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Listen: Jhené Aiko Surprises With Brand New Album ‘Trip’


All signs led to a surprise release, and Jhené Aiko delivered today (Sept. 22) without warning!  The soulful songstress has released her much-anticipated sophomore album, Trip.

The singer-songwriter has been crafting this project for over two years. Through that time she recorded a catalog of songs, and there is no shortage of tracks on the 22-song set. Prior to today’s surprise release, Aiko released 3 singles, “Maniac,” the Chris Brown-featured “Hello Ego (Don’t Stop),” and “While We’re Young.”  The later is the only previously released cut that appears on this full-length project.

Filled with introspective , personal stories the set has been described as an “epic, psychedelic journey beyond the boundaries of R&B.” However, with so many tracks it was bound to include some major guest features, and it does. Jhené’s real life beau, Big Sean, joins her on “Moments,” and then as their duo TWENTY88 on “OLLA (Only Lovers Left Alive).”  Additional features come from Brandy (“Ascension”), Swae Lee (“Sativa”), Kurupt (“Never Call Me”), Mali Music (“Trip”), plus her father Dr. Chill and daughter Namiko Love make appearances.

In a mission statement that she released for free to her followers on Thursday (Sept. 21), Jhené revealed that she has been on a physical, emotional, and mental journey to find herself following the 2012 death of her brother Miyagi. “My brother and I were very close. We were only two years apart,” she said. “I never thought of him as a separate person, but an extension of myself. He was my reflection. In his presence I was confident and always so sure.”

Trip, the follow-up to 2014’s Souled Out, was also accompanied by a short film directed by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip). “It’s inspired by every type of trip you could imagine: mental, physical, even psychedelic,” Jhené told Playboy. “I’m at a point where I put it all in the music. It’s a puzzle I want people to put together.”

Without any further delay, lets go Trippin with Jhené below!

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Watch: Jhené Aiko Releases Short Film ‘Trip’


Jhené Aiko is taking us on a ‘Trip.’

Even though we’ve been patiently waiting for the Sailing Soul to finally release her sophomore album, we’re not mad at her first venture into film with Trip. Co-written and directed by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip), the 23-minute short showcases Jhené’s growth in learning how to cope with the death of her brother while also giving fans a sneak peek of music she’s yet to release.

“Crazy, how I can stare into empty space and see his smile, crystal clear as day,” she says in the intro. “I close my eyes and hear his voice.”

Aiko portrays the main character Penny, a depressed poet who’s addicted to prescription meds but is willing to try anything once to numb the pain away. After she meets a charismatic Danté who just so happened to intrude on her favorite writing spot, she goes down a dark twisted road that leads her face to face with her truth — her obsession with avoiding pain instead of dealing with it.

“I am looking for a brother’s love in every single man,” she says. “But you’ll never see me like my brother did, you’ll never need me like a brother did. There’s a black hole in my soul. It’s beginning to show.”

Featuring her singles, “Maniac,” “While We’re Young,” and “Hello Ego,” Trip will have you feel the full range of emotions, laugh and cry, then make you want to hug your closest friends and family.

“I was a sunken ship,” she says at the end. “A drunken sip of something thick / And then I took a trip / There was no captain / But you were my anchor.”

Fans can download the movie, which is currently available for free streaming via YouTube, for $4 through her newly-launched website,

Watch the trippy short film below.

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Jhené Aiko Debuts Trailer for Short Film ‘Trip’

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Get ready to take a ‘Trip’ with Jhené Aiko. The songstress has teased her followers with a preview of the short film that will support her forthcoming album, Trip 17.

Taking to social media, Aiko released a short trailer for the visual, which she co-wrote with Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip, Barbershop: The Next Cut).

Jhené introduces us to her character Penny in the sneak peek. She is seen walking through a wooded area near water, as the sound of ocean waves are heard in the background under lush acoustic strings. A mysterious man is then seen pleading with her, as he asks: “Come on this trip with me.”

It is speculated that the singer-songwriter has been crafting the surprise film to accompany her much-anticipated sophomore studio album. Last month, in an interview with Playboy, Jhené revealed that the project is “inspired by every type of trip you could imagine.”

“I’m a bit of an escape artist. I like to take myself out of my element and create. I went to Hawaii by myself and hiked. When you connect with nature, you connect with yourself,” she said about crafting the album, which has been described as a map.

According to the front page of the script, the Trip film will also feature original poetry by Aiko. In June, she released the single “While We’re Young” along with its 50 First Dates-inspired video. Shortly after, she followed it up with her Chris Brown collaboration, “Hello Ego (Don’t Stop).”

Trip 17 will follow Aiko’s 2014 debut studio album, Souled Out.

Watch Jhené embark on her Trip in the trailer below.

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Jhené Aiko Readies New Album ‘TRIP 17’


Jhené Aiko is prepping to let fans take a journey with her anticipated sophomore album.

The songstress has shared some new information about the long-awaited project, while revealing that it is titled, TRIP 17.

