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  • 00:33

    On Air With David Duane w/ Special Guest: Monica x Eric Bellinger x Rotimi

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    Beep, beep, beep – An alarm sounds. Lights flash. Everyone is on alert. Emergency protocol in effect. It’s a Code Red state of emergency. Soul music is in trouble and one of the greatest R&B singers of a generation is sounding the alarm. Whispered voices have been expressing their concern for some time. Industry insiders talk of a change in the musical direction at radio. Critics blame millennials. Millennials blame the music. Artists blame each other. And everyone blames the Internet. But that’s not the whole story. Soul music is alive and well and “people love it when introduced to it properly,” R&B/Pop icon Monica explains. However, concerned about the future of the genre she loves so much, Monica returns with her seventh studio album appropriately titled Code Red.


    Rotimi is best known for co-starring in the hit series, “Power” alongside Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Omari Hardwick. While Rotimi has a thriving career as a television star, he is also excelling in his music career. Rotimi’s new single “Lotto,” features his co-star 50 cent and has quickly turned into a summer hit reaching over 530,000 plays on SoundCloud.


    Born and raised in Compton, CA, Eric Bellinger is well known in the music industry as a critically acclaimed songwriter and now as a solo R&B artist with sinfully smooth vocals and an affinity for soulful songwriting.  Since 2013, he's racked up more than 80 song placements while co-penning hits for such pop and R&B stars as Usher, Justin Bieber, and Chris Brown. He also won his first Grammy Award as one of the collaborators on Brown's best R&B-crowned album, F.A.M.E. ".

  • 00:30

    On Air With David Duane w/ Special Guest: Raheem Devaughn & Candice Pillay

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    Three-time Grammy Award nominated 368 Music Group & Entertainment One recording artist Raheem DeVaughn is one of the most exciting R&B artists of the 21st century. His fifth studio album, Love, Sex, and Passion, released in February 2015, debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and #2 on Billboard's Independent Album chart. It continues to be propelled by radio hits "Queen" and "Temperature's Rising". In addition to his musical interests, Raheem is equally passionate about the various philanthropic initiatives run by his charity organization, The LoveLife Foundation. Launched in April 2014, the foundation currently focuses on youth education, HIV/AIDS research, and domestic violence prevention. Throughout the tour, Raheem and The LoveLife Foundation will be hosting their national "Queen for a Day" campaign against domestic violence.


     


    Having received recognition for her writing credits on Christina Aguilera’s ‘Lotus’, Rihanna’s dancehall hit “Cockiness” and Springsteen inspired “American Oxygen”, and most recently, for her vocal contributions on Dr. Dre’s ‘Compton’, Candice Pillay now takes center stage as she releases her debut Interscope EP ‘The High’. Featuring five original compositions, ‘The High’ is an equal balance of upbeat pop electronica and sensual RnB songs. Candice’s powerfully sensual voice and catchy lyrics are a constant throughout the EP and encourage more than a single listen. From playing local gigs to releasing mixtapes, Pillay eventually found herself in the studio with Rihanna penning the single “Cockiness”.  Candice was recenetly sought out to provide vocals on “Genocide” and “Medicine Man” from Dr. Dre’s 2015 release ‘Compton’.

  • 01:36

    On Air With David Duane w/ Special Guest: Tank & August Rigo

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    While making his seventh full-length album, SLP2 [R&B Money/Atlantic Records], Tank posed a crucial question. “What does cutting edge R&B sound like in 2016?” he asks. He answered that question by crafting the long-awaited sequel to his influential 2007 opus, Sex, Love & Pain. That album not only provided a blueprint for the likes of Chris Brown, Trey Songz, and more, but it also debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and earned a Grammy Award nomination for “Best R&B Album,” while its #1 single “Please Don’t Go” became nominated for “Best R&B Male Vocal Performance.” Following 2014’s Stronger, Tank once again captured a creative spirit that resembled the process behind his seminal third body of work.As far as sequels go, Tank knew he had to go even bigger to make SLP2 the blockbuster audiences desired. In addition to cameos from Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men and Yo Gotti, he assembled a new West Coast anthem in the form of the Tank produced “Birthday” with a little help from Chris Brown, Problem, and Siya. He also teamed up with TGT collaborator and producer Brandon “BAM” Hodge to “help set the musical tone,” of this new project.

  • 01:36

    On Air With David Duane w/ R&B Recording Artist: Avant & Luke Christopher

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    Avant is a name that has been used in the context of being original or innovative but the singer/songwriter from Cleveland has transformed the word into a powerhouse brand. Since breaking out on the music scene with his first platinum hit singles, “Separated” and “My First Love”—he has been on a non-stop journey having released seven albums in the last 15 years.

