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PressPlay: 25 R&B Videos To Kick Off Summer

R&B Videos Summer

Summer is here and in case you were wondering, I’m just as excited as a kid on Christmas morning. Though each season holds its own weight in my book, there’s just something about summer that can make anyone feel their best and want to shine every chance they can. While everyone has their different reasons for feeling so good when summer creeps around, we here at ThisIsRnB will always give some of the credit to our playlist of summer R&B songs for that overwhelming emotion that the season brings out of us.

Although today’s R&B artists can still deliver a solid feel good sound for summer (i.e. DJ Khaled’s Rihanna and Bryson Tiller-assisted “Wild Thoughts“), there’s no denying that the majority of the top summer vibes came from the ’90s and early 2000s. Likewise, those same artists were all about making videos to match that same vibe and as a result, turned each summer into the biggest party that we would experience all year-long. So as an ode to those tracks and inspiration to make the next few months the best of your year, we decided to set you up with a dope list of R&B videos that are sure to set your summer off proper.

Excited about letting the top back, pulling out the shawt shawts, and getting tipsy on the rooftop? Jump into these 25 nostalgic summer videos to hype you up for your first day out (no Gucci) this season.

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New Video: DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts

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Another One!!!

DJ Khaled, Rihanna, and Bryson Tiller are giving us “Wild Thoughts.”

As promised, the platinum hitmaker has delivered his much anticipated new collaboration with the superstar singers off his forthcoming star-studded album, Grateful.

Filmed in Miami around the infamous neighborhood, Little Haiti, the visuals boast summer block party vibes over a sample of Carlos Santana’s hit single “Maria Maria.”

Khaled and RiRi open the video walking through the streets, as the pop icon flexes her sex appeal in a revealing see-through top. “I don’t know if you can take it / Know you want to see me naked naked naked / I want to be your baby baby baby … When I’m with you all I get is wild, wild thoughts,” she sings before the wail of the electric guitar rings off on the chorus.

Pen Griffey appears in a window looking down at the street as he explicitly sings to a new love interest. “I hear that pu**y for the takin’ / I heard it got these other ni**as goin’ crazy / Yea I treat you like a lady,” sings Tiller.

“Wild Thoughts” follows the video for “I’m the One,” which helped the Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne, and Quavo single become Khaled’s first No. 1 on the Hot 100.

Grateful is due out on June 23 featuring additional appearances from Beyoncé & Jay Z, Drake, Nicki Minaj, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Alicia Keys, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, Migos, and many more.

Enjoy the warm Floridian night vibes with the video for “Wild Thoughts” below.

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DJ Khaled Gives First Look at Bryson Tiller & Rihanna Collabo

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Grateful is coming, and the star-filled effort keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Following the release of his anticipated new record “To The Max” with Drake, DJ Khaled has teased another major collaboration off his 10th studio album. The #Grateful record brings together one of today’s biggest young R&B stars, Bryson Tiller, and the Bad Gal herself, Rihanna!

On Tuesday (June 6), Khaled, Tiller and others shared some images from the recent video shoot in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami, Florida.

The song’s title has not been revealed, but video clips from the shoot show that it samples Carlos Santana’s smash single “Maria Maria.”

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Rihanna, Kehlani, Sevyn, Tinashe & More Storm Coachella 2017

As if the desert wasn’t hot enough on the first weekend of Coachella 2017, some of R&B’s sexiest starlets stormed the annual spring festival to enjoy the good vibes.

While only a few of our favorites were actually on the bill, like Kehlani and NAO, others–like Rihanna–made surprise appearances, and some were there to attend the brand events, like Solange and Tinashe.

During her Sunday night set, Kehlani rocked a lose fitting white outfit that had ‘Find Our Girls’ written on her top, and ‘Solidarity’ down the leg of her pants.

Rihanna had social media in a craze over her shimmering full body suit with low cut Gucci tank top and jean shorts on Day 2, and she was seen turning up in the crowd to Kendrick Lamar’s set on Day 3.

The Weeknd, who came out to perform with XO producer-turned-artist NAV, spent some quality time with girlfriend Selena Gomez backstage. Singers like Sevyn Streeter, SZA, Christina Milian, Justine Skye and more all were in attendance as well to take in the performances and mingle during the events.

