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Rihanna surprised fans on Thursday night when she dropped her first new music in three years.
Fans had given up hope that Rihanna would ever step back into the recording booth after she abandoned the music biz to pursue a career in cosmetics and fashion.
The 32-year-old Bajan singer is featured on Canadian singer PartyNextDoor's new track "Believe It." She croons on the chorus: "Babe, best make me believe it / Believe you won't deceive me," while PND praises her "pu$$y power".
The tune is Rihanna's first appearance on the music scene since she teamed up with N.E.R.D. on their track "Lemon" back in November 2017. But she hasn't released any of her own material since she dropped album Anti back in 2016.
Reflecting on Rihanna's "Believe It" appearance, one fan wrote on Twitter: "Rihanna trending #1 in the us and #2 worldwide for repeating 5 words for the entire song is just a power that some girls can never reach."
Another added: "2020 is officially saved. @rihanna made more music."
The track is the second time Rihanna has teamed up with PartyNextDoor, after he co-wrote the tune "Work" for her. "Believe It" is also the first single to be released from the musician's new album Partymobile - his first in four years - which dropped on Thursday at midnight.
PartyNextDoor & Rihanna - Believe It
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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is reportedly canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak in the US.
The Coachella music festival is held in April every year in Indio, California. Coachella and the follow up Stagecoach festival have been moved to October this year.
Artists who received top billing at Coachella in the past include Beyonce and Jay-Z, Kanye West, Ariana Grande, The Weekend, Tyler, the Creator, and more.
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This year's lineup included Doja Cat (pictured left), Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, Rage Against the Machine, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, 21 Savage, Big Sean, City Girls, Lana Del Rey, Lil Uzi Vert, FKA Twigs, Ari Lennox, Lil Nas X, and many more.
Music fans expressed their disappointment on social media. Many agree that organizers are overreacting to a virus that is no worse than the flu.
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Megan Thee Stallion dropped her much-anticipated album SUGA on Friday. The 28-year-old rapper also released the music video for her single "B.I.T.C.H.", which garnered 577K views on YouTube.
Despite a Texas judge warning him to clam up, Rap-A-Lot Records CEO J. Prince spoke out about Megan's contract dispute with her label.
J. Prince took to Instagram to share his thoughts about Megan's lawsuit against her boss Carl Crawford, CEO of 1501 Certified Entertainment.
Problems began when Megan signed a management deal with Jay-Z and Roc Nation. In a tearful video she claimed 1501 wouldn't let her drop new music.
She won a small victory in court when a judge granted a restraining order against Crawford preventing him from blocking her music release.
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"We have no problem negotiating with Megan but we do have a problem with dictators," Prince said, referring to Jay-Z and Roc Nation, whom he accused of "poaching" artists from Houston record labels.
The 54-year-old music exec noted that Megan's behavior is reckless and she's heading for self-destruction.
"Megan seems to be a perfect candidate for self destruction," Prince writes. "Any artist in the music industry will testify that a 40% profit share is a great deal especially for an unestablished artist that til this day has never delivered an album."
In a follow-up to his original post, Prince wrote:
"To end this I give credit to where credit is due. Megan along with her mother, who evidently could read (God rest her soul), negotiated a good deal. I extended my hand to meet with Megan, T Farris, and team personally for further negotiations. Unfortunately it never happened even though we’re all in Houston, because she’s being controlled by the very people who started this shit. The homie Carl was an angel in Megan's eyes when he was spending hundreds of thousands investing in her career. Now that he’s helped her become a successful artist she stopped paying him his percentage and views him as the devil. I'm glad money don’t make me. I make money."
Megan responded to Prince's posts, saying, "I am no one's property!"
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Atlanta rap artist Lil Baby has something to prove on his new track "Sum 2 Prove" off his upcoming album, My Turn, on Quality Control/Motown/Universal Music Group.
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The 25-year-old Sagittarius raps about finding success despite multiple setbacks. He also mentions his children, his baby mama, Jayda, and his enemies in his lyrics.
Lil Baby, real name Dominique Armani Jones, is best know for his 2017 mixtape Perfect Timing, recorded after his release from prison.
Yeah, my diamonds be VVS
They don't want to see on TV unless it's the news
I got sum'n 2 prove
Yea, I'm young, I got sum'n to lose
In the street, I done paid all my dues
No extortion, they talking 'bout literally
I be walking on beats, is you hearing me?
I just pray that my kids be as big as me
They can't get rid of me
Lil Baby - Sum 2 Prove
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Drake and Future Hendrix dropped a music video to accompany their new track "Life is Good." The single marks the reunion of the dynamic rap duo who teamed up for the mixtape What A Time to Be Alive in 2015.
