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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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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-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.
 

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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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President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., is a big fan of Kanye West's new album Jesus Is King. Kanye's 9th studio album is predicted to move over 400,000 copies in first week sales, making it one of the biggest selling albums of the year.

If Trump Jr is a fan of Kanye's new music, his dad is probably a gospel fan, too. Visitors to the White House likely hear the strains Kanye's hip-hop gospel music from the private residence.

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Although the album has its critics, Trump Jr. was very impressed with what he heard. He took the time to praise the former rapper for being a pioneer and having the courage to blaze trails where few rappers dare to go.

"Kanye West is cracking the culture code. @kanyewest's new album #JesusIsKing is the epitome of fearless creativity and 'dangerous, unapproved' ideas. Leftists always try to silence those who are speaking truth. They're waging a war on our family and culture. Kanye is a pioneer."

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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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Former musician Kanye West dropped the trailer to his much-anticipated IMAX gospel film "Jesus is King" on Friday.

The film is billed as a "one-of-a-kind experience" featuring songs arranged by West in the gospel tradition along with new music from his forthcoming album JESUS IS KING.

Jesus is King was filmed in the summer of 2019 and brings West's famed "Sunday Service" to life in visionary artist James Turrell's Roden Crater, a never-before-seen art installation in Arizona's Painted Desert.

The trailer opens with a graphic that appears to be golden steps leading up to a white obelisk as a Heavenly choir sings "Ohhhh! Saved by His Grace. It's in His will. His will."

The camera pans inside the white obelisk which is replaced by a blue background bearing a Bible verse.

"In the words of Jesus Christ, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe in the gospel.' Mark 1:15."

West, who is on the autism spectrum, understands better than most that today's generation needs Jesus more than ever. He utilizes the power of imagery and art interacting with gospel music to reach the unwashed masses.

The film opens in IMAX theaters on October 25, 2019.

Limited tickets are on sale now at jesusisking.imax.com.
 

 

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Travis Scott's new track "Highest in the Room" debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, ending hip-hop singer Lizzo's reign at the top of the chart.

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Lizzo's best-selling single "Truth Hurts" spent six weeks at No. 1. Lizzo now drops to No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart.

"Highest" is the 28-year-old mumble rapper's second #1 hit in his short career. The track was released as a standalone single.

"Highest" was featured in Kylie Jenner's Kybrow's makeup commercial in April. Fans accused Scott and Jenner of breaking up to boost interest in Scott's single. Apparently the stunt worked.

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Scott and Jenner share 20-month-old daughter Stormi.

In a recent interview Scott said he's taking his time recording his new album.

"I'm taking my time to come up with the next album," Scott told Billboard. "I'm always down to drop music and serve some packs to the fans. It's time for the fans to eat."

Lizzo, a 31-year-old Pisces, teamed up with pop singer Justin Timberlake to record a new tune.

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In August, the 38-year-old Aquarius shared a video that showed him and Lizzo in the studio making music together.

"I think she thought I was lying, but we got in and we got a couple of ideas," Timberlake told ET.

"I'm not going to tell you too much about what we did together in the studio. If she wants to tell you she can, but it's flames. It is so good. I am so excited about it."
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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YNW Melly's father, Donte "tha Gift" Taylor, dropped an emotional song defending the rapper who is locked up in Florida on double murder charges.

In the song, Donte said Melly didn't kill his friend. He regrets not being there for most of his son's childhood. "It was out of my hands," he said.

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Chester Jennings, aka Lyfe Jennings, provoked the #MeToo movement by recording his own version of R. Kelly's hit single "When A Woman's Fed Up". The song is sure to irk feminists since Lyfe appears to take R. Kelly's side in his ongoing sex cult drama.

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