List: The Best of February – Top 12 Records

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2015 has proven to be the year of the comeback! While last month provided releases from Jazmine Sullivan, Jodeci, and more, February has us running to YouTube to hit play on some of our favorite songs from R&B past.

From the return of songstress Tamia to the reunion of the early ’00s group Pretty Ricky, the month of the lover brought out some top contenders in the genre of R&B. Whether you’re a fan of the classic sounds or more of the progressive style that’s out today, February’s list has something to offer for every type of lover in you.

Although this may be only the second month of the year, it’s going to be difficult to top what was offered this time around.

So, if you’re ready for that good good, jump into our “Best of February – Top 12 Records” below!

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New Music: Monifah – One Moment

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R&B songstress Monifah has re-emerged on the scene thanks to TV One’s hit franchise “R&B Divas.” Now, the veteran singer officially releases her new single, “One Moment,” the first release off her anticipated independent album, ‘Invincible,’ due out this spring.

“One Moment,” is written and produced by Quennel Worthy and Monifah. It is a soaring mid tempo ballad that takes listeners on a lyrical and musical journey.

“It speaks to the heart of a very basic need we all share,” explains Monifah. “The need to access that place inside of ourselves, be alone, quiet the ‘noise’ and tune into the voice of our creator. When you take time to slow down, be still and listen, this is when your creativity and healing have a chance to flourish. I’m sharing my personal wake-up call with the world. “One Moment” is my open letter.”

The single is available on iTunes now, take a listen below:

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New Music: Cashmere Cat feat. Ariana Grande – Adore

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Talented songstress Ariana Grande has teamed up once again with Cashmere Cat and the result is another promising track. Titled “Adore,” the Norwegian DJ/producer is serving up his first official release after blessing some of the industry’s biggest talents with hits of their own.

The pint-sized, powerhouse vocalist cries out over the hypnotizing beat and even takes a page from Johnny Gill while screaming, “My, my, my.” Cashmere can currently be found on “The Honeymoon Tour” alongside Ariana as well.

Listen to the heartfelt single below:

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Listen: Estelle Teams Up with ‘Empire’s’ Jussie Smollett on “Conqueror” Duet

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Grammy-winning artist Estelle will guest star on this week’s episode of the hit FOX show “Empire.” In addition to her role, the singers own hit single “Conqueror” gets a special duet treatment when she performs the song on the show with Jamal (played by Jussie Smollett). The original version of “Conqueror” appears on Estelle’s new album, True Romance, out now on Established 1980/BMG.

On “Empire,” Estelle plays the character Delphine, who befriends Jamal after being inspired by his coming out. She enters the Empire Entertainment family to record a few songs, including this special version of “Conqueror,” which will appear on the ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK FROM SEASON ONE OF “EMPIRE,” due out March 10.

Take a listen to the duet below, and tune to the show on Wednesday (March 4) at 9 PM.

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Chris Brown & Trey Songz Bring Out R. Kelly & Keith Sweat at “Between The Sheets” Tour in Atlanta

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Chris Brown and Trey Songz have been surprising audiences with guest appearances during various stops on their joint “Between The Sheets” tour. Possibly the biggest surprise yet happened on Monday night during their show in Atlanta at the Philips Arena.

Generations of R&B stars combined for a legendary moment when Breezy and Trigga welcomed both R. Kelly and Keith Sweat to join them on stage and perform some of their own classics!

With Chris and Trey’s recent collaborative tribute song to R. Kelly with “Songs on 12 Play,” it was only right to bring out the R&B King himself to show them how it’s done! Kellz performed multiple fan favorites including “Ignition (Remix),” “Your Body’s Callin,” “Bump N’ Grind,” and of course “12 Play.”

Chris praised Kellz for his contributions to music saying he is the reason they make the music they make, but then joked saying, “I wouldn’t let my momma come to this concert she’s tryin to give you some p***y, I’m like hell no!”

Keeping the surprises coming, they also introduced Keith Sweat who performed his classic single “Nobody.” In addition to the R&B legends they had a bunch of rap surprises as well bringing out T.I., Jeezy, Future, Yo Gotti, YG, Fabolous, B.o.B, Que, and OG Maco.

What a show! Check out the fan footage below:

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Throwback Tuesday: Janet Jackson feat. Blackstreet – ‘I Get Lonely (Remix)’

Janet Jackson is an iconic R&B singer, dancer, and actress. Having sold over 140 million records, she is ranked as one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music. “I Get Lonely” was released as the third single from her sixth studio album The Velvet Rope, it became Jackson’s twelfth R&B chart-topper. The song debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single also became Janet’s eighteenth consecutive top ten hit on the Hot 100, setting a record for her as the only female artist to achieve that feat, surpassed only by Elvis Presley and The Beatles.

The song received a nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 1999 Grammy Awards. Equally popular, was the Teddy Riley and Timbaland produced “I Get Lonely (TNT Remix)” featuring iconic R&B group Blackstreet.

The “I Get Lonely” video continues to influence newer artists today, including Australian pop singer Sam Sparro’s “I Wish I Never Met You” video, and Kelly Rowland’s “Motivation” live performances, which were both inspired by the video, outfit, and choreography. Enjoy the throwback above!

New Music: Malachiae Warren feat. TK N Cash – Thank Yo Momma

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Rising newcomer Malachiae Warren wastes no time following up his recent buzz track “24’s,” with a brand new joint for fans and new listeners to put their ears on.

For the second release on his joint venture #LoveLife with producer Jasper Cameron the Atlanta native does what he does best and caters to the ladies on, “Thank Yo Momma” featuring TK N Cash. Over a snappy, rhythmic beat by $K, the 19-year-old singer lets his PYT know she’s bad, and he praises the genes she’s inherited.

“I just wanna thank yo momma / For making something so fine, something so right,” he sings.

Check it out below, and stay tuned for much more from Chiae this year.

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New Music: Jodeci – Checkin’ For You

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It’s still kinda hard to believe, but Jodeci are truly back, and they have picked up right where they left off 20 years ago!

Following the release of the video for “Every Moment,” the lead single off their comeback album The Past, The Present, The Future, the R&B veterans give us another taste of the LP, with “Checkin’ For You.”

A strong R&B ballad in pure Jodeci fashion, the quartet croon to their special ladies about how they make their house a home. “I enjoy the view / I love seein you,” they sing in harmony.

Their forthcoming album is their first studio release as a group since 1995’s The Show, The Afterparty, The Hotel, it will hit stores on March 31, but you can pre-order the album on iTunes now!

Take a listen to “Checkin’ For You” below!

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