The perpetually chill R&B star goes deep to celebrate the one year anniversary of Souled Out
Just days after it’s release one year ago, the vibiest R&B star doing it Jhené Aiko delivered her debut album Souled Out. To mark the one year anniversary, she’s unveiled an evocative video for the song “Lyin King.” Co-directed by TOCK and Topshelf Junior, the video is a visual rendering of this open letter that Aiko has shared with The FADER:
“A mysterious, time traveling medicine woman has a prophetic vision of an early civilization in trouble.
The men have neglected the women and deprived them of love. By orders of their chief, the men of the tribe have taken away the women’s hearts and voices.
The women are powerless. The children are suffering.
The medicine woman travels for many days to reach the primitive village.
Upon her arrival, the medicine woman performs a miracle. She instantly restores the grace of the women of the tribe and gives them their voices back.
The men of this early tribe are not pleased.
With the men of the tribe’s attention, the medicine woman and the women of the tribe begin a ceremony in which they tell the story of how they are taking their voices back.
The chief is infuriated.
The medicine woman leaves the now capable women to conduct a private ceremony for the chief.
The chief is intrigued and frightened.
What he thinks will be a sexual experience turns out to be something very different.
After the ritual is performed, the medicine woman passes on her apocalyptic prophecy of how the world will end due to the lack of love throughout humanity.
The chief experiences ego death. He sees that it starts with him.”
Or in short: it spotlights Aiko’s sojourn through the desert, during which she uncovers deep truths about men, love, and humanity at large. It’s not the Iliad, but it’s epic in its own way. Check it out above.
Rain or shine, Tyler the Creator’s fourth annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival is happening at the LA Coliseum on November 14, 2015. This hip-hop festival is going to feature some of today’s biggest names in hip hop. A$AP Rocky, Atmosphere, Flosstradamus, Jhene Aiko, Mac Miller, YG, and Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound will all be joining this seemingly endless lineup of awesome artists.
This will be more than just a concert festival; be prepared to play games, go on rides, win prizes, eat from food trucks, and watch skaters shred on the skatepark. Tickets went on sale September 15th, at noon with general admission tickets starting at $89.00 while VIP tickets are $250.00. Not only will you gain early access with VIP, you will also receive a Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival backpack, hat, socks, and access to a designated VIP area. With a lineup like this, you are going to want to buy your tickets quick before they inevitably sell out.
Last year Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival was headlined by Pharrell and proved to be a miniature LA County Fair as seen in the above video tour with Taco by Fader. Odd Future takes pride in being one of the only acts to have implemented a festival like this into their live show. Rather than just selling food and music, they have found an innovative way to engage their fans with games where they can win merchandise and rides to simply have fun. For More information head over to CampFlogGnaw.com
(via LA Music Blog)
The time is now! Sign up to get yourself two general admission tickets to see Jhené Aiko, Jessie J and Rixton at Pop Tart’s Crazy Good Summer show in New York! The show takes place at JBL Live at Pier 97 in New York City on Thursday, September 3, 2015
You must be 13 years or older and in New York City or surrounding metropolitan area on the Concert date to attend. Space is limited. RSVP does not guarantee admission. RSVP and Offer Code redemption is on a first come, first served basis. Offer Code is good for 2 tickets, while supplies last. Only the first 2,400 people to RSVP and redeem their unique Offer Code for a physical printed Ticket and in line will be admitted to the Concert. Offer Code must be redeemed no later than September 3, 2015, while supplies last. Tickets are for general admission only. Tickets are subject to program availability, venue capacity and age restrictions. Attendees and guest(s) must abide by all venue policies. Travel, accommodations, parking and other expenses not included. One Offer Code per person and maximum 2 RSVP’s/Offer Codes per household.
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Jhené Aiko, Jesse J & Rixton will team up for one more show to perform their single, Sorry to Interrupt. The show will take place in Manhattan, NY on September 3rd! Free tickets will be released soon! Stay tuned!
Next Saturday, August 15th, R&B artist, Jhené Aiko will perform live in Sweden at their Way Out West Music Festival! If you haven’t gotten your tickets, you can purchase them here. Artists such as Beck and Lianne La Havas will also be in attendance.
We’ve updated the look of JhenéAiko.us. The theme was designed by Sin 21, and features Jhené Aiko as she modeled clothes for her collaboration with Revolve Clothing! We hope that you like it and stay tuned for more updates!
For the past four years, Kellogg’s Pop Tarts has relied on free concerts featuring young pop acts to reach tweens, starting with Carly Rae Jepsen in 2012 and continuing with Demi Lovato and Austin Mahone in 2013 and 2014, among others.
