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Usher, Future, Leon Bridges To Headline 9th Annual Roots Picnic

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The Roots are bringing the stars to Philly. The Roots Picnic is back for the ninth year with a star-studded roster that includes Usher, Leon Bridges, and Future, who will be backed by the Legendary Crew.

This year’s lineup, which was announced by Broad City, also includes Kehlani, Blood Orange, Jidenna, Migos, Willow Smith, Anderson Paak and more, who will all hit the Festival Pier in Philadelphia on Saturday, June 4. Billed as the “biggest Roots Picnic yet,” the 23 performances will take place across three stages.

“We are excited that the Picnic is growing each year,” said Roots Picnic co-founder Shawn Gee. “We are laser focused on building an amazing fan experience and continuing to build a diverse lineup that matches the collective tastes and interests of the curators, Questlove and Black Thought of the Legendary Roots Crew. This year is going to be a lot of fun!”

Last year’s lineup included The Weeknd, Erykah Badu, A$AP Rocky, Rae Sremmurd, and DJ Mustard, while John Legend, Janelle Monáe, Nas, Kid Cudi, and Public Enemy have performed in previous years.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 5 at noon. Check out the full lineup below.

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Watch: Usher Releases Part 2 of “Chains” Video

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Usher continues to do his part for social justice with the second visual for his song “Chains” featuring Nas and Bibi Bourelly. The powerful anthem, which he debuted during the TIDAL X: 1020 concert in Brooklyn last year, was created to raise awareness for victims of racial injustice and police brutality.

The first part of the experience, “Don’t Look Away,” featured an interactive element where viewers were required to look into the eyes of the unarmed victims to control the video stream.

Part 2, a striking black-and-white clip directed by Film the Future, also highlights the eye-opening realities of social injustice and aims to inspire change. In between imagery of broken chains and handcuffs, Usher finds himself in church at his own funeral and in the back of a cop car with tears in his eyes.

Watch the video below.

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ThisisRnB Presents: 16 Albums To Sweat In 2016

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2015 was truly an excellent year in music, and it may seem hard to top, but looking into 2016 we are remaining optimistic.  While last year saw the surprise comeback of music icon Janet Jackson, return of powerhouse female vocalists Jazmine Sullivan, Tamia and Jill Scott, along with a monster crossover by The Weeknd, there is plenty more to look forward to this year.

With R&B continuing to reach vast audiences of varying age groups, tastes and styles, there will be something for everyone once again in 2016.

An exciting class of newcomers, lead by the likes of Kehlani and Tory Lanez, bring some of the most anticipated debuts. Strong 2nd and 3rd albums are expected by some of the already established current stars like Tinashe and K. Michelle, while anticipated comebacks by veterans like Usher, Tweet, and the Queen Bey will surely top most fans sweat list.

Get a sneak peek into the albums that we are most excited to see and hear this year, with our “16 Albums To Sweat in 2016” below!

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Usher Announces New Album ‘Flawed’

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Here we go! The news that we’ve been waiting for since early last year.

After multiple delays, Usher is finally prepping for the release of his much-anticipated new album, his first in nearly four years. In a random Instagram video with popular modern artist Daniel Arsham, the R&B superstar revealed the title of the oft-delayed project is Flawed.

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Watch: Usher Debuts Two New Songs

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With plenty to look forward to this year, the long-awaited new album by Usher is just near the top of our list. While performing at a New Year’s Eve party hosted by Samsung Pay at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, the R&B star debuted a pair of brand new songs off the album.

Usher, who also counted down the new year with the crowd, acknowledged the album’s delay. “I feel responsible. I look at all of my social media and my fans been a little mad at me because I pushed my album back,” he said. “But tonight, if you don’t mind, I just want to share something with you. This is just something I’ve been working on, I figured I’ll just play it for you.”

The first song finds Usher in ballad mode as he sings about the dangers of falling in love. “I know that I’m hard to love, hard to love, hard to love / I know that I’m hard to trust, hard to trust, hard to trust,” he croons, adding, “It’s like you can’t believe falling for me would kill you, but you could win it all.”

He also performed a second song called “Cards,” which he described as a “little, funky, jazzy, high spirited.” “This song is about some of these trifling women out here,” he told the crowd.

While the audience clapped along, he sang the upbeat number, which includes the lyrics, “Could of had it all if we were involved, but you didn’t play your cards right.”

Check out the footage below:

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Watch: The Weeknd, Usher, Pharrell & Missy Elliot Perform on ‘The Voice’ Finale

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Tuesday’s season finale of “The Voice” was packed with star power.

The Weeknd performed a medley of his multiple No. 1 hits during a pre-taped set. He kicked things off with “The Hills” before seguing into his Fifty Shades of Grey single “Earned It,” and ended with “Can’t Feel My Face,” which Entertainment Weekly recently named the best song of 2015.

Usher made a surprise return to “The Voice,” as he joined finalist Jordan Smith for a duet of the R&B star’s mega EDM hit “Without You.”

Joined by coach Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliott also hit the stage to perform her comeback single “WTF (Where They From)” live for the first time on television. The rap legend jumped out of a subway car and brought the music video to life in a subway station called “WTF Station.”

Check out all their performances below:

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Usher Offers Fans Mentorship Opportunity Through Online Classes

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Professor Raymond? Not quite, but it sounds kinda nice!

Just announced today, OG crooner Usher took to his Facebook to announce that in partnership with MasterClass, he will offer fans the opportunity to learn from one of the best to ever do it.

Teaching the “Art of Performance,” Usher gives an elusive guide to making it in the industry. Through 16 video lessons, the multi-talented artist will give those who are interested tips on how to become topnotch performer. From his personal technique to captivate audiences, to lessons on how to own the stage, he will offer up advice on how to become a superstar.

Each lesson focuses on a different aspect of being a performer including “Fueling Your Creativity” (Week 3), “Singing” (Week 5), “Dancing” (Week 6), “Acting” (Week 7), “Mental Toughness” (Week 14), and much more.

At a small price of $90, this 16 video course will hopefully give you everything you need to know in order to make your spotlight for superstardom shine much brighter.

Take a look at the announcement video below and sign up for the class here!

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Premiere: Vedo – Classic (Video)

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Rising R&B artist Vedo premieres the music video to his breakout single, “Classic“!  The Michigan born singer-songwriter is ready to let everyone know that he’s here to stay and there’s nothing holding him back.

A former finalist on NBC’s “The Voice,” Vedo received his mentorship from none other than veteran R&B superstar Usher and made a lasting impression on both the viewers and coaches throughout his run. Now, stepping out on his own, the Platinum Power Moves signee is shining through with the ’90s inspired single “Classic.”

Singing out, “Like an old school Chevy, they don’t make ’em like you no more (no more) / Like a handwritten letter, you know you worth much more,” the talented artist proves that his stardom is set to expand far beyond his time on “The Voice” stage.

“Classic” currently holds a spot in the Top 40 at Urban Radio. Fans of the singer can expect a project from him soon!

Take a look at Vedo go down like Mary below!

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