It’s a new year, so that means new music! While 2015 was a great year for R&B music, we can only hope the same for 2016 and beyond. Kicking off the New Year with major album releases is R&B veteran Tank. His new album, Sex Love & Pain II will serve as the follow-up to his 2007 album Sex, Love & Pain.
Singers Tweet and Brian McKnight were set to release their projects in January. However, they’ve both been pushed back to February. We’ll have the list of February releases for you soon!
For now, get the details on Tank’s Sex, Love & Pain II album.
Nominations for the 60th Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday morning, and as predicted Bruno Mars led the R&B pack with six nods including Best R&B Album for 24k Magic. Childish Gambino, Khalid and SZA followed with five nominations each.
As artists thanked the Recording Academy for their consideration, some fans and critics called out the Academy for snubbing certain artists. Many fans were in shock when artists like Mary J. Blige and Tamar Braxton did not receive any nominations.
Although nothing can be changed at this point, here are five artists who should’ve been nominated for a 2018 Grammy.
Best R&B Performance (For new vocal or instrumental R&B recordings.)
“Before I Do” — Sevyn Streeter
It is safe to say the Recording Academy missed the mark by not nominating “Before I Do” by Sevyn Streeter. Lifted from her long-overdue debut album, Girl Disrupted, the guitar-led tune helped Sevyn claim her first No. 1 single on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart. The slow jam had the singer-songwriter proclaiming her readiness for love. Feeling considered that her man of interest is already taken, she asked valid questions before she made a decision with her heart. Along with daunting lyrics, Streeter’s silky voice meshed well behind the elements of “At Your Best (You Are Love)” by the Isley Brothers and covered by the late Aaliyah.
Best Traditional R&B Performance (For new vocal or instrumental traditional R&B recordings.)
“Blind” by Tamar Braxton
It is obvious that Tamar Braxton’s team and other music industry leaders overlooked the Bluebird of Happiness ballad “Blind” for this ideal category. Containing an interpolation of “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James, the emotionally charged song includes the needed qualities – instrumental traditional R&B recordings – to justify a worthy nomination.
Best R&B Song (A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)
“U + Me (Love Lesson)” — Brandon “B.A.M.” Hodge, Charles “Prince Charlez” Hinshaw and David D. Brown & Mary J. Blige, songwriters (Mary J. Blige)
Even though Mary J. Blige’s “Thick of It” remained atop the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart for 16 weeks, it was her follow-up single “U + Me (Love Lesson)” that caused a frenzy. Co-written by Blige, Brandon “B.A.M.” Hodge, Charles “Prince Charlez” Hinshaw and David D. Brown, the honest tune is arguably one of the most underrated R&B songs of the year. The well-composed jam recounts Blige’s gut feelings after filing for divorce from her manager-husband of 12 years. “Must’ve been crazy to think that you loved me / I saw all the signs but I just couldn’t say nothing,” she sings.
Best Urban Contemporary Album (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of newly recorded contemporary vocal tracks derivative of R&B.)
Savage — Tank
Tank’s music deserves more love from the Grammys – especially his newly released album, Savage. With eight solo projects – dating back to 2001’s Force of Nature – under his belt, it is a shame that his 2007 Sex, Love & Pain release is his only full-length project nominated for Grammy. Tank’s latest single “When We” is currently commanding urban adult contemporary radio. It also cracked the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 92 this week, making him one of the first solo R&B artists to achieve this feat this year.
Best R&B Album (For albums containing at least 51% playing time of new R&B recordings.)
Back 2 Life — LeToya Luckett
After a six-year hiatus from music, LeToya Luckett made a comeback with her third album, Back 2 Life.The singer-actress blessed fans with a 13-track LP filled with fresh quality material. From the album’s introductory track “I’m Ready” to its lead single “B2L,” which reached No. 6 on urban adult contemporary radio, the modern release warranted more RESPECK.
The 60th Grammy Awards will air live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 on CBS.
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Tank can do no wrong on urban adult contemporary radio. The R&B vet has earned another number one single on urban AC radio with “When We” from his latest album, Savage.
With 1,997 radio spins, Tank’s romantic cut has dethroned newcomer Khalid’s hit “Location” from the top slot. Back on June 29, “When We” debuted at No. 47 with 70 radio spins.
The Sex Music maker touched on the early success of “When We” with Rated R&B in September.
“I’m the number one streaming artist on the urban AC format and we know that older people don’t stream,” said Tank. “Streaming is a young format. I’m over a million streams a week. Listen, I don’t let people dictate that for me. I don’t let radio dictate that for me, although they’ve given me a lot of love and support on the urban AC side.”
Keep Tank’s “When We” atop of the urban AC chart by streaming it now.
After wrapping up the first leg of his Savage Tour with Sammie, Tank joins forces with Leela James to announce The Savage x The Soul Tour.
The tour kicks off on November 13 at Playstation Theater in New York City and will make stops in cities across the U.S. including Philadelphia, D.C., Chicago and Dallas. The tour will wrap up on December 8 at the Historic BAL Theatre in San Fransisco.
Tank will be supporting his brand new album Savage, while Leela will be promoting her latest album, Did It For Love.