As a member of crossover rap trio the Fugees, Lauryn Hill probably grabbed more than her fair share of attention at the time, striking quivers in the hearts of music-lovers everywhere with her achingly beautiful rendition of Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly." But it wasn't until her 1998 solo effort The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill that Hill's remarkable talent for meshing hip-hop, R&B, and classic soul fully came to light. Blessed with a velvety, honeyed voice and an instinctive feel for catchy, soulful grooves, Miseducation had a hit hiding in every track. While not as musically complex as some other contemporary R&B, the album struck a chord with millions of listeners. Urban themes and female empowerment met middle-class nostalgia head-on amidst equal parts Stevie Wonder, Coasters, and original, fresh hip-hop flows. No wonder a raft of talented colleagues couldn't wait to collaborate with Hill: Miseducation sees duets with Mary J. Blige, D'Angelo, and guitar licks by the likes of Carlos Santana on the heartbreaking ballad "Zion."
Lauryn Hill Concert Films
The Making of a Legend
Runtime: 48 minThis film features the story this incredibly talented artist who, at just 28 years of age, has taken the world by storm. With five Grammy awards, two studio albums and a new label, the amazing musician is living up to his name. A composer, singer, and song-writer, Legend is an all around musician. With the help of an Award winning hip-hop producer Kanye West, Legend has risen from the background musical scene to a multi-platinum selling music career, as a front man for entertainers such as Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, Talib Kweli, Jay Z, Britney Spears, Eve, Common, the Black Eyed Peas and many others. Get to know Mr. Legend from his place of birth, his family, and his relationships to his controversy. He is an artist, a businessman; it would be safe to say he is a legend in the making. This is an in depth look into the life that is John Legend's.
In Session Soundcheck 2009
Runtime: 32 minAward-winning singer/songwriter India Arie marries romance and politics in her fourth album. This amazing live performance at Soundcheck mesmerizes with a stirring set, that includes the singles 'Chocolate High,' 'Therapy,' and a stunning Sade cover.
Live at the Gramercy Theater 2014
Runtime: 60 minLonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name Common, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, poet and film producer. He maintained a significant underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians. This intimate live performance gives the fans the chance to see him perform live at Gramercy Theater.
Runtime: 59 minIn this release of a performance originally broadcast live on NBC as a Thanksgiving special, singer Mariah Carey takes the stage of New York's Proctor's Theater to perform a variety of number one hits including "Dreamlover," "Emotions," "I'll Be There," and "Vision of Love." Additional behind-the-scenes footage allow fans the opportunity to get closer than ever to the popular hit-maker, and a bonus music video for "Dreamlover" offers telling testament to Carey's talents as one of the best musical entertainers of her generation.
In Session Soundcheck 2006
Runtime: 19 minKeyshia Cole grew up listening to her mentor Tupac Shakur and Mary J. Blige as her greatest musical inspirations. In this intimate live performance we get the chance to go behind the curtains and enjoy the most appreciated songs performed live.
Queens of Pop
Runtime: 27 minIn January 2011, ARTE viewers voted for the ‘Queens of Pop’. 8 pop queens were chosen from 50 proposals and these are presented in a 26-minute documentary: From the 1960s: Diana Ross. From the 1970s: Donna Summer and Debbie Harry. From the 1980s: Madonna. From the 1990s: Britney Spears and Mariah Carey. From 2000-2009: Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The title of the programme, ‘Queens of Pop’, in itself shows where the emphasis lies – none of those simplistic chart rankings, but instead a documentary series that looks at our cultural history, dealing with the women who shaped popular music over the past fifty years.
