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DaniLeigh pours out her emotions in a new single titled "Dead To Me" available everywhere via Def Jam Recordings.

Billion-streaming buzzworthy singer and songwriter, dancer, choreographer, and producer DaniLeigh makes her long-awaited return today with the release of her brand new single, "Dead To Me" (listen).
 
READ ALSO: DaniLeigh puts breakup with DaBaby behind her: 'We all make mistakes'
 
In the smooth ballad, DaniLeigh makes it clear that someone is a non factor in her life.

She sings:

    "You know you're dead to me
    I Ain't got no more time for toxic energy (Oh no)
    Mama never liked your a--
    Brother wanna fight your a*s
    Daddy hate your trifling a*s
    My dog even wanna bite your a*s"

 
In support of "Dead To Me," People Magazine exclusively shares Danileigh's in-depth interview with iHeart Radio's on-air personality Angie Martinez to discuss the past two tumultuous years, her relationships, motherhood, and what's next for the artist (Read here).
 
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Travis Scott will travel out of the country to headline his first musical festival since 10 fans died at his Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas last November.
 
RELATED: Travis Scott pleaded with Coachella to let him perform for FREE; They still said no
 
The rapper was blacklisted after the Astroworld tragedy last year. He dropped out of nearly a dozen festivals, including 2022 Coachella.

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Brazilian promoters are willing to give the disgraced rapper a chance.

They booked Scott to perform at the Primavera Festival in Sao Paulo on Nov. 6. He will also perform at different versions of the festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Nov. 12 and in Santiago, Chile on Nov. 13.

Other headliners include Björk, Lorde, Arctic Monkeys, Jack White, Charli XCX and more, MSN reports.

Scott's career isn't entirely canceled. He will appear at a Formula 1 Grand Prix event at E11even nightclub in Miami on Saturday, May 7. But promoters say he won't perform.

He was recently booked to DJ a pre-Oscars party and he performed 5 songs from a DJ booth at a Coachella afterparty, according to Yahoo! News.

But it will be a long time before Scott performs in concert at large venues in the US.

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Jussie Smollett released a new single in which he declares his innocence and calls out his enemies who labeled him a pathological liar.

Smollett was convicted in March of lying to Chicago police about a hate crime hoax.

He was sentenced to 150 days in the Cook County Jail, but he only served 6 days. He was released from jail on March 16 while he appeals his conviction.

Smollett sings, "Thank you God for showing me my enemies." He also claimed his lies were corroborated.

"I never played the victim / Just trying to let y'all know / The truth about the distraction political show."

He also sings: "You think I'm stupid enough to kill my reputation?"

Smollett posted the lyrics on his Instagram account.

    "It's like they're hell-bent on not solving the crime / Taking out the elements of race and trans and homophobia that's straight taking lives / But turn around and act like I’m the one that killed the strides."

Smollett said proceeds from the sales of the single will be donated to Rainbow Push Coalition, Secure the Bag Safety and the Illinois Innocence Project.

Click HERE to listen. You must have a Spotify account.

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Kanye West dropped out of Coachella music festival following public backlash over his social media posts attacking ex-wife Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend Pete Davidson.

Organizers tapped pop singer The Weeknd to take Kanye's place, but there's one problem: The Weeknd wants the same $8.5 million that Kanye left on the table.

Apparently, Coachella organizers don't think The Weeknd is worth as much as Kanye, aka Ye.

The organizers allegedly tried to shortchange The Weeknd after he stepped in to replace Ye as headliner later this month.

According to Page Six, The Weeknd threatened to pull out if the organizers didn't give him equal pay as Ye, who was set to earn $8 million plus a $500,000 production fee.

A source tells Page Six, "The Weeknd came in at short notice to take Kanye's top spot. But Phil Anschutz [who owns the Coachella Festival] wanted to hold on to Kanye's money and pay The Weeknd far less, just a few million. The festival would pocket the rest."

