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List: The Best of June – Top 12 Records

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The first month of summer gave us some real heat and its the kind we won’t complain about! From new artists to a few coming out of hiding, we’ve been overwhelmed with the sounds that have been pouring through our speakers.

Most notably from the releases was the return of Janet Jackson with her new single “No Sleeep,” but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t some tough competition for the legendary songstress. Veteran singer Ginuwine made a solo appearance in the month of June and many newcomers spread their wings to soar right on the list too. From Ginette Claudette’s heavenly tunes to the debut of The Artizonals, June turned out to be a pretty dope month musically.

If you know us well enough, you know we’d never steer you wrong.  So, take a seat and get ready to find your new favorite song with our “Best of June – Top 12 Records” below:
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Exclusive: “Just Gotta Make It: The 10 Year Evolution of Trey Songz”

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Looking at the climate of today’s music industry it’s hard to believe that any artist has the potential to last a full decade. We’ve witnessed labels invest millions of dollars in artists off a single hit record, but neither party has the means to sustain the success longer than the record’s lifespan. We’re in a space where it’s bigger than just the song — hell, it’s bigger than just the music. A full on connection needs to be made between the artist and the people for any type of sustained success, and honestly, that’s how it always should be. It needs to be authentic, it needs to be real.

Ten years ago, a young emerging R&B singer from Petersburg, Virginia named, Tremaine “Trey Songz” Neverson, released his debut studio album I Gotta Make It on Atlantic Records, and it by no means shattered sales records in its first week. In fact the record debuted at #20 on the Billboard 200 chart and slipped off the charts soon after, but what really stuck with R&B fans was his dedication to the music and his followers. It’s that support and relationship that pushed Trey to produce successful follow-up albums, each one charting higher than the last, until he finally grabbed that #1 spot on Billboard more than seven years later.

It was his evolution from that scrappy, scrawny singer belting out “Gotta Go” to the confident, successful veteran on “Slow Motion” that the public admired. People were invested in this talented singer’s journey and eventually when he did make it, it was met him with open arms and unwavering support.

The rise of Trey Songz is worth documenting because the genuine support for him is as palpable as it is powerful, with each album adding a new layer and dimension right before our eyes. Peep our dissection of Trey’s rise through each and every album as we celebrate a decade of his work.

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List: Best of May – Top 12 Records

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Summertime is almost here and we absolutely cannot believe how we’re back here so quickly! Officially halfway through 2015, R&B has done nothing less than impress us and make us remember why we do what we do.

From the official return of veteran songstress Monica to another incomparable release from Tamia, May has produced some of the most praiseworthy releases of the year thus far. While the ladies held it down for sure, so did the fellas. From Jamie Foxx and Miguel to newcomers Jordan Bratton and Maurice Moore, R&B blessed us with some great pickings for the month of May.

Now that we’ve given you fair warning of what to expect, get into the “Best of May – Top 12 Records” below!

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List: The Best of April – Top 12 Records

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To keep with the swift movement of the year, our job has been to continuously and rapidly supply you with the latest and greatest of R&B, and the month of April will prove no different.

Adding a few new faces as well as some familiar ones, this month’s round-up of the top picks will keep you along the lines of the mellow and blossoming sounds that Spring brings with it.

Although there were many tracks that were considered, it was the fresh sounds of RCA Records newcomer Jordan Bratton, indie artist Gallant, buzzing duo Lion Babe, and more that eventually pulled us in and captured our hearts. While we’re definitely not negating the talent of all those who released something new to vibe to this month, these specific artists resonated with us a little more.

Ready to see if your favorite jam made the cut this month? Jump into our “Best of April – Top 12 Records” below!

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List: The Best of March – Top 10 Records

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Whew! 2015 is moving as quick as the wind! It feels as if in just a blink of an eye, the month of March has come and gone and the first quarter of the year is now behind us.

If you’ve been following our lists, you’d know how much good music was brought to us in January and February, and we must say, March has been no different. From the return of Jill Scott and Jamie Foxx, to new sounds from Jhené Aiko and Jodeci, we were blessed with some music to carry us fully into Spring.  Although there weren’t many major single releases throughout the month, the surprise mixtapes and EPs made up for it.  Anyways, quality will always supersede quantity in our humble musical opinion.

Ready to see what had us vibing out last month? Check out the “Best of March – Top 10 Records” below!

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List: The Best of February – Top 12 Records

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2015 has proven to be the year of the comeback! While last month provided releases from Jazmine Sullivan, Jodeci, and more, February has us running to YouTube to hit play on some of our favorite songs from R&B past.

From the return of songstress Tamia to the reunion of the early ’00s group Pretty Ricky, the month of the lover brought out some top contenders in the genre of R&B. Whether you’re a fan of the classic sounds or more of the progressive style that’s out today, February’s list has something to offer for every type of lover in you.

Although this may be only the second month of the year, it’s going to be difficult to top what was offered this time around.

So, if you’re ready for that good good, jump into our “Best of February – Top 12 Records” below!

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List: The Best of January – Top 10 Records

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With a new year comes new music, and we couldn’t be more ready. While January is the leading month of the year, it also set the tone for what we know will be another strong year for R&B.

With the highly anticipated return of Jazmine Sullivan to the release of Ne-Yo’s latest album, we’ve already had a running start to 2015. In that same category of superb musical delivery are classic R&B group Jodeci as well as the Radio Killer himself, The-Dream.

In addition to a few veterans, new artists such as V Bozeman and Lyrica Anderson kept us on our toes and in our feelings with their stellar releases as well.

So, without any more teasing, jump into our “Best of January – Top 10 Records” below!

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ThisisRnB Presents: The Top 20 R&B Albums of 2014

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Better late than never right?? 2014 may be over and done, but that doesn’t mean we can’t bask in it a bit more. While the year brought about many disappointments and frustrations, it also brought with it a few blessings in the form of R&B.

Whether you were waiting on your favorite artist to drop another album, or you were introduced to the sounds of someone different, there’s no denying the talent that moved through our ears and speakers last year. From Mary J. Blige’s commendable trip across the pond to K. Michelle’s anticipated sophomore effort to Chris Brown yet again finding favor in the hearts of many for his music, some damn good audible treats surfaced during 2014.

Although the above may be true, unfortunately some artists didn’t receive the shine that they deserved for their obviously noted underrated albums. That however, has never stopped us from giving them their well-deserved props and doing our part to help everyone discover their greatness.

So, even if you preferred to be “Dancing In The Dark” over getting “2 On,” there’s no way that anyone can say that this past year didn’t help with moving R&B back to the top of the charts! Gone are the days of R&B being looked at as “tarnished,” “washed,” or “unappreciated,” because there were truly some classic and timeless pieces of art dropped throughout last year.

So, without further adieu, give yourself one more look back with “The 20 Best R&B Albums of 2014″ below!

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