R&B Revival? Jussie Smollett, Floetry, Ginuwine, & Melanie Fiona Make Major Moves

Published: Sunday 24th May 2015 by Rashad
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2015’s first and second quarter have already delivered some of R&B’s most anticipated offerings.  From Jazmine Sullivan and Ciara to Ne-Yo and Jamie Foxx, Urban music lovers have been granted no shortage of gems to add to their collections.

Now, from the looks of things, the third and fourth quarters are looking to follow suit. With new album announcements coming from the likes of Janet Jackson, Brandy, Monica, Tamar Braxton, Toni Braxton, AshantiChrisette Michele, and more, tuck in below to see what else is new from Melanie Fiona, Jussie Smollett, Ginuwine, and Floetry…

Ginuwine Reunites With Timbaland For New Project

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R&B veteran Ginuwine has answered the prayers of fans with the recent announcement he’ll be re-teaming with superproducer Timbaland for his 8th official studio release.

Previously titled ‘Same Ol G,’ the project has now been christened ‘Bachelor Again But Wiser’ and will come as their first joint effort since 2009’s ‘Get Involved’ (‘A Man’s Thoughts’).

No official release date has been unveiled as of time reporting.

Jazmine Sullivan, Melanie Fiona, Jussie Smollett, Chrisette Michele, Sevyn Streeter, and More Readied For New Season of ‘Verses & Flow’

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The 5th season of TV One’s hit variety show “Lexus Verses and Flow” is on track to continue featuring some of the best and brightest of yesterday and today’s R&B with an electrifying eight-episode season.

Showcasing stars like Jazmine Sullivan, Melanie Fiona, Charlie Wilson, Raekwon The Chef, Jussie Smollett, Sevyn Streeter, Avery Sunshine, Leela James, Estelle, Chrisette Michele, and more, the series will also continue shining a spotlight on a number of the best up-and-coming poets.

“TV One is excited to partner with Lexus for season five of the innovative series that captures the spirit of performance art with a purpose,” said Brad Siegel, President, TV One. “Verses and Flow is a project that not only captivates and entertains, but support the efforts of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to motivate and reward deserving college-bound students.”

Hosted by actor Laz Alonso, the series will premiere July 30 and air on Thursday nights.

Floetry Reunite For Tour 

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All they had to do was ‘Say Yes’ (to a reunion) and fans are clearly overjoyed that they did.

After a well received reunion late 2014, Floetry members Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie ‘The Floacist’ Stewart have confirmed a forthcoming tour.  Kicking off June 17 at the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in Ohio, the tour is set to touch every corner of the U.S. with pit stops in Detroit, New Orleans (for the Essence Festival), San Francisco, New York, and more.

See the dates below:

Floetry Tour dates (Purchase Tickets Here):

Jun 17 – Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park Hard Rock Live – Northfield, OH
Jun 18 – The Xclusive Venue – Columbus, OH
Jun 19 – The Pageant – St Louis, MO
Jun 20 – Chene Park – Detroit, MI
Jun 21 – The Venue at Horseshoe Casino – Hammond, IN
Jun 23 –  Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
Jun 24 – House of Blues Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
Jun 25 – The Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
Jun 26 – Temple Theatre – Tacoma, WA
Jun 28 – Celebrity Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
Jul 01 – The Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, TX
Jul 05 – Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, LA
Jul 09 – The Kentucky Center – Louisville, KY
Jul 10 – Knight Theater – Charlotte, NC
Jul 12 – DPAC – Durham, NC
Jul 17 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Jul 18 – NJPAC – Newark, NJ
Jul 19 – B.B. King Blues Club and Grill – New York, NY
Aug 08 – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD

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  1. Al May 24, 2015

    Nice TGJ but why delete the JLO and MC post #shade

  2. LB May 24, 2015

    Ginuwine X Timbaland, yasssss I still live.

    If your horny, Let’s do it
    Ride it, My Pony
    My saddle’s waiting
    Come and jump on it
    https://youtu.be/lbnoG2dsUk0

  3. TheElusiveLamb May 24, 2015

    I hope so. I would love to see R&B be what EDM was in 2012. Even if it didn’t last long like EDM, it would refreshing to see R&B releases see gold and platinum will little to no effort. Great article.

    • RihNavy May 24, 2015

      But can we talk about this floetry reunion?! I had NOOOO idea! I’m gonna go to the concert in St. Louis ????????

    • #TeamTinashe Stan May 24, 2015

      Yes @ElusiveLamb!!

  4. Lake Erie May 24, 2015

    Yes! Like the mention above, I hope to see R&B make a come back. I got Jamie Foxx’s album a couple days ago, and may I say…… …….
    …… …..
    I’m not pleased at all. His last 3 albums before this one was his greatest. Smh. Too much cussing. Not enough to the imagination like his others….. ….
    My point is I don’t want our greats to have to resort to watering down their music to get some attention. Smh. Sad.

  5. kareem May 24, 2015

    I’m here for the new music in rnb

  6. cocobutta May 24, 2015

    FLOETRY!!!!!
    Album please x

    • BeyRihLiyah May 24, 2015

      your avi>>>>

      • cocobutta May 25, 2015

        Yaaaaaassss boo #CodeRed season coming. Just like Bey got the red on fleek.

        We wake up…….. #Flawless

  7. BeyRihLiyah May 24, 2015

    urban is slowly but surely coming back into the mainstream

  8. You wanna love it right bettor like you do then my funky money May 24, 2015

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  9. Credits May 24, 2015

    The only gem to be released so far was jazmine Sullivan’s Album. Ne-yo, Ciara and Jamie?…..meh! That’s not shade, I’ve listened to the albums and None measure up to their previous efforts.

  10. Al May 24, 2015

    I hope Monica’s first week sell doesn’t do less than 40K cause I will die and can see her getting dropped

    • Rcw May 25, 2015

      Monica has always been under contract and never gone without a record label…sales figures won’t matter

  11. B2B May 25, 2015

    I’m just waiting on Fantasia to come through and F*** IT UP! She ALWAYS delivers and I always purchase lol. Hopefully Bey drops some goodies to… A la 4… With IASF promo?

    • MisdamenorFan May 26, 2015

      Side Effects of You was a 10 out of 10 in my book. I could listen to that album from beginning to end. Completely underrated in my opinion. Without Me should have been a smash!

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