Brian McKnight, '4th of July': Exclusive Song Premiere

Brian McKnight

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Two years after releasing "Just Me" -- sans last year's viral sensation, "If You're Ready to Learn" -- Brian McKnight returns with his 15th studio album, "More Than Words" (March 19).

In anticipation for the release of the full-length, The Juice is exclusively premiering the singer's second single, "4th of July." Listen below.

As Brian McKnight debuts the self-written and produced by track, his first single, "Sweeter," remains at No. 12 on Adult R&B Songs chart for three weeks to date.

"More Than Words" also features Colbie Caillat on the title track."We were on a plane together, and I didn't realize who she was 'cause I don't know anybody's face," he told Billboard in November. "We started talking, then she came by my house and we wrote this really great tune."

Brian McKnight didn't think of radio when creating "More Than Words," but instead went with what felt right to him. "I kinda went back to that period between '88 and '94 where I felt like I was the most creative, without being hindered by powers that be," he said. "I was no longer going to try to hinder myself to what I thought was going to be on the radio. I went back and listened to the first three albums I made and tried to figure out what was special about them, why people keep going back to them. I think it was because I didn't know what I was doing. I had no idea if they were going to play it on the radio or anything. All I did was write songs, so that's what I got back to."

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