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Usher, Maxwell, Jhené Aiko Pay Tribute to Prince


With festival season under way, many artists all over paid tribute to Prince this past weekend. With his passing coming in between the two weekends of Coachella there were multiple acts that shared their love for the music icon.

Usher was a surprise guest during Major Lazer’s Sunday set and he came through with a couple of special covers, performing “I Would Die 4 U” and “1999.”

He wasn’t alone either as Sufjan Stevens and buzzing singer Gallant covered “Purple Rain,” and Jhené Aiko also joined Gallant for a duet of “Diamonds and Pearls.”

On the other side of the country, Maxwell paid tribute to Prince during his set at Jazz Fest in New Orleans. “We just lost the greatest musician in the world,” Maxwell said. “He was one of the most beloved, one of the most special… Everyone is up on this stage because of him. Prince was not just once but he will forever be the greatest.”

Maxwell then followed with a musical tribute to the late singer, riffing on “This Woman’s Work” with the intro to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.”

Check out some fan footage below.

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21 R&B Videos from the 2000s To Get You Ready for Spring Love!


Ah, spring! The season where the weather is nice, the flowers start to bloom, and R&B songs reign supreme!

As the weather finally went from drab to fab in the blink of an eye, I couldn’t help but play one of my favorite songs dedicated to the spring: Stevie B’s 1988 hit-single “Spring Love”.  Now, in the midst of me bobbin’ my head while the wind blew through and hit my bad hair day chia pet hair, I realized that this is the season that is the precursor to the official choose up season (word to Eric B.). It is in the spring that you engage in the drafting to the choose up season…if you will. It is with spring that you start laying down the good talk game to secure your spot for the playoff season if you’re in the market to be traded or do the trading.

Of course though, we all know that R&B is literally the genre of love (and heartache, but we’ll save that for another list), so it was only right that we delivered a list of R&B songs/videos from the 2000s to get you ready for spring love! What better way to let the one you’re checkin’ for know that they’ve caught your eye then to play them a track from one of the best eras (I’m not here to let you debate me, so don’t try) of music ever made?

Jump into our list of “21 R&B Videos from The 2000’s to Get You Ready for Spring Love” below!

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Maxwell Talks Being Gone For Seven Years, New Music, Avoiding Trends and More


The promo run is absolutely on!

Only hours after releasing his well-anticipated new single, “Lake By The Ocean,” Maxwell dropped by ‘The Breakfast Club’ to dish on his now ended hiatus from music.

With 20 years since the release of his debut album, Urban Hang Suite, the singer-songwriter discussed how unbelievable it is for him to still be here. Citing D’Angelo as the door opener to getting Urban Hang Suite off of the shelves, the veteran singer had nothing but positive things to say about everyone that was brought up in his interview.

From choosing to minimally collaborating to his collaborations with Nas and wanting to work with Jay Z, Maxwell’s interview was a breath of fresh air in an industry filled with negativity. He also discussed why he’s so private with his life, and stated that he wants the work to be how people remember him.

After 20 years and only four albums (five if you count the MTV Unplugged album), it’s incredible to believe that the demand and respect for new Maxwell music is still prevalent.

Take a look at the interview below:

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Listen: Maxwell Releases New Single “Lake By The Ocean,” Announces ‘blackSUMMERS’night’ Release Date!

Maxwell Lake-By-The-Ocean

Maxwell is back and it’s about damn time!

Please understand that it is with extreme gratitude, fire, and desire, that I sit here and type this, because hello, a new wind of Maxwell music is all we’ve been waiting for over here at ThisIsRnB!

Though it’s literally taken what seems like forever for us to receive even a hint of new music since the delivery of his overly appreciated 2009 album BLACKsummers’night, now that it’s here, I literally don’t know what to do with myself. Dropping his brand new single “Lake By The Ocean” at midnight, Maxwell has continued to literally push #MissionMeetMaxwell into full swing.

