INTERVIEWS

Exclusive: Dawn Richard Talks New Album ‘Blackheart’ and Redefining Music

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Dawn Richard needs no introduction to music lovers. As a founding member of the platinum-selling girl group, Danity Kane, and later one-third of Bad Boy Records’ Diddy-Dirty Money, Richard has paid her dues both in the studio and on the stage.

But these days Richard is rolling solo. Off the heels of her critically-acclaimed debut full-length album, Goldenheart, the 31-year-old singer is back with the same attitude, but different sound.

Blackheart, the second part of a trilogy conceptual album, is Richard’s musical statement piece. It’s dark, introspective and unlike anything some listeners could expect. Not to mention, it’s already climbed to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes electronic chart. Though her sound has often been coined “progressive R&B,” Richard says she’d rather not be put into a box. Instead she just wants her music to be accepted for what it is: undefined.

In an exclusive interview, Richard tell us the story behind her “heart” trilogy, why former DK bandmate Aundrea Fimbres is the only feature on the album and why she prefers to be a genreless artist. Check out that and more below!

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Exclusive: Ne-Yo Talks New Album ‘Non-Fiction,’ Using Fan Stories, Making Quality Music No Matter Genre, State of R&B, and More!

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Outstanding. That’s the first word that comes to mind when sought after singer-songwriter Ne-Yo is mentioned. From his work behind the pen for some of your favorite artists to the vocal abilities that he pushes through on his on tracks, the self-proclaimed Gentleman of R&B has given us hit after hit throughout his time in the industry.

Gearing up for the release of his sixth studio album Non-Fiction – which is set to hit stores on January 27 – the multi-talented artist has a lot to sing about this time around. Choosing to go a different route than with his previous albums, the “She Knows” singer called on a few lucky fans to assist in the creation of the upcoming project. With lead singles such as “Money Can’t Buy” featuring Jeezy, the Juicy J assisted “She Knows,” and the recently visually adapted, “Coming With You,” the anticipation for what Ne-Yo’s offering this time around is exceedingly high from fans everywhere.

Taking some time to chat with ThisIsRnB about the creative process of the album, using fans real stories on tracks like “Religious,” creating quality music no matter genre, the positives and negatives of R&B today, and more, Ne-Yo gave us one of the best interviews we’ve had in quite some time.

Make yourself at home with the exclusive interview below!

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Jazmine Sullivan Talks ‘Reality Show,’ Hiatus From The Industry, Finding Happiness, And More

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“You can’t leave us the way you left the music.”

Amen to that.

Earlier this morning, Jazmine Sullivan stopped by Power 105’s The Breakfast Club to shoot the breeze with the famous trio. Appearing just a day after the release of her long-awaited album, Reality Show, the talented singer sat down and opened up for the world to hear.

Touching on the different tracks on her album, the reason behind the name of the album, and how it differs from the previous Jazmine Sullivan sound, the singer provided a sense of transparency for the first time. Also discussing her abusive relationship which caused her to take a hiatus from delivering music, Jazmine told Charlamagne, Angela, and DJ Envy that she’s found her worth and plans to keep it.

Jazmine also went to explain what she did during her long escape from the music and cited watching reality shows kept her busy enough. Opening up and answering the questions that were left open when she took her hiatus, Jazmine’s interview was one well appreciated.

Take a look below:

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R. Kelly Speaks On the Lifetime Aaliyah Biopic, New Album

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R. Kelly celebrated his 48th birthday in Atlanta on Thursday.  During his trip he stopped by V103 for an interview with Big Tigger and turned up with the station staff.

In addition to fielding some love and sex and questions from the listening audience, Tigger asked Kellz to share his thoughts on the controversial Lifetime Aaliyah biopic.

“Can’t nobody play me homie, you got to know me to play me,” he said. “Why should I watch something that’s not real, when I’m REAL!”

