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With so much good music released in 2009, G-Magazine Now compiled its list of the hottest music single in R&B and hip-hop. The list has been based on the songs that has charted well, became favorites of G-Magazine Now, and reviewed well by fans, critics and bloggers. Some of your favorite music artists including Ne-Yo, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Rihanna, Drake and Chrisette Michele have more than one song listed here. See if your favorite tunes have made the cut
30. "The One" by Mary J. Blige
29. "Rockin' That Thang" by The-Dream
28. "Becky" by Plies
27. "If This Isn't Love" by Jennifer Hudson
26. "Successful" by Drake (featuring Trey Songz)
25. "So Beautiful" by Musiq Soulchild
24. "Turn My Swag On" by Soulja Boy Tell 'Em
23. "Doesn't Mean Anything" by Alicia Keys
22. "Live Your Life" by T.I. (featuring Rihanna)
21. "She Got Her Own" by Ne-Yo (featuring Jamie Foxx & Fabolous)
20. "Pretty Wings" by Maxwell
19. "Trust" by Keyshia Cole (featuring Monica)
18. "Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart" by Alicia Keys
17. "Blame It On Me" by Chrisette Michele
16. "Best I Ever Had" by Drake
15. "Epiphany (I'm Leaving)" by Chrisette Michele
14. "Regret" by Letoya (featuring Ludacris)
13. "Day 'N' Nite" by Kid Cudi
12. "Bad Habits" by Maxwell
11. "Heartless" by Kanye West
2009 brought the most interesting mix in urban music we have seen in years. As R&B music fans anticipated a comeback for real soul music coming to the forefront, the hopes were met with return of R&B/pop diva Whitney Houston and soulful crooner Maxwell having albums flying off the shelves. Even the passing of R&B/pop legend Michael Jackson demonstrated to music fans worldwide the importance of creating timeless music that remains relevant beyond its shelf life. Pop superstar Beyonce may have positioned herself into icon status with the groundbreaking music video "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)." Additionally, emerging artists Trey Songz, Chrisette Michele and Ne-Yo seen the best year in music both critically and commercially and new acts Jasmine Sullivan, Jennifer Hudson and Keri Hilson made impressive debuts.
In hip-hop music, the rise of newcomers Drake and Gucci Mane showed that fans could not get enough of their guest appearances and their own hits. Hitmaking rapper Kanye West changed the game of hip-hop with an entire auto-tune album which met with mixed results by critics despite its best seller status. Veterans Jay-Z, Eminem, Ludacris and T.I. prolonged their staying power with chart-busting anthems and club bangers.
With all the diversity in urban music in 2009, what music artist reigned supreme? Check out G-Magazine Now's Top 15 Music Artists of 2009.
R&B singer Chrisette Michele built a nice following of fans amongst hip-hop's elite before her debut album was released in 2007. After shining on appearances on records by Jay-Z, Nas and The Game, Michele caught the attention of new fans of the buying public who loved her bluesy, raspy, wailing voice. Though her debut sold moderately, anticipation built when the sophomore album Epiphany arrived in stores. With the hot single "Epiphany" going to the top 20 of the R&B charts, great promotional tour and winning reviews from critics, the album made the biggest shock of 2009 by taking the #1 position in its debut week over Ciara's Evolution album, which was widely predicted to outsell Michele.
Following the monstrous success of her sophomore album effort Just Like You, R&B starlet Keyshia Cole rushed her third album A Different Me to take over 2009. It led with the moderate hit "Playa Cardz" right with the late great rapper 2Pac. Soon, Cole followed up with two more top 10 R&B hits "You Complete Me" and the powerful duet "Trust" with embattled R&B diva Monica. "Trust" created much anticipation for new Monica material while creating a buzz for another great R&B ballad single for Ms. Cole. Unfortunately, a fourth single, allegedly "This Is Us", was scrapped due to the singer's pregnancy. Wouldn't it be nice to see Ms. Cole's child become a musical force to reckon 20 years from now?
