Ruben Studdard Tributes Luther Vandross on New Album, Announces ‘Always and Forever Tour’

The legacy of Luther Vandross lives on. Season two American Idol winner Ruben Studdard has dedicated an entire album to the R&B legend.

The tribute album, Ruben Sings Luther, is a 10-track collection of Vandross’ signatures hits – selected by Studdard himself – including “Always and Forever,” “A House Is Not a Home” and “Here and Now.”

Studdard tells People Magazine, “I’m just trying my best to get as close as I possibly can without trying to copy him verbatim.”

Ruben Sings Luther comes natural for “the Velvet Teddy Bear” whose voice instantly reminded Idol viewers of Vandross back in 2003. “Since I won American Idol, people have been asking for me to sing Luther songs for a long time,” he says. “I thought, ‘OK. You want to hear it? I might as well do it. I thought it was the perfect time to pay homage to one of the greatest song interpreters of all time.”

Studdard plans to take this tribute album on the road this spring. The 22-city Always and Forever Tour will begin on April 8 in Sacramento, Calif. and will travel across North America until he ends the tour on May 13 in West Palm Beach, FL.

“As for the tour, we are not only recreating some of the production elements, musicians, background singers, wardrobe and lighting that were ever present when Luther took the stage, but my heart and soul will be in every note I sing as I honor one of the greatest vocalists we’ve ever had,” Studdard adds.

Stream Ruben Sings Luther below. Get your tickets for his “Always and Forever Tour” here.

Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at RatedRnB.com.

Kiana Ledé Releases Debut EP ‘Selfless’

Rising singer Kiana Ledé has released her first EP titled Selfless. The eight-song set includes her A$AP-Ferg assisted track “Fairplay (Remix),” which has over 10 million streams.

Speaking on the track, Ledé told Genius, “I just broke up with someone, because I got cheated on. I was in that phase right when you break up where I was really angry, and everything that I did was it was calculated, and I was thinking, ‘What if he sees this?’ Everybody goes through that part.

The EP also includes a guest appearance from her Republic Records labelmate Blackway on the second track, “Shame.”

After spending years quietly developing her skills as a songwriter and singer, Ledé became a veritable sensation. To date, she has generated 50 million-plus views across her YouTube/Vevo channels. In addition to her music, she recently landed a co-starring role on Rev Run’s new Netflix series set to air in 2018 and starred in season 2 of MTV’s hit show Scream. 

Listen to Selfless below.

Exclusive: Sade’s Longtime Collaborator Says She’s Working on New Album

Sade is one of the few artists who can take a lengthy hiatus, drop an album, steal the show and take another break. The singer started her first disappearing act after she took eight years to release a follow-up to 1992’s Love Deluxe. After releasing her album Lovers Rock in 2000, Sade wasn’t heard again until 2010’s Soldier of Love.

It’s been eight years now, and Sade still hasn’t fully emerged from her music slumber to bless us with a new full-length album. She did, however, tease us with an original song (“Flowers in the Universe“) contribution to Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time soundtrack. Although, official solo music could be coming soon.

Sade’s longtime collaborator and famed British musician Stuart Matthewman — who is an original member of the band — exclusively tells Rated R&B, “We’re working on a new album.”

Matthewman says Sade and their creative team currently have “a bunch of songs,” that eager fans will hear once they’re satisfied with the final product. “When we’re happy, then we’ll let everyone else hear it.”

Like his comment in a previous interview with Rated R&B, “It might sound funny but we write and do music to please ourselves and just hope that [we] have good taste and other people will like it.”

Matthewman says Sade’s label home, Epic Records, respects her artistry and doesn’t pressure the release of new music. “The record company knows there’s no point in nagging us or giving us deadlines. It doesn’t really help the process,” he says.

While other artists are content with releasing music more frequently to remain in the limelight, Matthewman says, “[Sade’s] not interested in the fame or any of that [other] stuff. She likes to put out art. So when it’s ready, it will come out.”

Matthewman tells a funny, yet relevant story that perfectly sums up the expected time frame for Sade to drop new music. “Years ago, I think it was when ‘By Your Side,’ the song came out, and big posters were stuck around New York. Someone sprayed or wrote on top of it, ‘Bitch sings when she wants to.’ Sade loved it.”

Stream Jade Novah’s Debut Album ‘All Blue’

Rising R&B star Jade Novah has delivered her highly awaited debut album, All Blue. The 14-track offering includes Novah’s previously released songs “All Blue” and “Next To You.” The album also features a guest appearance from R&B crooner Kevin Ross.

Novah went to Instagram to share her excitement about her first full-length album. “I have been on this musical journey for a very long time. From singing background vocals and writing songs for major artists, to mentoring new talent on The Four and now, finally releasing MY debut album to the world,” she wrote. “There have been so many detours, set backs, second guesses…but now I finally feel free to create the type of art and message that I’ve always wanted to.”

She continued, “A special thank you to my husband and executive producer @mrdevinaire for wearing every single hat that it took to get us here. This would not have been the same without you. 💙 My album lands at midnight ET, TONIGHT. 🛸This project has everything from ethereal trap to 90s r&b feels. I’m so proud of this album, and I hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed creating it. It’s ALL BLUE!”

In addition to her album release, Novah has also shared a visual for the sixth track, “Intuition.” In the black-and-white clip, the songstress bewitches with soul, sass, and style as she literally levitates over the ocean.

Stream All Blue below.

Watch the video for “Intuition” below.

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