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ThisisRnB Nights: “GRAMMY Park” Live with Ne-Yo & Jazmine Sullivan at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn


On Thursday night (May 5) The GRAMMYs launched their first ever “GRAMMY Park” live event at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. The opening night concert at the famed, recently re-opened theater featured R&B stars Ne-Yo and Jazmine Sullivan.

The renovated grand-old building is a spectacular venue for any show, but when R&B vocals bounce off the golden walls it’s something innately special. The drinks and free candy were flowing, as thousands of guests found the way to their seats, and the incomparable @JSullivanMusic took the stage. Jaz’s anointed voice is exceptional on it’s own, but when backed by her full band, additional backup singers, and high definition screens to enhance the visual performance, there are few that can compete with the songstresses ability to captivate an audience. Since her return in 2015 with the critically acclaimed album Reality Show, the Philly girl has been consistently touring with her new material, and she put plenty on display this night. Performing cuts off the album like “Mascara,” “Forever Don’t Last,” “Let It Burn,” and “Masterpiece” the singer left all her emotions on the stage. However, one of the most touching and memorable moments was her tribute to Prince as she let her fluttering falsetto shine with a cover of the late legend’s song “Adore.” To close her exceptional performance Jazmine turned up the tempo as everyone rocked and bounced to her breakout single “Need U Bad.”

The evening’s headliner was none other than R&B hitmaker Ne-Yo, and when the first horns of his recent hit “She Knows” hit the speakers everyone knew it was time for a party. The singer/songwriter’s catalog is one of the deepest in the game these days, and he can literally keep a crowd on their feet for a full hour, however Ne-Yo made sure to take us through various emotions as he ran through hits like “Miss Independent,” “All Because Of You,” “So Sick,” “Champagne Life” and more, plus showed BK some love with his classic Fabolous-collaboration “Make Me Better.”

He made sure to bring us all the way back to where he got his big break, penning Mario’s massive hit “Let Me Love You,” and brought us back up to date with favorites off his latest album, Non-Fiction, like “Congratulations,” “Story Time” and the sexy slow jam “Religious.”

Similar to Jazmine, Ne-Yo had to pay his respects to one of his greatest inspirations and an artist whom he respected greatly–Prince. As the lights dimmed all the way down, a clip of Prince’s interview with Oprah played on the large screen, and the crowd let out a gasp of anticipation for the forthcoming special moment. Ne-Yo was clearly nervous to even attempt to cover The Purple One, as he told the crowd, “Man, I just pray that I can do this song justice. I love you, Prince. We miss you.” He clearly did his best covering one of Prince’s less mainstream songs, “The Beautiful Ones,” off Purple Rain.

The “Sexy Love” singer was certainly in top form with a mission to make one of his musical fathers proud, like he was right there in the audience with the rest of us. The party continued as Ne-Yo led us into the night with his mega dance hits like “Give Me Everything,” and he absolutely gave Brooklyn everything.

Check out our exclusive photos and footage below!

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Ticket Giveaway: GRAMMY Park Live with Ne-Yo & Jazmine Sullivan May 5 in Brooklyn, NY

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The GRAMMY’s always bring stellar events surrounding music’s biggest night, but now, The Recording Academy® is bringing more great live music events to fans throughout the year. Kicking off this week in Brooklyn, NY, the Academy has partnered with Upsilon Ventures, producer and developer of iconic destinations and visitor experiences and the New York City Mayor’s Office to present “GRAMMY Park,” the first GRAMMY-branded, multiday live music experience!

Over the course of four days and 10 live concert performances, more than 30 artists, collectively honored with 40-plus GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY Awards®, will converge in Brooklyn to celebrate the rich musical diversity of various genres, including R&B, hip-hop, gospel, pop, Latin, and jazz.

Live music performances and signature Artist Spotlights featuring seven-time GRAMMY winner Toni Braxton with Andra Day, and three-time GRAMMY winner NE-YO with Jazmine Sullivan, will take place in two of Brooklyn’s most iconic locations, the Prospect Park Bandshell and the historic Kings Theatre. Additional special events and programs will be held at LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park.

Now for the really exciting news! We have teamed up with the Academy for a special ticket giveaway for the opening night concert at Kings Theatre featuring NE-YO and Jazmine Sullivan!!

We have 5 pairs of tickets available! See below for the rules and regulations for your chance to win!

