Wednesday, November 30, 2016

JoJo feat. Remy Ma - FAB [Official Music Video]



JoJo takes issue with "fake a-- b-tches" on her new track "FAB" co-starring rapper Remy Ma.

Melisa Whiskey - "Played"





UK singer Melisa Whiskey gives a strong, stirring performance on new single "Played", from her forthcoming debut EP.

Jacob Latimore - "Mutual"





Jacob Latimore is back with "Mutual" off his upcoming album Connection out on Dec. 9th.

Akon feat. O.T. Genasis & DJ Whoo Kid - "Ride Daddy"





Akon gives the ladies something to ride to on his new track "Ride Daddy", featuring O.T. Genasis. The track is taken from the Konvict Kartel Vol. LP.

Gladys Knight, Angie Stone, Tyrese, & Ne-Yo Tear Up The #SoulCypher @ The Soul Train Awards

Brandy Named 'Lady Of Soul' At Soul Train Awards 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Travis Malloy - Best Friend [Official Music Video]



Charlie Wilson songwriter Travis Malloy releases 'Best Friend' video, from debut album Love Languages which is out now.

Boyz II Men - "Snowy Day"





Boyz II Men release new holiday song ‘Snowy Day’.

Liane V - Losing Track [Official Music Video]



L.A. native Liane V dropped a romantic video for her new single "Losing Track," shot out in Paris.

Bazzi – “Alone”





Newcomer Bazzi gets in touch with his inner feelings on new single "Alone"

James Fauntleroy – “Fell In Love”





Singer/songwriter James Fauntleroy returns with new single, “Fell In Love”.

Keke Palmer - Pressure [Official Music Video]



Check out the music video by Keke Palmer performing 'Pressure'.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Ashanti feat. Ja Rule – "Helpless"



From the “The Hamilton Mixtape” is a new song by Murder Inc duo Ashanti and Ja Rule, titled "Helpless".

JSPH – "Under the Sun"





From Cincinnati, emerging singer JSPH drops new song “Under The Sun”.

Erykah Badu Talks Soul Train Awards and More w/ The Dallas Morning News

Mariah Carey Coyly Addresses Recent Breakup from James Packer & Whether She'll Keep Engagement Ring

Popcaan - "Christmas Gift" (Raw)





Jamaican dancehall star Popcaan gifts us with a hook-filled, seasonally appropriate new single called "Christmas Gift".

Konshens feat. Vybz Kartel & Sean Paul - "Power Move" (Raw)





Reggae star Konshens enlists Vybz Kartel & Sean Paul for new single "Power Move".

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Strictly R&B: In The News - Week of 11/27/16


Colonel Abrams, Legendary ‘80s R&B and House Singer, Dies at 67

Kehlani’s Upcoming Debut Album Is Called ‘SweetSexySavage’ [PHOTO]

Frank Ocean Selling ‘Blond’ Vinyl and Merchandise for Black Friday

Joe Continues Impressive Streak on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

Ginuwine’s Eggplant Hit the Internet, Everyone Lost It and He Responded

Aretha Franklin Performs Nearly Five-Minute Long National Anthem

Erykah Badu’s Beautiful Braids Take Time

Meet Nick Hakim, The Soul Singer In Search Of A Sacred Space

Keith Sweat Lands Vegas Residency at The Flamingo With “Keith Sweat: Last Forever”

Lloyd Reveals ‘Tru’ EP Album Cover and Tracklisting

Can You Spot Mariah Carey's Photoshop Fail?

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Throwback Thursday Video: Erykah Badu - On and On



With Erykah Badu reportedly working on a new album with D.R.A.M. that's set to drop soon, this week's Throwback Thursday is dedicated to Ms. Badu aka Sara Bellum aka @FatBellyBella aka Medulla Oblongata aka Low Down Loretta Brown aka Analogue Girl. The neo-soul classic "On & On", the debut single off her 1997 debut album Baduizm, was produced and written by Badu, Jaborn Jamal and Madukwu Chinwah. An immediate hit, "On and On" spent two weeks at number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and went to #12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

The Weeknd - M A N I A



The Weeknd has released his new short film Mania. It's directed by frequent collaborator Grant Singer and features songs from the new album Starboy.

Ray J feat. Chris Brown - "Famous"





Ray J enlists Chris Brown to diss Kim Kardashian in his new response single to Kanye West's 'Famous'.

Kehlani - Distraction [Official Music Video]



Kehlani shares the sexy and vibrant video for 'Distraction'.

