Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, known professionally as Cardi B, is an American rapper/songwriter/television personality. She began her career with a special guest appearance on Jamaican singer Shaggy’s single “Boom Boom.” On December 15, 2015, she made her music video debut with the single “Cheap Ass Weave”, her rendition of English rapper Lady Leshurr’s “Queen’s Speech 4.” On March 7, 2016, Cardi released her debut mixtape “Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 1.” In November of that same year, she was featured on the digital cover of Vibe magazine’s “Viva” issue. On January 20, 2017, she released the mixtape “Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 2.” On June 16, 2017, Cardi released her debut single “Bodak Yellow” via digital distribution. “Bodak Yellow” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making Cardi the first female rapper since Lauryn Hill to do so. On April 6, 2018, Cardi released her full length debut album “Invasion Of Privacy.” The album entered the chart at number one in the United States, while she became the first female artist to have five top 10 singles simultaneously on the Billboard Hot Hip Hop/R&B chart.
Keith Sweat is an American singer/songwriter producer from New York City. He began his career as a member of the band Jamilah, with which he traveled throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In 1984, he branched out on his own and performed in New York City clubs. He recorded the single “My Mind Is Made Up” for the independent label Stadium Records, which released two albums prior to Sweat’s. During that time, he wrote the song “All I Want Is My Baby” for singer Robert Gilliam in 1985. In November 1987, Sweat released his debut album, “Make It Last Forever.” It featured the singles “I Want Her”, “Make It Last Forever” and “Something Just Ain’t Right.” In 1990, he released his sophomore effort, “I’ll Give All My Love To You.” He has released the albums “Keep It Coming” (1991), “Get Up On It” (1994), “Keith Sweat” (1996), “Still In The Game” (1998), “Didn’t See Me Coming” (2000), “Rebirth” (2002), “Just Me” (2008), “Riding Solo” (2010), “Til The Morning” (2011), “Dress To Impress” (2016) and “Playing For Keeps” (2018).
Singer/songwriter Raheem DeVaughn has just released his sixth studio effort “Decade Of A Love King.” The project features the singles “Don’t Come Easy”, “What It Feels Like” and “The Way (Act 1).” During an interview with singersroom.com, DeVaughn revealed that he wanted to make something for millennials and bridge the gap with his core audience. He added that the album is intended to bring people together. “Decade Of A Love King” is the follow up to DeVaughn’s 2017 collaborative effort “Footprints On The Moon”, released under the moniker The CrossRhodes with long time collaborator Wes Felton. DeVaughn will launch the “Decade Of A Love King Tour” in support of the album in 2019. In addition, he can be seen in the film “Lovedotcom.” Independent artist Darien Dean returns with the second offering in his “Notes From The Journey” trilogy titled “Detours.” The project follows 2017”s “Departure”, and features 12 songs that highlight Darien’s rich, soulful vocals, songwriting ability and sultry melodies. Producers Shawn Hibbler, Herb Middletown, Phil Lewis and Isma Hill help bring his lyrics to life with a blend of Big Band, Jazz, Afrobeat, Hip Hop and Soul. Darien is definitely one to watch. Singer/songwriter/producer/musician Anthony Flammia returns from a long hiatus with the single “Top Of My Lungs”, which highlights his growth as an artist and signature sound. A visual for “Top Of My Lungs” will be released soon. Following the release of his new EP, “Suncity”, R&B singer Khalid teamed with Vevo for a live performance of the single “Vertigo”, taken from the album. In the clip, shot in a Los Angeles cottage and backed by a string quartet, Khalid delivers a touching, soulful rendition of the song. The clip also gives fans an inside look at Khalid’s music as he welcomes the start of a new era. Earlier this month, singer Maxwell released his new single, “Shame”, now the R&B veteran returns with the accompanying music video. The clip features a group of dark skinned women with veils covering their faces, all of which are removed at different times to show their beauty. Maxwell travels in the backseat of a vehicle and mulls around on a bed as he delivers the track’s soulful vocals. Fans are eagerly awaiting the final chapter of Maxwell’s “BlackSummers’Night” trilogy, due out in 2019. However, the project could be released sooner. Maxwell is currently on the “50 Intimate Nights Tour”, which began on September 27 and will wrap up on December 9. Singer