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Beyonce's full album, Renaissance has leaked in Europe - 2 days before the official release date.

Renaissance CDs are already being sold in music shops in France.

Twitter users posted photos of the CDs being sold in France and The Netherlands.

Bey's record label is sending cease & desists and take down notices to blogs. The songs are scrubbed from YouTube as quickly as they are uploaded.

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The "Break My Soul" singer had hoped her album wouldn't leak before the midnight release date on Friday.

Beyonce's camp is upset over the leak and the fact that bootleg CDs are being sold without their authorization.

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"Creating this album allowed me a place to dream and to find escape during a scary time for the world," she said in a lengthy statement on her Instagram account. "It allowed me to feel free and adventurous in a time when little else was moving."

The response to Beyonce's first single, "Break My Soul" was lukewarm when it dropped in the US on June 20.

Renaissance includes 16 tracks featuring collaborations with Grace Jones, Drake and Nile Rodgers.

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R&B star K. Michelle's new hit single "Scooch" takes over the #1 spot on both the Billboard (7M+ audience) and Mediabase (8M+ audience) Adult Radio charts for the first time in her career.

Produced by Lil Ronnie, "Scooch" debuted in February and has worked its way up the charts, with airplay growing at radio stations across the country, including cities like Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Houston, Charlotte, and more.

In addition, the single has also amassed over 5M+ streams and views combined on DSPs (Apple, Spotify, YouTube, etc.). "Scooch" is K. Michelle's first single off her sixth and final R&B album, I'm The Problem, which releases this fall.

"I'm just excited about putting out music that everyone can relate to," states K. Michelle. "It's time for my new album, I'm The Problem, and I can't wait for you guys to hear it."

Click here to listen to "Scooch."

Watch the music video below, directed by Derek Blanks.
 

Ciara debuted her music video and her new single "Jump" featuring hip-hop group Coast Contra.

The music video was directed by Dave Meyers, who previously worked with Ciara on Missy Elliott's "Lose Control" (2005) and her own "Dance Like We're Making Love" (2015).

Ciara is best known for her solo singles "Goodies", "Oh" and "1, 2 Step."

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The former homemaker and wife of Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson signaled her return to the music biz when she signed a label deal with Republic Records and Uptown Records.

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"I am thrilled to partner with Uptown/Republic Records through my own label imprint Beauty Marks Entertainment,” Ciara said in a press release. "[Republic co-president] Wendy [Goldstein] and I have been in discussion to work together for some time and the enthusiasm that her and the entire team have expressed over this new project marks an exciting new chapter in my career. I am grateful to be able to continue my mission of making the world dance with a team I admire, who are at the forefront of empowering artists."

Watch the video below.
 

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Three Michael Jackson songs were removed from the Spotify music streaming service amid allegations that someone impersonated his vocals.

The three songs are "Monster" ft. 50 Cent, "Breaking News" and "Keep Your Head Up."

The songs were released after his death and appeared on a 2010 album titled "Michael."

The accusations that someone else recorded the songs have been circulating for years.

In 2014 a superfan named Vera Serova filed a lawsuit against Michael's estate and Sony Music, accusing them of using a Michael Jackson impersonator to fake Michael's vocals on the three songs.

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Serova accused the labels of trying to profit off of Michael's death by hiring someone who sounds like him to record new songs.

A judge ruled in favor of Michael's estate in 2018 since both parties could not identity the person who imitated Michael's vocals.

Spotify apparently believed the allegations and removed the three tracks from the service.

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Representatives of Michael's estate issued a swift response insisting that Spotify's removal of the three songs did not dispute their authenticity.

"I should point out that the removal of these three songs has nothing to do with their authenticity," said the estate's rep.

Apparently, someone underestimated the loyalty of Micheal's deeply devoted superfans who know their idol's voice when they hear it.

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Cardi B's new single "Hot Sh*t" dropped with a thud last night. The track features contributions from Kanye West and Lil Durk.

Cardi fans are ecstatic that their fave finally dropped a single in 2022. It is her first solo single since "Up" in February 2021.

