Category Archives: R&B

Janet Jackson Performs Made For Now With Daddy Yankee On The Tonight Show

Janet Jackson debuts her single “Made For Now” with Daddy Yankee on The Tonight Show with an entourage of dancers. It was Jackson’s first late-night TV appearance in 14 years and she turned the performance into a party. The dancers hailed from the United States, Grenada, Trinidad and Ghana. Jackson explained the international vibe of her new single to iHeartRadio: 

“I’ve always loved Latin music, and obviously, the African music is there and always been an influence. Coming from what Daddy Yankee does in reggaeton, it’s inspiration. It’s reggae music, which brings you back to the African vibe, the whole bit. It was really nice working with him.”

Jackson’s State Of The World Tour is still happening and will continue until October. 

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Listen: Miguel’s Song Vote From Crazy Rich Asians Soundtrack

Miguel’s “Vote” is produced by Mark Ronson and Hudson Mohawke and will appear on the soundtrack for the film Crazy Rich Asians. The raucous sound is only mellowed out by Miguel’s soulful delivery. “Vote” comes shortly after Miguel shared “Python” and a cover of The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Porcelain.” Crazy Rich Asians, which is being recognized as the first mainstream film since 1993’s Joy Luck Club with a mainly Asian cast, opened in nationwide theaters today. 

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Erykah Badu Gives Tiny Desk Concert

Erykah Badu graced NPR’s office today and gave a Tiny Desk concert. The two-song performance of “Rimshot” and “Green Eyes” incorporated a lot of jazz instrumentation giving the cozy space the vibe of a late-night club. The show revealed the brilliance of her band and their melodious cohesion. Badu’s touring calendar is busy for the rest of the year and she will perform at Afropunk Brooklyn in two weeks. 

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Marcus Machado Releases I Can’t Lose Featuring Jermaine Holmes

Brooklyn-based guitarist, songwriter and producer Marcus Machado delivers his new single “I Can’t Lose” featuring Jermaine Holmes. His guitar carves out blues and soul to match the lyrics about struggle and then triumph. He is constantly compared to Jimi Hendrix and the influence is easily heard in his ability to make his instrument mimic human emotion. “I Can’t Lose” is leading up to the release of the Blue Diamonds film soundtrack in the fall that he scored. Machado released his debut EP in 2015 and is mostly known for playing with D’Angelo’s Vanguard band. Earlier this year, he was heard on the song “Goin’ Goin’ Gone” with Robert Glasper and Ro James from the Johnny Cash: Forever Words tribute album. This weekend he will perform at the Wimbash Music Festival in New Haven, CT. 

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Laolu Releases New Song So Right

Laolu’s “So Right” is a moment of bliss with heavy acoustic guitar and the songstress all in her state of happiness. The South London singer survived depression and was glad to make a song dedicated to her progress. She admits that on the first listen people will assume she is singing about a romantic love but she’s really focused on coming to a powerful self-love. She says, 

“On “So Right,” I sing as though I am confessing my love for a partner, but I’m also singing to myself, I sing to the emotion of happiness as if it’s a person, because for me, who didn’t think I’d ever feel or be truly happy, this emotion was very alien to me. It was something I was not sure could happen to me, me being fulfilled and confident in myself again, I didn’t see that for myself. So now, I celebrate that I am on this journey and I make sure that I learn and enjoy my experiences.”

“So Right” is the third single from her All In Me EP coming out at the end of August. 

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