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R&B's Secret Society: 26 Acts You Should Be Listening To

R&B artists you should listen to

The face and sound of R&B are always evolving. These days, if it's not Beyoncé, it's the mellow tempos of artists like Jhené Aiko and Tinashe getting millennials all in their feelings. Meanwhile, radio staples like Chris Brown and Trey Songz help keep the VIP libations flowing. And traditional artists (Miguel, John Legend) bless us with timeless records.

But there’s another hidden blanket of talent that isn’t seen or heard as much as those familiar faces. Call it R&B's secret society. Fill up your playlists with music from these 26 gifted acts who not only offer soulful and eclectic sounds, but also much-needed variety.

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Origin: Atlanta, Georgia

Raury's sweet mix of gospel and soul was a well-kept secret until he released his debut album, Indigo Child, for free in August. While the singer already has a dedicated following, he's also found fans in Kanye West and Outkast. Raury will take part in the duo's homecoming concert in Atlanta on September 27.

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Origin: Stockholm, Sweden

Mapei originally started her career as a rapper, but found more joy in singing. One listen to her breakout song, “Don’t Wait,” and you'll find the perfect balance of modern soul and blues. The songwriter is working on her debut album Hey Hey, slated for a September release.

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Majid Jordan

Origin: Toronto, Canada

Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman, the production duo behind Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” shared more of their talents with fans this summer with the EP, A Place Like This. The OVO Sound signees have an upbeat sound that evokes the feels of the '80s but with a modern twist.

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Lion Babe

Origin: New York City

New York natives Jillian Hervey and producer Lucas Goodman released their single “Treat Me Like Fire” in 2012, as well as an unforgettable music video. Hervey, the daughter of Vanessa Williams, has a voice that recalls the neo-soul days. Since their debut, Lion Babe has stayed busy with festival performances, harmonizing with Childish Gambino and working on new music for this fall.


Marlee In The Mixx

Origin: Washington D.C

The eight-part collective led by singer/rapper Marlee D came together in 2011 and has been making a creative mix of progressive R&B focused on live instrumentation. The band once opened up for Big K.R.I.T. and debuted its EP 10,000 Hours in June.


Rochelle Jordan

Origin: Toronto Canada

Toronto songbird Rochelle Jordan has been churning out music since her 2011 debut EP,ROJO. Her consistency and creative approach to R&B made her a soulful gleam in Canada’s music scene. Aside from her solo projects, she's also worked with PartyNextDoor and Childish Gambino and released her single “Lowkey” with frequent collaborator KLSH.



Origin: Chicago, Illinois

Tink is a favorite among Hollyweirds like Kylie Jenner. The youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan sang Tink’s breakout single, “Treat Me Like Somebody,” and opened her up to new fans via Instagram. Tink, a Chicago native and member of Mosley Music Group, has been taken under Timbaland’s wing as he works with her on her debut album.

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SZA called for peace and understanding at Billboard's Women In Music event Thursday (Dec. 6).

During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)


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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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