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Listen: Stacy Barthe Previews Debut Album ‘BEcoming’ with Full Album Stream

stacy barthe becoming

Stacy Barthe solidified herself as go-to songwriter for the stars, penning anthems for artists such as Rihanna, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Kelly Rowland, and many more. She stepped into the spotlight with her first EP in 2011, Sincerely Yours, and followed with the subsequent impressive EPs In The Inbetween (2012) and P.S. I Love You in 2013.

Now, Stacy is finally getting ready to release her debut album BEcoming via Motown Records, and she has partnered with NPR to stream the project in full on their “First Listen” music series. The album will be available to stream in its entirety through July 9, and it available for pre-order on all digital retailers. The album lands in stores and online on Friday, July 10, marking the first Friday of the new global release schedule. Stacy didn’t simply record an album, rather she penned an often raw, always real, and undeniably riveting audio diary—recounting her own unbelievable, yet universal story.

Executive-produced by John Legend and Malay in conjunction with producers Hit-Boy, DJ Camper and Classmatez, the record’s narrative unfolds through a journey between struggle and triumph. Over a lively piano-punctuated musical backdrop, Stacy sings openly about everything from suicide and alienation to addiction, struggles with weight loss and body image, and finally a realization of self-love.

For as much as the album is personal, she invited some friends along to help tell her story. Common adds thought-provoking bars to “Live For Today,” while Legend’s instantly recognizable voice interlaces with Stacy’s for the divine Anita Baker cover “Angel.” You can really hear her shine on the intense “Me Versus Me” and “War IV Love.” Everything concludes with the stripped and stark elegance of “Enough Is Enough…” emblematic of her power.

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New Music: DJ Carisma x Lyrica Anderson – Liquor (QueenMix)

Liquor Queen Mix

DJ Carisma is back with a new #QueenMix calling on Lyrica Anderson to put a female spin on Chris Brown’s brand new single “Liquor.”

Lyrica lets her suitor know that he isn’t the only one that wants to just drink and f@#k tonight.

Hear the provocative remix below:

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New Music: Samuel – These Days

Samuel These Days

Emerging Ireland-born, London-based singer/songwriter Samuel has us vibin’ out to his brand new single “These Days,” produced by fellow Londoner Kwes. The hypnotic drums and trickling chimes channel tropical waves while Samuel croons about a slow-burning romance.

“The song’s just about loving somebody and wishing them to be happy,” Samuel told The FADER. “Hoping that I can be a part of what makes them happy. Asking if I am. Being in love. Feeling vulnerable.

Take a listen below:

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New Music: Verse Simmonds feat. Jeremih – All I Want

Verse Simmonds Jeremih All I Want

Verse Simmonds has his sights set on taking it down low with his girl. The singer/songwriter follows up “Situationships” with the bouncy new single “All I Want” featuring Jeremih.

Premiering today on Billboard, both artists seductively sing their provocative plans over an interpolation of “The Cha Cha Slide.”

“When I heard the track, I asked Jeremih to come by the studio that I was working at in L.A. at the time and he pulled up on me and laid his verse on it,” Verse Simmonds tells Billboard. “That’s usually how our sessions go, very random. One of us just calls the other and if we’re ever in the same area we just pull up and get it in!”

Besides working on his own music, Simmonds has been very busy writing for the likes of Chris Brown (“New Flame,” “Drunk Texting”), Fifth Harmony (“Top Down”), Kid Ink (“Hotel”), T.I. (“Private Show”), K. Michelle (“Hard to Do”), amongst others.

His upcoming project Sextape Chronicles 3, is due out this year.

Take a listen to the new single below:

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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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New Music: Mélat – Sexy Us

Melat Sexy Us

Rising R&B songbird Mélat is relishing in the feel-good summer weather, and she has a sweet new offering for us as well.  Following her recently released collabo with Robbie Anthem, “Brand New Money,” the Texas native debuts another track from their sessions together, and it’s going to make you move.

“‘Sexy Us’ is that feeling you get when you look at him or her and think ‘damn this is right, damn we look good together,” she explained about the first single off her forthcoming EP ‘It Happens So Fast,’ due July 15.

Take a listen below:

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New Music: Nehzuil – Butta Love

Nehzuil Butta Love

Sydney-based producer Nehzuil first came to our attention last year with his impressive remix of Usher’s “Good Kisser.” Now, feeling inspired and to commemorate the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage in every U.S. state, the talented producer has released the sexy new piece “Butta Love.”

The self professed ‘chord lord’ spreads the love on the soulful groove, using vocal samples from Next’s 1997 R&B hit of the same name, and some sugar coated chords.

Check it out below:

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New Music: Jacob Banks – Monster

Jacob Banks Monster

Following his mid-June release “Grace,” burgeoning UK artist Jacob Banks returns with the stomping and snappy “Monster,” the second offering from his forthcoming EP Paradox.

“I’ve put my heart on the line,” Banks explains to i-D Mag about the 7-track project which he created and produced entirely by himself – from mixing and mastering to designing the artwork. Included on the soul-searching set is the powerful “Monster,” a passionate recourse aimed at the enemy – both external and within.

“This song was born out of a lot anger,” says Jacob. “I wrote it in my bathroom – proper rock and roll! I’m going through life at a very fast pace and I’m learning a lot of things the hard way. One of the things I’ve learnt is that as much as I don’t like it, sometimes you have to become a monster to get what you want and I may well have to become the miracle I’m searching for.”

Currently unsigned, the Birmingham singer sounds like he’s found his power. Take a listen below:

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