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Beyonce will release the first single off her new project, Renaissance, tonight at midnight, June 21 EST. The single is titled "Break My Soul," according to her Instagram and Twitter accounts, which were updated to read: "6. BREAK MY SOUL midnight ET."

Bey's last album, Lemonade, was released to much fanfare on April 23, 2016, accompanied by a 65-minute film on HBO.

Suffice it to say that Lemonade caused a 7 on the Richter earthquake scale back in 2016.

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Beyonce's upcoming album, Renaissance is barely causing a ripple.

The 40-year-old singer came out of retirement last week to announce her new album.

Beyonce's camp is reportedly "disappointed" that the news of her 7th studio album didn't break the Internet.

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Columbia Records and Bey's Parkwood Entertainment are reportedly ready to pay a king's ransom to promote and market the album.

If Renaissance turns out to be a disappointment - like Drake's latest album, Honestly, Nevermind - Beyonce's era will officially be over.

Question: Do you plan to stay up tonight to listen to "Break My Soul"?

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Babyface and Ella Mai team up for a new single "Keeps On Falling'" out today via Capitol Records. The track is from Babyface's long-awaited ninth studio album.

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Babyface & Ella Mai collaborate together for the very first time on the timeless new single "Keeps On Fallin.'" With her silky, soulful vocals, Ella Mai extols a longtime lover who can still give her butterflies. Babyface weighs in, reminding her that she's the inspiration for this lasting love.

The dreamy jam interpolates "Can We Talk," Tevin Campbell's 1993 hit, which Babyface wrote and produced with Daryl Simmons.

Download / stream "Keeps On Fallin'" HERE. View the accompanying visualizer HERE.

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"When I first heard Ella's voice, I thought, 'what an incredible and distinctive voice, I have to get in the studio with her!'" Babyface recalls. "Well, I did... and it was everything I imagined and more!"

"Working with Babyface was an absolute dream come true for me," says Ella Mai. "To be welcomed and praised by someone so talented and acclaimed, I couldn't have asked for our 'Keeps On Fallin' sessions to be any better. We sang, we wrote, we laughed and we talked. Babyface is so humble and a pleasure to work with, I hope this record is the start of many more."

"Keeps On Fallin'" - which marks Babyface's first release since signing to Capitol Records - is from his forthcoming project. He produced the track with D'Mile (H.E.R., Silk Sonic, Ty Dolla $ign).

Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds is one of the most celebrated creative forces in music. He has contributed to over 800 million records sold and over a billion records streams. He won a total of 12 GRAMMY® Awards and ranks as the only individual in GRAMMY history to be honored as "Producer of the Year" four times.

In 2018, Ella Mai's first single, "Boo'd Up," broke the record for the most weeks at No. 1 of any song by a woman on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. It is now RIAA-certified 7x Platinum.

Source: Press release
 
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Today, Sean "Diddy" Combs makes his official return to music with the release of his new single "Gotta Move On" featuring Bryson Tiller.

"Gotta Move On" signals Diddy's decision to finally move on from Cassie Ventura.

"She don't want my love / I guess I gotta move on," Tiller sings.

"You found a new man, so I gotta move on / Guess you got a new agenda, with someone you barely know / I won't say you're wrong, guess you had to move on."

Diddy raps:

"We goin' up, we goin' live
Can't stop, won't stop, told y'all, uh
See me pull up, no problem (Watch it)
I can never ever be no one option (Watch it)
Pull up on me but no blogs (No blogs)
Now you wanna say you wanna talk (Wanna talk)

Get in your bag, stay in your bag
Gotta move on, find peace, serenity."

Listen to "Gotta Move On" HERE, which is the first song released from his highly-anticipated new album under his LOVE RECORDS imprint, in partnership with Motown Records. The song paves the way for more music to come, with his new album due out later this year.

The smooth and seductive track illuminates his latest evolution with its unshakable groove, standout verses, and an undeniable hook from Bryson Tiller. Diddy initially debuted the single with a show-stopping performance at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards.

