Jazmine Sullivan returns with "Dumb" featuring Meek Mill | New Music

Three and a half years after her sabbatical from the music scene, Jazmine Sullivan makes her return to the spotlight with "Dumb". Read more

Jazmine Sullivan - "My Career" (Produced by Salaam Remi) | New Music

Ever since she announced her hiatus, the music has been dripping through, and I always get excited when it comes to Jazmine Sullivan's amazing voice.

So imagine my delight when I woke up this morning to see Salaam Remi has posted this previously unheard song for our consumption. Produced by Remi and executed by Sullivan, "My Career" is track about just that, but in the context of relationship. The usual vocal powerhouse tones down in comparison to her regular gusto filled performances, however this is a welcome adjustment and suits Remi's production perfectly.

Naturally, all we await now is her return proper!

Listen To: Jazmine Sullivan - "My Career" (Produced by Salaam Remi) | Download

PJ Morton feat. Jazmine Sullivan - "Built For Love" | New Music

Having been on the road playing with Maroon 5 of late following his independently released 2010 album Walk Alone, soulful singer, songwriter and producer PJ Morton turns his attentions back to his own music, unveiling a smooth and classy new duet with Philly R&B favourite Jazmine Sullivan as a taste of what's to come from the New Orleans native's 'eclectic' upcoming first major label album. Take a listen below and stayed tuned for more details on PJ Morton's new album...

PJ Morton ft. Jazmine Sullivan - "Built For Love":


Jazmine Sullivan – "Boy Why" | New Music

Despite it being close to a year since Philadelphia native Jazmine Sullivan announced her break from music, we've still had unreleased tracks pop up on the web - and this is the latest number, called "Boy Why." Jazmine takes us to church in this heartfelt bluesy number, asking her love interest to tell her where they stand before she leaves and he realises its too late.

Talk to 'em Jaz. There's no official word on whether this appear on an upcoming album, which will be the third after her 2008 debut release Fearless and her follow up album released last year Love Me Back.

Jazmine Sullivan - "Boy Why"

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Jazmine Sullivan - "Drive By (Always On My Mind)" | New Music

Sometime near the beginning of 2011 J Records artist Jazmine Sullivan took to her twitter to announce that she was taking a break from music. "i’m trying to figure out who i am… w/out a mike, paper or pen. i promised myself when it wasn’t fun anymore i wouldn’t do it. and here i am."
We all feared that we wouldn't hear any new music from the songstress, but shortly after that announcement Salaam Remi hooked us up with "I'm Not A Robot" and now today this new or previously unreleased cut "Drive by (Always On My Mind)" has hit the interwebs.

Check it out below.

Listen To: Jazmine Sullivan - "Drive by (Always On My Mind)"

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XV - "Famous" ft. Jazmine Sullivan & Sez Batters | New Music

Following on from "When We're Done" here's the second leak from Kansas raised Warner Brothers recording artist XV forthcoming Zero Heroes project. The young rapper flips Jazmine Sullivan's "Famous" from her last album Love Me Back into his own tale of his struggle to make his way to the top of the game.
XV is 100 percent on my "deserves to blow up globally" list, I haven't been disappointed with anything he's released so far and alongside the likes of J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar the future of hip hop sounds bright to me.

Listen x Download: XV - "Famous" ft. Jazmine Sullivan & Sez Batters

Kelly Price gives Jazmine Sullivan advice: “being inside the machine is stressful”

Soulful songstress Kelly Price offered young contemporary, Jazmine Sullivan some words of advice in response to Jazmine's [un]official twitter announcement that she's taking a break from music.

Speaking recently to Singersroom, Kelly, whose illustrious vocals brought her to fame in 1998 with songs including "Friend of Mine", emphasized with the young singer and offered some encouraging words.

Citing Jazmine as one of her favourite new singers, Kelly expressed that she can relate to the pressure Jazmine's under because they both sing "real music".

“The very first thing I said when I heard that is she needs some different people around her.”

“It does get difficult because she does have to contest with the fact that she has a voice that is in fact a ‘voice.' It’s not typical, it’s not common, it’s very unique; she’s not cookie-cutter; you can’t duplicate what she does just by going and picking some other kid off the street and say I want you to do what Jazmine Sullivan does.”

