August Alsina Brings K. Michelle On Stage at Album Release Show

August Alsina packed out SOB’s in NYC on Monday night for his sold-out Testimony album release show.  Not only was it an excellent performance and highlight of his rising career, but the young singer had plenty of special guests supporting him in the building, including Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Sebastian Mikael, Luke James and more.  As the crowd was as loud and ratchet as we’ve seen in the venue it was fitting that he invite the amazing K. Michelle on stage to voice her support.

Stepping to the mic like a comedian, K had everyone hanging on her every word while she explained why August deserves this success and support from all of his fans.  But, it wouldn’t be the real K. Michelle if she didn’t take some shots at some of the shady dudes in the game and of course she let everyone know the deal.  As DJ Era dropped her hit single “V.S.O.P.” August convinced the songstress to stay on stage and sing the club favorite for the screaming audience who loved every moment!

Check out the clip above, and pick up August Alsina’s debut album Testimony in stores now!

ThisisRnB TV: Catching Up with Dondria, Talks Womanhood, New Single “Coat Tail,” Upcoming EP & More

Six years ago we were all introduced to the burgeoning young Princess of So So Def, Dondria.  While she found mild success from her debut album Dondria Vs. Phatfffat, the Texas native struggled to build notoriety in the ever-changing music industry. The singer kept her close fans covered with the release of three mixtapes, but mostly remained out of the public eye as she continued to hone her craft.

Making her return earlier this year with the female empowering single “Coat Tail,” the young queen, as she likes to call herself now, is poised to make that deserving impact. Currently prepping for the release of her new EP, which is due out this summer, ThisisRnB TV caught up with Dondria Nicole while on a recent trip to NYC to perform at SOB’s.

Speaking candidly with us, Dondria opened up about her career to date, becoming a woman while following her dreams and learning to be confident. What her new single means to her and the story behind recording it. The lessons she constantly learns from producer Jermaine Dupri, and what fans should expect from her forthcoming EP and sophomore album.

Check out the interview clip above and stay tuned!

Exclusive: Tank – Albums That Changed My Life

Tank is back with new solo music and currently readying the release of his forthcoming album ‘Stronger,” due out this summer.  The R&B singer/songwriter’s sixth studio effort has been lead by the soulful and celebratory single “You’re My Star” (see Tank talking about the song and album here), and will be a step in a new direction for him sonically.

While talking about the upcoming release in our recent sit-down with him in NYC, we asked Tank to take us back and reflect on some of the albums or songs that really changed his life.

Being raised in the church and on mostly Gospel music during his youth it was of course the more clean cut R&B of the late ’80s that affected him, primarily the New Edition Heartbreak album, and Babyface’s Tender Lover.  That was until R. Kelly released “Down Low,” off his 1995 self-titled album, and made Tank a diehard fan!

Check out the interview clip above to hear Tank’s hilarious reflections on his early influences!

Exclusive: Tank Shares Inspiration and Advice from Justin Timberlake

Tank recently told us that he will be celebrating women and life with some tempo on his new album ‘Stronger,” which is due out this June.  In between touring with TGT and working on his own solo material, the R&B heartthrob spent a good amount of time traveling with his good friend who was on Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience Tour.”

During our recent sit-down with the singer/songwriter he talked to us about his admiration for the whole show and Justin’s own showmanship, and how it truly inspired him to create a full band style experience for his own new music.  Tank didn’t only receive inspiration from Justin, but also some pretty deep words of advice.  While playing him his new tracks, Justin dropped some words of encouragement to him which surprised all of us.

Check out the clip above, and if you haven’t watched it out, click here to see our new piece where Tank talks about the creation of his new single “You’re My Star” and the sound of his forthcoming album.

Exclusive: Tank – ‘Celebrating Women with Tempo on New Album,’ Talks “You’re My Star,” Jerry Wonda & More

Tank knows a thing or two about relationships and dealing with women.  After a career of mostly begging, pleading and apologizing, the R&B General is entering a new era with his forthcoming album titled Stronger, due out this June.

Releasing the horn-filled, celebratory new single “You’re My Star” last month, Tank is on a mission to make a bold comeback, delivering classic feel-good R&B with a 2014 twist.  ThisisRnB TV caught up with the singer/songwriter in NYC for a new interview to discuss the new single, his upcoming album and outlook on life.

