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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.

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Megan Thee Stallion Announces Debut Single

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion took to social media to announce the release date of her forthcoming single “B.I.T.C.H.”, which will be available January 24. Megan’s debut album is one of the most highly anticipated projects of 2020. Tweeting earlier this month, the Houston native also mentioned that the single will appear on her forthcoming album “Suga”, and set the tone for the rest of the album. Prior to announcing the single, Megan previewed new music while hanging out in the studio with producer Pharrell Williams. Personally, I can’t wait to hear the album.

Hip Hop Spotlight: Pistol By Da Bed-Moneybagg Yo

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Damario Dewayne White Jr, known professionally as Moneybagg Yo, is an American rapper/songwriter. In 2012, White released the mixtapes “From The Block 2 Da Booth” and “October 20th.” In 2016, he released three more, one of which received a Memphis Hip Hop Award for Mixtape of the Year. “Federal Reloaded”, a revision of the “Federal” series, featured special guest appearances by Yo Gotti and Quavo of Migos, among others. In October 2016, he released a collaborative project with Yo Gotti titled “2 Federal.” The mixtape “Heartless” was released in February 2017 and reached #177 on the Billboard 200. In October 2017, he released “Federal 3x.” In 2018, White released the compilation album “Moneybagg Yo Presents: NLess Ent x Bread Gang.” On February 14, 2018, White released the mixtape “2 Heartless.” White’s full length debut album, “Reset”, was released in November 2018. His sophomore effort, “43va Heartless”, as released in May 2019. His third effort, “Time Served”, was released in January 2020.

R&B Spotlight: Love Reunion-Raheem DeVaughn

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Raheem DeVaughn is an American singer/songwriter. He began his career on the Washington, DC music circuit, performing with several groups, including Urbanave31 and performing in such venues as State of the Union and Bar Nun. He attained relatively quick success, earning local awards and releasing some independent music over the next few years. He won $2,000 from Washington, DC night club Bar Nun’s talent show. Cliff Jones and Jerry Vines met DeVaughn while managing R&B quartet Dru Hill and asked DeVaughn to write a song for the group. DeVaughn ultimately gained the attention of record producers DJ Jazzy Jeff and Kenny Burns. With the help of Jones and Vines, DeVaughn signed a recording contract with Jive Records in 2002. DeVaughn’s first single on a major label was “Guess Who Loves You More.” DeVaughn’s debut Jive Records album, “The Love Experience”, sold 250,000 units. He has also released the albums “Love Behind The Melody” (2008), “The Love & War Masterpiece” (2010), “A Place Called Love Land” (2013), “Love Sex Passion” (2015), “Decade Of A Love King” (2018) and “The Love Reunion” (2019).

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R&B songstress H.E.R taps Pop Smoke, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Chris Brown for the official remix of her latest single,”Slide.” The original version featured rapper YG, but the record is spicier with the new collaborators. The track is a promotional tool for the two-time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter as the 2020 Grammy Awards draw near. H.E.R. has scored five nominations for the second year in a row; Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance. The singer/songwriter/musician has also been nominated for four NAACP Image Awards: Outstanding Album, Outstanding Female Artist, Outstanding Song Contemporary and Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album. In addition, she scored an iHeart Radio nomination for R&B Artist of the Year. H.E.R will take the stage at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, airing live Sunday January 26 on CBS. Houston, TX native Coline Creuzot returns to the spotlight with her brand new single, “You Tried It”, her first release in 2020. The song is emotional and thought-provoking as Coline wows with her vocal delivery. She takes listeners on a journey of a relationship that offers no reciprocity or appreciation  and finding the courage to stand up to that. The song was produced and co-written by Grammy nominated producer/songwriter Dew “Druski” Scott. “You Tried It” will appear on Coline’s forthcoming EP slated for release in late 2020. Coline is no stranger to the music industry. She has opened for Drake, K. Michelle, Keyshia Cole, T.I, Monica and more. Coline’s songwriting skill speaks for itself, as it lead a publishing deal with Sony ATV. R&B singer Ricardo Williams releases the third and final single from his EP “Intermission Vol. 1.” Titled “All I Need”, featuring Yummy Bingham, the track highlights the singer’s talent. After a successful 2019, Williams plans to up the ante in 2020 with new music and a tour. Newcomer Orion Sun steps into the spotlight with her new single “Ne Me Quitte Pas (Don’t Leave Me).” The New Jersey native wrote and produced the track taken from her debut album, coming in 2020. The Philadelphia resident made a name for herself in the City of Brotherly Love. She has shared stages with Daniel Caesar, Noname, Ibeyi and Sudan Archives and was highlighted by NPR as an artist to watch. She cites J Dilla, Nancy Wilson, Jodeci, Kirk Franklin, Hazel Scott and Digable Planets as influences.

