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.

Aaliyah’s Self Titled Album Returns To Top 10 On R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart

Aaliyah‘s 2001 self-titled album returns to the top 10 of Billboard‘s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for the first time since its original release year, while several of its songs have notable sales arrivals. It’s the second recent reissue from Aaliyah’s long out-of-print Blackground Records catalog, following One In a Million, which re-entered at No. 5 on the Sept. 4-dated chart.

Aaliyah re-enters Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums at No. 7 on the list dated Sept. 25. The set earned 26,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 16, according to MRC Data. Of that total, the majority – 15,000 units – are from traditional album sales, a sum that also makes it the top-selling R&B/hip-hop album of the week.

Streaming makes up the second-largest category, with 9,000 units from that sector, equal to 11.5 million on-demand plays of the album’s songs. The remaining 2,000 units derive from individual track downloads of the album’s songs. (One unit equals the following levels of consumption: one album sale, 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams for a song on the album.)

The album rejoins the top 10 for the first time since the chart dated Nov. 10, 2001, when it ranked at No. 9. Aaliyah peaked at No. 2 for four nonconsecutive weeks that year – its first and second weeks on the chart (Aug. 4 and 11) and again on Sept. 15 and 22, with the latter pair owed to reaction after the singer’s death on Aug. 25 that year.

In the sales market, “Rock the Boat” is the album’s top performer. The former single sold 4,400 downloads in the week ending Sept. 16 and debuts at No. 4 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart. Four other titles included on Aaliyah also make the 25-position list: “More Than a Woman” (No. 10 with 2,800 sold), “Are You That Somebody?” (No. 14; 2,400), “We Need a Resolution,” featuring Timbaland (No. 16; 2,200) and “I Care 4 U” (No. 21; 2,000).

The lineup generally repeats, too, in the streaming count. “Boat” is Aaliyah‘s most-streamed title, with 2.2 million U.S. streams in the week. “Woman” follows with 1.45 million, with “Resolution” in third through 1.41 million clicks.

Aaliyah is the latest beneficiary in a series of re-issues from Blackground. The album’s return follows the late singer’s 1996 album, One in a Million, which made was reissued on Aug. 20 and the soundtrack to the film Romeo Must Die, which included the singer’s Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit, “Try Again,” on Sept. 3. Two more Aaliyah releases are on the horizon, with the 2002 compilation I Care 4 U and the greatest hits LP Ultimate Aaliyah scheduled for Oct. 8. (The latter will see its first official U.S. release.)

Other long out-of-print Blackground titles have also recently been reintroduced to the market, or are due soon, including albums from Timbaland (Tim’s Bio: Life From Da Bassment, reissued Aug. 27), Timbaland & Magoo (Indecent Proposal, Under Construction II, Welcome to Our World; Aug. 27), Tank (Force of Nature, One Man and Sex Love & Pain; Sept. 17), JoJo (her 2004 self-titled album and The High Road; Sept. 24), Ashley Parker Angel (Soundtrack to Your Life, Sept. 24) and Toni Braxton (Libra, Oct. 1).

Lucky Daye Releases Over Video

Fresh off his collaboration with Earth, Wind & Fire, Lucky Daye returns with his new single “Over.” The single comes with a video that co-stars Jordyn Woods. In the video, Woods strolls into a theater in a white dress and heels as the reminiscent sample and guitar strings of Musiq Soulchild’s “Half Crazy” create the score that Lucky takes over. The single and video highlight the struggles of celebrity life when all he can do is think about one woman. Watch the “Over” video below.

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Hip Hop Spotlight: Blue Notes 2-Meek Mill Ft. Lil Uzi Vert

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Robert Rihmeek Williams, known professionally as Meek Mill, is an American rapper from Philadelphia, PA. He embarked on his music career as a battle rapper, and later formed a short lived rap group, The Bloodhoundz. In 2008, rapper T.I. signed Williams to his first record deal. In February 2011, after leaving Grand Hustle Records, Williams signed with Miami-based rapper Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group. Williams has released the albums “Dreams And Nightmares” (2012), “Dreams Worth More Than Money” (2015), “Wins & Losses” (2017) and “Championships” (2018). His latest single, “Blue Notes 2”, is a collaboration with rapper Lil Uzi Vert.

