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Several R&B artists will take the stage during the 2019 Governor’s Ball. Scheduled to take place Memorial Day weekend at Randall’s Island Park, this year’s line up will surely attract music lovers from across the country. Headliners include Tyler, the Creator, Lil Wayne and BROCKHAMPTON (Friday, May 31, 2019), Florence and the Machine, Major Lazer and The 1975 (Saturday, June 1, 2019) and Nas, SZA and the Stockes (Sunday, June 2, 2019). Ty Dolla $ign, Jessie Reyez, The Internet, Jorja Smith and Ravyn Lenae will also appear. Last year’s Governor’s Ball featured Eminem, Travis Scott, James Blake and Jack White. R&B singer Stephanie “Sparkle” Edwards is taking full advantage of her platform after the airing of the Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly.” The one time R. Kelly protege has released the single “We Are Ready”, a female empowerment anthem that not  only tackles the R. Kelly drama, but touches on cultural  movements like “Time’s Up.” Sparkle’s new single is accompanied by a promotional video which includes Oprah Winfrey speaking at last year’s Golden Globe Awards, images of abusers like Bill Cosby, protests and more. Naysayers may argue that Sparkle is opportunistic, but nevertheless her message is prime for the movement. Emerging R&B singer ILHAM is poised to become one of the hottest artists in the industry. She recently released her debut EP “41-10”, named after her building in the Queensboro Projects, and features special guest appearances by Dave East and Arin Ray. The project features her tales of struggles, love, insecurities and strength. ILHAM has a bright future ahead of her. Teyana Taylor has consistently offered fans quality music. Now, Taylor returns with the music video “WTP.” A teaser clip posted to Instagram shows Taylor and her collaborators appearing on “FEMTV”, an MTV parody, discussing whether or not the songstress has what it takes to compete in a ball. The video then transitions into a New York ball, complete with judges holding up scores, fans screaming with delight from the sidelines and several high-fashion queens providing looks, dance moves and walks. The video “WTP” will premiere on January 19. Following the release of “Crushed Up” last week, rapper Future returns with the music video “Jumping On A Jet.” He also unveiled the cover art for his forthcoming album “The Wizard”, due out January 18. The Collin Tilley directed clip finds Future embarking on an expedition to another planet. With some time to kill before reaching his final destination, the Atlanta native fires off rapid fire rhymes about his taste in jewelry and the trolling ways of his hip hop peers. “The Wizard” is now available for pre-order via all streaming services.

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