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Sentence Day: R. Kelly

R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for numerous sex trafficking charges. The R&B singer reportedly used his celebrity status throughout his career to coerce young individuals to participate in sexual acts. 

Kelly’s conviction in 2021 found him guilty of one count of racketeering and eight breaches of the Mann Act, which criminalizes the use of “any woman or girl for prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose.” 

The beginning of the #MeToo movement and the Lifetime documentary entitled “Surviving R. Kelly” broadcasted Kelly’s actions on a wide scale. Survivors of his acts had been silenced in the past, hoping to hide the extent of Kelly’s crimes. 

One of the most prominent illegal acts involves Kelly’s previous marriage to the R&B artist Aaliyah. Allegedly, Kelly got pregnant at the age of 15 when the two married. Because of her underage status, witnesses have stated that Kelly used his status to bribe a government official to supply a fake ID, further protecting his name.

Kelly’s marriage to Aaliyah is just one story of countless survivors. Angela, another victim of these sexual crimes, made a statement about Kelly while his sentence hearing commenced. “With every addition of a new victim, you grew in wickedness, […] You used your fame and power to groom and coach underage boys and girls for your own sexual gratification.”

Still to come are Kelly’s pending criminal charges in Chicago and Minnesota. Of those illegalities, Kelly has been charged with child pornography and obstruction of justice and will be tried in Illinois later this year. 

Kelly’s lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, aided the process of overturning Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction. She has stated that they are planning to appeal this sentencing. 

Article by: McKinley Franklin x Vaughn Lowery

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Brandy × Motown Records

Making major moves to kick off the summer, GRAMMY® Award-winning R&B icon, songwriter, producer, actress, and entrepreneur Brandy inks partners with Motown Records—as announced today.

To celebrate the big news she just delivered a showstopping performance of “Rather Be” as part of the first-of-its-kind performance and content series launched by Motown Records and COLORSxSTUDIOS in honor of Black Music Month. Her instantly recognizable vocals take flight on this fan favorite from 2020’s B7.

Watch it HERE.

About the partnership, Motown Records C.E.O. and Chairwoman Ethiopia Habtemariam shared, “Brandy is one of the most prolific voices in the history of music. Her contribution to R&B continues to influence newcomers and contemporaries around the world. We are ecstatic to welcome Brandy to the Motown family and eager to join her in making musical history.”

Right now, Brandy is putting the finishing touches on her anxiously awaited eighth full-length offering and Motown Records debut—coming very soon.

This will undoubtedly be Brandy’s boldest, biggest, and best era yet, and it begins now!

Brandy has defined the sound, style, and soul of modern R&B. Throughout her incredible career thus far, she has earned a GRAMMY® Award and sold over 40 million albums worldwide, cementing her as an indisputable and inimitable global icon. At the same time, she has appeared in dozens of television series and films, including famously starring in Moesha as the lead character, garnering a NCAAP Image Award. Speaking to her impact, artists such as H.E.R., Drake, Erykah Badu, and John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers have publicly cited her as an influence, and Daniel Caesar duetted with her on the hit “Love Again” from 2019’s CASE STUDY 01. Meanwhile, her sophomore opus Never Say Never has notably moved 16 million units worldwide to date, while Complex christened her quadruple-platinum debut, Brandy, among the “50 Best R&B Albums of the 1990s.” Most recently, B7 bowed at #12 on the Billboard Top 200 and closed out 2020 on year-end lists from Billboard, Rated R&B, UPROXX, and more. However, she kicks off her next season now with Motown Records.

GIVĒON RIAA CERT

During an exclusive dinner at LAVO Ristorante followed by drinks at The Fleur Room, a reservations-only cocktail lounge, opening in early August, Grammy nominated and multi-platinum R&B superstar GIVĒON celebrated the release of his debut album Give or Take with Tequila Don Julio 1942 and Johnnie Walker Blue Label at the night of June 23th. Attendees included Mega Producer Jimmy Jam, Actor Damson Idris, NBA Star Tristan Thompson and Soccer Player Daniel Sturridge.

Watch the video for his latest single Lost Me HERE

Epic Records celebrated his achievements thus far with a massive platinum plaque commemorating all of his RIAA certifications to date including a platinum certification for his release “When It’s All Said and Done…Take Time,” RIAA Certified 4X Platinum single Heartbreak Anniversary, RIAA Certified 2X Platinum single Like I Want You and more!

