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R&B crooner Tank dropped new music to calm his fans in quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 44-year-old singer/songwriter locked himself in his home studio and delivered a six-song feel-good EP for R&B lovers.

Tank recorded While You Wait, accompanied only by a piano. He released the album via R&B Money to further his commitment to keeping the R&B genre alive and thriving. The EP is written, produced, and performed by Tank.

Tank states, "When I decided to do this EP, I wanted to give my fans something different and special, given the times we're in. Just my piano and me. I wanted to bring this back to the basics of R&B."

He goes on to say: "'Perfect' honors all things that make a grown man happy with his woman. Even with their perceived flaws...You're perfect for me."

Tank is best known for his chart-topping hits like "Please Don't Go", "Next Breath", "When We", and "Dirty".

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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.

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The Blast Off! Tour kicked off at First Direct Arena in Leeds, England presented by KISSTORY FM radio. The all-star line-up included live performances from American old skool hip-hop artists Eve (pictured), Nelly (below), Salt N Pepa, Shaggy, Mya and Blu Cantrell.

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The Blast Off! Tour was hosted by American hype man and hip-hop personality Fatman Scoop and featured exclusive appearances by the UK garage all-stars.

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This is the first time a tour of this format has been done in the UK. The tour will be coming to Cardiff, Nottingham, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Birmingham throughout March.

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KISSTORY is a UK radio station and sister station to KISS that plays "Non-Stop Old Skool and Anthems".

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Check out the photos from the Leeds show, courtesy of London-based WENN.com!

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Tamar Braxton says she relates to the "Crazy Kinda Love" she sings about in her new single featured in True to the Game 2, the sequel to the best-selling urban novel by Teri Woods.
 

 

The Grammy-nominated singer released a snippet of her song exclusively with Billboard.com. The full single arrives on digital streaming platforms on Friday, March 6. The 42-year-old reality TV star says singing about crazy relationships made her fall in love with music all over again.

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Tamar, who divorced Vincent Herbert after 11 years of marriage, is currently dating financial guru David Adefeso.

True to Game 2 stars Vivica A. Fox, Andra Fuller, Erica Peeples, Jeremy Meeks, Iyana Halley and Lil Mama. With appearances by Rotimi, Braxton, Faith Evans, Waka Flocka, Bernice Burgos, and more.

Produced by Manny Hailey and directed by Jamal Hill, True to the Game 2 picks up a year after the first installment of True to the Game (2017). Separating herself from Philly's dangerous scene while still mourning the death of Quadir (Columbus Short), Gena (Erica Peeples) has reinvented herself as a journalist, living and working in NYC.

True to the Game 2 is in select theaters in Spring 2020.
 

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Public Enemy has parted ways with hypeman Flavor Flav over a political dispute involving Bernie Sanders.

The iconic rap group announced it was "moving forward without" Flavor Flav as its hypeman for the first time in 35 years.

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The decision to terminate Flavor Flav's employment came after the rapper sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Vermont Senator after Chuck D performed at Sanders' Los Angeles campaign rally on Sunday.

The C&D letter, sent by Flavor Flav's lawyer, accused the Sanders campaign of using the rapper's "unauthorized likeness, image and trademarked clock" to promote the rally. The letter stated Flavor Flav "has not endorsed any political candidate."

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Flavor Flav noted that Chuck D performed at the campaign rally without Public Enemy, "and his voice alone does not speak for Public Enemy."

"Those who truly know what Public Enemy stands for know what time it is. There is no Public Enemy without Flavor Flav."

In his own handwriting at the bottom of the letter, Flavor Flav wrote, "Hey Bernie, don't do this."

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Flavor, real name William Drayton Jr., 60, and Chuck D, born Carlton Ridenhour, 59, are original members of PE since the group was formed with members Chuck D, Professor Griff, DJ Lord and Terminator X in Long Island, NY, in 1985.

Public Enemy's first 4 albums went gold or platinum. They won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in 2020.

After the group went on hiatus, Flavor Flav reappeared on VH1's reality TV The Surreal Life in 2004, followed by Strange Love with Flavor and Brigitte Nielson in 2005.

