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Lyric Video: Boyz II Men – Better Half

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Veteran crooners Boyz II Men have returned to the music scene and are supplying fans with some good feeling R&B. Following the release of their single, “Better Half,” the guys have now debuted the accompanying lyric video.

Shot as an ode to the lovers of those fighting for our country, the almost three minute video shares some tear jerking moments for all to share. While their upcoming album Collide isn’t slated to hit stores until September 30, fans can get ready for what they have to offer with the new lyric video.

Check it out after the jump

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Watch: Janelle Monáe – ‘Electric Lady’ (Video)

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Janelle Monáe is throwing a party to celebrate all the “Electric Ladies” in the music video for the title track off her latest album.

In the visual the consummate performer heads back to college as a member of a sorority called the Electro Phi Betas. The ladies throw a party at their sorority house, doing the electric slide with some fraternity brothers and even bringing out a marching band. Janelle honors her friends T-Boz, Estelle, Esperanza Spalding, Monica and Kimbra, while T.I. makes an appearance, along with Janelle’s mother.

Janelle Monáe recently honored First Lady Michelle Obama as the “First Electric Lady.” “First of all, I am honored to be the First Electric Lady. I got my letter in the mail—I framed it; it’s up,” said Obama. “I love that she is one of the young artists here who is making music that means something. She has a message. She has a voice. She has a power in her.”

Watch Janelle’s fun filled new video below!

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Watch: Jagged Edge – ‘Hope’ (Video)

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Jagged Edge surprised fans everywhere when they announced their upcoming album J.E. Heartbreak Too, which would see the quartet reuniting with Jermaine Dupri and his So So Def label.

Since the R&B veterans have been on a mission to spread “Hope” with the LP’s lead single. Now, the J.E. boys have premiered the official music video, which plays out like a short film.

Opening in a bar scene, the fellas talk about their plans for making a classic album with writer/producer Bryan Michael Cox, but things quickly get out of hand when a drink gets spilled and words are exchanged with another group of patrons. Using the occurrence as an example of how things need to change, and why they’re looking to mature past their thuggish ways and settle down, the quartet then deliver the heartfelt ballad on the roof of a skyscraper.

Jagged Edge’s eighth studio album J.E. Heartbreak Too is a sequel to their multi-platinum 2000 album J.E. Heartbreak, it is due out later this year. Check out the new video below:

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Premiere: A Grammy Conversation: The State of R&B (Part 1)

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Earlier this month, The Recording Academy held “A Grammy Conversation” on the current state of R&B music at the West Hollywood Soho House.

The evening was hosted by Quddus and included five panelists: Music Journalist Gail Mitchell, singer-songwriter/producer Liv Warfield, Grammy-winning producer LaShawn Daniels, eight-time Grammy nominee Ledisi and four-time Grammy nominee Tyrese Gibson. According to HitsDailyDouble they each attributed their inspiration to classic R&B and soul artists, including James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Etta James, Donny Hathaway, Tina Turner, Sam Cooke, Jodeci and Earth Wind & Fire.

Many issues and topics were brought up for discussion including: Will new R&B artists be heard? Will people take a chance on them? Will urban alternative artists find a way to bridge the gap between what was and what is? Is the playing field uneven between black and white artists? Is there a place for R&B in a singles-driven music industry and a society that has been hypnotized by EDM music?

We are proud to premiere the first video clip from the intimate conversation, which finds Gail Mitchell addressing the return of black artists to the top of the Billboard charts this year, Tyrese explaining why he thinks the industry is too caught up with who produced a song or who is featured on a song, while Ledisi explained her desire for today’s R&B to be more balanced between the origins and today’s new styles.

Check out the video below, and stay tuned for part 2!

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Watch: Daley Creates “Look Up” with Pharrell (Video)

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UK soul sensation Daley has finally released an official music video for his single “Look Up” produced by Pharrell Williams, off of his excellent debut album Days & Nights.

The new visual plays out like a day-in-the-life series featuring footage of him writing at the piano, recording vocals, working with Pharrell in the studio, and visiting various locations in Los Angeles, including the famed Amoeba Music where he purchases his own album.

The video culminates with Daley taking the stage at the El Rey Theatre to perform for a sold-out crowd.

Take a look into his life, and the song’s recording process with the video below!

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Jeremih Announces New Mixtape ‘Not On My Album’

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A week after the release of his ‘No More‘ EP with Shlohmo, Jeremih has announced the release of a new mixtape titled ‘Not On My Album.’ Due August 4, the project will obviously consist of material that didn’t make his upcoming album Thumpy Johnson.

The first release from N.O.M.A. is “She Know It.” The Chicago crooner documents a day in his life in the new video featuring fellow Chi-town native Chi Hoover.

He has been in the studio working on the follow-up to 2010′s All About You, which has spawned the DJ Mustard-produced single “Don’t Tell ‘Em” featuring YG.

“It’s definitely for the trunk, it’s definitely for the streets,” Jeremih said of the album. “It’s a lot of thump for your trunk and just crack music for the streets.”

Watch the video for “She Know It” below:

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Watch: Eric Bellinger feat. Kid Ink – ‘Kiss Goodnight’ (Video)

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After turning up the clubs with his single “I Don’t Want Her,” Eric Bellinger is getting fans under the sheets with his sexy new single “Kiss Goodnight” featuring Kid Ink. The L.A. native has released the official music video for the Blackstreet sampled song, which was directed by Mike Ho (Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa).

Taking a sleek and cinematic approach with the black-and-white visual, the R&B singer/songwriter keeps it simple but sexy in the monochromatic clip.

“I try to stay away from what everyone else is doing,” the Grammy Award-winning artist told Vibe about the video, which features model Bijon H. “The ladies were regal and the black & white really took it there [and] made it a classic piece.

As for Ink, Bellinger new from jump that he’d be the perfect rapper to complement the sultry record. “I knew Kid Ink’s flow would fit perfect since my verse were more on the rap singy vibe,” he said. “I knew this song would be a fan fave just because of the sample and the way we flipped it and made it so current.”

“Kiss Goodnight,” which samples Blackstreet’s classic hit “Before I Let You Go,” is featured on Bellinger’s debut album The ReBirth, available on iTunes now.

Peep the brand new video below!

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Premiere: TIAAN Performs “Dive Deep” Live In-Studio (Video)

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Earlier this month emerging Australian bred singer-songwriter TIAAN made her debut on the site with “Devil’s Touch,” and now she is bringing you the premiere of her in-studio performance video for “Dive Deep.”

Filmed and recorded at an unnamed studio in Los Angeles, with a mood set for sensual mystery, TIAAN and her band effortlessly deliver a memorable performance of the mesmerizing song.

“Into the dust and into the danger, we can dive, we can dive,” she softly sings over the driving electric guitar.

Check out TIAAN’s performance video below, and listen to her self-titled EP on Spotify now.

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