INTERVIEWS

Exclusive: Elijah Blake Talks Personal Single “6,” Upcoming EP ‘Drift,’ Relationship with Keyshia Cole, Bono & Kanye West Collaboration, Progressive R&B and Much More!

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One thing more difficult than obtaining your dreams is building up the courage to actually follow them. Although the public looks at your success as obtained overnight, the long road and lonely moments prove different. While fans of R&B crooner Elijah Blake may feel as if his stardom has come to light more recently, the hardworking singer-songwriter has been on his grind for quite some time now.

Penning tracks for many of your favorite artists, it wasn’t until his angelic voice was heard on Rick Ross’ 2012 single, “Presidential” and again on The Game’s “Freedom” that the attention began to center around the talented star. Taking the opportunity to release his debut EP Bijoux 22 the same year, Elijah had finally found his time to shine as his own artist.

Now, working with some of the top stars on the year’s most anticipated projects, Elijah Blake is ready to get things moving for the biggest star of them all…himself. With plans to release his dark and mysterious EP Drift this fall and his debut album Songs About Melody next year, Elijah has grabbed the attention of R&B lovers everywhere. With releases such as “Towers of Tokyo,” the talked about “6,” and the newly released “Wicked,” one thing we do know is that he has no plans of disappointing.

Finding some time to chat with ThisIsRnB, the talented artist let’s us in on the creation of his projects, working with the big stars, his journey into being his own artist and more. So, grab your popcorn and get settled because this is definitely one you don’t want to miss!

Catch the exclusive interview below!

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Tank Talks New Album ‘Stronger,’ Managing his Female MC, TGT Fights & More

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Tank released his brand new album Stronger last week, and he is continuing promo this week in NYC. Stopping by The Breakfast Club on Tuesday morning, the R&B General gave another entertaining and comical interview.

They opened the discussion talking about his 2013 turn-up song “Shots Fired” featuring Chris Brown, which is not on the new album, and according to Tank, his record label Atlantic Records did not want to support, even though it was ringing off in the clubs. They spent an extended portion of the chat talking and joking about TGT, and at one point while addressing if they ever got into fistfights, said Tyrese don’t want it with him. “He’s not gonna fight me, Tyrese can’t fight, Tyrese is an actor from Watts.” Shots Fired! But, it’s all just fun and games with the competitive friends.

Tank spoke about managing his female rapper Siya and her role on the new Oxygen reality show ‘Sisterhood of Hip Hop.’ He talked about his relationship with girlfriend Zena Foster, and shared his current views on marriage. He also spoke about his “Stronger U” workout campaign and spoke about his new album.

Check out the full interview below:

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K. Michelle on Why She Did the ‘Rebellious Soul Musical’: “I am So Bored with R&B Music”

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K. Michelle will make history tonight when her “Rebellious Soul Musical” airs on VH1.  The singer/songwriter poured her heart and soul into the making of this unique project, which was directed by Idris Elba, and extends the life of her acclaimed debut album Rebellious Soul.

While on a promo run in NYC for the special, K stopped by Hot 97 to chat with her friend Ebro about the musical and much more. During their conversation K revealed that one of her reasons for creating the project was out of boredom, but not just from her life but from R&B music in general. “I am so bored at this point with R&B music, very bored,” she explained. “It just seems like everybody, me included, we’re all singing the same type of, ‘he broke my heart,’ and it’s no men singing how much they love their women, they’re screaming ‘oh they ain’t loyal,’ everything sounds the same.”

Ebro agreed with K, but also blamed radio, and spoke briefly about the difficulty of breaking new sounds to the mainstream audience. K also spoke about her alleged beef with Elle Varner and why they are no longer cool, which had a lot to do with her management.

Check out the full interview below, and tune in to VH1 tonight at 10pm est for the premiere of K. Michelle’s ‘Rebellious Soul Musical.’

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K. Michelle Talks Stripper Past, ‘Rebellious Soul Musical’

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K. Michelle will premiere her anticipated ‘Rebellious Soul Musical‘ tomorrow night on VH1, along with the release of the soundtrack and full digital visual on August 20.

