In the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict and the release of the Fruitvale film, artists have responded with new records filled with messages of activism. When needed, artist are proving that they can answer the call to invigorate "the people" with lyrics that stimulate social and political change. Both Raheem DeVaughn's "Trigger Man" and Teedra Moses' "Hold Ya Head" were records that paid homage to Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant, plus fan favorites this week.
Chris Brown's "Can't Say No" was not a song about what's going on in the world, rather it is a personal record aimed at the woman that currently owns his heart. Rihanna? Karrueche Tran? A new lady? The guessing game created by the song multiplied listeners' interest in the new internet leak, which placed him atop of Singersroom's Most Popular Singles of the Week.
Ron Isley and Trey Songz are two fellas known for their baby making music backdrops. The artists from different generations united to form "Lay You Down" another romantic mood creator. The new joint from Mr. Isley's third solo album, This Song Is For You, will battle for a position on passion playlist.
Brown and Ron Isley were accompanied by Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, J. Drew, Ciara, Dawn Richard, Teedra Moses, Raheem DeVaughn on the Top 10 Most Popular R&B Single of the Week.
Chris Brown – Can’t Say No
Can’t Say No A bit different from the official singles “Fine China” and “Don’t Think They Know,” Brown shows he can fluctuate between genres, leaving people to wonder if the song is about his ex, Rihanna.
Ron Isley – Lay You Down Ft. Trey Songz
Ron Isley and Trey Songz turns up the heat with their brand new collaboration “Lay You Down,” a song lifted from Isley’s new album, This Song Is For You, available now.
Dawn Richard – Meteors
After teasing “Meteors,” Dawn Richard drops the full length version for our awaiting ears. The track seems to be headed for the clubs with its pulsating drums and electro-sounds.
J. Drew – Strip Ft. Rocko
On the club track Strip, the producer/singer/songwriter, who comes from gospel lineage (son of Bishop J. Drew Sheard and Grammy-Award winning gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard), croons about falling in love with a girl, who turned out to be a stripper.
Ciara – One Night With You
One Night With You is a fun and bubbly electro-pop record, the R&B songstress sings about having one night of fun and “crazy love.”
Ariana Grande – The Way Ft. Fabolous (Remix)
Rapper Fabolous replaces Mac Miler for the remix of the breakout hit “The Way” by Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande, who can be seen on the show “Sam & Cat.”
Justin Timberlake – Take Back the Night
On the sensual “Take Back the Night“, uptempo groove, produced by Timbaland, JT lets a special lady knows that he wants to give her the business as he parties the night away.
Raheem DeVaughn – Trigga Man Ft. Styles P
After the “not guilty” verdict and many other tribute songs from many artists, Raheem Devaughn releases his own tribute to Trayvon Martin in the song “Trigga Man” featuring Styles P.
Teedra Moses – Hold Ya Head
Teedra Moses is one of the many entertainers who are expressing their feelings regarding the recent not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin/Zimmerman Trial, and in doing so, the singer released this soulful song “Hold Ya Head.”
Ciara – Backseat Love
On the “Backseat Love”, CiCi prefers the tight, backseat quarters as the place to get her groove on. “Backseat, windows up, that’s the way that I like to f-ck” she says, taking a page from Ludacris’ “What’s Your Fantasy.”