He is best known as the host of VH1's reality TV dating show Flavor of Love.
 

 

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R&B crooner Usher teased his new single "Confessions Pt. 3" during a live set at the Cricket Lounge, where he previewed songs from his upcoming album.

The 41-year-old was the target of lawsuits from multiple women and one man, each accusing him of giving them herpes. The lawsuits were quietly settled out of court last year. The terms of the settlements - and whether any cash was paid out - were not disclosed.

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But a clip from his live set left his fans wondering if he's trying to tell them something. Usher seems to allude to a "sickness" on "Confessions Pt. 3".

    "Remember that time I was sitting up sick, couldn't sleep on the middle of the night? / And you said bae let me take you to the ER / I said 'Nah, Imma be alright / Well, the next day I found out from f*cking around that the sickness I had was life / And I was fixed with the decision to keep it / Knowing I had to get rid of it, rid of it, live with it / He don't know, I don't know, we had to deal with it."

The song concludes with: "That's the test to see if you're strong."

Then, addressing the audience directly, Usher says, "You realize what I just told you? You don't realize it, huh? Well, you can play it back."
 


 

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R&B songstress Mya secretly married someone in the Seychelles Islands last year, but, oddly, the identity of her new husband was unknown. Now it is revealed that Mya married the only person who won't break her heart: herself.

Photos of Mya wearing a wedding dress caused a stir on social media as Mya's fans and Internet sleuths rushed to identity her new husband.

Then on Friday morning, Mya posted a new photo of her wedding dress. According to PEOPLE, the image was from a music video.

"Thank you for all of the beautiful messages & happy V-day," she captioned the image. She signed the post "Officially, Mrs. Lansky."
 

Mya then dropped a new song "The Truth" on Friday afternoon. The imagery featured the 40-year-old singer marrying herself in an intimate ceremony.

Mya, who was born Mýa Marie Harrison, has been linked to NFL star DeSean Jackson and former NFL player Larry Johnson.

She hasn't dated anyone publicly since breaking up with rappers Jay-Z and The Game.
 

 

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Alicia Keys turned heads as she headed into the NRJ Radio station to promote her upcoming album on Tuesday evening.

Despite the chilly weather, the musician, 39, flashed her toned abs and her body jewels in a white cropped top with multicolored paint printed pants and a white puffer coat.

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Alicia, who went makeup-free a few years ago, showed off her glowing complexion, as fans snapped selfies with her. Alicia shares two sons with husband Swizz Beatz, 41.

The pop singer paid tribute to NBA star Kobe Bryant at the Grammy Awards hours on Sunday, hours after he died in a helicopter crash.

"None of us can still believe it now, to this day. It was definitely a crazy feeling because literally minutes before we were going to do something else. We had to really figure out how could we properly honor him in his house [LA's Staples Center] on this night."

Alicia enlisted three members from Boyz II Men to sing their hit "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye to Yesterday" in honor of Kobe.

Alicia has been promoting her her seventh studio album, Alicia, which is set for release in March, ahead of her 49-date world tour which kicks on June 5 at Dublin's 3Arena.

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Kanye West has booked his Sunday Service choir to sing at a controversial evangelical event this weekend.

The rapper's gospel choir is booked to perform at Awaken 2020, a religious gathering that has sparked outrage from the LGBTQ community for its lineup of speakers.

The event is scheduled for the Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona on Saturday, Jan. 18.

Cindy Jacobs, who has been openly hostile towards gay marriage, and Lou Engle, an advocate of Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill, are booked to speak during the event, WENN.com reports.

Engle had high praise for Kanye, who gave up secular music to lead the unwashed masses to Jesus.

"We believe Kanye is a sign to this nation that in a moment, thousands and thousands can be swept into the kingdom when (God) converts key people and their voices will be like thunder," Engle told The Western Journal.

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Kanye, 42, was not fazed by the backlash on social media. The producer and his wife Kim Kardashian, 39, watched the LA Lakers defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Staples Center on Jan. 13.

Fans online expressed their indignation and outrage that Kanye has agreed to allow his choir to perform at the religious gathering.

