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Listen: Tinashe Releases ‘Aquarius’ (Full Album Stream)

Tinashe Aquarius Album

We heard the snippets over the weekend, and now buzzing songstress Tinashe is giving her growing fan base an advance listen of her much-anticipated debut LP.

After ruling the charts with her summer smash “2 On” featuring Schoolboy Q, and setting up her crossover follow-up “Pretend” featuring A$AP Rocky, Tinashe will release her debut album Aquarius on October 7 via RCA Records. Exactly one week before it officially hits stores, the breakout R&B songstress has released a full album stream!

The 18 track project includes production from DJ Dahi, Detail, Mike WiLL Made It, Jasper Cameron, Stargate and more, and additional appearances from Future (“How Many Times”) and Devonté Hynes (“Bet”).

“Aquarius is my official album introduction to the world and represents a new season of music and art,” says Tinashe. “I cannot wait to finally share with the world what I have been working so hard on for the past few years. This is just the beginning.”

And we can’t wait for you to hear it either! Follow the jump to stream Aquarius now!

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Elijah Blake Releases Anticipated New EP ‘Drift,’ and “Strange Fruit” Video

Elijah Blake Drift

Today, fans of ARTium/Def Jam recording artist Elijah Blake have their prayers answered as the talented singer/songwriter has officially released his anticipated second EP ‘Drift.’  Preceded by the songs  “SIX” and “Wicked,” the eight-track project features production by No I.D., Pop & Oak, Illangelo, and more; as well as a guest appearance by Roc Nation artist J. Cole.

As an added bonus, Elijah has released the third visual from the EP for the song “Strange Fruit,” which was produced by frequent The Weeknd-collaborator Illangelo and features a dark, sensual video directed by Sean Alexander.

No more waiting…Stream the EP below via Spotify and pick it up on iTunes now!

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Throwback Tuesday: Xscape – ‘My Little Secret’

The ’90s was soooooooo scandalous and we loved every bit of it! I’d have to say Xscape and TLC made cheating sexy lol.

Xscape was a successful female R&B quartet which began as a quintet. Sticking to the sound of real R&B paired with true vocals, the group had 6 top 10 hit songs on the Billboard Hot 100 during the 1990s including “Just Kicking It,” “Understanding,” “Who Can I Run To,” “Keep On Keepin’ On,” “The Arms of the One Who Loves You,” and “My Little Secret”.

Jermaine Dupri discovered Xscape in Atlanta and signed the female R&B quartet to his So So Def imprint. “My Little Secret” was Xscape’s second single, produced by Jermaine Dupri, from their third studio album Traces of My Lipstick. The song reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart, becoming their last single to reach the top ten on both charts. The song talks about a sexual relationship on “the side” while cheating, with lyrics: everybody cheats, but you gotta know how, you gotta know when; turning into a “little secret” love affair.

This was the last official single by the group before disbanding just after the release of the album. Kandi takes the lead, LaTocha handles the bridge, Tiny takes the second verse and Tamika brings it home with the backing vocals. The song is often noted for Kandi’s high note as well. Directed by Darren Grant, the video with its late-night-special feel, uses dark colors and shadows (so 90s) to accentuate the forbidden nature of the lyrics. The soulful southern songstresses look stunning in what arguably is their best music visual piece.

Enjoy the classic above.


New Music: BJ The Chicago Kid – Soul of a Woman

BJ The Chicago Kid Soul of a Woman

BJ The Chicago Kid is back with his new record of the week, and we are seriously starting to really anticipate these weekly releases.  The Motown recording artist pays homage to the beautiful strength of strong, confident women on “Soul of a Woman.”

“Girl you got that fire burnin down in my soul / And with you by my side feels like I’ll never grow old,” BJ sings over the soulful guitar-laden production.

Stream and download his latest freebie below!

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New Music: Aretha Franklin – Rolling In The Deep (Cover)

Aretha Franklin Diva Classics Album

Get ready, the real Queen is back!

On October 21, the legendary Aretha Franklin will release her new album Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, which features the R&B icon covering some of the most popular diva classics including Alicia Keys’ “No One,” Barbra Streisand’s “People,” and a mash-up of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor.”

The first single from the project is a soaring remake of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” which includes a fitting mash-up of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

Tonight, Aretha will perform the song on “Late Night with David Letterman.”

Take a listen to her soulful remake below, and let us know what you think??

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New Music: Tinashe feat. Dev Hynes – Bet

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Aquarius, Track 2. That’s what you’ll be playing all day so it seems.

While yesterday we revealed the album snippets for Tinashe‘s debut album, the gorgeous songstress decided to drop a little gem for fans to bask in early this morning.

After taking the stage at Outkast’s homecoming concert in Atlanta to perform her hit “2 On” last night, the singer has now dropped the slow burner, “Bet” featuring Dev Hynes.  The song takes us back to Tinashe’s Black Water days and has us even more amped up for her debut album, due out October 7.

We told you guys over the weekend that the album has a plethora of potential hits and this just might be one of them!

Take a listen to the new track below:

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New Music: John Michael – Forever Don’t Last (Jazmine Sullivan Cover)

John Michael Forever Don't Last

Indie R&B crooner John Michael follows up his recent mixtape ‘Young & Restless‘ with a cover of Jazmine Sullivan’s new single “Forever Don’t Last.”

The singer/songwriter shows off his soulful vocals with a masculine take on the acoustic guitar laden ballad, as he belts out the emotional lyrics.

Take a listen to his cover below, and let us know how you think he did…

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Listen: Tinashe – Aquarius (Album Snippets)

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Oh, Tinashe didn’t come with ANY games on this debut album!!

While the young and sassy songstress won’t be delivering Aquarius to the world for full listening and purchasing pleasure until October 7, the “Black Water” cooer is giving us just a taste of what we can expect.

Releasing the snippets to the album via Souncloud, Tinashe’s album will be well worth the wait. As fans of the singer, we are more than excited to see how the album is received from R&B lovers all over. The album, which hosts 18 tracks including the summer fun anthem “2 On,” has plenty of potential hits. One in particular that caught our ear is the Future assisted single, “How Many Times,” in which samples the 1986 Janet Jackson track, “Funny How Time Flies (When You’re Having Fun).”

More than proud and excited, we are ALL here for what this album will bring.

Ready to see what we mean? Take a listen below!

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