The Weeknd caught wind of Ye's aborted payday and demanded he receive all of the money - not just a measly $3 million. After all, The Weeknd has bills to pay, too.

The demand led to hastily arranged meetings between Anschutz and The Weeknd's people.

Coachella organizers announced early Wednesday that The Weeknd, 32, and house music supergroup Swedish House Mafia would take over for Ye on Sunday, April 17, and Sunday, April 24.

The source tells Page Six: "Even after Coachella announced the new lineup on Wednesday, a deal wasn't in place for The Weeknd, who threatened to pull out at an hour's notice if he didn't get the same deal as Kanye."

"Finally, on Wednesday — faced with the prospect of a second headline act pulling out of Coachella at the last minute — Anschutz's company caved and agreed to pay The Weeknd the same money," the source said.

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Morris Day and the Time have been blocked from using their famous name on tour, recordings or on merchandise.

Prince Rogers Nelson, who died of a drug overdose on April 21, 2016, formed The Time in Minneapolis in 1981.

Morris Day (his real name) was the lead singer of The Time since its formation. The funk band is best known for its hit singles "The Bird", "Cool", and "Jungle Love", among other tracks.

Former members Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis went on to produce hits for Janet Jackson, Alexander O'Neal, a solo Morris Day ("Fishnet"), and others.

Day, 64, expressed his disappointment and frustration over the estate's decision in a Facebook post.

"I've given 40 years of my life building up a name and legacy that Prince and I came up with. A name that while he was alive, he had no problem with me using. However, now that Prince is no longer with us – suddenly the people who control his multimillion dollar estate, want to rewrite history by taking my name away from me, thus impacting how I feed my family."

The Prince estate said Day's post was "not entirely accurate" without going into detail.

A representative for the estate told Vulture magazine they had "amicable discussions" with Day over the use of his name and was "surprised and disappointed" to see his post.

Day played Prince's rival in the cult classic film Purple Rain (1984), but he quit The Time the following year after an argument with Prince.

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Rihanna's hit single "Don't Stop The Music" reached 500 million streams on Spotify, becoming her 17th song to achieve the feat.

The pregnant pop singer returned to New York City after spending a week on the West Coast. The temperature in NYC is just above 40 degrees, but Rihanna, 33, bared her growing baby bump in a leopard coat, jogging pants and faux fur covered strappy heels.

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The 4x certified Platinum hit "Don't Stop The Music" reached No. 1 on the charts of nine countries (including the Billboard Dance Club chart).

"Don't Stop The Music" is ranked No. 9 on Rolling Stone's list of Top 30 Rihanna songs.

Rihanna asked music icon Michael Jackson for permission to borrow his line "Ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma ma coo sa" from his 1983 hit song "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin.'"
 

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K. Michelle dropped her new single "Scooch" just in time for Valentine's Day! R&B superstar K. Michelle is sending lots of love to her fans with the release of her new single "Scooch," out today via MNRK Music Group.

Produced by Lil Ronnie, this mid-tempo feel-good song and new love anthem will have you creating new connections in no time. The Single Black Female star premiered the new single with a performance on the Emmy-Award-winning show The Real (click here).

"Scooch" is the lead single off of K. Michelle's sixth studio album, I'm The Problem, out this spring.

Recently, K. Michelle debuted her new television series, My Killer Body with K. Michelle, via Lifetime. Executive produced by the R&B chart-topper, K. addresses her struggles with silicone injections that almost took her life on the show and attempts to help desperate men and women correct plastic surgery procedures and get their lives back.

In addition, K. Michelle also appeared in the Lifetime TV Movie Single Black Female opposite Amber Riley and Raven Goodwin.

Watch the music video for "Scooch" below.
 

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Mary J. Blige dropped her new album, Good Morning Gorgeous, today ahead of her historic performance during the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show this Sunday.

9x Grammy award winning and 2x Oscar nominated artist, producer, and actress Mary J. Blige released her new studio album, Good Morning Gorgeous, that can be streamed or purchased now HERE.

