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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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Ne-Yo & Crystal Renay Announce They’re Pregnant….And Married?!

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It appears a big CONGRATS is in order for Ne-Yo!

The R&B singer/songwriter has apparently tied the knot with his girlfriend, model Crystal Renay, and the two are expecting their first child together!

The couple alluded to the news on Instagram, and now according to ET a source has confirmed the rumor to the true.

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Ne-Yo, Jhené Aiko, Ariana Grande & More Recreate Disney Classics for ‘We Love Disney’


Some of your favorite artists are getting down with Disney. As part of the We Love Disney compilation, today’s superstars from the worlds of pop, rock, R&B, and country have recorded their own unique interpretations of classic Disney songs, which they chose themselves.

Ne-Yo covers Robin Williams’ “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin, Jhené Aiko takes on Alice in Wonderland, Ariana Grande performs “Zero to Hero” from Hercules, and Jason Derulo covers Elton John’s classic “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King.

Produced by the Grammy Award-winning David Foster, the 15-track deluxe edition also includes contributions from Jessie J, Gwen Stefani, Tori Kelly, Jessie Ware, Yuna, and more.

“The Disney franchise is something that brings out the kid in all of us,” said Foster. “No matter how old you are, 3 or 103, when you hear the word ‘Disney’ you light up from within. And there isn’t a person on the planet who doesn’t have a favorite Disney song. We tapped into that passion with all of the artists on the album.”

Verve Records and Walt Disney Records will release We Are Disney on Oct. 30.

Take a listen to Ne-Yo’s rendition of “Friend Like Me” below!

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Watch: Ne-Yo, Robin Thicke, and Tori Kelly Tribute Smokey Robinson at BET Awards


The legendary Smokey Robinson was honored at the 2015 BET Awards on Sunday with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Following a heartfelt video with testimonials from Berry Gordy, Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monáe, and John Legend, it was time for some musical tributes.

Hitting the stage for her first performance at the BET Awards, buzzing singer Tori Kelly showcased her powerful pipes with “Who’s Loving You,” which Smokey penned and was most famously covered by Jackson 5. Following Tori, Robin Thicke made a return to the stage with a rousing rendition of “Ooo Baby Baby” by Smokey and The Miracles. Turning up the energy a bit Ne-Yo slid onto the stage with the always feel-good “The Tears of a Clown,” also by Smokey and The Miracles.

Following the tribute, Smokey took the stage himself giving a moving speech and delivered a performance of his own as the audience clapped and sang along to “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Cruisin,” and “My Girl,” which brought Ne-Yo, Robin and Tori back to join him.

Watch all the memorable performances below:

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New Music: Ne-Yo feat. Sonna Rele – Every Day With Love


Ne-Yo released his new album Non-Fiction at the top of the year, but he still has more new music to share. Today, the R&B hitmaker brings listeners the feel-good new dance song, “Every Day With Love,” which he has released in partnership with McDonald’s “imLovinIt24” campaign. Ne-Yo penned the song using lyrics contributed by fans and will perform it during a free concert in Los Angeles tonight.

“This campaign is about something positive as opposed to all the negativity that’s going on in the world right now,” Ne-Yo told Billboard. “It’s about giving people another reason to smile. And being a super-positive person, I’m all for that.”

The upbeat jam also features Compound/Motown Records songstress Sonna Rele, who can be heard singing the theme song for Disney’s new Cinderella.

Take a listen below:

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Ne-Yo and Juicy J Show Out On ‘Ellen’ With “She Knows” Performance


Ne-Yo took his dancers to back it up and drop it down on Ellen today and the crowd was here for it. Performing his Juicy J assisted hit “She Knows,” the Grammy winning singer-songwriter is back stateside putting in promotion for his latest album Non-Fiction.

Backed by a live band and some sexy ladies, the Gentleman of R&B got up there and did his thing for audience members and viewers at home. Joined by rapper Juicy J and Ellen herself as one of the dancers at the end, Ne-Yo’s live vocals continued to prove why he’s one of the most talented men holding down the game.

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