New Music: John Legend – In America

The dramatic television series Underground returned with it’s second season earlier this month, and the third episode is set to air tonight (March 22). Coinciding with the new season, John Legend (who is a producer on the show) has released a brand new song entitled “In America,” which explores the countless contradictions of life in the United States.

Legend co-wrote the powerful track with acclaimed producer and songwriter Dave Tozer for the WGN series which centers around the Underground Railroad in Antebellum, Georgia.

“In America, in America / I still can’t breathe in America,” he sings, alluding to the death of Eric Garner. “Watch them squeezing my neck / Watch them bullets connect / We still gonna fight in America.”

Speaking about the creation of the song and connection to the show, John said in a statement: “‘In America’ was born around the same time I was working on my most recent album ‘Darkness and Light.’ It’s a song I was writing while thinking about the duality of America, where it’s known to be this place of freedom, equality and where anyone can make it. The song points out the tension between the promise of America, the ideals of America, and sometimes us not living up to those ideals in practice. ‘In America’ was perfect song for Underground, a series I’m incredibly proud to be a part of, and one that does a beautiful job of portraying a challenging time in our nation’s history while reminding us that change is possible.”

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Listen: Chris Brown Remixes Konshens’ “Bruk Off Yuh Back”

Aye! Chris Brown is getting back into party mode.

With his “Party Tour” on the way, and warm weather almost here the R&B superstar sets off some good vibes with a sexy remix to the dancehall hit “Bruk Off Yuh Back” by Konshens.

Breezy flips the original and gets explicit with a Jamaican accent. “Me love the way your legs slide up / Bruk off yuh back / I love it when you watch your back / Show me that you care when you throw that ass,” he sings.

The original has been buzzing since its release in December 2016. Now, the remix arrives just in time for Breezy’s “Party Tour,” which kicks off March 31 with 50 Cent and Fabolous.

“Bruk Off Yuh Back” also lands ahead of Brown’s Heartbreak on a Full Moon single “Privacy,” which is expected to drop this week.

Wine it up below.

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Ed Sheeran Grants Kandi Burruss & Tiny Writing Credits on “Shape Of You”

Xscape is winning this year!

Only recently the ladies of the ’90s powerhouse girl group announced their reunion after 18 years, which fans everywhere were surprised and excited to hear. While, we await more news on what their plans will be, two of the leading members, Kandi Burruss and Tameka “Tiny” Harris, are about to get a nice unexpected check from Ed Sheeran!

The superstar singer-songwriter has given them writing credit on his No. 1 single “Shape of You,” for containing a similar melody to their writing on TLC’s popular single “No Scrubs.”

Some critics stated that the song’s pre-chorus, which goes: “Girl, you know I want your love / Your love was handmade for somebody like me,” sounded similar to TLC’s classic: “No, I don’t want no scrubs / A scrub is a guy that can’t get no love from me.”

Following the backlash, Kandi and Tiny, have been credited, alongside another co-writer, Kevin “She’kspere” Briggs, according to Billboard.

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New Music: Tone Stith – Back 4 More

Waiting for Tone Stith‘s debut project California 70 is getting to be like sitting in LA traffic, but that’s ok, we are still patiently waiting. And, you should be as well, but if you aren’t familiar with the young singer/songwriter yet, get to know him before you’re late.

Currently enjoying Europe and the UK while hanging out with his team on Drake’s tour, the New Jersey native has released his first new track of the year and he’s coming “Back 4 More.”

More music from Tone is exactly what we needed, and over the synth based track he sings out his girl to get her pretty ass over to his crib.

“Would you mind if we have a little conversation? / Do you got a passport? / What you think I asked for? / I want to take you places / A little vacation / All that I’m tryin to say is, you got my mind racing,” he sings.

Tone has been prepping for the release of his debut project, California 70, which is expected to be released this year.

Take a listen to his new song below, and come back for more!

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Drake Gets A Visit from Sade at London Show

Drake ain’t playin’ fair y’all!

Surrounding the success of his new album More Life, the Canadian star was graced by the presence of music royal on Monday night (March 20) backstage at his “Boy Meets World Tour” at London’s O2 arena.

Sharing the special moment with fans via Instagram, Drizzy posted a photo hugging his mother in one arm and the legendary Sade in the other!

