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ThisisRnB Presents: 17 R&B Albums to Sweat in 2017

Producing the soundtrack to a year that brought us both huge ups and downs, 2016 was arguably one of the better years for R&B that we’ve seen in a while. With releases from the likes of Queen Bey, her sister Solange, Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, and Tank, it’s hard to imagine how 2017 could ever out do last year. Trust us though, this year definitely won’t see a shortage of good tunes.

As R&B artists continue to blur the genre lines, expect to hear more variety from your faves. Whether you’re into traditional R&B, something with a little more funk, trap-soul, electronic- or alternative-R&B, 2017 is sure to have something crafted just for you.

A class of much talked about newcomers, including Kehlani, and Jacquees, will deliver highly awaited debuts. Exciting follow-up 2nd and 3rd albums are expected from the likes of Jhené Aiko and August Alsina. And with vets like Trey Songz and Ne-Yo prepping comebacks, there are plenty of projects that are sure to top most fans sweat lists.

Take a look at the albums that we are most excited to see and hear this year, with our “17 R&B Albums To Sweat in 2017” below!

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Ne-Yo Announces & Previews New Album!

Ne-Yo is cookin’ up his next album, and to get the fans ready he has shared a behind-the-scenes look at a recent recording session he had with fellow R&B singer/songwriter Eric Bellinger.

Taking to his Instagram on Wednesday night, Ne-Yo posted a one-minute clip with the caption: “The process…. Much love to my dude @ericbellinger Thanx for adding to the sauce boi boi!! This album is going to be special. I promise. 💀❤️🎼 🔥🔥🔥 PATIENCE. IT’S COMING.”

For the first time in his career, the “Sexy Love” singer is working with a handful of other songwriters to enhance the process and give him a fresh take. Speaking about his decision to do so, Ne-Yo explained: “It’s not that I can’t do it myself, I can definitely do it myself, but this time I decided to bring in some folks to expand on what I already had … That’s what its about, it’s about expanding it’s about evolution, while at the same time staying true to who you are.”

Ne-Yo and Eric Bellinger have been building their working relationship more recently, but Eric is credited for penning the title song “Think Like A Man” which Ne-Yo sang along with Jennifer Hudson, for the soundtrack to the 2012 comedy Think Like A Man.

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Usher, Ne-Yo, Fantasia & More Perform at ‘Taking The Stage’ Special

On Thursday night, ABC finally aired the “Taking The Stage: African American Music And Stories That Changed America” special, which was originally tapped in the fall of 2016, surrounding the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC.

The audience was filled with stars of music, film, entertainment, industry and politics, including President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Many of R&B’s elite hit the stage to pay tribute to the groundbreaking singers and entertainers that came before them. Suited up to put on a show, Usher performed a commendable James Brown tribute, which included “Papa’s Gotta Brand New Bag,” “I Feel Good,” “Say It Loud I’m Black And I’m Proud,” and “Get On Up.”

Ne-Yo was appointed the very difficult task of paying tribute to Michael Jackson, which he’s done before, however this performance fell short in many people’s opinions on social media. His set included “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Something,” and “Earth Song.”

On a higher note (literally), Fantasia floored the audience in the Kennedy Center with her dedication performance to Aretha Franklin, singing “Dr. Feel Good.” As always she stunned vocally, receiving a standing ovation from the packed house.

Chloe & Halle opened the gospel tribute, and made Beyoncé proud with their angelic voices. The young sisters were followed by gospel headliners Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, and Shirley Caesar.

Check out the performances below.

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TLC, Missy Elliot, Ne-Yo, Tyrese & More Perform on ‘Taraji’s White Hot Holidays’

Taraji P. Henson ushered in the holidays with her annual Fox special, “Taraji’s White Hot Holidays,” featuring some of the biggest names in music.

Teaming up for a throwback performance of “Sleigh Ride,” TLC’s Chilli and T-Boz brought their holiday classic to life. Then, as a special surprise, Missy Elliott emerged from behind Christmas presents to perform Left Eye’s spirited verse.

The track was pulled from A La Face Family Christmas, the 1993 album that famously also spawned OutKast’s classic “Player’s Ball.”

The show also featured other performances, Taye Diggs, Tyrese, and Ne-Yo also showed up in matching white suits for a revamped version of The Temptations’ take on “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Keeping the “Empire” love rolling, Jussie Smollett also decked the halls with a stomp-filled performance of “Little Drummer Boy.”

Check it out below.

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Watch The 2016 Soul Train Award Performances

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The 2016 Soul Train Awards are officially in the books, and what a night of celebrating Peace, Love, and Soul it was! Filmed Nov. 6 in Las Vegas at the Oracle Arena, and aired on BET and CENTRIC on Sunday night (Nov. 27), the annual event honoring the best in soul and R&B music featured moving performances by Brandy, Anderson .Paak, Bobby Brown, D.R.A.M., Dru Hill, Doug E Fresh, India.Arie, BJ The Chicago Kid, Guy, Carl Thomas, Eric Benét, Ro James, and more.

The godmother of soul, Erykah Badu, returned to the stage as host with her eccentric humor and legendary style. GRAMMY award-winning, multi-platinum singer Brandy was presented with the second annual Lady of Soul Award, while multi-platinum and three-time GRAMMY award-winning producer, singer and songwriter Teddy Riley was honored with the night’s highly coveted Legend Award. Beyoncé led the night’s award winners dominating in top categories including Video of the Year, Album/Mixtape of the Year, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and Song of the Year.

