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ニィーヨ、NYのマジソン・スクウェア・ガーデンで公演!

Ne-Yo Live Concert in New York

Saturday December 1st 2018 ‑ Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

ニィーヨとキーシャ・コールのライブが、ニューヨークのマジソン・スクウェア・ガーデンにて行われました。正確に言うと、MSG 内のキャパシティ約3,500 のHulu Theater です。

Love キーシャ・コール

まずはキーシャ・コールが登場。デビュー当時、メアリー J. ブライジの再来と騒がれたキーシャ・コール、2005年のヒット、”Love” そして、“I Changed My Mind”………、 せつない愛を歌い上げます。

I Should Have Cheated“、”Let It Go“、”I Remember“など、懐かしい曲が続きます。2017年にリリースしたキーシャ・コールの7枚目のアルバム、「11:11 Reset」はあまり話題になりませんでしたが、なかなかいい作品に仕上がっています。以下、”Incapable” を聴いてみてください。

 

踊れないニィーヨ…….?

いつもはダンサーを引連れ、優雅なダンスを披露してくれるのですが、二か月ほど前に片足を骨折してしまったニィーヨ、すでにニューヨークでのコンサートが決まっていたとあって、「踊りは厳禁」という医者の言いつけを守ることを条件に、マジソン・スクウェア・ガーデンにダンサーを伴わず登場。骨折した足にはギプス・ブーツという痛ましい姿……..。「待っていてくれるファンの人たちを悲しませるわけにはいかない。」ニィーヨの情熱が伝わります。

So Sick of Love Songs 失恋ソングのニィーヨ

ニィーヨがデビューしたのは2005年、以来、自分のアルバムだけでなく、ビヨンセ、メアリー J. ブライジ、フェイス・エヴァンスなど多くのアーティストにヒット曲を提供してきたことでよく知られています。

オープニング・ナンバーは、2006年のヒット曲、”So Sick” です。”Because of You”, “Miss Independent” などヒット・メドレーが続きます。踊ってはいけない、と忠告されているのに、ステップを踏んだり、左右に歩き回ったり、じっとしていることのできないニィーヨ……..。

”Let Me Love You” など、ニィーヨの愛の世界が繰り広げられます。実はこの曲、ニィーヨが初めて書いた曲なのだそうです。マリオが歌って大ヒット、ニィーヨの名前が俄かに注目された記念すべき曲なのです。さらに、ビヨンセに提供した曲、”Irreplaceable” を披露。そう、♪To The Left ♪ 、というあれです。

Brooklyn in the House ブルックリン・パワー

この6月に新しいアルバム、「グッド・マン」を発表。その中の曲”Push Back” を歌います。ダンス曲なので、オーディエンスから女性をふたり舞台にあげてダンス・バトルを開催。ロング・アイランド出身の白人女性と、ブルックリン出身の黒人女性の対決となりました。観客の大半がブルックリン住民だったようで、ブルックリンのシスターが圧勝!

新しいアルバムのタイトル曲、”Good Man” は、なんとディアンジェロの「Untitled (How Does It Feel)」のサンプルが使われていてびっくり。それもそのはず、プロデューサーはディアンジェロのオリジナル曲 (How Does It Feel) を手掛けたラファエル・サディークなのでした。

「今日はみんな、来てくれてありがとう。精一杯がんばったけど、足が腫れてズキズキして、もうだめ…..。ありがとう、ニューヨーク!」というニィーヨのお別れの挨拶でフィナーレとなりました。

 

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DJ June Club Chart – December 10, 2012

howtek & Justin Prime

Showtek & Justin Prime

DJ June Club Chart – December 10, 2012

1. Cannonball – Showtek & Justin Prime

新しいエレクトロ系の人気トラック。とにかくかっこよくて、初めて聞いた人でも絶対フロアで盛り上がってしまう。特に、Trapバージョン (Trap Music – South Music (Rick Ross, Lil Wayneなどのような遅いビート)がナイス。 今、パーティーではトラップ、ダブステップは欠かせませんよ。

New electro big hit by Showtek and Justin Prime. Lots of energy in this track. You just want to rage when you listen to it. I have heard this song in many mixes of other Dj’s and the trap version is a sick banger!! (Trap Music – South Music such as Rick Ross, Lil Wayne….)