“Two very important ladies in my life,” he captioned the post.

The two have actually maintained a friendly relationship since 2011, when Drake’s longtime producer Noah “40” Shebib was asked to work on a remix to “The Moon and the Sky,” however instead of a still young Drake, the British singer/songwriter put Jay Z on the official remix.

“[40] got an amazing opportunity early on in my career to work with Sade on a remix to one of her songs,” Drake said in a random interview with University of Kentucky basketball head coach, John “Coach Cal” Calipari, earlier this year. “I was this close to being on it, but at that point in my career, she went and put Jay Z on it, which is obviously understandable…But I missed that. A Sade moment. My star wasn’t there yet for her to hear me out. Since then, we’ve had a great relationship.”

In addition to the special meeting with Sade, the rap star gave London fans a very special show, where he brought out Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, Skepta, and rising R&B songstress Jorja Smith.

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Exclusive: Louis York Perform Acoustic Set for ThisisRnB Sessions

Often times, reaching a certain level of mainstream success in the music industry means you will encounter many individuals who have motives that are primarily business driven. These situations can lead those with power to persuade an artist to attempt to recreate a past success or follow certain trends, in effect constraining their creativity and artistry.

Grammy Award winning collaborators Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony experienced such issues often in their storied careers, which included working with everyone from Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson to Rihanna and Bruno Mars, and collectively selling over 25 million records.

In 2014, after becoming fed up with constant requests to create “hit singles,” Claude and Chuck decided to experiment together creating the most authentic, truthful songs that just came naturally. The result inspired them to take the risk of stepping out of the studio and into the spotlight as a new duo — Louis York.

Named after their respective hometowns (New York & St. Louis), the duo released their first EP, Masterpiece Theater: Act 1, led by the single “Clair Huxtable,” in 2015.

After a successful introduction, Kelly and Harmony took their project even further by forming an independent company called Weirdo Workshop, where they would work with other artists who were looking for creative freedom. In the fall of 2016, Louis York returned with their sophomore EP, Masterpiece Theater: Act II, led by the single “Don’t Play.”

As strong supporters of Claude and Chuck’s work separately and together, we were excited to catch up with them earlier this month for a special ThisisRnB Sessions performance in Brooklyn.

During the raw, acoustic set, Louis York showcased their authentic artistry and outstanding song writing talents, performing their songs “Hipsters,” “Things I Should’ve Said,” and “Good Drinks, Dumb Jokes.”

Check out the full performance below!

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Exclusive: La’Porsha Renae Talks Debut Album ‘Already All Ready,’ “American Idol” Fame, Family & More

Captivating listeners since the age of six, La’Porsha Renae is poised to carve her niche in the industry. Whether the soundscape is pop, rock or R&B, her powerhouse vocals exude infectious passion. Her debut album, Already All Ready, due out March 31 on 19 Recordings/Motown Records, reflects her complex yet refreshing artistry.

The bold first single, “Good Woman” released last fall, reminded us of why she is our favorite “American Idol” runner-up. Her empowering anthem, “Battles” was tapped as the theme song for the gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. This dynamic singer/songwriter is already a force that is felt soul deep.

ThisisRnB recently caught up with La’Porsha right before she started her radio promo tour. She spoke to us about dealing with those who try to bring you down, details about her forthcoming debut album, the “American Idol” fame and experience, her family, and more.

Check out the interview below.

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Trey Songz Announces “Tremaine The Tour”

Only days away from the release of his anticipated new album Tremaine, R&B heartthrob Trey Songz has announced his upcoming North American tour.

Aptly titled, “Tremaine The Tour,” the trek is set to kick off May 3 in Detroit, Mich. and travel for a month through additional major cities including Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Atlanta, and more before culminating in Los Angeles at The Novo on June 3.

The intimate show is focusing on mid-size theaters to give Trey a more personal connection to his fans, which parallels the personal direction of the new album, that is not only named after him but also includes no features.

Special pre-sale dates are coming soon, starting with Trey’s webstore on March. 28.

Additionally to the announcement of his upcoming tour, Songz has revealed the official tracklisting to Tremaine the album, which has been preceded by the songs “Nobody Else But You,” “Playboy,” “Song Goes Off,” “She Lovin It,” and “Animal.”

See the full tour itinerary, pre-sale dates, and album tracklisting below.

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