Although many fans never knew, K worked as an exotic dancer in her early 20s to make ends meet when her son’s father left, and she needed money to pursue to singing career. While she has never spoken about it very much in the past, during a recent interview with HipHollywood in promotion for the musical, K opened up very honestly about the situation.

“It’s just the story of a woman,” she explained about the musical. “You know I used to be a dancer, and it’s nothing that I’m ashamed of, it’s part of me.”

When her boyfriend left and ended up marring another woman K was determined to make it on her own and not go back to Memphis. “I would go in and I would dance and I paid for every one of my studio sessions, and I paid for everything within my career. Then one day I made a lot of money and I said I’m never coming back, and for some reason I got a record deal the next week.”

The Rebellious Soul Musical is directed by Idris Elba and captures the lust, love, heartache and redemption of a fierce woman struggling to break the cycle of bad romance, set to 9 songs from K’s debut album Rebellious Soul.

Check out her revealing interview below, and tune in to the musical tomorrow night at 10pm est on VH1.

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Ariana Grande Covers Billboard, Talks New Music, Freaky Childhood Interests

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America’s newest sweetheart, Ariana Grande, is gearing up for the release of her anticipated sophomore album My Everything, and the Pop diva in the making flew out of her “Break Free” video and landed on the cover of Billboard’s latest issue.

Currently preceded by three huge singles (“Problem,” “Break Free” and “Bang Bang”), the 21-year-olds second effort appears to be a slight shift away from the soft urban influences of singles from her debut Yours Truly.

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Jagged Edge Talk Upcoming Album ‘J.E. Heartbreak Too’ on Steve Harvey Morning Show

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Following the release of the video for their new single “Hope,” Jagged Edge swung by the Steve Harvey Morning Show to talk about the song and their upcoming album ‘J.E. Heartbreak Too.’

Set for release this October, the eighth studio album from the R&B quartet is expected to deliver real quality R&B music with timeless themes. Following their live chat they spoke about the state of R&B backstage. “If you’re looking for it to be exactly what it was in 1990 then yea it’s dead,” shared Brandon. “The genre is supposed to and it will keep pushing forward. At the same time, more than ever, this generation has lost the starting point. So we’re just tryin to inject a little bit of that.”

Check out the interview below, and another clip where they share their personal Top 5 favorite records from their catalog.

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Joe Talks State of R&B, What Artist He Likes Today and More on ‘The Breakfast Club’

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The Breakfast Club were joined by R&B legend Joe early Thursday for a well overdue interview. The singer/songwriter/producer released his stellar new album Bridges earlier this summer and some national radio exposure is much deserved.

Charlamagne joked with Joe about their resemblance and told a story about how a girl in Detroit mistook him for the singer and tried to hook up with him. Joe spoke about his two-decade long career, always being a favorite amongst rap artists, his early start in music and his feeling about R&B today.

“It’s cool, Joe said very nonchalantly. “It’s at a point where it’s heavily influenced by hip hop culture, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but at the same time I’d like to see some artists write a little more passionate love songs, something that could last a lot longer than just right now.”

He also spoke about getting offers to be in a group with other male R&B acts and what it would take for him to do it. He addressed past beef with R. Kelly, touring with New Edition, being an independent artists vs. on a major label, what rap artists he likes these days and more.

You can pick up Joe’s new album Bridges on iTunes now, and check out the full interview below:

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Usher Talks New Music & Upcoming Album with B96 Chicago

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Usher recently visited B96 in Chicago for a lengthy interview on the Blue Cross Blue Shield studio stage.

Speaking with Stylz & Roman following a performance in Milwaukee, they touched on his massive catalog of hit records, his love for performing at this point in his career, his favorite song to perform (“Burn”), his tribute to Michael Jackson at the iHeartRadio Awards and much more.

Usher talked about his new singles “Good Kisser” and “She Came To Give It To You,” working with Pharrell and what we can expect from his forthcoming album. He also spoke about being a mentor for Justin Bieber, his victory on NBC’s The Voice last season, and being a part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Check out the full interview below!

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