Clay Cane is a New York City-based writer who is recognized for his contributions in journalism. Clay is a regular contributor for various print and online publications such as The Advocate and BET.com. He is the author of the highly anticipated novel Ball-Shaped World, which is a fictionalized account of the black and Latino ballroom scene. Also, he is the Entertainment Editor at BET.com and a member of New York Film Critics Online. He can be reached at claycane@gmail.com.


Add to Google Reader or Homepage

Add to My AOL

CLAYCANE.NET


  • No more Negro Day on The View!
  • The Brave One Movie Review
  • Submit your questions for Queen Latifah!
  • Ari Gold interview on the EDGE
  • Senator Larry Craig: Lewd but not DL?
  • Plantation Life
  • Reggae Fest to Draw Protests
  • Remembering AALIYAH
  • Homo-Licious Boys of Making the Band
  • New York Blade Story: Bringing Dance to New Commun...


  • August 2005
  • September 2005
  • October 2005
  • November 2005
  • December 2005
  • February 2006
  • April 2006
  • May 2006
  • June 2006
  • July 2006
  • August 2006
  • September 2006
  • October 2006
  • November 2006
  • December 2006
  • January 2007
  • February 2007
  • March 2007
  • April 2007
  • May 2007
  • June 2007
  • July 2007
  • August 2007
  • September 2007
  • October 2007
  • November 2007
  • December 2007
  • January 2008
  • February 2008
  • March 2008
  • April 2008
  • May 2008
  • June 2008
  • July 2008
  • August 2008
  • September 2008
  • October 2008
  • November 2008
  • December 2008
  • January 2009
  • February 2009
  • March 2009
  • April 2009
  • May 2009
  • June 2009
  • July 2009
  • August 2009
  • September 2009
  • October 2009
  • January 2010
  • February 2010
  • May 2010
  • June 2010
  • July 2010
  • December 2010
  • February 2011
  •  

  • Bobby Blake: "I don't believe in gay marriage."
  • Interview with Ex-Gay Charlene Cothran
  • Old World Blood
  • Mango Coochie
  • He's Got HIV
  • ATTACK THAT SNATCH PART II
  • Black On Vogue
  •  



    Creative Commons License
    This weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
    © 2005-2009




    50 Cent Alicia Keys American Idol Award Shows Audio Badu Ballroom Beyonce Billboard Brandy Celeb Humor Christina Aguilera Community Diddy Disco Diva Kanye Donnie Dreamgirls Evan Eve Fashion Fiona Apple Flavor Flav Freelance Give Away Gospel Halle Berry Hip-Hop HIV/AIDS HurricaneBush Interviews Isaiah Washington Janet Jackson Jennifer Hudson Jennifer Lopez Justin Timberlake Kelly Rowland Lauryn Hill Legends Light-Skinned Folk Lil' Kim Madonna Mariah Mary J. Blige Michael Jackson Miss Tyler Movie Reviews MTV Mya Noah's Arc Obama Old School Oprah Patti LaBelle Politics Prince Queen Latifah R.Kelly Race Raz-B Relationships Religion Remy Ma Reviews Rihanna Sexuality Sherri Shepherd Storytelling TLC Transgender Tyra Banks Wendy Williams White Chicks Whitney Houston Zoe Kravitz

     

     

    Wednesday, September 19, 2007

    Check out my interview with the legendary Babyface! We discuss his new album, being single again, the current state of R&B and more.

    My Album's Out: Babyface

    Some of the interview was heavily edited, but I wanted to share two of the questions that didn't make the cut. I thought he gave interesting, honest and real responses--a rarity in some interviews.

