A fast-rising Los Angeles singer/songwriter/actor buzzing right now with his previous single, "All I Need". Striking while the iron is hot, ahead of his new project, we get a sexy new visual just in time for Valentine's Day from Zaku for his new single, "Underwater". Directed by Jay Blaze, Alia, Only Carey and Zaku-himself, the new star plays a lover trying to persuade the leading lady to fall in love with him.
Using imagery, Zaku's soft vocals and symbolic nature win over both the love interest and fans. A debut visual presentation, "Underwater" is Zaku's introduction on a global scale. Zaku star power has been on the rise with a strong grassroots fanbase that has been following him since the early days developing his sound.
Brief backstory on Zaku, born in Manila and raised in Japan, at 19, Zaku moved to Los Angeles where he spent 18 months studying performing arts at the Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute. The Filipino-American's first EP, All I Need, a five-track project includes breakout songs "Kanpai" and "Alien Girl," (98k) accumulated over 50,000 streams on Spotify. The popularity transforms into great residual streaming on for the new artist moving forward. Zaku and Jay Blaze have been frequent collaborators since the beginning of Zaku's career. Also an actor, Zaku stars alongside former SNL castmember Jay Pharoh and Only Carey on the YouTube series, "Budget Boys."
"Underwater" is the lead single on Zaku's promising new project, titled, Young Yesterday. Slated for February 28, the new project is Zaku's best work yet. Zaku is currently in Asia filming new visual off the upcoming project set to release quickly after the project release. To stay tuned to everything Zaku, follow the rising star on Instagram and Twitter.
"Underwater" is available now on Global Sound Music Group.
Jay Lyriq and Tay Dizm, former recording artists on T-Pain’s Nappy Boy Entertainment, reveal their sultry new collaboration, "No More." Serving as the second single from their forthcoming 'Jay & Tay' EP.
On the feel-good gem, produced by GRAMMY Award-winning and multi-platinum songwriter Jimi Kendrix (Jay Z, 50 Cent, Patti LaBelle), the two deliver silky vocals and harmonic bars about exes who claim they are over but continue to hook-up when they’ve been drinking.
"No More" follows Jay & Tay’s summertime jam "Work N Play" released last June. The artists who became friends and began working together while signed to T-Pain’s Nappy Boy Entertainment are finishing their self-titled EP due this Spring. Tay describes the music as “Real rap, real R&B, real situations. Definitely feel good music. It’s just us being ourselves.”
While Jay Lyriq and Tay Dizm continue to work as solo artists as well, Jay says their “Jay & Tay” project will fill a void in the R&B and hip hop space. “There’s no one doing anything like this,” he says. “The rap songs now are more melody driven, not like the rap from back in the day. Tay’s coming. He’s rapping and I’m singing. As long as we come with the right material, everybody will enjoy it.”
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The music icon and international superstar has announced the forthcoming album, Black Diamond, her first in over four years, and a North American area tour for summer 2020.
Produced by Live Nation, the trek kicks off on June 24 in Miami and journeys across the U.S. and Canada, with stops in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Toronto, Dallas, New York, and Los Angeles, before wrapping on Aug. 23 in Tacoma, Wash. She will also perform at the Essence Festival and Cincinnati Music Festival in July. International dates will be announced in the near future.
"I’ve heard all your wishes and I’m working on my new album and going on a new World Tour this summer titled ‘Black Diamond,'" tweeted Jackson. "I’m so excited to share this new era with you."
In addition to new music, Jackson will perform songs from her 12 multi-platinum albums including a special performance of Rhythm Nation 1814, which marked its 30th anniversary last year. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb. 13, with a pre-sale starting Feb. 11.
Black Diamond will follow Jackson's 2015 project, Unbreakable, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Black Diamond World Tour Dates:
June 24 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
June 26 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
June 27 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
June 29 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
July 1 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
July 3 – New Orleans, LA – Essence Festival
July 5 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Complex
July 7 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
July 9 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
July 10 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
July 12 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
July 14 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
July 17 – Nashantucket, CT – The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
July 18 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
July 21 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
July 22 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
July 24 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
July 25 – Cincinnati, OH – Cincinnati Music Festival
July 27 – Chicago, IL – United Center
July 28 – Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
July 31 – St Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
Aug. 1 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
Aug. 3 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Aug. 5 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Aug. 7 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Aug. 9 – Phoenix, AZ – Gila River Arena
Aug. 10 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University
Aug. 12 – Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
Aug. 15 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Aug. 17 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
Aug. 18 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center at San Jose
Aug. 20 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Aug. 22 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Aug. 23 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Dru Hill is ready to treat the people with some of their musical goods! The legendary group releases the new single, "What You Need," and it's classic Dru!