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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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Congrats! Ne-Yo and Wife Welcome Baby Boy

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Congratulations are in order for Ne-Yo and his wife Crystal Renay. The couple welcomed a baby boy named Prince Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr. on Tuesday (March 15).

The baby, nicknamed SJ, was born at 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and 19 inches.

The new mom was forced to undergo an emergency C-section. “It was the scariest delivery ever and I ended up getting a emergency C-section cause of complications but with the help of my amazing doctor @drsherryr and my super calming husband @neyo I was able to get through it all and come out with best reward in the world,” said Renay. “#BestDayOfMyLife.”

The couple married last month in a Rancho Palos Verdes ceremony. Ne-Yo, whose real name is Shaffer Chimere Smith, has a 5-year old daughter, Madilyn Grace, and a 4-year-old son, Mason Evan, from a previous relationship with Monyetta Shaw.

But that’s not the only reason for Ne-Yo fans to celebrate. Last week, the crooner promised fans new music after his son’s birth.

“Got new music coming VERY SOON,” he tweeted. “Just gotta get my lil’ man into the world properly. 👶🏾👶🏾👶🏾!! Thanx 4 your love n’ patience❤️”

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Congrats! Ne-Yo and Crystal Renay Tie The Knot!

Ne-Yo Crystal Renay

Congratulations are once again in store for Ne-Yo, who tied the knot with his fiancée, model Crystal Renay at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. on Saturday (Feb. 20).

“We can’t wait to start our life together,” the R&B crooner told PEOPLE. “We’re looking forward to just being each others’ best friend.”

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ThisIsRnB Presents: The Top 20 R&B Albums of 2015

Top 20 R&B Albums of 2015

2015 was the best year in R&B since the ’90s … Go ahead, fight us on that…

Ok, maybe not exactly, but it was damn near close and we’ve been reveling in it all year long.  So, with 2016 upon us and the same question – Where did the year go? – we spent the last month of 2015 re-listening, debating, writing, enjoying, and celebrating all of the amazing albums that hit our desks from a very wide range of artists.

Great R&B ruled in it’s current arena, which is Urban AC radio and independent labels, but it also slowly began to slide back into the mainstream.  Veteran artists took strong stands for their beloved style, while young acts only born in the 90s just did what felt natural and real to them.  Truth and authenticity ruled as the overall theme, even when it came in the form of a 60s soul revivalist or dark R&B protagonist taking over pop radio.

With open arms we welcomed the return of powerhouse female vocalists Jazmine Sulllivan and Tamia, and saluted male R&B lotharios Tyrese, Ne-Yo and Raheem DeVaughn.  The legendary Janet Jackson surprised everyone and reminded us why she is Unbreakable.  Newcomer Bryson Tiller stole the underground king trophy, and Miguel reminded us to let our Wildhearts run free.

The only thing that might have made it better would have been if Maxwell got off the beach and finally gave us the oft-delayed follow-up to BLACKsummers’night.  Anyways, let’s toast to what’s to come in 2016, and flashback with us to 2015’s most notable albums with “The Top 20 R&B Albums of 2015” below!

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Video: Ne-Yo – Friend Like Me

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Ne-Yo brings a touch of magic to the screen in the fanatical video or his cover of “Friend Like Me” from Disney’s Aladdin.

The R&B hitmaker channels the genie’s character, voiced by Robin Williams, as he dances around a mansion, making chairs fly around a room and creating puffs of smoke in his wake. We even see a few clips of animation from the original 1992 movie.

His remake of the jazzy tune will appear on Disney’s We Love Disney compilation, which also features covers from artists including Jhené Aiko, Jessie J, Gwen Stefani, Ariana Grande, and Jason Derulo.

Ne-Yo, who is expecting his third child with fiancée Crystal Renay, recently performed in front of President Obama at the China State Dinner at the White House.

Check out the video below:

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Listen: ‘Empire’ Debuts New Music from Season 2


Columbia Records has shared two new songs off the forthcoming soundtrack to the second season of “Empire,” which is almost as anticipated as the show itself.

“No Doubt About It” is an uptempo club track written by Ne-Yo, with Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) on vocals, collaborating with none other than Pitbull.

The second, “Ain’t About the Money,” features both Smollett and Yazz (Hakeem Lyon). It’s more of a slow-burn track, with an anthemic hook.

The soundtrack is due this fall, while Season 2 of “Empire” premieres Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.

Take a listen to both cuts below:

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