INTERVIEWS

Go Behind The Scenes with SWV at B.B. Kings in NYC

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This past Friday, hitmaking R&B group SWV released their fifth studio album Still.

Coko, Lelee, and Taj have graced stages across the country in promotion of their new record and to say the least, these women know how to put on a memorable experience. I had the honor of going behind the scenes during their set in their old stomping grounds of NYC, just a couple of weeks prior to the album’s release.

A jammed packed house at B.B. Kings Blues Club, hundreds of fans anticipated this moment with the legendary trio. Prior to the ladies hitting the stage we caught up in their dressing room to discuss the current state of R&B music, specifically on the female side. In addition they told me who their man crushes were back in the ’90s.

Take a look at their live performance and exclusive interview below.

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Maxwell Announces New Album Set for 2016 Release!

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Can you believe it’s been 20 years since the world was first introduced to R&B icon Maxwell?!

April 2016 will mark the 20th anniversary of his outstanding debut album Urban Hang Suite, which brought us some of our favorite Maxwell tracks including “Whenever, Wherever, Whatever,” and “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder).”

If you’re like us and wondering where part 2 of the R&B crooner’s trilogy has been hiding, wonder no more! After talking with the good people over at Essence Magazine, Max gave us a long-awaited update on blackSUMMERS’night — the follow up to 2009’s BLACKsummers’night— and promises that fans will have their hands on the much-anticipated album sooner than they think.

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Zendaya Talks About Being A Role Model, Working with Chris Brown, Babyface & More

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Dropping her brand new single “Something New” with Chris Brown this week, rising teen star Zendaya stopped by REAL92.3 LA to talk with DJ Damage & Letty about her growth as an artist and singer, what it’s like for her to be a role model for young girls, working with Breezy and Babyface on the new single, which samples TLC’s “Creep.”

Zendaya revealed that she got the blessing from T-Boz on the single and we can expect a cameo from her in the upcoming video.  She spoke about being a triple-threat talent and perfecting her various crafts at a young age. She also revealed that she has been friends with Kehlani since they were in 6th grade together!

Check out the interview below.

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In Final Interview, Maurice White Reflects on Earth, Wind & Fire’s History and His Vision: ‘Music Was Playing In My Head’

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With the news of Earth, Wind & Fire co-founder Maurice White‘s passing today, Billboard has quickly released a brand new interview, one of his last, which they conducted with him via e-mail last month surrounding the announcement of the groups Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

White was unable to grant a full interview due to his Parkinson’s, but he did answer a few questions about the founding of the group, commercial breakthrough, winning his first Grammy Award, if he hears his influence in contemporary R&B and more.

Check out some excerpts below.

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Rihanna Talks Dating Life, Plays “Never Have I Ever” With George Clooney On “Ellen”

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Just last week, Rihanna was battling the “leak” bug when her album ANTI was released “unexpectedly,” but now she’s all smiles as she sat down for an interview with Ellen. 

Donning a center part black bob, accompanied by a skin tight olive skirt and “Butch” shirt, Roc Nation’s princess was her regular bubbly self as she shared some info with the famed host. Touching on her “relationship” with Drake, her recent karaoke session, what’s in her rider – which includes Golden Grahams, Oreos, Hot Cheetos, Vodka, and more.

In addition to the above, Rihanna also joined George Clooney to play a round of “Never Have I Ever” where things got a little personal and lol’ish.

Take a look below!

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Rising R&B Singer Jacquees Decodes ‘Mood’ Mixtape

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Young R&B singer on the rise Jacquees released his brand new mixtape Mood last month to much fan appreciation.

Giving us some details on the creation of the project, the Atlanta native sat down for an interview with DJ Smallz and provided insight into the inspiration behind the artwork, choosing the tracklist, and the features on each song from DeJ Loaf, Birdman, Kevin Gates, Young Scooter, Rich Homie Quan, and Kirko Bangz.

Check out the interview below.

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Miguel Talks Getting Engaged, ‘Wildheart Motel,’ Songwriting with Tinashe, Big Sean & More, Plus Acts Out A Telenovela

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Miguel stopped by The Cruz Show on Power 106 LA on Wednesday morning to talk about his upcoming performance at their Valentine’s Crush concert. During the interview the R&B maverick spoke about his amazing “Wildheart Motel” art installation in Los Angeles last weekend, where Rihanna showed up and surprised fans with a special karaoke performance.

Miguel also revealed that he penned Tory Lanez new song “LA Confidential,” which definitely sounds like him, and he talked about the epic songwriting session he had in Malibu with Tinashe, Big Sean, Skrillex, Diplo, Detail and more.

Now a newly engaged man, Miguel also spoke about proposing to his longtime girlfriend Nazanin Mandi, his feelings on having kids and more. In addition, while he was up at the station Miguel joined J Cruz and Krystal B to sing and act out an explicit telenovela scene.

Check it all out below!

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Thirst Trap Alert: Tinashe Sizzles On February Complex Cover

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Good Lord! Tinashe got us again!

Landing her first magazine cover of 2016, underground favorite turned R&B vixen, Tinashe, is heating up the pages of Complex for their February/March 2016 issue.

“This is definitely a racy photo shoot,” the singer told the magazine. “This is probably one of my racier ones. The only other one that could rival this shoot is my Playboy shoot but I think this one’s actually hotter.”

Tinashe, who’s readying her sophomore album Joyride, whets appetites with the eye-popping pics—she sips from a crazy straw (while showing underboob), drifts in a punch bowl, and climbs out of a glass of ice water.

“With this cover in particular, as opposed to others that I’ve done in the past, I definitely had a little bit more fun, which was cool,” she said. “We got to shoot some stuff that was really colorful and lighthearted. I had a little bit more creative control than I normally have so I had a really, really great time on this shoot.”

See more sizzling hot pics and read excerpts from the interview below.

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