&#34;Pretty Wings&#34; is the official first single from <i>BLACKsummers’night</i>, which was Maxwell&#39;s fourth studio album, and first in eight long years. &#34;It’s about the last relationship I had,&#34; Maxwell said about the song in an interview. &#34;How you meet the person of your dreams but at the wrong time ... the song is a testament to what I wanted to say and say, to her.&#34;<p>To paraphrase the song, &#39;I&#39;m not sayin&#39; she&#39;s the best, but ... she&#39;s the best.&#39; This track, which was released back in July &#39;09, is the lead single from Mary&#39;s <em>Stonger</em> album, which came out in late December.</p>&#34;On the Ocean,&#34; a song about how being in the music industry can sometimes feel like being on a raft in the middle of the water, is the breakthrough single from this Detroit, Michigan native, who cut his chops grooming local artists as a producer and songwriter.Melanie&#39;s new on the scene, and for those who haven&#39;t had a chance to check out her music yet, here&#39;s a stream of her first single, &#34;Give it To Me Right,&#34; a highly addictive track about needing a man who knows how to properly handle his business in the bedroom. It&#39;s sexy without being too sexual and gets a point across without being crass or vulgar, which is what I really like about it. Can&#39;t wait to hear more from her. (Oh, and if you&#39;re wondering what song is being sampled here, it&#39;s &#34;Time of the Season&#34; by &#39;60s psychedelic pop group The Zombies.)<p>It&#39;s rare these days that R&amp;B/Soul songs delve into social issues like war, crime and unemployment, but this song does it and does it well. Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye would have been proud.</p><p>The electrifying and addictive &#34;Turnin&#39; Me On&#34; is the biggest standout track on Keri&#39;s March 2009 debut album, <em>In A Perfect World ...</em>.</p><p>With big assists from T-Pain and Auto-Tune, Jamie Foxx managed to create his biggest and best hit since teaming up with Kanye West for &#34;Gold Digger&#34; in 2005.</p>&#34;She Ain&#39;t Got&#34; is a sassy and saucy track on which LeToya harshly disses a romantic rival. It&#39;s from her sophomore album, <i>Lady Love</i>, which was released by Capitol Records on Aug. 25, 2009.<p>Jeremih and this rawly sensual track came out of nowhere and hit the top of the charts in only a couple of months during the first half of 2009. The song gives a whole new depth to the act of celebrating birthdays.</p>Leela&#39;s sophomore album, <i>Let&#39;s Do It Again</i> came out March 24, 2009 via Shanachie Entertainment. The album is full of remakes of old-school Soul classics, and first single was a remake of James Brown&#39;s &#34;It&#39;s A Man&#39;s Man&#39;s Man&#39;s World.&#34; In the humble opinion of yours truly, it&#39;s one of the most powerfully-sung tracks that&#39;s come out in awhile. Leela&#39;s got an incredible voice that exudes gritty realness.&#34;Number One,&#34; which features 2009&#39;s top newcomer, Keri Hilson, is a braggadocious sexual duet that was a top 10 hit on Billboard&#39;s R&amp;B chart and was all over VH1 Soul for months.&#34;Chocolate High,&#34; which features India dueting with her rumored (ex)-boyfriend, Musiq Soulchild, is a tasty, sexy and radio-friendly track off her fourth album, <i>Testimony: Vol. 2, Love &amp; Politics</i>, which dropped Feb. 10, 2009.Daniel Merriweather is a big voice in the new Soul scene overseas. Daniel&#39;s originally from Australia, and is already a hit in the United Kingdom, where his official debut album, <i>Love &amp; War</i>, debuted at No. 2 on the UK albums chart back in June 2009.This song, off Trey&#39;s third album, <i>Ready</i>, is a perfect example of what Trey&#39;s strength is: singing about the joy of lovemaking.Lady Tee&#39;s back again and plans to dropped her 13th studio album June 9, 2009 via Stax Records. The album, <i>Congo Square</i>, takes it&#39;s name from an historical area in New Orleans. The sweet first single was &#34;Can’t Last a Day,&#34; a Kenny Gamble &amp; Leon Huff-influenced track that pairs Teena with the always-great Faith Evans.<p>This addictive ode to infatuation is off of Mario&#39;s <em>DNA</em> album, which dropped in October &#39;09.</p>You can&#39;t really tell by looking at her or listening to her sing, but Laura Izibor is an Irish R&amp;B singer straight outta Dublin. Her debut album, <i>Let the Truth Be Told</i>, was released in the U.S. on June 16 via Atlantic Records. Her warm-n-sunny current single, &#34;From My Heart to Yours,&#34; has been getting some play on VH1 Soul lately, as well as a few TV shows, including &#34;Grey&#39;s Anatomy&#34; and &#34;Ghost Whisperer.&#34; It&#39;s a catchy, upbeat summertime jam that once again proves that the U.S. isn&#39;t the only country that can produce quality R&amp;B/Soul singers.&#34;How It Was Supposed to Be,&#34; a song about lost love featuring Jadakiss, is an underrated song on an underrated album, Ryan Leslie&#39;s self-titled debut which dropped in February 2009. Ryan doesn&#39;t get nearly the props he deserves as an artist, but take it from your R&amp;B/Soul Guide, this song and his album are both solid from top to bottom.With &#34;It&#39;s Yours,&#34; the first single from his second album, J. Holiday picked up right where he left off back in &#39;07. &#34;It&#39;s Yours&#34; is almost as instantly catchy as his big hit &#34;Bed&#34; was, and is smooth, sexy and strongly sung.Novel is an R&amp;B singer-rapper who happens to be the grandson of legendary R&amp;B vocalist Solomon Burke. He released an EP called <i>I Am ... Future Black President</i> in 2008, but Novel&#39;s had problems sticking with a record label. But once he finds a home, 2010 might be his break-out year. In the meantime, check out his bitter - yet sweet-sounding - break-up song.