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Sade’s Diamond Life Turns 30: Hear The Band Reveal The True Story Behind Its Origin

30 years ago this week the English group Sade released their worldwide smash hit debut album Diamond Life. Coming out at the height of the slick, glitzy, video-driven R&B era – as typified by Michael Jackson and Prince – the album’s chill grooves and lush melodies seduced listeners and announced the arrival of a new, uniquely British style of soul music. Read more…

by (@wordweaver555)

CONCERT REVIEW: Falling For Leela James at B.B. King’s


Leela James wants you to feel something. If you ever see the VH1 Soul You Oughta Know artist perform live, she’ll ask you to your face. “Can ya’ll feel that right there?” she shouted to the crowd in the midst of her performance at New York City’s B.B. King’s earlier this month. They responded with an Earth-shaking affirmative. Any advertisement for a Leela James show should come with a warning, Ms. James turns it up and takes you there, so we hope you can stand the fierceness and the fire! 

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

Smooth Operator: Sade Guitarist Stuart Matthewman Debuts New Band Twin Danger

What’s your second musical act when your first record is one of the most successful debut albums of all time? Very few musicians get to ask themselves this question but such is the quandary of Grammy winning songwriter and musician Stuart Matthewman of famed UK pop soul world beat wonders Sade. His new musical venture Twin Danger has just been signed to Decca Records/Universal Music Classics and is performing tonight at New York’s Marquee, in a special showcase hosted by neo-soul heartthrob Maxwell. Read more…

by (@TaylorFerber)

Fierce + Feline: A Guide To All Of The Animals Featured In Beyonce’s Music Videos

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We love Beyonce. We love animals. So when the two come together, we’re naturally going to be extremely happy about it.

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Forgotten Male R&B Groups of the ’90s


It’s hard to believe the ‘90s — one of the most influential eras on modern pop culture — is nearly two decades old. When it came to music, music was all over the map. Grunge, gangsta rap, New Jack Swing, bubble gum pop, pop punk all had a moment to shine. While there were a number of hit-makers, there were plenty of forgotten blips on the radar, especially in the competitive world of R&B groups. Sure, we all remember Boyz II Men and Jodeci but what about Color Me BaddDru Hill, or Silk?

Put your rewind caps on — it’s time to revisit the forgotten world of ‘90s all-male R&B groups. (And don’t forget to relive all the hits of your favorite ‘90s R&B girl groups.)

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From Faith Evans To 112: Where Are These Vintage Bad Boy Records Artists Today?


By Georgette Pierre

In late 2013, Mase surprised us all by releasing his first solo track in years, alluding to a possible return in music. The pastor turned rapper came back for more this past May when he dropped a track called “Nothing,” along with an accompanying music video.  During an interview with Atlanta’s Hot 107.9, the former Bad Boy artist revealed plans to drop a new album in October called Now We Even featuring the likes of Kanye West, Dipset, Rick Ross, Diddy, and more.

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by (@TaylorFerber)

Take Note, Fellas! Aloe Blacc Offers His Best Fashion Tips For The “Average Joe”

Besides putting on rockin’ performances, we have a feeling artists will dress to impress at Friday’s Philly 4th of July Jam. Performer and Style King, Aloe Blacc gives us his favorite fashion tips, making us thing he’ll look especially sharp for the big event dubbed as the “largest free concert in America.”

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