R&B Group 112 Readies New Album

Legendary R&B group 112 is ready to make an official comeback. The “Hot & Wet” singers will release their first album in over 12 years this fall. Group member Daron Jones announced the exciting news in an Instagram post.

“Onset of our new album packaging photo shoot with my brothers Q (@qparker112) Mike (@michaelkeithof112) Slim (@officialslim_) for our brand new #112 album that will be out this Fall,” he wrote.

Jones also assured fans that the group’s new album is well worth the wait. “We know that our loyal supporters have been asking for this moment for over 12 years… we apologize for the delay, but just know that this album will be worth the wait,” he wrote. “We literally poured our heart & soul into this project!

Given the fact that 112 is working on the packaging for their new album, we expect a new single to be releasing very soon.

The quartet’s new album will follow 2005’s Pain & Pleasure, which included their hit single “U Already Know.” The song peaked at No. 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Solange Enlists Kelela, Dev Hynes and more for New Calvin Klein Campaign

Another day, another slay! Solange partners with Calvin Klein to promote their newly launched underwear and denim line, Our Family. #MYCALVINS.

To make the first chapter of its #MYCALVINS campaigns and partnership with Solange a success, the global brand allowed the always stylish musician to handpick fellow musicians to help market the fashionable underwear and jeans.

Artists Kelela, Dev Hynes, Caroline Polachek and Adam Bainbridge of Kindness joined Solange for the monumental photo-shoot captured by photographer, Willy Vanderperre.

According to a press release, “The group is shot together as a ‘chosen’ musical family, illustrating the overarching message of the campaign. The evolved #MYCALVINS concept has family at its center, a display of unity between strong individuals, further emphasized by the symbolism of the traditional American quilt. This campaign captures these bonds and brings to life different ways we can inspire families – both born and made – to connect with one another, and celebrate the things that unite us.”

Solange shared her humble appreciation to Calvin Klein’s Chief Creative Officer Raf Simons on Instagram for “celebrating my musical family, and for capturing us so authentically us.”

Our Family. #MYCALVINS will run from now until spring 2018.

See campaign photos below.

Mary J. Blige Leads 2018 NAACP Image Award Nominations

Mary J. Blige makes headlines for the most nominations at 2018 NAACP Image Awards.

Blige’s April release, Strength Of A Woman, yields the R&B vet five nods including Outstanding Female Artist and Outstanding Album.

Bruno Mars, SZA and Charlie Wilson are not far behind Blige with four nominations of their own.

Uncle Charlie scores nominations for Outstanding Album for In It To Win It and Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration for “I’m Blessed” with T.I.

Mars lands Outstanding Male Artist and Entertainer of the Year. Meanwhile, newbie SZA bags Outstanding New Artist and Outstanding Song – Contemporary for “Love Galore” featuring Travis Scott.

Hosted by Black-ish star Anthony Anderson, the 49th NAACP Image Awards will air live on January 15, 2018 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – on TV One.

See the complete list of recording nominations below.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Ava DuVernay
Bruno Mars
Chadwick Boseman
Chance the Rapper
Issa Rae
JAY-Z

Outstanding New Artist
Demetria McKinney – “Officially Yours” (eOne Music)
Kevin Ross – “The Awakening” (Motown/Capitol Records)
Khalid – “American Teen” (RCA Records/Right Hand Music Group)
SZA – “Ctrl” (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)
Vic Mensa – “The Autobiography” (Roc Nation/Capitol Records)

Outstanding Male Artist
Brian McKnight – “Genesis” (SoNo Recording Group)
Bruno Mars – “Versace On the Floor” (Atlantic Records)
Charlie Wilson – “In It to Win It” (RCA Records/P Music Group)
JAY-Z – “4:44” (Roc Nation)
Kendrick Lamar – “DAMN.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Outstanding Female Artist
Andra Day – “Stand Up For Something” (Warner Bros. Records)
Beyoncé – “Die With You” (Columbia Records/Parkwood Entertainment)
Ledisi – “Let Love Rule” (Verve Label Group)
Mary J. Blige – “Strength of a Woman” (Capitol Records)
SZA – “Ctrl” (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
Andra Day feat. Common – “Stand Up For Something” (Warner Bros. Records)
Charlie Wilson feat. T.I. – “I’m Blessed” (RCA Records/P Music Group)
Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna – “LOYALTY.” (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
Mary J. Blige feat. Kanye West – “Love Yourself” (Capitol Records)
SZA feat. Travis Scott – “Love Galore” (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)

Outstanding Jazz Album
“Boundless” – Damien Escobar (Phoenix Lane Entertainment)
“Dreams and Daggers” – Cécile McLorin Salvant (Mack Avenue Records)
“Petite Afrique” – Somi (Sony Music/OKeh)
“Poetry In Motion” – Najee (Shanachie Entertainment)
“So It Is” – Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Legacy Recordings)

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
“Close” – Marvin Sapp (Verity Records)
“Crossover Live From Music City” – Travis Greene (RCA Inspiration)
“Greenleaf Soundtrack Volume 2” – Greenleaf Soundtrack (RCA Inspiration)
“Heart. Passion. Pursuit.” – Tasha Cobbs Leonard (Motown Gospel)
“Let Them Fall In Love” – CeCe Winans (Puresprings Gospel)

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album
“4:44” – JAY-Z (Roc Nation)
“Gods” – Maxwell (Columbia Records)
“High” – Ledisi (Verve Label Group)
“Strength of A Woman” – Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional
“High” – Ledisi (Verve Label Group)
“Honest” – MAJOR. (BOE/Empire)
“Surefire (Piano Version)” – John Legend (Columbia Records)
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
“U + Me” – Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary
“Gonna Be Alright” – Mali Music (RCA Records/ByStorm Entertainment)
“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
“Insecure” – Jazmine Sullivan X Bryson Tiller (RCA Records)
“Love Galore” – SZA feat. Travis Scott (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)
“The Story of O.J.” – JAY-Z (Roc Nation)

Outstanding Album
“4:44” – JAY-Z (Roc Nation)
“DAMN.” – Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)
“Genesis” – Brian McKnight (SoNo Recording Group)
“In It To Win It” – Charlie Wilson (RCA Records/P Music Group)
“Strength of A Woman” – Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)

(Source: Deadline)

John Legend and Wife Chrissy Teigen Go Viral to Announce Second Child

John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen happily announced they are pregnant with their second child.

In an adorable Instagram video, captioning “It’s John,” the meme queen positions the camera at her stomach and asks their first born Luna Simone, “Luna, What’s in here?” She replies, “Baby” then proceeds to rub her mamas belly in excitement.

While followers congratulated the couple in Teigen’s comment section, John hilariously commented, “Maury will have the final word on this.”

There is no word on the sex of the child.

Check out the beautiful announcement below.

it’s john’s!

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