Posts Tagged ‘Brandy’

Brandy Set to Star in Award-Winning Broadway Musical ‘Chicago’

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Brandy will be bringing to talents to Broadway this spring, as the R&B diva has been cast to star in the Tony Award-winning musical Chicago.

Making her Broadway debut, Norwood will play the starring role of Roxie Hart beginning Tuesday, April 28. She will play an 8-week limited engagement at the Ambassador Theatre in NYC through Sunday, June 21.

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Ciara, Brandy, Ledisi & More Attend ‘ESSENCE 6th Annual Black Women In Music’ Gala, Honor Jill Scott


The Grammy’s might be right around the corner, but stars gathered a little in advance to celebrate another big night that’s catered to women of color.

Showing up for Essence’s 6th Annual Black Women in Music Gala, many of the industry’s talented stars came together in support of one another on Thursday night in Los Angeles. Stepping on the red carpet dressed to kill, “I Bet” singer Ciara showed a little hip and lot of thigh in an all black wrap around dress.

Newly single songstress Jordin Sparks also arrived at the event showing a bit of skin, while the curvy Chrisette Michele opted to casually arrive in an all black romper. Donning her big red hair and leather tights, the legendary Chaka Khan offered up her support as she arrived with her engraved fan, as the talented Ledisi, let the girls hang out for the evening in a deep cut pant playsuit.

Other attendees include buzzing singer V Bozeman, Disney star Zendaya, singer/actress Antonique Smith, the lady in blue and honoree, Jill Scott, Leona Lewis, MC Lyte, and more.

In addition to the above stars, singer-actress Brandy was in attendance and even blessed the crowd with a performance for the event featuring her singles “Sitting Up In My Room,” “Put It Down,” and a tribute to Jill Scott with “Golden.”

Catch a few of the shots from the spectacle below!

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List: The Best of October – Top 12 Records


As the year rapidly approaches its closing, we’re still in disbelief that 2015 is right around the corner! Although the year is moving fast, the month of October wasn’t so lucky when it came to music. However, we’re always going to be fans of quality over quantity and that’s exactly what we received from our musical pickings this month.

While Tamar Braxton was busy pleading for more love with Future and Teyana Taylor urged us to not come knockin’ while the bed was rockin’, this month also supplied us with unexpected releases from Adrian Marcel, Brandy, Elijah Blake, and more.

So, before you get ready to celebrate Halloween this weekend, take a moment and check out all the treats this month had to offer with our “Best of October – Top 12 Records” list below!

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Listen: Brandy Connects with Newcomer Mystery Skulls and Nile Rodgers on “Number 1″


Thanks to a select few DJs, producers and artists, the fun-filled sounds of the classic days of party R&B are still living on, with new tracks inspired by those records. One of these few is newcomer Mystery Skulls, aka Luis Dubuc, who invokes the disco era with his brand new single “Number 1″ featuring the legendary Nile Rodgers and Brandy on vocals!

“I wrote the song with [Brandy] in mind,” Dubuc told The FADER. “Then one day she heard it through someone we both knew, and she said yes. We were in the studio like a week later. When she showed up, she asked to sing on my other track, ‘Magic,’ as well. Brandy’s voice is stunning!” (“Magic” also features Rodgers). Both tracks will appear on Mystery Skulls’ debut album, Forever, due out Oct. 27 via Warner Bros. Records.

In addition to those two collaborations, Brandy is currently back in the studio working on her follow-up to Two Eleven.

Stream “Number 1″ below, and check out the behind-the-scenes video of their recording session for “Magic” as well!

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Brandy, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, & Yo-Yo Reunite for “I Wanna Be Down (Remix)”


Brandy had everyone reminiscing as she celebrated the 20th anniversary of her debut single with a surprise performance at the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2014, which aired Tuesday night.

Against an all-white set, the R&B diva reunited with Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and Yo-Yo to perform the hip-hop remix of “I Wanna Be Down.”

Brandy looked more beautiful than ever as she kicked things off followed by Lyte, Yo-Yo, and Latifah, who received an extra large applause.

Watch the ladies shut it down below:

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Brandy Addresses ‘Big Lie,’ Talks Whitney Houston, Ray J and Car Accident on Oprah’s ‘Where Are They Now?’


On Sunday night Oprah welcomed special guest Brandy to her show ‘Where Are They Now?’ on the OWN Network. The special interview was promoted with a clip that showed the R&B songstress addressing a “big fib” she once told the TV host.

As many guessed that statement was about her alleged marriage to producer Robert “Big Bert” Smith, who is the father of her daughter Sy’rai. During their discussion Brandy opened up about the decision to lie on national television once again. “I was scared, I thought that everything that I had worked hard for and everything that worked hard to build, the image that I worked so hard to build to threatened,” explained Brandy.

Additionally, Brandy talked about what having a daughter taught her about her self, and shared a tough decision she had to deal with as a mother. She also shared with Oprah her struggles to get through the pain of the tragic car accident that she was involved in. “I don’t think that’s something I could ever get over or ever truly understand,” said Brandy.

Along with her personal life, the singer spoke to Oprah about her relationship with Whitney Houston. “She’s definitely one of my angels,” shared Brandy. She also spoke about her brother Ray J’s connection with Whitney and helping him deal with the loss.

If you missed the episode last night check out the clips below:

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List: The Best of July – Top 15 Records


While July is known for record-breaking temperatures, trips to water parks, school shopping and enjoying the last few weeks of summer, it’s known to us in the ThisisRnB offices as another month of solid R&B releases.

Whether you were a fan of Usher and Tanks’s dance heavy tracks or went the more subtle route with either Adrian Marcel or Azekel, there’s no denying that July brought ThisIsRnB listeners some pretty soulful and sultry singles. Following suit of June, July had its slow moments, but as always, true music showed up and showed out! While there’s really no way that we can make everyone happy with our lists, we definitely do the best we can by pulling the tracks that we feel are deserving of being deemed “Best of”.

Therefore, kick off your shoes and relax your feet as we bring you the tracks that had us hitting repeat all month long.

Check out our Best of July – Top 15 Records” below!

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Brandy on Oprah’s ‘Where Are They Now:’ “It Was a Big Fib”


Oprah Winfrey‘s interview series “Where Are They Now?” returns this Sunday with special guest Brandy.

In a preview for the forthcoming episode, Oprah confronts the R&B songstress about lying to her the last time that she was on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

“The last time you were on the Oprah show, you told me a fib, did you not?” asked Oprah, while Brandy responded “It was a big fib.”

Check out the preview clip below, and tune into the episode Sunday, August 3 at 9/8c on OWN.

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