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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
 

Bobby V - Reply

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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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Some of you ladies and gents owe your existence to this handsome R&B crooner. If not for Jaheim's music, you wouldn't be here. Jaheim's music gave life to a new generation of R&B fans who refuse to let the genre die or be replaced by mumble rap.

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