Marsha Ambrosius is supporting the tour. Veteran R&B singer/songwriter/producer DeAngelo returns with his contribution to the soundtrack Dead Red Redemption 2 titled “Unshaken.” “Unshaken” is the follow up to the 2014 effort “Black Messiah” and the 2017 remastered version of his classic debut album “Brown Sugar.” Red Dead Redemption 2 is a Western-themed action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar Games. The game is a prequel to the 2010 game Red Dead Redemption, and the third in the Red Dead series. West Coast hip hop star Tyga has just released a new version of his single “Dip”, featuring Nicki Minaj. The song was initially a solo single, and has received over 30 million streams. It has also reached the Top 30 at rhythmic radio and Top 50 at urban radio. This collaboration has been called the official version of the single, and has an accompanying music video, which was inspired by Michael and Janet Jackson’s “Scream.” Tyga is still basking in the success of his single “Taste”, which is still in the Top 20 of Billboard’s Hot 100 after 21 weeks on the charts. The single cracked the Top 10, reaching #8. Rap veteran Ice Cube announced yesterday that his tenth studio effort, and first album in eight years, “Everything’s Corrupt”, will be released December 7. He also shared the album’s art work, which shows a bloodied hand holding a one hundred dollar bill. The album’s color scheme is reminiscent of Ice Cube’s classic sophomore effort “Death Certificate.” In addition to music, Cube is currently shooting the highly anticipated film “Last Friday”, after completing the script last summer.
Keenon Daequan Ray Jackson, known professionally as YG, is an American rapper/actor from Compton, CA. His stage name stands for Young Gangster. In 2012, Jackson collaborated on the single “Act Right” with Yo Gotti and Jeezy. His debut album, “My Krazy Life”, was released on March 18, 2014. On June 17, 2016, he released his sophomore effort, “Still Brazy.” He has also released the albums “Blame It On The Streets” (2014) and “Stay Dangerous” (2018).
Michael Eugene Archer, known professionally as De’Angelo, is an American singer/songwriter/producer/musician from Richmond, VA. His musical talents were discovered early on. At age 3, he found his 10-year-old brother Luther playing the family piano. Following the formation of the group Michael Archer and Precise, and it’s success at Amateur Night competitions at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York City, the then 18-year-old Archer dropped out of school and moved to New York City to pursue his music career. Archer signed a publishing deal with EMI Music after attracting the attention of record executives via a demo tape, which was initially by the group. After an audition for EMI executives, De’Angelo was signed to a recording contract in 1993. His first significant success came in 1994 with the single “U Will Know”, which he co-wrote and co-produced for the all male R&B group Black Men United. In June 1995, Archer released his debut album, “Brown Sugar”, which featured the title track and “Lady.” His sophomore effort, “Voodoo”, was released in 2000. It featured the singles “Devil’s Pie”, “Left And Right” and “Untitled (How Does It Feel).” In December 2014, Archer released the album “Black Messiah.”
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Michael Ray Stevenson, known professionally as Tyga, is an American rapper from Los Angeles, CA. He independently released his debut album, “No Introduction”, via Decaydance Records in June 10, 2008. Tyga also released several mixtapes, “Young On Probation” among them. He has released the albums “Careless World: The Rise Of The Last King” (2012), “Hotel California” (2013), “The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty” (2015), “BitchImTheShit2” (2017) and “Kyoto” (2018).
Avery Wilson is an American singer/songwriter/dancer. His career began after a demo of one of one of his songs, “Ringtone”, was given to radio station WYBC in New Haven, CT. The demo was sent by Wilson’s father and received airplay, becoming a hit in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. Wilson was discovered by Sean Garrett, who began working with him. Wilson entered the Next Teen Superstar competition in New York in 2011, and was co-winner of the competition. In 2012, Wilson released the single “On Top Of World”, a digital download available via iTunes. In 2012, Wilson appeared on season 3 of the NBC show “The Voice” at age 16. He was a member of Cee-Lo Green’s team and made it to knockouts. He returned to “The Voice” during season 8 in 2015 to perform “If I have To”, the first single from his debut album. No word on when Wilson will release another project.
