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Tyrese Defends The Importance of R&B, Talks Staying True To The Music

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We all witnessed the success of Tyrese‘s grassroots campaign for his last album Black Rose, and how his persistence to stress the importance of celebrating classic R&B music was key to the movement.

Continuing to be one of the largest voices in the fight to have mainstream media support the music, the singer has sat down with ESSENCE for a new interview, which also acts as promo for his upcoming performance at the ESSENCE Music Festival this coming July 4th weekend.

During the interview, Tyrese talked about his favorite artists, and explained how it’s up to a select group of singers to spread the magic of true soul music.

“We are here to hold it down, it’s like defenders of the earth, we’re here to defend the culture, and just re-spark the interest in true R&B Soul,” he says.

Additionally, Tyrese serenaded the cameras with a love letter to R&B, getting all in his feels.

Check out the interview and performance below.

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Watch: Tyrese Premieres ‘The Black Book’ Short Film co-starring V. Bozeman & Tank

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Happy Easter, from Tyrese!

The multi-talented entertainer has premiered his anticipated mini-movie, ‘The Black Book,’ co-starring singers V. Bozeman and Tank. The music video short film tells a story of lust, struggle, infidelity and lasting love, set to “You Can’t Break Me,” as well as “Waiting On You” and “Prior To You,” off Tyrese’s 2015 album Black Rose.

Making his directorial debut, and inspired by the modern romance classic The Notebook, Ty borrowed elements from the film to create his own compelling story of true love. Much like the Nicholas Sparks tale, this film features an elderly couple, who are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary. Due to his wife’s Alzheimer’s, an older version of Ty tries threading this story together, going down a sometimes painful memory lane, one filled with arguments, forgiveness and love.

As he tells the story, fans see it unfold on-screen in the form of the aforementioned musical numbers.

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Watch: Tyrese Unveils ‘The Black Book’ Trailer

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Following his stellar 2015 album Black Rose, Tyrese Gibson unveils the first-look trailer for his upcoming short film The Black Book. Written and directed by the singer/actor, the short co-stars fellow singer V. Bozeman, whom Ty recently worked with on the emotional duet “You Can’t Break Me.”

The music video film tells a story of lust, struggle, infidelity, and lasting love, set to “You Can’t Break Me,” as well as “Waiting On You” and “Prior To You” feat. Tank, off the Black Rose album.

Check out the trailer below, and look for the premiere on Easter Sunday.

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List: The Best of February – Top 12 Records

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It’s incredible to think that February 2016 has all of the capability to be labeled as the best month of the year, and we’re nowhere near done! From Beyoncé commanding all the ladies into “Formation” to Tweet and Missy Elliott’s re-connection on “Somebody Else Will,” the year’s shortest month (even on a leap year) supplied some really good music.

In addition to the music supplied, February brought along one of the most memorable Black History Month’s in recent years. With notable Grammy performances, Oscar snubs, and apparent riots against those standing up for the culture, this Black History Month was absolutely a little more “lit” than usual and our appreciation for it was the same.

With all of that in mind and brought forth to your immediate memory, get into our “Best of February – Top 12 Records” list below!

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John Legend, Tyrese, Demi Lovato & More Honor Lionel Richie at Grammys

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After his honor as 2016’s MusiCares Person of the Year on Saturday, the tribute to legendary artist Lionel Richie continued on Monday (Feb. 15) at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

John Legend started the tribute at the piano with a soulful version of “Easy.” Demi Lovato then took the stage for a potent vocal performance of the icon’s “Hello.”

From his seat, Richie looked on with a smile and watery eyes. Soon, Demi passed the mic to Luke Bryan for “Penny Lover” and Meghan Trainor for “You Are.” The tempo picked up some more for Tyrese’s take on The Commodores’ lively “Brick House.”

But the spotlight was truly on Richie here, so the celebrated singer took the stage to close things out with “All Night Long.”

Watch the moving performance below!

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New Music: V. Bozeman feat. Tyrese – You Can’t Break Me

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Uh Oh!! Things are heating up with V-Day only days away!

