INTERVIEWS

Newcomer Bernard Flowers: “Music My Great Escape” Mini-Doc + “This Feeling” Video

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Last month, we posted the debut single by Epic Records latest emerging R&B artist, Bernard Flowers.

The record, titled “This Feeling,” is a cool, kind of safe mid-tempo R&B ballad. However, Flowers upbringing in Memphis, Tenn. was far from safe, and now he lets us into his world, and his life with a mini-doc, called ‘The Escape.’

Flowers, 23, introduces himself to viewers in the two-part documentary short, which was shot at his Memphis home with his friends and family by his side.

“It’s only right that I bring y’all back to the city that I got all my game from,” he says of the doc. “I knew I wanted to be an entertainer from day one.” Though he followed basketball at first, and then a short-lived rap group, Flowers moved to Atlanta not long after graduating high school and became a full-fledged singer in whatever studio he could find.

“God gives things to you for a reason,” Flowers says. “It’d be disrespectful to disregard the fact that I can sing. It’s a gift.”

If you let Bernard tell it, music has been his great escape, and he’s poised to make a world that’s all his own.  Get to know him more below…

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The Hamiltones Talk “Put Some Respeck On It” Song, The State of R&B & More

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Anthony Hamilton‘s backup singing group The Hamiltones have been buzzing on social media lately, and rightfully so! On Friday, while in NYC on tour with Anthony and Fantasia, the group (as well as Anthony) swung by Power 105.1 for an interview with The Breakfast Club.

The singing trio began building a fan base in 2015 thanks to some vocally superb, but also comical cover videos of hit rap songs. However, it is their latest creation, “Put Some Respeck On It,” that has got everyone talking.

During their interview, the group talk to Envy, Charlemagne and Angela about how they came to work with Anthony Hamilton, their inspiration behind the “Respeck” song, how they feel about R&B music today, making an album of their own, and more.

Check out the interview below.

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Chris Brown Shares ‘Welcome To My Life’ Documentary Trailer

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Chris Brown hasn’t been in many people’s good graces lately due to his questionable social media activity, but the R&B superstar plans to get candid with his loyal fans and followers through the release of his official documentary “Welcome To My Life.”

Giving us an early glimpse at the film, with a nearly three-minute trailer, Breezy reflects on his quick rise to stardom and the fallout he faced after his assault on Rihanna.

The doc, directed by Andrew Sandler and produced by Riveting Entertainment, is comprised of old and new interviews and commentary from Brown’s friends and family including his mother Joyce Hawkins, Jamie Foxx, Usher, DJ Khaled, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Ora, and Mary J. Blige.

In addition to highlighting his success, it delves into darker times in his life, including his tumultuous relationship with Rihanna (“It was like a fairytale”), which led to drug use and even suicidal thoughts (“I was thinking about suicide and everything else”).

“I went from being on top of the world, No. 1 songs, being kinda like America’s sweetheart to being public enemy No. 1,” says Brown.

Welcome to My Life does not yet have a release date. In the meantime, you can catch Breezy on his “One Hell of a Nite” tour through Europe, beginning May 22 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Watch the trailer below.

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Exclusive: Anthony Hamilton Talks New Album ‘What I’m Feelin’,’ Performing for the Obamas, Today’s R&B and More!

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Back in 2003, Anthony Hamilton introduced us to God and good loving when he glided onto the scene with his southern cool debut, Comin’ From Where I’m From. Now, in 2016, he’s still swaying us with his guttural yet, smooth voice. Epitomizing soul, Hamilton’s vocals peel you wide open, serving as a cathartic catalyst for soul searching epiphanies. With indomitable passion, his music has consistently told vivid stories about what is real, right and raw in life and love.

After some serious personal setbacks, Hamilton continues to deliver music filled with joy, regret, surrender and redemption. He’s curated a brand that reflects his steady ascension to the mountaintop, refusing to stay in the valley.