R&B Spotlight: Can’t Hide It-Curtis Harding

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Curtis Harding is an American singer/songwriter who released the album “Face Your Fears” in 2017. He returns to the spotlight with the single “Can’t Hide It.” “Can’t Hide It” tells the story of a man who moves between waging losing battle to contain the feelings he has for a woman, or when expressing those feelings, confronting the reality that she may not feel the same way. That story is propelled by by a classic sound that fuses soul, funk and psychedelic music. The song contains jangling and distorted wah wah guitars, percussion that ranges from bongos to tambourines, some in the pocket drumming, and a real funky bass line. Listen to “Can’t Hide It” and enjoy.

Inside The Industry: New Music From Ryah-Doing

Rising singer Ryah takes center stage with her new single “Doing.” As is the case with much of today’s music, the slick production of the track, produced by Grammy nominated producer @KPDitIt, is both intricate and formulaic, rich and stimulating. In an age where autotune is King, many artists rely on a dazzling beat to distract the world from subpar lyrics, vocals often both or delivery. In Ryah’s case, however, she is not a subpar artist hiding inside layers of smoke and mirrors post-production. Ryan emerges with a sound that is familiar, reminiscent of Chloe x Halle and Elle Mai, her airily seductive vocals slink hypnotically over the instrumental as if melting into it. Listen to “Doing” below.

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Future Joins DJ Swamp Izzo In 3 Cell Phones Video

Atlanta based, award-winning producer and songwriter DJ Swamp Izzo just released the single “3 Cell Phones” featuring Future. The accompanying music video was released via Cash Money Records and premiered on BET Jams. The visual for the Izzo assisted track brings Future, Birdman and Young Thug together. Izzo is set to perform at Atlanta Hip Hop Day next month along with surprise guests. Watch the “3 Cell Phones” video below.

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G Herbo Releases Stand The Rain (Mad Max) Video

G Herbo has released the video for the single “Stand The Rain (Mad Max)”, which is taken from his album “25.” The new black and white video brings Herbo to detail his life of struggles and how he continues to fight off the hurdles. While the “25” album is still rolling, G Herbo has his eye on another song, with Kanye West as a collaborator. G Herbo is currently enjoying the success of the “25” album. In addition, he revealed during a recent interview that more music may be on the way. In the meantime, watch the “Stand The Rain (Mad Max)” video below.

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Celebrity Birthdays

Happy Birthday

Singers Walter and Wallace Scott (The Whispers) 78

Rapper Demetrius “Red” Pugh (Another Bad Creation) 42

Rapper Steven “Layzie Bone’ Howse (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) 47

Rapper/producer/record executive Jermaine Dupri 49

Remembering singer/songwriter/musician Ray Charles Robinson aka Ray Charles (September 23, 1930-June 10, 2004)

Throwback Thursday Hip Hop: Victim Of The Ghetto-The College Boyz

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The College Boyz was an American hip hop group composed of R.O.M., Squeak, B Selector and DJ Cue. The group was signed to Virgin Records. Originally calling themselves RMG, the group changed its name to The College Boyz upon moving to Los Angeles. Their debut album, “Radio Fusion Radio”, was released on April 7, 1992 via Virgin Records. The album was not a huge success, but it did manage to make it to three different charts, peaking at No. 118 on the Billboard 200, No. 25 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums and No. 2 on the Top Heatseakers. “Radio Fusion Radio” featured the single “Victim Of The Ghetto”, which peaked at No. 68 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. On October 4, 1994 they released their second and final album “Nuttin Less Nuttin More.” It made it to No. 80 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. It spawned the single “Rolling”, which peaked at No. 49 on the Hop Rap Singles chart. The College Boyz disbanded in 1994. Romany “R.O.M.” Malco became a successful actor.