Ro James Announces Headlining ‘XIX Tour’ Dates

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The show goes on. Following his opening on gig on Maxwell and Mary J. Blige’s King and Queen of Hearts Tour, Ro James announces his own headlining tour.

Dubbed XIX Tour, the 23-city trek will kick off on February 3, 2017 in Portland, Ore. From there, James will play in major cities across the U.S. including Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Chicago, to name a few.

On February 14, James will perform a special Valentine’s Day show in Detroit with Joe, Chrisette and Vivan Greene.

James’ XIX Tour will support his debut album, Eldoradowhich features his Grammy-nominated single “Permission.”

Ro James XIX Tour Dates

Feb. 3 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
Feb. 4 – Seattle, WA – Columbia City Theater
Feb. 6 – Oakland, CA – The New Parish
Feb. 7 – Sacramento, CA – Harlows
Feb. 9 – Santa Ana, CA – The Constellation Room @ The Observatory
Feb. 13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
Feb. 14 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre w/ Joe, Chrisette and Vivian Greene
Feb. 15 – Houston, TX – Studio @ Warehouse Live
Feb. 16 – Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall
Feb. 19 – Nashville, TN – Basement East
Feb. 22 – Baton Rouge, LA – The Varsity Theatre
Feb. 23 – Birmingham, AL – Workplay Theatre
Feb. 24 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl
Feb. 25 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music Hall
Feb. 26 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
Feb. 28 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
Mar. 2 – Washington, D.C. – The Howard Theatre
Mar. 3 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Mar. 5 – Cambridge, MA – The Middle East
Mar. 7 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club Theatre
Mar. 8 – Cleveland, OH – The Cambridge Room @ HOB
Mar. 9 – Chicago, IL – The Promontory
Mar. 10 – Kansas City, MO – Voodoo Lounge @ Harrah’s Casino
Mar. 11 – Memphis, TN – 1884 Lounge

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at rojamesxix.com.

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Keyshia Cole Announces ‘Ride’ as Next Single

Without an official radio impact date, Keyshia Cole teases Kamiayah-assisted track as her new single from 11:11 Reset.

In a series of Instagram posts, the “I Ain’t Thru” songstress shared snippets of the Drumma Boy produced track, captioning “Coming next 🔥🔥.”

The wavy track, sampling Tupac Shakur’s “Hail Mary,” finds the Oakland pair sittin’ on ready and ready to pull up on anyone who gets out of line. “One hundred, nothing fake about me / She better watch what she say about me, ” claps Keysh.

Lyricist Kamiyah is mean with her delivery, too. “I got some bitches outside that’ll ride for me / No lie, two times, they’ll die for me,” spits the rising rapper.

11:11 Reset is available digitally and in stores now.

Crank up “Ride,” and remind haters they don’t want no problems.

Janet Jackson, Keith Sweat, Patti LaBelle and More Nominated For Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Some of the biggest names in music have been nominated for the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Motown Records, Patti LaBelle, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Nat King Cole, Berry Gordy, Keith Sweat and Stephanie Mills are among the impressive list of nominees.

Ten artists with the most votes will be selected to join the Class of 2018. Winners will be announced in February, Black History Month. The first-ever televised ceremony will take place in June, Black Music Month.

In 2016, inductees included Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Manhattans, Freda Payne, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Carl Carlton and The Impressions.

See the full list of Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame nominees below.

Apollo Theater, and New Editions
Barry White
Berry Gordy
Billy Paul
Bobby “Blue” Bland
Gamble & Huff
George Clinton
Janet Jackson
Jerry Lee Lewis
Keith Sweat
Mary J. Blige
Motown Records
Nat King Cole
Patti LaBelle
Peabo Bryson
Stephanie Mills
The Dells
The Drifters

(Source: Click On Detroit)

Jordin Sparks Reveals She is Married and Expecting First Child

American Idol winner Jordin Sparks is starting a family. The 27-year-old revealed to People that she secretly got married to her boyfriend Dana Isaiah in mid-July, while on vacation in Hawaii.

“We’re both really excited,” Sparks said about being a newlywed. “He’s been like, ‘I want to shout it from the mountain tops!’ We’re really proud to be married to each other and to be celebrating this.”

Sparks also announced she is pregnant with her first child that is due next spring. “It’s been really crazy because everything changes,” Sparks said about her pregnancy. “Once we got over the initial shock of it, now again just like it is with the marriage, to be able to share that this amazing thing is happening, it’s such a great thing. We did this together!”

It’s good to see that Sparks has found new love. Over the past few years, she had to endure very public breakups with her exes Jason Derulo and Sage the Gemini.