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Masego Announces Debut Album 'Lady Lady' With Accompanying Tour

Masego is ready to take over the airwaves this fall.

A standout presence in the R&B/hip-hop fusion scene, Masego puts an unabashedly sultry-smooth spin on today's musical fabric. Taking time to fine tune his "TrapHouseJazz" sound since 2015 saw the release of  The Pink Polo EP, Masego is ready to display his genre-defiant style with his full-length album debut, Lady Lady.

Hitting shelves Sept. 7, Lady Lady will showcase this musical chameleon's unique intersection of soul, trap, R&B, jazz, rap, and dance as he reconciles with heartbreak past. At its core, the 13-track project will center on the Virginia-bred musician's experiences with women as a swooning ladies man and jazz heartthrob, moving seamlessly between singing, rapping, and soloing on the saxophone.

Led by the title track "Lady Lady," the album is ultimately a coming-of-age record set to showcase all sides of Sego's musical personality: funny, flirty, wide-eyed, mysterious, and moody. Following a run of summer amphitheater dates supporting Leon Bridges, Masego will hit the road for a headlining tour this fall.

Check out his North American dates and listen to his most recent release "Old Age" with TDE crooner SiR below.

August 27 - Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphiteater*
August 28 - Atlanta, GA - State Bank Amphitheatre At Chastain Park*
August 29 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater*
August 31 - New Braunfels, TX - Whitewater Amphitheater*
September 1 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater*
September 2 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater*
September 4 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theater*
September 5 - San Diego, CA - Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre*
September 7 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre At UC Berkeley*
September 8 - Las Vegas, NV - Pearl Concert Theater*
October 16 - Boston, MA - Royale
October 17 - Philadelphia, PA - TLA
October 18 - Washington, D.C. - U Street Music Hall
October 20 - Providence, RI - The Met
October 21 - New York City, NY - Irving Plaza
October 23 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
October 24 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
October 25 - Chicago, IL - The Metro
October 27 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
October 29 - St. Louis, MO - Ready Room
November 1 - Dallas, TX - Trees
November 2 - New Orleans, LA - Parish @ House of Blues
November 4 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live Studio
November 6 - Denver, CO - Cervantes
November 9 - Santa Ana, CA -The Observatory
November 11 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
November 14 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne
November 15 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
November 16 - Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
November 18 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda

* = supporting Leon Bridges

READ MORE: NEXT: Masego Is Equal Parts Real Musicianship & Really, Really Good Feels

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Chole x Halle are giving us a taste of what's to come from their upcoming sophomore album, Ungodly Hour, debuting on June 5. The dynamic duo serve up gorgeous visuals in the sweltering new music video for “Do It,” the album's lead single.

“So thankful for all the support on #DOIT it means everything us!!! Ya’ll like it? Keep watching, streaming x dancing,” the pair tweeted on Friday (May 15). “We’re sooo looking forward to sharing the album with you.”

sooooo thankful for all the support on #DOIT it means everything us!!! y’all like it? keep watching, streaming x dancing. we’re sooo looking forward to sharing the album with you. much much love 🖤🖤💍💍 https://t.co/vPaeglZ5uE pic.twitter.com/TfV8WV2lvl

— chloe x halle (@chloexhalle) May 15, 2020

In honor of “Do It,” Balmain will host an Instagram Live event on Sunday (May 17), featuring a 30-minute set from Chloe x Hall.

Watch the “Do It” music video below.

 

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Teyana Taylor Gives Sneak Peek Of “Bare Wit Me” Music Video

Teyana Taylor is giving fans a sneak peek of her music video for the single, “Bare Wit Me,” off her upcoming project, The Album.

The Michael Jackson-inspired teaser, released on Thursday (May 14), went viral almost immediately, wracking up more than 1 million views on Taylor's Instagram and millions of views across Twitter.

In the video clip, Taylor pays homage to the King of Pop’s “Smooth Criminal” (and possible nods to Janet's “Alright” music video) with a colorful spin. “No games this time around,” the Harlem native wrote on Instagram.

Last week, Taylor unveiled the cover art for The Album, featuring Grace Jones-esque imagery.

 

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Taylor's new project is a followup to her 2018 debut studio album, K.T.S.E. (Keep That Same Energy).  In an Instagram Live interview with Red Bull promoting her documentary, Assembly Required: Teyana Taylor’s House of Petunia, Taylor announced that The Album is officially done.

“Y’all gonna be so happy,” she said last month. “This album is definitely more of a vibe. I don’t really do fast songs like that. There are some head-boppers. It’s not super-fast. You can dance and you can cry and you can ride.”

The Album is scheduled to debut next month.

Check out the “Bare Wit Me” teaser below.

 

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The genres of hip-hop and R&B are truly winning in the midst of today's new norm that is self-quarantining. After going head-to-head for a loving Verzuz battle, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott's music grew in streaming numbers by over 300 percent.

According to Billboard and Nielsen Music/MRC Data, Badu and Scott's digital music catalog "saw a combined rise from 2 million to 6 million" in streaming after Saturday’s highly-anticipated Instagram Live session. On the Thursday and Friday prior to the event, the ladies tallied a total of 2.1 million streams. On Saturday and the following day, Badu and Scott's respective catalogs raked in 6.7 million streams in the United States.

Of the songs in Badu's discography, Badu’s most-streamed song was her debut single “On & On” (1996) which grew by 129%. On Scott's end, "A Long Walk" (2001) received the most spins and rose by 232%.

On top of their songs gaining traction on streaming platforms, Badu and Scott's magical 3-hour "battle" (which was more of a music appreciation session) garnered over 1 billion impressions. With Babyface and Teddy Riley's Verzuz session having yielded streaming growth and Swizz Beatz's and Timbaland's well-curated battles joining the ranks of must-see programming on social media, it's safe to say that "The Verzuz Effect" is very real.

Who's next up on the Verzuz battlefront? Ludacris and Nelly go toe-to-toe on Saturday, May 16 at 7 pm ET on their respective Instagram accounts.

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