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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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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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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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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.

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"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.
 

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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".
 

Rapper Cardi B accompanied her husband, Offset, to his private album release party for his debut album, Father of 4, on Thursday, Jan. 21, at an event center in Atlanta. The 26-year-old Bronx rapper arrived at the party dressed as her idol Jessica Rabbit from the 1988 animated live-action film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

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Cardi B, Jessica Rabbit

Cardi B floored guests when she arrived at her husband, Offset's album release party wearing a red shimmery floor length gown reminiscent of the frock worn by sexy siren Jessica Rabbit in the animated live-action film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).

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