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Interview: Samaria Talks New Music and Collabing with Kehlani

The R&B singer sat down with Popdust for an exclusive interview

Samaria - Still Got 4ever (Official Video)

Early on in her career, Samaria was constantly reminded by friends in the industry that honesty was the key to authentic R&B.

"They would tell me that they know I can sing but to try and approach my beats from more of a relaxed place instead of pushing everything out so heavily," the singer recalls.

"'Trippin' and '5th floor' were an attempt at doing that." Both songs she mentioned are exactly that: sultry R&B jams that slink along unhurried. On "5th floor," Samaria is heard gently coasting alongside the fluid instrumental, cooing in a serpentine hush. On "Trippin," the feat is more braggadocios, with Samaria instead demonstrating her precision on the microphone as she bends and twists the beat to her melodic will.

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Xavier Omär


A day before our call, Xavier Omär found out that his wife had snagged one of the last remaining pre-orders for the PS5.

"We wanna talk about how great my wife is?" the R&B singer said rhetorically with a laugh. "In November, I'm gonna get that PS5, and I don't know if you guys will ever see me again."

Omär started recording his latest album if You Feel in February of this year, on the heels of an early anniversary celebration with his wife. In recent years, the singer has solidified his own lane in R&B. His soft voice and old-school delivery paint him, as he calls it, as "the guy that respects women."

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5 Years of "TRAPSOUL": Has Bryson Tiller's Debut Aged Well?

The singer recently announced a deluxe re-release of the project will drop this Friday

Bryson TillerBryson Tiller in concert at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, USA

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If we've learned one thing about Bryson Tiller over the last five years, it's that he is a heartfelt person.

"Every day I prayed that this music thing would work so I could give you the life I feel like you deserve," he wrote in one of the many Instagram captions dedicated to his eldest daughter. The singer, who recently welcomed another baby girl with his longtime partner Kendra Bailey, praises his children so often on social media that his two daughters have become as synonymous with Tiller's identity as the somber R&B he curates.

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RIP Bill Withers: The King of Soul's Best Songs

Listen to hits like "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lovely Day."

Bill Withers

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Bill Withers, the singer-songwriter known for classics like "Lean on Me," "Ain't No Sunshine," and" Lovely Day" has died of heart complications.

Withers was 81 at the time of his passing and is survived by his wife, Marcia Johnson, and their two children, Todd and Kori. The family statement reads:

"We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other. As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world. In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones."

Withers was primed to sing of heartbreak from an early age, growing up in poverty in West Virginia and enduring the loss of his father at just 13 years old. He got out of West Virginia as soon as he was old enough to join the Navy, where he served for nine years before moving to the San Francisco area. It was there that Withers, in his early 20s, began to learn to play the guitar and sing music. After moving to Los Angeles in 1967, Withers found a job making toilet seats that kept him afloat so he could spend his nights pursuing his real passion: music. Eventually, famed black music executive Clarence Avant took Withers under his wing and signed him to a record deal.

Withers went on to release seven albums in eight years, albums that included hit songs like "Lean On Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine" which quickly became integral parts of American culture. He retired from music in 2009, in part because of ongoing disputes with Columbia records.

When he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, Withers said, "I really don't have the personality to do this all the time, I'm not that outgoing. I'm rather shy—I'd rather hide. I never danced. I hid behind the guitar. So it's all life, you know, as long as you're doing something."

Despite this, there is no question that Withers poured his heart and soul into his music. Every song by the late singer is imbued with a depth of feeling and a storytelling ability that helped to define the genre.

Listen to all of his best songs on our Spotify playlist:

Bill Withers - Ain't No


What Happened to Duffy?

Aimee Duffy was positioned to be the next big thing in soul music. Then, a horrific act of sexual violence kept her out of the public eye.

Duffy - Mercy

Trigger Warning: This article includes mentions of violent sexual assault.

In 2009, a rising Welsh singer named Aimee Duffy won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album.

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Brent Faiyaz's New Album Is Haunting and Mildly Concerning

The singer's sophomore LP is a candid reflection on how elusive happiness can be.

Brent Faiyaz - FTW (Summer In London) Official Video

Vulnerability has remained Brent Faiyaz's greatest asset, and on F*ck The World, there is no shortage of it.

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