Stream SZA’s Debut Album ‘Ctrl’

After much anticipation, SZA has released her debut album, Ctrl. The 14-track project includes guest appearances from her Top Dawg colleague Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, James Fauntleroy and Isaiah Rashad.

In an interview on Everyday Struggle, SZA shared the meaning behind Ctrl. “It’s about analog and being at a time where we were brought information more slowly,” she said. “Control is a concept, you think about getting away from analog, control is an illusion, you try and force it.”

Stream Ctrl on Spotify or Apple Music below.

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Stream Guordan Banks’ Debut Album ‘Unpopular’

Guordan Banks has been grinding for years as a singer and a songwriter. After scoring a hit with “Keep You in Mind,” the Philadelphia native has finally released his highly-awaited debut album, Unpopular. Led by the single “I Wanna Be Yours,” which has over 1.3 million stream on Spotify, the album includes guest appearances from Sonya Elise and Tdot illdude.

In a past interview with Rated R&B, Banks shared the inspiration behind Unpopular. “It’s pretty much how, for me, I stuck to who I was. I never tried to conform or fit in or be anyone else. I just stayed true to myself and my sound,” he said. “A lot of the same people who love my music now kind of didn’t understand it then. But it’s OK because that’s how things happen. I just want to send a signal that stay true to yourself, believe in who you are, make the mirror your best friend…that’s how you really get to identify with true love within yourself. One day people will see it and you will inspire someone else to be themselves. I think that’s a short story of why I named it Unpopular.”

Listen to Unpopular below.

SZA Perfroms ‘The Weekend’ and ‘Love Galore’ on ‘SNL’

SZA is having an incredible year. After scoring a chart-topping album and five Grammy nominations, the New Jersey native kept the momentum going on Saturday Night Live. Serving as the musical guest, SZA performed her fan-favorite single “The Weekend” and her Travis-Scott assisted track “Love Galore.”

Backed by a choir and a live band, SZA did a stripped-down version of both tracks, which was pleasant. Her performance focused on her beautiful vocals and the lyricism of each song.

“The Weekend” and “Love Galore” are lifted from SZA’s debut album, Ctrl, which is out now. Both songs have a combined 192 million streams on Spotify alone.

Watch SZA’s performance below.

Stream Vedo’s New Album ‘From Now On’

Emerging artist Vedo has released a brand new album titled From Now On. The album features 11 tracks, including the Natasha Mosley-assisted song “4 Walls.”

“Guys are too hard to say ‘I Love You’ and the women are too hard to ‘let the man be the man,'” Vedo told Rated R&B. “We need more love. The purpose of the album is to bring back the true essence of R&B and embody the woman.”

From Now On features production by Fortune, Tariq Beats, Paul Cabbin, VOV, Arto Beatz, Eif Keyz, Abel Beats, K City, Dee Money, Major 88, Vontae Thomas, Swiff D and VSN.

Vedo is an Atlanta resident by way of Benton Harbor, Mich. In 2013, Vedo competed on season four of NBC’s The Voice, where he was on Team Usher. After being eliminated and suffering the loss of his mother from stage 4 lung cancer, he continued to channel his musical abilities and push through to chase his dream. Aside from being an artist, Vedo also is a songwriter. He has written records for artists like Jason Derulo, Jacquees and Chris Brown.

Stream From Now On below.

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