INTERVIEWS

Exclusive: K. Michelle Talks New Singles “Love ‘Em All,” “Maybe I Should Call,” Upcoming Sophomore Album, Taking Risks with Her Music

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K. Michelle is one of the most charismatic and boisterous artists that we’ve had in R&B in quite some time. The Memphis native is wasting no time on the follow-up to her debut album Rebellious Soul, which she recently revamped as an inventive TV musical for VH1. While her debut LP hit stores only a year ago, the talented singer/songwriter is putting the finishing touches on her sophomore album, which she has been teasing with the hashtag #AWBAH.

Earlier this month K released the first single from the project, “Love ‘Em All,” which surprised many with it’s rock heavy production, but has been acclaimed and praised by many fans and new listeners for it’s catchy and confident theme.

ThisisRnB TV recently caught up with the R&B songstress for a sit-down interview about her new records, upcoming album and much more. In this clip from our chat K. Michelle talks to us about where she was mentally when creating her new singles, “Love ‘Em All” and “Maybe I Should Call,” the major differences between her upcoming album and her debut, her Country music influence, the album’s unexpected collaborations, and why it was so important to take some risks with her new music and this project.

“I looked around and I was like, ‘why should I be boxed and forced to sing a certain kind of lonely girl I’m so hurt, cuz I’m the little lonely black girl who had to struggle’ [type of song],” said K. Michelle. “Who wants to sing that all their life and be miserable all their life, there’s other sh*t going on other than heartbreak. I was just determined to talk about all those topics and sing ‘em how I felt ‘em, not how people look at my skin tell me how I’m supposed to sing them.”

“If you’re gonna go out, go out with a bang,” she continued. “If the fans get it that’s all that matters.”

Check out the interview below, and stay tuned for her second new single “Maybe I Should Call,” followed by the official video announcement of her new album.

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Ne-Yo Reveals Story of Infidelity on Upcoming Album ‘Non-Fiction’

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Ne-Yo continues to express that he is returning to R&B with his upcoming album Non-Fiction, which is now due in early 2015. Sitting down with AOL’s The Boombox for a recent interview, the platinum hitmaker shared more details about the new LP, his tumultuous love life and the new artists he sees having strong futures.

Ne-Yo revealed there is an interlude on the album, which was originally going to be a full song, but it was too painful to complete, about admitting to the infidelity that ended his engagement to Monyetta Shaw, who is the mother of his two children.

He spoke about another song that he is very excited about, which is titled “Run,” produced by Salaam Remi. It features Schoolboy Q, who he is a big fan of, and centers on the predatory nature of the opposite sex.

“It’s a song that’s kinda talking about that chick who takes pride in breaking up relationships,” Ne-Yo said. “She’s walking, talking, living, breathing temptation. It’s not a typical Ne-Yo song. When you hear this record from the beat to the way that I’m singing, everything about this song is a little different than what you’re used to hearing from me.”

In addition to his admiration for Schoolboy Q, Ne-Yo had some kind words to say about Ty Dolla $ign. “Ty Dolla $ign is a lot more musically inclined than he lets on. That dude will get on them keys and do something incredible in front of you,” he said. Ne-Yo is also a fan of the music August Alsina and Tinashe are putting out.

Check out the full interview clip below:

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Billboard Presents: ‘Drivin’ with Trey Songz

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Billboard recently linked up with Audi and Trey Songz for a special interview style promotion for the new A8 L TDI model.

The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter shares some of his own personal car stories, including an old lady that ran into him and then tried lying to the police that he hit her, having to hold up his rear view mirror while driving and more. Trey also got to take the car for a spin through the Hollywood hills in the special clip.

His new album Trigga is in stores now. Check out the interview piece below:

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Jennifer Hudson Talks New Album, Weight Loss, Family, New Acting Roles & More on ‘The Breakfast Club’

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As Jennifer Hudson makes her promotional rounds for her new album JHUD, it should be no wonder that she stopped by Power 105’s The Breakfast Club.

The album, which was released yesterday, serves as the follow-up to 2011’s I Remember Me and features an all-star line-up of artists that lend their vocals for singles, including R. Kelly, Iggy Azalea, T.I. and Timbaland. While rumors swarmed that her relationship with her fiancé David Otunga was on the rocks, Jennifer knocked those down as she spoke very highly of her beau.

Also touching on her son, her weight loss journey, working with Pharrell, tour for the album, upcoming acting roles, and her new edgy sound, it’s refreshing to see J.Hud bring so much positivity to the show.

Check it out below:

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Mary J. Blige Talks ‘London Sessions’ Album, Working With Diddy & Jay Z, Burger King Commerical and More on ‘The Breakfast Club’

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Mary J. Blige has been in the game for over 20 years and has seen the ups and down of the industry. Through all of her struggles though, one thing remains the same: the fact that she’s still on top.

Sitting down with Power 105’s The Breakfast Club to discuss the release of her upcoming album The London Sessions early Monday morning, the Queen – who prefers that over being called ‘The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” – made the crew feel as if they hit the big time.

Taking time to discuss her now legendary collaboration with Jay Z on his debut album, her past troubles and how it effected her music, who’s she’s listening to now, and the infamous Burger King commercial, it’s good to see Mary still catering to her fans.

She also premiered the brand new singles “Whole Damn Year” and “Therapy,” which are the first official U.S. releases off The London Sessions, due out December 2.

Check out the full interview after the jump!

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Chris Brown Translates Alien Audio on ‘Big Boy’s Neighborhood’

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During his special album release day interview with Big Boy’s Neighborhood on Power 106 in Los Angeles, Chris Brown shared one of his other secret skills – translating alien audio.

What? You didn’t know he had those gifts too?

Big Boy and the crew asked the R&B superstar to decipher lines from some of our most famous Hollywood aliens for another comedic moment during their live chat.

Watch the clip below, and if you missed Chris telling a funny story about an inmate on Con Air, check it out here.

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K. Michelle Talks New Single, Album, Drama with Lil Kim, Elle Varner and Much More on ‘The Breakfast Club’

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The infamous K. Michelle that everyone seems to love to hate is back!! Fresh off the release of her brand new single “Love ‘Em All,” the R&B songstress returned to “The Breakfast Club” on Thursday morning for a new interview. While sipping a mimosa and admitting to being on an edible, the unfiltered star got into all the gossip, rumors, hating artists, boyfriends and much more.

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Watch: Chris Brown Tells Funny Story about an Inmate Who Wanted to Work With Him on Con Air

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To kick off the celebration of his much-anticipated and delayed album X, Chris Brown spent the morning with the Power 106 family on Tuesday for a special show of Big Boy’s Neighborhood.

The R&B superstar was welcomed into a room filled with fans who won the chance to watch the interview live. In addition to speaking about the album and his recording process now, Chris told Big Boy what jail was like, what his first meal out was, and what he learned from all of it.

The standout moment though was a story he told about an inmate he met, who was hoping to collaborate with Breezy, while being transferred from L.A. to D.C. on Con Air. But it turns out we would all be waiting a very long time for that collaboration to happen.

X is in stores now! Check out the full interview and hilarious story below:

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