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ThisisRnB Presents: 17 R&B Albums to Sweat in 2017

Producing the soundtrack to a year that brought us both huge ups and downs, 2016 was arguably one of the better years for R&B that we’ve seen in a while. With releases from the likes of Queen Bey, her sister Solange, Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, and Tank, it’s hard to imagine how 2017 could ever out do last year. Trust us though, this year definitely won’t see a shortage of good tunes.

As R&B artists continue to blur the genre lines, expect to hear more variety from your faves. Whether you’re into traditional R&B, something with a little more funk, trap-soul, electronic- or alternative-R&B, 2017 is sure to have something crafted just for you.

A class of much talked about newcomers, including Kehlani, and Jacquees, will deliver highly awaited debuts. Exciting follow-up 2nd and 3rd albums are expected from the likes of Jhené Aiko and August Alsina. And with vets like Trey Songz and Ne-Yo prepping comebacks, there are plenty of projects that are sure to top most fans sweat lists.

Take a look at the albums that we are most excited to see and hear this year, with our “17 R&B Albums To Sweat in 2017” below!

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Jhené Aiko Visits ‘The Breakfast Club’ & Hot 97, Talks Relationship with Big Sean, New Music, and Being A ‘Maniac’

Jhené Aiko is on a promo run in New York City today, and she stopped by Power 105.1 to talk with ‘The Breakfast Club,’ and Hot 97 for an interview on ‘Ebro In The Morning.’

The singer recently released the provocative song and music video “Maniac,” and the conversations quickly went to the raunchy lyrics of the song, as Jhené attempted to explain her inspiration. She did say that her boyfriend and collaborator Big Sean was a portion of the inspiration.

Continuing on about Sean, Aiko spoke about their duo TWENTY88 and why they didn’t promote the album more. She did reveal that they will be more music together though. Jhené also talked briefly about her secret marriage to producer Dot Da Genius, who she was with for 2 years before Big Sean. Additionally, she spoke about raising her 8-year-old daughter, and talked a little about her anticipated upcoming album.

Check out both interviews below.

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Watch Jhene Aiko’s Darkly Sexual “Maniac” Video

It’s Freaky Friday for Jhené Aiko. The soulful songstress has unveiled the darkly sexual visuals for her provocative new song “Maniac.”

In the self-directed clip, Aiko gets tied to a hospital bed in an asylum styled set. As Jhené sings about being a “maniac” in bed, she is bound and gagged in wheelchair surrounded by faceless doctors. Later, the tables have turned, she’s free from her binds and is straddling a mannequin.

“There are so many layers to my personality. One of them is very sexual and ‘Maniac’ is me sharing that side of myself,” Aiko tells Rolling Stone. “When I started putting together the concept for the ‘Maniac’ visual, I wanted to explore what it meant to be manic.” To that end, the singer researched old asylums, watched movies on the topic and learned the “bizarre techniques that were used back in the day to treat mental patients.”

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R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, Ashanti & Ja Rule, Jhené Aiko & Many More Join “Soulquarius” Lineup

SOULQUARIUS is bringing a dream team of R&B stars to one stage!

The star-studded festival is set to take place at The Observatory Grounds in Santa Ana, California on Feb. 18 with headliners R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, and a joint set from Ja Rule and Ashanti.

Jhené Aiko, Brandy, Monica, The-Dream, Kelis, Mya, The Internet, and Willow Smith are also on the bill. Other R&B stars on deck include Ameriie, Ro James, BJ the Chicago Kid, Lloyd, Eric Bellinger, Jon B, and a reunited Pretty Ricky.

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Jhené Aiko Bares All for PETA’s Latest Anti-Fur Campaign

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Jhené Aiko loves animals, and feeling confident in her own skin. Which makes her the perfect candidate to support PETA’s new “Drop the Fur” campaign.

The sexy songstress appears in the buff for PETA’s latest ad campaign, which was unveiled in Los Angeles on Monday at “Naked Ambition,” a retrospective exhibit of the group’s naked celebrity campaigns.

“Animals have feelings, they have souls, they have emotions, and the way that they are killed for fur is very inhumane,” says Aiko in an exclusive video interview. “They’re electrocuted, they’re beaten, they’re drowned, they’re skinned alive. And once you know that, it’s, like, how could you think wearing fur is cool? … [I]t’s not.”

Aiko previously starred in an animal adoption campaign for peta2, PETA’s youth division, and is part of a long list of celebrities—including Kid Ink, P!nk, Mýa, TLC’s Chilli, Kesha, Sia, and others—who’ve teamed up with PETA to promote kindness to animals.

See her interview and more photos below.

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

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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

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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”

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

The preview was unleashed via jheneisamaniac.com, 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.


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