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List: The Best of January – Top 12 Records

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2016 has already shown to be impactful musically, and we couldn’t be more grateful. Setting the tone for what we predict will be a successful year for R&B, January has delivered some strong contenders for our end of year lists.

Inclusive of a highly anticipated return of Fantasia, the delivery of Tank’s sequel to Sex, Love & Pain, and new releases from some of our favorite new artists, if the state of R&B was ever in an emergency before, we’re convinced that it’s on it’s way out of the red.

While there were so many choices that made it hard for us to choose from, we’re confident in the choices that we made for this awesome month of music.

So, without any more teasing, jump into our “Best of January – Top 12 Records” below!

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Watch: Brandy Performs & Talks About “Beggin & Pleadin” Live In-Studio

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Brandy came all the way through early this month with her surprise release of the outstanding “Beggin & Pleadin.”   Channeling the great blues and jazz singers of the past, the R&B songstress delivered one of her best records ever, and definitely of the year so far.

Now, as we’ve all been waiting for, Brandy has released an in-studio live performance of the soul-stirring song, along with commentary, and the story its recording and impromptu release.

“This particular song is freedom,” explains Brandy. “Freedom, liberty… to express myself in the most interesting, edgiest way possible. I just like the way it makes me feel … It’s like ‘Bitch What!’, it makes me feel bossy.”

She wraps her explanation with a positive message. “It’s all about what you believe at the end of the day,” she says. “I believe that I’m the sh*t.” We’d have to agree!

Watch Brandy’s empowering moment below!

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New Music: Brandy – Beggin’ & Pleadin’

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The written out praise hands have returned!!! Praise Hands, Praise Hands, Praise HANDS!!!

With her brand new BET show Zoe Ever After premiering on Tuesday night, Brandy has given fans even more life with a brand new song! Putting her famed vocals on full display over a bluesy guitar track by Pop & Oak, the songstress belts out her gospel over a broken relationship. Admitting to making a mistake, Brandy pleads out her man for forgiveness. #BasedOnATrueStory

“Told you walk out that door and you can keep your last name / Now I’m down on my knees it’s a shame / Good God Almightly / Damn boy why you make it so hard, stop putting your foot on my heart,” she sings.

Brandy is back! Take a listen below!

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Watch: Boyz II Men, Fantasia, Brandy & More Honor Babyface at 2015 Soul Train Awards

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Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds was honored with the Legend Award at the 2015 Soul Train Awards on Sunday night. With a songwriting catalog that is equal to or greater than many of the most infamous songwriters in the history of music, and a career that spans over 25 years, the award was been long overdue, but the tribute was worth the wait.

After receiving the Legend Award by longtime friend and musical collaborator L.A. Reid, Boyz II Men, Fantasia, Brandy, Bobby Brown and Tevin Campbell all showed up to tribute the singer-songwriter/producer, all singing songs that he wrote for them or others.

Tevin Campbell returned from obscurity to sing “Can We Talk,” Brandy sang her Soul Food soundtrack hit “Sittin Up In My Room,” Fantasia slayed Whitney Houston’s “Shoop” and Karyn White’s “Super Woman,” Bobby Brown turned up the tempo with his hit “Tenderoni” as Kenny joined him, and Boyz II Men closed out the tribute performing “I’ll Make Love To You” and “End of the Road.” Edmonds then performed his own solo hit “Whip Appeal,” before exiting the stage to a roaring applause from the standing audience.

Watch the full 16-minute tribute below!

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First Look: R&B Stars and Legends Celebrate Music & Culture at 2015 Soul Train Awards

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Time flies. The Soul Train Awards pulled into Las Vegas on Nov. 6 to tape the 2015 ceremony and celebration of today’s hottest R&B/Soul stars and legendary artists. The highly-energetic show was held once again at the Orleans Arena, and was hosted by the queen of neo-soul Erykah Badu, who did a great job keeping the momentum going throughout the show.

Emerging onto the stage wearing glow-in-the-dark roller skates and flanked by skaters in similar gear, she performed a medley of her hits and informed the audience that, although she likes hip-hop, the evening’s show was going to be solely a “soul extravaganza.”

