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R&B singer Jesse Powell died at his Los Angeles home on Tuesday, Sept. 13, his family announced. He was 51.

Mr. Powell's death was confirmed by his sister, R&B singer Tamara Powell, in a post on Instagram early Wednesday.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved son, brother and uncle Jesse Powell," she wrote.

"He passed away peacefully in his Los Angeles home. The family asks for privacy at this time as we mourn tremendous loss and celebrate his everlasting legacy."

"Jesse loved music and he especially loved his fans who supported him throughout his career. We want you all to know that you meant the world to him."

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An industry insider says Powell's death was "not unexpected" and his manner of death will be listed as natural causes.

The Gary, Indiana native and his singing siblings, Trina, Tamara and younger brother Jacob, performed at talent shows in the early 1990s.

He was discovered by music industry veteran Louil Silas Jr. who signed him to his independent imprint, Silas Records, which later merged with MCA Records.

The second release off his self-titled debut album was a cover of The Enchantments' song "Gloria" in 1996. Powell's cover of "Gloria" peaked at number 51 on the Billboard R&B chart.

Powell's signature hit song "You" was included on his self-titled debut album in 1996 and on his second album 'Bout It in 1998.

"You" was released as the second single off 'Bout It in 1999.

"You" quickly became a fan favorite on R&B radio stations. The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard R&B chart and No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1999.

'Bout It was eventually certified gold by the RIAA.

Mr. Powell's fourth and final studio album Jesse was released on October 14, 2003. He retired from the music industry soon afterwards.

Even though Powell's silky smooth voice melted women's hearts everywhere, he was reportedly gay. He never married and did not have children.

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Mahalia Burkmar, known mononymously as Mahalia, is Britain's latest musical import who is on the verge of being a superstar in the US.

The 24-year-old singer, songwriter and actress burst onto the scene in 2017 with her performance of "Sober" for the YouTube channel Colors. In 2018, she was ranked number one on YouTube's Ones to Watch list.

The R&B star recently released a 5-track EP titled Letter To Ur Ex, featuring a new R&B single titled "Letter To Ur N(ex)t."

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In "Letter To Ur N(ex)t", Mahalia pens advice to herself to avoid pain and heartbreak after breaking up with her ex.

"So stop now baby / Don't let him make you crazy / You still got enough time to leave."

    Let me introduce myself properly
    Though it's clear, you already heard about me
    When he told you 'bout the breakup, did he blame me? Mm
    Did he tell you I was crazy?

    But did he tell you all the times that he broke my heart and, broke my mind?
    No, I bet he didn't
    I bet he told you that he isn't a bad guy
    Now, truth is he never started out like that

    He was kind and attentive, and just my man
    Then one day he said he'd be right back
    But then he never came back around
    And he never told me why.

Mahalia - Letter to Ur N(ex)t

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DaniLeigh pours out her emotions in a new single titled "Dead To Me" available everywhere via Def Jam Recordings.

Billion-streaming buzzworthy singer and songwriter, dancer, choreographer, and producer DaniLeigh makes her long-awaited return today with the release of her brand new single, "Dead To Me" (listen).
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In the smooth ballad, DaniLeigh makes it clear that someone is a non factor in her life.

She sings:

    "You know you're dead to me
    I Ain't got no more time for toxic energy (Oh no)
    Mama never liked your a--
    Brother wanna fight your a*s
    Daddy hate your trifling a*s
    My dog even wanna bite your a*s"

In support of "Dead To Me," People Magazine exclusively shares Danileigh's in-depth interview with iHeart Radio's on-air personality Angie Martinez to discuss the past two tumultuous years, her relationships, motherhood, and what's next for the artist (Read here).
DaniLeigh - Dead To Me

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Singer Jewell Caples has passed away at 54, according to rapper Daz Dillinger.

Jewell passed away at an Idaho hospital on Friday morning. She was surrounded by family members. No cause of death was reported.

Dillinger tweeted the news on Friday morning:

"RIP @iamjewellcaples. IM SAD THIS REALLY HURT BUT JEWELLZ PASSED THIS MORNING," he wrote alongside a picture of the singer.



The R&B singer/songwriter was best known as the First Lady of Suge Knights' Death Row Records.

Among the artists she worked with were N.W.A, Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur, and Snoop Dogg, among others. Many of her collabos with other artists went platinum.

Jewell was signed to Death Row Records from 1992 to 1996. She covered Shirley Brown's hit song "Woman to Woman" which peaked at 72 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

She also appeared on Snoop Dogg's iconic Doggystyle album. She released "Love or Lust" on the soundtrack for the film Deep cover (mis-credited as "Jewel", and she was featured on the 1994 soundtrack for Above the Rim.

According to VladTv, Jewell took to Instagram to post about her prior hospitalization. "I was hospitalized on March 2, 2022. Released on March 5, 2022, went [home] 8lbs of fluid on my heart, lungs, and legs!"

