Thursday, December 28, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Frank "Sugar Chile Robinson" with Count Basie

A self-taught jazz pianist and blues singer who became famous as a child prodigy, Detroit born Frank "Sugar Chile" Robinson gained fame playing guest spots at the theater with Lionel Hampton as well as radio tunes with Harry "The Hipster" Gibson. Robinson also appeared as himself in the Hollywood film No Leave, No Love, starring Van Johnson and Keenan Wynn, After performing for the likes of President Truman in 1946 at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, in 1949 Robinson was given special permission to join the American Federation of Musicians and record his first releases on Capitol Records, "Numbers Boogie" and "Caldonia", both reaching the Billboard R&B chart. Surprisingly, Robinson would leave the music industry at 14 to pursue his education, but not before touring with Count Basie and appearing on television and in a short film ‘Sugar Chile’ Robinson, Billie Holiday, Count Basie and His Sextet’.

Mariah Carey Gets Second-Chance New Year's Performance

Fifth Harmony Perform 'Sleigh Ride' (From Disney Magical Christmas Celebration) 21,329 views

Akon - Konvict Kartel 2 [Mixtape]

Akon returns with his new Konvict Kartel 2 compilation project.

DAY 26: Ciara by Gia Coppola #LOVEADVENT2017

Day 26 is Ciara “2017 has proven to be the year of the woman and what better way to celebrate female empowerment than a month of unapologetically strong and sexy women.” Says Ciara on #LOVEADVENT. “Empowerment is about freedom of expression and it’s always amazing to see women being confident in their own skin.”

Ella Mai Talks Chris Brown, Chip, New Music & More With Manny Norte

Jacob Latimore - “Is That What You Wanna Hear.”

Here's another suave single from Jacob Latimore called “Is That What You Wanna Hear".

V. Bozeman And Timothy Bloom Talk About Their Holiday EP

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

John Legend performs live "Redemption Song" by Bob Marley at 2017 Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony

Jaheim - A Really Chill Christmas [Album]

Not to be left out, Jaheim gets in oon the holiday festivities with new ten-track holiday album, A Really Chill Christmas.

Jacob Banks Performs 'Unknown (To You)' (Live On Late Night With Seth Meyers/2017)

Malachiae Warren - Promise [Official Music Video]

Atlanta R&B singer Malachiae Warren, aka Chiae, shares new video for 'Promise'.

Tone Stith – "Let You Go"

South Jersey singer/songwriter Tone Stith offers up another Tuesday treat, "Let You Go".

Who Is H.E.R? The Morning Heat Interviews H.E.R For The First Time

AlunaGeorge "Not Above Love" Official Lyrics & Meaning | Verified

Jody Watley – "Like A Holiday"

Legendary singer Jody Watley is back with festive new single "Like A Holiday".

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Omarion - Nudes [Official Music Video]

In new video for latest single "Nudes", Omarion makes it clear that he'd like you to keep those selfie's coming.

Chris Brown – "Him or Me"

Just in case the 57 track's from his just released deluxe edition of Heartbreak on a Full Moon wasn't enough, Breezy is back with new single "Him or Me".

Chris Deep - Lost Crazy Love Lust [EP]

Rising indie singer Chris Deep shares his 8-track debut EP, 'Lost Crazy Love Lust'.

K. Michelle Keeps It Real On Butt Shots, Insecurities & Calls Out Uncle Murda

Tiffany Evans - All I Want [Official Music Video]

Tiffany Evans drops off her 'All I Want' video in time for the holiday season.

Azaryah - "Hold On"

AfroSoca recording artist Azaryah drops new track "Hold On".

Orlando Octave - "Church Gyal"

Trinidadian reggae/dancehall artist Orlando Octave releases new single "Church Gyal".

