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A month after the release of the single “Strawberry”, Grammy award winning R&B group 112 returns with the follow up single “Dangerous Games.” The track serves as the first single from the group’s highly anticipated forthcoming album “Q, Mike, Slim, Daron”, due out on Entertainment One this fall. On “Dangerous Games”, the group returns to the soulful balladry that made them one of the most successful acts of the 1990s. The track finds the fellas scouring the highs and lows of love with allusions of games of chance.  Playing with fire is a dangerous game, but don’t tell that to the members of 112, as they have a sure fire hit on their hands with this number. 112 is known for the hits “Cupid”, “Only You”, “Come See Me”. “Love Me” featuring Mase, “Anywhere”, “It’s Over Now”, “Peaches & Cream” “Hot & Wet” and “U Already Know.” 112 is currently preparing for a world tour, which is slated to begin in the U.K. in September before coming back to the U.S. in October. Fans should watch for an announcement regarding tour dates. Envogue  continues to deliver exciting performances after 30 years in the music industry. During last week’s episode of “Boy Band”, Envogue, Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis and Rhona Bennett, took the stage to perform their hit “Free Your Mind.” The R&B veterans gave an energetic performance and showed the boy band hopefuls how to embody chemistry on stage.

Future Releases Video 712PM Directed By Travis Scott

Future returns with the video “712PM”, which was directed by Travis Scott. The new video is the track that opens the album “I Never Liked You”, recapturing the magic that Future and Travis Scott found in collaborating on the “Love You Better” video for an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! Watch the “712PM” video below.

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Summer Walker, DVSN, Alex Vaughn & More Appear On LVRN’s Holiday Album Home For The Holidays Vol. 2

A new Christmas album, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS VOL. 2, has just been released by renowned hip-hop and R&B record label Love Renaissance (LVRN). The project’s superstar lineup from LVRN, which includes Summer Walker, DVSN, 6lack, Baby Tate, and Alex Vaughn among others, is featured on its 11 tracks.

Four brand-new songs by DVSN, Ayanna, Baby Tate, and Alex Vaughn are featured on the CD. Among the album’s numerous delights is Baby Tate’s soulful vocal performance of “Might As Well Have Coal,” which sheds new light on the most hated present of them all. Additionally, the music video for “Ghetto Christmas” by 6lack welcomes viewers into the recording studio with him, highlighting the natural flow of the album. The sensuous and smoldering “Santa Baby” by Summer Walker will soon have a video that slides down the chimney. Check out the album artwork below.

Celebrity Birthdays

Happy Birthday

Singer/songwriter/actress Janelle Monae Robinson 37

Singer Lisa Fischer 64

Remembering singer Vesta Williams (December 1, 1957-September 22, 2011)

Remembering singer Louis Allen “Lou” Rawls (December 1, 1933-January 6, 2006)

Remembering singer Paul “Billy Paul” Williams (December 1, 1934-April 24, 2016)

Throwback Thursday Hip Hop: Check the Rhyme-A Tribe Called Quest

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A Tribe Called Quest is an American rap group from Queens, New York. The group was formed in 1986 and consisted of Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, DJ Ali Shaheed Mahammad and Jarobi White. They released the albums “People’s Instinctive Travels and The Paths of Rhythm” (1990), “The Low-End Theory” (1991), “Midnight Marauders” (1993), “Beats, Rhymes and Life” (1996), “The Love Movement” (1998) and “We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service” (2016).

Throwback Thursday R&B: Supernatural Thing-Ben E. King

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Benjamin Earl King, known professionally as Ben E. King, was an American singer/producer. He is remembered for the 1961 hit “Stand By Me.” The song became a hit again in 1986 when it was used in the film of the same name. King was the lead singer of the doo wop group The Drifters before embarking on a solo career. King died on April 30, 2015.

R&B/Hip Hop Fresh Picks Of The Week

Thanksgiving may be over, but there’s still plenty of music to be thankful for. The artists listed below have a knack for pushing the envelope sonically. From veterans Don Toliver and Babyface Ray to newcomers Ale Araya and Jeshi, there’s something for everyone. Check out this week’s list of R&B/hip hop picks below.

