Stream Mary J. Blige’s New Album ‘Strength of a Woman’

Mary J. Blige’s 13th studio album, Strength of a Woman, is finally here. Released on Capitol Records, the album features guest appearances from Kanye West, Missy Elliott, Quavo of Migos, DJ Khaled, Prince Charlez and Kaytranada.

“This is one of my most powerful albums,” Blige said in a statement last month.

In a recent interview with Rated R&B, Blige’s A&R Eddie Fourcell shared his thoughts on the album. “This album will prove that Mary J. Blige has made an album in 2017 — 25 years after her debut — and still made an amazing record that still stands the time,” he said. “We didn’t make it a dated album. It doesn’t feel like What the 411? but it feels like what she was on there . You’re going to be extremely pleased with the album.”

Strength of a Woman’s lead single “Thick of It,” co-written by Jazmine Sullivan, was released last fall and climbed to no. 1 on the urban AC radio chart. It makes radio history as the fastest song to top urban AC radio since Whitney Houston’s 1995 hit “Exhale (Shoop Shoop).”

Listen to Strength of a Woman below.

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Stream Karina Pasian’s ‘Interlude’ EP

Karina Pasian is back. The Grammy-nominated singer has released a brand new EP titled Interlude.

The EP features six piano-driven songs including her emotional track “Solitaire,” which is dedicated to Def Jam exec Shakir Stewart who committed suicide in 2008. Stewart was responsible for signing Pasian to the label where she released her debut album My First Love. 

Stream Interlude below.

Stream Xavier Omär’s New EP ‘Pink Lightning’

Xavier Omar Pink Lightning EP

Rising R&B artist Xavier Omär is back with his brand new EP titled Pink Lightning via Never Sleep Music/EMPIRE. The five-track offering takes fans on a journey through Omär’s many emotions involving love and relationships.

The EP opens with the lead track “Runnin’ Round,” which is about drawing a line between you and your inconsistent love interest. He gets “Stuck” on the second track, where he sings about wanting to be happily together with his lover. On “Change on Me” featuring singer Leuca, Omär hopes his love interest doesn’t change the way she feels about him.

Omär strips away the beat on “The Title” to put an emphasis on just the lyrics. On the beautiful tune, he asks for his relationship to be official. “This record was originally acapella but I then made it into a pop song because I decided not to keep it,” Omär wrote on Genius. “I recorded it to the new beat and actually tried to get it to Sam Smith, but that connect never happened. The only reason this song is on the project is because I played it for some friends at Masego’s house in LA and they were like ‘when does THIS drop?” I had lost the files so I said, “It’s not, I lost the files.” My friend Courtney Bennet said in her beautiful British accent ‘just re-record it.'”

Omär will launch his supporting Pink Lightning Tour on November 28 in Chicago. The tour will hit major cities across North America including D.C., Boston, New York, Houston, Los Angeles and Seattle.

Pink Lightning follows Omär’s 2016 project, The Everlasting Wave, which featured his most popular song to date “Blind Man.” The track has accumulated over 16 million streams on Spotify.

Stream Pink Lightning below.

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Stream Maurice Moore’s Debut Mixtape ‘The Amber Room’

Emerging singer Maurice Moore has dropped his debut project, The Amber Room. The 13-track project includes features from fellow rising artists Jeff Sanon and Tay Jasper.

In an Instagram post, Moore advised his fans to listen to The Amber Room from start to finish in order to get the full experience. “The Amber Room takes you on the journey of a summer from its promising beginnings to the inevitable end,” Moore said in a press release.

Stream The Amber Room below.