New Music: Syd – Treading Water

Syd with the surprise!

Following the release of her stellar debut solo album, Fin, the front woman of The Internet has pulled a new song out of her vault that didn’t make the project.

The vibey song, titled “Treading Water,” is produced by Steve Lacy and Ronald “Flip” Colson, and it finds Syd singing about a rocky romantic relationship while co-signing women and men that take things slow.

“Feels like I’m treading water, waiting for your call / And it’s getting harder trying not to drown / Come on baby, come on baby, come back to me,” she sings.

The singer/songwriter/producer told fans that it was her “favorite song on Fin” before it had to be cut. She didn’t give an actual reason why it was cut from the album, but most likely it’s because the same instrumental was used by Big Sean and Jhené Aiko on the song “Selfish,” off their collaborative album TWENTY88.

Take a listen below.

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New Music: Haben – Just A Little

“I just need to get my mind right, I wanna feel alive / Tell me if I’m asking for too much…”

Let us introduce you to Haben.

This 19-year-old singer/songwriter might look a little familiar if you’re a fan America’s Got Talent where EriAm, a group formed by she and her 2 sisters, made it to the Top 20 finalists on the show in 2009.

Now, Haben–the youngest of EriAm–has branched out to release solo music and she is proving that she can and will be a star on her own. After being mesmerized by some of her covers of hits by Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Rihanna and more on YouTube, we came across her original music on Soundcloud. Her most recent track is “JUST A LITTLE,” but it honestly just leaves you wanting so much more.

Fusing together R&B and pop, the young songstress from Seattle sings about wanting nothing more than a little affection from her lover. The piano laden track showcases Haben’s range and writing skills as she taps into an emotion that all of us have dealt with when we want attention, but not necessarily the romance that may come with it.

“Just a little love / I could use a little love / You got any love?,” she sings.

Issa vibe. Take a listen to the song below.

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Mary J. Blige Reveals ‘Strength of A Woman’ Release Date & Album Cover

Mary J. Blige is finally ready to deliver her 13th studio album, Strength of a Woman.

Today (March 27), the R&B Queen has unveiled the album’s cover art, and announced that it will hit stores and streaming services on April 28.

On the cover, a confident MJB sits on a golden throne with her legs crossed in a leather and lace outfit.

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Video: PJ Morton feat. Pell – Claustrophobic

Singer/songwriter/musician and Maroon 5 keyboardist, PJ Morton, has premiered the visuals for his brand new single “Claustrophobic” featuring rapper Pell.

In the video, PJ is stuck on an elevator as more and more people crowd into the small space, giving him advice on what to do with his career, critiquing his look, and even questioning his street cred.

Speaking with Billboard about the song and video, PJ explained: “I wrote this song while feeling like I was being smothered by everyone else’s opinions. I was starting to lose myself and this was my song to fight back. It’s the anthem for all the dreamers who may not fit in.”

The video concept came to Morton a couple of years ago. “I wanted it all to be shot in an elevator where it would continue to get more and more packed. It was my take on how my brain kept getting more and more filled with others’ ideas and opinions.”

“Claustrophobic” is the first single off of PJ’s upcoming album, Gumbo, which is due out April 21. The LP features appearances by BJ The Chicago Kid, Pell, and The HamilTones.

Check out the video below.

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Listen: R. Kelly Remixes “Your Body’s Callin” (Previously Unreleased)

R. Kelly‘s talent is so amazing that he can remake his own hits into new hits. While the best example of this is probably “Ignition,” the R&B King actually had the inspiration to remix some of his favorite songs back in 2012. Working with his frequent collaborators T-Town Productions, Kellz began recording new versions of his classic songs, including the defining “Your Body’s Callin.”

Interestingly, that remix version–which has been labeled the 2015 remix–was leaked online over the weekend, and it’s dope! Along with the updated production, Kelly re-recorded the song with some new vocals as well, making for a whole new version of the bedroom classic, and we want to know why he didn’t release it!

