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Contemporary jazz guitarist Norman Brown has joined forces with R&B singer Deniece Williams for a remake of her 1976  hit “Free”, taken from her album ‘This Is Niecy.” The remake will appear on Brown’s forthcoming album, “The Highest Acts Of Love”, due out on February 22, 2019 via Shanachie Entertainment. The Grammy Award-winning guitarist has sold over two millions records and is a mainstay on the jazz charts. Pioneering jazz guitarist George Benson has called him one of the greatest guitarist around today. Brown has been churning out hits for two decades. He has also collaborated with Brian McKnight, Kirk Whalum, Miki Howard, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Dave Koz, Everette Harp and Chante  Moore, to name a few. Singer Elle Varner ended 2018 with the singles “Casanova” and “Loving You Blind.” Now, the Grammy Award-winning songstress returns with the new single “Pour Me”, a collaboration with rapper Wale. “Pour Me” is a song about drinking, and as she begins to intoxicate, she thinks of a lover. Wale opens the track with a poetic verse and returns to conclude his thoughts near the end of the track. The instrumental for “Pour Me” is swooping , and contains finely-calibrated piano keys that give the song a classic vibe. Fans can catch Elle Varner on the “Nyla Tour” with Marsha Ambrosius, which runs Jan. 27-Mar. 17. Ariana Grande returns to the airwaves with her new single, “7 Rings.” The empowering record, recorded following her breakup with Pete Davidson, was inspired by Grande’s trip to Tiffany & Co. with her girlfriends, including Victoria Monet and Tayla Parx. “7 Rings” follows the singles “Imagine” and “Thank You, Next”, all taken from Grande’s forthcoming album “Thank You, Next”, the followup to “Sweetner.” In support of the single, Grande also shared a music video in which she added her own twist to The Sound Of Music’s “My Favorite Things.” In the clip, Grande sports a variety of ensembles, including a bedazzled bodysuit and a fur coat over a bra top as she sings about her favorite things, such as diamonds and Champagne. In April, Grande will headline Coachella. The 25-year-old singer will be the youngest artist to headline the festival and the fourth woman following Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Bjork. Ella Mai continues her momentum in 2019. After breaking through in 2018 with the singles “Boo’d Up” and “Trip”, the British songstress returns with the music video for her latest single, “Shock Clock.” In the basketball themed clip, which was shot in Los Angeles and directed by Colin Tilley, Ella puts a time clock on suitors who vie for her time. In the mist of it all, she visits a convenience store, a basketball gymnasium floor, and soaks in a tub while reading a book. It can be argued that she’s telling men what she likes. “Shock Clock” appears on Ella Mai’s self-titled debut album, which was released in October 2018. Earlier this month, Ella launched the international leg of her “The Debut Tour”. The American leg will begin on February 12 in Vancouver, and visit Sacramento, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Brooklyn and Atlanta, before wrapping up on March 28th in San Antonio, TX. Tickets for “The Debut Tour” are on sale now. Rising R&B singer Nader celebrates heartbreak on his new single “Hold Up.” On the track, he calls out her flaws while insisting that he’s keeping it moving. The song is about a young woman who is chasing the fast life while claiming she wants a good man. “Hold Up” is worth a listen. Just as his album “The Wizrd” was hitting streaming services, rapper Future performed the single “Crushed Up” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. The set was icy, as glittering snow fell across the screen on the cool-toned stage while the rapper sang. Sporting an all red ensemble with an olive green vest, Future was accompanied by his guitarist as the trippy visuals on the screen behind him gave the chilled-out “Crushed Up” a psychedelic vibe.

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