Produced by Troy Taylor, the nostalgic ballad highlights the group's return while unearthing a sound that seems lost in R&B.
Dru Hill's last album was 2010's 'InDRUpendence Day,' and although they're back with new music, the members are a bit different. The quartet now consists of original founders Sisqo and Nokio and new members Smokey and Black of Playa.
The sultry "What You Need" is the first single from Dru Hill's forthcoming album, The Second Coming, slated for later this year.
R&B/Soul songstress Sy Smith drops the music video for her sensual and hypnotizing new single, "Camelot."
The beautiful scenic visuals of the music video were directed by Shawn Carter Peterson and shot on an iPhone 10 device. The video was shot in Tanzania, East Africa. It opens on the island of Zanzibar featuring its expansive beaches and inland in the Jozani Forest. Later we join Sy on safari in different parts of the vast East African nation’s landscape - the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire National Park.
"Camelot - as we know from fairytales - is a fictitious place, meant to represent a sort of castle estate for fairytale love stories. This song is about a girl dreaming of a love that she can see so clearly that it seems real to her, but she knows it’s all in her mind. It’s her own personal Camelot - a fantasy and figment of her imagination," mentions Sy.
"The inspiration of this video was two-fold - 1) To have my love interest actually be a place instead of a person. In this case, the love interest is this beautiful region of the earth called Tanzania. 2) To relocate the idea of Camelot from what is normally considered (a medieval castle-like fortress associated with a legendary King Arthur somewhere in old Great Britain) to a REAL place, in this case - these majestic regions of Tanzania," she adds.
"Camelot" appears on Sy's recently released album, 'Sometimes A Rose Will Grow In Concrete,' available on all platforms now.
R. Kelly's New York trial surrounding racketeering, sexual abuse and bribery have been postponed to next July (2020), due to his upcoming court dates in Chicago, Illinois. The date was changed to bar any conflicts.
U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly decided on Thursday (Feb. 6), ruling Kelly's scheduled Apr. 27 (2020) trial date in Chicago made it doubtful that he would be available to stand trial in New York in mid-May.
Kelly, who is currently in a Chicago jail, appeared in court for the Brooklyn hearing via video conference.
The decision to delay proceedings was applauded by Kelly's lawyer, Douglas Anton, who revealed the singer's legal team still doesn't know the identity of his alleged victims.
Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all criminal charges in several cases filed in New York, Illinois, and Minnesota last year ('19).
The prosecutors in New York claim Kelly recruited women and underage girls to have sex with him. He is also charged with bribing an Illinois official to obtain a fake identification for singer Aaliyah, so they could get married when she was 15.
Meanwhile, prosecutors in Chicago have charged Kelly with engaging in sex acts with five minors, threatening his alleged victims, and aggravated sexual abuse. At the same time, Minnesota lawmakers claim he solicited sex from a minor.
On the heels of news that Sean "Diddy" Combs and MTV are planning to revive Making Of The Band, former cast member Tyler Dumont is also resurging as an artist to be reckoned with.
Dumont kicks off the new year with a music video for her latest single, "You." Directed by Johnny Frost, the visual picks up where she left off in 2019 in the "Don't Mean It" visual, which featured dramatic scenes capturing the fiery tension between Tyler and her lover portrayed by actor, Donovan Christie Jr. (Tyler Perry's Netflix special, A Fall From Grace ).
"You" follows the same storyline, but takes an unexpected turn. Actor Donovan Christie Jr. reprises his role as her love interest, but we discover there’s someone else in the picture now! "Since people connected to the visuals in 'Don't Mean It,' we decided to follow the dramatic storyline of 'You' and turn the videos into a mini-series of sorts," states Tyler.
With three singles under her belt, including the video for "Phone," Tyler's debut project, Nomadic Behavior, is set to hit digital platforms later this year!
R&B/Pop singer-songwriter Christian Paul is here to share his brand of soul music with the world. Referencing icons like Marvin Gaye, Maxwell, Curtis Mayfield, D'Angelo, and Prince as inspirations, this rising newcomer has a mission to bring the old school and the new school together through finely-calibrated delivery and cleverly-written content.
Paul recently kicked off his musical campaign with the release of the sultry single, "Chapter," an intimate and soulful love letter to a special love interest. Singersroom spoke to the newcomer via email about his love for soul music, how he started, his sound, his upcoming EP, and more.
