, Jamal Moore, Jada Banks-Mace and Porcha Lenae to create a breathtaking mashup of co-stars John Legend’s and Sara Bareilles’ biggest hits, and as well as songs from the classic musical. The nine-minute clip was directed by Baxter Stapleton with music produced by Bryson Camper.

Set during the final week of Jesus’ life, the story is told from the perspective of infamous betrayer Judas Iscariot. As more and more followers flock to Jesus, Judas grows concerned that Jesus is becoming arrogant and losing sight of his principles. So when Jesus attacks the money changers in a temple, Judas finally turns on his teacher, setting both on a path to tragedy.

Originally conceived as a concept album that hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts, the show eventually made its way to the stage in 1971 and garnered five Tony nominations in addition to winning a Drama Desk Award for Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert will premiere this Easter, Sunday April 1 at 8/7c on NBC.

Watch the mashup below.

Starring:
Mark JP Hood | @markjphood
Christine Noel | @christinenoelmusic
Jamal Moore | @singjamalsing
Porcha Lenae | @porcha_lenae25
Jada Banks-Mace | @jada_somiah
Michael Korte | @michaelkorte

Here’s a sneak peek at Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert 

Keithan is the founder/editor-in-chief of Rated R&B

Blvck Rose Releases Visual for ‘Video Girl’ Featuring FùNSHO

Emerging producer Blvck Rose has released the visual for his debut single “Video Girl” featuring FùNSHO.

Directed by Bria Domonique, the kaleidoscopic-clip takes a glimpse into the lives of various women with different interests including yoga, painting, photography and 420. The ladies later join Blvck Rose and FùNSHO at a kickback where he finds himself with more than enough options.

Blvck Rose shared the creative direction for the “Video Girl” visual. “I wanted to perfectly illustrate the feel of the song, which is very groovy, vibey and fun and highlight the variety of beautiful women of the DC-Maryland-Virginia area,” he said. “The vibrant shots showcase each woman in her natural element enjoying the song, and I hope the viewers leave with the message that all women are beautiful in their own way and should be appreciated.”

“Video Girl” will make the track list for Blvck Rose’s forthcoming EP A Half Dozen Roses, which is slated to arrive this summer. The project is expected to tell “an international love story told over futuristic melodic production.”

Watch “Video Girl” below.

The Weeknd Releases Surreal Visual for ‘Call Out My Name’

The Weeknd captures his dark emotions in the video for “Call Out My Name,” which is lifted from his new project, My Dear Melancholy.

Directed by Grant Singer, the eerie clip opens with The Weeknd walking alone on an empty street. The video takes a strange turn after one-minute of playing. When he belts the chorus, bats fly out of his mouth. The video continues to get creepy as The Weeknd finds himself in an abandoned theater and in the middle of the wilderness.

My Dear Melancholy debuted at No. 1 this week on the Billboard 200, making it his third consecutive number one album. The project follows 2016’s Starboy and 2015’s Beauty Behind the Madness.

Fans will be calling out The Weeknd’s name today at Coachella, where he is set to perform. His festival run this summer also includes Panorama in July and Lollapalooza in August.

Watch the video below.

Daniel Caesar and H.E.R. Share Breathtaking Video for ‘Best Part’

Following their performance of “Best Part” on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Daniel Caesar and H.E.R. have released the official visual.

Co-directed by Keavan Yazdani and Sean Brown, the simple yet beautiful video shows a side-by-side of the two artists performing the track on the beach. Caesar’s part was filmed at sunrise while H.E.R.’s was filmed at sunset.

“Best Part” appears on Caesar’s Grammy-nominated debut album, Freudian, and H.E.R.’s self-titled project.

Watch Daniel Caesar and H.E.R.’s video for “Best Part” below.

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