New Music: Syleena Johnson “My Love” (@Syleena_Johnson)

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R&B Diva Syleena Johnson is ready for her solo comeback. Following her collaborative project with Musiq Soulchild, the songstress has released the new single “My Love,” off her anticipated album Chapter 6 – Couples Therapy.

Watch:Janelle Monae “Electric Lady” (Video) (@JanelleMonae)

Janelle Monáe recently honored First Lady Michelle Obama as the “First Electric Lady.” “First of all, I am honored to be the First Electric Lady. I got my letter in the mail—I framed it; it’s up,” said Obama. “I love that she is one of the young artists here who is making music that means something. She has a message. She has a voice. She has a power in her.”

The Latest Video is the title track off Monae’s album thats currently available on iTunes and in stores everywhere.

Watch Janelle’s fun filled new video below!

A Grammy Conversation: The State of R&B (Part 1)

Earlier this month, The Recording Academy held “A Grammy Conversation” on the current state of R&B music at the West Hollywood Soho House.

The evening was hosted by Quddus and included five panelists: Music Journalist Gail Mitchell, singer-songwriter/producer Liv Warfield, Grammy-winning producer LaShawn Daniels, eight-time Grammy nominee Ledisi and four-time Grammy nominee Tyrese Gibson. According to HitsDailyDouble they each attributed their inspiration to classic R&B and soul artists, including James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Etta James, Donny Hathaway, Tina Turner, Sam Cooke, Jodeci and Earth Wind & Fire.

Many issues and topics were brought up for discussion including: Will new R&B artists be heard? Will people take a chance on them? Will urban alternative artists find a way to bridge the gap between what was and what is? Is the playing field uneven between black and white artists? Is there a place for R&B in a singles-driven music industry and a society that has been hypnotized by EDM music?

We are proud to premiere the first video clip from the intimate conversation, which finds Gail Mitchell addressing the return of black artists to the top of the Billboard charts this year, Tyrese explaining why he thinks the industry is too caught up with who produced a song or who is featured on a song, while Ledisi explained her desire for today’s R&B to be more balanced between the origins and today’s new styles.

Check out the video below, and stay tuned for part 2!


Read more at http://www.thisisrnb.com/2014/07/premiere-a-grammy-conversation-the-state-of-rb-part-1/#ZEM5RoHcVhPWQjSW.99

Bilal Live In Houston 8/30

Soul singer Bilal will be live in Houston on August 30th at Fox Hollow.

New Music:Smokey Robinson feat John Legend “Quiet Storm”

Legendary artist, songwriter, producer Smokey Robinson is bringing something special to new and old fans this summer with the upcoming release of his new duets album Smokey & Friends, due out August 19 via Verve Records.

The LP includes a roster of contemporary and classic artists who revisit the best loved songs from Robinson’s unmatched catalog of hits, including those he has written for his solo career, his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Miracles, as well as hits he wrote for others, including Marvin Gaye and The Temptations.


Read more at http://www.thisisrnb.com/2014/07/new-music-smokey-robinson-feat-john-legend-quiet-storm/#WZzDXWoApcYghJHt.99

J. Dilla’s equipment will be placed inside of the Smithsonian per a recent announcement. Ma Dukes, mother of James Dewitt Yancey aka J. Dilla seen above with his customized Moog board and MPC drum machine that will soon be in display. #dilla #dilladawg #theuma #slumvillage #detroit #jdilla #smithsonian #hiphop #beats #producer

J. Dilla’s equipment will be placed inside of the Smithsonian per a recent announcement. Ma Dukes, mother of James Dewitt Yancey aka J. Dilla seen above with his customized Moog board and MPC drum machine that will soon be in display. #dilla #dilladawg #theuma #slumvillage #detroit #jdilla #smithsonian #hiphop #beats #producer

.@alyciamiles rocking out at @redcatjazzcafe covering @erykahbadu’s #Danger #RandBproject #premiumsonics (at Red Cat Jazz Cafe)

Johnny Gill - Behind Closed Doors [@RealJohnnyGill]

While on tour with the legendary original boy band from Boston, New Edition Johnny Gill releases a new song titled, Behind Closed Doors on Capitol Records.

Big Brandon Willis - Frogs and Snakes [@brandowillis @elmilkywayv]

Introducing Big Brandon Willis, a quarky look into his first single “Frogs and Snakes” from his upcoming EP produced by himself and Bobby Earth. Big Brando proclaims that his love makes his heart go ribbit. The HSPVA graduate uses his lessons to craft a melodic ode to his reptilian affection. This is the first release from the new Milky Wayv imprint.

New Music:Leela James feat. Joe Ryan “Save Me” (@leelajames)

Soulful songstress Leela James has returned to the charts with her critically well-received new album Fall For You.  The set has debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart.

As a special treat for her fans, the singer/songwriter has now released a stream of the contemporary ballad “Save Me” off the new album. The song was co-written and produced by budding singer-songwriter Joe Ryan, who also lends his vocals to the track.

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