Beyond inciting buzz globally, the live performance video has already amassed over 2 million YouTube views organically, including a surprise performance of "First Class" by Jack Harlow and the classic "Mo Money, Mo Problems" with Christian King Combs and Teyana Taylor. He also served as Host and Executive Producer of the live awards ceremony, exactly 25 years since he won his first Billboard Award for his debut album No Way Out.

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BET announced that the legendary mogul and cultural pioneer will be honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at "BET Awards" 2022. The coveted award honors industry giants who have not only significantly shaped culture through their extensive careers, but who have also been transformative leaders that consistently inspire generations by setting a true standard of excellence.

Not only is Diddy one of the highest-selling artists in history, he is also one of the most accomplished music producers of all time. LOVE RECORDS represents Combs' triumphant return to R&B as an Executive Producer, Curator and A&R of his forthcoming album. Combs will continue his oversight on his successful Bad Boy Entertainment label.

He is a cultural icon, innovator and mogul. In addition to his catalog of hit records, Diddy has produced and creatively shaped the sound for superstars Mary J. Blige, The Notorious B.I.G., Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Boyz II Men, Britney Spears, Kanye West and many more.

LOVE RECORDS will be dedicated to R&B music and will release singles and collaborative projects from a collective of world-class artists, producers and songwriters.

Welcome to the LOVE ERA.

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Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning R&B hitmaker Ne-Yo returns with another stripper anthem, titled "You Got the Body."

"I got the bag, you got the body," sings the iconic songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.

Most recently, Ne-Yo released a slew of new singles – "Stay Down" [feat. Yung Bleu], "Don't Love Me," and "You Got the Body" – paving the way for his anxiously awaited eighth album, Self Explanatory, due out July 15, 2022.

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Ne-Yo, real name Shaffer Smith, has sold a cumulative 20+ million adjusted albums worldwide. His debut single, 2005's "So Sick," hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified quadruple Platinum.

Since then, the Motown Records/Compound Entertainment recording artist has racked up a collection of hits including "Sexy Love," "Closer," "Because of You," "Miss Independent," and "Push Back" [feat. Bebe Rexha and Stefflon Don].

Three of his albums have entered SoundScan's Top Current Albums chart at No. 1. Ne-Yo has also proven to be as powerful with his pen as he is in the studio and on stage.

The Las Vegas native quickly became known as a go-to hitmaker, penning bangers like Rihanna's "Unfaithful," "Russian Roulette," and "Take a Bow," along with Beyoncé's 2006 breakup anthem "Irreplaceable" and songs for such artists as Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Carrie Underwood, and Celine Dion, among others.

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Drake will release his long-awaited studio album, Honestly, Nevermind, tonight at midnight.

Earlier today, he announced a new radio show which is set to debut tonight on Sirius XM Radio. His radio show, titled "Table For One" will debut on Sound 42 on Sirius XM Radio at 11 PM EST. Afterwards, Drake will drop his new album at midnight.

In an Instagram post, Drake wrote: "7th studio album 'HONESTLY, NEVERMIND' out at midnight." He also shared the cover art for his album.

Sources say Drake pushed up the release date of his album after Beyonce announced her new album, Renaissance will be released next month.

Drake's fans are ecstatic to hear new music from their fave Emo rapper.

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Beyonce is coming out of retirement to release her 7th studio album, titled Renaissance. Beyonce's fans knew the full-time mom and homemaker was up to something when she deleted all of her social media profile pics this week.

Renaissance, is officially scheduled to drop on July 29th, Columbia Records announced on social media early Thursday morning.

According to Webster's Dictionary, "renaissance" means the revival of classic style, architecture and art influenced by European culture from the 14th to 16th centuries.

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In other words, the 40-year-old singer hopes her forthcoming album will "revive" her career and make her relevant again.

Beyonce's bios were updated on her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to promote the album. The new project will feature 16 tracks. Four unique box sets are currently available for pre-order on Beyonce's website.

The box sets will contain a CD, T-shirt, mini-poster and a 28-page photo booklet.

