Mary J. Blige Returns with New Song ‘Only Love’

Mary J. Blige starts a new era with a brand new song titled “Only Love.”

Sampling “Doctor Love” by First Choice, Blige makes post-divorce sound delightful on the disco groove. She understands wholeheartedly that “only love can save the day.”

The singer explained why she decided to put out “Only Love” and what she’s been cooking up for listeners. “I’ve been in the studio working on new music and was excited to share a little bit with you all,” she wrote on Instagram. “I had a year of so many ups and downs and have come out the other side with a renewed spirit and a fresh perspective. I’m entering my next chapter with an open mind and heart. ONLY LOVE is where I am right now and I couldn’t keep it to myself any longer!!!”

“Only Love” is the first release since Blige shared “Bounce Back” earlier this year. The new song has been released via Republic Records, making us wonder if Blige has left her label of four years, Capitol Records.

Last weekend, Blige headlined the ESSENCE Festival. During her visit, she launched her new jewelry line Sister Love with LL Cool J’s wife, Simone Smith.

Listen to “Only Love” below.

Antwane Folk is the editorial assistant at RatedRnB.com.

VanJess Give Their Man ‘Control’ on New Song

VanJess put their man in the driver’s seat on their new song titled “Control Me.”

On the bass-heavy track, produced by IAMNOBODI, the sister duo experience conflicting feelings on whether to let their dude run the show or not.

“Don’t wanna depend on you / don’t want to feel, even if it’s real,” sings the duo. “Make a n*gga wanna fall / Say you wanna’ control me, control me.”

“Control Me” comes behind a parade of previously released songs: “Through Enough,” featuring GoldLink, “Addicted” and “Touch the Floor” featuring Masego. All tracks will be featured on VanJess’ debut album, Silk Canvas, due on July 20 via Keep Cool.

The LP includes production credits from Kaytranada, Da-P, IAmNoBodi, Scribz Riley and Jay Kurzweil, to name a few.

Listen to “Control Me” below.

Ciara Returns with Upbeat Single ‘Level Up’

Ciara is back! The 32-year-old singer has released her new single titled “Level Up,” which samples DJ Telly Tell’s “Fuck It Up Challenge.” Produced by J.R. Rotem, the uptempo record is about knowing your worth and never settling for less.

“I just keep elevating, no losses, just upgrading / My lessons, made blessings, I turned that into money / Thank God I never settled, this view is so much better / I’m chilling, I’m winning, like on another level,” Ciara sings in the first verse.

Along with her new song release, Ciara also premiered the official video. In the dance-heavy clip, choreographed by Parris Goebel, Ciara and her dancers (The Official Royal Family) bring their A-game as they perform intricate moves in a vacant building.

“Level Up” is the first single from Ciara’s upcoming seventh studio album that will release on Beauty Entertainment/Warner Bros. Records. The album is the follow-up to 2015’s Jackie, which included her platinum single “I Bet.” 

Stream “Level Up” below.

Watch the video below.

K. Roosevelt Shares New Song and Video, ‘Adrenaline’

With the ink now dry on his new Def Jam deal, K. Roosevelt is already getting to work. The Los Angeles native has released a brand new song titled “Adrenaline,” off his debut self-titled EP, due July 27.

Supported by outmoded synths and artful bassline, the R&B newcomer recalls fond moments and precious memories of a special gal. “Used to say she’d cut me loose / If I played you like a fool,” he coos on the peculiar number. “Either way I’ll come with you / Understand me, comprehend it / I just want to know the truth.”

Roosevelt also premiered the video for “Adrenaline,” which was directed by Sean Brown. The retro-themed video finds Roosevelt playing a blue electric guitar outside of a West Coast-styled home. He later joins friends at the poolside for laughs and vibes.

On July 20, Roosevelt will continue the EP rollout with “Blinding My Way,” the second single. He will premiere its accompanying visual, too.

Before signing to Def Jam, Roosevelt received artist nurturing from producer Hit-Boy under his Hits Since ’87 label.

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