“Body’s callin’ I’m there / Gonna satisfy ya I swear / Hit it from the back while I’m pullin on your hair / Come here, you ain’t goin nowhere,” sings Kellz.

We reached out to the producers of the remix, T-Town, and they told ThisisRnB, “It was around 2012 where he had this idea of doing some remakes of his classics like ‘Your Body’s Callin’ or ‘Fuckin You Tonight’ with BIG (which he wanted to use Rick Ross on) etc.. Touched by that retro vibe he also recorded the ‘Black Panties’ song, which in the end didn’t make it on the actual Black Panties album. All those are true gems and they got that real R. Kelly vibe that we all love. We did like over 30 unreleased songs with him as well as working on current new stuff, he is a working beast and King of R&B!”

Well, we can’t deny Kelly’s genius, and hopefully this version can get an official release in the future. In the meantime, take a listen to the new remixed version of “Your Body’s Callin” below!

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Maxwell Premieres “Gods” Video on TIDAL, Announces Summer Tour Dates

Maxwell has finally released a new visual from his acclaimed 2016 album blackSUMMERS’night. The R&B crooner has partnered with streaming service TIDAL to premiere the video for his current single “Gods,” which he originally teased for a couple years before the album was eventually released last summer.

Filmed at various locations in Los Angeles, the Philip Andelman-directed video uses pink neon to accent a lit-up City of Angels as Maxwell casually drives through the night in a white 1982 Lamborghini.

Explaining the video’s concept, Maxwell tells Billboard, “Inspiration stemmed from having an experience of sort of seeing the spiritual parallel universe — that which can’t be seen. Art is subjective, visions evolve and I want fans to interpret the video on their own. I hope they enjoy it.”

Last year, Maxwell toured extensively across North America and Europe in promotion of blackSUMMERS’night, and he has no plans of slowing down this year. The crooner has announced the dates of a headlining arena tour, which will kick off May 23 in Nashville, and travel to smaller cities including Virginia Beach, Baton Rouge, Columbia, SC and more through June. Singers Ledisi and Leela James are set to join Max on select dates, while Common has also been confirmed for the two opening shows.

TIDAL members will get access to a ticket pre-sale tomorrow (March 28) at 10am local time, and public sale starts Friday (March 31) at 10am local times.

Check out the video clip and tour dates below.

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New Music: Leela James – Don’t Mean a Thang

Soul singer Leela James gives fans another taste of her new album Did It For Love, before it drops this coming Friday (March 31).

Keeping with the old-school inspiration and vibe, the songstress brings the fire right to her lover, requesting him to show her love on the head bobbing “Don’t Mean A Thang.”

Words and sweet nothings don’t prove your love to Leela, as she sings: “Don’t make no promises to me / That won’t get my love / You can’t just tell me anything / Although I love it when we’re kissin’ and huggin’ / And you tell me those sweet nothings / Those things don’t mean, don’t mean a thing / You gotta show your love.”

Take a listen below.

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Bibi Bourelly Releases Studio Version of “Camouflage”

Last night (March 26), Def Jam’s rising songbird Bibi Bourelly dropped off a Sunday night surprise for her growing fan base. While flying to Jamaica, the talented singer-songwriter released her own studio version of the popular song “Camouflage,” which she wrote, and was released by Selena Gomez.

The piano ballad was co-written and produced by Christopher Braide and Dreamlab, and features stirring lyrics about lovers growing apart like: “I got so much shit to say / But I can’t help feeling like I’m camouflage / Fortress around my heart / You were mine just yesterday / Now I have no idea who you are / It’s like you camouflage.”

With her post of the song, Bibi wrote: “Sometimes people you know turn into strangers, but you like…still know them, but you kinda don’t and it’s weird.”

Back in 2016, Bourelly performed the song live for BBC Radio 1’s “Piano Sessions” series.

Take a listen to her version of the heartfelt ballad below.

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