R&B Group Total Talks Reunion, Working With Diddy And The State Of R&B Music

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After a 14-year hiatus, 90’s R&B group Total reunites. The group recently sat down to promote their reunion in the UK and spoke on topics surrounding R&B music.

Pam and Kima, sans Keisha, dished the dirt on what it was like to work with Diddy (the artist formerly known as Puffy), the state of R&B music today and their return to music.

On being signed to Bad Boy Records:

Pam: “Bad Boy was a family. It was consistent. We had our ups and downs when we didn’t agree with Puffy.  But for the most part it was a ball.”

On the state of R&B music today: 

Kima: “I think music now lacks originality.  When we recorded we put everything into it. We weren’t rushing to put anything out. I just think the work ethic is a little different. I think people are just rushing to throw stuff out there and not really putting that artistry behind their project like a lot of the 90’s artists did. We wanted longevity and our music is still rocking.”

On returning to music:

Kima: “The one thing social media made me realize was how much people really love Total. After all these years to still know we have a fan base. I think it’s good to get out there and mingle with your fans and just market yourself.”

Total first stepped on the scene with their debut album “Total” in 1996, which peaked at no. 4 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. They are most famously known for their singles “Can’t You See” featuring The Notorious B.I.G., “What About Us” and “Kissin’ You.” The Bad Boy trio also provided hooks for The Notorious B.I.G.’s 90’s Hip-Hop anthem “Juicy” and LL Cool J’s “Loungin.'”

The ladies are back in the studio and we can expect to hear new music from them soon.

(Source: Centric)

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Tinashe Sets Release Date for New Album ‘Joyride’

Let us rejoice! Tinashe’s oft-delayed sophomore album, Joyride, will finally see the light next month.

The singer has announced her new project will release on April 13 via RCA Records. She also unveiled the official artwork, which shows her in a dress with a jetpack attached. “The wait is over,” she captioned on Twitter.

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The LP is the follow-up to Tinashe’s debut album, Aquarius, which released in 2014.


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The album will feature her previous singles “Ready for Whatever,“Ready, Pt. II” and “You Got Me.” Before TKO drops, Mya will release another single called “Damage” on March 23. The sultry song is available for pre-order now.

TKO will follow Mya’s 2016 album, Smoove Jones, which was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 59th Grammy Awards.

Listen to a snippet of the record on Amazon.

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The Colombian-American singer shared the news moments before making her television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night, where she performed “After the Storm” with Tyler, The Creator.

“Wow you just dunno how amazed I was to finally announce my FIRST ALBUM!!! & to perform my song for the first time on TV!! thank you so much everyone who has been supportive & open to growing with me,” Uchis wrote on Instagram.

Isolation will go on presale on March 23.

Uchis was nominated for a Grammy this year for her guest vocals on Daniel Caesar’s hit single “Get You.”

Watch Kali Uchis perform “After the Storm” below.

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