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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.

Stormzy Confirms Release Date For Heavy Is The Head Album



After much speculation and several singles, rapper Stormzy confirmed that his sophomore effort, “Heavy Is The Head”, will be released on Dec. 13 via #Merky Records/Atlantic. The album cover art features the rapper looking down on  a backpack with his homeland England’s flag painted on it. The album’s abbreviated letters, “HITH”, make a gold crown around his head. Stormzy also unveiled the album’s track list, which includes the previously released singles “Crown”, “Wiley Flow” and “Vossi Bop.” It also includes special guest appearances by Ed Sheeran, H.E.R. and Yebba. “Heavy Is The Head” is the followup to his 2017 debut, “Gang Signs & Prayer.” See the track list below.

Track Listing

1. Big Michael
2. Audacity (feat. Headie One)
3. Crown
4. Rainfall (feat. Tiana Major9)
5. Rachael’s Little Brother
6. Handsome
7. Do Better
8. Don’t Forget to Breathe (feat. Yebba) (Interlude)
9. One Second (feat. H.E.R.)
10. Pop Boy (feat. Aitch)
11. Own It (feat. Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy)
12. Wiley Flow
13. Bronze
14. Super Heroes
15. Lessons
16. Vossi Bop



Hip Hop Spotlight: Just Keep Going-Quando Rondo

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Tyquian Terrel Bowman, known professionally as Quando Rondo, is an American rapper/singer from Savannah, GA. In January 2018, Bowman released the single “I Remember”, a duet with fellow rapper Lil Baby. He followed that up with the singles “Motivation ” and “Paradise.” The videos for all three singles accumulated  millions of views on You Tube. On April 17, 2018, he released his debut mixtape, “Life B4 Fame.” The album featured the single “ABG.” It accumulated 1 million streams on MyMixtapez in it’s first two days of release. In June 2018, Bowman released the single “Kiccin Shit.” Later that month, it was announced that he had been signed to rapper YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s Never Broke Again, LLC. On September 24, 2018, Bowman released the mixtape “Life After Fame.”

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Louisiana-born, Huntsville, AL based R&B singer Wade Brown just released the soul-stirring album, “Food At The House Vol. 1.” Dubbed “Free Love. Free Chill. Free Food”, the 13-song project is an eclectic gumbo of soulful tracks, featuring lush melodies and hypnotizing vocals from the singer/songwriter. In 2011, Brown appeared as a contestant on Season 10 of “American Idol”, where he advanced to the Top 50. A year later, he appeared on Season 2 of “The Voice” as a member of Ceelo Green’s  team. He released his debut EP “Coffee” in December 2016. After collaborating with Summer Walker on her single “Come Thru”, which draws inspiration from his hit “You Make Me Wanna”, R&B veteran Usher returns with another collaboration. This time around, he joins forces with breakout R&B star Ella Mai on the heartfelt single “Don’t Waste My Time”, which samples the Hi-Five classic “I Like The Way (The Kissing Game).” On the track, which was produced by Jermaine Dupri and Bryan Michael Cox with lyrics contributed by Vedo, Usher and Ella deliver blissful and heart-tugging vocals perfect for cuffing season. Their chemistry is undeniable. Usher is preparing his next studio effort, “Confessions 2”, the followup to “Confessions.” Rising R&B star Bouji Bailey steps into the spotlight with her latest single, “It Ain’t Over”, a collaboration with up and coming rapper Tonii Boii. On the track, the songstress refuses to back down from heartbreak. Bouji Bailey began her career singing in an elementary school choir. She grew up listening to Earth, Wind & Fire, Beyonce, Chris Brown and Michael Jackson. She has collaborated with Atlanta rapper Jitt and now Tonii Boii. Toronto-based singer Staasia Daniels just released the single, “FBGS (Fall Back Game Strong)”, a song that finds the singer tackling relationship hiccups. “FBGS” begins a new era of music for Staasia, which includes a forthcoming collection of tales of love and other situationships.

Lil Reese Releases First Single Since Being Shot Come Outside

A week after surviving a near fatal shooting in his hometown Chicago, rapper Lil Reese returns with a song that chronicles the danger all around. “Come Inside” was reportedly recorded before the rapper (born Tavares Taylor) was shot in the neck in an unsolved shooting on Nov. 11 at the busy intersection of Country Club Hills, a Southern suburban Chicago neighborhood. The track contains a spare beat and piano refrain. Taylor was listed in critical condition after the incident and discharged over the weekend, sharing his good fortune with fans yesterday.  Listen to “Come Outside” below.

