R&B singer and former 112-member Q Parker is back in the studio creating new music, like the new “Yes”, a ’90s-inspired track that smoothly showcases the crooner’s vocals. In our most recent interview with Q Parker, he reveals he’s releasing his Southern hospitality this time around: “I’m an ATL-born, bred, Southern gentlemen. I’m a romantic… Read more »
R&B singer Lloyd must live in the studio, because even if there’s no new album in sight, he remains relevant by releasing music directly to his fans. This time, the 26-year-old releases “All of Me”, a slow jam featuring MMG rapper – and sometimes poet – Wale. Listen to the track here: Is this better… Read more »
Raised in Plainview, Texas, Universal Records signee Charlie B was told many times that he wouldn’t amount to anything by people from his hometown. Worse yet, at the age of 16 after his mother passed away from a stroke, and with his father not around, Charlie B was basically an orphan. Moving on from his… Read more »
The message here is simple: Dawn Richard isn’t going anywhere. R&B singer, and former Bad Boy Records/Diddy Dirty Money artist Dawn Richard has been hard at work since her release from her former label, leading an independent movement with her “Hearts,” and producing her most-profiled material yet, the Armor On mixtape, earlier this year. The… Read more »
Futuristic R&B singer Miguel has released the art and tracklist for his sophomore album, Kaleidoscope Dream. Miguel set the music scene on fire with his previous single and video for “Adorn” (which appears on Water Preview), and before the album drops, he will release Kaleidoscope Dream – The Air Preview, set to drop on September… Read more »
Emeli Sandé reflects upon life as a medical student, the “science” behind music-making, and her emotional attachment to “Heaven.”
R&B singer and songwriter The-Dream has returned with a visual for “Dope Chick”, a smooth piano-tapped track and the video compliments it perfectly. He brings along G.O.O.D. Music’s Pusha T to lay the verses. Peep:
Grammy-winning producer and singer Ne-Yo recently opened up in Vevo’s original segment titled “Music Is My Sport”, a project that profiles artists’ athletic side, and showcases Ne-Yo during the intense workout he does to stay in shape. “My regime demands total focus. I work day and night, every day of the year,” said Ne-Yo. “My… Read more »
Over the weekend, Hennessy swagged out the annual Vail Soul Music Festival in the small mountain town of Vail, Colorado. The festival, which is one of the last remaining soul festivals in the nation, is an authentic hand-picked mix of emerging and established artists. This years festival featured married neo-soul duo Kindred, Natalie Stewart & Julie… Read more »
R&B singer Faith Evans is back in the spotlight as lead cast member of TV One’s “R&B Divas”, and now she’s releasing a new album of the same name. The first single? “Tears of Joy”, a hard-hitting ballad giving us the best of Faith Evans. Written by Grammy nominated songwriter Claude Kelly and produced by… Read more »
THE DOORS WEREN’T JUST FOR ROCK ‘N ROLLERS – CHECK OUT A TRIBUTE EVENT TO THE GREATS IN L.A.