2. Let Me Love You – Ne-Yo

わりと前に出た曲ですがやっと人気爆発した感じです。コマーシャル・ポップソングの中でもパーティー向き、今一番盛り上がりそう。リミックスも数多くありますが、私のお気に入りはBob Sinclar Remix、彼のバージョンをよくかけてます。

This song has been out for a while and gradually climbed the chart and now exploded. This could be a great commercial pop song on the dance floor. Out of many remixes I play my favorite Bob Sinclar Remix. Get your groove on!!

3. Scream & Shout – Will.I.AM f/ Britney Spears

ポップすぎるかなぁとちょっと試しでかけてみたら、すごくうけた。なんだかんだ言ってみんなブリトニー好きなんだなぁ。ビートはすごくいいと思います。

t’s too pop to my taste but people went crazy over this song!!  Britney is still the princess of pop after all. Nice beat.

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DJ June This Week’s Events

Tue., December 11                        Toca Tuesday @ Sutra Lounge with Rich Medina

Thur., December 13                        6-9pm Xmas Party for French Connection

@ Don Coqui 28-18 31st Street, Astoria NY

10pm @ Bob – 235 Eldridge street, NYC

Fri., December 14                        Providence @ Tropicana Hotel, Atlantic City

Sat., December 15                         Providence @ Tropicana Hotel, Atlantic City

ニーヨへの10の質問 Ne-Yo Interview by Ken Simmons

Ne-Yo R.E.D.

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ニーヨへの10の質問 ~ Ne-Yo インタビュー

ハーレム2日本のスーパーバイザーでジャーナリストのケン・シモンズが、5枚目アルバム「R.E.D.」をリリースしたばかりで大好調の Ne-Yo に独占インタビューをしました。ウェブサイト、Loop21 のための記事ですが、ハーレム2日本の音楽ファンのために特別シェアさせてくれることになりました。マイケル・ジャクソンとの共演やモータウンの副社長に任命された時の「怖い」といった心境や、もしかして、オバマと一緒にレコーディングするかも……、などなど楽しい話も満載。以下、ニーヨ・スペシャル・インタビューをお届けします。

グラミー三冠受賞アーティスト、ニーヨはオバマ大統領の熱心な支持者として知られています。そのニーヨがアメリカ大統領選挙の当日に新しいアルバム、「R.E.D. (Realizing Every Dream)をリリースしました。選挙の当日にアルバム発売を決めたのは、必ずオバマ大統領が再選されると強く信じていたのでしょう。ニーヨ、そして多くのブラック・エンターティナーたちの熱い応援にみごとオバマが当選、第二期目を務めることになりました。

2005年にデビューして以来、アルバム3枚連続プラチナに輝き、シングルも5枚ともプラチナを獲得するという快挙を遂げました。また、作詞家としても引く手あまた、ビヨンセ、ジェイZ、リアーナ、メアリーJ.ブライジ、ジェニファー・ハドソンなど多くのアーティストに曲を提供してきました。音楽業界だけでは飽き足らず、ジョージ・ルーカス監督のタスケジー・エアマンの物語「レッド・ティルズ」をはじめとする4作の映画に出演、映画界でも成功を収めています。

質問1:  新しいCDのタイトル、Realizing Every Dreamを意味する「R.E.D.」とした理由を教えて下さい。いったいどんな夢を実現したのでしょうか。

