It’s official: Fifth Harmony will disband at the end of the year. Just months after original member Camila Cabello left the girl group, the now four-member R&B group Fifth Harmony released a press release announcing their intentions to put the band on hiatus.
The singers cited the need for authenticity as a driving factor in their decision to disband. Their press release declares:
“After six years going hard, non-stop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves, you, we do need to take some time for now to go on a hiatus from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue solo endeavors.”
The five young women met while competing in the television show X-Factor in 2006. Their group finished in third place, and they went on to achieve enormous success. All three of their album releases charted in the Billboard Top Ten, and they’ve sold over seven million digital singles?
This won’t be the last you hear about Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui and Normani, however. Like Camila Cabello, the singers have already signed record deals of their own, which means you can look forward to many more hits like “Work From Home” in the future.
The end hasn’t arrived yet, however. Although the girls will part ways by the end of the year, they plan on fulfilling any remaining tour dates they have scheduled. That means there’s still time to catch the group performing live if you want.
While the singers haven’t offered any timetable on when Fifth Harmony might get back together, their use of the term ‘hiatus’ suggests that this split is not a permanent one. In the meantime, you can look forward to a number of exciting solo albums to be released in the next couple years.
R&B singer Toni Braxton has released a new single called “Sex and Cigarettes,” and a review of the track, along with a link to the music, can be found on the Rolling Stone Magazine website. The song is the title track of a new Braxton album, her first solo record since 2010.
The song itself highlights Braxton’s considerable vocal talents. Most of the tune is simply Braxton singing over a piano with strings rising and swelling at times in the background. Personally, I think the song would be stronger if the strings weren’t there, and I feel the same way about the reverb and other studio ad-ons that give the music a processed effect it doesn’t need. Braxton has the kind of powerful voice the requires a bare minimum of backup instrumentation and production.
The lyrics of the song deal with infidelity. The narrator is, understandably, frustrated and heartbroken because her lover isn’t even trying to hide his infidelity but is rather coming to their bed reeking of “sex and cigarettes.” The subject matter is a bit more graphic and adult than that of some of Braxton’s previous hits, and I think it’s great that the singer is discussing serious life issues through her words.
In conclusion, Toni Braxton has been on the music scene since the 1980s and has been releasing strong music the entire time. Personally, I think it’s great that she is still releasing original music and not just resting on her laurels by touring as a retro act.
It’s been almost eight years, but R&B queen Sade is officially making a comeback. She wrote an original song for Ava DuVernay’s Wrinkle in Time film, which opens this weekend. The soundtrack also features new music from Demi Lovato, Sia, Chloe x Halle and Kehlani.
On February 20, DuVernay announced the upcoming song via Twitter, writing: “I never thought she’d say yes, but I asked anyway. She was kind + giving. A goddess. We began a journey together that I’ll never forget. Proud to announce that Sade has created an original song for WRINKLE IN TIME. It’s entitled ‘Flower of the Universe.’ And it’s a dream come true.”
“Flower of the Universe” is finally here. Produced by No I.D, the track showcases Sade’s laidback contralto vocals. It’s a song about unconditional love, and you can check it out via Vevo.
And don’t miss the long-awaited film, A Wrinkle in Time, due out on Friday, March 9. In addition to an all-star-studded soundtrack, the adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic time-traveling young adult novel, helmed by Selma director Ava Duvernay, features a diverse cast. Among the cast listing, you’ll find Oprah, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon. The film’s screenplay writer, Jennifer Lee, penned the famous Disney film Frozen.
The film stars 14-year-old Storm Reid as Meg, a young girl who ventures into space to find her lost father, who disappeared after discovering a new method of time travel. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Reid described Duvernay’s creative process as “hands-on.” But, she added: “She let us add our creative input to the film.”
Younger music fans may not know much about Grammy and Academy Award-winning keyboardist and composer Herbie Hancock, but that may change now that the 77 year old jazz legend has grabbed Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and a host of other contemporary artists to contribute to his new album.
Rolling Stone recently revealed that Hancock has brought in a who’s who of modern hip-hop and jazz artists to keep his sound fresh, saying that he “never wants to stop learning” and that he’s excited about bringing his music to an audience of “global citizens.” In addition to having the vocal work of Lamar and the ever-prolific Snoop Dogg, Hancock has also enlisted the help of multi-genre bassist Thundercat, hip-hop and electronic producer Flying Lotus, jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, among others. Many of these artists were major contributors to the direction and sound of Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 album, “To Pimp A Butterfly”, a critically acclaimed album that brought experimental jazz and unconventionally dark production to the forefront of hip-hop.
