Posts Tagged ‘R&B’

New Video: Mary J. Blige – Strength Of A Woman

To accompany the release of her brand new album, Strength of a Woman, Mary J. Blige unveils a sleek visual for the project’s title track.

Standing on a skyscraper above Los Angeles on a starry night, the Queen belts out the empowering anthem about woman’s natural ability to handle any situation. “How can life go on without me here / It’s impossible / All the pain endured to give life / And we keep givin’ and givin’ / And that’s the strength of a woman,” she sings.

Below her, various women–including a police officer and a cancer patient–look to the sky, as if they are hearing Mary’s voice and being fueled with the confidence and conviction to remain strong.

Check out the video below, and pick up her Strength of a Woman album now.

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Listen: Mary J. Blige Returns with New Album ‘Strength of a Woman’

Bow to the Queen!

Today (Apr. 28), Mary J. Blige returns with her hotly-anticipated new album Strength of a Woman.  The R&B icon’s thirteenth studio album has been a longtime coming and lands in the midst of the singer dealing with a nasty divorce from her former manager Kendu Issacs.

The 14-track project includes guest appearances from Kanye West, Quavo (of Migos), DJ Khaled, Missy Elliot, Prince Charlez, KAYTRANADA, and BadBadNotGood.

Led by the singles, “Thick of It” and “U + Me (Love Lesson),” Mary is at her best when dealing with personal relationship woes. Channeling those emotions and putting them to song, the album includes such poignant tracks as “Set Me Free,” “Indestructible,” “Survivor,” and “Telling the Truth.”

“This is one of my most powerful albums, featuring some powerful collaborators. I’m excited to share it with you,” she wrote on Instagram.

Previously speaking about the album title, Blige explained that it’s meant to symbolize power in the face of tribulations. “We find that strength in us to not just survive these trials, but to thrive, to live, to get something out of it to not make the same mistakes again,” she said.

Along with the album, MJB is chronicling the emotional process of making the project in the upcoming documentary, The Making Of: Strength of a Woman, which is set to premiere May 2 at 11 p.m. on VH1.

Stream Strength of a Woman below!

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New Music: H.E.R. – Say It Again

She is coming back! And when we say ‘she’ we really mean, H.E.R!

One of 2016’s biggest surprises came from the mystery R&B artist, who released her self-titled EP in September and it quickly went to No. 1 on iTunes. At the time we were able to figure out the voice of the ‘new’ artist actually belonged to talented singer/songwriter Gabi Wilson, but she has continued to hide her appearance under the new persona.

That is expected to change this year though, and today (Apr. 28), H.E.R. has returned with the brand new song “Say It Again,” which is the first release off her much-anticipated follow-up EP, H.E.R. Vol. 2.

The short-but-sweet bedroom jam is incredibly sultry as Gabi rides the slow burning track with a seductive delivery, promising to show her lover how naughty she can be, when she wants it.

“You had a lot to say / No more talkin’ you can use that mouth in other ways / Cause I want it now … I won’t say it again / Boy I don’t get naughty for anybody,” she sings.

H.E.R. Vol. 2 is due out June 2 via RCA Records. You can receive “Say It Again” now when you pre-order the EP on iTunes.

Check out H.E.R.’s seductive new vibe below!

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SZA Releases New Single & Video “Love Galore” feat. Travis Scott

The fans have been requesting it, and today Top Dawg delivers with the release of SZA‘s new Travis Scott-assisted track “Love Galore.”

Following her early 2017 single “Drew Barrymore,” the sizzling songstress regrets being addicted to a sexual relationship with a man who has another woman at home. Over percussion based production by thankgod4cody and Carter Lang, SZA knows it’s not right, but she finds the pleasure is endless and anything in possible when they are together.

“Why you bother me when you know you don’t want me? / Why you bother me when you know you got a woman? / Why you hit me when you know you know better? … Got me looking forward to weekends with you / We do whatever we want / Love whoever we want,” she sings.

Travis Scott adds a sexual verse. “You like when I make fire / You say, La Flame, keep makin’ fire / Let me cum inside ya / Let me plant that seed inside ya,” he raps.

SZA’s long-awaited debut album CTRL is due out this summer through a newly formed partnership between Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) and RCA Records.

Check out the song and Nabil-directed video below.

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New Music: Tamar Braxton – My Man

Tamar Braxton has been though quite a bit since her last album, 2015’s Calling All Lovers. Between the shake up at daytime talk show “The Real,” and the rumors of infidelity in her own marriage, but she’s ready to find therapy through new music.

Released today (Apr. 27), the songstress debuts an emotional new ballad called “My Man,” and it might sound like she’s speaking to her relationship, but that might not be the case. The single’s artwork features a picture of her parents, who dealt with their own situation of infidelity, which is often addressed on their reality show, “Braxton Family Values.”

In fact, the song–which was written by TC and Corey Rooney–might be Tamar channeling her mother’s experience with finding out about her father’s mistress and their divorce.

“Word around town is that you live with her / And you said that she took your heart away / I told them that’s a lie / Cause I don’t want to hear no bullshit stories about my man,” she sings.

“My Man” is the first single from Tamar’s new album, which is due out this year on her new label Tamartian Land Records.

Take a listen below.

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Watch: John Legend Performs “Sure Fire,” Plus Makes Mundane Things Sound Sexy

John Legend was a special guest on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ on Tuesday night (Apr. 25). As a friend and frequent guest on Colbert’s previous show, The Colbert Report, the two have had a long relationship.

The R&B crooner was on the show to perform his latest single “Sure Fire,” but he also sat down for an interview with Stephen where they discussed fatherhood, his cover and feature in ‘Time’ magazine’s latest “100 Most Influential People” issue, and his latest album Darkness and Light.

Before hitting the stage for his performance of “Sure Fire,” he joined the house band for a special segment called, ‘John Legend Makes Mundane Things Sound Sexy,’ where he sang about shopping at Costco and doing laundry.

Check out his interview and performance below.

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New Video: Jovanie feat. Lil Yachty – Two Seater

It takes two.

Atlantic Records teen sensation Jovanie debuts the neon colored visuals for his infectious, dancehall based single “Two Seater” featuring Lil Yachty.

The Brooklyn native is growing up quick, showing off his choreographed moves in a warehouse as he bumps and grinds with an older leading lady in the Eif Rivera-directed video.

“I only got room for you / Like a two-seater / I’m only gon’ ride with you / Like a two-seater / Ooh baby you know this ain’t a test drive / Fly you out from the east to the west side,” he sings on the chorus.

Yachty backs him up throughout the visual, and comes in for the third verse with raps about cruising in his Mercedes with a girl that “blow him like a cup of soup.”

Check out the video below.

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Watch Khalid Perform “Location” on ‘Good Morning America’

Khalid continues to expand his “Location” to the mainstream. On Tuesday (Apr. 25), the 19-year-old singer-songwriter brought his talents to “Good Morning America” for another stellar performance of his breakout hit.

Wearing a blue letterman jacket with a “K” on it, the soulful crooner belted out the acoustic smash for the studio audience. Backed by his bandmates, Khalid vibed out to the tunes hypnotic chords.

“Location” is currently sitting at No. 25 on the Hot 100, while his acclaimed debut album American Teen is presently at No. 16 on the Billboard 200.

Khalid previously performed “Location” on “Ellen” and “The Tonight Show.”  Last month, he released the all-star remix featuring Lil Wayne and Kehlani.

Check out his performance below.

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