Stream Toni Braxton’s New Album ‘Sex & Cigarettes’

The wait is over! Toni Braxton has released her eighth studio album, Sex & Cigarettes, on Def Jam Records.

The short-and-sweet project consists of eight tracks including the singles “Deadwood” and “Long As I Live.” Braxton hopes her new album will inspire women.

“It’s about girl empowerment, but at the same time, I’m dying inside because the guy has moved on,” Braxton told US Magazine. “Sex and Cigarettes [is] the next step for sexy and for my sound. I think as an artist you have to push the envelope even further and that’s what I think I did with this album. I think my fans are really going to like it.”

Sex & Cigarettes is Braxton’s first solo album in eight years. It is the follow-up to her 2010 project, Pulse, which debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200. In 2014, she released a duet album with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds called Love, Marriage & Divorce, which won Best R&B Album at the 57th Grammy Awards.

Listen to Sex & Cigarettes below.

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

Stream Part Two of Jessie J’s ‘R.O.S.E’ Album (Obsessions)

Jessie J serves up Obsessions, the second installment of her four-part album R.O.S.E.

Similar to her Realisations offering, the fresh set consists of four tracks. The standout track for this DJ Camper-produced installment is “Petty,” which finds the singer calling out the obsessive behavior of internet trolls who stay in her comment section.

Jessie J has more new music on the way. She will release the final two R.O.S.E installments: Sex (May 24) and Empowerment (May 25) later this week.

Stream Obsessions below.

Ty Dolla $ign Re-Releases ‘Beach House 3’ with Six New Songs

Ty Dolla $ign extends his Beach House 3 stay with a newly released deluxe edition. The repackaged album contains six new songs including “Pineapple” featuring Gucci Mane and Quavo, and “Clout” featuring 21 Savage.

Dolla $ign shows no signs of slowing down as he prepares for the release of his joint project, MihTy, with fellow crooner Jeremih. Spearheaded by producer Hitmaker, the project is expected to arrive in June.

“Next month, I’m dropping a whole other project with me and my brother, Jeremih,” Dolla $ign revealed on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music show. “That’s like a full-length album. I’m so excited for that one. We did it with my bro, Hitmaka. He produced the whole shit, so it’s like a consistent album of bangers.”

Dolla $ign can also be heard on Ashanti’s “Say Less” and Khalid’s “OTW” featuring 6LACK.

Stream Ty Dolla $ign’s Beach House 3 deluxe edition below.

BJ the Chicago Kid Releases New EP ‘The Opening Ceremony’

BJ The Chicago Kid celebrates New Music Friday with a new EP titled The Opening Ceremony.

The three-track project serves as an appetizer for his follow-up to 2016’s In My Mind. The EP also follows his previously released tracks “I’m Sorry” and “Come and Talk to Me,” a cover of Jodeci’s classic hit with Ro James.

Speaking of James, the two R&B singers will embark on a joint R&B Tour, which will kick off on May 15 at The Loft in Atlanta. The tour will also make stops in D.C., Baltimore, New York and Chicago, before wrapping up on May 27 at Troubadour in Los Angeles.

Stream The Opening Ceremony, and learn the lyrics before next Tuesday.

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