New Music: FAARROW – Lost

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Meet FAARROW, an emerging pop duo, who bring international culture to modern pop music with a commanding sound, and powerful message. Made up of Iman and Siham Hashi, the sisters fused the meaning of their Arabic names Iman (“faith”) and Siham (“arrow”) to create their name.

Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, their mother was a diplomat whose work stationed the family in various countries, including Saudi Arabia and Germany. After war broke out in the early ’90s, their family fled to Toronto, where the sisters began to develop their musical abilities. Afraid to tell their parents about their dreams for fear of the cultural taboo in their conservative, “traditional” household, Siham and Iman eventually packed up and moved to Atlanta. Within six months, they signed a record deal with Universal Motown, becoming the first female artists of Somali-descent to sign a record deal with a major U.S. label. But as time passed with no release in sight, Iman and Siham found themselves on the move again, this time to Los Angeles to start a new life and new sound.

Their music has evolved into a drum heavy fusion of world, hip-hop and pop music that is influenced by the Spice Girls, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Whitney House and Mika. FAAROW linked up with music producer and actor Elijah Kelley to create their debut album for Warner Bros. Records. In the meantime, the pair are preparing a 5-song debut EP, titled LØST.

“I heard what you said about me / You curse my name while you smile at me / Throwin’ ya rocks when I can’t see / But you keep on playing Monopoly, and I’m goin’ to build a monopoly,” they sing.

Take a listen to the catchy title track below.

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New Music: Maxwell – Hostage

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With his highly anticipated SUMMERS’ album due in just a few days, veteran singer and object of many women’s desire, Maxwell, delivers another peaceful and lovely tune from the LP, titled “Hostage.”

“I am your hostage / A simple object / Use as you please / And I will remain ignorant and believe you,” he sings out over the soft and serene beat. If it hasn’t been on your radar as of late, Maxwell has been releasing multiple tracks from the album, and gave fans the opportunity to engage in an exclusive listen on Monday, June 27 at noon in every Starbucks across the nation.

In addition to today’s release of “Hostage,” fans of the singer can hear the tracks “Fingers Crossed,” “All The Ways Love Can Feel,” “Gods,” “1990x” and the album’s single, “Lake By The Ocean“.

SUMMERS’ hits shelves this Friday, July 1 and for those traveling to this year’s ESSENCE Fest in New Orleans, Maxwell will be performing on the main stage the same night.

Take a listen to hostage below:

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New Music: Jesse Boykins III x AboveDat – ‘Dance On’

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Soul crooner Jesse Boykins III steps into the electronic world with a groovy, new dance record with EDM producer aboveDat.

The New York native instructs listeners to feel the beat and let loose on “Dance On,” which makes it easy with its addictive rhythm, lazer rays, and vintage house drum track.

“I remember looking for a way, tracing days with pain / Locked inside my brain / I remember feeling lost and strange, an outcast on my own, waiting for the change / Then the sun hit, walked out to the day, heard the music play, and knew it was ok,” he sings.

Though it differs from Jesse’s typical solo music, the feel-good, summery vibes are undeniable on this sexy groove.

Take a listen below.

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New Music: RAII & Whitney – Where Is The Love

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Married duo, and back-up singers for Alicia Keys, RAII & Whitney captivated viewers with an incredible performance on America’s Got Talent on Tuesday night (June 28).

The singers, who greatly impressed all 4 judges including Simon Cowell, recently released an outstanding remake of “Where Is The Love,” originally performed by Roberta Flack & Donnie Hathaway, as their new single.

Raii and Whitney, who also go by The Smiths, have been grinding for years, and it’s amazing to see them get this mainstream attention.

Take a listen to their cover of “Where Is The Love” below.

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Watch: BET Unveils Official Trailer for ‘The New Edition Story’

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After debuting a first look during the BET Awards on Sunday night, the official trailer has now been released for the networks anticipated mini-series biopic, The New Edition Story.

Set to premiere in early 2017, the series will chronicle the early rise, success, peak, and fall of R&B super group New Edition, and it’s members, including all 6 bandmates.

Michael Bivins (played by Bryshere Y. Gray), Ricky Bell (played by Elijah Kelley), Ralph Tresvant (played by Algee Smith), Ronnie Devoe (played by Keith Powers), Johnny Gill (played by Luke James), and Woody McClain as Bobby Brown.

The film also features R&B crooner Tank as record executive Jheryl Busby, Michael Rapaport (Boston Public, Justified) will play Gary Evans, Faizon Love will play Maurice Starr, Duane Martin will play Louil Silas, Wood Harris (Remember the Titans, The Wire) will play the groups choreographer Brooke Payne, and Bre-Z (Empire) will play Peanut Bell.

Check out the dramatic trailer below!

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The World Famous Apollo Theater Looking For Next Amateur Apollo Legend

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The World Famous Apollo Theater Wants to Make You a Star!

The producers behind the Apollo’s signature Amateur Night Show are heading to New Orleans for the first time to find the next Apollo legend, in a national talent search for aspiring singers.

The first phase is set to take place during the ESSENCE Music Festival where finalists will audition for a chance to win the opportunity to perform on the ESSENCE Fest mainstage and the iconic Apollo stage in New York City!

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New Edition & John Legend To Receive Stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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New stars will be added to the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame next year.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Walk of Fame have announced the honorees for the class of 2017, a roster that includes R&B legends, New Edition, and John Legend.

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Video: V. Bozeman – Go

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V. Bozeman is saying ‘boy bye!’ in the brand new video for her recently released single, “Go.”

The R&B songstress shows off why her man will be silly to leave her, as she poses for various looks during a photoshoot, and teases the cameras in a performance dance piece, wearing only a bra and panties.

“If you wanna go, if you wanna leave / Just leave me / If you wanna leave, you should just leave me / Who you gonna love, who you gonna be, without me?” she sings.

In the end, V struts out in a full-length fur, getting picked up by her girlfriends in a jeep, who all help her say peace to the dude.

Check out the sexy break-up video below.

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