It isn't clear if the album will be available in vinyl for audiophiles who prefer to listen to music as it was meant to be heard.

Question: Do you plan to buy Beyonce's Renaissance album?




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Rapper Gunna dropped his self-directed music video for his single "Banking On Me" off his third studio album, DS4Ever (Drip Season 4Ever).

The video's opening scene shows him with a beautiful Nubian woman in his Mercedes Benz outside a modest home in Houston.

He explains why she should give him time to miss her.

"I don't wanna get tired of you," he tells her.

"I love when I go out of town 'cause it give us a little time to come back to you. I be missing you... That's just how it go."

In the next scene he runs bath water for an exotic chick in a high-rise condo in New York City.

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In other cities, he takes various LSLH women on shopping sprees for cars, jewelry, and high end bags, while paying the mortgage on their luxury homes.

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At the end of the video, he returns to the Black woman. He is seen embracing her outside the starter home in Houston.

The video's message is clear. Men bank on themselves, not you.
 
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Kevin Gates and his wife Dreka have gone their separate ways according to his latest freestyle.

Kevin was spotted strolling in New York City with a woman who was later identified as Jojo Zarur from the VH1 series "Hip-Hop: Miami."

Jojo addressed the rumors and speculation by sharing a video clip in which Kevin tells fans "not to play with anything I love."

"I've been being real positive with you guys, you know what I'm saying, and like I said, I'm not speaking on my behalf," Kevin said in the video.

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Jojo re-posted his video on her Instagram Story with the caption, "play with me if you want to," with a blushing emoji.

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Kevin married his high school sweetheart, Dreka, in October 2015. They share two children.

He has been accused of cheating on Dreka before, but she didn't seem to care - until now.

Apparently she packed her things and left him this time.

Kevin goes hard in a freestyle of Kodak Black's hit song "Super Gremlin," titled "Super General."

In the lyrics, Kevin said he "lied to the world" when he dropped his song, "Dreka."

On "Super General" Kevin confirms that he and Dreka Gates have split. He claims that the song "Dreka" was a lie to protect her public image.

"Took the blame in interviews and made it look like I was trippin'/ Made the 'Dreka' song, lied to the world while trying to protect her image," he raps on the record.

Kevin also name drops Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, and Rubi Rose in sexually explicit lyrics. It's obvious from the lyrics that Kevin and Dreka are history.

"Rubi Rose, I can't wait to have your feet facing my ceiling / With my tongue deep in yo' a*s while I piss all on yo' kitty / Put that d*ck deep in yo' back and have you cum all on this missile / Put yo' hands behind yo' back and smack yo' a*s, I'm in yo' kidneys."

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Kevin takes it easier on Beyonce (out of respect to her husband Jay Z):

"Ain't no disrespect to Jigga, met through Nipsey, that's my n*gga / Don't know if they into swinging, Beyonce need to let me hit her / I'll make her piss all on this d*ck, respectfully, her body shiver..."

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Rubi Rose (right) reacted to Kevin name dropping her on the "Super General" song, saying, "Kevin gates freaky as hell lol."

So far, Jay Z and Nicki haven't responded.

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A track recorded by aspiring rapper Rissa Royce has been re-released following the shooting death of Atlanta rapper Trouble DTE, aka Skoob on Sunday. He was 34.

She raps on the track:

"Sacrifice your life you wanna touch it / B*tch I really came from nuthin / Now I'm hot straight out the oven / Double R won't beg for nuthin."

Rumors are swirling about what went down early Sunday morning in Rissa's Conyers, Georgia apartment.

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Sources close to the former stripper say Trouble was a "sneaky link" who Rissa was seeing on the low before she broke up with her ex-boyfriend, Jamichael Jones who punched her in the nose during an argument last week.

According to Urbandictionary.com, "a sneaky link can be a sexual or non-sexual experience that nobody knows about. (It usually is a sexual experience)."

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Sources say Trouble was the reason behind the break up, and that Rissa sent Jones a text message telling him she was out of town and he should come over and get his belongings from the apartment they shared.

