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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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Legacy Recordings Celebrates Maxwell with 2 Special Limited Edition 12″ Vinyl Releases


Limited edition vinyl releases continue to be hot commodities for the industry, and the latest to get the special treatment is neo-soul icon Maxwell.

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music, will celebrate the singer with the release of two highly-collectible limited edition 12″ vinyl albums on Friday, October 28.

Leading the way on Legacy’s Maxwell vinyl reissue project is the 20th Anniversary edition of Maxwell’s breakout debut album Urban Hang Suite, a 2 LP collection pressed on Metallic Gold 12″ 150gram vinyl with an 8-page booklet that includes rare images from the original album and single photo shoots.

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Maxwell and Mary J. Blige Set To Embark on “The King and Queen of Hearts” World Tour!


Get Ready for Greatness this Fall!

It has just been announced that Maxwell and Mary J. Blige will be hitting the road together for the first time ever on the co-headlining “The King and Queen of Hearts World Tour” playing arenas nationwide. The 24-show run, kicking off Nov. 5 in Baltimore, MD, will follow on the heels of a dozen European dates in October.

“Mary is the epitome of soul,” says Maxwell. “She embodies all that is woman and speaks for the everyday struggle and triumphs of all women. I can’t wait to get on the road with her.”

Mary notes, “Maxwell’s music is amazingly soulful and calm with a colorful tone that speaks to the hearts of women. His music makes them feel loved and I’m excited to get on the road with him.”

Ro James, who toured with Maxwell all summer, will also join the tour as the special opening guest.

VIP Packages are available starting today (Sept. 7). General public sales start Friday, Sep. 9 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Every online ticket order will include a CD of Maxwell’s new album blackSUMMERS’night and a CD of Mary J. Blige’s forthcoming album. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from every ticket will be donated to Artists of Peace and Justice.

Fans can see Maxwell and Mary make their first televised appearance to promote the new tour on ABC’s “The View” this Friday, Sept. 9.

See the tour itinerary below.

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Watch: Maxwell Debuts “1990x” Video


Maxwell got surprises for us today!

The soul maestro has partnered with TIDAL for the exclusive debut of his seductive “1990x” music video, which is the second visual off his new album blackSUMMERS’night.

Decked out in a bespoke suit, the dapper crooner serenades his gorgeous female co-star in a dimly-lit room while holding a drink in his hand. With a debonair flair, Maxwell delivers passionate vocals. “Lay here closely beside me / Feel my heart as it’s pounding / We will climax with reason / ‘Cause we’re grown and we own it,” he sings.

blackSUMMERS’night, the second album in Maxwell’s trilogy, also features the singles “Lake By the Ocean” and “Gods.”

Check out the “1990x” video via TIDAL below.

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