"People will still stan (stalk) Kanye despite him legitimizing and supporting radical anti-LGBTQ evangelicals/bigots," one fan tweeted, while another wrote: "What a f--king a--hole".

Kanye is rumored to be taking his Sunday Service choir on a world tour later this year.

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Jackie Jackson, right, and his brother Tito Jackson returned to Indiana for a hometown performance at a school they last visited nearly 50 years ago.

The brothers returned to Indiana to visit students at West Side Leadership Academy in their native hometown of Gary.

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The 2 oldest members of the famed Jackson 5, who last performed at the high school in 1971 for their TV special Goin' Back to Indiana, also toured the performing arts classrooms, before being treated to a live demonstration of the orchestra, dance, voice, and recording lessons the pupils have taken part in.

"You guys are so good," Jackie, 68, gushed while hugging student singer Taylor Iman, who performed the band's hit "I'll Be There," according to WENN.com.

The singers also shared advice about how to make it in the music and entertainment industries.

"You have to work hard," Tito, 66, advised, while Jackie encouraged the kids to "follow their dreams and never give up."

The Jackson 5 also featured siblings Jermaine, 65, Marlon, 62, and Michael, who died at age 50 in 2009.

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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.

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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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Eminem responded to Nick Cannon's diss track that implies a sex tape exists that shows him in a compromising position with another man.

On Monday, Nick dropped his diss track, titled "The Invitation". The track was in response to Eminem calling out Nick's ex-wife, pop star Mariah Carey, in a verse on Fat Joe's new track "Lord Above".

Eminem also called the entertainment mogul "whipped" and "neutered" among other insults.

    "I know me and Mariah didn't end on a high note/But that other dude's whipped, that pussy got him neutered/Tried to tell him this chick's a nut job before he got his jewels clipped/Almost got my caboose kicked, fool, quit, you not gon' do shit/I let her chop my balls off too, 'fore I lost to you, Nick."

On T.I.'s podcast ExpediTIously, Nick said he responded to Eminem's insults to prove to his ex-wife that he's a man. The 39-year-old Libra said he went to Detroit looking for the Slim Shady rap star.

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"I called managers," Nick said. "I gotta show my wife I'm a man. I said, 'I know I'm not gonna be able to out rap you but I will whoop your ass.' Those were the exact words at the time. Cooler heads prevailed."

"The Invitation" features an intro from imprisoned Death Row Records founder Suge Knight calling out Eminem before Nick raps:

    "I heard your chauffeur got a video of you suckin' a c**k
    You paid him off, then laid him off, now who really the opp?
    Suge called me the new 'Pac, I ain't no killer but don't push me
    How the f**k y'all got me battlin' Elvis Pussly?"

In response to a tweet by HotNewHipHop.com, Nick said Eminem unleashed his lawyers.

"FACTS! His lawyers didn't want that one out! They already on my line," Nick tweeted.

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Eminem waited until Monday night to respond to Nick's diss. The 47-year-old Libra demanded an apology from Nick.

Eminem tweeted: "U mad bro? Stop lying on my d**k. I never even had a chauffeur, you bougie f**k."

He later added: "I demand an apology Nicholas, you've made my gardener so jealous!"

Their feud stems from an ongoing beef between Mariah and Eminem that dates back to 2009, when she released the hit single "Obsessed", about a man who claims to be having a relationship with her. An accompanying visual featured the "Hero" singer dressed to look like Eminem

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The Slim Shady star claimed he once had a relationship with Mariah that lasted for six months. But Mariah has always denied the claim. The 49-year-old Aries shares 8-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe with Nick.

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Earth, Wind & Fire became the first all-Black group or band to be inducted into the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Three original members of the group, (L-R) Verdine White, Ralph Johnson and Philip Bailey were on hand to accept the honor.

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White passed away in 2016 at age 74, but Johnson said White's spirit lives on in his music.

"You can't play any Earth Wind & Fire songs without Maurice's DNA being on it, so he's always here and we're always celebrating him and his vision," Johnson told Billboard pre-show. "People are still coming together and having fun."