Though he did not need an album promote to keep his strong momentum continuing from the surprising success from his 2008 Tha Carter III album, New Orleans emcee Lil' Wayne became the guest rapper du jour to those who needed extra promotion on their singles and albums. The list contained artists from all genres including Madonna, Shakira, Keri Hilson, Amerie, Drake, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes and Chris Brown. From the A-listers to the newest acts, everyone needed a touch of Lil' Wayne in their music.
Fresh off his multiple Grammy nominations for his groundbreaking Year Of The Gentleman album, Ne-Yo delivered two additional hit singles with "Miss Independent" and "Mad." His relevance in urban and pop music appeal made him a sought after guest singer on hits by rap heavyweights 50 Cent and Flo-Rida and on Keri Hilson's #1 hit single "Knock You Down." 2009 became the year in R&B/Hip-Hopfeaturing Ne-Yo.
Urban/pop superstar Rihanna began 2009 with a worldwide #1 "Live Your Life." With T.I. as the lead artist of that hit, it was Rihanna's feature that pushed it to the top of the charts worldwide. She also released "Rehab," the final single from her multi-platinum Good Girl Gone Bad album, which became a modest hit that featured Justin Timberlake. A violent incident involving her famous ex-lover Chris Brown quieted her for months until her guest appearance on Jay-Z's "Run This Town" to which her touch made it become a worldwide hit. The release of her controversial hit single "Russian Roulette" and the R&B hit "Hard" made the anticipation of her new album Rated R very high with her best debut sales week ever in most countries.
9. Kanye West
2009 became the most controversial year for critically-acclaimed rapper Kanye West. His choice in relationships and posse friends have been under scrutiny, though not as much as his music. His latest album 808's & Heartbreak drew mixed reaction from criticism due to his departure from rapping and using the often-mocked AutoTunes in singing every song. The criticism did not prevent West in earning near chart-topping hits "Love Lockdown" and "Heartless." West also spiced up more hits as a guest rapper on chart toppers "Knock You Down" by Keri Hilson, "Run This Town" by Jay-Z and "Forever" by Drake. Being a great scene stealer for better or worse, Kanye's appearance on Beyonce's "Ego" drew more praises than its original song version and music video.
Today, music cable station VH-1 unveiled its list of the top 40 music videos of 2009, and unsurprisingly, our favorite music divas were included on this list. Can you guess who earned the coveted #1 position? You might be surprised as it is a toss up between two pop divas who ruled the pop singles charts this year. Check out the following stars whose videos made the countdown.
34. "Mllion Dollar Bill" by Whitney Houston
32. "Happy" by Leona Lewis
30. "Obsessed" by Mariah Carey
29. "Run This Town" by Jay-Z, Kanye West & Rihanna
27. "Knock You Down" by Keri HIlson (featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo)
24. "Paparazzi" by Lady Gaga
21. "Halo" by Beyonce
Check out the nominees for the 2010 Grammy Awards. With an astounding 10 nominations, R&B diva Beyoncé is sure to be a big winner from the success of her I Am...Sasha Fierce. It is of no surprise that country-pop darling Taylor Swift would be a leading nominee also. Being the biggest album seller of the year, Taylor is up for eight nominations, competing in the top three categories alongside Beyonce.
Other multiple nominees include R&B crooner Maxwell, pop superstar Lady Gaga, Chicago rapper Kanye West and hip-pop group the Black Eyed Peas. Surprisingly, R&B divas Whitney Houston, Brandy and Mariah Carey are snubbed, while R&B's worst male performer Trey Songz and Marcus P have at least two nominations apiece.
Check out this list of nominations. I have chosen my picks on who deserves the win in bold and green fonts. Who would you pick as winners?
