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Listen: Mike City Shares Previously Unreleased Brandy Song “The Joneses”

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With a bit of controversy surrounding Brandy at the moment, in regards to what her label situation really is, it would be great if we could just concern ourselves with the music.

Last month, It was announced that the singer filed a lawsuit against her production label Chameleon Ent., claiming that they restricted her from recording any music since her last album, Two Eleven. Fans set up a petition asking for her release, and her label boss Breyon Prescott released a statement, dismissing all her claims.

Whatever happens next is probably up to Brandy, but with “Beggin’ & Pleadin'” doing well, and seeing it’s video release on Friday, all seems to be moving forward.

So, in the meantime, producer Mike City continues to liberate previously released tracks from his vault, and the latest is by Brandy. The song, titled “The Joneses” was previously leaked, and has still been floating around the internets, so some fans will know it. However, this does appear to be a better quality version.

Speaking about the track Mike says: “Me and Bran Circa 05-06….A lot of her hardcore fans already know about this unreleased joint but may not have known that i was behind the board…Always fun working with THE BEAST because i never know what she’s gonna do in the booth but it’s always FIRE.”

Take a listen below.

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Video: Brandy – Beggin’ & Pleadin’

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Come on in Brandy! After surprising fans at the top of the year with the commanding, soul stirring song “Beggin & Pleadin” the R&B diva finally premieres the official music video.

Taking over the new ‘BET Soul’ channel today (April 15), Brandy serves up the 1920s inspired visuals–directed by Mike Ho–which feature the songstress belting out the song in a speakeasy style setting.

Earlier in the month, Brandy performed the song for the first time live on “Black Girls Rock!,” offering a similar theme, she sang with outstanding conviction at a vintage mic, while holding a flask.

Check out the video below.

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21 R&B Videos from the 2000s To Get You Ready for Spring Love!

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Ah, spring! The season where the weather is nice, the flowers start to bloom, and R&B songs reign supreme!

As the weather finally went from drab to fab in the blink of an eye, I couldn’t help but play one of my favorite songs dedicated to the spring: Stevie B’s 1988 hit-single “Spring Love”.  Now, in the midst of me bobbin’ my head while the wind blew through and hit my bad hair day chia pet hair, I realized that this is the season that is the precursor to the official choose up season (word to Eric B.). It is in the spring that you engage in the drafting to the choose up season…if you will. It is with spring that you start laying down the good talk game to secure your spot for the playoff season if you’re in the market to be traded or do the trading.

Of course though, we all know that R&B is literally the genre of love (and heartache, but we’ll save that for another list), so it was only right that we delivered a list of R&B songs/videos from the 2000s to get you ready for spring love! What better way to let the one you’re checkin’ for know that they’ve caught your eye then to play them a track from one of the best eras (I’m not here to let you debate me, so don’t try) of music ever made?

Jump into our list of “21 R&B Videos from The 2000’s to Get You Ready for Spring Love” below!

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Watch: Jazmine Sullivan, Brandy, Monica, Andra Day Perform on “Black Girls Rock”

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On Tuesday night (April 5), BET aired the 10th annual “Black Girls Rock! Awards,” which was filmed on Friday, April 1 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Hosted by actress Tracee Ellis Ross, the star-packed evening featured special tributes and celebrated honorees including, Rihanna (Rock Star Award), legendary singer Gladys Knight, writer-producer Shonda Rhimes, actress and playwright Danai Gurira, young actress and activist Amanda Stenberg, plus Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi.

The special evening also brought out many of R&B’s best, including performers Jazmine Sullivan, Brandy, Monica, Marsha Ambrosius, Andra Day, Corrine Bailey Rae, and even Lauryn Hill, who closed out the show with a surprise set.

Jazmine delivered another outstanding performance, as usual, of her Reality Show single “Masterpiece,” while backed up by singers, dancers and musicians of varying size. Brandy brought her much praised new song “Beggin & Pleadin” to life on stage with a roaring theatrical performance. Monica brought it home with an angelic performance of her glorious ballad, “Alone In Your Heart.”

Check out some of the performances, and Rihanna’s humble acceptance speech below.

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Yes!! Stars Come Out for “Black Girls Rock! 2016”

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On Friday night (April 1), BET filmed their annual “Black Girls Rock! Awards” at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Hosted by actress Tracee Ellis Ross, the star-packed evening featured special tributes and celebrated honorees including, Rihanna (Rock Star Award), legendary singer Gladys Knight, writer-producer Shonda Rhimes, actress and playwright Danai Gurira, young actress and activist Amanda Stenberg, plus Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi.

