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Ben E. King, R&B Legend, Dead at 76

R&B legend Ben E. King, best known for his early ’60s hit “Stand By Me,” passed away Thursday at the age of 76, according to the singer’s publicist. The exact cause of death has not been released at press time. King got his start in music in the 1950s singing with a doo-wop group called the Five Crowns, but rose to fame when George Treadwell hired him, along with several […]


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Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Kanye West Debut ‘FourFiveSeconds’

Now here’s an odd duck trio.  Paul McCartney, Kanye West and badgalriri, Ms. Rihanna herself, have debuted their latest single, “FourFiveSeconds.” First of all, let’s pause.  Former Beatle Paul McCartney is suddenly breaking into hip-pop. Not that he hasn’t done so before; Sir Paul dipped his toe into hip-hop earlier this year with “Only One,” his collabo with Kanyeezy earlier this year. Way to stay relevant, icon. But back to […]


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Willow Smith Releases Spacey Mixtape ‘Interdimensional Tesseract’

Very few R&B/soul/hip-hop artists launch their acts by going to space.  Erykah Badu touches down on the zodiac, Andre 3000, and Janelle Monae from time to time, but it is a rarified bunch.  Well, Willow Smith, the zodiac’s newest member, has just joined the space age.  The 14-year-old prodigy of Will and Jada Smith recently dropped her three track mixtape called Interdimensional Tesseract.  Inter-what?  Exactly.  For those of you still […]


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‘Dumb Sh*t’ Launches Tyrese’s ‘Black Rose’

Smooth lover man Tyrese has been posting for months that he’s dropping his Last. Solo. Album. Ever. Black Rose.  It’s accompanied by a book and a documentary, A Black Rose That Grew Through Concrete, in which the singer/actor/author/model/motivational speaker remembers his hard-knock-live growing up in Watts.  Raised by a single mother, the young man was exposed to drugs, alcohol and nearly every other vice imaginable.  Before singing, his ultimate dream […]


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Beyoncé Leads the Pack at 2015 Grammys

Other R&B and hip-hop artists well represented

The 2015 Grammy Awards are upon us, and guess who has been nominated more than any other artist? That’s right, Ms. “7/11” herself – Beyoncé.  She’s probably spinning, spinning, spinning with her hands up right now.  (“I know you care!”).  Or she’s just taking it in stride.  After all, Beyoncé has now become the most nominated female in the history of the awards (52 noms / 17 wins) – even […]


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‘7/11’ Video Promotes ‘Beyoncé’ Platinum Edition

Beyoncé is teasing us with a new song from the re-release of what history may show to be the greatest surprise release of all time—2013’s self-titled album Beyoncé.  In the new Platinum Edition box set, the “visual album” will feature the entire original track list, footage of live performances from the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, remixes, and even a couple of new songs.  “7/11” is one of those newbies, and Beyoncé‘s going […]


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Jazmine Sullivan to Return with ‘Reality Show’

Remember that girl who sang that big woman-scorned anthem, “Bust Your Windows”? She was sultry, soulful and super pissed. That song, which topped the Billboard charts and won a Grammy nomination, was fire. And that girl was Jazmine Sullivan. The revenge-fantasy song was featured on her Grammy-nominated debut album, Fearless. She followed it up with one of my faves, “Lions, Tigers & Bears,” and another chart-topper, “Holding You Down (Goin’ […]


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Tinashe ‘Aquarius’ – Album Review

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As I wrote in my previous article, 21-year-old LA native Tinashe is the hottest young thang jumpin’ out of the R&B gate today. But does her new album, Aquarius, live up to the hype? Yes, it does—but it’s kind of a bait-and-switch. The girl draws us in with her bouncy fly-girl “Mya”-like persona, but she keeps us still with her moody, mysterious, pioneering vision. She’s not who I thought she […]


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Who is Tinashe?

She loves to get “2 On,” and now she’s about to get her first one on with the October 7th release of her debut album, Aquarius. This is all good for R&B’s newest sweetheart, Tinashe, who is a dance step away from being the next Mya. Bright sugary voice mixed with explicit lyrics, sultry attitude and Ciara-level dance moves – and yeah, you get Tinashe. “2 On” shot to # […]


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Jennifer Hudson ‘JHUD’ – Album Review

RCA (2014)

I always felt like Jennifer Hudson never really had a hit single that matched the vocal ferocity of her performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” in Dreamgirls. But with the release of her third studio album, JHUD, the Dreamgirl finally has some material worthy of her. Maybe it’s the free-bird Donna Summer-channeling vibe she brings to the project. Maybe it’s the “I Got This” diva swag […]


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Chris Brown ‘X’ – Album Review

RCA (2014)

I’m just going to assume that Chris Brown’s latest effort, X, is totally about his ex, Rihanna. This collection of sad, reflective, as well as upbeat dance songs gives you two sides of the embattled singer – his somber Dr. Jekyll and his bouyant Mr. Hyde. Jail has apparently humbled and matured the 25-year-old. First, we see a sensitive young man trying to reshape his image and move past his […]


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Soulful New Songs Leaked for Chris Brown’s Upcoming Album ‘X’

With only a couple of days until Chris Brown’s highly anticipated sixth album, X, drops (September 16), several soulful singles have appeared, providing insight into the possible state of Chris Brown’s own soul. Officially, we have “New Flame,” featuring Rick Ross and Usher. Unofficially, we have “Autumn Leaves” and “Drunk Texting” featuring Jhené Aiko. In “New Flame” Usher and Breezy are dressed in snow white finery, surrounded by a pool of fine […]


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Beyoncé, Pop Princesses Rule Video Music Awards

Well, it was definitely ladies’ night last night. The 2014 Video Music Awards was a tribute to all the female pop stars in the Hollywood-verse. From moon mans, to extravagant showmanship, to emotional breakdowns, to Beyoncé’s 15-minute set and Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award (presented by none other than hubby Jay Z) – the night played it safe, but was still one to remember. (Click here to watch all the […]


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Jhené Aiko To Release “Souled Out” Debut Album

She sailed into the music scene like a gentle, barefooted breeze.  A Japanese/African-American/Native American singer who specializes in soft soul and sultry rap, Jhené Aiko stands out in a packed crowd.  With a charming knack for calm, she has even been compared to the likes of Sade.  Last year, Jhené released her EP, Sail Out, which was well received by critics.  Now she is slated to release her debut album […]


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Robin Thicke’s Dramatic Plunge

How the “Blurred Lines” singer went from chart topper to bottom dweller in one short year

My, my, my.  If you ever needed proof of how fickle the public can be, all you need to do is look at the sales numbers from last week’s release of Robin Thicke’s latest album Paula. At this time last year, Thicke had the top song of the spring/summer.  “Blurred Lines” was tearing up the radio, and its accompanying NSFW music video was filling the screens of mobile devices around […]


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