    Avant has toured with some of the biggest names in the R&B world from Joe, Jagged Edge and Keith Sweat. He is preparing for the new album release, The VIII in September 2015. This spring he released the debut single from the album, “Special” which is romantic song that breathes new life into love and commitment.


    Luke Christopher isn’t about to wait around for anybody. Instead of relying on singers or producers, the Los Angeles rapper can belt out a hook with the best of them, and he remains an accomplished producer and beat maker in his own right. On his two new EPs YSTRDY and TMRW for ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records, his singular vision only starts to unfold, encompassing airtight rhymes, cinematic storytelling, keen wit, and a little bit of wisdom.


    Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, music surrounded Luke. At a young age, his father turned him on to the likes of Elton John, U2, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder. However, hip-hop found him one Christmas when 2Pac’s All Eyez On Me sat under the tree. In high school, he converted the bottom bed of his bunk beds into a makeshift studio. There, he taught himself how to rap, sing, and compose beats. By his seventeenth birthday, he was ready to be properly heard, and major labels clamored for this strangely soulful and emotionally expansive style.

  • 00:33

    On Air With David Duane w/ Special Guest: Dustin Michael & James Lee Taylor

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    James Lee Taylor is an English-born, Los Angeles-based actor and writer, born and raised on the beaches of Canvey Island in Essex. His father a comedian and his mother a successful model, James was born with entertainment in his blood.  He started modelling at age 15, working with Nivea, Valentino and the coveted Calvin Klein to name just a few, and signed with IMG and Select Model Management.  After a decade of modelling, James was introduced to the world of the stage and immediately discovered that acting was his true passion. After honing his craft with the world famous Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York, James went on to land the lead roles in two major off-Broadway shows, The Tiger and Tesla.  Testing his skills on short film Deep Water, James realised he was most at home on camera. In January 2014, James made the jump out to Los Angeles and signed with Innovative Artists, Schumacher Management and Core MGMT.  His commitment to his new path was immediately rewarded when he became the face of the Three Olives Vodka, taking over from brand ambassador Clive Owen.  The mesmerising ‘Werewolf of London’ campaign earned James his heartthrob status, which then led to him being cast in BET Network’s Being Mary Jane.  His recurring role as Gabrielle Union’s love interest is an exciting and developing story which we look forward to exploring...

  • 01:33

    On Air With David Duane w/ Special Guest: Deitrick Haddon & Natalie La Rose

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    Deitrick Haddon is a multi-faceted, award winning, creative juggernaut.  As a singer, songwriter, arranger and producer, the Detroit native’s inspirational musical ministry has touched souls globally.  The star of Oxygen network’s popular reality series Preachers of L.A also serves as executive producer of the Preachers franchise, and with the formation of DHVisions, a new partnership with Entertainment One Music, this son of a preacher is delving further into developing television and film projects while still delivering progressive gospel music that feeds the soul. Masterpiece, Deitrick’s latest contemporary, uplifting and inspired body of work reflects his self-professed maturation toward his destiny of greatness.


    Being bold is a big part of being an artist. You’ve got to be willing to act intrepidly at the right moments. Natalie La Rose knows just when to be bold. Her debut single for I.M.G./Republic Records “Somebody” [featuring Jeremih] will undoubtedly get the dance floor moving. Over smooth production from Future Classic, the song updates the melody from Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” for a new millennium. Natalie’s voice takes the spotlight in between a sexy hook from Jeremih.

  • 01:35

    On Air With David Duane w/ R&B Recording Artist: Tiffany Evans

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    Tiffany Evans’ powerhouse vocals will command the attention of anyone in her surrounding area. The South Bronx native got her start in 2003 as a contestant on the hit singing competition show, Star Search, hosted by comedian Arsenio Hall. The pint-sized singer’s powerful voice crushed her competition, leading her to be crowned Grand Champion. Tiffany made Star Search history, as she was the only contestant to ever receive a perfect score on all her performances.


    Tiffany’s victory sparked the interest of major labels including Columbia Records. After performing for executives, Tiffany was offered a recording contract on the spot in 2003.  In between working on her debut album, Tiffany explored her acting skills as she picked up roles in CBS’ The District, Tyler Perry’s film Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2008, Tiffany released her self-titled debut album, which included hit singles “Promise Ring” featuring Ciara and “I’m Grown” featuring Bow Wow. Executive produced by The Clutch and Ciara, TIFFANY EVANS debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart.


     

  • 02:00

    On Air With David Duane (Special Guest: Mimi Faust, Bahja, and Tiara Thomas)

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    Mimi Faust has been charming the audiences of VH-1’s highest ranking reality TV show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta for four seasons. Mimi’s confidence, style and wit is what keeps the viewers coming back for more, as she tries to balance both motherhood and new business ventures. Mimi is currently dabbling in interior designing/ remodeling homes and has hopes of expanding her expertise into a stylish, yet affordable home goods line. In addition to Mimi’s current obligations she has ventured into the hair business with her new line, The Maya Collection, which features a variety of wigs and hair extensions. When Mimi’s not filming she is dedicated to being a loving and devoted mother to her daughter Eva, launching her first book and supporting causes close to her heart.


