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.

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Ledisi Announces ‘All The Way’ As New Single

As Ledisi continues to relish on her three deserving Grammy nominations, she selects “All the Way” as the new single from Let Love Rule.

Backed by beautiful strings and a piano, the New Orléans native relies on the attachment from her soulmate to make things right when she’s feeling down about life.

“Love me, with all of your heart / Will you love me / When things get too hard, and I need you more / Make sure you’re sure, that you’ll love me all the way,” sings Ledisi.

“All the Way” is nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance while “High” is nominated for Best R&B Performance and Let Love Rule for Best R&B Album at the 60th Grammy Awards.

We’ll be rooting for Ledisi and all the other Grammy nominees. The Grammys will air live on Sunday, Jan. 28 from Madison Square Garden in New York and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 7:30–11:00 p.m. ET/4:30–8:00 p.m. PT.

Go “All the Way” with Ledisi below.

Adrian Marcel Announces ‘GMFU Tour’ Dates

Adrian Marcel will hit the road this winter to support his debut album, GMFU (Got Me Fucked Up).

Starting on February 20, the Oakland, Calif. native will bring his smooth vocals to Atlanta at VINYL. He will travel to other cities on the east and west coast including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Sacramento. The tour will conclude on March 8 at New Parish in San Francisco.

Last May, Rated R&B chatted with Marcel about his oft-delayed debut album and his most personal song from the project. “Eastside Story” because it was only two people who had anything to do with it — me and Jan Hancock. We produced it. We wrote it. Arranged it. Recorded it. It was the first record that we recorded in the process of doing this album.”

See his tour dates below.

Tina Turner to Receive 2018 Special Merit Award From The Recording Academy

Music icon Tina Turner will receive her flowers this year. As part of the Recording Academy’s 2018 Special Merit Awards, the Private Dancer will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her groundbreaking contributions to the field of recording.

The Queen of Rock and Roll has an impressive Grammy history. The global superstar has racked up a total of eight awards, dating back to 1972, for her “Proud Mary” duet with Ike Turner to her first solo win in 1985 for “What’s Love Got to Do With It” from her Private Dancer album.

Turner isn’t the only one to be honored. Other legendary recipients to include Hal Blaine, Neil Diamond, Emmylou Harris, Louis Jordan, the Meters, and Queen.

The Recording Academy will hold a special award presentation ceremony and celebratory concert this summer.

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