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Mary J. Blige is a timeless artist with more hits under belt than a Major League slugger.

This extremely awesome lady has been out of the musical limelight for awhile now. Nevertheless, she is back and better than ever with a new music, a documentary, and a  new album (the latter two of which are named), “The London Sessions!” Kontrol Magazine was privileged to attend a screening for the documentary, which has been met with rave reviews. Never before have people seen this amazing star so vulnerable or truly seen what it takes for her to deliver the quality she and her fans enjoy. Mary admits she felt as if she was becoming stagnant in her music in recent years. Not wanting to glide on the sheer loyalty of her fans she opted to record and live in London for a month naming the album and the documentary for her experiences there.

“The London Sessions,” may prove to be Mary’s most eclectic album to date. While in London she even worked with producers and artist there. One such artist being, Sam Smith. The hybridization of their style and with her own should prove to be a truly beautiful mix! Then again, she always delivers there is no reason to doubt her now! Mary is slated to perform at the upcoming American Music Awards. Will we be hearing a new single, or seeing a collaboration with Sam?

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Mary was recently a recipient of Atlanta’s prestigious, “Phoenix Award.” This award is the highest honor an individual, or group, can receive from the Mayor of Atlanta. It recognizes major accomplishments and services rendered to the city, state, nation or world! Other recent Phoenix Award recipients include Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunnus; former heavyweight boxer and champion Evander Holyfield, Tyler Perry, WSB-TV Channel 2 journalist Monica Pearson (formerly Kaufman) and TBS Chairman and CEO, Philip Kent. As you can see Mary is in good company. With so much going on for her right now, one has to wonder what is next for Ms. Blige. All we know is she has not reached her peak and The London Sessions should be apart of your musical library on Monday, November 24th! Click the video links to hear more of Mary J. Blige’s amazing interview following the screening of her documentary!

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“Baby Mama!” Brandy is Back w/ New Single, featuring Chance The Rapper!

Brandy, AKA “The Vocal Bible” is back with a new single, “Baby Mama,” for mothers worldwide!  The new single features award winning artist, Chance The Rapper, and was released via collaboration between Brand Nu Entertainment and Entertainment One (“eOne”).

Just in time for Mother’s Day, “Baby Mama” speaks on Brandy’s journey raising her own daughter, Sy’rai, as well as mothers working to support their families.

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Brandy, AKA “The Vocal Bible” is back with a new single, “Baby Mama,” for mothers worldwide!  The new single features award winning artist, Chance The Rapper, and was released via collaboration between Brand Nu Entertainment and Entertainment One (“eOne”).

Just in time for Mother’s Day, “Baby Mama” speaks on Brandy’s journey raising her own daughter, Sy’rai, as well as mothers working to support their families.

via Press Release

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The single is currently available on digital platforms worldwide and will be impact radio on May 4. The song premiered this morning via iHeart Media stations across the country, and will be played every hour on the hour today until 10 PM local time.

“It takes a village to raise em’, we don’t do it all by ourselves…This song ain’t just for me, it’s for every mama yeah…Every day I breathe it’s for my little mama…I’m every woman and a baby mama.”

Brandy says, “My new single is about embracing the strength and fortitude needed not only in motherhood, but in life.  I’m am thrilled that Chance joined me on this track, and I hope my fans find it as uplifting as I intended it to be!”

Following the single’s release, BET will premiere the official “Baby Mama” video on Monday, May 4 via, BET JAMS, and BET SOUL, and BET.com beginning at 12 noon ET.   Directed by Derek Blanks, with creative director Frank Gatson, the video features a glowing and vibrant Brandy. 

“Baby Mama” is the follow-up to Brandy’s GRAMMY-nominated, hit single with Daniel Caesar, “Love Again,” which soared to #1 on the Urban AC chart late last year.

