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Khalid Announces New Album ‘Sincere’ and Release Date

Alt-R&B singer Khalid has announced his third album, Sincere, will release Aug. 2 via Right Hand Music Group/RCA Records. “Sincere is a combination of my life experiences, it takes inspiration from conversations that I have had with my fans, supporters, and the people that love me,” explains Khalid. He continues, “When I listen back to

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Kehlani’s new album, Crash, is off to a strong start on Billboard. Their fourth LP opens at No. 2 on the Top R&B Albums chart, dominated by SZA’s SOS for a 77th week. With Crash, Kehlani continues their record of having all their albums debut in the top 5 of the R&B Albums chart. In

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Coco Jones’ latest single, “Here We Go (Uh Oh),” appears on Billboard’s Adult R&B Airplay chart this week. The Lenny Williams-sampled song debuts at No. 29 on the airplay chart, led by Keith Sweat’s “Lay You Down.” It’s Jones’ second single to appear on the Adult R&B Airplay chart and her third visit overall. Her

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Megan Thee Stallion on Collaborating With Victoria Monét: ‘It Was Long Overdue’

Megan Thee Stallion and Victoria Monét recently joined forces for “Spin” from the rapper’s new album, Megan. The track, produced by xSDTRK and Akeel, hears Monét singing on the hook and bridge. “Is it real or fake? So? / Bet you still gon’ hit it, though / All this fat ass booty, need somewhere to

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Syleena Johnson Announces New Album ‘Legacy,’ Shares Release Date

Syleena Johnson has a new album coming this summer. The Grammy-nominated singer has announced her 12th album,Legacy, will release Aug. 30 via SJ Entertainment. Legacywill include the already shared singles “Monsters in the Closet” and “Black Balloon.” “I felt like it was time for ‘Monsters in the Closet’ because we are suffering a mental health

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Inside Marsha Ambrosius’ World of ‘Casablanco’: Interview

“I told him I didn’t really want to do the artist thing anymore,” Marsha Ambrosius recalls to Rated R&B. It’s a June afternoon, and the Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter is reflecting on a talk she had with producer Dr. Dre a few years back about her career plans. “‘I’ve kind of been there, done that,’”

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Maeta Enters The Summer With KAYTRANADA-Produced Album, ‘Endless Night’

After securing a number-one hit in March with “Through The Night,” red-hot new singer Maeta continues to feel the rhythm of the night and drops the sizzling new album, Endless Night. The album is produced entirely by KAYTRANADA. Featureless, the album includes songwriting by award-winning songwriters James Fauntleroy and Ant Clemons. Led by “Endless Night,”

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Rising R&B star Lekan is crowning the torch of Ohio’s longstanding musical imprint. The singer and songwriter is also bringing his Nigerian roots, loving family, and strong faith along the way. His debut EP ‘So You Know,’ which features the breakout single, “Pray For Me,” serves as his formal introduction to the world but it

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Marsha Ambrosius releases new album “Casablanco,” her first album since 2018

Grammy-nominated Soul artist Marsha Ambrosius has released a new album, “Casablanco” today, Friday, June 28, her first studio since 2018. Executive produced by hip-hop and producing legend Dr. Dre, the 11-track album includes recent singles, “One Night Stand” and “The Greatest.” The project began when Dre and Ambrosius collaborated on some tracks he was working

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Eric Benet and Tamar Braxton Give Us ‘Something We Can Make Love To’

After an almost 10-year hiatus, Eric Benét is back with his trademark sound on “Something We Can Make Love To,” a sultry ballad with Tamar Braxton. The lead single from the singer/songwriter’s upcoming Duets EP gives authentic R&B as their vocals create an ethereal eargasm. Released on Benét’s label, JBR Records, it’s written and produced

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From the humble beginnings of writing songs in between her shifts as a bus driver, Lizzen has now emerged as a rising star in the R&B scene. Yesterday, (6/27) she unveiled her highly-anticipated debut album, aptly titled On The Bus, featuring a stellar lineup of R&B superstars. The Akron, Ohio, native began writing music on

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Exclusive: Sheila E. Queen of Percussion Talks Latest Album “Bailar,” Essence Festival of Cuture and more

Just a few days remain until Essence Festival Of Culture’s 30th anniversary and ThisIsRnB had the honor of speaking with the Queen of percussion, Sheila E. She’s slated to perform live on the festival stage on Saturday, July 6th. Grab your tickets now! Sheila Escovedo known to fans worldwide as Sheila E., picked up the

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Ciara Joins Hulvey on ‘Altar (Remix)’: Listen

Ciara always finds time to praise the Lord. The R&B-pop star has teamed up with Christian rapper Hulvey on his “Altar (Remix).” Ciara appears in the second verse, singing: “God, thank you for all of the blessings / God, you’re the only one that don’t let me (down) / When the days are feeling down

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Maeta’s ‘Endless Night’ EP Is Full of Bliss: Stream

Summer has officially arrived, and Maeta is giving us all something to groove to all season. The rising singer has released her new EP,Endless Night, via Roc Nation Records. The seven-track project, produced entirely by Kaytranada, features writing from James Fauntleroy, Fallon King (of Cherish), and Ant Clemons. King co-wrote four tracks, while Fauntleroy contributed

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Bootsy Collins Announces New Project ‘Album of the Year #1 Funkateer’

Bootsy Collins is on a mission to leave an indelible mark in 2024. The funk icon by no means has anything to prove at this juncture of his career. His 50-plus-year catalog is still reaching the world to this day. But that’s beside the point. Collins’ 23rd album, Album of the Year #1 Funkateer, out

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Kehlani Releases New Album ‘Crash’: Stream

Kehlani has released their fourth album,Crash, via Atlantic Records. The 13-track album includes the singles “After Hours” and “Next 2 U.” For features, Kehlani keeps it at a minimum with three: Jill Scott, Young Miko, and Omah Lay. Scott and Miko appear on the Camper-produced “Sucia.” For production, Kehlani also worked with Dixson, Oak, Alex

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It took no time for 2024 to become the year for R&B tours. The year’s first half has already seen a horde of R&B artists from all walks of life on the road. R&B veterans such as Keith Sweat, Tamar Braxton, Tamia and Joe, Ledisi, Tank, Carl Thomas, Keri Hilson, and others reunited with their

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Rodney Jerkins Launches New Record Label Alienz Alive

Legendary producer and songwriter Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins has announced a new record label, Alienz Alive. According to the Christian-based label‘swebsite, its mission is “to build community, develop artists, foster dialogue, and encourage storytelling that is honest [and] that pursues truth that glorified God.” “When I first thought about launching a new company, I knew I

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Andra Day Announces ‘Cherith Tour’ Dates

Andra Day has unveiled the dates for her headlining Cherith Tour. The North American trek begins Aug. 9 at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. From there, the Grammy-winning singer will make stops in Washington, D.C., Toronto, Chicago, San Diego and more.The tour concludes Sep. 24 at The Showbox in Seattle. Tickets go on sale to the

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Victoria Monét Shares New Song ‘Power of Two’ From ‘Star Wars: The Acolyte’

Victoria Monét lends her voice to the soundtrack for Star Wars: The Acolyte. The Grammy-winning singer‘s new track “Power of Two,” produced by her longtime collaborator D’Mile, is an original end-credit song for the series. “Power of Two” is equally gut-wrenching and soothing. Monét balances the melancholic lyrics (“Parts of me will die with you

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