Being the most vulnerable genre in music, you never know what you're going to get from today's R&B stars. This past week was mostly in the “good” category for the genre as stars like Usher, John Legend, and the late Michael Jackson made big waves.
No nudity like the prior week, but stars like Chris Brown still has his issues while others have milestones to celebrate.
Wrapping up our top stories, see why Chris Brown’s next album is delayed indefinitely, who showed off their sexy figure, listen to some hot new music, and celebrate new accomplishments in the genre.
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Usher Releases New single ‘Good Kisser’
Grammy winner Usher delivers his brand new single “Good Kisser,” the first offering from his forthcoming eighth studio album. On the funky and seductive tune, Usher goes back to his R&B roots, delivering clever lyrics and fun melodies over the catchy production.
It's great to see Usher back making trendy R&B music!
Usher Confirms Duet With Chris Brown
Usher's recent cameo appearance in Chris Brown's "Loyal" music video not only showed that the two have a good friendship, apparently they were also cooking up some new music together. During an appearance on REVOLT Live on Wednesday (May 7th), "The Voice" coach confirmed Brown's presence on his forthcoming album.
“The song that we did together, I think it answers a lot of questions,” Usher told hosts Sibley Scoles and DJ Damage. “There’s a lot mystery I think about a lot of things, and the reality is we all are human… though we may all experience hardship, it’s in those times that people should really rally and remember why you fell in love with the artist, why you fell in love with the person."
We're looking forward to this duet!
John Legend Lands First No.1 With ‘All Of Me’
John Legend has many a hits under his belt, but he didn't reach the top position on Billboards Hot 100 chart until this past week. The singer, songwriter's hit single "All Of Me" dethroned Pharrell’s "Happy," whic had a ten week run.
“#1!!!!!!!! Thank you!!” a happy Legend tweeted.
“All Of Me,” lifted from Legend’s August (2013) album, Love In The Future, spent six weeks at no. 2 before finally topping “Happy,” giving Legend his first no. 1 ever. His previous highest mark was no. 24 with both 2005′s “Ordinary People” and 2008′s “Green Light” featuring André 3000.
Ariana Grande Sets Record With ‘Problem’
Ariana Grande is on fire with "Problem," the massive lead single from her forthcoming sophomore studio album due for release later this year.
Featuring Iggy Azalea, "Problem" shot straight to no.3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and debuted within the top 30 on the Pop Songs chart thanks to sales of 438,000 copies first week.
According to Billboard, that sum gives Grande the distinction of having the best selling opening week for any artist this year and one of the best debuts for a female artist in the history of the Hot 100 chart. The song also debuts at no.1 on the Digital Songs chart.
Chris Brown Gets More Jail Time
Chris Brown continued the only bad news in R&B this week.The Grammy winning R&B singer admitted to violating his probation after an incident last October (2013) outside a hotel in Washington, D.C., and now must sit in jail for another 131 days.
Brown was facing four years for violating his probation, but according to the AP, Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin sentenced him to a year and gave him eight months credit for the time already served in jail (since-mid March) and in rehab. The 131 days also includes credit for good behavior in the LA county jail, Brown being young when the attack on Rihanna took place and his recent bipolar diagnosis.
Mya Does Not Like 50 Cent
It’s been almost a decade since 50 Cent threw dirt on Mya's name, but the singer-songwriter may never forgive him.
“I’m not a fan of things that project false things as well as disrespect someone’s character,” says Mya. “I don’t get down like that. I don’t appreciate that. You have to pray for people that will do anything for numbers, ratings, a song, or popularity. I don’t support certain things. So yes, I did reject.”
Nicki Minaj’s Delicious Curves
Last week, Rihanna, Rita Ora, and Jhene Aiko had people talk about their sexy and provacative pictures, but this week only Nicki Minaj carries that torch.
We all know Nicki Minaj has killer curves and an extremely round backside, so you know it's a fuss when she rocks anything close to a swimsuit. And my friends, that is exactly what happened after the "Yasss Bish" rapper added several sexy and teasing photos to her Instagram profile.
The pictures were taken during Minaj’s latest commercial shoot for her co-owned venture Myx Fusions Moscato.
See photos here
Michael Jacksons Streaming Love
Michael Jackson may be gone but he will never be forgotten. On the heels of his forthcoming posthumous album Xscape, the King of Pop dominated Singersroom's Top 10 Streaming R&B Songs of The Week after the label previewed several cuts to promote the May 13th release. As fans yearn to hear unreleased music and MJ’s unforgettable and hypnotic sound, Jackson swooped the top spot with "Chicago" as well as third with "Loving You" and fourth with "Love Never Felt So Good" Ft. Justin Timberlake.
Rihanna Official Signs with the Roc
Roc Nation has managed Rihanna’s career since 2010, but now the music superstar is officially signed as an artist to the label.
After Seven albums, Rihanna fulfilled her commitment to Def Jam, and a label source told MTV that she signed with Jay-Z, the same person who signed her to Def Jam in 2005.
The deal reportedly took place in April of last year (2013), the first year that the “Stay” hit-maker did not release an album.
Diggy Simmons and Trevor Jackson Go Ham
Nineteen year-old Diggy Simmons calls upon the velvety voice of 17-year-old Trevor Jackson for “My Girl,” the D'Mile-produced single from his upcoming album. The teen heartthrob sweet talks a love interest, and Jackson serenades on the chorus.
"This record, I'm so excited about it; the way it sounds, where I'm going in my career right now, it's with the young talented Trevor Jackson, it's just a record that I'm proud of," Diggy told Singersroom on set of the single's video shoot. "I feel like it's very strong… I can't wait for everybody to see the video."
"It's a great song, I'm blessed to be a part of it, it turned out amazing," adds Trevor. "We're so close in age and positions in our life, and music is our life, so to be able to do it together is awesome.