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


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)


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’


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)


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)


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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Watch: Jacob Latimore feat. T-Pain – Heartbreak Heard Around the World (Video)


Rising teen star Jacob Latimore had the girl of his dreams, but he let her slip through his fingers on his hot new single “Heartbreak Heard Around the World.”

The singer/actor has premiered the official music video for the T-Pain-assisted single, which was written by Johnta Austin.

Jacob walks the streets of Los Angeles at night, while he reminisces about holding his girl tight and never letting her go. T-Pain comes in to co-sign the feelings of dealing with the thought of losing something special.

Will Jacob get his girl back?? Check out the new video below:

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Video: Pharrell feat. Miley Cyrus – Come Get It Bae


Pharrell is ordering up a hot serving of girls and his new video for “Come Get It Bae” proves it.

Finally releasing the visual to the dance heavy track, Pharrell calls on beautiful women of different shapes and sizes to take control in front of the camera. Serving as the second U.S. single from his G.I.R.L. album, Skateboard P also lets Miley Cyrus do her thing in the Luis Cerveró directed vid.

Take a look after the jump!

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Watch: Jake&Papa Release ‘Athena’s Erotica’ Short Film


R&B duo Jake&Papa have released a revamped version of their popular EP ‘Athena’s Erotica.’ The re-released titled ‘Athena’s Erotica 2.0‘ features 4 new tracks not found on the project’s original version.

In support of the new release, Jake&Papa have also shared a short film featuring 4 songs from the project. The first two songs, “All Night Long” and “Fuck My Soul,” lived on the original release, whereas the second two, “Basement Party” and “I Give In,” are exclusive to Athena’s Erotica 2.0.

Check out the short film below, and you can pick up the EP on iTunes now.

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