Ne-Yo:  みなさんが知らないような夢を実現してるんですよ。たとえば、グラミー賞を3回受賞したり、世界中を回って、そのおかげで自分も家族も生活ができているんです。これまですごい人たちと一緒に仕事をしてきました。ぼくが9歳の時に音楽で身を立てようと思い立ってそれ以来次から次へと夢を実現させました。だからこのアルバムを‘夢を全部実現させる’という名前にしたんです。これまでさまざまな夢を叶えてきましたけど、まだまだやりたいことはたくさんありますね。グラミーを3つもらいましたけど、スティーヴィー・ワンダーなんか2桁台ですよ、ぼくなんかまだまだです。ぼくのアルバムはプラチナになるほど売れていますが、ぼくよりもっと売っているアーティストがいますから……。どんどん目標が高くなっていきますね。ぼくの音楽がきっかけでもっと他の人が夢を実現してくれるとすごく嬉しいですね。

質問2:  あなたの最初の3枚のアルバム、「In My Own Words」「Because of You」「Year of the Gentleman」はどれもナンバー・ワン、プラチナに輝きましたが、4枚目の「Libra Scale」はあまり人気がありませんでしたね。あなたはその苦い経験をどう受け止めていますか。

Ne-Yo:  勉強になりましたね。ぼくはいいことでも悪いことでもそこから何かを学ぼうと思っています。「Libra Scale」はぼくが書いた30分のサイファイ映画のサントラがコンセプトだったんです。それまで脚本なんで書いたことはなかったんですけど。あとで、脚本というのは1ページが1分なんだということを知りました。当初、所属レーベルのアイランド・デフジャムに146ページの脚本を持ち込みました。曲はその脚本にインスパイアされたものです。あまりに長すぎるからカットしろと言われて…….、それで削ったりしてそれがアルバムにも反映されてしまったんですね。出来上がったものはもともと意図していたものとは違ってしまった。とてもいい勉強になりました。

質問3:その苦い経験が今回の「R.E.D.」制作にどのように影響していますか。

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Ne-Yo: あまり考えすぎず、クウォリティーの高い音楽を作ることに専念しました。R&Bファン向けの曲、ポップ・ファン向けの曲いずれも充実させないといけないと思いました。「Year of the Gentleman」の”Closer”が好きでニーヨ・ファンになってくれた方も多いのですが、あのアルバム(「Libra Scale」?)の中で似たような曲がなくてがっがりした人も多かったと思います。その間違いを繰り返さないよう、R&B、ポップ、その両方とも好きな人たちを満足させられるような曲作りを心がけました。

質問4:「ジェントルマン」を心がけているあなたはご自分のウェブサイトのタイトルも Ne-Yo The Gentlemanとしていますね。アーバン・カルチャーはポップの世界ではそうでない方向にいっている人たちが多いなか、そういうスタイルを押し通しているのはどうしてですか。

Ne-Yo:    ぼくは人のいいなりになるのではなく自分から率先して動くリーダーを目指しています。流行を追うのは好きじゃないんです。流行は必ずいつかすたれるから、流行を追うことは常にタイム・リミットがあるということなんです。ぼくは時間を越えた長続きのすることをやりたいんです。ぼくにはポジティヴな姿勢を保ち続けるというアーティストとしての責任があります。それをぼくは真剣に受け止めています。子供たちから見られているんです。ぼくのようなスタイルを見てくれている子供たちがいると思うんです。

実際に、いろいろな企業がぼくに自社製品のキャラクターになってほしいとアプローチしてきているんですよ。ぼくが大衆にアピールするかららしいです。ぼくの音楽は、4歳児から14歳、さらに40歳くらいの年齢層にも受け入れられていると思います。ぼくは、自分の身なり、音楽、歌詞にとても気を遣っています。言葉もていねいに選んでいます。言葉の持つ力はとても大きいし重要なんです。ぼくがやることはすべてジェントルマンなんです。それがぼくという人間です。

