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Normani's provocative single "Wild Side" featuring Cardi B is struggling on the Spotify chart.

The single, released on July 16, dropped like a rock out of the Spotify Top 100 and currently sits at No. 147.

"Wild Side" is the lead single off Normani's upcoming untitled debut solo album.

Normani played a stripper in the music video for "WAP" by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion.

Cardi, who is pregnant with her second child, returned the favor by playing a stripper in "Wild Side."

The song contains a sample of Aaliyah's single "One in a Million" (1996).

The video was choreographed by Sean Bankhead who also choreographed Normani's "Motivation."

Normani, 25, is best known as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony.
 

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(L-R): singers Carl Thomas, Donell Jones, and Dave Hollister are joining forces to form a new R&B supergroup.

The R&B veterans, who each peaked in the 1990s and early 2000s, have come together to form The Chi, a nod to their native city of Chicago, Illinois.

The singers each broke the news to fans via social media, alongside a photo of their new group.

Donell Jones wrote:

"New R&B Group 'The Chi'... Yesssss it's happening! The level of music and songwriting will be impeccable and you already know the voices! It's only right for us to come together and represent Chicago and R&B to the fullest (sic)."

"New R&B Group 'The Chi'...," former Blackstreet member Hollister captioned his post. He explained they toyed with the idea of teaming up professionally for over a decade.

"The music... the voices finally coming together to give your ears and hearts what you've been waiting for...we started talking about this in 2009 and now the time has finally come. Brothas I count it an honor and privilege to Rep home with you both! LETS GO (sic)!"

And Thomas, who hasn't released any new music since 2011, simply stated, "Next up! 'The Chi' #soulmusic #R&Bmusic".

No word on when fans can expect new music from The Chi.

The new trio drew comparisons to R&B supergroup LSG, which consisted of vocal powerhouses Gerald Levert, Keith Sweat and former New Edition member Johnny Gill.

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Sadly, Gerald died of an apparent heart attack on Nov. 10, 2007 at age 40. His father, The O'Jays legend Eddie Levert (center) joined Sweat (left) and Johnny Gill (right) to perform at the 2007 Essence Music Festival.

Johnny was a successful solo singer before joining New Edition. He is best known for his steamy 1990 hits "My, My, My", "Rub You the Right Way", and "Wrap My Body Tight."

And many ladies lost their panties at Keith Sweat's concerts. He is best known for his hits "I Want Her", "Make It Last Forever", and "Keep It Coming."

LSG released their debut album titled Levert.Sweat.Gill. in 1997. The album was certified platinum with the chart-topping lead single "My Body."

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Juvenile is not happy that many of you aren't inspired by the remix of his 1999 classic "Back That Azz Up."

New Orleans rappers Juvenile and Mannie Fresh remixed their smash hit single into a catchy pop tune, titled "Vax That Thang Up."

The track is part of the White House effort to promote the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine in the Black community.

However, the public backlash was furious after the duo released the remix and the accompanying music video.

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MalaniKai Massey and Shelley Wynter, co-hosts of WSB's "Word On the Street," said they were "offended" and "Disgusted" by the song.

Others are annoyed by the left's constant pandering to the Black community through rap music.

Juvenile took to social media, writing:

"TO EACH HIS OWN! Do what's best for YOU and YOUR LIFE no matter what's being said or done. Me @manniefresh @themamamiax and @meet_blk takin over for the '99 and the 2000! #vaxthattangup."

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Rapper Juvenile remixed his classic 1999 song "Back That Thang Up" as part of the U.S. government's effort to vaccinate urban youth.

The new remix is part of the White House's campaign to increase vaccination rates among Black people who are hesitant to take the Covid-19 mRNA shots.

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The music video that accompanies the new remix features Juvenile with his former Ca$H Money Records label boss Mannie Fresh. The two rappers dance with scantily clad women while urging viewers to "vax that thang up."

    Girl you looks good, won't you vax that thang up
    You’s a handsome young brother, won’t you vax that thang up
    Date in real life you need to vax that thang up
    Feeling freaky all night you need to vax that thang up
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Mannie appears on screen with dozens of dancing eggplants as he raps:

    I know you can't stand it
    No holding hands chick
    But when we get the shot we gonna be romancing
    Girl you can be the queen
    After quarantine
    We can meet up at the spot and we can do the thing

Twitter reacted to Juvenile and Mannie's effort.


 

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Bobby Brown and Keith Sweat are set to compete in the next Verzuz lip-sync battle competition on Thursday, as part of the essence Festival of Culture.

Sweat, 59, and Brown, 52, will take turns lip-syncing to their biggest hits, and fans will decide who came out on top.

Music producers Swizz Beats and Timbaland created the Verzuz battle competition to keep fans occupied during the pandemic lockdowns last year.

Bobby Brown was an original member of New Edition from 1981 until he went solo in 1985. His solo hits include "Don't Be Cruel", "My Prerogative", and "Every Little Step."

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Brown is best known for his marriage to the late pop icon Whitney Houston.

Keith Sweat is known for his hits including "I Want Her", "Make It Last Forever", "I'll Give All My Love to You", "Make You Sweat", "Get Up on It", "Twisted" and "Nobody".

The Verzuz will take place on Thursday, July 1, at 5 p.m. PT, 8 p.m. ET @ FITE on Essence.com.
 

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R&B superstar Tank's single, titled "Can't Let It Show" (R&B Money/Atlantic Records), has hit #1 on R&B radio stations around the country after 18 weeks on the charts.