    A quick click online yields this succinct definition of the word original: “Not dependent on other people’s ideas; inventive and unusual.” For those seeking the musical equivalent of that, you need look no further than Tiara Thomas. Thomas first vaulted into national consciousness in 2013 when she co-wrote, co-produced and appeared on Wale’s hit single “Bad.”


    Sweet melodies, soft backgrounds and powerful leads would be the only way to describe the unique but soulful sound of R&B singer Bahja Rodriguez. Bahja’s professional career began at the age of 12 years old as “Miss Beauty” with the popular and colorful girl group the “OMG Girlz”. The group performed on several major tours and had much success however, in March 2015 the group disbanded. Her debut EP titled “It Gets Better” will be available for purchase everywhere music is sold online November 20, 2015.

  • 01:36

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Tara Wallace & Sina Bina (Love & Hip-Hop)

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    Southern belle Taranasha Wallace was born and raised in a small-town of Mississippi and moved to NYC to pursue her dream of acting. She holds a degree in Dramatic Art from Jackson State University and a MFA in acting from NY's Actors Studio Drama School. During school and after graduating, Tara pounded the NYC pavement and was heavily involved in musical and off-Broadway theater, appearing in various productions. She is the manager and a well-known face at a hot-spot in NYC's trendy Meatpacking District, but has never lost sight of her dream of being an actress. In fact, she still continues to study and hone her craft. Tara is the long-time girlfriend of rapper, Peter Gunz. They have been together over 13 years and live with their 2 children, Jamison (5) and Kaz (2). Tara is truly the epitome of brains and beauty. Amina was introduced in Season 4 and will return for Season 5.


    Sina Bina is Yung Joc's fourth baby mama - even though she had hoped to become so much more in Joc's life. After being a professional caterer in the entertainment industry for many years, and being Joc's music industry friend for 7 years, Sina became pregnant with Joc's twin daughters who both are now 1 years old. Sina is still in love with Joc and has lingering resentment towards him for cheating on her with both Karlie Redd and Khadiyah. Sina hates Khadiyah "the home wrecker" for stealing Joc from her and will go head to head with KD to get him back - even if she has to catch Joc cheating with her on candid camera! Sina wants her family with Joc back more than anything in the world.


     

  • 02:27

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Bobby V & Lyfe Jennings (Season 3 Finale)

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    He’s had No. 1 singles, platinum and gold albums, has toured the world and has appeared on songs with Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Nicki Minaj, R Kelly, 50 Cents among many others.  Eight years into a remarkable solo career, Bobby V (formerly Bobby Valentino) has experienced the best the music industry has to offer while working with some of the game’s elite.


    Lyfe Jennings is a platinum-selling American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. He plays the guitar, bass, and piano, which he integrates into his music. The New York Times referred to him as a "socially minded R&B singer" Without prefabricated hype, glossy ad campaigns or sexed up videos, Lyfe’s message has become a phenomenon. He offers, “You can talk about something real and relevant and still get some record spins.” Lyfe has cemented that relationship with his live performances; ones that possess you with the spirit to share the lived-in truths learned first-hand from his relationships, betrayal and the streets.

  • 01:42

    The Biz With D: Interview w/ Mary Mary & Tiffany Foxx

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    Conquerors. That’s the best way to describe Mary Mary. The soul-stirring sister duo of Erica and Tina Campbell seemingly overcame it all in the last few years - winning yet another Grammy, inking a deal for season three of a groundbreaking originally scripted series, beating a vocal challenge, healing a marriage misstep, overseeing a change in management, launching a solo career for one sister and grieving the death of a parent. That’s enough to make anyone’s head spin. Yet, the sisters embraced each challenge and proclaim that this year is their best year yet.As Tina staunchly declares in her signature staccato: “Survive it. Persevere. Overcome it.”


    Indeed. Mary Mary’s greatest story is that of overcoming. Thirteen years ago, no one could have predicted the far flung reach of the hit “Shackles (Praise You)” that went on to become a signature song and crossover smash. From there, Mary Mary would win four Grammy Awards, 2 NAACP Image Awards, four BET awards, two American Music Awards, one ASCAP award, and multiple Stellar & Dove Awards and release seven albums, the most recent being the multiple award winning compilation “Go Get It” ( 2012 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment). Now a household name, the ladies are credited with ushering in a new generation of gospel stars solidly entrenched in the larger cultural milieu while also overtaking the pop charts.