In this clip, Tank takes us through the creative process of making and recording “You’re My Star,” which started off from a sample of the Jackson 5 classic “This Place Hotel,” and with the help of master producer Harvey Mason Jr. turned into the lively, soulful tribute to woman everywhere that we hear now.

We had to know though, will Tank be taking a break from the classic baby-makin’ tunes that we’ve come to expect from him?  “There are a few moments where you would want to make a baby,” explains Tank about the new album. “But, I think that it’s not a transition out of that, it’s an album that speaks to a different place that I am in my life and my career.”

Part of the inspiration behind the new sound came from a meeting Tank had with Grammy-winning producer Jerry Wonda, who ended up creating at least 4 of the records on the LP, one of which will be the second single, and a sound which not only celebrates women with tempo, but celebrates real music and having fun in life.

We are excited for the new era of Tank! Check out the interview clip above and stay tuned!

Exclusive: Toni Braxton & Babyface Talk ‘Love, Marriage & Divorce,’ Broadway’s ‘After Midnight’, Possible Standards Album?

Toni Braxton and Babyface have struck a cord with their passionate collaborative project Love, Marriage & Divorce.  The new album from the long-time friends has spawned the No. 1 single “Hurt You,” and received critical acclaim from critics and fans alike.  While an official tour is in the works, fans can currently catch Toni and Kenny on stage in the thriving Broadway show ‘After Midnight.’

The hit musical, combines the big-band songs of Duke Ellington and high energy dancing of the roaring ’20s, to revive the era of Harlem’s legendary Cotton Club. On March 18 Toni and Babyface made their debut as the show’s special guest performers, and you can catch them in the show until March 30.

Last week, ThisisRnB TV caught up with the R&B legends for an interview to discuss their roles in ‘After Midnight,’ and of course we had to ask them about their new album as well. While talking about the project we got to hear their feelings about Toni’s now infamous line in “I Wish” where she sweetly sings, “I hope she gives you a disease, so you will see, but not enough to make you die, but only make you cry, like you did to me.” (Yikes!)

Babyface revealed to us that he thinks Toni should record a standards album next, and he would be glad to work on it with another producer like David Foster. Toni was happy to hear that and said now it’s on record, she’s going to hold him to it!

Check out the interview above… You can pick up Love, Marriage & Divorce on iTunes now, and order tickets for ‘After Midnighthere.

Exclusive: Mario Switching Labels? Talks Sound of New Album, What R&B Needs Today

This past Sunday, The Evan Grace Group presented the ‘Heels of Greatness’ gala honoring 27 influential and inspiring women in Atlanta.  Held at the luxurious and historical Estate at Piedmont, the event was hosted by Monyetta Shaw and Kenny Burns, and sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead and Malibu Red.

R&B superstar Ne-Yo was in the building to support his children’s mother, as well as his own mother who was one of the ladies honored. Among the other nominees, which included Kandi Burruss, Tameka Raymond and many more.  To cap off the evenings festivities R&B vocalist Mario surprised guests with a short performance, including his past hits “Break Up,” and “Let Me Love You.”

Following his set, ThisisRnB TV caught up with Mario for an interview in the wine cellar.  The singer gave us an update on his anticipated forthcoming album Evolve, which he hinted at being pushed back because he’s about to enter into a new business venture…Does that mean he’s switching labels?? We’ll have to wait and see!  Additionally Mario spoke about the new progressive sound he is working on, why he thinks Miguel is one of the only artists really putting on for R&B right now, and what he thinks the genre needs to stay relevant.

Check out the interview and performance footage above!

Exclusive: Sebastian Mikael Performs Acoustic “Last Night” & “Night and Day” Mashup on ThisisRnB Sessions

Sebastian Mikael is quickly becoming one of the most talked about up and coming singers this year. Following his hit debut single “Last Night” featuring Wale, and acclaimed new R&B ballad “Forever,” the Swedish native has many anticipating his forthcoming debut album Speechless, due out later this year.

ThisisRnB TV recently caught up with the multi-talented singer/songwriter to film a live in-studio performance in Harlem, NY. In the final video from his set, Sebastian performs a special version of his hit single “Last Night” mixed with the record they sampled for the track, Al B. Sure’s classic “Night and Day.”

Backed by his bassist and drummer on snare and tambourine, watch as Sebastian delivers another emotional performance showing off his strong falsetto and vocal range.

If you missed it, check out Sebastian’s performance debut of “Takin Off” here, and his cover of Usher’s “There Goes My Baby” here.