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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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Roddy Ricch’s The Box Tops Billboard Hot 100 For Seventh Week

Congratulations to rapper Roddy Ricch are in order. His latest single, “The Box”, tops the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the seventh week in a row. “The Box”, which was released via Bird Vision/Atlantic Records, holds the No. 1 spot on the Streaming Songs chart for an eighth week, despite a 12% drop to 52. 2 million U.S. streams during the week ending February 25,  according to Nielsen/MRC Data. It moves 8-7 on Digital Song Sales, down 3% to 11,000 sold during the week ending February 20, and 13-10 on Radio Songs, gaining by 12% to 59.3 million all-format airplay audience impressions during the week ending February 23, as it leads the Mainstream R&B/Hip Hop and Rhythmic Songs format airplay charts for a second week each. “The Box” currently tops the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, which employ the same multi-metric formula as the Hot 100, for an eighth week each. As for Atlantic Records, “The Box” is the label’s seventh No. 1 to top the Hot 100 for at least seven weeks, and it follows Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts”, which dominated for seven weeks in September.

Hip Hop Pick Of The Week: Ayy Macarena-Tyga

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Michael Ray Stevenson, known professionally as Tyga, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter/actor/television personality from Compton, CA. Stevenson’s music career began with the release of several demo tapes and mixtapes, including “Young On Probation.” Stevenson has released the albums “No Introduction” (2008), “Careless World: Rise Of The Last King” (2012), “Hotel California” (2013), “The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty” (2015), “BitchImTheShit2” (2017), “Kyoto” (2018) and “Legendary” (2019).

R&B Pick Of The Week: I Deserve More-Syleena Johnson

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Syleena Johnson, born Syleena Thompson, is an American singer/songwriter/actress/talk show co-host. Before signing with Jive Records, Johnson recorded the album “This Time Together By Father And Daughter” with her father Syl Johnson. An early single, “It’s On”, appeared on video-sharing website You Tube. Her official debut album, “Love Hangover”, was released January 26, 1999. After signing with Jive Records, Johnson released the albums “Chapter 1: Love, Pain & Forgiveness” (2001), “Chapter 2: The Voice” (2002), “Chapter 3: The Flesh” (2005), “Chapter 4: Labor Pains” (2009), “Chapter 5: Underrated” (2011), “Chapter 6: Couples Therapy” (2014) and “Rebirth Of Soul” (2017). Johnson’s ninth studio album, “Woman”, was released on January 31, 2020.

Missy Elliott, Lil Kim & Ludacris To Perform At Funk Fest Atlanta

Funk Fest will return to Atlanta in May. According to Billboard magazine, Missy Elliott is set to headline Funk Fest 2020 at The Home Depot Backyard by the state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The event will take place in Atlanta the weekend of May 29-30. Other artists set to appear include Luadcris, T.I., Lil Kim, Xscape, The Dream, Rapsody, Trina and Bobby V. Tickets are now available via the funk fest website. Fans can also call 1-800-541-3849 to order tickets as well.

Hip Hop Spotlight: Lil Top-YoungBoy Never Broke Again

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Kentrell DeSean Gaulden, known professionally as YoungBoy Never Broke Again, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter from Baton Rouge, LA. Gaulden began producing music at age 14 with a microphone he purchased from Walmart. He released his first mixtape “Life Before Fame” in 2015. Several more mixtapes followed including “Mind Of A Menace”, “Mind Of A Menace 2” and “Before I Go.” Gaulden garnered attention with his 2016 mixtape “38 Baby”, which featured special guest appearances by Boosie Badazz, Kevin Gates, Stroke Da Don and NBA 3Three. A short time later, he released the mixtape “Mind Of A Menace 3.” In January 2018, Gaulden released his debut album “Until Death Call My Name.”

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Singer/songwriter K. Michelle returns to the airwaves with her latest album, “All Monsters Are Human”, which was released via Entertainment One. The project is the first under a partnership with the label and is K. Michelle’s first as an independent artist. Executive produced by K. Michelle, the album features the single “Superhood”, featuring City Girls and Kash Doll and the Billboard and Mediabase UAC charts top 10 single, “The Rain.” K. Michelle also collaborated with Jazze Pha, Drumma Boy, Lil Ronnie, Brandon B.A.M.” Hodge and more. On “All Monsters Are Human”, K. Michelle seems to be in her comfort zone, delivering material that’s near and dear to her current life. In addition to the new album, K. Michelle also released a visual for the single “Just Like Jay.”

The Weeknd Teams With Verizon To Offer Next Level Fan Experiences Exclusives

Canadian crooner The Weeknd is the latest artist to team up with Verizon Wireless to give fans opportunities for exclusive access to concerts and private experiences during 2020. The singer, who just announced his After Hours 2020 tour, is offering Verizon Up ticket holders access to an exclusive stage-side in the Verizon Up Members section, with VIP artist meet and greets available at select shows. Ticket holders will also get access to an intimate, exclusive Verizon Up concert from the Weekend, which will be announced later in the year. Verizon Up has partnered with several high profile stars recently, including Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. The no-fee enrollment via the My Verizon app means Verizon Up members are  rewarded for just being a customer.