Since emerging with her 4x-platinum self-titled debut album in 1994 (released when Brandy was only 15-years-old), this trail-blazing pioneer has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and is ranked one of the best-selling female artists in American music history by the RIAA, having sold over 11 million albums in the United States. During her reign she recorded five albums: In 1998 – Never Say Never (1998), Full Moon (2002) Afrodisiac (2004), Human, and 2012 – Two Eleven (2012). Brandy has also earned scores of awards, including a Grammy, an AMA, two Soul Train Music Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, three Billboard Awards, four MTV Awards, six Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, two Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, and four BMI Awards.

“Baby Mama” will be featured on Brandy’s highly anticipated forthcoming album out later this year.  Fans can stay updated on new music and more by logging onto www.4everbrandy.com.

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We have to say we love Brandy’s new single! It is a true bop and only goes to show that she still has it! She and Chance are quite the dynamic duo.

What do you guys think of “Baby Mama” sound off in the comments’ section below!

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[AUDIO] For The Truly “Grown & Sexy!” Kem Returns w/ New Single, “Lie To Me!”

It has been nearly six years since the soulful singer, Kem, blessed us with new music! Now he is back with a new single that is virtually a declaration of unconditional love, “Lie To Me!” The song is easily a vibe, giving you a truly soulful and grown and sexy hit for the aunties and uncles to two-step to!

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It has been nearly six years since the soulful singer, Kem, blessed us with new music! Now he is back with a new single that is virtually a declaration of unconditional love, “Lie To Me!” The song is easily a vibe, giving you a truly soulful and grown and sexy hit for the aunties and uncles to two-step to!

Check out the single below:

“Lie To Me” has been met with rave reviews, and Kem himself has says the single “represents what we love best about R&B.”

via Respect Magazine

“Lie To Me” is from KEM’s forthcoming album – the follow-up to 2014’s Promise To Love, which debuted at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-hop Albums chart and entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3. The album contained the hit singles “Nobody” and “It’s You,” which each spent multiple weeks atop the Urban AC radio chart. “Nobody” earned KEM his third GRAMMY nomination. In 2015, Mediabase named “Nobody” as the Urban Adult Contemporary Song of the Year and KEM as the Urban Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year. Snoop Dogg and Ronald Isley were featured artists on Promise To Love. Since the release of Promise To Love, KEM has married and welcomed two children, inspiring a deeper devotion to family, faith and music.
The Houston Chronicle said, “‘Promise To Love’ is packed with the type of candlelit R&B serenades that the Nashville-born, Detroit-bred singer has built his career on….The music feels timeless…but it still pulses with urgency.” SoulTracks.com noted, “Sensuality, spirituality and homespun wisdom…delivered atop elegant ballads and meticulous, mid-tempo grooves: KEM’s signature style has…endeared him to fans of ‘grown and sexy’ R&B.”
We already have “Lie To Me” on rotation and will be playing it this spring and summer as quarantine lets up and family gatherings and reunions commence. We are glad Kem is back and cannot wait for his new album to drop!
What do you think of Kem’s new single? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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[MUSIC VIDEO] Ray J & Princess Star in “Party’s Over!”

Ray J is still making moves and hits after over twenty years in the game! We already know him to be a mogul and game changer, and now he is back to his roots with a new music video and single from his EP, “Emerald City,” “Party’s Over!” The video not only features Ray J, but his beautiful wife and reality star, Princess Love.

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Ray J is still making moves and hits after over twenty years in the game! We already know him to be a mogul and game changer, and now he is back to his roots with a new music video and single from his EP, “Emerald City,” “Party’s Over!” The video not only features Ray J, but his beautiful wife and reality star, Princess Love.

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Check it out below!

We absolutely love this video! More than the video we love seeing Ray J and Princess Love together! We know for awhile they were having some marital problems, but this video is just a testament to their enduring love. After a few years together and two beautiful kids, the magic is still there!

What do you all think of Ray J’s music video for “Party’s Over?” Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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