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Brandy, Bobby Brown, Teddy Riley, Dru Hill, Anderson .Paak, BJ The Chicago Kid, Ro James & More Bring Soulful Performances to 2016 Soul Train Awards

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The 2016 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS took place on Sunday night (Nov. 6) at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The godmother of soul, Erykah Badu, returned to the stage as host with her eccentric humor and legendary style. 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. MA$E, DRU HILL, Doug E Fresh, India Arie, BJ The Chicago Kid, Guy, Candice Boyd, Carl Thomas, Eric Benét, MAJOR., Ro James, Tito Jackson, V. Bozeman, Wreckx-n-Effect, and Yuna.

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.

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Watch: Ro James Performs “Permission” on Beats1

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We couldn’t be happier for all the love that Ro James is finally receiving! After a heavy touring schedule this past summer, the NYC based crooner is getting ready to hit the road for the rest of the year along with Maxwell and Mary J. Blige on their joint “The King & Queen of Hearts World Tour.”

While back in New York recently, Ro was a guest on Ebro Darden’s (of Hot 97) show on Beats 1 radio, where he sat down for an interview, and gave a soul drenched performance of his breakout No. 1 single “Permission.”

Check out the clips below, Let’s Go RO!!

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Maxwell and Mary J. Blige Set To Embark on “The King and Queen of Hearts” World Tour!

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Get Ready for Greatness this Fall!

It has just been announced that Maxwell and Mary J. Blige will be hitting the road together for the first time ever on the co-headlining “The King and Queen of Hearts World Tour” playing arenas nationwide. The 24-show run, kicking off Nov. 5 in Baltimore, MD, will follow on the heels of a dozen European dates in October.

“Mary is the epitome of soul,” says Maxwell. “She embodies all that is woman and speaks for the everyday struggle and triumphs of all women. I can’t wait to get on the road with her.”

Mary notes, “Maxwell’s music is amazingly soulful and calm with a colorful tone that speaks to the hearts of women. His music makes them feel loved and I’m excited to get on the road with him.”

Ro James, who toured with Maxwell all summer, will also join the tour as the special opening guest.

VIP Packages are available starting today (Sept. 7). General public sales start Friday, Sep. 9 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Every online ticket order will include a CD of Maxwell’s new album blackSUMMERS’night and a CD of Mary J. Blige’s forthcoming album. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from every ticket will be donated to Artists of Peace and Justice.

Fans can see Maxwell and Mary make their first televised appearance to promote the new tour on ABC’s “The View” this Friday, Sept. 9.

See the tour itinerary below.

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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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Video: Ro James – Already Knew That

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Right on time to jump off your weekend, Ro James drops off the party laced visual to “Already Knew That” – a funky cut from his debut album ELDORADO.

Described to Fader as a “swanky summer jam, something for the ride, BBQs, bedroom, or party,” the track gives you the feeling of a summer night filled with flirtatious actions. Opting to take the form of a party, the video shows James in rare form with guest appearances from Luke James, Leah Labelle, Wynter Gordan, Ryan Toby (co-writer of the track), and producers Nez & Rio.

Sure to get you in your zone, the visual is pretty much everything you thought it would be and more. But you already knew that.

Check it out below:

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Review: Ro James Releases Debut Album ‘ELDORADO’

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We’ve been hooked on Ro James since he made us, ‘Pledge Allegiance‘ to his 2013 debut EP trilogy, ‘Coke,’ ‘Jack‘ and ‘Cadillacs. He’s kept our interest by periodically dropping new music, building our desire for his unique brand of smooth grit. Last year, he began teasing us by dropping pieces of his debut album, ELDORADO. Now, it’s time to grab a seat and enjoy the ride. Released via Mark Pitts’ ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records, ELDORADO is a raw exploration of intimacy, love and revelation. It features production by Soundz, Da Internz and Happy Perez among others. The NY based singer/songwriter’s diverse upbringing is reflected in his music as he fuses elements of hip-hop, R&B, rock, funk and even a bit of country.

On the opening track, “The Ride,” James glides over a sensual groove with futuristic synths and deep bass, sharing his love for elevation and herbal relaxation. His vocals lure you in, convincing you that you’re just as ready to take the ride as he is to give it. In between moans he sings, “Let’s go for a ride/Trust me you’ll be fine/I’ll pull up when you’re ready baby/I need you to drive me crazy/’Cuz I’ve been missing something lately.” On “Permission,” he is respectful with a sexy undertone as he asks to pleasure his lady. Reminiscent of that 90s R&B flow “Burn Slow,” is a scintillating joint that flexes James’ raunchy side, “I don’t need no breakfast/ ‘Less it’s you on my face.”

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New Music: Ro James – Everything

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Ro James is just ‘Everything.’ 

After giving us a double dose of new music off his anticipated debut album last week, the soulful crooner returns with one more!  Ro is gearing up for the release of ELDORADO on May 27, and today he returns with the melodic, heartfelt song “Everything.”

Over the sweet acoustic string filled track, the NYC native sings out to a lover who has completely taken over his heart and being. Addicted to the good and bad things, Ro lays it down for anyone who has ever fallen so deep in love, it’s dangerous.

“You hurt me so good, that’s why I can’t leave ya / You got me so weak like I need ya / Maybe I’m addicted to the pain / Nobody can love me like you…” he sings.

Take a listen below, and pre-order ELDORADO on iTunes now to receive 5 tracks instantly.

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Listen: The Best of April – Top 12 Records

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Last month, we missed doing a monthly recap list, but it was mostly because March wasn’t too great with the singles that were released. However, April started off strong making up for it with the major comeback of Maxwell, and plenty more solid records from established stars and newcomers.

Chris Brown was pissing people off on social media, but on the music tip he surprised us all dropping the anticipated 2nd and 3rd star-studded remixes to his single “Back To Sleep.”

Rising artists like Ro James and Rush Davis had us in our feelings, T-Pain called out all the Instagram vixens who don’t even speak in their selfie vids, and Mary J slayed while reuniting with British hitmaker ROMANS.

Enough chat though, check out our list for The Best of April – Top 12 Records below!

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