To kick off the show, Dru Hill got the party started with an amazing medley of 90s R&B jams including “Tell Me,” “In My Bed,” and “Beauty.” Dru Hill lead singer Sisqó then performed his mega-hit “Thong Song,” getting the entire crowd up out of their seats – including Teyana Taylor who knew every word!

Erykah Badu made her grand entrance during a glow-in-the-dark performance followed by her opening monologue where she touched on everything from Trump to alien life. The Queen of Soul revealed her recent time traveling adventures, saying “The future is black; forget the Jetsons, it’ll be more like the Jeffersons.” In addition to her hosting duties, Erykah also hit the stage to perform. First with singer/rapper D.R.A.M., performing their recently released duet, “WiFi” and later bringing out her “sister of soul”, India Arie, to sing the spirited, message-driven song “Breathe.”

Rising stars Anderson .Paak and BJ the Chicago Kid performed “Waters,” while Ro James debuted a stunning stage set for “Already Knew That” and his No. 1 hit “Permission.”

For the second year, the awards unveiled a powerful “Soul Cypher” featuring a mix of legendary and contemporary R&B and soul singers coming together. Badu DJed the cypher while Tyrese, Ne-Yo, Angie Stone and the Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight performed raw versions of their songs.

Brandy was presented with the Lady of Soul Award following a heartfelt speech from 2015 honoree Jill Scott and a special tribute video from industry’s top executives and artists such as Kenny “BabyFace” Edmonds, Jazmine Sullivan, Jhene Aiko and more, who spoke to Brandy’s dedication, creativity and vocal prowess. Brandy then blew the crowd away with a full dance and stunning vocal performance of her most beloved hits including “Almost Doesn’t Count,” “What About Us,” “Full Moon,” “I Wanna Be Down,” “The Boy Is Mine,” “Baby,” “Talk About Our Love,” “Have You Ever,” and “Sitting On Top Of The World,” joined by MA$E.

Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ presented Teddy Riley with the night’s highly regarded Legend Award honoring the prolific singer-songwriter and producer for his tremendous influence in soul culture and music. Teddy Riley was welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation and roaring round of applause. He celebrated with R&B and soul superstars Bobby Brown, Doug E. Fresh, Guy, Wreckx-N-Effect, V. Bozeman and Tito Jackson.

Check out the performances below.

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Halloween 2016: Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Ciara, Alicia Keys, Monica & More

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Trick or treat? The stars proved you’re never too old to dress up for Halloween, donning an array of spooky, cute, and downright dirrty costumes.

Families and couples ruled this year, even if some of them weren’t exactly fright-filled. Beyoncé, Jay Z, and Blue Ivy proved that with a Bar-Bey family, complete with toy boxes and Hov’s Ken hair. Going for a Star Wars theme, Big Sean donned a Stormtrooper outfit as Finn while Jhené Aiko dressed as Rey. Ciara and Russell Wilson went for a more presidential look. The newlyweds danced to “Juju on That Beat” while dressed as President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel went trick-or-treating as Trolls with their son Silas. Tamar and Vince went out as Thing 1 and Thing 2, with their Logan leading the way as Dr. Seuss. The couple also dressed as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich while Logan’s second costume was a little dino. Alicia Keys’ sons Egypt and Genesis were Harry Potter and Batman, and Monica and her squad brought a Beetlejuice resurrection.

Elsewhere, Chris Brown was a movie-ready Deadpool, Kehlani was Pulp Fiction’s Mia Wallace, Trey Songz was Snoop Dogg, and Kelly Rowland her her husband Tim Witherspoon were Run DMC.

See all the fun and scary costumes below.

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Listen: K. Michelle, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Leon Bridges & More Fight Back on ‘Birth of a Nation’ Album

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Next Friday, Nate Parker’s highly-anticipated The Birth of A Nation film will hit theaters nationwide. This week, however, some of today’s biggest artists have teamed up to give listeners and fans theme music for the rebellion to come.

Friday morning saw the release of a surprise album of sorts, The Birth of A Nation: The Inspired By Album. As its title implies, the album isn’t so much a soundtrack to the movie, as it is a compilation album of tracks inspired by the film’s message and subject matter. The Inspired By Album features rappers and even a gospel choir, as well, but R&B artists make their mark on the 16-track LP as well. For many of the R&B singers on the project, it’s a departure from their usual sound, and it pays off nicely.

On “Stand,” for example, Trey Songz sidesteps his usual lothario fare by calling for listeners to “stand for the future.” Leon Bridges, meanwhile, pairs up with Lecrae on the anthemic, encouraging “On My Own.” Ne-Yo beholds the regal figure and beauty of a Black woman on “Queen.” And K. Michelle aims to inspire and channels gospel on “Forward,” over which her lovely voice soars.

Hear these tracks, and the full album below.

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Usher, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo & More To Perform At Opening Celebration for National Museum of African American History and Culture

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The exciting grand opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is only weeks away, and the celebration is going to be epic.

Outside of events at the actual museum in Washington, D.C., it has now been announced that ABC will produce a two-hour TV special called “Taking the Stage – Changing America,” which will include an all-star performance from the likes of Usher, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo and more.

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