Posts Tagged ‘R&B’

New Music: Usher – ‘Missin U’ + ‘Champions’

Usher Sugar Ray

With the news that Usher has changed the title of his eighth studio album to Hard II Love, and it has gone up for pre-order in at least New Zealand, two brand new records have surfaced online.

The first, “Missin U,” is a bass heavy banger, where the R&B star rides the beat while singing out about his desire to reunite with his lady, who has him entranced in her beauty.

“I mean everybody wants somebody that’s got confidence,” he says in the intro. “You know it’s in her attitude, the way she walks, nice legs, she’s got to be beautiful.”  The song segues in between a dirty club banger and sweet, contemporary love song.

The second track is “Champions,” from the film Hands of Stone, which Usher co-stars in as legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. This one is an empowering ballad that switches between English and Spanish, as a duel kind of duet between Usher and actor Édgar Ramírez, who portrays the films leading character, boxer Roberto Durán.

“I’ll fight for my country / You’ll fight for your country / We see the victory, they’ll get the victory / Man to man and heart to heart / Face to face, but worlds apart,” he sings.

Hands of Stone lands in theaters on Friday (Aug. 26). Usher’s eighth studio album Hard II Love is set to be released on September 16.

Take a listen to both new tracks below!

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Usher Readies New Album ‘Hard II Love’ for September

Usher Hard II Love

It’s well known that Usher has had numerous changes of heart with his anticipated eighth studio album, so it comes as no surprise that the R&B superstar has changed the title once again.

While it was most recently expected to be titled ‘Flawed,’ the singer has switched the name to Hard II Love.

An early pre-order for the album went up on iTunes New Zealand, which also lists the release date as September 16!

Usher’s first LP since 2012’s Looking 4 Myself, includes the previously-released singles “Crash” and “No Limit” featuring Young Thug. The 15 track project also contains “Missin U” and “Champions,” a song originally made for the film Hands of Stone.

Usher alluded to a possible title change back in June.

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New Music: Tone Stith – Paper

Tone Stith Paper

If you haven’t already noticed, we are really feeling this new kid, Tone Stith. Hopefully you’ve checked out some our posts of his music this past summer, and maybe you’ve enjoyed some of it too.

But, if the name is still new to you, or you haven’t given it a chance yet, don’t hold out much longer, there is greatness on the way.

The singer/songwriter/producer returns today with a new song titled “Paper,” produced by B.A.M (Tyrese, Tank, Chris Brown).  This one is a smooth R&B tune about the grind, and what a man will do for the woman he loves.

“I’ve been workin day and night / So I don’t want to fight wit cha / Tryin to do everything I can to keep the lights on / You say I don’t care, but I never go nowhere / Girl, wit you is where I’m supposed to be,” he sings.

Tone is currently prepping for the release of his debut project, California 70, which is much-anticipated over here.

Hear his latest track below.

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Joe Announces Title of New Album, Plus Fall Tour Dates

Joe Superman

Guess who’s back?

Ok, maybe the title already gave that away, but every time R&B legend Joe returns to the scene it still gets exciting. The man is just always that consistent, and if his brand new single, “So I Can Have You Back,” is any indication of what’s to come — it’s looking like the singer/songwriter will have one of the best projects of the year.

After releasing the song last Friday, Joe has officially revealed that the title of his anticipated 12th studio album is, #MyNameisJoeThomas. The LP will hit stores on November 11.

Speaking about the album to iHeartRadio, Joe said: “The bar has been set. We took my two most successful albums (‘All That I Am’ & ‘My Name Is JOE’) and would not so much as leave the studio until we felt in our hearts we met the bar or topped it.”

Strong, confident words, but we can believe it. With the album due out mid-Fall, Joe has already embarked on a national promotional tour, which is currently scheduled to hit 15 U.S. cities, before traveling to Australia for a week of shows in November.

See the tour itinerary below.

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Listen to Earl St. Clair’s Smoldering Soulful Debut Single “Man On Fire”

Earl St. Clair Man on Fire

Following his outstanding duet with Bibi Bourelly on “Perfect,” Def Jam signee Earl St. Clair makes a commanding debut with his new single “Man On Fire.”

The life blood of blues and soul runs deep in this man, there is no denying that on first listen to this raw, horn-filled, percussion rhythm led number, which feels like Sly Stone meets BB King, with a modern polish. An unnamed female is doing a number on young Earl, burning up his emotions and his heart, as he reflects on missteps in the past, and figuring out where to take this love.

“Someone please call 911 / Man down / Please can you go get someone right now / I don’t really trust my heart in your hands,” wails St. Clair.

If you haven’t heard the gritty soul singer yet, now is as ‘perfect’ a time as ever, and we highly suggest you press play below.

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New Music: JR Castro – Strawberry Bubble Gum (Cover)

JR Castro Strawberry Bubble Gum

Over the past month plus, buzzing Las Vegas based R&B artist JR Castro has been dropping tracks from his DJ Carisma-hosted mixtape/EP Songs You Were Made To.

If the title doesn’t give it away immediately, the project consists of remakes and covers of classic R&B records, that are certified baby-makers. All the records were re-created by the Grammy-nominated production team The Audibles.

After serenading the ladies and the streets for multiple weeks, Castro has finally released the EP on all music streaming services today! However, he couldn’t drop it without giving us a little bonus track as well. Since the project features remakes of classics from the ’80s and ’90s, Castro came back to current times for his bonus track, with a cover of Justin Timberlake’s “Strawberry Bubble Gum,” produced by Timbaland.

Songs You Were Made To is available on iTunes, Spotify, and TIDAL now. Take a listen to his remake of “Strawberry Bubble Gum” below.

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Watch: Joe Returns with New Single & Video “So I Can Have You Back”

Joe So I Can Have You Back

JOE back!

The R&B veteran has returned with a brand new single, “So I Can Have You Back” and accompanying music video.

Heartbroken and searching for a way to recapture the love of the girl that got away, Joe sits alone in a steak restaurant and at the piano, belting out the emotional piano ballad. While his intentions might be slightly on the selfish side, the singer/songwriter sings how he wishes his ex’s new man will slip up and ruin their relationship, so Joe can find a way to slide back in.

“I hope he makes the biggest mistake / The unforgivable / That makes your heart break / I hope you tell him that sorry is just not enough / And it goes from good to bad, so I can have you back,” he sings.

Joe is currently working on his 12th studio album, which is coming soon. Sharing a bit of what we can expect on the new album, Joe explained to iHeartRadio: “The bar has been set. We took my two most successful albums (‘All That I Am’ & ‘My Name Is JOE’) and would not so much as leave the studio until we felt in our hearts we met the bar or topped it.”

Check out the new single and video below, and pick it up on iTunes now!

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BJ The Chicago Kid & Anderson .Paak Cover VIBE Magazine

BJ & Anderson VIBE Cover

The times they are a changin’…

For the better too. Making a statement with their brand new issue, VIBE magazine features buzzing soul singer BJ The Chicago Kid and breakout multi-talent Anderson .Paak on their August 2016 cover.

During their featurette interviews, both artists delve into their past, lengthy musical journeys, state of mainstream music today, and much more.

“You cannot have black music without something soulful in it, whether it’s lyrically, how it’s performed or how it’s expressed,” BJ said. “That’s what we do. People run from that. I run to it. I don’t know what neo-soul is. You can’t call something that’s old ‘retro’ and still old. No, n***a, it’s old. Don’t strip it from its value.”

In addition to BJ and Paak, the cover also gives some shine to Ro James, claiming the New York based singer “is next.”

Check out their photo shoots below, and read the full cover stories here and here.

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