Sanura - Hold The Line [Official Music Video]

L.A. vocalist Sanura embodies the struggle in new video for 'Hold The Line'.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Strictly R&B: In the News - Week of 12/24/17

The Most Anticipated R&B Albums Of 2018

20 Best R&B Albums of 2017

Through ups and downs and forgotten girl groups, R&B singer Mila J is still standing tall

Jhene Aiko Decodes The Poignant Messages Inside Her New Poetry Book ‘2Fish’

Keri Hilson Is Single Again; Men Deliver the Thirst in Droves

Mariah Carey to Perform Again on ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’

Lauryn Hill Hit With Lawsuit Over Unpaid Wages

Report: Beyonce, The Weeknd, and Eminem to Headline Coachella

Janet Jackson and Ex Jermaine Dupri's 'Cuddly' Meet Up After Her Atlanta Show

Alexandra Burke signs new record deal and announces new album The Truth Is

Jeremih & Chance The Rapper – Merry Christmas Lil Mama *Re-Wrapped (Mixtape)

Jeremih and Chance The Rapper have delivered a gift to music fans this holiday season, a re-wrapped edition of their 2016 mixtape, Merry Christmas Lil' Mama.

Eric Roberson - Keep On [Official Music Video]

From his latest EP, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Eric Roberson drops sociopolitical visual for 'Keep On'.

The Late Charles Bradley Performs 'Lovin' You Baby' - Woods Stage @ Pickathon 2017 S05E03

NPR Music and present Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires in this episode of the Pickathon Woods Series.

Brady Watt feat. Michael Blume – "Roads"

Producer/bass player Brady Watt shares new single “Roads” featuring singer Michael Blume, this is the 3rd track to be released from Watt's upcoming album To Get Back Home .

Vybz Kartel - "Christmas Fuck"

Produced by TJ Records, dancehall star Vybz Kartel releases another single "Christmas Fuck".

Keke Palmer - Pregame [Official Music Video]

Just in time for the holidays, Keke Palmer releases a music video for her new single, “Pregame”.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Joy Crookes - Mother May I Sleep With Danger? | A COLORS SHOW

South London songstress Joy Crookes show us why she’s one of the most exciting artists around with a mesmerising performance of “Mother May I Sleep With Danger?” which is taken from her Influence EP.

Sidibe – "Now We’re Making Love"

An eclectic artist out of L.A., rising songstress Sidibe offers sensual vocals on new track "Now We’re Making Love".

PJ Morton feat. Lecrae – Religion (Remix) [Official Music Video]

PJ Morton grabs Lecrae for the official remix and video to his Gumbo song “Religion”.

Dru Hill - Favorite Time Of Year [Official Music Video]

After a 7-year hiatus, Dru Hill are back with new video for 'Favorite Time Of Year'.

BLVK JVCK feat. H.E.R. – "Mine Luv"

Formerly known as The Runners, production duo BLVK JVCK, who have worked with the likes Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Chris Brown, enlist H.E.R. for new track "Mine Luv".

Vershon - No Worries [Official Music Video]

Goldmind Productions reggae artist Vershon is back with new video for 'No Worries'.

Ester Dean & Hana Mae Lee Talk 'Pitch Perfect 3', Music, Fashion + More

Cassie - “Don’t Play It Safe"

Produced by Kaytranada, Cassie drops her latest single, “Don’t Play It Safe".

Friday, December 22, 2017

Ty Dolla $ign "Dawsin's Breek" Official Lyrics & Meaning | Verified

Ty Dolla $ign’s new album 'Beach House 3' dropped back in October featuring the Jeremih-assisted single “Dawsin’s Breek.” The song, which Ty co-produced alongside Pluss and Mike WiLL Made-It, takes its name from the classic ‘90s TV show Dawson’s Creek, which Ty explained he had to alter to avoid a lawsuit.

SZA - The Weekend [Official Music Video]

Directed by Solange, SZA dances alone in 'The Weekend' video.

Dallas Austin feat. Novel – "Leave With You"

Producer extraordinaire Dallas Austin grabs Novel for new single "Leave With You".

H.E.R. - Avenue [Official Music Video]

H.E.R. aka Gabi Wilson shwos her face in new video for 'Avenue'.

Erykah Badu Performs 'On & On/Sorrow Tears' and 'Blood Medley' @ Fallon

Rotimi feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Trey Songz - "Kitchen Table" (remix)

Rotimi enlists Ty Dolla $ign and Trey Songz for this banging "Kitchen Table" remix.

