Inside The Industry



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.

All Music Notes Playlist

Here’s my updated playlist.

  1. Friends & Family The Isley Brothers
  2. Leave The Door Open Bruno Mars & Andeson.Paak
  3. No Plans For Love D-Nice Featuring Ne-yo & Ken Jones
  4. Welcome 2 America Prince
  5. Cascade Stokely & The Bonfyre
  6. Hold Us Together H.E.R. & Tauren Wells
  7. Send For Me Brother Reggie
  8. You Are Teri Tobin & Dre King
  9. He Don’t Know Nothing Bout Jam & Lewis Ft. Babyface
  10. Gonna Make It Krishawna
  11. Bittersweet After 7
  12. Radio Deborah Bond
  13. Soft Words Maysa
  14. Kiss Of Freedom J.D.’s Time Machine
  15. Fight For You H.E.R.
  16. Dance Toni Braxton
  17. Claim It Al Lindsey & Laura Rain
  18. The Best Things Kindred The Family Soul
  19. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Jennifer Hudson
  20. What Happened To Us Latasha Lee

DMX’s Music Streams Rise 928% Following Death

Streams of DMX’s catalog of songs increased 928% in the United States in the days following his death, according to initial reports to MRC Data. Collectively, his tracks garnered 75.7 million on-demand streams (audio and video combined) on April 9 and 10 – up 928% compared to the 7.36 million they earned on April 7 and 8.
DMX died on April 9 after experiencing a heart attack triggered by a drug overdose. He was 50 years old.
The late rapper’s top five most-streamed songs on April 9-10 were “Ruff Ryders Anthem” (9.59 million; up 973%), “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” (5.79 million; up 900%), “Slippin’” (5.52 million; up 853%), “Party Up (In Here)” (5.20 million; up 941%) and “How It’s Goin’ Down,” featuring Faith Evans (3.52 million; up 691%).
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Streams of DMX’s music had increased leading up to his passing, following his hospitalization on April 2. In the days before April 2, his songs were streamed between 700,000 and 1 million times a day. Between April 3 and April 8, they rose to between 3 and 4 million per day.
In terms of music sales, DMX’s collected songs and albums sold 101,000 copies on April 9-11 – up 1,036% compared to the 9,000 they sold on April 6-8.During DMX’s lifetime, he notched 31 hits on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and 15 entries on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. His first five albums – It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot (1998), Flesh of My Flesh Blood of My Blood (1999), …And Then There Was X (2000), The Great Depression (2001) and Grand Champ (2003) – all debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart, making him the first artist to see his first five efforts all begin directly in the top slot.
On the latest Billboard 200 chart (dated April 17, reflecting sales and streaming data in the week ending April 8), DMX’s compilation The Best Of re-enters the chart at No. 73. The set earned 12,000 equivalent album units for the week (up 224%), with the bulk of that sum driven by streaming activity for the album’s songs.

Hip Hop Spotlight: Time Today-Moneybagg Yo

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Demario DeWayne White Jr., known professionally as Moneybagg Yo, is an American rapper/songwriter. He signed to Yo Gott’s record label, Collective Music Group in October 2016, as well as N-Less Entertainment and his own label Bread Gang Group. His first two projects to debut in the Top 20, “Federal 3X” and “2 Heartless”, debuted at No. 5 and No. 16 on the Billboard 200, respectively. His highest charting project is the album, “Time Served”, debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in 2020.

R&B Spotlight: Runaway-Rob Murat

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Rob Murat is an American singer who has taken the industry by storm with the single “Runaway.” “Runaway” is a tale perfect for our navigation through the global pandemic. While others paint a dark picture of our current times, Murat acknowledges the challenge but is hopeful for the future. Check out “Runaway.”

Inside The Industry: New Music From SonE Music-How It Feels

New York native SonE Music steps into the spotlight with the single “How It Feels” featuring fellow artist J. Martin. “How It Feels” is a harmonious ballad that takes the listener on a journey, with beautiful runs, that perfectly meld with their falsettos. SonE Music admits to being a fan of R&B veteran D’Angelo, and remnants of his influence can be heard throughout the track. SonE Music began his music career as a member of the Harlem Boys Choir, which afforded him the discipline needed to become successful. He’s definitely one to watch. Listen to “How It Feels” below.

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Cam’ron Announces Candemic Album

Cam’ron, fresh off the release of an epic episode of Drink Champs, has announced his forthcoming album, “Candemic.” Playing off the obvious situation of the world, Killa Cam is ready to give fans new music, previewing future singles with cousin Suga Dugga. No official release date for the album has been announced at press time.

Robert “Bip” Neal Of Faze-O Dead

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More sad news out of the music industry. Robert “Bip” Neal, lead vocalist and percussion of the seventies funk band Faze-O, has died. Yet another of the incredible trove of great funk bands to emerge from the state of Ohio, Faze-O is known for the 1977 album and single “Riding High”, which was produced by Clarence “Satch” Satchell of the Ohio Players. They have been lauded and sampled by artists ever since. The Dayton-based group consisted of Neal on percussion and lead vocals, Roger Parker on drums, Ralph Aikins on guitar, Keith Harrison on keyboards and Tyrone Crum on bass. In the mid 70s they were signed to She Records, and released three albums in three years, “Riding High”, “Good Thang” and “Breaking The Funk.” Their initial single, “Riding High”, became a funk classic, hitting the top 10 winning them fans around the world. Faze-O’s music showed great sophistication, attracting both straight funk fans and jazz fusion fans. And in subsequent years, hip hop artists certainly cherished the work of Faze-O, making samples that played a key role in future rap hits. Neal was a key component in the group’s success, composing many of the acts most popular songs, and also serving as lead singer. Neal’s death is a reminder of the wealth of talent that R&B fans took for granted in the 70s and 80s, and how the work from that period has held up, more than four decades later.

Hip Hop Pick Of The Week: Born 2 Be Great-Lil Tjay

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Tione Jayden Merritt, known professionally as Lil Tjay, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter from the Bronx, New York. His stage name is derived from the first letter of his first name and the first three letters of his middle name. In 2018, Merritt signed with Columbia Records. His debut album, “True 2 Myself”, was released on October 11, 2019. The following year, he released the mixtape “State Of Emergency”, which featured drill artists from New York City. “True 2 Myself” debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, making the album his first charted release. His second album, “Destined 2 Win”, was released on April 2, 2021, and includes the single “Calling On My Phone”, a collaboration with singer 6lack. It’s his highest charting single to date.