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Jhene Aiko Talks Japanese Art Form That Inspired “Maniac” Art Project


Jhené Aiko caught us off guard with the lyrical content of her surprise new single “Maniac,” but the sultry songstress had a very direct inspiration for the art project that surrounds the Fisticuffs-produced record.

Aiko tapped esteemed director and photographer Steven Taylor, a master in the Japanese art form of shibari, to create artwork and visuals that involved her being tied up in rope.

“Working with Jhené on the ‘Maniac’ shoot was a true pleasure,” Taylor tells Billboard. “Not only was it an inspired idea on her part by involving the shibari artist but she also allowed me space to be creative within that. I’m really proud of the motion pieces we created in conjunction with the song and I hope it helps connect her fans and listeners to her vision on an even deeper level.”

After discovering images of shibari on Tumblr about five to six years ago, Aiko wanted to share her sexy, kinky side with the sensual track, which she made alongside Detail and Big Sean.

Below, the petite singer discusses the inspiration behind her “Maniac” art project, mixing pleasure with pain and the meaning of sexual empowerment.

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New Music: Jhené Aiko – Maniac


Ohhh Jhené Aiko is gettin’ freaky y’all.

The sexy songstress has surprised fans with the release of her brand new single, “Maniac,” but it’s raunchy lyrical content will shock you even more than her infamous ‘eat the booty’ line.

“Hop on a d*ck like a maniac / Head like a brainiac / Got to read the signs like a zodiac / I’m a low-key freak, you don’t know me, yet,” she raps from the outset.

The daring lines don’t end there, as she makes references to sex and later, marriage.

“Good head got a little bite to it,” she continues. “Little booty got a little bounce to it / We can go all damn night to it / Wife that, go on, throw rice to it.”

Although she rhymes to start the track, “Maniac” also includes some of Jhené’s trademark vocals, as she sings: “You just made love to a maniac. Do you want to f*ck with a maniac? Make you fall in love with a maniac.”

“Maniac” is likely the first single from Aiko’s forthcoming Souled Out follow-up. Jhené and her beau Big Sean are also planning a TWENTY88 sequel for 2017.

Unleash the “Maniac” below.

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Jhené Aiko Teases New Song/Video “Maniac”


Jhené Aiko is maniacal in a cryptic teaser for her new song.

The preview was unleashed via, a website where nine videos are spliced together into one raunchy clip. Visually, the clips show Aiko looking beautifully mysterious in a short bob and daring eye makeup.

The teaser comes after her boyfriend Big Sean confirmed a second TWENTY88 project for 2017 and new solo efforts from the power couple.

Check out the teaser of Jhené’s latest solo release below.

*Preview Removed. Hear the full song HERE.

Exclusive: Yuna Talks New Album ‘Chapters,’ Soul Train Awards, Usher, Jhené Aiko & More


Malaysian singer-songwriter, Yuna exemplifies the universal appeal that music holds on our souls. Her lush vocals have the ability to lull you into blissful submission. Her recently released third studio album Chapters, represents the changes and growth she experienced from lessons in love.

Yuna kicks off the Asian leg of her world tour this week. In addition to being an international music sensation, she is the founder of November Culture, a Malaysian independent lifestyle store that features affordable fashions.

Fresh off of her performances during the 2016 Soul Train Music Awards’ weekend, she gave ThisisRnB a glimpse at the ‘chapters’ of her life.

Check out the interview below!

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Big Sean & Jhené Aiko Ready New TWENTY88 Album for 2017


Big Sean and Jhené Aiko‘s professional and personal relationship is staying strong. The couple, who surprised many fans when they debuted their duo TWENTY88 this past March, are already plotting their sequel.

Over the weekend, Sean confirmed that he and Jhené are planning to drop a second TWENTY88 project in 2017. “The next @twenty88 album is coming next year,” he tweeted. “We gon get our solo’s off too though! #Dons #Soulmates #88”

The duo released their self-titled project on April 1, which included the songs “Selfish” and “On the Way.”

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Halloween 2016: Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Ciara, Alicia Keys, Monica & More


Trick or treat? The stars proved you’re never too old to dress up for Halloween, donning an array of spooky, cute, and downright dirrty costumes.

Families and couples ruled this year, even if some of them weren’t exactly fright-filled. Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Blue Ivy proved that with a Bar-Bey family, complete with toy boxes and Hov’s Ken hair. Going for a Star Wars theme, Big Sean donned a Stormtrooper outfit as Finn while Jhené Aiko dressed as Rey. Ciara and Russell Wilson went for a more presidential look. The newlyweds danced to “Juju on That Beat” while dressed as President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel went trick-or-treating as Trolls with their son Silas. Tamar and Vince went out as Thing 1 and Thing 2, with their Logan leading the way as Dr. Seuss. The couple also dressed as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich while Logan’s second costume was a little dino. Alicia Keys’ sons Egypt and Genesis were Harry Potter and Batman, and Monica and her squad brought a Beetlejuice resurrection.

Elsewhere, Chris Brown was a movie-ready Deadpool, Kehlani was Pulp Fiction’s Mia Wallace, Trey Songz was Snoop Dogg, and Kelly Rowland her her husband Tim Witherspoon were Run DMC.

See all the fun and scary costumes below.

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Jhené Aiko Covers ‘Status’ Magazine; Talks Music, Being in Control & More


Jhené Aiko is baring it all. The R&B songstress graces the cover of the October 2016 issue of Status Magazine, where she shows off some fresh looks and opens up about her image, music, animal protection, body positivity, and healthy lifestyle.

Don’t expect to get much personal life gossip from Jhené though, as usual; she lets her music handle that.

“More sides of me will be revealed the longer I make music. That’s where I like to express every part of me,” she tells Status.

She also states, “I’m in control of my own thoughts, my own happiness, and my own art.”

She did share a few tidbits though: “I love hikes, and I love to write outside. I always feel like you get energy from all the natural elements like the sun, the wind, and the ocean. It just really inspires me because it reminds me that I’m just one little part of this huge world.”

Check out some excerpts and more photos from the fashionable spread below.

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New Music: DJ Drama feat. Fabolous, Trey Songz, Jhené Aiko, Tory Lanez & Chris Brown – Wishing (Remix)


DJ Drama enlisted an army of R&B superstars and then dropped a bomb on us.

His single, “Wishing,” was already a fan favorite thanks to Chris Brown‘s singing on the catchy chorus, but now the song has received a full R&B remix, with some help from Fabolous. The song kicks off with Fab, who seduces his girl and tells her life would definitely be better if she’ll just “stop bein’ friendly to the f*ckboys.” Then enters Trey Songz who delivers the verse we expect to come from Trigga. He sings, “I get it wet like a super soaker gun (I like it) / Now she lookin’ for me like I’m on the run” and then adds “I got the juice, she let it splash on me (nasty) / Know I’m the truth, ain’t gotta ask ’bout me.”

The chorus gets a nice update as Trey and Chris harmonize over the beat telling a girl that they’ll have her “wishing” that they were her man. Jhené Aiko‘s verse is third and she gives us the only female perspective on the track. “Well I’ll be your savior / From all of your exes that you’ve been regrettin’ / You shouldn’t be sweatin’ them / I can do you better,” she sings. And lastly is the youngin’, Tory Lanez, who points out that he’s not just anybody, “I cannot feel her / I know my ex bitch is tryna front, but don’t / No, I’m not Tiller.”

This remix just might be your new favorite song. Check out the track below.

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