INTERVIEW: Day26 Talks Comeback, Brotherhood & New Music


R&B quartet Day26 made their debut in 2007 after Sean “Diddy” Combs handpicked them for MTV’s  “Making the Band 4.” The group went on to releasing two albums — “Day26” in 2008 and “Forever in a Day” in 2009. In December 2009, Que, the group’s youngest member, parted ways.

The group was left with four members. In winter 2011, they released their single “Made Love Lately.” Although everything seemed promising — a new single, an album in the works — Day26 announced their hiatus in the summer of 2012.

Two years later, all five original members of Day26 are back and ready to reclaim their spotlight in the R&B world. In June, the group released their new EP appropriately titled “The Return.”

Stream Day 26’s “The Return” EP

The eight-track set boasts strong ballads and bedroom bangers such as “Russian Roulette,” “Impossible” and “Make it to the Bed.” It even includes their rendition of Silk’s classic song “Lose Control.”

In addition to their new EP, Day26 has also embarked on their reunion tour.

After killing the stage at Baltimore Soundstage, the group — Robert, Willie, Brian, Mike and Que — sat down with Rated RnB for a candid interview. During the interview, they speak on their reunion, their new EP, their plans for an album, their bond as brothers and more.

Here are excerpts from the interview:

On why they decided to get back together:

WILLIE: ‘Cause the Lord said yes! [laughs]

On what their first rehearsal of their reunion tour was like:

BRIAN: Honestly, the very first rehearsal was like “What the hell are we doing?” and “What the hell did we get ourselves into?” [Laughs]. It was chaos, total chaos.

ROBERT: It was just too many jokes. When we get together, the jokes don’t stop. It was just one of those situations where we were supposed to be rehearsing but had to get the jokes out the way…

On plans for an album:

WILLIE: Most definitely. We are working on an album — we haven’t actually started but we are in talks of it.

On bonding and brotherhood…

BRIAN: I don’t understand why some people think we have beef with each other…we support each other in everything that we do — whether it’s acting, solo projects…these are my brothers  so of course I want my brothers to win in any shape, form or fashion.

Watch the full interview below.

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Khalid and Normani Make Chemistry in ‘Love Lies’ Video

Khalid and Normani can’t keep their eyes off each other in their fervid visual for “Love Lies,” lifted from the impending Love, Simon soundtrack.

The cinematic video begins with Khalid — who is working as a valet attendant — setting up his on-the-job plans with a text thread with his Fifth Harmony co-star. He sends Normani the ‘location’ of the hotel he works at and she pulls up shortly in a black ride.

The Young Dumb & Broke artist opens her door, and Normani steps out dressed in a flowy black trench-coat. Eager to put on a show, she hardly makes it to her room before she snatches off her coat to reveal her sexy lingerie.

Finally, in the room, Normani draws back the curtains and dances like her life depends on it. Khalid has a bird’s-eye view of her dance number and sends her emojis of appreciation at his valet post.

Love, Simon will hit the big screen on March 16.

See how the steamy “Love Lies” video caps off below.

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Rotimi Releases ‘Baecation’ Video

It seems like almost every R&B artist is dropping some material on Valentine’s Day. In celebration of the loving holiday, Rotimi has released a visual for “Baecation” from his Jeep Music, Vol. 1 EP.

In the video, directed by Sean Edwards, Rotimi calls up his girl and surprises her with a romantic date around town. The two enjoy each other’s company at a park, before heading to take pictures at a photo booth.

According to a press release, Rotimi is gearing up to release another EP later this year, as well as return for the fifth season of the hit show on STARZ, Power. 

Last December, the actor/singer released a remix to “Kitchen Table” with Trey Songz and Ty Dolla $ign. The original version also appears on Jeep Music, Vol. 1. 

Watch Rotimi’s “Baecation” video below.

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K. Michelle Shares ‘Crazy Like You’ Video

Don’t mess with K. Michelle or you’ll come up missing. The versatile artist reveals her plans for revenge to her therapist Annabelle in the video for “Crazy Like You.”

The eerie picture starts with K. Michelle and several look-a-likes strutting around an abandoned warehouse in a revealing black outfit. The camera flashes to more women, one holding a tank of gasoline, who seem to be ready to set fire to the rain. Going back to K, sporting a platinum blonde ponytail, an over-sized dress and plaid boots, she gets comfy on a vintage sofa to share her plot for vengeance to a red-headed doll.

“Crazy Like You” is lifted from K. Michelle’s latest album, Kimberly: The People I Used To Know.

See how K. Michelle and her bandits get even with their mate below.

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