Jacquees Annouces North American Tour

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Jacquees is starting 2020 with a tour. The crooner recently announced The King Of R&B Tour, which begins tomorrow in San Antonio, TX, and wraps up on March 5 in Atlanta, GA. TK Kravitz, Forte, FYB, Jacob Latimore, T Rell and DC Young Fly will join the trek, which is sure to be a tone of fun. See King Of R&B tour dates below.

 

January 17th – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theater
January 19th – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
January 20th – Houston, TX – House of Blues
January 23rd – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
January 24th – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
January 25th – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
January 26th – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
January 27th – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
January 29th – Seattle, WA  – The Moore
January 31st – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
February 1st – Denver, CO – Cervantes
February 4th – Sioux Falls, SD – Big’s Bar
February 5th  – Omaha, NE – Sokol Hall
February 6th – Minneapolis, MN – Mercury Ballroom
February 8th – Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation
February 9th – Chicago, IL  – House of Blues
February 10th – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
February 11th – Louisville KY – Mercury Ballroom
February 12th – Toronto, ON  – Phoenix Concert Theater
February 14th – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
February 18th – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
February 20th – Boston, MA  – House of Blues
February 21st – Washington, DC – The Fillmore
February 22nd – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall
February 23rd – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
February 24th – Pittsburg, PA – The Rex Theater
February 28th – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
March 1st  – Charlotte, NC –  The Fillmore
March 3rd – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
March 5th – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theater

Throwback Thursday Hip Hop: You’ve Gotta Believe-Love Bug Starski

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Kevin Smith, known professionally as Love Bug Starski, was an American rapper/musician/record producer. Smith recorded his debut single, “Positive Life”, for Tayster Records in 1981. Shortly thereafter, he recorded a song for the film “Rappin”, which was released on Atlantic Records, before recording his debut album, “House Rocker”, for Epic/CBS Records. The project featured his most successful chart single, “Amityville (The House On The Hill)”, which referenced the film “Amityville Horror.” It reached #12 on the UK Singles Chart in 1986. Smith died of a heart attack in Las Vegas on February 8, 2018. He was 57.

Throwback Thursday R&B: The Glow Of Love-Change

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Change is an Italian-American post-disco group that rose to prominence in the 1980s. Change was formed in 1979 as a studio band with a revolving cast of musicians, led by businessman and executive producer Jacques Fred Petrus, with most of the songwriting and production carried out by Mauro Malavasi and Davide Romani. The band’s debut album, “The Glow Of Love”, was released via Warner/RFC Records in 1980. The project featured the singles “A Lover’s Holiday”, “Searching”, and the title song, which featured a then unknown Luther Vandross. Their sophomore effort, “Miracles”, was released in 1981. It featured the singles “Paradise”, “Hold Tight” and “Heaven Of My Life.” The band’s third effort, “Sharing Your Love”, was released in 1982, and found the group moving from disco and club music to funk and R&B. The single “The Very Best In You” is one example of the group’s take on R&B. Petrus died in 1987. Change was effectively a studio group composed of session musicians and  a core group of collaborators led by Jacques Fred Petrus and Mauro Malavasi. However, after the release of “The Glow Of Love” and “Miracles”,  Petrus sought to give the band an image and put together a group for promotion and live performances. This second lineup was relatively stable and contributed to the group’s subsequent four albums. Since their final album, there have been tours and shows featuring several singers and musicians carrying on the Change name.

Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Class Of 2020 Inductees Revealed

The Rock Hall Class of 2020 was revealed this morning, with six artists and one behind the scenes player joining the ranks of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Depache Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., and T Rex will join the Rock Hall at the 35th annual ceremony, with Jon Landau and Irving Azoff earning the Ahment Ertagun Award. Of the six acts entering the hall, only Depache Mode and Nine Inch Nails were previously nominated, each gets in on their third try. The rest are first time nominees, with all but Biggie having been eligible for years. Dave Matthews Band, despite winning the fan vote, will not see induction in 2020. The Class of 2020 will become official on May 2 at the 35th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The event will be broadcast live on HBO. The ceremony will take place at the Cleveland Auditorium in Cleveland, OH. Tickets go on sale February 27 and the performers will be announced at a later date.