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Since releasing her critically acclaimed debut album “Ctrl”, singer/songwriter SZA is fast becoming a favorite of listeners. Now, the songstress has collaborated with Maroon 5 on the single “What Lovers Do.” Over a synth lead dance track, Adam Levine and Solana sing some ruminations about love. “What Lovers Do” is the follow up single to Maroon 5’s “Cold”, featuring rapper Future. There’s no word on a release date for their sixth studio effort as yet. Meanwhile, SZA is currently traveling across the country on her “Ctrl Tour.” She’ll join Bryson Tiller on the European leg of his “Set It Off Tour.” After spending some time enjoying motherhood, singer Melanie Fiona is ready to return to music. The R&B songstress has announced that she’s preparing to release her third studio effort in early 2018. Titled “Next Train”, the album was announced along with her partnership with UAA talent agency. The first single should be released soon as well. In July, Fiona visited the Spotify offices and captioned an Instagram photo with the hashtags #NewMusic #OnTheWay. The two time Grammy winner’s next project will feature her genuine story telling ability that expresses vulnerability and strength. The album was initially titled “Awake”, and she released the singles “Bite The Bullet” and “I Tried.” Fiona’s last album, 2012’s “The MF Life”, featured the singles “Gone And Never Come Back”, “4 Am” and “This Time.” Singer Jhene Aiko is preparing to allow fans to take a journey with her highly anticipated sophomore album. The songstress has revealed some details regarding the project, including the title, Trip 17.” In June, she released the single ‘When We’re Young” along with a 50 First Dates style video. Shortly after, she followed with the Chris Brown collaboration Hello Ego (Don’t Stop).” “Trip 17”, which has been described as a map, marks Aiko’s first album since 2014’s “Souled Out.” The project is still awaiting a release date. In addition to her solo material, Aiko is also preparing a second “Twenty 88” project with rapper Big Sean. Although he released the album “All Amerikkan Bada$S” in April, rapper Joey Bada$$ delivered three singles in July, including “500 Benz.” Yesterday, the MC unveiled the visual for his car happy track. The clip finds Joey posted behind the classic black vehicle, flexing his innate word play ability. From there, he’s shown behind the wheel, where he picks up a lady friend for the ride. Proving to be a modern day Casanova, he pulls out a rose to seal the deal with his date.
Rapper 2 Chainz teams with Atlanta group Migos on the banger “Blue Cheese.”
Singer Leela James delivers the single “Hard For Me.” The track finds the songstress lamenting the fact that she finds it difficult to get over an old lover over lush production.
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Miami based singer Teenear has released the visual for the single “Love Me Or Leave Me.” Set in a high school, the songstress is shown with friends and a potential suitor sneaking out of detention for a day of fun. The clip was directed by Michael Garcia, who also directed “Tunnel Vision” and “Patty Cake” by Kodack Black. The song was produced by Louis Bell, who produced Post Malone’s “Congratulations” and “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake Ft. Justin Bieber. Singer Musiq Soulchild is preparing for the release of his latest effort “Feel The Real”, and has given fans one more taste of the double album with the single “Sooner Or Later.” Over live instrumentation with thumping percussion, the crooner sings about the possibility of finding love when least expected and never giving up on finding the right one. Musiq is also offering fans the option to purchase a special “Feel The Real” bundle package, which includes the CD, a t-shirt, baseball cap and Musiq’s emoji. “Feel The Real” is due on September 15. The project is sure to take listeners on a melodic journey through the essence of Hip Hop Soul, in true Musiq Soulchild fashion. After a long time away from the music industry, singer Frank Ocean continues to provide for fans whenever he feels the need to do so. Last night, the elusive crooner released the single “Provider”, which was premiered on an episode of his “Blonded Radio” show. Continuing the formula which was used on previous releases, the track is mellow and immersed in his private thoughts. During a portion of the song, he pays tribute to director Stanley Kubrick, and offers a sung/rap flow about nights on the loose. During his Beats 1 radio show, Ocean also unveiled the remix to “Rolls Royce Bitch” from 2 Chainz’ “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.” Over the production of Over Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E., Ocean flexes his rap skills once again, rhyming about how his Christmas experience has changed since his career has reached new heights. Fans should check the track out. PARTYNEXTDOOR continues his generosity by giving two more musical gifts to fans. The first of the two is the single “Put It On Silent”, where he sings about infidelity over thumping production. Next, the OVO star turns up the bounce on the sexy Dancehall inspired single “Naked.” Being totally honest with his significant other, the singer request that she disrobe in front of him. PARTYNEXTDOOR has been blessing fans with a lot of new music recently, including the EP “Colours 2.” Next month, he’ll embark on the “Fountain Kingdom Tour” along with Halsey and Charli XCX, which begins on September 29.
Hip hop fans, the clan is back. Wu Tang Clan recently released the single “People Say”, featuring Redman. The track rocks hard enough to make speakers pop.
Singer Lalah Hathaway returns with the single “I Can’t Wait.” The track offers more of what fans have come to know, love and expect from Hathaway; who has been at the forefront of R&B for some time.