New Music: Keke Wyatt – Summertime

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Surprise, Keke Wyatt has returned with an unexpected #NewMusicFriday single. The gifted R&B vocalist pays tribute to summer and the lazy hot days on the country styled, “Summertime.”

Showcasing her varied vocal talents, Keke reminisces about the summers she spent at her Granny’s house, familiar smells and special moments – all the things that made summertime her favorite season growing up.

“I’ve always labeled the music I make like a big pot of gumbo,” says Keke. “You’re going to get a little bit of everything. I’m a country girl and I always loved summertime in the country. Life can move so fast, and sometimes it’s good to just sit back and think about all those feel good memories that make you who you are. That’s the inspiration behind ‘Summertime’.”

The country-flavored song is the first from KeKe’s forthcoming album, Country Fried Soul, due later this year. The single is available now on iTunes and all digital music platforms.

Take a listen to “Summertime” below.

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Indie: Erin Stevenson Returns With Emotional New Single “Hangin”

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It’s been a little over a year since we last heard the golden voice of singer-songwriter Erin Stevenson, when she dropped her Janet Jackson-approved single “Naked.”

Today (July 28), the Houston–>Los Angeles transplant returns with a classic R&B ballad titled, “Hangin.”  Produced by DeShawn Hendrickson and written by Erin, Deshawn, and Sheleah Monae, the song tells a tale of love, but a true love that’s being taken for granted.  Stevenson delivers her retro-soul sound, but you can hear her pure emotion and raw talent so clear on this track, no autotune here. Erin quotes her favorite lyric, “I don’t do hangin, but I’ve been here hangin…so goodbye.”

Even the most casual listener is guaranteed to find themselves or someone close to them in this song.

Erin Stevenson has traveled the world for years touring and singing backgrounds with many of our favorite artists like Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Pharrell Williams, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson and others. She released her EP, Hot Damn, in the fall of 2015 but was still touring with Miss Jackson…Janet that is. This time around she’s promised to give it all she’s got.

“I’m jumping off the ledge and going for it…appearances, more shows, more interviews, you know…making myself available and putting myself first to attain my dreams,” says Erin.

“Hangin” is available on iTunes and all digital music platforms now. Take a listen below.

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New Music: Jermaine Riley – Family

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After a two-year break from solo releases, UK R&B artist Jermaine Riley returns with the catchy, 808-rich banger “Family”.  The track samples Jay-Z’s “Family Feud” and was produced by Birmingham’s own Gifted.

Candidly touching upon the subject of marriage and building a family with the one he loves, Riley flows over the beat with his renowned approach, complete with quick vocals riffs, lush harmonies and a rap-like delivery in the verses. Unbeknownst to him, however, upon recording the song, he had no idea he was writing an anthem for those who want to take their relationships to that next level.

“All the girls I played it to were like ‘Awww… oh my gosh, that’s so cute!’ — which I didn’t expect, to be honest,” says Riley. “As songwriters, trying to please everyone and keep our audience engaged, sometimes we dive into the creative process with the intentions of ‘I know this will get them on my side’, and I didn’t do that at all with this song. I just wanted to flip the “Family Feud” thing and just have a song everyone could sing and dance along to. But the feedback has let me know that the topic is way more relatable than I thought. I just wrote the first thing that came to me.”

Jermaine Riley is currently working on his sophomore solo album, which is due out next year. Take a listen to his celebration of “Family” below.

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New Music: Dave East feat. Chris Brown – Perfect

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Chris Brown has been getting around. The superstar singer recently connected with Harlem rapper Dave East for the radio-ready single, “Perfect,” off his upcoming project, Paranoia.

Breezy handles the smooth extended hook, singing about the woman of his dreams. “I’ve been all around the world and I’ve been looking for you, searchin’ / You deserve it ’cause you perfect,” he sings.

