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Kehlani (feat. BJ The Chicago Kid) – Down For You

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This week’s Top Tune comes from a young Oakland-based star on the rise, the mighty Kehlani and her new mixtape, You Should Be Here. Released last week on iTunes, Billboard calls it “2015′s First Great R&B Album”. The song debuted at #1 on the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artist Chart and the album is the current reigning #1 set on the iTunes R&B Chart.

Kehlani’s version coincides with the 15th anniversary of the cut that inspired it, Musiq Soulchild‘s “Just Friends (Sunny)” from his 2000 hit debut album, Aijuswanaseing. Influenced by Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and India Arie, it’s no wonder Kehlani gravitated toward Musiq Soulchild’s soulful take on Bobby Hebb‘s “Sunny” for her new single. The ambitious, self-assured new album follows up her excellent 2014 mixtape Cloud 19 and displays explosive vocal ability. Only 20 years old, Kehlani turns many intense personal life experiences into soulful & universally hopeful messages. Read more about Kehlani in Fader Magazine HERE.

Our favorite tracks include “The Letter” and the killer ballad “Bright”, but it’s “Down For You” with a strong guest vocal from BJ The Chicago Kid that seals the deal.

Musiq Soulchild’s “Just Friends (Sunny)” is everywhere it seems, his great cut also informs Wale‘s new track “The Need to Know” feat. SZA from his #1 album, The Album About Nothing out now on Atlantic Records. Listen to Wale’s excellent take HERE. Last but not least, you can let Prince show you a thing or two about how to play a proper guitar solo to the song w/Musiq Soulchild HERE.

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Contact & Licensing info:

Master controlled by Tsunami Mob/Atlantic Records.
Written by: Bobby Hebb, Taalib Johnson, Carvin Haggins, Kehlani Parrish, Jahaan Sweet, Bryan Sledge.
Published by: Portable Music Co. (BMI), Notable Music Co. (ASCAP), administered by Downtown Music Publishing. Contact: Sean McGraw –
Published by: Parrish/Sweet/Sledge Designees.

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Chico Mann – Magic Touch

This week’s Top Tune features a song getting much love on the playlist of Santa Monica CA’s KCRW these past few weeks- Chico Mann‘s “Magic Touch”. This song brings the funk to Jersey City, NJ-based Marcos Garcia’s (aka Chico Mann) new album, Magical Thinking. An album we can’t stop spinning.

Thom Jurek from Allmusic Guide sums it up this way:

“While Mann’s inspirations clearly lie in the musical past, and his greatest skill as both a composer and producer is finding new ways of combining familiar elements, each of these cuts carries his own distinctive fingerprint, making the album a solid groover, top to bottom”. Amen!

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Contact & Licensing info:
Published by Emma Lulu Music (BMI). Administered by Music In Context LLC, A Notable Music Co. contact: Damon Booth – Master controlled by Soundway Records.

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Musiq Soulchild – Just Friends (Sunny)

Musiq Soulchild has often cited such icons as Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone and Ray Charles as his musical mentors, so it was no surprise when he used Bobby Hebb’s iconic “Sunny” as the backbone of one of his biggest tracks: “Just Friends (Sunny).”

Musiq Soulchild (aka Taalib Johnson) scored huge with this track in 2000… “Just Friends (Sunny)” made Top 10 on the R&B Billboard singles chart, as well as making Top 40 of the mag’s Pop single rankings. In his career, he has had two platinum albums, four gold albums and seven hit singles, as well as amassing an impressive 11 Grammy nominations.

In addition to some great syncs appearing around the time of release, “Just Friends (Sunny)” was covered by none other than Prince on his 2002 release “One Nite Alone: Live.”

Check out the video for “Just Friends (Sunny) HERE
Lyrics are HERE

Contact & Licensing info:

Master (Island Def Jam) controlled by Universal Music Group
Written by: Bobby Hebb, Taalib Johnson, Carvin Haggans
Published by: Portable Music Co. (BMI), administered by BMG Rights Management / contact:

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