NEW SONG: Sebastian Mikael – ‘Forever’


Swedish-Ethiopian rising R&B artist Sebastian Mikeal hopes to pave his way in R&B with his new single titled “Forever.” The single is off his upcoming debut album ‘“Speechless,’”due to hit shelves and online in April, and will be featured on an upcoming episode of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop airing January 13.

With his foot in the door granted by Slip-N-Slide Records in 2011, singer-songwriter Mikael Sebastian is just getting his feet wet and is on his way to mainstream U.S. success. Already reaching the grounds of international stature, thanks to his multi-cultural background, Mikeal is hoping to make a stamp in the states.

“They are not as open-minded about music in Sweden as they are in the U.S.,” commented the 24-year-old singer. Formerly known as De-Lor (“for gold” in French), maybe this is why his recent music seems to have taken a refined approach.

Mikael’s new Lamb & Bigg D-produced record is a grown-and-sexy tune of a pleading man swearing that he has changed to redeem his love. This sophisticated track can easily be used as a remedy to a broken relationship. The classical sound that the record possesses can be compared to the sweet sounds of the ‘D’Angelo’ era in R&B of the early 2000s. With its rich sound and authentic vocals, this hit nails the essence of true R&B.

Lanetra is a writer for and is an avid lover of 90s R&B.

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Stream Janine’s Debut Album ’99’

Janine has finally released her debut album, 99.

Produced by Jono Dorr and œç¡l, the 11-track offering finds the Atlantic Records signee opting out of guest appearances. This approach allows listeners to stay focused only on her alluring voice and lyrical content. The LP includes fan favorites “Unstable,” “Never the Right Time,” “Hold On,” and “Too Late.” The latter track has an accompanying visual.

Janine shared the significance of her album title. “The name 99 stands for being one step away from being complete,” she said. “It’s also the time I started to become conscious of the music I really liked. A lot of music from the late ’90s and early 2000s ended up being a huge influence on the album.”

Janine recently celebrated her 99 album release party with her family, friends, fans and industry tastemakers in Los Angeles. She made a homemade hot sauce for everyone as giveaways.

Dive into Janine’s new album 99 below.

Drew Scott Releases ‘Mindful’ Song

After sharing “Unhealthy” in January, Drew Scott makes a return with a brand new song titled “Mindful.”

Over a reggae-influenced beat, Scott reminds his woman that she is his only love. “Girl when it comes to my heart, I swear you are the only one,” he sings.

Scott explained the meaning behind “Mindful” in a statement to Rated R&B. “With technology these days, it’s easy to get distracted even when you’re in a relationship,” he said. “’Mindful’ is a reminder to cut out all the noise. Forget what everyone else is saying and focus on what makes you happy.”

“Mindful” is the third single from Scott’s upcoming project, Places I’ve Ever Been, Vol. 3, which releases on June 15. Scott plans to release a visual for “Simple” within the next couple of weeks.

Vol. 3 is the follow-up to Scott’s 2016 EP, Detour

Stream “Mindful” by Drew Scott below.

Scott also dropped a song called “500°.” Listen below.

Jessie J Shares Final Installment of ‘R.O.S.E’ Album (Empowerment)

Jessie J concludes her R.O.S.E. tetralogy with the final installment titled Empowerment.

On the four-track offering, the vocalist searches for love and serenity. She delivers a standout performance on “Somebody’s Lady,” which is a beautifully sung ballad on longing to be that special woman in a man’s life.

Collectively, Jessie J has showered fans with 16-tracks throughout the campaign for R.O.S.E. She released the first three installments Realisations, Obsessions and Sex earlier this week.

One thing is certain: Jessie J kept listeners itching for more new music with each release. Will other artists follow this unique album roll out? Only time will tell.

Listen to Empowerment below.

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