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Jones went to the apartment at 3 a.m. Sunday and let himself in with his key. He woke Rissa up by punching her in the face. Then, according to sources, Trouble jumped up and grabbed his gun. During the scuffle the gun discharged, striking Trouble in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jones, 33, surrendered to the police on Tuesday, after his mom put him on the phone with an investigator.

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Meanwhile, Trouble was in a relationship with another woman, who has forgiven him for being at the apartment of an aspiring rapper/stripper.

"He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. I'll never be mad at him for this. I'm hurt he didn't survive," she captioned a screenshot of a CBS reporter's tweet.

"The bond we had was one of a kind & I'll cherish the memories forever. What we had most people wouldn't understand & we never cared to explain. But anything worth havin at all is worth working for & waiting for & I promise it was worth the wait. The time we spent together was the best moments of my life."

Trouble also dated reality TV star Alexis Skyy and R&B singer Monica.

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Ciara made eyebrows jump when she shared a video of herself twerking for men in a gas station across from a Wendy's restaurant in California.

"Made dem gas prices #JUMP," she captioned the video in reference to skyrocketing gas prices on the West Coast.

Last week Ciara promoted her new single "J.U.M.P." with a video teaser that showed her and scantily clad dancers twerking on a Ford Bronco SUV in a gas station.

In both videos she wears a tiny tank top with tie-dyed booty shorts and a blue Kangol cap.

Many viewers questioned Ciara's sultry dance moves, given that she is a happily married mother of three.

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Ciara plans to release her new album ahead of her husband Russell Wilson's debut as quarterback for the Denver Broncos.

While her fans expressed their concern, her husband, Russ, didn't seem to mind her shaking dat a** for other men.

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Russell hopped in her comments, writing: "CiCi Summer! Making it #JUMP."

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Ciara Wilson dropped a teaser for a new music video on social media Thursday. She captioned her tweet: "Its time to pull up and make that thang J.U.M.P."

The teaser shows Ciara and her dancers twerking on a Ford Bronco Raptor parked at a gas station pump.

In the video, the 36-year-old mother of three wears rainbow colored booty shorts, a white tank top, and a blue ball cap pulled down over her blonde hair extensions.

Ciara plans to drop new music ahead of husband, Russell Wilson's first season as the Broncos quarterback in Denver.

CiCi's 11.7 million followers seemed excited by the new teaser.

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Ciara, and Wilson, 33, were over in France, where they attended the F1 Grand Prix at Monaco to cheer on Lewis Hamilton.

In another tweet Ciara celebrated the start of Pride month: "I Got Pride Baby! Spreading love this Month and Every Month. Love & Peace only. @AllHumanNation
#Pride."

Question: Are you excited to hear new music from Ciara? Will you download her new album?




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Ashanti, Trey Songz, and Mario performed live in concert at The First Direct Arena in Leeds, England on Tuesday, May 31.

Ashanti, 41, is currently headlining a tour in the U.K. to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of her debut studio album Foolish.

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Ashanti announced last year she is re-recording her first studio LP to own her masters. She claims music executive, Irv Gotti is taking exception to her independent move and he's trying to screw her out of her masters.

"I own the masters. And. I Produced all those great Ashanti Albums," Gotti wrote on Instagram. "So I also own a good portion of the Publishing,"

He continued: "She can do this under the COVER laws. But she is basically trying to f### me out of my Masters."

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Meanwhile, singer Trey Songz, 37, is facing a $5 million settlement for groping a girl's breasts at a 2013 party. The girl, Megan Johnson, was underage at the time, which presents a new level of legal problems for the promiscuous singer.

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The lawsuit claims Trey "sexually assaulted and battered Ms. Johnson with a reckless disregard for her safety." The incident occurred at a party held at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.
 
RELATED: Trey Songz Denies Raping Basketball Player in Las Vegas Hotel
 

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Singer Mario, 35, is best known for his number one hit single "Let Me Love You", off his second album Turning Point (2004), which won him two Billboard Music Awards.