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Celebrity Birthdays

Happy Birthday

Remembering singer/songwriter Warren “Pete” Moore (November 19, 1939-November 19, 2017-The Miracles)

Singer/songwriter/musician Antonio “Tony Rich” Jeffries 48

Singer/songwriter Tamika Scott (Xscape) 45

Singer Cynthia “Lil Mo” Loving 41

Singer Annette Guest (First Choice) 65

Drummer Garry “Jellybean” Johnson (The Time) 63

Chris Brown, Drake & Lizzo Among Winners At Soul Train Music Awards


Singer Chris Brown lead the winners of the 2019 Soul Train Music Awards. “No Guidance”, his collaboration with Drake, won Song of the Year and Best Collaboration  Performance at the ceremony, which aired live on BET and BET HER from the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas. Actresses Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell hosted. Meanwhile, Lizzo won two awards, Video of the Year for “Juice” and Album/Mixtape of the Year for “Cuz I Love You.” Other winners include Cardi B, who won the Rhythm & Bars award for “Money”, H.E.R. for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and Khalid for Best R&B/Soul Male Artist. Beyonce won the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award for her songwriting and vocals on “Brown Skin Girl”, a collaboration with Saint Jin and WizKid, which also marks her daughter Blue Ivy’s first songwriting credit. Additionally, Summer Walker was named Best New Artist, while Trevor Jackson won the Soul Train Certified award and Kirk Franklin won the Best Gospel/International award. See nominees and winners below.

Best New Artist
Summer Walker (WINNER)
Lucky Daye
Nicole Bus
Pink Sweat$
YK Osiris

Soul Train Certified Award
Trevor Jackson (WINNER)
Daniel Caesar
Kelly Rowland

Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Kirk Franklin (WINNER)
Bebe Winans
Donald Lawrence
Erica Campbell
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Tori Kelly

Rhythm & Bars Award
Cardi B, “Money” (WINNER)
21 Savage feat J. Cole, “A Lot”
DaBaby, “Suge”
J. Cole, “Middle Child”
Meek Mill feat. Drake, “Going Bad”
Megan Thee Stallion feat. DaBaby, “Cash Shit”

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
Ari Lennox
Mary J. Blige
Summer Walker

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
Khalid (WINNER)
Anderson .Paak
Bruno Mars
Chris Brown
Daniel Caesar

Album/Mixtape of the Year
Cuz I Love You, Lizzo (WINNER)
Shea Butter Baby, Ari Lennox
Indigo, Chris Brown
Ella Mai, Ella Mai
I Used To Know Her, H.E.R.
Free Spirit, Khalid

Song of the Year
“No Guidance,” Chris Brown feat. Drake
“Before I Let Go,” Beyoncé
“Shot Clock,” Ella Mai
“Talk,” Khalid
“Juice,” Lizzo
“Girls Need Love (Remix),” Summer Walker feat. Drake

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award
“Brown Skin Girl,” written by Beyoncé Knowles, Carlos St. John, Adio Marchant, Shawn Carter, Stacy Barthe, Anathi Mnyango, Michael Uzowuru, Ayodeji Balogun, Richard Isong (Beyoncé feat. Saint Jhn, Wizkid & Blue Ivy Carter) (WINNER)
“Hard Place,” written by H.E.R., David Harris, Sam Ashworth & Ruby Amanfu (H.E.R.)
“Juice,” written by Theron Thomas, Sam Sumser, Sean Small, Eric Frederic & Melissa Jefferson (Lizzo)
“Make It Better,” written by Brandon Anderson, William Smokey Robinson, Alaina Chenevert, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Daniel Manman Farid Nassar (Anderson .Paak feat. Smokey Robinson)
“No Guidance,” written by Christopher Brown, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Josha Lewis, Michee Lebrun, Nija Charles, Teddy Walton, Noah Shebib & Tyler Bryant (Chris Brown feat. Drake)
“Talk,” written by Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence & Khalid Robinson (Khalid)

Best Dance Performance
Chris Brown feat. Drake, “No Guidance” (WINNER)
Beyoncé, “Spirit”
Danileigh feat. Chris Brown, “Easy (Remix)”
Lizzo, “Juice”
Normani, “Motivation”
Teyana Taylor, “WTP”

Video of the Year
Lizzo, “Juice” (WINNER)

Alicia Key, “Raise A Man”
Beyoncé, “Spirit”
Childish Gambino, “Feels Like Summer”
Khalid, “Better”

Best Collaboration Performance
Chris Brown feat. Drake, “No Guidance” (WINNER)
Ari Lennox feat. J. Cole, “Shea Butter Baby”
Beyoncé feat. Saint Jhn, Wizkid & Blue Ivy Carter, “Brown Skin Girl”
Cardi B & Bruno Mars, “Please Me”
PJ Morton & JOJO, “Say So”
Ty Dolla $ign feat. J. Cole, “Purple Emoji”