Kicking off the release of his debut album, GIVĒON is also slated for a slew of TV performances including:

BET Awards Performance on June 26.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on June 28.

Good Morning America on June 30.

Ne-Yo – You Got the Body

Ne-Yo brings the heat in his new single “You Got the Body” and his new album Self explanatory will be released on July 15th.

ABOUT NE-YO:

Ne-Yo, the three-time GRAMMY Award-winning R&B hitmaker, iconic songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, has sold a cumulative 20+ million adjusted albums worldwide. His debut single, 2005’s “So Sick” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified quadruple Platinum. Since then, the Motown Records/Compound Entertainment recording artist has racked up a collection of hits including “Sexy Love” “Closer” “Because of You” “Miss Independent” and “Push Back” [feat. Bebe Rexha and Stefflon Don]. Three of his albums have entered SoundScan’s Top Current Albums chart at No. 1. Ne-Yo has also proven to be as powerful with his pen as he is in the studio and on stage. The Las Vegas native quickly became known as a go-to hitmaker, penning bangers like Rihanna’s “Unfaithful” “Russian Roulette” and “Take a Bow” along with Beyoncé’s 2006 breakup anthem “Irreplaceable” and songs for such artists as Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Carrie Underwood, and Celine Dion, among others. Ne-Yo‘s film and television credits include NBC’s World of Dance, Empire, Stomp the Yard, Save the Last Dance, Battle: Los Angeles, George Lucas’ Red Tails, The Wiz Live! and Starz Step Up: High Water.

Most recently, Ne-Yo released a slew of new singles Stay Down[feat. Yung Bleu], “Don’t Love Me,” and “You Got the Body” paving the way for his anxiously awaited eighth album, Self Explanatory, due out July 15, 2022

BABYFACE × ELLA MAI – KEEPS ON FALLIN’

Babyface & Ella Mai collaborate together for the very first time on the timeless new single “Keeps On Fallin.” With her silky, soulful vocals, Ella Mai extols a longtime lover who can still give her butterflies. Babyface weighs in, reminding her that she’s the inspiration for this lasting love. The dreamy jam interpolates “Can We Talk,” Tevin Campbell’s 1993 hit, which Babyface wrote and produced with Daryl Simmons.

“When I first heard Ella’s voice, I thought, what an incredible and distinctive voice, I have to get in the studio with her!” Babyface recalls. “Well, I did and it was everything I imagined and more!”

“Working with Babyface was an absolute dream come true for me,” says Ella Mai. “To be welcomed and praised by someone so talented and acclaimed, I couldn’t have asked for our Keeps On Fallin sessions to be any better. We sang, we wrote, we laughed and we talked. Babyface is so humble and a pleasure to work with, I hope this record is the start of many more.”

“Keeps On Fallin” which marks Babyface’s first release since signing to Capitol Records is from his forthcoming project. He produced the track with D’Mile (H.E.R., Silk Sonic, Ty Dolla $ign).

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds is one of the most celebrated creative forces in music. He has contributed to over 800 million records sold and over a billion records streams. Babyface has produced and written 125 Top 10 hits, 42 No. 1 R&B hits and 16 No. 1 pop hits. As a recording artist, songwriter and producer, he has won a total of 12 GRAMMY Awards and ranks as the only individual in GRAMMY history to be honored as “Producer of the Year” four times. He has also won five Soul Train Awards, five NAACP Image Awards, four American Music Awards and numerous other honors. In addition, Babyface produced and co-wrote the Oscar-winning song “When You Believe,” sung by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, and co-founded the legendary record label LaFace.

In 2018, Ella Mai’s first single, “Boo’d Up,” broke the record for the most weeks at No. 1 of any song by a woman on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. It is now RIAA-certified 7x Platinum. Her follow-up single, the 5x Platinum “Trip,” peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, and her debut album, Ella Mai, has almost six billion streams and is 2x Platinum. In addition to her chart-topping domination and success, Ella Mai has won a number of awards, including her first GRAMMY for Best R&B Song, three Billboard Music Awards including the coveted Top R&B Artist, three iHeartRadio awards including R&B Artist of the Year, three Soul Train Awards, an NAACP Image Award and a BET Viewers’ Choice Award. After a busy four years that included touring the world and the release of RIAA-certified Gold track “Not Another Love Song” to bridge projects, Ella kicked off her sophomore season with her single “DFMU (Don’t F**k Me Up).” If the adage is true and history always repeats itself, get ready for Ella Mai to dominate the music and cultural zeitgeist once again with her new album, Heart On My Sleeve.