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Earth, Wind and Fire will mark their 50th anniversary next summer. White founded Earth, Wind & Fire in Chicago. He hand picked the musicians for his R&B, Soul and Funk band, including his brothers Verdine and Fred White.

Verdine, 68, said the group had "a special chemistry from day one, because we were all hand-picked by Maurice. He had a vision and he knew what he wanted, so here we are."

Cynthia Erivo, John Legend, the Jonas Brothers and Ne-Yo performed a medley of EWF hits in an ensemble finale of "September."

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LL Cool J, who became the first rapper inducted into Kennedy Center Honors in 2017 and emceed this year's event, said "You know, we've come a long way, but it shows you how far we have to go when we're still talking about firsts."

As for his record-breaking first, the 51-year-old Capricorn said, "I'm just grateful it was me; that's a record that can't be broken. Impossible to break. That's dope."

The 42nd Kennedy Center Honors will air on CBS on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 8pm. Click here to see the full list of honorees.

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Lizzo rocked the house in a white bodysuit and red Santa Claus-inspired robe during her performance at the KISS-FM Jingle Ball concert at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas on Tuesday.

Lizzo opened her 25-minute set with her hits "Good As Hell" and "Water Me". She was one of six acts taking the stage at the annual Christmas music festival. Other performers on the bill included Sam Smith, Camila Cabello, Charlie Puth, Lauv, and the boy band Why Don't We.

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She finished the set by performing crowd favorites "Cuz I Love You", "Juice", and "Truth Hurts".

"There's a lot of love in the building tonight," she told the frenzied crowd.

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Lizzo surprised her fans over the weekend when she stripped naked for a photo shoot on Instagram as a body positive message to her haters.

In the images, Lizzo uses her long hair weave to preserve her modesty as she strikes a series of confident poses on a red sofa.

Lizzo, 31, is no stranger to going naked - she also posed in her birthday suit for the cover of her 2019 album Cuz I Love You.

And she recently curled up in a bathtub full of rainbow Skittles. She captioned the kinky shot:

"TASTE THE RAINBOW BITCH— if you ever wondered what my coochie taste like.... Puttin the Queen in Halloween".


 

 

Rapper French Montana released another hospital photo to promote his upcoming album, Montana, set to drop on Dec. 6.

In the photo posted on Instagram.com Tuesday, Montana is seen doing pushups on the floor of a hospital room. A handicap toilet sits against a wall in the background. EKG leads are attached to his chest.

The caption reads:

"CANT KEEP ME DOWN !!
Been workin hard on my new album and I'm so proud to announce it's coming THIS FRIDAY !!! #MONTANA The music is keepin my spirit alive ???? THANK YOU to my fans, love y’all for ridin with me thru this journey".

This is the 2nd hospital photo the rapper has released in a week, prompting his followers to accuse him of using his hospital stay as a publicity stunt for his album.

The 35-year-old rapper was hospitalized on Nov. 21, after he collapsed at home and complained of abdominal/chest pain, nausea and shortness of breath. Medics who responded to his home reported he had an elevated heart rate (palpitations).

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Kanye West released his dark music video for his single "Closed On Sunday". It's fitting that Kanye released the visual on Thanksgiving Day since it's basically a plug for Chick-fil-A fast food restaurants.

The single is off his newly released platinum album Jesus Is King, which he describes as "an expression of the gospel." Listen to Jesus Is King here.

The video opens with Kanye watching over his wife, Kim Kardashian-West and their children, North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm, as they sleep on a rock formation in the desert.

In the next scene we see a caravan of light armored vehicles arriving in the desert, ready to do battle against unseen forces. The music video has an apocalyptic end-of-days tone to it.

After taking group portraits, Kanye climbs a rock formation to commune with God. "Follow Jesus, listen and obey," he raps. "No more livin' for the culture, we nobody's slave."

    I pray to god that he'll strengthen my hand
    They will think twice steppin' onto my land
    I draw the line, it's written in the sand
    Try me and you will see that I ain't playin'


    Now, back up off my family, move your hands
    I got my weapons in the spirit's land
    I, Jezebel don't even stand a chance
    Jezebel don't even stand a chance

Everyone's favorite part of the video is the final shot - when little North screams "CHIC-FIL-AAAAA!"
 

