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New Music: Elle Varner – Don’t Wanna Dance (Remix)

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Elle Varner gets a boost of new life into her latest single “Don’t Wanna Dance,” with a brand new remix by producer Swagg R’celious.  The singer/songwriter has been known for mixing soul with boom bap drums, which her smooth single delivered, but now it kicks it up to 100 on the ’90s hip-hop inspired update.

The new track boasts heavy percussion and hype vocal samples from DMX, making for a lively impressive remix.

Elle’s sophomore album 4 Letter Word is due out early 2015. Take a listen to the new remix below:

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Elle Varner Performs for NPR Music’s ‘Front Row Series’

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Elle Varner has much more to get off her chest. Thankfully, with the stardom she received from her first album, the soulful songstress experienced new love and new heartache, which as we all know makes for the best artistry.

This past October, NPR Music booked Varner for a special intimate show as part of NYC’s CMJ Music Week, which they filmed for their ‘Front Row Series.’ Held at Le Poisson Rouge, the singer-songwriter performed cuts off her anticipated sophomore album, along with favorites from her debut. Backed by a live band, Elle invited the room into the depths of what it means to battle through lies, loss and love itself.

“This past year, I’ve been through some sh*t,” she said, before launching into a stirring performance of “Little Do You Know,” a song from her upcoming album, 4 Letter Word.

Wielding a delicate rasp, and powerful delivery, she showed off the voice that’s kept her standing through it all. Watch the full set now below!

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Contest: Win Tickets to See Adrian Marcel & Elle Varner Live at BB Kings in NYC on Dec. 7!

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NYC R&B fans, it’s contest time once again! Today, we have a very special ticket giveaway for fans of R&B singers Adrian Marcel and Elle Varner! ThisisRnB has your chance to see the singers live on tour at BB Kings Blues Club in New York City on December 7!!

The two singers are hitting the road for a short, six city tour this month in promotion of their upcoming albums, and will surely impress as they always do on stages everywhere. Elle Varner is prepping for the release of her sophomore album 4 Letter Word, due out next year, while Adrian Marcel is riding the success of his second mixtape ‘Weak After Next,’ and getting his growing fan base ready for his debut album Got Me F’d Up, also due in 2015.

For those of you in the NYC area we have 4 pairs of tickets available to their Dec. 7 show, and they could be yours!!

See the rules and regulations for your chance to win below!

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Watch: Jodeci, Chris Brown, Tinashe & More Perform at 2014 Soul Train Awards!

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The biggest night in R&B and Soul returned to Las Vegas as BET and Centric aired the 2014 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS on Sunday. This year’s electrifying celebration honored music legends and many of today’s brightest stars.

The annual award show was hosted by Wendy Williams and included performances from Chris Brown, Tinashe, Aloe Blacc, KEM, Tamar Braxton, Joe, Tank and even Jodeci!

Chris Brown, who took home awards for ‘Best Collaboration’ and ‘Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year’ for “Loyal,” kicked off the show with a dance-heavy medley including “Yo (Excuse Me Miss),” “Poppin’,” “Take You Down,” “New Flame,” and “Loyal.”

R&B icons Jodeci reunited for the first time in years to perform a nostalgic medley of hits including “Freek’n You,” “Come & Talk to Me,” “Stay,” and “Forever My Lady.” The North Carolina quartet also debuted their new single “Nobody Wins” featuring B.o.B.

Kool & the Gang was honored with the Legend Award and received a star-studded tribute from Tank, Elle Varner, Tamar Braxton, Joe, MC Lyte, Doug E. Fresh, and Ma$e, who performed his Kool & The Gang-sampled hit “Feels So Good” with Justine Skye.

Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott, and Da Brat had the crowd on its feet as they closed out the evening with a performance of their 1996 platinum single “Not Tonight (Remix)” in tribute to Kool & the Gang.

Other performers included Tinashe, who served up her singles “Pretend” and “2 On,” KEM performed “It’s You,” “Love Calls,” and dueted with Ledisi on “If It’s Love.” Best New Artist winners Nico & Vinz performed their breakout hit “Am I Wrong,” while Aloe Blacc brought the cameras to a lounge where he performed “The Man” and “Love Is The Answer.”

Watch all the sizzling performances below!

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Listen: Elle Varner Shares Unreleased Songs “The Cutter” and “Wanderer”

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Elle Varner may have pushed her sophomore album, Four Letter Word, back until early next year, but the soulful singer-songwriter isn’t leaving her fans out in the cold this month.

Feeling inspired by Throwback Thursday, the R&B songstress took to her Soundcloud page to upload two, previously-unreleased songs, which she penned and recorded during her college days.

The first titled, “The Cutters,” is an acoustic guitar led ballad inspired by the most hurtful words you could say while in a relationship. The second, “Wanderer,” is also guitar led, and finds Elle letting her feelings out as she debates about a lover that will be out of her life as fast as he came into it.

Both records are highlighted by her signature raspy tone and honest lyrics. Take a listen below:

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K. Michelle Clears Air about Beef with Elle Varner

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K. Michelle surprised many when during a past radio interview revealed that her falling out with fellow singer Elle Varner, who she had previously called a real friend, steamed from her starting to act, dress and even write songs similar to her style.

There was a brief back-and-forth on social media, but never anything serious. However, any previous feelings now seem to be in the past, as K has revealed that there is no bad blood between them.

Speaking with HipHollywood on the red carpet at the ‘ASCAP: Women Behind The Music’ event in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, K opened up about her relationship and feelings toward the “Don’t Wanna Dance” singer.

“I think that she is a creative soul, and anybody that bares their soul through music, we’re always goin to have somewhat of a connection,” she said. Giving props where props are due, K also shared her love for Elle’s new video for “F*ck It All.”

It’s good to see the two ladies are back on positive terms. Peep the interview clip below:

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Video: Elle Varner – ‘F**k It All’

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Elle Varner‘s forthcoming sophomore album is all about the power of words, four letter words specifically, and today she has returned with a music video for possibly her most blunt record from the album, “F**ck It All.” The track was originally released as a promo back in April, and finds the soulful singer/songwriter delivering a powerful mantra inspired by personal moments, that she hopes can inspire listeners to help push through the BS.

“[It] is an exploration into the darker side of my mind,” Elle told The Fader about the Pop & Oak-produced song. “The most haunting thing about the tune for me is that I never break from the light, airy, melancholic melody until the very end. It was a challenge as a writer and singer to stay on one melody and chorus lyric—“f*ck it all”—and let only the verse lyrics grow in intensity.”

Inspired by heartbreak, Varner says the simple saying can apply wherever you need it: “When you’re counting the hours at your job, making a change in your life big or small, or are simply ready to throw up your hands and accept what is happening at that moment, maybe there is something you need to let go of. I certainly did so myself.”

In the Duncan Winecoff-directed visual, Elle gives a glimpse of what happens when emotions are high and the pain runs deep. Her new album 4 Letter Word is expected to be released this fall.

Peep the new video below:

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Elle Varner Performs “Don’t Wanna Dance” on ‘Queen Latifah Show’

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The new season of ‘The Queen Latifah Show’ is under way, and gracing the stage on Monday as the musical guest was none other than Elle Varner. The soulful vocalist delivered her first televised performance of current single “Don’t Wanna Dance,” sans A$AP Ferg.

Rocking a white and black Varsity style jacket and ripped black jeans, Elle showed her confident, sexy new persona performing the homebody anthem for the live audience.

The singer is currently prepping for the release of her anticipated sophomore album 4 Letter Word, which is coming this fall.

Watch her hit the ‘Big Sexy’ (as Queen Latifah calls it) stage below:

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