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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.

Singer Pervis Staples Dead At 85

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Singer Pervis Staples, whose tenor voice complimented his father’s and sisters’ in the legendary gospel group the Staple Singers, has died. He was 85. Pervis Staples died May 6 at his home in Dalton, IL, according to Adam Ayers, a spokesman for Staples’ sister Mavis. The cause of death wasn’t given. Pervis Staples sang gospel songs with his father, the guitar-playing Roebuck “Pops” Staples, and sisters Mavis, Yvonne and Cleotha in Chicago churches before gaining a national following with the songs “So Soon”, “If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again”, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and “Uncloudy Day” in the 1950s. The group gained fame in the 1960s by singing songs that urged change on a variety of social and religious issues. The Staple Singers gained a huge audience with their #1 hit “I’ll Take You There” in 1972 and followed with the top 40 hits “Respect Yourself”, “Heavy Makes You Happy” and “If You’re Ready (Come With Me).” However, Pervis’ last album with The Staple Singers was their first for Stax Records, “Soul Folks In Action” in 1968. The album featured such songs as “The Ghetto” and their interpretations of such songs as Otis Redding’s “Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay” and The Band’s “The Weight.” He went on to manage the female trio The Emotions and operated the nightclub Perv’s House. Pervis Staples was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his family in 1999. The group also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys in 2005. Mavis Staples, the lone survivor of the group, said in a statement that her brother’s childhood was filled with wonderful experiences. Despite the success of Lou Rawls and Sam Cooke, Roebuck Staples routinely rejected offers to the group to record rhythm and blues, saying it was in conflict with his faith. However, it was with the nudging of Pervis Staples that the group compromised by performing message music in the 1960s, performing at music festivals across the country. Pervis Staples was born on November 18, 1935 in Drew, Mississippi. He and his family moved to Chicago for economic opportunities. That is where Roebuck Staples began teaching his children gospel songs to entertain them and occupy their time. Pervis Staples was preceded in death by his parents, Roebuck and Oceola; and three sisters Cynthia, Cleotha and Yvonne. He is survived by his sister Mavis, six children, seven grandchildren and seven great-grand children. Funeral services will be held Monday in Chicago.

Jim Jones & Harry Fraud Release Visual Barry White

The Dip regulator is back. Jim Jones just released the visual for the single “Barry White.” The video was directed by Jones and Shula and is set in Miami on a cool night with Jones vibing out during a ride through the city. Both Cam’ron and Capo are seen dripping in all-white aesthetic as Jones hangs out the roof of his car rhyming bars about the pain of growing up in his own hood while Cam takes the wheel. Even as he tells a dark story, Jones is pushing a luxury car and later drives a boat with an incredible ocean view. He shows us that despite all that he has faced, he made it out with a lot to be thankful for. Watch “Barry White” below.

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Throwback Thursday Hip Hop: Feel The Bass-DJ Magic Mike

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Michael Hampton, known professionally DJ Magic Mike, is an American DJ/producer from Orlando, FL. Hampton is one of the most pivotal Miami bass producers, and the first platinum selling recording artist from Orlando, FL.

Throwback Thursday R&B: Searching To Find The One-Unlimited Touch

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Unlimited Touch was an American New York-based post disco group mostly active in the the early 1980s. The group’s most successful single during its short lifespan was “I Hear Music In The Streets”, which peaked at No. 6 on the U.S. Dance Chart in 1981.

All Music Notes Playlist

Here’s what you’ll find on my playlist.

