• WATCH | ‘Its Good Music Baby:' Smokey Robinson Says R&B Will Be Around Forever

    8 days ago - By Essence

    By Brande Victorian · Updated November 21, 2022 ESSENCE recently ran a series on the state of R&B music, detailing both the evolution of the genre and its subtle erasure as Hip-Hop grew to be the dominant sound of the recording industry. But as numerous R&B artists walked the black carpet at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 20, it was clear rhythm & blues is far from dead. And even legends like Smokey Robinson will tell you so himself. “I tell people all the time when they say, ‘young people are making all this crazy ' there are young people making some great music, you...
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  • WATCH | Theres Somebody Out Here Who Needs Me To Win: Muni Long On What Keeps Her Going As An Artist

    8 days ago - By Essence

    By Essence · Updated November 21, 2022 Muni Long's face may still be new to people, but plenty of music fans have heard the singer's words, as she's penned songs for everyone from Rihanna to Ariana Grande over the past 10 years. Though she's released two studio albums, the first in 2009 and another in 2018, it wasn't until her hit single “Hrs & Hrs,” released independently in late 2021, that everyone started to know her name. The success of the track led Long to receive a nomination for Favorite R&B song and Favorite Female R&B artist at this year's American Music Awards, held at the...
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  • WATCH | Coco Jones Says She Manifested Her Album Going Number 1

    8 days ago - By Essence

    By Essence · Updated November 21, 2022 By: Brande Victorian “Everything you believe you can have, God sends towards you,” says the actress and singer who released her latest EP on November 4. Coco Jones is making the transition from child star to adult household name look very easy. The actress, who got her start in the Disney Channel movie Let it Shine in 2012, now stars on the Peacock series Bel Air. And not only is her acting career taking off but so is her journey as a music artist. On November 4, Jones released her fourth EP, What I didn't Tell You, and it landed at the no. 1 spot on...
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  • WATCH | Theres Somebody Out Here Who Needs Me To Win: Muni Long On What Keeps Her Going As An Artist

    8 days ago - By Essence

    By Essence · Updated November 21, 2022 Author: Brande Victorian Muni Long's face may still be new to people, but plenty of music fans have heard the singer's words, as she's penned songs for everyone from Rihanna to Ariana Grande over the past 10 years. Though she's released two studio albums, the first in 2009 and another in 2018, it wasn't until her hit single “Hrs & Hrs,” released independently in late 2021, that everyone started to know her name. The success of the track led Long to receive a nomination for Favorite R&B song and Favorite Female R&B artist at this year's American Music...
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  • WATCH | Its Good Music Baby Smokey Robinson Says R&B Will Be Around Forever

    8 days ago - By Essence

    By Essence · Updated November 21, 2022 By: Brande Victorian “There are young people making some great music,” says the Motown legend in response to the idea that R&B is dead. ESSENCE recently ran a series on the state of R&B music, detailing both the evolution of the genre and its subtle erasure as Hip-Hop grew to be the dominant sound of the recording industry. But as numerous R&B artists walked the black carpet at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 20, it was clear rhythm & blues is far from dead. And even legends like Smokey Robinson will tell you so himself. “I tell...
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