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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.

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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.
 

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Alicia Keys will host the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, set to take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020.

Keys, 38, also hosted the 2019 Grammy Awards. Jack Sussman, Executive VP of music and live specials at CBS Entertainment, called Alicia "the ultimate musically credible MC and talent who brings everything you’d want to hosting big event television."

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Alicia, winner of 15 Grammy awards, says she didn't hesitate to accept the honor.

"At first, I did think last year was a one-time thing, but when the opportunity came back around, there was no question about returning as host of the Grammy Awards. Last year was such a powerful experience for me. Not only did I feel the love in the room, but I felt it from around the world, and it confirmed the healing and unifying power of music."

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Skeptics griped that the mother of two sacrificed her youngest son, Genesis, 4, to curry favor with liberal Hollywood.

Alicia posted an Instagram video in which she complained that Genesis worries about being bullied if he paints his nails in rainbow colors.

Many viewers thought Genesis was simply too young to make such a life-altering decision, and that Alicia encouraged him to explore his sexuality to appease Hollywood liberals.

One Instagram user wrote:

"Whatever happened to tonka trucks and baseball bats etc for a 4yr old. Dear Parents it's time to do better. We are who God created boy, girl, man and woman and we can't change that and it's definitely not up for debate."

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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.
 

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Grammy Award-nominated R&B superstar Tank released his long-awaited new album Elevation on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Elevation is available today via R&B Money/Atlantic Records at all DSPs and streaming services HERE.

Elevation marks Tank's first new album release since 2017’s Savage, which spawned the RIAA platinum-certified hit, "When We". The track spent 13 weeks atop the Billboard and Mediabase Urban AC charts.

The 43-year-old singer/songwriter is also celebrating the release of Elevation with an official companion video for "I Don't Think You're Ready".

 

Elevation features production and songwriting by Tank, alongside longtime collaborator J Valentine, Cardiak, Harmony, Doh Boy, and more. In addition to the aforementioned guests, the album features collabos with stars, including Candice Boyd, Carvena Jones, Chris Brown, Dantè, Dontaÿ, Dunteá, Feather, JoJo, Keith Sweat, Luke James, Major, Omari Hardwick, and Shawn Stockman.

"ELEVATION is about going to the next level," says Tank, "rising to the occasion of success and giving my fans the best music I have to give. R&B is my legacy and in my veins. I want to lead the charge to bring it back to its rightful place at the top of the charts."

Tank is currently promoting Elevation by traveling as a special guest on Fantasia's "The Sketchbook Tour," alongside fellow special guests Robin Thicke and The Bonfyre. The dates culminate December 1st at Raleigh, NC’s PNC Arena.

A limited number of VIP packages are still available for most dates – for complete details and remaining ticket information, please visit www.therealtank.com.
 

 

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The long wait is finally over: former rapper Kanye West released his long anticipated 9th studio album JESUS IS KING on Friday. Kanye released the long-awaited album in conjunction with the global release of his IMAX film of the same name.

With the release of this gospel album Kanye retired from recording secular rap music, which he has referred to as the devil's music.

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The gospel album is available in digital downloads and in exclusive blue vinyl on Kanye's website.

Fans can listen to the album digitally or order exclusive blue vinyl albums in limited editions.

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Also available on Kanye's online store are t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and sweatpants with JESUS IS KING emblazoned on them.

Kanye brings his rolling gospel revival Sunday Service Experience to The Forum in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 27th. Tickets can be ordered at Ticketmaster.com.
 

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Ciara Wilson relies on her 2 minor children, son Future Zahir, 5, and daughter Sienna Princess, 2, to choose the music she releases. "They're like my little A&Rs," she told guest host Justin Hartley during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday.

The 33-year-old part-time Seattle homemaker says she relies on the intuition of her minor children to tell her whether she has a chart-topping hit on her hands.

"They let me know if something is right or if it's not. And they are like 10 for 10 with their reaction. The way you kind of know, the songs have to have the ABC element," she said.