The admiration between these groups is not just a one-way street – Hancock has also appeared on several of his contributors’ albums over the years, including Thundercat’s 2015 “The Beyond / Where Giants Roam” and Flying Lotus’s 2014 “You’re Dead!”. Likewise, Hancock’s classic instrumental hit “Rockit” has been a massive influence in hip-hop, with the song being sampled more than 70 times since its release in 1983.
With so much love and respect between the two generations, it makes sense that the music community is starting to get excited for the release of this project. There’s no word on the release date yet, but here’s to hoping we can get our hands on it soon.
The 60th annual Grammy Awards aired January 28th. Though much of the talk surrounding the ceremony centered on performances, messages, and speeches pertaining to our current political landscape, the real outcomes were about Bruno Mars from top to bottom.
Bruno Mars was nominated for nearly every category of note at the 2018 Grammys, in the R&B genre as well as cross-genre. There were four main categories for R&B. Bruno Mars garnered a nomination in three, and took home three wins.
Best R&B Performance went to him for “That’s What I Like.” He also won Best R&B Song for “That’s What I Like”, sharing credit with writers Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip. Finally, Best R&B Album went to Bruno Mars for 24K Magic. The lone category in his genre where he failed to grab a nomination was for Best Traditional R&B Performance. Childish Gambino won there, but he couldn’t overshadowed Bruno Mars’ dominance.
And that dominance extended beyond his own genre. Bruno Mars was also up for the biggest categories of the evening. The three that mean the most are Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. Mars’ 24K Magic was up for Album and Record. His “That’s What I Like” was up for best song.
There was stiff competition in each though, as one would expected. Despite that, Bruno Mars won all three categories, sweeping the competition. He bested Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Lorde for best album. He took down the “Despacito” juggernaut for best record and best song. It was an all-around superb evening for Bruno Mars at the 60th Grammy Awards.
Ringing in the new years often times means reflecting on the past year. 2017 was a major year of growth for the R&B industry and all of the artists involved. New artists were introduced to the industry and already established singers and song writers contributed more to R&B. Just like 2017, 2018 has also been predicted to be an amazing year for the R&B industry. The future of R&B seems to be very promising. A lot of new hot tracks will soon be hitting the market. The big question that everybody is wondering is who will create the top hits of 2018? Forbes recently released an article titled “The Most Anticipated R&B Albums of 2018” (https://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcintyre/2017/12/21/the-most-anticipated-rb-albums-of-2018/2/#c2a46772c9cd). Jennifer Hudson, Mariah Carey, Tinashe, Twenty88, Frank Ocean, Ne-Yo, and Ciara are a few of the R&B artists who are anticipated to be extremely successful in 2018. Jennifer Hudson, who recently released “Remember me” with her new recording company, is expected to create top hits with her new producers. Fans are raving to hear something new from Mariah Carey since she has not released anything new recently. Due to the excitement of fans Tinashe has become a rising star over the past few years. Tinashe’s fans can not wait to hear what the artists creates this year. Twenty88 is the perfect blend of hip hop and R&B. Since Twenty88’s first release in 2016 fans have been dying to hear more. It has been said that Frank Ocean already has new music ready to hit the charts whenever he is ready. Nobody knows when exactly, but Ne Yo is predicted to drop some new tunes at some point in 2018. Stating that after switching labels she is going to be different and new fans are excited to see what Ciara has in mind. Nobody knows exactly what the future holds for the R&B in 2018, but surely this year will bring even more success for the industry, (https://www.fuse.tv/2018/01/anticipated-hip-hop-rb-albums-2018).
The songstress Cassie is out with another hit. Her new single, “Don’t Play It Safe,” is set to make a debut today.
She is far from playing it safe in this new video. The video includes visuals of animals, like lions and tigers. The beautiful singer and her captivating voice are both showcased in the new video.
Cassie is best known for her song “Me and You,” which made the billboard charts. She has since taken a break from the music industry, to focus on more business related pursuits. However, she is not back, with new music, and fans cannot wait to hear what else she has in store.
Cassie has recently been noted to talk about her new album. She is working with fresh producers that are experienced in producing a unique quality and high sound. Cassie is excited about the new landscape that she is embarking on, and we heard the new single as well.
She has been featured on social media and on other outlets, promoting her new single.