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In addition to his music, Mario appeared in television shows and films such as Step Up (2006), Freedom Writers (2007) and Empire (2018–2020).




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Mahalia Burkmar, known mononymously as Mahalia, is Britain's latest musical import who is on the verge of being a superstar in the US.

The 24-year-old singer, songwriter and actress burst onto the scene in 2017 with her performance of "Sober" for the YouTube channel Colors. In 2018, she was ranked number one on YouTube's Ones to Watch list.

The R&B star recently released a 5-track EP titled Letter To Ur Ex, featuring a new R&B single titled "Letter To Ur N(ex)t."

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In "Letter To Ur N(ex)t", Mahalia pens advice to herself to avoid pain and heartbreak after breaking up with her ex.

"So stop now baby / Don't let him make you crazy / You still got enough time to leave."

    Let me introduce myself properly
    Though it's clear, you already heard about me
    When he told you 'bout the breakup, did he blame me? Mm
    Did he tell you I was crazy?

    But did he tell you all the times that he broke my heart and, broke my mind?
    No, I bet he didn't
    I bet he told you that he isn't a bad guy
    Now, truth is he never started out like that

    He was kind and attentive, and just my man
    Then one day he said he'd be right back
    But then he never came back around
    And he never told me why.

 
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Keith Sweat's former girl group Kut Klose, featuring Athena Cage (right), Lavonn Battle (left) and Tabitha Duncan, center, launched a GoFundMe page to raise cash for their sophomore album.

The ladies posted a video on their GoFundMe page, asking fans to donate money for their long-awaited sophomore album after 27 years.
 

 
Kut Klose, who are in their 50s now, took the R&B world by storm in the mid-1990s. Their debut album, Surrender, spawned the hit singles "I Like", "Lovely Thang", and "Surrender" in 1995. The album peaked at number 66 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The album's lead single "I Like" peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is still in rotation on old skool radio stations.

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The album was mainly produced by their mentor Keith Sweat who featured them on his single "Get Up On It" off his platinum album by the same title in 1994.

The girls were also featured on Keith's hit song "Twisted" off his self-titled fifth album released in 1996. "Twisted" spent three weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart.
 

 

 

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Kendrick Lamar released his long-awaited album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, on Thursday.

One of the tracks on his album, "Auntie Diaries" is winning praise for its inclusive message about transgenderism.

The song is about Kendrick's aunt who became his uncle and Kendrick's struggle to accept the transition.

"My auntie is a man now. I think I'm old enough to understand now," he raps.

    "My auntie is a man now
    Asked my mama why my uncles don't like him that much
    And at the parties why they always wanna fight him that much
    She said, 'Ain't no tellin'
    Niggas always been jealous because he had more women
    More money and more attention made more envy
    Calling him anything but broke was less offending."

He continued:

    "She wasn't gay, she ate pu**y, and that was the difference
    That's what I told my friends in second grade
    She picking me up from school, they stare at her in the face
    They couldn't comprehend what I grew accustomed to."

Kendrick repeatedly uttered the gay slur "fa**ot" on the song, which didn't sit right with journalist Ernest Owens, who is openly gay.

Owens tweeted:

"If Jack Harlow did a song called "Daddy Diaries" where he used the n-word several times to convey how he unlearned his racism from having Black friends -- would we be giving him a pass in the way some of y'all are with Kendrick Lamar dropping f-slurs on Auntie Diaries?"

"I want some of y'all to understand that as a Black queer person hearing a cis-het man say that word stings, no matter the context.

That word don't belong to you, it's not yours to reclaim and/or reuse to serve your own self-projection of allyship."

Owens politely asked heterosexual rappers like Kendrick not to define what "support" or allyship means to the gay community.

"Cis-het people in the music world -- please, I beg of you, reconsider how you discuss "Auntie Diaries" to Black queer/trans people.

Please don't tell us what "support" looks like.

Please don't try to shove YOUR take of what Kendrick meant to US.

Don't be that person."