Brandy Covers ‘Pynk Magazine’

Brandy Pynk Magazine

R&B veteran Brandy graces the latest cover of PYNK MagazineIn her cover story, Brandy talks about her influence on other singers, album sales,  returning to BET’s The Game, her recent engagement, and more.

Read excerpts from Brandy’s interview with PYNK Magazine below:

On being a musical influence:

“Sometimes I agree with it because I know there are a lot of talented people that have shown me a lot of love on top of my fans really expressing their love for me. Sometimes I think your ego gets in the way because you know you want everybody to feel that way about you. You want to get the credit. You want to get the props but I try not to live in that space because I know it’s ego. I’m just happy with being me. I’m happy with being able to be so connected in my being that I’m able to express that in my music. There are so many people who get the credit but they’re not really connected to their music. I would take the honesty and the connection with my music over the credit any day…but both would be nice! [laughs]”

On Two Eleven album sales:

“I feel like my hard work paid off because my fans love the album. Of course, I would’ve wanted the album to reach more people but I just feel blessed to be able to do what I love. Sales chart positions and all of those things don’t really define me…I define me.”

On returning to The Game: 

“This season you’ll see Chardonnay find her place in this new football world. She’s transitioning into being Jason Pitts’ wife but still trying to balance maintaining her identity. You get to see her develop this friendship with Tasha Mack and also more of the dynamics of her relationship with Jason. What they have is true love. She’s not into him for his money.”

On meeting her fiancé:

“He’s a music executive. So, we actually met in the studio a long time ago. We reconnected at a music event sometime later and when we talked, it just felt like I knew him. Then I would just run into him in random places in New York…I’d walk into a restaurant for lunch and he’d be there. I ended up running to him at another event and he kept staring at me the whole night. It made me so uncomfortable because I thought he was married. So, I told him that he should stop staring at me because he’s married and it’s not a good look. He was like ‘what are you talking about? I’m not married.’ [laughs] From there, we just started talking on the phone. Then, dating. When he told me he was relocating to LA for his job, I just thought to myself, ‘he’s going to be my husband’. I took that as a sign.”

See more photos from Brandy’s photo shoot:

Brandy Pynk Magazine

Be sure to pick up your copy of PYNK Magazine on April 30.

Brandy Pynk Magazine

(Source: PYNK Magazine/ Photography:Patrick Neree)

Keithan is the founder/editor-in-chief of Rated R&B

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SZA Plans to Launch Sustainable Clothing Line to Help Save Oceans

SZA wants to do her part to help save the ocean. The Grammy-nominated singer announced her new clothing line, in possible collaboration with Champion, dedicated to sustainability.

SZA shared an assumed final product of Ctrl Fishing Company — the possible name of her new apparel line, which is named after her debut album — on Instagram that featured a stylish hoodie. Across the hooded sweatshirt, in a rainbow embroidered font, it reads “Sustainability Gang” under a Champion logo.

In a series of IG story posts, the singer revealed other chic t-shirts and sweatshirts that included prints of cute seahorses and blue whales next to a “Puck Flastic” message.

SZA is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the collection to support sustainable efforts focused on protecting the oceans.

In other news, SZA is banging it out in the studio for her final album. “My world got so much smaller so fast,” she told Flaunt. “I have so much to write about. I feel like I’m in a cage. I’m making the best album of my life for this next album and I know that… because it’s going to be my last album.”

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Aretha Franklin Dead at 76

Legendary singer and musician Aretha Franklin has died at age 76. The devasting news comes after reports of Franklin being ‘gravely ill’ in a Detroit hospital.

Franklin’s publicist Gwendolyn Quinn confirmed The Queen of Soul died at her home in Detroit on Thursday morning.

“Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute,” Quinn told The Associated Press.

Franklin’s family added, “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds. We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements for Franklin is expected to be announced in the coming days.

Teyana Taylor Pulls Out Of Joint Tour with Jeremih After Being ‘Mistreated’

It looks like Teyana Taylor and Jeremih are having some ‘issues.’ The singer/model has abruptly pulled out of her joint tour with Jeremih after being “extremely mistreated” by him. She announced the news on Twitter.

“I’ve been extremely mistreated on this tour so on that note I will no longer continue to stay on the #LaterThatNightTour because if I do ima end up knocking this nigga out,” Taylor tweeted. “I’m sorry to all who has already purchased tickets to see me. I will make sure everyone gets refunded.”

She went on to calling Jeremih “lazy, sneaky, jealous, conniving, selfish” and “lame.”

Following Taylor’s feather ruffling comments about Jeremih, he took to Instagram to respond. Jeremih posted a video of comedian Lil’ Duval singing his viral single “Smile” and used Taylor’s second album abbreviation as the caption.

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Taylor issued another apology to ticket holders on Twitter (Aug. 15). The singer promises to put on a free concert in “every city that can’t receive a refund.”

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