New Music: Leah LaBelle – ‘Sexify’

Sexify

Pharrell and Jermaine Dupri join forces to introduce their new artist Leah LaBelle. The Season 3 “American Idol” contestant, who hails from Seattle, links up with two of music’s premier beatmakers to launch her sexy single “Sexify” off her upcoming I Am Other/So So Def/Epic Records debut. The seductive jam is a throwback to ’90s R&B, as Leah shows off her powerful chops over the signature Pharrell production.

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110 Comments

  1. Ray

    Thought It was Alicia Keys at first

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    devonne Reply:

    @Ray, I agreee. She definitely sounded like Alicia Keys.

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    ronie Reply:

    @devonne, 3rd that.

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    Future Reply:

    Wow.. Something that makes you groove. There is music for every person. This might not be someone’s cup of tea.. But let’s not argue about what we should be listening too. This kind of music should let people know that there’s more than just the same stuff over and over again. Whether it sounds late 80′s or early 90′s. Who cares! It feels amazing! It takes you back to what music use to sound like. I adore this record. Don’t hate on someone that just wants to share what God has given them. The Love for music!

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    MusicLover Reply:

    @Ray, she kinda does but she still has a distinct tone. I love the rasp and I love this song :). Go Leah Labelle!!

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @Ray, She sucks! Another tramp trying to get in the game. She will FLOP!!!

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    SlickRick Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, How she a tramp? you don’t even know her. funny how haters will stop at nothing to hate. lmfao
    this record is hot

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    kevin Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, Yep! she does! And yeah Nicki Minaj Rules!

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    Bluiee Kaurecsha Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, stfu sit your hating ass down. tramp

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  2. April

    I love her . Use to watch her videos on YouTube all the time and because of this post , after I listen to the song im goin’ to her YouTube channel . Its about time she got signed . Her voice is AMAZING !

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    Harmony2 Reply:

    @April,
    I’m with you!
    It’s ok…not the best I’ve heard from her though… this doesn’t sound like a charter though…

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  3. kevin

    Good voice!But she’s sounds like an exact copy of Alicia! This sounds too dated! This song would have been popular in the 90′s but now Dance music is in! Take your outdated 90′s wannabee slow jam Alicia Keys self elsewhere! If I wanted to listen to this kind of music i’d pull out my 80′s/90′s R&B albums! Dance is far more fun and I can groove out and fist pump to it!

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    Cranberry Reply:

    @kevin, YAS.

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    kevin Reply:

    @Cranberry, Yeah,thanks for agreeing with me!

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    SdotB Reply:

    @kevin, and u can take ur pop fist-pumpin a@$ to the jersey shore…just b/c it’s not a dance track doesn’t mean that it’s dated…dance has been around for years, it’s just now being overly-saturated with watered down pop bullsh!+…some good R&B is what the industry needs…the pop/dance gimmick u listen to won’t last long, and that’s what will be considered “dated”!! lmao

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    kevin Reply:

    @Sdot Why don’t take your old saggy ass to the nursing home Ya Bitch! I like some R&B but not this slow ish! Yeah I’ll go to the shore and party all night and fist pump like a champ!

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    sboo93 Reply:

    @kevin, umm, this is an R&B track, not a pop record. dance music is popular in POP music, know your genres of music sweetie :)

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    kevin Reply:

    @sboo93, Uh nah shit I know it’s R&B , PS I know what genres are and what each of them sound like! Don’t cop a attitude and don’t call me sweetie, YOU CATTY ASS BITCH!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Ice

    Pretty good

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  5. kevin

    You post some irrelevent people on here: This chick, has-beens:Bow Wow, Ruben Studder, Brandy, Monica, Christina Milan,Lil Kim,etc These artists either had 1 hit or were popular then faded away! R&B IS DEAD,LONG LIVE DANCE MUSIC!

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    G Reply:

    @kevin, You are clearly MAD! If you love dance music so much then they’re was no need for u to come in this post & comment not only once but twice. Leah is a very talented artist & is far from a has-been,she’s just getting started & is going to do big things while you sit behind your computer speaking negative. This is a hot track & something Real R&B lovers & Real Music lovers can jam too.

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    kevin Reply:

    @G, Um this track is hella wack and I don’t just love dance music, I listen to all kinds of music!And if we met , I’d say this to your face! Yet, you sit behind a computer as well commenting on things too! Next!

