Jill Scott, Tyrese, Monica, Jazmine Sullivan & More to Perform at Soul Train Weekend 2016

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SOUL TRAIN is coming back to Las Vegas!!

This November 3-6 the Soul Train Awards Weekend will be taking over the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino with 4 days of intimate performances, electrifying concerts, an outdoor day party and exclusive late night parties – all leading up to the 2016 Soul Train Awards on Sunday, November 6.

BET revealed the first talent confirmed for the experiences includes Jill Scott, Tyrese, Monica, Anthony Hamilton, Jazmine Sullivan, Bell Biv DeVoe, Yuna, Tish Hyman, Kid Capri and a special night of comedy with the cast of BET’s The Comedy Get Down with Cedric ‘The Entertainer,’ D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy.

Erykah Badu will be returning as a producer on the awards show as well, writing show content and live comedy sketches.

Additional events and talent for Soul Train Weekend 2016 and the Soul Train Awards will be announced in the coming weeks. Four-day and general tickets for all events throughout Soul Train Weekend will go on sale Sept. 30. More information can be found at Soultrainweekend.com.

Check out the full weekend schedule below.

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Indie: Dasha Releases Video for New Single “Loving You”

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Indie artist Dasha brings real emotion and R&B lovin’ with the music video for her buzzing new single “Loving You,” from her upcoming debut album The Howard Roark Project, due out October 4.

The Los Angeles based singer, songwriter and actress brings a refreshing angle back to R&B that harkens back to a time before auto-tune, and the actual delivery of a song meant more than the production. After amassing over 200K plays of the single on Soundcloud, it is clear Dasha has tapped into a feeling that many have been missing.

“I selected ‘Loving You’ because I felt it was the song that resonated most with me,” she said about releasing it as her single. “I wanted to come out with something that felt classic, timeless and relateable. It has a hard 90s R&B mix with some new sounds and vibe, and that’s what I’m about.”

Check out Dasha’s video for “Loving You” below, and preview The Howard Roark Project for a limited time at www.smashmouthfm.com now.

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Watch: Usher Brings ‘Hard II Love’ to iHeartRadio Festival

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Usher had one hell of a busy weekend. After performing at the Global Citizen Festival in NYC’s Central Park early Saturday (Sept. 24) afternoon, the R&B superstar hopped on a jet to fly out to Las Vegas and close out the second night of the iHeartRadio Festival.

Getting the awaiting crowd warmed up, the singer hit the stage with his new pop single “Crash,” off his recently released eighth studio album Hard II Love. Transitioning into the heavy hitting turn-up “Missin U” and the Lil Jon-assisted “Bump,” Usher and his backup dancers showed the Vegas audience how they do it in ATL.

After running through “Rivals,” the Hands of Stone star slowed it down with “Lovers and Friends” and surprised the crowd by bringing out Ludacris to join him for the sultry hit, and then they turned the energy back up with “Yeah.”

“We ain’t done though,” said Usher before sliding into the slinky bounce of “No Limit,” where he brought his dance team back out to close out the set.

Check out his full performance below!

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R. Kelly Readies ’12 Nights of Christmas’ Album!

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It’s time to get nasty in the holiday halls!

After announcing the project back in 2013, R. Kelly is finally coming home for Christmas. The R&B King is gearing up to release his first holiday album, 12 Nights of Christmas, next month.

Dressed in a dapper suit, holding a cigar in one hand and a drink in the other, Kellz is all smiles on the festive cover art. Featuring a beautifully-lit tree and a warm fireplace to get fans in the holiday spirit.

And it looks like a visual has already been shot. Decked out in a red and white cardigan, Kellz sings on a stoop as snow falls down in the still. “The world could use some cheer,” he captioned the pic. “#12NightsOfChristmas #NewTracks #2016.”

At the end of 2015, Kellz released the steppin’ song “Christmas Party,” which is expected to be included on 12 Nights of Christmas, set to arrive Oct. 21. Fans can currently catch Kellz on “The Buffet Tour,” which kicked off earlier this month and runs through Nov. 13 in Washington, D.C.

