Rihanna Gets Her Swag Back in London

Jay-Z and Rihanna

Although it was not raining in London, Rihanna still reigned supreme during her concert presented by Nokia at the O2 Academy, Brixton on Monday (Nov. 16). She performed new material from her fourth album Rated R live for the first time, surprising fans with Jay-Z on “Run This Town” and Young Jeezy on her new single “Hard.”

Little Miss Sunshine ran through familiar songs such as “Unfaithful,” “Live Your Life,” “Disturbia,” and her biggest hit to date “Umbrella,” bringing out Jay once more and cementing her position as pop’s new princess.

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Snoop Dogg, Red & Meth Smoke Out NYC

Snoop Dogg

Is there a hip-hop show that can bring rap back from its sometimes comatose state? Enter Snoop Dogg, Method Man, and Redman, three rappers that took the stage at New York City’s NOKIA Theatre and crushed any critic thinking that hip-hop is dead.

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Chris Brown Thrills at Comeback Show

Chris Brown

Chris Brown returned to the stage on Tuesday (Oct. 27) at Power 105.1′s Powerhouse ’09 concert for the first time since pleading guilty to assaulting Rihanna. Despite technical difficulties, the pop star braved the rain and thrilled the audience with his new single “I Can Transform Ya” with Swizz Beatz, wearing a Michael Jackson “Thriller”-inspired outfit.

Keri Hilson, Mario, Ryan Leslie, Fabolous, Trey Songz, Jim Jones, Omarion, and The-Dream also performed at the New York radio station’s annual show at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

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Clipse & Friends Prepare for the ‘Casket’


As the crowd settled in at Hiro Ballroom in NYC on Tuesday (Oct. 20), the opening acts readied the crowd for the men of the hour, Clipse, the headliners for MySpace Music’s “The Release.” From underground hip-hop to alternative overseas influence, fans were taken on a lyrical ride with newcomers Jasmine Solano, Adam Tensta, and Donnis.

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TLC Reunites at Justin Timberlake & Friends Concert


“Give it up for the one and only, legendary T-L-C!” said Justin Timberlake as he introduced Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, the two remaining members of the R&B trio, as they performed at the second annual Justin Timberlake & Friends concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday (Oct. 17). The show, benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children, also featured sets from Alicia Keys, Ciara, Snoop Dogg, Taylor Swift, Jay Sean, and Timbaland.

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Ludacris, Nas, Estelle, & Wale Shine at Heineken Red Star Soul

Ludacris and Nas

An invite-only crowd popped beer bottles and rocked to the musical stylings of Estelle, Wale, Ludacris, and Nas, as well as DJs Biz Markie and D-Nice, at the Heineken Red Star Soul series at New York City’s Gotham Hall on Friday night (Oct. 16).

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Mario & Mateo Croon for MySpace Crowd


On a chilly fall evening outside New York City’s performance venue Canal Room, everyone from teens to couples formed a line that snaked around the block, awaiting their turn to catch an earful of two R&B heartthrobs: one, veteran crooner Mario, and the other, newbie Mateo. The two joined forces for MySpace Music’s “The Release” to celebrate Mario’s latest effort, D.N.A.

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