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K. Michelle dropped her new single "Scooch" just in time for Valentine's Day! R&B superstar K. Michelle is sending lots of love to her fans with the release of her new single "Scooch," out today via MNRK Music Group.

Produced by Lil Ronnie, this mid-tempo feel-good song and new love anthem will have you creating new connections in no time. The Single Black Female star premiered the new single with a performance on the Emmy-Award-winning show The Real (click here).

"Scooch" is the lead single off of K. Michelle's sixth studio album, I'm The Problem, out this spring.

Recently, K. Michelle debuted her new television series, My Killer Body with K. Michelle, via Lifetime. Executive produced by the R&B chart-topper, K. addresses her struggles with silicone injections that almost took her life on the show and attempts to help desperate men and women correct plastic surgery procedures and get their lives back.

In addition, K. Michelle also appeared in the Lifetime TV Movie Single Black Female opposite Amber Riley and Raven Goodwin.

Watch the music video for "Scooch" below.

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Renowned percussionist, songwriter, and singer James Mtume passed away suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 9. His cause of death is unknown. He was 76.

Mtume, real name James Forman, was a jazz and R&B musician, record producer, activist, and radio personality.

"A lot of folks didn't know that Mtume was so political and savvy in so many different areas," said Fatiyn Muhammad, the host of the WBLS radio show Open Line.

"I felt like the air got sucked out the room. Mtume was a special individual," he said on Sunday.


In 2008, Mtume (far left) celebrated Rev. Al Sharpton's birthday with Dominique Sharpton and Gov. David Paterson at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in New York.

Mtume was discovered by legendary trumpeter Miles Davis who took the young musician on tour with him between 1971 and 1975.

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Mtume later formed an R&B group called Mtume, which is best known for the 1983 R&B hit song "Juicy Fruit." The song has been repeatedly sampled by rappers, most notably The Notorious B.I.G. in his hit single "Juicy" in 1994. The band Mtume also had a top-5 R&B hit with the single "You, Me, and He".

Mtume's father, James Heath, was a world-famous saxophonist of the Heath Brothers. However, he was raised by James Forman, also a jazz musician who played with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, according to Mtume.

"So, when I'm growing up, maybe at dinner one night, there's Dizzy Gillespie, another night, there's John Coltrane [or] Thelonious Monk.

"I was only 10 years old, so I didn't know how deep it was, but I did know it was extraordinary hearing these conversations with these great jazz musicians," he told the Philadelphia Tribune.

"At the same time, I'm growing up listening to the birth of R&B and soul ā€” there's James Brown, The Temptations, Motown ā€” so I had a very interesting musical background coming up."

In the 1980s, Mtume and Reggie Lucas co-wrote hits such as "Never Knew Love Like This before" which won a Grammy Award for R&B superstar Stephanie Mills.


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Troop singer Reggie Warren (far right) passed away after battling unspecified health issues. He was 52.

The R&B veteran died on Sunday, March 14, following his discharge from a California hospital on Saturday. He was discharged so he could spend his final moments at his San Bernardino County, California home with his family, his spokesperson told TMZ.

The spokesperson added that his death was not coronavirus-related.

Warren rose to fame with R&B group Troop, an acronym for Total Respect of Other People, in the 1980s. Group members included childhood pals Rodney Benford, Steve Russell, John Harreld, and Allen McNeil.

The group scored their first big hit with the single "Mamacita," and went on to enjoy further success with "Spread My Wings," taken from their second album, Attitude, and a cover of the Jacksons hit song "All I Do is Think of You."

Troop also famously made an appearance as an a capella group in Wesley Snipes' movie classic New Jack City, performing a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Living For the City."

The band embarked on a hiatus in the late 1990s, but eventually reunited in the 2000s and performed in concert with acts like Boyz II Men, Keith Sweat, Jon B, and Brian McKnight.

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The streets are talking about a Grammy-winning music producer who once dated an underaged singer that he referred to as "fast" for her age. Sandrarose.com did not write the following Blind Item.

Her stepfather is a pastor and her mom is a religious, lowkey lady so she wasn't raised ratchet (although her real dad was a little rough around the edges) and came from a normal middle class background. She just got caught up in the allure of the streets early and it became a part of her identity. I feel like dealing with [incarcerated rapper] as a teenager did something to her psyche. [Music producer] recently talked about her dating him and how she would be in the projects all the time. That's why when people say he's her "soulmate", Iā€™m like "Are people forgetting that this dude was a whole grown man messing with her when she was 16/17?" It was too much, which is also why [producer] calling her fast kinda didn't sit right with me. He knew better and was the adult in the situation regardless. And maybe [singer] doesn't feel that way (that it affected her) but IMO, it definitely had a lasting impression and influenced her "type."

Question: Who is the singer and who is the music producer?

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