Posts Tagged ‘The Dream’

‘SOULQUARIUS’ Brings R&B Greats, Past & Present, to West Coast Fans!

When the flyer for the inaugural SOULQUARIUS Festival in Santa Ana, California dropped in late 2016, R&B lovers everywhere went crazy over the line-up of scheduled performers.  From throwback artists like Jon B. and DMX to current R&B tastemakers such as Ro James, Jhené Aiko, and BJ The Chicago Kid, there was no denying that this event was guaranteed to be a lituation.

Fear of getting rained out and continuous flooding from California’s big storm may have had most on edge but, that didn’t stop ticket holders from coming out in droves to get a taste of what their favorite performers have to offer. Of course, there were a few mishaps along the way (like any huge festival has during their opening year), but SOULQUARIUS — aside from its massive lineup — has plenty of reasons why it should be the R&B festival that you don’t want to miss from here on out.

Delivering a jammed packed mash-up of lovable R&B artists and a few of rap’s most influential, SOULQUARIUS made sure to leave festival enthusiasts with a need to get their coins up for next year.

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New Music: The-Dream – Code Blue

The-Dream is feeling Blue.

Following the release of his late 2016 EP Love You To Death, the Radio Killa returns with a new song titled “Code Blue,” off the soundtrack to Fifty Shades Darker.

Over a somber electric guitar laced track, Dream takes listeners on a heartfelt ride for one of the film’s emotional scenes.

“The closer I get to you / The more I feel like crying / The farther I get from you / The more I feel like dying,” he sings on the opening. “This what I get for loving you / Code Blue / This is what I get for loving you,” he sings with a sad tone on the chorus.

The-Dream is definitely excited to hear his song in the film. “Can’t wait to see the ‘Code Blue’ Scene from Fifty Shades Darker Tonight,” he tweeted. “Who’s with me?”

Fifty Shades Darker hit theaters today (Feb. 10). Take a listen 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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The-Dream Announces “Love You To Death” Tour

The-Dream is taking the love show on the road.

After releasing his Love You to Death EP in December, the R&B singer/songwriter has announced an eight-city tour slated to kick off next month.

The “Love You to Death Tour” is set to launch Feb. 13 in Seattle. Then, he’ll spend Valentine’s Day in San Francisco before continuing the jaunt through Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago, and New York, with a stop at the Soulquarius Festival on Feb. 18. The journey closes March 2 in Philadelphia.

“To all the fans that hit me and my staff and said in abundance to come to your City, I hear you,” he wrote. “I am here for you And nothing without your Voice and Energy.”

Along with this, King Dream announced that Radio Killa Records is “back fully operational.”

“[We] Have Artist on the Way because of YOU,” he wrote. “I don’t take any one fan for granted!”

The five-track EP Love You to Death was released last month as a precursor to this year’s Love Affair, which is due March 24.

Check out his tour dates below.

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Listen: Justine Skye Releases New EP ‘8 Ounces’

Justine Skye is prepping for a big 2017, and to get a jump start on the new year, the buzzing R&B singer debuts her surprise new EP 8 Ounces.

“Eight ounces is the average weight of the female heart,” Justine told Genius. “Now that I’m 21, I’m meeting different people from different parts of the world and I’m figuring out myself more and figuring out guys more. This whole EP is my diary of situations that I’ve gone through since my last project.”

Skye worked closely with The-Dream on the material, who acted as her confidant and co-writer, while Tricky Stewart also contributed to the production. “The-Dream was like my diary,” she explained. “I would sit there and talk his ear off about all my guy situations; he would just turn my stories into songs.”

The 9-track project includes one feature from Wale on “Fun.”  You can stream Justine Skye’s 8 Ounces below, and pick it up on iTunes now.

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R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, Ashanti & Ja Rule, Jhené Aiko & Many More Join “Soulquarius” Lineup

SOULQUARIUS is bringing a dream team of R&B stars to one stage!

The star-studded festival is set to take place at The Observatory Grounds in Santa Ana, California on Feb. 18 with headliners R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, and a joint set from Ja Rule and Ashanti.

Jhené Aiko, Brandy, Monica, The-Dream, Kelis, Mya, The Internet, and Willow Smith are also on the bill. Other R&B stars on deck include Ameriie, Ro James, BJ the Chicago Kid, Lloyd, Eric Bellinger, Jon B, and a reunited Pretty Ricky.

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Stream The-Dream’s ‘Love You To Death’ EP

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The-Dream is back!

Friday has brought many new releases but the biggest surprise may be the new EP from singer/songwriter and platinum hitmaker The-Dream. Love You To Death marks Terius Nash’s second project of 2016 – his first was the TIDAL-exclusive visual album Genesis – but his first audio drop since last year’s Sam Cooke inspired IamSam EP and the Crown EP.

Six tracks in length, fans of The-Dream will find that, though he’s been away for a minute, the producer’s penchant to craft hypnotic songs is still here. Relationships remain his primary topic in the lyrics. On “Madness,” Dream reflects on how a relationship went left (“I would’ve gotten better if you stayed with me”) and also falls prey to lust over a scaled-back, piano-driven instrumental. “College Daze” is a clever play on a disagreement between two lovers, as the singer insists they’re still the best available options for each other. “Rih-Flex” pays an obvious homage to Rihanna. The soft melodies and storytelling all flow well together, with the sole upbeat song, “Ferris Wheel,” being the outro cut.

Love You To Death ends before it really takes off, clocking in at under a half hour. But for fans of The-Dream and even potential new listeners, the EP does provide a few tracks that might fit on the Cuffing Season playlist. It also lets us know that, when it comes to love, the self-professed “Love King” will always have something smooth to add to the conversation.

Stream The-Dream’s Love You To Death EP down below.

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The-Dream Previews Rihanna Tribute “Rih-Flex”

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The-Dream pays homage to Rihanna on a song off his forthcoming EP Love You to Death.

Before the full track drops Friday, the singer/songwriter posted a teaser for “Rih-Flex (Ode to Rihanna)” on social media. “She on that Rihanna flex / Now you need that love / Feels like you lost something that you never had / It was all that / Now, it’s all bad / That Rihanna flex,” he sings.

The-Dream and RiRi go way back, from him penning her smash hit “Umbrella” to his “Livin’ a Lie” track, and more recently, Dream was credited as a writer on “Woo” off this year’s ANTI.

He also gave fans another taste of Love You to Death with the song “College Daze.” “I forgot about the things you did in college,” he sings. “Can you forget about them things I did last night?”

Earlier this week, The-Dream announced the tracklisting for Love You to Death, which is set to feature five tracks, including “Lemon Lean,” “Madness,” and the singer-songwriter’s personal favorite, “Ferris Wheel.” The EP drops on Friday, Dec. 9.

Check out the previews below.

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