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Grammy Award-winning R&B singer/songwriter India Arie returns to the spotlight with new music, and the time and content are perfect. The veteran artist pays homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and other African American activists with her stunning new video and single, “What If.” The clip features iconic figures and people performing peaceful protest. “What If” will appear on India’s forthcoming album “Worthy”, due out on February 15. The project was launched with the release of the single “That Magic”, a sultry number produced by Aaron W. Lindsey and Branden Burch. The song describes the connection between two people that any of us would love to have in a partner or friend. “Worthy” is the follow up to India’s Grammy nominated EP “SongVersation: Medicine”, which was released in 2017. R&B veteran Syleena Johnson is working on her tenth studio album, “Woman.” The project is the follow up to her 2017 release, “Rebirth Of Soul”, which was produced by her father, soul/blues singer Syl Johnson. “Woman” is herald by the thought-provoking and emotionally-infused title track, which was produced by Gilflo and Toxic of Toxic Productions. The forthcoming video, “Woman”, highlights the wins, struggles, pain and sacrifices of women. Singer Ryan Leslie has emerged from hiatus to release the album “Fleurier Flows.” On the four song project, the singer/songwriter/producer/musician ventures into singing and rapping while sharing his personal experiences on “Forever My Love”, “First Place”, “Thankful” and “Gorgeous.” “Fleurier Flows” is the New York based crooner’s first project since his independently released effort, “MZRT”, in 2015. Leslie spends his free time running several entrepreneurial ventures, including SuperPhone. The Harvard graduate also debuts the music video “Forever My Love.” Ryan Leslie is a Grammy nominated artist who has worked with Sean “Diddy” Combs, Brittany Spears and Cassie, for whom he wrote the hit Me & U”, which was a Top 40 hit and was one of the biggest records in Atlantic Records history. Disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly isn’t the only artist dropped by RCA Records, a subunit of Sony Music. Apparently, R&B singer Tinashe has been dropped from the label as well. There has been no confirmation from Tinashe or RCA, but fans noticed that she was removed from the label’s website. Back in November, Tinashe confirmed her departure from the label by posting a screenshot of the “404 Not Found” error message that displays when you try to access her artist profile page on RCARecords.com.  Tinashe signed her deal with Sony in 2012. She released her debut album, “Aquarius”, in 2014, which featured the single “2 On”, a No 1 single on the Rhythmic airplay chart. It also hit No 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Aquarius” earned her Soul Train and BET Award nominations. Her sophomore effort, “Joyride”, faced several road blocks before it was released in April 2018. During an 2017 interview, she voiced her frustration,  implying that since she isn’t Beyonce or Rhianna, she was looked over.  Outside of music, Tinashe has been working on other ventures. She’s set to play Mimi in Fox’s live production of the musical “Rent” alongside Vanessa Hudgens, Mario, Kiersey Clemons, Jordan Fisher and others. Rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s “Hoodie SZN” spends a second week atop the Billboard 200 chart, as the set sold 56,000 units in the U.S during the week ending January 17, according to Nielsen Music. “Hoodie SZN” is also the eighth week a rap album has been No. 1 on the tally, the longest streak since Drake’s “Views” spent eight weeks at No. 1 from May 28-July 16, 2016. Congratulations to him!

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