I Told You I Was Trouble
Runtime: 1 hr 6 minExperience Amy’s sold out 2007 shows at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire at the height of her prowess during her BRIT and Grammy Award winning year. Captured in pristine High Definition by the award-winning director Hamish Hamilton, the concert features performances of all the hits from the multi-million selling ‘Back to Black’, including the international smash hit single ‘Rehab’, ‘Back to Black’, ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’, and ‘Love Is A Losing Game’. This stunning show also includes her earlier material and the sensational covers ‘Valerie’, originally recorded in collaboration with Marc Ronson, ‘Me and Mr Jones’ and ‘Monkey Man’.
Live in London & New York
Corinne Bailey Rae
Runtime: 59 minCiting influences as diverse as Björk, Erykah Badu, and L7, Corinne Bailey Rae burst onto the music scene in 2006 with her self-titled debut. These two concerts include fan favorites from the singer-songwriter, including performances of the simple "Like A Star" and the sultry "I'd Like To. " LIVE IN CONCERT LONDON & NEW YORK also features videos for four of her singles, including "Put Your Records On" and "Trouble Sleeping. "
Bring Me Home: Live 2011
Runtime: 2 hr 32 minThis musical release from exotic siren Sade captures a live performance by the songstress, recorded in 2011. Some of the songs featured in the release include "Soldier of Love," "Your Love is King," "Love Is Stronger Than Pride," "All About Our Love," and more.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 56 minMind, Body & Soul Sessions features R&B phenom Joss Stone live in concert in 2004. Recorded at New York's Irving Plaza, the show begins with an introduction by the legendary Betty Wright, who co-produced the Brit's stunning debut, The Soul Sessions, and co-wrote several songs on the second, Mind, Body & Soul. The barefoot singer then gets down to business, performing a solid selection of material from both albums, including "Super Duper Love" from the first and "You Had Me" from the follow-up. Stone receives strong support from a tight band, distinguished by powerful drummer Caesar Griffin.
Runtime: 1 hr 13 min14 time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter/producer, actress, New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and humanitarian, Alicia Keys captivated audiences eleven years ago when she performed “Fallin” off her debut album, Songs in A Minor on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Since releasing her first album, Keys has built an astonishing repertoire of hits with over 30 million albums sold worldwide. Over the last few years, Keys has evolved her body of work with world tours, movie deals, best-selling books, Broadway plays and philanthropic missions. Her growth as an artist has also been highlighted by numerous collaborations including Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Bono, Jack White and Jay-Z. VH1 Storytellers captures her intimate performance from November 2012 where she shares the back story of some of her biggest hits.
Live in Atlanta
Runtime: 2 hr 35 minDestiny's Child's Live In Atlanta serves as a dazzling chronicle of their final tour together. See the hits-"Survivor," "Say My Name," "Lose My Breath"-alongside killer solo performances by Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
Live From the Kennedy Center
Runtime: 52 minWhen Nas was just 19 years old, he composed what would become one of hip-hop’s defining masterpieces, Illmatic. To mark its 20th anniversary, Nas delivers a standout performance alongside the National Symphony Orchestra at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. With conductor Steven Reineke taking the orchestra through arrangements of beats by DJ Premier and Large Professor, Nas delivers impassioned renditions of tracks like “N.Y. State of Mind”, “The World Is Yours”, and “Memory Lane (Sittin’ in Da Park)”. Between songs, the program cuts away to both archival and new interview footage to document Nas’ rise from Queensbridge upstart to influential rap icon.
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minAfter two concept albums and a string of roles in Hollywood blockbusters, one of music’s fiercest visionaries sheds her alter egos and steps out as herself. Buckle up: Human Monáe wields twice the power of any sci-fi character. In this confessional, far-reaching triumph, she dreams of a world in which love wins (“Pynk") and women of color have agency (“Django Jane”). Featuring guest appearances from Brian Wilson, Grimes, and Pharrell—and bearing the clear influence of Prince, Monae’s late mentor—Dirty Computer is as uncompromising and mighty as it is graceful and fun. “I’m the venom and the antidote,” she wails in “I Like That,” a song about embracing these very contradictions. “Take a different type of girl to keep the whole world afloat.”