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Atlanta Native Ayanis Unveils New EP 'Direction'

Introducing the Princess of R&Bops.

2018 is looking to be the year of female R&B artists vying for mainstream success. From the slick piano soul of Ella Mai to the mysterious melodic gems of H.E.R., women have a shot more than ever to rise to the top of the urban and pop charts. And 24-year-old Ayanis is carving out her space in the industry with the Friday (Nov. 16) release of her debut EP Direction.

Ayanis, born Samantha Ayanis Miller, was musically inclined from a young age singing in her church choir, later performing at talent shows and briefly joining a girl group at one point. She was discovered by Mello the Producer (who has worked with August Alsina) in 2013 via a cover she did on Instagram. After connecting with Atlantic Records VP of A&R Chris Jones two years later, she met Prince Charlez, who has written and produced songs for Rihanna, Usher, Kendrick Lamar, and B.O.B.

In the winter of 2017, the former Georgia State U student officially signed to Island Prolific/Atlantic Records and spent the last couple of weeks building up her fan base via the Access Granted: HBCU Tour.

Her debut EP Direction features her first two releases "FIYT (F**k Is You Thinking)" and "Aww Yeh." On songs like "Wait a Minute" (which interpolates Next's 1998 hit "Too Close") and "They Don't Need to Know," Ayanis brings slick, sexy and mellow vocals to midtempo melodies. However, Ayanis then pulls a 180 by the end of the project with let-loose island influenced dance hits "Me Too" and "Direction."

"Wait a Minute" is currently Ayanis' new single as she released the video on Friday (Nov. 16) which features the former 90210 actor turned singer-songwriter Mack Wilds as her love interest. Wilds, who plays the cute new neighbor in the singer's apartment complex has her falling in love at first sight.

Check out the video for “Wait A Minute” and the EP below.

READ MOREPremiere: Newcomer Ayanis Wants To Know “FIYT (F**k Is You Thinking)” In New Music Video

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TICKETS ON SALE AT https://t.co/[email protected] @dreamvillE pic.twitter.com/jDP7Iew5Ce

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Myspace Loses All Music Posted Before 2016

After losing the bulk of its users to other budding social media platforms, the once popular Myspace reportedly lost every single piece of content uploaded before 2016, including songs, photos, and videos, BBC reports.

According to Myspace, the site is blaming a faulty server migration for its large deletions, which is believed to have happened more than a year ago. This is when members started reporting that access to certain content older than 2016 was made unavailable.

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Comedienne Jess Hilarious Under Fire For Xenophobic Comments Toward Sikhs

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"If I'm scared I'm scared. F**k y'all. F**k how y'all feel," Jess said. "Y'all mad at me because I don't side with any other black person, because I don't side with every other race. F**k y'all. I feel how I feel. I felt threatened and that was it. F**k y'all, and I'm not flying there. We were evacuated, bitch. Why? Why? with no technical difficulties or nothing."

The Internet quickly sent the comic a digital side eye for her xenophobic comments, which came two days after 51 Muslim men and women were gunned down in New Zealand. The youngest of which was 3-year-old Mucaas Ibrahim.

what if Jess Hilarious’ middle name is Notthat?

— Jamal (@JamalJimoh) March 17, 2019

A day after Muslims were ambushed and murdered while praying (death toll now at 51), Jess Hilarious hops on Al Gore’s internet to brag about+defend getting 4 people with turbans kicked off a flight because she didn’t feel safe.

— Candice Marie Benbow (@CandiceBenbow) March 17, 2019

Xenophobia is really disgusting.

The hate for Muslims is disgusting and Jess hilarious is trash and not worthy of a platform. https://t.co/qotZ9AwMLO

— Mistress George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) March 17, 2019

One Twitter user, a DJ who goes by the name DJ The Gypsy pointed out Jess' comments run rampant within other parts of the black community.

Jess Hilarious’ anti-Muslim rhetoric sheds light on a very important topic; Islamophobia within the black Christian community

— dylan (@dylanthegypsy) March 17, 2019

The backlash Jess merited did, however, highlight not everyone shared her sentiments.


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