“Don’t Play It Safe,” is a new opportunity for fans to get in touch with Cassie and the raw talent that she has offered since she hit the ground running as a new artist.
If you would like to see the video and its spectacular arrangement, please click here.
Cassie has been spotted celebrating the release of her new single, with gal pals, in Hollywood, CA. The singer is not only known for her fantastic pipes, but also for her elegant style. Of course, she looked amazing as usual!
Congratulations Cassie! We wish you all the success for your new single!
The weight of a marriage can crush anyone when the pieces fall apart for a normal working-class couple. This may be elevated a thousand times over for people like Jay-Z and Beyonce that are in the spotlight. As a musician, however, Jay-Z found an outlet in his music. He was able to present a whole new way for people to look at what he was going through, and this is all neatly packaged in his “4:44” album.
Jay-Z has taken a lot of big steps to keep his private business private, but after his wife released an album that was almost autobiographical for this year. Jay-Z felt compelled to bring things full circle with his album. Both of these are grammy-nominated albums, and it appears that Jay Z is opening up even more about how many of these songs have been made. People were expecting Kanye West to arrive on production, but West is more of a side story that Jay-Z comments on and not a producer.
The production is not the same for Timberland, Just Blaze or Kanye West production from the past, but people will instantly recognize this album as something that they are familiar with.
Jay-Z creates more crafty storytelling moments here, and he presents a lot of issues about race in America in addition to the relationship issues that he touches on. Jay-Z takes on a lot of subjects on an album that is less than 60 minutes in length. He is building a strong end of the road type of body of work as he inches towards 50 years old.
Many people may have assumed that she had nothing else left to contribute to rap, but these songs show that Jay-Z is just as focused and even more aware of his surroundings right now.
The West Coast is well-known for being a haven for some of the most talented hip hop artists of all time. We know about Snoop Dog and Kendrick Lamar, but there are some new artists emerging on the scene. Boogie is the latest West Coast rapper to take charge of the microphone. He was signed to Shady Records back in October. It’s reasonable to say that Eminem has an eye for great lyrical talent.
Shady Records is home to other gifted emcees like Yelawolf, but Boogie has a special talent. It’s really difficult to find a rapper that performs with grace and power. This is the main reason why many insiders believe he is the best artist on the label.
Eminem has high expectations for his new artist. He stated that Boogie is everything that he wants out of an emcee. This is high praise from a hip hop legend that has dominated the scene for years. Boogie’s ability to spit bars with rare words can impress anyone. He’s a concert promoter’s dream.
Boogie expressed he feels pressure working under Eminem. However, he also stated that he’s using that pressure to motivate him. Boogie is well-known for having great work ethic. He spends hours of his time perfecting his craft in the studio. He knows this is the only way he will be able to excel in this competitive industry.
You can see Boogie’s passion for his art when he takes the microphone. He understands that his commitment to the game will help him go far. He enjoys rapping about the events that are taking place in our society. It’s fair to say that he’s conscious about their effects. Boogie’s career can go far if he stays focused and committed to the game.
The famous pop singer, Pink, has recently been discussed by The Huffington Post news outlet for consideration of a new R&B album. The singer originally became famous as a result of a hit single released by Laface Records, which was entitle “There You Go.” The song immediately topped the Billboard Charts and Pink was featured as an up and coming R&B artist. When discussing her career, however, Pink stated that the R&B vocals came at the urging of her label’s founder, L. A. Reed. Pink had no real passion for the music featured on her first R&B album, “Can’t Take Me Home.” It wasn’t until recently, after the famous singer had released 6 albums with nearly 30 number 1 hit Pop singles, that she finally became intrigued with R&B music again and is willing to create music in the genre.
Pinks newest album, “Beautiful Trauma” is described as an angry letter to the American government and other powerful individuals. The singer is reportedly seeking to influence the political discourse though one of the most powerful mediums in human history, which is music. Pink revealed that she believes that the pen she writes her lyrics with is as powerful a weapon as any, and she hopes to influence ordinary citizens to fight against perceived oppression, whether or not it exists.
Pink’s consideration of developing music that fits a new genre comes on the heels of her success with her latest album. Now that she has released her first album in 5 years, the singer expects to enter a period of new music development. She admits that she is not willing to develop albums at the rate she did before her daughter was born, but also wrestles with her desire to create meaningful art on a consistent basis. The singer announced that her decision about the development of the new album will be evident in coming months.