Top 5 R&B Comebacks We’re Anticipating in 2013

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R&B made a mark in 2012. There were many album releases from R&B veterans and newcomers such as Brandy (“Two Eleven”), Monica (“New Life”), Tamia (“Beautiful Surprise”), SWV (“I Miss Us”), Miguel (“Kaleidoscope Dream”), Elle Varner (“Perfectly Imperfect”), and Frank Ocean (“Channel Orange”), to name a few. Additionally, the newer artists like Miguel, Varner, Ocean, and Luke James represented the genre well, all earning Grammy nominations. 2013 is expected to be an even better year for R&B music. We selected five R&B artists who are missed by fans and will be releasing albums this year.

See who we picked below.

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Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at RatedRnB.com.

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Traci, Toni, Towanda and Trina Braxton Unite on New Song ‘Broken Things’

Traci Braxton enlists her sisters Toni Braxton, Towanda Braxton and Trina Braxton for her new song titled “Broken Things.”

On the heartfelt tune, which was originally teased on Braxton Family Values in 2016, the sisters sing about putting their pride aside to end the “cold war” that’s going on between them. “Who can fix these broken things? / Who can put us back together now that we’re undone?” they sing.

Last month, Toni released her first album in eight years, Sex & Cigarettes, which included her hit single “Long As I Live.” Meanwhile, Traci is gearing up to release her sophomore album later this year, which will feature “Broken Things.” The album will follow her 2014 project Crash and Burn. 

Listen to “Broken Things” below.

Janelle Monáe Self-Examines On New Song ‘I Like That’

Janelle Monáe has freed up more storage on her Dirty Computer by releasing a new song titled “I Like That.”

Backed by stirring background vocals and a chilled production, the futurist songster takes a look at herself and casts out all doubt from her life. She ignores the simple-minded opinions of others too.

She sings, “Sometimes I’m mystery, sometimes I’m free / Depending on my mood or my attitude / Sometimes I want to roll or stay at home / Walking contradiction guess I’m factual and fiction.”

“I Like That” comes just a week after “PYNK,” an empowering anthem on self-love and pussy power. Both songs along with “Make You Feel” and “Django Jane” will appear on Dirty Computer, due April 27 via Atlantic Records.

 

Listen to “I Like That” below.

Beyoncé Extends HBCU Scholarship for Second Year

Beyoncé continues schoolin’ life. After saluting historical black marching bands during her history-making Coachella performance on Saturday, the mother-of-three has extended her BeyGOOD Initiative’s Homecoming Scholars Award program (previously named Formation Scholars Award program) for a second year.

The program will award $25,000 to one student from Historically Black Universities and Colleges: Xavier University, Wilberforce University, Tuskegee University and Bethune-Cookman University for the 2018-2019 school year.

Ivy McGregor, Director of Philanthropy and Corporate Relations at Parkwood Entertainment, which houses BeyGOOD, shared, “We salute the rich legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. “We honor all institutions of higher learning for maintaining culture and creating environments for optimal learning which expands dreams and the seas of possibilities for students.”

Beyoncé launched the scholarship program in April 2017 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of 2016’s Lemonade, her second visual album. This year’s award program is open to all qualifying students at the four universities. The attached disciplines will include literature, creative arts, African-American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science and engineering. All applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA or above. The universities will determine the finalists and winners, with receivers announced this summer.

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