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Journee Belle × Lakeyah

Emerging as a fiery new force for 21st century R&B, buzzing California singer, songwriter, model, and director Journee Belle serves up the “This and That Part 2″ feat. Lakeyah via Republic Records.

Listen to “This & That Part 2”HERE

The track’s sensual production brushes up against Journee Belle’s dynamic delivery as it flutters from delicate verses into a fiery falsetto. On the track, Quality Control Music Group spitter Lakeyah pulls up with a slick and sultry cameo of her own. It brings together two of music’s most promising new femme fatales on one banger.

Thus far, the original “This & That” has already racked up over millions of streams and counting. She has independently ignited buzz as a self-proclaimed “Jane of All Trades, shining as a songstress, model, director, and all-around creative. After turning heads throughout the culture, she inked a deal with Republic Records and will be revealing more music very soon!

Experience “This & That” from Journee Belle now.

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Chris Brown × Drai’s

Multi-talented singer, dancer and Grammy-award winning artist Chris Brown blew fans away at the first show of his new powerhouse production at Drai’s Nightclub early this morning. Chris Brown: The Live Vegas Residency” showcases the iconic artist’s phenomenal talents on a custom-built, two-story stage. 

The sold-out crowd sang along to hits like “Baddest,” “Indigo” and “No Guidance,” all set to an unprecedented nightclub production with a full cast of talented dancers and smoke, lasers and confetti. Brown also performed “Warm Embrace” and “Mona Lisa” from his much-anticipated new album, “Breezy,”which will be released on Friday, June 24. Brown was one of the first artists to perform one of the club’s signature full-length Drai’s LIVE performances back in 2015 and his residency is the first time Drai’s has created a custom stage for an artist.

Widely known as one of the top performers of his time, Brown has been in the music industry for over 15 years. He became a teen hit sensation for record-breaking R&B songs like “Yo” and “Run It!” featuring Juelz Santana and his album “F.A.M.E” won a Grammy-award in 2012.

Drai’s Nightclub is open from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday – Sunday. Drai’s is the only nightclub in Las Vegas that offers full-length concerts by today’s top-charting artists. Every weekend, the Drai’s LIVE concert series brings big names like Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne and Lil Baby to the rooftop of The Cromwell, with banner performances set to the stunning backdrop of the lights of the Las Vegas Strip. The upcoming Drai’s LIVE concert lineup can be found HERE. Additional dates of Brown’s residency will be announced, soon. Other special requests are available by emailing info@draislv.com.

About Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub

Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub takes entertainment and nightlife to new heights in an unmatched setting – 11 stories high on the rooftop of The Cromwell with dazzling views of the Las Vegas Strip at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Boulevard. Drai’s Nightclub is a 30,000-square-foot palatial, multi-level club with an expansive dance floor, massive LED lighting systems, and modern technology featuring more than 7,000 square feet of the most state-of-the-art high-definition LEDs in production, including a towering 80-sided LED disco ball – the only one of its kind. Drai’s Nightclub is home to Drai’s LIVE, an unprecedented concert series that provides fans with the opportunity to see full-length performances by top performers like Lil Wayne and Lil Baby in an up-close setting unlike anything else in the world. Drai’s is located at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Boulevard. Drai’s Beachclub is a 35,000-square-foot oasis with multiple pools shaded by eight towering palm trees, a variety of cabanas and bungalows, a full-service gourmet kitchen and two full-service bars. The legendary Drai’s After Hours has solidified itself as the ultimate late-night, see-and-be-seen party destination for more than two decades.Drai’s After Hoursis a sleek, sexy lounge where DJs play chart-topping songs of today, including top 40, Latin and hip-hop music. In addition to bottle service, Drai’s After Hours is one of the only spots on the Strip to offer hookah nightly. Drai’s After Hours is open from midnight to close every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. More information, including reservations, tickets and hours, is available at DraisGroup.com. Follow Drai’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – @draislv, @draisbeachclub and @draisafterhours.