R&B singer Avery Wilson returns to the spotlight with the EP “FYI.” The 5-song project showcases the singer/songwriter’s growth as an artist while highlighting his evolution as a young man and artist in the entertainment industry. “FYI” was written and produced entirely by Avery. At 16, Avery appeared on the hit NBC show “The Voice”, catching the attention of mogul Clive Davis. Under Davis’ leadership, Avery honed his singing skills, thus earning a reputation as a promising R&B vocalist. UK singer/songwriter Ray BLK aims to inspire with her new EP “Empress.” The 8-song project features the hard hitting, youth crime themed single “Run, Run”, and the equally powerful follow-up, “Empress”, and explores difficult, complex issues with depth, humor and candor. In addition to music, Ray demonstrated her love for the youth with a school tour around London, which aimed to empower young people 12-18 by sharing stories and offering advice. “Empress” is the follow-up to Ray BLK’s debut EP “Durt.” British singer Leona Lewis joins forces with Swedish artist/producer Hellberg on the single, “Headlights.” Released via Sony Music, the song marks a new direction in Hellberg’s career, as he shifts toward a pop sound. The energetic, uptempo “Headlights” is cleverly written and blends pop, EDM and island vibe and features vocals from Grammy nominated singer Leona Lewis. The accompanying music video depicts the independence and complexities of romantic relationships. Starring Hellberg, the clip was filmed and directed in Los Angeles by Frank Borin and finds Hellberg in a tight situation as he fights to stay alive. Leona Lewis is currently in the studio. R&B veteran Keith Sweat has released his 13th studio album, Playing For Keeps”, the follow-up to 2016’s “Dress To Impress.” The project features the singles “How Many Ways”, a duet with K-Ci Hailey of Jodeci and “Boomerang”, a duet with Candace Price. “How Many Ways” reached #5 on AC radio and received 4 million streams. In addition K-Ci Hailey and Candace Price, the album also features special guest appearances from Teddy Riley, Tank, Alkaline, Akon and Ray Fade. As heard on his previous efforts, “Playing For Keeps” features sensual, romantic ballads, some inspired by his own experiences, that tap into the listeners emotions. Singer Ella Mai can add another achievement to her list of achievements. The British songstress released her self-titled album a week ago, and according to her label, the project has been certified gold. The 15-song project features the single “Boo’d Up”, and the follow-up, “Trip”, which has been certified platinum, and includes special guest appearances from Chris Brown, John Legend and H.E.R. The album also features the bonus tracks “Naked” and “Easy.” The news comes after the announcement that Ella has been nominated for four Soul Train Music Awards, including Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award for “Boo’d Up”, Song of The Year for “Boo’d Up” and Video of the Year for “Boo’d Up.” Rapper Lil Kim goes the dancehall route on her new single “Nasty One.” The veteran hip hop artist collaborates with Stefflon Don, Kranium and HoodCelebrityy on the track produced by iLlWayno. Lil Kim is currently in the studio working on her next project. Grammy nominated singer Jessie J gets in the holiday spirit with the release of her first holiday album, “This Christmas Day.” The 11-song project features special guest appearances from Boyz To Men and Babyface as well as the holiday classics “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and “Silent Night”, produced by David Foster. Jessie J. is currently on her “The R.O.S.E. Tour.” The tour wraps up in Los Angeles on November 1. Following the release of “Never Ask” earlier this month, rapper ishDARR unveils the final single prior to the release of his sophomore album on Friday. The Milwaukee native tapped Trackside and Take A Day Trip to handle the production work. The 22-year-old MC’s self-released “Slow Down, Kid” album features 14 tracks and the production work of Internet Money, Golden Child, Nick Mira, Nostxlogic, Johnny Yukon, Bizness Boi, Canis Major, who executive produced the project and more. He kept the momentum going by making his acting debut in the film “White Boy Rick.” Fans can expect more from him in the future.