R&B Album Release Dates: April 2016

Last month’s R&B album releases was mostly represented by the veterans. April’s releases will consist of the new wave of R&B artists and the seasoned singers. Duo dvsn and Gallant seem to have the highly anticipated projects among the roster of alternative R&B acts. Meanwhile, Musiq Soulchild and Keke Wyatt will hold it down for fans who enjoy traditional R&B music.

Take a look at albums releasing in April.


Sept. 5th (Debut)
April 1
Songs Released: “With Me,” “Too Deep” & “Hallucinations”

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Gallant Shares New Single ‘Doesn’t Matter’

After wooing his fans with “Gentleman,” Gallant returns with another bop titled “Doesn’t Matter.”

Over a bouncy production, created by John Ryan and Julian Bunetta, Gallant sings about making the most of a relationship that’s on the rocks. “If this love’s an accident waiting to happen, let’s go out with a bang,” he sings.

The DMV native also released an accompanying visual for “Doesn’t Matter,” which was directed by Sasha Samsonova. The expressive video is packed with symbolism from the use of colors to animals.

Gallant is expected to release his untitled sophomore album this year on Mind of A Genius/Warner Bros. Records. This fall, he will launch his Too Good To Be Tour with special guests Cautious Clay and Jamila Woods. The three artists will travel across North America, making stops in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Toronto, Chicago and Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 11 at 10 a.m. local time.

Listen to “Doesn’t Matter” below.

Watch Gallant’s “Doesn’t Matter” video below.

Gallant Too Good To Be Tour Dates:
October 18 — Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
October 19 — Nashville, TN @ The Cowan
October 22 — Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
October 23 — New York, NY @ Terminal 5
October 27 — Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
October 28 — Boston, MA @ Royale
October 30 — Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall
October 31 — Montreal, QC @ Theatre Corona
November 2 — Detroit, MI @ El Club
November 3 — Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
November 4 — Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue and 7th St Entry
November 7 — Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
November 9 — Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
November 12 — Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
November 13 — Santa Ana, CA – Observatory OC
November 15 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
November 17 — San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park

Erykah Badu, Miguel and The Roots to Headline Smokin’ Grooves Festival

The performance lineup for the Smokin’ Grooves Festival has been announced. Erykah Badu, Miguel and The Roots are set to headline the event, which takes plance on June 16 at The Queen Mary in Long Beach.

Other artists on the bill include Jhene Aiko, NxWorries (Anderson Paak + Knxwledge), H.E.R., Majid Jordan, dvsn, Tiara Thomas, Lion Babe, Arin Ray, Ravyn Lenae, Omarion and THEY, to name a few.

While Badu doesn’t have a new project out, fans will be expecting to hear her classic records. Miguel and Jhené Aiko will promote their latest albums. The latter artist released her  sophomore album Trip last September, while Miguel delivered his third album, War & Leisure, in December.

Tickets are on sale now at smokingroovesfest.com.

See the complete Smokin’ Grooves lineup below.

SWV, Ledisi, Jussie Smollett and more Added to 2018 Essence Festival Lineup

The lineup for the 2018 Essence Music Festival continues to grow. SWV, Ledisi, Keke Wyatt, Jussie Smollett, Lloyd and Ella Mai have been added to the bill.

Legendary R&B group SWV will be a part of Teddy Riley’s “New Jack Swing Experience,” while Keke Wyatt will lend her powerful vocals to Kelly Price’s “For The Love of R&B” curation.

The first round of performers includes Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg, Fantasia, Miguel, Xscape, Daniel Caesar, and H.E.R.

The 2018 Essence Music Festival will take place July 5-8 in New Orleans. Tickets are available now.

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