INTERVIEWS

Exclusive: Verse Simmonds Talks Chris Brown’s New Album X, Journey To Writing Fame, State of R&B and More!

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Being an artist in the industry isn’t the only thing that makes you a celebrity nowadays. In the past, songwriters and producers were seldom mentioned to the outside public and it was left up to the singers to make the creation gain popularity. Now, producers and songwriters have stepped from behind the scene and in some cases, have become even more popular than the artist who performs the song. Take those like The-Dream, Pharrell and DJ Mustard. Although each one is now an artist on their own, they all got their careers started behind the scenes and grew to become some of the industry’s most sought after writers and producers.

The same story has become the case for famed songwriter, Verse Simmonds. With credits ranging from R.Kelly and Rihanna to now penning three of Chris Brown’s current releases off of his anticipated upcoming album X, Verse is clearly making his name in the game as like his predecessors. Many might remember Verse from his 2009 club hit, “Buy You A Round (Up and Down),” but it was in 2011 that his fame skyrocketed with the single, “Boo Thang” featuring Kelly Rowland.

Now, three years after his biggest hit, the singer-songwriter-producer is stepping from behind the scenes again to chat with ThisIsRnB. Discussing his current success with singles for Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Usher, the impressive artist let us in on just where he thinks R&B is now and is going next, his personal artistry, and just what Verse Simmonds has to offer for R&B fans everywhere.

Get into the interview below!

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Brandy Suprises Keke Palmer on BET’s ‘Just Keke,’ Talks Ending of “Moesha”

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On Thursday, Brandy made a surprise appearance on BET’s new talk show ‘Just Keke,’ hosted by Keke Palmer.

The R&B icon was a huge influence on the young singer/actress and they spoke about the journal Brandy gave her when they first met, the ending of the famed show “Moesha,” and more.

Check out the clip below:

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Tinashe Talks Exposing Herself, Her Personal Style, What Trends in Men’s Wear She Doesn’t Like & More

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While doing promo for her forthcoming debut album buzzing R&B singer Tinashe stopped by the SlamxHype offices in NYC for a sit-down interview.

The sexy “2 On” singer talked about doing a photo shoot with the infamous Terry Richardson, her personal style, what trends she doesn’t like in men’s fashion right now, working with Charlie Sheen, her upcoming album Aquarius and more.

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Premiere: Get to Know Rising R&B Singer-Songwriter Mike Jay (In The Studio – Part 1)

One of our favorite emerging artists this year is R&B singer/songwriter Mike Jay. After building a reputation as a respected songwriter for many of today’s hottest acts including Mariah Carey, Chris Brown, Ciara and more, the 21-year-old released his debut project ‘The Mike Jay EP‘ this past spring.

Now promoting his first official single “Birthday Suit” the Detroit born, Los Angeles resident is giving fans a chance to get to know him better with a 4-part webisode series. In the first clip, Mike brings viewers into the studio as he talks about his start in music, moving to Atlanta to pursue songwriting with his brother and more.

Start to get to know Mike Jay with his first webisode video above, and check out his hot debut single “Birthday Suit” here.


Sebastian Mikael Talks Troubled Past, Racism in Sweden, R&B’s Lack of Love and More

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In this engaging episode of ‘NiteCap with Peter Bailey,’ the author and journalist catches up with buzzing R&B artist Sebastian Mikael for a very honest and revealing new interview.

The rising singer/songwriter talks about his troubled upbringing, growing up around racism in Sweden, his faith & his thoughts on mainstream R&B missing romance and love.

Sebastian’s debut album Speechless is in stores now! Check out the very interesting interview below!

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Sevyn Streeter Previews New Babyface Collaboration “Fight For Me”

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Sevyn Streeter has been consistently impressing fans and critics with her music and writing for other artists. Coming off her acclaimed debut EP ‘Call Me Crazy, But…,’ and writing collaborations for the likes of Chris Brown, Tamar Braxton, Ariana Grande and many more, the buzzing R&B princess is getting ready to bless the world with more new music.

Along with touring this year, Sevyn has been putting the finishing touches on her anticipated full-length album, which is due out later this year via CBE/Atlantic. While doing press at the BET Awards weekend, the singer/songwriter gave Konan of 92Q Jams in Baltimore a special preview of a big new collaboration with the legendary Babyface.

The record will be titled “Fight For Me,” and it was inspired by a past relationship where she wanted her boyfriend to fight for her in order to save their relationship.

Check out the preview below:

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Luke James Talks New Single “Options,” Debut Album, Beyoncé’s Advice on Karma

Luke James has been on a ride building his following and brand over the past few years as he is finally getting set to release his anticipated debut album this September. With the release of his new single “Options” featuring Rick Ross, the New Orleans native has began doing press and recently sat down with a chat with GlobalGrind’s Blogxilla in the ‘No Judgement Zone.’

In addition to talking about his journey, new single and forthcoming album, Luke spoke about advice that Beyoncé has given him about karma and more.

Check out the interview above.


Jagged Edge Talk New Vision, ‘J.E. Heartbreak’ Sequel, The Need For R&B Groups

Jagged Edge is ready to show the world why R&B groups are necessary. Currently prepping a sequel to their 2000 multi-platinum album, J.E. Heartbreak, twins Brian and Brandon Casey, Richard Wingo and Kyle Norman feel like they can achieve a lot more, and with their new situation the sky is the limit.

While doing press in NYC, our friends at Singersroom caught up with the R&B vets to talk about the upcoming album, J.E. Heartbreak Too, the need for R&B groups, working with Jermaine Dupri and more.

Check out the interview above and watch their recent performance of their comeback single “Hope” here.