Jennifer Hudson puts on her dancing shoes and spreads some feel-good vibes with “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel).” The Grammy and Oscar-winning star enlists T.I. for the tingling disco-inspired number, produced by Pharrell.
“I just can’t put in words what I feel for you/ It feels so good it hurts,” sings J-Hud, while Tip caters to his lady on his verse.
In addition to Pharrell, J-Hud has been working on her third album with producers including Timbaland, Salaam Remi, and RedOne. “It’s not dance dance, but it’s soulful dance. It’s very ’70s kinda style,” RedOne told Rap-Up TV of the follow-up to 2011′s I Remember Me.
Not only does Jennifer Hudson star as Winnie Mandela in the upcoming biopic, she also lends her powerful voice to the soundtrack. The Oscar winner pours her heart out on “Bleed for Love” featuring South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir. The big ballad was written by Diane Warren and produced by Harvey Mason Jr., Laurent Eyquem, and David Franco.
“‘Bleed for Love’ has such an incredible and meaningful message about the power of love and the extension of the human heart,” said Hudson. “Diane wrote a beautiful song and it was an honor to work with her and the rest of the team to create this powerful piece of music.”
The Winnie Mandela soundtrack is available now, while the film hits theaters on Sept. 6.
Listen to J-Hud deliver chills with her stirring song.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis capped off a banner year by adding two KAWS Moonmen to their mantle. The Seattle duo won for Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Video with a Social Message and performed their single “Same Love” with Mary Lambert. Jennifer Hudson also made a surprise appearance, dueting with them on the powerful tune about same-sex marriage.
J. Cole and J. Hud joined forces to perform his single “Crooked Smile” at VH1’s 2013 Do Something! Awards last month in Hollywood. The Roc Nation rapper stripped down the inspirational song, while the Oscar winner filled in for TLC on the soulful hook.
Cole sampled Jennifer’s 2011 song “No One Gonna Love You” on the Born Sinner track.
“Performing with j cole was like performing with prince to me. He’s such a good guy. So honored!” tweeted J. Hud, who was recognized for her Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which was created in honor of her late nephew.
Watch them come together for the special performance.
VH1 celebrated do-gooders at the 2013 Do Something! Awards at The Avalon in Hollywood last night. Celebrities including Jennifer Hudson, LL Cool J, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kelly Osbourne, and Patrick Dempsey were honored for their social change leadership, while J. Cole and Sara Barailes provided the evening’s soundtrack.
J. Cole performed “Crooked Smile” with Jennifer Hudson, who filled in for TLC. “Performing with j cole was like performing with prince to me. He’s such a good guy. So honored!” tweeted J-Hud.
Ne-Yo honored an emotional Jennifer for the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which she and her sister Julia created to honor Jennifer’s late nephew.
“It warms my heart to see so many blessed from our blessings in honor of my nephew,” said a teary-eyed Jennifer, who dedicated the award to her sister. “It’s one thing to be a celebrity, but it means nothing if you can’t help somebody.”
Queen Latifah and Russell Simmons paid tribute to LL Cool J, who started a basketball tournament and summer athletic camp for youth in his native Queens, New York.
RedOne and Jennifer Lopez are enjoying success on the charts once again with “Live It Up.” After their history of hits, the two decided to take their relationship to the next level. Earlier this month, the Grammy-winning producer announced that he had signed the pop megastar to his label 2101 Records/Capitol Records and is executive producing her upcoming 10th album.
“The album is almost done. It has at least four or five bangers, incredible hits,” the Moroccan-born hitmaker told Rap-Up TV at the BMI Pop Awards.
Expect “everything” from the album, due later this year/early 2014. “It’s Jennifer Lopez, she’s done it all. From dance to urban records, so that’s what we’re doing,” he said. “We’re doing an album that has everything. She’s an incredible A&R herself, so she loves music, she knows what she wants, and I’m just helping her to do that album.”
While he and Lady Gaga have topped the charts with “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance,” he’s unsure if they will be working together again on Gaga’s upcoming album Artpop. “We’ve done half a song or song, but not that we’re working, absolutely not,” he said. “It might happen, it might not.”
However, he is lending his Midas touch to Jennifer Hudson’s new album. “It’s not dance dance, but it’s soulful dance. It’s very ’70s kinda style,” he said.
In addition to established acts, RedOne is working on music for his 2101 roster including Midnight Red, Mohombi, DJ Havana Brown, and Porcelain Black.