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While prepping for the release of his sophomore album, Ro James gives his fans a little of what they can expect on his new project with his new song “Excuse Me.” Co-produced by Tricky Stewart and Jean-Pierre Medor, Ro sings about giving more to a relationship than what he was receiving.

You had it easy but you just couldn’t play your part,” sings Ro James. “Our heart was starving while you focused on so many parts / Other than love / That’s way too old to be acting up / So excuse me, what’s your problem? / Why you so mad and crazy babe?”

Ro James is expected to drop his sophomore album later this year, check out Ro’s new single below.

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Last night Nicki Minaj debuted her new Apple Radio show “Queen.” In her radio debut, Nicki surprised her barbs when she announced her new album is complete and it will drop today. The YMCMB rapper was full of surprises yesterday as it was also announced that she will be performing at the VMAs. The news comes one day after Post Malone and Travi$ Scott were added to this year’s Video Music Awards lineup.

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards takes place on August 20, live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Check out Nicki’s highly anticipated album below.

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A few weeks ago Ciara made her return to music with her single Level Up, which had fans taking to social media doing dance videos as a part of the #LevelUpChallenge. The fun didn’t stop there as Missy Elliott and Fat Man Scoop joined in on the official remix, and now CiCi is back with a new single.

Keeping her promise to make people all around the world dance, Ciara drops her afrobeat single “Freak Me.” “Freak Me” is the second release from Ciara’s upcoming album, due on her label Beauty Marks Entertainment. Check out the new song below.

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Country music has a new artist that is making a name for himself, and his name is Willie Jones. The Louisiana native first turned heads while on the X Factor at the age of 17 giving more spotlight for the limited representation of African-Americans in country music. After releasing his debut “Runs In Our Blood.”, Willie returns with his EP “Road Waves.”

Road Waves is a soulful, feel good, fresh take on country music and the soundtrack to my life. I touch on love, family, boozin’, and heartbreak. These are things I feel that we all can connect to in some way. The overall message of Road Waves is owning who you are. In my book, if you can have a staring contest with yourself in the mirror and win, you’re living right.”

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After teasing fans with a snippet earlier this week, rapper/actor/artist Diggy Simmons has released his new single “It Is What It Is” accompanied by a stunning visual directed by Emmanuel Afolabi – watch “It Is What It Is” here. Set inside a Harlem church a zealous Diggy raps over a stripped back track composed of violins and gospel singers. Maintaining his signature quick fire bars, with “ It Is What It Is” Diggy proves why he continues to be an exciting addition to hip hop.

“I’m finally able to take a step back and say, ‘It is what it is. I’m happy with this. Here I am’,” Diggy explains. “A lot of people go through those ups and downs and sometimes you just need to let it be. The song really sets the tone for what is to come.”

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After having the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 for a third consecutive week, Drake unleashes the highly-anticipated video for his Scorpion smash “In My Feelings.”

Shot in New Orleans, the Karen Evans directed video shows LaLa as Drakes romantic obsession doing what he can to win her heart. The video also stars Phylicia Rashad playing the role as LaLa’s mother with additional appearances from Instagram personality Shiggy, who helped the song become the hit it is today with his In My Feelings challenge. The song also features Yung Miami of the City Girls and Big Freedia.

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Before H.E.R releases her debut album, the rising R&B singer gives her fans new music to hold them over. Bringing more sensual vibes, H.E.R drops her six-track EP I Used to Know Her: The Prelude.

Coming in at six tracks, The Prelude features guest appearances by Bryson Tiller (“Could’ve Been”) and DJ Scratch (“Lost Souls”). Out now on iTunes, stream I Used to Know Her: The Prelude below.

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Ella Mai has been enjoying the success of her chart-topping single Boo’d Up. Now the R&B singer returns with her follow-up single Trip.

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Santigold made her return to music yesterday when she released her mixtape inspired EP I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions. While working with Dre Skull on the project, the initially met in a writing session and bonded over their shared passion for Reggae and Afro-Caribbean music.

They decided to explore their ideas for a mixtape, which ultimately grew into a 10 song recording session, which they came to call The Gold Fire Sessions. Over the course of two weeks, they recorded the bulk of the songs, playing with Reggae and Afro-Caribbean influences while pushing and pulling their pillars with Santi’s singular point of view. In celebration of the release, Santigold will be doing festival dates and select dates on Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary tour, full dates below.

Santigold Live Dates:

12/09: Portland, OR @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum +
14/09: Vancouver, BC @ Deer Lake Park +
15/09: Seattle, WA @ ShoWare Center +
21/09: Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful
22/09: Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre +
26/09: Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre +
29/09: Long Beach, CA @ Music Tastes Good

+ = with Lauryn Hill

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VanJess release their much-anticipated debut new album, Silk Canvas. The sisters deliver a deep, diverse, and dynamic body of work that artfully fuses soulful R&B, pop palatability, and electronic energy. Continuing to captivate fans everywhere, the lead-off single “Addicted” is swiftly nearing 2 million Spotify streams.

Additionally, they uncovered the cinematic and striking music video for “Control Me.”