Roc Nation Artist Victory Shares New Single ‘Open Your Eyes’

Emerging singer Victory has released her new single titled “Open Your Eyes.” Produced by 9th Wonder, the optimistic track is about being aware of all the beautiful things life has to offer.

“So darling won’t you open your eyes / How can you be so blind to the beauty of life? / It’s everywhere so won’t you dare to open your eyes,” Victory sings on the chorus.

Speaking on the song, Victory says, “Never let the sad things in life make you blind to beautiful things in life. That’s the whole message behind the song.”

Victory’s new album, The Broken Instrument, will release on June 15 via Roc Nation. “Overall, I like to think of my album The Broken Instrument as collection of art pieces,” explains Victory. “Each song is a painting that was inspired in one way or another by my life. I’m so excited to finally be able to share these paintings with the world.”

Victory has joined Empire actor/singer Jussie Smollett on his Sum of My Music Tour, which will hit Los Angles, Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta and Chicago, to name a few.

The singer-songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist was personally signed by JAY-Z after being discovered performing with her siblings at their regular performance spot — the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace in Central Park.

Stream “Open Your Eyes” below.

Victory Spring Tour Dates
May 17 — Washington, DC @ Union Stage
May 18 — Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
May 20 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at the Fillmore Philadelphia
May 21 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy*
May 25 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Coda*
May 27 — New York, NY @ SOB’s*
May 29 — Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade*
May 30 — Port Chester, NY @ Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre
June 01 — Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar*
June 03 — Dallas, TX @ Deep Ellum Art Co*
June 05 — Atlantic Beach, NC @ NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Ctr.
June 07 — Manchester, TN @ Great Stage Park
June 08 — Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl At Center Stage
June 10 — Chicago, IL @ Subterranean*
June 12 — Detroit, MI @ El Club*
June 14 — New York, NY @ City Winery

*Jussie Smollett Sum of My Music Tour dates.

For more information about Victory, visit her website at

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

Listen to Sabrina Claudio’s New Project ‘No Rain, No Flowers’

Sabrina Claudio has released her new project titled No Rain, No Flowers. The body of work, co-created with Sad Money, features eight tracks including “Numb” and “Messages from Her.

Speaking on the No Rain, No Flowers, Claudio says, “I wrote this in a time where my vulnerability was at an all time high & I’ve never felt more free spilling my heart out on paper.”

With the help of few incredible musicians and producers, Claudio adds she and Sad Money completed No Rain, No Flowers in a month and a half. Interestingly, the project doesn’t include her previously released tracks “All to You,” or “Don’t Let Me Down” featuring Khalid.

No Rain, No Flowers arrives nearly a year after her project, About Time.

Tone Stith Teams with Ty Dolla $ign for New Song ‘Take It There’

Tone Stith is back with an all-new installment of Tone Tuesdays. He teams up with Ty Dolla $ign for his latest track “Take It There.”

On the tender track, the rising singer stretches his warm falsetto as he cheers his special lady to “take it all off” for him.

Ty rallies for his girl to be a savage in the bedroom. He doesn’t even mind if her backside is real as long as she gives him all-night pleasure.

Stith is no stranger to releasing gems. The singer has brought the heat on songs like “Sex Drive,” “Long Run” and “A Little Bit of Lovin’.” But we’re ready for Stith to drop an official lead single from his debut album.

As far as Ty, he and Jeremih are aiming to release their joint project MihTy this Friday (August 17). Ty is also working on a joint effort with Teyana Taylor.

Ro James Releases New Single ‘Excuse Me’

Ro James "Excuse Me" single artwork

Somebody’s got Ro James fucked up on his new song, “Excuse Me.” Co-produced by Tricky Stewart and Jean-Pierre Medor, the mellow tune finds James reflecting a relationship where he was giving more than he was receiving.

“You had it easy but you just couldn’t play your part / Our heart was starving while you focused on so many parts / Out of the line, it’s way too old to be acting up,” he sings.

“Excuse Me” is the first single from James’ upcoming sophomore album that will release in November via ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records. “Feels good to be back,” James wrote on Instagram. “This process has been different, a growing process for sure. [I] had to take some time for my mental.”

In a recent interview with Rated R&B, James compared the approach of his second album to his debut album, Eldorado. “Eldorado was my first time going to the label saying, ‘I don’t want to do this, this is who I am’ and accepting their advice too, so we can create something timeless,” he said. “My next album is the same process — growing with people who now are a part of your trajectory, your growth and who you are. I had a concept from the jump but the thing is finding the sound that matches the concept. It was definitely harder but I enjoyed the process.”

Listen to “Excuse Me” below.

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