After some rumors that they were dating, V. Bozeman and Tyrese have linked up for the soulful, emotional duet “You Can’t Break Me.”

Taking on the roles of a man and woman in a troubled relationship, Bozeman makes a stance for herself as she sings about walking away and leaving her disrespectful lover.

“You can’t break me, ’cause you don’t make me / I can do bad myself,” she sings.

Similar to his No. 1 single “Shame,” Tyrese admits to making mistakes, however he vows to do better, and won’t let her walk away. “Sometimes a man makes mistakes / Now when I get back have my tacos ready…You know damn well I’m not going nowhere / Said I’m tryin my best,” he replies.

Take a listen to their new duet below!

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Tank Talks Status of TGT, Tyrese’s Challenge of Making A ‘Full R&B’ Album, His New Music & Much More!

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Last December, we were dealt a blow when Tyrese announced on Instagram that TGT (the popular group of Tyrese, Ginuwine & Tank) had broken up, after only 1 album. He made it apparent that the issues were coming from Ginuwine, and fans everywhere got the feeling that it was due to issues with how they were splitting up the business. Ginuwine responded in his own way, and later Tyrese admitted that he spoke to soon and should not have taken their issues to social media so fast. Most recently, Tyrese has revealed that they are speaking and attempting to work out the issues.

Now, to give us a current update on the status of the group, and what went down, Tank has spoken about the situation during an interview on The Breakfast Club early Tuesday morning. The gifted R&B veteran hints that the issues are mostly between how the money is split up and that Tyrese feels that his celebrity status deserves a higher percentage. As most fans know, on the music side, Ginuwine has the biggest records to date, and has sold the most albums. He was surprised when G told them he was going to quit the group, but they are in talks about how they can come back together and find common group to give the fans what they want.

Moving on, Tank spoke about Tyrese’s challenge to fellow R&B artists to make a “full R&B album” without a ton of features from rappers and other artists. Whether Ty was including Tank in his thoughts or not, Tank took it as he was, but claimed he wasn’t going to let Ty influence the want he creates music and how he wanted to deliver his brand new album Sex, Love & Pain II.

Even though he makes lots of love songs and bedroom slow jams, Tank revealed that his definition of R&B is not just that, and you can have tempo and have fun too.

“What are you telling me, that I have to do songs under 60 BPMs to be considered R&B music? I’m tired of all these slow songs…I’m tired of walking around the stage,” explained Tank. He went on to address the current landscape of R&B music and lack of support from it’s core audience.

Tank always makes a great interview, and this one was not to be missed. Check it out in full below.

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ThisIsRnB Presents: The Top 20 R&B Albums of 2015

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2015 was the best year in R&B since the ’90s … Go ahead, fight us on that…

Ok, maybe not exactly, but it was damn near close and we’ve been reveling in it all year long.  So, with 2016 upon us and the same question – Where did the year go? – we spent the last month of 2015 re-listening, debating, writing, enjoying, and celebrating all of the amazing albums that hit our desks from a very wide range of artists.

Great R&B ruled in it’s current arena, which is Urban AC radio and independent labels, but it also slowly began to slide back into the mainstream.  Veteran artists took strong stands for their beloved style, while young acts only born in the 90s just did what felt natural and real to them.  Truth and authenticity ruled as the overall theme, even when it came in the form of a 60s soul revivalist or dark R&B protagonist taking over pop radio.

With open arms we welcomed the return of powerhouse female vocalists Jazmine Sulllivan and Tamia, and saluted male R&B lotharios Tyrese, Ne-Yo and Raheem DeVaughn.  The legendary Janet Jackson surprised everyone and reminded us why she is Unbreakable.  Newcomer Bryson Tiller stole the underground king trophy, and Miguel reminded us to let our Wildhearts run free.

The only thing that might have made it better would have been if Maxwell got off the beach and finally gave us the oft-delayed follow-up to BLACKsummers’night.  Anyways, let’s toast to what’s to come in 2016, and flashback with us to 2015’s most notable albums with “The Top 20 R&B Albums of 2015” below!

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