But they will have to wait a bit longer for a song to rival her breakout hit "Bodak Yellow" (2017).

On the track, produced by Tay Keith, Cardi, a mother-of-two, brags about catching bodies and sliding on her opps.

She raps in the chorus:

    Checks comin' fast, I'm like swoosh (Swoosh)
    Ooh (Ooh)
    Give 'em to me straight, hundred proof (Proof)
    I thought I killed you hoes before, it must be déjà vu
    It's either that or I'm catchin' body number two.

 
In a recent interview, Cardi struggled to explain why she comes off sounding so hard on this track. She said the song is old (originally recorded in 2019).

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"So the song is a boy," she said. "I think it's a little bit older than 'WAP.' I think I recorded this song around 2019, way before COVID and everything."

"It's something that I feel like y'all haven't heard from me before," she told HipHopDX.

"I feel like people is expecting a lot of sluttiness and blah blah blah. Y'all keep [saying] I keep making TikTok records and this is definitely not that. It's a fun great record. It's masculine [and] it's great for the clubs. It's great for the b*tches."

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Even Kanye couldn't save this waste of a good beat.

One music reviewer referred to Kanye's verse as "the equivalent of a wilting houseplant spritzed by a generous hand."

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As usual, Lil Durk, a former gang banger, tries too hard to be taken seriously as a rapper.

The fan reaction was mixed.


 
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Ciara is making a big comeback. The mom-of-three signed a huge record deal with Republic Records and Uptown Records through her own label imprint, Beauty Marks Entertainment.

The news comes just as Ciara released a snippet for "Jump," her first single since 2020. The much-anticipated single is due for release on July 29.

Her promo artwork for "Jump" featured Ciara wearing a white corset fashioned out of throwback Air Jordan sneakers.

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"I am thrilled to partner with Uptown/Republic Records through my own label imprint Beauty Marks Entertainment," Ciara said in a statement.

"Wendy and I have been in discussion to work together for some time and the enthusiasm that her and the entire team have expressed over this new project marks an exciting new chapter in my career. I am grateful to be able to continue my mission of making the world dance with a team I admire, who are at the forefront of empowering artists."

"I've been a fan of Ciara forever," said Republic Records Co-President Wendy Goldstein in a statement. "Working with her has been a dream, and she's making some of the most powerful, undeniable, and innovative music of her entire career now. This is an incredible creative chapter for her, and we're all excited to be part of it."

Pre-save Ciara's "Jump" on Spotify and listen below.

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Cardi B shared a snippet of her new single "Hot Sh-t" in which she raps the line "Still might slide on a opp" — street slang for ambushing and killing a gang rival.

Everyone wants to be a drill rapper now.

"Hot Sh-t," featuring Kanye "YE" West and gang banger Lil Durk, is due to be released at midnight on Friday, July 1.

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Cardi B, pictured with husband Offset, shared a snippet of the song on her Instagram page on Wednesday. She hasn't released a single since February 2021.

"Hot Sh*t" contains a sample of 1990 dance hit "Electric Boogie" by Marcia Griffiths.

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In the video, Cardi eats a sumptuous breakfast on a balcony as the skyline glows in the morning sun behind her.

Cardi lip-syncs a verse of the single.

"I'm connected/ I don't know what's longer, my blocklist or my checklist/ I don't know what's longer, man, my blocklist or my checklist/ I don't know what's colder, man, my heart or my necklace/ Pretty when I wake up, I'm a bad bitch at breakfast/ Still might slide on a opp, it's electric."

Durk hyped up the single with a video on his Instagram. He captioned the video "song of the year face @iamcardib."

Your auntie will hold my rating until I hear the full track tomorrow.


 

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Cardi B is annoyed and frustrated that a music video won't accompany her new single "Hot Sh*t" featuring Kanye "YE" West and notorious gang banger Lil Durk.

The Grammy-winning rapper took to her Instagram Stories to announce her single will drop on Friday, but there won't be a music video due to "people not doing their f---ing job correctly."