Singing Dollar General Cashier Takes the Stage with Maxwell

Alicia Keys in Paris | A Take Away Show

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Erykah Badu Performs For The New York Times & Answers Questions

GoldLink feat. Ciscero - Fall In Love [Official Music Video]



Rapper/singer GoldLink links up with Ciscero for a neo-soul vibe in new video for 'Fall In Love'.

Kadija Kamara - Alright [Official Music Video]



Alternative soul singer and songwriter, Kadija Kamara, marks her return to the British music landscape with the reflective visuals for 'Alright'.

Lion Babe - Got Body [Official Music Video]



Check out the self-empowering video for Lion Babe's 'Got Body'.

Snoh Aalegra - "Feels"





Swedish soul singer Snoh Aalegra drops new single "Feels".

Vybz Kartel - "XXXMAS"





Christmas is almost here, so why not celebrate it with this new banger from Vybz Kartel, entitled "XXXMAS".

Monday, November 21, 2016

Leela James - Don't Want You Back [Official Music Video]



Singer/songwriter Leela James drops the visuals for most recent single 'Don't Want You Back'.

Trey Songz – "Comin Home"



Trey Songz gets into the upcoming holiday spirit on his new song “Comin Home”.

Usher - "Wait For It"



Usher releases "Wait For It", his contribution to the upcoming Hamilton Mixtape.

Aaron Camper – Blow (EP)



Love is a major theme on singer/songwriter Aaron Camper's new 15-track EP Blow.

Louis York – Masterpiece Theater Act II (EP)



Here is the long-awaited, 6-track “Masterpiece Theater Act II” (EP) project from the dynamic production and songwriting team of Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony aka Louis York

Tony Sunshine Talks Beef with Joell Ortiz, Apologizing and Being His Big Fan

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Strictly R&B: In The News - Week of 11/20/16


Sharon Jones, Soul and Funk Singer With Dap-Kings, Dead at 60

Watch Kanye West Call Out Beyonce and Jay Z, Abruptly End Concert

Korean R&B Singer Crush Flaunts His Versatility as Debut International Tour Hits NYC

Dawn Richard – From Girl Group Star to Future R&B Queen

Anthony Hamilton on what’s missing in today’s R&B: Where’s the romance?

Alicia Keys Collects Seventh No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

Michael Pangilinan hooked on R&B

Sammie Discusses His Mission to Save R&B & New EP 'I'm Him'

Jagged Edge’s Kyle Norman Accused Of Trying To Stab His Son During Drunken Fight

Deborah Cox Is Ready to Fill Whitney Houston’s Shoes in The Bodyguard Musical: “Her Legacy Deserves It”

Monica Exits RCA After Two Decades: “I Grew Up With You All”

Why Nick Gordon won't pay any of the $36 million owed to Bobbi Kristina Brown's estate

Lalah Hathaway & Pharrell Williams Performs 'Surrender' (Live at TIFF)

Ella Mai - 10,000 Hours [Official Music Video]



10 Summers signee and protégé of DJ Mustard, songstress Ella Mai makes waves with the video for '10,000 Hours'.

Jorja Smith - Project 11 EP



UK artist Jorja Smith unveils her five-track debut EP, Project 11.

Tish Hyman - All That I Can Do [Official Music Video]



New York to L.A. singer/rapper Tish Hyman drops teh video for new single 'All That I Can Do'.

Ray Blk feat. SG Lewis - Chill Out [Official Music Video]



javascript:void(0); UK singer/songwriter Ray BLK shares the visual for her latest track “Chill Out” featuring producer, songwriter and DJ SG Lewis.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

H.E.R. - "Yeah I Said It" (Remix)





The mysterious H.E.R. is back with a remix of Rihanna's 'Yeah, I Said It'.

Elvis Brown - Congratulations [Official Music Video]



Georgia artist Elvis Brown is back with the visuals for his song 'Congratulations'. The song dropped backed in September.

TeeFLii - Real N*gga [Official Music Video]



Los Angeles singer TeeFLii is back with a video for his new single “Real Nigga".

Donavon King – "Bad Generation"





UK newcomer Donavon King drops debut single “Bad Generation", which is directed towards the youth.

Ann-Derie - "Just Us"





Enjoy this smooth track from Las Vegas-based songstress Ann-Derie, entitled "Just Us".

GGN with Rotimi

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Throwback Thursday Video: Gregory Abbott - Shake You Down



From his 1986 debut album Shake You Down, Gregory Abbott's self-produced and self-written eponymous title track for the album was a huge success, going platinum and topping the Billboard Hot 100.