But for 2015, the breakfast staple decided to take its pop-music connections one step further by tapping three artists — Jessie J, Jhené Aiko and Rixton — for an original song. The result, “Sorry to Interrupt,” quietly debuted on SoundCloud in late May before a lyric video was posted to the brand’s YouTube channel on June 10. To date, the song has received more than 40,000 SoundCloud streams and 100,000 YouTube plays. The song will be serviced to pop radio, digital retailers and streaming services at the end of July.
“We pay a lot of attention to how teens work, and no matter what strategy we have, if we can create something they can fall in love with teens will do a lot of the sharing work for us,” says Aleta Chase, Pop Tarts’ marketing director.
The three artists, booked in partnership with Universal Music Group’s brand partnerships team, will re-team for a free, live concert for Pop Tarts’ Crazy Good Summer program scheduled for next Friday, July 24, at San Francisco’s Nob Hill Masonic center. The concert will be one of Jessie J’s first public performances following an unspecified surgery last month.
Pop Tarts Crazy Good Summer
Aiko, who had never met or worked with Jessie J or Rixton prior to “Sorry to Interrupt,” tells Billboard of the collaboration, “They were all so fun to work with and had lots of positive energy. I think I added a bit of my style to this song. I’m usually laid back and that is reflected in the music I make. Both Jessie and Rixton are high energy, so I think I balanced it out by adding some chill.”
Crazy Good Summer has helped Pop Tarts post year-over-year sales bumps in years past, an achievement Chase hopes to duplicate with the 2015 program. “We have done significant interest behind this program, which has shown both teens asking their parents to buy Pop Tarts as well as parents being motivated to purchase Pop Tarts for their families as a result of this program,” she says.
Grammy Award nominated R&B singer Jhené Aiko and rising hip hop star Young Thug will perform at MTV’s 5th MAMA awards — or the MTV Africa Awards — to be held in the coastal resort of Durban, South Africa on July 18 and air live globally through a combination of pay-TV and terrestrial distribution agreements.
The show returned after a three-year hiatus last year. Created by African urban music and youth entertainment channel, MTV Base, the MAMA awards look to recognize youth culture, music and influential figures in sub-Saharan Africa with awards in 18 categories, including Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Collaboration, Video of the Year and Song of the Year.
“There is great energy around both Jhene and Young Thug following a strong year for both artists. We can’t wait to see them command the MAMA stage in Durban,” said Bruce Gillmer EVP, Music, Talent Programming and Events, Viacom International Media Networks.
Jhené Aiko and Young Thug will join global superstar NE-YO and African artists Bucie, Cassper Nyovest, Davido, Diamond Platnumz and Yemi Alade on stage.
(via Hollywood Reporter)
“I’m getting older and I realize that I am just a compilation of all the great creators who came before me,” singer says.
To honor his 76th birthday this past weekend, Jhené Aiko paid homage to Bill Withers with a song medley of two of his biggest hits: “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lovely Day.”
The “Spotless Mind” singer has been in the mood to honor music greats as of late. Last month she tributed Tupac Shakur by recreating some of his most iconic photos.
“I’m getting older and I realize that I am just a compilation of all the great creators who came before me,” Aiko explains. “Not only is it my duty, but it is also my pleasure to show my appreciation.”
Withers’s music has been “blessing” Aiko’s eardrums since she was “a baby,” so it’s only right that she show her gratitude in song. “Bill is not only a genius songwriter, but he is an amazing singer and musician,” she adds. “The more research I do on Bill, the more I love him. Bill didn’t start creating music until he was in his 30s, proving that there is no limit to what you are capable of.
“One of the things that inspires me the most about Bill is his attention to lyrics and storytelling. It wasn’t about his image, being flashy or putting on a ‘show.’ For him, it was about the song. No fluff, just pure feeling. It was about connecting. It was about the music. And it is still about the music. Thank you Bill Withers for being so authentic. You are a true inspiration. Happy Birthday!!”
Watch Aiko’s performance below.
But thanks to her new clothing line, Aiko (and petite girls everywhere!) will have way more options to fit their super-small frames.
Jhené Aiko’s collaborations typically involve names like Drake, Childish Gambino, and Kendrick Lamar. But the R&B songstress is stepping into an entirely different industry for her latest joint venture: a breezy, bohemian-centric clothing line created in partnership with Neff and PacSun, called Soul of Summer.
