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New Music: Goapele – Strong As Glass

Goapele Strong As Glass Single

Oakland soulstress Goapele is celebrating the release of her fifth studio album Strong As Glass, which hit stores this week.  Following the fun and funky single “Hey Boy,” the singer has now released a stream of the album’s title track for fans and new listeners to enjoy.

Over elegant keys and soft percussion, Goapele opens her heart to the world, but shares her understanding that while she’s a strong, courageous woman, she still needs to be treated with gentle care.

“I’m only as strong as glass, they say I’m built to last, but I could break,” she softly sings on the chorus as the tempo picks up and she belts out the commanding lyrics.

Strong As Glass is currently available on iTunes. Take a listen to the title track below:

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Listen: Brandy Connects with Newcomer Mystery Skulls and Nile Rodgers on “Number 1″

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Thanks to a select few DJs, producers and artists, the fun-filled sounds of the classic days of party R&B are still living on, with new tracks inspired by those records. One of these few is newcomer Mystery Skulls, aka Luis Dubuc, who invokes the disco era with his brand new single “Number 1″ featuring the legendary Nile Rodgers and Brandy on vocals!

“I wrote the song with [Brandy] in mind,” Dubuc told The FADER. “Then one day she heard it through someone we both knew, and she said yes. We were in the studio like a week later. When she showed up, she asked to sing on my other track, ‘Magic,’ as well. Brandy’s voice is stunning!” (“Magic” also features Rodgers). Both tracks will appear on Mystery Skulls’ debut album, Forever, due out Oct. 27 via Warner Bros. Records.

In addition to those two collaborations, Brandy is currently back in the studio working on her follow-up to Two Eleven.

Stream “Number 1″ below, and check out the behind-the-scenes video of their recording session for “Magic” as well!

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New Music: Kiki Rowe – Trust Issues (Prod. by DJ Mustard)

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Following our premiere of the music video for her breakout single “Be Alright,” emerging Canadian native, Kiki Rowe, returns with a brand new single titled “Trust Issues.”

The alt-soul singer/songwriter connects with DJ Mustard, who showcases his ability to deviate from his “current” sound and progress to other styles, with the smooth, ambient track.

Kiki wears her heart on her sleeve as she asks her lover to understand that she needs time to open herself up to love and trust again after she was scorned in the past.

“You’re everything I need and more, everything I need to solve, when my trust issues collide, with what I feel inside,” she sings.

Kiki will release her self-titled debut mini-album on Oct. 28, take a listen to her new single below:

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New Music: Yesi Ortiz feat. Yung Berg & Verse Simmonds – Ain’t My Fault

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The “Voice of LA,” Yesi Ortiz steps from behind the Power 106 mic and delivers her first curated single. The radio jock has collaborated with her ‘Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood’ cast mate, Yung Berg and R&B singer/songwriter Verse Simmonds on her debut single “Ain’t My Fault” produced by The Featherstones.

“I’m in this industry because I LOVE music, I’ve helped so many artists with consulting, feedback pertaining to their next single/album that when Berg & Verse Simmonds wanted to collaborate on something special, I was 100% in,” said Yesi. “They are both incredible, talented artists that create hits and to be apart of their music history is a blessing!”

The bouncy synth vibe fits right into today’s Cali sound, and will certainly fit right in to a lot of playlists.

Check it out below:

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New Music: Candice – Lesbian + Sampler

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Last year we were impressed by a new emerging singer/songwriter named Candice, aka Candi Kush, who Ne-Yo had signed to his Compound Entertainment imprint.  While we haven’t heard much since the release of her debut mixtape ‘Live From the Smokers Room,’ the R&B songstress has now returned with a brand new single, and 4 track sampler.

The single will certainly cause some to precede with caution just off the title, “Lesbian,” however it’s the perfect example that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. Candice finds her man getting so obsessed with the number of previous lovers she’s had that she think he’s acting more like a “girl” than her. She bluntly shares the feelings that many go through when this topic comes up over the smooth track.

“I don’t want to lie to you, but you be asking me, things that if I answer with honestly, I’m gonna look over at you and suddenly there’ll be a vagina where your balls should be,” she sings. Continuing: “It’s like you get a kick out of asking me sh*t that’s gonna give you an excuse to act like a bitch, and I ain’t tryin to call you one, but if we keep this up than we gonna call it one.”

In addition to the new single, Candice gives us a taste of 4 stellar new songs, which will most likely be released on her upcoming project.

Take a listen below:

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New Music: Mike Jay – What’s The Difference

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Virgin Records singer/songwriter Mike Jay returns with something new for our ears with the tender ballad “What’s The Difference.”  After helping fans get to know him a little better with a behind-the-scenes video series, and a string of covers and remakes, the Detroit native brings us his first original song of the fall season.

Over a piano-laden track, Mike reveals that he is seeing a girl who is caught between him and another man, but he is ready for her to cut things off with him.

“What’s the difference between later and right now, if we fall in love, than love came right on time,” he passionately sings to her.

Stream and download below:

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Listen: Miguel Unites with The Chemical Brothers and Lorde on “This Is Not a Game”

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Miguel has united with The Chemical Brothers and Lorde for the first single off The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 soundtrack.

The R&B maverick starts a revolution on the dark and industrial track “This Is Not a Game,” which includes adlibs from Lorde and production from the British electro duo.

Lorde curated the entire soundtrack, which also features appearances from Tinashe, Pusha T, Grace Jones, and Charli XCX.

The soundtrack arrives November 17, while the movie hits theaters on November 21.

Take a listen to the unexpected collaboration below:

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New Music: Danity Kane – All In A Days Work (CDQ)

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Dropping good music is “All In A Days Work” for the ladies formerly known as Danity Kane!

While we’re still slightly disappointed that the girls have disbanded, we at least find comfort in the fact that their upcoming album DK3 is going to be filled with great tunes. Previously performed during their tour dates, the new release sees the full, CDQ version of “All In A Days Work” for fans to enjoy.

Take a listen as the women make this sh*t look easy below:

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