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    Michelle Reply:

    @kevin,

    Shut up.

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    kevin Reply:

    @Michelle, Hey you shut-up! I’ll post whatever the hell I feel like,when I feel like!

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    Mi Reply:

    @kevin, lmao. how are you a has been if you have never been? this girl just got signed – huh? you sound crazy

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    kevin Reply:

    @Mi, I said she’s irrelevent not a has been, two diffrent words with two totally diffrernt definitions!

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    mi Reply:

    @kevin, first of all, you spelled irrelevant incorrectly. dictionary.com boo. second of all, EVERY BIG STAR OUT NOW started as being irrelevant. Beyonce was a video girl in a CASE video back in the day. GaGa got dropped from her 1st label and no one paid attention to “Just Dance” for months and months before it broke. This girl is new so of course she is irrelevant at the moment. Blogs are the first place to post NEW music. How can she be relevant when her song hasn’t even been on the internet for 24 hours??? Her label hasn’t even started promoting her yet. As I said, you sound CRAZY!!! Exercise LOGIC my friend.

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    kevin Reply:

    @mi, Oh wow I forget the fucking a! Bitch I for sure am not your boo! I’m Crazy?! because I voice my opinion?! YOU SOUND DUMB ASS HELL!YOUR A FUCKING CUNT RAG! GET SOME DICK AND STOP BEING ON MINE!!!!!!!!!

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    WonderLand19 Reply:

    @kevin, Crazy people asking for attention. Well, here’s your attention now KICK ROCKSS!!!

    Thanks Rap-Up for heighlighting real talent and giving the people what they want!

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP!!! Love this girl!! Hard work pays off!

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    kevin Reply:

    @WonderLand19, Why don’t you “KICK ROCKS”! and i’m not crazy you don’t even know me!

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    WonderLand19 Reply:

    @kevin, Then you shouldnt bring negativity to this post. Your not God so you dont know whether she will flop or not. Instead u should be postive :) If u cant, kick rocks! :D

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    kevin Reply:

    @WonderLand19, Bow down you irrelevant hoe , I’M GOD! And this bitch will flop,you heard it here first!And stop saying kick rocks,what are like in elementary school! STF! AND GTFOH!

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    SdotB Reply:

    @kevin, ur dumb azz comes to a site named “RAP-UP” lookin for dance music?? GTFOH!!

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    kevin Reply:

    @SleazyDouchyBitch, I didn’t come to this site for dance music! I know this site is a urban based music site!You GTFOH and STF You Ghetto Ass Hood-rat!And I’m not a dumbass, just opinionated:big diffrence!

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  6. Mi

    Sounds great! Love it. wishing you all the success in the world.

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  7. Michelle

    Nice voice, nice vibe. I’m not sure this is a hit in today’s market….but I’m glad they went for it.

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  8. MusicLover

    I love this sh*t. Its about time for fun real music to get shine again. You can vibe to this and it makes you feel good. this chick looks like a star. good luck to you

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  9. Jay

    No way! I remember Leah LaBelle from the show! I was in love with her voice. I never forgot how sexy she was. So sexy! :) She and Camille Velasco were that deal. Nice track. Look forward to hearing more from her. Listening to this track again, she really sounds slightly like a young Beyonce cirque 1998 Destiny’s Child debut CD. I love the 90′s vibe. So glad to see her back at it. :)

    I also agree, some times she does kinda sound like Alicia. I like this song. And you can’t say that throwback music doesn’t work anymore today, you obviously aren’t paying attention to music. Beyonce-Love On Top, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, and so many other artist do throwback music and it works. :)

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    Dan Reply:

    @Jay, agreed bro Camille Velasco & Leah Labelle were the shit –my top fav to come out of idol.

    Leah’s voice is dope – so real and pure

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  10. WonderLand19

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Im soooooo happy she got signed and with Pharrell and JD! WOW!

    I’ve been loving this girl since she featured in Keri Hilson’s video ‘Turning me on’. Her youtube covers are amazing!! Sooo happy for her!!

    ARHHHHHHHH!!!! i’m spazzing right!!!! ARHHHHH!!!!!!

    This song is sick too lol

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  11. Reesy

    She must be dope if Pharrell, JD, and LA Reid think she is a star. I like this song.