At the time singer Jordin Sparks was approached to play the lead in Sparkle, she had recently parted ways with her management and didn’t know what was going on with her label. It’s been a “blessing,” Sparks reveals, as she was unsure what was next. The Old School, big screen remake finds her paired with… Read more »
A few weeks back multi-platinum and Grammy-winning R&B singer Alicia Keys asked that fans submit instagram photos for her latest video for “#AKNEWDAY”, and she kept her word and used the photos. Here’s her special message: “Check out YOUR photos in my New Day Instagram video! Thanks you so much for sending in these gorgeous… Read more »
Eric Benet has had a sturdy career in the industry, and despite some bumps along the way, he keeps churning out good, sexy music. His recent album, The One, includes the second single, “Harriett Jones”, and whenever a man names a song after a woman, it’s worth the listen. Check the clip below of Benet… Read more »
Twelve years after his debut album, Sean Paul still knows how to get a party started (and keep it going) on his latest effort Tomahawk Technique (Atlantic Records). Sean Paul doesn’t drop an album every year, but when he does release a studio effort, you know it’s ready for replay – and that’s what one… Read more »
R&B singer Ray Lavender has released The RNB Hustler, the culmination of his two summer singles “Tequila” and “We Love”. After releasing three singles back in 2007, Lavender shelved his debut album with Akon’s Konvict Music, switched teams, and went back into the studio to find his best musical self. Today, he’s an independent artist… Read more »
RAPPER-TURNED-SINGER JEREMIH PUSHES NEW ALBUM AND PONDERS OMARION’S SPOT AT MMG
R&B singer Trey Songz recently spoke with San Francisco’s KMEL 106 on NeYo’s recent comments saying that the he feels the singer hasn’t reached his “potential.” Well, clearly, Songz does not like these comments, seeing how he and Ne-Yo are friends. Peep the video here. In the meantime, they go completely different routes on their… Read more »
The radio is loving Caribbean-flavored rising star Sterling Simms, as he showcases his voice on a banger with Maybach Music Group’s Meek Mill entitled “Tell Her Again”. Philadelphia’s other resident hot-boy Meek Mill goes in with his quick-flow here! (Who knew he could do that?) Listen to the audio here. The City of Brotherly Love… Read more »
Songstress Jhene Aiko, a bi-product of producer No ID’s imprint, is back with her latest video for “3:16AM”, a visual that’s sure to please even the most skeptical music lover. Not familiar with Aiko? This past May, AllHipHop.com had the pleasure of speaking with the singer and Def Jam signee, Check our Jhene Aiko interview… Read more »
In the early ’90s, certain R&B groups (and certain record labels) ruled the airwaves, and part of that era was super producer Jermaine Dupri and the talented singing quartet, Xscape. Though the group eventually disbanded, there were well-received solo efforts from many of its members. Kandi Burruss is a fixture on reality TV and is… Read more »
R&B singer Brandy is back with a video for “Put It Down”, her much-hyped single featuring a rapping Chris Brown that is receiving heavy buzz after dropping just a few months ago. Looks like Brandy is ready to be at the top of the music scene again. Can she do it? Peep the video:
Trey Songz has been keeping it a little on the humble and lovey-dovey side with his songs lately. Nothing wrong with that. BUT, it’s good to see that he hasn’t lost his “Trigga” edge. Check out his latest – a video for the track, “Hail Mary”.
Drake’s been quoted for the last few years, claiming he’s working on something with Aaliyah. Well, now, it looks like he meant every word. Here’s “Enough Said” by Aaliyah, featuring Drake.
VIDEO: “PERFECTLY IMPERFECT” ELLE VARNER DISHES ON HER NEW ALBUM WITH ALLHIPHOP.COM
Just a few months ago, when we coined singer August Alsina as “R&B’s new thug“, we knew his attitude, persona, and voice would attract a fanbase, and even tastemakers, within the music industry – and he has. In his latest song and video, Alsina taps Lloyd for the “Sucka” remix, of which the original appears… Read more »
In a well-lit penthouse studio overlooking the skyscrapers of New York City, R&B singer Dwele held a listening session to offer industry insiders a taste of his fifth studio album, Greater Than One. As champagne traveled around the room, Dwele introduced the album track-by-track, while also mixing and mingling with the crowd, managing to explain… Read more »
R&B singer Mateo released a new track this week off his forthcoming mixtape, Suite 823, entitled “Looking You Up”, featuring singer/songwriter Stacy Barthe. The track was produced by Kerry “Krucial” Brothers and co-produced by Zeke MacUmber for Krucial Noise, longtime Alicia Keys collaborators. “Looking You Up” is all about love lost. Listen to the track and watch a… Read more »
On track to releasing his fifth studio album, Chapter V, R&B ladies man Trey Songz just personally released a video of himself on tour in Cannes, France, singing Drake’s “The Motto”. Take a look at Trey Songz in his latest video for “Simply Amazing” below: Trey Songz’s Chapter V hits stores and online August 21.
