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(L-R): singers Carl Thomas, Donell Jones, and Dave Hollister are joining forces to form a new R&B supergroup.

The R&B veterans, who each peaked in the 1990s and early 2000s, have come together to form The Chi, a nod to their native city of Chicago, Illinois.

The singers each broke the news to fans via social media, alongside a photo of their new group.

Donell Jones wrote:

"New R&B Group 'The Chi'... Yesssss it's happening! The level of music and songwriting will be impeccable and you already know the voices! It's only right for us to come together and represent Chicago and R&B to the fullest (sic)."

"New R&B Group 'The Chi'...," former Blackstreet member Hollister captioned his post. He explained they toyed with the idea of teaming up professionally for over a decade.

"The music... the voices finally coming together to give your ears and hearts what you've been waiting for...we started talking about this in 2009 and now the time has finally come. Brothas I count it an honor and privilege to Rep home with you both! LETS GO (sic)!"

And Thomas, who hasn't released any new music since 2011, simply stated, "Next up! 'The Chi' #soulmusic #R&Bmusic".

No word on when fans can expect new music from The Chi.

The new trio drew comparisons to R&B supergroup LSG, which consisted of vocal powerhouses Gerald Levert, Keith Sweat and former New Edition member Johnny Gill.

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Sadly, Gerald died of an apparent heart attack on Nov. 10, 2007 at age 40. His father, The O'Jays legend Eddie Levert (center) joined Sweat (left) and Johnny Gill (right) to perform at the 2007 Essence Music Festival.

Johnny was a successful solo singer before joining New Edition. He is best known for his steamy 1990 hits "My, My, My", "Rub You the Right Way", and "Wrap My Body Tight."

And many ladies lost their panties at Keith Sweat's concerts. He is best known for his hits "I Want Her", "Make It Last Forever", and "Keep It Coming."

LSG released their debut album titled Levert.Sweat.Gill. in 1997. The album was certified platinum with the chart-topping lead single "My Body."

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Diana Ross is planning a major comeback with her first album in over a decade. The soul legend has announced plans to release Thank You on new label Decca, distributed by Universal Music Group.

The project will feature 13 songs Ross co-wrote with writers and producers, including Jack Antonoff, Freddie Wexler, Tayla Parx, and Troy Miller, among others.

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A message to the singer's fans reads:

"This collection of songs is my gift to you with appreciation and love. I am eternally grateful that I had the opportunity to record this glorious music at this time.

"I dedicate this songbook of love to all of you, the listeners. As you hear my voice you hear my heart."

The title track and debut single will be available for streaming and download on Thursday, June 17.

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The 77-year-old Detroit-born legend is best known as the lead singer of the iconic R&B group the Supremes, who became one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time.

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The original Supremes (Florence Ballad, left, Mary Wilson, center, and Diana Ross) scored a total of 12 No. 1 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including, "Where Did Our Love Go", "Baby Love", "Come See About Me", and "Love Child."

Diana Ross embarked on a successful solo career in 1970.
 

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R&b singer Ann Marie is free on bail after she allegedly shot her boyfriend in the head in an Atlanta hotel room last year.

The singer's scowling mugshot -- showing off her fiery red natural hair - went viral on social media.

Now out on bail, Ann Marie has a message for her fans who want new music from the R&B beauty.

On Tuesday, Ann Marie posted photos of herself working hard in a recording studio.

"Back At It!!" she captioned the images on her Instagram page.

The Chicago native, real name Joann Marie Slater, 25, was charged with possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the shooting that occurred on Dec. 1.

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Sources say she shot the man in cold blood for cheating on her with another woman.

However, Ann Marie claims the gun dropped from her hand and accidentally discharged, shooting her boyfriend in the head. His medical condition is unknown.

Ann Marie's newfound notoriety as a shooter has earned her a legion of fans who desperately need new music from the Chicago songbird.

Question: What's your favorite Ann Marie song?
 

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James Burke, pictured right, of the R&B group The Five Stairsteps, died Friday, Feb. 19. He was 70.

His death was confirmed to the Rolling Stone on Tuesday by his brother Dennis Burke, who said the cause of death was pneumonia, according to Variety.com.

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The group was comprised of five of Betty and Clarence Burke Sr.'s six children. (L-R): sister Alohe Jean, and brothers Clarence Jr., James, Dennis, and Kenneth "Keni" Burke.

The R&B group once regarded as "the First Family of Soul" served as inspirations for sibling R&B groups such as The Jackson 5, The Sylvers and the Brighter Side of Darkness.

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The Five Stairsteps's hits included "Ooh Child", "World of Fantasy," and "Don't Change Your Love.

"Ooh Child" was their only single to crack the Top 40 chart in 1970.

The song was ranked at No. 402 by Rolling Stone magazine on its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time List.

"Ooh Child" was covered by Nina Simone, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Kelly Rowland, the Spinners, and more.

Clarence Burke Jr., lead singer and guitarist for The Five Stairsteps, died in 2013 at his home in Marietta, Ga. He was 64.

The youngest brother, Cubie, who briefly joined the group at age 3, died in 2014 at age 49.

Clarence Burke, Sr., died on July 16, 2020, the day before his 91st birthday, in an Atlanta area hospital.

The surviving siblings: Alohe Jean, 73, Dennis, 69, and Keni, 67, all live in the Atlanta area.
 

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R&B singer Bobby V returns with a brand new single and music video, titled "Reply."

The multi-platinum GRAMMY Award nominee announces a new album, a new record label, and new tour dates.

Bobby V (formerly Valentino) launches Veltree Music Group (VMG) and announces a new album release and national tour scheduled that kicks off Spring 2021.