The R&B king also shared some info about his upcoming album, which he called the “one two punch project.” While last year he revealed that he was working on a House music album, Kellz now says he is working on a Hip Hop album. “It’s like Hip Hop, then it’s like a ‘Chocolate Factory’ album all over again, a modern [version],” said Kelly.

“You get to a point man, you successful you’ve won the awards and all of that man, it’s not really all about that man. I’ve never been born to win awards noway, I’ve always been born to touch. So I’m doin ‘I’ma touch you music.’ One way or another I’m going to touch you.” he said.

Check out the clips from Kellz new interview below, and if you missed it yesterday hear his new “Happy Birthday” song here.

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Marsha Ambrosius Talks Floetry Reunion, Influence on Today’s UK Stars

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Marsha Ambrosius completely shocked the ish outta fans during her show at The Claphand Grand in London the week prior to Christmas, when she closed the show by bringing out her ex-partner in Floetry (Natalie Stewart aka The Floacist) for their first performance in 9 years.

The moment was very special for those in attendance and exciting for fans of the duo who had previously broken up on negative terms. So, the question everyone was then asking, is there a full on reunion in the works? Following her set that night, Marsha sat down for an interview with Sope Soetan of YourMusicMyWorld and shared some details on the surprise reunion, as well as potential plans for more.

In addition to talking about Floetry’s future, Marsha spoke about remaining relevant in today’s music, R&B specifically, and her thoughts on the current success of UK stars such as Sam Smith and Adele.

Hear about it all below:

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Tinashe Blazes the Pages of ‘Interview Magazine’

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Tinashe has been one of the 2014’s biggest young stars across all of music. Ending the year on a high note the singer/songwriter has graced the pages of Interview Magazine with a stunning black and white photo spread and accompanying Q&A.

For her shoot, the 21-year-old beauty shows off her high fashion potential in a form fitting black dress, Versace belt and leather jacket, while getting casual sexy in a Calvin Klein sports bra in another shot. The previous child actor and dancer, who released her debut album Aquarius this past fall, spoke about the early grind pursuing her dreams and learning it’s okay to be different than her peers.

Check out more photos and excerpts from her interview below!

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Sam Smith Discusses His Sound, Growth, Success and More on “The Sound of 2014″ Special with Zane Lowe

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UK singer-songwriter Sam Smith has grown to be on of the most lovable acts to hit the scene in the past few years. Not only has he received praise from fans for his debut album In The Lonely Hour, but celebrities from all avenues have shown overwhelming amounts of support for his talent.

Nominated for six Grammy awards, the impressive vocalist has had the type of year that only some artists could dream of. Receiving crossover success, collaborating with Mary J. Blige, rubbing shoulders with some of the greats, and more, Sam’s current journey literally embodies the word success.

Sitting down to chat with Zane Lowe of BBC Radio 1 for “The Sound of 2014″ special, the 22-year-old singer touched on his amazing journey to stardom, growth in the industry, breakout album, and more.

Get to know Sam a little more below!

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Mary J. Blige Talks New Album ‘The London Sessions,’ Working with Sam Smith, Disclosure & More

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Mary J. Blige stepped out of her comfort zone for her new album The London Sessions, not by the request of a label or fans, but for her own creative mind. The album, which was released earlier this month has been received well by critics and fans alike. While continuing to promote the new project, the Queen swung by Hot 97 for a new interview with Ebro In The Morning.

Speaking about her reasons for doing the album Mary said: “I’ve been doing this for a while, and I’ve been doing the same thing for a while. Queen of Hip Hop Soul, R&B, blah blah blah. I needed a change. I was beginning to feel like I was stuck and things were just stagnant for me, and knew people would accept me regardless if I put another R&B album out, but that wouldn’t have satisfied Me.”

Mary went on to share details about the making of the album in London, including a strict regimen to record the album over a short amount of time. She spoke about the Sam Smith-penned single “Therapy,” and working with her collaborators on the LP, including Smith, Emeli Sandé, Disclosure and Sam Romans.

Learn more about where MJB is now in her life and career with the interview below:

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