On July 31, futuristic R&B crooner Miguel will be releasing his new album in three parts, starting with the digital EP, Kaleidoscope Dream: Water. Water, Air, and Fire are all three parts of his latest mixtape series, the latter being the culmination album. The second release Kaleidoscope Dream: Air, is set to hit iTunes on… Read more »
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It’s not every day you get a chance to audition in front of music executives and get offered a deal on the spot. But that’s the story of 19-year-old singer and songwriter, Deon Young. In 2011, Young reached out to fans outside of his hometown of Harlem, New York, when he released his For The Love mixtape. It… Read more »
The latest Maybach Music Group signee Omarion opens up about signing with Maybach Music, what it means for him, and he also gives his candid opinion on Frank Ocean’s much talked about Tumblr post. Check out the video below: “There’s a certain level of equality in this business that a lot of people don’t get,”… Read more »
Toronto-bred soul-singer NvS is all about expressing love through her music, and with her latest video for “Between My Thighs”, she does just that. Already the winner of Best New Artist at the Canadian Radio Awards, NvS is now signed to Bystorm Entertainment, a powerhouse label boasting as the home to artists including J. Cole… Read more »
Tank and Tyrese, two-thirds of TGT (Tank, Ginuwine & Tyrese), recently spoke to fellow R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn about their album, where Tank revealed, “We’re about 12 songs [in]!” Tyrese assures us there will be no special appearances on the album, and even gives his thoughts on today’s R&B, and the overuse of special guests:… Read more »
There’s a new jack on the horizon – pun intended – and based on the six-track mixtape, Alex Jacke recently released, this soul singer is in a league of his own. Playful, truth-filled lyrics, solid production, an undoubtedly unique vocal ability, and a great story, Jacke proves he has the potential to cement his name… Read more »
R. Kelly is maybe the only singer of his generation and genre, from the ’90s, who still makes music – and still gets heard. Check out the Pied Piper in his latest video for “Feelin’ Single”. Sounds like something from the Chocolate Factory album – but it’s actually a new cut from his latest album,… Read more »
RCA’s resident lady-on-the come-up these days is California’s Elle Varner. Now transported to the Big Apple, the NYU talent’s “Refill” is a bonafide radio hit, and she’s back with a new single. Take a listen to her latest – “I Don’t Care” – off her forthcoming Perfectly Imperfect album. We care, Ms. Varner! Look for… Read more »
Jack White’s drops the trailer for his “Freedom at 21” video, directed by legendary video and filmaker Hype Williams. Watch the full video premiere Monday July 16 through VEVO, but until then, enjoy watching the fast paced thriller of a trailer.
As we all know, music is the universal language to the world, and there is no exception when it comes to Jazz bass-man Ethan Farmer. His resume’ reads like an eclectic discography of music, ranging from Janet Jackson and Hootie & the Blowfish to Lupe Fiasco. Currently touring overseas with New Kids on the Block … Read more »
R&B singer Ray Lavender is hard at work on his debut album, releasing something new, it seems, every week. Now, he’s back with “Hustla”, a Hip-Hop and R&B-infused record that’s still smooth enough to get the ladies to listen. Check out the audio for “Hustla” below: And, here’s the latest visual – a video for… Read more »
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R&B singer and former Floetry member, Marsha Ambrosius, is back on the grind – and in the studio – working on her sophomore solo follow-up to 2011’s Late Nights & Early Mornings. Ambrosius’ solo album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, with 96,400 copies sold in the first week, and yielded two well-received singles,… Read more »
A few weeks back, Trey Songz released the second single off his album “2 Reasons”, and it caught a lot of flack as he used the “B” word. Unlike rappers, R&B guys just can’t seem to get away with that. Now, he’s back with “Dive In”, which lets us know Trey Songz hasn’t totally lost… Read more »
Detroit native and former Roc-A-Fella songstress Teairra Mari has dropped a new mixtape titled Unfinished Business. The singer, who can also currently be seen in Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa’s Mac and Devin Go to High School, has gathered a number of today’s hottest tracks and put her own twist on them. Teairra Mari, who is… Read more »
Haley Reinhart reflects upon her upbringing in a “house of rock,” the catharsis she found in slam poetry, and the value of risk-taking.