Freshest Find: Don Toliver, “Do It Right”

Don Toliver is special. The Cactus Jack signee’s new single “Do It Right” earns him this week’s Freshest Find for his interpolation of the S.O.S. Band’s 1980 hit “Take Your Time (Do It Right).” Produced by Jahaan Sweet and Boi-1da, the new offering features Toliver’s signature melodic vocals but this time, over a hip-hop, club-type beat. Inspired by Soul Train, the video is sees the Houston singer-rapper in a red 70s era suit at a fictional disco club called Lit City. The visual then transitions to a pool party. “Do It Right” is ushering in a new sonic era for Toliver, who has been teasing his upcoming album Lovesick for some time now.


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Liv.e, “Wild Animals”

Along with her new single “Wild Animals,” Liv.e announced her sophomore album, Girl in the Half Pearl, is due out on February 10. The new track melds piano and bass loops with her harmonized vocals, and is accompanied by a stunning visual that she directed herself. “I really love the process of coming up with a vision and doing my best to ensure that it will come out just as it was in my imagination. I tend to use almost all my practices as another way to strengthen my trust and belief in myself,” Liv.e says of the directorial process.

Babyface Ray feat. Blxst & Nija, “Spend It”

Detroit favorite Babyface Ray gets in touch with his softer side on “Spend It.” Enlisting Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B Rookie of the Year, Blxst and singer-songwriter Nija, the Eastside native showers his girl with love and lavish gifts rapping, “Let’s go spend some time in Chanel/ Get your hair done and go paint all your nails/ Baccarat candles, change up the smell.” The romantic track is a refreshing move for the rapper, who typically opts for more hardened tales of street life, as he leans into the “Babyface” part of his name. – Neena Rouhani

Zack Fox, “sipping my tea”

Zack Fox is sipping his tea and spilling it too. Produced by BNYX, his new single “sipping my tea” sees the actor-rapper-comedian spitting random yet cohesive bars for a little over a minute. The multitalented artist has a knack for music, when he decides to make it — as most, if not all, of his songs are bangers.

Alé Araya, “treetops”

“treetops” is an anthem of radical self-love and self-acceptance. The new song captures Chilean singer Alé Araya’s unbound sound as it is a melting pot of sounds and influences including jazz, R&B, soul, Latin, pop, electronic music and beyond. “treetops” is part of a larger body of work that was born from a period of deep loss, and sees Araya return to herself powerfully and authentically.

Ayelle, “Girlfriend”

Ayelle is more than someone’s girlfriend. On her acoustic new single, the Swedish-Iranian singer expresses her desires to want to be loved beyond her romantic status, singing, “What if I wanna be loved, what if I wanna be loved/ Like I don’t belong to, the one I make love to.”

Moyana Olivia feat. RHOME, “Next to Me”

Moyana Olivia and RHOME team up this week for the new single “Next to Me.” The former artist sings with fervor, delivering seasoned vocals about wanting her lover to always be by her side. The L.A. rapper then slides in to deliver bars from a male perspective. The duo also self-directed the song’s accompanying visual, which sees them enjoying a game night with their friends.

MFnMelo, “Rumors”

Continuing the group’s recent run of singles, Pivot Gang’s MFnMelo drops a solo effort, “Rumors.” Produced by Blake Wright, the Chicago rapper spits about staying locked in and blocking out the outside noise. “Self-sufficient is the mission, don’t let them retreat your vision/ Trust is instinct, be you/ That’s unique” he raps.

Joya Mooi, “Tears”

Ahead of her upcoming album, What’s Around the Corner, dropping in January, Joya Mooi released the hi-hat heavy new single, “Tears.” “‘Tears’ is about the feeling that comes to you when you finally lean into life, let go, and let the rain fall,” the Amsterdam-based artist said in a press statement. “Trying to embrace dramatic endings, resets, failures and the darkest phases that you’ve been through.”

