Wednesday, February 5, 2014
5 R&B artsists to keep on your radar
From newcomers to old staples, we can't wait to see what these singers are up to.
We are celebrating the top R&B artists to look forward to in 2014. Some of these artists may have already made a name for themselves. Some are up-and-comers. They all have some uniqueness that makes us want to see what they may have in store for this year. (This list is in no particular order.)
1. Sevyn Streeter — Sevyn Streeter has a combination of eclectic and sultry vocals. With such a great concept to her debut EP Call Me Crazy, But… released December 3, 2013. Streeter was in various girls groups before she was signed to Chris Brown’s label CBE.
2. Janelle Monae — Janelle Monae is no newcomer to the industry. She is 28 now and has always pushed the limits to a new approach to R&B. She released her second studio album Electric Lady on September 10, 2013 and was held to critical acclaim. Monae is finally getting recognized for her greatness as an artist. If “Primetime” sets the bar for her videos, I can’t wait for her new videos to be released as the year goes on.
3. August Alsina — This young Atlanta artist swept the summer charts with his hot single “I Luv This Sh*t” featuring Trinidad James. Could Alsina be the new bad-boy R&B newcomer? The hit song was even picked by Chris Brown and Trey Songz for a smash remix.
4. Jhene Aiko — Jhene Aiko took everyone by storm with her self-released mixtape in 2011, Sailing Soul(s). Ever since then we have waiting for more music from her. Not quite an album, however, Aiko released an EP Sail Out, on November 12, 2013. I guess this will hold us over until her highly anticipated album rolls around this year.
5. SZA — SZA (pronounced See-Za) has put a new and inviting sound into the R&B realm. Mixing soft sultry vocals and inventive lyrics with electronic sounding production delivers a new sound into music industry. Only after being a singer-songwriter for a matter of two years, SZA has drawn the attention of Top Dawg Entertainment who instantly signed her to his label Top Dawg Entertainment.
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