Miguel, Marsha Ambrosius, Elle Varner & Others Tapped For ‘Music Matters’ Compilation Album

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BET Music Matters has partnered with Louder Than Life/RAL on a compilation album series titled “BET Presents Music Matters Vol. 1.”

Executive produced by, SalaAM ReMi the 15-track collection will feature new music from some of today’s hot and new R&B artists including Marsha Ambrosius, Miguel, Elle Varner, Mack Wilds, Melanie Fiona and Mali Music.

ReMi shared his excitement about the new project.  “A big part of my career has been finding new talent and helping them become superstars,” he said in a press release. “With my partnership with Music Matters, I am very happy to be able to be a part of this compilation that shows not only the artists who have previously gone from Music Matters onto superstardom, but also up and coming talent.”

Set to arrive on June 23, “Music Matters” will be released in conjunction with the BET Experience,  a 3-day concert event at L.A. Live surrounding the BET Awards, which airs live on June 29.

BET Music Matters is a multi-platform initiative that identifies and exposes new ground breaking artists and music across BET and Centric properties, as well as through national tours and monthly showcases.

“BET Presents Music Matters Vol. 1.” is available for pre-order on Amazon.

See the tracklisting below.

“BET Presents Music Matters Vol. 1” Track Listing

  1. Marsha Ambrosius “Music Matters Theme”
  2. Miguel “Gravity”
  3. Gabi Wilson “Prove”
  4. Mack Wilds feat. Pusha T “My Crib” (Remix)
  5. Adrian Marcel “It’s A Man’s World”
  6. Bas feat. J. Cole and KQuick “Lit”
  7. Big Sean “Memories”
  8. The Internet “Dontcha”
  9. Mali Music “Walking Shoes”
  10. Chris Turner “Liquid Love”
  11. Curtis Fields “Under The Covers”
  12. Ashley Kimbrae “Touch”
  13. Elle Varner “Cold Case”
  14. Melanie Fiona “Where It Counts”
  15. Marsha Ambrosius “Friends and Lovers”

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

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Jamie Foxx to Host 2018 BET Awards

Jamie Foxx will return as the host of the 2018 BET Awards. This will be his second time hosting the BET Awards since 2009.

Foxx joins an A-List roster of comedians who have hosted the ceremony, including Leslie Jones, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, Chris Rock, Mo’Nique, Kevin Hart and Chris Tucker.

The Unpredictable singer has a busy year ahead of him. He will star in Lionsgate’s action-adventure Robin Hood, which hits theaters November 21. He is also working on his directorial debut in the upcoming film, All-Star Weekend, which he wrote and stars in.

The 2018 BET Awards nominations were announced last week with Rihanna and SZA among the top nominees. R&B newbies H.E.R. and Daniel Caesar scored their first-ever nominations, including Best New Artist.

The 2018 BET Awards will air live on Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Solange Recognized as Fashion Pioneer at 70th Annual Parsons Benefit

Solange not only has an ear for music but she also has an eye for fashion.

The Grammy-Award winning singer was honored on Monday night by The New School at the 70th Annual Parsons Benefit. Her close friends/collaborators Dev Hynes and Kelela were also in attendance to help celebrate.

Solange went to Instagram on Tuesday morning to express her gratitude. “I literally woke up w the biggest smile on my face…bursting at the seams with gratitude from this night,” she wrote. “ENDLESS thank you to @missymisdemeanorelliott @erykahbadu @pharrell for the words u shared! they will echo in my heart FOREVER. there was so much love in that room during those moments, I couldn’t even believe it was real. im gonna continue to strive and live up to those words now. u all are my literal idols, u left the blueprint, and u taught me how to be me when I didn’t have the language or the tools…I’m eternally grateful…”

Marco Bizzarri, CEO of Gucci, and José Neves, CEO and Founder of Farfetch were also honored at the event.

The Parsons Benefit recognized individuals who embody the university’s commitment to creativity and innovation. The program featured special video presentations by Pharrell, Missy Elliott, and Erykah Badu along with remarks by Vince Staples in honor of Solange’s impact as a pioneering figure in fashion and art.

Parsons, one of the leading art and design schools in the world, hosts the Parsons Benefit, in collaboration with The New School’s College of Performing Arts, each year to present and empower the next generation of fashion designers and performers, and to raise instrumental funds for student scholarships. Donors’ generosity through the Benefit supports education that enables students to pursue studies in art, design, liberal arts, music, technology, and social innovation.

Dev Hynes, Solange and Kelela

Ella Mai Earns First No. 1 Single on Billboard

Ella Mai has done it. The rising UK singer has landed her first No. 1 song of her career as “Boo’d Up” rises to the top spot on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart this week.

The DJ Mustard-produced cut debuted on the chart at No. 13 in late March, only taking 10 weeks to accomplish this No. 1 achievement.

Mai is close to making more chart worthy news soon. Her single “Boo’d Up” currently stands at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. If the song enters the top 10 next week, she could be the first solo female R&B artist to achieve a top 10 single (of new material) since Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain” (No. 5) in 2017.

The Ready singer is gearing up to release her debut album soon, which is executive produced by DJ Mustard.

“We’re pretty close to finishing,” Mai told Billboard. “You can hear the growth from my EP’s into this project. Content-wise, it’s a bit more mature. It’s still me and, like the EP’s, still about love and relationships. There are definitely some collaborations but I can’t share those just yet.”

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