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Babyface and Brian McKnight are tender lovers on an old-school mission

Babyface and Brian McKnight are tender lovers on an old-school mission

Late last week, Babyface, the veteran R&B star, took to Steve Harvey's syndicated radio show to premiere a new solo single, "We've Got Love." A typically handsome mid-tempo number with plush keys and muscular bass, it's the lead single from an upcoming Babyface album, "Return of the Tender Lover," his first solo disc since the covers record "Playlist" in 2007. That title, as fans know, nods to "Tender Lover," Babyface's triple-platinum 1989 album. (It's the one that spawned the classic slow jam "Whip Appeal.") But in happy news for people prone to worrying that this kind of R&B has gone out of fashion, Babyface...

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