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
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.
BBC One Sessions: Live at Porchester Hall
Runtime: 52 minIn 2007 Amy was crowned Best British Female at the Brit awards and this exclusive show which followed her award made it clear why. Set in London’s prestigious Porchester Hall, Amy performed the much loved classics from her debut album ‘Frank’ as well as tracks from her now classic follow up, ‘Back To Black’.
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.
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 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.
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.
Runtime: 52 minRecorded in 1992, this unforgettable performance features Mariah backed by an all-star band in the most intimate of settings. Included are the #1 hits “Emotions,” “Someday” and the Jackson 5 classic “I’ll Be There” featuring Trey Lorenz.
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.
Live at the House of Blues
Runtime: 1 hr 31 minJohn Legend brings his old-school soul sound to Hollywood’s House of Blues stage. This set features remarkable renditions of "Let's Get Lifted" and "Ordinary People" and guest appearances by Kanye West and Snoop Dogg.
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.
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.”
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.