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The Downfall of R&B, and the Overlooked Masterpiece

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Once a thriving genre in the music industry, R&B has really fallen between the cracks.

We are in a place where singers don’t sing, vocalists are overlooked, and a whole genre was pushed to smaller radio, unless you talk about sex. Back in the 90s and 00s, you could turn on the radio and hear Toni Braxton sing Another Sad Love Song, then hear Tupac rap California Love. Nowadays, R&B is pushed to Adult Contemporary stations, unless you are singing about sex or drugs. It’s really time for mainstream Urban Radio to give R&B the respect it deserves. And to be honest, Jazmine Sullivan and HER are leading the way.

Today Jazmine Sullivan was awarded an RIAA certification for her single, “Pick Up Your Feelings“. While I am happy for her, it upsets me that this is her first song to ever get certified. Jazmine’s only other plaque is for her first album, which should really be Platinum but it’s only Gold. Jazmine has put out 4 amazing albums, and they’ve continuously went overlooked. Before Pick Up Your Feelings, Jazmine hadn’t charted on the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 years! 10 whole years.

Meanwhile artists like Summer Walker, Kehlani, Jhene Aiko and more have had huge success on the charts. I’m not pitting them against each other nor am I comparing. But I will say a bulk of their music is about sex or “fuck niggas” vibes. But where’s that leave room for the lovers? It takes a huge name to get the love back on the radio, like a Bruno Mars with his latest single, “Leave The Door Open“. I have a feeling that real R&B is on it’s way back, and Vibe&B is about to take a little break. At least I’m hoping.

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Julian King brings the heat with ‘Can We Go Back’

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Triple Threat singer/songwriter/dancer Julian King has been known to wow audiences over the years as one hell of a performer , so it should come as no surprise why we’re featuring him today. The Philly native has had quite the few years in the spotlight after making noise on season 16 of the hit NBC series ‘The Voice’. His standout performances definitely made him a fan favorite and although he didn’t win the show, what he got out of the experience was just as rewarding. The show proved that Julian has nothing but star power and his gift will continue to make room for him whenever he shares it. In the past two years he dropped two critically acclaimed projects ‘Made In China’ in 2019 and ‘TakeOut’ in 2020 and this was just only the beginning of what he has in store for the world. This pandemic might have set things back for most of the world but it only has fueled him to get back in the studio and create some of his best work yet. During quarantine his experience with love and the loss of it became the subject of song which is what true artistry is all about. He teamed up with producers Dirty Harry & Robert ‘Biz’ Thomas for this emotional ballad which is sure to connect with anyone who has been in a relationship which suddenly goes wrong. The performance clip shows a different side of Julian as a performer as he gives his audience an intimate look at love between two men in the most vulnerable way as an artist as he shares just a piece of what he personally experienced during quarantine. Get into the must see video as he continues to take his artistry to the next level on his own terms. 

Follow Julian King online at @itsJulianKing

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Didi J is back with ‘ Cover Girl ‘ with help from Iggy Azalea & more

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International pop singer/ designer Didi J is back and better than ever with the release of her long awaited debut EP ‘Cover Girl’. It’s been a few years since we last heard from the European star who made waves with her last two singles ‘ Say No More ‘ and ‘ I’m Sorry , but bows she’s ready to take over the world with her latest project. The now mother who took some time off to bring her precious baby girl into the world during the pandemic never stopped working as she quietly gave birth last year. She slowly but surely got back into the studio to cook some records up and now we have a full project which features her latest single ‘Flashing Lights’. The pop singer shot the Eif Rivera directed clip this summer in Miami with NBA star / rapper Drummxnd which has just arrived in time to heat things up this winter. Check out the video , then get into her EP which also features appearances from rap superstar Iggy Azalea on the track ‘Murcielago’ as well as Azia and She Real now available on all music streaming platforms.

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Roddy Ricch Readies Sophomore Album

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Roddy has taken to instagram to announce the release of his sophomore album, “livelifefast“. The album is slated to arrive on December 17.

Who will feature on it? I’m hoping to hear appearances from Lil Baby, Young Thug, Meek Mill, Drake, 42 Dugg. From what they’ve put out in the past and where they’re at now, I think those would be some solid feature

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