Five Four Presents Brand Ambassador: Jay Sean

 

Behind the Scenes at SXSW 2012 / Musicians backstage and out and about

 

Jay Sean brings the crowd wherever he goes

 

From Rolling Stone:

 

No one could ever accuse Alicia Keys of skimping on star power for her annual Black Ball, a benefit for her Keep a Child Alive Foundation. Last night's event at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom was particularly noteworthy for the unexpected collaborations Keys orchestrated for an evening of tributes to the late George Harrison's musical and philanthropic legacy. The concert – which raised $3 million for AIDS treatment and care in India and Africa – had an elaborate Indian motif, the normally beer-stained boards of the venue replaced with thick carpeting and gilded dinner tables. The ambiance paid tribute to Harrison's pioneering leadership of the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh, the first large-scale rock & roll benefit concert.

Indian fusion musicians Midival Punditz and Indian-American electronic composer Karsh Kale opened the set with a sprawling jam on Harrison's track "Within You Without You" (off the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and one of the first explorations of the Eastern influences that would define his career). They were replaced swiftly with Keys and British rapper JAY SEAN sharing Harrison's hit ballad "Something" (off Abbey Road), revising it as a sultry and melismatic R&B duet.

 

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From Rap Up:

 

Alicia Keys was the belle of the ball at the 8th Annual Keep a Child Alive Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Thursday evening (Nov. 3). The Grammy-winning songstress, who co-founded the non-profit organization, shimmered in a gold top, cream-colored blazer, and gold pointy-toe heels as she posed on the red carpet with her husband Swizz Beatz, who looked sharp in an all-black tux. "I am overwhelmed by the kindness I witnessed last night at the eighth annual Black Ball NY," said Keys, who raised over $3 million for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in India and Africa. "I am forever grateful to all of our supporters whose generosity will provide AIDS treatment and care for so many in desperate need." Queen Latifah, Tyra Banks, Gayle King, Kerry Washington, Carmelo Anthony, and La La Vazquez were among the stars who dressed up to honor the spiritual, musical, and philanthropic legacy of the late George Harrison. Guests were treated to performances by Usher, Norah Jones, will.i.am, JAY SEAN, and more. The "Fallin'" singer joined Usher and Richie Sambora on The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" and closed the night by singing "I Gotta Feeling" with will.i.am, as her mother and brother danced onstage.

 

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From USA Today:

 

Red Carpet Report: Keep a Child Alive's 8th annual Black Ball

Where: Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City

When: Thursday night

Guest list:Alicia Keys, Usher, will.i.am, Serena Williams, Kerry Washington, Richie Sambora, Padma Lakshmi, Tyra Banks, Common, Swizz Beatz, Carmelo Anthony, Lala Vasquez, Mekhi Phifer, David Arquette, Richie Sambora, Gayle King, Harvey Weinstein, Clive Davis, JAY SEAN, Chanel Iman, Gary Clark Jr., Janina Gavankar, and more.

 

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Attention UK fans! Jay Sean's London tour is just around the corner and it's practically an early Christmas present from the hot singing sensation.

 

Sunday 4th December is a date to note down in your diaries, we're sure the ladies have already done so! The tour will be a special one for Jay as he travels down with a full band, certainly one to attend!

While Jay has been touring the world with his hits singles, what better place to see him perform then in his hometown!

 

 

 

By Neha Bhatt

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Jay Sean Discusses 'Freeze Time' & The End Of The World: Idolator Interview

Earlier this month, Jay Sean wrapped up a US tour with Joe Jonas and JoJo, and we sat down with the "Down" singer just hours before their very last gig together, in New York. "I'm kind of sad about it actually," the hit-making UK singer/songwriter admitted. "It's been a really, really fun time."

Last month Jay released his mixtape The Mistress. Up next for the Young Money star is his oft-delayed album Freeze Time, which he says will be out sometime in early 2012. Head below to learn more about Sean's upcoming material, and to find out what he really thinks about the world ending when we change calendars in a few months.

IDOLATOR: What was the experience of the tour with Joe Jonas and JoJo like for you?

JAY SEAN: The thing about touring is you get to see the world, man. I got to see the United States. I went all around the East Coast, West Coast, down South. It was great to play to different audiences and to see all your different fans around the country with just cool, down-to-earth peeps. I think that's the part [Joe Jonas and JoJo and I] enjoyed the most. There were no ego clashes on tour, just good times.

What's next for you,now that the tour is over?

JS: It's nonstop for me, man. I'm heading off to England for an awards show. After that I come back for a few more shows here in America. Then I'm performing with Paul McCartney and Britney Spears in Abu Dhabi for the F1 Grand Prix. And then the tour of England in December and the album coming out in the beginning of the year. It's gonna be nuts.

Last month you released your mixtape The Mistress. Will some of those tracks wind up on the album Freeze Time?

JS: The reason I did the mixtape is so that people would know what to expect of the album. America so far has only heard my pop songs and the up-tempo fun stuff. They've yet to hear the slow jams, the R&B stuff I do. So this album is really going to be a mixture of R&B records much like the ones on The Mistress as well as some classic, beautiful pop songs, some ballads and up-tempo anthems. It's just a real nice musical journey.

What's the significance of the title Freeze Time?

JS: At the moment the significance of the title is that Freeze Time has been frozen in time, ironically. [Laughs] It's been a problem to get it out due to messy, messy legal reasons. For me, I had to kind of put the album on the backburner for a while. I'm just really looking forward to pushing the album out when it comes, once we're finally allowed to give it to my fans.

What have been some of the reasons for the release date constantly changing?

JS: I think a lot of the things that effect release dates, you know, there's legal issues all the time with managers or with producers, this, that and the other. And also leaks — when songs leak on the Internet, it's disheartening. Very few albums nowadays manage to come out without the record leaking. For us, especially if they're leaking a month or two before the album release, that's not good.

Are there any collaborations on the album that you can talk about?

JS: There are, but let's keep it exciting. Let's keep that a surprise. [Laughs]

Who's a fellow artist that you find to be inspiring?

JS: Keane is just a really, really awesome band. I actually sampled one of their songs on my mixtape, a song called "She Has No Time." They're just really melodically beautiful. Hopes And Fears, their first album, is one of my favorite albums ever. Also, right now, the person who really influenced me, in terms of really loving music again, is Frank Ocean. He's really focused on just writing great songs and melody as opposed to just writing for the sake of chart positions. I think Frank Ocean is really dope.

So let's end by talking about the end of the world. Between your song "2012 (It Ain't The End)" and Britney Spears' "Till The World Ends", the apocalypse seems like it'll be one big party. What do you think we're in store for next year? Obviously, you're album comes out then.

JS: I don't actually believe in the 2012 Mayan theory at all, but I thought it would be a really dope thing to write about. Songwriters, we're always looking for new concepts, fresh concepts, and there are only so many ways you can talk about partying, really. Let's be honest, you turn on the radio right now, and everyone's talking about popping bottles and living like there's no tomorrow. It seems to be like that's the theme at the moment. Everyone just wants to have a good time. There are unfortunately a lot of bad things happening — the economy, natural disasters and all this rubbish. But I think the world just wants to relax and enjoy themselves and forget about their worries. That's probably the reason there are so many uplifting house records and dance records out.

 

By Robbie Daw on Wed Oct 26 2011

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