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Watch: Can Luke James Hit that Note?


Luke James is known for hitting captivating high notes without breaking a sweat so it’s only right that ESSENCE Live put him to the test.

While seated they play a various selection of songs with different notes, such as Maxwell’s “Fortunate,” Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe,” John Legend’s “Ordinary People,” and more.

Can he hit the notes? See for yourself below!

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Watch: Luke James Performs “Exit Wounds” on ‘The REAL’

Luke James The Real

Luke James received some much deserving daytime TV promo on Tuesday when he appeared on ‘The REAL’ and performed his current single “Exit Wounds.”

Over the single piano track, the R&B crooner does what he always does best and left his heart on the stage as he belted out the emotional ballad.

The audience had nothing but cheers and applause for Luke as he hit note after chilling note, but surprised everyone when he ran up the stairs to join the crowd for when the track flips into a turnt-up dismissal of the hoe that caused his heartache.

Watch Luke’s performance below!

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Watch: Luke James Covers Carl Thomas’ “I Wish” Live


Luke James just wrapped his mini headlining tour with BJ The Chicago Kid in promotion of his self-titled debut album.

Known for his amazing live performances, the R&B crooner had some surprises in his set for audiences, with a few unexpected covers.  One of which being Carl Thomas’ classic hit single, “I Wish,” which has always been one of his favorite records.

At his opening show in NYC last month, Luke already had the crowd hanging on to his every word when he delved into the cover, causing a roar from fans who sang along, but he cut it short by shaking his head and saying, “that bitch ain’t got no love.”

Check out our footage of the performance below!

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List: The Best of February – Top 12 Records


2015 has proven to be the year of the comeback! While last month provided releases from Jazmine Sullivan, Jodeci, and more, February has us running to YouTube to hit play on some of our favorite songs from R&B past.

From the return of songstress Tamia to the reunion of the early ’00s group Pretty Ricky, the month of the lover brought out some top contenders in the genre of R&B. Whether you’re a fan of the classic sounds or more of the progressive style that’s out today, February’s list has something to offer for every type of lover in you.

Although this may be only the second month of the year, it’s going to be difficult to top what was offered this time around.

So, if you’re ready for that good good, jump into our “Best of February – Top 12 Records” below!

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ThisisRnB Nights: Luke James, BJ The Chicago Kid, & Ro James Perform at Highline Ballroom (NYC)


On another bitter cold night in NYC, Highline Ballroom provided plenty of heat for R&B fans on Wednesday.  As the first show on their mini tour, Luke James and BJ the Chicago Kid brought their soulful talents to the stage, and delivered riveting sets for the packed crowd.

Expected on the bill, but due to illness rising singer George Tandy Jr. was unable to perform. As the stand alone opening act, NYC native and buzz-worthy singer/songwriter, Ro James, delighted the crowd, of previous fans and new, with his unique tone and charisma.

BJ was up next, and he went right into his set with covers and originals, including his buzzed about remake of Fabolous and Jeremih’s “Thim Slick.” Promoting his recently released mixtape “The M.A.F.E. Project,” BJ showed why he is one of R&B/Soul’s most exciting up and comers with his song, “Soul of a Woman,” and in closing he had the crowd singing along to his Grammy nominated collaboration with SchoolBoy Q, “Studio.”

Anyone that’s been to a Luke James show knows that he is one of the best in the business live, right up against veterans, the 2x Grammy nominated crooner exudes poise and showmanship. Opening with uptempos from his self-titled debut album, including “Love XYZ” and “Dancing In The Dark,” Luke performed many of his album cuts for the first time and past fan favorites from his previous EPs.

Some of his standout moments came from covers as well, including a new hard knocking remake of “Sexual Healing,” which he segued into a cover of Rae Sremmurd’s club hit “No Type,” sending the crowd into full turn-up mode. He surprised with a cover of Carl Thomas’ “I Wish,” and debuted his brand new song “Bad News.” Proving why his records resonate so well with fans, Luke delivered an outstanding live version of his single “Exit Wounds,” getting the whole audience to put their middle finger in the air and scream ‘F U’ to anyone who ever broke their heart. He closed with his Grammy nominated songs “Options,” and the now classic “I Want You.”

Another great night for R&B in NYC. Check out our exclusive photo recap below!

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New Music: Luke James – Bad News

Luke James Bad News

Luke James let Valentine’s pass without new music, but only days later he surprises with the eargasmic new song “Bad News,” produced by Trakgirl and Alex Diiamonds.

The R&B sanger rides the reverberating percussion and ethereal soundscape with an intoxicating vocal as he coos about being at the mercy of a lover.

“It’s a song about “erotic tension,” James told The FADER. “With living, creating and performing, I’ve become more comfortable with relieving my sensuality through my artistry.”

A potential candidate for the recently released soundtrack to Fifty Shades of Grey, the sensual tune bares a deeper storyline with the addition of female vocals by Alicia “Rai”.

Take a listen below!

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ThisisRnB Presents: The Top 20 R&B Albums of 2014

Top 20 R&B Albums of 2014

Better late than never right?? 2014 may be over and done, but that doesn’t mean we can’t bask in it a bit more. While the year brought about many disappointments and frustrations, it also brought with it a few blessings in the form of R&B.

Whether you were waiting on your favorite artist to drop another album, or you were introduced to the sounds of someone different, there’s no denying the talent that moved through our ears and speakers last year. From Mary J. Blige’s commendable trip across the pond to K. Michelle’s anticipated sophomore effort to Chris Brown yet again finding favor in the hearts of many for his music, some damn good audible treats surfaced during 2014.

Although the above may be true, unfortunately some artists didn’t receive the shine that they deserved for their obviously noted underrated albums. That however, has never stopped us from giving them their well-deserved props and doing our part to help everyone discover their greatness.

So, even if you preferred to be “Dancing In The Dark” over getting “2 On,” there’s no way that anyone can say that this past year didn’t help with moving R&B back to the top of the charts! Gone are the days of R&B being looked at as “tarnished,” “washed,” or “unappreciated,” because there were truly some classic and timeless pieces of art dropped throughout last year.

So, without further adieu, give yourself one more look back with “The 20 Best R&B Albums of 2014” below!

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List: The 10 Artists That We Are Most Thankful For This Year!


Ahhhh, Thanksgiving. The time of year that we sit around the table, stuff ourselves fat, and watch football all day long! While Thanksgiving gets its rep for the loaded plates that we anticipate all year long, some of us forget the true meaning of the holiday.  Meant to be a reminder of all things that we are thankful for, the Thanksgiving holiday wouldn’t be right for us, if we didn’t give our own spin on it.

This year has brought in a batch of talent fresher than your Granny’s cookies, that have made us find appreciation in 2014 just that much more.  But, don’t think that we’ve forgotten about the veterans that held it down this year too. With contributions from both old, and new artists to the R&B genre, 2014 dropped off some of the most impressive and – in some cases – unfortunately slept on talent that we’ve seen or heard.

From bringing back the true essence of R&B to keeping up with the current progressive sounds, each of these artists gave us a little something that had us looking back on the year with big smiles and wide arms.

So, without any further delay, let’s get into our Thanksgiving list, “10 Artists That We Are Most Thankful For This Year!”

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