John Legend feat. Chance the Rapper - "Penthouse Floor"



"Penthouse Floor" with rapper Chance the Rapper is the second release off John Legend’s forthcoming album Darkness and Light, which is due out Dec. 2.

Alicia Keys Performs "Blended Family (What You Do for Love)"/"Holy War" @ The Voice 2016

Mary J. Blige Talks Divorce & New Album 'Strength of a Woman' @ Good Morning America

H.I.M. - H.I.M. (Vol. 1) EP



Who said R&B rivalries were dead? As mystery artist H.I.M. releases a 7-track EP entitled H.I.M. (Vol. 1), in response to all the recent buzz surrounding a mystery music artist named H.E.R took over the internet back in September with H.E.R Vol. 1, which made its way to #1 on the iTunes R&B chart.

Willie Taylor feat. Shanda Denyce – "Better @ Loving You"





Day26 member Willie Taylor enlists singer Shanda Denyce for new single "Better @ Loving You".

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Joe Talks Theme Song on Power, Election Day, Making R&B Cool Again + New Album

Emeli Sandé feat. Jay Electronica, Áine Zion - Garden [Official Music Video]



Check out Emeli Sandé's video for 'Garden' featuring Jay Electronica & Áine Zion, taken from new album Long Live The Angels, out now.

Justine Skye Visits Angie Martinez, Talks Beyonce, Rihanna and Tinashe

Bruno Mars Interview w/ Norwegian TV Talk Show Skavlan

11:11 - Lock Down EP



Canadian singer 11:11 drops new 4-track EP entitled Lock Down.

Zaki Ibrahim - ORBIT: A Postcoital Prequel EP



South African/Canadian singer/songwriter Zaki Ibrahim takes listeners skyward on new EP ORBIT: A Postcoital Prequel.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Eric Benet - Insane [Official Music Video]



Check out the visuals for 'Insane' from Eric Benet's eponymous seventh studio album out now.

Kehlani Performs “CRZY” | Wonderland | MTV

Robin Thicke feat. Juicy J – "One Shot"



After linking up with rapper Nas on the single "Deep" last month, Robin Thicke collaborates with rapper Juicy J this time on new track "One Shot".

Elle Varner - “Friend Zone”





Producer Salaam Remi spouts his “Do it For the Culture” campaign with a new song by Elle Varner called “Friend Zone”.

Terrace Martin - Fill in the Blank

Lloyd Performs 'You' (LIVE Acoustic)

Monday, November 14, 2016

Sammie – I’m Him (EP)



In lieu of a single by the same name released earlier this year, Sammie drops a new EP called I’m Him. This is his first project since the release of the mixtape 31872.0.

Kehlani Talks New Music and Hardships With Big Tigger

Keke Palmer - Hands Free [Official Music Video]



Off her just released visual EP Lauren, Keke Palmer drops a new video for eclectic track, 'Hands Free'.

LIMBS - "Nights" (Frank Ocean Cover)





Frank Ocean's "Nights" gets a spooky comeuppance from Brooklyn/L.A.-based duo LIMBS.

Jaet feat. Delawou – “Feeling Like This”





Australian artist Jaet teams up with Delawou for a new single “Feeling Like This.”, produced by DJ Noiz.

Sean Gast - "For Love"





Los Angeles, CA singer/songwriter Sean Gast teams up with producer SykSense for new single “For Love”.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Strictly R&B: In The News - Week of 11/13/16


Leonard Cohen's Producer Reveals R&B and Orchestral Albums Were in the Works

10 R&B Artists That Defined Hip-Hop Soul

Prince’s Estate Shoots Down Jay Z’s Bid for Music Catalog; Issues With Tidal Deal

Pretty Ricky Reunited for Final Album and Tour [PHOTO]

Big Sean Confirms New TWENTY88 Album With Jhene Aiko Coming Next Year

THEY. Join Summer’s Over Tour With PARTYNEXTDOOR & Jeremih

Kevin McCall Accused Of Knocking A Woman’s Tooth Out

Solange Knowles, Beyonce & Kelly Rowland Pitch In To Aid Louisiana Flood Victims

Keyshia Cole Teases What She’s Been Cooking Up In The Lab

Lloyd Used His Hiatus to Earn a High School Diploma; Talks Being on The Run From Police Early in His Career

FIRST LOOK: Rihanna in Upcoming Film, ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’

Photographer Steve Parke To Release Rare Prince Photos (Preview)

Alyssa Bernal - Miss Understood [Official Music Video]



A Texas bred singer/songwriter now living in California, Alyssa Bernal drops the visuals for single  'Miss Understood'.