About The Cromwell

The Cromwell – named a Top 10 “Best U.S. Casino” by USA TODAY 10BEST Readers’ Choicerecipient of the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Awardand the first standalone boutique hotel on the famed Strip – brings an exclusive, luxury lifestyle hotel experience to the Las Vegas Strip, focusing on hospitality, amenities and personalized service. The Cromwell is the first hotel in Las Vegas to offer mobile key technology for digital, keyless entry to rooms via the guests’ iOS devices. Located on the bustling corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road – directly across from Caesars Palace – The Cromwell keeps it intimate with 188 rooms including 19 suites, a personalized virtual concierge service named Ivy, a 40,000-square-foot casino, Bound – the elevated hotel lobby bar, Interlude – a casino lounge featuring live entertainment, award-winning GIADA – the first-ever restaurant by celebrity chef and television personality Giada De Laurentiis, Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub – a 65,000 square-foot rooftop pool and nightclub with day and nightlife experiences boasting open-air, panoramic views from 11 stories above the iconic Las Vegas skyline, and Drai’s After Hours – located at its original home beneath the boutique hotel. The Cromwell is operated by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR). For more information, please visit thecromwell.com  or the Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas media room. Find The Cromwell on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram. Must be 21 or older to gamble. Know When To Stop Before You Start.® If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-522-4700 ©2021, Caesars License Company, LLC.

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GIVĒON new music announcement via 360 Magazine

GIVĒON – GOT

Gearing up for the R&B event of the year, GRAMMY-nominated multi-platinum R&B star GIVĒON will unveil his anxiously awaited full-length debut album, Give Or Take, on June 24, 2022 via Not So Fast/Epic Records. It is available for pre-order/pre-save HERE.

Setting the stage for the record, the Long Beach singer just shared a cinematic and stylish trailer for the album. Watch it HERE. In the clip, he sits in a condo engrossed in conversation with his mom as he scans the Los Angeles cityscape below him and sets the stage for what fans can expect on this project. Scenes of live footage and memories intercut with these pensive moments, conveying tension and emotion all at once.

He recently heralded Give Or Take with the ballad “Lie Again.” It has already amassed over 8.9 million Spotify streams and 4.4 million YouTube views on the music video. Right out of the gate, Rolling Stone hailed it as “beautifully painful, and Complex proclaimed, “He shows his strength in vocals as he asks his partner to lie to him about past indiscretions.

Stay tuned for more from GIVĒON soon.

Last September, GIVĒON shared “For Tonight,” the lead single off his forthcoming debut LP which is now RIAA certified Gold. The song was praised by outlets such as Complex and Rolling Stone on its way to amassing more than 175 million streams worldwide. Earlier this month, GIVĒON released a live version of “For Tonight” as part of the VEVO LIFT performance series. That followed his appearance at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards where GIVĒON joined Justin Bieber and Daniel Caesar for a smooth, jam session-style performance of their chart-topping hit “Peaches.”

GIVĒON also kicked off his European tour titled “FROM THE FIVE SIX TWO” with two outstanding performances this past Tuesday and Wednesday evening in Amsterdam at Paradiso. The tour continues in Berlin, Germany on Friday June 3rd and tickets are available at www.giveonofficial.com. With “For Tonight” and “Lie Again” GIVĒON offers another tantalizing taste of those shows and his debut album, further cementing his status as one of modern R&B’s great storytellers.

FROM THE FIVE SIX TWO tour dates:

 Wednesday, June 1 — Amsterdam, Netherlands — Paradiso

Friday, June 3 — Berlin, Germany — Kesselhaus

Sunday, June 5 — Paris, France — Elysee-Montmartre

Monday, June 6 — Paris, France — Elysee Montmarte

Wednesday, June 8 — Cologne, Germany — Kantine

Friday, June 10 — Barcelona, Spain — Primavera Sound

ABOUT GIVĒON

GIVĒON has made himself one of music’s brightest stars by bringing vivid color, depth, and soul to songs that capture the intensity of life’s twists and turns. After coming to fame via Drake’s “Chicago Freestyle,” the CA native became a force in his own right. GIVĒON had a whirlwind 2020 after releasing his Platinum-certified “Like I Want You” (225 million cross-platform streams in the US). He kept the momentum with “Heartbreak Anniversary,” a gauzy ballad that peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100, garnered over 951 million worldwide streams, and earned 2X Platinum status. In March 2020, GIVĒON’s debut EP, Take Time, confirmed his evocative songwriting prowess and would be nominated for Best R&B Album at the 2021 Grammys. His fall When It’s All Said and Done EP further explored the peaks and valleys of love and, when re-packaged with its predecessor in 2021, hit #5 on the Billboard 200. After being nominated for a 2020 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist, he won BET’s 2021 Best New Artist, and his audience is growing—to the tune of over 1.7 billion streams globally. He even hit #1 on the Hot 100 in March on Justin Bieber’s “Peaches.” That hit helped him win the award for Best Pop Song at the 2021 MTV VMA‘s where he was nominated for seven awards including Best New Artist, Best R&B and Best Pop Song. Drake then invited GIVĒON back into his world, this time for a sizzling verse on Certified Lover Boy’s “In the Bible” with Lil Durk—one of a guaranteed run of thrilling collabs to come. And at his festival debut, Lollapalooza 2021, he found a sea of voices who knew his lyrics. But success has never really been a goal— GIVĒON just wants to bear his soul.