"You know how I usually do the most with the promo? I just don't feel like doing too much this time around because I'm just exhausted with everybody. I'm so tired of people not doing their f**king job correctly, I'm so tired of people just doing things their way. I'm just over it, you know what I'm saying?"

Cardi added that she wanted to scrap the song altogether, but she ultimately chose to drop the single on Friday because she loves the song.

"I love the record, it's something that I feel like y'all haven't heard from me before," she said.

"Hot Sh*t" will be Cardi's first single since February 2021.

Kanye previously teased that he finished a verse for Cardi in January 2022.

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"I was finishing, I was finishing that verse for your girl, you know what I mean," he told Jason Lee of Hollywood Unlocked. "I always believed in her since she was on [Love & Hip-Hop], period."

As for Lil Durk, the drill rapper didn't say a word about his contribution to the track.

Sources say Kanye and Durk refused to commit to shooting a music video with Cardi for the single.

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Meanwhile, Durk made headlines over the weekend when he shoved a fan during a concert at a music festival in the Netherlands.

Durk noticed the fan held up a t-shirt with an image of NBA YoungBoy — a sign of disrespect to Durk's late childhood pal King Von.

King Von, another notorious Chicago gangster-turned-drill rapper, was killed outside a hookah bar in Atlanta in December.

In the viral video, Durk sends a bodyguard to summon the fan to the stage. He is seen speaking to the fan before shoving the fan into the crowd.

Durk, who has an open attempted murder case in Atlanta, travels with around-the-clock security who accompany him on stage when he performs.

Rumor has it that Durk pays a minimum of $250,000 per month for 24-hour security.

Watch the video below.
 

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After weeks of teasing and online chatter, multi-platinum award-winning superstar Lil Nas X and rapper YoungBoy Never Broke Again have come together to release their highly anticipated new single "Late To Da Party" today via Columbia Records.

With YoungBoy Never Broke Again currently on house arrest, Nas put his famous meme-making mastery and "the ancient power of VIDEO EDITING" to use in order to create the song's official video.

Lil Nas X also recently unveiled that he will embark on his SOLD OUT first-ever tour this fall. Produced by Live Nation, the Long Live Montero tour will make stops across North America and Europe this fall and serve to celebrate the massive success of his critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated debut album Montero. For dates and more information, visit longlivemontero.com.

"Late To Da Party" is the first release from Lil Nas X since the debut album Montero was released in September 2021. The album was included on numerous Best of 2021 lists from Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, People, USA Today, Billboard, LA Times, Complex, and more for "its genre-stretching approach and refreshingly honest exploration of love and loneliness" as told by Variety.

The certified Platinum album, which Billboard calls a "masterpiece," also boasts the 4x Platinum hit song "Industry Baby" featuring Jack Harlow, which went on to reach #1 at Top 40 radio and #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album’s third Platinum single "That's What I Want" recently became Nas' third straight #1 song at Top 40 radio.

Source: Press release
 

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R&B crooners Omarion and Mario will go head-to-head in a Verzuz battle live from Los Angeles tonight, June 23. The event will be streamed live across Verzuz Digital platforms, according to a press release.

The music battle series is the brainchild of music producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland.

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Fans of both heartthrobs have been in a frenzy since the "Night of R&B" battle was announced this week.

Mario, who has more hit songs, says he will be the clear winner of the battle. But Omarion's fans think differently.


 

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Big Freedia fans want Beyonce to give the bounce legend a feature credit on her new house music track "Break My Soul."

Big Freedia received writing credit on "Break My Soul" because the song included Freedia's vocals and a sample from his 2014 song, "Explode."

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Access Hollywood's Scott Evans spoke to Big Freedia about the noise fans are making over the lack of a feature on the track that is credited to Beyonce only.

"I'm just grateful for the Freedia, you know, for the royal court that fights for Freedia and who wants to see me visible and all of these things that my voice is lended to. So I'm grateful for my fans and for the people who want to see me get my roses and get my flowers while I'm still here and living and well. I'm just grateful for all these moments."

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The 44-year-old New Orleans legend said the experience working with Beyonce, 40, was "Mind-blowing."