Omarion - "It's Whatever"





Omarion celebrates his birthday with a special gift for fans: new single "It's Whatever".

Relle Bey - Remember [Official Music Video]



New York native Relle Bey releases an official music video for his most recent single "Remember".

Taliwhoah - Alright [Official Music Video]



Taliwhoah unveils the visuals for new single “Alright”.

Isa - Mirrors Volume I - EP



NYC artist and songwriter Issa drops new 7-track EP, Mirrors Volume I.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Ravyn Lenae - "Venezuela Trains"





Rising artist Ravyn Lenae delivers new track, "Venezuela Trains".

Alicia Keys feat. A$AP Rocky - Blended Family (What You Do For Love) [Official Music Video]



Alicia Keys shares her heartwarming video for "Blended Family (What You Do for Love)", featuring A$AP Rocky and off her new LP HERE.

Dane Ray feat. Fetty Wap & Mr. Wonder - "Rodeo"





Dancehall artist Dane Ray releases new track ‘Rodeo’, which features rapper Fetty Wap and Mr Wonda.

Sean Garrett feat. Lil Yachty - "Look on Your Face"





After taking some significant time off, Sean Garrett returns with the new single 'Look On Your Face' featuring rapper Lil Yachty.

THEY. - "What You Want"





Rising R&B duo THEY. release a bouncy new single, "What You Want".

Alicia Keys On 'The Voice,' Motherhood & Hollywood's 'Superficial' Standards

Friday, November 11, 2016

John Legend - Love Me Now [Official Music Video]



John Legend pays tribute to his 'wife and daughter' in music video for "Love Me Now".

Emeli Sandé Interview | Talks New Album 'Long Live The Angels' on BBC Breakfast

Sebastian Kole - Dump Trump EP



Singer/songwriter and Motown recording artist Sebastian Kole isn't afraid to hide his feelings on this year's presidential election with new mixtape Dump Trump.

Robert Gee - All I Ever Wanted [Official Music Video]



Singer/songwriter and Patti Labelle protege Robert Gee releases the video for the hit single "All I Ever Wanted".

Cartaé – "All I Have"



UK newcomer Cartaé drops her romantic debut single “All I Have".

TYuS - Never Forget LP



Here is rising Portland singer TYuS' 9-track Never Forget album.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Emeli Sandé - Breathing Underwater [Official Music Video]



UK songstress Emeli Sandé delivers the video for her latest single, ‘Breathing Underwater,’ from her forthcoming album, Long Live The Angels.

Alicia Keys on New Album "Here", 2016 Presidential Election and More! | BigBoyTV

Stevie Wonder Performs "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing" @ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Damian "Jr Gong" Marley - "Bitter Blood"





Damian “Jr Gong” Marley drops a new track that should keep the dancehalls rocking with a song titled “Bitter Blood”.

Russ - "Psycho (Pt. 2)"





ATL artist Russ releases new single "Psycho (Pt. 2)".

Salaam Remi On Producing For The Fugees, Nas, Amy Winehouse and The New Generation

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Lloyd feat. 2 Chainz – "Tru" (Remix)





Rapper 2 Chainz joins Lloyd for remix to "Tru".

Raheem DeVaughn & Wes Felton (aka The CrossRhodes) - The Great Debate Vol. 1 Mixtape





Raheem DeVaughn and Wes Felton, collectively known as The CrossRhodes are back with the release of their new mixtape The Great Debate Vol. 1.

Temptress - Guilty Pleasure [Official Music Video]



The Temptress duo's second single "Guilty Pleasure" is full of delightful harmonies and smooth production.

Novelle Vega - JustNovelle EP



Rising Watts, CA artist Novelle Vega releases 4-track JustNovelle EP.

Shae Williams - "Eff Love"



Listen to singer/songwriter/actress Shae Williams' new single "Eff Love".

Tony Sunshine: I Never Had Conversation with Fat Joe About Terror Squad Split

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Bruno Mars Performs '24K Magic' (Live from the 2016 MTV EMAs)

Alan White - Love You [Official Music Video]



Minneapolis, Minnesota-native Alan White proudly declares his love in the Damien Sandoval-directed video "Love You".

Alicia Keys Talks New Album "Here" w/ 92.3 AMP Radio

Stevie Wonder feat. Ariana Grande – "Faith"





Anytime the legendary Stevie Wonder releases music it's a big deal, so check out this surprise collaboration with pop star Ariana Grande on a new song called “Faith”, recorded for the Universal Pictures’ movie Sing.