Album Of The Year
I Am…Sasha Fierce (Beyoncé)
The E.N.D. (the Black Eyed Peas)
The Fame (Lady Gaga)
Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King (Dave Matthews Band)
Fearless (Taylor Swift)
Record Of The Year
"I Gotta Feeling" (the Black Eyed Peas)
"Use Somebody" (Kings Of Leon)
"Poker Face" (Lady Gaga)
"You Belong With Me" (Taylor Swift)
Song Of The Year
"Poker Face," Lady Gaga & RedOne, songwriters (Lady Gaga)
"Pretty Wings," Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
"Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)," Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyoncé)
"Use Somebody, "Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill & Nathan Followill, songwriters (Kings Of Leon)
"You Belong With Me," Liz Rose & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)
Best New Artist
Zac Brown Band
The Ting Tings
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
"Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" by Beyoncé
"It Kills Me" by Melanie Fiona
"That Was Then" by Lalah Hathaway
"Goin' Thru Changes" by Ledisi
"Lions, Tigers & Bears" by Jazmine Sullivan
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
"The Point Of It All" by Anthony Hamilton
"Pretty Wings" by Maxwell
"Sobeautiful" by Musiq Soulchild
"Under" by Pleasure P
"There Goes My Baby" by Charlie Wilson
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
"Blame It" by Jamie Foxx & T-Pain
"Chocolate High" by India.Arie & Musiq Soulchild
"Ifuleave" by Musiq Soulchild & Mary J. Blige
"Higher Ground" by Robert Randolph & The Clark Sisters
"Love Has Finally Come At Last" by Calvin Richardson & Ann Nesby
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
"At Last" by Beyoncé
"Soul Music" by Anthony Hamilton
"Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" by Boney James & Quinn
"Sow Love" by Ann Nesby
"Woman Gotta Have It" by Calvin Richardson
Best Urban/Alternative Performance
"Daykeeper" by The Foreign Exchange
"All Matter" by Robert Glasper & Bilal
"Pearls" by India.Arie & Dobet Gnahore
"A Tale Of Two" by Eric Roberson, Ben O'Neill & Michelle Thompson
"Blend" by Tonex
Best R&B Song
"Blame It" James T. Brown, John Conte, Jr., Jamie Foxx, Christopher Henderson, Brandon R. Melanchon, Breyon Prescott, T-Pain & Nathan L. Walker, songwriters (Jamie Foxx & T-Pain)
"Lions, Tigers & Bears" Salaam Remi & Jazmine Sullivan, songwriters (Jazmine Sullivan)
"Pretty Wings" Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
"Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" Thaddis Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Beyoncé)
"Under" D. Babbs, L. Bereal, M. Cooper, A. Dixon, J. Franklin, T. Jones, R. New & K. Stephens, songwriters (Pleasure P)
Best R&B Album
The Point Of It All (Anthony Hamilton)
Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics (India.Arie)
Turn Me Loose (Ledisi)
Blacksummers' Night (Maxwell)
Uncle Charlie (Charlie Wilson)
Best Contemporary R&B Album
I Am... Sasha Fierce (Beyoncé)
Intuition (Jamie Foxx)
The Introduction Of Marcus Cooper (Pleasure P)
Ready (Trey Songz)
Thr33 Ringz (T-Pain)
Best Rap Solo Performance
"Best I Ever Had" by Drake
"Beautiful" by Eminem
"D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)" by Jay-Z
"Day 'N' Nite" by Kid Cudi
"Casa Bey" by Mos Def
With four nominations each, Beyoncé, Keri Hilson and Maxwell head
the list of nominees for the return of the "Soul Train Awards." The
awards ceremony, hosted by actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson,
will be the first special aired on BET's recently launched CENTRIC
Network. Taping November 3 at the Georgia World Congress Center in
Atlanta, the "CENTRIC Presents: 2009 Soul Train Awards" will
premiere on both CENTRIC and BET in a special simulcast on November 29 at 9 p.m.
In addition to awards presented in various categories, the show will salute the careers of legendary artists Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson, Antonio "L.A." Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. The Soul Train Awards will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Motown Records and honor the late Michael Jackson with the Entertainer of the Year award. Scheduled performers include Toni Braxton, Trey Songz, Chrisette Michelle, Ledisi and Melanie Fiona.
Here's the "CENTRIC Presents: 2009 Soul Train Awards" complete list of nominees and categories:
My picks are highlighted in pink.
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R&B singers Brandy and Ne-Yo are concocting new albums to be released in 2010; however, there have been links of duets from the two as of late. The most recent "Good Night, Good Morning" is a midtempo track the twosome recorded. Though, there is no word of whose album the song may appear, the lukewarm song serves best as an album filler rather than a buzzworthy tune or single.