While the singer hadn't (at the time of print) spoken to Jazmine, her advice to was, “being inside the machine is stressful." Adding, “I would talk to her about being comfortable living in her skin and living inside the voice that God gave her. I don’t care what marketing schemes are put together, she will always be the best when doing what’s true to her.”

“She needs to sing what’s in her heart; she needs to sing what’s in her soul.”

Read SoulCulture's interview with Kelly Price here.

Jazmine Sullivan - "In Vain" [Unreleased Alternate Version]

Whilst it's unlikely we'll hear any new material from Jazmine Sullivan for a while, I'm appreciative of any unreleased gems from the illustriously voiced songstress.

An alternate, stripped back, version of "In Vain", a bonus cut from her sophomore album, Love Me Back.


DOWNLOAD: Jazmine Sullivan – In Vain [Alternate Version]


Weekly Wrap Up: Jazmine Sullivan, Jessie J, Willow Smith & Big Sean

This week you guys headed to SoulCulture for all the best in new music and music news. In music news, Jazmine Sullivan announced a sabbatical from music, Jessie J topped BBC's Sound of 2011 list; Marsha Ambrosius released a thought-provoking and emotional new music video; Tinie Tempah and Jamie XX assisted on some great remixes; Raphael Saadiq unveiled new music and more.

This week we've also given you the chance to win tickets to Drake's sold out UK tour, Lightdreams and Nightmares, featuring J. Cole.


Jessie J tops BBC Sound of 2011 list ● Essex singer/songwriter Jessie J has won the top spot on the Sound of 2011 list, BBC’s yearly compilations of new artists pegged for big things over the next year.

Jazmine Sullivan Announces Break From MusicJazmine Sullivan has announced that she will be taking a break from music. The 23 year old GRAMMY nominated singer who released her sophomore LP Love Me Back last month took to her twitter to make her announcement.

Maxwell “blackSUMMERS’night” LP set for 2011 release ● Following unfulfilled murmurs that we might have seen it before 2010′s end, the second portion of Maxwell‘s BLACKsummers’night album trilogy is now officially pegged for release in 2011.

Ginuwine plays ‘milkman’ for new beverage, Adult Chocolate Milk ● R&B crooner Ginuwine dresses as a ‘sexy chocolate’ man in the campaign for a new beverage, a 40 proof version of chocolate milk called Adult Chocolate Milk.

J. Cole talks 2011 goals; “I’m trying to win a f*ckin’ Grammy” ● On the second instalment of his personal blog, J. Cole talks about his trip to Europe for his tour with Drake (which kicked off this week), his goals for 2011, finishing his album and trying to win a Grammy.

Idris Elba Joins The Bullitts Saga! Makes 1st appearance on Day 49 of Amelia Sparks’ diary ● Taking their name from Steve McQueen’s 1968 Bullitt thriller, an intriguing new “action adventure” musical outfit by the name of The Bullitts, introducing Idris Elba to their compelling action adventure.

Russell Simmons – Super Rich: A Guide To Having It All | Book Excerpt ● Entrepreneur and philanthropist Russell Simmons has released his second book, Super Rich: A Guide To Having It All. Click to read excerpts about the mogul's musings on Jay Electronica and the 5 Percenters.

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Jazmine Sullivan declares "I'm Not A Robot" in unreleased track

Hours after Jazmine Sullivan announced her departure from music in a bid to find herself, a mysterious but appropriate gift appeared in my inbox - in the form of an unreleased track by the talented R&B songstress, titled "I'm Not A Robot."

Produced by Salaam Remi, the track expresses Sullivan's drained frustration at a stale living routine. An apt musical accompaniment to her emotional decision today to pause her musical career, she sings, "I gotta get out of this program and find out who I really am; I'm not a robot..."

Jazmine Sullivan - "I'm Not A Robot" [DOWNLOAD]

It may well be the last 'new' music we hear from Jazmine in a while, so enjoy.