The new single, "Reply," written by Bobby V, Christopher Newland, and produced by Bobby V and Lavish Musiq, is the first song released from his forthcoming album, The Appetizer.

Bobby V's long career includes three No. 1 albums on Billboard’s U.S. Top R&B Chart, hit singles with Ludacris, Gucci Mane, Future, Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill, Lil Wayne, K. Michelle, Timbaland, and more.

The 40-year-old singer/songwriter has been turning out hits for over a decade with songs like "Slow Down," "Tell Me," "Anonymous," and more.

"I'm just so thankful and appreciative of all my family, friends, and fans. They motivate me daily and are the reason why I keep going," he shares. "They are the real MVPs. I am excited for this new album and new chapter going into 2021."

Download or stream "Reply" today! Available now on all streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Music!

BOBBY V 2021 SCHEDULED TOUR DATES

Due to Covid-19 guidelines, show locations or dates may vary in different cities.

March 19 -- Atlanta, GA
March 20 -- Charlotte, NC
March 21 -- Hampton, VA
March 25 -- Pittsburgh, PA
March 27 -- Baltimore, MD
March 28 -- Newark, NJ
April 2 -- Los Angeles, CA
April 3 -- Oakland, CA
April 8 -- Milwaukee, WI
April 9 -- Detroit, MI
April 10 -- Toledo, OH
April 16 -- Dallas, TX
April 17 -- Houston, TX
April 23 -- Miami, FL
April 30 -- Jacksonville, FL
May 7 -- Cleveland, OH
May 8 -- Cincinnati, OH
May 9 -- St. Louis, MO
May 14 -- Baton Rouge, LA
May 15 -- Memphis, TN
May 16 -- Nashville, TN
May 29 -- Fresno, CA
May 30 -- Las Vegas, NV

Music Video Producer/Director: Melinda Santiago
 

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Keyshia Cole dropped a new single titled "I Don't Wanna Be in Love" after participating in a Verzuz lip-sync battle with R&B singer Ashanti.

The new track comes a week after the mom-of-two released a music video for her single "2:35."

"I Don't Wanna Be" tells the emotional story of a woman who doesn't want to be that girl who breaks up another woman's relationship.

"We both got a situation, hesitation
Whenever we hook up, it's all love
Never any expectations
I know you went much further
I met your girl, never wanna hurt her
Never wanna be that chick, but lately, this is really feeling like torture."

 

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Jagged Edge released their 10th studio album 'A Jagged Love Story' on July 31. Jagged Edge fans have long anticipated the release of this follow up to their last album Layover in 2017.

Jagged Edge consists of identical twins Brandon and Brian Casey, as well as Kyle Norman and Richard Wingo.

The group reunited with producer Bryan Micheal Cox to helm the mid-tempo lead single "Seasons Of Us".

The group and Cox have a previous track record of making hits such as "Lets's Get Married", "He Can't Love U" and "Where The Party At?" All of the songs are written by the twins of the group, Brandon and Brian Casey and production includes legends; Jermaine Dupri, Brandon Michael Cox, Carl Breeding, Jay Fooley and Demetrius Bell.

Brandon reflected on the new album by saying, "A Jagged Story is about our love for music, what we do and the fans that allow us to do it. Thank you for allowing us to intersect."

'A Jagged Edge Love Story' is available now on all platforms. LISTEN: https://lnk.to/JEalbum
 

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Brian McKnight (left) gave a special live remote performance as part of the "Keith Sweat Presents the iHeartRadio R&B Live Concert series."

The event was live-streamed from Keith Sweat's immaculate home near Atlanta on Friday night.

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Mr. Sweat was a gracious host. Face masks were optional for asymptomatic guests.

McKnight's concert was live-streamed on Sweat's Premiere Networks syndicated national radio show "The Sweat Hotel" and on the show's iHeartRadio Channel, and KSweatLive.com.

Sweat, iHeartRadio, Teddy Riley, and Omnis joined forces for "Keith Sweat Presents the iHeartRadio R&B Live Concert Series" in recognition of Black History Music Month and Black Lives Matter.

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Rapper Pleasure P stopped by to hang out with his friend Keith Sweat, and to watch Brian McKnight perform his hits.

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Monitors were set up in the basement for guests to watch McKnight perform live upstairs in Sweat's home.

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The local media was invited out to interview Mr. McKnight following his performance.

Since debuting in May, Sweat's concert series hosted performances by 112, Pretty Ricky, Bobby V, Lloyd, Next, Silk, Carl Thomas, Dave Holister, Case, Tank, Raheem DeVaughn, and Musiq Soulchild.

Watch Brian McKnight performing live on "Keith Sweat Presents the iHeartRadio R&B Live Concert series" below.
 

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Grammy award-winning artist Miguel celebrated Halloween by releasing new music from his upcoming EP "Funeral". The entrancing song is currently available at all digital service providers via ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records.

"Send my regards to the mother and father/ 'Cause somebody's daughter I just f---ing slayed," he sings over a thumping drum track. "Blood on the carpet, it came from my heart/ Once I start I can't stop it/ And now we all pray."

Describing the new direction of the upcoming EP, Miguel states: "I'm releasing more music all the way into the new year but "Funeral" is the perfect song to get it started. I've been exploring darker tones and themes for some time, this song whets the imagination for what's to come."

The Funeral EP will continue to build with each new song until it's fully released this winter, says Sony.

Written and produced by Miguel, Deion Gill, Alekaei Savchenko and Arutiun Tamamian, "Funeral" marks the first official release from Miguel since his 2017 critically acclaimed album War & Leisure, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart and #9 on the Billboard 200 chart.

War & Leisure became Miguel's third #1 debut on the Billboard R&B Albums chart and garnered RIAA double Platinum certification for the hit single "Sky Walker," and Gold for the album.
 

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