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Maxwell Surprises Brooklyn Church With an Easter Performance

It’s great having Maxwell back, because he keeps giving fans some super memorable surprises.

On Easter Sunday (Apr. 16), the R&B crooner help celebrate in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York, by surprising the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Bed-Stuy with an impromptu performance. After speaking briefly, Max joined the congregation with a passionate rendition of Andraé Crouch’s “Let the Church Say Amen.”

In a video, which he posted to his Twitter account, the singer can be heard preaching, “No matter where we go, whatever songs we write, it always comes back to God.”

Check out Maxwell’s performance below.

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Watch: Maxwell Gives “Gods” Video Full Release

A week after premiering it on TIDAL, Maxwell has officially released his “Gods” video for all to watch on YouTube.

In the sexy Philip Andelman-directed visuals, Max is seen casually walking around and driving through Los Angeles at night in a white 1982 Lamborghini. Various buildings in download L.A. and other locations are lit up with pink neon light beams.

Explaining the video’s concept, Maxwell told Billboard, “Inspiration stemmed from having an experience of sort of seeing the spiritual parallel universe — that which can’t be seen. Art is subjective, visions evolve and I want fans to interpret the video on their own. I hope they enjoy it.”

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the video below, and click here to see Maxwell’s new summer tour dates.

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Maxwell Premieres “Gods” Video on TIDAL, Announces Summer Tour Dates

Maxwell has finally released a new visual from his acclaimed 2016 album blackSUMMERS’night. The R&B crooner has partnered with streaming service TIDAL to premiere the video for his current single “Gods,” which he originally teased for a couple years before the album was eventually released last summer.

Filmed at various locations in Los Angeles, the Philip Andelman-directed video uses pink neon to accent a lit-up City of Angels as Maxwell casually drives through the night in a white 1982 Lamborghini.

Explaining the video’s concept, Maxwell tells Billboard, “Inspiration stemmed from having an experience of sort of seeing the spiritual parallel universe — that which can’t be seen. Art is subjective, visions evolve and I want fans to interpret the video on their own. I hope they enjoy it.”

Last year, Maxwell toured extensively across North America and Europe in promotion of blackSUMMERS’night, and he has no plans of slowing down this year. The crooner has announced the dates of a headlining arena tour, which will kick off May 23 in Nashville, and travel to smaller cities including Virginia Beach, Baton Rouge, Columbia, SC and more through June. Singers Ledisi and Leela James are set to join Max on select dates, while Common has also been confirmed for the two opening shows.

TIDAL members will get access to a ticket pre-sale tomorrow (March 28) at 10am local time, and public sale starts Friday (March 31) at 10am local times.

Check out the video clip and tour dates below.

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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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