Stream ‘The Best Man Holiday’ Soundtrack Featuring R. Kelly, Monica, Mario, & Fantasia

The Best Man Holiday

It’s going to be a very soulful Christmas. Some of R&B’s brightest stars spread some holiday cheer on the soundtrack to The Best Man Holiday.

The 13-song compilation features newly-penned material, as well as holiday classics, performed by artists including R. Kelly, Jordin Sparks, Mary J. Blige, Mario, Fantasia, Monica, Ne-Yo, Marsha Ambrosius, John Legend, Emeli Sandé, and more.

R. Kelly gets into the Christmas groove on “Christmas, I’ll be Steppin’,” Monica covers Judy Garland’s classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and Fantasia decks the halls on “What Christmas Means to Me.”

The movie hits theaters on Nov. 15, but you can stream the entire soundtrack in advance of its Oct. 29 release.

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Monica and Shannon Brown Welcome Daughter

Monica and Shannon Brown

Congratulations are in order for Monica and her husband Shannon Brown. The happy couple welcomed a daughter named Laiyah into the world on Thursday.

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Monica and Shannon Brown Expecting First Child Together


Monica is expanding her happy family. The R&B singer and husband Shannon Brown are expecting their first child together.

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New Music: LL Cool J f/ Monica – ‘Closer’

LL Cool J and Monica

LL Cool J gets his two-step on with his grown and sexy jam “Closer.” The 45-year-old icon raps about not compromising after 30 years in the game, while Monica lays down the soulful hook.

“LL, grown ass man/ Couldn’t give a damn if a young boy’s my fan/ Long as his mama two-step to my jam while she’s cleaning up her house, mop in her hand,” raps LL, adding, “I don’t do features or chase teenage fans.”

Due April 30, LL’s album Authentic also features Brad Paisley, Eddie Van Halen, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson, Travis Barker, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Bootsy Collins.

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Monica Makes Music with Miguel

Miguel and Monica

Monica and Miguel are cooking up a collabo. The two hit the studio on Friday to work on Monica’s seventh album. The 32-year-old songstress took to Twitter to share some of the silly photos from their session.

“Breaker Breaker 1/9 #WeWorking 10/4 #CopyDat @Miguelunlimited album 7… New Monica❤LOL,” tweeted Monica.

She was also in the lab with Future earlier in the week.

Last year, the R&B vet revealed some of the other big names on board including Missy Elliott, Rico Love, Jim Jonsin, Stargate, Mike WiLL Made It, and Polow Da Don.

Monica’s 2012 album New Life debuted at No. 4, selling 69,000 copies in its first week.

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Drake, Alicia Keys, & 2 Chainz Attend Slam Dunk Contest

2 Chainz, Drake, and Irv Gotti

The stars packed the Toyota Center in Houston for the NBA All-Star Saturday Night festivities during All-Star Weekend. Sunday’s All-Star Game halftime performer Alicia Keys made it a family affair, sitting courtside with her husband Swizz Beatz and son Egypt, who is an avid basketball fan.

A passionate Drake awarded a 10 to Toronto Raptors’ Terrence Ross, who went on to win the Sprite Slam Dunk contest.

2 Chainz got turnt up on stage with Fall Out Boy, Nick Cannon hosted, and Monica played correspondent for Following his performance, 2 Chainz snapped some pics with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

Other courtside sightings included Diddy, Irv Gotti, and Spike Lee.

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Monica Preps New Album with Big Name Producers

Peter Edge and Monica

Only six months after releasing her sixth LP New Life, Monica is already back in the studio working on her next album. The R&B songstress took to Twitter to share some of the big-name producers on board.

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