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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.

Hip Hop Spotlight: Fall Threw-Rich The Kid FT. Young Thug & Gunna

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Dimitri Roger, known professionally as Rich The Kid, is an American rapper/songwriter from Queens New York. He  he grew up listening to Nas, Jay  Z, 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G. and 50 Cent. After moving to Woodstock, he began listening to T.I. and Jeezy. In 2013, he released his debut mixtape “Been About The Benjamins”, then released a  collaborative mixtape series with Migos titled “Streets On Lock Vol. 1”, “Streets On Lock Vol 2”, “Streets On Lock Vol. 3” and “Streets On Lock Vol. 4.” He released “Flexing On Purpose” in 2015. He has collaborated with Master P, Young Dolph, Ty Dolla $ign, Fetty Wrap and Rich Homie Quan. He released the albums “The World Is Yours” (2018) and “The World Is Yours 2” (2019).

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R&B Spotlight: Butterflies-The Undisputed Truth

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The Undisputed Truth is an American Motown Recording act that rose to prominence in the 1970s.  The group was assembled by songwriter/producer Norman Whitfield as an outlet for his psychedelic soul production techniques. Joe “Pep” Harris served as lead singer, with Billie Rae Calivn and Brenda Joyce Evans on additional lead and background vocals. The group had several minor hits, which also happen to be hits for Whitfield’s main act, The Temptations, among them, “You Make Your Own Heaven”, “Hell Right Here On Earth” and “Papa Was A Rolling Stone.” Their only Top 40 hit in the United States was “Smiling Faces Sometimes”, which hit #3 on the U.S. Pop Charts in 1971. Although they never recreated the success of “Smiling Faces Sometimes”, they continued to make chart appearances during the 1970s.  They recorded the albums “The Undisputed Truth” (1971), “Face To Face With The Truth” (1972), “Law Of The Land” (1973), “Down To Earth” (1974), “Cosmic Truth” (1975), “Higher Than High” (1975), “Method To The Madness” (1976) and “Smoking” (1979). Now, a half a century later, the returns with the ballad “Butterflies”, taken from their album “The Truth Gon’ Set You Free.” “Butterflies” glides beautifully and is a great reintroduction to The Undisputed Truth. Today, the group consists of Joe Harris, BJ Evans, Dazee Love and Jaki G.

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Pop/R&B veteran Lionel Richie is slated to release his forthcoming album, “Live From Las Vegas”, on August 23, marking his first release from Capitol Records. He will also embark on the Hello Tour this summer. According to a press release, “Live From Las Vegas” was recorded  at  the Zappos Theater at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. The project features Richie performing classics that span his entire career, including “All Night Love”, “Say You, Say Me”, “Hello”, “Dancing On The Ceiling” and “Truly”, in addition to hits from his time with The Commodores, including “Three Times A Lady” and “Easy.” the album also includes the global hit “We Are The World”, which he co-wrote with Michael Jackson for USA For Africa in 1985. The iconic artist will begin his 32-date Hello Tour on May 28 at the Smart Financial Center in Sugarland, TX, and will visit Radio City Music Hall in New York City and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, among others. Tickets for most dates go on sale Friday, March 29 at 10:00 a.m. on Richie’s website, with pre-sale tickets available for Citi cardholders beginning tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. All online ticket purchases for the tour will include a CD of Richie’s upcoming album. It’s great to see an international superstar in the spotlight.

Hip Hop Spotlight: Lick-Offset

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Kiara Kendrell Cephus, known professionally as Offset, is an American rapper from Lawrenceville, GA. He is a member of the rap  trio Migos. In addition to his work with the group, he has collaborated with producer Metro Booming and rapper Drake among others. He released the album “Father Of 4” in 2019.

 

R&B Spotlight: Talk-Khalid

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Khalid Donnel Robinson, known professionally as Khalid, is an American singer/songwriter. He began writing and creating music while in high school, and posted his early work on Soundcloud. In July 2016, he reached number 2 on the Billboard Emerging Artists chart. His single “Location” began charting, and lead to his being featured in several publications, including Billboard, Yahoo, Buzzfeed and Rolling Stone. “Location” finished 2016 at No. 20 on the Billboard Mainstream R&B/Hip Hop Airplay chart. On March 3, 2017, he released his debut album “American Teen.” He released the album “Free Spirit” in 2019.

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While preparing their forthcoming album “The Last Word”, due out April 19, veteran R&B group The O’Jays  unveiled their new single “Stand Up (Show Love).” The empowering track’s visual features live instrumentation  and premiered on Billboard today. The clip takes a behind the scenes look at The O’Jays’ recording process, as the trio is assisted by backup vocalists and a luscious combination of guitars, drums and keys. Fans can catch The O’Jays at the Apollo Theater on April 26. Rapper Rich The Kid unveiled his sophomore album, “The World Is Yours 2”, today. With special guest appearances by Young Thug, Gunna, Offset, Big Sean, Miguel, Ty Dolla $ign and more, the 16-track project comes after the Queens New York native tweeted about completing what he called “the album of the century.” Fans should check “The World Is Yours 2” out. Following the release of his debut album “August” last summer, singer Ryan Trey returns with his new single “Nowhere To Run”, a duet with Bryson Tiller. Produced by Vinylz, the duo exudes seamless chemistry as they both woo their respective lovers with steely conviction. During an interview with Billboard, the two showered one another with praise.  “Nowhere To Run” is worth a listen.

Junior Remakes Mama Used To Say

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When Junior Giscombe first arrived on the UK music scene thirty years ago, he was a background vocalist with Linx, a funk/R&B band that crossed over to the U.S. R&B chart. The singer/songwriter went on to chart with “Mama Used To Say”, “Too Late” and “Oh, Louise”, in addition to racking up songwriting credits with Heavy D and the Boyz and Philip Bailey. Yet, his crowing achievement remains “Mama Used To Say”, which was released in 1981.  Now “Mama Used To Say” is brought back to life as Junior joins forces with Luciano in a lively reggae version. The single grooves as their voices deliver a contagious vibe from beginning to end. Sometimes remaking an R&B classic is a gamble, but in this case, the teaming of Junior and Luciano is shear joy in motion.