In the video, Drake and Future portray everyday employees working 9-5 as garbage men, auto mechanics, bakery chefs, fast food workers, Apple store employees, and utility workers - while pursuing their dreams of being rappers.
Fellow rappers Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, and Mike Will Made-It make cameo appearances in the video. Directed by Director X.
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Fetty Wap remakes Outkast's hit "So Fresh, So Clean" with a new twist on the classic track, entitled "Fresh N Clean" (Stream the single here).
"Ain't nobody dope as me, I'm dressed so fresh/ Don't you think I'm so sexy? I'm dressed so fresh," the multi-platinum artist raps on the London On Da Track-produced single.
The 28-year-old New Jersey native is popular for his rap lyrics with drug and alcohol references, including "Trap Queen."
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Fetty was signed by 300 Entertainment in 2014. The one-eyed rapper is a family man who provides for his seven children and harem of baby mamas.
He famously denied fathering Love & Hip Hop star Alexis Sky's daughter, Alaiya.
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Ciara Wilson drops new music titled "Melanin" featuring Lupita Nyong'o's rap persona "Troublemaker", Ester Dean, City Girls and La La Anthony. The single celebrates dark skinned women and the men who love them.
"This is ultimately an anthem of self-love, which is a journey I've been on since my Beauty Marks album," says Ciara. "It celebrates the beautiful shades of culture that comprise the inner and outer beauty of everyone. Embracing the unique nature of our skin tones threads together the tapestry of humankind."
The project features Lupita's "Troublemaker" rap alter ego, first introduced last month on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Actress and socialite La La Anthony adds her Latina swagger to the song. Multiplatinum Miami hip-hop duo City Girls members JT and Yung Miami drop verses on the track.
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The song doubles as JT's first official release since her recent incarceration. "Melanin" was co-written and produced by Ester Dean, who also lent her vocals to the hook.
Purchase / stream "Melanin" HERE.
Stay tuned for the music video via Beauty Marks Entertainment/ADA.
Ciara - Melanin, ft. Lupita Nyong'o, La La, City Girls, Ester Dean
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Teyana Taylor drops sultry new single and music video "Morning" featuring Kehlani. The new track is the latest offering from her upcoming project, titled THE ALBUM, the the long-awaited follow-up to Teyana's instant classic KTSE.
The brand new single and steamy video are both available today via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings.
The multi-talented 28-year-old R&B superstar and Harlem native juggles her active life as a mother, songwriter, producer, director, dancer/choreographer, actor, fitness guru, and model.
The entire music video is a steamy make out session with Kehlani, 24. Teyana, who is openly bisexual, writhes and gyrates on fellow bisexual singer Kehlani, as she sings:
I ain't here to play no games
I'm gonna give it to you just how you want it
You can call me crazy
Maybe you just drive me crazy
When you touch on it.
"Morning" is the second advance track from THE ALBUM, following up the R&B smash "How You Want It? (HYWI?)" featuring up-and-coming rapper King Combs.
Teyana Taylor - Morning ft. Kehlani
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Grammy award-winning artist Miguel celebrated Halloween by releasing new music from his upcoming EP "Funeral". The entrancing song is currently available at all digital service providers via ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records.
"Send my regards to the mother and father/ 'Cause somebody's daughter I just f---ing slayed," he sings over a thumping drum track. "Blood on the carpet, it came from my heart/ Once I start I can't stop it/ And now we all pray."
Describing the new direction of the upcoming EP, Miguel states: "I'm releasing more music all the way into the new year but "Funeral" is the perfect song to get it started. I've been exploring darker tones and themes for some time, this song whets the imagination for what's to come."
The Funeral EP will continue to build with each new song until it's fully released this winter, says Sony.
Written and produced by Miguel, Deion Gill, Alekaei Savchenko and Arutiun Tamamian, "Funeral" marks the first official release from Miguel since his 2017 critically acclaimed album War & Leisure, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart and #9 on the Billboard 200 chart.
War & Leisure became Miguel's third #1 debut on the Billboard R&B Albums chart and garnered RIAA double Platinum certification for the hit single "Sky Walker," and Gold for the album.
Miguel - Funeral
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Brandy Norwood celebrates the 25th anniversary of her self-titled album by releasing a new single "Freedom Rings" (Brand Nu Entertainment/Entertainment One). The single is available now online.
"Freedom Rings" is the first track off Brandy's upcoming 7th studio album of the same title.
"Freedom Rings" is very emotional for the 40-year-old R&B Diva. She recently opened up about working on the track with producer LaShawn Daniels, who died tragically in a car accident at age 41 earlier this month.
"And me and Lashawn will shine again!" she sings on the track.
Brandy celebrates the 25th anniversary of Brandy, which was released on September 27, 1994. The album was a critical success and introduced the Moesha star to a new audience of fans.
Brandy was certified four-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and sold over 2 million copies in the U.S.