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Have You Seen Estelle’s Video, “Better”? (@EstelleDarlings)

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As Estelle gets ready to release her new album – Lovers Rock – due out on September 7th, she is giving fans a taste of what to expect. In early July she shared a new single entitled Better, and at the end of July she released the official video.

As usual, Estelle looks stunning in the visuals. Click HERE or on the image above to watch.

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Fantasia’s 2018 Fall Shows (@TasiasWord)

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American R&B / Soul recording artist, Fantasia, will be hitting the road this Fall. She has five confirmed dates for several southern States, namely: Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Kentucky. See dates and locations below, and for additional information visit: http://fantasiaofficial.com

Fri, SEP 28 – Tuscaloosa Amphitheater – Tuscaloosa, AL
Sun, OCT 07 – Garrett Coliseum Stage – Montgomery, AL
Tue, OCT 16 – South Carolina State Fairgrounds – Columbia, SC
Sat, NOV 03 – Vinoy Park – Saint Petersburg, FL
Fri, NOV 09 – KFC Yum! Center – Louisville, KY

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New R&B Release: The Manhattans ft. Gerald Alston – Get It Ready (@GManhattans)

The ManhattansThe legacy continues as The Manhattans releases new music (Get It Ready) with Gerald Aston. Click here to check out a snippet of it.

THE MANHATTANS were originally: Winfred “Blue” Lovett, Richard Taylor, Kenny Kelly, George “Smitty” Smith and Edward “Sonny” Bivins. Blue and Smitty were out front as the group’s strong lead singers. Blue was also the group leader and an outstanding songwriter whose compositions with producer Joe Evans gave the group a string of hits on Carnival Records during the mid 1960s.

When Smith became ill in 1970, Phil Terrell stepped in as temporary lead singer until a permanent replacement could be found. In the fall of that same year, Gerald Alston, whose style paid homage to the legendary Sam Cooke took over as lead singer. More a pop singer than either Lovett or Smith, Alston’s incorporation into the group enabled THE MANHATTANS to break out of their mold as “doo-woppers” and achieve major national success on Starday/King Records with a Teddy Randazzo love song entitled “A Million To One”. In 1972, Blue Lovett’s “One Life To Live” reached the top 20 R&B charts. With Alston handling all lead vocals and Lovett providing smooth spoken introductions, THE MANHATTANS moved to Columbia Records in 1973 where they collaborated with producer Bobby Martin on a string of hit ballads including, “There’s No Me Without You”, “We Never Danced To A Love Song” and “Hurt”. The most notable of these ballads was Blue Lovett’s “Kiss And Say Goodbye”, a platinum selling #1 pop and R&B hit in 1976. In that same year, THE MANHATTANS teamed up once again with producer Randazzo to record “Feels So Good”, “You’re My Life” and “There’s No Good In Goodbye”. In 1977, they performed at President Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Ball and since then have received their share of platinum and gold singles, albums, and other industry kudos; most notably a 1980 Grammy for “Shining Star” written and produced by Paul Richmond & Leo Graham.

In 1985, THE MANHATTANS, wanting to enhance their show by adding a female vocalist to the act, chose Regina Belle after being introduced to her by legendary New York dj Vaughn Harper. Spending two years touring with THE MANHATTANS, she appeared on the Bobby Womack-produced single, “Where Did We Go Wrong” (a duet with Gerald Alston). She also contributed to The Manhattans 1986 Columbia Records album, “Back To Basics”. A year later she was signed to the label as a solo artist.

After 16 years with Columbia Records, lead singer Gerald Alston took his turn as a solo artist with Motown Records; while Blue Lovett, due to doctor’s concerns regarding his health, decided to turn his attention towards producing and grooming new artists. The late 1980’s found THE MANHATTANS pursuing individual interests within the industry.

In 1993, all that changed. With their 30th anniversary approaching in 1994, it was the perfect time to reunite. So, along with new members Troy May and David Tyson, a reunion tour was born.

On February 25, 1999 THE MANHATTANS were inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame.

In 2003, THE MANHATTANS released their first studio album in fifteen years featuring the beautiful ballad “Turn Out The Stars” which became one of the year’s best songs. On December 9, 2014 Winfred “Blue” Lovett passed away.

On August 15, 2018, THE MANHATTANS will celebrate their 56th anniversary.

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Have you heard Mary J Blige’s new song “Only Love”? (@maryjblige)

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Mary J Blige is truly unbreakable! After so many ups and downs in the music industry, much of it in public for all to see, the queen has managed to remain composed and continues to deliver good music. Her latest single is a track called Only Love, which was officially released on July 12th on the Repulic Records label.

