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Tamar Braxton: ‘This is My Best and Last Album’

Tamar Braxton’s fans were thrilled when she announced her fourth album, Bluebird of Happiness, would drop on September 29. However, many feelings have changed as of today.

Braxton just went to Instagram to reveal Bluebird will be her final album.

“THIS is my BEST & LAST album! Enjoy,” she wrote.

Toni Braxton Announces New Album, ‘Sex & Cigarettes’

It’s official; a new Toni Braxton album is on the horizon.

In a recent sit down with The Insider, the R&B/Soul legend says her new project, ‘Sex & Cigarettes,’ will arrive early 2018 and that it will be for the grown and sexy.

“I’m excited; it’s been awhile. The last project I did was me and Babyface,” Braxton says. “The new album comes out at the top of the year, and it’s called ‘Sex & Cigarettes.’ I feel like I’m older; I wanna say what I feel, I don’t wanna be censored.”

As previously reported, the project is lead by the single “Deadwood,” which is said to be a raunchy record. A music video has been shot, and Braxton says it will be a steamy one.

“There’s this guy in the video who is super sexy,” she says. “I think we’re going to see a lot of him; he’s great eye candy.”

Braxton’s last album was 2014’s ‘Love, Marriage & Divorce’ with Babyface. Between time, she has been working on the Lifetime film, Fate Under Fire, which will premiere in 2018. Braxton plays Antoinette Tuff, the struggling single mom from Georgia who heroically averted a tragedy, saving hundreds of lives when she convinced a deranged gunman who stormed a Decatur, GA, elementary school in 2013 to surrender.

Faith Under Fire marks a return to Lifetime for Braxton, whose biopic Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart drew record ratings for the network.

Before the world gets Toni’s new project, they will be blessed with new music from her sister, Tamar Braxton, who is gearing up for the release of ‘Bluebird of Happiness’ on September 29th.

Michael Jackson SCREAM Album Set For Release On September 29

On September 29, Epic/Legacy Recordings, in partnership with The Estate of Michael Jackson, will release Michael Jackson SCREAM, a collection of 13 of his all-time most electrifying and danceable songs including Ghosts, Torture, Thriller, and Dirty Diana.  In addition, SCREAM includes a newly created bonus track, “Blood on the Dance Floor X Dangerous,” a high-energy five-song mash-up from the acclaimed remixer The White Panda. The track will be offered as an instant grat when you pre-order SCREAM digitally, available on all streaming platforms.

Each track on SCREAM is remarkable in its own way. For example, “Dirty Diana” was the fifth consecutive No. 1 song from the album ‘Bad,’ which shattered records for consecutive chart topping singles off a single album; “Thriller”, penned by Rod Temperton, was the seventh of an unprecedented seven Top 10 singles from Thriller, the biggest-selling album of all time; and the Top 5 hit “Scream” is the only duet between Michael Jackson and his sister Janet.  Also included are fan favorites from The Jacksons’ albums –  “Torture” and “This Place Hotel” (the first single to be written, composed, and arranged solely by Michael); and, making its first appearance on a Michael Jackson album, “Somebody’s Watching Me,” the international 1985 hit by Rockwell featuring an iconic hook sung by Michael.

Fans are invited to Official Michael Jackson SCREAM Album Celebrations this fall. These celebrations will take place in six major cities around the world: Paris, London, Sydney, Berlin, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. The events will include screenings of Michael’s seven short films from the SCREAM album including the full-length 40 minute Michael Jackson’s Ghosts, rarely seen following its initial screening at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.  An after party will follow.  More information on the Official Michael Jackson SCREAM Album Celebrations will be announced in the coming days.

Soul II Soul Singer Melissa Bell Dead at 53

Former Soul II Soul member Melissa Bell, 53, has died. Her daughter, singer and UK X Factor winner Alexandra Burke confirmed the sad news via Twitter.

A statement from the family reads: “It is with the heaviest and saddest of hearts that the family inform you our beautiful, funny and loving mom, Melissa Bell has passed away.”

“Our beautiful mother gained her wings on Monday 28th of August 2017, a day that has changed our lives forever. We will never forget her unconditional love, support, charisma, strength and courage throughout her life. We are eternally proud and thankful to call her our mommy. We would be grateful if you could respect our privacy at this difficult time.”

er I was doing Strictly,” she tweeted. “It was always a dream of hers that I would one day be part of the show and I know that she would have wanted me to carry on.”

Born Melissa Cecelia Ewen Bell, the singer fronted the Grammy-winning R&B group Soul II SOul from 1993 to 1995, recording the hit singles “Wish” and “Be a Man” before leaving to follow her solo career in 1995.

She had a string of singles released in 1997 and formed a new group, Soul Explosion, in 1999. Bell also recorded the singles “Into My World” and “Love’s in Need of Love Today” with Dazz. She also performed with Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder.

Our sincere condolences to her family and loved ones. R.I.P.

Brian McKnight Releases New Album ‘Genesis’

Brian McKnight has released his 13th studio album, Genesis. The 12-track project includes McKnight’s singles “Forever” and “I Want U.”

McKnight said his goal for this album was “to figure out how to bridge that gap between the music we made in the ’90s and trying to make modern music, without sounding 21.”

He continued, “I’m 48. I can’t make a record that sounds like a Drake record, even if I wanted to. We as the older group of guys have to stay true to ourselves. I’m just gonna make great music.”

Overall, Genesis is a cohesive body of work that is grounded in traditional R&B with slight references to today’s sound. Some of the standout tracks include “I Want U,” “10 Million Stars,” “Forever” and the title track.

Genesis is the follow-up to 2016’s More than Words. 

Boyz II Men Announces Release Date For New Album, ‘Under the Streetlight’

Veteran R&B group Boyz II Men will be back in your speakers soon.

The award-winning group will release their latest studio album, Under the Streetlight, on October 20. The project celebrates the fellas’ 25 years in music.

The upcoming 10-track LP will feature Boyz II Men’s classic harmonies as they pay tribute to R&B/Soul music with personal selections of timeless songs chosen by founding members Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman, and Wanya Morris. The project will also feature one original song.

“Growing up and experiencing doo-wop music definitely influenced Boyz II Men’s sound,” said Nathan Morris. “‘Under the Streetlight’ has been a passion project that we’ve wanted to create for a while to bring us back to our roots and make the music that inspired us when we first started the group.”

Boyz II Men Honored by The City of Philadelphia

On Under the Streetlight, Boyz II Men put their spin on classics such as “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), “Stay” (Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs) and “I Only Have Eyes for You” (The Flamingos) along with their new original song, “Ladies Man.”

The album also includes features from Brian McKnight on “I’ll Come Running Back To You,” “Tears On My Pillow,” and “A Sunday Kind Of Love”; Amber Riley (Glee) on “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is”; and Take Six on “A Thousand Miles Away.”

Boys II Men are currently doing a residency run at the Mirage in Las Vegas.

See the full tracklist for ‘Under the Streetlight’.

01. Why Do Fools Fall In Love
02. A Thousand Miles Away feat. Take 6
03. Stay
04. I Only Have Eyes For You
05. Up On The Roof
06. I’ll Come Running Back To You feat. Brian McKnight
07. Tears On My Pillow feat. Brian McKnight
08. A Sunday Kind Of Love feat. Brian McKnight
09. Anyone Who Knows What Love Is feat. Amber Riley
10. Ladies Man