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New Music: Majid Jordan – Free (Us)

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OVO Sound duo Majid Jordan are coming back to us with something “Free.”

Over the weekend, Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman gave listeners a taste of their first new music since the February release of their self-titled debut album, during Saturday’s episode of OVOSound Radio on Beats 1.

“You were the one for me / You made me wanna start a family / You were my fantasy / You set me free,” sings Majid.

The subtle but seductive track comes just in time for Majid Jordan’s “North America II Tour,” which kicks off Sept. 30 in Montreal and culminates Nov. 10 in Toronto.

Last month, the OVO hitmakers dropped a music video for “Small Talk,” the latest single from their debut album.

Check out “Free (Us)” below.

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Exclusive: Tweet Performs in Paris at Bizz’art

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R&B songstress Tweet made a major comeback this year (in case you didn’t already know) and she is continuing to bring her welcomed voice to fans across the world, in promotion of her acclaimed third studio album Charlene.

After a successful touring run in the U.S., the singer/songwriter has gone international, making an anticipated appearance in Paris, France on Friday (Sept. 23) for a performance at famed venue Bizz’art.

Rocking a round brim black hat and knee high boots, Tweet performed new songs off her latest album, such as “Magic,” “Won’t Hurt Me,” and “Neva Shouda Left Ya,” plus past hits and fan favorites like “Call Me,” “Smoking Cigarettes,” and of course “Oops (Oh My).”

Check out our exclusive photos of Tweet’s Paris performance below.

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Anthony Hamilton Goes Back to His Roots On NPR Music’s ‘Noteworthy’

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Following Alicia Keys, NPR Music caught up with celebrated soul singer Anthony Hamilton for the latest episode of their ‘Noteworthy‘ mini documentary series.

Host Jason King, curator of NPR Music’s R&B stream “I’ll Take You There,” uncovers new insights behind the singer/songwriter’s creative direction, inspiration, and early development.

Anthony takes King to the house where he grew up; the barbershop where he cut hair and found stories for his songs; and the church where he sang his first gospel solo. Hamilton says his whole family played a role in the initial steps of his career. “Grandmother, granddaddy and aunts and uncles and everybody else [said], ‘Boy, you better go down there. You gonna do something. You need to join the choir because you need to serve the Lord,'” he says.

Before he got the record deal that would bring him to New York, and then to millions around the country with the release of his breakthrough album, Comin’ From Where I’m From, Hamilton cut hair in a Charlotte barber shop, and credits the atmosphere there for helping to shape his voice as a songwriter. “Children come in and older folks come in and women come in. And you have all this conversation,” he says. “It’s like the information station. The sound manages to have a bunch of people talking about the same subject, but everybody has their own point of view. And even though they’re all talking at the same time, you can hear them all clearly. Then it all starts to make sense. You hear the things they desire, their dreams. It creates songs.”

Check out Anthony Hamilton’s Noteworthy below.

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Alicia Keys Talks ‘Songwriting State of Mind’ On NPR Music’s ‘Noteworthy’

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Alicia Keys is the latest musical genius to sit down with NPR Music for their ‘Noteworthy‘ mini documentary series.

Host Jason King, curator of NPR Music’s R&B stream “I’ll Take You There,” uncovers new insights behind the singer/songwriter’s creative process, which began as a young girl being forced to endure extended piano lessons.

Keys has become one of our greatest musicians today, and has given the world numerous classic hits, but according to her, writing still comes as a surprise, and from an unknown place. “Every time I write a song, I never know how it happens. And I kinda always wanna be like that,” she says. “Some people are very mathematical writers, which is very intriguing. It’s so opposite from me.”

In addition to discussing her writing and creative process, Alicia also opens up about her newfound vulnerability and willingness to work with collaborators. “If you try to control things too much, you miss the magic,” she explains. “It’s so vulnerable … Who wants to just bare their entire fears, insecurities, mistakes in front of people who can look at you and judge you and whatever? That’s super, super scary.”

Check out Alicia’s Noteworthy doc below.

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