Throwback Thursday: Jodeci – “Forever My Lady” (1992 Soul Train Awards)

The 1990’s birthed several phenomenal R&B groups, but none quite like Jodeci. It was an era dominated by New Jack Swing where Jodeci married R&B, Soul and Hip Hop to create a sound that is classic and timeless even today. With BET/Centric’s recent announcement of a Jodeci reunion performance at this year’s Soul Train Awards, it was only right we throw it back to their 1992 Soul Train Awards performance.

“Forever My Lady” was the second single off the iconic group’s triple platinum debut album of the same name. It was also the first of five number one R&B hits for the group, spending two weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B chart and also peaking at No. 25 on the Hot 100. The single was produced by group member DeVante Swing and singer/producer Al B. Sure!. Jodeci was revered for their gritty soul, gospel roots, silky vocals, vocal arrangements, production, and timeless jams.

Emerging as the antithesis of iconic R&B group Boyz II Men, Jodeci redefined contemporary R&B as we knew it. They traversed the R&B landscape. Enjoy the video above!

Recap & Photos: ASCAP & Next2Shine Present: ‘Champagne Social’ CMJ Showcase

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On Tuesday evening, we teamed up with ASCAP and Next2Shine as an official media partner for their CMJ week kickoff showcase ‘Champagne Social,’ held at music venue DROM in the East Village of NYC.

With the RSVP list in the thousands, the room was filled with industry influencers from household names such as Forbes, LiveNation, Shazam, Warner Bros. Records and many more. Mixed among the influencers were plenty of music aficionados ranging from artist managers, producers, upcoming artist and regular fans.

The secret performance lineup proved to be a beautiful surprise as each act delivered beyond expectations and some truly shocked with their impressive stage shows.

Check out the full performance recap and photos below!

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Jazmine Sullivan Previews New Song “Mascara”

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We’v been waiting and waiting and waiting for what seems like forever for a new Jazmine Sullivan album, but as her latest tune says, forever don’t last!

Taking to her official Instagram account, the beautiful songstress gave fans a sneak peek of what we’re hoping will be the next single to drop. Titled “Mascara,” if released next, will serve follow-up to her Meek Mill featured lead, “Dumb,” and the aforementioned “Forever Don’t Last”. Although this is just a snippet of the tune, we can say that we’re definitely digging it.

While there’s no release date for her third album Reality Show yet, we can guarantee that it’s going to be well worth the wait!

Take a listen below and let us know if this is going to be a joint you’re feeling!

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New Music: Luther Vandross – Love It, Love It (Previously Unreleased)

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On November 17, UK fans of the legendary Luther Vandross will be able to purchase a special new greatest hits compilation album, released by Sony CMG.

Simply titled ‘The Greatest Hits,’ the album includes 16 tracks spanning Luther’s three decade career including classic hits such as “Never Too Much” and “Dance With My Father,” as well as his famous collaborations with Beyoncé on “The Closer I Get To You” and Mariah Carey on “Endless Love.”

As a special bonus, the album will also feature a previously unreleased track from the archives titled “Love It, Love It,” which brings back the upbeat and soulful sounds of the much loved multi-platinum artist. The original recording of the track was from 1994, around the time of his album Never Let Me Go.

Take a listen to previously unreleased gem below!

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T-Pain Talks Depression Period, Autotune, Future & Comeback

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T-Pain has announced that he will be releasing a greatest hits album called Happy Hour on November 4. Along with the new release, which features his latest radio smash “Up Down (Do This All Day)” featuring B.o.B, the multi-talented artist has been on a very lengthy tour.

Recently catching up with his old friend Tim Westwood while visiting London, Pain opened up about many topics, which have followed him around over the years and recently, including his fight with depression, Jay-Z’s ‘Death of Autotune’ track, Future’s current success with autotune, cutting his dreads, and his comeback.

The Florida native revealed that the whole time people thought he was on a hiatus or had lost his touch he was really going through a bad business situation, which made him unable to create the music he wanted, and be fairly compensated. During this period his depression caused him to make a lot of very sad or negative songs, which he had to totally scrap when he realized no one would want to hear the topics he was writing about.

In regards to Future taking his lane, Pain explained why he thinks they are very different, due to his one-man show style of creating and their influences.

Check out the interview clips below:

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New Music: Goapele – Strong As Glass

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Oakland soulstress Goapele is celebrating the release of her fifth studio album Strong As Glass, which hit stores this week.  Following the fun and funky single “Hey Boy,” the singer has now released a stream of the album’s title track for fans and new listeners to enjoy.

Over elegant keys and soft percussion, Goapele opens her heart to the world, but shares her understanding that while she’s a strong, courageous woman, she still needs to be treated with gentle care.

“I’m only as strong as glass, they say I’m built to last, but I could break,” she softly sings on the chorus as the tempo picks up and she belts out the commanding lyrics.

Strong As Glass is currently available on iTunes. Take a listen to the title track below:

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Jhené Aiko Announces “Enter The Void” Tour

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Ladies, get your floor length skirts ready and fellas, call your weed man, because Jhené Aiko is going on tour!

Get the info after the jump!

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Listen: Brandy Connects with Newcomer Mystery Skulls and Nile Rodgers on “Number 1″

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Thanks to a select few DJs, producers and artists, the fun-filled sounds of the classic days of party R&B are still living on, with new tracks inspired by those records. One of these few is newcomer Mystery Skulls, aka Luis Dubuc, who invokes the disco era with his brand new single “Number 1″ featuring the legendary Nile Rodgers and Brandy on vocals!

“I wrote the song with [Brandy] in mind,” Dubuc told The FADER. “Then one day she heard it through someone we both knew, and she said yes. We were in the studio like a week later. When she showed up, she asked to sing on my other track, ‘Magic,’ as well. Brandy’s voice is stunning!” (“Magic” also features Rodgers). Both tracks will appear on Mystery Skulls’ debut album, Forever, due out Oct. 27 via Warner Bros. Records.

In addition to those two collaborations, Brandy is currently back in the studio working on her follow-up to Two Eleven.

Stream “Number 1″ below, and check out the behind-the-scenes video of their recording session for “Magic” as well!

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