Meanwhile, East raps about being a “wolf in these streets” and boasts about his game with the ladies. “I hold my own and ain’t nobody took it from me / I get women you wouldn’t believe,” he raps.

“Perfect” is the first release from Dave East’s upcoming project Paranoia, the follow-up to last year’s Kairi Chanel mixtape.

Take a listen below.

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New Music: A1 feat. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign – Always

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Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign are back together again. The two have become regular collaborators, teaming up for multiple recent tag-teamed bangers. The latest with Kansas City producer-turned-artist, A1 is the raunchy “Always.”

Breezy kicks off the record handling hook duties, before A1 jumps in boasting to the ladies. “I keep it lit and leave you with a hangover,” he brags. “Shake your ass and show your titties, you know why you came over.”

Ty$ delivers a similar message, while letting his girl know that he wants to “smash all the time.” Brown comes back in on the chorus singing: “You’re always on my mind.”

Known for his work on Brown’s Royalty, A1 is also gearing up for his third season of “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood.”

Listen to “Always” below.

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New Music: The Roots feat. Bilal – It Ain’t Fair

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The provocative new film, Detroit saw a limited release this week in select cities, and it will hit theaters nationally on August 4. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring a cast of young actors including John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Will Poulter and others, the movie centers around a sickening story that took place during the Detroit uprising in 1967.

The film depicts the story of the Algiers Motel incident, which occurred in Detroit, Michigan on July 25, 1967, during the racially charged 12th Street Riot. It involves the death of three young black men and the beatings of nine other people: seven black men and two white women.

To accompany the powerful film, Motown Records fittingly oversaw the official soundtrack, which features a brand new song by The Roots featuring Bilal.

“We wanted to make a song that reflects–not only the times of 1967–but where we live now in 2017,” said Questlove. The song, titled “It Ain’t Fair,” is The Roots first record on the label: “[Motown Records] is inseparable from Detroit. We want it to sound like Detroit,” added Quest.

“We’re honored and excited to work on such an important and special project as DETROIT,” says Motown Records president Ethiopia Habtemariam. “The music from this soundtrack highlights the ‘Classic Motown Sound’ which is a beautiful accompaniment to the story of tumultuous times in 1967 as well as the struggles we face within society today.”

Listen to the soul-stirring “It Ain’t Fair” below.

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Miguel Says New Music is Coming ‘Really Soon’

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Are you ready for new music from Miguel??

We always are here at ThisisRnB, so it’s exciting to hear the gifted artist reveal that he’s itching to release material from his upcoming fourth studio album.

The singer/songwriter recently spoke to Billboard regarding his small–but important role–in the new film Detroit. Miguel portrays Malcolm, a band member in the iconic group, The Dramatics, a role he was surprised to land.

Detroit is a violent and provocative story surrounding events that took place during the Detroit uprising of July 1967. At this time, one of the Dramatics’ key members was subjected to a torturous detention and interrogation at the city’s Algiers Motel. “The notion that we’ve been doing some bad things to each other for a long time and it’s still happening today…Hopefully this film can inspire more attention, the proper attention to be more cognizant of who we are to each other,” said Miguel.

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New Music: Sabrina Claudio – Belong To You

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Sabrina Claudio has released her most sultry record yet with the brand new, “Belong To You.”  The buzzing young songstress follows the super sexy, “Unravel Me,” with her second new song of the year, and it’s pure bliss.

Cooing out to an unknown lover, Claudio requests his powerful touch in tender motions. Openly admitting her intention of being stimulated physically and mentally, the Miami native will seduce even the most casual listener.

“Grab hold of me / Gentle love but touch passionately / I’ll give you my blessing / Take me person and objectively,” she sings.

Earlier this year, Sabrina Claudio released her breakout 2016 EP, Confidently Lost, across all digital music platforms. The rising singer-songwriter is currently recording new music with her debut album in the works.

Get caught in Sabrina’s spellbinding tone on “Belong To You” below.

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