質問5:あなたはモータウン・レコードの新人発掘および育成をするA&R部門のシニア・ヴァイス・プレジデントに任命されたそうですね。受諾した際、「とても光栄ですが、すごく怖いです。」とコメントしていましたが、この新しい任務はあなたにとってどういった意味を持っていますか。

Ne-Yo:  光栄というのはもちろん、モータウンはただのレコード・レーベル以上の存在だからです。モータウンはとても輝かしい歴史を持っています。以前、スモーキー・ロビンソンが同じポジションを努めたので、ぼくもまた彼と同様な道を歩むことになると思います。ですが、せっかくのモータウンなのに、そのエネルギーが間違った方向に向いてしまっているように思います。イメージ作りやマーケティングばかりにとらわれて肝心の音楽に力を入れていないと思います。だからレーベルが今伸び悩んでいるのです。

モータウンは、イメージやマーケティング同様、常に質の高い音楽を提供してきました。ベリー・ゴーディー(モータウン・レコードの創始者)に会って話したとき、この任務を受けるにあたってぼくの抱いている恐怖を説明しました。所属アーティストたちのキャリアを左右する重要な責任を負うだなんて、やっぱり怖いですよ。彼の家に行ったとき、テンプテーションズの「マイ・ガール(1964)」のクウォリティー・コントロール・ミーティングのビデオ・テープを見せてくれたんです。ミーティングに参加している人全員にこう質問するんです、「もし1ドルしか持っていないとしたらこのマイ・ガールを買うか、それともサンドイッチを買うか?」多数決で、半数以上がサンドイッチを買うほうに賛成したらその曲はリリースせずにお蔵入りにする、というルールです。 (次ページへ)

Ne-Yo Interview

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Ne-Yo Interview by Ken Simmons (Loop21)

Three-time Grammy Award winner Ne-Yo is a strong supporter of President Barack Obama, and he is releasing his fifth CD, “R.E.D.” (Realizing Every Dream), on Election Day as Obama vies for re-election. Since making his recording debut in 2005, Ne-Yo has recorded three consecutive No. 1 platinum albums and five platinum singles. Ne-Yo also is one of the most in-demand composers, writing songs for numerous stars including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson. In addition to his impressive musical accomplishments, he also is enjoying a successful acting career with appearances in four films including George Lucas’ story of the Tuskegee Airmen, “Red Tails.”

Ne-Yo recently sat down with Loop 21 to discuss working with Michael Jackson, being “terrified” by his executive position at Motown, and the possibility of recording with Obama.

Loop 21: You named your new CD, “R.E.D.,” which is an acronym for Realizing Every Dream. What dreams have you realized?

Ne-Yo: I have realized so many dreams that we don’t have enough time to talk about all of them. They include winning three Grammys, traveling and performing all around the world, and being able to provide for myself and my family. I have worked with some amazing artists. I have realized all the dreams I’ve had since I knew at the age of 9 that I wanted to pursue music, and that is why I named the album “Realizing Every Dream.” I have realized many dreams but there is so much more I want to accomplish. I have won three Grammys, but Stevie Wonder has double-digit Grammys so I have more to do. My albums have sold platinum, but other artists have sold more so I have higher goals and dreams. I want my music to inspire people to realize their own dreams.

Loop 21: You have enjoyed a very successful career. Your first three CDs, “In My Own Words,” “Because of You,” and “Year of the Gentleman,” all debuted at No. 1 and were certified platinum. However, your fourth CD, “Libra Scale,” was not as popular. How did its lack of success affect you?

Ne-Yo: It was a learning experience for me. I try to learn from everything I do whether it is good or bad. I learned to know more about something I am tackling for the first time before I dive into it. “Libra Scale” was conceived as the soundtrack to a 30-minute science fiction movie I wrote. I had never written a screenplay before. I learned that each page of a script is equivalent to one minute. I went to my label, Island Def Jam, and submitted a 146-page script. The songs were inspired by the script. They told me it was much too long and I had to cut it. So I had to cut it down and sacrifice certain elements which affected the album. We never produced the short movie as I intended so the project was not what I envisioned. It was definitely a learning situation.

