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9 Best New R&B Songs We Heard in March

We get it: There's so much music out there, it's impossible to listen to it all. So the Fuse staff compiled this list of the best R&B tracks released last month

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LeToya Luckett & T.I., "Don't Make Me Wait (Remix)"

The original Destiny's Child member (and the only one to have a No. 1 album other than Beyoncé, heyo!) enlisted T.I. for her smoky new single. LeToya's first two records are underrated R&B gems, so it's great to hear she hasn't lost her badass edge or honeyed vocals since 2009's Lady Love.

2 / 9

Jill Scott, "You Don't Know"

This month also saw the unexpected return of Jill Scott, who hit us with "You Don't Know," her first new release since 2011's The Light of the Sun. It's the type of emotional torch ballad that Etta James might have recorded back in the day; Ms. Scott proves she's carrying on the legacies of the greats as one of R&B's most powerful voices.

3 / 9

Jamie Foxx/DJ Mustard, "Pretty Young Thing"

There's never a bad time to pay homage to a Michael Jackson classic with one of the hottest producers of the moment, and Foxx and Mustard turned up hard enough to make the hit their own. (And to get the original in our heads for weeks.)

4 / 9

Ameriie, "Out Loud"

Another 'nother comeback! A decade after crafting one of the best modern-day R&B singles, "1 Thing" collaborators Ameriie (formerly Amerie) and producer Rich Harrison reunite for the booming new track "Out Loud." If the combo of banging beats, fuzzy synths and electronica flourishes are the first steps in Ameriie's proper return to the scene, then it's a very good, very loud first step. 

5 / 9

Sam Smith & John Legend, "Lay Me Down"

The hit by four-time GRAMMY winner Sam Smith got even deeper with piano and vocals from new Oscar Best Original Song champion John Legend. Best of all, all proceeds from the new version go to Comic Relief, a three-decade-old organization that seeks "to tackle the root causes of poverty and social injustice in the UK and across the world."

6 / 9

Red Velvet, "Automatic"

When you think of Korean girl groups, you usually don't think of them making top-notch R&B tracks. But K-pop newcomers Red Velvet knocked it out of the park with their Janet Jackson–esque slow jam "Automatic." Not only do the ladies boast refined harmonies, but they've got slick choreography to got with it. Red Velvet seem to radiate maturity, so it's kinda hard to believe their youngest member is 16.

7 / 9

Jhené Aiko, "Living Room Flow"

Jhené's still riding the wave from her sublime 2014 LP Souled Out, and it shows on this new track. Sounding lonely and hopeful at the same time, the Fisticuffs production has that Drake-y, Weeknd-ish vibe mixed with some classic R&B feel and light guitar touches. We're ready to see what this chanteuse has in store for 2015. (Hopefully some more work with Childish Gambino.)

8 / 9

T-Pain, The-Dream & Vantrease, "Let Your Hair Down"

This promo track for T-Pain's new DJ Drama mixtape The Iron Way had us hooked from the very first moments. It's the usual brand of the Auto-Tune king's hedonism, but set to soft, pensive melodies. To sweeten the deal, T snagged fellow R&B sensei The-Dream and gave some shine to newcomer Vantrease.

9 / 9

Elijah Blake, "I Just Wanna…"

After writing on recent R&B blockbusters (Usher's "Climax," for example), the singer-songwriter aims for his own sensual smash with this bumping, hook-heavy cut. It's the lead single of Blake's long-awaited debut album. We're ready.


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