8 R&B Influencers Suitable For Judging ‘American Idol’


FOX recently revealed the official panel for season 13 of “American Idol.” Season 12 judge Keith Urban returns for another run while Jennifer Lopez, who was a judge back i 2011-2012, re-joins the judging table. In addition, newcomer Harry Connick Jr. has been confirmed as the third judge for the reality-singing competition.

As the once successful singing competition tries to regain its glory with the recycled judges, we can’t help but wonder, why there isn’t any artist in the genre of R&B getting their cup refilled with Coca-Cola as they contribute their expertise to finding the next “American Idol.” There are several seasoned singers/producers in the world of rhythm and blues who could help with this difficult task.

However, we were going to name eight R&B influencers who would have been suitable for the job of being an “American Idol” judge.



 R. Kelly 

While we don’t need the “Pied Piper of R&B” serenading to the minors of the audience, R. Kelly’s musical artistry should be experienced by the contestants in the competition.

Since the early 90’s to the present-day, the Chicago native has been influential in the industry of R&B as well as other genres of music. His stage presence is unmatched by any other male R&B singer. He brings the strongest vocals and knows how to work a woman out of her clothes — literally.

Aside from having longevity, reaching other genres and having stage presence, R. Kelly undoubtedly has influenced several artists throughout his career, which spans over twenty years.

In addition, Kells’ songwriting ability and ear for what makes great and timeless music are all excellent factors that would make him beneficial to any of the hopefuls on “American Idol.”

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Toni Braxton Releases New Song ‘Heart Away’ with Birdman

R&B legend Toni Braxton teams with her alleged boyfriend Birdman for her a new track, “Heart Away.” Produced by London On Da Track, the edgy tune is an interpolation of Cash Money artist Dez Deshon’s song “Hardaway.”

“He took my heart away, bad man with good manner / Played me like I was a habit / Middle finger, he could have it / I used to dream of livin’ lavish / Now a girl’s a livin’ legend,” Braxton sings.

Birdman raps, “I got something worth more than money / Go to church, free the birds on Sundays / So much pain I took you away from it / When I pull up on you I’m stunting.”

Last fall, Braxton released her single “Deadwood” as the lead track from her upcoming album, Sex & Cigarettes

Listen to “Heart Away” below.

Bruno Mars, Mary J. Blige and others Win at 49th NAACP Image Awards

The winners of the 49th NAACP Image Awards were announced on Monday night during the live broadcast from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, which aired on TV One.

The two-hour live special was hosted by Anthony Anderson and opened with a powerful moment in support of #TIMESUP featuring Angela Robinson, Kerry Washington, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Laverne Cox, Lena Waithe and Tracee Ellis Ross. There was a live pre-show from the red carpet hosted by Terrence J with special correspondent, Tanika Ray.

Among the winners were R&B acts SZA (Outstanding New Artist), Bruno Mars (Outstanding Male Artist, Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album, Outstanding Song) and Mary J. Blige (Outstanding Female Artist). R&B legend Charlie Wilson was honored with the Music Makes a Difference Award.

Mary J. Blige Releases New Uplifting Track ‘Bounce Back’

In celebration of her 47th birthday (Jan. 11), Mary J. Blige released a brand new track titled “Bounce Back.” On the uplifting track, Blige sings about how she pulls through during the difficult times in her life.

“What I been through (yeah) / All I the suffering and the fighting but I still pull through (yeah) / Still we rise and we fall every time,” Blige sings. “You I know I always bounce back / Never turn back / Love is like that,” she continues.

“Bounce Back” appears to be a treat to Blige’s fans. The song is currently only available to stream on Soundcloud.

This is been an eventful week for Blige. On her birthday, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “I’m so grateful for this star right now because I’ve earned it probably three times,” she said. “I say that with confidence and not arrogance. I say it because I know that now, and I know my worth, and what this means.”

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