“I’m a bit of an escape artist. I like to take myself out of my element and create. I went to Hawaii by myself and hiked. When you connect with nature, you connect with yourself,” said Aiko for a brief by sexy feature in the September/October 2017 issue of Playboy.

“It’s inspired by every type of trip you could imagine: mental, physical, even psychedelic,” continued the singer-songwriter. “I’m at a point where I put it all in the music. It’s a puzzle I want people to put together.”

In June, she released the single “While We’re Young” along with its 50 First Dates-inspired video. Shortly after, she followed it up with her Chris Brown collaboration, “Hello Ego (Don’t Stop).”

TRIP 17, which has been described as a map, marks Jhené’s first full-length studio album since 2014’s Souled Out. The project is still awaiting a release date.

Aside from her solo material, Aiko is also teaming up with Big Sean for a second TWENTY88 project.

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New Music: Jhené Aiko feat. Chris Brown – Hello Ego

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In a surprise early release, friends and frequent collaborators Jhené Aiko and Chris Brown have reunited on wax.

Following past tracks like “Drunk Texting,” “Post to Be,” and “Wishing Remix,” the two singers join forces once again on the sultry, “Hello Ego.”

Aiko leads as she sings about personal struggles and being the family breadwinner. “I know I’m supposed to be about my money / ‘Cause that baby gotta eat when she get hungry,” she sings. “And anything my family need they get it from me / So when sh*t get ugly, I can’t stop, I won’t stop, I don’t stop.”

Breezy explores his public persona on a self-aware and candid verse. “They call me crazy / It’s okay, girl, I got issues,” he sings. “I wear my heart like my tattoos, I share my tears with tissues.” Later, he adds: “I’ve been up, down, up, up, back down / But I won’t break down.”

After the track was released online, Brown posted his excitement on Instagram. Sharing a screenshot of the new song, he wrote: “Time to f**k the summer up sis.”

UPDATE: Listen to the official version of “Hello Ego” now below!

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Jhené Aiko Releases New Single & Video “While We’re Young”

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Jhené Aiko is back with an easy, breezy new chune to uplift your senses for the weekend.

Soothing atmospheric synths, under light percussion, set a relaxing mood on “While We’re Young,” the songstress’ first solo release since last fall’s provocative “Maniac.”

Aiko delivers joy filled, emotional lyrics about a perfect love on the song, which is most likely dedicated to her boyfriend, rapper Big Sean.

“Baby while we’re young we should just have fun / We should just do whatever we want and tell everyone that we’re so in love with each other / That we found the one in one another,” she sings.

Continuing to address their never-ending romance Aiko adds, “It’s been another perfect day wit’cha / Wanna lay wit’cha, spend the night wit’cha / Spend my life wit’cha / All right, you know I’m down to ride.”

Premiering the song along with a music video, Jhené borrows from the movie 50 First Dates for the cinematic visuals. The singer plays a woman who suffers from short-term memory loss, and everyday has to fall in love with her boyfriend over and over again.

Aside from her highly-anticipated sophomore album, Aiko and Big Sean are working on their second release as the duo TWENTY88, which is expected to drop at some point this year.

Check out “While We’re Young” below!

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Jhené Aiko & Big Sean Celebrate Teva x Jhené Collection

On Monday night (May 1) in Los Angeles, Jhené Aiko celebrated the launch of her latest Teva collection with a swanky, private dinner party on the rooftop of the NeueHouse penthouse.

The songstress wore an ATM bodysuit paired with Moussy denim and a Thompson Street Studio by Susan Cianciolo and Kiva Motnyk kimono from the Hammer Museum.

Jhené mingled with friends and media as she previewed the collection ahead of its May 2 public launch. Guests enjoyed a vegan-inspired dinner with the artist who talked about the inspiration behind her second collection with Teva.

Beau Big Sean also showed up to support and celebrate her new collection.

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New Video: 2 Chainz feat. Trey Songz, Ty Dolla $ign, & Jhené Aiko – It’s A Vibe

The vibes are super strong in the swaggy new video for 2 Chainz recent star-studded collaboration, “It’s A Vibe” featuring Trey Songz, Ty Dolla $ign & Jhené Aiko.

The Atlanta rap star kicks off the visual in a sexy lounge club where he enjoys the company of some beautiful woman and a live band. The next vibe brings forth Ty Dolla, who sings his portion in a strip club kind of setting. Meanwhile, Trigga plays an alluring passenger in a drop top convertible, kicking game to a model.

“Okay, so I’ve got the ambiance just where I want it,” raps 2 Chainz. In a candle-lit room, he raps for a couple of lingerie-clad models. Then, wearing a mask, he transitions into a darker vibe, where chains fill up a dark room with curvaceous women dressed in black.

Jhené’s vibe is also quite dark, as she plays the role of this mysterious location’s boss. Counting money while getting her feet massaged, she sings about busting it wide.

“It’s a Vibe” is a single off 2 Chainz’ forthcoming album, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music. Initially set for release this month, the album has been pushed back to an undetermined date.

Check out the video below.

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