Nneka Summer 2015 Tour Dates

Nneka 2015
Nneka has announced summer tour dates in support of her forthcoming studio album ‘My Fairy Tales’, due out May 26th on Bushqueen Music. The German Nigerian soul singer/songwriter and actress has previously released three full-length albums, most recently 2011’s ‘Soul Is Heavy’. See below for the tour dates. Tickets for select shows are on sale now.

‘My Fairy Tales’ was recorded and produced in France, Denmark and Nigeria while Nneka was living in Paris. It was produced by Mounir Maarouf, the Danish Silver Bullit team and The Slag. With this album, Nneka sought to tackle subjects related to the politics of her birthplace and her own personal voyage of discovery. “My Fairy Tales is a concept album, exploring the lives of Africans in the diaspora and the struggles they face,” she explained. “How we cope hustling in ‘another man’s land,’ but also the aspects of endurance, perseverance and gratitude.”

Nneka Tour Dates:
June 2 – Seattle, WA at Nectar
June 4 – Oakland, CA at The New Parish
June 5 – Oakland, CA at The New Parish
June 7 – Los Angeles, CA at The Troubadour
June 10 – Denver, CO at Lost Lake
June 13 – St. Louis, MO at Duck Room
June 14 – Chicago, IL at Lincoln Hall
June 16 – Toronto, ON at Tattoo
June 19 – Boston, MA at TT The Bear’s
June 20 – Philadelphia, PA at Milkboy
June 21 – Washington, DC at Jammin Java
June 23 – New York, NY at TBD

RYLI ‘Tell Me’

R&B Singer RYLIRYLI is out with her new track ‘Tell Me’, which premiered last week. The R&B newcomer’s vocals are complimented by the synth driven soundscape created by the song’s producers, Unscripted. “‘Tell Me’ was literally written off of the top of my head in Los Angeles, California,” RYLI told Saint Heron about the track. “I sat down with the producers named Unscripted, and we all started vibing. They played me one track before ‘Tell Me'; however, as soon as I heard the ‘Tell Me’ beat, I was like, ‘That’s it! That’s the record!'”

The Virginian born/New York based artist released a music video for her track ‘One Night’ in December, and fans can expect even more from the artist soon. RYLI is currently preparing her debut EP, ‘ENTER’, which is due out this May, followed by her debut album coming out this summer. Listen to ‘Tell Me’ via Soundcloud below.

K. Michelle ‘Maybe I Should Call’ Video

K. Michelle 'Maybe I Should Call' music video

K. Michelle is out with the music video to her new single ‘Maybe I Should Call’, off the American R&B artist’s second album ‘Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?’, out December 9th on Atlantic Records. The video, inspired by a true story and directed by Iren Sheffield Brown, can be viewed via YouTube below.

Corinne Bailey Rae ‘Bluebird’ Video

Following hot on the heels of The Cure + James McCartney performing ‘Hello Goodbye’ and Alice Cooper’s rendition of ‘Eleanor Rigby’ from ‘The Art of McCartney’ comes an interpretation of a Paul McCartney classic from songstress ‘Corinne Bailey Rae’. On the album, she delivers her own beautiful version of ‘Bluebird’. ‘The Art of McCartney’ will be out on November 18th. Watch a video for ‘Bluebird’ via YouTube below.

Usher ‘Good Kisser’ Video

Usher 'Good Kisser' music video

Usher is out with the music video to his latest single ‘Good Kisser’, off the American R&B singer’s upcoming eighth studio album on RCA Records. Watch the Christopher Sims directed video via YouTube below.

Rihanna Joins Melyssa Ford At Roxbury

Rihanna at Roxbury

Roxbury welcomed Rihanna the other night, who stopped by to support her good friend Melyssa Ford, who hosted the club’s #FridayNightRox party. The singer appeared to be in great spirits and spent the entire night enjoying a mixed drink as she sang and rapped some of the lyrics to her favorite tunes. Also on hand was J Cole, who sported a black suit and a bottle of Hennessy in hand. Cole was the life of the party. In addition, Meek Mill and Wale dropped by to enjoy several bottles of Ace of Spades and greet Rihanna and Melyssa. Resident DJ, DJ BAD and DJ Infamous spun a mix of West Coast essentials and a southern classics to keep the party going. Check out additional Von Jackson pictures after the cut. (more…)

R&B Artists Mourn Nelson Mandela Death On Twitter

Mindless Behavior Geffen

Several R&B artists have shared their thoughts, condolences for Nelson Mandela, as well as offering quotes from the South African anti-apartheid revolutionary turned President after learning of his death on Thursday. Among the Twitter messages about the 95-year-old icon:

Mindless Behavior (@MindlessBhavior): We are so sad to hear about Nelson Mandela! He was an amazing leader & human being! We’ll always celebrate your life! RIP Nelson Mandela!

Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys): Deeply saddened by the profound loss of Nelson Mandela. His legacy lives forever and inspires us all… http://bit.ly/18oVfSv

Avant (@avantmusic): The world lost a GREAT human being Nelson Mandela we will always love u an miss u when praises go up blessing come down

Daniel Merriweather (@DanMerriweather): Rest in Peace to the late great Nelson Mandela. Men like him only come around every couple of hundred years. Its a sad day.

Jennifer Hudson (@IAMJHUD): Mr. Mandela fought for freedoms and equality that changed South Africa and the world. We can all learn from his extraordinary journey.

Shontelle Layne (@Shontelle_Layne): Photo: Thank you Sir. We are greater because you lived. Your voice will never die. R.I.P. Nelson Mandela…. http://tmblr.co/Z4cNKy10NZxvb … Thank you Sir. We are greater because you lived. Your voice will never die. R.I.P. Nelson Mandela.… http://instagram.com/p/hjuOrTKWjA/

Solange Knowles (@solangeknowles): Nelson Mandela, you taught us all how to fight and how to forgive. You will be missed, but your legacy… http://instagram.com/p/hjsN8BQomU/

Jamie Foxx (@iamjamiefoxx): Rest in Peace Mr. Nelson Mandela. A fearless leader, incredible human being, inspiration, a REAL hero. Truly one of a kind. God bless you. … Thank you for your mark you left on humanity Mr. Mandela. Prayers to his family, friends and the people of South Africa.

Jazmine Sullivan (@jsullivanmusic): RIP Nelson Mandela

Mario Barrett (@MarioSoulTruth): Another great soul has past on to it’s next life | RIP Nelson Mandela | One of the most humbling… http://instagram.com/p/hjou6TH15D/

Aaron Fresh (@AaronFresh1): Nelson Mandela, will always be remembered. #teamfresh

John Legend (@johnlegend): What a heroic, beautiful life Mandela lived. Rest in peace.

Brian McKnight (@ItsBMcKnight): How about 60 seconds of silence for Nelson Mandela and all he’s done and the legacy he’s left

Christina Milian (@ChristinaMilian): #RIPNelsonMandela A true inspiration and historical figure who brought hope, faith and unity to us all. An example to never settle and live your life to its fullest. #Believe

Bobby V. (@BobbyV): #RIPNelsonMandela

Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW): May your brave and courageous legacy NEVER be forgotten. http://on.fb.me/1bk46Fa #RIPNelsonMandela

Kelly Rowland (@KELLYROWLAND): wow. #RIPNelsonMandela http://on.fb.me/1eTDiQq … “There is no passion to be found playing small in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” -Nelson Mandela … “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” -Nelson Mandela

Tweet (@MS_HUMMINGBIRD): RIP NELSON MANDELA http://instagram.com/p/hmft5CLtke/

Christina Milian Calls Jas Prince Her “Fiance” At 32nd Birthday Party

Christina Milian and Jas Prince - Supperclub

‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestant Christina Milian celebrated her 32nd birthday in Hollywood on Tuesday night. The singer’s ex-boyfriend Nick Cannon stopped by to wish her a happy birthday, then got on stage after the DJ asked him to perform his hit single, ‘Gigolo’. Nick pleased the crowd with a quick performance, joking that now he’s married to Mariah Care, he shouldn’t be singing songs like that anymore.

Milian broke some news to TMZ when she referred to Rap-a-Lot Records CEO Jas Prince as her “fiance” as she has been coy about the subject, even though she’s sporting a big diamond ring.

‘Entertainment Tonight’ correspondent Rocsi Diaz took to the mic too wish Christina a great birthday and congratulated her for being on ‘DWTS’. Rocsi was then spotted snuggling with rapper Juicy J. Also in attendance was The Game, Too Short, Mario, Ginuwine and more.

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John Legend Talks About His New Album ‘Love In The Future’

John Legend Walmart studio

John Legend released his fourth studio album ‘Love in the Future’ on August 30th, and offered Walmart Soundcheck a glimpse of the creative process behind the ballads. In an interview with the R&B singer, Legend explained why his music is made for those believe in love and how it may just be his best record yet.

Talking about themes on the record, Legend said, “I think that attitude is pervasive throughout the album. The idea that beginning something new is beautiful and holds a lot of possibility. It’s for people who want to believe in love.”

On the making of his new album, Legend said, “I wanted to think about what it means to make a modern soul album – knowing your heritage but also keeping it fresh and not feeling like you’re bound to the past.”

Discussing the ‘Made to Love’ music video, he shared, “We wanted to create a video to visually simulate what love felt like. It’s one of my favorite videos I’ve ever done.”

On mixing old and new on ‘Love in the Future’, Legend explained, “This album is sonically different than my previous albums. I think of it as a progression. People will hear some familiar vibes and some new ones too.”

The interview video can be viewed at soundcheck.walmart.com. View more photos from the interview after the cut. (more…)

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