The indie/alternative/emo R&B bubbling subgenre, blending new wave and minimalism style, is a trend Jordin Sparks and Mariah Carey could not resist.
Jordin Sparks gravitated to the audio concept of minimalism on her latest internet teaser "11:11 (Wish)"
The leak of the song proves Jordin is in the studio creating, but no album release date is in sight. The positive feedback may force her to push the pace to complete the upcoming project as "11:11 (Wish)" topped Singersroom's Most Popular R&B Singles of the Week.
The birth of twins slowed Mariah Carey, but it was only a matter of time before the diva reported to the recording studio for work. The new single "The Art of Letting Go," is a ballad that gradually builds; cleaning emotional palette. "It might sound over the top, but when I was singing this song, I felt like I had touched upon certain emotions within myself that I haven’t put on a record in a very long time," Carey stated.
The record is opposite of the rumors that said the singer was aiming to make an album influenced by Hip Hop club songs. For Mariah's new album, she reportedly worked with Stevie Wonder, Wale, Jermaine Dupri, Randy Jackson, Q-Tip, R. Kelly and The Dream.
Jhene Aiko joins Jordin and Mariah in the top three spots on the Most Popular R&B Singles of the Week. Aiko helped usher in the alternative R&B style built with echoes, synthesizers and a focus on lyrical content. That theme is consistent with the release of "Stay Ready (What a Life)." From the first line, "We do not exist in any other instance/Here in this dimension you and I are meant to be", the tone is set in a serious yet comforting mood. The six minute track transitions smoothly into a separate mood without interruption and shifts again.
The track is a featured on her first official Def Jam release, 'Sail Out' EP.
See where Bruno Mars landed along with K. Michelle, B. Smyth, N. Howard, Yummy Bingham, Tamar Braxton and Nivea on the Top 10 Most Popular R&B Singles of the Week.
Jordin Sparks – 11:11 (Wish)
Jordin Sparks celebrates November 11th with a slinky slow jam called “11:11 (Wish).” Written by Elijah Blake and produced by Salaam Remi, Jordin thinks about her crush during the late hours of the night.
Mariah Carey – The Art of Letting Go
On the ballad “The Art of Letting Go“, Carey goes back to her beginnings, lifting listeners with her high notes and soulful harmonies. “The Art Of Letting Go” is a perfect record for the holiday season.
Jhene Aiko – Stay Ready (What a Life) Ft. Kendrick Lamar
Buzzing singer-songwriter JhenÃ© Aiko taps self-proclaimed King of New York rapper Kendrick Lamar for her latest offering, “Stay Ready (What a Life).”
B Howard – I Do It
B. Howard steps forth with a sound all his own with “I Do It,” a confident, mid-tempo, clubbing single co-produced by himself and Remo the Hitmaker.
Nivea – Loud Blunt
Been wondering where Nivea has been? The southern R&B songstress has been out of the spotlight taking care of her family, but resurfaces with a new track entitled “Loud Blunt,” lifted from her upcoming fourth album, Nivea Revealed.
Tamar Braxton – She Can Have You
Tamar Braxton is ringing in the yuletide with her own soulful holiday offering called “Winter Loversland” on Nov. 11; the set’s first offering being the original tune “She Can Have You.”
B Smyth – Twerkoholic
New comer B. Smith samples Ready for the World’s late 80s classic “Let Me Love You Down” for his new twerk anthem “Twerkoholic.” “Hold up girl just whined it slow, I’m gonna take you where you’re trying to go,” belts the Motown crooner on the pulsating ballad.
K Michelle – He Gets It
The diva has released a tune about the softer side of love called “He Gets Me.” The whimsical piano chords mimic the feel-good lyrics of unconditional love.
Bruno Mars – Gorilla (Remix) R. Kelly & Pharrell
Bruno Mars taps music heavyweights Pharrell Williams and R. Kelly for the “Gorilla G-Mix” of his latest single “R. Kelly.” On the remix, the Pied Piper continues his naughty bedroom antics while the Neptunes’ frontman adds some hip hop swag.
Yummy Bingham – Circles
Produced by Joe Lindsay, on the record, Yummy describes “Circles” as breaking the cycle of everyday struggle. ‘Circles’ is a self motivator.