Only days after unveiling the album cover, and announcing the release date, Mary J. Blige has took to social media to reveal the tracklisting and features for her anticipated new album Strength of a Woman.
Led by the singles, “Thick of It,” and “U + Me (Love Lesson),” the 14 track set includes appearances from Kanye West, Quavo (of Migos), DJ Khalid, Missy Elliot, Prince Charlez, and Kaytranada.
Much of the album has been inspired by Blige’s divorce from her husband and manager Kendu Isaacs. The project includes such poignant track titles as “Set Me Free,” “Indestructible,” “Survivor,” and “Telling the Truth.”
“Thank you for sharing your strength with me. This is my tracklisting for #STRENGTHOFAWOMAN, revealed. This is one of my most powerful albums, featuring some powerful collaborators. I’m excited to share it with you on 4.28,” she wrote on Instagram.
Strength of a Woman is due out everywhere on April 28.
Check out the tracklisting below.
What would make a morning commute better than an impromptu live performance from John Legend in a subway station!
That’s what happened to some lucky travelers at London’s St. Pancras station on Wednesday morning (Mar. 29). Apparently, it’s International Piano Day, so the R&B star felt like giving folks an unexpected morning treat with a short set at the train stations famed grand piano.
Legend tickled the ivory keys with a medley of hits, including “Ordinary People,” “All of Me,” and his Darkness and Light ballad “Surefire.” The singer/songwriter was in town to promote the album as well as it’s upcoming supporting tour, which kicks off May 12 in Miami.
He will bring the trek to the UK in the fall, starting September 8 in Glasgow.
Check out the footage of his performance, and UK tour dates below.
Tiara Thomas is going back to the basics, with a brand new stripped down, acoustic project entitled, ‘Don’t Mention My Name.’
At first the title would seem off putting, but the essence of the content revolves around the title track, where she sings out to an ex with a warning of leaving their relationship out of his mouth.
“I don’t want stress / I don’t want press / I don’t like mess, unless it’s about my sex / You don’t get none, but you can get flex / If somebody ask you about your ex, don’t mention my name,” she sings.
The 5-track EP covers the good and bad of previous romances, as Tiara keeps her guitar strings humming on “I’m Still At The Bar,” where she sings about hooking up with a side piece.
Thomas also pays homage to ’90s R&B with an acoustic remake of Case’s 1996 hit “Touch Me, Tease Me.” Telling her fans about it on Instagram she wrote, “for the true r&b heads I flipped one of my favorite 90’s jams, loved playing these chords.”
Take a listen to Tiara’s new EP below!
Right in time for the warm weather, R&B songstress Kayla Brianna drops a new banger with a sexy spring time bounce.
Titled “Luck” and featuring Dreezy, the London On Da Track-produced song delivers a vibe that you won’t be able to forget. Though things have been a little quiet for Kayla since the release of last year’s YFN Lucci-featured “Work For It,” the new single is enough to get the spotlight moving back in her direction.
Encouraging you to try your luck with her, the young singer coos out, “Is you gon’ just let me pass and miss your chance? / Say somethin’ baby,” while Dreezy lays down a few bars letting you know the gamble is worth the reward.
Play your cards right and check the track out below:
Had to borrow Anderson .Paak’s signature phrase for this one! What a joy it was to stumble upon this jam by previous Bombay Bicycle Club frontman, Jack Steadman, who has branched off as a soul producer under the alias Mr Jukes. The talented craftsman has traveled back into brassy funk past and brought back some head bobbing vibes with his insanely groovy new single “Angels / Your Love” featuring BJ The Chicago Kid.
The two songs are stitched together perfectly, as “Angels” boasts a stupendous wailing trumpet that plays backdrop to a mesmerizing airy vocal that gives off Brazilian jazz memories. A classic hip hop break beat with saxophone plays the perfect transition into BJ’s soulful vocals. The Chicago raised crooner sings out to a new lover, “I thought I was good, but I really wasn’t livin’ / Cause I ain’t have the feeling you’re givin’ / Thinking about your love.”
Mr. Jukes will release his debut album, God First, on June 9 via Island Records, it is set to include additional features from Lianne La Havas, Charles Bradley, Elli Ingram, Lalah Hathaway and more.
Check out the trippy “Angels / Your Love” video below!
Syd with the surprise!
Following the release of her stellar debut solo album, Fin, the front woman of The Internet has pulled a new song out of her vault that didn’t make the project.
The vibey song, titled “Treading Water,” is produced by Steve Lacy and Ronald “Flip” Colson, and it finds Syd singing about a rocky romantic relationship while co-signing women and men that take things slow.
“Feels like I’m treading water, waiting for your call / And it’s getting harder trying not to drown / Come on baby, come on baby, come back to me,” she sings.
The singer/songwriter/producer told fans that it was her “favorite song on Fin” before it had to be cut. She didn’t give an actual reason why it was cut from the album, but most likely it’s because the same instrumental was used by Big Sean and Jhené Aiko on the song “Selfish,” off their collaborative album TWENTY88.
Take a listen below.
“I just need to get my mind right, I wanna feel alive / Tell me if I’m asking for too much…”
Let us introduce you to Haben.
This 19-year-old singer/songwriter might look a little familiar if you’re a fan America’s Got Talent where EriAm, a group formed by she and her 2 sisters, made it to the Top 20 finalists on the show in 2009.
Now, Haben–the youngest of EriAm–has branched out to release solo music and she is proving that she can and will be a star on her own. After being mesmerized by some of her covers of hits by Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Rihanna and more on YouTube, we came across her original music on Soundcloud. Her most recent track is “JUST A LITTLE,” but it honestly just leaves you wanting so much more.
Fusing together R&B and pop, the young songstress from Seattle sings about wanting nothing more than a little affection from her lover. The piano laden track showcases Haben’s range and writing skills as she taps into an emotion that all of us have dealt with when we want attention, but not necessarily the romance that may come with it.
“Just a little love / I could use a little love / You got any love?,” she sings.
Issa vibe. Take a listen to the song below.
Mary J. Blige is finally ready to deliver her 13th studio album, Strength of a Woman.
Today (March 27), the R&B Queen has unveiled the album’s cover art, and announced that it will hit stores and streaming services on April 28.
On the cover, a confident MJB sits on a golden throne with her legs crossed in a leather and lace outfit.