For the third single from his upcoming fifth LP, Trey Songz takes it back to the bedroom on “Dive In.” The 27-year-old doesn’t stray far from his usual formula on the sultry track, where he sings, “I’m about to dive in/Girl hold your breath/Watch me stroke left, stroke right/I’m about to dive in.”
all most of his bedroom tunes, “Dive In” doesn’t offer anything new from the singer who, whether we like it or not, picked up where R. Kelly left off. Chapter V, due August 21, will be an interesting album for the man who claims to have invented sex, as he once again tries to solidified himself as ‘the guy’ in R&B. Can he switch things up and broaden his musical horizons without alienating his core audience, or will the next chapter in his story give us more of the same?
Listen to “Dive In” below.
R. Kelly is set to score his 14th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 with his eleventh album, Write Me Back.
The album may sell around 65,000 copies by the end of the tracking week, which ends today (July 1), according to Billboard. The 70s-flavored disc is the follow-up to 2010’s Grammy nominated Love Letter.
Write Me Back’s top 10 start is good news for R&B’s reigning king, who fell ill earlier this week. While en route to New York City for a string of TV appearances, the three-time Grammy Award winner was forced to cancel his promo run for the project after “suffering from complications” from the throat surgery he under went last summer.
“Initial indications are that he is suffering from complications from surgery he had last year to treat an abscess on his vocal cords,” according to a statement released on Thursday. “It is unclear how long Kelly may be sidelined.”
The launch party and signing for his memoir “Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me,” released on June 28, was also cancelled.
Continuing the promo push for her new album, Ashanti hit the stage on LIVE! with Kelly today. The Grammy winner, whose fifth studio album, Braveheart, arrives this summer via her label Written Entertainment, performed her single “The Woman You Love.” With her band and two female dancers as back up, Ashanti commanded the stage with a respectable performance.
After serving us a buffet of WTF! on Roman Reloaded, Nicki Minaj softens the blow with a plethora of eye candy in the video for “Beez in the Trap” featuring 2 Chainz.
Onika flaunts her vivacious curves in a bikini and leopard-print bodysuit alongside strippers with ample backsides, while 2Chainz jigs like someone suffering from muscle spasms in the Benny Boom-directed visual.
No masterpiece, but jig worthy.
Listen to Trey Songz’ new single, “Heart Attack.”
The saga continues…
R. Kelly’s “urban operetta” Trapped in the Closet is coming to TV. IFC (Independent Film Channel) has added the third installment of the suspenseful series to its fall lineup. The next installment promises new characters and plot twists, and 22 more chapter all from the brilliant mind of the multi-platinum entertainer.
The premiere chapters were a suspenseful, mysterious, humorous and dramatic story, packed with cliffhangers and unexpected twists and turns. Now, Sylvester, Rufus, Cathy, Gwendolyn, Bridget, Big Man, Rosie the Nosy Neighbor, Twan and Pimp Lucius are back! This year, the crew reunites on IFC in the next installments of R. Kelly’s continuing hip hopera about a group of characters interconnected by sexual exploits, little people and a mysterious package.
Watch the trailer for the third installment below.
Above is the cover art for Ashanti’s new album, Braveheart. Preceded by the Busta Rhymes-assisted lead single, “The Woman You Love,” the album arrives April 17 via her label Written Entertainment/E1.
Braveheart, the follow-up to 2008’s The Declaration, features collaborations with R. Kelly and Keyshia Cole, and includes production from Rico Love, Jerry Wonda, The Bizness, Hit-Boy, Warryn Campbell and Danja.
The 31-year-old Grammy-winner disclosed information about the project during an album listening session in New York on Wednesday (March 6). Going through 11 tracks on Braveheart, Ashanti compared her new material to that of her last album. “I think there are songs that are very different,” she said. “‘Declaration’ told a story — read the tracklisting. This record, I went for drum-heavy and melodies. There are more street records.”
Check out a tentative list of songs set to appear on Ashanti’s forthcoming album below.