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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.

Danny Brown Steps Into The Past With Best Life Video

Despite being on tour at the moment, rapper Danny Brown has unveiled a music video for his latest single, “Best Life”, taken from his fifth studio effort “UKnowwhatimsaying?.” In the clip directed by Augustin Vita, Brown ruminates about his murky childhood past and later blossoming into an ethereal MC who is beloved by his peers. From being entangled in family drama, to engaging in dangerous robberies, Brown doesn’t mince words regarding his roller-coaster beginnings. Watch “Best Life” below.

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R&B Spotlight: Over It-Summer Walker

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Summer Walker is an American singer/songwriter from Atlanta, GA. On October 19, 2018, Walker released her commercial  mixtape “Last Day Of Summer”, which featured the single “Girls Need Love.” The album contained her thoughts on love, doubt and womanhood. Following the success of her album, Walker was named Apple Music’s Up Next Artist in 2019 and became the #8 R&B artist worldwide across Apple Music. On August 23, 2019, Walker released the single “Playing Games.” On October 4, 2019, she released her debut album “Over It.”

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Fantasia teams up with Tank and The Bonfyre for a soulful remix of her single, “PTSD.” While Fantasia paints a vivid picture of the meaning of PTSD (Post Dramatic Sex Disorder), Tank and Bonfyre turn up the heat, making for a more appetizing and emotionally-rich collaboration. “PTSD”, which features T-Pain on the original version, is taken from Fantasia’s latest album, “Sketchbook.” Fantasia, Tank and The Bonfyre are currently on 29-city North American tour. The trek will conclude on December 6 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

In Loving Memory: Jackie Moore: 1946-2019

Sad news out of the world of R&B. Singer Jackie Moore, who is remembered for the 1970 single “Precious, Precious”, has died. She was 73. Born in Jacksonville, FL, she grew up admiring Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight, and her desire to start a singing career lead her to move to Philadelphia, PA, where she turned heads as a teenager. She was signed to the local Shout label where she recorded several regionally popular singles. Her reputation grew, and she was signed to Atlantic Records, where she broke through with the single “Precious, Precious.” She followed that effort with “Sometimes It’s Got To Rain”, but she was unable to maintain the success she achieved early in her career. As the Disco Era began, Moore showcased her versatility with the 1979 dance hit “This Time Baby.” She continued recording into the 80’s, but by the end of the decade, she retired to raise her family. Her powerful voice will remain with fans in a treasure trove of hits that can be cherished forever. May she rest in peace.

Celebrity Birthdays

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Singer/songwriter/musician Miles Jaye Davis 62

Singer/songwriter Terry Dexter 41

Singer Tevin Campbell 43

Singer Arthur “Pooch” Tavares (Tavares) 76

Singer/dancer/actor Omari “Omarion” Grandberry (B2K) 35

Musician Booker T. Jones (Booker T. & The MGs) 75

Remembering singer Jimmy “Bro” Hayes ( November 12, 1943-May 18, 2017-The Persuasions)

Remembering singer Lester Errol Brown (Novenber 12, 1943-May 6, 2015-Hot Chocolate)

Hip Hop Pick Of The Week: Die Slow-Lil Durk Ft. 21 Savage

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Durk Derrick Banks, known professionally as Lil Durk, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter. His the founder of the record label Only The Family. Banks took music seriously in 2011. He considered a full time music career after his first two singles, “Sneak Dissing” and “I’m A Hitta”, received positive feed back. On October 19, 2012, Banks released his third mixtape, “Life Ain’t No Joke.” Due to the popularity of the singles “L’s Anthem” and “Dis Ain’t What You Want”, Banks accepted a joint venture deal for his Only The Family with Def Jam Recordings. After several delays, Banks released the mixtape “Signed To The Streets.” On June 2, 2015, Banks released his debut album “Remember My Name.” On July 22, 2016, Banks released his sophomore effort “Lil Durk 2X.” Banks released several mixtapes before announcing that he had left Def Jam Records. Sheyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, known professionally as 21 Savage, is a rapper/songwriter/producer who has carved out his own niche in the music industry. The pair duet on the single “Die Slow.”

R&B Pick Of The Week: Priceless-Jon B.

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Jonathan David Buck, known professionally as Jon B., is an American singer/songwriter/producer. His influences as a musician include Duran Duran, INXS, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Babyface, Prince and Sade. Prior to his rise to fame, Buck wrote songs for After 7, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Color Me Badd, The Spice Girls, and more. In 1995, he released his debut album “Bonafide.” The album spawned the Grammy-nominated single “Someone To Love”, which featured Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter/producer Babyface. The album went platinum, selling 1 million copies. In 1997, he released his sophomore effort, “Cool Relax”, which featured the single “They Don’t Know.” Buck has released the albums “Pleasures You Like” (2001), “Stronger Everyday” (2004), “Holiday Wishes: From Me To You” (2006), “Helpless Romantic” (2008) and “Comfortable Swagg” (2012). Buck is currently working on his next project.

Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding Earns Honor Atop Billboard 200 Not Achieved In A Year

Rapper Post Malone’s latest studio efffort, “Hollywood’s Bleeding”, sits atop the Billboard 200 for the fifth nonconsecutive week, making it the first album with five weeks atop the list in over a year. The project rises 2-1 on the Nov. 16-dated tally, with 78,000 album units earned the week ending Nov. 7, according to Nielsen Music. The last album to spend five weeks at No. 1 was Drake’s “Scorpion”, which spent five weeks in charge, consecutively. “Hollywood’s Bleeding” debuted at No. 1 on Sept. 21, then spent a second and third week atop the new chart. The Billboard 200 chart  ranks the most popular albums of the week in the United States based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units include album sales, track equivalent albums and stream equivalent albums. The Nov. 16 chart, where “Hollywood’s Bleeding” returns to No 1, will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Nov. 12.