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The 13-song tracklist includes collaborations with Anderson .Paak, Usher, DJ Khaled, Dave East, and Fivio Foreign. Blige also dropped the music video today for "Rent Money" (featuring Dave East) and directed by Eif Rivera that can be viewed HERE.

The album follows Mary's leading role performance as drug queenpin Monet on Starz's 'Power Book II: Ghost' that won her the NAACP Image Award for 'Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series' in 2021 and the nomination once again in 2022, among other honors.

The release of Good Morning Gorgeous leads into a historic performance this Sunday, February 13th, at the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA alongside Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar.

Blige launched the album campaign with single and video
"Good Morning Gorgeous" along with "Amazing" (featuring DJ Khaled). Since its release, "Good Morning Gorgeous" has been used by fans on TikTok to express and promote self-love, self-empowerment, and self-care with over 40,000 total creates, and is growing 40% every week.

A compilation of select videos can be viewed HERE. The song is also climbing the radio charts, having entered the Top 30 at Urban and is poised for #1 at R&B.

All new music is released through Blige’s own banner, Mary Jane Productions, and in partnership with 300 Entertainment.

Good Morning Gorgeous Track List

    1. No Idea
    2 Love Will Never
    3. Here With Me (feat. Anderson .Paak)
    4. Rent Money (feat. Dave East)
    5. Amazing (feat. DJ Khaled)
    6. GMG interlude
    7. Good Morning Gorgeous
    8. Come See About Me
    9. On Top (feat. Fivio Foreign)
    10. Love Without The Heartbreak
    11. Failing in Love
    12. Enough
    13. Need Love (feat. Usher)

For more information, please visit www.maryjblige.com.

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Globally-acclaimed label Motown Gospel (a division of Capitol CMG/Capitol and Universal Music Group) is honored to announce the signing of legendary 4-time GRAMMY-winning superstar singer, musician, songwriter, entrepreneur, and First Lady of COGIC (Church of God in Christ) Karen Clark Sheard.

Under the new deal, in partnership with Karew Records, Karen Clark Sheard plans to release her first new album in over half a decade later this year.

It will follow Clark Sheard's 2015 live album Destined To Win, her highest-charting album in her solo career and her 2010 studio album All In One, which earned GRAMMY, Stellar, Dove and BET Award nominations and remains the largest selling release of her solo career to date.

"No other female vocalist in gospel music has had as broad an influence as the legendary Karen Clark Sheard," say Monica Coates and EJ Gaines, Co-Executive Directors of Motown Gospel. "She uniquely brings generations of gospel and R&B music-lovers together with the power of her voice and the purity of her spirit. We are so honored to work with her and the Karew team."

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"I am honored and excited to partner with Motown Gospel," said Clark Sheard. "I'm passionate about encouraging, inspiring and uplifting people through my music, and I can't wait to share it with my long-time supporters and with the world."

Karen Clark Sheard first rose to prominence as the youngest sibling in The Clark Sisters, the group credited with bringing gospel music to the mainstream. Formed by their mother, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, when Clark Sheard was a teenager, the five sisters released their national crossover hit "You Brought The Sunshine" in 1981. The song reached churches and dancefloors alike, and climbed to the upper reaches of several Billboard charts in the process.

Karen Clark Sheard has proven to be a prolific solo force as well, releasing five studio albums, and two live albums, garnering multiple Grammy, Dove, NAACP Image, Soul Train and Stellar Awards and nominations along the way. Clark Sheard is renowned for her signature, multi-octave vocal range and has been cited as an influence by a variety of artists, including Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, and many more.

Currently, Clark Sheard serves as First Lady of the Church of God in Christ, not only a global Christian denomination consisting of over 8.8-million members, but also ??the largest Black organization in the world. She is married to Bishop J. Drew Sheard – who was elected Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ denomination last year – and together, they have two children, Kierra Sheard and John Drew "J. Drew" Sheard II, both of whom have followed in their mother's musical footsteps and collaborated with her on previous recordings.