Loop 21: How did that lack of success affect creating “R.E.D.”?

Ne-Yo: For “R.E.D., I decided to make it less complicated. Just concentrate on producing quality music. Make sure that I had enough songs for my R&B fans and also my pop fans. One problem with my “Year of the Gentleman” CD was that for people who were new to Ne-Yo and liked the song “Closer,” there was nothing else on that CD similar to that song so those fans did not have other songs that they liked. So I wanted to make sure on “R.E.D.” I had enough songs for my R&B fans, my pop fans, and the fans who like a mixture of those styles.

Loop 21: You pride yourself on being a gentleman and your website is called Ne-Yo The Gentleman. How do you feel you’ve influenced people with this style when so much of urban and pop culture is going in a different direction?

Ne-Yo: I want to be a leader and not a follower. I never want to follow a trend. When you follow a trend you are putting a time limit on yourself because a trend will fade away. I want to have longevity and last for years. I have a responsibility as an artist to project a positive image. I take that responsibility very seriously. I know kids are watching. Hopefully kids will see me and like my style. The fact that various companies have approached me to represent their products shows me that my style has a broad mass appeal. I feel my music appeals to a 4 year old and a 14 year old as well as a 40 year old. I am very careful about how I present my appearance, my music and my lyrics. I choose my words very carefully. I know the power and the importance of words. Everything I do is as a gentleman. That is who I am.

Loop 21: You were appointed a senior vice president of A&R for Motown Records responsible for signing and developing artists. You’ve said that you are “honored, excited and also terrified” by this appointment. What does this position mean to you?

Ne-Yo: I am honored because Motown is more than a record label. Motown has a rich legacy. Smokey Robinson held the same position and I am following in his footsteps. I feel that Motown’s energies have been in the wrong place. There was too much attention on imaging and marketing and not enough attention on the music. That is why I believe the label has suffered. Motown has always been known for quality music as well as the imaging and the marketing. It is important to start with the music and create quality music. I talked to (Motown Records founder) Berry Gordy and I expressed to him my fears about holding this position. It was scary to me that I would be so responsible for artists’ careers. I went to his house and he played me a tape of the quality control meeting he had for The Temptations’ (1964) song ”My Girl.” Everyone in the room was asked the question, “If you had only one dollar, would you buy ‘My Girl’ or would you buy a sandwich?” The rule was if the majority voted to buy a sandwich, the song would not be released and they would go back to the drawing board. Seven of the eight people voted to buy a sandwich. Berry was the only person to vote for buying the song. He told me that was one of the few times he overruled the vote and decided to release a song. Obviously “My Girl” became a No. 1 hit and a classic. He told me that showed that you have to trust your instincts and trust your opinion. You take into account what other people feel but know that your opinion matters. He told me to value other people’s opinions but also value my own opinion. I have to struggle with the fact that I am a Motown artist and I am also a Motown executive. There are similarities but there are also great and distinct differences. As an artist I live on my vibe, my emotion, and my spirit. As an executive I have to be more practical. I have to be concerned with elements I don’t think about as an artist, such as what radio stations will play the song, the marketing, and will teenage girls like the music.

Loop 21: In addition to music, you’ve enjoyed a successful acting career. Your roles have ranged from playing a professional hit man on TV in “CSI:NY” to a Tuskegee airman in “Red Tails.” What have been the highlights of your acting career?

Ne-Yo: Those two roles are special because they are so different. For “CSI:NY,” I told them I wanted to portray a character different from myself. I wanted to be a bad guy. I wanted to step away from what people knew. The scene begins and you see me in a familiar way wearing the hat in an elegant setting with a lady, and then there is a twist and I kill three people. “Red Tails” was the highlight of my acting career. The Tuskegee airmen overcame tremendous adversity. They excelled against all odds. They were presumed to fail. They were not considered citizens. Their achievements give me strength. Nothing I encounter will ever be as difficult as what they faced. So whenever I feel there is something I can’t overcome, or a task I can’t complete, a goal I can’t achieve, I am inspired by the Tuskegee airmen. I realize that they overcame obstacles greater than anything I will ever face so I have confidence that I can succeed.

