Listen to Tone Stith’s New Project ‘Can We Talk’

We asked for more music and Tone Stith has delivered. The emerging R&B singer has released a new mixtape titled Can We Talk. 

On the ten-track project, the Jersey-bred artist explores love in a multitude of ways: by going on a “Date” (and refraining from cell phone use during the date); giving his special lady some much needed attention on “Birthday at Midnight”; and even denouncing childish games on “Running Out.”

The project also includes previously released The Prblm Slurs-Produced banger “Get It Right,” which has already racked up an impressive 45,000+ plays in a month’s time on Soundcloud. See the rest of the track listing below:

Stith is currently signed to Young Empire Music Group. CEO of YEMG Jas Prince, who’s credited for aiding in the discovery of worldwide superstar Drake, said in an interview with Forbes that Stith reminds him “of Michael [Jackson], Quincy [Jones] and [the singer] Prince, all in one.”

You can catch the emerging singer on tour as one of the opening acts for August Alsina’s “Don’t Matter Tour” later this month, with dates running through the beginning of September. But for now, stream Tone Stith’s “Can We Talk” mixtape below.

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August Alsina Says Def Jam is Holding His Album Hostage

It’s been a slow year for August Alsina. The New Orleans native launched the campaign for his new era almost a year ago, yet his third album still remains unreleased.

On Monday evening, a fan tweeted Alsina and asked him about the progress of his new project. The singer didn’t hold back with the truth about why his album is being delayed.

“I would love to put my album out but DEF JAM is holding it/me hostage because the system is not up & running until next year so they basically dont exist,” Alsina tweeted. “The label is just TRASH .. I will release free music soon but that has been the hold up. Tell Them to FREE ME 🗣& the Album🗣”

Alsina has released four songs this year including “Drugs,” “Wait,” “Lonely” and “Don’t Matter.” The songs have a combined 40 million streams on Spotify alone.

Chart Check: Jacquees’ ‘B.E.D.’ Rises on Urban Radio, Rihanna Makes Chart Moves

Welcome back to another edition of Chart Check! Each Friday, Rated R&B provides detailed insight to the weekly chart movements of your favorite R&B artists and R&B songs. In this updated format, we will discuss Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs (Urban AC) and Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop National Airplay (Urban) charts extensively. Read below for more information on the week of August 19, 2017:

Urban Mainstream: Jacquees and Rihanna Rule the Radio

Jacquees’ star is rising quickly as his hit single “B.E.D.” leaps 14-8 on urban radio. In the latest tracking week, the Atlanta-bred singer received 2,900 spins at mainstream radio. With Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” on the decline, this makes for a race between Jacquees and SZA for a Top 5 run in the next couple of weeks. He also announced this week that the video to his “B.E.D.” (Remix), which features rapper Quavo and Ty Dolla $ign, will premiere on August 16 and include an appearance from singer and actress Keke Palmer.

Rihanna may be in movies, makeup, and viral photos, but that doesn’t mean she still isn’t making chart moves. She’s enjoying a double dose of success this week as DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts” enjoys its second week at the No. 1 spot. The Carlos Santana-sampled joint, which also features Bryson Tiller, saw a 381 increase in spins at mainstream radio this week, making it just shy of 5,000 spins in the latest tracking week. It’s even looking to land on the Urban AC chart within the next few weeks; meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar’s “Loyalty” rises 15-14 this week. The Rihanna-assisted track and video has already amassed over 40 million views on YouTube.

And in quick notes: It’s Ty times two this week as a song that he leads and another he features on lands on this week’s chart. His single “Love U Better” hops to the No. 36 spot this week, while 24hrs’ “What You Like,” which features Dolla $ign and Wiz Khalifa, jumps to No. 40 in the latest tracking week; Khalid is still new to the music industry, but is starting to find his footing as his second single “Young Dumb and Broke” is bubbling five spots below the official chart. Look for it to land officially in the next couple of weeks; August Alsina is slowly but surely rising again as his single “Don’t Matter” leaps 38-33 on this week’s chart. He is on his headlining tour with featured acts Tone Stith and Rotimi, which began last month.

Urban AC: Daniel Caesar and Chanté Moore Make Chart Moves

Daniel Caesar has been slowly gaining buzz since the end of 2016, but momentum is shifting in his favor. This week, his groovy slow-jam “Get You,”  which features singer Kali Uchis, is bubbling below at the No. 31 spot and is poised to debut officially on the Urban AC chart next week. This comes at a great time as his debut album Freudian is set for an August 25 release. He debuted the videos for his double single “We Found Love/Blessed” earlier this week.

Chanté Moore notches her first Top 10 on Urban AC radio, as her song “Real One” rises 11-10 in the latest tracking week; this is her first charting effort since 2008. Also, Moore announced details and unveiled her cover art for her forthcoming album The Rise of the Phoenix, which hits stores on September 15. “Real One” serves as the lead single. Next week, look for Moore, Demetria McKinney and TLC to battle it out for the No. 8, 9, and 10 spots, as they are all within 43 radio spins of each other this week.

And in quick notes: Although Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” and Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” are still holding down the No. 1 and No. 2 spot, Tamar Braxton is poised to be the next successor as “My Man” gets a 131 spin increase at Urban AC radio this week. The friendship kiss-off cut crossed the 10 million mark threshold in R&B audience this week. This one definitely has the potential to go all the way by mid to late September; Avery*Sunshine plays double duty this week as she is featured on two rising singles. As mentioned in last week’s Chart Check, she’s featured on Will Downing’s new single “I’m Feeling the Love” which is five spots below the official chart this week. She’s also featured on Boney James’ new single “Honestly,” which received 7 adds on Adult R&B radio; Lastly, Sevyn Streeter’s “Before I Do” is still moving strong, as it receives a 160 increase in radio spins, the most for the latest tracking week. Billboard also named the dreamy single as the Greatest Gainer for the week. Although a No. 1 seems unlikely behind the strength of “My Man,” she can certainly surpass Stokley’s “Level” for a No. 4 finish next week.

Enjoyed this week’s Chart Check? Are you excited for Chanté Moore and Daniel Caesar’s new albums? Who do you think will prevail in next week’s Urban AC chart battle? Can Tamar score another No. 1 with “My Man?” Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

Tone Stith Drops New Song ‘2122’

In celebration of his 22nd birthday, Tone Stith has released a new track appropriately titled “2122,” which was produced by the rising R&B singer himself.

“Goodbye 21, Hello 22 and I still can’t get over you,” he wrote on Soundcloud.

“2122” comes shortly after the release of his debut EP, Can We Talk, which has received positive reviews from fans.

In other news, Stith will be joining August Alsina on his Don’t Matter Tourwhich kicks off on July 27 in San Antonio, TX.

Listen to “2122” by Tone Stith below.