St. Beauty – "Borders"





Rising group St. Beauty, who were recently featured on HBO's hit series Insecure, release their new single “Borders”.

Swift - Nights On Concord EP



Atlanta by-the-way of North Carolina artist Swift releases his debut EP Nights On Concord.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Mary J. Blige - Thick Of It [Official Music Video]



Mary J. Blige passionately delivers her fierce new single 'Thick Of It' in a mirrored, golden room, from upcoming LP Strength of a Woman.

Solange Performs 'Cranes In The Sky' On SNL

Alicia Keys Performs "Blended Family (What You Do For Love)" Acoustic | Elvis Duran Live

Jahkoy - Foreign Water LP



Prolific singer/songwriter Jahkoy is back with new 7-track album, Foreign Water.

Brandon Tory - Yaga Season EP



Massachusetts-native, Timbaland protege and rising soul singer Brandon Tory releases new 5-track EP, Yaga Season.

Marc E. Bassy - Dirty Water [Official Music Video]



Emerging Bay area, singer/songwriter Marc E. Bassey shines in the premiere of his new "Dirty Water" video.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Strictly R&B: In The News - Week of 11/6/16



Rising R&B Singer Sampha Preps Debut LP 'Process'

If I Were A Cowboy: How 2016 was the year that R&B went country

Queens R&B singer Liana Bank$ releases debut solo project Insubordinate
'Omaha is lucky to have him' — After homelessness and prison, R&B singer became an advocate for others

Are Abhi//Dijon R&B's Next Breakout Stars?

10 R&B Acts That Defined the New Jack Swing Era

R&B Hall of Fame wants to call Detroit home, but struggles to gather support

Sevyn Streeter Has Rescheduled Her 76ers Performance For December

Universal Music Wins Battle For Prince’s Catalog, But Tidal Isn’t Done Fighting

[RECAP] The Movie ‘Love Jones’ Regenerated In Musical, Stars Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, Dave Hollister, and More

Mario Stars On The Cover Of VULKAN Magazine

John Legend Reveals ‘Darkness and Light’ Track Listing

Mariah Carey reportedly called James Packer's prenup offer 'insulting'

Toni Braxton performs wearing heart monitor after two hospitalizations for lupus symptoms

New Artist Spotlight: Apollo Lason - Shores [Official Music Video]



23-year-old singer-songwriter Apollo Lason hails from St. Louis, but now lives in San Diego, CA. He recently made a name for himself with his “Songbook Series" on YouTube, which saw him collaborate with producer/songwriter Eiman Othman to release a new song via video every Saturday over the summer. That effort got him a huge buzz online and provided the opportunity to release his first full length mixtape named for the single, 'Shores'. Check out the video for the single.

5 Questions: Kyle Lettman



When listening to Kyle Lettman's music, expect an eclectic soundscape. Along with being known for his smooth and charismatic vocals as well as an appreciation of different music genres (such as reggae and garage), the UK R&B singer is a dancer and noted songwriter with credits for huge acts such as Ne-Yo, Frank Ocean, Nicole Scherzinger, Kele Le Roc, Varren Wade and more. Strictly Rhythm & Blues spoke with the British-born Jamaican singer on the inspiration behind his music, his career path (Kyle is a former member of the UK, R&B group Fundamental) and the UK R&B scene.

1) What inspires your music?
My inspiration mostly comes from personal experience, whether that be from just settling into a relationship or heartbreak. I also take insights from TV, taking what I see and weaving it into my music.

2) You've tasted success as a member of a group and as a solo artist. What's the difference for you?
I got used to having my brothers on stage with me. So as soon as they weren’t there, I could definitely feel a difference. So going solo can be lonely at times [laughs].

3) What's the R&B scene like in London?
It certainly exists, but it’s pretty quiet and very much an acquired taste at the moment. I guess all it needs is a champion to bring back to life, so cue Kyle Lettman [laughs].

4) Considering how tough the music industry is in general, what does it take for one to excel?
I'd say a hard working mentality, thick skin and a combination of different skills. Honestly speaking though, I think luck helps a lot. Being at the right place at the right time to meet the right person. There are a lot of different ways to get exposure as an artist but personally, I feel it’s all about your niche and capitalizing on it. 

5) What do you want listeners to get from listening to (recent EP) "When it Rains"?
I really value my listeners' opinions, so I’d rather like them to tell me what they got from it!

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