Ciara married Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in 2016 and they share daughter Sienna. Promiscuous rapper Future Hendrix, 35, fathered her son Future Zahir.

All parents believe their children are geniuses with above average intelligence, and Ciara is no exception.

"So when they hear a song, and they can sing it back within the next few hours or right after hearing it, you know you're onto something right. And that's how they were with songs like Level Up."

Ciara, a native of Austin, Texas who graduated from Riverdale High School in Atlanta, is best known for her chart-topping hit "Goodies" from her 2004 debut album of the same title.

Her debut album also spawned the hit singles "1, 2 Step", "Oh" and "And I".

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In 2006, Ciara's 2nd studio album Ciara: The Evolution spawned the hit singles "Get Up", "Promise", "Like a Boy" and "Can't Leave 'em Alone".

But she hasn't had much chart success since then. That's why she is fortunate to have her children help her choose new music.

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Ciara is sure her kids get their musical intuition from her. "I graduated when I was 17 years old and I was on camera going, 'I see myself having a No. 1 song on the Billboard chart and da da da,' and I was declaring what I foresaw happening or what I believed could happen."

She recalled hearing "Goodies" on the radio for the first time when she was in a fast food restaurant in Atlanta.

"My dream came true in every way I could have imagined and more."

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Lizzo is not playing with people who seek to profit from her success as a singer/songwriter. The 31-year-old Detroit native filed legal action against two songwriters who claimed she stole the lyrics to her No. 1 hit "Truth Hurts".

Songwriting team Justin and Jeremiah Raisen accused the "Juice" singer of stealing the line "I just took a DNA test and found out I'm 100% that bitch". They later confessed they stole the lyric from Black British rapper, Mina Lioness, for a song called "Healthy".

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Lizzo took offense to the claims that she stole the lyrics from them. "There was no one in the room when I wrote 'Truth Hurts,' except me, Ricky Reed, and my tears," she wrote on Instagram. "That song is my life, and its words are my truth."

Lizzo added that the line in question was inspired by a meme she spotted on social media that was in turn inspired by a Twitter post by singer Mina Lioness that read, "I did a DNA test and found out I'm 100% that bitch."

Lizzo said she added Mina's name to the song credits as co-songwriter so she can get paid.

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Lizzo's attorney, Cynthia Arato, confirmed to Pitchfork that she filed a lawsuit this week on the singer's behalf.

"Today we filed a lawsuit on Lizzo's behalf to establish, in a court of law, that the Raisens are not writers of ”Truth Hurts” and have no right to profit from the song's success. The Raisens did not collaborate with Lizzo or anyone else to create the song, and they did not help write any of the material that they now seek to profit from, which is why they expressly renounced any claim to the work, in writing, months ago, as the lawsuit makes abundantly clear. Although it is all too commonplace for successful artists to be subjected to these type of opportunistic claims, it is nevertheless disappointing that Lizzo had to take this step to put an end to the Raisens' false claims and their campaign of harassment."

'90s singer CeCe Peniston also accused the morbidly obese singer of plagiarizing her "Ya ya ee" ad-libs from her house music hit "Finally".

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Cece Peniston is the 3rd songwriter to accuse pop star Lizzo of plagiarizing their work. Earlier this week, songwriting team Justin and Jeremiah Raisen accused the "Truth Hurts" singer of stealing the line "I just took a DNA test and found out I'm 100% that bitch".

But they later confessed they stole the lyric from Black British rapper, Mina Lioness, for a song called "Healthy".

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Then '90s house music star CeCe Peniston (pictured) accused the morbidly obese singer of stealing her "YaYa EE" ad-lib for "Juice" from her dance track "Finally" without permission.

"For everybody who thought I was exaggerating on my claims of #copyrightinfringement please go check out the article I'm the the #3rd person who has said something," Peniston wrote on Instagram.com on Thursday.

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"... just for the record and so you understand ... anytime anybody uses a song over 7 seconds thats using a "portion" of their copyright, Lizzo not only takes over that, she’s used several times adding up to about 40 seconds, its my lyric it's written down as well , it's the signature to the opening in my song #finally and all commercials are using it from the "Adlib" section because they know it's catchy sooo #notjustanadlib it's a check !!!! @umpg @atlanticrecords".

