New Music: Snoh Aalegra – Emotional

Snoh Aalegra Emotional

Emerging singer/songwriter Snoh Aalegra, who is signed to Grammy-winning producer / Def Jam EVP of A&R, No I.D.’s Atrium label released her debut EP, ‘There Will Be Sunshine,’ last fall, and now she has returned with the impressive vintage soul single “Emotional.”

Opening with blaring horns, the almighty RZA (Wu-Tang) channels a deep groove that finds the singer wailing out for love.

“Ooo I need somebody to hold me / You don’t need to tell me, I know that it’s love / Cause it hurts,” she belts on the chorus.

“I met RZA over a year ago at Nile Rodgers Grammy party, I have so much respect for him as a producer and artist and I’ve always loved his vibe as a person,” says the Swedish/ Persian singer. “We spoke about working and, magically one year after, it happened in the most unexpected way! This song represents exactly what I’m going through at this very moment in my life.”

Take a listen to Snoh’s emotional statement below:

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Watch: Newcomer Samm Henshaw Performs “Only Wanna Be With You” on Mahogany Sessions

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UK newcomer Samm Henshaw makes his debut on ThisisRnB today, with a must-watch performance of his breakout single “Only Wanna Be With You,” from Mahogany Sessions.

Taken from his debut EP, The Sound Experiment, which is set for release later this year, “Only Wanna Be With You” is a beautiful song that showcases Henshaw’s unique vocal talents. At only 20, the emerging artist is in his final year at University and attributes his EP to late-night jamming and songwriting sessions with his friends. He takes musical inspiration from the likes of Paolo Nutini, Hozier, and Lauryn Hill as well as many gospel greats.

In the ambient visual, Henshaw plays soft keys while delivering the soul-stirring lyrics through his raspy tone.

Check it out below!

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New Music: Muhsinah – Somebody Else (Rico Love Cover)

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Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/producer Muhsinah unveils a special heartfelt rendition of Rico Love’s “Somebody Else,” as a Valentine’s Day offering for her fans and music lovers alike.

Delivering a vulnerable performance, Muhsinah assumes the vantage point opposite of love and expresses the perspective of being the woman on the receiving end of a negligent love.

“Rico Love released what I feel is one of those songs that is bigger than any genre or category,” says Muhsinah. “‘Somebody Else’ really spoke to me and echoed a sentiment of getting on with life after love, which I feel is a point in life that almost everyone, regardless of status and background, will have to face at least once–only once if they’re lucky.”

“To me, the song creates a space to explore emotional honesty and vulnerability which is a motif that has been imperative in my artistry and my life in general” she continues. “Valentine’s Day is typically one of those times of the year where people can sit and reflect on important matters of the heart and I hope my version of Rico Love’s brilliant song really inspires people to get honest, to get open, to get some answers and to really heal on some things.”

Check out her remake below:

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Indie: Rob Write Releases New Single “Going Down”

Rob Write Going Down

Indie R&B artist Rob Write returns with the sexy new single “Going Down,” off his forthcoming self-titled debut album, due out February 26.

Following last years emotional, “Silence (One Text From You),” the Los Angeles native showcases his freaky side just in time for the Valentine’s weekend.

Rob coos over the 9eleven production about his provocative bedroom plans. “Dance on me, and show me what you do with it / Slow it down on me, unless you tryin to prove somethin,” he sings.

Check out Rob’s brand new song below:

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Throwback Thursday: Kut Klose – ‘I Like’

Kut Klose was a R&B trio that formed in Atlanta, Georgia. The three female singers that were members of the group were Athena Cage, Lavonn Battle and Tabitha Duncan. The ladies were discovered by Keith Sweat who produced their debut album. The trio specialized in a sassy brand of urban R&B pop, primarily mounted on their smooth harmonies and sensual content. Battle described their sound to be a little hip-hop, a little rhythm and blues, a little soulful and a little youthful.

“I Like” was released as a single off their debut album Surrender. The single peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Enjoy the throwback above!

Beyoncé, John Legend, Pharrell Williams and More Pay Tribute to Stevie Wonder

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Music’s biggest stars came out to honor the incomparable Stevie Wonder for the tribute special “Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute” at L.A.’s Nokia Theatre on Tuesday night. Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson and many more hit the stage to salute the iconic singer with musical performances from his songbook.

Beyoncé kicked off the celebration with a performance of Wonder’s 1963 hit “Fingertips, Pt. 2″ before singing “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” with Ed Sheeran. Gary Clark Jr. helped them close out the medley with “Higher Ground.”

John Legend serenaded the crowd with “I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever),” Lady Gaga paid tribute to Stevie with “I Wish,” and Ariana Grande and Babyface dueted on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.”

Janelle Monáe, India.Arie, and Jill Scott, teamed up for a rousing rendition of “As,” and Pharrell Williams and Ryan Tedder jammed on “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing.”

Jennifer Hudson belted out “All Is Fair in Love,” and Ne-Yo joined Stevie’s daughter Aisha Wonder for “Isn’t She Lovely.”

Stevie himself closed out the show with a medley of hits including “Contusion,” “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” “Ribbon in the Sky,” and “Superstition,” and was joined onstage by his famous friends for the finale of “Happy Birthday” and “Another Star.”

The concert special will air Monday, Feb. 16, at 9 p.m. EST on CBS. Check out some photos and video clips below!

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The FADER Presents: ‘At Home with: Miguel’

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Miguel loves quality things. “It’s been fun putting it together. I kind of found a new passion,” he tells The FADER about curating the look and feel of his Los Angeles home. For the latest installment of their “At Home With” — a series presented by Sonos and The FADER where they peek into artists’ homes to see where they live, listen and make music — they visited Miguel’s chill L.A. pad and in-home studio, where he gives viewers an inside look at his recording process, recounted a wild house party, and even introduced his cat Munchie.

“I start everything here [in my studio] with ideas, and actually a lot of songs I’ve finished in here. It’s set up so I’m self-sufficient, and that’s kind of how I like it,” said Miguel. “For me it’s like, the solitude of being in your own home and comfortability and the amount of vulnerability you’re able to accomplish – you can’t compare that to the way it feels to be in a really sterile studio. It’s just a really comfortable place and that’s how I wanted the house to be in general.”

Check out Miguel’s home and tour his favorite rooms, other than his bedroom, that include unique features like custom Jimi Hendrix, Marilyn Monroe and Salvador Dali wallpaper below:

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K. Michelle Gets Sentimental on ‘Today’ With “How Do You Know” Performance

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With her “My Twisted Mind Tour” already underway, R&B songstress K. Michelle is making sure she shares her voice any way she can. Stopping by the “Today” show on Wednesday, the curvaceous singer donned a white jumpsuit and short cut as she belted out “How Do You Know.”

The song, which can be found on her latest album Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart, has become a favorite of fans and is a very sentimental part of her story.

Stating, “I’m away from my son, but at the end of the day, I have to take care of him and I need to get out there and sing for my fans. I fought so hard for this,” before going on stage, the singer made sure to put her all into the vocally stunning performance.

Watch K do her thing below:

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