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PressPlay: Motown x ThisisRnB: ‘The New Definition of Soul’ (Playlist)

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Good morn or evening friends / Here’s your friendly announcer / I have serious news to pass on to everybody / What I’m about to say, could mean the world’s disaster / Could change your joy and laughter to tears and pain / It’s that, love’s in need of love today / Don’t delay, send yours in right away / Hate’s goin’ round, breaking many hearts / Stop it please, before it’s gone too far.”

The opening lyrics from Stevie Wonder’s “Love’s In Need of Love Today,” off his classic album, Songs In The Key of Life, are just as poignant today as they were in 1976. The iconic singer/songwriter/musician has given us enough timeless music to last his life, and many more to come. That album is only one classic from the vast catalog created by Motown Records, since it’s inception in 1959 (originally as Tamla Records). The famed and legendary label, launched by Berry Gordy, has more than left its mark on music forever. Whether you grew up listening to the many hits and legendary artists who came out of Motown, or to any of the younger generations who have been inspired by those artists, the label has been in all of our lives.

Still thriving today as a hub for great R&B and Soul music, the label continues to discover, nurture, and bring to the world outstanding musical talent. With the intention to continue its legacy in today’s era, the label has been building a new roster of artists that they feel embody the authenticity, creativity, and raw artistry that helped create and sustain the Motown name. A roster that already includes such names as Erykah Badu, Ne-Yo, and Kem, to breakout singer/songwriter BJ The Chicago Kid, and exciting newcomers like Jadagrace, Sebastian Kole, JMSDVS, Malachiae, Mila J, Kevin Ross and more!

We recently teamed up with Motown on this idea, and we are honored to continue working with the iconic label to help spread the word about their newest roster of artists. For your listening pleasure, we have curated a brand new playlist, of some of the latest singles and standout releases, by the new Motown – The New Definition of Soul.

Stream the playlist below via Spotify or YouTube.

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Watch: BJ The Chicago Kid Performs on ‘1 Mic 1 Take’ Live at Capitol Studios


Alright BJ, ALRIGHT!

Soulful crooner BJ The Chicago Kid recently performed a special, intimate session at Capitol Records studio for their dope “1 Mic 1 Take” series. Recorded for audio and video, the Motown Records star has now shared the first two clips, of his outstanding performance, with stripped down versions of singles, “Turnin’ Me Up” and “Woman’s World.”

Delving right into the groovy gems, off his stellar Motown Records debut, In My Mind, the Chi-Town native and his band got the vibe feelin’ oh so right.

You don’t want to miss this one. Check it out below, along with the full 3-song session via Spotify.

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Listen to Marvin Gaye’s Posthumous “What’s Going On” Duet With BJ the Chicago Kid


Motown Records has released a special 10” vinyl EP of Marvin Gaye‘s What’s Going On in celebration of the classic albums 45th anniversary.

The EP features the original 7” mono single versions of “What’s Going On” and “God Is Love,” as well as two “Motown: Re-imagined” versions of the title track: a unplugged “Coffeehouse Mix,” and a posthumous duet with Motown signee BJ the Chicago Kid.

“Singing alongside Marvin Gaye is truly a dream come true for me. Uncle Marvin is, and will always be one of the greatest,” BJ told Pitchfork. “This collaboration also solidifies why I’m here in a time when it is proving to be more difficult for artists to find outlets for music with live vocals and live instrumentation. Marvin Gaye wasn’t only the standard for R&B, he also made a huge impact on pop music & pop culture. Long live R&B.”

Take a listen to the new duet version of “What’s Going On” below, and you can purchase the EP here.

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BJ The Chicago Kid Performs at YouTube Music Foundry


BJ The Chicago Kid was one of the first artists to be chosen to give a special performance for the YouTube Music Foundry.

The streaming video giant launched their ‘Foundry’ initiative in the spring of 2016 to give rising artists a platform to showcase their talent and continue developing their presence on YouTube.

The Motown Records signee performed two tracks off his acclaimed debut album In My Mind. Backed by only a single guitar player and a DJ, BJ delivered more noteworthy renditions of “Turnin Me On” and “Heart Crush.”

Check it out below.

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Watch: BJ The Chicago Kid Releases Touching “Woman’s World” Video


BJ The Chicago Kid has been killing it with his latest visuals!

With Mother’s Day just passing, the R&B crooner unveils the video for his soulful, empowering song “Woman’s World,” off his stellar Motown Records debut album In My Mind.

The video contains an extremely special moment for the singer/songwriter, who invited his mother out to Los Angeles for a private performance of the song, which was filmed for this video.

Suited up, and backed by two violinists, BJ puts his all into the lyrics giving one of his most emotional performances, one that is clearly seen as he joins his mother in a tearful embrace at the end.

Watch the touching moment below!

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Watch: Jhene Aiko and BJ the Chicago Kid Perform at ‘Boiler Room’ Live


On April 13th, 2016 at the Park Plaza in Los Angeles, Ray-Ban x Boiler Room unveiled the first set of a monthly party series titled “Open Your Heart.” The event is described as, “an evening of intimate musical connections curated by LA-based collective Soulection,” the show included performances by Jhené Aiko, Kali Uchis, BJ the Chicago Kid, and DJ sets from Soulection DJs.

Both singers captivated the packed crowd. During Jhené’s set she performed “Eternal Sunshine” and also covered John Mayer’s “Stop This Train.”

BJ gave the audience even more with his 30 minute set of past and present fan favorites, including tracks off his stellar debut album In My Mind, as well as a some acoustic covers such as Usher’s “Nice & Slow.”

Check out both performances below!

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Video: BJ The Chicago Kid feat. Kendrick Lamar – The New Cupid


Ohh yeaaa, it feels so good.

Mr. Southside, BJ The Chicago Kid, comes through with the music video for his soulful Kendrick Lamar-assisted track “The New Cupid,” off his Motown Records debut album In My Mind.

In the Matt Barnes-directed visual, comedian Hannibal Buress plays “Cupid” reeking havoc on relationships, using money and social media to cause trouble. He’s so done with romance, in fact, that he even slaps hope right out of young love’s hands.

Rapper IamSu! and singer Mila J play cameo roles, while K-Dot appears spitting his verse for his friend and frequent collaborator BJ.

Watch the comedic love scorned story below.

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Watch: BJ The Chicago Kid Performs “Love Inside” Acoustic


BJ The Chicago Kid continues to bless us with intimate acoustic performances of favorites, and originals off his stellar new album In My Mind.

Teaming up once again with his guitarist Jeff V., the soulful crooner delivers a stirring rendition of his standout cut “Love Inside.”

You don’t want to miss this one, so check it out below, and if you haven’t yet, go pick up BJ’s Motown Records debut now!

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