Former City High Member Ryan Toby Drops New Single ‘Icarus’

After a 16-year hiatus, former City High member Ryan Toby returns with his brand new single “Icarus.” Over a hard-hitting beat with synth-pop influences, Toby compares his break up to the tragic death of Greek God Icarus.

“I never took heed to the warning / I was too busy flying / Flying like Icarus / Way too close to the sun / Let my pride get the best of me / And I lost my only one,” Toby sings.

According to Greek Mythology, Icarus had wings that were made of feathers that were glued to wax. His father, Daedalus, taught him how to fly but warned him not to get too close to the sun because it would cause the wax to melt. Unfortunately, Icarus forgot his father’s warning and flew too high. His wings melted and he fell into the ocean, where he drowned to death.

Toby made his introduction to the world in 1993 in the movie, Sister Act. His memorable rendition of “Oh Happy Day” warmed the hearts of many. While Toby was a member of City High, he landed a Grammy nomination for their signature single “What Would You Do.”

Following City High’s disbandment, Ryan took a backseat from the spotlight to write for other artists such as Usher, Justin Bieber, Will Smith, Ameriie and Brian McKnight, to name a few.

Listen to “Icarus” by Ryan Toby below.

Keithan is the founder/editor-in-chief of Rated 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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