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22 R&B Songs That Turned Valentine’s Day Out In 1997

Valentine’s Day is here so that means nothing but fine wines and good vibes for all the lovers in the world. Though recent years delivered a set of R&B songs that fit the mood of today, nothing quite beats the sound of ’90s R&B and the feelings that came along with those songs. Without any debate, ’90s R&B was the essence of love and we couldn’t picture a successful Valentine’s Day without a ‘90s R&B playlist serving as the soundtrack.

With that in mind, we decided that it would be fitting to take you back to that place of love and happiness and show you what Valentine’s Day would’ve been like had you been in celebration mode 20 years ago. Though most of the R&B hits from ’97 didn’t erupt on the scene until after February of that year, the tracks released from 1995 leading up to 1997’s date of love made for an unforgettable playlist that was sure to make anyone D.T.D. (Drop them draws, dawg!).

Don’t believe us? Check out these 22 R&B songs that turned Valentine’s Day out in 1997 below.

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Watch: Maxwell Makes Surprise Appearance During Proposal on ‘Steve Harvey Show’

On Wednesday (Feb. 1), Steve Harvey welcomed Nehemiah, a 2016 Neighborhood Award recipient for “Good Neighbor of the Year.” Nehemiah grew up in the toughest of circumstances, but after realizing he was going down a bad path, he changed his ways and now runs a foundation and community center to help the people of his community.

Today, he asked Steve for his help with another big life change. Nehemiah wants to propose to his girlfriend of five years, Silvina.

Silvina is under the impression that they are on the show to talk about the charity work, but she’s in for the surprise of her life, as Steve helped set the mood for one of the most romantic proposals. To make the proposal extra special, Steve arranged a surprise visit from Silvina’s favorite artist, MAXWELL!

Watch the happy moment below.

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Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, & Maxwell Perform at Women’s March on Washington

Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, and Maxwell were among the numerous musical artists to show their support during the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. on Saturday (Jan. 21).

Keys stepped on stage and recited Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise” before performing her hit “Girl on Fire.” She also offered some encouraging words to protesters: “We want the best for all Americans — no hate, no bigotry, no Muslim registry.”

Monae, who stars in the new critically acclaimed film Hidden Figures, also said a few words before performing her song “Hell You Talmbout.”

“Get off our areolas, get off our vaginas,” said Monae, who wore a “Fem the Future” sweatshirt. “It was a woman who gave us Martin Luther King. It was a woman who gave us Malcolm X. It was a woman who gave us Jesus.”

Maxwell also made an appearance at the march to deliver a beautiful rendition of his famed cover of “This Woman’s Work.”

Check out the footage below.

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ThisisRnB Presents: The 20 Best R&B Albums of 2016

#Blessings 2016, we out!

Across the board it’s been a very interesting year for music, and R&B played a major role in adding unique projects to 2016. From our perspective–over the past couple of years–there appears to be a stronger push to return certain elements of traditional R&B to the mainstream public, even coming from the new generations. However, the genre is still evolving, continuing to grow and change, and creative progression is what we want to see.

What we heard this year, is a vast variety of R&B sounds, styles, and inspirations across many releases; from new breakout voices to mainstream megastars to long overdue comebacks from some of our most beloved singers. 2016 was the year for it all, whether you love buttery smooth soul, gritty blues, sinfully dark seduction, dance and sing-along anthems, retro funk and anything in-between, there was something for every taste in the many albums that were released this year.

Now, instead of offering our critical album rankings this year, we’ve taken a different approach to the list, and not placed the albums in number order, but just alphabetical. So click below to check out our list of The 20 Best R&B Albums of 2016, and also check out the results of our Readers’ Choice Poll on the last page as well!

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Watch: Maxwell & Elle Varner Surprise Duet and Soul Cypher with Ro James & Stacy Barthe

Elle Varner held a ‘One Night Only’ show at New York City’s Duane Park on Friday night (Dec. 16). The soulful singer teased via her social media that the night would be magical and she did not disappoint!

Opening the show at the top of a staircase with “Not Tonight” (from her debut album) and covering Tamia’s “Officially Missing You,” it was clear that Varner was not here to play games.

With Christmas around the corner, Elle decided to spread some holiday cheer with a cover of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” with some help from singer/songwriter Stacy Barthe.

Proclaiming that she is officially “back,” she previewed a new song titled “Heart Emoji Eyes” from her long-overdue next album.

While singing in the crowd, Elle was caught off guard and shocked when she noticed Maxwell was in attendance. Max and Ro James then joined her on stage to perform their hits “Ascension,” “Permission” and “Already Knew That.”

Elle closed the show with her hit single “Refill” with the help of singer Aaron Marcellus, and it turned into a soul cypher with Maxwell, Ro James, Stacy Barthe, and Ali Caldwell (The Voice) all returning to the stage to join in.

Check out all the footage below!

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New Music: Maxwell – 1990x (Michael Brun Remix)

It’s new music Friday, and Maxwell has delivered something smooth for our listening pleasure.

After wrapping up his world tour with Mary J. Blige this week, the soulful crooner has released an official remix to the sultry “1990x” off his acclaimed album blackSUMMERS’night.

Producer Michael Brun puts some atmospheric grooves down for the hypnotic remix, which breathes additional life into the song’s sexy vibe.

Earlier this month Maxwell received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Song for the SUMMERS’ single “Lake By The Ocean.”

Check out the new remix to “1990x” below.

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Watch Maxwell and the Singing Cashier Perform “Ascension” Live


Maxwell is a man of his word!

After Dollar General cashier Lucas Holliday earned viral fame earlier this month, when a video of him singing Maxwell’s “Ascension” emerged on the web, the R&B superstar invited Lucas to join him on stage.

On Friday (Nov. 18), Holliday took his singing inspiration up on his offer and shared the stage with him at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit.

“Getting on stage is one thing,” Holliday told ABC News who filmed the whole process from rehearsal to the performance. “I love the stage. But being on this stage, just the magnitude of that, is kind of…It’s kind of a god send to me. I was going through a lot of stuff recently. Life was getting down on me a little bit. All of a sudden this crazy thing happened to me.”

Aside from being a singing cashier, Holliday is also a member of the funk band Tell Yo Mama. They recently earned a new wedding gig due to the viral sensation. Meanwhile, Maxwell and Mary J. Blige are on “The King and Queen of Hearts World Tour,” set to run through Dec. 14 in Chicago.

Watch the surreal moment come to life below.

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Maxwell Invites Singing Cashier To Perform With Him


Maxwell is making one talented fan’s dream come true.

Lucas Holliday, a Dollar General cashier in Lansing, MI, caught viral fame after a video of him singing Maxwell’s “Ascension” landed on Facebook.

Shocked by Holliday’s vocals, Maxwell offered a surprise of his own with a video message on “Good Morning America,” where Holliday was a guest.

“You sound unbelievable,” said Maxwell. “I wanted to personally invite you onstage at my Detroit show this Friday…Congratulations! You have a sick amazing voice.”

Maxwell went on to praise Holliday again on Twitter. “he’s doing more for me than he even realizes,” he wrote. “much love to @GMA for changing and creating opportunities for everyone who has a dream.”

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