Archive for 09.16.2011

Bei Maejor and J. Cole Stir Up ‘Trouble’ in New Video

J. Cole and Bei Maejor

Bei Maejor has “Trouble” on his mind in the video for the first single from his RCA Records debut, due this winter. Directed by Declan Whitebloom (Taylor Swift, Sugarland), the clip co-stars Roc Nation’s J. Cole and was filmed in Los Angeles. VEVO will premiere the video on September 19.

At only 24, the Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and producer has already produced and written tracks for Monica, Trey Songz, Wiz Khalifa, Ne-Yo, Diggy Simmons, and others.

Listen to “Trouble” below and download the Detroit native’s new mixtape maejorMaejor.

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R. Kelly Sees Chris Brown, Trey Songz as Potential Successors

R. Kelly

R. Kelly made a rare appearance during the close of New York Fashion Week. Kellz suited up and had the well-dressed crowd sweating to his R&B jams during ARISE Magazine’s Made in Africa fashion show after-party at the Jumeirah Essex House in New York City.

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New Music: B.o.B f/ Playboy Tre & Meek Mill – ‘Epic’

B.o.B

B.o.B turns his ears to the street on the menacing “Epic,” going bar for bar with fellow MCs Playboy Tre and Meek Mill. Bobby Ray balls out over the trunk-rattling beat, Playboy Tre launches an expletive-filled tirade, and Meek Mill bags himself a Kim Kardashian look-alike. “Free Tip!” shouts the Maybach Music signee at the end.

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New Music: Monica – ‘Until It’s Gone’

Until It's Gone

Monica rides the ups and downs of love. After searching for her man on the jubilant “Anything (To Find You),” the newly married songstress sings a sad love song on “Until It’s Gone,” the latest offering from her upcoming album New Life, due November 29.

“One thing that I know for sure is you gon’ miss me when I go/ And it’s gon’ hurt when you’re all alone,” sings Monica on the piano ballad that tugs at the heartstrings. “I guess it’s true what people say that you never know what you have until it’s gone.”

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Cassie Showcases New Look, Talks New Music on ’106 & Park’

Cassie

Cassie filled in for Rocsi by co-hosting “106 & Park” alongside Terrence J yesterday. With her parents and brother in the audience, the model-turned-singer split on-air duties with a flirty Terrence and chatted about her new material, including her two mixtape tracks “Radio” and “Make You a Believer.” She also revealed that her sophomore album would arrive in early 2012, with the first single “King of Hearts” set to premiere by the end of October.

“I don’t want to call it dance ’cause it’s not dance, but it has a dance vibe if you want to say that,” explained Cassie of “Hearts.” “If we were in this room playing it right now, everybody would just be hanging from the lights.”

While she may be criticized for her vocal abilities, she’s determined to improve. “[I've been] working with vocal coaches, working really, really, really hard ’cause this is really important to me and I have a lot of great records that I’m excited for everyone to hear.”

The Bad Girl debuted a new look to go along with her new music, rocking blonde highlights and an asymmetrical haircut paired with leather pants, a midriff-baring top, and a gold Jesus piece.

You can catch Cassie resuming her hosting gig on today’s show.

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Lil Twist Cuts His Mohawk During Ustream Session

Lil Twist

Young girls across the country are shedding a tear. Lil Twist’s Mohawk is no more. Young Money’s teen idol cut part of his trademark hair during a live Ustream session with his fans.

“I’m getting rid of this Mohawk. The Mohawk is like six years old. It’s been having so much swag for so many years, but now it’s time to switch it up,” said the 18-year-old rapper before his barber brought out the clippers.

He called his mother and comforted his fans by saying, “Don’t cry you guys. I love you. It can always grow back.”

The Mohawk garnered special attention from Beyoncé, who once told Twist, “I love your Mohawk.”

Twist’s manager Cortez and singer Khalil were there to witness the moment as he collected the hair off the floor. Don’t be surprised if you see it up for auction on eBay next week.

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Kelly Rowland and Diddy Team Up for Fragrance Launch

Kelly Rowland and Diddy

Kelly Rowland spent a day off from touring with Chris Brown to help launch Sean John’s new female fragrance Empress at Macy’s at the Lakewood Center in Lakewood, Calif., on Thursday (Sept. 15). The “Motivation” songstress, who showed off her legs in a black cocktail dress, linked up with Sean “Diddy” Combs at the in-store event, posing with the bottle and taking photos with fans.

“It just really celebrates a woman being unique and powerful and beautiful in her own right, and celebrating all our idiosyncrasies,” said Kelly, who serves as the scent’s spokeswoman.

The Destiny’s Child diva recently shot two videos for the Big Sean-assisted “Lay It on Me” and RedOne-produced “Down for Whatever,” and will perform on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on September 26.

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