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton even made a special appearance to honor and introduce Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond. Speaking to the audience she said, “There are still a lot of barriers holding back African Americans and black women in particular, so a gathering like this filled with so many powerful, strong women is a rebuke to every single one of those barriers. All of our kids, no matter what zip code they live in, deserve a good teacher and a good school, a safe community and clean water to drink.”

As the final honoree of the evening, Rihanna shared her humble feelings on receiving her award. “Thank you so much for celebrating us in a world that doesn’t celebrate us enough,” she said. “The minute you learn to love yourself you will not want to be anybody else. Role model is not the title they like to give me, which is why tonight, it is so important. I know I am inspiring girls to be themselves and that’s half the battle.”

The Barbados-born singer also thanked her mother and grandmother for being strong black women and excellent role models. “Hopefully one day I’ll be raising my own little black girl who rocks,” she said.

The special evening also brought out many of R&B’s best, including performers Jazmine Sullivan, Monica, Brandy, and Marsha Ambrosius, as well as Kelly Rowland, Ledisi, Erykah Badu, Andra Day, Corrine Bailey Rae, and even Lauryn Hill, who closed the show with a surprise performance.

“Black Girls Rock!” 2016 will air on BET April 5 at 8 PM ET. Check out some of the special moments and photos from the red carpet below!

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Brandy Sues Record Label For Right to Record New Music

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Veteran R&B singer Brandy is suing her record label, who she claims has refused her release of new music. Reportedly, Norwood sued Chameleon Entertainment Group and it’s CEO Breyon Prescott at the Los Angeles Superior court on Tuesday for the rights of her music.

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Fantasia Teases Collabo with Brandy and Jazmine Sullivan!

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Remember when Brandy and Jazmine Sullivan were talking about collaborating? Well…it appears the vocal dream might be getting even bigger.

Taking to Instagram this week, Fantasia posted a photo of Brandy, praising the R&B songstress, and included an exciting bit of information, teasing the possibility of new music between the three vocal powerhouses.

“OMG!!! The call that I just Received from the only vocal I’m scared to hit a stage with, in Love with, crazy about and my BFF in my head @4everbrandy JUST CALLED ME and Lord I almost wrecked the car,” she wrote. “Bran Thank You so much for your words of encouragement❤️ @jsullivanmusic @4everbrandy let’s give the people this Song🎤”

Brandy reposted the photo and caption, adding a very promising hashtag, #FanJazzBran. In addition, she posted a photo of her own, of Jazmine and Fantasia, writing: “#Faves Thank you God for YOU in them! @jsullivanmusic and @tasiasword #TheGreatest I love you both so much🎶🎶🎶🎶.”

Jazmine and Brandy were recently seen together, also praising each other, at the BET Music Matters Grammy weekend showcase last month. They were already rumored to be in talks of recording some music, but add Fantasia into the mix and it’s basically a dream come true for R&B fans everywhere.

Until we get official word we will just continue to sit here waiting….Let’s all hit them up on their socials and encourage this to happen! #FanJazzBran

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Listen: Mike City Shares Previously Unreleased Sunshine Anderson “Heard It All Before” Remix with Brandy

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Some internet savvy R&B fans may be familiar with this, but the majority are mostly unaware that there was a remix of Sunshine Anderson‘s 2001 breakout single “Heard It All Before” with Brandy! The remix has been floating around YouTube for a while, mostly under the radar, but for some reason the song’s producer, Mike City, was recently alerted to this, and decided he should officially share it with us fans.

Posting the rare remix to his Soundcloud for our streaming pleasure, Mike wrote: “Someone brought it to my attention that this unreleased remix was floating around on YT (I had no idea) so I decided to post it myself-after all, I did produce it..haha Fun session/Good vibes.”

The original version of the song was the lead single off Anderson’s 2001 debut album Your Woman. The single peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard R&B singles chart and No. 18 on the Hot 100. At the time Mike was working with both Sunshine and Brandy, he produced “Full Moon” among others for the later, so having them team up makes plenty of sense. In addition to multiple dance versions there was an official remix featuring rapper Jadakiss that was released too.

In addition to remixed production on the track, the ladies deliver the song in a different melody, adding additional lyrics and stylings.

Take a listen to the unearthed remix below.

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