You named R&B/Soul greats like Marvin Gaye, Maxwell, Curtis Mayfield, D'Angelo, and Prince as influences, how did you get to the place where you appreciated these artists?
I inherited an appreciation and love for the R&B/Soul greats like the ones you just mentioned from my dad and his side of the family. R&B/Soul music was at the heart of every playlist and mixtape that my dad put together and every road trip CD that he burned. My uncle also has always had an affinity for Soul music; so much so that he actually started writing it in his teenage years and has continued to this very day. My passion for soul music was very much so passed down to me.
How did you find music? Did you grow up in a musical household, or are you first generation?
I grew up in a household where it was not uncommon for us to listen to music for hours, giving it our undivided attention. Though R&B/Soul was central to everything that was played in the house, my mom introduced me to roots soul/rock like The Band and the Dooby Brothers. My older brother was a guitarist in a Weezer cover band when I was really young, so I can get down with some Weezer to this day!
What story are you trying to convey as a new artist? What makes you unique?
As a new artist, I want to grab the attention of and captivate listeners by marrying impressively delivered Pop/R&B top-lines over hip hop/trap-influenced production. I'm sure my sound will evolve over time, but the thing that will always define my artistry is its underlying soulful essence.
Your single "Chapter" sounds very personal? Is it a true story? If so, tell us about this special person?
I connect with "Chapter" in a very personal way. For me, the song is about a time in my life when I would've done absolutely anything for even the chance to be with a girl, no matter the cost. Though we faced some unforeseen roadblocks that made it clear that we couldn't work right now, she is still very special to me.
What should we expect from you on your debut EP?
My debut EP will have songs about relational hardship, romance, and conflicts that life can present. Sonically, I tend to stick with description - As mentioned earlier, impressively delivered Pop/R&B top-lines over hip hop/trap-influenced production.
When you're not recording and performing, what other hobbies make you tick?
When I'm not recording or performing, I love to go on walks or hikes. Anyone that knows me knows that I have difficulty sitting in one place for too long. I like to read literature rooted in truth that causes me to be introspective and encourages my spirit. Above both of these things, spending time with the people I love most is what uplifts me the most.
One thing is for sure: Hamilton Park won't tell a soul when it comes to putting you "To Sleep."
The R&B group is back with a visual that tells what actually happens when women go into a bathroom at a party; they're going to strategize among each other on how to shoot their shot. Who knew? Directed by Daryus Hawkins and executive produced by Joy Young, the “To Sleep” video sees Hamilton Park at a classic Atlanta house party where the sexes intermingle over drinks, good music, and the occasional eye contact that leads to much, much more!
"To Sleep" serves as the super-vocal-group's lead single from their forthcoming album, "STAY." Since its premiere on Ebro's Beats 1 Apple Music show in October 2019, "To Sleep" has become their most streamed song under their label, Lost in Music Entertainment.
Song producer Deandre Hunter and writers Hunter, Markus Free, and Ty Morrow left no room for error when it came to producing this timely hit. With its catchy, upbeat production and harmonious vocals, mixed with a relatable visual, there's no ceiling to what new music comes to follow.
Oh, yeah! And just for clarity, Grammy award-winning producers Ace Harris and Ayo and Keyz will be featured on the group's new album. Looks like they'll be setting 2020's R&B standard.
Mariah Carey claims her assistant “intentionally” destroyed pertinent evidence in their ongoing legal battle over allegations of blackmail.
Carey is suing ex-employee Lianna Shakhnazarian, aka Lianna Azarian, claiming she attempted to use “intimate videos” of the superstar to land an $8 million pay day.
Shakhnazarian, who is countersuing Carey for wrongful termination and harassment, has denied any engagement in the pop star’s extortion claims, but now the court fight has become even messier, amid allegations of sabotage.
“Shakhnazarian has tried to avoid liability by intentionally destroying at least three categories of relevant evidence,” Carey’s lawyer, Casey Laffey, claims in new documents lodged in New York’s Manhattan Supreme Court.
Specific details about the evidence in question have been heavily redacted in the public filing, but Laffey insists the former staffmember’s alleged actions have “irrevocably frustrated Carey’s ability to determine whether Shakhnazarian transmitted the recordings to other third-parties.”
The deleted files also apparently make it difficult for Carey to challenge claims suggesting the one-time assistant had the musician’s consent to film the footage at the center of the case.
The singer is now seeking permission to have copies made of the contents of Shakhnazarian’s phone to ensure she does not “withhold or destroy” any other potential evidence, reports the New York Post’s Page Six.
Shakhnazarian’s legal representatives have yet to respond to the allegations.