Buzzing teen singer-songwriter Khalid caught up with Solange and Kehlani, who also spent some time with Sevyn and SZA on Day 2. Jhené Aiko and her sister Mila J were also hanging around. Jhené posted a photo on Instagram that said her body was in Coachella but her heart is at the Lightning in a Bottle Festival, which is coming up on Memorial Day Weekend.

Check out all their festive fun with the photos and video footage below.

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Rihanna Accepts Harvard’s Humanitarian of the Year Award

“So, I made it to Harvard. Never thought I’d be able to say that in my life, but it feels good.” – Rihanna.

The heavy feelings of honorable accomplishments ran through the halls of one of America’s greatest institutions on Tuesday (Feb. 28), as international superstar Rihanna was presented with Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award.

As the echoing cheers and encouragement from fans in the auditorium changed to attentive listening, RiRi smiled as she explained to the Cambridge audience that she never actually wanted this type of credit for her humanitarian work. “I’m incredibly humbled by this,” she said. “To be acknowledged at this magnitude, for something that, in truth, I’ve never wanted credit for.”

She went on to reveal that as a child she yearned to help other children from around the world while watching charity ads on television. At the time, she thought she had to be rich to make a difference. Now, she realizes that humanitarian efforts aren’t exclusive to the wealthy or famous.

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Why The Urban Contemporary Grammy Is Important To The Exposure Of Non-Traditional R&B

It’s been five years since lauded R&B producer Ivan Barias (famously known for being one half of production duo Carvin & Ivan), helped to create the Grammys ‘Urban Contemporary Album’ category as a home for exceptional non-traditional R&B releases. Speaking with The FADER previously, Barias explained that the category includes, “anyone that’s singing on urban radio, [sic] not doing anything that you would call traditional R&B.”

As the 59th Annual Grammy Awards are only days away, the producer shared some more insight about why putting nominees like Beyonce and Rihanna against emerging artists serves as ‘positive osmosis for music.’ Continuing the conversation with The FADER again, Barias spoke about the boundless evolution of music genres and why it’s important for The Recording Academy to honor a dynamic combination of exceptional artists despite their level of popularity.

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Rihanna Channels Amelia Earhart in ‘Harper’s Bazaar’

Rihanna takes flight for a special cover feature in the March 150th Anniversary issue of Harper’s Bazaar.  Opting for a very unique photoshoot, the pop starlet channels Amelia Earhart in looks that are utilitarian, modern, and sexy.

“There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world,” says Rihanna. “It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer. Amelia Earhart was such a dynamic force in her industry, setting multiple aviation records in her time. So it was a no-brainer for me to team up with Harper’s Bazaar in honor of a woman who held her own with the big boys.”

In the magazine, RiRi dazzles with vintage aviation looks by who’s who of high fashion. From Tod’s to Hermés to Dior, the Bad Gal captivates the camera with looks that reference the legendary female pilot.

The March issue of Harper’s Bazaar hits newsstands on Feb. 21. Check out the stunning photos below.

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ThisisRnB Presents: The 20 Best R&B Albums of 2016

#Blessings 2016, we out!

Across the board it’s been a very interesting year for music, and R&B played a major role in adding unique projects to 2016. From our perspective–over the past couple of years–there appears to be a stronger push to return certain elements of traditional R&B to the mainstream public, even coming from the new generations. However, the genre is still evolving, continuing to grow and change, and creative progression is what we want to see.

What we heard this year, is a vast variety of R&B sounds, styles, and inspirations across many releases; from new breakout voices to mainstream megastars to long overdue comebacks from some of our most beloved singers. 2016 was the year for it all, whether you love buttery smooth soul, gritty blues, sinfully dark seduction, dance and sing-along anthems, retro funk and anything in-between, there was something for every taste in the many albums that were released this year.

Now, instead of offering our critical album rankings this year, we’ve taken a different approach to the list, and not placed the albums in number order, but just alphabetical. So click below to check out our list of The 20 Best R&B Albums of 2016, and also check out the results of our Readers’ Choice Poll on the last page as well!

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