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  12. Wen-D

    about time we get some feel good music. im sick of all this dark shit. thumbs up from me

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  13. WonderLand19

    ON REPEAT! *Does the Electric Slide*

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    Gumaro Reply:

    @WonderLand19, yes electric slide LOL it’s such a fun summer jam! LOVE IT!

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  14. RUKiddingMe

    WOW! This girl is FINE AS HELL! Also like the record but DAMN she is fine

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  15. SlickRick

    @rukiddingme i agree w/u bro she is fine. nice summer song. i like it

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  16. Hmmmmmm

    Song is dope but she sounds EXACTLY like Alicia Keys

    They could have just gave the song to Alicia Keys and it would have probably worked more.

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  17. Nitti ebony

    This sounds good and she doesn’t look like Alicia Smh…

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  18. jonnyjon

    Nice!

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  19. RAH RAH

    Such a good track! Love the ol skool feel it. Just in time for spring/summer time! This is something you could play at a barbeque and at the swimming pool. Lol. Cant wait to see what the video looks like.

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  20. CocoC

    I f*cking love this! made me get up off my couch and do the 2 step lol YASSSSSSSSSSS!

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  21. Donyea

    I remember when she got eliminated on ‘Idol’. I was PISSED … But God has for you … no man can stop!!!!!!

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  22. Al

    now all I need is some sunshine pork bbq n a blunt! digging this right here. props

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  23. kevin

    SONG IS WACK OUT-DATED AND BORING! NICE VOICE,PRETTY GIRL, NO PERSONALITY! SHE’LL FLOP HARD!

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    mi Reply:

    @kevin, you can tell someone’s personality from a photo?!!? You must have an agenda. I bet you know her and are low key hating. Yep…that must be the story. You sound too upset and hateful over a song and a photo. Those low blows sound personal to me. BUSTED

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    kevin Reply:

    @mi, BITCH, I don’t know her! I never said she was ugly! She’s attractive and has a good voice! But this song isn’t what’s in right now! And how am I BUSTED if I don’t know this chick at all?!

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    jenuine Reply:

    @kevin,youre a hater!!!!

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  24. here yee

    pharell might as well bleach his skin and turn white. how many wack ass white ppl is he going to put on and make famous? he kisses more redneck ass than nba players. and when the hell was the last time jermaine dupri made a hit? #2012wackshit

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    yourboycelebrity Reply:

    @here yee,Ignorant comment… He has an artist Named Buddy straight out of Compton AND HE IS BLACK lol the song is called AWESOME check it.

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    here yee Reply:

    @yourboycelebrity, i dont have to check jackshit, boy. takes one to know one so i guess your an expert on ignorance. tell you what, how about you take your dumb ass and research all the white ppl pharell has worked with and made careers for: justin timberlake, mike posner, britney spears, no doubt, gwen stefani, ashlee simpson, madonna, maroon 5, adam lambert, etc.

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  25. Fa

    Damn this is a real song, real music and vibe! lets hope she can make it!!!

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  26. DrakeTakeCare

    i like this song it’s sexy, and she’s definetly talented i already like her more than dondria!

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  27. St8juice

    Been following her for a while YouTube happy she gettin the shine she deserves

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  28. Unk

    she sounds like a keys thats cray

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  29. Dustin

    Sounds like some mid tempo stuff pharrell used to hook Kelis up with. Personally, I love it. And this chick is NOT irrelevant. GI’ve her a chance before you write her off. Her voice is out of this world, she writes AND she’s beautiful. That puts her a cut above half these chicks at the top of the charts. Plus, girl has swag for days and artists like Keri, Eric Benet and Jordin Sparks that support her. Girl is the truth.

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  30. Dustin

    Oh, and if you’re looking for dance music what are you doing on Rap-up? Go to popjustice or somewhere else. That’s like goin into a Chinese restaurant and being mad that you can’t order a slice of pizza.

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    kevin Reply:

    @Dustin, I know where to go for dance songs!And who the hell are you , trying to say that I’d be dumb enough to go to a Chineese resturant and be pissed because pizza wasn’t availiable?!I know your using an example,but basically your calling me dumb! You are a real FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT!

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    Dustin Reply:

    @kevin,

    Lol I didn’t say you were dumb. I IMPLIED that your POINT was dumb and that it’s silly to chide an URBAN blog site for posting about URBAN artists. Again, you want dance look elsewhere and get to steppin. Oh and it’s not courageous to call people names from behind the safety of your computer. You would RUE the day if you did that in person.