“It’s just really me,” she told us over the phone earlier this week. “It’s all about my love for summer.” When the collection launches on June 26th, shoppers can definitely expect staples for the steamy temps ahead—think lounge-y, patterned tops and loose silhouettes. And the fact that Aiko opted for PacSun to house the collection is less than coincidental—she shops there a lot, she told us, thanks to their wide array of sizes. (She stands at just 5’2″.)
Here, the singer reveals her best shopping tips for petite girls everywhere, as well as why she surrounds herself with crystals on stage, and the one makeup item she simply can’t live without.
Have you always been interested in designing?
I’ve always been interested in finding stuff that I really like, and it’s always been harder for me because of my size—I’m so small, so it’s hard for me to find things that fit me. As I got older, I started liking looser things because it was easier for me to find things that fit. I guess I just developed more of an interest to actually be a part of the design, picking out the fabric and just being more involved. I never really considered myself a fashion person, but then I just realized that fashion is just another way of self expression and that’s pretty much what I’m most passionate about.
What’s the most frustrating part about shopping when you’re so petite?
Um, nothing can fit me! [laughs] I have to go to a tailor. I’m 5’2″ so everything is too long. I’ve always been small. I have a daughter and even when I was pregnant with her I was just in my regular clothes. But like I said, as I got older it wasn’t about tight-fitting clothes for me anymore—just comfort, and then also just what looks best. I find flowy [styles] to be complementary to my vibe. It’s also easier to find clothes when I’m looking for flowy things, but I always, always have to get them shortened because I’m so small.
Are there any good tips you’ve picked up over the years about shopping when you’re petite?
Well, number one: The tailor is your best friend! It is worth it to spend an extra $20 to get something hemmed so that it can be personalized to your size. And I’ll give this advice to any young lady: The tighter the better isn’t always the case. It’s okay to be lounge-y and to feel comfortable and to not feel like you can’t move in your clothes—that doesn’t equal sexy, it just means that you’re probably going to be uncomfortable throughout the night. Also for a small girl: Don’t be afraid to hit up the preteen section either! [laughs]
That’s a great tip. And it’s always less expensive too.
I’m 27 years old, but I know it fits me, so…
Does fashion intersect with your music at all?
With my career, everything I do is me. There’s no one that handles telling me what I should be about or how I should dress or anything. I’m hands on with absolutely everything. When I’m writing a song, I’m already thinking of the visual for the song and I’m already thinking of what I’m going to wear in that visual and what I’m going to wear when I perform. It all goes hand in hand. Everything I do is just me expressing different sides of myself.
There are a lot of New Age motifs in your collection—moon phases, lotuses.
I’ve always been very spiritual, since I was a very, very young child. The older I get, I’m reading more, I’m experiencing more, and so that’s all reflected in all of my music. All of my fans are pretty familiar with me and my beliefs. It’s all about connecting to yourself and sticking to your own spirituality. There’s a tank with the moon and a Buddha and that’s actually the back tattoo that I have. So that one is personal.
What’s the significance of that?
The moons are the moon phases from new moon to new moon and it’s also my brother who passed away—he was born on a new moon, and his sign is the sign of the moon; cancer is ruled by the moon. And Buddha is just someone that I’ve studied and I look up to and I see as a teacher and he has my back so I put him on my back. There is also a little 7, 7 with an infinity sign above the buddha and that’s also on the tank, and my brother’s birthday was July 7.
Are you into crystal healing too?
I am! I recently got all of these big gems and I travel with them and when I set up my staging for my show, we put all these gems around me and they all have their special properties. I just got my crystal bibles, so we try to study what each gem means.
A lot of celebs are expanding into these niche lifestyle brands, like Gwyneth Paltrow and goop. Do you think this is something you’d ever be interested in?
For sure. I like exposing my audience to different things, and I plan on doing that through my merch and through these collaborations. Connecting more with them through things that I’m interested in and that I like, and hopefully opening their minds if they, for example, may not have been into crystals before. I like when I meet my fans and they expose me to different things and they tell me about a book, or something cool. So yes, I think that in the future, I would love to do something more like a lifestyle brand.
Beyond fashion, what is the one makeup item you can’t live without?
My eyebrow pencil—it’s Anastasia Brow Wiz. I started plucking my eyebrows when I was a preteen, and so I’ve always struggled with trying to find my natural shape. Recently I started letting them grow out and just finding more of my natural shape, and the Brow Wiz has been my hero in all that because when you’re growing out your eyebrows you have those spaces that are a little slower to grow in and the Brow Wiz fills them right in. It keeps them natural, and I love it.