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PressPlay: 25 R&B Videos To Kick Off Summer

R&B Videos Summer

Summer is here and in case you were wondering, I’m just as excited as a kid on Christmas morning. Though each season holds its own weight in my book, there’s just something about summer that can make anyone feel their best and want to shine every chance they can. While everyone has their different reasons for feeling so good when summer creeps around, we here at ThisIsRnB will always give some of the credit to our playlist of summer R&B songs for that overwhelming emotion that the season brings out of us.

Although today’s R&B artists can still deliver a solid feel good sound for summer (i.e. DJ Khaled’s Rihanna and Bryson Tiller-assisted “Wild Thoughts“), there’s no denying that the majority of the top summer vibes came from the ’90s and early 2000s. Likewise, those same artists were all about making videos to match that same vibe and as a result, turned each summer into the biggest party that we would experience all year-long. So as an ode to those tracks and inspiration to make the next few months the best of your year, we decided to set you up with a dope list of R&B videos that are sure to set your summer off proper.

Excited about letting the top back, pulling out the shawt shawts, and getting tipsy on the rooftop? Jump into these 25 nostalgic summer videos to hype you up for your first day out (no Gucci) this season.

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Ariana Grande Announces Manchester Benefit Concert with Justin Bieber, Usher, Pharrell & More

A week after the terror attack that tragically took 22 lives and injured many more at her “Dangerous Woman World Tour” stop in Manchester, England, Ariana Grande has announced “One Love Manchester,” a star-studded benefit concert in honor of the victims and their families.

Featuring appearances from Justin Bieber, Usher, Pharrell, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and Niall Horan, “One Love Manchester” is set to take place June 5 at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground, which holds up to 50,000 people. The event will air on BBC TV, BBC Radio, Capital Radio Networks, and a soon-to-be-announced streaming partner, according to Billboard.

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Watch: Usher Performs Duet Cover of R.E.M’s “Everybody Hurts” on ‘The Voice’ Finale

On Tuesday night’s finale of Season 12 of the NBC’s “The Voice,” the singing competition invited some major stars to join the top 4 contestants and hit the stage for special performances.

One of the biggest surprises of the night was Usher joining Alicia Key’s team member Chris Blue for a duet performance of R.E.M.’s classic ’90s hit, “Everybody Hurts.”

With a spotlight on both singers, the R&B superstar opened their duet of the compelling ballad, while Chris Blue joined in with a strong vocal performance of his own.

Later in the show, Chris was announced as the winner of Season 12, which also became the first win for coach Alicia Keys.

Check out the performance below.

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Chris Brown Brings Out Usher, Future, Monica, The-Dream & More At “The Party Tour” in Atlanta

It was an all-star party on Tuesday night (May 2) in Atlanta at the Phillips Arena.

Chris Brown had some big surprises in store for the ATL stop of his “Party Tour.”  The city showed up as star after star, including some local legends, hit the stage. In addition to his supporting acts like Fabolous, Kap G, DaeDae and more, the surprises were non-stop as Brown himself was joined on stage by Usher and Future.

But, before Brown took the stage, fans got the party going strong with Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat, Monica, Boosie, Waka Flocka Flame, T-Pain, The-Dream, 2 Chainz, Dem Franchize Boyz, Yo Gotti, and Meek Mill all during Fabolous’ set.

T-Pain and Yung Joc performed “Buy U A Drank,” while Monica shouted out the south side as she sang “Should’ve Known Better” and “So Gone.”

Currently rocking blond highlights in his hair, Usher joined Chris for their joint hit singles “Party” and “New Flame,” he also took it back with a beat-boxed mash-up of “Lovers & Friends” and “U Don’t Have To Call.”

Future turned the whole arena out with “F*ck Up Some Commas” and “Mask Off,” as the stage became one big dance-off, with Usher and Breezy both showing off their moves.

On Monday, Chris surprised fans everywhere when he posted a first look at the tracklisting for his anticipated new album Heartbreak on a Full Moon, which included 40-tracks, causing the speculation that the project will now be a massive double-album.

Check out the fan footage from last nights “Party” below.

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Usher, Andra Day, Jimmy Jam & More Help Raise Over $1M for Type 1 Diabetes Research

“We’re going to find a solution. We’re going to fight this. We’re going to figure it out,” Usher said at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund’s Imagine Gala.

Usher, Sugar Ray Leonard, Brec Bassinger, Hailee Steinfeld and James “Jimmy Jam” Harris were among the stars who stepped out on the red carpet Saturday (Apr. 22) for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund’s Imagine Gala.

The event, which took place at the Beverly Hilton, raised over $1 million in support of the research JDRF funds to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.

Usher spoke at the event about how Harris had reached out to him to perform at the gala. The singer-songwriter added, though, that he felt much more compelled to do more and speak to the audience since his son was diagnosed at the age of 5 with T1D.

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Listen: BJ The Chicago Kid Releases Usher Tribute EP

Thursday (March 23), marked the 13 anniversary of Usher‘s classic Diamond-selling album Confessions.

The album that many R&B fans herald as the last “classic” R&B album has inspired artists everywhere, and continues to do so. In a surprise move, soulful singer/songwriter BJ The Chicago Kid has released a mini EP in tribute to Usher’s pinnacle project.

Working with producers Jairus Mozee and Tubb Young to recreate three tracks, BJ covers the title song, along with a snippet of “Simple Things,” and a mashup of “Can U Handle It” and “Superstar.” The later being the longest and the clear standout. The Chicago native showcases a tender, soulful take on the two songs in a unique blend, and I don’t know if we can handle BJ’s stirring vocals! Too Good!

The two artists have a long-standing history as BJ use to serve as one of Usher’s background vocalists. During which a young BJ performed on “The Truth Tour,” the 2004 trek in support of Usher’s Confessions.

Stream his tribute to Usher below!

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Usher Shares Confessions on Career, including Chris Brown Regret

Earlier this week, Questlove got the inside truth direct from Usher during a special interview for his Pandora radio show, “Questlove Supreme.”

During their conversation, the R&B star, who’s career continues to inspire, opened up about life, love, and music.  Specifically, Usher revealed his biggest career regret, spoke about first marriage, and shared how Tevin Campbell’s hit single “Can We Talk” and others were originally created for him.

See some excerpts from the insightful interview below.

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Usher, Ne-Yo, Fantasia & More Perform at ‘Taking The Stage’ Special

On Thursday night, ABC finally aired the “Taking The Stage: African American Music And Stories That Changed America” special, which was originally tapped in the fall of 2016, surrounding the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC.

The audience was filled with stars of music, film, entertainment, industry and politics, including President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Many of R&B’s elite hit the stage to pay tribute to the groundbreaking singers and entertainers that came before them. Suited up to put on a show, Usher performed a commendable James Brown tribute, which included “Papa’s Gotta Brand New Bag,” “I Feel Good,” “Say It Loud I’m Black And I’m Proud,” and “Get On Up.”

Ne-Yo was appointed the very difficult task of paying tribute to Michael Jackson, which he’s done before, however this performance fell short in many people’s opinions on social media. His set included “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Something,” and “Earth Song.”

On a higher note (literally), Fantasia floored the audience in the Kennedy Center with her dedication performance to Aretha Franklin, singing “Dr. Feel Good.” As always she stunned vocally, receiving a standing ovation from the packed house.

Chloe & Halle opened the gospel tribute, and made Beyoncé proud with their angelic voices. The young sisters were followed by gospel headliners Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, and Shirley Caesar.

Check out the performances below.

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