    You've been doing this for over 20 years. Are record sales still important to you?
    It’s nice if you sell a lot of records, of course, but these days the way a lot of record sales are, you’re fortunate if you can break half a million to a million. I don’t pay as much attention to it. I think that initially, you just want people to hear the music. Ultimately, you want to get in front of people and perform. You want people to know the words to your songs; you want to know that you’ve influenced people and touched their lives. It’s interesting, you can try and put it on record sales, sometimes you can, but the reality is that there are a lot of people who may know your songs, may know your words, but didn’t buy the record. Obviously, yeah, you want to sell as many records because you can make a good living off of it. At the same time, it’s not everything at this particular point. Of course I’m in a better position to talk like that! [Laughs] Prior to it, obviously it was far more important. Today, I would say that it’s important, but not so important to where you tweak the creative process. Meaning that you don’t take a risk in doing an album like this where some people would say—you’re switching up, you’re an R&B guy, you should be totally R&B. These songs may come from a pop folk kind of area, but I think there’s very much a soul feeling that comes with it. Soul music is heartfelt; it’s all about the feeling.

    Is there anything you've done that wasn’t received well by critics or audiences, but you were really proud of?
    I think the Face to Face album was certainly one where I went far more—not quite hip-hop, but definitely more younger urban. Definitely kind of going at it, which I was basically told to do, so I did. Parts of it I felt really good about it, but some of it I was like—I’m not sure about this, but I’ll do it. Interesting enough, I think image wise it wasn’t so much received well, as it was the music was received really well. The song I wrote and produced with Pharrell, it’s still played in clubs, which is kind of funny to me. It’s not like I couldn’t do the music in some cases, I did find a way to try to make it work. That still wasn’t necessarily who I am or who I’ve been as an artist so it wasn’t anything I wanted to return to. I was glad that I did it. To some people it was well-received for the artistry part of it, the musicality of it. As a whole, as an image, I think it could’ve been somewhat questioned.

    Babyface's new album Playlist is in stores now!

    Labels:

    Posted by Clay :: 12:00 AM :: 4 comments

    ---------------oOo---------------






    blog advertising

    Your Ad Here


    Gay Blogads

    Gay Blogads


  • THE ADVOCATE

  • AOL

  • EDGE

  • ESSENCE

  • HX MAGAZINE

  • MEN'S FITNESS

  • NEW YORK BLADE

  • VIBE

  • ANGELA BASSETT
  • ANTHONY MACKIE
  • ASHANTI
  • BEYONCE
  • CHAKA KHAN
  • DEREK LUKE
  • DIAHANN CARROLL
  • DONNA SUMMER
  • EVAN ROSS
  • GABOUREY SIDIBE
  • HILARY SWANK
  • INDIA.ARIE
  • JAMIE FOXX
  • JANET JACKSON
  • JENIFER LEWIS
  • JENNIFER HUDSON
  • JODY WATLEY
  • KELLY ROWLAND
  • KERRY WASHINGTON
  • KEVIN FEDERLINE
  • LAZ ALONSO
  • LABELLE
  • LEE DANIELS
  • LIL' KIM
  • MARLON AND SHAWN WAYANS
  • MARY J. BLIGE
  • MICHAEL EALY
  • MICHELLE WILLIAMS
  • MIKE EPPS
  • MO'NIQUE
  • MORRIS CHESTNUT
  • MYA
  • NIA LONG
  • PATTI LABELLE
  • QUEEN LATIFAH
  • ROSIE PEREZ
  • RUPAUL
  • SEAL
  • TERRENCE HOWARD
  • TRACY MORGAN
  • TYSON BECKFORD
  • USHER
  • WENDY WILLIAMS
  • XZIBIT
  •  

    After Elton
    Blog Xilla
    C. Baptiste-Williams
    City Chick Mag
    Concrete Loop
    Crunk & Disorderly
    Da Doo-Dirty Show
    Doug Cooper Spencer
    Drew Reports
    The Fashioniste
    The Floacist
    Frederick Smith
    Gay Trix
    Hikaru Land
    Hot Music Beat
    J's Theater
    Jasmyne Cannick
    Just Ask Trent
    Keith Boykin
    Kilimanjarota
    Lol Darian
    Love B. Scott
    Melody Plant
    Method Atelier
    Monaga
    My Buddies Live
    My Life on Rewind
    My News Booth
    New Chatter
    Prodigal Sun
    Rockacandy
    Rod 2.0
    RNB Junk (Italian)
    Star Pulse
    That Grape Juice
    The Cynical Ones
    The Daily Voice
    The Pop Culture Junkie