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NEW MUSIC: Q Parker – “Yes”


Following the success of his solo debut single “Show You How,” former 112 member  Q Parker follows up with the sultry banger “Yes.” The talented singer-songwriter displays his killer vocal range on the catchy bedroom tune, produced by The Cornaboyz (Usher, Ciara). “Yes” serves as the second single from his forthcoming solo debut, The MANual, expected later this year.

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New Music: Mateo featuring Stacy Barthe – ‘Looking You Up’


 

Mateo links up with fellow singer-songwriter Stacy Barthe for “Looking You Up,” the second release from his Suite 823 mixtape, arriving August 1.  Produced by Kerry “Krucial” Brothers and Zeke MacUmber, the song about lost love has a Frank Ocean-esque vibe with his laid back, slow building beat.

 

 

 

Beyoncè shares support for Frank Ocean


Beyoncè is the latest of Frank Ocean’s peers to show their support for the singer-songwriter, who revealed earlier this week that his first love was a man.

On her website, the “Crazy in Love” singer posted a black-and-white picture of Ocean with a poem of sorts, acknowledging his bravery and courage.  “Be fearless / Be honest / Be generous / Be brave / Be poetic / Be open / Be free / Be yourself / Be in love / Be happy / Be inspiration,”  she wrote.

Beyoncè shared a similar sentiment last year in an interview with  Pridesource.com, showing her admiration for the LGBT community.  “If anyone is brave and true to themselves, it’s my gay fans. The amount of confidence and fearlessness it takes to do what maybe is not what your parents expect you to do or what society may think is different – to be brave and be different and to be yourself – is just so beautiful. It’s the most beautiful thing you can be, and it’s what we all want to be at the end of the day. And not worrying about satisfying or becoming what other people think you’re supposed to be, that’s like the ultimate dream – to just be that brave.”

New Music: Frank Ocean – “Sweet Life”


While the world weighs in on his sexuality, Frank Ocean gets back to the music with “Sweet LIFE,” a new track from his Def Jam debut Channel Orange, arriving July 17.

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Video| Rio – ‘Sex and Sativa’ (Live from County Q)


Last month, I featured Rio as the first artist in WATM’s Breaking & Entering series. Now the Nashville-born singer, songwriter and producer is back with a live video for his single “Sex and Sativa,” the first single from his upcoming Good Morning Dreamer project.

In the clip, shot by Ed Pryor at Nashville’s County Q studio, Rio strips down the intoxicating cut, giving it a more intimate, acoustic feel. The official music video is expected later this summer.

Get lost in the music below.

Ke$ha looks incredibly clean on the cover of ‘V’ magazine



Wearing nothing more than an American flag painted on her face, Ke$ha shows her patriotism on the May cover of V magazine. Inside the magazine’s Americana issue, which hits stores on May 10, the “Tik Tok” singer talks about her place in the world of pop, her sophomore album and possible collaborations.

“I do feel like there are the pop stars of the world and then I’m like their dirty little sister, running around with s**t on my face in combat boots because I can’t walk in heels.”

Her sophomore album, the follow-up to 2010’s Animal, is still untitled with no release date, but she says it will shock and excite people. “The first record was all me living in L.A., trying to pay my rent, have a really good time, and look good on nothing,” the singer explained. “But ever since then I’ve seen how many people my music can reach, and I’ve realized that I have somewhat of a social responsibility to make sure everything I say is positive.”

As far as collaborations, the possibilities are indeed shocking — Justin Bieber and Keith Richards?

“The range of artists I want to work with is so vast it’s bizarre. I would love to have Keith Richards on the record. I would sure as hell like to do a collaboration with Bieber and at the same time do a song with the Flaming Lips. If someone is a real artist, you can’t confine them to a particular genre. It’s my mission to make it all make sense somehow.”

Ke$ha’s debut effort debuted atop Billboard’s Top 200 and has sold 1.4 million copies to date according to Nielsen SoundScan. It spawned four top 10 Hot 100 singles, included “Tik Tok,” which spent nine weeks at No. 1

Check out Ke$ha’s V magazine spread below.

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Album Preview: Tank – This Is How I Feel


Over the years, singer-songwriter Tank has proven to be one of the most consistent artists in R&B. Less than week before it arrives in stores, the Grammy nominee offers snippets of his fifth studio album, This Is How I Feel.  The 10-track disc, the follow-up to 2010’s Now or Never, features collaborations with Chris Brown (“Lonely”), Busta Rhymes (“Nowhere”), and T.I. on “Compliments.”  This Is How I Feel hits stores and online retailers on May 8.

Preview the album below.

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New Music: Latif – ‘Philadelphia Healing’ [EP]


Corey “Latif” Williams vows to restore the image of the city he loves on his new EP, Philadelphia Healing.  A collection of feel-good soul tunes, Philadelphia Healing carries a sound of optimism and positivity — something missing from R&B, and more importantly, missing from the Philly sound.

With the rise of the Philly sound through neo-soul in the early 00’s, I never understood why Latif’s career never reached the height of Musiq Soulchild, or higher. His debut album, Love in the First, though not a commercial success, featured songwriting and production from some of the best in the genre, including Bryan-Michael Cox, Sean Garrett, Ryan Leslie, Adonis Shropshire and Johnta Austin; and was, at least in my mind, a solid debut project.

Luckily for us, his career didn’t just fizzle and die. Over the years, Latif found success as a songwriter, penning tracks from Chris Brown (“Damage”), JoJo (“Like That”), Faith Evans (“Gone Already), and Musiq Soulchild (“Teach Me”).

Stream and download Philadelphia Healing below.

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