Omarion - "Nudes"

Produced by Blaq Tuxedo, Omarion drops new slow jam "Nudes".

Dru Hill Release A Christmas Album, Talk Old Beefs, Bad Record Deals + More

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Throwback Thursday: Betty Wright - "Clean Up Woman"

From her second studio album, I Love the Way You Love, soul singer Betty Wright scored a Top Ten hit with the guitar-flexing "Clean Up Woman". Written and produced by Clarence Reid and Willie Clarke, "Clean Up Woman" was released in 1971 as a 7" single with "I'll Love You Forever" on the B-side, reaching number six on the U.S. Pop Singles chart—where it stayed for fourteen weeks—and number two on the U.S. Black Singles chart. The heavily sampled "Clean Up Woman" sold over a million copies with the RIAA gold disc awarded on December 30, 1971.

Malia - Late Bloomer [EP]

Rising West-coast songstress Malia shows off her heartfelt chops n new 7-track EP, Late Bloomer.

August Alsina - “Gucci Gang” (remix)

In a nice surprise for his fans, August Alsina remixes rapper Lil Pump’s “Gucci Gang”.

Nilüfer Yanya - Thanks 4 Nothing | A COLORS SHOW

London based singer/songwriter Nilüfer Yanya, accompanied by saxophonist Jazzi Bobbi, captivates you with her rich and golden tones in her performance of “Thanks For Nothing”

Whitney McClain - Santa Don't Cry This Christmas [Original Music Video]

Fresh off her most recent visual for 'Cruise', Whitney McClain gets festive in new video for 'Santa Don't Cry This Christmas'.

T-Pain - "This Ain't That"

After releasing Oblivion, his first studio album in 6 years last month, T-Pain is back with another standalone track, This Ain't That".

Check Out Rihanna In 'OCEAN'S 8' - Official 1st Trailer

Jacob Banks - Unknown (To You) (Live In London)

Jacob Banks takes the unique step to perform new single "Unknown (To You)" in an empty indoor pool.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Voice 2017 Winner Chris Blue: "Humanity"

Rap Radar Ep 18: Daniel Caesar

24Hrs feat. Trill Sammy & Spiffy GLobal - "Show Me"

Produced by Spiffy Global, 24hrs grabs Trilly Sammy for his new single, “Show Me".

Felicia Temple - Carpe Diem [Official Music Video]

Former The Voice contestant Felicia Temple balances real life in new video for 'Carpe Diem'.

Tory Lanez - Shooter | REVOLT Decoded

Calvin Harris feat. Kehlani & Lil Yachty - "Faking It" (Chachi & Dstar Remix)

Check out this Chachi & Dstar remix to Calvin Harris' "Faking It" featuring Kehlani and Lil Yachty.

Bridget Kelly Talks Being Signed to Jay-Z; Love & Hip Hop + New Single

Roy Woods "Say Less" Official Lyrics & Meaning | Verified

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Guordan Banks - "Unpopular" [Album]

Philadelphia singer Guordan Banks releases 10-track, debut album, Unpopular.

Aisha Badru - Bridges [Official Music Video]

New York singer/songwriter Aisha Badru shares romantic visual for 'Bridges'.

Solero & Charlie Wilson Perform 'O Holy Night'

Noel - "I Try"

Rising NY artist Noel drops new heat, "I Try".

Bridget Kelly - "Sedated"

Bridget Kelly returns to the scene with funky single "Sedated".

JONES - Something Bout Our Love [Official Music Video]

Jones is back with colorful new video for 'Something Bout Our Love'.

Johnny Gill - "What Is This"

Johhny Gill shares sizzling new ballad, "What Is This", the fifth single from his 2014 album, Game Changer.

Jae Franklin - Jae Franklin [EP]

Here's a new and very personal self-titled, 5-track EP from Atlanta vocalist Jae Franklin.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Cover Drive - Love Isn't Easy [Official Music Video]

Bajan quartet Cover Drive gets introspective in new 'Love Isn't Easy' video.

Jhené Aiko & Willow Smith on Touring Together: The Good, The Bad, & The Songs

Jessie Ware - Your Domino [EP]

UK singer/songwriter Jessie Ware releases new, live and acoustic, four-track live EP, Your Domino.