Loop 21: You were the headline performer at the Michael Jackson birthday concert in August in New York City. You idolized Michael and had the chance to work with him. What happened the first time he called you?

Ne-Yo: I hung up on him because I thought it was somebody playing a practical joke on me. He called my cell phone and I have no idea how he got the number. Nobody will confess that they gave him the number. But he did call back and I was ecstatic that he called. He wanted me to work on his new album and of course I was honored. I learned more in a few weeks working with him than I did in my entire career. I gained so much knowledge about music and songwriting from him critiquing my songs. It was an incredible experience. I wrote several songs for him and we planned to record them after his “This Is It” concerts in London. But he died before we were able to start recording. Michael was the epitome of the possibility of greatness. There will never be another Michael Jackson because no one has that same hunger to succeed. He lived, breathed, ate and slept music. No one worked as hard around the clock, had so much dedication and attention to detail in perfecting his craft. I am happy to have spent time with him and talk with him and learn from him. He would tell me what he thought about the music business, what was right with it and what was wrong with it. I still have the songs I wrote for him and I am trying to decide what to do with them. Perhaps I will record them for a tribute album and donate the proceeds to charity.

Loop 21: You mentioned charity. You created your own charity, the Compound Foundation, in 2007 to assist children in foster care and group homes. What do you feel you’ve accomplished with the foundation?

Ne-Yo: My focus has been to show the kids that there is a difference between where you come from and where you can go. We have had some small successes with our entrepreneurship training courses, education programs, scholarship programs, providing music studios, and funding to agencies that secure adoption and adult guardians. We try to prepare children for the next steps following foster care and help them successfully function in society. We also work with the adults in properly guiding the children. Unfortunately one problem with the foster care system is that it believes the solution to undesirable behavior is often overmedicating the children. The idea is to pacify the kids with drugs. I talk to kids and it’s disturbing that they know so much about these drugs and are so dependent on them. They say they want the red pills or the blue pills. I don’t feel that is the right solution. If a kid needs discipline then the adult needs to learn how to discipline the kids instead of constantly sedating them with a drug. Foster parents complain about kids having behavioral problems but they would also have issues if they were constantly shuttled from foster home to foster home and having to deal with different adults and different personalities while carrying their clothes in garbage bags. If anyone is interested in learning more about our foundation or making a donation, please visit www.compoundfoundation.org.

Loop 21: Your new CD, “R.E.D.,” is being released on Election Day. You are featured in the pro-Obama “Forward” video executive produced by will.i.am who also produced the “Yes We Can” Obama campaign song in 2008. Why it is so important for you to express your support for Obama?

Ne-Yo: I support Obama 100 percent and it would take too long to explain all the reasons. The short answer is simple. It took eight years to break it and it takes eight years to fix it. The previous administration created such problems that Obama needs two terms to correct the problems he inherited. Many people are unrealistic about their expectations and their need for quick solutions. The problems can’t be solved overnight. He needs more time. He has had progress but some people are impatient and feel he has not done enough. Reversing the process, reversing and correcting the ills of our country requires more time and that’s why he has to be re-elected to continue and finish what he started.

Loop 21: We heard Obama sing Al Green’s “Let Stay Together.” Would you record a song with him?

Ne-Yo: If Obama called me and asked me to record a song with him, I would jump at the chance. I would be a fool to turn down that opportunity. He has a pretty good singing voice. I would make sure he did not sing about politics. Maybe I would put Kanye West on the track. That would make a very politically incorrect song. (laughs)

(Interviewed by Ken Simmons for Loop21)