Stay tuned for new music and more from Karen Clark Sheard later this year.

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India.Arie joined the growing collective of artists who pulled their music from Spotify over the Joe Rogan COVID controversy.

Rock legend Neil Young was the first to ask Spotify to remove his music after the music streaming giant paid Rogan $100 million to host his popular podcast.

However, Arie clarifies that she didn't pull her music over Rogan's COVID misinformation. Arie said her decision was partly due to Rogan's "language around race".

"Neil Young opened a door that I MUST walk through," Arie wrote. "I believe in freedom of speech. However, I find Joe Rogan problematic for reasons OTHER than his Covid interviews. For me it's also his language around race. What I am talking about is respect... [Spotify] paying musicians a fraction of a penny, and him $100 [million]? This shows the type of company they are and the company that they keep."

Arie's followers begged the singer to re-post her Instagram Story message:

One follower wrote:

"You should post whats in your story!!!!!!! Dont leave it there so it can be gone [tomorrow]. Post it!! Leave it up for all to see!!!! Im wit u an support u queen."

The 46-year-old singer, born India Arie Simpson, is best known for her hit single "I Am Not My Hair," off her third studio album, Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship (2006). Her other hits include "Video" and "Brown Skin."

Arie has sold over 10 million records worldwide and won four Grammy Awards, including Best R&B Album.


 

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Adele angered her loyal fans when she canceled her upcoming Las Vegas residency due to COVID cases among her vaccinated crew.

The red-faced singer recorded a video tearfully explaining why she canceled her entire residency, but fans were unsympathetic.

Fans who paid thousands of dollars for tickets lashed out at the British pop star for behaving like a Diva. They say she's a narcissist who only cares about herself.

Two sisters who found out about the cancellation while on a plane from New York to Las Vegas were left heartbroken and angry, according to DailyMail.com.

Another family who paid half a year's salary for tickets were waiting to board their plane when they learned of the cancellation.

Thomas Wright and a friend flew from South Carolina to Las Vegas for opening night. They found out the show was canceled when they landed. They are out over $2,500 for tickets, flight and hotel accommodations.

"When you land in Vegas but Adele canceled her shows," Wright tweeted.

Fans might have gone easy on the emotional pop star, but Adele has a history of disappointing them.

An irate fan tweeted:

"I cannot stand Adele & can't understand how she still has fans. She let them down in London cancelling last minute & now again. Dos she not realize it's not just about the tickets; people pay a LOT of money to get to these places [sad emoji]. And that's without all hr COVID nonsense!"

Another fan wrote:

"Not the first time you've done this. I wonder how much you pocket du to covid shutting you down? Well I hope people learn. You should have just got on with it but the covid excuse is too easy."

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R&B singer/actress Mary J. Blige enjoyed some downtime at the beach during Art Basel 2021 in Miami on Monday.

The 50-year-old star relaxed on the beach while soaking up some sun rays in a stylish Dior bikini and matching bucket hat.

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After getting her daily recommended dose of Vitamin D from the sun, the R&B queen stuffed her curves into a pair of cutout denim shorts.

Mary gained a new generation of fans in her role as drug queenpin Monet Tejada in TV drama Power Book II: Ghost. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul returns to the music scene with an empowering new single, "Good Morning Gorgeous."

    I wake up every morning and tell myself
    Good morning gorgeous
    Sometimes you gotta look in the mirror and say
    Good morning gorgeous
    No one else can make me feel this way
    Good morning gorgeous
    Good morning gorgeous

 
Check out the music video below.
 

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Fans who tuned in to last night's Verzuz between rappers Three 6 Mafia and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony got a boxing match instead.

The two groups performed on stage opposite yellow crime scene tape.

A fight broke out between the two groups while Bone performed "Buddah Lovers." Gangsta Boo and DJ Paul slow danced, which made rapper Bizzy Bone upset.

