MUSIC

Indie: Lucille Releases New Single “Happy Birthday”

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Indie artist Lucille has a story to tell with her new single “Happy Birthday.” The brutally honest song is the first release off her upcoming EP, Birthday, produced by Pure Quality Jay, due out in 2015.

The singer/songwriter delivers a tale of heartbreak and redemption in the raw and soulful recount of love and life. “In life sometimes you have to lose, in order to find yourself,” says Lucille.

Check out her single below:

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New Music: PartyNextDoor feat. Wale – Thirsty (Remix)

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OVO meets MMG on the official remix to PARTYNEXTDOOR’s “Thirsty.” The Canadian artist is joined by Wale who spits a slick verse and even raps in Spanish.

The original track, which samples Missy Elliott’s “Ching-a-Ling,” appears on PND’s album PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO.

Wale is gearing up to release The Album About Nothing this fall and dropped his Jeremih-assisted single “The Body” earlier this month.

Pour up the remix below:

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New Music: Queen & Michael Jackson – There Must Be More to Life Than This

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The legendary duet between Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson has been remixed and mastered for our ears.  The powerful ballad “There Must Be More to Life Than This” was written by Mercury during sessions for Queen’s 1981 album, Hot Space.

Mercury visited MJ at his home studio in Los Angeles where he recorded Jackson singing the song for an unfinished version. Queen revived the track during sessions for 1984′s The Works, but again it was not finished. A year later, a solo version surfaced on Mercury’s debut solo album, 1985′s Mr. Bad Guy.

The new production of the powerful ballad, which was produced and remixed by William Orbit, mixes Queen’s original backing track with Mercury and Jackson’s vocals.

It will appear on the two-CD set Queen Forever, due November 11. Take a listen to the updated version of the classic record below:

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New Music: Prince – FUNKNROLL

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The return of Prince has many very excited, and rightly so as he has been delivering some pretty awesome new records, including “U Know” and “Clouds,” as he gets fans ready for the release of two brand new albums.

Today, following the live premiere of the song on The Arsenio Hall Show earlier this year, the icon shares the high energy, electric “FUNKNROLL.” The third release from his upcoming 13-track solo album, ART OFFICIAL AGE.

Opening with a hard rock edge, the record quickly breaks down with a snappy percussion backbeat, with elements that remind you of old Neptunes production. A quite unique soundscape for the Purple One, but still laying down plenty of funk and guitar as the title amply states. It is clear this is modern Prince.

Both ART OFFICIAL AGE, and debut album with his new band 3rdEyeGirl, PLECTRUMELECTRUM, which will be released on September 30 via his new venture with Warner Bros. Records.

Take a listen to the studio version of “FUNKNROLL” below:

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New Music: Brian Angel – Mrs. Parker/Hunnid Dollar Bill

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Well this was unexpected.

Day 26 member Brian Angel is taking a bit of the solo route. While he may currently be on tour with his band mates, that hasn’t stopped the talented singer from doing a little promotion of his own work.

Releasing two new singles titled, “Mrs. Parker” and “Hunnid Dollar Bill,” Brian will officially deliver both on September 23 for fans to enjoy. Lifted from his upcoming debut solo album, Daybreak, Brian stated, “I’m not going to lie I was nervous and anxious at the same time. But I’m very confident in my music ​and ​I’m extremely confident in my team. ​T​here’s no doubt ​in ​my mind that these two songs will be a huge impact for what I’m trying to do and I’m very confident in both the songs, as a good lead off to my solo album #DAYBREAK.​”

Check out both of the singles after the jump!

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New Music: Goapele feat. Snoop Dogg – Hey Boy (Remix)

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Goapele had us all jammin along with her groovy comeback “Hey Boy,” which she released early summer as the first single off her upcoming album Strong As Glass.

With the album due out October 21, the Bay Area singer turns up the heat with the official remix featuring none other than Snoop Dogg.

The rap icon adds his signature tone to the already classic vibe with a slick verse and back and forth on the catchy chorus.

Take a listen below!

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Throwback Thursday: 702 – ‘Steelo’

One thing that’s for sure, is the fact that ’90s R&B groups came out the gate debuting classics.

702, named after the area code of their hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, was a platinum-selling R&B trio.

“Steelo” was the first single off their 1996 debut album No Doubt. The song, which features Missy Elliott, was premiered on August 27, 1996. The single peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and reached No. 12 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. By February 1997 it was certified gold in sales by the RIAA. The group also rerecorded the record with altered lyrics for the Nickelodeon show Cousin Skeeter.

The song contains a sample of The Police’s “Voices Inside My Head.” Enjoy the classic above!


ThisisRnB Presents: “R&B Date Night” Playlist on Spotify

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So, there’s a story behind this… Here it goes:

About 2 years ago I unfortunately became single after a 6+ year relationship. I was thrown into the single life and quickly realized that I did not have a proper “panty dropper” mix to put on for when the dates ended up back at my house. I would just end up using whichever mix of whomever that was over…..which wasn’t always the best.

So, that’s how this list was created.  First, I must tell you the first few versions were horrible. I actually had a date tell me to turn it off cause it was ruining the mood…I started the mix off with “Sex You” by Bando Jonez… yeah…probably too straight forward.  I’ll never forget the look she gave me, like “Is this ninja serious?” Mad funny and embarrassing at the same time.

After some deliberation and help from the rest of the ThisisRnB team, I had the final list.  We then sent the mix over to the folks at Spotify, and they liked it so much that they published the playlist in their “Browse” section. Which is a hell of a honor.

Fellas this list works well. Trust me. Just follow the flow, she’ll love it and maybe you too. We can just supply you with the theme music, you have to do the rest.

Let us know what you think of the mix below:

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