Listen: Jhené Aiko Surprises With Brand New Album ‘Trip’

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All signs led to a surprise release, and Jhené Aiko delivered today (Sept. 22) without warning!  The soulful songstress has released her much-anticipated sophomore album, Trip.

The singer-songwriter has been crafting this project for over two years. Through that time she recorded a catalog of songs, and there is no shortage of tracks on the 22-song set. Prior to today’s surprise release, Aiko released 3 singles, “Maniac,” the Chris Brown-featured “Hello Ego (Don’t Stop),” and “While We’re Young.”  The later is the only previously released cut that appears on this full-length project.

Filled with introspective , personal stories the set has been described as an “epic, psychedelic journey beyond the boundaries of R&B.” However, with so many tracks it was bound to include some major guest features, and it does. Jhené’s real life beau, Big Sean, joins her on “Moments,” and then as their duo TWENTY88 on “OLLA (Only Lovers Left Alive).”  Additional features come from Brandy (“Ascension”), Swae Lee (“Sativa”), Kurupt (“Never Call Me”), Mali Music (“Trip”), plus her father Dr. Chill and daughter Namiko Love make appearances.

In a mission statement that she released for free to her followers on Thursday (Sept. 21), Jhené revealed that she has been on a physical, emotional, and mental journey to find herself following the 2012 death of her brother Miyagi. “My brother and I were very close. We were only two years apart,” she said. “I never thought of him as a separate person, but an extension of myself. He was my reflection. In his presence I was confident and always so sure.”

Trip, the follow-up to 2014’s Souled Out, was also accompanied by a short film directed by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip). “It’s inspired by every type of trip you could imagine: mental, physical, even psychedelic,” Jhené told Playboy. “I’m at a point where I put it all in the music. It’s a puzzle I want people to put together.”

Without any further delay, lets go Trippin with Jhené below!

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Victor Oladipo Releases “Song For You” Video, Announces Debut EP

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If you are just catching on to the R&B talents of NBA star Victor Oladipo you are in for a treat.  Last month, the Indiana Pacers guard surprised fans everywhere with his first official musical release, “Song for You.”

The record is a modern remake of the Donny Hathaway classic, with his own original second verse, but as tough of a record as it is to justly cover, VO did his thing.  Now, before the NBA season kicks off, the Maryland native has released a visual for the track, and announced his debut EP!

Rocking a low-leaning fedora and an open button down shirt, while tickling the ivories on a brilliant white piano, Victor serenades the unseen object of his affection in a gorgeous villa.

Blessed with a deep and soulful set of pipes, Vic is equally influenced by modern R&B and classic ’70s soul. Along with getting ready for his first season as a Pacer, Oladipo is prepping for the release of his first musical project, which is said to feature an impressive set of tracks that span the R&B spectrum. Distributed by EMPIRE, his 7-track Songs For You EP is set to be released on Oct. 6, and include features from Eric Bellinger and 2 Chainz.

Check out the video below.

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Miguel Performs “Sky Walker” & “Come Through and Chill” on ‘The Late Show’

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Come through Miguel!

On Wednesday night (Sept. 20), the R&B maverick was the musical guest on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” and he announced the title of his new album!

Following the release of two brand new songs, “Sky Walker” and “Shockandawe,” the L.A. native delivered his first televised performance of the previous. Both tracks are expected to be off his upcoming album ‘War & Leisure.’

Seated on a stool in the Ed Sullivan Theater, Miguel performed with a bass guitar while supported by two more guitar players and a percussionist. With a laid back ease to this vocal delivery, the singer/songwriter assured that good things come when they are supposed to, but you gotta ‘stay up.’

For a second bonus performance, Miguel chose 2016’s “Come Through and Chill,” where he stood at the mic with his band behind him. Requesting the company of his lady, Mig seduces her while singing: “Due to unusual rain and thunder, baby I wonder (lady I wonder) / Would you put your sweats on, put your sweats on for me… Let me lay a great time on ya.”

Check out his performance below, and stay tuned for more info on Miguel’s forthcoming album, War & Leisure.

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T-Boz Discusses Her New Book, Sickle Cell, TLC Stories & More

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Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins stopped by Power 105.1 for a new interview with “The Breakfast Club” where she discussed a variety of topics.

With TLC’s long awaited “final” album hitting stores this past June, the founding member has just released her new memoir, ‘A Sick Life.’

During the 30-minute conversation, T-Boz spoke about the book, living with sickle cell disease, early stories of life on the road with TLC, how Left-Eye got her name, arguments with Diddy, relationship with her father, and much much more.

Watch the full interview below.

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New Music: Khalid – Perfect

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Can ‘perfect’ exist?

Hot on the heels of winning Best New Artist at the 2017 VMA’s, Khalid surprises fans with a short-but-sweet new song.  Over husky acoustic strings, the crooner’s raw drawl compliments as he sings about life’s struggles and insecurities.

