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Beyoncé Gets Us Into Coordination With New Single + Video “Formation”!

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Got damn, got damn, got damn!

Beyoncé is byke and she is here to play with NOT ONE OF YOU!

Right in time for her Super Bowl performance with Coldplay and Bruno Mars, the eldest of Matthew and Celestine Knowles is here to give y’all the business on the track with absolutely no f*cks given. Delivering a Southern-banger titled “Formation,” the cornbread and collard green loving Texas diva gave the Mike WiLL Made-It-produced track exactly what it needed.

Co-written by Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd, the song was dropped off with its own New Orleans shot visual. Paying homage to her background, black heritage, and country upbringing, Queen Bey encourages us to slay before we get eliminated.

Hosting shots of a cameo from Blue Ivy herself, Bey on top of a cop car in a flooded street, dressed in all black with black men surrounding her, dance scenes, and everything else you can possibly imagine from her, the five-minute visual story gives fans the response they’ve been waiting for from the Queen in reference to supporting the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Featuring a young black boy in a black hoodie as cops raise their hands, a white wall reads in black spay paint: “Stop shooting us.” Simple, yet effective enough to get your attention.

“Formation” is available for free download on TIDAL now AND Bey has also dropped her “Formation Collection” of clothing featuring lyrics like “I twirl on them haters” and “You that bitch when you cause all of this conversation,” “Slay,” and “Hot Sauce.”

“You know you that b*tch when you cause all this conversation / Always stay gracious / Best revenge is your paper,” she sings out as the song closes.

Watch Queen Bey go off below!

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Listen: SWV Releases New Album ‘Still’

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Veteran group SWV is back with a brand new album!

The trio – comprised of Coko, Lelee, and Taj – is ready to deliver another set of classics for fans to bask in. Serving as the follow-up to 2012’s I Missed Us, Still features the singles “#MCE (Man Crush Everyday)” and “Ain’t No Man.”

Continuing to showcase their talent and furthermore, their ability to stay relevant and lovable in an ever-changing industry, the album is set to provide fans of both the group and the R&B genre with the feel that they’ve been missing.

Get into Still below!

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Listen: Lion Babe Release Debut Album ‘Begin’

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Something tells us that Lion Babe aren’t going anywhere soon with the release of their debut album, Begin!

Following the success of their self-titled EP, the R&B duo consisting of singer Jillian Hervey and musician Lucas Goodman, released their 14-track debut album today. The LP includes previously shared tracks “Jump High” featuring Childish Gambino, “Wonder Woman,” “Impossible,” “Where Do We Go,” “Jungle Lady” and “Treat Me Like Fire.” With only one feature on the album, Lion Babe is focusing on showcasing their unique sound. For this project they worked with some industry heavyweights including Pharell Williams and Dave Sitek.

“Pharrell was a great person to talk to particularly as it was at search an early stage of Lion Babe,” Hervey recalled to Official Charts about working with her mentor. “At the time we were creating all sorts of things and he advised us to take a moment and think about what we were doing and the future. When someone like that is giving you advice, you damn well listen and don’t forget what they say! Pharrell really gave us the confidence to do this. Our inspiration to evolve in the way we have has come from him.”

Speaking on the process of creating Begin, Goodman said, “We definitely took our time with it. We made a lot of music that we haven’t used this time, just to get a sense of what we really liked and where we wanted to go. There was a lot of self-discovery involved and at this point, we’re really happy with it. It really sums up our journey as the starting ground of Lion Babe and hints at where we could go next. I don’t think we’ll ever allow ourselves to be put in one box.”

Lion Babe definitely can’t be put in a box with their debut. With a range of tracks that utilizes elements of electronic music, funk, R&B, and pop influences, there’s something for everyone on this album for. Some additional standout tracks are “On the Rocks,” “Satisfy My Love,” and “Got Body.”

Stream the album via Spotify below, and pick it up on iTunes now!

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Listen: Earth, Wind & Fire Live in Concert March 1979 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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It’s things like this that make you truly appreciate today’s internet and social media platforms even more.  Celebrating the amazing musical gifts that Earth, Wind & Fire have given us is a common occurrence, but with the passing of Maurice White on Thursday it had us searching for more and more rare material.

Soundcloud comes though with a good quality audio recording of an hour-long concert EWF held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on March 14, 1979, recorded and broadcast on a radio show called ‘The Soulshow’ presented by Ferry Maat.

Even if you were alive at the peak of EWF’s dominance, hearing stellar audio from an European concert is always a special treat. This show was only months before the band released their double platinum 9th studio album I Am, which was led by the massive disco single “Boogie Wonderland” and “After the Love Has Gone.”

Stream the show below!!

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Listen: Majid Jordan Releases Self-Titled Debut Album

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Toronto-based duo Majid Jordan has finally ended the wait on their debut album. Making waves with last year’s Drake-assisted single “My Love,” the talented singer-songwriters – who were first introduced with the co-writing of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” – dropped their 12-track project featuring OVO’s head honcho as the only feature.

Unveiling the self-titled project with showing their gratitude of the outpouring support from everyone who assisted, the duo stated via Instagram: “When we met 4 years ago we never would have imagined the journey that lead to this album. thank you to our friends, family, and mentors for making this project possible. We are beyond excited to share this piece of us with you all.”

Notable tracks on this project include the first single “My Love,” “Make It Work,” “Love Is Always There,” and “Something About You”.

Take a listen to the project and check out their first radio interview on Hot 97 below!

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New Music: Chrisette Michele – Hello (Adele Cover)

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Quickly following her cover of Tory Lanez “Say It,” Chrisette Michele returns with a cover of Adele’s monster hit “Hello.”

Chrisette was inspired by her love of quartet music here and arranges an a cappella rendition of “Hello.” This is the second release from her forthcoming mixtape Steady Gang Mix due out February 27, which will be followed by her fifth album Milestone, due out this spring.

Take a listen below.

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New Music: Keith James feat. CeeLo Green – Not My Day (Remix)

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Singer-songwriter Keith James was officially introduced to us one year ago with his playful debut single “Not My Day,” a lively and comical track which anyone could relate to.

James had been working behind the scenes as a songwriter for years after receiving his big break co-writing Jeremih’s breakout hit “Birthday Sex.” Finally stepping into the spotlight himself, the Chicago native was quickly compared to CeeLo Green for the feel-good vibes of “Not My Day.” After releasing his debut EP ‘From The Grey‘ last summer, Keith kicks off 2016 in a big way, teaming up with CeeLo himself for the official remix to “Not My Day.”

Keeping the positive vibes going Green adds a short verse and joins Keith on the infectious hook.

Take a listen below!

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New Music: Candice Nelson – Moments

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Singer-songwriter Candice Nelson is finally branching out on her own! With writing credits for the likes of Beyoncé & Mary J. Blige, the songstress is delivering her own piece of work for R&B lovers to indulge in.

Releasing an 8-track project by the name of Moments, Candice is here to share her heart with those who are willing to listen. Implementing more than just her words this time around, the project is led by the track “Our Man,” which serves as a realization that she and another woman are sharing the same man; with the other woman leading the race.

“I had always written about my love life for other artists. When I sat down with Balewa Muhammad, to create this body of work, I expressed that I wanted it to be a reflective piece about what I’ve learned from loves and relationships past. The musical backdrop has some Hip Hop, folk, and Classic R&B elements that fuse well to paint the perfect picture of nostalgia wrapped in contentment,” she said.

Notable tracks on this project are the title track, “Moments,” and “Cali Baby.” Moments is now available on iTunes and Google Play.

Take a listen below:
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