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  31. Songstress

    Ok This woman sounds amazing… I don’t get why you people always have to compare past artists with new artists. Of course the inspiration is there SOMEWHERE but DAMN let these people get their shine/hustle on also. I do love the 90′s feel, it actually sounds EXACTLY like the 90′s!

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  32. Kathy

    Now that’s how a single cover should look. Jojo’s team should take notes.

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    TeamJoJo Reply:

    @Kathy, i think they have the same manager/team lol. idk I like JoJo’s covers.

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    kiana Reply:

    @Kathy, they have the same manager. She tweets about both of them all the time. Jo Jo can sing her ass off but her style has been off from the beginning. Might just be her. This girls hair and makeup looks flawless. Jo Jo just needs a make over and she’ll be good. she got every body beat with her voice. good luck to LeahLabelle. I like them both of these ladies.

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    Bri Reply:

    @kiana, Jojo needs a make-over like yesterday.Aside from the bad musical choices, I think her look hurts her more than anything. But if they could fix her look and get her musical direction together, she will do fine.

    I like Leah, but Jojo is my #1.And Leah does sound like Alicia.

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    HellYeah Reply:

    @Kathy, I think their style & vibe are totally different. Leah Labele looks soft like she wants world peace lol. Her song is fun & smooth. JOJO looks like she will kick your ass. Like a tough girl. Someone who’s been hurt before. I’m sure their covers will look totally different.

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  33. KiKi

    I like her and the song,but my god this straight sounds like Alicia Keys!

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  34. yourboycelebrity

    So im guessing the Deal with Keri Hilson fell threw? As much as I love Pharrell, he has a hard time promoting his artist.She prob will never release an album. The only success he had with an artist was Kelis. Smh.

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    TRP Reply:

    @yourboycelebrity, Keri doesn’t have a record label. She was her backup singer.

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  35. JUDGE

    She has a quality that can keep her around for a long time….it has a classic vibe.

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  36. TRP

    Finally, her voice is so unique!

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  37. Ahi

    i like it…has this ole school groove feel to it…something you can just uh uh uh….it’s different. definitely a nice change!!

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  38. Sharp Tongue

    This is my new jam I’me feeling it.

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  39. Stone

    I love this… So much soul… It gives me that Teedra Moses feel

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  40. bosinova

    Her look is hot! She is the next one.. Love the sexy vs skanky. lol She is truly beautiful.

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  41. tabby

    this track truely das it 4 me hey,its the HIT….and i love it loads….

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  42. Love It!

    Loving it!!! Never watched Season 3 on Idol!! This GIRL is going to make it BIG!! Huge Adam Lambert fan here too! Look how rich he is now!

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  43. Hugh

    Yes sounds like Alicia

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  44. HI HATER

    IF YOU GO ON YOUTUBE SHE HAS A BETTER VOICE THAN ALICIA KEYS TRUST ME .SHE HAS A GREAT VOICE AND ITS ABOUT TIME SHE GOT SIGNED

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    Bluiee Kaurecsha Reply:

    @HI HATER, yea That is True

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  45. jenuine

    go leah I love you girl do the damn thing!!! haters you’re just mad that you’re not where she is you’ll flop!!! #jokes!!

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  46. Royale

    This sound like a “NinaSky” song! I really love it’s very catchy!

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  47. Bluiee Kaurecsha

    Amazing Song n Voice

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  48. LaTroy Watson

    omg this is a single! wow! i’ve been following Leah since her days on YouTube. Omg! this is it, this his her big break! i love the beat and her voice is incredible on this song. congrats leah! xoxo

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  49. Ebby

    She is one of my faves on youtube. My favorite song of hers is the cover of J Holidays bed, she kills it. I have been following her as well. This song is that old school feel good music. Happy for her. Do your thing girl!

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  50. @IamMrHAndsome

    You AssHoles don’t know shit about Leah Labelle so stop hating. She was is a very talented artists as well as a finalist on AMERICAN IDOL! U Dumb hoes

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  51. kevin

    Goodbye, I won’t post on this chick anymore! Jump for joy hater’s , but don’t think i’m going anyway,i’ll post in other topics whenever I feel like voicing my opinions!

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