True fans will remember Glenn Lewis from his 2001 jam, “Don’t You Forget It”, and since then, he’s been on a serious hiatus. (Although, we did love him covering himself on “This Love” on Marsha Ambrosius’ mixtape). With no real explanation for his absence (other than perhaps a finicky industry or janky deal), Lewis has… Read more »
R&B singer Miguel has released a full version of his very popular single “Adorn”, a song that appears on Art Dealer Chic Vol 1. Between February and April of this year, Miguel has released a trilogy of mixtapes titled “Art Dealer Chic”. Miguel has sure found a way to stand out. And, that’s what it’s… Read more »
Erin Barra’s an instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer. And, though it may sound like pop at first listen, Barra’s sound has been able to blend soul rock and electronica into a mixture that all audiences will enjoy. Check out the video for Barra’s single, “Good Man”, below: The video takes you on a journey exploring everything… Read more »
Looks like someone is actually doing some “real R&B” these days, as the latest song and video, “We Love”, from singer Ray Lavender includes crooning, dramatic rhythm, and beat and a sound reminiscent of something someone would’ve done in the ’90s. Since his departure from Akon’s record label, Kon Live, Lavender took time off to… Read more »
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Grammy and Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson is coming to the small screen this fall in NBC’s second season of the hit show, “Smash”. “American Idol” is dishing out the stars, as this decision will bring two former contestants into the show – Hudson and the show’s protagonist, Katherine McPhee. Executive producer Steven Spielberg supports the addition,… Read more »
Though members Slim and Q Parker have been attempting solo careers, the entire group, including Daron and Mike, have come back together in the “For The Fans” tour. The group enjoyed ’90s hits including “Only You (Bad Boy Remix)” and “Cupid”. Their popularity skyrocketed in the early 2000s with “It’s Over Now” and the ever-popular… Read more »
Still on the rise in her independent movement, singer Dawn Richard has just released a video for her second single off Armor On today, “Automatic”. Since her departure from Bad Boy Records and Diddy-Dirty Money, Richard has been touring across the country and enjoying the ride. In an interview earlier this month with AllHipHop.com, Richard shed… Read more »
Mary J. Blige’s signee, Starshell, is carving our her own lane in “Birthday Girl”, the first single off of her upcoming debut Liberation. In 2008, Starshell came to the industry’s attention when she co-penned Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown”, a song that appeared on his 808’s & Heartbreaks effort. Are you feeling Starshell? (And doesn’t she… Read more »
The solo-soaring one-third from Destiny’s Child, Kelly Rowland, is back with the first release since appearing on Trey Songz’ latest “Heart Attack”, with a song more on the uptempo dance side called “Summer Dreaming”. In the video, Kelly Rowland has never looked better! She’s focused, having fun, and enjoying the best parts of summer! “Summer… Read more »
Seven-time Grammy winner Usher Raymond is back with a video for his latest single “Scream”, a cut off the album “Looking 4 Myself”, released this past Tuesday. Check out the video below. (By the way, did you know Usher has a new song with A$AP Rocky? That’s a surprising combo. Just saying.)
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Trey Songz has returned with a sneak peak to his video for “2 Reasons”, a teaser for the official video he will premiere tonight on BET’s 106 & Park. In this song, it seems like Trigga is trying to recapture his “Say Ahh” and “Bottoms Up” momentum, by releasing this uptempo jam. Though not as… Read more »