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Sam Smith Breaks Musical Hiatus With New Single, "Too Good At Goodbyes"

The crooner is shifting gears to release his sophomore album. 

It has been nearly two years since Sam Smith released new music. The last time we heard a song from the emotional crooner was in 2015 with his James Bond cut, "Writings On The Wall," which earned him an Oscar.

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As the singer prepares to release a new project, he unveiled an uber-emo --- and lovelorn -- single titled "Writings On The Wall."

“This song is about me and about a relationship that I was in,” Sam told Zane Lowe about his new song. However, the singer's forthcoming sophomore album digs deeper, and explores themes other than just his love life. “[My] album actually is not all about me. There’s about four songs that are about me and the rest are about different things and different people in my life and what they’ve gone through,” he teased.

He continuened: “Different in my opinions on different things. I wanted to welcome people back in and I want it to be about my voice and about the storytelling of something that I’ve gone through."

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Premiere: Guaynaa Uses His Handyman Skills To Impress The Ladies In "Buyaka" Video

After releasing his hit single “ReBoTa,” Guaynaa is back with the cheeky visuals for “Buyaka.” With a crew of handymen in blue overalls, the 26-year-old is seemingly trying to seduce and impress a beautiful blonde haired young lady. As they perform for her and attempt at fixing the bad plumbing in her kitchen, Guayanaa (né Jean Carlos Santiago) charmingly performs the track laced with suggestive lyrics.

Santiago’s out of the box style seems like an anomaly among his peers which is refreshing. The artist told Billboard earlier this year that his stage name, Guaynaa, is a term used to describe a wealthy/high-class person in his native country of Puerto Rico. He also expressed how his parents are his main inspiration for his musical aspirations.

“There are many factors that inspire me as an artist. But, my family is my inspiration. My mom and dad are trovadores,” he said. “But, I really felt the inspiration after listened to other singers, like Residente. Growing up, I tried to imitate them and I realized that I have a true passion for music.”

Guaynaa's musical inspirations also come from some of reggaeton's other classic acts like Zion y Lennox and Julio Voltio.

Watch the video for "Buyaka" above.

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Premiere: Leslie Odom Jr. Provides Easing Mantras On Comeback Single "Under Pressure"

There's a climatic aura surrounding Leslie Odom Jr.'s new single "Under Pressure." Blame the favorable string instruments or the singer's light falsetto. Whatever it is, fans will enjoy the ride to clarity.

Produced by Theron “Neff-U” Feemster and Joseph Abate, the Grammy-winning artist takes a slight pivot from jazz into a traditional R&B format as he sings about the perils that come with success as well as internal strife. The thoughtful single was one of the last songs completed for Odom Jr's new project.

Setting up creative shop in George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch, the album is not only an array of emotions from Odom Jr. but stories that weave together his evolution.

"Under Pressure was one of the last songs we wrote for the record," Odom Jr. tells VIBE about the creation process with executive producers Joseph Abate and Steve Greenberg. "It came together after we’d spent some hours getting to know one another and we were comfortable with each other. Once you’re comfortable you can start asking, 'Ok so, what scares you?'"

The project also warranted emotional reactions from his tribe. "I played the record for my family this past week. My mom and my sister cried. My dad broke down which songs he thought were the “hits.” [Laughs] Writing the music started in such a personal way. Feels appropriate to share it with the people closest to me before we share it with the world. I hope everyone likes it. I really do. But if for some reason “the world” didn’t, I think I could rest knowing that it touched the people who’ve known and held me up the longest."

But "Under Pressure" won't give you anxiety. Throughout the track, Odom Jr.'s voice is complimented well with orchstrated production that includes violins, cellos and deep horns. It's a refreshing feeling only Odom Jr. can deliver.

Known for his iconic time on Hamilton, the award-winning entertainer has released two jazz albums including his self-titled debut album in 2014 and an amazing Christmas album titled Simply Christmas in 2016. Both albums topped Billboard's Jazz Albums chart.

Enjoy "Under Pressure" below.

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Produced by: Theron “Neff-U” Feemster and Joseph Abate Executive producers: Joseph Abate, Leslie Odom Jr. and Steve Greenberg

Violins: Bruce Dukov , Alyssa Park , Charlie Bishara, Jessive Guidero, Lucia Micarelli, Phil Levy, Tammy Hatwan, Sara Parks Violas: Zach Dellinger, Shawn Mann Cello: Jake Braun Horns: Dylan Hart, Steve Becknell, Rob Schaer , Jonah Levy, Steve Suminski, Steve Holtman, Woodwinds: Heather Clark, Julie Burket, Lara Wickes, Stuart Clark, Don Foster, Dan Higgins Background Vocals: Suzanne Waters Orchestrations by: Bill Elliott, Gordon Goodwin

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Rapper Young MA attends BET Hip Hop Awards 2018 at Fillmore Miami Beach on October 6, 2018 in Miami Beach, Florida.
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Don't Call Young M.A. A Lesbian Or Female Rapper

Young M.A. is making it clear that she's more than a label. On the heels of her debut studio album, the Brooklyn native sat with Hollywood Unlocked UNCENSORED's Jason Lee, Mylissa Ford, and DJ Damage for a candid interview in New York City.

During the extensive interview, the rapper spoke candidly about heartbreak, the pressure of delivering another hit after her chart-climbing single, "Ooouuu," and why she doesn't consider herself a lesbian despite the politically correct names under the LGBTQ+ umbrella."

"No, just Young M.A....No, I don't do [those] labels." When asked to clarify if that means she's into men, she candidly said, "Absolutely not. That's it. I just wouldn't date a guy....I'm just Young M.A., man. I just don't dig dudes. I love women."

Young M.A. took it even further when the topic of pronouns/titles and sexual orientation came up and took it a step further, saying, "Not even with the 'female rapper' thing, I don't buy into that. I'm just a rapper. I'm Young M.A."

When asked why she's against being put in the box of a female rapper, the music artist started by saying, "First of all, female rappers alone seem to be the only ones in a box because you don't say 'male rapper.'" She added, "You really don't...When you see a male rapper you don't call him a "male rapper," you call him a rapper. And with the female rapper, it seems like the female rap thing is more glorified.

"And then the gay rapper thing, I feel like if we don't want to be separated. If we're uniting and we're doing all this type of thing where we want people to accept us for us, and stuff like that. Then as people, just like you're a human and I'm a human, why still separate yourself? To me, it just doesn't make sense. If you just want to be accepted for who you are, just say, 'I am me'...I just came in the game being me."

During the sitdown, Young M.A. touched on why she decided to respond to Kodak Black's comment, the importance of nurturing your fanbase as an independent artist, and her KWEENZ Foundation's mission to help those in East New York, Brooklyn who've experienced grief and trauma after the loss of a loved one.

Watch the full interview above.

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