  1. No Plans For Love D-Nice Ft. Ne-Yo & Kent Jones
  2. Fight For You H.E.R.
  3. Friends & Family The Isley Brothers
  4. Leave The Door Open Bruno Mars & Anderson.Paak
  5. Everything’s Gonna Be Alright Mark & Beverley Knight
  6. Welcome 2 America Prince
  7. Whatever Happened To Our Love Acantha Lang
  8. Cascade Stokely & The Bonfyre
  9. Send For Me Brother Reggie
  10. Holla If You Hear Me Kea & Giveton Gelin
  11. You Are Teri Tobin & Dre King
  12. He Don’t Know Nothing Bout Nothing Jam & Lewis Ft. Babyface
  13. Hold Us Together H.E.R. & Tauren Wells
  14. Radio Deborah Bond
  15. Missing You Whittington Still
  16. I Can Make You Feel Good Eric Gable
  17. Bittersweet After 7
  18. Gonna Make It Krishawna
  19. Soft Maysa
  20. Anything For You Ledisi

Usher To Host 2021 iHeart Radio Music Awards

Usher is set to host and perform at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards, which will air on Thursday, May 27, live on Fox. Other artists set to perform include The Weeknd with special guest Ariana Grande, Silk Sonic(Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak), Dan + Shay and Doja Cat. The show will also include performances by Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch, Twenty One Pilots, Megan Thee Stallion and more. This will be Usher’s first time hosting the show, which is in its eighth year. Previous hosts include Jamie Foxx, Jason Derulo, Ryan Seacrest, DJ Khalid & Hailey Baldwin and T-Pain. Chris Martin and Lil Nas X will present Elton John with the 2021 iHeartRadio Icon Award. The segment will include a special tribute performance. Bon Jovi received the Icon Award in 2018. John received the iHeartRadio Music Award for Tour Of The Year last year for his Farewell Yellowbrick Road Tour, which marks his retirement from touring after more than 50 years on the road. The show will air on May 27 live from The Dolby Theater in Los Angeles from 8-10 p.m. ET live/PT taped delayed on Fox. The show will also be heard on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and the iHeartRadio app. This year’s show marks a comeback for the iHeartRadio Awards, which, because of the COVID 19 pandemic, were delayed last year until September, when they aired as a virtual show and only on iHeartRadio stations. This year’s show will be back on Fox, which first aired the show in 2019, back in a major venue and back in the late/winter/early spring time frame in which the first six shows took place. The 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards will give iHeartRadio listeners the opportunity to decide winners in several new and established categories. Fan voting will determine this year’s Best Fan Army, Best Lyrics, Best Cover Song, Best Music Video, the Social Star Award, Favorite Music Video Choreography Award, and the first every Tik Tok Bop of the Year Award. Nominations are based on consumption data, including streaming, album sales, song sales, and radio airplay. For a full list of categories, visit Social voting began on April 7 and will close on May 19 at 11:59 p.m. ET for all categories. Fans can vote on Twitter using the appropriate category and nominee hashtags or by visiting

Hip Hop Spotlight: Thornton Street-Cordae

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Cordae Amari Dunston, known professionally as Cordae, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter. Cordae gained popularity by releasing remixes of such songs as “My Name Is” by Eminem, and “Old Niggas”, which was a response to the song “1985” by J. Cole. Videos to both remixes were uploaded to WorldStarHip Hop’s You Tube channel, which led to an immense and immediate positive response from both mainstream media and the online rap community. His debut album, “The Lost Boy”, was released on July 26, 2019 to widespread acclaim and received two nominations for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song for the single “Bad Idea” at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards. Cordae was a member of the YBN collective from 2018 until he left the group in 2020.

R&B Spotlight: Never Be The Same-Regina Madre

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Rebecca King-Crews, known professionally as Regina Madre, is an American singer/actress who just released the single “Never Be The Same.” In the song, Madre illustrates the misunderstandings that overtake a solid relationship. And the lyrics cut every which way despite a showing of strong faith in the end. Overall, Regina pulls out her artistic best for “Never Be The Same”, reflecting a crisp R&B/pop cinematic arrangement of piano, strings and choir, sealed with an already engrossing narrative. Check out “Never Be The Same.”

Celebrity Birthdays

Happy Birthday

Singer Willie Pernell (Archie Bell & The Drells) 76

Pianist Ronnie Foster 71

Singer Jayotis Washington (The Persuasions) 76

Remembering singer James Lee Purify (May 12, 1944-January 22, 2021-James & Bobby Purify)

Remembering songwriter/producer Norman Whitfield (May 12, 1940-September 16, 2008)