Timbaland feat. 6LACK - Grab The Wheel [Official Music Video]

Timbaland drops the visual for his buzzing single "Grab The Wheel" featuring 6lack.

NAO Performs 'Nostalgia' (Live & Stripped Back from Urchin Studios)

Jon Vinyl - "Life"

Toronto, Canada, singer Jon Vinyl drops mellow new single, "Life".

Pentatonix featuring Jennifer Hudson - How Great Thou Art [Official Music Video]

Gavin Turek - Good Luck For You [Official Music Video]

In New visual, L.A. soul/pop vocalist Gavin Turek displays confidence that she's 'Good Look For You'.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Strictly R&B: In The News - Week of 12/16/17

Jennifer Hudson Accuses Ex David Otunga of Leaking Negative Stories; He Counters

Why 2017 was R&B’s return to glory

The Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music Renew Longstanding Music Agreement

A Pop and R&B Legend, Janet Jackson Is Still Somehow Underrated

Tina Turner Writing Second Memoir — Story to Be More Candid

Diana Wang Talks Combining Chinese Opera With R&B on New Album: Interview

SZA Fronts Fenty Beauty's 'Mattemoiselle' Lipstick Campaign

LeToya Luckett Ties The Knot In Lavish Wedding

Mary J. Blige Lands Golden Globe Nominations For Supporting Role & Best Original Song

Beyoncé Will Not Reunite Destiny's Child At Coachella, Contrary To Rumors: Report

Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, and Christian Scott Announce Jazz Supergroup

Chris Brown Donates $50,000 to Georgia Middle School [VIDEO]

SZA x Calvin Harris – "The Weekend" (Funk Wav Remix)

Check out this Funk Wav remix to SZA and Calvin Harris' hit collabo "The Weekend".

DAWN - Stopwatch [Official Music Video]

It's all about timing in Dawn's steamy new video for 'Stopwatch'.

Michael Jackson - Blood On The Dance Floor 2017 [Official Music Video]

Michael Jackson's "Blood on the Dance Floor" gets new short film treatment.

Andy Allo - This Christmas [EP]

Funk/soul guitarist Andy Allo releases 5-track, holiday EP, This Christmas.

Jadagrace - My Rules [Official Music Video]

Female empowerment is the theme in rising vocalist Jadagrace's 'My Rules' video.

Ciara Performa 'Santa Baby' @ Taraji Henson's White Hot Holidays 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Major feat. Shaggy & Rock City - "Why I Love You" {remix}

Rising singer/songwriter MAJOR takes on Shaggy & Rock City for a flip on his ballad "Why I Love You".

Mylezia - Party of One [Official Msuic Video]

Delaware vocalist Mylezia drops new video for 'Party of One'.

Joel Culpepper - Woman | A COLORS SHOW

Jesse Campbell - "Christmas Time Is Here" {Cover}

Here's another cover by Jesse Campbell, this time the classic holiday tune "Christmas Time Is Here" {.

Timbaland feat. 6LACK – "Grab the Wheel"

Timbaland enlists 6Lack for melodic new track "Grab the Wheel".

73 Questions with Sean “Diddy” Combs | Vogue

Jordan Fisher - Mess [Official Music Video]

Actor/singer Jordan Fisher does everything backwards in his 'Mess' music video.

Chris Brown feat. T.I. DJ Whoo Kid & DJ MLK - "Sensei" (Remix)

Rapper T.I. joins Chris Brown for this DJ MLK remix to Breezy's "Sensei", which is set to appear on MLK's mixtape Dickriding Is Not a Form of Transportation, Vol. 2, which drops Friday.

Friday, December 15, 2017

John Legend Performs 'Darkness & Light' @ Jimmy Kimmel Live

Jesse Campbell - "Aint No Sunshine (When She's Gone)" (Cover)

Former The Voice contestant Jesse Campbell offers up a charming cover of Bill Withers' classic single "Aint No Sunshine (When She's Gone)".

Rachel Kerr - Alive [Official Music Video]

British singer/songwriter Rachel Kerr shares visual for inspirational song 'Alive'.

