Miguel Releases ‘War & Leisure’ Album, Announces Tour and Debuts New Video

War & Leisure Miguel

It’s official: Miguel is back! The 32-year-old crooner has just released his third album War & Leisure. In an interview with WPGC’s Poet Taylor, Miguel spoke about the album’s meaning.

“It’s a snapshot of I guess my life right now. Not even my life- our life and times and the energy that I want to feel and remember in the midst of this,” he said. “I think it’s really important that we stay positive and that we are forward pushing and we do it in solidarity, but not in a way that’s not mindful. I think it’s just about being purposeful, and I think a lot of people are going to relate to the feeling of the album.”

The album includes features from Rick Ross, Kali Uchis, and QUIN, and was preceded by songs “Come Through and Chill,” which features rapper J. Cole and Salaam Remi, “Told You So,” “Pineapple Skies,” and lead single “Sky Walker.” The song currently sits at No. 58 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

Earlier this week, Miguel announced The War & Leisure Tour with special guests SiR and Nonchalant Savant. The 34-city tour kicks off in Portland, OR on February 22 and runs through April 12, ending in Berkeley, CA. Tickets go on sale Monday, Dec. 4.

Lastly, Miguel has released a visual for his War & Leisure cut “Now,” which is the final track on the album. The Happy Perez-produced record finds Miguel contemplating and reflecting on the current state of America.

“CEO of the free world now/Build your walls up high and wide/Make it rain to keep them out/That won’t change what we are inside,” he sings.

Watch the video for “Now” below.

Stream War & Leisure in its entirety on Spotify below.

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Chris Brown Releases Deluxe Edition of ‘Heartbreak on a Full Moon’

Seriously, how much music does Chris Brown have on his hard drive? After dropping his 45-track album Heartbreak on a Full Moon on Halloween, the Virginia native returns with a deluxe edition.

The updated version includes 12 new songs (a total of 57 tracks) with guest appearances from Ella Mai, Agnez Mo, Trippie Redd and Solo Lucci.

Brown teased fans on Tuesday night with a cryptic message on Twitter.

Stream the deluxe edition of Heartbreak on a Full Moon below.

Mary J. Blige Talks Golden Globe Nominations: ‘I’m Just So Grateful’

Mary J. Blige has a lot to be proud of. Blige has been nominated for two Golden Globes, including best supporting actress and best original song in the Netflix film Mudbound. 

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul spoke with The Los Angeles Times about how she felt about her nomination, which she found out about while still in bed. “This is different because [acting] is something I’ve always set out to do and I wanted to get it right and do it right,” she said. “The reward that comes with this is this nomination so I’m grateful. It feels good because I’m being nominated for something other than singing. [laughs] I don’t even know what else to say. I’m just so grateful.”

Blige also dished on what she hopes people take away from her character Florence Jackson in the film.”To be humble. To be powerful. To know who we are. Florence is like every woman. She’s the center and holds things together without getting too emotional about it,” Blige said. “She loves her family. So, I hope people know that … you can figure a way out of things. Florence was a quiet, silent power.”

Mudbound follows the story of two men – one white, one black – returning home from WWII to life on the Mississippi Delta. As their families struggle to share the land, they discover what they hold in common is more true than what tears them apart.

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.

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