R&B runs deep in the UK, and every year we are introduced to exciting artists from London or the neighboring areas. Last year, we began featuring a buzzing singer/songwriter named ANGEL who is signed in the U.S. by Motown Records. The gifted artist closed out 2016 with the ’90s R&B inspired EP ‘HER,’ which was led by the singles “Hop On” and “Fvxk With You.”
With 2017 in full swing, and his debut album coming out later this year, we have teamed up with the talented artist for a special acoustic series, “This is ANGEL.”
Performed and filmed in his hometown studio, ANGEL is giving fans and new listeners something to get excited about with the stellar acoustic performances. In the first clip from his set, ANGEL debuts a brand new song titled “Waiting For You,” off his forthcoming album, and mashes it up with a cover of the Mint Condition classic “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes).”
ANGEL delivers rapturous authentic R&B vocals as he sings, “Think I better tell my side chick, I’ve fallen in love / Baby you could be my sidekick, even though you’re not … I’m letting you know, I’ve been waiting for you,” before he smoothly transitions into “Breakin’ My Heart.”
Watch the performance below, and stay tuned for a new one each week through March.
With the success of BET’s The New Edition Story, the members of the group are getting some much deserving new shine in 2017. Following Bell Biv DeVoe’s visit, second generation member Johnny Gill stopped by ‘The Breakfast Club’ for an interview on Thursday morning.
The R&B veteran, who is currently on tour with Charlie Wilson, opened up the convo about his relationship with singer Stacy Lattisaw and how it was portrayed in the biopic. Continuing, he spoke about the tensions between the original group members of New Edition, his relationships with Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown, and the awkward moments when he first joined NE.
Johnny revealed that he never had money or contract issues with his career because of his original manager, who always made sure he received his proper payments. Speaking further about that, he explained how following that example has continued to work with his own independent label, and the release of his last album Game Changer.
He also briefly touched on creating a new New Edition album, which according to him is happening. Watch the full interview below.
Last month, Jeremih surprised fans everywhere with the sound of his new single “I Think of You,” off his forthcoming album Later That Night. The Chris Brown and Big Sean featured song came together organically, originally off a session Jeremih had with Yung Berg, who later played it for Chris, making it the first time the two R&B stars have collaborated on a single of their own.
With his new album on the way, which is expected to bring a sound and feeling fans will be surprised to hear from the Chicago native, as well as his first headlining tour, Jeremih recently spoke with Billboard about the new single, Later That Night album, touring and more.
Check out excerpts from the interview below.
In the aftermath of an extremely divisive election, Nike releases a powerful new ad campaign that shares a message of equality. The 90-second video, starring big-name athletes like Serena Williams and LeBron James, features a voice over (and brief cameo) by actor Michael B. Jordan, while Alicia Keys‘ cover of Sam Cooke’s famed “Change Is Gonna Come” plays in the background.
The video, directed by Melina Matsoukas, positions sports as society’s equalizer. “If we can be equals here,” Jordan begins, “We can be equals everywhere,” James finishes.
Along with the ad, which aired during the Grammys and will air again during the NBA’s All-Star Game on Feb. 19, Nike also released behind-the-scenes footage with interviews from the starring athletes, Jordan, and Keys about what equality means to them.
“[Equality is] basically the opportunity to do anything and to have access to everything and to not ever be held back or stopped from doing anything because you are different or you believe something different or you love different,” Keys said. “It’s that simple. I don’t know why it seems so hard for people to get sometimes.”
See the ad and behind-the-scenes video from the making of the commercial below.
Anderson .Paak got caught between two lovers on Valentine’s Day.
Following his Grammy Awards performance with A Tribe Called Quest on Sunday night, the multi-talented artist flew to New York to perform on “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday night (Feb. 14), with his side group NxWorries.
As his partner/producer Knxledge played on a sampler off to the side, Paak — wearing Louis Vuitton pajamas — sat on a couch in a living room setting singing their song “What More Can I Say?” Anderson first gets confronted by an angry girlfriend who throws another woman’s underwear at him. As he sings about the struggle of maintaining their relationship, a second lover comes in throwing a drink at him.
Anderson croons the soulful tune while backed by a string section and Kxwledge’s laid back beats. “It’s always the simple things, I’m caught up again / I wish it wasn’t hard for me,” he sings.
Check out the theatrical performance below.
Following the Grammys and celebrating his 27th birthday, The Weeknd comes back with some words for Justin Bieber.
The XO superstar links up with NAV for “Some Way,” the first single off the producer-turned-artist’s debut project. Abel kicks off the track with a verse that references his new girl and Justin’s ex, Selena Gomez. “I think your girl, think your girl, fell in love with me / She say my f*ck and my tongue game a remedy … I just took that chick and I know you feelin’ some way,” he sings.
NAV then joins in boasting about his own sex game. “I think the belts inside the store look better on my waist / I think my nuts look better on her face,” ” he sing-raps.
Fans won’t have to wait long for NAV’s debut project. “Im dropping my first project before the month is done,” he recently wrote on Instagram.
Listen to “Some Way” below.
More Valentine’s Day goodies have been coming through, and we are lovin’ this sweet lil’ treat from Teedra Moses.
As a V-Day gift to her fans the R&B songstress dug into the vault and unleashed a short-but-sweet song titled “Kiss Me Slow.”
“Take your time, here’s my waistline / Grab tight and hold me close, when you kiss me slow,” she sings on the lush, romantic track.
“An unreleased record presented as a Valentine’s Day gift to all my love ones,” wrote Teedra with the release. “Thank u for always supporting me and giving me the kinda love that keeps me pushing! You guys are such a light in my life. i love you 😘 wishing you the best day ever!!!”
Take a listen below.
Singer/songwriter Elijah Blake got in on the V-Day fun yesterday with the release of his first new song of the year – “Some Kinda Way.”
Blake continues to show why he remains one of today’s most underrated talents on the commanding love song.
Over the piano led instrumental, Elijah gets all caught up in his feels over a relationship turning from friendship to a more intimate love. “When you put your hands on mine / Ooh you make me feel some kinda way / Is it love? / Said I don’t know, if it’s love,” he sings.
Most recently Blake has been working heavy with Keyshia Cole on her forthcoming album. Take a listen to his new song below.