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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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ThisisRnB Presents: 16 Albums To Sweat In 2016

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2015 was truly an excellent year in music, and it may seem hard to top, but looking into 2016 we are remaining optimistic.  While last year saw the surprise comeback of music icon Janet Jackson, return of powerhouse female vocalists Jazmine Sullivan, Tamia and Jill Scott, along with a monster crossover by The Weeknd, there is plenty more to look forward to this year.

With R&B continuing to reach vast audiences of varying age groups, tastes and styles, there will be something for everyone once again in 2016.

An exciting class of newcomers, lead by the likes of Kehlani and Tory Lanez, bring some of the most anticipated debuts. Strong 2nd and 3rd albums are expected by some of the already established current stars like Tinashe and K. Michelle, while anticipated comebacks by veterans like Usher, Tweet, and the Queen Bey will surely top most fans sweat list.

Get a sneak peek into the albums that we are most excited to see and hear this year, with our “16 Albums To Sweat in 2016” below!

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New Music: Fantasia – No Time For It

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As she promised, Fantasia is wasting no time in 2016 as she gives fans life with the brand new single “No Time For It.”

Coming back strong, with a fresh renewed attitude and view on life, the R&B songstress puts her no-nonsense state of mind on display. Over a smooth, mid-tempo track produced by Brian Kennedy, Tasia sings about cutting out the drama in her life.

“I don’t care for gossip / What they gonna say, just got off the plane / I’m strictly focused on commas, and dollar signs in my pockets,” she sings.

Fantasia is working on her fifth album, the follow-up to 2013’s Side Effects of You, which she describes as “rock soul.”

“Rock Soul, it’s so much more than a single genre of music. It’s all music and those who love it,” she explains. “Rock Soul has not come without great sacrifice, taking many risks, and believing it would be embraced and received by the world. … So now it’s time to open the door to a new chapter of life, but yet still there are some things in life that I simply have ‘No Time for It.’”

Let go of all the BS with Fantasia below!

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Fantasia Announces New Single “No Time For It”

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2016 is already proving to be good to us! With a few anticipated albums already locked and loaded for release, it seems as if we’re soon going to be able to happily say that Fantasia will be joining the list. Why do we assume that,  you ask? Because she has a new single coming out, duh!

Taking to Twitter to announce that her new release will be hitting our ears this month, fans of the former “American Idol” winner went crazy. The single, which is titled “No Time For It,” will serve as Fantasia’s first official release since 2013’s Side Effect Of You. Announced right in time for the kickoff of “American Idol’s” final season, we surely expect her to use the show as a means of promotion for the upcoming track.

While there is no official news on the release date of the single or of her next album, Fanny was recently spotted in the studio with music executive and record producer Ron Fair, so our guess is that whenever the album comes out, it will be well worth the wait.

Take a look at her official announcement on Twitter 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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Fantasia Says I Do! Marries Kendall Taylor

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Congrats are in order for Fantasia who tied the knot over the weekend! The R&B songstress married her fiancé Kendall Taylor, and took to Instagram to share details.

The 31-year-old “American Idol” champ posted photos from the romantic reception, which took place on a yacht—one photo showed her place settings decorated with her red, black, and white color scheme, another showed Fantasia surrounded by falling rose petals, and several more featured her posing with her new husband.

During the pre-reception, the bride wore a Black Swan-inspired gown and changed into a lacy white dress for the ceremony.

She also gushed about marrying the man of her dreams, who is the CEO of a courier company. “This Man … God made him just for Me and me Just For Him,” she said. “This Man.. Covers and prays for me and my children EVERY morning.. This Man.. Loves My Father in Heaven and his name is God.. This Man allows me to just be a woman.. No more Hurt because King Kendall will never let that happen.. I’m off to just kiss, Hug and play in some water with This Man…Real Love.”

The couple got engaged in November of last year. Fantasia has a three-and-a-half-year-old son, Dallas Xavier Barrino, and teenage daughter, Zion, from previous relationships.

See more photos from Fantasia’s big day below:

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Fantasia Returns to the Studio and Thanks R. Kelly

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We’re READY Fantasia!

It’s been a decent amount of time since fans have heard new music from the powerhouse vocalist, but it appears that the wait is almost over. Fantasia took to her Instagram this week and uploaded pictures from the studio as she is working on her fifth album.

Fantasia’s 2013 release Side Effects of You earned her a Grammy-nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album. There hasn’t been any details about this new album as of yet. However, she did thank R. Kelly for pushing her.

We can’t wait to hear what she’s been cooking!

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