Engulfed with his sexy lyrics and falsetto, “Lake By The Ocean,” is the perfect segue into his second album in the trilogy, blackSUMMERS’night. Premiering the visual during his Facebook Q&A, the R&B veteran had this to say about #LBTO: “The song represents falling in love after a very tough trial period in life and finding contentment in the smallest things next to the biggest things. So, being able to be content in a lake when you have an entire ocean near you is, for me, the epitome of true happiness. That you don’t really need more; that you have more within the person that you’re sharing whatever that experience is.”

In the same Q&A session, Maxwell also delivered the news of his album release date. So, mark your calendars Maxwell fans, we’ll be receiving SUMMERS’ on Friday, July 1 and this will also be the night that he headlines at Essence Fest!

Unless Beyoncé delivers a new track or drops a surprise album today, this has definitely been the highlight of my week!

Take a listen to “Lake By The Ocean” below and buy it on iTunes now!

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Celebrating Maxwell’s Grammy-Nominated Debut Album ‘Urban Hang Suite’ 20 Years Later!

Maxwell Urban Hang Suite


When we hear or see that name, our interest is piqued, eager to experience euphoric grooves and mellifluous vocals. We adore him because he is a master at curating soundscapes of insatiable desire. And it’s been that way for the past 20 years.

When the Brooklyn bred singer/songwriter’s seminal debut, Urban Hang Suite dropped on April 2, 1996, the R&B game was solid, but the Neo-Soul movement—of which Maxwell is a pioneer—introduced a brave new world.  Like a quiet storm, Urban Hang Suite initially went unnoticed, but eventually, it went platinum and earned a Grammy nomination, fulfilling its rightful place as a R&B classic.

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Yes!! Maxwell Teases Preview of New Single “Lake By The Ocean”

Maxwell Lake By The Ocean

Is it finally real??!!!

We were pretty certain that Maxwell would be making his return in 2016, and after talking about his upcoming album with Essence, and being made a headliner at the 2016 Essence Music Festival, it was all more apparent.  But, with Max you just never know.

However, on Saturday morning that has all changed, when the R&B singer-songwriter teased the release of his brand new single “Lake By The Ocean” on Instagram.  Posting a split up collage of images, including shots of the ocean, and high above a forest, he gave us one short clip with the single cover and audio of the song too!

“in the light of the sun i was dazed i was burned i was lost deep in a storm of a grave had a bed as coffin,” he wrote with multiple posts. “you were only the one that made me fulfilled only the thing that made me reveal my destiny was before us a beach of a forest anything ain’t nothing it’s just… it’s just you just us nobody but.. love on trust on us nobody now can we swim a lake by the ocean we’ll be one like drops in slow motion..” #lakebytheocean #LTBO #maxwell #summers #20thyearanniversaryofmaxwellmusic”

According to his post, the song is due out on March 8! Check out the preview below.

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Mariah Carey, Maxwell, Kendrick Lamar to Headline 2016 ESSENCE Festival, Plus Full Lineup Announced!


Who’s ready to go back to New Orleans this summer!

Well, if you weren’t before, you probably will be now. ESSENCE has officially announced the lineup for their anticipated 22nd Annual Essence Music Festival, taking place in New Orleans, LA from June 30 to July 3.

The all-star lineup kicks off with headliners Mariah Carey, Maxwell and Kendrick Lamar, who will take the main stage during the nighttime concerts at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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Maxwell Announces New Album Set for 2016 Release!


Can you believe it’s been 20 years since the world was first introduced to R&B icon Maxwell?!

April 2016 will mark the 20th anniversary of his outstanding debut album Urban Hang Suite, which brought us some of our favorite Maxwell tracks including “Whenever, Wherever, Whatever,” and “Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder).”

If you’re like us and wondering where part 2 of the R&B crooner’s trilogy has been hiding, wonder no more! After talking with the good people over at Essence Magazine, Max gave us a long-awaited update on blackSUMMERS’night — the follow up to 2009’s BLACKsummers’night— and promises that fans will have their hands on the much-anticipated album sooner than they think.

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