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SZA Announces June 9 Release for Debut Album ‘CTRL’

SZA is ready to control the summer.

The TDE songstress has officially announced the release date for her much-anticipated debut album, Ctrl.

Due out June 9, the set has been preceded by the recent single “Love Galore” featuring Travis Scott, along with “Drew Barrymore.”

Previously speaking about the album with Billboard, SZA explained the LP will feature songs about her life experiences and lessons learned.

“I [wrote about] my younger life, which was haphazard,” the 26-year-old said. “Being at ­sleepaway camp away from my parents, being the only black girl, not even noticing until I got older, dealing with boys, self-hate, growth, and God. It’s the first time I’m literally writing about my life instead of figuratively writing about it.”

While life was the basis for much of her songwriting, the album was also influenced by notes from legendary producer Rick Rubin. “I had this mentality that ‘more is more’ — more reverb, more background [vocals],” she said. “I played [Rubin] a bunch of songs, and he would tell me, ‘The more you take away from any piece, the more room you create for everything else to be beautiful and grow.’ I never felt that before, the editing urge. Once you strip everything down, you’re forced to say something.”

Taking to her Instagram to announce the new release date, SZA shared 3 30-second clips which find her posing outside in a rural local in front of a heap of vintage computer monitors. Accompanying the visuals is a track featuring Wu Tang leader RZA, who encourages the singer/songwriter, “Her, SZA / Cut through the paper thin / Open up their ears and let the melodies enter in,” he raps.

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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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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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SZA Teases New Music from ‘CTRL’ in Mini Documentary

CTRL season is upon us.

Though SZA‘s highly anticipated debut album release date was pushed back from February 3, she’s given fans a small taste of what’s to come in a 3-minute documentary titled “WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN: road to Ctrl.”

The mini-doc serves as a video diary catching us up on the TDE star’s life as she prepares to release her long-awaited LP. Featuring clips of 3 different songs, the visual starts with an ode to being 20-something. We see SZA doing things all 20-somethings do: dancing like no one’s watching, lounging in big comfy clothes around her house and brushing her teeth. Oh, and of course she’s hanging out with Kehlani and performing on the main stage at Coachella with Kendrick Lamar too… So maybe that’s not something ALL 20-somethings do.

Along with a look at her daily routine, we also get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of her recording in the studio and getting all dolled up for a yet-to-be released music video. All the while, the clip shows the 26-year-old singer growing and dealing with raw emotions as they hit her, whether it’s happiness, sadness, excitement, or disappointment. We also hear snippets of a love song to someone she always looks forward to seeing, and her love/hate relationship with make-up, specifically Sephora.

There’s no word on when CTRL will officially drop yet, but according to TDE CEO, Top Dawg, expect it to be very soon.

Check out the documentary below.

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ThisisRnB Presents: 17 R&B Albums to Sweat in 2017

Producing the soundtrack to a year that brought us both huge ups and downs, 2016 was arguably one of the better years for R&B that we’ve seen in a while. With releases from the likes of Queen Bey, her sister Solange, Anderson .Paak, Bruno Mars, and Tank, it’s hard to imagine how 2017 could ever out do last year. Trust us though, this year definitely won’t see a shortage of good tunes.

As R&B artists continue to blur the genre lines, expect to hear more variety from your faves. Whether you’re into traditional R&B, something with a little more funk, trap-soul, electronic- or alternative-R&B, 2017 is sure to have something crafted just for you.

A class of much talked about newcomers, including Kehlani, and Jacquees, will deliver highly awaited debuts. Exciting follow-up 2nd and 3rd albums are expected from the likes of Jhené Aiko and August Alsina. And with vets like Trey Songz and Ne-Yo prepping comebacks, there are plenty of projects that are sure to top most fans sweat lists.

Take a look at the albums that we are most excited to see and hear this year, with our “17 R&B Albums To Sweat in 2017” below!

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SZA Talks ‘CTRL’ Album, Announces Release Date

Earlier this month, SZA released her brand new single “Drew Barrymore” off her forthcoming album CTRL. Now, the TDE songstress has revealed a release date for the long-awaited project.

Due Feb. 3, the first studio LP from SZA will feature songs about her life experiences and lessons learned.

“I [wrote about] my younger life, which was haphazard,” the 26-year-old told Billboard. “Being at ­sleepaway camp away from my parents, being the only black girl, not even noticing until I got older, dealing with boys, self-hate, growth, and God. It’s the first time I’m literally writing about my life instead of figuratively writing about it.”

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SZA Announces ‘CTRL’ Album, Drops “Drew Barrymore” Single

After teasing new music earlier this week in NYC, SZA has premiered her new single, “Drew Barrymore,” an introspective song off her forthcoming album, which she debuted on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

The soothing, melodic tack carries candid personal reflections as SZA speaks directly to her lover. “I’m sorry I’m not more attractive,” she sings. “I’m sorry I’m not more ladylike / I’m sorry I don’t shave my legs at night.”

With allusions to therapy, sex, loneliness, and Netflix’s “Narcos,” SZA paints a vivid picture of a complicated relationship.

During a recent New York show, the TDE songbird shared “Drew Barrymore” with a select few, claiming it was inspired by the actress it was named after and her films like Never Been Kissed and Poison Ivy. “I just imagine this being the soundtrack to one of those movies,” she said. “Cue Freddie Prinze, Jr.” That night, she also shared a Travis Scott collaboration, tentatively titled “Love Galore.”

SZA didn’t just perform the new single on “Kimmel,” she also announced the title of her next effort, the follow-up to 2014’s Z. Initially titled A, the project will now be called CTRL.

Listen to “Drew Barrymore” and watch her performance below!

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SZA Debuts New Music, Including Travis Scott Collaboration

After saying she “quit” the music industry last year, SZA is ready to retun with new music for 2017. On Tuesday (Jan. 10), the TDE songstress debuted new tracks for fans and tastemakers at New York City’s NeueHouse.

One of those songs was a Travis Scott-assisted cut tentatively titled “Love Galore.” According to Billboard, Scott peppers the song with sexual innuendos, including “let me plant that seed inside ya.”

Another new cut that SZA — who said she had bronchitis this week — performed is the tentatively-titled “Drew Barrymore.” The songbird reportedly said it was inspired by the actress and her movies like Never Been Kissed and Poison Ivy. “I just imagine this being the soundtrack to one of those movies,” she said. “Cue Freddie Prinze, Jr.”

But more than just an ode to Barrymore, the song also appears to be reflective with lyrics like, “I get so lonely I forget what I’m worth / We get so lonely, we pretend that this works / I’m so ashamed of myself, I think I need therapy.”

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