Among the evening’s highlights was an excellent tribute to Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, recipient of the Legend Award. The tribute began with an introduction by his former songwriting partner, L.A. Reid, and culminated with terrific performances by some of the artists Edmonds wrote hits for, including Tevin Campbell, Brandy, Bobby Brown, and Boyz II Men. Babyface wowed the crowd with his 1990 hit, “Whip Appeal.” Fantasia delivered a fantastic rendition of the Babyface-produced “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” which the late Whitney Houston originally sang for the 1995 film Waiting to Exhale, and a blistering rendition of Karyn White’s 1988 hit “Superwoman.”

The funk group Cameo made an appearance to do their classics “Word Up” and “Candy,” while the R&B group After 7 appeared with Jazmine Sullivan for their classic “Ready Or Not.”

There was a great black & white video performance presentation of Eddie Levert, K-Ci, Janelle Monae and Lalah Hathaway, who called themselves Soul Cypher, performing an impromptu, soul-stirring session of songs.

Tyrese had the ladies screaming during his performance of his current hit, “Shame.” Jill Scott received the Lady of Soul Award and followed with an outstanding medley of her hits.

Jeremih sang a couple of tracks from his new album Late Nights, and the King of R&B, R. Kelly closed the show with a dynamic medley of hits including “Backyard Party,” “Your Body’s Calling,” and “Step in the Name of Love,” which had the audience up on its feet stepping in the aisles.

The 2015 Soul Train Awards airs Sunday, November 29 on the BET and Centric networks. Check out the photos below:

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New Music: Ty Dolla $ign feat. Kendrick Lamar, Brandy & James Fauntleroy – LA

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Ty Dolla $ign is a week away from the release of his debut album Free TC. Keeping fans eager the hitmaker puts on for his city with one of the must anticipated collaborations off the album.

Ty teams up with Kendrick Lamar, Brandy and James Fauntleroy for the smooth hometown anthem “LA,” produced by D’Mile, Chordz, and Ty himself. The multi talented artist holds it down for his hood, Brandy and Fauntleroy supply the soulful hook and harmonies, while Kendrick rips a slick verse for his city.

Due Nov. 13, Free TC also features appearances from Kanye West, Trey Songz, Diddy, Wiz Khalifa, R. Kelly, Future, and more.

Take a listen below!

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Brandy Dazzles In ‘UPTOWN’ Magazine Shoot

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If you were one of the people who didn’t notice Brandy on the subways of New York recently, we hope these new shots will grab your attention.

Shutting down the cover of UPTOWN Magazine, the famed singer and actress looked absolutely stunning as she posed in her Midtown Manhattan suite. Tilted, “Brandy Norwood: An Icon Rises,” the article highlights Brandy’s 20 year tenure within the industry and how she continues to remain relevant.

Stating, “I don’t view myself as a celebrity. It’s all about the intention. It’s not about me. I thought that it was before. But, now I know that it is about other people. Who else could it be about?” the singer exposed to the famed publication that having the status of a celebrity is not all that important to her.

Also discussing her role as Roxie in the Broadway hit musical Chicago, who she considers to really be a star, and her connection to the late Whitney Houston, Brandy’s transparency was noted in this interview.

To read the interview in full, click here and check out photos from the shoot below.

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Brandy Sings ‘The Wiz’ Song on NYC Subway, But No One Notices

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Brandy has been getting her taste of the New York lifestyle, while living in the city for her role on Broadway’s ‘CHICAGO.’  Taking the subway to 50th and Broadway, the R&B star — in disguise — sang “Home” from The Wiz, but no one noticed who she was, and like most, no one paid her much attention.

“What y’all thought of that?” she asked jokingly to those close to her. “Y’all thought that was cool? Hello? Nobody heard me singing? Nobody cares?”

Subway riders, still unaware it’s Brandy, didn’t respond. “People in New York are very rude. I just sang from the heart… and nobody on the train responded,” she continued to joke.

She then asked a guy what he thought specifically. His response was pretty on the mark and genuine: “You’re supposed to go out there and say ‘hey’ to the people. You’re too into yourself.” Brandy agreed, seeing that she was in a corner of the subway car, and singing to herself and the cameraman.

“This is an important city ready to embrace you. Go for it. We’ve seen this a million times. You have to do something different,” he continued.

Watch her secret moment below!

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