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"Yo! Before we even get started, you ugly MFs ain't finna be mocking me while I'm on this MF'ing stage. Like straight the f*ck up," said 45-year-old Bizzy.

46-year-old Juicy J told him, "N*gga, suck my d*ck," and Bizzy threw a mic and a water bottle at him.

That wasn't nice of him, so the two groups started scrapping. Then Gansgta Boo, the baby of the bunch at 42, yelled, "Bizzy Bone, you a hater. You must didn't take your pills. You weirdo azz ni**a."

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The Verzuz halted for 15 minutes while security restored order to the stage.

"We done did shows wit y'all folks and erythang," Gangsta Boo said.

Bizzy Bone finally apologized, saying, "I f*ck wit y'all, but f**k dat ni**a mane... I want to apologize to everybody out there, on both sides. I'm not trying to f*ck this [Verzuz] sh*t up. Pardon me."

The Verzuz continued with Three 6 performing a rousing rendition of "Azz And Titties."

A good time was had by all.

Watch the videos below.
 

 

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It's officially ICY SEASON! On the heels of a global takeover at the EMAs and a stellar debut performance on SNL, multi-platinum star and BET Hip-Hop Awards "Hustler of The Year" Saweetie earned two Grammy® nominations for "Best New Artist" and "Best Rap Song."

The CBS broadcast of the 64th annual Grammy® Awards will air live from Los Angeles on Monday, January 31, 2022.

Saweetie excitedly shared:

"I'm speechless! I wish I had the words to express how I feel right now. I'm just so grateful! Being acknowledged for all of the hard work that me and my team have been doing feels AMAZING. Thank you to Team Icy for sticking with me through thick and thin! What an exciting morning! IKDR!!"

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Last week, Saweetie released a brand-new single entitled "Icy Chain" and slayed her debut performance of it on SNL. People magazine said "Saweetie rocked the Saturday Night Live stage," and Pop Sugar called her performance "electric!"

"Icy Chain" has received widespread critical acclaim. Right out of the gate, Vulture raved, "The extremely twerkable track relies on Saweetie being in the fro-zone – rapping for most of the just-under-two-minute song," and went on to add, "Only Mariah Carey is more on-brand this time of year."

Meanwhile, The FADER noted, "On 'Icy Chain,' she raps confidently." Watch the SNL performance HERE and listen to "Icy Chain" HERE She also recently contributed "Get It Girl" to Insecure: Music From The HBO Original Series Season 5. Plus, she delivers the aptly titled "Attitude" on Bruised (Soundtrack From and Inspired By The Netflix Film).

Saweetie's made an undeniable mark on pop culture. In addition to partnerships with McDonald's, MAC, Crocs, and more, Saweetie won a 2021 "Best New Artist" EMA, MTV VMA for Art Direction "Best Friend," 2021 BET Hip-Hop Award for "Hustler Of The Year" and received nominations for an American Music Award and a People’s Choice Award.

Watch what Saweetie does next. Pretty Bitch Music is coming soon!
 

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New Edition took on the New Kids On the Block for the Verzuz-style "Battle of Boston" during the 2021 AMAs last night.

If you missed it, watch the battle below.

NKOTB hit the stage first, performing "You Got It (The Right Stuff)." Their choreography was tight and they didn't miss a beat.

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Then New Edition dazzled the audience with their fancy footwork while singing their smash hit song "Candy Girl" performed by lead vocalist Ralph Tresvant.

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NKOTB held their own with "Step By Step" and "Hangin' Tough," but NE roared back performing "Can You Stand the Rain." Then Bobby Brown and Ricky Bell sang "Mr. Telephone Man."

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The two groups got together and performed NE's hit "Is This the End," before New Edition segued into "Can You Stand the Rain."

The two groups ended their first ever battle with hugs and kisses while the crowd cheered.

"It's a brotherhood from Boston," New Kids' Donnie Wahlberg told The Boston Globe. "That's how we see it."

Afterwards, the super groups didn't confirm rumors that they are going out tour together.

Question: Who do you think won the battle?