Jazmine Sullivan Announces Break From Music

J Records recording artist Jazmine Sullivan has announced that she will be taking a break from music. The 23 year old GRAMMY nominated singer who released her sophomore LP Love Me Back last month took to her twitter a few moments ago to make her official announcement.

i’m making an official announcement that i am taking a break from music. i’m trying to figure out who i am… w/out a mike, paper or pen. i promised myself when it wasn’t fun anymore i wouldn’t do it. and here i am.

i’m not saying i wont ever sing again in my life becuz i dont believe that. but in this moment… rt now… i got some things to figure out.

i love u all and appreciate u soooooo much. u have no idea how much u’ve inspired me and fed my ego. but the truth is that i have to believe in me whether you all do or not. and thats what i’m lookin for. that belief in myself. me. I. i love us. thanks for being here for me and riding with me on this journey. let us continue. --Jazmine Sullivan

No official statement has been issued by Jazmine Sullivan's label yet but we will update you all as soon as one is issued.

I personally hope she doesn't give up on music entirely as I think she is one of the most talented singer's I have seen emerge for a very long time. Good Luck Jazmine.

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Eminem ft Jazmine Sullivan - "Cocaine" | New Music

A snippet of this was kicking around the interwebs a few days ago wrongly listing Alicia Keys as the featured artist on the Eminem track, but here is the full version which features Miss Jazmine Sullivan on hook duties.

Sounds like something that didn't make his recent Recovery album to us.


Jazmine Sullivan talks love, growth & showing her softer side

Jazmine Sullivan’s debut album Fearless, was received with critical acclaim and earned her seven Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades; two years on Sullivan releases her second album Love Me Back. Album number two offers a mix of contemporary R&B with a nod to '80s production and a smattering of dancehall. The lyrics give an insight as to how Sullivan has grown as an individual and artist; with heavyweights such as Missy Elliot and Mary J Blige championing her, the success of this album seems assured. Jazmine speaks to Soul Culture about her beginnings, the pressure of replicating the success of the first album and her aspirations for 2011.

SoulCulture: You grew up in Philadelphia and started out singing in church how does that shape what we hear today?

Jazmine Sullivan: When you sing in church you sing from the soul and my music s definitely soulful. I was doing that until I was 12 and then I decided that I wanted to sing R&B. I started singing at a club called 'the Soft Spot' which is a place that women could get a platform to perform... Read more

A Very BET Christmas Special ft Performances By Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo, Marsha Ambrosius + More

Yesterday BET and an All-Star cast came together for a one hour in-studio special titled “A Very BET Christmas."
Featuring performances of our favorite Christmas songs by Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo, Marsha Ambrosius, El Debarge, Jazmine Sullivan, Chrisette Michele and special renditions of their favorite Christmas tales by some of the biggest names in the game.

Watch the full show below or just watch the performances after the jump.

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Soul Train Awards 2010: The Rundown, The Performances & The Winners

Originally taped on November 10th, the 2010 Soul Train Awards took place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia and was televised in the United States tonight on BET/Centric.

R. Kelly opened the show with a medley of his greatest hits and closed his performance with his current hit single “When a Woman Loves” and a 1950’s pop rendition of the song, which the audience seemed to embrace wholeheartedly. The performance featured a live band and him playing joyously on the piano with the dancers around and on the stage cheering him on reminiscent of a bygone era from shows such as American Bandstand.

The show moved effortlessly between performances by Ne-Yo, Erykah Badu, newcomer Bruno Mars, R&B veterans Tank, Eric Benet, Jasmine Sullivan, Cee-Lo and reggae star Gyptian... Read more

Jazmine Sullivan x Ne-Yo - "You Get On My Nerves" | New Music

"Remember; I can't stand you..." sings Jazmine Sullivan on her frustrated duet with Ne-Yo - who also produced the song - from the Philly hailing singer-songwriter's sophomore LP, Love Me Back - due for release at the end of the month.

A bittersweet dual perspective on bittersweet, troublesome relationships, "You Get On My Nerves" begins with Mr Shaffer recalling all the good reasons for separation ["Always tryna get loud - that's why we're not together now"].

"So glad we're not together now," Sullivan concurs, launching into her own list of negatives, adding "and I swear I don't know how we lasted that long."

Jazmine Sullivan x Ne-Yo - "You Get On My Nerves":

Jazmine Sullivan's new album Love Me Back is available to buy from November 29th via J Records.
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