PERFORMANCES

Watch: Ne-Yo Performs “Coming With You” Acoustic for iHeartRadio

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Ne-Yo is already treading international waters in promotion of his new album Non-Fiction. Most recently he traveled to Australia for multiple press appearances and performances.

As a special moment while visiting the iHeartRadio offices in Australia, the R&B superstar performed his current single, “Coming With You,” acoustically. Backed by only a single guitar player, Ne-Yo delivered a rousing stripped-down version of the feel-good ’90s House inspired jam.

Watch his performance below!

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Chris Brown & Trey Songz Bring Out R. Kelly & Keith Sweat at “Between The Sheets” Tour in Atlanta

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Chris Brown and Trey Songz have been surprising audiences with guest appearances during various stops on their joint “Between The Sheets” tour. Possibly the biggest surprise yet happened on Monday night during their show in Atlanta at the Philips Arena.

Generations of R&B stars combined for a legendary moment when Breezy and Trigga welcomed both R. Kelly and Keith Sweat to join them on stage and perform some of their own classics!

With Chris and Trey’s recent collaborative tribute song to R. Kelly with “Songs on 12 Play,” it was only right to bring out the R&B King himself to show them how it’s done! Kellz performed multiple fan favorites including “Ignition (Remix),” “Your Body’s Callin,” “Bump N’ Grind,” and of course “12 Play.”

Chris praised Kellz for his contributions to music saying he is the reason they make the music they make, but then joked saying, “I wouldn’t let my momma come to this concert she’s tryin to give you some p***y, I’m like hell no!”

Keeping the surprises coming, they also introduced Keith Sweat who performed his classic single “Nobody.” In addition to the R&B legends they had a bunch of rap surprises as well bringing out T.I., Jeezy, Future, Yo Gotti, YG, Fabolous, B.o.B, Que, and OG Maco.

What a show! Check out the fan footage below:

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Estelle Performs “Silly Girls” on ‘The Real’

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Grammy-winning songstress Estelle is back with her new album True Romance, which is the first release on her own label Established 1980 Inc/BMG. Getting some daytime TV promo love, the singer/songwriter stopped by ‘The Real’ on Monday to perform the new song “Silly Girls.”

Following a hype intro from Tamar, the UK native delivered a stirring live rendition of the soulful song.

On Wednesday, Estelle will appear on FOX’s hit show “Empire.”

Watch her performance below:

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ThisisRnB Nights: Luke James, BJ The Chicago Kid, & Ro James Perform at Highline Ballroom (NYC)

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On another bitter cold night in NYC, Highline Ballroom provided plenty of heat for R&B fans on Wednesday.  As the first show on their mini tour, Luke James and BJ the Chicago Kid brought their soulful talents to the stage, and delivered riveting sets for the packed crowd.

Expected on the bill, but due to illness rising singer George Tandy Jr. was unable to perform. As the stand alone opening act, NYC native and buzz-worthy singer/songwriter, Ro James, delighted the crowd, of previous fans and new, with his unique tone and charisma.

BJ was up next, and he went right into his set with covers and originals, including his buzzed about remake of Fabolous and Jeremih’s “Thim Slick.” Promoting his recently released mixtape “The M.A.F.E. Project,” BJ showed why he is one of R&B/Soul’s most exciting up and comers with his song, “Soul of a Woman,” and in closing he had the crowd singing along to his Grammy nominated collaboration with SchoolBoy Q, “Studio.”

Anyone that’s been to a Luke James show knows that he is one of the best in the business live, right up against veterans, the 2x Grammy nominated crooner exudes poise and showmanship. Opening with uptempos from his self-titled debut album, including “Love XYZ” and “Dancing In The Dark,” Luke performed many of his album cuts for the first time and past fan favorites from his previous EPs.

Some of his standout moments came from covers as well, including a new hard knocking remake of “Sexual Healing,” which he segued into a cover of Rae Sremmurd’s club hit “No Type,” sending the crowd into full turn-up mode. He surprised with a cover of Carl Thomas’ “I Wish,” and debuted his brand new song “Bad News.” Proving why his records resonate so well with fans, Luke delivered an outstanding live version of his single “Exit Wounds,” getting the whole audience to put their middle finger in the air and scream ‘F U’ to anyone who ever broke their heart. He closed with his Grammy nominated songs “Options,” and the now classic “I Want You.”

Another great night for R&B in NYC. Check out our exclusive photo recap below!

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Charlie Wilson Performs “Touched By An Angel” on ‘The Tonight Show’

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Charlie Wilson brought some feel-good, soulful love to late night on Tuesday. The R&B legend stopped by ‘The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon’ to perform his latest single “Touched By An Angel,” off his new album Forever Charlie.

Assisted by The Roots and his backup singers, Uncle Charlie laid down the heartfelt song (penned by Lil Eddie) with his classic, commanding tone. “Can’t see your wings, or a halo / Saved my life so you gotta be a miracle,” he belted.

Wilson is currently touring the US on his “Forever Charlie Tour” along with KEM and Joe.

Watch his performance below:

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Justine Skye Performs “Collide” on TheBoombox’s ‘#NextUp’ Series

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Atlantic Records signee and Brooklyn’s own Justine Skye is building her brand as she works on her debut album, which is expected later this year. Showing she is much more than a pretty face, the singer/songwriter put on a live performance for The Boombox’s ‘#NextUp’ series.

The R&B Unicorn lit up the stage with a stripped down, musical rendition of her buzzing DJ Mustard-produced single “Collide.” Seducing the camera, Justine belts out the sultry lyrics as she professes to her man that she is ready to share a magical moment of physical connection.

Watch her performance below!

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Jordin Sparks Performs “It Ain’t You” at Power 106’s ‘Snowed In’

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Jordin Sparks is back, and over the weekend she brought some heat to the slopes performing at Power 106’s “Snowed In” event at Bear Mountain.

Joining newcomer Liane V and headliner Flo Rida, the former American Idol winner turned the outdoor stage into a club, performing tracks off her recent mixtape ‘#ByeFelicia,’ including the uptempo DJ Mustard-produced single, “It Ain’t You.”

Showing off some slick moves with her backup dancers, Jordin swagged out to the braggadocios song.

Sparks is currently prepping for the release of her third studio album, Right Here, Right Now, which is coming out soon via Salaam Remi’s Louder Than Life / Sony Music.

Watch her performance below:

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Trey Songz, Mary J. Blige, K. Michelle & More Perform at BET Honors

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Last month, the stars gathered in the nation’s capital for BET Honors 2015, which was taped at Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 24. Airing on BET on Monday night, the eighth annual show saluted African-American trailblazers in art, music, theater, technology, and business.

This year’s honorees included Kanye West; Usher; Phylicia Rashad; Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art; and John W. Thompson, Chairman of Microsoft and CEO of Virtual Instruments.

Hosted by Wayne Brady, the evening featuring outstanding performances from the likes of K. Michelle, who stunned in a blue gown, belting out her Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart song “Judge Me.” Mary J. Blige inspired the crowd with her London Sessions song “Doubt.” While Patti LaBelle tore the house down with her gospel spiritual, moving Phylicia Rashad to tears.

An emotional Usher accepted the Musical Arts Award from Bobby Brown and Ben Vereen, and received a musical salute from Trey Songz, who performed a cover of “Nice & Slow.”

Other performers included Ne-Yo and Charlie Wilson, who was joined on stage by Kanye West for a freestyle over “Bound 2.”

Watch the performances below:

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