Kali Uchis Taps Jorja Smith for ‘Tyrant’ Video

Kali Uchis has just released the video for her reggae-tinged single “Tyrant” featuring R&B newcomer Jorja Smith.

Saturated in 80s-like visuals with 1960s inspired French fashions, Uchis naturally glides throughout her breezy sets with swagger and sex appeal before linking up with Jorja Smith to daydream in the green fields.

In a press release, Uchis said that “Tyrant” is “a post apocalyptic love song. Wanting to stay in the haze of puppy love forever and never face the power struggles, because that’s your only real escape from the cold realities of life.”

“Tyrant” is her first lead singer since 2016’s “Only You” featuring Steve Lacy and Vince Staples, and is now available on all digital platforms. Watch the video below.

Uchis has worked with Snoop Dogg, Tyler, The Creator, and GoldLink in the past, but first started gaining buzz after her standout feature on Daniel Caesar’s breakout hit “Get You.” Recently, she has announced first headlining tour, kicking off at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco, CA on Aug. 11.

Check out the rest of her tour dates with featured act Phony Ppl below.

MY VERY FIRST HEADLINE TOUR!!!!!! AHHH ON SALE FRIDAY!

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Eric Bellinger and Ne-Yo Sport Spandex in ‘Dirty Dancin’ Video

Let’s get physical.

Eric Bellinger and Ne-Yo burn a few calories teaching “Dirty Dancin'” in their humorous new video.

In the Arrad-directed clip, Bellinger fills in as a dance instructor after meeting a sexy student downstairs who was about to leave the canceled class. The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter suits up in fitting attire — tight sports leggings and matching head band — and starts off class alone until Ne-Yo joins him for the workout fun.

“I remember sending the song over to Ne-Yo and just remember hoping he’d jump on it,” Bellinger said about enlisting Ne-Yo for the record. “One night he hit me and told me to come by the lab but didn’t say for what. When I walked in he said, ‘Surprise.’ He pressed play and he had recorded his verse for ‘Dirty Dancing,’ I couldn’t believe it!”

“Dirty Dancin'” is lifted from Bellinger’s latest album, Eazy Call, which dropped in April. Last month, he released an calming EP titled Mediation to bring awareness to National Mediation Day.

Watch Eric Bellinger’s “Dirty Dancin'” video below.

R&B Group Next Shares ‘Want It’ Video

Legendary R&B trio Next has released a video for their steamy new single “Want It.”

Directed by Leo Marshall, the video shows the each group member receiving explicit messages from their woman early in the morning. Instead of ignoring the texts, and going to sleep, the crooners find their way to their lover’s bedroom for some adult action.

“Want It” will appear on Next’s comeback album, Next Rated, which is similar to the name of their multi-platinum selling debut album, Rated Next. The LP will mark the group’s first joint album since 2002’s The Next Episode.

Watch Next’s “Want It” video.

Macy Gray Announces Tenth Album ‘Ruby’ and Shares New Song ‘Sugar Daddy’

Macy Gray satisfies her sweet tooth on her new single “Sugar Daddy.”

On the sassy trap record, co-written by Meghan Trainor, the raspy vocalist tells her sugar plug to supply her needs in candy; not dollars. “And I know I got it bad, I got a problem,” Gray sings, “But I’ll take them cavities long as I get them from you.”

Along with releasing “Sugar Daddy,” Gray shares its accompanying visual. The Christian Lamb–directed video, which stars Kevin Ross, is an ode the 1972 Billie Holiday biopic Lady Sings the Blues, which starred music icon Diana Ross as the lady of the hour.

“Sugar Daddy” is the lead single off Gray’s new album, Ruby, which is set to arrive on September 7. The album will mark her first release since 2016’s Stripped jazz covers album. In addition to Trainor, the Tommy Park Lumpkins co-produced record will feature Gary Clark Jr., Johan Carlsson and Tommy Brown.

Call on your “Sugar Daddy” below.