"Mind blowing, once again, that the Queen [Beyonce] wanted to use one of my songs and I was just so blown away. You know, it 'broke my soul' just to get the news."

Big Freedia was nominated for a 2011 GLAAD Media Award and starred in his own series on Fuse Network called Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce.
 

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Singer Robin S, real name Robin Stone, is ecstatic that Beyonce sampled her dance hit "Show Me Love" on her new house single "Break My Soul."

Robin, 60, wasn't aware that Beyonce sampled her '90s hit song, since she didn't write the song and she doesn't receive any royalties.

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"My son called me and he's like, 'Mom, mom. You're trending all over the place. You know Beyonce put her song out and it's 'Show Me Love', and you're trending everywhere,'" she told Good Morning Britain.

"This is Robin S and this message goes out to the Queen B herself, Beyonce, to Jay-Z, to the entire team. Thank you so much for giving me my flowers while I'm still alive. I'm honored and excited to see what else can happen," she said. "Maybe we can do a collab together? You know, that's always the dream. I can't even. Just wow. A lot of thanks."

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Sources say Beyonce's team didn't even know who Robin S was until she started trending worldwide this week.

"Show Me Love" was originally released in 1990 and is Robin's biggest hit song. The house music track peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number 1 on the dance club chart.

Meanwhile, Beyonce's single soared to number 1 on Apple iTunes in over 30 countries, but failed to impress in the United States.

Listen to both songs below.
 

 

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Beyonce's "Break My Soul" may have flopped on Twitter, but it's a #1 hit in other parts of the world.

The lead off single from her 7th studio album, Renaissance, due out on July 29, received poor reviews on Twitter when it dropped on Monday night.

But the house music track soared to number 1 on iTunes in at least 36 countries, including the UK, Canada, Kenya, France, Norway and Sweden.

The song has stormed into the Top 5 on Apple Music US and UK.

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Beyonce, 40, was reportedly "in tears" after the terrible reviews on PEOPLE magazine's Twitter page and other tweets.

The official lyric video on Beyonce's official YouTube channel has only garnered 5 million views.

The single failed to impress Twitter users who expected more from a superstar after a three-year hiatus.

The single was crafted by super producers The-Dream and Tricky Stewart. It also features House Qween Big Freedia, who is getting rave reviews for his contribution to the track.

Listen to "Break My Soul" below.
 

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A source close to someone in Beyonce's camp says the pop singer was "in tears" last night over the poor reviews to her new single "Break My Soul."

"Break My Soul" is the lead off single for Beyonce's 7th studio album, Renaissance, due out on July 29.

The insider said Beyonce and her team are in "panic mode" after half of Twitter gave the house music track a thumbs down.

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The source said Beyonce gave the green light to release the track several hours earlier than the scheduled midnight release because she believed it would "break the Internet."

But the song was immediately panned by music critics who expected more from her after an extended hiatus from the music scene.

"First single from forthcoming album Renaissance preaches freedom but gets stuck in some familiar musical tropes," The Guardian wrote in its review.
 
RELATED: New Music: Beyonce – Break My Soul
 

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A popular blog gave 'BMS' 1.5 out of 5 stars, and the reviews went downhill from there.

The insider said Beyonce wanted to release the dance track during Pride month, but her strategy backfired. Most listeners found the song to be insufferably boring.

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"Break My Soul" features House Qween Big Freedia on the intro and is produced by Tricky Stewart and The-Dream.

Check out some of the tweets that drove Beyonce to tears:


 

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Beyonce's new single "Break My Soul" dropped tonight on Tidal and YouTube. This is standard house music fare. The track isn't exciting or new.

The single was scheduled for release at midnight, but Beyonce's camp pulled the trigger early by releasing an official lyric video on YouTube.

Of course, Beyonce's BeyHive are ecstatic because they don't know any better. Poor things.

If you heard "Everybody Everybody" by Black Box or "Show Me Love" by Robin S, you've heard "Break My Soul."

Beyonce chose to play it safe by recording a track that pays homage to house music.

Too bad Beyonce wasn't motivated enough to break new ground musically at age 40.
 
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