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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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New Music: Gallant feat. Jhené Aiko – Skipping Stones

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Buzzing singer Gallant has continuously mesmerized with each release over the years, and with his first of 2016 he keeps us locked in again. Teaming up with Red Bull Sound Select for the release of his brand new song “Skipping Stones,” a duet with Jhené Aiko produced by the amazing Adrian Younge and Stint, the LA native caters to the lonely folks this Valentine’s Day.

Prized for his otherworldly falsetto Gallant delivers deep emotion over the tender bassline and bright horns of the vintage soul styled track. Aiko harmonizes about lessons learned and what they might be missing.

“Holding out for something I can’t force,” wails Gallant on the chorus.

The new song is part of Gallant’s two-song digital single that will be released via Red Bull Sound Select Friday, Feb. 5. The other tune included in the release is “Borderline,” which features James Fauntleroy and came out last December through Red Bull’s 20 Before 16 series.

Take a listen below.

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New Music: Jhené Aiko – B’s & H’s

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Could a new album be on the way from Jhené Aiko? Seems like it with the release of her new song “B’s & H’s“!

Debuting the track during Beats 1 “Soulection” on Saturday, the singer holds it down one time for the ladies as she calls out the fellas for their lack of appreciation for women. Produced by The Fisticuffs, Jhené promises that you gone f*ck around and find out as she sings, “What type of sh*t you be doin? / That’s some weak sh*t that you on / These bitches don’t got no feelings, they don’t got no senses, they don’t got no soul / You know that I’m right and you know that you wrong.”

A smooth new track to lead us into what Jhené will be bringing with her new material, “B’s & H’s” will definitely be on our list of replays.

Take a listen to the track below:

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New Music: Mali Music feat. Jhene Aiko – Contradiction

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On December 4, RCA Records/40 Acres And A Mule will release CHI-RAQ – The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, from Spike Lee’s newest film. Executive produced by Lee, the 13-song disc will feature newly written material performed by award-winning Chicago natives R. Kelly, Jennifer Hudson and Sam Dew, as well as Nick Cannon, Mali Music and Jhené Aiko.

The latter two come together on the unexpected collaboration entitled “Contradiction.” Mali and Jhené play around with the serious nature of talking to someone who’s given up and can presumed to be dead.

“If you say that it’s over, I will die,” Mali sings, while Jhené adds, “We meet again old friend, look at how they got you where they want you.”

Take a listen below:

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CHI-RAQ – The Motion Picture Soundtrack to Feature R. Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, Tink, Jhene Aiko and More

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On December 4, RCA Records/40 Acres And A Mule will release CHI-RAQ – The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, from Spike Lee’s newest film. Executive produced by Lee, the 13-song disc will feature newly written material performed by award-winning Chicago natives R. Kelly, Jennifer Hudson and Sam Dew, as well as Nick Cannon, Mali Music and Jhene Aiko. The soundtrack also features local Chicago artists Eryn Allen Kane, Kymm Lewis, Kevon Carter and more.

The soundtrack is available for pre-order now on all digital stores.  As with previous Spike Lee joints, music plays an integral role in this film. The movie’s powerful message is reflected in songs such as Nick Cannon’s “Pray 4 My City,” that embodies the essence of his character Chi-Raq, a rapper addressing the harsh realities of his environment, and Kevon Carter’s self-reflecting “WGDB,” which examines and seeks solutions for the violence happening in Chicago.

Directed by the critically acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee and co-written by Lee and Kevin Willmott, Chi-Raq features an all star cast including: Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett with John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.

“I’m honored and excited to share with you the great music from CHI-RAQ,” says Spike Lee. “Thank you for listening to the established and brand new artists. Real music folks. Peace and love. Ya-dig? Sho-nuff.”

CHI-RAQ arrives exclusively in theaters nationwide on December 4, see the full track listing below:

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Video: Jhené Aiko – ‘Lyin King’

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To commemorate the one-year anniversary of her debut album Souled Out, Jhené Aiko brings us a video for the fan favorite song “Lyin King.”

The petite songstress lets her spiritual side take control in the cinematic clip, which takes place in a tribal civilization, where Jhené and a group of women encounter a tribe of men.

From there, things take a psychedelic turn…

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New Music: Jhene Aiko – In A World of My Own / Very Good Advice (Cover)

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Jhené Aiko takes on Disney with her cover of “In A World of My Own / Very Good Advice” from Alice in Wonderland.  The songstress recorded the special cover for the forthcoming compilation album We Love Disney.

The 15-track project is produced by Grammy Award winning writer/producer David Foster, and in addition to Aiko includes contributions from Ne-Yo, Ariana Grande, Jessie J, Gwen Stefani, Tori Kelly and more.

Aiko delivers a soft and subtle tone just tantalizing enough to get lost in a make-believe dream land.  Last week she put on an very special show for fans in Los Angeles titled “Aiko in Wanderland Experience,” which was directly inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

Verve Records and Walt Disney Records will release We Love Disney on Oct. 30.

Take a listen to Jhené’s cover below:

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Ne-Yo, Jhené Aiko, Ariana Grande & More Recreate Disney Classics for ‘We Love Disney’

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Some of your favorite artists are getting down with Disney. As part of the We Love Disney compilation, today’s superstars from the worlds of pop, rock, R&B, and country have recorded their own unique interpretations of classic Disney songs, which they chose themselves.

Ne-Yo covers Robin Williams’ “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin, Jhené Aiko takes on Alice in Wonderland, Ariana Grande performs “Zero to Hero” from Hercules, and Jason Derulo covers Elton John’s classic “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King.

Produced by the Grammy Award-winning David Foster, the 15-track deluxe edition also includes contributions from Jessie J, Gwen Stefani, Tori Kelly, Jessie Ware, Yuna, and more.

“The Disney franchise is something that brings out the kid in all of us,” said Foster. “No matter how old you are, 3 or 103, when you hear the word ‘Disney’ you light up from within. And there isn’t a person on the planet who doesn’t have a favorite Disney song. We tapped into that passion with all of the artists on the album.”

Verve Records and Walt Disney Records will release We Are Disney on Oct. 30.

Take a listen to Ne-Yo’s rendition of “Friend Like Me” below!

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