Jeshi, “This Thing of Ours”

East London rapper Jeshi delivers a house-inspired new track on the deluxe version of his debut album, Universal Credit, which arrived earlier this year. “This Thing of Ours” sees the artist spitting over a house/hip-hop hybrid beat as the visual shows him in and out of phone booths and walking the streets of London.

The Weeknd Announces 2023 Leg Of After Hours Til Dawn International Stadium Tour

The Weeknd announced the dates for the second leg of his After Hours Til Dawn global stadium tour on Monday morning (Nov. 28). The run of shows is slated to kick off at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, UK on June 10 with support from Kaytranada and Mike Dean and then move on to Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, the Czech Republic and Poland before wrapping in Estonia on August 12.

The gigs will then pick up again on Sept. 29 with a show at Foro Sol stadium in Mexico City, before moving on to Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Tickets for the European dates go on sale on Friday (Dec. 2) at noon local time, with fans who purchased tickets for the 2022 After Hours arena tour in Europe eligible to register for presale access to the 2023 dates here.

On the final night of the North American leg of the tour in Los Angeles, the singer presented a check for $5 million to the United Nations World Food Programme, which used funds raised from those dates through sales of an exclusive t-shirt, with the Weeknd offering up $500,000 personally, with his corporate partners, venues and the World Food Program USA board of directors and supporters and tour sponsor Binance stepping up to contribute another $2 million to the fund. The first grant of $2 million will provide emergency food and nutrition assistance to the most food-insecure regions of Ethiopia.

“We are deeply appreciative and humbled by The Weeknd’s steadfast support, as well as that of his loyal fans and partners,” said Barron Segar, World Food Program USA president and CEO in a statement. “Abel is an inspiration to us all, and through his efforts, thousands of families will have food security and hope for a better future.”  

Check out the dates for the Weeknd’s After Hours Til Dawn 2023 stadium tour below:

June 10 – Manchester, UK @ Etihad Stadium
June 14 – Horsens, Denmark @ Nordstern Arena
June 17 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Tele2 Arena
June 20 – Oslo, Norway @ Telenor Arena
June 24 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Johan Cruijiff ArenA
June 28 – Dublin, Ireland @ Marlay Park
July 2 – Hamburg, Germany @ Volksparkstadion
July 4 – Dusseldorf, Germany @ Merkur Spiel Arena
July 7 – London, UK @ London Stadium
July 11 – Brussels, Belgium @ King Baudouin Stadium
July 14 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Deutsche Bank Park
July 18 – Madrid, Spain @ Cívitas Metropolitano
July 20 – Barcelona, Spain @ Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
July 22 – Nice, France @ Allianz Riviera
July 26 – Milan, Italy @ Ippodromo La Maura
July 29 – Paris, France @ Stade de France
Aug 1 – Bordeaux, France @ Matmut Atlantique
Aug 4 – Munich, Germany @ Olympiastadion
Aug 6 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Letnany Airport
Aug 9 – Warsaw, Poland @ PGE Narodowy
Aug 12 – Tallinn, Estonia @ Tallinn Song Festival Grounds
Sep 29 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Foro Sol
Oct 4 – Bogotá, Colombia @ Estadio El Campín
Oct 7 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Estádio Nilton Santos Engenhão
Oct 10 – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Allianz Parque
Oct 13 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Hipódromo de San Isidro
Oct 15 – Santiago, Chile @ Estadio Bicentenario La Florida

Selfmade A.P. Releases Video Christian Story

The official video for Broward County, Florida-based rap artist Selfmade AP’s most recent track, “Christian Story,” has been released. After losing both of his parents, a young boy named Billy saw a major change in his life that required him to take on obligations and make choices that no child should ever have to.

“Billy is a young boy who ran away from his aunties house due to the challenges he faces at home,” AP. “Billy also suffers from depression and anxiety. He lost his parents in a car crash and luckily he was the only survivor.” Watch the video “Christian Story” below.

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