Perfectly complemented by his background singers, the Hamiltones, Hamilton has bridged the millennial generation gap with his dope covers of hip-hop hits such as, Drake’s “Hotline Bling” and Rae Sremmurd’s “Come Get Her.” He’s pulled in 12 million views alone within the past four months. Flexing multiple talents, Hamilton is also known for his crafty culinary skills, cooking anything ranging from greens to honey dill salmon.

The Grammy winning singer, songwriter and producer recently released his fifth studio album, What I’m Feelin’, which is essentially a sanctified panty dropper. Similar to his previous releases, it’s a unique synthesis of blues, gospel, jazz and soul. In the midst of prepping for his upcoming tour with Fantasia and chasing around his 3 youngest sons, Hamilton took some time to tell us what he’s feelin’ about the new album, today’s R&B, the Obamas, upcoming projects and his relationship with God.

Check out the exclusive interview below!

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Watch: K. Michelle Performs “Not A Little Bit” on ‘Wendy Williams,’ Talks Plastic Surgery, Love Life & More

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K. Michelle is having an excellent run so far with the release of her third studio album, More Issues Than Vogue.

As the big voiced, petite diva continues to tour the country in promotion of the LP, she swung by “The Wendy Williams Show” for a performance and brief chat with Wendy. Taking the stage and delivering another powerful performance, K belted out her single “Not A Little Bit.”

Following the performance, she spoke with Wendy about her feelings on plastic surgery, “Love & Hip Hop,” her love life and more.

Check out K’s appearance below.

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Tinashe Is A Vision In Paper Magazine + Performs “All My Friends” Acapella

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Tinashe is a vision in lingerie, and more clothes too, in her new photo shoot for Paper magazine.

The R&B/Pop star graces the cover of the mag’s new “Youth Issue,” posing in various sexy and stunning scenes. One in particular finds the singer/songwriter recreating Rolling Stone‘s racy Britney Spears shoot from 1999. She wears a lacy pink bra, underwear, and silky pink robe, while stretched out on pink sheets and holding a pink phone.

In other shots, she rocks a pink top and shorts by Moschino and a white fur shawl while standing on a diving board. She also dons a feathery yellow dress while whipping up in the kitchen.

In the interview, Tinashe discusses her anticipated sophomore album Joyride, demanding respect, and how she deals with industry pressure.

In addition to her latest photo spread, Tinashe gave her hometown radio station, Power 106, an exclusive a cappella performance of her collaboration with Snakehips, “All My Friends.”

Check out the performance, photos, and highlights from the interview below.

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Ro James Talks Hollering At Women, Touring With K.Michelle & Upcoming Debut Album ‘Eldorado’

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Rising R&B artist Ro James tore up SXSW this year, and while out in Austin, Texas for the festival, the soulful singer sat down with GlobalGrind’s Brittany Lewis for a candid rooftop interview.

The “Permission” singer talked about his anticipated debut album Eldorado, what fans and new listeners should expect from him, touring with The-Dream, K. Michelle, treating woman like queens, and much more.

Check out the interview below!

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Maxwell Talks Being Gone For Seven Years, New Music, Avoiding Trends and More

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The promo run is absolutely on!

Only hours after releasing his well-anticipated new single, “Lake By The Ocean,” Maxwell dropped by ‘The Breakfast Club’ to dish on his now ended hiatus from music.

With 20 years since the release of his debut album, Urban Hang Suite, the singer-songwriter discussed how unbelievable it is for him to still be here. Citing D’Angelo as the door opener to getting Urban Hang Suite off of the shelves, the veteran singer had nothing but positive things to say about everyone that was brought up in his interview.

From choosing to minimally collaborating to his collaborations with Nas and wanting to work with Jay Z, Maxwell’s interview was a breath of fresh air in an industry filled with negativity. He also discussed why he’s so private with his life, and stated that he wants the work to be how people remember him.

After 20 years and only four albums (five if you count the MTV Unplugged album), it’s incredible to believe that the demand and respect for new Maxwell music is still prevalent.

Take a look at the interview below:

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