Calling it “a song from the soul,” the 19-year-old singer-songwriter laments: “I’ve been on my own for a long time / I’m feeling kind of lonely / Nothing’s fun when I’m the only one out here who knows me.”

Khalid also offers introspection on changes, sadness, and the search for perfection. “I know I’ll never be perfect / I’m thinking out loud, but I know someone will hear me / Crying out for help,” he sings.

After unleashing the rough draft, the “Location” singer explained that it might remain the only version available. “I’m probs gonna leave it at rough draft,” he said. “The first song I released was a rough draft on SoundCloud. I’m leaving this on SoundCloud as well. Thank you guys, love you.”

Listen to “Perfect” below.

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Watch: Jhené Aiko Releases Short Film ‘Trip’

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Jhené Aiko is taking us on a ‘Trip.’

Even though we’ve been patiently waiting for the Sailing Soul to finally release her sophomore album, we’re not mad at her first venture into film with Trip. Co-written and directed by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip), the 23-minute short showcases Jhené’s growth in learning how to cope with the death of her brother while also giving fans a sneak peek of music she’s yet to release.

“Crazy, how I can stare into empty space and see his smile, crystal clear as day,” she says in the intro. “I close my eyes and hear his voice.”

Aiko portrays the main character Penny, a depressed poet who’s addicted to prescription meds but is willing to try anything once to numb the pain away. After she meets a charismatic Danté who just so happened to intrude on her favorite writing spot, she goes down a dark twisted road that leads her face to face with her truth — her obsession with avoiding pain instead of dealing with it.

“I am looking for a brother’s love in every single man,” she says. “But you’ll never see me like my brother did, you’ll never need me like a brother did. There’s a black hole in my soul. It’s beginning to show.”

Featuring her singles, “Maniac,” “While We’re Young,” and “Hello Ego,” Trip will have you feel the full range of emotions, laugh and cry, then make you want to hug your closest friends and family.

“I was a sunken ship,” she says at the end. “A drunken sip of something thick / And then I took a trip / There was no captain / But you were my anchor.”

Fans can download the movie, which is currently available for free streaming via YouTube, for $4 through her newly-launched website, JheneIsPenny.com.

Watch the trippy short film below.

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New Music: Ty Dolla $ign feat. Jeremih – ‘Dawsin’s Breek’ + ‘Message In A Bottle’

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Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer Ty Dolla $ign has announced that his new album, Beach House 3, will arrive everywhere October 27 via Atlantic Records.

To accompany the early pre-order, Ty has just released two brand new songs. The first finds Ty collaborating with fellow hitmaker Jeremih on “Dawsin’s Breek.”  Over a hard-hitting vibey production by Mike Will, Ty sings: “I got a brand new coupe / I got a brand new ‘Rarri / I got a brand new boo / I put my ex in park.”

Following the song’s premiere on Beats 1, Ty explained his inspiration. “I’m just trying to stay ahead,” he said. “I told y’all before. There’s no such thing as try. I am just taking it ahead. Gang shit.”

Partly influenced by the late ’90s, early 2000s teen drama “Dawson’s Creek” Ty added, “It was inspired by ‘Dawson’s Creek,’ but I didn’t want to use their name. So we made up our own name.”

The B-side single comes in the form of the lofty “Message in a Bottle,” which boasts an acoustic track as Dolla sings about drinking, texting exes, and living life like it’s a movie.

“Thanks to the message in a bottle / Let me get a swallow / Filling up my cup, section full of models / And we going up like it’s a Tuesday / Drinking ’till I’m woozy / Know I’m ’bout that action / Living like a movie,” he sings.

“Dawsin’s Breek” and “Message in a Bottle” follow “So Am I” and “Love U Better” off Dolla’s Beach House 3, which is set to drop Oct. 27.

Take a listen to both songs below.

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Xscape Debut Drama Filled Trailer For “Still Kickin’ It” Reality Show

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If you can’t get enough of Xscape‘s comeback, Bravo has your inside look!

Hot on the heels of announcing their headlining comeback tour, “The Great Xscape Tour,” the ’90s R&B divas has shared a sneak peek look at their anticipated reunion reality show.

It’s been 18 years since the quartet’s last album, and they have plenty to catch up on and reacquaint themselves with, including some classic reality show drama. The ladies have love for each other, but there are still some lingering issues between them, and even with music industry legend, Jermaine Dupri.

“Xscape was huge in the 90s, but the sh*t hit the fan,” they say in the clip. “We broke up. We haven’t been together in eighteen years.”

The series, titled Xscape: Still Kickin’ It, documents Kandi Burruss-Tucker, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott’s reunion as they prepare to take the stage after nearly two decades apart. In the preview, the ladies tackle past incidents and drama that led to their demise, including the actions of group members, the beef between Kandi and LaTocha, and Jermaine Dupri’s role.

Xscape: Still Kickin’ It will premiere on Bravo on November 5 at 9/8c. Check out the previews below.

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