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Why R&B’s New Class Should Have You Excited for 2014!

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We are only a month in to 2014, and we are already excited for what’s to come! Last year was a very strong, some might even say tremendous year, for R&B music. From the authentic reaching mainstream level and the top of the charts, to excellent indie releases, plenty of progressive sounds, and lots of sexy tracks for the clubs and bedrooms, we had every niche, sub-genre and taste covered.

After such a strong 2013, we can only hope to build on the momentum, and reach even higher with the voices and talent of the large crop of artists working on projects for this year. While there are plenty of big names who are planning to release albums in the coming months, including Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson, Mariah Carey, Miguel, Monica and more; we are currently thrilled with the level of talent and artistry coming from R&B’s young class.

Many of these artists have already released mixtapes or EP’s, and some only a few songs, but all are continuing to build their buzz and work on their official debut album. These acts hail from different places, with different takes, styles and twists on their music, but each of them need to be on your radar, and most likely on your playlists!

Check out the tracks below and get excited!

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Video: Jade De LaFleur – Blue Notes and Green Trees (Co-Starring Ro James)

Burgeoning singer/songwriter Jade De LaFleur released her debut EP ‘Jaded‘ this past Tuesday and today to accompany the release she has unveiled a music video for one of the standout cuts “Blue Notes and Green Trees.”

Known for her artistic and creative videos, the cinematic clip features Jade working as a cook for a New York drug dealer, but she has other plans, as things quickly take a turn when her boyfriend, played by fellow NYC based artist Ro James, shows up to rob her bosses.

The visual opens with a new song by Ro James as well, entitled “Captain.” Check out the video above, and stay tuned for part two of this two-part series because sometimes it takes two people searching for love to save each other.


Video: Ro James feat. Asher Roth – Lisa

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Ro James had a great 2013, as he released his much-anticipated debut EP series ‘Coke, Jack & Cadillacs‘ and built a strong legion of loyal fans.

Now, to kick off the new year, the rising NYC based crooner unleashes the music video for his song “Lisa” featuring Asher Roth.

Check out the sexy black-and-white video below!

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List: The 13 Best R&B Mixtapes/EP’s of 2013

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What a year it’s been! Exciting, emotional, passionate and sensual are all words that come to mind when reflecting on the many releases that have hit our iTunes players in 2013.  But, before we get into the LP’s, it’s necessary to shed some light on the hottest mixtapes and EP’s that were released this year, and there were certainly a lot!

R&B is definitely on the rise again when we have such strong young talent continuing to emerge and flourish each year, and 2013 had it’s fill of impressive debuts, and special projects from some already established names. Equally a good year for both male and female acts, we saw newcomers top the charts with their debut singles, build strong followings, hit national stages and sell-out shows.  With the talent that’s on this list, we are more than excited for what’s to come in the new year!

While many of these names might be newcomers or unknowns to some, they are each deserving of their spot, and are worthy of your attention.

Check out the ‘13 Best R&B Mixtapes/EP’s of 2013‘ below!!

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Bobby V, Ro James, Austin Brown, Mateo, Adrian Marcel & Curtis Fields Perform at BET Music Matters Concert

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It was another great night for R&B in New York City on Tuesday, as BET held their end of the year Music Matters concert at SOB’s. The monthly showcase put together an excellent lineup for their last show of 2013, featuring many of R&B’s best emerging male artists.

Opening the show was singer/musician Curtis Fields, who was introduced to many with his performance at this years BET Awards. Curtis showed off his vocal talent and impressive gimmick of playing the guitar off an app on his iPhone. Next up was Bay Area native Adrian Marcel who wowed the audience with his vocal performance and stage presence, performing fan favorites off his debut mixtape ‘7 Days of Weak.’ Following third was SOB’s regular Mateo, who once again sang his heart out and played keys, closing with his latest single “How Good Is Your Love,” which is currently on the countdown of 106 & Park.

The tempo of the evening was brought up when Austin Brown and his incredible band were introduced to the stage, delivering another roaring,  high-energy set of covers and songs from his 2012 mixtape ‘Highway 85.’ The second to last act was none other than Ro James, who has also become a stable at SOB’s, and put on one of his best performances, keeping it tight Ro had the entire room singing along to his anthem “Pledge Allegiance.”

Closing out the evening was R&B star Bobby V, who just released his impressive new EP ‘Peach Moon,’ featuring a new sound for the singer, which features all live instruments. Bobby being a seasoned performer with a catalog of many hits, reminded many why he is still a sought after artist, and in addition to his classics performed new tracks off ‘Peach Moon’ project, and showcased his skills at the keys.

The evening of great R&B was also co-hosted by platinum hitmaker and artist Rico Love, who has been seeing success with his own new single “They Don’t Know.” Check out our exclusive photos below:

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List: The 10 Artists That We Are Most Thankful For This Year!

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2013 has basically come and almost gone! One thing that we’ve noticed through this fast paced year is that it’s brought some very memorable moments in music. R&B – in particular – is on its way to supreme revival and probably has some of the best selections of current and up-and-coming artists that we’ve seen in many years.

With the impressive roster of new artists, and comeback of several seasoned acts, this couldn’t have been a better time for us to show our appreciation for what this year has served up. Whether a full album has been delivered to us, or if the clever collaborations are what got us hooked, each of these artists have us hungry for much more. From seductive verses to catchy lyrics, these artists have brought something to the table that we’re proud to say has made us thankful for their arrival or return to R&B, and music in general.

 

Check out the 10 artists that we are most thankful for this year below!

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Exclusive: Ro James, Melanie Fiona, Bridget Kelly, Luke James, Stacy Barthe, Olamide Faison & Sonyae Elise Perform “Devil’s Kiss” in NYC

The finale at last night’s Ro James & Friends concert was an incredibly special moment, which found the burgeoning singer and his fellow artist friends all on stage as one unit for a real live jam session.

Check out our exclusive footage of Melanie Fiona, Bridget Kelly, Luke James, Stacy Barthe, Olamide Faison and Sonyae Elise all joining together to backup Ro as he performed his fan favorite cut “Devil’s Kiss.”

See our photos and the full show recap here.


Ro James & Friends Bring R&B Glory to NYC

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Last night a vision of ours came to fruition as burgeoning artist Ro James held his first headlining concert in NYC at Highline Ballroom.  The singer/songwriter was joined by fellow artists and friends, who are all united under the crew The Jackets, coming together to perform a jam session style show for a packed house of tastemakers and authentic music fans.

In addition to performing his debut EP ‘Coke, Jack & Cadillacs,’ Ro was joined on stage by the likes of Bridget Kelly, Luke James, Stacy Barthe, Asher Roth, Olamide Faison, Sonyae Elise and Melanie Fiona.

Follow the jump for our exclusive photos and a show recap:

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