Written and produced by Tank, "Can't Let It Show" samples Kate Bush's 1989 single, "This Woman's Work", which was covered by singer Maxwell in 1997.

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"Can't Let It Show" is Tank's fourth consecutive #1 hit, including songs "When We," "Dirty," and "I Don't Think You're Ready” off his wildly successful albums Savage and Elevation, respectively.

"Can't Let It Show" has already received over 3.6M views on YouTube.

Tank was a featured performer this past weekend that kicked off the ESSENCE Festival of Culture Virtual Weekend (June 25 - 27 and July 2-4) celebrating the excellence of the Black community.

In addition, he has hit the road with appearances in several cities across America, and fans can check www.therealtank.com for additional live dates.
 

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Diana Ross is planning a major comeback with her first album in over a decade. The soul legend has announced plans to release Thank You on new label Decca, distributed by Universal Music Group.

The project will feature 13 songs Ross co-wrote with writers and producers, including Jack Antonoff, Freddie Wexler, Tayla Parx, and Troy Miller, among others.

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A message to the singer's fans reads:

"This collection of songs is my gift to you with appreciation and love. I am eternally grateful that I had the opportunity to record this glorious music at this time.

"I dedicate this songbook of love to all of you, the listeners. As you hear my voice you hear my heart."

The title track and debut single will be available for streaming and download on Thursday, June 17.

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The 77-year-old Detroit-born legend is best known as the lead singer of the iconic R&B group the Supremes, who became one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time.

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The original Supremes (Florence Ballad, left, Mary Wilson, center, and Diana Ross) scored a total of 12 No. 1 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including, "Where Did Our Love Go", "Baby Love", "Come See About Me", and "Love Child."

Diana Ross embarked on a successful solo career in 1970.
 

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Chaka Khan is teaming up with Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen for an exclusive performance at the Black Girls Rock! fundraiser on June 18.

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The evening will also include musical performances from Alice Smith and Maimouna 'Mumu Fresh' Youssef, Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Tasha Cobbs Leonard and DJ Aktive.

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Actor Wood Harris ("The Wire") and Grammy Award-winning singer Estelle will also make appearances during the 15th anniversary gala.

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The gala will be hosted by actress Tatyana Ali ("Fresh Prince") and rap icon MC Lyte (pictured below).

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The virtual gala will stream live on the newly-launched BGR!TV network.

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"It is an honor to support (Black Girls Rock! founder and CEO) Beverly Bond (pictured) and this amazing organization and movement that she has built," said Chaka, whose boyfriend, comedian Paul Mooney died this week.

"I am so excited to headline Black Girls Rock!'s 15-year anniversary fundraising gala during the launch of BGR!TV, which will continue to be an inspiration to all generations, lifting legends, and making sure that black women's enormous contributions to society are acknowledged."

Tickets for the gala can be purchased online at www.blackgirlsrock.com.

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Jay-Z and The Go-Go's are among the list of music legends to be inducted into the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (RRHF) announced the New York-born hip-hop icon will be among the list of nominees to be inducted at the 2021 ceremony on October 30 in Cleveland, Ohio, reported Billboard.

He will join rock veterans The Go-Go's, Foo Fighters, singer-songwriter Carole King, Todd Rundgren and Queen of Rock n' Roll Tina Turner.

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Turner, King and Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl are already in the Rock Hall of Fame -- King is the first person in the Rock Hall as a performer and non-performer.

Turner was previously recognized as part of R&B duo Ike & Tina Turner; and Grohl with grunge icons Nirvana.

The RRHF was criticized for not inducting The Go-Go's into the Hall sooner. The group made history in 1982 when they topped the Billboard album chart as the first all-female band that wrote their own material and played their own instruments.

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Go-Go's members (L-R) Charlotte Caffey, Abby Travis, Gina Schock, Jane Wiedlin, and Belinda Carlisle are pictured at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will also induct rap legend LL Cool J, singer/songwriter Billy Preston, and Randy Rhoads. Electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, spoken-word poet Gil Scott-Heron and bluesman Charley Patton are joining the RRHOF under the early influence award category.

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Music executive and film producer Clarence Avant, 90, aka "The Black Godfather", is the recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun award. He is pictured with Jay Z (left) and Sean Combs.

The ceremony will take place October 30 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, with a radio simulcast on SiriusXM's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame radio channel. It will broadcast on HBO and stream on HBO Max at a later date.

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Sisters With Voices, aka SWV say they plan to use their famous Michael Jackson sample during an upcoming Verzuz lipsync battle with Xscape.

Tamara "Taj" Johnson (left) and Leanne "Lelee" Lyons (center) joined "TMZ Live" on Thursday and were asked if SWV will play their hit, "Right Here (Human Nature Remix)," when the R&B group battles Xscape on Saturday.

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TMZ suggested there would be "potential backlash" from the "cancel culture" if SWV played the song during the Verzuz.

Taj and Lelee see no issue with playing the sample. They say they didn't even pay Michael for the sample of his 1983 hit, "Human Nature," and they wouldn't be successful if not for Michael.

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The ladies say it's not their job to judge Michael by canceling his music.

SWV fans agree. One Twitter user wrote:

"The people with this alleged "potential backlash" won't even be tuned into the Verzuz so this will be a non issue."

Another user tweeted: "If they DIDN'T use the MJ sample there would be an even bigger blacklash!!!!"

And a third wrote: "People still trying to create anti MJ controversy in 2021?"