So far, no copyright lawsuits have been filed.
 

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For everybody who thought I was exaggerating on my claims of #copyrightinfringement please go check out the article I’m the the #3rd person who has said something @lizzobeeating #cecepeniston #lizzo #music #yaayumsong #finally #mysong just for the record and so you understand ... anytime anybody uses a song over 7 seconds thats using a “portion” of their copyright , Lizzo not only takes over that , she’s used several times adding up to about 40 seconds , its my lyric it’s written down as well , it’s the signature to the opening in my song #finally and all commercials are using it from the “Adlib “ section because they know it’s catchy sooo “#notjustanadlib it’s a check !!!! @umpg @atlanticrecords

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Columbia Records signed rapper Tyga to a multi-million dollar record deal, Variety.com reports exclusively. The 29-year-old rapper saw modest success with his track "Taste" featuring rapper Offset in 2018.

Tyga, born Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson, tells Variety his decision to sign with Columbia was a no-brainer: he was broke and he needed the cash.

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"They definitely understand the global brand," he said. "I have a lot of fans worldwide — in places I've never been like South America, and in places I have been like Asia and Europe. They can help bring that to a larger scale. Doing it independently, you don't really have those teams to help worldwide. Sony, if you look at the history from what they've done from Pharrell to Beyonce to Adele — then you look at Lil Nas X, one of their new artists that's blown up this year — they’ve done a lot for artists globally, for their brand. That's why I wanted to partner up with them."

Tyga is best known for his first hit song "Rack City" which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Top 100 in 2011.

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Tyga blames his money woes on his career as an independent artist. He has been evicted from half a dozen mansions and his fleet of luxury vehicles have all been repossessed.

"The independent thing taught me a lot," he says. "It was a do-it-yourself motto — learning how to get from point A to point B. Now doing a deal through Columbia, it's like I already know the ropes."

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Were you wondering whatever happened to hitmaker NE-YO? Well, he's back and ready for the holiday season with 5 newly-penned Christmas songs. The 3-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter celebrates the joyous season by releasing his first Christmas album, titled Another Kind Of Christmas (Motown Records/Compound Entertainment).

The album song list includes "Just Ain't Christmas" which NE-YO says captures the pain of a Christmas Eve break-up, while the playful double entendres of "Open Mine Tonight" explains what goes down after the kids go to bed.

The festive album also includes Christmas standards by superstar Stevie Wonder and the late singers Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Nat King Cole. Other collaborators include Candice Boyd, Satori, Dre Island, And RaVaughn.

NE-YO, a 39-year-old Libra, reimagined versions of Christmas classics – including "Someday At Christmas," a plea for peace written for Stevie Wonder during the Vietnam War. The song was covered by The Jackson 5 on their Motown Christmas album.

NE-YO also covers Marvin Gaye's "I Want To Come Home For Christmas," that was inspired by the plight of prisoners of war.

NE-YO says, of the album "See you this Holiday season and every holiday season after! Think you're gonna love it that much!"

Another Kind Of Christmas Track Listing

1. This Christmas
2. Talk About It
3. Carol Of The Bells feat. Candice Boyd
4. Open Mine Tonight
5. Just Ain't Christmas
6. Christmas Vibez feat. Satori and Dre Island
7. Merry Christmas Baby
8. I Want To Come Home For Christmas
9. The Christmas Song
10. Someday At Christmas feat. RaVaughn
11. It's For Everybody
 

NE-YO - "Just Ain't Christmas"

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Quality Control Records is celebrating the release of City Girls member J.T. from a Florida prison with a new track titled "First Day Out". The label dropped new music by the ex-convict beauty, pictured left, who was arrested for credit card fraud.

The 28-year-old rapper, who was born Jatavia Shakara Johnson, rushed into a studio to record her new single. She calls out her haters, issues threats to b*tches, and brags about getting bags.

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City Girls member Yung Miami, right, doesn't make an appearance on the track. She is currently pregnant with her second child and reportedly considering quitting the music biz after an attempt on her life at a Miami recording studio.
 