Khalid - Saved [Official Music Video]

Grammy-nominated singer Khalid releases video for 'Saved'.from debut album American Teen.

Eric Bellinger - "No Favors" (E-Mix)

Eric Bellinger does his E-Mix thing to Big Sean's "No Favors" hit.

Lion Babe feat. Moe Moks - Rockets [Official Music Video]

Lion Babe get lit in new visual for their smash single 'Rockets'.

Dru Hill On Break Up, Comeback & Sings Acapella

Chris Brown - Heartbreak On A Full Moon [Deluxe Edition]

Chris Brown surprises fans with Heartbreak On A Full Moon deluxe edition, which features 12 new songs.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

SZA Performs 'Supermodel' @ The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Throwback Thursday: Yarbrough and Peoples - "Don't Stop the Music"

An Adult contemporary duo out of Dallas, Texas, Yarbrough and Peoples hit number one on the 1981 Billboard US R&B chart with the disco-centric and funk-driven single "Don't Stop the Music". Written by Jonah Ellis, Alisa Peoples and Calvin Yarbrough and produced by Ellis and Lonnie Simmons, "Don't Stop the Music", from the Yarbrough and Peoples' 1980 debut album, The Two of Us, also reached #26 on the dance charts, #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 before going gold.

Jorja Smith Performs 'Teenage Fantasy' | BRITs 2018 Critics’ Choice Session

Vershon - "Instant"

Rising reggae artist Verson drops new diss track "Instant".

Ravyn Lenae - "Sticky"

Chicago singer/songwriter Ravyn Lenae delivers eegy new track "Sticky".

K. Michelle "Birthday" Official Lyrics & Meaning | Verified

Seal Performs 'Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow' @ The Late Late Show with James Corden

Chris Brown - "Goin At It"

Winter's almost here which means it's cuffin season, so why not get cozy to this new Chris Brown track "Goin At It".

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Ty Dolla $ign - Side Effects [Official Music Video]

Off his latest album Beach House 3, Ty Dolla $ign drops video for 'Side Effects'.

Jennifer Hudson - Burden Down [Official Music Video]

Grammy and Oscar-winning artist Jennifer Hudson lets it all out in emotional video for 'Burden Down'.

Bassette - "Bermuda"

English songstress Bassette premieres new single "Bermuda".

Ashanti "Say Less" Official Lyrics & Meaning | Verified

Roy Woods - Monday To Monday [Official Music Video]

Roy Woods shows appreciation for God, hard work and the gifts that come with it in new video for 'Monday To Monday'.

Conya Doss - "I'm Trying"

Veteran singer Conya Doss returns to the scene with new single “I’m Trying”.

Paris Amone - Duality [Album]

Emerging singer/songwriter/model Paris Amone releases debut solo album entitled Duality.

Mtume Talks Biggie's 'Juicy' Record, How Sampling Has Evolved + More

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Kehlani: A Tsunami Christmas Night 1 | Live Performance In Her Hometown Oakland California 2017

Lisa Banton – "First and Every Christmas"

Produced by Herb Middleton, Toronto singer Lisa Banton delivers her first holiday song entitled “First and Every Christmas”.

Noel Gourdin – "If I Was Santa Claus"

The holiday season is here and Noel Gourdin gets festive with new original holiday track “If I Was Santa Claus”.

Miguel Performs "Told You So" At The 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Adrian Marcel - CHEVY [Official Music Video]

From his debut album GMFU, Adrian Marcel drops introspective visual for 'CHEVY'.

The Dream – "It’s Yo Birthday"

The Dream celebrates the 10-year anniversary of his debut album Lovehate with the previously unreleased track “It’s Yo Birthday".

Khalid - "Young Dumb & Broke" (Dstar X Rick Wonder Remix)

Produced by Dstar & Rick Wonder, check out this remix to Khalid's hit single "Young Dumb & Broke".

SZA Performs 'Love Galore' (Live) - SNL

Monday, December 11, 2017

Popcaan - "Dem Wah Fi Know"

Produced by Young Vibez Productions, Popcaan returns with new single "Dem Wah Fi Know".