Jhene Aiko

Oct
13
Jhené Aiko Performs ‘The Pressure’ on ‘Wendy’

Jhené Aiko

After wrapping the “King of the Fall” tour with The Weeknd in San Francisco on Saturday, Jhené Aiko brought her soulful sound to “The Wendy Williams Show” on Monday. The Souled Out songstress hit the stage to perform an acoustic version of her single “The Pressure” off her debut album, which entered the charts at No. 3.

She also helped the talk show host announce the nominations for the Soul Train Awards 2014, and discovered that she was nominated for four awards including Best New Artist and Video of the Year for “The Worst.”

Watch Jhené celebrate her nods with a stripped-down set.

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Oct
11
Video: Childish Gambino – ‘Telegraph Ave.’

Childish Gambino and Jhené Aiko

There’s trouble in paradise. Hot on the heels of STN MTN/Kauai, Childish Gambino reunites with his on-screen lover Jhené Aiko in the strange video for “Telegraph Ave.,” a cut off his album Because the Internet.

The rapper and singer drive around a beautiful lush island while listening to Lloyd’s “Oakland.” They’re enjoying their tropical vacation until things take a dark turn. While making out with Jhené in a sugarcane field, Childish is hit by a car and morphs into an octopus-esque creature. The driver warns Jhené that it’s not safe before Gambino attacks the men with his tentacles.

Watch the bizarre ending to their romantic getaway.

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Sep
20
The Weeknd, ScHoolboy Q, & Jhené Aiko Kick Off ‘King of the Fall’ Tour

The Weeknd

No sleep till Brooklyn. The Weeknd kicked off his “King of the Fall” tour at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Friday night. The Canadian crooner was joined by supporting acts ScHoolboy Q and Jhené Aiko on the first date of his four-city tour.

Fresh off the No. 3 debut of her album Souled Out, Aiko warmed up the stage with her soulful songs including “Lyin King,” “Spotless Mind,” and “The Pressure,” as well as material off her EP Sail Out.

TDE’s ScHoolboy Q made a “Gangsta” entrance before performing his Oxymoron singles “Man of the Year,” “Studio,” and his verse on Tinashe’s “2 On.”

He even made light of Kanye West’s recent controversy. “I’m about to get my Kanye West on and make everyone who’s even in a wheelchair get up from sitting down,” joked Q before performing “Collard Greens.”

But all eyes were on The Weeknd, who owned the night, delivering a seductive set that included “Wicked Games” and “Twenty Eight.” He also performed his cover of Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love” and Ty Dolla $ign’s “Or Nah (Remix).”

The tour will play Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on Sept. 21, L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 9, and San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Oct. 10.

Watch XO touch down in the BK.

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Sep
19
Jhené Aiko Performs ‘The Pressure’ on ‘Today’

Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko sailed into the weekend with an acoustic performance on “Today.” Looking angelic in white, the L.A. songstress stripped down her single “The Pressure” with some help from her guitarist Jeff. She kept it family friendly, replacing the word “weed” with “major.”

Her debut album Souled Out entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3 this week, selling 70,000 copies in its first week.

Jhené will kick off the “King of the Fall” tour with The Weeknd and ScHoolboy Q tonight at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

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Sep
17
Lecrae Tops Billboard, Jhené Aiko Debuts at No. 3

Lecrae and Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko sails into the top 3 on the Billboard 200 this week with her debut Souled Out, but it was Christian rapper Lecrae who took the top spot.

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Sep
13
Rap-Up TV: Jhené Aiko Talks ‘Drunk Texting’ with Chris Brown

Common, J. Cole, and Drake have all co-signed Jhené Aiko, and now Chris Brown is calling on the in-demand songstress. The two engage in some “Drunk Texting” on their intoxicating duet off Brown’s new album X.

With her own album Souled Out in stores, Rap-Up TV caught up with the L.A. native to find out how the collaboration came to be.

The singers have known each other since Chris released his 2005 debut, and things happened organically. “For me, I like to just do things that I really like. If I like the song, then I’ll do it,” said Jhené.

“They sent the song and it was easy. I just had to go in there and sing it with him. I actually recorded it in this tight schedule, but I really did enjoy the song and I felt like people are really gonna be singing this. They’re gonna relate to the song ’cause everyone of drinking age can relate to drunk texting.”

She’s been a CB fan since “Run It,” and admires his perseverance. “I’ve always been a fan of the music and just his drive to keep going despite everything that happens, and I feel like I can relate to that because it happens, especially in this industry,” she explained. “They’re gonna come after you, time and time and time, you’re always gonna be your mistakes in people’s eyes. But it’s not about that. At the end of the day, it’s about the music.”

Check back for more from our exclusive interview with Jhené next week.

Sep
10
Jhené Aiko Brings ‘Souled Out’ to ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

Jhené Aiko

Jhené Aiko celebrated the release of her debut album Souled Out with a performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” After her previous appearances alongside Big Sean and Common, the 26-year-old songstress took over the outdoor stage in Hollywood on Tuesday to give her fans a mini concert.

Wearing cat ears and a long white skirt, she sang her single “The Pressure” during the televised broadcast.

Souled Out is battling against Lecrae’s Anomaly for No. 1 on next week’s Billboard 200.

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