Our first R&B singles roundup of 2013 brings us two new songs from Prince: "Rock and Roll Love Affair" and "Screwdriver" preface an album scheduled to be released this year. Another surprise comes in the form of Tamar Braxton's "Love and War," which made a notably big (albeit brief) impact on the charts in December. Her solo debut was supposed to drop in January, but it's been pushed back. Kelly Rowland celebrates her Super Bowl appearance with "Kisses Down Low," the first single from Year of the Woman. Fantasia tries to get past her silly gay marriage comments with "Lose to Win," from the forthcoming The Side Effects of You. And Chrisette Michele kicks off promotion for Better with two songs, "Charades" (featuring 2 Chainz) and "A Couple of Forevers."
Meanwhile, Marsha Ambrosius drops a teaser from Friends & Lovers with "Cold War." Mindless Behavior continue their march toward B2K-level stardom with "Keep Her on the Low" from All Around the World. Moving past contemporary R&B, neo-soul singer Bilal returns with A Love Surreal on February 26; the first single is "Back to Love." British songbird Alice Russell's To Dust also drops that week; for now, there's "Heartbreaker." And don't worry, I didn't forget about Justin Timberlake -- "Suit & Tie" is on the playlist, too. With so much music to look forward to, it should be a good year.