Newcomer Bernard Flowers: “Music My Great Escape” Mini-Doc + “This Feeling” Video

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Last month, we posted the debut single by Epic Records latest emerging R&B artist, Bernard Flowers.

The record, titled “This Feeling,” is a cool, kind of safe mid-tempo R&B ballad. However, Flowers upbringing in Memphis, Tenn. was far from safe, and now he lets us into his world, and his life with a mini-doc, called ‘The Escape.’

Flowers, 23, introduces himself to viewers in the two-part documentary short, which was shot at his Memphis home with his friends and family by his side.

“It’s only right that I bring y’all back to the city that I got all my game from,” he says of the doc. “I knew I wanted to be an entertainer from day one.” Though he followed basketball at first, and then a short-lived rap group, Flowers moved to Atlanta not long after graduating high school and became a full-fledged singer in whatever studio he could find.

“God gives things to you for a reason,” Flowers says. “It’d be disrespectful to disregard the fact that I can sing. It’s a gift.”

If you let Bernard tell it, music has been his great escape, and he’s poised to make a world that’s all his own.  Get to know him more below…

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Watch: Christina Milian Goes Acoustic with “Liar”

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Christina Milian puts her relationship on front street, opening up with a stripped-down acoustic rendition of the song “Liar,” off her late 2015 EP ‘4U‘.

Calling out her boyfriend for cheating, the Grammy nominated singer’s lyrics are highlighted by the sounds of acoustic guitar strings played by Adrian X.

For more acoustics, you can download Milian’s newly launched app now available on iTunes and Google Play.

Check out her performance below.

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Prince Revealed Desire To Mentor Chris Brown in Unreleased Rolling Stone Interview

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During a previously unpublished 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, Prince spoke about his desire to mentor Chris Brown, who he invited to his Paisley Park compound in Minneapolis.

Prince was shocked that some people viewed Brown’s 2009 assault on Rihanna as “unforgivable.” “Unforgivable?” he said. “Goodness. That’s when we go check the master, Christ. … Have you ever instantly forgiven somebody?”

He believed forgiveness was part of the healing process. “It’s the best feeling in the world, and it totally dismantles that person’s whole stance,” added Prince, who especially felt the need to reach out to Brown in the wake of Michael Jackson’s death.

“[MJ] is just one of many who have gone through that door—Amy Winehouse and folks,” he said. “We’re all connected, right, we’re all brothers and sisters, and the minute we lock that in, we wouldn’t let anybody in our family fall. That’s why I called Chris Brown. All of us need to be able to reach out and just fix stuff. There’s nothing that’s unforgivable.”

Following Prince’s death last month, Brown paid homage to the late icon on Instagram. “I AM THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING THIS MAN HAS GIVEN US AND HE WILL LIVE FOREVER IN MY HEART!” said Breezy, who painted a mural of Prince at L.A.’s Grammy Museum last year.

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Emerging Artist Ambré Perkins Releases New Mixtape ‘2090’s’

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Don’t doubt the Tsunami Mob’s ability to bring the heat!

Kehlani‘s team continues to put their best foot forward with the release of emerging artist Ambré Perkins brand new project 2090’s.  Following her 2015 debut mixtape Wanderlust, this 19-year-old R&B star in the making gives listeners a well put together concept project from beginning to end.  The New Orleans native takes us on a trip to the 2090’s where we experience all the things going on in her life and mind, ranging from love, concern for humanity, and maintaining her own happiness.

Featuring production from a small group of buzzing producers including Swagg R’Celious, Erick Bardales, and Soufwest, Ambré establishes a fresh new sound that will definitely resonate with anyone who listens. We must warn you though, you might need a tissue or two to get through this project, because it will have you in your feelings. The young songstress is a pro at connecting with her emotions and turning them into songs that are relatable to listeners on a personal level.  The standout tracks on the project are “She Ain’t Me,”  “Someone,” “Fantasy” and “Free,” which all show the diversity in sound that this young Tsunami Mob member has to offer her fans.

If you’re just now discovering who Ambré Perkins is, it’s not too late to hop on her wave. The Tsunami Mob is about to take over, and you don’t want to miss the ride.

Check out the mixtape below.

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Video: Miesa – Too Bad For You

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TIDAL Rising artist Miesa stands strong and takes back her heart in the newly released visuals for her latest single “Too Bad For You.”

Heartbreak is the inevitable truth on the piano-laden ballad, which Miesa describes as “reverse psychology about a toxic relationship where [she] realized it’s the last straw.”

Born to a Haitian mother and Filipino father, the 24-year-old rising R&B/pop powerhouse draws inspiration from calypso, gospel, funk & soul in her music. She cites Alicia Keys, Toni Braxton and Mariah Carey as her biggest influences.

Miesa is currently working on her debut album with Jackson Croft (Tamia, Jessica Simpson, Keri Hilson), The Chemistri (Wynter Gordon, Kristinia Debarge), The Rascals (Ariana Grande, Zendaya) and Happy Perez (Miguel). The LP is set for release this year via Siri Music Group (Capitol/Caroline).  She is also working on a covers EP that will draw from several different genres of music, featuring collaborations with Stacy Barthe and Deborah Cox.

Check out her new song and video below. What do you think?

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Chris Brown Announces New Album ‘Heartbreak On A Full Moon’

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Could it be? 

Only 2 days after dropping his OHB mixtape Before Da Trap, Chris Brown has apparently announced his eighth studio album, “Heartbreak on a Full Moon.”

The R&B superstar took to Instagram over the weekend to reveal the title. “NEW ALBUM (HEARTBREAK ON A FULL MOON),” he wrote in a since-deleted post (via HHNM).

Just last week, he revealed that a new single will drop on Thursday, May 5. “NEW SINGLE DROPS MAY 5TH,” he wrote on Twitter.

Chris is currently gearing up to launch the European leg of his “One Hell of a Nite Tour” on May 22 as well as his “Welcome to My Life” documentary film.

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Beyoncé Earns Sixth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With ‘Lemonade’

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Slay Bey! 

Beyoncé continues to make history as her sixth solo album LEMONADE earns the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 this week, becoming her sixth chart-topper.

The set earned 653,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 28, according to Nielsen Music (via Billboard). Pure album sales comprised 485,000 of that sum. LEMONADE scores the biggest week of any album in 2016, both in terms of overall units and in sales.

All six of Beyoncé’s studio albums have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. LEMONADE follows her self-titled album in 2013, 4 (2011), I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), B’Day (2006) and Dangerously In Love (2003). Beyoncé is the only act to reach No. 1 with their first six studio efforts (and the only act to debut atop the list with their first six).

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Aretha Franklin Tributes Prince With “Purple Rain” at White House Jazz Concert

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The Obama’s have done a wonderful job honoring Jazz, R&B and Soul music during their two-terms in The White House. On Friday night (April 29), another wonderful celebration of Jazz was held on The White House south lawn, for the fifth annual International Jazz Day.

Hosted by Morgan Freeman and featuring celebrity guests from Shonda Rhimes to Gabrielle Union to Kerry Washington, the evening’s focus remained on the music.

While much of the concert honored and celebrated the history of Jazz music, the audience was shocked and surprised by the appearance of Aretha Franklin, who walked on stage during Herbie Hancock’s set and paid tribute to Prince, singing “Purple Rain.”

“God sent down a rainbow to Prince’s house so he could walk up to heaven,” the legendary singer said, beginning a brief sermon and eventually compelling people to join in as she sang.

Watch the full concert (the Prince tribute begins around the 1 hour and 10 minute mark) below.

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