Melanie Fiona Releases Emotional Video For ‘I Tried’

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Melanie Fiona brings continued awareness to various social issues including domestic violence, mass shootings and racial inequality in her “I Tried” music video. The emotional visual was directed by Carmen Murray.

“It is important for me to channel the ideas and concepts I am passionate about into my music and my art… As an artist with a social platform, I feel it is my responsibility to do so,” says Fiona. “The video for ‘I Tried’ is a tribute to the fight in which we all witness and experience both internally and externally in the world daily. The conversation of important issues should not end when we turn the TV off. I hope this visual sparks emotion, thought, dialogue, reflection, and ultimately, positive change.”

“I Tried” is the second single from Fiona’s upcoming album, Awake, due in early 2016. The album will also feature lead single “Bite The Bullet.”

Watch Melanie Fiona’s “I Tried” music video below.

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

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Blvck Rose Releases Visual for ‘Video Girl’ Featuring FùNSHO

Emerging producer Blvck Rose has released the visual for his debut single “Video Girl” featuring FùNSHO.

Directed by Bria Domonique, the kaleidoscopic-clip takes a glimpse into the lives of various women with different interests including yoga, painting, photography and 420. The ladies later join Blvck Rose and FùNSHO at a kickback where he finds himself with more than enough options.

Blvck Rose shared the creative direction for the “Video Girl” visual. “I wanted to perfectly illustrate the feel of the song, which is very groovy, vibey and fun and highlight the variety of beautiful women of the DC-Maryland-Virginia area,” he said. “The vibrant shots showcase each woman in her natural element enjoying the song, and I hope the viewers leave with the message that all women are beautiful in their own way and should be appreciated.”

“Video Girl” will make the track list for Blvck Rose’s forthcoming EP A Half Dozen Roses, which is slated to arrive this summer. The project is expected to tell “an international love story told over futuristic melodic production.”

Watch “Video Girl” below.

The Weeknd Releases Surreal Visual for ‘Call Out My Name’

The Weeknd captures his dark emotions in the video for “Call Out My Name,” which is lifted from his new project, My Dear Melancholy.

Directed by Grant Singer, the eerie clip opens with The Weeknd walking alone on an empty street. The video takes a strange turn after one-minute of playing. When he belts the chorus, bats fly out of his mouth. The video continues to get creepy as The Weeknd finds himself in an abandoned theater and in the middle of the wilderness.

My Dear Melancholy debuted at No. 1 this week on the Billboard 200, making it his third consecutive number one album. The project follows 2016’s Starboy and 2015’s Beauty Behind the Madness.

Fans will be calling out The Weeknd’s name today at Coachella, where he is set to perform. His festival run this summer also includes Panorama in July and Lollapalooza in August.

Watch the video below.

Daniel Caesar and H.E.R. Share Breathtaking Video for ‘Best Part’

Following their performance of “Best Part” on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Daniel Caesar and H.E.R. have released the official visual.

Co-directed by Keavan Yazdani and Sean Brown, the simple yet beautiful video shows a side-by-side of the two artists performing the track on the beach. Caesar’s part was filmed at sunrise while H.E.R.’s was filmed at sunset.

“Best Part” appears on Caesar’s Grammy-nominated debut album, Freudian, and H.E.R.’s self-titled project.

Watch Daniel Caesar and H.E.R.’s video for “Best Part” below.

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