India Arie Collaborates With Jake Isaac On New Single “Gold” (@indiaarie @iamjakeisaac)

One of the reasons we like India Arie and are always supporting her work is because she is 100% authentic. Nowadays artists that have achieved her level of success tend to be very ingenuine and in some cases outright fake.

India Arie literally just released a new song with British singer and musician Jake Isaac. Based on her post on social media, which we’ve shared below, it is clear that she is all about the music, not the fame, stats or anything of that sort.

The new song is titled “Gold” and it is now available on all music platforms.
See India Arie‘s post below:

“SURPRISE!
New Song : GOLD Jake Isaac ft. India Arie
I met @iamjakeisaac via IG summer of 2020 ~ he asked if I’d do a song with him, so I went to listen to his music, and I was so impressed, it was a EASY yes. When it comes to music I do ONLY what I FEEL. Thats the only way (for me) to get a great performance. @iamjakeisaac had a song in mind for is, that I liked, but didn’t hear myself on.
So, I told him my rule … I have to LOVE it. Smart of him! lol ~ he sent a link with all the songs he had for his project ( I’m VERY selective lol) … and I heard GOLD and I KNEW!, it was the one.
Today, 7pm (EST) GOLD Jake Issac ft. India Arie is released and it so delicate and soulful and lovey. Link in my bio
Thank you Jake.”

D’Angelo Is Next Up On Verzuz!

The team at Verzuz just switched it up on us! For the very first time, at least to my knowledge, they are announcing one act and not saying who that person is going up against.

Therefore, on Saturday, February 27th at 8:00 PM ET, neo-soul singer D’Angelo will hit the Verzuz stage. It is being promoted as a show starring “D’Angelo & Friends.” The event will broadcast live from the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

Igmar Thomas & the Revive Big Band Announces Crowdfunding Campaign (@IgmarThomas)

The Revive Big Band is announcing a major crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter launching in February coinciding with Black History Month, to fund the completion of its long-awaited debut album. Produced by Grammy Award Winner Nicholas Payton, the record is set to feature some of the most celebrated and recognized musicians today, such as Talib Kweli, Bilal, Terrace Martin, Cory Henry, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jean Baylor, Sean Jones, among others.

Led by Igmar Thomas, current Band Director for Ms. Lauryn Hill and former bandleader for Nas, the 20+ piece big band combines jazz, hip-hop, funk, soul, blues & gospel, and is comprised of some of the most in-demand musicians today, including Ben Williams, Mark Whitfield, Marcus Strickland, Marquis Hill, Marc Cary, Raydar Ellis, Theo Croker, Jumaane Smith, Frank Lacy, to name a few. All-Stars in their own right, the band’s members have collectively garnered 27 Grammy nominations and 13 Grammy wins between them.

The band has been working on their 1st record for nearly 2 years, self-funding and recording the instrumentals necessary to bring on its special guests. Now recorded, the group is seeking to raise more than $80K to mix, master, record, market, license, and pay its core team and an array of special guests, who have already signed on to the project.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE & MAKE A PLEDGE

Kelly Rowland Responds To Birthday Greetings With New Song & Video (@KELLYROWLAND)

On her birthday, February 11th, Kelly Rowland – after saying thanks to her followers for their birthday wishes – told her fans and supporters about her new song and video, “Black Magic.” Both were released simultaneously the following day, on the 12th.

Click here or on the image above to check out “Black Magic and remember to like, comment and share.

Mary J. Blige Nominated For The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame (@maryjblige)

Mary J. Blige has just become only the second R&B singer of her era to be nominated for the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame offers fans the opportunity to participate in the Induction selection process with the Fan Vote. From now through April 30th, fans can vote every day at rockhall dot com, or at the Museum in Cleveland.

The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to select the 2021 Inductees.

Rakim, Nas, H.E.R. & Others Featured On The New ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Soundtrack

The American biographical drama film, Judas and the Black Messiah, which is directed and produced by Shaka King, is out now! The movie comes with a stunning soundtrack that features several top-tier hip-hop and r&b artists, namely: Rakim, Nas, H.E.R., Nipsey Hussle, Jay-Z, SiR and others.

Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album‘ comes to us courtesy of RCA Records – a division of Sony Music Entertainment. Click here to stream and download the full project from your preferred music platform.

Here Are Some Of The Nominees For The 52nd NAACP Image Awards (@naacpimageaward)

The 2021 NAACP Image Awards will simulcast across all ViacomCBS Networks including BET, CBS and MTV on Saturday, March 27th at 8:00 PM ET. Below are a list of the nominees for Outstanding Album, Outstanding New Artist, Outstanding Male Artist and Outstanding Female Artist. For additional categories visit the NAACP Image Awards’ official website.

Outstanding Album
Alicia
Alicia Keys

b7
Brandy

Bigger Love
John Legend

Chilombo
Jhené Aiko

The Wild Card
LEDISI

Outstanding New Artist
Chika
Doja Cat
D Smoke
Giveon
Skip Marley

Outstanding Male Artist
Big Sean
Black Thought
Charlie Wilson
Drake
John Legend

Outstanding Female Artist
Beyoncé
H.E.R.
Jazmine Sullivan
Ledisi
Alicia Keys

The 52nd NAACP Image Awards honors the accomplishments of BIPOC artists across TV, music, film and literature.