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ThisIsRnB Presents: The Top 20 R&B Albums of 2015

Top 20 R&B Albums of 2015

2015 was the best year in R&B since the ’90s … Go ahead, fight us on that…

Ok, maybe not exactly, but it was damn near close and we’ve been reveling in it all year long.  So, with 2016 upon us and the same question – Where did the year go? – we spent the last month of 2015 re-listening, debating, writing, enjoying, and celebrating all of the amazing albums that hit our desks from a very wide range of artists.

Great R&B ruled in it’s current arena, which is Urban AC radio and independent labels, but it also slowly began to slide back into the mainstream.  Veteran artists took strong stands for their beloved style, while young acts only born in the 90s just did what felt natural and real to them.  Truth and authenticity ruled as the overall theme, even when it came in the form of a 60s soul revivalist or dark R&B protagonist taking over pop radio.

With open arms we welcomed the return of powerhouse female vocalists Jazmine Sulllivan and Tamia, and saluted male R&B lotharios Tyrese, Ne-Yo and Raheem DeVaughn.  The legendary Janet Jackson surprised everyone and reminded us why she is Unbreakable.  Newcomer Bryson Tiller stole the underground king trophy, and Miguel reminded us to let our Wildhearts run free.

The only thing that might have made it better would have been if Maxwell got off the beach and finally gave us the oft-delayed follow-up to BLACKsummers’night.  Anyways, let’s toast to what’s to come in 2016, and flashback with us to 2015’s most notable albums with “The Top 20 R&B Albums of 2015” below!

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August Alsina Brings ‘This Thing Called Life’ to Atlanta Fans


It’s been just a few days since the release of August Alsina‘s sophomore album, This Thing Called Life, but the work has obviously just begun for the superstar. While August has been no stranger to adversity throughout his life, the young singer encountered a slight fumble with the album the day before its official release with a “leak” from his label, Def Jam.

Amid the issue that appeared the day prior to TTCL‘s release, that had no effect on the love that fans showed Yungin’ when he began his six-city album signing tour in collaboration with urban retailer, DTLR. Making a stop in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, December 12, fans of the R&B star lined the long walkway of South Dekalb Mall to catch a glimpse of him up close and personal.

Dressed in all black, August arrived ready to meet and greet those awaiting his arrival and was all smiles with each and every one of his adoring fans. Limiting no conversation or places to sign, the city of Atlanta – and its surrounding areas – gave an immense amount of support for the talented singer.

This Thing Called Life, which was released December 11, is on track to sell between 30,000 and 35,000 units within its first week.

Take a look at our recap of the event below:

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Video: August Alsina – Song Cry


With the release of his sophomore album, This Thing Called Life, officially released today, August Alsina has given fans another dose of his reality. Delivering the visual to his single “Song Cry,” the New Orleans native takes us down a dusty road of his emotional journey.

Directed by Payne Lindsey, the video shows a stranded August in the desert after his motorcycle runs out of gas. Taking some time off at the nearest motel to gather himself, red rose petals fall around him in between cuts of him and a ballerina outside in the rain. Waking up on a bed of roses, the singer is then shown lighting himself on fire inside of a casket while tears of blood roll down his face

A depiction of his own hurt, the artistic stance on how he feels brings about an impressive visual collaboration between himself and Lindsey.

Take a look at the video below:

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August Alsina Talks Def Jam Album Controversy, ‘TTCL,’ Relationship With His Mother, and More


If you spent last night on Twitter (like most of the world when they have a little down time), then you noticed R&B crooner August Alsina sent out some pretty disgruntled tweets to his label, Def Jam, about their decision to “leak” his album the day before its release.

While the tweets may have caught many off guard, August stopped by Power 105’s The Breakfast Club to stand by his comments and express his sense of frustration with the label and the mistake made dealing with the release of the album. Acknowledging that mistakes are made all the time – because he has made plenty – he goes on to state that he just wants Def Jam to own up to their fault in this case. Chalking it up as This Thing Called Life,  he makes note that his God is too big for this mishap to not have something positive stem from it.

Going on to further discuss the blood, sweat, and tears poured into the album, the current relationship with his mother, fronting in the industry, the future of his career, and more, you’re alway guaranteed to a interesting listen when August is set for an interview.
Give the interview a watch below!

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Listen: August Alsina Releases New Album ‘This Thing Called Life’

August Alsina This Thing Called Life

After a slight miscue from his label, who posted the album on YouTube a day early, August Alsina has officially released his much-anticipated sophomore album This Thing Called Life.

The follow up to 2014’s Testimony continues with Alsina’s deep personal themes, inspired by his emotional plight caused by the struggles of becoming successful, questions on his life, and today’s troubled society. The introspective 15-song set includes the singles “Hip Hop,” “Song Cry,” and the Lil Wayne-assisted “Why I Do It.” Anthony Hamilton and Jadakiss appear on “Job,” while Chris Brown guests on “Been Around the World.”

Go deep into the mind of Alsina below:

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New Music: August Alsina feat. Chris Brown – “Been Around The World” + “Dreamer”

August Alsina This Thing Called Life

After just sharing the album tracklisting, August Alsina brings us one of the most anticipated songs off his upcoming sophomore album This Thing Called Life.

Borrowing from Lisa Stansfield’s classic “Been Around The World,” August and Chris Brown spread their love all around the globe, and with lots of girls.

“It’s the dopest record for Chris and I,” shared Alsina. “It’s a very, very fun record. Like I said, I been around the world and experienced a lot of whatever—a lot of girls, a lot of situations, so to sum it up, that’s the song.”

In addition, he has also liberated the solo track “Dreamer.”

This Thing Called Life is due out Dec. 11, and it is currently available for pre-order on iTunes.

Take a listen to both tracks below:

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August Alsina Reveals ‘This Thing Called Life’ Tracklisting

August Alsina This Thing Called Life

With a little over a week left until the release of his sophomore album, August Alsina is ready to let you in on the next chapter of his life. Aptly titled This Thing Called Life, the December 11 release is set to be as successful as his debut.

Filled with 15-tracks, including the singles “Hip Hop,” and the most recent “Song Cry,” August is here to give you a first look at his joy and pain. Hosting features from Lil Wayne (“Why I Do It”), Anthony Hamilton and Jadakiss (“Job”), and Chris Brown on “Been Around the World,” the album is sure to provide the filling that fans have been missing since Testimony.

With all that August has been through over the last year, we’re sure that this will be just what fans of the New Orleans native have been waiting for. This Thing Called Life will be available for iTunes pre-order on Friday, December 4.

Check out the track listing below:

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August Alsina Teases New Song “American Dream” in Second Album Trailer


August Alsina brings fans the second trailer for his anticipated sophomore album This Thing Called Life, and teases new song, “American Dream.”

In the trailer Alsina addresses the haters, “They’d rather see me dead. They’d rather see me fail. They’d rather see me in jail.” But, he ends on a positive note, “You just gotta tell yourself, somehow I’m gonna make it.”

This Thing Called Life is due out December 11, with features from Jadakiss, Lil Wayne, Anthony Hamilton and Chris Brown.

Peep the snippet and trailer below:

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