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JACQUEES – Say Yea

Jacquees releases his all-new single “Say Yea,” accompanied by a summer-inspired music video.

Stream the single HERE and catch the music video HERE.

About the single, ThisIsRNB stated, “Jacquees never misses. The single “Say Yea” out now can definitely become the summer anthem for all the smooth talkers…”

HipHopNMore, too, raved about the track when stating, “…if “Say Yea” tells us anything, then we know that we’re in for some sticky sweet R&B goodness.” 

About Cash Money Records:

Since 1991, Brothers Bryan “Birdman” Williams aka “Baby” and Ronald “Slim” Williams have built Cash Money Records into a legendary force in the music industry. Through tireless devotion and an unparalleled work ethic, the duo founded the legendary label in the New Orleans housing projects and elevated it into a multi-million-dollar empire and cultural tastemaker. Not only is the company revered as an iconic and enduring global street brand, it’s become the most successful independent record label in America boasting a bevy of chart-dominating, multi-platinum artists and Grammy Award winners and cumulative sales over 100 million albums worldwide, the roster includes Jacquees, Blueface, Deemic, Juvenile and more. The label also houses Lil Wayne‘s imprint Young Money Entertainment (Drake and Nicki Minaj) as well as a publishing arm Cash Money Content. Cash Money Records is distributed by Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company.

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thuy – i hope u see this (deluxe)

Vietnamese singer-songwriter thuy (pronounced twee) released the deluxe edition of her critically-acclaimed debut EP, i hope u see this. The fourteen-track project is a reflection of thuy‘s truth, unraveling the complexities of love through a utopia of harmonies that spotlight heartbreak, love, empowerment, and self-confidence. i hope u see this (deluxe) introduces five more reasons as to how thuy is paving the future for modern R&B in her own right. 

“The deluxe project is a continuation of the theme that I’m closing the door on the past in order to enter a new chapter in my life,” thuy said with excitement about the deluxe EP.  

i hope u see this (deluxe) is a cohesive body of work that celebrates thuy‘s innate musicality. It’s a consistent approach, meant to be played in any setting that honors emotion. Songs like “distance between us” prove that thuy’s regaining control over those overwhelming thoughts and unwanted feelings that have sapped her energy over the years. Her smooth vocals permeate the work, flirting over bouncy percussion that grinds into a catchy hook with “inhibitions” featuring P-Lo

When trying to make sense of thuy, you’re introduced to a fiery songstress that’s capable of making the best out of a bad situation. “in my bag” featuring Destiny Rogers channels those elements of misfortune into a deeper meaning that encourages listeners to remain focused in the face of adversity.  Diving deeper into the remix, thuy explains, “the ‘in my bag’ remix with Destiny Rogers is a major women empowerment anthem and that’s why I knew I wanted to get another female artist on it. Destiny Rogers was the perfect feature for this remix; she just exudes confidence and drive. I wanted to really embody the idea that women can be bosses and to never count us out of anything because we always come out on top!”

About Thuy

thuy is a recording artist and songwriter who marked her debut in 2015 with her first radio record, “Hands on Me”. Born and raised in the Bay Area, the now LA-based artist has released several records showcasing her angelic vocals, skillful songwriting, and modern R&B stylings. Having amassed over 150 million streams and garnered support from premier publications including Billboard, Rolling Stones, Paper, VIBE, Harper’s Bazaar, Lyrical Lemonade, MTV, NBC, Flaunt, and more thuy is setting herself apart in the pop R&B scene.

As a Vietnamese-American recording artist, thuy was featured in Paper’s first feature on Southeast Asian-American artists, highlighting how the rising artist has “carved out a space for herself both within and beyond the community of self-made Asian-American musical artists that have emerged in the streaming era.”2021 marked a turning point for thuy, who released her debut EP: i hope u see this. The project shares a beautiful and introspective collection of records touching on heartbreak, love, empowerment, and self-confidence. Through the project, thuy hopes that her music continues to inspire confidence in others and to be a voice for those who want to feel seen.