City Girls - First Day Out

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After months of delays, Kanye West's long-anticipated Jesus Is King gospel album is finally here. But not everyone is impressed.

Jesus Is King is just 35 minutes long and relies heavily on Biblical texts.

Fox News called Jesus Is King "an evangelical rant about the evils of the modern world."

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Kanye held listening parties in Detroit, Chicago and New York City over the weekend. While in New York, Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian-West took their children, North West, 6, Saint West, 3, and 1-year-old Chicago West to Cipriani's for lunch before holding his Sunday Service.

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After dropping his album Kanye surprised fans by announcing he will stop making secular music and focus only on gospel music.

The announcement was met with skepticism and shock.

Many social media users believe Kanye is suffering from a mental illness characterized by religious fanaticism.

Religious fanaticism is defined as an obsessive enthusiasm and hypercritical devotion to religion.

Religious fanaticism is linked to many psychiatric illness, including Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, Anti-Social Personality Disorder, depression and anxiety.

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Kanye West treated lucky fans to an advance preview of his album Jesus Is King in Detroit, Michigan on Friday night.

The rapper was supposed to drop his highly anticipated gospel album on Friday, but instead, he hastily organized a mystery fan get together in Detroit.

Earlier in the day, a spokesperson at the Fox Theater told Rolling Stone magazine the star booked the event on the same day and refused to share further details.

The spokesperson said he usually doesn't book the theater on the same day - but it's Kanye West!

Lucky ticket holders who attended the gathering, dubbed Jesus Is King: A Kanye West Experience, enjoyed a sneak preview of the long-awaited gospel album.

The event was free but ticket holders were asked to surrender their phones during the secretive event to prevent leaks. The preview session also featured a video clip from Kanye's upcoming IMAX documentary, Jesus Is Lord.

The Yeezy mogul's wife Kim Kardashian shared a clip online of fans cheering the star as he made a special appearance.

She later took to her Instagram stories to announce the project was set to drop on Sunday, in addition to more listening sessions to be held in his native Chicago and NYC.

"Kanye's doing a listening session in Chicago tomorrow, then NYC (New York City) Sunday. He's dropping the album Sunday. Just a few final tweaks to the mixes."

The 12-track album reportedly includes the previously released track "Water", which he debuted at one of his Sunday Service gospel gatherings earlier this year, along with tunes including "Follow God", "New Body", "Up From the Ashes", and "Sunday".
 

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Latin Grammys bosses defended this year's Latin Grammy nominations following social media attacks from urban acts who were shut out of the major categories.

Daddy Yankee (pictured above) and J Balvin led the backlash following the announcement of the nominations on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Critics claimed the Latin Recording Academy voters favored Latin artists for the top prizes, while ignoring urban artists.

These artists weren't included in the Record of the Year, Song of the Year, or Album of the Year categories - despite the fact they dominated streaming services over the last year.

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Balvin (pictured) wrote, in Spanish, "Without reggaeton, there are no Latin Grammys."

While Daddy Yankee added:

"Despite being nominated, I don't agree with the way they treated the genre and a lot of my colleagues. Remember one very important thing: Their platform was not the one that created this movement. This goes beyond a prize. This is culture, credibility, relevance, and RESPECT."

Latin Recording Academy bosses released a statement on Wednesday, denying the allegations:

"We respect and admire all the genres that compose the world of Latin music. In 2004, The Latin Recording Academy led the charge for recognizing reggaeton (urban) in several categories, adapting to the evolution of music. The Latin Recording Academy has followed a strict voting process for the past 20 years. The members, through their votes, select what they believe merits a nomination.

"The Academy has never influenced their decisions, have always honored, and respected their elections, even if there are people who do not agree with the results. Nevertheless, we hear the frustration and discontent. We invite the leaders of the urban community to get involved with the Academy, to get involved with the process, and to get involved with discussions that improve the Academy. At its core, The Latin Recording Academy belongs to its members, from all genres, and our doors are always open. Together we can all make it work. Let’s do it!"

The Latin Grammys will take place in November.