Only Love is beautiful R&B song done in classic Mary J. Blige style. It can be streamed and downloaded from iTunes and all other digital music stores: https://linktr.ee/therealmaryjblige

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Estelle’s New Album “Lovers Rock” to be Released this September (@EstelleDarlings)

estelleVP Records is proud to announce that Multi-platinum GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Estelle will be releasing her fifth studio album, Lover’s Rock via VP Records and Established 1980 Inc this September.

In comparison to those of her formative years, Lover’s Rock is Estelle’s most personal album to date, as she centers in on her West Indian roots with a full-fledged reggae album. She has collaborated with esteemed Jamaican producer Supa Dups [Drake, Beenie Man], Reefa [Lil Wayne], Jerry Wonda [Wyclef Jean], Harmony Samuels [Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande] and more.

In the forthcoming LP, Estelle has assured to fuse her signature R&B and hip-hop sound while paying homage to her Grenadian roots as she not only concentrates in reggae, but also embraces Afro-beats and Soca music.

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Janet Jackson’s 2018 Summer Schedule (@JanetJackson)

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Below are the dates, locations and ticket links for Janet Jackson’s summer shows.

July 11 – AUSTIN, TX
Austin360 Amphitheater BUY TICKETS

July 13 – ROGERS, AR
Walmart Arkansas Music Pavillion BUY TICKETS

July 15 – CINCINNATI, OH
Riverbend Music Center BUY TICKETS

July 18 – SYRACUSE, NY
Lakeview Amphitheater BUY TICKETS

July 20 – HERSHEY, PA
Hershey Park Stadium BUY TICKETS

July 26 – SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
Saratoga Performing Arts Center BUY TICKETS

July 28 – NEW YORK, NY
Panorama NYC, Randall’s Island Park BUY TICKETS

July 29 – VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
Veterans United Home Loan Amphitheater BUY TICKETS

August 1 – RALEIGH, NC
Coastal Credit Union Music Park BUY TICKETS

August 3 – CHARLOTTE, NC
PNC Music Pavilion BUY TICKETS

August 5 – MIAMI, FL
AmericanAirlines Arena BUY TICKETS

August 7 – TAMPA, FL
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre BUY TICKETS

August 10 – STATELINE, NV
Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys BUY TICKETS

August 12 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Outside Lands – Golden Gate Park BUY TICKETS

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New Video From Nailah Blackman Featuring Tarrus Riley (@tarrusrileyja)

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Nailah Blackman has just released the official video for the remix of her hit song Dangerous Boy. It features one of Jamaica’s music ambassador, Tarrus Riley. The video is available for streaming exclusively via the Tidal platform.

Persons can click here to watch.

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“Be Yourself” by Karamanti is now available on iTunes & all other digital stores (@Blakkwuman22 @ariosolegato @ZojakWorldWide)

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Karamanti’s latest single, Be Yourself, which is on the Arioso Legato and Blakkwuman22 Music labels is now available for digital download. It is being distributed by Zojak Worldwide and is the first single from Karamanti’s upcoming album, which is slated for release in the Fall.

Click here to listen and download Be Yourself from iTunes.

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Erykah Badu will be headlining AfroChic’s 7th annual Cultural Arts Festival in Toronto on July 14-15 (@AfroChicTO @fatbellybella)

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Two words: Erykah Badu!! That’s right – she’ll be headlining AfroChic’s 7th annual Cultural Arts Festival this year in Toronto on July 14-15! Celebrate African-Canadian Art, Music and Culture with art exhibits, fashion showcases, local vendors, and special performances – including one from the Multi-Platinum, Neo-Soul recording artist herself. Not to mention you’ll be going home with some free samples.

Tickets are on sale now on their website. Grab yours now before they sell out!

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Lauryn Hill Announces Names Of Artists To Be Featured On Her ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ Tour (@MsLaurynHill)

Ms Lauryn HillMs Lauryn Hill has taken to her Facebook page to share the names of all the artists that will be featured on her much anticipated ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ tour.

Her guests will be: Dave Chappelle, Nas, SZA, M.I.A, A$AP ROCKY, Santigold, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Talib Kweli, Dave East, Kelela, Shabbazz Palaces, Protoje, Patoranking, Mr. Eazi, Jo Mersa Marley, Bambaata Marley, Tierra Whack, Iman Omari, Raury, Victory, Kojo Cue & Shaker.

Tickets and VIP Experiences available at mslaurynhill.com

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Mary J. Blige Makes Cameo Appearance In Maroon 5’s New Video (@maryjblige @maroon5)

maroon 5 & mary j bligeAt the end of May, the American pop / rock band Maroon 5 shared the visuals for their single “Girls Like You,” which is a collaboration with rap artist Cardi B. The video is jam packed with cameo appearances by some of the biggest women in music, sports and T.V.

The queen of hip-hop and R&B, Mary J. Blige, is among the all-star lineup, which includes: Jennifer Lopez, Camila Cabello, Gal Gadot, Tiffany Haddish and several others.

Click here or on the image above to watch the video.